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Latest 'Avengers' Trailer Features Samsung Product Placement, Easter Egg Clues to Future Films: VIDEO

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Yesterday Afternoon Samsung dropped a slightly recut version of Marvel’s upcoming superhero movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. For the most part, the content of the trailer is just a slight reshuffling of scenes that were revealed last month in a leaked promotional ad. There are, however, a few key differences in Samsung’s version of the trailer. Earlier this summer Samsung and Marvel announced that they would be partnering with one another to “bring [Samsung’s] industry-leading mobile display technology to life.” That sponsorship is clear all throughout the trailer that, if you look closely, is filled with Samsung Galaxy phones, tablets, and even a conveniently placed Samsung store.

Black pantherIn terms of actual superhero reveals, the most interesting things to se are actually in the blink-and-you’ll miss it flip animation that Marvel uses as its title cards. Still shots of the animation depict Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, and a missile emblazoned with the Black Panther’s signature logo.

Last month Marvel CEO Kevin Feige announced Marvel’s roster of films for its Phase 3 rollout of superhero flicks to be released in the coming years. While it’s unlikely that these will make appearance in Age of Ultron, these could very well be hints of what the movie’s easter-egg post credit scene could have in store for fans.

Check out the latest extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Donors to Clay Aiken's Campaign Feel 'Duped' By Surprise Docu-Series: VIDEO

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An Esquire documentary on Clay Aiken's bid for a North Carolina congressional seat, announced shortly after Aiken conceded the race to incumbent Renee Ellmers on Tuesday, reportedly caught some Los Angeles donors off-guard who are now asking to be removed from any footage used in the series.

FrontiersLA reports that actor/producer Steve Tyler, who helped organize one of the big Aiken fundraisers in LA, says he's received angry calls about the announced documentary from friends who attended the fundraiser. 

In an email sent to Aiken, Tyler wrote in part:

Again, I am sorry for the loss on your bid for Congress, but apparently you had yourself covered with a reality TV show deal the entire time, just in case you didn't win.  I cannot speak for the NC Voters or contributors, but I can speak for myself and many of your Los Angeles supporters when I say we feel duped, taken advantage of and lied to.  When we were asked to sign waivers by your film crew, we were told it was for a BBC documentary that would not air here in the United States.  
 
I have received calls from many supporters at the LA fundraiser all demanding that the LA event not be included in your TV show, as the crew misrepresented use of the filming.  It is obvious you had this TV deal prior to the votes being tabulated as GOOD MORNING AMERICA announced the deal just hours after votes were barely in. 

The Hollywood Reporter adds:

The four-hour untitled docuseries, from Academy Award winner Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (American High), will premiere in the first quarter of 2015. The Lightbox duo have been filming from inside Aiken's campaign since his February candidacy announcement, through the May primary and Tuesday's final results.

Aiken, a gay Democrat and single dad, ran against incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in the predominantly Republican North Carolina 2nd District. Via strategy meetings, debate prep, town halls, bus tours and door-to-door canvassing, the docuseries  will provide an intimate look at the hope of victory and, ultimately, the disappointment of defeat.

"We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign — the good, the bad and the ugly," Simon Chinn said. Added Jonathan Chinn: "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Esquire Network, who are tackling topics that are not only popular and entertaining but also smart and thoughtful."

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Gay-Themed Brazilian Film 'The Way He Looks' to Open in U.S. on Friday: Exclusive Clip

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Earlier this year, two of Towleroad's film reviewers spoke highly of the Brazilian film The Way He Looks, which won the FIPRESCI Prize and Berlin's Teddy Award, as well as audience awards at Frameline, Outfest, and Newfest.

The film opens in New York and nationwide tomorrow (list of cities here), and the filmmakers have offered us a short exclusive clip (apologies, it's a night scene and a bit on the dark side) to share with you. You can also view the trailer in our earlier discussions of the film HERE and HERE.

The film is about Leo, a blind, bullied teen who decides to study abroad to escape his problems at home but reconsiders when he develops a crush on Gabriel, a new kid in town.

In this scene Leo, played by newcomer Ghilherme Lobo, comes out to his best friend Giovana (Tess Amorim) who may already be in love with him.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Our film critic Nathaniel Rogers also has a review on his site, The Film Experience.

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Gay Murder Mystery 'Kiss Me Kill Me' Gets Greenlight Following Successful Kickstarter: VIDEO

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Actor Gale Harold [pictured] is going to star in a new movie, and it’ll be his first gay role since he played Brian Kinney in Queer as Folk.

HaroldOn Monday it was announced that murder mystery film ‘Kiss Me, Kill Me’ has been green lit. Casper Andreas (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”) will direct, and David Michael Barrett (“Such Good People”) is screenwriter.

The announcement was made following the film reaching its Kickstarter goal yesterday, and it will go into production this December. If you still want to give to the project, follow the above link and contribute to a stretch goal. Screenwriter Barrett says that, while the initial goal has been met, the team is hoping for an additional $25,000 to “significantly raise the quality of the production.” 

Director Andreas thanks fans, who were active in their Internet campaigning for the film. Says Andreas:

The huge success of this campaign is a reminder how important movies with LGBT content are to audiences…Hollywood is not producing these sort of films, and we would not be able to do it without the fans.

Gale Harold isn’t the only super hunk appearing in the film. Van Hansis, of “As the World Turns,” and Logo’s “Eastsiders,” also stars. Rounding out the cast will be: Willam Belli (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Kit Williamson (“Eastsiders,” “Mad Men”), Yolonda Ross (“Go For Sisters”), Tom Lenk (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Brianna Brown (“Devious Maids”), Jonathan Lisecki (“Gayby”), Michael Maize (“True Blood”), Craig Robert Young (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Jackie Monahan (“Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same”). Andreas’ past collaborators Matthew Ludwinski and Allison Lane (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”) will also appear.

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The New 'Into the Woods' Trailer Will Enchant You: VIDEO

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Disney today dropped a mega-trailer for its holiday blockbuster Sondheim-Lapine adaptation Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracy Ullman, and Johnny Depp.

And unlike the teaser, this one features singing.

The studio also dropped some character gifs like this one of Streep:

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The film is directed by Rob Marshall and adapted by Lapine and is scheduled for release on Christmas day.

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Sam Smith Rumored to Sing Next James Bond Anthem

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Sam Smith is reportedly set to croon the anthem for the next film in the 007 series, according to Page Six:

British “Stay With Me” singer Smith has been in talks with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about singing the theme and is the clear winner, disappointing [Lana] Del Rey, who had lobbied hard.

While a rep for Del Rey didn’t respond, a rep for Smith said, “That is not confirmed.”

The film is scheduled for release in November 2015.


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