It’s been a while since we here at On Request Magazine had a full list of previews, reviews, and more highlighting television, film, and other ends of the entertainment spectrum. It’s a new year, and with any new year, new news has arrived as well. Here is the first written episode of the Weekly Riff. To catch the video, check out the link at the end of this article.
1. Man of Steel/Justice League delayed: The long anticipated release of the Man of Steel sequel, which is set to feature Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman thus far, has been delayed an entire year, with the film set to release in 2016 now. On top of this news, it’s been rumored that the Justice League film is set to film back to back with the Man of Steel sequel, being released within a year of each other. Look back to On Request Magazine for the latest news on these projects as we get more information.
2. TV Reviews: With so many anticipated shows being released and returning, it’s impossible to get to them all in one article, so we are going to pick the highlighted shows of the week. This week, we will talk about Teen Wolf on MTV, Arrow on the CW, Shameless/House of Lies on Showtime, and The Following on Fox.
Teen Wolf’s second half of the third season is well underway, and is delving into a psychological thriller angle on top of it’s already successful supernatural element. While the action is intense and the romantic entanglements among the teens is palpable, the performances by Dylan O’ Brien and Holland Roden, who play Stiles and Lydia on the show, is nothing short of extraordinary. The haunted storyline of Stiles as his sanity teeters on the balance and Lydia’s struggle to keep these teens together amidst the supernatural storm that’s brewing is heartbreaking, emotional, and intense to say the least, and these two are sure to be the emerging stars in the coming years in the entertainment industry.
Arrow returned with a bang from it’s winter hiatus to bring fans back to the superhero justice that we all know and love. Reeling from the revelation that, (Spoiler Alert!), Slade Wilson is alive and in starling city, hellbent on destroying Oliver’s life using Sebastian Blood and Blood’s Brother Blood alter ego to do so, we find the still in the dark team of heroes hunting down leads on Brother Blood while trying to stop a terrorist known as Shrapnel from killing the citizens of the city at the same time. Meanwhile, Roy is trying to deal with the aftermath of gaining superhuman abilities, and trying not to loose his sanity. The chemistry between Oliver and Felicty, (Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards), is fantastic and draws you further into the DC comics legendary show.
Shameless and House of Lies returned us to the dramedies we love as we delved into the lives of these anti-heroes. While the Gallagher clan adjusts to a semi-adjusted life, with Fiona having a normal 9-5 office job, Lip in college, and the kids growing up with some money for once, Frank deals with his inability to consume alcohol without throwing up blood. Meanwhile, Don Cheadle’s Marty Kaan adjusts to his new circumstances trying to get his new firm off the ground without his old pod, and Kristen Bell’s Jeannie adjusting to leading Doug and two new members of the pod back at the old firm, and Clyde deals with working for the hostile ex-wife of Marty, Monica. Stand out performances by Emmy Rossum on Shameless and Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell on House of Lies for sure.
The Following: The cult hit drama of 2013 returned with more serial killer intensity as a new conspiracy emerged. A year after the tragic ending and rampage of Joe Carroll, Ryan Hardy is living as an FBI profiler instructor in New York City, trying to move on with his life, when a new string of murderers claiming that Joe Carroll is alive and slaughtering innocent people to make a bold statement comes back into his life. Fans find out in the premiere what happened to Ryan Hardy nd Joe Carroll, and who lived and who died at the end of last season. A new cult is in town, and they may be even more ruthless and insane than the first one.
3. Gaming News: Xbox One title Dead Rising 3 is releasing their first batch of DLC this week. For more info on that and more Nintendo news, check out the link below or previous posts!
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