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The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was reportedly leaked on the internet, in poor quality, resulting in Marvel Studios releasing the official version early. It was originally scheduled to debut with Marvel's Agents of Shield, which would have been obvious brand synergy, as well as casting a spotlight on the awesomeness of that show. (Bad Rising Tide! Pop culture reference, sorry.)
But the official trailer is here now, and it's stunning in its melancholy beauty. This is somewhat atypical for a superhero blockbuster, though increasingly common in recent years (c.f. Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight trilogy). With the trailer for The Avengers, director Joss Whedon seemed to be taking after the epitome of blockbuster bombast, Michael Bay (Transformers); whereas with the trailer for the follow-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron, he seems to be taking after the master of visual and emotional film-making poetry, Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers »
Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Homeland) has secured a role in Gotham, where she will play the character of Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Baccarin will have a recurring role in the first season which is airing now, and will reportedly feature as a regular in season two.
The character is described as: “a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.”
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- Thomas Roach
Baccarin is set to play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a medical colleague of Bruce Wayne's father, in Fox's "Gotham". The actress will make her debut in several episodes of the first season, and will be upgraded to a series regular starting next year.
In this version, Thompkins works at Arkham Asylum and becomes an ally of Detective James Gordon.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
In light of Gotham having recently been granted an order for extra episodes, it seems that Fox are confident in the future of the show. As well as the season one extension, the addition of more crackers characters from DC’s back catalogue would indicate that Arkham Asylum could serve as a narrative lynchpin of sorts. Now that Morena Baccarin has joined as one of the asylum’s most decorated workers, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, this might definitely be the case.
If Fox’s intentions are to ensure a high rating on the geek intertextuality meter, then they’ve certainly done their research. Baccarin is no stranger to genre titles, after appearing in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Stargate Sg-1 and V. For those non-sci-fi lovers, she’ll be more recognizable from her fantastic work on Homeland.
But back to Gotham, and Baccarin’s involvement in the show’s burgeoning mythology. Harkening »
- Gem Seddon
Bruce Wayne will soon join Mal Reynolds and Nicholas Brody as pop culture characters who love Morena Baccarin. The actress, who starred in Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Showtime’s Homeland, is now joining the hit show Gotham. She’ll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a physician who was close friends with Bruce Wayne’s parents and is currently employed at Arkham Asylum. […]
- Germain Lussier
“Gotham” is welcoming a new resident, with the addition of Morena Baccarin to the cast.
Variety has confirmed that Baccarin will play DC Comics character Dr. Leslie Thompkins, described as a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend to Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to help those most in need in Gotham, which means working at the Arkham Asylum Home for the Criminally Insane. Her ability to stay cool under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn closer to James Gordon, and into increasingly dangerous waters.
The recurring character arc will begin in early 2015.
The role marks Baccarin’s return to the genre game, and Fox, where she previously starred in Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” in 2002. She also starred in ABC’s alien thriller “V,” and earned an Emmy nomination for her role on “Homeland.”
“Gotham” is further mining the »
- Shelli Weinstein
Something struck me today as I was watching my DVR-ed Marvel’s Agents of Shield from last night, I didn’t really care about what was going on. I mean, the larger plots are vaguely interesting, but I’m not too terribly interested in figuring out which Marvel supervillain Skye’s father will be, or learning that Coulson’s obsession with scribbling nonsense will eventually lead into Age of Ultron. And yet, I really like the show all the same. I just enjoy watching it, mainly due to the core characters and the excellent writing that brings them to life. And really, it reminds me more and more of another show that Shield has always wanted to emulate, Firefly. The two shows obviously have Whedons in common. Joss Whedon created, wrote and directed Firefly while he executives produces Shield and his young brother Jed, runs it day-to-day with a team. »
Dr. Leslie Thompkins made her DC Comics debut in 1976 issue "Detective Comics #457," and she is also featured in the New 52 comic reboot Red Hood and the Outlaws during flashback sequences.
In the series, Thompkins is described as a "gifted and dedicated physician" who was friends with Bruce's (David Mazouz) late parents Thomas and Martha. She decides to put her medical expertise to good use by working at the newly-opened Arkham Asylum's Home for the Criminally Insane. She will also be drawn to Ben McKenzie's James Gordon and into more dangerous territory.
The actress will recur in Season 1, with her character debuting in early 2015, and she is slated to become a series regular if the show is picked up for Season 2. The show's producers teased at New York »
Firefly and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin becoming a Gotham resident. Baccarin been cast in the Fox drama series in a recurring role this season that's expected to become a series regular in a presumed season two. EW has confirmed that she'll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, "a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham's most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum's Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her »
- James Hibberd
With a huge fan following after appearing in Joss Whedon's Firefly and a critically acclaimed run in Homeland, Morena Baccarin has lined up her next small screen project. She'll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, a character who has been a faithful ally of Batman's over the years. According to Deadline, this take on Thompkins is described as, "a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters." She'll have a recuuring role in season one and will return as a regular in »
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation.
This Week: Split into TV (Rebels) and Movies (Episode VII) sections, we look at what "Droids In Distress" added to the universe and talk about Joss Whedon's Firefly. Then in movie town, everything we thought we knew about the villain might be wrong or not-so-right and a bunch of illegal stuff leaks.
First off, television - Star Wars: Rebels!
The “Spark of Rebellion” 2-episode broadcast did so well for Disney that Rebels is in no real trouble, which is great. “Droids in Distress,” Monday’s episode was another step in the correct direction. Like some of my favorite children’s cartoons (Legend of Korra), Rebels found a way to talk about genocide for a bit with the backstory of Zeb and his Lasat kind. All but exterminated by the Empire with some really nasty weapons, »
QMx has revealed an amazingly detailed replica model of the ship Serenity from Joss Whedon's Firefly. This is a must own collectible for any fan of the series, and it's one of the most detailed replicas of Captain Mal's ship that exists anywhere.
