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By Mary     Jul 12, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Actor Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen on the hit CW series Arrow, is definitely a convention favorite. A passionate fan himself, during his NerdHQ panel in San Diego, he was charming and engaging, paying special attention to fans who were dressed in costume and even breaking into song.

During the conversation, Stephen Amell talked about David Ramsey’s salmon ladder video, who he most enjoyed working with on the Legends of Tomorrow promo, working with The Flash star Grant Gustin, what he most enjoys about the Oliver-Felicity relationship, how Oliver and Diggle might react to Supergirl, his desire to do a giant DC Super Friends cross-over, what a cross-over with the Winchester brothers from Supernatural might look like, deleted dream sequences, the toughest death scene to shoot, the most challenging stunt he’s had to do, and what he might be doing with the WWE. Here are the highlights of the chat.

By Mary     Jul 12, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Oliver Queen’s masked alter ego is upgrading his look for season four of CW’s superhero series “Arrow.”

The new look was debuted by series star Stephen Amell on Saturday at the Comic-Con event Warner Bros. Television Presents A Night of DC Entertainment. It’s meant to be an upgrade to the crime fighter’s trademark leather, hooded vigilante gear that was originally designed by Colleen Atwood.

This version comes from the show’s resident costume designer, Maya Mani, who also created the suits for show supes Arsenal (Colton Haynes), Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Speedy (Willa Holland) and Ray Palmer’s A.T.O.M. (Brandon Routh).

The new duds weren’t the only things the “Arrow” crew had in store for fans. They also released a recap of season three to was set to remind viewers that a lot has happened in and around Starling City. But now that Oliver has taken down Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) and he was seen riding off into the sunset with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), is everything good with Team Arrow?

Fans will have to wait a few months to find out. “Arrow” returns for its fourth season at 8 p.m. October 7 on CW.

Source: http://variety.com

By Mary     Jul 04, 2015     Arrow, Articles, Interview     0 Comments

When Arrow fans last saw Oliver Queen he was making his way out of town, leaving friends and family behind in Starling City as he hit the road with Felicity. Where will Season 4 find Oliver and Felicity when the superhero drama returns in the fall to the CW? Stephen Amell offered up a few cryptic hints and teases about Olicity and what’s ahead to The TV Junkies.

“Well they’ve been away,” jokes Amell about where we pick up with the couple in the premiere. “They are away and I believe they are still away when we get going again,” he says. Does this mean that Season 4 may actually give Olicity a shot at being happy together? “Well you never know, but I think if anyone has a decent chance it’s Oliver and Felicity. Time will tell,” Amell teases.

As previously confirmed by Amell in one of his Facebook chats, the action will pick up several months later which is something he says shouldn’t really be looked at as anything out of the ordinary for Arrow. “When I said there was a time jump people were like, ‘Oh my God really?’ I didn’t think that was very spoilery because the show has always followed chronologically when we air. Whenever we’ve taken a break and go off the air from May til October, when we leave it’s May and when we come back it’s October,” he explains.

Having gotten his hands on the first few scripts of Season 4, Amell did say that “it still feels like our show but there are different elements that I think people are going to enjoy.” One of the early highlights for him has been that “we get to see some characters interact that weren’t always the closest of friends or interacting on a regular basis which is neat when you’re doing new stuff in the fourth season of a show.”

Would that new stuff ever including a spot in the director’s chair for Amell? “I am actually interested in directing and I’ve been asked a couple of times if I’d be interested in directing an episode of Arrow by Greg Berlanti,” he tells us. However, the actor has some concerns about stepping behind the camera. “I would like to do it eventually, but to direct an episode of Arrow I think would be a nod towards my own vanity a little bit. It’s not just the fact that I’m in most episodes, but it’s the fact that there’s a prep period before where I’d be shooting and there’s cutting the episode on the B-side where I’d also be shooting. I just don’t think it’s the most practical instance.” he explains

Unless Oliver decides to take a sabbatical in the near future and go away for a few weeks directing doesn’t seem in Amell’s plans for the near future. “There were a couple of episodes last year where I could have done it, but I’ll tell you, if I ever have an episode where I’m not shooting 7 out of the 8 days I use that time to regenerate,” he says.

Source: http://www.thetvjunkies.com

By Mary     May 14, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Wednesday’s Arrow finale ended with Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) getting something more elusive than anything else on the show: a happy ending. But what exactly do retired superheroes do?

“What I think is so interesting is that once you help people and have served justice for so long, is that it might become an addiction to a certain extent,” Bett Rickards tells TVGuide.com. “It’s one thing to go and be happy and sit on an island, but you want to still be doing important work. So I don’t know what that’s going to be for them. They’re going to have a balance of that and hopefully in their relationship as well.”

Shortly before running off together, Oliver and Felicity weren’t exactly on the best of terms. She was (very rightfully) pissed at him for marrying Nyssa and – more importantly – for his attempted suicide mission. But while Felicity is finally able to convince Oli to break free from the prison he’s built around himself and actually live his life, that doesn’t guarantee Olicity will succeed as a couple.

By Mary     May 14, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Who road off into the sunset and who didn’t make it out alive?

