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When looking for a new series idea, TNT went back into its old archives, much like the title protagonist The Librarian might do. In 2004, TNT created a trilogy movie series starring Noah Wyle as Librarian Flynn Carsen, who in charge of a secret store of artifacts (many of them -- most, actually -- being magical). Wyle has returned for this new installment of the Librarian franchise, which could easily be titled The Librarians: The Next Generation. Hit the jump for why the title is now plural. For those unfamiliar, the Librarian (singular), is a man chosen by the Library itself to protect its collection, and help save the world from nefarious sorts (which happens a lot). Once a Librarian dies (which also happens a lot), a new one takes his or her place. Though the Librarian has many magical artifacts at his or her disposal, the series makes clear »
- Allison Keene
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Johnny Depp. National treasure aging into a human pile of scarves and hats. He sees the world through rose-colored glasses because he refuses to remove his rose-colored glasses (they’re those purple roses specifically).
Somewhere around 2003, his film choices and his sartorial choices became equal in terms of questionability, and that’s why for the most part he now dresses almost exactly like Kane from Poltergeist 2.
We could judge, and we could judge harshly. But, instead, let’s make lemonade out of lemons and bolo ties. Let’s play the best game ever: Where Is Johnny Depp Going? Secret spoiler: the answer to all of these is a fancy event or talk show appearance or movie set. That doesn’t matter when you’re playing Where Is Johnny Depp Going?
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The Mills sisters revisit their past in this week's Sleepy Hollow. Here's Holly's review of an identity-themed episode...
This review contains spoilers.
2.10 Magnum Opus
This week’s Sleepy Hollow is all about identity - Ichabod’s, Abbie’s, Abe’s, even the show’s itself. From the very first episode of the series, we’ve seen this journey with Ichabod, beginning with his emergence from the earth and continuing throughout his fish-out-of-water navigation of the new world. This journey, of course, is hijacked by the necessity of preventing the coming apocalypse.
Until recent episodes, his has been the most fleshed-out backstory. And it’s been enough, to say the least - the guy was already pretty interesting in his own time, what with all the turncoating and conspiring with our founding fathers. His turbulent relationships, as well, were a colonial soap opera. The constant flashbacks to his earlier life have »
Sleepy Hollow, Season 2, Episode 10, “Magnum Opus”
Written by Donald Todd
Directed by Doug Aarniokoski
Airs Mondays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
At a time when Sleepy Hollow is running the risk of losing its vital energy thanks to an excess of plots and characters, it’s important to remember the things everyone loved about the show in the first place. It captured the attention of viewers thanks to the ludicrous concept of a Headless Horseman wielding automatic weapons, and delivered that early and often. It moved past initial absurdity by capitalizing on the chemistry between its two leads and building a dynamic that everyone wanted to root for. And it managed to remain a consistently solid supernatural drama, deploying well-executed monsters and suspense.
“Magnum Opus” is an episode that provides all of those things in abundance, setting a promising stage for the show’s midseason finale next week. A large »
- Les Chappell
Sony Pictures went out and hired an Oscar-winning screenwriter for their big screen adaptation of the hit video game Uncharted. The writer's name is Mark Boal, and he's written the scripts for the incredible war films Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker. He's a much better choice than the writer of the National Treasure movies, who is one of the writers they previously hired.
According to THR, Boal is a big fan of the video game franchise, and he envisions the story as a "swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones." That's basically a description of the video game, but if he can help bring the story and the Nathan Drake character to life on the big screen in an amazing way, then what more can the fans ask for?
The last we heard, the plan was to start shooting in 2015, so they've still got some time to get the script right. »
- Joey Paur
This review will be largely thematic, rather than a straightforward recapping of the events, which you can find out by watching the episode anyway (which is really good, and the review contains spoilers, so you might as well first watch it on official catch-up).
Season 2 sees the new Director Coulson's smaller, in-the-process-of-being-reconstructed Shield become underdogs, trying to stop Hydra while simultaneously evading the likes of the ridiculously gung-ho (and newly promoted) Brigadier General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar). (Seriously, how did he ever make any friends (that's assuming he has any), or get married, or even get promoted at in the first place? He's extremely tenacious, but kind of a jerk, using power to intimidate anyone who might possibly get in his way (or even try to work with him). And his idea of motivating people is to explain to them that he's threatening them less.)
The plot is somewhat reminiscent »
Manny Camacho reviews episodes 4 – 5 of Sleepy Hollow season 2….
