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4-13-14

FILM

Poseidon Rex: Exclusive Attack!

Watch a giant Poseidon Rex attack a boat full of sexy people in an excuslive clip from… Wait, what the heck is a Poseidon Rex?

From the director of Commando and the writer of Super Eruption comes Poseidon Rex! It's a giant amphibious monster movie, and honestly, that's just fine by us. Starring Brian Krause (Sleepwalkers), Anne McDaniels (Attack of the 50 Ft. Cheerleader) and Steven Helmkamp (Dominion), Poseidon Rex hits theaters and iTunes on April 18, 2014.

Can't wait that long? Check out this CraveOnline Exclusive clip from Poseidon Rex, and join us in hoping the title beast will fight a Jaeger or Godzilla sometime in the very near future.

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Draft Day: Ivan Reitman on PG-13 Profanity and Split Screens

Ivan Reitman appealed to the MPAA for more profanity in Draft Day and thinks he’s invented a new form of split screen. Plus: Ghostbusters III and Triplets.

Sports movies generally play to diverse audiences, because you don’t really have to understand the sport to relate to an underdog winning the big game. Draft Day gets way more specific. Cleveland Browns manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) wheels and deals his draft picks, facing opposition from the team coach (Denis Leary) and skepticism from the salary cap manager (Jennifer Garner) who will have to employ his pick. Ivan Reitman directed Draft Day and we got to speak with him about various technical and aesthetic factors of the movie. For example, Sonny calls another manager a motherfucker, yet Draft Day is rated PG-13. Many of Sonny’s phone calls are shown in split screen, where the actors overlap each other’s screens and bleed into each other. We touched on Reitman’s attachment to sequels to his classic comedies too, but he began the interview with a very practical offer of assistance.
 

Ivan Reitman: How can I help you?
 

CraveOnline: You could have gotten an R just for saying MF once. Why did you risk it and how did you get PG-13 anyway?

Well, I thought we were very careful in the whole film. We could have sworn on every page and didn’t think it was necessary to do that. I decided it would be worth it to appeal and I did the appeal myself. We were very fortunate. They loved the movie. What was very helpful is they loved the movie and they could see that I was in fact being careful, and they agreed that if I would have said “pancake eating fuck” I would have gotten it, and that it’s harsher than saying “pancake eating motherfucker.” I said, “Look, comedy is my world and I’m really sensitive about how words work in comedy. It seems kind of ridiculous that you would accept the first one and not the second one. Frankly, I think the second one is softer and it plays as a comedy line as opposed to an expletive.” They thought about it for 10 minutes and agreed.
 

You might have just set a very important precedent.

Yes, but those precedents, by the way, don’t mean that they stay. They can be argued as precedents but it doesn’t mean they have to go with it. Really, like everything else, it depends on usage. I [think] they swear about three or four times in Philomena. I mean, they use the F word about that many times, but I thought it was perfectly fine for Philomena also to be a PG-13 and it made sense. I don’t think that suddenly is the new technical rule for what breaks the boundaries.
 

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TV

Watch the Craziest Simpsons Marathon Ever This August

FXX is launching their package of reruns with one long-ass marathon.

Not contend to let the $750 million they spend last November on the rights to "The Simpsons" reruns sit on the shelf, FXX is kicking off their Simpsons airings with a 522-episode marathon beginning Aug. 21.

According to the story on Crave site Geeks of Doom, the non-stop airings will conclude 12 days later on Labor Day.  As Geeks points out, if you watched the entire marathon, you'd shatter the Guinness Book of World Records mark for continuous television viewing — by more than three times.

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Rebecca Romijn Leads ‘The Librarians’ At TNT

Noah Wyle’s TNT movie franchise returns as a TV series with Romijn as the main character.

Earlier this year, word broke that TNT was looking to revisit its TV movie franchise, The Librarian as a TV series. Now it’s official.
 
TNT has given a greenlight to “The Librarians,” a sequel series to the trilogy of television films starring Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen, an academic expert turned explorer and protector of ancient artifacts of great power.
 
Because Wyle is already starring on TNT’s “Falling Skies,” he will only recur on “The Librarians” and serve as an executive producer on the series. The leading role will be filled by Rebecca Romijn; whose character, Eve Baird is a former counter-terrorism agent whom Flynn has recruited to protect a new generation of Librarians.

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Exclusive Preview: Superboy # 30

Superboy finds that he may not be rid of Kon-El just yet…

For anyone who may have fallen behind on Superboy, it’s important to know that this isn’t the Superboy you thought that you knew.
 
Kon-El is dead, and in his place (and using his identity) is Jon Lane Kent, the evil son of Superman and Lois Lane from an alternate future. Unlike Kon-El, Jon hates all superheroes and he plans to wipe them all out. The aftermath of Forever Evil may give Jon a chance to further that agenda.
 
But in this exclusive preview from this week’s Superboy # 30, Jon discovers that the specter of Kon-El may not be gone entirely. And how long can Jon maintain the charade before Kon-El’s friends realize the truth?
 
Superboy # 30 hits the stands this Wednesday, April 9 courtesy of writer Aaron Kuder, artist Jorge Jimenez Moreno and the rest of the Superboy creative team. 

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4-6-14

FILM

Kevin Feige Interview: Captain America, The Avengers 2 and Doctor Strange

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige spills news about Doctor Strange, Hawkeye, Hulk and The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.

