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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
Though we’re still worried this show will devolve into a comic bad guy easter egg hunt at some point, this new footage from the rest of Gotham's season one is surprisingly strong. It dives deeper into the politics of Gotham City, the city’s underbelly and how the murder of the Waynes has thrust the balance into chaos.
Oh, it also includes a few teases of classic Batman villains. We can definitely confirm serial killer Victor Zsasz is there — and has a bone to pick with young Detective Jim Gordon — but there were also a few tantalizing peeks at what could be Scarecrow and Professor Pyg. As was the case with the pilot, the aesthetic continues to look absolutely stunning. Seriously, this show is hard-boiled gorgeous.
If they can carry over the excitement of the pilot and work in some of these new arcs, we have hope this series might actually be able to work over the long haul. But it’s still stuck in that awkward purgatory of featuring a cop trying to clean up a city that we know can’t be cleaned up — or else there’d be no reason for Batman to exist in the future. But we digress.
LEGEND OF KORRA
Nickelodeon might be as confused as ever about what to do with it, but that hasn’t stopped the creators of Legend of Korra from cranking out one of the most compelling anime series on television. Now we have our first look at the final season.
The network has debuted the first trailer for Legend of Korra: Book 4, just a few days before the new season debuts online at Nick.com. This will mark the series’ final season, and picks up the action three years after the conclusion of Book 3. Not surprisingly, a whole lot has changed in the meantime.
Despite the fact that Nick has kicked the show off the schedule due to atrocious ratings and relegated it to an online exclusive, Korra shows no signs of slowing down creatively as it heads into its final arc. One big twist we can expect? The return of a major, fan-favorite character from Avatar: The Last Airbender, teased in the trailer. Oooh.
The teaser sets out to teasingly ask if Korra can maintain balance in a world that is rapidly changing.
With The Flash’s debut less than two weeks away, the network has released an extended synopsis for the pilot episode — revealing one possibly massive detail about the direction the series might be taking later in the season.
The full synopsis sets up the supporting cast and circumstances of how Barry gains his powers, but it’s the final paragraph that drops a bombshell that should be very familiar for comic fans. We’d been wondering just how deep the small-screen Flash would dig into Barry Allen’s comic-book bag of tricks, and it seems time travel will definitely be a part of this series -- quite possibly a very big part.
Check out the full synopsis below, with key quotes bolded for emphasis:
From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, THE FLASH is a fast-paced super hero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. Written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows Central City Police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. Standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered (and his father unjustly jailed for the crime), Barry was taken in as a child by the investigating Detective West and raised in a cop's home alongside West's supersmart daughter (and Barry's dream girl) Iris. But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds.
While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. With the help of the research team at S.T.A.R. Labs -- including billionaire visionary Harrison Wells, biogenetics expert Caitlin Snow and the eternally upbeat Cisco Ramon -- Barry begins testing the limits of his evolving powers and using them to stop crime, ensuring that no one suffers a similar tragedy to his own family history.
Working with his adopted father Detective West; West's conceited partner Detective Eddie Thawne and Iris West, who's earning her degree in Criminal Psychology, Barry uses his superhuman abilities to help the people of Central City and stop the rogues' gallery of villains -- many of whom have also been altered by the particle accelerator explosion. Concealing his identity behind his incredible velocity, Barry can not only accomplish feats faster than human comprehension, but also taps into an energy that allows him to access moments out of time -- both past and future. With a winning personality and a smile on his face, Barry Allen -- aka The Flash -- is finally moving forward in life ... very, very fast!
That’s right: The TV version of the Flash will definitely be able to tap into those super-fast time-travel abilities, and after seeing the pilot ourselves a while back, we’re very curious to see how those powers will be incorporated. Much as Arrow has done before it, the Flash series seems to be lining up as a worthy adaptation of the comic stories we all know and love — and they’re definitely not shying away from the more science-fiction parts of the story.
