Last of Us Maisie Williams

Naughty Dog, Screen Gems, and Sam Raimi are teaming to craft a big-screen adaption of the video game The Last of Us. In the game a damaged man, Joel, escorts a young woman named Ellie across a United States ravaged by an infection that turns people into zombie-like cannibalistic monsters.

Raimi is producing, and Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director at Naughty Dog, is writing the script for the film. The idea, according to Raimi and Druckmann, is to protect the original material while focusing the 15-hour game into a two-hour story that really hones in on the relationship between the two main characters.

A director hasn’t yet been chosen (again, Raimi is producing) and it’s too early to announce deals for casting, but the two did drop one name. Druckmann says they’ve met with Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, to play Ellie. Read More »

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Halo Nightfall trailer

Here’s the first Halo: Nightfall trailer. The digital series is produced by Ridley Scott, and his Scott Free Productions and Microsoft’s 343 Industries. It stars Mike Colter (The Good Wife) in a story that acts as a bridge between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. (Colter’s character Jameson Locke will play a big role in the forthcoming game.)

Even if you weren’t told that Ridley Scott had some influence as a producer here, you might be able to guess. There are a lot of very Prometheus-inspired visuals in this trailer, and some of that film’s Iceland locations seem to have been used here, too. You’ll see what we mean when you watch the trailer below. Read More »

Constantine pilot review

John Constantine is a tough character to put on screen, and the Constantine pilot constantly struggles with finding its take on the character. Matt Ryan plays the Brit magician, whose business card bills him as a “master of the dark arts,” in a way that demonstrates a clear idea of the character as a damaged but still cocky guy. That’s well and good, and a pretty direct import of the character as often seen in comics.

But the show around Ryan isn’t always so sure of itself. In fact, this pilot is frequently a bit of a mess, and even verges into incoherence. There are some logistical reasons for that latter point, but that doesn’t change the fact that multiple points of this pilot are muddled and unclear. Anyone looking for a more faithful version of the character than seen in the 2005 film will have to wait for the show to really find itself, and I’m not certain new viewers will fare much better. Read More »

new Interstellar trailer description

We’ve told you about the Comic Con debut of Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan, who took the stage in Hall H today to discuss their upcoming film Interstellar. While seeing Nolan field a few questions was a treat, the two also brought along a new Interstellar trailer.

We don’t have that trailer to embed, as it won’t be shown to the general public for a while yet. But we’ll tell you a bit about what it contains, after the break.  Read More »

Christopher Nolan Comic Con

Paramount brought two Comic Con newbies to Hall H today: Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan, and the pair also brought along a new trailer for their upcoming film Interstellar. The film explores an Earth which has been decimated by climate change, and from which a small group adventures out into the universe, in search of answers to our problems.

The elements were all introduced in stages: the moderator, Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, brought McConaughey out. The actor talked about his first conversations with Nolan, and described his own character before shying away from telling more about the movie. He introduced the director, who spoke for a few minutes and answered questions from the moderator. Finally, Nolan introduced the new trailer for the film. (Read about that here.) Below, you’ll find the meat of the conversation between the three men.

UPDATED: Now you can watch the full Christopher Nolan Comic Con panel. Read More »

The Flash Poster

The CW’s pilot for The Flash roars to life in a way that announces a show that has found its feet even before airing. Perhaps that’s because this is a spin-off from the increasingly popular Arrow, and The Flash inherits some of Arrow’s sensibility and DNA, despite being clearly intended as a brighter and more easy-going companion to that show.

This is a series that can experiment with all the overly “comic book” elements that have been part of Flash stories: the concept of super-speed; bad guys with names like Weather Wizard and Mirror Master; and time travel. As seen in this pilot, The Flash is a breezy bit of fun packed with indications that writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns aren’t going to avoid the weirder bits of Flash history. Read More »

whiplash trailer

J.K. Simmons torments Miles Teller in Whiplash, pushing the kid beyond his breaking point in the name of excellence. Teller plays a young drummer who aspires to greatness; Simmons plays the elite music academy instructor whose teaching methods are anything but gentle. Miss a beat, and he’ll spin a cymbal at your head like Captain America throwing his shield. This great first Whiplash trailer starts to show audiences the situation Teller’s character gets into when he attempts to rise to a level of performance that will satisfy the teacher. Read More »

nightcrawler teaser trailer

Our first look at the crime thriller Nightcrawler featured star Jake Gyllenhaal going through a few permutations of a job pitch to an unseen person — and despite that potentially dull setup, it was a strange, riveting piece of film thanks to Gyllenhaal’s performance. Now there’s a longer Nightcrawler trailer that shows us a lot more of Gyllenhaal’s character as he combs the nighttime streets of LA looking for lurid news. And even though we see a lot more, this trailer still leaves a lot of questions.

I love this new look at the film, and each new thing we learn about the movie helps it climb to a higher spot on the “must watch” list. Check out the Nightcrawler teaser trailer below.

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