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10-26-14

FILM

James Spader Says Avengers Villain Ultron is “Batshit Crazy”

But that’s not all he’s got to say about the infamous villain he’s the voice of in Avengers 2.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has been circulating the internet for a small while now, and for those who have watched the trailer several times just to hear James Spader’s Ultron taunt our favorite gang of heroes, we’ve come to a conclusion, just as Spader himself has:

"Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes. Red [Reddington] isn’t pyschopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He’s really batshit crazy! In many ways he’s a child, because he’s a brand new being who’s just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he’s a very powerful, smart child."

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TV

Exclusive Interview: Andrew J. West on ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5

The man behind this season’s main villain offers a glimpse into Gareth’s mindset and shares some details about life on the set of “The Walking Dead.”

“The Walking Dead” Season 5 is currently running Sunday nights on AMC. For all you “Walking Dead” fanatics, the sixth season was renewed even before the long awaited premiere. This season, it looks like Andrew J. West is playing the main villain, Gareth. While Terminus has been destroyed, Gareth and his group are still out there making trouble for Rick Grimes and his friends. 

West made his first appearance on the series in the final episode of season 4. When CraveOnline spoke with West earlier this month, he couldn’t confirm the rumors about Gareth’s cannibalism… which were confirmed on last night’s episode.

However, West did tell us about his journey with the show. From working with Andrew Lincoln, to hanging with the crew after a long day of shooting, West divulges what it’s like to be part of the hottest show on TV. He also gives us clues about Gareth and reveals what about the character he’s most excited to share with audiences. That, and his experiences with fan art. Apparently Norman Reedus’ has an entire room of it…

CraveOnline: You had only a 24-hour turnaround after getting cast before you flew to Atlanta to shoot! How did you prep?

Andrew J West: It’s tough. I don’t know if it was exactly 24 hours, it was about that length of time. I got off the flight in Atlanta and went straight to a fitting from the airport. The first taste I got was the clothes. I was trying to figure out who my character would be based on what he dressed in. I was grasping for any clue. Scott Gimple [the showrunner] called me into his office and he sat me down and he gave me really all the information that I needed to know to approach the finale of season 4. Gimple is great at giving you the information [needed] in order to do your job well but not giving too much so the story of the show isn’t compromised. Scott is extremely hands on and made himself available to answer any questions.

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COMICS

First Look: Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America

Deadpool and Old Steve Rogers team up to keep the Hand from resurrecting or cloning Wolverine.

Wolverine is dead.

As Marvel and Disney bury their cash cow under a thick layer of adamantium (at least until the next Wolverine movie) it’s a time for great sadness in the X-Men’s corner of the Marvel Universe.

But now is the time for laughter. So, laugh, damn it!

Regular Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan is tackling the end of Wolverine’s life with Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America one shot. During Duggan’s run on Deadpool, the title character actually formed a bond with Cap and Wolverine before untimely aging and event comics caught up to them, respectively. With Logan dead (for now), it’s up to Old Steve Rogers and Deadpool to make sure that no one can clone their friend.

Too bad the Hand is already well on their way, courtesy of a knife with Wolverine’s DNA! Can Deadpool and General Geriatric Cap save the day?

Probably. But we’ll read the comic anyway.

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10-19-14

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Fury: David Ayer on Historical Accuracy and Wardaddy

Director David Ayer describes the brain-spilling scene he thought was too violent for his ultra-violent WWII movie ‘Fury.’

“Rumors, rumors. Just rumors.” That’s what writer/director David Ayer told me about the Suicide Squad movie that would be confirmed by Warner Bros. just a few days later. So we know the Fury filmmaker can play things close to the vest. But otherwise he’s very open and candid when talking about the World War II drama about a tank crew invading Germany in the waning days of the conflict.

A little too candid, maybe. SPOILER ALERT: David Ayer talks about the death of one of the characters in Fury over the course of this interview. But he also talks about his personal obsession with historical accuracy, what the horses symbolize over the course of the film, the difference between European WWII movies and their American counterparts, where the name “Wardaddy” comes from and the “intense” romantic comedy he has in him somewhere.

David Ayer also describes the brain-spilling sequence he cut from the movie, because even the director of one of the most violent war movies ever made thought it was too much, in this CraveOnline exclusive interview. 

Related: What’s the Best World War II Movie Ever?

CraveOnline: Your style before this seemed kind of run-and-gun, but in Fury it must have required a lot of prep before practically everything.

David Ayer: Yeah, exactly.

Was that difficult to wrap your head around? Is that how you prefer to work now?

No. This is a bigger canvas and it’s a bigger world. If you’re going to make a World War II movie you can’t just throw a camera on your shoulder and run into the streets and do it. Everything on screen has to be thought out, so every location, every uniform, vehicles, tanks, locations, etc. Everything has to be period accurate, so you have to think about the world you’re building and you have to think about how you’re going to show that world. For me it was great to just, not necessarily slow down because we were fast, but to think about how to compose the shots and what you’re saying. To paint a picture. We shot on film. We shot on anamorphic [with] traditional equipment. I think you get typecast as a director…

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TV

Exclusive Interview: Candice Patton on ‘The Flash’

Patton tells us how she was cast as Iris West in “The Flash’ and reveals how she and Grant Gustin create their onscreen relationship.

“The Flash” is one of the most anticipated new shows of the season. A spinoff of “Arrow,” the series centers on the Barry Allen version of the famous comic book superhero while chronicling his rise to valor. If the pilot was any representation of what the season will look like, it should be pretty awesome.

So far, we’ve been introduced to a number of anticipated characters. There’s The Flash himself, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), possible nemesis Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) and Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). But no superhero is complete without a love interest, this time it’s Iris West, as played by Candice Patton.

CraveOnline got a chance to chat with Patton this week. She assures us that Iris will be a “strong female character” and not another damsel in distress. She also reveals how she was cast on the show, and how the relationship with Gustin is expanding and what to expect from Iris West this season.

CraveOnline: Lois Lane, Vicki Vale and now Iris West. You’re bringing on the next generation of these female characters. Did you have a relationship with them as a kid or with comics?

Candice Patton: I didn’t read comic books; that’s not something that was really available to me as a child. We watched more cartoons and movies. I grew up with Batman and Superman but definitely in a cartoon and a movie kind of way. I was familiar with DC superheroes. I didn’t know much about The Flash or anything about Iris West! Going in for this part, that was something I had to research.

Can you tell me about the process of getting cast?

Around December they were starting to look for Iris West and my manager sent me an email, ‘There is this role Iris West. You are absolutely perfect for this.’ He knows what I’m like, the kinds of roles I would like to play. I went in and kind of bombed the first time. I went up on my lines, which I rarely ever do. It wasn’t great and I knew that it wasn’t going to go forward for me. I was really bummed about it because I felt like Iris was perfect for me. I went home for Christmas and came to terms with the fact I wasn’t going to be a part of The Flash. [Then ]they re-released the role. I had another shot. This time I got to read with [Grant], which helped. We had a lot of chemistry there. Second time around it just worked!

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COMICS

First Look: All-New Captain America # 1

Sam Wilson steps up as the new Captain America.

As The Falcon, Sam Wilson has been Captain America’s sidekick, his partner, and his best friend. Now, Sam Wilson is the new Captain America.

While Sam Wilson is currently appearing as Captain America in the pages of Avengers & X-Men: Axis, his solo adventures will kick off later this month in All-New Captain America # 1, by writer Rick Remender and artist Stuart Immonen.

As revealed in the closing pages of Captain America # 25, Hydra has risen again and someone very close to Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers has betrayed them. Although if readers examine that issue closely, the identity of the traitor isn’t that hard to guess. Just ask yourself which hero is acting wildly out of character.

Marvel has released a first look at All-New Captain America with some really terrific pages by Immonen. Click on that first image to see the double-page spread at a bigger size!

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10-12-14

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New York Comic Con 2014: George Clooney Crashes The Tomorrowland Panel

Clooney emerges as an unannounced guest while making his Comic Con debut.

According to George Clooney himself, the actor is supposed to be on his honeymoon with his new wife, Amal Alamuddin. Instead, Clooney put in a surprise appearance during the Tomorrowland panel on the first day of New York Comic Con.

Via Comic Book Resources’ Spinoff blog, Clooney shocked his Tomorrowland co-stars Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Hugh Laurie by joining the panel before joking with the crowd that “I think since my Batman, I was disinvited from Comic Con… I see the comments section on all you guys! I met Adam West back there and said, ‘Hey, I’m really sorry! Sorry about the nipples on the suit.’”

Tomorrowland screenwriter Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird were also on hand to discuss the film. The film’s script was co-written by Bird and Lindelof from a story they conceived with entertainment reporter Jeff Jensen. While most of the Tomorrowland plot details remain shrouded in secrecy, it has previously been revealed that Clooney will play a former boy genius named Frank who shares a connection with a scientifically inclined young girl named Casey (Robertson) as they attempt to uncover the secrets of a place beyond time and space called Tomorrowland.

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TV

New York Comic Con: ‘Archer’ Panel Report

The entire cast of “Archer” comes to New York for a preview of the sixth season on FX

When “Archer” premiered in 2010, the animated series used ISIS as the name of its fictional spy agency. With the rise of a very real ISIS in the Middle East, “Archer” creator Adam Reed has dumped the ISIS name entirely.

At New York Comic Con, the entire sixth season premiere of “Archer” was screened for the audience as the characters adjust to being back in the spy business and in their “new” offices. However, it’s Sterling Archer himself who struggles to deal with being a father before finding himself stuck with an old soldier who doesn’t know that he’s already lost the war.

Following the screening, the moderator introduced Reed and the entire voice cast of “Archer,” including H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Lucky Yates and a new recurring guest star… Christian Slater, who is reprising his role as “Slater” from the fifth season. Producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis were also a part of the panel.

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COMICS

New York Comic Con 2014: Marvel’s Death of Wolverine Panel Report

How will Marvel replace its flagship character? With several characters who are vaguely similar.

This Wednesday, the X-Men and Avengers icon, Wolverine will bite the big one in the final issue of The Death of Wolverine miniseries. And while Marvel would love to convince us that Logan will be gone forever, the company is using his demise as a springboard for several new comics.

At New York Comic Con, Marvel presented a panel for The Death of Wolverine with Brian Michael Bendis, Charles Soule, Peter David, Greg Pak and Gerry Duggan. Marvel editors Mike Marts, Jordan White and Katie Kubert were also on hand as the company announced its newest ongoing series: Wolverines.

Soule will headline Wolverines alongside Ray Fawkes and artist Nick Bradshaw. The story will spin out of the upcoming Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy as X-23, Sabretooth, Daken and Mystique find themselves forced to work as a team to survive, although Soule was quick to note that they are not actually a team. He cited Warren Ellis’ Nextwave as an influence on the book and promised that Fin Fang Foom will appear in Wolverines.

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10-5-14

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Exclusive Interview: Laurence Fishburne on ‘Blackish’ & ‘Hannibal’

We go one-on-one with a Hollywood legend out his new comedy “Blackish,” the future of “Hannibal” and Batman V. Superman.

Here is one interview I never expected to land, but there was Laurence Fishburne sitting at a table at the ABC party for the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Not by himself, but with no other reporters around, I asked if I could speak with Mr. Fishburne.

Earlier, he had told the TCA on the “Blackish” panel that he was still a guest star on NBC’s “Hannibal.” On “Blackish,” he plays the grandfather. He also spoke in a high pitched voice, a most unexpected affect from the famous baritone. I won’t blame him him for not knowing my reference to “A very special episode.” Fishburne was busy in the jungles of the Philippines or teaching the Boyz n the Hood life lessons to notice sitcom shenanigans.

CraveOnline: You did a funny voice on the panel.

Laurence Fishburne: “I did lots of them.”

Yes, are you in some ways tired of being acclaimed for this legendary voice you have?

“No. It’s just something that came out today.”

Does it ever come out on set?

Well, we’ve only done the pilot so God knows what’s going to happen on set.

Why do you think you’ve not been given more opportunities to be comedic?

Nobody was paying attention. You know, people are comfortable with you the way they’re comfortable with you. When you make a departure from that, it’s tricky. So the good news is, the little thing I did in Ride-Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube is a comic turn. Even though it’s the heavy, there’s some physical comedy so that warms the audience up a little bit. The commercial I did for Kia was hilarious and unexpected so that I think is also another way of signaling to the audience that there’s more to me than Morpheus. I took the piss out of Morpheus.

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TV

Exclusive Interview: John Cho on ‘Selfie,’ ‘Sleepy Hollow’ & Star Trek

The star of Star Trek and Harold and Kumar talks to CraveOnline about his new ABC comedy, the social media rom-com “Selfie.”

The new ABC comedy “Selfie” is a modern day My Fair Lady, or perhaps a modern day She’s All That if you will. Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) is a social media maven who realizes all her Twitter followers aren’t her actual friends. Her coworker Henry (John Cho) agrees to help her learn to get along with real people, but it’s a tough job, one that may take seven or eight seasons total.

We sat down with Cho this summer after the “Selfie” panel for the Television Critics Association to discuss his new comedy, and his commitments to “Sleepy Hollow” and the Star Trek movies.

 

CraveOnline: I think we might often see a male character in this situation in a comedy, or even in real life, he’d be so attracted to Karen’s character no matter how awful her behavior is. They would just fawn all over her. Was it interesting to you that your character really sees through her and she can be so distasteful he doesn’t want anything to do with her?

