Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Fringe Screening and Q&A – Fringe returns to Comic-Con as Lance Reddick and Blair Brown make their first appearance at the convention, joining fellow series stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble and Jasika Nicole, and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman for a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Join the discussion of this critically acclaimed thriller, which explores the ever-blurring line between science fiction and reality, where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to worlds unknown. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX, and Fringe: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 14. Become a fan of Fringe on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Fringe and follow the show on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FRINGEonFOX.
Other show panels - http://www.seat42f.com/comic-con-2010.html
Friday, June 25, 2010
I can't wait to see how the new season of Fringe goes down. What have you heard? — Martha
MICKEY: As it did in Season 1, the Fringe division will have an in-house adversary, a powerful government official who thinks Agent Broyles gives his team far too much latitude. Her actions will complicate things for Walter & Co., who will already be burdened by the secret sabotage of Nolivia (the "over-there" Olivia).
[POWERFUL FEMALE GOVERNMENT AGENT] -35-55. Becomes an adversary to our Fringe team. Possible 3-4 episodes out of the first 9. Starts episode 302 approximately July 19th. Submit all ethnicities. PLEASE ALSO SUBMIT NAME ACTORS.
[FEMALE THERAPIST] – 35-70- She’s trustworthy, comforting, maternal and lovely. Starts approximately July 8. Submit all ethnicities. Possibly recurring.
[INNOCENT MALE STRANGER] – 35-70. Wonderful character actor who is also charming. He gets caught up in action that has nothing to do with him. Submit all ethnicities. Appears in episode 1. Starts approximately July 8th.
I can't wait for Fringe to be back. What do you know about Olivia's mother? — Jack
MICKEY: So far, we're hearing that we'll only see her "over there," and that her ties to the Bishop family will be surprising.
Best Television Series: Lost
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: Breaking Bad
Best Presentation on Television: Torchwood: Children of Earth
Best Actor on Television: Josh Holloway (Lost)
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Julie Benz (Dexter)
Guest Starring Role on Television: Leonard Nimoy (Fringe)
Best DVD Release: Nothing But the Truth
Best DVD Television Release: Lost (The Complete Fifth Season)
Best DVD Special Edition: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut
Best DVD Collection: Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Fans are used to speaking their mind via the internet, with the hopes of garnering the attention of the networks who host their favorite shows. Fringe fans are no different. Most recently, fan-created blog The Fringe Report has started a petition to get Jasika Nicole -- who plays the optimistic and loyal FBI junior agent Astrid Farnsworth -- to lend her vocal skill to FOX's Glee. And after hearing her exercise her musical muscles in Fringe's noir episode "Brown Betty," I think she'd fit right in with the Gleeks.
Nicole hails from Birmingham Alabama, and attended Catawaba College in North Carolina, studying theater, voice, and dance. She then traveled to New York City to pursue her career in the arts. She stared opposite Bronson Pinchot in The Musical "Chasing Nicolette," and most notably in the off-Broadway production of "Café a Go-Go." Recently, she appeared in the premiere of "Believe in Me...a Bigfoot Musical" in the 2004 NYC Fringe Festival.
Nicole is also an avid drawer, and has sold her drawings to an avid fan base online, including her own line of eco-friendly tote bags displaying her artwork. She also penned a comic called "High Yella Magic" which she is preparing to develop into a graphic novel.
If production scheduling didn't become a problem, as both shows will be airing during FOX's fall season, I wouldn't mind seeing Jasika hit some high notes on Glee. I, like many fans of Fringe, very much enjoyed hearing her showcase her vocal talent, and hope that if she can't score a spot on Glee, maybe the Fringe writers will pen another musical scene for Agent Farnsworth.
To support the petition, go HERE or to The Fringe Report.
