Bullies beware: Insatiable arrives on Netflix this August Bullies beware: Insatiable, starring Debby Ryan (Life of the Party), Dallas Roberts (American Crime), and Alyssa Milano (Charmed) is a dark, twisted revenge comedy series that will launch globally on on August 10. The 12 episode hour-long series was created by Emmy nominated producer Lauren Gussis (Dexter). Check out the announcement video now in the player below, as well as first look photos in the gallery! For years, Patty (Debby Ryan) has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts), a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestants, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing — first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches towards becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee (Alyssa Milano) have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. The show also stars Christopher Gorham as Bob Barnard, Erinn Westbrook as Magnolia Barnard, Michael Provost as Brick Armstrong, Kimmy Shields as Nonnie, Irene Choi as Dixie Sinclair, and Sarah Colonna as Angie. Insatiable is executive produced by Gussis, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass (Shades of Blue), Andrea Shay, Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim, and Andy Fleming. The post appeared first on .
July 10, 2018
Official Comic-Con 2018 bags include CW heroes, Sabrina, and Castle Rock Warner Bros. and Comic-Con® have teamed up once again, with the Studio to provide the official bags of SDCC for the ninth year in a row. For 2018, Warner Bros. brings fans 18 different bag designs featuring fan-favorite returning series plus the highly anticipated upcoming Castle Rock and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, as well as four feature films and two bags dedicated to DC Entertainment. And for the second year in a row, each bag will come with a unique collector’s pin, with 12 DC character designs for 2018. Fans donning their cool carriers at the convention center can also make their way to the Warner Bros. booth on the convention floor (#4545), which boasts interactive elements perfect for photo-ops, including the wings of the fallen angel Lucifer as a nod of appreciation to the show’s passionate fans (#LuciferSaved); the mouth of a Megalodon shark to stand inside; a life-sized rabbit inspired by San Diego’s historic Rabbitville district; and LEGO® gaming kiosks for everyone’s inner child. The SDCC bags, produced for the studio by I.D. Me Promotions, will feature the following series and movies: Warner Bros. Television series Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Krypton, Supergirl, Supernatural, and the highly anticipated upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Netflix and Castle Rock for Hulu Warner Bros. Animation’s DC Super Hero Girls and Young Justice: Outsiders, along with Warner Bros. Animation/Blue Ribbon Content’s Constantine: City of Demons Upcoming feature films include Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Meg and Teen Titans GO! to the Movies. Additionally, DC Entertainment will be featured on two bags, with one bag celebrating 80 years of Superman in DC’s comic pages and another devoted to the upcoming DC UNIVERSE digital service. The exclusive collector’s pins are manufactured by FanSets for the second year in a row, and they will feature both DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. This year’s pins from both film and television include Green Arrow, Aquaman, Batman, Black Lightning, Catwoman, The Flash, Harley Quinn, Joker, Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Superman and Wonder Woman. Fans can get a larger-than life experience at the Warner Bros. booth (#4545), which provides a fun, immersive environment inspired by celebrated series, upcoming films and more. Warner Bros. autograph signings will also take place in the booth. Lucifer fans will have a heavenly — and devilish — time with life-sized, photo-friendly wings flown in from the City of Angels as a divine treat for the devoted fans who helped keep Lucifer alive. #LuciferSaved It’s game time, as parents and kids alike can enjoy LEGO gaming kiosks. Brave fans can step inside the virtual mouth of the ferocious megalodon ahead of the premiere of The Meg, the upcoming action-horror film featuring the 75-foot-long prehistoric shark that’s been missing for 2.5 million years. Fans having a good hare day can snap a picture with Warner Bros. Television’s “Hop, Hop, and Away!” rabbit statue, which is part of the Rabbitville public art installation which combines the history of San Diego’s Rabbitville district (now the Gaslamp Quarter) with some of the most recognizable heroes from the DC Universe. Con-goers who hope to participate in autograph signings must visit Comic-Con.org/CCI to submit their interest via the Exclusive Signings Portal. WBTVG follows Comic-Con’s ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure. The post appeared first on .
July 10, 2018
Djimon Hounsou is now a member of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, thanks to his newly-revealed role as The Wizard in DC's movie. The Oscar-nominated star of historical dramas like Amistad and Gladiator joined the MCU in 2014, when he played Korath the Pursuer (insert obligatory "Who?" joke here) in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. As fate would have it, Hounsou will return as Korath in next March's movie, a month before he joins the DCEU for David F. Sandberg's magical superhero action/comedy.This may come as confusing news to those who have been closely following developments on Shazam! for the past year. This Is Us and Luke Cage actor to play the 3,000 year old magic-wielder who gifts young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) with his super-powers in Sandberg's film. However, nearly two months after , it has come to light that Jones actually passed on the role.Related: According to , Hounsou stepped in to play the powerful sorcerer after a scheduling conflict prevent Jones from signing on for Shazam! as planned. This isn't the actor's first DC film role either. He previously portrayed Papa Midnite in the 2005 Constantine movie starring Keanu Reeves, some eight years before Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel laid the foundation for the DCEU. In more recent years, Hounsou has played one-off villains in the Fast & Furious and How to Train Your Dragon franchises, in addition to roles in the modern re-imaginings of the Tarzan and King Arthur movies.In the comics, The Wizard has been battling evil since the days of Ancient Egypt and chooses Billy as his successor, thus giving his the ability to become a Superman-esque superhero by shouting out his name ("Shazam!"). In retrospect, Hounsou is a no-brainer pick to play the character, who serves as the no-nonsense mentor to an excitable young boy who can suddenly transform into a muscle-bound Zachary Levi in Sandberg's movie. In fact, it's not that far off from the gruff mentor role that Hounsou played last year in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (sans the magical powers).Fans might even get their first look at Hounsou as The Wizard as early as next week. is rumored to debut during the Warner Bros. Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 21, along with the first trailer for director James Wan's . Failing that, perhaps WB will release a first look photo at Hounsou in the other Captain Marvel movie coming out next year.MORE: Source:
July 10, 2018
Ghoul trailer: Betrayal is close in Netflix and Blumhouse’s new series Following of the series, and have officially released the trailer for their new horror series Ghoul. The original Indian series will be made up of 3 episodes and is slated to launch on Netflix, August 24. Check out the unsettling trailer in the player below! From the makers of Insidious, Get Out and Udta Punjab – Ghoul is a chilling series about a prisoner who arrives at a remote military interrogation centre and turns the tables on his interrogators, exposing their most shameful secrets. You can fight the demons of this world but what about the ones that aren’t? Produced in partnership with Phantom Films, Ivanhoe and Blumhouse, Ghoul stars Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul. This is Netflix’s first venture into the Horror genre in India. Vikramaditya Motwane of Phantom Films said the following about the series, “Ghoul is a first in class, edge-of-your-seat horror series – that we are incredibly proud of. This is our second collaboration with Netflix (after Sacred Games) and yet another strong example of commitment towards high quality content. We are extremely proud of GHOUL – and cannot wait for audiences around the world to experience an elevated horror narrative from India.” All three episodes will be available at the same time to over 125 million Netflix members in 190 countries, including India. The post appeared first on .
