Before watching Atlas Shrugged Part II
, I decided to watch the first film, and I watched them back to back. One thing to be noted is that the two films, although revolving around the same characters, have completely different casts, which felt very disjointed. The story is one overall all arch, and while they are two separate films, if you don't watch the first you miss a large chunk of the story. I believe that you could follow Part II
without having seen its predecessor and still understand it, but I don't think it would have the same impact. Everything that happens in Part II
is fueled by Part I
Who is John Galt? That's the mystery that's woven throughout the films as the best and the brightest start disappearing, and is also used as a saying when one doesn't know an answer to something they are asked.
The main characters of the films are the protagonist Dagny Taggart, played by Samantha Mathis (Taylor Schilling in Part I
) and her love interest Henry "Hank" Reardon, played by Jason Beghe (Grant Bowler in Part I
). While there is a love story, it takes a backseat to all of the problems that they and the country are facing. The story starts in a dystopian United States (Part I
starts in 2016, Part II
does not specify) during an economic depression. Prices have skyrocketed and with the cost of fuel and oil rising, the predominant form of travel has become rail transportation, but even the railways are in need of repair.
By Jamie Ruby
The new drama Vikings
, premieres March 3rd on History. The new series follows the adventures and also day to day lives of the Vikings, including real life historical figure Rollo, played by Clive Standen, brother to Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) who has convinced his brother and the other Vikings to sail west to find untold treasure. Rollo is a great warrior, but is also jealous of his brother and his marriage. Ragnar treats Rollo as an equal, but the tension is always high when it comes to Rollo, who is often not as honorable as his brother.
In preparation for the premiere of the new series, Standen recently talked to the media about his new role and the rigors of it.
By Jamie RubyVikings
, History's new drama, follows the lives and adventures of real life Vikings, not just as warriors, but also their day to day lives. The story focuses on Ragnar Lothbrok as he rises among the Vikings. The series also tells of his family life, including his wife, Lagertha, played by Katheryn Winnick, and their two children. Lagertha was not only a devoted wife, but also a powerful shield-maiden and warrior in her own right.
The actress recently talked about her role in the upcoming series, which premieres March 3rd on History.
By Jamie Ruby
Nationwide auditions for season three of The X Factor
will be underway soon – they start in Los Angeles on March 6th. In preparation, executive producers Andrew Llinares and Rob Wade recently talked to the media.
In the upcoming film The Host
, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer (The Twlight Saga
), a race of aliens have taken over the earth by taking over people's minds, but not everyone is willing to give up so easily. One "soul," Wanderer (a.k.a. Wanda) takes over Melanie Stryder (played by Saoirse Ronan), but she refuses to let go and they form a bond over the love (Max Irons) she left behind. As Wanda starts to share many of Melanie's feelings and emotions, her views change, and she decides to aid other humans who remain, in their fight against her kind.
One of these remaining humans is the character of Wes, played by Shawn Carter Peterson, who recently talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about the film. "Wes is one of a group of human beings that remain on Earth once the earth has been taken over by an alien invasion, if you will. And the aliens take over human bodies so you can't really tell who's human and who's not. The only way you can tell is by a silver ring that's around the cornea of the eye. And there is a small group of humans that have remained human and are hiding out in caves out in the desert, and Wes is one of those people."
David J. Peterson,
Who developed the languages of Defiance
, will conduct a live Twitter Q&A from TED tomorrowThursday, February 277:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT
In addition, David has been live-tweeting while at TED.
He'll be tweeting from @DefianceWorld
But you can also catch the full experience on Storify
Chasing Mavericks is the inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston). When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Chasing Mavericks was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing real wave footage ever captured on film.
By Jamie Ruby
History's new drama, Vikings
, premieres March 3rd. The series follows Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Travis Fimmel (The Bay Town Outlaws, The Beast
), a real figure from history, and his adventures as he resolves to sail to the west to find undiscovered riches and rises to become King of the Viking Tribes. The series not only focuses on the Vikings as warriors, but also as humans, as it shows how they live as a people.
The star recently talked to the digital media about the new series, which airs March 3rd on History.
By Jamie Ruby
March 3rd the new drama Vikings
premieres on History. The series follows Ragnar Lothrok (Travis Fimmel) and other Vikings from history, in not only battle and other adventures, but also in their day to day lives. Ragnar's is determined to sail to the west to find untold riches, against the wishes of the earl. Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) and his wife Siggy, played by Jessalyn Gilsig, have one daughter and are devastated by the loss of their two sons. Siggy is encouraging to the earl in his attempts to best Ragnar, but she may not be completely loyal to her husband.
Gilsig recently talked to the media about her role in the upcoming History series, which premieres March 3rd.