9 items from 2015
If you aren't familiar with the work of Elizabeth Olsen, I'd highly recommend checking out Martha Marcy May Marlene. The young actress wasn't really given much to do in last year's Godzilla, but she's immensely talented, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what Joss Whedon - a writer known for crafting solid female roles - does with her Scarlet Witch character in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Olsen was recently interviewed by Empire (via Cbm), and she spoke a bit about her character and what we can expect to see in the highly-anticipated blockbuster.
"The coolest thing about Scarlet Witch is, because you've never seen her, we got to create how she moves. Joss was really inspired by dancers, and so he knew that he wanted to change visually how she moves, to be more like a dancer than a fighter. I didn't really have to do much stunt training. »
- Ben Pearson
Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?
You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.
Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »
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. »
Vulture John Travolta without his hairpiece. Ditch it permanently, John. Bald is beautiful. Or at least more beautiful than pretending you have hair (you did have a great head of it) when you no longer do.
THR Michael Keaton in talks to star in a "gritty" drama from John Lee Hancock (who, tbh, we don't associate with "gritty" since he made The Rookie and The Blind Side*) called The Founder about the rise of McDonalds and behind the scenes shady business. It sounds like there are three good male roles so I wonder who will join Keaton? Can I put in a request for Edward Norton. I want them to become »
- NATHANIEL R
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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 »
I am going to say something which makes me sound old. Watching the latest episode from Gotham’s playlist this week made me think of Terri Hatcher. Not the Hatcher from televisual travesty Desperate Housewives, but more so the sultry persona which made The New Adventures of Superman worth watching. And who do I blame for this moment of nostalgia other than Morena Baccarin, established sci-fi actress ,chief head turner and attending physician Dr Leslie Thompkins in Monday night’s Gotham.
Baccarin has been carving out a niche in numerous sci-fi series for years now. Familiar from Firefly, film adaptation Serenity and V to name a few she remains memorable for many reasons beyond the obvious. Having built her resume primarily through the portrayal of aliens, Baccarin’s Leslie Thompkins presents a problem for me. In a word her looks prove an issue. »
- Gary Collinson
Gotham, the sprawling serial set in Batman’s dingy and decadent haunt prior to his dark knight days, returns tonight with a jump-aboard for new viewers and a throat-clearing for the initiated. Our hero, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), starts his new assignment patrolling the mean, mad environs of Arkham Asylum—a loser beat, punishment for trying to be a straight-arrow cop in a crooked city. His partnership with morally sketchy detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) has been rebooted. Bullock now looooves Jim—gone is their tediously tempestuous rapport, at least this week—and is desperate to have him back on the force. »
- Jeff Jensen
Former "Firefly" star Morena Baccarin has hardly been wanting for work. Since that show she's popped up in regular roles on "Stargate Sg-1," "Heartland," "V" and "Homeland" with key guest starring spots on shows like "The Good Wife," "The Mentalist" and "The O.C.".
Next up she's playing the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, the dedicated physician who was a close friend of Bruce Wayne's parents, in Fox's Batman prequel series "Gotham". Usually portrayed as an elderly woman and something of a surrogate mother figure to Bruce, here she's decidedly younger but just as brash.
In this version, she's working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane where James Gordon found himself transferred to in last few minutes of the mid-season finale. Speaking about her role in the show with IGN, she says:
"Basically she and Jim meet at Arkham Asylum where he winds up working after the last episode. »
- Garth Franklin
When Gotham returns from its midseason break next week, we’ll be seeing the introduction of another familiar character from the Batman mythos in Dr. Leslie Thompkins, who is set to be portrayed by Morena Baccarin (Firefly). During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress has spoken about the role, and Leslie’s pairing with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), marking a shift from her depiction in the comic books.
“I’m a physician. I’m working at Arkham, but we’re not sticking too close to the original mythology,” states Baccarin. “We are having her team up with Jim Gordon instead of the Wayne family and Bruce. Eventually, who knows—it could go in that direction, but it hasn’t yet. She gets out [of Arkham] which is really fun and her and Jim kind of pair up and have this really great relationship. I think it’s important. Arkham is a »
- Gary Collinson
9 items from 2015
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