roots trailer

Popular culture loves to tap dance around anything controversial. If it can upset anyone, if it can start conversations that end with someone being upset or challenged, it gets pushed to the wayside. But we’re only two months into 2016 and this looks like the year when pop culture has been fully and officially overtaken by questions and concerns that have long-since been avoided. Yes, we’re talking about race here.

The trailer for The History Channel‘s upcoming remake of Roots arrives at a very interesting time. Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar are embracing their heritage in ways that is making a certain sect of white people very uncomfortable. The Birth of a Nation became one of the most talked-about films in the history of the Sundance Film Festival and it’s expected to raise its fair share of ire once it’s released. A remake of a classic miniseries from the network responsible for Pawn Stars and Swamp People has suddenly arrived in the middle of a Much Bigger Thing. Whether they wanted to or not, The History Channel has stumbled into a much larger cultural conversation.

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Tom Hiddleston is one of the few Marvel stars sitting out this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, but he might have something even better up his sleeve. This spring brings the release of Ben Wheatley‘s High-Rise, in which he plays a doctor named Robert Laing who moves into a high-end apartment building. He’s seduced by the easy luxury of life in the tower, which seemingly has everything a young man could need.

But tension and unease are brewing between the classes, and a charismatic provocateur named Wilder (Luke Evans) is fanning the flames of revolution. Full-fledged chaos breaks out, and Laing finds himself swept up as well. Watch the latest High-Rise trailer after the jump.  Read More »

If the career of writer Kevin Williamson is any indication, his new TV show The Following could be in trouble. It’ll premiere later this year on Fox and stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent on the hunt for a serial killer (James Purefoy) who can psychically connect with fellow murders. Sounds promising and, from the guy who wrote Scream, could be truly special.

So how could it be in trouble? Williamson’s career has followed a pattern of huge hit followed by big disappointment ever since he first broke into the business. There were the first two Scream movies, then there was The Faculty and Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Dawson’s Creek was a huge success, but Hidden Palms wasn’t. Currently, he’s experiencing more massive success with The Vampire Diaries so one has to wonder, will The Following follow in the steps of that show or one of the others. Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself. Read More »

With TV upfronts just around the corner, broadcast networks have been scrambling to make some tough calls. Fox has now decreed the fates of its three freshman dramas, axing J.J. AbramsAlcatraz and its Bones spinoff The Finder while re-upping on Kiefer Sutherland‘s Touch. On the animated side, American Dad and Family Guy are slated to return while Cleveland Show and Napoleon Dynamite continue to await a decision.

Meanwhile, the network has been loading up on brand-new pilots, including a serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, the inanely-titled Mob Doctor, and more. Details after the jump.

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‘John Carter’ Super Bowl Commercials

Disney aired a new commercial for Andrew Stanton‘s live action debut John Carter during the big game. After the jump you can watch the super bowl spot, and a 60 second extended spot.

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We got our first glimpse of the new trailer for Disney’s John Carter on Good Morning America several hours ago, but as promised, we now have a much better version to show you. And by “better,” I don’t just mean higher-quality, but also longer, somewhat more interesting, and a little more promising. Check it out after the jump.

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‘John Carter’ Trailer

One of the biggest question marks on the 2012 tentpole schedule is Disney’s John Carter, formerly John Carter of Mars. Pixar’s Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) directs the live-action film that adapts A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Now that we’re able to see some footage, it appears that he has done so with a sense of grand, old-school fantasy/sci-fi epics. I had no idea what to expect out of this, and so far, I’m impressed.

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In June, I visited the editing room of John Carter, the big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic sci-fi novel A Princess of Mars (you can watch my video blog here). At the event, director Andrew Stanton and producer Jim Morris gave a presentation explaining how they came to be involved with the project, and described the unique process they took to “shoot” the adaptation. After the jump you will find a complete transcript of the presentation and question and answer session, along with some concept art from the film and photos from the event.

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On June 20th, I flew to San Francisco to visit Barsoom Studios, in an office building minutes sown the road from Pixar Animation Studios, to see the first footage from John Carter, a big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic sci-fi novel  A Princess of Mars.

In a screening room, Finding Nemo/Wall-E director Andrew Stanton gave us a powerpoint presentation explaining why and how he became involved in the project, and the unique methods they used to “shoot” the film (you can read a transcript of Andrew’s complete presentation and Q&A elsewhere on /Film). We screened a couple scenes from the movie, and the teaser trailer which will be attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (expect to see it online on Thursday, July 14th).

After the jump you can read my brief thoughts, followed by  a video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider (who admits he knows nothing about the source material) and Eric Vespe (better known as Quint from Ain’t It Cool, who knows way way way more than I will ever know about the source material). So we have a good spread of opinions based on a wide range of expectations and knowledge of the source material.

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