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The Originals: Ep Michael Narducci Talks “Powerful” Moments in Tonight’s Episode

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After so many big and emotionally powerful moments in the “When the Levee Breaks” episode of The CW series The Originals, and only three more episodes left of the season, executive producer Michael Narducci spoke with a handful of press about the fall-out from recent events in the story and what’s to come. [caption id="attachment_446855" align="alignright" width="355"] Image via The CW[/caption] During the interview, he talked about how this most recent character death came about, seeing the resulting grief, having considered other possible outcomes, what’s next for Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and the Mikaelson family, bridging the divide between Klaus and Freya (Riley Voelkel), that everyone will not make it out of the impending showdown with Dahlia (Claudia Black), what’s next for Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Jackson (Nathan Parsons), Hope’s growing powers, resurrecting Kol, how Cami (Leah Pipes) play into the remainder of the season, and the impossible choices Marcel »

- Christina Radish

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Gotham Recap: “Under the Knife”

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"Under the Knife" was the first episode in a while that felt like it was a chapter in a bigger story rather than a self-contained snapshot. That's not saying it was overly successful since the character and plot decisions made along the way have been misguided and often head-scratchingly confusing, but at least the cobbled-together storyline is gelling together just enough to get Gotham across their debut season's finish line. [caption id="attachment_446347" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Fox[/caption] Penguin's Rise to Power The mobster's club acts are not getting any better, and for some reason the camera was instructed to zoom in on a gap toothed smile with ruby-red lips split by a single gold stripe. While the singer is entertaining the paltry crowd, Penguin is busy hiring a team of assassins to rub out Don Maroni for good. Too bad Maroni is putting the moves on Penguin's mother in his own club. Having »

- Dave Trumbore

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The Driftless Area Review | Tribeca 2015

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First-time feature writer-director Zachary Sluser clearly has something to say about metaphysics, the idea that we’re all connected and karma, but none of it makes much of an impression due to the extremely loose, bemusing and rather dull narrative in The Driftless Area. The movie opens with a scene between Pierre (Anton Yelchin) and Shane (John Hawkes). Pierre’s stranded on the side of the road and Shane’s nice enough to give him a lift, but eventually the two get into an argument and Shane gives Pierre the boot. However, instead of driving off and leaving Pierre in the dust, Shane accidentally drives his truck off the road, giving Pierre the opportunity to get back at him and take off with his bag of stolen cash. It’s an amusing opening that introduces two curious characters who inadvertently get into a madcap scuffle, but immediately after, the charm »

- Perri Nemiroff

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IMAX’s Greg Foster Talks Laser Projection and if Older IMAX Films Could Return to Theaters

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Last week I got my first taste of IMAX laser projection when the company invited a few reporters to the Chinese Theater in Hollywood for a special presentation. While I’d heard laser projection was the future, until last week I’d never seen it in action. After watching a few trailers and movie sequences on one of the biggest movie screens in the world, I’ve been converted. What’s amazing about the IMAX laser projection system is that every part of the screen – from the lower left corner to the top right – was absolutely crystal clear, super bright, and the contrast and black levels were superb. One sequence featured a train rolling along on a mountainside track with smoke billowing out of the top and it looked like I was watching real life coming through a movie screen. We also got to watch the first Star Wars: »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spinoff to Star Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood

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More details are surfacing about the proposed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff that we caught wind of a couple weeks ago. While not a ratings smash, the Marvel series has found its footing in Season 2 and does appear to be holding a loyal if relatively small audience, and ABC is open to possibility expanding the franchise despite the disappointment of Agent Carter. When word first broke about a potential Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff, details were non-existent, but now casting news has surfaced that shines a light on the idea. Per Deadline, Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood—who joined Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Mockingbird and Lance Hunter, respectively—are finalizing deals to headline the spinoff series. This seems to suggest that the new show would revolve around these two characters, a former husband and wife duo that also happen to be highly trained spies. [caption id="attachment_427029" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via ABC[/caption] The plan »

- Adam Chitwood

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Pan Release Date Flies Away from Crowded Summer, Shifts to October