Monday, June 14, 2010
by Free Britney
There's so much more to go over. Voting opens today on teenchoiceawards.com. Follow the jump for the full list of nominees from movies, TV, sports and music:
Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Josh Holloway, Lost
Joshua Jackson, Fringe
Ryan Kwanten, True Blood
Tom Welling, Smallville
Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Evangeline Lilly, Lost
Hayden Panettiere, Heroes
Anna Paquin, True Blood
Anna Torv, Fringe
Choice TV: Villain
Russell Hantz, Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains
Jane Lynch, Glee
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl
It looks like Olivia’s going to be stuck “over there” for a decent chunk of time when Fringe returns this fall. I say this because the search is on for an actress to play her alterna-verse mom for a four-episode arc. The deets…
Olivia’s Mother: Described as lovely and together, Mama D. loves her daughter very much and is even more devoted since she lost her other daughter in childbirth. Seeking a Caucasian actress in her 50s or 60s.
Armchair Casting Director’s Suggestion: Rene Russo.
Joshua Jackson takes a stroll with his girlfriend Diane Kruger and a friend along Abbot-Kinney on Thursday (June 10) in Venice, Calif.
The Fringe actor turns 32 today. Happy Birthday Joshua!
According to EW, Josh will be attending the annual Comic-Con International convention in San Diego this summer. Meanwhile, Diane will be working hard on her next films, including Inhale, where she plays a mother desperately trying to get her dying daughter a lung transplant in Mexico. http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/06/11/joshua-jackson-diane-kruger-fringe-and-fedora/#ixzz0qt9ML0rD
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Fringe will have a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2010. The convention takes place at the San Diego Convention Center July 22-25, with a special preview night taking place on July 21. Specific times and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Comic-Con has become an off-season phenomenon in the science fiction world similar to the NFL Draft in football. In 2008, the pilot of Fringe drew rave reviews in a special preview screening for guests who gained access. In 2009, Josh Jackson, Anna Torv, and John Noble answered questions, along with most of the creative team, during a Fringe panel.
With the end of other genre shows such as LOST, Heroes, and Flashforward, expect Fringe to really reach out to fans to claim a larger part of the network sci-fi drama spotlight.
Some tickets are still available, so contact Comic-Con as soon as possible!
If you have visited Comic-Con, or plan to do so this year, please leave your comments below and share your experience with others.
An online petition to nominate John Noble for an Emmy
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Jun 4th, 2010 11:33 AM
How in Jacob’s name are ‘Lost‘ fans expected to sate their appetite for twisty, supernatural-tinged tales populated by compellingly flawed characters, now that ABC’s island-based saga has bid the pop culture-verse adieu?
Fancast took that dilemma to ‘Lost’ creator J.J. Abrams himself, and suggested that Fox’s ‘Fringe’ – which was also born of his übercreative mind – is worthy of filling the aforementioned void.
“It’s very kind of you to say that,” Abrams responded. However, he is reluctant to draw comparisons between the two shows.
“Look, ‘Lost’ is very much its own thing,” Abrams explained. “[Executive producers] Damon [Lindelof] and Carlton [Cuse] and Jack Bender, the whole team did an amazing job to make that show what it’s become. ‘Fringe’ is a very different thing. I hope it has meaning to people and continues to grow, but I would never compare the two.”
More and more, ‘Fox’s ‘Fringe’ is in fact finding meaning for people and is growing creatively. This past season the series found its voice as it shared a provocative peek inside the alternate universe from which Walter (played by Emmy-worthy John Noble) years ago plucked Peter (Joshua Jackson). As Season 2 drew to a close, Peter fled “home” to that other world, while in the season finale someone close to him got trapped there.
On a weekly basis, meanwhile, ‘Fringe’ offers up its titular weird sciences, perplexing puzzles, otherwordly jaw-droppers and even hints of romance between Peter and one Olivia (Anna Torv) or another.
Returning to our original pitch, Abrams says, “People who are looking for a show that has mystery and mythology and asks interesting questions and freaks you out every week, hopefully they’ll go to ‘Fringe.’ And when they want to just have a good, fun, sexy time, they’ll go to ‘Undercovers.’”
