AVENGERS UNITE AGAIN…

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 Avengers: Age of Ultron is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comicso team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader.

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The sequel was announced in May 2012, after the successful release of The Avengers. Whedon, the director of the first film, was brought back on board in August and a release date was set. By April 2013, Whedon had completed a draft of the script, and casting began in June with the re-signing of Downey. Second unit filming began in February 2014 in South Africa with principal photography beginning in March. The film was primarily shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, with additional footage filmed in Italy, South Korea, and various locations around England.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015 in North America, in 2D and IMAX 3D.

Premise

With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a break from stopping threats, Tony Stark creates Ultron, a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark’s Iron Legion. However, things quickly go awry when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth.

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Cast

The co-leader and benefactor of the Avengers, who is a self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist with electromechanical suits of armor of his own invention.
The crown prince of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name.
A genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or agitated. Ruffalo worked with motion capture performer Andy SerkisThe Imaginarium Studios in preparation for the role. Ruffalo added, “[My role’s] even bigger than last time, and it’s more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc. Not only that, but it seems that the motion capture process is becoming a whole lot more agreeable second time around. I’m really tripping on the technology of this motion-capture stuff… now I just completely embrace it and see it as this other exciting place we can go as performers.” Describing the relationship between Banner and Hulk in the film, Ruffalo said, “I think there’s a whole relationship with Banner and Hulk that needs to be discovered. There’s a very cool thing happening: Hulk is as afraid of Banner as Banner is afraid of Hulk.” Ruffalo added, “Both of these guys are obviously the same guy, and they have got to come to peace somehow with each other. And I think that this confrontation is building along the lines of this film.”
The co-leader of the Avengers, who is a World War II veteran enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum and frozen in suspended animation before waking up in the modern world. Evans said that he was able to maintain the strength he built up for Captain America: The Winter Soldier by working out up to an hour a day. Evans said, “…you pull the plug about two to three weeks before you wrap. When you see the finish line coming, you are so glad to not have to think about the gym. But we are starting Avengers 2, so over the past month, I have been hitting it pretty hard.”
A highly trained spy, formerly of S.H.I.E.L.D. Producer Kevin Feige stated that more of the character’s backstory is explored in the film. Johansson elaborated, “In Avengers 2 we go back… we definitely learn more about Widow’s backstory, and we get to find out how she became the person you see. All of these characters have deep, dark pasts, and I think that the past catches up to some of us a little bit.” On where the film picks up Widow’s story, Johansson said, “At this stage, when you see the Widow, she’s — especially in Avengers, these characters all have a past, and hers [sic] is a very complex one, where she’s realizing — and it’s kind of a continuation of Cap 2 — ‘I’ve never made an active choice. I’m a product of other people’s imposition.’ That’s going to catch up with her. That’s bound to have a huge effect. There’s got to be a result of that realization… You’ll see her actively making some choices in her life, for better or worse.” A mixture of close-ups, concealing costumes, stunt doubles and visual effects were used to help hide Johansson’s pregnancy during filming.
A master archer who worked as an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. in previous films. Whedon said that Hawkeye would interact more with the other characters in the film, as opposed to the first film where the character had been “possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly.”
The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. who originally recruited the Avengers. Jackson described the role as a cameo, saying, “I’m just kind of passing by… Because, it’s another one of those ‘people who have powers fighting people who have powers’. That’s why I didn’t get to New York in The Avengers. There’s not a lot I could do except shoot a gun.”
The twin brother of the Scarlet Witch, who can move at superhuman speed. About the character Taylor-Johnson said, “Him [sic] and his sister [Scarlet Witch] have been abandoned by their parents and their father, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending and looking out for themselves and each other… His sister really is his guidance – emotionally she’s the one who looks after him, and vice versa. He’s very overprotective physically – he doesn’t want anyone touching her.” Taylor-Johnson also said that Quicksilver has “real anger frustration” and is easily bored due to a short attention span. Feige stated exploring Quicksilver’s relationship with his sister and his backstory growing up in Eastern Europe would help differentiate the character from Evan Peters‘ version in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
The twin sister of Quicksilver, who can harness magic and engage in hypnosis and telekinesis. Olsen said, “The reason she’s so special is because she has such a vast amount of knowledge that she’s unable to learn how to control it. No one taught her how to control it properly. So it gets the best of her. It’s not that she’s mentally insane, it’s just that she’s just overly stimulated. And she can connect to this world and parallel worlds at the same time, and parallel times.” Olsen drew on her relationship with her older brother and her twin sisters to prepare for the role.
An artificial intelligence programmed with elements of Tony Stark’s personality, who is overwhelmed with a god complex and longs to bring peace to Earth by eradicating humanity. Director Joss Whedon stated that Spader was his “first and only choice” for the role, because of his “hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling” while also being very human and humorous. Feige clarified, “We’ll be capturing his face and his body to create a whole performance… We did not hire James Spader to do a robot voice.” Extensive scans were taken of Spader’s head and body in preparation for the role. About the character Whedon said, “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff.” Whedon added that Ultron is “not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who’s genuinely disturbed. We’re finding out what makes him menacing and at the same time endearing and funny and strange and unexpected, and everything a robot never is.” Whedon also indicated that some of Ultron’s abilities from the comics would be stripped.

Additionally, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Kretschmann, and Josh Brolin reprise their roles from previous MCU films as Maria Hill, Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Peggy Carter, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, and Thanos, respectively. Paul Bettany, who voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in previous films, plays the Vision, and Claudia Kim was cast as a doctor/scientist and friend of Tony Stark. Andy Serkis is playing an undisclosed role in the film. Avengers co-creator Stan Lee will make a cameo appearance.

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NOAH…

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Noah is an upcoming Biblical epic film directed by Darren Aronofsky

and written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel.

Starring Academy Award winners Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connelly,

with Emma WatsonDouglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone,

the film is loosely based on the story of Noah’s Ark and is set to be released in theaters on March 28, 2014.

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Subject to divine visions foretelling the end of the world, Noah attempts to tell his people

to cease their wickedness and turn from their evil ways and to turn to God before it is too late.

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No one listens to his warnings, and Noah and his family build an ark to be saved

from the Flood that God is bringing on the earth.

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Walking with Dinosaurs…12/2013

Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is an upcoming dinosaur film produced by BBC Earth and based on the 1999 BBC miniseries of the same name. The film features computer-animated dinosaurs in live-action settings. The film is directed by Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook. Walking with Dinosaurs is scheduled to be released in theaters in 2D and 3D on December 20, 2013.

