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American Gods EPs on Political Relevance and Selfish Gods

Plus, how American Gods answers Sarah McLachlan’s age-old question. By Terri Schwartz American Gods will end up being one of the most politically relevant scripted TV series of 2017, though that wasn’t necessarily showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s intent when they started adapting the Neil Gaiman novel. “It feels like the show that we set out to make was much more entertainment and much less politicking than the show that is going to be released to the audiences,” Fuller told me when I sat down with him and Green to discuss the upcoming new Starz series, which debuts on April 30th. The fantasy drama, which tells the story of a man unwittingly caught in a war between the old and new gods of America, deals with big themes like immigration. Those themes have earned new context given the political climate shift in America over the past year. Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle in American Gods Continue reading below for our Q&A with Fuller and Green where they discuss the new relevance of their American Gods adaptation, how the show challenges the idea of belief and how they are striving to make gods as sympathetic as READ FULL STORY AT…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Share. Back to save the Galaxy. By Terri Schwartz It’s difficult to catch lightning in a bottle twice, and that’s exactly what James Gunn tries to do in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Ultimately Vol. 2 isn’t as amazing a film as the first and suffers from some pacing issues, but it still proves to be a fun time with a lot of heart. We pick up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a few months after the events of the 2014 movie, with the Guardians’ reputation now spread across the galaxy. They’re heroes for hire and are working a mission for the hilariously conceited Sovereign (led by an excellent Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha). Things quickly go awry when Rocket steals some of the items the Guardians were supposed to be protecting, and the team goes to the top of the Sovereign’s to-kill list for slighting the golden, genetically-advanced race. The Guardians trying to stay one step ahead of the Sovereign and the team of Ravagers hired to kill them is the main thrust of the action of Vol. 2, but the real heart of this movie is Peter Quill meeting his father at long last. It’s READ…

American Gods: “The Bone Orchard” Review

Share. American Gods premieres on Starz on April 30th. By Terri Schwartz This is a spoiler-free advance review of American Gods, which premieres on April 30th. The most stunning, jaw-dropping moment from American Gods’ premiere episode doesn’t involve Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) or any of the other characters central to the narrative showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are weaving. Instead, it comes during a vignette in the middle of the episode featuring a character you haven’t seen before; a washed up, has-been goddess of love struggling for her place in the world during the age of online dating and Tinder. This minutes-long distraction from the main storyline sees her bring her paunchy, aged date into her bedroom, becoming entangled with him in a sex scene worthy of American Gods’ network home, Starz. “Worship me,” she commands, her voice wringing with power and desperation. It’s in that scene that American Gods is at its most powerful. Just like the goddess Bilquis, so far from home and fighting for relevance; just like newly released ex-con Shadow Moon, who finds himself adrift in an unfamiliar world; just like the array of magical creatures and dangerous gods and listless,…

Carrie Coon's Fargo Heroine 'Just Doesn’t Know the Rules'

“The case isn’t adding up the way she’s expected.” By Terri Schwartz Carrie Coon has enamored TV viewers for three seasons as Nora Durst on The Leftovers, and now she’s about to do the same in Fargo: Season 3. This new year of the FX anthology series jumps forward in time to 2010, and introduces Coon’s police chief Gloria Burgle as our central hero, like previous years’ Molly and Lou Solverson. She’s a woman who feels invisible, who is so out of sync with technology that there’s a running gag where objects like automatically opening doors don’t respond to her presence. She’s struggling with her personal life when she finds herself caught in a murder investigation of a killing that, in true Fargo fashion, went horribly awry. Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle on Fargo While on the set of Fargo: Season 3, I sat down with Coon to talk about what Gloria brings to Fargo and how she’s going to surprise people this season when it premieres Wednesday, April 19th. Read the full interview below: IGN: What sets Gloria apart from the Mollys and Lous of the previous two seasons? Carrie Coon: Because of the circumstances Gloria finds herself in…

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2 New Stills of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Plus, Luke finally speaks in the new trailer! By Terri Schwartz Rest assured: after a long wait to even see him in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker is going to be a major player in Episode VIII, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We also get to hear him in the trailer for the movie, which dropped at Star Wars Celebration 2017. “He is so significantly important to this next film,” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy said on The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration 2017. He also isn’t quite what Rey expects, according to Daisy Ridley. Check out two new photos of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi below. Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jed Hamill explained that there is still a lot of mystery surrounding what Luke has been up to when we pick back up in The Last Jedi, and he created a lot of his character’s backstory himself. “In 7, you discover Luke obviously as a hermit on this island. There’s so much unsaid about what he’s said and what he’s done. Actors like to write their own backstories… but I realized that wasn’t really important to the story READ FULL STORY AT…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Luke Isn't What Rey Expects

The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017. By Terri Schwartz Daisy Ridley shared very, very few details about Star Wars: The Last Jedi during the film’s Star Wars Celebration panel, but it should be enough to get fans excited about the 2017 movie. Ridley promised that the Rian Johnson movie will go “deeper into Rey’s story,” but also hinted that what comes after the end of The Force Awakens won’t be exactly what her character expects. Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi “Rey has a certain expectation as to what she might be getting from Luke and what that might entail. And as a lot of people might know, it’s difficult when you meet your heroes because it might not be what you expect,” Ridley teased. For those who forgot, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended with Rey arriving on Ahch-To to entreat the reclusive Luke Skywalker to return to civilization and help. The film ends with her extending her lightsaber to him and him not saying a word, which is about as big a cliffhanger as they come. Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi While we anxiously await to find…

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Ewan McGregor Is Unrecognizable at the Center of Fargo

You’ve never seen McGregor quite like this before — and he loves that. By Terri Schwartz I’m interviewing Ewan McGregor, and I can’t stop my eyes from drifting up to the exposed bald spot on the top of his head. We’re on the set of Fargo in Calgary, and this is not the Ewan McGregor I have seen before. His stomach bulges out as he sits, he has a double chin and a thicker nose, and then, of course, there’s his distracting receding hairline. This is McGregor at his least glamorous. “In a couple of years, everyone will be rocking this look,” he says with a chuckle. Ewan McGregor as Ray Stussy In truth, McGregor is fully bald; he shaves his head daily for the dual roles of Ray and Emmit Stussy in Fargo: Season 3. Sitting in front of me is Ray, the younger, down-on-his-luck Stussy brother. It’s a grievance Ray feels towards his older, more successful brother Emmit involving a stamp collection that drives this season’s conflict, though of course, things escalate quickly from there. “We try to find a unique mountain to climb each year in our anthology. We try not to duplicate,” READ FULL STORY AT…

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Better Call Saul: Season 3 Premiere Review

Share. “The wheel is gonna turn. It always does.” By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Better Call Saul’s Season 3 premiere, “Mabel,” continue below. Jimmy’s back, baby, and with him a whole new mess of trouble. Better Call Saul’s Season 3 premiere picks up right from both the epic cliffhangers at the end of Season 2, but it’s the vignette at the beginning of the episode that more sets the stage for what we can expect to come this year. “Gene” is still doing his best to live an unobtrusive life as the general manager of an Omaha Cinnamon, but he can’t hide his true calling. It is ready to come bursting out always, as it does in this post-Breaking Bad flashforward, and that glimmer of his inner “Saul” is getting closer and closer to getting him in trouble. He’s heading toward a collapse. That ties back into the present of Better Call Saul, with Jimmy’s well-laid plans to launch a firm with Kim coming ever closer to destruction. Chuck is executing his revenge on his younger brother slowly and steadily. First, by playing the confession to Howard and officially getting him on the anti-Jimmy campaign. Then, when one READ…

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TWD: How Sasha's Transformation Compares to the Comics

Plus, what Sonequa Martin-Green thought about Sasha’s big episode. By Terri Schwartz The Walking Dead‘s Season 7 finale, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,” set off the comics story arc of “All Out War,” and in doing so included one big comics storyline call back. But instead of using the comics character for this arc (who isn’t in the TV show), Sasha took on this role in a fun twist on what many fans were expecting. Full spoilers for The Waking Dead continue below. Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead The “transformation” that headline is alluding to is, of course, that Sasha turned into a zombie in the season finale of The Walking Dead. When Negan brought Sasha back to Alexandria to use her against Rick and his group, he likely wasn’t expecting that she would come out of that coffin as a walker. But it’s a plot twist many comics fans likely saw coming, even though this was a welcome deviation from the source material. Click through the below slideshow to find out how the TV show adapted and changed this comics storyline. Due to the graphic nature of READ FULL STORY AT…

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Grimm Showrunners Explain Series Finale “The End”

