Screen Junkies » nikita http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:40:54 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Tonight ‘Nikita’ Snipes, In Two Weeks It’s A Six-Way Beatdown http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/tonight-nikita-snipes-in-two-weeks-its-a-six-way-beatdown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/tonight-nikita-snipes-in-two-weeks-its-a-six-way-beatdown/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Maggie Q is busy up in Toronto kicking butt on the set of her new CW show “Nikita.” The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills got a sneak peak at the second episode last night. The rest of us get to see it tonight. Executive producer Craig Silverstein was there to tell us about the sexy, badass movies Q will unleash in the next few weeks. More after the jump...

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Maggie Q is busy up in Toronto kicking butt on the set of her new CW show “Nikita.” The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills got a sneak peak at the second episode last night. The rest of us get to see it tonight. Executive producer Craig Silverstein was there to tell us about the sexy, badass movies Q will unleash in the next few weeks.

More after the jump…

“In the fourth episode, she takes on about six guys at once in a sweatshop with a telescoping baton,” Silverstein said. “It is probably the coolest sequence we have up to that point. It’s really amazing. In the episode we’re going to screen tonight, there’s Maggie behind a 50 caliber sniper rifle which is always cool. She fights Michael (Shane West) in the third episode.”

When you’re playing a rogue assassin trying to take down your evil agency, it’s pretty serious stuff. Silverstein wants to give Nikita a few lighter moments for the sake of Maggie Q. “She’s really, really funny and she has a very edgy and dark sense of humor, which is something that I didn’t know before I met her. There’s not a lot of chances for Nikita to crack jokes but since she’s so funny, we’re trying to figure out how we can make that work in the show.”

Maybe all you know about “Nikita” is those giant billboards of Maggie Q’s leg with the phoenix tattoo on her hip. That’s enough to make you watch anyway. “[CW Marketing EVP] Rick Haskins masterminded the billboard campaign but the tattoo is all Maggie,” Silverstein said.

“Nikita” is based on the French film “La Femme Nikita,” the USA series “La Femme Nikita” and I guess als the American remake “Point of No Return.” But, this is the first time Nikita has turned on Division. It’s after the events of those other movies and shows, but you’ll still see new recruits trained to be assassins.

“It’s a sequel and you’re also getting the origin story through Alex (Lindsy Fonseca) so it’s a bit of a remake. So it’s a sequake, okay? It’s a cross between a sequel and a remake. It’s a sequake, TM, © Registered.”

If you’re a little confused about how the timing of all that works, don’t worry. They’ve got it all mapped out. “Believe me, we’re all about the math. We have a giant timeline in our writer’s room that says what happened when and where.”

“Nikita” airs Thursday nights on The CW.
 

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‘Nikita’ Actress Melinda Clarke http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nikita-actress-melinda-clarke/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nikita-actress-melinda-clarke/#comments Wed, 08 Sep 2010 17:58:00 +0000 Defy Media Melinda Clarke is one actress you may know as Jerry Seinfeld's girl on the famous 'Muffin Tops' episode. Since then Melinda has made a name for herself playing deadly courgarish women on "The O.C." and "CSI," and this week she'll be continuing down the sexy/deadly path of television with the premiere of "Nikita." A word from Melinda: "I'm getting a lot of roles as women who are very powerful. I think that's a reflection of me as a person." I don't think "O.C." fans would have a problem calling your character a bitch. Not quite the reflection she's looking for, I'm sure. More pics of Melinda after the jump...

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Melinda Clarke is one actress you may know as Jerry Seinfeld‘s girl on the famous ‘Muffin Tops’ episode. Since then Melinda has made a name for herself playing deadly courgarish women on “The O.C.” and “CSI,” and this week she’ll be continuing down the sexy/deadly path of television with the premiere of “Nikita.”

A word from Melinda: “I’m getting a lot of roles as women who are very powerful. I think that’s a reflection of me as a person.”

I don’t think “O.C.” fans would have a problem calling your character a bitch. Not quite the reflection she’s looking for, I’m sure.

More pics of Melinda after the jump…

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Shane West ‘Nikita’ Interview http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/shane-west-nikita-interview/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/shane-west-nikita-interview/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 If you think the new “Nikita” is just another Hollywood remake, you might be interested to know how much effort has gone into proving you wrong. The forthcoming CW series...

