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So much yes! Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated Scream Queens has cast the parents of Ariana Grande's character (Chanel #2), and we are all about it. E! News has learned that Roger Bart (Revenge, Desperate Housewives) will play Chanel #2's father, and Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) has been cast as her mother. We screened the pilot episode of Scream Queens last night and can tell you it does not disappoint--and neither does Ariana. In fact, her scene (as well as Nick Jonas') got the biggest laughs of the entire first hour, as her character, #2, texted and social media'd her way through a ridiculous situation. From the looks of these photos that were taken »
Today is a good day to be a Scream Queen! Right after we found out that the series would be arriving on our TV screens on September 22, we got some more amazing news. Charisma Carpenter, also known as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, has been cast in the horror/comedy series from Ryan Murphy as the mother of one very famous pop star named Ariana Grande! While not a lot is known about Grande's character, she seems to be playing one of Emma Roberts' sorority henchwomen. Absolutely everything we've heard about this show so far has only made us more excited, and this is no exception. The series, from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, »
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Carpenter will play the mother of Ariana Grande’s character in Fox’s forthcoming horror comedy, our sister site Deadline reports.
VideosScream Queens‘ Full Trailer Reveals the Show’s First Murder — and It’s Twisted
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These days, you can’t swing a mythical hammer without hitting a comic book property being adapted for the screen, with every major TV network and movie studio seeking the next pre-established franchise in the pages of DC, Marvel and Image.
But while “The Walking Dead” remains TV’s No. 1 scripted show and series like CW’s “The Flash” and Netflix’s “Daredevil” rake in critical acclaim, one question looms large over awards season: Can a comic book drama crack the Emmy race?
“When you sign on for genre, you definitely accept that fact that you are playing at a disadvantage when it comes to awards season,” says “Daredevil” showrunner Steven DeKnight, who cut his teeth writing for genre maestro Joss Whedon on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” — two critically beloved shows that failed to earn major Emmy recognition during their runs. “I think once you get to the Academy level, »
- Laura Prudom
The PBS SoCal special “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” is among the nominees for the 67th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.
The interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft is a contender in the entertainment programming category. “Actors on Actors,” a co-production between Variety and PBS SoCal, will vie against Ktla’s “Live From the Oscars” and Kcbs/Kcal’s “Lexus: Music Uncovered” series.
In the competitive investigative reporting category, Fox’s Kttv is up against Kcbs and Univision’s Kmex, which has two nominations. Hard news reporting noms went to Kcbs/Kcal’s David Goldstein and Catherine Gelera; Kvea’s Azucena Gomez; Kmex’s Antonio Valverde; and separate noms for Knbc’s Robert Kovacik and Tony Shin.
In the competition for the three regularly scheduled newscast categories, there are no nominations; all stations that submit entries are contenders. The morning and daily newscast »
- Variety Staff
TV has a new superhero. Marvel’s Daredevil follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Starring Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), Marvel’s Daredevil remains faithful to the long-running comic’s reputation as a realistic crime drama.
Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, in addition to writing the first two episodes »
- Michelle McCue
Now here's a question that's the sort to get The Beast on The Chase rubbing his chubby hands in delight as a browbeaten contestant faces a wrong answer: What is a somnambulist?
It's not the sort of word that crops up in everyday patter. “Hello, I saw a somnambulist last night. Did you?” In fact, the only time I've come across this word was when I bought the CD version of Xtc's splendid Black Sea album which features a hypnotic, ambient B-side extra song called The Somnambulist. In fact, it's another term for a sleepwalker – so if by some minute chance, you read this and find yourself faced with this question on a big money quiz show, remember – you read it here!
Even Wesley is none too sure that his new boss is on the level. Having read the front pages of the papers, he's alarmed to find that the »
It's only mere weeks into the new millennium and already Rupert Giles is finding it a massive drag. The 21st century is promising big things and greater possibilities, and yet Giles is finding that he's about as relevant as an eight-track cartridge.
He may only be in his mid 40s – not approaching codger-dom by any means – but Giles hasn't really got much to show on his life CV. His only known job is to stamp books in a school which now no longer exists. His love life isn't exactly busy, given that Olivia's since gone back to Blighty with Gentleman-experience doubts in her head (we only see her in a dream sequence in Restless, so I guess that's another relationship over for Rupert). And his once close circle of friends seems to be sliding away from his reach. What with Xander looking to make ends meet and Buffy and Willow »
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. »
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