Pop culture has a growing fascination with the occult. From zombies and vampires, to Hogwarts and horoscopes, and even witches and Ouija boards — the mystical, unknown and undead seem to dominate TV and movie screens.
While many celebrate this phenomenon, is it appropriate for Christians to get caught up in the zombie zeitgeist?
Apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston discusses paranormal entertainment, conjuring the dead, and "ordained" mediums in a section of his new book Unanswered, a volume intended to shed light on several hot-button topics that loom large within the Church. more >>
In its fourth and final season, Cinemax series "Banshee" sees master thief Lucas Hood (Anthony Starr) taking on a new crisis, this one involving a serial killer. After cutting himself off from everyone he knows in Banshee for the last two years, Hood returns to find the small town dramatically changed.
According to Starr, he specifically asked for the action in the show's fourth season to be toned down, as the first three seasons had left him feeling somewhat burnt out.
"I didn't have to do much action, which I asked for," the "Banshee" star told the New Zealand Herald. "I have a tendency to go, 'She'll be right', with that Kiwi attitude, but at the end of season three I was like, 'Ooh, she's not right.' It's just the attrition rate of being ground out, year-in, year-out." more >>
On Wednesday, "Arrow" showed the funeral it teased early this season, in an episode that saw Laurel Lance's (Katie Cassidy) family and friends grieving and trying to come to terms with her passing.
In the episode, titled "Canary Cry," Team Arrow mourned the Black Canary as they dealt with a wayward teen who stole the superheroine's sonic device. Propelled by the teen's crime, Oliver (Stephen Amell), who didn't want the Black Canary's legacy to be sullied by a petty criminal, revealed Laurel's secret identity and even made sure that her tombstone identified her as the Black Canary.
Elsewhere in "Canary Cry," Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) blamed themselves for Laurel's death while Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) tried to find a way to bring his daughter back to life. more >>
The fourth season of political drama "House of Cards," which saw Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) climb the political ladder to become a vice presidential candidate, has left fans wondering: will she rise even further and succeed Frank (Kevin Spacey), her husband, as the nation's Commander-in-Chief?
The fifth run of Netflix's "House of Cards" may still be a year away, but the Internet is already rife with speculation as to how the Underwoods will rise - or fall - in the show's latest season.
A report by MStarNews indicates that season 5 may take the spotlight away from Frank and shine it directly on Claire, crafting the entire season around the theme of female empowerment. But if such is the case, could the show also have Claire going all the way to the top of the political hierarchy, ousting Frank in the process? more >>
British-American horror television series "Penny Dreadful" is returning for its third season on May 1. What is unexpected however is that the show's home network Showtime has made available the show's first episode in full on the Showtime website. Fans of the series, particularly those in North America and Britain, can watch episode one for free and in full.
The show's third season however has the main characters of the show in different places, both literally and figuratively. The show's strong female heroine, Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) has decided to stay indoors while battling a deep depression that may have likely been caused by the events at the end of season two. She will however try to battle this with the help of a therapist, Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone). Her benefactor, Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) is in Africa, trying to find a new purpose in his life, while Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) is back in America, where he was extradited after he confessed to committing multiple murders, owing to the fact that he is a werewolf. Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harvey Treadaway) has turned into an addict.
According to a Tech Times report, despite the physical separation of the main characters, there will still be a point where everyone will find themselves back in London. Sir Malcolm for example, in the first episode has been approached by a Native American who told him that Ethan was in need of his help. The Creature (Rory Kinnear), who is Dr. Frankenstein's creation, despite being trapped in a boat somewhere, has also decided to make his way back to London. more >>
The drama television series "Chicago Fire" is almost at the end of its Season 4 run, with only three episodes left that will conclude in the season finale on May 17. As the season comes to an end, fans are still not sure about the real status of the relationship between two main characters in the show, Lieutenant Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Firefighter Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) of Truck 81. According to a TVLine report, however, the Dawson-Casey relationship or "Dawsey" will hit another major bump in the road.
With Casey taking his burgeoning political career seriously as he is running for alderman, he is working closely with political consultant Susan Weller (Lauren Stamile). According to Jesse Spencer, the actor who plays Casey, the chemistry between the two of them is quite obvious from the start although they try to deny that it exists. Dawson on the other hand will not like this arrangement as she has her own doubts about the intentions of Weller.
The TVLine report featured an interview with the show's executive producer Matt Olmstead who talked about the future of Dawsey in the upcoming episodes. According to Olmstead, Dawson will be making a decision that will have major implications on the relationship and this may have to do with a foster child that she will encounter in the coming episode. Taking care of the young boy, even temporarily, will definitely have a huge dent on Dawsey. more >>