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Just a week after lifting the set visit embargo and releasing a new trailer preview, Warner Bros. is opting to shift the release of its Peter Pan re-imagining Pan from July 24th to a less-crowded October 9th. Director Joe Wright’s film—which tells the origin story of Peter Pan with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily—was poised to square off against Sony’s action-comedy Pixels, the Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted boxing drama Southpaw, and the John Green adaptation Paper Towns on its late July release date. That’s already plenty crowded, but factoring in the release of Ant-Man and Trainwreck a week before and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation a week after made Pan’s prospects of having legs less than certain. [caption id="attachment_442763" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] In a statement obtained by THR, Wright cited the extra time to fine-tune the effects as a plus, »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Entity: James Wan to Produce Horror Remake from The Conjuring Scribes

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Coming off the mammoth success of Furious 7, which has already passed $1 billion in global sales, James Wan has probably got a lot of attractive projects on the table right now, which makes it all the more exciting that he's choosing to return to his horror roots - at least as a producer. Wan is teaming up with horror heavyweight Roy Lee to produce a remake of the 1982 horror classic The Entity. THR reports that Wan will reteam with The Conjuring writers Chad and Carey Hayes for the remake. The original film, inspired by the true story of Carla Moran, stars Barbara Hershey as a single mother who is physically and sexually abused by a vicious supernatural demon. Ron Silver co-stars as a doctor who believes Moran is abusing herself, spurred on by delusions caused by her troubled past. Wan is not currently attached to direct, but that's no surprise given his current slate, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Fantastic Four Pictures Reveal the Transformed Team Members

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Yesterday, 20th Century Fox dropped both a new, full-length Fantastic Four trailer and a new “team reveal” poster for director Josh Trank’s adaptation of the Marvel comic. The trailer gave us our clearest look yet at the film, which is indeed a much darker comic book movie than the Marvel Studios mold but also appears to have a solid sense of humor throughout. The most striking thing about the trailer, though, is we get to see a brief showcase of each Fantastic Four member’s powers: Miles Teller’s stretchy arms, Kate Mara’s invisibility, Michael B. Jordan’s human flame, and Jamie Bell’s rock-hard body. But for an even closer look at the various powers, Fox has released some official high-quality screengrabs from the trailer. Not only do they offer static looks at the visual representation of the team’s powers, but also Toby Kebbell’s mysterious Dr. »

- Adam Chitwood

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High Maintenance Gets Picked Up by HBO

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It's entirely possible that you went through today and didn't hear a single joke about weed, but it's certainly not likely. It's 4/20, and in high schools and colleges everywhere, reports on Stalin and essays on the essence of power in Macbeth are getting pushed off for a day of bong hits and Futurama on Netflix. Per usual, HBO took the day to bring something far more productive and fulfilling to the table, namely High Maintenance, the web-based cult comedy that has garnered near-universal praise from all corners of the internet. Hell, even The New Yorker has tipped its hat to the web series, created by husband-wife team Ben Sinclair and Katya Blichfield, with Sinclair hilariously portraying the main character, a New York-based drug dealer. As Complex reports, the show is now set to make a season-long debut on HBO in the new future, with the pay channel once again taking »

- Chris Cabin

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Steve Carell and Emma Stone Set for Battle Of The Sexes

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Steve Carell and Emma Stone are set to star as rival tennis champs in Fox Searchlight's film adaptation of the so-called Battle of the Sexes, the 1973 tennis match between the 29 year-old Billie Jean King, ranked No. 2 in the world at the time, and Bobby Riggs, the 55 year-old Wimbledon champion, who came out of retirement for the match. The match between King and Riggs became a huge national event, earning the highest TV ratings since the Moon Landing. Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will direct the script from 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy. [caption id="attachment_376765" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via 20th Century Fox[/caption] Beaufoy has been quietly working on the script over the last several years with cooperation from King - Riggs died in 1995. Per Deadline, the film will be "a comedy with dramatic and political overtones" in the vein of Little Miss Sunshine. The film is set to »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Daredevil Recap: “In the Blood”

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Our latest Daredevil episode begins with the past of one side of the New York City mob, the Russians, as they recall their experience in a Gulag. If you thought the level of violence would calm down following the previous episode, you’re in for a rude awakening as the Ranskahov brothers begin their escape attempt by ripping the bones out of one of their fellow, now deceased, prisoners. It’s a gruesome scene that just goes to reinforce that, though we may be in the same world as that of The Avengers; we’re a long way from the typical Agents of S.H.I.E.Ld. fare here. In the present, the Russian duo is dealing with a certain masked vigilante throwing a monkey wrench into their plans. As one brother gets thrown onto the roof of the car, the other makes for a daring escape with his fallen brother, »

- Evan Valentine

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Iron Man Revisited: “I’m Just not the Hero Type. Clearly.”

