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Robert Kirkman likes to describe The Walking Dead as a zombie movie that never ends. But to my eyes, the most interesting thing about the show is how it's spent five seasons fluttering between different storytelling modes. The show lacks a single setting and makes a point of killing off at least a couple key cast members every season. This can make The Walking Dead feel unwieldy or unfocused, but it also means that there's an exciting state of constant flux underpinning the show's basic head-crushing thrills. I've always said that original showrunner Frank Darabont most clearly viewed his version »
- Darren Franich
I didn’t get a chance to address this in last week’s review, but let’s consider for a minute Eugene’s weak explanation of this “cure.” This is The Walking Dead, and as Rick reminded Carl and the audience this week, everything and everybody needs to be handled suspiciously. So last week, when Eugene was asked about his cure, he started with “You wouldn’t understand,” and went to “You wouldn’t have the resources to do anything with it,” before saying, “We’re going to fight ‘fire with fire,’ and adjust some superbugs slightly to kill the dead.”
Not helping the fact is that Eugene (and his portrayer Josh McDermitt) sort of reminds me of Danny McBride, thus making it even more unlikely that I can take what he has to say at face value, but the whether or not the survivors would follow Eugene to Washington »
- Adam A. Donaldson
We’re getting ever closer to that exciting but sad time: the Doctor Who series finale. The synopsis for the intriguing-titled penultimate episode of Series 8, Dark Water, has now been released, promising… well, a Promised Land! Let’s find out what treats are in store: “In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up. Missy...
- Philip Bates
Jason Reitman is way too young to have produced a work of such fuddy-duddy handwringing over These Kids (And Adults) Today and how we play with our e-toys. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
As the little explorer probe Voyager passes into interstellar space to begin its long lonely journey to who knows where, Adam Sandler is masturbating to Internet porn.
There’s a point to this juxtaposition, but only director Jason Reitman knows what it is. (Presumably Chad Kultgen, author of the novel this is based on, knows, too, but there’s no evidence of that here.) Is it that the hyperadvanced and superwise aliens who may one day find Voyager will be disappointed if they could know (which they won’t be able to know) that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Rosemarie DeWitt is one of the most charming and underrated actresses working today. She has given terrific performances in films like Promised Land, The Company Men and the recent Men, Women And Children where she continues to prove what a talent she is. In Kill The Messenger, DeWitt beautifully portrays the real life Sue Webb – wife to reporter Gary Webb – who watched her family crumble when her husband revealed some seriously damaging secrets about the CIA. It is »
If you grew up in the 1980s, then no doubt you'll remember ITV's very own take on the Robin Hood legend. Robin Of Sherwood would face the formidable presence of the Sheriff of Nottingham on a weekly basis, and would do so while flicking his girly locks from side to side to the ethereal dulcet tones of Clannad.
Robin Of Sherwood went out between 1984 and 1986, which was to be one of Doctor Who's best forgotten periods of history. As the old saying goes, civilisations rise and civilisations fall, and in the mid 1980s, Doctor Who's cosy little world was in danger of crumbling. Some of the fans were turning up their noses at John Nathan Turner's stewardship, while the evil big shots at the BBC were rubbing their hands in glee at the 18-month hiatus. About 30 years later, the presence of Robin Hood again caused dissension in the ranks. »
Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »
- EW staff
I adore Rosemary DeWitt! She.s always been a fun, sweet, and utterly delightful interviewee. The last time I spoke to her was for .The Promised Land. with Matt Damon. Now, she.s duking it out with the CIA for the fantastic .Kill the Messenger. with Jeremy Renner! In this interview, we talked about her interest in the movie, how she prepared for her role, and is our country still doing the war on drugs?
20th Century Fox has unveiled a new trailer for director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated film, Exodus: Gods And Kings. The movie stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Ben Kingsley.
This is a film that requires an IMAX viewing and one that would have been presented in Cinemascope years ago. The scale of it looks like Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and going by the visuals from this new trailer, Scott has mastered Epic as an artform.
20th Century Fox previewed parts of the film for the media on Tuesday. Variety’s Awards Editor Tim Gray writes the film falls into the,
“they don’t make ‘em like that anymore” category, with big battle scenes and aerial panoramas of ancient cities, rustic settlements and military camps, all rendered in 3D CGI glory. And the footage really shifted into high gear »
- Michelle McCue
Almost every Doctor Who writer has a certain thumbprint that they tend to leave on the stories they write. Steven Moffat has mind-melting time paradoxes, Classic Who scribe Robert Holmes had unsubtle political commentary, and Gareth Roberts has the Doctor trying to blend in with modern day humans; with The Caretaker being his third episode in a row to use this plot device.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing since he tends to do it very well. Despite the mass of similarities to The Lodger (2010) and Closing Time (2011), The Caretaker manages to carve its own little niche as a relaxed comedic episode thanks largely to the completely different character dynamics at play this time around.
