Castle star Jon Huertas has wed his girlfriend Nicole in Mexico. The actor, who plays homicide detective Javier Esposito on the hit crime drama, wed his longtime partner in a romantic sunset ceremony in Tulum on 4 May (14) in front of family and friends, including the groom's TV co-stars Molly C. Quinn, Penny Johnson, Seamus Dever and his actress wife Juliana.
The newlyweds also celebrated their honeymoon in Mexico.
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With only a week and change having passed since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we no doubt feel the question living fresh in our minds: can we ever judge a remake without considering its predecessors? The conversation about the stark contrast in critical favor between Marc Webb's release and Sam Raimi's trilogy (the second installment of his franchise in particular) buzzed loudly, and we imagine the volume will keep in regards to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. But it'll be a different sound altogether.
The original Godzilla, a Japanese film released in 1954, reinvented the identity of the monster movie, launched a 30-film legacy, and spoke legions about the political climate of its era. The most recent of these films — Roland Emmerich's 1998 American production — is universally bemoaned as a bigger disaster than anything to befall Tokyo at the hands of the giant reptile. With these two entries likely standing out as the most prominent in the minds of contemporary audiences, Edwards' Godzilla has some long shadows cast before it. And in approaching the new movie, one might not be able to avoid comparisons to either. It's fair — by taking on an existing property, a filmmaker knowingly takes on the connotations of that property. But the 2014 installment's great success is that it isn't much like any Godzilla movie we've seen before. In a great, great way.
This isn't 1954's Godzilla, a dire and occasionally dreary allegory that uses the supernatural to tell an important story about nuclear holocaust. A complete reversal, in fact, first and foremost Edwards' Godzilla is about its monsters. Any grand themes strewn throughout — the perseverence of nature, the follies of mankind, fatherhood, madness, faith — are all in service to the very simple mission to give us some cool, weighty, articulate sci-fi disaster. Elements of gravity are plotted all over the film's surface, with scientists, military men (kudos to Edwards for not going the typical "scientists = good/smart, military = bad/dumb" route in this film — everybody here is at least open to suggestion), doctors, police officers, and a compassionate bus driver all wrestling with options in the face of behemoth danger. The humanity is everpresent, but never especially intrusive. To reiterate, this isn't a film about any of these people, or what they do.
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The closest thing to a helping of thematic (or human) significance comes with Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa, who spouts awe-stricken maxims about cryptozoology, the Earth, and the inevitable powerlessness of man. He might not be supplying anything more substantial than our central heroes (soft-hearted soldier Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dutiful medic and mom Elizabeth Olsen, right-all-along conspiracy theorist Bryan Cranston), but Watanabe's bonkers performance as the harried scientist is so bizarrely good that you might actually believe, for a scene or two, that it all does mean something.
Ultimately, the beauty of our latest taste of Godzilla lies not in the commitment to a message that made the original so important nor in the commitment to levity that made Emmerich's so pointless, but in its commitment to imagination. Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider.
In fairness, this year's Godzilla might not be considered an adequate remake, not quite reciprocating the ideals, tone, or importance of the original. Sure, anyone looking for a 2014 answer to 1954's game-changing paragon will find sincere philosophy traded for pulsing adventure... but they'd have a hard time ignoring the emphatic charm of this new lens for the 60-year-old lizard, both a highly original composition and a tribute in its way to the very history of monster movies (a history that owes so much to the creature in question). So does Godzilla '14 successfully fill the shoes of Godzilla '54? No — it rips them apart and dons a totally new pair... though it still has a lot of nice things to say about the first kicks.
Oh, and the '98 Godzilla? Yeah, it's better than that.
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ABC has decided to postpone a bomb-themed episode of their popular drama Castle in the wake of the tragic events that unfolded at the Boston Marathon earlier this week. The episode, which was originally slated to air on on Monday, April 22, will now air a week later on Monday, April 29.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the episode titled "Still" revolves around "NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) accidentally tripping the sensor on a bomb, leaving her unable to move or detonate it causing Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) to search for the bomber to disarm it."
ABC isn't the only TV network to have repsonded accordingly to the sensitivity of the attack which claimed the lives of three people and injured over a hundred. On Monday night, NBC pre-empted their post-apocalyptic drama Revolution with a Nightly News special about the Boston bombings.
