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‘Fargo’ Series Premiere Review

9 hours ago

[This is a review for Fargo episode 1. There will be Spoilers.]

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Noah Hawley’s adaptation of the Coen brothers’ 1996 Academy Award-winning Fargo begins with similar text laid over a long familiar expanse of frozen landscape, declaring the events you are about to witness are based on a “true story,” and that only the names have been changed “at the request of the survivors.”

It works as both a polite nod to the original and an indication that things have been changed, as Hawley ushers in a batch of similar but different characters, plopping them into roughly the same milieu, while letting them swirl around somewhat familiar circumstances. Mostly, though, the 90-minute premiere spends its time dabbling in many of the same ...

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- Kevin Yeoman

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Final ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer: Wolverine’s Team vs. The Sentinels

9 hours ago

After an eight-year long wait, (most of) director Bryan Singer’s original X-Men film roster – last seen in 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand returns for another super-powered mutant adventure in just a matter of weeks. X-Men: Days of Future Past brings back the heroes and villains played by Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Shawn Ashmore, Ian McKellen and Halle Berry (& more!) and sees them share screen time with the core cast of 2011′s prequel X-Men: First Class.

Days of Future Past, the most expensive comic book film ever made, is the first Marvel movie to introduce time-travel, a common plot device featured in the comics, and thanks to its introduction, fans get to see the X-Men franchise veterans listed above joined by First Class stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Lucas Till.

Like previous films in the series, X-Men: Days of Future ...

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- Rob Keyes

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‘Heroes: Reborn’ Prequel Webseries in Development

10 hours ago

When Heroes premiered in 2006, it didn’t take long for the superhero series to become a hit show with a growing fanbase. Unfortunately, the following year, the writer’s strike contributed to creatively crippling season 2, and its two subsequent seasons were never able to recapture the quality storytelling or viewing audiences of the first. After steadily dipping in the ratings, Heroes was canceled after four seasons.

The series’ sharp decline aside, season 1 of Heroes is still generally well-received. So much so, Heroes has been right up there with other cult shows like Firefly and Stargate Universe as a shows that fans have continually campaigned for a return.

Heroes fans got their wish when NBC announced last month the show would return ...

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- Sarah Moran

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Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly to Star in Adam McKay’s ‘Border Guards’

10 hours ago

In news sure to please comedy fans, actors Will Ferrell (The Lego Movie) and John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy) are set to reunite with director Adam McKay for a new film called Border Guards.

As first reported by Deadline, the three longtime friends and colleagues are in talks with Sony to work together once again on the project, which would star Ferrell and Reilly as two best friends with a desire to give purpose to their lives by helping society at large.

Instead of taking one of the more obvious routes – join the military, feed the hungry, build houses for the poor, etc. – the two ...

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- Michael Kennedy

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‘Friday the 13th’ Reboot May Be Directed By ‘V/H/S’ Helmer

15 hours ago

Franchise maintenance can be a tricky enterprise. After emerging as a proven hit and an established brand, a movie franchise has to play to what works while also figuring out ways to constantly reinvent, all the better to avoid becoming stagnant. That’s a delicate balancing act, and one that only the very best series manage to pull off; take, for example, the Fast and the Furious series, which recently traded long-time director Justin Lin for The Conjuring wunderkind James Wan, while also sticking with the films’ most recognizable element – its cast.

Currently, the legendary Friday the 13th series is going through its own changing of the guard, after petering out and firing back up in fits and spurts ...

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- Andy Crump

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‘Fast & Furious 7′: Paul Walker’s Brothers Confirmed as Body Doubles

15 hours ago

The current marketing for the action movie Brick Mansions is a bittersweet reminder to movie fans that actor Paul Walker is no longer with us. Killed in a fiery car crash late last year, Walker’s sudden passing left fans all over the world wondering what would become of Fast & Furious 7, which was already halfway through production at the time. Universal did the respectful thing and put production on hold so that the cast and crew could properly mourn, but the studio was committed to ending Walker’s run by completing the final effort in his career-making role as Brian O’Connor.

