marvel phase three agents of shield

Marvel Studios‘ massive Phase Three announcement earlier this year laid out an incredibly ambitious and huge multi-year story that will cross numerous films, through franchises new and old, all culminating in the two-part film Avengers: Infinity War. Well, on Tuesday’s Winter finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, that story quietly began. How and why? We’ll save those spoilers for after the jump.

In addition, it was confirmed the ABC show will tie-in with May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Below, read the Marvel Phase Three Agents of SHIELD connection below. Read More »

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Inside Out Riley (happy)

Pixar’s Inside Out will be all about the emotions guiding 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), but it’ll also feature some of the outside influences that figure into her thinking — namely her parents, who’ll be voiced by Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane. And the film will go inside their minds as well.

Hit the jump for more about the Inside Out parents, including details on what their emotional headquarters will look like and new comments from writer/director Pete Docter about the story. Read More »

C3PO Batman

Want to see more set videos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Who really came up with the story behind Guardians of the Galaxy? Which Twin Peaks actor leads the new names in the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? What does Arkham Asylum look like in Gotham? Is the Honest Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze funny? Care to learn more about the costumes, makeup and even some alternatve looks of Guardians of the Galaxy? Which supervillain is coming to The Flash? Read about all this and more in a special weekend edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Twin Peaks deleted scene

It’s safe to say that I am unreasonably excited about the upcoming Twin Peaks blu-ray box set. Rumors of new Twin Peaks material have always seemed both unrealistic and unappealing — the show’s ship has sailed, and we’ve all got to accept that. But the reveal of deleted scenes shot between 1989 and 1992 is something else altogether. That’s a holy grail, a set of artifacts from when the story was really alive.

The blu-ray set has a bunch of deleted material — almost a feature-length set of scenes and outtakes from the feature film Fire Walk With Me, and also some scenes cut from the TV series. We’ve seen a glimpse of some of that stuff via the first trailer for the box set. Below, we have the first full deleted scene to share. It’s a short bit from the TV series, specifically from the pilot, showing a thing we’ve never seen before: the moment when Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) meets Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) for the first time. Read More »

Breathe In

Guy Pearce was last seen in Iron Man 3, and Felicity Jones will soon appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But in Drake DoremusBreathe In, they’ll both ditch the superpowered world for a quieter, messier, more grounded one.

In his follow-up to 2011′s festival hit Like Crazy, which also starred Jones, Doremus once again delves into the complicated desires that connect and separate people. Pearce plays music teacher Keith, whose family plays host to British exchange student Sophie (Jones). A talented piano player — not to mention a soulful, striking young woman — she draws Keith’s attention, and a forbidden bond begins to form. Amy Ryan and Mackenzie Davis also star, as Keith’s wife and daughter, respectively. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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It’s been a few days since our last TV Bits (sorry!), so we have a ton of stuff to catch up on. After the jump:

  • Alexis Bledel, Kyle McLachlan, Hope Davis, and more get pilots
  • Downton Abbey loses one character but gains six more
  • Jeffrey Wright will be a series regular on Boardwalk Empire
  • A bunch of Fox shows including The Following get early renewals
  • The Zero Hour has gets cancelled by ABC after just three episodes
  • Will Jimmy Fallon take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show?
  • The X-Files finally gets a tenth season… as a comic book
  • Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind the Candelabra gets EW cover
  • Hannibal and Mad Men offer up not very revealing teasers
  • See character posters and an extended trailer for Game of Thrones
  • Peek behind the scenes of Breaking Bad‘s final season

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This is as good a Friday treat as we’re ever likely to offer. Just as I celebrated the 25th anniversary of the film this summer, it was announced that fifty minutes of deleted scenes had been recovered for David Lynch‘s seminal 1986 film Blue Velvet. Those scenes are available on the film’s new Blu-ray disc release, which streets next week, on November 8. I just watched a handful of the ‘new’ scenes, and while I haven’t yet seen them in full blu-ray resolution, what I did see suggested that the mastering and color correction all supervised by Lynch, were done with a meticulous attention to detail.

But don’t take my word for it. Below you’ll find a scene featuring Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) threatening one of his ‘friends’ as Jeffrey Beaumont and Dorothy Vallens (Kyle MacLachlan and Isabella Rossellini) look on in horror. The clip is considered NSFW due to language and nudity, but given that this is a Frank Booth scene, I’m sure that does not come as a surprise.

Oh, and this features the infamous lost ‘woman lighting her nipples on fire’ moment, which Lynch has called a favorite scene. It has been discussed by many Lynch fans, but seen by few people. I’ve wanted to see this scene for many, many years. Read More »

Twenty-five years ago, David Lynch held a crystal clear mirror up to the face of America. Blue Velvet, which had played festivals in Montreal and Toronto, opened in the US on September 19, 1986. It was mainstream America’s real introduction to the private world of David Lynch. Eraserhead was still a cult film. While many people had seen The Elephant Man and some (not many) had seen Dune, few were prepared for the deeply idiosyncratic dreamscape Americana seen in Blue Velvet. Attacked for depicting a savage sexuality rarely seen on screen, the movie attracted no shortage of negative attention, but it quickly became regarded as a classic.

After twenty-five years Blue Velvet’s mysterious and musical vision of middle-American life remains seductive and powerful. Its gallows humor still earns laughs, and a peculiar clash of of classical Hollywood and noirish styles draws viewers in to Lynch’s unique world. The classic and noir impulses came out of Lynch’s own fondness for movies, but combined with his depiction of raw, violent sexuality they suggested something specific. That is, the deranged sexual power games in Blue Velvet aren’t anomalies; they’re what was always going on when the camera panned away in movies of the past.

The film established the career of Laura Dern and prevented Kyle MacLachlan’s image from being lost in the sandstorm of Dune. (MacLachlan’s look as the young Jeffrey Beaumont was actually based on Lynch’s own sartorial manner.) More than anything else it gave Dennis Hopper a framework in which to create one of the strongest, ugliest and most frightening characters ever seen on the silver screen: the raging gangster and sexual manchild Frank Booth.

The film’s twenty-fifth birthday is something to celebrate. As Jeffrey says when making a toast in the film, “here’s to an interesting experience.” Read More »

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