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The bulk of filming may have already taken place on Marvel Studios' upcoming sequel Iron Man 3, but that hasn't stopped director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) from throwing another bad guy into the mix for Robert Downey Jr.'s latest outing as the Armored Avenger as the production heads to Mainland China for a week-long shoot.
It was way back in September when reports first emerged in the Chinese media that actor Wang Xueqi had secured the role of Chen Lu - better known to comic book fans as Radioactive Man (the Marvel one, not the guy from The Simpsons) - and now it's official, with Deadline revealing that "The Sean Connery of China" has signed on to the role originally earmarked for Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs).
Xueqi, whose credits include the likes of Yellow Earth, The Founding of a Republic and Bodyguards and Assassins, has signed on to portray 'Dr. »
Fan fiction has long had a rather turgid reputation. For many people, the first images that spring to mind when hearing the word ‘fanfic’ are probably sappy fantasies of Mulder and Scully moving to Miami and having babies; weird psycho-sexual encounters between Harry Potter characters; or stilted, universe-collapsing crossovers titled BattlestarWarsTrekGate* – but in truth the history of fan-made art is a far more complex and fruitful than one might at first presume. Indeed sometimes, as is arguably the case in the extraordinary Marauder Shield’s series – an alternate fiction designed to retroactively contextualise the controversial ending of Mass Effect, it can be seen as a way of rescuing the original franchise from itself.
Fan fictions have long been a way for those most enamoured with a text to try to engage directly with the work, to project their own identity into the material through the most overt possible act of »
Justin and Selena's on/off relationship has taken another turn, as it is revealed that Justin does not want to date anyone other than Selena, but before they get back together, he wants some alone time. Ouch! Less than two weeks after Justin Bieber was seen crying outside Selena Gomez's L.A. home begging for a reunion, he has now decided that he needs "space" before they reunite. Is he serious? According to a new report, Justin "doesn't want to date anyone else" other than Selena, but he needs some time off first. Read on for all the details. "Justin and Selena's status is constantly changing. I honestly can't keep up with them anymore," says a source to Us Weekly. "He loves Selena and wants her in his life. He hasn't cheated on her, but he has craved space. He doesn't want to date anyone else." Man up, Justin! »
- Eleanore Hutch
Welcome to Icons Firsts, a new bi-weekly column where your devoted Icons contributors fess up and share their first experiences discovering a horror classic! We wanted to not only make things a bit more personal here on Icons Of Fright, but we wanted to open up the floor (so to speak) and encourage you to share your firsts as well in the comments section below. Our first entry? The original 1984 classic A Nightmare On Elm Street. So how did each member of the Fright staff first come face to face with Freddy Krueger? Read on to find out!
Rob G.: The original Nightmare On Elm Street is what single-handedly converted me into a horror fanatic, and in turn is responsible for the existence of this very website! Back when I was around 10 years old, I had two older cousins Marchello and Silvi that my parents would always leave me »
- Rob Galluzzo
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
Tonight are the season premieres of Fox’s New Girl and the series premiere of The Mindy Project, two shows I have especially been looking forward to over the summer.
When I discussed the toughest time slots of the fall earlier this month, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Est was one of my choices. Not only do I want to tune in to New Girl and The Mindy Project, but I also want to check out ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, which premieres Oct. 23. However, I’m curious about The CW’s Emily Owens, M.D., premiering Oct. 16, because star Mamie Gummer has impressed me so much on CBS’s The Good Wife (and as much as I hate to admit it, the seemingly similar Hart of Dixie is fairly charming).
Aside from this, there’s something else I »
- Rachel Bennett
Among last year’s new comedies, there are two clear poles: the hits that are returning for season two with sturdy fan bases (2 Broke Girls, New Girl, and Suburgatory) and the failures that were quickly canceled and forgotten, not necessarily in that order (Man Up, Are You There, Chelsea, Work It, etc.). But in between these two extremes of the comedy class of 2011 sits a trio of shows that teeter in limbo between the states. NBC’s Up All Night and Whitney and ABC’s Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 all got renewals for season two, but with a far less definitive mandate; the networks decided that their creative and Nielsen potential was worth another bet, but one senses that their future is dependent on seeing improvement this year. Are the producers intent on tweaking their formulas for season two? We called the showrunners of all three shows »
- Josef Adalian,Denise Martin
It's the old "throw crap at a wall and see what sticks" philosophy of TV development. Each year, networks try their luck with a crop of new shows meant to be the next big thing. But rarely do they ever pan out. In fact, only 33% of the new shows that premiered last year came back for a second season.
