Tuesday, December 14, 2010
@yoli_21 (via Twitter): Any scoop on Fringe?
We already told you that Fringe was planning a flashback showcasing young Olivia for episode 15, but we've just learned that the episode will also include a young Peter. You don't suppose those two ever met as children, do you? Hmmm...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"Fox's TV Series "Fringe" was being filming at Tradex last Friday! Leonard Nimoy and Joshua Jackson were onsite"
Looks like some awesome stuff is coming!
-Alt Broyles helps Olivia return
-Bolivia cover gets blown
-Both return to their proper world
-Peter and Olivia have to figure out how to rebuild their relationship
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Shapeshifters, doppelgängers and evil twins, oh my! Fox's wicked smart sci-fi series Fringe is back with all-new episodes this Thursday, and us fans are dying to know if our boy Peter will realize that his girl's sort of a replicant, if Walter will be able to defeat Walternate's diabolical plan, and whether or not good Olivia can escape her mental prison "over there."
To find out the answers to these and other burning fan Q's, we took your Twitter queries straight to show runners Jeff Pinkner and Jeff Wyman, and here's what they revealed about what's going on "over here":
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@No1withaU (via Twitter): Are we going to see any Olivia against Altlivia? #fringe
Jeff Pinkner: There will not be a confrontation between the two women in the early part of the season.
Joel Wyman: Not a physical one.
@chachithegreat (via Twitter): Does Peter know that Fauxlivia is not his Olivia? Is he playing her or does he really not know?
J.P.: Peter pretty much believes that's his Olivia. He's just clocking the changes that are going on with her, what he thinks is an existential change for the character, since she's been through so much and has come back. [He thinks she] has seen what you could call the error of her ways in how she's lived her life, and that she's sort of had this epiphany where she sees the world so much clearer than she did before. He [sees] normal changes that are more about her personality, rather than suspecting she's not who she says she is.
Are Peter and the other Olivia fully in the throes of a relationship? Was that sex that they had?
J.W.: That was sex! That was definitely sex, and the next time we see them together, which will be in two episodes from now, pretty early on in the episode, we define exactly where there relationship is right now.
So when Olivia comes back, she'll discover that her boyfriend had an affair with...herself?
J.W.: Yes, imagine that. Coming back and realizing that your boyfriend has sort of had an affair with you—and maybe a better version [of you], which is so sad.
@aquelegobbi (via Twitter): Please ask about Altivia turning good ;)
J.P.: Under the headline that no character thinks they're a bad character, Altivia definitely exposes herself to us as a fully formed thinking woman who's going to realize certain things about existence and the two worlds and what part she's playing and who the other Olivia is and who Peter is and what she stands for—there's definitely going to be a lot of different colors that we get to know about her. She's a really interesting character, because she doesn't have the same things happen to her as a child that Olivia had, so she's Olivia 2.0, the perfect version of the character. So we get to contrast Olivia with Bolivia, and we get to see what could have been for our Olivia, and what's holding her back as a character. It's our intention to really examine Fauxlivia and have her be well-rounded.
By the way, Anna's doing a wonderful job with the two characters.
J.W.: Both she and John Noble and Lance Reddick, all of them, but particularly Anna, it's amazing how authentic both versions of all their characters are. As Anna has said, "Olivia wants to save the world. Bolivia wants to win." And in her mind, Olivia is somebody who was damaged, as a child. Walter experimented on her and the consequence of the experimentation was that she denies her own personal needs in favor of saving those people around her, and the world. Whereas, Bolivia has the same intrinsic desires to help the world, but to her it's much more a competition, and not a competition against anybody else, but a competition within herself to do right and be good. They both come from a similar foundation, but they're so different.
@EnergyTanks (via Twitter): [Any] episodes featuring the Observers?
J.P.: Yes, there's an Observer-centric episode coming up. Let's just say that what we love to do with the Observer episodes like "August" is give the fans a chance to understand a little more about what they're about, and this time won't disappoint.
Are you concerned at all about the ratings? What are you hearing from the network?
J.W.: Fox has been very supportive of the show, and Warner Brothers has obviously as well. We're just going to keep making the best show we know how to make, and hope that is enough.
J.P.: We talk about, "Are there things we can be doing, are there things we should be doing to broaden our audience?" We're very very pleased with the show that we're making right now, and as Joel said, Fox has nothing but wonderful and supportive. Entirely. From creative point of view, from a numbers point of view, everything. There have been no grumblings at all—quite the opposite—and we have decided that we would rather turn out a show with perhaps a slightly smaller fanbase, but one that's really really passionate about the show, and not worry about gimmicky stuff. What we say is that not everyone likes licorice, but the people that like it, really like it.
J.W.: We want to make that show.
On behalf of Fringe fans everywhere, I would like to thank Edgar Renteria and the rest of the San Francisco Giants for putting the Texas Rangers out of their misery and winning the World Series last night. By eliminating the need for a sixth and seventh game, the Giants insured us that Fox will indeed be able to air a new episode of the acclaimed sci-fi drama that was four episodes into its so-far sensational third season before it was rudely interrupted by the so-called America’s Pastime. (Sorry for my sarcasm. But with apologies to Tim “The Freak” Lincecum, Fringe is the only freak-of-the-week drama I want to be watching right now.)
When we last left the story three weeks ago, Peter Bishop and Olivia Dunham took their romance to the next level by finally going horizontal — except the Olivia Dunham in question is actually “Bolivia,” Olivia’s genetic doppelgänger from the imperiled parallel dimension currently at war with our own. Peter can’t tell the difference between Earth A Olivia and Earth B Olivia. Or can he? Here’s a theory for you: What if the super-smart ex-con man has long had suspicions about his FBI agent girlfriend, but he’s been trying to deny them out of fear of sabotaging his happiness with Olivia? And what if the ironic consequence of having sex with Bolivia, of taking their relationship to a deeper, more intimate level, is that Peter has the epiphany that his suspicions are actually correct? (I knew there was something strange about you, but I was never able to put my finger on it. But now that I’ve had my fingers all over you, it becomes clear to me that you’re an impostor! How dare you come over here and take advantage of me like that! Now… can we do it again?)
It will be another week before we get any more intel on the Peter-Bolivia drama, as Thursday’s episode focuses on the drama unfolding on Earth B. The Olivia Dunham of Earth A has been brainwashed by “Walternate” into thinking she’s actually Bolivia (to buy Walternate some time to study her and figure out how she’s physically capable of toggling between parallel worlds) and going on missions with Bolivia’s cohorts in Earth’s B’s own version of Fringe division. (None of them know the truth about Olivia except their supervisor, Broyles. Should he get a funky alt-world name, too? If only this Broyles had an English accent, we could call him … London Broyles!) But Olivia is beginning to crack — her brain is coughing up visions of Peter, trying to convince her that her life is a lie — and the drama intensifies in this week’s episode.
For a sneak peek at this week’s episode, check out the exclusive clip below. I’d tell you more about it, but due to one of those weird tech things, I actually can’t see it myself until I actually post this. (I can explain parallel worlds to you, but I don’t know jack about this video embedding stuff.) And then, after watching the episode on Thursday, make sure you come back here for Ken Tucker’s recap. Glad to have Fringe back — and again, thanks to the Texas Rangers for making it happen. Your lack of clutch hitting is totally appreciated!