July 10, 2018
The feature film from Paramount Pictures, a spinoff from Michael Bay's Transformers movie franchise, isn't the only big San Diego Comic-Con exclusive coming to the annual pop culture showcase later this month.Hasbro will have all sorts of exclusive items and news to share, and we're excited to share something on this front from Razor - the leaders in scooter design and innovation for the last two decades. Screen Rant is exclusively debuting the Transformers Bumblebee A-Kick Scooter that will be available in an exclusive variant edition at SDCC 2018.Related: There are two different versions of the Transformers Bumblebee Razor Scooter, one being exclusive to Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego, and the other online. Take a peek at these exclusive debut images below and stay tuned for more Comic-Con coverage of Razor, Hasbro, Transformers, and more right here on Screen Rant. We'll be there on the floor, checking out the booth, and at the Bumblebee panel. And yes, we'll be chatting with the creatives behind the Transformers merch to see what's in store for the future of the Transformers line!Below are the SDCC and online variants of the Bumblebee-styled Razor scooter and details/pricing:Transformers Bumblebee Razor Scooter (Hasbro SDCC)(Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/ Available at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 and in limited quantities at Razor.com)The TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE RAZOR SCOOTER lets any rider be more than meets the eye! This Limited Edition scooter, inspired by fan favorite AUTOBOT BUMBLEBEE, is a Razor original classic style A-Kick Scooter (Est. 2000) made from aircraft grade aluminum in limited edition yellow colorway with black anodized telescoping T-bar and brake, with Bumblebee movie style griptape. The TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE RAZOR SCOOTER will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Following the convention, a limited number will be available at Razor.com.Transformers Bumblebee Razor Scooter (Razor Online)(Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/ Available at Razor.com)The TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE RAZOR SCOOTER lets any rider be more than meets the eye! This Limited Edition scooter, inspired by fan favorite AUTOBOT BUMBLEBEE, is a Razor original classic style A-Kick Scooter (Est. 2000) made from aircraft grade aluminum in a limited edition yellow colorway with black anodized telescoping T-bar and brake, with Bumblebee Generation-1 1980s style griptape. The TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE RAZOR SCOOTER will be available exclusively at Razor.com.More:
July 10, 2018
New Castle Rock trailer: Every inch of this town is stained with sin released a brand new trailer today from their upcoming original series,Castle Rock, set to premiere on the streaming service on July 25. Make sure you check it out in the player below. A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories. The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Are you looking forward to the series? Let us know in the comments below! The post appeared first on .
July 10, 2018
Many DC Extended Universe fans are campaigning for Warner Bros. to release a Zack Snyder director’s cut of , but after his other franchise entries were so derided, would it actually be an improvement?The long road to the theatrical release of Justice League, the first live-action DC superhero team-up, was a long and arduous one for Warner Bros. Following the critical disappointments of its predecessors, as well as endless behind-the-scenes drama before shooting even began, what was intended to be DC’s version of fell victim to an endless array of problems. The reshoots were extensive, the budget ever increasing, and original director Zack Snyder bowed out of production due to family issues, leaving Joss Whedon to pick up the slack. The final product disappointed critics and audiences alike, with its losses allegedly .Read More: As the DCEU works to stay on track and move forward with new plans – from a prestige to the upcoming to a women-led ensemble piece with and much more – some fans are fighting for something else. The has been ongoing since the movie premiered in cinemas. As of the writing of this post, a to Warner Bros. for a release of the original director’s cut – as well as the return of the original score by Tom Holkenborg, a.k.a. Junkie XL – has over 178,000 signatures. It’s certainly one that sends a message to Warner Bros., mainly that there is clear demand for something in a franchise that has often struggled to retain audience interests.It’s questionable whether Warner Bros. would ever release a Snyder Cut of Justice League. For one thing, such an endeavor would cost a lot of money and probably may not be seen as a worthwhile investment given the film’s and its worldwide gross of under $658m. There may also be issues of expanded universe continuity raised from an alternative cut to the film. Did Snyder’s take on the story – what was intended to be the only version – conflict with the franchise plans?Regardless of the legalities surrounding this issue, the key question remains as to whether or not the Snyder cut would actually be better than the mish-mash final product we got. Would its quality be radically different from the film audiences got and were so let down by? Would the undisputed vision of one artist, whose style and tone remains distinctly their own, be a more satisfying product than a movie by committee?This Page: What Was Wrong With The Released Justice League?Page 2: Page 3: What Was Wrong With The Released Justice League?The Justice League film that saw the light of day in theaters last year is a Frankenstein’s monster of a movie. That’s not to say it’s an unmitigated disaster – it’s a noted step up from – but it’s clearly the product of too many cooks and not enough time. While the early narrative of the film's release insisted that Whedon came on board for reshoots and a quick script punch-up, the final product seems far more influenced by his style than Snyder's, suggesting the reshoots and post-production went off-path from the supposed Snyder blueprint.There are major tonal shifts throughout, suggesting Warner Bros. were eager to move away from the more gritty and serious tone that Snyder had established in and . Various attempts to inject humor into the film feel at odds with the foundational narrative. Some moments also feel hopelessly out of place in the current climate, such as a scene where Barry Allen falls in the breasts of Wonder Woman. It didn't help that audiences had already seen this distasteful moment unfold in an almost identical manner in , also written and directed by Whedon. The sexual tension between Diana and Bruce Wayne has also been amped up in the reshoots, which is very much in line with the kind of relationship dynamics Whedon likes in his work.Related: Massive stylistic changes were also made, such as an overhaul of the cinematography’s color grading. Once again, this was seemingly done to move away from the DCEU’s earlier visual style, which is muted and rooted more in realism than whimsy. Overall, the film is certainly brighter but also muddy in a way that suggests serious changes in post-production. It’s another move made to move the film away from Snyder's distinctive signature style.Superman's return to the film seems to have been the meat of the reshoots, as evidenced by the . Thanks to Paramount holding the contractual right of mustache ownership for , Henry Cavill could not shave for the reshoots, meaning Warner Bros. had to CGI out the bottom