During the Late Cretaceous period 70 million years ago, the Alexornis bird Alex narrates about three Pachyrhinosaurus named Patchi, Scowler, and Juniper who grow from infants into adulthood. Alex has a symbiotic relationship with Pachyrhinosaurus. Patchi leads the herd in migrating, and they also encounter the predator Gorgon the Gorgosaurus.

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TVLand’s Beauty & the Beast Season 2 premieres 10.07.13

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Beauty & the Beast is an American television series very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name. The series premiered on October 11, 2012.On November 9, 2012, The CW ordered a full 22-episode season of the series.

On April 26, 2013, The CW renewed the series for a full 22-episode second season. The show will move to Mondays for its second season having been paired with Hart of Dixie.The show’s second season will premiere on October 7, 2013.

ABOUT:
Catherine Chandler, a detective, witnesses her mother being shot the same night she is saved from her mother’s murderers by a supposed beast. Nine years later, a case leads her to discover that Vincent Keller, an ex-soldier killed in action during military service, is actually alive. As Catherine gets to know him, she starts finding out more about her mother’s murder and about who (and what) Vincent really is. At the same time, they get to know each other and eventually fall in love with each other.
Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. Cat must also try to navigate her evolving relationship with handsome doctor Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), who struggles with becoming a terrifying beast when he is enraged, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Cat and Vincent continue to grapple with the desire to be a normal couple while trying to keep a low profile in order to stay one step ahead of the mysterious organization known as Muirfield, now on the hunt for both of them.
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Take 5 Productions/Whizbang Films with executive producers Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”) & Jennifer Levin (“Without A Trace,” “Felicity”), Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected,” “October Road”), Bill Haber (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Thurgood”), Paul J. Witt (“A Better Life”) & Tony Thomas (“A Better Life”), Ron Koslow (“Moonlight”), Frank Siracusa (“The Yard”) and John Weber (“Borgias”).
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KRISTIN KREUK
as DETECTIVE CATHERINE CHANDLER

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In The CW’s new drama, “Beauty and The Beast,” Kristin Kreuk plays Detective Catherine Chandler, a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective who witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen when she was a teenager. Now, ten years later, Catherine is about to uncover the mystery of the “beast” that saved her.

Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Kreuk began acting in plays in high school, but mostly focused on her schoolwork rather than the stage. Fate came calling at the beginning of her senior year when a casting director looking for new talent for the Canadian series “Edgemont” tapped Kreuk for a starring role. It was her first professional audition.

The next year, she not only scored the title role of the television movie “Snow White” opposite Miranda Richardson, she landed the lead role of Lana Lang on “Smallville” and managed to continue her role on “Edgemont.”

In addition to being a face of Neutrogena for six years, Kreuk performed a cameo in the film “Eurotrip,” opposite Matt Damon, starred in the miniseries “Earthsea,” opposite Isabella Rossellini, and starred in the Canadian feature “Partition,” opposite Jimi Mistry, as well as the feature “Streetfighter: The Legend of Chun Li” and the independent “Vampire.”

Kreuk also starred in the BBC re-telling of “Ben Hur,” “Chuck” and recently starred in the feature films “Ecstacy” and “Space Milkshake.”

Kreuk currently resides in Vancouver and, when she’s not working enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with friends and her dog Dublin.

JAY RYAN
as VINCENT KELLER/BEAST

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In The CW’s new drama, “Beauty and The Beast,” Jay Ryan plays named Vincent Keller, a military doctor who was reportedly killed while serving in Afghanistan. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past ten years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.

As a native of New Zealand, Ryan is well known for his role as Jack Scully in that country’s long running series, “Neighbours.” Ryan’s other television credits include a guest starring role in Steven Spielberg’s “Terra Nova,” Television New Zealand’s “Go Girls,” as Kevin and as Frazer King in Ten’s exuberant drama “Off Spring,” set in Melbourne’s Fitzroy. Ryan also portrayed Seaman Billy ‘Spider’ Webb in three series of Nine Network’s “Sea Patrol,” “Legend of the Seeker” for the Starz Network, “Young Hercules,” “Xena: Warrior Princess” with Lucy Lawless, “Superfire,” “Being Eve,” “Interrogation,” “The Tribe” and “You Wish.”

On the big screen Ryan has been seen in Belinda Chayko’s “Lou,” co-starring John Hurt and Emily Barclay, as well as the AFTRS feature “The Rookie.” He has also appeared in the short films “Bleeders,” “Mockingbird” and “Franswa Sharl” directed by Hannah Hilliard.

Ryan is also no stranger to theater. He has appeared in numerous theater productions, including “Anthony and Cleopatra,” “John Cleese – His Life,” “John Cleese – Seven Ways,” “Legacy,” “To Skin an Ocelot” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” for the Auckland Theatre Company. He also starred in “The Packer,” which began as a one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival and went on to tour Australia and Los Angeles. “The Packer” was nominated for Best International Contribution to Los Angeles Theater.

Ryan will next be seen co-starring in the BBC/Sundance Channel miniseries “Top of The Lake,” written and directed by multiple award winner Jane Campion.

AUSTIN BASIS
as J.T. FORBES

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In The CW’s new drama, “Beauty and The Beast,” Austin Basis plays J.T. Forbes, the childhood friend of Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), who has been helping Keller guard his terrible secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Basis attended Binghamton University, where he received a BA in Theatre. He was then accepted to The Actors Studio Drama School, where he received an MFA in Acting. After graduating, Austin became a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. There he had the privilege to work with the likes of Al Pacino, Faye Dunaway and Estelle Parsons; and under the tutelage of Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel, Martin Landau, Arthur Penn, Lou Antonio & Mark Rydell. In addition to several productions at The Actors Studio, he also co-created and performed in an improv and sketch comedy show in New York City called “Mmm… Comedy.”

Basis made his television debut in the Comedy Central film “Porn ‘n’ Chicken,” but his big break came in 2004 when he was cast in an episode of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Basis has appeared on numerous television shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Supernatural,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “NCIS,” “Life on Mars” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” He also played Math for two seasons on The CW drama “Life Unexpected.”

Basis also starred in the Warner Bros. web series “Ghostfacers,” a spin-off of the “Supernatural” episode of the same name. His film credits include “J. Edgar,” “The Other End of the Line,” “My Sassy Girl,” “American Zombie,” “Boxboarders!,” “Re-Cut” and “Dorian Blues.”

Basis has been featured in national commercial spots for State Farm, Burger King, Toys ‘R’ Us, Wendy’s, Dr Pepper and AT&T. He also portrayed Benjamin Bankes the Pig in the Ad Council’s “Feed the Pig” PSA campaign. Basis recently published his first book of poetry called: “An Actor Without An Audience: Poetry for Artists, Lovers & Everymen.”