The real thing that the episode has going for it is the humour. It’s not the out there gag-a-minute humour of Robot Of Sherwood but it’s still a very »
- James T. Cornish
More frightening than a barrage of green laser blasts, more eerie than a spillage in Geography class, and more menacing than a sinister puddle, it’s the Kasterborous News Blast! This week’s trip to the Promised Land includes a chance to buy the clothes right off of Clara’s back, a Radiophonic classroom of sound, a slew
The post Radiophonics, Outlander, Hermione & Orange Spacesuits appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Drew Boynton
You think it’s hard to balance a life as a mother and a businesswoman, or that of a governor and a single dad, how about alternating trying to cultivate a new relationship while you’re off saving the universe? Clara Oswald has got this very problem. Luckily she down’t have to deal with it alone, she’s got…
Directed by Paul Murphy
After an exhausting montage of travels across the universe that need to end in tome for making dates with Danny Pink, The Doctor is pleased to let Clara know that she’ll be getting some time to herself. He’s got a job he needs to handle on his own, and is somewhat vague when pressed for details. She happily reports to Danny that while she has been distracted of late, she’ll be more centered on him for a bit. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
As we reached the half way point of series eight, The Caretaker was an episode that took stock of every development so far, bringing some character story lines to a head, while giving us plenty to ponder on the Promised Land arc. It didn’t quite have the revelations of Listen, but it still served as an opportunity to send the relationships between the Doctor, Clara and Danny in an interesting new direction.
But most importantly, The Caretaker provided us with plenty of fun, giving Peter Capaldi a chance to let loose on his dry comic-timing and Jenna Coleman to dazzle with another understated performance. The alien threat was a but rubbish though, but naffness of the Skovoz Blitzer aside, it was an episode that served to progress Clara’s journey as the two men in her life finally met.
It was – to put it bluntly – a train wreck, »
- Baz Greenland
Addison, who wasn't expected to appear in the show until the series finale, popped up in the last five minutes of 'The Caretaker', playing a secretary for the mysterious Missy (Michelle Gomez).
When the officer said that he didn't understand how he survived, Seb replied: "I was coming to that. I'm afraid you really, rather didn't."
9 fan theories on Doctor Who's new big mystery: Who is Missy?
Missy walked past Seb and the officer, but Seb informed the policeman: "Sorry, she's a bit busy today."
Gomez's character, who has »
Hot off the heels of the new trailer release for Jason Reitman’s upcoming film Men, Women & Children, Paramount has released a new batch of images showing off the drama’s varied cast and even a few behind-the-scenes shots at Reitman himself. Check them out below, right after the synopsis.
Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, »
- James Garcia
Amazon Studios is mixing genres with its newest project. The streaming service has purchased half-hour sci-fi comedy Norad from Butter writer Jason Micallef, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. The logline is being kept under wraps, though the title could refer to the organization that provides air defense to North America. Director Jim Field Smith, with whom Micallef collaborated on the Jennifer Garner comedy Butter, is attached to executive produce alongside Underground Film and Management's Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire. Norad joins a number of upcoming projects for the Santa Monica-based studio, including biblical drama Promised Land,
- Natalie Jarvey, Lesley Goldberg
Amid the chills and somewhat confusing narrative, the latest episode of Doctor Who certainly delivered some big moments. Considering that it was the first episode of series eight not to bring up Missy or the Promised Land arc, Listen still had plenty of revelations to give around the Doctor and Clara. And that was the biggest success with this week’s episode; in addition to having the scariest sequence since Blink, we learned a little more about the two central characters.
Listen was an episode that examined Clara’s future. We learned that the arrival of Danny Pink in Clara’s life was going to have a big impact; he’s destined to be far more than a passing romance. However we still have many questions before we get there. It also set up a possible end game for the Doctor’s companion, though intriguingly we’re still early »
- Baz Greenland
[previous: “Into the Dalek”]
So, the Doctor and Robin Hood walk into a dungeon…
No, wait, into a spaceship…
Oh my god, did I love this episode. Was I just complaining about a lack of a sense of wonder? Well, here it is, in spades:
Yeah, I’d be doing the same thing in the face of this:
And I wouldn’t quite believe it, either, though. Thank you, Mark Gatiss — and okay, Steven Moffat, too, for letting Gatiss do this — for getting the important bits here exactly right. Like how the Doctor, when faced with an over-the-top cliché of Robin Hood and his band of merry men, refuses to accept that it’s real. How could it be? He’s doing what we watching are doing: trying to figure out what’s actually actually going on: Surely we’re on a holodeck. No? Okay, then they’ve landed in the middle of a Renaissance festival. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Last week, Peter Capaldi’s sophomore episode showcased a more alien doctor. A Doctor who is having a harder time relating to humans than other recent incarnations. The Doctor has really always been willing to make hard choices, but now the candy coated shell of charisma has been shed in favor of blunt straight-forwardness. How will this personality change — coupled with his new dynamic with “carer” Clara — translate in a fluffier, stand-alone episode? Let’s find out! ******* Remember that chalk drawing from “Deep Breath” the Doctor abandoned? Looks like he remembered it and has continued whatever equations he was working on. Of course, we’re not privy to that information yet, but for now let’s assume it has something to do with Heaven/Paradise. After the necessary setup to get Capaldi sorted out as Twelve, the show can finally get back to the fun of just traveling through time. »
- Donna Dickens
Screenwriter Mark Gatiss returns to "Doctor Who" this year with the third episode of the season. In "The Robot of Sherwood" the Doctor travels to Nottingham and uncovers an evil plan from beyond the stars. Forced to team up with Robin Hood, the Doctor and Clara must determine who is real and who is fake before it's too late. Gatiss often partners with "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat. The two co-created "Sherlock," the other international BBC juggernaut. Gatiss has written 5 episodes for "Doctor Who" prior to "The Robot of Sherwood," as well as several novels and audio plays set in the Whovian universe. On this outing, Gatiss has "Da Vinci's Demons" star Tom Riley along for the ride as the legendary outlaw Robin Hood. The BBC Worldwide show explores a fictionalized version of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. After introducing Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor and »
- Donna Dickens
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