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Jordan Peele Is Toying With Your Expectations in Get Out

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut hits theaters on February 24th. By Terri Schwartz The less you know about Get Out before you see it, the better — but even once you start watching the film, director/writer Jordan Peele intentionally wants to subvert your expectations. The movie, which Peele describes as a “social thriller,” starts with a simple premise: a young interracial couple goes to meet her parents for the first time. While Rose (Allison Williams) initially dismisses her boyfriend Chris’s (Daniel Kaluuya) concerns that she hasn’t told her parents that he is black, a trip to their upstate New York home reveals there’s something much more sinister at play than just racial tensions. But even that short synopsis probably will cause you to make some false assumptions about what this film will be, which was something the first time director and former Key & Peele star wanted to take advantage of. Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington in Get Out “I knew that the only way to make this movie work, besides getting the tone right, was that the plot would have to reveal the judgements and the presumptions we would have about the movie are in fact READ FULL STORY AT…

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Agents of SHIELD's Next Storyline Rewards Long-Time Fans

“Self Control” launches a whole new story arc in Season 4. By Terri Schwartz SHIELD is on fire. There’s smoke and dust in the air, the top secret base is burning, and Daisy Johnson is fighting one of SHIELD’s own: former director Jeffrey Mace. Pursuing him down a hallway, she takes a punch, jumping up and off a pillar for a stronger advantage… And, cut. Chloe Bennet readies for another take, doing a couple dry runs of Quake’s superhero attack pose to get even more amped up for the next run-through of the stunt scene. The camera resets and Quake advances on her adversary once more, this time even more intense than the version they shot previously. “That’s the one,” says co-showrunner Jed Whedon, who makes his directorial debut for the culmination of Season 4’s “L.M.D.” pod, Tuesday’s “Self Control.” Up next, the fight advances to the SHIELD lab. My visit to Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’s set was toward the end of production on this cornerstone episode, and what I was witnessing was just one small snippet of an ambitious fight scene that took two days to film — a first for the ABC/Marvel series. With the cliffhanger at READ…

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Jed Whedon Makes Directorial Debut on Agents of SHIELD

Whedon wrote and directed “Self Control.” By Terri Schwartz Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD co-showrunner Jed Whedon will make his directorial debut on Tuesday’s episode of the series, “Self Control,” IGN can exclusively reveal. The February 21st episode is pivotal for Season 4, as it marks the end of the current “L.M.D.” story arc and kicks off the third and final pod of episodes of the season. Whedon, who also wrote the episode, told IGN that he’s always wanted to try his hand at directing, and decided last year that Season 4 would finally be his time to get behind the camera. “Now the ship is up and running,” he said. “Last year [co-showrunner] Maurissa and I wrote [‘Spacetime’] and Kevin [Tancharoen] directed it and I did a little second unit stuff on that, and that was a special one to us, so I was like, ‘Alright, let’s not wait. We’ll schedule it and see what happens and see how life gets in the way.’” Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons READ FULL STORY…

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Taboo: “Episode 6” Review

Share. “Gentlemen, at last, some good news.” By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Taboo continue below. And now we’re getting to the good stuff. With only three episodes left of Taboo: Season 1, the set up is finally ending and the real chess game between Delaney and the East India Company is beginning. George Chichester’s introduction into the show last week gave Taboo new momentum as he became the very direct conduit for Delaney’s anti-EIC agenda because of their treatment of the slaves on the Cornwallis. Here, again, it’s Chinchester and not Delaney who is pushing that plot forward. While Delaney is off grappling with his mental state, it’s Chinchester who is confronting the EIC straight on — and though he wasn’t able to contact Delaney in this episode, we know that he is trying. Now that Chinchester has the crown’s backing, the gloves can come off. We get definitive insight into what happened with the Cornwallis and why Sir Stuart Strange is so defensive. It’s because of Chinchester that Strange even gets serious about playing his game of chess with Delaney and the crown, and I personally can’t wait to see what magic (pun intended) happens when Chinchester and READ…

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Baby Groot Is 'a Little Jerk' in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Vol. 2’s version of Groot is “a more complete character.” By Terri Schwartz We’re on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Marvel security is hovering nearby closer than usual. A nondescript black case is brought forward and opened by the film’s prop master, a small object pulled out and handed to the first member of a group of journalists visiting the Atlanta set for the day. Like clockwork, every time someone holds the object, they let out a soft exclamation of delight. It’s one of the most precious props on the set of the film, and the one that surpasses expectations every time it’s held. By the time it gets to me, I unintentionally let out a joyful yelp. The prop I’m holding, of course, is Baby Groot. “When I bring Baby Groot out, people just die. They’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” Marvel prop master Russell Bobbitt tells the gathered group of press after we’ve all had a chance to hold him. “Obviously designing a 10″ Groot, you know it’s going to be special.” Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot is a CGI character, but this READ FULL STORY AT…

