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Warning: The following contains spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of Revolution.
NBC’s Revolution resumed on Wednesday, and despite its earlier time slot there were still swords to be drawn, fists to be thrown, guns to be fired and blood to be shed.
In fact, one of the main characters died during one of the final scenes… only to spring back to life, with a gasp, long after passing.
Photos | Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop on Revolution and 44 Other Returning Faves
At the show’s premiere screening event at the United Nations in New York City, as part of »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The power did not stay on for long, it is apparent within a few seconds of "Revolution's" second-season premiere. But those few minutes of electricity at the end of last season have set up what could be a fundamentally different show.
Whether it's a fundamentally better show? That's an open question. But in shifting the focus from a quest to getting things back the way they were to living in the world as it is, there is a chance to open up "Revolution" to some interesting storytelling.
So we should probably start at the end, right? It's not every day that you see someone come back from the dead, as Aaron does in the final shot, presumably thanks to the nanites/magic fireflies that gathered around him earlier. After being slashed across the chest by a member of what Miles calls a "war clan,"* Aaron dies for a while. »
The Season 1 finale of "Revolution" brought the world's power back on. The opening moments of Season 2, however, reveal that the fix was far from permanent.
As creator Eric Kripke told fans at Comic-Con in July, the lights go back off rather quickly -- though not quickly enough to save Philadelphia and Atlanta, the two cities Flynn (Colm Feore) targeted with his nuclear missiles. The devastation in those two cities is discussed more than seen in the first two episodes, but based on what is said, it's every bit as bad as you might imagine.
So, on that cheerful note, here are some of the other things you can look forward to seeing when "Revolution" returns at 8 p.m. Et Wednesday (Sept. 25) with an episode titled "Born in the USA."
Time does not stand still: The show picks up several months after the power blinked on and back off. "Where were »
Revolution is getting a makeover, but things are only getting dirtier — in every sense of the word.
When the NBC drama returns for Season 2 on Wednesday at 8/7c, the characters will find themselves in dark (power’s out again, sorry), desperate (Rachel’s lost it, yikes) and grimy (hello, underworld) situations. But instead of trying to turn the lights back on, their mission shifts to battling a new, so-called patriotic enemy, executive producer Eric Kripke tells TVLine.
And there’s even more change ahead: With the Matheson clan splintered, Charlie takes off on her own — and gets a bit of a personality makeover! »
- Vlada Gelman
The Revolution cast is never quite short of dangerous mad men roaming the countryside trying to take power that doesn’t necessarily belong to them. The NBC series is so dedicated to its mad men that it revolved its entire first season around stopping one when it might have better spent its time fleshing out its characters in enjoyable ways. But Munroe has been knocked down and other crazy people are going to be popping up now and then to remind viewers nobody is as batshit crazy as Munroe; not by a long shot. Which is why it’s going to especially anti-climactic to have Matt Ross join the series.
As reported by TVLine, Ross, who’s known for his work on HBO’s Big Love, will be appearing in the first two episodes of Revolution’s second season as an educated, relentless warlord named Titus Andover. My first question »
- Brody Gibson
Does Jeff Daniels have an itchy Twitter finger?
HBO’s The Newsroom wrapped Season 2 on Sunday night with 1.7 million total viewers (or 1.9 mil, folding in a replay). That’s down 10 and 32 percent from the show’s freshman finale, as well as markedly below this season’s premiere numbers (2.2 mil/2.6 mil).
In the wake of Daniels’ unofficial renewal tweet, HBO told our sister site Deadline they are “continuing our conversations” with series creator Aaron Sorkin about the show’s future.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• We spotted a familiar face while checking out the new season of Revolution (premiering Sept. »
- Team TVLine
Stefan Jaworski (The Candidate) is writing the pilot script that will serve as a follow-up to the movie and the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis book which it was based on. The original film was set in the 1980s and followed the exploits of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), an affluent executive by day and a vicious serial killer by night. The TV series will be set in present day, following Patrick Bateman in his mid-50s and still on his gruesome killing spree. He takes on a young serial killer protege to carry on his legacy.
Allison Shearmur is executive producing alongside Stefan Jaworski and Edward R. Pressman for Lionsgate. No production schedule was given. It isn't clear if American Psycho director Mary Harron or author »
"Magic City" Season 2 premieres Friday, June 14 (9 p.m. Et on Starz), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan promises that the new year brings a story that's "darker, crazier and more vicious" than anything we saw last season (which featured blackmail, murder and voyeuristic sex acts on a weekly basis). Plus, Season 2 boasts Oscar nominee James Caan returning to his "Godfather" roots as a Chicago mobster whom Morgan simply describes as "a scary dude."
