Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
When you introduce a character any Marvel fan knows is a hero in the guise of a villain, the question is simply when will things change – so it was a relief when Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse was revealed as SHIELD by the end of this hour. And she used her battle staves! That, combined with the mention that her hair is usually blond gives me hope we’ll be seeing her gradually get more of a Mockingbird look as we continue on with her – because what’s with the red?
But it’s great to have Bobbi on the show, and Adrianne Palicki got to show two very different sides, first as the stern Hydra agent and then as the much more good-natured real Bobbi – complete with her very funny line to Mac that she’d been busy “Working undercover at HYDRA, acting all upright and evil.”
Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero has filed a lawsuit against the creators of The Simpsons, asking for $250 million for ripping off the character he played in the 1990 film.
In a 12-page complaint obtained by Deadline, Sivero states that Simpsons producer James L. Brooks was “highly aware of who Silvero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons character Louie would be based on this character.”
Chronicle writer Max Landis took his Nintendo fandom to new heights this week, as he uploaded his 436-page (!) movie screenplay for Super Mario World... as a joke. You see, Landis wrote the script when he was 19, back when he was still learning the ins and outs of screenwriting. As such, the script is plagued with novice clichés, and Landis openly admits to them in a foreword prefacing the script.
"This is not a movie," he writes, "it's a manifesto. There has never been a produced film in America with a length of 436 pages." For reference, one page of a screenplay equals about one minute of film. This means Landis' Mario movie would be roughly seven hours long if it were ever actually made.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
This show may be called "The Flash," but it's as much of an ensemble piece as Arrow is. That was the main point driven home by "Things You Can't Outrun" tonight. The focus shifted towards several supporting players, to the point where Barry himself almost seemed like a secondary concern. Normally that would be a strange decision given how new this show is, but the first two episode did such a great job of building Barry's world and supporting cast that we don't need the hero to always be hogging the spotlight.
This weekend sees the release of Ouija, the latest film from Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay's production company. Platinum Dunes -- founded in 2001 by Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form -- has largely worked in the horror genre, remaking a number of classics and partnering with Blumhouse on the Purge movies. (Their biggest recent success, however, was a departure from the horror genre, a live-action/performance-capture version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.)
With Ouija on the horizon, we'd like you to choose your favorite Platinum Dunes-produced horror movie. Cast your vote in the poll below!
Ouija opens October 24.
According to actor Charlie Cox, the upcoming Daredevil series on Netflix will be the darkest adaptation Marvel has ever produced.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cox spoke positively of the comic book community, noting that while playing Daredevil is a "great deal of responsibility," he's having "great fun" playing the character, and was made aware of how important the Marvel universe is to fans while at New York Comic-Con last week.
Cox also told the site how Marvel's first Netflix original series is finding specific moments from the comics to reference on the show. He also notes, "We're trying to make a show that's new and much, much darker than anything I've ever seen Marvel do before."
The oldest musical instruments date back about 40,000 years. Humans have been rocking out for a very long time. It would seem rhythm is in our blood. It’s no wonder we have music-based video games.
Music/rhythm games have run a surprisingly dynamic path through gaming history. Some genres drift into popularity and gradually fade out as technology and popular taste change. You might not even realize it’s happened until one day you look around and wonder, for instance, where all the 3D platformers went. Music games, on the other hand, moseyed along under the radar for the better part of a decade before taking off like a shot, attaining meteoric success before drying up nearly all at once.
Revolution star Tracy Spiridakos will have a recurring role in the upcoming third season of Bates Motel.
TVLine reports that Spiridakos has signed on to play Annika Johnson, a "mystery woman who shows up at the motel."
Season 3 of Bates Motel is expected to premiere in March 2015. In the meantime, you can watch IGN's Eric Goldman talk Season 3 with Bates Motel's Nestor Carbonell and Olivia Cooke and our chat below with Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga and showrunner Kerry Ehrin about where Season 3 could go.
Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
Here are this week’s new PS4 games. You can also begin pre-ordering The Crew this week.
Advance Review: This Friday, NBC throws its hat into the fiery arena of comic book TV with their weightier, spookier offering, Constantine - based on the long-running DC/Vertigo series about a scruffy, wiseacre British exorcist out to save the world and/or his own damned soul.
From David Goyer (The Dark Knight, Da Vinci's Demons), Constantine is part of DC's big bid to take over TV real estate - keenly representing the occult/supernatural side of their comic universe before Marvel can launch into that realm with a Doctor Strange movie. Star Matt Ryan gives us pitch-perfect (though non-smoking; at least on camera that is) John Constantine here, playing everything with a wry wit, a decent dose of self-deprication, and a smidgeon of heroics. If you want to go all-in on this character, check out Scott Collura's "Comics 101" video below, but needless to say this show has found a way to keep Constantine edgy while also having him be primetime network friendly.
