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robboDate: Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015, 05:33 | Message # 361
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20 Most Expensive Films Ever Made

1. Avatar (2009) $425,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $2,783,918,982

Was It Worth It: Had it cost a billion it would have been worth it thanks to that return. And while it's a little concerning to wonder about the future of the franchise with two entirely unnecessary sequels incoming, the original remains an incredible feat. Not bad for a Fern Gully rip-off. 

2. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (2007) $300,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $960,996,492

Was It Worth It: In purely financial terms, yes, but the story was too complex and impenetrable and Johnny Depp had lost all sense of restraint. Inevitably it made enough for the franchise to continue. 

3. The Dark Knight Rises: (2012) $275,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $1,079,343,943

Was It Worth It: Affirmed Nolanites proclaimed it the perfect end to the trilogy, and despite some glaring flaws (whether you admit it or not), the incredible box office return more than justifies the cost. 

4. John Carter: (2012) $275,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $282,778,100

Was It Worth It: It's unfairly hated, but you can't argue with those financial figures. 
In truth, Disney should have spent a lot more actually marketing the film well, and they might not have wasted the budget quite so spectacularly. 

5. The Lone Ranger: (2013) $275,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $259,989,910

Was It Worth It: Disney have a habit of pouring money down the drain and while this Armie Hammer led flop wasn't entirely horrendous, it is legitimately one of their biggest ever disasters. And no amount of Johnny Depp silliness could make it any other way. 

6. Tangled: (2010) $260,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $586,581,936

Was It Worth It: How can an animation cost more than a comic book blockbusters and Peter Jackson films?! It might be better than Frozen (sacrilege they cry!) but that's still an astronomical chunk of money. 

7. Spider-Man 3 (2007) $258,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $890,875,303

Was It Worth It: After the superlative second film, this expensive mess was very much a case of too many cooks as Sam Raimi battled Sony's over-arching agenda for MORE. Yes it made money, but it unforgivably killed Raimi's series. Still, it was better than the Amazing Spider-Man films that followed. 

8. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014) $250,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $734,252,487

Was It Worth It: The battle itself was an impressive spectacle, but with $250m to spend, they should surely have managed to make Billy Connolly's dwarf warlord look a bit more realistic. 

9. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) $250,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $950,466,855

Was It Worth It: Again, the production values probably gobbled up a lot of the cost, and in that respect there was value. But it definitely felt like a case of over-extension for profit's sake by this point. 

10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) $250,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $1,043,663,875

Was It Worth It: Another billion dollars for Johnny Depp's cartoon pirate, despite the fourth being the worst in the series. For fans and critics it wasn't value for money, but considering the commercial success, it's unlikely Disney are too bothered.

11. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009) $250,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $935,083,686

Was It Worth It: Fans will rarely accept any negative words about the franchise, and while some of the acting in earlier films was a touch uneven, The Half Blood Prince represented a moment of maturity both for the stars and the films.

12. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) $250,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $1,014,703,568

Was It Worth It: Again, the billion dollar return probably helped sweeten the less than stellar critical response for New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson. And while the story was a bit unbalanced, there's no denying the impressive power of the production values. 

13. Superman Returns (2006) $232,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $374,085,065

Was It Worth It: Not even close, The film was boring, badly directed and completely ruined Brandon Routh's promising career before it could even get going. Now it feels like a warning of how not to make comic book movies.

14. Quantum Of Solace (2008) $230,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $591,692,078

Was It Worth It: For a while it looked like it might have thrown the good will earned by Casino Royale out of the window, but financial success (and a critic proof brand) meant the muted response was far from fatal. 

15. Man Of Steel (2013) $225,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $667,999,518

Was It Worth It: It certainly wasn't the universal success it needed to be for DC, but the move to bring Batman into the fold for the sequel means that probably doesn't matter anymore anyway.

16. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $225,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $1,060,615,812

Was It Worth It: Thanks to Johnny Depp's pantomime performance, the Pirates franchise is basically critic proof, and despite diminishing returns from the original, the magic billion dollar figure confirmed it as an expense worth spending.

