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iZombie: “Looking for Mr. Goodbrain” Review

Share. ”Quidditch injury.” By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.  A combination of Peak TV, Peak Me Traveling and CW not regularly making episodes of iZombie available to press early stopped me from being able to do weekly reviews this season, but I definitely wanted to jump back in to review the two-part season finale, which kicked off this week. And man, “Looking for Mr. Goodbrain Part 1” sure had a lot going on! Katty is dead, and Chase may be the killer! Harley became a suicide bomber and took out Natalie and most of Major’s buddies! The middle of the season got a bit messy as the Fillmore Graves storyline felt somewhat pushed to the side for awhile, and it was a clunky transition from Vivian to Chase as the leader at FG. I wish Chase could have been around all season to make this reveal even bigger (if it’s what it appears to be…), but certainly Jason Dohring is great at playing charming yet dangerous, as we saw a new, seductive side to Chase… and then learned he might be a killer. Liv cheating on Justin is awful, even as it felt READ FULL STORY…

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The Enduring Popularity of Pete and Pete

As Pete and Pete gets a retrospective launch on NickSplat, stars Michael C. Maronna and Danny Tamberelli and co-creator Chris Viscardi discuss the past, present and future of the series. By Eric Goldman It’s been quite awhile since episodes of The Adventures of Pete and Pete have aired on a Nickelodeon station, but that’s about to change, as episodes of the beloved 1990s comedy — about two identically-named brothers — are joining the lineup on NickSplat, the retro programming block that airs every night beginning at 10:00pm on the TeenNick channel. Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18th will all be Pete and Pete focused on NickSplat, with “The Strongest Reunion in the World” event. Besides airing classic episodes, there will also be newly-filmed segments with Michael C. Maronna (“Big Pete”) and Danny Tamberelli (“Little Pete”). Maronna, Tamberelli and The Adventures of Pete and Pete co-creator Chris Viscardi were all on hand last weekend at a the ATX Television Festival in Austin for a NickSplat panel that also included cast and creators from Hey Dude and Salute Your Shorts. I sat down with the Pete and Pete trio to talk about the surreal show’s enduring cult popularity, if we READ…

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Can Alicia Find Normalcy Again on Fear the Walking Dead?

The Fear TWD star on her knife skills, how to REALLY survive the zombie apocalypse and much more. By Eric Goldman Warning: Spoilers follow for the most recent episodes of Fear the Walking Dead. Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has gone through a lot on Fear the Walking Dead. A normal, LA high school kid when the series began, Alicia ended up on the run with her family, following the zombie outbreak that began the series – and recent events got even more intense for her, as she killed a living person for the first time to save Travis (Cliff Curtis)… only for Travis to die in front of her shortly after. However, Alicia, her mom, Madison (Kim Dickens), and bother, Nick (Frank Dillane), now find themselves at the Broke Jaw Ranch, amongst a large group of survivors, in what feels like a relatively safe environment… even as there is cause to be very wary of locals like Troy Otto (Daniel Sharman). Alicia has been embraced by a group of local teens, giving her the first moment of normalcy in quite awhile. But can it last? At the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX last week, following a panel READ FULL…

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Cars 3 Stars on Fan Theories About the Cars Universe

With Cars 3 here, the stars of the film discuss Pixar’s introspective methods and more. By Eric Goldman Lightning McQueen is back in Cars 3, but this time he truly seems to have met his match. The newest film in the Cars series finds Lightning sidelined thanks to a frightening crash that occurs when he tries, and fails, to beat the brash young racer named Jackson Storm. Lightning is determined to prove he still has what it takes though, and to face Jackson again – and triumph over him. But can he actually succeed? With Cars 3 hitting theaters this weekend, I sat down with Owen Wilson (who returns as the voice of Lightning McQueen) and Armie Hammer (who plays Jackson Storm) to discuss the surprisingly deep places the film goes, the popularity the Cars franchise has with kids, and those very elaborate and amusing fan theories on how the Cars universe actually functions. That Pixar Feeling Cars 3 has the most introspective and thoughtful storyline of the series to date, as Lightning McQueen has to cope with getting older and not being the best at what he does anymore. It’s the kind of storyline that is uncommon most READ…

