Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Last week’s big cliffhanger saw da Vinci in custody and accused of sodomy; a crime rarely enforced in the confines of a very liberal Florence. This week it’s a trial episode with Piero leading a defense that sees his own son’s life hanging in the balance. It’s a bit of a slow start but the episode eventually lets way to a rousing finish that delivers new, exciting, revelations; one of them having potentially huge implications for this young series.
The trial, fixed by Rome from the start, does a great job of providing deeper insight into the relationship between da Vinci and his father. We’ve watched as Piero has berated his son on more than one occasion, leaving us to wonder if there was any salvageable relationship left between the two. By the end of “The Tower” there is something familial between the two but both of them are far too stubborn to be willing to admit it. I’m not sure I would describe Piero as someone who has pride for da Vinci but I do think he has a sliver of respect for a man who won’t back down when the odds are stacked against him.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Well, what better way to celebrate Thursday's announcement that there will be more Nikita next season than with an exciting and heartbreaking hour of television like "Invisible Hand"? I loved the fast start we got off to this week, with Nikita getting the tables turned on her and having to jump out of one of The Shop's ghost cars before it made a ghost out of her.
Much of this season has focused on Amanda's irrational obsession with Nikita, but its a two-way street so now we see Michael in the Ari role, wondering if Nikita can ever really leave her life as an operative behind and build a future with him. We don't know what Michael's childhood was like but we do know he was once married with a child. He knows what normal feels like while Nikita doesn't.
Community was renewed for Season 5 today, which is the latest example of the show’s miraculous ability to overcome the odds. At the same time, Community is coming out of a season that was much more polarizing for fans, on the heels of the absence of series creator Dan Harmon.
Now however is a piece of “this could happen” news that would certainly be huge if it ended up occurring, but that I wouldn’t get too excited for just yet, since it so easily could result in nothing - a report in Deadline saying there is actually the possibility of Dan Harmon returning to Community.
The most anticipated PlayStation 3-exclusive of 2013 -- Naughty Dog's The Last of Us -- is about a month away, and Sony has released another television commercial to tease the game. You can see it below.
Last month, Sony released a TV commercial for the game; the trailer below is an extended version of it.
The Last of Us launches on June 14th. Look for our full review in the coming weeks right here on IGN.
For whatever reason, ABC wait longer than the other networks to make any of their official calls on renewals, cancellations and new series orders. Tonight, the floodgates opened, including the slam-dunk that was picking up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to series for next season.
Also ordered by ABC was Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the spinoff series, starring Sophie Lowe as Alice and featuring the voice of John Lithgow (replacing Paul Reubens) as the White Rabbit. There’s plenty more, but let’s look at the renewals and cancellations first.
Lucasfilm formally announced today that Star Wars: Episode VII will be shot in the U.K. The six previous Star Wars films were also filmed in the U.K.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. "Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back."
This is a surprise. A lot of pilots are made every year and plenty of them don't get picked up to series, but Beverly Hills Cop seemed like a sure thing. It had the name value of the hit film series and the draw of being an actual sequel series, not a remake, focused on Axel Foley's son (played by Brandon T. Jackson). And it had Eddie Murphy actually onboard in a recurring role as Axel, in addition to executive producing. And while executive producer Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield) has had series that didn't last, like Last Resort and Terriers, he's a highly-respected and acclaimed creator who the networks are eager to be in business with.
But CBS has indeed passed on Beverly Hills Cop, not picking it up for the new TV season. However, Deadline reveals the project may still live on. With such high profile talent involved, producers Sony are going to shop it to other networks. There was a bidding war for Beverly Hills Cop initially, when it was being developed, so it's very possible one of those previous suitors may be inclined to pick up the series at this point.
