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San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Spin-offs have been a part of television since the very beginning. These include not just those series that branched off from popular shows focusing on a favorite supporting character but also those that continued following the leads. The latter could be thought of as TV show sequels, like Archie Bunker’s Place. Prequels, however, have not been as big a part of television tradition. There were Saturday morning cartoons offering origins of live-action TV characters like Alf and the Muppets, as well as some jumping onto the “__ Babies” concept for classic animated series like Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones. Around the same time, ’80s drama Dallas got a legitimate prequel, but it was in the form of a TV movie. Outside of shows that were prequels to movies — a current trend in and of itself that has its roots in series like Freddy’s Nightmares (some of its episodes, anyway) and Young Indiana Jones Chronicles — the earliest American »
- Christopher Campbell
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Planet Hulk / Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain America 3, Iron Man 4, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Sinister Six, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Avengers Assemble, Young Justice and more….
With Comic-Con kicking off tomorrow and a host of superhero news expected, including an announcement on Marvel’s Phase Three movies and – potentially – the future of the DC movie universe, it’s an early (and somewhat abridged) edition of The Week in Spandex this week as we round up all the superhero news from the past few days, with a post-Comic-Con edition set to follow on Monday. Anyway, let’s get cracking…
…Ahead of its release next week, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Gary Collinson
According to a recent report from TV Line, the Agents of Shield season 2 folks have casts former Xena Warrior Princess badass, Lucy Lawless (left), to portray a mystery role. It's a mystery because no specific details for her role, have officially been revealed yet. However, they are speculating that Lucy could possibly play a character, named Mary Maloney, who is a highly skilled agent that can “command any room” (and boasts “effortless sex appeal”). Lucy Lawless' other acting credits include roles in Battlestar Galactica and Spartacus. Season 2 is due to premiere on Tuesday night, September 23rd at 8pm central time on ABC. »
Dust off your chakram because Xena herself, Lucy Lawless, has signed up for the second season of Marvel's Agents Of Shield. ABC’s series now doesn’t just offer connective tissue with the Marvel Cinematic Universe now, it’s forever bonded with Xena: Warrior Princess too. Sure, it may sound like a tenuous connection but try telling that to the Comic-Con brigade as the geek streams cross and potentially explode the planet.Cylon Number Three in Battlestar Galactica, Lawless has also popped up recently in Spartacus and Parks And Recreation fans will have clocked her as Ron Swanson's other half, Diane.Season two of Agents Of Shield will pick up with a potentially damaged Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) running the agency in Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) stead. Lawless joins fellow newbie Patton Oswalt who plays Eric Koenig, a member of the World War II Howling Commandos in the comic books, »
The original series ran from Sept. 30 to Dec. 17, 1983, on NBC and starred Simon MacCorkindale as a man possessing the ability to turn himself into any animal and using that ability to help police catch criminals.
Larson is best known for creating “Battlestar Galactica, »
- Dave McNary
“Marvel’s Agents of Shield” is colliding with another geek fandom.
“Xena: Warrior Princess” star Lucy Lawless is joining the ABC comicbook-inspired show for season two. A rep for the show confirmed that she will guest star in an upcoming episode, though they do not have her character name or description at this time.
The lack of info is no surprise, as Marvel often keeps such information under wraps for some time.
“Agent of Shield” returns to ABC on Tuesday, Sept. 23. TVGuide.com first broke the news of Lawless joining the show.
- Alex Stedman
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a tough time at first. It didn’t get the best critical reception and saw its ratings slip as the season progressed. Having lost interest after the fourth episode, clearly I can’t comment, but our own Evan Valentine pointed out that things did improve after a certain big twist. Perhaps I’ll have to take his word for it because not only did Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. score a second season, but it also just added Xena star Lucy Lawless to the cast. Since playing Xena, Lawless has been all over the place on the TV side of the business having appeared on Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus, Parks and Recreation and more. Hit the jump for more on Lawless’ casting as well as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter San Diego Comic-Con crossover poster. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday, September 23rd »
- Perri Nemiroff
(Cbr) Fan-favorite actress Lucy Lawless will join "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." in its second season, TV Guide reveals. Although the details of her role haven't been disclosed, TVLine adds that the ABC drama has been searching for someone to play recurring character Mary Maloney, described as a highly skilled S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who can “command any room." It seems likely an official announcement will be made Friday at Comic-Con International in San Diego during the "Marvel Television Presents" panel. Best known for her starring role on "Xena: Warrior Princess," Lawless has also appeared on the reimagined "Battlestar Galactica," "Spartacus" and "Parks and Recreation." "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returns Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added a Warrior Princess to its cast. That's right, E! News has confirmed Lucy Lawless—you may know her as Xena, Lucretia from Spartacus or Number Three on Battlestar Galactica—will guest star in the upcoming second season of the ABC drama. We'll let that sink in for a moment because you know what that means? Lawless is now part of the Marvel universe. In true S.H.I.E.L.D. fashion, Lawless' role is being kept under wraps. The New Zealand native also recurs on NBC's Parks and Recreation as Ron Swanson's (Nick Offerman) wife Diane and will likely pop up in the show's final season. As for the role that made Lawless a household name, »
Director: John Guillermin
Running time: 105 minutes
John Guillermin’s 1965 Rapture is a strange and mesmerising beast: part melodrama and part dark gothic fantasy. This French and American production explores a teenage girl’s coming of age and sexual awakening, all against the dramatic backdrop of the Brittany coastline. It’s a visually stunning production, filmed in black and white Cinemascope which does the landscape justice. Combined with Georges Delerue’s haunting score, Rapture immediately weaves a spell over the viewer, drawing you into its strangeness.
