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Earlier this week it was announced that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added a superhero to its roster for the upcoming second season, with Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) set to play Mockingbird, and now Marvel has revealed that a new villain will also be joining the ABC show, with Brian Patrick Wade (Teen Wolf) set to play Crusher Creel, a.k.a. The Absorbing Man. Here’s our first look at the character…
Via the official Marvel site: “With his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches, Creel will put Coulson and his team through their paces when their second season kicks off…but you’ll have to wait until then to see how their battle turns out!”
- Gary Collinson
THR is reporting that Friday Night Lights actress Adrianne Palicki has joined the second season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as fan-favorite character, Avenger, and future wife of Hawkeye, Mockingbird.
Mockingbird is the alter-ego of super spy Bobbi Morse, who will first appear in the fifth episode of the upcoming season, debuting “perhaps not as an ally to Coulson and his team.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. marks Palicki’s third superhero television series. She infamously played Wonder Woman in the failed NBC pilot from David E. Kelley in 2011, and played the character Nadia in The WB’s Aquaman pilot in 2006.
Palicki is just the latest addition to the series, which has been picking up quite a few guest stars over the past few weeks including Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica alum Lucy Lawless as S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Hydra baddie Daniel Whitehall a. »
- James Garcia
During San Diego Comic-Con last month, Marvel revealed that fan-favorite character Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird would be showing up in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now we know not only when she’s expected to make her small screen debut, but also who will bring her to life.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Friday Night Lights actress Adrianne Palicki has been tapped to guest star as Mockingbird in the fifth episode of the upcoming season. Though she’s an Avenger in the comics (and the future wife of Hawkeye), she will debut on the series “not as an ally to Coulson and his team,” with the possibility of more appearances in the future.
This marks Palicki’s third attempt at joining a superhero TV show, as she infamously played Wonder Woman in a failed NBC pilot in 2011 and, before that, portrayed the character Nadia in a »
- James Garcia
Pierce Brosnan has admitted that he may be getting too old to star in action movies.
The former James Bond's latest film The November Man sees him return to the action thriller genre, but the actor admitted that the experience was "tough".
Speaking at the film's Los Angeles premiere, he told Pa: "Acting is always hard. But action is tough, if you're 24 or if you're a man of a certain age - I'm 61. It gets pretty hard to go out there and do it.
"You have to look after yourself. Luckily I had a bunch of the lads from the James Bond days. We worked and worked... so I was well protected by old friends."
Brosnan stars opposite Quantum of Solace actress Olga Kurylenko in The November Man, which centres on retired CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who is called upon for one last mission involving the protection of a valuable »
Before Gal Gadot landed the coveted role of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, two other names were in contention for the part – French actress Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Ukranian actress and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion).
For the first time, Kurylenko has spoken up about losing out on playing the iconic heroine, in an interview with Desde Hollywood at the red carpet premiere of The November Man. When asked for her thoughts, Kurylenko said:
“If I could have been [Wonder Woman]? Well, because, everyone was saying that it was a possibility. It did cross my mind. But it’s fine, you know. There are many other roles. I am very happy for the girl that’s got the part. I am looking forward to seeing it.”
A pretty gracious response for someone who lost an iconic role to someone with considerably less exeprience. »
- James Garcia
The old saying about knowing the notes but not the song could hardly find a more fitting filmic representation than “The November Man,” which runs through spy-movie cliches with such dogged obligation that it often plays like a YouTube compilation of scenes from older, better thrillers, generating little overall tension and only occasionally approaching basic coherence. Starring Pierce Brosnan as a very roughly sketched aging spook, this scatterbrained Roger Donaldson pic will have to count on audiences’ lingering ’90s Bond nostalgia to make much headway in late August release.
The basic plot of “The November Man,” adapted from the seventh book in Bill Granger’s 1980s Peter Devereaux series, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but that isn’t necessarily a fatal flaw in a thriller. What does matter is that none of the characters do, either. Brosnan’s protagonist, Devereaux, a retired CIA veteran called back in for one last job, »
- Andrew Barker
Sam Smith has shot down rumours that he is to sing the next James Bond theme.
The singer was questioned by NME about tabloid rumours that he is the top choice for the next film's theme song over Adele.
"No, I have no idea what that was about and I know as much as you do," Smith replied. "You probably know more than me; I didn't even read the article."
He added: "I think it's something everyone would love to do, but yeah, it was all news to me. I won't say any more on it."
"I love that; I thought it was amazing," he explained. "Her voice and his voice together, I thought, was really interesting."
The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script. Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.” However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement. Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film. Hit the jump for »
- Perri Nemiroff
"I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun,” director Sam Mendes said last month at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle, talking about the "Skyfall" followup (via Screen Daily). But it turns out the process of finishing that screenplay was more arduous than expected. Baz Bamigboye reported last week that after being pushed aside for John Logan, "Skyfall" writers and franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who also penned "The World Is Not Enough," "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," and "Quantum Of Solace") answered a "five-alarm call" to come in and punch up Logan's work and add more "thrills." The script was reportedly in such bad shape that Purvis and Wade's work is "substantially different" than what Logan brought to the table. But it seems whatever issues there were have been rectified, and filming has been given »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Coming hot on the heels of the news that Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) has signed on to appear as Skye’s father in season two of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., TV Line has revealed that Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue) has also secured a recurring role as Agent Alphonso “Mac” Mackenzie, a mechanic in his early 30s.
