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Aquaman, Khal Drogo actor may play Duncan Idaho in new Dune film

February 15th, 2019
Jason Momoa hit the big time with his portrayal of Khal Drogo in HBO's <em>Game of Thrones</em> and had a global box office smash hit with <em>Aquaman</em>. Now he's set to play Duncan Idaho in new film adaptation of <em>Dune</em>.

Enlarge / Jason Momoa hit the big time with his portrayal of Khal Drogo in HBO's Game of Thrones and had a global box office smash hit with Aquaman. Now he's set to play Duncan Idaho in new film adaptation of Dune. (credit: HBO)

Deadline Hollywood reports that Aquaman star Jason Momoa—who immortalized Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo in the first season of Game of Thrones—is in negotiations to portray another science-fiction warrior, Duncan Idaho from Dune, Frank Herbert's beloved 1965 science fiction novel. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this new film adaptation is expected to begin shooting this year.

(Mild spoilers for original novel below.)

Dune is set in the distant future (where else?), and follows the fortunes of various noble houses in what amounts to a feudal interstellar society. Much of the action takes place on the planet Arrakis, where the economy is driven largely by a rare life-extending drug called melange ("the spice") that also conveys a kind of prescience. There's faster-than-light space travel, a prophecy concerning a messianic figure, giant sandworms, and lots of battles, as protagonist Paul Atreides (a duke's son) strives to defeat the forces of Shaddam IV, Emperor of the known universe.

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Our favorite psychopath, Villanelle, is back in trailer for Killing Eve S2

February 14th, 2019

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is back for another round of cat and mouse with Eve (Sandra Oh) in Killing Eve season 2 trailer.

Killing Eve topped the list of our favorite TV shows last year, and we've been eagerly awaiting news of a second season. So BBC America gave us a Valentine's Day gift: the first trailer for season 2, picking up right where the first season left off.

(Spoilers for season 1 below.)

Based on Luke Jennings' series of thriller novellas, Codename Villanelle, Killing Eve stars Jodie Comer as Villanelle, a self-described psychopathic killer for hire. Her string of corpses catches the attention of an MI5 (later MI6) officer named Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), who is obsessed with female killers and correctly guesses there is a new player among their ranks. What follows is a sexually charged cat-and-mouse game where it's not entirely clear who is the predator and who is the prey.

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Good Omens fans will love finding all the Easter eggs in new teaser

February 14th, 2019

Animated versions of the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley take a walk through history in latest Good Omens teaser.

We've been on tenterhooks for months, waiting for news of when the long-awaited TV adaptation of Good Omens would air. And now the wait is over.

In conjunction with an announcement at TCA of an airdate of May 31, Amazon Prime dropped a charming animated teaser trailer. Huzzah!

(Mild spoilers for the novel below.)

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Elsa and the gang are back and in a dark place in first teaser for Frozen 2

February 13th, 2019

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell return to voice Anna and Elsa, respectively, in first teaser trailer for Disney’s Frozen 2.

We awoke this morning to the first teaser trailer for Frozen 2, the sequel to Frozen, Disney's inventive 2013 re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, "The Snow Queen." The original was such a blockbuster, it will be hard for any sequel to recreate that magic, but the new teaser certainly looks promising.

(Spoilers for original Frozen below.)

The first film told the story of two princesses of Arendelle. The elder, Elsa (Idina Menzel), has the power to control and create ice and snow, but she struggles to control it. When she accidentally injures her young sister Anna (Kristen Bell), local trolls heal Anna but caution that Elsa must learn to control her magic. In response, their parents lock them both away. When Elsa turns 21, she's crowned queen but a spat with Anna after the coronation reveals her magic. She's exiled from the kingdom, flees to the mountains, and builds a gorgeous castle of ice and snow in which to live out her days in isolation. But she doesn't realize Arendelle has also frozen over, endangering the people.

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Not even the bathtub is safe in new trailer for The Curse of La Llorona

February 12th, 2019

A ghostly presence targets two young children in new trailer for New Line Cinema’s The Curse of La Llorona.

Fresh off the blockbuster success of Aquaman, director James Wan has produced a upcoming film that returns to his horror roots. And judging by the latest trailer, The Curse of La Llorona will offer chills aplenty in the same spirit as his Conjuring and Insidious franchises.

The titular ghost La Llorona (which translates as "The Weeping Woman") is based on Latin American folklore; there are many variants, but the film seems to be based on the Mexican version. A beautiful young woman named Maria marries into a wealthy family, and because her new in-laws disapprove of the match, the newlyweds build a home in her rural village. She bears her man two sons, but he eventually abandons her for a younger woman. A distraught Maria drowns the boys in a blind rage and then drowns herself.

For this crime, she is barred from the afterlife. She is condemned to spend eternity looking for her lost sons, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her constant weeping is why she is called La Llorona, and legend has it that, if you her wailing, you will have bad fortune and possibly die. La Llorona also kidnaps children wandering alone at night, mistaking them for her dead sons, and she is said to drown those children, too, all while begging for forgiveness.

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Trailer for latest adaptation of Pet Sematary has some surprising twists

February 7th, 2019

Take it from the Creed family cat, Church: sometimes dead is better.

Stephen King published his bestselling novel, Pet Sematary, 35 years ago, and it has definitely stood the test of time. We think we know the story, but there will be some unexpected, horrifying twists in the new film adaptation, judging by the spooky latest trailer.

(Spoilers for original book and film below.)

