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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 11 review: Swan Song

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Once Upon A Time season 5 goes on its winter holiday, but not before dragging its characters on a journey to the underworld...

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5.11 Swan Song

‘What kind of man do you want to be?’ asks literally nearly everyone of Hook in the mid season finale of Once Upon A Time.

Hook is hell-bent on getting his revenge against the crocodile, even if it means others have to suffer for it to happen. Henry and his extended family (which is actually a lot) are all marked by Carron; Storybrooke’s local ferryman to the Underworld. They’ve all got a one-way ticket and Rumple, ever the optimist, informs them that there is no changing the destination. They will all be in the Underworld by the end of the night.

Everyone gives up pretty easily and accepts their fate, which feels like uncharacteristic behaviour to facilitate the plot.
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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 10 review: Broken Heart

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The Dark Ones gather in the year's penultimate Once Upon Of Time episode, the aptly titled Broken Heart...

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5.10 Broken Heart

A lot of characters (and shippers’ hearts) were broken on this week’s episode of Once Upon A Time, aptly named Broken Heart.

We experienced our first taste of Dark Hook, and he did not disappoint. Back in his leathers and with a slightly new hairstyle, he is the image of a swoon-worthy swaggering pirate. Well, except for the whole evil bit, like when he tells Emma she will always be an orphan. He knows how to hurt.

Unlike Emma, who managed to hold off the darkness for days (weeks? Months? The passage of time is very foggy), Hook is consumed by it in a matter of hours. Besides Hook telling Emma he’s not strong enough, I think it’s also due to his circumstances.
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Once Upon A Time season 5 episodes 8 & 9 review: Birth & The Bear King

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Once Upon A Time delivers an unbalanced two-parter that unleashes yet more dark magic on the fairy tale folk...

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5.8 Birth & 5.9 The Bear King

Tonight’s double episode was a perfect example of how great Once Upon A Time can be, and how, er, not great. These two episodes should never have been aired together, or more specifically, putting The Bear King right after Birth only made its weaknesses more noticeable. It was clearly a filler, and besides a few character moments, it’s hardly worth talking about in comparison to the big events of Birth, so let’s just get it out of the way quickly now.

Red! Mulan! Praise the Greek gods (that’s definitely the next mythology the show is about to tackle, right?), we finally see them back on our screens. This was the only redeeming feature of the Brave plot line.
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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 7 review: Nimue

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Once Upon A Time season 5 delivers a solid episode focusing on new character, Nimue, and written by the mighty Jane Espenson...

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5.7 Nimue

All hail Jane Espenson, nerd Queen and the writer of this week’s episode. From writing on Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, to Game of Thrones, Espenson knows how to write good TV, and Nimue is no exception.

This was a risky episode, with the majority of the screen time dedicated to two new characters that the audience has little connection to, but unlike the less successful Broken Kingdom that focused on Arthur and Guinevere, this time it worked. This is in part due to the excellent casting of Elliot Knight as Merlin. He may not be an old wizard with a white beard, but his poise and calmness is captivating. Then of course there is the melding of Arthurian legend that connects
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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 6 review: The Bear And The Bow

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Brave's Merida comes to the forefront of the action in this week's episode of Once Upon A Time, The Bear And The Bow...

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5.6 The Bear And The Bow

Well, if you love Belle and Rumple, then boy, was this the episode for you!

Belle is probably the most underused character from the main cast, so seeing her take a break from carrying around a glass jar everywhere is a welcome change. She gets her own two separate storylines this episode, one in Camelot with Merida, and the other in Storybrooke with Rumple, but let's first talk about the Brave-centric flashback.

I like Merida. I do, even with that wig, but her backstory this episode just felt unnecessary. It was completely removed from what was happening in the rest of Camelot and does nothing to bringing us closer to solving what exactly happened six weeks ago.
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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 5 review: Dreamcatcher

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Whatever Emma's game plan is in Once Upon A Time season 5, it's not about to win her any popularity awards...

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5.5 Dreamcatcher

Merlin is no longer a tree, thank goodness for that. It's a surprise though, as I didn’t think we were going to see his real face for a lot longer. I figured the freeing of Merlin would be part of the mid-season finale and the reason Emma cursed Camelot and brought them back to Storybrooke. Now that he is mobile, what will he do? Presumably take down Arthur, but Merlin is the only character to not show up in Storybrooke, so maybe something worse happens to him than being transformed into a tree.

Emma and Regina’s quest to de-bark Merlin is the best arc of the episode. There’s no denying the chemistry between the two; they just bounce off each other so well.
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Once Upon A Time season 5 episode 4 review: Broken Kingdom

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Is Once Upon A Time's Brave storyline in danger of overshadowing the pre-existing storylines? Broken Kingdom suggests so...

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5.4 Broken Kingdom

If I were to sum up this episode with one word, it would be ‘meh’. The more interesting characters like Emma and Hook are sidelined, or completely written out (we only got one eye roll from Regina – one!), in favour of detailing the backstory of Camelot with Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot.

