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The Pastor Brothers Board Mediapro, Dramacorp’s TV Drama Project ‘The Head’

Madrid — Spanish writer-director brothers Alex and David Pastor have joined high-concept TV drama project “The Head,” a co-production by Spain’s Mediapro with Sweden’s Dramacorp, the Patrick Nebout-Beta Film joint venture.

“The Head” was presented as a project at April’s Series Mania forum in Paris.

A survival thriller, “The Head” follows ten scientists trapped in a mobile science laboratory at the South Pole who realize that one among them is a killer. The Pastors will be responsible for developing the project.

Barcelona-born, the Pastors already boast a solid film and TV track-record, including Paramount Vantage’s “Carriers,” the Wild Bunch-sold apocalyptic thriller “The Last Days,” both written and directed by the duo, and Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds-starrer “Self/Less,” directed by “The Cell”’s Tarsem Singh, which they wrote.

They recently made their TV drama debut creating, and partially writing and directing, “Incorporated,” (pictured
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Fantasy noir series Carnival Row greenlit at Amazon

  • JoBlo
Killing On Carnival Row was one of the first scripts that made the Black List back in 2005, and has been in various states of development since then, with such directors as Tarsem Singh and Guillermo del Toro attached at various points. And it makes sense, as having read the script, it's a dark, neo-noir/steampunk fantasy film that was like nothing out there. So it's exciting to hear that... Read More...
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Film Review: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

Film Review: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’
Early on in his career, Guy Ritchie took rough-and-tumble streetwise hoodlums and elevated them to hero status. Now, he does the opposite, taking high-class literary heroes — first Sherlock Holmes and now King Arthur — and plunging them down to gutter level. The idea, one supposes, is to make these lofty cultural icons into relatable underdogs, but the effect is akin to slander. If there ever had been a real Sherlock or Arthur, they would surely be horrified to see themselves depicted as such commonplace thugs.

In Ritchie’s over-the-top, rock-and-roll “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” the less you know about the legend in question, the better. The brash British director has thrown out nearly all preexisting Athurian notions and come up with a smoking new riff on the famous sword-in-the-stone tale that makes “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” look like a work of rigorous historical scholarship by comparison.

It’s epic,
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NBC Cancels ‘Emerald City’ After One Season

  • The Wrap
NBC Cancels ‘Emerald City’ After One Season
NBC has canceled the “Wizard of Oz” adaptation “Emerald City” after one season, TheWrap has learned. After a tumultuous few years in the making, the Vincent D’Onofrio-led series finally premiered back in January to lackluster ratings. Across the show’s 10-episode run, “Emerald City” averaged just a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. The drama was first picked up straight-to-series in 2013 and scheduled to premiere in 2015, with Josh Friedman serving as showrunner. However it was later scrapped, only to be revived with new showrunner David Schulner and director Tarsem Singh. Also Read: 'Emerald City' Star Vincent D'Onofrio Reveals Why He Joined Series Before.
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'Emerald City' Canceled at NBC

The bloodshed has begun at NBC.

Short-order drama Emerald City has been canceled after one underwhelming season.

The series, a modern version of The Wizard of Oz based on L. Frank Baum's Oz book series, had a nearly two-year journey from script to screen. The drama now has the distinction of being canceled not once, but twice, as the Vincent D'Onofrio starrer was picked up straight to series and scrapped before being revived with another writer months later.

The drama disappeared just as quietly as it opened, despite the impressive names attached, including acclaimed director Tarsem Singh and D'Onofrio as the Wizard. The...
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Horror Highlights: Mixtape Massacre, Phoenix Incident, Wizard World & Free Comic Book Day, Splathouse

  • DailyDead
If you're looking to add a slasher twist to your family game night, then you'll be excited by an update on the Mixtape Massacre board game in today's Horror Highlights, which also includes Phoenix Incident, Wizard World Free Comic Book Day news, and a new episode of the Splathouse podcast.

