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Filming underway on the Vacation sequel

16 September 2014 11:19 PM, PDT

After a couple of delays, New Line Cinema has kicked off production on the long-gestating sequel / remake of National Lampoon’s Vacation, which sees Ed Helms (The Hangover) taking on the lead role of the now-adult Rusty Grisworld. Here’s the official press release, which includes a brief synopsis and cast list…

The next generation of Griswolds is at it again. Shooting has begun in Georgia on New Line Cinema’s “Vacation,” starring Ed Helms (“The Hangover” films) and Christina Applegate (the “Anchorman” films) on the road for another ill-fated adventure. The film marks Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s directorial debut.

Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.

Rounding out the cast are Chris Hemsworth »

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New trailer for Batman: The Complete Television Series Blu-ray release

16 September 2014 11:07 PM, PDT

Holy HD, Batman! Ahead of its long-awaited arrival, Warner Bros. has dropped a new trailer for Batman: The Complete Television Series, which is finally arriving on home-entertainment formats, including limited edition Blu-ray, this November. Check it out…


For the very first time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) is releasing the fan-favorite original 1960’s Batman TV Series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. On November 11, 2014, just in time for the holiday season, Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition will hit shelves on Blu-Ray™ ($269.97 Srp). Batman: The Complete Television Series DVD ($199.70 Srp) and Batman: The Complete First Season ($39.98 Srp) will also be available. Additionally, The Complete Series will be released for purchase on Digital HD. This highly collectable set is one fans won’t want to miss!

Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show spanning »

- Gary Collinson

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DC and Vertigo comics character Lucifer lands pilot commitment at Fox

16 September 2014 11:04 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to bringing DC Comics characters to the small screen, as Deadline is now reporting that Lucifer, a character who debuted in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and eventually got his own eponymous spin-off, has been given a pilot commitment at Fox.

Californication creator Tom Kapinos will write and produce the show, and if it gets picked up it will follow the titular Devil as he resigns his throne and abandons Hell in favor of the “gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux.”

If picked up for series, Lucifer will join a handful of other DC Comics shows, including The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, and iZombie, NBC’s Constantine, and Fox’s Gotham, as well as in-development shows like Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s Supergirl, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Preacher at AMC, »

- James Garcia

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The Boxtrolls claims top spot at the UK box office

16 September 2014 11:00 PM, PDT

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014…

Stop motion animation The Boxtrolls has taken top spot at the UK box office, pulling in an opening weekend haul of £2,000,597.

The film was the only release to crack seven figures, with Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy holding firm in second place with £812k, followed by newcomer Pride, which took third with £718,778.

Last week’s number one film Sex Tape fell to fourth place, while the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman claimed fifth with £610,312 – the only other newcomer to feature in the chart this week.

Number one this time last year: Insidious: Chapter 2

1. The Boxtrolls – £2,000,597 weekend (New)

2. Lucy – £812,073 weekend (4 weeks)

3. Pride – £718,778 weekend (New)

4. Sex Tape – £673,478 weekend (2 weeks)

5. A Most Wanted Man – £610,312 weekend (New)

6. Before I Go To Sleep – £537,991 weekend (2 weeks)

7. Guardians of the Galaxy – £614,564 weekend (7 weeks »

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Nick Tarabay to play Captain Boomerang on Arrow

16 September 2014 10:58 PM, PDT

The CW’s supervillain roster continues to grow, as EW is now reporting that Spartacus and Star Trek Into Darkness actor Nick Tarabay has joined Arrow as Digger Harkness, better known as the Flash supervillain known as Captain Boomerang.

Harkness is described as “a former A.R.G.U.S. operative, highly skilled in martial arts and espionage, with a deadly thirst for vengeance against his former employers.” He’ll make his small screen debut in Arrow‘s seventh episode, and make his way to the eighth episode as well, which will serve as an important crossover event between sister shows Arrow and The Flash

With many of the Flash’s rogues gallery, including Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Weather Wizard (Chad Rook) and Plastique (Kelly Frye) set to make their debuts on The Flash, we knew that Captain Boomerang would show up sooner or later. It »

- James Garcia

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Preview of Oddly Normal #1

16 September 2014 8:00 PM, PDT

This week sees the release of the first issue of writer and artist Otis Frampton’s latest series Oddly Normal, and we have a preview for you right here…

Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair–a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn’t make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake’s candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents’ disappearance.