Friday, October 22, 2010
By Sara Hammel
Friday October 22, 2010 02:35 PM EDT
Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek TV series, is recovering from "a minor benign abdominal surgery," according to reports.
The actor's rep says the star is "recovering beautifully," according to TMZ.
Nimoy, 79, was forced to miss an appearance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday, TMZ reports.
He currently has a recurring role on the Fox series Fringe.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“FRINGE” ALTERNATE UNIVERSE COMES TO HOLLYWOOD AT MELTDOWN COMICS
Series Star John Noble and Executive Producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman to Appear Sunday, October 24, at Auction of Specially Designed Alterna-Verse
Versions of Classic Comic Book Covers to Benefit Autism Speaks
LOS ANGELES (October 20, 2010) — Fans of the acclaimed FOX television show FRINGE, which airs Thursdays from 9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT, are invited to take a trip to the alternate universe at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood on Sunday, October 24, from 5–9 p.m.
•Series star John Noble and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman will be on hand to meet fans and auction off five special items from the series — five alternate-universe versions of classic comic book covers created by DC Comics artists that appeared on-screen in a key scene in the season two finale episode — to benefit Autism Speaks.
•In addition, Meltdown will display props and artifacts from the series at Hollywood’s iconic comic book store, located at 7522 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, between Fairfax and La Brea. Some props include Newton’s laser scalpel (episode 210), an alternate universe inhaler (episode 303), Nixon coin (episode 221) and Martin Luther King $20 bill (episode 221).
•The event will be an opportunity to collect autographs with Noble, Pinkner, Wyman and other writers from the show, all culminating in an auction of the amazing alternate universe comic books.
•Meltdown Comics Event Director SAX Carr said, “Autism hits close to home in many families and it is really a remarkable thing when such a popular show can take time to raise money for such an important cause. We expect a large crowd, and are grateful to everyone who helped make this happen.” SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
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In the season two finale of FRINGE, Peter Bishop (actor Joshua Jackson) travels to the alternate universe where he was born. The writers of the episode — Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman — wanted to show something from Peter’s childhood, and they decided that young Peter collected comic books. DC Comics artists created five alternate-universe versions of classic comic book covers. The framed covers appear on-screen in a key scene in “Over There: Part 2.”
Those rare pieces of pop culture artwork will be available for auction to support the research funded by charitable organization Autism Speaks.
But that’s not all. On display, fans will find props, posters and other “artifacts” from the alternate universe. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit another world while rubbing elbows with the creative talent that made it possible.
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
FRINGE is a procedural thriller that follows an FBI agent (Olivia Dunham), an eccentric fringe scientist (John Noble) and his estranged son (Joshua Jackson) as they explore mysterious occurrences linked to parallel universes, doppelgängers and unimaginable threats. Created by, J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci the mind-bending series has been critically claimed throughout its two previous seasons and is now in its third, with an even greater focus on the alterna-verse. Produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series airs Thursdays from 9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX and is executive produced by Abrams, Bryan Burk, J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner and Joe Chappelle.
Meltdown Comics was founded in 1993 by Gaston Dominguez-Letelier. At 9000 square feet, Meltdown is the largest pop culture emporium west of the Rockies. It’s ever-shifting stock holds new discoveries for even the most discerning reader and if you are new to the game the dimmest ember of obsession shall be fanned into a great bonfire here. Meltdown’s proprietors have seized every opportunity to upgrade service within the store resulting in unparalleled relationships with vendor and consumer alike.
SAX Carr, Event Director for Meltdown Comics
by Damian Holbrook
Great Scott! Back to the Future's Doc Brown will be meeting Fringe's resident Doctor Frankenstein when Christopher Lloyd guest stars early next year as Walter's musical hero.
"We all know how much Walter loves music, right? Well this fellow was one of his icons," explains John Noble of Lloyd's role in the season's 10th episode. "He adored this man. So Walter gets to be a bit of a fanboy."
Lloyd, who is currently enjoying a resurgence thanks to the 25th anniversary of Future, begins filming next week in Vancouver and will appear in the show's 10th episode. And while there remains a Fringe-ian veil of secrecy surrounding his actual involvement in the hour's investigation, it's very clear that Nobel is excited to have Marty McFly's bestie coming aboard. "It's a beautiful role and such good casting," he enthuses. "When I read the script I thought 'I hope hey get someone great.' And Christopher Lloyd exceeds my expectations!"
THE TEAM SEES DOUBLE ON AN ALL-NEW “FRINGE” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, ON FOX
Shawn Ashmore (“X-Men: The Last Stand”) and Aaron Ashmore (“Smallville”) Guest-Star
The alternate universe Fringe Division investigates a shocking breach of security when a twin frees his brother (guest stars Shawn and Aaron Ashmore) from a quarantined Amber area. As the team sets out to crack this sophisticated case, Walternate experiments over there more with Olivia as she reenters the tank. Meanwhile, visions of Peter continue to haunt Olivia about returning to the “other side” in the all-new “Amber 31422” episode of FRINGE airing Thursday, Nov. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FR-305) (TV-14 L, V)
Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Kirk Acevedo as Charlie Francis; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth
Guest Cast: Ryan James McDonald as Brandon; Amy Madigan as Marilyn Dunham; Seth Gable as Lincoln Lee; Shawn Ashmore as Joshua Rose; Aaron Ashmore as Matthew Rose; Holly Dignard as Danielle Rose
Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at 1:00pm
by Josh Wigler
I am in tonight’s episode of Fringe. Well, maybe. We’ll see.
In August, I was invited to visit the Vancouver set of Fox’s critically acclaimed science fiction series, currently in production on its third season. This wasn’t my first time visiting Fringe, having traversed the halls of Massive Dynamic and Walter Bishop’s Harvard laboratory earlier this year in anticipation of the second season finale. But this trip would be much different than the last, as I wasn’t invited just to report — I was invited to act.
Before I make this sound too glamorous, you should know that I was invited to participate as an extra. So, no, despite being within a five foot vicinity of actors Joshua Jackson, John Noble and Blair Brown, I wasn’t actually acting with them — just acting around them. That doesn’t make my televised debut any less glorious — at least that’s what my mom tells me — and lest you think otherwise, the role of an extra is not an enviable one; sure, there’s the free food and the opportunity to schmooze with a wide range of industry folks, but there’s also heartbreak.
Two rounds of heartbreak on my part, at least.
More of the experience here.
HitFix: Have you gotten to play the Alternate Nina yet?
BB: Not yet. Not yet.
HitFix: Do you think there's a reason for that?
BB: This is a pretty heavily plot-driven show. So there's a reason. I don't know what it is, but there's a reason.
HitFix: If I asked you to guess, what would you speculate? It seems like her absence would be conspicuous at a certain point...
BB: Yeah. Yeah. So I would assume that means that there's going to be a very... Well, part of me's there. My arm is still on the other side. I keep wishing somebody would trip over it and go, "What the hell is this? Oh my God! This is Nina's! Let's take it back!" But no one has done that. They're a thoughtless bunch.
More of the interview can be found here.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
This episode was great because it demonstrated two opposing types of people, those that lie in order to obtain something and those who for different reasons allow themselves to be fooled in order to get what they want. Also it was great to see some of the Shapeshifters learn to develop true human emotions which were seemingly against their programing.
