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Earlier today we brought you news of the latest name linked to the super villain role of balding billionaire Lex Luthor in the forthcoming Man Of Steel sequel, currently going under the title of Batman Vs. Superman. While it’s thought Lost actor Terry O’Quinn is rumoured to be on the shortlist (along with fan favourite Bryan Cranston and Mark Strong), we’ve heard via the trusted folks at Latino Review that one familiar name known for working with director Zack Synder has already auditioned for a major supporting role… but was turned down.
Watchmen’s Rorschach, better known as acclaimed actor Jackie Earle Haley, has apparently screen-tested for a role in the superhero sequel uniting “The Last Son Of Krypton” and the crime-fighting “Caped Crusader”. Haley was previously a child actor best known for his role in the 1970s Bad News Bears franchise, before gaining a new lease »
- Craig Hunter
Though considered a straight-up rip-off of major Hollywood blockbusters at that time, the 1979 sci-fi horror mash-up The Visitor is a true classic in its uncut form. One that stands alongside its influences as a great example of 70s cinema. Sure, it culls its innards from plenty of iconic genre masterpieces. But working like some long lost Quentin Tarantino grindhouse epic, the movie proves itself to be a wholly original entity that surfs on its own unique wave of ridiculous awesomeness.
Quite simply, it's the best movie you'll see this November. And if you love classics from that era, you'll not want to miss The Visitor, as Drafthouse Films rolls out a remastered theatrical release in several major cities. It will also be available this January on VOD and Netflix. This strange hybrid is notorious for giving us one of Hollywood legend John Huston's final performances. He stars as an »
So far this fall, nearly twice as many freshman series have been given full season orders (seven) as have been canceled (four). That ratio is about to change, however, as networks start making tough decisions about shows still in limbo. ABC, in particular, is facing a slew of come-to-Jesus moments in the near future: Even though the network has debuted more new shows than any network this fall, it has made just two calls so far (renewing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and dumping Lucky Seven). As judgment day approaches for other fall 2013 freshmen, Vulture takes a look at how long each of the remaining newcomers are likely to stick around.Back in the Game (ABC)While Back in the Game is a well-written, often-funny half-hour, its Bad News Bears vibe feels out of place on ABC's lineup (although, presumably, network execs knew that when they ordered it). More troubling, the sitcom »
- Josef Adalian
CBS has made it possible to watch the pilot Super Clyde online. The rejected comedy, from Raising Hope and My Name is Earl producer Greg Garcia, starred Rupert Grint as a fast food worker who receives an inheritance and uses it to become a superhero. Stephen Fry plays Clyde‘s butler, Tyler Labine plays Clyde’s brother and overall the pilot shows a frustrating amount of promise. Even if there won’t be more episodes, it’s worth watching for fans of Garcia’s previous shows.
Plus, who can say no to Rupert Grint in a sidecar?
You can add The Six Million Dollar Man »
- Lyle Masaki
Anghus Houvouras reviews the first episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D...
As I watched the recently released Agent Carter short (releasing with the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray), I remarked how much I enjoyed these corners of the Marvel cinematic universe. Almost more so than the movies themselves. There are an infinite number of potential stories told from the perspective of those who stand in the shadows of giants. While I've enjoyed the exploits of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Incredible Hulk, the idea of a larger canvas with smaller stories has always been what I was hoping for. I'm the guy who would prefer to see Dominic Cooper in a Howard Stark solo film to another random here from the Marvel Universe.
As a lifelong fan, I've had every geek dream realized. I've got to see so many of my childhood heroes adapted into television and film. »
- Gary Collinson
Chicago – From Archie Bunker to Frank Barone, TV has a long history of crotchety, irascible, borderline offensive fathers who really love their kids. To the long list, we can now add Terry Gannon (James Caan), the scene-stealer from ABC’s “Back in the Game,” premiering tonight, September 25, 2013 in a coveted time slot between the returns of “The Middle” and “Modern Family.”
Television Rating: 2.5/5.0
I’m torn on “Back in the Game.” Its creators — Mark & Robb Cullen (“Lucky”) — and executive producers — John Requa & Glenn Ficarra (“Bad Santa”) — are definitely talented people and one can see the potential in this gruff family comedy. The cast is strong, the concept isn’t bad, but I just didn’t find the pilot funny. It feels like it’s playing with comedy concepts that might have worked better in the ’90s. Hey, guess what? Some retired athletes are still too competitive and live vicariously through their Little League-playing grandkids? »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
ABC's innocuous new sitcom about likable underdogs, Back in the Game, could just as easily be called "Luck of the Draw." This Bad News Bears-lite gets a major assist right out of the gate with an enviable time period (Wednesday, 8:30/7:30c) sandwiched between TV's best family comedies, The Middle and Modern Family. Which could always backfire, of course, if the show doesn't live up to ratings expectations, and while this Little League comedy doesn't quite measure up to the big leagues, we shouldn't be surprised if family audiences rally around the team, turning a solid base hit into something potentially worthy of extra innings.