BRIAN WHITE
as JOE BISHOP

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In The CW’s new drama, “Beauty and The Beast,” Brian White plays Joe Bishop, Catherine Chandler’s (Kristin Kreuk) tough-but-fair boss.

A Boston native and son of a licensed financial consultant mother and professional basketball player father (legend JoJo White of the Boston Celtics), White was instilled with the importance of both sports and education throughout his childhood. He studied Political Science, psychology and theatre at Dartmouth College.

White continued to play football and lacrosse throughout his college years and upon graduation was signed by both an NFL (New England Patriots) and NLL (Boston Blazers) team. In 2000, due to an injury, White made the transition from professional athlete to investment broker. Later, a chance meeting with an entertainment executive led him to leave the world of finance to begin a new career in modeling and eventually acting.

White recently starred in Tyler Perry’s romantic drama “Good Deeds,” and in Joss Whedon’s horror film “The Cabin in the Woods.” Other notable film credits include Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” “Fighting,” “12 Rounds,” “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” “Stomp the Yard,” “The Game Plan,” the Bollywood romantic comedy film “Politics of Love,” “The Family Stone” and “Brick.”

White is most recognizable to television audiences as Detective Tavon Garris on the crime drama “The Shield.” Other television credits include the popular role of Marcus in “Men of A Certain Age,” “Moonlight,” “Moesha,” “The Parkers,” and “Second Time Around,” as well as “Spyder Games.”

White is co-founder of a multitude of ventures including the Helping Hands Celebrity Weekend (HHCW) in St. Thomas, US VI, which creates a unique arena where members of the entertainment industry, professional athletes and corporate leaders can unite and support one another’s charitable efforts; Black Carpenter (www.BlackCarpenter.org), which is a multi-platform youth empowerment brand that includes a book, feature documentary and speaking tour designed to create a “tool box” that represents the essential life skills for building a successful next generation; a professional dance company/community youth outreach organization called Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theatre. He is also a founding partner of a full-service film, television and broadband production company based in Los Angeles, California.

MAX BROWN
as EVAN MARKS

In The CW’s new drama, “Beauty and The Beast,” Max Brown plays Evan Marks, the medical examiner who works with Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk). They have a fun, flirtatious relationship that could easily turn into something deeper – if Cat would let that happen.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Brown first appeared on our screens in the long-running BBC series “Grange Hill.” He has gone onto appear in many popular television shows, and is best known to audiences for his role in “The Tudors,” in which he starred opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Brown also starred in the popular British series “MI-5” and the BBC series “Mistresses.” Other credits include the feature film “Turistas” opposite Josh Duhamel and Olivia Wilde, and the forthcoming feature film “Departure Date,” from director Kat Coiro.

NINA LISANDRELLO
as TESS VARGAS

In The CW’s new drama, “Beauty and The Beast,” Nina Lisandrello plays Tess Vargas, a police detective partnered with Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk). The two women make a good team, and have become close friends while working on countless homicide cases.

Born in New York, Lisandrello has appeared on numerous television shows including “Nurse Jackie,” “Law and Order,” “Mercy” and “Conviction.” She also recently starred in the films “The Bleeding House,” “Pre” and “The Best and The Brightest,” alongside Neil Patrick Harris.

Recurring cast

  • Nicole Anderson as Heather Chandler: Catherine’s younger sister.
  • Rob Stewart as Mr. Chandler: Catherine and Heather’s dad. He recently married Brooke, a woman many years his junior. In the season finale, it was discovered that he’s actually not Catherine’s biological father.
  • Rachel Skarsten as Brooke Chandler: Catherine and Heather’s stepmother.
  • Bridget Regan as Alex Salter: Former fiancée of Vincent Keller. She grew up with Vincent and his family and they grew closer—eventually becoming romantically involved. He ran out on her 10 years ago when he became a supersoldier and she recognized him when he snuck into the hospital to visit Catherine. Alex tried to rekindle her old relationship with Vincent, but realizes that he has feelings for Catherine.
  • Christian Keyes as Darius Bishop: Joe’s younger brother. He briefly dated Heather. He was accidentally killed by Vincent; his death causes Joe to launch a manhunt against Vincent.
  • Edi Gathegi as Kyle: The man from Muirfield with whom who Evan was secretly working.
  • Shantel VanSanten as Tyler: Gabriel’s girlfriend and partner in helping with his beastly side.
  • Annie Ilonzeh as Beth
  • Blair Redford as Zach

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Piercing through snow…

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It was already shown in Korea… so when will be the international release…

Watch the CGI prequel first down below…

Snowpiercer (Korean: 설국열차; RR: Seolgukyeolcha) is a South Korean sci-fi action thriller film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho,and co-written by Bong and Kelly Masterson. The film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris. The film marks Bong’s English-language debut; he has mentioned that approximately 80% of the film was shot in English.On November 9, 2012, The Weinstein Company secured distribution rights in North America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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The film is set in a future where a runaway experiment to stop global warming has caused an ice age that killed nearly all life on the planet. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the ‘Snowpiercer’, a massive train that travels around the planet and is powered by a perpetual-motion engine. Over time a class system evolves on the train, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the back of the train. Tired of their poor living conditions, the riders in the back revolt, attempting to seize control of the engine, which the elites in the front consider sacred.

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a Robot and a cop…

ROBOCOP REBOOT… COMING THIS 2014…

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RoboCop is an upcoming American science fiction action film directed by José Padilha. It is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name and a reboot of the RoboCop film series, making it the fourth installment of the franchise. The film stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role, with Gary Oldman as Dr. Dennett Norton, Michael Keaton as Raymond Sellars, Samuel L. Jackson as Pat Novak, Abbie Cornish as Clara Murphy, and Jackie Earle Haley as Maddox.

Screen Gems first announced a remake in 2005, but it was halted one year later. Darren Aronofsky and David Self were originally assigned to direct and write the film, respectively, for a tentative 2010 release. The film was delayed numerous times, and Padilha signed on in 2011. In March 2012, MGM announced an August 2013 release, but that was then changed to February 2014. The principal characters were cast from March to July 2012. Principal photography began in September 2012 in Torontoand Vancouver, with additional locations in Hamilton, and Detroit in the United States.

The film is scheduled for release in both the United States and United Kingdom on February 7, 2014.

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In 2028, multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and honest cop doing his best to fight crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured while on duty, OmniCorp utilize their knowledge in robotics to save Murphy’s life. Murphy returns to the streets of his city with new abilities and issues a regular man has never had to face before.

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TVLand’s upcoming series…from CW

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Reign is an upcoming period drama television series created by Laurie McCarthy that will air on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season.The series follows the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1557 France.

