RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 2: ‘The Lion and the Rose’

- 04-14-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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*** Caution: Here There Be Spoilers… ***

Of all the visceral emotions Game of Thrones evokes in its viewers, ‘relief’ is rarely amongst them. George R.R. Matin’s dragon-filled soap opera is often cruel and treats even its biggest fans with borderline contempt. First, Ned Stark was beheaded at the behest of sniveling King Joffrey while his daughters helplessly watched. The road to avenging his death seemed like it was well paved for young Robb Stark, King of the North, until he, his mother and pregnant wife were massacred by the Lannisters at the now infamous ‘Red Wedding’. The modus operandi for both the novels and the series seems to be providing a sliver of false hope for those willing to immerse themselves in the sex and violence stuffed world to cling to; a hero that stands tall as many snakes slither in the grass at their feet. Only when those snakes strike, Martin (along with show-runners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss) seem to revel in watching your champion die a slow, painful death, knowing full well  that you’re in just as much agony as the fictional character you’re mourning. It’s a mean-spirited streak not found in most mainstream media, black-hearted to the core and a big part of what makes the HBO series so special (or despicable, depending on your threshold for suffering).

But what happens when one of the villains finally gets their just desserts? Is it such a shock that the story would finally give us what we want? Or are there strings attached, as Martin & Co. just can’t help but add a caveat to our catharsis? Ladies and gentlemen, I present The Lion & The Rose, a detailed guide to how Game of Thrones doles out justice for its audience. 

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#CancelColbert Backfires as Stephen Colbert Announced as David Letterman’s Replacement

- 04-10-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Suey Park wept.

In a triumph for those of us who actually understand how satire works (as well as how Faux Outrage is something to be ignored), Stephen Colbert has been announced by CBS as the replacement for David Letterman, following the late night staple’s retirement in 2015. The deal Colbert has signed is reportedly for five years, thus ending his decade long run at Comedy Central anchoring one of the best pieces of televised satire ever conceived on The Colbert Report.

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RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 1: ‘Two Swords’

- 04-07-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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***Warning: Spoilers Be Nigh…***

All men must die.

The tag line for Game of Thrones’ fourth season doesn’t read like a warning so much as it does a maxim of inevitability. Last season saw the end of Robb Stark, along with his mother, Catelyn, his wife, Talisa, and an army of Stark banner-men, as they were slaughtered by Walder Frey and Roose Bolton (with a nice tactical assist from the Lannisters) at the now infamous “Red Wedding” (the second event, after the beheading of Ned Stark, that launched a thousand hilarious YouTube “reaction videos”). The Stark rebellion has been crushed, it seems, and there are no more imminent threats to the Iron Throne (unless you count that pesky “Mother of Dragons”, who still needs to cross a vast ocean in order to make a serious play). For once, the characters in the show (as well as the folks who root for them from their couches) can finally sit back and relax — nobody’s going to die anytime soon, it seems. The Lannisters are all in King’s Landing, settling into their domestic roles and midlife crises as their sneering boy king plans for his wedding.

But all men must die. And all peace, as well as the comfort that goes along with it, is only temporary. 

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Coulrophobics Beware: American Horror Story’s Fourth Season to Be Set at a Carnival

- 03-17-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Ryan Murphy continues to atone for the sins of Glee, as its been confirmed by series writer Douglas Petrie that the fourth season of his horror anthology series will be set at a carnival.

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The BastardCast vs Leather Sweatpants and the Agents of Bat

- 09-27-13Featured Posted by Team Bastard

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This time on The BastardCast, Jason and Jeremy board the Botany Bay and find Matt Jackson, naked, alone, and full of evil intent. Together, they crash the serene quiet of the cosmos with a ghetto blaster, a crappy but lovable star cruiser, and a mission to punch at the heart of this week’s nerdy news with acid wits and embarrassing bitch tits.

