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The Tick: Superhero Comedy Series Ordered by Amazon

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Amazon has ordered The Tick TV show reboot to series. The pilot cast includes: Peter Serafinowicz , Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, and Brendan Hines. A co-production with Sony Pictures Television, The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson, and Barry Sonnenfeld.Wally Pfister directed the pilot which was written by Edlund, creator of the comic book character, and the 2001 TV series starring Patrick Warburton and David Burke. The streamer also greenlit I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Get the details from this multi-show press release.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Amazon greenlights The Tick, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson to series

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Amazon has announced today its comedy pilots The Tick, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson have all received the greenlight to become Amazon Original Series.

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realise his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The pilot for The Tick starred Serafinowicz along with Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

Adapted from the cult classic I Love Dick »

- Gary Collinson

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The Tick (2016) pilot review

22 August 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Aug 22, 2016

Spoooooon! Here’s what we made of the Peter Serafinowicz-starring pilot for The Tick, now available on Amazon Prime…

“We need superheroes!” says a radio phone-in caller in The Tick pilot, a demand TV and film could scarcely be catering to more fully right now. Superheroes of all stripes—gritty, damaged, ironic or R-rated—aren't something we lack for.

That wasn’t the case thirty years ago when Ben Edlund created satirical comic book hero The Tick, nor when the character appeared in a 1994 Fox animated series or, briefly, a 2001 live-action comedy. The current glut either makes now the perfect time for a revival of Edlund’s character (every dominant cultural product needs a subversive sidekick) or risks it feeling crowded-out and irrelevant. 

After all, post-Deadpool and Kick-Ass and The Incredibles and Guardians Of The Galaxy and Adam West on Family Guy and Joss Whedon’s shawarma-eating Avengers, »

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: ‘The Tick,’ Jill Soloway’s ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Ranked

19 August 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

“’Timecop’ is like ‘Looper’ with Bruce Willis, but a million times better,” is just one of the gems spoken in “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” which is as gloriously ridiculous as its title.

What the Amazon pilot lacks in plot — action star Jean-Claude Van Damme comes out of retirement to act as a private contractor specializing in kicking ass and doing the splits — it makes up for with indiscriminate jabs at everything and anyone, including its star, Hollywood, pretentious foodies and even America’s Undulating Beefcake, Channing Tatum. A surprising appearance by Phylicia Rashad, who gamely plays Jean-Claude’s agent, is a comic revelation. She delivers the most absurd movie pitches with such enthusiasm that we’re ready to sign up for the “P.F. Chang’s” biopic ourselves.

The only real disappointment is the lackluster treatment of Jean-Claude’s love interest Vanessa (Kat Foster), who isn’t given much to work with story-wise. »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: ‘The Tick,’ Jill Soloway’s ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Ranked

19 August 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

“’Timecop’ is like ‘Looper’ with Bruce Willis, but a million times better,” is just one of the gems spoken in “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” which is as gloriously ridiculous as its title.

What the Amazon pilot lacks in plot — action star Jean-Claude Van Damme comes out of retirement to act as a private contractor specializing in kicking ass and doing the splits — it makes up for with indiscriminate jabs at everything and anyone, including its star, Hollywood, pretentious foodies and even America’s Undulating Beefcake, Channing Tatum. A surprising appearance by Phylicia Rashad, who gamely plays Jean-Claude’s agent, is a comic revelation. She delivers the most absurd movie pitches with such enthusiasm that we’re ready to sign up for the “P.F. Chang’s” biopic ourselves.

The only real disappointment is the lackluster treatment of Jean-Claude’s love interest Vanessa (Kat Foster), who isn’t given much to work with story-wise. »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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The Tick: First Clips For Amazon’s Superhero Series Scurry Online

19 August 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the pilot episode due to scurry onto Amazon today, August 19, Entertainment Weekly has unleashed a pair of clips for the studio’s revival of The Tick, placing Peter Serafinowicz in the oversized shoes of the loopy blue superhero.

Flanked by Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion), these snippets tee up the dynamic between The Tick and Newman’s Arthur, who is central to Amazon’s long-awaited reboot series.

That’s according to Ben Edlund, the brains behind the larger-than-life character. In helping to bring The Tick to the small-screen, Edlund was conscious of injecting a distinctly human element into the drama to counter the otherworldly elements.

