May 20, 2013 |
You just knew "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" wasn't going to be the last animated "Star Wars" series from Lucasfilm. On Monday, the company announced it is working on a brand new TV series set to debut in the fall of 2014 on Disney and Disney XD channels. "Star Wars Rebels" will give fans of George Lucas' sci-fi franchise fresh stories before the next live-action film hits theaters in 2015. "Rebels" is set in the two decades between events of the third and fourth films, where the Empire becomes a dominant force in the galaxy, Lucasfilm said in its release.
May 16, 2013 |
Leonardo da Vinci doesn't just battle his inner devils in the latest episode of "Da Vinci's Demons. " He takes on Vlad the Impaler. Yes, that Vlad - Dracula. No wonder the episode, debuting at 8 p.m. CT May 17 on Starz, is called "The Devil. " The Turk (Alexander Siddig) visits Leo (Tom Riley) to offer a clue about the Book of Leaves. Leo is inspired - or tricked of drugged or something - into rounding up Zoroaster (Gregg Chillin) and Nico (Eros Vlahos) and heading to Wallachia, where they encounter Vlad Dracula in all his morose glory.
May 15, 2013 |
As Jenny on FX's “The League,” Katie Aselton frequently engages in the foul-mouthed, trash-talking fantasy football obsession more commonly associated with the other, hairier half of humanity. In “Black Rock,” her second film as both star and director, the 34-year-old Aselton (“The Freebie”) also puts a female face on a traditionally male story. The thriller, opening Friday, is a genre piece about survival in the woods - but doesn't feature a bunch of buff dudes and their bubbly girlfriends.
May 15, 2013 |
Chicago brothers Zach and Josh Sharpe will abscond to Frankfurt, Germany, at the end of May to help preside over the World Pinball Championship. They're the president and vice-president, respectively, of the International Flipper Pinball Association, the organization putting on a tournament for the best 64 pinballers in the world--a pool of players that also includes the Sharpe brothers, two of the world's top-15-ranked players. "I feel like Sy Sperling, the Hair Club for Men guy who also uses the product," Josh, 33, said with a laugh.
May 14, 2013 |
***1/2 (out of four) And down goes “Iron Man 3.” Touching on similar themes with far greater depth and maturity, “Star Trek Into Darkness” sets the bar for the summer blockbuster movie season. Yes, action and character development can coexist. Yes, expensive movies can embrace moral complexity. Hell yeah, a villain can be both cool and scary. He's John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch, pure dynamite), a Starfleet officer who goes rogue, unleashing terror on 23rd century London and a major threat to Capt.
May 13, 2013 |
Capt. Kirk and his first officer, Spock, probably wouldn't belt out Bon Jovi's “Livin' on a Prayer” aboard the starship Enterprise. Yet Zachary Quinto, who returns as Spock in the exciting sci-fi/action sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness,” names that song as the hypothetical theme to Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock's relationship. It feels appropriate - if you ignore the track's romantic implications - for the film opening in IMAX May 15. The iconic characters strengthen and challenge their bond while discovering that they're only, say,...