Former model J. D. Pardo may have landed his early roles thanks to his chiseled good looks, but with his affecting portrayal of a transgender teen in Lifetime's telefilm "A Girl Like Me" (2006), he pr...
The cast and producers of NBC's post-apocalyptic drama Revolution made the long journey out to the California Commonwealth from their home region of the Monroe Republic for their Paleyfest panel Saturday night, and it was not a journey made in vain. Executive producer and creator Eric Kripke was quick to reveal that when the show returns, we won't be in the dark (pun definitely intended) about why the lights went out in the first place. "You find that out in episode 13," Kripke says. Given the fact that when Revolution returns Monday, March 25, with episode 11, that's not too long of a wait!
"We are revealing that, actually, and shockingly sooner than anyone thinks, because I’m not particularly precious with secrets," Kripke told Hollywood.com before the panel began. "I think it’s a really interesting answer that opens the door to more questions. And screw it! Why hold it off from the fans for three years, because whatever answer you give them, they’re going to be irritated because they had to wait three years to get it. So I’m giving them the answers and we’re going to ask more questions."
In addition to raising more questions, the scope of the show is going to expand in the back half of Season 1, both storywise and geographically. That's right, we're going to get to see what life is like outside of the Monroe Militia for the first time! "We start to move to other nations which is exciting," Kripke revealed. "We need to go to Georgia for help, kind of like how we got help from the French in the Revolutionary War. And we go out to the Plains Nation and we see the wilderness that’s out there."
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Kripke always wanted to expand the geography of the show to explore what life is like in other areas of the country after the blackout. "You start to see what is in effect other kingdoms," Kripke says. "There is sort of a Game of Thrones idea that we’ve always been wanting to angle towards, where it’s about different kingdoms and different leaders and how they’re all clashing with each other. And our characters start to move into these different areas. So it’s a much larger focus in the second half of the season."
We're also going to finally see Aaron Pittman (Zak Orth) reunite with his wife that he left immediately after the blackout. "He sees her again and they’re able to work out their issues and they do have a face to face," Kripke revealed. "She’s in present day so you catch up to where she’s been the last 10 years or so. It’s interesting because he left her because he thought he was protecting her, but he was a coward to do it. And since then he’s found his strength. So now that he sees her again, what does that mean for them?"
The cast also revealed during the panel that the love story between Jason Neville (J.D. Pardo) and Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) is going to heat up. "It’s really like a Romeo and Juliet type story, it’s like a forbidden love," Pardo says. "And what is really at the essence of it is family. Family on her side, family on Jason’s side, and they get to explore each other through that."
Revolution returns with all-new episodes on Monday, March 25th on NBC.
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If there's a cinematic alchemy award to be given this year director Bill Condon deserves to take it home after magically turning the tedious Twilight franchise into entertainment gold. 2011's Part 1 was a horror camp romp that turned the supernatural love triangle — the naval gazing trio of Bella Edward and Jacob — on its head. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continues the madcap exploration of a world populated by vampires and werewolves mining even more comedy thrills and genuine character moments out of conceit than ever before. The film occasionally sidesteps back into Edward and Bella's meandering romance (an evident hurdle of author Stephenie Meyer's source material) but the duller moments are overshadowed by the movie's nimble pace and playful attitude. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will elicit laughs aplenty — but thankfully they're all on purpose.
Part 2 picks up immediately following the events of the first film Bella (Kristen Stewart) having been turned into a vampire by Edward (Robert Pattinson) to save her life after the torturous delivery of her half-human half-vampire child Renesmee. She awakes to discover super senses heightened agility increased strength… and a thirst for blood. One dead cougar later Bella and the gang are able to focus on the real troubles ahead: Renesmee is rapidly growing (think Jack) and vampiric overlords The Volturi perceive her a threat to vampiric secrecy. Knowing the Volturi will travel to Forks WA to kill the young girl (a 10-year-old just a month after being born) The Cullens amass an army of bloodsucking friends to end the oppression once and for all.
Packed with an absurd amount of backstory and mythology-twisting plot points (some vampires can shoot lightning now?) Condon and series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg mine revel in the beefed up ensemble of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and thanks to a wildly funny cast it never feels like pointless deviation. Along with the usual suspects Lee Pace adds swagger to the series as a grungy alt-rock vampire Noel Fisher appears as a hilarious over-the-top battle-ready Russian coven member and Michael Sheen returns has Volturi head honcho Aro and steels the show. Flamboyant diabolical and a steady stream of maniacal laughter Sheen owns Condon's high camp vision for Twilight and he lights up the screen. There are a few throw away nations of vampires — the oddly stereotypical Egyptian and Amazonians sects are there mostly there to off-set the extreme whiteness — but the actors involved bring liveliness to a franchise known for being soulless. Even Stewart Pattinson and Taylor Lautner give personal bests in this installment — a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke) is genuinely heartfelt while Jacob's overprotective hero schtick finally lands.
Whereas Breaking Dawn - Part 1 stuck mostly to the personal story relying on the intimate moments as Bella and Edward took the big plunge into marriage and sex Part 2 paints with broader strokes and Condon has a ball. Delving into the history of the vampires and the vampire world outside Forks is Pandora's Box for the director. One scene where we learn why kids scare the heck of the Volturi captures a scope of medieval epics — along with the bloodshed. Twilight might be known for its sexual moments but Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will go down for its abundance of decapitations. The big set piece in the finale is something to behold both in the craftsmanship of the spectacle and in its bizarre nature.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 had the audience hooting hollering and even gasping as it twisted and turned to the final moments. There's little doubt that even the biggest naysayer of the franchise would do the same. No irony here: the conclusion of Twilight is a blast.
Former model J. D. Pardo may have landed his early roles thanks to his chiseled good looks, but with his affecting portrayal of a transgender teen in Lifetime's telefilm "A Girl Like Me" (2006), he proved to be an actor worthy of closer consideration and a breakout star on the hit series "Revolution" (NBC, 2012- ). Jorge Daniel Pardo was born on Sept. 7, 1980 in Panorama City, CA. He began his professional life as a teen model in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci. Pardo made his acting debut in a guest role on Aaron Spelling's "Titans" (NBC, 2000-01) but would hit his stride in 2004 with recurring roles on "American Dreams" (NBC, 2002-05) and the baseball drama "Clubhouse" (CBS, 2004-05). After another recurring role as a surfer on "The O.C." (Fox, 2003-07), Pardo welcomed the challenge of playing the leading role of a transgender teen in the TV movie "A Girl Like Me" (Lifetime, 2006). His physically transformative performance brought Pardo a new level of exposure, leading to a regular role on Kevin Williamson's "Hidden Palms" (The CW, 2007), a supporting role in the miniseries "Drive" (Fox, 2007), and a small role in the feature film "The Burning Plain" (2008). His growing recognition, however, could not have prepared him for his breakout year of 2012, which saw him playing the vampire Nahuel in the blockbuster "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," as well as the duplicitous Nate Walker on J.J. Abrams' hit adventure series "Revolution."<p><i>By John Crye</i>