24: Legacy Review

24 has been remarkably consistent over the years. Even when they switched to 12 episodes, the machinations that keep the real time going are a well-oiled machine. With 24: Legacy, it feels good to be back in a familiar zone but see all the new directions this story could take.

It is just after noon when Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) springs into action, defending himself and his wife Nicole (Anna Diop) from killers who come to their home in Arlington, VA. Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto) makes one last trip to CTU after she’s left the agency, and gets roped back in when Eric needs her help. Meanwhile, Rebecca’s husband John Donovan (Jimmy Smits) is beginning a day of campaigning for President in D.C.  Read More »

Corey Hawkins in 24 Legacy

If you care at all about baseball, you probably spent some of tonight watching Game 1 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. And if you were watching, you probably caught a look at the new trailer for 24: Legacy, Fox’s highly anticipated spinoff series starring Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins. But just in case you missed it, or in case you did see it but feel like watching it again, we’ve got the first 24: Legacy trailer for you right here. Check it out below.

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24 Legacy Cast

A decade ago, Jimmy Smits was the President of the United States of America on The West Wing, and now he’s returning to government with a series regular role on 24: Legacy, the reboot of the original Fox action series that starred Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorst Unit agent Jack Bauer. Get the details on who Smits will be playing in the 24 Legacy cast below, along with everything we know about the series so far. Read More »

’24: Legacy’ Casts Miranda Otto as Female Lead

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A few days ago, it was announced that Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins was set to lead 24: Legacy, Fox‘s reboot/continuation of their infamous real-time action series. His casting came with an additional note – he would soon be joined by a female co-lead to help him make those tough calls about whom to kill and maim in the name of a not-blown-up United States. New name or not, 24 is gonna 24.

And now we know who be playing that female lead: the capable Australian actress Miranda Otto, who you have undoubtedly seen in other films and shows you have enjoyed.

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Homeland Season 5 trailer

The first full-length trailer for Homeland Season 5 begins with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in a good place. She’s got a cushy private job in Berlin, she’s dating a handsome new fellow, and she finally seems to have taken to motherhood. Most importantly, she’s left behind the CIA, the source of her greatest triumphs and tribulations over the years.

… Or so she thought. This is still Homeland we’re talking about, after all. It’s not long before Carrie gets sucked back into a web of international intrigue involving shady government organizations, hackers, black-ops agents, and a rather pissed off Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). Watch the Homeland Season 5 trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Turning trailer

There’s a film with Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo WeavingMiranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh that US audiences haven’t had a chance to see yet. The Turning is an Australian anthology film that adapts a set of short stories by Tim Winton, with more than a dozen directors, including Mia Wasikowska and Anthony Lucas (The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello), David Wenham (300: Rise of an Empire) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed). But the anthology structure and long running time mean that has mostly been on the festival circuit for a while. Check out a trailer for The Turning below. Read More »

HBO Westworld cast

Not long ago, the announcement of a TV series that adapts or jumps off from a noted film would have elicited nothing but eyerolls. After shows like Fargo and Hannibal, however, even the most skeptical onlooker must realize that it’s better to keep an open mind. And when HBO is involved? The “benefit of the doubt” requirement goes way up.

HBO is making a series adaptation of Westworld, based on the 1973 feature film by Michael Crichton. In the movie, visitors to an advanced theme park for adults found their lives threatened when the androids populating the park break down and change behavior thanks to a virus-like problem. Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings, Rake) has just joined the cast, along with recent signee Thandie Newton (Rogue, E.R.). Read More »

The Turning

Omnibus films are tricky beasts. Their very structure tends to make them wildly uneven, particularly if the director and stars change between each segment. But even if the occasional dud is all but unavoidable, a couple of really great pieces can make the whole thing worth watching.

The Turning consists of seventeen interconnected shorts, each based on the short story collection of the same title by Aussie author Tim Winton. It’s too early to tell if any of them are any good, but the ambition on display, at least, is admirable. The director and star lineup is intriguing as well. Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham are among those behind the camera, and Cate Blanchett, shows up as the lead of one chapter, with Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, and Miranda Otto also playing roles. Check out the first trailer after the jump.

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Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski is in final talks for I, Frankenstein, Stuart Beattie‘s adaptation of the comic book by Kevin Grevioux. Aaron Eckhart leads the cast as Frankenstein’s classic monster, who in the present day goes by Adam and stands between humanity and the supernatural demons who would overtake them.

Bill Nighy was previously announced as being in talks to play the villain, a demon prince determined to unlock the secrets of Frankenstein’s reanimation. Strahovski is negotiating for the female lead, a scientist who’s tricked by the demons into helping them create an undead army. Miranda Otto and Socratis Otto (no relation) also star.

Strahovski recently starred in Killer Elite with Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro, and will next appear in My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, and Adam Scott. I, Frankenstein is scheduled to begin shooting this winter in Australia. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, rising star David Oyelowo books yet another high-profile project, and Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola try to stop things from exploding.

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Could MTV Pick Up ‘Locke & Key’?

Briefly: The last time we checked in with Locke & Key, the television comic book adaptation with a pilot directed by Mark Romanek, Fox had passed on the show’s pickup, and the project appeared destined to languish as a non-starter. A trailer appeared to give us a taste of what might have been, but that was it.

Now Deadline says that the head of MTV programming took a look at the show, and is reportedly interested. The site’s report is actually pretty speculative, as it basically boils down to “we think the guy watched and liked the pilot.” So it’s probably a stretch to generate any real hopes that MTV is going to pick up the show. Would the network bite on something that is this far outside its typical realm, especially given that the cast options have expired, which means that any version that got off the ground now might only partially resemble the pilot? (Sure, there’s the new Teen Wolf as an example of MTV offering something vaguely similar, but even that seems like a stretch.) But for those who really held out hope for the show this is a tiny outcropping on which to find a foothold. Let’s see if it leads anywhere.