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Last month, it was revealed that Lucy Lawless is joining the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its second season, and now the official Marvel site has given us our first look at the Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica star as Agent Isabelle Hartley. Take a look…
Be sure to check out the first look image of Brian Patrick Wade as Crusher Creel, a.k.a. The Absorbing Man.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to television on September 23rd with Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward) returning to the cast alongside guest stars Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), J. August Richards (Deathlok) and B.J. Britt (Antoine Triplett) and new additions Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Daniel Whitehall a.k.a. Kraken, Nick Blood (Trollied) as Lance Hunter, »
- Gary Collinson
The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Saturday, Aug. 23:
11:10 a.m. “Nashville’s” Rayna James is “a woman that we need to see in country music,” says honoree Callie Khouri at the Women Making History Event, presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine, at the Skirball Center. (She also teases that the “Nashville” premiere is going to feature two live performances in the show.) She thinks it’s incredible to see more women directing TV and as showrunners. “Nashville” boasts a largely female writing staff and women in main storylines.
11:36 a.m. Sophia Bush, also being honored, stops to blush when her mom stands behind the press snapping photos »
- Cynthia Littleton, Laura Prudom and Shalini Dore
Earlier this week it was announced that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added a superhero to its roster for the upcoming second season, with Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) set to play Mockingbird, and now Marvel has revealed that a new villain will also be joining the ABC show, with Brian Patrick Wade (Teen Wolf) set to play Crusher Creel, a.k.a. The Absorbing Man. Here’s our first look at the character…
Via the official Marvel site: “With his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches, Creel will put Coulson and his team through their paces when their second season kicks off…but you’ll have to wait until then to see how their battle turns out!”
- Gary Collinson
THR is reporting that Friday Night Lights actress Adrianne Palicki has joined the second season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as fan-favorite character, Avenger, and future wife of Hawkeye, Mockingbird.
Mockingbird is the alter-ego of super spy Bobbi Morse, who will first appear in the fifth episode of the upcoming season, debuting “perhaps not as an ally to Coulson and his team.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. marks Palicki’s third superhero television series. She infamously played Wonder Woman in the failed NBC pilot from David E. Kelley in 2011, and played the character Nadia in The WB’s Aquaman pilot in 2006.
Palicki is just the latest addition to the series, which has been picking up quite a few guest stars over the past few weeks including Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica alum Lucy Lawless as S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Hydra baddie Daniel Whitehall a. »
- James Garcia
Coming hot on the heels of the news that Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) has signed on to appear as Skye’s father in season two of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., TV Line has revealed that Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue) has also secured a recurring role as Agent Alphonso “Mac” Mackenzie, a mechanic in his early 30s.
Simmons in the latest in a line of newcomers to the cast of the show for its second season, with other additions including Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Daniel Whitehall, Nick Blood (Trollied) as Lance Hunter and Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) as Bakshi.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two will get underway on September 23rd, with Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), J. August Richards »
- Gary Collinson
Agent Dale Cooper has joined Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., with TV Line revealing that Kyle MacLachlan has signed on to the cast of the ABC show for its second season. Of course he be reprising the role of Twin Peaks’ FBI Special Agent, but instead will play the mysterious father of team member Skye (Chloe Bennet) in what TV Line is describing as a recurring role.
MacLachlan – whose other TV credits include Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother and Believe – joins fellow new additions Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Daniel Whitehall, Nick Blood (Trollied) as Lance Hunter and Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) as Bakshi.
- Gary Collinson
Having secured Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Daniel Whitehall and Nick Blood (Trollied) as Lance Hunter, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has now added British actor Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) to the cast of its upcoming second season. According to Deadline, Kassianides will play “Bakshi, a confident right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work.” It’s said that his part will be a major recurring role.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC for its second season on September 23rd. An official announcement is yet to be revealed for the returning series regulars, but expect to see Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), J. August Richards (Deathlok) and B.J. Britt (Antoine Triplett) all back.
