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Warcraft never really found its feet domestically, and has dropped out of the Top 10 after just three weeks (earning around $2 million over the weekend), and its domestic total of $43 million is much lower than the likes of other adaptations like Silent Hill, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Mortal Kombat and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
However a fantastic campaign outside of the Us has pushed Warcraft over the $400 million mark to $412 million. If you go by the industry rule-of-thumb (that a movie needs to do 2.5x its budget in order to turn a profit), Warcraft is now making money. Expect to hear news of a sequel soon.
See Also: Read our reviews of Warcraft here and here
- Luke Owen
Teasing what’s to come for Jesse Custer and friends (and foes), AMC has unveiled photos and preview videos for “Sundowner”, the next episode of Preacher that will premiere on Sunday, July 3rd at 10:00pm Est.
Episode 106: “Jesse finally comes face to face with Deblanc and Fiore, and learns about the mysterious entity that has taken over his body.
“Preacher,” which is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s popular ‘90’s comic book franchise of the same name, is a Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production. The ten-episode season was developed for television by executive producers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors) and executive producer and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”).
“Preacher” is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. »
- Derek Anderson
With Game of Thrones signing off until next year, the rest of the summer belongs to AMC's Preacher. Next week, Jesse Custer finally confronts Deblanc & Fiore and in the process, learns more about the mysterious entity that has taken residence within him. Check out the promo and first sneak peek for next week's episode below" Season 1, Episode 5 Sundowner Jesse finally comes face to face with Deblanc and Fiore, and learns about the mysterious entity that has taken over his body. Preacher is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse embarks on a journey to, literally, find God, joined by his ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). Preacher features: Dominic Cooper as Jesse Cooper Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare Joe Gilgun »
"Oh, she's a slippery bitch," said Peggy Atwell who plays 'Agent Carter'.
"We haven't seen the last of her. 'Peggy' has male baddies that she fights, but to have someone who is physically her equal -- she's a 'Black Widow', incredibly capable and very smart -- I think that shows some balance for Peggy, like a flip side of the same coin.
"You'll see more of her in Season 2."
In Season One, Dottie, a product of the 'Black Widow' program, worked alongside 'Dr. Ivchenko' (Ralph Brown) in order to locate a vial of 'Captain America' 'super-soldier' blood, obtained by 'Howard Stark' (Dominic Cooper)...
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Dottie Underwood'...
- Michael Stevens
A little over twenty years ago, Vertigo began to publish the Preacher series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. It was my job to promote it to mainstream (i.e. non-comic book trade) media. I was already a huge fan of Garth’s run on Hellblazer and almost got a blurb for it from Sting until the corporate types told me that wasn’t allowed.
I loved every issue of Preacher. It was funny and scary and emotional and philosophical and brilliant. It simultaneously evoked John Ford westerns and Harvey Kurtzman slapstick. It had a character named Arseface, for crying out loud. I did some of my best work promoting that book, because I believed I was bringing happiness to millions.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to find out there was going to be a television show based on the comics (or “graphic novels” as it says in the opening credits). Unlike many, »
- Martha Thomases
If you can’t wait to see what kind of hell Jesse Custer and friends raise next, then you’re in luck, because AMC has unveiled photos and preview videos for the next episode of Preacher ahead of its premiere on Sunday, June 26th at 10:00pm Est.
Episode 105: “South Will Rise Again” – “After his stunt with Quincannon, Jesse is Annville’s newest rock star. Tulip and Cassidy connect, and The Cowboy makes a tragic decision.”
““Preacher,” which is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s popular ‘90’s comic book franchise of the same name, is a Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production. The ten-episode season was developed for television by executive producers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors) and executive producer and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”).
“Preacher” is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, »
- Derek Anderson
After last week’s disappointment ‘Monster Swamp’ is all about what Jesse (Dominic Cooper) plans to do next. He may not be about to unleash bloody vengeance but he’s also not staying put. Jesse plans to do something big at next Sunday Service and he wants the entire town there to see it. First though Preacher […]
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- Liam Macleod
Last week we reported how The Angry Birds Movie had become the second biggest video game movie of all-time and theorised it would overtake Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in the coming weeks. Well it looks like we were a little off base as the worldwide screenings of Warcraft have propelled it to the number one position.
In its second week of domestic release Warcraft dropped an incredible 71% to only take just $6 million, failing to compete against horror sequel The Conjuring 2 and animated juggernaut Finding Dory. However the film is still playing amazingly overseas – in China especially – and it made another $41 million worldwide over the weekend. This brings its total to $377 million, finally knocking Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time from the number one position its held for so long.
