Must Watch: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 3

“I’m Gotham’s reckoning.” -Bane

The summer movie season may kick into full gear this weekend with The Avengers, but don’t forget a little Warner Bros. tentpole called The Dark Knight Rises.

Behold, the third (and possibly final?) trailer for the upcoming final installment of director Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman franchise.

What’s great about this trailer is the gradual crescendo it reaches, going from essentially no music with muted action to the full-on Hans Zimmer score with titillating action sequences. However, for a Batman movie trailer, it doesn’t focus as much on the film’ titular character, instead giving us more of a glimpse into the terror that supervillain Bane is going to cause and showing Selina Kyle as more of an ally to the caped crusader than a foe. We also get a generous number of looks at Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake character. And for the cherry on top, Batman exclaims to Catwoman, “This isn’t a car” just as what looks like the Batmobile runs up the side of a Gotham skyscraper and takes flight.

This trailer sets the stage for what will arguably be the summer’s darkest superhero blockbuster. Now more than ever, it seems possible that Nolan can top the amazingness of 2008’s The Dark Knight.

It’s also worth noting that this trailer is the first TDKR trailer to also feature the new DC Comics logo.

Enjoy and don’t forget to tell us what you think of the trailer!

Girls Episode 1.3 Review: ‘All Adventurous Women Do’

The Girls are still trying to figure it all out in last night’s episode. Hannah (Lena Dunham) learned she has an STD, Marnie’s (Allison Williams) storyline finally got interesting and Adam (Adam Driver) is as terrible as ever.

Hannah channeled The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to seduce Adam . After they had sex he started playing with her belly fat and asked her why she hasn’t lost weight. If that wasn’t enough embarrassment, Hannah learned that she has HPV. When she confronts Adam about giving it to her, he flat out lies about being tested. He is quickly becoming one of the most unlikeable characters on television.

Afterwards Hannah went to see her college boyfriend Elijah (Andrew Rannells).  He is her only other lover and she guessed it was responsible to tell him she has HPV. Hannah was expecting to hook up but was shocked when he told her he was gay. The scene was the funniest of the episode with the two of them arguing about how blind Hannah is. Elijah went on to explain that Hannah has ”handsomeness” about her. Knowing Dunham wrote the self-deprecating dialogue blurred the line between the character and feelings Dunham may personally have. It was raw honesty that was both hilarious and sad.

Meanwhile Marnie is finally getting some action. She met a young artist, Booth Jonathan (The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone) at a gallery show. He seemed like a dick but eventually started flirting with Marnie, who was all to welcoming. After Booth told Marnie he would eventually sleep with her she was pretty worked up. So worked up that she went to a public restroom to take care of business. It was a gutsy scene and added a much more interesting dimension to Marnie.

After a terrible day Hannah and Marnie ended on a high note with a dance party. Instead of wallowing in her HPV Hannah looked on the brighter side. It’s that positive spin on Hannah’s sometimes depressing antics that make Girls so much fun to watch.

‘Fringe’ Season 4 Episode 20 Review: World’s Apart

This week on Fringe, the teams from both universes came together in their endless effort to find and stop David Robert Jones. While Fringe has been renewed for a fifth and final season, the results this week leads me to believe that we just may have seen these worlds collide a final time. The writers are brilliant at introducing us to a completely new journey at the end of each season and this episode seemed to set up very well whatever that new journey will be by closing the bridge between the two universes. We’ve come to love the alt-world so much though, hopefully this will not be the end of our visits there even though it will be for Olivia, Peter, and the gang…minus Lincoln Lee who decided to stay on the other side. Everything worked out for the best for Lee (admit it, you loved alt-Lee more than Lee, so Lee’s exit right after alt-Lee’s death was perfectly acceptable) but will it work out for the best for the human race?