This was obviously a needed episode, especially after watching Arthur convince his squire to commit suicide for Camelot, but it didn’t quite land. It was perhaps too rushed, trying to show and develop characters in too small a time frame. What suffers most is the ‘great’ love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere. There is definite affection between the two, but their kiss seemed a jump. It happened because the story needed it to,
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Once Upon a Time Recap: You Guin' Some, You Lose Some

Once Upon a Time Recap: You Guin' Some, You Lose Some
This week on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, we learned a whole lot about Camelot, the Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot triangle and how the king was consumed with completing Excalibur. Our heroes meanwhile either got sandbagged by a spell or, if lucky, got to make out in a meadow.

RelatedMatt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Once Upon a Time and More

As I look over my notes here for “The Broken Kingdom,” I am not surprised to see that a good 80 percent of them are about characters other than those from Storybrooke. And that was a problem. Basically, they needed
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New Once Upon a Time Season 5 Photos: Snow and Charming Are Ready to Fight

It seems that a duel of some sort will be breaking out in this Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time, “The Broken Kingdom,” as both Snow and Charming have their swords out, ready to fight. But the big question here is: who are they fighting? Since Lancelot told Snow at the end of last week’s episode that Arthur may not be as heroic as he appears to be, I’m going to guess that the Charmings may find themselves going up against the King and Queen of Camelot. And speaking of Arthur and Guinevere, both of them are in the Once Upon a Time photos below as well, although neither looks as intense as Snow or Charming. Instead, the king and queen hold each other close and kiss in their moments together. However, we won’t only be seeing Guinevere with Arthur this week, as Sinqua Walls
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'Once Upon a Time' Episode 5.4 Photos: Mary Margaret Receives a Warning from Lancelot

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'Once Upon a Time' Episode 5.4 Photos: Mary Margaret Receives a Warning from Lancelot
Official photos from season 5 episode 4 of Once Upon a Time, airing Sunday, October 18 at 8pm on ABC.

"The Broken Kingdom" -- After receiving a cryptic warning from Lancelot about Arthur's intentions, Mary Margaret realizes Arthur may be the heroes' biggest threat, but when she is unable to convince David of the danger, she takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Hook's unwavering love for Emma provides a glimmer of hope in her struggle against the unrelenting voice of Rumplestiltskin. In a Camelot flashback, Guinevere senses that Arthur is losing his way, consumed by his obsession with making Excalibur whole, so she sets out with Lancelot on her own quest into the heart of darkness. In Storybrooke, Dark Emma unleashes a secret weapon in the next phase of her plan to find the brave soul she needs to draw Excalibur from the stone.
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Green Dog, 64A Create Genre Production Alliance

Green Dog, 64A Create Genre Production Alliance
Bogota – In the latest U.S.-Colombia production link-up, consolidating a building international production axis, Jason Gurvitz’s Green Dog Films in L.A. and Diego Ramirez’s Bogota/Cali-based 64A-Films are teaming to co-produce a five-pic slate of horror movies, all of which will shoot in Colombia.

One of Colombia’s most sought-after young directors, 64A partner Carlos Moreno (“Dog Eat Dog,” “All Your Dead Ones,” “The Snitch Cartel”) has committed to direct one movie in the slate. Moreno will also take an exec producer credit on the five films, and help to oversee the slate’s storytelling. Alonso Torres, Moreno’s regular co-scribe, will act as script consultant.

A sizeable addition to Colombia’s burgeoning genre production scene, which is attracting an increasing number of international partners, the production pact looks like one of the biggest deals to go down at the Bogota Audiovisual Market.

The alliance was already attracting heat from U.
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Daniel Gillies Talks The Vampire Diaries, The Spin-Off The Originals, His Directorial Debut Broken Kingdom, and More

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One of The CW’s most anticipated new series for the upcoming fall season is The Vampire Diaries’ spin-off The Originals. The sexy drama, set in the city of New Orleans, will follow Original vampires Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt), who quickly find themselves in the middle of tensions between the town’s supernatural factions, which are nearing a breaking point as the city’s leader, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. The show also stars Phoebe Tonkin, Daniella Pineda, Leah Pipes and Danielle Campbell. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Daniel Gillies talked about how much fun he’s had on The Vampire Diaries, how he felt about Elijah’s relationship with Katherine (Nina Dobrev), the experience of shooting the backdoor pilot for The Originals in New Orleans, that the series itself will shoot
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Rachael Leigh Cook & Daniel Gillies Expecting Their First Child

Rachael Leigh is pregnant with her first baby! The ‘Perception’ actress and her hunky ‘The Vampire Diaries’ actor hubby are so excited to be parents — congrats to the happy couple!

Rachael Leigh Cook, 33, and Daniel Gillies, 37, are going to be parents! The sexy The Vampire Diaries actor and his wife of eight years reveled how excited they are to welcome their first child together!

Rachael Leigh Cook Pregnant — Excited For First Baby

The happy couple confirmed the good news to Us Weekly. Rachael, who is filming the second season of the TNT drama Perception, told the magazine how she is handling her pregnancy while filming the second season of the show.

