Game of Thrones featurette

In many ways, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Spike’s upcoming take on Stephen King’s The Mist couldn’t be more different. One is a mega-popular fantasy series that’s about to enter its home stretch of episodes, while the other is a nascent adaptation that’s just preparing to take its first steps. But hey, here’s at least one way they’re similar: they both recently released behind-the-scenes featurettes promoting their new seasons. Check them out below.
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Atomic Blonde clip 2

Focus Features has deemed the next few months an “#AtomicSummer” in honor of their upcoming spy thriller Atomic Blonde, and I’m willing to overlook that cheesy name as long as it results in us getting a better look at the movie. They kicked things off with a glimpse at one of the film’s fight scenes, but their newly-released second clip slows things down a little and shows a different side of the spy game altogether, as Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella’s characters flirt in a crowded bar.
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Murder on the Orient Express Trailer Song

Yesterday brought the teaser trailer for the star-studded adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express. The trailer walked us through the title train, labeling each of the cast members as they appeared, including Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Leslie Odom Jr, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi. But it was the end of the trailer that was rather weird.

The Murder on the Orient Express trailer closed with the introduction of Hercule Poirot, the man who will be investigating the crime, played by a handsomely mustached Kenneth Branagh. The end of the trailer is meant to end with a bang as Poirot describes himself as the greatest detective in the world just before a pronounced musical cue hits. The only problem is that musical cue is the modern song “Believers” by Imagine Dragons, and the modern sound just doesn’t fit with the classical style of the trailer, instead screaming of desperation to look hip for all the youths out there.

Thankfully, someone decided to make the end of the trailer much better with some other musical cues. Watch the improvement on the Murder on the Orient Express trailer song below! Read More »

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer and poster for Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. And while this train car is packed with a tremendously high-profile cast, the biggest star of them all may be the absurd mustache on Branagh’s face as he portrays one of the most famous detectives in all of literature, Hercule Poirot. Climb aboard and watch the new Murder on the Orient Express trailer below.
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Twin Peaks review part 3 and 4

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Twin Peaks: The Return by answering one question: what was the best scene of the episode?)

Last week, Showtime unveiled the two-part premiere of Twin Peaks (or Twin Peaks: The Return, as it’s being called on their website). The premium channel dropped parts 3 and 4 online immediately afterwards, and then aired those back to back on the traditional channel last night, marking the final time until September’s season finale that they’ll release two parts in a row on a Sunday evening.

Ahead, we dive into the best scenes of parts 3 and 4, including Cooper’s trip through space and the jaw-dropping introduction of a new character named Wally Brando.
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Twin Peaks refresher

I’m still shocked that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks aired on a major television network – let alone in primetime. The series heavily influenced a lot of prestige TV that followed its cancellation after its second season back in 1991, but I can’t think of another show that’s ever run the gamut of styles and genres quite the way this one did. The original run of episodes was thrilling because we had absolutely no idea what kind of show it would be from one moment to the next. Twin Peaks was the absolute king of tonal shifts, often whipping from surreal to comedic, from melodramatic to genuinely heartbreaking, from profound to eye-rollingly dumb. This show contained multitudes. But through it all, it remained enigmatic, eccentric, exciting, and distinctly Lynchian – even when Lynch himself scaled back his involvement during the show’s questionable second season.

With the limited series revival heading to Showtime this weekend, now’s a good time for a refresher about what you need to know, some questions left unanswered, and a bit of good old-fashioned speculation about what we might see in the future. Grab a cup of damn fine coffee, a slice of cherry pie, and join me for a whirlwind trip to small town America in the Pacific Northwest.
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new lisbeth salander

Earlier this year, Sony surprised many movie fans by confirming that they were working on a follow-up to David Fincher’s 2011 film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They also confirmed the rumors that Fincher and original stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara would not be returning. This was to be something of a reboot. To emphasize this, the studio even chose to skip the next two books in author Stieg Larsson’s series and instead adapt The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which was written by David Lagercrantz and published 11 years after Larsson’s death.

And now we know that Claire Foy, best known for starring in Netflix’s The Crown, is the current frontrunner for the role of antisocial hacker/crime solver Lisbeth Salander.

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twin peaks season 3 trailer

The marketing for the hotly anticipated and long-delayed third season of Twin Peaks has been a masterclass in trolling, with each new preview offering only tiny snippets of footage, virtually no dialogue, and no indication of story. It’s frustrating and baffling and totally bizarre and, well, appropriate for Twin Peaks in every possible way.

The latest Twin Peaks season 3 trailer has arrived and it offers more of the same. Heck, if offers a lot more of it! This nearly wordless montage of characters doing things is somehow creepy and effective, despite offering up a whole lot of nothing.

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Stranger Things season 2

In an age in which many of the plot beats of every geek-friendly property are known about months in advance, it’s something of a modern miracle that Stranger Things appeared seemingly out of nowhere last year and took the world by storm. But that anonymity vanished like Barb on a diving board when the show’s popularity exploded, and the second season has become one of the most anticipated television events of the year.

Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like the showrunners are scraping the bottom of the barrel for follow-up material. In a new interview, executive producer and director Shawn Levy reveals that series creators/showrunners the Duffer Brothers actually had too many ideas for a second season, and some of them are being saved for a potential season 3.
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Gallery 1988 Stephen King Art Show

This year brings not one but two adaptations of Stephen King properties. We’ll get The Dark Tower in August and then a new take on the horror classic It in September. Both titles are featured several times in Gallery 1988’s new art show inspired by the various works by Stephen King. Other celebrated titles include but are not limited to Christine, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, Cujo, Misery, The Mist and more.

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