WarmingGlow has the complete list which you can see below. This is exactly the reason I'm reluctant to get into new shows if I'm not sure they'll last. Fool me once with V, twice with The Event and three times with Terra Nova, and I'm ready to just throw in the towel and wait until some new show is in its 5th season before I start watching.
This is the full list. See any you think should have been renwed? I can't really say I do. Even the ones that were »
Kourtney is determined to have her baby in the comfort of her own home, but Kim only has one thing to say about it! Watch the video to find out! Kourtney Kardashian is considering having a water birth for her second time around. But on the upcoming Aug. 5 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian tells Kourtney why she should have her baby at the hospital! Because if she does it at home, she'll make a mess! Isn't that just So Kim? Tune in Sunday to E! at 9pm Et for an all-new episode! — Chloe Melas [protected-iframe id="6a9d5feafd1437c7bbf4327dd7a4a230-31106563-37016672" info="http://www.eonline.com/static/videoplayer/platform_players/swf/CEGDynamicPlayer.swf" width="480" height="270"] More Kardashian News: Kourtney Kardashian: Raising Two Kids By Herself? ‘Kuwtk’: Scott Disick Goes To London Without Kourtney Kardashian Kourtney Kardashian: Don’t Say You ‘Hate’ Scott Disick But He Should Man Up, Say Experts »
- Chloe Melas
"The Exes" is welcoming two lovely ladies to the show Wednesday, Aug. 22. Tony-award winning actress and "Who's the Boss" alum Judith Light is reprising her role as Kristen Johnston's character Holly Franklin's overly critical mother Marjorie. But this time the perfect sister is coming to town too.
Amanda Detmer ("Necessary Roughness," "Man Up") joins the show as Jill, Holly's sister who can do no wrong. Holly of course pulls out all the stops to prove her life is also perfect, but when Marjorie shows up, all the family truths come out.
"The Exes" also welcomes "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio for the Aug. 15 episode. The TV Land series stars Donald Faison and Wayne Knight as roommates and Johnston as their landlord and divorce attorney. It airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt.
On the July 29 episode of 'Kuwtk' Lamar's ultimate fear is revealed -- the dentist! Watch the video to find out why! Kim Kardashian is doing her absolute best to convince Lamar Odom to go to the dentist but he's refusing. The NBA star isn't afraid of anything, except having a tooth pulled! On the upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, we watch Lamar run around the house like a little baby! Tune in this Sunday for an all-new episode [E!] — Chloe Melas
More Scott Disick news: Kourtney Kardashian: Raising Two Kids By Herself? ‘Kuwtk’: Scott Disick Goes To London Without Kourtney Kardashian Kourtney Kardashian: Don’t Say You ‘Hate’ Scott Disick But He Should Man Up, Say Experts »
- Chloe Melas
Last but not least, following NBC, Fox, The CW and CBS, ABC is the final broadcast network to detail its fall TV premiere plan.
All told, ABC’s premiere plan looks like this; new shows are listed in All Caps (get details here).
Friday, September 14
8 pm Shark Tank
9 pm Primetime: What Would You Do?
10 pm 20/20
Monday, September 24
8 pm Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars (cast to be announced Friday, July 27)
10 pm Castle
Tuesday, September 25
8 pm Dancing with the Stars »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The Winners of Reed’s annual Short Film Competition were proudly announced on Wednesday May 30th at an exclusive awards ceremony hosted at London’s Hospital Club.
We were pleasantly greeted with a Champagne reception which was enjoyed with the intimate gathering of Reed staff, directors, actors and judges. The space was modern and the creative canvases marking each finalists’ film displayed across the walls gave it a personal touch. A few topped up champagne glasses later we were ushered into the screening room to reveal what everyone was waiting for: The 2012 winners.
