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The Good Wife, Ep. 6.17: “Undisclosed Recipients” a light interlude before the final act

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The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 17: “Undisclosed Recipients”

Written by Leonard Dick

Directed by James Whitmore, Jr.

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS

Remember Eli Gold? Oh, sure, Alan Cumming has been one of the few series-long mainstays not named Alicia on The Good Wife, but Eli has been so one-note for so long that he’s become very easy to take for granted. One of the things that makes “Undisclosed Recipients” one of the most enjoyable episodes of this season’s spotty back half is that it reminds us what made him such an entertaining character in the first place: his sheer, hateful disdain for people who behave incorrectly. After Alicia (drunk with power!) opens the episode by pissing off some of her biggest contributors and key associates (Lemond Bishop, Ed Asner’s Guy Redmayne, and outgoing S.A. Castro), Eli tells her what’s what. The trick, »

- Simon Howell

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AMC debuts teasers for ‘Humans’ and ‘Into the Badlands’

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AMC Networks took advantage of all the eyeballs glued to The Walking Dead season five finale to give audiences a glimpse of its two upcoming drama series Humans and Into the Badlands.

Humans is an eight-part sci-fi drama jointly produced by Channel 4, Kudos, and AMC. It centers on the disturbing events that take place when a suburban family obtains a refurbished ‘Synth,’ a highly-functional humanoid servant.

The series, based on the acclaimed Swedish drama Real Humans, stars William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, and Gemma Chan. It was penned by British duo Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent. The show will premiere on AMC in the summer of 2015.

Into the Badlands is a six-episode genre-bending martial arts series starring and executive produced by Daniel Wu. Loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey Into the West,” it tells the tale of great warrior and »

- A.R. Wilson

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Cassandra Clare’s ‘Shadowhunters’ Series comes to ABC Family

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Cassandra Clare’s immensely popular young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments is being brought to TV as Shadowhunters, a thirteen episode drama by ABC Family, THR is reporting. The story follows protagonist Clarissa “Clary” Fray, who discovers she descends from a lineage of “Shadowhunters,” human-angel amalgams who hunt demons. Clary’s mother is kidnapped and Clary, a Shadowhunter named Jace, and her best friend Simon embark on a rescue/journey of self-discovery.

ABC’s decision to take Shadowhunters comes after the 2013 misfire screen adaptation of the series in City of Bones, produced by Screen Gems. City of Bones starred Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, and there’s no word as to the casting of the new TV series.

Despite the paltry take by City of Bones ($31 million domestically), ABC Family president Tom Ascheim is confident, saying “Shadowhunters is a big, epic saga that will resonate with viewers »

- Max Wood

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The CW’s ‘The Flash’/’Arrow’ spinoff casts Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter

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While Marvel comics have enjoyed success on the big screen over the years, their counterpart DC Comics has similarly found success on the small screen. The company’s most notable two shows have been Arrow and The Flash, both of which have enjoyed critical and commercial success on The CW. The world that the two shows have created led to the announcement that the channel was developing a new spinoff series that would be set in the same universe. Now the as-yet-untitled series has cast its first two original characters, as the creators have tapped Doctor Who‘s Arthur Darvill to play Rip Hunter and newcomer Ciara Renée to play Hawkgirl.

The duo will be joining a number of already-established characters and castmembers from both shows, as the series has already confirmed the casting of Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber, Dominic Purcell, and Caity Lotz in the spinoff. Of the group, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Disney planning live action ‘Mulan’ film

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One more film has been added to Disney’s ever-growing list of live action reboots of their animated classics, and it isn’t Bambi starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

THR is reporting that Disney has purchased a script of a live action version of Mulan, their 1998 animated hit about a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man to go to war in place of her father.

Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek wrote the script, and Mulan is to be produced by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (We’re the Millers).

