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The Walking Dead: What Comes Next for Sasha

“All roads have led me to this moment.” By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for The Walking Dead episode “The Other Side” continue below. Read on at your own risk. Ever since Negan murdered Abraham and Glenn in front of Rick’s group in the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, both Sasha and Rosita have been out for his blood. The two kick butt zombie apocalypse-surviving women finally teamed up in “The Other Side” to head to the Sanctuary and take down Negan, but in the end, Sasha made it so only she would go on alone. To discuss Sasha’s sacrifice and her decision to keep Rosita out of the Sanctuary, IGN reached out to actress Sonequa Martin-Green to walk us through her character’s thought process. (Due to traveling to attend PaleyFest in Los Angeles, Martin-Green answered these questions via e-mail.) She broke down her thoughts on Sasha’s mindset at the end of the episode, her take on Sasha not saying goodbye to Maggie and revealed which other Walking Dead character she’d love to get a solo episode with. IGN: We know Sasha is motivated to kill Negan because he murdered Abraham, but what is going through her head READ…

Game of Thrones: What We Know About the Final Seasons

Share. From Season 7’s premiere date to the number of episodes in Season 8. By Terri Schwartz The end is in sight for Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit fantasy series has two shortened seasons left before it concludes, and slowly but steadily details are being revealed about what will happen in those seasons — and when we’ll see them. To help you keep up-to-date with all the developments as we head into Game of Thrones’ final two seasons, we’ve compiled all the need-to-know info that’s been released so far The hype is dark and full of terrors. Season 7 Premieres in July July 16th, to be exact. This breaks with HBO’s tradition of debuting new Game of Thrones seasons in spring around April, but for good reason. Production on the seven-episode season was delayed so, appropriately, it could be shot during winter. Winter is coming, after all. Interestingly, this shorter season took just as long to shoot as previous 10-episodes season because the “size and scale” of each individual episode increased. ‘The Great War Is Here’ George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones book series is called “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and apparently we’re going to see those forces finally clash in Season…

Baby Driver Review

Share. Edgar Wright’s passion project is a delight to behold. By Terri Schwartz This is a spoiler-free advance review of Baby Driver from its premiere at SXSW. The new Edgar Wright action flick is due in theaters on August 11, 2017 in limited release. The first scene in Baby Driver is its best. A car pulls up outside a bank, and three thieves get out to begin a bank heist. The driver is left behind, earbuds in and iPod on, as the song blaring through his headphones syncs up to the choreography of the heist and the bank robbers’ subsequent getaway. The car chase and shoot out are all timed to the music the driver, Baby (Ansel Elgort), is listening to. It’s a delight to behold, all style that is uniquely director Edgar Wright’s, and sets the stage for the action-musical heist flick that follows. Edgar Wright’s latest film isn’t a musical per se, but what sets it apart from the ’90s action films that inspired it (the “holy trinity” of Point Break, Reservoir Dogs and Heat, as Wright called them) is how its soundtrack is integral to the filmgoing experience. Choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who also choreographed Sia’s “Chandelier” music…

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Taboo: Season 1 Review

Share. Taboo is a very complicated telling of a simple revenge story. By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Taboo’s first season continue below. Taboo was a passion project from the start for series star and executive producer Tom Hardy, and his influence is laced through the DNA of the FX/BBC co-production. The period drama is in the same vein as his previous collaborations with showrunner Steven Knight on Locke and Peaky Blinders, with a dark grittiness and interest at looking at the seedy underbelly of the world. Like its pedigree suggests, Knight, Hardy and directors Kristoffer Nyholm and Anders Engström bring exquisite cinematography and gorgeous art direction to give the series a unique aesthetic. But for all that it was a beautiful show with solid performances and impressive direction, Taboo’s character development and story were continually lacking. In the premiere review, I said the success of Taboo would be determined by how well it would be able to tie together its various storylines in the finale. Despite some high points throughout the season, the finale had many of the same narrative issues that the premiere did. That’s not to say that style of storytelling doesn’t have a place on television and READ…

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Arrow: Prometheus's Identity Is Revealed

Spoilers ahead! By Terri Schwartz Arrow finally revealed who the person behind the mask of its Season 5 Big Bad is, and the real identity of Prometheus might have been a surprise for many people. To weigh in on what the reveal means for the show and its main characters going forward, we spoke with showrunner Wendy Mericle and the actor who we didn’t realize was playing Prometheus the whole time. Full spoilers for Arrow continue below, so read on at your own risk. Prometheus on Arrow And Prometheus is… Adrian Chase. You thought he would really be Vigilante? You thought wrong. It doesn’t seem as though he is Vigilante as well, according to showrunner Wendy Mericle, and that’s why they wanted him specifically as Prometheus. “One of the reasons we did do it was because everybody would be thinking, ‘Of course he’s going to be Vigilante,” she told reporters in a recent interview. “We thought it would be a really fun twist to do what we’ve always done on the show which is to take the comic book mythology and turn it on its head and see what kind of story we can mine from a READ FULL STORY AT…

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Ghost in the Shell: Meet the Section 9 Team

Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31st, 2017. By Terri Schwartz Scarlett Johansson’s Major Motoko Kusanagi might be front and center in the Ghost in the Shell marketing, but she is just one key part of what makes the movie’s Public Security Section 9 team so effective. Paramount released character posters for each of the Section 9 members, which can be seen below. To find out more about them, continue reading for intel from our Ghost in the Shell set visit. While on the New Zealand set of the film, IGN had a chance to meet the five members of Section 9, an organization in the film that is one of the most effective at fighting cyber terrorism. (The sixth member, Lasarus Rateure who plays Ishikawa, was not available to come to set that day.) It’s Section 9, with Major at its head, which investigates the cyber terrorism actions of villain Kuze (Michael Pitt) that spurs the conflict in the film. Fun fact: the armor the Section 9 team wears was inspired by kendo fighting, which also extends to Major’s armor as well. Below, the actors explain who their characters are and what they add to the READ…

Taboo: Season Finale Review

Share. The journey West begins. By Terri Schwartz Full spoilers for Taboo continue below. There were extreme highs and disappointing lows in Taboo’s Season 1 finale, which brought the London-based story to a close, killed off a lot of central characters and sent James Keziah Delaney off to claim his birthright in the Americas. First: the good. Taboo has been building toward a massive confrontation between the various forces at play: the Crown, the Americans, the East India Company and, of course, Delaney. The payoff there was fantastic, with a big shootout in front of Delaney’s hard-won ship that had real stakes. The action sequence was well shot, but more important was how it had so many of the central characters in the same place at the same time. It felt like a real culmination of everything we’ve been working toward. Scroobius Pip as French Bill, Robert Parker as Cole, Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney on Taboo Similarly rewarding was watching Delaney’s plan play out after the last episode spent so long setting it up. He really did think of every possible angle (except the one potentially most important one, but more on that in a a bit). Like…

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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…