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28 May 15:23

‘American Ultra’ Trailers: Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart’s Stoner Action Film [UPDATED]

by Germain Lussier

American Ultra still MTV

Think of the most unlikely action hero ever and the name Jesse Eisenberg might come up. Which is exactly why the red band trailer for American Ultra is so surprising. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), American Ultra is about a young man (Eisenberg) who wants to propose to his girlfriend (Kirsten Stewart) but is then revealed to be a sleeper agent, super spy. The main difference between him and other spies though is he’s a huge stoner, slacker.

Co-starring Topher Grace, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo and others, American Ultra opens August 21. Check out the first American Ultra trailers below.

UPDATEWe’ve added a green band trailer to go along with Thursdays red band.

Thanks to Yahoo for the trailer

Red Band American Ultra trailer

UPDATE: Green Band American Ultra trailer

This probably doesn’t at all look like something fans expected. It looks way more in the mold of Matthew Vaughn than the guy who did Project X. There’s definitely potential here for something really fun. A unique blend of comedy, action, weirdness and romance. We know that Eisenberg and Stewart are both fantastic and Topher Grace looks like he’s taking things to a whole new level as the film’s villain. I don’t know, this trailer – with all of its whiz, bang and flash – has me intrigued.

According to Nourizadeh, the film is going to be less about the action and more about the relationship between the two leads:

You start with this kind of like sweet love story. I don’t want to turn people off with that, but what’s really unique about this movie is the fact that it’s like this kind of crazy action-comedy, but really at the core there is this like romance and there’s this love story where all he wants to do is to propose to her. Really if you look at it, the action that comes into play is basically the stuff that’s softening it. It’s like the hurdles that you have to like overcome.

His world just gets turned upside down and he starts to realize who he actually is. For a lot of the movie, he’s just like unaware of what’s going on, why these people are trying to kill him, and he soon finds out. It’s just this weird sort of entertaining, well-rounded, totally unique movie, I think where you know you’ll be laughing one minute, you’ll be hopefully quite shocked at some of the action that we did. It’s violent, it’s graphic, it’s funny, it’s silly at times, you know it’s just got so many things going on that its hard to actually define really.

American Ultra opens August 21. What do you think of the red band trailer?

The post ‘American Ultra’ Trailers: Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart’s Stoner Action Film [UPDATED] appeared first on /Film.

27 May 22:51

Mike Trout's slide

by (John)

Since I keep hearing that people have still not seen this incredible slide...
25 May 17:47

17 Images That Will Make You Feel Warm And Happy Inside

by Benny Bernardo

With so many violence in the world, it can be hard to keep the faith in humanity. However, it seems there still are a lot of good people among us. And they strike quickly, too! Without asking for it, you might just encounter one good Samaritan who will make your entire day—or year!—with a grand act of kindness.

The world is still a better place. Just check out these 17 photos that will make you smile, say “aww” or even do an ugly and see for yourself.










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22 May 02:40

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - Official Trailer

by DC Entertainment

Time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter must assemble a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat to the planet…and to time itself. DC's Legends of Tomorrow is coming soon to The CW.

For more on DC's Legends of Tomorrow:
22 May 14:47

imwithkanye: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp


Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

25 May 15:49

The New Yorker on vinyl music

by (John)

By Alex Gregory on sale here.
22 May 14:30

Bill Murray Christmas Special Headed to Netflix; Watch the First Teaser

by Angie Han

A Very Murray Christmas

This holiday season, Netflix will give its subscribers the gift of Bill Murray. The streaming service has picked up A Very Murray Christmas, a Yuletide special directed by Sofia Coppola. Murray stars along with a bevy of celebrities, including George Clooney, Amy Poehler, and (of course) Jason Schwartman.

Get all the details, and watch the first A Very Murray Christmas teaser trailer after the jump. 