He’s the main character. He’s the one who has the arc. He’s the one who gives us the shoes you wear to pass through this universe. In the previous live-action, »

- Michael Briers

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New images from Amazon’s reboot of The Tick

2 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We got our first look at Amazon Studios’ live-action reboot of The Tick last month [see here], and now we’ve got sixteen new images from the pilot, which sees Peter Searfinowicz taking over from Patrick Warburton as Ben Edlund’s big blue superhero; check them out here…

“This has been a labor of love for Amazon, Sony, and all of us,” states creator Ben Edlund. “The only way for this to have value was if we found a wholly new expression of The Tick and Arthur’s story in live-action, and I think we’re on to something! Visually and thematically this new Tick lives in the textures and rhetoric of today’s superhero saturation tsunami — and for it to be something you want to watch for hours, it needed to find its way to a story with heart and stakes, as well as absurdism. Is it a radically new hybrid »

- Gary Collinson

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"The Tick" Revealed On Amazon

2 August 2016 5:07 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ the first images from "The Tick" live-action comedy superhero TV series, co-produced with Sony Pictures Television in association with Amazon, starring Jackie Earl Haley ("Watchmen") as 'The Terror', debuting August 19, 2016:

"...in a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers...

"...comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead.

"As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy...

"...he falls in league with a strange blue superhero..."

Cast also includes Peter Serafinowicz,  Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez and Brendan Hines.

Producers are Ben Edlund ("Supernatural"), Barry Josephson ("Bones") and Barry Sonnenfeld ("A Series of Unfortunate Events"), directed by Wally Pfister and written by Edlund.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original "The Tick" animated series...

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- Michael Stevens

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‘The Tick’ TV series images: Peter Serafinowicz leads the cast

2 August 2016 1:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Tick TV Series: Amazon unleash a batch of new images ahead of its release later this month.

The Tick TV Series stars Peter Serafinowicz in the title role.

A bunch of new images from Sony and Amazon StudiosThe Tick TV series have just landed online. Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead) leads the cast of the show, which will air later this year. Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld are executive producers on the news show, along with previous series star Patrick Warburton.

Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez  and Brendan Hines also star in the show.

The pilot for the new series of The Tick will premiere on Amazon on Aug. 19, 2016.

Here’s the synopsis, as provided by Amazon.

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his »

- Paul Heath

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Amazon Unleashes A Reign Of Terror With New Images For The Tick Redo

1 August 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Three weeks out from its long-anticipated arrival, Amazon Studios has pumped out a series of new stills for The Tick redo.

Among shots of Peter Serafinowicz as the peculiar costumed hero, we get our first legitimate look at Preacher star Jackie Earl Haley as The Terror, not to mention Griffin Newman as cowering accountant Arthur.

Embracing the goofy, oddball humor that helped The Tick carve out a cult following, creator Ben Edlund released a brief statement ahead of the show’s arrival. Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion) complete the ensemble of Edlund’s “labor of love.”

“This has been a labor of love for Amazon, Sony, and all of us. The only way for this to have value was if we found a wholly new expression of ‘The Tick’ and Arthur’s story in live-action, »

- Michael Briers

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New Photos From Amazon's "The Tick"

1 August 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television have released over a dozen new photos from their upcoming new TV series based on the comedic superhero property "The Tick".

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, the new The Tick series follows an underdog accountant with zero powers (Peter Serafinowicz) who comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead.

As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. Also onboard are Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez and Brendan Hines. Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld serve as executive producers on the project which has a pilot helmed by Wally Pfister.

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- Garth Franklin

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Amazon releases first-look images from The Tick reboot starring Peter Serafinowicz

21 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Amazon has announced that its upcoming reboot of The Tick is set to arrive this August as part of its 2016 comedy pilot season, with the announcement accompanied by the first images from the new series, which sees Peter Serafinowicz succeeding Patrick Warburton as the big blue superhero…

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. »

- Gary Collinson

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Peter Serafinowicz Is The Tick In First Look At Amazon’s Comedy Reboot

21 July 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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One month out from its anticipated premiere, Amazon Studios has today peeled back the curtain on The Tick, its long-rumored comedy reboot that thrusts Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) into the title role.

Playing the part of an underdog accountant with no powers to call his own, one Average Joe takes a stand against crime in the city, crossing paths with a peculiar blue superhero (Serafinowicz) in the process. Ben Edlund of Supernatural fame penned the series and will executive produce in tandem with Sony Pictures Television. An official synopsis for The Tick was released alongside today’s batch of stills, and you can have a gander at it below.

