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EW reports that Elizabeth Rodriguez has joined the cast of Fear The Walking Dead, the official companion series to AMC's The Walking Dead. The details of her recurring role are not yet known. Rodriguez is perhaps best known for playing Daya’s mother Aleida Diaz on Netflix's popular series, Orange is the New Black, though she's appeared in many TV shows and films, including The Shield, All My Children, 2006's Miami Vice, and The Drop.
Set in Los Angeles and slated to premiere in the late summer, Fear The Walking Dead stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm). The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, »
- Derek Anderson
The pilot centers around ambitious people striving to get to the top in Hollywood in the ’40s, when the dream factory was at its peak. Little do they know the challenges they’re about to face, including the end of the studio monopolies, the blacklist and the new disruptive technology of television.
“Set against the backdrop of a dramatic transformation in the entertainment industry, ‘Paradise Pictures’ delves into a world that has not yet been explored on television,” said Alex Sepiol, senior VP of original series, USA Network. “We are pleased to continue our successful relationship with Aaron and Rick, as they use this dynamic time to tackle issues which are still very much a part of modern day Hollywood.”
The Universal Cable Productions project is penned by »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Read More: Lily Tomlin's 'Grandma' to Open La Film Fest; Tomlin and Gale Anne Hurd to Receive Laff Honors Between her acclaimed performance in Paul Weitz's "Grandma" and the highly anticipated Netflix series "Grace and Frankie," comedy legend Lily Tomlin is set to have quite the on-screen resurgence this year. During one of Indiewire and Apple's Tribeca Talks at the Apple Store in Soho, Manhattan, the outspoken actress gave a warm reflection on some of her earliest comedic influences, including Gene Carroll and Ann Sothern. Marking Tomlin's first leading role in 27 years, "Grandma" chronicles the road trip between Ellie (Tomlin), a lesbian poet whose long term life partner has died recently, and Sage (Julia Garner), her 18-year-old granddaughter. The two form a special bond along their travels as they come to terms with their individual troubles. Before screening at Tribeca, the comedy-drama premiered at the »
- Zack Sharf
Bravo is expanding its scripted slate with three development prospects, Variety has learned, including a new project from “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” star Paul Adelstein and a 1980s period drama from “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd.
The ramp-up of scripted development comes ahead of the premiere of Bravo’s second scripted series and first half-hour scripted comedy, “Odd Mom Out,” which premieres this summer on June 8.
The Universal Cable Productions’ project follows a female con artist who gets men to fall in love with her, marries them and then disappears with their money and just enough dirty inside information to guarantee they will never go to the police.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look deal with horror mastermind Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), which includes a TV adaptation of his 1991 thriller The People Under the Stairs. The deal, announced today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus on creating unparalleled scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. Here's what Dawn Olmstead had to say in a statement.
"Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television."
Wes Craven himself had this to say about his deal with Ucp in a statement.
"Ucp is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I'm delighted to be working with them. Fasten your seatbelts."
Take a look at the »
Sneak Peek a new video of the cast and creators from AMC's "The Walking Dead" offering more clues about Season 6, premiering Fall 2015:
"...in addition to the 'wolves', Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd confirms we can also look forward to seeing what 'Morgan' brings to the story, now that he’s reunited with the group..."
"I've got a feeling there’s a storm coming," said Andrew Lincoln, aka 'Rock Grimes'.
"There are bad, bad people out there..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Walking Dead" Season 6...
- Michael Stevens
Director Paul Weitz‘s comedy “Grandma,” starring Lily Tomlin, has been selected as the opening-night film at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent announced on Tuesday. The non-profit organization that produces the festival and the Film Independent Spirit Awards also announced that director Rodrigo Garcia (“Mother and Child,” “Albert Nobbs”) will serve as this year’s guest artistic director, and producer Gale Anne Hurd (“The Terminator,” “The Walking Dead”) will receive the Glory to the Filmmaker Award. As part of the opening-night festivities on June 10, Lily Tomlin will receive the festival’s Spirit of Independence Award. “Grandma,” which stars Tomlin as a. »
- Steve Pond
USA Network is doubling down on WWE, bringing “SmackDown” over from Syfy next year as part of an effort to hike the volume of live programming on NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler.
