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If you paid attention to your Gcse science – unlikely, I know – then you may remember all that jazz about magnets. In particular, the weird way in which two like-for-like magnet poles repel each other rather than attach.
Having just flicked through the Ladybird Guide To Science For Five-Year-Olds (I was always rubbish at science), I'm reminded of this notion when reviewing the Buffy and Angel episodes back to back. While Angel has generally gone all dark and broody, lately, quite a few of the episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer have gone the other way. We've had the brain-dead pointlessness of Beer Bad, the half Thanksgiving tutorial/half Buffy's Kitchen antics of Pangs, and now, along comes Something Blue, an episode that at times threatens to take tweeness to the max.
In a way, Buffy The Vampire Slayer's gradual leaning towards frothy storytelling makes sense. It's still a »
We've had Christmas. We've had Halloween. Now it's the turn of the Thanksgiving special episode to take a seat in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Pangs is the story in question – fans of both this series and Angel had a teaser of sorts in the concluding moments of the previous Angel episode, The Bachelor Party. Angel's friend, Doyle had one of those mind-cracking visions which paved the way for Buffy to make her first cameo appearance in the spin-off show. So what better opportunity to bring Angel temporarily back to Sunnydale?
"The mantra of “Want. Take. Have” doesn't belong in this season of Buffy, and Pangs explores this wistful notion in greater detail."
It's a common theme of this episode in that the characters are experiencing pangs for things or people that are far out of their reach. Buffy wants a nice normal family Thanksgiving, but can't have the real »
The Initiative arguably marks a new phase of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Oz has left the building, casting off yet another of the early years remnants. Only Buffy, Xander, Willow and Giles remain – although James Marsters finally graduates to full-time member and reluctant hanger-on of the Scooby Gang. It's also the story where squeaky-clean curtain head Riley starts to fit into the puzzle. Which can only mean that the series reveals what all these mysterious Commandos are all about.
With the dawning of a new era, both in this season and of the whole show, it's mysterious that The Initiative episode is a bit flat. I guess that any episode which revolves around a bunch of dull army goons wouldn't ever score highly on my list of quintessential ways to spend 45 minutes with the telly. Army and sci-fi rarely go together well, resulting in lots of tedious gun battles and laughable machismo. »
Arriving fashionably late to the party is the speciality of these female TV characters. They’re not the Cousin Olivers or the Scrappy Doos of the television world, but the regulars and recurring roles who enter a show once it’s established and help it on its way to greatness. Their respective shows may not have known they needed them right at the start, but they soon proved themselves indispensable and much-loved parts of their TV universes.
From Paige Matthews to Winifred Burkle, Ro Laren and more then, let’s celebrate the women whose appearance in our favourite shows were better late than never...
Kitty Winter – Elementary
When she arrived: season three episode one, Enough Nemesis To Go Around.
Now that the initial overcrowding issue has »
As Buffy Summers, Nick Burkhardt, Barry Allen and more have discovered, losing your super-powers is a classic hero rite of passage…
This feature contains spoilers for Grimm season 3.
To have a superhero lose their powers at a certain point in their journey is a convention as old as time, a matter of when rather than if, and it's a given that every action-adventure genre story will include it at some point. There's a reason for that – stripping a hero of what makes him special is often the best way to develop them as a character rather than a symbol or an empty idea, but the ways in which TV shows, movies and comics do it has evolved over time.
At the end of Grimm's third season, Nick is tricked into giving up his powers when eternal thorn-in-his-side Adalind pretends to be Juliet in order to sleep with him. It's a »
In The Flesh fans had been fearing the worst for a while now, but on Friday (January 16), BBC Three finally broke its silence on the fate of the BAFTA-winning supernatural series, confirming that it would not be back for a third series.
Aficionados of Dominic Mitchell's drama are refusing to call it quits, however - swapping out their old #SaveInTheFlesh hashtag for a new mission statement, #RenewInTheFlesh.
These fans are calling on alternative outlets - including Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix - to step up and revive the series, just as they did with Ripper Street, Arrested Development and others.
Digital Spy spoke with the head of fan collective In The Fleshdom about the campaign and why the show deserves a Second Rising.
What is it about In The Flesh that inspires such passion in its fans?
"Firstly, it's a mistake to think In The Flesh is simply a zombie show. »
Buffy the Vampire Slayer made vampires cool long before there was True Blood or the Twilight saga. It also helped jump-start the careers of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, and David Boreanaz. The series, created by Joss Whedon, left the airwaves in May 2003, but there still continues to be a cult following for the series. The drama was so popular that a spin-off was created in 1999 for fan favorite character Angel. The series would continue in the form of comic book due to still being so popular. An eighth and ninth season comic book series of the show was made beginning in 2007 and a tenth season will came out in comic form last year. Here are ten other fascinating facts about the teenager who killed vampires while also trying to pass Biology that you may not know. 1. Sarah Michelle Gellar as a witch?! When Sarah Michelle Gellar was auditioning for Buffy the Vampire… »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Last week it was revealed that Netflix’ upcoming and highly anticipated series of Daredevil will land on April 10th. Apart from a few still images and some vague plot details we still don’t really know what to expect.
Now the showrunner for Daredevil, Steven S. DeKnight – who has previously worked on Angel, Smallville, Dollhouse and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena – has been answering fans questions via his official Twitter account and while most of what he said is short and a little ambiguous he does weigh in on certain aspects of the show including how much blood we’ll see, what the music score will be like, the possibility of an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D crossover and if there’s a connection with The Avengers.
