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Legends of Tomorrow Adds Keiynan Lonsdale As Series Regular

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Kid Flash, aka Wally West, is officially a full-fledged member of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The Flash star Keiynan Lonsdale will join Legends as a series regular starting in episode 13.

“We loved working with Keiynan in our series premiere — the episode in which we learned that in between seasons 2 and 3 he had been fighting crime in Central City with Nick Zano’s Nate Heywood. So when his character stepped away from Flash to go on walkabout, after being dumped and feeling somewhat estranged from his family and team, we knew that Wally West would fit in perfectly on Legends,” executive producer Phil Klemmer told Entertainment Weekly.

“After all, our show is about a collection of unlikely heroes who all began their journeys questioning who they are and where they belong — only to find those answers while traveling through time and having wacky adventures,” he continued. “So now, Wally West is not only back in the company of old friends from the Arrowverse, he’s fighting alongside a former enemy and career arsonist Mick Rory [Dominic Purcell]. By the end of this season, Wally will learn that the Legends have a different definition of what it means to be a hero.

Rumors that Kid Flash would join Legends have circled ever since Martin Stein was killed in action and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson decided to step down from the team.

Lonsdale’s Kid Flash appeared briefly in the Season 3 premiere, where he came to Citizen Steel’s aid to stop a petty crime. The Legend, stranded in 2017 after Rip Hunter’s Time Bureau disbanded his team, had turned to crimefighting in Central City and got a little more help than he bargained for when Wally swooped in and stole his thunder by making short work of his opponents.

On The Flash, Wally has been largely absent. He left the team and Central City for Blue Valley in order to focus on himself. He returned for Barry and Iris’ wedding, but only stuck around long enough to keep guard of his father and sister when Nazis from Earth-X invaded, appearing only in Supergirl‘s chapter of the crossover. The character was shelved from the show due to the financial strain of having two speedsters, though “more exciting” stuff was teased for his future.

Returning Monday, February 12 at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW, Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Tala Ashe, Amy Pemberton, Dominic Purcell, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Nick Zano and Keiynan Lonsdale.

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Well… DC finally enters the fray with an African American led series. While I don’t want to push the overused comparison, Marvel has successfully demonstrated there is a need and desire for such a venture via the hugely successful “Luke Cage” series and if the pre-sales for “Black Panther” are any indication  – it too will be a massive cinematic success. Black Lightning however is its own entity; quickly establishing itself as something refreshingly new. As a pilot, it is astoundingly tight, creating its own urban mythology effortlessly. My review follows below.

We meet the titular hero in his civilian identity, Principal Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams). We learn that he has been retired for nearly a decade and throughout the episode we learn why. Now established as a force of good  for his community via his aspirations and implementations at Garfield High, Pierce suggests that he has done far more good as a principal/leader than he ever did as a superhero. This is not that kind of show though so we know inevitably that this dynamic will quickly shift. The atmosphere is tense with a rising gang threat, the 100, racial tensions at an all time high, punctuated with a stop due to idiotically prejudiced police officers. Pierce’s righteous anger will be given voice and very nearly does as he challenges the police for stopping him as a potential robbery suspect as he drives his SUV, wearing a suit with two teenage daughters in tow. That the stop incident is based on a true experience in  the show runner’s life plays well, giving due gravitas to the moment. Cress Williams  is perfectly on point, playing a moral man whose sole goal is creating a better world for his family and all families in his community. His opening mantra/speech at a ceremony at his school at no point rings hollow.

The toll of being a superhero and its personal cost to Pierce is subtly intimated in flashback sequences but even more so in how he carries himself and attempts a balanced life. His quote exchanges with his elder daughter Anissa (Nafessa Williams) regarding civil rights pioneers frames the unrest that informs the show. The villains or opponents are known to Pierce. Some like Inspector Henderson (Damon Gupton) represent a failing, cracking police authority. Others like Lala (William Catlett) are former students who maintain tenuous truces with Pierce treating his school as neutral ground. Fissures form throughout the city however, from the mounting forces of the 100 to the corruption of the police force. When criminality intrudes directly on his family, Pierce will make the only choice he can make. The notion of rising up and making a stand is demonstrated from Pierce’s own struggle to contain his anger and powers to the very social fabric and music permeating this episode. In this aspect, a comparison to Luke Cage is bound to be made but as I said before, BL is its own animal.

