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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Announces New Cast Member

Luke Mitchell to Join Cast

Story by David Clark

Luke Mitchell will be playing a character of interest on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D when the show returns from break in March.

Season two picked up after Captain America: The Winter Soldier set the Hydra plot line into motion. As the season developed additional storylines have opened up. A plot point relevant to Mitchell’s new character is an area of interest that has strung fans along since season one - Skye (Chloe Bennet). She was introduced as an activist hacker, yet with the progression of the show her origins have become a major mystery. Information from Marvel reveals that Lincoln, the character being played by Luke Mitchell, will be important as Skye’s story unfolds.

“With the revelations surrounding Skye’s true identity in the Winter Finale, we knew we’d be introducing more Inhumans as our story progressed,” said Executive Producer Jeph Loeb

Loeb introduces Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) as inhuman which is the biggest hint regarding the characters role on the show. This information comes only a few short months after the announcement that Blair Underwood would be joining the cast. Hopefully the influx of new faces will further improve the show which has already shown growth during the much improved second season.

Loeb’s announcement about adding more inhumans as the show develops might win over some people who have critiqued the shows smattering of super powered individuals. To date the show has focused heavily on characters that are far from super human. Given that people correlate Marvel with superheroes, the lack of ‘super’ on the show might be the reason many people have voiced their dislike for the series.

It is not yet known the extent of Skye’s new powers. Will she be a superhero or at the very least super-human? Regardless, Loeb’s announcement would appear to reveal the show trending towards more super-powered storylines. Tune in when the show returns March 3rd to find out what happens next.

Sources: Marvel.com
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #FIFTYSHADESOFGREY In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For FIFTY SHADES OF GREY on February 11th at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.


Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.


Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.


FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series. The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel. www.fiftyshadesmovie.com


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #THEDUFF In Roseville

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE DUFFon February 10th at 7:00 PM in Roseville.


Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF.


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Movie Soundtrack Review: Black Sea

Ilan Eshkeri's dark and brooding score goes deep into the human psyche.

Review by Matt Cummings

Soundtrack music sets the emotional tone of a film, either adding to or taking away the effect which the director is trying to establish. It follows that many times, a good movie can get ruined by a bad score and a decent movie can vbe elevated by a good one. For Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea, Composer Ilan Eshkeri's dark and brooding score elevates the film by complimenting its desperate tone.

When the former submarine driver Robinson (Jude Law) loses his job at the company, he signs on with a shadowy investor and to liberate a German U-boat loaded with 4 tons of WWII-era gold. Seeking redemption and a final shot at respectability, Robinson hires a group of tough-minded men for his crew, including the psychotic Fraser (Ben Mendelsohn) and the newbie Tobin (Bobby Schofield). Although Robinson has promised his men an equal cut of the profits, greed and murder are never far behind, and soon the crew begins to crack, crippling the mission and putting their very lives at risk. Presented with a dark secret and facing a grim situation, Robinson and his men himself find themselves in a tightening noose of deadly rivalries, corporate intrigue, and a broken ship that could soon become their tomb.



Most of the offerings in this 23-track score are rather short, but they do a very effective job of telling their parts of the story. You don't always need long period pieces or even a memorable toe-tapping melody, just workable pieces that help tell the story for that particular part of the film. Eshkeri gets started with the wonderfully ethereal ambient Clean Out Your Desk, a dark piano melody when Jude Law's character gets fired at the beginning of the film. It's a bit sad but immediately sets the tone for the rest of the film. From here, we go through a number of set up pieces designed to set up more of the movie's tone: Mansion, I Need a Sub, The Plan, and Enter the Sub do just that, laying on atmospherics rather than melodies but also working to sell Robertson's plan and the desperate situation in which he and his men eventually find themselves.

Then we get to terrific Leaving Sebastapol, which finds itself into several tracks and probably doubles as the movie's theme. Led by violins and cellos and featuring a pulsing track to match the machines of the old sub, it reminds me of Hans Zimmer's music for The Dark Knight series. It's a little short, but you'll hear it several times on other tracks. From there, we're back to set ups including Fly By, the disturbing Fraser and Blackie, Aftermath, Drive Shaft, and Homemade Sonar, before hitting the longest track Sea Bed. It's 6:59 of dark ambient as several of the crew venture outside of the ship to find the U-Boat. We get buildup, then a smashing horror sequence around 4:00 that helps make that scene even better, along with a repeat of Sebastapol in deep cellos.