17. The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) $225,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $417,341,288

Was It Worth It: It was certainly not a failure in the box office terms, but it was criticised for being a dark departure from the first film with noticeably more violence. It still excited fans enough to get Disney another $415m haul for the threequel too. 

18. The Avengers (2012) $225,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $1,514,279,547

Was It Worth It: Undoubtedly. Not only was it a commercial success, but the film cemented the MCU and confirmed that the studio's plan for multiple phases and an increasingly large ensemble was viable.

19. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) $220,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $757,890,267

Was It Worth It: Not really, considering Marc Webb's new direction for Spidey has now been scrapped in favour of a closer (and more lucrative) relationship with Marvel. 

20. Men In Black 3 (2012) $215,000,000

Worldwide Box Office: $654,213,485

Was It Worth It: It was undoubtedly an improvement on the second, and packed a surprisingly successful emotional punch. So Yes. 

Disney: Spending way too much money since 1923.

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robboDate: Friday, 27 Mar 2015, 02:28 | Message # 362
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"Vikings" Renewed, "Downton" Cancelled

Halfway into its third season, History has announced that its popular Norse drama "Vikings" has been picked up for a fourth season which will begin production this spring in Iceland.

After five episodes of the new season, the show is currently averaging 4.3 million total viewers and 2 million adults 18-49 viewers in Live+3 ratings - making it the top cable series on Thursday nights in all key demos.

Meanwhile, and after many rumors suggesting as much, Carnival Films has made it official and held a press conference today confirming that the upcoming sixth season of the acclaimed British period drama "Downton Abbey" will be its last.

It has been confirmed that the final season of the series will wrap up character's storylines and depict the end of the aristocracy in Britain. While broadcasters ITV and PBS wanted more seasons, it's said producer Julian Fellowes wants to "go out on top".

The final episode will be this year's Christmas special.

Via: Deadline


Downton Abbey star Lily James attends the UK Premiere of 'Cinderella' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 19, 2015 in London, England.

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Classic TV Revivals In The Works

Full House

Netflix is supposedly rebooting this family classic that ran during ABC's TGIF heyday. The series could get a 13 episode deal, and would be called "Fuller House." A Netflix rep called the original report "just a rumor."

The X-Files

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are returning to this revival, which was picked up as a six-episode limited series on Fox. The show originally ran there for nine seasons and spawned two feature films: "The X-Files: Fight the Future" and The X-Files: I Want to Believe."

Titans

TNT is developing a live-action drama based on the Warner Bros. comics. The younger superheroes are also currently in animated form in Cartoon Network's "Teen Titans Go!" which premiered in 2013.

Damien 

The 1976 horror flick "The Omen" spawned three movie sequels and, in 2006, a remake. Now Lifetime will take a stab at the source material with former "Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara set to direct the straight-to-series six-episode order titled "Damien."

Coach

NBC will revive this comedy with a straight-to-series order. Craig T. Nelson will reprise his role. The sequel will pick up 18 years after the final episode of the original series. 

Bachelor Party

A host of "New Girl" affiliates - JJ Philbin, Josh Malmuth, Jake Johnson and Max Winkler - are teaming up to transform this raunchy Tom Hanks movie into a half-hour comedy series on ABC.

Uncle Buck

CBS already tried and failed to adapt this 1989 John Candy comedy. Now ABC will take a crack at it with writing duo Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley and producer Will Packer.

Wet Hot American Summer

Although it's technically a prequel to the 2001 cult classic film, the new eight-episode series hits Netflix on July 17. The comedy will include original cast members Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper as well as other stars like "Mad Men's" John Slattery.

Duck Tales

Disney XD is set to revive this classic in 2017. The original aired from 1987 to 1990 and also spawned a theatrical release in 1990 titled "Duck Tales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp." 

Twin Peaks

This 90s whodunit murder mystery was greenlit by Showtime as a limited series to air in 2016. It would be written and directed by original creators Mark Frost and David Lynch. In March 2015, Lynch commented that the project is still up in the air, - which was news to Showtime, as it had already signed stars Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Richard Beymer, Dana Ashbrook and Catherine E. Coulson to reprise their roles.

The Muppet Show 

ABC is considering bringing back the Muppets and will soon shoot a pilot presentation under the working title "Muppets 2015." Fittingly, the logline reads that "The Muppets excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on."

