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The longrunning series, which began as a 1992 film starring Kristy Swanson, is being re-imagined for a movie adaptation, with a new actress playing the cheerleader-turned-vampire hunter portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar on TV.
But Brendon, who played Xander Harris on the show, is worried the film will not find the same fanbase as the TV phenomenon gained.
He tells E! News, "I think it's a mistake. They have to reach a whole completely new fanbase, and we already have that fanbase. So it's going to really be hard to do that. But you know everyone - they remade The Flintstones. Twice, I think."
Brendon's former co-stars Alyson Hannigan, Michelle Trachtenberg and Anthony Head have all previously publicly condemned the planned remake, while creator Joss Whedon has also spoken out against the new movie. »
As we reported last month, the third season of Merlin is kicking off on Syfy on Friday, January 7, 2011. There are 13 episodes in this season and Merlin has already been renewed for a fourth season of 10 episodes by the BBC. The BBC is supposedly already talking about possible specials and/or a fifth season.
Here in the states, Syfy will likely wait to see how season three performs before purchasing the rights to any more.
Here's the press release from Syfy...
The Magic Of Camelot Returns With Season Three Premiere Of Merlin Friday, January 7, At 10Pm On Syfy
New York – December 8, 2010 – The magic is back! The popular series Merlin, starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James and Anthony Head, returns for a third season on Syfy beginning Friday, January 7, at 10Pm »
Anthony Head has revealed that he loves playing Uther on Merlin. The actor told What's On TV that he likes the fact that Uther is so complex. "He has so many levels, and that makes him fascinating," he said. "We established early on that he wasn't just a two-dimensional baddie, and now his past transgressions have manifested themselves, which is great fun to play." He joked: "I also get to wear the cloak and sword, which reminds me of dressing up as a knight when I was a child." Head added that he likes being a cult (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Those of us already addicted to The Vampire Diaries on The CW know that the show has yet to introduce the gay character that co-creator Kevin Williamson promised would be added this season. Which is a good thing for those of you not yet watching Tvd, as it gives you a chance to get caught up now so you'll be up to speed when the gay character finally does arrive in Mystic Falls.
I mean, what's worse than being the only gay on the block not up to date? Plus, this week's episode has a masquerade ball and us gays love nothing more than a good costume party!
So in preparation for that event, and in the spirit of Halloween, here is our Gay/Bi guide to The Vampire Diaries. Please note, to make things easier, I'll be referencing two of the gayest horror shows to have ever aired — Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- Michael Jensen
While Merlin has had a bit of a rocky journey here in the states, it continues to be a success overseas. The fantasy series has just been renewed for a fourth season by the BBC.
Merlin presents a different look at the younger days of the legendary fictional sorcerer. The series stars Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, and John Hurt (as the voice of the dragon).
The fantasy show ran on NBC during the summer of 2009 but was cancelled due to low ratings. Happily for fans, season two surfaced this summer on Syfy, the niche cable channel that's also owned by NBC-Universal. It performed well enough on Syfy to be renewed for a third season back in August. Season three has begun airing overseas and is expected to begin airing on Syfy in early 2011. »
There was "Angel," but there was supposed to be "Ripper." Following the cult success of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, creator Joss Whedon announced plans that he would continue the spinoff nature of the show by developing a show around Anthony Stewart Head, the British actor who played Giles in the Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring series. The show never happened, but Head -- who now stars in the BBC series "Merlin" -- said it wasn't from a lack of trying. "There was one story," Head told SFX magazine. "Joss fed it to me when we were filming the last episode of 'Buffy.' He told me this idea, and it was just beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. And I said, 'Yeah, I'd go with that.'" But after a flurry of initial discussion, the whole »
Merlin star Anthony Head has admitted that he does not think of his character Uther as a villain. The actor told SFX that the ruthless king was "just old school". "He's an old school father and an old school king," he claimed. "His past indiscretions and misdemeanours are fairly well up here with the best of despots, but he is living in the Dark Ages, and there are other people... who are ready to usurp his kingdom at the drop of a hat." Head also confessed that he could relate (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Chicago – There are few things more queasy than a feel good comedy that fails to make you feel good. Every film strives to master the art of manipulation, with wildly varying degrees of success. When a film makes consistent failed attempts to manipulate the emotions of its audience, it may result in viewers feeling increasingly nauseous until they’re about ready to hurl.
