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"Outlander" and "Casino Royale" co-star Tobias Menzies has joined the cast of "Underworld 5" as Marius, a mysterious new Lycan leader. Menzies joins a cast that includes Kate Beckinsale and Theo James as Selene and David. Anna Foerster, who previously directed Menzies in "Outlander", will helm the feature film, making her the first female to direct an entry in the series. The first "Underworld", directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003 and follows the adventures of Kate Beckinsale's Selene, a vampire “Death Dealer” caught in the war between vampires and Lycans. It was followed by "Underworld: Evolution" in 2006, "Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans" in 2009 and "Underworld: Awakening" in 2012. Combined, all four films in the franchise have grossed over $450 million at the »
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
An old flame of Ichabod Crane’s is coming to Sleepy Hollow. Many outlets have already reported that the Fox drama has been looking to cast an actress to play its version of American icon Betsy Ross, and now, Sleepy Hollow has finally found her. As first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Nikki Reed has landed the series regular role of Betsy Ross in Sleepy Hollow‘s third season. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Sleepy Hollow‘s Betsy Ross will be “sexy with an unsuspecting physical prowess. She’s the famous seamstress known and loved for sewing the nation’s first flag by day, but by night she’s a dynamic colonial insider, a secret operative within George Washington’s mysterious ring of spies.” “We are all very excited to welcome Nikki Reed into the world of Sleepy Hollow,” co-creator and executive producer Len Wiseman told The Hollywood Reporter. “Nikki’s »
- Chris King
Fox’s “Lucifer” hasn’t even starting airing yet, but the new series has already had to face some ire from fans of the source material. The show is based on the Lucifer Morningstar character in Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed comic “The Sandman” and a spin-off called “Lucifer” that was written by Mike Carey. Carey’s comic book series had Lucifer leaving his throne in Hell out of boredom and to further rebel against his creator. In Los Angeles, he opens a piano bar and plans to start a restful retirement. But it doesn’t turn out to be so restful, as he ends up at odds with an Archangel who’s trying to get him to go back to his place in Hell. Much of the series deals with Lucifer’s attempts to bring free will to humans, challenging the tyranny of predestination. The character is charming and actually »
- Emily Rome
Fox’s upcoming adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic series Lucifer has gone through a bit of a casting shuffle. According to Deadline, the show has lost actor Nicholas Gonzalez, who will be replaced by True Blood and Arrow alum Kevin Alejandro.
The role is that of a gruff homicide detective for the Lapd, who grows wary of the eponymous former Underworld ruler’s burgeoning relationship with his wife and daughter.
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No reason for Gonzalez’s exit was given, and it sounds like his part in the pilot will remain intact despite the role swap. That means there’s going to be a slight bit of confusion for viewers when the show debuts next midseason. Still, Alejandro should be a fine replacement, so I’m excited to see what he does with the role.
- James Garcia
Kevin Alejandro (of Arrow and Golden Boy fame) has joined the cast of Fox's comic book drama/procedural, Lucifer. According to Deadline, he joins the show in a series regular capacity, and will play the role of 'Dan', a gruff Lapd homicide detective, who is resentful towards Lucifer's connection with his wife and daughter. He replaces Nicholas Gonzalez, who originally portrayed the character in the show's pilot episode (directed by Underworld's Len Wiseman). Alejandro should be familiar to DC TV fans, having portrayed 'Sebastian Blood' on Arrow's Season 2. A recurring star on The CW show, he looks set to play a much more integral role in Lucifer - possibly as a rival to 'Lucifer Morningstar', the show's morally questionable lead character. He joins a cast that includes Lauren German, Lesley Ann-Brandt & Tom Ellis as the Lord of Hell himself. Lucifer will premiere mid-season on Fox, in »
Exclusive: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Arrow) has been cast as a series regular on Fox's comic book midseason drama Lucifer. He replaces Nicholas Gonzalez who played the role in the pilot, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman. Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the series, from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his… »
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Preview Night on Wednesday, July 8. While there aren't any panels on Preview Night, Warner Bros. Television is presenting world-premiere screenings of complete pilot episodes from highly anticipated newseries Supergirl, Blindspot, Containment and Lucifer, plus an advanced look at a new episode of Teen Titans Go!. Check out all of the official details for Comic Con's Preview Night below.
Wednesday, July 8 - Preview Night
6:00pm - 10:00pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of four of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015-16 television season.
Supergirl - In the vast DC Comics Universe of superheroes, the rich mythology of Superman, the planet Krypton and the House of El is perhaps the most famous and instantly recognizable. Enter Supergirl! »
As you may have heard last week, One Million Moms have launched a petition against the show claiming that the programme "mischaracterizes" Satan and mocks the Bible. It has gained over 11,000 signatures.
