Charlize Theron to Host SNL On May 10th

April 23rd, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


The sexy and talented Charlize Theron is set for Saturday Night Live hosting duties on May 10th with musical guest The Black Keys. She’s not quite the last host of the season, that honor goes to SNL alumni Andy Samberg who returns to host the season finale on May 17th with musical guest St. Vincent.

This will be Theron’s second stint as host; this time around she will no doubt be promoting Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which opens in theaters on May 30th.

Also, watch next weekend as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield hosts for the first time with musical guest Coldplay.

Trailer and Poster for Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD

April 23rd, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Here is the first trailer and teaser poster for Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s incredible filmmaking journey of 12 years that shares the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane).  The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising Mason and follows the boy for twelve years; from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18.

The movie was shot over that period of 12 years with Linkalter filming scenes every year with the same actors, resulting in perhaps the most realistic turn of adolescence on screen when it comes to young Mason.

The trailer sadly has Billy Bush talking at the front of it, we will post a better version as soon as we can.

Watch the first trailer below, the film opens in limited release on July 11th:

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The First Images from JURASSIC WORLD

April 23rd, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Here are the first official Jurassic World images as filming is underway in Hawaii.  Director Colin Trevorrow had a few things to say to Empire about this movie; the best tidbit of information would be that the dinosaurs won’t be entirely CGI.  There will still be animatronic special effects, so how great is that?  If you have watched the original JP and its sequels in the last few years, you know the animatronics still hold up.  Don’t fix what isn’t broke – you can have that one.

One of the images below gives a first look at Bryce Dallas Howard’s character; Trevorrow described her role as “very corporate, very controlled,” that must be why she’s got bangs till Tuesday and a white suit on.  Nailed it.

The film also stars Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, B.D. Wong, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, and Irrfan Khan.

Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015, check out the images below:

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The Latest X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST TV Spot is All About Sentinels

April 22nd, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Here is a new TV spot for the highly-anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past with some new footage that we haven’t seen yet.  It’s not the highest of quality, but it gets the job done.  We have seen a fantastic final trailer and some awful posters for this upcoming flick; the movie is a month away still, are you excited?

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Daniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D on May 23, watch the spot below:

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Announcements are Coming Teases Disney

April 22nd, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Teasers for trailers  weren’t enough, now we have teasers for news?  Shoot me now.  Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn spoke this morning about Star Wars: Episode VII, saying a lot of the same: the cast isn’t set yet, principal photography hasn’t started, and that George Lucas is consulting (nervously tugs collar).

He did reveal some information in regards to the budgets of the new Star Wars movies, which I guess is interesting enough to make this post happen. Via Variety’s Marc Graser, Horn revealed that the budgets for the new Star Wars films will be “around $175 million to $200 million.” Horn is speaking for Episode VII, VIII and IX; that’s in line with most summer movies (or tent-pole movies if you want to be a jerk about it).

Episode VII will make a profit, but how much?  Find out when Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

As for the next big news/announcement/casting decisions and what not – I expect it to come on May 4th.  Check out all of our Star Wars coverage in the meantime.

You Should Watch the First 5 Minutes of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Right Now

April 21st, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


DreamWorks Animation has been nice enough to release the first five minutes from How to Train Your Dragon 2 and so we return their good gesture by embedding it down below for you.  If you can’t wait any longer (wow it’s been four years), then this might hold you over until June.  There was also the fun trailer we posted here.

While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

The film features the voices of Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th, watch the first five below:

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The City Strip #179 – Those Summer Nights

April 21st, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


We are always very excited about the summer movie releases; it’s almost as if it’s an annual tradition.  The COF Summer Movie Guide will arrive shortly so you can plan your summer around what movies you will be checking out.  Who needs a job when there are movies to watch right?

Check out The City Strip #179 – Those Summer Nights

The Box Office: The Captain Makes it Happen, Again

April 20th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow

The Box Office

It’s three weeks later and Captain America: The Winter Soldier held on to the first place spot again, and the new faith-based drama Heaven is for Real ($21.5 M weekend, $28.5 M since Wednesday) nearly doubled Johnny Depp’s Transcendence ($11.5 M).  The Marvel hit took home $26 M, only a 36% drop from last week and should pass Thor: The Dark World in the next few days.

