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Here, Finally, Is the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Teaser Trailer

The first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 debuted at Comic-Con this Friday, and now the cosplay-deficient masses get a chance to check it out as well. We don’t get to see too much of J.Law/Katniss in action and no signs of Peeta or Johanna at all but there's some nice footage of Philip Seymour Hoffman as former head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, discussing matters of rebellion with District 13's silver-haired president Alma Coin (series newcomer Julianne Moore), as well as a quick glimpse of Margaery Tyrell Natalie Dormer looking tough as nails with a half-shaved head. Have a look:

  • Posted 7/28/14 at 12:02 AM
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Nicki Minaj Has Delayed The Release of 'Anaconda'

Hip-hop's reigning queen of shade has announced that her new single, "Anaconda," will be delayed by a week, from tomorrow until next Monday. She broke the news on Instagram, writing: "My darlingz, I've pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu." At least she included a racy workout photo to soften the blow. Oh Nicki, we can't stay mad at you.

Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is Happening After All

When an early draft of the script for Quentin Tarantino's ensemble western The Hateful Eight leaked earlier this year, a "very, very depressed" Tarantino declared that he was not planning to continue with the project. But at a live script reading in April, the director announced that he was working on a second draft of the screenplay, stirring hopes that the post-Civil War stagecoach drama might not be doomed after all. Now those suspicions have been confirmed: At a Comic-Con panel promoting his Django Unchained-Zorro crossover comic book Sunday night, Tarantino was asked by an audience member whether The Hateful Eight would be his next feature, to which he responded, after a pause: “Yeah — We’re going to be doing The Hateful Eight at the beginning of the year." It's not clear yet exactly which actors will make up the cast — most of the participants from the live read are expected to reprise their roles — but whoever it is had better keep those new scripts locked up tight. We've got our eyes on you, Bruce Dern.

The Strain Recap: Eunuch Games

When Eph leans over Capt. Redfern’s incubator and assures his team their highest priority is saving the man’s life, he probably didn’t count on bashing the poor guy’s head in with a fire extinguisher minutes later. But this is the new world we live in now, or at least the new New York. From Flight 753 survivor Ansel’s Flatbush house to the site of Vasiliy’s latest job on East 52nd St. in Manhattan, evidence of the apocalypse is mounting. Even in the comparative quiet of Kelly and Zach’s Woodside abode (the Goodweathers still don’t strike me as being a clan from Queens, but whatever), as the camera zooms out from their open living-room window amid darkness and tears, the danger isn’t far behind. 

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  • Posted 7/27/14 at 10:48 PM
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Jack White Crashed Beck's Concert

Jack White was a busy boy this Saturday: After headlining the Newport Folk Festival that evening, Jack White headed over to Beck's gig at the nearby Providence Performing Arts Center, where he joined his old pal onstage for a crowd-pleasing encore that included "Pay No Mind," "Loser," and "Where it's At." White, thankfully, looked like he was having a better time than when we last saw him, despite the fact that at least three people appeared to be filming the concert on their cell phones (something that pisses him off almost as much as baseball). Watch some of the audience footage below:

Anna Camp on True Blood, Mad Men, and Why Sarah Newlin Would Be Bored With Don Draper

Warning: The following interview with Anna Camp includes major spoilers about True Blood up through the most recent episode, “Karma,” which aired July 27.

Anna Camp discussed the end of True Blood and Mad Men. »

The Strange Year of the Posthumous Performance

Two thousand fourteen is only half over, yet the year in culture has already been dominated by people who are dead. I don’t mean people like Elvis and Shakespeare, whose work endures long after their passing; I mean people like Michael Jackson, who, five years in the grave, performed at the Billboard Music Awards in May. And Rick James, who’s been dead for a decade and who has a new memoir this year. And the great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February and has a new movie out.

Celebrities aren’t allowed to truly pass away, not in the public mind at least. »

Watch a Clip of Family Guy Meeting The Simpsons in Upcoming Crossover Episode

Another Comic-Con treat has been handed to the masses: This time, it's a five-minute clip of an upcoming Family Guy episode where the family Griffin meets the family Simpson. Stewie becomes enamored with Bart, and Peter and Homer bond instantly over doughnuts (Mmm, doughnuts...). But beer, that fickle mistress, becomes a sticking point for the pair, and they engage in some epic fisticuffs. The episode, "The Simpsons Guy," will air on September 28.

