PREACHER Gets New Trailer and an Aftershow Announcement

Chris Hardwick took to Instagram to drop two big Preacher-related tidbits. The first is a new trailer running through the characters in the series:

Here's a brand new #Preacher trailer! This show is going to make you happy in every way whether you read the comics or not. It's a violent, action Western w/ GREAT characters and a Coen brothers-esque vibe. Preacher premieres next Sunday May 22nd at 10p in between the @feartwd & @amctalkingdead mid-season finale and then we're doing a special Talking Preacher on May 29th w/ @sethrogen Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin and Dominic Cooper (who plays Jesse/Preacher). ENJOY!!!

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The second announcement, which you can read about in his video description, is that he is doing yet another recap show with AMC. Talking Preacher will, as you can imagine, feature interviews and recaps of what you just saw in the episode. I know the ratings for these things are high, but for me personally, I don't see the appeal. If they were dropping major information, sure, but it's usually just fluff. I'll probably watch the first episode of Talking Preacher, however, as it will likely have a high Seth Rogen involved, and you can never pass that up.

GAME OF THRONES: Best Moments From Season 6, Ep. 4 “Book of The Stranger”

Warning: spoilers ahead for season 6, episode 4 of Game of Thrones, entitled "Book of the Stranger." If you haven't seen the episode yet, turn back now. 

This season, I'm going to try to write up some quick thoughts about each episode the day after it airs. I won't get too deep into full-on recaps (you can find those all over the internet, and you've probably already read a few today if you're into that sort of thing) and will instead focus on what I consider to be each episode's best moments. This can be as many or as few as I want, and will likely vary every episode — today, there are only two. I'll also toss in some additional observations that don't fit into the "best moments" category, which you can find at the bottom of the post. For the best moments of the latest episode, click here. Onward!

2. Jon and Sansa's Reunion

It's been so long since the Stark children caught any sort of break, and it was great to see Sansa reunite with Jon in Castle Black. I was afraid they were going to do another one of those "just missed 'em" moments that have happened so many times already, so I was glad to see the two of them back together again (even if they never got along very well back in season one). Kit Harington has said in interviews that Jon comes back from the dead a changed man, but I think the show has done a pretty poor job conveying any sense of real change in the character. He basically feels like the same Jon that we knew before his death, only slightly more exhausted (it's hard to blame him for that one). I'd like to see another scene of Jon actively grappling with what it means to be resurrected in order for that sense of change to come through, but I'm not sure the show is going to make time for that.

1. Dany's Khal BBQ

The buddy procedural of Daario and Jorah continued as they tracked Dany to Vaes Dothrak, but it was the Mother of Dragons herself who took home the episode's best moment by burning the khals alive in the temple of the Dosh Khaleen and emerging unscathed from the flames. I was expecting her to use Drogon and the other dragons to convince the Dothraki to become her army, but it turns out she didn't even need them. It seems like things are finally in motion for her to head to Westeros, and I wouldn't be surprised if the season ended with her making landfall on the continent (to fry that pesky rebellion in Dorne, perhaps?).

Additional Observations

I didn't love this episode as I much as I did last week's, but the looks Tormund was throwing Brienne from across the dinner table and her reaction to them were absolutely priceless.

I thought it was a bit strange that Sansa had to work that hard to talk Jon into rescuing Rickon and taking back Winterfell. Jon just reunited with his half-sister, so I figured he'd jump at the chance to reunite with any remaining member of his family — especially considering his hostile feelings toward his surrogate family (the Night's Watch). But he didn't seem very spurred on by Ramsay's threatening letter. Sansa, on the other hand, finally feels like she has some real purpose again and the gumption to see her goals through to the end. She's come a long way from the whiny brat of season one. It's great to see her like this after the horrors she's endured.

I'm glad that Littlefinger is back, mainly because I really enjoy trying to imitate Aidan Gillen's quasi-ridiculous accent. Playing Robin Arryn like a fiddle, he united the Knights of the Vale to help Sansa, and next week's reunion between those two characters has the potential of being very interesting. Did he know about Ramsay's behavior when he sent her there? We'll find out soon. Also: his last line here, "The time has come to join the fray" made me wonder if that was a sly bit of foreshadowing by showrunners Benioff and Weiss (who wrote this episode). Will Littlefinger align himself — or appear to align himself — with the Freys (the people who killed Catelyn and Robb at the Red Wedding), or was that nothing more than a cute play on words?

