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Call of Duty Zombies In Spaceland Announced For Infinite Warfare

16 August 2016 8:53 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Call of Duty fans will head into the zombie world again, but this time they will be in space....and dancing to disco!

The new trailer was revealed today and we finally get to see where zombies are headed in the upcoming game. The mode transports players to the 80's complete with an era specific soundtrack plus more.

Zombies in Spaceland transports fans into an original, action-packed storyline where they’ll fight as one of four classic ‘80s characters, and battle the living dead in a space-themed amusement park full of deadly zombies, fun attractions and much more.

The story is about 4 aspiring actors that come across a mysterious movie set for an audition. They were invited by a big Hollywood director as they are transports to an 80's style theme park to take down waves of zombies. The director will be played by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Dustin Spino)

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare sending zombies back to the 1980s

16 August 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Matthew Byrd Aug 17, 2016

Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare is heading back to the 1980s - and we've got the new trailer here...

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon proved that there is no popular first-person shooter that wouldn't benefit from implementing a heavy dose of 1980s ridiculousness into the gameplay formula, and now, Call of Duty will take its own stab at that particular recipe as Infinity Ward has announced that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's zombie mode will take players back to that fabled time in popular culture in order to do battle with the undead. 

The must-see reveal trailer can be found below:

Rather than match the theme of Infinite Warfare by having fans do battle with zombies in space again such as we saw in one of Black Ops zombie maps, Infinity Ward designed the upcoming Zombies In Spaceland to take you and your team of decade appropriate »

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Gotham season 3: Robin Lord Taylor interview

29 July 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Aug 3, 2016

We talk to Robin Lord Taylor about how he nabbed the Penguin role, and what to expect from Oswald Cobblepot in Gotham season 3...

Contains spoilers for Gotham season 2.

If you read my Gotham reviews on this site, you’ll know that – more often that not – they feature gushing praise for Robin Lord Taylor’s performance as Oswald Cobblepot. Over two seasons, he’s taken Penguin from a shuffling lackey to the king of Gotham and then down into a big ol’ personal disaster in season 2, with Oswald remaining the Mvp of the show despite his topsy-turvy, tumultuous peronal life. It was exciting, then, to chat to Robin Lord Taylor about all things Gotham back in June.... 

So I was noodling around on Twitter a bit this morning.

Uh oh. [Laughs]

And I was just wondering, what is it about being in London that makes you say ‘the C word’ so much? »

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Watch Karlovy Vary Talks with Charlie Kaufman and Willem Dafoe

11 July 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Karlovy Vary is far from the most exposed international film festival, but their programming is generally rather fine and the more immediately accessible endeavors — e.g. public talks with cinematic luminaries — are nothing to ignore. Case in point: they were kind enough to offer extended discussions presided over by Charlie Kaufman and Willem Dafoe — and, really, what can we do other than embed them for your viewing pleasure?

The former is a standard career rundown whose relaxed approach compounded by its lounge-like setting; the latter, in a press-conference setting, is a series of questions from international journalists, and fortunately, if in no small part because of its subject’s charisma, is not the foul-smelling dumpster fire that you might otherwise expect. While there aren’t a ton of “scoops” to be taken from this, do note that Kaufman is still hoping to make Frank or Francis — his long, even-by-his-standards hard-to-locate »

- Nick Newman

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Sofia Vergara Celebrates 44th Birthday with Lemon-Themed Dinner

11 July 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When life hands you lemons ... make them the theme of your birthday party! Sofia Vergara celebrated her 44th birthday in Los Angeles on Sunday with a dinner party complete with family, cake and her own Snapchat filter. Vergara's son, Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara, joked around with the actress in an Instagram video about her age on her big day. "Happy birthday, Mom," he told the camera while Vergara's husband of eight months, Joe Manganiello, gives a thumbs up while chowing down on some treats from the food table. "I can't believe you're turning-" before Vergara breaks from her smile to »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Emily S. Whitten Interviews Gotham’s Penguin – Robin Lord Taylor

11 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Fox’s Gotham TV series has been going strong for two seasons and is now renewed for a third. The show began with a focus on (future Commissioner) Jim Gordon’s early career in Gotham, but has quickly expanded to include the early days of many Batman villains as well. One of the most striking of these is The Penguin; a previously cartoonish character (in screen adaptations) who has been masterfully portrayed in Gotham by Robin Lord Taylor as a complex young man who rises from being a minor player in Fish Mooney’s entourage to becoming the self-proclaimed “King of Gotham.” Taylor’s nuanced portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin, has made him a compelling, horrifying, and yet somehow still sympathetic character – one I’m invested in even while I’m despising what he does.

