• Godzilla lays waste to B.C. in first suspenseful trailer for the legendary monster’s latest turn onscreen: Those hoping to get a good look at what Godzilla will look like when the iconic movie monster once again graces the big screen in 2014 will be disappointed by the first official trailer for the film, but no matter: What the clip lacks in big green scales, it more than make up for in pure nail-biting suspense. In the clip, a fleet of soldiers take a high-altitude leap into downtown San Francisco (though the film was actually shot in and around Vancouver) to battle the great reptile. The rest of the clip is a succession of jump-cuts that introduce us to the Warner Bros. film’s major players – Bryan Cranston joins Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe an, of course, Godzilla himself. The latter is shown in a brief, roaring cameo in the trailer’s final seconds — true to earlier speculation, the monster appears to resemble classic Godzilla more than the beast’s 1998 iteration, but how much so is yet to be seen. [16 May 2014]
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• Mandela, the movie: Chris Hayes talks with the star of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, Idris Elba and director Justin Chadwick.
• ‘Low Winter Sun’ Canceled at AMC: AMC has canceled the cop drama after only one season, AMC has confirmed. The network declined further comment. The series was based on the British mini and starred Mark Strong and The Walking Dead favorite Lennie James as homicide detectives in Detroit. The series was paired with the final run of Breaking Bad on Sundays at 10 p.m. and after bowing to 2.51 million total viewers, rapidly lost steam and was eventually moved to 11 p.m. — after Talking Bad — to finish off its run.
• Shark fins, bird nests no longer on table for official Chinese dinners: Rare wild animals were banned from official state dinners in China as part of a push to promote frugality and oppose extravagance, an official document says. The document, issued jointly by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council Sunday outlined regulations for use of public funds on receptions and official travel, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. The new regulations ban luxury food items like shark fins, bird nests and rare wild animals at official receptions. Additionally, local hosts are only permitted to provide one reception dinner for officials on business tours. Cigarettes and high-end liquors are not allowed to be served at receptions, and they cannot be held at private clubs or other upscale locations, the document said.
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• A Tribute to Paul Walker: A Tribute to Paul Walker. Paul Walker’s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.
• ‘The Walking Dead’ Star Andrew Lincoln Teases More Season 4 Surprises: “I will stress this as well. You haven’t even seen the half of it yet. The back eight is more radical than ever before. It’s almost a tale of two seasons. It really is that radical, the difference between the first eight and the back eight,” Lincoln told the website. He continued, “And really, trust me, I think that three of the strongest episodes we’ve done this season are yet to come. Probably four. There are two episodes that I absolutely adore in the back eight, one of which I think is going to be the most controversial episode that we’ve probably ever been involved in, and that’s saying something.”
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• New posters featuring Matt Smith: But as a means to tide you over, why not at least enjoy the pair of just-released posters from the BBC? They offer you a little bit of holiday cheer courtesy of the color scheme and Christmas lights, while at the same time remind you that there are some pretty terrible things coming up that are going to cause a major change in The Doctor.
• Is Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor getting a brand new companion?: The most recent speculation has it that a male companion might be joining the TARDIS crew, and rumor has it that it’ll be the Coal Hill teacher named Tom, who was briefly seen speaking with Clara in “The Day of the Doctor.” The actor who played Tom, Tristan Beint, is fueling the speculation on Twitter, tweeting: @pheasantjumpers love it. Are you sure Tom could ever compete with a Time Lord though..? Oho… Keep watching and #dontbuythesun
• BBC One’s Christmas 2013 TV Trailer
• American Horror Story: Coven 3×09 Season 3 Episode 9 Promo “Head” (HD)
• ‘House of Cards’ season 2 premiere: The latest -“House of Cards” season 2 is getting romantic … at least when it comes to when Netflix is putting the next 13 episodes of the David Fincher-produced drama on their streaming service. It was announced Wednesday that February 14 (a.k.a. Valentine’s Day) will be when all episodes are available to Netflix customers around the world, and given that this is a Friday, there may be a few people who decide to try to make a binge-watching party into some sort of candlelit dinner.
“In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwood’s must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.”
• Paul Walker remembered for diamond ring gift to Iraq war vet, wife: Many fans will remember the late actor Paul Walker for his “Fast & Furious” films, but one Iraq war veteran and his wife recall him for a different reason: The actor purchased a diamond ring for the couple. Kyle and Kristen Upham didn’t know Walker personally; they just happened to run into him while shopping for a ring in a Bailey Banks & Biddle store in Santa Barbara 10 years ago and struck up a conversation. “You could tell he had a demeanor about him; it was almost like anybody he probably would meet would become his best friend,” Kristen said in a report by Jason Kennedy on TODAY Thursday. The pair had wed before Kyle was deployed, but once he returned from overseas he said he wanted to get his bride a proper ring. During their store visit the couple found the perfect ring in that store, but at $9,000, it was beyond their budget. So they left. Not long after, they got a call from the store clerk. “(She was) saying, ‘Here’s your ring, it was bought and paid for it in full.’ Just utter amazement, and sheer gratitude,” said Kristen. The Uphams had their suspicions that the anonymous benefactor was Walker, but they weren’t sure it was him until Walker died recently. Then, amid the coverage of his death, one of the store salespeople came forward and told the story. “He just did a wonderful and generous thing,” said Kristen.
