Agt. Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) has gone to ground in the upcoming episode of The Blacklist, and her Task Force colleagues are determined to find her before Raymond Reddington (James Spader) does — or, worse, she finds him. In this exclusive sneak peek at the new episode, Assistant Director of Counterterrorism Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) spells out the roles agents Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), Aram Mojtabai (Amir Arison), and Alina Park (Laura Sohn) each have to play to get Liz back safely. The fourth episode of season 8 of NBC s The Blacklist holds special significance, as Red finally reveals the No. 1 name on his blacklist. The series was just renewed for a ninth season.About the episode: As Red and the Task Force search for Liz, she sets a new plan in motion that has catastrophic consequences.The Blacklist airs on Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
(Photo by Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)Seven years after first announcing that they d be making a movie out of the video game The Last of Us, and five since those plans collapsed, Sony is now bringing the sneaky and scary survival horror game to HBO, with some familiar names helping out.Based on the 2013 game, The Last of Us is set in 2033, 20 years after the world s population, and thus society has been decimated by a fungal infestation of the brain that initially makes its victims violently insane and feral, and later destroys their eyes, forcing them to use echo location to find people and rip their throats out. Here s everything we know so far about the anticipated adaptation.What Is the Game About?(Photo by Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)In The Last of Us, tough-guy survivor Joel Miller is hired to escort a teenager named Ellie through the wasteland and to some doctors who believe that Ellie may be the cure to the plague. As they make their way from what used to be Boston to what s left of Salt Lake City, they run into the usual post-apocalyptic tropes, including roving groups of infected, a couple of cannibals, some huge jerks, and a giraffe who s escaped from a zoo and is getting out while the getting is good.It s expected that while the show will mostly follow the plot of the first game, it may incorporate elements from The Last of Us Part II, which is set five years after the first game. That said, it actually seems more likely that they ll pull elements from The Last of Us: Left Behind, an Ellie-centric prequel set before the events of the first game.But the series is expected to expand upon the game s story as well, including, apparently, some elements that were previously cut from the game. In an interview with the BBC Sounds Must Watch webcast, series co-creator and writer Craig Mazin said of his Naughty Dog collaborator on the series, Neil [Druckmann], at one point, he was like, You know, there s one thing we were talking about [doing in the first game] for a while, and then he told me what it was, and I was like — gonk! — OK, jaw drop, that s going in. We have to do that. Mazin also said, So the changes that we’re making are designed to fill things out and expand. Not to undo, but rather to enhance, adding that, It s not like we just decided, ‘Well, wouldn t it be cool if there’s one episode where Joel and Ellie get on motorcycles and confront a motorcycle gang?’ There s no episodic nonsense here. The things that are new and enhancing of the storyline that we re doing are connected in organic, serious ways that I think fans of the game and newcomers alike will appreciate. Who Will Star in It?(Photo by Toni Anne Barson/WireImage; Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)Fittingly, the cast announced so far includes a few video game veterans. For the role of father figure Joel, the producers chose Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandolorian), who has interactive experience from voicing Paolo in the 2016 sneaky action game Dishonored 2, while Ellie will be played by Pascal s Thrones co-star Bella Ramsey, who voiced Freya in Doctor Who Infinity: The Dalek Invasion of Time. Then there s The Flight Attentant’s Merle Dandridge, who will play Marlene like she did in the first game (and briefly the second).Anna Torv (Fringe, Mindhunter) is the most recent casting announced. Deadline reports Torv will play smuggler Tess, who accompanies Joel to get Ellie to the Fireflies.The cast also includes an Us veteran in Bosch s Jeffrey Pierce, who was the voice of Joel s BFF Tommy in both games, but will, according to Deadline, have a recurring role as a rebel in a quarantine zone, while Chernobyl’s Con O Neill, who voiced Titchy Gren in the game Dark Souls II, will be joined by Murray Bartlett (Iron Fist) as survivalists living alone in their own isolated town. As for others who don t have any games on their resumes, we also have Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Terminator: Dark Fate), who has been cast as Joel s younger brother Tommy, and young Nico Parker, who made her screen debut in Disney s live-action Dumbo, guest-starring as Joel s daughter, Sarah.Who Is Developing the Series?(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)The series will feature some of the same names as the games. Druckmann — who was the writer and a co-director of the first game and a co-writer and co-director of its recently released sequel — is one of the show s co-creators alongside Mazin, and will probably write or co-write some episodes, while one of the show s execut
Marvel released a TV spot for Captain Marvel during the Grammys on Sunday night and though we didn t spy much in way of new footage with Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), we are now able to grasp a bit more on the tone and tenor of the character s defiance. The Ready trailer intermixes echoes of the tagline, Higher. Further. Faster. with male voices imposing limitations: They ll never let you fly, This isn t a game of little girls, and Give it up. In the trailer, our heroine battles back in every way imaginable, fists clenched every time she s knocked down, and ends with her spouting a final rebuke, I m kinda done with you telling me what I can t do. A mic-drop moment, to be sure.When we spoke to Larson on set, she clued us in to the fact this would be an in-your-face girl power movie, which was always Marvel s intention. “I had a meeting with Marvel. They wanted to make a big feminist movie. It was at that moment that the Oscar-winning actress knew she couldn t turn it down, adding, It’s kind of everything that I’ve wanted. Alongside Carol in her journey on earth is Maria Rambeau, an Air Force pilot and the mother of Monica Rambeau, who, let s just say, is a major figure in the Captain Marvel canon. Played by Lashana Lynch (who some may remember from the short-lived ABC Romeo and Juliet continuation Still-Star Crossed), Maria is Carol s best friend. Here s our chat with Lynch on the set of Captain Marvel, where she told us about her relationship with Brie, 90s nostalgia, and why Maria s everywoman status is what makes her great. Where does her character fit in the story?