John Cho: I guess it’s a more interesting place to start. I think it’s kind of traditional in the sense that they’re not supposed to be together and they’re opposites. Even My Fair Lady which I watched recently, he takes a long time to soften up and they don’t really get together. Yeah, I guess increasing the distance that the arc has to go is more interesting to me.

I guess a will they/won’t they situation you can usually tell from the beginning that they will. If it weren’t for the premise of “Selfie” would they probably have nothing to do with each other?

Right, although I’m working at it backwards going they have to, so I then I assume and then create a reason. Absolutely, yeah, they shouldn’t really be together it could be argued, and they shouldn’t like one another. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of position she puts him into. He’s very proud and that is its own kind of ignorance. She pulls him out of that and challenges him, and he falls on his face a little bit. That’ll be fun.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Batman Beyond 2.0 Chapter # 36

Batman and Ten try to take down Inque and the new Royal Flush Gang.

Fans of the “Batman Beyond” animated series should remember Ten as the Catwoman of her generation. Like her more famous precursor, Ten was a criminal who had a mutual attraction to the Batman of her era, Terry McGinnis. And like Catwoman, Ten had the potential to turn away from the life of a supervillain… but she never fully did it.

In the current storyline running through Batman Beyond 2.0, Ten is back and so is her “family” in the Royal Flush Gang. This time, Inque is on their side and Ten is the ace up Batman’s sleeve… or is she?

DC Comics has passed along an exclusive preview of this week’s Batman Beyond 2.0 Chapter # 36, which finds Batman trying to fight off Inque while Ten takes on her mother. But can Ten betray her family again?

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9-28-14

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The Boxtrolls: Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable Interview

The directors of ‘The Boxtrolls’ explain the origin of the film’s most terrible pun

The latest film from LAIKA, the studio that brought you the celebrated stop-motion animated movies Coraline and ParaNorman, opens in theaters this weekend. It’s an adaptation of the book Here There Be Monsters by Alan Snow called The Boxtrolls, and it stars Isaac Hempstead-Wright as a young boy adopted by subterranean trolls who wear boxes for clothing. A villain named Archibald Snatcher (Sir Ben Kingsley) vows to exterminate all the Boxtrolls in exchange for a place in polite society, and a young girl named Winifred (Elle Fanning) helps Eggs save the day and also waxes rhapsodic about cannibalism and monsters. 

It’s an… eccentric film, and it’s directed by Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) and Graham Annable (Bone: Out from Boneville). I got them together to discuss their co-directing duties on The Boxtrolls, Sir Ben Kingsley’s mysterious vocal impersonation, transvestitism, the development of a strong and original heroine and the genesis of the film’s worst – read: best – pun. 

Related: Sir Ben Kingsley on ‘The Boxtrolls’ (Exclusive Video)

CraveOnline: I’m curious how you guys came together. Often when you see a co-directing team, they have a long resumé of credits together. And here I imagine it was like, “We want this to be kinda like Open Season, and also kinda like Bone!”

Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi: [Laughs.]

How did it come together?

Anthony Stacchi: It’s weird. I had been working in LA. I didn’t work at LAIKA prior to this. And when I went up to visit, Travis [Knight, producer] gave me Here Be Monsters to read. We knew early on that that core story we loved, about the boy being raised underground by Boxtrolls, was what we were going to have to boil this enormous book down to. We went through different levels of how much did the Boxtrolls speak, how much didn’t they speak, and then we really wanted to keep them pantomime. So they had little emotive noises so you could tell their emotions, but they didn’t have recognizable words, or not too many recognizable words. So early I’d seen Graham’s work in the story department there, and I definitely wanted him to work with us as the head of story just because he knew everybody and I was new to the company. And then early on I’d seen Graham’s work, his comic book work and his personal films, and in those nobody talks!

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TV

Ioann Gruffudd on ‘Forever’

The former Reed Richards can’t help but call his new ABC show “fantastic.”

“Forever” is a fantasy story, and it is pretty fantastical. It’s not the first for its star, Ioan Gruffudd, who played Mr. Fantastic himself, Reed Richards, in the first two Fantastic Four movies.

On “Forever,” Gruffudd plays a man living for centuries as the result of a spell. Whenever he “dies,” he is reborn in the nearest body of water. Since he’s settled in New York, that means he emerges naked from the East River. The producers told the Television Critics Association that he will not have to go swimming every week, but certainly the pilot episode dumps him in the water several times. Later, at ABC’s evening party, we sat down with Gruffudd on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton overlooking Los Angeles to discuss “Forever.”

CraveOnline: Were you looking to get back into TV after “Ringer?”

Ioann Gruffudd: I was just looking to find something fantastic to do and I read this and absolutely fell in love with it. In television as we know in this day and age is where all the great writing is, the great opportunities are. Because I’ve already had my superhero franchise, I wasn’t going to be able to show up in any of the other reboots of other franchises out there in the movie world.

Your costar, Chris Evans, has done three.

That’s right, Avengers and Captain America.

Did you say “find something fantastic” on purpose?

It’s funny, that’s an adjective I use a lot, trying to be positive about everything. Then of course you’re inevitably repeating yourself.

Did you get in the East River yourself?

I didn’t, thank goodness. There was an idea that they were going to try it, but what was needed of me dunking my head and coming back, I don’t think I would’ve been able to do that more than once because it was March and it was about minus four that day.

Is it a relief to hear that they don’t plan to kill you each week?

Just on the physical level, yes, but I know it’ll be coming up at some point so I have to keep myself in shape for that. I like that element. I think it’s intriguing, it’s original, it lends itself to a bit of comedy.

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COMICS

Marvel Settles Lawsuit With Jack Kirby Family

The long running lawsuit from Jack Kirby’s family comes to an end, allowing Marvel to avoid a visit to the Supreme Court.

In 2009, shortly after Disney announced its acquisition of Marvel, the family of Jack Kirby served notice that they intended to terminate their half of the copyright for dozens of Marvel’s most well known superheroes. Alongside Stan Lee in the ‘60s, Kirby was the co-creator of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the Avengers and he had even co-created Captain America during the ‘40s.

Marvel countersued the Kirby family and the two sides have battled in court and in the court of public opinion since then. Today, that came to an end when Marvel and the Kirby family released a joint statement that read “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

The new deal gives Marvel some positive publicity, but it also allowed the company to avoid a date with the Supreme Court. Lisa Kirby, Neal Kirby, Susan Kirby and Barbara Kirby were repeatedly unsuccessful in court when arguing against Marvel’s stance that Jack Kirby’s contributions to the Marvel Universe were only work for hire. However, the Kirbys did manage to get the Supreme Court to consider hearing the case.

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9-21-14

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Fox Schedules ‘Deadpool’ Movie for February 12, 2016

Good news for Deadpool fans. Bad news for Assassin’s Creed and Fantastic Four fans…

And to think, all it took to get a Deadpool movie was forcing 20th Century Fox’s hand…

Nearly two months after test footage of a Deadpool movie leaked onto the internet, impressing and exciting the fans, the studio has set a release date for the feature film. Deadpool will hit theaters on February 12, 2016. According to Entertainment Weekly, Tim Miller, who has been attached to the project since 2011, will direct the movie, and Ryan Reynolds is expected to reprise his role from the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film which may no longer be in continuity with the X-Men franchise after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Related: The 20 Biggest Mistakes in the X-Men Movies

Deadpool, a.k.a. “The Merc with a Mouth,” is an anti-hero from the Marvel Universe with superhuman healing abilities. An ultraviolent murderer who sometimes does good, but usually does whatever he thinks is funny, Deadpool reached newfound heights of popularity amongst comic book fans after he joined the ranks of characters who became self-aware. In other words, Deadpool knows he’s in a comic book, which makes everyone else think he’s insane. (Other self-aware comic book characters have included Animal Man, Psycho-Pirate and Ambush Bug, all of them from the DC Universe.)

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TV

Supergirl TV Series Lands At CBS

CBS gives Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s “Supergirl” a series commitment.

Next year, Supergirl is coming to television.

Two weeks ago, reports emerged that a “Supergirl” TV series was in development. Deadline is reporting that CBS closed a deal last night that gives “Supergirl” a series commitment. Supposedly, the “Supergirl” contract is even bigger than the one that Fox signed last year to scoop up “Gotham.”

Although it’s not clear if the show will be called “Supergirl,” the proposed TV series will take place when Kara Zor-El is on the cusp of becoming a heroine. “Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

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COMICS

The Dynamite Report # 2

We look ahead to the future of Red Sonja after Gail Simone’s departure, the John Carter: Warlord of Mars relaunch, Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo and the return of Lady Demon!

Welcome to The Dynamite Report, a special feature here at CraveOnline that focuses exclusively on Dynamite Entertainment.

Dynamite is one of the largest comic book companies in America, with titles including Red SonjaFlash GordonVampirellaArmy of DarknessThe Twilight ZoneA Game of ThronesZorroThe Lone RangerLord of the JungleJohn Carter of MarsDejah Thoris and several others.

The company is also well known for its stellar lineup of comic book creators including Gail Simone, Jeff Parker, Nancy Collins, Steve Niles, J. Michael Straczynski, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid, Greg Pak, Marc Andreyko, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Duane Swierczynski, Peter Milligan, Alex Ross, Jae Lee, Gabriel Hardman, Joseph Michael Linsner, Amanda Conner, Francesco Francavilla, Terry Dodson and Emanuela Luppachino.

Joining me for our second column are Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt along with Associate Editor Molly Mahan.

CraveOnline: The Dynamite solicits for December have Gail Simone’s run on Red Sonja ending with issue 18. Will a new creative team be coming in with issue 19? Or is Red Sonja getting a relaunch next year?

Joseph Rybandt: We just had Gail as our guest at the Baltimore Comic-Con and this very subject came up a couple of times. Gail has an open invitation to continue Red Sonja, or write her as long as she wishes. That may not be possible after issue #18, as Gail is currently focusing on the “Women of…” cross-over. Odds are good we’ll take a break after issue #18, load up the year with some special projects and then see what our options are for a new #1…

What’s the latest on Gail’s Women of Dynamite and Red Sonja/Conan crossovers?

Rybandt: Getting the “Women of…” cross-over ready for debut in early 2015. Dark Horse is currently readying their Conan/Red Sonja mini-series and we’ll be releasing our Red Sonja/Conan in early 2015 to follow-up.

Molly Mahan: For the “Women of…” cross-over, we’ve finalized the character list and the large brush strokes of what the story will be. Now we’re polishing the details and ensuring we have the right artist to back Gail up. This is an event we’ve been discussing internally for what feels like ages, so we aren’t going to jump any guns. It’s going to be huge and we have a lot of faith in it. Expect more soon on both projects!

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9-14-14

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Ghostbusters vs. Walking Dead on Most Craved

Most Craved debates Bill Murray’s ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot dreamcast, and the upcoming ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Walking Dead’ spin-off TV shows

Even Bill Murray is excited about the new all-female Ghostbusters. This week on Most Craved we’re taking a look at his picks for who should fill out the cast of Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot of the classic Ghostbusters franchise and presenting some picks of our own. Josh Hutcherson anyone? He’d make a great Janine!

But wait, there’s more! TV news exploded this week with the announcement of a new Minority Report sequel series, an upcoming spin-off of “The Walking Dead” and the possibility of a live-action “Supergirl” show from the executive producer of “Arrow.” What aspects of Minority Report are rife for exploitation in an ongoing series? Doesn’t it sound like a cheesy 1980s detective show? Whereabout should the “Walking Dead” spin-off take us? And could there be a reason for “Supergirl” to take place in the Man of Steel movie universe?

Check Out: Most Craved Fall 2014 Preview: Blockbusters, TV & Games

Join Most Craved hosts William Bibbiani of CraveOnline, Jenna Busch of Legion of Leia and Silas Lesnick of Coming Soon as they wax rhapsodic on all the biggest news of the week. But is there any Dana? NO! There’s only Zuul!

Keep coming back every Thursday for an all-new bickering installment of Most Craved, and follow your hosts on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani@JennaBusch and @WitneySeibold to keep this conversation going all week long!

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TV

Fox Picks Up ‘Minority Report’ TV Sequel

The proposed “Minority Report” TV show lands a big commitment from Fox, as the premise is revealed

Last month, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television revealed its plans to produce a new “Minority Report” TV series. Less than a month later, the project has found a network.

According to Deadline, Fox has given “Minority Report” a $1 million put pilot commitment to keep the project from being shopped to other networks. Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein is writing the pilot script for “Minority Report.”

“Minority Report” was originally a short story by Philip K. Dick before Spielberg adapted it as a feature film in 2002 with Tom Cruise as John Anderton, the head of Washington, D.C.’s Precrime police division. At the end of the film, Anderton proved that Precrime wasn’t infallible because suspects accused of future crimes didn’t always go through with them in every possible future.

The “Minority Report” TV series will take place ten years after the film, as one of the three surviving Precogs struggles to adjust to life while dealing with visions of the future. He will be teamed up with a female detective who helps him find a renewed use for his powers. Borenstein will serve as an executive producer on “Minority Report” alongside Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

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COMICS

‘Daredevil’ & ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Head To New York Comic Con 2014

Marvel brings out the cast of “Daredevil” for New York Comic Con along with an exclusive preview of an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode

The cast and executive producers of Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” live action series on Netflix were absent from Comic-Con International last summer. But they’ll be out in force for New York Comic Con.

