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Halo Live-Action Series In The Works, Steven Spielberg On Board

Halo is apparently set for a live-action incarnation...just not on the big screen as years of rumors and speculation seemed to indicate. Microsoft's big unveiling today of its new console, Xbox One (an event which, if we still had a staff of videogame journalists, we would have been ALL over) would come with kind of a non-gaming surprise. Directorial deity, Steven Spielberg appeared via video to reveal that he will be involved as executive producer with a live-action Halo TV series, which be available exclusively through Xbox One with the next-gen system's streaming-centric hardware.

Certainly, the Xbox One presentation came across as the debut of a fancy, elaborate, voice-operated streaming TV box that happens to play videogames, if you are so inclined. It's clear that Microsoft really, REALLY wants their hardware to be the centerpiece of your living room. Now, with the announcement of this Spielberg-headed Halo series as the apparent flagship of Xbox Live's broader, quasi-Netflix business model, their intentions have never been more clear. Additionally, the console will distinguish itself from the established streaming services by supplementing shows like the upcoming Halo with interactive content.

As for Halo's live-action possibilities, the games have certainly provided all the necessary framework for compelling serial storytelling from humanity's apocalyptic interplanetary wars with zealot alien invaders, The Covenant to the arrival of a shared enemy in the parasitic race, The Flood. The property has certainly come a long way, especially after years upon years of lallygagging which at certain points in time had names like Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp seemingly set to helm a potential feature film. Instead, the story of the ultimate high-jumping, Warthog-riding Spartan solider, Master Chief and his sexy hologram helper, Cortana will become the centerpiece of a series which arrives by way of a completely redefining medium. With the series in the reliable hands of Steven Spielberg, who will collaborate with the IP's ever-watchful gatekeepers over at 343 Industries, the potential buzz from this series could, ironically enough, provide THE watershed moment for the upcoming videogame hardware itself.

No timeline has been revealed regarding when the Halo TV series will debut, but the console on which it will manifest, Xbox One, will reportedly debut "later this year." (Translation: "Holiday Shopping Line Madness.")

The Wolverine: New Trailer Finds Things To Live For

The Wolverine has unleashed another beserker-rage-rocking trailer. Chock full of new unmitigated violence focusing on Wolverine fighting and killing stuff, the underlying drama still manages to push through the gratuitous gall.

It seems that Wolverine has been spending his time camping in the wilderness with a big bushy beard (and possibly drinking his own pee) looking like some kind of tortured, but more handsome Grizzly Adams. Unfortunately, even there, he can't escape from constant torturous dreams about the events which occurred in this film's chronological predecessor, X-Men: The Last Stand. (Yeah, we're all still trying to get over that movie.) For Logan, these dreams focus on his late would-be love, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) who he had to "put down" like some kind of Dark Phoenix Old Yeller in the aforementioned franchise debaser of a film. Indeed, the beautiful Jean seems to be the focus of his dreams, which are wet for a different reason these days: From the blood that he shed.

The mourning and regret over that incident seems to have left our hero willing to embrace the end, in spite of his indestructible skeleton and mutant healing powers saying otherwise. (Of course, he could always just toss himself into a volcano, but whatever.) Thankfully (maybe), a man whose life he saved ages ago could have a way to undo nature's ultimate buff and let him finally rest. Of course, it's never that simple and it seems that Logan soon finds himself embroiled amongst an intricate drama involving another one of his former loves, Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) involving ninjas, a weirdish sexy assassin, arranged marriages with gangsters, sultry serpentine mutant vixens, and his classic comic book nemesis, The Silver Samurai...who, for some unknown reason, is FREAKING HUGE.

The Wolverine makes the most out of eternity when it hits theaters on July 26.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: First Look At Jennifer Lawrence As Mystique

X-Men: Days of Future Past has probably given the Internet a gift with the latest sneak-peak-tweet from director, Bryan Singer. This time, we get a our first look (quite a look, actually,) at Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as Raven Darkhölme, aka Mystique. -- And she's naked...technically.

When Lawrence played the role in 2011's X-Men: First Class, her character was a youthful, capricious shapeshifter, who made the effort to appear human and blend in with the norms; something she felt necessary to be accepted by not only humanity, but perhaps by her childhood friend, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy.) Well, by the end of that film, she embraced her inner-angst, making the not-too-subtle satirical declaration, "mutant and proud" and displayed her natural blue-scale-strewn form. Now, she's seen sans clothing, similar to the ass-kicking, acrobatic version played by Rebecca Romijn in the later-set original X-Men Trilogy.

