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« Reply #275 on: February 28, 2015, 11:44:39 PM »

Can You Tell What’s Missing From These Famous Movie Scenes?

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« Reply #276 on: March 24, 2015, 06:40:06 PM »

https://www.nerdist.com/2015/01/fox-is-in-talks-for-an-x-files-mini-series-considering-more-24-and-prison-break/

Fox is in Talks For an X-FILES Mini-Series; Considering More 24 and PRISON BREAK

After yesterday’s bombshell that NBC had casted Chuck’s Zachary Levi in a leading role for their upcoming revival of Heroes, Fox realized it had to return fire in a major way so as not to be outdone by one of its competitors… so of course they used The X-Files to do it.

In a surprising twist on this year’s Winter TCA presentation, the home of 24 did confirm talks are currently underway for a mini-series continuation of the Chris Carter series. However that’s where the news ends as the network did not state how many episodes were being considered, who would be returning if the event-series did in fact take place or what left over stories it would tackle.

Given the last movie sequel from 2008 didn’t address the series’ hanging thread of the apocalypse taking place, it seems a mini-series revival would be a good place to finally wrap things up the way they should have been back in 2002. As of now, all we can do is speculate – but hey, at least we can listen to Gillian Anderson and Chris Hardwick get the #XFiles2015 hashtag started on the Nerdist podcast!

However, The X-Files isn’t all Fox is considering putting back in play as at the presentation it was also stated the network is thinking about more episodes of 24 and, believe it or not, Prison Break.

Concerning 24, it was made clear there’s nothing more than ideas being thrown around at the moment, one of which would see the series continue without Kiefer Sutherland’s famed Jack Bauer (which would coincide with the rumor of Yvonne Strahovski’s Kate Morgan being groomed to take over the leading role of the show should Sutherland depart). In addition, it would work plot wise as, at least for an initial run, Jack is currently locked up with the Russians as per the end of 24: Live Another Day made clear.

As for Prison Break, this one throws us. Not so much because it’s a bad show – it’s actually a great show – but because unlike The X-Files and 24, there are no hanging threads. Everything was wrapped up rather cleanly at the end of the series and then even more so in the direct-to-video one off, Prison Break: The Final Break… and then even more so again when the character of T-Bag was revived for a one-episode arc on A&E’s Breakout Kings. So while we’ll welcome more Prison Break, it does seem rather unnecessary.

Overall, a big news day for Fox and fans of their past slate of great TV… oh, and Gotham was renewed for Season Two as well. You’re welcome.


The X-Files Are Officially Re-Opening
Fox orders a six-episode event series

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=43787

After years of wondering whether The X-Files would come back in any form – TV, movies, sock puppet show featuring voice doubles for the cast – it looked good for a return to television earlier this year and has now been confirmed by Fox: the show and its characters will return to investigate more mysteries in a six-episode “event series” much along the lines of 24: Live Another Day.

Despite David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and creator Chris Carter being spread to the winds on other projects, they’re all coming back for the new miniseries, the details of which are being kept in a locked drawer guarded by a suspicious type endlessly puffing on Morley cigarettes. So we don’t yet know if any of the other characters – Mitch Pileggi’s Walter Skinner, say, – or creative team will be back for duty. Especially since the writers who worked with Carter to create the original series have themselves gone on to chart their own telly and movie courses.

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter says in a statement put out by Fox. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” Production is now scheduled to kick off this summer.
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« Reply #277 on: March 25, 2015, 07:03:37 PM »

Idris Elba In Talks For Star Trek 3
As the film's villain

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=43800

For all his gruffness and intensity, we’re more used to thinking of Idris Elba as conflicted heroes or the morally right leading man. So the occasional chance to see him play a rogue is always welcome, and the idea of him going toe-to-toe with Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew sounds like a lot of fun. Good news, then, that Elba is in early talks to appear in Star Trek 3.

According to Variety, it’s nowhere near a done deal yet, so for now this has to float among the flickering stars of rumour space. But if he does sign a contract, he’ll be in place to play the big bad in the latest cinematic outing of J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Trek timeline.

Abrams, of course, is a little busy delivering the latest instalment of another vaguely famous space adventure, so Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin will be directing Kirk and co as they take on their latest challenge. After a false directing start and the script changing hands (the current draft is by Simon “Scotty” Pegg and Doug Jung), the cameras should be back on the bridge in June ready for a 2016 release just in time for Star Trek’s 50th broadcast anniversary.