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If you think the new “Nikita” is just another Hollywood remake, you might be interested to know how much effort has gone into proving you wrong. The forthcoming CW series is set six years after Nikita (Maggie Q) became a secret agent, and now she’s gone rogue and wants to bring Division down. They’re still taking sexy convicts and training them to go on deadly missions, but there are six years worth of complex relationships Nikita is working through. If you’ve never seen the Luc Besson La Femme Nikita or the Peta Wilson starring series, the CW’s version will catch you up.

Shane West plays Michael, the boss who originally recruited Nikita, and who is still training new agents. Is he the bad guy, or are there more surprises coming? West kept up the spy tactics by doing a phone interview, and laying out som kick-ass action scenes and possible plots. It’s confidential enough to get you excited for the show’s premiere on September 9, but nothing he’ll get a burn notice for. 

SJ: It must be exciting gearing up for next week.

SW: Yeah, I think it’s just kind of hitting us because we’ve been doing it for a little bit. I think it’s just finally hitting us, like, “Oh my God, it’s next week.”

SJ: Are you jealous that all the billboards are Maggie Q’s sexy butt tattoo?

SW: Uh, no, especially the way you worded it. [Laughs] No, because I get to see her sexy butt tattoo all the time. Let’s be honest, hip bone tattoo, but no, not at all. I mean, it’s “Nikita” for God’s sake and we’re very proud of everything that’s happening for the show already. It’s kind of good. I did tell her though, “You better be happy you’re in Toronto. With all this billboard extravaganza in L.A. and New York and I don’t know where else, because you’re not going to be able to walk down the street. At least in Toronto you’re okay.”

SJ: Since it starts six years later, how much of the original “Nikita” story is going to be in the regular series?

SW: There has to be some. I feel that there are similar characters and some of the original characters from the film and the series, but it’s a few years into the future where she’s gone rogue and she’s going against Division now, which has obviously never happened in the other renditions. I think what they do is they’ve kept some of the core together from the original writings, but there are new characters and additions. Lyndsy Fonseca, who plays Alex who’s kind of being groomed to be the next Nikita at the same time of having Nikita on the show, there’s a lot more happening in this reboot of it than what even happened in the original.

SJ: Does Michael get out in the field at some point?

SW: Almost immediately. Episode two. The pilot was kind of hilarious because there was a lot of confusion, as there is usually when you’re shooting just one episode. Everyone’s trying to do the best job and pray to God that it actually gets picked up. I remember being called to work at five o’clock in the morning a couple times for guns training. I went over to fire off guns and I went over the guys and said, “You realize I don’t even fire a gun in the pilot, right?” They’re like, “Oh. No.” I’m like, “Okay, I’m going to go back to sleep.”

SJ: What sort of crazy action will we see you do?

SW: As much as I can let out before them airing. You’ve got to understand Michael trained Nikita so he has to be pretty good at whatever he does. I have a scene where I’ fighting three guys at once that hopefully went well. I’ve got a great fighting scene with Nikita when we actually do come into contact again, that apparently came off well. We’ll see. I think we’re going to tease the audience a lot for as long as we can.

SJ: After “Once and Again” and “ER,” were you looking to do a TV series again?

SW: No. I’ve never put it past me to. I keep an eye out but I wasn’t planning on necessarily jumping onto a show. I’d been a couple years off of  “ER” and I had done six independent films in two years and was trying to just get work in the sense of trying to play characters that were making me older, now that I’m 32 and kind of building that resume for an adult rather than a young adult which I’d already done a long time ago. I think “Nikita” made itself stand out to me for several reasons. One being a fan of the original and also being a fan of McG and Danny Cannon. Once Maggie Q got cast, that was a huge selling point and the fact that they were going to give me the opportunity to play Michael, and the youngest version of Michael in all the renditions.

SJ: Have you done a series at each stage in your life: a young teen, a doctor starting out and now this?

SW: “Once and Again”  was my acting school and you can’t have a better one than with Ed Zwick and Marshal Herskovitz. We had a great three years on that and even “ER” was crazy because they gave me that opportunity to play a young doctor, a first year resident and I was like 27. It was exciting but I was kind of in shock. I was a first year resident. I had as much tenure as Maura Tierney who had been on the show for six years, but it gave me the opportunity to be the young adult. Hopefully this will transition even further. Now I’m kind of the second in command and the boss.

