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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Four New S.H.I.E.L.D. Members Added

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, next year's unfrozen super-soldier sequel will have more than its fair share of new faces to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it looks like four more have jumped on board, including an alumnus from Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. (Sacrilege?) According to Twitch, actors, (pictured left to right) Chin Han, Jenny Agutter, Alan Dale and Bernard White have been cast as new members of S.H.I.E.L.D. working under Robert Redford's character, Alexander Pierce.

While much of the film's details are still under wraps, Redford's Agent Alexander Pierce has recently been the focus of rumors and speculation after the actor may have accidentally revealed that there is more to the character than we were meant to believe. Of course, the aspect surrounding who Piece may or may not actually be has not been confirmed in any form. However, what is known, is that Pierce will be portrayed as a high-ranking official in S.H.I.E.L.D. The four additions to the team will be working directly under the dubious dignitary. That is the extent of the info at this point in time.

For Chin Han, who, in The Dark Knight, famously fell victim to the Joker's literal effort to "watch the world burn," is also coming off another DC Comics stint on TV's Arrow. He now takes his first stab at a Marvel property. Jenny Agutter, who has been consistently visible in television and film for decades, may be best remembered as the barely-clothed romantic interest in Logan's Run. However, she has actually already been in the MCU with a small role as a World Security Council member in The Avengers. Alan Dale is also a ubiquitously-working veteran actor, who you may have seen recently in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and stints on several TV shows like Entourage, The Killing, and Lost. Bernard White also possesses a vast resume of film and TV appearances going back to the early 80's. While sporadic TV stints seem to be his forte, he has also been seen in prominent films like The Matrix Revolutions and City of Angels.

The newfound foursome now join an already-impressive cast headlined by Chris Evans' juiced justice-bringer consisting of Robert Redford, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Jones, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, UFC champion, Georges St-Pierre, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, and Sebastian Stan as Cap's unfrozen friend-turned-foe in the titular Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier showcases more "shields" than it knows what to do with when it hits theaters on April 4, 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Whoopi Goldberg Is Channel 6 Boss?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues its Michael Bay-produced reboot effort with the addition of a recognizable cast member as a (somewhat) recognizable character. According to a report surfacing on ComicBookMovie, Academy Award-winning actress and The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg has been cast as the perpetually irate boss of Megan Fox's April O'Neil at Channel 6 News.

Photographs surfaced recently showing Goldberg leaving the New York set of TMNT, wearing a large, seemingly-electrified wig. However, CBM's source has apparently come across the identity of Goldberg's character, revealing her to be Bernadette Thompson, who is described as "an editor at Channel 6 News." The character (should the news prove legit,) would without a doubt be a nod to a character from the 1987-1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, Burne Thompson, the stout, shouting male boss of TV reporter, April O'Neil. Interestingly enough, this character would not be the first nod to the classic cartoon, since comedic actor, and star of the newly-resurgent Arrested Development, Will Arnett is already on board as April's cowardly, conniving colleague, Vernon Fenwick. In fact, one of the more memorable inter-character dynamics on the classic show depicted Vernon sycophantically hanging around Burne, constantly trying to curry favor for any kind of journalistic advantage over his competition with April. It may be the case that this dynamic could be mirrored in the film between Arnett's Vernon and Goldberg's gender-swapped "Bernadette" character.

This, along with several of the other nods to the vintage show which a generation grew up watching could be taken as another sign of goodwill from Michael Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman after the film's disastrous P.R. debut when Bay implied that the Turtles would be "aliens." The comment set the Internet into an unquenchable blaze of hate, and had seemingly lost the purists before a single scene was shot. Now that the movie is in production, things aren't looking quite so bleak and even the Turtles co-creator and initial naysayer, Kevin Eastman has gone on record regarding Michael Bay's handling of his franchise saying that, "He’s been nothing but amazingly respectful." In fact, Bay has recently stated that he "misspoke" in the "aliens" comment and affirmed that the fearsome foursome would NOT be aliens.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (a purist-centered title that also came as a result of drama,) is set to bust out of a septic-saturated sewer to hit theaters on June 6, 2014.