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There’s no better dressed, more affable police sidekick on TV than Castle’s Det. Kevin Ryan. Ricard Castle and Kate Beckett might monopolize our attention most of the series with their ongoing will they, won’t they relationship but 10 p.m. tonight by saying he will (for life), Ryan, played by Seamus Dever, will marry his onscreen fiancé Jenny in "'Till Death Do Us Part" on ABC. We recently spoke with Dever about tonight’s big episode. Surprisingly, Jenny is played by Dever’s real-life wife Juliana, so he obviously had a lot to say about getting married for the second time, this time on a national network. He also threw us his opinion on whether Castle and Beckett should just finally get it on and give us all the hook up we’ve been waiting for during the past three invigorating seasons. His answer might surprise you.
What’s it like getting married again to your real wife, but this time on national TV? I think the best part is the budget for our wedding was immediately exponentially higher than our real wedding and ABC fit the bill, so it’s cool ... My wife, who now plays my wife on the show, Juliana, she looked great in her gown and did really well. And I liked my tux ...We also got some new wedding photographs out of it ... I’ve been married for five-and-a-half years, so it’s nice to get some updated photos.
Now, there’s a wedding website/teaser for the episode at Our Wedding. How did that come about? Yeah, that’s all my wife’s ideas. Juliana. She is a brilliant marketer, so she was coming up with an idea, something we could do to publicize the episode ... Of course, there’s all those things (fabricated) that we had to put in, like how we met. Those had to get approved by my executive producer ... It’s all our pictures and everything. ABC just contacted us the other day and was like “Who did this site?” because it’s really very fictitious, I hope the TheKnot.com people are cool with it ... but it’s great because you realize how Castle is this nice, little international phenomenon, and you go on the guest book and there’s people from all over the world wishing Kevin and Jenny well. Tell us about “'Till Death Do Us Part." I’m sure some craziness is bound to happen? The wedding basically takes place at the end. Most of the episode is dealing with the build up to the wedding ... Everyone is running around, trying to figure out who they are going to bring to the wedding ... Also, Esposito is running around trying to secure a date for the wedding. Him and Lanie are on the outs so Lanie is bringing a plus 1 and he’s really curious about who it is. He really wants to bring a hot date to the wedding. Castle and Beckett are trying to figure out who their plus 1 is and that’s a fun aspect. Jenny and Kevin have decided to go on a cleanse, this master cleanse with lemon juice and we get to see Ryan sort of torture himself not eating for days up to the wedding ... It causes him to become a little edgier ... The bigger part is they find that Jenny is involved in the case, and Castle and Beckett are deciding to hold back some info from Ryan to protect him because it might alter his decision to go down the aisle.
What can we expect coming up the rest of this season? Any more of Jerry Tyson, a.k.a. the 3XK-triple killer? Interesting! I don’t know how often we are going to deal with the 3X case (Jerry Tyson) but there are some things that still remain unsolved. There’s the matter of Ryan’s badge is still out there, so it’s like one of those things that is curious. I don’t know how many times this season they want to deal with Jerry Tyson coming back to haunt Castle and all that but it should be interesting to see if we deal with that before the end of the season ... I think it would be neat because it’s nice that we have some mythology in the show that our writers have cleverly built up. There’s Beckett’s mother’s murder, which I'm sure is going to come up again before the end of the season and there’s the 3XK situation, so it should be nice to go back into that and see how it comes back to haunt us. Are you rooting for a Castle/Beckett hook up or do you think it’s better how it stands now, keeping people guessing? I don’t know how long you can keep people guessing before they go, “I don’t care anymore.” ... I’ve always been one of the people that says let them get together. Let them deal with what it’s like to see each other everyday, wake up everyday in the morning, go to work and spend all day together ... I think one of the things that people forget is even if they get together, are they ever the type of couple that is going to be happy together, they are two strong personalities, they are so strong that it is never going to be completely happily ever after, so I think there is a lot of material and a lot of places we can go with that ... So yeah, let them hook up. Castle airs 10 p.m. EST Mondays on ABC and be sure to follow Mike Rothman on Twitter @TheRealRothman.