SHIELD Winter Soldier tie in

The film that most directly influences May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In that film, the group known as S.H.I.E.L.D. falls when its revealed that they’ve long been infiltrated by the evil group, Hydra. At the end of that movie, S.H.I.E.L.D is almost totally gone and in the new movie, it’s The Avengers who are protecting the world.

Of course, we know S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t totally gone because there’s a TV show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, that’s still going on. In the show’s first season, we saw how the events of The Winter Soldier directly influenced and changed the show and in Tuesday’s episode, One Door Closes, we’ll see more of what happened on that day. The show flashs back to “The Day S.H.I.E.L.D Fell” to show what Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) was doing that day along with Mack (Henry Simmons) and even Agent Robert Gonzales (Edward James Olmos), who kept S.H.I.E.L.D. together after the attacks.

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Edward James Olmos Marvel

The Marvel TV Universe might still be buzzing over the premiere of Agent Carter, but don’t forget her modern-day counterparts. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is coming back in March with a storyline that’s beginning to tease at Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve just added a very recognizable sci-fi face.

Edward James Olmos, the Oscar-nominated actor best known for his starring roles on the recent Battlestar Galactica and in Blade Runner, has joined the Marvel show in a large, recurring role. Read more about the Edward James Olmos Marvel casting below. Read More »

‘Machete Kills’ Trailer: Muy Bien Indeed

Machete Kills

The marketing team at Apple would have you believe that there’s an app for everything, but when you’re a killer agent, sometimes you need your tools to be a little more hands-on. Count on Robert Rodriguez to fix that problem by hiding a blade inside the device.

That’s just one of the many ridiculous sights on display in Machete Kills, which once again stars Danny Trejo as ex-Federale Machete. When a billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) plans to ignite a war by launching a missile into space, the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen, billed as “Carlos Estevez”) calls upon Machete to stop him. Watch the new full-length trailer after the jump. Read More »

2 Guns

One of the many projects that David O. Russell’s attached himself to and then detached himself from over the past several years is 2 Guns, an adaptation of a graphic novel by Steven Grant. He originally had Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in mind for the lead roles, as two undercover federal agents who don’t realize the other is a lawman.

The picture fell into Baltasar Kormákur‘s hands after Russell left, with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington starring. While Kormákur’s version doesn’t look quite as hilarious as Russell’s sounded, it’s retained an appealing streak of buddy-comedy humor that sets it apart from the other grim, gritty thrillers at the multiplex.

The film opens later this week, and Universal is making one last push with a final red-band trailer. Watch it after the jump.

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2 Guns obviously isn’t a thriller, because it gives up the basic mystery right off the bat: apparent bank robbers Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Marcus (Mark Wahlberg) are really undercover agents, each of which doesn’t realize the other is also a lawman. Forced to team up after being disavowed in the wake of a messy operation, the two get into the sort of comedic action shenanigans that powered the mid-’80s career of Mel Gibson.

Director Baltasar Kormakur worked with Wahlberg on Contraband. (Which remade Reykjavik-Rotterdam, in which Kormakur starred.) This trailer suggests something a bit more fun, as it displays what seems like a deep love (or an abiding envy) for the films of Shane Black. It also suggests real silliness, as evidenced by what could be a very entertaining appearance from Bill Paxton, who drawls lines like “have I properly incentivized you?”

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To be honest, I suspect most of you who follow Dexter but don’t subscribe to Showtime have already downloaded an illegal copy of Sunday night’s Season 6 premiere. But on the off chance you haven’t gotten around to that just yet — or that you’re one of those rare law-abiding types — the network is providing you with an opportunity to watch it legally and for free, in hopes that you’ll consider shelling out the extra $12 or so a month to just subscribe to the channel already.

After the jump, watch the full-length episode via YouTube. A message at the start of the show states that “the following program has been edited from its original form” (read: slightly less blood and blurred-out boobies), but unless you’re a real completist about premium cable-approved nudity, I’m thinking the video below is good enough. Watch it after the jump.

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The people behind the marketing for Dexter certainly haven’t been shy about showing off their wares. I feel like we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Season 6, thanks to all the featurettes, trailers, teasers, casting announcements, etc. Then again, knowing this show, I’m sure it’s got plenty more surprises and twists up its sleeve.

With just less than a week to go til the return of the series, we have two more previews that tease some of the plot points we’ll be seeing in Season 6. The first, “Guest Stars,” offers a glimpse at what we’ll be seeing from the new characters who’ll be facing off against Dexter (Michael C. Hall) this year; the second, “Tragedy Strikes,” shows everyone’s favorite serial killer at a low point, injured and reaching out for help. Watch them both after the jump.

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Thanks to an continuous stream of teasers, trailers, and casting updates, we already have some idea of what we can look forward to from the new season of Dexter. Now, a new behind-the-scenes video spills still more details on the upcoming season, which will hit Showtime this fall.

The previous promos have all pushed the religion angle pretty hard, and the new one finally provides some context for Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) sudden interest in the topic. Additionally, we get a really good look at Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks, two of the more exciting recent additions cast. Check out the video, plus a gallery of Season 6 stills, after the jump. (Be forewarned that major spoilers for Seasons 1-5 follow, as well as some more minor reveals about Season 6.) Read More »

Showtime premiered a new trailer for the upcoming Dexter season at Comic-Con last night, just like it has for the past few years. There’s lots of new footage in the trailer, but unfortunately it’s mostly a jumble of quick cuts that fails to set up what the series is aiming at in the next season. At this point I’m worried that the next season will be mostly more of the same for Dexter — a shame, because the show could be vastly improved with a well-placed injection of creativity. But hey, it features a Marilyn Manson cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” — so I suppose that’s something new.

I couldn’t make it to the Showtime panel at Comic-Con, but as EW reports, that trailer song choice wasn’t an accident. Dexter will apparently be exploring the notion of faith this season as he tries to find a suitable moral compass for his son Harrison, Michael C. Hall said at the panel. Read More »