The Angry Birds Movie is now the third biggest video game movie of all-time, sitting $10 million »
- Luke Owen
Take a look @ new footage, plus action images from the "Preacher" episode "South Will Rise Again", airing June 26, 2016 on AMC:
"...in Season 1, Episode 4, 'South Will Rise Again', after his stunt with 'Quincannon', 'Jesse' is the town's newest rock star.
"Then 'Tulip' and 'Cassidy' connect. while 'The Cowboy' makes a tragic decision..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Preacher: South Will Rise Again"...
- Michael Stevens
Next week, after his stunt with Quincannon, Jesse deals with his newfound rockstar status. Meanwhile, Tulip bonds with Cassidy and the Cowboy makes a tragic decision. Check out the promo and first sneak peek for next week's episode below Season 1, Episode 4 South Will Rise Again After his stunt with Quincannon, Jesse is Annville's newest rock star. Tulip and Cassidy connect, and The Cowboy makes a tragic decision. Preacher is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse embarks on a journey to, literally, find God, joined by his ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). Preacher features: Dominic Cooper as Jesse Cooper Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare Joe Gilgun as Cassidy W. Earl Brown as Sheriff Hugo Root Tom Brooke as »
AMC has debuted (via Hitfix) a new sneak peek from this Sunday’s episode of Preacher, titled “Monster Swamp.” In it, Cassidy (Joe Gilgun) meets with Fiore (Tom Brooke) and DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef) in an effort to discover more about the mysterious entity that’s inhabiting his pal Jesse (Dominic Cooper).
During their first couple of encounters, ol’ Cass actually “killed” the cowboy hat-wearing duo – so he obviously knows there’s something out of the ordinary about them. The vampire’s first guess was that they were clones, but during the last episode Fiore admitted that they were in fact from heaven – in other words, they’re angels.
Cassidy seems to be striking a deal with the pair in this clip, but it’s hard to imagine he’d betray Jesse outright and more than likely has a few tricks up his sleeve. Of course, that doesn’t mean he »
- Mark Cassidy
Preacher deftly walks the line between comedy and horror better than any other show on TV...
This review contains spoilers.
1.4 Monster Swamp
Annville, Texas, is a terrible place. The main employer is a slaughter house; the second-biggest employer seems to be the local whorehouse. This is the sort of place where bodies are buried out in the desert, people are attacked with chainsaws, and there's a snuff film festival down the road. The school bus driver is a paedophile. The death of a beloved prostitute is treated like a joke by the very people who inadvertently brought about her death. The only way the local church can attract a crowd is by giving away a television, and the only way that Jesse Custer can win souls is by using the voice to force the town's most prominent member to serve God.
Is that doing a good thing using underhanded means, »
Jesse Custard (Dominic Cooper) is possessed by something with great power. This is a problem. Or a blessing. Depends on how you look at it really. But regardless, it’s definitely a miracle. And the problem with this particular miracle is it's more stubborn than barnacles on a ship’s hull. But the angels DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef) and Fiore (Tom Brooke) have a plan. From their perspective, it’s a good plan. It ends with the thing inside Jesse no longer inside of him. Thankfully the Preacher has Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) in his corner. Kind of. Mostly. Right up until the end. But hey, the broker has to get their cut of the deal, right? In the HitFix exclusive clip above (and below), get a kick out of two angels and a vampire negotiating about a human. Preacher airs this Sunday at 9/8c on AMC. »
- Donna Dickens
“Supergirl” has found its Man of Steel; “Teen Wolf” alum Tyler Hoechlin has been cast as Superman/Clark Kent in Season 2 of the Greg Berlanti-produced drama, which is making the jump from CBS to The CW for its sophomore outing.
“Greg and I have wanted to work with Tyler for ages, so this worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement. “We are so thrilled and humbled to add another amazing actor to the legacy of this iconic character.”
Hoechlin recently starred in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” alongside Blake Jenner — the husband of “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist — who has also appeared on the superhero drama. Hoechlin will next be seen in “Stratton” alongside Dominic Cooper and Tom Felton. Previous credits include “Road To Perdition,” “Hall Pass” and “Solstice.”
When news of Superman’s casting was first announced, Kreisberg released a »
- Laura Prudom
Whether you fell in love with Dominic Cooper in Mamma Mia!, couldn't get enough of his red carpet bromance with Aaron Paul, or are currently swooning over him in Preacher, there's one thing everyone can agree on: he's got that intense, brooding look down pat. The English actor's habit of striking pose after smoldering pose on the red carpet would make even Jon Snow jealous, so it's no wonder he's romanced some of Hollywood's biggest leading ladies. If you're just as obsessed as we are, keep reading to see his all-time sexiest photos. »
- Quinn Keaney
Video game films have a lot of hurdles to overcome in the best situations, but when we’re “adapting” something that doesn’t exactly have a story to adapt (novels aside), pulling something together that can even manage to simply entertain is nearly impossible.
