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Well, it’s certainly been a huge week for Marvel fans! Having announced that we’d get our first look at Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron during the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, Marvel were forced to act when the trailer leaked early, (via Hydra, no less!) prompting the studio to release an official version which went on to pull in an astonishing 35 million views in 24 hours, shattering the previous record of »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb said: “Marvel’s Agent Carter opens up an exciting world of new characters for us. Lyndsy brings a warmth and humanity to Angie, who’ll be the friend Peggy needs if she’s to survive the dangers that lie ahead.”
Agent Carter will air during the midseason break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with a cast that includes Marvel veterans Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper as Peggy Carter and Howard Stark alongside Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) as Roger Dooley, Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) as Agent Daniel Sousa, Chad Michael Murray »
- Thomas Roach
Rather, Marvel.com reports that Fonseca will play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who will befriend Hayley Atwell’s titular Ssr agent, as both ladies seek to cement their place in the post-war world.
Set in 1946, Agent Carter finds Peggy dealt a serious blow, marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve), she must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, reprising »
“‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ opens up an exciting world of new characters for us,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of TV. “Lyndsy brings a warmth and humanity to Angie, who’ll be the friend Peggy needs if she’s to survive the dangers that lie ahead.”
Fonseca joins other recently announced “Agent Carter” cast additions James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray. The series stars Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter as she attempts to balance routine office work for the Strategic Scientific Reserve with the secret missions she undertakes with inventor Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper.
In addition to her series regular role on The CW’s “Nikita, »
- Laura Prudom
Marvel's Agent Carter has filled another key role with another notable name. Nikita and How I Met Your Mother actress Lyndsy Fonseca is joining the cast of the upcoming ABC action series. The Captain America spin-off signed Fonseca to play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy (Hayley Atwell). Agent Carter follows the heroine in 1946 as she works for the Strategic Scientific Reserve while secretly taking on secret missions with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). The series also stars Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson (an agent with the Ssr, James D'Arcy as Edwin Jarvis (Stark's butler), Shea Whigham as »
- James Hibberd
ABC's newest Marvel series “Agent Carter” has added its first female cast member after Hayley Atwell, the company announced via its website. “Nikita” alum Lyndsy Fonseca has joined the show to play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who befriends Atwell's titular Peggy Carter. See photos: Marvel's ‘Agents of Shield’ Unleashes First Look at Season 2 (Photos) The rest of the cast includes Shea Whigham as “tough but fair-minded” Ssr Chief Roger Dooley, who oversees Agents Carter (Atwell), Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) and Sousa (Enver Gjokaj). Meanwhile, Dominic Cooper will reprise his role as Howard Stark, the founder of the agency that would. »
- Linda Ge and Jethro Nededog
Concept Art by Andrei Riabovitchev Now Playing! Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks. Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks Directed By Gary Shore * Screenplay By Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless »
Dracula Untold was out last weekend, starring burgeoning (maybe?) Hollywood talent Luke Evans as the title vampire. Or, rather, as the title historical figure with a particular fondness for bats. This is one of those Vlad the Impaler-focused stories, moving to the source material of this age-old Balkan legend. As usual, I won’t dive into the details of whether this particular new release is terrible. Instead, let’s look at some much more successfully entertaining Transylvanian fare. It may not involve Dominic Cooper but it does involve ducks. I am talking, of course, about the evergreen ridiculousness of Count Duckula, scion of the line of Duckula. As the opening credits explain, he was resurrected by his scheming butler Igor and gregarious Nanny when the moon was in the eighth house of Aquarius. They accidentally used ketchup instead of blood in the ritual, so he’s the world’s first vegetarian vampire. He »
- Daniel Walber
Concept Art by Frame Store Concept Art by Maciej Kuciara Concept Art by Mauro Borrelli Concept Art by Jason Horley Now Playing! Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks. Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks Directed By Gary Shore * Screenplay By Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless »
Coinciding with the debut of Marvel’s Agent Carter which will see Hayley Atwell (The Sweeney) and Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) reprising their roles of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark, the characters will also be teaming together in a limited 5-part comic book series by writer Kathryn Immonen and artist Rich Ellis called Operation S.I.N..
At the height of the Cold War, a supremely powerful alien energy source is discovered on Russian soil. In an effort to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, secret agent Peggy Carter and Howard Stark must intercept it before it’s too late. Only they’re not the only interested parties. A new terrorist splinter group named Hydra is on the hunt, seeking the alien technology for their own sinister purposes. It’s only when a mysterious operative named Woodrow McCord enters the picture that Peggy and Howard will »
- Trevor Hogg
Screen International is working with British Council to present Screen’s UK Stars of Tomorrow tonight at an intimate industry dinner during the BFI London Film Festival.
A select group of the 2014 stars, and several alumni from past years, will be celebrated at an invitation-only international industry dinner tonight at Kettners.
This is the first time that Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow have been presented at Lff. The event is supported by British Council and Casting Society of America (Csa), and will be held in association with We Are UK Film.
Briony Hanson, Director of Film, British Council, said: “Connecting the brightest and best filmmakers, both established and up-and-coming, to international audiences and counterparts is absolutely at the heart of what we do at British Council Film. So we are thrilled to be partnering on this event which will give the UK Stars of Tomorrow a focused opportunity to meet and greet key players from the international »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
I applaud Universal for trying to create a new unified monster film universe using their classic monsters as the source material. I also very much think the idea of Dracula Untold was excellent on paper, but lost everything in the execution. By taking one of literature's greatest monsters and further tying him to his historical roots, the story of the origin of Dracula is perfectly suited for the jumping off point in Universal's grand plan. Unfortunately, the movie isn't very good.
