One Big Way ‘Batman V Superman’ Will Be Different From ‘The Dark Knight’

Now that Christopher Nolan has officially broken ties with WB’s Justice League plans, there are only two people with connections to Christian Bale’s and Ben Affleck’s Batman: writer David S. Goyer and composer Hans Zimmer.

After “The Dark Knight Rises,” Zimmer wrote the music for “Man of Steel,” so his return for “Batman V Superman” makes sense. But “Dawn of Justice” provides a particular challenge for the composer, making music for a character you’ve already scored but without repeating yourself.

When we spoke with Zimmer on the carpet, he explained how he dealt with the problem.

“Chris and I spent nine years in the world,” he said. “I didn’t want to dishonor the work we’ve done, so I came up with an easy solution.”

That solution is “Mad Max: Fury Road” composer Junkie XL, “somebody who is new to it,” as Zimmer describes him. “I’ll stick to the Superman guy.”

Zimmer hasn’t completely rid himself of the Batman, however, since he’ll still consult with Junkie XL about the themes.

Batman isn’t the only hero causing Zimmer grief on the “Dawn of Justice” job. He’ll also have to compose for Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg at the very least, and possibly even The Flash.

“There is a lot to compose. You’re scaring me right now,” he said. “Righteously so, I’m just starting to think about it. There comes an enormous responsibility because they’re all iconic figures, and they’re beloved. And so you just want to be very careful that you serve them with respect.”

“Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.

By Kevin p. Sullivan
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A New ‘I Am Legend’ Is In The Works

For those of us who spent all of 2007 in a barely-coherent fugue state of rabid, frothing anticipation for the sci-fi survivalist flick “I Am Legend” (*raises hand, waves*) everything about this next sentence is a glorious dream come true:

After years of hopeful rumors, the movie is definitely for sure getting a big-screen reboot, thanks to the talents of one incredibly intrepid iPhone salesman.

According to Deadline, a script by writer Gary Graham will be adapted by Warner Bros in order to bring back the franchise, using the same team of producers but a new lead actor in the starring role.

Adding to the fun is Graham’s own unlikely success story: Formerly a salesman at the Apple store in midtown NYC, he got his big break as a screenwriter when he posted the script that would become Legend 2.0 online.

That makes this good news for Gary, good news for the studio, and very good news for fans who are dying to see New York turned once again into a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of waving grasses and wild beasts. Which, lest you’ve forgotten, was mind-blowingly cool.

Plus, this gives Hollywood a big chance to correct any, ahem, mistakes they might have made with “I Am Legend” the first time around.

You know the ones we mean.

By Kat Rosenfield
Source: MTV News
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These Are The Survivors Of The ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff

Is Andrea Making a comeback?

Only two weeks stand between now and the return of “The Walking Dead,” but it’s already worth keeping an eye on what lies beyond season five.

The upcoming “Walking Dead” spinoff is still a ways away, but AMC is starting the casting process for the officially ordered pilot episode. The spinoff, set to focus on all-new characters in an entirely different corner of the “Walking Dead” universe, will include roles for the following characters, according to TV Line:

Sean Cabrera, a 40-something Latino man, and his teenage son Cody. Sean is doing his best to treat everyone in life right, while Cody’s something of the opposite; he’s described as “whip-smart and rebellions,” and holds the distinction of being “the angriest kid in town.”

Meanwhile, there’s the Tompkins family including 30-something single mother Nancy, who “looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.” She’s the mother of “screwed up” teenager Nick, and “mostly level-headed” Ashley, who is as ambitious as her brother is a failure.

Finally, there’s a character described as a “wilted flower child,” reeling from a horrible marriage. Her name? Andrea Chapman. That’s right: another Andrea. Any relation to the late Andrea of the flagship “Walking Dead” series, or just a coincidence? Maybe the name’s just a place-holder for now.

There you have it: six of the new men and women making their way through the zombie apocalypse. With casting breakdowns already in circulation, it won’t be long before we hear some official casting news. Stay tuned.

By Josh Wigler

Source: MTV News
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‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season Two: Everything You Need To Know

At long last, the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division is back open for business.

Tonight sees the return of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” after several months off the air, plunging viewers back into the world of spies and shadows where guys like Agent Phil Coulson thrive. But a lot has changed since the show first began, thanks to a tumultuous first season that resulted in some major deaths, betrayals and organizational overhauls.

Here’s what you need to know about where things stand on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” ahead of tonight’s premiere:

HYDRA Killed S.H.I.E.L.D.

