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Star Trek Into Darkness: New International Trailers Hit

Star Trek Into Darkness has released its latest trailer in the form of multiple international versions that give us a much closer look at the film...and, as a gift to pic hoarders across the Internet, Alice Eve's Carol Marcus modeling her space lingerie.

The differences between the six trailer variants are subtle, at best, with only milliseconds of scenes distinguishing each one. With that said, this new spot manages to give us a more solid contextual grasp of the film's events, all while still practicing the signature sleight-of-hand approach of navigating around the essential questions that fans still carry; a practice that the hype machine for this film has been doing to the point of an art form.

First and foremost, we get a look at Peter Weller (known as RoboCop to most and also as Buckaroo Banzai to film geeks) in his role as Admiral Marcus, the father of Carol, our space lingerie-sporting doctor-type lady who, if destiny holds, will be the baby mama to Chris Pine's James Kirk and develop Project Genesis. (Not to be confused with the one that launched with Altered Beast.) Unfortunately, this awkward moment between a father and his daughter's would-be suitor gets interrupted by Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison, a terrorist with a mysterious cause who the elder Marcus describes as formerly being one of Starfleet's "top agents." Yet, as the trailer's dialogue with Harrison indicates, the belligerent bomber's reasons might be rooted in a righteous cause (at least to him) when he says that "your commanders have committed a crime I cannot forgive." (Hey, man, Firefly was cancelled 10 years ago. Get over it, already.)

Enough talk. The action is awesome, the visuals are...visual, and speaking of shows cancelled by the Fox network, director, J.J. Abrams gets to finally close the book on his project in the ill-fated Alcatraz...by having a San Francisco-bound crashing Starfleet ship wreck The Rock! Check out the trailer, as well as a new Easter Egg-accessible poster below. -- NOW!

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Transformers 4: Plot Details Revealed

Some light has been shed on the plot of the mysterious fourth entry in the Transformers film franchise. A press release from The Michigan Film Office lauds the economic benefits of the production's impending arrival in metro Detroit to shoot backdrop scenes. (Enticed by juicy tax incentives.) However, it also manages to include some details on the movie's plot. It's quite a coup, considering that up to this point, virtually nothing was known.

While director and auteur of explosions, Michael Bay will again settle into the ass-groove indentation of his director's chair, the franchise's previous star, Shia LaBeouf will be stepping away, making room for perennial leading man, Mark Wahlberg, who just recently stepped in front of the camera for the director in the upcoming film, Pain & Gain. Now, it seems that Wahlberg's protagonist character may be dealing with a new breed of malevolent metamorphic mechs in this franchise refresh. According the description:

"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."

Interestingly enough, as the Jurassic Park franchise readies its own long-awaited return and reinvention, it seems that this series will get a similar injection of man-made folly. It could possibly see the debut of new human-hatched hybrid Transformers that would represent a real game-changer. At this point, the details are anyone's guess, but personally, I see this movie delving deeper into the 80's toy series mythos with things like Dinobots and Insecticons.

While Bay's Transformers franchise may have its share of "haters," the undeniable fact is that the first three films were an amazing cash-cow for Paramount, giving them a whopping $2.67 billion dollar worldwide take. They certainly seem to bring something to the table that has moviegoers of all the right demographics flocking to theaters to see them.

Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) helps the Autobots fight a new evil with a Boston accent and "good vibrations" at theaters on June 27, 2014.

UPDATE: Paramount quickly deemed the report "inaccurate."

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Doctor Who: Action Packed New Season 7 Trailer

A new trailer has hit for the upcoming seventh season/series of the BBC's Doctor Who.

When we last left the good Doctor in the Christmas special, "The Snowmen," he learned that his previous chance encounter with a helpful, sexy-voiced Dalek in denial, would only be the first time his path would cross with the person he now refers to as "The Impossible Girl." Indeed, it seems that throughout time and space, this bold beauty manages to show up in some form or another in The Doctor's destinations and it's absolutely vexing him as to how or why?

The preview shows some of the adventures in store for Matt Smith's return as Gallifrey's galactic-globetrotter and Clara Oswin (Jenna-Louise Coleman), his new comely companion with a propensity for dying and mysteriously resurfacing. The action, as expected, appears intense and chock full of goodies like mace-wielding Cybermen, demonic top-hatted hellions, fiery explosions, and a creepy forest that even has The Doctor himself spooked like Shaggy. (Has this new adventure exposed an innate fear of trees?)

The moment is close at hand, Whovians! It's finally time to change your Amy Pond desktop wallpaper and pour a cold one on the ground for Rory Williams. Their fates have been sealed and we're moving on to a new set of adventures with another fate-driven companion with a ton of bizarre baggage that could carry universe-imploding implications. -- Although, she is kind of hot so...whatever.