SPOILER ALERT: This interview contains information about the plot and revelations of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Kevin Feige knows everything we want to know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The trick, after you manage to get in the same room with him, is to try to ask the right questions. But before we can look at the future of The Avengers: Age of Ultron​, Doctor Strange and Black Widow, we have to ask how Captain America: The Winter Soldier came to pass. If you've seen the movie already – and this entire interview with Kevin Feige presupposes that you have – then you may want to know how far in advance Marvel Studios had been planted the seeds of Hydra's infiltration of SHIELD, how the film is going to affect "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" and whether they were ready to embrace the film's coincidentally topical political themes, the kind that most PG-13 blockbusters actively try to avoid at all costs.

But once we talk about how Captain America: The Winter Soldier came to pass, Kevin Feige and I start talking about what Doctor Strange may already be up to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just how guilty The Black Widow should feel about her past, what Hawkeye and Hulk have been up to between Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and how the latest film's mid-credits teaser will affect the next big Marvel team-up.
 

CraveOnline: I grew up reading Captain America comics, and what I love about the character is that Cap is in a great position to look at what we’re doing as a country, and objectively say what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong. He has moral authority but he’s not preachy about it.

Kevin Feige: I think you’re absolutely right.

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Madison Davenport on ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’

We ask the actress playing Kate Fuller in “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” if she’s going to say that famous line that Juliette Lewis said in the movie.

It’s cool to be talking about From Dusk Till Dawn again, because I get to remind people of that one line Juliette Lewis said in the movie. I even asked Lewis what she thought of a new actress saying it.

Now I got to talk to Madison Davenport, who plays Kate Fuller on “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.” So far the series has only gotten to the point where the Fullers arrive at the motel. They haven’t met the Gecko Brothers (D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz on the show) yet. And judging from Davenport's reaction, I think that I wasn’t the first person to ask her about Kate’s imfamous line from the movie. 


CraveOnline: So the big question everyone is wondering is, will you eventually say that famous line, “Richie, would you eat my…,” you know?

Madison Davenport: Well, there was lots of debate on whether or not I would say the infamous line, but alas, we do not say it because it’s so the movie. There’s only so many little nods we can do to the movie, but I do, however, say a few other things that are a bit shocking. 

Had you seen the movie From Dusk Till Dawn on your own?

Yes, yes, I did. I’ve seen it a few times on my own. I actually saw it before I auditioned and ever knew that I was going to be a part of it and I just loved that it was a completely different movie the first half of the movie than it was the second half of the movie. It was such an out of left field turn that just happened and suddenly, boom, there were vampires.

Is the show like that too where what we’ve seen so far is completely different than how it will end up?

Here’s what I love about the show and what Robert and Carlos and everyone really wants the show to be. They want there to be more of the supernatural element within the show. So you’re going to get to know more about the mythology and more about the supernatural element than you did in the movie. In the movie it was just sort of like whoa, where did that come from? Now you’re going to get to know why everything happens and it’s almost like a domino effect. I keep learning more and more about this other world. It’s so interesting. I love reading the scripts because I learn more and more every time. 

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Justice League Beyond 2.0 Chapter # 17: Wonder Woman Returns!

Wonder Woman is back, but why isn’t Superman happy to see her?

In the Bruce Timm/Paul Dini animated series "Batman Beyond," the absence of Wonder Woman was a mystery that went unexplained… until now.
 
DC’s digital first titles, Batman Beyond 2.0 and Justice League Beyond 2.0 are currently running a crossover entitled “Justice Lords Beyond.” And in last week’s installment, Wonder Woman made her triumphant return.
 
But in this exclusive preview from this week’s Justice League Beyond 2.0 Chapter # 17 by Christos Gage and Dexter Soy, we see that Superman isn’t exactly overjoyed to have Diana back in his life. And as the cover hints, Wonder Woman’s missing years had something to do with the Justice Lords; a corrupted version of the League from an alternate world. 
 
The fate of the Justice Lords was never revealed in the “Justice League” animated series. However, fans will get some answers when the new issue of Justice League Beyond 2.0 hits Saturday on ComiXology, iBookstore, Nook Store, Kindle Store and it is also available through DC Entertainment itself. .

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First Look: Original Sin # 1

Are you ready for The Punisher: CSI?!

If there was one guy who should have seen his own death coming, it’s Uatu, The Watcher.
 
Seriously, how do you even plan to kill this guy? He sees everything. And I mean EVERYTHING! You know that thing you did in the bathroom? He saw that too.
 
Yet the one who watches is the first victim in Marvel’s upcoming event miniseries, Original Sin. Coming on May 7th from the creative team of Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men) and Mike Deodato (New Avengers), Original Sin follows the heroes of Earth as they race to solve the Watcher’s murder. In the wake of Uatu’s death, all of the Marvel Universe’s dirtiest secrets are about to come out in the open. Because when it comes to Original Sin, everyone has one.
 
Marvel has released the first few pages of Original Sin, which includes (possibly) the Watcher’s last moments, original Nick Fury and the Avengers investigating the murder scene and the new favorite buddy cop pairing of The Punisher and Doctor Strange!
 
And I’m totally on board for a Strange/Punisher team up book. Bring it on, Marvel!

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3-30-14

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Sabotage: Director David Ayer on Alternate Endings and Strong Women

Writer/director David Ayer describes the glory of Mireille Enos and Olivia Williams and how the conclusion of Sabotage changed to suit Schwarzenegger fans.