Coppola and Murray will write A Very Murray Christmas along with Mitch Glazer (Magic City). The special is described as “an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.” That guy has the worst luck with weather, eh?

By some holiday miracle, though, the show goes on. “Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit,” the press release continues.

Said guests include Paul Shaffer, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, and Miley Cyrus.

Murray first revealed his plans for the Christmas special last year. “It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music,” he said at the time. “It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina style and wit to it. It will be nice.” Coppola added, “My motivation is to hear him singing my song requests.”

No release date has been set for A Very Murray Christmas, but you can expect it to hit sometime in December. In the meantime, check out the melancholy first teaser below. If you plucked those reindeer antlers off of his head, this could easily pass as a scene from Murray and Coppola’s Lost in Translation.

The post Bill Murray Christmas Special Headed to Netflix; Watch the First Teaser appeared first on /Film.

26 May 13:01

Hulk Hogan Possible Villain For The Expendables 4

by editorm101

I'm listening...

25 May 17:45

By insisting we 'join the team,' champ who has everything just told us what he lacks

by Ben Fowlkes
Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman

It’s not often you hear a post-fight speech that sounds like something that the leader of an armed rebellion might say to the soldiers of the realm.

Chris Weidman’s remarks to fans following his first-round TKO victory over Vitor Belfort in this past Saturday’s UFC 187 pay-per-view co-headliner, however? That might be about as close as we’re going to get to a post-fight interview that becomes an almost threatening call to arms.

“Hey, stop doubting me,” Weidman (13-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) said after his win against Belfort (24-11 MMA, 13-7 UFC). “It’s enough. Stop doubting me. You better join the team now. This is my last invitation. Join the team. I love you.”

Here’s where the thinking fan might have justifiably wondered: Wait, by “team,” does he just mean the informal confederacy of Chris Weidman fans? Do I really need an invitation from Weidman himself to “join” that team? And, hold on, did Chris Weidman just say that he loved me?

Fighters will say a lot of crazy things when they’re high off the fumes of victory. We know this. Then they sober up and realize, hey, they hardly even know you.

But the pleading, vaguely threatening invitation to “join the team”? That seems like it’s coming from somewhere real for Weidman. That sounds like a man who feels like the team is a little light on members right now, and he can’t fully understand why.

Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort

Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort

It’s hard to blame him for feeling that way, when you think about it. This is the man who dethroned the great Anderson Silva, who beat up Lyoto Machida before beating up Lyoto Machida was cool, who took Vitor Belfort’s best shot and then left him lying in a puddle on the mat (watch the Weidman vs. Belfort video highlights).

If you’re a Brazilian middleweight who can lay claim to any sort of legendary former UFC champion status right now, chances are pretty good that you’ve been pummeled by Weidman at least once.

That he wrapped himself in the American flag before and after these performances should, you’d think, only further endear him to fight fans here at home. If Weidman had been born and raised in Dublin instead of Long Island, he’d be a hero to his people by now. They’d throw him parades and hand him giant ceremonial keys. He’d wake up one day to discover he’d been elected to public office without even running.

Instead, Weidman is an American, which seems unremarkable to fellow Americans. It’s not so different for New Yorkers. There’s just so damn many of them. Wasn’t one of them bound to be UFC middleweight champ eventually? In a city where ignoring the constant presence of others is a skill you learn quickly, maybe you can’t expect people to be impressed with you so easily.

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman

And it does, at least from a distance, all seem very easy for Weidman. He’s had his battles, certainly. He’s been knocked around just enough to prove he can take it, but not so much as to make us worried. It’s almost like he showed up in MMA fully formed and then began rolling toward his destiny with minimal fuss.

That’s what makes the “stop doubting me” part of his open invitation a little a strange. Looking around at betting odds and media predictions before this bout, I didn’t see a whole lot of people picking against him. We might have doubted Weidman before the first Silva fight, or even after the second one, but these days? Weidman is the guy who’s supposed to win all these fights. It’s all the people who want to pry that belt from his grasp who we don’t quite believe in yet.