While it's difficult to tell what role she'll have in this time-bending bonanza, Singer's tweet describes Lawrence's Mystique as "vengeful." It's a rather curious description since First Class only ended with her defection to the group of militant mutants led by Michael Fassbender's Magneto and didn't seem to leave her character in a particularly bitter place. However, as some may recall in 2006' X-Men: The Last Stand, Romijn's version of the character was certainly left with plenty to be vengeful about when it came to Ian McKellen's Magneto, who pretty much tossed her under the proverbial bus after she was accidentally "cured" of her mutantism. -- A few aspects which begs a question: Since there are no reports of Romijn returning, is Lawrence seen here playing the Mystique of 1973 OR the contemporary clothe-less counterpart? Perhaps, she's playing both?

X-Men: Days of Future Past takes the "girl on fire" and douses her flames with cooling blue body paint when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014. Check out the full photo of Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique below...which also happens to show her "below." -- Don't worry, it's work-safe, but it's an image that will probably stick around in your head for at least the rest of the day.

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Star Wars Rebels: New Animated Series Announced

It appears that the Star Wars animated universe has been brought back to life with plans to tackle an era which will be pleasing to old-school fans. The Disney-sized Lucasfilm coalition have announced that production has begun on a new animated series set to debut in fall of 2014 called Star Wars Rebels. Kicking off with a one-hour special premiere on Disney Channel, the show will then settle into its home on the regular schedule of Disney XD.

Just a few short months after new franchise owners, Disney dropped the grim news that the long-running animated staple, Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be a victim of their own equivalent of an "Order 66" mass franchise refurbishment, it seems that plans were already in the works for a new phase. While the former series explored the period inbetween Star Wars Episodes II and III, Star Wars Rebels will actually fill the rich and mostly untouched territory spanning two whole decades with the period between the end of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and the very first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope. (Although, this does not bode well for the enduring canonical place of The Force Unleashed video games, which was set within that time period.)

While fans of The Clone Wars still anxiously await the series' proper denouement via the announced "bonus material" set to drop, they should be relieved to know that the old show's supervising director, Dave Filoni will return on Rebels with a title bump to executive producer. Filoni will work alongside exec producer peers in Simon Kinberg screenwriter of X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Greg Weisman, a veteran of notable animated shows like Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and the acclaimed classic 90's series, Gargoyles. Additionally, Filoni will be bringing much of the creative personnel from The Clone Wars like art director, Kilian Plunkett, which should also induce a sigh of relief among fans of the late series.

Much like with the bittersweet announcement of The Clone Wars' end, the heralding of this "new hope" of a show comes with a behind-the-scenes video featuring Dave Filoni discussing the new, grand task of tackling the hunt for the last vestiges of the Jedi and the beginnings of the Rebellion against the Empire. Check it out below!

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James Bond: Christopher Nolan To Direct Next Film?

James Bond is riding higher than ever after the unprecedented grosses and critical acclaim from last year's Skyfall. However, it seems that the next installment could see the famous MI6 agent get a director who's successfully re-envisioned a certain grizzled voice vigilante. According to UK's The Daily Mail, the one and only Christopher Nolan was approached to helm the Bond franchise's next shaken, not stirred sequel.

While the modern Bond films typically do not stick with one helmer, the success of Skyfall seemed to initially warrant the return of director, Sam Mendes. However, he was apparently forced to withdraw, due to commitments with theater productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear. -- That's where Nolan allegedly comes into the picture. While the report is far from confirmed, the claim is that Nolan, the visionary director behind The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception has been approached by the biggies behind the Bond franchise, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson to occupy the director's chair which still sports Mendes' proverbial ass groove. -- And that is about the extent of the details.

Despite the confidence in its own intel, the report does raise some clear obstacles which may prevent Nolan from taking a project that is, even for a director of his stature, a huge opportunity: Namely his current project, Interstellar. Indeed, Nolan is working on another mind-bending writing/directorial effort which is said to be a space thriller which will explore themes reflected in the research of famous physicist, Kip Thorne. A top-level cast in Matthew McConauhey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine are locked in and the film, due at theaters November 2014, seems on the verge production soon enough. As a result, Nolan may not have the time to tackle a major, meticulous production like a Bond movie without the franchise experiencing another long lapse between films. Not only would MGM want to avoid squandering the momentum built by Skyfall, but current James Bond, Daniel Craig isn't getting any younger, either.