WHAT WE TALKIN BOUT BRUCE WILLIS? We talkin bout nananana Batman! Is Wonder Woman going to crash DC’s upcoming spandex sausage fest and will anyone care about a Batman-less Jim Gordon/Gotham City TV show? We’re also talking about the upcoming Constantine TV show, and whether DC is building it’s own wide universe on the small screen.

More Batman? But of course, we’ve got EXCLUSIVE and surprising audio from casting sessions all throughout Batman’s long on-screen history. Eion Bailey ain’t got shit on the Godfather in spandex!

Alright, maybe you’re an acolyte of Marvel. Part of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. For you, we have our views on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and later, we discuss Avengers 2: Age of Ultron in TRAILERGASM (and also Need for Speed, bitch!)

We also realize that the name Michael Jordan is somewhat common, that Alan Moore is not a clown (sorry, Grant), why Dumb and Dumber makes us sad now, the Firefly comic, our Halloween plans, and what the world’s worst rap battle looks like.All that and MOAR (We’re contractually obligated to spell more like that. Please help.)
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The BastardCast: The gentleman you see in the image above is our God, worship him with mutton in your mouth and a Pegasus in your soul.

A ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ Television Series is Actually On The Way!

- 08-13-13TV Posted by NickBungay

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It’s been a while since anyone has heard anything from Robert Rodriguez on the future of his cult hit From Dusk Till Dawn. The action/horror made for a great movie and in the eyes of Robert, also makes for great TV.  Now, nearly two decades after Seth and Richard Gecko entered a bar full of vampires, it looks like he’ll be getting his wish.

The Machete Kills director has signed on to write, produce, and direct a series based on his 1996 film starring Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney. In an announcement made by Production Weekly on Twitter, the series has been confirmed to begin production in mid-October.

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This new series will be put together in a joint effort from Spanish-language network Univision and new English-language cable channel El Rey. This will be different from most of Robert’s usual work, seeing as the director has stuck to the big screen in recent years, but the man knows how to spin a few tales and make them work. The only issue is adapting the Dusk Till Dawn franchise to small screen and making it work for an audience that might never have even seen the movie.

Still it might be a bit much. The vampire genre has been a bit overplayed and over saturated, just look at what happened to True Blood and the whacked out seasons it’s had. With no cast announcements or even if the series will be based in the universe of the film, this series only has hype to go on. We’ll see how far that takes it once October comes around.

Source: Blastr

A ‘Supernatural’ Spin-off series in the Works and People Want Felicia Day as its Star

- 07-31-13TV Posted by NickBungay

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The CW has a huge respect for their original network shows, a dedication that a lot of other networks don’t carry for their created series. With such a fan base the network has seen the need to expand on their content and delve into spin-offs through several backdoor pilots. In April, The Vampire Diaries made way for the New Orleans vampire melodrama The Originals and Barry Allen, DC’s second Flash, will be revived in an appearance in season two of Arrow and is on the fast track to his own pilot series. Now it looks like CW is going after Eric Kripke‘s long running Supernatural franchise.

Headed into season nine, with a rumored tenth season being its last, the network has given the green light to a new pilot written by Supernatural supervising producer Andrew Dabb. In an announcement through Deadline, this new series from Warner Bros. TV will differ from the on the road adventures of Sam and Dean, focusing on the city of Chicago and the clashing hunter and monsters in the city limits. Not much else is known, as the spin-off is still in its early stages, but some fans are calling for guest star Felicia Day to star somewhere in it.

Her character, the I.T. expert turned hunter in training, proved to be a fan favorite for the series and is one of the few regulars still alive and kicking. The inclusion of her character would be a welcome connection to the new show, but there is some worry that her character wouldn’t be strong enough for a reoccurring weekly role.

What do you think though, would Day be a good choice as series regular?