Oh and he also defends Ben Affleck’s version of Matt Murdoch saying: “Ben got a bad rap, in my opinion. »
- Gavin Logan
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details on Amnesiac, The Atticus Institute, and Alien Outpost, multiple trailers, premiere details for Head, and a Q&A with the founder of The Philip K. Dick Film Festival:
Amnesiac Distribution and Release Details: “Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife. The web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the psychological thriller Amnesiac starring Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games series, Interstellar). XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “Macabre” genre label. »
- Tamika Jones
The Netflix and Marvel team-up has gotten us incredibly excited with a whole slew of shows in the mix, but first to be produced is the Daredevil series. Marvel.s Daredevil has already begun filming, and the showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight has started to give us some clues into what to expect from the series. While answering fans questions via twitter, he also shed light on his opinion of the most recent Daredevil film, starring Ben Affleck. And while the movie had terrible reviews along with its release, DeKnight doesn.t think it.s Ben Affleck.s fault. Steven S. DeKnight is a TV screenwriter, producer, and director, best known for the creation of the Starz series Spartacus. He.s also worked on popular shows such as Smallville, Buffy and Angel, and is no stranger to the world of comic books and heavy action. His previous work has more than »
[This article tries to avoid any major spoilers, and so provides more of a general overview. Most specific plot points are implied, so while the article is not guaranteed to be 100% spoiler-free, it covers things which are generally considered common knowledge, and so most of the main plot points should be left intact.]
In the UK, both Skyfall and The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble) are being shown on television tonight on different channels at overlapping times, so fans will only be able to watch one. (That would seem to provoke a reaction like, 'I'm not going to choose between my favourite actor to play James Bond and my favourite writer! That's insane troll logic!')
Bond and Marvel are two of the biggest franchises in the world at the moment, with each set to release their next instalment this year (Spectre and Avengers: Age of Ultron). This being the internet, the default response would be to pit the two against each other, as if one could only be a fan of one franchise, not both. The prepondance of alternative viewing options, like DVDs, TV repeats, etc. ultimately render such a discussion moot, in the colloquial sense of the word, meaning redundant. However, it's »
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has just added another new face for its March return to ABC with Edward James Olmos! Olmos will play Robert Gonzales, whose debut this spring in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team. Here's what Executive Producer and Marvel's Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, had to say about the casting in a statement.
"Edward James Olmos brings an amazing gravitas to any role he inhabits, something we knew we needed for Robert Gonzales. When Olmos first appears on our series, everyone will have to take notice--including our favorite Agents."
Best known for roles in Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner and Miami Vice, Olmos twice earned the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV with his work on Miami Vice and The Burning Season. In addition, »
The composer is working on the score for Marvel Studios' superhero film, according to Film Music Reporter.
Ant-Man released its first trailer this week.
Ant-Man will be released on July 17. »
We’ve been anxiously waiting the arrival of Anchor Bay’s upcoming fright fest, The Atticus Institute, for some time now (our previous coverage) and like all of you fright fanatics, we’ve been waiting for a trailer to drop. Well, Anchor Bay sent us the trailer today, and all of us at Icons of Fright are excited to share this one with you. Check it out, and be sure to pick up the DVD/Bluray on January 20th.
“Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities – E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied – soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility. The more experiments they conducted on Judith, »
- Jerry Smith
Season 1 of Marvel's Daredevil will premiere with thirteen (13) one-hour episodes on April 10, 2015 at 12:01 Am Pt in all territories where Netflix is available. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero "Daredevil" in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel's Daredevil is a grounded, authentic, suspenseful and edgy action drama featuring a great cast that includes: Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Ulrich, Scott Glenn as Stick, Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Bob Gunton and Leland Owlsey, Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley. Marvel's Daredevil is one of the best known properties of the street level heroes and will be the the first of »
We found out yesterday that Marco Beltrami will compose The Fantastic Four, and Film Music Reporter have today revealed that Christopher Beck will provide the score for Ant-Man. He has a number of credits to his name, but arguably his biggest to date is Disney's Frozen. Before that though, he worked on successful comedy series The Hangover Trilogy, comic book movies like Elektra, Red, and R.I.P.D., and even The Muppets. There's a Joss Whedon connection too, as he also served as a composer for the Avengers: Age of Ultron director on a total of 80 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Plenty of Beck's work can be found on YouTube, and it makes for great listening. Here's hoping he brings something special to Ant-Man! What do you guys think? »
Chris Sparling's directorial debut The Atticus Institute will be available On Demand and on DVD and Blu-ray on January 20th from Anchor Bay. We have been given an exclusive clip to share with you. I have also included the full trailer.In this clip, Margaret, the sister of the subject of the film, Judith Winstead, tells the tale of the start of her sister's decline into a reclusive lifestyle after a fall. The Atticus Institute stars Rya Khilstedt (Dexter), William Mapother (Lost, The Grudge), Harry Groener (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), John Rubenstein (Angel) and Sharon Maughn (The Bank Job)....
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Sarah Michelle Gellar is beautiful, a very talented and often underrated actress, and a warm and charitable person with a happy family life. Essentially, she has it all – and deservedly so.
Having previously appeared in commercials when she was a small child, she made her full acting debut in the made-for-television drama film An Invasion of Privacy in 1983. Then she had several small roles in a number of television shows and movies before truly coming to prominence as Kendall Hart in the long-running All My Children in 1993.
After that, she appeared in movies like Scream 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer, at the same time rising to superstardom as the titular Buffy Summers in Joss Whedon’s brilliant Buffy the Vampire Slayer – a role she played from 1997 to 2003, with the character also crossing over to spin-off show Angel on occasions.
She has barely been out of the limelight since, »
- K.J. Stewart
18 items from 2015
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