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“The fight isn’t over ’til it’s over,” Colonel Weaver reassured members of the 2nd Mass on more than one occasion. Now it really is over: “Falling Skies” aired the finale of its fifth and final season tonight on TNT. Warning: Spoilers Ahead for “Reborn,” the series finale of “Falling Skies.” Tonight’s finale concluded the tale that began with a ragtag team of alien invasion survivors and ended with that same group of survivors becoming heroes, leading the fight to claim back their home, Planet Earth. Tom Mason and co. have battled all manner of extraterrestrial creatures, gruesome weapons that manipulated once-loyal members of the 2nd Mass to turn on their own, and fellow humans (non-alien-manipulated ones) who were plenty troublesome in their own selfish or fearful agendas, as if a powerful alien threat weren’t trouble enough. After the final push brings the 2nd Mass to Washington, »
- Emily Rome
Thoughts on tonight's penultimate "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I take a jewelry class... "This is happening, isn't it? You knew all along, didn't you?" -Elliot Given the very fluid nature of Elliot's reality, and what an admittedly unreliable narrator he's been to his own story, tonight's episode could have very easily opened up by rolling back some or all of last week's revelations. Maybe Darlene was just kidding about being Elliot's sister! Maybe Mr. Robot photoshopped himself into Elliot's family snapshots! Maybe the meeting in the car between Tyrell and Mr. Robot was actually between Darlene and Whiterose, but the show was just screwing us! But while it's been fun to guess at which aspects of the show are real and which have existed only inside Elliot's head, there comes a point where the series has to commit to certain truths or risk the whole enterprise »
- Alan Sepinwall
Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?
Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.
A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.
As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »
Marbella, Spain – Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated and Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” swept the 2nd Platino Awards for Latin American Cinema winning eight kudos in all, including best picture, director, screenplay, music (Gustavo Santaolalla) and actress, Erica Rivas, the scorned bride in the final short).
Best picture was accepted by Agustin Almodovar and Hugo Sigman who exhorted a larger collaboration between Iberoa-American film agencies to create a cinema in Latinn America, Spain and Portugal with greater international reach.
Presented by Spanish actor Imanol Arias, Mexican actress-singer Alessandra Rosario and CNN presenter Juan Carlos Arciniegas, the awards proved a triumphal march for “Wild Tales.” Of major plaudits, only best actor went elsewhere, – to Spain’s Oscar Jaenada for his performance as the great Mexican comic in “Cantinflas,” a performance so convincing that it won over most Mexicans and went on to become the second highest-grossing foreign film in the U.S. »
- John Hopewell
Marbella, Spain — Antonio Banderas put out a call Friday for the big Latino broadcast networks in the U.S. plus broadcasters in Latin America and Spain to band together and create a Hollywood-style Latino studio that could “steal Hollywood from Hollywood.”
“Broadcasters over all of Ibero-America [Latin America, Spain and Portugal] would make an annual contribution and receive in return a quantity of content,” said Banderas, talking to journalists a day before Saturday’s second Platino Awards, where he will receive an Honorary Platino Award.
“I haven’t discussed this with anybody, “ said of his Latino studio game-plan. But “Televisions need content. That’s quite clear. Together, broadcasters in the U.S. Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Honduras… could make 20-25 high-level movies a year which have theatrical exhibition, then TV transmission.”
In total speakers, “We have a market which is bigger than the U.S.,” Banderas said. “We just have to reach an agreement.” Banderas comments came, »
- John Hopewell
Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection has been doing quite the job giving genre and non-genre fans an extensive amount of DVD and Bluray releases of classic horror, crime noir and comedy films, some of which are available for the first time. Sure there are Quite a lot of new genre films to keep us busy for ages, but it does feel good to sit back and watch classic films that not only inspired today’s film-making, but paved the way for a lot of recent films.
We thought it would be nice to write a bit about some of our favorite releases from WB’s Archive Collection, thanks to the gang over there for sending a few titles my way to check out. Read on!
The story of a series of murders being investigated by a detective and his new partner (Albert Finney and the absolutely gorgeous Diane Venora), Wolfen suffered, »
- Jerry Smith
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
Did you know that Marlon Brando hosted a ten-day acting class in 2002? Did you know that some of the biggest stars in Hollywood were there? And did you know that it sounds absolutely nuts? Now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, you do. The mag has the story of Brando's acting workshop, which the actor cooked up as a scheme to help pay for the upkeep on his Tahitian island. In attendance were actors like Edward James Olmos, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Pete Coyote, Jon Voight, and Leonardo DiCaprio (who left after one day), who all mixed with young drama students. Here's how THR sums up the sessions:During one of the sessions, a troupe of little people and a team of Samoan wrestlers — Brando somehow had wrangled all of them to the warehouse on the same day — did improvisation exercises together on the stage. Another time, Brando plucked a »
- Nate Jones
This story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Some memories of the event — like the exact address of the warehouse in Hollywood where it took place — are a little hazy. It was, after all, 13 years ago. But nobody who was part of that extraordinary 10-day acting workshop ever will forget a single detail about Marlon Brando's entrance. About 20 young acting students and a dozen established stars — including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Edward James Olmos, Whoopi Goldberg and Harry Dean Stanton
- Benjamin Svetkey
Looks like Shield is giving Mack a promotion. Henry Simmons, who recurred as brawny and brainy mechanic Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie during Season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of Shield, has been upgraded to a series regular for the ABC drama’s upcoming third season. TVLine was the first to report the casting news. Simmons first appeared on Agents of Shield in the show’s Season 2 premiere as part of the new Shield team that Coulson had assembled as director. The actor continued to appear in every single episode of Agents of Shield Season 2 following the premiere but was still billed as a guest star. While it appeared that Mack was initially loyal to Coulson in Season 2, the series revealed that both he and Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) were working behind the director’s back for Robert Gonzalez (Edward James Olmos), who they believed to be one of the leaders of the… »
- Chris King
The first week of June is looking to be excellent for those horror and sci-fi fans looking to add some new titles to their home entertainment collections. Two great cult classics—Scarecrows and Wolfen—are coming to high-definition, and we have Monsters: Dark Continent to look forward to as well. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s genre-bending Spring is coming to DVD and Blu-ray (the latter being a Best Buy exclusive) and, for those of you waiting for WolfCop on Blu-ray, you’ll finally be able to bring the furry fiend home in HD.
