Superman shows up at Comic Con

Well hello there, Henry.

by Kathy Fuller

‘Man Of Steel’ Footage Debuts At Comic-Con As Zach Snyder Introduces Superman Actor Henry Cavill
by Sandy Cohen 

SAN DIEGO — There are lots of people dressed like Superman at Comic-Con, but the real guy – or at least the actor playing him in the latest Superman film – made a surprise appearance at the fan festival.

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder presented new footage from the film on Saturday and introduced star Henry Cavill to an audience of more than 6,000 fans.

The British actor said “it’s a dream come true” to play the iconic superhero, but confessed “it is pretty intense.”

The footage showed Clark Kent as a boy and Cavill in his super suit, along with glimpses of co-stars Amy Adams and Russell Crowe.

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After seeing the dreadful IMMORTALS the other day, this makes the fan gurl in me very happy. Nice supporting cast, Christopher Nolan as producer…it gives me hope, people! And as for that pesky Batman v. Superman question? I think you know my answer.

EDITED BY LB TO ADD: io9 has an equally interesting report on MAN OF STEEL, emphasizing “a more alienated Superman…someone who has felt different all his life, and is rebelling against society.” FWIW, I love this take. Because I love Superman and think that anything that can be done to make his character more interesting to our current, saturated society, should be.

I also confess to being a major Zack Snyder fan because of something that makes so many other fans furious: He had the courage to take that dumb squid out of WATCHMEN. (Yeah, I know – I’m ready for the angry email/comments to arrive.)

LB Sees PERCEPTION

by Larry Brody

The Good: 

  • Well written script with good characters and dialog
  • Solid performances all around
  • Thanks to both the script and a fine performance, Erick McCormack is entirely believable, sympathetic, and – better than sympathetic – the coolest of the cool as the schizophrenic genius hero

The Not-So-Good:

The Best:

  • This series and its protagonist have the potential to erase any longings I may have for the dear, departed HOUSE so I’m definitely in for the duration (or until it lets me down, whichever comes first)

Hart of Dixie Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

BY ANTHONY MEDINA

**This episode originally aired in May 2012. If you are unfamiliar with the series, be aware this review contains spoilers.**

“Believe me, a storm is coming.” – Lavon Hayes

Well, it was quite the year for Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), and the town of Blue Bell. But at long last “The Big Day” is finally here. The town has been transformed and everyone is lining up to watch George Tucker (Scott Porter) and Lemon Breeland (Jamie King) finally tie the knot. But Tom Long’s knee is tingling which can only mean one thing, the storm is coming…

So here’s what you have to know going into the season finale:

Wade loves Zoe, Zoe loves George, George loves Lemon, and Lemon loves Lavon. But Lavon also loves Lemon, and Lemon loves George, and George loves Zoe, and as it turns out Zoe loves Wade too. Oh, what a tangled web we weave. AND this all takes place in Alabama, so I assume season 2 will reveal half these people are related (Zing!).

With this love pentagon in play the question we’re all/none of us are wondering is who Zoe will choose. Will she go with her first choice option A:

“The Golden Boy” George Tucker, town lawyer and overall nice guy (hate this guy)

Or her backup option B:

“The Badboy” Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel), town bartender and overall slacker (hate this guy)

The choice is nearly taken from her since George is getting married to another woman. Even with the storm hitting the town, George does everything he can to salvage the wedding by moving it indoors. Unfortunately, he moves everything into an old fire station with a leaky and collapsing roof. Despite his best efforts he knows it’s not going to happen. And the truth is, he really doesn’t want it too. He finds Lemon and calls off the wedding once and for all telling her he’s in love with Zoe Hart. Lemon gives him a well earned punch in the face (which I enjoyed) and off he goes to tell Zoe they can finally be together.

But Zoe has been going through her own little crisis. As the storm hits she gets trapped in a barn with Wade for hours. And as we all know, there’s nothing more erotic then the smell wet goats and farm equipment. So naturally they end up together at her place just in time for George to knock on the door and confess his love for Zoe.

Despite my jaded and cynical view of humanity, I have soft spot in my heart for this little bit of CW fluff. As I’ve said in the past, Rachel Bilson is far too cute to hate. So if you like watching southern folk fight over which pretty gal gets to be with which pretty guy, this show is for you.

Season 1

Thinking Man Rating: 5 Thumbs Up

Finale

Thinking Man Rating: 4 Thumbs Up

**Be aware the Thinking Man rating system is based on awesomeness and should be disregarded if you are not now, or have never been, awesome.**

 

INSPECTOR LEWIS Returns!

by Larry Brody

My favorite police show returned for 2012 via Masterpiece Mystery! last week and gave me exactly what I wanted: A warm, comfortable, only somewhat surprising 90 minute excursion to Oxford, England, where Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whatley) and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Lawrence Fox) solve serial murder after serial murder (mostly on the sprawling and gorgeous Oxford University campus) by walking around, asking questions, and, most of the time, being grumpy.

The crime in the latest episode was no big deal. In fact, I already can’t remember the first victim. The second victim (who actually died earlier than the first but ya gotta go with the twists) was more memorable: A young genius working for an Oxford doctor. He stays in mind not because of anything about him, but because his bereft mother so brilliantly turned from an obnoxious Miss Marple wannabe/nuisance to the “sympathetic client” the best U.S. cop shows used so well in the ’70s. She was so sympathetic, in fact, that brusk, impatient Inspector Lewis was soon cuddling and reassuring her like a real dad.

Which brings us to what I really love about INSPECTOR LEWIS: The two leads and the way they interact with each other and the various intellectuals around them. Or don’t interact. Because beneath their surface differences (Lewis is practical and, for all practical purposes, anti-intellectual; Hathaway is a Cambridge-educated seminary drop-out), both men possess a stubborn reticence to share anything of themselves with anyone…and each worries about that trait in the other, well knowing the loneliness it causes.

What these personalities mean is that nothing relating to the leads’ humanity is out there for us to readily understand. It’s all subtext. As a writer, I’m intrigued by the fact that the most important part of each episode is always unspoken. And by the fact that the motives of the killers and their victims are nowhere near as important to the proceedings as Lewis’s and Hathaway’s reactions to them. Reactions that also aren’t expressed verbally but with the real tools of the actor’s trade: Their eyes.

Viewers’ eyes are also well-served on this series. It’s shot like a feature film, with panoramic views of blue skies and beautiful scenery (did you know Britain had places like that?), and we get plenty of time to linger on the town/university architecture and gardens because not one moment is rushed or cut short. In all likelihood, the story and dialog in last week’s episode, like almost every other one I’ve seen, could have fitted comfortably into a U.S. 46-minute-hour slot. But even I, who have been known to be far more grumpy and impatient than Inspector Lewis, am glad that the INSPECTOR LEWIS team has never bothered to try.

A final word on how well-done and popular in the UK this show is: Kevin Whatley has been playing Robbie Lewis for 25 years, first on the show’s predecessor, INSPECTOR MORSE (as the young sergeant in those days), and on INSPECTOR LEWIS since 2007.  Amazing, no? But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself:

FIREFLY 10th Anniversary Panel (Comic-Con)

Because we’re all fanboys at heart, everyone of us:

Oh, and also because this could be one of the best-written – if not the best-written – s-f shows in history. But why read about it when you can watch:

And Ghetty Images has a great set of pics.