Mixtape Massacre Pre-Orders & Black Masque Expansion: From Mixtape Massacre: "Hey Slashers!

Just heard from the shipping company that the games will arrive May 8th!

All pre-orders will begin shipping after arrival. If you want to get your hands on a copy sooner than later, pre-order is the way to go.

We're pumped to get these games into your hands so you and your friends can start stacking up your body counts!

After pre-orders are mailed, we will begin shipping out orders at regular turn around time. As always, feel free to message us with any questions and follow the fun on social!
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‘Emerald City’ Producers Shaun Cassidy and David Schulner Go Beyond the Wizard of Oz — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

  • Indiewire
‘Emerald City’ Producers Shaun Cassidy and David Schulner Go Beyond the Wizard of Oz — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘One Day at a Time’ Producer Gloria Calderon Kellett and Star Justina Machado on Reinventing Norman Lear’s Classic Sitcom — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

If you’ve seen “The Wizard of Oz” — and who hasn’t? — then you only know a fraction of L. Frank Baum’s “Oz” mythology (which spawned 13 sequel books).

“These stories are there and ripe for retelling,” says “Emerald City” executive producer David Schulner, who took over the NBC series with fellow executive producer Shaun Cassidy after Josh Friedman, who originally developed the show, departed.

“My only experience when I came to Josh’s script was seeing the movie,” he recently told IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller. “When you read the books it’s clearly written for kids, but its like the Pixar movies,” he says, noting there’s plenty for adults to latch on to as well. “The books
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‘Emerald City’ Producers Shaun Cassidy and David Schulner Go Beyond the Wizard of Oz — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

‘Emerald City’ Producers Shaun Cassidy and David Schulner Go Beyond the Wizard of Oz — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘One Day at a Time’ Producer Gloria Calderon Kellett and Star Justina Machado on Reinventing Norman Lear’s Classic Sitcom — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

If you’ve seen “The Wizard of Oz” — and who hasn’t? — then you only know a fraction of L. Frank Baum’s “Oz” mythology (which spawned 13 sequel books).

“These stories are there and ripe for retelling,” says “Emerald City” executive producer David Schulner, who took over the NBC series with fellow executive producer Shaun Cassidy after Josh Friedman, who originally developed the show, departed.

“My only experience when I came to Josh’s script was seeing the movie,” he recently told IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller. “When you read the books it’s clearly written for kids, but its like the Pixar movies,” he says, noting there’s plenty for adults to latch on to as well. “The books
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‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet

  • Indiewire
‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet
[Spoilers follow for Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lying Detective.”]

After last week’s damp squib, “Sherlock” is back on form in a genuinely terrifying episode with a shocking conclusion.

The villain of the week is Toby Jones as Culverton Smith, a wealthy and influential public figure beloved by the nation who may or may not have a secret life as a serial killer. While John is back in therapy, Sherlock is back on drugs and publicly accusing Smith of crimes he can’t prove, on account of being…well…off his tits for nearly the entire episode. It’s not until the very end that we know for sure that the great detective is right– Oh, and did we mention that Sherlock has a sister?

Last Week’S Review: ‘The Six Thatchers’ Launches Season 4 With Some Big Changes

“I am a bit creepy, but that’s just my Usp.”

If at times this episode veered dangerously close to horror movie territory,
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‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet

‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet
[Spoilers follow for Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lying Detective.”]

After last week’s damp squib, “Sherlock” is back on form in a genuinely terrifying episode with a shocking conclusion.

The villain of the week is Toby Jones as Culverton Smith, a wealthy and influential public figure beloved by the nation who may or may not have a secret life as a serial killer. While John is back in therapy, Sherlock is back on drugs and publicly accusing Smith of crimes he can’t prove, on account of being…well…off his tits for nearly the entire episode. It’s not until the very end that we know for sure that the great detective is right– Oh, and did we mention that Sherlock has a sister?

Last Week’S Review: ‘The Six Thatchers’ Launches Season 4 With Some Big Changes

“I am a bit creepy, but that’s just my Usp.”

