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Arrow Season 6 adds Kirk Acevedo as villain Richard Dragon

Aug 15, 2017 (Superherohype.com)

Deadline has revealed that Arrow has found another villain to take on the Emerald Archer by adding Kirk Acevedo (Kingdom, Law & Order: SVU) as Ricardo Diaz aka Richard Dragon. He joins Lost star Michael Emerson as a new addition to the series.

A hardened ex-con recently released from prison for crimes he didn’t commit, Ricardo Diaz is bent on taking over Star City’s criminal underworld. A master in hand to hand combat, honed by years of life on the street, Diaz has yet to meet a foe he can’t take down.

Originally in the pages of DC Comics, Richard Dragon was more of a heroic character, lending his martial arts abilities to train other DC heroes like The Question, Huntress, and more. During DC’s New 52 however the character was reworked to become a villain for Green Arrow.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, John Barrowman as Malcom Merlyn, with Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance. The series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter.

Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Wendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter. Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Arrow, which formerly aired Wednesday nights at 8:00pm ET/PT on The CW, will move to Thursday nights at 9:00pm ET/PT when season six premieres October 12.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Deadpool 2 resumes production after fatal stunt accident

A harsh reminder of the risks taken to provide thrilling stunts for public consumption. REC

Following the tragic accident on the set of Deadpool 2 on Monday, and the revelation that work had halted on the upcoming sequel, Deadline reports that production has officially resumed on the movie this morning. Professional road racer-turned-stunt driver Joi “SJ” Harris tragically passed away while performing a stunt on the film earlier this week.

“We tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” producer and star Ryan Reynolds said following the accident. “We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”

Harris had only been hired by the production the week before and was performing as a double for Zazie Beetz during a motorcycle chase sequence. The outlet reports that tragically Harris had already successfully completed several takes of the sequence before the accident occurred. Due to the short time frame of Harris’ hiring as well, the actress wasn’t wearing a helmet during the scene. The site says the previous stunt double did have a helmet outfitted to go under the Domino wig, but Harris did not have time to get such a helmet made for her.

The Vancouver Police Department and WorkSafeBC continue to investigate the accident.

Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 is set to debut in theaters on June 1, 2018.

Tick Update

Posted: 08/15/2017 in Uncategorized

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New The Tick promo shows off some big blue derring-do!

5 days ago by: Damion Damaske (JoBlo.Com)
SPOOOOOOON!!!!!!! To say that I’m excited for the upcoming THE TICK Amazon Prime series is an understatement. I loved THE TICK since I was a kid watching the old FOX cartoon show, I loved the original live-action Patrick Warburton one, and I of course loved the recent pilot with Peter Serafinowicz! My favorite part was that the tone was different – instead of super cartoony, or sitcomy, it was instead a dark introspective superhero story that The Tick essentially breaks. It was awesome.

Luckily it gained enough support to go to full series, and I’m liking what I see so far. I like the costume, though it’s not perfect (a bit too obviously bulky with too many parts), and I like that they’re keeping up with the send up of darker superhero stories. I can’t wait!

Meanwhile, THE TICK will start streaming on Amazon Prime August 25th.

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Good Omens: David Tennant, Michael Sheen Cast as Crowley, Aziraphale

11 hours ago by  in TV News (CBR)

David Tennant, who has been confirmed to return for season two of Jessica Jones, will be joining Michael Sheen in Amazon’s Good Omens television series based on the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman book by the same name.

The series, which will be exclusive to Amazon, will consist of six one-hour episodes. The show is set in the year 2018, “on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment.” Thankfully for humanity, a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon, both of whom have become quite fond of their lifestyles among the mortals, are not looking forward to the Rapture. And, of course, there’s the fact that someone has misplaced the Antichrist.

