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The Following Season 3 Review

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This review is based on the first two episodes of season one, which were provided to us for review purposes prior to broadcast.

“It’s happening again, isn’t it?” asks a character of Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy towards the end of The Following‘s third season premiere. The “Well, duh” isn’t explicitly stated within the show, but no doubt you’ll provide your own. Taking place a full year after the events of season two, the show picks up at Agent Mendez’s wedding, where we discover Mike and Max have separated and Ryan has a new girlfriend. Then someone mentions Joe Carroll’s imminent execution, a mysteriously ominous caterer makes a move, and The Following is back to its darkly cynical slice of confusingly watchable schlock TV. Those expecting a massive reset this season will be in for a torture warehouse-size disappointment, but anyone totally game »

- Mitchel Broussard

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American Crime Season 1 Review

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This review was based off the first four episodes of season one, which were provided to us prior to broadcast.

Harrowing and horrifying as its depiction of slavery might have been, one of the iconic shots of 2013’s 12 Years a Slave was also one of its simplest. As the abducted free man Solomon Northup, star Chiwetel Ejiofor silently takes pause on a Georgian plantation and just…looks. It’s a lengthy shot, discomfiting at first for its rigidity, then outright confrontational once Ejiofor’s gaze happens upon the camera. Whether its purpose was to indict the audience or close the last inches separating them from Northup’s experience, the moment demanded the viewer look into the eyes of an oft unseen, but defining face of American identity.

Widely advertised as being “From the screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley’s new series, American Crime, shares more in common with »

- Sam Woolf

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Netflix Outbidding Studios For Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation

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In another aggressive foray into original feature acquisition, Netflix is nearing a $12 million deal to pick up Beasts of No Nation, the Cary Fukunaga-directed African drama starring Idris Elba.

Insiders say that the streaming service is planning to make a big awards push for the pic, which Fox Searchlight and Focus Features were also angling to snag. Elba stars as the commander of a West African guerilla force, which dehumanizes young children in order to turn them into effective soldiers. Fukunaga, whose star rose when he directed the first season of HBO’s True Detective last year, also penned the script and produced.

Grabbing Beasts of No Nation is just the latest victory for Netflix, which acquired Jamie Dornan-powered siege drama Jadotville for $18 million during the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, the streaming service has secured four Adam Sandler movies, a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, a new Pee-Wee »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Jennifer Lawrence And Steven Spielberg Circling War Memoir It’s What I Do At Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. has snapped up rights to adapt It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, a memoir by Lynsey Addario that the studio has snagged Steven Spielberg to direct and Jennifer Lawrence to star in.

The project has been red-hot ever since an excerpt from It’s What I Do ran in The New York Times Magazine, and the recent media spotlight on the perils faced by war-zone reporters makes it extremely timely as well.

Addario is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose work took her to the most hostile regions on Earth. She reported out of Afghanistan following the U.S.’s invasion there, specifically centering on the human cost of conflict. Some of her stories centered on genocide victims in Darfur, Afghans under the Taliban’s thumb and victims of rape in the Congo. Perhaps the most compelling and harrowing chapter of Addario »

- Isaac Feldberg

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First International Poster Lands For Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places Adaptation

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Before David Fincher’s Gone Girl even hit theaters, producers were scrambling to option other material from its author. Gillian Flynn might have published only three novels, but they’re each as deliciously twisted as the last. Whereas Gone Girl investigated the ruptured center of an insane marriage, Dark Places explores the dark beating heart of a misguided youngster. To mark the film’s imminent worldwide premiere in France, the first poster has arrived, which you can see in all its glory – along with the synopsis – below.

The adaptation bagged Sarah’s Key helmer Gilles Paquet-Brenner to direct and an impressive cast to star. Charlize Theron toplines the movie as Libby Day, a woman who witnesses the horrific ritualistic murder of her family as a teenager and testifies against her brother for the killings. Twenty-five years later, a group of over-zealous serial killer enthusiasts try to convince her that her brother was in fact, »

- Gem Seddon

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Mysteryland 2015 Drops A Huge Phase 1 Lineup

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Mysteryland 2015 isn’t so mysterious anymore, as ID&T have released phase 1 of their eclectic lineup today, and it’s absolutely huge. Bringing in Alesso, Dillon Francis, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Steve Angello, Nicky Romero and more to headline, along with stages hosted by Size and Spinnin’ Records, it looks like the Netherlands is going to be the place to be during the end of August (the 29th and 30th, to be exact).

