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Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train Trailer and Poster

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A new trailer and poster for the upcoming adaptation of “The Girl on the Train” has finally released and it actually looks pretty good! The movie is based on the bestselling novel of the same name written by Paula Hawkins.

In the movie, we find Rachel, who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

The Girl on the Train is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help and Get on Up) and adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor. The film is produced by Marc Platt while the executive producers are Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas.

The Girl on the Train movie stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon.

The movie releases by Universal Pictures on October 7. Check out the new trailer below:

 

Game of Thrones Season 7 to Premiere in Summer 2017

It was previously reported that “Game of Thrones” would have a delayed production schedule because, you know, winter has finally come. It was speculated that this would mean a later premiere date and that has now been confirmed.

It was just announced by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming, that the seventh season has a debut slated for summer 2017 on HBO.

It was also revealed that production will take place in Northern Ireland to get the wintery scenes, while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

There is no date yet for the summer premiere but it should be announced soon.

“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’ executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” said Bloys. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

 

Last week, Game of Thrones received 23 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. This year’s nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Max von Sydow), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).

Production on the Next Season of Game of Thrones Delayed

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The return of “Game of Thrones” has been delayed unfortunately. The series, which usually premieres every year around March/April, has been pushed back due to production being delayed. But there is a pretty good reason at least.

Executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed in a podcast that filming of season seven will not begin in July, as it normally does. The problem is from a lack of winter weather and since winter has come, production needs some wintery sets, Weiss explained:

We’re starting a little bit later because, at the end of this season, winter is here, and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. We kind of pushed everything down the line so we could get some grim, gray weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot.

The showrunners did not let on as to when production will begin.

It was also revealed a few weeks ago that the end of the series is closer than anyone wants. The plan is to wrap it up with 13 more episodes spread over two more seasons.

There is no official word from HBO on whether this production delay will affect the season seven premiere air date but it seems likely with a delayed production schedule.

FOX Gives Pilot Order for New X-Men TV Series

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This week, FOX and Marvel officially announced their series order for a new X-Men TV series! Fox has done a put pilot commitment for a new Marvel action-adventure series with Matt Nix writing the pilot script while serving as an Executive Producer.

The X-Men series is currently, known as the Untitled Fox Marvel Project and will reportedly focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

“Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network–and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe,” said Madden. “There’s comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships, and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series.”

Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television added,

“Working with Marvel on a television series for FOX has been a professional dream for our head of development, Michael Thorn, and all of us at the studio. Matt, Lauren, Bryan, Simon, Jeph and Jim are a powerhouse team of creative artists, and we can’t wait to get started on what will easily be one of this development season’s most exciting new projects.”

Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television also commented,

“Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project. Matt’s a huge fan of X-Men and his take on the X-Men universe, with its rich characters and high-stakes adventure, is exactly the show we want on FOX. It’s a great team of creative producers who will be making something entirely unique.”

The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production. The Untitled Fox Marvel Project is a co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television. Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb  and Jim Chory are serving as Executive Producers.

There is no anticipated production date yet.

New Jessica Jones Comic Series from Original Creators Coming This October

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Marvel is knocking it out of the park with their Netflix additions to the MCU and “Jessica Jones” was seriously amazing. While we wait for the second season to premiere, the super heroine with a alcohol problem is returning to comics in a new Marvel series from original creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, according to IGN.

Bendis said he did not want to premiere the comic series back in November with the series, rather, he wanted to wait until he could get the entire original team back together, including cover artist David Mack. Bendis told IGN:

Between [Michael’s art] and David Mack, who is one of my closest friends who did all the covers, that is the signature in which people think of her, of [Jessica Jones’] visuals. So having them all back together and having everyone be just a little bit better at their jobs — I think Michael is a better illustrator and David is a better painter — and I have to rise to the occasion and meet them.

In the comic book, we see Jessica where her comic, Alias, left off. Unlike her Netflix translation, this Jessica and long-time romantic partner Luke Cage have been raising their daughter, Danielle.

Having a child completely changes your perspective on everything, some in obvious ways and some in not-so-obvious ways. Some of them really sneak up on you. Like caring about somebody more than yourself, particularly when you’re very self-involved like Jessica would tend to be, is a big thing … So your perspective changes, and as an investigator and a detective her perspective will change because she’s a mother. I know some people are worried about that baby being dragged like a sack of potatoes that holds down the story or something, but I can think of many ways to tell the story celebrate this part of her life and at the same time complicates it to a degree that a lot of people can relate to. I think a lot of people can relate to trying to ‘do it all.’

Despite the current obstacles, in the Netflix world Jessica and Luke are not yet together though they will eventually end up finding their way back to each other.

 

Preacher is Getting a Longer Second Season

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AMC has officially announced that their newest hit series, “Preacher,” will have a longer second season! Season two will have 13 episodes rather than 10. The show is currently only halfway into its 10-episode first season.

“Preacher” is based on the graphic novel series written by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The television adaptation was developed by stoner-comedy buds Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, along with writer Sam Catlin.

Fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, one-time outlaw Jesse Custer returns home to West Texas to take over his dad’s church. Jesse’s mission, however, becomes twisted when his body is overcome by a cryptic force that unleashes within him a highly unconventional power. Together with hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vagabond Cassidy, the preacher-in-training embarks on a journey to find God in a world inhabited by holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters. 