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[With Avengers: Age of Ultron opening next Friday, I’m taking a look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  These articles do not contain spoilers for unreleased Marvel movies. If you know any spoilers about the unreleased Marvel movies, please do not post them in the comments section.] 2008 is the most important year in superhero films, which also makes it one of the most important years in modern movie history. It’s the year that launched superheroes to a new level, and ultimately led to “movie universes” thus pumping steroids into the traditional franchise model. 2008 would also solidify the landscape of how geek culture would view superheroes by creating two distinct tones originating from a similar character. Iron Man was released on May 2, 2008. The Dark Knight was released on July 18, 2008. Both have come to define modern movie superheroes with one representing the lighter, happier side of comics and the other driving for a darker, grittier aspect grounded in reality. These two sides originate from the same character—a billionaire who technically doesn’t have superpowers, but who uses his wealth and genius to become a superhero after he’s personally affected by a negative event. While The Dark Knight »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Death Of “Superman Lives” Trailer Considers Tim Burton’s Scrapped Superman Movie

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The “What If’s” of Hollywood are endlessly fascinating to consider, especially when they concern massive, radical projects that never made it to production. The very definition of such a film was Superman Lives, a proposed Superman reboot to be directed by Tim Burton with Nicolas Cage in the starring role. The film was to be a fairly different take on the Superman from the comics, and was all the more interesting given that it was coming from the same filmmaker who ushered Batman into the modern era just a few years prior. If you never tire of hearing about this scrapped project, then the independent documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? is of interest to you. Today, a new trailer for the film was unveiled, teasing interviews with the various Superman Lives screenwriters (including Kevin Smith and Dan Gilroy), costume designer Colleen Atwood, and even Burton himself. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Lego Movie Sequel and Batman and Ninjago Spinoffs Build New Release Dates

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Warner Bros. has announced The Lego Movie Sequel release dates along with the dates for Lego Batman (unofficial title) and Ninjago. According to THR, Lego Batman is first up and will be released on February 10, 2017, which comes close to the February 7, 2014 release date for The Lego Movie, and that worked out pretty well for everyone. When we last reported on Lego Batman, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller said the plot revolved around the question “Can Batman be happy?” and star Will Arnett teased the action will be incredible. The movie will also acknowledge every era of Batman filmmaking. Next up, Ninjago has been pushed back from September 23, 2016 to September 22, 2017. There are currently no details on the plot, but Lord and Miller will also be producing and say it will tie into a larger Avengers-style universe. Finally, The Lego Movie Sequel has been pushed back to May 18, 2018, which is a painfully long wait. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Transformers 5 Expected in 2017; “Shared Universe” Plan Confirmed

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A new Transformers movie could be in theaters within two years, according to Hasbro. It was just last month that we learned Paramount Pictures was putting together a sort of “brain trust” to come up with their own Marvel-style Transformers universe, spearheaded by screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin). The plan is to come up with a story for Transformers 5 as well as multiple sequels and spinoffs, and today during an earnings call (via TFW2005), Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner confirmed said plans and revealed a target date for the next Transformers movie: "Our plan with the studio and filmmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers. We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been »

- Adam Chitwood

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Timur Bekmambetov Talks Unfriended, the Ben-hur Remake, Wanted 2, and More