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Fall TV Tips: The Spy/Conspiracy Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-spy/conspiracy-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-spy/conspiracy-shows/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Settle in. It’s time for another installment of my fall TV show tips. This week I’m looking at the new spy/conspiracy-type shows that promise a heavy dose of gratuitous action. “Alias” went off the air a few seasons ago and “24” is now gone. “Human Target” is back in October, but after that, most of the espionage/government agent entries are freshman series. A couple of them seem to be packing enough intrigue to keep auds hanging around, while another isn’t really blowing my skirt up. WATCH IT: “Nikita” (CW), Thursdays at 9 pm (ET)

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Settle in. It’s time for another installment of my fall TV show tips. This week I’m looking at the new spy/conspiracy-type shows that promise a heavy dose of gratuitous action.

“Alias” went off the air a few seasons ago and “24” is now gone. “Human Target” is back in October, but after that, most of the espionage/government agent entries are freshman series. A couple of them seem to be packing enough intrigue to keep auds hanging around, while another isn’t really blowing my skirt up.

WATCH IT: “Nikita” (CW), Thursdays at 9 pm (ET)

You may sa I am picking this as a ‘must watch’ because Maggie Q is smoking hot and there will be a lot of her being scantily clad and partaking in slow motion gunplay. Well, you’re not completely wrong about that, but Maggie Q also said this version of “Nikita” is a thinker…if you’re into that sort of thing. She recently said that "It’s a smart show. I want to make people think. I mean, if I’m not, what am I doing, right? So hopefully people will like that challenge." She’s so hot when she says stuff.

I agree that I certainly would have thought a lot more in school had my teacher looked like Maggie Q and dressed like she does in this show. The producers have also promised that this show is not a remake and is a new take on the series. It’s supposed to be darker and have some new side stories — which is something that made “Alias” sustain. I’ll be watching. And thinking, of course.

SKIP IT: “The Event” (NBC), Mondays at 9 pm (ET)

This show is being promoted like crazy and there has been some loose references to “24” except claims that it has more mystery and intrigue. It has a large cast, but also looks to have a few to many moving parts. NBC is hoping this epic could fill the void left by “24” and shows like “Lost”. Unfortunately, this beast looks too convoluted and all too ready to drop the “We are the last line of defense!” brand of dialogue in every episode.

While we all wish for that global conspiracy adventure we could look forward to every week, this looks like yet another expensive failure for NBC. How many more times are they going to drop millions on overblown fare that audiences grow tired of midway through the first episode? Let’s hope they prove me wrong.

THE REST:

“Undercovers” (NBC), Wednesdays at 8 pm (ET)

I haven’t been blown away by the early previews of this show and it is in an early time slot (meaning watered-down action), but the fact that the name J.J. Abrams is on it does gives me hope. He also seems to have loosened up a little on the seriousness and has infused a little more fun with this one. It looks like it will be a Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets “Alias” meets The Long Kiss Goodnight. And if J.J. pulls that all together in a nice neat package, this show will be pretty damn cool. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Maggie Q Half-Naked In ‘Nikita’ Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/maggie-q-half-naked-in-nikita-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/maggie-q-half-naked-in-nikita-poster/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The CW released this poster of extremely attractive Asian actress Maggie Q for their new series "Nikita." Here, Q sits incorrectly in a chair while dressed like a Mortal Kombat character. Really, what is the practical use of those sleeves? To keep certain sections of the arm warm?? Anyway, we haven't seen any footage yet because Longshanks was too busy not getting into the Marvel panel at Comic-Con to see the "Nikita" panel, but the show has all the elements of a hit. Maggie Q, tight clothes, and girls fighting (probably in the rain). At any rate, I'll tune in just to get a better look at that tattoo. What is it? A flower or scorpion or something? We're really going to need a closer look at that ass, CW. (WarmingGlow) Get a closer look at that ass after the jump...

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The CW released this poster of extremely attractive Asian actress Maggie Q for their new series "Nikita." Here, Q sits incorrectly in a chair while dressed like a Mortal Kombat character. Really, what is the practical use of those sleeves? To keep certain sections of the arm warm??

