Is there room for another superhero show in the heaving roster so heavily populated by Marvel and DC titles? Amazon Studios certainly hope so. This August sees the release of The Tick – a reboot of the 2001 television series, which itself was adapted from Ben Edlund’s 1986 comic book of the same name (there was also a cartoon series in the 1990s, FYI). It might be a bit of a risk for Amazon to try and break ground in a marketplace that’s already bursting at the seams, but they’ve been playing hardball with their marketing campaign for The Tick, bombarding Amazon Video users with advertisements and fielding a heavy presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Peter Serafincowicz has taken over the titular role from Patrick Warburton, who played The Tick in its original TV outing. The pair have imposing stature and booming, unmistakable voices in common, but Serafinowicz is determined to reinvent the character rather than get lost in Warburton’s shadow. Given that the show is divided into half-hour episodes, it’s hard to glean much of his character’s backstory from the first two episodes, but Serafinowicz definitely sets up The Tick as an endearing chap. He’s refreshingly earnest for a superhero, bumbling and naïve with seemingly no concept of his own weirdness. It’s difficult to compare him to any of the other heroes currently on our screens – instead he’s something of a giant blue law unto himself.
But what’s a hero without a good sidekick? At the centre of the story is Arthur ‘Artie’ Everest, a luckless accountant who’s been tracking supervillain activity in his city following a traumatic event in his childhood, and soon finds himself recruited (albeit unwillingly) to The Tick’s crusade against wrongdoers. He’s played wonderfully by relative newcomer Griffin Newman – a self-confessed obsessed fan of the original comic and television series – who manages to portray a tangible vulnerability to his character without becoming completely helpless. Artie’s an underdog that audiences can root for, and the first two episodes also deal neatly with underlying themes of PTSD and psychosis – hopefully something the show will continue to handle in future episodes. He’s joined by Valerie Curry as his elder sister Dot Everest, who’s keeping a close eye on him following a troubled past. The show works hard to establish Dot as a presence in her own right, rather than a footnote.
Villains come in the form of Jackie Earl Haley and Yara Martinez. Martinez cuts a menacing figure as Ms. Lint, whilst horror veteran (and one-time vigilante hero in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen) Haley dons an impressive costume to play ultimate evil, The Terror. He is, as always, brilliant, at once terrifying and yet hilarious to watch – though there’s not an awful lot of him in the first two episodes. There is, however, a scene involving weaponised Syphilis that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to forget.
It’s easy to understand why Amazon ordered a full series run of The Tick based on its pilot episode – there’s nothing else like it currently in their original programming line-up, and in fact, whilst Netflix’s fleet of superhero shows tend to take themselves quite seriously, The Tick laughs in the face of seriousness, and still manages to deal with some fairly heavy issues. There are shades of the criminally underrated BBC America/Netflix version of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency about it – it’s crazy, confusing, and yet, oddly heartfelt too. It’s difficult to say how the rest of the series will pan out, but the first two episodes were a riotous treat, and delivered in short-attention-span-friendly half-hour installments, there’s no excuse not to binge-watch.
‘Game Of Thrones’ 4-Day Marathon Screening Comes To London
This winter, for the first time ever, HBO® will host a monumental marathon screening of ALL SEVEN SEASONS of the global phenomenon that is Game of Thrones.
To mark the release of GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON and THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1 – 7 BOXSET on Blu-ray™ and DVD, The Prince Charles Cinema will play host to the event, where die-hard fans of the record-breaking show can view it all in its entirety on the big screen for the very first time for four days and nights. The non-stop, cinematic takeover will begin at 7pm on Monday 27th until 6pm on Thursday 30th of November 2017, when lucky Game of Thrones fans will be able to experience this unique one off event.
HBO® has also partnered with MOD Pizza, Leicester Square who will pop-up at the cinema during evening dinner breaks of the marathon.
The spectacular event is free and you can grab tickets which gives you access to the entire marathon via Prince Charles Cinema’s Facebook page from 10th November. There will also be a handful of tickets available on the door each day and announced on Twitter (via @ThePCCLondon).
The Game of Thrones Marathon Screening is brought to you by HBO®, and Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY.