Robin Arryn = a little lankier nowadays, but still extremely off-putting.

There are two plotlines that have been treading water for a long time: Tyrion, Varys, and the rest of what's happening in Meereen, and the constant prattling (to use a Cersei term) of the High Sparrow. Both moved forward slightly in this episode, as Tyrion used his political savvy and allowed the masters of Slaver's Bay seven years to end the practice, while the High Sparrow gave another long and boring speech about atoning for sins. WE GET IT, DUDE. I'm so sick of scenes of Jonathan Pryce sitting in that room and monologuing at people. It just sucks all of the energy and momentum out of an episode. At least we saw some movement from the Lannisters, seemingly teaming up with the Tyrells with the intention of finally taking power back in King's Landing. But like the politics of Meereen, we all know that the squabbling of King's Landing is going to be ultimately meaningless in the grand scheme of the White Walkers vs. Dragons ending that the story seems to be leading toward.

I figured Osha would be a goner by the end of the season, but I didn't guess her death was coming so soon. Did anyone think she'd be the one to bring Ramsay down after all he's done? The show did a valiant job of making us think that was a possibility, but ultimately she got a knife in the neck for her troubles. Here's a list of scenes I never need to see again on this show: Ramsay killing someone in a way that's supposed to be shocking (I've been bored with him as a villain for a long time now), the High Sparrow speaking anything other than his dying words, and Tommen being unsure of what to do. Dany's fire scene mostly redeemed this episode for me in the end, but here's hoping next week's episode picks up the pace a little bit more.

TRAINSPOTTING 2 Begins Filming, Gets Teaser Trailer

Trainspotting was a wonderful film with great acting and an incredible story. Now that I've said that I completely regret watching every second of it! Man, that's a dark film! If you've seen it before you know why, and if you haven't, I still suggest you watch it. You won't feel like doing much the rest of the day, but you'll enjoy it.

All that aside, I'm still likely going to be watching Trainspotting 2. For those not in the loop, director Danny Boyle has regrouped the original cast (with Ewan McGregor in the lead) and is creating a sequel that will follow the events of the first film 20 years later. They began filming today, and to mark the occasion they released a teaser trailer and gave us the release date! I'm going to be in theaters watching on January 27, 2017, but I'm not sure if I'm going to be happy about it!

We also have some set photos and footage below the trailer, so check those out as well!

Video: Legendary Jason Voorhees Actor Has An Announcement

You recognize the man above, you just don't know it. For years, Kane Hodder has been the man behind the mask of Friday the 13th's masked killer Jason Voorhees and an overall legend in the horror genre. The man looks damn good for 61 as well! That said, not every story has a happy ending and Kane took the time to make a special announcement to all his fans. Watch and continue reading below:

He had me going there for a second! Seriously, I thought he was on the verge of tears! Glad to see he's still in the game, I thought I was going to have to deliver the news to thousands of broken hearts! I thought about not posting this, but the way I was feeling watching the video made me realize the impact this guy has had on the genre and the legacy he will leave when he does eventually move on. Hopefully that's not anytime soon!

John Boyega Says STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII Is Darker and Bigger Than THE FORCE AWAKENS

It’s been fun reading about all the story rumors about Star Wars: Episode VIII. I’m curious to see what ends up being true and what ends up being false, but there sure has been some crazy talk, which you can catch up on here. One thing we know for sure is that this next film in the new trilogy is going to be different from J.J. AbramsThe Force Awakens. We’ve heard several people involved with the film talk about Rian Johnson’s unique take on the story.

While talking about the next chapter in the Star Wars saga with Variety, John Boyega offered a few bits of information on the tone of the film. He said that it will be bigger and darker than the last movie. When asked about transitioning from working with Abrams to Johnson, the actor said:

“It’s very easy. Rian Johnson is great. It’s a different take, darker, bigger. Someone will say: ‘How do you get bigger than Force Awakens?’ But it’s crazy.”

Boyega was asked about the romance between Finn and Rey, which was kind of a silly question because there was no romance between the two in The Force Awakens. He said: 

“They’re just friends. Finn is a storm trooper, so he doesn’t really know what’s going on. So the romance thing is something that’s going to be interesting in the next installment. It’s not going to go the way you think it’s going to go.”