Anyway, we haven’t seen any footage yet because Longshanks was too busy not getting into the Marvel panel at Comic-Con to see the "Nikita" panel, but the show has all the elements of a hit. Maggie Q, tight clothes, and girls fighting (probably in the rain). At any rate, I’ll tune in just to get a better look at that tattoo. What is it? A flower or scorpion or something? We’re really going to need a closer look at that ass, CW. (WarmingGlow)

Get a closer look at that ass after the jump…

 

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Lyndsy Fonseca to Pick a Fight in ‘Nikita’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lyndsy-fonseca-to-pick-a-fight-in-nikita/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lyndsy-fonseca-to-pick-a-fight-in-nikita/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 A sexy fight, that is.We reported earlier that extremely attractive Asian actress Maggie Q would play the title character in the CW's Nikita. Today there's news that she'll have some company. Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine) has signed on to play a newly-recruited, younger Nikita tasked with bringing in Q's character after she goes rogue. Sounds a bit like a mix between The Fugitive and NBC's ill-fated Bionic Woman remake.Fonseca's character is described as an "attractive, young, white female with virtually no personal ties or paper trail." In other words, Charlie Sheen's dream woman. (The Futon Critic)

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A sexy fight, that is.

We reported earlier that extremely attractive Asian actress Maggie Q would play the title character in the CW‘s Nikita. Today there’s news that she’ll have some company. Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine) has signed on to play a newly-recruited, younger Nikita tasked with bringing in Q’s character after she goes rogue. Sounds a bit like a mix between The Fugitive and NBC’s ill-fated Bionic Woman remake.

Fonseca’s character is described as an "attractive, young, white female with virtually no personal ties or paper trail." In other words, Charlie Sheen’s dream woman. (The Futon Critic)

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Maggie Q is New ‘Nikita’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/maggie-q-is-new-nikita/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/maggie-q-is-new-nikita/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Extremely attractive Asian actress Maggie Q is in talks to play the title character in CW's reboot of Nikita. You might ask, "Ain't dat role usually for a white b*tch?" and I would answer you, "Yes, only a white b*tch has played Nikita in the past." Anne Parillaud first played the sexy assassin in Luc Besson's 1990 film, followed by Bridget Fonda in the inevitable American remake, and Peta Wilson in the 1997 USA series.CW and creator Craig Silverstein's take on the story is that a new Nikita is being trained to replace the original one after she goes rogue. I can understand your feelings of meh-ness at this concept, but let me squash that indifference by telling you I have read the pilot script and enjoyed it thoroughly. There's tons of action, hot slightly older assassins (Nikita), hot teenage assassins (new Nikita), and witty dialogue. I'd say it's very much like Alias, but I was never a huge fan of that show so I'll say it's like...a better Alias. The casting choice of Maggie Q really seals the deal for me though. She almost kicked John McClane's ass in Live Free or Die Hard, and I expect her to succeed on all fronts in her new endeavor. Also, on the show, she should wear a tight leather suit when she isn't wearing a tight leather cocktail dress. Just a suggestion for ratings gold. (THR)

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Extremely attractive Asian actress Maggie Q is in talks to play the title character in CW‘s reboot of Nikita. You might ask, "Ain’t dat role usually for a white b*tch?" and I would answer you, "Yes, only a white b*tch has played Nikita in the past." Anne Parillaud first played the sexy assassin in Luc Besson‘s 1990 film, followed by Bridget Fonda in the inevitable American remake, and Peta Wilson in the 1997 USA series.

CW and creator Craig Silverstein’s take on the story is that a new Nikita is being trained to replace the original one after she goes rogue. I can understand your feelings of meh-ness at this concept, but let me squash that indifference by telling you I have read the pilot script and enjoyed it thoroughly. There’s tons of action, hot slightly older assassins (Nikita), hot teenage assassins (new Nikita), and witty dialogue. I’d say it’s very much like Alias, but I was never a huge fan of that show so I’ll say it’s like…a better Alias. The casting choice of Maggie Q really seals the deal for me though. She almost kicked John McClane’s ass in Live Free or Die Hard, and I expect her to succeed on all fronts in her new endeavor. Also, on the show, she should wear a tight leather suit when she isn’t wearing a tight leather cocktail dress. Just a suggestion for ratings gold. (THR)

 

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