If at times this episode veered dangerously close to horror movie territory,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

  • Indiewire
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic
How do you turn one woman’s inner narrative into something visceral? Especially when that woman is describing the horrific dystopia in which she’s trapped? That’s the challenge director Reed Morano faced when she took on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — and it was one that she relished.

“I just pitched the craziest ideas I could,” Morano told IndieWire on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Showrunner Bruce Miller described the series, set in a dystopian world that subjugates women, as a “thriller.” But it’s also an intimate depiction of life in this terrifying world, told almost entirely from the point of view of Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a young woman forced essentially into sexual slavery.

Read More: The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Margaret Atwood’s original novel lives entirely in Offred’s head,
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic
How do you turn one woman’s inner narrative into something visceral? Especially when that woman is describing the horrific dystopia in which she’s trapped? That’s the challenge director Reed Morano faced when she took on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — and it was one that she relished.

“I just pitched the craziest ideas I could,” Morano told IndieWire on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Showrunner Bruce Miller described the series, set in a dystopian world that subjugates women, as a “thriller.” But it’s also an intimate depiction of life in this terrifying world, told almost entirely from the point of view of Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a young woman forced essentially into sexual slavery.

Read More: The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Margaret Atwood’s original novel lives entirely in Offred’s head,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Meet Oz’s New Dorothy! 5 Things to Know About Emerald City’s Adria Arjona

  • PEOPLE.com
Meet Oz’s New Dorothy! 5 Things to Know About Emerald City’s Adria Arjona
We’re not in Judy Garland’s Kansas anymore.

NBC’s new drama Emerald City imagines the world made famous in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz in a dark, modernized story from visionary director Tarsem Singh.

At the center of Emerald City is actress Adria Arjona, who stars as a 20-year-old nurse named Dorothy.

Here are 5 things to know about the 24-year-old actress, who is featured in the current issue of People:

1. There’s no place like New York City for this Puerto Rican-Guatemalan actress.

Arjona was born in Puerto Rico but spent her life on the road.

“My dad is a musician,
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‘Emerald City’ Review: Embrace Tarsem’s Crazypants ‘Wizard of Oz’ Adaptation, and Reap The Rewards

‘Emerald City’ Review: Embrace Tarsem’s Crazypants ‘Wizard of Oz’ Adaptation, and Reap The Rewards
There have been a lot of takes on “The Wizard of Oz,” a lot of different points-of-view on the fantastical world originally created by the novels of L. Frank Baum in 1900. But NBC’s “Emerald City” is, to the best of my knowledge, the first one that transforms the flying monkeys of the classic 1939 musical adaptation into steampunk drones. They’re still recognizably flying monkeys, but to the residents of Oz, they’re just a random bit of technology, accepted as normal in a world that’s anything but.

There is something genuinely special about NBC’s “Emerald City,” premiering tonight — and not just because of its complicated journey to television, which included at least one total shutdown during the development phase before being reborn as a 10-episode series directed in its totality by Tarsem Singh, in a wide variety of exotic locations around the world.

Read More: The 24 Most
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‘Emerald City’ Review: Embrace Tarsem’s Crazypants ‘Wizard of Oz’ Adaptation, and Reap The Rewards

  • Indiewire
‘Emerald City’ Review: Embrace Tarsem’s Crazypants ‘Wizard of Oz’ Adaptation, and Reap The Rewards
There have been a lot of takes on “The Wizard of Oz,” a lot of different points-of-view on the fantastical world originally created by the novels of L. Frank Baum in 1900. But NBC’s “Emerald City” is, to the best of my knowledge, the first one that transforms the flying monkeys of the classic 1939 musical adaptation into steampunk drones. They’re still recognizably flying monkeys, but to the residents of Oz, they’re just a random bit of technology, accepted as normal in a world that’s anything but.

There is something genuinely special about NBC’s “Emerald City,” premiering tonight — and not just because of its complicated journey to television, which included at least one total shutdown during the development phase before being reborn as a 10-episode series directed in its totality by Tarsem Singh, in a wide variety of exotic locations around the world.