half of his face. It's a glaringly obvious problem in the finished film, and the sheer amount of it betrays the producer's insistence that .Crucially, a lot of scenes from the original Justice League trailer are nowhere to be seen in the end movie. Trailers often contain scenes that don't appear in the film but the degree to which things changed between the first two trailers and the extended sneak peek is glaring. As noted in an earlier post, a lot suddenly disappeared from the narrative:"So, a lot's gone: Bruce's extended journey to Amnesty Bay; all of pre-transformation; Barry breaking the window with his finger; Bruce watching the Superman hologram; most of Bruce and Diana's recruitment discussion; the League rallying before fighting Steppenwolf in Gotham - Cyborg not believing in Batman and Wonder Woman preparing the team; Cyborg saving the policeman at Hero's Park; Aquaman fighting up towards Steppenwolf in the finale; Cyborg flying into the sky; the gang stood heroically against an orange sky. Additionally, although they were never in the trailers, Willem Dafoe's Vulko and Kiersey Clemons' Iris West are nowhere to be seen. Notice that these are all moments with actors, meaning we're not just dealing with altered effects shots but actual days of principal production undone."Related: Overall, the final cut of Justice League is clearly more Whedon-esque than Snyder-esque, despite studio claims that the fill-in director’s influence was minimal. This seems to be the big problem for fans who latched onto Snyder’s vision, and thus want to see his uncorrupted take on these characters.Page 2 of 3: What Was Snyder's Original Vision?Justice League storyboard artist Jay Oliva recently confirmed that the movie to tell. The specific details of what Snyder's cut originally entailed are tough to nail down for various reasons; however, it seems that big chunks of backstory for characters like Cyborg, the Flash and were cut, with Cyborg suffering the most through these changes. A subplot building up major villain was removed and various lines were either added via ADR or removed entirely.Snyder's version was not free from criticism during its production. Chris Terrio's script was under fire by then DC Movies head honcho Geoff Johns, leading to a . Some reports said his cut was "", but it could be easy to write this off as Warner Bros. spin during a tough period of bad headlines.Would The Snyder Cut Have Continued Batman v Superman's Criticisms?Snyder has his fans, some of whom are highly devoted to him, as evidenced by the Change.org petition. For a while, he was also a critical favorite, garnering strong headlines for his reinvention of the zombie genre in and for his lofty ambition in bringing to the screen. While the critics have not been his best friends in recent years, it would be inaccurate to position him as a perpetual punching bag of the critical consensus, as some of his fans have. Even Man of Steel wasn't as divisive upon release as many consider it today.Related: It would be easy to write off the Snyder cut of Justice League as more of the same things that left the DCEU in such bad shape to begin with: An overtly morose tone and dearth of vibrancy; a bleaker approach to iconic characters; an alpha aesthetic rooted in comic book predecessors like Frank Miller. Warner Bros. went to great lengths to change course from the critically divisive approach taken in Batman v Superman, as seen by the to make the film more comedic. It seems as though Warner Bros. had little confidence in what Snyder was creating under their rule, regardless of fan enthusiasm. It makes sense that they’d want to nip such issues in the bud with Justice League, although it’s highly debatable if they even did that, given what happened.DCEU films are costly productions. Justice League’s budget was officially reported at $300m, although others have claimed the reality is far higher. By design, these films have to appeal to the widest audience possible. While it would be popular with that core fanbase to lean harder into the Snyder-esque quality of the film, there’s no guarantee it would work with those general audiences who had begun to turn on the franchise, and .However, as divisive as Snyder’s contributions to the DCEU have been, they all have one thing in common: Cohesion. They’re sturdy in terms of tone and basic storytelling structure. This is something a lot of the franchise has struggled to deal with. avoided the pitfalls, but Suicide Squad’s narrative was a jumbled mess that bore the heavy marks of multiple edits and a studio unsure of what to make of its various parts. Justice League feels like a jigsaw puzzle that’s missing a few pieces because of the lengthy reshoots and post-production processes it went through with and without Snyder. By trying to please everyone, they made a product that mostly left audiences ambivalent. Whatever faults a Snyder cut of Justice League would have, at the very least, it would be a complete narrative with an overriding vision.Page 3 of 3: The Snyder Cut In Its Current Form Would Be IncompleteDirector’s cuts are near mythic parts of cinema history. They play a major part in strengthening ideas of auteur theory, placing the director front and center as the almighty dominant force in the creation of a piece of cinematic art. Some director’s cuts drastically change our perceptions of certain films and highlight the often-frantic battles between creators and studios. The original cut of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil had a tacked-on happy ending the director vehemently opposed and it wasn’t until his director’s cut that we got to see the story as intended. The myriad released by Ridley Scott show how even the most iconic stories can change dramatically in the edit.RELATED: A 2006 recut of intended to show the film as originally intended by director Richard Donner before production tensions led to him being replaced by Richard Lester. The film is a significant change from the 1980 version, with certain scenes added by the project's creative consultant via the Lester cut and newly created visual effects. It's imperfect but given the material available it remains a fascinating piece of work. It's also the closest comparison we can make to the Snyder cut and what could happen with it, as the Donner edit only came about due to major fan demand over the decades. Fans are historically more supportive of a single artist’s vision than a studio mandate.If a Snyder cut were to be released in its current state, it would likely be inherently incomplete, simply because Snyder never got to finish post-production. It could require use of Whedon footage and perhaps extensive CGI to fill in the gaps. Since Snyder didn't oversee any reshoots, actors could need to come back and record additional dialogue or shoot more scenes if the budget was available (but that’s highly unlikely). Rights issues would need to be cleared and compromises made. Getting the money together for something like this wouldn’t be easy either, even if Warner Bros. were willing to foot the bill to some degree. Is there any profit to be had in this scheme? It may very well be that the possibility of a true Snyder cut is simply out of the question, if only because of the practicalities involved.It’s not impossible to imagine a Snyder cut of Justice League in some form seeing the light of day, but Warner Bros. is more focused on getting the DCEU back on track and could see this kind of distraction as a potential problem for their continuity. Fans probably won’t have to wait as long as Richard Donner did for the edit, but there remain a number of roadblocks preventing the project from becoming a reality. For now, fans can continue to theorize about what might have been. The Snyder cut may join the historic canon of cinematic mysteries.Next:
