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Orphan Black Season 4 Gets a New Trailer Official Premiere Date

Orphan Black Season 4 Gets a New Trailer  Official Premiere DateOrphan Black follows a group of cloned women who have formed a supportive but dysfunctional family as they seek answers about the purpose of their creation. The show has actualized the theological, scientific and existential subtexts this sci-fi subject matter raises in the format of various factions threatening the “sestra’s” over the last three seasons. The clone characters are brought to life by the exceptionally talented Tatiana Maslany, who plays not only the key women (Sarah, Helena, Cosima and Alison) but a variety of other clone roles when the story lines require. She is joined by Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Siobian) and Kristian Bruun (Donnie) in recurring roles.

The new trailer shows flashes of upcoming action set against a soundtrack of dialogue hinting at the revisited plots as well as new material. The dialogue repetition added to the frenetic music score enhances the sense of unease and danger teased by the snippets of scenes. The mysterious new clone MK is featured from previously released teasers for Orphan Black season 4, along with peeks of some brand new faces – the significance of which are currently unknown.Although Orphan Black season 3 was deemed by many to be hit and miss with its complicated and meandering plot lines, the action was brought to a satisfying resolve by the final episode which found the clone club together for a fairly sentimental ending. However the nature of narrative must be conflict driven, meaning that the sestra’s happiness must yet again be attacked – in order to revisit the paranoia fueled mystery that successfully flavored the series in earlier seasons.This is precisely what the scenes glimpsed within the newest Orphan Black season 4 trailer hint at, as the clones react to both past and present strife. This latest offering from the show’s creators continues to indicate that fan feedback has well and truly been taken on board – and their slick marketing strategy intends to up the ante for ultimate fan suspense.Orphan Black season 4 will premiere on April 14th, 2016, in a new Thursday slot – 10/9 c on BBC America.Source: BBC America

The Flash Review: Zoom’s Secrets Spill as Heroes Fall

The Flash Review: Zoom until, once again, a pep talk from his friend made him realize he absolutely could. We've mentioned before that the 'you can do this, Barry, now do it' is getting worn out, not to mention undercutting Barry's heroism. To see it return here just as unconvincing is something we sincerely hope will be addressed (read: cast side completely).The bad news is that the strong character comedy and dynamics, and the infinitely compelling reveal of the man in the iron mask, are balanced out by two of the worst moments in recent Flash memory. It's safe to assume that, at this point, everyone even somewhat familiar with superheroes has heard of the police chief or (the far more stereotypical) newspaper editor who, based on nothing but plot conventions, decides that the hero is actually

The single scene introducing the subplot is even more puzzling, since it’s never returned to or elaborated upon to justify it. But even more disappointing is the thing – probably best to not even call it a character – called upon to give the team at S.T.A.R. Labs their own battle. Seeing Jay regain his speed and leap into the fight is a treat for fans, but even he isn’t forced to lower himself to what is possibly the worst villain the show has introduced thus far. Such formulaic or standard superhero fare can usually be written off as required to give fans a reliable episode, but with Caitlin and Iris each given their own minor subplots, there was really no reason to include the villain, other than hint at Jay’s secret activities.Next: The Flash: Zoom’s True Identity Finally Revealed?The Flash returns next Tuesday with “King Shark” @8pm on The CW. Check out a preview below:

