Guggenheim on Tonight’s Arrow Finale

I think for better or for worse, I read the internet and I understand people are getting plot-twist fatigue, but personally I think we end the season with a run of episodes that were so twisty and turny and each one seemed to be more surprising than the next. I’m really proud of that. One of my litmus tests is, do we feel like we won’t be able to top it next season? And I certainly feel like we basically blew up the show and that continues on through the finale, so I’m really proud of that, because it’s something you can’t repeat — obviously you can’t blow up the show every year, so it’s exciting to me. The finale, when we finished writing it, I jokingly said I want to call it “Sticking the Landing” because there’s so many plot twists — and the thing about all the plot twists is, it’s all well and good but you’ve got to be able to explain it on the B-side, and all those questions have got to get answered, and at the same time you want it to be an entertaining episode on its own. It can’t just be 42 minutes of us reading Twitter and answering everyone’s questions, and knock on wood, I kind of feel like it’s satisfying in that regard. It answers the questions you have; it sets up new ones that hopefully people will carry into season four; it’s a very definitive ending…

People ask me, “does it end on a cliffhanger” and it really depends on your definition of a cliffhanger, because if your definition of a cliffhanger includes, “well how can they possibly continue to do this show after this episode?” then yes, this is very much a cliffhanger. [Laughs.] At the same time, it probably could function as a series finale if that’s the route we were going, but we’re at work on season four and I’m excited about what we’ve come up with.

via Arrow Season 3 Finale: Boss Talks Season 4 Plans, HIVE, Damien Darhk | Variety.

ABC 2015-16 Schedule: (Almost) Same As It Ever Was

ABC opted for stability in the fall, launching just five new series with no major shakeups to its nightly strategies. The network, which had momentum this past season with improved ratings, is clearly hoping to maintain its uptick, simply swapping dramas for dramas and comedies for comedies.

via ABC 2015-16 Schedule: Shondaland Stays on Thursday; ‘Muppets’ Added to Fall Slate | Variety.

2015 Prizm Baseball Sneak Peek!

For many hardcore hardball collectors, Wednesday simply can’t get here fast enough. For Wednesday, you see, is the day Panini America’s 2015 Prizm Baseball releases to a hungry fan base seemingly champing at the bit to rip into the colorful, compelling and stacked release. Boasting a bevy of new Prizm paralllels (including baseball’s debut of Tie-Dye Prizms and Black & White Checkered Prizms) and a loaded, predominantly hard-signed autograph checklist, 2015 Prizm Baseball is equipped to be the best Prizm Baseball to date.

via Teaser Gallery: Panini America Breaks Early Boxes of the New 2015 Prizm Baseball | The Official Panini America Blog.

2014 Eisner Awards – The Top Nominations

Marvel Comics’ “Ms. Marvel,” DC Comics’ “Multiversity,” Image Comics’ “Saga” and Monkeybrain’s “Bandette” lead this year’s Eisner Award class with three or more nominations apiece. As publishers, Marvel, DC and Fantagraphics tied for the most nominations overall with 18 each, while Brian K. Vaughan received more nominations than any other single creator with four.

via DC, Marvel & Fantagraphics Top 2014 Eisner Award Nominations – Comic Book Resources.

Movieverse Madness Continues!

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Valiant Entertainment is getting into the movie business with feature film adaptations of “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot.” The announcement comes as part of a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures that will see two films each from the announced franchises before a fifth one — “Harbinger Wars” — pairs them together.

What, no X-O Manowar?

via Valiant Announces Film Universe With “Bloodshot,” “Harbinger” and “Harbinger Wars” – Comic Book Resources.

What’s Marvel Up To In 2015?

With 2015 now a full two days old, Alonso follows last year’s look back with a look ahead, and opines on the future of Marvel Comics — starting with the two big “Wars” of the comic book new year — “Star Wars” and “Secret Wars.” With Marvel’s new “Star Wars” line set to debut in less than a fortnight, Alonso talks what he thinks the beloved franchise adds to Marvel’s publishing slate. Given that readers have already been told that the year-long “Secret Wars” is going to be a really big deal for Marvel, Alonso shares his thoughts on what excites him about the story itself. Beyond that, Alonso talks Disney/Marvel collaborations, publishing priorities for 2015, “Uncanny Avengers” and the increased role of Sabretooth, plus drops a pretty big (albeit certainly open to interpretation) hint about a Marvel character poised to have a big year.

via Axel-In-Charge: Looking Ahead to Marvel’s 2015, From “Star Wars” to “Secret Wars” – Comic Book Resources.

Looks interesting.

CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2014: #75-51 – with “Magneto,” “Starlight,” “Aquaman” and more!

2014 was another record year for the Top 100, with more than 50 contributors to the list, and more than 200 comics nominated. The end result is as diverse of a list as you’d expect, with superhero mainstays standing along creator-owned favorites; publishing giants sharing space with self-published digital works. While no list can be an exhaustive collection of every noteworthy piece of work released in a year, the end result of the CBR Top 100 is a wide smattering of eclectic choices worthy of attention.

via CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2014: #75-51 – Comic Book Resources.

This Is The New Golden Age of Movies

With the endless sequel-reboot environment consuming the Hollywood landscape, it can be easy to claim that movies’ best days are already over. But just by looking at the crop of high-quality pictures from this decade alone, the era of top notch filmmaking is still far away from closing credits. From psychotic ballerinas to robotic romances and every top-notch indie and mainstream pic in between, these pics prove that the golden age of Hollywood may just be starting. Here are 17 movies that prove the 2010’s will be one of the best decades in film history.

via 17 Movies That Prove 2010s Will Be One Of Film’s Best Decades – Starpulse.com.

Parents Television Council debate: We ask TV’s biggest protest group all our longtime questions | Inside TV | EW.com

They’re the best-known protest organization against graphic TV sex and violence. Even if you don’t know their name, you’ve seen the results of their efforts. Those headlines about that long Sons of Anarchy sex montage? The furor over ABC’s Charlie Brown repeat leading into a Scandal sex scene? The content protests against Fox’s Family Guy, VH-1’s Dating Naked and CBS’ Stalker? All the work of the Parents Television Council, a 19-year-old oft-outraged Los Angeles-based organization that’s probably the best known remaining anti-indecency group around.

via Parents Television Council debate: We ask TV’s biggest protest group all our longtime questions | Inside TV | EW.com.

How a Nickelodeon Cartoon Became One of the Most Powerful, Subversive Shows of 2014 | Vanity Fair

Last night Nickelodeon aired the finale of the animated spin-off series The Legend of Korra, bringing a nine-year journey that started with Avatar: The Last Airbender to a close. But perhaps “aired” is the wrong word. Because, in an unprecedented move, Nickelodeon pulled The Legend of Korra off TV earlier this year and screened almost the entire last two seasons online only. That’s right, something called The Legend of Korra, an adventure show about teenagers with the supernatural ability to manipulate the elements, pushed the envelope so far it got yanked from TV. And last night, during the finale, creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino shoved that envelope even further. And they shoved it hard. Kids TV may never be the same again.

via How a Nickelodeon Cartoon Became One of the Most Powerful, Subversive Shows of 2014 | Vanity Fair.