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Unfriended is a low budget horror film produced by Timur Bekmambetov. The film takes place entirely on a laptop screen and features six teenagers communicating via Skype when someone unexpectedly joins their call, someone who claims to be a girl named Laura Barns, a classmate of theirs who committed suicide a year ago. Soon after the first Unfriended trailer hit the web, it collected millions of views. It’s also racked up some serious social media attention with 261,951 tweets using the hashtag #Unfriended published in a single day, beating Fifty Shades of Grey’s record of 240,697 tweets the first day its trailer was released. The found footage genre has been long mastered by the authors of horror films, but Unfriended is still considered to be a fresh take not only in the genre, but also in cinematic language. Unfriended sparked a huge stir at the Fantasia International Film Festival in »

- Elizaveta Chalenko

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Showtime Releases Penny Dreadful and Happyish Premieres Online Ahead of Launch

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As is their wont, Showtime has released the first full episodes from the new season of Penny Dreadful as well as the new series HAPPYish before their official premieres. The episodes are scrubbed of nudity (although the HAPPYish episode on YouTube requires an age verification, though I'm assuming it's for language), but Showtime is hoping that the sneak peeks of the drama (or comedy, as the case may be) will get you hooked. For those who are already Penny Dreadful fans, though, it's just a bonus look at the upcoming second season, which will premiere Sunday, May 3rd at 10 p.m. The series, which was a surprise breakout hit last year, follows some familiar characters from Victorian horror literature (and some new ones), but explores their supernatural plights in new ways. Penny Dreadful stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, and Rory Kinnear (in a fan-favorite role). [caption id="attachment_416756" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] »

- Allison Keene

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Weekend TV Ratings: The Messengers Premieres Quietly, Last Man On Earth Ticks Up

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The weekend TV ratings for Friday, April 16th through Sunday, April 18th are in; here are some of the highlights: On Friday, total viewership at the 8 p.m. hour was down 8 percent, and stayed down 4 percent during the primetime schedule. That certainly didn't help the series premiere of Cedric's Barber Battle on the CW in that timeslot, which pulled in a seriously low 0.2 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, and 0.83 million viewers. The Season 3 premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway on the CW was down 33 percent from its Season 2 premiere, notching a 0.4 rating and 1.11 million viewers. Also on the CW, The Messengers, at 9 p.m., was down 25 percent from Hart of Dixie, which formerly occupied the spot, to a 0.3 rating and 1.18 million viewers. It may have been a Friday night, but still, yikes! [caption id="attachment_428913" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via NBC[/caption] Back at 8 p.m., Grimm on NBC was down 9 percent (in line »

- Allison Keene

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The Originals: Ep Michael Narducci Talks Season 2 and Characters’ Fates

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In the "When The Levee Breaks” episode of The CW series The Originals, Dahlia (Claudia Black) gives Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) a deadline to turn over baby Hope, setting the stage for a bloody showdown. And when Elijah (Daniel Gillies) attempts to convince Klaus that they all need to work together in their fight against Dahlia, Klaus decides to forge ahead with his own dangerous plan, leaving everyone concerned about his next steps and wondering whose side they should take. [caption id="attachment_446771" align="alignright" width="349"] Imag via The CW[/caption] Following a screening of the episode at the offices of The CW, executive producer Michael Narducci spoke to a handful of press about the beginning of the storm that will run through the end of the season, what fans should brace themselves for, going into the finale, whether Mikael (Sebastian Roché) is truly gone this time, the character he wishes they’d gotten some more time with, »

- Christina Radish

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Warner Bros. Sets IMAX Releases for Suicide Squad, Harry Potter Spinoff, and More

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Warner Bros. has extended its relationship with the folks at IMAX, ensuring that the studio’s biggest tentpoles will get large-format exhibition through at least 2020. Under the renewal of their deal, IMAX will be showcasing the previously announced Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and this December’s In the Heart of the Sea, as well as a slew of upcoming movies like Guy Ritchie’s spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ritchie’s currently filming King Arthur movie, David Yates’s 2016 adventure film Tarzan, Andy Serkis’ motion-capture Jungle Book: Origins, the thriller Geostorm, and more. Notably, today’s agreement confirms that all of Warner Bros.’ DC movies will be released in the IMAX format, including David Ayer’s currently filming supervillain pic Suicide Squad. It’s unclear if Suicide Squad will be shot in IMAX, but Zack Snyder did use IMAX cameras for the first time for portions of »

- Adam Chitwood

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