Bolivia has been pretending to be our Olivia since they returned from the alternate universe very effectively, but the lie is starting to unravel. Peter is starting to notice differences in Bolivia and has started to connect some dots, but Peter in convincing himself that nothing is wrong with her because he really wants a relationship with Olivia. He summed it up well when he talked about the old guy dating the hot young girl because of transactional needs and drawing a line in the sand, he even goes as far as to mention that there were differences in Olivia later in the episode, thus demonstrating that Peter is lying to himself because of the relationship that he wants with Olivia.
Newton speaks with Olivia about drawing lines in the sand and about how doing so will be the end of her lie. Olivia is starting to show feelings for Peter, she’s starting to care for Peter primarily and even a little for Walter. At the same time she’s trying to use love/lust to use Peter, but it’s starting to backfire on her. But besides Olivia starting to have feelings there’s also another glimmer of hope for our Fringe team, it’s interesting how Walter under the LSD trip was the one who was able to actually see the truth behind her lie, if you look closely when Olivia, Broyles and Walter were in an office and Walter made the comment about Olivia’s hair you can tell a few minutes later that he notices something different about her. I’m guessing that he sees a glow around her like the real Olivia saw around Peter and like how the college students that he and Bell had use LSD to get them to see the alternate world awhile back. So it’s only a matter of time before they put things together and see the truth. And in this episode two Shapeshifters even became truthful to their programing.
Newton told the Policeman Shapeshifter that his family life was just a weigh station; he told him that having feelings was against his programing. But seeing how William Bell was the creator of the Shapeshifters and I would guess that he secretly added emotions to the Shapeshifters, its Walternate that commanded them to do infiltration and other bad things. So I feel that when the Senator and the Policeman showed love towards their families that they were demonstrating a hidden programing that Bell had designed in order to undermine Walternate’s agenda.
A few final thoughts, I loved how Walter was giving a lecture to some of the Massive Dynamic scientists while under the influence of LSD and how he later told Astrid to not eat his pudding. Also it was great how he finally got her name right. As for Observer sightings there’s one at the 19 minute mark when Bolivia, Peter & Broyles meet with Walter in the Massive Dynamic lobby.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
This was a great episode of Fringe because every element was used to push the overarching arc of Olivia being trapped and brainwashed on the alternate side and slowly coming out of it. The antagonist Milo Stanfield is used very well to illuminate and push forward this idea, so are the reactions and conversations of Olivia’s coworkers and boyfriend. Milo’s abilities might also illuminate us on another group of characters the Observers.
I was a little surprised that Olivia’s reverting bad is happening so quickly, but I think that it’s really good that the creators are moving his story along like they are. The genius of this episode and of Fringe in general is that the villain isn’t just some random bad guy caused by just a cool scientific accident. Milo was created as a means to display the fact that Olivia’s memories were slowly coming back to her. It was great to see Charlie, Lincoln and Olivia interact and their playful banter, seeing Charlie again has been a real treat, but besides that it’s even greater because it all builds on Charlie’s growing doubt about Olivia being their Olivia. Then there was Olivia’s interview of Milo’s Sister Madeline and the intentional parallel nature of her and Milo and the growing divide in Olivia’s mind between the ideas of her dead/not dead sister. The best thing though and the catalyst of it all was the visions of Peter and Walter. Such a great way to bring Peter and our Walter into an episode that normally wouldn’t have them. Peter’s appearance reminded me of Ghost Obi Wan Kenobi in The Empire Strikes Back and return of the Jedi. Always appearing to her when she least expected to help nudge her along to where she needed to be, the final discussion at the end was the best part how he connected the dots for both Olivia and the audience. Milo was a good guy because it allowed Olivia to unknowingly put to test all of the deprograming that she had gone through in the episode, his brain was wired to only accept what he could see, only accept the known factors, just like Alternate Astrid he couldn’t predict the variables, his variable was Olivia’s war of personality. Milo’s mannerisms reminded me of Daniel Faraday on Lost a little, Daniel was all about Constants until eventually he accepted the idea of variables. Unfortunately Milo wasn’t so quick to change, but could Milo’s ability give us insist into another group on Fringe, The Observers?
Milo’s conversation with his sister Madeline reminded me of Peters encounter with The Observer and how the Observer would finish Peter’s sentences just like Milo’s finished his sisters. Now I know that part of the Observers abilities come from time travel, but both seem to have a cool analyzation of the world and the things that go on around them. The only thing that snapped Milo out of it was his sister showing him the toy horse from his past or holding his hand and at the end he had even slipped past that. It reminds me on in season 1 when the Observer is sitting in a café just emotionlessly watching the destruction of a building and the people in it. He had to even eat raw meat and Tabasco sauce in order to even taste his food. Just a theory, but I’m wondering if its preview of the inevitable Observer themed season arc?
Either way The Plateau was a really good episode because every single element added to the main idea of Olivia’s brainwashing slowly coming unraveled.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
by LaTOYA FERGUSON, Posted Oct-2-2010
If you keep up with Joshua Jackson news (and who doesn't?), then you already know he took this year's San Diego Comic-Con by storm with his one-man show, Pacey-Con -- a fan convention dedicated to Pacey Whitter, Jackson's "Dawson's Creek" character and the self-proclaimed greatest television character of all time.
It was a hit, of course, and since there's no longer a need for Comic-Con, "[i]t can just be Pacey-Con all the time."
There's the slight chance Joshua Jackson might be living in his alternate universe.
After a little discussion of his past work and an apology for the fifth season of "Dawson's Creek," Jackson did discuss a few relevant things regarding the current season of "Fringe" on Fox, which he describes as now being something akin to two different shows.
"We have the Over There side as they're dealing with their version of the Fringe incidents," Jackson said. And "the Over Here side is where we're dealing with ours." It's an ambitious concept, and as far as Jackson knows, this is the way the show will be for the rest of the season, if not the series.
But don't assume this means even more ambition in the forms of other alternate worlds. For Jackson, even though "Fringe" has set up the possibility an infinite amount of the alternate worlds, it possibly becomes too convoluted and unfocused.
"It becomes that Jerry O'Connell show, 'Sliders'," Jackson joked to Zap2it.
Perhaps that's the case, or perhaps it's just because he prefers the father/son relationship aspect of "Fringe." Jackson claims that it's amazing to have this sort of dynamic in a background of a science-fiction show with a female lead, and that getting to work with John Noble is basically a breath of fresh air.
"I got all my romantic, angsty bullshit out of my system years ago," he said.
Hopefully there's a little bit of that "romantic, angsty bullshit" left for the inevitable reveal of Fauxlivia's duplicitous nature later this season, though.
"Fringe" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
Anna Torv has to wonder how she went from an Australian TV drama with a bunch of twentysomethings sitting around talking about their relationships over beer to an American sci-fi show like Fox's Fringe, where she is regularly doing action sequences in alternate universes.
"Sometimes at 3 in the morning when we're still shooting outside in the rain, running around and blowing things up, I want that scene where I'm on the couch with a cup of cocoa, going, 'Sure, if you just call him, he'll ...' But really, only at 3 in the morning," says the Australian actress, laughing during a break while on the Vancouver set of Fringe.
