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Transformers 4: Kelsey Grammer Cast As Villain

Transformers 4 has apparently procured its villain, at least one them, anyway. According to a report by Deadline, one of TV's most venerable personalities, Kelsey Grammer has been cast in director Michael Bay's upcoming robot-rampaging sequel...as a villain, no less.

The former Cheers and Frasier actor, who has recently racked-up awards for his performance as a hard-balling, womanizing Chicago mayor on the now-ended Starz series, Boss, will now play a character named Harold Attinger, who is said to be "a counter intelligence guy" and "a key villain" in the fourquel. While details on the film's plot have been kept under tight wraps, it is known that Grammer's (presumably human) antagonistic role will join a growing cast of franchise newcomers headlined by hero, Mark Wahlberg, along with Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor.

Of course, this is hardly the first big-budget genre film in which Grammer has starred. (And no, I'm not talking about Down Periscope.) Grammer portrayed the contemporary version of Hank McCoy, aka the blue-mohaired mutant, Beast in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand; a role later played by Nicholas Hoult in X-Men: First Class and its upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. To Grammer's credit, his performance as Beast mixed an erudite aura with savage badassery that remains one of the few aspects of that particular film (widely considered a trainwreck) that is looked upon positively.

Transformers 4 (title yet to be revealed) uses Frasier's Freudian finagling to confuse its Autobot heroes at theaters on June 27, 2014.

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Star Trek Into Darkness clearly doesn't think that you've already had your fill of sample scenes. Thus, they continue to beam these meaty movie morsels online, the latest of which features Chris Pine's Captain James Kirk and Simon Pegg's Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in a suspenseful stroll to the Enterprise's engineering section that quite literally ends up full of twists and turns.

What seems to be the aftermath of a major ship battle sends the duo scrambling to fix the...aft power coupling...warp core...flux capacitor...phase inducers -- ah, screw it, who knows? The point is that an apparent battle that was surely an unmitigated orgy of awesome effects has left the Enterprise spinning in space with its gravity gizmos not working worth a damn. The result is something akin to a hypothetical Christopher Nolan take on the Star Trek saga full of head-spinning dimensional shifts in a dream within a dream, leaving us waiting for a grizzled-voiced vigilante to violently interrogate random red shirts.

While Scotty appears to be "givin' it all he's gawt," it seems that Kirk is the only thing keeping the Scotch-swigging space mechanic from a violent, fiery collision with an Enterprise bulkhead. Just like with another great cinematic duo, Kirk can't carry Scotty's engineering responsibilities, but he can carry HIM.

Star Trek Into Darkness drops bystanders into theater walls on May 17.

Star Trek Into Darkness: Cumberbatch Cold In New Clip, Plus Revealing New Poster

Star Trek Into Darkness continues doling out suspenseful sample snippets, this time in the form of an irascible interrogation teeming with tension between Chris Pine's Captain James Kirk and Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison (who may not actually be who he claims).

While we've already caught sporadic glimpses of "Harrison" temporarily in the custody of Kirk and crew, this uninterrupted scene clocking in at 1:18 manages to drive home in a short amount of time the pure hatred that's emanating from Cumberbatch's performance. It's a true demonstration of the intellectual chess match between the two for the coveted (alebit figurative) brass ring of leverage. While Harrison stands in a cell, he is still far from being "captured." Despite Kirk's headstrong belief that he could have ended this mysterious villain any time he wanted with a shady self-defense slaying, it's clear that he is far from being in control of the situation. It's a feeling of pure anger and helplessness that undoubtedly drives home the recurring theme of the cocky young Captain's much-needed lesson in humility in the face of a mysteriously insatiable force of vengeance.

Star Trek Into Darkness gives Hannibal Lecter a run for his man-eating money in creepy jail cell scenes when it hits theaters on May 17. -- Oh, and in keeping with the theme of "vengeance" you may want to check out the IMAX 3D poster that just hit showing a space guppy of a U.S.S. Enterprise being pursued by much, much larger fish called the U.S.S. Vengeance, which just may be Harrison's new ride off this dump. Check out both the awesome exhibition of angry acting, as well as the killer new poster below...now!

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Guillermo Del Toro Developing HBO Series

Famed director/producer, Guillermo del Toro will be bringing his talents to the unfiltered television playground of HBO to develop a potential new series based on a heralded Japanese manga series called Monster.