It must be pointed out that there was a serious lack of coverage Over There this season, only to come to this point, it is a bit heart wrenching. When we were first introduced Over There everyone seemed to be a villain and then we grew to love them… some more than their counterparts over here. So to know that the bridge has been closed… all we can do now is hope to see that we’ll be given glimpses of how things are going over there, at least a few before the series’ end. This can’t be it, can it? Holding back tears doesn’t make it any less true. Am I in the denial stage?

“Have you ever tried LSD?” – Walter

When over two dozen earthquakes worldwide make waves in both universe, the search for Jones officially reaches new heights. It took no time at all for Walter to figure out that the vibrations of the quakes were weakening both universes, making a collapse inevitable. But what exactly does Jones think he is going to get out of creating his own universe? Playing God is not as easy as it may sound. We knew that Jones was up to no good but the lengths that he is going (for what is sure to be a low outcome in the end) is causing unimaginable damage. That said, we do learn that the earthquakes took place to protect us… collateral damage. But there is a difference between living and thriving, surviving and dying. Where is the line? The glyph code this week spelled out “alive.” Jones wanting what does not belong to him will be his downfall and could ultimately kill him. Not to mention, wouldn’t it be easier to wipe out one of the universes and start over as opposed to collapsing two universes and creating a whole new one? And what part will William Bell play in all of this as the season comes to an end? We are all itching to know!

Great consistency by the way bringing back Nick to help alongside Olivia and the Fringe team when it really counted. That said, Nick returned with his head screwed on the wrong way, trusting in Jones’s lies. His return was pleasant even if he was under Jones’s spell. We got answers. And while he’s got a mind unlike any other, his head is on straight in any universe (now)… Walter. The conversation between Walter and Walternate this week was by far the most moving scene of the night. Why oh why does John Noble not have an Emmy for his work on this show? Noble and Anna Torv both have been so under-appreciated in the awards category, it is a real shame. Enjoy these moments now because the season and series is coming to an end.

Saying goodbye to the alt-universe and making new developments in the case of Jones made this episode feel like a season finale in its own right. Everything was so fitting. This can easily be named as one of the standout episodes of the season. To know that we’ve still got a few more episodes to go… the head scratching big blowout of questions and answers has yet to come! The thought is frightening but excites us all more than it concerns us, so stayed tuned for the final episodes of season four and the final thirteen episodes of the series shortly after.

Watch Fringe Fridays at 9/8c on Fox.

*Photo Credit: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Supernatural Season 7 Episode 20 Rundown: Geek References Rule and So Does Felicia Day

In “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo,” the Winchesters had their first major run-in with Dick Roman since Dick shot Bobby. It was a great episode, filled with a cornucopia of geek-gasms and hints at the Supernatural Season 7 finale.

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From the moment Felicia Day appeared as Charlie, geeks the world over (including myself) squealed with delight at her well-decorated desk. Charlie sat in front of her dual monitors, looking much like Day’s character in her web series, The Guild. The desk was filled with all-manner of bobbleheads including one Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series.

There were a few great references and jokes that I have to mention:

When Dick gave Charlie Frank’s hard drive to hack, Charlie went back to her desk and told her workmate, Harry, “The eye of Sauron is on me.” The Lord of the Rings reference was great, but it was even funnier to hear Harry’s reply. “Well if you need anything, I’ll be back in the shire.” Charlie then made a silent prayer for guidance to Hermione, before referencing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

While Lord of the Rings, and especially Harry Potter, are wide-known geek references, the writers went one step further in “Operation Hack the Frank Drive.” While sifting through the data and breaking down layers of Frank security, the computer spoke to Charlie. Even before the last line appeared on the screen, I jumped with glee. It was time for “Global Thermonuclear war.” Tossing in the War Games reference was well played. I was hoping for a game of tic-tac-toe, but Frank decided to leave that part out of his taunting security measures.

” alt=”supernatural” />Later on, Dean called Charlie Veronica Mars, a favorite TV show (primarily seasons 1 and 2). We even got to hear Sam coach Charlie through a Hermione-inspired pep talk.