“We are so happy that we can offer our visitors a two-day program,” says Duncan Stutterheim, founder of ID&T. “Not only can they party longer, but most of all, they have more time to explore the wide variety of music, arts and culture on offer. Besides, we are proud that we can give a platform to so many talents, artists and creative.”

Take a peak at the full Mysteryland 2015 lineup below and let us know what you make of it. »

- Matt Joseph

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Netflix Announces Release Dates For Orange Is The New Black Season 3 And More

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Amazon Studios might be pushing out their own original content, including the Golden Globe-winning Transparent, but the streaming game is still owned by Netflix. It’s been three days since they dropped all 13 episodes of House Of Cards season 3 and for most binge-watchers, that means there’s a whole year to wait until their next dose of Frank’s shady antics. To soothe the sting, the digital content behemoth has just announced the summer premiere dates for some of their hottest shows, including the third season of Orange Is The New Black.

First up is Canadian sci-fi series, Between, which expected to arrive sometime in May. Starring Jennette McCurdy as a pregnant teenager in a small town whose residents don’t live past the age of 21, this could very well be the year’s sleeper hit series.

Next, we have Sense8, the latest effort from The Wachowskis. Arriving on June 5th, »

- Gem Seddon

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The Chainsmokers Will Let You Go With Their New Track

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For their latest original, NYC duo The Chainsmokers are digging into the archives. “Let You Go,” a collaboration with Great Good Fine Ok, has actually been around for a while. The producers had been working on it right around the time that “#Selfie” blew up, but for obvious reasons, had to put it on hold. Once the craziness died down, they were able to get around to finishing it and now, they’ve finally released the completed version.

“The funny part is then ‘#Selfie’ blew up right after and everything went nuts and the song got put on hold while all the craziness was happening which was kind of a bummer because we would have loved to release it during all the chaos to let people know that ‘#Selfie’ was our humor but wasn’t our music style,” the boys told Billboard.

“After the dust settled we finished it up »

- Matt Joseph

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Jack Ü Will Headline Mad Decent Boat Party 2015

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Earlier today, Mad Decent Boat Party announced their lineup for 2015, and while the collection of artists presented here is expected and not completely surprising, we’re still looking forward to this one very much.

Leading the charge will be Jack Ü, who are currently riding high on the success of their debut album. Supporting them will be a large handful of returning artists, with acts like Dillon Francis, Major Lazer, Tjr, Thomas Jack and more all rounding out the lineup. While most of these names are exactly what we expected to see, it’s still a strong group of talent and will no doubt make for another absolutely wild event.

Mad Decent Boat Party sets sail for mayhem and madness on November 11th and goes until the 15th. For tickets, be sure to check out the official website.

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- Matt Joseph

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First Look At Vincent D’Onofrio As Daredevil Villain Kingpin

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Netflix’s coverage of their forthcoming show, Marvel’s Daredevil, has so far shown us a teaser trailer, new glimpses at Matt Murdock and co. in a gallery of stills and a cheeky motion poster. So far, that blanket of information and visual treats has been void of one key element: Daredevil’s opponent. That is, until today, when Netflix revealed a profile of his antagonist known as The Kingpin.

Im the 2003 movie, the part was played by Michael Clarke Duncan, and now that juicy villain will be brought to life by Vincent D’Onofrio in the rebooted series. His street name, The Kingpin, connects to his pivotal role in the functioning of Hell’s Kitchen.

Here’s the first character description for the baddie, whose real name doesn’t muster quite as much terror:

The shadowy figure behind organized crime in Hell’s Kitchen, Wilson Fisk has one mission »

- Gem Seddon

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Get Hard Gets A Red Band Trailer

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Will Ferrell takes irreverence to a whole new level in his forthcoming comedy, Get Hard, in which he stars as a wealthy hedge fund manager who winds up in the slammer. It’s the perfect “fish out of water” scenario for the funnyman to expend his slapstick energy along with his new partner-in-crime, Kevin Hart.

