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In advance of next week's Upfront presentations by the major networks, we close out this week with word on which of ABC's two genre pilots got a new name and pickup order and which got the dreaded call saying it was a pass this time. Read on for the details.
On the "no" side is "Gothica," one that we were watching closely as it was described as a sexy Gothic soap set in the present day that weaves together a mythology incorporating the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein, and Dorian Gray among others. Per Deadline, it had a good cast and some early buzz, but its premise of mixing famous horror literary characters just didn’t quite work.
On the other side of the spectrum, "Resurrection" is the new title of "The Returned," and not only is ABC moving forward with it for the 2013-2014 television season, but »
- The Woman In Black
This beautiful poster for Xan Cassavetes’s vampire yarn Kiss of the Damned, which opens in theaters today, was designed and illustrated by Akiko Stehrenberger, whom I interviewed in 2010 after having selected her Funny Games poster as my favorite movie poster of the last decade.
I asked Akiko recently if she would choose ten of her all-time favorite posters to share with us, to give us an idea of her influences and aesthetic leanings, but first of all we spoke about the inspiration behind this delightfully retro poster. She told me how she was definitely inspired by the work of the great American poster illustrator Bob Peak (1927-1992).
“I took notes from his Petulia and Funny Girl, where things fall away to white and become a simplified graphic element. This falling away to white technique, I also incorporate into my own personal portrait work.”
“I also took a big lead »
- Adrian Curry
Chicago – The ‘mumblecore’ movement, an early post-millennium film style, is now termed more accurately as movies on a “micro budget.” These films take advantage of today’s cheaper and more accessible technology for creating projects, and then finance them for less money. A new source in underwriting filmmaking costs is “crowdfunding,” and director Kevin Hanna is using that technique to subsidize his new film, “Rose’s Colored Glasses.”
Kevin Hanna is a veteran of five short films, as he continues his journey as a Chicago-based movie maker. “Rose’s Colored Glasses” is his most ambitious film to date, and needed more money than just his usual self financing or screening parties. As many current film producers are doing, Hanna researched the internet and found the solution for raising dollars for his new film….crowdfunding.
Promotional Poster for ‘Rose’s Colored Glasses’
Photo credit: Kevin Hanna
Crowdfunding refers to a group »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
As you'll no doubt be aware if you're a regular around these parts, we're big fans of comic book movies here at Flickering Myth. So with the 2013 comic book movie season about to get underway in April with the arrival of Oblivion and Iron Man 3, we thought we'd spend the month counting down our picks for the 25 Greatest Comic Book Movies, beginning on April 1st and running right through to the UK release of Iron Man 3 on April 25th.
Over the past few weeks, the writing team here at Flickering Myth have been putting together their own individual top tens, which we've used to compile our list. Any film based upon a comic book was eligible for inclusion, providing it had received a theatrical release either in North America or here in the UK. So, if you're a huge fan of David Hasselhoff and you're outraged as to »
- Flickering Myth
Joseph Losey's superb 1963 film about class and sex is once again in cinemas – but to locate its elusive gay gene, you have to revisit its source in Robin Maugham's extraordinary and disturbing novella
Homosexuality is everywhere and nowhere in The Servant. Harold Pinter's superbly controlled, elliptical, menacing dialogue is able to hint, to imply, to seduce, to repulse, in precisely the manner that gay men were forced to adopt in 1963, when homosexuality was still a criminal offence, and when representing homosexuality on screen was forbidden. To locate the gay gene in The Servant, you have to go back to its source, the 1948 novella written by Robin Maugham, the nephew of W Somerset Maugham. The Servant has its spark in an extraordinary event in Maugham's own life, to be treasured by connoisseurs of British sex and class.
Maugham had rented a house, which came with its own servant, »
- Peter Bradshaw
It's now become an annual tradition for Tube Talk to treat all you TV fanatics to our 'Pick of the Pilots' - the choicest cuts from the projects currently in development at the various Us networks...
Read our comprehensive list below for the most exciting pilots in the works for the 2013-14 season. Of course, it's not all good - there are a few potential disasters lurking in there too!
ABC's new legal drama will be fronted by unlikely duo Steve Coogan - yes, he of Alan Partridge fame - and Carla Gugino, best known for playing a sizzling sexpot in everything from Sin City to Spy Kids. Prison Break's Rockmond Dunbar also stars.