The series wrapped to a close with “The End.” By Terri Schwartz That’s a wrap on NBC’s Grimm, which said its farewells and thanks to audiences in its series finale, “The End.” To celebrate the series’ swan song, IGN got on the phone with showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf to unpack the final episode, look back at what could have been and answer our lingering questions. As such, spoilers for the Grimm series finale continue below. IGN: What made you want to end this series where you started it, with a new generation of Grimm taking over in the form of adult Kelly and adult Diana? JIM KOUF: I think it was a nice fairy tale ending bookend to the series, so I think kind of always knew we wanted to end [here]. We have these kids; what is going to happen to them? Are they going to continue on? So I think that was the idea from the beginning. DAVID GREENWALT: That’s the big question: what did happen to Diana and Kelly? And we also always had the image of the book itself closing, and that being the final image, except for saying “thank you” to the fans. Then READ…

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Legion Showrunner on Plans for Season 2, Professor X

Noah Hawley answers our biggest questions about what comes next. By Terri Schwartz That’s a wrap on Legion: Season 1, and the finale left plenty of cliffhangers to tease where Season 2 will head. To offer more insights about what we should take away from “Chapter 8,” Noah Hawley got on the phone to break down the big moments and preview what’s to come. Full spoilers for Legion: Season 1 continue below. Dan Stevens plays David Haller in Legion Legion is renewed for Season 2, and Hawley told press on a conference call the intent is for the new season once again to premiere in February this coming year. The big change is that Legion will likely have 10 episodes in 2018 versus its eight-episode first season, and the production will move to Los Angeles instead of Calgary. “I certainly don’t have it all worked out yet as to what the second season will entail,” said Hawley. “I think what viewers responded to about the show is its inventiveness and its sense of emotional grounding if not literal grounding. I want to continue to deliver something unexpected and something where the possibilities, if not infinite, are READ FULL STORY AT…

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Ghost in the Shell Review

Share. The classic anime makes its way to the big screen. By Terri Schwartz There’s a lot that Ghost in the Shell could have done wrong to mess up this live-action adaptation of a beloved franchise. While there are still plenty of conversations to be had about the casting controversy surrounding the movie, Rupert Sanders’ film is respectful and successful as an adaptation that strives to capture the same intellectual conversation about identity, ownership and consent that are presented in the source material. The best thing Ghost in the Shell has going for it is that it doesn’t strive to be a frame-for-frame remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime film. Instead, it draws on elements from the wealth of source material, from the manga to the TV series like Stand Alone Complex to, of course, the original film. In doing so, Sanders captures the Ghost in the Shell aesthetic and experience and is able to translate the tone for a modern audience. In this take on the story, we meet the Major (Scarlett Johansson) when she is being brought in to get her cybernetic body (an excuse to get a glorious recreation of the shelling sequence, designed by Weta) and READ…

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Star Wars Celebration 2017: Complete List of Trading Pins

Each pin represents one year of the franchise’s history in honor of its 40th anniversary. By Terri Schwartz Collectors get ready, because Star Wars Celebration is again rolling out an awesome set of pins exclusive to this year’s show. Three sets of trading pins have already been revealed as part of the Road to Celebration, and now IGN can reveal the remaining pins that will be available. Check out all of the 2017 Star Wars Celebration trading pins below: Complete list of Star Wars Celebration 2017 trading pins This year’s pin set are designed by Derek Laufman. The 40 unique Star Wars character pins represent one year of the franchise’s history in honor of its 40th anniversary. Click through the below gallery to see all the pins up close and find out where and how you can purchase them at this year’s show: Make sure to check out StarWarsCelebration.com for the full set of rules regarding the Pin Trading Program. Star Wars Celebration will be held in Orlando from April 13 to 16. IGN will be on the ground covering all the breaking news, cosplay and fun events to come out of the convention, so keep it locked READ FULL…

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Walking Dead: How Dwight's Choice Compares to the Comics

A new friend or a tricky foe? By Terri Schwartz The Walking Dead‘s cliffhanger ending in “The Other Side” finally got some solid payoff at the end of this week’s “Something They Need,” providing some unexpected support for Rick and the rest of the Alexandrians. But how does that storyline compare to the comics? We’re glad you asked. Spoilers for The Walking Dead’s latest episode, “Something They Need,” and The Walking Dead comics continue below. So, uhh, about Dwight, huh? Fans of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comics likely have been expecting this turn for a while, and the TV show has done a great job of setting it up. Like in the show, Dwight does switch sides and come to Rick to offer help in the fight against Negan, but the circumstances of each are wildly different. Here’s a breakdown of how the two compare, and what we can expect to come after this latest twist. Here’s a breakdown of how the two compare, and what we can expect to come after this latest twist. Due to the graphic nature of both The Walking Dead comics and TV show, the slideshow below contains strong language. Chances are Dwight will be READ FULL…