David Ayer makes movies about cops. You know his acclaimed films Training Day and End of Watch, and you may remember that he co-wrote the original story for The Fast and the Furious. His latest film is also about cops, and it's also totally different. Sabotage stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the head of a SWAT team that goes rogue and falls prey to a homicidal maniac killing them off one-by-one. It's a murder mystery, a balls to the wall action movie, a serious drama about moral corruption, and a delivery system for scene-stealing performances by Mireille Enos and Olivia Williams, the strongest female characters he's brought to life thus far.

Interviewing David Ayer for Sabotage gave me an opportunity to talk about the impressive female characters in his new movie, how he balanced the many disparate aspects of Sabotage's storyline and even discuss the film's original ending, which was changed to cater to audience expectations about an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. 
 

CraveOnline: So… Sabotage.

David Ayer: Sabotage. Holy cow.
 

This movie is like Agatha Christie with huge balls.

[Laughs.]
 

And a potty mouth.

Yeah. There’s a couple F-bombs.
 

There’s two or three.

I kept telling the actors, “Guys, stop. Stop.”
 

“We’re going for a PG, what are you doing?”

“You’re hurting my ears. Quit killing everyone.”  I mean, it’s a hardcore action movies, it’s a whodunit, it’s a thriller, it’s really pulpy, it’s film noir…
 

When you have a movie with this many facets to it, do you try to find one element to be your core… I’m not sure what the word is… Your focal point?

Your thread, your main thread. For me it’s about creating really compelling characters who feel like they have a life and a trajectory and then they become what you follow through the maze.
 

That’s been a thread through a lot of your work. Regardless of whether the plot is simple or complicated, you tend to really focus on the characters. But this one wasn’t yours to begin with. This was Skip Woods’ originally.

Yeah, it was a Skip Woods draft and it had this really great concept at its core, if you have this really scary badass team of agents and then somebody starts killing them, then it’s like, what kind of monster can kill the monsters?

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Exclusive Interview: Lindsay Morgan on ‘The I00′

We meet the latest addition to “The 100,” a spaceship mechanic named Raven played by Lindsey Morgan.

his week on “The 100” we met a new character on board The Ark. Raven enters from the airlock wearing her spacesuit. This was only week two and “The 100” cast is already growing.
 
Lindsey Morgan plays Raven, and I’ve actually been a fan of Morgan’s since she appeared in my favorite movie of 2012, Detention, as a cheerleader. Over Christmas break, I got to have lunch with Morgan while she was on a break from “The 100” shooting in Vancouver, so now that you’ve met Raven, I bring you our interview. 
 
CraveOnline: So when you got your entrance on the space station, was that like your own little Gravity scene?
 
Lindsay Morgan: Yes! It was! The funny thing is that we shot that before Gravity came out but the trailers were out, so I was dying for it to come out and see it. 
 
Was that the first scene you shot, with the space suit?
 
Yeah, the airlock scene, that was. That was tough just because that suit, just on a technical level, it’s very crinkly. So we had audio going, and then we had the two guys, the tech helpers talking to me. The suit is bulky and very unsexy. It’s so hard to make it look smooth as you get out of it.
 
I noticed they got you out of it as soon as possible.
 
Oh, I think we practiced that at least 10 different times, 10 different days. On the fitting we practiced, at the test with photos we practiced, on set we practiced, in between takes we practiced. We were a well oiled machine, assembly line, with it. Still we’d get caught. My foot got caught in it. I’m pretty sure I got caught one time and ate it, but it’s okay. It would ruin the take because we’re talking the whole time while we do it. It was a lot of choreography. That suit is great, but it’s a hassle.
 
How heavy was it?
 
It’s not heavy at all. It’s just bulky. It’s like wearing a garbage bag. You know how sometimes they’ll get stuck to you?
 
I actually do know that because I once dressed as Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook at a costume party.
 
That’s the best! Oh, that’s so good. Imagine that’s just your body. Imagine it on your arms and your legs and your feet and your hands. You just have to get it in and get it off. That was different.

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Exclusive Preview: Stormwatch #30

The final issue for the secret superteam sets up their role in he DCU heading into “Future’s End.”

Past, present and future collide as the final issue of Stormwatch sees the original team coming back into the fold, and setting up the role for their organization for the upcoming "Future's End" storyline.

Check out Crave Online's exclusive preview of Stormwatch #30, from writer Sterling Gates and artist Jeremy Roberts.

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Peter David Returns to ‘Spider-Man 2099′

The future Spider-Man’s original creator is back to tell tales of Miguel O’Hara in the modern day!

Back in 1992, Marvel had one of their more successful stunts with the introduction of the 2099 line – which told tales of a potential future of the Marvel Universe a hundred years hence, and while the X-Men, Ghost Rider, Hulk and even Dr. Doom all had titles, the flagship was Peter David and Rick Leonardi's Spider-Man 2099, which also remains the most enduringly popular character from the entire line – although Doom 2099 has recently popped up in Uncanny Avengers, so maybe there's something to anticipate there, as well. Now, Peter David is returning to the character he created and teaming up with Fearless Defenders artist Will Sliney for a brand new Spider-Man 2099 #1, due out in July.

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3-23-14

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SXSW 2014 Interview: Tobe Hooper on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Restoration

Tobe Hooper reveals how good Texas Chainsaw Massacre is supposed to look, how bad the negative had become and how he almost lost the film in the 1970s.

