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Legion Stars on Filming This Week's Wild Episode

IGN was on the set of Legion’s biggest and most revealing episode so far. By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for the most recent episode of Legion, “Chapter 7,” follow. This week’s Legion — the penultimate episode of Season 1 — was a crucial episode for the series, as the identity of the show’s main villain was confirmed to be the Shadow King from Marvel comics, while It was made very clear that yes, David Haller’s father is indeed Professor Charles Xavier. Oh sure, Xavier’s name wasn’t said, but all the signs were there if you knew what to look for, starting with a certain wheelchair glimpsed in a flashback and extending into the history lesson David received about the Shadow King and his father. I was on the set of Legion’s “Chapter 7” and while I didn’t learn everything that would happen ahead of time, I learned quite a bit, and it was clear a lot was going on in this episode. I must confess to being particularly excited when I got to see Xavier’s wheelchair – even though I wasn’t meant to see it! Amusingly, Legion crewmembers unpacked the chair from a crate right behind me, READ FULL…

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First Photos of Returning Twin Peaks Cast

Welcome back to the weird. By Eric Goldman Aside from one teaser and one poster that have included Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper, all the promos thus far for the return of Twin Peaks have relied almost completely on footage and imagery from the original run of the series – but we now have our first look at several key returning characters. EW has debuted three new covers centered on Twin Peaks, featuring series co-creator David Lynch (who also plays Gordon Cole), MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn (“Audrey Horne”), Madchen Amick (“Shelly Johnson”), Dana Ashbrook (“Bobby Briggs”), James Marshall (“James Hurley”), Peggy Lipton (“Norma Jennings”), Everett McGill (“Ed Hurley”), Wendy Robie (“Nadine Hurley”), and Sheryl Lee (“Laura Palmer”). Click on the image below to see a larger version of the three covers. EW’s three Twin Peaks covers. EW has several more photos you can check out of the cast in the series, though we had to include the one of David Duchovny, who’s reprising his role as DEA agent Denise Bryson – a character he originated on Twin Peaks before he’d go on to become a star playing an FBI agent who also investigated some strange READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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The 100: Eliza Taylor on Clarke's Uneasy Alliance With Roan

What’s Clarke’s next move in the wake of their biggest crisis yet? By Eric Goldman The 100 – just renewed for Season 5 – continues to move at a breakneck speed in Season 4, as the characters face their greatest threat yet – a meltdown of the world’s remaining nuclear power plants that could kill everyone left on the planet. At the center of it all, of course, is Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), who continues to do all she can to save as many as she can – though last week’s episode ended with a huge moment of despair, as an explosion caused by Illian (Chai Hansen) took away Arkadia as a viable place to at least keep 100 people alive. This week’s new episode finds Clarke, Roan (Zach McGowan) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) working together to get some now-precious hydrazine to Raven (Lindsey Morgan), now that the work she’s doing with Abby (Paige Turco) and the rocket they discovered may be the only path left for survival. I spoke to Taylor about what to expect this week and beyond, as Clarke continues to fight on. Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin in The 100. IGN: Clarke READ FULL STORY AT…

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Beauty and the Beast Review

Share. Just a little change… By Eric Goldman Yes, Disney has already given us live-action versions of animated films like Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book in recent years — and lest we forget, this isn’t a brand-new idea (101 Dalmatians!) — but in a way, Beauty and the Beast feels like the riskiest of them all so far, as far as potential backlash is concerned. Though now 26 years old, Beauty and the Beast is still much more recent than those other animated classics, and many can clearly remember growing up during the film’s initial release and explosion in popularity. Simply put, it has more of a “This movie is mine” feel among some fans, who could be quite upset if this new version isn’t handled well. Fortunately, it’s handled very well indeed. Screenwriters Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and director Bill Condon have done a commendable job of taking the 1991 animated movie and delivering what fans want, while also offering enough tweaks to not feel like a note for note copy offering nothing new. Let’s be clear though, you know exactly what to expect from the storyline here, in all the most READ…

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Black Sails Star on Their Character's Big Moment of Truth

How things came full circle for Eleanor Guthrie. By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for the March 5th Black Sails episode, “XXXIV,” below. The end is nearly here on Black Sails, and in the fifth to last episode, there was a huge character death as Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) met her maker after a brutal fight with a Spanish soldier. I spoke to New about when she learned Eleanor was dying, what it was like to film her final scenes, what fan reaction might be like to the end of her polarizing character and more. Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie in Black Sails. IGN: How much heads up did they give you? When did you know that this was coming for Eleanor? New: I knew at the beginning of the season, which was really great because sometimes it can be sprung on actors and that’s really difficult, I think – especially when you’ve been so dedicated to a character for long. You want to give them the opportunity to flesh out a lot of their story before it ends. The writers did that so beautifully and I think without giving clues that that was going READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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What Did You Think of This Week's Star Wars Rebels?