Read more here:
MICKEY: Well, Bolivia's physical transformation is meticulous, and you'll see her come up with a very plausible explanation for her un-Olivia-like behavior. But Joshua Jackson points to a third factor. "I think there's something really cool about the idea that people from the same universe have some instinctual, animal level of connection to each other," he says. "The reason Peter responds to the other Olivia is because that would be his Olivia."
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Did Anna? No. John Noble? Maybe. When I questioned alt-Broyles’ allegiance to the Secretary of Defense, Noble responded, “Broyles is a strong character. Now, how much he’ll go along with things is to be revealed.”
Friday, October 1, 2010
While I really liked last week’s episode “Olivia” I really loved this weeks “The Box” and one of the main reasons was that we got to see kooky Walter again and his interactions with Peter and Astrid. Another reason this episode was so great was being able to see Bolivia in action and her true colors along with Peter being manipulated into building the doomsday device.
During the funeral scene and beforehand it really felt like Nina actually knew that Walter would be the new head of Massive Dynamic. I’m excited to see them transition into that role of working together and tolerating each other. The best thing about it is that we will be able to find out new secrets about Massive Dynamic and if it’s really such an evil company. Speaking of hints of things to come William Bell in his will mentions a friend named Isaac “My great friend Isaac once said, life is joy, death is peace. It's transition that's difficult. I was not a man of many friends, but if I'd had hundreds, I would still cherish the two of you most. Nina, I was your right hand, and you were mine. For the many hours we spent exploring the impossible, a small thank you. And for the precious few we had alone in Tuscany, a memento of me. Walter, we gather knowledge faster than we gather wisdom. By now I trust you have ample reserves of both. I hope you've forgiven me.” That’s probably not the last time that we’ll hear his name again since the Fringe writers like to slip things in way in advance for a later pay off. I noticed that Nina received the bell that William Bell rang when Olivia had her first meeting with him in one of the still standing alternate World Trade Towers in the season 1 finale. It was also great how Walter walked past a room with a transporter and it was making the Star Trek sound.
The other great thing about this episode was the moment where Walter tries to tell Peter his side of the story; something really needs to be done to convince the Emmy voters to nominate John Nobles. It was heartbreaking to watch Walter in that moment. This also spawned another thing with the developing friendship between Walter & Astrid; it was very sweet to see how now that Walter couldn’t lean on Peter or Olivia for emotional support she was there for him and how she pushed him to do necessary things. Some are saying that it might be more, but with all of the farting, brain licking, calling her Aspirin and other crazy things that Walter did in just that episode it would be a major stretch to believe that. It’s more of a familial type friendship and it’s nice to see that.
This episode was also very telling because we saw a Bolivia who is starting to be very minorly conflicted. She asserted her dominance over Newton, but when she had to shoot the deaf guy there was the tiniest bit of hesitation. So it will be interesting watching her while she tries to influence Peter & Walter to work on the device and possibly become influenced herself and then Newton trying to take back the leadership from her. Another thing that is great is from next weeks trailer it looks like the Alternate stories will be the normal Freak/Monster/Pattern of the week and that the normal world episodes will be the search for another piece to the device. Kind of the same as usual, but I like the twist to things. As for The Observer sighting you can see the back of him walking down the stairs as Newton is leaving the Box in the subway.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Mad Men's Jared Harris Cast As Moriarty In Sherlock Holmes 2
Reported by Jay Cochran - 05:54 PM 2010.09.28
THR reports that actor Jared Harris (Mad Men) has been cast as Holmes' arch-enemy Moriarty in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel from Warner Bros.
Harris joins Sherlock Holmes cast members Robert Downy, Jr. Jude Law and Noomi Rapace for the next installment in the Sherlock Holmes sage which is slated to open in theaters
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sep 26th, 2010 1:46 PM
The bad news for fans of ‘Fringe’s original-flavor Olivia: As hinted at the close of the Season 3 premiere, an adrenaline rush has led her to be overcome by the implanted “Bolivia” memories, so now she completely believes she is her alternate self.
The good news: Once she does reacquire an awareness of who she really is, our Olivia will get a helping hand in her mission to cross back over.
“For a little bit, you have [lost original Olivia],” Torv shared when Fancast and six other online outlets visited the Vancouver set of Fox’s ‘Fringe’ this week. “But not for a huge amount of time.”
Meaning, Olivia will at some point start to toggle back and forth between memory sets? “She knows there’s something that’s a little bit ‘off,’” Torv confirms.
Thus far, Olivia has recruited only one sympathizer to her cause – a cab driver played in the season opener by Andre Royo (’The Wire’). Though Royo is set to reprise that role a few episodes down the road, he won’t be the only one to entertain Olivia’s endeavor to get back home.
“Further down the line, she does end up finding another ally,” Torv says, measuring her words carefully. Pressed to reveal if it’s perhaps someone we already know “over there” in the alt-verse, Torv clammed up. “I’m not saying anything more!” she said with a laugh, and then apologized for being “cagey.”
Friday, September 24, 2010
We really got to see some of the minor Alternate characters in this episode. One of the biggest differences was Astrid, in the normal world she’s caring and puts up with Walter’s personality problems, but this Astrid is very proficient at her job and was able to hunt down the whereabouts of Olivia ruthlessly and without a second thought. Brandon the Massive Dynamic scientist in our world is kind of a “dude that’s cool” guy, but in the Alt-World he’s a creepy mad scientist without morals. Broyles didn’t have a difference in personality; except for the fact that he was lower key and casual dressed instead of the suits. Charlie was the same as his normal reality character and I was glad since he was my favorite minor character before they killed him off so it was great seeing him again. As for Olivia it was great how we were able to see both Olivia’s just in the Alt-World because of the brainwashing.
First off I actually wanted to see Olivia stay normal Olivia and continue to be on the run since that would have been cool, but there’s going to be some interesting things that will come out of this route also. It’s interesting to see though how many people really don’t know what Walternate is doing and even Broyles who does know some things is not allowed to know everything. It’s interesting to note that Olivia had been in captivity for three days according to Lincoln Lee, her Alt partner, so that was quite a bit of torture and brainwashing with all of her needle marks. The use of the medicine, her escape, Lincoln, Charlie and her Alt Mom was very effective in showing the process of her turning into the Alt-Olivia and her almost drunk laugh at the end was a little creepy. Which is why I’m glad that Henry the Taxi Driver was introduced.
Henry Higgins was the best thing about the episode because of the potential for what probably will happen during the first half of the season. The character Henry Higgins is the name of a stuck up old bachelor in the musical My Fair Lady who took a “Gutter Snipe”, Eliza Doolittle and refined her to become a Lady though the teaching of phonetics and other important things for becoming a lady. I liked how he didn’t believe her at first, but eventually came around. When I saw Henry at the end watching Olivia being driven away it made me think that he is going to be teaching or reminding Olivia of her real life just like Henry in My Fair Lady who taught Eliza how to be a real Lady. At the beginning of this review I mentioned that I didn’t like the fact that Olivia wasn’t going to be on the run this season, but the reason why the creators did this is because it’s the best way to set the show back to its established and successful mode of running things and still rotate back and forth between realities. This way Fringe can still have its freak of the week episodes with Olivia, Charlie, and Lincoln investigating strange occurrences in the Alt-World and Alt-Olivia, Walter & Peter investigating mysteries in the normal world. Plus the overarching story can keep progressing over the season.
