Comic-Con: UNDER THE DOME Cast and Producer Tease Julia and Barbie’s Relationship Troubles, Escaping the Dome, and the Difficulty of Sticking to the Show’s Timeline

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The cast of CBS’s highest rated summer drama, Under the Dome, made their appearance Thursday morning in Ballroom 20 to talk about the upcoming episodes of the show’s second season.  Following the panel, I had a chance to participate in a round table interview with the cast:  Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, and Eddie Cahill as well as executive producer Neal Baer, where they discussed what’s to be expected in Chester’s Mill for the remainder of Season 2.

During the interviews, Baer and Vogel teased the possibility of escaping the dome and Lefevre told us what is happening with Julia’s status as the monarch.  The cast also discussed the difficulty of keeping up with the show’s timeline and remaining true to character.  Hit the jump for more.

Comic-Con: Megan Follows and Executive Producer Laurie McCarthy Talk REIGN, Catherine’s Quest for Power, New Characters, the Love Triangle, and More

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The CW’s historical drama, Reign, hit the stage at Comic-Con Thursday to discuss the show’s new season, set to premiere this fall.  After the panel, Megan Follows, who plays the conniving and power-driven Queen Catherine, and executive producer, Laurie McCarthy, sat down for a round table interview to talk more about the series.

During the discussion, Follows offered her opinion about Catherine and Mary’s uneasy relationship as well as why she was interested in playing such a manipulative character.  And while fans of the show are divided when it comes to Mary’s relationship with Francis and Bash, McCarthy revealed that the love triangle might be a thing of the past.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Blu-ray Review

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Attempting to piggyback on the success of the Paranormal Activity franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones looked to expand on the universe presented in the previous films, this time targeting the rapidly growing Latino demographic.  Using a cast comprised primarily of Latino actors and presenting cultural beliefs that resonate within that community, The Marked Ones succeeded in putting a twist to a franchise that was becoming a bit repetitive in terms of storytelling.  At first glance, the film presents a different world than what we’re used to but it’s not until you’re deeper into the story and more revelations come to light, that everything begins to unravel.  It ultimately ties in nicely to the original.  Hit the jump to read my Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Blu-ray review.

Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor Talk THE 100, Character Relationships, Upcoming Episodes, and Discovering the World of Shipping at WonderCon

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This morning, before the cast of The 100 hit the stage at WonderCon, I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable interview with stars Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor.  They discussed the shifting dynamic between Bellamy and Clarke, family relationships, the dark and gritty nature of the show, and teaming up to emerge as leaders of their group.  For fans of the two as a pairing, they had a thing or two to say about “shipping” and what they think about the fans’ reaction to their characters.  Hit the jump to watch.

Wondercon: REVOLUTION Panel Recap Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell, Stephen Collins and Executive Producer Rockne S. O’Bannon

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With only four episodes left in the season and Revolution’s renewal still up in the air, the cast and producer took the stage at WonderCon on Friday to discuss the events that have shaken up the show so far.  Elizabeth MitchellStephen Collins, and executive producer Rockne S. O’Bannon were on hand to provide some teases for the rest of the season and to briefly discuss plans for a possible Season 3 of the post-apocalyptic drama.  Hit the jump for highlights from the panel. 

PARKLAND Blu-ray Review

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In the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the country went into a frenzy as news stations produced headline after headline—accurate and inaccurate—of what had occurred at Dealey Plaza that afternoon.  But what happened amidst the chaos of one of the most devastating events in US history and how did those involved in the event respond?  Parkland delves into the aftermath, giving viewers insight into the lives of those closest to the tragedy and following them in a span of four days.  From the nurses and doctors who tended to a wounded President Kennedy to the Secret Service agents responsible for protecting him, and the infamous Abraham Zapruder who captured everything on his 8mm camera, the film focuses on the stories within the news headlines.  More after the jump.

THE HOST Blu-ray Review

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Whether you’re part of the Twilight craze or not, it’s difficult to escape the world-wide phenomenon and not take notice of the names that brought the series to life.  Such is the case of writer Stephenie Meyer, who after skyrocketing to fame due to the immense popularity of the series, is still very much a household name even when her projects don’t include bloodsuckers and naive 17-year-old girls.  It’s not a stretch to assume that her previous repertoire was the basis for bringing her 2008 sci-fi novel The Host to the big screen earlier this year.  Unlike her previous work, The Host is a mixture of science fiction and romance that essentially explores the idea of two separate identities in one body.  While the narrative portrayal had its flaws, the subject-matter made the story gripping and entertaining.  Hit the jump for my review of The Host on Blu-ray.

