August 18, 2019

The search resumes for missing Chelsea Bruck

Chelsea Bruck was last seen at a Halloween party in Frenchtown Township. Just a few miles from where purple ribbons wrap the small town of Newport, volunteers, state police, border patrol and Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies all scoured the area near the Lake Eerie shoreline to try to find the missing 22-year-old.

“It’s been in the works for awhile, just waiting for the weather to clear,” said Chelsea’s mom Leannda Bruck.

Chelsea Bruck was last seen not far from this area last October. She was wearing a “poison ivy” costume and went to a Halloween party. The search, covering five miles off of Jefferson Avenue and Sigler roads, lasted about five hours Thursday. But Chelsea’s mother said the search didn’t turn up any clues.

“It’s hard but I’m also a very strong, very faithful person and no news is good news. I wish the good news would come very fast, but I’d rather have no news than bad news,” said Leannda.

Chelsea’s mom said now that it’s getting warmer there will be more searches, adding that she mails out fliers across the country daily. She posts photos of Chelsea and the person of interest everywhere she can.

Leannda said,”It’s an emotional roller coaster, but like I said, my faith is strong, it keeps me going, my dear Lord keeps me going, my family keeps me going.”

Holding onto pictures of Chelsea, purple ribbons and hope, this mother said what also keeps her going is the thought that her daughter is out there and she is alive.

“If you don’t stick to that thought and you’re thinking negative that’s the devil. The devil is not going to win on mom’s watch,” said Leannda.

Chelsea’s mother said she wants to remind people that there is a reward through Crime Stoppers of more than $30,000. If you have any information on the disappearance of Chelsea Bruck, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-speak-up.

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The search resumes for missing Chelsea Bruck

Playing Bullock no mystery to Logue on ‘Gotham’

“Gotham” is set in an era before Bruce Wayne is old enough to drive — let alone fight crime in a cape and cowl. That hasn’t stopped the creators from peppering the Fox series with the creeps and characters from Batman mythology.

Robin Lord Taylor has already established himself as the breakout performer with his portrayal of the Penguin. Other familiar faces from the comic books include those who will become Catwoman, Poison Ivy and The Riddler.

The creators didn’t stop there. Many of the other characters in the television cop drama come from deep within the comic books. That includes Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue.

In the TV series, Bullock was a good cop who has grown tired and accepted the corruption that plagues the Gotham City Police Department. In the comics, he was a big part of that corruption.

Although being part of a TV show or movie based on a comic book brings a whole new set of fans, it wasn’t that aspect that drew Logue to the role.

“My draw to it, totally, was a film-noir detective. Raymond Chandler kind of stuff,” Logue says. “I felt like having read ‘Gotham Central,’ and my kids were a big fan of the animated series, I felt like if he was that crass and that brass, how long could that last? There had to be other colors to this guy.”

Logue was able to bring his own colors to the character because of when the show is set. The tales are unfolding long before events in the comic books, where an adult Batman handles the colorful criminals. The noir elements play out well against the backdrop because Gotham City is a place enveloped in eternal gray from the sky to emotions.

Like so many film-noir characters, Bullock is complicated. He initially balks at having the new gung-ho partner Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), but he has slowly revealed that he’s not the bad cop that he seems.

Logue is convinced that, when Bullock joined the police force, he had the same passion to change the world but has just reached the point where he’s just trying to survive.

“It’s complicated because Harvey Bullock’s generally in the right place, but he’s seen these young gunslingers come through and burn out,” Logue says.

Logue has an eclectic career, including his most recent jobs on “Sons of Anarchy,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Vikings” and “Gotham.” The Canadian has starred in equal amounts of dramas and comedies.

No other project Logue has done has gotten the attention of “Gotham.” TV critics named it the “Most Promising New Show” of the fall 2014 TV season.

Despite all of the praise and attention, Logue is a realist when it comes to the show’s potential.

“I am lucky to have had a lot of different perspectives by walking through life for decades,” he says. “That’s why I keep in mind that you just never know what’s going to happen.”

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Playing Bullock no mystery to Logue on ‘Gotham’

‘Gotham’ Winter Premiere Review: Fun, Failure, and ‘Bed’ Barbara

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[This is a review of Gotham S1, E11. It will contain SPOILERS.]

Gotham returns after a brief hiatus, ready to kick off the next chapter in Jim Gordon’s illustrious career: Arkham Asylum. New sets, new faces; same troubled show. Just don’t deny that it’s fun.

In “Rogues Gallery”, written by series story editor Sue Chung, Guard Gordon (Ben Mckenzie) investigates a recent attack on an inmate, which leads to a shocking discovery of experiments being performed. Gordon’s investigation continues as a friend is made in fellow co-worker Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin), and Gordon taps GCPD’s own Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) – as well as his new boss, Director Dr. Gerry Lang (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) – to help deal with the case.

Elsewhere, Selina (Camren Bicondova) rescues Ivy (Clare Foley) from the cold, while Maroni (David Zayas) rescues Cobblepot (Robin Taylor) from himself (Robin Lord Taylor). And meanwhile, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards)… lays in bed.

Little Batman (David Mazouz) stole the show with his rooftop-leaping, villain lair-visiting adventure in last year’s finale . As such, this week’s return episode is shackled with the responsibility to prove that this series deserves, yet again, to exist on its own merits. That question is still left unanswered, even after this week’s airing; however, there does seem to be an irrefutable allure to whatever amalgamation of forced television mechanics creator Bruno Hellar is tacking on to the word “Gotham”.