Doctor Who re-materializes his TARDIS on BBC and BBC America on March 30. Check out the trailer below!

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Defiance, SyFy’s upcoming science fiction TV series that’s intertwined with an MMO video game of the same name, premieres Monday April 15th at 9/8c. We’ve talked almost exclusively about the game but today we snuck a look at the making of the TV show.

In the clip below, series leads Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas discuss the relationship between their characters, Nolan and Irisa, which is central to the show. On a war ravaged future Earth, rough around the edges human outsider Nolan takes knife wielding alien Irisa under his wing. Nolan serves as a de facto father for Irisa and the unlikely pair tries to survive in the town of Defiance.

Check out Making of Defiance Chapter 6: Nolan and Irisa:

What’d you think? I’m definitely ready to check out this show (and the game). Are you?

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Robot Combat League featuring George “Star Wars” Lucas and his daughter!

Robot Combat League, SyFy’s killer new Tuesday night (10/9c) competition show where human controlled robots battle for dominance, features a special guest on tonight's episode who’s very familiar with robots: George Lucas! George’s daughter Amanda is part of the crew that controls a devastating robot called Robo Hammer and George drops by to offer some coaching tips.

Check out the clip below:

To learn more about SyFy’s Robot Combat League check out their official website. Have you seen this show yet? What do you think?

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Ends After Five Seasons

It appears that the long-running animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has seen its last space skirmish...at least on Cartoon Network. After 5 seasons, it has been announced that the show's recent season finale episode would ultimately prove to be its final one as a series. However, there is hope for fans wishing for a proper wrap.

The fate of the highly-touted series was in question after Disney's takeover of the Lucasfilm property last fall, however, speculation seemed to point to the series living on by way of a move to Disney's more genre-oriented kid's channel, Disney XD. Nevertheless, it appears that the franchise's complete refurbishment, gearing-up for the sequel films means that the venerable series, which launched with a theatrically-released movie in 2008, going on to produce over 100 episodes, would come to an end. Additionally, a Star Wars-based comedy series by Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes called Star Wars: Detours, which previewed last year at Celebration VI, has been indefinitely postponed, due to consideration for the launch of the sequel films.

The official announcement would come by way of a video featuring the show's supervising director, Dave Filoni delivering the fateful dictation for the show's demise as a serial on Cartoon Network. However, it was promised that more was still more to come. Check out the video below, as well as a look at some cool new footage from what appears to be the Clone Wars swan song.

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Star Trek Into Darkness: A Look At The New Teaser

In a movie weekend dominated by a year-high performance from Oz: The Great and Powerful, a new teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness made its way to theaters and hit online.

While only clocking in at about 1:10, the teaser is probably the most intensity-driven one we've seen thus far. Yet, the dominant recurring theme that we've been seeing remains in regards to the cockiness of Chris Pine's James Kirk and his caution-deficient attitude, which may have bitten off more than he can chew. Indeed, the scene of Bruce Greenwood's Captain Pike chewing out Kirk over his latest haphazard happening seemingly resembles a cigar-smoking, black-coffee-chugging Precinct Captain frantically screaming at the protagonist's reckless ways in some 80's buddy cop movie. However, for Kirk, a much-needed lesson in humility may soon come in the form of the film's (still mysterious) grand villain in Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison; an ex-Starfleet officer who, in the wake of some horrific tragedy has gone off the deep end with an agenda of destruction on Earth, beginning with a 23rd century London.

This new teaser has packed in just about everything: Close shave escapes, space base-jumping, hot inter-species romance, demonstrations in flame-retardant fashion, and the Enterprise possibly doing its best maritime tribute to SeaQuest DSV. Check it out below...even if you've already seen it.

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G4 To Be Rebranded As The Esquire Network On April 22nd

Add two new original series to Esquire Network's growing slate of content, with six episodes each of How I Rock It and Risky Listing ordered and set to premiere this summer.

How I Rock It follows host and NBA superstar Baron Davis as he profiles the athletes, musicians, celebrities, designers, influencers and street-style icons whose careers, lives and lifestyles are setting a stylish new standard for today’s modern man. These are the leading tastemakers at the forefront of a men’s style revolution, from the sartorial to the culinary, from home decor to personal technology and more, who all share one thing in common: a passion for expressing themselves through personal style.

Docuseries Risky Listing goes behind the velvet rope to meet the high-end listings agents who wheel and deal in the exclusive, intensely competitive world of New York nightlife real estate. The series will follow along with the agents as they cut deals for the hottest bar, restaurant and nightclub spaces -- and try to stay on top in the city that never sleeps. The playground of New York’s coolest crowds may be their office, but in a cutthroat business, with millions on the line, will they toast their success or get cut off before last call?