By Eric Goldman Hey guys, I’m taking a couple of days off, so my Star Wars Rebels review may not be posted until Sunday or Monday at this URL. In the meantime, you can share your thoughts on “Secret Cargo” in the comments below, as Mon Mothma made her Rebels debut. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

The 100: What Did You Think of Tonight's Episode?

REVIEWS The 100: “The Tinder Box” Review Taboo: “Episode 8” Review The Flash: “Attack on Central City” Review Advertisement Dragon Ball Super Episode 80: “Awaken Your Sleeping Battle Spirit! Son Gohan’s Fight!” 24: Legacy: “4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.” Review Supergirl: “Homecoming” Review The Walking Dead: “Hostiles and Calamities” Review Black Sails: “XXXIII.” Review Big Little Lies: “Serious Mothering” Review Taken: “Pilot” Review Star Wars Rebels: “Through Imperial Eyes” Review Dragon Ball Super Episode 79: “Universe 9’s Basil the Kicker VS Universe 7’s Majin Buu!” Powerless: “Emily Dates a Henchman” Review Legion: “Chapter 3” Review Arrow: “The Sin-Eater” Review It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “The Gang Tends Bar” Review The 100: “A Lie Guarded” Review DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Camelot/3000” Review Taboo: “Episode 7” Review Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: “Self Control” Review READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

Supergirl Producer on Luthor's Plan, Teri Hatcher's Role, More

EP Andrew Kreisberg and actress Chyler Leigh on what’s next in Season 2. By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for this week’s Supergirl episode, “Homecoming,” follow. This week’s Supergirl episode ended with some big reveals regarding Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) – including both his Cadmus-provided physical enhancements and that he was helping them and Lilian Luthor, betraying the DEO and his daughters in the process. Following a screening of this episode, Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and actress Chyler Leigh (“Alex Danvers”) discussed what’s next for the series, including new characters played by Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo and much more. The Luthor Plan “Homecoming” ended with the reveal that Lilian Luthor now had a list of all documented aliens (thanks to Jeremiah), along with what looked to be a large space ship. Regarding where that’s going, Kreisberg said, “It’s a shimmy on Lillian’s desire to rid the Earth of aliens and it’s an interesting debate in the next episode between Jeremiah and Alex – if his plan is any more humane. And some of the talking points in the episode I think are reflective of the current debate in our world about dealing with immigrants, which we were very…

Two New Twin Peaks Posters Debut

Dale and Laura, it’s been too long… By Eric Goldman In honor of “Twin Peaks Day,” Showtime has released two new posters for the much-anticipated return of Twin Peaks, spotlighting the key characters Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). While both MacLachlan and Lee are back for the show’s revival, it’s notable that we see an older Cooper, but the Laura poster features the same iconic photo of the character used since the show’s 1990 debut. Of course, Laura Palmer was dead from the moment Twin Peaks began — in fact, Twin Peaks Day was created by fans to mark the canon anniversary of Laura’s death: February 24th, 1989 — begging questions of how Lee will be used in the show’s 18-episode run. But as fans of the series know, there are always strange ways to see people again in Twin Peaks… Twin Peaks: Dale Cooper poster. Twin Peaks: Laura Palmer poster. Twin Peaks’ new season premieres Sunday, May 21st on Showtime. Eric Goldman is Executive Editor of IGN TV. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheEricGoldman, IGN at ericgoldman-ign and Facebook at Facebook.com/TheEricGoldman. Twin Peaks Photo Gallery: All the Returning Cast Members READ FULL…

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The Rock Calls CM Punk From Inside a WWE Ring

After RAW went off the air, The Rock had a movie to make. By Eric Goldman You’ll almost never hear the names CM Punk or AJ Lee brought up in the WWE these days, but those attending Monday Night RAW this week in Los Angeles — myself included — got tons of mentions of both, thanks to megastar Dwayne Johnson. Yes, The Rock was back in a WWE arena Monday, but not for one of his occasional in-ring appearances on RAW itself, but rather as producer of the upcoming movie Fighting With My Family. The film, directed by The Office co-creator/Logan actor Stephen Merchant, is based on the life of WWE superstar Paige and her family of British wrestlers. With WWE co-producing, RAW was being used this night to double for… RAW. Specifically, a recreation of the night Paige made her debut in WWE following her time in NXT, immediately winning th Divas Championship from AJ Lee in the process (before that title was replaced by the current Women’s Championship). Director Stephen Merchant, actress Florence Pugh and producer Dwayne Johnson on the set of Fighting With My Family. Image via Florence Pugh’s Twitter Johnson came out READ FULL STORY AT…