The pilot was mostly shot in Ireland and the leading roles are played by Australian, Canadian, and English actors. A large part of the filming for the first series will take place in Canada.

In the United States it will air on Thursdays, in the 9/8c timeslot following The Vampire Diaries.Reign will have its series premiere on October 17, 2013.

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The Tomorrow People is an upcoming American science fiction television series created by Phil Klemmer that is expected to air on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. Based on the original British television series of the same name, the series follows a group of young people who possess powers as the result of human evolution.

It will air on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central following Arrow beginning in Fall 2013.The Tomorrow People will have its series premiere on October 9, 2013.

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Star-Crossed is an upcoming American science fiction romance television series created by Meredith Averill that is expected to air on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season.The series follows a romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school.

The series has been planned for a midseason premiere.

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The Originals is an upcoming American television series that will air on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. The series sneak peek premiere will air after The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013, then a week later on October 8, 2013, it will begin airing on Tuesdays in the 8:00 pm Eastern (7:00 pm Central) in its regular timeslot where it will lead in Supernatural.

Synopsis

A spin-off from The Vampire Diaries and set in New Orleans, The Originals centers on the Mikaelson siblings, otherwise known as the world’s original vampires: Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). It was revealed during the backdoor pilot, aired on April 25, 2013, that recurring character Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus’ child.Now Klaus must take down his protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who is now in charge of New Orleans, in order to re-take his city, as he originally built New Orleans. Klaus departed from the city after being chased down by his father Mikael, while it was being constructed and Marcel took charge. As Klaus has returned after many years, his ego has provoked him to become the king of the city. “Every King needs an heir” says Klaus, accepting the unborn child. The child is a first to be born to a hybrid (part vampire, part werewolf) and a werewolf (Hayley).

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Claire Holt Rebekah Mikaelson Original Vampire Regular
Phoebe Tonkin Hayley Werewolf Regular
Charles Michael Davis Marcel Vampire Regular
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Nathaniel Buzolic Kol Mikaelson Original Vampire Flashbacks
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TVLand’s Arrow & Revolution Season 2 this October…

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Arrow is an American actionadventure television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. It is based on the fictional superhero Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. It premiered in North America on The CW on October 10, 2012,with international broadcasting to take place in late 2012.The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell, who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrows. Arrow will also feature appearances by other DC Comics characters. To assist in promotion, a preview comic book was released to tie into the television series.

On October 22, 2012, Arrow was picked up by The CW for a full season.On February 11, 2013, Arrow was renewed for a second season by The CW.The second season of Arrow will premiere on October 9, 2013.

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SYNOPSIS: ARROW YEAR ONE

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The series follows Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), billionaire playboy of Starling City, who spends five years stranded on an island following a shipwreck that claims the life of everyone else on board, including his father, Robert Queen, and Sara Lance (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), the sister of Oliver’s girlfriend Laurel (Katie Cassidy), and with whom he was having an affair. Upon his return to Starling City, he is reunited with his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson), her new husband, Walter Steele (Colin Salmon), the former CFO of his father’s company who is now the CEO; and his younger sister, Thea (Willa Holland). He is also greeted by his best friend, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), the son of successful businessman Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Oliver also tries to reconnect with ex-girlfriend Laurel, but she blames him for the death of her sister, Sara.

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During the day Oliver plays the billionaire playboy trying to catch up with society after 5 years, who also owns and runs a nightclub; at night he becomes a green-hooded vigilante, following through with his father’s dying wishes to right the wrongs of the Queen family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. Oliver’s vigilante persona becomes the focus of police detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), father to Laurel and Sara, who is determined to arrest the vigilante and who also blames Oliver for his daughter’s death and his wife leaving him, though he remains unaware of Oliver’s dual identity. Oliver is constantly flanked by a bodyguard, John Diggle (David Ramsey), who later joins him in his fight for justice. Moira Queen, Oliver’s mother is also hiding secrets: she knows that the family yacht that caused Oliver to be stranded on the island in the first place, was actually sabotaged.

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Oliver begins preparing to take on another individual from his father’s list, but Diggle argues that he should expand his work and help the police take down a group of bank robbers. Oliver initially refuses, believing that it detracts from his mission to right his father’s wrongs; Diggle is able to persuade Oliver in the end. Oliver uses police files and IT specialist Felicity Smoak to deduce that the robbers are actually a family unit, and that the leader Derek Reston worked for Queen Industries before Robert Queen outsourced 1500 jobs to China and the Reston family lost their home as a result. Feeling guilty, Oliver tries to persuade Derek to right his own wrongs, but when he learns that the family are going to rob another bank he chooses to stop them. During Oliver’s confrontation, Derek is shot and dies. Meanwhile, Tommy throws Laurel a fundraiser to help her pro-bono law firm, CNRI, stay in business; Tommy hopes that this will show Laurel that he is serious about wanting a relationship with her. Flashbacks also reveal how Oliver first discovered the target names in his father’s notebook.

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Oliver tracks down an accountant, Backman, for the secret organization and steals his laptop in order to redistribute all of his money back to the people he stole from. While decrypting the laptop, Felicity uncovers a link to Walter—a $2 million transfer was made to Dominic Alonzo, an underground casino owner who was hired to kidnap Walter. With Felicity posing as a card sharp, the pair infiltrate the casino; after being beaten and threatened, Alonzo reveals that Walter was killed. Oliver informs his family; Moira immediately confronts Malcolm, who reveals that Walter is alive. Oliver, who was listening in, discovers that Tommy’s father is heading the secret organization, and uses Felicity to hack into his phone records to ascertain Walter’s location. As the vigilante, Oliver frees Walter and reunites him with the family. Meanwhile, Laurel goes to Tommy to get the truth about why he left, and Tommy reveals that he believes she is meant to be with Oliver, who still loves her. In a flashback, Robert Queen is shown disagreeing with Malcolm’s proposed “Undertaking”, which would involve leveling the Glades and kill thousands of people in an effort to rebuild the area and remove the crime. As a result, Malcolm has a bomb planted on the Queens’ yacht just before Robert and Oliver set off.