Created by Naoki Urasawa, the 18 volume Monster manga published between 1994-1991 would also spawn a 2004-2005 anime series. The story follows a young doctor who saves the life of a 12 year-old boy from a gunshot wound to the head; a seemingly benevolent act that will ultimately yield dire consequences. Years later, it would be discovered that the very same child has grown up to be a homicidal megalomaniac with grand ambitions to single-handedly bring about a new level of mass genocide. As things progress through various twists and turns, it becomes apparent that the child, who is the story's titular "monster," was actually born in a eugenics experiment along with his more benign twin sister to create the ultimate, unyielding ruthless soldier. The story's dominant theme debates whether this level of evil could actually be created or if it was a byproduct of the person's experiences. Thus, it, blends elements of science fiction and philosophy into a dramatic backdrop centering on the age-old "nature vs. nurture" debate.

For Del Toro, the process of getting this adaptation (originally pitched as a feature film,) to the point of feasibility was apparently a long process with not only the original creator, Urasawa, but with studio, New Line, who came to the conclusion that the ambitious project was far too heavy to be contained within a movie. However, it seems that an interested HBO, who, as evidenced by the success of Game of Thrones, seems to be expanding its genre palettes, was able to provide the perfect platform to adapt this sprawling series. Now, Del Toro serves as executive producer and will also co-write the inaugural story with Doctor Who and Sherlock writer, Steven Thompson.

No timeframe has been revealed regarding the debut of Monster. (Or, for that matter, if the show will even keep that name.) It's certainly yet another large item placed on Del Toro's plate, as he currently deals with a plethora of projects like this summer's launch of his "giant robots vs. monsters" directorial effort, Pacific Rim, ghostly drama, Crimson Peak, and possibly running the still-stagnant TV adaptation of The Incredible Hulk.

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Star Trek Into Darkness has dropped yet another uninterrupted sneak preview clip showcasing samples of the film's intense action scenes.

While yesterday, we saw a volcano-stuck-Spock ready to martyr himself (again) for "the needs of the many," today's clip comes courtesy of MSN, showing Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and a few unidentified passengers (which is never a good thing to be in Star Trek) strolling along in a defenseless shuttlecraft being pursued by an unknown assailant ship whose enmity towards our heroes is so deep that they're willing to risk a Death Star trench-run-like chase that could easily go awry. (Looks like Kirk may have gotten too friendly with yet another married sexy alien space thing.)

The clip actually culminates in a tight squeeze of a scene that you probably already caught in the film's numerous trailers and TV spots. Nevertheless, these clips are like the free sample ladies at Sam's Club/Costco. If you're sly and shameless enough to keep going back, you can eek a solid meal out of them. We're certainly bound to see more "free samples" like these as we move towards the film's impending release next month. (Although you may eventually want to buy a box, you cheap bastards.)

Star Trek Into Darkness ignores the obviously fake mustache you put on and lets you grab a second wedge of chicken cordon bleu movie clips when it hits theaters on May 17.

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The Lone Ranger: New Trailer Rides For Justice And Vengeance

The Lone Ranger, the "pirated" western revival by the team of director, Gore Verbinski and producer, Jerry Bruckheimer has released an explosive new trailer.

This latest preview delves a little deeper into the character development of the titular Ranger himself (Armie Hammer), who, as we learn here for the first time, was previously just a city boy straight off the train named John Reid who was deputized by his ranger brother with their late ranger father's badge on a whim. Of course, the first mission didn't go quite so swimmingly since everyone was massacred in an ambush by some scruffy scum led by an unbathed bandit named Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner). However, it turns out that after being presumed dead along with everyone else, that John is discovered by a Native American warrior, Tonto (Johnny Depp), who believes him to be some kind "spirit walker;" a man who's been to the other side that can't be killed in battle. Now, they ride together for justice...and a touch of vengeance.

While we've had theme-focused trailers for this film spotlight the "justice" aspect, showing Tom Wilkinson's greedy robber baron character and another fixating on the "spiritual" aspect of the Ranger's resurrection, this one seems to be more focused on the motivations of the man himself. While bringing justice to a crop of corrupt cops seems to be the righteous motivation, this trailer does reveal that when it comes to the Ranger's quest, seeking revenge for his brother's death does kind of sweeten the deal, as well. As for Johnny Depp's Tonto...well, he's just kind of there. -- Which is all the explanation you need for why Helena Bonhan Carter is in the film. (Sporting a leggy weapon that might be a tribute to Rose McGowan's in Planet Terror.)

Pirates of the Wild West...err, sorry, The Lone Ranger screams "Hi-yo, Silver! Away!" as it rides into theaters on July 3. Check out the new trailer below!