And this is definitely an odd film. Agnes (Patricia Gozzi) is a sort of girl-woman, kept isolated by her father in the middle of nowhere, frozen on the cusp of womanhood as she plays with her dolls. She exists in a kind of semi-fantasy world where she invests a scarecrow with sentience, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
It looks like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has picked up its first new recruit for the second season of the show, with TV Line reporting that Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica star Lucy Lawless will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Although no details of her character have been disclosed, the site speculates that Lawless could be playing the recurring role of Mary Maloney – a highly skilled agent who can “command any room” – which has been out for casting.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC for its second season on September 23rd. An official cast announcement is yet to be revealed, but expect to see Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), J. August Richards (Deathlok) and B.J. Britt (Antoine Triplett) all returning.
- Gary Collinson
That noise you can hear? It's Lucy Lawless, somewhere in an L.A. mansion, repeatedly shouting "House!", because she's finally filled up her geek TV bingo card.
After winning geekdom's heart with her name-making role in Xena: Warrior Princess, Lawless went on to parts in The X-Files (just a small one), Battlestar Galactica (a pretty big one), and Spartacus: War Of The Damned (a major one), and memorably dropping in on Curb Your Enthusiasm to play herself along the way.
Now, Lawless is stepping on to the Helicarrier with a role in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two. Who she'll be playing, and for how long, is being kept under wraps for now, but expect that question to be asked and ummed about during this week's Sdcc.
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns »
Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur
Idris Elba is in talks to re-team with his "RocknRolla" director Guy Ritchie on "Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur" at Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is the first in a proposed six-movie fantasy re-telling of the King Arthur legend.
The "Luther" and "Pacific Rim" star will portray Bedivere, who serves as the right hand man to Arthur's father, and is tasked with teaching Arthur how to lead an army. Testing for the role of Arthur will begin in August. The film itself will open July 2016. [Source: The Wrap]
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Details on her role and how in-depth or often she will appear are being kept under wraps. »
- Garth Franklin
Battle on, agents!
Related ABC Boss Talks About S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Slow Start, Once‘s Take on Frozen, Jilted Trophy Wife and More
Though details on Lawless’ character — or the length of the gig — have not been disclosed (surprise, surprise!), the series has been looking to cast the recurring role of “Mary,” a highly skilled agent who can “command any room” (and boasts “effortless sex appeal”). A possible fit? Survey says… »
What keeps any story or idea relevant is continuous adaptation. The blanket statement that “remakes suck” discounts a lot of great remakes and ignores the fact that mankind has been retelling and remixing stories forever. A good example of reinvention is Batman, who will see his 4th cinematic incarnation and is popular worldwide and across all ages. Buck Rogers on the other hand hasn’t had a new movie since 1939 and grows more irrelevant with each passing year.
All five movies that I think are due for a remake are 15 years or older. Four of these are adaptations from other media. For each movie I break down their faults or misfortunes, the opportunity in the source material or potential in a remake, how a remake makes fiscal sense, its current and past remake status, and finally a bit of fanboy wishful thinking.
Wild Wild West (1999) Why It's Due for a »
- Free Reyes
Focus Features has released a short teaser from the forthcoming first full trailer for their adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, which you can view below. It may only be a quick 15-second snippet, but it will no doubt get fans of the film and book excited for the first trailer, which will be released online this Thursday, July 24th.
Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its initial release. To date, the book trilogy it has sold over 70million copies worldwide to become one of the fasting-selling book series of all time.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, and written by Mark Bomback (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks), the film stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall), Dakota Johnson (Need For Speed), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2 »
- Scott Davis
It’s always a challenge when a television show kills off a sizable portion of humanity in its first episodes. I don’t mean to be flip about that proposition—it’s just there’s a certain series format, seen most recently in The Leftovers, in which the action begins after a near-apocalyptic event has run its course and then the substance of the show deals with whatever follows.
Some do it better than others. In HBO’s case, that calamity comes through a rapture of sorts: Two percent of the world’s population disappears into thin air. What follows »
- Jackson McHenry
It's safe to say I was not a fan of "The Purge." James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first film, is back to do both jobs again this time, and I think he's made leaps and bounds in terms of making use of his big idea. My biggest problem with the original film was that the scale of the story being told was a financial consideration, not a creative one, and it felt like it wasted the basic idea of a governmental decision to sanction 12 hours per year where anyone can kill anyone for any reason. Now, what you think of that idea will go a long way to your overall reaction to "The Purge: Anarchy," but what is clear is that DeMonaco set out to make pretty much the opposite of the first film, telling a story that allows us to get a glimpse at the Purge as a whole. »
- Drew McWeeny
Marvel Comics revealed that a mystery woman will take up the mantle of the God of Thunder yesterday (July 15).
5 Joss Whedon projects you never got to see: Wonder Woman, Ripper, Batman
Writing on Twitter, Whedon quipped: "A female Thor? What the hell makes them think That would be cool?"
A female Thor? What the hell makes them think That would be cool? pic.twitter.com/Tg2Ti8PIOo
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) July 15, 2014
Starbuck was previously a male character and played by Dirk Benedict.
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