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‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw

‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw
It’s been somewhat impossible to detangle any critical consideration of Fox’s “The Orville” from “Star Trek,” the franchise to which it’s hard to deny a connection. But even when evaluating “The Orville” on its own merits at the start of Season 1, the first three episodes screened by critics were hard-going, as Seth MacFarlane’s “space adventure” featured a wildly fluctuating tone, major pacing issues, and entire scenes that served only to deliver exposition.

It was enough to inspire a harsh review when the show premiered. But while the problems with those early episodes were numerous, some of them could be attributed to the sort of stumbles that occur at the beginning of any new series.

Read More:‘The Orville’ vs. ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ratings: The Battle of TV’s New Space Dramas Hits Warp Speed

After seeing the full first season, there’s no denying that there
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‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw

‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw
It’s been somewhat impossible to detangle any critical consideration of Fox’s “The Orville” from “Star Trek,” the franchise to which it’s hard to deny a connection. But even when evaluating “The Orville” on its own merits at the start of Season 1, the first three episodes screened by critics were hard-going, as Seth MacFarlane’s “space adventure” featured a wildly fluctuating tone, major pacing issues, and entire scenes that served only to deliver exposition.

It was enough to inspire a harsh review when the show premiered. But while the problems with those early episodes were numerous, some of them could be attributed to the sort of stumbles that occur at the beginning of any new series.

Read More:‘The Orville’ vs. ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ratings: The Battle of TV’s New Space Dramas Hits Warp Speed

After seeing the full first season, there’s no denying that there
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Watch an exclusive clip from Kepler’s Dream featuring Sean Patrick Flanery and Holland Taylor

Thanks to Leomark Studios, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the upcoming Ya adaptation Kepler’s Dream, which features Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, Powder), and Holland Taylor (The Truman Show, Two and-a-Half Men). Check it out here, or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

Eleven-year-old Ella (Isabella Blake-Thomas) is a city girl forced to spend the summer on the New Mexico ranch of her reclusive grandmother, Violet Von Stern (Holland Taylor), while Ella’s mom (Kelly Lynch) undergoes chemotherapy in another state. As she tries to cope with her grandmother’s strict rules and snooty friends, Ella longs for her mother and begs her estranged father for rescue. But Ella’s dad (Sean Patrick Flanery) has his own reasons to stay away from his childhood home. Meanwhile, Ella finds allies in fatherly ranch hand Miguel (Steven Michael Quezada) and his down-to-earth daughter, Rosie (Esperanza Fermin). But
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"The Vampire Diaries: Fool Me Once"

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Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from "The Vampire Diaries" episode "Fool Me Once", written by Brett Conrad and directed by Marcos Siega, that aired February 11, 2010 on The CW:

"...'Elena' (Nina Dobrev) wakes up and finds herself in a strange hotel room. She sees 'Ben' (Sean Faris) sleeping and tries to slowly sneak out but Ben wakes up. 'Anna' (Malese Jow) arrives and drags Elena to the bathroom locking her in. Elena finds 'Bonnie' (Kat Graham) lying unconscious in the bathtub. She tries to help Bonnie and Elena informs her that Ben is with Anna and they want to open the tomb but they need a witch to do that.

"Meanwhile, 'Stefan' (Paul Wesley) looks for Elena but cannot find her. He goes to 'Damon' (Ian Somerhalder) asking for his help but Damon, who is still mad at him, does not want to help. Damon leaves Stefan alone and goes to Bonnie's grandmother,
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Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down

Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down
This is either going to be really good or so bad, it’s great. But either way, ABC’s relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars (premiering Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c) is looking like the summer’s must-see — especially since on Tuesday the full list of competitors was released. The celebrities we’re most psyched to see throwing down in events like the kayak relay race and dunk tank:

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‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC

‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC
ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network” stars has set 20 teams of five celebrities each to compete in the upcoming season, the network announced Monday.

Stars from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The West Wing,” “Dallas,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order” and many more will take part in the throwback to the classic series from the 1970’s.

The 10-episode season will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank. The series will premiere June 29 at 9 p.m.

The hosts for “Battle of the Network Stars” are Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore of Espn; Cassidy Hubbarth and Cari Champion of Espn will be the sideline reporters. Super
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Annabelle: Creation and The Beguiled to Screen at La Film Festival 2017

The dangerous doll from The Conjuring franchise is coming to the West Coast this June, as Warner Bros. will present a special advance screening of Annabelle: Creation ahead of its theatrical release this August, with Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled also announced for the festival.

Press Release: Los Angeles (May 23, 2017)— Today the La Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced the Gala Screening of New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson with Anthony Lapaglia and Miranda Otto. Also unveiled today, the panels for Diversity Speaks and the Global Media Makers.