Although the episode was heavy on humor, there were several key story moments. The brothers now have in their possession a clay artifact that may or may not be something that can be used as a weapon against the leviathans. Also, we learned that Bobby is shifting more towards being a mean-spirited poltergeist. While attacking Roman, Bobby “accidentally” hurt Charlie. It appears that he’s becoming a vengeful spirit and can’t maintain control in the presence of the person that murdered him.

So what could this mean for the finale. If Bobby can’t be magically brought back to life, then the boys may have to take down the Leviathans and a vengeful Bobby. To be plain, it would “suck” to see Sam and Dean fight Bobby. But, right now, it looks as though that is where the story is going. Although Dean hasn’t admitted it yet, he seems to be pro-Bobby – as in let Bobby live on as a spirit. On the other hand, it appears that Sam is ready to burn the flask and let Bobby move on to the next life.

Day did an excellent job in this episode and hopefully we’ll see her return come Supernatural Season 8 as the next Winchester sidekick.

Fox Gives ‘Fringe’ (and Fans) 13 More Episodes – Plus a Trailer For Season 5

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Never underestimate the power of the internet or an avalanche of Red Vines. Fox gave Fringe fans something to cheer about on perhaps the best “Fringe Friday” of the fourth season because they now know that the J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi series is being renewed for one more season. The universe-bending drama will have 13 episodes to wrap up all of its plot-lines this fall and expectations will be sky high for a memorable finish.

Loyal fans have stuck through a move to friday nights, threats of cancellation and low ratings. Despite all of that it’s hard to argue with the high quality at which showrunners/executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman and crew have put forth the last two seasons and fearlessness in staying the course and telling the story they originally intended to tell. Well they can scrap that Season 4 finale that was reserved in the special case for cancellation for the blu-ray box set.

You may recall that Fox president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly said back TCA’s after the new year that he didn’t know what the future held for the show because it was losing the network money. And that he didn’t want to deal with another campaign from fans pleading for another season (of which included many, many packs of Red Vines candy delivered to Reilly’s office). In an official statement, he Reilly had this to say about the renewal.

“Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve. The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.”

What could possibly be in store for season 5? Hopefully you saw episode 419 “Letters of Transit” which gave us a peek into the year 2036 when the Fringe Division is in a war with the Observers who have all but taken over the world. Freed from the amber prison by Olivia’s daughter, Walter, Peter and Astrid embark on a final confrontation against the insidious force that has been plotting against them from the beginning. Odds are that we’ll be seeing more of that future setting and the events that lead to it and come after that glimpse into the future. Oh and then there’s this trailer that was prepped just in case we’d get this good news:

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In the day and age when people question the worth of social networking and online petitions–especially for a niche science fiction show airing on Fox on Friday nights–the never-say-die attitude of Fringe, made strong by its audience, actors, and the people who crafted these highly imaginative and well-written stories, rang true and legitimized the online campaigns. The community rallied to watch live or watch it on their DVRs within a 48-hour period consistent enough to make a difference. That’s pretty cool and when something truly deserves it, as Fringe most certainly does, it does make you believe that networks do listen.

Now, let’s see if Community can do it on NBC.

‘American Idol’ Season 11 Review: Top 5 Revealed

The final five has been chosen for American Idol Season 11. Three females and two males remain, but who is going to take the title? This week’s elimination was the most obvious choice, due to the way things have played out each week over the past few weeks. This elimination does not make the inevitable any less disappointing, but America has spoken time and time again.. and finally they spoke loud enough.

Opening the show on the perfect note, The Queen Extravaganza (the official touring Queen tribute) performed their classic, “Somebody To Love” and brought the house down. The high energy did not stop as a not so cheesy Ford musc video set to “Magic” was shown right before footage of the final contestants at TMZ made its way to our small screen. Who doesn’t have a good time when they are at the TMZ headquarters? This is always a fun segment, it never fails to entertain. Speaking of entertaining… while the vocal talent is significantly stronger this year, last year on Idol was quite fun.

