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Norman Bates is coming to the U.K., well, sort of. The Bates Motel Blu-ray Box Set will hit stores in the U.K. in October. Also in this round-up: a Q&A with Keith Arem from The Phoenix Incident and an excerpt from Julie Stevens' The Cherry on His Cigar.
Bates Motel UK Blu-ray Box Set: This box set consists of six discs which include all three seasons of the show, and will arrive in stores on October 12th:
From Blu-ray.com: "Bates Motel Season 1
From the producers of Lost and Friday Night Lights comes a modern day prequel to the iconic horror film, Psycho. After finding his father dead, teenager Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), purchase a motel and move to White Pine Bay in search of a new life, but they soon discover this idyllic seaside town hides some deadly secrets. »
- Tamika Jones
Freddie Highmore has come a long way since the chocolate factory! 10 years after the former child star charmed fans in Tim Burton's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," the now 23-year-old Brit is gracing the cover of Attitude magazine's Summer 2015 issue. While the cover was first unveiled in May, it randomly started to pick up traction today thanks to a Buzzfeed post. The handsome actor, who currently stars as Norman Bates on "Bates Motel," talks about his new mature look. "I think in a way, being judged as a sex symbol and being famous almost go hand in hand but it is not something I have ever sought," he tells the mag. "It's tricky because these days success relies on promoting the film or the show more and more, and promoting the actors via Twitter and social media, which I am not on. There is more and more pressure on »
- tooFab Staff
Remember the little boy who starred opposite Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? It's been 10 years since Tim Burton's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory remake hit theaters, but former child star Freddie Highmore is all grown up now! Highmore, who you might also remember from 2004's Finding Neverland and 2007's August Rush, is 23, and as you can see from the cover of Attitude magazine's Summer 2015 issue, he's definitely not a little boy anymore! The handsome Brit, who currently stars as Norman Bates on A&E's Bates Motel, acknowledged his mature new look. "I think in a way, being judged as a sex symbol and being famous almost go hand in hand but it is »
Young Norman Bates strides ever so closer to embracing the "psycho" he's destined to become in Season 3 of A&E's Bates Motel. Fear not if you missed the latest season on TV as Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set an October 13 release date for the Bates Motel Season 3 Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release.
Bates Motel Season 3 stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Theriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Campbell, with Nicola Peltz returning as Bradley Martin for a Season 3 arc. A&E has already renewed Bates Motel for Seasons 4 and 5 so there's a lot more of Norman Bates and his possessive mother to come.
The Blu-ray and DVD editions of Bates Motel Season 3 will each be combo packs with Digital HD. On Blu-ray you can expect a two-disc set with each episode presented in 1080p and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. A lone confirmed bonus feature is 'A Broken Psyche: Creating Norma-n. »
The 2015 Emmy nominations were, as per usual, both thrilling and maddening. For every inspired nod (congrats, Tatiana!) there was one that had me scratching the skin off my scalp (no nomination for Eva Green?! Nothing for Jane the Virgin?!). So without further adieu, I give you the good, the bad and the downright ugly from this year’s list.
RelatedEmmy Nominations: The Full List
I’m Super-Ecstatic About:
* Tatiana Maslany! At long last!
Civil War will find the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe divided when politicians try to reign in their power with a governing body.
This will be Marvel's most star-studded movie yet, as franchise veterans Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Rudd reprise their heroic characters.
Tom Holland may have had a competitive edge over his fellow Spider-Man candidates.
The British actor has been posting videos of his own stunts and acrobatic skills on Instagram for months, which could have helped him secure the role.
A video posted by ✌️ (@tomholland2013) on Jun 21, 2015 at 7:40am Pdt
Who is Tom Holland? Introducing the Marvel Cinematic Universe's new Spider-Man
A video posted by ✌️ (@tomholland2013) on Feb 4, 2015 at 2:26am Pst
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman said: "For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom's screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start."
