‘Orphan Black’ Season 2 Premiere Review: Nature Under Constraint and Vexed

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Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black Season 2 Episode 1 ‘Orphan Black’ Season 2 Premiere Review: Nature Under Constraint and Vexed

[This is a review of Orphan Black season 2, episode 1. There will be SPOILERS.]

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From day one, Orphan Black had the benefit of having a highly intriguing story to sell. When Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) first spotted Beth Childs on that train platform, only to watch her newfound identical twin jump to her death, it pulled you right in. How would you react if you bumped into someone who looked exactly like you? And then, what would you do if you had the opportunity to find out why she looked exactly like you? 

What made Orphan Black such a standout from that point on was how ...

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Watch the New ’Batman Beyond’ Animated Short by Darwyn Cooke

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With Batman‘s 75th Anniversary upon us, it’s only natural for the spotlight to linger on the DC comic books that have defined the caped crusader and his rogue’s gallery, as well as the cinematic adaptations that have both pushed comic book movies forward (Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and the Nolan trilogy) and moved them back (Batman and Robin). But while it doesn’t get the same attention, the character’s animated legacy is equally impressive and still growing.

Launched in 1999, Batman Beyond followed the legendary Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures to the small screen, pushing the story out to the year 2039 and a time long after Bruce Wayne’s health had betrayed him, thus making ...

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Will Patrick Stewart Return as Professor X for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’? [Possible Spoilers]

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Patrick Stewart in Days of Future Past Will Patrick Stewart Return as Professor X for X Men: Apocalypse? [Possible Spoilers]

[WARNING: Potential SPOILERS for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.']

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When director Bryan Singer’s original 2000 X-Men proved that a (relatively) grounded, somewhat dark cinematic adaptation of a superhero comic book could be a rousing success, most of the attention was trained on breakout star Hugh Jackman’s central role of Logan/Wolverine. There is one character, however, who was just as pivotal: X-Men’s leader and mentor, Professor Charles Xavier, brought to vivid, commanding life by Sir Patrick Stewart.

We take Stewart somewhat for granted now, but looking back, casting the man who helped thrust the Star Trek brand back into the cultural spotlight as Captain Jean-Luc Picard was something ...

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Full ‘Godzilla’ Muto Monster Revealed!

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That loud roar you heard this afternoon wasn't Godzilla. It was the crowd reacting to the WonderCon footage that was shown during a rather sleepy Warner Bros. panel at the convention center in Anaheim. But before we get to that, a brand new TV spot debuted on NBC as well, which is not yet available online. Someone did, however, manage to snap a photo of the Muto monster as it will be seen in the film. Check out this full-body shot as we impatiently await this latest footage.

Muto Monster Godzilla

As for Godzilla's appearance at WonderCon, it literally brought the house down. While no stars were on hand, director Gareth Edwards saved the day by introducing what is referred to as the 'Tsunami' clip.

This sneak peek opened with Aaron Taylor-Johnson comforting a scared child on a subway car that has lost power. The awesome, in-your-face scene slowly builds, as a Hawaiian city becomes flooded due to the monster rising from the depths. Godzilla is revealed bit by bit until he is fully seen on-screen, prepared to battle what could be described as a cross between a preying mantis and a pterodactyl. The moment ends, teasing a showdown between these two monsters at an airport. The crowd reaction was off the charts as audience members stomped their feet and cheered loudly for quite a few minutes. This was followed by an outpouring of tweets, some of which we've gathered here for you to read so you get a taste of what happened at the event.

If film is as great as the footage shown today, GODZILLA is going to be one of the biggest films of the year. That includes worldwide gross.

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 19, 2014

This is first time studio revealed what the other creature looks like. When Godzilla showed up to fight the crowd went to 11. Huge response.

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 19, 2014

Godzilla footage: amazing. A mix of jurassic park-era Spielberg w/ slight teases of Godzilla, ramping up to a two monster battle #WonderCon

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 19, 2014

#Godzilla designed by modifying polygons in digital model so looks good in silhouette, says Director Gareth Edwards #WonderCon@wbpictures

— Digital LA (@DigitalLA) April 19, 2014

Crowd roars wildly to the extended GODZILLA sequence, which builds nicely to show the monster himself.

— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) April 19, 2014

Is this a boy band concert or did Gareth Edwards just show us a full body reveal of Godzilla? Wow. Massive reaction. #WonderCon

— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 19, 2014

If this clip is any indication, Godzilla is going to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. Its rumored that Godzilla battles a number of other monsters in the film, becoming a savoir for mankind as he was in the later Japanese movies that carried the giant lizard through sixty years of entertainment.

Before showing the clip, Gareth Edwards talked about marketing the film.

"Quiet is the new loud. I've been in this bubble for two years [making the movie]. Everyone was, 'Keep it secret.' 'You can't show anything.' And now it's flipped. Now it's 'Go out and tell everybody. Go sell this movie hard.'"

What do you think of Muto now that you've seen her in the flesh? Does she have what it takes to become as iconic as Mothera?

Godzilla comes to theaters May 16th, 2014 and stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Victor Rasuk. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.

Salem (WGN America)

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In 1692 Massachusetts, John Alden (Shane West) returns from war to find his friend Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel) leading the Salem witch trials and his former lover Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), married to the elderly and wealthy George Sibley.

Premieres Apr 20, 2014

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