Marvel Unveils ‘Avengers 2’ Title Card and More

This title image for the 'Avengers' sequel was unveiled Saturday.

This title card for the ‘Avengers’ sequel was unveiled Saturday.

Marvel Studios held their annual panel in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H Saturday, revealing a trove of information about their upcoming second phase of superhero movies.

Perhaps most significantly, the title of the sequel to last summer’s  The Avengers, set for May 1, 2015, was revealed to be Avengers: Age of Ultron.

For readers not familiar with the comics, Ultron was a sentient robot originally created by Dr. Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, who has yet to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ultron was created for good but soon became obsessed with power, modifying himself and eventually warring with Pym.

The Comic-Con teaser seems to suggest that Marvel may not be following the comics to the letter on this one. The title reveal began with a video of Iron Man’s mask. As members of the Avengers repeated lines from previous movies, the mask was spun around, battered and distorted, eventually morphing into Ultron’s distinctive fanged metallic skull.

If this footage is to be believed, Marvel may adapt Ultron’s origin story to make one Tony Stark his creator, holding off on introducing Pym until his planned solo movie, to be directed by Edgar Wright, in Phase Three. Director Joss Whedon offered no clues.

Marvel also teased the rest of its upcoming slate:

Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8, 2013) – Little more than some extra footage from the upcoming sequel was revealed, though Tom Hiddleston appeared as Loki to whip the audience into a frenzy. From what we know already, The Dark World will take Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding demi-god to more alien worlds as he battles the Dark Elves, led by the mysterious Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). Thor will team up with erstwhile brother Loki and love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) as he attempts to stop the Dark Elves from destroying worlds he has sworn to protect and everyone he holds dear. The film, directed by Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor, will have a grittier, more Viking-influenced feel, according to insiders.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014) – Most of the cast members appeared at Comic-Con, including Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson (reprising her Black Widow role in a bigger part), Emily VanCamp (as mysterious Agent 13) and Sebastian Stan (as the titular antagonist, one of Cap’s close friends from the ’40s brainwashed by the villainous HYDRA organization). According to producer Kevin Feige, the film is “a 70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie” and will find Cap taking on a powerful enemy in Washington, D.C. Frank Grillo will appear as villain Crossbones. Anthony Mackie will also feature as flying hero Falcon. As directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film will deal with Cap’s adjustment to modern life and his growing relationship with Black Widow. Robert Redford, not in attendance at Comic-Con, will play shadowy villain Alexander Pierce. A fight sequence between Cap and Crossbones in an elevator was screened, along with some lines from Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury.

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014) – Surprisingly, lots of cast members from James Gunn’s oddball sci-fi space-set adventure showed up at Comic-Con. The story will find an American pilot teaming up with alien ex-cons to transport a powerful artifact. Footage screened showed protagonist Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) attempting to steal an artifact from a temple before encountering Djimon Hounsou’s Korath, and a futuristic mug shot scenario where each member of the Guardians is profiled. Here’s a run-down of who’s who:

Peter Quill/Star-Lord – Chris Pratt beefed up to play the film’s lead protagonist, a devil-may-care gunslinger with an alien father and human mother. Wanted on charges of “minor assault,” according to the footage.

Yondu – Michael Rooker shaved his head for the role of the Guardians’ founding member, an expert hunter.

Gamora – Avatar actress Zoe Saldana is under heavy makeup as green alien assassin Gamora, the adopted daughter of heavyweight villain Thanos. She’s the last of her species, according to Saldana.

Drax the Destroyer – Wrestler Dave Bautista plays a human reborn as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos, after the villain murdered his family.

Ronan the Accuser – Lee Pace will be portraying a villain, the leader of the evil Kree race.

Korath the Pursuer – Djimon Houstou took the role of one of Ronan the Accuser’s Kree allies to set an example for his young son, who is a big fan of superhero movies.

Nebula – Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan revealed at Comic-Con that she had shaved her head to play the villainous Nebula, a space pirate.

The Collector – Benicio del Toro signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel before signing on to play the ancient Collector, a being who finds interesting lifeforms to keep for himself.

Yet to be cast are the voices of Groot, a tree-like member of the Guardians, and Rocket Raccoon, a pint-sized Guardian. Thanos, who cameoed at the end of The Avengers, is rumored to be making an appearance.

Source: EW.

Image Courtesy: Marvel.