When you make one movie with your family, it's a cute story, not to mention a cheap source of labor. But when you make three and counting, people start confusing your fictional creations with autobiography, as Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann are beginning to find out.
With "This Is 40," Apatow had Mann, his real-life wife, and their two daughters Maude and Iris, reprise their "Knocked Up" roles alongside Paul Rudd for a "sort-of sequel" about the lovably dysfunctional family coping with the mid-life milestone. And because of the casting, many people assume the film is essentially a big-budget dramatization of what happens in the Apatow household. But Mann would argue that couldn't be further from the case when it comes to Debbie and Pete.
- Moviefone Canada
Gothica is one of a ton of projects combining monsters, and Melissa George has been cast in the ABC project. George is known for Alias, In Treatment, and Grey’S Anatomy. She’ll play opposite the female lead, Janet Montgomery.
- Andy Greene
Irish actor Stuart Townsend is set to star in the upcoming ABC’s pilot Betrayal. Townsend, who you probably remember as Dorian Gray from that 2003 movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will join previously announced Hannah Ware who is already set to play the female lead in the whole thing. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Betrayal will center on Ware’s character – an unhappily married photographer named Sara, who begins a torrid affair with a charming lawyer named Jack. As you already guess – Townsend is now on board to play that guy. As Deadline reports, Jack is a charming, quick-witted lawyer for a powerful family »
Our favourite Aussie hottie here at the Horror Asylum has signed on for her latest genre based credit. The gorgeous Melissa George (below), star of endless horror flicks such as 'The Amityville Horror', 'Turistas' (Aka 'Paradise Lost'), '30 Days of Night' and 'Triangle', has jumped onto ABC's new horror show 'Gothica' and is set to play 'the series' most formidable force'. Melissa will play Fiona Hunter, who is described as 'deliciously cunning woman' by Deadline who reported the casting news. Actress Janet Montgomery plays Grace Van Helsing, a New York journalist who takes over her family's hometown newspaper. The series will be a monster mash-up of a variety of classic iconic horror characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde and Dorian Gray. The series also stars Tom Ellis, Seth Gabel ('Fringe'), Tracie Thoms, Christopher Egan and Raza Jaffrey. »
Seth Gabel! I would have started this article with a long Woo Hoo if it wasn’t somewhat unprofessional. But please allow me to take a step back. Gothica (which by the way has absolutely nothing to do with the Halle Berry movie of the same name) is a pilot in development at ABC, described as a modern-day gothic horror soap surrounding the lives of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and more. Excellent, right?
This is not to be confused with the Showtime straight-to-series (no pilot required) Penny Dreadful, which features the same characters but in a Victorian London setting, that we told you about back in January. Nor is it to be confused with the modern-day I, Frankenstein movie which in turn is not to be confused with the Frankenstein movie that might have Daniel Radcliffe in it, as we reported earlier today. Don’t worry, we »
- Erin Willard
More casting news has come our way for ABC's "Gothica" as "Fringe" alum Seth Gabel and one of our absolute favorite actresses, Melissa George, have signed on to the ever expanding cast. Read on for details.
Deadline reports that Gabel will play Roderick Usher, the district attorney and heir to the once-powerful Usher family who is carrying secrets, and George (pictured) will play Fiona Hunter, the series’ most formidable force, and everyone – from Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) to Dorian Gray (Chris Egan) to Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) – will find their mettle and savvy tested by this deliciously cunning woman. Emma Booth joined the cast yesterday to play Frankenstein's bride, Madeline Usher.
The ABC drama pilot "Gothica," is co-produced by the ABC Studio-based Mark Gordon Co. with "Reaper" creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas serving as executive producers/showrunners, working alongside creator/executive producer Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), who wrote the pilot. »
- Uncle Creepy
Melissa George has been tapped for a lead role opposite Janet Montgomery in ABC’s drama pilot Gothica. Set in the present day, the project, created by Matt Lopez and exec produced by Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper of The Mark Gordon Co., weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. It centers on journalist Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. George, repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts and Smelkinson, will play Fiona Hunter, the series’ most formidable force, and everyone – from Grace, to Dorian (Chris Egan), to Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) – will find their mettle and savvy tested by this deliciously cunning woman. Aussie George recently toplined Frank Spotnitz’s BBC/Cinemax series Hunted. While the series ended when BBC opted not to renew it, Ciinemax and Sportnitz have been plotting two-hour movies centered on George’s character, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It’s not official, but the internets are all atwitter about Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) signing on to play the assistant Igor in Frankenstein to be directed by Paul McGuigan. When I think back to Frankenstein movies and Igor’s presence, I mostly think of Young Frankenstein, but it’s a role that Paul McGuigan and writer Max Landis are taking seriously.
