11 items from 2016
It’s silly to say that actors are the characters they play, but it’s naïve to say that they totally aren’t. That’s what has caused such a problem for Mel Gibson. He’s not the first celebrity to be sunk by bad behavior, but the lingering scandal is that it’s not just the things he said; it’s that everyone heard him on those leaked recordings — heard him screaming and roaring, heard his boiling rants of hatred. How can he go back to playing a movie star we like, pretending that he’s not…that guy? (Who’d believe it?) The answer is: He can do it, just maybe, by playing a movie star who is that guy.
- Owen Gleiberman
It’s fight or flight time for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, who in the CW drama’s freshman finale (airing Thursday at 8/7c) must recoup from a devastating if noble loss and make one final, hopefully successful, run at the immortal Vandal Savage.
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What ace in the hole does Savage have yet to play? Do the Legends have any tricks of their own left to reveal? And how does a mystery man figure into the series’ future (so to speak)? Here, showrunner Marc Guggenheim previews the final showdown and more. »
Legends of Tomorrow has had a difficult time finding its footing throughout the season. One of the disadvantages with this show compared to Arrow or The Flash is the lack of a direct source material for the writers to reference. Never once in the DC comic realm has this combination of characters been put together, so this show really had to start from scratch. The main struggle for the show has always been the balance of character arcs. Overall this episode compared to the rest of the season was one of the best. If you were to look at some of the stronger episodes this season they all have a commonality of very little screen time for Kendra or Carter. These two have been the toughest for writers to get the audience to care for.
The focus of the show has slowly gone away from both Hawkman and Hawkgirl being the key to stop Savage, »
- Michael Connally
The following contains a major spoiler from this Thursday’s Legends of Tomorrow.
You have not seen the last of the Legends of Tomorrow character who made the ultimate sacrifice this Thursday in the name of a greater good.
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Because though Leonard Snart allowed himself to be killed in an explosion that was needed to free Rip’s team from the Time Masters’ control, Wentworth Miller has transitioned to a groundbreaking series regular contract across all of the Greg Berlanti/Warner Bros. TV-produced DC Comics series, our sister site Deadline reports.
Recently, Legends of Tomorrow has been moving a lot faster than it usually does. It’s all been working out better for the show. But now, the show has a unique opportunity. With our Legends trapped in the cells of the Vanishing Point, Legends of Tomorrow has the opportunity to orchestrate a prison break. With Vandal Savage on the move, the legends have to quickly break out and take the waverider back. What’s stopping them? Chronos Is Back! Yes, my prediction seems to have been spot on. Mick really couldn’t be trusted. But he’s really back for different reasons. You see,
Legends of Tomorrow Preview: Time to Seize Our Destiny »
Legends of Tomorrow has Vandal Savage in custody on the Waverider in episode 14, "River of Time," but as things tend to do, everything goes wrong. And even after they recapture Savage after he escapes his cell, Rip's in for a big surprise when he brings the immortal to the Vanishing Point and the Time Council decides to send him back to 2166.
Here are the best quotes from "River of Time."
CBS’ Person of Interest opened its fifth and final season on Tuesday night with 7.4 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating (per finals), up in the demo from both its Season 4 finale (8.2 mil/1.1) and Limitless‘ week-ago freshman finale (5.6 mil/1.1), and off just a tenth from Limitless‘ Season 1 average (7.1 mil/1.3).
That said, Poi was down 30 and 33 percent from its previous premiere and off 22 and 20 percent from its Season 4 average.
TVLine readers gave the long-awaited Season 5 opener an average grade of “A.”
Opening the Eye’s night, NCIS (14.9 mil/1.9) was steady with Flotus’ drop-by, while New Orleans (12.6 mil/1.8) hit three-week highs.
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This week, Jeff Nichols releases his fourth film, Midnight Special, a sci-fi chase film that melds Starman- style meditations on human nature, car chases straight out of Vanishing Point, and Nichols’ own pet themes: the sacrifices made for family and impending fears about fatherhood.
Nichols’ sensibility as a director is a study in contradictions. He’s a fiercely personal filmmaker, yet the work values thematic complexity over sprawling narratives. And while he’s incredibly confident in his own visions (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud), he’s just as likely to admit that he likes the unpredictability that emerges from muse Michael Shannon or idiosyncratic performers such as Matthew McConaughey or Jessica Chastain.
It’s not his ability to build characters so much as his abilities to build worlds that makes Nichols one of the best contemporary American directors. Nichols, an Arkansas-born filmmaker, writes stories that possess a deep sense of the south, »
- Michael Snydel
(This is the first in an occasional series in which I remember some of the best double features I’ve been lucky enough to see projected in a theater.)
The New Beverly Cinema, the oldest surviving revival theater in Los Angeles, has this week dished up a time-capsule glimpse into America’s popular obsession with Cb, or citizen’s band, radio and the largely mythological outlaw trucker culture through which it crackled. If you’re of a certain age (mine), and you ever cruised around town or down the highway jabbering to friends and strangers on an open channel frequency (I did—my handle was The Godfather!), given the opportunity I don’t see how you could possibly resist the chance to see the ultimate trucker-cb action-comedy pairing, Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit and Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy. (I couldn’t!) As of this writing, the morning of »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Shock talks to veteran 70s action movie star Paul Koslo about his role in 1971’s The Omega Man. In 1971, actor Paul Koslo starred in director Richard Sarafian’s existential 1971 automobile thriller Vanishing Point. But that same year, Koslo also starred in the second adaptation of Richard Matheson’s influential novella I Am Legend, The Omega…
- Chris Alexander
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? We have a truly unique coffee table inspired by Christopher Nolan's Inception, a video breakdown of the most important pop culture cars and a guitarist perfectly plays iconic music from the Star Wars franchise. But wait, there's more! A young boy takes on a costumed Darth Vader in an epic Disneyland lightsaber fight and a new video explains everything wrong with Ant-Man. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Everything Wrong With Ant-Man
Cinema Sins is back with a new batch of movies to deconstruct, and they're kicking off 2016 with Ant-Man. This 20-minute video delves into the most miniscule of details, which many may not have noticed, while »
11 items from 2016
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