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Man of Steel, this summer's sizzling screen-splashing Superman saga has released its first TV spot.

The new spot may not exactly provide too many revelations, especially to those familiar with the full trailer that debuted back in December. However, clocking in at a tight 32 seconds, it manages to convey the atmosphere of the film just as effectively in 1/5 of the time of the aforementioned preview.

At the moment, specifics about the film's plot other than an obligatory Superman origin tale still remains somewhat mysterious. Yet, what we have been shown does seem to expose the heart of the movie. Indeed, we witness Henry Cavill's new version of The Blue Bomber go from your typical super-powered alien orphan living on a farm who's at a perpetual quandary about the responsibilities his powers might entail, evolving into the blue-suited bringer of justice who's ready to use escaped Kryptonian war criminal, General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his merry band of misfits as the cannon-fodder for his heroic coming out party. 

Man of Steel pounds you with pure pathos at theaters on June 14. In addition to the TV spot, an updated version of the film's official synopsis has hit, shedding some (I stress, "some") light onto the context of the film's characters. Check it out below!

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S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Gets New Title, Adds Cast Member

Marvel's upcoming expansion of their movieverse into the realm of TV with organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. has just been given an official title and logo. Previously referred to simply as "S.H.I.E.L.D.," network, ABC just made official on its media website that the show will be titled: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- On top of that, there is news of the addition of another cast member who may be familiar to longtime fans of The Avengers mastermind and director of the pilot episode, Joss Whedon.

The amended title is clearly an attempt to differentiate itself from the 2002-2008 police drama, The Shield starring Michael Chiklis. While the kind of viewers who would actually be confused by such a thing would probably not be tuning in, it does serve to put the distinguished Marvel stamp on the series. However, the move is hardly unprecedented and even the show's setup film in last year's superhero dream team extravaganza, The Avengers actually carries the official (though rarely acknowledged) title of Marvel's The Avengers, so as to avoid confusing people who might mistake a blockbuster film about superheroes fighting off a rogue Norse God and armies of aliens with a British spy show from the 1960's and its 1998 remake movie. Thus, in all likelihood, you, me, and everyone else will probably just end up referring to the show as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." sans the Marvel marking.

While it doesn't look like we'll be getting substantive details anytime soon, ABC did release a new synopsis for the show. Check it out below, as well as news about another addition to the cast!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Gets Will Arnett

The upcoming live action reboot revival of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a new cast member. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the half-shelled heroes' big screen return has cast comedic star, Will Arnett.

While the identity of Arnett's character is momentarily being kept a secret, the report shoots down the obvious choice for prominent male characters by indicating that he will NOT play the sporting-goods-swinging vigilante of the TMNT mythos, Casey Jones. Regardless, Arnett joins a cast of motion-captured Turtles who will accompany Megan Fox, who presumably takes the lead role as signature damsel, April O'Neil.

At this point, Arnett's role is anyone's guess. With all four Turtles already cast in Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), and Donatello (Jeremy Howard), the other notable vacancies for known male characters (human or mutant) are for the foursome's sensei and mentor in the human rat, Splinter, the villain who fancies razor-sharp fashion, The Shredder, and sinister scientist, Baxter Stockman. None of those seem to be a realistic fit for the Up All Night and Arrested Development star, Arnett, which might indicate that the role is completely original to this film's storyline. (Which will apparently depict the Turtles as aliens of some kind.)

The role will nevertheless put Arnett in the midst of what may possibly be his biggest film, yet with this major $125 million project produced by the auteur of explosions, Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

Ninja Turtles (as the reboot project is currently known) attempts grandiose sleight-of-hand tricks while playing Europe's "The Final Countdown" when it hits theaters on June 6, 2014.

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Transformers 4 Partners With Chinese Company

Next year's return of the Transformers film franchise may be the next film to make content adjustments to court production partnerships in China. It is being reported that Transformers 4 (title not yet confirmed) will work with China-based movie channel, Jiaflix Enterprises in an agreement that will open access to the quickly-expanding film market in the population-brimming nation. -- Not only that, but the robot rampage romp will consequently also do some filming in the red nation, as well.

The news comes just days after the announcement that Iron Man 3, in partnering with Chinese company DMG Entertainment, will actually go so far as to release a different cut of the film for Chinese audiences approved by the notoriously political-censorship-happy State containing new scenes and actors exclusive to their release. While no details have been revealed on what, if anything, will be altered for Transformers 4, it does seem that similar concessions would be made for the Chinese release, considering that Jiaflix Enterprises is an arm of the Administration of Radio Film and Television, controlled by the Chinese government.

