Between the final seasons of Dexter and Breaking Bad and the premiere of CBS’ Under the Dome, this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for TV viewers. After the jump:

  • George R.R. Martin teases new characters for Game of Thrones Season 4
  • Melissa Leo boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Wayward Pines
  • Tracy Morgan and Jenna Elfman find new jobs
  • Amazon makes some decisions about its new series
  • Comedy Central renews Inside Amy Schumer
  • Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys again
  • Vince Gilligan chats about the potential Saul Goodman spinoff
  • See new pics from CBS’ Stephen King thriller Under the Dome
  • Meet Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the new Dexter promo

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them in the form of a beautiful mysterious woman in a downed spacecraft. In Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough play two members of a lonely crew mopping up what’s left of Earth decades after a devastating alien attack.

They’re nearing the end of their assignment when Julia (Olga Kurylenko) falls out of the sky, leading Jack (Cruise) to realize that not all is as it seems. And, naturally, that the fate of humanity rests in his hands. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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If the first trailer for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion made Tom Cruise look like a human Wall-E, the second turns him into a more typical sci-fi action hero. Not that that’s a bad thing. The new video offers a better idea of just why Jack is so intrigued by the mysterious woman (Olga Kurylenko) in the spacecraft, and what’s at stake when he decides to go against orders. Hit the jump to watch.

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In terms of message, there isn’t really much to The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. It’s a film about love and the trials and tribulations we endure for it. Which, in a way, is pretty much the theme of half the movies ever made. What makes the film so entertaining is that it’s kind of insane. Shia LaBeouf plays the title character, who ignores society and goes on a seat of his pants adventure across Bucharest, embracing every impulse and never knowing what’s coming next. The audience can probably see what’s coming next, but getting there is a wild, frivolous ride.

Making his feature film debut, commercial director Fredrik Bond has made a visually impressive, thematically pointless joyride tainted with drugs and blood. And if that sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll love The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Read More »

There are two “Die Hard in the White House” movies set for release this year. One is Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. The other is Antoine Fuqua‘s Olympus Has Fallen, which features Gerard Butler as a secret service agent, Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States, Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House, and a whole bunch of Asian antagonists.

Here, Butler’s agent pulls the POTUS from a wrecked limo just before it plunges off a bridge… with the First Lady inside. He’s removed from service, but ends up back in action when the White House is taken over by terrorists while he’s inside. As the President is held hostage and Butler works his violent magic from inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,  Morgan Freeman’s Speaker manages the situation from the outside. It’s all very explosive, and even the Washington Monument takes a hit.

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Here’s the first official poster for Oblivion, the new film from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The movie casts Tom Cruise as a drone repairman who is stationed on an Earth that has seen better days, to put things mildly. The first image sells a grand vision of an almost fossilized Manhattan, with Cruise in the now-standard poster stance. After Tron I’m not certain about Kosinski’s storytelling chops, but I know he can deliver visual spectacle, and this poster certainly promises big imagery.

Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo also star, with the script by William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek, and Michael Arndt based on a graphic novel that Kosinski created.

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This eclectic edition of Sequel Bits covers everything from the Lifetime Channel to Machete Kills. After the jump:

  • Javier Bardem says he was offered Bond way back when
  • Carrie Fisher would be interested in doing Star Wars VII
  • Melissa Leo and Octavia Spencer join Lifetime’s Five 2
  • Spy Kids star Alexa Vega is all grown up in Machete Kills
  • See Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit
  • Here’s where you can watch The Hobbit in 48 fps 3D

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If you’re in a good mood and want to preserve it, might want to put watching this trailer off for later. Francine stars Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Treme) as a recent ex-con who isn’t having the best time adjusting to life after prison. The trailer doesn’t give too many details of just what she does after getting out of the joint, but that seems to be true of the film, too. What it does do is present a series of relatively quiet scenes that quickly lead to the impression that things are really very wrong. In spite of the relatively banal content of most of this footage, the end result is an impressive sense of unease.  Read More »

Things are super busy in Panem this week. Earlier today, Amanda Plummer was officially cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Lionsgate let it slip that both halves of the third film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, are moving so fast, they’re already looking for new directors as Francis Lawrence won’t have time to do it.

Now Variety says the first sequel has three major actors close to filling three major roles with filming scheduled to begin in a few months. Sam Claflin, last seen in Snow White and the Huntsman, is up for the highly coveted role of Finnick Odair, Oscar winner Melissa Leo is up for the role of Mags and Tony Shalhoub is on the list for Beetee. Read about each of the roles and more after the jump. Read More »