Instead of trying to do some high minded “revisionist” Frankenstein, why not try to stay true to a version that only lives in the zeitgeist, and has Never Really Existed.
And why not do it in an intelligent, hopefully, thoughtful way, about friendship and science, genius and madness, love and ambition, »
- Jess Orso
Australian actress and model Emma Booth is the latest to join ABC's new horror pilot 'Gothica'. Booth (below) is set to play Dr. Victor Frankenstein's bride Madeline Usher in the new series set in the present day which forms an assembly or sorts of classic horror icons such as Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde and Dorian Gray. Brit actress Janet Montgomery has already snared the lead role as Grace Van Helsing, a New York journalist who takes over her family's hometown newspaper. Whilst 'Fringe' star Seth Gabel has also signed on to play the role of Roderick Usher, 'the district attorney and heir to the once-powerful Usher family who is carrying secrets'. Tracie Thoms, Christopher Egan, Tom Ellis and Raza Jaffrey are also on board the intriguing new project. »
According to TVLine, McKenzie will play Henry Bird in "The Advocates" pilot. His character is described as a "quietly determined" man who "is freed after being unjustly imprisoned for 16 years." He and a female lawyer will join forces to become "victim advocates," who will often skirt the edges of the law in the interests of representing the legal underdogs of the world.
McKenzie's pilot role is in second position to "Southland," but there's obviously enough interest from "Advocates" production studio Warner Bros. (which also produces "Southland") to raise questions about the TNT show's longevity, since actors with job security rarely audition for other parts. It's also possible that should "Southland" be renewed and "The Advocates" be picked up to series by CBS, »
- Laura Prudom
Related | Pilots 2013: Your Guide to This Fall’s (Possible) Newcomers and Who’s Starring In Them
Gabel has boarded ABC’s Gothica, which is described as a modern-day Gothic soap that weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others. Poe Per our sister site Deadline, Gabel will play Roderick Usher, the local Da and heir to the once-powerful, secretive Usher family.
Previously cast were »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Fringe alum Seth Gabel is headed to another potential genre series with a co-starring role on the ABC drama pilot Gothica. Set in the present day, the project weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. It centers on journalist Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. Gabel, repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Felker/Toczeck, will play Roderick Usher, the district attorney and heir to the once-powerful Usher family who is carrying secrets. In Living Color alumna Kim Wayans and Australian actress Georgina Haig have been added to CBS‘ drama pilot Reckless, directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a script by Dana Stevens. The sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, centers on Jamie, a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy, a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet), who struggle to hide their intense attraction »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
More casting news has hit for the ABC series "Gothica" as Emma Booth has joined the cast to play Frankenstein's bride, Madeline Usher. No word yet on if she'll ever be rocking that crazy beehive hairdo with the stripes.
The ABC drama pilot "Gothica," is co-produced by the ABC Studio-based Mark Gordon Co. with "Reaper" creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas serving as executive producers/showrunners, working alongside creator/executive producer Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), who wrote the pilot.
Janet Montgomery ("Made in Jersey," "Entourage," Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, The Hills Run Red) will play Grace Van Helsing, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from New York who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. Dorian Gray (Chris Egan) provides her with the $20 million she needs to retain control of the paper, and she was romantically involved with Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis) years ago.
In this incarnation of the »
- Uncle Creepy
Emma Booth has been cast in ABC‘s drama pilot Gothica. Set in the present day, the ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Co. project weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. It centers on journalist Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. Booth plays Victor Frankenstein’s (Tom Ellis) wife Madeline Usher. Several child actors have landed lead roles in pilots. Benjamin Stockham of NBC‘s 1600 Penn has been cast in the network’s single-camera comedy pilot About A Boy, which follows the relationship between Will (David Walton), a bachelor man-child who is going through a revolving door of women, and the young boy (Stockham) who moves in next door with his kooky single mother, Fiona (Minnie Driver). I hear the casting, which is in second position to low-rated 1600 Penn, ruffled some feathers at 20th TV, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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