(Photo by Marvel Studios) We are going from the beginning. We’re going from before Carol Danvers got her powers. We have us being set in the mid- 90s, which are nice because we have lots of flashbacks, memories that we all know and love, and wish we were still in, personally, especially the music. Carol Danvers [and I] are Air Force pilots. You catch a lot of us being the strong, driven, bold females in the workplace, in a male-oriented environment. It’s nice to see flashbacks and see how women can burst through that environment and still hold their own not having to have a man telling them what to do, tell where to stand, tell them how to look, not to be glamourous at work, not having to wear heels and the pencil skirt, and be on their Ps and Qs. Just being a complete badass going to work. We just wanna rule the world and feel fly doing it, and I feel that’s what my character does, as well as being a mom. What was her preparation for the role? My first film was a film called Fast Girls, where I had to play an Olympian and a hurdler. From that, I’ve changed my diet and changed my perspective on athletes, and how they approach their work, physically. Food and fitness literally go hand in hand. For Captain Marvel, we do a hundred squats a day, or three hundred abs a day. I’m trying to see if life is still existing whilst doing these abs. Being a fighter pilot is enough to set the bar high. Being a female fighter pilot is more than just being strong and being able to do a good job. It’s a whole life. It means moving around a lot; it means training with only men, especially in the 80s. It means pulling Gs. Like, your eyeballs are in your skull. It’s [a] whole thing. What s in store for Monica (her daughter) in the MCU? At the present time, she’s 11. Most of the time, she’s 11, so I honestly don’t know. I feel like there’s, there’s always some things in the works when it comes to the MCU, and there’s always things changing. They go by the comics, but they also switch things up sometimes to keep us on our toes, to keep us excited, and as a Marvel fan, I’m always excited why they didn’t go by the comics with that particular detail, and then how it unravels down the line. Carol and Maria s Relationship(Photo by Marvel Studios) They are best friends in the beginning, absolute best friends. They were in and out of each other’s houses; Carol was very close with Monica. She almost, I would say, helped raise her. I’m a single mother, and she was just in her house a lot. What happens to Maria when Carol gets her powers? When Carol gets her powers, it’s kind of like she doesn t have a friend anymore. It’s hard for her to deal with that, being a single mom and being left at home to be a different type of superwoman, which she loves and respects. But there is a little bit of something when your friend goes off to do something amazing out of the country. You just wanna be in their space constantly, all the time, and maybe she isn’t there or even in the world anymore, is frightening. She feels abandoned in the most strengthening way, because then it helped her to raise her child in a way that no other person would be able to raise their child. Maria is just a mom and a badass who happens to be a Woman of Color I’m glad. That’s why Marvel is great, because they literally just tell the story, and I’ve worked my whole career to just be able to tell a story. And if I can walk into a room and get a job, and have the casting director not care about or even mention [my race], and still [give] me the job, then I feel like I’ve already won. So we don’t talk about it. Her long journey to join the MCU I’ve been a Marvel fan for 10 years, but I’ve been aiming to be in a Marvel film for two years. And when I say aiming, I mean, like, every single time there’s an audition, I’m like, I’ve gotta get in the room. I [was] in London; they’re trying to send tapes to L.A., which is a whole other crazy thing, as well, because every single film is individual and amazing. I’m playing a new character. It started with Black Panther. I looked too young for one and too old for the other, and that didn’t happen. But I’m really happy Letitia Wright got it. She is bombastic, and a fellow Brit. With this, I went in not knowing what it was. It went in not knowing who it was, if it was one line or a lead character. Nothing. Her relationship with Brie(Photo by Marvel Studios) Brie’s been incredible from the jump, literally from the test with her. The reading with her was amazing. She was very giving and very supportive, and any actor reading with another actor just knows that it’s nerve-wracking, and you just wanna do a good job. And then [after] the table read, we had a lot of conversations about making sure that the female is the center. The female gets to be a female instead of an accessory. I don’t want any female to feel like they’re sidetracked by a man’s journey. She was really vocal about just telling the truth through our stories and being and being bold, and I realized through that, Marvel can be collaborative in this process. And every actor that’s gotten on board that had an idea. It starts as one thing, and every single day, the characters build into something else that makes you feel like you are really a part of this world, which is quite exciting for me. How will her character deal with all the Alien weirdness? She weirdly gets used to it. I think being a fighter pilot, you are exposed to so much weirdness, like pulling Gs casually. She is prepared for any eventuality. It’s nice that she has that background to face these weird creatures. She’s not scared. She’s not scared at all. Neither is Monica. She’s definitely here for taking in the experience and contributing her expertise to these situations instead of using it as a way to kind of retreat out of it. There are little touches of the 90s everywhere(We notice Maria s throwback 90 s Necklace ) The necklace says Monica. That was my idea. It says Monica because it’s the 90s, [and] I am here for that. Captain Marvel opens everywhere March 8.