Sleepy Hollow has been a fun ride since it’s series inception. A very specific tale of the fabled Hessian Horseman whose head is decapitated, rises from the grave and searches for the head he lost.
This series has been written in a similar style to Once Upon A Time with a dash of Lost tastefully mixed in. The stories have been solidly incorporating a variety of other characters and tales from many different pieces of folklore and combining them with biblical concepts to interweave the storyline we have today. Mainly concepts from the biblical stories of revelation. Setting up our main characters as the two who bare witness to the coming of the end of days.
The recent episodes for this season have continued to burrow down the rabbit hole of storied characters by utilizing the Pied-Piper and The Weeping Lady. »
- Manny Camacho
Briefly: After dying in nearly everything that's he's starred in, it sounds like Sean Bean is poised to survive a feature film. THR has word that the Lord of the Rings and National Treasure star has landed a role in The Martian, the next sci-fi drama from Alien director Ridley Scott. The film follows an astronaut (Damon) who is stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for Nasa to organize a rescue mission. Bean will play a Nasa flight director, presumably back on Earth, trying to sort things out. Bean joins an interesting assembly of talent that includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig and Donald Glover. The film arrives on November 25th, 2015. »
- Ethan Anderton
In "The Front," our team of Blacklist FBI agents have ditched their search for crazy docs and moved on to crazy eco-terrorists (like bio-terrorists who care about the environment). Liz and Ressler need to find these radicals who are on a search of their own, looking for a killer plague. Red is searching for something as well: his long-lost daughter. It's a night of quests in the vein of National Treasure, letting us catch a glimpse of a vulnerable Liz, a determined Red and an Amar who has us asking, "Just how smart is this guy?" »
Marketing veteran Jack Pan is the latest hire at Robert Simonds’ new film and television company, joining a collection of studio hands that includes former Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and former Disney and 20th Century Fox exec Oren Aviv.
Pan has served as senior marketing executive at both Disney and Summit Entertainment, helping on the rollout of the “Twilight,” “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Divergent” franchises. He is known for being a pioneer of online marketing, who is credited with helping the “Twilight” films reach their core audience of passionate readers.
As president of marketing at Simonds’ still unnamed studio, he will oversee research and analytics, creative advertising and other forms of promotion. He will report to Aviv and starts at the studio immediately.
Pan previously worked with Aviv at Disney. His hire gives the Simonds team a strong backing in marketing, as both Aviv and Fogelson »
- Brent Lang
Written by Mark Goffman
Directed by Ken Olin
Airs Mondays at 9pm (Est) on Fox
Few shows are returning this fall with higher expectations than Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. What appeared last year to be an inexplicable pickup turned into the season’s most engaging new series, managing to successfully balance its utterly ridiculous concept with strong character work and a clever sense of humor. It was a win for quality that also translated into a ratings win for Fox, who made the interesting choice of bypassing a back-nine and ordering a second season right away. All of this was encouraging, but continued to raise the question of how long its brand of lunacy could be sustained, or if whatever energy the writers had grappled onto would dim in between seasons.
Those questions are answered in large part by “This Is War,” and »
- Les Chappell
Nicolas Cage is so much more than a man; he's a legend. This is in part because of his long list of iconic movie credits, from Leaving Las Vegas to National Treasure, Moonstruck to Kick-Ass. It's in part because of his outrageous performance style, and crazy Cage eyes. But it's also because of all those stranger-than-fiction true tidbits about his life that pop up--like that he named his son after Superman, or that he bought himself a pyramid. You hear stories like these, and think, "Well, of course he did. He's Nic Cage!" Well, thanks to Idris Elba, we've got a new one to add to ever-expanding encyclopedia of inexplicable Cage behavior. As part of his continued efforts to promote his latest thriller No Good Deed, Idris Elba took to Reddit to offer up an Ama. Amid answering questions about The Wire and Luther, Elba shared a story from the »
The 18th century German classic about an apprentice magician is brought bang up to date in contemporary Manhattan by the team behind National Treasure. In this expanded adventure, Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar Blake, a sorcerer who has to save the city from his arch nemesis Horvath (Alfred Molina). Crucial to his quest is physics prodigy Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) who just may be the chosen one to thwart Horvath and his diabolical plans. »
After we took a week off to have a baby, The Podcast returns! Our 178th podcast features plenty of tasty movie goodies including Tom’s Trivia Three – We teach you things about Time Bandits, National Treasure and Hayao Miyazaki Reviews – If I Stay, The Grand Seduction, Let’s Be Cops A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week our acclaimed actor takes on Pirates Of The Caribbean Ultimate Recast Reboot – We recast and reboot 3 Men And A Baby News – Guardians Of The Galaxy rules the box office, Irish film Trampoline get’s picked up in the States and the worst possible movie news ever And we have plenty of ways of making you listen... TuneIn App Users Click here – iOS / Android / Windows Phone Stitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Theatrical horror is notoriously disappointing, so the expectations I had for As Above, So Below were almost nonexistent. The lure of cave exploration (a la The Descent) is 100% the only reason I went to see the film, and I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed myself. I caught the film during a matinee and I was the only person in the theatre. Despite sitting alone amongst 149 empty seats, I was filled with an overwhelming amount of claustrophobia and admit to jumping in my seat on more than one occasion. Is the film groundbreaking or particularly original? No. However, As Above, So Below is one of the more enjoyable “found footage” films I’ve seen in a long time.