The relationship with his daughters presents Pierce with the motivation to remain retired. Anissa teaches at his school and is self possessed with her father’s penchant for leading by example. His younger daughter Jennifer (China Anne McClain) is bright but rebellious and in this neighbourhood, foolishly so. Her naivete leads to her sister  interceding on her behalf which in turn escalates and drags Pierce into the mix. Quoting Yeats, things then fall apart and chaos ensues. We get a brief exploration of Pierce’s relationship with his ex wife Lynn (Christine Adams). We learn that she left him when he could not leave his crime fighting career behind. Her supporting him when he acts the only way he can organically emphasises the connection and bond the two still share. His declaration in a later segment bolsters this fact.

The villain of the piece and uber nemesis is long time DC crime lord Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III). He is given only a slight introduction but manages to exude due menace. His cerebral and ‘whale”themed violence is juxtaposed with the superior physical demonstration by Black Lightning as he returns to restore order to his home life and by extension neighbourhood.

The effects were minimal but effective. Cress Williams has the physical presence and athleticism to build on the implied mythology of a hero unfamiliar to many. In one tight 45 minute run, the legend of Black Lightning is born and the legacy of the next generation of  hero can be summed up in three words “thunder is coming”. Black Lightning is off to a great start. Here’s hoping it can build on this pilot and quickly become simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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Posted: 01/18/2018 in Uncategorized

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Venom: Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland Reportedly Spotted on Set

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Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland was reportedly spotted on the set of Sony’s upcoming Venom movie as Peter Parker, not his webhead alter ego.

According to Jon Schnepp in an episode of Collider Heroes, “Tom Holland was on set filming scenes on Venom for at least two days as Peter Parker.” He went on to clarify that “I’m not saying Spider-Man is in the film. When I say Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is in the film, I’m saying Peter Parker is in the film.”

Schnepp’s clarification follows yesterday’s report, in which he said that “All I’m saying is that Spider-Man — and I’m talking about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man — is going to be in Venom.” This new claim does provide a bit of clarification regarding the young actor’s involvement in the Spider-Man spinoff flick. If Holland does indeed show his face in Venom, then it begs the huge question as to whether the film does actually exist inside of the MCU – a conundrum that has been ongoing since the movie was announced.

 Sony, for its part, has teased a meeting between Spider-Man and his symbiote-infected enemy at some point, though it was believed that would occur in a non-R-rated film somewhere down the road. Previously, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige went so far as state flat out that no, Spidey won’t be involved in the Venom film when asked about it in late-2017, so Holland’s involvement comes as something of a surprise.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The film arrives Oct. 5, 2018.

via ScreenRant

 

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Journalists Offered Reward to Ask Trump About US-Wakanda Relations

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Trump faces growing condemnation following a closed-door meeting with lawmakers about immigration, in which the president allegedly expressed frustration about people from Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa coming to the United States. Trump denied using the vulgar term on Friday, only for his assertions to be undercut by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. On Sunday, even as U.S. diplomats were summoned by foreign governments to explain the comments, Trump insisted, “I am not a racist.”

As the story gained steam on Friday, writer and stand-up comedian Sara Benincasa offered a $300 reward to any journalist “who very seriously asks Trump his opinion on our nation’s relations with Wakanda and gets the question and answer recorded live on video.” While Benincasa conceded that’s not a lot of money, she added, “I also know what most reporters make so … $300.”

Introduced in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #52, Wakanda is of course the homeland of T’Challa, better known as the superhero Black Panther. Thanks in large part to generous deposits of the fictional alloy vibranium, Wakanda is a wealthy, technologically advanced nation that’s managed to keep its treasures largely secret from the rest of the world.

Although shown on a map in 2010’s Iron Man 2 and mentioned in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wakanda wasn’t formally introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe until 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which featured the debut of Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. At the end of the film, the Wakandan king offers asylum to Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, which one fan suggested could be material for a follow-up question to the president.

Wakanda will take center stage in director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, which opens Feb. 16, and then in Avengers: Infinity War, which arrives May 4.

The offer of the reward arrived just two days after Trump apparently misspoke when he announced delivery to Norway of F-52 fighter jets, which only exist in the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist said.

The Irish group, which combined indie guitar with O’Riordan’s distinctive Irish lilt and yoddle, shot to fame in the 1990s with hits like “Linger” and “Zombie.”

The band was one of the most successful rock groups of that decade, selling over 40 million records, according to the group’s official website.

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today,” publicist Lindsey Holmes said in a statement.

Holmes said O’Riordan died after traveling to London for a short recording session, but she declined to comment on the possible cause of death.

“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” Holmes said in an emailed statement.

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The Walking Dead Renewed for Season 9, Angela Kang Promoted to Showrunner

The Walking Dead has been renewed for Season 9, but there are changes afoot.