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- Kofi Outlaw

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Channing Tatum: Gambit is the ‘Most Un-x-Men X-Man’; Confirms Movie Talks

15 hours ago

Building from the critical and financial success of X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine solo film, 20th Century Fox has placed an enormous amount of trust and financial backing in X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer for the time-traveling shared universe kickoff X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film will bring back both the original X-Men cast (lead by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen) as well as the First Class team (lead by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) while also attempting to sew-up plot holes and controversial filmmaking choices that plagued earlier installments (most notably Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand) – in order to streamline the franchise in preparation ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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‘Magic Mike 2′ Gets a 2015 Release Date; Whole Cast Expected to Return

16 hours ago

Few – if anyone – predicted that director Steven Sodbergh’s 2012 film Magic Mike, being a dramedy loosely inspired by star Channing Tatum’s real-life experience working as a male stripper, would be successful enough at the box office to birth a franchise. That’s what happened, though, as a Broadway musical adaptation of the movie is now in development, along with a cinematic sequel that’s rumored to be (appropriately enough) titled Magic Mike Xxl. (We’ll simply refer to it as Magic Mike 2, for now.)

The original plan was for Magic Mike 2 to be a roadtrip movie that’s heavier on the broad comedy than its predecessor; in a ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Sr Geek Picks: Disney Versions of ‘Firefly’ and ‘Star Wars’, Conan’s 50 Celebrity Cameos and More

18 hours ago

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find the scene Spielberg doesn’t want you to see; how Frozen should have ended; Disney versions of Firefly, Breaking Bad, and Star WarsMark Wahlberg doing cool things; and Conan O’Brien’s American Hustle hair prep. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!

If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!

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Nurse Jackie Season 6 Premiere

Jackie’s using again, but she’s doing it differently: going to 12-step meetings, finding a sponsor and getting her drugs from a girl at the gym. Watch new episodes of Nurse Jackie Sundays at 9pm Et/Pt.

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Californication Season 7 Premiere

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- Justin Vactor

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‘Sinister Six’ Line-up Will Feature ‘Best Six You Can Imagine’

18 hours ago

Now that Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out (and shaking up things on the studio’s small-screen counterpart, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), comic book fans are gearing up for the much-discussed sequel to Sony’s side of the Marvel universe with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Much has been said about how the film will serve as the launching point for an interconnected landscape of Spidey sequels, spin-offs and team-ups – just as Fox and Warner Bros. intend on expanding their superhero franchises with X-Men: Days of Future Past and Batman vs. Superman, respectively. Sony has already announced a 2016 release for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and two subsequent villain-focused projects in Sinister ...

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- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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‘Top Gun 2′ Details from Jerry Bruckheimer Tease Maverick vs. Drones Story

19 hours ago

Sequels to famous 1980s titles like The Goonies, Beetlejuice, and Top Gun have been rumored many times over the years since the original films released by now, yet of late Hollywood’s fixation on nostalgia for that decade has signaled that one or more of these belated followups may, at long last, actually get made. Case in point: just a week ago, reports emerged that Warner Bros. is currently fast-tracking Goonies 2, while a couple months back Michael Keaton confirmed that he and director Tim Burton have seriously discussed making a second movie featuring “The Ghost with the Most.”

For a while, Top Gun 2 looked like it would be the ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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‘Flash Gordon’ Reboot May Be in the Works from ‘Star Trek 3′ Writers

19 hours ago

One of the more memorable storylines of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted involved the main characters’ obsession with the 1980 camp classic Flash Gordon, an adaptation of the 1930s comic strip-turned serial film series by Alex Raymond. One of the most entertaining “bad” movies out there, director Mike Hodges’ cheeseball epic is only one of a great many versions of the sci-fi property, most of which were made for television.

The original comic followed the adventures of the title character, a polo player (a football quarterback in the 1980 film) who along with companion Dale Arden is kidnapped by the half-crazy scientist Dr. Zarkov and ends up on the planet Mongo, where they fight the ...

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- Anthony Vieira

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More ‘Breaking Bad’ Alternate Endings Revealed by Vince Gilligan

20 hours ago

Warning: Major Spoilers for Breaking Bad ahead.

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When AMC’s enthralling crime drama Breaking Bad finally came to a close after five eventful seasons, its two main characters were changed men and there was a whole lot of blue meth in Albuquerque. Fans sat through a nail-biting climax where it seemed that any or all of the main characters could be killed off, and if things had gone just a little differently in the writers room then they may well have been.

Showrunner Vince Gilligan has talked previously about the writing process for Breaking Bad‘s final season and the many, many potential endings that he considered ...

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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Even Without ‘The Late Show’, Conan O’Brien is Still Standing and Better Than Ever!

21 hours ago

If you subscribe to the notion that TBS is Conan O’Brien’s Isle of Elba, then David Letterman’s pending retirement may have seemed like the perfect opportunity for Coco to rise again on network television, righting the wrongs done to him back in 2010 when NBC took The Tonight Show away from him.