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Malcolm Merlyn, in his archer costume, goes to Unidac Industries to tie up loose ends by murdering scientists that worked on the seismic device that will be used to level the Glades. Oliver and Diggle devise a plan where Diggle dresses as the vigilante and kidnaps Oliver and Moira in an attempt to uncover the truth about the Undertaking. The plan works and Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle break into Merlyn Global to hack the mainframe and find the device. Oliver convinces Tommy to get back together with Laurel, but when he learns that he could give up being the vigilante if he stops the Undertaking, Oliver decides to reconcile with Laurel himself; later, Tommy witnesses Oliver and Laurel becoming physically intimate. That night, Diggle goes after the device, but Malcolm learns of the system hack and has the device moved. The vigilante attempts to kill Malcolm, who reveals to the vigilante that he is the other archer; the two fight and Malcolm gets the upper hand, discovering Oliver’s secret. Meanwhile, Walter reveals that he knew that Moira was part of his kidnapping and gives her divorce papers as a result. In a flashback, Fyers reveals that he plans to cripple the Chinese economy by blowing up aircraft going into China. Fyers then murders Yao Fei after forcing him to take credit for the attacks via video recording.

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  • Stephen Amell portrays Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy turned hooded vigilante, who is based on the DC Comics Green Arrow. After surviving a ship wreck on an isolated island for five years, Oliver returns to his home city with a mission to right the wrongs of his father and save the city from the crime that has grown in his absence.

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  • Katie Cassidy portrays Laurel Lance, a character based on the DC Comics character Black Canary. Laurel is a non-profit attorney who fights for the rights of the less fortunate; she is also Oliver’s former girlfriend.

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  • Willa Holland portrays Thea Queen, Oliver’s younger sister. Thea develops a drug habit early in season one, but gets clean after criminal charges are brought against her for driving while under the influence.

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  • Susanna Thompson portrays Moira Queen, Oliver’s mother. Moira is revealed to also be part of the secret organization her late-husband was involved with, which is making plans to bring down the city as a means of rebuilding it in the image of the organization’s leader.

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  • Paul Blackthorne portrays Detective Quentin Lance, Laurel’s father and Starling City police detective. In the DC Comics, Laurel’s father was named Larry Lance, but his name and character attributes have been changed for the series. Detective Lance blames Oliver for the death of his daughter, Sara, as she was with him on his family yacht when it sank. Lance is also out to capture the vigilante, who he sees as a menace to the city for the vigilante’s willingness to break the law and kill in the pursuit of stopping crime.

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  • Emily Bett Rickards portrays Felicity Smoak, the IT technician at Queen Industries who has become part of Oliver’s vigilante team. The DC Comics character of the same name was the step-mother of Ronnie Raymond and manager of a computer software company.

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  • Manu Bennett portrays Slade Wilson, a character based on the DC Comics character Deathstroke. Slade is an ASIS agent who teamed up with Oliver during his time on the island.

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  • Colton Haynes portrays Roy Harper, a character based on the DC Comics character of the same name.A petty crook, Roy was befriended by Thea and is fascinated by the hooded vigilante.

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  • Colin Donnell portrays Tommy Merlyn, Oliver’s best friend, who eventually learns of Oliver’s secret life as a vigilante. Like Oliver, Tommy has romantic feelings for Laurel. His father is Malcolm Merlyn, a main antagonist in season one. The surname “Merlyn” is the name of one of Green Arrow’s nemeses in the comics.

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PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS: (SEASON 3)

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Opening Introduction:

We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren’t prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stockpiling weapons. We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hopeful someone will come and light the way.

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Revolution is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama series that takes place 15 years after the start of a worldwide blackout. It was created by Eric Kripke and produced by J. J. AbramsBad Robot Productions for the NBC network. It debuted on September 17, 2012, and airs on Mondays at 10:00pm (ET).The network placed a series order in May 2012.Film director Jon Favreau directed the pilot episode. In October 2012, NBC picked it up for a full season of 22 episodes, which was later reduced to 20 episodes.

The show is filmed in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. Many of the scenes were shot in historic downtown Wilmington and on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

In April 2013, the series was renewed for a second season of 22 episodes.

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  • Billy Burke as Miles Matheson, a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant-turned-tavern owner, pursued by the Monroe Republic Militia. As Ben Matheson’s brother, he is later revealed to be one of the founding fathers of the Monroe Republic, having established it with Sebastian Monroe after the collapse of the United States. He is also the former Commanding General of its militia and is responsible for making them as brutally efficient as they are now. However, he later became disillusioned with the Republic, unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Monroe, and deserted, having depended on alcohol over guilt of the Republic’s atrocities against civilians. The militia now considers Miles a traitor and seeks to capture him as well as the rest of the Matheson family. Miles is shown expressing regret for his role with the militia although not without conflicted feelings about his former best friend Sebastian Monroe, who offered him his old job back after liberating Rachel. After rescuing Danny, Miles resolves to defeat Monroe once and for all when he realizes that the various pendants Rachel and Ben invented can grant Monroe massive firepower (including nuclear capability) against countless people who are reduced to fighting with swords and arrows after the blackout.

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  • Tracy Spiridakos as Charlotte “Charlie” Matheson, Ben Matheson’s daughter and Miles’s niece. Miles described her initially as unusual, insisting that it’s not meant as an insult. Charlie has strong remorse for the things around her in the new world and is very caring but is increasingly at odds with trying to find a balance between concern and self-preservation in the post-blackout society, often choosing to emulate her Uncle Miles more than her own family. After Rachel left, she took responsibility for looking after her brother Danny, whom she actively pursued in the first half of the season. After her brother’s death, she is determined to assist Miles in stopping Bass Monroe, while reconciling with her estranged mother.

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  • Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel Matheson, Ben’s wife and Charlie and Danny’s mother, who is initially believed to have died following the blackout but later revealed to be alive and working under duress for Monroe. She has told Monroe about the existence of the pendants and provided other information to the militia concerning them and a need for amplification in order to enable vehicular use. Later, it is revealed that Rachel had been equally involved in the blackout as she and her husband know the exact science behind why it has happened. After learning that activated pendants can be tracked by Flynn, she seeks instead to destroy them as they are found instead of using them to counter Monroe.

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  • Zak Orth as Aaron Pittman, an MIT graduate, former Google executive and friend of Ben Matheson. Aaron was a teacher in the community, educating children about life before the blackout. He abandoned his wife after feeling unable to protect her from looters and thieves, leaving her with a group they were traveling with. Aaron has a great deal of suppressed guilt and remorse over abandoning his wife. Just before Ben’s death, Aaron was secretly entrusted with a pendant flash drive onto which Ben downloaded files from his computer just before the blackout. Aaron and Maggie decided to keep the pendant’s existence a secret from the rest of the group, fearing Miles’ reaction and complicating the pursuit of Danny’s captors; the others later discover the pendant’s existence, and it is eventually stolen by Nora’s sister (a double agent) and handed over to Sebastian Monroe. Once reunited with Rachel, Aaron is concentrating on the study of her notes and any information concerning the blackout. Rachel suspects that Ben deliberately cultivated a relationship with Aaron because unknown to Aaron, some of his early work in programming at MIT may have been used in the development of the nanites.