After having had the opportunity to speak with Taylor by phone in the week leading up to Awesome Con in Washington, DC, and to meet him at the Con, I can see where The Penguin’s charm and disarming manner originate; but fortunately for us, and unlike The Penguin, Taylor himself strikes me as a delightful human being; and he has a lot to say about his role in Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery.

Read on below for a most enjoyable interview; or listen here for the audio version.

Esw: Robin, your current role on Gotham is a big part of your career, and The Penguin, as we all know by two seasons in, has been called a “breakout character.” I love the nuances that you bring to the Penguin, who is a mix of pathos and viciousness. Are there any parts of his character that come from you, or that you identify with?

Rlt: Yeah; I mean, the thing that really got me into the human aspect of Oswald was, when I first got the job, I reached out to Geoff Johns, who’s the chief creative officer of DC Comics, and I was like, “Do you know any stories?” Because obviously I’d grown up with Batman, and Batman Returns was huge, and the Adam West series was also huge, but beyond that I really didn’t know very much about the character.

And he found some stories; he found one in particular which was Penguin: Pain and Prejudice; and in that story, they really went into detail about Oswald’s childhood, and how when he was young, he was horrifically bullied. Which is not something that I ever experienced, to that extent; but the fact that he had always felt like an outsider – you know, growing up in a small town in the Midwest, I definitely identified with that feeling. Like, just because you didn’t look like everybody else, or there was something different about you – like in my case, I was just not a “sporty” person, and I basically grew up in Friday Night Lights. So it’s just that feeling of outsider-ness, and also that feeling of being counted out just by things that are out of your control. So that was the first thing I really hooked in to. I was like, “Oh, I understand what this feels like,” and it just made him all the more human for me.

And on top of that, his ambition is something that – you know, obviously I don’t think I share quite the same amount of ambition, in the sense that I, you know, value human life! But out of all of the years of basically being rejected by everyone, and having that feed into his outsized ambition – that was another thing that I totally could identify with and understand.

Esw: I read somewhere that when you did the audition, they didn’t actually tell you it was the Penguin. Do you recall if there were any particular acting choices you made in that audition that still define the character or that rolled over into the actual on-screen character?

Rlt: Yeah; the scene itself that they gave us to audition for was a fake scene – it was not in the pilot at all, and the names were all different. But the scene involved, I believe, the Penguin character was named Paul or something, and he’s having this meeting with a Mafia don, and trying to get this person to do some deal for him. Of course the don is not into it, and that’s when it’s revealed that Paul has had the Mafia don’s daughter kidnapped, and she’s about to be “taken care of” unless he does his bidding.

And in that scene, all of that is the epitome of Oswald, and that ability to sort of play – you know, in the first part of the scene before it’s revealed that he has the daughter kidnapped, he’s very obsequious, and kind of meek, and deferring to the Mafia don; being lower status. And then there’s that switch halfway through where it’s like, “Oh no no no, actually I’m driving the ship right now; I’m steering the ship.” You know, “You’re going to listen to me.” So going from that humble, almost meek, low status attitude that he had, and then immediately switching to be the guy on top; that was something that I think I definitely carried through to the show that we do now.

Esw: Generally, in previous characterizations of The Penguin on screen he’s portrayed in a more cartoonish style. Can you talk about what you did to make him more real in the Gotham show sense, and yet keep him defined as he is in the comics so that he’s still recognizable as the character?

Rlt: First of all, I give so much, if not all credit, to Bruno Heller, and Danny Cannon, and our other producers and writers on the show. It started with Bruno and Danny, this vision and this treatment of the character. It starts with them, and then I step in and we collaborate. Again, going back to what I said before, learning how he was bullied – it was more about finding…you know this is a fantastic world. It’s being able to see this character as an actual person who could exist. Which is actually kind of the allure of Batman itself in the sense that of course it’s still a comic book, and crazy shit happens that would never happen in the real world, but it’s always rooted in the fact that Batman is not supernatural, that Batman is a human being.

And that even though it is this gothic, noir, colorful, crazy world that we inhabit in Gotham City, it’s still all rooted in reality, in the sense that, like, gravity exists, and these are human beings, and there is real pathos behind everyone.

And it’s about justifying every choice that this character makes so that every action he takes, there’s a reason behind it; it’s not just being evil for the sake of being evil. Also what I love about the character is that – at one point in the second season, Galavan is trying to get him to help him get some real estate deal going, and that would require tearing down a big chunk of Gotham City, and Oswald is not into it. He says, “Look, I’m a builder, I’m not a demolition person. I’m not interested in tearing everything down.” He’s interested in controlling everything, but also building alliances and making connections and using that to his advantage. So I guess it would be making sure that everything he does and says comes from a real place – a real desire for Oswald to be – I don’t know if it’s accepted, or feared, or both!

