Warner Bros’ announcement that the sequel to Man of Steel will be a Batman/Superman team-up is big news. But it is also a totally natural development, one that has been rumored and desired for years. Charles Roven, a producer on Man of Steel and Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, famously denied the possibility in 2011:
“That may be in somebody’s mind but right now the Batman lives in his world and the Superman lives in his world. Those stories are those stories and we haven’t thought beyond each individual picture.”
I would change the wording a bit to say “That may be in everybody at Warner Bros’ mind,” because we have seen Easter eggs that hint at a Batman/Superman crossover in many recent WB properties: Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Superman Returns—even I Am Legend and Fringe. Follow the trail after the jump.
For those who are upset that genre films are never recognized at the Oscars beyond sound and VFX categories, the Saturn Awards are for you. The Saturns recognize accomplishment in sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror for movies and TV shows that rarely receive any consideration from the Oscars and Emmys, although there is some crossover. For example, among the TV nominees, Breaking Bad led with “Best Presentation on Television”, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (tying with Kevin Bacon for The Following), and Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Banks. Over on the movie side, The Avengers netted four wins including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Joss Whedon), Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), and Best Visual Effects. Among the other genre categories, Life of Pi won Best Fantasy Film, The Cabin in the Woods took home Best Horror/Thriller, and Skyfall earned Best Action/Adventure film. Like any awards presentation, there’s bound to be debate about the winners, but it’s great that at least one long-running awards ceremony recognized Jonathan Banks and Clark Gregg.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners. In the days ahead, we’ll have plenty of interviews with actors and filmmakers who attended the event.
Fringe has wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean your love of the show can’t go on. Warner Bros. is releasing Fringe: September’s Notebook, and we’re giving away two copies. If you’re a fan of the show, this is a must-own. The collector’s set comes in a nice, leather-bound, clamshell case and contains “exclusive photos and concept art, and reveals quirks and little-known facts about each character, insight into fringe science, and much more.” There are also posters, a piece of amber in a keepsake box, and other goodies.
Hit the jump for the full list of features and to find out how you can win a copy. Fringe: September’s Notebook goes on sale on May 21st. [Update: The publisher, Insight Editions, has announced that increased demand required the use of more signature plates that were generated by a replicating machine. Keep this in mind should you choose to purchase this set.]
If you’re a fan of Bad Robot and live in Los Angeles area, it’s time to head over to the new Gallery1988 location at 7308 Melrose. That’s because the gallery has teamed up with some great artists to create a new gallery show focused on the TV shows and movies produced by Bad Robot, like Fringe, Lost, Super 8, Person of Interest, Alias, Cloverfield, and Star Trek. The show opens tonight and runs until May 18th, so you’ve got plenty of time to check it out. However, since many of the items are very limited or original pieces of art, you probably want to head over soon if you want to buy anything.
Last night the gallery held a private reception for Bad Robot and I was able to stop by and take about 100 pictures of everything on display. Hit the jump to see the pictures.
The acclaimed Fox sci-fi drama series Fringe simultaneously comes to a close while celebrating its 100th episodes with its series finale. Exploring the human condition through the prism of parallel universes, unexplainable phenomena and unimaginable threats, the show’s five seasons were possible thanks, in large part, to its devoted and loyal fan base. Now, it is reaching its epic climax with a two-hour finale that promises to be a satisfying conclusion.
During this interview with show star Joshua Jackson, he talked about what he’s going to miss most about the show, what Peter’s role will be in the finale, what he will take away from this experience as an actor, how involved he was in the conversations about what the final season would be, the fact that he didn’t think to take anything from the set as a memento, why he feels Fringe was able to engage an audience at a time when people have such short attention spans, how the finale experience compares to the finale experience he had on Dawson’s Creek, what he sees for the legacy of the series in television history, and how much he loves the ending to Peter’s journey. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
It’s always bittersweet when a fantastic television series like Fox’s Fringe comes to an end, but if this new series finale poster is any indication, at least the show will be going out in style. What started as an X-Files type procedural back in 2008 will culminate in an all-out battle between the remaining members of the Fringe team and the futuristic Observers. A new promo poster for the two-hour finale rewards long-time Fringe fans with a throwback effect while spelling doom for at least one of the Observers (I wonder who…).
Be sure to check out interviews with Fringe co-creator J.J. Abrams, showrunner J.H. Wyman and star John Noble, who all share their thoughts on the upcoming finale. Also starring Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and Jasika Nicole, the series finale of Fringe will air Friday, January 18th at 8/7c with the episode “Liberty” in the first hour, followed by the last episode ever, “An Enemy of Fate.” Hit the jump to check out the slightly spoilery poster and TV spot.
With time ticking towards the end of the beloved sci-fi series Fringe, actor John Noble took some time out to talk with the press, on a conference call from Australia, about his favorite moments and best memories of working on the show. Viewers have gotten to see his character in the past, present and future, and in alternate universes, over the course of five seasons, which is a dream for any actor to get to play. And, Noble promises that the finale will make fans happy and, he hopes, also go down as one of the best show finales in history. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
With Fringe coming to a close on Friday, January 18 with a two-hour series finale, The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills recently held a special screening of tonight’s new episode followed by a Q&A with showrunner J.H. Wyman and Lance Reddick (who plays Phillip Broyles). Shortly before the presentation began, I got to speak with Wyman on the red carpet. We talked about whether he’s finished editing the series finale, if the network give him any notes, how he chose to end the series, Dead Man Down, and his next TV project with Bad Robot. Hit the jump to watch.