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Wednesday’s Arrow season three finale, “My Name is Oliver Queen.”]

“How can the show go on?”

That’s the question executive producer Marc Guggenheim promised fans would be asking once the credits rolled on season three of Arrow — and he wasn’t kidding. Oliver (Stephen Amell) road off into the sunset with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) after killing Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), abandoning his superhero identity and leaving team Arrow scattered to the wind in Wednesday’s season finale.

Going into the finale, the series had already dismantled many of the things it depended upon. Sara (Caity Lotz) died and Roy (Colton Haynes) left the show after faking his own death to protect Oliver. But there was more to sacrifice in the finale.

By Mary     May 14, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

“City’s under attack? Must be May.” (Quentin Lance)

It’s an Arrow season finale, which means the fate of Starling City hangs in the balance. Like the season it is concluding, “My Name is Oliver Queen” is an uneven episode with many thrilling and strong moments. Arrow makes very little effort trying to hide the fact that stopping Ra’s al Ghul from destroying Starling City is secondary to its other goals: bringing Oliver’s personal journey to a close and dealing with Olicity. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s just dive in.

As Ra’s, Oliver, Nyssa, and the rest of the League are making their way to Starling City for the newlyweds’ mass murder themed honeymoon, the rest of Team Arrow regains consciousness in the dungeon. Malcolm reveals that one of Oliver’s associates used Oliver’s blood to manufacture a vaccine for the virus, and Malcolm administered it to all of them subcutaneously. He’s expecting a thank you for saving their lives, but is left very disappointed. Felicity points out one flaw in the plan: their still trapped in the cell.

By Mary     May 13, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

The CW’s “Arrow” kicks off its season three finale with its titular hero (Stephen Amell) in a markedly unheroic place, married to Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and next in line to succeed her father Ra’s (Matt Nable) as the leader of the League of Assassins. Oliver seemingly left his team for dead in a cell in Nanda Parbat and set off for Starling City with Ra’s to unleash a deadly virus on the unsuspecting populace — so where does the series go from here? Variety spoke to showrunner Marc Guggenheim about the consequences of Oliver’s choices, how the finale ties into The CW’s newly announced “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” spinoff, and what we might see from season four.

By Mary     May 13, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

As Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) sets his sights on destroying Starling City in the Arrow finale, Oliver (Stephen Amell) faces the unenviable task of beating the man that nearly killed him. Will everyone come out of the Arrow finale alive? Spoiler alert: Nope! EW turned to executive producer Marc Guggenheim to get the scoop:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tell us about the season finale?
MARC GUGGENHEIM: It’s really the culmination of everything that we’ve been doing all year long. There’s obviously a fair amount of cliffhangers from the penultimate episode that need to be resolved. There are a lot of legitimate questions that people have, probably starting with, “Does Team Arrow survive?” This is a somewhat different finale than years past because it’s got a lot more character going on in it. There are plenty of pyrotechnics and two really huge sequences—one on a plane and another on top of a dam. It’s got the production value of years past, but there are a lot more character moments woven throughout here than we’ve typically done in a finale.

By Mary     May 12, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

Marc Guggenheim says of the big episode: “We’ve never ended a season the way we’re ending this season, where literally you are going, ‘How can the show go on?’ ”

Is Arrow about to destroy everything it holds dear?

Wednesday’s season finale picks up after Oliver (Stephen Amell) left his friends to die in a cell in Ra’s al Ghul’s (Matt Nable) Nanda Parbat prison. Ra’s plans to release a toxin and destroy Starling City, and in order to stop him, Oliver has played along with the plan. Secretly, he’s been working with Merlyn (John Barrowman) to put a stop to it.

The season has already dismantled the Arrow lair and seen Sara (Caity Lotz) and Roy (Colton Haynes) exit the series. Though the CW series is coming back for season four, executive producer Marc Guggenheim says the episode has the feel of a series finale and that its conclusion will leave viewers asking, “How can the show go on?”
In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Guggenheim weighs in on the finale’s big events, The Flash’s (Grant Gustin) role in the episode, and how it ties into the upcoming spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

By Mary     May 07, 2015     Arrow, Articles     0 Comments

There’s a party here in Nanda Parbat, excitement and a deadly virus are in the air! Yep, Oliver Queen Al Sah-Him is finally getting married, but there’s no verdict yet on if it will be the wedding of the century. However, Oliver and Nyssa don’t tie the knot until the end of the episode and there’s a ton of stuff to explore before we get there.

“This is Your Sword,” another strong installment of Arrow, focuses primarily on the scars Team Arrow incurred during their confrontation with Al Sah-Him last week. Some are definitely more scarred than others, and all of those wounds are readily apparent. One of the joys of the back half of Arrow’s third season has been seeing how far along Team Arrow has come since the first season, and tonight’s episode is definitely a reminder of how essential Arrow’s supporting cast is to the show. (Like, we need a reminder though.) As the episode unfolds, “This is Your Sword” reminds of us something Tatsu said to Oliver in “Uprising”: “To defeat a man like this Ra’s al Ghul, you must be willing not just to die, but to know what you have to sacrifice in order to beat him…It will be whatever you hold most precious.”