Esw: You mention that Oswald is a builder and has these particular goals. He’s a monster in many ways, but he seems to have his own moral code. How would you define his moral code?

Rlt: I would say: Oswald is all about – do not come for him. If you do, you will pay. He remembers every single slight against him, every person who ever hurt him or tried to hurt him. All that, again, stemming from a childhood where he’s an outcast in so many ways, like being a first generation immigrant, for example, in our show. I guess his moral code is just: “Don’t tread on me.” But that’s the thing – with the exception of the poor fisherman in the pilot, and maybe the guy who delivered the flowers from Maroni – a couple of people who really didn’t deserve what they got – for the most part, everyone whom he attacks, it’s motivated by revenge, and it’s all strategy for Oswald. He is anti-chaos. Chaos is not interesting to him; that’s not a place where he can get the power that he needs to survive. He wants order.

Esw: Anti-chaos. It makes me think that perhaps we’re playing Dungeons & Dragons. He’s a lawful evil – not chaotic at all.

Rlt: Yeah, totally!

Esw: Now in the second season, trying to rule Gotham, Penguin needs some worker-bee villains who will be loyal to him; and then we get Butch’s betrayal in that second season. It’s a very tricky proposition, getting those loyal worker-bees and knowing that he can rely on them. What traits about the character do you think would believably cement a henchman’s loyalty and how do you establish that?

Rlt: In a way, I think even though, you know, he chopped off Butch’s hands, you know, big deal – but even those things have happened, I think that Penguin himself, and it goes back to his anti-chaos attitude, I think he is actually also interested in being loyal to people as well. I think he knows that if you treat people well, you get more from them. You get more loyalty; and ultimately, that can be exploited as well.

You see this very, very clearly in his relationship with Jim Gordon, in the sense that for all intents and purposes they should be arch-enemies. But for some reason, it’s this delicate dance and a push and a pull between the two of them that is important to Oswald. Because that keeps Jim in his world and again, that can be exploited in the future if need be. So I think he does reciprocate loyalty to the people that he is trusting and that’s ultimately how he can get people to join his side.

And also, this goes into – because his actions are justified, and because we understand why he does the things he does, there’s a sympathetic side to this character. And I think that comes through to the other characters as well; in the sense that there’s something enigmatic about him that draws people in.

If I had to root this in the character’s history, I would say that this is something he learned as a survival instinct, when he’s being bullied or when he was being basically tortured by his peers when he was younger. This is what you learn; you learn to ingratiate yourself to people. You make yourself seem more meek and sympathetic, and then eventually they come around, and that’s when you stick the knife in.

Esw:  Speaking of that, he’s a pretty dark character, and you seem like a nice guy. Do you have difficulty getting into and out of that character?

Rlt: I really don’t, actually! I know that sounds crazy, but… Look, I’ve never played a character that physically is so different from who I am in real life. And so with the hair, the makeup, the costume – all of those pieces coming together every day that I have to work, is – and this is generally how I work as an actor too – is I generally start from the outside and I go in. I let the physicality and the costuming help me get into character so I’m ready. And also, again, it goes to the sets that we shoot, and the locations that we use. With all of these things, it’s like I’m stepping into Oswald, I’m stepping into Gotham City. And at the end of the day, the nose comes off, and the hair is different, and I take these beautiful suits and I put them back in the closet and then I’m back to me. It’s great to have that physical transformation that gets you into character; and from that it’s generally pretty easy.

Esw: He does have some really cool suits!

Rlt: God, they’re amazing. The sucky thing is they’re not quite my, Robin Lord Taylor’s, style, so it’s not like I could ever really wear them anywhere. But also – as you can probably tell, I’m one of the least confrontational people that ever lived. And so it’s actually therapeutic in a way. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s really fun to step onto the set and step into the character and then all of a sudden I’m the guy who’s pushing everybody’s buttons, and I’m the guy who’s messing with everybody and starting shit. And it’s liberating, and it’s fun in a way.

Esw: I can understand that. So Oswald has been through a huge journey in season 2 – he was on top; he lost his mother; he convinced Gordon to murder somebody; he was messed with by Hugo Strange; he met his father; fell back into murder; now he wants revenge and all of Strange’s monsters are out there, and Mooney is back… Can you talk about how you think season 2 changed him, or what you think he’ll be doing in season 3?

Rlt: I think that in season 2 – it happened twice for him, with the loss of his mother and then the loss of his father – and there’s that lovely speech that Cory Michael Smith as Nygma gave Oswald. It was after his mother died, before he knew his father existed – Nygma says, “You’re free now.” The gist is – and this is a continuing theme throughout our entire show – to love is to be vulnerable. You see throughout the show, characters are falling in love, or they have love in their lives, and then they lose it; and then in a way they are liberated to do whatever the hell they want to do and not feel any pressure. Because what’s left to lose.

