May 27, 2016 |
IN X-MEN: Apocalypse , audiences are about to experience their favorite mutants going up against a villain that is the only one that may rival - or surpass - fan-favorite X-villain Magneto in both power level and popularity. With hundreds of villains to challenge them in their over 50 years of existence and thousands of comic book issues, how and why has Apocalypse stood out and towered above almost all the rest? Writer Louise Simonson, who co-created him with artist Jackson Guice back in 1986 ( X-Factor No. 6 is the villain's sought-after first appearance)
January 29, 2016 |
If working on NBC's The Office taught Jenna Fischer anything, it's that she needed to get out more. "I spent 10 years sitting at the same desk, in the same office, on the same soundstage. So I said, 'With my next project, I'd like to get out a little bit, see the world,'" said Fischer in an interview during an NBC party this month. "So when the opportunity came to live in London for six months," playing an unlikely cyber-terrorist on the run from authorities in You, Me and the Apocalypse , Fischer leapt at the chance to be part of the dramedy about the end of the world.
January 29, 2016 |
YOU, ME AND THE APOCALYPSE 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. Maybe the end really is near. In the same week Fox brought back The X-Files and launched the comical cop show Lucifer - about you-know-who - NBC has found the funny in the end of the world. Turns out it was waiting on the other side of the Atlantic. You, Me and the Apocalypse, which premieres Thursday, was made in Britain for people who drive on the wrong side of the road, but it should be right at home on NBC, thanks to a cast that includes Jenna Fischer ( The Office )
January 26, 2016
_ THE X-FILES. 8 p.m. Monday, Fox29. I still want to believe. Sunday's post-football premiere of the limited-series reboot may have been far from the best "X-Files" episode ever, but as the show settles into its regular time slot tonight, things are looking up, at least for fans of the long and tortured personal history of Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson). _ LUCIFER. 9 p.m. Monday, Fox29. Unless someone's truly made a deal with the devil, I don't see much of a future for a show in which the Prince of Darkness (Tom Ellis)
January 24, 2016
Lucifer. Loosely based on Neil Gaiman's character, Lucifer follows the devil after he's grown bored with hell. He teams up with the LAPD to punish those he'll eventually meet in the underworld. 9 p.m. Monday on Fox. The Magicians. Lev Grossman's "Harry Potter for adults" trilogy gets adapted for the small screen. 9 p.m. Monday on Syfy. Outsiders. Local guy David Morse stars as the head of a secluded Appalachian clan who must deal with an impending prophecy and cops from a nearby town.
October 10, 2015 |
Over the last decade, American cities have been making a concentrated effort to repair the damage done by a century of car-first policies. It hasn't been easy, because so much public territory was ceded to motorists in that period. Streets got wider, sidewalks narrower. Elegant street lamps were replaced with highway lights that cast our neighborhoods in the melancholy shadows of an Edward Hopper painting. But now, urban planners are starting to pile up the wins. They've introduced amenities that encourage the slow-movers - things like sidewalk cafes, parklets, bike lanes, and riverfront trails.
October 9, 2015 |
AS THE TITLE promises, there is indeed widespread mobster slaughter in "Yakuza Apocalypse," but that ain't the half of it. Some of the mobsters are vampires, so they are invincible in battle, and can hack up enemies with impunity. This gore makes them thirsty, so they commence to feeding on people. And because the movie is subtitled, whenever a vampire bites into the neck flesh of a victim, we get this helpful prompt: "Suck!" Subtitles, though, don't help us understand very much of what happens.
August 21, 2015 |
* FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. THE LAST thing that high-school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) needs is a zombie apocalypse. As AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" opens Sunday, Madison's drug-addicted son, Nick (Frank Dillane), is missing. She and her English teacher boyfriend, Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), are new to living together and the blending of their families - which also include her daughter, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and his son, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie)
May 15, 2015
"MAD MAX: Fury Road" reminds us that there is nothing filmmakers love more than imagining mankind's destruction, and nothing we love more than watching it. At various times, we've found the end of our world horrifying or funny, or both. Here, in no particular order, are the some of the best apocalypse movies, with an eye to how they've evolved. "La Jetee": French, intellectual, black & white, only 28 minutes long but endlessly influential. The way it combined the apocalypse, time travel and the idea of a man who foresees and shapes his own destiny has been updated by Terry Gilliam as "12 Monkeys," James Cameron in "The Terminator" and even "Looper," in which Bruce Willis replaces the existential poetry of "Jetee" with something more concrete: "I don't want to talk about time travel.
July 15, 2013
Even if the television viewers of Great Falls, Mont., were not sufficiently shocked by the revelations of The Steve Wilkos Show one afternoon last winter (topic: "Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors"), the emergency alert that interrupted the program may well have roused them from their recliners. Following the iconic tones of the Emergency Alert System, a voice warned: "Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living.