So what lengths will Ike Evans (Morgan) go to in order to rid his Miramar Playa Hotel of the mob and Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston)? And will his long-shot gamble tear the Evans family apart? Find out what Morgan told HuffPost TV to expect from "Magic City" Season 2 below.
- Laura Prudom
Lifetime's latest movie "Ring of Fire" told Johnny and June Carter Cash's love story, but from June's perspective.
"I didn't write it for you. I wrote it about you. And hearing you sing it makes me proud," June replies.
The Washington Post says the biggest issue with "Ring of Fire" is that it followed the 2005 Johnny and June biopic, "Walk The Line." Emily Yahr wrote: "2005 wasn't that long ago. It's fresh enough in people's minds that anyone portraying Cash's famous second wife (as singer-songwriter Jewel does here) is going to be compared with Reese Witherspoon, »
- Jaimie Etkin
"People know me as a musician," Jewel tells Zap2it during a break from touring. "I was really worried I had to lose myself in the role, and I had to be able to transform."
Jewel plays the singer from ages 22 to 72, portraying her as a young woman whose first time solo onstage could have been her last. June Carter's pick for her autoharp went flying, and some in the audience started to snicker. But she made a joke and won over the audience with an easy sassiness.
Two years later, he greeted her as he did everyone: "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash. »
From director Allison Anders, the Lifetime original movie Ring of Fire (premiering on May 27th), recounts the meteoric rise to fame for June Carter (in what is a truly remarkable and impressive performance by Jewel), first as part of The Carter Family – the First Family of country music – and then as a star in her own right. Along with taking a personal look at her first two marriages and her life with her children, the film also showcases her infamous courtship with Johnny Cash (in an equally impressive performance by Matt Ross), and illustrates how his drug addiction affected their lives. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Matt Ross (American Horror Story, Big Love) talked about how he came to be a part of this film, his desire to work with Allison Anders, how playing someone as iconic as Johnny Cash scared him, all of the research that he did, »
- Christina Radish
For those who didn’t find “Walk the Line” a sufficient exploration of the Johnny Cash-June Carter made-in-country-heaven romance, Lifetime putties in the gaps with “Ring of Fire,” a handsome-looking TV movie that hits the relationship’s high notes without really carrying a tune. Jewel stars (and does her own singing, admirably) as June, but the source material — a biography written by the country star’s son, John Carter Cash — constrains the movie’s focus largely to mom telling drug-abusing dad, “I won’t watch you die.” Nevertheless, sibling History scored with “Hatfields & McCoys” over Memorial Day 2012, and “Fire” should ignite its own lesser spark.
Directed by Allison Anders and adapted by Richard Friedenberg, “Ring of Fire” opens with June’s childhood stardom as part of a singing family led by her uncle (X’s John Doe) and mom (Frances Conroy). She’s already moved on to a »
- Brian Lowry
The enduring and oft-tortured romance and marriage of Johnny Cash and the Carter Family’s June Carter Cash continues to provide compelling cinematic subject matter. The latest incarnation of the country music saga reaches the small screen May 27, when Lifetime airs director Allison Anders’ new take on the story, “Ring of Fire.” The pic had its premiere screening Tuesday night as part of the Grammy Museum’s “Reel to Reel” film series.
The telepic covers some of the same ground as James Mangold’s 2005 biopic “Walk the Line.” Matt Ross (“American Horror Story”) essays Johnny Cash this time around, but – it being a Lifetime production – the film focuses on June Carter Cash and her long-running struggle to keep her pill-addicted partner straight. Taking her first major screen role since Ang Lee’s 1999 feature “Ride With the Devil,” pop/country singer Jewel portrays Carter Cash from the ages of 22 to 72.
- Christopher Morris
Singer Jewel will be starring as June Carter Cash in Lifetime's television movie, Ring of Fire. Directed by the great Allison Anders (director of Gas, Food Lodging), the press materials describe the film as following Carter Cash's life. Based on John Carter Cash's narrative of his mother's life, Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash, Ring of Fire delivers a heartfelt telling of the famous singer's life, from her early beginnings in the rural mountains of Virginia to her turbulent, yet enduring, marriage to Johnny Cash (Matt Ross, American Horror Story, Big Love). Check out Jewel as June Carter Cash in the clip below. The movie will premiere on May 27 at 8:00pm.