It will be interesting to see not only if this rumor has any legs, but if the scheduling could be worked out for Nolan to nab this dream gig and have it be released at a reasonable time period.

"Bond 24" could sport a Nolan-esque pulse-pounding suspenseful soundtrack to artificially amp-up even the most innocuous of scenes when it hits theaters at a date to be determined. (It's penciled in for 2016.)

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The Expendables 3: Mickey Rourke Returns, Steven Seagal Could Be Next

The Expendables 3 will apparently be heading to battle with its team mission coordinator. According to franchise star/screenwriter, Sylvester Stallone via Twitter, Mickey Rourke will indeed be returning for the unmitigated action-infused threequel after having sat out last year's The Expendables 2. However, Stallone still seems to be working on procuring another former box-office badass as he also revealed this morning that he's talking with Steven Seagal.

Rourke will be reprising his role as Tool, a grizzled veteran of the mercenary game who helps the Expendables team plan their various contractual wetwork gigs in his tattoo parlor hangout. After being seemingly set for a return in last year's second Expendables film, Rourke had dropped out, likely due to scheduling conflicts. Indeed, it's been a busy few years for the actor since the momentum created from his comeback-launching performance in 2008's The Wrestler has yet to stop with the 2011-2012 period loaded with roles in several action thrillers that may have held him up. Among them, was the 2011 myth-inspired Immortals with Man of Steel star, Henry Cavil. Rourke now returns to The Expendables franchise after having reprised another one of his major roles as Marv in this fall's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Stallone welcomed back the star with a simple tweet.

"Mighty Mickey is back............"

However, this morning, Sly also hinted that he's in talks with the world's most famous straight-to-video action star who moonlights as a blues singer and New Orleans police officer.

"....Calling SEAGAL this morning."

The Expendables 3 will certainly be a critical litmus test to see where the recent comeback of old-school style action films now stands; especially after recent solo starring efforts by Stallone with Bullet to the Head and co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand both performed abysmally at the box-office earlier this year. With a director on board in Patrick Hughes, who Stallone calls "new blood," you can certainly expect some thematic adjustments this time around. However, fitting the franchise's earned reputation for surreal stockpiles of legendary action stars, it will be heading to theaters with not only its repertory cast of action players, but with a new array of famous names like Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, and apparently Carl Weathers. If Seagal ends up on board, that would be a major check for the growing list of names which this franchise has procured.

The Expendables 3 tests cinematic limits with multitudes of manhood when it hits theaters sometime in 2014.

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Pacific Rim: Monstrous Main Trailer Is Unleashed!

Pacific Rim, which will unarguably be the best film this summer to feature monolithic mechs battling large, licentious leviathan has released what's being billed as its "main trailer." It's a moniker that's definitely fitting, since it is by far the most comprehensive carnage-infused montage of robot-on-monster violence we've ever seen.

The highly-anticipated project from visionary director, Guillermo del Toro brings back the old-school charm of the Japanese-born genre of "giant robots vs. giant monster," reinventing it with stunning state-of-the-art visuals. However, with Del Toro at the helm, you can expect a deeper insight into the characters and a broader commentary on what humanity has to become in order to battle these creatures.

A portal to another dimension opens somewhere beneath the Pacific Ocean, sending colossal creatures to our world called "Kaiju" (a homage to the giant creatures of classic Japanese cinema), who wreak unmitigated destruction upon major cities worldwide. Mankind strikes back with the Jaeger Program, creating human-piloted robots immense enough to tackle those insatiable invaders in super-sized street-fights on which the balance of civilization itself rests. Now, years later, with mankind seemingly on the losing end of this war, the only hope lies with a washed-up former Jaeger pilot named Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and an eager, but inexperienced newcomer, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), who both take control of a seemingly obsolete Jaeger unit for a critical mission.

Despite the eye-popping (some would say superficial) footage of this trailer, there is apparently some deep drama hidden amongst the giant-robotic bells and whistles. Interestingly enough, this new trailer emphasizes that the Jaeger pilots not only share a neural connection in controlling the robot (which we already knew), but also share their "minds and memories." It is likely through this idea that much of the "human" drama could resonate. These sequences of subconscious sojourn could provide some of the commentary on the human condition that Del Toro has implied the film would carry as early as last year during Pacific Rim's Comic-Con panel.