Via ComicBook.com, Marvel has announced that it will be putting on a “Daredevil” panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday October 11. “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will be there with Charlie Cox and other cast members from the series. Presumably that includes Deborah Ann Woll and Vincent D’Onofrio. Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb will moderate the panel.

On Friday, October 10, Marvel is also running a panel for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” that will be the world premiere screening of an upcoming episode from season 2. No cast members were announced for this panel, but it’s likely that at least one or two of them will be present. Loeb will also moderate a Marvel Animation panel on the same day.

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9-7-14

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Samuel L. Jackson Introduces ‘Big Game’ at TIFF, Mother****er

Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t in Toronto to introduce his new movie, Big Game, but he did make this video

Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t be present at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, as he was “on location somewhere” shooting his next film. This means, rather sadly, that he would not be around to be interviewed about his new film, Big Game, nor would he be there in person to introduce the flick.

Luckily for us, Jackson had the forethought to record an introduction beforehand. This preceded the screening of Big Game, and, thanks to the resourcefulness of the internet, is now available on YouTube. In his usual, flip manner, Jackson encourages you to enjoy his new film wherein he plays the president. He also has some advice for you if you do not enjoy the film. If you want to see what CraveOnline‘s critic William Bibbiani thought of Big Game, you can read the review.

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TV

Telluride 2014 Interview: Jon Stewart on ‘Rosewater’

Jon Stewart expresses his guilt about the ‘Daily Show’ appearance that led to Maziar Bahari’s imprisonment and explains why he’s better at directing than acting

I was prepared for the Telluride Film Festival with the understanding that it was not really an “interviewing” film festival. So I was very surprised to be offered the ultimate interview of the festival. Jon Stewart premiered is directorial debut Rosewater at Telluride, so I was in the right place at the right time: 10,000 ft up when Jon Stewart had a free hour. 

Rosewater is the true story of Maziar Bahari, based on his book Then They Came For Me. The Iranian journalist was documenting the revolution when he was taken prisoner and interrogated by the government. Bahari had been a guest on “The Daily Show,” and his interrogators thought he was collaborating with American spies, because in their limited media access they didn’t even know it was a comedy show. 

Rosewater also plays the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters on November 7. So in the mountains of Telluride, CO, I broke the ice with Jon Stewart by showing him a photo from my hotel that was very relevant to his follow-up show, “The Colbert Report.”

Check Out: Telluride 2014 Review: ‘Rosewater’

CraveOnline: I wanted to show you this sign on the door of my hotel. I tweeted “Stephen Colbert warned us about this.”

Jon Stewart: [Laughs] You’ve got to be very careful. I keep thinking Herzog is going to do another documentary about a bear in a gondola. Put a bear in a gondola and see what happens.

When Stephen goes to “The Late Show,” who is going to warn America about the bear menace?

I just think he’s going to have a larger platform to do so. That’s going to be the beauty of it.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Sensation Comics Chapter # 4

Discover how Wonder Woman earned her bracelets in this flashback story!

Earlier this year, DC Comics launched a revival of Sensation Comics as a digital first title. Like the original Sensation Comics, the revival of the title focuses on Wonder Woman. But the revival has the added benefit of pairing top name comic creators and allowing them to tell Wonder Woman stories without the constraint of continuity.

The first storyline by Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver brought Wonder Woman to Gotham City to fill in for Batman against his greatest enemies. This week in Sensation Comics Chapter # 4, the second storyline, “Brace Yourself” kicks off as Jason Bischoff and artist David Williams take us on a trip to Wonder Woman’s past.

In this exclusive preview from DC Comics, we learn how Wonder Woman earned at least one of her twin bracelets that allow her to deflect bullets and other projectiles. But getting the second bracelet may not be so easy…

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8-31-14

FILM

‘As Above, So Below’ Review: A Spelunkin’ Good Time

Perdita Weeks raids the Paris catacombs in the best ‘Tomb Raider’ movie we’re ever likely to get.

As Above, So Below is a lot of things, but a horror movie isn’t one of them. Although its protagonists crawl on their bellies through thousands of desiccated corpses and encounter the physical embodiment of their darkest fears in the deep, cavernous catacombs under Paris, that’s actually the worst part of an otherwise solid, entertaining adventure yarn in the vein of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider. In fact, As Above, So Below is probably the best Tomb Raider movie we’re ever likely to get. Its British heroine just happens to have a different name, and it just happens to feature some creepy level designs.

Perdita Weeks plays the wonderfully named Scarlett Marlowe, an obsessive archaeologist whose quest to find The Philosopher’s Stone takes her on one dashingly fun adventure after another. As Above, So Below opens with Marlowe smuggling herself into Iran to rescue a valuable artifact just minutes before the corrupt government can crash a mountain down on top of her. Now THAT’S how you open a movie… or at least, that’s how you open a cheesy one.

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TV

The Lego Movie Directors Bring ‘The Greatest American Hero’ To Fox

Believe it or not, “The Greatest American Hero” is getting a reboot.

The Greatest American Hero is making a comeback. But you may not recognize his name.

According to Deadline, Fox has give a Put Pilot commitment to a revival of “The Greatest American Hero,” a TV series created by the late Steven J. Cannell in 1981 that ran for three seasons on ABC.

In the original series, aliens gave high school teacher Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) a suit that granted him numerous superpowers. Although Ralph promptly lost the instruction book that told him how to properly use the suit, he tried to be a hero alongside his future wife as Pam Davidson (Connie Sellecca) and FBI Agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp).

The new version of “The Greatest American Hero” will reportedly follow Isaac, an “inner-city teacher” who discovers the suit and also manages to lose the instructions on how to use his new powers. Like the original series, Isaac will be paired with a government handler as he tries to help others while dealing with the temptation to simply use the suit for himself.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Justice League Dark # 34

Deadman finds an ally in Nanda Parbat as the Justice League Dark attempts to escape from Pantheon.

Nanda Parbat has fallen!

The entity known as Pantheon has tricked Deadman into granted him access to paradise. And now Deadman is trapped inside a body that is very much alive while his teammates in the Justice League Dark went down hard against their newest adversary.

In this exclusive preview from Justice League Dark # 34, Deadman discovers that he has at least one ally left in Nanda Parbat while John Constantine, Zatanna, Nightmare Nurse and Swamp Thing have some dire problems of their own to solve before they can help Deadman.

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8-24-14

FILM

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Jessica Alba Interview

Jessica Alba explains the origin of Nancy’s sexiest dance in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Jessica Alba plays a stripper in the Sin City movies, but did you know she’s been holding back this whole time? That’s what we learn in this exclusive video interview with the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, that Jessica Alba’s sexiest dance was yet to come, and what she needed to get there emotionally as an actress.

And “emotional” is where she goes! In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Jessica Alba stars in an all-new Sin City tale. In the aftermath of the previous film’s That Yellow Bastard storyline, Nancy Callahan is an alcoholic shell of her former self, plotting revenge against Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) for the death of Det. Hartigan (Bruce Willis), but unsure of whether she has it in her to seal the deal. Somehow we think she figures something out by the movie’s end.

Also in our video interview: Jessica Alba has plans to rally her troops on the internet, talks about her earliest Comic-Con experiences and finally getting to kill people on camera with Nancy’s biggest fan, Marv (Mickey Rourke). Jessica Alba also reveals the correct way to kill people: “You just do it.” Amen, sister.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, starring Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Dennis Haysbert, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba opens in theaters on August 22, 2014. 

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TV

Exclusive Interview: Carl Weathers on ‘Toy Story of Terror’ & Creed

We talk to the legendary action icon about his dual role as Combat Carl and Combat Carl Jr. on the Halloween special “Toy Story of Terror,” now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Getting to interview Carl Weathers last week was a double treat. Not only do we get to talk about the latest in the Toy Story franchise, the Halloween special “Toy Story of Terror,” but Weathers has been in some of the most defining ‘80s action movies of my film education.

In “Toy Story of Terror,” out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, August 19, Weathers voices Combat Carl, a soldier toy whom Bonnie’s toys meet when they get lost in a scary motel. Combat Carl has a miniature version of himself, Combat Carl Jr., also voiced by Weathers. Weathers played a commando in the classic Predator, and Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky movies, plus a few more obscure favorites of my own. I transitioned smoothly into Weathers’ action past after delving into his vocal performance and the bonus features of “Toy Story of Terror.”

CraveOnline: Was the character in “Toy Story of Terror” already named Combat Carl before they approached you?

Carl Weathers: That’s a very good question. I don’t know the answer but that’s the character’s name when I came onto the project, so I assume they made that decision.

Did you feel that Combat Carl was in your likeness?

Yeah, more or less. It’s a character in that whole wheelhouse of animation. It’s like any comic book rendering or drawing. It’s never quite exactly the same, nor in my estimation should it be. But, I thought it was funny and charming. There’s a lovable childlike quality about not only the rendering but also the character as written. Give me that combination of traits and of course, who wouldn’t want to adapt and adopt those personalities that at least approximate your likeness?

Did playing a soldier again bring back memories of Predator?

Well, of course. I think that’s an easy one to call that clearly Predator and the whole action genre of war movies was somehow captured with that character. It certainly gave you some sense of Dillon from Predator, except that Combat Carl I think maybe harkened back a little more to World War II movies, but I loved it. I absolutely loved it and was really honored to be a part of it.

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COMICS

First Look: Uncanny Avengers # 24

Rogue says goodbye to Wolverine and hello to some old enemies.

Little by little, Uncanny Avengers is catching up to the rest of the Marvel Universe.

Next week’s Uncanny Avengers # 23 reveals why Rogue, Scarlet Witch and the rest of the presumably dead members of the team were gone while showing Steve Rogers at his true age following the loss of his powers in Captain America.

And in this first look at Uncanny Avengers # 24, we see Rogue say goodbye to Wolverine as he presumably goes off to die in The Death of Wolverine. But before Rogue can get too misty eyed about her old friend, the Red Skull’s S-Men come back for a rematch for the first time since the initial Uncanny Avengers storyline.

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8-17-14

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Matt’s Chance: Lee Majors on the Six Million Dollar Man Movie

Lee Majors explains why Six Million Dollar Man is taking so long to hit the big screen and talks all about cutting Edward Furlong’s hair.

Matt’s Chance came out on DVD in July, when we were swamped with TCA and Comic-Con coverage. So we’re a little late, but Lee Majors has been so supportive of the film, he was still happy to give an interview about his role. Majors plays a mysterious barber listening to the story of Matt (Edward Furlong) and his revenge against a cheating ex-girlfriend. The film also features cameos from Margot Kidder, Gary Busey and more, so we took the chance to talk to Majors about his latest film and his classic TV series.

 CraveOnline: When these filmmakers like Nicholas Gyeney want you in their movie, are you really accessible? Can they go right to your agent?

Lee Majors: You know what, I enjoy doing [them]. The one I just finished was a low-budget film and first time director. The one I did with Nick back in Seattle a while back, it was a low budget film, but I enjoy working with these guys. They’re very energetic. They’re writers, they’re directors, they’re producing their own stuff, raising their own money. It’s really tough on them and having been in the business 50-some years now, I can pick and choose whatever I want to do. I enjoy working with them. They’re all very enthusiastic and they’re doing some really nice stuff. So it’s always fun.

What was it about Nick and Matt’s Chance that made you say yes?

Well, it was an interesting script. I wasn’t sure how it was going to come together because it was a little weird. It was a dark comedy, and had a little fickle nature of human morality in it. It was just an interesting film and honestly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to come together. But once I saw it, it was one I would definitely watch all the way through. It just kept getting better and better, but it holds you. It makes you want to see what the heck happens to this fella. Anyway, it stars Eddie Furlong and he did a marvelous job. It was a very tough film for him to do. We had some very nice characters in it. Bill Sorice who played a role and then of course, one of the co-writers, who wrote it with Nick Gyeney, Edi Zanidache. He did a great job. Maybe you’ll know this, the NFL Seahawk Marshawn Lynch, the running back for Seattle, I got to meet him and he has a supporting role in the film. But, to get to the three cameos that are kind of spotlighted in the film, I play one of them. The other two, I hadn’t seen Margot Kidder in quite a while but she plays a role called Mother Mable and she just did a wonderful job at it. I marveled at what she did. And then of course we had Gary Busey. If you know Gary, he’s out there sometimes and he played a pawn shop owner. He did a marvelous job in his cameo. He was kind of all over the place. And of course, I was one of the other big cameos and had a very interesting character who shows up at the end.

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TV

Ali Larter on ‘Legends’ & ‘Heroes Reborn’

We talk to the former “Heroes” star about her new role on TNT’s “Legends” and the possibility of returning for “Heroes Reborn.”

Ali Larter is back on television, after taking some time off to release a cookbook.

TNT’s “Legends” cast Larter as Crystal, a CIA agent tasked with monitoring Martin Odum (Sean Bean). Crystal thinks that Martin is cracking and is a danger in the field. After a “Legends” panel for the Television Critics Association, Larter hung around to talk to reporters about her new show. “Legends” airs Wednesdays at 9pm on TNT.

CraveOnline: Who are Crystal’s allies on “Legends?” She certainly doesn’t trust Martin and she doesn’t seem to trust authority either?

