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Katniss Preps in New 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' Picture

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Of the three "Hunger Games" books, "Mockingjay" was my favorite. This is partly due to the excellent way Suzanne Collins established the story in the first book and really hammered it home with true drama in the final moments, which is why I'm expecting a lot from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and I'm really excited for the finale. I want to see how they handle it as well as the response from audiences that don't know what's to come. That said, along with the new picture above, Entertainment Weekly spoke with director Francis Lawrence who said, "There is some serious girl power in this movie... Suzanne Collins wrote it that way, and it's been so much fun to inhabit." "It's probably the most emotional of the bunch," Lawrence added. "And I think it's the most ?satisfying of the bunch." From a book perspective, yes, we will see »

- Brad Brevet

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Sex Sells in Corseted New 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Pictures

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It took a long time for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to get the green light and I assume that's for a reason. I wasn't as large a detractor when it came to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as most (he threw a cow people!), but I have to assume the major selling point behind getting this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's revisionist novel is the fact not only will Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters be hunting zombies, but they'll be embracing keeping their weapons in some of the most discrete of places. Along with a batch of new pictures from the film, Entertainment Weekly has a quote from star Lily James, who plays Elizabeth Bennet, saying, "Rather than knitting and crocheting, they're polishing muskets... She's the most badass zombie slayer there is." The Bennet sister are trained to fight like ninjas by Mr Darcy (Sam Riley) and the film has »

- Brad Brevet

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'Fatal Attraction' is the Next Film to Get 'Event Series' Reboot

3 July 2015 11:47 AM, PDT

As Hollywood continues revisiting their VHS collections finding movies and television shows from the '80s and '90s to bring back through name recognition, somewhere some executive at Fox must have dusted off a copy of Fatal Attraction. That would be because the 1987 romance thriller is the latest film property to get the "event series" treatment on the tube. The reasoning for this, it seems, is because current Fox president David Madden supervised and developed the movie when he was an executive at Paramount. So at the very least, this is probably more a personal project for the studio head than your average re-churning. At the moment, it doesn't look like anyone else from the original property is involved, though "Mad Men" scribes Maria and Andre Jacquemetton are signed on to rewrite James Dearden's Oscar-nominated screenplay. That's right, were you aware Fatal Attraction had six(!) Oscar nominations back »

- Will Ashton

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"Orange is the New Black" Recap & Review: Season 3, Episodes 6 & 7

3 July 2015 11:33 AM, PDT

As season three of "Orange is the New Black" continues to explore the inner workings of the prison itself and how McC's acquisition impacts the staff and inmates, for the first time since the series began, I find myself more interested in what happens to the staff. I find the privatization of Litchfield fascinating and believe it is an important story to tell, but I can also see the difficulty some would have with it. However, in between the McC drama, episodes six and seven of season three, "Ching Chong Chang" and "Tongue-Tied", choose to bring minor characters to the foreground and it feels like a detour. The season thus far has really lacked the central, character-driven focus that has been the hallmark of years past, making it difficult for some to find something to grab onto. Exploring Chang (Lori Tan Chinn) and Norma's (Annie Golden) backstories in the "Ching »

- Michael Hindle

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"Hannibal" Review & Recap: Season 3, Episode 5, "Contorno"

3 July 2015 8:32 AM, PDT

Mads Mikkelsen in "Hannibal"Photo: NBC Wait... so she really did throw him from the trainc The fifth episode of this third season of "Hannibal", titled "Contorno", was a weird one for me. For one I appreciate the fact we're all caught up, but at the same time I don't feel as if aspects of what we're dealing with entirely work. That said, once Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) gets rolling it's impossible to say anything negative about this show, as you'd much rather just sit back and watch. This week's episode begins with Will (Hugh Dancy) and Chiyo (Tao Okamoto) heading to Florence to hunt Hannibal. Their scenes are overly dramatic and begin spelling things out we are already more than aware of. Chiyo says to Will, "If you don't kill him, you are worried you are going to become him." Is anyone not clear on this yetc In fact, scratch that, »

