Everybody knows the characters from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. The story was first serialised in 1844 and became a huge success and writing inspiration for generations of authors around the world.
As a historical adventure novel, The Three Musketeers mixed real characters with fictional events and stories, making difficult to truly understand where the fiction begins. Here is a very simple dossier about the characters, real people or fictional characters?
D'Artagnan: this character was in fact Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan (around 1611-1673), a real person. He worked for Cardinal Mazarin and served as captain of the Musketeers during the reign of Louis XIV. In 1700, Gatien de Courtilz published his vision of the story of d'Artagnan, a semi-fictionalized memoirs. His works served as the model for The Three Musketeers. D'Artagnan really existed, but his legacy was in fact a historical fiction inspired by a semi-fiction.
Athos: Athos was probably freely inspired by Armand de Sillègue d'Athos d'Autevielle, a real musketeer, but the character is very fictional.
Isaac de Porthau, a gascon musketeer, served as the inspiration for the character of Porthos as well as Henri d'Aramitz, abbot and musketeer, was the basis of the character of Aramis. Both of them are fictional.
M. de Tréville/Tresville: this character was in fact Jean-Armand du Peyrer (1598-1672) from Trois-Ville.
The famous antagonist Milady de Winter is a fictional character, but Alexandre Dumas used the mention of a person named Lucy Hay in the memoirs of d'Artagnan by Gatien de Courtilz as an inspiration to create her.
Of course, main historical characters like Anne d'Autriche or Cardinal Richelieu are based on real people.
We have just received the press release for the third episode of the new season of Law & Order: SVU. Titled "Zero Tolerance", the episode will air next Thursday at 10pm East Central on NBC.
After the rescue of a young girl from a sex trafficker, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stone (Philip Winchester) must take drastic measures to reunite her with her mother. Meanwhile, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) decides to give her rocky relationship another chance.
Also starring Ice T (Sgt. Fin Tutuola) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Guest starring George Newbern (Dr. Al Pollack), Carl Weathers (SA Mark Jefferies), Scarlett Lopez (Gabriela Sosa) and Andy Powers (Jeff Phelps).
Volume 40 of the world famous seinen manga "Berserk" is available today in Japan.
This is a highly anticipated volume since it has to answer THE BIG question for all the fans: is it possible to bring Casca back?
As usual, 2 colored pictures accompanying this volume:
Pre-published in the Young Animal since 1989, Berserk is the lifetime saga of his creator Kentaro miura and it will soon celebrate its 30th birthday.
The last week of September is here, with a new spooktacular Netflix lineup for October. Netflix is premiering highly anticipated original titles this month, The Haunting of Hill House and new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Other titles include psychological thriller Hold the Dark which follows a retired wolf expert investigating a child's disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness. For a more family friendly flick, Creeped Out is an anthology series featuring a masked figure known as "The Curious" who collects tales of dark magic. Check out the list below, with trailers for all the new Netflix originals.
Hold the Dark (Netflix Film)
A gripping psychological thriller unfolds in the treacherous Alaskan wilderness when a retired wolf expert is summoned to investigate a child’s disappearance. Hold The Dark, starring Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård and Riley Keough, and directed by Jeremy Saulnier.
Truth or Dare
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
Creeped Out (Netflix Original Series)
A masked figure known as "The Curious" collects tales of dark magic, otherworldly encounters and twisted technology in this kids anthology series. Featuring William Romain, Sydney Wade, and Jennifer James.
Malevolent (Netflix Film)
A brother-sister team who fake paranormal encounters for cash get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted estate turns very, very real. Written by Ben Ketai, and Eva Konstantopoulos, based on the book Hush by Eva Konstantopoulos. Starring Florence Pugh, Celia Imrie, and Ben Lloyd-Hughes.
Apostle (Netflix Film)
The promise of the divine is but an illusion. A drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister, tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island in 1905. From writer and director Gareth Evans, starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen.
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (Netflix Original Series)
Wickedly talented baker and artist Christine McConnell fills her home with haunting confections, creepy crafts and wildly inappropriate creatures.
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix Original Series)
Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it. Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. Starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton. Directed by Mike Flanagan.
Haunted (Netflix Original Series)
Real people sit down with friends and family to share true stories of terrifying events that continue to haunt them. Vivid recreations included with this new reality series.
Castlevania—Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix Original Series)
The story of Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch half-mortal teenage girl. She's been waiting her whole life for her 16th birthday but something wicked this way comes, forcing her to choose between a path of light and the path of the night. From the makers of Riverdale. Directed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Starring Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto, Ross Lynch, and Richard Coyle.
Which title will you see this month? Comment below!
