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In 2016, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will expand member events with more experiences on the East Coast and new twists on current favorites.

 

D23 BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXPERIENCES: In 2015, D23 Members had the opportunity to explore hidden Disney gems—such as the Animation Research Library—while hearing stories from Disney luminaries such as Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith and animator Andreas Deja. In 2016, D23 will bring back this popular event with incredible guests and new locations, while adding even more surprises and a special gift.

 

SCREENINGS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT AND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT: In 2016, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of Disney favorites includingAlice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Plus, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Reluctant Dragon, D23 will hold a special screening event on the Studio lot including special guests, picture spots, and more surprises.

 

D23’S LUNCH WITH A DISNEY LEGEND: Following a year that included exclusive luncheons with such luminaries as former Imagineer Orlando Ferrante and voice actress Kathryn Beaumont, D23 will be bringing back the popular event series on the Walt Disney Studios lot, as well as adding events on the East Coast. The first event will be at Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway, who helped open Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, and Disneyland Paris.

 

D23 DAY AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND ARCHIVES: D23 Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank return, highlighting historic moments from Disney film, television, and theme parks—and in 2016 we will be enhancing the experience with a very special new location to be announced soon.

 

ADVANCE SCREENINGS: This year, D23 Members were able to attend previews of Cinderellaand Inside Out in cities such as New York, Orlando, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.Next year, in partnership with The Walt Disney Studios, D23 will screen a selection of upcoming releases. And for those guests who may not live in the cities where movies are screened, D23 Gold Members across the country will be selected at random to receive complimentary movie passes, which will be included in issues of Disney twenty-three, D23’s quarterly publication.

 

D23 MEMBER NIGHTS AT NEWSIES—ON TOUR: Disney fans are cheering for the Tony®Award-winning Newsies, now on tour. In 2016, guests in Salt Lake City, Portland, and other cities around the country are invited to see the show with premium seats on special nights and a talk-back with the cast following the show.

 

MEMBER MIXERS AROUND THE COUNTRY: After giving members a peek at the reimagined Disney Stores in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Kentucky, in 2016, Disney Store will once again invite D23 Members for exclusive mornings of shopping, discounts, games, and goodies. Also this past year, D23 held mixers including Breakfast on Broadway in New York andNever Had a Friend Like D23 events to celebrate Aladdin in Phoenix, Sacramento, and Seattle. Look for more mixers in cities around the country in 2016.

 

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE: The Walt Disney Imagineering employee store will once again offer shopping opportunities to D23 Gold Members at Walt Disney World Resort and in Southern California. Guests will be able to peruse collectibles and pick up official Imagineering merchandise. Dates to be announced in 2016.

 

D23 DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONBEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Following D23’s first “Home Edition” of Fanniversary, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Lady and the Tramp, D23 in 2016 will bring fans around the world unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the spectacular, Academy Award®-winning animated feature Beauty and the Beast, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.

 

SIGNATURE EVENTS: Look for the return of some favorites, including SIP & SCREAM (a Halloween twist on D23’s Sip & Stroll event at Walt Disney World in the fall), as well as special holiday events on both the East and West Coasts. More details will be announced in 2016.

 

 

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2016 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website atwww.D23.com/events. All events and dates are subject to change.

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Daniel Radcliffe Receives a Star

Actor Daniel Radcliffe of the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise fame received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Daniel only being 26 has a many acclaimed roles under his belt. Starting acting at the young age of 7, he’s gone from being a Wizard to singing on Broadway. On top of his acting career, Daniel has made an impact with his various charity work.

Daniel was presented the star by Director Chris Columbus, and TV Host Chris Hardwick.

CFM News was on scene to catch the moment.

Daniel Radcliffe’s latest project is Victor Frankenstein which is in theaters November 25, 2015 (Thanksgiving).

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Dynamite Entertainment has unleashed the Army of Darkness comics into one giant-size “Humble Bundle” featuring more issues than you can shake a boomstick at!
Based on the 1992 cult classic movie from visionary director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) starring Bruce Campbell as “Ash,” this collection of comics continues the adventures of Ash, the “chosen one,” as he does battle with the deadites possessed by the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead.
 
The stories feature legendary crossovers with other icons of the horror genre including Re-Animator, Dracula, and Hack/Slash – not to mention a groovy guest spot as Ash saves President Barack Obama. When he’s not bailing out the commander in chief, follow Ash on his many misadventures as he goes from ancient Egypt to entering a video game, blasts off into SPAAAACE, not to mention his scariest destination of all – the altar.
 
This bundle is also packed with star power featuring some of comics’ biggest names including Cullen Bunn (Deadpool), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine), Sanford Greene (Uncanny Avengers), Andy Hartnell (Danger Girl), and even The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman!
To check out the new comics bundle visit

 

NEW YORK, Jeremy Renner wears the Porsche Design Datetimer Series 1 and Las Vegas Double Monk Shoes at ArtBeam on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Porsche Design) *** Local Caption *** Jeremy Renner

NEW YORK, Jeremy Renner wears the Porsche Design Datetimer Series 1 and Las Vegas Double Monk Shoes at ArtBeam on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Porsche Design) *** Local Caption *** Jeremy Renner

Stuttgart Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner was spotted wearing the Porsche Design “1919 Datetimer Series 1 Titanium & Rub-ber” during the House of Remy Martin ”One Life/ Live Them” Launch Event in New York City. The brand new “1919 Collection” of the innovative German Sports-Lifestyle Group Porsche Design embodies serenity, well-balanced aesthetics, and pure minimalism – key elements of the international success and longevity of Bau-haus. The name of this unique collection pays tribute to the German Bauhaus style, as a significant element of Porsche Design’s heritage, and its upcoming centenary in 2019. The collection was developed by the Porsche Design Timepieces AG based in Solothurn Switzerland, is made out of durable and ultra-light titanium and features four 3-hand “1919 Datetimer Series 1” models as well as four 4-hand mod-els of the “1919 Globetimer Series 1” that indicate a second time zone – perfect for today’s contemporary business traveller. Pricing ranges from $3,400 to $4,550, de-pending on the model.