Never done this on a tree before.
A video posted by ✌️ (@tomholland2013) on Mar 31, 2015 at 5:53pm Pdt
Holland is expected to make his superhero debut in Captain America: Civil War »
Tom Holland is the name on every comic book fan's tongue today (June 23), following the announcement that he'll play Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having won the role over well-known contenders Asa Butterfield, Nat Wolff and Freddie Highmore, all eyes are firmly on the 19-year-old from Kingston upon Thames in the UK.
Twitter's spider-sense is tingling! Here's how social media reacted to Tom Holland as Spider-Man
Wait, Tom Hollander is the new Spider-Man? Twitter confused over Marvel casting
But who exactly is Tom Holland? In spite of his young age, he's actually a highly accomplished actor who has trod the boards in the West End, played a Tudor wunderkind on television and had an award-winning performance in a critically-acclaimed disaster movie. We get you up to speed on Tom Holland's career so far below:
1. Stage breakthrough
The first major break in young Tom's career came back in 2008 when »
Vera Farmiga‘s dynamic performance as unstable single mom Norma Bates in A&E original series “Bates Motel” demands attention as an Emmy contender for best actress in a drama — perhaps even more so now than when she was first nominated for the role in 2013. Over three seasons, Farmiga has portrayed Norma’s emotional unraveling as her serial-killer son Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) slowly evolves into the character so familiar to fans of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 horror classic “Psycho.” Norma scrapes and claws — often literally — to save her son from murder charges, drug dealers and his own spiraling mental health, »
- Kathy Zerbib
Norma and Norman Bates’ toxic relationship will continue for the foreseeable future. A&E has renewed Bates Motel for two more seasons, the show’s fourth and fifth. The Psycho prequel stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga. More on the Bates Motel renewal after the jump. Variety reports the next two seasons of Bates Motel will consist of ten episodes […]
The post ‘Bates Motel’ Renewed for Two More Seasons appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Good news, Bates Motel fans – the show has just been extended for two more seasons. This move will bring us to five seasons, with a few news sites already jumping to the conclusion that season 5 will be the show’s last.
Indeed, perhaps the intention of this double season order is for the writing team to map out a two-year endgame. That’s not been confirmed by any official sources, though. Many expect that the show will start linking up with the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at some point soon, but only time will tell on that one.
Anyone who follows American network TV news won’t find this information as a huge surprise. Although the ratings for Bates Motel have gradually decreased, the show has fared »
Our stay at the Bates Motel has just been extended for two more seasons, so remember to close the curtains when you take a shower! A&E made a bold move today in renewing the series through Season 5, which though not explicitly stated as being the show’s last, is fairly likely. A&E has tried (and failed) to launch other dark dramas like the almost immediately cancelled Those Who Kill, and the one-season wonder The Returned. And while Bates Motel has been operating at a ratings loss since its premiere, the network seems confident in creator and producer Carlton Cuse, and his vision for the series. [caption id="attachment_445719" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via A&E[/caption] Bates Motel has somehow, wonderfully, found a way to really draw out the tension of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) turning into the killer Norman we know from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. (For example, hardly anything of real consequence happened »
- Allison Keene
We have big news for fans of Bates Motel. The Psycho-inspired series has been a huge success for A&E and they are confident enough in the creative team that they've placed a twenty-episode order:
Press Release: "New York, NY – June 15, 2015 – A&E Network has ordered twenty episodes of the acclaimed drama series, “Bates Motel” from Universal Television it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E and Lifetime.
“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates,” said Sharenow. “We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman's transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
New episodes of “Bates Motel” will begin production later this year and will air over two seasons, starting in 2016.
“Bates Motel” has garnered a truly loyal fan base over the past three seasons. »
- Jonathan James
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The move amounts to a 20-episode pickup, and ensures that co-creators Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse will get to finish out what they have long billed as a five-season tale. However, A&E’s announcement stopped short of declaring Season 5 the show’s last.