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, »

- Michael Briers

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Durban: ‘Kalushi’ Tells Tale of South African Freedom Fighter

25 June 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Celebrated as a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle, the late South African freedom fighter Solomon “Kalushi” Mahlangu has life-sized statues adorning city squares and a soccer stadium named in his honor. It’s only now, though, that his story has been told on the big screen, thanks to the feature-film debut of Mandla Dube, whose biopic “Kalushi” was a hit this week at the Durban Intl. Film Festival.

Eight years in the making, the movie, which traces the short and revolutionary life of Mahlangu before his execution by the apartheid government at the age of 23, has already been hailed as a “hugely important film” by a leading South African film critic.

For Dube, who once mooted telling Mahlangu’s story in a four-part TV series, “Kalushi” offers a chance to pay tribute to one of the iconic heroes of the liberation struggle on the “large canvas” he deserves.

“I feel »

- Christopher Vourlias

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Lesli Linka Glatter Honored by American Film Institute

26 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The American Film Institute has selected director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter as the recipient of its 2016 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Glatter is an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, and has worked on such TV series as “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Twin Peaks.”

The award is given to an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner, says AFI: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television. The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams in Hollywood on June 9.

Glatter has also been involved in the series “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Justified,” “The Walking Dead,” “The West Wing,” “The Leftovers,” “The Newsroom” and “Ray Donovan.”

Glatter’s honors include four Emmy Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award nomination as well as six Directors Guild »

- Dave McNary

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Lesli Linka Glatter Honored by American Film Institute

26 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has selected director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter as the recipient of its 2016 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Glatter is an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, and has worked on such TV series as “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Twin Peaks.”

The award is given to an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner, says AFI: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television. The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams in Hollywood on June 9.

Glatter has also been involved in the series “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Justified,” “The Walking Dead,” “The West Wing,” “The Leftovers,” “The Newsroom” and “Ray Donovan.”

Glatter’s honors include four Emmy Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award nomination as well as six Directors Guild »

- Dave McNary

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Going Against the Critical Grain: When Expressing An Opinion Takes Bravery

24 April 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sean Wilson explores the difficulties writers face when their opinion flies in the face of the popular consensus…

Film journalists such as myself frequently get slammed for daring to criticise a movie we hated: we didn’t make it, we had no idea of the stress involved in organising a small army of cast and technicians and are catastrophically wrong in every way.

This is a perfectly valid point – but to assume that it’s easy putting one’s opinion to paper (or, more pertinently nowadays, to web) is certainly not always the case, especially if the opinion in question dares to be different. In fact, defying popular consensus and arguing a point-of-view that many might see as utterly bizarre takes a sheer act of will and bravery.

This issue has been on my mind of late. After all, is what constitutes a ‘proper’ movie critic the ability to think »

- Sean Wilson

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Phedon Papamichael Eschews Visual Flash for Authenticity, Humanity

20 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phedon papamichael might not have the name identification of such fellow directors of photography as Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki or Roger Deakins, but his status among his peers is no less elite. He has brought out the best in directors like Alexander Payne, James Mangold and Gore Verbinski. And he has demonstrated a mastery of several genres, from psychological thrillers to dramedies, from biopics to Westerns, from arthouse curios to mega-budget blockbusters.

If cinematographers like to think of themselves as chameleons, Papamichael prides himself on an oeuvre in which no two movies look alike.

“It’s not really applying a style, it’s really adjusting to the story,” says Variety’s latest Billion Dollar Cinematographer. “Not just that, it’s really saving all those decisions — (involving) the performances and locations and actors — until you have all the elements unfold in front of you the moment you’re about to do it. »

- Steve Chagollan

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Review: Midnight Special

7 April 2016 10:09 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The first images from The Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, Transcendence, have dropped, featuring a rather normal-looking Johnny Depp and co-stars Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall. Not featured in the pics, but also co-starring in the film are Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, and Clifton Collins, Jr. who join in the "ghost in the machine" sci-fi thriller... Read More »

- The Arrow

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4 Ways DC Can Win Me Back After Batman v Superman

2 April 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace with four ways DC can win him back after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I was left a little disheartened after Batman v Superman. It wasn’t an awful film but it wasn’t good either. It was meh. It was fine. It was everything that 99 percent of superhero movies are. It was not what I wanted. But I can be won over again. I want to be won over. DC properties, at their best, have more potential to win my heart than Marvel, but not with what they just crammed down my throat the other week. They can get me — and the people like me — back. But they need to make some changes.

Cancel Everything, Just Batman

Let’s face it, gang. Let’s just get down to brass tacks here, Batman was what was interesting about Batman v Superman, Batman — unless you’re a fan »

- Samuel Brace

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