Pegg and Pine are back alongside Zachary Quinto’s Spock, Zoe Saldana’s Uhura, Karl Urban’s Dr. McCoy, John Cho’s Sulu and Anton Yelchin’s Chekov. Elba is a busy man right now – he’s just signed on to appear in Harmony Korine’s new revenge thriller The Trap and has worked on Beasts Of No Nation, A Hundred Streets, Bastille Day and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, among other projects. He’s on screens now in The Gunman and will be back as Heimdall in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, out here on April 23.
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« Reply #278 on: April 29, 2015, 08:35:09 PM »

19 Underrated Horror Movies You Need To See ASAP

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« Reply #279 on: May 13, 2015, 07:55:49 PM »

And the award for Weirdest News of the Day goes to Colossal, a giant monster movie to be directed by Nacho Vigalondo (best known for helming Timecrimes and karaoking with Elijah Wood and the RZA). Anne Hathaway has just been cast in the film as Gloria, “an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and her fiancé, decides to leave her life in New York to move back to her hometown,” only to find that she shares a psychic link with — I shit you not — a kaiju destroying Tokyo. Vigalondo remarks, “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. Having Anne and this terrific team around goes beyond my craziest expectations.” And ours, Nacho. And ours.

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« Reply #280 on: June 01, 2015, 07:28:07 PM »

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Op-Ed: How OUTLANDER Handled Sexual Violence Better than Anyone Else

Listen: no one likes to talk about sexual violence. It’s a hard subject to tackle — and without the right, nuanced language and understanding of the power dynamics, ramifications, and subsequent damage at play, it is very easy to create a moment of insensitive torture porn rather than a character-building hardship that engages both the story and the person involved. Which is funny when one considers how much sexual violence — and rape in particular — has become a mainstay in dramatic television tension-building. But on Saturday night, Starz’s original series Outlander tackled not only rape, but male rape (a seriously under-discussed topic) and managed to take a revolutionary stance when it comes to depicting sexual violence: how it affects the person subjected to it.

The immediate fallout of the rape of Jamie Fraser by Black Jack Randall is evident and visceral. It’s hard to watch and traumatic — something that, by definition, polarizes the audience viewing it. And it should: because nothing about rape, regardless of its depictions, is easy. It’s not easy for the person experiencing so it shouldn’t be easy to watch, either. Which is when it gets tricky because, while there is definitely a need for stories like this to be told (this is real life. It happens), it must be fully served and done with a lot of different things kept in mind. (Something that’s pretty hard to do on network television with its strict standards and practices.)

What makes it such a hard subject to put on screen well is the fact that the full reality is complicated and different for everyone, but its biggest damage is done internally. If rape is to be featured on a series, it should be two things: non-gratuitous, and fully examined. Too often, rape is used on television to service an outside character or titillate and scandalize without any sort of look at the serious mental and emotional fallout of the victim. Which is exactly where Thrones sometimes missteps, which spurs these discourses we see online. When using the rape of a female character to spur a male character into action, to shock with no real reveal, or to excite an audience without even hinting that there are real mental ramifications on the person after the fact — like the Cersei/Jaime twist last season, or even more recently with the odd juxtaposition of scenes inGilly and Sam’s storyline last week — is an abridged take on something that ultimately shapes our understanding of the act. To have someone who was raped or nearly raped cut from a scene of emotional trauma to, say, having sex with another person with no feeling about the event that just went down? In the words of Pete Campbell? Not great, Bob.

Which is why we commend when it’s done well and the reality (at times brutal as it sometimes is) services the characters’ evolution on all ends. Like these last two episodes of Outlander. Rape is treated with the seriousness it deserves. Even times where it is subverted, the gravity of the situation is never belittled or eschewed. When Outlander subjects its male lead to graphic, horrific rape, it’s not simply to shock anyone (we all saw this coming), or titillate the audience (there’s nothing sexy about this — regardless of your feelings about Tobias Menzies’ and/or Sem Heughan’s faces), it’s done to honor just how truly horrific and life-changing this event was for Jamie. It showed the true nature and evil of Randall. The show’s creator, Ron Moore, has said as much in interviews: we will see more of how this has affected him. Jamie will not just go back to being the Jamie he was before, because there is a heck of a lot of mental machinations that are now going to come into play. PTSD is real.

Thankfully, we’re not alone in our desire for sexual violence to be handled delicately. Last week, Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller discussed this very subject (particularly because — Hannibal spoilers ahoy — he’s dealing with Red Dragon in season three) with Entertainment Weekly and pinpointed the main issue with the prevalence of rape storylines on television. “There are frequent examples of exploiting rape as low-hanging fruit to have a canvas of upset for the audience,” Fuller said in the interview. “The reason the rape well is so frequently used is because it’s a horrible thing that is real and that it happens. But because it’s so overexploited, it becomes callous.”

He also added that rape storylines come “with a stable of tropes that are infrequently elevated dramatically, or emotionally. … And it’s frequently so thinly explored because you don’t have the real estate in 42 minutes to dig deep into what it is to be a victim of rape. … All of the structural elements of how we tell stories on crime procedurals narrow the bandwidth for the efficacy of exploring what it is to go through that experience.”

This. This is why the conversation of televised rape cannot be cast with a generic mold or opinion. This is why every time a rape that does not honor the victim and the violence they’ve endured (and how it will ultimately manifest itself mentally) becomes a major discussion on websites the world over. Each and every rape — and its depiction — is different, but until we handle them all with the same amount of respect, we have to dissect and discuss the merits of portraying these stories. Because it is, and sometimes should be, hard to watch: so shouldn’t we all want it to be done right?
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« Reply #281 on: July 10, 2015, 08:04:23 PM »

Dr.Who Series 9 trailer

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« Reply #282 on: July 19, 2015, 07:16:11 PM »

Alex Rocco, The Godfather Actor, Dead at Age 79

http://my.xfinity.com/articles/entertainment-eonline/20150719/b677778/

Alex Rocco, best known for his role as Moe Greene in The Godfather, has died at age 79.