Here's Neil Gaiman's reaction:
"Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the “Concerned Mothers of America” announced that they were boycotting Sandman because it contained Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans characters. It was Wanda that upset them most: the idea of a Trans Woman in a comic book… They told us they were organising a boycott of Sandman, which they would only »
You may have seen what the stars were up to over Memorial Day weekend on social media, but there was another A-list bash you need to check out. Producer Joel Silver threw his annual Monday party in Malibu, CA, bringing out more celebrities than you can count. Gwyneth Paltrow arrived separately from her ex Chris Martin, while Kate Hudson mingled with pals in a white cutout suit. January Jones, Diane Kruger, and Minnie Driver made appearances as did Kate Beckinsale and her husband, Len Wiseman, and Courteney Cox and her fiancé, Johnny McDaid. Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer, were there with their kids, while Gwen Stefani had her little ones along as well. Read through to see all the famous faces, and then check out who showed up last year and what the guest list looked like in 2013. »
I'm a fan of the Underworld franchise, though not Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, which starred Rhona Mitra rather than franchise centerpiece Kate Beckinsale, though Beckinsale returned for 2012's Underworld Awakening, which wasn't half-bad, and now we learn she's coming on for one more as a fifth film has just been greenlit. Titled Underworld: Next Generation, Beckinsale will return as the werewolf hunting vampire Selene with Anna Foerster set to direct. Foerster is best known as Roland Emmerich's cinematographer on the likes of Anonymous and White House Down and is also attached to direct Source Code 2, though I'm not holding my breath for that film's release. The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter that also says Insurgent star Theo James, who appeared briefly as fellow vampire David in Awakening, will reprise his role though James was asked about the possibility of returning earlier this year and told Digital Spy, »
- Brad Brevet
The Death Dealer is coming back to the big screen. It's been confirmed that Kate Beckinsale will once again play Selene in the fifth Underworld film, which has a director attached and another familiar face from the franchise lined up to return, as well.
According to THR, Beckinsale has officially signed on to play Selene in the Underworld sequel, confirming what writer/director Len Wiseman (2003's Underworld, 2006's Underworld: Evolution) teased at New York Comic Con in October, when he revealed that an Underworld sequel starring Beckisale's Selene was in development.
Currently known as Underworld 5, the next entry to the series that started in 2003 will be directed by Anna Foerster (Starz's Outlander, Criminal Minds) from a screenplay by Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter). In addition to her experience behind the camera on TV shows, Foerster has worked in the visual effects department on films such as Independence Day and Pitch Black, »
- Derek Anderson
Despite it looking as though the Underworld franchise would be moving away from Kate Beckinsale’s killer vamp Selene and focusing on a younger generation, Underworld overlord Len Wiseman dropped word last October that she’d be back for more. And so it has come to pass, with news that Beckinsale is officially aboard a fifth film.Previous reports have mentioned Underworld: Next Generation as the new movie’s name, though The Hollywood Reporter’s update on Beckinsale’s status doesn’t mention the title. The Divergent franchise’s Theo James is aboard to reprise his role as the vampire David he first played in 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, with an immortal blood oath his contract committing him to another run-around. Priest/The Last Witch Hunter’s Cory Goodman has been working away on the script, but the main plot is being kept under wraps for now. Given how it’s »
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.
"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."
Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder. »
We now know when Fox is planning to bring FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back to the small screen, as the network revealed that part one of The X-Files six-episode event series premiere will air on Sunday, January 24th.
In their 2015 - 2016 fall TV schedule announcement (which also includes information on Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, slated to begin airing on Tuesdays this fall), Fox revealed that the return of The X-Files will take place on Sunday, January 24th, between 10:00pm - 11:00pm Est after the Nfc Championship game.
The second half of the two-part premiere will air at 8:00pm Est the following night on Monday, January 25th, with subsequent episodes also airing on Monday nights. Filming on the event series begins this June. For more information, see the official press release below (The X-Files details are highlighted in bold text). Also included in »
- Derek Anderson
If you still needed proof that Fox was investing hard in geeky telly (after their renewal of Gotham and the full season order they gave to Minority Report), here’s some more: the network has just ordered a full season of Lucifer.
This version of Satan was introduced by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth, in The Sandman comic series which is currently being adapted for film by Warner Bros, as a separate entity to this TV show. The character was so popular that he spawned his own on-going comic book run.
Now, Fox have given the green light to a TV version, »
A number of series are being canceled and renewed at this very second. New shows are also being announced as they get picked up for a series order by various networks. One of those shows, which we've heard quite a bit about in recent months, is Lucifer. Based on the DC Vertigo supernatural comic book, the show has been picked up at Fox. And today, we have a first look at Tom Ellis as the lead.
The news comes just one day after NBC officially announced that they have canceled another DC supernatural series, with Constantine now looking for a home elsewhere. The hope is to find digital distribution for Season 2. Will Lucifer have better luck finding an audience on Fox?
Some late-breaking TV news has just arrived… Fox has given a series order to “Lucifer,” based on yet another comic book character. “Lucifer,” written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman for Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics, and Jerry… Continue Reading →
The post Fox Makes a Devil of a Deal as Lucifer Heads to Series appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
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Based on characters from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer stars Tom Ellis (Rush) in the title role. Bored as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the Lapd punish criminals.
The cast also includes Lauren German (as Det. Chloe »
“Minority Report” remained one of the strongest contenders during pilot season, and was one of the first pilots ordered at Fox. “Lucifer,” on the other hand, didn’t gain steam until the last 72 hours, as orders started to trickle in.
“Minority Report” (pictured above) stars Stark Sands and Meagan Good (pictured), along with Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li and Zhane Hall. The project from Amblin, Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox TV, inspired by the 2002 feature film, picks up 10 years after the end of pre-crime in DC when one of the three pre-cogs struggles to lead a normal human life, and remains haunted by visions of the future when he meets a detective »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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