Tennant, who is best known for his work on Doctor Who and Jessica Jones, will play the role of Crowley, a demon, while Sheen will play the role of Aziraphale, the “somewhat fussy angel.” Sheen is coming off Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

Good Omens will mark the third television adaptation of a series based on Gaiman’s work, following American Gods on Starz and Lucifer on Fox. American Gods has already completed its first season run and has been renewed for a second season, while Lucifer, which is based on Gaiman’s Vertigo comics series, is set to debut its third season this Fall.

The series will be co-produced by BBC Studios with Narrativia, the production company of Terry Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna, and the Blank Corporation and in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime Video and the BBC. Following the show’s launch on Amazon Prime, the series will also be broadcast on BBC in the U.K. Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the series and will also serve as showrunner.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch was first published in 1990 by HarperCollins.

(via Variety)

AMC vs WD?

Posted: 08/15/2017 in Uncategorized

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Walking Dead: AMC Responds to Kirkman, Producers’ ‘Baseless’ Lawsuit

9 hours ago by  in TV News (CBR)

The lawsuit was filed by Kirkman, the show’s producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert and former executive producers Glen Mazzara and Charles Eglee. The suit alleges that, through a series of unseemly schemes involving AMC’s vertical integration model, the claimants were denied compensation the entertainment company had previously agreed on. AMC today responded by adamantly denying the lawsuit’s allegations.

“These kinds of lawsuits are fairly common in entertainment and they all have one thing in common – they follow success,” an AMC spokesperson said in a statement. “Virtually every studio that has had a successful show has been the target of litigation like this, and The Walking Dead has been the #1 show on television for five years in a row, so this is no surprise. We have enormous respect and appreciation for these plaintiffs, and we will continue to work with them as partners, even as we vigorously defend against this baseless and predictably opportunistic lawsuit.”

AMC’s “enormous respect and appreciation” for Kirkman and the rest of the claimants is likely cold comfort considering how much money is on the line. The case shares numerous similarities with a lawsuit filed by The Walking Dead’s former showrunner Frank Darabont, who made similar claims about AMC shortchanging him back in 2013. Darabont is seeking $280 million in damages, with a hearing fast approaching – August 24.

The ruling in Darabont’s case could indicate how the new lawsuit will fair in court. It’s important to remember that Darabont is a singular plaintiff demanding a single person’s amount in damages. Kirkman and the rest of the claimants have yet to state a solid figure regarding the damages they are seeking, but, across the five claimants, that amount will almost surely exceed the $280 million Darabont is demanding. It’s entirely possible that, if the court rules against AMC, the network could end up forking over a billion dollars from lawsuits stemming exclusively from The Walking Dead television show.

The Walking Dead has been airing on AMC since 2010. The show is rapidly nearing its 100th episode and the premiere of its eighth season.

(via Deadline)

 

Defenders Trailer

Posted: 08/14/2017 in Uncategorized

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The final Defenders trailer released by Netflix

Netflix and Marvel Entertainment have released the final Defenders trailer, which you can view below. Also, if you missed them, you can view 30 new photos from the upcoming series in the gallery underneath.

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

The series also stars Academy Award-nominated actress Sigourney Weaver as the antagonist, simply named Alexandra, and features the return of Elodie Yung as Elektra, Scott Glenn as Stick, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, with Simone Missick as Misty Knight and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.

Marvel’s The Defenders will premiere all eight episodes on Friday, August 18. The series is executive produced by Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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Jessica Jones: David Tennant’s Kilgrave Returns in Season 2

11 mins ago by  in TV News (CBR)

It may have seemed the fate of Kilgrave was sealed by the end of Jessica Jones‘ first season. After all, the villain (played by David Tennant) was pretty definitively killed by Jessica (Krysten Ritter) in the pair’s climactic battle when the much-tormented hero snapped the mind-controlling Kilgrave’s neck.

But this is superhero storytelling, and even though Marvel’s Netflix series tend to skew to a more realistic approach to the genre than their big screen cousins, there are any number of tropes Jessica Jones can utilize to resurrect its main bad guy.