IDENTITY THIEF Blu-ray Review

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Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief was definitely no Horrible Bosses.  Sure, it was funny and quirky, but to watch this film with the expectations that it will be something equally, if not funnier than Horrible Bosses, will lead to a giant letdown.  Identity Thief stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, do a superb job at playing these characters to their best of their comical abilities, but there is such thing as something being “too ridiculous” and Identity Thief manages to go there.  Funny?  Yes.  Hilarious?  Not so much.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised by the way the film was able to turn McCarthy’s character from an obnoxious criminal to a relatable and heartwarming troubled woman.  Hit the jump for my review of Identity Thief on Blu-ray.

Comic-Con: UNDER THE DOME Panel Recap; Cast and Producers Talk Bringing the Stephen King Novel To Life, Possible Hookups, and More

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Sundays at Comic-Con tend to be the slowest of all four days, with the event coming to an end at an earlier time (5pm), most of the attendees choose to walk the floor and make their last-minute purchases before heading home.  Regardless, fans still have plenty to see, and even with popular hit TV shows dominating the monstrous Hall H, CBS’ newest sci-fi drama, Under the Dome, was still able to find its place amongst attendees.  Producers Brian K. Vaughan and Neal Baer, accompanied by stars Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, and Mike Vogel, hit the Comic-Con stage to discuss the current season, provide insight into the characters, and tease what’s coming up in future episodes.  Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Comic-Con: Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, and Producer Caroline Dries Talk THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season 5

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The CW’s popular fantasy drama, The Vampire Diaries, returned to Comic-Con for its fifth year, this time to discuss what’s next for the Mystic Falls gang when the show returns for Season 5.  We got a chance to sit down with the show’s stars—Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder—and co-executive producer Caroline Dries for a roundtable interview.  They conversed about life after high school, if there’s a possibility for Damon and Katherine to rekindle their romance, how Bonnie will deal with being a ghost, whether Caroline ever had feelings for Klaus, Tyler’s return and much more.  Hit the jump for highlights from the roundtable interview.

Comic Con: BATES MOTEL Panel Recap; Cast and Producers Talk Relationships, Re-Imagining a Classic, and Tease Season 2

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Fresh off her recently-announced Emmy nomination, Vera Farmiga and the rest of her Bates Motel cast members, including: Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot, joined by producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, took the Comic-Con stage to discuss the upcoming season of A&E’s new hit series. During the discussion, they delved into the show’s relationships and provided some teases for what to expect in Season 2. Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Comic-Con: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Panel Recap Featuring Cast and Crew and a Rundown of the Pilot

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Joss Whedon’s sure-to-be smash hit, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., took the Comic-Con stage surrounded by a lot of mystery.  Would the cast be present?  Would they show a clip from the highly-anticipated action-drama?  Those questions were quickly answered when executive producer, Jeph Loeb, greeted a jam-packed Ballroom 20 and introduced the panel, consisting of: Writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Trancharoen, executive producer Jeffrey Bell, stars Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, fan-favorite Clark Gregg, and creator Joss Whedon. The surprises didn’t end there, as the audience was also treated to the world-premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Hit the jump to read the highlights from the panel.

Comic Con: Robert Kirkman Talks THE WALKING DEAD 10th Anniversary Celebration, His Plans For Future Issues, and More

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his widely-popular graphic novel, creator Robert Kirkman hit the stage to partake in a solo panel where he presented some of the art for upcoming issues of The Walking Dead and talked about his plans for future storytelling, before opening the floor to fan questions. During the panel, Kirkman talked about why he doesn’t like picking a favorite character, a future in-color issue of the series, and if there’s a place for Daryl in the comic books. Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Comic-Con Pilot Previews: THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, ALMOST HUMAN, THE 100, THE ORIGINALS

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Continuing with their yearly tradition at Comic-Con’s preview night, Warner Bros. unveiled four new pilots from their 2013 Fall lineup:  The Tomorrow PeopleAlmost HumanThe 100, and an encore screening of The Originals.  This year’s pilots carried an overall running theme of a futuristic world.  From humans with superpowers, human-like androids, a post-apocalyptic Earth, and vampires, the preview pilots managed to appeal to a wide range of viewers while still staying within a central genre.  Overall, I was pretty impressed by some of the shows, especially those I went in having low expectations.  Hit the jump for more on each pilot.

Lake Bell Joins Jon Hamm in MILLION DOLLAR ARM; Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox Land Leads in THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH

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From the casting news universe come these two tidbits today:

  • Lake Bell (No Strings Attached) has signed on to star alongside Jon Hamm and Aasif Mandvi in the Disney sports drama Million Dollar Arm.
  • Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Phoebe Fox (One DayBlack Mirror) will star in The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the sequel to 2012’s Daniel Radcliffe-led horror flick The Woman in Black.

Hit the jump for more on each project. 

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