But then, this isn’t really about doubt any more than it’s about being the betting favorite. For Weidman, you get the sense that it’s a little more ephemeral than that.

He doesn’t want to be favored so much as he wants to be embraced. He wants that affection other fighters get, that irrational fan devotion that’s been known to last through doping scandals and DUIs. He probably wants to be able to beat up a Brazilian in Las Vegas with something a little closer to unanimous fan support, which, honestly, doesn’t seem like too much to ask.

Those are all reasonable things to want, or even expect, especially as an unbeaten champion. They’re also the kind of things that you can’t always get just by asking for them.

As enticing as his limited-time offer to join the team might sound, you get the sneaking suspicion that we’re talking about more than reserving seats on the bandwagon here. Some people say they love you because they really, truly mean it. Others do it because they just want to hear you say it in return.

For complete coverage of UFC 187, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Filed under: News, UFC
21 May 21:00

Alternate Endings For 20 Classic Movies

by Zeon Santos

Movies can become fan favorites for a variety of reasons, but chances are if the ending stinks the movie isn’t going to be well liked.

That’s especially true of any movie that uses a surprise ending to shock viewers, but the real shock would have come after watching films like Rocky and Clerks with their original endings!

(YouTube Link)

Rocky was supposed to end with Balboa taking the big payola and throwing the fight against Apollo Creed, and Clerks originally ended with Dante being shot to death by an armed robber. Sometimes a script change is a good thing!

See The Alternate Endings Of 20 Famous Movies at mental_floss

15 May 16:32

That Lonely Island Movie Has A Plot, Kind Of

by Penn Collins

A few months ago, it was announced that Judd Apatow and The Lonely Island were teaming up to bring us a feature film. Then, a few days ago, an image surfaced purporting that the whole thing was shrouded in secrecy. That image looked like this:

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Of course, as this poster was released, so too were plot details, which sort of undermines that whole “top secret” business. The film will be a mockumentary-type reunion film in the style of the Bieber and Katy Perry films. It will also star Sarah Silverman as a publicist.

Judging by the quotes from the principals here, it could be a pretty fun film. Apatow offered this up in a press release:

“I have begged these fine gentlemen to allow me to produce one of their films since day one, and finally they decided my whining needed to come to an end.”

We’re interested in this.


The post That Lonely Island Movie Has A Plot, Kind Of appeared first on Screen Junkies.

18 May 14:34

Watch Duff McKagan & Krist Novoselic Play “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Together

by Stereogum

pretty awesome

Krist Novoselic and Duff McKaganNirvana and Guns N' Roses famously didn't like each other, mostly owing to a backstage spat between Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain at the 1992 VMAs. But Duff McKagan and Krist Novoselic were never going to keep that feud going; they've got too much in common. They're both bass players, both relatively mellow and level-headed … More »

07 May 13:08

Prankster Covers Adam Levine In Sugar Outside Jimmy Kimmel

by Stereogum

Good. I wish he had a song called "Shit."

Adam Levine covered in sugarMaroon 5 have a new single called "Sugar." And so when frontman Adam Levine was arriving at Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform the song, some joker apparently ran at Levine and threw powdered sugar all over him, covering his clothes and one side of his face. This is obviously next-level pun work; we're dealing with … More »

21 May 11:50

Watch Foo Fighters Perform “Everlong” For Letterman’s Final Show

by Stereogum

So goddam good.