You read it right, Orson Welles is releasing a new movie. In 2018.
Titled The Other Side of the Wind, the film was Welles final attempt to tell the story of an aging movie director trying to finish his last great movie. Unfortunately, Welles passed away in 1985 and was never able to finish this independent film. While the negative stayed in a vault for decades, the movie will finally be released by Netlix in November.
Check out the trailer here:
On the day of the release of the film, a new documentary about Welles will be released simultaneously. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the doc tells the story of legendary director Orson Welles during the final 15 years of his life.
Check out the trailer of the They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead:
Both films will be released on Netflix on November 2nd.
After having played things very close to the vest since Jodie Whittaker's freshman Doctor Who season began filming, the BBC has finally released a new trailer for season 11 that reveals more about what we can expect from the first woman to play the Doctor.
Is that Gallifrey we see in the trailer? It's hard to tell; the Beeb and new showrunner Chris Chibnall are still holding onto a lot of secrets. Here's what we do know about the upcoming season:
* S11E01, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, is set in Sheffield. Sharon D. Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley are guest stars.
* S11E02 is titled The Ghost Monument and features Shaun Dooley, Susan Lynch and Art Malik as guest stars.
* One episode will feature Alan Cumming as King James I.
* Team TARDIS won't run into the Daleks, the Cybermen, or any old adversaries.
* It is rumored that one plotline will revolve around the U.S. Civil Rights movement and feature Rosa Parks.
* Chris Chibnall told The Guardian that viewers won't need an "encyclopaedic knowledge of Doctor Who" to enjoy the episodes, and he's hoping this aspect will attract new fans.
* However, Chibnall also assured current fans that the new season will have "everything [they] expect" and "honours everything that has gone before.”
Some fans on Twitter complained about the modern music in the new trailer, saying that they didn't feel it fit the series. I don't agree with them. I think it's consistent with Chibnall wanting the series to appeal to a new generation of fans. It's also a way of getting it in tune with the times. Viewer preferences have changed dramatically since 1963, and even 2003. One of the professors in my MBA program said that in nearly every case, the gravestones of failed businesses could be inscribed with this epitaph: "But we always did it this way." Chibnall realizes that Doctor Who cannot keep doing things the same way it always did and remain relevant; change is what has kept this series going for so long.
On that note, a small but vocal group of naysayers are still hopping mad at the notion that the Doctor is going to be played by a woman. Stylist Magazine posted this humorous video of Jodie Whittaker reacting to a sampling of social media reactions to her casting last year:
As I posted on Twitter yesterday, I was originally skeptical about casting a woman. I didn't think it was a good idea. Two things changed my mind. The first was the reaction of little girls who were filled with excitement over the idea that a woman was going to play the Doctor. The second was, ironically, the people who are still mad about this. All the venom directed at Whittaker made me realize that, indeed, it was time for a woman to play this role.
Representation matters. Next month at the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, a Q&A panel will discuss the famous "Scully Effect." Many little girls and young women who grew up watching the fictional Dana Scully on The X-Files were inspired to pursue STEM careers. Perhaps we'll see a "Jodie Effect" 25 years from now.
Technology has profoundly changed Mankind forever. Phones have become computers, cars have autopilots, the biggest taxi company has no cars (Uber), the biggest hotel company has no hotels (Airbnb), watches can now run electrocardiograms and books are now read on tablets.
What about TV? Well, TV has not been forgotten. The good old time of waiting for your favorite show to air at a precise moment on a precise channel is slowly fading away. Some people don't even have cable anymore. The Internet has forevere changed the world and TV is now consumed through boxes such as the Apple TV and through apps such as Netflix.
While Netflix is enjoying a well deserved success by being the first to have massively invested in streaming services, other major companies are slowly but surely trying to catch up. While Amazon and Apple are investing in new exclusive shows, one particular company is taking the time to offer a service that will probably become a massive success in the coming years. Disney.
According to Disney's CEO Bob Iger, the development of their own streaming service is their current biggest priority. If you are a Netflix member, you probably know that Disney's movies are currently available on Netflix. Well, that may change very soon. When Disney's streaming service will be released, they will remove their content from Netflix entirely. This move will cost Disney $300 million of annual revenue! That means that they expect to earn even more with their own service.
And if you think only about Frozen and Toy Story, think again. Following Disney's M&A with 21st Century Fox, this means that the service will also offer all the movies and series produced by FOX, from The Simpsons to The X-Files.
Their streaming service is set to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned to tvore.com for all the latest news about it.
Last night, Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T appeared on NBC's Late Show with Seth Meyers.