2013 Emmys: Surprises and Snubs

BBC's America's 'Orphan Black' was shut out of this year's Emmys.

BBC’s America’s clone thriller ‘Orphan Black’ was shut out of this year’s Emmys.

Though there were a lot of locks for the main categories at the Emmys this year, the TV Academy still managed to surprise us here at Cinema Sentinel with some very deserving underdogs scoring nominations and equally shocking snubs. Though we would certainly never want to be in the position of choosing a few nominees out of this past year’s terrific crop, it’s always fun to dissect and disagree with the TV Academy’s picks. Let’s take it one at a time with the six main categories:

Outstanding Comedy Series

This year’s category is almost identical to last year’s, with FX’s Louie sneaking onto the ballot in place of HBO’s Curb Your EnthusiasmLouie was certainly worthy of a nomination – no show still on TV does biting dark comedy as skillfully – but there were some equally deserving but unfairly snubbed candidates. NBC’s Parks and Recreation had a terrific season, far superior to, say, the latest season of Girls (debatably not even a comedy at this point). Parks and Recreation has even surpassed its stylistic muse, The Office, at this point by so completely involving the audience in the lives of its characters despite the documentary format, and it is about time that the Emmys recognize that after years of unfairly ignoring the show. And the total lack of love for FOX’s New Girl, which hit a real groove in its second season, is depressing, if not surprising given all of the deserving candidates this year. The characters on New Girl grew (though some more than others) from caricatures to legitimate protagonists, with strengths, weaknesses and quirks all their own. The scripts were also far better than in New Girl‘s first season, giving each actor time to shine individual while evolving all of the roommates’ relationships in exciting ways. With 30 Rock in the ground, maybe some fresher comedies will get a chance next year.

Biggest Surprise: Louie (FX)

Biggest Snub: Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Outstanding Drama Series

This field was the tightest of any this year, with so many brilliant dramas on the air, and so it’s difficult to argue with the nominees – in particular, AMC’s Mad Men, HBO’s Game of Thrones, and AMC’s Breaking Bad are all at the peak of their storytelling powers. Netflix’s House of Cards deserves a nomination not only for its terrific acting and plot, but also for its very existence. House of Cards is groundbreaking in that it is the first original online web television program to ever receive Emmy attention. If there’s any debating, it would be about SHOWTIME’s Homeland. The complex spy thriller had an undeniably weak second season, despite an extremely strong start. It’s safe to say that the TV Academy is honoring the first half of Homeland‘s second season, not the completely absurd Abu Nazir kidnapping twist of its last few episodes. However, there are other shows more deserving that, with careful restraint, avoided going off the rails in the way that Homeland did. FX’s The Americans had an exhilarating, almost flawless first season. Also on FX, Sons of Anarchy and Justified arguably had their best seasons yet.  On HBO, Boardwalk Empire was conspicuously absent for the first time. And while the same channel’s drama The Newsroom turned a lot of heads, it’s likely that tough love from critics scared off the TV Academy. Meanwhile, SHOWTIME’s Dexter pulled itself out of a nosedive in grand fashion with one of its best seasons in years, to no avail, and AMC’s The Walking Dead also didn’t make the cut, despite its burgeoning popularity and rise in quality. Neither did NBC’s freshman drama Hannibal, which had a surprising amount of awards buzz behind it going into the nominations. In this writer’s mind, the biggest snub in this category would have to be BBC America’s Orphan Black, which succeeded in making sci-fi cool again, as well as smart, sexy and compulsively watchable. Despite the many fantastical aspects of the show’s plot (which are almost certainly what turned voters off), the drama was as gritty, well-acted and fascinating as anything on American television this year.

Biggest Surprise: House of Cards (Netflix)

Biggest Snub: Orphan Black (BBC America)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

The heavy hitters are all there, though Jeff Daniels somehow snuck in despite The Newsroom‘s bad press and lack of nominations. This was such a rewarding season of television all around that there were many deserving actors who just didn’t make the cut. Timothy Olyphant was great in this season of Justified. Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) both got the shaft this year after being nominated last year, allowing Daniels and Kevin Spacey of House of Cards to take their places. Neither Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) nor Matthew Rhys (The Americans) stood a chance, though in weaker years they both would have been up for consideration. Hugh Dancy was truly outstanding on NBC’s freshman drama Hannibal as troubled criminal profiler Will Graham. And Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead turned in the most impressive performance on a show built on great performances, showing off his wide acting range this past season as his character sunk to new moral depths. All of them would have been nominated in a perfect world. Sadly, the TV Academy loves to show devotion to its favorite shows, so newcomers often get spurned in favor of mainstays like Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men).