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The Expendables 3: Milla Jovovich In Negotiations To Join

The Expendables 3 will apparently be garnishing its whopping serving of testosterone with a bit of action-oriented estrogen. While a Deadline report indicates that the film is currently in the process of locking down several of its long-rumored cast members, amongst the list of names was a surprise worthy of a MultiPass in actress, Milla Jovovich.

Indeed, it appears that Jovovich, the star of The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, as well as the five (and soon to be six) films in the long-running the Resident Evil film franchise has earned her place amongst the action film annals of The Expendables franchise; a proverbial cinematic hall of fame of kickass. While nothing has been revealed regarding the context of her role, in all likelihood, she'll be shedding some blood with the rest of the boys. As the report indicates, she could be set to join fellow new inductees like Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, and Nicolas Cage, all of whom are said to be in "advanced negotiations" to hop aboard this cinematic cruise ship of carnage. Also, Stallone recently revealed that he's been talking with the enigmatic real-life criminal catcher, Steven Seagal about a role and news could come soon on whether he was successful in procuring the action legend.

At the moment, the film appears to have everything it needs to kick off production for its brand of unapologetic anthropogenic apocalyptic ass-beatings. The repertory cast of Sylvester Stallone (who is also essentially in charge of the franchise), Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and the returning Mickey Rourke are already locked and loaded. Plus, Stallone has hand-picked an up-and-coming director in, Patrick Hughes, who wrote and directed the 2010 contemporary western action flick, Red Hill. With the recent surge of old-school action stars returning to box-office prominence seemingly in jeopardy this year with abysmal box-office efforts in Stallone's Bullet to the Head and Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last  Stand, adjustments had to be made to ensure that this cash-cow of a franchise does not suffer the same humiliation. The addition of Milla Jovovich could be a step in not only adding some sex appeal to the primary cast, but could give this entry a much-needed new flavor.

The Expendables 3 trades viral zombies for generic terrorist targets when it hits theaters, likely sometime in 2014.

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Machete Kills: Debut Teaser Trailer Brings The Big Guns

Machete Kills has released its first teaser trailer and it's immediately clear that director, Robert Rodriguez's approach to the film could be summarized by one old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

What started as a "Mexploitation" premise conceived in Rodriguez's mind 20 years ago, later becoming a fake trailer in 2007's Grindhouse, eventually evolving into the controversial 2010 Machete feature film has brought its ambitiously over-the-top proclivities to this upcoming sequel without losing a single step. Star, Danny Trejo returns as the ex-Federale, Machete Cortez, a walking, talking killing machine...of death who trouble just can't resist finding.

This time, it looks like William Sadler's small town sheriff gets an all-too-critical call from the U.S. President to release Machete. (Who he took into custody without the use of Extremis.) It seems the President has a mission for Machete to take down an evil arms dealer played by a more sane version of Mel Gibson. Of course, as anyone who's seen the first film knows, Machete's had bad experiences taking these type of jobs from politicians with hidden agendas. But, then again, this is the President. How can you NOT trust him? Especially if that President is CHARLIE SHEEN. (Under his real name of "Carlos Estevez," for the sake of doing as the Romans do, so to speak.) -- And really, that's all you need to know about the plot. At this point, the smelly remnant of a major Taco Bell bender is about to hit the fan and your eyes get treated to an orgy of all-out carnage and bizarre, confusing sexual innuendo. So, as I implied, more of the same.

Rounding out this humongous cast are a returning Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara (the bringer of the literal and figurative "big guns"), Demián Bichir, Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Savini, and Lady Gaga as what appears to be a creepy/sexy killer roadside hooker...just because.

Machete Kills reveals that blood of the wicked is a perfect condiment for "Taco Time" when it hits theaters on September 13. Check out the debut teaser trailer below!

