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Watch Allison Williams Sing in the New Peter Pan Live! Trailer

The Girl who wouldn't grow up

The newest trailer for NBC’s live production of Peter Pan is out, and it features just the tiniest clips of singing from Allison Williams (as Peter) and sing-song talking from Christopher Walken (Captain Hook.)

The televised live musical is set to follow up on last year’s live production of The Sound of Music, which snagged over 18 million viewers despite mixed reviews (and even though nobody was flying).

Peter Pan Live! is scheduled to air on NBC Dec. 4

 

 

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The New 50 Shades of Grey Trailer Is Here

More Christian, more anticipation

Brace yourselves for a deeper probe inside the Red Room of Pain, 50 Shades of Grey fans. The new trailer for the film version of the popular E. L. James novel premiered during ABC’s also-very-sexy Scandal on Thursday night, and in it you’ll get a lot more of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).

And in case you missed it, here’s the step-by-step take on the first teaser trailer by a dude who has never read the book and knows very little about the storyline at all.

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This (Pant, Pant) Is the New 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

Safe for work!

A new two-and-a-half minute trailer for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s much-anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James’ bestseller, 50 Shades of Grey, is out.

There’s no full frontal nudity in this preview but viewers do get a peek into of the Red Room of Pain and a glimpse into the relationship between Christan (played by Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), the Wrap reports.

Want more? You’ll have to wait until the film’s release on Valentines Day 2015.

[The Wrap]

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All Your Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Questions Answered

A very necessary guide to the unfamiliar voices, new faces, old tensions and that enormous Iron Man suit

As you’re likely aware at this point (and if not, surprise!), the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked late last night, so Marvel—after blaming those no-good troublemakers at Hydra—decided to release the official version nearly a week ahead of schedule.

If you’ve watched the trailer, it’s a good bet that you have at least a few questions. We’ll do our best to answer them below:

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Who’s that guy talking to us in the voiceover?

That would be the titular Ultron (James Spader, recently of The Blacklist), one of Marvel’s chief supervillains and a prime nemesis of the Avengers in the comics.

Wait, so it’s not the Mandarin?

No. Even though Spader is using the same creepy/menacing inflection that Ben Kingsley employed for the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, these are two entirely separate and distinct characters.

Okay, so back to Ultron. What’s his deal?

It’s not entirely clear from the trailer what Ultron’s goals are, though if he believes that “everyone screaming for mercy” is “beautiful,” it’s a safe bet that he probably wants what all supervillains want: the superheroes dead, lots of innocent people dead and, of course, world domination (of sorts). He also appears to not be a big fan of strings.

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And I gather he’s that sort of Iron Man-looking figure who confronts the Avengers about 30 seconds into the trailer?

You got it. The trailer doesn’t explain how Ultron came to be, but according to Entertainment Weekly, he’s “the ultimate drone”—a creation of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), designed to essentially police the world as an omnipotent force — that’s a different take from the books, where he’s created by Hank Pym, a character that hasn’t made it to the Marvel Movie Universe yet. Ultron isn’t so much a physical being as a consciousness that can transfer itself from one automated form to another. To make matters worse, when Stark created Ultron, he infused the A.I. with elements (the worst ones) of his own personality. Needless to say, things don’t quite go as planned.

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Why do all the Avengers look so unhappy at the start of the trailer?

Honestly, that’s probably footage from later in the movie after things have already gone south. No one said trailers have to go in order.

What’s up with Bruce Banner?

Of all the characters, Banner—better known to most as The Hulk—appears to be in the worst way. That’s not too surprising given that he’s the one who ends up turning into a giant green monster if his heart starts beating too quickly, but things appeared to be mostly under control by the end of the first Avengers film. Now Banner (Mark Ruffalo) is stumbling through snow-covered woods and touching hands with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). For most people, the latter would be a good thing, but Banner has an obvious problem with getting too excited, even in a romantic way.

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Who are the two kids with Ultron?

That’s brother-and-sister duo Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver and Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch. (You may recognize them from the end credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.)

So they’re bad too, huh?

Certainly looks that way at the moment. Whether that remains the case has yet to be seen.

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What can they do?

