11 items from 2014
Representatives of CBS made the case for how the network deals with issues relating to racial diversity on television at an Wednesday at the UCLA School of Law.
“There’s a disconnect between what America looks like and the stories that we’re telling, for the most part, in the Hollywood entertainment industry,” said Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.
Hunt noted a report the center released in February for the 2011-12 season found only 5.1 percent of the leads on broadcast television were played by a minority, shows like “Scandal” and The CW’s “Nikita.”
Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, vice president of diversity and communications at CBS, said departments like hers came about during the 1999-2000 television season when all three major broadcast networks launched their fall shows without a single person of color being cast as a series regular.
“Every network, »
- Jessica Wenck
What happens when you try to thumb wrestle one of the Expendables? And how does Megan Fox really feel about having her own April O'Neil action figure from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Our own Fandango Fangirl Tiffany Smith was on hand with Access Hollywood at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, where she chatted with a bunch of the stars in attendance, including the aforementioned hunks of The Expendables 3, as well as Horns star Daniel Radcliife, who received a special birthday surprise. Check out the video below.
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San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
It has begun. Comic-Con International has started to release the daily schedules for Comic-Con 2014! We have Preview Night and Thursday schedules available. It's time to start planning out your epic geek adventure! The GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as much awesomeness from the convention as we possibly can!
I will post a few of the notable panels that will be taking place, but to see the full event schedule click here.
Wednesday - July 23Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings:Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season -- The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie -- as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!
- Joey Paur
On Monday, moviegoers got an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster, Guardians Of The Galaxy starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana. The first glimpse showed Pratt as Star-Lord assembling the Guardians.
The IMAX 3D First Look featured 17 minutes of exclusive footage of director James Gunn’s film.
We begin with an expansion of the sequence from the teasers and trailers of the Nova Corps scanning each individual guardian for their histories and arrest records (look for a glimpse of a major Marvel Universe baddie). Then there’s more of Peter Quill trying to retrieve his audio player with the “awesome mix” cassette from one of the jailers. After a detox spray the five are lead to the prison courtyard. Shortly Rocket formulates an escape plan and, due to unexpected circumstances, that plan is quickly put into motion. The Marvel logo »
- Jim Batts
Welcome to Task Force aXcess! Your mission is to watch today's all new episode of DC All Access, featuring a sneak peek at the brand new Suicide Squad comic with writer Sean Ryan. Be sure to stay on alert for the cast of Arrow, who give us a few hints about what to expect in season three, as well as fellow Task Force member Will Dennis, who provides us with some valuable intel regarding a new Vertigo title from Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. Finally, we've heard rumbles that special agent Tiffany Smith has been seen trading free comics for information. We've captured a few of these transactions on film and they can be viewed near the end of today's episode. Upon completion of this mission, all agents are encouraged to file their reports and leave any analysis down below in the comments. So, some interesting hints at what we »
Once upon a time, most women on television all looked like Donna Reed. Today, it’s a great time to be a woman of color working in television.
Last season, three women of color — “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington, “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara and “Steel Magnolias’” Alfre Woodward — were nominated for Emmys — lead actress in a drama, supporting actress in a comedy and supporting actress in a movie or miniseries, respectively. And this season, the broadcast networks rolled out show after show featuring African- and Asian-Americans and Latinos in lead roles. Half of ABC’s 12 new shows star actors of color.
“Pilot season hasn’t been this diverse in a long time, specifically as we are talking about women,” says Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, CBS’ vice president of diversity and communications.
That said, there’s still plenty of work to be done.
In 2013, out of six categories featuring actresses — lead and supporting in drama, »
- Paige Albiniak
It's a given that Godzilla is going to be a big moneymaker this weekend, but just how well will it do? Fandango seems to think that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have a blockbuster on their hands.
According to Fandango, Godzilla is grabbing 80% of ticket sales already, topping the site's Fanticipation buzz meter with absolute ease, raking in 94 out of 100 points. What's more, the film is outselling Thor: The Dark World, World War Z, Prometheus, and Pacific Rim at the same point in the site's advance sales cycle. It currently represents more than 80% of this weekend’s ticket sales on Fandango.
“The fans appreciate the more serious tone of the movie, following the lead of the original film from 60 years ago,” says Fandango Fangirl Tiffany Smith, “and the slow roll-out of the monster has been epic. We’ve had only a few peeks at what the new Godzilla really looks »
- Steve Barton
This week, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey and Emily Bett Rickards welcome someone new to the team--Tiffany Smith! Today's all new DC All Access is all about Arrow, starting off with a look at what's ahead for Oliver Queen, as well as an exclusive scene from this week's episode featuring the first appearance of The Flash's Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon (Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes). After that, we chat with Jeff Lemire about Diggle's role in the comics, before looking at the hard work that goes into fight choreography and costume design. Plus, another chance to enter to win a trip to San Diego Comic-Con! »
Scott Porter is a man of hidden talents. Not only can the "Hart of Dixie" and "Friday Night Lights" star act brilliantly, it turns out that he can beat-box too. Watch the proof in this exclusive video preview of the "DC All Access" web series.
Porter, an avid comic-book fan, is a guest on DC's Internet show on Tuesday (Feb. 18). It's not enough to talk about reading choices and tour the Warner Bros. studios, however. No, Porter and host Tiffany Smith have to put on a beat-boxing/rap performance. The results are rather brilliant.
The full webisode of "DC All Access" premieres Tuesday at 10 a.m. (Pt) on the DC Comics website. »
Good news Man of Steel fans! It looks like writer Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, Batman: Earth One) and artist John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Kick-Ass) have announced that they will take over duties on Superman this summer! Check out the press release below and the latest episode of DC All Access where they talk briefly about the new project!
Also in the video: behind the scenes of Justice League: War and writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Meghan Hetrick-Murante talk about what makes The Joker’s Daughter tick!
Burbank, Calif. – February 4, 2014 – DC Entertainment’s hit web series DC All Access is back for a full year of weekly episodes in 2014, starting today at 10am Pt /1pm Et on DCComics.com. The 2014 premiere features Geoff Johns »
- Brandon Johnston
11 items from 2014
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