- Kerensa Cadenas
Here’s a glimpse of the upcoming Lifetime biopic Ring Of Fire about the life of June Carter Cash. Jewel stars as the country icon and Matt Ross (American Horror Story) is set to play music legend Johnny Cash, Carter Cash’s husband. It’s set to premiere on Monday, May 27 at 8 Pm. Click here to view the embedded video. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Chicago – It’s taken quite a few movies for me to warm up to Chris Messina. Perhaps it wasn’t his fault that he kept getting typecast as oafish, self-absorbed jerks. In my review of Dana Adam Shapiro’s flawed Oscilloscope release, “Monogamy,” I confessed that every time Messina’s face showed up onscreen, I was “suddenly filled with the intense desire to punch it.”
It’s only been in the last year or so that I began to appreciate Messina’s fearlessness as a performer. He isn’t afraid to explore the dark terrain avoided by fellow actors more concerned with likability than truth. The same could be said of Zoe Kazan, whose debut feature script for the marvelous romance, “Ruby Sparks,” gave Messina his best role to date as a typically suave ladykiller blindsided by the all-too-perfect woman who entered the life of his hopelessly neurotic brother.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
2012 was definitely Chris Messina’s year. From guest and starring roles on TV shows like Newsroom, Damages, and The Mindy Project to roles in films like Argo, Ruby Sparks, and Celeste & Jesse Forever, Messina has fully invaded the pop culture consciousness. And in 28 Hotel Rooms he finally gets his own lead role.
Also starring Marin Ireland (from guest roles on Homeland and Boss), 28 Hotel Rooms follows the affair between these two characters as it progresses through 28 different hotel rooms. He plays a writer who goes through a series of girlfriends. She plays an accountant who has recently gotten married. After meeting up in a hotel bar, the two begin a romance that starts as passionate sex and grows into a much stronger connection. (And in the entire film we never learn their names!) From writer/director Matt Ross (normally seen acting: Big Love, American Horror Story: Murder House), this deeply »
- John Keith
An extremely earnest cover letter written by a young man from South Korea went viral Monday, after a picture of the cheerful, nearly incomprehensible document was posted on social news site Reddit.
Titled "We were all willing to cut our hours just to hire this guy," the post received close to 40,000 up votes in just 15 hours.
The letter includes a color photograph of the applicant and, though filled with grammar errors, manages to convey his cheerful, hardworking attitude.
While admitting he is "not a good English user," the young man claims that everyone in Korea would tell him, "Ace, you are best!'
He continues thus:
I have brave fight to wold bear.
I have strong arm to wild bear.
I am so fast more than train.
The applicant ends by saying he is willing to work for free -- although he adds that he prefers not to -- and »
- The Huffington Post
Directed by Mary Harron
Upon release in 1991 and in the intervening years, many words have been spoken of Bret Easton Ellis’ bestselling novel American Psycho; gruesome, disgusting, misogynistic, ultimately un-filmable. Mainly because of its stream of consciousness narrative, hideous sexual violence and highly sexist sinister underscore, Ellis’ offbeat psychological character study of a madman was material apparently inaccessible to the machinations of filmmaking. Much like, it should be noted, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. As was touched upon by Ellen Barkin in a retrospectively amusing twitter war regarding Ellis’s comments on Kathryn Bigelow, an argument could be made that Mary Harron’s 2000 adaptation represented a suitable improvement on his best known work. What initially seemed impossible to bring to the screen, »
- Scott Patterson
Birthday shoutouts go to Matt Ross, who is 43, and Victoria Principal is 63.Adam Levine will host Saturday Night Live on January 26th. In a gimmick reeking of desperation, viewers will be able to decide the outcome of the January 14th episode of Hawaii Five-0. Fans will be able to vote online or with twitter for one of three culprits. "'I’ve always felt the most fun aspect of watching a mystery is trying to figure out whodunit,” said Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov. 'Now the Hawaii Five-0 viewers will actually get the chance to tell us who they think committed the crime and we will listen.'" I think he's a little confused how a "whodunit" works.Ryan Murphy teases a few American Horror Story Season Three tidbits.France: First Baby Born in 2013 Has Two Mommies. Chris Hemsworth may »
20 items from 2013
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