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Netflix is Developing a Live-Action Legend of Zelda Series!

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The Wall Street Journal brings word today that Netflix is working closely with Nintendo to develop a live-action version of the classic game series “The Legend of Zelda.” The outlet reports that the series is being described as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience.

Netflix has begun searching for a writer on the project, which is said to still be in very early days. In addition, as WSJ notes, the project could never go far given Nintendo’s strict protection of adaptations of their properties. Check back here for further details on the series as we learn them.

First debuting for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, The Legend of Zelda has gone on to produce over twenty games and win countless awards. The latest version of the game is currently in development for the Wii U and targeting a release later this year.

An animated series was produced in 1989, with a limited run of comics in the mid ’90s, but the series has yet to be adapted into live-action save for an April Fool’s Day video by IGN almost seven years ago.

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New Trailer for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Midseason Premiere

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ABC has released this new trailer for the midseason premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Titled “Aftershocks,” the episode will air on Tuesday, March 3.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Skye” Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse.

New faces will also make their debuts, including May’s ex-husband (Blair Underwood), who must help the team with their most personal mission yet, and Robert Gonzales (Edward James Olmos), whose debut will rock the foundations of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The series is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.

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A New Furious 7 Poster Teases One Last Ride

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On the heels of the just-released new Furious 7 trailer, Universal Pictures has released a new poster for the upcoming franchise action ensemble sequel. Check it out below!

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel (Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick), Paul Walker (Brick Mansions, Takers) and Dwayne Johnson (Hercules, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, Machete), Jordana Brewster (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, “Dallas”), Tyrese Gibson (Transformers, Death Race), Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (New Year’s Eve, No Strings Attached), Elsa Pataky (Where the Road Meets the Sun, Snakes on a Plane) and Lucas Black (Jarhead, Friday Night Lights).

The April 3, 2015 release also features Jason Statham (The Transporter, Snatch), Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak, The Protector), Kurt Russell (The Art of the Steal, The Hateful Eight), Nathalie Emmanuel (“Game of Thrones,” “Hollyoaks”), Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy, How to Train Your Dragon 2), John Brotherton (The Conjuring, Help for the Holidays) and a cameo by Iggy Azaela.

Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce Furious 7, which features a screenplay Chris Morgan.

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The Walking Dead Season Five Debuts a New TV Spot

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AMC has debuted a critic quote-filled promo for “The Walking Dead,” which is set to return this Sunday, February 8, for the remaining episodes of season five. The hit series has already been renewed for a sixth season, set to begin in the fall of 2015, and there’s even a spinoff series on the way

After the tragic events of the mid-season finale – as well as losing the possibility of a cure in Washington, DC – Rick Grimes’ band of survivors find themselves on the road, surviving day-to-day and trying to hold on to their shredded humanity and dwindling hope. Stripped of security and without a direction for the future, some of the group near their breaking point, some find themselves hardened and cold and some just try to grasp onto what little they have left.

Though they are still breathing, the line between Rick’s group and the dead is starting to blur. Could there be anything at this point that brings them back to life?

Based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Adds a Mysterious New Inhuman Character

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Following a surprising winter finale, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is gearing up for its midseason return March 3. Now, Marvel has revealed that the team will be returning with a new addition. Luke Mitchell (“The Tomorrow People,” “H20: Just Add Water”) will be playing a new character called Lincoln. According to Marvel’s announcement, Lincoln is “a charismatic Inhuman… who has an important part to play in Skye’s understanding the true extent of her transformation”.

“With the revelations surrounding Skye’s true identity in the Winter Finale, we knew we’d be introducing more Inhumans as our story progressed,” says Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “The charming energy Luke brings to the role that will make him a character to watch as we continue our season.”

Although the Lincoln name doesn’t immediately recall any notable Inhumans from the comic books, Marvel has been pretty tricky so far when it comes to slipping in established character under the radar. If you’ve got an theories as to who Lincoln might be, let us know in the below! 

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is also executive Produced by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”).

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios. Look for its returns on Tuesday, March 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Interview: Michael McKean on Playing Chuck in Better Call Saul

Michael McKean on Better Call Saul.“Better Call Saul” is the prequel spinoff of “Breaking Bad” focusing on Bob Odenkirk’s lawyer character Saul Goodman. Odenkirk is back along with “Breaking Bad” favorite Jonathan Banks, but a whole slew of new characters as well. We meet Saul as Jimmy McGill, but his Saul personalities are already apparent.

One of the new characters is Chuck McGill, Jimmy’s brother who has been ousted from his law firm due to a medical ailment. Michael McKean plays Chuck and we got to interview him one on one over lunch after the “Better Call Saul” panel for the Television Critics Association. McKean was fun, and couldn’t even resist being nice for the sake of a joke. “Better Call Saul” premieres Sunday, February 8 on AMC.