The Artisan Serenity is a massive 1:125 scale model that is created directly from the 3D models that were made for the 2005 movie. One of the things that makes this so unique is that each order is handmade in a process that takes about 130 hours, which is why it looks so damn incredible.
I'm sure you're wondering how much this bad boy actually costs. Are you ready for this? $7,495! If you want one, and can afford it, it's available for pre-order here. As much as I would have to love this, there's no way I could afford that price. It's still freakin' cool though! I've included »
- Joey Paur
Easter eggs are little in jokes and references that only fans of a property will really recognize most of the time. A number of television shows feature them (Fringe has several, including a nod or two to The X-Files). Buffy and Angel, however, are just full of them.
That’s not surprising. Buffy and Angel’s writing team, and production company Mutant Enemy, were some of the most meticulous planners around, often plotting episodes (or at least plot points) years in advance. To put that in comparison, many shows are just write-as-you-go, down-to-the-wire productions with scripts coming in just weeks in advance of episodes shooting. And while Buffy had its share of last minute changes, the forethought of the writers was simply unparalleled in prime time television at the time (and for the most part, since).
A large part of that can be laid at the feet of »
- Jay Anderson
In the first part of this article, we looked at the idea of "What will they become?" and what it represents in terms of the show's commitment to arc-based, character-driven storytelling, as well as applying the question to the character of Coulson. We'll now go on to ask "What will they become?" about each of the show's other five main characters. As before, spoilers for Season 1 follow.
May (Ming-Na Wen)
Season 1 showed us three different sides to Melinda May. The first is Ninja May, an awesome, highly capable Shield operative, who's so concise, efficient, and just plain cool that she's basically a ninja. She's essentially Mulan meets Chuck Norris (because she's played by the same actress as the former, and has a meme-generating quality to rival the latter), and is easily the show's most comic-book character not derived from the comics.
The second is Angsty May (not to be confused »
• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »
- C. Molly Smith
“Firefly” and “Serenity” alum Sean Maher has been set for a lead role in director Thomas Zellen's indie sci-fi thriller “Isra-88,” an individual with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap. “Isra-88” tells the story of the fictional spaceship Isra 88 and their crew of two, whose mission is to find the end of the universe. Maher will play Dr. Abe Anderson, a scientist who begins to lose his mind during the years-long mission. Also read: Joss Whedon's ‘Firefly’ Cast Will Lend Voices to ‘Firefly Online’ Game The film starts shooting in Michigan later this month. Maher is best known for his role. »
- Linda Ge
I think it's safe to say that Joss Whedon's Firefly series isn't going to come back anytime soon, if ever. Thanks to the fans, though, that universe will never die! Loot Crate has released a 15-minute short film called "The Verse" that is set in the world of Firefly, and it actually turned out really cool.
The short features a new crew, a new Serenity inspired ship called the Overland, and, of course, a story that features a little bit of misbehavin’.
The dialogue and tone of the short feel very familiar, and I'm sure fans of the series are really going to enjoy what it has to offer, especially when it comes to the humor. Even though this is a different crew full of characters with different names, they are obviously based on the lovably awesome crew of the Serenity, and it works really well in this.
I hope you enjoy the show! »
- Joey Paur
Since its launch, Loot Crate has nerds of the world provided monthly gift boxes related to specific franchises. The company's latest box has a galactic theme, and it is accompanied by a Firefly fan film produced by the Loot Crate team. The film is called "The Verse", and as with the show it is based off, it takes place aboard a transport spaceship inhabited by a ragtag collection of crewmembers and passengers. The characters are not the same as the ones in Joss Whedon's cult classic, but there are very clear analogues between the original show and the fan film. Included in the cast are a captain with a military history, a genius ship mechanic, and a stowaway with far-reaching connections. Sound familiar? "The Verse" is available for free on Loot Crate's YouTube channel, which also offers unboxing videos of the company's monthly offers. "The Verse" essentially serves as »
- Sam Gutelle
Gallery 1988 (West) is currently hosting a new show dedicated to the oeuvre of Joss Whedon (sans the Marvel stuff, I noticed). What attendees get is a mix of everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer - both the feature film and television incarnations - to Firefly to The Cabin in the Woods. Usually, at shows like this, I expect artists to gravity to one property more than the other. In this case, however, everything Whedon had his fingerprints on was evenly represented...and the artists were clearly excited to take a crack at The Cabin in the Woods. I snapped some pics at (most) of the art representing the film - check 'em out in the gallery below.
The post Some Killer Cabin in the Woods Art Was Made for This Joss Whedon Gallery appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The teaser trailer for Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of Shield was released online the other day, and avid Shield fans may have watched it a ridiculous number of times more than once. But there's no judging in the Whedonverse.
[The following analysis and trailer contain significant spoilers for Marvel's Agents of Shield Season 1. The first season, particularly the later episodes, where it crosses over with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is worth watching ahead of Season 2.]
The teaser mostly contains footage from Season 1 (which is fair enough, since not much of Season 2 will have been shot yet, and they don't want to give away too much--besides, the point of a teaser trailer is mostly to convey tone, which this does). However, we do get a few new shots, such as Agent Skye being a ninja. Skye's come a long way from her Rising Tide days, and Season 1 hinted heavily that there are significant revelations and changes in store for her character.
Couson's (Clark Gregg) speech in voice-over is awesome, despite being made up entirely of cliches:
"This is a make-or-break moment. The enemy has the advantage. But we have to fight on, »
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