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Having already tried a “Criminal Minds” spinoff in 2011 subtitled “Suspect Behavior,” CBS was somewhat constrained in terms of attempting another overt brand extension. “Stalker,” a truly nasty bit of business, is the next best (or really, next worst) thing, featuring Maggie Q as the head of an elite anti-stalker unit, which really just allows for tracking down a somewhat more focused breed of psychopath. Produced by Kevin Williamson — he of the “Scream” franchise and “The Following” — the series has a particularly nihilistic bent, one that can hardly be redeemed by its tidy procedural aspects.
Although CBS has done some post-pilot tinkering to smooth and tone down the rougher edges, the distasteful bones remain in place. That includes an opening monologue in which we’re told, “Over 6 million people are stalked each year in the United States,” which mostly sounds like one of those questionable statistics producers bandy about to help »
- Brian Lowry
Hey, it’s another edition of our TV #Tbt Throwback Thursday, featuring old stuff that we did that we think is worth another look! This week: Dylan McDermott in TNT’s Dark Blue from 2009. Dylan McDermott is back for another tour of duty with an elite Lapd unit in CBS’ new psychological crime thriller Stalker, premiering Oct. 1. The actor has made a nice career out of playing dark, brooding and slightly disturbed characters, and his new role as Detective Jack Larsen in Stalker reminded us of his role as Lt. Carter Shaw, head of an elite Lapd undercover unit, in … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
In the opening scene of CBS’ Stalker, a woman is doused with gasoline. Running from her attacker, she takes refuge in her car. He pours gasoline on that, too, then flicks a lighted match at the car. She’s hysterical, crashes the car and it explodes, instantly killing her. It’s a horrifying image and one that begs the question of just how far this drama from The Following’s creator Kevin Williamson will go. “The Following was always sort of meant to be this little horror movie every week, and it was a popcorn thriller. It was meant to be a page‑turner, like … Continue reading →
- Jacqueline Cutler
One of the very best films of 2014 is Gabe Ibanez’s Autómata, a science fictional tale set in a post-apocalyptic environment where just over 20 million people are left after solar flares and solar radiation have decimated the planet. Most of humanity resides in dark, crowded, and dank cities where robots have been created to help humans in the rebuilding of our world. But there’s a new problem arising: the robots are evolving and becoming self-aware. The film stars Antonio Banderas as an insurance investigator named Jacq Vaucan, who witnesses firsthand the dawn of a new era. Here, director Gabe Ibanez, talks about his film and its apocalyptic themes.
david j. moore: Can you talk a little bit about why you decided to set Autómata in a post-apocalyptic Earth where the sun had destroyed much of the planet?
Gabe Ibáñez: To be honest, »
- Gary Collinson
Antonio Banderas has said he wants to focus on working in Spain.
The actor explained that he wants to help his native film industry, as well as take advantage of the greater diversity of roles it offers him.
"Hollywood has ceased to exist as such, and now it is just a brand. I might have that brand on me my whole life, but I want to do more films from my own country. I recognise the talent here and I really believe in my people," he continued (via The Hollywood Reporter).
"It's true that in Hollywood, I've always had certain limitations because of my accent or ethnicity. I go straight into certain roles. I've been working in Hollywood for 23 years with a certain handicap. »
Post-apocalyptic thrillers don’t come cheap, so perhaps there wasn’t enough left over from the “Automata” budget to pay for a decent script doctor. Spanish helmer Gabe Ibanez (“Hierro”) and co-writers Igor Legaretta Gomez and Javier Sanchez Donate pick from “Blade Runner,” “Terminator” and countless other pics in what , yet did the producers — none of them novices — not think to ask: “Does this work?” Set in the near future, when a vastly reduced mankind is assisted by robots that suddenly become self-sufficient, this dystopic mess will get some traction from star Antonio Banderas and indiscriminate sci-fi fans, but exposure is likely to be minimal. It opens Oct. 10 Stateside.