After a very long wait, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is finally taking shape before our eyes.
Interstellar is one of those films that movie nerds got impossibly excited for even before we really knew anything about it. "Christopher Nolan doing hard sci-fi" was, for a long time, the only thing we had to go on, but that was enough. Then footage from the film finally started to appear, and somehow our excitement grew, because everything we've seen so far looks like it proves we were right to call this movie one of the most anticipated of 2014.
Now we're a little more than a month away from finally seeing Interstellar in all its glory on the big screen, and a new minute-long TV trailer has just been released to add to our anticipation with new footage and a few more details about the plot. We already knew the film is about a crew of people, led by Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), who embark on a mission to save humanity by traveling through a wormhole and looking for habitable planets beyond our own solar system, while the Earth itself grows less and less able to support its population. Now we also know that there's an even stronger ticking-clock element to the plot than we knew (which we'll let the trailer explain for you). Cooper is caught between seeing his family again and saving the entire human race, and he might not be able to do either.
The trailer also gives us a few new glimpses of footage with a particular focus on the mission and its participants, which apparently include a somewhat minimalist robot.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: THE GREEN LEGEND
In a dramatic rebuke of the traditional theatrical release, Netflix and The Weinstein Co. have signed a deal to release the sequel to Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon simultaneously on Netflix and in select Imax theaters around the world.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will make its debut Aug. 28, 2015.
“The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein in a statement. “We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story.”
Netflix said Crouching Tiger 2 will be the first of several major films to be given a day-and-date release on Netflix and in some Imax theaters.
The company's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, has long wanted to release movies day-and-date on Netflix and in theaters, something most exhibitors are unlikely to ever allow, meaning Crouching Tiger 2 may not play in Imax locations controlled by some of the major chains in the U.S. Indeed, Imax is making a bold move by partnering with Netflix.
“Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty,” Sarandos said in announcing the deal. “We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with Imax, a brand that represents the highest quality of immersive entertainment, in the distribution of this film.”
Produced by TWC, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 is directed by Yuen Wo-Ping, also a martial arts master. Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as Yu Shu-Lien, and Donnie Yen returns as Silent Wolf.
“Imax has a terrific opportunity, via this partnership with Netflix, to release Crouching Tiger — a high-quality, action-packed film that is right in our wheelhouse — at the end of the summer blockbuster season,” said Greg Foster, senior vp of Imax Corp. and CEO of Imax Entertainment. He added that he is particularly hopeful it will play in China, where Netflix isn't available.
"In territories where we simultaneously release with Netflix, we are excited to offer consumers the option of deciding how, when and where they want to view the film, and exhibitors the opportunity to participate in this alternative form of content in a new and innovative way," Foster continued.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was released in 2000 and went on to be nominated for best picture and win the best foreign language Oscar at the Academy Awards. It earned more than $213 million worldwide, including $128 million in the U.S.
"Doctor Who" is back in full swing with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman starring in the series' eighth season (or 34th, to longtime fans) and the show has today revealed a trailer for next weekend's "Kill the Moon," the season's seventh episode.
in the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma.
But when Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.
Hermione Norris ("MI-5," "Wire in the Blood") guest stars in "Kill the Moon," premiering Saturday, October 4 at 9:00pm ET.
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ON THE TUBE TONIGHT
7:30pm on FX
Power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his ruthless army march across Greece, leaving burned-out villages and the corpses of the innocent in their wake. Hyperion's goal is to find the long-lost Bow of Epirus; with this invincible weapon, he can cast the gods out of Mount Olympus and become master of the world. A stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) heeds the words of the sibylline oracle (Freida Pinto), who convinces him that he is the key to stopping the bloodthirsty king.
8:00pm on CBS
Season 12, Episode 2: Kill the Messenger
The team investigates when a lieutenant is murdered on his way to meet the president.