The 2007 British comedy “Sparkle” certainly seems to have a lot going for it, including a strong cast under the direction of acclaimed filmmaking team Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter, perhaps best known for their 2001 effort, “Lawless Heart.” But “Sparkle” is missing many key ingredients that would’ve provided its secret to success, the most glaring of which is a likable lead character.
DVD Rating: 2.0/5.0
Enter our protagonist, Sam Sparkes, whose name sounds like that of a failed magician. He’s played by Shaun Evans, a perfectly capable »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.
For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go. »
Like Smallville, Merlin presents a new look at the younger days of a legendary fictional character. The series stars Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head, Richard Wilson, and John Hurt.
As you may recall, NBC ran the first season of the BBC program last summer. The ratings weren't very good so they cancelled Merlin. Fortunately, the program moved to another NBC-Universal company for season two.
Season two of the fantasy series ran on Syfy from April until early July and attracted an average of 1.7 million viewers. That's good enough for the cable channel to want to renew the show for season three.
Of the news, Merlin creator/executive producer Johnny »
Merlin has magically made its way across the pond and appeared out of thin air in San Diego for its Comic-Con debut. The series is getting ready to debut its third season of the show, which airs on the Syfy network here in the states, and series stars Anthony Head and Colin Morgan along with co-creators and executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy spoke with us about the highly-anticipated third season of this international hit. Click on the video interviews below to learn more about this magical series.
Merlin will debut its third season this fall. »
It's been a long week waiting for Part 2 of 'The Long Way Home' in motion comic form, and I must say, the excitement has waned slightly upon seeing the second episode. I'd love to say that the episode lived up to my expectations, but unfortunately a few negative aspects I highlighted in my last review are weighing heavily upon the series. But hey, lets start with the positives, shall we?
The episode itself focuses upon the training of the Slayers activated in the events of the Season 7 finale, 'Chosen'. We see their struggle to co-operate with one another, and learn how much of an uphill struggle their activation actually presents with regards to making any progress in the battle with evil. Dawn's growth is also dealt with, with Xander suggesting that perhaps her struggles with herself and her new family of Slayers are manifesting in the form of her new gigantic stature. »
- Danny Frankland
Comic-Con 2010 closes on Sunday, July 25 with Kids' Day and will feature better than two dozen panels and events for the young'uns.
Don't worry, though -- the final day of festivities also includes quite a few things for big kids. Hall H is dark, but in other parts of the San Diego Convention Center you'll be able to take in panels for "Smallville," "Supernatural," "Glee" -- which is making its Comic-Con debut -- and "Castle" and a convention-closing presentation of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" musical episode.
Some of the highlights from Sunday are below. You can also see the Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedules.
10 a.m. Nickelodeon presents "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Fairly OddParents," "Fanboy and Chum Chum" and "The Troop" screenings. (Room 6De)10 a.m. Jack Kirby tribute w/Mark Evanier, Marv Wolfman and Kurt Busiek (Room 4)10 a.m. "Smallville" screening w/Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman and Justin Hartley »
The Sunday schedule for the 2010 Comic-Con at San Diego has now been released. As was the case with the prior three days breakdown reports, I'm focusing on film/TV/DVD related events, screenings and panels only.
Read the Thursday, July 22, 2010 schedule.
Read the Friday, July 23, 2010 schedule.
Read the Saturday, July 24, 2010 schedule.
10:00-11:00 Smallville Screening and Q&A— Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns for its last visit to Comic-Con in advance of the show's 10th and final season, as showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson join star/executive producer Tom Welling and series stars Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, and Justin Hartley to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions, and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips from the final season. From Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink in association with Warner Bros. Television, Smallville airs Fridays at 8pm Et/Pt on The CW. Ballroom 20
10:30-11:30 ABC's »
- Patrick Sauriol
Although Sundays are known as "Kids' Day" at the San Diego Comic-Con, there's still enough horror oriented content being offered on the final day of the 2010 show to keep fans sticking around "America's Finest City" for at least one more go-around our massive Convention Center.