During their appearance, they talked about working together on Law & Order: SVU for 20 years. And yes, we've got an exclusive clip for you to watch.
There is always a lot to discover and process when traveling. This simple guide will, without any pretension, allow you to combine tourism and X-Phile quest by offering a route to visit Vancouver while enjoying some filming locations. I deliberately ducked some filming locations like schools or hospitals, for obvious reasons.
From Stanley Park to the Steam Clock
It's a safe bet that you will want to visit Stanley Park and Gastown in search of the Steam Clock. We will take Stanley Park as a starting point.
From Stanley Park, head for English Bay Beach on Beach Avenue to the corner of Denman Street. You will then find the little Morton Park, location of The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat:
Walk up Denman Street then turn right at Robson Street. Follow Robson Street to Robson Square, where Scully meets Reyes in My Struggle II:
Continue on Robson Street to Cambie Street and turn left to Victory Square, Home Again's main outdoor location. You will find on your right the famous arch where Mulder is investigating:
Walk a few more meters and ... that's it! You are in Gastown! The Steam Clock is yours. From there, if you still have some energy, you can go back to Stanley Park by W. Hastings to Hornby Street. This is the cross that served in My Struggle.
Cates Park : A must-see place
No need to be a fan of The X-Files to be overwhelmed by the atmosphere of this incredible place, so even if your family is not interested in The X-Files, do not deprive yourself or your family of this visit. The use of a vehicle is preferred because you will have to go to North Vancouver and head east to Deep Cove. There is a car park at the end of the road, right before Indian Arm. You are there ! Welcome to the peaceful Cates Park, where Margaret Scully remains:
But where is that good old X-Files?
It is still possible to visit cult filming locations from the first seasons of The X-Files. For example, you can go to Grouse Mountain after stopping at Cates Park, the place of the sublime Ascension episode:
Sadly, more than 20 years has passed and of course, almost all filming locations have changed so much that they do not really have any connection with the places fantasized by the fans. For example, it is always possible to see Frank Black's yellow house, but it has changed so much over time... to be honest, I made the choice of keeping the yellow house alive in my heart.
That said, there are still some places with an eternal atmosphere that will remain forever. The most incredible place for me is Buntzen Lake. Barely a few seconds spent here are enough to visualize Conduit or Quagmire. The ultimate location of the X-Files for me. An eternal beauty:
Yesterday, the Emmy Award ceremony took place in the Microsoft's Theater. As everyone expected, HBO and Netflix came back with many awards - 23 in total. Unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones won the most prestigious award of best outstanding drama series.
More interestingly, Henry Winkler, the famous Fonze in Happy Days, won an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy. A three-time Emmy nominee, Winkler joked that he wrote his speech 43 years ago.
Here is the list of the main category winners:
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: Game of Thrones
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
BEST LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Matthew Rhys, The Americans
BEST LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA: Claire Foy, The Crown
BEST LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: Bill Hader, Barry
BEST LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA: Thandie Newton, Westworld
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY: Henry Winkler, Barry
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
BEST LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
BEST LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Regina King, Seven Seconds
BEST VARIETY SKETCH SHOW: Saturday Night Live
But while many were not surprised by the results, a particular moment during the ceremony sent social media into frenzy - and not for a new controversy. You read it right.
At one point, Emmy Award winner Glen Weiss went on stage to receive his award, and used this opportunity to propose to his girlfriend, after mentioning that his mother passed away recently. Pointing at his girlfriend Jan Svendse, who was sitting in the audience, he told her from the stage, “you wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend?” he said. “Because I want to call you my wife.”
The exchange was, for once, unanimously praised. Here is the clip:
This is September 15. And already I have watched all the episodes of BoJack Horseman's new season, which was released yesterday. 12 episodes.
After four groundbreaking seasons, I was more than looking forward to the return of BoJack, as well as Mr. Peanutbutter, Diane (Nguyen, obviously), Todd and Princess Carolyn, the characters I came to adore in a show that is quite different from anything else on TV - should I even say on TV? Anyway.
Season 4 was clearly not as good as the first three, but still, most episodes were highly entertaining and overall, the series was still great. As an example, the episodes The Old Sugerman Place (S04E02) and Time's Arrow (S04E11) were simply brilliant. This is, unfortunately, not the case this season. Season 5 has a new main storyline, and it feels redundant. BoJack is acting in a drama series, and I couldn't care less. Because we go into yet another season of BoJack suffering, and we don't care anymore. At least I don't. The reason is that it has been now five years. And we all know that the magic number of seasons is... well... five.
