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The Kaniacs were out in full force last night in St. Louis! Actor/singer-songwriter Christian Kane is in town! Christian, best known for his roles on the shows Angel, Leverage, and The Librarians, is a guest at this year’s Wizard World Comic Con here in St. Louis (for more detailed look at this year’s festivities, read our article Here). Kane also appeared in the movies 50 To 1, Just Married and Second Hand Lions
Kane took stage at The Hard Rock Café last night for a special concert and pre-con party. He took questions from his adoring fans, some of who had travelled to St. Louis from as far away as Oregon for the sold out event. He then grabbed his guitar and played a one-hour acoustic set of his music.
- Tom Stockman
During the heyday of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," I was an active advocate for studios to pick up on the wonder that was Joss Whedon. Watching "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," it feels like that is exactly what we were asking for when we asked for him to be in charge of our pop culture. And I mean that in both positive and negative ways. Joss Whedon has a great ear for clever dialogue, and that can be a wee bit of a curse. There is something about the way he writes that can make it feel like he's afraid to fully engage in some of the bigger emotion. When you're doing 22 episodes of a television series, you can take one episode to shift the tone to something darker, more somber, and it feels appropriate. In a 140 minute film, you can only find moments to downshift, and when it's surrounded by non-stop wisecracks, »
- Drew McWeeny
Back in 2010, Shadowlocked ran a piece entitled The lost film that accompanied The Empire Strikes Back. It was an excerpt from an in-depth with the short film's writer/director/producer Roger Christian, conducted by our Founding Editor Martin Anderson, and discussing the interesting behind-the-scenes story of the for-a-long-time-lost-but-not-forgotten fantasy short film Black Angel.
Not to be confused with James Cameron's TV series Dark Angel, or Joss Whedon's TV series Angel, Roger Christian's 25-minute short film Black Angel preceded Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, before the print was destroyed and the film thought lost to the world. In recent years, however, another print has been discovered, and now it's been made available for free on YouTube until the end of May.
The Black Angel team have teased “another exciting announcement coming on 2nd June.”
A post on the film's official Facebook page tells fans »
So, it's now been a couple of weeks since The Incident took place on Grey's Anatomy, and now that the dust has settled we're looking back on the other small-screen deaths that have left us similarly destroyed.
Below, we've listed 17 of the TV demises we're still not over. In no particular order. They all made us sad. We're not crying, it's just raining. On our faces.
Warning: Just in case this doesn't go without saying, spoilers galore lie ahead. Some of these shows are finished, some are still on, but all of the episodes referenced aired in 2014 or earlier.
Spoiler: Joss Whedon is going to show up a few times on this list. The man has a self-confessed cruel streak when it comes to offing beloved characters, but the death of Buffy Summers' mother is in a different league even by Whedon standards.
Five seasons in, we »
From the very beginning the Doctor has been a mysterious traveller who is accompanied on his adventures by a variety of companions. Sometimes they’ve been female. Sometimes they’ve been male. Sometimes they’ve been shape-changing robots. On one occasion, they were very nearly a talking cabbage (if the story is to be believed).
The role of the companion, as has been widely noted, is to be our viewpoint into the Doctor’s adventures. They ask the questions that we would ask, need the things explained to them that we would need explained to us, and allow us to experience the Doctor’s adventures vicariously through them. In the best cases, the companions are someone that we might pretend to be, roleplaying our way through the viewing experience and reassuring ourselves that we would be just as clever, just as brave. In other cases, however…
There are companions »
- Mikey Heinrich
“Person of Interest” aired what could be its final episode Tuesday – the program’s renewal prospects remain uncertain heading into CBS’ fall upfront presentation – and in some respects, the series offers a cautionary tale. Not just about artificial intelligence and the surveillance state, which provided the show’s cerebral foundation, but also the challenges in allowing what at its heart was initially a crime procedural, on a network overflowing with them, to morph into a more serialized drama, until the program practically choked on its own dense mythology.
Conceived largely as a two-character piece – Batman’s billions and brains (Michael Emerson) and brawn (Jim Caviezel) split into two guys – the series drew depth and strength from its expanded roster of players, including the since-departed Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman as two cops who gradually joined the operation. Then there was the cold-hearted mercenary Shaw (Sarah Shahi) and the villain-turned-uncomfortable-teammate »
- Brian Lowry
The day is finally here, and fans assemble for the follow-up to Marvel's 2012 Joss Whedon-directed hit movie The Avengers. This week's new release, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was also written and directed by Whedon, creator of hit TV franchises Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.
