I liked this episode the best so far in the season.
Our guest blogger, 12-year-old Wade Smith gives a kid’s take on Dr. Who. It’s probably not too different from that of older fans. Wade has watched all Doctor episodes from the beginning, of course, after becoming hooked at the ripe old age of 9. The seventh grader is the son of Tampa Bay Times writers Adam Smith and Katherine Snow Smith.Full Story
The Five Most Predictable Moments of Doctor Who, Season 9, Episode 3, Under the Lake
1. Only Steven Mofatt would come up with a setting as peculiar as an underwater nuclear power plant infested with eyeless ghosts.
2. Of course when the Doctor and Clara take their eyes off the two ghosts they disappear. Come on, this happens in literally every horror movie or scary show ever. Not to mention it has taken place in multiple Doctor episodes.
3. One joke I liked was: “Who’s in charge here, or in better phrasing, who do I ignore?” It’s to be expected that the Doctor is going to hate the one in charge, which leads me to my next one.
4.The one in charge died. From the start we could all tell that the snobby take-charge man was going to meet his demise.
5. Lastly, the three ghouls separating. The Doctor should have seen this coming. I mean why wouldn’t they split up?
Even with this series of predicatble events, I really enjoyed this episode a lot more than the last two.
"Mind if I come in your compound? I brought a few thousand friends," Daniel Salazar said to the soon-to-be-dead tower guards.
Unlike The Walking Dead, the characters find out much earlier on that no matter how a person dies, they always come back as a flesh-eater. We've heard it a few times from the cold Dr. Exner, but Liza confirms the world's diagnosis during her final few minutes among the living in Sunday's season finale.
Fear the Walking Dead's first season got off to a stumbling start, with far more family arguments and withdrawal worries than actual walking dead. But the lack of zombies made it much more exciting when they actually showed up (at least for me). I never thought I'd be yelling "THANK GOODNESS THE WALKERS ARRIVED" at the TV screen.
Above all else, season one's finale was a turning point for every character. Madison was the focal character during the beginning, yet it was Travis who evolved from a meak, law-abiding schoolteacher into a soldier-beating, ex-wife-killing leader.
Travis's last act as Mr. Law and Order was to free soldier Andy Adams after Adams instructs them how to break into the medical compound. Though the group was successful in rescuing Nick, Liza and new friend Victor Strand, they're stopped by a gun-wielding Adams out for revenge against the torturous Daniel Salazar. …Full Story
'Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462' features a character who will join the cast for the second season next year.
We are down to the bitter end of Fear the Walking Dead's 6-episode first season, and in less than two weeks the Ricktatorship returns with the sixth season of The Walking Dead. We have zombies in in the South and zombies in L.A. Now AMC will give us zombies on a plane.
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 debuts this Sunday, Oct. 4, on amc.com and then airs as promos during commercial breaks of The Walking Dead season 6 premiere on Oct. 11.
The rest of the episodes, each less than a minute long, will appear online every Sunday and as on-air promos during the rest of Dead's season 6.
Produced by Fear showrunner and executive producer Dave Erickson and co-executive producer David Wiener, Flight 462 follows a group of passengers aboard a commercial airplane during the earliest parts of the outbreak. Of course, the series wouldn't be important unless one of the travelers becomes infected, endangering the rest.
Could it be the same plane Nick saw flying over his neighborhood before he was carted off to the medical facility?
IMPORTANT NOTE: One of the characters featured in the web series joins the cast of Fear's 15-episode second season next year. …Full Story
This year’s Grammy Awards race is over.
Well, not exactly — there’s still the whole matter of picking nominations, voting for winners and handing out actual trophies, all of which will take place over the next 4 1/2 months. But Wednesday marked the end of this year’s eligibility period, which means we’ve already seen and heard all of this year’s eventual nominees. Anything that comes out between now and the end of the year? Sorry. See you in 2017, Adele.
Grammy eligibility rules are generally pretty mystifying, which is why you sometimes get an Album of the Year that feels like it came out two years earlier, or a Best New Artist who’s been around for years, or a Song of the Year candidate from an album that won’t be eligible until the following year. There are endless confusing loopholes to these deadlines and eligibility periods, which sometimes makes these early predictions an exercise in futility. But in short: If it didn’t come out between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015, it’s not eligible. Got it?
The 2016 Grammy nominations will be announced in early December, but that’s not stopping us from surveying some frontrunners for the top four categories. Let’s take a look! …Full Story
Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon sits for an interview with guest star Sharon Carpenter on "Spilling the T".
Momentum has shifted back to #TeamLucious but for our troubles, the writers gave us a lot of names to mull over in the coming weeks. For a show that bothered to name Marisa Tomei's double-crossing, lesbian billionaire character, Mimi Whiteman, you know how important these names will be to plot development going forward.
Worst one first, Empire fans: Rainbow Sensation (*fans self at the odiousness of the concept*).