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  • Giancarlo Esposito as Major Tom Neville, a former insurance adjuster who joined the Monroe Republic militia after the blackout. As a Captain, Neville is the first antagonist in the story – his troops are responsible for both Ben Matheson’s death and Danny’s capture. He is very calculated and committed to the militia, seeking primarily to survive and to keep his own family safe. Originally a mild-mannered and compassionate family man, the blackout forced him to become more ruthless; he is frequently encouraged to be even more ruthless by his politically-ambitious wife who wishes for him to replace Sebastian Monroe as General. After promoted to Major upon the capture of Danny Matheson, Neville has lost favor with Monroe after his son defected and his subsequent capture by the Rebels (he later escapes) prevented him from completing a critical mission for Monroe. Realizing that Monroe will kill him for his failure, Neville and his wife defect to Georgia where he is rewarded for the intel he provides with a commission as a major in the Georgian militia. He now works with Miles Matheson who is leading the rebel forces and has joined with Georgia to fight Monroe. In the season finale he led a coup against Monroe.

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  • J.D. Pardo as Jason Neville (originally known under the alias “Nate Walker”), the son of Tom Neville and a former Lieutenant of the Monroe Militia tasked with tracking down Miles. While initially loyal to the Militia, he develops feelings for Charlie, which results in him choosing to protect her on several occasions. When the militia start hunting down the rebels with their helicopters, he defects from the militia as he views the massacres as inhumane. He joins the Rebellion to fight alongside Charlie, with a reluctant Miles refusing to trust his motivations until he agreed to help interrogate his own father. He has an extremely difficult relationship with Tom.

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  • David Lyons as President/General Sebastian “Bass” Monroe, a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who co-founded the Monroe Republic. He was the President (de facto dictator) of the Republic as well as the Commanding General of the militia. Monroe and Miles were best friends prior to the blackout, as they grew up and served together in the military, seeking at first to defend innocent people and restore order to society after the collapse using their combined military experience to organize a standing militia. Monroe knew the Matheson family well before the blackout and after Miles defected, he kept Rachel in seclusion letting the world believe she was dead for many years since she was key in turning electrical power back on. After Rachel’s escape, Bass is now cooperating with Randall Flynn, who has a limited but ample supply of the pendants and amplifiers to allow vehicles and weaponry to work under Monroe Republic control. He loses power in a coup and some of his men try to kill him.

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  • Daniella Alonso as Nora Clayton, a woman who has a history with Miles from a past relationship. She has connections to the rebels, who fight against the Monroe Republic to restore the United States of America as part of an organized Rebellion. Her primary expertise is in explosives, and Nora’s connections to the Rebellion help at various points throughout the Monroe Republic. Upon learning that her sister is alive and wants to return to Texas to seek out their family, Nora was going to leave Miles, Charlie, and Aaron to assault Bass, but after her sister betrays the Matheson family to the Militia in order to assure her and Nora free passage to Texas, Nora returns, rescuing them and leaving her sister to travel alone. While trying to help the group at a critical moment, she was killed in the season 1 finale, from massive blood loss after being shot.

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  • Graham Rogers as Danny Matheson, Charlie’s brother who gets captured by the militia. Danny is asthmatic and before being kidnapped, was constantly watched over by his sister. Similar to Charlie, Danny feels sympathetic for various people, and in a moment when Capt. Neville was vulnerable, chose to help free him and get recaptured rather than escape and let the Captain die from collapsing rubble. Danny is killed from random fire after shooting down a helicopter. Post-mortem, Rachel pulled a device out of Danny, which has a faint blinking light that is still working, years after the blackout. It is later learned that the nanites helped power the device to keep Danny alive.
  • Tim Guinee as Ben Matheson, Charlie and Danny’s father. Along with Rachel he initially developed the nano-robot technology that caused the blackout, which was researched and developed by the other scientists including Grace, John and others. Initially meant as a method of cheap green energy, the project’s failure had the unintended outcome of suppressing all electronic activity within a given radius. After the DOD deployed the nano-robots at an area of conflict, Ben was able to warn his family in Chicago and his brother Miles moments before the blackout occurred as the nano-bots spread out of control. Fifteen years later, he was murdered in the first episode by the Monroe Militia, and shortly before his death he sent his daughter to find his brother Miles in Chicago in order to help her find and rescue Danny. Ben’s past involvement in the story is revealed throughout the first season.
  • Anna Lise Phillips as Maggie Foster, a British medical doctor who became stranded and separated from her children following the blackout. She became Ben Matheson’s girlfriend following his wife’s supposed death. Maggie’s relationship with Charlie is often strained, since she is her de facto stepmother, but Maggie cares for Ben’s children as her own. She came to the Midwest and met Ben after failing to find a boat to cross the Atlantic to return to her own family in the United Kingdom. She is killed by a bandit during the pursuit for Danny.

Recurring characters

  • Colm Feore as Randall Flynn, the Assistant Secretary of Defense who was working with Ben Matheson and his team to fund and support their project to weaponize Ben’s research for military purposes in response to the death of his own son in Afghanistan. After the blackout, he seeks to “collect” the remaining scientists on the project (by force or by will) who worked with him in the Department of Defense in the continued production of pendants and amplifiers to further his own plans. Flynn has chosen to cooperate with the Monroe Republic after he became convinced that Monroe didn’t have “his own head up his ass” and provides enough information to re-enable the vehicles and weaponry that Monroe collected over the years. He committed suicide in the season 1 finale.
  • Maria Howell as Grace Beaumont, a woman who hides Danny from the Monroe Militia and also has a pendant matching the one Ben Matheson gave Aaron. It is revealed that as one of the scientists who worked at the Department of Defense, she is in contact via a computer with an unknown party until Randall Flynn abducted her. When Aaron and Maggie discover the house she lived in, the pendant she possessed was missing and her computer destroyed. Randall keeps her in captivity with other scientists fixing equipment in a secret location to further his pursuits.
  • Malik Yoba as Jim Hudson, an ex-Monroe Militia captain who helped Miles with his initial assassination attempt on Bass and defected after their failure. He went into hiding as a town librarian after marrying a local woman. Miles and Nora seek his help after Miles agrees to aid the Rebellion, but Jim refuses because Miles had abandoned him. After fending off a kill squad sent by Monroe to capture him, Jim ends up joining Miles after his wife witnesses him kill an attacker and learns about his past as a soldier. However in the 18th episode he is revealed to be a traitor. He is killed by Jason.
  • Leland Orser as John Sanborn, a scientist who worked with Ben and Rachel in developing the blackout technology. After Rachel and Miles sought him out for assistance, John captured them and turned them over to Randall for interrogation. Miles and Rachel escaped from capture, with John following Randall to Philadelphia to aid the Republic. He is killed by Jim in the 18th episode.
  • Kim Raver as Julia Neville, Captain Tom Neville’s wife and Jason’s mother. While supportive of her husband’s military efforts seeking to encourage his rise to power, she is also protective of Jason, and after learning of his defection from the militia, confronts Neville and agrees to leave her life of luxury and social elevation to be free of the Republic.
  • Mark Pellegrino as Jeremy Baker, a militia captain and former friend of Miles Matheson due to Miles rescuing him from murderous looters six months into the blackout. He is later executed when Monroe believes him to be behind an assassination attempt.
  • David Meunier as Will Strausser, a Sergeant in the Monroe Militia who admits his sociopathy adding that his militia work is a good fit. He was the only Sergeant who scared Miles when he was in the Militia. He offers Nora’s sister safe passage to Texas if she gives away the positions of her sister’s accomplices. After returning to Rachel, Strausser is killed by her after he threatens to kill her children in order to motivate her to complete an amplifier.
  • Maureen Sebastian as Priscilla Pittman, Aaron’s ex-wife. Aaron left her in a group after the blackout because he didn’t believe he had the capability to protect her. While traveling to the tower, Aaron finds her being held hostage and finally saves her by using brute force. She holds to much resentment towards him, though, and ultimately leaves him again.
  • Leslie Hope as President Kelly Foster, the president of the Georgia Federation.