As the film begins to move to its final act, tracks like Gold, Hauling Back, Daniel Explains, Bring in the Gold, and Robinson and Fraser appear with short melodies or atmospherics of keyboards, pulsing strings, or pianos. Much like the 'ping' one might hear when searching their radar, Eshkeri pumps in similar tones here, like something hitting the ship and then echoing throughout our headphones. Perhaps my favorite track of the score is The Sub Starts Off, which starts off the now-familiar pounding strings combining with other strings to set up a nice build up before hitting the familiar theme around 1:07.

The last five tracks - Trench, Subsink, Gun, Escape, and Ascent - perform a final build up for the film's tragic ending. Here's it's more desperate tones, building in long tones before capping and starting over. Escape is interesting and both quite sad, as Robertson's crew partially realizes their fate, and the captain makes final preparations to send a couple of men to the surface. The violins here produce elegant exquisiteness, leaving Robertson with his ill-gotten gains as the ship takes on water. It's another 5-star track, as is Sacrifice. Starting with a beautiful piano piece and then moving to his trademark strings, it's the end of the line for Robertson and for the score, but what a way to finish. Then, it's Leaving Sebastapol once again, repeated several times and building along the way as the credits roll.

Throughout his score, Eshkeri delivers a bigger motive than the movie it's made for, which is never a bad thing. Here, we get to see what happens musically when men use their greed to turn on one another. But the score never forgets the beauty and darkness of the ocean, repeating elements of Zimmer's Interstellar, particularly in tracks like Ascent. His tracks take us to the depths of darkness by pounding home its engine-like nature and wrapping us up in a beautiful melody that makes it way throughout many of the tracks. Moreover, it captures the claustrophobic nature of the film as well as man's propensity for violence when money is involved. It's a soundtrack that's well suited to its environment, and one that does its job extremely well. Put it at the top of your Spotify or Amazon Music collection, and you'll find yourself adding it to your permanent collection.

Black Sea is playing in the theaters everywhere, and you can shop here for the soundtrack.

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New Featurette “The Story” From THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Get ready to check this new featurette “The Story” from THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL.



Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs. Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #THEDUFF In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE DUFFon February 18th at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF.


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Neighbors 2 is Good to Go

The sequel gets a greenlight at Universal.
For those of you who thought 2014 was a terrific year for comedies, get in line. From 22 Jump Street, to Ride Along and the underappreciated Sex Tape, last year was one of the most memorable. Of the most successful and well received was Universal's Neighbors, which starred Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne as post-party people having to deal with a fraternity lead by Zac Efron and Dave Franco. The comedy made over $150m domestically and nearly $270m worldwide.

And while it was sure to get a sequel, no one knew quite when. Until today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has made it official with a May 13. 2016 release date and a promise that both Efforn and Byrne will return with Nicholas Stoller directing once again. The studio was apparently holding that date for another comedy but replaced it with Neighbors 2. The move makes great financial sense, as the original only cost $18m to make, representing a huge win for Universal.

It was also announced that Writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien - who wrote the original - would also be coming back. Universal Studios is prepping for a summertime shoot and is also planning to bring Seth Rogan back, who played Byrne's husband and who battled Efron with large dildos during their memorable finale.

Are you excited about a Neighbors sequel? Where would you like the story to go? Get in on the conversation!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Lionsgate Admits Mortdecai was a 'Disappointment'

Does the movie's failure point to a deeper problem for Johnny Depp?

Story by Matt Cummings
First there was Dark Shadows, then The Lone Ranger, then Transcendence. Now, Lionsgate is having to admit another of their Johnny Depp enterprises has fallen on hard times. Speaking to Variety, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer admitted has asserted that Johnny Depp’s caper comedy Mortdecai will be a “very manageable” loss for the studio despite its terrible box office performance.

“It’s clearly a disappointment,” Feltheimer told analysts Friday during a company conference call to discuss earnings for its third quarter which ended on December 31. Mortdecai, which cost $60 million to make, has only generated $7 million since it launched on January 23. Internationally, it's added only $11 million. Although Feltheimer attempted to explain the loss with purely financial facts, the real question on everyone's mind was, "Is Johnny Depp no longer a bankable actor?"

The writing has been on the wall since things began to turn for the actor after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011. Up to that time, Depp had delivered Disney a series of successes in the PoTC franchise and in Alice in Wonderland ($334 million). Short of that, his critical success in 2009's Public Enemies remains one of his only since 2005's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory took in $206 million that year.