Biggest Surprise: Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom (HBO)

Biggest Snub: Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

This category yielded some of the most surprising nominations in this year’s Emmys. Some of them were satisfying, like Vera Farmiga for her excellent work as twisted mother Norma Bates on A&E’s breakout Bates Motel. And some of them were a little frustrating, like Connie Britton on ABC’s Nashville, an uneven guilty pleasure show that went through some considerable growing pains. The category nominated seven actresses, as opposed to the standard six, which suggests the TV Academy struggled to narrow down the contenders, so there were likely many other actresses who were very close to receiving the nod that Britton ultimately (read: inexplicably) earned. Tatiana Maslany played not one but seven characters to perfection on BBC America’s Orphan Black, masterfully differentiating each performance with distinctive looks, styles, accents, and mannerisms. No one else on TV can claim to play both the protagonist and antagonist of their show, along with most of the supporting characters. Maslany’s omission, after her win at the Critic’s Choice Awards, was likely the biggest snub of any category at the Emmys this year. Other deserving candidates included Jennifer Carpenter for her increasingly terrific work on SHOWTIME’s Dexter, Lena Headey and Michelle Fairley of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Keri Russell, the compelling center of FX’s The Americans. Julianne Margulies was also snubbed this year, though CBS’s The Good Wife had another strong season.

Biggest Surprise: Connie Britton – Nashville (ABC)

Biggest Snub: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Usual suspects Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) again received nods, but the category also found room to recognize underdogs like Matt LeBlanc for his wonderful, self-aware role on SHOWTIME’s Episodes and Jason Bateman for being the best part of Netflix’s revived Arrested Development. Louis C.K. picked up another well-deserved nomination for his work on Louie, and Don Cheadle was also recognized for SHOWTIME’s House of Lies. The weak spot in that line-up is definitely Cheadle, who suffers from the reputation of his show, generally criticized for listless writing. However, the TV Academy clearly likes Cheadle on TV, as they also nominated him last year, to the surprise of many. As far as snubs are concerned, Jake Johnson should have picked up a nomination for his consistently hilarious acting on FOX’s New Girl. Johnson really came into his own as a romantic and comedic lead for the show this past season, delivering many of the show’s best lines and moments. Despite a greatly improved role, he suffered from the total lack of love for New Girl from the TV Academy this year. John Krasinski was the heart of The Office in its final season, but evidently the show wore out its welcome around the time Steve Carrell packed his bags. Finally, Jon Cryer was also snubbed for Two and a Half Men after the TV Academy gave him the award last year, suggesting the goodwill towards him after the show’s Charlie Sheen crisis has all but evaporated.

Biggest Surprise: Jason Bateman – Arrested Development (Netflix)

Biggest Snub: Jake Johnson – New Girl (FOX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

This category included comedy juggernauts like Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), while still acknowledging the more subtle work of underdogs like Laura Dern (Enlightened) and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), in what was probably the fairest distribution of nominations this year. That said, many terrific actresses got shut out, which is particularly frustrating considering the Lead Actress in a Drama category had seven slots this year, while Lead Actress in a Comedy only had six. That seventh slot would have likely gone to Zooey Deschanel for her increasingly expressive and exciting work on New Girl. Deschanel really developed her character this past season, transforming Jess Day from the quirky weirdo of the first season into a fully formed, easily likable protagonist by taking bold risks and consistently humanizing her, particularly in her romantic storyline with roommate Nick Miller (Jake Johnson). Melissa McCarthy was also snubbed for her work on CBS’s Mike and Molly, likely just missing the cut. It’s possible that her lucrative film career overexposed her to voters, who instead opted for lesser-known actresses.

Biggest Surprise: Laura Dern – Enlightened (HBO)

Biggest Snub: Zooey Deschanel – New Girl (FOX)

Nominations for 2013 Emmy Awards

FX's 'American Horror Story' led the pack with 17 nominations.

