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At this point you probably have a pretty good handle on the style of a Paul WS Anderson movie — he turns out one b-movie after another that use affordable effects, attractive stars and genre concepts to lure in audiences. And the audiences always seem to show up, making Anderson one of the more reliable directors from a business perspective.

Here, he changes things up a bit for Pompeii. The attractive cast is there (Kit Harinton, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega) as are the big digital effects and gritty but pretty violence. But there’s also a real historic backdrop — the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii after the explosion of the volcano Vesuvius — giving the story a real weight. Will it work? Get some idea via the new trailer below. Read More »

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

There comes a moment in every person’s life when they realize that life just isn’t fair, and there’s fuck-all they can do about it but survive the best they can. Unfortunately, part of that injustice is that some folks are forced to learn that lesson much sooner than others.

Like the title characters of George Tillman Jr.‘s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. Mister (Skylan Brooks) is a 13-year-old whose recent flunking of the eighth grade is the least of his worries. His mom (Jennifer Hudson) is a drug addict who gets arrested and taken away, and he’s left to take care of the 9-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon), a neighbor kid in a similarly sad situation.

Desperate to avoid being put in foster care by child protective services, Mister and Pete struggle to survive on their own in Brooklyn, while working toward Mister’s goal of moving to Beverly Hills to land a TV role. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Throw the hammer down and check out the first trailer for Alan Taylor‘s Phase Two Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World. Scheduled for release November 8, everyone’s favorite superhero god (Chris Hemsworth) is back in Asgard following the events of The Avengers. Now he’ll have to face some new villains (Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) while protecting his love (Natalie Portman) and also dealing with the usual superhuman deities (Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston). Yup, it’s a star-studded battle across the Nine Realms and now you can catch a glimpse, with a killer twist, below. Read More »

Which noted comic book artist is working on X-Men: Days of Future Past? Want to contribute to a possible Batman web series? Is a noted actress up for the lead in Amazon? Who is the latest actor campaigning to play Black Panther? Has Mark Millar teased some hits at Kick-Ass 3? What do superheroes look like at their most intimate moments? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.  Read More »

Want to hear Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje talk at length about Thor: The Dark World? How about some examples of Anthony Mackie talking Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What would happen if Iron Man got unleashed in the world of Grand Theft Auto IV? Is Iron Man 3 going back to do some reshoots? Which Hellboy star is lending his voice to Green Lantern: The Animated Series? Will Marvel be releasing an all-female X-Men comic book? Does Henry Cavill say his life has already changed starring in Man of Steel? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Mr. Eko is going from the island to Asgard. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known for his roles on Lost, Oz, The Thing and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, has just been cast in Alan Taylor‘s Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World. He’ll be playing a villainous dual role beginning as Algrim, a powerful Dark Elf who is manipulated by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) to fight Thor (Chris Hemsworth). More info is below. Read More »

‘The Thing’ International Trailer

In Soviet Russia, Thing absorbs you! Wait, that doesn’t work. The Thing always absorbs you. Well, anyway, here’s a Russian trailer for the upcoming prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 film The Thing. It has a lot of stuff we’ve seen before and a few things we haven’t, with the only trade-off being that the dialogue is all dubbed into Russian. But you can probably deal with that if all you want is a few new bits of footage. Check out what’s in store, after the break. Read More »

With the release of Universal’s prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 movie The Thing now less than a month away, we’re starting to see more footage. There’s a trailer and a clip or two out there already. Now a new TV spot offers some new footage as well as a couple looks at the effects. (Sadly, they seem to be mostly CGI.) Check it out below. Read More »

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