Luckily, the film took a chance on Duncan Jones, whose credits don’t exactly scream “fantasy, tentpole spectacle,” though they do give one a reasonable expectation to deliver “sci-fi storytelling.”
Odd as it may sound for a film that perhaps ultimately lives or dies on its fight scenes and action, Jones’ commitment to characters gives Warcraft its ability to keep things moving. Though this isn’t a film that has the potential to live up to the character-driven approach of Moon, or Source Code (Jones’ only other efforts), it clearly places more value on sticking with motivations and delivering honest characters than most things anywhere near the genre. »
- Marc Eastman
For all its exploding heads, bloody chainsaws and coffee-can bazookas, “Preacher” is a show that succeeds on the strength of the trio of anti-heroes at its pulsing heart. Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) not only manage to create (mostly) human characters amidst the chaos and the blood, but […]
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- Kimber Myers
After a Cassidy-heavy episode last week we finally get to see Tulip and Jesse spend some real time together, which turns out to be something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand there’s a lot to like. Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga have great chemistry together, visibly drawn to one another with an undercurrent […]
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- Liam Macleod
Preacher introduces two of the funniest characters on TV in this week's deftly balanced episode, The Possibilities...
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 The Possibilities
Preacher is a world full of interesting, weird characters. There's not a person on the show who isn't messed up in some way or another, from the stars all the way down to the one-off characters. Preacher has one of the deepest benches of interesting characters that you'll find on TV, and one of the highlights of this particular episode is the two mysterious men who are trying to recover the parasite from within Jesse Custer. Fiore and DeBlanc are two of the funniest characters on TV, and any episode that features them hanging out with Cassidy is going to be a funny one indeed.
Every moment with Tom Brooke and Anatol Yusef on screen is a delight, and the angels get to have a couple of fun scenes this week. Their first scene is squaring off with Sheriff Root, which is just a wonderful bit of comedy. Root is questioning, quite rightly, why the two men are there, and why they aren't seeking help from the local authorities if they are the government. The fact that Fiore and DeBlanc didn't actually have a cover story set up before Root shows up is clear from the very beginning, as the two contradict one another or talk over one another with every question before DeBlanc asserts himself and takes over the conversation. Root undercuts the comedy with a pretty horrible story about child abuse and murder (why wouldn't he?) but when Fiore and DeBlanc uncover their cache of weapons, it only underscores just how little attention the two angels actually pay to human suffering; they just wanted Hugo to leave so they could get into their combat gear and go after Genesis.
Of course, since it's Fiore and DeBlanc, they fail miserably. Armed with heavy weapons and bullet-proof vests and helmets, the two make their walk towards Jesse's church only to be run down by Cassidy driving the church van; Scott Winant makes sure this scene comes out of nowhere, and we get a build-up for a huge payoff laugh. Two more bodies to dispose of. At least, until, the two men show up again while Cassidy is looking for garbage bags to dispose of the bodies he'd left outside. Cassidy's 'kill first, ask questions never' paranoia works out in his favour, usually, but it doesn't help the angels any. However, the scenes are very funny, and Brook and Yusef deserve all the screen time they get, because their deadpan comedy is very much needed as the rest of the episode gets a little bit heavier.
That's one of the interesting tonal dilemmas that Preacher has. Just what kind of show is it? Is it a supernatural drama? Certainly, Jesse Custer seems to be wrestling with his tremendous power. Is it a conspiracy drama? Well, Danni (Julie Dretzin) wasn't dropping off information to a man at a snuff film convention just for fun. There must be some power behind the appearance of the angels, as well. Cassidy and Jesse could easily fill out the lead roles in a buddy comedy, while Tulip seems determined to turn every episode into a crime caper. It's funny, but it's also very dark, usually at the same time. There's some serious philosophical discussions, but also plenty of pop culture references.
Chris Kelly, who wrote tonight's episode, gets some credit for being able to work that delicate balance. I mean, there's an implied snuff film, and one of the characters is abusing both his wife and son, and yet the show packs laughs in wherever possible. Every horrible thing is counterbalanced by some comedy, be it dark like the many deaths of Fiore and DeBlanc or light like Cassidy wandering around in a poncho and giant straw hat to hide from the sun. There's just enough lightness to counterbalance the terrible things that are going on just below the surface. I mean, in one small town you've got a paedophile, a failed suicide, at least one wife-beater, and that's not even going into the mysterious stranger watching snuff films or the fact that Odin Quincannon has to be some kind of monster given he's being played by Jackie Earle Haley.