Luke Evans (Fast And Furious 6) plays Vlad Dracula, a family man and ruler of a small group of Transylvanians that resides in his castle in Europe. As a boy, Vlad was given to the Turks to be trained to fight their wars and his bloodlust turned him into a military genius that saved Transylvania and made him a legend as "Lord Impaler." As the story begins, Vlad and his »
Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box-office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source of box-office news and data, is back online after disappearing for much of Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014. During that period of total silence, Twitter was abuzz with speculations — a technical glitch? A hacker attack? An alien invasion? — lamentations, and eulogies. For a brief while, the ever-reliable (sarcasm) Wikipedia referred to Box Office Mojo in the past tense. How did it all happen? Well, some time on Friday, journalists, bloggers, and box-office aficionados noticed that Box Office Mojo was being redirected to an Internet Movie Database page featuring the latest box-office information — which, on that site, isn't either much "latest" or much information at all. But why would Box Office Mojo be redirected to the IMDb? »
- Andre Soares
Four new movies opened in wide release on Thursday night, but none of them were able to defeat David Fincher's Gone Girl (20th Century Fox), starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, as it built on the word-of-mouth from its opening weekend to score a second weekend at #1 with $26.8 million, down just 29% from its opening weekend. The movie that came closest to defeating it was Universal Pictures' monster prequel Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance and Dominic Cooper, which ended up with a three-day weekend estimate of $23.4 million in 2,855 theaters, a similar $8,200 theater average as its main competition. »
Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures released their new action/thriller film, "Dracula Untold," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was very entertaining, serving up great action, drama, and an interesting storyline. It stars: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, and Samantha Barks. In the new flick, The Sultan of Turkey sought to acquire and train boys in order to turn them into perfect soldiers who would hold no moral or ethical obligations. The Turks eventually made their way to Prince Vlad (Luke Evans) the Impaler's kingdom, which was set in Transylvania. The Turks eventually demanded that Vlad hand over 1,000 of their young boys, including his own son. After refusing the Turk's demands, Vlad knew this would bring about a major war in which he would need more power to protect his kingdom, so he sought out an old vampire that he knew »
Chicago – For moviegoers, each new film is a chance to escape, feel, fear, cry, be thrilled or laugh. Filmmakers and actors want you to experience this range of emotions, but producers and investors care most about the film making money. That’s why Hollywood is scared of truly original stories. Originality is an unknown without a built-in fan base.
To minimize their risk and inspire confidence in a return on investment, most new films these days are based on a best-selling book (or a series), a beloved comic book or a remake of an already famous character from the past. Original films like “Juno” and “Once” happen once in a blue moon. They take a huge viral following to break free and impress at the box office.
Going into a short feature-length film like “Dracula Untold,” which is only 92 minutes, you already know it’s following a safety formula. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Fans of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got a treat at a Friday New York Comic Con panel about the show: Not only did they get to an early screening of this coming Tuesday's episode, "I Will Face My Enemy," one of the strongest in the series so far, but they also got a sneak peek of the new show Agent Carter, coming this January. The show just began shooting this past Monday, and it stars Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Dominic Cooper reprising his Captain America role as Howard Stark, and James D'Arcy as butler/chauffeur extraordinaire Edwin Jarvis.We only got two minutes' worth, but in that time frame, we see Jarvis take Carter and Stark to a desolate pier, where Stark prepares to depart to a vague destination "overseas." Apparently, a sizable number of Stark's inventions have been appropriated and are being sold off in various locations, and »
- Catherine Coreno
Opening this weekend is Dracula Untold. Directed by Gary Shore, the film stars Luke Evans as Vlad, a character based on Vlad the Impaler. When the Turkish ruler Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to take 1,000 boys from Transylvania including Vlad’s son, Vlad makes a desperate play to save them by becoming a vampire. The film also stars Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson, and Noah Huntley. For more on the film, watch a clip or read 50 things to know about Dracula Untold from our set visit. The other day in New York City I spoke with Gary Shore about the film. He talked about what he learned while making his first feature, his first cut, deleted scenes, why he cut out Samantha Barks' character (Baba Yaga) and how it'll be included on the Blu-ray, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Gary Shore: What did he learn making »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Play It Again, Vlad: Shiner’s Debut Attempts to Reboot Legendary Monster
It’s a bit hard on the undead when you shackle their malevolent natures into the censorship of the PG-13 vehicle, one of many reasons that Gary Shiner’s directorial debut, Dracula Untold, doesn’t quite fly right. Another attempt to reboot its slim grab bag of classic movie monsters, Universal at least manages to buoy this bastardization with a decent budget, though its nonsensical narrative isn’t much better than the stench of I, Frankenstein. Cinema’s greatest villains are being replaced by hunky, B-grade actors (sorry to lump you in there Aaron Eckhart) that now have to compete with the action extravaganzas of the Marvel glut at the box office, and until that ever ends, all these reboots can do is reflect what they are—pale, lifeless, inferior copies of the original material they keep recycling. »
- Nicholas Bell
Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures released their new action/thriller movie, "Dracula Untold" into theaters yesterday, October 9th, and all the top, major critics have submitted their reviews. I turns out that it didn't really sit well with the majority of them, getting only an overall 38 score out of a possible 100 across 28 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, and Samantha Barks. We've posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Gary Goldstein from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a decent 70 score, saying: " As effective and fat-free as its sinewy star, Luke Evans, Dracula Untold proves an absorbing, swiftly comprehensive origin tale." Bruce Ingram over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 63 score. He stated: "Vlad’s numerous speeches about love, honor and family grow tedious, along with the film’s wooden dialogue in general. And it quickly »
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