#GoTMarathon @HBO_UK @ThePCCLondon
See below for timings of each of the Seasons and Episodes:
TIME FILM TITLE
Monday 27 November
|19:00||SEASON: ONE – WINTER IS COMING|
|20:00||THE KINGS ROAD|
|21:56||CRIPPLES, BASTARDS AND BROKEN THINGS|
|22:51||THE WOLF AND THE LION|
|00:15||A GOLDEN CROWN|
Tuesday 28 November
YOU WIN OR YOU DIE
|02:12||THE POINTY END|
|04:09||FIRE AND BLOOD|
|05:42||SEASON: TWO – THE NORTH REMEMBERS|
|06:35||THE NIGHT LANDS|
|07:31||WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE|
|08:24||GARDEN OF BONES|
|09:18||THE GHOST OF HARRENHAL|
|10:42||THE OLD GODS AND THE NEW|
|11:35||A MAN WITHOUT HONOUR|
|12:33||THE PRINCE OF WINTERFELL|
|16:08||SEASON: THREE – VALAR DOHAERIS|
|17:02||DARK WINGS, DARK WORDS|
|18:02||WALK OF PUNISHMENT|
|18:55||AND NOW HIS WATCH IS ENDED|
|19:51||KISSED BY FIRE|
|22:12||THE BEAR AND THE MAIDEN FAIR|
|00:09||THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE|
Wednesday 29 November
|02:46||SEASON: FOUR – TWO SWORDS|
|03:44||THE LION AND THE ROSE|
|04:39||BREAKER OF CHAINS|
|06:29||FIRST OF HIS NAME|
|07:52||THE LAWS OF GODS AND MEN|
|09:34||THE MOUNTAIN AND THE VIPER|
|10:30||THE WATCHERS ON THE WALL|
|13:05||SEASON: FIVE – THE WARS TO COME|
|13:58||THE HOUSE OF BLACK AND WHITE|
|15:56||SONS OF THE HARPY|
|16:46||KILL THE BOY|
|18:13||UNBOWED, UNBENT, UNBROKEN|
|21:09||THE DANCE OF DRAGONS|
|23:41||SEASON: SIX – THE RED WOMAN|
Thursday 30 November
|02:20||BOOK OF THE STRANGER|
|04:46||BLOOD OF MY BLOOD|
|05:37||THE BROKEN MAN|
|07:29||BATTLE OF THE BASTARDS|
|08:27||THE WINDS OF WINTER|
|10:15||SEASON: SEVEN – DRAGONSTONE|
|12:13||THE QUEEN’S JUSTICE|
|13:19||THE SPOILS OF WAR|
|15:38||BEYOND THE WALL|
|16:51||THE DRAGON AND THE WOLF|
HBO UK Website: https://hbo.co.uk/
Behind Closed Doors with Lakshmi Devy
Movie Marker Magazine went behind closed doors with Indian actress, writer and producer Lakshmi Devy to talk life in New York, ‘A Happy Divorce’ and hilarious new project ‘Wank Bank’.
Can you tell us about your early beginnings growing up in India, and how you transitioned to life in New York?
I was born in quite a conservative and traditional Indian family, with an elder brother and a younger sister. My mother is a doctor and my father is an engineer. They own a hospital in India in my hometown and are deeply involved in charity as well as city politics. I took to dance and drama at a very young age, but steered the path of most Indians, which led to a very structured pursue to become a doctor. But I guess destiny took over and by the time I had finished medical school I realized all I wanted to do was become an actor. As the years passed by, my interests grew, which led me to screenwriting and filmmaking. The transition was quite smooth and exciting. I do at times feel a bit rattled, as I stare at the Manhattan skyline at night wondering if this is home now, but I guess the answer to that is yet to reveal itself.
You have had an exceptional acting career in India so far, what inspired you to take the writing-acting journey?
Working in India has provided me with the tenacity, technical know-how and a lot of onset experience that’s only acquired through years of consistent work. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I was given in India and it helped to steer the course here in America, with a lot more precision and speed. I also made sure that I familiarized myself with the workings in this country. I took Peter Miner’s wonderful Master Class in On Camera Acting at the T. Schrieber Studio, as well as Improv classes at UCB. I have been attending workshops by renowned casting directors, which really sheds light on most of my queries. Being an actor, screenwriter and producer helps me analyze a project in totality, that in turn feeds the particular role I was bestowed with. Screenwriting I guess, is my niche whereas penning poetry is my vice.
You have just wrapped working in New York with director Jamal Hodge on the TV-pilot ‘A Happy Divorce’. Can you tell us about that new show?
