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Jan. 29, 2015 | 1:45 p.m.

‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones': Marvel casts Rachael Taylor in Netflix series

Rachael Taylor, right, has been cast in Marvel's "A.K.A. Jessica Jones." She will play "Trish" Walker in the series; in the comics, the character became a superhero known as Hellcat, left. (Marvel Comics / Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is adding another actor to its growing ensemble. Actress Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will play Patricia “Trish” Walker, a close friend and ally to the title character of Marvel’s upcoming 13-episode series for Netflix, which is slated to premiere later this year. A syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star, Walker first appeared in comics (where she’s called Patsy, not Trish) in 1944; she went on to receive her own heroic identity, Hellcat, 32 years later. “The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said executive producer and show runner Melissa Rosenberg in a statement. Rosenberg (“Dexter,” “Twilight”) will oversee the series, which will star Krysten Ritter as Jones. After a short-lived run as a superhero, Jone sets up shop as a private investigator in New […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:11 a.m.

‘Supergirl': Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in CBS drama

Mehcad Brooks has been cast as Jimmy Olsen in "Supergirl." (Teddy Smith / Bubble Releasing; Kerry Gammill / DC Entertainment)
“Supergirl” has found its Jimmy Olsen, casting “True Blood” alumnus Mehcad Brooks in the staple role. Word came late Tuesday that Brooks, whose previous credits include “Necessary Roughness” and “Desperate Housewives,” will star opposite Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. In the comics, James “Jimmy” Olsen is a young photographer who works with Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the Daily Planet Newsroom, but in the upcoming CBS series, Jimmy and Kara are colleagues at a media company called CatCo. (Astute comic fans might remember the “Superman” character […]
Jan. 26, 2015 | 11:12 a.m.

‘AKA Jessica Jones': ‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant cast in Marvel series

British actor David Tennant is photographed in July, 2014. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
“Doctor Who” star David Tennant will play a villain in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix show “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” a 13-episode series set to premiere later this year. The Scottish actor has been cast as Kilgrave, an enigmatic figure from the heroine’s past whose reappearance shakes her world, Marvel announced Monday. Tennant, who has recently appeared on American screens in the mystery series “Gracepoint,” is best known for his turn as the time-traveling protagonist in “Doctor Who.” His five-year tenure as the 10th incarnation of the Time Lord revitalized TV’s longest-running sci-fi series and paved the way for its popularity this side of the pond. “I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg in a post on Marvel’s blog. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and […]
Jan. 22, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.

‘Supergirl': ‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist to star in new CBS series

Actress Melissa Benoist has been cast as the heroine in "Supergirl." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times; DC Entertainment)
Actress Melissa Benoist is set to star in “Supergirl,” CBS’ new one-hour drama, the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes. The series will be written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. On television, Benoist is best known for her work on “Glee”; she can be seen currently on the big screen in the Oscar-nominated film, “Whiplash.” Later this spring, she will […]
Jan. 14, 2015 | 11:57 a.m.

‘Agent Carter': James D’Arcy on Jarvis’ quippy charm: ‘Rambo, he’s not’

James D'Arcy in "Agent Carter." (Kelsey McNeal / ABC)
In Marvel’s latest series for ABC, the 1940s adventure “Agent Carter,” James D’Arcy provides the perfectly cultured counterpoint to Hayley Atwell’s sophisticated spy as Edwin Jarvis. The man Friday to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark, Jarvis becomes a key ally for Peggy as she sets about to try to clear Howard’s name after he’s accused of treason — their Tracy-Hepburn-flair unquestionably add to the period charm of the limited-run show. “It’s a really fun role to play,” D’Arcy said on the set late last year. “They write such fabulous banter for us. We have fun when we’re shooting, we have fun when we’re not shooting; it’s great.” (Click through the gallery above for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Agent Carter.”) Set one year after the events depicted in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the series sees Peggy working for […]
Jan. 14, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

HBO delays ‘Game of Thrones’ IMAX screenings to add more theaters

“Game of Thrones” fans will have to wait a week to see a Season 5 trailer and two Season 4 episodes in IMAX. The much-hyped IMAX screenings have been delayed to allow more theaters to participate in the big-screen event. Instead of kicking off Jan. 23, as previously announced, the screenings will begin Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. and extend through Feb. 5. More than 200 theaters will be participating, up from the original 150. The showings will feature an exclusive trailer for the upcoming fifth season as well as Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall,” about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Battle of Castle Black, and “The Children,” which sees Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) face off against the Hound (Rory McCann). The episodes will be digitally remastered into IMAX format. The event […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 11:15 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ exhibition brings Westeros to Europe and Israel

A Drogon figure is one of the items on display in the touring "Game of Thrones: The Exhibition." (Helen Sloan / HBO)
“Game of Thrones” fans in Europe and Israel can join a house of Westeros, sit on the Iron Throne and see the top of the Wall at Castle Black as part of a touring exhibition devoted to the hit HBO fantasy series. “Game of Thrones: The Exhibition” is kicking off its third tour next month. Stops include London, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris with possible additional cities to be announced later. The 2015 exhibition features new installations, photo stations and Web-based interactive features. Fans can join a house of Westeros — such as Stark, Lannister or Targaryen — before entering the exhibition, ride the winch elevator to the top of the 700-foot Wall at Castle Black (thanks to an Oculus Rift virtual experience), and take a picture on the Iron Throne. The exhibition also showcases more than […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 10:36 a.m.

‘Daredevil': First Marvel Netflix series set to arrive April 10

“Daredevil,” Marvel’s first series for Netflix, will premiere April 10, with 13 one-hour episodes becoming available at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time, the streaming service announced today. The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock as the blind superhero who battles injustice by day as a lawyer, with Vincent D’Onofrio as his chief adversary, Wilson Fisk. The cast also includes Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Ulrich and Scott Glenn as Stick, as well as Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsey and Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area that’s inherent to Daredevil,” ‎said ‎showrunner Steven S. DeKnight at an appearance at New York Comic Con last year. “He’s one day away from […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 4:54 p.m.

‘Agent Carter’s’ Hayley Atwell: Super spy is a ‘woman before her time’

Hayley Atwell stars in "Agent Carter." (Marvel/ABC)
Hayley Atwell reprises her “Captain America” role as coolly capable spy Peggy Carter in Marvel’s new short-order series, “Agent Carter,” which premieres Tuesday night on ABC. While the adventure takes place in 1946, it deals with some decidedly contemporary themes, according to the English actress. “In terms of her actual personal journey, it’s something that’s very modern,” Atwell said late last year on “Agent Carter’s” Los Angeles set. “In many ways, she could be considered a woman before her time. There happens to be no one else in the series yet that is like her, that has caught up to her abilities that’s a woman. She’s having to pave the way.” Set one year after the events depicted in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the series opens with Peggy still grieving for Steve Rogers, who is purported to have died […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 7:43 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Two episodes, new trailer to screen in IMAX

“Game of Thrones,” HBO’s lavish fantasy series boasting television’s biggest cast, is coming to the megaplex’s biggest screen when two episodes and a new trailer screen in IMAX. For one week beginning Jan. 23, fans can see Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen and the Battle of Castle Black on the big screen, with select IMAX theaters showing Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall” and “The Children” — as well as a trailer for Season 5. The episodes will be digitally remastered into IMAX format. The event marks the first time a TV network has featured programming in IMAX theaters, according to IMAX, which has yet to release a list of participating theaters. “We couldn’t think of a series more fitting than Game of Thrones to be the first presented in IMAX,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX […]
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