The new series join previously announced originals Knife Fight, an underground, after-hours cooking competition series hosted by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall and The Getaway, which features travel-loving, well known personalities who take viewers to their favorite city on the planet.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Gets New Release Date

It appears that the upcoming Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot film will be emerging further down the pipeline than previously scheduled. Last set for May 16, 2014, the yet-to-be-titled franchise film revival is now set to emerge from its proverbial manhole on June 6, 2014.

For a project that has been delayed several times and at one point was even marked for Christmas 2013, the three-week move is probably not a huge deal. However, it is noteworthy that the May 16 date would have put it in direct debut competition with the Warner Bros. Godzilla reboot project starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen. At the moment, June 6 should leave the mutated...err, alien reptilian foursome relatively unopposed from the initial wave of summer movie heavy hitters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2), and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (May 23).

Yet, at the same time, the June 6 move jeopardizes its potential box-office longevity, putting it in competition with second wave summer heavies like Jurassic Park 4 (June 13), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20), and, ironically enough, Michael Bay's other baby, Transformers 4 (June 27). The move was certainly a calculated gamble by Paramount.

One thing is for sure, when Nickelodeon laid down a cool $60 million back in 2009 to purchase the TMNT franchise, they came up with a carefully planned strategy to gets this franchise back to its early 1990's glory days. With the current animated series renewed for a second AND third season, it's clear that they have a lot riding on this tent-pole. The acquisition of a name like Michael Bay (even in just a producer capacity) and now the recent addition of Megan Fox to the cast seems to telegraph their desire to use the monolithically successful Transformers formula of old-school franchise revival. (Explosions, hot chicks in slow motion, ubiquitous product placement, followed by more explosions.)

Will it work? Well, that all depends on how this whole "Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles" angle ultimately plays out.

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Doctor Who Goes 3D For 50th Anniversary Special

It appears that this fall's 50th anniversary special of television's time-traveling Gallifreyan gallivanter, Doctor Who will be coming at fans...in 3D!

Yes, while not much is known yet about the still-mysterious special celebrating the venerable franchise's golden anniversary, it has been confirmed that the entire episode will be presented in three dimensions. According to head visionary of Who's current incarnation, Steven Moffat, technology has finally reached a level where such a venture could be done to standards appropriate for the good Doctor. The quality will apparently be on such a level that the episode will actually be screened at theaters in the UK.

"Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said: It’s about time. Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore."

The show itself prepares a return on March 30 on BBC and BBC America for its seventh series, rejuvenated with a new companion (whose superpower seems to be that she dies a lot) played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. The 50th Anniversary special, however is quite a while away, set to premiere in the UK on November 23, the date of Who's original premiere back in 1963. Accompanying it sometime within the anniversary tent-pole will be the annual Christmas special and a recently-announced TV movie in which David "Argus Filch" Bradley plays the First Doctor actor, William Hartnell in a biographical drama spotlighting the genesis of Doctor Who called An Adventure in Space and Time.

For now, speculation continues to run rampant on what will be in store for Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith in the upcoming thrill ride of a special; especially considering that it will be such a spectacle that it will require the use of...well, spectacles. Whatever it is, it will surely be reflective of the show's vast history, mixed with the brand of deep, yet accessible quirkiness that now fuels the show's current widespread success.

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G4 To Be Rebranded As The Esquire Network On April 22nd

Beginning April 22, 2013, the G4 network will be rebranded the Esquire Network, the only television network aimed at the full, multi-faceted lives of today’s modern men. Esquire Network will expand on G4’s foundation of games, gear and gadgets to reflect the broad range of interests, passions and aspirations that define men today. Esquire Network’s programming will capture the classic voice, impeccable style and unmistakable wit that have come to define Esquire, the original men’s magazine and premier authority on contemporary man. Diverse program categories and genres will feature not only gaming and technology, but also entertainment, food, fashion, women, humor, travel, competition, danger and more.

The network will feature a blend of unscripted and scripted series, and movies and specials that appeal to today’s man. Partnering with the industry’s top producers and talent, the Esquire Network team is developing a slate of engaging all-new original series such as Knife Fight, a passionate celebration of food, executive produced by Drew Barrymore, Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment. Hosted by "Top Chef" winner Ilan Hall, Knife Fight is an underground, after-hours cooking competition where talented chefs go head to head in front of a rowdy crowd of celebrities, critics and die-hard foodies. Another original series, The Getaway (working title), is executive produced by Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero and features travel-loving, well known personalities - people deservedly famous for excellence in their fields - who take viewers to their favorite city on the planet, giving the insiders’ track on their top spots to eat, drink, shop and hang out.