Ali Larter: One of the interesting arcs that we go through in this season is that Crystal is someone who has embraced the rules. She believes that through following the rules, she’s succeeding. As the season goes on, and Martin who obviously doesn’t approach work that way or life, it’s really a struggle for her. It frustrates her, it angers her and she sees casualties. She sees mistakes when you don’t follow the rules. She likes when the numbers add up.

One of the things we explored in watching her is seeing how things don’t always work out as you hope when you do follow the rules. By the end of the season, she’s open to approaching things in maybe more of a mischievous way or going behind the scenes and learning the truth about things and uncovering stuff without following the rules. It’s almost liberating in a way. It’s almost like taking the blinders off of Crystal and freeing her a bit and letting her get out in the races.

Has she not seen all those movies about people who break the rules and win the day?

Talk to David Wilcox.

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COMICS

The Dynamite Report # 1

CraveOnline kicks off a new special feature that explores the latest comics from Dynamite Entertainment!

Welcome to The Dynamite Report, a new special feature here at CraveOnline that focuses exclusively on Dynamite Entertainment.

Dynamite is one of the largest comic book companies in America, with titles including Red Sonja, Flash Gordon, Vampirella, Army of Darkness, The Twilight Zone, A Game of Thrones, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, Lord of the Jungle, John Carter of Mars, Dejah Thoris and several others.

The company is also well known for its stellar lineup of comic book creators including Gail Simone, Jeff Parker, Nancy Collins, Steve Niles, J. Michael Straczynski, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid, Greg Pak, Marc Andreyko, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Duane Swierczynski, Peter Milligan, Alex Ross, Jae Lee, Gabriel Hardman, Joseph Michael Linsner, Amanda Conner, Francesco Francavilla, Terry Dodson and Emanuela Luppachino.

One of the first stories I wrote as a professional journalist was about Dynamite’s Red Sonja launch in 2005. In the years since, I’ve followed Dynamite very closely as a fan and I’ve covered its books for several media outlets. And now, it’s my profound pleasure to launch The Dynamite Report here at CraveOnline.

Joining me for the inaugural column are Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt along with Associate Editors Molly Mahan and Hannah Gorfinkel Elder.

CraveOnline: Flash Gordon # 4 came out earlier this month and it has been one of my favorite titles this year. How long do you have Jeff Parker and Doc Shaner lined up on the book?

Joseph Rybandt:: They are working up through issue #8 and then we have some plans to switch things up a bit, with a new creative team, tho Jeff is always welcome back at the table on this or any other project. Fans of what’s going on in the “King Features” end of the Dynamite Universe need to stay tuned for sure, because we have plans for characters you’ve seen from us previously, along with a couple of new additions.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Screenwriters Interview

Screenwriters Josh Applebaum, Evan Daugherty and André Nemec explain all the big (and small) changes they made to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ origin.

When you’re rebooting a movie franchise, it is incumbent upon you to make a few changes. For a new generation? Perhaps. To right old wrongs? Maybe. But whatever the reason, new versions of old films – like this week’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - have a tendency to make alterations to the characters that old school fans may or may not appreciate. So when CraveOnline got a chance to interview screenwriters Josh Applebaum, Evan Daugherty and André Nemec about their screenplay for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we wanted to find out why every single change was deemed necessary, whether the change was ultimately brilliant or just plain “different.”

Related: Editorial: How Adults Stole Kids Movies

So SPOILER WARNING, he following interview with the screenwriters of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will discuss the film’s plot points – in particular the Turtles’ new origin story – in detail. If you’ve already seen the film and want to know why it’s so different from the previous versions, this is the interview for you. If you haven’t seen it yet (and you fully intend to), then consider yourself warned.

Related: Nine TMNT Characters We Want in the Films

CraveOnline: Okay gentlemen, you wrote a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Was it handed to you, like they wanted certain things in the movie, or did they want you to start from scratch?

Josh Applebaum: There were open discussions with the studio about what were the most important things in making a Ninja Turtles movie, and then went through different iterations where Casey Jones was going to be at the front of it, but ultimately landing on April and Shredder and those things was not a terribly difficult decision because they’re so…

André Nemec: Well, we went through an exploratory process to be sure. What really is the story that we want to tell?

What didn’t make the cut? Was there something really, really crazy like, “No, the pizza is their father?”

[Laughs.]

André Nemec: The one thing early on, it wasn’t even a big story point, but we had originally included Bebop and Rocksteady and they survived for many, many, many drafts and then eventually we felt like…

Evan Daugherty: They said, “We’ll see you in the sequel.”

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Exclusive Interview: Kelsey Grammer on ‘Partners,’ ‘The Simpsons’ & Expendables 3

We talk to the TV legend about his new FX show Partners, the fate of Sideshow Bob and his surprise turns in action movies like Transformers and Expendables 3.

I did not expect to land a one on one with Kelsey Grammer. FX was not scheduled to present “Partners” to the Television Critics Association, but Grammer showed up to the Fox/FX evening party and I was in the right place at the right time.

“Partners” teams Grammer up with Martin Lawrence as lawyers. Just earlier in the day, “The Simpsons” producer Al Jean announced the title of the season premiere, in which a character will die, leading many to speculate it’s Sideshow Bob. I think they’re wrong, and it certainly sounds like Grammer didn’t record a Sideshow Bob death scene.

But he is also going to be in next week’s all-star The Expendables 3. After appearing in Transformers: Age of Extinction, it’s been a busy summer for Grammer. “Partners” airs Mondays at 9 on FX.

CraveOnline: Al Jean announced that the title of the “Simpsons” episode where a character dies is called “Clown in the Dumps,” so everyone assumes it’s Sideshow Bob.

Kelsey Grammer: Sideshow Bob is no longer a clown. He is only a criminal.

Good, because I think it’s Rabbi Krustofski, Jackie Mason’s character.

It could be. I don’t know. They don’t tell me.

But you’re saying you’re safe.

I imagine so.

This has been an amazingly big year for you. Has it been really productive with Transformers, Expendables 3 and launching “Partners?”

It’s been incredible. I’ve had a great year, mostly because I’ve really enjoyed the work I’ve done. I’ve enjoyed doing what I was doing. My life at home has been wonderful. My creative life has been wonderful. It’s been a good year.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Superman/Wonder Woman Annual # 1

Superman is returning to Earth to face Brainiac, but the threat of SuperDoom isn’t over yet.

The Superman: Doomed crossover is nearing its endgame with Superman/Wonder Woman Annual # 1. After defeating Doomsday on Earth, Superman has been in voluntary exile from Earth after he mutated into a version of Doomsday himself.

Unfortunately for “SuperDoom,” Brainiac’s fleet and the Cyborg Superman are ready to invade the Earth. And back at home, Lois Lane has been brainwashed into spreading anti-Superman publicity ahead of the new invasion.

DC has passed along a supersized exclusive preview of Superman/Wonder Woman Annual # 1 by writer Charles Soule and the superstar art team of Ed Benes, Tony Daniel, Pascal Alixe, Cliff Richards and Jack Herbert.

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8-3-14

FILM

Guardians of the Galaxy: James Gunn on Rocket and the Nova Corps.

Director James Gunn also talks mix tapes, test screenings and how Yondu saved the Guardians of the Galaxy screenplay.

It sure seemed like Guardians of the Galaxy was going to be a huge gamble for Marvel Studios: it’s a big budget adaptation of a comic book mainstream audiences have never heard of, with untested stars and a filmmaker who had never directed a movie that made more $13 million before. But Marvel Studios had faith in the material, and they had faith in director James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman. He joins us for a very conversational interview about casting Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, the deleted scenes of the Nova Corps., mix tapes, test screenings and how Michael Rooker’s character Yondu saved the screenplay.

[Editor's NoteThe previous version of this article mistakenly failed to credit Nicole Perlman as James Gunn's co-writer on Guardians of the Galaxy. We apologize for the error.]

Related: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ Announced and Dated

Guardians of the Galaxy, the film CraveOnline calls “one of Marvel’s best movies,” opens in theaters this week.

CraveOnline: Congratulations on this movie.

James Gunn: Thanks man. Thank you.

It’s really good.

I’m a little relieved this morning that it’s good.

Was I in the first audience who’d seen it or had you screened it somewhere…?

No, I’ve screened it a lot. It screens really well, you know, but listen. You’d never believe it. The highest scoring movie I ever worked on was Scooby Doo 2, which scored 95% with the audience, and I’m like, “Oh! We made a great movie! Everybody’s going to love this movie!” And then it comes out and it’s like 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I’m like, “There’s a disconnect on that.” I’ve heard a lot of stories like that. So you can’t… I don’t know what it is, you know? And it wasn’t like it was just the critics, it was the people!

It’s targeting as well. When they invite people to those screenings they say, “Do you want to see [blank]?”

Yeah.

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TV

Exclusive Interview: Ron Moore on ‘Outlander’

The creator of the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot talks about his new time travel show “Outlander,” and his work on the aborted “Star Wars” TV series.

Ron Moore presented his latest show, “Outlander,” to the Television Critics Association before he had even shot the pilot. “Outlander” is based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon about Claire (Catroina Randall), a woman transported from her present of 1945 into 1743 Scotland.

Moore got into the spirit by wearing a kilt, which I’ve since seen him wear at every appearance. “Outlander” premieres Saturday, August 2 on STARZ.

CraveOnline: Is “Outlander” less science fiction and more of a period piece?

Ron Moore: Yes, it’s much more historical fiction. There’s a science fiction element of time travel, but it really doesn’t play week to week. It starts the story going and Claire wants to return to her time, but other than that it’s not really a sci-fi piece in that sense.

There are other books. Is the show over when she returns to 1945 or are there more adventures that can happen?

There’s many adventures. The books are all out there so there’s not like spoilers to discuss, but essentially she doesn’t really return to 1945. She does come back, but ends up going back again into the 18th century in subsequent books.

So the show keeps going.

Yeah, there’s eight books so far. Diana’s writing the ninth and coming out this year. It’s a big epic story. It’s a long yarn. Other characters come in. It jumps ahead in time and moves out of Scotland at a certain point, goes to Paris. Then comes back to Scotland, then goes to Jamaica, then goes to the New World so it’s actually a fairly evolving story. Year one is predominantly in Scotland but beyond that then the show starts to really move around the world.

MORE: http://www.craveonline.com/tv/interviews/736379-exclusive-interview-ron-moore-outlander

COMICS

First Look: Guardians of the Galaxy # 18

Whatever happened to Richard Rider?

Guardians of the Galaxy is going to take the number 1 box office slot this weekend, but there was a time when the Guardians of the Galaxy comic had run its course.

Writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning created the modern day Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2008 and wrapped up their adventures with The Thanos Imperative crossover event in 2010. The short version is that the Guardians and the rest of the Marvel Universe went to war against the “Cancerverse,” which was a universe where death was extinct.

During their trip to the Cancerverse, Drax was killed by Thanos, before Star-Lord and Nova (Richard Rider) decided to sacrifice themselves by keeping Thanos occupied while the Cancerverse collapsed in on itself.

Sometime later, Brian Michael Bendis brought back Star-Lord, Drax and Thanos within the pages of Avengers Assemble… but he skipped over the part about how Drax was still alive and how they escaped. However, the bigger mystery was about the fate of Richard Rider. What happened to Nova in the Cancerverse?

Next month’s Guardians of the Galaxy # 18 is finally going to deal with that lingering plotline as part of the Original Sin event. Joining Bendis for this tale is artist Ed McGuinness, as the Guardians learn that both Thanos and Star-Lord have been lying about what happened to Nova.

Guardians of the Galaxy 18 page 1

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7-27-14

ALL COMIC CON EDITION

Comic-Con 2014: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Interview with Co-Creator Kevin Eastman

Co-creator of TMNT speaks on his involvement with the film.

CraveOnline’s WIlliam Bibbiani, armed with his trusty microphone, is at it again. This time he’s chatting up Kevin Eastman, creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and heavily-involved consultant, about the making of the new film that is soon to be released in theaters. Mr. Bibbiani led off with asking Kevin about how he was brought aboard and his role within the making of TMNT, and that was followed up with discussing if some bits of darkness in the past of TMNT did or did not have a place in the reboot. Eastman said they lightened up the script for the younger audiences nowadays by focusing on the comedy and the action-adventure. William expressed concern over TMNT being changed or lightened up too much when compared with the cartoons or comics, and Kevin reassured that much attention to detail was paid, and that no one should end up being disappointed. The end of the interview wrapped up with the two of them chatting about various characters that may or may not show up in future films and Kevin’s personal reactions and feelings toward fans’ dislike of a female character that was tried once before.

Related: Comic-Con 2014: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Interview with Director Jonathan Liebesman

Kevin Eastman, from the very northeastern corner of the US in Maine, is a comic book artist and writer, and is most well known for co-creating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Peter Laird. He and Peter self-published with a one thousand dollar loan; this led to press kits being sent out to over 150 TV and radio as well as the Associated Press. This garnered them quite a bit of attention. They earned a small profit soon after, with many copies of their work being ordered nationwide. This enabled them to invest all their time into their TMNT pursuits.

SEE THE INTERVIEW:

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Comic-Con 2014:  Teen Wolf – Interview with Jeff Davis

Teen Wolf’s writer talks about which movie bad guys he admires and which Teen Wolf character he relates to the most.

Continuing with our coverage of Teen Wolf during Comic-Con, CraveOnline’s Erin Darling got the chance to speak with the show’s writer Jeff Davis who, along with revealing that he’s a fan of our site (along with our sister site ComingSoon), along with which comic book character he’d like to write in a movie.