Writer and co-executive producer Angela Kang is being promoted to showrunner for the upcoming season, which will premiere in late 2018, while current showrunner Scott Gimple is being elevated to a new role as Chief Content Officer of what AMC describes as “the entire Dead television universe, including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and potential brand extensions on a variety of platforms.”

The move makes sense as The Walking Dead and Fear begin to converge — this season will see Walking Dead character Morgan Jones (Lennie James) cross over to Fear, and Gimple was recently added as an executive producer on the prequel series. The vote of confidence in Gimple from AMC seems to hint that there may be more spinoffs or companion shows ahead.

“This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC.  “I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead.”

“The Walking Dead is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book,” Gimple said. “As the show closes in on its tenth year, I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”

Kang added, “I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead. Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me. I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”

The Walking Dead is currently halfway through Season 8 and remains the top-rated show on television among adults 18-49. Read about the show’s latest controversial casualty and how the series has diverged from the comics.

Laura Prudom is the Executive Editor of IGN TV. You can follow her on Twitter at @LauinLA.

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Is it possible that a show can continuously improve? This season might be the show’s swan song and both the show runners and cast are certainly acting as if it might be, giving their all is a superior ongoing effort. Presenting an excellent blend of action, character development, cool reveals and humor, AOS continues to cinch its position as one of television’s best science fiction/superhero genre shows.

Make no mistake, this season is pure sci-fi with the team stranded in a future time line after the earth’s destruction allegedly at the hands of Quake/Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennett). Whether this is an alternative timeline, offered by Deke (Jeff Ward), or the actual future of the team S.H.I.E.L.D. has yet to be determined.

The team begins to reconnect via Fitz’s (Ian DeCaestecker) machinations. The stakes are upped via Kasius’ (Dominic Rains) brother Faulnak (Samuel Roukin) using his own agent to hunt the now escaped S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. His man, Maston-Darr (Remington Huffman) prefers to hunt his quarry using only the level of tech used by those he pursues so watching a Kree warrior handle a hand gun was kind of cool. His pairing with Sinara (Florence Faivre) played well. She got a goodly bit of development in this arc which in turn allowed for a bit of  back story of this season’s big bad Kasius. A potential betrayal at her hands was teased and this possibility  was quickly and deftly eliminated in this run. Her connection with Kasius evolves from that of personal bodyguard/consort to something far more intriguing.

May’s (Ming-Na Wen) fate is revealed along with that of Enoch’s (Joel Stoffer). His moments with her are comedic gold. May narrowly avoids the “cockroaches” as she struggles to survive on the shattered earth’s surface. Such gems as the following ensue as he introduces himself.

Enoch: Hello! That is the third Vrellnexian I have eliminated in pursuit of you! Not to toot my own horn, as you would say.

Melinda May: I would never say that. Who the hell are you?

Enoch: My name is Enoch. Fitz sent me.

Melinda May: Fitz? How were you not eaten by those things?

Enoch: They have no interest in me, as I have no tender insides for them to extract.

There pairing leads to a cliff hanger-y sequence that in turn yields a reveal hearkening to the show’s third season and earlier aspect of this season. It would seem that S.H.I.E.L.D. will exist in any time or place in some form or other.

Speaking of call backs to earlier seasons, a fairly notable one occurs in this run, possibly teasing the true origin to the earth’s destruction via a season 1 enemy. It is hard to say how this will play out but it could certainly offer something fairly grand should they choose to go the vintage Marvel villain route.

The coming together of the entire team played exceedingly well. The newest addition to their group, Flint (Coy Stewart) got a huge push with this run, including a punctuated demonstration of his abilities as he avenges Tess’ (Eve Harlow) death. The fracturing of the group via two members leaving to form a resistance movement on the Lighthouse facility is balanced  with the return of Deke to help the group as they make their way below to the surface.  Deke’s alliances remain questionable as he is a first and foremost a pragmatic survivor. There are a few theories as to his origin or what his presence intimates but time will tell on both counts.

The battle sequences, restricted by Daisy’s powers being inhibited, still were top form and the Kree intrigue added to the mix allowed for some superior moments. As with the preceding episode, AOS maintains its focus, presenting superior fare and the idea that this show remains unquestionably – simply outstanding and well worth your time.

Lines of the night credit went to Fitz, YoYo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) and Mac (Henry Simmons) for the following banter.

