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Chris Cooper reviews Tmnt: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything! #4…
After a fight, Bebop and Rocksteady split up and travel separately to different time periods. The Dark Ages, Wwi, the Future… no time period is safe!
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We’re in the home stretch now which would not be a good time for B&Rde to get bogged down. Unfortunately it does.
Basically there’s just too much going on. Too many Bebops. Too many Rocksteadys.
Story wise I completely understand why we find them in such a situation. They aren’t all that clever and their best intentions just lead to more problems. It just all becomes a bit of a jumble for me. Perhaps that’s the point though? Hm.
One thing in particular I’ve really enjoyed about this series is the interactions between the main pair. Yes they »
- Chris Cooper
Well, it’s just speculation right now, but this is potentially some very exciting news. Word trickled down over the weekend that Warner Brothers has moved the release date of Ben Affleck’s next project behind the camera, the crime epic Live by Night. Originally, we were scheduled to get it in October of this year, before it was delayed a year to October of 2017, partly to accommodate Affleck becoming Batman. Now, we’ve gotten notice that the WB has it opening in early January of 2017, which is right where American Sniper hit a few years back. As such, it’s almost a foregone conclusion now that it’ll get a qualifying run in December and be a part of the 2016 awards season. Make room folks, as a huge new contender could be joining the early stages of the race, potentially as the last player we’ll get this year. »
- Joey Magidson
The studio has also moved Ben Affleck’s crime drama “Live by Night” forward nine months to Jan. 13, 2017 — which had been the slot for “Geostorm.” Affleck directed “Live by Night” from his own script, adapted from the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The film stars Affleck, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Elle Fanning.
Warner Bros. has two other Lego movies coming in 2017 — “Lego Batman” on Feb. 10 and “Ninjago” on Sept. 17. “The Lego Movie 2″ will open on Feb. 8, 2019,” utilizing the same opening weekend that “The Lego Movie” had in 2014.
“The Lego Movie” was a surprise success, opening with a $69 million weekend domestically. »
- Dave McNary
The Turtles return to NYC thinking that the worst is finally behind them. Little do they know that the ultimate danger lurks within their very headquarters!
Moving on from the somewhat disappointing Leatherhead story over the past few issues we move into something much more important.
There is a fair bit of action in Tmnt #59 but that isn’t what I’m most impressed with this month. Rather it’s the dialogue – mainly Splinter’s – that has wowed me. Splinter is taking the role of Foot Clan Master extremely seriously as he attempts to instil some sort of honour back into an organisation so heavily corrupted by Oroku Saki. His work with certain members of the clan has gained him a high level of respect. I must admit I did wonder for a time if the level of power he had obtained was going to ruin him. »
- Chris Cooper
Throughout its seven seasons, the spy comedy “Archer” has remained as smart and sexy as anything on TV, thanks to creator Adam Reed, voice actor H. Jon Benjamin as suave yet incredibly lucky Sterling Archer (Bond meets Clouseau) and a graphic 2D animation style by Reed’s Atlanta-based studio, Floyd County Prods.
The result is the “Mad Men” of animation with a decidedly ’60s vibe. However, in the seventh season, Archer and the gang (a dysfunctional version of MI6) moved from New York to Hollywood after being banned by the CIA and opened a detective agency. Thus the series became more serialized with a framing device right out of “Sunset Boulevard,” and left us with a cliff-hanger worthy of “Game of Thrones.”
But with the shift in locale and profession came a host of animation challenges for Floyd County, »
- Bill Desowitz
The Resident Evil series is in an odd state. Whilst RE5 and RE6 attempted to head-shot it with their ridiculous focus on action the Revelations side series has acted like a green herb, bringing it back from the brink and giving me hope for the future.
I wasn’t expecting this though.
The first person perspective that the RE7 teaser uses immediately sparks comparisons to not only the aborted Silent Hills project P.T. but also 2013’s Outlast; two games I couldn’t finish. Not due to any skill deficiency on my part mind you, but due to the utterly horrific experience they provided. With no situational awareness, no Hud and no weapons my senses went into overdrive. I couldn’t deal with it and they didn’t last long.
