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Thursday, April 10th 2014

#REIGN: Mary is about to Kick Ass and Take Names

Liege Lord I am pretty much getting it. You don’t fuck with Mary. She’ll cut a bitch – especially if she finds out you are trying to buy and sell her country.

She’ll be like most women – she’ll kick some ass.

Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary, Queen of Scots in Reign talked with Entertainment Weekly about what is going on in the show.

On the marriage contract…

Well this clause has kind of been snuck in under her nose. It’s an agreement between her mother, Marie de Guise, and Queen Catherine where essentially the marriage contract places Scotland’s freedom in jeopardy if Mary doesn’t produce an heir to the throne, so it’s the whole heir, baby business that was such a big deal back in those days. If she doesn’t produce an heir, there’s a chance that Scotland may become a sovereign country and will lose freedom, so it’s very under-handed, very sneaky. And her mother, for reasons that will be revealed in the episode, has essentially sold the country out from under her if she doesn’t produce an heir, and of course, that’s an ongoing issue this season is Mary’s ability to get pregnant. She doesn’t seem to be particularly fertile unfortunately, as of yet.

On getting to meet Mary’s family… (Continue Reading…)

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Thursday, April 10th 2014

TIME declares #Arrow the ‘best on-screen superhero franchise’

The Man Under the HoodTIME has an excellent write-up about Arrow and how it’s not only DC Comics’ greatest superhero franchise but “the best on-screen superhero franchise.”

It’s combination of brilliant storytelling and even better acting has spelled success for The CW and opened the door for other DC shows, including the Arrow spinoff, The Flash.

The good news for DC is that it is has the best, most fully-realized superhero franchise out there — it’s just not on the big screen.

When Arrow debuted on the CW in the fall of 2012, it did so to little fanfare. Based on DC’s Green Arrow series, Arrowtells the story of billionaire businessman Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who, after being shipwrecked on a deserted island for five years, returns home to Starling City and vows to “save” his city by eradicating the pervasive criminal element. As far as superhero origin stories go, Arrow‘s doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel — especially given his similarity to another masked, crime-fighting businessman billionaire in the DC family. And if Arrowhad been a movie, it likely would have made no greater impact than other movies based on lesser superheroes (i.e. The Punisher) did.

Fortunately, Arrow was not a movie. Countless critics have noted that television is no longer film’s little brother — not an inferior storytelling medium. Instead, television has increasingly become the mode used to tell more artfully realized stories, and Arrowdemonstrates that nowhere else the opportunity to create a universe like the ones that Marvel and DC want be found. The obvious drawbacks — smaller budgets, fewer explosions, less CGI, more obscure actors — are easily outweighed by the ability to tell a more complete story, to develop characters beyond their abilities and readily apparent flaws.

Part of the reason that superhero origin stories have been critiqued as cookie-cutter and derivative in recent years is that — with few exceptions — they all cram the same basic story into the span of an hour or two, with little room for deviation or innovation. Arrow has shown itself capable of telling that origin story in a manner that, if not entirely original, is better implemented when flashbacks tell their own story, instead of just serving as annotation for the narrative’s main action. Chronicling Oliver Queen’s time on the deserted island in each episode gives the backstory a thorough, organic feel that that’s all-but impossible for a movie to match.

It’s not just the format that distinguishes Arrow. Calling it the best show on the CW may be damning it with faint praise, but it’s head and shoulders above its competition on the network. The acting — particularly by Amell as the titular character — isn’t prone to the over-dramatics that plague the prime-time soaps that typically populate the CW’s schedule. The writing follows the same pattern, employing some of the traditional superhero cliches at just the right moments without overusing them. Arrow‘s understated moments provide just as much tension and drama as its larger set pieces (which, though not the same level as those in a movie like The Avengers, still pack an appropriate punch) It’s a superhero show that exists in the real world — just a slightly different version of it.

Read the full story at TIME

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c.

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Thursday, April 10th 2014

New ‘If I Stay’ Still from Entertainment Weekly

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Oh I need to renew EW because all the best stills come out in there. Thanks to If I Stay Movie on twitter, we can show you this new still of Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley from If I Stay.

If I Stay is a chronicle of a fatal car accident involving 17-year-old musician Mia and her boyfriend.

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Thursday, April 10th 2014

Photos: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4, Episode 2

There is just too much going on in Game of Thrones. The above is a trailer for what is going to happen this season. What part are you looking forward to?

Here’s some photos from Episode 4×02.

Thursday, April 10th 2014

#TheOriginals Clip: Will Elijah give in to Genevieve’s grand request?

Here is hoping that the renovation of The Originals home ends up on HGTV. Anyone else looking forward to the return of new episodes?

Will Elijah give in to Genevieve’s grand request? #TheOriginals is all new Tuesday at 8/7c!

Let’s also hope that someone takes out Genevieve.

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