Corey Hawkins in 24 Legacy

24: Legacy won’t be on until midseason, but the cast and creators came to Comic-Con to get the fans excited early. Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) plays the new hero Eric Carter, joined by Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits in the cast. We interviewed the creators of 24: Legacy, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Howard Gordon, all the creators of the original 24, in a roundtable where they shared a surprising inspiration for the new story.

“It was suggested by events leading to the shooting of Osama bin Laden,” Coto said. “What we had read about was the soldiers who had actually done it, having done this wonderful heroic thing for the country, many of them had to go into hiding. The FBI told one of them when he asked, ‘What do I do for a living?’ ‘We can get you a job as a truck driver.’ It was fascinating that idea, that nugget, the idea that these great heroes would have to go into hiding and take menial jobs. That became a spark for such a character, part of a team that killed a very notorious terrorist, a fictionalized version, now is living his life, trying to get his life back together. Now one by one the members of the squad are being killed. He realizes someone has given up our names and I’m next.”  Read More »

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The first trailer for Netflix’s Stranger Things sure got our attention. Our own Jacob Hall described it as having a “pinch of Amblin and a cup of Stephen King,” which is a spot-on description of a series that looks like a big throwback. There are images in the trailers, including the latest one, that can’t help but make you think of Amblin, King, and John Carpenter‘s work. All of those potential influences could add up to little more than a trip down nostalgia lane, but the trailers are leading us to believe there’s possibly more to this Netflix series.

Below, watch the Stranger Things trailer.

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The Night of trailer

Based on Peter Moffat‘s 2008 BBC series Criminal Justice, HBO’s upcoming remake of The Night Of has no shortage of talent behind it. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) directed nearly all eight episodes of the miniseries, making this is his first directorial effort in over a decade since the critical and financial misfire All the King’s Men. The director’s latest effort, which stars John Turturro (Fading Gigolo) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), looks significantly more appealing than that remake.

Below, watch The Night Of trailer.

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Archer

The characters of Archer have only changed so much over the years. If they ever truly evolved as people, after all, they’d no longer be the unrepentant assholes we’ve come to love. But the show itself has morphed a couple of times, first into a crime show in season 5 and then into a P.I. series in season 7. Might Archer make an even bigger leap someday? Like into the world of live-action films, perhaps?

Executive producer Matt Thompson isn’t ruling out a possible Archer movie, revealing that he and series creator Adam Reed “have definitely talked about it.” And while they’ve yet to make up their mind about whether this (purely theoretical, at this point) movie would be animated or live-action, they know exactly who they’d want playing Sterling Archer if they go the latter route: Mad Men star Jon HammRead More »

True Detective Season 2 early buzz

For most fans and critics, True Detective season two was a disappointment. The series’ creator and writer, Nic Pizzolatto, didn’t live up to the high expectations following the Cary Fukunaga-directed first season. Season two averaged higher ratings than its predecessor, but by the time the ending aired, the viewership was considerably lower than the previous finale.

Now, it’s rumored the once acclaimed series might not return at all. Below, check out the recent update for True Detective season three.

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Sherlock Holmes 3 Update

While making the publicity rounds for Captain America: Civil War, some surprising news came from Robert Downey Jr. that Sherlock Holmes 3 was still in the works. In fact, there was even a chance that the film could shoot later this year. Shortly thereafter, the sequel landed a writer with James Coyne hired for the gig. Now producer Joel Silver adds more hope that the sequel will happen, and he indicates that this probably won’t be the last one.

Find out more about Sherlock Holmes 3 and future sequels after the jump. Read More »

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Acclaimed filmmaker Olivier Assayas‘ latest drama, Personal Shopper, recently premiered at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. The reception was mixed for the unconventional ghost story, which stars Kristen Stewart, but plenty of critics and audience members were fond of the film. Plus, if the intentional trailer and the plot description are an indication, a polarizing reaction sounds about right.

Watch the Personal Shopper trailer below.

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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A creepy featurette on the story behind The Conjuring 2.
  • Take a first look at Channing Tatum in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
  • March of the Penguins 2: The Call is actually happening.
  • T.J. Miller confirms that he’s back for Deadpool 2.
  • The first poster for Super Troopers 2 is here.
  • Karl Urban is still talking about Dredd 2.
  • Michael Fassbender promises gnarly Xenomoroph happenings in Alien: Covenant.
  • John C. Reilly says Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in development.
  • NBC says it hasn’t given up on that Cruel Intentions sequel series.
  • Scientists are concerned about Finding Dory.
  • Now You See Me 2 will screen in China.

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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Fast 8 brags about getting to film in Cuba.
  • Inferno reveals a new poster.
  • Pitch Perfect 3 gets a new release date.
  • John Cho talks all about Star Trek Beyond.
  • Shane Black teases a start date for The Predator.
  • Finding Dory characters make their debut at Walt Disney World.
  • The Wolverine 3 adds Elise Neal.

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