So I think that was hugely formative, and then that it happened twice – I think going into season 3, it’s all guns blazing. And also, he’s learned, having been at the top for the brief period. He learned now how much more difficult it is; and he severely overestimated his own abilities, and he didn’t take into account the fact that when you’re the “King of Gotham” you have a giant, giant target on your back in a way that you never did before. I think that’s the most valuable lesson that he learned this season; and then going forward, I think we’re watching his transformation from someone who’s finding their way in this world to someone who now has the wherewithal and the knowledge to basically, kick ass and take names. And not fear the repercussions because, again, having lost all the love in his life, going forward, he’s just going to be completely unhinged – which I’m really excited about!

Esw: So Gotham is obviously a very villain-heavy show, and we know many of Batman’s villains are way ahead of him in development – he’s still Bruce; he’s still young. How do you think this will affect the future seasons in the show, or how do you think you’d like to see that happen? Do you think it will shift to being a more heroic focus as Bruce matures?

Rlt: I don’t know; I think our show is about how the city corrupts. Bruce Wayne – Batman – comes from one of the most corrupted acts that could ever happen, one of the most horrific acts; the execution of his parents in front of him. And I could see heroic moments coming through, because obviously you need a balance between the light and the dark, but at the same time, I just think it’s so much more interesting seeing even someone as virtuous and good-hearted as Bruce Wayne – seeing him get swept up into, or sucked down into, the morass of Gotham City and its questionable moral fiber as a city; I think that’s ultimately what’s really interesting to me. And I just think that the villains are where it’s at.

Also, going forward, what I find most interesting, as someone who is a fan of the Batman world, and what I think our show does very well, is show how all of these characters interact, and come in and out of each other’s lives. It’s like seeing how the Penguin’s and Gordon’s connection evolves over time, and also eventually, I’m sure, Bruce Wayne is going to come into Penguin’s life, and all of the other characters’ lives. I love that alliances are formed and then broken; and the re-formed with someone else; some other canon character. I just think that’s fascinating.

Esw: I’ve heard Gotham compared to a soap opera, and it’s not too far off!

Rlt: Yeah, except we’ve got monsters and bazookas; it’s As The Gotham Turns.

Esw: So what experiences have you had working with the other Gotham actors? Do you have any fun stories, or any stories about having to work with actors that then the Penguin kills?

Rlt: Yeah! Well we get along, as a cast, just smashingly. In fact, early on in the first season, Ben McKenzie had a barbeque; and all the cast members came, and we were all there having fun, dancing, and drinking, and at one point I said to Ben, because this is my first rodeo as it were, and he’s been doing this for longer than I have in a big way; I said to him, pointing at everyone having a ball, “Dude, is this normal? Do casts get along like this? Because I’ve guested on shows, and you can definitely feel the vibe, and it’s not this.” And he said immediately, “Nope. This is not normal. God willing, we can keep this going for the rest of our run,” because it just makes the environment more pleasant, and we all just truly have love for everyone, and it’s so nice. It’s all I’ve ever wanted in a job.

Esw: That seems to come through the social media where I’ve seen you and Cory and Ben and everyone interacting; seeing everyone talking to each other on Twitter and wherever else.

Rlt: That’s so nice to hear. And the other thing too is that we’re from all over the place, and everyone’s had such different experiences growing up; and the fact that I can, you know, meet Sean Pertwee, who could not have been from a more different place than me, and have had a more different childhood than I did – and yet, he’s now one of my very best friends. And I just love it, that people can come together and find – in this show, we found a community, which is really great.

So then on the other hand, people have asked me, “What’s the hardest thing about Gotham?” and honestly, it is when a main character dies. And especially if I have to do it. It’s one thing if it’s a movie or a play, because that’s such a contained work. You know when someone’s going; you know the whole thing is going to be over in two-and-a-half hours anyway. It’s not as cathartic as when you’re on a television show. You really do feel that loss. Like when Carole Kane’s character is killed. It was honestly devastating for everybody. It was like, “Oh, God, she’s not going to be here.” Even though she wasn’t there all the time to begin with, it was the loss of that potential for her to be there. I can’t say enough amazing things about her.

And then of course also the same with Paul Reubens. With both of those characters, it really is devastating. You just keep thinking, “If they had written something different, we could have been working together for years now.” I think that’s the hardest part of the job.

Esw: So what’s been your experience with fans and conventions and this role; do fans ever blur the line and call you the Penguin; or what do you like and dislike about that? Have you had any crazy experiences?