- Brad Brevet

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Podcast: 'Terminator Genisys' Review, a Clip Extravaganza, Voice Mails & More

3 July 2015 7:39 AM, PDT

Welcome to another edition of the RopeofSilicon Podcast, today Laremy and I have some big updates when it comes to the future of the podcast, but after that we dig in and discuss everything from the reaction to the gay marriage decision to reviewing Terminator Genisys. We listen to a couple listener voice mails, Mitch delivers a massive batch of clips from past episodes, we play some games and much more. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »

- Brad Brevet

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Snowy New Look at 'The Hateful Eight', which Tarantino Calls the "Funniest Snow Western Ever"

2 July 2015 3:34 PM, PDT

Quentin Tarantino will be on hand at this year's Comic Con with his new film, The Hateful Eight. The pic is his second western in a row and he seems quite proud of it. "I can definitely say that as bleak as our movie is, we are definitely the funniest snow Western ever made," he told Entertainment Weekly. "This is funnier than The Great Silence, it's funnier than Day of the Outlaw. Oh, yeah, funnier than McCabe & Mrs. Miller." Of course, Tarantino is speaking with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, though it does speak yet again to some of the films that influenced him this time around. However, Tarantino says just as much as we may find cinematic references in this one, small screen Westerns served as more of an inspiration, specifically the likes of "The Virginian" and "Bonanza". "You wait the whole episode to find out, 'Are »

- Brad Brevet

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New 3-Minute 'Queen of the Desert' Trailer Starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson

2 July 2015 1:34 PM, PDT

Similar to today's movies, even the trailers for them are getting too long as domestic distributor Atlas Distribution has released a three-plus minute trailer for Werner Herzog's new movie Queen of the Desert starring Nicole Kidman as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, Gertrude Bell, who played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. Along with Kidman, the film co-stars Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis and James Franco and as of right now does not have a planned release date as I expect Atlas will try and screen it at a couple of the upcoming Fall festivals before deciding where to ultimately place it. Give the trailer a watch below. sb id="1540441" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck Talk 'Batman v Superman' & 'Man of Steel' Easter Egg Idea

2 July 2015 1:21 PM, PDT

San Diego Comic-Con is fast approaching, and Warner Bros. is hoping to make a big statement in Hall H this year. In preparation for WB's big panel, Entertainment Weekly has published their 2015 Comic-Con Preview issue featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman on the cover. In the article about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder talks more about the inspiration for the film and the large task of building a universe. It all started with an off-handed remark from Snyder to Chris Nolan and David S. Goyer about a potential easter egg. "I said, 'What about at the end of Man of Steel we do a scene where there's a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor. Everyone was like... Okaay. Once you say it out loud it's a problem because you can't unsay it," says Snyder. And thus, Batman v Superman was born. amz asin="1563893428" size="small »

- Charles Dean

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Box Office Opening: 'Magic Mike Xxl' Tops 'Terminator Genisys'

2 July 2015 11:35 AM, PDT

I'm as surprised as I'm not surprised to learn Magic Mike Xxl bested Terminator Genisys on opening day. The Channing Tatum-led stripper sequel brought in a reported $9.3 million on Wednesday, which includes $2.4 million from Tuesday night screenings. To go along with that, the film scored an "A" CinemaScore, which means big bucks coming soon considering the first film scored only a "B" CinemaScore during its impressive $39 million opening back in 2012. So, I guess this sort of confirms my review when I said this movie is the movie most audience members thought the first one would be, which is to say a lot more bumpin' and grindin' and a lot less thong sewing. readmore postid="181704" As for Terminator Genisys, it wasn't far behind at $8.9 million including the $2.3 million it brought in on Tuesday night. Genisys received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audience members, which is the same grade Terminator Salvation »

- Brad Brevet

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New Look at Ryan Reynolds in "Hard R" & "Graphic" 'Deadpool'

