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"24: Live Another Day" has concluded, and I have thoughts on the finale and the season as a whole coming up just as soon as I explain that it is Not pronounced "nucular," Mr. President... A strange thing happens in the introduction to the "Live Another Day" finale: Kiefer Sutherland's voiceover tells us that "The following takes place between 10 p.m. and 11 a.m.," and Sutherland makes sure to put emphasis on the last part so we know it is not a mistake, but the first significant bending of the real-time conceit in the series' history(*). (*) The prologue for the TV-movie "24: Redemption" also deviated from the real-time rule. Given that the "24" production team had spoken publicly about the way that "Live Another Day" would still encompass 24 hours in the life of Jack Bauer, despite featuring half as many episodes, the only real surprise about the time jump is »
- Alan Sepinwall
Sundays at San Diego Comic-Con are known for family-friendly fare, but this year there's plenty to keep horror fans sticking around like "Supernatural," "The Strain," and "The Following" (all presenting their wares in the hallowed Hall H).
Along with that trio of horror TV panels, there's plenty more on tap for Day 4 of the 2014 Sdcc, especially if you're a comic lover (you know, those things that started the event in the first place), plus the annual presentation of "Buffy the Musical: Once More with Feeling" to close things out.
Check out the highlights below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con website for the full lineup.
Day 4: Sunday, July 27, 2014
10 Am - Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U. »
- Debi Moore
With the final episode of 24: Live Another Day this week fans are eager to see the outcome of the season, which is believed to be the last one ever. For this final season, the show changed the format of the 24 hour day spread over 24 episodes to just 12. Whilst this has annoyed fans to some extent, the quality of the show has not declined at all. With Kiefer Sutherland getting older but the show still being as iconic as ever, there could potentially be room for a spin off show in the future.
Jack Bauer has been a great character to follow over the years and fans would still want to watch the show with him in it if they decide to continue. Kiefer Sutherland has said that there will not be another »
- Gary Collinson
Day 3 of Sdcc '14 marks the end of an era with "True Blood's" last panel. It's joined by fellow fangers "The Vampire Diaries," the witches of "Salem" and "Ahs: Coven," "Grimm," Sin City, "Constantine," Troma, and lots more.
Per usual, we have the horror highlights along with info on a few other panels that should be of general interest (plus a couple of things for the kids). Be sure to visit the official 2014 San Diego Comic-Con website for the full lineup.
Day 3: Saturday, July 26, 2014
10 Am - The Simpsons
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am - Ballroom 20
10 Am - Idw: Summer Blockbusters!
- Debi Moore
The new flick from the makers of the much reviled film The Devil Inside, entitled Wer, is coming home to DVD via Universal on September 23rd with an early digital release date to be announced soon. Maybe the devil made 'em do it?
A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside), Vik Sahay ("Chuck"), and Brian J. O’Connor (Epic Movie) round out the main cast of the werewolf flick directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside).
Steven Schneider, producer of The Devil Inside, The Tall Man and the Paranormal Activity films, produced with Matthew Peterman (who wrote the screenplay) and Morris Paulson through their production company Prototype. Robert Hall and his Almost Human Inc. tackled the makeup and visual effects for Wer.
Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. »
- Steve Barton
The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
- Jonathan James
The nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced today, with the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones leading the pack with 19 nods in total, including Best Drama Series, where it will compete against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective. The small screen adaptation of Fargo pulled in 18 nominations, followed by American Horror Story with 17 and Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart with 16.