The last question that the actor was asked was is if Finn gets darker, to which Boyega replied:

“My skin color does because of the heat on the job! That’s me dodging your question because Disney has spies everywhere. If I answer this, I get killed, and I’m not in episode nine.”

I loved the characters that Abrams and Lucasfilm set up for this next installment of the Star Wars saga, and I can’t wait to see where exactly the story takes them. I don’t think Finn will give in to the Dark Side and go back to the Empire, because it doesn’t seem like it’s in his nature. But you never know!

Funko POP! Releases Fun SUICIDE SQUAD Animated Promo

Funko POP! vinyl figures are taking over the world. It’s crazy to see how popular they have become. Everyone and their dog seem to be collecting them. Of course, fans of the upcoming Suicide Squad are going to have to own the collection of POP! figures.

Funko has done something very different to promote these Suicide Squad POP! figures. They created an animated promo trailer showing Task Force X in action. These are the POP! movie figures that will be available for purchase later this year and will be a part of the "DC Legion of Collectors" box.

A New Season of THE X-FILES Is Coming Together at Fox

It's looking like Fox and Chris Carter are going to get another season of The X-Files! I absolutely loved the installment of the series that aired earlier this year, and I, along with many other fans, were hoping that that we would see the supernatural adventures of Agent Mulder and Agent Scully continue. 

During a recent press call, Fox TV Group chairmans Dana Walden and Gary Newman were asked about their plans for another installment of The X-Files, and Walden offered a very optimistic reply:

“We have had conversations with (creator) Chris Carter and (stars) David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. I believe everyone is on board to do another installment of the show.”

All of the people involved with the series are doing different projects at the moment, and they are scattered all over the world, but Walden is hopeful they will have something to announce next year. She explains, “Hopefully this season we will be able to get it done and that the same time next year (May), we will have something to announce.”

Newman went on to talk about the discussions that are taking place with Carter, Duchovny, and Anderson, and how they have included talks about “what kind of episodic order makes sense. Some of that is driven by schedules.” He went on to reiterate: 

“Conversations are ongoing. I can tell you that all of them would like to do more of these, and certainly the network and studio want to do more.”

The next X-Files event season is tentatively being planned for the 2017-18 season. I couldn't be more excited to hear that the everyone is looking to move forward with more X-Files greatness!

Source: Deadline

Simon Kinberg Offers Update on GAMBIT and How DEADPOOL Helped it Along

Fox’s Gambit film project hasn’t had a smooth road since it was first announced. At one point Channing Tatum was looking to drop out of the project, then director Rupert Wyatt bailed on the project and was quickly replaced by Doug Liman, and then recently the film was pulled from Fox’s release schedule. The movie is still moving forward, though! 

Producer Simon Kinberg recently offered an update on the film. In that update, he explained why the film was delayed and how Deadpool helped with finding the right tone. When talking about the delay of the film, he said that they are still looking to get the script right:

"We've gotta get the script right. We just didn't get the script to the place that we all felt like that movie deserved, so we're still working on the script -- we're very close, actually, to being done with the script."

He also talked about finding the right tone for Gambit, and how Tim Miller's Deadpool has helped him in doing that:

"I think one of the things that I've learned on all of these movies -- and maybe the lesson was best learned for me on 'Deadpool' -- is the most important thing is getting the tone and the voice right. That the storytelling, the actual plots, are sort of interchangeable and disposable, ultimately. If I ask you what your favorite movies are, you're not going to tell me the plot, you're going to tell me you love this character, and so what we've really tried to do with 'Gambit' is make sure we get the voice of that character right, and the tone of the comics 100 percent on the page." 

Let’s be honest, though, a movie needs a decent plot. The plot of the film is what drives the character! The plot plays a huge role in why we love these characters! It’s great that they are trying to get the character right, but hopefully they come up with a great story for him as well. Kingbird also said:

"There was a moment where we were going to shoot the movie at the beginning of this year, and then we felt it just wasn't ready. So, knowing -- hoping -- that 'Gambit' is, like 'Deadpool' was, the start of a new franchise within the X-Men universe, we want to make sure to get it right."

Fox and the producers are still keen on making this movie. It’s just taking a lot longer than expected. Hopefully, they can work everything out and make a great Gambit flick.

Source: Flickering Myth