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‘Spectre’ trailer reinvents a famous Bond rival

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I always look forward to each new James Bond film, and ‘Spectre’ is no exception.

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The trailer for “Spectre,” the next James Bond film, has been online for a few hours, and it sees the return of some familiar faces and the dark reinvention of some others.

It also comes with a particularly sinister line, this one spoken by “Quantum of Solace’s” Mr. White (Jesper Christensen): “You’re a kite, dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” When it comes to villains, none are as poetic as those who face off against Mr. Bond.

“Spectre,” still filming, won’t be released til Nov. 6. The film is the fourth with Daniel Craig in the Bond role, and second to be directed by Sam Mendes. The latter point is key, as the trailer for “Spectre” reveals that the film appears to be a pretty direct sequel to 2012’s “Skyfall.”

The film will reintroduce the terrorist organization SPECTRE to the Bond films, which gave us what many consider Bond’s most…

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Russo brothers to direct ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ movies for Marvel

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Joe and Anthony Russo are ready to redeploy. The sibling directing duo are set to helm the two-part superhero showdown “The Avengers: Infinity War,” Hero Complex has confirmed.

Plot details have yet to be revealed for the two films, set for release in 2018 and 2019, but they are expected to bring together an all-star roster of big-screen heroes (and villains) and mark the culmination of Marvel’s third wave of blockbusters.

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo on the set of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (Marvel) Anthony and Joe Russo on the set of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” (Marvel)

The Russos are thus shaping up as the next architects of Marvel’s cinematic universe, having directed 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and already signed on for “Captain America: Civil War,” due next year.

Badass Digest first reported news of the brothers boarding “Infinity War.”

They’ll take over stewardship of the franchise from Joss Whedon, who directed the original “Avengers” film and its sequel, “Age of Ultron,” opening May 1.

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‘Insurgent’: Jai Courtney talks Eric’s journey, ‘Terminator’

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The release of “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” which opens Friday, will reunite fans not only with the film’s heroes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), but also with their foes, including Four’s rival and vicious Dauntless leader Eric, played by Jai Courtney.

“Insurgent” is based on the second book in the series of Veronica Roth’s popular dystopian YA novels. It follows Tris Prior, a girl whose aptitude for multiple factions, called divergence, means she is considered a threat to the rigid society of a future Chicago that values the balance created by dividing its citizens into five factions based on dominant personality traits.

Jai Courtney plays Dauntless leader Eric in "The Divergent Series: Insurgent." (Andrew Cooper / Lionsgate) Jai Courtney plays Dauntless leader Eric in “The Divergent Series: Insurgent.” (Andrew Cooper / Lionsgate)

Tris and her allies are on the run after the events in “Divergent,” in which she intervenes in an uprising organized by the leaders of two of the factions. Tasked with…

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