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Tom Hardy Explains the Supernatural Side of Taboo

Tom Hardy discusses the mystical side of his new series, Taboo. By Terri Schwartz The trailers for Taboo paint a mystical picture of main character James Keziah Delaney, played by Tom Hardy. From describing him as a “ghost,” a man with “mother’s madness” seen walking around in tribal garb, to flashes of images that hint at witchcraft and other taboo magic, it’s understandable than some might have thought the new FX/BBC co-production was more Penny Dreadful than Peaky Blinders. While Taboo, which airs its second episode tonight, certainly does have threads of supernatural storytelling woven through its plot, it’s much more focused on exploring the traumatized mind of Delaney than revealing whether he’s some sort of shaman. Tom Hardy told IGN that the parts of the story that might seem supernatural are more just a way for Taboo’s storytellers to play around with the show’s tone, explaining the first season is “more of a ‘f–k you to the establishment’ story.” “There’s plenty of opportunity to use elements of mystery and magic and potential of what we superimpose, project upon that, that must be mystic in some aspect,” said Hardy. “But what’s more interesting to me is I was watching READ…

Legion: X-Men Producer on Future TV Plans

Legion premieres February 8th. By Terri Schwartz With FX’s new series Legion, the X-Men franchise is venturing into the live action television realm. Developed in conjunction with Marvel and X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner and created by Noah Hawley, Legion is a far cry from the depiction of the X-Men that fans of the film series are likely used to. Legion delves into the mind of David Haller (Dan Stevens), who is a mutant with abilities but believes he is mentally ill. Though David is famously the son of Professor Charles Xavier in the Marvel Comics, Hawley intentionally separated his version of the character from the main movie series. Instead, the showrunner was more interested in populating Legion with non-Marvel characters to focus his show on the idea of deconstructing a villain. IGN spoke with Donner at the 2017 winter TV Critics Association press tour about how Legion is reflective of the direction the X-Men franchise could be taking, especially in light of Matt Nix’s forthcoming FOX Marvel show (which is connected to the movies) and the “reconfigured” film series. Read on for the full interview. IGN: The thing that struck me most about the first two episodes of Legion…

Nintendo Announces Super Bomberman R For Switch

Being released in March. By Terri Schwartz Bomberman is back, this time as Super Bomberman R on Nintendo Switch. Check out a trailer for the game below: The latest Bomberman title features 3D stages and photo-real graphics, Nintendo revealed. Players can compete with rivals globally, with a “Battle” mode that features a maximum of eight players. The party-battle game also has a single play “Story” mode, which can also be played with two players in a co-op mode. Expect a lot of familiar Bomberman touches, including the character’s siblings and well-known enemies. Super Bomberman R features a new rule where “the condition to clear the stage is not just by wiping out all the enemies.” Super Bomberman R is slated for a March release, which puts it within the Nintendo Switch launch video. Nintendo Switch will launch globally on March 3, 2017 for $299.99 USD and 29,980 yen, with online services free for a limited period after launch. Here’s a complete guide to pre-ordering the Nintendo Switch, and a full list of announced games. And if you’re curious what Switch’s game boxes will look like, here’s a sneak peek. Terri Schwartz is Entertainment Editor at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Why Tom Hardy Went to TV with Taboo

Taboo’s origin story began with Oliver Twist. By Terri Schwartz Tom Hardy is more than just the lead actor in FX and BBC’s new drama Taboo; he’s baked into the DNA. Beyond just acting in the show, he produces it and co-created it, and it’s a bit of a passion project he’s been developed for close to a decade. Hardy credits the conception for Taboo to a conversation he had with his father nine years ago, while he was making 2007’s BBC mini-series Oliver Twist. At the time, he went to his father, novelist and comedian Chips Hardy, with the pitch to take a villainous character like Oliver Twist’s Bill Sikes, mix him with the likes of Heart of Darkness’s Marlow and Jack the Ripper, put him inside a gentleman’s body and mix the two together. The idea was to create a hero in a classic period drama that could transcend the class divides between the opulent upper class of 19th century London and the city’s dark underbelly. At the time, his father’s response was he didn’t have a story there, to which Hardy declared: “I just want to play this character.” Hardy recalls his father telling him, “Tom, READ…

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Beauty and the Beast Star on the Challenges of Playing the Beast