Rlt: I mean, the whole thing is generally pretty crazy. Even if you think just logically, what I do is, I’m an actor. So ideally I would just sort of disappear – Robin Lord Taylor would disappear – and the character would live in people’s imaginations and that would just be it. But you know that’s not how it works. You become public people; and that’s been probably one of the most challenging things about the job. Just going from relative obscurity to being in peoples’ minds and consciousness – that’s definitely been intense.

For the most part, everyone has been incredibly, incredibly nice, and kind. I’ve been doing conventions now for the last two years, and, like, I signed someone’s ankle, and she went and got a tattoo, and that’s kind of crazy. Honestly, the tattoos, I think, are the craziest thing! Someone also tweeted me a photo of their leg, and it’s my giant face on their leg. I find that so unsettling; I mean, compared to most other things. Like, “Oh God, you did that?” You defaced your body with my face.”

Esw: They will never forget you, ever ever!

Rlt: I know. I know; that makes me really uncomfortable! But I will never be forgotten. There’s something to be said for that.

Esw: So are you looking forward to Awesome Con? And do you follow other comics? Do you have a favorite character or storyline, or something you want to see or pick up while you’re at the show?

Rlt: I’m totally psyched. This is going to be super. I’ve never been to Washington for a con before; I’m really excited to see what the vibe is like at Awesome Con. From what I hear, it’s an amazing experience. For me it’s always very strange. Obviously I love all of the other DC Comics properties, especially the ones that are on television, in particular The Flash and Arrow, and Supergirl as well. Because we’re all the Warner Bros. family, and we run into each other at San Diego Comic Con and all these other things. So that’s always really exciting to see those folks.

But then at the same time, with the actors who played characters from my childhood –  for example, I was at a convention and I was in the green room, and sitting across the table is Denise Crosby who played Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and when I was a kid, that was my jam; and it’s always so fun to feel the way that people feel when they come to my line or when they come up to say hello. Everyone’s so sweet and so excited to be there, and then some people are really excited and they can’t speak, and that was me talking to Denise. And that’s someone I grew up watching, and that show was so important to me at the time. So experiences like that – just seeing anyone from something I grew up watching – that’s where I really fan out, for sure.

Esw: I know that you recently made a foray into voice acting in Dishonored 2, and you just wrapped a movie, The Long Home; anything you’d like to share about those or other projects?

Rlt: Well – Dishonored 2 – when they told me that I was going to come in and be part of it, and read, especially, that character, the Outsider, that was amazing. An amazing experience, and also reading all about what the game is going to be like; I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a video game in a long time. The only thing I’m a little worried about is when I get it and I start playing it, I have to hear my own voice… But yeah, that was a brilliant experience. And then The Long Home, I would just encourage everyone to look for it on the festival circuit and show it some love. It’s an independent film, directed by and starring James Franco, with Josh Hutcherson, and Courtney Love, and there are just amazing, amazing people in it. It’s a low-budget, independent movie; so we’re really hoping to get some momentum behind it and I’m just really excited to see what the final product is.

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So there you have it, folks. Thank you to Robin Lord Taylor for sharing his time and thoughts with us here at ComicMix!

And until next time, Servo Lectio! »

- Emily S. Whitten

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Marc Alan Fishman is Catching Up With Gotham

11 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

With the current crop of network TV shows all ending for the season, I thought I might double back on a show I’ve checked in on a few times in this column. Gotham has been a guilty pleasure since the start. As much as my betters at the Av Club like to poke fun at the show’s inconsistent tone, it never struck the nerve as hard for me as them (and, I’ll feign a guess, hopefully others). With The Flash and a few other appointment-worthy shows off my DVR, I binged through the back half of Gotham one episode a night for a little over a week. And here with the final installment digested, I’m ready to deliver my verdict.

First, I liked it. Then, I really liked it. And then, I liked it a whole lot less.

Saddled with the moniker Wrath of the Villains for this portion of the season, Gotham as a show shifted its focus to the once very-out-of-focus “Indian Hill” facility below Arkham Asylum. B.D. Wong’s Professor Hugo Strange stepped into the big bad role that Theo Galavan had chewed on in the front half of the season. Bruce Wayne, now aided by Lucius Fox, Alfred, and Thomas Wayne’s old super computer, sets to the task of solving his parents mystery.

And Jim Gordon? Well, he was as grimacey as ever, having once again crossed the line between law abiding Commissioner-In-Waiting and monster. Oh, and Edward Nygma was now off the leash of quasi-villainy. And the Penguin was locked away as a plaything for Hugo Strange. Whew! And with all those moving parts, I truly liked the show.

