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Dylan’s dad/uncle (duncle?) is coming back to Bates Motel… and this time, it’s full-time.
At a Comic-Con panel on Friday for A&E’s suspense thriller and Psycho quasi-prequel, it was announced that Kenny Johnson would return to the show in a big way, joining the cast as a series regular in season 3. Best known for his dirty work on The Shield and Sons of Anarchy, Johnson guest-starred in two episodes last season as Caleb, the mysterious estranged brother of Norma (Vera Farmiga)—whom she says raped her and impregnated her with Dylan (Max Thieriot). “When Kenny Johnson »
- Dan Snierson
Finding the perfect actors for your show is a painstaking art: A few right moves, and you can back up an Emmy truck next to that Brinks truck. A couple of wrong moves, and the whole project is a disaster.
Bates Motel executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin certainly had their hands full when they set out to cast their contemporary Pyscho prequel for A&E. At Comic-Con on Friday, they treated the audience to a behind-the-scenes look at Bates’ audition process, screening footage of Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, and Max Thieriot trying on their character for the first time. »
- Dan Snierson
We just left the Sdcc press room for "Bates Motel," and while showrunners Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin are saving the big announcements for today's panel, we did glean a few clues of what's ahead in Season 3.
First we spoke with Norma Bates herself, Vera Farmiga. When asked how she reconciles Norma's behavior in the series, Vera said she sees herself as Norma's "court appointed lawyer in her defense" and "approaches her with outright compassion."
She focuses on what she appreciates about the character; she's "terribly flawed but trying to be the best mother she can be." She had a very grim upbringing with no role model, and her relationship with Norman is a "lifejacket." Theirs is a noble love, and Norma is a "lioness with a lame cub."
She couldn't tell us much about the upcoming third season as she hasn't seen a script yet (shooting begins in October »
- Debi Moore
While the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival closes with A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman (Truly Madly Deeply) and starring Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the festivities will commence with the screening of The Judge which is helmed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and features the acting talents of Robert Downey Jr. (Wonder Boys), Robert Duvall (Days of Thunder), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Vincent D’Onofrio (The Whole Wide World), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) and Billy Bob Thornton (Primary Colors).
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
“I brought my first film, Clay Pigeons, to Toronto, »
- Trevor Hogg
When the Bates Motel cast stopped by EW’s Comic-Con hangout, there was one central topic of discussion: that kiss.
Fans know the one. When Norman decided he wanted to kill himself in the season 2 finale, Norma found him out in the woods, gun in hand. There, she finally revealed the fact that he was behind his own father’s murder. But to stop him from pulling the trigger, Norma kissed him like she meant it. It was the moment fans had been waiting for, and it was one that executive producer Kerry Ehrin revealed to us was Freddie Highmore’s idea. »
- Samantha Highfill
The Warner Bros. film, slated for release on Oct. 10, was one of the many high-profile entries from the festival lineup that was announced on Tuesday. When the first list of titles was announced without any film selected as the festival opener, there was speculation that a different film was being primed for that pole position. Perhaps the festival committee needed an extra few days to make sure the opening film was a worthy one, especially since Tiff announced that they only wanted to screen world premieres during the festival’s opening weekend this year.
- Jordan Adler
David Dobkin’s drama to open Tiff in September.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the Big Kid Pictures/Team Downey production also stars Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton.
Downey Jr. plays big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
“The festival audiences are terrific, and I know I speak for everyone involved in the film when I say we are »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
It looks like a big year for Robert Downey, Jr., and not just in terms of profit.
The Toronto International Film festival announced today that David Dobkin’s The Judge, which stars the Iron Man actor, will open the festival on September 4. The film follows big-city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey) as he returns to his childhood home, where his estranged father (Robert Duvall)—the town’s judge—is suspected of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, and Billy Bob Thornton also star.