In terms of the broadcasters, HBO pulled in a whopping 99 nominations in total, while Netflix managed 31 nominations, thanks to strong showings for House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Check out the full list of contenders here…
Lead Actor in a Drama
- Gary Collinson
According to a recent report from TV Line, the new Arrow season 3 folks have brought on former Superman Returns star ,Brandon Routh (left), to portray a new super hero character, named Ray Palmer aka The Atom. Ray Palmer is described as being an unparalleled scientist and inventor, and will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver and (rumored love interest) Felicity as the new owner of Queen Consolidated. Palmer’s plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division, is going to be shrouded in mystery. Ray's Atom alter ego character can alter the size of his body as well as other objects. Brandon Routh's TV credits include roles in NBC’s late, Chuck, CBS’ short-lived Partners, Crackle’s Chosen ,and Fox’s Enlisted. As previously reported, season 3 is due to debut on Wednesday night, October 8th at 7pm central time on The CW. »
As temperatures soar, summer TV is heating up with a fresh crop of shows quickly catching fire with audiences. None more so than TNT's The Last Ship, the apocalyptic naval adventure series that notched 5.3 million viewers during its June 22 debut, making it cable's largest series launch this year. Anchored by a photogenic cast of TV favorites — Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy), Rhona Mitra (Strike Back) and Adam Baldwin (Chuck) — the show, based on William Brinkley's novel of the same name, features a dazzling mix of ...
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- Rob Moynihan
The Superman Returns actor has joined Arrow's third season in the role of physicist Ray Palmer...
A physicist with the ability to shrink to subatomic size and an "atomic punch"? That could certainly prove useful in Oliver Queen's battle against the villains and ne'er-do-wells of Starling City. Lucky for Queen then, that Arrow's makers have cast an actor in the role of Atom for the show's forthcoming third season.
Chuck's Brandon Routh - he who sported the red cape and cowlick in 2006 film Superman Returns - will be playing physicist Ray Palmer in Arrow season three, the character later to become superhero Atom.
Described in the official bumf as "an unparalleled scientist and inventor", Routh's character is expected to "play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver and Felicity as the new owner of Queen Consolidated", whose plans for the company's Applied Sciences Division "will be shrouded »
Routh, 34, will be the upcoming season of Arrow’s main recurring guest star. In his day-to-day, Routh’s superhero character The Atom works as a scientist and inventor known as Ray Palmer. In season three of Arrow, Ray Palmer/ The Atom, becomes the new owner of Queen Consolidated, which causes him to affect the lives of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). He could also become a potential love interest for Felicity, according to Deadline.
The Atom has never before appeared in a live-action series. In the DC Comics, one of the superhero's main powers is shrinking down to subatomic size.
Routh most recently had a recurring role on The Exes and will soon appear »
Routh is set to play the recurring role of Ray Palmer, also known as The Atom, in the show’s third season. His character is a scientist and inventor that will have an unexpected yet mysterious role in the lives of Oliver and Felicity.
In the DC Comics, The Atom can shrink down to subatomic size. Routh’s appearance on the show will mark the first time the character will appear in a live-action series.
Many fans got a taste of Routh as a superhero when he played the Man of Steel in 2006’s “Superman Returns.” He also appeared on network TV in NBC’s “Chuck” and CBS’ “Partners.” Most recently, he had a guest role on Fox’s “Enlisted.”
Routh is the latest star joining the “Arrow” cast in season three: »
- Jordyn Holman
He only got the chance to play Superman once in Superman Returns, but Brandon Routh – who found great success on television as part of the cast of cult favourite hit Chuck – is now getting a second chance in Arrow. However, he won’t be playing Superman, but will instead be the hero known as The Atom!
According to TVLine, the former Man of Steel will have a recurring role as Ray Palmer – a fan favourite character who has served as a member of the Justice League – in the third season of the hit series, and he’s described as being an unparalleled scientist and inventor who will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver and (rumoured love interest) Felicity as the new owner of Queen Consolidated.
Palmer’s plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division will be shrouded in mystery, and there’s no word on when »
- Josh Wilding
The erstwhile Man of Steel is joining the CW hit’s third season in the recurring role of Ray Palmer, aka DC superhero The Atom, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Related Stephen Amell Addresses Batman V Superman Speculation
An unparalleled scientist and inventor, Ray will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver and (rumored love interest) Felicity as the new owner of Queen Consolidated. Palmer’s plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division will be shrouded in mystery.
