Television

First Trailer for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ to Premiere During ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Just a few weeks ago there was a rumor going around that the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron would premiere before screenings of Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Interstellar. However, today I'm really glad I didn't write a post about that rumor, because it turns out the first Age of Ultron trailer will actually premiere on ABC during next week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The exact date and time, in case you want to plug it into your phone and set a little reminder for yourself, is Tuesday, October 28, at 9/8c.

The announcement was made last night, as the credits rolled for this week's episode. It was then followed up with confirmation tweets from the official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers Twitter accounts.

Of course, this actually makes all the sense in the world when you think about it. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a spinoff of the Avengers franchise (without all the awesome superheroes) centered around Agent Coulson, a somewhat important character from the films. Why the hell wouldn't Marvel and their Disney overlords debut the new Avengers trailer during that show? It might actually get non-hardcore nerds to watch it...assuming they don't realize they can just watch the thing online about 10 minutes after it airs.

[via Hero Complex]

HBO Goes Rogue, Announces Plans for Stand-Alone Streaming Service

Today HBO announced that, in 2015, they will launch their very own stand-alone web streaming service that will provide access to their premium content without a cable or satellite subscription.

We don't know how much it will cost yet, and much of that depends on whether they make this a true first-run streaming service or a kind of "HBO Go Plus" where you just get to watch old content on demand. But either way, this is a pretty big deal. Right now there are a lot of people who only subscribe to cable for HBO and sports, so cable companies stand to lose a lot of subscribers.

That being said, don't go celebrating the end of cable just yet. Keep in mind that HBO is owned by Time Warner, a cable company. And while this is an obvious attempt by Time Warner to free itself from the shackles of its cable competitors and appeal to the estimated 10 million broadband-only households in America, they're not exactly ditching the cable model. Time Warner is still a major opponent of net neutrality who wants streaming services like Netflix to pay extra for the bandwidth their customers use. And that is still major bullshit.

In the end, Time Warner is trying to have its cake and eat it too. They want to screw over streaming services and broadband customers so people keep paying crazy money for cable. But they also want to appeal to people who are dying to ditch cable altogether.

Sounds like an existential crisis is brewing.

[via Washington Post]

 

Bill Murray Supposedly Teaming Up with Sofia Coppola for Weirdest, Best Christmas Special Ever

As a rule of thumb, it's generally not even worth writing a post about something if you have to begin with a warning that the story may be complete bullshit. And that is certainly the case here. This story may be complete bullshit. However, this story is also about Bill Murray. So even though it may be bullshit, I am morally obligated to relay it to you.

So are you ready? Okay, here we go. Bill Murray is teaming up with director Sofia Coppola to make a TV Christmas special.

That's right. Bill. Murray. Christmas. Special. Just let those four words sink into your brain.

Both Murray and Coppola have confirmed the news with Variety. But that doesn't mean it's true, or that, if that the special will air on television if it is made. Just read Murray's description of the show and try to imagine him telling it to some executive at ABC:

It’s not going to be live. We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina style and wit to it. It will be nice.

Don't get me wrong, a Bill Murray Christmas special sounds fantastic to me. I think—and I know I'm not alone here—that Bill Murray is the most entertaining man alive. But would you really be that surprise if it turned out the guy was just f**king with us?

There is no word yet about when or where this would air. I guess we'll all have to wait and see.

“Better Call Saul” the Song a Vivid Reminder of How Much We’re Going to Love “Better Caul Saul” the TV Show

We've still got what feels like an eternity—four months—until the premiere of AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. However, show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have been feeding us teasers of the show for months, and now they've penned the lyrics to an original song.

The song, which is actually pretty great, is called "Better Call Saul," fittingly enough. It was written by Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul composer Dave Porter, and performed by country music veteran Junior Brown. And of course, the damn thing even has a music video, which I put down below instead of up above so you wouldn't just watch it and skip this amazing copy.

Will this wind up being the theme song of the new show? Probably not. But as the folks at Slate point out, it will remind you of the many hilarious "Better Call Saul" commercials and "Negro y Azul," that sweet narcocorrido song that opened the seventh episode of Season 2 of Breaking Bad.

So please, watch and enjoy.

‘Twin Peaks’ Is Returning as a Showtime Limited Series After 25 Years

Apparently it's never too late...

A whopping 25 years after first appearing on ABC, Twin Peaks, one of the biggest cult hit TV series of all time, is returning as a Showtime limited series.

And you thought the wait between seasons of Sherlock was brutal.

In case you're, say, under the age of 30, Twin Peaks was created by Mark Frost and auteur David Lynch. It's a peculiar murder mystery about a peculiar FBI agent sent to investigate the murder of a homecoming queen in a peculiar little town in Washington called—yep, you guessed it—Twin Peaks. The show starred Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, Michael Ontkean, Dana Ashbrook, and Lara Flynn Boyle, and premiered in 1990. It was adored by critics and quickly acquired a devoted cult following. However, as is often the case, the cult wasn't big enough to keep rating up, and the show was cut off after Season 2, leaving many a mystery unsolved.

The new limited series, which will air in 2016, will take place in the present day and will look to tie up all those loose ends left open in 1992. Frost and Lynch will write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch also directing. It's unclear which members of the original cast will return, but MacLachlan is expected tow reprise his role as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.

So to all you My So-Called Life fans out there, don't give up! There's still hope.

[via Deadline]

Dwayne Johnson Is Attached to Star in ‘Baywatch’ Movie

Hollywood is completely out of original ideas. Has been for years. That is why literally every movie they make these days is either a remake, reboot, adaptation, or sequel. That's right, literally. (Okay figuratively.) And with the emergence of the international market as a real driving force in the movie business, it should as absolutely no surprise that "they" (vague term for Hollywood elites) would want to turn Baywatch, the most popular television show of all time into a movie. Lord knows they've turned lesser shows into movies.

However, for some reason the Holy Grail of TV-to-film adaptations has failed to materialize...until now. The project is officially back on at Paramount, and they've got a big, bankable star to headline: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Hollywood Reporter first broke the story, but Johnson himself confirmed it last night with a tweet.

Here's the really good news, though. Justin Melan (Bad Teacher 2) will write the script while comedy writing team Sean Anders and John Morris (We're the Millers) will direct. That suggests the Baywatch movie will be more like 21 Jump Street the movie than Miami Vice the movies—which is to say, funny and satirical.

The project is still in development right now, so there isn't even a target release date. But I'm sure we're all looking forward to meeting the rest of the cast, right?

AMC Throws Us a Bone, Reveals Details About ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff

It's been about a year since AMC first announced that they were flirting with the idea of a Walking Dead spinoff. However, even after officially giving the new series the green light a few weeks ago, the only thing we knew about the spinoff was that it would exist in the same zombie-ridden world as the original but would be about a completely new set of characters.

Now, while we still don't have a name or a release date, we at least have descriptions of the six central characters on which the show will be based. Here are the character descriptions, as reported by TVLine:

SEAN CABRERA | A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.

CODY CABRERA | Sean’s whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.

NANCY TOMPKINS | A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.

NICK TOMPKINS | Nancy’s screwed up teenage son. He’s too old to stay home, too scared to flee.

ASHLEY TOMPKINS | Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. She loves her mom but it’s time to get out of Dodge.

ANDREA CHAPMAN | A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea — yep, another Andrea! — has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.

So basically, we're talking about two families and one random lady. Who will play these characters is anybody's guess. But at least we've got something to think about.

The Walking Dead Season 5 premiers Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9ET on AMC.

[via Screenrant]