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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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