The game-changing reveal of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” had massive ramifications on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” resulting in the agency’s total shutdown.

The New Man in Charge

Well, not a total shutdown. By the end of season one, a presumed dead Nick Fury resurfaced to pass the torch to Phil Coulson, anointing him as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course, there’s the not-so-small matter of having to rebuild the agency from scratch, but that shouldn’t be more than a bump in the road for a man who cheated death, right?

The Writing on the Wall

Not only must Coulson rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D., he also has to deal with some cosmic qualities he started exhibiting at the end of season one. Much like his late friend-turned-foe John Garrett, Coulson was last seen writing mysterious markings on windows. What these markings mean, and why Coulson’s making them, is a complete and total mystery — probably even to Coulson himself.

The Skye May Rise

As he puts S.H.I.E.L.D. back together, there are only so many people Coulson can trust. From the old guard, there are a few reliable faces, including Melinda May, though her friendship with Coulson needs some work after some Nick Fury-related secrets; and Skye, the computer hacker who joined Coulson’s squad not so long ago. Early looks at season two show Skye as a more confident, gun-toting badass, indicating that she’s doing well under May’s supervision.

World Ward Two

Grant Ward, the steel-jawed agent who crushed on Skye throughout season one, turned out to be a dirty rotten scoundrel, working for HYDRA right under Coulson’s nose. Now, he’s rotting away in prison, bearded and alone. With Brett Dalton still on board as a series regular, it shouldn’t be long before Ward finds his way back onto the Bus, in some shape or form.

Throwing Fitz

Also missing from the squad: Fitz, the bright-eyed scientist who sacrificed his life to save Jemma Simmons from drowning. At least, he sacrificed his consciousness. Fitz remains in a coma after putting himself in harm’s way to save the woman he loves, but at least he’s still alive — and yet, it’s worth wondering if he’ll ever wake up again.

The New Kids in Town

When season two premieres, we’ll see a few new faces in the mix. New to the cast is actor Nick Blood, who plays a sharp-shooter named Lance Hunter. Also on board is “Xena” and “Battlestar Galactica” veteran Lucy Lawless as agent Isabelle Hartley, a veteran of S.H.I.E.L.D. and one of few people from the good old days that Coulson can trust.

Evil on the Rise

With new heroes come new enemies, including Brian Patrick Wade as Absorbing Man, a famous “Hulk” villain from Marvel Comics. There’s also “Dollhouse” alum Reed Diamond on board as a HYDRA agent named Daniel Whitehall. And perhaps most terrifyingly of all: Kyle MacLachlan has joined the cast as Skye’s mysterious father, who will hopefully be able to explain why his daughter is an 0-8-4.

Agents of the Past

Finally, keep your eye out for an appearance from Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandos, most prominently featured in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and set to resurface later in the year when “Agent Carter” premieres. We’ll get our first glimpse at Hayley Atwell back in action as the awesome Peggy when “S.H.I.E.L.D.” premieres tonight.

Are you looking forward to the new “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” season?

By Josh Wigler

Source: MTV News
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Handle Yourself With This Season 4 of the TV Series ‘Scandal’ as its Arrived

“Scandal” starts up again on Sept. 25, and all we know right now is that Olivia Pope, “saved” by Eli, is on an unspecified beach drinking red wine. In preparation for all of the terrorism, blackmail and well-tailored outerwear to come, let’s review everything pertinent to the Season 4 premiere:

Cyrus let a church full of people explode, but he is mourning James’ death, so maybe he’ll stop being a pudgy Voldemort now.

Letting a congregation of people die in order to rig an election is officially Cyrus’ most dastardly move to date. Although, James’ death leaves him to ask how he became such a monster, so we have at least a shred of evidence that he still has a soul (even if it is a tiny, shriveled soul that would dissolve faster than a Metamucil packet in a glass of cranberry juice). RIP, James.

Sally almost won the election by using the church explosion as her “Pearl Harbor” …

Sally’s campaign manager, Leo Bergen, calls the church explosion her “Pearl Harbor or 9/11” moment, ruffing her up and setting her to work for the camera. Cue shots of Sally with a ripped sleeve and some dirt smudged on her face (amount of dirt: off-Broadway production of “Oliver Twist”). The whole thing gave her such a boost in the polls that Fitz had already started writing his concession speech with Liv. It seems like this would be enough to keep her fairly inconsequential — if not irrelevant — in Season 4.

… But then didn’t because Eli/Papa Pope killed the president’s son, while he was on stage with the president.