July 10, 2018
Skyscraper is a serviceable action vehicle for a charming Dwayne Johnson, but even he can’t save it from repetitive set pieces and a stale story. is the fifth directorial effort from Rawson Marshall Thurber, who kicked off his career behind the camera with the Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller sports comedy DodgeBall: An Underdog Story. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Skyscraper marks the second occasion the actor and director have worked together, with the first being 2016's Central Intelligence. That film paired Johnson up with comedian Kevin Hart, before the duo went on to star in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle together. Now, the ever-busy Johnson re-teams with the Central Intelligence filmmaker on a solo actioner that was written and directed by Thurber. Skyscraper is a serviceable action vehicle for a charming Dwayne Johnson, but even he can’t save it from repetitive set pieces and a stale story.Johnson stars in Skyscraper as Will Sawyer, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader and army veteran. Ten years prior to the main events of the film, Will leads his team on a rescue mission, but it goes sideways and he's severely hurt. The resulting injury leads to Will having one leg amputated, and he meets his future wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell), while in the hospital. In the current day, Will, Sarah and their children - Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell) - are visiting the tallest skyscraper in the world, The Pearl in Hong Kong, as Will conducts a safety assessment for the building's visionary, Zhao Min Zhi (Chin Han). Will was recommended for the job by his close friend and former FBI Hostage Rescue teammate (Pablo Schreiber), who also bears scars from the mission gone wrong.However, while conducting a part of his security assessment of The Pearl that takes place offsite, something goes wrong in the skyscraper itself and Will returns to find it ablaze. Although the building has security measures in place to keep the fire contained, there's an issue that causes the fire to spread, and Will's family is just a few floors above the danger when it begins. To make matters more difficult, Will is being framed for the fire blazing in The Pearl and he must dodge the Hong Kong police if he wants to get to his family and get them to safety. As a result, Will must contend with a number of obstacles if he's going to get into The Pearl, find his family above the fire line, and save them from the burning building - and it's unclear if he'll be able to do it.The concept of Skyscraper is interesting enough, setting this action thriller in the tallest building in the world - one that has everything its residents could possibly need from a park and health center to a movie theater and shopping mall. And, throwing a wrench in what's essentially meant to be a modern wonder of technology is a compelling enough premise to explore in a film. However, Skyscraper never really capitalizes on the premise of something wrong in a building that's meant to exist as its own society removed from the rest of the world. The security assessment Will conducts for Zhao Min Zhi is for the insurance company, and the building must be insured before anyone can move into the residential section of The Pearl. So, Will and his family are the first to actually live in The Pearl, but that also means they're the only ones in danger when The Pearl catches fire. The resulting movie puts a focus on Will and his family, but Skyscraper sacrifices a great deal of potential (in terms of exploring its concept) for a routine action premise.Further, the story of Will and his family largely feels like the loose connective thread tying Skyscraper's action sequences together. Unfortunately, the action set pieces aren't particularly innovative. Certainly, Skyscraper plays with the tension of Will attempting death-defying feats thousands of feet in the air, and it works in certain scenes, as audiences hold their breath to see if he'll be able to survive. However, that tension wears thin as the movie goes on, so that the threat of Will falling to his death becomes dimmer and dimmer as he manages to save himself just in the nick of time, again and again. Undoubtedly, Skyscraper needed to strike a balance of set pieces that focused on the threat of the building's height and the fire blazing inside, and the movie's final fight sequence does feature something different. However, because the last big action set piece doesn't capitalize on the building's height at all, it's like even the movie gets tired of hanging Will and his family high above the ground or above the fire to make a scene thrilling. The balance and organization of action set pieces in Skyscraper leaves something to be desired, especially when looking at how much potential there was in the concept of The Pearl being its own, separate society.But, though Skyscraper seemingly chooses to focus on its hero and his family to the detriment of exploring The Pearl as a fully realized setting, Will's arc is ultimately thin as well. It's a story premise we've seen in action films for decades: the hero's family is put in danger and he'll do whatever he can to save them. Like The Pearl, there's plenty of potential for Skyscraper to mine for true drama, like Will being an amputee and his aversion to guns after the hostage rescue situation gone wrong. However, after being established, Will's prosthetic leg is only ever revisited when it can make for a more thrilling action scene, or in the case of Will's aversion to guns, it's vaguely alluded to briefly in certain moments, but not enough to have any kind of impact. Instead, Skyscraper focuses on the tried-and-true theme of the genre, a hero going to extreme lengths to save his family - though their characters aren't particularly well developed, so this arc doesn't have the weight it deserves, either.Like many other Dwayne Johnson vehicles, Skyscraper does successfully showcase the star's charm as he brings some levity to the film. The balance of when these moments arrive and the jokes Will cracks doesn't quite work, though, causing the scenes to come off like cheap imitations of classic one-liners from other, similar action movies (specifically, Die Hard). Still, Johnson has enough charm and charisma to make them work as well as he can. His performance is enjoyable enough as he shifts from earnest family man to wise-cracking action hero, even if the story and the script don't offer much in the way of a compelling arc. It's a fairly typical role for Johnson, and he offers a solid performance that is neither out-of-the-box nor revolutionary.Skyscraper had the potential to be a fresh and fun summer blockbuster, with Johnson bringing his charm to help set it apart from similar action/thrillers, but the movie ultimately falls short. The action set pieces never truly capitalize on the potential of Skyscraper's unique setting, and instead become repetitive as the film goes on. Further, since the emotional core of the movie is underdeveloped, there's very little weight to the action, which highlights the mindlessness of those set pieces. As a result, Skyscraper might be fun summer popcorn fare for Johnson's die-hard fans (no pun intended), but it doesn't offer much beyond that.TrailerSkyscraper starts playing in U.S. theaters Thursday evening July 12th. It runs 109 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language.Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!
