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Yesterday, a shocking piece of news was unleashed upon the world: Donald Trump’s 2005 income tax papers finally proved that rich people pay much less percentage-wise than you and me and that tax changes he’s trying to get approved will allow people like him to pay even less! And then, Hollywood responded with some shocking news of its own. The Hollywood Reporter broke a huge entertainment news story: Warner Bros is developing a reboot of The Matrix without the involvement of original franchise creators Lilly and Lana Wachowski and possibly starring Michael B. Jordan.

My immediate response is that this is a horrible idea. After dwelling on it, I compiled a list of reasons to leave this franchise alone…and then decided to play devil’s advocate and also look at the reasons why The Matrix should be rebooted.

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After making November Criminals and an adaptation of Susannah Cahalan‘s memoir, Brain on Fire, back-to-back, actress Chloë Grace Moretz dropped out of all future projects. The actor wanted to slow down and reassess her choices. We’ve seen her in quite a few roles over the last few years, but right now she only has a handful of movies coming up, such as the Suspiria remake and writer-director Gerard Barrett‘s Brain on Fire, which co-stars Tyler Perry, Jenny SlateRichard Armitage, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Below, watch the Brain on Fire trailer.

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The Bye Bye Man trailer

STX Entertainment has unveiled the latest trailer for The Bye Bye Man, a supernatural horror-thriller that has Doug Jones (Hellboy) playing a sinister force who’s been responsible for unthinkable evil. The problem is that avoiding his grasp is easier said than done. As the attractive young heroes/victims keep advising each other, “Don’t say it, don’t think it.” But of course, trying really hard to avoid thinking about something is a surefire way of making sure you keep thinking about it. Watch The Bye Bye Man trailer after the jump.  Read More »

The Defenders starts shooting

Shooting on The Defenders is finally underway in New York, as evidenced by the first set photos hitting the web. And to celebrate that fact, Netflix’s Marvel crossover series is adding a few more names to its roster.

Yesterday we got official confirmation that Daredevil‘s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Luke Cage‘s Misty Knight (Simone Missick) would be returning for the crossover series; today brings the news that Daredevil‘s Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and Jessica Jones‘ Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Malcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville) will be back as well.  Read More »

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How is Jessica Jones connected to Iron Fist? Want to hear Luke Cage say “Sweet Christmas”? What would Bryan Cranston look like as an X-Men baddie? When’s the last time Tom Hiddleston heard from Marvel? Will Mark Hamill return to The Flash? Which Kryptonian character is coming to Supergirl? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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The first Jessica Jones teaser released last week was fantastic — gorgeous, moody, mysterious, and even helpful, thanks to its release date reveal. But it didn’t actually show us much of the series itself. For that, we turn to the new batch of official images released today.

Krysten Ritter leads Netflix’s latest Marvel series as the titular character, whose short-lived stint as a superheroine has come to a tragic end. She tries to rebuild her life as a P.I. who specializes in cases involving superpowered people. The Jessica Jones images also reveal David Tennant as Kilgrave, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, and Carrie-Anne Moss as Harper. See them all after the jump.  Read More »

Xavier Samuel to Play Modern-Day Frankenstein Monster

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Later this year, Xavier Samuel will be seen as part of David Ayer’s Fury, a film which features giant man-made machines. Now, for one of his next films, Samuel will be a man-made monster, as he’s set to play a contemporary version of Frankenstein’s monster in a film that updates Mary Shelley’s classic tale. What more we know about this upcoming Xavier Samuel Frankenstein project is below. Read More »

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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 »

You might have forgotten that there is a new Silent Hill film that went into production last year, and has been in the editing room in recent weeks. Seems like the movie comes up every once in a while, then news on it goes quiet for months at a time.

But with a relatively well-received new Silent Hill game on shelves (I liked it OK, anyway) and an anthology of remastered classic chapters from the series also arriving, this is probably the best time to make a deal to distribute the new movie. And so Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has been picked up by Open Road, which will release the movie on October 26 of this year. Read More »

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While some of her Friday Night Lights co-stars have made the leap into big-screen adventures, Connie Britton‘s still shining on the small screen. Fresh off of a single-season stint on FX’s American Horror Story, Britton has now signed on for ABC’s musical family soap Nashville. And yes, the “musical” part of the description indicates that we’ll be hearing the former Mrs. Coach Taylor sing.

R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) is set to direct the pilot from a script by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), which centers around country star and married mom Rayna James (Britton). Unhappy with the weak sales of her latest record, her label forces Rayna to go on tour with a younger rising star (Hayden Panettiere). Eric Close, who guest-starred on Britton’s American Horror Story, will play Rayna’s husband. [Deadline]

After the jump, two leading ladies of sci-fi tackle television.

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