At the moment, all that is known is that director, Michael Bay will be aided by the company towards pursuits like:

"Selection of filming sites within China, theatrical promotion, and possible post-production activities in China as well as casting of Chinese actors and actresses in the film."

With Mark Wahlberg stepping in as the main protagonist, along with a set of younger supporting cast members in Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, it will not only be interesting to see how the the film adjusts to the post-Shia LaBeouf era, but how the franchise known just as much for its unadulterated product placement as it is for giant robots will manifest with its new Chinese mandate.

Transformers 4 introduces a giant robot Chairman Mao that transforms into...a chair when it hits theaters (here in 'Murica, dammit!) on June 27, 2014.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Third Film Moves Forward

It is being reported that after the successful weekend of its sophomore effort that the G.I. Joe film franchise will continue soldiering on with a third film.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation certainly did make the most of this past Easter weekend earning $132 million worldwide, outdoing the global opening of the 2009 first film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra by 35%. In the U.S., it would also deliver the second-best performance of that holiday weekend with $41.2 million (only behind the $61.2 million in 2010's Clash of the Titans). Overall, Retaliation looks to be well on track to outdo the $303 million global take of its predecessor.

Whether it was the continually-growing box-office clout of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the presence of Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki's Lady Jaye looking ravishing in that red dress, or just the strength of the franchise itself, the movie managed to find an audience. It's especially impressive considering how fans and insiders had already written the film off as a disaster just waiting to happen. It not only managed to overcome the stigma of a year-long delay for a questionable 3D conversion, but it did so while going into the fray with a director completely new to the action/comic-book/fanboy-centric genre of films in Jon Chu. Indeed, there were many gambles on this film that ultimately paid off in a huge way.

No details have been given about the "whens" or the "whats" (other than the fact it will be in 3D), but there is certainly a wealth of material in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero classic comic book, cartoon, and toy canon from which to draw for a third film. While this film series does not exactly adhere closely to the classics, it could potentially use classic concepts such as: A vengeance-seeking Destro forming his own faction in the Iron Grenadiers. The unruly and destructive biker gang, The Dreadnoks. The eccentrically-evil Crimson Twins, Tomax and Xamot, who like to finish each others' sentences. Or, maybe even Cobra Emperor, Serpentor; a tyrant cloned from a milkshake of DNA taken from the worst despots in the world's history. -- The possibilities are endless.

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Man Of Steel Adds Smallville Actor...But As Who?

We've known for quite some time that this summer's Superman reboot, Man of Steel would focus on star, Henry Cavill's antagonistic tanglings with Michael Shannon's escaped Kryptonian war criminal, General Zod. However, after a choice revelation from actor, Mackenzie Gray, a rumor has now been ignited concerning the character considered Superman's most iconic rival, Lex Luthor.

Fans of the long-running Superman TV series, Smallville may recall that Gray played a cloned version of Supes' follicularly-challenged foe in a 2010 episode of the show. (Whose real version was played by fan fave, Michael Rosenbaum.) It was a brief, but memorable appearance, which seemed especially relevant to a recent interview in which Gray confirms that he has a role in the upcoming Man of Steel movie; a fact that he would also reiterate that he had permission to reveal as long as he omitted any details.

However, a small tidbit of those details may have emerged from the sleuths over at Aint It Cool News, whose anonymous insider close to the film disclosed that the still-unnamed role by Gray will be "substantial." Thus, Gray, who already possess a passing connection to Lex Luthor, has become the center of the latest round of rumors speculating that the avaricious, evil industrialist will, in fact, be in the film. If true, then Gray would be joining Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey in the prestigious club of actors who have played Luthor on the big screen.

Check out the interview in which Gray confirms his Man of Steel role just below!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Casts Leonardo, Michelangelo, And Donatello

It looks as if the new big screen version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have their titular team assembled. Duel katana-cutter and all-around good Samaritan, Leonardo will be played Pete Ploszek, nunchucking Jeff Spicoli-speaking "party dude," Michelangelo will be played by Noel Fisher, and the tech-savvy bo-staff-swinger, Donatello will be played by Jeremy Howard

This rounding out of primary protagonists for the live-action reboot comes just a few days after the announcement that Blue Mountain State and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star, Alan Ritchson would be playing the sai-sporting wiseguy of the group, Raphael. Now, "the world's most fearsome fighting team" are ready to tackle whatever villainous forces that creative minds like producer, Michael Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman have on deck. -- Even if they're planning to make the foursome into aliens for this movie.

