Nikita star Lyndsy Fonseca, who plays Nikita’s protege Alex, recently discussed her character’s arc in season 3, including a potential relapse of her drug addiction and her relationships with Nikita, Sean, and Owen. Spoilers ahead!

HuffPost TV has the interview:

Liza in Nikita "Innocence"In the season’s second episode, “Innocence,” Alex is hit hard by the story of a girl who was kidnapped and forced to train by a rogue Division agent; the girl “has a big impact on Nikita and Alex in different ways that they weren’t really ready for,” Fonseca says. “[S]he’s so much like Alex as far as what she’s been through and what’s going on and that look in her eyes.”

And while “Alex deals with the parents and mostly the mom,” Fonseca explains that for Alex “[t]here’s so much closure” in the situation because “Alex’s mother didn’t know she was alive and this mother doesn’t know. And then in the end, Nikita gives her this beautiful gift of letting her take Liza back to her family. And that’s so meaningful in such a deep way. And Nikita knows how much that means to Alex.”

As for the Alex and Sean relationship, Fonseca teases that she recently filmed a scene where she is “making out with him in a storage closet.” However, “it’s going to be a very bumpy road to get to that closet” because “[t]his isn’t a regular young woman who knows how to have a normal relationship.

“With all the trauma that’s been in her life,” Fonseca says, “it’s like… well, what else is she going to do? She has to stay in this Division world because that’s her whole life, so he’s going to give her some ultimatums and it’s going to be like, ‘Me or this place? What do you want?’ And they’re going to have to come to some sort of understanding.”

Lyndsy Fonseca and Maggie Q Nikita 3x02If Alex remaining in Division is causing problems with Sean, then why is she staying? “I think that Nikita is a huge part,” Fonseca says. “Their bond is so intense that, can you imagine Alex just going off with another life without these people? This is who she is, and she doesn’t have anyone else.

“But also, it’s not just Nikita — it’s the purpose. We as people are happiest when we have purpose, when we feel like we have a job to do and we feel like we’re a part of something. And so to just have all of her money and just go off and go on a honeymoon, that’s really not going to be great. Where most people would be like, ‘Yeah. Awesome,’ that’s just not what she wants. That’s what Sean wants, so that’s the problem,” she laughs.

As for Alex’s relationship with Nikita, which saw some major bumps in the road in season 2, “[s]o far it’s been really great,” Fonseca says. “I think that there’s a lot more maturity in their friendship this year” because “Alex is in a place where, even though there’re some addiction problems coming up, in general there’s just this really great understanding of they have.

“They’re working together and they’re really on the same page,” she adds. “I feel like they really have dealt with all of the secrets that they’ve been hiding from one another and they can just move forward and be present in the moment.”

Lyndsy Fonseca as AlexAlex will also be interacting with Owen for the first time when he returns to the show in episode four. “Owen comes back into the story this year in a way where we don’t really understand where he’s been. We don’t know what he’s been going through,” Fonseca previews.

“So we need to question him and figure out what he’s been doing and what happened to him and where he stands, physically, mentally, emotionally, and so Ryan has me interrogate him basically because I’m the one that’s not close to him. Nikita, everyone else knows him too well…”

But that will not be the end of their interactions. In fact, “they have this strange spark between them that I don’t really understand yet. There’s something there… I don’t know if we’re necessarily going to get into it or maybe eventually we will, but I think the fans will like it,” she says.

Also in terms of returning characters, there is Amanda, who also returns in episode four. “Amanda wants to kill Nikita, obviously, but I think that she realizes this year that the best way to get her is to get all the people she cares about,” Fonseca teases.

“What we’ve shot so far, that’s kind of just the beginning of it, and what’s going to happen is still up to the writers,” but “there is going to be connection between Alex and Amanda and there’s definitely going to be a power and a hold that Amanda has over Alex…”

Nikita airs Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?