July 2013

News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2013

in News

news-and-notes-07312013-flashDeadline is reporting that not only will The Flash be getting his own series likely darker in tone than the 90’s series and similar to Arrow, but that the character of Barry Allen will be introduced on Arrow this Fall by making appearances in three episodes (No. 8, No. 9, and No. 20) before spinning off into his own show

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that an unconnected Flash movie developed by Greg Berlanti for 2016 is still a possibility as well

Comic Book Movie is reporting actress Ophelia Lovibond is likely playing Carina Walters in the (now filming) Guardians of the Galaxy movie

IDW has announced a new Samurai Jack comic from writer Jim Zub and artist Andy Suriano. Check out a sneak peek here

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Covert Affairs – Into the White

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Covert Affairs – Into the White
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“What are the parameters for using extraordinary measures.”

Covert Affairs - Into the White

Given her assignment by Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin), Annie (Piper Perabo) returns to Colombia to determine how great a threat is Arthur‘s (Peter Gallagher) illegitimate son Teo Braga (Manolo Cardona), who Arthur reveals is actually acting as a double-agent inside the terrorist organization, and prevent a terrorist attack on an American target in Colombia. Joan (Kari Matchett) agrees for two days to hide the second-half of Annie’s mission, to bring Tao back in from the cold, but both she and Auggie (Christopher Gorham) suspect the man may have spent too long undercover.

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The Rocketeer & The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2013

in Comics

The Rocketeer & The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1When a murder occurs in Central City but the body is discovered the next day in Los Angeles The Spirit, Commissioner Dolan, and Ellen take a trip to the coast to investigate in this new cross-promotional comic from DC Comics and IDW. On arriving in LA, the good folks from Central City are ambushed by masked man with a jetpack in a classic hero misunderstanding that introduces The Spirit to The Rocketeer for the first time.

Fans of both characters will get their money’s worth here, although The Spirit does seem a little out of place in the sunny settings of Los Angeles rather than the shadow streets of Central City. Mark Waid provides some nice humor not only for both heroes (who spend a good part of this issue fighting in the sky) but also for Ellen and Betty, both of whom take a shine to the other woman’s man.

I’m glad to see Waid and Paul Smith bring these two characters together, but it reminds me of the vast library of great characters DC’s New 52 has closed the door on (which I guess is better than the ones they’ve gotten completely wrong). Worth a look.

[DC/IDW, $3.99]

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Here’s Justin Timberlake with the official video for “Take Back The Night,” the first single from his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2.

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King & Maxwell – Job Security

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: King & Maxwell – Job Security
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King & Maxwell - Job Security

King (Jon Tenney) and Maxwell (Rebecca Romijn) are hired by a widower (John Innes) whose camera phone, with the last pictures of his recently deceased wife and their final days together, was stolen earlier that morning. However, the investigation reveals a shady lawyer (Daniel Roebuck) playing a game of legal extortion who tries to buy the pair off the case as well as the discovery that the phone actually belongs not to their client but to the Deputy Director of National Intelligence (Spencer Garrett).

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