It would have been the perfect story: the people’s champion, rising then falling and rising again to glory. The trouble is, Stephen Colbert quickly snatched up the Late Show job and O’Brien never ...

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- Jason Tabrys

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Tommy Lee Jones Western ‘The Homesman’ Gets an International Trailer

22 hours ago

Tommy Lee Jones has had a long and successful career as an actor, but on occasion he likes to take a seat in the director’s chair as well. Although, given that he’s played leading roles in his three feature films so far, he probably doesn’t get to do a lot of sitting down.

In the new international trailer for The Homesman, Jones’ upcoming Western, he starts out sitting down in quite a precarious situation. His character, George Briggs, is a claim jumper who has been left to hang as soon as his horse gets bored or skittish, and who is discovered by pioneer woman Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Mary offers to set him free, on the condition that he performs a certain service for her in return.

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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‘Batman vs. Superman’: Hans Zimmer Confirms His Return as Composer

23 hours ago

Batman vs. Superman marks director Zack Snyder’s first collaboration with acting talent like Ben Affleck (playing Batman), Gal Gadot (playing Wonder Woman), and Jesse Eisenberg (playing Lex Luthor), but the filmmaker’s crew behind the camera features more familiar names to the Snyder world of cinema. That includes the movie’s co-writer David S. Goyer (Man of Steel), director of photography Larry Fong (300, Watchmen), and production designer Patrick Tatopoulos (300: Rise of an Empire, which Snyder co-wrote and produced), among others.

There’s been some doubt, however, surrounding the return of Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer on the sequel, mostly due to the Oscar-nominee saying that he’s not sure he should be ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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‘Maps to the Stars’ Trailer: It’s All Ending Now

23 hours ago

Most people know David Cronenberg for his work in the body horror genre niche, specifically films like VideodromeThe FlyShivers, and eXistenZ, as well as transgressive gonzo flicks like Naked Lunch. But in the 2000s, he took his career in a more respectable (if no less graphic and weird) direction with projects like History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method, all of which became minor awards season darlings and enjoyed substantial critical success – while slightly reinventing Cronenberg as an artist.

Now, the trailer for his latest project, Maps to the Stars, has landed online, and it looks like the film will stay in a similar vein as his latter-day productions: less gooey and gross, but still plenty mind-warping on their own merits. Concurrently, the movie showcases Cronenberg’s continued fascination with Robert Pattinson, Twilight‘s Edward, as the young actor strives to make a ...

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- Andy Crump

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Box Office Prediction: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ vs. ‘Transcendence’

23 hours ago

Welcome to the Screen Rant Box Office Prediction. Every week we put together an informal list of box office picks for the upcoming weekend – in collaboration with the Screen Rant Underground podcast Box Office Battle – to offer readers a rough estimate of how new releases (and returning holdovers) will perform in theaters.

For a recap of last week’s box office totals, read our box office wrap-up from Rio 2‘s opening weekend – and scroll to the bottom of this post to see how our previous picks measured up.

Full disclosure: Box office predictions are not an exact science. We acknowledge that our picks may not always be correct. ...

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- Chris Agar

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DC’s ‘Scalped’ Comic Book Series Headed to TV

23 hours ago

Comic book adaptations aren’t just taking over the big screen. With the genre’s box office dominance firmly established there are a growing number of TV series based on both DC and Marvel series in development. Netflix has a whole roster of Marvel shows lined up, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and DC imprint Vertigo is also getting some love with AMC’s Preacher and NBC’s Constantine.

It’s pretty unsurprising that so many networks are taking an interest in comic books as a source for ideas. A strong precedent has already been set for both traditional superhero shows, in The CW’s Arrow, and for dark and violent material like AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Now another Vertigo ...

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries Trailer: Nothing Comes Without a Price

14 April 2014 9:06 PM, PDT

A relative unknown just ten years ago, science fiction star Zoe Saldana has her hands full these days. She’s set to begin filming three back-to-back sequels for James Cameron’s Avatar this fall, while another Star Trek film is in the works for possibly 2016 and her next film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, will release later this year.

However, first she’ll make her way to the small screen this summer starring in a television adaptation of Ira Levin’s 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby for NBC. The book was famously made into an Oscar-nominated film by Roman Polanski and follows a young married couple who moves into a creepy old apartment building in New York City, only to then discover their unborn child is fathered by the devil himself.

The first trailer for the 4-hour miniseries takes the story in a ...

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- Araceli Roach

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