But that was long ago in moviegoers' minds, and his failures since then have started piling up. Here are his last five films domestically, according to Box Office Mojo: - 2015: Mortdecai $7m - 2014: Transcendence $23m - 2013: The Lone Ranger $89m - 2012: Dark Shadows $79m - 2011: The Rum Diary $13m

Whether investors feel Depp is any longer a bankable asset could depend entirely upon whether or not he can move out of his goofy persona films and back into serious dramas that won't put people to sleep like Transcendence. But it's also a question of interest and whether a studio has something they feel will work for him. These failures span several studios, including Buena Vista, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and others. Therefore, his troubles could be seen as a much larger problem that a studio could be hesitant to invest in, or at least make him the center of their project.

We won't have long to wait to see if the problem is ongoing: Depp will appear next during September in Warner Bros.’ untitled project about gangster Whitey Bulger.

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Help This Get Made! #LifeAfterFlashGordon Documentary

Flash Gordon was a film that made a huge impact on my life as a child and to this day I can say it is one of my favorite films.


There is a documentary in the works titled Life After Flash. Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, the film looks back on and celebrates the “mind blowing” cheesy sci-fi movie adapted from the iconic comic strip.


Gordon's Alive! An exciting new feature documentary revealing the man and stories behind the legend that is Flash Gordon.

Flash.....Ah...ahhh! You BET he saved every one of us!



"Life After Flash" is a feature length documentary that celebrates the mind blowing film "Flash Gordon", and the real man behind the legend. It also looks at the impact that one film can have on an individual, and how it can change and influence their life.

For those who have seen this iconic 1980 classic, you all know how spectacular the film is. It's brilliant. It's iconic, and this year, it's also 35 years old (where DOES the time go!?)

Check out the Kickstarter page HERE.

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The movie fast became a cult classic that is still incredibly popular with the world today, and Sam J. Jones became an icon and legend who is still remembered for that dashing romantic renegade.

Shot over 8 months, “Life After Flash” will feature eye-opening and honest interviews where we will experience the real Sam and his roller coaster life.

We will also look at the impact that the film has had on the pop culture world. The kind of people we hope to interview range from cast members including Melody Anderson, Brian Blessed, Max Von Sydow, Robbie Coltrane (remember the man at the hangar!?) to celebrity fans including Edgar Wright, Alex Ross and Seth MacFarlane (there's a reason Sam was in TED!) as well as other artists like Roger Taylor and Brian May from Queen.

We have already travelled to Laredo, Texas to meet with Sam himself, and to begin initial filming.

We aim for “Life After Flash” to be a feature documentary with 2015 theatrical release to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the film.

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State Of Affairs "Here & Now" Clip

Nick (guest star Chris L. McKenna) finally has Sheikh Hakam (guest star Yousuf Azami) in his sights, and Charlie (Katherine Heigl) and President Payton (Alfre Woodard) must decide what sacrifices to make and how far to go in order to bring down the most wanted terrorist in the world. Charlie and the briefing team work with Nick on a plan to kill Fatah (guest star Farshad Farahat) and Hakam. But when an unexpected obstacle is put in their path, Charlie finds herself at odds with the President over what steps to take next.

Watch the clip HERE.

Meanwhile, President Payton struggles to balance the top secret mission with the annual Correspondent’s Dinner at the White House, but Senator Burke (guest star Rex Linn) has other plans as he releases top secret intel that could endanger the entire mission. And as Charlie liaises with Nick in the present, we learn more about their romantic past together. Meanwhile, Kurt (Cliff Chamberlain) finds he may have gotten in a little too deep with Victor Gantry (guest star Adam Arkin) and the Krieg Group. Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Tommy Savas and David Harbour also star. Guest starring Matthew Lillard, James Remar and Derek Ray

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#BleeckerStreet Announces Their Upcoming Film Releases.

Bleecker Street has announced it will release I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS on Friday, May 15, 2015 and PAWN SACRIFICE on Friday, September 18, 2015 (San Francisco/Bay Area/Sacramento dates for both of these films are still TBD).

UPCOMING “DANNY COLLINS” TO OPEN IN SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27.



DANNY COLLINS will open in the San Francisco/Bay Area on Friday, March 27, 2015. Sacramento opening date is either April 3 or April 10, 2015

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, directed by Brett Haley, had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it received a standing ovation for its star, Blythe Danner. The film stars Ms. Danner as a widow who’s settled into her life and her age, until a series of events propel her into a renewed engagement with the people and the world around her. The film also stars Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place. The film was written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch and produced by Rebecca Green and Laura Smith.