The Shannara Chronicles: Every Druid Needs a Successor

The Shannara Chronicles: Every Druid Needs a Successor[This is a review of The Shannara Chronicles season 1, episode 8. There will be SPOILERS.]-The Shannara Chronicles proves that not all places are as they seem in this week’s adventure, entitled ‘Utopia’. Eretria finally embraces her destiny when Wil and Amberle show up in the nick of time.’Utopia’ may be the best episode since the series premiere almost two months ago. It’s difficult to say if Shannara has matured as a series since its conception, but the episodes do have a more stable rhythm, making them easily digestible. Perhaps guilty pleasure is the right word to use when describing this drama since it lacks the subtlety and ambiguity of its more “prestigious” piers, like Fargo and Better Call Saul.That was not meant to dig at Shannara, since MTV and its creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) are clearly trying to reach a different demographic. This is still a series that’s a lot of fun even if everything is on the surface. Eretria’s encounter with the charismatic leader of Utopia made for some interesting drama, as the young rover had a difficult decision ahead of her. The question Tye brought to her attention made sense. Both paths in front of her were a kind of slavery. One meant being a slave to Tye and the other to destiny. Deciding which of these paths to follow on her own would truly make her free.Ivana Baquero gave her best performance yet, as she had to make us believe that she might actually leave the quest, or die in the process. Going back to everything being surface level on this show, there was little doubt that Eretria would end up joining Wil and Amberle, but Baquero sold the dilemma as best she could with the material given. The young Spanish-born actress has come a long way since playing little Ophelia in Pan’s Labyrinth, so let’s hope that this is a sign of better things to come.

Tye was a solid villain, possessing both the charm and craziness factor that made him watchable. In a world where Trolls, Gnomes and Elf Hunters can kill you at anytime, doesn’t watching old Star Trek episodes and dancing the night away sound like a better alternative? It sure does, well if you’re into sacrificing innocent lives to a Troll every now and again it’s all good. It was also nice seeing old human technology being used. Eretria is a good shot and it will be interesting to see what other “ancient” contraptions the group will come across in the future.Back in the elven kingdom, Ander finally accepts his role as king. With two dead brothers you can’t blame the young prince for getting a little depressed and turning to drink. Thankfully, Allanon was there to provide Ander with a little wisdom before he threw it all away. After overcoming so much adversity, Ander should make a good ruler – but what his role will be in the larger scheme of things is still unclear.There are only two more episodes left this season. What do you think of the journey so far? Keep watching to see what happens next.The Shannara Chronicles continue with ‘Safehold’ next Tuesday @10pm on MTV. Check out a preview below:

Supergirl Director Lexi Alexander Talks Superheroes Vixen TV Show Hopes

Supergirl Director Lexi Alexander Talks Superheroes  Vixen TV Show HopesWith the recent success of Deadpool, many have been talking about the new world of possibilities for R-rated superhero movies. While Deadpool has now proven that an R-rated superhero film can be successful, director Lexi Alexander had made her mark eight years ago with her own R-rated superhero movie, Punisher: War Zone. While the movie didn’t fare well at the box office, the film has since earned a cult following and been brought up in conversation again, with the huge box office success of Deadpool. Alexander has now made her transition away from the film industry to becoming a television director. Recently, she has been working on Arrow and now has another directing credit on CBS’ Limitless. With the success of Arrow, Alexander has become familiar with directing superheroes on the TV screen and has even gained the trust of executive producer Andrew Kreisberg – who then let the director take on Supergirl herself.Screen Rant recently talked to the Supergirl director about her new episode, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”, how she’s influenced Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) fighting style on the show, and what superheroes she would like to direct next.