Beginning Hour only lasted about 20 minutes or so first time. For that »
- Chris Cooper
Warning – the below contains spoilers for the plot of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Fans of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” may be nearly as excited as Laverne Cox that she stars in Fox’s upcoming remake as the iconic Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
Cox told IndieWire that in taking on the role, she was surprisingly affected by Frank-n-Furter’s sad fate: “So this man, you make him, and the first day out he cheats on you with this random chick! It’s catastrophic and devastating and maddening! Then, to be killed by your staff; it’s horribly tragic.”
Read More: ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’: First Look at Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-n-Furter in Fox’s TV Adaptation
There are connections to be made between the iconic character of Dr. Frank-n-Furter and Cox’s Emmy-nominated work on “Orange is the New Black.” Playing Sophia on “Orange” helped Cox become one of television’s most notable stars and break down boundaries for trans performers — but while the character has her own innate tragedy, the role originated on the screen by Tim Curry has a very different, sexual energy to it.
“Masculine, feminine, let me just accept all of these things about myself,” Cox said during our interview this January, just before she was set to begin rehearsals for “Rocky.” An edited transcript follows.
It seems like exciting things are happening for you.
It’s a good time. I’m about to start “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” I’m just excited and anxious to get going and get started with it. I’ve been preparing since I found out that I was cast. I’m just ready to do it with everybody.
Very apropo for “Rocky Horror Picture Show” — “doing it” with everybody.
[laughs] It’s “Rocky.”
Was this ever something you imagined happening?
I never thought it was possible. Years ago, I became obsessed with “Rocky” in college. I remember I did a cabaret and I sang “Going Home.” I was just obsessed! I transitioned and as a trans-woman and I never thought that I should sing a song about a transvestite. I loved it but I never thought it was an option to do. From my understanding, white men have played Dr. Frank-n-Furter for 40 years. So I never thought it was an option. So when they approached me I thought, “I want this. I want to do this.” I tested and they offered it.
It’s a really exciting choice for them.
I’m just really excited about the challenge. It’s completely different from anything I’ve done before. There’s so many elements. I’ve just been preparing a lot. I’ve learned a lot about the nuances of the music and the character. The fact that Richard O’Brien was inspired by an homage to old Hollywood and scream queens and this whole diva worship underlies how Frank-n-Furter has constructed her persona, her personality. That seemed to influence Tim Curry’s performance. It’s camp. I think it was Susan Sontag who said, “Camp is the light that tells the truth.” Camp as in invisible wink. Also looking for those truthful moments, where the veneer comes off and we see the truth of who this woman is.
It’s a really sad story, at the end of it.
There’s something very catastrophic about finding the technology to create human life and to create the perfect man. I think a lot of women would love to be able to do that — heterosexual women, that is. So this man, you make him, and the first day out he cheats on you with this random chick! It’s catastrophic and devastating and maddening! Then, to be killed by your staff; it’s horribly tragic.
Riff Raff talks to Frank-n-Furter about her excess, because there is something very extravagant and excessive about her. She freezes everyone and then creates a floor show. At the end of it, I feel like she’s longing for love and attention and acceptance. I think we all want that at the end of the day. We just want love and a space to be fully who you are. I often like to think about this place where she’s from: Transexual, Transylvania. There’s not that much about that place in the script but I often like to imagine that it’s a place where you can create yourself in terms of gender and race, where you can be in this completely free space. I suspect even in Transexual, Transylvania, there’s even some pushback. I think Riff Raff sort of epitomizes that: “You can choose your gender but you can only go so far.” Frank, she doesn’t want it to be that there are limits. She doesn’t want limits. That’s just a wonderful thing to play.
Compared to Sophia, [“Rocky’s”] completely different. So much of how Sophia’s been constructed, there’s a little bit of Laverne sass in her — but I think, for me, Sophia was always one of those people who before she transitioned tried to overcompensate and be masculine. So that sort of predates the way I think about her gender performance.