A bevy of indie horror movies are also making their way onto DVD this week and the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending is arriving on 3D Blu-ray and standard DVD for those of you who may have missed the sci-fi actioner in theaters. And for all you Pitchfork fans out there, Hayride 2 will also be available on Tuesday. »
- Heather Wixson
A host of American actors head down south of the border for the bilingual Mexican animated 3D movie El Americano: The Movie. Rico Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Kate del Castillo, Lisa Kudrow, Gabriel Iglesias, Paul Rodriguez, Erik Estrada, Ricardo Sanchez "El Mandril", Don Cheto, and Edward James Olmos along with Mexican comedian Adal Ramones lend their voice to the movie. Watch the trailer.
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Popular Mexican actor and comedian Adal Ramones was in Los Angeles promoting his new film El Americano and it's North American premiere at the Hola Mexican Film Festival which takes place Thursday night. We caught up with the funny man at the opening night of the Los Angeles film festival who explains the significance of El Americano which also features the voice of Edward James Olmos, Lisa Kudrow, Rico Rodriguez, Cheech Marin and Kate Del Castillo .
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The two-hour “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” finale certainly didn’t scrimp on action, capping a season in which the ABC series continued to do a synergistic tap dance – operating within the confines of the broader Marvel universe – while pursuing an extended plot involving the fate of Skye (Chloe Bennett), whose origin story became a season-long theme. After a rocky first season, the program benefited from expanding its cast, the shrewd use of guest stars and an embrace of serialized storytelling. While it’s clear “Shield” won’t be a major hit – the numbers, in fact, are fairly mediocre – it has settled into a respectable holding pattern.
None of that appeared certain after season one, which arrived amid inflated expectations and hoopla; at times felt like a run-in with the enhanced villain of the week; and finally had to deal with a “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” tie-in that essentially »
- Brian Lowry
Agents of Shield, Season 2, Episode 20: “Scars”
Directed by Bobby Roth
Airs Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on ABC
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America talks about how Shield is about saving people and that’s “how Shield should work.” While the Avengers are waxing nostalgic about their days at Nick Fury’s Shield, remembering the super-cool heli-carrier while forgetting Fury’s secret alien weaponry, present-day Shield is not really all that pretty and shiny. If anything, they are dealing with the exact same problems that Tony Stark is struggling with in Age of Ultron, and Nick Fury struggled with before him in Winter Soldier. Plot-wise, “Scars” only ties in loosely with Age of Ultron, but thematically, both should really be seen to fully appreciate each one.
In “Scars”, the story picks up after Shield shows up with the heli-carrier in Sokovia and saves the day. »
- Rachel Kolb
After last night's dramatic episode "Scars", the stage is set for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s explosive two-part finale next week, "S.O.S. (1)" and "S.O.S. (2)", both airing on Tuesday, May 12 ABC. In last night's episode (bold|Spoiler Warning!), Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) was captured by Agent 33 (Maya Stojan), Gonzales (Edward James Olmos) was killed by the Inhuman Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team has brought Cal (Kyle MacLachlan) into custody, unaware of how dangerous he really is. Today we have a new poster, which teases that Cal will transform into his monstrous alter-ego Mr. Hyde from the comic books. Executive producer Jeffrey Bell also teased how the two-part finale and this week's episode were essentially conceived as a "three-parter."
"Episodes 20, 21 and 22 almost work as a three-parter. I think because we were doing the full two hours on the final night, we really »
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
Ahead of its two part season finale, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up its Age Of Ultron connections and reshuffles the deck…
This review contains spoilers for this episode and Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
If there’s one truth that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has proved in recent weeks, it’s that at some stage, we’ll have to stop referring to its stronger episodes as rare highlights and instead admit that Marvel flagship show has actually become an all-round entertaining show in its own right.
This revelation occurred to me while watching Scars, the sort-of penultimate season 2 episode before next week’s two-part finale. As with any show, there are a few niggles in the episode (Ward’s reappearance seemed a little shoehorned-in during an episode that had stronger focuses elsewhere) but there was so much to like, which indicates that season 2 as a whole could well go down as »
A review of tonight's "Agents of Shield" coming up just as soon as I bring you a Sky Mall catalog... Last week, I felt frustrated that the show seemed to again be putting its own stories on hold to set up things in the movies — though I think that had as much to do with the creative lull the show has been in since the hiatus as anything else. The tie-in with "Winter Soldier" had enormously helped "Agents of Shield," but the show seemed to be backsliding in quality the deeper it got into this season and the more it was serving movie agendas with the Inhumans and Theta Protocol. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (which I reviewed here) reveals — sort of — that Coulson arranged for Nick Fury to get a helicarrier, and the opening scene of "Scars" clarifies it. The problem is, Joss Whedon (and perhaps some Marvel movie execs »
- Alan Sepinwall
War Tears Skye Apart, On "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." On ABC Edward James Olmos Guest Stars as Robert Gonzales "Scars" - Skye is torn between her loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. and her connection to the Inhumans as tensions rise between the groups -- and Coulson reveals a secret he's been hiding from even those closest to him, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Tuesday, May 5 (9:00-10:01 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network. »
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