Game of Thrones Season 6 Teaser: The Dead Speak

Game of Thrones Season 6 Teaser: The Dead SpeakGame of Thrones season 6 will pick up right where the last season left off when it debuts on April 24, 2016, though that doesn’t mean fans of the HBO series will know what to expect. In fact those watching are facing the new episodes with greater uncertainty than ever before, as the show has (unsurprisingly) outpaced its source material, meaning that the promotional material will, more than ever, provide tantalizing clues as to possible storylines and future events, prior to the season debut.So far, Twitter users have been encouraged to tweet a series of hashtags to review ‘battle banner’ teaser trailers for House Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen, which consist of audio clips promising a dark and violent continuation of the story. More recently, 20 photos from the epic fantasy were shared online, showcasing a first look at the survivors from the previous seasons. Details surrounding the upcoming season have largely been kept under wraps, but now, finally, an official trailer has been released.The trailer takes place in the deepest level of the House of Black and White in headquarters that fans of the show will recognize as the Hall of Faces – a stone structured vault where the figureheads of hundreds who have died are housed. A few familiar faces make an appearance here, including Ned Stark (Sean Bean), Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).

Among the whisperings in the room, some of the characters’ most memorable lines are ominously echoed. Robb muses about winning the battles but losing the war, while Catelyn and Joffrey talk about tormenting ‘the others’ and showing them how it feels to lose what they love. Even though the trailer doesn’t appear to reveal any actual footage from the upcoming season (unless it will surface as an Arya vision) it does confirm that “the long night is coming and the dead come with it.”The final shot is the most eerie and surprising of all as it reveals current living character and beloved fan favourite Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) in the same position, among the ranks of the dead. Last time that we saw Tyrion he was alive in Meereen watching Daario (Michiel Huisman) and Jorah (Iain Glen) leave on their quest to find Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). Does this mean that Tyrion has died or – more likely – that he is facing imminent danger this season?Without clues from the books to guide us through this mysterious first trailer, plenty of unanswered questions remain such as: Is Jon Snow really dead or is there still a chance that Lady Melisandre (Carice van Houten) could aid in his resurrection? Will the fallen characters be recruited as members of the army of the dead? And, who else’s head will be on the chopping block this year?Discover the answers when Game of Thrones returns for season 6 on Sunday, April 24 on HBO.Source: HBO

New Daredevil Vs. The Punisher Trailer Coming Tomorrow

New Daredevil Vs. The Punisher Trailer Coming TomorrowIs there a difference? #Daredevil Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 14, 2016In 2015, Marvel kicked off the Netflix side of their cinematic universe with the first season of Daredevil. The show received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, and Marvel followed the series up with a second critically well-received series with the first season of Jessica Jones. Now Daredevil season 2 is the next release from Marvel and Netflix, with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a Defenders team-up series set to arrive in the coming years.Daredevil season 1 followed Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as he fought against Kingpin (Vincent D’Onfrio) in order to save his neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. Season 2 will introduce other characters from Marvel Comics, including Elektra (Elodie Yung) and the fan-favorite anti-hero The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). A promo for Daredevil season 2 teases a new trailer for the Marvel Netflix series that will feature Punisher.The new teaser (above) released by Daredevil on Twitter features the head of the titular hero’s costume flickering in and out and changing into the logo for Punisher. Meanwhile, Bernthal can be heard speaking as Frank Castle a.k.a. Punisher, saying, “You know you’re one bad day away from being me.”Soon after Daredevil added Bernthal to the series as Punisher, season 2 showrunners Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie – who took over from Steven S. DeKnight – referred to the second outing of The Man Without Fear as “Daredevil vs The Punisher.” Reports about Punisher in season 2 have teased an exceptional portrayal of the anti-hero that will please fans – which may explain the rumors that Netflix and Marvel are developing an entire Punisher spinoff series, though it’s unclear when that would arrive if the reports turn out to be true.From everything we know so far about Daredevil season 2, it seems Punisher will play an integral role – likely filling in for Kingpin as Matt Murdock’s main antagonist for the season. Additionally, like the contrast between Daredevil’s way of cleaning up Hell’s Kitchen versus Kingpin’s in season 1, it seems season 2 will provide another comparison in the way that Matt Murdock and Frank Castle handle vigilante justice.Of course, although much of season 2 will likely be devoted to Daredevil facing off against The Punisher, the season will also see the introduction of the famed assassin Elektra as well as the return of Matt Murdock’s friends, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). But, though Daredevil season 2 will likely provide compelling returns to the season 1 characters and an introduction of Elektra to the MCU, the fight between Daredevil and Punisher will be the main attraction – one that we will hopefully get a glimpse of in the upcoming trailer.Next: Is Netflix’s Slate of Marvel Shows Getting Too Crowded?Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 later in 2016. Release dates for Iron Fist and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.Source: Twitter