Rio 2 took second place again, this time with $22.5 M which is no surprise, it will hang in there for the rest of the month I’m sure.  The surprise for some people (not me), is the bomb that is Transcendence.  Depp’s other lame openings of late include like Dark Shadows ($29.7 M) and The Lone Ranger ($29.2 M).  It’s also interesting to note that it did worse than other sci-fi bombs like Stealth ($13.3 M), The Island ($12.4 M) and In Time ($12.1 M).  The movie was marketed in a strange way (boring) and didn’t give a hint of having an interesting story.  It’s a shame that if this movie actually has something to say – no one will be listening.

Next week we get: The other Women, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones

Title Weekend Total
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $26.6 M $201.5 M
2. Rio 2 $22.5 M $75.3 M
3. Heaven is for Real $21.5 M $28.5 M
4. Transcendence $11.1 M $11.1 M
5. A Haunted House 2 $9.1 M $9.1 M
6. Draft Day $5.9 M $19.5 M
7. Divergent $5.7 M $133.9 M
8. Oculus $4 M $21.1 M
9. Noah $5.2 M $93.2 M
10. God’s Not Dead $4.8 M $48.3 M

Book Review: The Adjacent by Christopher Priest

April 20th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


The Adjacent is the latest work from novelist Christopher Priest; it’s a puzzling and frustrating read that leaves a lot for up to the reader to interpret.  It’s also a great read as it approaches a lot of the themes Priest has worked with in the past.  If you have read The Prestige (or seen the movie adaptation by Christopher Nolan), you can expect the master of misdirection to have you turning pages as fast as you can.  The Adjacent isn’t an easy read, you will have to pay attention to take in and consider the non-linear story.

adjacentTibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled from Anatolia to an alternative, near future Islamic Republic Great Britain (IRGB) where his wife has been killed by insurgent militia. IRGB is a nation living in the aftermath of a bizarre and terrifying terrorist atrocity – hundreds of thousands were wiped out when a vast triangle of west London was instantly annihilated. The authorities think the terrorist attack and the death of Tarent’s wife are somehow connected. A century earlier, a stage magician is sent to the Western Front on a secret mission to render British reconnaissance aircraft invisible to the enemy. On his journey to the trenches he meets the visionary who believes that this will be the war to end all wars. In 1943, a woman pilot from Poland tells a young RAF technician of her escape from the Nazis, and her desperate need to return home. In the present day, a theoretical physicist stands in his English garden and creates the first adjacency.

We move between three time periods and meet many characters including HG Wells (Priest is Vice-President of the H. G. Wells Society).  I learned about WWII aircraft like the Lancaster Bomber and Spitfire. The transition between periods isn’t obtrusive; it’s structured in such a way that it just clicks for the reader.  Climate change (or global warming some still call it) is depicted wonderfully here in the near-future Great Britain.  Reading about the attack on London and the new Islamic rule is interesting fantasy.

It’s a great story for those who love non-linear novels and alternative dimensions.  Nothing is at it seems, fantasy meets fiction, and everyone you meet and everywhere you go is questioned.  If you can make sense of it all, this is going to entertain you a whole lot.

Read Titan Books’ great interview with author Christopher Priest.

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Weekend Preview: Johnny Depp, So Very Bored

April 18th, 2014 by Graham McMorrow


Welcome to the weekend preview!  Check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do, we can only help so much.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook because my mom says those are cool.

TranscendenceRT (18%)Trailer

Science-fiction is a fun genre, it brings authors and dreamers together to create some amazing work.  It looks like another movie that is scared of the future; am I wrong to keep thinking of The Lawnmower Man when watching trailers and clips for this movie?

Heaven is for RealRT (51%)Trailer

Another heavy-handed, faith-based, movie for the kids this Easter weekend.  They could have saved a ton and just gone right the Hallmark channel with this one.

A Haunted House 2RT (11%)Trailer

I didn’t realize the first one went to theaters, or I just chose forget.  I don’t even.

BearsRT (87%)Trailer

These docs are always enjoyable, the box-set of these would totally come in handy on a rainy afternoon.  If you haven’t seen African Cats, Oceans, Earth, and Crimson Wings – you should.

TV Notables:

Hannibal (Friday, NBC) – You need a new Doctor Will Graham.

Game of Thrones (Sunday, HBO) – “Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin extends an olive branch. Sam realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.”  Watching.

Here is George RR Martin (not really) teasing the next book, part of which may be written from Hodor’s perspective: