We have quite a wait ahead of us for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th, 2017, to be exact), but we now have our first teaser trailer (and poster).

Poster here.

Wait… have Yondu and Nebula joined the Guardians??

Trailer below.  Don’t miss baby Groot at the end.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GOTG #ChrisPratt #GOTGVol2

Paula Hawkins’ book The Girl On The Train was a big hit.  When a friend of mine wanted to go see a movie we decided on this one.  She has not read the book, but I have.

I’ll try to put minimal spoilers in this review for those who have not read the book nor seen the film.

Short version: If you liked the book you’ll probably like the film, as it stays pretty faithful to what’s in there.  If you didn’t read or didn’t like the book, you may ask yourself what all the fuss was about.

The plot revolves around three women and two men.  Rachel (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic whose marriage dissolved over her inability to get out from under her addiction, and her husband Tom’s affair with Anna (Rebecca Ferguson).  Anna is now Tom’s wife and mother to their baby daughter.  Anna and Tom (Justin Theroux) live in the same house he and Rachel did, which is a few doors down the street from Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan (Haley Bennett).  Scott and Megan (outwardly, at least) have a happy marriage.

Rachel spies on both couples while taking the train to and from New York in the morning and evening as the tracks run right behind her old street.  Her drinking having cost her her job, she’s still commuting to the city so as to hide her unemployment status from her roommate.  From the train she spies on Anna and Tom, whose story she knows, and projects onto Scott and Megan her fantasy of a perfect marriage despite not knowing either party.

Then one day she sees Megan with another man, and is irrationally shaken when she realizes the idyllic marriage she sees from the train may not be so idyllic after all.  When Megan goes missing the mystery of what happened to her begins, and Rachel gets involved, believing what she knows about Megan and the other man she saw her with could help Scott and the police find her.  The problem is that Rachel is so frequently drunk that she blacks out and her memory is very spotty.  She’s often unable to determine what is the distortion from an alcohol binge and what’s real.

That’s about as much as I can say without giving the rest of the story away.  I will say that as a mystery it’s not very good story.  There are a couple of red herrings thrown in, but they’re less mysterious here in the film than they were in the book, and so they’re less effective.  The audience has no real way to figure out who the culprit is until toward the very end, and it just feels a little bit disappointing that it wasn’t a more clever solution.

A couple of things that are jarring — the location is inexplicably changed from London to New York.  Some of the actors (Luke Evans for one) do American accents, but Emily Blunt maintains her English accent.  Megan’s psychiatrist, Kamal Abdic, who is evidently supposed to be Middle Eastern, is played by Edgar Ramirez, and I could swear that at one point he’s speaking Spanish to Rachel.  I’d have to see it again to be sure, but that makes no sense whatsoever.

If you’ve read the book and loved it, you will probably love the movie.  If, like me, you’re in the “meh” category on the book, seeing the film won’t change your mind, but if you have a couple of extra hours and are looking for an excuse not to clean, go only if it’s at a matinee price.  Otherwise, I’d advise seeing Sully instead, or better yet, rent the much, much better Gone Girl.

Below is a trailer.  One warning: if you’re not a fan of sex scenes or nudity, this movie may not be for you.



The third trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been released and is below.

Our favorite heavy breathing, black masked character makes an appearance.  The events in the film occur before those of the original 1977 one.

The film premieres on December 16th in the U.S. and the U.K.  It stars Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen.

#RogueOne #StarWars

AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire is a great show with inexplicably horrible ratings.  The third season just ended, but despite the ratings AMC has announced they will give it a fourth and final season.

The show centers around Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), Donna Clark (Kerry Bishe) and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis).  All of the first two seasons and most of the current third one is set in the late 1980’s, when personal computing innovation was taking off and something called the Internet was a twinkle in the eye of an idea man like Joe.  It’s not just a show about computers, though, for those who are worried it might be for computer geeks only.  It’s also about the lives and relationships of the four main characters, how they intertwine and separate, only to come back together again… or not.

The final two episodes oddly fast-forward four years from the end of episode eight into the early 1990’s, so be prepared for some major changes to have taken place in those four years if you’re catching up.

We’ll keep an eye out for season four.

#HaltAndCatchFire #LeePace

Marvel has launched Hero Acts, a campaign to benefit Save The Children, a charity to help children who are the victims of natural disasters, are at risk,  need medical attention or an education.  The charity works in 120 countries, including the United States.

If you upload a photo of yourself (or someone else) posing as your favorite Marvel character to marvelstudiosheroacts.com, Marvel will donate $5 to the charity from now until the end of the year.

Introducing the initiative in the video below is Doctor Strange himself, sometimes known as Benedict Cumberbatch, along with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans and other Marvel actors.  Don’t miss the ending!

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #HeroActs #MarvelStudios #SaveTheChildren

Marvel has released a 30-second teaser for Doctor Strange with some new scenes.  Wish this one was longer, but hopefully we’ll get another full-length one now that we’re less than a month out from release.

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

Empire Magazine’s website is showing off their new Doctor Strange covers, one of which is shown on this post.  These are for the November issue.

empirecover_nov2016They also have a couple of images from the film, one with Benedict and Rachel McAdams, and another with Mads Mikkelsen.

There’s a persistent rumor that Doctor Strange will show up in Avengers: Infinity War/Film and other sites are putting two and two together from some comments Cumberbatch made.  No official confirmation from Marvel… at least not yet.

In the U.K. Doctor Strange will be released on October 25th.  In the U.S. it will be November 4th.