“Olivia” was a good episode because it showed us more of the alternate characters, gave us some really good moments between Olivia and Henry Higgins and it wrapped up some things in the season Finale and set the tone for the rest of the season. Oh and make sure to watch closely both during the moment when the Opera House gets amberized and when Olivia visits the park where Massive Dynamic was supposed to be, there’s two Observer sightings in this episode.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Anna Torv has plenty of nicknames for her alternate-universe character on the Fox sci-fi series Fringe, among them “Alt-Olivia,” “Altlivia” and even “Bolivia.” Whatever you want to call her, Torv is having a blast with the role. She’s mastered the blond, buttoned-up, ready-for-action FBI agent Olivia Dunham over the course of Fringe’s two seasons, and her doppelganger — who’s also ready for action but a lot more brunette — presents a welcome new challenge for Torv. She hasn’t found a downside to it yet, “except it all gets kind of confusing keeping track,” the Australian actress says with a hearty laugh. The Fringe season finale in May had the two characters switch Earths, as Altlivia (my personal favorite of the nicknames) came back to our reality with Walter Bishop (John Noble) and son Peter (Joshua Jackson), and our Olivia was stuck in the other world and captured by alternate Walter, aka Walternate. The third season premieres tonight with an episode entitled “Olivia,” so you can expect Torv to have a significant role, whichever characters she’s playing. I talked with Torv while she had a break from filming the third episode of the season in Vancouver, so read below for what’s on tap for her, the many Olivias and a possible Olivia/Peter romance. (And if you missed it last week, click here for the Fringe producers’ thoughts on the new year.)
Photos courtesy of Fox
Have you had more scenes as Olivia or the alternate Olivia so far?
A couple. It’s them both, kind of, but not really. [Laughs] I still don’t have the kind of handle that I’d like to have on Altlivia, but what can you do, it’s Fringe.
What’s your favorite aspect of Altlivia so far?
It’s interesting now, because now Alt-Olivia is back on our side and our Olivia is on that side. I love our show. We do it long hours every day, all day, so it was really fun to shake it up a bit. I don’t think you get to do that much, especially not in television where all of a sudden you have a whole new kind of team and new stories, new costumes, new set. I don’t know, just to have that change has been off the wall and I’ve enjoyed every minute, actually.
Altlivia seems so different from Olivia — the hair, of course, but also her style, her fashion sense and everything else. Does that help you in differentiating her from Olivia in your head?
It did. And then they threw the curveball, which is that now they’re both in the opposite outfits. Then it’s actually going, “Oh God, who really is this person without the wig and without the clothes?” It could be one or the other. When this first came up [last season], Akiva Goldman had written the script and also was directing those two episodes. I was lucky enough to be able to just sit down and have quite a few chats about all of that. I would have loved to have made her a completely different character, but we had to keep coming back to the fact that they are extremely similar in that they ended up in the same line of work, the same kind of division, with the same partner even. They really are fundamentally, genetically really the same person. There’s just a front-footedness I think to Altlivia, simply because she just doesn’t carry the weight of the world on her shoulders like Olivia does. Olivia’s mum died when she was really little, and Bolivia’s mum is still around. There’s lots of little, subtle differences.
Altlivia will be a double agent of sorts over here. How will that play out?
Altivia is kind of cocky, so she thinks that if no one says anything, she’s doing a good job. I don’t know how good a job she is doing. [Laughs] She’s like, “Yeah, this is cool. OK. Bring it on. A new challenge and a new mission.”
Josh has said he’s not in favor of an Olivia-Peter romance. Where do you stand?
Especially with the way the last season ended, of course they’re supposed to get together! I don’t know when, but that’s been set up from the start. What the writers are really good at doing is constantly teasing that out. Everytime they take one step forward, all of a sudden there’s another massive obstacle in the way to prevent that. If all of a sudden you’ve got this relationship in the show, it becomes a completely different thing. You want to keep that little bit alive, right? Because that’s how it goes. At the end of the second season, Olivia says to Peter, “I’ve tried to think of all these reasons why you should come back, but at the end of the day, you have to because I think you belong with me.” That’s her declaration of love, and Peter accepts and says OK and comes back and comes back for her. And of course it’s not our Olivia who ends up coming back. Again, it’s not going to work. But I don’t mind if they get together. I think they would handle it in a way that wouldn’t override the show.
With Altlivia on our side, you can see the love triangle coming — although I guess it’s more of a 3D love triangle, with a weird alternate-universe hypotenuse.
[Laughs] I know! I think so, too. I don’t know what they’re going to do with that or how they’re going to resolve that.
Do you look forward to playing that kind of romance? It would be different than what we’ve seen so far in the show.
To tell you the truth, no, I don’t. I love the fight – and when I say the fight, I don’t necessarily mean the stunt fighting. I like playing the stuff with fight and with drive, when it’s connected to a bigger thing. I love the scenes when she’s on a mission, where she’s not reactive, she’s really proactive and she’s sorting it out and she’s getting it together.
In the first three episodes, are there any huge surprises or big shockers?
I think there is. The first episode back is great, and it’s not like a bombshell because it moves so quickly, but it sets the premise for what the— I was going to say themes. See, it’s so stupid. I never know what I can and what I can’t say, or how you tease something eloquently.
They need to give you crib notes for every episode.
Yeah! You become so inarticulate and you just sound like, “Um, well, it’s really fun but, um…” Anyway, the first episode does set the tone for where they’re going to go, with the alternate universe and back over here, and it’s a fantastic episode.
Do you love all the geek cred you now have?
What geek cred do we have?
You have a lot. A lot of people, like myself, feel that Fringe became a stronger show than Lost last year.
Whenever we’re doing any kind of thing where we actually get to interact with the audience, it’s a real mix of people, to tell you the truth. They must all go home and be secret geeks. I never feel like, “Oh my God, how do you answer a bunch of nerds who sit on their computer?” I’m just glad people like the show, really. So, yes is the short answer. [Laughs]
As far as we've always known, Fringe's Walternate is an evil genius, and original-flavor Walter is a big ol' softy. But what if that's not really the case? We just caught up with the incomparable John Noble and chatted about tonight's season-three premiere, why Walternate is actually "good" (whaaa?!)—and while we were at it, we kinda wrote the plot for season four together:
"Walternate is a good man," John gushed about his alter ego. "He's saving his world. If our world was disintegrating, we'd want someone to step up; that's truly what Walternate does."
Kind of makes you think, right? "He's cold and manipulative and wounded, so all those things when you first meet him make you think he's a hard man," continues John. "But he has reason to be. Someone stole his son, for goodness sake. I'd be furious. I have some affection for Walternate, even though he's not a crowd favorite."
True, the inclusion of Walternate into the world of Fringe has been a difficult one for fans to accept, and it obviously hasn't gone unnoticed. But John actually believes that unease may benefit season three.
"We've got to play on both sides, which is the radical change to this season," he explained. "And I want to see the audience's response to us playing two universes. If we can do it [right], it'll be magical. The characters on the other side are going to have to make themselves likable."
And here's where things get interesting: John has his own plans for the future of Fringe. A plan that involves peace and love and the coming together of both Walters.