South by Southwest is primarily a venue for discovering new films and new talent, but like any great film festival, they have a repertory portion as well. This year the festival included Gojira, and the restored 40th anniversary print of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The restoration brought director Tobe Hooper to Austin for the screening, and the following afternoon I got a few minutes to speak with him in the bar at the Driskill, one of the most popular hotels for SXSW meetings. While other parties were negotiating deals for their first films nearby, I was sitting with a filmmaker who made a bona fide classic we’ve been talking about for 40 years. It actually turned into a very technical interview as Hooper discussed the film stock he shot Texas Chainsaw on, and I knew the difference between reversal and negative because of film school!
 

CraveOnline: Was it the restoration that was screened at SXSW?

Tobe Hooper: Yes.
 

How good do you actually want The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to look?

That’s an interesting question. Originally, I just wanted to save it because it was coming apart. The negative, the reversal stock had been stored improperly and the emulsion was lifting up. There was a Blu-ray made about seven years ago that started looking really good and different from the documentary look originally. Well, I want it to look good and I want it to sound good.
 

Isn’t the documentary quality, the idea that we’re getting a peak at something we’re maybe not supposed to see, part of the appeal of the film?

Well, but I feel that the found footage film is on its way out. It’s kind of over-exposed. Perhaps this was an early found footage look, because of the blow-up and the grain. There’s still grain in it and when I see the film in different theaters, it looks different and sounds different in every theater. I mean, all films do.
 

How many times have you seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre after all these years?

While making it and in post-production, quite a few times. That kind of doesn’t count, but maybe ten times? Maybe less?
 

In 40 years, I would have thought you’d attended more screenings of it.

Probably I have. I just don’t know but not as many times as some other films I’ve made. Certainly not as many times as other directors’ films that I’ve watched and watched over  and over again.

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First Look: ‘Community’ Goes ‘G.I. Jeff’ In New Animated Episode

Catch the first glimpse of “Community’s upcoming “G.I. Joe.” parody episode.

Believe it or not, there are only three episodes of “Community” Season 5. And although there are some promising signs, a sixth season of “Community” is by no means a sure thing.
 
Fans of the show will have to wait until Thursday, April 3 for the next installment of "Community," which is the much anticipated animated episode that was done in the style of the “G.I. Joe” cartoon from the ‘80s. 
 
Over at Entertainment Weekly, “Community” executive producer, Chris McKenna explained that “[G.I. Joe] was something from our childhood that was very important to us and we had fond memories of it, and we thought it would be a cool way to do another animated episode…  Like all Community episodes, it takes on a certain style. This one has a very specific story reason for it. I don’t want to give too much away, but our characters find themselves on a Wizard of Oz-type journey through the world of G.I. Joe. … There’s a mystery that Jeff in particular has to get to the bottom of.”
 
“We do a typical G.I. Joe opening where G.I. Joe is battling Cobra,” added McKenna. “Then something very un-G.I. Joe and something very Community happens, and it becomes this inciting incident that gets our characters in hot water in the G.I. Joe realm.”
 
EW also debuted three pictures from the episode, including Jeff as Wingman, which apparently adopts the look of G.I. Joe’s Duke.

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Enormous: The Monster Graphic Novel Goes Live-Action

The Tim Daniel/Mehdi Cheggour book about life after Giant Monsters becomes an impressive web series.

As we've seen with Rubicon, Machinima is in the business of translating comics to web series these days, be they with a prequel like that one or what they're doing with Enormous, a giant-sized graphic novel from Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour about, well, giant-sized things. Specifically, what's left of human civilization after they're knocked off the top of the food chain by massive monsters, which is referred to as E-Day – "The Day of Our Extinction.."

Your first thought is likely 'come on, how are they going to do giant kaiju style beasties in a web series?'

Well, the pilot episode of Enormous has just hit the web today, so you can see for yourself.

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3-16-14

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SXSW 2014 Interview: John Gallagher Jr. & Kate Lyn Sheil on The Heart Machine

The stars of The Heart Machine talk about acting via Skype and the last season of The Newsroom.

Both John Gallagher Jr. and Kate Lyn Sheil have been to SXSW before. Gallagher’s film Short Term 12 won both Audience and Grand Jury Awards last year. Sheil’s film Sun Don’t Shine won the Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award for Amy Seimetz. The actors are back in Austin with The Heart Machine, a drama about a long distance relationship that’s not so long distance. Virginia (Sheil) and Cody (Gallagher) met on Skype and she told him she is in Germany. When he notices clues that she lives right in New York near him, Cody begins investigating.

I met both actors for the first time in person on the balcony of the Driskill Hotel, a popular spot for interviews at the Fest. Sheil introduced herself as Kate, and John was, of course, John.
 

CraveOnline: Have there been any John and Kate jokes yet?

Kate Lyn Sheil: No.

John Gallagher Jr.: No, not until now although I resisted making several on the set because when it would be time to wrangle us to shoot something, somebody would always be like, “Hey, can we bring John and Kate in?” I would snicker. In my mind, but I didn’t out loud.

Kate Lyn Sheil: I welcome them.

John Gallagher Jr.: Yeah, bring ‘em on.
 

It seems like a new thing that actors have to deal with, doing scenes on Skype because that’s how a lot of people interact now. How do you see this style of acting developing?