Daniel Craig to Star in TV Adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s Purity

Daniel Craig to Star in TV Adaptation of Jonathan Franzens PurityHollywood is always on the lookout for the next high-profile book-to-screen adaptation that might yield the next The Revenant, Gone Girl, or even the upcoming The Girl on a Train. While it’s true that award-worthy films have predominantly been the ideal endpoint for many of these adaptations, in recent years television has demonstrated an ability to utilize its potential for greater breadth and depth as a way to lure distinguished and not-so distinguished literary adaptations away from the sliver screen. And now that the limited series is the term du jour amongst many in the television industry, it looks as though multiple networks are looking to secure a deal to turn Jonathan Franzen’s Purity into a limited series starring Daniel Craig.The news is surprising for reasons beyond Craig’s involvement, as Franzen’s latest literary effort was only just published this past September, meaning the wheels on the adaptation were likely moving soon after the novel hit store shelves and quickly found its way onto the New York Times best seller’s list. Reportedly, the series is being shopped around at multiple networks, with Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and FX among the potential suitors for the project. All of the networks were supposedly sought out in the hope that one would agree to the 20-episode, direct-to-series order those behind the adaptation are currently seeking.According to Variety, the production comes from prolific producer Scott Rudin, who has had his hands in everything from The Social Network to Zoolander and its recent sequel. This is familiar territory for Rudin, as he’s produced a number of book adaptations, like Wonder Boys, Bringing Out the Dead, Angela’s Ashes, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Best Picture-winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men. While Rudin’s efforts have predominantly been in film, he has seen a shift to television as of late, most notably as a producer on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series, The Newsroom.

In terms of Craig’s involvement, the news may only come as a surprise to those who were unaware the actor’s statements following his most recent outing as 007 in last November’s Spectre. Craig garnered a great deal of attention (negative and otherwise) for his comments regarding the role of James Bond and his future as the suave, globetrotting super spy. This would mark a shift for the actor who has reportedly been interested in doing more dramatic roles in line with what he would be doing in Purity.Purity would mark an interesting shift for both Craig and Rudin, and it would certainly be a significant get for any of the networks reportedly involved in the bidding war, as the winning network would land a potentially prestigious series with recognizable names already attached. Furthermore, the book was a bestseller from an author who has himself developed a reputation for being newsworthy beyond his status as an acclaimed author – an element that likely made the adaptation even more desirable for Rudin, Craig, and the networks.According to Deadline Rudin has tapped writer, director, and actor Todd Field (In the Bedroom) to adapt the series along with Franzen into what is being described as a dark comedy centering on a young woman named Pip who is drowning in student debt and eventually winds up being drawn into a narrative with two other main characters: a hacktivist named Andreas Wolf (Craig) and a dedicated American journalist named Tom Aberant. This would mark the first project from Field since the acclaimed 2006 film Little Children, itself an adaptation of the novel by The Leftovers author and series co-creator Tom Perrotta. That film demonstrated Field’s ability to handle dark, often funny material and still have it maintain a literary quality for those who were fans of the source material.

Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson in ‘Little Children.’

The last time Franzen’s name was attached to a potential series was in 2012, when Noah Baumbauch teamed with HBO to adapt the 2001 National Book Award-winning novel The Corrections. Baumbach’s series was to star Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Diane Wiest, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Greta Gerwig, and Rhys Ifans in a multi-generational story of a dysfunctional family. Although the pilot was produced, HBO ultimately passed on the series because, as Baumbach put it, it was “too complex” and “too expensive.”It sounds as though Purity is garnering a great deal of attention from several networks and streaming services. Given Craig’s involvement, the current state of television, the response to the novel, and the acclaim generally heaped upon Franzen, there is a good chance this ambitious adaptation will actually see the light of day.-Screen Rant will have more details regarding Purity, as they are made available.Source: Variety, Deadline, Studio 360

Legends of Tomorrow Images: Heat Wave The Atom Under Pressure

Legends of Tomorrow Images: Heat Wave  The Atom Under PressureLegends of Tomorrow is the CW’s latest superhero offering, composed of heroes and villains introduced on sister shows Arrow and The Flash. Lead by the rogue Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) the team is on a mission to prevent super-villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from taking over the world. Their time travelling adventures are fraught with complications as they need to change the past, without damaging the existing timeline and creating a new, more terrible future.Their latest lead took them to Soviet Russia in 1986, which is not the most ideal time for American visitors to pop up unexpectedly. After following Savage’s lead scientist Valentina Vostok (Stephanie Corneliussen) to her lab, Professor Stein (Victor Garber), Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) were taken hostage and tossed in a Russian gulag. We now have more insight into just how dire their situation is while they wait for backup to arrive.New promotional images have been released (via Spoiler TV) for the show’s fifth episode ‘Fail-Safe,’ which show half of the team locked up. Savage returns this week, and looks every inch the gloating bad guy as he visits his prisoners. Ray looks to be the worst off, sporting some impressive bruises, and it looks as though both he and Rory are being tortured to force Stein into helping Valentina and her team create a new Firestorm. Check out the images below.