The move of “SmackDown,” a slew of development projects, new programs featuring the Chrisley clan and summer scheduling announcements were unveiled Tuesday morning at USA Network’s press upfront gathering held at 30 Rock’s Rainbow Room.
USA Network president Chris McCumber made it clear in his presentation that the cabler is shifting the focus of its original programming to court a millennial audience. He noted that the generational shift of millennials now making up the largest component of the 18-49 audience is well under way. USA’s new shows are built around stories and characters that exhibit “bravery, optimism, self-reliance and hope” — all themes that resonate with millennials, per McCumber.
Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior VP of scripted programming, »
- Cynthia Littleton
12 Monkeys has been one of this years great surprises. It's a clever, unique take on time-travel packed with action, excellent performances and keen storytelling. Building on the bare-bones premise of the cult film, the series follows James Cole (Aaron Stanford) as he travels through time on a mission to prevent the apocalyptic pandemic set off by the Army of the 12 Monkeys. As he jumps from year to year, Cole encounters Dr. Cassandra Reilly (Amanda Schull), a virologist caught up in Cole’s Mission, and Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire) a mental patient harboring the secrets that could save the world, both of whom play a critical role in the future of the human race. I recently had the opportunity to interview the season-one showrunner Natalie Chaidez. We talked about what showrunner's job entails, successfully running the first season, and what series creators Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett get right about time travel. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Many fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” have had one continuous problem with the show. It seems like the black men always end up dying. IndieWire outlines how prevalent that theme has been this season, especially with the latest tragedy to be Tyler James Williams’ character Noah. So is there a conspiracy to get rid of the black men? Gale Anne Hurd, a producer for the show, begs to differ. “We have to go with the story,” she said to Variety. “It’s really important to cast the best actors. Two of those characters were white in the comics. They could’ve been any ethnicity. Our casting calls are completely open and [ Read More ]
The post Producer of The Walking Dead Addresses Black Male Character Deaths appeared first on Shockya.com. »
When Platoon won four Oscars in 1987, it marked not only a new chapter in Oliver Stone's career as a filmmaker, but also the end of a decade-long battle. Since the 1970s, Stone had been struggling to make his harrowing account of the horrors he'd seen firsthand as a soldier in the Vietnam conflict, but was famously turned down by every major studio in Hollywood.
Platoon, and Stone, finally found sanctuary at a small independent studio with a grand-sounding name: the Hemdale Film Corporation. It was Hemdale, and its co-founder John Daly, that had taken a chance on Stone, and when Platoon came out in 1986, the gamble proved to be a shrewd one: its $6m investment was covered by the first month's ticket sales, and the film »
"Morning, Los Angeles — hope you got your flu shot," says a DJ in a promo for the upcoming Walking Dead spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. "Reports in five states that a strange virus is going around — so if you're not feeling well, go home, take care of yourself." It's a creepy teaser because we already know the end result: the zombie apocalypse.
AMC premiered the trailer during Sunday night's Season Five finale episode of The Walking Dead. Though the clip runs a scant 15 seconds, it confirms two key plot details: »
Last “Talking Dead” show a first ever look at "Fear The Walking Dead", AMC's "The Walking Dead" spinoff from creator Robert Kirkman! This first teaser trailer, albeit only 15-seconds long, features a radio DJ speaking to a virus that's spreading across the west coast – and five other states. We hope you got your flu shot... This new series stars Cliff Curtis ("Missing", "Gang Related"), Kim Dickens ("Gone Girl", "Sons Of Anarchy"), Frank Dillane ("Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince") and Alycia Debnam Carey ("Into The Storm", "The 100"). AMC ordered two seasons of a spin-off series to be executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. "Fear The Walking Dead" will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and »
This summer marks the start of the brand new companion series, Fear The Walking Dead. If you caught The Walking Dead Season 5 finale this evening, you may have seen the first teaser video for the new series. For everyone else, we have it for you to watch right now.
