Articles by Eric Goldman

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…

Humans Star Gemma Chan Talks Season 2

The actress on the second season of the AMC series about robots among us. By Eric Goldman Humans returns for a second season on AMC this Monday, following its run in the UK this past fall. The science fiction/alternative reality series follows what life is like in a world where robotic “synths” have been created as readily available personal helpers, in every way you might imagine that could work – and what happens when it turns out a small group of synths are capable of independent thought thanks to their creator. Gemma Chan has a central role on the series as Mia, one of these special synths, who was first introduced in Season 1 as “Anita,” a subservient personality that had been placed over her true self. I sat down with Chan to discuss Mia’s evolution and what she thinks of humans at this point, along with what it’s like to play this multilayered, multi-personality character. We also discussed her cameo in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Ya Zhou, who briefly questions Newt Scamander as a delegate to the International Confederation of Wizards. IGN: As Season 2 begins, how do you think Mia feels about humans, given…

We Visit Disney's Hidden Animation Library

As Pinocchio arrives on Blu-ray, IGN travels inside Walt’s Vault. By Eric Goldman “I’m standing inside the movies!”, I thought to myself. “I’m standing inside the Disney animated classics!” This may sound like a strange to think, and yet it was, essentially, the literal truth. Because I was at Disney’s Animation Research Library, standing inside a room that contained almost all of the original animation that had been created for the early Disney animated films, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves up through The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Surrounding me, on row after row (placed on impressive, movable tracks to access) were different storage containers, each holding multiple pieces of cinema history. The occasion was a press event promoting the new Digital HD and Blu-ray release for Pinocchio, which was only the second feature film Disney made, making it all the more appropriate that we were in what was referred to as “Walt’s Vault” — one of 12 such vaults on the premises — since all the films he personally worked on were in this room. “Walt’s Vault” at Disney’s Animation Research Library. If you click on the photo for a larger version, you can see some…

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Star Trek's Brent Spiner to Guest on The Blacklist

Exclusive: The Star Trek: The Next Generation and Independence Day alum will play a Blacklister known as The Architect. By Eric Goldman As the element that gives the show its title, The Blacklist has provided “Red” Reddington (James Spader) and Liz Keen (Megan Boone) with plenty of notable criminals to pursue and that will continue in an upcoming episode featuring Brent Spiner. IGN has the exclusive info on Spiner’s role, which will take place in a February episode of the series. Brent Spiner The Star Trek: The Next Generation icon, whose recent credits include Independence Day: Resurgence, Outcast and Blunt Talk, will play a Blacklister with the compelling nickname of The Architech. The Architech is a master of bespoke crime. For a price, this meticulous Blacklister will design and execute impossible crimes for the most dangerous clients in the world. The storyline involves Aram (Amir Arison) going undercover as a hacker in order to identify Spiner’s notorious criminal. “The Architect” episode of The Blacklist airs February 16th at 10:00pm on NBC. 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. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Read a New Black Sails Comic Book Story

IGN has the exclusive debut of the Jack/Anne flashback story, as cast member Toby Schmitz explains how he came to write it. By Eric Goldman As Black Sails’ final season debuts this coming weekend, fans also have the chance to see a new story that takes place much earlier in the show’s timeline via the comic book one-shot Rackham’s Razor. Black Sails cast member Toby Schmitz, who plays Jack Rackham — teamed with artist Matthew Southworth (Stumptown, Spider-Man: The Grim Hunt] — wrote the story himself, which depicts exactly how Jack and Anne Bonny (Clara Paget) first met and forged their strong bond. IGN has the exclusive debut of the entire comic, which you can view by clicking on the slideshow below. Then come back to this page for info from Schmitz on how Rackham’s Razor came to be. Oh, and here’s your NSFW language warning for the comic, since the characters speak as you’d expect them to, given this is the world of Black Sails…. Regarding the origins of Rackham’s Razor, Schmitz said he was intrigued by a scene in Black Sails where Anne discussed their history, recalling, “The spark for it is definitely in Anne’s scene with READ…