Legends of Tomorrow has spent the last few weeks slowly experimenting with new character combinations, breaking up the obvious teams of Leonard Snart/Mick Rory and Professor Stein/Jax Jackson to pair them with new people. The result has both lead to some of the show’s lighter moments and demonstrated some nice chemistry between the actors. ‘Fail-Safe’ looks like it will be capitalizing on this and simultaneously providing a channel for Rory’s development. While his counterpart Snart has quickly distinguished himself on the show in thieving, action and charm, Rory has remained in the background, providing the occasional well-placed one liner along with fire support. Placing him in lockup with Ray is a smart move and promises to be an interesting combination.The images are also intriguing as they highlight the real danger everyone is in at all times. The obvious torture demonstrates that the show is interested into the darker aspects of what is needed to save the world. Even though a member of the team died early on, the stakes still felt relatively low considering the scope of their mission. It will be interesting to see how a show – that has so far excelled in the fun and fighting arena – handles this more serious turn.The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW, Arrow airs Wednesday @8pm on The CW, and Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursday @8pm on The CW.Source: Spoiler TV

Twin Peaks: Ashley Judd To Join New Season

Twin Peaks: Ashley Judd To Join New SeasonDavid Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks at one point looked to be very much in doubt, but with its creators coming to terms with Showtime the series is proceeding to production at a brisk pace. Fans of Lynch’s cult classic series had long since given up hoping that they’d ever get a return to the groundbreaking world of the series widely viewed as having inspired later productions as diverse as The X-Files and Lost; but not only is the celebrated writer/director coming back with much of his original cast, the project has also begun to attract a bevy of major Hollywood talent from outside the original participants.The latest big star to join the cast? Ashley Judd, whom Deadline reports has accepted an unspecified role on the series, set to air in 2017.Judd, most recently seen in the Divergent YA dystopia franchise, joins a roster of Twin Peaks newcomers including Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Caleb Landry Jones, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, James Belushi, Robert Knepper, Tom Sizemore, Balthazar Getty, Grant Goodeve and Larry Clarke; who will join original castmembers Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Horse, Dana Ashbrook and Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill and others returning to their original roles. The season is expected to run for 18 episodes and follow MacLachlan’s Agent Dale Cooper as he returns to the bizarre, isolated mountain town after many years.

The original Twin Peaks, which was structured around Cooper’s investigation in the murder of local girl Laura Palmer, launched as an 8-episode season to critical acclaim and audience fascination, but the series was unable to maintain audience interest in its increasingly bizarre narrative and ahead-of-its-time use of the episodic television structure into the full-length second season – ultimately ending after a ratings drop with a feature film prequel (Fire Walk With Me) meant to tie up some of the more prominent story threads. Even still, the singularly unusual series left plenty of questions still to be answered, and fans are hoping that the new season may finally offer the answers they’ve waited over two decades for.It remains to be seen whether Twin Peaks will fare better now than it did before, though running on cable in an age where psychologically-complex dramas are the norm rather than network television in the early 90s unquestionably feels like a more natural fit for Lynch’s sensibilities in general and for this series specifically. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that material of this nature has now become almost too commonplace on modern television, and that viewers who weren’t part of the original audience may find themselves wondering what the big deal is – although with Lynch actively involved that seems unlikely, as the famously offbeat filmmaker’s ouvre has only gotten more esoteric and askew in the intervening years.Twin Peaks is set for a return on Showtime in the first half of 2017, running double its original planned number of episodes.Source: Deadline

The Flash Extended Trailer Teases Zoom’s Unmasking

The Flash Extended Trailer Teases Zooms UnmaskingSeason 2 of The Flash has brought a lot of changes to its heroes, such as a shifted status-quo, new enemies, the existence of Earth-2, and the revelation of an entire multiverse that could potentially change the way DC and Warner Bros. manage their comics-to-TV properties. But it’s also brought the threat of a new recurring villain in Zoom, whose impending threat has imperiled both of the known Barry Allens as well as their respective allies.Now, a new extended trailer detailing the season’s future events has dropped, and has managed to ratchet up the tension for the series’ return on February 16. The trailer, which appears to incorporate footage beyond the next episode, is less concerned with making viewers aware of general upcoming events than driving home to singular point of Zoom as a looming threat and the difficult position he places two Earths worth of potential victims. The trailer even concludes on a tease that Zoom’s true identity might be revealed sooner rather than later. Additionally, a certain fan-favorite villain, whose return had already been confirmed, also makes a brief but pointed cameo appearance.