“I’ve been hiding my rapidly growing bump while shooting, but this kiddo is vying for screen time,” the actress joked. “We clearly have a future actor on our hands.”

Her hot husband, who plays Elijah on The Vampire Diaries,
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'Tvd' star Daniel Gillies talks Katherine, Showtime acquiring his directorial debut, and his next film

'Tvd' star Daniel Gillies talks Katherine, Showtime acquiring his directorial debut, and his next film
Tonight, we see the backdoor pilot for the Vampire Diaries’ Originals spin-off, a safe bet to make The CW’s fall schedule, which will be announced on May 16. But Daniel Gillies (Elijah), who’s currently filming the second season of CTV’s Saving Hope, has something else to look forward to next month: Last October, he released his feature-length directorial debut, the drama Broken Kingdom, and Kingdom Come, the documentary following the three-year process of getting that independent movie made, online. Unbeknownst to him, reps for one of the documentary’s co-directors, Paiman Kalayeh, then began shopping Kingdom Come — which
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Daniel Gillies Opens The Doors To His 'Kingdom'

Daniel Gillies Opens The Doors To His 'Kingdom'
This is the biggest week, professionally speaking, in Daniel Gillies life. Not only will The Vampire Diaries air his Originals-focused backdoor pilot on Thursday, but he's currently filming the second season of his medical drama, Saving Hope, and it was just announced Broken Kingdom, his directorial debut, would premiere this May on Showtime!

Not only did Gillies helm the globe-hopping, emotionally-resonant drama, but he wrote, produced and co-stars along with wife, Rachael Leigh Cook. A massive undertaking that underscores what a passion project this was for the actor.

Although Gillies used a different adjective to describe the endeavor when he rang up ETonline to talk Broken Kingdom, life lessons from behind the lens and The Originals!

ETonline: This is a big week for you, Daniel. Congrats on Showtime acquiring the film!

Daniel Gillies: Oh man, I'm very blessed. I can't believe all of this is happening at once -- I feel like every day is my birthday
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Showtime Acquires Two Films From 'Vampire Diaries' Star (Exclusive)

Showtime Acquires Two Films From 'Vampire Diaries' Star (Exclusive)
Showtime is getting into The Vampire Diaries business. The pay cabler has acquired two films from Daniel Gillies, who appears on The CW hit drama as Elijah, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Broken Kingdom, directed by and starring Gillies, premieres on Showtime at 8:30 p.m. May 15. The film follows two stories as it weaves its way from the slums of Bogota to the Hills of Hollywood. A 14-year-old street girl and an American writer discover an uncommon union, while a L.A. daycare teacher does everything she can to fight the weight of a tragic

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Exclusive Photos: Paste Premiere Party for Kingdom Come

Last week Paste celebrated the world premiere of Kingdom Come, Paiman Kadayeh’s documentary chronicling the making of Daniel Gillies’ film Broken Kingdom and the changing landscape of indie film, with a red-carpet premiere party in West Hollywood. Notable attendees included Gillies and his wife (and co-star/producer) Rachael Leigh Cook, co-producer Illeana Douglas, Jennie Garth, Dan Harmon, Bill Cobbs, Jeffrey Poitier and many others. Check out our exclusive photo gallery, courtesy of Shelby Bond. And while you’re at it, hop on over to the Broken Kingdom website, where you can get both films for $8....
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Daniel Gillies talks 'The Vampire Diaries' in Spoiler Room Video Edition

Daniel Gillies talks 'The Vampire Diaries' in Spoiler Room Video Edition
Take it from me: The Vampire Diaries is easily one of the most difficult shows to conduct interviews about because of the serialized nature of the story. Teasing — it’s an art. But I have to say, Daniel Gillies really held his own when he sat down on the Spoiler Room couch for a chat while in town recently promoting the Oct. 11 return of The Vampire Diaries and his film Broken Kingdom, out today.

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for the actor. The fruits of your labors have produced the following scoop on Elijah’s return, the next flashback episode,
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Broken Kingdom

Broken Kingdom, the writing and directorial debut of Daniel Gillies (perhaps best known form his role in The Vampire Diaries), finally gets unveiled to the world next week, along with its companion documentary Kingdom Come. After a Paste-sponsored Los Angeles premiere on October 2, both films will be available for download worldwide (you can even win an exclusive chat with Daniel and Rachael in our contest here). It’s been a long road to get to this point, but the results are worth it....
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Daniel Gillies Talks The Vampire Diaries, Writing and Directing His First Feature Film, Broken Kingdom, and More

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With The CW series The Vampire Diaries wrapping up its third season, just like with every season of the popular drama, the lives of every character will be in jeopardy, decisions will be made that will change everything, and it’s pretty likely that the hearts of at least some of the residents of Mystic Falls will be broken, before it’s all said and done. Since his first appearance on the show, original vampire Elijah has become an increasingly popular character among the loyal viewers and, during this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Daniel Gillies talked about how he originally got involved with The Vampire Diaries, what drew him to the role, how immensely lucky he feels that the role has turned out the way it has, what he’s enjoyed most about playing Elijah, and how sweet and supportive the fans have been. He also talked about
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