Today, at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, J.J. Abrams was in attendance to talk about what fans can expect when the NBC drama series Revolution returns with new episodes on March 25th. As usual, the ever busy executive producer was giving of his time and took a few moments to chat about some of his upcoming and current projects. Abrams gave updates about the Alfonso Cuarón supernatural drama series for NBC, the futuristic robot cop series that Joel Wyman is developing, that he has not yet seen the Fringe finale but that the script was incredibly emotional, how far along the next Mission: Impossible film is, if there’s anything he’s written in the past that he’d still love to be able to get into production, how excited he is for people to see Star Trek Into Darkness, and how difficult it is to maintain the mystery and secrecy for his projects. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Adding an extra layer of authenticity and intensity, the indie drama Allegiance is based on writer/director Mike Connors’ own personal experiences serving in the military while also paying tribute to the 21 million veterans living in the United States today. The story follows Lieutenant Danny Sefton (Seth Gabel), who has received a questionable transfer that will keep him safely stationed back home while his National Guard unit deploys to one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq. When the unit’s best medic, Specialist Reyes (Bow Wow), is denied a compassionate reassignment to stay home with his terminally ill son, he asks Sefton to help him go AWOL.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Seth Gabel (who played Lincoln Lee on the Fox TV series Fringe) talked about what made him want to be a part of this film, the type of leader his character is, how he was able to identify with the man he was portraying, what it was like to work with Bow Wow, how excited he was to have the boot camp experience, and how this gave him a new appreciation for people who dedicate their lives to defending our country. He also talked about what it was like to have been a part of Fringe, how the interest in his Arrow guest role as The Count (based on Count Vertigo from the comic book series) has been both surprising and incredible, taking on a “super-villain,” that he hopes to return for future episodes, and how inspiring show star Stephen Amell’s physical dedication to the role has been for him. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott got to fulfill a dream when she guest starred on Episode 8 of the fifth and final season of the sci-fi drama series Fringe. As a huge fan of the show, which concludes with a special two-hour series finale on January 18th, she was excited to be a part of the story and work with the cast.
During this interview to promote her appearance on the show, Jill Scott talked about why she asked for a role, what it meant to her to be a part of the final season, the hopes and expectations she had for her character, getting to work with series star Anna Torv, why she thinks the show has been such a fan favorite, her favorite episodes, and how she would also love to do a guest spot on Supernatural. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
All good things must come to an end and so it is with FOX’s spectacular sci-fi series, Fringe, which will conclude its fifth and final season in a two-hour finale on Friday, January 18th starting at 8PM ET/PT. Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fringe was an X-Files for a new generation, as it followed a team of specialized investigators into all things paranormal and supernatural. Though it’s struggled with ratings throughout the years, the show’s smart writing, impressive cast and dark humor have earned Fringe a rabid fan base, one that sadly will not get to see the cast and crew return to Comic-Con any longer.
Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole and Blair Brown, the two-hour series finale of Fringe will also celebrate its 100th episode. Your guess is as good as mine as to what the final episode code word will be. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Friday’s TV ratings numbers are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The final season of Fringe keeps on truckin’, and this week’s episode was even with last week, garnering a 1.0 rating and 2.7 million viewers.
- NBC’s Friday favorite Grimm dipped a bit, landing a 1.5 rating and 4.9 million viewers. That’s down from last week’s 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo.
- Expectedly, CBS’ Blue Bloods was the most-watched program of the night with 10.5 million viewers and a 1.4 rating.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report from Friday, October 12th.
Friday’s TV ratings numbers are in. Here’s a brief look at some of the highlights:
- NBC’s Grimm was even with last week, earning a 1.6 rating and 5.19 million viewers.
- The second episode of Fringe’s final season was down from its season premiere with a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.03 million viewers
- CBS’ Friday juggernaut Blue Bloods was down from last week, scoring a 1.2 rating in the demo and 9.59 million viewers.
Hit the jump for details on all the scripted programming from Friday, October 5th including CSI: NY, Made in Jersey, and more.
The Fall 2012 TV season began in earnest this week, with most shows having their series/season premieres. Here’s a brief glance at the highlights:
- CBS’ Sherlock Holmes update Elementary debuted strong with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo for 13.41 million viewers.
- Also at CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored its highest rated season premiere ever with a 5.0 rating and a solid 15.66 million viewers.
- Things weren’t all rosy at The Eye, however, as Hawaii Five-0 was way down with a 1.8 rating. That’s a significant drop from last year’s season premiere rating of 3.4 in the coveted 18-49 demo.
- NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama Revolution saw an unsurprising drop in viewers from last week’s season premiere, though the 3.4 rating with 9.21 million viewers shows a healthy hold from last week’s 4.1 rating.
- Unfortunately, ABC’s excellent pilot for Last Resort debuted to a slightly disappointing 2.2 rating with 9.31 million viewers.
Hit the jump for the TV ratings for the week of September 23 – 29, including New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Grimm, Fringe, South Park, Sons of Anarchy, Castle, and much more.