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The drama also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, James Russo, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, W. Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Brad Carter, and Jeremy Strong.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick and Scott Cooper are producing the film, with Peter Mallouk, Lauren Selig, Brett Granstaff and Gary Granstaff serving as executive producers. »
- Michelle McCue
It looks like Seth Rogen is going to continue peeling back the curtain on production on AMC’s Preacher pilot; this past weekend, he dropped the first image of Jesse Custer and Arseface from the long-awaited comic book adaptation, and now he’s debuted another image from the set of the show…
Rogen is directing the Preacher pilot alongside Evan Goldberg, while the cast includes Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as Rev. Jesse Custer alongside Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root, Tom Brooke (Sherlock) as Fiore and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow.
- Gary Collinson
With filming underway on the pilot episode of Preacher, Deadline is reporting that British actor Tom Brooke (Sherlock, Game of Thrones) has nabbed a series regular role in the AMC adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book series, where he will play Fiore, one of two Adephi angels to to Earth to retrieve Genesis.
The Preacher pilot is being directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (The Interview), and sees Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) leading the cast as Rev. Jesse Custer alongside Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow.
- Gary Collinson
Rogen recently Tweeted the image, which shows Jesse having what looks to be an intense conversation with fan favorite Arseface, aka Eugene Root, a young man who, in the comic books, was spurred on to attempt suicide after Kurt Cobain's death, only to survive a gunshot to the face.
Joining Rogen and Goldberg behind the camera is Bill Pope, who's worked as the director of photography on The Matrix films, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, Edgar Wright's The World's End, and much more. Rogen and Goldberg are directing from a screenplay they wrote with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad).
- Derek Anderson
Now that production is under way on Preacher, AMC's upcoming TV series based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic, executive producer Seth Rogen has shared a new photo from the set, featuring Dominic Cooper as the Preacher Jesse Custer and Ian Colletti as Arseface. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't give us too good a look at each character, but it appears that Custer is speaking with young Arseface in his room, which is adorned with posters for Jack White and other bands. Sports fans will also notice the University of Texas Longhorns pillow on his bed.
The series centers on Custer, a small-town Texas preacher who somehow ends up merging with a supernatural entity from heaven, which gives him the power to make anyone do what he says. He goes on a perilous mission to literally find God, after he abandoned his post in heaven. Jesse is accompanied on »
Seth Rogen took to his Twitter page yesterday to reveal that production is finally under way on the long-awaited Preacher TV series. The comedic actor is serving as executive producer on the series, and directing the pilot with his filmmaking partner Evan Goldberg. It isn't exactly known where filming is taking place at this time.
The project is based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, which centers on a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who becomes merged with a supernatural entity from heaven that gives him the ability to make anyone do what he says. He goes on a perilous journey to literally find God, who has abandoned his post in heaven. Dominic Cooper stars as Jesse Custer, with Ruth Negga playing Jesse's ex-girlfriend Tulip and Joseph Gilgun playing an Irish vampire named Cassidy, both of whom accompany Custer on his journey.
The supporting cast »
Preacher is set to star Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as Rev. Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher who finds himself bonded to a supernatural creature called Genesis and sets out on a journey to find God. The pilot is being directed by Rogen and regular collaborator Evan Goldberg, with Cooper joined in the cast by Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon, Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow and W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Sheriff Hugo Root.
- Gary Collinson
We're back with with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror new sent our way. Today's feature includes artwork from Blood & Gourd, release details for The Vatican Exorcisms, and news of a Sledge Blu-ray release:
Blood & Gourd Details and Artwork: "It's Devil's Night in Olympia, Wa - and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins… are ready to pick us. You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these Hell's lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to watch you die."
For more information on this comic, and its creators, visit: http://www.bloodandgourd.com
The Vatican Exorcisms DVD »
- Tamika Jones
The cast won't be back but the show title will be. ABC has decided to renew their low-rated anthology series, American Crime, for a second season. The show currently airs on Thursday nights.
On the first season of American Crime, a home invasion in Modesto, California results in the murder of war veteran Matt Skokie and a horrific assault on his wife Gwen. Four suspects are brought into custody for the crimes. Though the suspects and the victims fit a profile, they and their situations are far more complicated than anyone would have initially believed. The cast includes Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, Johnny Ortiz, and Regina King.
The series debuted in early March to positive ratings but they quickly eroded. Last week saw the series hit a new series low with »
AMC's upcoming comic book TV series Preacher has added two more cast members, Jamie Anne Allman and Derek Wilson, as brand new characters who didn't appear in the original comic books. Jamie Anne Allman is playing Betsy Schenck, a timid wife who appears to be in an abusive relationship with her husband, Donny (Derek Wilson). Although, when Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) checks in on her, she tells a different story.
Derek Wilson's Donny Schenck is a Civil War reenactor and abusive husband who gets into several altercations with Custer, but still makes it to church every Sunday. Both actors will have recurring roles in the AMC series, but it isn't known how many episodes they have signed on for. Preacher is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 1990s comic book series, which follows Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas preacher, who ends up merging with a heavenly entity »
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Knights of Badassdom (2013)
Directed by: Joe Lynch
Cast: Ryan Kwanten (Joe), Steve Zahn (Eric), Peter Dinklage (Hung), Margarita Levieva (Beth), Summer Glau (Gwen), Joshua Malina (Travis), Michael Gladis (King Diamond), W. Earl Brown (Randy), Brian Posehn (Gilberto), Douglas Tait (Abominog)
I’m pretty much going to watch any film called “Knights of Badassdom”. I just am, and probably if you are reading this, you would too. I’m absolutely astounded at how the social stereotypes are melding together little by little, and this film is definitely a testament to that. Remember being the weird kid and only having a handful of equally weird, but loyal friends. That definitely was me, and I couldn’t see it then, but I pretty much had it made. Being weird now is a little more tolerated that it used to be, but »
Johnny Depp really needs a hit. After the failings of Transcendence and the more recent Mortdecai, the world’s number one actor (Tm) has a couple of potentials coming up, including a return to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth Pirates Of The Carribean movie, and a possible awards contender in Black Mass, for which a first trailer has just hit the web.
