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Rumors Abound About Constantine

Showrunner Says It's Not Over Yet
By David Clark
Gossip has abounded in recent months regarding the cult NBC show Constantine. Since the network announced early renewals that did not mention Constantine fans of the series have feared a premature end to the dry humored hero. In a bewildered attempt to placate fan fears Daniel Cerone took to Twitter and explained the show’s status.

Over a series of tweets Cerone revealed NBC’s renewal press release in February was not fully inclusive of all the networks intentions moving forward. Cerone seemed surprised by the assumption the show was already canceled.

“NBC made some early pickups but #Constantine not canceled”.

According to Daniel, NBC has yet to even hear a pitch regarding the second season of Constantine. “We'll pitch them our plans for 2nd season in May. Then they decide,” said Cerone.

Until the pitch is made it would seem premature to assume cancellation is inevitable despite ratings projections. Cerone encourages…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #TheLazarusEffect In Sacramento #EvilWillRise

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The Lazarus Effect on February 25th at 7:30 PM in Sacramento.

From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions- producer of THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises - THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who've achieved the unimaginable- bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.



See how to win tickets after the Jump...

Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #TheLazarusEffect In San Francisco #EvilWillRise

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The Lazarus Effect on February 25th at 7:30 PM in San Francisco.

From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions- producer of THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises - THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who've achieved the unimaginable- bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.



See how to win tickets after the Jump...

Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Fr…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #TheLazarusEffect In Fresno #EvilWillRise

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The Lazarus Effect on February 25th at 7:30 PM in San Francisco.

From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions- producer of THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises - THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who've achieved the unimaginable- bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.



See how to win tickets after the Jump...

Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Fr…

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Deleted Scenes

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 is available today on Digital HD
and will be on Blu-ray/DVD/On Demand on March 6.

"I'm not asking" features a tense exchange between President Snow and Peeta, highlighting Peeta's experience as a prisoner of Panem, previously unseen to audiences in Mockingjay: Part 1.

"Face of a revolution" features a humorous scene with Effie and Katniss as she's prepped (and primped) to become the Mockingjay.

Deleted Scene "I'm not asking"


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Deleted Scene "Face of a revolution"


Lionsgate's (NYSE: LGF) global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, March 6, the Company announced today.

Mockingjay - Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearl…

Steven Spielberg Hoping to Direct Chris Pratt Indiana Jones Reboot

Indy may change, but the director stays the same.
By Brandon Wolfe
It sounds like if and when recently crowned King of Hollywood Chris Pratt decides to take over the fedora and whip from Harrison Ford for an Indiana Jones reboot, he might have Indy’s old guiding hand helping with the transition. Sources tell Deadline that, depending upon the script being up to snuff, Steven Spielberg hopes to direct Pratt’s inaugural outing as the intrepid archaeologist.

It’s still far too early in the game for any celebration to begin, however, as no formal work has yet begun on the project. But considering how integral Spielberg has been to the entire series from the beginning (the dreadful fourth film notwithstanding), it’s encouraging to hear that he is eager to oversee the next phase of the franchise. Given that Spielberg personally selected Pratt for his starring role in the upcoming Jurassic World, it would seem that the director is as high on the actor as everyone else.

Discuss this story w…

Movie Review: McFarland USA

Filled with feel-good sports moments and genuinely honest portrayals by its cast, McFarland USA sprints past the competition.
Review by Matt Cummings
There's a good chance you've never heard of Disney's McFarland USA, and yet you would be mistaken if such a lack of marketing didn't mean it wasn't completely worthy of your time. This drama about high school runners is a pitch-perfect, uplifting tale that separates itself from the common feel-good tripe, demanding your attention and inspiring you with its gigantic heart.