July 10, 2018
When AT&T bought Time Warner, they initially promised few changes to the popular network, but all of that looks to be changing now as the company hopes to make the premium channel a more viable mainstream option. Last month, for a whopping $85.4 billion, following a long legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice.At the time of Time Warner's acquisition, the company promised to leave cable juggernaut HBO largely to its own devices. This is, after all, the home of the most pirated and leaked fantasy series of all time: . Not to mention the fact that Game of Thrones and have consistently proven to be ratings juggernauts, with several of the networks other programs - series, miniseries, and movies - raking in all kinds of awards over the years. And while HBO has been given a lot of room to flourish, AT&T wants them to expand even more; it just might require them to change directions.Related: Despite the ratings bonanza enjoyed by the previously mentioned series, AT&T insists HBO is simply not profitable enough, reports. To fix this, the company plans to capture more of their viewers' attention - and for longer. Rather than having viewers tune in for one big Sunday night lineup, or binge-watching their favorite shows a week at a time, AT&T executive John Stankey insists daily binges are the key to the network's success. "You are competing with devices that sit in people’s hands that capture their attention every 15 minutes," he says. At this point, Stankey believes that HBO's current path and subscriber base isn't enough for the network to survive in the long-term.Of course, there is a catch. Consumers will not simply be giving their time and attention to HBO, but their preferences. Stankey explains, "Why are more hours of engagement important? Because you get more data and information about a customer that then allows you to do things like monetize through alternate models of advertising as well as subscriptions, which I think is very important to play in tomorrow’s world." This indicates a move away from the premier channel system and a bigger focus on apps and subscriptions similar to the Netflix style of streaming. The emphasis on data is also a telling indicator of the company's plans to revamp the network to better fit into the mainstream viewer's preference, which could mean a huge difference in the sorts of content being offered by HBO.The network is well-known for its risky, long-form, story-driven content. In its own attempt to become more mainstream, Netflix has begun a push for more romantic comedies, a genre that doesn't fully fit in with HBO's current line-up. Many streaming giants have seen a recent push for more horror-driven content, as well. With with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and with working to deliver long-form horror series, the streaming landscape is certainly starting to shift towards content for all viewers. While HBO's content is certainly gory and weird, it doesn't necessarily fit into the horror genre, either. With so many streaming services making a push for distinct genres, it's likely HBO will see more projects that fit into a specific mold such as these.More: Source:
July 10, 2018
A new batch of season 3 set photos reveal the first look at Millie Bobby Brown's character Eleven. Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer started filming the new season back in April, but a premiere date for the new episodes have yet to be revealed.Since debuting on Netflix in 2016, Stranger Things has become a cultural phenomenon. At the center of much of the love is Brown’s fan-favorite character Eleven, a young girl who is kidnapped by the ominous Hawkins National Laboratory and experimented on for her psychokinetic abilities. After escaping the lab and helping save Will Byers from the in season 1, Brown’s character Eleven returned in season 2 to reunite with the friends she made and once again help save the town of Hawkins – this time from the Mind Flayer and its army of demodogs. It's unclear where Stranger Things season 3 will go, but new set photos may reveal some details.Related: The new photos of Brown shooting in Atlanta for season 3 were posted on , showing the 14-year-old actress in character with cast-mate Sadie Sink. In the photos, Sink, who plays Max Mayfield, can be seen pushing a bicycle along in the rain, while it appears that Brown has a stunt double filling in for her. As Brown continues to recover from a recent injury, the stunt double is no doubt a precaution with the wet, slippery surfaces. To See The Stranger Things Season 3 Set PhotosBrown was involved in an unspecified accident in June and split her kneecap, which also forced her to miss the MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 18. It does appear, however, that she is getting back to normal, and she should soon be able to resume her duties as Eleven. So far, it seems that season 3 figures to be particularly important for the growth of Brown’s character, as the actress has already described her , in which she learns more about what it’s like to be a normal teenage girl.Based on what's been revealed, it certainly looks like Eleven will become more accepted in society, not to mention being able to attend school like a regular kid. That much is evident in the new set photos, as well as at least part of the season taking place in the spring/summer. But, if nothing else, the photos reveal that Eleven is still growing out her hair and rocking a whole new set of fashion trends.More: Source:
July 09, 2018
An epic new trailer for has been released to promote the movie's upcoming home video release. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated new film of 2018, the third film in the and made over $2 billion worldwide in the months since its theatrical release.The culmination of 10 years and 18 earlier films, Avengers: Infinity War boasted the largest line-up of superheroes for a single film in cinematic history. The movie saw the Marvel Cinematic Universe's heroes unite against the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin), who sought the power of the six Infinity Stones. A critical and commercial success, the film is expected to shatter several more records later this month, when on July 31. The film's on August 14.Related: Today, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman posted a new trailer on Twitter confirming Avengers: Infinity War's home video release dates. In addition to confirming those dates, the one-minute long trailer offers a look at some of the best and biggest moments from the movie; they are also some of the most spoiler-heavy moments. Take a look:This trailer, while thrilling, may prove problematic for those few people who have yet to see Avengers: Infinity War in theaters. The trailer spoils one of the most powerful moments in the film, where Thor takes to the field during the Battle of Wakanda, armed with , after spending the better portion of the film seeking out a new weapon for the battle with Thanos. The trailer also spoils the surprise that, in a nice moment of comedic irony, it is Bruce Banner who is , as well as the scene many considered to be the funniest moment of the film - the moment where Groot introduces himself to Captain America.While the number of people interested in seeing Avengers: Infinity War who hadn't already seen it in the theater is small, the fact that this trailer spoils so many of the best moments of the film continues a worrying trend in the advertising for the MCU films. The most recent Marvel Studios' releases have all featured scenes in their advertising that were later revealed to be . While the MCU is an amazing accomplishment that has changed the nature of film-making and fan conceptions as to the sorts of stories a movie can tell, it is dangerous to assume that such scenes can be safely revealed in the home video advertising simply because of how many people saw those scenes already on the big screen.More: Source:
