Supernatural: Jensen Ackles, Director

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Supernatural star Jensen Ackles directing “Weekend at Bobby’s.” Photo: The CW.

Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles is more than a pretty face. He’s a skilled actor who can convey complex emotions, deliver dialogue with great humor, and scare the bejesus out of the viewer. Ackles’ portrayal of Dean Winchester on Supernatural has contributed to the program’s decade-long success.

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Doctor Who S09E04 Recap: Before the Flood

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Doctor Bennett Doctor Who Before the FloodThe 4th episode of Doctor Who, “Before the Flood,” is the follow up to the cliffhanger episode “Under the Lake.” Both episodes were written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Daniel O’Hara. Doctor Who seems to be trying some slightly meta approaches: speaking directly to the audience; and using one of the characters as more than a fan girl, but as a representation of the audience.

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Gifts for the Supernatural Creature in your Life

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The Walking Dead milk chocolate zombies from The Truffle Cottage

The Walking Dead milk chocolate zombies from The Truffle Cottage

Gift-buying is always hard, but when it comes to getting something for the supernatural creature in your life, it can be a nightmare. Finding the perfect present, that won’t cause a monstrous rampage, can create a lot of pressure. Here are some gifts to please the most surly of supernatural beings. Continue reading

Supernatural S11E01 Recap: Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire

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Dean Sam postD Supernatural Out of the Darkness Into the FireThe Season 11 premiere of Supernatural, “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire,” picks up right where we left off in the Season 10 finale “Brother’s Keeper.” During Season 10 Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) negotiated a deal with Superwitch Rowena (Ruth Connell) to cast a spell releasing his brother Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) from the Mark of Cain, which resulted in the Darkness being unleashed. Before Rowena left, she made her feelings about her son clear by casting an attack-dog spell on Castiel (Misha Collins) so he would kill Mummy’s little darling Crowley (Mark Sheppard). Season 11 begins with the oncoming storm of the Darkness about to descend on Sam and Dean.

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Supernatural Season 11 Episode 1 Photos: Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire

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Catching Up With iZombie

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iZombieS2The second season of iZombie begins tonight (CW, 9/8c)! We’re looking forward to catching up with our favorite revenant medical examiner, along with her friends, family and foes.

The finale of the inaugural season of iZombie, “Blaine’s World,” did not disappoint. Episode 13 was jam-packed with game-changing events and several explosions. Besides a fantastic “Der Kommisar”-soundtracked action sequence, a few other things happened: Continue reading

Monster of the Week: The Banshee

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“La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” Henry Meynell Rheam, 1901

“La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” Henry Meynell Rheam, 1901

The Banshee is an ominous spirit of the Irish fairy realms whose presence foretells the loss of a life. This “woman fairy” (from bean, a woman, and sidhe, a fairy), announces an imminent death with her mournful and terrifying keening. When she can be seen and not just heard, the Banshee usually appears as a beautiful woman, often clutching a hairbrush. In Scotland she is bean nighe (the Washerwoman, whose spectral form can be seen washing the bloody clothes of the soon-to-die), while in Wales she is Gwrach-y-rhibyn (Hag of the Mist).

The Banshee is sometimes seen along with a cóiste-bodhar (coach-a-bower), pulled by headless horses and driven by her fellow Celtic death omen, the Dullahan. Although like the Dullahan (and the Cluricaun), the Banshee is usually classified in lore as a solitary fairy, it has been suggested that she may in fact be a sociable fairy who has only become solitary due to her constant sadness—unlike most solitary fairies, she is generally not malevolent, but only foreboding and frightening. Continue reading

Fear the Walking Dead S01E06 Recap: The Good Man

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Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) in The Good Man. Photo by Justina Mintz/AMC.

Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) in The Good Man. Photo by Justina Mintz/AMC.

The season finale of Fear the Walking Dead, “The Good Man,” provides a satisfying ending for this new series with a rescue and escape. The final episode was written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, who also wrote the pilot. In six episodes, Fear the Walking Dead took us through the fall of civilization, and “The Good Man” shows us the impossible choices that need to be made to survive in this new world.

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Doctor Who S09E03 Recap: Under the Lake

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base Doctor Who Under the LakeSeason 9 of Doctor Who continues to offer us new drama grounded in the tradition of classic Who. “Under the Lake” was written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Daniel O’Hara, who worked together on the series Being Human. “Under the Lake” provides us with a captivating cliffhanger as Doctor Who continues with the series of two-part stories expected in Season 9.

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Supernatural: Jensen Ackles and Richard Speight Jr. to Direct Season 11 Episodes

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Behind the scenes with Director Jensen Ackles during filming of “Soul Survivor.” Image: Diyah Pera/The CW.

Jensen Ackles has crafted his role as Dean Winchester on the CW’s Supernatural into a compelling and relatable character. As well as acting in over 200 episodes during the long-running series, Ackles has been developing his skills as a director.  Ackles will be directing his 5th episode of Supernatural in Season 11, titled “The Bad Seed.” Though this episode was shot first in order to give Ackles time for all the preparation that directing calls for, it will be the 3rd episode in the season.

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