Lexi Alexander working with Melissa Benoist on the Supergirl set

We’re here to talk about your new Supergirl episode, which is the first one you’re directing, and I know that you’ve worked on Arrow previously. How do you approach that differently from something more dark like Arrow?Supergirl is only in its first season and the writers and creators are developing this character and were happy to have input, like the fighting style. I came just at a time when they were thinking about what’s the next step to her fighting style. They were really excited to have someone like me, who is actually a former fighter. So I was able, creatively, to add much more than I am usually able to do in TV.You were a previous stuntwoman and a martial artist, you’ve influenced that in Supergirl. Will they be using your fighting style in future Supergirl episodes? I asked if I could change the fights that they planned and they said, ‘Absolutely, that’s why we hired you’. I made it slightly more grounded, like she doesn’t need to rely on her powers, she’s more of a badass without using them. They liked it a lot, I mean think Andrew Kreisberg has said that it’s best fight sequences we’ve ever had on the show.They told me afterwards that it’s a blueprint for every fight they’re doing from now on. For someone like me, it’s a huge compliment. In TV, it’s not often that you’re asked to contribute so much creatively.Now that you’re working with executive producers who are on Arrow and Supergirl, do you see yourself working on their other shows: The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow? Maybe, they haven’t invited me. Here’s the thing: I’m so grateful that Andrew [Kreisberg] I consider who the person who opened the gates for me directing on TV, it’s going to be hard to say ‘no’ to anything he wants me on because I feel like I owe him a lot.I’m currently working on a show called Limitless. I’m stoked to not have not to have a single stunt scene, so I’m really happy about that people are hiring me that have nothing to do with action. I don’t need to direct any superhero show in town, but I’m always not going to be ungrateful that they consider me the go-to girl for superhero shows.

Lexi Alexander and Ray Stevenson on the Punisher: War Zone set

Since you mentioned Limitless, you’ve been gravitating more towards directing on TV. What does television offer that movies don’t right now? First of all, movies generally treat women like shit. I don’t have a good time there. In terms of equality, movies are worst than some third-world countries that we look down upon. Movies are the Saudi Arabi of gender equality.That’s why whenever my manager tries to convince to direct a movie again, I’m always telling them it’s like you’re asking me would you like to go back to the locker room of the National Football League. Now I’m finally allowed in, but it’s not a great environment for me, I don’t want to be around guys like that. It’s not fun. No one believes in you. They might hire you, but they’re not excited about hiring you. You’re a constant risk. It’s a just a belief that because you don’t look like Spielberg or there hasn’t been a woman who’s made a shit-ton of money. Nevermind that we’re not in the position the where we were able to do that. We’re always the underdog. It’s not fun for me. TV is such a better environment. I say this often, but Supergirl is the best experience in my entire career. I don’t know what people can offer me to even consider a movie again. What I think they would have to offer me, they wouldn’t offer me anyways because they don’t really care about women directors.You’ve pitched TV shows, do you see yourself becoming a showrunner? What show would you like to direct? I pitch a lot, I’ve been doing that for years. I’ve had a lot of shows optioned and spec pilots optioned, but they’ve never made it on the air. That’s my dream come true, to have one of my shows on, because I think that the best version of me is when I can completely contribute.I think back to one of my best feature experiences was Green Street [Hooligans], which was something I experienced in my teens. It was developed, co-written and directed by me and it’s a true filmmakers’ journey. It was my world that I brought to the audience. I feel like, creating my own TV show would be similar version of that on TV. Yes, I pitch a lot and write a lot.Is there any comic that you’ve liked recently that you would like to adapt as a TV show or on the big screen? There’s so many of them. I really like Greg Rucka’s work, I loved Lazarus and I loved Stumptown.I’m very outspoken for women and a middle-eastern crowd. My dad is Arab, I’m not Muslim, but half of family is, so I see a lot of injustice happening in the portrayal of Muslims that they don’t have any heroes. A personally favorite of mine would be is Kamala Khan. There’s so many more that could be put onto the screen.With Jessica Jones, Marvel is really going for darker storylines, do you see there’s an opportunities for these type of comics? I hope so. One of the great things about Jessica Jones, I love that show, we’re talking about rape and consent and not understand the word ‘no’, which is such a big subject, but no one spoke those words. It was an entire show about consent or rape, but no one said consent or rape. I think comic book writers are really genius. I’m saying beyond DC and Marvel, we should go into other publishers and find stories that are Jessica Jones-like. Imagine things we can change, telling stories in a way that young people may attention to them. They can’t create enough of that.Frankly, I’m seeing it go on and they’re still kind of listening and letting only certain people pitch. Whenever they have to send our millions, they say let’s trust the guys who did 24 and did X-Files. They’re not giving newcomers a chance or new publishers a chance. I’m hoping that changes, so much content needs to be produced for TV that I feel like it’s going to happen.

