While Showtime has been quiet for a while on any news following its decision to move forward with its show Happyish after the death of its star Philip Seymour Hoffman, the network has finally announced a replacement for the show’s main role.
Time for a Game of Thrones big rumor rundown. Below are eight misconceptions about the HBO hit’s fifth season (and the show in general) that have been debunked to varying degrees.
Disclaimer: Fans who read plenty of online Thrones coverage may already know these points as they’ve all been previously reported on EW.com and beyond. Who appears (or doesn’t) in the season is discussed, but I’m deliberately not including any plot spoilers from the new season that have leaked, or otherwise adding anything new to the rumor mill.
Still, if you wish to know absolutely nothing about season five before it starts next spring then you might consider a Night’s Watch vow of online Thrones coverage celibacy. And now, let’s tackle those rumors and assumptions: READ FULL STORY
The writer-director brother team of Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus, The Puffy Chair) shift their attention to the small screen for a moment of Togetherness.
Debuting in January, the HBO comedy series focuses on Brett and Michelle (Mark and Melanie Lynskey)—a weighed-down L.A. couple with kids—and the unlikely friendship formed between Michelle’s sister (Amanda Peet) and Brett’s best friend (Steve Zissis). READ FULL STORY
Firefly and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin becoming a Gotham resident.
Baccarin been cast in the Fox drama series in a recurring role this season that’s expected to become a series regular in a presumed season two.
EW has confirmed that she’ll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, “a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.” The character is from the original comics.
ICYMI, check out our post earlier this week on Gotham‘s costumes: Revealing details you may have missed.
The Simpsons‘ Louie acts a lot like Frank Sivero’s character does in Goodfellas—and Sivero is filing a lawsuit against The Simpsons.
In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday and obtained by Deadline, Sivero claims that he and some Simpsons writers lived next door to each other when Sivero was preparing for his role in Goodfellas, which came out in 1990. In 1991, The Simpsons debuted the character of Louie, a member of the Springfield mob who resembles Sivero in both looks and mannerisms. Louie has appeared in multiple episodes since then.
Setting a scripted television show in the world of mixed martial arts means accurately portraying a very physical subculture of society. So when Byron Balasco created Kingdom, he made sure to craft every detail, from the setting down to the individual tattoos each of the characters would wear with pride. It was a job Balasco took very seriously, because he knew that through Kingdom, he was not only introducing many fans to a new world, but he was also creating an accurate portrayal for those already familiar.
With that in mind, Balasco decided he had to focus just as much on the exterior of the show as he did the interior. First, he chose the setting of Venice, California. “There’s a lot of collision of culture,” Balasco said of Venice. “There’s a lot of glamour and sexiness to it and there’s these Southern California ideals, but there’s a tone of grit and edge to the place that I think is great for our show. There’s still a rawness there if you look in the right places.”
From there, Balasco turned to the look of the characters. Physically, he needed to find actors who couldn’t just get into fighting shape but who could also master the movements and general feel of a fighter. And for that, actors Frank Grillo, Nick Jonas, Jonathan Tucker, and Matt Lauria attended the fight camp of UFC fighter Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, who later served as an MMA tech on the show. For several weeks before filming, the guys drove out to Pomona, California where they underwent two-a-days with real fighters.
“They got their asses kicked,” Balasco said. “All of those guys leaned into it. It’s not about lifting weights, it’s really a way these guys move. You could go into a room of 100 people and pick out the fighter in two seconds. These guys really did a great job of getting all their movement down, even when they’re not fighting, just the way they move through the world is different.” READ FULL STORY
If you thought the Grounders were bad, just wait until you meet the residents of Mount Weather—at least that’s how Clarke feels when The 100 returns for its second season. Desperate to escape her cell in the underground bunker that houses the Mountain Men, Clarke will go to great lengths to find out if her people are alive.
Spoiler alert: The Oct. 21 episode of Sons of Anarchy introduced Winsome (Gang Related‘s Inbar Lavi), a prostitute who trades information on her abusive pimp’s whereabouts to Jax (Charlie Hunnam) in exchange for a new job at Diosa. As executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed the episode, tells EW in our full postmortem, it wasn’t until showrunner Kurt Sutter saw the chemistry between Jax and Winsome that he decided to play with it again in episode 10. Lavi initially turned down the chance to audition for the show, only because she had the flu when she got the call. But hearing that the casting department was rooting for her, she rallied. Here, the Israeli-born actress—who’s currently in Pittsburgh filming The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, and Michael Caine—talks about the character’s backstory and teases her return. READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert: The Oct. 21 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Greensleeves,” ended with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) receiving a box from August Marks that will haunt SAMCRO and viewers. Exec producer Paris Barclay, who directed the episode, takes EW inside filming that tragic twist and the other big moments. READ FULL STORY
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from this week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. scored a new team member during Tuesday’s episode—but she almost came at a steep price.
Determined to get the obelisk back from Skye’s father (Kyle MacLachlan), Raina (Ruth Negga) attempted to blackmail Coulson (Clark Gregg). Unless he handed over Skye (Chloe Bennet), she’d send an email ousting Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) as a S.H.I.E.L.D. mole within Hydra. Coulson called her bluff because he had a backup plan: The very Hydra security agent tasked with finding the mole was actually another S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki), otherwise known as Mockingbird. Unlike the comics, in which Mockingbird was the wife of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), this version is the ex-wife of newcomer Lance Hunter (Nick Blood). What’s in store for the newest member of S.H.I.E.L.D.? EW tracked down Palicki to find out.
What’s left of the Queen family will be reunited this week as Oliver (Stephen Amell) travels to Corto Maltese—also the name of Wednesday’s Arrow episode—to track down his missing sister, Thea (Willa Holland). The youngest Queen heir left Starling City at the close of season 2 with her real father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), otherwise known as the Dark Archer, Ollie’s sworn enemy whom he believes to be dead.
Nina Dobrev will cross over from The Vampire Diaries to guest star on The Originals in an upcoming episode. Prepare for love-triangle deja vu… READ FULL STORY
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