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Glenn Close Becomes Galactic Authority

Guardians of the Galaxy, next summer's first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe's cosmic theater may have, appropriately enough, made a casting addition that's way out there. According to Deadline, the one and only Glenn Close will be joining the Marvel super-team who work in the "Big Chill" of space. **Checks calendar to see if it's April 1**

It looks like the rapacious ruffians of space had better keep their pet rabbits safe and sound because the veteran actress will reportedly play a yet-to-be-identified character holding "a leadership role in the Nova Corp." In the Marvel Comic Book Universe, the Nova Corps are the equivalent of DC Comics' Green Lantern Corps who fill the role of an intergalactic police and militia force. Originating from the planet, Xandar, their distinctly-uniformed members utilize a virtually unlimited power from a cosmic energy called the Nova Force. (To varying degrees depending on their rank in the Corps.) The most prominent member of this group was human, Richard Rider, the very first one introduced to us back in 1976 who (like Green Lantern,) simply went by his organization's name "Nova." He's been a member of The New Warriors and is an occasional ally of the Guardians of the Galaxy team.

Now, it seems that we not only have the news that the prominent dramatic film actress and current star of TV's Damages, Glenn Close will join the cast, but also learn in the process that the Nova Corps will be introduced in the film. It will be interesting to see what side of Close's acting chops she utilizes in this leadership role. Will she be the play the proverbial tough old bird? Or will she be presented to us as a type of cosmic Cruella De Vil? Perhaps she may regale us with a bit of Fatal Attraction-esque crazy?

Regardless, the whole Nova Corps aspect is certainly a sign that Guardians could be one of the most sprawling and important entries in the MCU as it makes the ever-critical expansion into the extraterrestrial side of Marvel Comics. For Close, she now joins a cast headed by Chris Pratt's Star-Lord consisting of Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Ophelia Lovibond, Enzo Cilenti, and apparently, John C. Reilly.

Guardians of the Galaxy chews out rookie space cops with a "Jagged Edge" when it hits theaters on August 1, 2014.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Could Get Henry Cavill To Star

The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the upcoming adaptation of the classic 1960's spy series may have found its main hero. After the exit of Tom Cruise last week left the production in an uncertain state, Variety is reporting that Warner Bros may be doing some internal hiring and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. could very well be getting The Man of Steel; specifically the new Superman, Henry Cavill.

The latest development is actually ripe with irony, since back when it was still a Tom Cruise vehicle, Cavill actually met for the role of the main hero's partner, Illya Kuryakin. That part would eventually go to Armie Hammer, whose own star is possibly set to surge when he plays the titular masked man in this summer's The Lone Ranger alongside Johnny Depp. Now, it seems the guy that didn't get the part of the sidekick, who has since become FREAKING SUPERMAN will now "cruise" into the role of the film's primary protagonist. That role will be for suave spy, Napoleon Solo, a member of the super-secret international espionage agency called U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.).

For a while, it appeared that the film, which has already experienced directorial and starring shuffles, was set to reside in limbo while it found its new star, possibly making critical adjustments. Thus, Cavill coming on board would certainly be a serendipitous development for director, Guy Ritchie, co-star, Armie Hammer (who will probably not have to be recast), and for Warner Bros, since Man of Steel is looking extremely promising for its launch on June 14. By the time The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters (no release date has been revealed), Cavill could very well be a bankable household name with a huge paycheck glistening in front of him for not only a Man of Steel sequel, but possibly a lead role in a potential Justice League superhero mega-movie. In essence, they've traded an aging (but still bankable) action star in Cruise for someone who could very well be the next big thing.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. swaps a cape and blue onesie for a Brooks Brothers suit and is set to begin production this fall leaving a release for sometime in late-2014 a possibility.

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Transformers 4: Comic Relief Added, First Look At Optimus Prime, More

Transformers 4 continues work on director, Michael Bay's next world-wrecking robotic rampage. Not only has the film procured another cast member with the talents of comedian, T.J. Miller, but photos (the very first from the film) showing some of Autobot characters in their vehicle form have been released. -- And yes, one of those Autobots is Optimus Prime!

