Actor Paul Blackthorne can now add documentary filmmaker to his impressive list of credits!
Until now, Blackthorne was best known as a TV actor having appeared on such successful shows as ER, 24, and the cult hit The Dresden Files. More recently, he can be seen each week playing Detective Quentin Lance on the extremely popular CW series Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow and is now in its second season. However, now the British actor has made his directorial debut with the brilliant new documentary This American Journey, which is currently available on DVD, Hulu On Demand, Vimeo On Demand, and Amazon On Demand.
This American Journey, which personally I think is one of the best documentaries of the year, follows Blackthorne's travels across the country interviewing random people and asking them how they feel about the American dream. Along with Australian photographer Mister Basquali, they drive across America from ghettos to gun shows, courthouses to cattle yards, and are forever changed by the wisdom and insight the learn from the people they meet. What begins as a film about America; actually ends up dealing with themes of race, religion and guns, which after all is in some ways is what this country is all about.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with actor turned documentary filmmaker Paul Blackthorne about his work on This American Journey, as well as his series Arrow. Blackthorne talked candidly about This American Journey, why he wanted to make it, his journey across America, meeting Mister Basquali, the dog they adopted along the way, the production, his favorite moment of the trip, what he learned from the experience, being recognized, Arrow, the success of the show, not being familiar with DC Comics, how his character has changed from the first season, the writing staff’s overall plan, and introducing new DC characters into the series.
The domino mask hasn't gotten much love during the last decade of cinematic superhero ubiquity, maybe because of the prevalence of grounded approaches that make such disguises look laughably ineffectual.
A grounded superhero on TV is taking up the old fashioned mask, though. Stephen Amell's square-jawed Oliver Queen is replacing his painted face-stripe with an emerald mask on Arrow.
The CW is changing its plans for the Justice League's resident sprinter.
While Barry Allen will still be introduced in two episodes of the CW series Arrow this season, Barry's costumed alter-ego The Flash will no longer appear in all his costumed glory on the existing show. Instead, Grant Gustin will don the superhero's costume in a conventional pilot for his own solo The Flash CW series.
Batman's BFF on the Gotham police force is getting his own origin story, but it's not a cinematic reboot.
Instead, James Gordon will be the center of Gotham, a new live action television series that's headed to Fox.
Grant Gustin, best known for a recurring role on Glee, will be the latest actor to bring the Scarlet Speedster to the idiot box.
That actor has been chosen to play Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in several episodes the CW series Arrow throughout the upcoming second season, with producers hoping to spin off into a solo TV series for the zippiest superhero in the DC Comics stable.
The Scarlet Speedster has yet to star in a live-action movie, but The Flash is getting another television series.
The fastest man in DC Comics is bypassing some of the usual hurdles that face would-be TV shows, too. Barry Allen will be introduced over three episodes of Arrow's second season, telling his origin story and clearing the way for a spinoff The Flash series on The CW.
In the immoral words of Loverboy, "Everybody's working for the weekend."
Like the speed of light, this statement is a universal constant, a truth that truly applies to "everyone," even those lucky dogs in San Diego for Comic-Con International.
After the festivities of Thursday and Friday, the biggest gathering of genre enthusiasts anywhere on the planet is in full swing on Saturday, the climactic day of the convention. This marks peak con, the point at which the revelry and enthusiasm of comic book fans, movie buffs, TV junkies, cosplayers, and every stripe of nerdlinger in attendance maxes out, followed by a comedown on Sunday.
We here at IAR are happy to work not just for the weekend, but also on the weekend. In order to bring Rogues coverage from every corner of Comic-Con, IAR will be on hand in San Diego covering the happenings that happen from the Gaslamp to the Pacific. But no matter how mightily we try, we just can't be everywhere of interest. That's why we put together cheat sheet schedules packed with panels and events that appeal to the Rogue in you.
Ladies and gentlmen, boys and girls, Rogues of every stripe, WonderCon is here!
WonderCon is sort of like San Diego Comic-Con's bright and equally fascinating younger sibling, and the massive convention goes down in Anaheim, California from March 29-March 30.
Like its better-known brother, WonderCon is a dream, a nigh-unlimited smorgasbord of delicious treats for fans of comic books, movies, literature, animation, television, costumes, and anything that fits under the ever-growing umbrella of "geek stuff."
Of course, you can bet your butts that IAR will be on site in Anaheim reporting from the biggest panels such as Warner Bros. and Legendary Picture's unveiling of new footage from Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. We will, in fact, be all over WonderCon like sprinkles on cupcakes, but the fact of the matter is that the Con is just too big for IAR to cover everything we'd like to. So, for your information and convenience, we've made our own schedule of events at WonderCon that ought to appeal to the Rogue in you.
Check out the official Comic-Con International three day WonderCon schedule by clicking right here. Since we spent all this time panning for gold, however, you might as well take a peek at our schedule presentation and see if anything in particular jumps out at you.
Actor Seth Gabel has appeared in such films as The Da Vinci Code, Jonah Hex, and Take Me Home Tonight, as well as the short-lived series Dirty, Sexy, Money. But he is probably best know to fans as agent Lincoln Lee on Fox’s popular sci-fi series Fringe.
However, the actor will soon be taking on the role of Green Arrow’s archenemy Count Vertigo on The CW series Arrow, which is based on the popular DC Comics archer. Not to mention that Gabel can be seen once again on the big screen in the new military based film Allegiance, which is currently available on VOD and opens in Los Angeles theaters on January 4th.
I recently had a chance to speak with Seth Gabel about Allegiance, as well as his upcoming role on Arrow, and possibly returning to Fringe for the series finale. The talented young actor discussed his new film, his character’s conflict, the research he did for the role, Arrow, his interpretation of Count Vertigo, looking at the comics for inspiration, his fight scenes with actor Stephen Amell, whether or not it will be a recurring role, and if he will in fact be returning to Fringe for the show's series finale on January 18th.
My dear Rogues, we're neck-deep in the holiday season, and with December 25th fast approaching, it's past time to get serious about shopping. You don't want to end up desperately scavenging the shelves at your local Target after it has been ransacked for a month straight by consumers with better timing.
In order to help you avoid that dismal fate this year, IAR has compiled a handy holiday hodgepodge of gift ideas for movie fans of all types.