Pacific Rim looks to make poignant pathos-packed commentary while hitting giant monsters in the face with flying hammerfists when it arrives at theaters on July 12. Check out the intense, action-packed new trailer below!

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The Avengers 2: Is Jeremy Renner OUT As Hawkeye?

The Avengers 2 may be far from fleshed out, but a recent rumor seems to imply that it could be heading to theaters without its ace archer, Hawkeye...at least the one played by Jeremy Renner.

According to a report by ComicBookMovie's "The Daily Superhero," one of their "Hollywood sources" claims that the chances of Renner returning to reprise his role as the purple-clad Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye are "the tiniest." It seems that critical comments made by Renner last year expressing disappointment over the way his Hawkeye character was handled could very well have soured his relationship with Marvel Studios or current maestro of The Avengers franchise, Joss Whedon. As Renner told Total Film back in August of 2012:

"For 90% of the movie, I'm not the character I signed on to play," says Renner, before homing in on the decision to have Hawkeye brainwashed by Loki from the get-go. "It's kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there's not really a consciousness to him."

Adding: "To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses... I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No."

Now, nearly a year after those comments were made, we do have a timeline for Marvel Studio's "Phase Two" of films, which just kicked off with Iron Man 3, continuing with Thor: The Dark World on November 8, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, and culminating with The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015. However, by the time we get to that grand stage where Hawkeye could once again shine, the field of potential team members will likely be rotated with the introduction of new S.H.I.E.L.D. members in the lead-up films. In fact, next year's Captain America sequel will introduce new primary characters like Emily VanCamp's "Sharon Carter/Agent 13" and Anthony Mackie's "Sam Wilson/The Falcon." Plus, with the addition of signature Avengers members, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver looking solid for The Avengers 2, there may not be enough elbow room for Hawkeye to maneuver his bow.

All of these things, coupled with an apparently unhappy cast member with plenty of other cinematic options do not add up to good chances of a return. In fact, the report speculates that there's a greater chance that Hawkeye could be recast and possibly integrated into the television offshoot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premieres this fall on ABC. The recasting of a major character like this would hardly be unprecedented, just ask Terrence Howard, who lost his role as James Rhodes/War Machine to Don Cheadle after some behind-the-scenes drama. Of course, the even bigger, greener example would be the exit of Edward Norton as the MCU's version of Bruce Banner/The Hulk, making way for Mark Ruffalo's reinvention of the character in The Avengers last year. (And in a post-credits cameo in Iron Man 3...for what that scene was worth, anyway.)

At this point, we're dealing with nothing but rumors, but it is true that Renner's Hawkeye, who had a promising debut in 2011's Thor, was kind of disappointing in The Avengers. However, it's difficult to imagine that the creative minds would let some comments by the actor be the sole reason to 86 a major character from the biggest North American box-office opening weekend performer of all-time. It may be the case that it all depends on the feasibility of keeping Hawkeye in the lineup of the mega-team super-sequel without the detrimental crowding. At the moment, that fate rests in the hands of Joss Whedon, who is currently hammering out the script.

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Riddick: Debut Trailer Deals Death In The Dark

Riddick, the long-awaited third entry in the film series started with Pitch Black has released its debut trailer showing that Vin Diesel's titular titan has not lost a single eye-shining step.

Certainly, as far as trailers go, this one could hardly be classified as a "teaser." In fact, if there was ever a movie trailer that contradicted the old adage "less is more," then this one just might fit the bill. Coming to the web via Machinima, this sin-slaying spot clocking in at 2:31 pretty much lays the groundwork for not just the plot, but seemingly everything that happens in the film...in their likely chronological order. Indeed, this is one transparent trailer that has one goal in mind: Showing you the unadulterated, unapologetic, ass-kicking action that you've come to expect from the Riddick series. -- And, yeah, it delivers.

With Riddick stuck on yet another alien planet with unforgivable elements while being chased by bloodthirsty bounty hunters, one might think that it's business as usual. Well, as the extremely-exposé-friendly footage reveals, the real threat of this film isn't coming from the hubris-heavy headhunters, but from the planet's asinine indigenous creatures who really don't give two craps about who's right or wrong in this space drama. Thusly, Diesel's Riddick must now join forces with the group, who just minutes earlier were looking to put his severed head in a box for bounty when they are overrun by the not-so-friendly fauna. Amongst the group are Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff and former WWE wrestler and future Guardians of the Galaxy Drax, Dave Bautista.