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Taboo: “Episode 5” Review

Share. Delaney’s plans align in the latest episode of the FX-BBC co-production. By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Taboo continue below. Taboo is one of the most gorgeous shows on the air right now. It has a distinct visual style that creates a personality for the FX-BBC co-production, immediately setting the tone for the type of series you’re going to be watching. That continues to be the case with “Episode 5,” which featured some truly striking cinematography, from James Delaney’s journey down the river to his duel with Zilpha’s husband Thorne to the scene with Lorna and Delaney (and Winter) down by the water to simple establishing shots of buildings in London. “Episode 5” marks the transition from director Kristoffer Nyholm (who helmed the first four) to director Anders Engström, who is off to a strong start in the back half of Season 1. If the cinematography gives Taboo its tone, then star Tom Hardy gives it its heart. This is his show through and through, as he conceived it with his father Chips Hardy, is producing it and, of course, is starring in it. This episode was as much about Delany setting his plan into motion as it was about READ…

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Meet Mantis, the Newest Guardian of the Galaxy

Plus, more details on the new worlds (and new rides) of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. By Terri Schwartz Expect to see several new and familiar characters enter the ranks of the Guardians of the Galaxy in its upcoming sequel. Pom Klementieff makes her MCU debut in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 as Mantis, an alien with empathic powers. Mantis has been seen as part of the full Guardians line-up alongside the likes of Star-Lord, Rocket and Gamora multiple times in the comics, hinting that she’ll be earning the title of Guardian of the Galaxy by the time this film concludes. “I can tell you that Pom [Klementieff] is somebody who will be on your radar for the rest of your life after this,” gushed her co-star Chris Pratt during a press visit to Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2’s set. “She is crushing it. She’s so unique and like Dave was born to play Drax, I feel like she was totally born to play Mantis. … She’s a major part of this movie and I think it’s safe to say a major member of Guardians of the Galaxy.” Mantis travels with Kurt Russell’s Ego the READ FULL…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Will Defy All Your Expectations

Expect this new movie to pick up not long after the first film left off. By Terri Schwartz When Guardians of the Galaxy came out, it defied audiences’ expectations of what a Marvel movie could be, becoming the studio’s best-grossing debut film for its superhero franchises. Now director James Gunn and Marvel Studios are faced with the challenge of doing the same thing over again, and both are convinced they’re delivering a finished product that is going to exceed already high expectations. “I don’t think it’s going to be what anyone expects,” Gunn admitted to IGN and a small group of reporters during a trip to Vol. 2’s Atlanta set last April. If this new film retreads any familiar material, it’s going to be in Gunn’s attempt to surprise audiences by doing something different, this time with an even deeper story and exploration of the core characters. Yondu, Nebula, Star-Lord, Gamora, Mantis, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 “A lot of times people when they make a sequel, they just play the hits. They’re like, ‘Let’s tell the exact same story, strip it down, replace the jokes with new READ FULL STORY AT…

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Stranger Things: Season 2 Premiere Date Revealed!

All eyes are on the Sunday reveal. By Terri Schwartz UPDATE: Netflix revealed the first trailer for Stranger Things: Season 2 during Super Bowl LI, and confirmed the new season will premiere on Halloween. Watch the world go Upside Down in the new trailer: IGN’s original story continues below: Stranger Things‘ Twitter account dropped a cryptic tweet that seems to have revealed when Season 2 will premiere. The pinned tweet includes just an image of a Houston “weather report” promising some major thunderstorms on Sunday. That tweet coincided with Entertainment Weekly announcing Netflix will run a Stranger Things TV spot during Super Bowl LI, also on Sunday. But if you take a closer look at the image, the numbers seem to reveal a possible premiere date of September 8, 2017. (The difference between Friday’s temperatures is 9, the difference between Saturday’s temperatures is 8 and the difference between the barometric pressure is 17.) It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine the Super Bowl TV spot will confirm that date, considering the millions of dollars Netflix is spending to get that announcement in front of as many people as possible. If that doesn’t get you excited enough, Entertainment READ…

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Is This the Stranger Things: Season 2 Premiere Date?