The actor, who lived in the Los Angeles area, passed away on Saturday. His daughter, Jennifer Rocco, confirmed his death on Facebook .

"Alex Rocco aka Alessandro Federico Petricone, Jr. passed away just hours ago on July 18, 2015," she wrote. "February 29, 1936 - July 18, 2015 RIP Dad, be with Mom and Marc....I will see you but not for a while...."

Alex is also survived by survived by his wife, actress Shannon Wilcox, son Lucien and a grandson, Variety   reported.

Alex was born in Boston began his onscreen acting career in the '60s. He took acting classes taught by  Star Trek star  Leonard Nimoy, who  died at age 83  this past February.

He appeared on shows such as the original  Batman series and  Get Smart before he starred in  The Godfather in 1972.

In the film, he played a mobster and casino owner, who had lines such as "I got a business to run. I gotta kick asses sometimes to make it run right" and "Sonofabitch! Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!"

He went onto appear on shows such as  The Love Boat,  Murder, She Wrote and  The Facts of Life, in which he played Charlie Polniaczek.

In 1990, he won an Emmy for his role as a Hollywood agent Al Floss in the comedy  The Famous Teddy Z. Also in the '90s, he provided the voice of Roger Myers Jr. on  The Simpsons. The character is the chairman of the studio that produces  The Itchy & Scratchy Show.

Alex also appeared in movies such as  Smokin' Aces and provided the voice of grumpy ant Thorny in Disney-Pixar's  A Bug's Life.

In recent years, he had starred on shows such as  One Life to Live,  The Division, comedian  Marc Maron 's show  Maron and Starz's Magic City, in which he played Arthur Evans. He also played  Matt LeBlanc 's fictional father, Dick LeBlanc, on Showtime's  Episodes. 
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« Reply #283 on: August 09, 2015, 07:24:16 PM »

NEW WESTWORLD Teaser Has Us Questioning Everything

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM8HNuRLIBI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM8HNuRLIBI</a>

Reality, schmeality: we’ll have what they’re having in Westworld—HBO’s hour-long loosely based adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name—even if that thing is total destruction. Jonathan Nolan’s televised reworking of the story looks to be even more sci-fi and western-y thriller than its predecessor (at least according to the HBO Television Critics Association panel we were at, where we saw a heck of a lot more footage than this—sorry/na na na na boo boo), but it most certainly does not differ in the terrific unsettling tone at the heart of the story.

Which is to say: we’re sort of losing our gourds over this one.

And with a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsř Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman, and Angela Sarafyan? Sign us up because we are ALL ABOARD the S.S. Westworld when it premieres in 2016. Yeehaw, y’all.
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« Reply #284 on: August 29, 2015, 04:33:54 PM »

Anime Icon LUPIN III Unveils New Series Trailer

In Japan, the character of Arsčne Lupin III is like Batman, Doctor Who, or James Bond—he’s been around forever and continues to be popular. After premiering in Manga series by Monkey Punch beginning in 1976, the Lupin III franchise spawned a second Manga, three anime series, an anime miniseries, seven feature films, 20 video games (!), and yearly Christmas specials. All that for a roguish, violent thief who womanized and exploited people. Everybody loves an anti-hero, right?

Well, the adventures of the dapper bandit and his equally Robin-Hoodish pals are set to continue this fall in a brand new series of Lupin the Third adventures. A trailer (above) has been released in Japan and from the animation style, you can see the creators are very much keeping the visual style the same or similar to the way it was in the 1970s, with visible pencil marks, even though, surely, the 2D art was all drawn digitally as most shows nowadays are. If you’re at all familiar with the shows or films, this trailer captures the spirit of everything that makes Lupin III such a fun character.

The whole gang is back: besides Lupin, we have his trusty right-hand man, Daisuke Jigen; the stoic samurai who owes Lupin his life, Goemon Ishikawa XIII; the classic femme fatale who is both ally and rival, Fujiko Mine; and Lupin’s doofus of an arch nemesis, Inspector Zenigata. However, added to this series is a new character—Lupin’s wife Rebecca Rossellini. That’s bound to change up Lupin’s devil-may-care lifestyle.

Several of the Lupin the 3rd series and films are available to watch on Hulu. One of those films was The Castle of Cagliostro directed by Hayao Miyazaki, which isn’t the most faithful version as Lupin is rather more nice than he is nasty, but still worth looking at.

The new series of Lupin III, which is said to blend both the humorous and dangerous aspects of the character, will begin airing in Italy on August 29th and Japan on October 1st.

http://nerdist.com/anime-icon-lupin-iii-unveils-new-series-trailer/

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