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Cars 3 Review

Share. Pixar achievement unlocked. By Eric Goldman It took three movies, but Pixar’s Cars franchise finally actually feels like it’s made by Pixar. There’s a very meta scene in Cars 3 where Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), shown a room filled with gaudy merchandise bearing his likeness, declares he’s not just a brand. Cars is a film series many dismiss as only existing to sell toys, and it feels like Pixar – under the guidance of director Brian Fee for this installment – was well aware of this perception and wanted to prove this movie had a bigger, story-driven reason for existing. And on that front they’ve succeeded, delivering a much more nuanced, emotional journey for this series. The first teaser for the film brought about a lot of big (and humorous) reactions with its slow-mo shot of Lightning McQueen in a terrible crash. Was this sequel going to be about Lightning finding himself paralyzed? Or worse?! Well, no, and while that crash is a big moment early in the film, Lightning doesn’t have any long-term physical effects from it. But it does reflect how damaged his psyche has become. And yes, I know that sounds bizarre for READ…

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Hey Dude, Pete & Pete, Salute Your Shorts Stars Reunite

The stars and creators of three beloved Nick shows look back fondly. By Eric Goldman A trio of beloved 1990s Nickelodeon series were front and center at the ATX Television Festival in Austin today, as cast members and creators from Hey Dude, The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Salute Your Shorts gathered to discuss the shows, which are now all re-airing on Nickelodeon’s “NickSplat” nighttime programming block. The panel consisted of Michael C. Maronna (Big Pete Wrigley, The Adventures of Pete & Pete), Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete Wrigley, The Adventures of Pete & Pete), Chris Viscardi (Creator, The Adventures of Pete & Pete), Danny Cooksey (Bobby Budnick, Salute Your Shorts), Steve Slavkin (Creator, Salute Your Shorts), Kelly Brown (Bradley “Brad” Taylor, Hey Dude), David Lascher (Ted McGriff, Hey Dude) and Graham Yost (Writer, Hey Dude), all of whom said they still encounter plenty of fans of these series – whether it be on the street, or a doctor’s office or, in Cooksey’s place, the woman he’s now married to (“I totally scored!” he declared, of his wife’s affection for his character, Budnick). (L-R) Leanne Aguilera, Graham Yost, David Lascher, Kelly Brown, Chris Viscardi, Danny Tamberelli, Michael READ FULL STORY…

James Gunn on the Guardians Expanding into Theme Parks and Infinity War

Guardians’ director on expanding the characters into theme parks and Avengers: Infinity War. By Eric Goldman Who would have expected Rocket Raccoon to co-exist with Mickey Mouse? The ascension of the Guardians of the Galaxy from a cult property, filled with characters few were familiar with if they didn’t read comic books, to a giant, globally popular franchise has been amazing to behold. And now that has expanded even further with the Guardians getting their own Disney theme park ride at Disney California Adventure called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout. The guiding force of the Guardians rise has been James Gunn, who has written and directed both of the films (and is already set to return for a third installment). Gunn was also involved in Mission: Breakout, which includes most of the core cast from the film (including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista), in a very entertaining, exciting experience that finds you helping Rocket free his teammates from the Collector – as you plummet up and down an elevator, in a notably effective re-tolling of the building formerly used for Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. At the recent kick off event for Mission: Breakout, I sat…

Kung Fu Panda Coming to Universal Studios Theme Park

Plus hello, Hello Kitty! By Eric Goldman Having purchased DreamWorks Animation for 3.8 billion last year, it was clear NBCUniversal wouldn’t squander the theme park opportunities adding so many characters to their arsenal gives them. Now we know the first new theme park element we’ll see from this merger, as Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a new DreamWorks Theater attraction. While the plan is for the venue to play host to a variety of DreamWorks Animation themed attractions, the first will be based around Kung Fu Panda, in what is described as a “multi-sensory adventure.” While it is a stage show, with the audience sitting down to watch, the description reads: This new technologically advanced attraction will take guests on a legendary journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art projection mapping and LED lighting effects for a highly engaging and immersive, unstoppable-awesome experience. Kung Fu Panda will be the first show at the new DreamWorks Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood There will also be the addition of several DreamWorks animation characters to the parks for photo opportunities, including Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress; Madagascar’s Alex the Lion, plus The Penguins Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private, and King Julian;…

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What Did You Think of This Week's Twin Peaks?