2 July 2015 10:52 AM, PDT

As Marvel Studios continues to sell tickets and challenge box office records, other studios are looking at not only how they market their movies, but how they have created their cinematic universe in hopes of mimicking their success. Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has already embraced social media to not only keep fans interested throughout production, but even before the film was greenlit he was actively supporting it and generating fan interest. Does this mean the film will somehow be any betterc No, but I will say I do believe that had something to do with the fact this film will be released with an R-rating. Speaking to the effect the Internet has had on the film, in an interview with EW, Reynolds comments on the leaked test footage that found its way online. The response the footage received helped the film get its eventual green light and Reynold says he'd »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Batman v Superman' Pics Feature Wonder Woman in Clothes & Lex Luthor With Hair

2 July 2015 10:28 AM, PDT

Entertainment Weekly is releasing some of the images from their Comic Con issue and at the moment the focus is on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Warner Bros. will apparently be blowing the doors off the convention with everything DC Comics related. People will watch trailers, see celebrities from afar and most likely learn a few nuggets of info concerning upcoming releases and they will scream and cheer. Today, along with covering the new issue, EW gives us a few new pics from the upcoming superhero battle, which pits Batman (Ben Affleck) against Superman (Henry Cavill) until a foe greater than their petty beef will cause them to unite along with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and whatever other superhero cameos the film will offer. Among the pics we get the nose-to-nose pic above, a shot of Gadot in more clothes than she wears to fight crime and a »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Full-Length "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" Trailer

2 July 2015 10:12 AM, PDT

Following up the first sneak peak in the form of a retro trailer, Netflix has released the first official, full-length trailer for its upcoming series, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp". More so than the previous look, this trailer provides a really good idea of what we can expect from this 8 episode series in terms of its comedy style. Even after a few times through the trailer, Paul Rudd riding in on his motorcycle and jumping off continues to make me laugh. Camp Firewood is staffed by a phenomenal cast that includes Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and the aforementioned Paul Rudd - all of whom are exponentially more famous now than they were when appearing in the original film. Towards the end of the trailer we are also introduced to a new member of the cast, an actor named Joh Hamm, and by the looks of it, »

- Michael Hindle

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Box Office Predictions: 'Terminator Genisys' Looks to Fend off Three Others

2 July 2015 10:05 AM, PDT

Terminator Genisys occupies my top spot with a $42 million call, a carbon copy of Terminator Salvation's $42.5 million opening in 2009. Well, not exactly a carbon copy, as inflation, less theaters, and no predicted sequel bump mean this is actually around a ten percent dip for Genisys, which it definitely earned. I like this one's prospects overall slightly better, especially internationally with Arnold Schwarzenegger involved, but they better have kept the production budget under $200 million this time around as clearly the marketing budget has been massive. Don't sleep on Magic Mike Xxl this weekend though, I could even see it winning with my $36 million prediction. The first one opened at $39 million, but that wasn't over a holiday weekend and this one hit theaters along with Genisys yesterday. Fireworks on Friday are going to cut into the Mike money, but it could have a huge Friday evening and be in the lead headed into Sunday. »

- Laremy Legel

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Can You Spot the Difference Between Wonder Woman's Costume Compared to Batman & Supermanc

2 July 2015 9:56 AM, PDT

People didn't necessarily agree with me when I said I thought Wonder Woman's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looked ridiculous. I know comic book fans feel the films should be loyal to their origins, but can you honestly look at the cover of Entertainment Weekly below and tell me you don't see a double standard in the way the characters are presentedc At the very least, Scarlett Johanson's Black Widow in The Avengers is given a full-body, skin tight suit, similar to what Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) are wearing here so why wouldn't it make sense for Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) sport a similarly protective outfitc If you believe the films should remain loyal to the comics... fine. I could argue against that merely saying we are living in a different era from that which the character was created, but instead I will simply ask you consider the alternative. »