Fans may notice this film being smaller in scale than the over-the-top grandiosity displayed in the last film, 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick. Well, that tends to happen when a franchise's previous entry gets a packed $105 million budget and barely makes enough to pay it back. This time, the franchise's regular director, David Twohy, working off a significantly reduced budget of $38 million, has crafted a more insular and suspenseful film, which certainly hearkens back to 2000's original unlikely franchise kickoff with Pitch Black.

Riddick goes hillbilly handfishin' in the sand for dragons when it hits theaters on September 6. Check out the debut trailer below!

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Mission: Impossible 5 Gets Iron Man 3 Writer

Mission: Impossible 5, the recently confirmed sequel to Tom Cruise's signature action franchise will reportedly be working off a script from the writer of the current record-breaking box-office king, Iron Man 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter, Drew Pearce will pen this next entry in the long-running spy series.

Pearce, certainly riding high at the moment with a hugely-successful and lucrative box-office giant now on his resume, actually has his future dance card punched, having worked on the screenplay for Guillermo del Toro's "giant monsters vs. giant robots" summer epic, Pacific Rim and is even typing away at putting more words in Robert Downey Jr.'s mouth with the Sherlock Holmes 3 script. Procuring Mi5 certainly is the latest cherry on top of what seems to be a cake year for the wordsmith.

Coupling the report of the film's new scribe with last week's announcement that Cruise himself has indeed been locked-in for his fifth go as espionage agent, Ethan Hunt, the trifecta needed for this film to move forward now waits for confirmation on who will occupy the director's chair. At the moment, the predominant rumor is that Christopher McQuarrie, who recently directed Cruise in last year's Jack Reacher and 2008's Valkyrie was the helmer with whom Cruise was most interested in collaborating for Mi5. In fact, THR's report implies that McQuarrie is currently "in discussions" to take the job.

Mission: Impossible 5 (not the official title) is probably brainstorming a clever, but disappointing villain twist for when it hits theaters at a date to be determined. (Although 2015 seems to be a safe ballpark estimate.)

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Releases A New Full-Length Trailer

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its tour-de-tease today with the ultimate culmination: The full-length trailer for the series. 

Clocking in at 2:48, this is a true substantive look at this fall's new Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoff featuring a new team of superhero-sighting suits keeping the world safe from incursions from the powerful elements of the unknown. This time, we get a look at things from the perspective of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) a S.H.I.E.L.D. (or as he dutifully reminds us, "Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division") agent who's about to receive one hell of a clearance upgrade and is surprised to learn its primary perk: Getting to work under the (presumed) dead in Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). And with that, the brief mystery of Level 7 is revealed.

On another front, a well-meaning, but pesky hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet) tries to protect the latest super-powered blip on the radar (J. August Richards,) from becoming the next thing to be mysteriously whisked away by the seemingly shadowy government agency, when she finds herself getting nabbed...and then recruited. (Richards' character is rumored to be Elvin Haliday, aka "Rage" from Marvel's The New Warriors.)

With the action samples proving intense as promised, we're also properly introduced to teammates, tech/gizmo guy, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), biochemist, Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and the ass-kicking airborne pilot, Agent Melinda May (Ming Na-Wen).

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes a self-note to never tell Agent Coulson there's no way when it hits TV this fall on its scheduled time of Tuesdays, 8pm on ABC. Check out the full trailer below!

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is wasting little time with its hype machine and has unleashed yet another teasing sneak peak promo clip.

Apparently, even with the new images and debut footage that hit over the weekend, plus today's unveiling of new photos, they must have felt that fans just weren't left ravenous enough. Now, a second, albeit extremely brief promo clip has surfaced showing some new footage which, above all else, tells us that with S.H.I.E.L.D., a fireplace is never just a fireplace.

As the clip concludes, Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson welcomes us to "Level 7." -- Likely a moniker that's somehow attached to his small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. specialists with whom he'll be investigating weird cases set throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. -- Just on the small screen. Indeed, the folks at Marvel and ABC have scattered the breadcrumbs and we are just following the trail and desperately gobbling every little bit of it up as we move towards the show's debut.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tells us what "Level 7" means when it hits TV this fall on its scheduled time of Tuesdays, 8pm on ABC.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: New Katniss Poster

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, this fall's quarter-quelling second quest has released a new, some would say bizarre poster on its official Instagram account featuring the lovely figure of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen standing mightily atop a cliff.