The news, which dropped via Entertainment Weekly‘s debut of a photo of Tennant (in his signature purple-hued clothing) and Ritter on the set of the series, didn’t bring with it any details on how Kilgrave survived his fate. Indeed, despite Tennant’s presence in the second season, who’s to say he did survive? After all, Kilgrave’s powers were mental by nature, so it’s just as plausible for him to maintain a lingering presence inside of Jessica’s head form beyond the grave as it is for him to have used his mind control to trick her into thinking she killed him when, in fact, he got away scott free and in one piece.

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The Netflix series, which will be entirely helmed by female directors this season, is expected to continue production through September.

Based on the Marvel Comics character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter as the troubled super-powered private investigator. Ritter can next be seen as Jessica Jones on The Defenders, which arrives this week on Netflix.

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LUC BESSON IS TIRED OF SUPERHEROES & CALLS CAPTAIN AMERICA PROPAGANDA

21 hours ago by: Kevin Fraser (JoBlo.Com)

There are quite a lot of superhero movies out there and the genre shows no signs of slowing down, so it’d be understandable if you’ve grown a little tired of them over the years, and VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS director Luc Besson certainly isn’t shy about expressing just how over them he is. Although it’s a genre which he was once quite excited about, Luc Besson told CinePop his thoughts on the current crop of superhero movies.

Totally tired of it. Totally. I mean, it was great ten years ago when we seen the first Spider-Man, Iron Man, and now it’s like number five, six, seven. There’s superheroes working with another superhero, but it’s not the same family. I’m lost… I can’t relate to superheroes. I don’t have superpowers. I don’t have tights.

I really don’t think you need to be identical to the protagonist in order to relate to them, but there you go. In addition to feeling totally tired of superheroes, Luc Besson also directed his irritation towards what he views as American nationalism in Hollywood blockbusters, taking aim at Captain America in particular. “Big Hollywood films where the alien is always the villain, and the hero, which is always American, wants to show the power of America and how they can defend us,” Besson said. “Brazilians and French, poor guys who say, ‘oh my god, thank you so much, you’re here.’ But what bothers me most is that it’s always here to show the supremacy of America and how they are great. I mean, which country in the world would have the guts to call a film ‘Captain Brazil?’ or ‘Captain France?’ I mean no one. We would be like so ashamed and say ‘no, no, we can’t do that.’ They can. They call it ‘Captain America’. And everybody thinks it’s normal. So, I’m not here for propaganda, I’m here to tell a story.” I’m guessing that we won’t be seeing Luc Besson direct any Marvel movies in the future.

I’m not American and I’ve seen plenty of movies which deliver a hearty “America, f**k yeah!” attitude, but I wouldn’t count CAPTAIN AMERICA among them, despite all the stars and stripes. Sure, his costume and title naturally associate him with the United States, but he’s so much more than a symbol of the nation. To me, Steve Rogers simply stands for freedom and protecting those who can’t protect themselves, and those are ideals which are universal.

Captain America will next be seen in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR on May 4, 2018.

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Thor: Ragnarok Director Celebrates Hemsworth’s Birthday With Perfect Photo

Chris Hemsworth’s god of thunder clearly has little patience for the antics of director Taika Waititi in a new behind-the-scenes photo from Thor: Ragnarok.

The filmmaker posted the photo, in which an annoyed-looking Hemsworth flips him off, to mark the actor’s 34th birthday. “Thank you for being so cool to me and such a supportive friend,” Waititi wrote in the accompanying message to Hemsworth on Instagram. “So rare to find a connection like ours.”

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Waititi is shown wearing a motion-capture and equipment, presumably for his performance as the alien Korg in the Marvel Studios sequel.

Introduced in 2006 by writer Greg Pak and artist Carlo Pagulayan in Marvel Comics’ The Incredible Hulk #93, part of the “Planet Hulk” storyline, Korg is a Kronan warrior from the planet Ria who becomes a member of the Warbound and helps to defeat the Red King on Sakaar. The character was retconned as one of the invading stone aliens who battled Thor in the thunder god’s first appearance in 1962’s Journey Into Mystery #83.