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For further information please visit www.porsche-design.com

(L to R) Aja (HAYLEY KIYOKO), Shana (AURORA PERRINEAU), Jem (AUBREY PEEPLES) and Kimber (STEFANIE SCOTT) in “Jem and the Holograms”.  As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Photo Credit: Justina Mintz / Universal Pictures

(L to R) Aja (HAYLEY KIYOKO), Shana (AURORA PERRINEAU), Jem (AUBREY PEEPLES) and Kimber (STEFANIE SCOTT) in “Jem and the Holograms”. As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Photo Credit: Justina Mintz / Universal Pictures

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.

Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up series, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the musical adventure stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis. Jem and the Holograms, based on the iconic Hasbro animated TV series, is written by Ryan Landels and produced by Chu, Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun for SB Projects, Bennett Schneir, and Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis of Hasbro Studios.

Stars Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston at the New York Premiere of Crimson Peak.  Photo copyright Universal Pictures

Stars Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston at the New York Premiere of Crimson Peak. Photo copyright Universal Pictures

 

Guillermo Del Toro’s long awaited scary flick Crimson Peak opens this weekend in the U.S. and the stars have been out and about promoting the film.

The film, which shows that in the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

The film had a star studded New York premiere this week with historic Bergdorf Goodman store also doing a fantastic Crimson Peak theme for their window displays.

Star Tom Hiddleston talks about the displays courtesy of Screen Slam:

 

 

Crimson Peak opens this Friday in theatres across the U.S.

CDC has instructions for how to be prepared for a zombie (pandemic) preparedness. Their graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" is available as a free download. "Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies."

Tell us how you plan to survive the invasion of zombies.

My Zombie survival list:
A sharp axe for head removal.
Rule #31
The formula for homemade soap.
I would become/pass as a zombie that sells soap.

CDC has instructions for how to be prepared for a zombie (pandemic) preparedness. Their graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” is available as a free download. “Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies.”

Kinemortophobia is a real condition, the person is afraid of zombies or afraid of becoming one.

Originally, Zombies were only found in Haiti (Haitian French: zombi) among people who practiced Vodou (Voodoo).  Like the unforgivable, Imperius Curse (Imperio) the deceased would be unable to control his actions. The bokor would capture the person’s soul and then be able to control the reanimated individual. The  person’s soul had to be reclaimed by God for the person to be set free.

The Magic Island by W.B. Seabrook in 1929 was one of the first books to bring the Vodou zombie to Western culture.  This is the sensationalized account of a narrator who encounters voodoo cults in Haiti and their resurrected thralls. According to Time  the book “introduced ‘zombi’ into U.S. speech.”

Arthur, Wade Davis who, in his travels to Haiti in the 1980s, claimed that this ‘zombified state’ could be induced  through the use of compounds such as tetrodotoxin (toxic substance derived from puffer fish). This paralyzing agent is thought to reduce heart and respiration rates to such an extent as to leave the subject displaying symptoms of clinical death, and, hence, they are treated as such. Having been buried, it is believed that the subject is then exhumed and partially revived by its possessor who then uses the ‘zombie’ for their own personal gain (i.e. manual labour etc.). The understandably intense trauma suffered by the victim may play a major role in the manifestation of their zombie-like attributes (confusion, limited speech, memory loss etc)… The definitive history of zombies. Can be found on the website Zombies Defined.

Haitian zombies were slaves doing the masters will, a product of magic and evil.

Black and white movies gave us zombies that walked with arms outstretched. They were reanimated for the purpose of killing. While they seemed to be without intelligence, they were always able to figure out how to bust through doors and windows. The survivors had a sharp axe and the strength to swing it.

My Zombie survival list explained.

Magic has given way to the reality of epidemics and pandemics. Now viruses turn people into flesh eating, brain eating, intelligent beings, fortunately they can still be killed with an axe.

People in horror movies never look into the back seat before they get into a vehicle. Someone in your group will be forced to say, “How could you not see the person/thing in the back seat?” So, remember rule #31, Tallahassee (Zombieland)said, “Check the back seat.”

In the future, people are dirty. A nuclear reactor can be repaired with bubble gum and string, but they can’t seem to make soap. When the living population becomes covered in lice and filth, my homemade soap can be bartered for supplies. Lavender scented money!

Liv Moore (iZombie), doesn’t have it that bad. My skin is already pasty white, passing wouldn’t be that difficult.

It turns out, with a few exceptions, that if you are prepared for one apocalypse, you are prepared for them all. You can find a list of items you need on the CDC zombie preparedness website.

A free Zombie Preparedness poster is available for download here.

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) shows off her new white wings

Dominion TV Show synopsis: God vanishes and in his absence the archangel Gabriel and his army of lower angels wage war against mankind, believing them to be the cause of God’s absence. Although most higher angels remain neutral, Gabriel has convinced the lower angels, the “dogs of Heaven,” called “eight-balls” by humans for their black eyes, to fight alongside him. Twenty-five years later, mankind survives in a few fortified cities. The Archangel Michael has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel, living among humans in the fortified city of Vega (once Las Vegas) until the time a prophesied savior appears to save mankind. Wikipedia

How Do Dominion Fans Feel About Noma?

A Dominion TV show  reviewcap (a combination between a plot recap and a reviewer’s opinion as they watch it) of Sine Deo Nihil, Episode 213 of SyFy’s original program, DOMINION, left me with a slightly different take on at least one of the characters.  In this case, it was higher angel Noma (Kim Englebrecht).  I’ve LOVED watching this show for SO many different reasons – the plot, characters, actors, music, settings all made Season 2 (S2) great. But, one of the best things about the show was the fan interaction and dialog.  The fans all had pet theories.  Some of these were carried all the way from the Pilot episode of the FIRST season.  My early theory was that Noma was not just arm and shower decoration for Alex (Chris Egan).

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) at the beginning of Dominion Season 2

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) clutches the Amphora of Darkness

 

Series writer and creator, Vaun Wilmott hinted on Twitter last year that Noma was a crucial character in S2.  So, initially it was surprising when it seemed as if Noma was only a buddy cop ride along partner, doing little but accompanying Alex, providing some interesting dialog and some pretty good fights.  Fans couldn’t help but wonder: “When will Noma’s importance be revealed?”  Her significance begins to surface a little bit in Episode 204 when “the good guys” get the Amphora of Darkness from Julian (Simon Merrells).  (By the way, uh, we need Season 3 to figure out how Julian got his hands on ANY of the amphorae).