- Brad Brevet

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Is 'Hannibal' Donec Mikkelsen and Dancy Released from Contracts

2 July 2015 7:20 AM, PDT

Ever since NBC cancelled "Hannibal" I felt some measure of confidence it would live on somewhere else. I assumed that would most likely be Amazon where the show has an exclusive streaming contract. Of course, that contract makes it hard to pitch the show to anyone else, not to mention showrunner Bryan Fuller is currently turning his attention to "American Gods" at Starz. Now another wrench has been thrown in the works. Deadline reports Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy are no longer under contract for the show, freeing them to pursue other projects without concern over scheduling any future work on the show. Obviously this comes as a result of the show being in limbo stateside, but it's unlikely either of these two are just going to sit around doing nothing, crossing their fingers the phone rings so they can play Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham once again. NBC will »

- Brad Brevet

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Ash is Back in First Official 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' Photo

2 July 2015 7:10 AM, PDT

Groovy. After some very brief teases spelling out a good bit of text but not a lot of footage, today we get our first official look at Ash (Bruce Campbell) back again after 23 years -- that is, if you don't count that post-credits tease at the end of 2013's Evil Dead -- in Starz' new original series "Ash vs. Evil Dead," slated to begin its 10-episode season sometime this fall. There's not a whole hell of a lot you can really say about just a single image, but it's worth noting this is the first official look and introduction to soon-to-be series regulars and fellow Value Shop employees, Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo). Both characters aid our titular character, as he returns to crank the chainsaw back on and fight a Deadite plague threatening to destroy all of mankind. Also signed on to star, but not featured in »

- Will Ashton

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'Ant-Man' Cast has Advice for the New Spider-Man

2 July 2015 6:31 AM, PDT

Marvel is in Atlanta right now about half-way through filming Captain America: Civil War, but talk as of right now isn't about Captain America. The talk isn't even about Robert Downey Jr. co-starring in the film as Iron Man. Nope, the talk is all about Tom Holland who was just cast as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. We don't know exactly how much of a role Spider-Man plays in Civil War, but we know this will be the first time we see the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, all eyes are going to be on Tom Holland, and IGN spoke to the cast of Marvel's Ant-Man to see if they might have some advice for him. Michael Pena, who plays Luis in the film, says, "I think it's just, like, being relatable. I think Tobey Maguire did an absolutely fantastic job where he just played like a »

- Charles Dean

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Update Jeremy Renner's 'Mission: Impossible 5' Comments, Plus High Test Audience Scores

1 July 2015 4:55 PM, PDT

Update: Looking further into this, it seems while Jeremy Renner was filming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation he was also going through a custody battle with his ex-wife, which appears to have been resolved in early April. This is the added source of tension the actor was up against while shooting both M:i 5 and Avengers: Age of Ultron, especially given how far away he was at the time of shooting. For more on the story click here. I typically stay away from this kind of personal stuff and wouldn't have written about his comments had I looked deeper from the start. For that I apologize. My original article follows. As far as the rest of Summer 2015 is concerned, the film I'm looking most forward to seeing is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Paramount originally slated the film for a December release, but bumped it up to July 31. Whether that »

- Brad Brevet

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Jeremy Renner's 'Mission: Impossible 5' Comments Don't Exactly Inspire Confidence

1 July 2015 4:55 PM, PDT

As far as the rest of Summer 2015 is concerned, the film I'm looking most forward to seeing is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Paramount originally slated the film for a December release, but bumped it up to July 31. Whether that was because they thought Terminator Genisys would be the stinker it turned out to be and were hoping for a true summer hit or whatever other reason they may had, I'm happy to see it a month early. I just hope they haven't sacrificed quality for release date, and if you're one to believe everything that comes out of a film producer's mouth (trust me, don't do that) then you'll believe they haven't sacrificed anything. Speaking with Collider, Skydance exec Dana Goldberg spoke of preview screenings for the film where it is testing higher than the very well received Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: It is getting better and better with each episode. »

- Brad Brevet

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