The Gotham incarnation of Hugo Strange – not unlike the Matt Wagner penned Batman and the Monster Men series – sees the philosophical Hugo playing mad scientist with the various living and less living goons, crooks, cranks, and in-patients that Arkham belches forth. It’s clear to anyone who has read a comic book that this device would lead eventually to a litany of otherwise impossible freaks from the Bat-cannon. The storyline eventually gives us Mr. Freeze, Azrael, and Firefly – in addition to a plethora of as-yet-unnamed ne’er-do-wells to act as the future villains of the week.

As with plenty in the series, Gotham finds a way to add a bit of hipster verve to these well-worn characters. Firefly, for example, is reborn with new origins that trump any comic counterpart I’ve ever read for the character. As a closeted pyromaniac slumdog living and working with a crew of crooked brothers, the Hispanic Michelle Veintimilla brings a creepy hidden villainess beneath layers of downtrodden physical and emotional abuse. It’s a depth not really afforded to the character in any incarnation I’d seen, and the show is brightened by the addition almost. We’ll put a pin in that.

Some of the storylines really came into their own. Both Penguin and Nygma continue to steal every scene they’re in. With a jaunty cameo by Paul Reubens as the long lost father of our little Oswald, we got to see a retread of Cobblepot’s journey from picked-on put-upon straight through to raging psychotic. While the family who secretly conspire to murder the unsuspecting rich ninny was perhaps a little to worse for wear as predictable dreck… it served its purpose to allow Penguin to reclaim his former self. This is of course after the psychotropic experiments of Hugo Strange. An arc without a purpose, save only for wasting time. At least it was entertaining.

Elsewhere Nygma gave birth to his first riddle-based crime. But unlike the often-predictable cash grab or mental chess game… Gotham’s Riddler had the endgame all along; to frame Jim Gordon for murder to remove him from discovered Nygma’s rage-induced murdering of his would-be-beau not so long ago. Again, the story itself wasn’t ever going to win an award for originality, but the performance of our quizzical crook kept it very watchable indeed.

As we rounded second base in the back half of the season, Strange’s master plan was revealed. Spoiler Alert For Those Who Care: Seems Indian Hill, and all the work by the good doctor was in effort to reanimate the dead. And while my geeky heart rooted for an eventual Solomon Grundy, instead we crossed the line from good to goofy right at the event horizon. Theo Galavan’s floating corpse is brought back to the land of the living in part because of Mr. Freeze’s cryogenic research, coupled with the longstanding work of Strange. But the Galavan the show once depicted as a cold and calculated Bruce Wayne on his worst day, here we’re treated to a scenery eviscerating lunatic spoon-fed the Order of St. Dumas in order to claim his new identity as Azrael. Oh, and he’s also mildly invulnerable to pain, super strong, and crazily agile. Because… why not.

It’s here, with this final master stroke Gotham began to unravel at rapid speed. I’ll spare you the full recounting of it all. Because what matters comes in the end game that’s offered to us in the parting shots. Fish Mooney (yes, you read that right) is back where she started – now with super mind-control powers (because… science). Penguin may very well return to his butler boy status under her Press-On nails. Bruce is still forever brooding. Selina is forever vexxing. And Bullock is acting captain of the Gcpd.

None of it is cannon, or even close to it. Jim Gordon is off to find Lee Thompkins for a “don’t get your hopes up” rekindling of romance. And a bus full of CGI and prosthetic makeup toting villains now litter the unkempt corners of Gotham for the season to come in the fall. Because the show spent so long making the attempt to broaden the horizon of an already packed show, to see the ending of this season simply reset the status quo is dirty ball that doesn’t make me excited to return.

But that’s how it goes. Because… It’s Gotham. »

- Marc Alan Fishman

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Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 6 Launching Next Week With Surprise Guests

31 May 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Minecraft: Story Mode has done well enough for Telltale to expand its original five-episode roster to eight, and the developer has just announced details and a release date for the sixth installment, which will offer some unique guest stars likely to please many Minecraft fans.

Continuing to offer more self-contained episodes rather than the grand story arc of the first four installments, this new adventure, A Portal to Mystery, will see protagonist Jesse and company stumbling into a new world overrun by zombies and forced to take refuge in a mansion along with several new faces.

Story Mode has offered familiar faces like Patton Oswalt, Paul Reubens and Corey Feldman providing voices before, but this time, the newcomers will all be voiced and modelled after prominent Minecraft YouTube players. These include Stampy Cat, Stacy Plays, The Diamond Minecart, LDShadowLady and CaptainSparklez.