PAWN SACRIFICE, directed by Edward Zwick, was acquired at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film stars Tobey Maguire as American Chess Grandmaster, Bobby Fischer, as he faces off against Russian rival, Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), in the “Match of the Century” in the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik. The film was written by Steven Knight and produced by Edward Zwick, Gail Katz and Tobey Maguire.

DANNY COLLINS (inspired by a true story), written & directed by Dan Fogelman stars Al Pacino as aging rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40-year old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and become a second act. The film also stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner & Bobby Cannavale. Featuring songs by John Lennon.

About Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street (bleeckerstreetmedia.com) is an independently-financed U.S. film distribution company founded in 2014 by Andrew Karpen. The studio specializes in smart and inviting entertainment appealing to discerning audiences nationwide.

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NBC Renews Five Dramas.

NBC RENEWS DRAMAS ‘THE BLACKLIST,’ ‘CHICAGO FIRE,’ ‘CHICAGO P.D.,’ LAW & ORDER: SVU’ AND ‘GRIMM’ FOR 2015-16 SEASON

Network Ranks #1 Among Big 4 Competition This Season in Adults 18-49 and All Key Demos

NBC has announced it’s renewing dramas “The Blacklist” (season 3), “Chicago Fire” (season 4), “Chicago P.D.” (season 3), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (season 17) and “Grimm” (season 5) for the 2015-16 season.

For the 2014-15 season to date, NBC ranks #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics. NBC’s 2.9 average rating for the season in adults 18-49 is the network’s highest through 19 weeks of the season since 2008-09 (3.1).

“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”

“The Blacklist,” which is moving to its new 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot this week, is averaging a 5.1 rating, 15 share in adults 18-49 and 17.4 million viewers so far this season, according to “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research. Boosted by its Feb. 2 post-Super Bowl telecast, “Blacklist” currently ranks #2 among Big 4 entertainment program this season in adults 18-49 behind only CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” and is the #4 entertainment series in total viewers. “The Blacklist” delivers the biggest average increase in television of time-shifted viewers going from next-day “live plus same day” ratings to “live plus seven day” results, increasing by 6.3 million viewers.

“The Blacklist” stars Emmy Award winner James Spader as ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington, formerly one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime” and now the FBI work for him as he identifies a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all… with the caveat that Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) continues to work as his partner.

“The Blacklist, from Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment, also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold, Amir Arison and Mozhan Marno.

At 10 p.m. Tuesdays, “Chicago Fire” is delivering a 2.8 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall this season, making it NBC’s #2 drama in both measures. “Chicago Fire” has ranked #1 or tied for #1 in 18-49 among the time period’s dramas on ABC, CBS and NBC through 11 of 13 original telecasts so far this season.

From Emmy winner Dick Wolf, “Chicago Fire” is an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions. For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death.

The series, from Universal Television and Wolf Films, also stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Kara Killmer, Charlie Barnett, David Eigenberg, Yuri Sardarov, Joe Minoso and Christian Stolte.

Airing at 10 p.m. Wednesdays, “Chicago P.D.” is earning a 2.3 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers overall this season, for gains versus last season of +10% in 18-49 and +14% in total viewers. “Chicago P.D.” has finished #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period with five of its last six original broadcasts through Feb. 2.

From Dick Wolf and the team behind the hit series “Chicago Fire,” ‘Chicago P.D.” is a riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit, combatting the city’s most heinous offenses — organized crime, drug trafficking, high-profile murders and beyond.

The series, from Universal Television and Wolf Films, stars Jason Beghe as gritty and determined Det. Sgt. Hank Voight. Also starring are Jon Seda, Jesse Lee Soffer, Sophia Bush, Elias Koteas, Patrick John Flueger, LaRoyce Hawkins, Marina Squerciati, Amy Morton and Brian Geraghty.

The longest-running drama on television set to enter its 17th season in the fall, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is averaging a 2.5 rating, 7 share in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers. That matches the show’s highest 18-49 rating at this point in the season in four years (since earning a 2.8 in 2010-11). In total viewers, “Law & Order: SVU” is up +10% this season versus last (9.5 million vs. 8.7 million), and is delivering its biggest overall audience at this point in the season in six years (since averaging 10.5 million in 2008-09).

Also from Universal Television and Wolf Films, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.