Opening Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

After last week’s stellar “Pig” ep, this latest segment could not hope to hit such stratospheric heights. This run, however, did manage to present a more personal episode as regards Cassidy (Joe Gilgun) and Tulip (Ruth Negga). The need for a Cass centric episode is unquestionable and even the light taste of his backstory as involves Dennis (Ronald Guttman) was engaging leaving the viewer wanting more. Jesse continues his path to find God and the viewer learns how far the Grail’s reach extends. My opening comments offered, on to my review.

A good bulk of the ep featured a return to Hell to catch up on Eugene’s (Ian Colletti) attempted transformation into a bad buy. His exercise routine including the featuring of a prominent back tattoo naming “Tracy” as his “murder victim” follows him bullying a fellow inmate over a candy bar at a vending machine. Eugene’s act is just that as at heart he is the purest character on this show and that includes the three main protagonists. Hitler (Noah Taylor) sees through him even when Eugene tells him he’s the “evilest” person here. The fear of the “hole” acts as powerful motivation to not appear good. Despite appearing to be the “nicest” guy in hell, Hitler is crafty. He taunts Eugene and sets him up to illustrate his innate good. His stating “That was nice of you” while eyeing the camera brings the prison guards attention on Eugene and ends with him being tossed in the hole which they name ‘the extrapolator”. This aspect played well as yet again a pre scarred Eugene revisits the time that forever changed his life. He meets with the girl of his dreams, Tracy (Gianna Lepera), and a different outcome arises. A karaoke moment between the two ensues in which they sing a decent version of Semisonic’s “Closing Time”. The viewer however knows this is just a feint for what is yet to come and that what follows will be horrible. The scene does not disappoint as Tracy tells Eugene he should have told her how he felt earlier as she is now promised to God. God’s ‘representative’ and the moments that ensue are disturbing to both Eugene and the viewer and escalates the already deep resentment felt by him for being unjustly placed in Hell.

The notion of someone not “belonging” is brought forth with due menace. Hitler’s masterstroke is about to occur as he commiserates with Eugene and discusses the potential for escape. Considering the potential of being permanently housed in the “hole”, Eugene’s options are few. This arc has grown deeply interesting and is not overused so that the viewer remains interested and wonders how it will play out.

There is a bit of movement on the Grail aspect as we again meet Jesse’s ‘mystery woman’ Lara (Julie Ann Emery) covertly observing the trio. Tulip’s attempt to eliminate all traces of the Saint’s damage results in a meeting and illustrates how quickly Lara thinks on her feet. Her chameleon like physical quick change is mirrored by an equally adept back story. She will be one to watch this season. The reach of the Grail is insidious as Jesse’s attempt to obtain information of the shooter of the God actor reveals.

The hard edged, emotionally terse veneer presented by Tulip leads to a rather sad moment as Cassidy attempts to explain the downside of vampirism after Denis (Ronald Guttman)  makes a heart breaking request of him. An earlier flashback scene in which Cassidy sings an inappropriate lullaby to his newborn son sets the tone as he promises to be the best dad a boy could have and we know he fails horribly at this. As he wrestles with making the right decision and reaches out to Tulip for empathy he states: “pain still hurts, drugs don’t work, going to the beach is a no-no, you’ll be stuck watching the deaths of everybody you love.” Lost in her own struggle, she brusquely replies, “Yep, that sucks.” This sub arc of father and son is kicked up a notch via a phone call in which the unknown caller refers to Cassidy as “Proncias” and counsels him against making the wrong decision regarding Denis.

A lot of good, as always, was put forth. Only 5 episodes remain and the inevitable crossing of paths between Jesse’s crew and the Grail stands to be something formidable. The Saint (Graham MacTavish) is out of bounds for now and the God’s whereabouts remain tragically out of reach. Jesse’s act of prayer illustrates the depth of his desperation and sets the tone for the remaining act of season 2. Preacher remains simply outstanding and well worth your time.