“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the »
“Bates Motel” will be coming back with Season 4 and Season 5. Both 10-episode seasons will air in 2016 with production beginning later this year.
“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates,” said Rob Sharenow, exec vice president and general manager of A&E and Lifetime. “We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
The critically-acclaimed series is a contemporary prequel to the film “Psycho” and shows how Norman Bates (played by Freddie Highmore) unravels through his teenage years. Vera Farmiga plays his mother, Norma Bates.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In the Emmy race for Best Drama Actress, Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel") offers voters one of the most dynamic performances of the year. Over the past TV season, her character, Norma Bates — frazzled mom of that "Psycho" serial killer Norman (Freddie Highmore) — "not only breaks down, she breaks open," she says in our webcam chat. Watch below. "She's been pushed to the edge." -Break- As a result, Norma "ricochets emotionally like a bullet" while trying to cope with her crazy life that is a "continuous, desperate series of rebounds." Throughout it all, Norma struggles to save her son as he's consumed by inner demons, but she's not always sympathetic. One of the biggest challenges of this role, Farmiga adds, is to ask "the audience — regardless of her faults, transgressions, deceits — to root for her, to forgive her and to like her...."' »
We’re not arguing that Jon Hamm isn’t awesome on “Mad Men,” but here are 20 other actors who are maybe not on everyone’s Emmy short lists but deserve to at least be nominated this year! And be sure to check out “20 Funny Actors Worthy of an Emmy Nom” while you’re at it! Best Actor in a Drama Jamie Dornan, “The Fall”Every conversation about “The Fall” revolves around how uncomfortably attractive Dornan is as a serial killer of women—but that’s actually not as integral to his performance as his total calm. Remaining so coolly in control takes great skill, and Dornan’s preternatural stillness as Paul Spector makes him one of the most frightening, memorable characters around. Freddie Highmore, “Bates Motel”The “Psycho” prequel rebounded from a weak second season thanks in large part to Highmore’s high-wire performance as a deranged Norman Bates, finally »
"We set out to tell a story that is suspenseful, but also pulpy, with nuanced stories and characters that will pull at your heart," writer/producer Kerry Ehrin says in our webcam chat about the strategy used to adapt "Psycho" to TV as "Bates Motel." -Break- That heart-tugging is done chiefly by Vera Farmiga, who gives a socko performance as a frantic mom desperate to coddle a deranged son (Freddie Highmore) who commits bloody murders during black-outs. "Vera captures a real mother, and one who is really worried about her kid," Ehrin says. "She does these crazy emotional scenes that go up hill and down dale … that are so grounded and so believable." Ehrin clears up a nagging mystery for us: Does Norman know that a monster lurks within him? "No," she says. "He senses it. He has dark impulses, but he's not conscious completely. It's a maze to him and he's try. »
It should come as no surprise that critically-acclaimed series such as "The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" took home top prizes at the fifth annual Critics' Choice TV Awards on Sunday night (it's right there in the name of the event, after all). But there was plenty of love for popular shows, too, proving that quality programming is becoming more widely available and amenable to audiences during this so-called golden age of television.
"The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" each claimed high honors in the best drama and comedy series categories, respectively, and their home networks were the biggest winners of the night: HBO snagged seven statuettes, while FX collected four. "Silicon Valley" was among the shows that won multiple awards, with T.J. Miller taking home the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy.
Freshman series "Better Call Saul" and "Transparent" also walked away with two trophies apiece, while new sensation »
- Katie Roberts
The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton, and HBO was the winningest network with a total of seven prizes, including three for its Olive Kitteridge miniseries.
RelatedEmmys 2015: Orange Is the New Black Must Compete as Drama
FX amassed four wins, while AMC, Amazon, Fox and Comedy Central picked up two apiece.
Among the more notable first-time winners, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson came out on top in the drama actress race, while »
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