Watch Foo Fighters Perform "Everlong" For Letterman's Final ShowDavid Letterman wrapped up a 33-year-long late-night career last night, and brought out one of his favorite bands to do his favorite song to put a capper on the night. Foo Fighters -- who did a week-long residency on the show last year after the release of Sonic Highways -- played "Everlong," which they performed … More »

21 May 16:28

Deadpool Flashes Run The Jewels’ Logo In Latest Marvel Comics Tribute

by Stereogum
Deadpool Run The JewelsLike so many of us, the people at Marvel are big fans of Run The Jewels. And earlier this year, Marvel's artists worked the group's fist-and-gun hand sign into the covers of two of its books, Howard The Duck #2 and Deadpool #45. Right now, those Marvel people are busy remaking their entire comic-book … More »

21 May 15:00

Letterman’s Final Top Ten List

by Miss Cellania

Dave Letterman’s final show aired last night. He pulled out all the stops for the show, including a star-studded final Top Ten List. His favorite guests from over the years each came out to tell the "Top Ten Things I’ve Wanted to Say to Dave.”

(YouTube link)

In case you were working last night, or if you are of an age that you can no longer stay up that late (like Letterman himself), you can also see clips featuring his final entrance, the opening monologue, the Foo Fighters playing “Everlong” behind a photo montage of Dave’s many memorable moments on TV, a presidential sendoff, and the final farewell speech. Happy retirement, Dave!

21 May 12:00

Best Buy Exclusive: Select Blu-ray Steelbooks & Metalpacks from $7.99 Each

by persian_mafia
Best Buy Exclusive: Select Blu-ray Steelbooks & Metalpacks from $7.99 Each

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Best has a few Best Buy Exclusive Metalpack & Steelbook Blu-Ray (various titles) on sale from $7.99. Select free in-store pickup to save on shipping, otherwise free shipping on orders $35 or more. Thanks persian_mafia

Note, availability for in-store pickup may vary depending on location

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17 May 07:00

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20 May 12:55

Uber Office in Hoboken

by hoboken411

I have become a huge Uber fan. I like that they have an office in Hoboken. I think that is good for the neighborhood.

In other news, the guy who writes this blog is such a fucking cunt.

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15 May 01:00

Swineapple: Hollowed-Out Pineapple Stuffed with Ribs Wrapped in Bacon

by Rusty Blazenhoff

I don't share a lot of food stuff, but this looks good.


On Facebook, a user named Dave Rees shared a photo of what he's dubbed, the "swineapple."

It's really quite a feat. It's a hollowed-out pineapple "stuffed with boneless country style ribs rubbed with homemade seasoning and wrapped in thick cut bacon and sprinkled with a light creole seasoning." 

He reports that he smoked it at "240 average for 5 hours." 

Mmmm....delicious, delicious swineapple...It's kind of like the Aloha version of "Turducken" (a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey).

Thanks, Elliotte!

19 May 14:00

Cool Stuff: Joshua Budich’s ‘Fictional Food’ Art Show

by Germain Lussier

JoshuaBudich - Darth Vader fictional food

Whether you’re a human, animal, alien, cartoon, hobbit, robot or something else, one thing links almost every single character in pop culture: food. We all need something to keep us going, give us energy and maybe be the object of a joke. Some of these pop culture food items can even be as popular as the characters themselves, like the Wonka chocolate Bar, pink Simpsons donut or Pac Man cherries. Fictional Food is everywhere, and it is also the name and subject of Joshua Budich‘s solo exhibit opening Friday May 22 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, CA.

It’ll consist of 36 small screenprints of fictional food from stories such as Lost, The Simpsons, The Legend of Zelda, and Toy Story, as well as six larger pieces. Below, check out just a hint of the show as well as an exclusive Star Wars piece you’ll only find previewed here on /Film.

Fictional Food runs from 7-10 p.m. May 22 and then regular business hours trough June 6 at Gallery 1988 West, 7308
Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA. Here’s some of the work.