Kate Lyn Sheil: There were technical difficulties that we had to address. It was interesting because John and I rehearsed in person all of the Skype scenes before we actually shot them. There was a huge difference for me. I think the connection between the two characters was so important to the film, so it was good that we had rehearsed them face-to-face.
 

Was it actually on Skype and you recorded it?

John Gallagher Jr.: Yeah, we did all of the Skype scenes towards the end. I feel like the last week of shooting was very Skype heavy and Kate would be, depending on there are certain scenes where the camera is actually in the room with the character and you just see the other character on Skype. Depending on whose coverage was being shot, Kate would be up in a different level of the apartment where we were filming and I would be downstairs. Then when it was Kate’s coverage, I would be down the hall in a different room.

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Keeley Hawes Menaces ‘Doctor Who’ Season 8

Hawes will be one of the first villains encountered by the Twelfth Doctor later this year.

“Doctor Who” Season 8 is currently filming with returning star Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald and Pete Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. At this point, casting leaks are inevitable, so BBC is getting ahead of any spoilers with their own official announcements.

Towards that end, BBC has announced that Keeley Hawes has signed on to appear in an upcoming episode of “Doctor Who” as Ms. Delphox. “Doctor Who” showrunner, Steven Moffat said that  “Anyone watching Jed Mercurio’s amazing Line of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year. And now it’s about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker.”

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First Look: Daredevil #1.5 – 50 Years of DD

The Man Without Fear’s anniversary is marked by a special flash-forward issue set during Matt Murdock’s future 50th birthday.

Daredevil turns 50 this year, and fresh after the new San Francisco relocation, it's time to look back on where the Man Without Fear has been with a special Daredevil #1.50 issue. Current writer Mark Waid is teaming up with former writers Brian Michael Bendis and Karl Kesel to craft a special story set in the future – Matt Murdock's 50th birthday. Still living in SF, Matt is forced out of his retirement from the vigilante world by a tragedy, and we'll see what the future holds for him in more ways than one.

“We’re celebrating the Man Without Fear's 50th anniversary not by looking back, but by looking forward,” says Waid. “With a special story set in the future, on Matt Murdock's 50th birthday, peppered with clues for sharp-eyed readers as to what the rest of 2014 will hold for Daredevil!”

Check out this cool cover from Paolo Rivera, the variant from Chris Samnee, a slew of cool 50-Year special covers from Marcos Martin, and interior art from Kesel, Javier Rodriguez and Alex Maleev.

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3-9-14

FILM

Exclusive Interview: Lena Headey on 300: Rise of an Empire

Lena Headey compares 300 to Remains of the Day, claims she’s never heard of ‘Game of Thrones’ and says green screen makes her want to puke.

You never know how an interview is going to go. Case in point, Lena Headey, the star of "Game of Thrones" and 300: Rise of an Empire, is a respected actress with impressive films to her credit. I was fully prepared to discuss in depth her acting craft, the legacy of the 300 franchise and yes, even that HBO series, but that's not what happened. After a few serious questions the interview almost completely fell apart and transformed instead into a casual conversation, full of jokes, swearing, facetiousness and even a little flirting.

So this is not a proper interview, this is a back-and-forth, and I present it to you in its entirety so you can get a better sense of what it's like just hanging out and shooting the shit with a charismatic movie star with a great sense of humor. It's an opportunity to find out not how she would answer meaningful questions, but what she's like when she's not being entirely serious. If you're a fan of Lena Headey, that means this may just be the interview for you. 
 

CraveOnline: I’ve been a big fan of yours for a while. You co-starred in two of my favorite movies, Remains of the Day and Ripley’s Game, so…

Lena Headey: Ha! Slightly different genres. [Laughs.]
 

Remains of the Day is still a period piece.

Yes, yes!
 

So “functionally” it’s the same thing as 300: Rise of an Empire.

I guess so.
 

How did working with James Ivory differ from working on a 300 movie?

[Thinks.] I would say when you work on a movie of this scale, you don’t necessarily get hours of rehearsal and intense emotional… I’m trying to think of the word… It’s not necessarily driven by this, so you have to find these moments. Otherwise it could be a vapid experience. So Remains of the Day is a smaller, more focused piece of course. You know that you’re going to watch an emotional piece. And in terms of something like 300, it’s loud and it’s big, and at the center you have hopefully these relationships that make some emotional dent in you so you can enjoy the movie.
 

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Rodriguez on ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’

We talk to the filmmaker about adapting his classic movie into the debut original series to launch his new El Rey network.

Robert Rodriguez began his career as a writer/director and film editor, quickly adding visual effects and music to his resume. Now add Network Executive as Rodriguez launches the El Rey Network.
 
The first original series on El Rey will be “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” based on his own movie which starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as Seth and Richie Gecko. The Gecko brothers kidnapped the Fuller family from a motel to use them as cover while crossing the Mexican border. And if you’ve seen the movie you know where they ended up. 
 
The series retells the story of the Gecko Brothers, their escape to Mexico and the monsters they encounter south of the border. If you’re attending the South by Southwest Film Festival, you can see the pilot episode early on Saturday, March 8 at 4PM in the Vimeo Theater. “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” premieres March 11 on El Rey and we’ve got more coverage of the show coming next week. 
 
 
CraveOnline: Was “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” always going to be retelling the Gecko Brothers story? Was there ever a pitch that was a brand new “From Dusk Till Dawn” story?
 
