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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor supposedly turned down Doctor Who.
  • Pierce Brosnan joins AMC’s The Son.
  • Dwayne Johnson releases a new trailer for Ballers.
  • New footage from Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender is here.

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Back in January, HBO temporarily halted production on Westworld, a TV series based on Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film. The sci-fi western series, produced by J.J. Abrams and run by Jonathan Nolan, was reportedly running behind schedule and in need of reshoots. The ambitious project was speculated to debut this summer, and then there was the rumor that we wouldn’t see the show until 2017.

Contradicting early reports, HBO has announced the Westworld premiere has been scheduled for later this year. Below, learn more about the series.

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New Prometheus 2 Title

Never one to waste time between projects, Ridley Scott has already lined up a new directorial effort to follow Alien: Covenant. Scott is set to reunite with The Martian writer Drew Goddard for Wraiths of the Broken Land, based on a novel by Bone Tomahawk author S. Craig Zahler. Let’s all step back for a moment and appreciate how much good stuff is crammed into that one sentence.  Read More »

men go to battle trailer

If you’ve recently looked over the slate of films arriving in 2016 and thought “Man, I really wish there were two films about the American Civil War coming out this year,” you’re officially in luck. In addition to Free State of Jones, we will soon be treated to Men Go to Battle, which looks about as far removed from that bigger, more bombastic take on this material as possible. Zachary Treitz‘s feature debut as a director looks small and scrappy, but there’s an undeniable charm on display in this trailer. The film landscape is no stranger to offbeat and darkly comedic looks at life during wartime, but this particular conflict is usually treated with a certain amount of historical sanctity. It’s about time that the Civil War got weird at the movies.

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James Horner composed The Magnificent Seven score

Before composer James Horner tragically passed away last summer, he was working on a gift for filmmaker Antoine Fuqua. Last year, Fuqua and Horner collaborated on the boxing drama, Southpaw, and the two had discussed reuniting for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven. Without seeing any footage — or really discussing the potential score with Fuqua, either — Horner went ahead and starting composing music for the film, much to Fuqua’s surprise. The composer’s generosity didn’t stop there, either, as he paid to put the score together himself and, according to Fuqua, he was the one that convinced him he had to make The Magnificent Seven.

Below, learn more about James Horner’s The Magnificent Seven score and how he encouraged The Equalizer director to move forward with the remake.

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The Duel

After occasionally acting alongside each other in the Hunger Games series, Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth are following up that franchise together with a supernatural Western The Duel, formerly titled By Way of Helena. Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here), the two actors star as a preacher (Harrelson) and a Texas Ranger (Hemsworth) that go head-to-head in this revenge story.

Watch The Duel trailer below.

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The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in May 2016

Best Movies Coming to Netflix

Now that we’ve discussed the best movies leaving Netflix next month, it’s only appropriate that we dive into the best movies arriving in May. If you enjoy revisionist westerns, silly cheerleading comedies, and romantic caper films directed by master filmmakers, this is the line-up for you.

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The Dark Tower Cast

After stealing scenes and nearly the entire movie in Cabin in the Woods, actor Fran Kranz has just landed a pivotal role in the forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy book series The Dark Tower, which is in production already.

Idris Elba is set in the lead role as Roland the last Gunslinger, a weary cowboy and knight of sorts who crosses a post-apocalyptic landscape as part of his quest to reach the Dark Tower, the nexus of all possible worlds. But getting in the way is his nemesis known as the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey. So how does Fran Kranz come into play? Find out below. Read More »

Denzel Washington;Chris Pratt

Yesterday brought us our first look at Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven in the form of some photos, and today the very first trailer has ridden into town. Denzel Washington leads the Western as Sam Chisholm, a gunslinger hired to protect a small town from a ruthless industrialist (Peter Sarsgaard). He rounds up a group of six other outlaws, played by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.

The Magnificent Seven is, of course, a remake of John Sturges’ 1960 classic, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. So how do the likes of Washington, Pratt, and Hawke stack up against the original all-star cast that included Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson? Watch the Magnificent Seven trailer after the jump.

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