On to Sherlock news.  The BBC has released two of the three episode titles for the upcoming fourth series.  They are: The Six Thatchers and The Lying Detective.  As noted in the article, The Six Thatchers appears to be a reference to the Arthur Conan Doyle story The Six Napoleons, and The Lying Detective may be The Adventure of the Dying Detective in disguise.

The BBC will be showing the series beginning sometime in January.  Let’s cross our fingers that PBS Masterpiece will be showing it stateside at the same time.

#Sherlock #DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #Martin Freeman


Poldark Returns to PBS

BBC’s Poldark returns to PBS’ Masterpiece beginning tonight for series 2.  It will be a special two-hour premiere starting at 8pm ET, followed each Sunday through November 27th beginning at 9pm ET.  Official website here.

As this series open Ross (Aidan Turner) has been accused of murder and is heading to jail.  Things are looking bleak for our hero and his love Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), thanks to villain George Warleggan (Jack Farthing)!

Never fear, though – if you had any doubts, it looks like Ross will cheat the hangman as series 3 has already begun filming.  Digital Spy has the low-down on that here.  In that series there will be a plethora of new characters as they continue down the list of author Winston Graham’s novels.

Here’s a short trailer for series 2:

#Poldark #AidanTurner #PBSMasterpiece #PoldarkPBS

Emmy Awards 2016

So the Emmys are in the books for another year, and amongst the winners were the usual suspects –  Game of Thrones, Veep (I still don’t know anybody who watches Veep, but anyway)… some good and unexpected things did happen.

Tatiana Maslany finally won an Emmy for Actress in a Drama Series!  If you haven’t seen Orphan Black, you’re missing one of the most incredible performances on television.

The Victorian-era special episode of Sherlock titled The Abominable Bride won in the TV movie category.  Unfortunately, some bastard stole star Amanda Abbington’s purse from under her seat when she went to the stage with the rest of the Sherlock crew to pick up the award.  Karma will hopefully come to visit that person!

The full list of winners can be found here on the official Emmy website.  Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees!

#Emmys #Sherlock #OrphanBlack

I have given up that a decent remake of the 1994 classic The Crow can be made.

After numerous actors (Bradley Cooper??) and directors have been attached to the project over the years, it looks like Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo (and Aquaman) Jason Momoa will be starring and Colin Hardy will be directing.  Filming is due to start in January.

Frankly, I haven’t watched much of GoT, but I’m sure Momoa is a pretty good actor.  A pretty good actor, maybe, but one who is absolutely wrong for this particular part.  The Crow was played in the 1994 film by Brandon Lee, son of martial arts master Bruce Lee.  Unfortunately, Lee was killed on the set in a shooting accident (if you’re an actor, don’t ever, ever, point a gun directly at someone, even if you think it’s not loaded or has blanks.  Period.)

The Crow – Eric Draven – is a Goth musician who should have a martial artist’s body, not the body of a serious weightlifter.  He’s young, good-looking (in a dark kind of way), lithe and lean.  That does not describe Jason Momoa.

At one time Luke Evans was attached to the film.  He probably comes the closest to the type that should fill the role, but even Evans is a bit on the older side for it.  Mark Dacascos did a short-lived television series version that actually wasn’t half bad, and Dacascos is a former martial arts champion.  But we’re talking remaking one of the classic cult films, and half bad won’t do.  Maybe it’s time to accept that the actor has not yet been found that can inhabit the character as well as Brandon Lee did, and let a classic stand on its own.

The Crow was originally a comic book by James O’Barr, published by Caliber Press.

#JasonMomoa #TheCrow #BrandonLee

Today Marvel released a featurette on Doctor Strange with Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and producer Kevin Feige.

The film will be released in the U.S. on November 4th.  The U.K. release date has been moved up from Oct. 28th to the 25th.


#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

He’s baaaccckkk!!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out December 16 in the U.S. and the U.K.  It has a long list of stars, including Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2SO, and James Earl Jones is back as you-know-who.

A synopsis from imdb.com:

Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

#StarWars #RogueOne

According to Deadline, Chris Evans (Captain America Chris Evans, not ex-Top Gear Chris Evans, let’s get that straight, shall we?) may well be the lead in a new Jekyll & Hyde film simply called Jekyll. This will apparently follow the BBC One miniseries version which was written by Sherlock co-creator Stephen Moffat.

Jekyll doesn’t follow the original character, but a descendant of his by the name of Tom Jackman, who starts to develop multiple personalities. Sounds like a role Evans can sink his teeth into.

The Hollywood Reporter says Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company, SunnyMarch, will make Rogue Male, an adaptation of the 1939 Geoffrey Householder novel. Cumberbatch will star.

#ChrisEvans #BenedictCumberbatch

Via Comic Book Resources, here’s the lowdown on the calendar you need for 2017:


#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

At SDCC today the crowd in Hall H got a glimpse of Series 4 of BBC’s Sherlock with a new trailer. The panel included Benedict Cumberbatch, Amanda Abbington, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue.

Moriarty may or may not still be making trouble – we can’t tell if he’s really dead from this trailer – but Sherlock has his hands full with a new villain, played by Toby Jones. A bit of trivia: Jones co-starred with Cumberbatch in 2011’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

The trailer is worth watching if for nothing else other than the normally sweet Mrs. Hudson calling Mycroft a reptile.

The series will appear sometime in early 2017 on the BBC and then on PBS’ Masterpiece.

#SherlockBBC #BenedictCumberbatch

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