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venerdì 31 agosto 2012

NEWS - Ecco perchè "Arrow" deve andare a lezione (di tiro) da "Smallville", "Buffy", "24", "Heroes" e "Vampire Diaries"...
Get ready for another superhero series!
This fall on The CW's Arrow, fans will get to follow the exploits of DC Comics' Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a playboy who spent five years on a deserted island after a horrific boating accident. The prodigal son will return home and use the alias Green Arrow, a superhero who's super handy with a bow and arrow, to save his precious Star City from the criminals who lie in wait. Arrow has all the trademarks of a great superhero series, including a lost love — Katie Cassidy as Dinah "Laurel" Lance — and the loss of a, spoiler alert, parental figure.

With the premiere of Arrow, The CW has the chance to once again be the home to a long-running superhero series that will not only attract Smallville followers, but also comic book aficionados and fanboys — and even fangirls! — alike. But — and this is a big but — the writers behind Arrowneed to adhere to certain rules in hero series as to not make the same mistakes of the past. Therefore, we've created a list of things that Arrow should and shouldn't do in order to be successful based on tried-and-true heroic formats:
1. Smallville: Give fans what they want! Tom Welling & Co. were insistent on sticking to the "no tights, no flight" rule, disappointing fans wanting to see Superman flying in his iconic suit until the series' final episode. The big moments of the Green Arrow canon should — and hopefully will — happen sooner, rather than later. (Fortunately, fans won't have to wait long to see Ollie in costume since he suits up in the pilot.)
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tortured love works. Watching Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Angel (David Boreanaz) doing the will-they-or-won't-they dance was an ever-present necessity considering if they did, ahem, get together, he'd go crazy and kill everyone. Plus, Buffy had to focus on saving the world, which is precisely what Ollie will also be doing. (You'll have to wait a while for the Ollie and Dinah romance since he seriously breaks her heart in the premiere.)
3. 24: Keep the action high. The Kiefer Sutherland-starring series was at its best when Jack Bauer was constantly running around trying to save the world — so that's pretty much always. The high-intensity, action-packed drama kept fans on the edge of their seats. While there's no countdown clock in Arrow, here's hoping they keep up that same fast-paced action.
4. The Cape: Don't take yourself too seriously. The short-lived NBC series was all camp, much like the original Batman fare. However, The Cape spent much of the time trying to be dark, when it should've embraced the ridiculousness of its premise: a man dressed in a costume trying to save the world. Arrow, a much darker series in its own right, just needs to find the right balance of both.
5. Touch: Keep it simple, stupid. Fox's midseason series was just a touch too complicated, with a mess of intertwining story lines that sometimes had fans scratching their heads  or taking notes to keep it all straight. (It's OK, Lost did it, too.) Dear Arrow, one story line a week, that's all you need. Just make sure to find a balance between longer arcs and "villains of the week." 
6. Heroes: Don't stray too far from your central characters. The NBC super series was in its prime during the first season, when the show focused solely on saving the cheerleader, and those who helped along the way. But once the world of Heroes opened up to, well, the rest of the world, the series lost touch with the heart of the show. As long as Arrow stays focused on Ollie, and by extension, Dinah, it should be easier for fans to follow.
7. Batman Begins: Keep it gritty and grounded. Christopher Nolan's remake of the Batmanfranchise surpassed its campy predecessors simply by finding the right balance of danger and darkness in a realistic world. Sure, Christian Bale still flies through the air as a giant bat, but audiences can actually relate to him because Bale plays him as an everyman — who just so happens to be a billionaire.
8. Green Lantern: Don't go overboard with special effects. Just because you can afford to create a whole world on a computer, doesn't mean you should. We're also looking at you, newStar Wars trilogy. Green Lantern was far less believable knowing it was all created using a mouse and keyboard. Plus: Who needs to use that much CGI for a guy shooting arrows?
9. Superman Returns: Don't assume the audience knows everything about the mythos.Even the most diehard Superman fans were at a loss over this travesty of a remake. (Had to actually Wikipedia where this film fell in the mythology after watching it — after II, ignoring III and IV.) In that same vein, try not alienate the audience by inserting too many inside references to the Green Arrow canon. A few for the dedicated comic book fans are great, but don't cross the line,Arrow.
10. Iron Man: Don't make the hero's real life so ostentatious. Both Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Oliver Queen are playboys-turned-superheroes, but Iron Man often crossed the line into ridiculous territory with lavish parties, expensive cars and the like, making him one of the least relatable superheroes. Keep it balanced, Arrow!
11. The Avengers and X-Men: Bring on the superhero friends! Both of these films proved that getting a bunch of superheroes together is a good idea. Since the Green Arrow is a member of the Justice League, it should be no problem — rights pending, of course — to bring on a few of the iconic team members. Though, they can hold off on bringing Superman around considering the new series should put some distance between itself and Smallville. Plus: Make sure Dinah actually takes on the Black Canary alias within the first season.
12. The Vampire Diaries: Don't be afraid to take big risks. CW's other "hero" series — vampires can be good people, too! — was certainly unafraid to kill off their main character in the closing moments of last season's finale. Sure, Elena (Nina Dobrev) will come back as a vampire next season, but it radically alters the climate of the series. Arrow should strive to be as willing to take their viewers over the cliff — as long as there's a safety net ready to catch us at the last minute.
What do you think Arrow should do to be successful?
Arrow debuts Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8/7 on The CW. Will you be watching?
(Articolo tratto da "Tv Guide")

mercoledì 29 agosto 2012

NEWS - Forza, torna a "Dallas"! Da ottobre su Canale 5 il sequel revival con la next generation di J.R.