I think there’s a little performance in gender, this innate authenticity. That’s very different and she’s incarcerated and she doesn’t have any freedom. Frank-n-Furter is this person who is in complete control of everything around her and is probably a person who is abusive. She’s a murderer. She’s fun, but she does some reprehensible things. Sophia does too. Those are the similarities, but the singing and dancing and sexuality is different. I think Frank-n-Furter is sexualized in a way that Sophia never has been. That’s the way she’s been written and her relationship with [wife] Crystal; she’s just not a sexual being. Frank-n-Furter is all sex. That’s wonderful.
What’s always been such a profoundly beautiful and sad part of Sophia’s backstory is the fact that the reason for the credit card fraud [which landed her in prison] was to finance her transition. She lost her freedom for her transition — which is in complete contrast to Frank-n-Furter.
Absolutely. There have been so many moments where Sophia’s discovering her womanhood and able to be herself finally. She can just let go of everything. For me, I had a period — I was never good at being butch, but I had a period where I tried to. When I finally just transitioned and was able to let go of that, just sit the way that I felt like sitting… I’ll sit in some ways that people perceive as being masculine, but I’m in the stage about everything. Masculine, feminine, let me just accept all of these things about myself. Sophia is in this place where she doesn’t have to pretend, which is wonderful. Whether you’re trans or not, if you can get to that place where you don’t have to pretend, it’s a wonderful place to be in.
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- Liz Shannon Miller
For makeup designer Eryn Kruger Mekash, every day was like Halloween on “American Horror Story: Hotel,” with a gallery of ghouls ranging from Lady Gaga’s fashionista vampire, the Countess, to Alex Ward’s creepy Addiction Demon with his a drill bit dildo, to Denis O’Hare’s scene-stealing transgender bartender, Liz Taylor.
Plus, there was an assortment of victims— most of them junkies— either sewn together or to the mattress of a bed, requiring challenging prosthetics.
“We had a lot of blood gags this season— more sliced throats than we usually do,” Mekash said. “So getting all those rigged and keeping the challenges of actual production up was a lot of work. They shot two or three episodes a day with three units, which meant a lot of prosthetic organization.”
The 111-year-old Countess runs the mysterious Hotel Cortez in Hollywood, and Gaga had the opportunity to show off 65 glam looks throughout the 20th century. The actress’ personal makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, collaborated with Mekash on the designs, and Mekash’s husband, Mike, did all of the blood-related prosthetics.
“She was turned into a vampire in the late ’20s, so we established all of the looks with Rudolph Valentino and his wife, Natacha Rambova [the costume and set designer],” Mekash recalled. “We saw ’30s makeup and the ’70s, which was her big heyday with disco, and then there was a time in the ’80s with Angela Bassetts’ character [Ramona Royale]. Then we had the modern-day stuff, which was incredibly glamorous.”
Speaking of Bassett’s Royale, her look ran the gamut from Diana Ross in “Mahogany” to various Blaxploitation actresses.
But, of course, Gaga’s Countess wasn’t the only vampire. There was also the young brother and sister. “I wanted to keep the vampire children subtle with pink, shiny makeup with dark circles to make it seem like there was extra blood in their bodies,” added Mekash.
The biggest challenge was The Addiction Demon, which took four-and-a-half hours to apply each day with a team of three artists. Created by Dave Anderson of Afx, he was wrapped in layers of sheets and covered in transparent jelly.
“Initially, it was all foam with prosthetics underneath, and there were layers and layers of silicone and also silicone liquid that could be made into sheets,” Mekash explained. “There was a chest piece and arm pieces and a facial mask that was glued down. Alex was covered from tip to toe— it was almost total sensory deprivation.”
For Liz Taylor, O’Hare endured a total body shave and showed off gold, red, black and blue sets of nails throughout the season.
“His look was patterned after Taylor in ‘Cleopatra’ and the eye makeup was inspired by an old bartender that [creator] Ryan Murphy met a long time ago,” Mekash said. “It was the first time that Denis ever wore such makeup.”