Megalyn Echikunwoke as Vixen in the Arrow/The Flash TV Universe

With the success of Deadpool, it’s open a whole range possibilities of R-Rated superheroes. From your experience with Punisher: War Zone, what do you see the future of the R-Rated world in both TV or movies? The whole Deadpool thing is bittersweet for me. I did get credit, but I didn’t get anything at the box office. They left me hanging with no marketing. For weeks, I’ve been watching this genius marketing campaign, so it’s hard for me to watch it, but at the same time, enough of the smart people have written about me or written me emails saying that it was ahead of your time.It’s a double-edged sword, I made a R-Rated film eight years ago that became a cult hit, so it’s great everyone is on the train now. I think there needs to be a limit to things. I hope there’s not five years where everyone is trying to do Deadpool. Deadpool is massively successful because they made a very unique movie. That uniqueness and originality, try to imitate that. Not, how about let’s try to do Deadpool on a train. They always take the wrong thing from a box office success. Trust new filmmakers and trust them with budgets that haven’t really been proven in the box office.You’re one of the few directors to direct both Marvel and DC characters. Is there a superhero that you would want to direct?Vixen is my favorite! We need a Vixen show. Look, the next step we need is a women of color superhero. We can do that, that is the next step. She’s in an episode coming up on Arrow on the 25th and I assume this is a test from the network. I hope that crowd gets behind this. The worst thing that can happen to us that happen to equality is getting a white superhero female, but we can’t have a black one. It’s not good for intersectionality for equality, for anything. It’s not good for our culture. We all need to be represented.Is there any other comic book hero that you would love to see their own show or movie? Kamala Khan, definitely.Is there anything you’ve want the Supergirl fans to know? I really would like for people to tune in and for everyone else to tune. In TV, what’s not certain is that a show comes back for a second season and super important that this show doesn’t get cancelled. I want it to have the best ratings possible.Thank you so much for your time to chat with me.Thank you, I appreciate you for doing this interview.

Supergirl continues with ‘Truth, Justice and The American Way’ on Monday, February 22 on CBS.

Syfy’s Van Helsing Daughter TV Series Casts Kelly Overton More

Syfy MorePerhaps one of Bram Stoker’s most enduring creations from his seminal Gothic horror novel of the late nineteenth century came in the singular character of Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the now infamous vampire hunter who took it upon himself to seek out and destroy the evil Count Dracula and his suckling brood. Since the time of the original novel’s publication, the character of Van Helsing has been portrayed by countless leading men, most notably including Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins in Bram Stoker’s Dracula from 1992 and Hugh Jackman in the critically disregarded eponymous Van Helsing film in 2004.Of late, a feature film reboot of the property is currently underway on the behalf of building a shared Universal Pictures Monster Movie Universe, though an entirely novel Van Helsing television series is also in development – surrounding the undertakings of the late physician’s daughter, Vanessa Helsing, who is the next heir apparent to lead a great lineage of warriors to battle against a world taken over by the undead. And according to the latest casting report, the Syfy network has just found their leading lady.According to Deadline, Kelly Overton (True Blood) has just been cast in the lead role of what will be a thirteen-episode series on Syfy later this Fall, with production set to begin in Vancouver, B.C. later this month. Also cast in the new vampire series from Nomadic Pictures (Fargo) and showrunner Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man) are Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels) as a career Marine named Axel, Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels) as a steadfast survivor of the vampire Rising named Sam, Paul Johansson (Mad Men) as the nefarious vampire leader Dimitri, David Cubitt (Ray Donovan) as an embittered and prejudiced survivor, and Tim Guinee (Homeland) as the tragic vampire warrior named Flesh.

