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Supernatural, Season 9, Episode 18: “Meta Fiction”
Written by Robbie Thompson
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Airs Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on The CW
While Metatron’s actions at the end of last season sealed off Heaven and tossed every Angel out, his movements over the course of this season have established that his plans are far from over. With an explicit desire to replace God, and a willingness to kill even those who might tangentially stand in his way, such as Kevin, Metatron has emerged as a major threat. This week’s episode delves into his mindset, and how Metatron views himself, in a superb episode that pushes Castiel down a path he’s reluctant to walk.
Metatron’s view of himself as the hero of a story he’s writing is an interesting insight into the character. While he is unquestionably thirsty for power, it »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Today’s film is the 2006 short Waning Moon. The film is written by Ian Clark and Will Ramos, and directed by Luca Colombo. It stars Andy Brosseau, Dallas Johnson, and Vincent Kartheiser. Kartheiser has made a number of appearances in movies such as Alpha Dog and In Time, as well as tv shows such as Angel. He is, however, best known for his role as Pete Campbell in the AMC series Mad Men, which makes its season seven premiere tonight.
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Dark Horse Comic, Buffy Season 10 was released earlier in March, and that's as good of a reason as any to look back at the start of the heroine's journey. (Also note that James Marsters and Nicholas Brendon are also a part of the Buffy Season 10 team, as writers. Ohmygodsoamazingwhat!)
During its run on television, and after, Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired the creation of philosophical books, college courses, Joss Whedon's equally profound and fun spin-off series Angel, and countless Buffy-like fictional characters. Buffy herself became an icon of epic proportions. The show also changed the way people viewed television – not just in the experience of watching it, but how it was considered as a medium for telling powerful stories.
Season One is where it all began (well, actually ... it all began with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, but I digress) and it's interesting to see how »
- Nancy Greene
Drew McWeeny has been covering "Marvel's Agents of Shield" for us all season, and like usual he had a thoughtful take on last night's episode. But given both how pivotal and unusual "Turn, Turn, Turn" was, I figured I would check in as well with a review — featuring spoilers for both this episode and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" — coming up just as soon as I have thoughts on Chachi... As Drew talks about often in his reviews, what Marvel is trying to do with this show in having it interact directly with the movies is pretty much unprecedented. The Picard/Data "Star Trek" films came out when other spin-offs were still on TV, but while there may have been some small bits of crossover (the Defiant from "Deep Space 9" getting damaged by the Borg in "Star Trek: First Contact"), it was never to the extent we got with the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Back in December Sony announced that it is to spin-off the main Amazing Spider-Man franchise with Venom and The Sinister Six, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinker signing on to write the symbiote’s solo movie, and Drew Goddard tackling villainous ensemble. Well, it’s now been revealed that Goddard will also handle directing duties when Spidey’s greatest foes join forces.
Goddard’s previous screenwriting credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Alias, Lost and Cloverfield, while he made his directorial debut in 2012 with The Cabin in the Woods. The Sinister Six is the second Marvel project that Goddard is attached to, having also signed on to write and executive producer Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil miniseries.
- Gary Collinson
So Drew Goddard is probably going to direct the Sinister Six movie, which is probably going to be released after Amazing Spider-Man 3, and which will probably star a lot of Spider-Man villains, at least one of whom will be less of a “villain” than an antihero who serves as the audience surrogate. (My money’s on Black Cat, but there’s always Sandman, the go-to not-really-evil villain for decades now.) Goddard was already announced as a member of Sony’s spin-off think thank, but if the news is not surprising, it’s still a bit unusual. Goddard’s sole »
- Darren Franich
When it was announced that Sony was expanding its Spider-Man universe with spinoff films for Venom and The Sinister Six, we learned that The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard would be writing the latter film with an eye to possibly direct. Goddard is also attached to write and direct Marvel’s 10-episode Daredevil series for Netflix, so it was unclear whether he would be able to direct both Daredevil—a passion project for the filmmaker—and Sinister Six. Well luckily it appears that everything has been worked out, as Goddard has closed his deal to direct Sony’s villain-filled The Sinister Six. Hit the jump for more. Per Heat Vision, Goddard has officially been set to direct The Sinister Six for Sony. This is certainly Goddard’s most ambitious undertaking yet, as he only just made his directorial debut with the excellent 2012 horror deconstruction The Cabin in the Woods. »
- Adam Chitwood
20th Century Fox
Dollhouse is the forgotten trinket in the toy store that is the Whedonverse. Initially met with mixed reviews and unceremoniously cancelled after two seasons, Dollhouse seems to be relegated to creator Joss Whedon’s junior varsity team in favor of the fully realized worlds of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer or its’ counterpart Angel. Even the short-lived Firefly had Serenity, a movie spinoff offering a sense of closure to fans of the short-lived series. Instead, those who tuned in to the show quickly abandoned it, and Dollhouse is now whispered under the breath by Whedonites. If mentioned at all.
