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"Avengers: Age of Ultron" Trailer Next Week

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Marvel have confirmed that the first trailer for Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is set to air during next week's episode of Marvel's "Agents of Shield" on Tuesday October 28th.

Tune in to #Marvel’s #AgentsofSHIELD, Tuesday, 10/28 at 9|8c on ABC to see the @Avengers #AgeofUltron trailer on TV! pic.twitter.com/ruKB5dgolo

Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014

It's hoped the trailer will go online around the same time or just after the broadcast, and the online form may be longer than the version shown on TV. Either way, the trailer will hit cinemas shortly after.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is slated to open May 1st 2015. »

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"John Carter" May Return To Mars?

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Two years after Disney's failed film adaptation of the first Edgar Rice Burrogh's "John Carter of Mars" hit cinemas, the film and TV rights to the property have reverted back to the late author's estate.

In a statement released by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company confirmed the reverstion and that they are "seeking a new studio to continue this seminal Sci-Fi adventure".

The 2012 film starred Taylor Kitsch as a former military captain inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes embroiled in a civil war. Critical reviews were mixed, the marketing campaign has been written about as one of the most disastrous in recent history, and domestic box-office was woeful with just $73 million.

Internationally it fared better with a further $211 million, but that still wasn't close to covering the film's enormous $250 million budget. As a result, Disney took a major write down on the film with the perceived failure leading »

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James Wan To Helm "Conjuring" Sequel

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Earlier this week came the news that the follow-up to New Line's "The Conjuring" had been pushed back from a proposed October 2015 to an unspecified 2016 release date. Now we know why.

James Wan, who directed the 2013 film, has closed a first-look producing deal with New Line which also includes a commitment to direct "The Conjuring" sequel.

Wan is still busy and work on the seventh "Fast and the Furious" film and will shoot "The Conjuring 2" next summer once he wraps press commitments for Universal's car-fuelled franchise entry which opens April 3rd.

Universal has an option on Wan to return for an eighth 'Fast' film and have yet to make a decision regarding whether he will return. They have allowed him to direct "The Conjuring 2" as his next film though.

Source: Deadline »

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"Critters," "Static Shock" Get Web Reboots

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Warner Bros. Pictures have rebranded their digital production branch with the name Blue Ribbon Content. In the process, they've announced their entire slate of digital live-action short series including a bunch of freshly announced projects.

Two are particularly notable. The first is a reboot of the cult classic comedy/sci-fi/horror 1980s film franchise "Critters". Michael Jelenic & Aaron Horvath ("Teen Titans Go!") are penning a new web series about a group of malevolent carnivorous alien furballs from outer space and the bounty hunters in pursuit of them somewhere in rural Kansas.

The second is "Static Shock, a live-action adaptation of the DC Comics character and animated series "Static Shock". Reginald Hudlin heads up the creative team behind the project which will focus on Static, aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins, a high school student who gains a variety of electromagnetic powers and becomes a costumed crusader against crime.

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First Look At Harvey Dent In Fox's "Gotham"

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DC Entertainment's latest 'All Access' video has offered a first look at the new Harvey Dent in Fox's Batman prequel series "Gotham".

The set visit video shows off Nicholas D'Agosto dressed in character. The actor will make his first appearance in the ninth episode of the first season on November 17th.

The "Masters of Sex" and "Fired Up" star confirms they are using various different storylines from the comics to come up with their version of Harvey Dent who starts out very much a 'white knight' on the show.

The character is expected only have a few brief appearances in the first season, but will likely become a bigger player in subsequent seasons. Check out the video below provided by DC Entertainment's Channel:

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Basinger, David, Knapp Join "Nice Guys"

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There's something of a minor "L.A. Confidential" reunion going on with the detective thriller "The Nice Guys" as Kim Basinger is set to reunite on screen with Russell Crowe in the Shane Black-directed feature.

Ryan Gosling plays a 1970s L.A. private detective who teams with an enforcer-for-hire (Crowe) to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. They soon discover a massive conspiracy reaching up to the highest levels of the city's power brokers.

Basinger will play the city's corrupt chief justice, and the mother of a girl (Margaret Qualley) who happens to be the spitting image of a porn star named Misty Mountains.

Also joining the cast recently are Keith David and Beau Knapp as villains. Knapp plays an accident prone, gold chain-wearing motormouth hitman, David is his older partner. Matt Bomer also stars in the film which »

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More "Flash," "Jane," "Z Nation" Coming

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In an official press release, The CW has confirmed they have given full season orders its two hit freshman series "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin".