‘Undercovers,’ of course, is but Abrams’ latest creation, a drama involving married and preternaturally attractive spies (played by Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw). It will air Wednesdays at 8/7c, starting this fall.
What do you think Losties? (Fringies?) Are Walter, Peter and Olivia ready to grab the baton from Locke, Jack and Kate?
I spent some time with John Noble on the set of "Fringe" last November and then spoke with him again by phone after the season finale. This story is pieced together from those interviews. This is a longer version of a story that will appear in the June 10 Emmys issue of The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times' special pull-out section on entertainment industry awards.
You don't need one of the strange laboratory contraptions from "Fringe" to detect that John Noble is an actor to watch this Emmy season — television critics and fans of the Fox sci-fi series have crusaded to bring attention to the Australian actor's inspired, quirky and sometimes heartbreaking portrayal of the mad scientist Walter Bishop.
None of that is lost on the 61-year-old Noble, but last fall as he brewed a pot of coffee in his trailer on the Vancouver set of "Fringe," he seemed far more interested in the delights of scripted madness than the allure of industry accolades.
"Walter is like a King Lear for television," Noble said. "He's got all of those extremes. He goes from the raging fool into these incredibly tender moments. He had moments that, to most of us, are quite insane and then show this incredible lucidity. He can be laser-like at times. But do you know what? I don't know that those aspects of a person are far different from a lot of us, to be honest. It's just that Walter's barriers are so low that he actually does the things that most of us sit on. That's a great opportunity for me as a character actor, obviously."
Noble paused, shook his head, sipped his coffee and then smiled broadly. "It's a lifetime opportunity, isn't it? To play a man who is 10 characters in one? Oh, it's a helluva gift."
"Fringe," the series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the director and writing tandem behind last year's "Star Trek" film), recently closed out its second season with a tense cliffhanger and a tale of multi-dimensional intrigue — essentially, there are nefarious doubles of key characters who are crossing back and forth between our universe and a parallel world and doing bad things to good people.
The paranormal show goes in search of strange science, but really the most important physics are between the three central characters — FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), con-man-turned-FBI-"consultant" Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson, long removed from the banks of "Dawson's Creek") and Peter's father, who is played by Noble and just happens to be a modern and mellower version of Dr. Frankenstein.
For Noble, the series and the character have been a chance to delve into "the nature of true genius" and into his studies of those singular souls who sometimes have cosmic insights but also terrible obsessions and mental or social rhythms that set them apart in life.
"I did my own research into those rare breed, the geniuses, and it's not that they are anti-social — they simply have no social skills. It misses the point, in a way, to think any other way about it," Noble said. "I also studied the people who have been subjected to a lot of drug use — prescription and otherwise, the psychotropic drugs and so forth — and what happens in mental institutions. Walter would have been subjected to electroshock therapy, so that was something I looked into, what the short- and long-term effects might be. I made all of that part of Walter."
Noble has worked closely with the creators and writers of "Fringe" to shape the madness of Walter Bishop. On a recent trip to Mexico City, for instance, the actor and his wife became mesmerized by the elaborate romanticism of senior couples dancing the samba in central plaza — "They were so focused," the actor said during a phone conversation after the trip, "that they transported back to when they were beautiful 19-year-olds." That scenario stuck with Noble and then, after watching a tango exhibition on the same trip, he e-mailed the writers of "Fringe" with an impassioned new idea: " 'Walter must tango,' I told them! They wrote back and said it was a grand idea. Now whether we use it or not, we'll see, but it's in the boiling pot."
Noble (who has now scheduled some tango lessons during his upcoming vacation to Italy) said the dance is a wonderful fit for Walter because its performance is not only theatrical but "is time standing still in a way," which brings rich possibilities to the character's ongoing arc. As "Fringe" viewers know, Walter was at the creative center of numerous bizarre experiments and dark government projects before he was shipped off to a mental institution. Now, as he emerges from a pharmaceutical fog, he is rediscovering himself and also his past sins.