Award-winning film company Focus Features will commemorate its 15th anniversary at the La Film Festival with five movies including revival programming and a newly added advance screening of Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled starring Colin Farrell,
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Finding Kukan: Shirley Thompson Tells Us About The Detective Work In Searching The Only Copy of Kukan

The 1941’s documentary film Kukan was honored with an Academy Award at the 14th Academy Awards. And then this award winning documentary was lost for decades.

Director Robin Lung decided it was her task to seek the original copy of the film and the stories of production behind it in Finding Kukan.

Thanks to her search, an extant was print was located and the process of being restored at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. In addition, she also uncovered a story about Li Ling-Ai, who was only credited as a technical consultant—and played a much larger role as the real producer of the original documentary.

The documentary contains some original footage of documentary. And Finding Kukan also recreates past events with voice talent of Kelly Hu and Daniel Dae Kim.

Lrm had a wonderful opportunity to sit down to speak in-depth with Shirley Thompson, the
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15 Years Later The Rock Reacts To His First Leading Role In The Scorpion King

At this point in our lives some of us are beginning to roll our eyes every time Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is cast in a lead role for a film. From The Mummy Returns to the upcoming The Fate of the Furious we have all got our fair share of The Rock in many different roles. Today we are going to focus our attention on his first lead role in the film The Scorpion King.

Believe it or not The Scorpion King came out 15 years ago. It was made by Universal Pictures and was directed by Chuck Russell. The film also starred Steven Brand as Memnon, Michael Clarke Duncan as Balthazar and Kelly Hu as The Sorceress. It was released a year after his first appearance as an actor in The Mummy Returns.

With this month being it's 15 year anniversary, Dwayne Johnson released a video on his Youtube channel where
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Arrow Round Table: Did Thea Go Too Far?

Did Thea do what needed to be done?

That was a key question after Arrow Season 5 Episode 14 in which she went all-out in her mission to take down Susan. 

TV Fanatics, Jim Garner, Kathleen Wiedel, Steve Ford and Robin Harry discuss the many returns, Thea's decision, and Oliver revealing the truth. 

What did you think of the ladies returning to wreak havoc?

Jim: Kelly Hu's wig was horrible. Other than that best I can say is "meh." Seemed like a convenient "bad guy of the week" didn't really add anything to the overall story.

Kathleen: It came across as a "designated girls team-up" story. Cupid always struck me as a rather silly character; then there were over-wrought rogue cop Liza Warner and stone-hearted Triad hit-woman China White. The idea that these three would stick together longer than it took to effect a jailbreak was... unlikely.

Steve: I agree with Jim,
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Watch two clips from tonight’s episode of Arrow – ‘The Sin-Eater’

The CW has released two clips from tonight’s fourteenth episode of Arrow season five, ‘The Sin-Eater’, which you can check out here…

See Also: Promo images for Arrow Season 5 Episode 14 – ‘The Sin-Eater’

China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge. Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the Acu intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. Meanwhile, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with Damien Darhk.

See Also: Follow all of our Arrow coverage here

Arrow airs on Wednesdays on The CW.
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Promo images for Arrow Season 5 Episode 14 – ‘The Sin-Eater’

Following yesterday’s trailer and promo for ‘The Sin-Eater’ [take a look here], a batch of promotional images have arrived online for Wednesday’s fourteenth episode of Arrow season 5 which you can check out below…

See Also: Arrow Season 5 Episode 13 Review – ‘Spectre of the Gun’

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China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge. Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the Acu intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. Meanwhile, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with Damien Darhk.

See Also: Follow all of our Arrow coverage here

Arrow airs on Wednesdays on The CW.
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The New Black Canary Suits Up In Images From Next Week’s Episode Of Arrow

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The CW has released the first official images from next week’s episode of Arrow, and in them, we get to see Dinah Drake finally suit up. Well, sort of.

Though she’s yet to take over the Black Canary mantle, the latest addition to Team Arrow takes one step closer to making that a reality here as she dons a domino mask (which definitely suits her). Oliver Queen is going to need her help, too, especially as three of his old foes look set to come together as a team, which should prove to be a formidable threat to the Emerald Archer and his friends.

For more on what to expect from this episode of Arrow – titled “Sin-Eater” – here’s the synopsis, courtesy of the network.