8:00pm on AMC
Jurassic Park III
After being persuaded by a wealthy businessman to conduct an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's second site for a failed Jurassic Park experiment, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) discovers the true reason for his invitation. A tragic accident maroons the party of seven, and they must attempt to escape with their lives.
8:00pm on Syfy
Season 7, Episode 9: Scared Silly
The artists turn their worst childhood fears into terrifying evil clowns.
9:00pm on ABC
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 2, Episode 2: Heavy Is the Head
Running out of options, Coulson's only hope at saving his team is to put them in the line of fire.
9:00pm on CBS
NCIS: New Orleans
Season 1, Episode 2: Carrier
When a lieutenant on liberty dies of bubonic plague, Tony DiNozzo helps the New Orleans team.
9:00pm on Syfy
Season 7, Episode 10: Teacher's Pets
The artists create fun mythical fantasy characters based on high school stereotypes.
10:00pm on ABC
Season 1, Episode 3:
10:00pm on CBS
Person of Interest
Season 4, Episode 2: Nautilus
A brilliant college student is involved with a mysterious scavenger hunt.
10:00pm on Syfy
Season 1, Episode 3: Philly Feast
In Philadelphia, a group of psychotic outlaws confronts the survivors.
KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW
Look who are on a sound stage together again -- Bill Mumy and Bruce Boxleitner. Not in
this picture, but also on SPACE COMMAND is Mira Murlan.
STAR TREK writer Marc Zicree teams with GALACTICA FX whiz Doug Drexler & Sci-Fi Legends to reinvent classic 50s show as Feature Films.
For more information on this kickstarter project, go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/58936338/space-command.
NEW AUDIO DRAMAS
Patricia Tallman and Claudia Christian have developed a series of audio dramas that
you will want to listen to. "Anne Manx and The Blood Chase" is the latest episode,
but you'll want to listen to them all. Here's a link for you.
Here is a quote from J. Michael Straczynski about emotions.
I had this theory that the more important and intimate the emotion, the
fewer words are required to express it.
First it's in dating: "Will you go out with me?" Six words.
"Honey, I care for you." Five words.
"You matter to me." Four words.
"I love you." Three words.
"Marry me." Two words.
But what's left? What's the one most important and intimate word you can ever
say to somebody? It's "goodbye."
While Michael O'Hare (Sinclair), Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick Biggs (Dr. Franklin), Tim Choate (Zathras) and Jeff Conoway (Zach Allen) are no longer with us, we will not forget their wonderful personalities and talent -- as well as their significant contributions to the BABYLON 5 universe. Be sure to visit In Memory Of for more information about memorial efforts.
Until we met again, in a place where no shadows fall.
BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS
Judy Levitt (Mrs. Walter Koenig) - September 1 (Unnamed Psi Cop in "A Race Through Dark Places" and "Dust to Dust")
Pat Tallman - September 4
Cinzia Zanetti - September 5
Robin Atkin Downes - September 6
Mira Furlan - September 7
Jeffrey Combs - September 9 (Harrison Gray in 'Eyes')
Julia Nickson - September 11 (Sinclair's girl friend/fiance Catherine Sakai)
Christopher Neame - September 12 (Knight Two in "And the Sky Full of Stars")
Clyde Kusatsu - September 13 (Dr. Bill Morishi in Thirdspace)
Walter Koenig - September 14
Henry Darrow - September 15 (Dr. William Indiri in "Illusion of Truth")
Paul Williams - September 19
Robert Rusler - September 20
Gary Cole - September 20
Shari Belafonte - September 22 (IPX representative Elizabeth Trent in Thirdspace)
Peter David - September 23 (Wrote B5's Soul Mates and There All The Honor Lies and Crusade's Ruling From
The Tomb. He wrote the novelization of "In the Beginning" and "Thirdspace" and the "Legions of Fire" trilogy)
Bear Burge - September 23
Jason Carter - September 23
Manny Case - September 23
Beth Toussaint - September 25 (original Anna Sheridan in "Revelations")
Cary-Hiroyuku Tagawa - September 27 (B5 Security Officer in "Convictions"
Ian McShane - September 29 (Robert Bryson of Edgars Industries in "The River of Souls")
Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.
