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It’s been a year since I said goodbye to the members of Southland’s incredibly attractive, incredibly damaged Lapd, and I still can’t let them go. You can blame it on the fact that we left John Cooper lying on the ground bleeding, or you can blame it on the fact that the finale was one of the show’s greatest episodes to date, but honestly, I think it’s simpler than all that. I blame it on the fact that I still can’t wrap my head around the idea that some people think a show that »
- Samantha Highfill
One year ago today, viewers watched their final hour of TNT’s Southland. After five seasons of barely surviving (and once getting canceled by NBC), arguably one of the greatest cop shows of all time went out with a literal bang when fan favorite John Cooper was shot. It was the perfect cliffhanger to end the season, but not one that fans wanted to end the series. And the feeling was mutual among Southland’s cast and crew.
- Samantha Highfill
Steven Bernstein's drama Decoding Annie Parker recently made its debut at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and now the film's first trailer and clip are available online. The film stars Samantha Morton as the title character, a woman stricken with breast cancer who works with oncologist Dr. Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) in order to explore the theory of a genetic inheritance of cancer. While the trailer gives a good suggestion of the surprisingly light-hearted tone of this true-to-life cancer-themed picture, the first clip (courtesy of Aaron Paul) is just downright strange out of context from the rest of the film, but enjoyable nonetheless. Decoding Annie Parker also stars Rashida Jones, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Corey Stoll, and Ben McKenzie, and opens in limited release on May 2nd. Take a look at our interviews with Paul and Grace about the picture here. Hit the jump to watch the Decoding Annie Parker »
- Dave Trumbore
The first trailer for Steven Bernstein’s Decoding Annie Parker gave us a lot to think about, from one woman’s journey to discover the genetic components of breast cancer to what Aaron Paul looks like with long hair. And now we have the exclusive reveal of the film’s first poster.
Decoding Annie Parker, which is loosely based on a true story, follows Annie Parker (played by Samantha Morton) as she finds out that she has breast cancer. But after a family history of the same diagnosis, Parker turns to a team of researchers, led by Helen Hunt, to »
- Samantha Highfill
Loosely based on a true story, the film follows Annie Parker, played by Samantha Morton, as she discovers that, much like her mother and her sister, she also has breast cancer. Helen Hunt, who plays a researcher, then teams up with Annie and a group of scientists to try and find a genetic link to the disease.
Putting aside the medical stuff, Aaron Paul also plays a Canadian pool man — so there’s that. And let’s not forget the film »
- Samantha Highfill
A serious subject deserves serious treatment, and you'd think that "Decoding Annie Parker"—based on the true story of Mary Claire King, a geneticist who discovered a gene linked to breast cancer—would perhaps play things with a bit of gravitas. Instead, the music alone in this trailer seems like it belongs in an ad for frozen yogurt. Starring Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul (in a series of ever-changing haircuts), Corey Stoll, Alice Eve, Ben McKenzie, Rashida Jones, Maggie Grace... The cast is pretty solid, so good on co-writer and director Steven Bernstein for that. But the trailer showcases a movie that where cancer is just another opportunity for some quick one liners, with inspirational people doing inspirational things, and a soundtrack that lets you know that in the end, everything will be okay. In short, it looks pretty safe, but maybe the film itself will have a bit more edge to it. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Not long after being cast as young James Gordon in the upcoming Fox series Gotham, Ben McKenzie posted the above photo on his Twitter as a portion of his “homework” for the role. There is obviously a large trove of material from which to draw upon when crafting a Batman prequel series, so McKenzie and the other actors and writers involved have their work cut out for them if they want to make Gotham a memorable and lasting show.
While a lengthy synopsis was released a few weeks ago, there are still multiple directions the show could take. The first season will establish that direction, and for many comic fans it’s important that the traditional Batman mythology be recognized early and often.
