Low Winter Sun

With Breaking Bad due to come to a finish this September, there’s room on the AMC lineup for a new critically acclaimed antihero crime drama. With some luck, Low Winter Sun could be the one to fill it.

Adapted from a 2006 British miniseries of the same title, the series follows Detroit detective Frank Agnew (Mark Strong), who with the help of his partner Joe Geddes (Lennie James) kills a fellow cop. The pair cover up their crime and believe for a spell that they’ve gotten away with the perfect murder… but of course, if they had, there’d be no show. The incident brings about an intense investigation that pushes Frank deeper and deeper into the underworld.

Low Winter Sun won’t debut for another week, but AMC is eager to get people hooked early with a little peek at the first episode. Watch the first five minutes of the premiere after the jump.

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Low Winter Sun

AMC loves complicated, antiheroic protagonists, and they’re adding one more to their slate this summer with Low Winter Sun. Mark Strong and Lennie James star as a pair of Detroit detectives who kill a fellow cop and then try to cover up their misdeed.

Only it’s not that simple, of course. The crime sparks an in-depth investigation, which in turn pushes the pair further and further into moral bankruptcy. Ruben Santiago-Hudson and David Costabile (a.k.a. Gale Boetticher from your other favorite AMC antihero show) also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Welcome to the Punch

Films like Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake represent a very particular kind of British crime drama. They’re modern, they’re slick, they have memorable characters, and feature tons of twists and turns in the plot. Eran Creevy‘s Welcome to the Punch looks very much like that.

Produced by Ridley Scott, the film stars James McAvoy as a detective on the trail of a crime boss, played by Mark Strong. It was released in the UK last week and opens in the US theaters and on VOD next week. A trailer came out a few months back, but that since disappeared in favor of this latest one that shows a distinct visual style and plenty of action. Check it out after the jump, along with a few quotes from UK reviews. Read More »

If you’ve hungered for a crime film with the particular flavor that the UK can provide, Welcome to the Punch might be your movie. From writer/director Eran Creevy (Shifty), the film casts James McAvoy and Mark Strong as a cop and criminal at odds with one another. Strong is the untouchable underworld figure, and McAvoy is the detective who doggedly trails him. That’s the beginning of the story, at least. There’s a lot of gunplay in this first trailer, but also enough to show us that the basic “cop versus bad guy” setup isn’t all this film is interested in. Read More »

The ad campaign for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the mission that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a Navy SEAL team, has been pretty low-key so far. But then, the studio hasn’t had to do much, as there has been a fair amount of publicity for the movie thanks to accusations that the original October release date was meant to remind audiences of President Obama’s role in the mission, just before the Presidential election takes place. There have been far more serious (but unproven) allegations that the film is based on access to classified data that was given illegally to the production.

Now it’s time to move beyond those talking points to look at the actual film. Derspite featuring Joel EdgertonJessica ChastainChris PrattKyle ChandlerMark Strong, and Jason Clarke, the teaser trailer showed few faces, and relied upon audio montage to set up the story of the hunt for Bin Laden. A few images later gave us a bit more. Now you can see a lot more of Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker, in the full trailer below. Read More »

Major actors going to TV and major characters returning to TV are just two of the following TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • MTV’s new found footage show, The Experiment, is inspired by Paranormal Activity.
  • Mark Strong will star in an AMC pilot called Low Winter Sun.
  • Channing Tatum’s wife Jenna Dewan (above) will romance Adam Levine on American Horror Story season 2.
  • Matthew Weiner talks seasons 6 and 7 of Mad Men including Elisabeth Moss‘ role.

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They’re not major sequel updates, that’s why they’re called “Bits.” After the jump, you can enjoy expanding your knowledge on the following:

  • Michael Fassbender reveals he’s been chatting with writer Simon Kinberg about X-Men First Class 2.
  • Jay Baruchel confirms he’s been doing the voices for How To Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Mark Strong comments on whether or not he thinks a sequel to John Carter will see the light of day.
  • James Cameron geeks out about Prometheus and offers a non-update on Avatar 2 and 3.
  • Sir Ridley Scott spoke a bit about the use of 3D in Prometheus.

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‘John Carter’ – What Did You Think?

It’s the big weekend for Disney, and Pixar director Andrew Stanton, as Stanton’s live-action adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars finally hits theaters. John Carter is a film that has been many, many years in development, and finally sees life thanks to Stanton’s interest in the story. Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong and more make up the cast of the film, which follows a Civil War vet (Kitsch) who is transported to Mars, where he meets a smokin’ hot princess (Collins) and is drawn into an alien civil strife.

In our review of the film, Angie praised the loving care devoted to realizing the film’s world, even as she was less than impressed with the overall narrative structure and central character. But enough about our thoughts, and enough about Disney’s marketing of the movie, plans for sequels, or past versions that never came to be. Let’s talk about the John Carter that we have here and now — hit the jump to voice your thoughts on the film, and go into the discussion knowing that spoilers lie ahead. Read More »

On a surface level, there’s much that Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter gets right — much more than you’d expect, given Disney’s exasperatingly incompetent marketing campaign. The visual effects are imaginative and seamless, the action is appropriately flashy, and the source material by Edgar Rice Burroughs seems rich enough in mythology to make even the most jaded sci-fi and fantasy geek drool. All of that, however, can’t make up for the fact that beyond its intricate trappings, John Carter feels oddly hollow. Somehow, the director who once brought us Finding Nemo and Wall-E fails to evoke emotion in his first live-action outing.

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