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) is tortured

Still, it’s more babysitting the amphora (and fighting) and being a partner than anything else at that point.  That is, until Julian captures them and decides that the way to force Noma to hand over the amphora was to threaten to torture or kill Alex.  Apparently, Julian had a better grip on their relationship than the two of them.  This buddy cop partnering comes to a fairly dramatic climax in Episode 206 when Noma literally sacrifices her wings for Alex. Likely, there is no higher price an angel could pay.  So, why would she do this?  Either she was still trying to honor her debt for killing Charlie (Reine Swart), OR she loved Alex.  I think it was the latter.  I felt the entire season that Noma looked uneasy at best, as if things had spiraled out of control and she was no longer sure of how she was going to keep him safe, or even understood what he was.

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Julian (not pictured, Simon Merrells) has pinned Noma (Kim Englebrecht) against the wall.

The loss of her wings marked the disintegration of Noma’s being.  She says to Michael (Tom Wisdom) that she no longer knew what she was, she wasn’t fully an angel, but not a human either.  She’d never be fully accepted as one (especially once people found out about her past).  Losing her wings cost Noma her sanity, although it was pretty difficult to tell this definitively until we got to Episode 211.  There, we saw her naked longing for her wings (the single most important thing to her) and her willingness to die if she couldn’t get them back.  We also saw Michael’s first full indication that Noma might not be as trustworthy as we all thought she was (at least based on her being willing to pull her wings out for Alex).

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Noma (Kim Englebrecht) sees herself with wings on the roof in Vega.

This all comes to a head in the season finale, where she unfurled those beautiful, fluffy, gorgeous, white wings and reveals a look that is absolutely terrifying.  It’s clear that Noma has made a terrible exchange for those lovely wings.  And, thus begins the angst of the viewers.  Do we hate her for this potentially deepest of betrayals?  Or, are we like cast off lovers who pine for the loss of what we can never recover?  This show has excelled at revealing the complexities of characters.  There are those you love to hate (and secretly love) (Julian!) and those you hate, and love, and sympathize with and hate, and then love again (Gabriel!).  Is there redemption in Noma’s future?  What exactly did she exchange, and will she commit the ultimate treachery of handing Alex over to Lucifer?  We actually don’t know yet.

We frame our feelings for characters in different ways.  Sometimes it is the person’s portrayal and other times, it is what the character stands for.  I think all of us feel very, very hurt now by the depth of Noma’s betrayal, but from her character’s perspective, she has had MILLENNIA of angel experience.  The draw of wings, which represent the path back to heaven and God, was irresistible. Plus, she did lose her sanity when she pulled her wings off (see Vaun Wilmott’s comment in the October 1, 2015, TVInsider article). This was very much in line with the show’s penchant for reversing the nature of characters good/bad to bad/good and back again showing that NONE of them are truly good or evil.  I just can’t bring myself to hate her (yet). I hope SyFY allows us at least a third season to further explore what Noma TRULY exchanged for those wings and why she, of all the angels, felt God’s presence all around Alex.

–Kiddle

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Dominion TV Show Character Inversion
Dominion TV Show Character Inversion

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Las Vegas's Fright Dome welcomes visitors .  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham

Las Vegas’s Fright Dome welcomes visitors . Photo copyright Larry Cunningham

The Fright Dome at Circus Circus has become a premiere haunted attraction for both locals and visitors to the Las Vegas area.  This year the event will include attractions such as Insanitarium, which includes a recreated authentic Morgue made from pieces and parts transported from the Norwich state hospital – The Dollhouse and Killer Clowns in 4-D, plus Swarm which takes visitors to the deepest parts of the attraction where the undead have their feeding grounds.

 

"Bad Ink" star Dirk Vermin.  Photo by Larry Cunningham

“Bad Ink” star Dirk Vermin. Photo by Larry Cunningham

 

Aaron Goodwin from "Ghost Adventures".  Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham

Aaron Goodwin from “Ghost Adventures”. Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham

 

Fright Dome held their “black” carpet event last Friday night and stars from shows such as “Ghost Adventures” and “Bad Ink” joined Vegas celebs to open the popular Halloween attraction.

 

"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham

“Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham

 

The Fright Dome is open Friday- Sunday now through October 31st and selected other dates closer to the end of the month.  For tickets and schedules, check out www.frightdome.com

 

Article and photos copyright Suzanne Philips

 

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Sebastian Stan at 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Sebastian Stan at 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Even though the Salt Lake City Comic Con is only three years old, they have proved that they can bring the star power and provide fans with a fantastic experience.

Fans were particularly excited to see Sebastian Stan who is known in the Marvel Universe as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier in the Captain America Franchise.  Stan participated in photo ops and autograph sessions with fans and spoke before a capacity crowd of 4,500 plus fans who were all excited to hear any information about the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” film.

 

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Stan joked that he really wasn’t able to say anything about the film as Marvel has snipers at every appearance waiting to strike if they reveal any information.    He said that Captain America was really the first comic book he read and he was really excited to be a part of the franchise.  He was one of the last to find out that they were making “Captain America: the Winter Soldier”.  He was at San Diego Comic Con and a friend called him and said that the new film was going to be called the Winter Soldier and that is how he found out the news.

Stan said in the new film that he spends a lot more time on-screen with Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and they had a really good time filming together. He also joked that he talks a lot more in the upcoming film instead of the brooding looks that he was known for in “the Winter Soldier”.

 

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In the comic books, Steve Rogers is killed and Bucky and Sam take over being Captain America, respectively.  Stan was asked if the films followed suit, would he rather see Bucky or Sam take over as Cap? Stan quickly answered “Myself” with a grin.  “I’ll say this: They sure like to dangle a cheese in front of my nose a lot. They’re like ‘Oh yeah, that’s where you pick up the shield,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. There it is again.’ But I don’t know. If I could say one thing, if anyone can have anything to do with it, to make it happen, is you,” he added referring to the fans in attendance. He also joked that having Anthony Mackie as Captain America would be like having Biff from “Back To the Future 2”.

 

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A couple of fans asked Stan some questions in Romanian and he answered them in Romanian leading the moderator to joke that he gave away the plot to “Civil War” to them in Romanian.