Davis also talks about what we should expect from the next season of Teen Wolf, and the characters on the show whom he most relates to. Check out the interview in the video.

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Comic-Con 2014: Marvel’s Avengers Panel

What’s going on with all these changes of the core Avengers? Well, here’s where you can find out.

There are big changes going on with the Avengers on the way to NOWing them up. Falcon is Captain America, a mystery lady is Thor, and Iron Man is regressing, yet being superior somehow. What’s the deal? Well, that’s what we’re here to find out at Marvel’s Avengers panel at San Diego Comic-Con. I’ll be live-blogging the panel as it happens.

On the panel are editor Nick Lowe, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Uncanny Avengers/Captain America writer Rick Remender, Original Sin and Thor writer Jason Aaron and his immense beard, and Nick Spencer of Avengers World will hopefully show up soon. Nathan Edmondson of Black Widow, Punisher and Deathlok is here.

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Avengers NOW promo art from Sara Pichelli – Deathlok, Angela, Medusa, etc.

Captain America #25 – Remender jokes that it’s a big secret about the new Cap, which is obviously Falcon. He debuts in October, and the conclusion he’s been building to will tie into Axis. We’ll see what Zola and Red Skull have cooked up. The first time Adam Hughes and Steve McNiven do variants for the same book.

All-New Captain America #1, Falcon takes over in November. Remender talks again about putting Steve through the meat grinder, which was necessary for a character with such tenacity, along the lines of Daredevil Born Again. He’s sidelined in a different way, out of commission physically, and he has to train his replacement. In issue #25, Sam earns the mantle in a new way. His origin is unique, rich and wonderful. A modern-day Captain America is an interesting angle.

Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1 comes out in November, by Al Ewing and Luke Ross. Sam Wilson as Cap.

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1 by Ales Kot and Marco Rudy in October, spinning out of Original Sin.

Avengers World #11 in August from Spencer and Stefano Caselli. Spencer explains it’s been exploring the Avengers place across the globe, in Marvel Asia, Marvel Europe, etc. Morgan Le Fay is attacking Europe, the Gordon as giant dragon beneath Madripoor threatening China. Everything comes to a head and they converge. The Next Avengers from the animated film from years ago are brought in from the future by Maria Hill. They’ll be tackling Scientist Supreme Andrew Forson of AIM. A new Black Knight led Euro-team coming up, too, and an Asian team. Axel wants a Mexican team.

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7-20-14

FILM

I Origins: Mike Cahill on Franchising & Masters of the Universe

Mike Cahill describes the Masters of the Universe script as a ‘Cain and Abel’ story.

I knew I was on the same wavelength as Mike Cahill. He introduced me to Brit Marling in the Sundance film Another Earth. When I saw Marling had another film at Sundance, I put Sound of My Voice on my schedule. That introduced me to the whole Georgetown trio of Marling, Cahill and Voice/The East director Zal Batmanglij. Where Another Earth was about dealing with grief and loss in the aftermath of the discovery of a parallel planet, I Origins deals with allusions to reincarnation and science, and a little grief and loss as well.

Michael Pitt plays Ian, a scientist trying to create the ocular genes in a species that does not see, as a way of proving sight can evolve. Marling plays his lab assistant testing each species against his theory. By the end, their experiment takes Ian to India. Mild allusions to light spoilers may ensue, but I’ve been careful to omit any giveaways of the film’s big secrets. 

CraveOnline: What would you have done if Searchlight didn’t pick up your second movie?

Mike Cahill: [Laughs] Probably sold it to somebody else.

That’s the simple answer.

I would’ve cried all night long for about three months. It was a dream come true that they picked it up. I was really, really, really, really, really, really lucky and I know that and I’m really indebted to them for the support and generosity they have had with my career. They look at things in the long term. They’ve been shepherding great directors and auteurs for many years, from when they were younger to older, helping build the audience for different artists to have the safety to discover their voice.

Had they expressed interest, like, “You’re going to Sundance again. We’ll take a look at your film and if all goes well we’ll work together again?”

Do you know the whole history? It’s so complicated actually. I originally sold them a movie called I which takes place 20 years in the future where reincarnation is proven true. Did you stay for the coda?

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TV

TCA Interview: Karen Gillan on ‘Selfie,’ ‘Doctor Who’ & Guardians of the Galaxy

Gillan reflects on her “Doctor Who” run while promoting her upcoming comedy series “Selfie” and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Karen Gillan is doing a comedy series for ABC this fall. In “Selfie,” she plays a woman who is popular on social media but she doesn’t have a lot of real friends. In other words, her online skills don’t really apply to real life. After a panel with the Television Critics Association, Gillan spoke with reporters and took questions about “Doctor Who” and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

CraveOnline: You’re great the comedy, but sci-fi has been really good to you with “Doctor Who” and now Guardians?

Karen Gillan: Oh, sci-fi’s been the best to me. I want to continue working in genre stuff because I think it has amazing female roles, and we get to do a range of emotions, comedy and drama.

Is Guardians the first time you’ve played someone who doesn’t even look like you?

Yeah, I think that’s been the biggest transformation for me so far. I’ve shaved my hair off, and I’m blue. So that’s new.

What do you think of the new Doctor?

I’m so excited. I’m very excited, and I was actually there when Peter Capaldi walked onto the set for the first time with the costume on. And it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. And it’s in safe hands.

What was your reaction to your finale on “Doctor Who?” It seemed very sweet and perfect.

Yeah, they gave me the exit that I wanted. I mean it was dramatic and emotional and all of the things I hoped it would be. And they gave Arthur who played my husband on the show a really good exit and a heroic moment which made me really happy.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Batwoman # 33

Are you ready for a vampire Batwoman?

The classic Batman villainess, Nocturna has finally left her mark on The New 52… and Batwoman!

In this exclusive preview from Batwoman # 33, we see that Batwoman has seemingly been transformed into a vampire by Nocturna before being sent after former lover Maggie Sawyer and Maggie’s daughter, Jamie. And let’s just say that things don’t look good for the Sawyers or Batwoman herself…

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7-13-14

FILM

Watch ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Teaser Trailer

Direct from Capitol TV!

With part one of the final film in The Hunger Games franchise now only months away, Lionsgate are getting in on the hype game, releasing teaser trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 in the form of fake viral ads broadcasting direct from “Capitol TV”.

In the latest iteration we see President Snow, played by the incomparable Donald Sutherland, as he delivers a Panem address calling for unity in an entirely white room while flanked by his Peacekeepers. Rebels hiding out in District 13 then begin disrupting the message with their own pirate signal.

It follows the first Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser trailer which was released last month. That clip resembled creepy political propaganda and was also delivered by President Snow. “Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever,” is the slogan, and in keeping with the times, the video also features its very own hashtag, #OnePanem.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is due out in US theatres on November 21 this year. Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks, will also feature in the forthcoming sequel, as will the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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TV

Halle Berry on ‘Extant’

The Oscar winning star of the X-Men movies talks about coming to television, playing an astronaut and barfing in zero gravity.

By now it’s no surprise that A-list movie actors are coming to television where they can find some primo material. Still, it’s exciting when an actor like Oscar winning X-Man Halle Berry decides to enter our homes every week. She’s still making big movies, but we’ll get a piece of her for free.

On “Extant,” Berry plays an astronaut who returns home from a 13-month solo mission pregnant. So that’s weird. Meanwhile her husband (Goran Visnjic) has created a robot child, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon), so she’s got that to deal with too. Berry spoke with reporters on a panel for “Extant” this summer, and we were there to report as the show premieres on Wednesday, July 9 on CBS.
CraveOnline: For the scenes where you’re actually on the spaceship, how close to Gravity could you get on a TV budget?

Halle Berry: I think as you can see from our trailer, we got pretty doggone close to doing something that is on par with any film you’ll ever see. I like to say Gravity was our benchmark and I think we tried very hard to sort of hit that mark the best that we could. I think our space looks as good. I think our spaceship looks as good. There was no expense spared. CBS was very invested in making this show look really good and they have put a lot of money into making that a reality for us. So we have a lot of support from the network to hopefully keep turning out show after show that will be of feature film quality.

What was the process for you in performing those scenes?

Well, luckily, because I had been Storm, I was used to flying. So I’ve had a lot of wire work and a lot of experience that way. So putting on that harness and those wires just seemed like something that I was used to doing. And I did actually take a real zero G flight so I have really experienced being weightless and understanding what that is. So that sense memory certainly helps me be able to when I have those wires on, to assimilate being in a weightless environment.

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COMICS

First Look: Death of Wolverine # 1

Marvel kills off one of its top heroes this September. And he’ll totally stay dead, right?

In 1992, DC Comics decided to shake things up by publishing The Death of Superman, which got a lot of media attention, collector speculation and high sales… for a while.

During the subsequent twenty two years, DC and Marvel have killed off a number of their primary superheroes only to bring them back later. Captain America, Batman and Thor were among the dearly departed and the quickly returned. Hell, Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch was barely dead for a year when he got his resurrection!

Which brings to the latest casualty of the comic book death craze: Wolverine. Sure, it makes some sense to pay off Paul Cornell’s story about Logan losing his healing factor with something dire and possibly death. But if anyone believes that Marvel is going to let their cash cow stay dead for any significant amount of time… then I don’t know what to tell you.

At the very least, the preview pages from Death of Wolverine # 1 by Steve McNiven look really good. McNiven is teaming up with writer Charles Soule on the four issue Death of Wolverine miniseries that will be coming out weekly this September.

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7-6-14

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Earth to Echo: Director and Screenwriter Interview

Director Dave Green and screenwriter Henry Gayden discuss the robot’s homeworld and say they wanted more swearing.

I had no idea whether or not I was going to like Earth to Echo when I scheduled an interview with director Dave Green. I figured, judging solely from the trailer, that in the worst case scenario we would at least get to reminisce about classic 1980s sci-fi fantasy movies, to which the new film – despite being shot in the found footage format – clearly owed a debt. But fortune smiled, and Earth to Echo turned out to be a smart, exciting film in the old school kids sci-fi subgenre, and well worth exploring with the filmmaker on a variety of levels. 

Related: Earth to Echo Review: E.T-Mobile


And what luck! Earth to Echo screenwriter Henry Gayden just happened to be in the room with us. We chatted about their difficulty getting Earth to Echo made without a prominent role for an adult, why they originally wanted the kids to swear, the one thing the studio wouldn't let the child cast do on camera, the origin of Echo's owl-like appearance and where the alien robot comes from, and what sort of society he's a part of.

Earth to Echo is in theaters now.
 

CraveOnline: I grew up on exactly this kind of movie.

Dave Green: Awesome!
 

And seeing it done in a way that evokes the films I grew up with but is its own thing is so, so nice.

Henry Gayden: That means a lot.

Dave Green: It does mean a lot.
 

I saw Super 8 and it was a good movie, but it was so reverential and this one’s like, “Screw it, this part is from Explorers but we’re making it our own thing.”

Henry Gayden: Yes.

Dave Green: Yeah.
 

Were you worried about any part being “too Explorers” or “too Batteries Not Included?” Or did you not care?

Dave Green: Me, personally? There are some of those movies… Explorers I saw for the first time three weeks ago.

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TV

Warner Bros. TV Announces Its Complete Comic-Con Lineup

“Constantine” and “iZombie” get panel screenings before the big DC TV event on Saturday night.

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. TV and DC Entertainment announced a three hour Comic-Con International panel for Saturday night, July 26. Now, Warner Bros. has announced their plans for 15 TV shows at San Diego.
 
To start, the annual Comic-Con Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23 will feature screenings of “Constantine,” “The Flash” and “iZombie” pilots. 
 
The returning WB series for this year’s Comic-Con are “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Childrens Hospital,” “The Following,” “The 100,” “The Originals,” “Person of Interest,” “Supernatural,” “Teen Titans Go!” and “The Vampire Diaries.” “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and “Gotham” will also be featured at Comic-Con. The previously announced three hour DC Entertainment TV panel will take place in Hall H at 8pm on Saturday, July 26.
 

Related: ‘Gotham’ & ‘The Flash’ Will Premiere At Comic-Con International

 
The complete Warner Bros. TV Comic-Con schedule can be seen below.
 
SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
 
6:00 p.m. — It’s OK, you can peek — WBTV gets Comic-Con off to a dramatic start for the seventh year in a row by hosting a special sneak peek, world-premiere screening event on Preview Night, debuting some of the most hotly anticipated new series of the year. For 2014, WBTV will screen the complete pilot episodes of The Flash, Constantine and iZOMBIE. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation will unveil a brand-new episode of Teen Titans Go! Ballroom 20
 
The Flash: From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, The Flash is a fast-paced super hero drama based upon the characters from DC Comics that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. With a pilot written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows police scientist and everyday guy Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who, after an unexpected Particle Accelerator accident, is suddenly charged with the ability to move at incredible speeds, which he uses to help the people of Central City. 

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Justice League 3000 # 8

The future Justice League is trapped on Cadmusworld as a new hero is about to emerge.

In the 31st Century, the greatest icons of the Justice League, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash were genetically recreated by Project Cadmus to serve as heroes in the universe’s time of need.

Unfortunately, the heroes have been imperfectly reborn and their powers and personalities aren’t an exact match for their original models. Hell, they’re not even really clones of the originals. And now, the Justice League 3000 is facing betrayal from within as Cadmus moves against them.

