Last night’s episode of Mr. Robot, “eps2.5h4ndshake.sme,” featured a pretty big twist that left some fans upset and others feeling it was too obvious all along. Our own Corey Atad has already offered a significant analysis of the episode, but I wanted to take a deeper look and also find out what series creator Sam Esmail has to say about the intention and response.
It should be noted that the following post delves into major spoilers for season 2 of Mr. Robot up through last night’s episode “eps2.5h4ndshake.sme.” If you haven’t watched the August 17 episode yet, please bookmark this post for a later time.
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Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Fred Topel
FX’s miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was such a sensation, they presented a second panel on it for the Television Critics Association. Now all ten episodes have aired, more than reporters got to see in advance of the premiere, and it is nominated for Emmys, so the creators and stars came back to discuss it.
At a cocktail party following the FX panel, screenwriting duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski got separated. I got to speak with Alexander about their work crafting the series based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life and real events. I’m still obsessed with the jurors, as the episode on their sequestration seemed like the biggest tent in the whole circus. Alexander and Karaszewski have some more true story screenplays in the works, and Alexander told us the extent of their work on the Death Wish remake in our interview. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Corey Atad
Oh boy, oh boy. Where to even begin? Let’s spiral around the issue at hand this week. That strikes me as the only way to make some sense of what’s going on in “Handshake.” Beware spoilers!
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Fred Topel
CBS did not present a Television Critics Association panel for their upcoming series Training Day, based on the 2001 movie, but the cast and creators attended their evening party. Screenwriter Will Beall adapted the movie for television under producers Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer. I actually ran into Beall just as he was about to leave the party, in line at a waffle truck parked for dessert.
Beall said this was the first formal interview he had given on Training Day, which now has veteran Det. Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) take rookie Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) under his wing. The movie had Denzel Washington as a corrupt cop training a rookie played by Ethan Hawke. Beall is also working on the feature film scripts for Aquaman, The Legend of Conan, and Robin Hood, and we discussed them all during our conversation. Training Day could be on CBS this fall or midseason. Note: this interview contains spoilers for the movie Training Day. Read More »
In light of its 14 Emmy nominations, FX had a second Television Critics Association panel for The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story after introducing the show in January. Among the panelists were Joe Robert Cole, a screenwriter who wrote pivotal episodes five and eight, chronicling the jurors’ visit to the crime scene and their epic sequestration.
After the panel, FX had a cocktail reception with its talent and we got to speak with Cole one-on-one. Cole is currently at work on the Black Panther film screenplay with co-writer/director Ryan Coogler. Cole shared in-depth details about his O.J. Simpson juror research and was open to discussing his approach to Black Panther. Read More »
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This weekend brings some sad news for Star Wars fans. One of the most beloved characters in the entire sci-fi saga is R2-D2, the astromech droid who has been the longtime counterpart of C-3PO. Though the character is a droid who can easily be brought to life with the magic of visual effects today, in the days of the original Star Wars trilogy, he was controlled by the 3 foot 8 inch tall actor Kenny Baker. Sadly, the actor has died at age 81. Read More »
A new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer arrived last night, which means that I’ve spent the time since then going through it frame-by-frame and trying to squeeze out every little interesting detail. Join me, won’t you?
And while this post won’t contain any direct spoilers, I will be over-analyzing, jumping to conclusions, and utilizing readily available information from various other sources to figure out what’s going on in every corner of this trailer. If you want to go in as blind as possible, you should consider turning back.
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This winter brings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to theaters. It will be the first theatrically release live-action Star Wars feature film that tells a story outside of the traditional trilogy narrative of the saga. Even though we still have months before we see that film in its entirety, the second movie in the Star Wars Story series is already in the works, and it will focus on the famous smuggler Han Solo before he became caught up with the Rebellion in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Alden Ehrenreich was previously confirmed to play Han Solo, taking the role played memorably by Harrison Ford, and just yesterday we learned that a young Lando Calrissian will be joining him at some point in the movie. Right now the hunt is on for an actor to play the scoundrel friend of Han Solo who made his debut in The Empire Strikes Back and received an expanded role in Return of the Jedi.
After the initial report surfaced, Donald Glover was said to be the frontrunner. But there’s no guarantee he’ll end up with the part when all is said and done, so we came up with a batch of 15 other possibilities for who could play young Lando Calrissian. Some of the choices are obvious, but we dug a little deeper for some of the options to come up with some lesser known names who could catch their big break like Harrison Ford did back in 1977. Read More »
On February 17, 1936, Lee Falk’s comic strip hero The Phantom was introduced to the world. Over the following years—as the character reached millions of fans through an unparalleled-for-that-era level of worldwide syndication—The Phantom became an international sensation. The comic strip (clearly) excelled in many countries around the world, but perhaps none more so than Australia. So it seems fitting that, six decades later, the man who would finally bring this hero to the big screen would be an Australian himself: Simon Wincer.
To learn about how The Phantom was made, I spoke at length with Simon Wincer. But it took a little while before we even got to talking about the masked crusader. Because, frankly, there was just too much to talk about. Like how Wincer swooped into to replace the original director of Free Willy (and ended up helping to save that film). Or how he helmed an Emmy-dominant, prestige miniseries (years before such things were du jour). We spoke about all those things and much more (like the cinematic value of manure). Below is a copy of our conversation…
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