An adorable young fan asked how he survived the fall off the train in the first Captain America film, “What happened was…..” Stan said “I was trying to break my fall with my left arm and I kinda like wasn’t really able to do that, so I fell and knocked my head on a rock.  And the next thing I know I woke up and  there were like a bunch of lab coats around me. ”

 

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Stan also spoke about his friendship with Chris Evans, “We stay in touch here and there. Once in a while we run into each other, like we will in a few hours.  I may not see Chris for a few months, or I might not see him for a year or two, but it always picks up where it left off”.

Sebastian Stan was charming and seemed genuinely pleased to see all of the fans that had traveled out to see him at the 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archangel Uriel, played by Katrine De Candole

Archangel Uriel, played by Katrine De Candole

Recently, I started thinking about the remaining time left in the second season of SyFy’s original program Dominion. With only one more episode left, it made me ponder: Who would I like to see come back from earlier episodes or last season? So, I thought I’d ask around and see what other viewers thought.

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Ethan (top panel), played by Jonathan Howard, Michael (bottom panel) played by Tom Wisdom

There are several characters that people consistently want to see return. Ethan (Johnny Howard), Jeep (Langley Kirkwood), Julian (Simon Merrells), Laurel (Olivia Mace), Pete (Luke Tyler), Gates (Nic Bishop), and Uriel (Katrine de Candole) all were named.  Let’s start with Ethan.

Dominion’s Ethan

It was evident that I was not the only person crushed to learn that Ethan (Jonathan Howard) wasn’t returning for Dominion Season 2 (S2). @pambca says, “He’s excellent comic relief and we don’t know what happened to him between S1 and S2. Did he join the resistance in Vega? Did he become an 8-ball?” And, @jotrostle adds, “Because he just disappeared, without explanation.  He was comic relief and quite nice to look at.  Always good to have someone not in the center of everything and just “normal” as a conduit for the audience.  Plus, I’m curious about what happened to him and hope he has survived.” Ethan was definitely a light touch when things turned dark. Comic relief characters can make a huge difference to the show.

Dominion’s Jeep

Jeep, played by Langley Kirkwood

Jeep, played by Langley Kirkwood

Jeep was missed early on during the FIRST season of Dominion , abrupt departure and all.  At least we got a satisfying flashback.  However, most of us were left wanting to know more about this critical character.  @JustTanya84 says, “I want to know more about Alex’s childhood and who is his biological father. Perhaps this will explain why Alex needs to (go to) Lucifer.” Jeep is a way to further explore Alex’s background, but I liked how we got insight into the torture of carrying markings he couldn’t read. It made me think about how frustrated Michael must have been to be unable to read the markings.

Dominion’s Julian

Julian, played by Simon Merrells

Julian, played by Simon Merrells

Julian, ah, our resident BAAAAD boy Dyad.  Is he really gone?  I felt like I couldn’t get enough of him.  I know some people didn’t like Julian because of the consequences of his actions, but there’s no question that Simon Merrells infused that character with passion.  I think @BloodyHellKaren speaks for us all, “He had swagger, a history with the twin brothers, a box with an inner glow, and a mystery. Who made him a Dyad? And how did he get the amphorae? I’m betting it was the Morning Star, in return for Julian’s loyalty.” We have questions that need answering!

 

Dominion’s Laurel

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Laurel and Archangel Michael, played by Olivia Mace and Tom Wisdom

Laurel was an early new character in Dominion S2.  She was intriguing because it was hard to decipher her motivations.  We wondered was she good?  Or, evil?  And, did she sleep with Michael?  I’m hoping for a return to Laurel’s character and to Mallory. @Kathy_Porter says, “She’s charming, smart and enigmatic.”  And, a shy responder says, “There is still a lot of story to tell in Mallory and she’s their leader.”  I wholeheartedly agree.

We left Pete hanging around New Delphi.  Well, someone has to man the place.  I think many viewers were wondering if Pete would get liberated from his occupier.  @Chantal wanted to see Pete again because, “He deserves a second chance.”

Dominion’s Pete

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Pete, played by Luke Tyler

Sadly, unless through a flashback, the door is not open for Gates Foley to return from his sacrifice.  It clearly hurt Vega to have its resident brilliant engineer killed.  @timercsr says, “He’s (Nic Bishop) a great actor & added another interesting dimension & possibilities to the show.  Gave Alex something to think about, and helped guide/stabilize Claire.  Ended any possible romantic involvement much too soon.  Could use his knowledge & skill when setting up a new community, as it looks like Vega residents are going to have to do.” I believe I understood why Gates had to go.  Perhaps having two triangles would be too complicated (Gates/Claire/Alex and Noma/Alex/Claire), as well as clear the way for Alex to move automatically to Noma too easily.  But, I really liked Gates and Claire together.

Dominion’s Uriel

And, finally, Uriel.  She was a very popular choice to return.  When Angel Janeck (Ruben Engles) announced that she was dead and they had found her body, I thought two things.  Either he was lying, or she was only sort of dead.   As she is an Archangel, just having a mountain fall on her didn’t seem enough to kill her, unless it involved Empyrean Steel.  @twisterdeva wanted Uriel to return, “Because there is so much story left to tell and the relationship between the Archangels is so intense and entertaining.”  A shy responder says, “She was always up to something and her story with Arika was not done.” And @godperfectangel says, “I would love for Uriel to come back to see if she would be standing with Gabriel or would she be standing by Michael’s side?”  We clearly had unresolved issues with Uriel.

My hope is that if Dominion Season 3 is in the cards, we get a return of at least some of these non-regular characters. Dominion did a fantastic job of making even secondary characters dear to the viewer.  That’s a mark of a quality TV show.

SyFy Original Series Dominion Midseason Review

Dominion TV Show Character Inversion

Dominion: How Would We Handle The Apocalypse?

 

Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut)

Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut)

Rosewood is an American television series created by Todd Harthan, starring Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., a private pathologist working in Miami, Florida, in high demand with law enforcement. Wikipedia

Morris Chestnut is awesome but I am not sure he can save Rosewood!

My rule has always been watch a few episodes before reviewing a show. The pilot was tediously filled with overly used, beat to death  clichés. The bickering with his future police partner had me too annoyed/bored to finish the Rosewood pilot. I have no reason to believe I would watch another episode.

Then. Fox promos referenced glowing reviews for Rosewood. I started to worry my brain was going soft.  I started reading reviews when I couldn’t sleep. They were so funny my laughing woke my husband and both cats.

These are the reviews I found. It turns out my brain may not be going soft.