Bit of nostalgia for viewers to get their teeth into.

Via: Variety
 
robboDate: Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015, 01:06 | Message # 364
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Outlander Spanking Scene Draws A Big Female Audience (As Does The Rest Of The Episode)

Starz' Outlander returned to solid ratings last weekend, and posted some big gains over last summer's season premiere. 

Saturday night's episode - which, yes, featured the notorious spanking scene - saw 1.2 million viewers tune in to see the resumption of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie's (Sam Heughan) epic adventure, which is a 69 percent increase from the series debut.

Starz points out the numbers are despite going head-to-head against the NCAA Men's Basketball semifinal (though we suspect there's not a huge amount of cross-over between basketball fans and Heughan's Heughligans). In fact, the telecast delivered Starz' second-biggest female viewership ever.

The total for the weekend, including repeats, was 2.4 million viewers, which is actually on par with the first season's average. It wouldn't be surprising to see Outlander pick up more viewers as we head toward the first season finale. 

Via: EW
 
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The Best Female Time Travelers in TV History

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Sarah Connor, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Before Lena Headey was raising hell in the name of her children on Game of Thrones, she was raising hell in the name of her child on The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- and it made for glorious television. Time travel wasn’t a frequent plot device on this show (though it always loomed over its characters), but it was a huge catalyst in the pilot episode, which saw Sarah, John, and their new Terminator friend (played by Summer Glau) jumping forwards in time from 1999 to 2007 to avoid Skynet’s newest Terminator assassin.

We already knew Sarah Connor was a badass from her turns in The Terminator film series, but this show allowed Sarah to become the central protagonist in her own right, fleshing out both the darker and lighter sides of Sarah Connor


Big LOL at Den of Geek for using a photo of Summer Glau as Cameron to illustrate the snippet about Lena Headey.



The assistant in charge of providing the photos illustrating the article did not watch TSCC apparently :-)


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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 13 Apr 2015, 13:12 | Message # 366
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Hot or nah? The sexiest robots in movie and TV history, at éntertainthis.usatoday.com

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Summer Glau’s waifish features didn’t automatically figure robot, so it just makes her all the more attractive. Cameron was awkward and socially incompetent, but she definitely knew how to kick butt and protect John Connor from the coming apocalypse, so points to her.


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"Better Call Saul" Is Cable's Top New Show 

AMC's "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" has not only emerged as a critical favorite this year, it has also earned a popularity honor - the highest-rated new cable series of the broadcast season. 

For the season and in Live+3 estimates, "Saul" has averaged 5.9 million viewers. This includes 3.7 million adults 18-49 and 3.6 million adults 25-54. The series has also generated more than 4.4 million TVE streams on AMC.com and nearly 11.5 million VOD transactions. 

The series debuted to a record 6.9 million night-of viewers following its premiere behind an episode of "The Walking Dead". Shifting to Mondays, it understandably lost a part of that viewership in the second episode but has performed consistently ever since with the season finale last week nabbing 5.1 million viewers. 

Unfortunately I haven't seen one episode of this new show.

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20 DC Characters Who Could Yet Appear In Arrow And The Flash

1.  Wally West

To many long-time comic book fans, Wally West is their favorite version of The Flash. With more speedsters on the horizon for The Flash's Season 2, it looks like Wally West could be the prime candidate to make an appearance in the Scarlet Speedster show. 

2.  Talia Al Ghul

With Nyssa al Ghul debuting in Season 2 of Arrow and father Ra's following suit in the show's current third season, the introduction of Talia al Ghul is an easy one to do should The CW complete the family portrait. Still, the prospect of Talia al Ghul stepping out of the shadows is a mighty exciting one. 

3.  John Stewart 

This one is more of a curve ball, for one train of thought suggests that John Stewart has been a long-standing member of Arrow since the very start. Given how Stewart is a former military man, it's definitely plausible that Diggle could be worked into the John Stewart mould if Arrow decides to go that route. 

4.  Hawkgirl

Like Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl is another character confirmed for the Arrow/Flash spin-off show. In that series she'll be being played by Ciara Renee and it will be the Kendra Sanders version of the character. 
This is another character who is a near certainty to appear at some point in Arrow and The Flash. 