In this exclusive preview from Justice League 3000 # 8, writers J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen continue their collaboration with artist Howard Porter as the future League is rocked once again by a betrayal within their ranks. But according to the cover, there’s a new Flash on the way… and she’s pissed! 

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6-29-14

FILM

Transformers: Age of Extinction: Ehren Kruger Interview

The screenwriter answers our questions about the film’s new sci-fi theology and the mysterious fate of Sam Witwicky.

Ehren Kruger writes movies about giant robots and revisionist history, and his movies make tons of money. The co-writer of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the writer of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and this weekend's Transformers: Age of Extinction is, in some ways, the keeper of all the keys to this strange blockbuster franchise. Each film begs many questions and the ten minutes we had with Ehren Kruger weren't nearly enough to cover them all. Besides, he's sworn to secrecy about a lot of them.

Related: Transformers: Age of Extinction Review: Pure Exhaust

But we had to ask, so here's our interview with Ehren Kruger about the questions Transformers: Age of Extinction raises about Gods, the nature of the Dinobots, the unknown skill sets of Nicola Peltz, Texas's "Romeo and Juliet" laws and the mysterious fate of Sam Witwicky, the human protagonist of the first three films who isn't so much as mentioned in the fourth.

HERE THERE BE MINOR SPOILERS…
 

CraveOnline: Hey! Bah-weep-Graaaaanagh wheep ni ni bong!

Ehren Kruger: [Laughs.] I’m sorry…?
 

That was the universal greeting from Transformers: The Animated Movie. I guess it doesn’t work every time.

[Laughs.] You know what…? I gotta tell you… [unintelligible through laughter]…
 

What was that…?

I watched the animated movie early on when I came into this franchise, and I enjoyed it but I’ve put a lot of it out of my head. [Laughs.] We’ve gone in a different direction. We’ve gone in a different direction, haven’t we…?
 

You’ve gone in a different direction. Yes, I can admit that. Tell me about how these things get started. This is your second Transformers movie, and at this point do they tell you the initial concept and things you have to put in the movie? And if so, what were those things?

No. This is the third one I’ve worked on, and certainly the last two I’ve worked on on my own. I have pitched the kind of core story. It stayed the core story, but just kind of in its simplest, organic form. Then I start sitting down with Michael [Bay], just the two of us in a room, and we start discussing visual ideas and how the story could lend itself to spectacular sequences. Because he’s a filmmaker, the last thing he ever wants to do is shoot something he’s shot before, or he’s just always looking to push the envelope with what technology can do, effects-wise, and what’s possible to do in an action sequence. No matter idea I will pitch him it will come out bigger. [Laughs.]

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TV

Damon Lindelof on ‘The Leftovers’

The co-creator behind “Lost” talks to the Television Critics Association about creating another mysterious show, its parallels to The Rapture and who wrote his very last Tweet.

 

When HBO presented a panel for “The Leftovers” to the Television Critics Association earlier this year, Damon Lindelof told reporters that the characters on his new show wouldn’t be focused on solving the mystery. 
 
It’s a mysterious situation for sure. Based on Tom Perrotta’s book, “The Leftovers” takes place three years after a portion of the population just disappeared. Lindelof said the focus of “The Leftovers” would be on the people left behind trying to live their lives without answers. After the panel, I joined several other reporters to ask Lindelof more questions about the show, which premieres this Sunday, June 29 on HBO.
 
 
CraveOnline: You’re speaking my language because I’m tired of shows that are looking for answers to some mystery. Will I be happy with “The Leftovers,” to just get to live in this world?
 
Damon Lindelof: That’s my hope. I do think that the show would be neglect in not examining the mystery of where everybody went and what happened to them. In the show, there are going to be characters who are interested in finding more out about that, but the show is much more focused on the present than it is in the past. I’m much more interested in are we going to get attacked by terrorists again, versus who are the terrorists responsible for this act?
 
Are you definitively saying you won’t answer what the disappearance is?
 
No, I’m not saying that at all. Nobody asked me that.
 
You spoke about emphasizing the characters moving on with their lives, rather than explaining the mystery. Will you ever explain what happened?
 
I think what I’d say is the question that you are asking right now is the fundamental question of the series for the characters in the series. So everybody in this world is asking, “Am I ever going to get an answer to where these people went? Am I ever going to get relief?” And if I tell the audience or you that yes, the answer is coming, then I’ve given you a piece of information that the characters don’t have, and therefore you’re not going to be able to identify with these people because as they’re walking around in the show going, “I don’t think we’re ever going to get an answer,” you’re sitting in your living room saying, “Yeah, yeah, Lindelof said it was coming. Just be patient. Chill out.” 

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Infinite Crisis: Fight For The Multiverse Chapter 7

The assembled heroes from across the multiverse track down The Two-Faced.

This summer, DC Comics and Turbine are releasing a new MOBA game called Infinite Crisis, which will bring together multiple heroes and villains from all of the variations of DC’s multiverse. 
 
In support of the game, DC is releasing Infinite Crisis: Fight For The Multiverse, a weekly digital comic written by Dan Abnett. In this exclusive preview from Infinite Crisis: Fight For The Multiverse Chapter 7, artists Javier Garron and Alejandro Sanchez and join Abnett as the assembled heroes deal with the destruction of Harbinger’s universe and the threat of The Two-Faced.

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6-22-14

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Los Angeles Film Festival 2014 Recap

Fred Topel reviews Jossy’s, Land Ho, Nightingale, The Road Within, Supremacy and The Two Faces of January from LAFF 2014.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is already over. It hardly feels like it’s began, though I was there for five nights. The Los Angeles Film Festival was a tad shorter this year, and spanned a Wednesday to the following Thursday, rather than the usual two weekends and the week in between. You’ll hear more about the big galas like Snowpiercer and Earth to Echo in the coming weeks, but I did see a few more films I want to tell you about. The really standout ones, I’ve reviewed in full, but there was some good stuff in the weekday shows, and a few I need to warn you about too.
 

Jossy’s 

Jossy’s is a Japanese spoof of “Power Rangers” type shows. The sensibility is a bit more like Austin Powers than Airplane, but Jossy’s is not irreverent so much as childish. I was thinking how the camera lingers on Dr. Evil laughing maniacally for way too long, so does Jossy’s show us too much of the Jossy’ses real lives to lend them badass credibility. The joke is pretty obvious, but then if I loved “Power Rangers” as much as I love buddy cop movies, then I might’ve loved Jossy’s as much as I love 22 Jump Street.

Five everyday women are chosen to form a superhero team to fight phantoms. Every phantom battle takes place in the same rock quarry, and it’s probably the same guy wearing every phantom costume. The Jossy’s are five distinct colors (except Blue and Navy are kind of similar, that’s one of the jokes) and all five together form a super tornado weapon.

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‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Lost’ & ‘Stargate Universe’ Stars Headline Netflix’s ‘Sense8’

J. Michael Straczynski and the Wachowskis reveal details about their upcoming sci-fi series on Netflix.

Two years ago, Lana and Andy Wachowski teamed up with “Babylon 5” creator, J. Michael Straczynski for “Sense8,” a TV project that quickly found a home at Netflix. And while the  Wachowskis are notoriously secretive about their projects, the full premise of “Sense8” has finally been revealed.
 
While speaking to Deadline, Straczynski said that “Sense8” will follow “eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally. They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets.
 
Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”
 
According to the report, the eight characters will be played by Brian J. Smith (“Stargate Universe”), Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending), Aml Ameen (“Harry’s Law”), Doona Bae, Miguel Silvestri, Jamie Clayton, Tena Desae and Max Riemelt. 
 
Freema Agyeman (“Doctor Who”), Naveen Andrews (“Lost”), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) have also been cast in leading roles on “Sense8,” alongside Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra and Terrence Mann. 

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COMICS

First Look: Silver Surfer # 4

The Silver Surfer is confronted by the Guardians of the Galaxy on his way back to Earth.

Dan Slott and Mike Allred’s new Silver Surfer series definitely feels like its taking a page from “Doctor Who.” The Surfer even has a human companion of sorts, by the name of Dawn Greenwood. Dawn was kidnapped by aliens because they believed that she was the most important person in his life… but she and the Surfer had never met before that!
 
In Silver Surfer # 4, the Surfer finally gets around to bringing Dawn back to Earth… which is apparently a planet that the Surfer would rather avoid after having been exiled there for several years. Along the way, the Surfer and Dawn will run into the Guardians of the Galaxy, just in time for their new movie! Funny how that works out.
 
Although the Guardians shown here include the two new members, Captain Marvel and Venom, who definitely won’t be in the movie. The Guardians also seem to be kind of hostile with the Surfer in this sequence.

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6-15-14

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Star Wars Episode VII: Harrison Ford Injured On the Set

Harrison Ford has broken his ankle, and ironically, the Millennium Falcon was allegedly the culprit.

Production on Star Wars: Episode VII just hit a major setback this week: Harrison Ford, one of the film's biggest stars and rumored to be one of the new film's major protagonists, has been injured on set. Ironically enough, Harrison Ford was reportedly injured by one of the doors of the Millennium Falcon, the iconic jalopy that Han Solo was seen repeatedly fixing throughout the original Star Wars trilogy. 

Hollywood Reporter now reports (from Hollywood) that Harrison Ford has broken his ankle in the on-set accident. The long-term effects on the production of Star Wars: Episode VII are now a matter of some speculation. Disney's official statement declared that "shooting will continue as planned while [Ford] recuperates," but how long they can shoot around Han Solo before it creates a problem is unknown.

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TV

Exclusive Interview: Tony Curran on ‘Defiance’ Season 2

Curran shares his thoughts on Datak Tarr’s new plan for the second season of “Defiance.”

I had a great interview with Tony Curran for the first season of Syfy’s “Defiance,” getting to know Datak Tarr and his pale white race of Castithans. Datak’s wife Stahma (Jaime Murray) seemed to be manipulating things behind the scenes, but she got caught and Datak was elected mayor at the end of season one. 
 
Things will be even more complex for Datak when “Defiance” returns for season two on June 19. I got to catch up with Curran about the new season of “Defiance,” in which it seems Datak is worse off than we left him. Can he rise back up to the top of the town called Defiance?
 
CraveOnline: Is Datak getting even more action this year?
 
Tony Curran: Well, you know at the beginning of season two, he’s not in Defiance. He’s been displaced you might say. 
 
That didn’t last long. He took over in the first season finale.
 
No, it didn’t, did it? Because he’s from the gutter and rose up to a place of some prominence, it didn’t last long because I don’t think he’s politically inclined. Although his wife was pushing him in that direction, you can take the boy out of the gutter but you can’t take the gutter out of the boy in many ways. That showed at the end of season one, his wrathful raging behavior was too difficult to control.

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COMICS

Marvel Reveals Edge of Spider-Verse Miniseries

David Hine, Gerard Way, Dustin Weaver, Jason Latour and Clay McLeod Chapman explore five very different takes on Spider-Man this September.

Earlier this year, Marvel revealed that the upcoming Spider-Verse event will include almost every incarnation of Spider-Man that has ever officially existed. Now Marvel is revealing a few of the Spider-Men who have never been seen before.
 
In September, Marvel will publish a five issue miniseries called Edge of Spider-Verse; which will feature five different creative teams as they tell the stories of five incarnations of Spider-Man. While the stories are standalone tales, they will tie into each other and into the larger Spider-Verse tale.
 
For the first issue of Edge of Spider-Verse, writer David Hine will revisit Spider-Man Noir alongside artists Fabrice Sapolsky and Richard Isanove

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6-8-14

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Trust Me: Clark Gregg on Screenwriting and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Clark Gregg explains the creative process behind his new film, says Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD ‘going to get low-fi, old school, brass knuckles.’

You know him as Agent Phil Coulson from The Avengers and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", but Clark Gregg is more than a geek icon, he's also the screenwriter of the hit thriller What Lies Beneath and the writer/director of Choke and this weekend's new release, Trust Me. Gregg stars as Howard, a former child star who now works as an agent to other children in his position. When he meets the most talented young actress anyone's seen in years he thinks it's his ticket to the big time, but she's got a secret that forces him to go above and beyond the line of duty.

I sat down with Clark Gregg at a steak house in Los Angeles (sans the steaks, unfortunately) to discuss his screenwriting style, the eight-hour film treatment that spawned Trust Me, and finally get some teasing tidbits about Season 2 of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Enjoy!
 

CraveOnline: I feel like this might sounds a little bit pretentious, but I feel like we’ve all felt a little bit like Howard.

Clark Gregg: No, I say the same. We’re both pretentious. [Laughs.]
 

I found myself, even at the beginning, when it was playing gentler, my nerves were getting raised just because he’s having such a stressful day.

That’s funny, that’s so perceptive. So much of the process, especially the editing process, was about keeping the noir in the opening and keeping some of the lightheartedness through the end so it stayed a thing.
 

There’s a Sunset Boulevard vibe to this. There is an old school moral and ethical quagmire of Hollywood element to it. It’s always interesting to me that people within the industry can be so… I mean, there’s a cynicism to this. It’s very dark and very dramatic, but the same time very hopeful. I feel like I do with a lot of characters in noirs, where I just want them to turn out okay, and navigate this really dangerous path that they’re on.

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Watch The First Trailer For Netflix And Will Arnett’s BoJack Horseman

Aaron Paul and Alison Brie co-star.