Source: CBM, Variety

Hope You’re Not Claustrophobic, ‘Under the Dome’ Renewed Into the Summer 2014

- 07-29-13TV Posted by NickBungay

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Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Stephen King, Under the dome has been quite successful, despite the initial jabs from fans. Once we saw what the series developed by Brian K. Vaughan was actually like, the numbers grew – averaging 13.84 million viewers each week and becoming the number one summer series for viewers. And , with the advantage of DVR recording and video on demand and online streaming those numbers continue to grow.

So naturally Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, announced today that the show will return in 2014 with 13 all new episodes, with the first new episode of the season being written by King himself.

“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester’s Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season”

The stars of Under the Dome are just as excited for the announcement as the studio. They continue to get paid, but also get to expand on the mystery of the dome, and it’s people. In a talk with Access Hollywood Dean Norris, who plays James “Big Jim” Rennie on the show, gave viewers a little insight into what the future holds for season 2:

“We’re gonna learn a lot about the mystery of the dome at the end of the show, you see the dome start to take on a character that’s much larger than has been shown so far. It’s really cool ’cause that’s really the cool, creepy, sci-fi part of it -when this dome is actual sentient being and it’s got its own thing.”

Mixed with murder, mystery and secrets, the town of Chester’s Mill season two sounds like it’s going to be quite the show.

Under the Dome airs Mondays at 10 pm Eastern.

Sources: Coming Soon, Yahoo

Sam Rockwell Would Love to Reprise ‘Iron Man 2′ Villain Justin Hammer for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

- 07-02-13Comics, TV Posted by NickBungay

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Iron Man 2 wasn’t a very good film, but feel free to say otherwise in the comment section below. One of it’s saving graces, however, was whenever Justin Hammer was on screen. The egocentric arms dealer of H.A.M.M.E.R. – portrayed by Sam Rockwell -  was always entertaining to watch. From trying to hide his own failed Iron Man test to getting Whiplash his bird, and, eventually, watching him get hauled off to jail, he was gold in every seen.  Speaking of being hauled off to jail, this make him one of the few villains to survive a Marvel film; the bad guys usually get killed in some anticlimactic fashion. So, just where is Justin Hammer these days?

While there was no mention of him, or his namesake company in Iron Man 3, the possibility of Hammer’s return has always been there. Perhaps in Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

In a recent interview with Vulture to promote his new film The Way, Way Back, the actor expressed his interest in reprising his role saying:

“Ah! I was hoping to come back in one of the Avengers films and come after Gwyneth Paltrow, because that’s what they set up, that I was going to get  revenge on Gwyneth for getting me arrested or something. I could do a Cape Fear thing with Gwyneth. But they’ve got a lot of mojo in there already, so I don’t know if they need another pirate like me in the mix there! [Laughs.] Maybe S.H.I.E.L.D. is the way to go.”

It wouldn’t be an insane notion, a subplot involving Hammer and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Until anything official is announced by the studio heads at Marvel, Disney or ABC, this is just Sam expressing where he would have liked his character to go. Return to your lives and keep trying to guess what kind of marketing the studio is going to come up with beside giant S.H.I.E.L.D. logos on billboards.

Source: Comic Book Movie

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Game of Thrones’ S03 E10 – “Mhysa”

- 06-10-13Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Matthew Jackson

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There’s a pattern to Game of Thrones seasons. If you hadn’t noticed by now, it works like this: the season premiere reminds us of what we’ve seen and prepares us for what’s to come, the next seven episodes set up the climax, the ninth episode climaxes, and the tenth episode resolves some of what the current season has to offer and sets up some of what we’ll see next year. This formula has given us some of the best and most shocking episodes of the series (“Baelor” was the ninth episode of season one, “Blackwater” was the ninth episode of season two and “The Rains of Castamere” was the ninth episode of season three, and I’d be among the first to argue that those are the three best episodes the show has delivered thus far), but it has often meant that we’ve spent the season finale wondering not “What will happen in this episode?” but “What will happen next season?” With “Mhysa,” we get an episode solid enough to make us think about both.

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