A Portal to Mystery will launch worldwide on Tuesday, »

- John Fleury

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Gotham Season 2 Coming to Blu-ray August 16

25 May 2016 3:10 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (May 24, 2016) – Building on the momentum of its wildly successful first season, Gotham turned up the heat with a villain-centric second season that has elevated the series to No. 2 among Fox shows*. Fans have the chance to prepare for this fall’s suspenseful third season with the August 16, 2016 release of Gotham: The Complete Second Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe).

*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Men 12-17 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, and <2 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16

The Wbhe release of the Gotham: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray including Digital HD ($54.97 Srp) and DVD ($49.99 Srp) includes all 22 episodes of the series’ thrilling second, as well as fascinating featurettes, Gotham’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a gag reel.  Gotham: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers. »

- ComicMix Staff

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Gotham Season 2 Blu-Ray Release Date And Featurettes Revealed

25 May 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Now that you have had a few days to come down from the season finale of Gotham, you may have started wondering when you can own the home video release. Thankfully, Fox and Warner Bros. opted to not wait very long at all to announce that the complete second season will arrive on Blu-Ray on August 16. One would also expect a DVD release on that very date, but it remains unclear whether or not it will contain all of the featurettes included on its mighty Blu-Ray counterpart.

Speaking of featurettes, a full rundown can be found in the official press release, along with a thorough synopsis and cast details. We also have the front cover art to share with you, which bears what may be the coolest piece of promo art circulated for this past season.

Darkness saturates Gotham in its triumphant Second Season as the city’s villains continue to rise from the shadows, »

- Eric Joseph

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Pee-wee’S Big Holiday

16 April 2016 11:51 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A lot of water, legal and otherwise, has passed under the bridge since Paul Reubens last donned the signature crisply tailored gray suit and red bow tie of his indisputably great comic creation, Pee-wee Herman, for a feature-length comedy. His previous Pee-wee feature, Big Top Pee-wee, debuted during the summer of 1988, 28 years ago, and that picture was hardly anyone’s idea of a worthy follow-up to the delirious and hilarious Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)-- it certainly wasn’t one I held too dear. When I saw Pwba the night it opened, I was actually admonished by fellow audience members and even the management of a Medford, Oregon movie theater for my hysterics. But though I approached the Big Top three years later with much eagerness, I left it feeling that Pee-wee had somehow ended up getting twisted into a formula that traded that gray suit in for something more akin to a straitjacket. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Gotham season 2 episode 17 review: Into The Woods...

11 April 2016 6:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Ed's villainy comes to light as Oswald makes a meal of his step-family...

This review contains spoilers.

2.17 Into The Woods

On this week's Gotham, it was the best of times (for the first half of this episode), it was the worst of times (for the second half of this episode). I am being hyperbolic. All in all, this was a pretty great episode. Unfortunately, the momentum built up in the first half of the episode — and in the larger Ed becomes Riddler plot — was squandered in a too-fast, too-easy wrap-up. Oh well. We'll always have that scene of Ed electrocuting Jim in his apartment...

First, let's talk about what was great in this episode. Like many of the best episodes of Gotham (this one included), Into The Woods did a good job of bringing formerly disparate elements of the plot together by focusing on one urgent element. »

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NeNe Leakes Does Her Best RuPaul on Lip Sync Battle — Watch Video

11 April 2016 9:13 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NeNe Leakes‘ performance on Thursday’s Lip Sync Battle (Spike TV, 10/9c) is the very definition of art imitating life… imitating art? (Oh dear, I believe we’ve stumbled into a vortex.)

PhotosMTV Movie Awards 2016: Relive the Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments

In a preview clip of Leakes’ showdown against noted heterosexual Todd Chrisley, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star goes full drag for a dramatic rendition of RuPaul’s 1992 club jam “Supermodel.” For contextual purposes, it should be noted that RuPaul once described Leakes as the most drag-like Housewife on an episode of Watch What Happens Live, and »

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April Showers: Joe Manganiello ♥s Pee Wee

1 April 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

You know what we haven't discussed yet? How totally delightful Joe Manganiello is in Pee Wee's Big Holiday (2016). The new film, Pee Wee Herman's first movie since 1988 (!) has been been streaming for a couple of weeks but it's a great fit for April Fool's Day because it feels so impossible that it happened at all. 

Because Pee Wee is Pee Wee and his work has always been skillfully aimed at both adults and children with equal panache, it's often filled with hilarious sexual innuendo that sails over the head of tiny tots but is playful enough not to spoil the exuberant innocence of the comedy for adults who are in on the jokes. Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse, the beloved series that ran for five seasons in the late 80s and early 90s was no stranger to the occasional hunky visitor but for the new film the hunky visitor graduates to full co-star level, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Three Clips From Gotham Season 2, Episode 16: “Prisoners”

28 March 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Although each of the currently running DC TV shows have their own flavor, Gotham has made a rather generous bid of late when it comes to being the most intense of the lot. The latest round of clips from tonight’s episode, which is titled “Prisoners,” is further evidence of that trend continuing.