Laughs John: "What's got to happen is that there has to be peace made. If this breach is indestructible, what if the two great minds of each world got together and said, 'We know how to fix it.' They could. And if we want a fourth season, they better. I just thought of this! Wouldn't it be cool if Walter and Walternate put their heads together and said 'Let's do this'?"
So cool! And a coming together of the two worlds wouldn't mark the end of the show, because as John puts it: "What about all the other universes that we haven't even looked at? There are many things to discover. We've still got to work out how many men Nina has slept with!"
See? Lots more Fringe to come if we just give Walternate a fair shot.
Love him or hate him, Walternate and the Fringe gang are back tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox, and you need to be there.
9/22/10 at 12:00 PM
Through four seasons of Felicity, five seasons of Alias, the Lost pilot, Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Fringe, tonight's new show Undercovers, and beyond, J.J. Abrams's creative output has been dazzlingly diverse and prolific. Yet it doesn't matter whether he’s dealing with love-addled college students, time travel, or bantering spies — certain archetypes, stylistic notes, creative approaches, and themes recur again and again. After a careful poring through Abrams’ entire body of work, we have spotted the following ten hallmarks of his oeuvre. And when you tune in to Undercovers tonight, you’re bound to see at least five of them in the pilot alone.
1. Daddy Issues. Abrams’s second produced screenplay, Regarding Henry, centered around a husband and father so narcissistic, intimacy-phobic, unethical, and disinterested in his wife and preteen daughter that it took a bullet to the head to make him reassess his position at the head of the dinner table. The parade of Abrams’s rogue dads that followed could make an orphan feel lucky. Alcoholic Andrew Covington (John Ritter) made a toe-curling come-on to his son’s serial squeeze Felicity Porter (Keri Russell) on Felicity, and Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) took an entirely Machiavellian approach to fatherhood in the first season of Alias. But both paled in comparison to Lost’s bad-dad trifecta: Jack’s scornful boozer ghost dad (who may or may not have been boinking his daughter-in-law per the Abrams-co-written season-three opener); Sawyer’s homicidal/suicidal old man; and Locke’s kidney-stealing pop. Fringe centers on a lead character, Olivia, whose defining childhood moment was gunning down her abusive stepfather at the tender age of nine, and every week it acts out the drama between mad son (Joshua Jackson) and mad genius father (John Noble). And when it was J.J.'s turn to reboot Star Trek, he reimagined the franchise as a space opera built around two kids, Kirk and Spock, trapped in the long shadows of a pair of powerful fathers.
2. Fingerprints Everywhere. As if writer-director-producer didn’t already have enough hyphens, the almost-comically productive Abrams also wrote the musical themes to Fringe, Alias, and Felicity, and co-designed the opening titles for Alias, Fringe, and Lost. (That paradigmatic drifting lettering? Abrams tossed that off during sound-mix sessions for the pilot.) Abrams, whose grandfather owned a company that made electronics kits, has always been a multitalented, tech-obsessed, natural-born tinkerer. He even troubleshot visual effects for M:I3, earning a last-listed credit in the end crawl of much-less-famous effects technicians.
3. Pure Torture. Something must have clicked when Abrams wrote a tickle-torture scene for Mel Gibson and his character’s girlfriend in his early spec script, Forever Young. Because things only escalated from there, with him often incorporating far less giggly ways of making his heroes talk. In the first few seconds of the Alias premiere, Jennifer Garner's head was brutally dunked into a toilet. In M:I3, Tom Cruise took an onscreen shellacking (complete with a climactic temporary suicide and ad-libbed defibrillation) that represents a career high for Cruise character punishment. Given the keys to the Star Trek franchise, Abrams reenacted the Ceti Eel interrogation from Wrath of Khan, though Nero’s Klingon prison-camp torture escape wound up on the cutting-room floor.
4. Crisis Now, Explanation Later. Abrams likes to begin his films (and pilots) by throwing us right in the middle of some chaotic danger, establishing a tense tone, and then backing up to fill in how we got there: Both M:I3 (a nominal remake of the Alias series pilot) and Star Trek begin in full dramatic boil before flashing back (or forward, in the case of Trek) to how it all began. We met Alias’s Sydney mid-waterboarding, then zipped back to her taking an exam at school. The cast of Lost met and mingled for the first time amid the still-exploding wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815. MI:3 kicked off with a torture scene that resolves five reels later. A very different doomed flight erupted into a gooey airborne apocalypse in the first moments of Fringe. An Abrams show begins with a chokehold, not a hand-hold. He grabs the audience's attention first, and only after does he establish what's actually happening.
5. Girl Power. In the eighties, James Cameron was the champion of the female action hero, but in Avatar he manned up with Sam Worthington. Now Abrams (along with Joss Whedon) remains the distaff ass-kicker’s best friend. Women took care of business in Alias, Lost, MI:3, Fringe, and Undercovers, though unlike other exponents of the tough-girl act, Abrams doesn’t need to strap a gun or a badge onto his heroines to give them strength. Whether coed (Felicity) or fugitive (Kate), J.J.’s girls have power and character nuance to spare.
6. Time Means Nothing. In an Abrams saga, a character's past is not only imperfect, it’s impermanent. In last year’s Star Trek reboot, Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman so ingeniously braided character backstory with a time-travel revenge plot that they completely restarted a franchise, wiping clean a story Bible that had become hopelessly convoluted. Lost's flashes forward, back, and sideways created a subgenre of competing network rip-off vehicles (The Nine, Daybreak, Flash Forward) that ran on slippery time rails. Even Felicity wound up with a bizarre time-travel conceit in which she came back from the future via a spell cast by her Goth roommate. Hey, you have to start somewhere …
7. The McGuffin Ever since Hitchcock, the “mystery box” has been a cinema staple, whether it’s the hissing atomic Pandora’s box in Kiss Me Deadly, the ark in Raiders of the Lost Ark, or Pulp Fiction’s glowing briefcase. And, as Abrams explained in his TED Talk master class on storytelling, the concept has always fascinated him. Along with clips and PowerPoint slides, Abrams showed the TED audience the wreckage of a Kleenex box he’d dissembled in his hotel room and a magic-shop Mystery Box usually on display in his office that has remained intact since he bought it in childhood. And the Abrams filmography is stocked with plot-charging mystery boxes, totems, and grails, whether they are opened intentionally (Lost’s hatch, Star Trek’s red matter), accidentally (the airstream body freezer in Forever Young, the Area 51 box car in the Super 8 trailer), or not at all (Mae's mystery trove on Six Degrees, Felicity's roommate Megan's magic box, and, seriously, what was the "rabbit's foot" in M:I3?). Of course, his obsession with riddles and reveals goes beyond the films and shows themselves; his viral campaigns and mysterious teasers have established him as one of Hollywood's most dramatic showmen. In Abrams's hands, secrecy-shrouded projects like Cloverfield and Super 8 become fan-titillating mystery boxes that are only unwrapped on opening day.
8. The Big Conspiracy Abrams's dogged paranoia about governments, corporations, and shadowy institutions would make Franz Kafka proud, and he anchors his many conspiracies in the weight of ominous myth and the gravity of fact. Milo Rambaldi in Alias combined Da Vinci’s genius with Nostradamus's impenetrable pseudo-mysticism. Lost's Hanso Foundation and Dharma Initiative stirred up a baffling stew of scientific-magical-spiritual double-crossing. Fringe’s dimension-spanning governmental secret war owes as much to Joseph Campbell as to The Parallax View. Next year Super 8 will unpack a scenario that combines the U.S. Army’s disturbing real-life practice of moving potentially deadly cargo by train with rumors about Area 51’s alien hardware collection.