The show is certainly not without its share of problems. A good chunk of the first season feels unfocused and generic in the first batch of stand alone episodes. Dependent upon the performance of an uneven at best, downright shaky at worst Eliza Dushku, Dollhouse’s attempt to »
- Stephen Reynolds
When Marvel announced that its first live-action television series set in their cinematic universe would be a S.H.I.E.L.D. show created by Joss Whedon and starring Clark Gregg as the Avenger’s Agent Coulson, anticipation quickly reached a fever pitch. The pilot episode’s ratings clearly reflected Marvel’s estimation that the world wanted a TV show from them, but as the figures rapidly petered off it became uncomfortably obvious that maybe it just wasn’t this show they wanted.
There are many factors that can be pointed to that explain Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s disappointments, possibly the biggest of which is that it’s the first of its kind, and the fact it was always going to have a lot riding on it meant that the many fingers controlling the series – the showrunners, ABC, Marvel, even parent company Disney – were always going to have their way with its pies. »
- Mark Allen
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s final season aired in 2003, while the spin-off series Angel aired its final season a year later, so we’ve not had a live action Buffyverse kick for ten years – can you believe that?!
Anyway, it’s probably fair to say that Joss Whedon is done with the shows, despite the fact that rumours of spin-offs and one-off episodes/television movies have persisted since they ended.
The “canon” comic books have somewhat provided our Buffyverse fix in recent years, but they will never replace the television shows and Buffyverse fans around the world would love to see the slayer in live action again – so why not in a new movie? In 1992, a Buffy movie was the stimulus for the franchise, with Kristy Swanson taking the titular role before Sarah Michelle Gellar took over for the television series, and a new one – even completely rebooted – would surely go down a treat. »
- Kev Stewart
The Not-We may conjure up images of a plastic green forest, a wizened wise woman and a mwah-hah-hah-ing baddie with stupid hair, but in actual fact, it's everywhere you look. Take the Not-We's when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy. Your average Not-We will snort with derision and write off fans of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars etc as loser nerds who call their pet cats Spock and go to conventions dressed in long scarves and bow ties. Mind you, sport Not-We's will wonder why people go to games decked out in silly face paint and novelty 'look-at-me' costumes. If you're not part of the unit, there's clearly no hope left.
Xander's clearly having a case of Not-We-itis today. Another apocalypse is brewing and while the Scoobies are busy gearing up for research and heavy duty slayage, Xander's sent to the local bakery to pick up a choice of doughnuts. »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Big Hero 6, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Force, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Catwoman, Gotham, Son of Batman, Arrow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more...
Marvel Studios may have started rolling out its latest Phase Two offering in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it was Avengers: Age of Ultron that grabbed most of the Cinematic Universe headlines this week as principal photography on Joss Whedon's hotly-anticipated sequel got underway in Italy (doubling for Serbia). The shoot revolved around a big action sequence, with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) battling a load of guys in mocap suits, as well as a stand in for James Spader's Ultron. »
- Gary Collinson
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was created by Joss Whedon, but without his direct involvement – aside from directing the pilot – the series has been lacking many of the aspects that make up other shows in the Whedonverse. A lot of it has to do with casting – you expect a Whedon show to make use of some of the better known actors that have been on Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. Thankfully, as Agents of Shield has gone on, it’s tried to give itself that Whedonverse feel. And now, my personal favorite Whedonite, Amy Acker, has been cast in an upcoming episode.
