Nikita executive producer and showrunner Craig Silverstein recently teased season 3, including the new Division, romance, and the future (or lack thereof) of some characters.

Silverstein recently spoke with IGN about what to expect in the upcoming third season.

A new feel

In discussing how the new season will have a decidedly different feel now that Nikita’s mission from the first two seasons — take out Percy — has been completed, Silverstein says that “essentially what you’ve been watching for two years is an origin story. Even though everyone had origin stories before then, you’re watching the formation of a super group. Now you’re going to see it move into action.”


Silverstein also teases that some characters will acclimate to their new lives more easily than others. Nikita, in particular, will have a hard time. “Nikita, when we first meet her, is in a yoga class with other women, out in public, and these two girls after class ask her to grab a tea or something,” he describes.

“She doesn’t know how to react right away because she’s not used to being a normal person being talked to by other normal people now that she doesn’t have to duck the sight lines of surveillance cameras and live in one of her fabulous lairs.” This season will mark an entirely new experience for her.

New (and old) villains

With Percy dead, Amanda is the big threat hanging over our heroes. And though she does not appear for a while, “[t]he specter of Amanda is raised in the first episode,” Silverstein reveals.

While the season will start out focusing on catching the “Dirty Thirty” rogue agents who did not return to Division after Percy’s death, Amanda is “sort of the big picture at the top of their target list. She’s actually responsible for what we learn in the first episode,” he goes on to add, “which is they sent out this recall order, and many agents came back in, some agents didn’t.

“Everybody got a mass email, basically, two hours after the email from Division saying, ‘Don’t go back in. You’ll be executed. Come join me.’ Not many of them did, but some of them listened to her warning.” Ari will be alongside Amanda as well, though their relationship will be rocky.

The characters

When it comes to the show’s core romantic relationship, Michael and Nikita, Silverstein teases that “[t]here’s a big change for them in the very first episode, in which we do a very typical Nikita thing where you expect a show to do something like this later on and we do it early. Then I’m going to have something happen a little later on that is pretty traumatic for them…”

As for Nikita’s protege, Alex, Silverstein says, “[S]he’s focused on the future, although, I think there’s a lot of pain in her past that she thinks she’s dealt with but really hasn’t dealt with yet. Having her relationship with Sean is going to dredge some of that stuff up.”

When talking about the remaining supporting cast, Silverstein teases ominously that ex-Navy SEAL Sean Pierce, new Division head Ryan Fletcher, and former Guardian Owen Elliot are “not going to get along. Maybe someone’s going to have to die” because Division is “[m]aybe a little too crowded” with all of them.

And with Devon Sawa now a series regular, Silverstein previews that the writers have “a really cool backstory — or lack thereof I should say — for Owen, and he’s going to pursue that. The way that he bounces off of the two relationships — Michael and Nikita and Alex and Sean — I think is going to be really fun to see, too. He’s just a wild card.”

The show will also explore a more grown-up Birkhoff this season. “[N]ow he kind of feels like he’s running the joint. He gets to experiment with all of this stuff,” Silverstein says. “He’s gotten more character to him. He’s shown his nobility, which I don’t think was something that he really ever showed in the first season until maybe the very end.”

Redemption

According to Silverstein, “a major theme” of the season will be whether Division can be redeemed, which was first brought up last season with the flashbacks to Division’s founding and the introduction of Carla. “I think that is the chief concern,” Silverstein says. “We start to raise it in the first episode. We talk about it in the first, second, third, fourth episode…”


What do you think of the interview? Are you looking forward to season 3?

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?