McKean: Okay, this’ll be the rude interview because I’ve been so polite all morning. It’s nothing against you. It’s just I’m ready to be rude. That’s not true. I really never mastered that, the Frank Zappa interview.

ComingSoon.net: Is Chuck a rude guy?

McKean: No, he’s not rude. He’s got to be hurting, because he was once one of the masters of the universe. Now, it’s the universe is kind of on top of him. But, I wouldn’t say he’s a terrible person. He’s a man who is dealing with a lot of emotional conflicts and a medical condition which I won’t go into, but it is something that changes one’s social life. Put it that way.

CS: But do you know with what he’s afflicted?

McKean: I do.

CS: Do we find out in the first season?

McKean: Yes, but you don’t find out from me in this interview.

CS: No, of course, but it is something you could research that condition and know how you have to play it?

McKean: Yes. You know, it’s one of those things. It’s not like, “ell, he has multiple myeloma” and you do a lot of reading about that. It’s something a little more unusual and it’s pretty strange, but it’s genuine.

CS: Were there any hints about Chuck that you could pick up in the five years of Breaking Bad?

McKean: No, not really. In “Breaking Bad,” we see the end result. We see the Saul Goodman that Jimmy McGill becomes, but we don’t know anything about his family connections. I can tell you this much, that Chuck is the guy who graduated from high school at 16, went right off to college. He went to law school and he was the paragon of the family. He was the one that everyone said, “Jimmy, why can’t you be more like your brother Chuck?” Nothing makes you want to be a bad boy more than your parents pointing out what a good boy your brother is. For a lot of Jimmy’s life, I’ve been helping him out. I’ve been bailing him out of jail. I’ve been trying to keep him on the straight and narrow. Now, to a certain extent, he’s the one who’s responsible for my well-being, to some extent. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

CS: For now.

McKean: For now.

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CS: Do you go about creating a character in a dramatic series the same way you would a comedy character, like in a Christopher Guest movie or Spinal Tap?

McKean: Yeah, I think so. I think clinically yes. The first thing you have to do as an actor is find out what your character wants. If your character doesn’t want anything, he doesn’t belong in the scene and then it’s somebody else’s problem. You really need to know what your quest is, not to go all Joseph Campbell on you, but it really is the case. We are all living according to some means. I’m talking to you right now to promote a show. There is a purpose.

CS: As much as I love your work, I’m talking to you to get paid.

McKean: That’s exactly right. If you weren’t getting paid, you wouldn’t be here. We just don’t think about it every day, just like a character who does evil things doesn’t wake up in the morning and say, “Now, what can I do that’s evil today?”

CS: I don’t think anybody thinks they are.

McKean: No, no. I worked with Helen Mirren one time in this movie called “Teaching Mrs. Tingle.” Before we shot, we had a little meeting and chat with Kevin Williamson, the director. I said, “It’s a horrible character. What do you do? How do you do that? Because you don’t wake up in the morning and say what can I do that’s evil, but your character clearly loves destroying others.” She said, “Whenever I have to do something like that, I always try and figure out what it was that was done to me to make me this way and that’s what I match evil for evil. That’s how I match up that thing. You find the hurt at the center of it.” My character is not an evil man. He’s not a hurtful man. He will destroy you if it is in the best interests of his client as any good lawyer will do. “Good lawyer,” big air quotes. I think right now, he’s dealing with this affliction which is strange enough that he might even be willing to concede that perhaps it’s something in his brain that is making him this way, or at least that is keeping him at the bottom of this well.

CS: Given where he starts off on the show, sick in the house, do we get to see him at work as a lawyer?

McKean: Sort of. Yes, you do. Yes, because he misses it. It’s part of his nature. I know people who were born to argue. I know people who seem like they were born to argue and it’s not a surprise when I learn that they were big on the debating team in college. It becomes a way of life. It becomes a way of dealing with people. I think lawyering is one of the ways that Chuck expresses himself and has since he went off to law school at 19.

CS: Already the events that befall Saul/Jimmy are rather surreal. Does any of that surreality touch Chuck?

McKean: He’s living a life that doesn’t add up and that always feels a little surreal. Yeah, I think so. Listen, it has come to my attention that all life is absurd on some level. We are all hanging like melting clocks above the landscape. We don’t know what’s going to happen, and I like it that way.

CS: I’ve always wondered, since you were in Spinal Tap, were you aware of a movie called Fear of a Black Hat which was like Spinal Tap for a rap group?

McKean: Yeah, yeah, yeah, sure. I think it’s a very funny movie. I’d love to see it again. It was 20 years ago.

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Helena Bonham Carter as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother

Helena Bonham Carter – Not Your Mama’s Fairy Godmother

If you thought Cate Blanchett being cast as the wicked stepmother in the upcoming release of Cinderella was an odd choice, hang on to your hats while we wait to see the ever-eccentric Helena Bonham Carter take over the role of the fairy godmother.