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- Bill Desowitz
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- Eric Kohn
With the official opening of Emmy voting this week, acting Fyc campaigns and highlight reels for television’s favorite actors are flooding the internet. None, however, feature quite as many catfights and flying cocktails as Fox’s clip show for Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon on “Empire.”
In the video, Henson takes the opportunity to make the distinction between herself and her ferocious onscreen persona: “You might think I’m crazy, but I think acting is allowing these characters to use your body as a vessel. A lot of times, I can’t listen to Taraji, so she doesn’t cloud the life of this character.”
Describing the drama of “Empire,” she continues, “It’s reality based in soap opera, so sometimes the writing is so big and so outlandish… and it’s your job as the actor to make it work, to take this bigness and plant it back into reality.”
Henson won a Golden Globe earlier this year for her portrayal of the fierce Lyons family matriarch, and according to IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers, she has a good shot at a third Emmy nomination this year.
Check out the clip below, and head over to IndieWire’s 2016 Emmy Predictions to see the current list of expected nominees.
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- Kate Halliwell
Almost as soon as “The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story” was announced, you could hear the mutterings of people wondering why anyone would feel the need to rehash the oft-told saga from the Bronco car chase through to the controversial verdict.
“We picked up on that initial reaction of fatigue and skepticism because the subject matter was so pervasive,” says “O.J.” producer Nina Jacobson. “What more could be said that hadn’t been said? But there was so much more to say by giving people emotional access to these characters 20 years later.”
Historic dramas have always played well with audiences, but this season many of this year’s biggest TV movies and limited series, from HBO’s “Confirmation” and “All the Way” to FX’s “O.J.” and Hulu’s “11.22.63,” involve re-creations of fairly recent events.
While “O.J.” took a stale story and showed just »
- Susan Young
Chris Cooper reviews Tmnt: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything! #2…
Bebop and Rocksteady travel to the past and meet their former selves! What could go wrong? Plus: Dinosaurs!!
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I’ve got to mention the most important thing about this issue first (the cover is a bit of give away so I don’t consider this a spoiler). Issue #2 of Tmnt: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything! features the return of the most adorable Tmnt character that has ever existed. Pepperoni! It is genuinely heart-warming to see her reunited with Raphael, especially when it’s rendered by Sophie Campbell. The issue is worth buying for that and the cover alone.
If there aren’t toys to buy of these characters at some point I’ll have to riot.
So…anyway…giddy dinosaur love out of the way, #2 is a corker. Not only »
- Chris Cooper
Charlie Weber and Scott Adkins are amongst the latest Jarheads who are fighting for national security. The action stars fear that the gunshots being fired outside of their embassy may launch an international crisis in their new war film, ‘Jarhead 3: The Siege.’ In honor of the drama being released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital HD tomorrow by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Shockya has an exclusive clip from the sequel, which is titled ‘Are Those Gunshots.’ In addition to Weber and Adkins, the adventure movie features Dennis Haysbert, who also appeared in the franchise’s original 2005 installment with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard and Chris Cooper. The [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Chris Cooper reviews Tmnt: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything! #1…
After their defeat in Tmnt #50, the dull-witted Bebop and Rocksteady, everyone’s favorite warthog and rhino mutants, are feeling dejected and without purpose. However, when they stumble across a time-travel scepter, they realize that their craziest, most destructive adventure awaits! Will the universe survive?
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Nicely timed Idw. In the same week that Bebop and Rocksteady finally make they’re cinematic debut (they outshine Tokkar and Razar), the custodians of the Tmnt comics license begin a weekly schedule for Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything! It almost as though they had planned it all along…
We’ve had a villains one-shot with these guys before but I’m very curious how Idw will look at these guys when given more time. Will we get to see more beyond jokes, stupidity and brawn?
- Chris Cooper
For Australian actress Miranda Otto, her role as double agent Alison Carr on Season 5 of “Homeland” was the most delicious woman’s role on television. “I enjoyed playing someone who is a professional, intelligent, defined by her work and not her role as a wife or mother,” Otto said. “(She’s) independent and not an appendage to somebody else. Certain characters get to me and stay with me for a while. It’s hard to leave Alison behind.”