Idol alum, Casey Abrams joined host, Ryan Seacrest to announce that the top American Idol Season 11 contestants will begin their summer tour on July 6, 2012. Tickets go on sale May 11, 2012, so get ready! Shortly after, Idol Season 10 finalist, Stefano Langone performed his new single, “I’m On A Roll.” While the song is fun and positive, it’s really just fun vocal wise… it doesn’t showcase just how much he can do. Commercial wise, this is a great first single but as a true artist, well, don’t go looking for Langone to give you any of that good stuff here. Finally, on the performance route, Katy Perry performed her newest single, “Part of Me.” Katy Perry is a phenomenal songwriter and underrated singer but a performer, well, it’s usually a miss. She’s best just singing, not singing and trying to dance and do all of the extra stuff. But this was a great effort, at is usually is with her.

As for the results… 16 year old Jessica Sanchez was able to rest easy early on in the broadcast as she found out that she was in the top three. She was joined by the only two male contestants left in the competition shortly after. Hearing Seacrest read India Arie’s tweet that praised Joshua Ledet to no end was quite hysterical. While Laine and Testone definitely did not belong in the bottom three, Ledet and Phillips fans have been very loyal from the beginning, so not seeing the boys in the bottom three was expected. Not as expected was finding out that Jimmy Iovine was not a fan of 28 year old Elise Testone this week. She was very much in her element and had fantastic performances, what was there not to love? Whatever it was, America wasn’t a fan…yet again. Big surprise.

As predicted, Hollie Cavanagh also found herself in the bottom three but she hasn’t been in the bottom three essentially every week like Testone has been. So the time finally came for Testone to bite the dust. While it is sad to see this under-appreciated talent go, finally she will be able to be appreciated elsewhere. This was a great opportunity for exposure for Testone and now the people who have been waiting for a sound like that know where to get it. So the top five has been chosen and now the games begin. America has chosen who they want to see fight for the final spot. But who is really worthy of it?

Watch American Idol Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c on Fox.

*Photo Credit: Michael Becker / FOX

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Finale Lead-in: Rebirth of the Ultimate Hunter

So it begins. So it ends.

The mother of vampires, Esther, has initiated a new gambit in her centuries long quest to undo the evil she created. Unfortunately, her move will cost us the life of one of Mystic Falls best vampire hunters.

Throughout the past few episodes of The Vampire Diaries, we’ve wondered about Alaric’s mental ailment. Was he simply suffering from a split personality disorder, or was there something more supernatural at work? In “Do Not Go Gentle,” we learned the truth. Each time Ric died, Esther was on the other side “nurturing” his spirit – more like corrupting.

Now, Ric is the ultimate vampire hunter. Sadly, being the ultimate vampire hunter also means being a vampire. Similar to Mikael, Esther has tapped into dark magic to make Ric a virtual original. Although he may not have centuries-old strength to tap into, he is a purer form of undead creature – meaning better and badder than Damon or Stefan. Ric’s hatred for vampires is now magnified by his transition.

But, perhaps there is something more to this particular transition than that of the original family. Although both Ric and the Originals used Petrova blood to become the vilest creatures of the night, Ric completed his transition with Bennett blood. Esther’s final move against Klaus was to send an astral message to Bonnie. The last remaining Bennett witch fed Ric her blood so that he could transition. It may mean nothing, or it may mean everything. In prior episodes, Esther called attention to the bond of her magic to the Bennett blood line. Perhaps, this will give Alaric an edge in facing Rebekah, Kol and of course Klaus. Perhaps not.

Regardless of what happens, Alaric’s days are numbered. If he destroys all of the Originals, then Damon and Stefan die too. That obviously can’t happen. But, the hunter will most likely follow suit with Jenna. I’ve also got a feeling that Tyler will play hero in order to save Caroline. He already teased a sacrificial move in “Do Not Go Gentle.” It’s a fair guess that Tyler will pretend to be sired to Klaus only to sacrifice himself so that Ric can move in for the kill.

