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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  This wasn’t supposed to be released yet, but it was leaked online, so Warner’s put it up.

All I can say is, wow, this looks really dark.  Ben Affleck takes over the Batcape, while Henry Cavill is back as Superman.

 

#BatmanvSuperman

Star Wars Trailer #2

Stormtroopers, Chewbacca and Han Solo, oh my!  It’s the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Enjoy.

#StarWars

 

The first season of Lee Pace’s AMC series Halt and Catch Fire is now on Netflix, in case you want to binge before the second season opener on May 31st.  You can also download it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Xbox.

forever_via_cinemablendIoan Gruffudd’s Forever on ABC is on the renewal bubble.  It kicks it in Live +7 (meaning a lot of people are DVR’ing it), and it’s a definite ratings improvement over past shows in its time slot.  Whether or not it sticks around for a second season, though, is anybody’s guess.  I personally really like this show; Gruffudd is charming and the concept of an immortal medical examiner is interesting if not totally original.  If Castle is coming to an end, which I fear it is, Forever is a good replacement.

Speaking of Castle, stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic have come to the end of their contracts and have not yet signed up for another season.  Fillion is working on his new Con Man project with Alan Tudyk, and Katic  has made noises that she may not be interested in coming back for an eighth season.  If there is one, it may be shortened to tie up some loose ends.

Get ready for Clone Club!  Orphan Black returns to BBC America on April 18th for its third season.  For a limited time the first two seasons are up on the website here in case you need to catch up.  They’re also available for download at various places like Amazon.

Image: Ioan Gruffudd and Judd Hirsch of ABC’s Forever

#HaltAndCatchFire #ForeverABC #OrphanBlack

Ant-Man is not my favorite Marvel character, but I have to say the trailer looks pretty good.  I think they should check Wardrobe, though, for a missing Star-Lord helmet.

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.

BTW, if your webmistress seems to be MIA for a while, it’s just because I’m working on some projects.  Not fun ones, house ones.  The joys of home ownership.

#Ant-Man

Wait a minute, you say — he already has a new project!  A little thing called Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  True, but this is different.

Years ago Gunn wrote a script called The Belco Experiment.  Here is the synopsis from his Facebook page:

The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America, which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves.  This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.

The film will be directed by Greg McLean.  Gunn and Peter Safran will be producing, and it will be under the MGM banner.

#TheBelcoExperiment #JamesGunn

AMC has announced that the season 2 premiere of Halt and Catch Fire will be May 31st, according to Variety.

HACF_JoeThe show stars Lee Pace (The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy), Scoot McNairy (Argo, Gone Girl), Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe and centers around the explosion of computer companies in the 1980’s.  Cardiff Electric, the company Pace and McNairy’s characters work for, is a thinly disguised Compaq, while Davis and Bishe start up Mutiny, a company with the wild premise that computers could be connected via phone lines.

The Variety article also has a clip from season 2.

BTW, Pace is fresh off a win pitting his former (and much loved) series Pushing Daisies against Nathan Fillion’s Firefly for the show people would most like to see return.  He has said he’d be up for it if it were to happen… but I think a movie or maybe a Broadway musical would be more likely if it happens at all.  He and Fillion worked together when Pace was Guardians of the Galaxy’s villain Ronan and Fillion had a cameo as an alien in the prison scene.

Image: Lee Pace in Halt and Catch Fire

#HaltAndCatchFire

I read Gone Girl sometime last year, before I saw the movie.  The success of that book and film by Gillian Flynn have spawned thrillers in a similar style.  Two of them are The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, and The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.

I reviewed Gone Girl last September here.  While I had a few quibbles about it, it’s the superior of these three.  The plot and the twists and turns it took seem to have taken quite a bit of ingenuity to work out and so it’s one of those books that are hard to put down (once you get past the first half).

The Girl On The Train and The Kind Worth Killing both borrow the method of trading characters as the “writers” of each chapter.  Whereas Amy and Nick traded telling the story from their respective points of view in Gone Girl, both of the other books use the same idea.

Here’s the synopsis of The Girl On The Train from Goodreads.com:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Here’s the synopsis of The Kind Worth Killing, also from Goodreads:

On a late flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Over one too many martinis, the two strangers play a game, one in which they begin revealing more and more intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his wife, Miranda–how his marriage has gone stale, how a week ago he caught her in a serious betrayal. . . . Maybe they were a mismatch from the start, he the rich businessman, she the beautiful artist. But what begins as playful banter between Ted and Lily takes a swift turn when Ted claims, half-seriously, that he would like to kill his wife for what she’s done. Then Lily surprises him by saying that she’d like to help. After all, everyone dies, what difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than life intended?

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The second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is below.

Why do I keep seeing Red Reddington when Ultron talks?  (How great was last night’s Blacklist, huh?!!)

Technically Age of Ultron comes out April 23rd in the UK and May 1st in the US, but it’s guaranteed to have evening showings the night before for those of you who can stay awake for it.

#AvengersAgeofUltron

A long time ago on a Firefly-class spaceship far, far away… there was Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and a pilot named Wash (Alan Tudyk) in a show that was cancelled much too soon.

Firefly_cast_via_imdbAnd many fans have never forgotten it.

So now Fillion and Tudyk have gotten together for a web-based series called Con Man.  They are looking to Indiegogo for funding for the project.  Actually, the project has already hit something like 400% of its goal, so there must still be a number of Browncoats out there.

The premise of the show — and I know it’s far-fetched — is about a couple of actors who once played a captain and the pilot of a spaceship on a show that was cancelled (far too soon) and their adventures at fan conventions.

