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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 […]
Aug. 11, 2014 | 1:22 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ actor J.J. Murphy dies, role won’t be recast

The Night's Watch, with actors Mark Stanley and Ben Crompton. (Helen Sloan / HBO)
Belfast-born actor J.J. Murphy died Aug. 8, just four days into filming his scenes for HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones.” The actor, who was 86 years old, had been cast to play the eldest member of the Night’s Watch, Ser Denys Mallister. Murphy was one of the new additions to the ensemble cast of the sprawling hit series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” novels, which will return for its fifth season next year; show runners and executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will not be recasting the role. “He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended,” Weiss and Benioff said in a joint statement. The veteran performer, who also had a role in the upcoming “Dracula Untold” alongside another “Game of Thrones” alum, […]
Aug. 04, 2014 | 6:05 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels': Watch seven minutes of new animated series [video]

Excited to see “Star Wars Rebels”? Tonight, you can watch the first seven minutes of the first episode online. 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 arisen 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 defeat the evil Empire, at the outset of the show the organization is little more than a ragtag band of aliens and a Jedi Knight in hiding, Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), who engage in minor skirmishes with Imperial […]
Aug. 04, 2014 | 2:40 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Sophie Turner promises ‘big change’ for Sansa in Season 5

Sophie Turner in the "First of His Name" episode from Season 4 of "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)
Teenage girls rarely make the wisest decisions when it comes to first love. Few people understand that fact as well as Sophie Turner, who plays the eldest daughter of House Stark on HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones.” During the series’ four seasons, Sansa Stark has found herself paying dearly for her affection for Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), the sadistic boy king — watching him order her father beheaded, enduring his cruelty at court, fearing for her safety when he threw her over for Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). (Anyone not current with the series might be advised to stop reading now — spoilers ahead.) So, is it fair to say that Sansa took some delight in the fact that Joffrey met with a grim fate at his own nuptials, an event known in the lore of the show as the […]
July 31, 2014 | 1:46 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Season 8 premiere, ‘Deep Breath,’ set for big screen too

Ready to see “Doctor Who” on the silver screen? With anticipation building for the show’s imminent return, the newest Time Lord will also be getting a celluloid coming-out party with a screening of “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of the new season, in select theaters. The episode will mark the proper beginning of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor and kicks off the eighth season since the series revival in 2005. Fans in 12 soon-to-be-announced cities will be able to catch a special midnight screening of the episode on Aug. 23, shortly following the 8 p.m. premiere on BBC America. Then on Aug. 25, the celebration goes nationwide with two showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in more than 500 select movie theaters around the country.  It won’t be the first time an episode of the fan-favorite series has […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Hollywood stirs fan fervor to the very end

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If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
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