9. Talk to the Camera. Abrams and others in his Bad Robot stable have successfully traded on the mock-doc trope for years, even to the point where Abrams guest-directed an episode of The Office. Though Felicity's film-school video cam “docuvent” plot device could strain viewer patience as much as it got on the nerves of Sean Blumberg’s put-upon friends, Cloverfield's use of lo-fi video was a master class in etching small realism and immediacy into a Godzilla-size plot — all while helping keep the budget small.
10. Greg Grunberg, Perpetual Co-star Over the course of his two-decade upward career trajectory, Abrams has made sure to keep familiar faces along for the ride, most notably childhood friend Grunberg, a regular on Alias and Felicity who has popped up in some capacity (from large supporting role to voice-over) in a slew of Bad Robot productions. Like other Abrams regulars (such as actress Amanda Foreman, composer Michael Giacchino, and editor Mary Jo Markey), he seems to have good-luck-charm status, and will undoubtedly continue to shape the Abrams universe, in any number of dimensions and space-time continuums.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
September 16, 2010 ι Jarett Wieselman
On September 23, Fox's sensational sci-fi drama "Fringe" returns with a third season, a second universe and a big batch of questions. The show is notorious for peppering its episodes with easter eggs and the same is true for these brand new promotional pictures PopWrap is debuting exclusively.
From Walternate & BOlivia walking through the background to that shadowy man looming over Olivia (above), you can be damn sure there's a lot to be learned from scrolling through these character posters.
So take a moment to educate yourself while gazing at Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and the rest of "Fringe's" crack team of TV trailblazers.
Question: Seriously, no Fringe scoop last week? Why do I even bother to read this column? —Brett
Ausiello: That’s between you, your therapist, and the lovely people at CVS. If it’s any consolation, I have Fringe scoop this week. Actually, I’ve got a few Fringe scoops. The first one comes courtesy of John Noble, who reveals exactly how Walternate plans to pull Peter’s strings from the alt-universe. “[Walternate] has to ensure that [Peter] continues to work on our side,” says Noble, “and he’ll do that through alt-Olivia.” Okay, I’ll bite: How exactly will Bolivia manipulate Peter? Noble hesitates before whispering, “She seduces him… Did I just say that? Did I just drop a big teaser?” I believe you did, sir!
Question: Does the fact that Fringe is setting every other episode “over there” mean that we’re going to see more of Charlie this season? —Melissa
Ausiello: That’s precisely what that means. Charlie remains active in the alt-world’s Fringe division, so look for him to appear in multiple episodes—beginning with next Thursday’s season premiere.
How is Nolivia different than Olivia on Fringe? — Ken
MICKEY: The season premiere, titled simply "Olivia," addresses that question in an unexpected way. You see, not only has Olivia been kidnapped and imprisoned "over there," but her captors are trying to forcibly convince her that she is Nolivia. They start with her marksmanskip skills.
by Natalie Abrams
If you think Fringe's alternate universe is confusing, don't be misled: It'll actually be easier to follow along as the Fox series reboots once again in Season 3.
"The beginning of the third season, it's like a pilot again," Anna Torv says. Why? Because our Olivia is being implanted with Faux-livia's memories while rehashing and struggling to hold onto her own.
Fringe: 8 Steps to navigating the alternative universe
For diehard fans, though, the overload of old information won't distract from all the new.
"All the details are there if you're looking for them, but if you're not, I don't think it pushes anybody away," Torv adds.
Get a refresher course on where Fringe has been and where it's going from the cast in our exclusive video below:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter
Fringe star John Noble has defended the credibility of the science featured on the show.
Speaking in an official Fox video, the actor insisted that many of the storylines featured on the drama were based on real science.
He said: "It's scientifically proven that there are things within our brain capacity [like] telepathy. We can do all these things, it's just that we're not refined enough. This is not really mysterious."
"I think what we're talking about now as being science fiction, [in] ten years time will be on everyone's iPod," he continued. "It's the way change is happening."
Noble also dismissed the suggestion that viewers might struggle to understand the show's complex science.
"[Viewers] don't have to understand all the science," he argued. "I don't understand it all, but it doesn't mean to say we can't go with the flow. We don't have to underestimate our audiences. If we act well enough and tell the stories well enough, then people will come for the ride, I think."
The third season of Fringe begins September 23 on Fox.
By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY
The wild world of Fringe doesn't scare John Noble, who plays mad genius Walter Bishop.
"We've created two universes, so now we have to use them," he said. "We want to do something radical. We want to see if we can run a show in two places."
He's game for more twists. "I would say to the writers, 'Keep throwing risks at us. Throw the hard stuff at us.' "
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Sep 2, 2010 12:03 PM ET
by Damian Holbrook9 Comments..
FringeAlt, who goes there?!
The alternate universe is in for a major dose of Dunham when the real Olivia gets the upper hand on a very messed-up resident of the other side as she battles her way home in Fringe's season premiere. Considering the producers have told TV Guide Magazine that the other side has super-healing nanotechnology (and that actor Seth Gable would be back on the show), could Agent Dunham be facing down the previously incinerated Lincoln Lee? And more importantly, will she be able to get back to our universe before her doppelganger gets her paws on Peter?
Find out in three weeks when Fringe kicks off its third season with the "Olivia" episode on Sept. 23 at 9/8c, on Fox. Until then, share your thoughts about what's going on in this pic in the comments below.
Fringe Season 3 Episode 7 – Casting Notice, Director, Writers Names & Shooting Schedule
Director: Chuck Russell
Writers: David Wilcox/Graham Roland
Shoot Dates: September 16-27
[YOUNG WYATT] This Caucasian man in his mid 20’s is sickly and thin. He has an unusual face and pale eyes. Please submit bald actors or actors willing to shave their head. Guest Star.
Source: Rhoswen/twp forum
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
'Fringe's' Joshua Jackson: Peter may have already chosen Alternate Olivia
By Carina Adly MacKenzie
September 1, 2010 11:28 PM ET
While Joshua Jackson may be the only member of the "Fringe" cast who isn't playing two different characters in Season 3, he's not without his share of doppelganger drama. In the Season 2 finale, Peter and Olivia (Anna Torv) finally kissed after she told him that regardless of which version of reality he's from, he belongs with her.
Jackson isn't so sure. Could it be possible that Peter's real connection isn't with Olivia, but with the alternate version of her?
"What I'm curious about is how invested he's going to get in Alt-Livia," Jackson says. "The reason that I think that Olivia and Peter, for the two years that they were together, never quite could figure out how to bridge the gap and find that spark, is because they're not from the same side."
With Alternate Olivia (who is referred to as "Bolivia" by the "Fringe" production team), Peter doesn't have that problem. "The reason why Peter and other-Olivia hit it off so quickly is because all the subterranean stuff that was there between Peter and regular Olivia just feels more natural," Jackson tells us. "It's some sort of animal instinct that these two, being from the same side, share. I'd love to see a version where the other Olivia and Peter get really, actually involved in each other as opposed to just the cloak and dagger spy stuff that they've got going on now, so that when she's gone, now he's a bit conflicted."
