The Handmaid's Tale Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the first season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.)

There’s no denying that The Handmaid’s Tale is powerful. Its story of a distinctly American dystopia in which women’s rights are oppressed and their bodily autonomy is stolen by a totalitarian government is gripping and timely, with more real-world implications by the minute. But it is a TV show, and “powerful” can only take a series so far.

The Hulu show inevitably had to make some deviations from the Margaret Atwood novel upon which its based, transforming The Handmaid’s Tale from a dismal cautionary tale into a more conventional, hopeful sci-fi thriller. And while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it presents a whole new host of problems for the show to deal with in its confirmed second season.

Spoilers ahead for the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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the predator Yvonne Strahovski

When Shane Black revealed the cast of The Predator in a photo on Monday, one thing became abundantly clear: there was only one woman in that line-up of well-dressed and generally handsome gentlemen. But now, we know that Olivia Munn won’t be the only woman on the alien hunter’s to-kill list. She’s getting some company in the form of Yvonne Strahovski.

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manhattan night trailer

If you like trailers that probably reveal far too many plot points, then the trailer for Manhattan Night was cut just for you. The mystery — which might be hard to call a mystery after this trailer — involves a reporter that gets in over his head. Adrien Brody stars in the film, which looks like a bit like a throwback to the sexually-charged thrillers we rarely see these days.

Below, watch the Manhattan Night trailer.

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24 Live Another Day

The first teaser for 24: Live Another Day debuted during the Super Bowl, but since we’ve yet to receive a full-length trailer we’re still mostly in the dark as to what the show will actually look like. Happily, we have a slightly better idea today since Fox has revealed a big batch of stills.

The new 24: Live Another Day images feature returning characters Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), along with lots of fresh faces played by Yvonne Strahovski, Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, and more. See them all after the jump.

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Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24

After a stint as a serial killer on Showtime’s Dexter, Yvonne Strahovski is returning to the spy life. The Chuck alumna has signed on for Fox’s event series 24: Live Another Day, becoming one of several newcomers to the franchise. Original series stars Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, and William Devane are set to reprise their roles.

As for when we’ll get to see all this talent in action, Fox has finally confirmed a spring date for the 12-episode run. Hit the jump for premiere dates for 24, Surviving Jack, Gang Related, and Seth MacFarlane‘s Cosmos, plus more details on Strahovski’s role.

Update: Keep reading for new comments from Sutherland and executive producer Evan Katz on the plot of the miniseries and the possibility of a follow-up film.

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The Hunger Games Catching Fire - Katiss and Peeta Victory Tour header

We’re less than a month away from the granddaddy of all pop culture gatherings, San Diego Comic-Con, and Lionsgate is the first studio to officially announce it will be bringing movies to show off. On Saturday July 20, in Hall H, stars and filmmakers behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and I, Frankenstein will be on hand to promote and show brand new footage. Read More »

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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Here’s the trailer for Killer Elite, which is the Jason Statham-iest Jason Statham movie yet. The muscular star plays a killer (elite) whose mentor (Robert De Niro) is kidnapped by another killer (Clive Owen). Cue a rescue attempt and a great many instances of people talking about just what a badass Jason Statham is. Gary McKendry directs this one, which should be an instant ticket purchase for anyone who loved The Mechanic. Check the trailer below. Read More »

David Ayers wrote and will direct End of Watch, which already has Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena cast as two LAPD officers who “confront marriage, love, fatherhood and the harsh realities of the Los Angeles streets.” Now Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7) are in talks to play the respective love interests in the movie. We don’t have too many more details on End of Watch, but the film shoots later this summer. [Variety]

After the break, a total change of pace into horror as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 co-star Bill Mosely gets a role in Leatherface 3D, but not the same role he played in Chainsaw 2. And Adam Scott books two new comedy roles. Read More »

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We reported on the last round of casting for Celeste and Jesse Forever just the other day, when Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor and Chris Messina joined the cast of the film that follows Rashida Jones (who co-wrote) and Andy Samberg as a couple who tries to maintain their friendship while still living in the same house during their divorce. Now Elijah Wood has signed on as well; THR says he’ll be “Celeste’s business partner, a metrosexual who tries to be her ‘saucy gay friend.'” I’m not sure if that means the character is gay, or if he’s a straight guy who tries to play that role with Celeste (Rashida Jones).  Either way, I’ll be happy to see Elijah Wood do outright comedy, since we don’t often see him in that mode on the big screen.

After the break, Colin Hanks continues his hot streak and Paul Schneider breaks his lizard. Read More »