July 09, 2018
The first reactions to praise Tom Cruise's latest as one of the most thrilling rides of the summer. Making the leap from television to movies in 1996, the espionage franchise seemingly gets stronger with age. The most recent installments, Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation, are the highest-grossing entries, as well as the most critically-acclaimed. With Cruise always looking to up the ante in regards to his insane stunts, there was much excitement surrounding Fallout, especially since it sees Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie return to the helm.As great as it is to see Cruise and McQuarrie work together again, there was some question on if the two would be able to make lightning strike twice. McQuarrie is the first filmmaker to direct multiple Mission: Impossible movies, and part of the franchise's longevity stems from the revolving door of unique voices who have contributed over the years. Fortunately, McQuarrie has a stellar handle on the material once more, and Fallout looks to live up to the hype.Related: Paramount screened the film for a group of reporters, and early reactions indicate the series' hot streak will continue. Check out some tweets in the space below:Earlier today, box office tracking indicated - which would be quite the accomplishment for a sixth installment. Of course, positive word-of-mouth will only help the film's commercial prospects, so it'll be interesting to see if these reactions lead to enthusiastic full reviews. Obviously, there's a long way to go until a general consensus on Fallout is delivered, but these initial responses are encouraging. It's nice to see that after 22 years, Cruise is as viable an action star as ever and Mission: Impossible keeps finding ways to leave audiences on the edge of their seats. M:I has had its share of outstanding set pieces, so the highly-touted finale must be something special. Henry Cavill, , also received high marks for his performance.There's been no official word (yet) on Mission: Impossible 7, but if Fallout continues on this trajectory, it'll only be a matter of time before the IMF returns for another assignment. Simon Pegg, who's been involved with the series since the third movie, knows , so he fully expects there to be more sequels. As long as Cruise (who, as difficult as it is to believe, is 56 years old) wants to keep playing Ethan Hunt, he'll have a team waiting in the wings for him. With Transformers now in a state of flux, Mission: Impossible is Paramount's go-to brand, so they'll want to keep it going.MORE: Source: ,
July 09, 2018
When FX's rode onto screens in 2008, it introduced the world to biker gang SAMCRO. This gang ruled the highways from their base in Charming, California. They often engaged in numerous illegal activities.Created by The Shield writer Kurt Sutter, the series lasted seven epic seasons. By the time the show drove off into the sunset, it was pulling in an average of over 10 million viewers. This wasn't bad going considering it had started with just over 2 million.In fact, it became so popular that spin-off . is due to continue SOA's legacy when it premieres later this year.Often described as "Hamlet on wheels," SOA followed the tragic story of Jackson "Jax" Teller, as he tried to find his place in the club. This was made more complex with his father's legacy, a deceitful father-in-law, and Jax's very complicated relationship with his mother.Characters would regularly betray each other and allegiances would shift from one moment to the next, often with very dire consequences for all parties. By the end of the series, many of the main characters had tragically passed away. Overall, it was heavy, heavy stuff.Many fans have wondered what it was like on set-- was it as serious?These behind-the-scenes photos show that behind the cameras, the stars weren't exactly the biker hard men they portrayed on the show. They actually had fun on set, goofing off and often laughing.After all, with the show going to some very, very dark places, it was best for the cast to unwind when the cameras weren't rolling.Here are the 20 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Sons Of Anarchy. 20 Kurt Sutter busy behind the cameraSons of Anarchy showrunner Kurt Sutter conceived the show, wrote most of the episodes, and even guest starred as incarcerated club member Otto Delaney.He also directed the final episode of every season.When it debuted in 2008, the show averaged 2.8 million viewers. When the seventh and final season premiered in 2014, it was pulling in over 10 million viewers. It was by far FX's biggest hit.It's no wonder that Sutter was given such a free hand to fulfil his vision of "Hamlet on wheels" to the bitter end.Rumor is that alongside upcoming spin-off Mayans M.C., Sutter is planning a prequel that would follow Jax Teller's father John.Hopefully it won't tarnish SAMCRO's legacy.19 Unser's DanceOne thing you'd never say about Sons of Anarchy is that it's light viewing. Tragic, serious and sometimes a bit too macho for its own good, definitely. Light entertainment? Not so much.However, that didn't stop the cast from having a good time on set.In this behind-the-scenes photo, Sheriff Unser actor Dayton Callie shows off his dance moves in front of an enthused Katey Sagal. Well, something's got to take your mind of the relentless betrayals and double crosses.Thankfully, there was never actually an episode where SAMCRO broke out into song and dance, although the show could have been a tragic opera.18 The cast hanging outIt must be tough to be an actor on set. Long breaks between filming while you wait for the shot to be set up correctly must be boring.Usually, actors make do with their well-stocked trailers. Well, not Charlie Hunnam. Here, he takes a well-earned break from playing Jax Teller by hanging out with the rest of the cast on his Harley.Who can blame him? Playing Teller must have been tiring. On top of being the leader of an outlaw motorcycle club, there's also the deeply odd family relationships to contend with.However, to be honest, it's not like the Sons have never been the most sensible of road users. An example of this can be found when Teller takes his hands off the handlebars and plays chicken with a truck in the show's final episode.17 Unser 'arresting' ChibsChief of Police Unser was never the most effective of law enforcement officials. Turning a somewhat blind eye to SAMCRO's activities, he saw the club as a benefit to the town of Charming, as they often kept away even less desirable elements.During the show's seven seasons, he becomes increasingly entangled in the dealings of SAMCRO and the Teller family.He is even complicit in the Sons taking out ATF agent June Stahl and their Northern Irish nemesis Jimmy O'Phalen.In this behind-the-scenes