The lure of making a full-blown English-lingo futuristic thriller must have been particularly seductive, and Bulgarian locations, with Nu Boyana’s seasoned studio crew, no doubt allowed costs to stay within reason. The production designer’s vision, however, isn’t enough »
- Jay Weissberg
It’s that time again, and the Fall TV schedule is packed this year. It somehow seems that there aren’t as many new shows hitting, but there are some big ones.
On the other hand, that’s a good sign for the popularity of returning shows, even if some of them may be pushing their luck at this point. Sticking with shows that work is great, but at some point we’re milking things, and don’t actually have fresh ideas to work into the routine. I’m oddly curious to see how some of these long-running series perform, especially with the cable networks throwing out a lot of great shows.
At any rate, there’s a lot going on, so let’s just jump into the mix.
Links in the schedule are to reviews, and this page will be updated as reviews become available. New shows are in blue. »
- Marc Eastman
AnnaLynne McCord, prepare for a stalking. Also read: ‘Stalker’ Creator Kevin Williamson Declares, ‘We've All Stalked Someone’ at TCA Panel “90210” vet AnnaLynne McCord has signed on for a guest-starring role on CBS's upcoming drama “Stalker,” which stars Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q as a pair of detectives on the Lapd stalker unit. McCord will appear on the seventh episode of the series, which was created by Kevin Williamson and premieres Oct. 1. She'll play Nina Preston, the star of a hit television series. Nina is famous and with that notoriety comes obsessed fans. The Threat Assessment Unit team will work with. »
- Tim Kenneally
Actors needing to fine tune their Twitter and Facebook pages can get some help next Tuesday when Social Media Week Los Angeles kicks off. Early-bird passes run from $95-$250 and offer varying levels of access. But that’s not the only reason to brave the L.A. traffic. Here are four other events actors can put on their calendars. Film Independent’s Know Your Crew Sep. 23 at 7:30 pm 9911 W Pico Blvd. 11th Floor, Los Angeles Free for Film Independent members only (get tickets) SAG Foundation’s La Conversations presents "Stalker" Screening followed by a Q&A with Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. SAG Foundation Actors Center 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Free parking validation provided. Free for union performers. RSVP here. SAG Foundation’s Don Lafontaine Voice-Over Lab presents Client-Agency Relations in the Digital Age Sept. 23 from 7-9:30pm SAG Foundation - Don Lafontaine Voice-Over Lab 5757 Wilshire Blvd. »
After spending time in one very famous zip code, AnnaLynne McCord may soon need to change hers.
The actress, best known for playing self-centered Naomi Clark on 90210, has landed a guest-starring role on Stalker, Mashable reports.
Related Stalker Boss Rejects Following Comparisons, Stylized Violence Label
The upcoming CBS procedural, which stars Nikita‘s Maggie Q and Hostages‘ Dylan McDermott, follows Lapd detectives in the Threat Assessment Unit who take on stalking cases. McCord will appear in one episode as Nina Preston, a television star who needs the Tau’s help after an obsessed fan threatens her life.
McCord also recurs »
The Tribune Publishing Company has partnered with marketing content creator Contend in order to increase engagement with readers across all platforms. Tribune, the parent company behind the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, announced its investment in Contend on Tuesday, but have already collaborated on an inaugural campaign for Chicago supermarket chain, Jewel-Osco. Also read: The Most and Least Liked Fall TV Actors: Jim Parsons, Eric Stonestreet to Chris Pratt, Dylan McDermott The companies did not disclose how much has been invested in Contend, which shares offices with Tribune employees in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Contend was founded earlier this year, »
- Greg Gilman
The “Dancing With the Stars” debut foxtrotted to solid demo numbers, but the new season premiere low tied ABC with Fox and its “MasterChef” finale. The two nets matched for first in ratings with a 2.0 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. ABC was first in viewers with an average of 11.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. Fox was third with 5.5 million. Also read: The Most and Least Liked Fall TV Actors: Jim Parsons, Eric Stonestreet to Chris Pratt, Dylan McDermott For ABC, “DWTS” at 8 p.m. earned a 2.4/7 and 13.5 million viewers — both highs on the night. A rerun »
- Tony Maglio
