Feb. 12, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
James Franco has been cast as the lead in “11/22/63,” J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. Franco (“The Interview,” “127 Hours”), who is also a producer for the series, will portray high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy. The nine-hour event series based on King’s thriller is coming to Hulu via J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions. Abrams, the creative mind behind the likes of “Lost” and “Fringe,” is no stranger to bizarre tales of time-travel and parallel realities, and it seems this series will be no exception. In King’s “11/22/63,” published in 2011, Epping’s quest to save JFK is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and a past resistant to change. Bridget Carpenter — whose previous credits […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 3:33 p.m.
Captain Jean Renard of “Grimm,” played by Sasha Roiz, is easily the most mysterious character on the NBC show. A royal heir, a Wesen (half-Zauberbiest) and a police captain, he, like the show’s hero Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli), has his feet planted firmly in both worlds. The same can be said for Roiz. The actor, a Canada native, has, like many of the cast, adapted to life in Portland, Ore., where the series films about nine months out of the year. He’s devoted a lot of his time recently to helping with a charity called the Grimmster Fund for a local children’s hospital. The endowment, which assists families in financial need, is holding a gala (sold out) and an auction that features authentic drawings and props used in the show, and even includes a limited amount of “Grimm” shoes made […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 2:33 p.m.
Milo Ventimiglia, well-known for his work on NBC’s “Heroes,” will join the cast of Fox’s “Gotham,” playing a serial killer known as the Ogre. The character, which is not the same as the Ogre that previously existed in the DC canon, will first appear in the 19th episode of the series, Warner Bros. Television confirmed today. The Ogre, whose given name is Jason Lemmon, is described as a handsome and wealthy predator who abducts women in search of a perfect mate. His victims meet with grim fates after they fail to meet his exacting standards in a series of “tests.” Charting the exploits of a young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he battles to protect the city from mobsters and criminals, “Gotham” has performed well for the network and already has been given an order for a second season. Robin […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 12:14 p.m.
The Doctor will undergo yet another regeneration — this time, materializing as a Lego character. A “Doctor Who”-themed Lego set will go into production this year, the Lego Group announced Wednesday morning. The concept for the set was chosen after “Doctor Who” fan Andrew Clark submitted a design on the Lego Ideas website, where fans can vote for their favorite ideas to be produced. Clark, who works as a video game artist, offered a design featuring an unfolding TARDIS (the Doctor’s time machine and spaceship) and a range of Doctors, including incarnations played by fan favorites David Tennant and Tom Baker, as well as the current actor, Peter Capaldi. His concept also included several companions and monsters, among them Daleks and Weeping Angels. Lego has yet to release details about which characters and features will appear in the toy set, […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 7:22 a.m.
The first trailer for Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series is out, revealing a hero conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante. The blind superhero Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox in the Netflix series) is shown in a confessional with a priest. “I’ve been preoccupied of late with questions of morality, of right and wrong, good and evil,” Murdock says. “I’m not seeking forgiveness for what I’ve done, Father. I’m asking forgiveness for what I’m about to do. I’m just trying to make my city a better place.” And if the trailer is any indication, Murdock’s quest for justice will take him to some dark places. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
Feb. 02, 2015 | 2:10 p.m.
“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is adding another actor to its growing ensemble — Carrie-Anne Moss is set to join the ensemble of Marvel’s upcoming 13-episode series for Netflix, which is slated to premiere later this year. Her character is identified on Marvel.com as “a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica.” Executive producer and show runner Melissa Rosenberg (“Dexter,” “Twilight”) will oversee the series, which will star Krysten Ritter as Jones. After a short-lived run as a superhero, Jones sets up shop as a private investigator in New York, but things become complicated with the re-emergence of a figure from her past, the mysterious Kilgrave, who will be played by Scottish actor David Tennant. Tennant, who recently appeared on American screens in the mystery series “Gracepoint,” is best known for his turn as the time-traveling protagonist in “Doctor […]
Jan. 30, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.
An epic new trailer for the “Game of Thrones” fifth season has arrived along with a selection of new images from the wildly popular HBO fantasy series adapted from the work of author George R.R. Martin. HBO officially released the trailer Friday after a pirated version had surfaced online just hours after the clip made its debut at special Imax “Game of Thrones” screenings, where digitally remastered versions of 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) — were shown on the large-format screen. The episodes are currently screening at more than 200 Imax theaters across the country, and are scheduled to play through Feb. 5. The trailer includes a […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 1:45 p.m.
“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, Jones sets up shop as a private investigator in New […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:11 a.m.
“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.
“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 […]