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- Matt Roush
It's been six years since James Caan has had a regular role on primetime (in Las Vegas), and he's giving it another shot with ABC's new show, Back in the Game. Costarring Maggie Lawson (Psych), the comedy features equal amounts of family brawls and baseball. I got a peek of the pilot, which is premiering tonight, so read on to find out how the show stacks up. What it's about: Broke and recently divorced, Terry (Lawson) is forced to move back in with her father (Caan), an alcoholic ex-baseball player fondly nicknamed "The Cannon." When her young son (Griffin Gluck) doesn't make the local pee wee team, Terry faces her fears of returning to her old college sport and agrees to coach his new team of misfits. Where it works: The kids are cute, and Terry's rich new widow friend, Gigi (Lenora Crichlow) is a riot. Where it doesn't: From the setup to the dialogue, »
- Maggie Pehanick
A not-particularly-fresh take on “The Bad News Bears” — which already spawned multiple movies and a 1979 series — “Back in the Game” isn’t without its modest charms, thanks mostly to James Caan’s turn as an irascible old ballplayer whose daughter agrees (eventually) to coach the worst team in her kid’s baseball league. Granted, this ABC comedy is the equivalent of a big fat pitch over the heart of plate, and will need to get mileage out of more characters, but what’s here has the potential to hold its lineup spot between leadoff hitter “The Middle” and ratings slugger “Modern Family.”
Terry (Maggie Lawson) is the classic single mom forced to move back home with dad, a wayward sort in her youth who insists his grandson Danny (Griffin Gluck) call him by his playing-days nickname, the Cannon. “You stink!” the old codger yells, seemingly lacking any sort of filter »
- Brian Lowry
The Independent Filmmaker Project will honor Richard Linklater with its Director Tribute at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, set for Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Linklater, whose most recent film is this year’s Before Midnight, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, has been making films since 1988's It’s Impossible to Plow by Reading Books. He made his name with 1991’s Slacker and 1993’s Dazed and Confused. His credits also include Suburbia, The Newton Boys, The Waking Life, Bad News Bears, A Scanner Darkly and
- Gregg Kilday
Korra, welcome to “college.” Book One of The Legend of Korra was a lot like high school. Our teen hero owned her identity, formed strong bonds, learned what the worst type of people looked like, and pursued goals that required the hardest fights of her life. By the finale's closing credits, Korra had taken out Amon and restored balance to Republic City by finally entering the “Avatar State.” She graduated. And like post-grad life, the actual discoveries and hardships had yet to come.The first two episodes of Book 2: Spirits move like lightning, catapulting the story ahead six months and cluing us into the Avatar version of summer vacation. Bolin is still duking it out in the Pro-Bending arena, with a makeshift Fire Ferrets worthy of the Bad News Bears; Mako is a hotshot cop, patrolling the streets of Republic City on assignment from Lin Beifong; With her inventor »
- Matt Patches
There’s an old saying that Hollywood is out of ideas. That may be true, but looking at the Fall TV comedy lineup, it’s clear that Hollywood isn’t out of children. Pretty much every single new comedy this fall is about children. So, it may seem like there are children everywhere. Hoards of children, scores of tweens, infinite amounts of teens… In reality, though, there are maybe only five kids you’ll see all year on network comedy.
Okay, five types of kids….
1) The Cloyingly Precocious Boy
For generations, they’ve graced our screens. They’ve been trained by community theater programs, private acting coaches and pushy stage moms to win our hearts with their goofy glasses, adorable dimples and preternaturally clever retorts. So, it’s not like the cloyingly precocious nerdy »
- Meghan O'Keefe
So much television, so little time. This fall brings a slew of new cable and broadcast series, and early on it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. But if you’re looking for shows that might appeal to gay men then the options become somewhat more manageable. This guide to fall TV concentrates on shows with gay (male) characters as well as shows that for whatever reason (camp value, beefcake, impressive pedigree, etc.) we think our readers might be interested in. If we somehow missed a new or returning fall series that you’re excited about please let us know in the comments. Note, this guide only looks at fall TV shows. Shows set to return or premiere in 2014 like the much anticipated Jonathan Groff HBO series are not included.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Debuts September 17 on Fox)
The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
An immature-but-effective cop (Jake, played »
- Lyle Masaki
Keith Olbermann returned to Espn for his new show, "Olbermann," the first show the pundit has done for the sports TV networks since 1997, when he wrapped up co-hosting "Sports Center" for the previous five years.
What did you think?