Petition to replace “jumped the shark” with “killed the president’s son, while he was on stage with the president.” In case you were unsure that “Scandal” is possibly the most amazingly over-the-top show on television right now, recall the scene of Jerry Jr. coughing up blood, passing out and pretty much immediately being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Yes, poor Jerry Jr. was poisoned with a vial stolen from a “secure fort,” leading directly to Fitz’s reelection. (Papa Pope did it, but he convinces Fitz that Mama Pope is responsible and generously offers to kill her.)

Quinn and Huck are done being disgusting and weird, for now.

Basically, a jealous Charlie finds Huck’s family (his pre-B613 family, not the people he was stalking who got murdered) with the specific goal of breaking up Quinn and Huck. Quinn takes Huck to see them and he says he never wants to see her again. Of course, finalities in this show are never particularly final, but we hope Huck means it, because that relationship is so tedious and gross (and, seriously, did we need to see them getting it on over Eli’s pool of blood?).

Maya Pope is in the midst of her terrorist plot …

Sorry, she is, according to herself, not a terrorist but a “facilitator.” “I don’t make bombs, I make money,” she says. Except that she did set off a bomb in a church. Whatever. The only clear labels in this show are Louis Vuitton and Prada. In the penultimate episode, it is revealed that Adnan Salif (aka Harrison’s lover, who is now dead at the hands of Eli) financed her effort to bring in a team of terrorist to kill Fitz, so that is probably still something she will be trying to do next season.

… And B613 is reinstated, so Eli is in position for prime evil.

Get ready for some of Eli’s specific brand of evil, because everything is perfectly set up for him to be a total monster. He has B613 back in his power (now that it has been reinstated since Pope & Associates dismantled it) and basically has permission from the president to murder his ex-wife. Never mind the fact that Olivia is out of his hair, because she is busy drinking her red wine on a beach. It’s probably only a matter of time before he is gladiator-ed, but lots of destruction and daddy issues will come first, probably.

Olivia and Fitz are off again …

Their theme song played while they sat on the phone in silence, so it looks like The Grand Vermont Analogy for the Future will have to wait! Liv told Fitz that Mellie was raped by his father, he said he couldn’t leave her now, Liv said she wouldn’t want him if he did. (Sorry, Liv-Fitz babies and homemade jam.)

… And now Olivia is on a plane with Jake, despite the fact that, after the lights go off, they have the chemistry of two J.Crew mannequins.

Olivia asks Papa Pope if his get-on-a-plane-and-be-erased offer is still a thing, and it is. Abby freaks out, but Liv is just so over it, she decides to get erased. Then Jake shows up because he wants to be erased too (and Shonda is still schilling that romance, apparently).

Also, Fitz still doesn’t have eyebrows.

Just a reminder.

Season 4 of “Scandal” premieres Thursday, Sept. 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

By Lauren Duca
Source: Huffington Post
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The ‘X-Men’ spin-off ‘Deadpool’ Movie Is Official

Looks like that test footage did the trick.

Twentieth Century Fox has given the green light to “Deadpool,” an “X-Men” spin-off movie featuring the fan-favorite mutant mercenary.

The project had sat for years in development hell with Ryan Reynolds set to reprise (and redeem) his role from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” but it wasn’t until years-old test footage leaked online to a rave fan response that “Deadpool” saw new life.

While that test footage is no longer officially available online, the clip tapped into the mix of action and meta humor that has made Deadpool a beloved character and a staple of any cosplayer gathering.

Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller are attached, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, no deals are in place.

“Deadpool” is scheduled to hit theaters on February 12, 2016.

By Kevin P. Sullivan
Source: MTV News
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That Lifetime Aaliyah Movie Finally Has An Air Date

Network will premiere ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ this November.

Lifetime is rolling forward full-steam on it’s “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” biopic project, today (September 18) releasing a first look at Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp in the role of Baby Girl, and they even have an air date.

The channel originally planned to shoot over the summer and release this fall, until Disney star Zendaya Coleman backed out of the project citing poor production values and moral discord.

But after moving past that speed bump, the official premiere date on the network is this November 15, and the below screenshot is our first look at Shipp in character.

Last month the embattled project announced two relative newcomers filling the roles of key players Missy Elliott and Timbaland. Chattrisse Dolabaille will play the femcee, while former Canadian “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant Izaak Smith will portray the iconic producer.

The film will follow Aaliyah‘s life and music career up until the tragic fatal plane crash in 2001.

By Jessica Hyndman
Source: MTV News
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