All eyes are on the Sunday reveal. By Terri Schwartz Stranger Things‘ Twitter account dropped a cryptic tweet that seems to have revealed when Season 2 will premiere. The pinned tweet includes just an image of a Houston “weather report” promising some major thunderstorms on Sunday. That tweet coincided with Entertainment Weekly announcing Netflix will run a Stranger Things TV spot during Super Bowl LI, also on Sunday. But if you take a closer look at the image, the numbers seem to reveal a possible premiere date of September 8, 2017. (The difference between Friday’s temperatures is 9, the difference between Saturday’s temperatures is 8 and the difference between the barometric pressure is 17.) It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine the Super Bowl TV spot will confirm that date, considering the millions of dollars Netflix is spending to get that announcement in front of as many people as possible. If that doesn’t get you excited enough, Entertainment Weekly also debuted the first photo from Season 2. Seems like there are ghosts that need bustin’ this time around. Is Slimer in the Upside Down? Check out the new image below: Stranger Things: Season 2 first READ FULL STORY…

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How Riverdale Remixed Archie's Main Character

One character intentionally was significantly different. By Terri Schwartz Riverdale‘s DNA is taken straight from the Archie Comics, but this is not the version of Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead that your grandparents grew up with. As much Twin Peaks as it is a high school drama, the new CW TV show remixes Archie in a lot of significant ways. But the show still needed to remain Archie at its core, and that was the fine line Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer and Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa needed to walk in Riverdale’s execution. While it’s a murder mystery that he promises will be resolved by the end of Season 1, “the challenge of the show — or the fun of the show — is to solve and service both the mystery and the relationships.” With that in mind, here is a breakdown of what Riverdale kept the same from its comic book source material, and what Aguirre-Sacasa felt needed to be switched up from the central characters in the Archie comics: Archie Andrews SAME: “The core of Archie to me, from the comics and on our show, is that he’s a kid who wants to do the right READ FULL…

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Taboo: “Episode 4” Review

Share. James Delaney, horse whisperer. By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Taboo continue below. Is James Delaney in league with Satan? Maybe, but that’s not a question Taboo is interested in exploring any time soon. The fourth episode of Taboo put politics front and center: politics between Delaney and his late father’s wife Lorna, politics with Delaney trying to stay one step ahead of the East India Company, and politics with assembling the League of the Damned. Taboo isn’t the show I thought it would be going in, but halfway through its first season it is showing its true colors. Like Tom Hardy told me in a recent interview, it’s more focused on politics than the supernatural. “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,” he said. “But what’s more interesting to me is I was watching The Mission with Robert Di Nero, I was watching Taxi Driver and you look at the concept of PTSD now, with trauma and how imagery represents something and is projected, internalized, unconscious volition of trying to understand what’s going on, like dreams, what READ…

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The Magicians: Season 2 Premiere Review

Share. All hail the new rulers of Fillory, long may they reign. By Terri Schwartz This review contains full spoilers for The Magicians’ premiere, as well as spoiler-free thoughts on the next three episodes of Season 2. We won’t be doing regular reviews of Season 2, but will check in time to time with thoughts on big episodes. Enjoy! The Magicians is always surprising. And its Season 2 premiere, picking up on one of the most extreme cliffhangers to ever end a season — aka killing off the majority of its main characters — continues that trend by undoing those dramatic, how-will-they-come-back-from-this deaths almost immediately. From there on out, The Magicians continues to venture into unpredictability. Not only is The Beast not dead, but he also is proving to be an unlikely ally for Julia. Quentin, Eliot, Margo and Alice become kings and queens of Fillory, but need to leave their new kingdom and head back to Brakebills in order to defeat The Beast. And poor Penny isn’t having much luck with his hands. It’s a solid premiere, filled with the sass viewers of The Magicians have come to expect from the series but also tinged with a healthy READ…

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The Magicians Wants You To Know It's Messing With You

“We want to be right up front that we’re f–king with you.” By Terri Schwartz The Magicians isn’t going to wait long to resolve its big Season 1 cliffhanger, but expect the Syfy fantasy series to take you on one heck of an unexpected journey from there. Full spoilers for The Magicians: Season 1 continue below. We visited the Season 2 set of The Magicians back in October when the show was filming its eighth episode, and already the stars were incredibly buttoned up on the many plot twists and turns had taken to get to that point. Considering the majority of the cast whose characters we saw die in the Season 1 finale were working on set that day, it’s safe to say that all hope is not lost for our favorite group of Brakebills magicians, but co-showrunner John McNamara teased that the question of whether Quentin & co survive is just the tip of the iceberg. The cast of The Magicians assembles in this Season 2 promo art “The question with any show like this is not ‘are they alive? Are they dead?’” he told IGN. “It’s how are they going to deal with READ FULL STORY AT…