The series stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Mariska Hargitay as Sgt, Olivia Benson, acting commander of the SVU. Also starring are Ice-T, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza and Peter Scanavino.

A Friday night success story, “Grimm” has averaged a 2.1 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall so far this season, making it Friday’s #1 scripted series in 18-49 on the Big 4 networks. “Grimm” is one of the most time-shifted shows on broadcast television, with its originals growing by an average of +83% going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to “live plus seven day.”

“Grimm” is inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales. The series stars David Giuntoli as Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms and increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.

The series, from Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions, also stars Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee.

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 Hit's IMAX 3D THEATERS STARTING NOVEMBER 20th

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2” SOARS INTO IMAX® 3D THEATERS STARTING NOVEMBER 20.

IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, today announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theaters domestically for the film’s November 20th rollout.

“I’m thrilled Mockingjay – Part 2 will be in IMAX theaters,” said director Francis Lawrence. “Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting; we recently saw the 3-D version of Mockingjay – Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic.”

“It’s exciting to be back in The Hunger Games world and once again team up with our partners at Lionsgate, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik on what we believe will be a thrilling, action-packed finale to this blockbuster franchise,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “The fan enthusiasm and cultural impact that this series has generated has been truly remarkable and we are thrilled to offer audiences the opportunity to experience the last chapter in IMAX 3D.”

The IMAX® 3D version of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX® DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office, and it was the #1 movie of the year two years in a row domestically. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful fourth chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now fully realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival -- they are for the future.

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong and features an acclaimed cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The impressive lineup is joined by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 co-stars five-time Academy Award®-nominee Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross.


ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES
The first three installments of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise have grossed more than $2.2 billion at the worldwide box office and counting. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also holds the record as the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time.

Based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy of books which has already sold more than 82 million copies around the world, The Hunger Games franchise continues to expand into exciting new lines of business. Lionsgate will launch a U.S. tour of “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” in Summer 2015 and is teaming with Imagine Nation to bring The Hunger Games live theatrical experience to London in Summer 2016. Additionally, The Hunger Games Kabam video game launched in November 2014 as the #3-ranking game on Google worldwide.

The next installment of the record-breaking franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, will be released on November 20, 2015, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions' A Most Wanted Man, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

ABOUT IMAX

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of September 30, 2014, there were 880 IMAX theatres (751 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 110 institutions) in 60 countries. IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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Amy Pascal Resignation From Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Announcement Causes .07% Stock Drop

Story by David Clark

The past few months have seen Sony Pictures Entertainment in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. A recent hacking scandal that followed the release of The Interview has caused speculation within the industry regarding the company’s integrity and long term viability. Sony Pictures Entertainment is a mogul in the film industry and anything that significantly impacts Sony could affect the rest of the industry.

From out of Sony’s many plans to right the ship and please investors through restructuring comes todays latest news, Amy Pascal has tendered her resignation. One of the most revered female executives in the industry, Amy Pascal held the position of co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairwoman of Sony’s motion picture group.

Pascal has been in the center of the Sony hacking scandal. Activists targeted Sony due to the release of confidential emails from her containing remarks pertaining to high profile actors and even President Obama. Sony Pictures made a show of support for Pascal over the past few months and apologies have been issued to the offended parties. Still, despite the public support, contract talks between Sony and Pascal stalled. Whether the reason for her resignation was an inability to find terms for a new contract, or whether Sony decided a new direction would make for a better public image is not known.

Amy Pascal spent the majority of her career with Sony Entertainment. She helmed Sony’s film industry for years leading Sony to the pinnacle of the industry many times, most recently in 2012. Unfortunately for Sony 2013 and 2014 box office results have not lived up to the successes of previous years.

The news of Amy Pascal’s resignation did not seem to affect investors. The publically traded stocks dropped .07% after the announcement which is not a significant fall. Lack of movement might mean Sony’s attempts to restructure failed to impress investors. It might also mean investors trust the loss of Amy Pascal will not adversely affect the companies bottom line.

One explanation for the level stock adjustment could be the news of Amy Pascal’s new job. Despite her lack of judgement when writing the leaked emails she is a solid business minded individual. Sony is not letting her get very far. Amy Pascal has agreed to a four year commitment as lead in a new production company funded by Sony.

Interestingly, Pascal’s new position will likely see her involved with making some of Sony’s biggest planned films in the coming years.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Movie Review: Seventh Son

The fantasy Seventh Son never endears itself, making swooping dragons, witches, and epic battles about as bland as possible.