Rosewood is a pathologist, USA Today writer ‘s clever and true title: ‘Rosewood’ is pathologically dumb  This article is such a jewel it took a great deal of time to decide on this quote to represent it. “We don’t expect shows like Rosewood to reflect the real world, but now and then shouldn’t they pretend a real world exists?
That would seem to be the least they can do.” More

Morris Chestnut plays a private pathologist doing generic things in Miami.

Rosewood, Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut is Rosewood a brilliant private pathologist that helps the Miami PD solve its toughest cases.

The Rosewood review by at IGN. I had tears in my eyes by the end of his article. “I found myself rooting for whoever it was that killed young Nora (this episode’s corpse) over Rosewood and his fancy lab (a meticulous, ridiculous high-tech haven that puts SHIELD’s operation to shame). I was also most certainly rooting for Rosewood’s many many ailments to take his life before the closing credits.” More

A more favorable review from James Poniewozik at The New York Times ends with “Even viewers looking for a low-attention-required procedural may find “Rosewood” played-out and mediocre.” More

Another Rosewood review with plenty of good lines to quotes come from Mark Peikert at The Wrap “At its best, it offers its audience the chance to feel smarter than its characters. For anyone who is repulsed by the quantity of quality TV currently airing, the opportunity to remain four steps ahead of allegedly brilliant characters could be seductive.” More

Rosewood’ Review: Hot Doctor In A Lukewarm Show by Ken Tucker on Yahoo.com sums it up nicely. “It’s like Burn Notice meets Royal Pains interrupted by Cops.” More

Morris Chestnut is a talented and gorgeous actor that deserves better lines. It would also help if Rosewood was actually shot in Miami. It is obvious that they are in southern CA.

Rosewood has an excellent cast and the show has to get better.

 

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Chris Evans at Salt Lake City Comic Con.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Chris Evans at Salt Lake City Comic Con. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Superheros were in full force this past weekend at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City as the 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con swept into town.  The event, which ran Thursday – Saturday brought thousands of fans into one place for autograph signings, photo ops and panels and the ability to shop for every sort of fandom item one can imagine.

Marvel stars were out en masse at the event, which included Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, but none got a bigger reception than Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

 

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Evans participated in two days of photo ops with his fellow stars as well as solo ops and autographs, which were sold out in a matter of minutes.  The Saturday panel was in such high demand that the event had to hold a lottery for seats in which those attendees wanting to attend the panel had to register online and were notified via email if they would be guaranteed a seat.  This was a fantastic idea as it made the process run very smoothly and those who didn’t have a ticket were available to attend other panels or events.  The huge overnight – two-day – stand in line forever and still not get in lines that we often see at the San Diego Comic Con were completely eliminated.  (are we listening SDCC??)

 

Chris Evans with Salt Lake Comic Con creators Bryan Brandenburg and Dan Farr and the Captain America Harley Davidson.  Photo Copyright Salt Lake City Comic Con.

Chris Evans with Salt Lake Comic Con creators Bryan Brandenburg and Dan Farr and the Captain America Harley Davidson. Photo Copyright Salt Lake City Comic Con.

 

Evans came onstage to see the hand painted Captain America Harley Davidson motorcycle which was featured at the event and did some quick photo ops sitting on the bike.

 

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Evans said he was excited to be doing his first-ever solo panel at his first fan event which wasn’t promoting a particular film “”I’ve done Comic Cons before, but it’s usually work-based,” Evans said. “You’re promoting a film, or for a specific reason, just getting rushed around. Getting to sign things and take pictures and hug people, you feel it.”

 

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Of course fans wanted to know about the upcoming film “Captain America: Civil War”.  “Obviously there is a lot I can’t say”, said Evans “it’s so tricky with Marvel.  It’s so hush-hush and on the QT.  I have a real, real deep love for the Russo’s (who directed the film), there is something about them that I really respond to.  All of the footage I’ve seen so far….you don’t wanna say, you don’t wanna jinx it….but I feel like it’s the best one”.

Evans joked that the one comment he had heard the most over the two days was “I thought you’d be bigger”, which got a lot of laughs from the assembled crowd.  He went on to say that “the next thing I’m doing, I’m not supposed to have muscles.  So I don’t have to go to the gym, it’s been great”.  He will play a former philosophy teacher in his next film, “Gifted”.

 

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He spoke about his anxiety about taking on the role of Captain America, “When I first started this job, I was really nervous about it and very apprehensive.  I think a lot of people do this in life, you manage to focus only on the negative. I don’t know why that’s a human trait”, says Evans “I spent the first couple of films trying to process how this could hurt me, how I could not handle this, how this could be a mistake or a regret.  And now that we’ve had a few movies in this its been nothing but positivity. By Cap 2 or Avengers 2, somewhere in there I really started to settle in and appreciate it.  And now I’m just so happy, I feel like I leak gratitude.”

Fellow Captain America star Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon/Sam Wilson in the films joined Chris onstage and fans and the moderators tried to get more info about “Captain America: Civil War” out of the pair.  In the film, the superheroes are asked to sign accords, which would govern their actions and hold them accountable, which creates a schism between Cap and Iron Man, forcing their powered friends to choose sides.

 

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Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans, Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

“Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2, I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own,” Evans said. “And these are understandable concerns, but this is tough, because even reading the script, you think I think I agree with Tony in a way, and I do agree that to make this work, you do need to surrender to the group. It can’t just be one person saying this is right and this is what we’re going to do.”

“But Cap has his reasons, he certainly has his reasons, and he is a good man and his moral compass is probably the cleanest,” Evans added. “This is a tough thing. This is what made it so interesting while we were filming, and it’s hopefully what will make the movie great is nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. There’s no clear bad guy here. We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics.”

Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell and Anthony Mackie at Salt Lake City Comic Con.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell and Anthony Mackie at Salt Lake City Comic Con. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

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“Agent Carter” star Hayley Atwell made good on her threat to crash Evans’ Q&A running in and hugging the star from behind while grabbing his chest, a trait that Evans himself is well-known for, sending the crowd into a frenzy.  Evans later recorded a Dubsmash video for the Agent Carter/Agents of Shield Dubsmash war that the two shows have had going for months.

 

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Evans took a few more questions from the audience before he had to leave to attend his photo-op and autograph sessions, leaving Anthony Mackie to continue on with the panel, but more about that later!