Simmons in the latest in a line of newcomers to the cast of the show for its second season, with other additions including Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Daniel Whitehall, Nick Blood (Trollied) as Lance Hunter and Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) as Bakshi.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two will get underway on September 23rd, with 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), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), J. August Richards »
- Gary Collinson
Agent Dale Cooper has joined Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., with TV Line revealing that Kyle MacLachlan has signed on to the cast of the ABC show for its second season. Of course he be reprising the role of Twin Peaks’ FBI Special Agent, but instead will play the mysterious father of team member Skye (Chloe Bennet) in what TV Line is describing as a recurring role.
MacLachlan – whose other TV credits include Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother and Believe – joins fellow new additions Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Daniel Whitehall, Nick Blood (Trollied) as Lance Hunter and Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) as Bakshi.
- Gary Collinson
HBO’s Westworld is filling out its cast. The sci-fi drama series from producers J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub has enlisted actors from The Hunger Games saga, Fox’s Raising Hope, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, among others.
The six new hires join previously cast stars Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood. The pilot is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film set in a futuristic theme park where androids fulfill dark human desires. Below are the actors and their official role descriptions from producer Warner Bros., which provide more description about the show than what’s been released previously. »
- James Hibberd
To feed your action-packed appetite this Friday, we have the final trailer for Lionsgate’s The Expendables 3 for you right here.
In The Expendables 3, Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney.
Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans.
Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
- Michelle McCue
Kelly Frye has signed on to play DC Comics character Plastique in the upcoming "The Flash" TV series on The CW. In the series she'll play a more heroic incarnation of the character, at least initially. Plastique (aka Sgt. Bette Sans Souci) was a bomb disposal expert in Iraq.
Following the accident that gave Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) his super speed powers, Bette finds herself with the ability to turn everything she touches into a bomb. She seeks Barry's help as nefarious U.S. government forces chase her down. [Source: E! Online]
War And Peace
James would play heroine Natasha Rostova, lover to Pierre Bezukhov (Paul Dano) an illegitimate son who rises in society. Andrew Davies ("Little Dorrit," "Pride and Prejudice") is writing the series. [Source: Yahoo ]
- Garth Franklin
Related Marvel TV @ Comic-Con: S.H.I.E.L.D. Casting Mockingbird, Hydra Baddie
Per our sister site Deadline, Kassianides — whose TV credits include the recurring role of Nikita terrorist Ramon Esquivel — will play Bakshi, a right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work.
The recurring character is also described as “confident but a little bit officious.”
Related Can TV’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Not Rebuild Until the May 2015 Avengers Sequel?
Earlier this month, S.H. »
Having secured Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Daniel Whitehall and Nick Blood (Trollied) as Lance Hunter, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has now added British actor Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) to the cast of its upcoming second season. According to Deadline, Kassianides will play “Bakshi, a confident right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work.” It’s said that his part will be a major recurring role.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC for its second season on September 23rd. An official announcement is yet to be revealed for the returning series regulars, 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), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), J. August Richards (Deathlok) and B.J. Britt (Antoine Triplett) all back.
The post Simon Kassianides »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel certainly seems to be shaking things up for the second series of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., mainly by expanding its cast – Nick Blood has already joined (in the role of a mercenary), Lucy Lawless is becoming an agent and Reed Diamond is on board too.
Now Simon Kassiandes has joined the show as well, in the “major recurring role” of Bakshi, described as “a confident right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work.” Sounds potentially villainous, but as we learned in season one, it’s often hard to tell who’s good or bad in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Before joining the Marvel universe Kassiandes will be seen in Desert Dancer, but you’re most likely to recognise him as serial seducer and secret-seller Yusef Kabira from Quantum Of Solace. It may not be a favourite James Bond film for many, »
Ever heard of a Marvel Comics character named Bakshi? Me neither, but that's who British actor Simon Kassianides will be playing in the second season of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. According to Deadline it's be a major recurring role, and Bakshi is a "confident right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work." The site don't mention if that's good guy or bad guy dirty work, but based on the wording I'd say it's a safe bet it's the latter. Kassianides has previously appeared in the likes if Quantum Of Solace and tv's Burn Notice. Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Sept, 23. »
It’s spy vs. spy for one last mission.
007 himself, Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye), is forced out of retirement and back into the spy game in order to protect a civilian from his own protégé (Luke Bracey) in The November Man. He’s not reprising the role of James Bond, but rather another government agent altogether: Peter Devereux, a former CIA operative and the protagonist of authorBill Granger’s best-selling crime series.
Joining Brosnan in The November Man is Olga Kurylenko, the “Bond girl” in Quantum of Solace, and Will Patton(Armageddon). The film, which is directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job), hits theatres in August.
- Sasha James
Even though production has been delayed on Bond 24 until December, the producers are still working to secure locations for the new 007 adventure. MI6 reports that Luciano Sovena, the new head of the Lazio Film Commission, has met with Bond 24 to secure an important shoot in Rome for an action-packed car chase.
Here's what Luciano Sovena had to say to members of the Italian press, although it's clear that nothing is finalized yet.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
The Via Quattro Fontane translates into The Four Fountains, »
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