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The first wave of films for Fantastic Fest 2013 was good. The second wave looked great. And now the third one proves why this little film festival in Austin is truly one of the best in the country.

Escape From Tomorrow (above), The Zero Theorem, Metallica Through The Never, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Gatchaman and Jodorowsky’s Dune are just a few of the new films announced for the festival, which takes place September 19 – 26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in Austin, Texas.

Below, check out the full list of the third wave as well as some new stills. Read More »

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Not as many surprises on the Friday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2013, but that doesn’t mean it’s not big. Actually, it’s huge.

The second biggest day of the Con will feature a loaded Hall H day including The World’s End, Kick-Ass 2, Riddick, Veronica Mars, RoboCop, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and even two huge TV entries, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

But that’s not all. Also on Friday you’ll see The Legend of Korra, Ron Moore‘s Helix, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Drew Struzan, Joss Whedon, Vikings, Roger Rabbit and Metallica. Yes. Metallica.

Check out the full Friday schedule and see our select highlights below. Read More »

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The riff and machine-gun snare roll combo that opens Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ is a primal thing. My response to it is the same every time — an adrenaline rush, a  bodily thrill, and a genuine feeling of happiness. Now it has an additional effect: making me so ready to watch the 3D IMAX film Metallica: Through the Never. This first trailer for the film from Predators director Nimrod Antal tells us next to nothing about the movie, but it opens with a bit of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ before going into ‘Puppets,’ and the effect of the latter song still takes hold.

We’ve seen that one photo of star Dane DeHaan staring down a whole bunch of armed dudes that look like they’re in the opening stages of a Warriors recreation. The trailer shows us more of those guys, but doesn’t give any clue as to what they’re doing. Insert song title puns here (‘Seek and Destroy,’ ‘Damage, Inc.,’ ‘Battery’) but is that one of the four horsemen that shows up at the end? Seems like it. What the hell is going on there? No idea.

Then there’s the really well-shot live footage of Metallica. The stage set looks great, and the sound is huge. If you were ever a fan of the band, even if you’ve fallen away in the last decade or two, this will probably pull you back in. And if you never walked away in the first place, this is going to push your buttons hard. Read More »

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Is this image a shot of Metallica fans after they got through their first listen of Load? Maybe it’s a sound engineers union reacting to the drum sound on St. Anger, or the original release mix of Death Magnetic? Maybe it’s just a show in Brazil; those fans get crazy.

We don’t know precisely what’s going on in the shot, but we do know it’s the first image from Nimrod Antal‘s film Metallica: Through the Never, which stars Dane DeHaan as a road crew member experiences something that turns his life upside down. Running across a post-apocalyptic mob bristling with weapons tends to do that, I guess.

See the full image, captioned ‘Chaos,’ below. Read More »

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