Dominion S2.E11 Bewilderment of Heart

Dominion is an American apocalyptic supernatural action television series created by Vaun Wilmott. It is loosely based on the 2010 film Legion, written by Peter Schink and Scott Stewart. Wikipedia

Dominion: The Impact of Surviving the Apocalypse

Have you ever wondered how (or if) you would survive an apocalyptic scenario?  SyFy Network gives you a couple of choices on this front, but I’m focusing on its original program Dominion.

This week, Dominion S2.E11 Bewilderment of Heart ratcheted up its examination of the motivations of its primary characters. And, in the process, exposes the horror of what they all have gone through – either within the recent span of time covered by most of the show’s action, or in some cases eons of guilt.

So far, at least two Dominion characters have appeared to be pretty determinedly cold-blooded. Likely a handy survival trait when angels have killed, or occupied 98% of the planet’s population.  But, were any of these characters that way when this whole mess started?

Dominion Characters

Arika (Shivani Ghai) has shown herself to be driven to protect and provide for Helena. We saw her effectively use and then exterminate Rose (Inge Beckman). Maybe we were inclined to believe that she did this at no personal cost, that there was nothing left of her compassion, lost after the death of her family. But, her experience in the darkness shows that Rose’s killing weighed very heavily on her and that perhaps if she were to do it again, she would choose a different path to achieve her objective.

The Eight-Balls version of David Whele (Anthony Stewart Head) helpfully catalogs all the awful actions he’s taken, and notes that David kept trophies. (Dominion Eight-Balls : when angels possess humans, they are in the lowest sphere of Heaven, furthest from the light of God.)  And, yet, we see the anguish he feels for the loss of his family and the struggle he felt to overcome his feeling that his son, William (Luke Allen-Gale), was to blame for their deaths. Did he keep the trophies as fun mementos of his actions? Or, maybe to remind him of what he’s had to do?  Perhaps this revelation and recognition of the monster he’s become will move him to be a little less cavalier about dealing death and betrayal. But, David does tend to look out for number one.

Interestingly, both Claire (Roxanne McKee) and Noma (Kim Englebrecht) focus on loss, rather than on guilt:  Claire on the loss of her baby and Noma on the loss of her wings. Dominion writers show us how loss can be a powerful motivator, turning people towards bitterness or suicide, under the influence of “Darkness.”

William is forced to confront and shred the façade he built for himself to shield himself from the horrors he suffered from his desert sojourn.  However, he is so fragile that he seems to have rebuilt some form of new identity. I’m sure this means trouble for all.

But, perhaps the largest guilt portion is reserved for the one who has had the longest time to amass a big pile, plus who also feels the weight of protection of the remaining human race. That’s got to be a daunting task for Dominion‘s Michael (Tom Wisdom).  He’s also guilt-ridden over the fact that, indeed, all baby Alex really DID mean to him, at first, was a holder of markings. This may be a secret guilt of many parents, that it can take a while to bond with this new needy entity. It’s interesting that Michael focused on guilt rather than the loss of the Father.  I wonder what Gabriel’s focus would be?

It’s easy to pass judgment on the characters in Dominion, but how would any of us have survived this experience? What would we be willing to do when faced with death or endless days of never-ending fear and deprivation?  I appreciate that Dominion gives us the opportunity to think about these issues.

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Article by Suzanne Philips

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The Salt Lake City Comic Con starts next week but great new guests are still being added!  Keeping with the Marvel theme, the con has just added Captain America star Anthony Mackie to the line-up.  Mackie is probably best known as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon in the Captain America films, but has credits in such films as “The Hurt Locker”, “8 Mile” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.

Mackie joins fellow Marvel stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Hayley Atwell at the Salt Lake City Comic Con which runs September 24-26 at the Salt Palace.  Photo ops and autograph tickets for Mackie go on sale this Friday at noon.

Visit http://saltlakecomiccon.com/ for more info and to buy your tickets.

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Fans of the Avengers series of films can now catch Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” early in digital formats thanks to Disney Movies Anywhere.

Disney Movies Anywhere allows consumers the ability to watch the Digital HD version of their favorite films on any device via Itunes, Google Play and Walmart’s VUDU and will soon be available on Roku and Android.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” comes with a special bonus “Connecting the Universe” feature which you can’t get anywhere else.

Fore more info, visit www.disneymoviesanywhere.com or in your device’s app store.

Dominion is an American apocalyptic supernatural action television series created by Vaun Wilmott. It is loosely based on the 2010 film Legion, written by Peter Schink and Scott Stewart. Wikipedia

One of the things I noticed in Season 1 of Dominion was the careful setup of characters and the near total inversion of the nature of all the characters, notably, Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

Many fans adore and worship Michael, but he is a complicated character, definitely not entirely good. In the television show Dominion, Michael is “God’s Enforcer.’ We are introduced to him as the savior of mankind in the Angel Wars, and meet Gabriel as the scourge, intent upon erasing mankind to draw the Father back.

During S1, a flashback reveals that Michael has slaughtered a huge number of humans, stopped only by Gabriel and sister Uriel. This basically introduces what Gabriel alludes to during S1, that Alex (and the other humans) didn’t fully comprehend the nature of Michael. And, yet, he clearly loves Alex and would do just about anything to protect him. Finally, the close of S1 shows Michael at his murderous worst, killing his lover, Becca and seemingly abandoning Alex.

Another character that we see change is Claire. We are introduced to Claire as a gentle, fairly mild soul, a teacher. And, although we are aware she is destined to lead Vega, as a result of the political structure, it doesn’t appear clear that she’s up to this task. But, by the end of the season, toughened by the direct higher angel attacks and having to “grant mercy” to her 8-ball inhabited mother, we meet a much stronger, tougher Claire.
I’ve left Gabriel until last. He’s fascinating. Gabriel could definitely be a one-dimensional evil character. But, we see during the course of S1, he’s driven by the loss of his Father. He DEEPLY loves his twin brother Michael. He prevented the extermination of the human race by stopping Michael. In fact, he passionately cared for humans, at one point. His conversion has carried through Season 2, where we see Michael shielding him from the unpleasantness of actually murdering humans, as well as Gabriel’s profound love for his “chosen” son, David. We see the awful circumstances he’s subjected to and JUST when our sympathies are deepest with him – being tortured by Julian – I fear we will see yet another character inversion.
A hallmark of a good show is complexity of characters. I think that fans are passionate about shows which demonstrate that people (and, well, angels) are complicated, driven, emotional, strong, weak, and wonderful! Dominion certainly delivers on THAT.
— Kiddle

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The 2015 Salt Lake City Comic Con is approaching fast and one of the cooler items on display will be the Captain America Harley Davidson Motorcycle, which is making it’s debut at the event.