While some fans have been down on season 2, others feel the introduction of the Multiverse and the ability of characters to meet their dopplegangers from Earth-2 has opened up exciting new story possibilities exemplified by the series’ planned crossover with Supergirl and the ongoing mystery surrounding Zoom. Not bad for a series that some initially feared was too light and conventional to share a network with the edgier Arrow.In the comics, there have been multiple evil Flashes, with (“Professor”) Zoom and Reverse Flash having referred to the same character at least once. While the identity of Zoom (singular) has yet to be revealed, several prominent fan theories have become ubiquitous in fandom communities, with a revived Thawne or Barry’s own father (from either Earth) being among the most popular guesses. And while the presence of Earth-2 is bound to complicate any mystery, thus far The Flash has seemingly brought fans on board with the idea of the multiverse coming to television to explain the non-continuity between various unrelated series.With season 2 heading into into its back half, there’s plenty of time for big revelations to set up major events for the finale. Kevin Smith, who has previously written several titles for DC Comics, has been announced as the director of an upcoming episode set to air in May of this year.The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW. Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres on The CW on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Vixen will continue on CW Seed later this year.

The X-Files: Mulder The Lone Gunmen Return

The X-Files: Mulder  The Lone Gunmen ReturnThe Lone Gunmen were one of the more enjoyable aspects of the original The X-Files run, a group of paranoid conspiracy theorists for whom the conspiracies just happened to be true, making them the perfect partners for on Fox Mulder. Unfortunately, despite their popularity within the X-Files fan community, the characters were killed off in the season 9 episode ‘Jump the Shark’ the year after the The Lone Gunmen spinoff show was canceled by FOX.A little thing like death isn’t enough to stop The Lone Gunmen, however, as Byers (Bruce Harwood), Frohike (Tom Braidwood), and Langly (Dean Haglund) will be back on the penultimate episode the X-Files revival titled ‘Babylon.’ A first look at the characters has made its way online, along with a clip of Mulder and Scully meeting new agents in what could at best be described as an awkward encounter.The death of The Lone Gunmen was previously retconned in the X-Files Season 10 comics from IDW, with the group revealing they had faked their deaths in ‘Jump the Shark.’ Series creator Chris Carter doesn’t seem keen on those events, however, as he referred to ways to “bring people back” from the dead while speaking to EW about the characters’ return. He would be an authority on the matter, too. Not only did he create the series, but he both wrote and directed “Babylon” for the revival series.

“When you’re dead on The X-Files, you’re never necessarily gone. There are ways to bring people back in dream sequences, flashbacks, and the like. This was an opportunity to use them, and bring them back to the show, in what is a presumed psychedelic hallucination.”It’s possible that Carter is just being coy here, though the costumes that the characters were dressed in for their first appearance could certainly fit in with a hallucination.Carter also made comments that seemed to directly discount the comics retcon, suggesting that the deaths in ‘Jump the Shark’ is still the canon fate of the characters. Going with the comics explanation would mean treating the characters like they didn’t die in the series, and he didn’t want to take that route.

“We just did what the network did [to] their show: Pull the plug! I was sad to see them go. They were go-to characters when you needed weird exposition. I didn’t want to pretend that they weren’t dead, but I was looking for any way to bring them back.”As odd as it seems, the return of The Lone Gunmen in their cowboy best isn’t necessarily the strangest thing that fans will see in ‘Babylon.’ Mulder and Scully will also meet their younger counterparts in pretty much every sense of the word. Special Agent Miller (Robbie Amell) is a “profiler obsessed with the paranormal,” while Special Agent Einstein (Lauren Ambrose) is a red-haired medical doctor who is highly skeptical of Miller’s theories. Miller wants Mulder to help him with a case, while Einstein and Scully remain ever skeptical about how the case could progress when the only potential witness is brain dead with no hope of recovery.’Babylon’ is certainly shaping up to be a weird episode, but when it comes to The X-Files that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The very nature of the X-Files series, both in the original and in the revival, gives plenty of leeway to indulge the weird without breaking the spirit of the show. Here’s hoping that the return of The Lone Gunmen can live up to the legacy they left behind with their deaths.Next: The X-Files Revival Proves The Show Is A Master Of The Episodic FormatThe X-Files continues with ‘Babylon’ Monday at 8pm on FOX.Source: EW