The post Simon Kassianides »
- Gary Collinson
Variety became the first news outlet to produce virtual reality video coverage of a red carpet premiere Monday night, teaming with Vr technology provider Jaunt to capture highlights of Monday’s Hollywood preem of “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
David S. Cohen of Variety and Tara McNamara of ThatWasSomething.com co-hosted the coverage. Kenneth Voelker of Jaunt operated the Vr rig. For the record, the first thesp to be interviewed in Vr on the “Guardians” carpet B.J. Britt of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Also interviewed were: From “Guardians,” helmer James Gunn and thesps Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker; from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Chloe Bennett, Elizabeth Henstridge; and author/blogger Chris Hardwick.
We're on the red carpet of Guardians Of The Galaxy with @Variety. Feel like you were There #CinematicVR @oculus http://t.co/e24c5P7q8T—
Jaunt (@jauntvr) July 22, 2014
Jaunt’s virtual reality rig »
- Variety Staff
It looks like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has picked up its first new recruit for the second season of the show, with TV Line reporting that Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica star Lucy Lawless will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Although no details of her character have been disclosed, the site speculates that Lawless could be playing the recurring role of Mary Maloney – a highly skilled agent who can “command any room” – which has been out for casting.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC for its second season on September 23rd. An official cast announcement is yet to be revealed, but expect to see Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), J. August Richards (Deathlok) and B.J. Britt (Antoine Triplett) all returning.
- Gary Collinson
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Question: Will there be more fallout from Juliette and Jeff’s hook-up on Nashville? Please tell me it won’t break up her and Avery! — Nat
Ausiello: Downside: I hear Juliette will likely find herself with child (a move that would mirror Hayden Panettiere’s still-unconfirmed real-life pregnancy) when Season 3 picks up, but by whom? You’ll recall, she knocked cowboy boots with both Jeff and Avery near the end of the season. Upside: Both Ms. Barnes and »
Spoiler alert: This article is loaded with spoilers from the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. If you're still getting caught up on the series and don't want to know some major details about the plot or the characters, read no further than the part where we tell you which member of the ABC drama's cast was reportedly spotted on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And that's B.J. Britt, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Antoine Triplett. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s connection to the Marvel cinematic universe has yielded some pretty great guest stars, Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Lady Sif herself, Jaimie Alexander among them. With the first season wrapped up and a second season on the way, it seems only fair that the next Avengers film would »
Production on Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is still underway with shooting taking place in Norwich, UK this weekend and a bunch of new photos from the set have revealed a couple of minor plot spoilers from the film.
For starters, there's a group of fresh 'Avengers recruits' at an academy in the film. Agent Antoine Triplett from "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (B.J. Britt) was also on hand for scenes, as reportedly was the Iron Patriot armor (though no sign of Don Cheadle).
- Garth Franklin
Avengers: Age of Ultron is continuing to shoot throughout the weekend, with home base currently set up in Norwich, UK. New photos and plot details reveal that the Avengers will be training a group of fresh Recruits at an academy, which can be seen below. Also spotted on set in costume was Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr. in his civilian clothes as Tony Stark, the backside of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow double and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. It is being reported that the Iron Patriot armor was spotted on set, though Don Cheadle was nowhere to be seen. Agent Triplett from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (aka B.J. Britt) also showed up to play. Check out these fun snaps of the Avengers Recruits and their team leaders.
Chris Evans at Uea for the Avengers filming! Ahhhhh famous people pic.twitter.com/D1dDMCDlH6
— Laura Holcombe (@lauraeholcombe »
Warning: Potential minor Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers to follow (so feel free to skip the text for some set photos)….
Cameras are currently rolling on Avengers: Age of Ultron at Norwich’s University of East Anglia campus, which has been converted into an Avengers “academy”, and a few set reports have begun to pop up online today, which suggest we might be getting a couple of unexpected appearances in the eagerly anticipated sequel.