Netflix are set to follow-up the success of their critically acclaimed live-action shows "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards" with a new adult cartoon series. "Arrested Development"'s Will Arnett will voice the titular BoJack Horseman, a horse and washed-up sitcom actor.

Joining Arnett will be comedy veteran Amy Sedaris, who voices Horseman's feline agent and ex; "Community"'s Alison Brie as Horseman's human girlfriend; "Bob's Burgers"' Paul F. Tompkins as the golden retriever Mr. Peanutbutter; and "Breaking Bad"'s Aaron Paul as Horseman's Jesse Pinkman-like human friend.

Check out the series trailer below, which shows Horseman – 18 years removed from his last acting gig – fixing up his morning cocktail of vodka and pills, making multiple inter-species faux pas and palling around with Paul's character. As Slate reports, all 12 episodes of "BoJack Horseman" will be available to stream from Aug. 22.

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet # 1

Bruce Wayne and Britt Reid cross paths as Batman and Green Hornet reunite,

Get ready for the crossover event of 1966!
 
During the original “Batman” TV series, Batman and Robin teamed up with Green Hornet and Kato for a special two part adventure. Nearly fifty years later, Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman are collaborating with artist Ty Templeton to tell the story of their second meeting in Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet.
 
DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment have passed along an exclusive preview of the print edition of Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet # 1, which sets up the initial case for Bruce Wayne and reunites him with Britt Reid, the man behind the Green Hornet’s mask.

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6-1-14

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Josh Brolin is Thanos in The Guardians of the Galaxy

The man who was Jonah Hex is now the biggest bad in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This is pretty cool, Josh Brolin, but we still haven't forgotten about Jonah Hex

Reports have come in that Josh Brolin, the Oscar-nominated star of Milk and No Country for Old Men, has been cast as the biggest bad in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanos is the death-courting conqueror originally teased in the end credits of The Avengers, and although many expected him to be the main bad guy in the sequel, it now appears that he'll be making his first speaking appearance in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy instead.

Latino Review first reported the rumored, but Variety soon confirmed it. Brolin has a spotty history with genre material - Men in Black III was just okay, Jonah Hex sucked an awful lot, The Goonies ruled (or… not) – but his performances have never been the problem. He's a consummate professional who always brings his A-game to every performance, and we're confident that he'll make a badass Thanos if ever there was one.

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TV

Exclusive Interview: Warren Littlefield & Noah Hawley on ‘Fargo’

The producers of FX’s “Fargo,” one of whom used to be president of NBC, try to help us pinpoint the Coen Brothers tone and the changes in the TV industry.

Now that “Fargo” is an acclaimed hit on FX, it joins the elite group of movies that actually made it as TV shows too. So it’s more “M*A*S*H,” “Alice” and “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” than “Ferris Bueller,” “Bill and Ted” or “Timecop.” When FX presented the show to the Television Critics Association, I got to sit down with legendary former NBC executive Warren Littlefield, who is producing the show with Noah Hawley. We discussed the show’s original interpretation of the world of the film and sort of geeked out over Coen Brothers movies.
 
CraveOnline: Warren, you’re a legend in the TV business. When you moved over from executive into actually producing shows, what surprised you or how different was it than you expected from the other side?
 
Warren Littlefield: How difficult it is. The world wants to play in television now, really amazing artists with the freedom and the range of narrative that you get to do in television. So that’s exciting and at times intimidating. But, finding a place like FX where they really value the vision of artists and it’s been a really good home for Noah and myself and a great place to do “Fargo.”
 
Were you less abreast of the changes in television working on individual shows than you were when you were overseeing all of them?
 
Warren Littlefield: This is a much more detailed, in depth relationship with a creative product. When you’re running an entertainment division, you’re juggling 100 things at once and so the depth that you can participate in them is just a much more shallow experience. Nothing wrong with that. It’s great. I loved it. I love that role, but this is a qualitatively deeper, and I think more rewarding experience.

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COMICS

Review: Fantastic Four # 5: The Trial of The Fantastic Four

The first family of the Marvel Universe faces a dire outcome in a court of law.

Depending upon who you believe, there may not be a Fantastic Four comic in the near future. Bleeding Cool is reporting that Marvel is essentially canceling Fantastic Four to spite Fox over the upcoming movie reboot.
 
As unlikely as that sounds, there may actually be something to it. Bleeding Cool has produced a document that states that all of the Fantastic Four related characters are now off-limits to the Marvel trading card artists. And now Comic Book Resources has picked up the story as well.
 
Personally, I think that if Fantastic Four is being shelved, it’s probably happening so the franchise can get a rest before the inevitable relaunch near the release of the new Fantastic Four movie. I’ve never known Marvel to leave any money on the table, especially when there’s a movie to exploit. 
 
In the meantime, we’ve got a really good Fantastic Four series from writer James Robinson and artist Leonard Kirk. I’ve been a fan of Kirk’s artwork for years and I’ve always felt that he’s a comic book superstar in the making. Everything about Kirk’s imagery pops off the pages and his characters have a very impressive emotional range. Kirk is primarily given the courtroom scenes in this oversized issue, so he doesn’t get the chance to cut loose like the all-star line up of guest artists. But Kirk’s pages are still a joy to look at.  

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5-25-14

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Hugh Jackman Interview: Old Man Logan and The Ending of Future Past

Hugh Jackman reveals the big question he has about the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past and says he’d like to play Old Man Logan in 20 years.

I had such plans for Hugh Jackman, but our interview got cut short before we could discuss the big ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past in detail. The latest X-Men movie stars Hugh Jackman once again as the tortured mutant Wolverine, who goes back in time to prevent a disaster that leads to the near-extinction of mutantkind at the hands of high-tech robots called The Sentinels. The film ends with a scene that's bound to get fans talking, so I wanted to talk to Jackman himself about it in detail. But we'd barely scratched the surface by the time he had to take off to the big premiere, but we did get to talk about a few observations you may have had about the film's conclusion, and his desire to come back to the character in 20 years – even after he passes the character off to another actor – to star in an adaptation of the comic book story Old Man Logan.

In any case, HERE THERE BE SPOILERS about Wolverine's claws, how much time has passed between The Wolverine and this new movie, and what the finale of X-Men: Days of Future Past could mean for the future of the franchise.
 

CraveOnline: I think this is one of the best X-Men movies so far, man. I think this movie kicks ass.

Hugh Jackman: I think I’m with you!
 

Well, I would hope so.

No, I really do. I really like it. I think it’s one of the best.
 

It’s nice to see you back in the time travel genre. I always thought Kate & Leopold ruled.

[Laughs.] Thank you, man. I had forgotten about that actually. Someone had mentioned it to me the other day, and you know the interesting thing about doing this movie is that Simon Kinberg and director Bryan [Singer] were both as ambitious with the time travel element of this movie, because they’re huge fans of the genre as well as the comic book genre. So they took it very seriously.

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Mark Pellegrino Is Among ‘The Returned’

Pellegrino lands a leading role in Carlton Cuse’s upcoming adaptation of “Les Revenants.”

Mark Pellegrino just spent the last TV season as the primary antagonist on “The Tomorrow People.” But while that show is over, Pellegrino already has a new home on TV.
 
Deadline is reporting that Pellegrino has been cast in a leading role in “The Returned,” a new A&E drama based upon the French drama series “Les Revenants.” The premise of “The Returned” focuses on a small town that is rocked by a series of resurrections of people who died years before. ABC’s “Resurrection” has a similar premise, but “Les Revenants” aired over a year before “Resurrection” debuted.
 
Pellegrino will play Jack, the father of twin girls Lena and Camille. Because Camille is among the newly resurrected, Lena is now 20 while Camille remains 16. 

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First Look: San Diego Comic-Con International 2014

A few predictions about what to expect from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Two months from today, Comic-Con International will return to San Diego and celebrate its 45th anniversary.
 
The Preview Night for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International will kick off on Wednesday, July 23 before officially starting the convention on Thursday, July 24. As the biggest comics and pop culture show in the country, Comic-Con International will essentially take over the entire San Diego Convention Center and its surrounding areas through the end of the con on Sunday, July 27.
 
Because there is still a significant amount of time between now and the convention, it’s difficult to make too many declarations about what to expect from this year’s Comic-Con International. However, we do have a brief list of predictions for this year’s Comic-Con that you may find useful.  
 

Comics 

In the last few years, smaller comic companies have realized that they can dominate the comic news cycle by making announcements in the few days before Comic-Con while the bigger companies save their announcements for the show. Dynamite Comics pulled off that trick by revealing several new projects last year. Expect other companies to follow their lead.
 
As for Marvel and DC, both companies are very event focused. For Comic-Con, expect a lot of panels about AXIS, Original Sin and whatever DC is going to call their next Crisis crossover. The Hollywood properties may get more attention, but Comic-Con is still one of the biggest showcases for the comic industry. Very few comic companies have panels at the con without sharing an exclusive announcement or preview.

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5-18-14

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Harrison Ford Asked to Return for Blade Runner Sequel

Alcon Entertainment has publicly announced that they’ve extended Harrison Ford an offer, but will the publicity be enough to convince him to say yes?

It's official… sort of. Harrison Ford has officially been asked to star in Ridley Scott's upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, the initially unpopular but eventually influential sci-fi classic that Scott's been tinkering with for decades already with one director's cut after another. Harrison Ford doesn't seem to have a problem with going back to the well lately – he returned for one (hopefully) last swing at Indiana Jones and will appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – but he hasn't confirmed whether or not he'll star in Blade Runner 2 yet. Which begs he question… what if he turns the offer down?

Deadline confirmed that Alcon Entertainment has made an offer to Harrison Ford to return in the Blade Runner sequel, but if Ford isn't interested… then what? Is the Replicant-hunting (and possible Replicant himself) Rick Deckard  the main character in the sequel or is he just an important supporting role or cameo? In either case, will it be possible to make the movie without Harrison Ford? Will audiences get weirded out if another actor takes over the role?

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John Barrowman Promoted For ‘Arrow’ Season 3

Barrowman will be a full time cast member when “Arrow” returns this fall.

John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn was Oliver Queen’s greatest enemy during the first season of “Arrow.” And while Barrowman only made a few appearances during the second season, his return to “Arrow” next fall will put Merlyn back on Oliver’s hit list.
 
The CW has announced that Barrowman has been promoted to a series regular for “Arrow” Season 3. In last night’s second season finale, Merlyn was last seen leaving Starling City with his daughter, Thea Queen (Willa Holland) as he took her under his wing.
 
Barrowman is perhaps best known among genre fans for playing Captain Jack Harkness on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood.” 

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COMICS

Exclusive Preview: The Royals: Masters of War # 4

Princess Rose finds trouble at home ahead of a dangerous mission to Russia that may turn the tide of World War II.

Imagine if the only people on Earth who had superpowers were members of royalty from around the world. That’s the premise of Rob Williams and Simon Colby’s six issue Vertigo series, The Royals: Masters of War.
 
In 1940, the march of World War II continued according to history’s design. But Prince Henry of the British royal family broke the truce between the super-powered families around the world by personally intervening in the Blitz against England.
 
That would have been a good thing if the Axis didn’t have super-powered royals of their own, as even the Emperor of Japan has god-like abilities that could crush the Allies. 
 
As the story resumes in this week’s The Royals: Masters of War # 4, Prince Henry and Princess Rose undertake a deadly mission in Russia to retrieve a German royal who promises to unmask the spy in their midst in return for his rescue. But in our exclusive preview, Rose faces a terrifying nightmare at home as her own mother goes on a rampage.

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5-11-14

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Toho Godzilla Blu-ray Double Features Review

Fred Topel reviews eight classic Godzilla movies newly released on Blu-ray in special double feature sets.

I could not possibly do a better job reviewing Godzilla movies than Witney Seibold did during his Summer of Godzilla project last year. However, the new Godzilla movie has warranted the release of a slew of Heisei and Millennium era Godzilla films on Blu-ray in double feature editions, so it was a good way for me to catch up on the franchise. I will link back to Witney’s in-depth reviews, while offering a capsule on each film myself. First, some overall thoughts.

I never realized how different each Godzilla film could be, and this was my first taste of the diversity. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth is part Indiana Jones movie, and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is a time travel movie. The monster battles always deliver, but what really sets them apart are the scenarios that surround them. I can now tell Godzilla movies apart, which was not something I could claim before watching these eight films.

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Neighbors: Seth Rogen on Broad Comedy and AMC’s Preacher

Seth Rogen talks baby safety, the lesson to be learned from The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger, and why the ‘Preacher’ TV series needs to be funny.

I would imagine that it's always a pretty good time to be Seth Rogen, the actor/writer/director whose latest film, Neighbors, opens this weekend. But now it would seem to be the best possible time: not only is Neighbors, which stars Rogen as a new dad in a rivalry with the frat house next door, one of the first big films of the summer season, but he's also recently been announced as the producer of "Preacher," an AMC television series based on the classic, award-winning and seriously sacrilegious comic book series. Add to that mix The Interview, an action-comedy about a TV reporter and producer who score an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and then assigned by the CIA to assassinate him, and he's got every reason in the world to pepper our exclusive interview with his trademark laugh (which he does).

We got Seth Rogen on the phone to talk frat house comedies, proper baby maintenance, why it's important to make "Preacher" funny and the curse of The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger. In case you were wondering, Neighbors opens this weekend, and you can watch our exclusive video interviews with co-stars Zac Efron, James Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, as well as filmmakers Nicholas Stoller, James Weaver and Evan Goldberg as well.
 

