I smell another origin story… New to the ever expanding roster of future heroes and villains that populate pre-Batman Gotham City in the Fox series Gotham is a woman named Vale. She’s a hard-hitting reporter that always gets her story, but this is not the same character that’s been a part of Batman lore since the 1940s and was portrayed by Kim Basinger in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie about the Dark Knight. In Gotham, our Vale is Valerie Vale, and she’s going to played by an actress who’s no stranger to superheroes, super-powers and adventuring. Jamie Chung has just signed on the dotted line to play Vicki’s inspiring Aunt Valerie! (more…)
Once upon a time, there would have been no question as to whether or not a movie project like Justice League would appear at San Diego Comic Con. SDCC is the premier name in nerd culture, a trade show for all things nerdy! If you want to create buzz, then San Diego in July was where you wanted to be. Not so much anymore as any given year it seems like there’s one or two major studios or companies that sit out the con (or in the case of Disney, hold their own), but this year San Diego looks jam-packed with big names and guests, and the latest is Justice League. (more…)
***This article contains spoilers. You’ve been freakin’ warned!
These days, the end of a TV show, no matter how far in advanced you’re aware that ending is coming, may not necessarily be the end (if you know what we mean). Your favorite show might get picked up by another network or streaming site, for example. And even if your favorite show ended with an actual conclusion pre-planned months in advanced, it still might come back years later in a reunion movie, miniseries, spin-off or continuation. And that’s why it’s so rare when a TV creator comes out and says “No! This ‘this is the end,’ is the end.” That seems to be the case with last night’s Penny Dreadful season finale, which is actually a series finale. (more…)
The end of Penny Dreadful‘s third season unfurled beautifully in perfectly gothic pain and torture as the forces of good faced off against the forces of evil. So much is left unanswered tonight, but there was still a very big resolution, and a resolution that literally said that this was the end even though a lot of characters exit the stage in mid-action. Is Penny Dreadful coming back for more? Only the executives at Showcase and the show’s creative team can say for sure. But if this was the end, it was as emotional as it was inevitable and the melancholy it leaves you with is palpable. (more…)
It’s happening, it’s actually happening! In a case of life imitating art, the production of HBO‘s new series Westworld has been as glitchy as the robots that run amok in the titular theme park, but the question is have they finally been able to work out all the bugs? Viewers will be able to judge for themselves when Westworld finally debuts this fall, and in a pretty big confidence boost for the show, HBO put its trailer on before the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones last night. But if you were otherwise occupied, or maybe just watching Game 7 of the Cavs and the Warriors, you can find the trailer posted below. (more…)
From across the worlds of film, music and sports, we know that this has been a bad year for the sheer frequency of celebrity deaths, and now we sadly have to report another. Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for playing Ensign Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek series of films, was found dead this morning at his Los Angeles home in what’s being described as an accidental death. He was only 27 years old. (more…)
Pixar is a victim of its own success in a great many ways, because now if one of their movies doesn’t break you down into slobbering mess contemplating the purpose and value and your own existence, then it somehow didn’t meet expectations. But it’s okay for Pixar movies to be merely fun; fun and heartwarming without grander aspirations to remind you of your own humanity, or your own mortality. That’s where Finding Dory lives. The sequel to the 2003 smash hit Finding Nemo is the perfect sequel in that it expands the world of the original, allows its characters to grow just a little bit more, and recaptures the same sense of fun without too terribly rocking the boat. (more…)
In other news today, it seems that Captain America: Civil War has become the first film this year to make more than $400 million at the domestic box office. That’s no mean feat in a summer supposedly filled with “sequel-itis” and a bold testament to the skill and vision of Marvel Studios, which will be tested again this time next year when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters, aiming to capitalize on the good vibes created by the original in 2014. Meanwhile, somewhere across the sea at Pinewood Studios, GOTG star Chris Pratt has finished his good work, and director James Gunn has paid tribute to him in a new video. (more…)
Coming off of season four, with all its magic and mysticism, the producers of the CW‘s initial superhero series, Arrow, have promised a return to form in the new season; that is to say a return to the gritty realism of the first season. So as the show gets ready for its season five return, it seems as if their stacking the roster with new characters decidedly not of the supernatural or super-powered vain, but are more like the hard-boiled characters befitting of a crime drama. In other words, they’re vigilantes with something to prove, and in Star City, there’s always more than enough trouble for one man with a bow and arrow to deal with. So who are these new masked avengers? (more…)
This week, Dwayne Johnson gets another chance to prove his magnetic star power in Central Intelligence, an action comedy co-starring Kevin Hart that sees Johnson as an intelligence operative that makes James Bond look like C-3PO. If the past is any indication, the combination of action-Johnson, and comedy-Johnson will lead to big dollars at the box office; another gold star for the man who started his career as the wrestler called The Rock 20 years ago.
In that, Johnson is a trailblazer. One of the rare veterans of the WWE that was able to parlay his star-power and experience in the ring into a big Hollywood career. More than that, Johnson has shown a dexterity and diversity of performances that put him in a unique Hollywood class: he can do action (obviously!), comedy, drama, kids films, and he doesn’t always have to even be on screen to do it. (See Moana later this year.) But with 15 years and so many performances, what constitutes the very best work of the man called “The Rock”? Let’s look at the Top Five performances – according to us – of Dwayne Johnson. (more…)