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When Silver St. Cloud mentioned that “M. Malone” was responsible for the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne (whether or not that’s true or not remains to be seen), Gotham fans instantly knew who she was talking about. In the comic books, Matches Malone was a small time crook who had an in with pretty much every gang in in the city.
However, when he died, Batman covered the death up and adopted the identity of Matches Malone. He did so in order to be able to go undercover and gain insight on what his foes are up to, and while the whole thing bordered on being a bit silly at times, it’s a persona Bruce Wayne has made good use of over the years; he even had himself thrown in prison at one point!
- Josh Wilding
Oli Davis reviews The Walking Dead Season Six, Episode Eight…
Start to Finish.
Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis.
Written by Matthew Negrete.
It’s difficult to write about Season 6a’s closer episode without mentioning the one immediately before – a rare ‘catching our breath’ period, as Michonne coined it. I’d call it ‘the calm before the Undead storm’.
‘Heads Up’ expertly built tension across an array of central characters, pushing the more beige Alexandrians to the background. Sure, there was no immediate threat. The walls were holding, Glen was Ok (and, more importantly, his return didn’t feel like a complete Kirkman-palm slap in the face; that was to come later). Yet tension pressed at the seams. Morgan had a literal Wolf in the hen house, Ron’s firearm training intentions were dubious. So much tension was created, in fact, that it toppled over an entire watch tower.
- Oli Davis
It all could have ended differently. Breaking Bad gave us a memorable stretch of episodes in its final season, but one of its biggest plot twists almost happened a lot sooner. "We had the writers strike in 2008," Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, told Kevin Pollack on the most recent episode of the web show Kevin Pollack's Chat Show. As Gilligan recalled, Breaking Bad was two-thirds of the way through production of its first season when the writers strike shuttered production, effectively preventing the writers from killing off Hank Schrader, Walt's charmingly boorish cop brother-in-law."We were writing and shooting and editing in a vacuum, no one had seen the show yet, and I really had the feeling that I needed to throw the kitchen sink at it, that the writers and I needed to get every bit of drama," said Gilligan. "The writers strike came along, and »
- E. Alex Jung
At this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards, are we all underestimating "Better Call Saul" in the race for Best TV Drama Ensemble? Don't forget, the show's trio of headliners -- Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean -- have worked with almost everybody in the industry over the years, which could benefit the show when SAG voters mark their ballots. And then there's the whole "Breaking Bad" angle, too, which might just push them over the edge. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions While it's true that SAG voters were late to the "Breaking Bad" party, only nominating it for its final three years (2011-13), they made up for it by awarding the relatively small cast with the Best TV Drama Ensemble prize for the show's swan song. And star Bryan Cranston rode the tidal wave of support by earning back-to-back trophies for Best Drama A. »
Black Friday may be over, but the sales are not with Cyber Monday now upon us. The biggest discounts you'll see all year all year in electronics and computers are today, along with plenty of Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best selections on offer in these categories.
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Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection Blu-ray Set
A 50 Blu-ray collection of the best films Warner Brothers has ever produced at $115, an incredible 81% off.
4K Ultra HD Televisions
At Least 20% Off, »
- Garth Franklin
Musicians like to say that second albums are often weaker than first albums, because you have your entire life to prepare for the first one and six months to make the second. Something like this rule obtains in TV as well. How many times have you seen a series perform strongly out of the gate, only to falter when it returned for another go-round? But it’s the second season that often defines the character of a series. It’s a test of inventiveness as well as of stamina, and very often when you look back on a long-running show that’s mostly great, mostly terrible, or maddeningly inconsistent, you realize that season two is where the show’s true potential (or lack thereof) started to come into focus. While I was rewatching The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Simpsons, and other canonical shows recently, it became clear »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Leftovers” episode 209, titled “Ten Thirteen.”
As “The Leftovers” heads into its home stretch, it unleashed an amazing twist at the end of its ninth episode — one that was inspired by a classic ’70s film.
Below, co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof discusses how “The Leftovers” pulled off that shocker, what the HBO drama did differently in its excellent second season and how the show is and is not like “Lost.” He also discusses TV’s “fakeout death” trend and season two’s exceptional eighth episode, “International Assassin.”
