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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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Collide trailer

In Collide, Casey (Nicholas Hoult) must revisit his dark past to save the one he loves. That set up is very familiar, but Eran Creevy is a director capable of transcending tropes. Creevy’s sophomore effort as a filmmaker, Welcome to the Punch, is a story of hero and foe uniting, a potentially trite set up that makes for a refreshingly streamlined film with a reliance on practical action. His follow-up, Collide, which he co-wrote with F. Scott Frazier (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage), looks like another lean action-thriller from the director.

Below, watch the Collide trailer.

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Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino have both been acting steadily since the 1960s, starring in some of the most iconic films of all time and winning an Oscar each along the way. But somehow, they’ve never actually shared the screen until Misconduct.

Directed by Shintaro Shimosawa (Fox’s The Following), the thriller stars the two titans as corporate rivals. Hopkins is a corrupt pharmaceutical executive, while Pacino is a senior partner at a high-profile firm. Josh Duhamel is the lawyer who gets caught in the middle, and finds himself trapped in a web of lies and intrigue. Watch the first Misconduct trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Collider Trailer

X-Men: Apocalypse is Nicholas Hoult‘s most high-profile release in the near future, but he has a slew of other projects coming up as well. The Mad Max: Fury Road co-star is in Drake Doremus‘ (Like Crazysci-fi drama Equals, Owen Harris‘ (Black MirrorKill Your Friends, and a movie that few of us knew about, Collide. See the first Collide trailer after the jump.

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Westworld teaser

HBO debuted the first Westworld teaser to coincide with the season finale of True Detective. The brief tease for the series-length remake and expansion of Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film is certainly eye-catching and intriguing.

We don’t know much about the show. Westworld comes from exec producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and J.J. Abrams, and has been called “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” Combine that with the plot of the original film, which features an amusement park for adults in which synthetic humanoids help recreate a few different periods from history, but also become very dangerous when they malfunction, and we’re excited to see what the team has created.

This Westworld teaser has some gorgeous and very tantalizing shots; check it out below. Read More »

Solace trailer

Here’s an international trailer for the supernatural thriller Solace, which stars Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins as the leads in a plot that features two men, both with psychic abilities, on opposite sides of the law. Hopkins plays the good guy, a former doctor who ends up on the trailer of the killer, played by Farrell.

Interestingly, Solace, which hired Afonso Poyart to direct in 2012 and has been on the shelf for at least a year, was once conceived as a sequel to Se7en. Ted Griffin’s original spec script was rewritten so that the character now played by Hopkins could be William Somerset, played in Se7en by Morgan Freeman.

Things didn’t work out for that version, and it reverted to something a bit closer to Griffin’s original conception. Check out the Solace trailer below. Read More »

what is thor ragnarok

Dead gods, cyborg clones, and the end of Asgard — Ragnarok could be a big deal. Marvel recently announced that the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, is due for release in July 2017, with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston returning to reprise their roles of Thor and Loki. But what is Thor: Ragnarok, exactly?

“This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige when announcing the movie. “We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and impacts everything that comes after.”

So what are the events that will impact Thor and Asgard, and impact the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward into Phase 3? A couple different comics storylines give us some big hints. Below, we’ll explore Thor: Ragnarok in detail. Read More »

Superman Flyby
In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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HBO Westworld cast

Not long ago, the announcement of a TV series that adapts or jumps off from a noted film would have elicited nothing but eyerolls. After shows like Fargo and Hannibal, however, even the most skeptical onlooker must realize that it’s better to keep an open mind. And when HBO is involved? The “benefit of the doubt” requirement goes way up.

HBO is making a series adaptation of Westworld, based on the 1973 feature film by Michael Crichton. In the movie, visitors to an advanced theme park for adults found their lives threatened when the androids populating the park break down and change behavior thanks to a virus-like problem. Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings, Rake) has just joined the cast, along with recent signee Thandie Newton (Rogue, E.R.). Read More »

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HBO is quickly filling slots on its upcoming sci-fi show Westworld with some top end talent. The show, produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, is based on the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. It’s about robots at a theme park that run amok, an idea the author evolved two decades later for Jurassic Park.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood were already cast as two of the show’s leads and now six more actors have joined. Best known among them are Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Rodrigo Santoro (300) along with Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman. Read who each actor plays on the Westworld TV show Read More »