The brainchild of Rawtin Garage, a custom paint shop in Salt Lake City,  the bike was a fun task to take on.  “The Harley-Davidson Softail Slim is the perfect platform for a bike worthy of a superhero, retro styling and one of a kind Harley sound,” said the Rawtin team. “We were excited to work on the Captain America Fan Art bike as we’re huge comic con fans. We knew right away that we wanted to do old school comic book style art yet still have flow to the entire bike. ”

The motorcycle was commissioned to coincide with the appearance of Chris Evans, Captain America himself, on Saturday, September 26th at the Salt Lake City Comic Con.  The convention’s founder, Dan Farr is especially excited for the actor and the fans to see the finished product “I’m so excited about this new marketing vehicle, and especially for Chris Evans to see it, when he comes to our event on September 26. We are so pleased the community has been as excited as we are about his upcoming appearance at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015, and this bike is great evidence of that.”

The motorcycle will be on display all three days of the convention.  For more information on the bike or to get your tickets to the event, check out http://saltlakecomiccon.com/slcc-2015-tickets/.

 

 

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Photo copyright Salt Lake City Comic Con.

 

The Salt Lake City Comic Con starts at the end of this month and great guests are still being added.  Just announced to attend on Friday of that weekend is actor Sebastian Stan.  Stan is probably best known as James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes in the “Captain America” franchise.  His other roles include “Rikki and the Flash”, “The Martin” and “Black Swan”.

Stan will appear at Salt Lake City Comic Con on Friday, September 25th at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.  Photo Ops and Autograph tickets will go on sale Friday, September 4th.  General tickets and information can be purchased at http://saltlakecomiccon.com/slcc-2015-tickets/

 

Vaun Wilmott has created a complex, deliberate and consciously controlled reality shift that has fans hooked. Dominion’s stunning visuals and Bill Brown’s haunting sound tracks combine to create an emotional response from viewers: anger, sadness, fear, love and passion. AND, on Thursday nights you will find the fan friendly Dominion cast and crew members live tweeting during the show .  Rosalita Moog

Welcome to our new author Kiddle.

Dominion has faced some unfortunate scheduling challenges in S2. Split from Defiance, its very successfully paired sister science fiction/fantasy program last season, Dominion also moved to the 10 p.m. time slot, on what is for most people, a work night and follows WWE wrestling.  It’s questionable if the demographics are the same.  If that wasn’t hard enough, Dominion has faced the Republican Debate, as well as preseason football (a circumstance which is only likely to get worse as the regular football season begins).  This is such a great show, with such significant improvements, I sincerely hope that SyFy considers how strong the ratings are DESPITE these circumstances.  This show assuredly deserves a third season.

Fans, to improve Dominion’s chances for a third season, it’s essential to either stream on SyFy , watch On Demand, or watch DVR recordings of Dominion within three days of the live broadcast in your country.

Dominion Season 2 (S2) started out strong and, almost unbelievably, the show’s content has grown stronger each week.

Dominion Season 1: A Bit of History

Dominion takes up roughly where the movie Legion left off, but set 25 years later. The Father has left. Twin Archangels Michael (Tom Wisdom) and Gabriel (Carl Beukes) have VERY different takes on what it takes to entice Father to return.  Gabriel’s answer was to remove the infestation that is humans from the planet Earth. Michael believes just the opposite.  In Dominion Season One (S1), we are reintroduced to Michael and Gabriel and brought up to date on the political structure of Vega, one of the remaining human settlements left after the utter devastation wrought by Gabriel and his army of human occupiers (known as 8-balls, because of the trait of pure black eyes). Further information on Vega’s political structure and background are helpfully contained in “the Citizen’s Guide to Vega” online.

A prophecy exists that there is a “Chosen One” who can lead the humans to salvation.  S1 reveals this to be Alex Lannon (Christopher Egan), imbued with tattoos representing Father’s message that only Alex can read (and only partially).  In love with Alex, Lady Claire Riesen (Roxanne McKee) is discovered to be pregnant.  Claire is the daughter of General Edward Riesen (Alan Dale), who set up the political, social and military structure of Vega to help ensure the survival of the remaining people. Another leading family is the Wheles.  Father David (Anthony Stewart Head), is Secretary of Commerce, and son William (Luke Allen-Gale), is a secret Acolyte (and leader) of a sect of Gabriel worshipers. Among the Senators of note is Becca Thorn (Rosalind Halstead).

One of Alex’s fellow soldiers, Noma Walker (Kim Englebrecht), proves to be a higher angel. She and Alex rekindle their love, which existed before Alex and Claire were an item.  From another settlement the Queen of Helena, Arika (Shivani Ghai) is present at Vega, pursuing her own agenda.  Finally, Uriel (Katrine De Candole), sister to Michael and Gabriel, is in Vega and her loyalties appear to be split between her brothers, but she tends to lean towards Gabriel and his agenda.

The end of Dominion S1 launched many of the main players in different directions.  Michael, overcome with profound anger over Senator Becca Thorn’s experimentation on angels, murders her. Horrified at himself, he leaves Vega.  Noma and Alex end up in Gabriel’s’ Aerie. William, exposed as a traitor, is abandoned in the desert by his father David. Edward Riesen, who had been conducting a secret affair with the 8-ball who occupied his wife’s body, leaves for the New Delphi settlement. Pregnant Claire Riesen is left behind to rule Vega, with Arika of Helena as an advisor (with her own hidden agenda).  Although Michael considers himself Alex’s protector, his location and Uriel’s location are unknown.

To me, the most fascinating aspect of S1 was the inversion of everyone’s relative position.  In particular, Michael, initially seen as the protector and savior of humankind, is shown to have wrought destruction on mankind centuries before, being stopped only by Gabriel and Uriel’s intervention. Alex begins the season as a member of the Archangel Corps, having risen from V1 status, and ends up identified as the Chosen One. Claire is a school teacher who ends up as the Lady of the City, in charge of Vega. We meet Noma as part of the soldier Archangel Corps, but we (and Alex) find out she’s actually a higher angel. Considering the season was only 8 episodes long, an amazing amount of world and character building was accomplished.