Everything is redundant. Diane feels bad, Mr. Peanutbutter misses Diane, BoJack is in pain, Todd is doing things. After a while, the series is now running in circles and the only thing it does well is to reference itself. Already, its good days are behind.
And if five is supposed to be the magic number, then it means that the next season will probably be the death of the series, with maybe a particular scene that we will all refer to as the official moment that BoJack Horseman jumped the shark... or the horse.
I don't remember finding any particular joke funny, this year around. Surely, the whattimeisitrightnow.com site jokes were funny. But that was pretty much it. Most of the interesting jokes where about the past. For instance, BoJack refers to "do they know things? Let's find out", and I instantly felt sad, thinking about previous seasons with great episodes. Before.
Character-wise, I really enjoyed the new character of Pickles. But apart from that, I really missed BoJack. He was here without being here. Maybe that was the point. Maybe this season is brilliant by focusing on itself. Maybe season 5 is the ultimate meta.
In terms of the episodes. I watched 12 of those and I only can remember two. The one with Diane going to Vietnam. And the one with BoJack doing a eulogy of his late mother. Those were cool and outside of the box (well... except the eulogy one...).
Interestingly, I remember not liking season 4 when it was released. Then rewatching it again a few days later and really enjoying it. Maybe I need more... time.
Justin Bieber, a Canadian singer/songwriter, has applied to become a citizen of the United States of America. Bieber, who was born and raised in Ontario, Canada has spent a considerable amount of time in the US since breaking on to the scene in 2008.
Bieber was discovered through his YouTube videos which consisted of him doing cover songs. He was signed to RBMG and released his first EP "My World" in 2009.
Since those early days, Bieber has become a household name for anyone with a teenage girl. He has morphed, grew, changed, and reinvented himself several times. He has gotten into some trouble, dug himself out of holes, made headlines (more than once), and has released several albums that have gone platinum (numerous times). His young, fresh sound, good looks, and lyrical writing talent have made him a great success in the US.
It is because of this success that recent stories about Bieber applying for a US citizenship do not come as a surprise.
According to sources, Beiber intends to retain his Canadian citizenship along with one for the US. This comes before his upcoming wedding to Hailey Baldwin. The marriage of these two lovebirds will inevitably lead to Justin spending more time in the States, and it only makes sense he is a citizen there.
Not everyone is thrilled about his new status, however. Comments on entertainment sites and Twitter from both sides of the border depict outrage over his re-location (re-identity?). The singer has the legal right to live in the US currently, with his green card, but will have to prove his knowledge of US history, have a background check, test his English, and pledge his allegiance in order to achieve a citizenship in the country.
Many are speculating how this can happen when Bieber has been arrested multiple times in the past. Comments on various news sites hint at money being the cause of Bieber's ability to get a citizenship despite his tarnished past... But he hasn't been approved as of yet. So, we will just have to wait and see if he can hack it in the south.
Eminem, in his true fashion, stirred up some drama in the hip-hop community September 14th when he accused artist/producer P Diddy of putting out a hit that killed 2pac.
"Killshot" Eminem's new diss track aimed at MGK points the finger at Diddy for the murder of the popular rapper Tupac.
The track comes after a long-standing and very public feud between the two has taken over the internet. Online fans have speculated that the feud began over a tweet that MGK posted back in 2012 about Eminem's daughter Hailie.
It appears that Eminem missed the part where MGK says "in the most respectful way possible" because the tweet seems to have fueled a fire that is still raging strong.
The "Killshot" diss track is the most recent attack in the ongoing feud between the two artists, and it has the internet buzzing. Despite Eminem closing out the track by saying "I'm just playin' Diddy, you know that I love you" fans can't help but speculate.
Eminem denies that the feud began over MGK's tweet about Hailie, but it was clearly the spark that ignited the fire that is now raging strong.
Eminem is known for his ability to spit harsh, violent slurs in his raps and now he has reason to be hurling them in real life.
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) dropped a nearly 5-minute diss track titled "Rap Devil" directed at Eminem during an in-depth discussion of his new album Kamikaze.
MGK and Eminem have had a public beef that began 6 years earlier when MGK tweeted that Eminem's daughter Hailie is "hot as f**k".
MGK claims that Eminem has "blackballed" him from the industry, hence the diss track, though Eminem says that he hasn't done any such thing. In fact, he says in a recent interview that MGK "isn't even part of the conversation" and that he doesn't care about the kid or his career at all. He does, however, say that he hates this feud because it gives MGK undeserved attention.
Eminem also stated in an interview with Sway Calloway that he doesn't like the way that MGK is using his platform as an artist to diss him when he could be using it to do good.
Things have cooled for the moment, but it is obvious that this feud is far from over.