ARROW: Paul Blackthorne on Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance in ARROW | ©2013 The CW/Mathieu Young

On ARROW, now in its fourth season Wednesdays at 8 PM on the CW, Paul Blackthorne’s character Quentin Lance has been a police detective, a police captain, demoted, reinstated, alcoholic, sober, fighting against the vigilante hero, aka Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), allied with him, and at various points in between. Blackthorne, who played supernatural private detective Harry Dresden in Syfy’s THE DRESDEN FILES, is also a documentary filmmaker when he’s not acting. The Englishman talks about both careers here. Note: This interview was conducted before the airing of the episode “Eleven-Fifty-Nine.” AX: What is happening with Quentin Lance when Season […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – September 22, 2015

ARROW COMPLETE THIRD SEASON | © 2015 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: EATEN ALIVE – The cult classic from Tobe Hooper begins with the infamous line from a very young Robert Englund saying “Name’s Buck and I’m ready to f***.” This is the first time the notorious EATEN ALIVE is being offered in high definition and is the second […]Read On »

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ARROW and THE FLASH producer Marc Guggenheim interview – Part 2

Stephen Amell stars as The Arrow in ARROW on CW | © 2015 Ed Araquel/The CW

In Part 2 of our interview with ARROW and THE FLASH developer/executive producer/show runner Marc Guggenheim, he talks more about those series and CW Seed’s animated VIXEN. AX: Are you involved with the animated VIXEN series for CWSeed.com? MARC GUGGENHEIM: I am, actually, and it’s a great deal of fun, I have to say. I always love working in different mediums, and we’re going to do, basically, an animated spin-off [of ARROW and THE FLASH]. It’s going to center on Vixen, who I came to know as a former member of the Justice League. This is a six-part origin story, […]Read On »

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ARROW and FLASH showrunner Marc Guggenheim gives midseason scoop – interview

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in ARROW | © 2015 Cate Cameron/The CW

Marc Guggenheim, an executive producer/show runner on the CW’s ARROW, Wednesdays at 9 PM, and its spin-off THE FLASH, Tuesdays at 8 PM, is very happy. Not only have both series been picked up for next season – it will be ARROW’s fourth and THE FLASH’s second – but the network has put together an impressive display of costumes from both D.C. Comics-derived series for the Television Critics Association. THE FLASH, a DC Comics title, was born for television in the generation within episodes of ARROW (itself derived from DC Comics’ GREEN ARROW), introducing super-fast Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) to […]Read On »

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THE FLASH Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg on the new DC TV series adaptation – Interview

Grant Gustin in THE FLASH - Season 1 | ©2014 The CW/Jack Rowand

DC Comics is doing very well on television right now, with ARROW entering its third season on The CW, and two new series, Fox’s GOTHAM and The CW’s THE FLASH, launching this fall. THE FLASH, which premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 8 PM, takes its title from the alter ego of upbeat young police forensics investigator Barry Allen, played by Grant Gustin. Thanks to an event that may be extraterrestrial, mad science or both, Barry finds that he can run at superhero speed. Gustin’s version of the character first showed up last season on several episodes ARROW; in the opening […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Three Ghosts”

Danny Dworkis in ARROW - Season 2 - "Three Ghosts" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Teleplay by:  Geoff Johns & Ben Sokolowski Story by:  Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director:   John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 11, 2013 I’m impressed with “Three Ghosts,” the mid-season finale of ARROW’s second season, both for putting a Dickens reference into the show’s de facto Christmas episode, and for greatly exceeding the expectations I had coming in, based on last week’s underwhelming set-up episode.  […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “The Scientist”

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen in ARROW - Season 2 - "The Scientist" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Teleplay by:  Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns Story by: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 4, 2013 ARROW’s transformation into a show that inhabits a pure comic book universe is largely complete with this week’s episode, “The Scientist.”  The titular scientist is Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who fans of DC Comics will recognize as the secret identity of “The […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “State vs. Queen”

Seth Gabel in ARROW - Season 2 - "State v. Queen" | ©2013 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Writer: Marc Guggenheim and Drew Z. Greenberg Director:  Bethany Rooney Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 20, 2013 If you are a fan of hard-hitting courtroom drama, you probably got very little satisfaction out of the latest ARROW episode, “State vs. Queen.”  If you’re a fan of all things DC Comics, however, this episode was probably a revelation.  After all, we’re now seeing ARROW take a turn […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Keep Your Enemies Closer”

Michael Rowe in ARROW - Season 2 - "Keep Your Enemies Closer" | ©2013 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz Director:  Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 13, 2013 My criticisms of ARROW since this season began, (nay, since this series began), have fallen into two general categories.  They are, invariably: “X is too dark to belong in a TV show based on a comic book” or “Y involves too much comic book ridiculousness to belong in a TV […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “League of Assassins”

Caity Lotz and Navid Negahban in ARROW - Season 2 - "League of Assassins" | © 2013 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Jake Coburn & Drew Z. Greenberg Director: Wendey Stanzler Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 6, 2013 ARROW takes on issues of guilt, forgiveness and redemption in this week’s episode, “League of Assassins.”   And while the episodes’ two main storylines nicely illustrate the agony and self doubt that result from a guilty conscience, I find myself wondering once again whether it’s wise for ARROW to keep […]Read On »

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