When you order a battleship to turn in one of Leviathan: Warships' multiplayer battles, you'd better mean it. Relative to most turn-based plan-and-go tactical games, this is a light and accessible game with easy-to-learn drag-and-drop controls, but against a worthy opponent it becomes a slow but tense battle of wits. Positioning a lumbering boat so that its gun firing arcs line up with where the enemy is going to be – while simultaneously doing everything you can to keep out of reach of their weapons – makes every turn of a multiplayer naval warfare engagement a satisfying mind game of anticipation and counters.
Unhappy news for my fellow Happy Endings fans, as ABC has cancelled the well-reviewed but ratings-challenged series. This is not a surprise, as Happy Endings had a tough time all season, with ABC moving it around, trying it on different nights (remember it airing Sundays at 10pm?) and ultimately doubling up on episodes on Friday nights, in what seemed like a classic burn off scenario.
There have been some reports that USA had some interest in possibly picking up the series, should ABC cancel it. As yet though, there's no confirmation that will occur. THR notes that Sony, who produce the series, are shopping it to several potential new homes.
In a recent deal between Virgin Produced and Overbrook Entertainment, it was suggested that a sequel to Will Smith's After Earth may already be in development.
Although After Earth isn't due out in theaters until May 31, the studios' new pact allows Virgin the option to co-produce, co-finance and co-market a potential After Earth 2. This agreement will begin with the first film's release.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth centers on teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith), who are both stranded on Earth 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape. The father and son must work together if they want any chance of returning home.
DC Collectibles has just released new images of its upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins collectibles, including the revamped Batman and Black Mask 6.75-inch action figures. These will be available starting in October and should retail for about $25 each. Check 'em out:
Class will continue to be in session at Greendale! NBC has renewed Community for Season 5.
It's been quite a turbulent year off camera for Community, beginning with the show's renewal this time last year, which was quickly followed by the news that creator Dan Harmon had been taken off the show and several writer/producers were also leaving. Season 4 then saw the departure of Chevy Chase, after some rather well-documented incidents of displeasure with the series, while fans had to wait many months for the show to return, after it was delayed from a planned October debut.
Things are heating up for Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey. Hanna director Joe Wright is now said to be in negotiations to helm feature adaptation, based on the sex-fueled best-selling novel by E.L. James.
According to THR, a deal is not yet in place, but rumor has it that Wright is the studio's current favorite.
Having successfully directed numerous projects featuring young female protagonists -- Hanna's Saorise Ronan and Anna Karenina's Keira Knightley among them -- Wright seems like a fitting choice for Fifty Shades, which centers on the S&M relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire playboy Christian Grey.
A Microsoft contest appears to be hinting at upcoming EA and Turn 10 Studios reveals. The Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing Twitter Sweepstakes encourages fans to tweet at @EA, @Xbox, @PlayXBLA and @Turn10 (an account unrelated to Microsoft, likely a typo) in order to win entrance to Microsoft's E3 press conference via separate prize pools.
The contest began on May 8 and ends on May 20, just one day before Microsoft's Xbox reveal event. The natural speculation here, of course, is that Electronic Arts will reveal a next-generation Xbox game alongside whatever Turn 10 is developing -- presumably Forza Motorsport 5.
When you hear the words “Disney movie,” one thing pops into your mind: animation. Whether it be the (superior) hand-drawn days of old or the Disney-Pixar era, the studio is renowned for its leadership in animation. Since Disney acquired Marvel, we’ve all been anxiously awaiting announcements of what they would do with the properties in terms of feature-length animation.
Well, the official announcement is out of the bag, and we can look forward to Big Hero 6 in 2014.
Yep, Big Hero 6. I have no particular affinity for the property, but I absolutely love what it seems to indicate. It’s probable that we’d never see a Big Hero 6 live-action movie, which tells me that maybe – just maybe – Walt Disney Animation Studios will be using this format to put the lesser known Marvel properties to good use. Things like Runaways that have struggled to get off the ground in recent years could be revived as animated features with the intent of appealing to kids, perhaps even as something of a “proof of concept” to both audiences and the studio that a property is viable for expansion.
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