Set in the 1987 California farming town of McFarland, hot-headed and disgraced football coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) drags his wife Cheryl (Maria Bello) and children to yet another job after he's fired (again) for assaulting an athlete. As soon as they arrive, Jim realizes that this nearly all-Hispanic town is economically disadvantaged, many of its students work in the fields rather than in the classroom, and very few of their parents hav…

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERWAY ON OLIVER STONE’S “SNOWDEN”

Cast confirmed as shooting begins for December 25th release.

Filming on Academy Award®-Winning Director Oliver Stone’s highly anticipated production, SNOWDEN, has begun in Munich and will continue in various locations around the world until mid-May.

The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Night Rises, Inception) in the title role alongside a stellar cast comprising of Academy Award® Nominee, Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars, White Bird, The Descendants), Academy Award®-Winner, Melissa Leo (Prisoners, The Fighter), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill), Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Patriot) and Timothy Olyphant (I Am Number Four, This Is Where I Leave You).

Pathé Films developed the project with Stone’s long-time producing partner Moritz Borman and have retained distribution rights for Fran…

Zack Snyder Reveals Jason Momoa's Aquaman

Our first look at the King of Atlantis.
By Brandon Wolfe
Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming Batman V. Superman as well as the two-part Justice League film, offered a glimpse tonight of a major player in those films, as he posted to his Twitter page the very first image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman. The accompanying tagline, "Unite the Seven," likely alludes to the eventual union of all Justice League members.

Momoa's Aquaman looks ornate, imposing and about as far away from this guy as possible.

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Terminator Genisys Gets IMAX Treatment, Glowing Script Reviews

Latest sequel goes big and goes all over time.
By Brandon Wolfe
It’s been confirmed that IMAX Corporation, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions will be digitally remastering this summer’s Terminator Genisys into the IMAX 3D format and releasing the film into IMAX theaters worldwide on July 1st. It will be the first film in the Terminator franchise to appear on IMAX screens.

The film, the fifth in the franchise, is directed by Alan Taylor and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, J. K. Simmons and (ugh) Jai Courtney.

Also, our good friends at The Arnold Fans have posted a pair of script reviews for the film, both positive.

SPOILERS BELOW

The first review gives the indication that Genisys (which is still spelled that way) will be jumping all over the place, Back to the Future Part II-style, starting out during the future war that we’ve only glimpsed in prior films before zipping back to the 1984 timeframe of the original film and ultimately winding up in a…

Vikings S03E01 Recap: Mercenary

The long wait is over, and Vikings is back! I hope you've dusted off your shield, and sharpened your swords, because Ragnar and crew are ready for raiding.

But first. Lagertha pays a visit to the seer. She wants to know if she will ever bear another child, she will not, no matter how far into her future he looks. She asks what does he see. He sees a harvest celebrated in blood, a trickster, a city of marble, a burning city. She doesn't understand his prophecy, and she's not meant to. Lagertha asks when she will die. It has already been decided, but he cannot tell her when or how.

High on Ragnar's new perch he tells his son that when the ice breaks he will go back to Essex, and claim the land that King Ecbert promised. He will farm it as he dreamt. Bjorn wants more, he wants to fight, to raid. Ragnar asks why he wishes to fight, and for what. Bjorn has large aspirations of his own. Ragnar asks what he sees. Bjorn sees power. Power is dangerous, it attracts horrors,…

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ CURATES MUSEUM FEATURING ORIGINAL FRANK FRAZETTA MASTERPIECES

SXSW 2015 GALLERY EVENT RUNS MARCH 14 - 21 For a limited time only during SXSW 2015, Robert Rodriguez is proud to present a curated collection of original art, including twelve masterwork paintings by iconic artist FRANK FRAZETTA, including original paintings of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and DEATH DEALER. Considered to be the most influential fantasy artist in history, Frazetta contributed iconic artwork to classic works of fiction for Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars among others. Other notable artwork being featured is artwork from the upcoming Rodriguez film "FIRE and ICE" based on the works of Frank Frazetta.

