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Aug. 26, 2014 | 1:04 p.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': See photo of Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley

Lucy Lawless in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC)
Marvel has released the first image of Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley, the new character she’ll play on the second season of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Hartley is a seasoned S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran helping to rebuild the organization after its spectacular destruction — a key point in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” that directly impacted the ongoing narrative of the show and the lives of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives: Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Skye (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Lawless, beloved by fans for her turns in such series as “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Battlestar Galactica,” is one of several new actors joining the show’s ensemble. Reed Diamond, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons and Kyle MacLachlan will each play a role in “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” second […]
Aug. 26, 2014 | 11:29 a.m.

‘Doctor Who': ‘Deep Breath’ set for Blu-Ray release Sept. 9

Peter Capaldi poses for a photo in New York on Aug. 13. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
“Deep Breath,” the feature-length “Doctor Who” season-premiere episode that debuted on BBC America on Aug. 23, will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 9. Directed by Ben Wheatley, the episode was written by current “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat and set the Doctor and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), on very familiar territory in Victorian London — the city is threatened first by a rampaging T. Rex and then by repair bots run amok, harvesting human organs for their own purposes. The installment marked the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as the cosmic time-traveler, though the Scottish actor, best known for his role as a foul-mouthed government official in the political comedy “The Thick of It,” is no stranger to the “Doctor Who” universe. He appeared in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” alongside the 10th Doctor, […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:55 a.m.

‘Omen’ series ‘Damien’ next for ‘Walking Dead’ veteran Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara is resurrecting the Antichrist for Lifetime. The former showrunner of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is masterminding a new series, “Damien,” which will draw inspiration from director Richard Donner’s 1976 horror classic “The Omen.” The new six-episode series will chronicle the adult life of Damien Thorn, a character introduced to moviegoers in Donner’s film as a young boy adopted by a politically powerful couple — played by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. After Damien’s presence appears to set off a series of unexplainable events, the couple slowly begin to suspect that there is something deeply sinister about their child. In Mazzara’s show, Damien has been raised without knowledge about his true identity, and he must grapple with his destiny as a catalyst for the apocalypse. Mazzara will write and executive produce “Damien,” which is set to debut on Lifetime […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 5:21 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ midnight screening brings out the Doctors

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman greeted the crowds at the "Doctor Who" season premiere screening in London. (Justin Tallis / AFP / Getty Images)
On Saturday night, the Doctors descended on Burbank. At the AMC Burbank 16, “Doctor Who’s” most loyal fans gathered for a special midnight screening of the eighth-season premiere, “Deep Breath.” It was their first chance to see the latest Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, in action. And it was definitely one of the most dapper late-night movie crowds in recent history. Many fans arrived dressed as their favorite Doctors — there were bow ties and fezes in honor of Matt Smith, pinstripes and sneakers for David Tennant and even a long, colorful scarf or two to acknowledge Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor. They came from far away — Matt Borcky, dressed as Smith’s Doctor, and his three friends drove 100 miles from Bakersfield just for the screening. Yes, they could have just watched it at home when it aired on […]
Aug. 22, 2014 | 3:11 p.m.

‘Fringe: Sins of the Father’ preview: Read excerpt from new novel

Fringe: Sins of the Father
Much in the same way its spiritual predecessor “The X-Files” paired the paranormal with the procedural, “Fringe” — the spectacular sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci that drew to a close last year — imagined a world in which the fantastic lay just beyond the grasp of an unknowing populace. But of the many alien, unnatural threats that intrepid agents Mulder and Scully faced on Chris Carter’s landmark 1990s drama, “Fringe’s” time shifts and visits to parallel dimensions weren’t among them. Indeed, by the time its second season arrived, “Fringe” had established its own unique rhythms and preoccupations as its action centered around Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), an agent for the FBI’s Fringe Division, a covert operation set up to investigate extraordinary events, and her cohorts, the red-licorice-munching, off-kilter scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': One-time Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki cast

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Adrianne Palicki will be joining the cast of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The actress will play Bobbi Morse, also known as Mockingbird, on the ABC series, which returns for its second season Sept. 23. Palicki’s previous television credits include “Friday Night Lights,” “About a Boy” and “Lone Star”; she was cast as Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s television pilot about the iconic heroine, but the show was never picked up to series. Palicki is the latest addition to the growing list of actors slated to appear on the show, which centers on Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives — Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Skye (Chloe Bennet) Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Lucy Lawless, Reed Diamond, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons and Kyle MacLachlan will each play a role […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 12:42 p.m.

‘The Strain': Guillermo del Toro vampire series renewed for Season 2

The apocalyptic horror series “The Strain” will return for a second season, FX announced Tuesday. Based on a trilogy of novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the show is the latest high-concept thriller to explore the end of modern civilization — here, the threat arrives on board a flight into JFK when an old-world monster steals away on the plane and infects the passengers with a virus that transforms them into blood-thirsty monsters. Corey Stoll’s CDC epidemiologist Eph Goodweather finds himself drawn into the unfolding chaos, and before long, he is forced to partner with an eccentric pawn shop owner, Abraham Setrakian (played by David Bradley), to face down the creatures. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot on the set of ‘The Strain’ “The thing I wanted to do in ‘The Strain,’ you can actually see this world collapse in a […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 8:59 a.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’ premiere ‘Spark of Rebellion’ set for Oct. 3

“Star Wars Rebels” has its premiere date. The new show set in the galaxy far, far away will arrive via a one-hour animated movie on Oct. 3. “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” will premiere that day on Disney Channel, with the “Rebels” series launching 10 days later on Oct. 13 on Disney XD, the studio announced Tuesday. Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” the new animated series follows the adventures of a group of heroes desperately trying to combat the all-consuming might of the Empire, the fascistic government risen from the ashes of the Old Republic in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” Although the story will recount the formation of the Rebel Alliance, the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to […]
Aug. 17, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘The Strain': Vampire hunter David Bradley revels in action hero role

English actor David Bradley in Beverly Hills.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
It’s in the vein of old-style vampire hunters that David Bradley operates on “The Strain,” FX’s hit series that sees the world on the precipice of apocalypse thanks to the bloodthirsty undead. But the English actor, well known to genre audiences from his work in the “Harry Potter” movie franchise and on the wildly popular “Game of Thrones,” says he doesn’t directly draw inspiration from any famous forerunners in the unusual science. “I didn’t try to look for references or comparisons with other characters, otherwise there’s always a danger of playing that rather than what Guillermo and Chuck have got written down,” Bradley said in an interview on the Toronto set of the show, when asked about any similarities between his determined Abraham Setrakian and Bram Stoker’s Abraham Van Helsing, the man who famously tracked Dracula and brought the powerful […]
Aug. 14, 2014 | 5:03 p.m.

‘Doctor Who': ‘Deep Breath’ trailer gives just a peek at the future

Peter Capaldi plays the 12th Doctor in "Doctor Who." (BBC America)
Attention, Whovians. A trailer teasing the return of “Doctor Who” is making the rounds online, and although it might be brief, it does offer a few tantalizing hints about “Deep Breath,” the installment that kicks off the run of new episodes on BBC America later this month. Judging from the clip, the upcoming season looks to include all the classic bits of Doctor-ana: historical English setting (in this case the Victorian era), alien evildoers and a newly redesigned TARDIS, among them. Check it out below. Set to premiere Aug. 23, “Deep Breath” was written by “Doctor Who” executive producer Steven Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley (known to indie film enthusiasts for such projects as “Kill List” and “Sightseers”). The episode will mark the proper beginning of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor and kicks off the eighth season […]
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