An adaptation of Mulan sounds like the best and arguably most difficult reimagining Disney has dreamed up yet. Mulan is the fiercest and most feminist charged of all the Disney princesses. The story itself deals with subject matter that couldn’t be more topical. But it’ll also be an opportunity to give an Asian American actress some »

- Brian Welk

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Adam West and Burt Ward to return to the world of Batman via animated film

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Burt Ward, Adam West, and Julie Newmar

Next year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Batman, the 60s series starring Adam West as the titular superhero and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne, and Burt Ward as the Dick Grayson version of Robin. But even though the series ended in 1968, the duo’s involvement with the iconic DC hero and the world he inhabits has not stopped there. Now news has emerged that both West and Ward will be lending their voices to one, possibly two new animated features in 2016.

Ward himself dropped the news at Mad Monster Con over the weekend, where the duo were part of a panel. No other details were revealed about the film, including what kind of tone it would take, but Ward specifically pointed out the fiftieth anniversary of the show in his announcement. The movie will mark Ward’s first return to »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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The Walking Dead, Ep. 5.16: “Conquer” explores the monster called humanity

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The Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 16: “Conquer”

Written by Scott M. Gimple and Beth Hoffman

Directed by Greg Nicotero

Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

Long live the Ricktatorship!

Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead is very reminiscent of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. For a long time, Alexandria has been living in blissful ignorance, completely secure in their own laws and doctrines, and thinking that they’re closed off from the scourge of humanity, unaware that eventually humanity creeps into any safe haven one creates. People can put up walls and create illusions of happiness and monotony, but violence will eventually trickle through.

This is evident in the final scenes of the episode, where the trio of human violence far outweighs the violence inflicted by the walkers. Surely the dead are threats, but not as much as what the viewers see with the humans’ ability to self-sabotage. »

- Felix Vasquez Jr.

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‘SNL’ imagines dark and gritty ‘Bambi’ remake starring Dwayne Johnson

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First with Maleficent, then with this month’s Cinderella, and soon a Sofia Coppola directed The Little Mermaid and a Tim Burton directed Dumbo, Disney is going all in with their live action remakes of their animated classics. Disney would be hard pressed today to churn out a film with Frozen‘s quality and originality once a year compared to their halcyon days in Old Hollywood and in the ’90s, so they’ve turned to the old standbys.

Saturday Night Live however realizes how silly this is, and they’ve recruited Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to star in Disney’s next live action remake: Bambi. Starring Vin Diesel as Thumper, Tyrese Gibson as Flower, and a machine-gun toting Michelle Rodriguez as The Girl Bambi, Bambi is a deer with a vengeance after losing his mother when he was just a fawn. Disney should take The Rock’s advice from his »

- Brian Welk

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Comedy Central chooses a successor to Jon Stewart

30 March 2015 6:11 AM, PDT

South African comedian and current The Daily Show correspondent Trevor Noah will be formally appointed today as the new host of the nightly show by Comedy Central, the New York Times is reporting. Noah will take over when current host Jon Stewart retires from the series.

Noah grew up in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, South Africa, with his mother suffering legal consequences for her marriage to Noah’s father, due to the differing colours of their skin. Noah began acting when he was 18, appearing on Isidingo, a South African soap opera, before segueing to hosting a variety of programs, from radio shows to reality competitions, culminating in his hosting the comedy talk show Tonight with Trevor Noah.

Noah has appeared on numerous American comedy programs prior to his current role, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show With David Letterman, on both of which he »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Spotify launches on PS4 and PS3 today

30 March 2015 5:31 AM, PDT

Spotify is launching on PS4 and PS3 today, the European Playstation Blog has confirmed.

Eric Lempel writes:

This exclusive partnership brings the best in music and the best in gaming together on PlayStation Network, and I am thrilled to announce that Spotify on PlayStation Music is coming to the PS4 and PS3 systems today!

Spotify is the exclusive partner of PlayStation Music, and with more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists, PS4 users can soundtrack their gaming sessions with their favourite songs. To make controlling your music even easier, PS4 and PS3 users will be able to take advantage of the Spotify Connect feature on the official Spotify app for Android/iOS. You can select a playlist, skip songs, adjust the volume, and more.