Review by Matt Cummings

In Sergey Bodrov's teen lit fantasy Seventh Son, a young man (Ben Barnes) is whisked away by the dangerous Seeker Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges), who believes his special talent as a seventh son of a seventh son will help him to combat the reemergence of the witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), who was imprisoned decades before by Gregory. Her arrival spells dark days for the region, and Gregory has been called to deal with her. Using a collection of specialized weapons and training, Gregory and Tom venture off to do battle, not knowing just how big the threat has become. Malkin has assembled a collection of dangerous sorcerers and witches, including Radu (Djimon Hounsou) and Bony Lizzie (Antje Traue) all of whom have wanted Gregory dead for years. But Gregory has a few tricks up his sleeve, especially when he learns that Tom is much more powerful than he realizes, but also isn't aware of his love affair with the witch Alice (Alicia Vikander). As the blood moon rises and Malkin's power grows, a final battle ensues that will determine whether the region lives free or under the oppression of evil sorcery.

The incredible success of Teen Literary (or YA) books is probably as simple as this: they key on the fantastical nature of kids' minds, mixing in action and romance in a way that demands you pay attention to it. And yet in Seventh Son, the plastic nature of the release is so disappointing - it never elevates itself beyond that which has been done before, deciding instead to play it safe with very good but not stunning CGI and a story by Writers Charles Leavitt and Steven Knight that never takes many bold chances. Characters are never fully fleshed out, limiting any attachment we might have to purely superficial status, and the situations we find them in are never explained well enough. Director Bodrov never makes the environment feel lived in or unique in any way, allowing his actors instead to don attitudes and appearances that make them feel very one-off copies of many Lord of the Rings characters.

The same goes for our actors, many of whom appear ill-fitted for their role. Bridges plays yet another version of the crunchy-granola mystery man who's hard to hear throughout but suddenly comes to life when his drink is in danger. It's not a realistic character in any form, yet Bridges continues to wear out the role which in Tron: Legacy was endearing but is now as boring as the multitude of similar roles that Johnny Depp continues to play. Moore, while incredibly talented, doesn't bring that gravitas to Mother Malkin, settling instead on a fairly generic interpretation that's been done so much better in recent films like Snow White and The Huntsman. Barnes portrays Tom like a kid who's tired of watching television but whose desire to anything more is based entirely on what he can get out of it. He's supposed to be the exception, a Seventh Son and the child of a witch, but instead of fulfilling his destiny or merely displaying extreme potential, we find Barnes and Tom milling around waiting for something great to come to them. That plays out in the obligatory "I quit!" sequence, only we know that Tom will be back and will somehow gain the rep that the Writers seem to think he earns.

Our IMAX screening was a bit of a letdown too, as the 3D experience wasn't as clear as I had come to expect and was downright disappointing in its blurriness throughout. The score by Marco Beltrami was the one exception to an otherwise dull affair, a bit bombastic and even a little epic in spots, even though none of it you'll remember as soon as it's over.

Seventh Son won't go down as the worst film of 2015, but its generic-speaking peoples living in some of generic background won't endear itself to those who haven't read the book. Performances re solid but non-descript , with Moore and Bridges front and center but never leading. I hope the actual release is clearer than our IMAX experience, which looked very fuzzy and certainly nothing near what I expected from a premium experience. Should this get a greenlight for a sequel, look for major changes to occur before audiences would take another plunge.

Seventh Son is rated PG-13 for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language and has a runtime of 102 minutes.

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Movie Review: Jupiter Ascending

The Science-Fiction epic Jupiter Ascending is mired in interstellar palace politics and well-intentioned but ultimately uninspiring drama.
Review by Matt Cummings

When the entirety of mankind is one day remembered by people living either in different times, or by aliens that arrive to catalog our achievements, one oddity might occupy their time the most: the way we viewed aliens from other worlds in our media and literature. For a film like Jupiter Ascending, they might further ask the question 'Why we did they bother with such mumbo-jumbo?" And they'd be right.