Ferrell plays James King, a businessman facing a stint in San Quentin after he’s found guilty of fraud. Terrified of his predicament, he enlists the help of the man who washes his car, Darnell Lewis (Hart), to prepare him for prison life. Granted, Lewis knows nothing about crime or doing the time, so he chooses to play up to King’s stereotyping and help him out.

As this marks the directorial debut of Idiocracy and Tropic Thunder writer Eton Cohen, the type of humor aims higher than most. In this latest red band trailer, »

- Gem Seddon

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Chris Weitz Talks About Writing The First Star Wars Standalone Movie

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After The Book Of Eli‘s Gary Whitta exited the Star Wars standalone movie following a year of hard graft, many wondered who – if anyone – would pick up the mantle. Enter: Chris Weitz, the writer-director with a varied resume ranging from romcom standout About A Boy all the way to fantasy fare like The Golden Compass. Tasked with picking up where Whitta left off, Weitz signed on to commence writing a new draft in late January 2015.

For fans of arguably the biggest franchise Ever, his involvement at such a core level raised several eyebrows. It seems, however, that the enormity of the task isn’t lost on Weitz himself, who addressed the script changes, and his involvement in an interview with /Film:

“Well I think it still is the core,” he said of Whitta’s first draft. “But in terms of…in a weird way, it was like meeting for any assignment. »

- Gem Seddon

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It’s Girls Against Boys In First Full Trailer For Orphan Black Season 3

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The season 2 finale of BBC America’s Orphan Black ended on a tantalizing cliffhanger: in addition to the clone sisterhood, there’s also a squad of male genetic identicals. Now, thanks to the network’s recent trailer drop, there’s a chance to witness exactly how Sarah Manning and her Project Leda sisters intend to deal with this new threat.

The militarized males of Project Castor don’t appear to be quite as loveable as the female clones we’ve all grown to know and love across two seasons. Played with a varied vehemence by Ari Miller, this new squad were designed, created and raised together to form a cohesive unit. In short; they’re nothing like Sarah, Cosima, Alison and Helena. Although, to be fair, there’s no-one quite like Helena.

At the center of this new trailer is, of course, the ever-impressive Tatiana Maslany, who is reprising her »

- Gem Seddon

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Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Next Spider-Man Movie

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Latino Review reports that Sony and Marvel’s forthcoming Spider-Man solo movie has landed a writer and director in the shape of Drew Goddard. Known for his work on meta-horror smash, The Cabin In The Woods, and found footage monster pic, Cloverfield, Goddard’s genre sensibilities caught the attention of Sony last year when he began developing Spidey spinoff, Sinister Six. His excitement for the project saw him exit a key position on Marvel’s Daredevil series to develop the baddie team-up pic, which is now dead in the water.

However, Goddard’s time spent in development on that now-extinct project wasn’t wasted. This new Spider-Man movie will apparently mine core elements from his Sinister Six treatments and use a new series title: Spectacular Spider-Man. It will reportedly revolve around an already-established Spider-Man in high school who is facing a threat from the Sinister Six, essentially wiping out the »

- Gem Seddon

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Ethan Hawke Heads Out West For The Magnificent Seven Remake

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Variety reports that Boyhood‘s Ethan Hawke has entered the final stages of negotiations for a role in MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. Should he lock down the part, we’ll be in for a full-blown Training Day reunion, as his collaborators on the 2001 cop thriller – Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington – are already on board to direct and star, respectively.

Hawke now stands to appear alongside man of the moment, Chris Pratt, who signed on back in December, and The Equalizer‘s Haley Bennett, who recently snagged the female lead. The matter of who Hawke will be playing is under lock and key, but logic suggests he may be one of the titular seven.

With regards to the story, very little has been revealed so far. We know that the movie will remake John Sturges’ 1960 original, and, like that classic it will concentrate on a small town whose »

- Gem Seddon

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Kojima Productions To Stage “Big” Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Reveal This Wednesday

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All may have been quiet on the Big Boss front of late, aside from a few low-res screenshots posted to Hideo Kojima’s Twitter account, but it looks to be that Kojima Productions is gearing up for a “big” announcement relating to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on Wednesday, March 4.