“It’s a very different mode of working.” By Terri Schwartz Dan Stevens, best known for his role as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, is readying for a huge 2017. He stars in FX’s forthcoming Marvel X-Men series Legion as David Haller, and also takes the title role of the Beast in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast. Coming from a British period drama background, both Legion and Beauty and the Beast required significantly more physical acting than Stevens was used to. The role of the Beast required Stevens to act on 10-inch stilts and wear a creature mask, and performing as that character changed how he’s worked ever since. “Physically, the Beast is the most challenging role I’ve taken on,” Stevens told IGN at the 2017 winter TV Critics Association press tour, where he was promoting Legion. “The condition I had to have my body in to puppeteer that suit on stilts was like nothing else I’ve ever experienced, seriously. The kind of engagement — and actually a lot of dance involved in that role, albeit on stilts; it was a very, very intense dance training process — has gotten me more physically engaged with all of my READ…

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Agents of SHIELD: “Broken Promises” Review

Share. The robot apocalypse is finally here. By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD continue below. Like the first arc of Season 4 was “Ghost Rider,” so the second arc is “L.M.D.,” with the threat of Aida and her incognito androids looming large. But with Robbie Reyes in the rearview mirror (at least for now), Agents of SHIELD can put all its focus into the storyline it’s teased since the end of Season 3: the L.M.D.-apocalypse. Ghost Rider was a great hook for the first arc of Agents of SHIELD’s fourth season and the series did a good job with the character. Coming off that strong run of episodes, it’s impressive that SHIELD transitioned as smoothly and seamlessly as it did from the supernatural to a more science-focused robot showdown. Or is it really the end of times, like Mack keeps anticipating? Part of what makes the transition to the robots-gone-bad storyline work so well is that Agents of SHIELD repeatedly proves that it’s aware that so many of these storylines have been done before. The running joke of Mack calling out the various ’80s robo-pocalypse movies works on multiple levels; not only does it prove READ…

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Time After Time Will Incorporate Multiple H.G. Wells Novels

“I would watch the show and look for little Easter eggs.” By Terri Schwartz Time After Time, the upcoming ABC sci-fi series from Kevin Williamson, tells a story of an H.G. Wells who actually invents a time machine and travels from the 19th century to the present in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Based on the 1979 novel and film of the same name, Time After Time chews through its source material in the pilot and sets up a more broad exploration of time travel, technology, humanity and H.G. Wells throughout the rest of the season. The focus of the show will be on the relationship between Wells (Freddie Stroma) and Jack the Ripper, real name John Stevenson (Josh Bowman). Even though the first few episodes will give their own spin on Time After Time’s obvious inspiration, Wells’ novel The Time Machine, the show will only travel through time four times in the first 12 episodes. Instead, the show will eventually explore several of H.G. Wells’ most notable works, starting with The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau, and by the end of the season touching on themes from War of the Worlds. “What we’re doing is READ…

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Game of Thrones: Sam Will Need a New Brother in Season 7

Freddie Stroma won’t be back, and Dickon Tarly is reportedly recast. By Terri Schwartz Don’t expect to see Freddie Stroma back as Samwell Tarly’s brother Dickon in Game of Thrones: Season 7. Actor Freddie Stroma confirmed to IGN that he was unable to reprise his role because he was committed to filming his new ABC series Time After Time. “I was shooting this, so my character, I wouldn’t be able to go back now,” he said while representing Time After Time at the 2017 winter TV Critics Association. “It was still fun. I got to be in that world. I’ve watched all of it. It’s just an incredible TV show.” Samantha Spiro, Hannah Murray, John Bradley, Freddie Stroma and Rebecca Benson in Game of Thrones Stroma made a short appearance in Game of Thrones: Season 6 episode “Blood of My Blood” as the younger brother of Samwell Tarley. When he initially got the role he was told “there’s a chance this is going to be coming back,” but because of his series regular commitment to Time After Time he had to sit Season 7 out. That said, he is just happy he got the chance to inhabit Westeros, READ FULL STORY AT…

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Wrinkle in Time Film Hasn't 'Shied Away From the Darkness'

Bellamy Young calls Duvernay’s take on the story “magical.” By Terri Schwartz Ava Duvernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is a reimagining of the classic 1963 science fantasy novel for a modern audience, and star Bellamy Young says the forthcoming Disney film will embrace the story’s darkness. “The book meant the world to me as I was growing up, so just to be a part of it at all was such an honor, but to be a part of Ava’s vision of it? She has such thoughtful grace to all her work,” Young told IGN at the 2017 Television Critics Association, where she was representing her ABC series Scandal. “She’s kept all the hope but not shied away from the darkness, and I think it’s going to be as magical as your own experience of the book.” The 2018 fantasy adventure follows Storm Reid as main character Meg Murry, who gets swept away on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions with her brilliant brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and their friend Calvin (Levi Miller) on a mission to bring home their father (Chris Pine), who mysteriously disappeared after conducting an experiment. A Wrinkle in Time READ FULL STORY…

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Watch the New Beauty and the Beast TV Spot