As inconceivably large stretches of the universe manufacture human beings for their later consumption, the royal family known as the Abrasax have ended countless worlds, all to extend their lives. Their genocide has made them profitable and powerful, but in a millennium they have been without their queen, who was murdered by an unknown force. Meanwhile on Earth, the Russian Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is swept into these politics when her gene makeup is determined to be the exact copy of the fallen queen, making her the ruler of Earth and many other worlds. But this won't sit well with Balem Abrasax (Eddie Redmayne), who's obsessed with ruling the universe and keeping Jupiter off the throne at any cost. He sends a team to have her eliminated, only to run into the lone hunter Caine Wise (Channing Tatum) whose demotion has led on a long search for his destiny. He wants Jupiter in charge, but his alliance to Stinger Apini (Sean Bean) is about the only friend he's got. But without the memories of the queen, Jupiter must learn to navigate a universe of palace intrigue and unimaginably powerful forces before Balem puts her life in overwhelming danger.

There's so many wasted opportunities in Jupiter Ascending that it's hard to list to all of them. The idea that mankind is somehow worth even less in the universe - basically that of interstellar cattle for the royal family to consume - is a difficult pill to swallow but whose science is never really explained. Moreover, the fate of those cleansed world is never discussed: it's there one minute, the next it's not, wiped off the board like The Borg came to town; but without a plan to use this planet, what do the Abrasax do with it? Then there's the required mirth-filled moment at the bee house and the way Jupiter controls the insects without really knowing why they're there in the first place. Why does Stinger have such a fascination with bees? But at its source is a royal family who sound and act like humans, with all of their nuances and yet don't even live on Earth. They wear elegant British attire, sound like a royal family from the 1500's, but remain human even though they've been alive for a million years. Shouldn't at least some of them speak more like George Washington rather than a modern-day action hero? But as Writers, the Wachowskis don't seem to care about such inconsistencies, obsessed instead about look over depth, which allow them as directors to paint a much more favorable picture. The result is a film that's not very selective about its early scenes of Kunis cleaning toilets or waking up 50 times at 4:45am, instead of showing us more about the culture and lives of the Abrasax, a far more interesting alternative.

When the movie does get going, we're treated to some of the most exquisite imagery we've seen of the settled universe, which lead me to a whole series of questions that Ascending never addresses. I kept wondering what made Earth so valuable to these families, when every other world we see portrayed (and there are some beauties) rival Earth in every way. Cities that extend above the atmosphere in giant rings, while another lives inside the storm of Jupiter, are impressively shot and beautifully animated and decorated, making the drudgery of Chicago seem like a interstellar outhouse. But there's also the question of cost: should Jupiter become queen, wouldn't there be retribution by more capable elements of the royal family and their competitors to force abdication? And what of the various forces that do battle: what do they have to gain from a universe with or without the Abrasax in it?

Kunis isn't terrible here, but she's been in better, including Ted, where here she seems out of place and unable to dig deeper into her character, rather than merely reacting to controlling bees or cleaning toilets. Tatum, for all the sky boots and pointed ears, plays Caine quite well making his scenes pass far better than Kunis', but he and Kuinis have zero chemistry as does she and Redmayne. He is reduced to uttering only slightly memorable lines and more passive-aggressive behavior than you could shake a supernova at. None of them are particularly interesting, nor do any of them say anything that's worth our time. Even when the predictable deceptive wedding arrives by fellow Abrasax Titus (Douglass Booth), his CW good looks disappear just as fast out of the picture with no one remembering he was even there. It's these choices by the Wachowskis that makes Ascending so frustrating. One thing can be said: even their bold vision of a universe teeming with life is pretty interesting and definitely worth either a sequel or new life on the small screen. For all their' blunders since The Matrix Revolutions, they might actually have the basis for something quite extraordinary here.

Jupiter Ascending is a palace mess, a movie filled with too many subplots, too many characters, and not enough time to tell its potentially interesting story. Had this been given either a three-film commitment by Village Roadshow or had been picked up by HBO for a mini-series, we could have been in a for deep-character game-changer. Instead, we're forced to strap in for an experience that's more like Dune, leaving us with too many questions about what could have been. It's an example of the short-sightedness we see from Hollywood all the time, when the forest is so thick with trees that the only good perspective left is the one above it all. For Jupiter Ascending, it's clear that viewpoint was lost early in the development process; too bad, because this one had so much potential.

Jupiter Ascending is rated PG-13 for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity and has a runtime of 127 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #FIFTYSHADESOFGREY In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For FIFTY SHADES OF GREY on February 11th at 7:00 PM in San Francisco.


FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.


Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.


Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.


FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series. The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel. www.fiftyshadesmovie.com


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New #Furious7 Trailer Is Explosive

If you thought that the Super Bowl spot was hot. Wait till you see this new trailer.



Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. www.furious7.com

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Giveaway: #THELOFT ROE Passes For Sacramento

We have an awesome giveaway for Open Road Film's upcoming suspenseful thriller, THE LOFT starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra,


We will be giving away Run Of Engagement passes to see the film in Sacramento.



This suspenseful, sexy thriller tells the story of five guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble in this relentless thriller.

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TV Review: Agent Carter “The Iron Ceiling”

Carter crosses paths with the Howling Commandos.

Review by Brandon Wolfe


Agent Carter started so strong. After so many comic-book-derived shows presently on the air have proved to be stodgy chores, this one came out of the gate feeling alive and vibrant, with a lead character that was easy to get behind. Yet in the last couple of airings, the show has lost the zip that initially seemed to set it apart from its contemporaries. It’s becoming yet another snore-inducer in a TV subgenre that should never contain anything of the sort, yet seems filled with nothing but.

After turning her back on Stark and Jarvis, Carter immerses herself back into her work, which immediately sucks her back into the same damn caper. The mysterious self-typing typewriter has hammered out a message in code and Carter is the only one able to interpret it, a remarkable feat that the men in the office give her astonishingly little credit for. The message reveals map coordinates and a drop date for a Leviathan operation in Russia. A mission is quickly put together led by the arrogant bully Thompson, and Carter wants in on it, but is denied by Chief Dooley because (surprise, surprise) she’s a woman and their expectation is that she will need to be babysat. Carter promises she can deliver the assistance of the storied 107th if she can participate, a proposition to which Dooley agrees and Carter makes good on.


When the team touches down near the Russian border, they rendezvous with the 107th, which is comprised of Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough) and the Howling Commandos, whose friendly and respectful interactions with Carter are a world removed from those of her SSR teammates. The team finds that the coordinates lead them to a seemingly abandoned boarding school that was used to indoctrinate young girls into becoming assassins, one of whom is still lurking about and attacks the soldiers with frightening dexterity. Carter and crew locate two men locked in a cell, who claim that they were being used by Leviathan to create a weapon using schematics stolen from Stark, indicating that Stark was not willingly colluding with the enemy after all.

Meanwhile, Dottie (whom, the episode suggests, was trained as a child at the boarding school, or one like it) steals Carter’s apartment keys and snoops around, stopping to eerily imitate Carter in the mirror. Then, strangely, Dottie returns to her own apartment and handcuffs herself to the bed frame before hitting the sack. Also back home, Souza, who notices that Carter has two bullet-wound scars on her shoulder during a Thompson-initiated locker-room prank, pieces together that the mysterious blonde photographed weeks earlier also had those same marks, forcing him to confront the notion that Carter is involved in this quagmire to a much greater extent than she has let on.


The appearance by the Commandos is certainly welcome, and it’s especially nice to see McDonough again, but it’s largely extraneous. They show up, banter a bit, exchange fire with the bad guys and say goodbye. Anyone hoping that these characters would play a larger role in this series will likely be disappointed, unless of course they come back into play later on. But what’s becoming dispiritingly clear as Agent Carter moves forward is that its central storyline concerning Stark and the Russians isn’t shaping up to be that terribly interesting. Honestly, it’s difficult to become invested in what happens or to even bother trying to keep all the threads straight. Instead of gripping the audience with forward momentum, the series meanders along, garnering shrugs for its efforts. Given its abbreviated length, there really shouldn’t be any opportunity for boredom here, and yet here’s boredom. Maybe when Carter’s cover is inevitably blown with the SSR, things will spark back up.

The area where Agent Carter does continue to thrive is with Carter’s constant pushback against sexist dismissal by her colleagues. She continually needs to prove herself to the men around her, and each amazing feat she performs is almost immediately discarded by those around her, even as they reap the benefits. It’s a battle that she constantly has to fight and seemingly can never win, and that is a poignant angle to give to a protagonist. The frustration the character has to deal with ceaselessly makes her endearing on a level greater than heroes generally reach because she not only has to grapple with the villains, but also her peers. It’s a thankless lot in life, and Atwell sells the character’s sad struggle without ever hampering her steely exterior.

But the series needs to shift into a gear more rousing than the boilerplate cloak-and-dagger fare it’s offering of late. Atwell continues to nail the role effortlessly week to week, but the narrative she’s immersed into is dully working against her efforts. As if the poor woman didn’t have enough on her plate, now she also has to fight waning audience interest. She just can’t win.

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