Dominion Season Two

The scope of Season Two (S2) is much, much broader. So far, without giving TOO much away for viewers who haven’t had a chance to catch up on S2, we’ve gotten to visit Gabriel’s Eyrie, New Delphi and a new town, Mallory.  (You won’t want to miss Michael’s ocean visit, prior to being “called” to Mallory).  In the meantime, insurrection is brewing in Vega, due to the continuing hardship of the lower V levels. We’ve seen an explosion at the Eyrie, and in Vega, a tense meeting between the brothers Michael and Gabriel, as well as an alliance between them, however tenuous it may be. We’ve met town folk of Mallory, apparently protected by a dark, mysterious entity called “the Prophet” and untouched by the angel war on humankind (and how is THIS possible after twenty-five years of extermination??)  We’re introduced to New Delphi, led by Julian.  Apparently New Delphi is a place where 8-balls and humans co-exist in relative harmony.  Back in Vega, we see growing tension between Claire, aligned with Arika, against David Whele.

Some of the strongest scenes in S2 provide crucial background on our two male archangel twins, Michael and Gabriel, revealing much about their continuing motivations. In addition to the historical background, the strength of the relationship between the brothers is tested, with some exceptional acting on display. In fact, nearly everything in S2 is ratcheted up a notch. The locations, acting, costumes, expanded plot… it’s amazing what the writers, directors and producers have been able to accomplish, not least of which is continuous surprises! Additionally, the new characters are wonderfully deep, with a rich background quickly and carefully drawn.  Of particular note is Julian (Simon Merrells), running New Delphi – this new character bears CLOSE watch.  Additionally, Gates, an engineer significant to the design of the surviving town of Vega, is fascinating.

Many fans clamored after S1 for the introduction of other Archangels, in particular Raphael, twin sister to Uriel, and Lucifer.  Although it is midseason, it appears we will meet (or maybe have already met) at least one of these two characters.  You won’t want to miss the addition of Revelations to SyFy’s Dominion website . Each week, a new chapter is revealed with fascinating, detailed information about the goings on in the world of Dominion.  And, note, the actors, and crew, are quite active on social media, which is a lot of fun.

Dominion (SyFy) Season 2 grade – A.

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Article by Suzanne Philips

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow at D23 Expo. Photo copyright Disney.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow at D23 Expo. Photo copyright Disney.

 

One of the best loved Disney franchises in recent years has to be Pirates of the Caribbean.  Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow is iconic and people all over the world love that character and the films.

Disney is currently in production on “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and at the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim, Johnny Depp made an appearance in full Captain Jack persona.

 

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Photo copyright Disney.

 

Depp came onstage eating grapes and began to throw them to the audience who were absolutely delighted to see the star in costume.

 

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Photo copyright Disney.

 

Although there was no footage shown from the new film, a major announcement that Orlando Bloom would be reprising his role as Will Turner in the franchise was met with thunderous applause.  Will Turner is a beloved part of the earlier films and the franchise has certainly not been the same without him, so this was a welcome announcement.  Also returning will be Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa. David Wenham (Lord of the Rings) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall) will also be joining the cast.

 

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“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will hit theatres in July of 2017.

Article by Suzanne Philips

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"Fear The Walking Dead" Stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Frank Dillane. Photo copyright AMC

“Fear The Walking Dead” Stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Frank Dillane. Photo copyright AMC

 

“Fear The Walking Dead” is arguably the most anticipated show of the Summer.  The show takes place in Los Angeles at the start of the Zombie outbreak which we follow in “The Walking Dead” universe during the time when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is in the hospital in a coma.

The new show follows Travis (Cliff Curtis)  and Madison (Kim Dickens), teachers who have recently moved in together and who are trying to blend their two families. Madison’s son Nick (Frank Dillane) is a junkie and her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) skips classes and can’t wait to leave town – clearly Madison is battling TWD’s Lori Grimes for the Mother of the Year Award.

Travis has his own problems with his son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) who doesn’t want to spend any time with him and hates the new family he has been thrust into.

The show definitely came into being with a whimper and many fans were apathetic about the first episode.  Being episode 1, all of the characters and the world they inhabit have to be introduced and this takes time.   I don’t think the pace of the whole show can necessarily be judged on this first episode.  As fans might remember, Season One of “The Walking Dead” started off sort of slow as well as we got to meet all of the characters and their world.

It’s interesting as a fan of TWD to see how people are first reacting to the Zombie outbreak.  The confusion and disbelief of what is actually going on and the realization that people are actually coming back to life is interesting to see for those of us who have already seen all of what is to come.

The episode definitely had pace issues – there was a constant feeling of waiting for something to happen – and as one who is used to the constant non-stop pace of TWD – it is a bit frustrating.  I don’t think it’s fair to  be able to judge a series from one episode so I will be watching future episodes of “Fear the Walking Dead” hoping to see some of the great character development and heart-stopping action we see in “The Walking Dead”.

“Fear the Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.

 

 

 

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Chris Pine at D23 Expo. Photo copyright Disney.

Chris Pine at D23 Expo. Photo copyright Disney.

 

Disney certainly didn’t skimp on getting celebrities to attend the D23 expo in Anaheim last weekend, to the delight of the many fans in attendance. During Saturday’s Live Action Films panel Chris Pine came to talk about his new film “The Finest Hours”.  While Pine is probably best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the recent Star Trek reboot, “The Finest Hours” is a complete left turn for the action star.

 

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The film tells the true story of the Coast Guard’s rescue of the SS Pendleton  and the SS Fort Mercer which broke in half in 1952 during one of the worst storms that New England had ever seen.  Pine plays Boatswains Mate First Class Bernard Webber, who took a wooden boat and braved enormous waves to try to rescue the men trapped and looking at certain death.

 

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Photo copyright Disney.

 

Pine said that every day the actors were pelted with tons of ice-cold water and at times it could be a bit taxing.  One particular day he was in a foul mood and complaining after spending the day wet and freezing.  When he walked off the set, he saw a member of the original Coast Guard crew who was involved in the rescue and he got a huge reality check.

 

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The film also stars Eric Bana, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster and opens in theatres on January 29th.