With two more episodes left in the season, the executive producers are already hinting at a massacre. The final episode, entitled “The Departed,” alludes to at least three deaths.

Who do you think they will be?

My third bet is on Jeremy or Matt. However, I think they’re necessary for the series to maintain a sense of reality. Killing off Klaus in one final epic scene seems more appropriate.

Then, of course, Kat has to show up to screw things up one more time.

Blast Off #9: Bully, Marley & Comic Con IV: A Fan’s Hope – Podcast

The ninth Team Focus Blast Off is here, featuring BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella.

This week we discuss three of the hottest documentaries to hit the theaters and VOD: Bully, Marley and Comic Con IV: A Fan’s Hope. Can “hot” really be used to describe documentaries? Bully was one of the more controversial documentaries to take the nation by storm this year, sparking controversy over an “R” rating, while Marley examines one of the most prolific international singer/songwriters of the 20th century. Comic Con is the annual huzzah of geekdom, but has slowly lost its way thanks to the infestation of TV and Movie properties sweeping up precious exhibition hall space.

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Photos: ‘Knife Fight’ Red Carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival, with Rob Lowe & Jennifer Morrison

This week, the cast of Bill Guttentag’s Knife Fight descended on the Tribeca Film Festival to turn heads on the red carpet.

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In attendance were: Writer/Director Guttnenag, Co-Writer/Producer Chris Lehane, Rob Lowe (Californication, Parks and Recreation), Richard Schiff (NCIS), Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time, How I Met Your Mother), Jamie Chung (upcoming 7500), David Harbour (Pan Am), Alan Dershowitz, David Havok, Michelle Krusiec (Fox’s Touch) as well as Producers Catherine Davilla and Daniel Davila.

Check out the gallery below, click thumbnails to enlarge:

Knife Fight centers on Lowe as Paul Turner, a political strategist. The film takes a cynical look into the political machine, focusing on Turner’s wayward clients.

GI Joe Retaliation Takes its Script Cues from GI Joe Renegades Cartoon

After failing to give GI Joe fans or movie goers in general a decent movie in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the creative team has apparently decided to take plot cues from the 2010 cartoon GI Joe Renegades (which premiered on HUB TV).

The latest trailer showed us two things. The core plot is exactly that of GI Joe Renegades. The government sees Cobra as a force for good, while ruling the Joes as renegades of the nation. It’s also got a touch of X2 in it. Similar to Mystique in X2, the president has been removed from office by a shapeshifter (probably Zartan in this case).

Bruce Willis gets to play General Joseph Colton, the original Joe. For fans of the Larry Hama comic book, the trailer will feel like an egregious mishmosh of story lines. In order to wipe our memories of the first GI Joe film, the creative team has dived into the annals of Joe history to whip out Joe. It’s a nice touch, but the creative team also decided to go overboard on the ninjas – just like the super suits in first film. You’ll see the Red Ninja clan as well as several other sword wielding heroes, heroines and villains.

Also, Snake-Eyes looks like an alien from the Battleship movie. WTF is that about? His head looks comically out of proportion.

Watch the trailer

If the team stuck with the Renegades theme, they’d probably have a decent movie on their hands. The cartoon is excellent, even though it didn’t receive the attention it deserved. It featured a grittier Joe clan, with its back against the wall. Most of Retaliation seems to be designed around getting kids out to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Even the trailer opens up with Johnson introducing the film. I’ve been a fan of Johnson since he was The Rock so I’m happy to see him as the lead in a blockbuster film. I just wish the creative team didn’t try to cram so much Joe mythos into a two-hour movie. Sometimes slow pacing trumps over indulging in Michael Bay level explosions, which this trailer delivers.

How much are you looking forward to, or not looking forward to, seeing GI Joe Retaliation?