Pete Ploszek, who plays team leader, Leonardo, will, ironically enough, be coming in with the slimmest resume of the bunch, with one-time appearances on Parks and Recreation and Shameless being his only major roles. On the other hand, Noel Fisher, who plays the capricious and sometimes naive Michelangelo is a face that will likely be recognized by most people for something from his vast resume of TV appearances (he also had a run on Shameless), as well as his recent film roles on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 and in director, Liebesman's Battle Los Angeles. Jeremy Howard playing the geeky reptilian, Donatello may also trigger some recognition from his various "nerdy" roles like in college romp, Accepted, on TV with Breaking Bad, and as one of Justin Long's quasi-Trekkie buddies in the cult classic, Galaxy Quest.

Now, this trio, along with Alan Ritchson, join the newly-reconciled princess of the Michael Bay universe, Megan Fox for this ambitious and highly-touted tent-pole project, which has apparently nabbed a $125 million budget commitment.

Ninja Turtles (title not yet confirmed) picks out the tightest banana-yellow jumpsuits for Megan Fox to wear as April O'Neil when it hits theaters on June 6, 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Casts Its Raphael

The upcoming Michael Bay-produced live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has cast the first of its famous foursome. According to Deadline, actor, Alan Ritchson will jump on board this proverbial Party Wagon of a production as the sai-stabbing, wise-cracking red-bandana-rocking Ninja Turtle, Raphael.

Seen in sporadic episodes of Smallville, Ritchson is probably best known for his starring role in Spike TV's college football romp comedy series, Blue Mountain State. However, another claim to fame may soon come when he stars as lethal reaping alum, Gloss in this fall's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Yet, as far as the importance of characters go, this role in the TMNT reboot could actually be the one that becomes career-altering.

While this opportunity to play Raphael, the Turtle who's "cool, but rude" (gimme a break!) will likely confine Ritchson to a studio for motion-capture work in front of a blue screen, it nevertheless yields plenty of room to bust out some acting chops. This is especially important, considering that Thad Castle, the over-the-top, hazing-obsessed, dim-witted college football star he played in Blue Mountain State remains his most prominent role. With Raphael, he gets to work with arguably the deepest, most emotionally-complex of the reptilian foursome (who, according to Bay, may be aliens this time around) and there's plenty of room for a memorable performance. (Which, I assume Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman must believe he can provide.)

As of now, Ritchson joins the first confirmed cast member, Megan Fox, who presumably plays signature damsel, April O'Neil for this $125 million tent-pole that will be supported by the current Nickelodeon animated series and a vast rebooted line of toys and nicknacks.

Ninja Turtles (title not yet confirmed) will do its best to revive "cowabunga" as a cool catch phrase when it hits theaters on its newly-assigned release date of June 6, 2014.

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Transformers 4: Previous Plot Details Deemed Inaccurate

Remember those plot details that popped up about the upcoming fourth Transformers movie? Well, it turns out that Paramount went into damage control mode quickly afterwards, essentially shooting down the whole thing by labeling it "inaccurate."

The vague plot synopsis in question reported by The Michigan Film Office depicted a story in which mankind's tinkering with remnants of Transformer technology unleashes a new uncontrollable power:

"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."

While not carrying any official seals, the story certainly seemed plausible, given the fact that the source would seemingly have contact with the producers. Also, it has been known for some time that director, Michael Bay has been looking for a game-changing reinvention of the franchise. That plot would have provided one; especially since it falls in line with known Transformers storylines such as the existence of Primus and Unicron, robot deities who exist as the living centers of planets, in this case, Primus within Transformers home planet, Cybertron and Unicron within our own Earth.

Nevertheless, Paramount sent out its army of lawyers (giant robot lawyers who transform into briefcases) to the far reaches of the blogosphere to make sure this story effectively went away. In fact, even the original article itself is now conspicuously missing the paragraph containing the apparently-ersatz explication.

So, what could this mean? Well, it could be the case that this was such an egregious breach of top secret material that "The Big P" has resorted to posturing. Or...well, that it's just not true. And that's fine, I suppose. Hey, some may argue that when it comes to Transformers movies, plots are like green garnishes laying on the side of the plate next to the main course of a marbled, tender, juicy piece of "giant robots blowing s**t up."

We'll still get that main course when Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) hits theaters on June 27, 2014.

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