Joshua Budich Fictional Food

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Again, the small singles are 6 x 6 inches and will cost $10 apiece. There are 36 images total. The bigger ones, like Homer, Hurley, and Darth Vader, are 18 x 24 inches and cost $40. There are six of those, making 42 pieces in total. All remaining prints after the opening weekend will be on sale Monday, May 25 at

When asked about the inspiration behind this series, which Budich began a few years back at a previous Gallery 1988 show, the artist said the following:

My inspiration for a lot of these comes from what I loved as a child, and of course nowadays, more so for what my kids love; Pixar, Marvel, Disney… I started with making a huge list of potential pieces and just narrowed down to what i really loved and thought others would respond to. Ultimately, I imagine people hanging these in the nooks and  crannies of their kitchens.

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13 May 12:50

Street Artists Who Have a Great Sense of Humor

by Nat B

The Bill Posters one gets me every time.

There’s no denying that street art can be amazing to look at but it’s also really awesome when the artists have a great sense of humor.

The post Street Artists Who Have a Great Sense of Humor appeared first on Unreality Mag.

14 May 22:01

Sia - California Dreamin

Sia is on top form on her cover of ‘California Dreamin’ which is taken from the movie soundtrack to San Andreas. If you were a fan of the original 60s track from the Mamas and The Papas, you… (in post Sia – California Dreamin from Your Music Radar. More by this artist at )
18 May 19:36

Charity arcade games make it fun to donate to the Red Cross

by (John)

"Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaga - at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport you can now play some of the most classic and loved arcade games. Play with whatever foreign left over coins you have in your pocket - and at the same time help the Red Cross. Behind the project is Swedavia Swedish Airports and the Swedish Red Cross, together they have developed a more refined version of the traditional collecting box."
14 May 18:55

Great Job, Internet!: Stagger down memory lane with 46 of The Simpsons’ greatest visual gags

by Marah Eakin

In a move that’s both timely and bittersweet, an imgur user has compiled some of The Simpsons’ best sign-based sight gags. The classily-named Bookerfuker created a compendium of 46 amazing Springfield displays, from the charming storefront of Hooked On A Feline to the various topics displayed weekly at the First Church Of Springfield. It’s a good reminder that Springfield Christian School puts “the fun in fundamentalist dogma,” and that at the Springfield Dog Track, they ask that you think of the greyhounds “as little horses.”

13 May 14:51

Ricky Gervais’ ‘The Office’ Spinoff ‘Life on the Road’ Gets Financing

by Angie Han

Ricky Gervais The office

Everyone’s favorite terrible boss is coming back. Ricky Gervais has just secured financing for Life on the Road, a spinoff film which will pick up with The Office‘s David Brent years after his stint at Wernham Hogg Paper. So what exactly has he been up to? Get the latest updates on the Ricky Gervais The Office spinoff after the jump. 

EW reports Entertainment One is partnering with BBC Films to back Life on the Road. Gervais will write, direct, and star. As the title suggests, it’s a road movie of sorts. It turns out David Brent has been chasing his rock star dreams with his band “Foregone Conclusion,” while holding down a day job as a traveling salesman for a cleaning products company.

In typical The Office fashion, Life on the Road sounds like a deliciously uncomfortable mix of comedy and tragedy. Gervais revealed some other details about the mockumentary film last year:

[H]e hasn’t let go of this dream of being a rock star and he’s got a lot of songs together and he’s got a young band together that he’s paying through the nose for and they’re just sort of ripping him off. They’re sort of session musicians so he’s losing money. He has to cash in a pension, he does a little tour he wants the record companies to come along too.

Obviously he thinks it’s like Scorsese following the Rolling Stones around, this documentary team, but it’s really sort of a Where Are They Now documentary and it’s even sadder and tragic… I’m trying to do like Anvil did for real. It was sort of sweet and tragic… He’s doing songs, it’s almost a musical, really.

In the latest statement, Gervais promises that Life on the Road “delves much more into [David Brent’s] private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man.”

Although The Office aired its last episode over a decade ago, David Brent has lived on. Gervais reprised the role for a 2013 mini-episode titled The Office Revisited as part of the Red Nose Day fundraising event, as well as for the YouTube series Learn Guitar With David Brent.

