riverdale preview

Riverdale is a town no one should ever want to visit. In this dreary, evil setting, the four leads — Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead — know they can depend on each other, but they have to watch who else they choose to trust in The CW’s adaptation of the Archie comics. One character not to be trusted, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel), reveals her dark past in this week’s episode. The promo for episode four from season one teases the truth about Archie’s music teacher — but it doesn’t illustrate how much the show has improved since the pilot.

Below, watch the new Riverdale preview.

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hamilton movie

Broadway’s Hamilton has been nothing short of a sensation and getting your hands on tickets involves perfect timing, a lot of luck, a check with too many numbers, or sacrificing your firstborn child. And for good reason! Surely you’ve listened to this slice of musical magic?? I have. Too many times. Maybe a hundred times. It’s the only hip-hop musical about the life of the United States of America’s first treasury secretary you will ever need!

Now, playwright/star Lin-Manuel Miranda is saying that a movie version will happen. Eventually. At some point. But just you wait, just you wait…

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Ghost in the Shell trailer

While Marvel continues to hem and haw about giving Scarlett Johansson her own solo superhero movie, Paramount’s swooped in and made her the centerpiece of her very own would-be sci-fi action franchise. She stars as the Major in Ghost in the Shell, a new live-action adaptation of the classic Japanese manga. With director Rupert Sanders behind the camera, the film seems to have no shortage of stunning visuals. But can the rest of the movie live up to those cool designs?

A new Ghost in the Shell trailer offers a bit more story, so you can judge for yourself. Plus: find out what Johansson has to say about the ongoing whitewashing controversy over the casting of this film. Read More »

Dumbo live-action remake

UPDATE 2/10/17: Deadline reports Smith has decided not to join Dumbo after all. Original story follows.

A couple of years ago, it was announced that Tim Burton was developing a live-action Dumbo for Walt Disney Pictures. We had not heard anything about the project since that announcement and assumed it had fallen into development heck, but it is apparently still chugging along like the Casey Junior Circus train. And who is circling the project to star? Will Smith.

Hit the jump to learn more about the project and find out more about Will Smith in Dumbo.

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Allegiant Trailer

The Divergent movies were never as big (or as good) as the Hunger Games series, but those first two films held onto those dystopian young adult coattails and became moderate successes at the box office, certainly justifying the existence of the third movie, Allegiant. Unfortunately, the third adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular book series was a box office flop, making roughly $100 million less at the international box office than its predecessors.

Lionsgate’s response was unconventional: the fourth film, Ascendant, would become a TV movie and a backdoor pilot for a television series set in the Divergent universe. Now, series star Shailene Woodley has confirmed that she will not play a role on the small screen version of the franchise.

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castlevania show

Castlevania season 1, part 1 is coming to Netflix this year. This week, Netflix made more than a few announcements about their upcoming programming, including this video game adaptation. The “dark” and “satirical” animated series hails from producer Adi Shankar (Dredd), comic book writer Warren Ellis (Planetary), and the executive producer of Adventure Time, Fred Seibert, who’s also the founder and CEO of Frederator Studios.

Below, learn more about Netflix’s Castlevania show.

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jennifer connelly alita battle angel

Alita: Battle Angel has one of the most unique pedigrees of any major motion picture on the horizon: this is an adaptation of a Japanese manga developed by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez. That’s a recipe for something very interesting and I’m curious to see what that combination of names will deliver, especially since they’re filming the whole thing far from Hollywood, in Rodriguez’s home turf of Austin, Texas.

Now, late in production, another name has been added to the cast: Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly.

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Tom DeLonge directorial debut

Co-founder and former member of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge, is making his feature directorial debut with Strange Times, a movie that sounds right up the author and musician’s alley. DeLonge, who’s a big believer in aliens and “the phenomenon,” is making an R-rated movie about skateboarders looking into the paranormal activity going on in their town. The film is based on DeLonge’s Strange Times trilogy, a series he’s co-writing that began with “Strange Times: The Ghost In the Girl.”

Below, learn more about Tom DeLonge directing the Strange Times movie his first feature below.

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Mortal Engines

Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of Mortal Engines was one of those projects that I always assumed would never actually happen because we’ve been hearing about it for so damn long with no signs of actual progress. The film was first announced back in 2009, with Jackson on board to direct. Then he was promptly sucked back into Middle-Earth for those three Hobbit movies, leaving everyone to wonder if this was going to turn out like The Dam Busters, a World War II drama that Jackson announced and never got around to actually making.

And then the wheels starting turning last year: Mortal Engines got the go-ahead from Universal and MRC, with Christian Rivers (one of Jackson’s longtime collaborators) sitting the director’s chair. Now, the film has gone and cast two actors, offering further evidence that this movie will actually exist one day.

Find out who joined the Mortal Engines cast after the jump.

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The Lost City of Z Trailer - Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam has taken on giant monsters and motorcycle gangs before, but this spring he’ll confront a hidden civilization deep in the jungle of the Amazon.

The Lost City of Z follows Charlie Hunnam as real life British explorer Percy Fawcett, a man who set out into the Amazon in the early 1900s in order to find a civilization of people he believed to be living in the jungle. Looked down upon by his colleagues, Fawcett hoped to find answers to the questions about where humanity came from by learning whether or not the mysterious people of the jungle had a civilization that predated our own. As you can imagine, this journey was filled with great danger, and you can see just how risky it was in a new trailer. Read More »