5.  Rip Hunter

This famed time-traveller is seemingly a certainty to appear at some point in Arrow or The Flash after being announced as part of the upcoming spin-off show, portrayed by Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill. Whether he turns up in Starling City or Central City, that's unsure - but make no doubt about it, Rip Hunter will be making an appearance somewhere down the line.

6.  Bart Allen

With the powers that be talking up the prospect of more speedsters for Season 2 of The Flash, the most likely options appear to be either Bart Allen or Wally West. With time-travel now a thing opens up the possibility for Bart Allen to come crashing into the world of Barry and Co. The big question there, though, is what sort of state S.T.A.R. Labs will be in by the time Season 2 of The Flash rolls around.

7.  Superman

The biggest name on this list by far is that of the Man of the Steel, Superman.
Rumours and stories claim that The CW have Tom Welling in mind to play the Last Son of Krypton should he swoop down in Central City. At one stage, the appearance of Superman in The Flash would've sounded ridiculous, but it might not be quite as ridiculous now. 

8.  Harley Quinn 

Harleen Quinzell has already appeared in The CW's DC universe. Kind of. Back in Season 2 of Arrow when we were first introduced to the Suicide Squad, we got a line or two of dialogue and the briefest of brief looks at the back of the head of one Harley Quinn, as voiced by Tara Strong (the long-time voice of the animated Harley). We can only hope, but fingers cross that Harley gets to torment either Starling City or Central City soon. 

9.  Metallo 

The Kryptonite-riddled Superman villain could make for a great addition to The Flash. 
In The Flash's world of meta-humans, Metallo would make a brilliant addition to Central City. 
The only issue would be whether his story is too tied to that of Superman, and also this version of the character may need to lose the Kryptonite element of his make-up. 

10.  Scarecrow

As Scarecrow, or simply even as Jonathon Crane, there's a lot that can be done with this villain should either Arrow or The Flash choose to do so. And whether he appears or not, you'd have to believe that he would be more suited to the darker streets of Starling City rather than Central City, though.

11.  Cheshire 

Of all of the names on this list, Cheshire is one who would feel the most at home by slotting right into Arrow. Given how this is a character who has no superpowers and no other worldly abilities, plus with the ties to Black Canary, you'd have to think that she would be a perfect fit for an appearance in Season 4 of Arrow.

12.  Black Flash

Now at one stage in the game, this one would've been the one massive, massive long shot on this list, but now the use of the Black Flash could be just about crazy enough to work. Black Flash is essentially the Grim Reaper of those with super-speed. If Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne/Reverse- Flash is offed at some point then we could be seeing Black Flash sooner than anyone would have thought possible. 

13.  Hunter Zolomon

While Eobard Thawne is the best known Reverse/Flash, Zolomon is another yellow-adorned speedster with a mighty chip on his shoulder. The guys behind The Flash show have already said how further speedsters are under consideration for Season 2 of the show, and Zolomon, also known as simply Zoom, could be a prime candidate. 

14.  Amazo 

Like others on this list, if Amazo were to make an appearance in Arrow or The Flash, you'd have to think that his appearance may have to be toned down just a tad. And as for his powers, there aren't really that many heroes for him to sap powers from. Then again, there are plenty of villains with a vast array of abilities that he could nab. 

15.  Blue Beetle 

Ted Kord, the second person to take on the Blue Beetle Mantle, was meant to be a part of the current third season of Arrow. But for whatever reason, the use of the character was eventually ruled out by the DC powers that be, resulting in The CW's Emerald Archer-based show substituting Kord and Blue Beetle for Ray Palmer and The Atom. Whether he ever gets the chance to appear down the line, fans will have to wait and see. 

16.  Booster Gold 

Considering that Rip Hunter is often portrayed as a mentor and associate of Booster's, don't rule out an appearance from this brash, bright, big-headed hero at some point during Arrow or The Flash's next seasons. Any chance to bring Booster Gold to life is one that should be taken. 

17.  Chemo

The villainous Chemo is essentially a walking weapon made up of toxic, mutated chemicals. 
In terms of low-ranking villains, at least in name value, Chemo is right up there. Then again, so are so many of the villains who have appeared in both Arrow and The Flash but who have still been made to feel relevant and entertaining. 