"The Flash" was the most-watched series premiere ever on The CW, scoring 6.1 million viewers in Live+3 ratings, and the network's highest-rated series premiere among adults 18-49 since "The Vampire Diaries" in 2009.

"Jane the Virgin" was The CW's most-watched and highest-rated show in its time period in two years. It also was critically lauded as one of the best new shows this season.

In similar news, Syfy has announced a second season of the zombie drama "Z Nation" to air in 2015. The series is currently midway through its first season and has averaged just under 1.5 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in Live+Same Day on Friday nights.

Source: The CW & Syfy »

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Hanks' "Bachelor Party" Becomes A TV Series

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Following word of a TV series based on "Big" currently in development, not to mention a failed attempt last year to adapt "The Money Pit" into an NBC series, yet another Tom Hanks comedy from the 1980s is being dusted off for a small screen reboot.

ABC has given a put pilot commitment for "Bachelor Party," a half-hour comedy anthology series loosely inspired by the 1984 film and produced by some of the key people involved in Fox's "New Girl".

The show examines relationships and the institution of marriage through the lens of three couples: one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love. Like "American Horror Story" and "True Detective," each season will focus on a whole new batch of characters.

20th Century Fox TV will produce the show which Jj Philbin, Jake Johnson, Jason Winer, Max Winkler and Renate Radford will executive produce. »

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FX Cancels Its "The Bridge" Remake

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FX's U.S. remake of Danish-Swedish hit "The Bridge" has been cancelled after two seasons. The series followed two detectives (Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir) on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border dealing with the same case.

Reviews were favorable for the show, but ratings were soft and awards recognition was squat beyond a Peabody earlier this year. In Live+Same Day the series hovered around or below the one million viewer mark.

This take on "The Bridge" was actually one of two remakes of the original Scandinavian drama "Broen", the other being the British/French co-production "The Tunnel". No word if that remake will get a second season. "Broen" on the other hand is getting a third season which is due to air in 2015.

FX's 'Bridge' was the scripted debut of Shine America, which recently launched Fox's "Gracepoint" - yet another remake of a more acclaimed foreign drama, »

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Patrick Stewart To Visit The "Green Room"

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Patrick Stewart has joined the cast of "Blue Ruin" director Jeremy Saulnier's feature "Green Room" for Broad Green Pictures and filmscience.

The story follows the members of a punk band who fight for survival against a white supremacist gang after they witness a horrific act of violence. "Star Trek" and "X-Men" star Stewart will play the leader of the supremacist organisation.

Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Macon Blair also star. Filming is underway in Portland, Oregon with a release planned for next year.

Source: Screen »

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"Penny" Team Adapt Blyton's "Faraway Tree"

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"Penny Dreadful" producers Neal Street Productions have unveiled plans for a feature film adaptation of Enid Blyton's "The Magic Faraway Tree" book series. Written between 1939 and 1951, all four books in the series have been optioned

Each story takes place in an enchanted forest in which The Magic Faraway Tree grows a tree tall enough to reach the clouds and large enough to contain small houses. The child heroes of the book series discover the tree and forest which is the background for their adventures.

Neal Street's Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris will likely produce the project, but that has not been confirmed as yet. Blyton wrote numerous book series include "Noddy" and "The Famous Five," with more than 500 million copies of her works having been sold.

Source: Variety »

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Casting: Dormer, Levy, Rollins, Siff, Slater

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The Forest

Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") has joined Jason Zada's supernatural thriller "The Forest" for Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four. The film has already set a January 8th 2016 release.

Dormer plays a woman who goes in search of her twin sister in Japan’s haunted Aokigahara forest at the foot of Mt Fuji. Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca penned the script based on an idea by David S. Goyer. [Source: Screen]

Schitt's Creek

Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are set to star in "Schitt's Creek," a scripted comedy series for cable network Tvgn in early 2015.

Levy plays a former video store magnate who loses his fortune, forcing his family to move to the small town that he once bought as a joke for his son. O'Hara plays his actress wife. [Source: Variety]

He Never Died

Henry Rollins is attached to star in a miniseries spinoff of Jason Krawczyk's recently completed »

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Netflix's "Daredevil" To Be Marvel's Darkest?

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Before he began work on Marvel's Netflix series "Daredevil," British actor Charlie Cox took on a role in the upcoming Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything". Attending that film's premiere this week, Cox spoke to Heat Vision about his "Daredevil" role and the reaction he's received so far:

"It's great fun, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility. I wasn't really aware of how vast the comic book world was until I became part of the Marvel universe. I went to [New York] Comic Con last week, and it's really important to a lot of people. It really is. I'm having a great time."