According to TV Guide, Acker was cast in at least one episode of Shield. She’ll be playing Audrey, a famous cellist first mentioned in Marvel’s The Avengers. She’s the love of Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) life, turning heads up in Portland, and believes Coulson »
- Brody Gibson
Hello dear readers, and welcome to this week’s edition of the WhatCulture news brief. This has been a bit of a slow news week, without our usual batch of big and exciting news stories. Don’t worry, there are definitely some intriguing things in this week’s roundup, but we’ll be talking about eight of them this time instead of the usual ten. I do, however, have quite a few honourable mentions to share, so I guess things even out?
This week we heard news about two big remakes, one of which is Scarface and the other… is a surprise. Trust me, it’ll get you talking! We also have some Ant-Man news, a couple trailers that may or may not ruin your childhood, and updates on Fast and Furious 7 and Prometheus 2. So, let’s jump right into it!
Michael C. Hall is supposedly on »
- James Garcia
The Marvel villain Blackout is heading to the small screen, with Patrick Brennan (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2) securing the role as Marcus Daniels in the upcoming eighteenth and nineteenth episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; here's an official first look shot of Brennan in character...
According to Marvel.com, Blackout's powers will differ slightly from the comic books, with the character having the ability to suck the energy out of anything around him, and by the sounds of it his story will link in with that of Amy Acker's (Angel) cellist Audrey, the love of Coulson's life before his "death" in The Avengers.
"This guy, Marcus Daniels, a.k.a. Blackout, was shrouded in darkness, his soul, everything about him was shrouded in darkness until he comes across this Cello player," says Brennan. "And the music was the only light that came into his soul, »
- Gary Collinson
Here’s the shady skinny: Government-funded scientist Professor Gable unearths five people who have special gifts and seem to be a portent in the next evolutionary step for mankind. If he can harness the source of their gifts, he could use them for the good of the world... or for evil.
Eliza Dushku ("Angel," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") plays an unwitting pawn in this nefarious program in the action-packed pilot which debuted yesterday. Basically, she kicks a lot of ass as she tries to make sense of what is happening to her. (It reminded me a little bit, in spirit anyway, of the short-lived Dushku television series "Dollhouse.")
Tancharoen describes The Gable 5 as “a sci-fi, futuristic version of The Truman Show.” I had to »
- Staci Layne Wilson
With the first (and only?) season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. winding down, TV Guide has revealed that Joss Whedon regular Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Much Ado About Nothing) has joined the cast as Audrey, a.k.a. the cellist and love of Agent Phil Coulson's (Clark Gregg) life before his "death" in The Avengers. Here's a first look image of her character...
According to the site, Acker will appear in "at least one episode" of the show, and her character is described as,"a talented musician turning heads in Portland, Audrey believes Coulson to be dead and has no idea that he's guarding her from a distance as a super-powered threat from her past re-emerges."
Meanwhile, in other Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. news, the official Facebook page has released a clip from next week's episode 'End of the Beginning', which sees the team hunting for J. August Richards' Deathlok. »
- Gary Collinson
Joss Whedon fans will no doubt recognize Amy Acker from the likes of Angel, Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing; and now she's signed on to appear in another project which involves the Avengers director: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. We found out the other day that she'd been cast as Audrey -- the cellist first mentioned in The Avengers who was then revealed to have been Agent Coulson's one true love...before he died that is. But now he's back, and it seems we might be in for a reconciliation, as Audrey is set to appear in an upcoming ep. Here's our first look at the character, followed by quotes from Acker. "I think one of the things that was so interesting about the role is that she has this backstory and she has been talked about in the TV show as well as the movie and you knew that she »
As if the cast of Marvel's Agents of Shield wasn't talented enough already, the show just keeps on adding more impressive guest stars, with the likes of Bill Paxton, Adrian Pasdar, and Patton Oswalt still to feature this season. The latest addition is one Amy Acker, in what will be her fifth role in a Joss Whedon production, proving that once you've been in the Whedonverse, you never leave.
Amy Acker will be playing the role of The Cellist in Portland, in at least one episode. Ardent fans will know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been subtly but steadily building up to her character. Coulson's former romantic interest was mentioned in The Avengers, and then, very deliberately, two or three in Marvel's Agents of Shield. Marvel (and Joss Whedon, for that matter) have a habit of setting tiny plot elements into motion, and then bringing them back, often as something much bigger. »
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