On Request Magazine’s Weekly Roundup (February 5th, 2014)

1. Lex Luthor and Alfred cast: This week it came to light that Warner Bros. cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the much anticipated Man of Steel Sequel. Controversy struck at the news that this young actor would be playing the role of Superman’s most iconic villain, and many fans are worried about the future of DC films. While many cannot see the young actor playing a powerful and intelligent billionaire villain, we here at On Request Magazine are holding onto hope that Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. know what they are doing, and hope to see images, behind the scenes, or video of the actor soon. The film also cast legendary actor Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler/companion. The film also stars Henry Cavil as Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Godot as Wonder Woman, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

2. Shows to review: Arrow, Supernatural, New Girl, Justified, American Horror Story Coven, House of Lies:

A) Arrow showcased it’s wonderful storytelling ability while mixing in action and adventure as Oliver tried to train Roy into honing his anger and new abilities into something good rather than evil. In the end, one major character found out Oliver’s secret, while another spiraled way out of control.

B) Supernatural found the brothers Sam and Dean’s relationship slowly dwindling away as Sam still held onto the anger he felt at Dean manipulating him into letting the angel Gadriel possessing him. Sam and Dean worked a case, but afterwards Sam said he’d only work with Dean if they stopped being brothers, and instead focused on hunting. Dean meanwhile was given the mark of Cain, as in the biblical Cain, who was made into the first demon by Lucifer. The mark will allow Dean to wield a weapon that can kill ancient demons such as Abbadon.

C) New Girl saw the romance between Nick and Jess blossom even further, with assistance from Prince and Adam Brody. Prince helped Jess get over her fear of revealing how much she loves Nick, while Adam Brody, who played Jess’s ex who still loved her while remaining friends, helped Nick admit the real reason he broke up with his ex Caroline, which was because he fell in love with Jess the moment they met.

D) Justified saw Raylan hunting down an informant that was giving the law false information about Boyd Crowder’s illegal activities. The informant was killed by Dewey Crowe after his cousin, the leader of the Crowe family, played by Michael Rappaport, gave him orders to. The crime in Harlan County is brewing, and a war between Boyd and the Crowe family is imminent.

E) American Horror Story Coven wrapped up its season by revealing the next supreme. After a series of grueling tests that saw three of the witches die, (and one come back), it was revealed that Cordelia, Fiona’s blind daughter, was the next Supreme, and took the reigns of the coven and went on national tv to reveal the nature of witches so that more girls would come forward and get the help they needed. The on screen chemistry between Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange this season was phenomenal, and we cannot wait for the next season to begin.

F) House of Lies has returned as a powerhouse dramedy for Showtime, and in it’s third season, Don Cheadle’s Marty Kaan is no longer the top dog, but rather tied with the strong, female leader of Jeannie, played by Kristen Bell. Bell’s character has grown in this third season, and has showcased she can be just as ruthless and power hungry as Marty.

3. Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 releases March 25th: The game will put you into the role of Elizabeth, giving you full control of the powerful woman as you stealthy navigate through the underwater city of Rapture to save a young girl.

4. Band spotlight: The Rare: This hard rock band located in the high desert of Southern California is a real treasure, showcasing the passion and intensity of rock and roll, as well as the amazing story that a song can tell. Look for these up and comers to make an impact on the music scene in 2014.

5. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: A tragic end to one of the greatest actors of our time, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment last Sunday. While the official cause of death is unknown, bags of heroin and needles were found on his person and in the apartment, and arrests of drug dealers are being made in connection with his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, loved ones, and the community at large.


On Request Magazine Weekly Riff (Written Reviews) 1

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!

Thanks for reading guys. We hope you tune in throughout the week for more reviews, and please check out the YouTube channels and website for more entertainment goodies!