The gallery will also feature an original SIN CITY masterpiece by FRANK MILLER, original art by DREW STRUZAN including his rendering of Sylvester Stallone for the movie poster FIRST BLOOD, and original poster art for THE THING. Original paintings by New Pop Art master SEBASTIAN KRÜGER including hyper real paintings of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and …

Nic Cage in Outcast on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand 3/31

The Nicholas Cage movie arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on March 31st. Entertainment One presents Nick Powell’s (X-Men: The Last Stand, Batman, Cinderella Man) directorial debut, OUTCAST, an epic medieval crusade starring Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen.

When the heir of the Imperial throne becomes the target of an assassination by his despised older brother, the young prince must flee the kingdom and seek protection. His only hope for survival is a reluctant war-weary crusader named Jacob, who must overcome his own personal demons and rally the assistance of a mythical outlaw known as The White Ghost. Together they must fight side by side in an epic battle to return the prince to his rightful place on the throne.

Watch the trailer here:
Rating: NR
Total Runtime: 98 minutes
S.R.P: $29.99
Video: 16x9
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound

Movie Review: The Duff

The hysterical, sweet The Duff renews our faith in teen comedies.
Review by Matt Cummings
Has recent teen programming always been this awful? In a world where Disney live-action programming makes you feel like you've entered The Dumb Zone with its horrible acting and cheesy scripts, The Duff arrives to kick all of them in their collective pants and then laugh about it all the way to the high school bathroom.

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a high school brainiac whose super-hot friends Casey (Bianca A. Santos) and Jess (Skyler Samuels) are the center of every high school boy's fantasies. Yet, Bianca's Nirvana/Seattle style makes no one turn their heads, escpecially the football team's quarterback and Bianca's longtime neighbor Wesley (Robbie Amell). Through a strange twist of fate, Bianca comes face to face with the jock, learning that she has been designated as a Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), and that this phenomenon is repeated with kids all over campus. Feari…

Movie Review: Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is one of the worst films of the year, and we're still in February. Movie gods, hear our pleas!
Review by Matt Cummings
It doesn't happen too often when I can call a film dead on arrival, but in the case of the franchise-killing Hot Tub Time Machine 2, I can both confidently state its supreme and utter lack of worth, while urging you to stay away at any cost.

Jumping off from the end of 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine, Lou (Rob Coddry) and Nick (Craig Robinson) have made fabulous wealth over the years from their stealing of other people's intellectual property before they themselves had a chance to make it. Meanwhile, Lou's son Jacob (Clark Duke) hasn't taken advantage, relegated instead to being Lou's butler and Adam (John Cusak) is nowhere to be found. But as a guest at Lou's party shoots one of them in their privates, the trio must set off in the time machine to find the murderer, finding themselves in 2025 and meeting up with …

SNL's Cecily Strong Possibly Haunting New Ghostbusters

Reboot will be proton-packed with funny women.
By Brandon Wolfe
Paul Feig’s distaff Ghostbusters reboot might be plucking yet another funny lady out of Saturday Night Live’s Studio 8H as Film Divider reports that Cecily Strong might be joining the cast alongside her SNL colleagues Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, as well as show alum Kristen Wiig.

The character earmarked for Strong is said to be “one of the biggest non-Ghostbuster parts aside from the villain” and “an authority figure who liaises with our heroines, privately backing their activities and acknowledging their legitimacy, but publicly denouncing the group to the media in order to avoid panic amongst the wider populous.”

If true, this would seem to be a character with no analogous counterpart in the original film, making it even clearer how much Feig intends this Ghostbusters to be its own animal. It’s also clear that, Internet griping notwithstanding, this thing is going to be filled to the brim with fine comediennes.

They're Talkin' 'bout Rebooting Shaft

Can you dig it?
By Brandon Wolfe
The long-dormant Shaft franchise is set to be revived by New Line, who have recently acquired the rights to the character. The studio is teaming up with Davis Entertainment to dust off the black private dick for the modern age.