Season 1

The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. All electricity on Earth has been disabled within a single night, ranging from computers and electronics to car and jet engines. Trains and cars stopped where they were, ships went dead in the water and fly-by-wire aircraft fell from the sky and crashed.

People were forced to adapt to a world without electricity over the next fifteen years. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are now ruled by warlords and militias.

It starts with the surviving Matheson family: Ben, Charlie, and Danny, now living near what used to be Chicago, who possessed a pendant-shaped device (a USB flash drive contained in a pendant) that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, Sebastian Monroe, the General of the Monroe Militia and self-appointed President of the Monroe Republic, an area of the former United States east of the Mississippi River northward of Kentucky and the Carolinas, now possesses that power for himself seeking conquest of the entire former United States of America. The remaining Matheson family, joined initially by Miles Matheson, Aaron Pittman, and Nora Clayton now strive to counter the Monroe Militia. Monroe’s new benefactor, Randall Flynn, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense who 15 years earlier ordered the deployment of the weaponized technology that caused the blackout, now seeks to fortify Monroe in his efforts after Rachel escaped from his custody.

In Season 1 Episode 5, “Soul Train”, a map of North America is shown.The map showed the former continental United States, Canada, and Mexico divided into six parts: the Monroe Republic in the northeast, Maritime Provinces and Great Lakes region; the Georgia Federation in the southeast; the Plains Nation in the northern Midwest and Rocky Mountain states; Texas which controls portions of Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana; the California Commonwealth which has the Pacific Coast from Baja California to British Columbia; and the Wasteland in the vicinity of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Mexico.

The same episode also indicates that the Georgia Federation and Plains Nation have allied against the Monroe Republic. Border skirmishing in southwest Illinois, near St. Louis, is mentioned.

According to the wife of Captain Thomas Neville (Julia) in a letter to her husband, the Monroe Republic capital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is relatively safe; however, life outside west of Pittsburgh is subject to rebel attacks and other dangers such as bandits.

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NATIONS & FACTIONS

At the start of the series, North America has been split into at least six nations.

The Monroe Republic

Led by President and Commanding General Sebastian Monroe, the Monroe Republic appears to be a military dictatorship covering what used to be the North Eastern section of the United States, parts of Quebec and all of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The capital of the Monroe Republic is Philadelphia with Independence Hall serving as the Capitol Building. The western border is the Mississippi River from Lake Superior to the Ohio River. The Southern Border appears to be the Ohio river, continuing to the western border of West Virginia, running south to the southern border of Virginia, then diagonally (possibly following the Roanoke River) to Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. The Eastern Border is the Atlantic Ocean from Albemarle Sound to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Gulf of St Lawrence. The Northern Border appears to coincide with the northern border of the former United States from Duluth through the Great Lakes to the St Lawrence River, then follows the river to the Atlantic.

The Rebels

The Rebels are a faction fighting against the Monroe Militia. They profess to be fighting to restore the United States of America. They are now working with the Georgia Federation, which supplies the Rebels with more weapons and troops.

The Georgia Federation

The Georgia Federation is a prosperous nation led by President Kelly Foster, covering the former South Eastern United States. The capital of the Georgia Federation is Atlanta. Georgia has a tense relationship with the Monroe Republic, devolving into all-out war. The Northern Border appears to be the Ohio river, continuing to the western border of West Virginia, running south to the southern border of Virginia, then diagonally (possibly following the Roanoke River) to Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. The Eastern Border is the Atlantic Ocean from Albemarle Sound south to Florida. The Southern Border is the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to part way through Louisiana. The Western Border is the Mississippi River from the Ohio River south to approximately Baton Rouge, then due south to the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas

Little has been shown about the nation of Texas. They have had tension with the Monroe Republic for at least part of the time after the blackout, but the Monroe Republic did not want to go to war, assuming they would lose. The Eastern Border of Texas is the Mississippi River from the Arkansas River south to approximately the Atchafalaya River, then due south to the Gulf of Mexico. The extent south is unclear from the maps shown in the show (it extends further south than the map does), but it extends well into the former Mexico. The Western Border coincides with the western border of the US State of Texas north of the Rio Grande, but extends diagonally west from about midway between El Paso/Juárez and Big Bend to the Gulf of California.

Plains Nation

Not much is mentioned about the Plains Nation in the show. It is mentioned that in the Plains Nation, the only punishment for any crime is death. All of the main characters travel into the Plains Nation to get to a DOD facility in Colorado Springs known as “The Tower”.

California Commonwealth

Little is known about the California Commonwealth, other than the head-of-state is known as Governor Affleck. Monroe was set to send Jason Neville with an Emissary to California before Major Neville talked him out of sending his son. It is unknown if the emissary was sent or what relationship the Monroe Republic has with California. California takes up all of the land of the states of Baja California Sur, Baja California, California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as parts of Nevada and Idaho. The northern border is unclear as it extends past the edge of the map, but it appears to extend into British Columbia.

Wasteland

The Wasteland is not mentioned in the show, only shown on the map. It appears to take up parts of Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, as well as all of New Mexico and Arizona.