Out of Empire but never down, Cookie rallied Team Takeover, minus Boo Boo Kitty, into creating a new label and snagged some disgruntled Empire artists like V. (V Bozeman) and Tiana (Serayah) for good measure. Hakeem, never one to focus unless Lucious is belittling him or Jamal is holding his hand, decided a new company didn't need new music from him but his leadership as the budding mogul he believed himself to be. …Full Story
Mulder and Scully are back to their same old conspiracy-tangled selves.
If you worried about how Mulder and Scully would fare in a world much changed since they went off the air 13 years ago, the new X-Files revival teaser Fox dropped today might assuage your fears.
Mulder and Scully seem as conspiracy tangled as ever in the two-minute trailer, which features talk of "a seeming terrorist attack," the government hiding alien tech and possibly the end of the world, not to mention Mulder trying to "put together the pieces" with a source on the inside. Our fave alien chasing pair seem more distant (seemingly broken up, remember?) as Scully seems almost surprised to get a call from Mulder, though she chides him as ever for "being on dangerous ground here." And clearly hers faith in Mulder's world saving abilities is shaken, as she tells him she's seen this before, him being "onto some truth, that you can save the world."
The trailer also includes brief appearances by Skinner — "Do something about it, Mulder!" — and the voice and cigarette of you-know-who.
Watch it here: Full Story
Who knew Nicki Minaj was so family-friendly?
Nicki Minaj and ABC Family: Two things we never thought we’d write in the same sentence, but here it is.
Nicki Minaj is set to executive produce and appear in an ABC Family comedy series about her life growing up in Queens.
“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” the Anaconda rapper said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”
Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, but moved to the U.S. when she was a child. The show will focus on her immigrant family and the “personal and musical evolution” she experienced in 1990s Queens.
Fun fact: Minaj studied acting at Manhattan’s famed LaGuardia High School and hoped to follow that career path before she blew up as a rapping phenom.
“Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches,” ABC Family’s EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke told Deadline. “Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
Stay tuned to find out if this one makes it past the pilot.Full Story
Trevor Noah hosts Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" premiere on Monday in New York.
So, it was all a joke, right? The idea that Jon Stewart would actually desert The Daily Show and a nation needing him, leaving the fate of topical comedy in the hands of a nobody named Trevor Noah.
If so, it isn't funny. If Noah is what we're stuck with, even less.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah did, in fact, debut Monday night, playing a lot like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart albeit with a fill-in host because Stewart had some last-minute stomach virus, or was off directing another esoterically political movie no one will see. Same Dog on Fire intro music, a minorly refurbished set, identical format all the way to a closing moment of Zen.
What have the people in charge of changing this guard been doing for the past six months since Noah was hired? I can understand not fixing something that ain't broke. But when you're replacing the guts of the mechanism at least give it a new paint job. …Full Story
Travis tries to console Madison after Nick is taken to a government medical facility for "treatment."
Maybe the show should be called Fear the Military During the Zombie Apocalypse Because They Have Guns and You Don't. The show so far has kept its characters struggling against the unknown and military intrusion rather than fighting animated corpses.
The episode pops around to different places checking up on the three broken families. Taken away for treatment, Nick is caged with the other panicking sick people while Griselda's foot is amputated. Those in the neighborhood are left without answers or means of communication with their loved ones.
Opening with a new character, Strand, smooth talking his way around the fenced up sick ward and trading his possesions for favors from the guards.
Strand, dressed in his Sunday best, chats with a distraught Doug about his wife and family. Doug clutches a picture of his family for dear life and won't stop crying. He breaks down, prompting the guards to take him away to ... somewhere nobody wants to go.
Elsewhere in the medical facility, nurse Liza is learning the ropes from Dr. Exner. As far as I could tell, everyone being cared for was military. It doesn't seem like they're too concerned about caring for civilians. …Full Story
Doctor Who, Season 9, Episode 2, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi).
Doctor Who, Season 9, Episode 2
Editor's note: Since Doctor Who is as popular with actual kids as it is with big kids, we thought it might be fun to get a more youthful perspective on the new season. Wade Smith, 12, is the son of Tampa Bay Times writers Adam Smith and Katherine Snow Smith. He's a seventh grader at Lutheran Church of the Cross Day School in St. Petersburg, and has loved TV and film "since my days with Sesame Street andSpongeBob," he says. "At the moment my favorite shows are Better Call Saul, Veep and of course, Doctor Who." He stumbled on the Doctor at the ripe old age of nine.
I can't stand Peter Capaldi. At first it was just because I missed Matt Smith, but now it's more than that. Not trying to be mean, but he's just too old. Anything he does or says just looks weird. And now he's getting rid the screwdriver.
Come on. Matt Smith has the Fez. Tom Baker has the scarf. David Tennant has the 3D glasses. So how about getting your own schtick and not replacing the screw driver with a cheap pair of glassses.
Moving on, here are the seven craziest moments of Doctor Who Series Nine Episode Two: The Witch's Familiar. …Full Story
Hayley Atwell stars in 'Be Right Back' in series 2.