The original Shaft was released in 1971 starring Richard Roundtree and directed by Gordon Parks. A reboot/sequel, directed by John Singleton, was released in 2000 starring Samuel L. Jackson as the nephew of Roundtree’s John Shaft (who also appeared). Jackson was initially set to reprise the role in a new series of films, but despite the film’s modest success, the sequels never materialized.

No word yet on what direction the new film will take, but perhaps both Roundtree and Jackson can return to mentor a young John Shaft III, sex machine in training.

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Neill Blomkamp's Alien Fantasy Film Becomes a Reality

Alien gets a resurrection thanks to Instagram.
By Brandon Wolfe
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp created a stir recently when he posted to his Instagram page a series of Alien concept art images he had commissioned independently as an unsolicited “what if?” fantasy project. Blomkamp stated at the time that he did this for fun and that he did not expect any of it to ever come to fruition. Yet sometimes fantasies do come true, as both the director and 20th Century Fox have now confirmed that Blomkamp will indeed be bringing his Alien vision to life.


Ridley Scott, the granddaddy of the Alien franchise, will produce the film through his production company, Scott Free. The project will coexist with the upcoming Prometheus sequel that Scott is still making for some reason.

Though Sigourney Weaver has not yet signed onto the new film, she recently expressed enthusiasm for the idea and has just worked with Blomkamp on the upcoming Chappie. Given that the concept art showcased the Ellen R…

X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool Casting News

See why two signings in the X-men universe mean very different things for their respective films.
Story by Matt Cummings
With X-Men: Days of Future Past still basking in its critical and financial success from last summer, it's clear that Director Bryan Singer hit almost every note with his return to the franchise. That's a big difference when comparing it to the disaster that is the Spider-man camp, as Sony recently agreed to 'lend' back the iconic character to Marvel in an effort to boost his damaged reputation.

There is none of that over at 20th Century Fox, where both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse begin their pre-production schedules with as much inertia as we've ever seen from these respective franchises. For both, the news continues to flow in, as major casting news was announced today, giving us a better idea of the various characters that will appear. First comes Apocalypse, as we've learned that Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) wi…

LIONSGATE AND SAMSUNG ANNOUNCE “INSURGENT – SHATTER REALITY” VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE

360°Immersive Video Creates Unique Experience for Fans of The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung), one of the world’s leading technology companies, have teamed up to create the exclusive virtual reality (VR) experience “INSURGENT – SHATTER REALITY,” the two companies announced today.

The four-minute visual work of art is a fully-immersive, 360° narrative experience set in the world of the upcoming feature film The Divergent Series: Insurgent and features stars from the film including Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Miles Teller and Mekhi Phifer. Beginning February 27, fans can experience the VR content for themselves exclusively through Samsung Gear™ VR powered by the Galaxy Note® 4 as “INSURGENT – SHATTER REALITY” goes on tour in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin and San Francisco prior to going live across all platforms and app stores.

The experience will also be availab…

'Inferno' Hails the Return of daVinci Code's Robert Langdon

We have new information on the return of daVinci Code's Robert Langdon. Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.
The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April. The projects executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologists adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Infer…

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Begins Filming

Will Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley return?
Story by Matt Cummings
For fans of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it's been a bumpy road as of late. Two excellent films - Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man's Chest - were followed up by two thoroughly disappointing ones, in At World's End and On Stranger Tides. Some have pointed out that the failure of the last two were due to poor character development of leads Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, and that their absence in On Stranger Tides sealed the fate of one of the most successful live-action series in history.

Still others blame the decision to feature Actor Johnny Depp's quirky Jack Sparrow so prominently in On Stranger Tides as the prominent reason for that film's failure. Debate was fierce over whether the Knightley-Bloom-Depp triangle was the reason for the series' early success, and whether or not that relationship should be renewed. As Dead Men Tell No Tales begins filming …