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Mädchen Amick Talks Riverdale and Twin Peaks

The actress on her two big current TV roles and the comparisons between the shows. By Eric Goldman Mädchen Amick is having quite a busy year. The actress can currently be seen on the CW’s Riverdale, playing Alice Cooper (yes, the comic book character pre-dates the rock star of the same name), mother to Betty Cooper. In this new take on Archie comics, Alice is a rather intimidating figure, who seems to have quite a lot of tough expectations for her daughter, Betty (Lili Reinhart). Then, on May 21st, Amick will reprise her role as Shelly Johnson in the long-awaited revival of Twin Peaks, as David Lynch and Mark Frost’s acclaimed and influential series returns with 18 new episodes on Showtime. I spoke to Amick about her role on Riverdale and what motivates Alice, along with the comparisons the series has gotten to Twin Peaks. We also discussed Twin Peaks’ return and what it was like going back into that distinct world so many years later. Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper in Riverdale. IGN: When you first heard about Riverdale, what was your reaction hearing it was about the Archie characters? Mädchen Amick: I went to READ FULL STORY AT…

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The 100: “The Four Horsemen” Review

Share. Octavia’s gonna fight, and she’s gonna win! By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. A busy episode this week with a lot going on in both Polis and Arkadia. Indra has a daughter! While it feels like you can guess where this will likely go (some sort of showdown between her biological daughter, Gaia, and her spiritual one, Octavia), it’s a fun curveball to introduce for Indra, suddenly giving us more insight into who she is. While the Flame being stolen from Roan off-camera felt odd (hey, Roan, get better security, maybe?), I love that he’s quickly realized just how valuable Octavia is – and her new “Skairippa” name is awesome, complete with its “Death From Above” translation. Perhaps Octavia can join the Mobile Infantry next? While not resulting in the same thing (no Octavia popping out of a body bag!) it felt too soon after the Ontari/body bag scene in the premiere for another big fake out/ruse of the sort pulled with the Flame apparently being destroyed. More interesting was afterward, when Octavia liked to Roan that the Flame was destroyed and instead let Gaia keep it. We know little READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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The 100: Octavia's More Dangerous (and Lethal) than Ever

The 100 star on what’s to come, including a big battle. By Eric Goldman If the first couple of episodes of The 100: Season 4 have made one thing clear, it’s don’t mess with Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos) It’s been quite a journey for the character, who’s had one of the most incredible and notable transformations on a show known for big character transformations. In Season 4, Octavia has been more deadly than ever, now functioning as an assassin, while becoming more closed off than ever in the wake of losing her beloved Lincoln in Season 3 and deciding to eliminate his killer, Pike, moments after the two had been fighting together against a common enemy. I recently spoke to Avgeropoulos about Octavia’s current state of mind, her bond with her mentor, Indra, and more on what to expect as Season 4 progresses. Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia in The 100. IGN: Based on how Season 3 ended, I thought Octavia was going to take off completely on her own. Instead, she hasn’t physically left Polis, but she’s certainly making it clear she’s not to be trifled with. Marie Avgeropoulos: Octavia is really hardened by the death READ FULL STORY AT…

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The Wire, Buffy, 24, Alias Alums Cast as Marvel's Runaways Villains

Meet The Pride. By Eric Goldman After the casting announcement for the title characters in Marvel’s Runaways last week, the actors playing the villains have been revealed. Based on the acclaimed comic book, the upcoming Hulu series centers on a group of teenagers who discover their parents are a team of supervillains called The Pride – a revelation which causes our young heroes to go on the run. Playing the Pride are a group of actors made up of veterans of several notable series from the past. (L-R) Ryan Sands (The Wire), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Annie Wersching (24) and Kevin Weistman (Alias) are among the actors cast as The Pride in Marvel’s Runaways. Ryan Sands (The Wire) is Geoffrey Wilder, Angel Parker (The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, The Strain) is Catherine Wilder, Brittany Ishibashi (This Is Us, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows) is Tina Minoru, James Yaegashi (Madame Secretary) is Robert Minoru, Kevin Weisman is Dale Yorkes, Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives) is Stacey Yorkes, Annie Wersching (24, Timeless, The Vampire Diaries) is Leslie Dean, Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan) is Frank Dean, James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, READ FULL STORY AT…