Miller, who is currently on the new Fox sitcom, The Goodwin Games, has also been seen in films such as She's Out of My League, Cloverfield, Unstoppable, and was the voice of Tuffnut in How to Train Your Dragon. However, this role in Transformers 4 could be his most prominent since, according to The Wrap, Miller's character will be buddying-up with the film's main protagonist played by Mark Wahlberg.

"Miller will play a blue-collar mechanic who is a longtime friend of Wahlberg's character."

Translation: He's the hero's wacky, one-liner-dropping, best buddy and the film's comic relief. Miller will now join Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, and Bingbing Li in what will surely be an unmitigated orgy of explosions and giant robots wrecking our cities just for good measure.

...And speaking of those giant robots who like cause explosions and wreck our cities, the very first photos from the film have been released. With production having started near the border of Arizona and Utah, a majestic desert backdrop provides the perfect setting for the unveiling of three Autobot vehicles, most notably, the newest version of the benevolent big rig himself, Optimus Prime...who is covered in flames. Because flames make things look badass...apparently.

Transformers 4 tries its best to keep you chuckling while the world ignites in a whirlwind of robotic rage...and flame decals when it hits theaters on June 27, 2014. Check out the photos of the Autobot vehicles below!

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James Bond: Skyfall Director Sam Mendes To Return?

James Bond isn't the type to harp on one love, but it seems that he could uncharacteristically end up waiting for someone in particular...for the next occupant of the director's chair. Despite initially bowing out, citing a commitment to theater productions, Deadline is reporting that Skyfall director, Sam Mendes is in talks to return for the next entry in the Bond franchise.

With its $1.1 BILLION take, last year's Skyfall was undoubtedly the most successful entry in the half-century, 23 film (24, if you count the unofficial Never Say Never Again) history of the franchise in which Bond battles terrorists, spies, and STDs. Considering that its 2008 predecessor, Quantum of Solace, which carried the same Bond in Daniel Craig only grossed $586 million (about half of Skyfall's take), the folks behind the Bond franchise must have come to the conclusion that the critical ingredient in the winning formula involves Mendes. However, with Mendes keen on returning to his first love of the theater, the temporary vacancy erupted rumors of other helmers taking the "Bond 24" job like Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson), David Yates (The Harry Potter franchise), Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King's Speech), Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and recently, even the auteur of avant-garde action himself, Christopher Nolan.

Yet, despite huge names like that in the mix, the behind-the-scenes focus of the franchise stewards kept turning back to Mendes. Indeed, when he initially bowed out of "Bond 24," due to theater commitments with a production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear, the overlords of the Bond brand in producers, Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli ultimately decided that Mendes was worth the wait and have altered the production schedule of the upcoming Bond film so that he could fulfill his theater commitments. In fact, according to the report, the wait for Mendes won't create too much of a delay and production of "Bond 24" could commence as soon as next year.

So, it looks like Mendes will be trading his Willy Wonka golden ticket for another pass to MI6's secret lair and the scheming of Goneril for Bond's gonorrhea. While in 2006's Casino Royale, Daniel Craig introduced us to a darker, tortured, more badass version of Bond, Mendes managed to add vulnerability into the mix with Skyfall, while not sacrificing any of that tortured badassness that we have come to expect. "Bond 24" with Sam Mendes back at the helm should be quite the heavily-anticipated spectacle.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Set Photos With A Suited-Up Rhino

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 appears to be in the process of shooting what we could assume will be an epic battle. While the film's shoot has proven to be photo-friendly, the latest crop to make their online debut seems to have let the cat out of the bag when it comes to the transformation actor, Paul Giamatti will undergo for his villainous role as The Rhino. -- And giving director, Marc Webb the benefit of the doubt, we must assume that it's far from the final product.

Shooting on New York's Park Avenue, the latest spate of set photos show, amongst other things, Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man teaming up with a costume-cloned kiddie identified as Jorge Vegas and a mind-blowing leap courtesy of Garfield's Spidey stunt double. However, the giant pachyderm in the proverbial room would have to be the shots of Paul Giamatti doing some acting work in a bizarre gigantic wheeled contraption wearing what looks to be a robotic shoulder piece exposing only his head. From this, it certainly does appear that Giamatti's version of fortune-deprived Russian thug, Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino will make his super-villainous turn courtesy of an Iron-Monger-esque giant robotic suit, presumably completed via CGI. It should be a somewhat analogous proximation to his comic book counterpart who became permanently bonded to a super-durable, strength-endowing armor through a radioactive experiment.