The Good Place: Season Finale Review

Share. Holy motherforking shirtballs indeed. By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. First off, apologies that this is going up two days after The Good Place season finale aired. NBC made the concluding episodes of the season available to press early with the notable exception of the final half hour, and I was unable to see it until now. As for why the network was so secretive on that finale… Well, did you see it?! Granted, we’re only in the first month of 2017, but we already have what looks to be one of the best TV twists we’ll see this year – and it was done in an NBC half hour comedy, making it all the more impressive. With Parks and Recreation, Mike Schur delivered one of the best TV comedies ever, and now with The Good Place, he’s raising the bar on how ambitious a show of this sort can be. The fact that Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason were actually trapped in the Bad Place the whole time was a huge reveal on its own, but finding out Michael was actually the villain was what really made the whole thing amazing. It was an…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Disneyland Ride Will Have Tons of Marvel Easter Eggs

How the new attraction will be a very different experience from the Tower of Terror. By Eric Goldman While Iron Man Experience has just opened at Hong Kong Disneyland, the first Marvel-based ride to come to an American Disney park will arrive this coming summer, with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! Replacing the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, the ride immerses guests in the world of the Marvel comics characters popularized in the feature film and its upcoming sequel. With construction currently underway, I took part in an early press preview (complete with protective hardhats!) of what to expect from Mission: Breakout — as Disney crews worked to quickly overhaul the Tower of Terror into the new ride — and came away feeling very excited and optimistic about what’s in store. The decision to close Tower of Terror at all was met with its fair share of negative reaction by Disneyland fans, as that was a beloved ride in its own right, with a distinct and immersive old Hollywood setting and storyline. Mission: Breakout is using the existing structure and ride system and it seemed at first READ…

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Good Place Preps for Season 2 as Season Finale Debuts

And how Lost and Breaking Bad help inspire the series. By Eric Goldman The Good Place airs its season finale tonight and while the show hasn’t been officially renewed for a second season, there are encouraging signs. Speaking to a group of press recently, series creator Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation) noted work had already begun among he and the writers on a potential Season 2, and while that doesn’t guarantee anything, it certainly leans more towards NBC renewing the series than not. In the meantime, Schur chatted with us about the decision to have the secret Eleanor (Kristen Bell) was keeping – that she wasn’t actually supposed to be in the Good Place that gives the show its name but in the “Bad Place” portion of the afterlife – quickly revealed about halfway through Season 1, the depiction of “Good Eleanor” (Tiya Sircar), and more about how he approaches The Good Place as a (comedic) longterm, serialized story inspired by series like Lost and Breaking Bad. Question: It was a surprise to many that you had Eleanor’s secret revealed so quickly on the series. Mike Schur: You don’t have a choice. You just have to do that because READ…

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Why Powerless Added its Bruce Wayne Connection

The producers of the new NBC series on increasing the comic book aspects, Batman’s cousin included. By Eric Goldman When the new DC Comics comedy TV series Powerless debuts on February 2nd, it’ll look very different from the version that screened at San Diego Comic-Con last summer. Original creator Ben Queen departed the series after the pilot was filmed, and ultimately, the decision was made by new showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker to completely overhaul the series – discarding the original insurance company setting and now placing the characters as employees at Wayne Security. Explained Schumacker at the Television Critics Association press tour today, “15 weeks into this we thought that the insurance company angle wasn’t really generating the storylines we hoped,” saying they sat down and spoke to DC about wanting to change the series. They felt the new security company setting still let them “tell classic workplace stories but in a way that activates the DC universe more.” As for making it a company owned by Bruce Wayne specifically, Schumacker admitted, “There’s a lot of recognition in the Wayne name,” but stressed this is a subsidiary company and that the show still takes place in the READ…