Without giving too much away, the trailer makes it look like Quicksilver has some sort of super-speed and Scarlet Witch can do something not entirely dissimilar from Gambit’s manipulation of kinetic energy. Quicksilver also appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the two characters have some differences. (Marvel Studios doesn’t own the rights to the X-Men or Spider-Man franchises, leading to all sorts of weird discrepancies like this.)

What does Tony Stark mean when he says, “It’s the end. The end of the path I started us on?”

As mentioned above, Stark was the one responsible for creating Ultron. We saw in Iron Man 3 what a couple dozen automated Iron Man suits could do. Imagine that, but multiplied by an unknown and coupled with Ultron’s aim to wipe out humankind. Sure must look like the end.

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And how about that enormous Iron Man-looking thing that the Hulk fights?

That’s the appropriately titled “Hulkbuster armor,” designed to enable the wearer to hold his own against the Hulk. We can’t know for sure, but it’s as good a bet as not that Tony Stark isn’t the one inside that armor. Or it is Stark, and he had to get his pal Bruce under control for some reason — one major Marvel comic book plot sees Stark deciding the Hulk is too dangerous to stay on Earth, so Stark banishes the green beast to his own unpopulated planet. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.

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Why is Thor hoisting Tony Stark in the air by his neck at the 1:40 mark?

Could be one of any number of reasons. Thor and Stark have never gotten along particularly well, plus Stark is directly responsible for the rise of Ultron. Or it could be something else entirely. There have been rumors swirling that the next Captain America film will feature something like the Marvel comics’ Civil War series, which pitted superhero against superhero in a struggle over civil rights (more on that here). Clearly, the cracks are starting to show.

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You mean like the broken Captain America shield?

You got it. Odds are that Cap won’t die in this film (Chris Evans is signed on for at least two more pictures), but Joss Whedon has proven himself willing to kill main characters if the circumstance require it.

So this is going to be a darker Avengers than the first one?

Well the first one wasn’t exactly cheery (what with an alien invasion of earth and the partial destruction of midtown Manhattan), but if you’re basing it on internal strife amongst the Avengers and a force that makes the group question its very nature, then yeah, this one looks like it’ll be pretty heavy.

When do we get to stop speculating and actually see this thing?

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Watch the Trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice

The film marks the first-ever movie adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel

Film and literature buffs alike can rejoice: the trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice is here at last.

The film marks both Anderson’s seventh film and the first movie adaptation of a Pynchon novel. And judging from the trailer (above), the end result is a delightfully bonkers comedy. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson and Martin Short, the film follows private investigator Doc Sportello (Phoenix) on a bizarre investigation during the “tail end of the psychedelic ’60s” in Los Angeles.

The film will make its world premiere on Oct. 4 at the New York Film Festival, before opening across the U.S. on Dec. 12.

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Watch Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Reunite in the Serena Trailer

Hey β€” it worked the last time!

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are starring in a movie together — again. After striking award-season gold in David O. Russell’s last two films, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle (both were nominated for a host of Academy Awards; Lawrence won a best actress Oscar for the former), the two actors are playing a Depression-era couple in the upcoming Serena.

Based on a book by Ron Rash, the movie follows a couple whose timber empire comes into jeopardy when the wife, Serena, realizes she cannot bear children. Susanne Bier-directed pic is set to hit theaters on Nov. 27.

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Watch the Latest Teaser for AMC’s Better Call Saul

This preview of the Breaking Bad spinoff has even less new footage than the first one β€” but it does provide some context for Jimmy McGill's transformation into Saul Goodman

As a general rule, more information about Better Call Saul — however sparse — is better than less. Two weeks ago, AMC released a nine-second clip from the show; now we have a 30-second teaser of creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould discussing Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).

Though there’s only a few seconds of actual footage in the clip, it’s fairly clear that life as Jimmy wasn’t working out all that well for the future Saul. Still, it seems unlikely that he would have completed his transformation knowing how things would turn out once Walter White walked into his life.

“I don’t go looking for guilty people to represent,” McGill explains in a not-so-subtle wink to a couple of prospective clients. “Who needs that aggravation, right?”

Better Call Saul is scheduled for a February 2015 premiere on AMC.