Granted, the show will only last if it forges a new and original path – adhering too closely to the comics will only bookend the later seasons, trap »
- Matt Hannigan
Indie films don’t often tackle issues that are big on a geographic scale — big drama sure, but big events are usually outside their budgetary range. An impending apocalypse is a good example of the type of topic beyond an indie’s reach, but there are exceptions including 2012′s It’s a Disaster which successfully married lots of laughs, some relationship drama and the possible end of the world. (Or at least the end of Los Angeles.) Goodbye World seems to start off on the same strong footing, but it becomes clear pretty quickly that director/co-writer Denis Hennelly isn’t entirely sure what kind of film he’s trying to make. There’s comedy, relationship drama and an impending apocalypse, but there’s also very little of value to hold it all together. There is plenty of bickering though. James (Adrian Grenier) and Lily (Kerry Bishé) are hosting some friends for the weekend at their rural »
- Rob Hunter
What piqued my interest in Fox’s Gotham, a prequel series telling the origin story of Commissioner Gordon, was it’s promise to shed a little light on some of Batman’s most famous villains and the past lives they lived before taking on their alter egos. Villains like The Joker, The Penguin and The Riddler were among the first to be announced as members of the cast. They may not all be major players, but their stories will be told. Today we have an actor taking on one of my absolute favorite Batman villains, only one peg below The Joker: The Riddler
Whether or not you’re as big a fan of The Riddler as I am, you have to acknowledge his love of puzzles makes him much more interesting a bad guy to go up against. Every villain has a special set of skills and the actors playing »
- Brody Gibson
According to Deadline.com, Smith will play a guest role in the series' pilot, as the forensic scientist Edward Nygma, who later on becomes the super villain.
- Rahul Kapoor
Fox has added another iconic villain from The Dark Knight's Rogues Gallery to the cast of its currently-in-production Batman prequel series Gotham, with Entertainment Weekly revealing that Cory Michael Smith (Camp X-Ray, Olive Kitteridge) has joined the cast as Edward Nygma, a.k.a. The Riddler.
According to the report, Smith has signed for a guest role in the pilot with an option to expand to a series regular, and the character will be depicted as "a brilliant young forensic scientist working for Gotham Pd and a penchant for speaking in … rather cryptic language. Inquisitive, eccentric and outgoing — yet socially awkward — he wants to be liked, but he doesn’t quite know how."
Gotham has been created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and sees Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) leading the cast as Detective Jim Gordon alongside Detective Jim Gordon, Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot, »
- Gary Collinson
Ever since Warner Bros announced that it's working on a "Gotham" TV series, which will tell the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), we knew that many of the popular Batman villains would be involved. We've already heard that 14-year-old actress Camren Bicondova will play Catwoman and Robin Lord Taylor will play The Penguin. And now comes word that Cory Michael Smith (Camp X-Ray) has joined the cast as Edward Nygma (aka The Riddler). Plot: "Gotham" follows James Gordon through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and his first major case, which is the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. The TV series will also chronicle the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time, Batman. »
Cory Michael Smith has been cast in the role of Edward Nygma in the new Batman-inspired series Gotham. Nygma eventually becomes the Riddler. The drama will explore the origin story of Gotham police commissioner James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie.
Nygma is a brilliant yet socially awkward forensic scientist who’s eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked. As of right now, this is only a guest spot in the pilot episode that is currently being shot. It could – and should – turn into a regular role, though. It's the freakin' Riddler!
Via: Variety »
- Joey Paur
Riddle me this: Who’s the young Broadway veteran that just got cast as the nascent version of one of Batman’s greatest bad guys, the one dressed in green and has a penchant for popping crime-related quizzes? If you said Cory Michael Smith, you’d be correct. Smith, who’s known more for his New York stage work than any particular film or TV credit, has been cast in Fox’s straight-to-series comic book based-procedural Gotham as Edward Nygma, the man who becomes The Riddler.