Robert Rodriguez: No, when I did the original film, I had added in a bunch of research that I’d done into Mesoamerican, Aztec, Mayan type mythology, trying to find some different type of vampire blood cult that might have existed them. That’s where the snake imagery came from for Salma [Hayek]’s character, the last shot of the temple to suggest more to it than just the surface bar. I wanted to make either another movie about that or explore it in some way, so when it came time to do this series, I thought that would be the way to approach the series, especially for El Rey network, to get much more into that mythology and for future seasons. 
 
In order to pull that off, you have to almost retell the original story. So I looked at it as if that original film was the short story, this television series would be the novel. New characters, different motivations, different outcomes for the original characters and just weave a larger novel out of it so that we could set up that temple and the Mayan mythology for the second half of this season and onward into other seasons, in a much bigger way. The supernatural begins right off the bat in the first episode.
 
Oh really? Because one of the great things about the movie is it’s almost a completely different movie until they get to the Titty Twister. Now you don’t have to hide that it’s going to become a vampire show?
 
Exactly. You don’t have to hide that there’s something supernatural going on until the second half. That way every episode sort of follows the way that the series works. The series is described as a crime saga with supernatural elements. You get that in every episode. The degree is still much greater once you get to the bar. When it finally turns on, because I just directed that episode, it’s powerful. You’ve been waiting now, six episodes following these characters, you almost want it to happen. 
 
You like them so much, and when it turns on, it turns on in a really great way because the effects are better today. Even though KNB worked on the original film, post “Walking Dead,” makeup effects and the technology behind that and digital effects technology is so much greater. It really tops the film as far as what we’re able to pull off. The quality level is just really, really striking and high so I’m really excited about it. I’ve already directed more episodes than I think directors usually ever direct in a season of a show that they start. Usually you direct the first one, maybe the last one too but I’ve already directed half the season. I’m on episode eight right now.

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Advance Review: Magnus: Robot Fighter #1

The classic character gets a new lease on life, but robots are still going to be jerks to him.

Magnus: Robot Fighter has been around for a long time, and the entirety of my experience with the character involves me constantly seeing his books at comic shops and wondering if he has anything to do with Magneto, and then remembering he doesn't, and then wondering why anyone would want to fight robots, because robots are cool, and now I'm going to read Transformers. So now that Dynamite is busting out a new relaunch of Magnus with writer Fred Van Lente and artist Cory Smith, I finally have a place to check in and see what this guy's beef with mechanoids is.

Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 seems to indicate that Our Man Mags has a very happy relationship with robots in the not too distant future, next Sunday A.D. In fact, he considers one of them, an A.I. called 1A, to be a father figure, even though it insists that anthropomorphizing him is a bad idea, their concept is love is just aping human words, and he apparently watches with a creep's eyes while Magnus bangs his wife, Moira Oh. Humans and robots live in harmony in Maury's Peak, though, and he teaches them both about Frederick Douglass and his assertions on how one makes a slave out of others. Then, suddenly, weird clunky robo-drones attack, and Magnus suddenly wakes up with a cool jumpsuit in a Blade Runnery future where all people are robots, and he's got no clue how he got there or where he even is anymore. Was it all a dream, was it 1A's version of the Matrix, or is he hallucinating now? It's all unclear, but we begin to see why Magnus has to start fighting robots – because he can't get any answers from them, they try to arrest him as an 'unregistered human,' and they keep trying to shut down his father figure for "deviation against the singularity."

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3-2-14

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They were never going to win, but boy did they deserve their nomination.

There's always a frontrunner for the biggest Oscar categories. We all suspect that Matthew McConaughey is going to win Best Actor of Dallas Buyers Club, and that Jared Leto is going to win Best Supporting Actor for, well, Dallas Buyers Club. But that attitude leads to many worthy nominees getting overlooked.

For these worthy actors, writers and filmmakers we like to say that "the nomination is their reward," which is a nice way of suggesting that there's no way that the Academy will vote them en masse. True, their names and films are now on the record books as Oscar nominees, and as such they will at least live on as a note of trivia, but sometimes even brilliant work that defied the odds and earned a place amongst the Oscar contenders has a way of getting overshadowed in the years that follow. When was the last time you heard someone bring up Il Postino in casual conversation? What about In the Name of the Father, or Quiz Show?

Time is the only critic that matters, which means that the films which endure over the years are the real "winners" whether or not they took home a golden statue. But even time can be overly harsh. Even over the course of the last ten years you can find a lot of Oscar nominees who did great work in amazing movies that are already slipping into obscurity. Let's give them a hand with that by reminding audiences that their nominations weren't a fluke. These are just 14 of the Best Oscar Also Rans of the last ten years.

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Danielle Savre & Stephen Martines Haunt ‘Supernatural: Tribes’

Savre and Martines are the latest additions to the cast of the upcoming “Supernatural” spinoff.

It seems that there is one sure way to be a part of the “Supernatural: Tribes” cast: get a role on “The Vampire Diaries” first.
 
After previously casting “Vampire Diaries” veterans Lucien Laviscount, Nathaniel Buzolic and Sean Faris, the creative team behind “Supernatural: Tribes” has signed another former “Vampire Diaries” actor, Stephen Martines. According to early reports, Martines will play Detective Freddie Costa, a mentor of sorts to Laviscount’s newly turned monster hunter, Ennis. However, Costa is also on the take from the monster families that control Chicago. Martines has also appeared in “Pacific Blue,” “Burn Notice,” “The Mentalist” and “The Closer.”