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this interview, which will be posted Wednesday. Part 3 of Variety’s conversation with Lindelof will be posted the morning after the Dec. 6 season finale of “The Leftovers.”
Variety: Obviously, the big takeaway of episode nine is that Evie is alive, the girls are alive and they’re in the Guilty Remnant. »
- Maureen Ryan
Since the premiere of The Walking Dead in 2010, various showrunners who’ve adapted the Robert Kirkman comic book, from Frank Darabont to Scott Gimple, have offered their own contributions in the form of original characters. The Walking Dead has strayed considerably from its source material since its premiere, and the writers have offered new characters not directly featured in the original comic series as a means of expanding story lines, offering our main characters obstacles, or to act as a plot device to a wider storyline. Some of the show’s original offerings have ranged from forgettable to wildly successful, and these are five of the show’s best original characters introduced to the show. These five have offered interesting story lines, complex arcs, and dramatic tension to the wide universe of The Walking Dead.
Introduced in Season Five
Noah has had the most complete and tragic arc of »
- Felix Vasquez Jr.
Marvel’s superhero drama shows the after-effects of trauma, exploitation and abuse, with smart and subtle things to say about the way guilt affects the lives of the victims, and how exploitation corrupts the exploiter. Warning: spoilers
Netflix’s Jessica Jones is one of the most complex treatments of agency in the wake of victimhood that the small screen has seen yet seen. A grim show, shadowy and hopeless and unlikeable, it’s finally less about trauma than it is a murky contest between revenge and rehabilitation and the term that floats between those: responsibility.
Its villain Kilgrave, played by David Tennant, has the power of mind control and is as legally blameless as he is morally monstrous. Jones, a New York detective with superpowers played by Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter, spent time in his thrall, during which he made her do terrible things, and now he’s back in her life, »
- Lili Loofbourow
Bryan Cranston appeared on Inside the Actor’s Studio Wednesday, where he was brought to tears remembering Jane’s death on Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston On ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio’ During Cranston’s appearance on Inside the Actor’s Studio, host James Lipton asked him about what was going through his head during the unforgettable scene in which his character, […]
- Chelsea Regan
Earlier this year, you may have heard of a Tribeca Film Festival drama that starred Faith Hill as a trailer trash mom in the Deep South. It’s true, but that’s not really all that “Dixieland” is about, though having a big country pop star in your movie probably doesn’t hurt. A movie that details cycles of violence, crime, and impoverished circumstances with a Romeo and Juliet-like narrative, “Dixieland” is the directorial debut of Hank Bedford — a former assistant to David O. Russell, Bennett Miller, and Tarsem Singh. Read More: Tribeca Review: ‘Dixieland’ Starring Riley Keough, Faith Hill & Chris Zylka The movie stars Chris Zylka from “The Leftovers” and Riley Keough from “Mad Max: Fury Road” and an actress you’re probably going to know a little bit better in 2016 thanks to leading her own show: Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” from executive producer and creator Steven Soderbergh. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Forgive loyal TV viewers lately if they’re beginning to feel like Charlie Brown, with writers of their favorite series playing the role of Lucy, tantalizingly dangling a football in front of them, only to snatch it away.
Certainly, “The Walking Dead” has played a version of that game, based on recent events (and Spoiler Alert for those who aren’t caught up). Not only did the series strongly imply the death of a significant character, Glenn (Steven Yeun), on screen, but then compounded that by removing his name from the credits and issuing an extremely cryptic statement about his future via the program’s companion discussion show, “The Talking Dead.”
In that same on-air forum, guest Damon Lindelof noted that one would hope “Dead’s” producers weren’t engaging in “a shenanigan,” a rather quaint way of saying that someone has pulled a devious trick. Yet Lindelof could easily be accused of the same, »
- Brian Lowry
From Die Hard to Star Wars, we've started putting together our collection of favourite Christmas jumpers. Add yours!
Ridiculous woolly jumpers are as intrinsic to Christmas as turkey, Doctor Who and falling asleep on the sofa while your loved ones laugh at you. Nothing says ‘I can be fun and festive!” quite like a comical over-garment.
In recent years, we’ve noticed a massive influx in geek-friendly winter wear thanks to a range of websites seemingly dedicated to keeping us feeling warm but looking cool during the festive season. Either that, or they’re keen to make sure we spend most of December explaining the obscure knitted reference to our perplexed friends and relatives.