Yes, these shots of Giamatti look ridiculous, but with a little post-production digital TLC, it should look every bit the cataclysmic showdown it was surely meant to become. Much of the villain's signature aesthetics, including (hopefully) the key component of the Rhino's horn should be present by the time we get to the final product. However, with Jaime Foxx's Electro also set to shoot sparks at Spidey, as well as Chris Cooper's Norman Osborn making his villainous debut, you can bet that this battle is but one leg of a miscreant marathon that 'ole Webhead will have to run.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have a version of Rhino eligible to park in handicap spaces when it hits theaters on May 2, 2014. Check out some of the new photos below!

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Tom Cruise Leaves Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Tom Cruise has finally come out...of the cast of a major motion picture in which he was set to star. According to a report by Deadline, Cruise has dropped out of the upcoming Guy Ritchie-directed film adaptation of classic TV series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. due to his desire to focus on the upcoming fifth entry of his signature franchise, Mission: Impossible. So, it seems that Cruise won't be cheating on MI with another spy franchise, after all.

Cruise was originally locked-in to this contemporary reboot of the 1960's spy series to star alongside up-and-coming leading man, Armie Hammer, who himself is currently set to share top billing with Johnny Depp in another TV adaptation reboot, The Lone Ranger on July 3. The original 1964-1968 series starred Robert Vaughn as American spy, "Napoleon Solo" and David McCallum as his Russian partner, "Illya Kuryakin," who work together for a super-secret espionage agency called U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.) Unlike S.H.I.E.L.D., they may not have the help of superhumans, but did display on television a poignant nonpartisan alliance for the forces of good during the heated days of the Cold War.

For director, Guy Ritchie, currently on a financial and critical roll with the Sherlock Holmes films, the setback comes after the project already experienced a few directorial and starring shuffles, which at one point had Steven Soderbergh at the helm and George Clooney to star. The acquisition of Tom Cruise would have ensured that he'd have one of the most bankable movie stars of all time set to kick-off this new venture. Now, he goes back to the drawing board in what will certainly be a frantic scramble to find a feasible replacement star. -- Of course, no timetable has been given for the project and it could very well be the case that the addition of Armie Hammer was a chemistry-casting and the exit of Cruise could also mean Hammer's exit, as well.

Cruise, on the other hand, has just completed All You Need is Kill, a futuristic military movie set for next summer. (Even though the title sounds like a demented Cirque du Soleil Beatles/Slayer hybrid show.) The star is also quickly moving forward with his already-confirmed return for Mission: Impossible 5, which is already enjoying the benefit of a screenplay from Drew Pearce, the writer of the white-hot Iron Man 3.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E., sans Tom Cruise, will try to find the right star and tell him "you complete me" when it hits theaters on a date to be determined.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Quicksilver Added, Controversy Ensues

X-Men: Days of Future Past has added yet another team member to its mutant clown car of a cast. Director, Bryan Singer's latest film-related announcement on Twitter would be used to welcome actor, Evan Peters to the cast for his role as Pietro Maximoff, aka mutant speedster, Quicksilver. And yes, you read that correctly. Quicksilver: The same character who, with his sister, Scarlet Witch, was all but set to hop aboard the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015 for Joss Whedon's The Avengers 2. -- SCANDALOUS!

The news is undoubtedly good for Peters, who you may have seen on American Horror Story and in a supporting role in another underrated comic book film adaptation, Kick-Ass. However, his recent fortune has been eclipsed by the controversial nature of his role; an aspect that Singer seemed to tease.

"Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver."