Syfy’s Van Helsing series will undoubtedly diverge drastically from any past iterations of the property and world than anything seen before – though if LaBute is to be believed, viewers may be greeted with a TV show that will be far more character-driven then might be expected from its outstanding premise. When asked to comment on the members of the cast, LaBute was positive about the talent involved, remarking, “We’ve been extremely blessed to get such a wonderfully talented and diverse cast for Van Helsing,” with co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures, Chad Oakes, echoing that enthusiasm in regards to assembling the cast with the rejoinder, “Kelly will be an amazing Vanessa and our lead cast is nothing short of outstanding.”It remains to be seen whether or not the SyFy network will be able to deliver on all of the promise that LaBute has built up for the Van Helsing series, though the new TV show certainly has enough seasoned talent behind it to make it a compelling bit of genre entertainment to watch (at the very least). For now, viewers can look forward to another piece of distracting genre fiction from the Syfy network – and the return of the vampire-inhabited world inspired by Stoker’s great work.Van Helsing will premiere on Syfy sometime this Fall.Source: Deadline

Daredevil: Marvel TV Head Downplays Punisher Spinoff Rumors

Daredevil: Marvel TV Head Downplays Punisher Spinoff RumorsWhen Marvel and Netflix’s partnership to create a shared universe – as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – based on The Defenders was first announced, the plan was to debut standalone seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist before a team-up miniseries. However, after successfully launching the New York City-focused universe with the well-received first season of Daredevil, and receiving even more critical acclaim with Jessica Jones season 1, Netflix gave both shows second seasons.Daredevil season 2 is the next series on the Marvel/Netflix slate to hit the streaming service, and it will introduce fan-favorite comic characters Frank Castle a.k.a. Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung). Early buzz about Bernthal’s portrayal of the Punisher made reports of a spinoff based on the vigilante seem like a logical step for Netflix. However, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb has since downplayed those rumors.Digital Spy spoke to Marvel Television’s Executive Vice President about the possibility of a Punisher spinoff but, though Loeb didn’t completely shut down a future standalone Punisher series, he said the initial reports seemed to be based more on speculation than definite talks between Marvel and Netflix:”I think that’s something that people are speculating on, as opposed to something that’s actually happening. … It’s certainly our hope that any of our characters will be embraced and that people want to see more of them.”

In addition to briefly discussing the possible Punisher spinoff, Loeb also talked about the critic and fan reception of Jessica Jones, the news of its renewal, and the response to those reports of Netflix’s announcement during the Television Critics Association 2016 winter press tour:”What we’re really trying to do is to tell the best stories that we can. For us, the greatest award was when Netflix called and said, ‘We’d like to do another season with you.’ When they announced that Jessica Jones was getting a second season, every single report said, ‘It should come as a surprise to no one that Jessica Jones has received a second season order.’ I’m the guy going, ‘Well, it was a surprise to me!’ It isn’t a given in television.”Certainly, as Loeb says, very little in television is a given. When The Defenders universe was first announced, it sounded like a similar plan to Marvel Studios’ Phase 1 – introduce each character in their own shows before bringing them together for a team-up. But the reality is quite different with Luke Cage (Mike Colter) making his first appearance in Jessica Jones, and Daredevil season 2 premiering before Luke Cage or Iron Fist have even debuted their first seasons.

Adding to the complications of the Marvel/Netflix slate are these rumors of spinoffs. Loeb has now downplayed the possibility of a Punisher series, but Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said during the 2016 winter TCAs that “any character” in the universe is “on the table” for a spinoff. But, Sarandos also said at the time that there wasn’t anything that was being discussed.So, these comments from Loeb and Sarandos may indicate that a Punisher spinoff isn’t currently being discussed by Marvel and Netflix. But, given that their Defenders universe is always evolving and neither flat out said a Punisher spinoff will never happen, it seems Frank Castle’s standalone TV show might yet become a reality down the line. It’s likely Marvel and Netflix are waiting for Daredevil season 2 to premiere before beginning those discussions in earnest – that is, if they plan to have those talks at all.Next: Daredevil Season 2 TrailerDaredevil 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 Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. We’ll keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.Source: Digital Spy

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