Gervais is coming off of the TV series Derek, which is distributed through Netflix in the U.S., and which earned him an Emmy nomination last year. He’s also currently working on a movie for Netflix titled Special Correspondents, which he’ll write, direct, and star in.

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13 May 18:50

Photos: Grand Opening Of The Simpsons’ Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood

by Peter Sciretta

Simpsons Springfield Grand Opening Photos

Last night we were invited to “A Taste of Springfield” neighborhood block party celebrating the grand opening of the iconic world of Springfield, the hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, at Universal Studios Hollywood. The all-new themed environment surrounds The Simpsons Ride, placing park guests inside of the fictional town/city from the long-running animated series. And with 26 seasons of content to build out this world, Universal designers had a lot to pick and choose from.

After the jump you can see some photos from the grand opening event, as well as a look at the food from all the new resturants, including Duff Brewery, Moe’s Tavern, Lard Lad Donuts, Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlour.

Here is a video of the grand opening ceremony which started with a bang in the form of a nuclear meltdown at Mr. Burns’ Nuclear Power Plant.

The replica of Springfield features many iconic landmarks made famous throughout the series, including the Springfield Hills, Springfield Elementary School, Comic Book Guy’s Android’s Dungeon, the cooling towers of Mr. Burns’ Nuclear Power Plant, Springfield Police Station, Aztec Theater and Kwik-E-Mart. Some of these landmarks like the Android’s Dungeon or Police Station are just facades to hide the many inside eatery areas, while others like the Kwik-E-Mart allow guests to explore inside and buy some merchandise or Mr. Burns’ Nuclear Power Plant which is a facade but provides an interactive element (how about a nuclear melt down?).

Simpsons Springfield Grand Opening Photos

Lets first take a look at some of the facades and then on the next page we’ll explore the food of Springfield. All photos in this post were taken by /Film photographer Kitra Remick.

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After the jump we’ll have photos of the many food offerings in Springfield, which includes Duff beer, Buzz Cola and many other favorites from the 26 year history of the Fox animated series.

Continue Reading Simpsons Springfield Grand Opening Photos >>

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13 May 19:11

‘The New Mutants’ Developing at Fox, Josh Boone to Write and Direct

by Russ Fischer

New Mutants movie

Fox is getting deeper into its rights package for Marvel’s mutant characters, and has put in motion a plan to create a New Mutants movie as a spin-off from the X-Men movie series. Josh Boone, the writer/director behind Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars, and the guy who is doing The Stand for Warner Bros. and The Vampire Chronicles for Universal, will write and direct. 

The New Mutants first appeared in one of Marvel’s early graphic novels, in 1982, and earned their own monthly book in 1983. The team was comprised of a group of young mutants in training at Xavier’s school, but naturally they ended up being no less removed from conflict than the elder X-Men.

Some of the New Mutants were more weird, though, than even the X-Men, with characters like Magik, the younger sister of Colossus, who could teleport and also had a strong mystical bent, and Warlock, the shape-shifting “techno-organic” alien who was friends with the unparalleled language master Cypher. As the years went on, some characters became full-fledged X-Men, and the roster of other younger members expanded to include even more odd characters.

(The New Mutants also provided the first appearance of Deadpool, who is currently played by Ryan Reynolds in the film shooting right now.)

Deadline reports that Fox has made a deal with Boone that will have him writing the film with Knate Gwaltney. Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will produce — Donner being the link to all previous X-Men films, and Kinberg being Fox’s current go-to for future films.

The site says that Boone’s schedule is currently dominated by the Anne Rice vampire movie for Universal, with The Stand to follow. In other words, The New Mutants is a few years away. But with a script not even written, that’s no surprise. Expect it in the 2018-2019 range, most likely.

Kinberg said in a statement,

We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters.

