Last night the fourth-season finale of The Walking Dead moved most of the series’ characters into Terminus. Rick, Carl, and Michonne reunited with Daryl as Rick laid waste to the bad men of Daryl’s new group. The episode took a closer look at Rick as a character and how much he’s changed from the beginning of season four to the end. But once everyone got to Terminus, the peaceful place for sanctuary wasn’t exactly as advertised. While it’s unclear what the people at Terminus are up to, according to Rick Grimes, “They’re screwin’ with the wrong people.” (It probably would’ve been more effective if Rick said, “They’re fuckin’ with the wrong people,” but it’s basic cable.)
When Disney gave their presentation at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada, some believed that the Mouse House would announce some exciting Star Wars: Episode VII news. We’re they going to announce who was going to star in the new movie, or announce its new story, or reveal some early test footage? The possibilities were endless. However, as it turned out, when the presentation was over, they hadn’t announced a single bit of news about Episode VII. It’s a good thing Dominic Monaghan can provide some new insight on the new entry in the Star Wars Saga.
According to Variety, the former Lost star revealed that he wants to appear in Episode VII. “Give me a lightsaber, I’ll do anything,” Monaghan told DweebCast. He also revealed that the new cast will be made up of mostly unknown actors, just like the original trilogy. “We’ve talked a few times about it,” he said about a possible role. “[Director J.J. Abrams] said, ‘we’re putting together a cast of unknowns. We want to follow the ’77 New Hope cast because obviously Harrison Ford wasn’t well known at that point, Mark Hamill wasn’t and Carrie Fisher wasn’t either.”
This week Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes released the first official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the new reboot from producer Michael Bay director Jonathan Liebesman. The reaction from fans and the general public was mixed. Some people thought it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been (faint praise), while others received confirmation that the new movie isn’t going to be very good. Although the filmmakers have taken a darker approach to the Turtles, it still retains its goofy comedic edge. A new banner poster and TV spot gives people a closer and better look at the Heroes in a Half-Shell, while still adhering to the spirit of the trailer.
First up, the banner. All four Turtles are spread out and ready for action. There has been harsh criticism that the character design too ugly and look more like Shrek than the traditional Turtles. They all have they’re familiar colors, weapons, and personalities, which have been amped up for a newer generation of fans. The Turtles are also huge, so it’s going to be interesting to see how agile they are when they’re in action.
The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of our most anticipated movies of the year. Director Matt Reeves will take a stab at the rebooted film franchise with an approach that should be emotionally satisfying and action packed. Now Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is generating some good buzz after Twentieth Century Fox screened footage from the film and a brand-new extended trailer at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Eric Eisenberg from our sister site Cinema Blend got a first look at the footage, and based on his glowing words, it sounds like Dawn might be even better than its predecessor. With three years between movies, CGI and filmmaking technology has grown to a point where the motion-capture apes featured in the new movie look more realistic and livelier than they did the first time around. It sounds like you can now actually tell what the apes are thinking about through their body language alone.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a way for Marvel Studios to branch out and expand their universe into the realm of broadcast television. While heavy hitters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor aren’t featured on the show, the episodes focus on a new team of unknown S.H.I.E.L.D. agents comprised of rookies and veterans, and led by Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. If you’re wondering to yourself, “Hey! Didn’t Loki kill Agent Coulson in The Avengers?” Well… yes and no, and the answer may involve the Kree Empire.
The mysteries of Coulson’s return have been teased through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first season. In the premiere, his resurrection came as a surprise to everyone, while Coulson himself had no memory about how he returned to life. The writers used the misdirection term “sent to Tahiti” (or T.A.H.I.T.I.) as a shortcut to what really happened. One member of the new team, Skye (Chloe Bennett), was taken to the same facility when her life was on the line. S.H.I.E.L.D. injected her with a serum made from a blue alien, the same serum that saved Coulson. Skye’s life was saved, but the blue alien has been another puzzle. As it turns out, it might have had something to do with the Kree Empire.
Man, Scarlett Johansson is really busy these days. Last year, she provided the voice for the OS in Spike Jonze’s Academy Award-winning cautionary tale Her. She’s starring in Jonathan Glazer’s visually hypnotic Under The Skin and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which both come out next week, and at the same time, she’s shooting Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Johansson is also set to star in Jon Favreau’s Chef later this year, and while the 29-year-old actress has a lot of good genre movies on the horizon, she’s due to star in one more just before the end of the year, Luc Besson’s Lucy.
Johansson stars as the titular character. Slated for release this August, the new film returns the French director back to the science fiction genre since the film The Fifth Element in 1997. Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Johansson as Lucy, who looks totally badass with a gun. Johansson traded in Black Widow’s red hair for a blonde look as an amped up femme fatale. While we don’t know the context of this image, she certainly looks like she means business and is ready to kick a whole lot of ass.