Just to recap- with over 500 entries from film makers around the UK who each created their piece based on the theme, ‘The Boss’ the following 12 were shortlisted:
• ‘Disconnected’ by Tom Edkins
• ‘Gaffer’ by Alex Hinx
• ‘Man Up’ by Caroline Giammetta
• ‘Mourning Rules’ by Daniel Castell
• ‘Moynihan »
- Paris Davis
Comedy veteran Ric Swartzlander (Garry Unmarried) has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner of Cougar Town as the comedy is moving from ABC to TBS. He succeeds Cougar Town co-creator/executive producer Bill Lawrence who is stepping down to focus on development under his Warner Bros. TV overall deal but will remain involved and is keeping his executive producer title. (Lawrence has extra connection to the show as his wife, Christa Miller, co-stars on it.) Lawrence co-created Cougar Town with Kevin Biegel, who will become a consulting producer. Swartzlander has ties to both TBS and Cougar Town producer ABC Studios. He did a pilot, In Security, for TBS and recently worked on the ABC/ABC Studios comedy Man Up! His single-camera credits also include the ABC Studios-produced Samantha Who? »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Broadcast’s dog-and-pony shows in New York City are finally over, but the walk-up to the fall 2012-2013 lineup has only just begun. Before we start wringing our hands over Britney Spears’ emotional readiness to be a reality show judge, we have some knee-jerk reactions to what we saw and heard this week:
Biggest trend: Comedy explosion. There’s 29 sitcoms hitting the air this fall — and we’re not including Rock Center With Brian Williams. That’s an enormous number of couches, awkward dates and workplace misunderstandings. Tuesdays will be a three-network comedy traffic jam, while ABC and NBC will offload extra chuckles into Fridays. »
- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third one announced. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
An odd year for the once mighty juggernaut which can still pack 'em in. It had surprise success stories with "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge", the latter becoming an unexpected international hit, and several shows have gotten renewals despite more modest numbers. Still, with it battling with NBC for the third and fourth position overall, the network has to introduce ten shows over the course of the season in the hope of getting a few stickers.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen include the fashion label dynasty soap "Americana", ABC's update of the 90's "Beauty and the Beast" TV series, the Roland Emmerich-produced thriller "Dark Horse", the »
- Garth Franklin
Harry Potter star Katie Leung was banned from wearing nail polish for five months while playing a writer suffering oppression in communist China.
The British actress landed the role of Jung Chang in a stage version of the book Wild Swans, in which Chang details her family's life under a sparse Chinese regime.
To give her performance maximum authenticity, Leung agreed to forgo Western luxuries and spa treatments - and she celebrated the end of her run in the show with a manicure on Thursday.
Taking to her Twitter.com blog, the actress posted a photo of her newly-polished nails alongside the message, "Applying nail polish after 5 months of living under communist regime feels very strange... And a nude colour at that. We are so privileged it's insane how much one still whines. Now let's all Man Up and apply some nail polish!" »
Near the bottom of the network heap, ABC's new lineup is heavy on big stars but seems light on groundbreakingly good scripts
ABC was the third of the big four networks to present its roster of new shows to advertisers this week. Here's our guide to the potential hits and misses.
What ABC needs
ABC is good at creating buzz around its shows, which often makes it seem that the network is doing better than it is. In fact, ABC was easily beaten into third place in the ratings last year, and if you count the Super Bowl ratings (which I always think is a little unfair as it skews things) then it finished fourth behind NBC.
On the surface there's no clear reason for this – ABC had one of last year's most talked-about new shows, Revenge, and the season's only real breakout hit, Once Upon A Time. It has America's biggest comedy, »
- Sarah Hughes
Sundays just got Revengier.
ABC is the third broadcast network to pull the curtain back on its 2012-13 schedule and the big news is that freshman hit Revenge is moving into Desperate Housewives‘ old Sunday/9 pm timeslot. Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—– In Apartment 23, meanwhile, will form their own a-mah-zing comedy block on Tuesdays at 9.
Among new shows, the Connie Britton-fronted musical soap Nashville has nabbed Revenge‘s former Wednesday at 10 pm perch, and the Shawn Ryan-produced undersea thriller Last Resort has landed the Thursday lead-off spot.
Related | Fall TV Preview — Your Guide to What »
- Michael Ausiello
The dead list from all the network Upfronts is shaping up. Did your least favorite TV series make the list? Or are you in mourning? The Upfront frenzy says goodbye to Ashley Judd's new series, animated Allan Gregory and an oldie, CSI: Miami too. We already knew about Terra Nova (boo) and Rob, but a few on these lists were surprising. NBC's Whitney managed to hang on. Here is the dead show list: ABC cancellations Gbc, The River, Missing, Pan Am, Work It, Man Up, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Charlie's Angels NBC cancellations Are You There, Chelsea?, Awake, Bent, Best Friend's Forever, Harry's Law, The Firm, Prime Suspect, Playboy Club, Who Do You Think You Are and »
- April MacIntyre
Chicago – With the onslaught of news stories this week about what would and what would not be included in next week’s Fall schedule announcements, it’s easy to lose track of your favorite show. Let us guide the way with this handy recap. When will it all air? Will some of these be mid-season returns? Will your favorite show move? Come back next week as all of the Fall schedules are announced.
Update (5/14/12): Napoleon Dynamite was cancelled.
Remaining Question Marks
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
2 Broke Girls (CBS)
30 Rock (NBC)
90210 (The CW)
American Dad (Fox)
American Idol (Fox)
The Bachelor (ABC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Blue Bloods (CBS)
Bob’s Burgers (Fox)
Body of Proof (ABC)
CSI: NY (CBS)
The Cleveland Show (Fox)
Community (NBC »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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