According to Cbm, principal cast members Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) have all been spotted on set, along with Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor B.J. Britt (Agent Triplett).
Mackie has previously suggested that he’d been left out of the cast for the Avengers sequel, »
- Gary Collinson
It's been quite busy on the Avengers: Age of Ultron set since filming began this morning at the University of East Anglia campus in Norwich, UK. Following shots of many Audi sports cars and what appears be part of The Avengers Tower, details and more photos have emerged. Potential spoiler warning! In addition to groups of uniformed "Avengers Recruits" extras, we also have blurry visuals of Chris Evans on set, as well as Robert Downey Jr., his stunt double, and the backside of Thor and Black Widow doubles. However, several sources from the set have sighted Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Anthony Mackie, and even actor B.J. Britt (Agent Triplett from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) all in costume. Supposedly, someone also got a glimpse of the Iron Patriot armor, but actor Don Cheadle was nowhere in sight. Regarding what exactly is happening »
Earlier today, Marvel Studios and Disney announced Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming to home video on September 9. In a quick follow up announcement, ABC and Marvel's Agents of Shield from Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon and Jeph Loeb has also been given a September 9 release date on Blu-ray and DVD.
Anyone who has already watched both The Winter Soldier and particularly the second half of Agents of Shield knows that the two narratives are closely intertwined. Bringing them to home video on the same day makes perfect sense, and we're elated to see that Marvel and Disney are giving Agents of Shield a Blu-ray release as well, keeping in mind Disney has by and large shunned releasing television shows on Blu-ray.
The biggest surprise twist of the recently ended first year of Marvel’s Agents of Shield was when series regular and (apparently) loyal team member Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) was revealed as a Hydra mole. But was that really part of the agenda all along or was it an extemporaneous plot decision by Joss Whedon and company done as a response to fan criticism and a ratings decline?
The premier season of Agents of Shield ended with a bang. After a lackluster start, the show really picked up steam and started to become intensely engrossing when the plot of Captain America: the Winter Soldier, specifically the fall of Shield due to infiltration by Hydra, was worked into the show’s storyline. That Hydra story arc was most likely intended all along, since Chris Evans has said that Joss Whedon (the show-runner of AoS) told him back when they were filming »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Marvel's Agents of Shield survived and will get a second season. It'll even be joined by Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter, which opens up some interesting time-travel-based crossover episodes. Oh, and this finale? It was very well done. Plots were wrapped up, bigger mythologies were extended, and Coulson got the answers he wanted. Bill Paxton could be tagged as this show's savior, and his exit was pretty spectacular. I couldn't help but notice that Ward was trying to tell May something before she clocked him. What could that have been? I guess we'll find out in the fall.
Here are the 6 Qs of the Agents of Shield Season 1 finale.
1. What is it?
Agents of Shield Season One finale, titled 'The Beginning of the End.'
2. Who's in it?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Marvel’s attempt to bring its tentpole movie franchise to the small screen — burst onto the scene almost a year ago as one of the most anticipated gambles of the 2013-2014 season. On the surface, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had everything going for it: seasoned showrunners who knew how to build a cult series, an expansive universe full of rich history, the promise of enticing characters. But it took awhile for the show to find its feet; early episodes seemed more like a CBS procedural than an action-packed spy show. Obviously, we couldn’t expect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be Iron Man. »
- Andrea Towers
A review of the "Marvel's Agents of Shield" finale coming up just as soon as I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go... My counterpart on the movie side Drew McWeeny has been covering "Shield" for us all season, but he is hopefully sleeping in a hotel somewhere in Cannes and is taking the finale off. Because Drew's been on the case, I've been able to hang back and only write about the show on occasion, whether during its draggy early part of the season or when the events of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" upended the status quo. In that piece from late October, I dinged the show for, among other things, having bland characters and a complete lack of urgency. Well, it's remarkable how dealing with the latter problem can fix the former one. Once Shield was disbanded and Ward was revealed as a Hydra mole, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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