Leo Fitz: Okay, if you guys are really gonna go fight a bunch of alien warriors, you might be interested to know that, in the past, I hid a crate of S.H.I.E.L.D. tech in a wall on the base.
Alphonso ‘Mack’ Mackenzie: Oh, that’s what I’m talking about. Thanks, Turbo.
Elena ‘Yo-Yo’ Rodriguez: Where?
Leo Fitz: Level three.
Alphonso ‘Mack’ MackenzieFlint: Oh, you got to be kidding me.
Elena ‘Yo-Yo’ Rodriguez: You mean that level infested with aliens that suck your blood?
Leo Fitz: Well, how was I…
[sighs]
Leo Fitz: I feel like I’m not getting enough credit here. I have traveled through time and space to find you. I think we’re moving past that…
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Posted: 01/11/2018 in Uncategorized

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Constantine Animated Series Will Be ‘Darker’ Than Live-Action Show

I was hopeful we might get at least full twenty minute segments…however dark it will be…will be measured by 6 minute increments…guess we must be happy with what we get. REC

Fans of Matt Ryan’s John Constantine are happy to see the actor reprise his role as the occult detective, not only on an upcoming arc of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow but also on a new CW Seed animated series. However, the animated Constantine is more than a mere continuation of NBC’s live-action show; it will feature a darker tone, more in keeping with the character’s comic book roots.

Asked during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour about intermingling live-action and animation with such characters as Constantine and Russell Tovey’s The Ray, The CW’s Executive Vice President Peter Girardi told Collider, “Moving forward, Constantine was a great example as well because the Constantine that we’re doing … it’s Constantine, if you’re familiar with the character. It’s Constantine from the Vertigo comic; it’s dark. Darker than the show.”

Fans of the character will no doubt have more reason to look forward to the Constantine series, as we’ll see him go up against hellish demons, ghastly ghouls, and live up to the name of “Hellblazer.”

This all-new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content follows DC’s popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with an arcane knowledge of the dark arts and a wicked wit, he fights the good fight. With his soul already damned to hell, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line‎, Constantine uses his skills to face the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

Written by J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark, Batman vs. Robin), produced by Butch Lukic (Justice League Action, Batman Unlimited) and directed by Doug Murphy (Justice League Action, Young Justice), Constantine will debut this year on CW Seed.

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Gambit Movie Loses Director Gore Verbinski

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According to multiple outlets, the split was amicable, and attributed to scheduling conflicts. Channing Tatum remains attached in the title role.

Best known for Disney’s blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Verbinski boarded Gambit in October, following the loss in 2016 of Doug Liman, who had himself replaced Rupert Wyatt on the project. The film had already experienced repeated production delays, because of both director changes and script issues, but appeared to be on track to being principal photography in March in New Orleans.

It’s not yet known how Verbinski’s departure will affect the current production schedule or the film’s announced Feb. 14, 2019, release date.

Tatum stars as Remy LeBeau, the devil-may-care mutant with a penchant for theft and the ability to charge objects — typically playing cards — with explosive kinetic energy. The actor was originally cast in the role for 2003’s X2, but the character was ultimately written out of the script. When it was decided to include Gambit in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tatum was unavailable, and Taylor Kitsch was used in his place.

Nevertheless, Tatum has long championed the role, and a potential solo movie, and has been favored by veteran X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner. The actor reaffirmed his commitment to Gambit in August, explaining that the financial and critical success of Deadpool and Logan had inspired filmmakers to explore new directions with the script, effectively starting from scratch.

Lizzy Caplan is reportedly in talks to co-star with Tatum.

(via Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter)

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Black Panther Star Unable to Get Tickets For Opening Night

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Tickets for Marvel’s Black Panther are in so much demand that even one of the film’s stars, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, had trouble buying any.

Pre-sales for director Ryan Coogler’s film outpaced those of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War the first 24 hours of release, to become the bestselling entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nyong’o, who stars as Nakia, one of King T’Challa’s bodyguards, attempted to purchase tickets for the film’s opening night, but walked away empty-handed because of the high volume of sales.

She recounted her disappointment in a video she posted on Twitter. “It’s Jan. 9, and yesterday the Black Panther tickets went on sale,” Nyong’o said. “I put it on my social media, I was so excited — ‘Get your tickets now! — and then it occurred to me that I should get my tickets too so I can be there when the movie hits theaters and I can experience it with everybody. Fifteen minutes later — I kid you not, 15 minutes later — I was trying to purchase tickets and they were sold out. Sold out!”

The ticket-buying frenzy is only the latest aspect to the excitement surrounding Black Panther. When the film’s cast was announced in 2016, the film became one of the top trending topics on Twitter. Most recently, it’s been announced that Kendrick Lamar and TDE are producing the film’s soundtrack with the soundtrack’s title song, “All the Stars,” out now.

Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. The film opens Feb. 16.