9 items from 2016
Back in September, AMC handed out a 10-episode series order for the comic book adaptation Preacher, with executive producer Seth Rogen teasing that the series will debut in May 2016. While he recanted that statement about the premiere date shortly thereafter, the series is set to arrive sometime this year, and today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that the series has added Jackie Earle Haley to play a major character from the original comic books, Odin Quincannon. The actor has been set for a six-episode arc in the series.
In the original comic book created by Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon, Odin Quincannon is a member of the local Ku Klux Klan branch, who often clashes with lead character Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper). Jesse eventually discovers that Odin has been having sex with a mannequin made out of meat. In the series, he's described as a small, decrepit man »
Hollywood may be in the thick of what many refer to as its annual purple patch, with some of the year’s finest releases coming to the fore just in time for awards season, though we’ll soon be switching gears once again to focus on the film festivals and, by effect, highlighting the more low-key and experimental releases headed our way in 2016.
One of the more prominent dates on the calendar is occupied by South by Southwest, the film festival that takes place in Austin, Texas during mid-March. It’s primed to return this year, kicking off nine days of screenings on Friday, March 11 through March 16 with a string of intriguing releases. We’re a little less than a month out from SXSW 2016, and organizers have rolled out the initial lineup of films to be screened for critics, with Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, the comic book adaptation of Preacher »
- Michael Briers
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s small-screen take on Garth Ennis’ controversial comic series, Preacher, will debut at this year’s South by Southwest film festival along with several other projects that have been added to the lineup. Along with this announcement, AMC has released a new image from the show, featuring Dominic Cooper as the Reverend Jesse Custer relaxing in church with a cigarette. If the show is anything like the comic, he’ll be doing a lot of that.
On that note, Rogen spoke at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, California, on Friday after a screening of the pilot episode, and admitted that the series will deviate quite a bit from the source material.
I don’t know that you could translate it directly [from the comic]. Everybody involved felt we should not — including [comic creator Garth Ennis]. We’re fans of the comic. We love the comic. We’re going »
- Mark Cassidy
It's real. The Very long awaited "Deadwood" movie is happening at HBO. Speaking at the Television Critics Association's press tour on Thursday, HBO's programming president Michael Lombardo tells TV Line that it's definitely happening.
In August last year, HBO confirmed early talks of a film continuation/wrap-up of the cancelled but beloved and highly acclaimed western series. Since then, series creator David Milch has apparently come up with a story that the network was happy enough with that Lombardo personally gave Milch the green light:
"David has our commitment that we are going to do it. He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be - and knowing David, that could change. But it's going to happen."
The revival comes from a "palpable" sense that Milch "has something left unsaid... I've known him for a while and it feels like it's something he's not done talking about" according to Lombardo. »
- Garth Franklin
Though the ratings weren't very good in the first season, ABC renewed American Crime for a second season. Though it will feature new characters and a new story, several of the actors have returned. Will the show's small audience return? Will the ratings grow? Will American Crime be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.
On the second season of American Crime, a male public high school student accuses members of a championship basketball team from a private school of sexually assaulting him at a school party. He alleges they photos of the incident and posted the images online. The cast includes Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, Johnny Ortiz, Lili Taylor, Trevor Jackson, Connor Jessup, Joey Pollari, Angelique Rivera, and Regina King.
The ratings are typically the best indication »
Jesse Custer's bringing his vengeful rage to SXSW 2016, as AMC's Preacher series will have its world premiere at the festival ahead of the first episode's mid-2016 TV debut.
Along with five other titles, SXSW announced today that the debut episode of Preacher has been added to its 2016 lineup. The announcement was accompanied by a new photo from the series (shown above and below).
Specific screening details of Preacher are not yet known. SXSW 2016 will take place March 11th–19th in Austin, TX. The first of ten one-hour episodes of Preacher is expected to air on AMC around the middle of this year, meaning that SXSW attendees will have the opportunity to see Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult comic book series come to life onscreen before before it airs in living rooms nationwide.
- Derek Anderson
SXSW also announced Thursday that it will hold the North American premiere of sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst. It will screen Athina Rachel Tsangari’s comedy “Chevalier,” which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival.
SXSW had already announced that the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s dramedy “Everybody Wants Some” would open the 23rd edition of the festival on March 11. The feature film lineup will be unveiled on Feb. 2 and the rest of the lineup will be announced on Feb. 9.
“Though we are still in the thick of programming, each year we release a handful of films to provide an early peek into the festival,” said Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film. “These smart, stylish and »
- Dave McNary
It's just been announced that AMC's Preacher will premiere at the SXSW film festival, which will run from March 11-20. We also have an updated synopsis and new image from the show, featuring Dominic Cooper as the Reverend Jesse Custer taking a little smoke break in church. To find out what else will be joining Preacher at the festival, click the link below. Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a crazy world, much bigger than he is. Directed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and co-written by Sam Catlin, Preacher also stars Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, and Lucy Griffiths. »
When "American Crime" debuted a year ago, I was as impressed by creator John Ridley's ambition in what he was trying to accomplish with the anthology miniseries' first season as I was skeptical about his ability to execute certain aspects of his vision. Still, there was enough there to admire — committed performances (by Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King, W. Earl Brown, and more), gorgeous direction and cinematography, a willingness to incorporate difficult social issues into a network drama — that I expected to see it through to the end. But admiring something and enjoying it are two different things, and after watching one episode past the initial batch that ABC had made available to critics before the season, I kept letting "American Crime" slide further and further down my to-do list, even during (relatively) slower periods later in the year. The thought of returning to it felt like homework, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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