‘A Happy Divorce’, is a story that is based on the question “How do you forgive the unforgivable?” It revolves around the aspect of how, sometimes the worst punishment is getting all that you’ve ever wanted. Working with the director Jamal Hodge, who has been featured in Cannes Short Film Corner, Sundance, Tribeca and the Urban World Film Festival, was an absolute pleasure. He has an eye for detail and is just wonderful with actors.
What is your character like in ‘A Happy Divorce’ and how does she fit into the overall show?
I play “Rebecca” in the pilot drama. She is an ambitious lawyer, who is ruthless on a professional level, but still has a sense of vulnerability that has been toyed with.
As an actress-producer, we understand you have just started a hilarious new webs-series in New York. Can you tell us about ‘Wank Bank’ and your character?
‘Wank Bank’ is a comedic web series about a Court Mandated Masturbators Anonymous Group. It is directed and written by K.L Martin. I play an Indian girl named “Meera”, who is part of the masturbators group. She is gorgeous, smart and believes from the bottom of her heart that everyone else in the group is way beneath her level. In spite of being able to speak perfect English, she insists on communicating only in Tamil, which is her native Indian language. She just lets the group comprehend what they can from her. I must admit, the role is quite fun to play.
You have just started your own production house. Please tell us about some of the projects in the pipeline.
Yes, I started my own production company called “FiDi Talkies, LLC.” The very first production under my banner is ‘Daro Mat’. Apart from producing the project, I have written the screenplay as well as acted in it. The movie is in Hindi and Tamil. The story revolves around the simple thought process and feelings of most Indian girls, when despite being smart, they still lack a voice and strength due to common patriarch sexist expectations that exist in our society. It’s mostly only in undue circumstances that the true beauty and strength of a woman is revealed. The film was shot entirely in Mumbai, India, and will be submitted to all the major film festivals across the world.
What else can we expect from you over the next few months?
My next project under my production company is a short film, that I have written, called ‘Idle Hands’. It is set to be shot in New York. Currently it is in the pre-production stages. I am in the process of reading scripts and making decisions about my future projects. As an actor, I am really looking forward to collaborating with experienced directors and technicians. I am actually quite surprised, and extremely grateful, about the abundance of wonderful opportunities that have panned out for me, here in America. This whole journey is as exciting as I thought it would be. I guess, New York is home now….
Thank you, Lakshmi for taking the time to chat to us at Movie Marker. We look forward to seeing more of you on the big screen!
Up Close with Ashlee Macropoulos
Movie Marker Magazine sat down with actress Ashlee Macropoulos to talk acting and her role in the hit TV show ‘This Just In’.
Have you always lived in Los Angeles? Can you tell us a little about your early beginnings?
I’m actually from Long Island New York, land of the preppy and spray tanned. It’s beautiful but, growing up there wasn’t really my favorite. I left for Colorado where I went to Boulder for college, graduating at a leisurely pace with a super senior year and then staying to wait for my boyfriend to finish school. Eventually I was too eager to start my journey as an actress and left Colorado without my boyfriend.
What inspired you to take the acting journey?
It’s just something I’ve always had inside of me since I was a kid. I remember my mom got me these “All American Girl” plays when I was 8 and I would put up productions with my friends for our parents. I’ve always been a theatre geek.
We understand you once had a passion for playing soccer. Can you tell us about that, and do you support a team today?
“I was on a travel team when I was younger and I loved that but, I’m not very involved anymore. If I had to pick a team I’d say I keep tabs on the Euro cup and root for Greece with my dad, as we’re great!”
Your recent role in the EMMY-nominated TV show ‘This Just In’ is currently out on POP TV. Can you tell us about the show and how you became involved?
Elizabeth Stanton and I first met when I moved out to Los Angeles, she was actually one of my first friends here and she asked me to come read for a role in her new show ‘This Just In’.
Can you tell us about your character, Cassie in the show? What is she like, and how does she fit in with the other characters?
Cassie is the edgy chick in her friend group. She is loud and out going, she likes to have control of any and all situations and usually does a great job bringing people back down to earth.
Aside from acting, you enjoy designing clothing. Can you tell us a bit about that?
I took classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, when I was younger. Now I really enjoy styling outfits, mostly, and putting together really loud and spunky looks.
What can we expect to see you doing over the next few months?
Over the next few months, ‘This Just In’ will be in its second season and my first feature ‘Glass Jaw’, a drama film that is centered around boxing, is set to come out sometime next year. Busy busy!
To learn more about Ashlee Macropoulos visit – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7957836/
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