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017. By Terri Schwartz A new TV spot for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast debuted during the broadcast of the 2017 Golden Globes. The new teaser offers more of a taste of Emma Watson singing as Belle, as well as how the film recreated iconic scenes from the animated movie. Watch the video below: Meanwhile, the official Beauty and the Beast Twitter account shared a gorgeous new poster for the upcoming live action film. See the full poster below. Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston; Kevin Kline as Maurice; Josh Gad as Lefou; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth; and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. It hits theaters on March 17, 2017. Terri Schwartz is Entertainment Editor at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Black Flash Will Return to 'Multiple' CW Arrowverse Shows

Black Flash will be back on “multiple shows.” By Terri Schwartz Spoilers for The Flash through its Season 3 midseason finale continue below. Black Flash will return, and not just on The Flash. Arrowverse executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed more details about Black Flash’s return during the 2017 winter TV Critics Association press tour. He promised that Black Flash will be back on “multiple shows,” but didn’t clarify which specifically. Teddy Sears as Black Flash on The Flash It’s unclear if Teddy Sears will reprise the role considering his character Hunter Zolomon turned into Black Flash in the Season 2 finale. Kreisberg said Black Flash will have “sort of classic comic book Grim Reaper aspect, it’s just it will be on multiple shows.” “He’s a classic character. We have storylines on a couple of the shows that fit having him return,” said Kreisberg. “There’s something so scary about him, even sort of scarier than when he was just a man, because now it’s like he is the Grim Reaper, he is the devil, so how do you stop the devil? So it presents an interesting challenge for the heroes of the respective shows in which he READ FULL STORY AT…

CW Revives Constantine as Animated Series

Produced by Greg Berlanti. By Terri Schwartz The CW announced it will be bringing back Constantine as an animated series on The CW Seed. Matt Ryan, who starred as the title character on the recent NBC series, will return to voice John Constantine, and Greg Berlanti will produce it. Here is the key art The CW released for the new show: Constantine ran for one season on NBC in the 2014-15 TV season. Ryan recently reprised his role as Constantine in Season 4 of Arrow, though The CW head Mark Pedowitz said there’s no intention for him to return to the live action shows any time soon. “At this point in time, there are no plans to,” he said at the 2017 winter Television Critics’ Association. “I would love to have Matt. I think that was a great episode in Season 4. Matt adds a dimension to the show as the character.” IGN will update this story as more information is revealed. For more on The CW’s DC shows, the network recently renewed all four of its live action DC TV series. Terri Schwartz is Entertainment Editor at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz. READ FULL STORY AT…

Did You Catch the Destiny Reference in Netflix's Travelers?

There’s something strange about those horses… By Terri Schwartz New Netflix sci-fi series Travelers snuck in a fun nod to Bungie’s Destiny in its first season, which is all the more clever considering the show’s name. The Canadian drama, which premiered on Showcase in October before Netflix debuted it internationally in late December, tosses in the reference in episode 8, “Donner.” Reilly Dolman’s Philip Pearson is making bets on a horse race, and the horse’s names sound strikingly familiar. Here’s the moment, as GIFed by Redditor Paracelus: Four of the five horses mentioned — Patience and Time, Touch of Malice, The Last Word and The Fourth Horseman — are the names of exotic guns in Destiny. The fifth, Down and Doubt, is the name of a legendary hand cannon. The real question is who on the Travelers staff is the Destiny fan. Writers Ashley Park and Pat Smith? Showrunner Brad Wright? Someone else who snuck these names in over everyone’s head? Of course, the reference gets even more meta considering the significance of “The Traveler” to Destiny’s lore. The mysterious spherical entity, who gazes down on humanity’s last city, presumably doesn’t have as much of a preference for time travel as the…

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Taboo Series Premiere Review

Share. Spoiler-free thoughts on Tom Hardy’s new FX series. By Terri Schwartz Taboo, the new Steven Knight mini-series debuting on BBC One (January 7th) and FX (January 10th), is gorgeously constructed and well acted, though its narrative is often intentionally inscrutable. Starring Tom Hardy and created by Knight, Hardy, and his father Chips Hardy, Taboo tells the story of Englishman James Delaney, whose father’s death spurs him to return to London from Africa after being thought dead for more than a decade. James’s surprise appearance at the late Mr. Delaney’s funeral throws a wrench in the plans of his estranged half sister Zilpha (Oona Chaplin) and her husband Thorne Geary (Jefferson Hall), as well as the machinations of the East India Trading Company, led by Stuart Strange (Jonathan Pryce). The series is anchored by some fantastic performers, and with Hardy having a hand in crafting his character it’s clear this is the sort of role he enjoys playing. James is an enigma, his motivations unexplained until deeper into the season. He’s on a revenge quest, though the hows and whys aren’t immediately presented. He frequently reminds those he encounters — and by extension the audience — that he is a READ…