Olbermann kicked off the hour by doing an anchor-style talking head about the top news stories of the day but giving his opinion instead of simply reporting on the news. Rex Ryan was the head topic, with Olbermann lambasting the media for their fervor over Ryan playing Sanchez Saturday
"Reporting is dead, long live making something out of nothing," declares Olbermann, talking about a New York Daily News article that opines Ryan's job is in jeopardy without citing any kind of source. "Did you know some sports stories are made up? Gosh, I know! I'm shocked! Shocked to discover gambling is going on here!"
Did Aaron Sorkin write Olbermann's opening?
Anghus Houvouras reviews Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2 and The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #2...
The Spider-Man side of the Marvel Universe is getting more and more interesting, simply by adding the phrase 'Superior' in front of a number of new titles. To be fair, it's not that simple. Good writing, art, and a controversial storyline have helped propel the Spider-Man corner of Marvel Universe into its most entertaining run in ages.
These ancillary titles could have been phoned in affairs to capitalize on the success of the core title. The first issue of Superior Team-Up very much felt like a greedy cash grab that lacked purpose. It was bad enough that i questioned whether I'd pick up the second issue. I'm glad I pushed through my apprehension because Superior Team-Up #2 is a great read and exemplifies what works about the concept of a title pairing two heroes together.
Dcotor Octopus has taken »
- Flickering Myth
It's been six years since James Caan has had a regular role on primetime (in Las Vegas), and he's giving it another shot with ABC's new show, Back in the Game. Costarring Maggie Lawson (Psych), the comedy features equal amounts of family brawls and baseball. I got a peek of the pilot, so read on to find out where the show stacks up next to all of Fall TV's new offerings. What it's about: Broke and recently divorced, Terry (Lawson) is forced to move back in with her father (Caan), an alcoholic ex-baseball player fondly nicknamed "The Cannon." When her young son (Griffin Gluck) doesn't make the local pee wee team, Terry faces her fears of returning to her old college sport and agrees to coach his new team of misfits. Where it works: The kids are cute, and Terry's rich new widow friend, Gigi (Lenora Crichlow) is a riot. »
- Maggie Pehanick
In a manner similar to what happens with the television schedules, the streaming services suddenly go quiet in the summer. For true cinema fans this is pretty good news because the art house stuff comes along as well as some of the better catalogue titles that might have appeared elsewhere before.
It will probably be September before any subscription winning blockbusters are added again but the smart money is on one of the big ones adding The Avengers and (fingers crossed) the last season of Breaking Bad.
By the time you read this, the new Netflix exclusive series Orange is the New Black from the creator of Weeds, will be available on Netflix. Early word is that it’s actually the best Netflix exclusive title so far, which is good news after the horrendous Hemlock Grove. I will weigh in with an opinion next month.
Holy Motors (2012)
Starring: Denis Lavant, »
- Chris Holt
With Frost/Nixon, Moon, The Green Mile, Matchstick Men, Seven Psychopaths, Snow Angels, Heist, and (deep breath) Galaxy Quest, there’s a likely chance actor Sam Rockwell has appeared in one of your favorite films from recent memory. With that array of performances, Rockwell has built up a filmography most actors would rightfully be jealous over. He has a political drama, a Stephen King adaptation, a character study rooted in science-fiction, and a David Mamet crime yarn all under his belt, but now he can add another genre to his resume: a coming-of-age summer tale. With The Way, Way Back, Rockwell plays Owen, that cool uncle-esque character every kid would be so lucky to have. It’s a well-known archetype with plenty of templates for Rockwell to learn from. Whenever I interview Rob Corddry, he always says that you and Leslie Bibb are the masters at knowing which movies to watch to prepare for a role. For »
- Jack Giroux
The Way, Way Back stars Liam James as a young boy who is helped to cope with his troubling home life by an outgoing waterpark manager (Rockwell).
Discussing the film with Vulture, Rockwell spoke about the influence of the 1979 summer camp comedy Meatballs on The Way, Way Back.
"It was pretty self-explanatory in the script," Rockwell recalled. "It was pretty obvious that this character was kind of an homage to [Murray's Meatballs] character, and some others: Walter Matthau from Bad News Bears, Richard Pryor in Bustin' Loose."
"Bill Murray was the main go-to reference, and I think we talked about it a little bit, »
Things are far from perfect on this episode of Pretty Little Liars, where we are seeing first hand what happens when you eliminate one threat – two more pop up.
Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson) was never anyone’s favorite, especially when it came out that he was connected to Alison (Sasha Pieterse) in some perverted way or another, but he looks a lot like the lesser evil when you think about what’s lurking in the shadows now. Not only did Wilden’s murder bring in investigators of a higher pay grade with embarrassingly more resources, but they seem to have a chip on their shoulders about the size of our lovely Liars. They’ve wasted no time flagging all the usual suspects and without any of the personal vendettas that Wilden had, they might actually solve a case before they exit stage left.
So who killed Wilden? I’ve squandered »
- Lindsay Sperling
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