FX’s horror anthology series ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ led the pack with 17 nominations.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in television, will air September 22 on CBS. The nominees are below:

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Girls • HBO
Louie • FX Networks
Modern Family • ABC
30 Rock • NBC
Veep • HBO

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Breaking Bad • AMC
Downton Abbey • PBS
Game Of Thrones • HBO
Homeland • Showtime
House Of Cards • Netflix
Mad Men • AMC

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Breaking Bad • AMC

Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Downton Abbey • PBS

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
Homeland • Showtime

Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
House Of Cards • Netflix

Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Mad Men • AMC

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
The Newsroom • HBO

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates
Bates Motel • A&E

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
Downton Abbey • PBS

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Homeland • Showtime

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
House Of Cards • Netflix

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
Mad Men • AMC

Connie Britton as Rayna James
Nashville • ABC

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope
Scandal • ABC

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
Arrested Development • Netflix

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
The Big Bang Theory • CBS

Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
Episodes • Showtime

Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
House Of Lies • Showtime

Louis C.K. as Louie
Louie • FX Networks

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
30 Rock • NBC

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Laura Dern as Amy
Enlightened • HBO

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Girls • HBO

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Nurse Jackie • Showtime

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Parks And Recreation • NBC

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
30 Rock • NBC

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
Veep • HBO

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES

American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks
Behind The Candelabra • HBO
The Bible • HISTORY
Phil Spector • HBO
Political Animals • USA
Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Behind The Candelabra • HBO
Michael Douglas as Liberace

Behind The Candelabra • HBO
Matt Damon as Scott Thorson

The Girl • HBO
Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock

Parade’s End • HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens

Phil Spector • HBO
Al Pacino as Phil Spector

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN MINISERIES OR MOVIE

American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks
Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin

The Big C: Hereafter • Showtime
Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison

Phil Spector • HBO
Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney-Baden

Political Animals • USA
Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond

Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel
Elisabeth Moss as Robin

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti
Boardwalk Empire • HBO

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut
Breaking Bad • AMC

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad • AMC

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Downton Abbey • PBS

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Game Of Thrones • HBO

Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson
Homeland • Showtime

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Breaking Bad • AMC

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey • PBS

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Game Of Thrones • HBO

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
The Good Wife • CBS

Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody
Homeland • Showtime

Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris
Mad Men • AMC

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler
Girls • HBO

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC

Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family • ABC

Bill Hader as Various characters
Saturday Night Live • NBC

Tony Hale as Gary Walsh
Veep • HBO

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
The Big Bang Theory • CBS

Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
Glee • FOX

Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family • ABC

Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Nurse Jackie • Showtime

Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney
30 Rock • NBC

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer
Veep • HBO

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks

Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks

Scott Bakula as Bob Black
Behind The Candelabra • HBO

John Benjamin Hickey as Sean
The Big C: Hereafter • Showtime

Peter Mullan as Matt
Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks

Imelda Staunton as Alma Hitchcock
The Girl • HBO

Ellen Burstyn as Margaret Barrish Worthington
Political Animals • USA

Charlotte Rampling as Sally Gilmartin
Restless • Sundance Channel

Alfre Woodard as Ouiser
Steel Magnolias • Lifetime

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST

Ryan Seacrest
American Idol • FOX

Betty White
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers • NBC

Tom Bergeron
Dancing With The Stars • ABC

Heidi Klum
Tim Gunn
Project Runway • Lifetime

Cat Deeley
So You Think You Can Dance • FOX

Anthony Bourdain
The Taste • ABC

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION

The Amazing Race • CBS
Dancing With The Stars • ABC
Project Runway • Lifetime
So You Think You Can Dance • FOX
Top Chef • Bravo
The Voice • NBC

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

Antiques Roadshow • PBS
Deadliest Catch • Discovery Channel
Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives • Food Network
MythBusters • Discovery Channel
Shark Tank • ABC
Undercover Boss • CBS

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES

The Colbert Report • Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live • ABC
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon • NBC
Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO
Saturday Night Live • NBC

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Nathan Lane as Clarke Hayden
The Good Wife • CBS

Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning
The Good Wife • CBS

Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn
Homeland • Showtime

Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper
Mad Men • AMC

Harry Hamlin as Jim Cutler
Mad Men • AMC

Dan Bucatinsky as James Novack
Scandal • ABC

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN DRAMA SERIES

Margo Martindale as Claudia
The Americans • FX Networks

Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
Game Of Thrones • HBO

Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni
The Good Wife • CBS

Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen
Mad Men • AMC

Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing
The Newsroom • HBO

Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson
Shameless • Showtime

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Bob Newhart as Arthur Jeffries/Professor Proton
The Big Bang Theory • CBS

Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman
Modern Family • ABC

Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz
Nurse Jackie • Showtime

Louis C.K., Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC

Justin Timberlake, Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC

Will Forte as Paul
30 Rock • NBC

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Molly Shannon as Eileen Foliente
Enlightened • HBO

Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste
Glee • FOX

Melissa Leo as Laurie
Louie • FX Networks

Melissa McCarthy, Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC

Kristen Wiig, Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC

Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy
30 Rock • NBC

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM

Bob’s Burgers • O.T.: The Outside Toilet • FOX
Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness: Enter The Dragon • Nickelodeon
Regular Show: The Christmas Special • Cartoon Network
The Simpsons • Treehouse Of Horror XXIII • FOX
South Park • Raising The Bar • Comedy Central

 

Image Courtesy – FX.

Sci-Fi Thriller ‘All You Need is Kill’ Gets New Title

Tom Cruise is having a really bad day, again and again, in 'Edge of Tomorrow.'

Tom Cruise is having a really bad day, again and again, in ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’

Tom Cruise’s sci-fi thriller All You Need is Kill, due next summer, has received a much-needed name change.

The movie, now known as Edge of Tomorrow, finds Earth at war with an alien race called the Mimics. Cruise stars as unlucky soldier Bill Cage, who after being killed in battle with the invaders is caught in a time loop and must relive the same battle over and over. Becoming a smarter soldier with each battle, Cage takes the fight to the aliens with the help of veteran soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt).

Edge of Tomorrow is based on a graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The movie so far looks like a mash-up of Source Code and Halo, or a Groundhog Day with more exploding heads, neither of which are necessarily a bad thing.

Edge of Tomorrow will hit theaters in IMAX 3D on June 6 next year.

Source: Entertainment Weekly.

Image Courtesy: ScreenCrush.

‘True Blood’ Receives Season Seven Pick-Up

Alexander Skarsgård and Anna Paquin star in HBO's 'True Blood.'

Alexander Skarsgård and Anna Paquin star in ‘True Blood.’

HBO’s bloody vampire drama True Blood has received a seventh season order.

The show is currently airing a sixth season of ten episodes, with the seventh season expected next summer.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo called True Blood a “signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers” in a statement. “Thanks to [showrunner] Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV,” he said.

Source: TV Line.

Photo Courtesy: Digital Spy.

Lucas Till Will Appear in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Lucas Till will appear in Bryan Singer's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.'

Lucas Till will appear in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’

In the latest casting news for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, a tweet from director Bryan Singer has revealed that Lucas Till will reprise his role as Alex Summers, aka Havok, a mutant with the ability to absorb and release energy.

The tweet read: “‘Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.’ -JFK”

The tweet included a picture of Till in military fatigues in what appears to be a military base.

The upcoming film will serve as a sequel to the X-Men: First Class prequel and the original X-Men trilogy, bringing together mutants from both series to combat a shared threat. The cast is already huge, including stars of both franchises like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Anna Paquin.

Other new characters include Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage as the film’s main antagonist and American Horror Story‘s Evan Peters as mutant Quicksilver.

Source: Entertainment Weekly.

Photo Courtesy: IMDb.

‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Dead at 31

Monteith was 31.

Cory Monteith, star of FOX’s Glee, has died at 31.

The unexpected death of Glee star Cory Monteith shocked the world this past weekend.

Vancouver police have confirmed that Monteith, 31, was found dead on Saturday at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, where he had been staying since July 6.

At a press conference on Saturday evening, a police spokesperson said that there were “no indications of foul play.” An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday, July 15.

Monteith played protagonist Finn Hudson, a high school athlete who discovered a talent and love for singing after joining his school’s glee club. Monteith won a 2011 Teen Choice Award for his performance in Glee. Monteith’s other work included a supporting role in the Selena Gomez comedy Monte Carlo and a lead role in the upcoming mystery McCanick.

20th Century Fox Television, Fox Broadcasting Company, and the executive producers of Glee released a joint statement, which read:

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”

 

Photo Courtesy: Parade.

BBC’s ‘Luther’ Will Return this Year

Luther and his accomplice Alice (Ruth Wilson) will return.

Luther and his accomplice Alice (Ruth Wilson) will return.

The BBC announced today that its hit detective series Luther will return for a four-episode third series, airing on BBC One in July and on BBC America on September 3.