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14 May 17:15

‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ Trailer: The CW Goes All Out With Time Travel Fun

by Russ Fischer

Legends of Tomorrow trailer

The CW announced details of the new show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and released the first image and trailer. The network’s upfront gave up a few big details about the show — time travel factors in, and Caity Lotz is playing White Canary, among others. There’s info on the villain, an immortal baddie named Vandal Savage, who has been a DC Comics villain for decades, and some pretty goofy/fun stuff once the time travel concepts kick in. It looks kind of like the Legion of Superheroes, only with adventures in our time rather than the 30th century.

Check out the four-minute Legends of Tomorrow trailer and image below to see all the action.

Here is the show’s official synopsis:


When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends.  Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself.  Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).

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30 Mar 16:00

These 9 Episodes of The X-Files Got Me Hooked

by Scott Beggs



In honor of the future return of The X-Files to television, Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, other funny things) suggested nine episodes from the original run that would get someone hooked on the show, and I decided to put his list to the test. I can do that because, until now, I’ve never seen a single episode.

I know. I know. Calm down. Take a deep breath.

It’s a serious gap in my cultural appreciation, but I’ve started filling that gap with Nanjiani’s guidance in an attempt to answer the question of whether those episodes really would get me hooked on the show. Granted, I’m a soft target because I’m a genre enthusiast, but aliens have also never been a personal favorite. At least not the gray, spindly ones that probe anuses and mutilate cattle.

I’m also going into this experiment with the knowledge of the show that got absorbed through osmosis. I know about the truth being out there, I know about Mulder’s sister, I’ve heard of The Smoking Man. All the unavoidable kernels and icons. Regardless, I’ve definitely got a bias that should make me a fast fan of the series, and I admit that upfront.

So, clearing a Saturday schedule, I dove in. For science.


X-Files Pilot

  • Scully meets Mulder over an alien abduction case where their evidence gets torched.
  • A humanoid killer pushes himself through air ducts and eats his victims’ livers.
  • Murders in a town of circus freaks might be committed by a mermaid myth.

It’s immediately obvious why this show was such a hit in its time and found such a dedicated following. Gillian Anderson is sharp, David Duchovny is handsomely sarcastic, and they work perfectly together as the calm eye of the sci-fi storm. There’s also an appropriate balance between the fantastical elements they’re exploring and a self-awareness of how absurd each episode’s focus really is. It’s a bit like a sci-fi Picket Fences — unless you’re Scully, and then it’s just like Picket Fences.

After watching these three episodes that span through the end of the second season, that’s the question that stands out most: how long can they keep Scully in the dark about what’s going on? Is it realistic that’s she always just around the corner when something undeniably supernatural happens in front of our faces?

Having never seen an episode, my assumption was that the series would play coy with the weirdo stuff. Maybe each entry would offer competing theories and keep things vague enough to make the audience wonder, but, nope, they own it from the onset. Aliens exist, bizarre creates are real, all our nightmares are possible.

We get to see the insane stuff happen even as Scully gets knocked out in the forest. But how sustainable is that? How many episodes will she be somehow shielded from what we — and Mulder — get to witness? Forty-four episodes in, she’s still acting like she doesn’t consistently encounter supernatural insanity, but her hypotheses-forming methods are comfortable with knowledge gaps so she seems unfazed.

A monster like Tooms (in “Squeeze”) fits perfectly into the pocket of Mulder’s addled understanding. Scully sees him and seems to think human beings are simply fucked up genetic pools capable of building newspaper bile nests and snacking on toxin-burning bodily organs. For an episode like “Humbug” that’s comprised wholly of red herrings, the ultimate solution to the puzzle favors Scully’s more disturbing view of people and our DNA cocktails.

As for my own experiment, it’s already over. This show is excellent. I’m hooked. I didn’t even need the other 6 entries, but I’m damned sure going to watch them. Witty, charming, intense at times despite its limitations, and it holds up well. If we could magically change the aspect ratio and HD-ify the pilot, The X-Files could premiere today and stand up to every other police procedural currently on air. Call it CSI: Top Secret, and it would break banks.

Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose/Jose Chung’s “From Outer Space”/Home

X-Files Home

  • A psychic helps solve a series of murders and tells Mulder how he’ll die.
  • A genre writer attempts to get the real story about an alien abduction from unreliable sources.
  • Zombie Redneck Torture Family gets caught killing a baby.

I’ve never intentionally watched a series out of order before, so it’s been interesting to see the dynamic of episodes stay relatively the same through four seasons. That’s not so unusual for cop shows, though, supernatural or not. Scully and Mulder remain perfect foils for each other. They also work because of our impulse as humans to remain skeptical and curious at the same time. I find myself nodding along to what Scully says only to be seduced by Mulder’s confidence. The world is a weird place — aren’t they just arguing over what particular brand of weird it is?

The thing I appreciate most about Nanjiani’s list is that he doesn’t claim that these are the 9 best episodes of The X-Files (so getting hooked shouldn’t be like watching a trailer with all the best beats of a movie only to be let down later), but he also lists Clyde Bruckman” as the best X-Files episode ever and “Home” as the scariest television episode of all time. I can’t vouch for the latter contextually (obviously) but it’s a gorgeous piece of storytelling. Heartfelt and heartbreaking. Peter Boyle is unsurprising as a fiercely human figure doomed to understand death in a way few can.

There are a thousand ways for a show like this to be good, but the only way for it to be great is to allow for kind souls to emerge from the muck of government conspiracies and puddles of blood. Meanwhile, Scully’s skepticism still manages to hold strong even after the most tragic prediction of the case, foretold in detail, comes true while holding her hand. She’s a tough nut to crack.

(Or maybe a natural sense of competitiveness keeps her from jumping onto Mulder’s bandwagon wholesale.)

As for “Jose Chung,” I can see why fans of this show must have lost their minds over Cabin in the Woods, and “Home” is genuinely disturbing when not outright terrifying. A stellar grouping that has me glued to the show even tighter.

Bad Blood/Drive/X-Cops

X-Files Drive

  • A small Texas town might be the feeding ground for a vampire.
  • Bryan Cranston can’t slow down below 50mph or his head will explode.
  • A cross-over with COPS where an elusive monster stalks a low-income neighborhood.

It’s been apparent for sometime, but after finishing every episode on Nanjiani’s list, I feel even more certain that the core question of The X-Files is, what if an FBI agent took the craziest victims and witnesses at their word?

In fact, a deputy in “X-Cops” asks Mulder why he believes him when he says a giant insect creature attacked him. After all, the cameras didn’t capture it, and he’s a stranger. That’s Mulder, though. Not only does he believe in every corner of the supernatural world, that belief allows him to trust in spooked people who don’t believe their own eyes. Think you saw something crazy? He’ll trust you. He’ll also operate from a position that what you’re saying is the reality that he’ll eventually uncover.

Most of the plots are allowed to exist because of that mindset. In any other show (and in reality), Cranston’s character in “Drive” would have died after stalling out at a police blockade, but Mulder was there to trust in the madman instead of procedural authority. The same way he trusted in a fear-based monster, an adorable old psychic and countless others. That’s what he’s there for. But even though Scully’s mind flies in the opposite direction, she’s also there to save the day, to protect the innocent and to run toward danger. They sharpen each other. Make each other better.

This process has made me question why I never watched the show before. I was 9 when it premiered, mesmerized more at the time by dinosaurs than demon liver-eaters, but as time went on, the real reason I avoided the show was because of how deeply its fans loved it. That may sound strange, but everyone I came into contact with who loved the show, loved the show, so having it recommended was a bit like having heroin recommended to me. Wild-eyed people telling me just to try it once because I’d be hooked; me staring down the barrel of 200 episodes to needle through. You have to be in the right place to walk into an addiction.

I’m there now. I want to believe.

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