Black Mirror fans, this is the news we've been waiting years for.
Our savior, Netflix, has commissioned House of Tomorrow to produce 12(!) episodes as an original Netflix series. New episodes are in the works as we speak and the show is scheduled to begin production later this year.
Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is a British anthology series that examines the way our society evolves and relies on technology. Think a modern tech mash up of The Twilight Zone and X-Files with George Orwell and Kurt Vonnegut influences.
Each season (series, as they say in the UK) has three almost-movie-length episodes with different casts and stories and sometimes different realities.
It's not just about having a cell phone glued to your palm all hours of the day. Some of the show's realities have humans implanted with storage chips so they can replay memories on their TVs. Others show the speed and ferocity of a world reliant on social media as a means of communication and openness. …Full Story
The 26th annual TIGLFF runs Oct. 2-10
The 26th annual Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is just around the corner, in a different city defying the event's name.
For the first time ever, the gay cinema showcase isn't centered in Tampa but across the bay in St. Petersburg and surrounding communities. Tampa Theatre that housed major festival events for 25 years isn't in play at all. Three Tampa venues will offer sidebar presentations: Studio Movie Grill at University Mall, Villagio Cinemas, and Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa.
Instead, St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater is the festival's setting for opening and closing night celebrations, plus key weekend screenings. Seven other Pinellas County venues including Muvico Sundial, FreeFall Theatre and the Museum of Fine Arts will share the ambitious slate of films - 87 in all, from 25 countries.
The festival begins Oct. 2, running through Oct. 10.
Palladium's opening night film - presented free of charge - is Kiss Me, KIll Me, an exercise in gay noir. Director Casper Andreas, writer/producer David Michael Barrett and actor Van Hansis are expected to inroduce the film, and join the after-show party in the theater's Cabaret. …Full Story
Photos courtesy Busch Gardens
Scarlett, the character the "Unearthed" story is centered on. She was a village healer who turned to black magic to avenge her dead husband. The producer of The Blair Witch Project was been enlisted by Busch Gardens to produce this year's Howl-O-Scream scare fest.
The story of Scarlett could have been told in any century, but thankfully for local horror fans, they can experience it starting Friday at Busch Gardens Tampa.
Howl-O-Scream's two-day "Freaky Preview" begins Friday night, and the annual haunted park experience opens officially on Oct. 1 through Halloween.
Robin Cowie, a producer of The Blair Witch Project, was one of the first people to see his brainchild in action this week - and the scares even surprised him, he said. The Scarlett's Revenge haunted maze was built in the bowels of the now-closed Gwazi roller coaster.
"I went through with my son, and he's 17, and he was just crying the whole way through," Cowie laughed.
Scarlett's story is rooted in love, Cowie said, because it's the strongest emotion.
Over a century ago, townspeople murdered the husband of Scarlett, the village healer. Racked with grief, she murders in the name of vengeance, growing more powerful with each kill until she's cornered and buried alive.
This is where the journey starts for brave Howl-O-Screamers. An archaeological dig turns up the ruins of Scarlett's home and all the horrors that have lain dormant there. …Full Story
In case you somehow missed her whirlwind arrival (and a kick-ass season-ending departure!), the Honorable Phryne Fisher's third season of adventures dropped (oh happy surprise!) on Netflix last week when I was on vacation. (If you live under a rock or in denial and don't have Netflix, you can pre-order DVDs and wait for a month or catch it Friday nights on local PBS station WUSF.) I'd already seen season 3 and it was by far not my favorite, but I still let out a squeal of delight. We could all use more Miss Fisher in our lives.
I've written before about why you should watch Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (and gotten more emails about it than I can count) and you still should, but season 3 mostly disappointed me after the excellent season premiere. Here's why, with as few major spoilers as possible until, well, the end, but you'll find most of these reasons are variations on the theme "it's not consistent and it feels sloppy."
Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) asks the devil, Lucious (Terrence Howard), for help with an old enemy.
Who knew Lee Daniels could make me root for Chris Rock's demise, will Cookie into a lesbian relationship and then seriously consider taking Jamal off my friends list in a single season premiere?
Such is the power of swift plotting and capable acting, Empire fans. It can take you to places you hadn't dreamed of going.
The season opened on a subversive note with Cookie being lowered onto the stage at a #FreeLucious concert in a cage wearing a gorilla suit. She made a powerful speech about the mass incarceration of black men in America, unironically, using the ever-guilty murderer Lucious as the martyr of the day.
"I know. Your father is a tampon. He is an ego maniac," was just the first of many Cookie Lyon gems dropped in this episode.
Guest stars began popping in almost immediately. Al Sharpton made the concert but declined to help with Luscious' case because he heard he was guilty. Andre Leon Talley shaded Cookie for performing in last season's Gucci. And even Don Lemon got a cameo and took some jabs about his work in Ferguson, Mo. and on the n-word. …Full Story