Staunch King fans know the basic plot by now: a doctor named Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) moves his family from the big city (Chicago in the book, Boston in the 2019 film) to a charming small town in Maine. The new house is right by a busy highway on one side and bumps up against a forest in back. So many local pets meet their demise on the highway that the children have set up a "Pet Sematary" in the forest to bury their beloved animals. Louis' daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence) discovers the site while walking in the woods.

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Check out the first footage from zombie black comedy Little Monsters

February 7th, 2019

Director Abe Forsythe talks about his new film Little Monsters, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

We've got our first look at footage from Little Monsters, Australian director Abe Forsythe's new black comedy that just debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. It's been described as Zombieland meets Kindergarten Cop, and based on this footage (courtesy of Sundance), we think it looks like a lot of good bloody fun.

This film should not be confused with the 1989 film of the same name (in which a young Fred Savage discovers a secret world of prankster monsters). Kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o) takes her young charges on a school field trip to Pleasant Valley Farm. Tagging along as a chaperone is Dave (Alexander England), a failed musician whose nephew is in her class. Dave has a romantic interest in Miss Caroline and is chagrined to discover that he has a rival for her affections: a famous children's TV personality, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad), who also happens to be at the farm organizing all the planned activities.

But something has gone terribly wrong at a nearby military base, and a zombie outbreak turns the innocent excursion into a bloody fight for survival. Miss Caroline, Dave, and Teddy join forces to make sure the kids don't get eaten—and hopefully aren't traumatized for life by the sight of the ravenous undead.

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Replicas used game-development tools to bring its sci-fi world to life

February 6th, 2019
In <em>Replicas</em>, Keanu Reeves plays William Foster, a scientist attempting to transfer a human mind into an android.

Enlarge / In Replicas, Keanu Reeves plays William Foster, a scientist attempting to transfer a human mind into an android. (credit: Entertainment Studios)

The new science fiction film, Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves, achieved some pretty impressive visual effects, given its relatively modest $30 million budget. The secret: using a suite of game-development animation tools for modeling and motion capture. Replicas may have struggled at the box office, but it just might portend the future of filmmaking, creating a space where smaller projects have the ability to create cutting-edge special effects at a fraction of the cost typically paid by major studios.

The most popular industry tool for CGI rendering is Maya, a 3D computer graphics/computer modeling program that owes its popularity in part to the fact that it's designed to be open to third-party software. That means users can adapt the suite into their own customized versions. (Large movie studios in particular tend to write piles of custom code for their productions.) Maya offers a wide range of special tools to realistically emulate the dynamic properties of complicated things like steam, blowing leaves, tornadoes, hair, fur, smoke, clouds, explosions, and clothing and other fabrics—just about anything Hollywood can dream up.

But Maya is expensive and can quickly eat up a production budget just in the design and pre-visualization stages. A single four-minute pre-viz sequence can cost $350,000 or more. That's why Replicas executive producer James Dodson brought in a cheaper alternative for those early stages: iClone, a suite of animation software tools frequently used by game developers.

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FX adaptation of What We Do in the Shadows looks as good as original

February 5th, 2019

What We Do in the Shadows debuts on FX March 27.

We had our doubts when FX first announced it was adapting the New Zealand cult hit "mockumentary" What We Do in the Shadows for TV. But the positive buzz has been building since a surprise screening at NYCC last October, and now we have the first full trailer (and a release date). Verdict: the FX version looks to be just as clever and witty as the film. Count us among those keen to see the full series.

Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement wrote, directed, and starred in the original 2014 horror-comedy, playing vampire roommates Vladislav (Clement) and Viago (Waititi) in Wellington, New Zealand. Given their nocturnal nature, they and their vampire friends haven't adapted to modern life particularly well, and their mishaps as they struggle to navigate mundane trivialities in the 21st century are the source of much of the film's deadpan humor. What We Do in the Shadows garnered a solid cult following after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, ultimately earning $6.9 million—a decent showing given its modest $1.6 million budget.

The FX adaptation is set in New York City, because where better for vampires to thrive than the city that never sleeps? The vampire roommates this time around are Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), his lover Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), and their human "familiar" Guillermo (Harvey Guillen). Plot-wise, the roommates must prepare for the arrival of an ancient vampire called The Baron while dealing with an "energy vampire" (Mark Proksch), who finds a natural target in office environments: "We either bore you with a long conversation or we enrage you."

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Fake-out teaser for Twilight Zone reboot interrupts Super Bowl

February 4th, 2019

Sunday's Super Bowl LIII was briefly interrupted by a trailer for Jordan Peele's forthcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone.

We got fresh trailers for Avengers: End Game, Captain Marvel, and a hilarious Game of Thrones hijacking of a Bud Light ad during the Super Bowl this year, among other goodies. But by far the trippiest trailer was the teaser for Jordan Peele's forthcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access.

Viewers thought they were returning to the game. But then the screen flickered into static, followed by an ominous message against a black screen: "CBS is off the air." You could almost hear the frustrated screams of millions of football fans echoing across the nation. Naturally, it was a fake-out: it was really the new trailer for The Twilight Zone.

The image returns, and we see an empty stadium with a lone figure walking slowly across the field. Doppelgängers of the same man are dotted about the otherwise empty seats as a voiceover talks about being "a man both nowhere and everywhere at the same time." Then we cut to a close-up, and surprise! It's Jordan Peele! "When truth is not the truth, what dimension are you even in?" he intones. Then a white door mysteriously appears on the field, and Peele opens it and walks through, disappearing into another dimension—presumably the Twilight Zone. Cue the familiar spooky musical theme. It didn't tell us much about the new series, but it was certainly an effective teaser.

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