picture, Dayton Callie, who plays Unser, is performing a "citizen's arrest" on fellow actor Tommy Flanagan. If only Unser had taken a firmer hand with SAMCRO, the show might not have all ended in tragedy.16 Jax's twinIf it had ever been necessary to recast the role of Jackson "Jax" Teller in Sons of Anarchy, then the producers wouldn't have had to look much further than Charlie Hunnam's stunt double.The man is the spitting image of Hunnam, right down to the blond hair and beard.In this season seven throw down with Nero (Jimmy Smits), Hunnam's stunt double offers the actor some top pugilistic tips before filming the fight.While stunt doubles were used on SOA, most of the actors performed the majority of their own stunts and rode their own Harleys.For the show's final season, stunts were coordinated by none other than Eric Norris, son of '80s martial arts superstar Chuck Norris.15 Tig Getting 'inked'Part of the appeal of Sons of Anarchy is just how real the characters look -- from the small details like Jax wearing Nike's instead of biker boots for comfort to the bikes they ride.Also, of course, no biker would be complete without being covered in tattoos.Of course, producers didn't expect actors to have permanent tattoos put on their bodies just for the show, so fake, temporary tattoos were used.Still, spending time in make-up having fake tattoos applied each day was a time-consuming business.However, some actors actually enjoyed the process. For example, Charlie Hunnam was so taken by Jax's tombstone memorial tattoo that he seriously considered having it permanently inked on his body. His girlfriend wisely talked him out off the idea.14 A biker's dietThe biker diet is red meat and beer, right? Well, not for Charlie Hunnam.The actor who plays Jackson "Jax" Teller instead relies on a healthy diet of vegetables, fruit, and lean proteins to keep his body looking lean.In this shot, we can see Hunnam emerging from the catering truck with a mountain of salad chow down on.Food has always had an important role in SOA. In the first season, club matriarch Gemma invites the gang to her house for a family dinner. This joyous scene is replicated in the second season, when Gemma hosts another meal.However, this time the meal ends in acrimony and recrimination, as relationships in the club, particularly Clay and Jax's, boil over.13 Charlie Hunnam on his chopper in real lifeA condition of the show was that all the actors hired as members of SAMCRO had to learn how to ride a Harley Davidson.Some already knew how to, like Kim Coates (Tig) and David Lebrava (Happy), while others had to learn. Charlie Hunnam was one of the ones who had to learn.After all, it wouldn't do for SAMCROs leader to look uncomfortable on his ride. By all reports, Hunnam went from novice to pro in no time.However, eschewing the leather vest and white Nikes of his onscreen alter ego, Hunnam seems like an entirely different person riding his bike. On set reports state that Clay Morrow actor Ron Perlman didn't quite take to riding his bike at first.12 Kurt Sutter with his wife Katey SagalOn screen, Katey Sagal's character Gemma is the matriarch of the Teller family. Ruthless, determined, and with a warped sense of loyalty, the "old lady" will stop at nothing to protect her extended family.It was the role of the lifetime for Sagal, nabbing her a Golden Globe and leaving the memory of her role as Peggy in Married with Children firmly in the dust.What many fans may not know is that series creator Kurt Sutter is also Sagal's husband.The happily married couple met in a coffee shop and tied the knot a few years later. Sagal also appeared in Sutter's ill-fated follow-up to Sons of Anarchy, The Bastard Executioner, as Annora of the Alders.11 Sons of the spaSAMCRO was involved in several business enterprises that might be described as "non-traditional"throughout the shows run. This included arms dealing and offering protection services, not to mention taking out anyone who got in their way.You can now add running a spa to the list. This shot comes from a video shown at Comic-Con.In the video, Hunnam is getting a massage from Mark Boone-Junior, while Tommy Flanagan fans him and Kim Coates serves him Perrier.Charlie Hunnam apologizes for missing the show's panel Comic-Con panel quipping, "I hate to miss Comic-Con on the final season of the show, but for the future and safety of America, my presence is required elsewhere."10 Beardless OpieOne thing that Harry "Opie" Winston was known for was his beard. There were some notable beards on the show, including Mark Boone Junior's epic entry, but Opie's was a thing of beauty.Combined with his height and long hair, it gave the character a gentle giant / wild man vibe, even when he was commuting heinous acts for SAMCRO.In this behind-the-scenes picture, actor Ryan Hurst is getting an overdue shave from Charlie Hunnam and some of the other cast members.Without the beard, the actor is practically unrecognizable. Fresh faced and smiling, the man does not look like the morose biker. In fact, so powerful was the beard that Hurst grew it back for his role in Outsiders.9 Charlie Hunnam playing basketballSports wasn't exactly high on SAMCRO's agenda. Sure, there was the odd fixed boxing match and the clubhouse had a pool table to enjoy during the downtime between substance runs and arms dealing, but it's hard to imagine club members chilling out by playing some basketball.Being an actor on set is a different matter. There's plenty of time for a little b-ball, as Charlie Hunnam demonstrates in this photo.Being British, the actor has said that he grew up playing rugby. It's difficult to know from one picture if any of the other actors played basketball on set.Perhaps in a Mayans vs. SAMCRO match up, Ron Perlman would have dictated play as the centre, Kim Coates would play point guard, and Opie would be the power forward.8 Happy and Tig posing for the cameraIt has been said that fan favourite Happy Lowman (David Labrava) was the only character that made Tig (Kim Coates) seem normal.Specializing in "taking people" out, Lowman was the go-to SAMCRO member for any dirty work that was needed.However, what many fans may not know is that Labrava is a Hells Angel in real life.Originally hired as a technical consultant, Labrava asked SOA creator Kurt Sutter for a part on the show. Thus the legend of Happy Lowman was born.Labrava even scored a writing credit on the episode "Hands". This surprisingly tender episode saw Jax and Tara discussing whether they should making a break for it until reality cruelly knocks at the door.Unlike the other Sons, all of Labrava's tattoos are real. In fact, he once owned a tattoo parlour opposite the Oakland, California Hells Angel chapter.7 Close-up of Chibs' scarsClub second in command Chibs Telford was always one of the more level-headed members of SAMCRO-- though he was never adverse to taking full part in all the illegal activity going on around him.Chibs is known for his iconic face scars. However, these scars aren't make-up.In real life, actor Tommy Flanagan was jumped over 20 years ago when he was a jobbing DJ. This resulted into scars that run across his cheeks.Series creator Kurt Sutter even worked the scar into the plot, as Jimmy O'Phelan is said to have given Chibs a "Glasgow smile" in the past.When shooting the pilot, Flanagan said that Sutter asked him if he could call the character