- BJ Colangelo
From Indiana Jones (the good) through to National Treasure (the not so good), films have often played upon the desire that resides in every single young boy that never really grew up, but only grew taller. The dream of finding untold treasure hidden away in a dusty tomb or a missing galleon filled to the brim with solid gold coins unseen for hundreds of years is a powerful one. To this day, people make careers out of gambling everything they have, buying a ship and heading out on the open waves with little more than hope and a rumour to guide them – only to return months later, haggard and with eyes filled with horror, clutching a single golden cup or a small, delicate emerald ring worth half a billion dollars alone.
It is these real life mavericks who inspire the films, and the games like the Uncharted »
- Thomas Wesson
As Above, So Below, the latest and (hopefully) greatest “found footage” horror movie to attempt something supposedly “different,” is admittedly scream-worthy at times. France’s catacombs are creepy enough in the daytime as it is, making them an ideal location for first person Pov horror, but the scares are all inherent. All the work is done for the Dowdle brothers, showcasing walls lined with human skulls that remind us that every scene takes place in an underground mass grave, but besides a few religiously-inspired jump-scares, little is done to truly capitalize on Paris’ darkest secret. Buried among the bones and bodies is the Dowdle’s own story, only unearthing enough cohesion to stumble from Point A to Point B, but in establishing a wicked game where your deepest fears become the enemy, rules are glossed over in favor of archeological advancement. It’s a shame, because such a fresh concept »
- Matt Donato
It was confirmed last night by Deadline that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are bringing back Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon for a third time after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons as Inferno, based on the Dan Brown novel, will head into production in April 2015. Worldwide the first two films brought in $1.24 billion worldwide with only 28% of that total coming from the domestic box office, which is to say this has a big overseas following despite the fact reviews for the first two movies were never stellar. As for this next installment, which skips over The Lost Symbol when it comes to the chronological release of the books' publication dates, here's the synopsis: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon (Hanks), is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces... Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles »
- Brad Brevet
As I tend to watch movies for a living, periodically I am faced with potential career choices that might be more lucrative for me. A stint aboard a space mining freighter for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation is a bit too futuristic for me, and I’ve missed the boat for enrolling in med school or law school. However, there seems to be one way to make money that doesn’t seem to take any formal schooling: treasure hunting. Of course, before I kiss my wife and kids good-bye and embark on a whirlwind global journey to get rich off of other people’s plundering, I had to look into this career choice a bit. I started by thinking: Where can I dig up a buried pirate’s treasure chest? The Answer: Only in the movies, unless you get creative or have unlimited funds. Pirate treasure has been the source of many entertaining films, including »
- Kevin Carr
Project Name: Snarky Sidekick Asking For: $6,500 on Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $3,390 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 19 Description: Snarky Sidekick is a comedy web series that takes a satirical swipe at Indiana Jones and National Treasure. Its protagonist is Simon, a computer nerd who throws out one-liners from the comfort of a surveillance truck while assisting treasure hunter Tom Raker in his quest for priceless artifacts. When Raker dies, Simon is left in charge of his mission, and that requires him to go into the field and outside of his comfort zone. In the Snarky Sidekick pitch video, creator Matthew Starr displays the comedic tone of his series. "He too is afraid of snakes," says Starr of Simon, "and also girls, and deep water...generally, he's risk averse." Creator Bio: Starr, as with many other comic actors who create their own web series, »
- Sam Gutelle
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