So far we've only seen Cox's Matt Murdock character in his civilian clothes and a ninja-style stealth suit which serves as an early version of his costume before he slips on a more familiar outfit. It certainly sounds like Frank Miller's stories will »

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"Thrones" S5 Set Pic Reveals A Big Change?

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As HBO's "Game of Thrones" has progressed, there's been an increasing number of changes from George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" source material. With the fifth season currently in production, those changes are expected to skyrocket as on screen events catch up with the books.

Now, the latest batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the series at The Daily Mail have indicated that the producers are moving faster than many had anticipated in their adaptation of Martin's fourth and fifth book in the series.

Major Spoilers Ahead For "Game Of Thrones" & The Novel "A Dance With Dragons"

In the fifth book "A Dance with Dragons", Daenerys marries Meereenese noble Hizdahr zo Loraq to help quell civil unrest in Meereen. As part of the wedding celebrations, a series of gladiatorial-style games is held. Photos of those scenes being filmed in Osuna, Spain have appeared and show something »

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Photo, Details From "Dead Rising" Film

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Legendary's Digital Media and Crackle have premiered the first photo and announced the full principal cast for "Dead Rising: Watchtower," the upcoming feature-length project based on the popular video game series.

Set during a large-scale zombie outbreak, the story follows a group that must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic - all indications pointing to a government conspiracy.

Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert have already been announced for the project. Joining them will be Rob Riggle, Harley Morenstein, Keegan Connor Tracy, and Aleks Paunovic.

Riggle ("The Hangover") will take on the iconic role of Frank West, a freelance photojournalist and the main protagonist of the first game. Paunovic plays a hardened criminal, Morenstein a menacing biker and his second-in-command, and Tracy as a straight-laced journalist.

"Dead Rising: Watchtower" will debut on Crackle ahead of release on Svod, DVD, VOD and TV. »

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Streep, Grant Team For Frears' "Florence"

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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are attached to star in Stephen Frears' "Florence," a biopic of Florence Foster Jenkins for Pathe.

Jenkins was a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability - in fact her voice was comically terrible.

Streep would play her, while Grant would play her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an aristocratic English actor determined to protect Florence from the truth.

Nicholas Martin penned the script which will cover Jenkins life up until her 1944 Carnegie Hall concert which sold 3,000 tickets, she then died a month later. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward will produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Sean Bean To Join "The Martian"

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Sean Bean is set to join Matt Damon in Ridley Scott's space survival drama "The Martian" at 20th Century Fox.

Damon plays an astronaut stranded on a Martian colony who struggles to survive long enough for Nasa to organize a rescue mission. Bean plays a Nasa flight director.

Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen Wiig also star in the film which Drew Goddard penned. Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are producing.

Source: Heat Vision »

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"Conjuring 2" Pushed Back To 2016

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New Line has pushed back "The Conjuring" sequel. Originally slated to open on October 23rd next year, the studio has instead opted for an unspecific 2016 release.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are returning to star in the follow-up which will explore another case of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. James Wan helmed the first film, no word as yet regarding who will helm the sequel.

The first film cost $20 million and went on to solid reviews and a $320 million worldwide gross. Three weeks back the spin-off film "Annabelle," shot for just $6 million, opened and has already amassed a worldwide total of $166 million.

New Line isn't abandoning that October 2015 date though, instead they've scheduled an untitled horror film for the slot.

Source: Variety »

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Daniel Radcliffe Talks New "Frankenstein"

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Daniel Radcliffe stars in one of the few horror films hitting cinemas at Halloween this year - "Horns". Already available on VOD services in the United States, the film is still taking a more traditional release path in other countries including the U.K. where Radcliffe has been doing press.

Speaking with Empire Online, Radcliffe's next project to hit cinemas is 20th Century Fox's new take on "Frankenstein" which stars Radcliffe as the servant Igor to James McAvoy's Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Frequent "Sherlock" episode diretor Paul McGuigan helms this take on the story which will be very different to the book.

In fact, Frankenstein's monster is not really a part of the action with Radcliffe saying:

"The creation of the monster isn't right until the end – you see their attempts at it. Although I'm not sure we're teeing ourselves up for four more movies or anything.

Instead, the movie »

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Gunn Gives Brief "Guardians" Sequel Update

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Appearing as part of Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit this week, "Guardians of the Galaxy" writer-director James Gunn revealed some new details about the sequel.

First up he confirmed that all five of the main characters will be back with actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel all slated to return. Joining them will be a number of unspecified characters from the first movie and a few new characters as well, and Gunn says "fans may see the team adding members."

In terms of writing the sequel, Gunn says: "I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians. I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story."

The director teased alternate version of »

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