China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break
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The New Black Canary Gets A Mask In These New Images From Next Week's Arrow

With Laurel Lance unlikely to return at any point in the near future, Dinah Drake looks set to take over the Black Canary mantle in Arrow. However, The CW series is taking a slow burn approach to that, but she finally gets a mask in these new images. Meanwhile, that female group of villains is also spotlighted below, and it looks like we can expect some tense confrontations! Titled "Sin-Eater," this episode looks like a lot of fun after the emotionally heavy instalment which aired yesterday. Are you excited to see what's next for the new Black Canary in Arrow? As always, share your thoughts in the comments section down below. China White, Cupid And Liza Warner Break Out Of Prison — China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge.
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"Arrow: The Sin-Eater"

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Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from the "Arrow" episode "The Sin-Eater", written by Barbara Bloom, Jenny Lynn and directed by Mary Lambert, airing February 22, 2017 on The CW:

"...'China White' (Kelly Hu), 'Cupid' (Amy Gumenick) and 'Liza Warner' (Rutina Wesley) break out of 'Iron Heights' and head to 'Star City' for revenge.

"'Oliver' (Stephen Amell) tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the 'Acu' intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the 'Green Arrow' for the murder of 'Detective Malone'.

"Meanwhile, 'Lance' (Paul Blackthorne) feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with 'Damien Darhk'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Arrow: The Sin-Eater"...
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Trailer and promo for Arrow Season 5 Episode 14 – ‘The Sin-Eater’

The CW has released a trailer and promo for next week’s fourteenth episode of Arrow season five, entitled ‘The Sin-Eater’; check them out here…

China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge. Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the Acu intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. Meanwhile, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with Damien Darhk.

See Also: Follow all of our Arrow coverage here

Arrow airs on Wednesdays on The CW.
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Arrow Season 5, Episode 14 Promo; "The Sin-Eater" - Are These The Gotham Star City Sirens?

Tonight's episode of Arrow shifted the focus away from the Prometheus storyline to tackle a far more serious subject, but things look set to go back to normal next week when a trio of female villains come together to take down the Green Arrow. Sound familiar? It's hard not to reminded of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens to at least some extent!  Prometheus is also expected to return here, and as you can see in the promo below, the Emerald Archer may have to answer for the crimes he committed due to that villain's manipulations. What did you think of tonight's episode of Arrow? Let us know your thoughts on both that and this sneak peek in the comments section down below.   China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge.
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A prison break rocks Star City in synopsis for Arrow Season 5 Episode 14 – ‘The Sin-Eater’

China White, Cupid and Liza Warner break out of prison and threaten Star City in the fourteenth episode of Arrow season five, and we’ve got an official synopsis for ‘The Sin-Eater’ for you below courtesy of The CW. Check it out…

China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge. Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the Acu intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. Meanwhile, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with Damien Darhk.

See Also: Follow all of our Arrow coverage here

Arrow airs on Wednesdays on The CW.
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Keo Woolford, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Actor, Dies At 49

Keo Woolford, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Actor, Dies At 49
Keo Woolford, best known for his role as Detective James Chang on the CBS crime-drama “Hawaii Five-0,” died on Monday following complications from a stroke. He was 49.

Woolford died at an Oahu, Hawaii hospital after suffering a stroke three days prior, according to his publicist Tracy Larrua.

Born in Honolulu, the late actor was also known for writing, directing and producing his 2013 independent drama “The Haumana,” which centers around the host of a failing Waikiki lūʻau who goes on to teach a high school boy’s hula class. The film earned him special jury prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival that year.

In addition, his other credits as an actor include small roles in “Happy, Texas,” “Falling for Grace” and “Godzilla” (2014). He also appeared in the stage production of “The King and I.”

Friends and colleagues of Woolford were quick to pay tribute via Twitter, including his “Hawaii Five-0” co-star Daniel Dae Kim.

As
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Asian Actors in Comic Book Films Respond to ‘Doctor Strange’ Whitewashing Controversy

Asian Actors in Comic Book Films Respond to ‘Doctor Strange’ Whitewashing Controversy
With “Doctor Strange” opening this weekend, the “whitewashing” controversy surrounding the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in “Doctor Strange” has resurfaced.

Both director Scott Derrickson and writer Jon Spaihts have defended Swinton, rationalizing that casting a woman in the role of a man was already a diversity choice.

But some Asian visibility groups, notably the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (Manaa), have rejected these rationalizations, arguing that an Asian woman could have been cast instead of the British actress. As Manaa’s former president Guy Aoki noted, “whitewashing” of Asian comic book characters has happened before, citing The Mandarin (Guy Pearce) in “Iron Man” and Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) in “The Dark Knight Rises” as examples.

Variety spoke to several Asian actors who have appeared in comic book films and TV shows to discuss “whitewashing” in the genre.

Benedict Wong, who plays Wong in “Doctor Strange,
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