Oddly Normal is out today, priced $2.99.

The post Preview of Oddly Normal #1 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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New image from Gotham

16 September 2014 6:30 PM, PDT

Thanks to Spoiler TV, we’ve got a new image from Gotham, the upcoming Batman prequel series, which gives us a new look at Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz)…

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker.

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- Gary Collinson

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Is comic book movie competition bad for the industry?

16 September 2014 2:15 PM, PDT

Thomas Roach on whether comic book movie competition is bad for the industry….

The movie industry keeps producing more and more comic book movies, and why shouldn’t they? They are usually very successful and there is a lot of money to be made out of merchandise from these comic book characters. Once children see the film they will want action figures, video games, lunch boxes and clothes, all with their favourite characters. Surprisingly fans and critics have enjoyed comic book movies lately as much as independent art movies. However it seems that there’s too many comic book movies and the competition from the different studios may cause the genre to decline.

Early on, when we first started getting comic book adaptations, there was not a great deal of competition. Supposedly the first true comic book movie will have been Superman: The Movie back in 1978. At this time there »

- Thomas Roach

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The Flash leaps into action in new image

16 September 2014 2:10 PM, PDT

Following on from the news that Amanda Pays – star of the 90s TV incarnation of The Flash – is reprising the role of Dr. Tina McGee in The CW’s upcoming Arrow spin-off, a new image from the DC Comics show has now arrived online which sees Grant Gustin’s Flash leaping into action. Check it out…

“After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. »

- Gary Collinson

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Alex Kurtzman provides an update on Sony’s Venom movie

16 September 2014 12:55 PM, PDT

With Sony pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018, the studio has decided to concentrate on its spin-off features, starting with 2016’s The Sinister Six, followed by an as-yet-unrevealed female-led movie in 2017, as well as a Venom adaptation which is rumoured to be going by the title Venom Carnage.

Speaking to ComicBookResources, director Alex Kurtzman has offered a brief update on the Venom movie, which he is set to direct from a script by Ed Solomon: “Before last Friday came out, we started kind of roughing out a story. Ed Solomon’s going to be writing it very soon. I can’t tell you too much, but I’m really excited about it.”

Kurtzman then went on to touch upon the thought process that is going in to deciding whcih incarnation of Venom they’ll be using in the movie: “I would not say it’s an easy choice. »

- Gary Collinson

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New images from Constantine

16 September 2014 12:40 PM, PDT

Ahead of its premiere next month, a couple of images from NBC’s Constantine have arrived online, giving us a new look at Matt Ryan’s supernatural detective, as well as series regular Charles Halford and guest star Laura Regan

Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second »

- Gary Collinson

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IFC renews Maron for third season

16 September 2014 12:17 PM, PDT

IFC has announced a third-season renewal for Maron, the original comedy series from Wtf Podcast host and veteran stand-up comedian Marc Maron. Here’s what Maron, who writes, produces, and stars in the series as a fictionalized version of himself, had to say about the renewal:

“I am very proud of both seasons of the show and thrilled we’re doing another one. Through all the episodes I can see the growth and evolution of the character, writing, and comedy. I’m excited about getting back into the process. the character of Maron needs some work on and off screen and fortunately that’s what drives the show.”

IFC President Jennifer Caserta added:

“Usually Marc has a hard time maintaining long-term relationships, but luckily not with us. He’s committed to bringing his wry humor and refreshing perspective back to IFC for a third season.”

The new season of Maron »

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Krispy Kreme announce Ghostbusters themed doughnuts… mmmmmm!

16 September 2014 11:31 AM, PDT

Something strange in your neighbourhood? Get yourself a Ghostbuster doughnut, that should sort it out.

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of comedy classic Ghostbusters, Krispy Kreme have announced two new doughnuts based on the movie, which will be available in stores from the 29th September.

The ‘Ghostbuster Doughnut” features a marshmallow filling topped with white icing, a decrotive green splat and the iconic Ghostbuster logo while the Stay Puft themed delight also features a marshmallow filling and topped with white icing to reselmbe the sailor’s face. It even has a sugar piece hat!

Both doughnuts are available through to Halloween and can be found in participating stores in the Us and Canada. No word on whether they will be available outside of those shores.

The Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is currently also available »

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Gotham’s third episode to feature Metal Men villain Balloon Man?

16 September 2014 11:27 AM, PDT

Those assuming that Fox’s upcoming series Gotham would only feature the origins of iconic Batman villains have another thing coming, because according to star Ben McKenzie, a rather obscure DC character will give Jim Gordon hell in the series’ third episode.

McKenzie recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, and the folks at Spoiler TV noticed this little gem in his comments about upcoming episodes:

“The second episode, for example, takes on a child-snatching ring that targets street kids for overseas export, and the third introduces Balloon Man, a killer who ties his victims to hundreds of balloons and sets them aloft. The crime is big and weird and eccentric and often has a lot of dark humor in it.”

We recently reported about the series’ second episode, titled “Selina Kyle,” but it’s the Balloon Man namedrop that has us the most intrigued. After a bit of digging, I was »

- James Garcia

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New poster for Disney’s Into the Woods

16 September 2014 11:15 AM, PDT

Walt Disney Pictures has dropped a new poster for Into the Woods, the upcoming musical fairy tale from director Rob Marshall (Chicago), which features Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) as a wicked witch who places a curse on a baker and his wife, played by James Corden (One Chance) and Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow). Take a look…

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.“

Into the Woods features a cast that »

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First image from Powers features Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward

16 September 2014 10:53 AM, PDT

Courtesy of USA Today, we now have our first look at Sony Television’s adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers comic book series. The image features our first glimpse at Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) as Detective Christian Walker, and Susan Heyward (The Following) as his partner Deena Pilgrim…

Created by Bendis in 2000, Powers tells the story of Walker and Pilgrim, two detectives living in a world full of superhumans. The series will arrive on the Playstation Network in December. Joining Copley and Heyward are Max Fowler (The Killing) as Krispin Stockley, Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) as Captain Cross, Eddie Izzard (Hannibal, The Riches) as Wolfe, Oleysa Rulin (High School Musical) as Calista, Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) as Johnny Royalle, and Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica, The Killing) as Retro Girl.

The post First image from Powers features Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- James Garcia

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Two new clips from Kevin Smith’s Tusk

16 September 2014 10:28 AM, PDT

We’ve had a couple of posters for Kevin Smith’s upcoming horror flick Tusk this week [see here and here] along with a ‘From Pod to Screen’ featurette [see here], and now we have a pair of clips from the film, which hits theaters in the States this Friday. Check them out below…

From the singular mind of writer/director and podcaster Kevin Smith, and conceived from one of Smith’s own Smodcasts, Tusk is a story unlike anything that has ever been committed to screen before. A tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Tusk will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Featuring in the cast of Tusk are Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers), Michael Parks (Red State), Genesis Rodriquez (The Last Stand), Haley Joel Osmont (The Sixth Sense), Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time), Ralph Garman (Family Guy) and Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger). Watch the trailer here.

Tusk opens in the States on September 19th. »

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Tom Hiddleston to star in Skull Island with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing

16 September 2014 10:21 AM, PDT

Legendary Pictures announced today that Thor: The Dark World and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to star in the new King Kong film, Skull Island, with The Kings of Summer and You’re the Worst director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm.

Unfortunately we still don’t know much about the project, though it will explore the titular island that King Kong and various other mysterious and monstrous creatures call home. Previous reports suggested that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was on the studio’s mind for the directing job, but they must have found something special in Vogt-Roberts.

This is not the only high-profile project on Vogt-Roberts and Hiddleston’s plates, however. Vogt-Roberts is already signed on to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony, though that project will likely get pushed aside for now. Hiddleston, on the other hand, has a few upcoming films on his slate, »

- James Garcia

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Baymax’s Ninja Skills are Sweet in new Big Hero 6 TV spot

16 September 2014 10:16 AM, PDT

We’ve lost count of the number of TV spots that Walt Disney Pictures has released for Big Hero 6, but here’s another one that offers up some more new footage from the upcoming animated Marvel movie. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Big Hero 6 »

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Matthew McConaughey featured in new poster for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

16 September 2014 9:59 AM, PDT

With less than two months to go before Christopher Nolan’s latest film takes flight, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. have dropped a new poster for Interstellar, which features Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) kitted out in a spacesuit…

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Featuring in the cast of Interstellar are Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Matt Damon (Elysium »

- Gary Collinson

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