Announced via Konami’s official page, the teaser features a timer counting down to 6am Pt/9am Et on the aforementioned date, with all signs pointing to the studio revealing the official release date for the much-anticipated sequel. It would certainly make sense for Kojima to get the launch details out in the open, leaving the studio with an open slate to showcase the open-world gameplay in the lead in to E3 and Gamescom during the summer.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will also herald the return of Metal Gear Online, the multiplayer component that fell »

- Michael Briers

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Harmonix Debuts First Gameplay Trailer For Amplitude Reboot

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Harmonix has remained quiet on the status of its Amplitude reboot since postponing the rhythm music game by a few months, but today the studio has debuted the very first gameplay trailer while also detailing the title’s new-fangled Multiplayer mode.

Entitled Team Play, the addition will allow players to compete with one another whether it’s in the form of a head-on-head match or the more challenging 3 vs 1 set-up. Taking to PlayStation Blog, Ryan Lesser, Art Director at Harmonix, detailed the approach to the competitive mode and how it will add something different to the upcoming reboot — or “recharge,” if the trailer above is to be believed.

Team play is something we’d never done in Amplitude before, and allowing players to team up 2v2 or even 3v1 sounded like an amazing way to even the playing field without disrupting the current design. We decided to give it a shot, »

- Michael Briers

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Rupert Friend Is A One-Man Army In New Poster For Hitman: Agent 47

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20th Century Fox has debuted a new international poster for the studio’s upcoming video game adaptation, Hitman: Agent 47, which sees Homeland star Rupert Friend as the titular one-man army.

Marking director Aleksander Bach’s first venture behind the lens, Agent 47 will kick the lore established by the Timothy Olyphant-fronted sequel to the kerb in favor of a full reboot. With Friend starring as the elite, genetically-modified agent, Bach’s film will see him hunted down by a power-mongering mega-corporation intent on using his DNA to engineer an entire squad of controllable killing machines.

We gained a gist of the bombastic tone of Hitman: Agent 47 a few weeks back when the explosive, bat-shit insane first trailer made its way online. Bach is certainly pulling no punches in transitioning the long-running video game franchise from medium to medium, it just remains to be seen whether the balls-to-the-walls actioner »

- Michael Briers

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Hawkeye Gets His Own Avengers: Age Of Ultron Poster As Jeremy Renner Reveals He Has Signed On For A Solo Movie

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Character posters for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron have come in thick and fast over the past few days, with all of the key players adorning their own one-sheet as marketing for Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel kicks into high gear. And today, the studio has unveiled Hawkeye’s character poster, with star Jeremy Renner also revealing some intriguing tidbits on the future of the sidelined sharpshooter.

For one, it appears as though Renner’s S.H.I.E.L.D. agent will play a much bigger part in Age of Ultron, and the actor even hinted that he may play the archer for a solo movie should the opportunity present itself.

I think most actors will sign on to do, like… ‘Captain America’ 1-3 and then ‘The Avengers’ 1-3, and then you’re done. For me, I signed on to ‘The Avengers’ 1-3 and then ‘Hawk-Eye,’ in case »

- Michael Briers

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Margot Robbie Likens David Ayer’s Suicide Squad To The Dark Knight

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If there was ever an in-development project that could be sold on cast alone, it’s David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Having assembled Will Smith, Jared LetoCara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman — in lieu of Tom Hardy — and Margot Robbie, there’s no doubting the film’s star power, and during a recent interview with MTV, the latter actress talked about the movie’s innate tone.

Granted, Ayer’s superhero flick is yet to enter production, and while the director has teased a reveal for later today, there’s still an awful lot we don’t know about Warner Bros.’ villain-centric tale. However, according to Robbie, the tone that the studio is aiming for is akin to that found in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

“I think on a scale of like, ‘The Dark Knight’ is here and ‘The Avengers’ is here, I think it’s more on the ‘Dark Knight’ side of things. »

- Michael Briers

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