Singer would eventually delete the Avengers-acknowledging tweet, replacing it with a less-provocative version, but it does seems that there's more than a bit of gamesmanship happening between Fox and Marvel Studios when it comes to the cultivation of characters from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen. In fact, a recent report by HitFix claims that Quicksilver's only scene in Days of Future Past is a speedster-centric sequence that Singer feels only works with the character. Conversely, Joss Whedon reportedly had (and maybe still does have) BIG plans for Quicksilver and his sister in The Avengers 2, which are apparently quite relevant to the still-developing plot. The move to bring the character into the comically-crowded Days, which we don't know was the idea of Fox or Singer himself, has unleashed a flood of fan backlash, bringing to light the flimsy legal loopholes to which each side of this issue must abide if they are to use the characters.

So, who is right or wrong in this puzzling battle over a character that...well, not too many people really cared about until the studios started fighting over him?

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Timecop Reboot Split-Kicks Into Gear At Universal

Timecop, the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle which remains his high-grossing most critically-acclaimed film is getting the reboot treatment. 

The original film, which was based off an anthology title, Time Cop published by Dark Horse Comics, was a favorite amongst action/sci-fi fans for its rather original concept. Van Damme played Max Walker, an agent with the TEC (Time Enforcement Agency) who tackles the forces of a corrupt politician (Ron Silver) using the quantum coaster to "Biff Tannen" some funds by safe stock market bets in the past and also to threaten his enemies with the specter of nonexistence. The film showcased Jean-Claude dispatching baddies in peak form with split-centric moves, as well as Ferris Beuller's girlfriend (Mia Sara) looking extremely arousing as the resident love-interest whose death the time-touring tin man must prevent. Sure, the 1994 film may not have been thinking too much about its own longevity when its plot only gave the invention of time travel a scant 10 year window with its "future" setting of 2004, but it is generally hailed as the deepest performance of Van Damme's (normally berated) acting career.

At the same time, Timecop, while a popular franchise in its day, spawning a 1997-1998 TV series and a 2003 straight-to-DVD sequel, has hardly been relevant in recent years, so expectations from moviegoers are probably little to none. As a result, you should probably expect this new film to carry very little resemblance to the Van Damme film, probably looking to expand on its time-bending premise far beyond the few periods visited in the 1994 film.

In keeping with the idea of this reboot effort distinguishing itself, it seems that it will also move forward sans the "Muscles from Brussels" himself. The Hollywood Reporter states that Van Damme is not involved with the project. Of course, that is certainly subject to change and a cameo of some kind would seem the proper thing to do, if anything, for the sake of legacy. While no substantive release window has been revealed, a supposed "re-imagining of the concept" is currently out for writers. Producer, Marc Shmuger has been added via Universal's Global Produce banner working alongside fellow producer Tom McNulty.

So, while Timecop certainly isn't a property brimming with a vocal fanbase rabidly demanding its immediate return under threats of civil disobedience and hunger strikes, it appears that (for some reason,) it will nevertheless be the next property to get the now-common reboot treatment.

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Star Trek Into Darkness: J.J. Abrams Unveils Sprinkly Deleted Scene

Star Trek Into Darkness has already exposed its secrets. However, the topic of "exposure" seems to be a controversial point when it comes to the gratuitous, instantly-Internet-famous (some have said "sexist") scene with Alice Eve's Carol Marcus rocking her space lingerie. That's why director, J.J. Abrams wanted to use his appearance on Conan last night to clear the air...by showing a deleted scene proving that there originally was plenty more skin to go around in the film, especially when it came to Benedict Cumberbatch's villainous "John Harri-Khan." -- And yes, it's an actual deleted scene from the film, NOT a parody.

The scene, depicting a bare-chested Benedict taking a moment to ensure that monstrous B.O. won't be his instrument for genocide, is what Abrams calls "the shower of evil." Yet, despite its sinister, possibly-puzzling undertones, it was made to serve as evidence that the film was, in the very least, an equal-opportunity offender in its gratuitousness. Indeed, Abrams is also quick to point out that Into Darkness also contains a skin-centric scene with Chris Pine's Captain Kirk, giving a little something back for the ladies, but does admit that the Carol Marcus peep show could have been handled in a more subtle way.

