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Marc Guggenheim Reveals He Had To Ask DC's Permission To Bring Deathstroke Back To 'Arrow'


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With the end of 'Arrow' season 5 came the return of the villainous Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, played by Manu Bennett. Returning to the show and with the trained killer seemingly looking for redemption, the character played a huge part in the season's finale earlier this year and will be back once more when season 6 makes its debut next month.

Manu Bennett is a firm fan favourite from the 'Arrowverse'Manu Bennett is a firm fan favourite from the 'Arrowverse'

Though he's still a villain at heart, there's going to be a two-part narrative for Deathstroke in season 6, which we're sure will break down his character like never before. Discovering his modern-day motivations will surely allow viewers to look at his anger and aggression from an all-new perspective, and whilst the majority of us will never forgive him for what he's done in the past - including killing Moira Queen and forcing Roy to kill a police officer using mirakuru - it's always good for new layers to be brought to somebody who's been integral to a show's success.

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Manu Bennett Teases Deathstroke's Return For 'Arrow' Season 6


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For five seasons now, 'Arrow' has managed to entertain audiences on US network The CW, making the DC Comics hero Green Arrow a household name and not just somebody that comic book readers were familiar with.

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Delivering storylines that would succeed to varying degrees, one of the constantly brilliant parts of the show came whenever Manu Bennett would take to the screen as Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. Originally being a friend to lead character Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), Slade turned into one of the small screen's most ferocious villains, even murdering Queen's mother Moira in front of him during season 2.

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Manu Bennett Returns As Deathstroke In 'Arrow' Season 5 Finale Trailer


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Based on the fan favourite DC comics characters and their individual various storylines, 'Arrow' has entertained audiences on American TV network The CW for almost five full seasons now, bringing Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) to life. This year going up against one of his deadliest opponents to date in Prometheus, the hero is going to have to call on some old faces to help him take the villain down if he's to be a success. Check out the trailer for the upcoming finale below:

One of those people is Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, played by Manu Bennett. For the show's first two seasons, he served as a friend to Oliver Queen before quickly becoming a villain and the man to murder Oliver's mother, Moira. Exactly how he'll convince Slade to get back on-side remains to be seen, but he'll definitely be fighting alongside Team Arrow at some point.

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'The Shannara Chronicles' Brings Elves, Demons And A Big Tree To MTV [Spoilers]


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'Lord Of The Rings' fans and, perhaps, 'Game Of Thrones' fans will no doubt be glued to MTV for the next few weeks since the first episode of elven fantasy 'The Shannara Chronicles' aired last night (January 5th 2016). A worthy watch too, based on the trilogy by Terry Brooks.

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The show features some up and coming talent, with British actress Poppy Drayton starring as the heroic Princess of the Elves, Amberle. She's probably best known for her appearance in TV movie 'When Calls the Heart' with Maggie Grace, but she's also had roles in 'Downton Abbey' and 'Midsomer Murders'. Austin Butler of 'The Carrie Diaries' and 'Arrow' plays the half-elf half-human Wil Ohmsford, while 'Pan's Labyrinth' actress Ivana Baquero is the roguish Rover Eretria and Manu Bennett - who also stars in 'Arrow' and, incidentally, 'The Hobbit' trilogy - plays the last Druid Allanon.

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'Hobbit' Actor Manu Bennett Arrested For Assault At Comic Con Event


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Manu Bennett, one of the stars of The Hobbit movies and the TV series ‘Arrow’, has been arrested for assault after he reportedly punched a 29 year old male fan at a Comic Con event in San Antonio on Sunday (September 13th).

A police report, revealed by People, says that Bennett was taken into custody for “punching a 29 year old male during a disturbance at a party.” The report begins with stating that 45 year old Bennett was asked to leave the party at the Comic Con fringe event at the Grand Hyatt hotel in the city, after “he had too much to drink and was causing a scene.”

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Review


Very Good

Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.

The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.

All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.

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Manu Bennett and Karin Horen - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' film premiere - London, United Kingdom - Monday 1st December 2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer


The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the price of their victory was steep. Smaug has laid waste to Lake Town, leaving the residents homeless after Thorin promised them riches. The elves of Mirkwood seek the dwarves that escaped their dungeons, while an army of orcs seek to end the line of Durin. And behind the scenes, a dark lord of shadow, long since defeated, is preparing to make a return to Middle Earth - the secret to his power lies in a small, golden ring. A ring that has chosen a new owner; The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). 