Marvel continues to tie events in its film franchise to its TV series Agents of Shield, which provides a plausible reason for the group of superheroes to reunite in search of Loki's sceptre. The sceptre has fallen into dangerous hands in the wake of Shield's collapse, as witnessed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of Shield. The recapture of that artifact leads to the creation of Ultron, a new and deadly cybernetic enemy bent on the team's destruction.
James Spader voices Ultron, and it's hard not to like the villain perhaps more than the heroes with his matter-of-fact quips and insults, »
- Mike Saulters
The Real Coke
"Zombieland" and "Deadpool" scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are reportedly penning a feature about the disastrous launch of New Coke thirty years ago. The drink attempted to adjust classic Coke's secret formula for a younger generation - it performed so badly it threatened the original soft drink's market leadership.
The scribes have optioned the Thomas Oliver book "The Real Coke, The Real Story" and will pen this 1980s period piece which will also deal with how No. 2 rival Pepsi launched the 'Pepsi Challenge' that led to corporate panic at Coke. [Source: Deadline]
The Dukes Of Oxy
Angel Elgort is being lined up to star in a film version about the Rolling Stone article "Dukes Of Oxy" at New Line. The article deals with a pair of teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers.
Elgort would play Dodd, the more »
- Garth Franklin
Here’s a voice to go with a face we’re sure you are familiar with. You’ve seen actor Burn Gorman in Dark Knight Rises, Game Of Thrones and now in AMC’s Turn:Washington’S Spies. He talks about his varied acting jobs and even how much fun it was on the set of Torchwood plus what his dream acting job would be.
- Mike Raub
After months of anticipation, audiences are finally getting to see Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye together on screen again. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is setting the stakes even higher with a very global scale and a villain as iconic as Ultron putting humanity at risk of extinction. It will also mark Joss Whedon’s second and final time directing the Avengers for the big screen.
Delivering one of the highest grossing films in history with The Avengers, Joss Whedon proved to the world what fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly already knew. He is a master storyteller, able to juggle rich characters, balancing drama, humour, action and horror in equal measure.
He also demonstrated that he isn’t afraid to kill off a good character, something that didn’t surprise fans of his shows. Across Buffy The Vampire Slayer, »
- Baz Greenland
Director: Joss Whedon
Running Time: 141 minutes
Synopsis: Tony Stark (Downey Jr) creates the ultimate artificial intelligence in an attempt to defend the world. Sadly the AI decides the only way to protect the world is by destroying the human race. The Avengers team must join forces once more in an attempt to stop it from achieving its goal.
Joss Whedon has always been good. Some might know that he was the (uncredited) master behind Keanu Reeves mega-hit Speed as well as adding the best bits to Alien Resurrection. Then came Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Serenity; passion projects that saw him enter the circle of worship to many a TV geek. None of us were prepared for what came next though, his comic book caper The »
- Kat Smith
ABC’s reported Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is going the Mr. & Mrs. Smith route.
S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Nick Blood and Adrianne Palicki — who play ex-husband-and-wife duo Lance Hunter and Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, Aka Mockingbird — are being eyed to headline the offshoot, per our sister site Deadline.
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Story elements yet to come in S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season will lay the groundwork for the prospective series, but there won’t be a “planted spinoff” episode, per se.