Helena Bonham Carter atypically cast to play Fairy Godmother in Disney’s Cinderella.

One of the biggest bits of controversy surrounding the upcoming release is the casting choices to play some of the most iconic roles in history. It started with the graceful pass on the leading role, by Emma Watson, and then the casting of relative newcomer Lily James to fill the role. Cate Blanchett, who seems about as warm and cuddly as they come was then cast into the role of the evil stepmother, which left fans scratching their heads while they are left to wonder if the 45-year-old blonde can do the role justice. Some say she’s too young, others clamor that she’s too pretty, and still others are unsure as to whether or not she can play a convincing villain. So, when Helena Bonham Carter was announced as the new fairy godmother, needless to say, the internet went a little crazy.

It seems an obvious choice to flip the two, with Carter manning the role of the wicked stepmother, while the graceful Blanchett takes over as the fairy godmother, but some of the greatest performances in cinematic history were all due to seemingly odd casting choices (see: Ledger, Heath as the Joker).

Previous roles have showed Carter’s performance ability is on par with Hollywood’s elite. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (parts 1 & 2), The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Great Expectations, Les Miserables, The Lone Ranger, Fight Club, and her voice role in The Corpse Bride shows us just the depth and range of this talented actress. In fact, the resume alone is enough to make some A-List stars begin to envy her body of work.

Typically cast to play darker roles, such as Bellatrix in Harry Potter, can Helena Bonham Carter bring the good Fairy Godmother to life?

While it may have seemed an odd choice, Helena Bonham Carter certainly has the skill to handle the role, and if past performances have been any indication, this surprising choice may just be her most awe-inspiring yet. The role comes with its challenges, sure, but the quirky, yet lovable star certainly has the ability to make the character believable. I’m excited to see the creative liberties she is allowed when playing the slightly off kilter version of the original rotund granny in the 1950’s Disney animated musical.

Could this be the role that nets her that much-coveted Academy Award, having been twice-nominated already? Make sure you catch her performance when Cinderella hits theatres on March 13!

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Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie vs. The Book

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie vs. The Book

With the film release of Fifty Shades of Grey right around the corner, we’re bound to hear a cornucopia of opinions – especially from those comparing the movie to the book. It’s no surprise, since fans were already angered over the initial casting of Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey – all because he didn’t match the description in E L James’ book. Once Hunnam stepped down due to scheduling conflicts, fans were happy to see the brunette hair and chiseled cheeks of Jamie Dornan filling the role.

It should go without saying that the book and film will not match up perfectly. There was even reported feuding between E L James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson because of the differences that have to occur. Some aspects just translate poorly between the mediums and others are simple artistic preferences. As producer Michael De Luca said, “In any adaption of a book, you have to lose some stuff and you have to combine some stuff.” However, with E L James on board as a producer, you can expect to see many similarities.

The “Inner Goddess” Monologue
If you were planning on hearing the inner thoughts of Anastasia Steele throughout the film, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. The film will take more of a third-party perspective to showcase the emotion of all characters. The visual elements and musical cues should be enough to send you into a frenzy just as well as the book. If the trailers are any sign of the emotionally fired cinematography, we’ll do just fine without it.

Fifty Shades of Grey film scraps Anastasia Steele’s inner monologues.

The “Mommy Porn” Scenes
The book may have been given the “mommy porn” nickname, but you can plan for the film release to be a solid R rating. Fifty Shades of Grey received the rating for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language. From a business perspective, Universal Studios and Focus Features would lose out on a ton of money if the movie isn’t given an R rating. The fact of the matter is, not all theaters even show movies over this rating. An R rating allows them to appeal to a wider demographic.

Fifty Shades of Grey film will be an R-rated release.

The Soundtrack
While reading the book, you most likely didn’t have a powerfully charged soundtrack playing in the background. After the release of the trailer featuring a seductive rendition of “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé, we can expect one sexually charged soundtrack to be headed our way. It’s no surprise either, since music has been used to emphasize emotional cues in films since the silent film era. That soundtrack should have no trouble selling millions of copies while women everywhere use it for inspiration.

?Listen to Author E L James’s handpicked Fifty Shades of Grey playlist.

The Notoriously Poor Grammar
Critics across the globe had scoffed at “Fifty Shades of Grey” – not for its erotic content, but because of its gratuitous amount of spelling and grammatical errors. Some readers even say that it disrupted the flow of the story. Since the film will be delivered in a visual medium, you will have no worries of stumbling over a syntax error to destroy the tone of the film. With the overwhelming interest in this flick, it’s safe to say even the subtitles will be free of grammatical errors.

While there will be some easily recognizable differences, it’s safe to say they plan to stick to the book as closely as possible. The fans have made it abundantly clear that they won’t be happy with too much deviation, and like the book, the film will clearly aim to please.

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