Animated GIFs have been around since the early 90s, and for two decades everyone pronounced it "ghif" with a hard G. Everyone except the creators at CompuServe, who for some reason pronounced it "jif," even though that makes absolutely no sense.
GIF stands for "graphics interchange format." So unless you also pronounce graphics as "jraphics," it makes sense to say "ghif."
And most of the world agrees. Mashable surveyed 30k people around the world and found that 70% of people pronounce it "ghif."
Dark Horse Deluxe has unveiled an Aang Memorial Statue, based on the one seen in Republic City in the opening sequence of The Legend of Korra.
The statue is set to release on January 28, 2015 for $150. Toy Chest News showed off the statue, but the size is to be determined. That means you might need some serious forced perspective to replicate Korra's famous pose in front of the statue.
Warner Bros are developing a large slate of digital live-action short series, including new shows based on Mortal Kombat, Critters, and the comic book Static Shock.
THR reported the news, saying the new WB "Blue Ribbon" label has already given a series order for the new Mortal Kombat series, which is seemingly unrelated to Mortal Kombat: Legacy and instead tied specifically to the upcoming Mortal Kombat X.
According to THR, the new MK show will "showcase some of the franchise's 'most storied characters' and will introduce a new generation of fighters." Mortal Kombat is the third Blue Ribbon series to get the greenlight, after the recently debuted Veronica Mars spinoff, Play it Again, Dick and the upcoming animated Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc -- founded in 1923 by the John Carter of Mars and Tarzan author himself -- has regained movie, television and merchandising rights to John Carter of Mars from Walt Disney Pictures, and has announced its intent to make a new John Carter movie.
"John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar,” said James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., in a press release. “Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter of Mars become another major franchise to entertain world-wide audiences of all ages."
The team behind Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige has opened up about the real-life influences on the upcoming shooter and their reasons for introducing hostages into the core game.
Inspired by the events of counter terrorism units (CTUs) worldwide, the team cites one specific event from 1977 in which a German CTU was able to successfully rescue a large group of hostages from militants. The entire situation was one that needed to be handled delicately, requiring teamwork and "asymmetrical attack and defense."
According to the team, a hostage situation seemed like an ideal scenario to put in Rainbow Six Seige because of its precarious subject. Rather than disarming bombs or simply working to achieve an objective, players will instead be tasked with protecting innocent lives.
It's a super-sized Podcast Beyond as Greg and Colin discuss the news and are joined by Freedom Wars Producer Nick Accordino and rapper MegaRan! Strap in for the best episode in at least a week!
This week on The Flash we’ll gain new insight into the history of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), as flashbacks (no pun intended!) reveal more of what happened the night of the accident that gave Barry Allen his powers – and took Caitlin’s fiancé, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) from her.
Of course, DC Comics readers know Ronnie as the alter-ego of Firestorm, while Caitlin herself is Killer Frost, which gives both of them some very interesting potential futures.
While speaking with a group of visiting press on the set of The Flash recently, Panabaker discussed her character, her backstory and what could be coming.
NBA Live 15 will be available as an early trial for EA Access members.
The trial will begin on October 23. Like other EA Access trials, it will be limited to just six hours, but all of your progress and stats carry into the full game if you purchase it later. The same six-hour trial will be available for Xbox One members at large on launch day, October 28. PlayStation 4 players will instead get a standard demo on the same date, featuring a tutorial and a Cleveland vs. Oklahoma City matchup.
NBA Live 15 was pushed to October 28 to coincide with the opening night of the NBA season. IGN's recent hands-on said that the graphics and controls had been overhauled in a big way since the mess of NBA Live 14, and concluded that it appeared to be heading in the right direction.
The Kansas City Royals are preparing to face the San Francisco Giants in the World Series tonight, but the matchup almost didn't happen thanks to a Clash of Clans addiction.
In a Kansas City Star profile of the Royals, first-base coach Rusty Kuntz remembered coming into the locker room after a tough loss against Boston — their third in a row in the middle of the season, putting the team below .500 — and seeing a handful of players fixated on Clash of Clans.
"At that time, in that situation, it’s really disappointing," said Kuntz. "You just got to a point where you go, 'What’s the priority here? Is this just three hours out of your time, spent away from what you’re actually being interested in? We’ve got to find a way to get this changed, so that the priority is the game, and all this other stuff is secondary.'"