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Creative Teams Announced For Titan’s ‘Doctor Who’ Comics

Titan Books is the new home of The Doctor(s), as both Tenth and Eleventh get new series.

Where once IDW had the rights to Doctor Who comics, they've now gone over to Titan Books, and they've just released the first cover images and the details about creative teams on books for both The Tenth and The Eleventh Doctors, both due out on July 23.

Check it out!

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First Look: Rocket Raccoon #1

He’s about to become a movie star in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ so why not launch a new Rocket series?

You've seen Skottie Young doing a lot of adorable variant covers for Marvel Comics, and now he's going to put those talents to perfect use by bringing us a new ongoing series featuring the soon-to-be-movie-star named Rocket of the Guardians of the Galaxy. And yes, Groot will be along for the ride as well as Rocket deals with being framed for a crime he didn't commit.

“I figure that a guy like Rocket, with his attitude, has swindled his way over many planets and charmed many ladies,” says writer/artist Young. “He’s racked up a militia of ex-girlfriends I’m dubbing the Exterminators. They’re all fed up and they’ve decided it’s time they dish out some payback on his furry little tail.”

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2-23-14

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Exclusive Interview: Alicia Silverstone on Angels in Stardust

Alicia Silverstone also shares her memories of the 1990s classics Clueless, Cryin’ and The Crush.

I got to spend Valentine’s Day talking to Alicia Silverstone. ‘90s Fred would be proud. The iconic star of Aerosmith videos and Clueless has a new movie coming out on VOD Friday, Feb. 21. Angels in Stardust stars Silverstone as Tammy, the mother of two living in a trailer, cultivating an active social life. Her daughter Vallie Sue (AJ Michalka) doesn’t agree with her mom’s plan to date until she finds a guy who can take care of them all.

Silverstone was gracious to talk about all her classic films as well, certainly Clueless and The Crush, not so much Batman & Robin but I went there and then respectfully let it go. Seriously, she was so full of laughs, I couldn’t actually put [Laughing] throughout the article but it was a joy to hear her speak and laugh.
 

CraveOnline: So you signed up for a movie called Jesus in Cowboy Boots. What did you think of the title change?

Alicia Silverstone: That it’s now called Angels in Stardust? I didn’t put a lot of thought into that one. I don’t know, what’s yours?
 

I was just doing some research, but you’re okay with both titles?

Yeah. Angels in Stardust sounds really lovely.
 

And strategically, when it’s on VOD it comes up first because it starts with A.

Ooh, sneaky. I like it.
 

I imagine releasing a movie with “Jesus” in the title might have had its own pitfalls.

I leave that to other people. I was just really drawn to the character and the script. I didn’t really think much of the title to be honest. I don’t really look at titles I suppose when I’m picking something. Not that we don’t read it but I thought it was artistic and interesting.
 

Tammy is so interesting because she has a not very modern strategy of looking for a man who can provide for her family. What was your take on her?

Oh, well she’s so complicated, this character, and I love that it was something I’ve never done before, so of course it would be a fun challenge. Tammy is a single mom who’s obviously searching in all the wrong places for Mr. Right and she has a really hard time balancing motherhood and her search for love. I feel like she’s messing up all the time but she’s trying the best she can, poor thing. I think it’s really hilarious. I mean, it’s very tragic and sad but I also find it very amusing that her advice is so awful for her daughter. Everything she says is the opposite. It’s the wrong thing to say but she does it with such love and such conviction.
 

She says she’s doing everything for her family, but I wonder, does she really have her children’s interest at heart?

I know. I mean, I think that that was the interesting thing about playing this role, because if you read it on paper, you could just come to the conclusion that she’s a really awful mother and I could have just played it that way, but I found it was more interesting that she was really struggling to make it a struggle the whole time. She really did love her children so much and she was trying her best. It’s just that she needed to take care of herself first. [Laughs]

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Exclusive Interview: Matt Lanter on ‘Star-Crossed’

We sit down with the lead Atrian of The CW’s alien invasion romance and talk about Atrian anatomy and upcoming stunts.

The CW’s “Star-Crossed” tells the story of an alien invasion as a metaphor for the civil rights movement.
 
Aliens known as the Atrians came to earth, but they have been sequestered in a ghetto for 10 years and a large contingent of humans want to keep them out. Matt Lanter plays Roman, an Atrian experiencing human high school for the first time, and falling for Emery (Aimee Teegarden), a human he met as a child during his first night on earth.
 
We sat down with Lanter before The CW presented the show to the Television Critics Association for an exclusive Atrian anatomy lesson and more on “Star-Crossed.” “Star-Crossed” airs Mondays on The CW.
 
 
CraveOnline: Roman gets all the best lines, doesn’t he?
 
Matt Lanter: Does he? Yeah, he’s got some good stuff.
 
Like the one about the centipede bones.
 
Right, yeah. Yeah, they’ve kind of built Roman to be a little sarcastic and witty. I hope we see more of that. A lot of our series takes such a serious tone so I enjoy when they give him those moments. 
 
Aimee said she was cast first. When you auditioned for Roman, did you read with her?
 
Yeah, actually it was interesting because I found out “90210” was canceled and the same day we had a meeting set up. I think a day later or two days later I was in there meeting with Josh Appelbaum and Meredith [Averill] and Aimee was there. We just kind of talked about the script and then within a couple hours, they said, “Do you want to be part of the show?” It was cool.
 
Was it that The CW wanted to keep you in the family?
 