Smith’s future-Riddler becomes the latest Batman character to join the cast list for Fox’s series, which is designed to be a prequel of sorts that chronicles the arrival of a young Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie) to Gotham City and follows his early days on the police force there as a rookie detective. Robin Taylor and Camren Bicondova were previously announced to be »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Comic book fans can debate the promise or pitfalls of adaptations like Fox’s upcoming Gotham, set to tell the story of Batman’s beloved city before he (and his villains) grew into their most iconic personas, but nothing gets discussion spinning out of control like legendary characters being cast with real actors. With James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and even a young Bruce Wayne already taken care of, the showrunners have now cast their own take on Edward Nygma – also known as The Riddler.
- Andrew Dyce
The Batman prequel series will feature Edward Nygma as a brilliant young forensic scientist working for the Gotham Pd, and he is known for speaking in a 'rather cryptic language'. The future Riddler is inquisitive, eccentric and outgoing yet socially awkward. He wants to be liked, but doesn't quite know how working alongside Gotham detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie ) and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue).
Cory Michael Smith is set to make his debut appearance in the first episode of Gotham, with an option to return as a recurring character as the series continues. He is best known for his role in Camp X-Ray, and was last seen in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.
The actor joins a supporting cast that also includes Jada Pinkett Smith as gangster Fish Mooney, »
Fox's "Gotham" has added a new member of the Rogues' Gallery to its cast: Meet the man playing the future Riddler.
His name is Cory Michael Smith, and he'll play Edward Nygma in the show, which has a series commitment for 2014-15. Smith has signed on as a guest star but could have a recurring or regular role as the series goes on. When viewers meet him, Edward is a forensic scientist with the Gotham Pd. He's very smart but socially maladroit and already has a penchant for speaking in brain-teasers.
Just what turns him into the criminal Batman fans know will presumably be explored in "Gotham's" future.
The part will be Smith's first weekly series role. He appeared in the Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 2013 and co-starred in the feature film "Camp X-Ray," which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He'll also be seen in HBO's »
The upcoming Fox series Gotham, which centers on James Gordon's early years as a detective, is getting awfully crowded. The show includes sensible supporting characters like Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), who functions as a mentor figure, as well as new villains like Fish Mooney, who will be played by Jada Pinkett Smith. But even though Batman won't be the central figure, this show seems like it will be an origin story for almost everyone in his universe. There will be a pre-teen Bruce Wayne (Daviz Mazouz) as well as a pre-teen Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and as for the adults, there's Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Taylor Lord), Alfred (Sean Pertwee), and now the Riddler is in the mix. According to The Wrap, Cory Michael Smith has signed on to play the young Riddler, Edward Nygma. He's described as a brilliant young forensic scientist, and "inquisitive, eccentric, and outgoing but socially awkward. »
- Matt Goldberg
Riddle me this: Why is a raven like a writing desk? While you're thinking on that one, riddle me this: Who will play Edward Nygma in Fox's "Gotham" pilot? While The Hatter's riddle has no one answer, the answer to the second one is at your finger-tips if you just follow something that's black and white and read all over, namely this blog. Wbtv and Fox announced today that Cory Michael Smith has been cast as the Future Riddler in the straight-to-series Commissioner Gordon prequel "Gotham." Edward Nygma is introduced in the Bruno Heller-scripted "Gotham" pilot as a forensics expert who helps Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) in a murder investigation. He prefers speaking in riddles to giving straight-forward answers, which annoys the two detectives, but they'll probably be much more annoyed when The Riddler begins his reign of terror. Putting together its future Rogue's Gallery of DC Comics villains, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Fox’s “Gotham” has found another villain.
Cory Michael Smith will play Edward Nygma (also known as the man who would become the Riddler) in the drama that explores the origin story of eventual Gotham police commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie).
The cast also includes Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, a sadistic gangster with street smarts and a short temper, and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (better known as the Penguin), among others.
The Warner Brothers TV project, which has a series commitment from the network and is filming in — naturally — Gotham, is exec produced by writer Bruno Heller and director Danny Cannon and is based on the DC Entertainment characters.
- Whitney Friedlander
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