CraveOnline: You don’t seem like a frat guy. Did you have a lot of experience with fraternities, or did anyone on set?

Seth Rogen: I did not. I did not go to college, and if I did it would have been in Canada where we did not really have fraternities to the same degree as Americans do. [Laughs.] One of my producers, James Weaver, who we work with all the time, he was in a fraternity. So he probably had the most insight out of anyone on the set, generally speaking. But yeah, most of what I knew came from movies, basically, like with most things. [Laughs.]
 

My whole frame of reference is Revenge of the Nerds.

Exactly. Revenge of the Nerds, Animal House, that’s basically all I knew about it.

This film has a real sense of rivalry about it. One of things that struck me about Neighbors is that this thing escalates really quickly.

Yes it does!
 

This is one step away from a horror movie, if you just had a meaner ending.

It’s true. We really go crazy. It escalates fast. [Laughs.] But you know, people get primal about their property. There’s no way around it. It’s an untenable situation.
 

Was there anything in the film or in the script that you felt was too far? Like, “They shouldn’t kill their cat?” Was there anything that extreme considered in development?

[Thinks.] Yeah, there was a lot of versions of the script. I don’t think it was ever too far for any reason other… If it feels funny then we’ll always try to do it. Nothing ever is “too far,” but sometimes things are just not funny enough. You know?

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The Many Loves of The Amazing Spider-Man

We look back at ten of the most memorable women in Spider-Man’s love life.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is dominating the box office this weekend, even though the reviews for the film haven’t been very enthusiastic. However, the greatest compliments given to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been centered around the romantic chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy.
 
If the Sam Raimi films were your introduction to Spider-Man, then you may be wondering why Mary Jane Watson wasn’t in the first two films of the rebooted series by Marc Webb. Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary Jane for the second movie, but she was cut out during post production. Regardless, Webb’s films are somewhat true to the original Spider-Man comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko; in which Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker’s first real girlfriend. But she wasn’t his first love, or even his second. 
 
As both Peter Parker and Spider-Man, this Marvel Superhero has had several girlfriends (and one wife!) over the past five decades of his comic book adventures. But outside of Mary Jane and Gwen, most of Spidey’s exes are unknown to the general public. 

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Official Cast Revealed!

Your guide to the newly announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, from the fresh new faces to the Hollywood royalty.

STOP THE PRESSES!

Er, well, make that "stop the press." After months and months and months of casting rumors, Disney has finally announced (and revealed the above rehearsal picture of) the official cast of Star Wars: Episode VII (and even released a rehearsal picture, above). The first film in the blockbuster franchise to be directed by J.J. Abrams, will also feature the return of beloved original cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

That said, Disney was tight-lipped about which characters these new cast members would be playing, but at least we finally know who made the cut. So, without further ado, the all-new Star Wars Episode VII cast members are…

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A&E Orders ‘The Returned’ To Series

An adaptation of the critically acclaimed French TV series, Les Revenants means that the dead will rise on A&E in 2015.

Back in 2012, Fabrice Gobert created “Les Revenants” for French Television and it slowly grew into an international hit. In 2013, Sundance Channel picked up the first season of “Les Revenants” for the U.S. and it earned a spot on our annual list of best drama series.
 
Now A&E has officially given the greenlight for an American version of “Les Revenants,” or “The Returned” in English. “Bates Motel” executive producer Carlton Cuse is writing the pilot episode and co-executive producing “The Returned” with Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”).
 
As in the original series, “The Returned” will focus on a small town that is rocked by the sudden resurrection of several people years after they died. ABC recently launched a similarly themed series called “Resurrection,” which may steal some of “The Returned’s” thunder. But the original “Les Revenants” is a much better series than “Resurrection” and it is available on Netflix for anyone who wants to enjoy it.

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COMICS

First Look: Mighty Avengers # 10

The Blue Marvel catches up with… Uatu’s old girlfriend?!

The Watcher is biting the big one in Original Sin # 1 next month. And while answers about how and why the Watcher died will have to wait a few months, Mighty Avengers is going to deal with two people who actually knew the Watcher as a friend named Uatu.
 
Marvel has released a preview of Mighty Avengers # 10 that finds the Blue Marvel, aka Adam Brashear mourning the loss of his friend Uatu with a female Watcher who is being billed as “an old flame from Uatu’s past” who will “reveal startling secrets the Blue Marvel never knew about the cosmic entity!” 
 
Oh… and Blade seems to have run into some problems of his own.

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4-20-14

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Barbie: The Live-Action Movie

Mattel announces that it will produce a live-action comedy based on the plastic doll, from the writer of Rio 2 and Sex & The City. Yikes.

Sigh…

So there's going to be a Barbie movie. Normally we'd preface that with some sort of amusing observation or context, but frankly, this is just what the world has come to. There will be a live-action movie based on Barbie, the plastic doll with grotesque proportions that has created an unreasonable standard for both beauty and esoteric gender roles for decades.

While we here at CraveOnline strive for healthy skepticism when it comes to these types of things, it's hard to imagine Mattel, who made the announcement yesterday, transforming the Barbie brand into the kind of self-effacing satire that would probably be necessary to make it palatable to any outside of the doll's existing target demographic. Not that this wouldn't necessarily be a sound business model, except it sure as hell didn't help Bratz make more than a paltry $26 million when it opened in 2007, far closer to its pop culture zeitgeist than Mattel's 55-year-old toy franchise.

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WonderCon 2014: Watch The New Preview Scene From ‘Star Wars: Rebels’

Hera takes matters into her own hands in a new clip from “Star Wars: Rebels.”

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is over, but later this year, the newest animated series in the franchise, “Star Wars: Rebels” will make its debut on The Disney Channel.
 
Developed by animation veterans Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman, “Star Wars: Rebels” takes place between Star Wars: Episode III and the original Star Wars film as a small band of new characters attempt to fight the Empire.
 
At WonderCon, Filoni unveiled a brand new scene from “Star Wars: Rebels” that focuses on Hera (Vanessa Marshall), the captain of the Ghost as she exhibits some displeasure with the leader of the group, Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze, Jr.). And let’s just say that Hera takes charge in her own unique way. We also get a glimpse of the astromech droid, Chopper by Hera’s side.

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COMICS

First Look: Original Sin # 2

As the Punisher and Dr. Strange look for clues, Ant-Man and Black Panther investigate a surreal scene.

Original Sin # 1 hasn’t even come out yet, but it looks like the Watcher isn’t the only one dying in this series.
 
Marvel has released a few preview pages from Original Sin # 2 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato that imply a connection between the Watcher’s murder and a cavern full of dead creatures deep within the Earth. 
 
Meanwhile, the secrets hidden by the Watcher are being revealed and throwing the Marvel superheroes into a world of chaos. In a brief statement, Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said “This issue leads to the moment where the Pandora’s Box that is the Watcher’s accumulated lifetime of observations gets opened and sends the heroes of the Marvel Universe all off in different directions as information that they’d prefer to stay buried, or never knew about in the first place, gets released into the world.”

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Marvel Announces Death of Wolverine This September

The most iconic member of the X-Men meets his end in a new limited series.

For most of his forty years in comics, Wolverine has been nearly immortal thanks to his healing factor. Comic fans have seen Wolverine regenerate from barely any skin and tissue left on his bones and beat the angel of death!
 
But since the beginning of Marvel NOW, Wolverine’s healing factor has been gone and the injuries have been piling up. This weekend at C2E2, Marvel will talk up the “3 Months To Die” storyline in Wolverine. And over at Entertainment Weekly, Marvel has revealed that the storyline will lead into September’s four issue Death of Wolverine miniseries written by Charles Soule with art by Steve McNiven.

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The Machine: Caity Lotz on Robot Acting and Arrow

Caity Lotz describes the details of playing an android in the sci-fi thriller The Machine and the stunts and fight training on the TV series ‘Arrow.

Caity Lotz is awesome, and that's my professional opinion. The star of the hit CW series "Arrow" and last year's Battle of the Year has a new sci-fi thriller out now on VOD called The Machine, in which she plays a sophisticated android who turns against the corrupt government that created her. It's a film with a lot of heart, and a lot of violence, and it shows off what this talented physical performer can do with a complex performance and the kind of fight and dance choreography her fans have come to expect.

So I caught up with Caity Lotz via phone this morning to talk about what went into her performance in The Machine, psychologically and physically, and to talk about the work she's doing on "Arrow," her favorite stunt so far, why she didn't dance much in Battle of the Year, and whether we'll ever see her character on "Arrow," Sara Lance, train her sister Dinah to be the Black Canary… since in the comics, Dinah wore the fishnets, not her.
 

CraveOnline: Is it every actor’s dream to play a robot, or was it a tough decision to make?

Caity Lotz: No, that was definitely a dream. [Laughs.]
 

What is it about playing a robot that has so much appeal?

You get to really create something different. It’s fun when you don’t feel like yourself anymore. You’re not playing a character that’s just a little bit different from you, and if you’re a robot, obviously, hopefully it’s something you wouldn’t do in real life. There’s just a lot to do there, the whole physicality. You really get to create. How does she move? How does she speak? You get to get creative with this.
 

Was there an underlying philosophy behind how she moved, so you knew when you were moving wrong, or did you just feel it out?

I knew when I moved wrong, but only because it was what I set up as how I wanted her to move. I just wanted it to be, everything is conscious and calculated for her. So if she blinks it’s because she’s choosing to blink. Her eyes don’t get dry because she’s a robot, so she doesn’t need to blink. But she wants to mimic human behavior so she will consciously make herself blink. Stuff like that was just what I kept in mind…

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Exclusive Interview: Billy Bob Thornton on ‘Fargo’

We sit down with movie star and director Billy Bob Thornton to talk about his role in “Fargo,” based on the acclaimed movie by the Coen Brothers.

The new FX series “Fargo” is not a remake of the acclaimed Coen brothers movie Fargo. It is another darkly comic crime story also set in the world of the snowy midwest.

Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a mysterious character who gets Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) into trouble with his deadly schemes. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know Thornton quite well over the years for the movies he’s directed and starred in. I was even quoted on the DVD for his latest directorial effort, Jayne Mansfield’s Car. “Fargo” remains a bit of a mystery, so I was very intrigued to catch up with Thornton one on one for his latest dramatic foray. 


CraveOnline: You know the Coen brothers. Did you ever meet with them about the movie Fargo back then? 

Billy Bob Thornton: No, I didn’t. They’re very sure of themselves in terms of who they want to cast for what movie. I think they always know. You may think you’re right for something of theirs but they know better. For instance, when they did O Brother, Where Art Thou I thought maybe that would be a perfect one for me, but instead it was [George] Clooney, and then The Man Who Wasn’t There. I wouldn’t think I’d be the first choice for that. I was exactly who they wanted for that. So they have very interesting casting and know exactly what they want, but I was never up for Fargo?

Do you wish you had been, and this is finally your chance?

Well, I guess I don’t have many regrets in terms of the movies I’ve done over the years and the ones I haven’t done. I think maybe if I’d been in the movie Fargo I wouldn’t have had this chance because they wouldn’t be casting the same people. So actually being able to do this character for 10 hours, I think maybe in some ways I feel better about that. 

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First Look: Cyclops # 1

Marvel’s first X-Man gets his own ongoing series as Cyclops adjusts to life in space.

Suppose for a moment, that you’re the young Cyclops who has been dragged from the earliest days of the X-Men into the present where nearly all of your friends hate you for killing your mentor, the world thinks that you’re a terrorist and the love of your life, Jean Grey can barely look at you.
 
So, when Scott Summers aka Cyclops, found out that his dad, Corsair was still alive and living as a space pirate with the Starjammers, is it any wonder that Cyclops would rather just go off on a father-son intergalactic road trip?
 
That’s the setup for Marvel’s Cyclops; which will be the first ongoing series for Scott Summers. The incoming Cyclops creative team of writer Greg Rucka and artist Russel Dauterman are spinning the book out of "The Trial of Jean Grey" as Scott Summers bonds with his father and finds his place in the universe while pissing off aliens with their antics. 
 
Marvel has released a first look at Cyclops # 1, which is hitting stores in May. And while there’s no dialogue included in these pages, Dauterman’s art is pretty impressive. 

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Exclusive: The Amazing ‘Spider-Man XXX 2′ DVD Cover & Pix

Spider-Man XXX 2 sure looks amazing, doesn’t it? Check out the exclusive premiere of the DVD cover featuring Dani Daniels, Sarah Shevon and Nicki Hunter.

​Axel Braun, an industry leader in the fight for bigger and better porn parodies, just keeps churning out one superhero XXX parody after another. Hot on the heels of Thor XXX and Captain America XXX comes the long-awaited Spider-Man XXX 2, starring Xander Corvus as Spidey, Dani Daniels as Arachne, Sarah Shevon as Betty Brant, Casey Calvert as Power Woman, Veruca James as Sasha Kravenoff, Nicki Hunter as Madame Web and Giovanni Francesco as Mysterio.

You'll be able to buy Spider-Man XXX 2 when it streets on May 2, 2014, but you can get your first look at the DVD cover right here in this CraveOnline Exclusive! Click through to see the image in high-resolution, and check out our exclusive image gallery from Spider-Man XXX 2 for more more images and detail.

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4-13-14

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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