According to a release from the network, the show is “currently averaging 3.3 million viewers per episode” and is the number-two series on cable among adults ages 18-49 and 25-54.

“What Sam, Seth, Evan and the entire creative team have achieved in bringing Garth Ennis’ graphic novel to the screen is extraordinary,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “We look forward to more time with these unforgettable characters be it in Heaven, Hell, Texas or beyond.”

 

Game of Thrones Season Finale Gets Record-High Ratings

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Not sure if this is surprising to ANYONE but the sixth season finale of “Game of Thrones” has a record high of viewers and received the show’s highest ratings for a single episode.

The extra long finale episode which clocked in at 69-minutes, reached 8.9 million people, breaking its season five finale record of 8.1 million people, according to Nielsen. Among viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the episode scored a 4.4 rating, higher than any other Game of Thrones episode. The show has been drawing around 23.3 million viewers each week, up 15 percent from last year, reports USA Today.

Unfortunately, there is bad news. According to showrunners Game of Thrones will wrap up after two more seasons both of which will be shorter seasons of about 7 episodes each rather than the standard 10. Showrunners have said there are max 15 episodes left in the series total.

The Coldest City is Coming in August of 2017

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Focus Features has officially announced the release date for their upcoming feature, The Coldest City. The film is the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel by Antony Johnston and illustrator Sam Hart.

 

The Coldest City will be directed by David Leitch from an adapted screenplay by Kurt Johnstad. It is described as a high-stakes, global action-thriller that takes place in the city of Berlin, on the eve of the Wall’s collapse and the shifting of superpower alliances. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) portrays Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, who is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival, and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardizes the West’s entire intelligence operation.

Other actors attached to star include John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Til Schweiger, James Faulkner, Eddie Marsan, Roland Møller, Bill Skarsgård, Barbara Sukowa, Johannes Johannesson and Toby Jones.

The Coldest City will open in theaters on August 11, 2017.

Batman: The Killing Joke to Play in Theaters for One Night Only

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The upcoming animated feature film “Batman: The Killing Joke” is coming to a theater near you… for one night only. Fathom Events is teaming up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment to bring the highly anticipated adaptation to select theaters nationwide for one night only on Monday, July 25, 2016. The R-rated animated film will screen at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time at theaters.

In addition to the animated feature, audience members will get to experience a special introduction from Mark Hamill plus a never-before-seen documentary about how Hamill was cast in this project and what the role means to him as an actor and a fan. The event will conclude with a special behind-the-scenes look at how the Joker’s memorable, yet disturbing song and dance number was recreated for this feature.

Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said,

“Fathom Events is thrilled to be able to bring ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ to movie theaters across the country so fans can see it on the big screen. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have created an amazing production based on a beloved graphic novel, and we’re honored to be a part of this release.”

Batman: the Killing Joke is based on the graphic novel of the same name.  It takes fans on a journey into the dark psyche of the iconic villain we love to hate – The Joker – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham City’s finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon’s heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, Batman: The Killing Joke stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans’ imaginations for nearly three decades – spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the punchline that will leave you speechless.

The film will see the return of actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. Bruce Timm also returns as executive producer. The movie also stars the voices of Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are also serving as executive producers. Alan Burnett serves as co-producer.

Tickets for Batman: The Killing Joke can be purchased online beginning Friday, June 17 by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. You can find a a complete list of theater locations by clicking here.

Batman: The Killing Joke will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 2. You can pre-order your own copy by clicking here. The film will be available on Digital HD July 23.

Batman – The Telltale Series to Debut This Summer

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While we don’t know much about the upcoming Batman game from Telltale games, we do know that it will simply be called, “Batman  – The Telltale Series.” It was also revealed by Telltale’s Head of Creative Communications, Job J. Stauffer that it would be released this summer.

The game will focus on Bruce and Batman – leaving out Bat characters like Robin, Nightwing, etc. However, fans can expect certain series staples such as Alfred Pennyworth, Vicki Vale, James Gordon, and Renee Montoya. The villains of the game have not been announced and it looks like Telltale is attempting to keep that part of the story a surprise for as long as possible.

 

Similarly to the other Telltale Games, the Batman series will explore what the consequences are of the player’s actions when decisions made as Bruce have a critical impact on his nightly crusade as Batman, and vice versa. Certain key situations will give the player the decision to approach a scene as Bruce or Batman, with consequences for both sides. Certain characters will have a deeply personal relationship with Bruce in his private life, and decisions made as Bruce or Batman will affect their paths towards corruption or redemption. The player’s actions will help shape the Gotham that Bruce deals with during the day, as well as the criminals that Batman faces at night.

The game will very different from previous Batman video games. Telltale has created a non-photorealistic interpretation of the Bat-universe, enhancing engine and technology to deliver a more seamless living comic book art direction. Taking inspiration from the works of over 75 years of artists such as Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, and Neal Adams.

Like some other Telltale series, “Batman – The Telltale Series” is rated M (Mature 17+) rating, and the cinematic approach will feel more akin to an R-rated film.