There will inevitably be a collision between the two universes, where Alternate Olivia's identity is revealed. Jackson isn't talking about how that may happen - he doesn't even know himself - but as far as he's concerned, Peter isn't going to have an easy decision to make. "He's now torn again, between the two worlds, not knowing where his loyalties lie."
We like conflicted Peter better than the suggestion a fan posed at Comic-Con, which was a rather creepy threesome between Peter and the Olivias. Judging by Jackson's reaction, he wasn't really keen on that idea, either. "Am I a prude, or was that the most awkward question ever asked?"
Note: The following video contains some rough language and is not appropriate for children.
Exclusive: Shawn and Aaron Ashmore guest star on 'Fringe'
Shawn and Aaron Ashmore get to play alternate versions of themselves on "Fringe" this fall.
Aaron (left) and Shawn Ashmore currently are filming their guest starring roles on Fox's "Fringe."
.The acting twins guest star as brothers in an episode of the Fox thriller that won't air until probably November. Fox has threatened to send some alt universe enforcers after me if I reveal any details about the Ashmores' characters or the plot of their episode, so I'm keeping mum. (I saw an Observer in my hotel lobby earlier, by the way.)
After watching a few scenes being shot on the Vancouver set earlier this week, I can say it's going to be a very cool episode with exciting action and some weird Fringey stuff happening.
I chatted with Shawn on set, who told me this is the first time he and Aaron have acted together in about 15 years.
"We're having fun with it, running around on set and fooling everybody," he said. "It's been fun. It's a huge experience and a good show."
Shawn, who played Bobby Drake the Iceman in the "X-Men" movies, and Aaron, who played Jimmy Olsen on "Smallville," haven't co-starred in anything in a long time for a simple reason.
"It's usually because the stuff that came along is kind of hokey, but I think the quality of 'Fringe' is really high and the episode is done well and our characters are intelligent," Shawn said. "We're going to have some fun."
I'll have more on the Ashmore episode closer to airtime. Come back next week for more on my visit to the set as well. I'll have interviews with John Noble, Kirk Acevedo and Seth Gabel.
After the extraordinary turn of events that shockingly left an imprisoned Olivia “over there,” she fights to find her way home. Meanwhile, Peter and Walter try to move on with their lives unknowingly alongside alternate Olivia in the “Olivia” season premiere episode of FRINGE airing Thursday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FR-301) (TV-14 L, V)
Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth
Guest Cast: Andre Royo as Henry; Amy Madigan as Marilyn
by Lynette Rice
Sep 2, 2010, 03:43 PM ET
Image Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox
Welcome back to TV, Bubbles! EW has obtained this exclusive first look of Andre Royo – best known as Bubbles from HBO’s The Wire - in the premiere episode of Fringe that airs Sept. 23. In the episode, Royo plays Henry, a taxi driver that Olivia (Anna Torv) encounters as she fights to find her way home. The Ausiello Files first broke news about Royo joining the show in July.
We break down what you can expect in Fringe Season Three, based on one promo image. The answer? Not a lot.
By Alex Zalben September 2, 2010
We are now so very, very close to the start of Fringe season three, and to just tease us further, FOX has released a promo poster full of hints and clues. You can check out the full size version to the right, but here’s what you’re looking for (or, at least what’s so far been identified by Obsessed Fringey:
•A Leaf Glyph
•A Massive Dynamic Cup
•A Smoke Glyph
•A Frog Glyph
•A Seahorse Glyph
•A Hand Glyph
•A Fringe Division Logo
•A Flower Glyph
•A Butterfly Glyph
Without clicking through to Obsessed Fringey (they’ve been nice enough to clearly label them all), can you spot every hidden bit?
As for the non-hidden bits, it’s a fairly generic poster... FOX has been going with the “Fringe Division looks at you the viewer from a weird angle” since the first season. Though I guess it’s sort of notable to mention that Walter is eating (or rather drinking) something, a major part of his character*. And we’re seeing Olivia on the poster, not Olivinot (or Altlivia, or whatever you prefer). Also, the Joshua Jackson on the poster isn’t Peter Bishop, it’s Jackson’s character from Urban Legend.
Fringe returns September 23rd, and we can’t wait.
*Though I’m a little bummed its not J.J. Abrams' stand-by easter egg, Slusho.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
FRINGE Star John Noble Reacts to Egregious Emmy Snub
theTVaddict The TV Addict 08/23/10 12:15 PM
From follically-challenged men with a taste for tabasco to parallel universes with a hate on for our world, FRINGE fans relish the unexplainable.
Except of course when it comes to the Acadamy's egregious snub of actor John Noble who for some inexplicable reason will not be among the group of tuxedo clad nominees sitting in the Nokia Theater this Sunday August 29 where the Emmy's will be broadcast live on NBC.
But what does the actor better known as Dr. Walter Bishop have to say on the subject? We asked him on our recent visit to the set of FRINGE.
"I wasn't surprised last year, but I was surprised this year and so was everyone else," explained Noble on the Acadmey's failure to recognize his remarkable work in "Peter," an episode actually worthy of the term "game-changer.I'll be honest, It took me a couple of days to process it, I was stunned and then I had to let it go."
And let it go he has. But not before taking a moment to thanks his ardent supporters.
"Thank you to all the good people who have said, 'What happened here?' but I can't live in that space. I don't want to live my life as the loser."
Only in the parallel universe would anyone define "loser" as the guy who gets to go to work with Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, and Jasika Nicole every day. That said, we look forward to the Academy rectifying their mistake next year.
Question: how long will Olivia be behind bars in the alt-universe on Fringe? —Grace
Ausiello: Sounds like she’ll be sprung well before November sweeps. “I don’t want to spoil it, but I think it is safe to say she is not going to spend too much time stuck in a cell,” says Anna Torv. “That’s not her bag…. I don’t know how she will get home, though. Remember how much energy and planning it took to get the others home in the finale?”
Question: the wedding blind item you posted has to be Peter and Olivia from Fringe, only the biggest shocker is that it’s actually Bolivia (bad Olivia) from the other side. —Caroline
Ausiello: Compelling theory. too bad it’s wrong. but you bring up a good point: given the intimate moment Peter and Olivia shared in the finale, Fauxlivia may not be able to keep up her little ruse for long. “I guess we will see how similar they really are,” Torv says with a wink. “You have to wonder how long Fauxlivia can stay undercover with him.”
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Joshua Jackson talks Pacey-Con and tells GiveMeMyRemote.com if he'll do it again next year
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Zach in Santa Clara, Calif.: What is the deal with the two universes on Fringe and what does it mean for Joshua Jackson that Peter doesn't have an alternate?
You can file this under no good, very bad news: Josh is only in every other episode. The artist formerly known as Pacey Witter himself told us he isn't in the season premiere and he's not in any of the odd-numbered episodes. Blasphemy! Why are the powers that be doing this to us, you ask? We spoke with his co-star Lance Reddick who spilled that, "Every other episode is going to be either one universe or the other. So, they're going to be alternating universes at least for the first half of the season." On the bright side, at least Josh now has more time to plan next year's Pacey-Con, and that upcoming guest stint on The Vampire Diaries.