The festival also marks the premiere of Dobkin’s film, which will run in »
- Jackson McHenry
“The Judge,” with Robert Downey Jr. as a lawyer trying to clear his father (Robert Duvall) of a murder charge, will serve as the opening-night film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Friday. The Warner Bros./Village Roadshow production will open the fest on Sept. 4, 15 years after its director, David Dobkin, brought his first film, “Clay Pigeons,” to the festival. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton. Also read: Film Festival Scramble: Telluride Loses Its Surprises as Toronto Gets Tough Tiff's opening-night film was conspicuously missing when the Toronto lineup of galas and. »
- Steve Pond
One of the higher-profile fall films has found an appropriate berth. David Dobkin’s father-son drama "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a jaded city lawyer who returns home when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. As the son tries to discover the truth about his father, along the way he reconnects with the family he left behind. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star in this mainstream dramatic heart-tugger. Is it Oscar material? Warner s is clearly testing the waters in Toronto. “David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. Dobkin brought his first film "Clay Pigeons" to the fest 15 years ago. Warners screened. »
- Anne Thompson
The Toronto Film Festival today revealed that David Dobkin’s The Judge will open the 2014 festival on Thursday, September 4. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton, the film had been announced as one of the fest’s Gala titles. Tiff describes the film this way: Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Related: Hot Trailer: ‘The Judge’ “The stars […] »
I can't lie, I expected something more from the Toronto Film Festival when they didn't announce an opening night film with their lineup earlier this week. Now it turns out they announced the film, just not the fact it was going to serve as the opener, which easily leads us to believe they were hoping for something else but didn't get it. Announced just this morning, David Dobkin's The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall will serve as the fest's opening night film. In the film Downey plays big city lawyer Hank Palmer who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Melissa Leo, Billy Bob Thornton, Balthazar Getty, »
- Brad Brevet
“The Judge” had been announced Tuesday as a world premiere at the festival’s unveiling of most of its lineup, then was elevated to the opening slot on Friday.
“The stars aligned and we are thrilled to announce that we will kick off the festival with The Judge,” said Piers Handling, the fest’s director and CEO. “David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s event.”
Downey portrays a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his estranged »
- Dave McNary
David Dobkin's "The Judge" will open Tiff 2014, according to a release sent out by festival organizers on Friday. "The Judge" stars Robert Downey Jr. as Hank Palmer, a hot-shot lawyer forced to return to his childhood home after his father is accused of murder.
Robert Duvall plays Palmer's father, a judge who must put his resentment against his son aside if he ever wants to clear his name. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star.
"The stars aligned and we are thrilled to announce that we will kick off the Festival with The Judge," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. "David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. »
- Brian Trinh
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Friday, July 25
Cartoon Network's Uncle Grandpa & Clarence (10am, Indigo Ballroom)
Inside The Big Bang Theory's Writers' Room (10am, Ballroom 20)
Cartoon Networks' Adventure Time (11am, Indigo Ballroom)
Nickelodeon's Legend of Korra, Book 3 (11.15am, Ballroom 20)
iZombie (11.30am, Room 6Bcf)
My Little Pony (11.45am, Room 6A)
Adult Swim's Venture Bros (12.15pm, Indigo Ballroom)
The Walking Dead (12.20pm, Hall H)
Actors Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride,Chad Coleman, and Michael Cudlitz, executive producers Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero.
Bones (12.30pm, Ballroom 20)
Resurrection (12.30pm, Room 6De)
Comic-Con is in full swing, and the San Diego Convention Center is full of booths for film and TV shows, toys and dolls, comic books, artists, authors and retailers. One particularly cool both is the interactive experience that A&E has created for their hit drama series Bates Motel. In Season 2, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) continued to work with dead animals, much to the dismay of his loving mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), filling and entire basement with his taxidermy. Fans of the series can enter Norman’s creepy world and share the experience, in this recreated workshop with props similar to those on the set of the original series. And while you’re there, you can even create a custom Gif with the infamous taxidermic bird, as inspired by the world of Alfred Hitchcock. It’s creepy cool, as you can see by the photos, which you can check out after the jump. »
- Christina Radish
When A&E announced they were recreating Norman Bates' basement on the Sdcc show floor, we thought it sounded pretty cool; and now that we've toured it, we can assure you that it is! Check out our image gallery along with Season 3's teaser art.
"Bates Motel's" Comic-Con exhibit, which allows fans to interact with the taxidermy studio, contains props similar to those used on the set of the series. It also provides an opportunity to create a custom Gif with the infamous taxidermic bird inspired by the world of Alfred Hitchcock.
In addition, fans can pick up a “Bates Motel” themed temporary tattoo designed by the geek-loving artists from A&E’s upcoming series “Epic Ink.”
You'll find the basement in Booth #4016/4018. Just look for the big "Bates Motel" sign! »
- Debi Moore
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs from September 4 to 14 this year, has announced its initial lineup of films. This is the first of a handful of announcements for the festival, and as always, the first announcement focuses on its Galas and Special Presentations -- the films with the flashiest names.
The initial slate of fifty-nine films includes thirty-seven world premieres, boasting those from Noah Baumbach,Lone Scherfig, and Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock. Premieres have been a contentious subject this year on the film festival circuit, as Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Tiff, threw down the gauntlet, announcing that the festival would not play a film in the first four days of its schedule if it was also programmed concurrently for the Telluride festival.
- Sasha James
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
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