18.  Vixen 

Vixen is certainly an interesting proposition when it comes to new additions to The CW's shared universe. Could Vixen and her ability to harness the power of the animal kingdom make it to live-action? Don't rule it out. 

19.  Sergeant Rock

Frank Rock is a World War II veteran who has military ties, has been involved with Easy Company, Amanda Waller, and the Suicide Squad, which gives him multiple "ins" to Arrow. 
All in all, there's multiple ways that Sgt. Rock could be factored into either of The CW's DC shows. 

20.  Lady Shiva 

One of the most badass fighters in the DC world, Lady Shiva could be a very nice fit for The CW's shared universe, particularly the Stephen Amell-starring Arrow. The inclusion of such a character who is a martial arts expert could also help to give Laurel Lance/Black Canary a much needed kick up the backside. 

Via: WC
 
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Revenge Cancelled: Who Will Be Next?

Suddenly, nothing feels safe. Which shows are we going to lose next?

For you who don't know, the networks are deciding the fates of all their series within the next two to three weeks, as they prepare to unveil their 2015-16 fall schedule mid-May to advertisers in NYC.

A whopping 45 series are still on the chopping block (meaning they haven't yet been officially renewed or cancelled).

Some, like Scandal, clearly aren't going anywhere. But others, might soon get Sharpied out of the picture just like Revenge. In fact, there are 24 shows altogether whose fates are currently looking -- questionable. At best. 

What we're saying is: Book your therapists now, fellow TV fans.

Here are all the network shows that haven't been renewed or canceled, ranked by how likely they are to survive, according to our best Intel:

Will Be Renewed

The Middle
Grey's Anatomy (No Comment)
Fresh Off the Boat
The Goldbergs
Castle
Once Upon a Time
Scandal
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Modern Family
Black-ish
Last Man Standing
iZombie
Bones 
Blue Bloods
Criminal Minds
CSI: Cyber
The Good Wife
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
Person of Interest
The Odd Couple

50/50

Nashville
The Mindy Project (Will be shopped around if Fox lets it go)

Will Be Canceled 

Agent Carter (Not Ok)
Hart of Dixie (Also not Ok)
Galavant
Forever
American Crime
Secrets and Lies
Cristela
The Messengers
Backstrom
Battle Creek
Weird Loners
Marry Me
About a Boy
Constantine
State of Affairs
The Mysteries of Laura
One Big Happy
American Odyssey
Hawaii Five-O
Stalker

Which shows are you dying a slow death waiting for the news on?

Interesting article by all accounts, not sure whether I agree or disagree with the list but I'm hopeful of a couple of them avoiding the Pendulum!

Via: E! Online
 
chrisdvanneDate: Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015, 22:04 | Message # 370
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mysanantonio.com columnist Jeanne Jakle went on a hunt for updates on San Antonio’s movie and TV stars and discovered lots of cool tidbits.

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Summer’s real-life roles

S.A.-born sci-fi goddess Summer Glau of “Firefly” and “Terminator” fame also has been making the rounds at various comic conventions — in Houston, Phoenix and Philly.

The loudest buzz surrounding her at these stops, however, hasn’t been about her TV and movie roles, but her fairly new real-life roles … as wife and mom.

That’s right, fanboys! Glau has a husband now — Val Morrison — and a baby daughter, Milena, whom the couple welcomed into the world earlier this year.


This middle-aged fanboy is happy about Summer Glau's new real-life roles as wife and mom. However, I'm looking forward to see her back on TV.


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chrisdvanneDate: Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015, 08:34 | Message # 371
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It's been six years already since Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ended but the show is featured in IO9's article "15 TV Shows That Reinvented Science Fiction In The Past Decade"

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Many people expected The Sarah Connor Chronicles to be a cash-grabbing follow up to a beloved series—but it turned out to be a far superior extension of the Terminator mythology than any of the post-Cameron sequels. Ambitious, novelistic and psychologically layered, it differs from most sci-fi television in that it’s as much an artful character study as it is an ass-kicking genre show. Lena Headey’s complex, damaged and thoroughly compelling take on the character can stand comparison to the protagonist of any critically lauded prestige drama. Viewers didn’t expect introspection, nuance and emotional intelligence from a Terminator show. The Sarah Connor Chronicles proved them wrong, demonstrating that the sci-fi TV format (and spin offs in particular) could, in the right hands, prove just as thematically dense or existentially fraught as an episode of your average HBO or AMC drama. What’s more, this show went into greater depth about the development of artificial intelligence than any show had previously, at a time when computers were increasingly taking over our lives in reality.


