John Constantine is a bit of a tosser – he’s arrogant, sarcastic and tormented. His soul damned to Hell for overreaching and failing to save a young girl, he needs redemption more than most. When an old friend’s daughter is targeted by a demon from the Inner Circle, Constantine – prompted by an angel who goes by the name of Manny – attempts to make good on a promise to protect her.
Like the character, Constantine (NBC, Fridays, 10/9C) is a series that’s a bit conflicted. While it tries to capture the essence of the character, it also has to live on network television. It works more often than not – and shows promise for the future as a companion series to NBC’s surprisingly long-lived cult hit, Grimm.
Why would we go to see yet another hitman comes out of retirement to wreak vengeance movie?
Because it takes the reliable (okay, maybe overused) trope and reinvigorates it with style, a degree of wit and a unique world with unusual details. Also, Keanu Reeves at his best.
St. Vincent is a film that tells a story that we’ve seen many times before – a curmudgeonly older guy rediscovers life because of the influence of a child, while teaching that child about life. The difference between St. Vincent and those many other similarly plotting movies is that this film has a cast that includes Bill Murray.
Remember those Ouija boards that we used to use to scare ourselves silly when we were kids? Well, there’s a microbudgeted horror film about some kids who get into big supernatural trouble because they didn’t follow the rules. It’s a pretty lame effort at bringing classic (which is to say clichéd) tropes to an adolescent-friendly introduction to Horror 101, but it’ll make a big profit even if only does have its predicted $20 mill opening weekend.
WE tv has begun production on its new supernatural series, South of Hell – with Mena Suvari in the lead role – exorcist Maria Abascal, who is more than she appears to be (and considering that she appears to be an exorcist, that’s saying something!).
The series also stars Zachary Booth (“Keep the Lights On”), Bill Irwin (“CSI”), Drew Moerlein (“V/H/S”), Lamman Rucker (“Meet the Browns”), and Paulina Singer (“How to Make It In America”), with recurring cast members Lydia Hearst (“Cabin Fever: Patient Zero”), Slate Holmgren (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Lauren Velez (“Dexter”).
South of Hell is produced by Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television and the premiere is being directed by Eli Roth. The series is planned for a 2015 debut.
A new featurette for Into the Woods gives us a look at the characters and storylines in the film – and a chance to hear cast members, from James Corden to Meryl Streep, sing.
Into the Woods opens December 25th with an all-star cast that also includes Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp. Check out the featurette – The Story – after the jump.
The first season of Doctor Who with a Scottish Doctor (I’m Scottish! That’s good – I can complain!’) – Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series – comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on December 9th.
As well as the usual suspects in terms of bonus features (four audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and the like), The eighth season/series set will also include exclusive footage from the London Premiere Q&A with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman; lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and a documentary following the Doctor Who World Tour, and the Doctor Who: Deep Breath Live Pre-Show & After Who Live (hosted by comedian and Doctor Who superfan Chris Hardwick).
For further details, follow the jump.
Netfix’s new series starring Kyle Chandler has a name – Bloodline – and a haunting teaser trailer.
The series, which premieres all thirteen first season episodes on March 15, 2015, also stars Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Norbert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life), Jamie McShane (Sons of Anarchy), Jacinda Barrett (Suits) and Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace).
Bloodline comes from the producers/creators of Damages, from the producers of Damages Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler. Check out the teaser following the jump.
Well, I guess we don’t have to wait for next week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – someone leaked the teaser trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron online. So, knowing that once it finds its way to the internet, there’s no real way to stop it, Marvel did the smart thing and released the trailer officially.
Check it out after the jump.
Just in time for the seventh season finale of Face Off (Tuesday, October 28th, 9/8C), Syfy has announced the series will return for its eighth season on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (9/8C).
In a nifty twist, three previous champions will return to select teams – which they will then coach for entire season. For further details, follow the jump.
George Lucas leads into a 24-hour salute to fantasy films in the latest edition of TCM’s A Night at the Movies – TCM Presents A Night at the Movies: George Lucas & The World of Fantasy Cinema – on Tuesday, November 25th (8/7C). During the one-hour special, Lucas will take viewers on a tour of some of the movies that sparked his imagination and inspired his work.
Following the Lucas appearance on A Night at the Movies, TCM will roll out a lineup of classic genre fare that includes the original 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Danny Kaye, The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), The Thief of Baghdad (1940) and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). For more, follow the jump.