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See Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in the Pretty Incredible Mad Max Trailer

On Saturday, Vulture, on the ground at Comic-Con, attended the Mad Max panel, where director George Miller described his upcoming prequel, Fury Road, as "practically a feature-length chase scene." The trailer, first shown at yesterday's panel, is now available online. Tom Hardy plays a young Max in a rough-and-tumble chase as a band of marauders try to capture Charlize Theron, who sports a shaved head and gritty eye makeup and her band of dewy women. As you might expect, there are lots of spikes, explosions, and desert sand.

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Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy Kicks Hercules’s Butt at the Weekend Box Office

The weekend box office pitted Scarlett Johansson against Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson; a female action hero versus a mythological Greek warrior; Luc Besson of The Fifth Element versus Brett Ratner of ... Rush Hour. Ultimately, it wasn't even close: Johansson's Lucy, a movie about a woman dosed with a drug that allows her to access her entire brain, easily outperformed the Rock's Hercules, raking in $44 million — well above its $40 million price tag. Hercules brought in $29 million, and will have to recoup the $100 million it cost to make overseas. Meanwhile, two-time box-office winner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came in third with $16.3 million for a cumulative gross of $172 million domestically. The Purge: Anarchy came in fourth with $9.9 million, and Planes: Fire and Rescue held on to the fifth spot with $9.3 million. But, overall, the box office is still down 13 percent from the same weekend last year. At least we'll have softer expectations for next year?

See Nicki Minaj As a Four-Armed Cartoon Giant on Steven Universe

Nicki Minaj will guest-star on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe, an animated series about a boy named Steven who joins three women as guardians of the galaxy. Nicki Minaj will voice Sugilite, a powerful four-armed giantess formed when two other characters — Garnet and Amethyst — fuse together. (It's like Transformers, only with gem-powered heroines.) She's got way too many eyes, a lot of sass, and an awesome weapon that's a wrecking ball in the shape of a fist. When she comes together, she says, "I forgot how great it feels to be me." You can watch the entire episode when it airs on Thursday, August 21, on Cartoon Network, but for now, you can enjoy the clip below when Sugilite makes her grand entrance.

  • Posted 7/27/14 at 1:09 PM
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Watch Weird Al Tear Up When He Learns His Album Is No. 1 on the Billboard Charts

For the first time in his long and storied career, Weird Al hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts with his album Mandatory Fun, which sold 104,700 records in its first week (beating out Jason Mraz's YES!). There are a lot of reasons — seven, to be specific — why Weird Al had this late career renaissance: His strategy of releasing one music video a day was genius, he had great material to work with, and he hit our nostalgic soft spots, whether we remembered him for Eat It or Amish Paradise. Tom Green (!) presented Weird Al with the framed chart on Tom Green Live. Weird Al takes it in his hands and begins to tear up, and honestly, we don't think this could have happened to a better guy. Stay weird!

What We Now Know About American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story made its first appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but true to form, they were chary with the details about the upcoming season currently in production, Freak Show. But at the very least, we now know more about the characters, including the fact that the villain, to be played by Fargo's John Carroll Lynch, will rival Rubber Man, Bloody Face, and the Minotaur from the previous three seasons in terms of pure horror. "He will scare the shit out of you," said executive producer Tim Minear at a Saturday Comic-Con panel.

Minear described the tone of Freak Show as "Douglas Sirk meets Zodiac." »

Marvel Green-lights Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Marvel recently planted flags on a whole lot of release dates over the next few years, and today at Comic-Con, they were expected to announce several of those mystery projects. Rumors flew that the studio might reveal Black Panther or Ms. Marvel; they did not. They didn't even mention Dr. Strange, likely because Joaquin Phoenix hasn't finished negotiations. Instead, in a video message from Chris Pratt and James Gunn, the studio confirmed what almost everyone had suspected: Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a sequel, and it's coming July 28, 2017. That's how bullish Marvel is on the Gunn-directed, Pratt-starring franchise, especially with the first installment (out August 1) tracking strongly and earning stellar reviews. May Vin Diesel's continued employment as a tree continue!