In addition to his myriad comic book appearances, »
The new TNT drama series The Last Ship tells the story of what happens when a global pandemic wipes out 80% of the planet’s population and the unaffected crew of a lone Naval destroyer, U.S.S. Nathan James, must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) is a career Navy man who, along with the help of the ship’s second-in-command Xo Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin), must ensure that Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) has what she needs to discover the cause of billions of deaths worldwide and save who’s left. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Adam Baldwin talked about how he came to this show, auditioning for executive producer Michael Bay, whether his character is more focused on the mission or reuniting with his family, how just being around Navy soldiers makes them want to take the work more seriously, »
- Christina Radish
Yes, another day, another anniversary. But this one is quite noteworthy. Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" turns 25 on Monday. It is a film I first saw when I was young, but I wasn't at all ready for it. I saw it again in film school and noticed I had grown with it, but it still whipped up complex feelings (as only the best films can). I've revisited it a number of times over the years and come to cherish it as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever conjured, but the Academy frankly seemed like it was holding its nose just to give it the two nominations it received a quarter century ago. Kim Basinger had the right idea when the night of the Oscars came. "The best film of the year is not even nominated [for Best Picture] and it's 'Do the Right Thing,'" the "Batman" star said, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Spirituality in cinema has been expressed in various ways where the feel-good aspect of faith-based films are put to great use for emotional manipulation. The triumph and tragedy of religious themes in the movies have never been championed as much as when the protagonist at the helm is a loving nun. Film nuns come in all varieties: nurturing, helpful, complex, obstinate, crusading and flawed.
Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen will take a look at some of the movies most colorful and notable women of the cloth. You decide…will these God-serving maidens give you a sense of uplifting forethought?
Get into the Habit: The Top 10 Movie Nuns on the Big Screen selections are (in alphabetical order according to film title):
1.) Sister Agnes from Agnes of God (1985)
An unlikely religious murder mystery surrounds a novice nun in Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly) as questions »
- Frank Ochieng
Described by its headlining star Robert Downey Jr as ‘the kind of movie I grew up wanting to make,’ The Judge revolves around a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
Downey plays said lawyer and screen veteran Robert Duvall assumes the role of the father.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes “The Judge,” starring Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (“Tropic Thunder,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films, the “Iron Man” franchise), Oscar® winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” “Crazy Heart”) and Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”). The film is directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the »
- Paul Heath
In case you haven't heard, The Fault in Our Stars is kind of a sad film. The reaction across the pond (where the film has been out for a couple of weeks) has essentially been one long, drawn out ugly-cry, to the point where Slate have even released a handy guide to keeping your eye make-up intact.
Even the movie's stars Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Laura Dern aren't immune, as they admitted in our video interview. We also asked them what other films have made them cry, which sparked a discussion back in the office about the most effective tearjerkers of all time.
Below, Digital Spy staffers reveal the films that are guaranteed to leave them a weeping mess.
Good Will Hunting – Emma Dibdin, Features Editor
While prototypical inspirational teacher movie Dead Poets' Society is arguably a more obvious pick, Robin Williams's similarly inspirational performance here as wry, »
On Yon Bloomy Spray: Oyelowo Dominates Lester’s One Set Drama
Director Elliott Lester, best known for his 2011 Jason Statham offering, Blitz, adapts firstime screenwriter Frederick Mensch’s character study Nightingale for the big screen, to surprisingly compelling effect. Cinched into the cozy house of its main character, we witness first hand the unraveling of a mind after a dastard deed. As we’re never really allowed to travel outside of these confines, it sometimes feels like the filmed version of a play. Slight visual texturing aside, everything takes a backseat to a masterful performance from David Oyelowo, the driving force of every single minute of film, a space never shared with any other physical actor. It’s a meaty, multifaceted role, something nearly extinct in modern climes where multiple intersections of storylines stomp all over any given narrative.
Peter Snowden (Oyelowo) is an incredibly lonely and persistently overwrought person. »
- Nicholas Bell
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