Chibs. Not knowing what that meant, Flanagan agreed. It turns out Chibs means "knife" in Glaswegian street slang. Flanagan wasn't exactly impressed when he found out.6 Heat On SetIn Sun Valley, California, where SOA is filmed, it gets really hot-- like 100 degrees Fahrenheit hot.On set, crew members were hired just to hold umbrellas over the actors' heads to keep them out of the sun. After all, wearing full on motorcycle leathers in the scorching heat isn't going to be the most comfortable of experiences.According to Kim Coates, crew members would pass out from the heat roughly once a week. Scottish-born Tommy Flanagan even had to be hospitalised and put on an IV drip after succumbing to dehydration.It's no wonder Charlie Hunnam is moping is face in thisimage. A leather vest and thick jeans don't exactly scream beachwear.5 The Original cast for the pilotSOA fans know Emilio Riveria as Marcus Alvavez, founder of the Mayan Motorcycle Club and lead of its Oakland Chapter.The Mayans and SAMCRO even teamed up together to move substances for a Mexican cartel. The club proved so popular that this Fall, spin-off show Mayans M.C. will premiere on FX.This show will move the action south along the US/Mexican border, with Riveria reprising his role.However, Riveria was almost a member of SAMCRO. In SOA's unseen pilot, Rivera played a character called Hawk who was a fully-fledged member of the club.You can see him in this photo sitting on a stool, clean shaven and in non-Mayan attire.When the pilot was reshot, Hawk was dropped and replaced with Tig Trager.4 Jax and his feathered friendWhen Sons of Anarchy wrapped up after seven seasons, it did so with a bang. Most of the characters lost of their lives and Jax had driven his Harley into the wrong end of an oncoming truck.On his final ride, Jax was accompanied by crows, which were flying high above him. Sure, it's a worn-out metaphor, but Jax being a free bird is somehow fitting.The character, and SAMCRO in general, were all about living outside of society's norms. The final shot of the show consists of crows eating bread on the highway as Jax's blood seeps into the frame, which is pretty grim.However, it looks like actor Charlie Hunnam had a somewhat less wrought relationship with our feathered friends.3 SAMCRO's preferred rideThroughout the show, Jax rides a custom 2003 Harley Davison Dyna-Glide Super Glide Sport. For added authenticity, he also wears a pair of white Nike trainers. This is a detail actor Charlie Hunnam picked up when doing research for the role.Clay and Opie also ride versions of the Glide Sport. The Glide Sport was one of the company's first custom bikes, combing the chassis of the Dyna Glide with the front-end of the company's Sportster.The 1977 Conference edition of the bike is one of the rarest Harleys in existence, with only 228 ever being released.Tig and Chibs ride Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bobs, which suit their outlaw personalities. Piney's trike? Well, he rides a Harley-Davidson Electra Tri-Glide, which is perfect for carrying around his O2 canister.2 Scott Glenn as ClayRon Perlman puts his stamp on the role of Clay Morrow. The role only furthered his career so much so that it's hard to imagine anyone else playing SAMCRO's duplicitous leader.However, Perlman was brought into the fold late in the day and after the original pilot episode had been shot.The original Clay was played by veteran character actor Scott Glenn. Glenn is famous for role in The Silence of the Lambs and as Stick in Netflix's .SOA producers felt that his quiet, intense style of acting wasn't quite right for the role of Morrow.They needed someone a bit brasher and a bit more volatile, so they brought in Perlman and completely reshot the pilot episode.1 Clay and Jax hanging outIt's been repeatedly said that Sons of Anarchy is based on Hamlet. Jax Teller is the great Danish prince and Clay Morrow plays devious uncle Claudius.Like the play, SOA is predicated on Teller finding out the truth behind his father's passing and exacting revenge on his uncle, who has usurped his place.Right until Jax takes his revenge, the relationship between the two men can best be described as somewhere between frosty and downright hostile.However, in real-life, Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam have appeared in a few movies together. One is, of course, , where Perlman cameoed as Hannibal Chu. The other is little seen 2012 comedy 3,2,1… Frankie Go Boom, where Perlman is virtually unrecognizable.--- What do you think of these behind-the-scenes photos? Do you know of any other photos of the cast of Sons of Anarchy on set that completely change everything? Sound off in the comments!
July 09, 2018
The season 4 premiere of is right around the corner and AMC is getting in the marketing mood early with yet another trailer for the next chapter in Jimmy McGill’s story. Though it’s a Breaking Bad prequel, the series has largely managed to sidestep the problem of the audience knowing where this story will eventually end up by introducing a number of new, compelling characters and turning the question of how Jimmy became Saul Goodman — i.e., how Jimmy broke bad — into enough of a mystery to keep people invested. And through stellar performances by Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, and of course, Michael McKean, and it’s easy to see why Better Call Saul stands on its own more than it does the shoulders of . That seems to be particularly true, even as season 4 promises to have even , as the series begins its descent into the seedy world of drug distribution via fast food chicken franchises. Exactly how Jimmy finds himself embroiled in that scenario isn’t too hard to guess, given his affiliation with several unsavory types who find themselves caught in Fring’s orbit, but it sure seems like this new season will be the one where audiences finally find out one way or another. More: So far, the marketing for the new season hasn’t been shy about focusing on as a dark turning point for the main character. Though he’s been trying to walk the straight and narrow with varying success for the past three seasons, it’s become increasingly clear that Jimmy’s future doesn’t lie in legitimacy — either professionally or in his everyday persona. As such, the striking image of the season’s new poster successfully encapsulates what is apparently just right around the corner. Check out the trailer below: The new trailer only offers a few snippets of new footage from what was seen in the full trailer released last week. In fact, it’s almost more of a remix of sorts. Nevertheless, this new look at the season’s storyline offers up a good idea of where things are going and just how big a part Gus, Nacho, and Mike have to play as circumstances have characters venturing further and further onto the wrong side of the law.But it’s the promise of that kind of criminal behavior that makes Better Call Saul so appealing. And after three seasons getting to know who these characters are, and finding out just how much Jimmy was defined by his contentious relationship with his brother, it sure seems like it’s time to witness the transformation of Jimmy into his most notorious alter ego — at least until the series decides it wants to explore the ins and outs of managing a Cinnabon in Nebraska. Next: Better Call Saul season 4 premieres Monday, August 6 on AMC.
July 09, 2018