"The memories appear and they hurt him, but he is also finding moments of strength and insight," Noble said, explaining that through the course of 53 episodes he has used posture, tremors and voice to show the scientist's physical condition. "He's not the same man we meet in the first episode."
Noble said working with the cast of "Fringe" has been a revelation for him and that he is especially fond of his rapport with Jackson, his on-screen son.
"That's become the glue that sticks the show together, and I think J.J. Abrams always had that in mind," Noble said. "But Joshua Jackson and I just picked it up and ran with it. It seemed like a beautiful opportunity to create something special. It's resonated so much with our audience. People stop Joshua in the street and tell him to treat his father better. I had a driver the other day who told me that he totally relates to Walter as a father and going through difficult times with his son. This is beautiful stuff."
After the season finale, Noble said he was still marveling at the fact that he gets to play Walter and the character's aggressive doppelganger from another dimension. "Think about that. I get Walter and his polar opposite. These are gifts you just don't get as an actor. I cherish it all."
Noble is recognized around the globe for his role as Denethor in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise (the final film in the trilogy, "The Return of the King" in 2003, stands as the third-highest-grossing film ever in worldwide box office) but has dedicated most of his career to the stage in his native Australia — as an actor, director and teacher. He starred in 240 performances of Ron Blair's one-man play "The Christian Brothers," a harrowing character study of a priest who brings his strident ways into the classroom to save souls but ends up perhaps compromising his own.
"It was about a man doubting his faith," Noble said. "We had a chair on stage — that was the symbol of all students. He would terrorize this chair. He would belt it and kick it and take the strap to it. I knew what I was doing too. I went to a boarding school where class was taught by this teaching order, the Christian Brothers. It was tragic in the play to see the agony this man was putting himself through as he did these things. I called upon what I knew. It was a wonderful play and a grand thing to do."
This second season of "Fringe" found the show taking some chances, and none was more obvious than the April 29 episode that was presented as a noir musical, a setting that was reached (no surprise) by roaming around inside the curious cranium of Walter Bishop. Noble laughed when told that more than a few fans were skeptical of the idea, as was the writer of this article. "You weren't the only one, mate! Our fans were certainly saying, 'What are you doing?' I think we knew that if we did it badly, it would be dreadful. But I think it ended up being really fun. I think the word 'audacious' is a good one to describe our show and where we hope to go with it. That's where the adventure lies, that's where the invention lies."
– Geoff Boucher
Thursday, June 3, 2010
By Catriona Wightman
Leonard Nimoy has suggested that he could return to Fringe in the future.
The actor announced his retirement earlier this year and his Fringe character William Bell died in the recent season finale.
However, in a video on the official website, Nimoy said: "Do I think he's really dead? Do I think William Bell is really dead? This is science fiction. I have died in science fiction many times and somehow magically or scientifically come back."
He added: "Given that he has disintegrated, what happens in the future remains to be seen."
Fringe star John Noble has described the season two finale as "stunning".
By Catriona Wightman, TV Reporter
The cast of Fringe have discussed the cliffhanger at the end of the second season.
During the final episode, it emerged that Olivia's alternate had taken her place in this universe.
In a video on the Fox website, John Noble, who plays Walter, said: "It's stunning. The relevation, it was stunning to me. And the opportunities that it opened up for us."
Noble also revealed that he is pleased with the way the relationship between Walter and Peter (Joshua Jackson) was dealt with, saying: "We deliberately leave Walter and Peter in a state of truce. That's the best we can do. It would be cheating to do anything else at this time."
Meanwhile, executive producer Akiva Goldsman suggested that Walter and his alternate could meet in the next season.
"We certainly discussed Walter and Walternate interacting," he said. "And I think that is certainly to come. The promise of that I think is another lure to bring us back... The more distance you put between them, the more interesting when they finally meet."
Jasika Nicole, who stars as Astrid, added that the series could keep expanding.
"There have to be more than just these two universes," she said. "Surely there's a lot of alternate universes out there."