Sony’s own Music Unlimited service is being killed off, as announced in January, and the Spotify-infused Playstation Music service is taking its place. With Spotify »

- John Cal McCormick

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‘Ghostbusters': The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man ruined my childhood

30 March 2015 4:27 AM, PDT

“It just… popped in there.” says Ray Stantz, as played by Dan Aykroyd in the climax of the ’80s classic movie Ghostbusters. An inter-dimensional super-villain named Zuul has started to breach the worldly barriers, and ghosts are appearing in 1980s New York City. These ghosts aren’t friendly. They’re decidedly unfriendly. In fact, they’re generally causing a scene. Cue the Ghostbusters, a rag-tag bunch of college layabouts who discover the secret to catching said spirits, and more importantly, a way to monetize their capture. That’s capitalism, folks.

Zuul, as it happens, is just a minion for a millennia old God named Gozer the Destructor, and (s)he instructs the ‘Busters to choose a form for Gozer to take when he arrives to lay waste to their city. Whatever they think of, that’s what will come to destroy them. And so, our heroes attempt to clear their minds of all thoughts. »

- John Cal McCormick

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Part Time Princesses: A Tale of Growing Up

29 March 2015 9:47 PM, PDT

Part Time Princesses

Written and Illustrated by Monica Gallagher

Published by Oni Press

Part Time Princesses is an exploration of childhood hopes, dreams and the entering of the mature world of adulthood. Readers are treated to the development of four individual young adults into more world wise individuals who seek to establish themselves and assist their fellow teenagers to have a place of their own. The story provides the importance of standing together with other human beings and finding common causes to work toward. Furthermore, Part Time Princesses reveals that although adulthood may mean dreams are pushed aside or placed on pause by reality, it does not mean the magic of imagination and goodness must be lost as well. For goodwill toward fellow humans and friendship provide their own enchantment and magic in our world.

The story is about Courtney, Amber, Tiffany, and Michelle who are setting out with great expectations of their futures. »

- Annie

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Jill Thompson: Jack and Master of All Trades

29 March 2015 9:22 PM, PDT

Artist/writer Jill Thompson has one of the most idiosyncratic bodies of work in contemporary comics ranging from important arcs on legendary comics series The Sandman and The Invisibles to more traditional superhero work like a run on Wonder Woman as well her own creator owned comic/children’s book/film series Scary Godmother. She has drawn everything from dying stripper gods to Romantic poets, Batman to Bart Simpson and even an all animal cast in her Eisner winning Dark Horse series Beasts of Burden with writer Evan Dorkin. She is also one of the few creators not named Neil Gaiman allowed to write The Endless in her Li’l Endless and Death stories.

But before she was winning awards and one of DC/Vertigo’s rising stars, Jill Thompson was a graduate of American Academy of Art in Chicago and doing art for several of the (now defunct) indie publishers of the late 1980s. »

- Logan Dalton

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Weekly News Roundup: Heartbreaking delays, beautiful mods, and more

29 March 2015 8:41 PM, PDT

Press that pause button and stretch those fingers. It’s time to roundup the news that may have snuck by while you were off trying to beat Bloodborne. Poor souls.

Say it ain’t so! Sources at Gamespot broke the news that one of the most anticipated Wii U games of 2015, The Legend of Zelda, has been delayed until next year. The Legend of Zelda‘s development team thought they would be able to finish the game by the end of 2015 when they first teased the game last year, however the team would like more time to perfect the game before handing it off to gamers. Gamespot noted that Batman: Arkham Knight has also been delayed once more, but don’t despair crime fighters, it’s just til end of June.

Spring is said to be a time of renewal, and a few games this week are taking that saying to heart. »

- Elizabeth Rico

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AMC releases the first teaser for ‘Fear The Walking Dead’

29 March 2015 8:23 PM, PDT

Among AMC’s more commercially successful series has been the zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead. The show, adapted from the Robert Kirkman graphic novel series of the same name, has undergone multiple showrunner changes to retain its popularity well into its fifth season. The channel’s announcement that they had commissioned a spinoff thus was greeted by excitement, with the success of the channel’s other spinoff Better Call Saul seemingly boding well for this project’s chances. Earlier this year, AMC picked up the show for two seasons, with the first season consisting of six episodes like its predecessor, and gave the show the formal title of Fear The Walking Dead.

With Kirkman onboard as writer and executive producer, and special effects specialist Greg Nicotero also sharing executive producer credit, the show will be set in the same universe as The Walking Dead, but will focus on a different location and time period, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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