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chrisdvanneDate: Thursday, 02 Jul 2015, 07:25 | Message # 372
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With Terminator: Genisys in theaters, articles mentioning Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles are flourishing online. IGN's writer Matt Fowler found a way to recycle old interviews with TSCC cast members in a recent article titled "5 reasons Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was awesome". But hey, I'm not complaining biggrin

Here's an excerpt speaking about Summer Glau's Cameron.

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No longer was John being protected by a massive, muscular Austrian man. His new cybernetic shield came in the form of a petite butt-kicking Terminator played by Summer Glau - a cyborg whose model remained unknown, and who actually came with her own deep backstory (future-story?) before eventually being re-deployed by John in 2027 and sent back through time to protect him.

And so imagine you're a 15-year-old John and your new Terminator is not only a hot female, but one who secretly introduced herself into your life by pretending to be a high school classmate who was interested in you. There's going to be some complicated feelings going on. Not only for John, but Sarah a well, as the protective mother. Cameron may be a robot, but she's able to show glimpses of humor, pride, resentment, and even love. Which was fascinating taboo-ish territory that the show just seemed to be getting into before it got axed. Including a cool, demented take on John's "first time."


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chrisdvanneDate: Saturday, 04 Jul 2015, 14:16 | Message # 373
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Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey both playing Sarah Connor is the start point of this other article praising Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles at the Guardian: Game of chrome: years before Daenerys, Cersei was a kickass Sarah Connor

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Dark Horse Titles Adapted For Television 

Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Universal Cable Productions to adapt some of their library comic titles for television. The first batch of comics set to get the small screen treatment will include the following titles:

The Umbrella Academy: 

Created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, the comic follows the reunion of the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers who must now save the world. 

Harrow County:

Based on Cullen Bunn's just published work, the story follows a teenage girl who learns she is connected to the sinister woodland creatures that populate the dark woods surrounding her home because she is the reincarnation of a witch who died the day she was born. 

Back Up:

Based on a film script by Tom Vaughn, the story is set in a near future where technology allows people to be backed up, much like hard drives, in a way that helps them protect themselves against death. 

Concrete: 

The Eisner Award-winning title by Paul Chadwick, the story follows a man who awakens to find his subconscious transplanted into a hulking stone body. 

UCP will collaborate with Dark Horse to develop "character driven concepts for television intended to resonate with their current fan base ".

They sound decent and could be great if given the proper creative team and of course budget.

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Humans: Will It Get A Second Series?

It's been a ratings hit for Channel 4 - and now it's been confirmed that a second series of Humans is "very much under consideration".

The channel's head of international drama told Broadcast that it's looking good for a renewal, though more episodes are yet to be officially greenlit.

"We've got a story that is told over a great many episodes and is very much designed to come back and return," said Simon Maxwell. "We'll be following those characters on a really epic journey."

Humans launched with a final audience of 6.1m in June, making it Channel 4's best-rated drama in more than 20 years.

The series is set in a parallel present where Synths - androids who appear almost uncannily human - are considered a common household appliance.

Based on a Swedish drama, the eight-parter examines the consequences of the Synths beginning to exceed their programming, developing sentience and a range of emotions.

Humans stars Tom Goodman-Hill, Katherine Parkinson, Gemma Chan, Colin Morgan and William Hurt.

Fantastic little show especially with Gemma Chan as Anita/Mia wandering round your house doing chores!! she's a little firecracker, but I wouldn't hold me breath regards to a renewal?

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Gemma Chan attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2015 at Grosvenor House Hotel on March 29, 2015 in London, England.

Gemma Chan attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2015Gemma Chan attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2015Gemma Chan attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2015
 
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