This week’s episode is less a story, more a virtual tour of the impressive sets that Gotham now has – except, it’s always had wonderful set design. An electrical attack is, if anything, an extremely underwhelming premise to use in an obviously archaic mental facility. More importantly: no one is really all that interested. Guard Gordon, as angelic as he may be, is basically forced in to caring about this crime after the few co- workers he has are comfortable simply dismissing it, and it absolutely feels as empty as that. At no point is Gordon’s journey through this story anything more than a few grunts and intense stares, all in an attempt to get home to… nobody. (Apparently his apartment smells, as well.)

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Bringing in Morena Baccarin (Homeland, V) as Arkham’s Dr. Leslie Thompkins is a solid decision, as she’s proven to be able to easily take control as a strong lead, or replace a strong lead who never existed, as is the case here. Barbara, who has the most screen time of all her episode appearances here, is still in bed, while Thompkins is delivering sage wisdom to Guard Gordon. Who is talking to Barbara? Poison Ivy, of course. Somehow they need to make Barbara more than she is, and right now it’s clear they still haven’t figured out that piece of the puzzle yet, to which Baccarin is likely greatful.

Fortunately, we are allotted a very brief moment in “Rogues Gallery” to enjoy the impressive guest stars of this week’s episode – Christopher Heyerdahl as “Electrocutioner” Jack Gruber, and Allyce Beasley as Nurse Dorothy Duncan – before they’re essentially thrown to the side as collateral damage to some great ideal. Hopefully the ideal will be revealed soon (and not be “Batman”), but there’s no point in relying on that. Like in many previous episodes of Gotham – especially in all the successful executions – these seemingly superficial stories can be brought to life by the character actor that’s given the role. You can absolutely see that both Heyerdahl and Beasley are ready to do more than what’s given to them – only nothing more is needed of them. They’re not Gotham; they’re not Gordon; they’re not… Batman. So: where’s the substance?

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Whatever creative direction there is behind this series, there’s clearly a lack of appreciation of the source material, and it’s beginning to make a mess of the overall intention of the series. Gordon doesn’t need to be Batman (in voice); Catwoman doesn’t need to be friends with Poison Ivy (in spirit); Arkham Asylum can exist, and we can visit, without the rent-a-guard treatment. Gordon is simply one piece of a much bigger, more interesting world, and at no point has any of the producers taken the time to establish that, yes, Jim Gordon is actually interesting. (Perhaps he simply isn’t.)

Comic books are 24 pages of beautiful drawings with typically few words. Still, superficial and pompous is something the art form is not – and something Gotham very much is. Comic books simply can’t afford such things. Month after month, year after year, comic book writers have to earn their continued audience, or else the comic dies, or they get fired. They’re told which characters they can and can’t use, and then they’re expected to write an interesting story… simply to exist, and not because of name alone. Why is this show different? Why is Gotham allowed to stand on the shoulders of giants while disregarding the hard work of those who have invested their time in establishing this property?

Bruno Heller can certainly make a show that does well on CBS – as can many people. When it comes to Gotham, however, it feels as if we’re stuck with a bunch of television tropes which viewers must then use their own affinity of the franchise on, in order to make this series enjoyable – which it absolutely can be. Throw out namechecks all your want; burn through all the earned good will; Fox does not care. At some point, though, someone at Warner Bros. Entertainment, parent company of DC Comics as well as Warner Bros.Televisions, who produces this show – including many outstanding ones – is going to have some very good questions that need to be answered.

Gotham continues with “What the Little Bird Told Him” on January 19th, 2015. Watch a preview for the episode, below:

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‘Gotham’ Winter Premiere Review: Fun, Failure, and ‘Bed’ Barbara

‘Gotham’ Trailer: 18 Key Scenes

Before Batman, there was Gotham. And during the “24: Live Another Day” premiere, there was a “Gotham” trailer.

Our first full look at Fox’s new Batman TV show sans Batman has arrived, and with it comes our first real impressions of Gotham’s assorted gangsters and gumshoes. There’s a lot of material packed into that two-minute trailer, but we’ve gone over it with a fine-tooth comb and picked out all the best details. Here they are:

Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, a veteran detective of the Gotham City Police Department.

Benjamin Mackenzie as James Gordon, Gotham’s newest rookie, throwing Bullock all kinds of Ryan Atwood shade.

Robin Lord Taylor, late of a one-off “Walking Dead” appearance, not faring much better as a bloody-nosed Oswald Cobblepot — also known as the man who will eventually become The Penguin.

Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney, the awesomely named Gotham City gangster who serves as Oswald’s boss, and provides a huge thorn in the side for both Bullock and Gordon.

David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, on the most important night of his life.

Gordon and Bruce meet for the first time. It won’t be their last encounter, not by a long shot.

The funeral of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Just past Bruce’s shoulder is Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, the trusty butler who otherwise doesn’t appear in the trailer.

John Doman, alias William Rawls from “The Wire,” as … someone. Not really sure. We hear he has some night club suggestions.

More of Gordon getting his Ryan Atwood on. And by “getting his Ryan Atwood on,” we really just mean “getting it on.”

Gordon getting it on again, but with an entirely different type of gun.

Newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, future Catwoman, on the outskirts of Wayne Manor…

…as she spies young master Bruce on the edge of despair.

Before the Penguin…

Before Catwoman…

Before Riddler…

Before Poison Ivy…

And even before Clayface*…

…there was this awesome “Gotham” logo.

* not actually from trailer

What did you think of the “Gotham” trailer?


‘Gotham’ Trailer: 18 Key Scenes

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