Fan favorite competition series American Ninja Warrior will return for its fifth season, to air this summer on Esquire Network and NBC. Additionally, Esquire Network will complement its slate of original programming with ambitious and witty scripted series that include NBC’s Emmy-nominated comedy, Parks and Recreation, and the critically acclaimed series from STARZ, Party Down. Additional programming announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Esquire Network will offer a full web and mobile experience, linked to the popular men’s destination website Esquire.com. The network’s new website will feature original web series that integrate with the network’s brand and programming, dedicated mobile apps that provide enhanced digital experiences for original programs, and a substantial social presence in support of the new network. Full episodes will be available via the TV Everywhere initiative and Video On Demand.

If you're looking for more insight, give this New York Times article on the Esquire Network a read. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks on the Esquire Network, coming April 22nd.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Releases Suspenseful New Photos

Upcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness has released a set of new photos exclusive to Entertainment Weekly's current cover story on the film.

While the film's release is quickly approaching in just a few short months on May 17, very little is still known about the specifics of the plot and whether or not there is more to the film's new villain, John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. (Shown in one of the new photos in "Red Shirt" custody.) However, what is known at this point is that he is a former Starfleet officer who, after some horrific event, has taken up a cause; something he is willing to destroy Earth to achieve. Yet, if you were to listen to Cumberbatch in interviews, while still necessarily evasive on details, the actor does seem to imply that his character will ultimately prove to be a tragic figure. *Check below for a major breaking update on this subject!

With the entire crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise from 2009's Star Trek returning for this sophomore space epic, we will see the continued development of the relationships between this rebooted rank of recruits in more layman-friendly accessible drama, mixed with balls-to-walls apocalyptic action that this new J.J. Abrams-injected Star Trek franchise will be expected to bring.

Check out the new photos below!

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God of War: Ascension Hands-On Preview - A Softer, Multiplaying Kratos

God of War: Ascension is just over a month from launch, an approaching event that's increasingly been cause for alarm. After all, we haven’t even seen the single-player since last summer at E3, and while a multiplayer beta just recently wrapped, it just wasn’t the same God of War experience we’ve come to expect from this Sony tentpole that's made itself synonymous with over-the-top, first-person action gaming.

More to the point is that Ascension is a prequel to the entire series, giving us a look at Kratos before he was Kratos: the armed-to-the-teeth warrior who bellows anger at the gods while battling through impossible scenarios against supposedly immortal foes. By toying with the formula, Sony and their Santa Monica Studio would risk neglecting what's made GoW such a hit in the first place.

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American Ninja Warrior Casting Notice: Compete In Season 5!

American Ninja Warrior returns for an all-new season this summer on G4 and NBC! So now it's time to ask yourself the age-old question: Do you have what it takes to become the next American Ninja Warrior?

The search for the fifth season's contestants has officially begun! If you're interested in putting your own strength, agility, balance and willpower to the test through a series of diabolical obstacle courses (and you're over the age of 21), then visit the American Ninja Warrior casting website. From there:

To be considered, applicants (21 years and older) must submit an online video which describes why they should be deemed worthy enough to join the schoolteachers, firemen, police officers, social workers and other everyday heroes as they transform into fearless acrobatic contestants.

So what do you think? Will the summer of 2013 be your Year of the American Ninja Warrior? There's only one way to find out.

For the latest news, updates and additional information regarding dates and locations, visit the American Ninja Warrior casting website at ANWTryouts.com and follow American Ninja Warrior on Twitter and Facebook!

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Doctor Who Themed TV Movie Gets Harry Potter Star

An upcoming TV movie chronicling the behind-the-scenes beginnings of the BBC's seminal sci-fi drama, Doctor Who has found its star in a former ornery detention-dealing groundskeeper of Hogwarts, David Bradley.

Set to be titled, An Adventure in Space and Time, the biographical movie will see the veteran actor, now best known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, leave the Wizarding World behind to step into the role of William Hartnell, the actor who portrayed The First Doctor on the series from 1963-1966. Joining him will be Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart) as BBC head of drama, Sydney Newman and Jessica Raine (The Woman in Black, Robin Hood) as Doctor Who producer, Verity Lambert.

This shout-out to the time-traveling phenomenon that captured the imaginations of Whovians everywhere will not only chronicle the show's genesis, but sets it into the larger context of the cultural shifts happening in Britain in the early 1960's. However, it will not go unchristened by the current guard since it will also be watched over by current Doctor Who exec producers, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner. According to Skinner:

“It’s a lovely story about very fascinating characters. There are lots of witty and entertaining stories about the genesis of Doctor Who which say quite a lot about what the early ‘60s in Britain was like. But it’s also a very personal story about William Hartnell and Verity Lambert and their relationship being forged in the making of what turned out to be a sensational hit show that we’re still watching today.”

Since its revival in 2005, the show is more popular than ever today. On this 50th anniversary of the series debut, the BBC is now more reflective of its long history than ever before, which makes this upcoming movie the perfect companion. (No pun intended.)

An Adventure in Space and Time will make its US debut at a still-unspecified time later this year.

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