Comic-Con: Did Joss Whedon Just Kill All the Avengers?

Long before shows like Game of Thrones and Lost taught us that anyone was expendable, Joss Whedon was the undisputed master at killing off your favorite characters. Whedon's tenure at the helm of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel left behind a body count of the beloved, but you might have thought that Whedon's foray into directing superhero movies would curb his murderous tendencies: Yes, he snuck one surprise death into The Avengers, but the superhero-stuffed sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron wouldn't seem to have as many expendables. Who among these franchise-sporting superheroes could he kill, really?

The answer, it seems, is every goddamn last one of them. »

Sam Raimi Has Big Plans for Evil Dead and Arya Stark

While he wasn't on the official schedule for Comic-Con, Spiderman director Sam Raimi popped by the Screen Gems panel to receive an Inkpot award and talk about producing Neil Druckmann's postapocalyptic video game The Last of Us. The game follows two survivors — Joel and the 14-year-old Ellie — as they navigate a world that has been hit by a virus that turns people into zombies (sound familiar?). Raimi said that they were in talks with Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, for the role of Ellie. In what is perhaps even more tantalizing news, Raimi said that he and his brother (although outlets are divided on if that's brother Ted or brother Ivan) are writing a script for Evil Dead the TV series. Bruce Campbell, who starred in the original Evil Dead series, is also involved.

Guillermo del Toro Tells Shocked Comic-Con Crowd That Tom Hiddleston Is Great

Yes, the Comic-Con crowd was excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch this week. Yes, they were happy that Daniel Radcliffe made his first trek to San Diego. But for the fans huddled here in Hall H, there is one high truth far holier than any other: Thou shalt take no gods before Tom Hiddleston. The British actor has flitted through many a Marvel movie as the trickster villain Loki, and he brought the house down last year when performing in character at Comic-Con. Though Hiddleston wasn't present today, director Guillermo del Toro still had something to say about the actor, whom he cast in his new gothic thriller Crimson Peak.

"I must tell you girls, Tom Hiddleston is the nicest f**king guy on Earth." »

Comic-Con: They’re Making Another King Kong Movie

Here's something unexpected! At the end of today's Legendary Pictures panel at Comic-Con, producer Thomas Tull introduced a trailer for a brand-new mystery project ... that turned out to be a sequel of sorts to King Kong. Not that any of us knew that as the trailer began: All we saw was a stormy, primeval-looking island, accompanied by some ominous narration, and since director Guillermo del Toro had left the stage, many people in the audience figured we were watching some sort of announcement teaser for del Toro's long-in-development passion project At the Mountains of Madness. (Still others around me guessed Jurassic World.) Then, as we pressed in on the island, we saw a giant monster roaring — and hey, is that King Kong? Smash cut to the title: Skull Island, the place King Kong calls home. The panel ended right after that with nary a lick of information, and the audience was ... well, confused. There's no director attached to this project yet (although Legendary has dated it for November 4, 2016), but hey, why not make the trailer first, right?

The Game of Thrones Cast Takes the Most Adorable Photos at Comic-Con

While it might be all blood, mayhem, and incest on the HBO show, it's party time whenever the cast of Game of Thrones gets together. A fleet of them went down to San Diego for Comic-Con to join showrunners Benioff and Weiss and author George R.R. Martin for the GoT panel yesterday afternoon. And while some of the cast members are social-media shy (we're looking at you, Jon Snow!), others like Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), and Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) more than make up for his absence.

Comic-Con: Godzilla 2 Teases Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah

After this summer's reboot of Godzilla scared up an impressive $491 million worldwide, a sequel seemed assured … until Star Wars came calling. "Unfortunately, our director Gareth Edwards is locked up in a galaxy far, far away," said Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull today at Comic-Con. Indeed, after Edwards was selected to helm one of the coming Star Wars spinoffs, Hollywood wondered whether Legendary would press on with a new Godzilla film without him … but in a special video message from Edwards that just played at Hall H, the director thanked fans for their support and revealed, "It means we get to make another one. I'll be back to do Godzilla 2."

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