United States of America

During the course of Season 1, the series plot line alludes to the Rebels’ intent to reestablish the United States of America. In the Season 1 finale, it is revealed that the last President of the United States and the remnants of the United States Government have been maintaining a government at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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DIVERGENT…say what now!!!

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Divergent is the debut novel of American author Veronica Roth and is the first installment in a trilogy. It is set within a dystopian version of Chicago. The novel has been compared to similar young adult books such as The Hunger Games because of its theme and target audience. Roth has said that the idea for the series was born while she was studying in college.

Summit Entertainment purchased the media rights to the book, and as of May 2013 is in the process of filming the movie, also titled Divergent.The second novel in the trilogy, Insurgent, was released on May 1, 2012. The third and final book, Allegiant, is expected to be released on October 22, 2013 in the US.

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THE PLOT:

In the future, the citizens of Chicago live in a society that is divided into five factions, each one meant to uphold a particular virtue of humanity: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). On a given day each year, all sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test that will tell them which faction they are best suited for, after which they must decide whether to remain with their family or transfer to a new faction.

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Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior was born into an Abnegation family, but selflessness has never come naturally to her like it does her brother, Caleb. She feels lonely and constricted by her environment and feels like she doesn’t belong. When the time comes for Beatrice to take her aptitude test, the results are inconclusive: she doesn’t fit neatly into any one faction; rather, she shows equal aptitude for three—Abnegation, Erudite and Dauntless. This makes her “divergent” and she is warned never to share this information with anyone for fear of her life. The person who ran her aptitude test logs Beatrice in the system as having aptitude for Abnegation.

THE MOVIE:

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Divergent is an upcoming American science fiction adventure film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian and Douglas Wick, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. It stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney and Kate Winslet.The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Divergent is scheduled to be released on March 21, 2014 in the United States.

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Oh captain…our captain…

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and the ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Anthony and Joe Russo directed the screenplay, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, which stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America and the Black Widow join forces to stop a covert enemy that is hiding in Washington, D.C.

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Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote Captain America: The First Avenger, stated before that film’s release that they were working on a sequel, and in June 2012, Anthony and Joe Russo entered negotiations to direct. The following month, casting of the supporting roles began with the additions of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. Principal photography commenced in April 2013 in Los Angeles, California before moving to Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled to be released on April 4, 2014, in 2D and 3D.

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Premise

Following the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers resides peacefully in Washington, D.C., struggling to adapt to contemporary society. However, after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is assailed, Steve becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the globe. Together with the Black Widow, Captain America attempts to uncover the growing machination while fending off hired hit men. When the entire scheme is discovered, Captain America and the Black Widow must recruit the aid of the Falcon and soon encounter an unanticipated and powerful adversary — the Winter Soldier.

Cast

A World War II veteran who was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum, frozen in suspended animation, and is now struggling to adjust to the modern world.Producer Kevin Feige said that Rogers reluctantly remains with S.H.I.E.L.D. after the events of The Avengers “because he has nowhere else to go… Things were black and white back then [in World War II], and now it’s hard to know who the bad guys are. We wanted to play on that a little with Cap being uncomfortable with the way S.H.I.E.L.D., and in particular Nick Fury, operates.” Describing his character’s adjustment to the modern world, Evans said, “It’s not so much about his shock with [technology]… It’s more about the societal differences. He’s gone from the ’40s to today; he comes from a world where people were a little more trusting, the threats not as deep. Now, it’s harder to tell who’s right and wrong. Actions you take to protect people from threats could compromise liberties and privacy. That’s tough for Steve to swallow.”
A highly trained spy working for S.H.I.E.L.D., who partners with Rogers.Screenwriter Christopher Markus said that Black Widow was a “great contrast” to Captain America, describing her as “incredibly modern, not very reverent, and just very straightforward whereas Steve is, you know a man from the 40s. He’s not a boy scout, but he is reserved and has a moral center, whereas her moral center moves.” When asked about Natasha’s relationship with Steve, Johansson said “Their working relationship becomes a more intimate friendship. They have some unexpected similarities – they both have their guard up, they have trust issues, and they’ve also both been working for ‘the man’ for their entire career. Through this unexpected friendship that forms, they both start to question what they want.”
Steve Rogers’ best friend, who is turned into a brainwashed assassin. Kevin Feige stated that Bucky’s role in the film will adhere closely to Ed Brubaker‘s Winter Soldier storyline in the comics. To prepare for the role, Stan endured five months of physical training and did historical research. “I dove into the whole cold war thing,” said Stan. “I looked at the KGB. I looked at all kinds of spy movies, and all kinds of documentaries about that time, and what it was about. I grabbed anything from that time period. Anything about brainwashing.”
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with the ability to fly and speak telepathically with birds. About the role, Mackie said “I’m playing the Falcon. He’s this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, he can fly, and has telepathic powers. He’s the first African-American superhero. It makes me feel all the work I’ve done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That’s a huge honor for me.”Mackie stated that Marvel did not let him read a script before signing on, and that he would spend five months doing two-a-day workouts and eating an 11,000 calorie per day diet to get into shape for the role. Mackie also revealed that Wilson is “a really smart guy who went through major military training and becomes a tactical leader.”
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A neighbor of Captain America’s who initially goes under the name of “Kate”. VanCamp says her character takes an “interesting turn” as the plot develops and that this movie is “just the beginning for the character.”
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A mercenary and a master of the French form of kickboxing known as savateSt-Pierre, a UFC welterweight champion, elaborated, “My character is a French mercenary, speaks French, a martial arts expert of savate, [and an] Olympic lifting champion. [He is] a little bit like a guy who can jump really high and stuff… he’s called a leaper. The character fit me well. “
A senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D. and a member of the World Security Council. He is also an old comrade of Nick Fury.Redford was cast in part as a homage to his roles in 1970s thrillers such as Three Days of the Condor
The director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Regarding Fury’s questionable code of ethics, Feige said, “Fury certainly rides a line, sort of rides the shadows. He has, I think, lied to every character in every movie, though always for seemingly for the good.””Almost everything that comes out of Nick Fury’s mouth is a lie in some sense,” said Jackson. “He has to ask, is he even lying to himself, too? He has a very good idea of what’s going on but his paranoia keeps him from believing some of it.”

Additionally, Toby Jones,Maximiliano Hernández,Dominic Cooperand Garry Shandling reprise their roles from previous films as Arnim Zola, Jasper Sitwell, Howard Stark and Senator Stern, respectively. Chin Han, Jenny Agutter (who previously appeared in The Avengers as a member of the World Security Council), Alan Dale and Bernard White have been cast as members of Pierce’s S.H.I.E.L.D. team.Stan Lee will make a cameo appearance.

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