Articolo di Renato Franco per il "Corriere della Sera"
"Il petroliere texano dell' ultradestra conosce solo due espressioni: il ghigno perfido con il cappello cafone da cowboy in testa oppure senza. Di nuovo sui nostri schermi a oltre vent' anni di distanza, che non ne hanno affatto ammorbidito il carattere. Anzi, è noto, invecchiando si peggiora. John Ross - abbreviato in J. R., italianizzato in Gei Ar - indissolubilmente legato a «Dallas», inteso come telefilm, torna a cospirare come ai bei tempi. Poteva sembrare un' operazione nostalgia - prendi tre protagonisti di una serie il cui episodio finale della stagione 1979-1980 venne visto da 85 milioni di americani e li riporti alle antiche trame. Spesso va male. Invece il nuovo «Dallas» ha evitato di sembrare una dependance di Villa Arzilla (con tutto il rispetto per le dependance), tanto che la tv via cavo americana che l' ha trasmesso ha annunciato già la seconda serie. La prima arriva su Canale 5 in prima serata dall' autunno (probabilmente ottobre, data da stabilire). La critica, con qualche distinguo, ha approvato. Per Variety «la serie è esattamente come dovrebbe essere», in particolare uno dei punti di forza è «l' abilità di sposare vecchio e nuovo», raccontando la nuova generazione della famiglia Ewing senza trascurare i «terribili vecchietti». Come allora al centro della trama ci sono litigi, amori e intrighi della famiglia Ewing, magnati nel ramo petrolio e nell' allevamento industriale di bestiame. Ma mentre in passato «Dallas» aveva raccontato le rivalità per il controllo del greggio tra gli Ewing e i Barnes, i loro acerrimi nemici, ora l' attenzione si sposta sulla nuova generazione e la faida si fa interna. Al centro della storia è la lotta per il potere tra i due cugini, non diversi da cani da combattimento: John Ross III (l' attore Josh Henderson), figlio di Gei Ar, e Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe), figlio adottivo di Bobby, che si scontrano per decidere il futuro della famiglia. Poi siccome un po' di sesso non guasta, tra tutte le donne del pianeta, solo una sarà quella che interessa a entrambi. Tra i reduci di «Dallas» 1978 oltre al Gei Ar-Larry Hagman (81 anni a settembre, un cancro battuto di recente), ci sono anche Linda Gray (70), ovvero Sue Ellen, moglie infelice e alcolizzata di Gei Ar, e Patrick Duffy (63) nel ruolo di Bobby Ewing, il fratello semibuono di Gei Ar. Perché alla fine, sotto sotto, ma neanche tanto, una fiammella più o meno viva di rancore e perfidia è nel Dna di tutta la famiglia, perché quello degli Ewing e dintorni è un mondo popolato di «cattivi», intuizione che è stata al tempo stesso la novità e il tratto distintivo della serie tv. Non a caso la passione equamente divisa per la corruzione, l' alcol e le donne, la convenienza come regola di vita, la coscienza come inutile orpello dell' anima hanno fatto entrare Gei Ar in una lista dei venti migliori cattivi del cinema stilata da Entertainment weekly. Perché guardare oggi «Dallas»?, hanno chiesto a Larry Hagman: «A quel tempo, vent' anni fa, eravamo in un periodo di recessione. In quei giorni, la gente doveva rimanere a casa perché non poteva uscire e andare al ristorante, prendere una baby sitter e guardarsi un film. Il primo "Dallas" e il sequel sono stati registrati e vanno in onda nella stessa situazione, entrambi in tempo di recessione. Così la gente deve guardare "Dallas", altrimenti non ha altro da fare...». E ride. E sembra di vederlo, il suo ghigno".

lunedì 27 agosto 2012

NEWS - "Sono Panettiere, non Taylor Swift!": la prossima interprete di "Nashville" respinge le ipotesi che il suo personaggio s'ispiri alla figura della country singer
Articolo tratto da JustJared.com
Hayden Panettiere wears a fashionable Bec & Bridge ‘Bianca Adventurer’ fedora at the Nashville panel during the 2012 Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 22-year-old actress chatted about the comparisons between her character Juliette and reigning country princess Taylor Swift at the panel. “I’ve heard the Taylor Swift thing quite a bit and I think besides being around the same age and blond — not even the height — they are different” Hayden shared. Hayden added, “I when think you guys see her and get to know Juliette a little better, you’ll see. But I really think Taylor would disagree wholeheartedly as well. She’s much nicer than my character.”

FYI: Hayden is wearing an alice+olivia dress with a J Brand jacket, Louboutin booties and Sethi Couture earrings.

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