A little bit, yeah. They were cool about it. They called and said we’ve got some stuff going on. Take a look at it. Do you like any of it? I think it was a little bit of that.
 
How different is an Atrian from a human?
 
I would say they’re more similar than they are different. They feel emotion, they are able to love, they function roughly the same way. There are some physical differences. Of course, they’ve got markings on their bodies that do things for them. They’ve got two hearts, two sets of lungs so anatomy’s a little different. Customs, values are different, cultures are different but other than that, they’re eerily similar.
 
What do the markings do for Roman?
 
Well, the markings are individual to every Atrian. That’s kind of like birthmarks in a way. I don’t know if I can really give away powers because it kind of lends itself to special powers and I don’t want to give too much of that away.
 
Yeah, we haven’t seen it yet in the pilot.
 
So they do have a function, I’ll say that.

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Exclusive Preview: Catwoman #28

Selina Kyle deals with the mass-delusion of Gothtopia in her own style.

The Scarecrow's city-wide "Gothtopia" delusion is starting to crack, and on Valentine's Day no less, when many other delusions are usually in full swing. Selina Kyle's figuring it out, and it looks like she'll have to fight against the dream-hero version of herself going by Catbird.

Check out this Crave Online exclusive preview of Catwoman #28, from Ann Nocenti and Patrick Olliffe.

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2-16-14

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Exclusive: Alice Eve on J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Apology

Alice Eve defends the controversial scene, now accused of being exploitative, by saying it was a mutual decision between her and J.J. Abrams.

Alice Eve was my Valentine today. We had a phone interview for her latest movie, Cold Comes the Night, which will be on DVD and Blu-ray March 4. We’ll have the full interview in March, but of course I got to talking about Star Trek with Eve. She had some thoughts on Carol Marcus’s role in future Treks, but I also asked her about the controversy over a shot of Carol in her underwear. J.J. Abrams admitted on “Conan” that he thought he may have edited the scene wrong.

“J.J. is a gentleman through and through and was responding to what needed to be responded to,” Eve said. “But that was a decision that I made with J.J. It certainly wasn’t made for me.”

As for her attachment to the third Star Trek, Eve was optimistic. “I really look forward to getting together again if we manage to and I hope it will be soon. I loved that experience.”

If you haven’t yet seen Star Trek Into Darkness, the rest of this news item is a spoiler. However, most Star Trek fans probably have questions about what happens next, so here is fair warning of the upcoming spoiler.

Midway through Star Trek Into Darkness, Carol found out that her father (Peter Weller) was a conspirator, and even attacked the Enterprise. Weller is definitely not in future Star Treks, so Carol could be dealing with her father’s death in a future entry.

“If things are right and healthy, that’s the natural order of things,” Eve said. “Children lose their parents. Better than the other way around.”

Given the circumstances of his death, and Carol witnessing his attack on the Enterprise, that could give her a lot more with which to deal. “That’s intense, isn’t it? I expect there will be a sense of relief as well as her grief in that recovery. I think she’ll cope just fine. She’s a tough cookie, Carol Marcus.

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John Wesley Shipp Reunited With ‘The Flash’

TV’s original Flash joins the upcoming reboot, as Shipp lands a mysterious role.

Twenty four years ago, John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen in CBS’ live action comic book hero adaptation, “The Flash.” Although Shipp’s run as The Flash was over after one season, he’ll be revisiting the franchise very soon.
 
TVLine is reporting that Shipp has signed on for The CW’s updated take on “The Flash;” which is spinning out of “Arrow.” Shipp’s role is being kept under wraps, but one of the rumored possibilities is that Shipp may portray Henry Allen, the father of Barry (Grant Gustin), who is currently in jail for murdering his wife Nora. Only Barry and his father’s friend, Detective West (Jesse L. Martin) believe in Henry’s innocence. 

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Dan Slott Takes On Spider-Man’s Early Years

‘Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl’ is a new year-one miniseries focusing on Spidey before he fought crime.

You know that Peter Parker is taking control of his body back from Dr. Octopus fairly soon, and writer Dan Slott is going back to the roots of Spider-Man to show us he hasn't forgotten the one true Spidey. With the new five-issue limited series Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl, starting May 7 with artist Ramon Perez, Slott's actually going to be jumping back to the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko era and exploring what Peter was doing in that weird netherworld between getting spider powers and fighting crime.

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First Look: Captain Marvel #1

Carol Danvers is back with a new artist and a mission to the stars, getting her cosmic on.

There was a big hullabaloo when Carol Danvers finally shed the Ms. Marvel thong and stepped up to become Captain Marvel, getting her own series from Kelly Sue DeConnick. That new book also came with artists who were generally a bit of an acquired taste (although very worthwhile once you acquired it, as noted in my review of Captain Marvel #17) and may have presented a challenge to some folks trying to get into the new series. Now, there's an All-New Marvel Now extravaganza relaunching Captain Marvel with a new #1, and this time it's as mainstream as can be, with artist David Lopez on the job doing some beautiful straightforward work.

These days, Carol Danvers has taken up residence in the head of the Statue of Liberty, thanks to a generous offer from Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, but she's about to leave Earth altogether for a while. “Everything about Carol wants to go UP. Chin up, head up, heart up, up, up, UP. And I thought, ‘What if we let her go?’” said DeConnick.

Check out your first look at Captain Marvel #1, due out March 12, featuring a variant cover from Leinil Yu.

 

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