From the first few scenes, Otto knew that this was no ordinary woman. “In the audition, (showrunner) Alex (Gansa) told me I’d be playing a double agent having an affair with Saul,” she said. “That sounded really juicy. I was fascinated by the idea of what kind of psychology it would be to play both sides. This area of work is very secretive. Working for both sides, you’re completely alone except for the handler. »
- Anne Thompson
Sean Wilson asks his fellow Flickering Myth writers about the film experiences that shaped their childhoods…
I was more than a little startled when hit with the recent revelation that nineties family classic Free Willy this year passed its 22nd birthday. It’s not a lengthy period in the grand scheme of things but for me it encapsulates an entire aeon of time having passed, as it was one of the first movies I vividly remember watching at the cinema. I couldn’t have been older than 7, the theatre was the Paignton Picture House (one of the world’s oldest cinemas, currently undergoing a new lease of life following its tragic closure in 1999) and the movie was the sort of rollicking emotional rollercoaster that sears itself into young minds.
This seemingly unassuming piece of news nevertheless hit me like the proverbial wave, making me wistful and reflective on the nature of formative cinema experiences, »
- Sean Wilson
“Leatherhead” Part 3! A violent skirmish between different factions breaks out in the Technodrome! The Turtles will have to make a difficult decision if they are to save the Utroms race.
This isn’t going to be a long one. Essentially you can take all of the positives regarding artwork from last month and carry them over. Santolouco, Pattison, Wachter and Lee all deserve hefty praise for their consistently excellent work.
Story wise I can’t be quite so upbeat.
That’s because it turns out that this story wasn’t much of a murder mystery at all in the end. I had my guesses through the last two issues, once of which was cast aside as being way too obvious. I’m not very good at looking ahead generally so I expected something else to happen.
Well, I was right. It didn’t »
- Chris Cooper
Idw have taken their biggest licenses – Tmnt, Ghostbusters, G.I Joe, Transformers and The X-Files – and set out to tackle one of the biggest questions in comics.
What if all the Turtles had been brainwashed by Kitsune and become members of The Shredder’s Foot Clan?
Like DC and their ‘Elseworlds’ tales, these one-shots give Idw the chance to branch out of current continuity and show fans a different take on well-established stories. In the case of the Tmnt they’ve taken the huge ‘City Fall’ arc as their inspiration, and are answering those questions in a particularly brutal fashion.
The story is relatively dark and the inking reflects this. Having seen some pre-inked pages it would seem that the inking added a grittiness to the pages, a grittiness that »
- Chris Cooper
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
As an investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash, his increasingly confessional series of letters to a vending machine company catch the attention of a customer service rep with whom he forms an unlikely connection.
Following the critical success of Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, Vallée’s latest film Demolition is a darkly comic, and watchable examination of grief. The film follows emotionally stunted Davis Mitchell (Gyllenhaal) who after his wife dies in a car accident starts to literally dismantle his entire life in order to get in touch with his emotions and learn who he really is.
With a slew of brilliant performances over recent years (Nightcrawler was criminally ignored by the Academy), Gyllenhaal delivers another complex and multi-layered performance. Davis is a tough character to play. He’s not overly likeable, »
- Helen Murdoch
“Leatherhead” Part 2! Mysterious intruders bring death and destruction to the new inhabitants of the Technodrome! Does Leatherhead know more than he’s letting on? Who can the Turtles trust?
The murder mystery continues this month as the Tmnt begin to investigate who killed the recently released Utroms.
You won’t find many answers this month, though it would be pretty silly to expect everything to be tied up so quickly. I do wish Leatherhead would just spit everything out though. Hopefully his painfully slow explanation of his past won’t become a continually recurring plot point.
Back in the standalone Krang issue I was really impressed with how much character a brain with tentacles was given. Sophie Campbell then did a great job back in Turtles in Time #1.The creative team move all of that up a few notches here. The different little pink guys are clearly identifiable, »
- Chris Cooper
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