Will the show be able to keep up that deft balance between light and dark? I don't know, but I can certainly appreciate the great pains they're taking to stay true to the source material while making it slightly more palatable for cable television purposes. Those are the big questions for the show as a viable television entity. Can it keep Preacher fans happy without running afoul of television marketing executives? Can the show delve into dark places or philosophically difficult areas without alienating viewers? So far so good, but if this show doesn't get any protest think-pieces written about it before the end of the season, I think it's not doing its job.
Read Ron's review of the previous episode, See, here.
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A review of tonight's Preacher coming up just as soon I go with the John Travolta explanation... "All of God's creation, inside of me. you know that kind of crazy?" -Jesse The first two episodes of Preacher were at times only barely coherent even to me as a devout reader of the comics(*), teasing various mysteries and characters while rarely pausing to explain anything. But the energy of Sam Catlin's scripts, and of Rogen and Goldberg's direction, made them a blast to watch even when things were at their most gibberish-y. (*) This is your weekly reminder to not discuss things from the comics that have yet to appear or be explained on the show. "The Possibilities" is the first episode with a different director (Emmy winner Scott Winant) and writer (Chris Kelley) It's also by far the clearest and most straightforward installment so far, for good and for ill. There are still teases and mysteries to be explained, like the introduction of the man in the white suit watching some kind of horror or torture porn movie, but for the most part, the hour tries to proceed logically and coherently from what came before, as Jesse begins testing the nature and limit of his powers, even as Tulip keeps pushing him to leaving this good guy business behind and go back to being her charismatic bad guy. There are still unexpected bursts of comedy and/or action, like Cassidy running over the mysterious strangers — who claim to be agents of Heaven itself — with the church van seconds after they arm themselves to the teeth for their latest attempt to retrieve the thing inside Jesse, but on the whole, it's a more measured, at times bordering on slow, hour, focusing on the central character at his most dour. We know from Dominic Cooper's other work that he can play the wily, charismatic rogue, and while I suspect we're going to get there eventually, for the moment I'm on Tulip's side of wanting him to get there already, rather than wasting time in a role that obviously doesn't suit him. The show is taking a slow burn, so that we can more fully appreciate who and what Jesse is trying to be at this moment when he gets this god-like power, which I can respect, but things for the moment tend to be more fun when they're focusing on the other regulars. At the same time, that methodical approach to the narrative, which Catlin learned well on his last AMC series, allows us to see Sam do something that these kinds of stories sometimes skip over, which is to really test the limits of what he can do. He realizes, for instance, that his instructions are now taken exactly as phrased, and also that he can't make people do the physically impossible. He can make the brain-damaged girl open her eyes, but not cure her, and he can make Cassidy hop on one foot and sing Johnny Cash, but he can't give Cassidy the power of flight(*). (*) This suggests that vampires in this universe can't fly — or turn into bats in order to fly. The two questions — What can Jesse do? And can Tulip tempt him back to the dark side? — converge in the chilling scene where Jesse's on the verge of making Donnie blow his brains out. That he stops himself from committing murder by proxy closes the Tulip question for the moment (to her great frustration, once he bails on their mission to find the dreaded Carlos), but also will surely lead to more trouble from Donnie. After all, Jesse only ordered him to drop the gun, rather than some more wide-ranging instruction about leaving him alone, ceasing to bully others, etc. Jesse is gradually learning what he's capable of, but even with a power that Heaven wants back, he sure doesn't have the omniscience of God just yet. "The Possibilities" demonstrates some of the trade-offs Preacher is going to have to make the deeper we get into this first season. It moves the story forward and explains things, both of which are very welcome, but was definitely lower energy than the first two installments. Some other thoughts: * The show doesn't explain who the man in the white suit is, but we do get a sense of Tulip's chief underworld contact, Danni, who is simultaneously tough and cool and yet would like Tulip to murder her abusive husband. * A nice scene for W. Earl Brown, as Sheriff Root tells the Heavenly visitors the story of the children kidnapped from the amusement park by the pretzel vendor who had worked there for 30 years without complaint or incident. Root tends to see the world as a dark and awful place, but given what little we've watched of this corner of it, I can't exactly blame him for seeing the worst in everyone. * The tombstone for Jesse's father lists his birth as 1955 and his death in 1990, which means he had Jesse in his mid-late 30s. What did everybody else think? »
- Alan Sepinwall
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