Luther has been widely acclaimed for its gritty atmosphere, creative take on the detective genre, and performances. Lead Idris Elba, as tortured London detective John Luther, has been singled out for particular praise, winning a Golden Globe for the second series.

The show’s creator, Neil Cross, explained the long wait between the second and third series (Luther was last on screen in 2011) by saying, “To create something as brilliant as Luther takes time. But it will be worth the wait.” Cross described the third series as “four perfectly dark, chillingly-formed episodes.” Cross earlier confirmed that this will be the last series of Luther, but that a jump to the big screen is not out of the question. Elba has repeatedly expressed interest, explaining in a video interview that, “I think that’s where the ultimate Luther story will unfold, is in the big silver screen – London as a huge backdrop, and a very menacing, horrible character to play against.”

The official synopsis for the third series is below, courtesy of the BBC:

“John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons, is back under intense pressure – with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down. Luther’s life is his job, that is until love crosses his path and offers him a chance of happiness. Sienna Guillory (“Resident Evil,” “Love Actually”) joins the cast as Mary, a woman who works in a vintage clothing shop and meets Luther in a chance encounter. But is Mary ready to accept Luther’s past? And can Luther leave it behind?”

Check out the trailer over on YouTube, courtesy of the BBC.

Source: ScreenRant.

Photo Courtesy: 3xcusemyfrench.

Matt Smith to Leave ‘Doctor Who’

Matt Smith will depart BBC's 'Doctor Who' later this year.

The BBC confirmed today that, after almost four years of starring as the Time Lord from Gallifrey, Matt Smith is set to leave Doctor Who at the end of this year.

Smith, who took over the role from fan favorite David Tennant in 2010, first appeared as the Eleventh Doctor during the rebooted sci-fi show’s fifth season, and will make his final bow in the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special.

With Smith as the Doctor, the show has enjoyed increasing popularity worldwide, particularly in the United States. The recent advertising push for Doctor Who across the States, in addition to the growing influence of internet fandoms, are some likely causes for the surge of support for the show, but Smith, along with companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), surely also played a role.

His energetic performance and dramatic gravitas, in addition to fondness for bowties, fish fingers and custard, and the phrase “Geronimo”, have certainly earned him a place among the best Doctors. Smith is also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA for the role, receiving the nod in 2011.

The search for the Twelfth Doctor is currently underway, and companion Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) is expected to stick around for at least one more season.

After he departs Doctor Who, Smith will next be seen in Ryan Gosling’s upcoming directorial debut, a dark fantasy called How to Catch a Monster.

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Dan Harmon May Return to ‘Community’

Former 'Community' showrunner Dan Harmon may return.

Former ‘Community’ showrunner Dan Harmon may return.

The mad-genius creator of NBC’s underdog cult comedy Community may be returning to the show for its fifth season after being fired by NBC last year. Dan Harmon is widely perceived to be the creative energy behind the show, which centers on disbarred lawyer Jeff Winger, who attends the titular Greendale Community College in hopes of earning a degree and embarks on a series of misadventures with a zany and close-knit study group. Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and (formerly) Chevy Chase co-star. Community is beloved by fans for its ambitious, high-concept storylines and affinity for meta-humor and pop culture references.

Harmon was evicted from the show after the close of the third season, following conflict between him and co-star Chevy Chase and reports that NBC was unhappy with the show’s direction and ratings. The fourth season, which was helmed by writers David Guarascio and Moses Port, concluded last month. It met with a less-than-enthusiastic reception from critics and fans, who felt it lacked the series’ typical humor and creativity, while maintaining almost the same ratings as Harmon’s Community.

News of Harmon’s possible return broke last Sunday on his podcast Harmontown, when he confirmed rumors that he was in negotiations with NBC. On Friday, Harmon tweeted, “Returning to Community, Day One: Hiring of directors hindered by an apparent promise from Sony to Jason Alexander. My deal: not yet closed.” Alexander previously appeared on the show during the fourth-season episode “Intro to Felt Surrogacy.”

Another tweet from Harmon appeared to cement the news on Saturday. Responding to a fan’s question, he tweted, “Yes yes yes! I’m back I’m back I’m back. You can thank @joelmchale.”

Community‘s fifth season is expected to air as a midseason replacement in NBC’s 2013-2014 schedule.

NBC and Sony declined to comment when asked by Entertainment Weekly.

Source: Entertainment Weekly.

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