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The best, maybe only, reason to watch Arrow (CW, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.) is its star’s physicality. Canadian actor Stephen Amell (Regenesis, Hung) plays the title character, the alter ego of billionaire playboy Oliver Queen — a vigilante archer who slinks around at night à la Batman. Amell is intense and sincere. He has the barely suppressed smirk and Kubrickian I’m-gonna-eat-your-liver glare of the young Billy Zane, and although he has a bodybuilder’s torso, brawny and cut, he’s agile, too. The producers make sure to shoot bits and pieces of the show’s Cuisinart-edited action from a distance, so you know it’s him vaulting fences, doing upside-down sit-ups, and swinging from chains. At a press conference last summer, the show’s executive producer, Greg Berlanti (Everwood), said Amell does 25 percent of the show’s stunts; Amell later told reporters he would have corrected that figure to 75 percent »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Have you ever wanted to learn what it takes to score music for popular video game titles such as Darksiders II, Borderlands 2, and Assassin's Creed Revelations? Well, a new panel at Pax Prime aims to show you just that! Read on to learn more!
From the Press Release
Ever wondered what it takes to score original music for Aaa video games? Learn from four of the industry's most accomplished composers with diverse musical backgrounds as they share their experiences and discuss the craft of scoring music for some of the biggest franchises in interactive entertainment.
Featuring multiple award-winning composers Jesper Kyd (Darksiders II, Borderlands 2, Assassin's Creed I & II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood & Revelations, Hitman 1-4); Michael McCann (Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Splinter Cell: Double Agent); Inon Zur (Dragon Age I & II, Prince of Persia, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Rift); and Sam Hulick (Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3).
Moderated by Emily Reese, »
- Amanda Dyar
The weekly round-up (with a few additional bits coming tomorrow):
Is the project dead? Read more after the jump. ...
"No not at all," said Syfy original programming president Mark Stern. "We're trying to figure out the economics right now. I love it but we're trying to put various things together to see how we're going to get it made. My hope is we get it figured out." (...)
Stern said the pilot was a good test to prove the technology could be used in series, although he acknowledged it will likely take a year to get the show on air after it's ordered due to the amount of post-production work that will be required on every episode. »
Dropping straight down from our neighbors to the North, the Canadian independent feature Separation brings us the story of a couple initially struggling to save their marriage, then struggling to save their lives. (There's the quote for the back of your DVD, guys!)
The trailer for Separation (featured below) has a Straw Dogs feel to it. The film stars Sarah Manninen (Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story) and Peter Stebbings (The Listener) with Dmitry Chepovetsky (ReGenesis), Rob deLeeuw (The Business) and Al Sapienza (Margin Call). Separation was written and directed by Greg White and produced in Ontario under the Actra Tip Program by Birchmount Entertainment Inc.
Keep up-to-date with the film on the Separation Facebook page as the official release nears. Olly olly oxen free.
Thanks to DC reader Avery for the heads-up!
- Doctor Gash
4 items from 2012
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