The poster seems to resemble an old-timey image of some type of iconic figure standing majestically above the wild of nature like Theodore Roosevelt. (The only example I could conjure at the moment.) Yet, it also seems to carry a kind of propagandist vibe. -- It's a theme that, coupled with the quoted line from the original Suzanne Collins novel gracing the top, fits the plot of the film. Certainly, Katniss, aka "The Girl on Fire" has become a symbol of hope and defiance against the totalitarian government of The Capital and its devious puppetmaster, President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Indeed, the events of this film, which has Snow and his new game-making conspirator, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) utilize a loophole in The Hunger Games tournament to bring back past winners to squelch any chance of them becoming political threats like Katniss has become. However, it's an act that will ultimately bring about a revolution which will place Katniss as a central figure, high above the proverbial mountain peaks, as the poster represents. -- Oh, and also, Josh Hutcherson's Peeta Mellark will be there too to cover her with mud and waste more bread.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gives us a teachable moment about the potential of reality shows to bring about social upheaval when it hits theaters on November 22. Check out the full, majestically-located Katniss poster in full below!

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals New Photos From The Pilot

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already made itself one of the most anticipated television shows of all time. Just after getting the debut teaser promo, ABC has officially released a trio of new stills from this fall's pilot episode.

While they hardly unveil any substantive answers, they do provide an interesting look at the show. In fact, one photo shows Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson in an interrogation room sitting across a table from Chloe Bennet's quirky computer hacker, "Skye" with Brett Dalton's "Agent Grant Ward" looking on menacingly; a scene which seemingly implies that the Skye character is the quintessential noob in this story. It could very well be the case that the pilot's plot involves her stumbling into some dangerous circumstances which eventually leads to her joining the team. -- So, I guess that's a slight reveal of sorts.

Further solidifying the central nature of Bennet's Skye character, is another photo set behind a glass wall with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo prominently displayed showing Agent Coulson staring ominously at Skye, almost unsure of what to make of her. We're still somewhat far away from any serious plot details getting out, but, as evidenced by the third photo, The Avengers director, Joss Whedon has stepped behind the camera to make sure this TV offshoot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes swimmingly.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets a pass for now on using the now-clichéd television trend of cute hacker chicks when it appears sometime this fall on its scheduled time of Tuesdays, 8pm on ABC. Check out the new photos below!

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: New Photo With Wolverine And Beast

X-Men: Days of Future Past continues its tweet-tastic reveals with its second successive look by director, Bryan Singer at the 1973 segment of the time-bending sequel, this time with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Nicholas Hoult's Beast.

Just last week we got our first look at James McAvoy's younger version of Professor Charles Xavier in his oddly-futuristic wheelchair, dressed as the long-lost Festrunk Brother. (After all, he is a "wild and crazy GUY!") However, this brief visit to 1973 (as confirmed by Singer's tweet) actually raises a lot more questions besides the obvious "what were they smoking when they picked those outfits?"

Discerning fans of the X-Men film series will note a number paradoxes in this new photo which has the potential to collapse the universe quicker than The Ghostbusters crossing their proton streams. By all that we know, Hoult's younger version of Beast never met Wolverine and certainly never did so in the X-Mansion, where the photo appears to take place. Also, anyone who saw 2011's X-Men: First Class knows that Beast, in a failed attempt to "cure" his mutantism, accidentally accelerated his mutation and permanently transformed into the big blue furball we all know and love. Even an earlier twit-pic from Singer shows an older version of Hoult's Beast in full blue beastial glory set for this film. -- Yet, here he is, supposedly 10 years after the events of First Class, looking like he fell into a vat of Nair. (An explanation we may not want to dismiss.)

There are a number of potential theories, the easiest of which to grasp, is that the time-traveling aspect of the film, which speculation points to centering on the character, Bishop, will give the timeline of the original X-Men Trilogy and First Class a MAJOR overhaul. (Which is probably a good thing, especially after how X-Men: The Last Stand turned out.) This could also mean that the Wolverine we're seeing is not the Wolverine from 1973, but rather, the contemporary one, gone back in time. (Especially if we are to presume that 1973 Wolverine has yet to get the adamantium skeleton/claws treatment, becoming Weapon X.)

X-Men: Days of Future Past does its best to contradict canon and confuse the hell out you when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014.

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