Set in Los Angeles, Fear The Walking Dead stars Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm). The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert executive produce the companion series. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Fear The Walking Dead.
In case you missed it, here's AMC's official press release from their two-season order of the companion series that they announced earlier this month:
Press Release - "New York, NY – March 9, 2015 – AMC today announced that it »
- Jonathan James
Holy Walking Dead! Did ya catch the wonderful and crazy 90-minute season finale of “The Walking Dead?”
If so, you saw the preview for “Fear The Walking Dead.” In case you missed it, check it out below.
Fear The Walking Dead will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The show’s second season will air in 2016.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner.
- Michelle McCue
Last week, we reported that AMC will release the first trailer from their The Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead during the season finale of Talking Dead. Today we have the full trailer for your to watch over and over again. The series will be set in Los Angeles, clear across the country from The Walking Dead survivors on the East Coast.
AMC has already given a two-season order to the spinoff, with the six-episode first season debuting sometime this summer, although the network hasn't issued a specific premiere date quite yet. The second season will debut in 2016. The series will star Cliff Curtis (Missing, Gang Related), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, Sons of Anarchy), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
In the 15-second teaser, “Fear” takes a closer look at something AMC’s “The Walking Dead” never got too much into: life just as the zombie apocalypse hit.
“Reports in five states said a strange virus is going around, so if you’re not feeling well, go home and take care of yourselves,” says a voice in the clip just before panning to what seems to be a zombie.
The companion series, which has been handed straight-to-series two season order, got its name on Friday, but specific plot details are being kept mostly under wraps. What has been revealed is that it will be set in Los Angeles with a different set of characters and storyline, and that it will take place in the »
- Alex Stedman
The Walking Dead's spinoff, Fear The Walking Dead, is making Los Angeles creeeeepyyyy (extra E's and Y's really tell you how creepy it's going to be). The new show, which stars House of Cards' Kim Dickens and Gang Related veteran Cliff Curtis, is set in Los Angeles at the start of the zombie apocalypse that is currently gripping the mothership series. You'll look at the flu a lot differently now, huh? AMC has already ordered a second season to premiere in 2016, the first season is six episodes. The trailer below premiered during the season finale of The Walking Dead. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam also star in the series from Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd are »
As the long-planned $250 million Academy Museum of Motion Picture Arts at Lacma comes to fruition--the renovated May Company building designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali is slated to open in 2017--there is an enormous amount of wheeling and dealing and expectation surrounding the eventual museum collection. This past week, one key player to meet at the TCM Film Festival was museum director Kerry Brougher. Of course the Academy prefers donations to its long-assembled permanent collection, but it does have money to spend, and many Hollywood memorabilia collectors are circling, hoping to land a sale. So far Disney CEO Robert Iger has wrangled significant donors such as Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Gale Anne Hurd, and others like Leonardo DiCaprio have made possible such key purchases as the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz." But the Academy did not step up when Debbie Reynolds was auctioning her astonishing. »
- Anne Thompson
If you’ve been a devoted watcher of “The Walking Dead” (like me), then you may have noticed something very troubling this season. And that is, all the brothers on the show are being killed off. First, there was Lawrence Gilliard Jr.; then a few weeks later, Chad L. Coleman, who died a long, slow, agonizing death. Then two weeks ago, there was the shocker, when Noah, played by Tyler James Williams, went down hard, in a grisly scene that I like to call, the “Everyone Ate Chris” sequence. Only Seth Gilliam, as the cowardly minister, Gabriel, is left; although Lennie James, who appeared very briefly in 2 cameo appearances earlier this season, is out there somewhere, and is assumed will be in the season finale tonight. So what’s going on here? Is this some sort of conspiracy to get rid of all the brothers on the show? Not so, »
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