Go to http://www.hollywoodscifi.org/ for more information.
BABYLON 5 MUSIC VIDEOS AND TRIBUTES
John Hudgens has created many Babylon 5 videos, but I believe this is the most moving. It was
first shown at the Phoenix Comic Con 20th Anniversary and honors many of the Babylon 5 family
who have passed on.
Here is a link to John's Babylon 5 videos:
Richard Biggs memorial:
Andreas Katsulas memorial:
- This is the extended version that I did for Andreas' widow ater the
original cut was released on the net. It's never been seen online
For those of you who've never seen these, I hope you enjoy them - and
for those that have (and emailed me many times over the years about
releasing them), I hope they're as good as you remember. Working with
Joe on these videos was one of the highlights of my career, and I'll
be forever grateful to him for the doors these have opened for me. I'm
proud to have them on my resume.
CRYSTAL COAST CON
Date: October 18, 2014
Place: Mac Daddys Family Entertainment Facility, Cape Carteret, NC
B5 Guests: Pat Tallman and Bill Blair
Pat will be a media signing guest. The facility located at 130 Golfin Dolphin Dr., Cape Carteret, NC 28584
For more information, go to http://www.crystalcoastcon.com/.
LONDON FILM AND COMIC CON WINTER
Dates: October 18-19, 2014
Place: Earls Court 2, Old Brompton Road, SW5 9TA
Guests: Katee Sackhoff, Nicola Bryant, Ralph Macchio, Christopher Cousins, Colin Baker, David Prowse and many more
For more information, go to http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/
Spooky's Ultimate Horror Weekend
Dates: Oct. 24-26, 2014
Place: Doubletree Universal Studios, Orlando, FL 32819
Michael Rooker - Walking Dead & Jeremiah; Stephen Pearcy - Ratt; Dee Wallace Stone - ET & Cuju;
Tyler Mane - Halloween & X Men, and Tobin Bell - Dexter
For more information, go to http://www.spookyempire.com/.
MALTA COMIC EXPO
Dates: October 31-November 2, 2014
Place: Mediterranean Conference Center, Valletta, Malta
Guests: Richard Piccardo, Dirk Benedict,Silvester McCoy and many more
For more information, go to http://maltacomicsexpo.com/.
Dates: November 28-30, 2014
Place: LAX Marriott Hotel, LA, California
Babylon 5 Guest of Honor: J. Michael Straczynski
For more information, go to http://loscon.org/41/.
MAGIC CITY COMIC CON
Dates: January 16-18, 2015
Place: Miami Airport Convention Center
Comic Guests: John Romita, Jr., Allen Bellman, Adelso Corona, Greg Kirkpatrick, Dan Scott
For more information, go to http://www.magiccitycomiccon.com/.
STEEL CITY CON
Dates: December 5-7, 2014
Place: Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, PA
Guests: Adam West, Burt Ward, Linda Blair, Henry Winkler, Michael Dorn, Peter Mayhew, Terry Farrell, John Wesley Shippe, and more.
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.com/.
Dates: May 21-24, 2015
Place: Maritim Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany
Guests: Sam Jones, Aaron Douglas, Grant Bowler and more to come
For more information, go to http://www.fedcon.de/en/.
Wizard World Conventions has a large number of events planned for the year. Be sure to visit the page to see if there is a convention of interest near you.
Creation Entertainment has a large
number of conventions planned for the next several months. They include stars
from TWILIGHT, SUPERNATURAL, STARGATE, FARSCAPE, XENA, SERENITY, STAR TREK,
etc. Check out their calendar to see if one will be in your neighborhood soon.
Don't miss their Videos
page as well. It is full of some priceless video from a number of
Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in
dates/guests attending. Visit our Convention
Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions.
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