By Eric Goldman From this week forward, everyone is in the same boat with Twin Peaks episodes, as no more episodes will be posted early on Showtime Anytime or released early to press. That being the case, my reviews will post either late Sunday or early Monday, depending on my schedule. So come back to this URL for my “Part 5” review, and in the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the comments below! “They called me Mr. Jackpots!” READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Disney's Avatar Land is Great Even if You Don't Love Avatar

Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar is well worth visiting whether you care about the movie or not. By Eric Goldman and Trish Troesh (Photos) It was easy to be cynical about Pandora: The World of Avatar leading up to its opening at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom last week. And look, I shared a lot of those worries. It’s been 8 years since Avatar opened and in the time since — despite still being the highest grossing movie ever — the film has sort of fallen off the pop culture map. While long-promised sequels are in the works, it felt like no one cared about Avatar anymore, so why would they care about an entire theme park land devoted to it? The answer is simple: Because it’s a terrific experience, no matter your investment in the film that inspired it. I’m someone who never was much of an Avatar fan to begin with, finding the film beautiful but hollow, and I haven’t revisited it since I saw it in the theater… and yet I loved Pandora. It’s a wonderfully made theme park experience, capped off by one hell of a ride. So what is it about READ…

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Disney World's Avatar Land Has One of the Best Rides Ever

Flight of Passage at Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar is remarkable. By Eric Goldman I’ll be writing more about Pandora – The World of Avatar next week, and the overall experience there, but with the new land at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom opening today, I wanted to focus on the main attraction, Flight of Passage. Because wow, this is some ride. As a bit of a theme park junkie, it’s rare I can walk off a ride and instantly say, “That’s now one my all-time favorites.” In fact, the last time I think that happened was when I first rode Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter seven years ago. But I feel secure saying that about Flight of Passage. It’s a new gold standard. Flight of Passage takes you above Pandora, as you ride a banshee through the sky. What really stands out about this though is that unlike the Potter franchise, which I’m a huge fan of, I’m pretty indifferent to Avatar. I thought the movie was fine when it came out, but that was it. It was beautiful to look at, but the story READ FULL STORY AT…

Disneyland May Offer Hints at Characters Coming to MCU

Bill’s hammer and a possible Sub-Mariner nod are among the objects mixed in with familiar MCU elements on the new attraction. By Eric Goldman There are a ton of cool items on display at the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout attraction at Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure park (you can read my full reaction to the new attraction), and it’s hard not to wonder if some could potentially hint at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future – including a big nod to Thor character Beta Ray Bill. As you queue up, the pretense of the ride is that you are inside the collection of Taneleer Tivan (Benicio Del Toro – one of many actors from the Guardians movies reprising his role here) and many familiar elements from MCU films and TV series are present, such as an Ultron drone (Avengers: Age of Ultron), a Nova Corps uniform (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Terrigen crystals (Agents of SHIELD). However, we’d also been told by Disney and Marvel representatives that we should look for items from Marvel comics that have not been seen in the MCU — at least not yet — with the idea that some of these inclusions could…

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12 Monkeys is Back! …And Airing in an Unusual Way

Stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull and Barbara Sukowa, along with showrunner Terry Matalas, discuss what’s to come. By Eric Goldman The awesome time travel adventures in 12 Monkeys resumes this Friday on Syfy as Season 3 kicks off! With the season finale airing… this Sunday? Yes, it’s true, thanks to an unusual bit of scheduling that has the entire ten-episode season airing over three nights, beginning Friday, May 19th and wrapping up Sunday, May 21st. But lest you think this means 12 Monkeys is in trouble, the acclaimed show has actually already been renewed for its fourth and final season, which is in production now. On a recent visit to the Toronto set of 12 Monkeys – while the cast were filming Season 4 scenes they can’t discuss just yet – I spoke to stars Aaron Stanford (“James Cole”), Amanda Schull (“Dr. Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Railly”) and Barbara Sukowa (“Katarina Jones”), along with the show’s executive producer/showrunner, Terry Matalas, about what to expect in Season 3, the new eras the characters are traveling to and that noteworthy airing tactic. Cole Feels Desperate Season 2 ended with a pregnant Cassie taken by the Army of the 12 Monkeys further into the READ…