Here's everything you need to know about CBS' new fall shows! We know you're short on time, so we won't bore you with lame details and just cut to the chase on whether these new series are worth your precious time. We are not holding back. No filter! On Monday, we shared how we really feel about the CW's two new shows, Tuesday we presented ABC's new line-up and today it's CBS's turn. Téa Leoni returns to the spotlight with political drama Madam Secretary, her first TV role since playing herself in a 2000 episode of The X-Files. Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott team up to take on stalkers in Kevin Williamson's Stalker. NCIS heads to New Orleans for its latest spinoff and »
Hope you're soaking up the sun! To celebrate Labor Day, one of the last beach days of the year, we pulled together some of the best celeb summer physiques.Photos: Candace Cameron Flaunts Amazing Bikini Bod at 38!From Heidi Klum, who just loves to show off her model bod, to the never-aging Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson, who's been flaunting her weight loss all summer, we love seeing our favorite stars show off their enviable figures! News: Alessandra Ambrosio Reveals Secrets to Getting Her Bikini Bod! But these ladies aren't the only stunners of summer -- click "Launch Gallery" above to see more sexy stars like Gabrielle Union, Orlando Bloom, Carmen Electra, Dylan McDermott, Christie Brinkley and Lea Michele!Who do you think has the best beach bod of summer? Tell toofab in the comment section below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
The Following is getting a quick turnover in showrunners. Jennifer Johnson, who only recently replaced creator Kevin Williamson as showrunner, is leaving Fox’s serial killer drama. Deadline first reported the news.
In the wake of Johnson’s departure a group of three—Brett Mahoney, Alexi Hawley, and Marcos Siega—will share showrunning duties under creator Williamson. Mahoney and Hawley were previously co-executive producers on the show, but will now be executive producers. Marcos Siega is an executive producer and has directed a number of episodes of the show.
Johnson joined the show in June as Williamson ceded his showrunner »
- Esther Zuckerman
The sci-fi film stars Banderas as an insurance agent working for the Roc robotics corporation in 2044, when robots have been designed to co-exist with humans.
To ensure that humanity keeps control of the robotic creatures, the robots are not allowed to manipulate or upgrade themselves, but a shocking chain of events follows when Banderas's character Vaucan is sent to investigate a rogue bot.
In order to survive the aftermath of an attack, Vaucan finds himself relying on a group of outcast robots who cannot return to the city in fear of being killed.
Autómata is released on October 10 in the Us. »
There's a new science fiction film on the horizon, set in the future that's ruled by technology. While some of the initial ideas put forth in this trailer (which also showcases a very different looking Antonio Banderas) seem like traditional Sci-Fi ideas, Automata still looks like it could be a fun and thought-provoking adventure. Come inside to watch the trailer for yourself.
I'm really digging this trailer. Sure, it has some generic robot ideas (some things like what we saw in I, Robot) but that doesn't make the ideas any less interesting. Couple that with the setting and characters, and this could be a very entertaining science fiction film. It could also really suck and be generic, but I'm intrigued by this trailer so I'm thinking positive!
Millennium Entertainment will release Automata in theaters and OnDemand October 10, 2014.
Directed by Gabe Ibáñez
Starring Antonio Banderas, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Welp. This is how it starts, isn’t it? First the machines do our bidding, then they learn to repair themselves, then they’re repairing each other, and before you know it, they’re trying to squash us like bugs. That may or may not be what’s in store for the humans of Gabe Ibáñez’s “Automata,” but are you really willing to take that chance? I say kill all the robots now and save ourselves!!!! Ahem. Check out the first trailer for “Automata,” which is apparently directed by the very “visionary” Gabe Ibáñez. Remember the days when publicists didn’t call every director to come down the pipe “visionary”? Oh, those modest good ol days. An insurance agent of Roc robotics corporation routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity. Starring Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott, »
The trailer for Automata recently arrived (out of blue) from director Gabe Ibáñez (Hierro) and it’s already causing quite an interest in just the few hours it been swimming around the web. Starring Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster this rather bleak looking fci-fi thiller looks extremely impressive, especially with the special effects given to the robot population. Check it out after the official synopsis…
Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in AUTÓMATA. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in »
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