You can see their pitch on Vimeo here and go here to donate.  Guardians of the Galaxy’s writer/director James Gunn appears in the video.  Fillion had a bit part in GOTG.

Image: Firefly cast via imdb.com

#ConMan #Firefly

If you were wondering what happened to the original trio of heroes (Luke, Leia and Han) after Return of the Jedi and before the upcoming The Force Awakens, Disney will be filling you in.  According to Entertainment Weekly, they will be publishing no less than 20 different books, for all age ranges.

starwarsep7_starwars_dot_comThe article says there will be Easter eggs for what will happen in the movie hidden in the books.  Cue fans and webmasters picking these books apart for clues.  We’ll hear all about it shortly after publication.

Release dates for the books have not been announced.

In addition to the Star Wars cruises I posted on previously, Disney World (the one in Florida) will be having a special one-day Galactic Gathering on Thursday, May 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The following day will start Star Wars weekends at the Hollywood Studios part of the park.  You can find more info here on StarWars.com, the official website.  Beware that the Galactic Gathering on the 14th is pricey ($250 on top of the entrance fee to the park) and you have to sign up for it.

Image via starwars.com

#StarWars #TheForceAwakens

Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to premier on May 1.  Starting April 29th, Marvel is re-releasing 11 movies in a marathon in AMC and Regal theaters.  It will begin with Iron Man and end with Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rolling Stone has the entire list here.

If 11 movies are a bit too much, some Cinemark theaters will be showing the first Avengers along with Ultron.

Here’s Ultron’s trailer #3:

 

 

#AvengersAgeofUltron #MarvelMovieMarathon

USA Today has put together some clips from the late Leonard Nimoy’s roles outside of Star Trek.

Included are two roles in television shows he did with his Star Trek buddy William Shatner.  One was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in 1964.  The show starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin.  In the clip you might also recognize Werner Klemperer, best known as Col. Wilhelm Klink on Hogan’s Heroes.

Nimoy also appeared on Shatner’s cop show T. J. Hooker in 1983.  And 45 years before Peter Jackson made The Hobbit, he sang The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.

Enjoy the flashbacks.

#LeonardNimoy

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy, who will forever be known as Star Trek’s beloved Spock, passed away today of pulmonary disease.  He was 83.

Leonard-Nimoy-via_colliderNimoy attributed his condition to smoking,  although he had given up the habit many years ago.

His list of credits on IMDb.com is long,  but he was instantly recognizable to everyone as Spock.  His last role was a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness.

He leaves a wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, two children,  one stepson,  six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, an older brother, and a legion of fans.

Image via Collider.com

#LeonardNimoy

Look for a jump in the number of Harley Quinn cosplayers!  Margot Robbie has confirmed that she will be playing the DC villainess after signing a multi-picture, 10-year contract.

According to Den of Geek, she will first appear in Suicide Squad, which is due to premier in the US and the UK August 5, 2016.  Will Smith will be playing Deadshot, with Jared Leto as the Joker.

Here’s a synopsis of Suicide Squad from IMDb.com:

A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprised of super villains. They call it: the Suicide Squad because sometimes… they don’t come back. They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.

Viola Davis will be playing Amanda Waller.

Harley Quinn, a.k.a. Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, is the sometime girlfriend of The Joker and the BFF of Poison Ivy.

#HarleyQuinn #SuicideSquad

2015 Oscar Winners!

So the Oscars are over for another year.  Some of the winners are below, and I will also give you my take on who had the best red carpet dress (if you can’t figure it out from the image on the right) and throw in a pic of Captain America for good measure.

Rosamund_Pike_2014_oscars_via_eonlineAlthough everyone knows Guardians of the Galaxy was the best picture of 2014 it was inexplicably not nominated.  I have to admit the only Best Picture nominee I saw was The Imitation Game, which was fantastic, but it lost out to Birdman.

The Actress in a Leading Role Oscar went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice.  Eddie Redmayne won the Actor in a Leading Role award for The Theory of Everything.  The Actress in a Supporting Role winner was Patricia Arquette, for her role in Boyhood.  J. K. Simmons took home the Actor in a Supporting Role award for Whiplash.

The winner for Animated Feature Film was Big Hero 6.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was nominated for Sound Editing, but the award went to American Sniper.  How The Hobbit missed being nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling or for Costume Design is beyond me.  (Remember when Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the Best Picture Oscar, in the process sweeping all 11 categories it was nominated in?  That was 2004.)

chrisevans_oscars2015The Imitation Game won one Oscar, in the Writing: Adapted Screenplay category.  Birdman won for Writing: Original Screenplay.

Guardians was nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects but lost to The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Makeup category and Interstellar in Visual Effects.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier was also nominated for Visual Effects, and although it didn’t win star Chris Evans was looking pretty dapper in his Gucci tux while presenting tonight, so there’s that.

You can see the list of all the nominees and winners on the official Oscar website.

And now – drum roll, please – in my humble opinion, although I’m a person who has no clue why designers are important or why we should care about haute couture, the best outfit of the night was Thranduil’s.  Sorry, I mean Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, who wore a red Givenchy number.  Honorable Mention goes to Karolina Kurkova, who wore a white Marchesa.

As fun as it is to see all the pretty dresses, there were a couple of more important things happening – for one, a Twitter hashtag #AskHerMore to encourage the red carpet hosts to ask the ladies about more than just which designer they were wearing.  And then there was Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette, who called for equal pay and equal rights for women in America in her acceptance speech.  Meryl Streep’s reaction was priceless.

Image: Rosamund Pike via eonline.com, Chris Evans via nytimes.com

#Oscars

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