The first clip, which can be viewed at the top, shows Penguin sitting down for dinner with his new found family. As he learns of a branch of his family tree he never knew existed, it is quite apparent that he has a natural bond with his father Elijah, who is played with great nuance by Paul Reubens, although it seems his stepmother and her children have a thinly veiled animosity toward him.

As we come to the second clip, which has to be my favorite, Elijah’s stepson shows us that not only is it still »

- Eric Joseph

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‘Gotham’ Sneak Peek: Penguin’s Past Comes Home to Roost

28 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Family matters to “Gotham’s” Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), and after losing his beloved mother earlier this season, the seemingly reformed crime lord is more desperate for connection than ever. Thankfully, he may have found it again thanks to last week’s introduction of Elijah Van Dahl (Paul Reubens) — Penguin’s long-lost father.

Elijah welcomed his wayward son into the fold with open arms and no questions asked, but in episode 16 of Season 2, titled “Prisoners,” it appears that the rest of Penguin’s newfound family might not be so accommodating. In Variety‘s exclusive sneak peek from the March 28 episode, we see that Oswald’s stepmother Grace (Melinda Clarke) and his siblings Charles (Justin Mark) and Sasha (Kaley Ronayne) have made a startling discovery that raises some questions about their new house guest and his checkered past. Since everyone in Gotham City has their own agenda, it seems safe »

- Laura Prudom

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SXSW 2016: Pee Wee's Big Holiday Interviews With Paul Reubens, Paul Rust, Alia Shawkat, And Jessica Pohly

28 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

You can search the wide world over, but you’ll never find a man like Pee Wee Herman. He’s sweet, innocent, lively, potentially insane, but chock full of heart. It’s difficult to speculate how Herman was able to construct such an inventive, thoroughly wacky playhouse, but one thing is certain: the man-child known as ‘Pee-Wee’ is a genius. Lately, Netflix has been the saviour of many beloved shows and films of olde from Mr. Show to Wet Hot American Summer to the better-than-it-should-be Full House. They bring hope to all that was thought lost, especially those relics so ahead of the game, they only found their audience with the benefit of time and the appreciation of future generations. Pee Wee is absolutely due for such a...

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Gotham Sneak Peek: Penguin's New Family Serves an... Intense... Dinner

28 March 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Tonight on Gotham (Fox, 8/7c), Oswald breaks bread with his new family, and the menu includes a chilling ghost story, a romantic-ish anecdote and a generous helping of glares.

RelatedGotham Season 2, Episode 15 Recap: The Riddler Leaves His (Question) Mark, and More Big Twists

As seen in the exclusive sneak peek above, Oswald’s long-lost and recently discovered father, Elijah Van Dahl (played by Paul Reubens), spins a haunting yarn about his sprawling home’s unsettling history. When Oswald then nudges Dad to share how he met his wife Grace (The O.C.‘s Melinda Clarke), the lady of the manor »

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Meet Oswald’s New Family in Gotham featurette

28 March 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

See Also: Promo images for Gotham season 2 episode 16 – ‘Prisoners’

Fox has released a new featurette for Gotham entitled ‘Oswald’s New Family;, which sees Robin Lord Taylor talking about working with Paul Reubens and the dangers Oswald will face with his new family. Check it out here…

After Gordon is removed from protective custody, he begins to face new threats and dangers inside prison walls. In order to survive, he must rely on a new friend, as well as Bullock and other outside help. Meanwhile, Penguin grows closer to his father, while his step-mother and step-siblings move forward with their own plans for the family in the all-new “Wrath of the Villains: Prisoners” episode of Gotham airing Monday, March 28 (8:00-9:01 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Joe Manganiello Calls 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday' a 'Once in a Lifetime Project'

25 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Pee-wee Herman never did things small, so is it any wonder that his new best friend came in Size Joe Manganiello?

In "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," the "True Blood" and "Magic Mike" star plays a version of himself via the skewed funhouse-mirror world Pee-wee inhabits. After a chance encounter where he finds himself bonding with his new friend, Manganiello invites the otherwise sheltered Pee-Wee to his birthday party on the opposite coast, launching the epic cross-country journey that fills up the Netflix original film.

Manganiello joined Moviefone to reveal the secret behind his involvement with the movie, which wasn't just a clever Hollywood cameo. Not only has the actor been a super-fan of Pee-wee since his youth, the character's creator/alter ego Paul Reubens was also a personal friend -- close enough to have attended the star's recent wedding to Sofia Vergara.

Moviefone: You're exactly the right age for Pee-wee Herman »

- Scott Huver

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