We’ve put 25 of our favourites (and links to the respective sites) in the gallery above, but we’re interested to see if you can do better. If you’ve got a Christmas »
We're a week away from the release of the updated edition of my last book, "The Revolution Was Televised." (As mentioned in this post last week, you can't pre-order the book, but you can pre-order the eBook single that just contains the revised "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" chapters.) Though the book's not available to the public for seven more days, my publisher and HitFix have partnered up to give away several copies between now and Dec. 1. Just reply to the tweet below (I'll be updating it each time there's a new question) with your answer to that question, along with the hasthag #TheRevolutionWasTelevised. What's the first show you binged? Reply w/ #TheRevolutionWasTelevised Contest Rules https://t.co/6SYn33051C pic.twitter.com/kKz5VJmiOX — Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) November 25, 2015 Starting tomorrow, and continuing on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, one winner will be chosen at random at noon Eastern, and another at noon Pacific. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Though AMC has had some popular scripted series that have run for years, many others have been cancelled after just one season. How are the current crop of shows doing? Which will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted AMC Network shows listed: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Fear the Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels, Humans, Into the Badlands, Low Winter Sun, Mad Men, Turn: Washington Spies, and The Walking Dead.
There's lots of data that AMC execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.
Read More… »
"Tremors" fans: Kevin Bacon is back in the saddle for one of his most iconic roles. 25 years after the release of the cult horror/adventure classic, the "Following" star is set to reprise the role of Valentine "Val" McKee in a TV reboot of the film series, which is currently being shopped by the TV arm of low-budget horror king Blumhouse Pictures. Bacon, who will also serve as an executive-producer, opted out of all four sequels to the original film, all of which went direct to video. A previous TV series based on the films, "Tremors: The Series" featuring original star Michael Gross and future "Breaking Bad" thesp Dean Norris, lasted for a single season on Syfy in 2003. According to EW, which had the exclusive on the news, Bacon has previously expressed interest in returning to the franchise, telling IGN earlier this year: “I’d love to do something else »
- Chris Eggertsen
Being that I don’t enjoy — and, by extension, bother with — much contemporary TV, perhaps you should take it with a grain of salt when I say that Sense8 is my favorite series in at least a decade, if not longer. Still, that prerequisite shouldn’t dull the effect of the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski‘s show — directed by the former pairing, Tom Tykwer, James McTeigue, and Dan Glass — which is immensely entertaining, always takes advantage of the endless number of possibilities its concept offers, and evinces a crucial understanding of the many opportunities afforded by long-form storytelling.
It’s also a formally accomplished bit of work, which is thanks in no small part to the helping hand of cinematographer John Toll. It might be surprising that the who shot The Thin Red Line, Braveheart, and Almost Famous would head to a conceptually bizarre sci-fi TV show, but his »
- Nick Newman
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Note: With Black Friday approaching and many deals already underway, this week’s column will be dedicated to the event as we highlight some of our favorite deals (see all of them here). Check out our rundown below, with updates as they arrive, and if you’re looking for new Blu-ray releases, there are four definite essential releases this week: Akira Kurosawa‘s Ikiru, D.A. Pennebaker‘s Dont Look Back, the excellent animation Shaun the Sheep, and The Quay Brothers: Collection. »
- TFS Staff
With a few episodes still to go before season 2 wraps up, FX has already ordered Fargo season 3…
This one might not come as a huge surprise – FX has ordered season 3 of its acclaimed crime drama Fargo, before season 2 has even come to an end.
Despite his commitments to Fox and Marvel Studios’ in-development Legion series (based on a mutant with split-personality powers), Fargo’s creator Noah Hawley will find time in his schedule to continue writing and producing the Coen-brothers-inspired series for season 3.
“Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement and, given Noah Hawley’s masterful storytelling, we can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us,” said Eric Schrier, a big cheese over at FX.
With Jessica Jones now on Netflix, the official Twitter account has released a brand new promo, which teases a connection between the series and sister Marvel show Daredevil by featuring a shot glass next to a business card for Nelson and Murdock: Attorneys at Law…
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Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of Ptsd, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.
- Gary Collinson
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