'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' serves as the final chapter in Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. The film serves as the sixth film by Jackson to be based on the works of writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and the final part of 'The Hobbit' trilogy. When Tolkien released 'The Hobbit' in 1937, it was a single book. Jackson released the final part of his adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' in 2003, and stated that he would not work on a 'Hobbit' movie. However, he eventually signed on to direct a two part adaptation of 'The Hobbit', which later turned into a trilogy in 2012. 

The film is due to be released on 12th December, 2014 in the UK, with a US release date of 17th December.

Manu Bennett - Manu Bennett at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 12th September 2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies - Teaser Trailer


Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore deadly path in their pursuit of the Lonely Mountain and its mound of treasure which was stolen from the dwarves some time ago by the fiercesome dragon Smaug. Their attempt to slay him has failed, instead unleashing further horrors upon themselves. Angering the dragon has only made things worse with him now determined to murder every creature that lies in its path, demolishing a neighbouring village with little more than a breath. Gandalf remains captured and tensions are ever rising between not only friends, but elves, dwarves, orcs and goblins and it's clear that the  deadliest, brutalist war for thousands of years is well on its way.

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'Arrow' Introduces Classic DC Villain, Played By Summer Glau


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CW's Arrow has finally introduced new DC Comics villain Ravager, who was created in last night's episode of the superhero TV drama. DC fans were certainly in for a pleasant surprise despite the entrance of Ravager proving to be the show's worst-kept secret after photos of actress Summer Glau taken on set were leaked earlier this month.

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Summer Glau's 'Arrow' Character Takes On A Formidable New Angle As Ravager.

We learn that the becoming the baddie is the fate of Isabel Rochev (Glau), who had an affair with Oliver's father back when she was an intern and has held a grudge over him choosing his family over her. She sets out for revenge and teams up with Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) but winds up gets shot in the chest by Diggle (David Ramsey). Slade uses the Mirakuru and his own blood to bring Isabel back to life, bestowing her with incredible, superhuman strength.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Review


Excellent

With wittier action and a few more sharply defined characters, this second episode in Peter Jackson's trilogy is more engaging than the somewhat over-packed An Unexpected Journey. Once again, the key to enjoying the film is to distance it from the beloved novel: this is a big adventure movie as opposed to Tolkien's light-hearted romp. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

There isn't much actual plot, as we are between the set-up and conclusion, so the film consists of a series of set-pieces as Bilbo (Freeman) and his band of dwarves continue their journey to reclaim the dwarf throne in the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf (McKellen) heads off to confront the shifty, shadowy Necromancer (Cumberbatch), while Bilbo and crew head into the creepy Mirkwood, where they confront gigantic spiders before being captured by wood-elves. This is where they meet Legolas (Bloom), whose feisty sidekick Tauriel (Lilly) falls for sexy dwarf Kili (Turner) as they continue their journey to Lake-town. There they get help from Bard (Evans) as they launch their final assault on the mountain, where the dragon Smaug (also Cumberbatch) is napping on the dwarves' vast treasure.

Jackson directs with a spark of energy and humour that holds our attention even when things begin to look a little too digitally animated (basic laws of physics apparently don't apply in Middle Earth). And each sequence also provides some depth of character, especially in the overall journey of Bilbo, nicely played by Freeman as a guy who is only just discovering his own ingenuity and bravery. By contrast, McKellen's plot is much darker as he faces off against unnerving evil. As in the first film, the other strong character is Thorin (Armitage), the heir to the dwarf throne grappling with the idea of a return to power.

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Manu Bennett - The Hobbit Premiere at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 3rd December 2013

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Manu Bennett - Spartacus: War Of The Damned New York City USA Thursday 24th January 2013

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Manu Bennett - "Spartacus: War of the Damned" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Los Angeles California United States Tuesday 22nd January 2013

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movie Review

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movie Review

Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a...

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield...

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review

With wittier action and a few more sharply defined characters, this second episode in Peter...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

Bilbo Baggins has narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and their company thirteen dwarves have managed to leave the Misty Mountains...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Review

This first chapter of Peter Jackson's new Tolkien trilogy takes us back to the familiar...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, who lives a quiet life in The Shire. His peace...

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