The project is being penned by S. »
For those Buffy fans still wearing their claddagh rings and watching season 2 on a constant loop, here’s a fun reminder that costars Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz still love each other in real life. Gellar, who played “The Chosen One” on the cult classic Joss Whedon vampire drama, turned 38 on Tuesday, April 14, and her birthday didn’t go unnoticed by her former on-screen love. — Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) April 15, 2015 Boreanaz, 45, who played the moody, tortured vamp Angel, tweeted, “Happy Bday @SarahMGellar Hope the [...] »
Steven S. DeKnight has worked on some celebrated TV programs over his career. He's written for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and held different producer titles for "Angel," "Dollhouse" and both "Spartacus" incarnations. Now, he's earning critical acclaim for his contributions to "Marvel's Daredevil" which debuted on Netflix last week. Thanks to show creator Drew Goddard and DeKnight, this version of the classic hero is a far cry from the tepidly received 2003 movie that starred Ben Affleck as the Man Without Fear. Netflix's "Daredevil" is the darkest, bloodiest and most grounded Marvel Studios creation yet. And yet, as with most great "Daredevil" stories it features an inevitable showdown between Matt Murdock in his alter ego as Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk a.k.a. The Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) as they both fight to transform a pretty upscale neighborhood of Manhattan (O.K., it's still pretty un-gentrified because of all that destruction in "The Avengers, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Read More: Review: 'Marvel's Daredevil' Season 1 Brings Us as Close to 'The Wire' as Marvel Can Get Steven S. DeKnight, who created the "Spartacus" empire for Starz after serving on the writing staffs of nerd-friendly series like "Smallville," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," isn't the official creator of "Marvel's Daredevil" — he took over for fellow Joss Whedon acolyte Drew Goddard. But he brought more than enough comic book savvy to the series, as well as an Asian cinema-influenced knack for violence and an appreciation for the variety of stories to be found within the superhero "genre." Below, he tells Indiewire about what, exactly, a "PG-15" rating means, what Joss Whedon taught him about making genre TV work for the masses, and whether — in the mix of discussion about the other Marvel series which will follow "Daredevil" — if he was planning for Season 2. I just want to start »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Read More: Review: 'Marvel's Daredevil' Season 1 Brings Us as Close to 'The Wire' as Marvel Can Get Steven S. DeKnight, who created the "Spartacus" empire for Starz after serving on the writing staffs of nerd-friendly series like "Smallville," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," isn't the official creator of "Marvel's Daredevil" — he took over for fellow Joss Whedon acolyte Drew Goddard. But he brought more than enough comic book savvy to the series, as well as an Asian cinema-influenced knack for violence and an appreciation for the variety of stories to be found within the superhero "genre." Below, he tells Indiewire about what, exactly, a "PG-15" rating means, what Joss Whedon taught him about making genre TV work for the masses, and whether — in the mix of discussion about the other Marvel series which will follow "Daredevil" — if he was planning for Season 2. I just want to start...
- Liz Shannon Miller
Closing in on its 40-year anniversary, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is about to undergo a transformation. In order to commemorate an extraordinary existence – it holds the title of longest theatrical run of any movie – a two-hour live event is heading to the small screen.
This newest iteration hails from Fox, who is revamping the cult classic musical for what’s being described as “a reimagining of the campy horror feature.” On board to usher this live extravaganza to the screen are High School Musical‘s Kenny Ortega, who will direct and choreograph the reboot, with Buffy/Angel alum Gail Berman and original producer Lou Adler both tapped to executive produce.
Per Deadline, the reboot “is expected to stick faithfully to the text and the score of the original but greatly reimagine the story visually.” That overview certainly offers Ortega a wide berth to re-appropriate the source material and hopefully »
- Gem Seddon
2015 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News
Maybe the second most anticipated movie of the summer is Jurassic World, in part because Hollywood’s newest, biggest star, Chris Pratt, gets the chance to headline yet another blockbuster. But if you watched the trailer some weeks ago, you might’ve noticed how grim, self-serious and decidedly not Andy Dwyer/Starlord-esque charming and funny Pratt’s character was.
The first sigh of relief came this week when the first clip for the film was released this week, which you can watch above. Pratt is playfully flirting with Bryce Dallas-Howard in the scene, hinting at why the two of them never had a second date. Charming and funny? Maybe. Badly written? Arguably. Cliche? Probably. But is it sexist?
- Brian Welk
We have entered the age of "Event TV". Fox is prepping to remake the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a two-hour musical event special. Kenny Ortega (Highschool Musical, Hocus Pocus) is set to direct the reboot alongside Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) as executive producer. Lou Adler, who executive produced the original film, is also on board. Tentatively titled The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, the special has a cast-contingent order at Fox. My gut reaction to this is - wow, that's going to be a disaster - but I'll reserve judgment until a cast is announced. The fact that they've got Adler on board is promising, and Ortega certainly knows how to direct musical performances. Plus, this is the guy who gave us Newsies and Hocus Pocus, two of my generation's great cult classic. If they nail the casting, it could turn out »
- Haleigh Foutch
Here’s one to file under ‘rumour’ until we see an official statement from someone involved. However, as it originates from a reputable source like Entertainment Weekly, there’s certainly a chance there’s a truth to it.
The rumour we’re talking about? That would be the existence of an Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off, a story that EW posted last night. They’re claiming that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s exec producer Jeffrey Bell (Angel, The X-Files) and writer Paul Zbyszewski (Lost, Hawaii Five-0) are working on a top secret project that will spin-out from Marvel’s tent-pole TV project.
Perhaps this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, seeing as Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always done a more or less decent trade in ratings. »
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