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• BBC1 boss “very excited” by Peter Capaldi’s first Doctor Who scenes: As Doctor Who fans eagerly anticipate Peter Capaldi’s first scenes as the Doctor, a handful of lucky people are already privy to the early rushes. One of them is (unsurprisingly) BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore, who couldn’t be happier with The Thick of It actor’s performance. “[He is] going to be a really fantastic Doctor,” Moore told the audience at a recent Bafta event. “He’s an extraordinary actor with amazing ability and just watching the first scenes come through… I’m very excited.” Capaldi will make his first full appearance when he takes over the role from Matt Smith during the Doctor Who Christmas special, with an eighth series to follow in the New Year.
• Supernatural – Road Trip Trailer
• Son attacked dad during mac and cheese argument: Authorities in South Carolina said they arrested a 20-year-old man accused of assaulting his father during an argument about macaroni and cheese. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said Brian Rossi, 54, told deputies the incident began Sunday when he was “trying to make some macaroni and cheese for dinner” and he “discovered that there was only pasta and no more cheese packets” left in the package. The sheriff’s office report said Rossi told his son, Alex, 20, to “stop using all of the cheese packets” and the two men then engaged in an argument.
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• The Walking Dead 4×09 Season 4 Episode 9 Promo “Returns in February 2014″ (HD)
• SPOILERS: Making of Episode 408 The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone
• SPOILERS: Inside Episode 408 The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone
• SPOILERS: Hershel Greene: The Walking Dead
• ‘Fast & Furious 7? Delayed But Still Happening After Death of Paul Walker: Universal has held a meeting determining the fate of Fast & Furious 7. The official company line is that as of now, the film will see a delay in production in order to allow for a proper, respectful, grieving period. That delay could subsequently cause the film’s July 2014 release date to be bumped, but F&F7 will NOT be abandoned.
• Paul Walker Dead at 40 In Fiery Car Crash: Paul Walker — best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies — died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California … TMZ has learned. The accident happened in Santa Clarita — north of Los Angeles — and Paul was the passenger in the two-seater Porsche Carrera GT when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and the car burst into flames. Several of our sources — some of whom were at the scene of the accident — tell us a friend of Paul’s was driving and was also killed in the fiery wreck.
• Hundreds of leopard sharks swarm kayakers: Kayakers and paddleboarders off the coast of San Diego were greeted with an incredible sight: hundreds of leopard sharks feeding in the shallow waters
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Seriously, would you have to ask your boss for birth control, or whatever treatment your boss finds is against his religion? If this gets okayed, I hope the next step is single-payer, because nobody should have that sort of control over you.
• Supreme Court takes up birth control cases: Do corporations have religious liberty, and, if they do, does required coverage of birth control under the Affordable Care Act violate it? In an order issued Tuesday, the Court said it would take up a case brought by the Oklahoma City-based craft store chain Hobby Lobby, in which the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals said contraceptive coverage was a violation of religious liberty, regardless of the fact that Hobby Lobby is a corporation and not an individual. At the same time, the Court will hear a case brought by the Mennonite cabinet maker Conestoga Wood Specialties, in which the Third Circuit said that corporations don’t have religious liberty.
• Supernatural 9×09 Promo – Holy Terror [HD] Mid-Season Finale
• Ang Lee Directing Kojak with Vin Diesel?: Announced to star Vin Diesel as the title character last year, Universal Pictures’ Kojak looks like it may have found a helmer in Life of Pi director Ang Lee. “Kojak? New York? Ang Lee?” Diesel posted to his Facebook wall moments ago in response to a fan’s question about what director he’d like to work with in the future. Although it’s entirely possible that Diesel is merely pointing out his top choice, to specifically name Kojak as the project coupled with the fact that the film has not yet announced a director suggests that Diesel’s dream is about to come true.
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• Sneak Peek Episode 408 The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone
• The Walking Dead 4×08 Season 4 Episode 8 Promo “Too Far Gone” (HD) Mid-Season Finale
• SPOILERS: Inside Episode 407 The Walking Dead: Dead Weight
• SPOILERS: Making of Episode 407 The Walking Dead: Dead Weight
• Netflix teases Farscape revival: The company’s Twitter account has posted a picture of Gigi Edgley’s character Chiana along with talk of ‘some exciting news coming next week’. Whether or not all four seasons of Farscape plus the Peacekeeper Wars miniseries will dock exclusively with Netflix remains to be seen.
• CTV’s Motive reels in big win at B.C. film and TV actors awards night: The CTV crime series Motive was the big winner Sunday night as B.C. film and TV actors got together for their second annual awards night. John Pyper-Ferguson was named best actor at the Union of B.C. Performers annual awards for his Motive guest-starring role as a building contractor who turns killer as he mourns the accidental death of his son. Tyler Johnston was named best newcomer for his work in Motive’s première episode as a high school student who kills a teacher as he seeks to keep a secret.