Read More: The 24 Most
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Taboo’ Review: Tom Hardy is a Powder Keg Primed to Explode in Macho FX Miniseries

  • Indiewire
‘Taboo’ Review: Tom Hardy is a Powder Keg Primed to Explode in Macho FX Miniseries
Some stories want to explore big ideas. Some strive to be allegorical, existential, soapy, or good ol’ fashioned fun. And some stories just want to watch the world burn.

The origins of that line lead to “The Dark Knight,” not “The Dark Knight Rises.” The latter would be more fitting since it featured Tom Hardy, co-creator and star of the new FX limited series, “Taboo,” in which the star of “Warrior” and “Mad Max” burns down the world and everyone in it.

Since Hardy is the modern-day embodiment of masculine cool, that would be a fine pitch right there; plenty of series have been built on less. However, while “Taboo” may prioritize style over depth, the result is an addictive, slow-burn story, and a damn entertaining journey.

Read More: The 24 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2017

Taboo” (which Hardy created with his father, Chips Hardy, and frequent collaborator Steven Knight), is set in 1814 London,
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‘Emerald City’ Star Vincent D’Onofrio Reveals Why He Joined Series Before Reading The Script

  • The Wrap
‘Emerald City’ Star Vincent D’Onofrio Reveals Why He Joined Series Before Reading The Script
Emerald City” star Vincent D’Onofrio was so excited by a certain aspect of the NBC limited series that he signed on to the show without even reading the script. And the reason for his enthusiasm? The chance to work once again with series director Tarsem Singh. “It’s the only reason really,” D’Onofrio told TheWrap. “I was doing ‘Magnificent Seven’ and I heard that he was shooting this and I asked if they had cast The Wizard yet and when they said ‘No.’ I said, ‘Tell Tarsem I want to do it.’ I hadn’t read the script
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Emerald City gets four new promos ahead of tonight’s premiere

Coinciding with its series premiere today, four new promos have arrived online for the fantasy series Emerald City, NBC and Tarsem Singh’s dark reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz novels; watch them below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Explore the wonderful world of Oz with poster, trailer and character images for Emerald City

Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world – a mystical land in great peril, where an all-powerful wizard has forbidden magic and rules over many kingdoms. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen it before, where lethal warriors roam, wicked witches plot in the shadows and a young girl from Kansas becomes a headstrong heroine who holds the fate of their world in her hands!!!

Emerald City premieres on January 6th and features a cast
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Emerald City episode 1 review: The Beast Forever

Kayti Burt Feb 8, 2017

The best parts of Emerald City are also the least iconic in this NBC TV drama based on The Wizard of Oz, now airing in the UK...

This review contains minor spoilers and slight references to later episodes.

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L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz and its sequels have been adapted for the screen for nearly as long as there has been cinema. There's something about the tale of farmgirl Dorothy Gale being swept into the strange, magical, and sometimes scary land of Oz that has stuck in American popular consciousness and never let go.

Emerald City is the latest addition to the long on-screen Oz tradition, but, for all of the ways it draws from its obvious source material, it's strengths and weakness are defined by other pop
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‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Review: Razor Sharp Season 12 Premiere is Just the Start of a Bold, Brilliant Year

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Review: Razor Sharp Season 12 Premiere is Just the Start of a Bold, Brilliant Year
Don’t call it a comeback.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” hasn’t seen a consistent dip in quality for longer than we can remember, but every season, it feels as though the TV world takes Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) a little bit for granted. Perhaps because it comes out at the beginning of the year, seven months before the Emmy nominations hit and a good 11 months prior to the “best of the year” lists. Or maybe it’s just because it’s been on so long that people want to believe they know what’s coming. That they “get it.”

Yet the gang is as eager to disprove the notion as they are proud to embrace the purity of their characters’ perturbed nature. Like the goofy baby brother eager to join the big kids table, “Sunny
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