Sunday – July 25
10:00-11:00 Emily The Strange — Get your last day of Comic-Con off to a strange start with Dark Horse's Emily the Strange panel! Meet Emily's creator Rob Reger and Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore, and come prepared to quench your curiosity about all things Emily. Exciting announcements, wacky wordplay, and tasty news bits are all on the menu for this early bird panel! Room 3
10:00-11:00 Spotlight on Rick Riordan — Comic-Con special guest Rick Riordan discusses his blockbuster book series Percy Jackson & the Olympians as well as his recently released The Kane Chronicles series and the upcoming all-new The Heroes of Olympus series. »
- Uncle Creepy
Comic-Con has released the full schedule for Sunday, the last day of Comic-Con 2010. You can to view the entire schedule but we have all the movie and TV events listed below. Check them out!
Sunday, July 25
10:00-11:00 Smallville Screening and Q&A
Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns for its last visit to Comic-Con in advance of the show's 10th and final season, as showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson join star/executive producer Tom Welling and series stars Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, and Justin Hartley to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions, and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips from the final season. From Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink in association with Warner Bros. Television, Smallville airs Fridays at 8pm Et/Pt on The CW. Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 7. Ballroom 20
10:00-11:00 Sideshow »
In terms of movie-related programming, the San Diego Comic-Con ends on Saturday. The schedule for Sunday, July 25th is now online and it’s “Kids’ Day”. That means there are a lot of Nickelodeon and Disney Channel panels as well as craft panels and screenings that are perfect for parents.
For geeks though, Sunday is all about picking up that last-minute collectible, walking the floor, or seeing some TV panels. Hall H isn’t even open on Sunday, so instead all eyes turn to the second biggest room, Ballroom 20, where the biggest panel of the day by far is the one for Glee. But that’s not all. Smallville, Supernatural and Castle all will have presentations on Sunday too. And panels featuring Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are pretty much guaranteed to slap Kids’ Day in the face.
You can check out the schedules for Thursday, »
- Germain Lussier
Two of the stars of Merlin will appear at this year's Comic-Con event in San Diego. Colin Morgan and Anthony Head will both join the Merlin panel alongside the show's executive producers and co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy. The panel, due to be held on the Sunday, is expected to include a preview of season three, behind the scenes footage, and a question and answer session with fans. It will be the first time Merlin has been represented at the event. "Coming (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
This article may contain spoilers. The second season finale brought a showdown between the last dragon and the last dragonlord. Because the Dragon Kilgharrah (John Hurt) was the last of his kind and so filled with rage and vengeance, all he wanted was to inflict the same pain he felt for so many years held captive in Camelot. But Kilgharrah.s anger knew no bounds as he indiscriminately killed everyone within his path. He wanted not only his vile jailor Uther (Anthony Head) to feel his wrath, but also entire kingdom of Camelot who supported their abusive king. Finally in desperation, Uther heeded Gaius. (Richard Wilson) advice and allowed Arthur (Bradley James) to seek out the last dragonlord Balinor (John Lynch). However, unbeknownst to him, Balinor was also Merlin.s (Colin Morgan) »
This article may contain spoilers. The sorceress Morgause (Emilia Fox) returned with the Knights of Medhir to wreak havoc across the land and destroy Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head), even if it brought down Camelot in the process. But in order to do so, Morgause needed her sister Morgana.s (Katie McGrath) consent. She would not topple the House of Uther unless it was with Morgana.s blessing. Fresh on the heels of her wrath over the treatment of Alvarr (Joseph Mawle), Morgana was only too happy to give her blessing. However, she did not foresee the dire consequences. It was not only Uther who suffered, but also the whole kingdom of Camelot. Would Morgause have been content with only slaying Uther, or would she have slaughtered Arthur (Bradley James), Merlin (Colin Morgan), Gaius (Richard »
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