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Watch the First Teaser for Better Call Saul

It's very brief β€” but it's better than nothing

AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul doesn’t debut until February 2015, but die-hard fans who tuned in to the network’s Breaking Bad marathon last night got a nine-second taste of what’s to come.

In the very brief clip, a younger-looking, more hair-wealthy Saul Goodman (likely known as Jimmy McGill at the time) explains to a prospective client, “Lawyers: we’re like health insurance. You hope you never need it, but man oh man, not having it? No, phew.” It’s a good tease — since that basically describes Goodman’s business philosophy.

Watch up top.

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Watch: This Trailer for the Final Hobbit Movie Is Ready for Battle

Welcome back, Bilbo

After a relatively last-minute title change that took the final installment of the Hobbit series from There and Back Again to The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptation is living up to its title with a suitably bellicose first teaser trailer, which premiered for a live audience at Comic-Con over the weekend. (Fun fact: the panel at which the trailer was shown was moderated by Stephen Colbert, who has a cameo in the movie, according to HitFix’s liveblog of the event.)

“Will you have peace or war?” the trailer asks — and even if Thorin weren’t there to tell us the answer (hint: war), it would be easy to guess, as the trailer is chockablock with archers, armor and dramatic music.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is due in theaters on Dec. 17, 2014.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Third Season of Arrow

The trailer reveals that Oliver's next nemesis will be a familiar one to those who know their way around the DC Comics universe

Though there will be contenders this fall both new (Gotham, The Flash) and old (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), CW’s Arrow currently holds the crown for television’s best superhero series. The show’s Comic-Con panel over the weekend did little to diminish the belief that it’s a title that showrunners Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are keen to hold on to through next year and beyond (though the latter two will also be helming The Flash).

The first step in that direction was to introduce a villain worthy of the legacy that Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) had established in Arrow’s first two seasons. Guggenheim, Berlanti and Kreisberg certainly did that, teasing Ra’s al Ghul — name-checked frequently in Season 2 and perhaps best known to audiences as Liam Neeson’s villainous character in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins — at the conclusion of the Season 3 trailer. Whether Ra’s will immediately establish himself as the season’s big bad villain is unclear. Mention has been made of his bad blood with Oliver Queen’s nemesis Malcolm Merlyn, but it remains to be seen which of the two villains is a greater threat to Starling City. (Ra’s introduction also makes it likely we’ll see more of his daughter, Nyssa, as well as the recently departed Sara Lance.)

A little closer to home, Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver, says much of his focus for this season will be figuring out whether Oliver is able to balance his job as The Arrow with his life as Oliver. That’s been a struggle since the show’s first episode, but Oliver has yet to be put in a position where he really must choose between the two. Even if that moment doesn’t arrive in Season 3, it’s clear that the producers intend it to be a constant struggle at the forefront of the audience’s minds.

Oliver’s sister, Thea (Willa Holland), will also face some hurdles of her own. When we last saw her, she was riding off in a limo with Malcolm, her biological father, and appeared none too eager to return to Starling City in the immediate future. Of course she’ll have to come back eventually, because that’s how things work, but Holland indicated there would be some changes apparent in the youngest Queen upon her return: “The Thea that you guys saw in Season 1 and Season 2 is not the girl coming back in Season 3.”

Also arriving in Starling City this season is The Atom, played by Brandon Routh, who many will recognize as Superman from Bryan Singer’s 2006 version. Though his alter ego, Ray Palmer, will be a bidder for Queen Consolidated, it’s not yet apparent how The Atom will factor into the season’s developments.

A few other moments of note from the trailer: Roy (Colton Haynes) has a cool new outfit and seems to be doing just fine without the mirakuru; Oliver doesn’t seem to want Diggle (David Ramsey) in the field anymore for some as-yet-revealed reason; and Oliver will be taking Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) on a date (spoiler alert from Amell: it goes “horribly.”)

Perhaps most intriguingly, producers also revealed that this season will feature a double-crossover episode between Arrow and The Flash (the former airs Wednesdays, the latter Tuesdays), and that Oliver will appear in The Flash pilot.

Arrow returns on Oct. 8 on the CW.

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