The trailer has a very big Goodfellas vibe to it, not just because of the gangster speak, but for the uncomfortable ‘funny how’ speech that greets us as the trailer starts up. Depp looks absolutely amazing in this.
Here’s the plot.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. Black Mass tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, »
- Paul Heath
Domhnall Gleeson is reportedly in talks to join Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in Doug Liman's "Mena" at Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Cross Creek. Gary Spinelli penned the script and Brian Grazer, Brian Oliver, Doug Davidson and Tyler Thompson will produce.
The story follows a Twa pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and the Iran Contra scandal. [Source: Variety]
Fred Armisen is set to join the cast of the "Zoolander" sequel, the actor announcing the news on his social media accounts which the film's director Ben Stiller later confirmed in a video announcement. No word as yet regarding Armisen's role in the comedy. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
AMC’s upcoming Preacher pilot continues to round out its cast, with Deadline reporting that W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) has signed on for a regular role as Sheriff Hugo Root, whose character is described as “the mean-hearted father of Eugene Root aka Arseface, a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool and has a vulnerability to him.”
Preacher is set to star Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as Rev. Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher who finds himself bonded to a supernatural creature called Genesis and sets out on a journey to find God. Joining him in the cast are Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tulip, Ian Colletti (Rake) as Arseface, Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) as Cassidy, Elizabeth Perkins (Big, Weeds) as Vyla Quinncannon and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) as the original character Emily Woodrow.
- Gary Collinson
Press Release -- "An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed horror comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern).
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands »
- Derek Anderson
AMC’s next comic book adaptation is quickly assembling a solid cast. News of the latest addition to Preacher hails from Deadline, who report that W. Earl Brown (Deadwood, Scream) has signed on to appear as one of the titular chappie’s most reviled enemies.
Known in the comics as Jesse Custer’s biggest adversary, Sheriff Hugo Root comes to fisticuffs with the preacher on more than one occasion, even roping in his son Eugene Root (aka Arseface) into his agenda of hate. While it’s his grisly fate that spurs his bumbling son into action, his earlier run-ins with Custer ought to be granted a substantial chunk of screentime.
In the initial rundown from Deadline, his character description suggests he may undergo somewhat of a transformation from page to screen. He’s dubbed “a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool,” which sounds about right, but he also “has a vulnerability to him. »
- Gem Seddon
W. Earl Brown (who played the formidable Dan Dority on HBO's western drama Deadwood) has joined the expanding cast of AMC's Preacher. He'll be playing Sheriff Root, who in the Vertigo comic series was just about the most vile piece of garbage you'd ever be unfortunate enough to meet. It sounds like they might be giving him a bit more humanity in the show though, as this is how Deadline describes the character: "The mean-hearted father of Eugene Root aka Arseface (Ian Colletti), a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool and has a vulnerability to him." Brown joins Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip, Joe Gilgun as Cassidy, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, Ian Colletti as Arseface, and Elizabeth Perkins as Vyla Quinncannon. »
Exhibitors got their first look at Johnny Depp’s gangster drama “Black Mass” at the Warner Bros. panel at CinemaCon on Tuesday, drawing notable reactions that could build up momentum ahead of the film’s Sept. 18 release.
Cooper said the movie takes a look at abuse of power and the bonds of brotherhood. In the clip shown, Depp looked somewhat unrecognizable, with piercing blue eyes, combed-back blonde hair and a fearsome intensity — mostly in a dinner scene with David Harbour, who plays FBI supervisor John Morris.
The footage showed a few glimpses of Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Billy Bulger, Whitey Bulger’s law-abiding brother and a Massachusetts state senator. Joel Edgerton is playing disgraced FBI agent John Connolly, who aided Bulger and »
- Dave McNary
ABC did well with How to Get Away with Murder on Thursdays at 10pm. Now that Murder's first season is over, they've replaced it with American Crime, an anthology series that will focus on a new crime each season -- presuming the ratings are strong enough for it to be renewed. Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned to find out.
On the first season of American Crime, a home invasion in Modesto, California results in the murder of war veteran Matt Skokie and a horrific assault on his wife Gwen. Four suspects are brought into custody for the crimes. Though the suspects and the victims fit a profile, they and their situations are far more complicated than anyone would have initially believed. The cast includes Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis »
If you know the film, you are correct about your estimation of what you’re going to get from the show, generally speaking, except insofar as the scope of the subjects up for analysis. This could be a turn off for some viewers, just based on the “everything can’t happen to this one set of people,” theory of non-watchability.
If you don’t know the film, you probably aren’t any more moved to see the show than you were the movie, and you should really try your best to overcome that, because the show is gripping, powerful, and engaging, almost in spite of itself.
The show kicks off with Russ (Timothy Hutton) having to identify the body of his son, Matt Skokie. »
- Marc Eastman
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