Regardless, it seems that we may have gotten our first sneak peak at what could eventually be made available on the DVD/Blu-ray extras. Sure, it's nothing exciting enough to spill your "space seed" over, but it's an interesting (and actually kind of funny) tidbit about the current box-office topper. Check out the new footage below...NOW!

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Jurassic Park IV Could Be A Reboot?

Jurassic Park IV made headlines two weeks ago when Universal Pictures announced that the long-in-the-making sequel would be delayed until a time to be determined. However, a recent comment by the 1993 original film's star may have provided a clue towards the motivation for this delay.

In a recent interview with New Zealand's Stuff.co.nz, the eccentric paleontologist who enjoys threatening children with fossilized raptor claws, Dr. Alan Grant himself, Sam Neill gave what could be a major scoop when it comes to the filibustered fourquel. When asked by his home country publication on whether or not he would be reprising his role as Dr. Grant, Neill reveals that his return is unlikely and then candidly states:

"I'm told it's a big reboot, a total re-jig."

And that's about as far as he goes. Considering the brevity of the reveal, there's always the possibility of an incorrect context or misunderstanding. In fact, the very idea is a stark contrast to previous statements made by producer, Frank Marshall reiterating the film's status as a proper sequel. However, circumstances may have changed and if the film is indeed a reboot, then it would definitely explain the ambiguous reasoning behind the delay. (Especially since announced delays usually have the new release date in hand.)

At the moment, it does appear that the would-be fourth film's choice for director in independent filmmaker, Colin Trevorrow remains in place (for the moment anyway,) but it may be the case that the script by by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver could be in jeopardy, potentially making way for a new screenplay adaptation of the original 1990 Jurassic Park novel by Michael Crichton. Thus, while the reasoning for the initial selection of Trevorrow could still be valid, the Safety Not Guaranteed director could very well have a vastly different task on his hands than he originally thought. He wouldn't be simply following-up, but actually rebooting one of the most lucrative film franchises of all time. It would certainly be one of Hollywood's biggest directorial trials by fire for a big-budget genre newcomer. -- Of course, that's if Universal doesn't just decide to say "screw it" and call J.J. Abrams.

Jurassic Park IV or Jurassic Park "Rebooted" is currently delayed until a date that has yet to be revealed.

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Man Of Steel: Action-Packed New Trailer With Plenty Of Zod Smack Talk

Man of Steel has dropped another massive montage of intense of action that it calls a "trailer." Clearly, Henry Cavill's Superman is destined to face even more Earth-shattering insanity at the hands of his powerful enemies than we could have fathomed. We knew he'd be busting some heads, but we never thought he'd be swimming in a sea of skulls. 

It seems that just when you think you've got a handle on the movie, it goes and releases yet another trailer that redefines your perceptions. With the sound backdrop of Michael Shannon's General Zod giving the people of Earth his insidious ultimatum, we get the explanation for the whole "You Are Not Alone" viral campaign for the film that started last month with various static-filled video snippets of Zod's threats. However, in this trailer, the dangers go far beyond the specter of vids with horrible bandwidth. Indeed, we see firsthand the potential apocalyptic implications that Zod and his escaped Kryptonian criminal cohorts like first-time-speaking Faora (Antje Traue) are bringing to our big blue pearl. -- And it's a hell of a lot worse than the White House-squatting, black ABBA jumpsuit-sporting, kneel-fetishist trio of precursors we saw in Superman II.

The film has definitely created a thematic strategy with its various trailers and TV spots with each one giving fans a different aspect of the film. Make no mistake, this one is focusing on the lengths of lunacy to which Zod will go to get his perceived vengeance against his former jailer, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) through his space-orphaned super-son. While it's doubtful that even if there was someone on Earth willing to snitch out freaking Superman, it wouldn't make much difference since the fight will clearly come straight back to him in the form of a mid-air supersonic right hook!

Man of Steel harvests Superman's tears to grow giant-sized crops at theaters on June 14. Check out the new trailer below!

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