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Fox's 2013/2014 lineup (and NBC's as well) probably presents us with the most to look forward to, with regards to new series with black actors in starring roles. First, Almost Human, the futuristic thriller from Fringe executive producer, writer, director and showrunner, J.H. Wyman, as well as creator J.J. Abrams. Michael Ealy co-stars alongside Karl Urban in a series described as an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future, where all Lapd officers are partnered with highly evolved humanlike androids. Ealy plays a character named Dorian, the android partner of Lapd officer John Kennex (Karl Urban), who understands humanity more than his human counterpart. Wyman penned the script for the project, and also executive produces, alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk, with Kathy Lingg and Reid Shane. Brad Anderson, who just directed Halle Berry in The Call, directed and co-exec produced the pilot. USA Network...
- Tambay A. Obenson
When it comes to Star Wars: Episode VII, even the tiniest nugget of new information is considered worthwhile. In that spirit, we now have confirmation of who will be handling all the costume designs for director J.J. Abrams’ eagerly awaited sequel. Michael Kaplan confirmed that he will be the costume designer on Star Wars: Episode VII, reuniting with Abrams after having worked together on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Kaplan’s impressive resume also includes the 1982 classic Blade Runner, Fight Club, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Hit the jump for more, including Kaplan’s statement on the matter. Speaking with Clothes on Film (via Shh), Kaplan confirmed that he will be desiging the costumes on Episode VII: “I am very excited to be working on Star Wars. I’m so looking forward to collaborating, once again, with Jj.” It’s a small bit of news, »
- Adam Chitwood
When the subjects are good, no amount of time is sufficient to do an interview. That goes double when you’re speaking with two producers of one of the summer’s closely scrutinized films: Star Trek Into Darkness. Preparing to speak to producer Bryan Burk and producer/co-writer Damon Lindelof, I prepared two dozen questions for a ten-minute interview. I [...] »
- Germain Lussier
How far did J.J. Abrams go to keep the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's "Star Trek Into Darkness" villain a secret? So far, that he manipulated certain footage to prevent media members from getting an advanced reveal at Cumberbatch's "Star Trek" name.
During a visit to the Bad Robot production studios last year, Abrams showed a group of journalists the "Star Trek Into Darkness" scene where Cumberbatch and Chris Pine's Captain Kirk fly through space in super suits. The sequence happens more than an hour into the film, after the true origin of Cumberbatch's villainous John Harrison is unveiled. (No spoilers here, but check IMDb or this HuffPost piece from Monday.)
"[Producer] Bryan Burk was the one who first proposed that we use the space jump sequence as a way of getting folks excited for the movie," co-writer Damon Lindelof told Slashfilm. "The challenge was obvious [because] this is After the reveal. »
- The Huffington Post
J.J. Abrams has taken the task of protecting audiences from spoilers where no man (or woman!) has gone before. Journalists were invited to a sneak peek of "Star Trek Into Darkness" footage last December. As Slashfilm's Germain Lussier explains, Abrams introduced the footage and asked everyone to keep the details on the down-low. Now that "Stid" is in theaters, the lengths Abrams et al went to keep some key details super secret -- even to journalists -- have become clear. While there was plenty of speculation about the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch, he was merely introduced as John Harrison in the footage, both in dialogue and visually. According to Lussier, who saw the footage, certain details "were 100 percent different from the sequence when it screened in December, again at CinemaCon in April and possibly other places." "Stid" co-writer and producer Damon Lindelof had more to say about the switcheroo. »
- Jenni Miller
Now that Star Trek Into Darkness has been released and fans have learned the twists in the story, it is time for the filmmakers to defend their choices in the marketing and creation of the film. While it seems that most audiences truly enjoyed the movie, like Iron Man 3 there are detractors who are not happy with the creative choices made by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Damon Lindelof. But, in a very interesting breakdown over at Slash Film, they explain why they did what they did. This »
- Alex Maidy
This summer director J.J. Abrams takes Star Trek Into Darkness as the young officers of The U.S.S. Enterprise set course for their most epic journey yet. Abrams reunites with the team that created the fun, the humor, and the spirit of 2009’s acclaimed hit reboot of the beloved franchise.
On this second voyage, they’ve amped the action, raised the emotional stakes and launched the Enterprise into a high-wire, life-or-death game of chess with an unstoppable force of destruction.
With everything the men and women of The Enterprise believe on the line, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn and sacrifices must be made for the only family Captain Kirk has left: the crew he commands.
To celebrate the theatrical release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Wamg is doing a giveaway!
Three (3) winners »
- Movie Geeks
Actress Sarah Shahi plays the mysterious Samantha Shaw on the intriguing CBS drama, Person of Interest. She must be feeling the love right about now because the show is bumping up her involvement. Shahi has been promoted to series regular status. Get ready to see more, more, more.
For a character who was simply introduced to the series in the second season in a multi-episode arc, this is quite an accomplishment. She will join the other regulars, Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, and Taraji P. Henson. CBS president Nina Tassler announced confirmed the news to THR.
Shahi’s character, Shaw, is just as capable as Caviezel’s John Reese. She has a penchant for taking out terrorists before they have a chance to attack.
When he role first began turning heads the actress has no clue that this promotion might one day come, saying, “All I’ve been told is that it’s a multi-episode arc, »
- Sasha Nova
It's easy enough to think of J.J Abrams as some kind of overnight success. After all, it's only seven years since his first film as director, "Mission Impossible III," and "Star Trek Into Darkness," which opens on Friday, marks only his fourth film to date. And yet, even when he made that first film, he was already a brand name -- the man behind two bona-fide TV pop culture phenomena in "Alias" and "Lost," and that's only become more true since; his films have all taken at least $200 million worldwide, he's birthed several other successful TV shows, and he's taking over the Holy Grail of nerddom, "Star Wars," with 2015's "Episode VII." But all of this is the peak of nearly 25 years of work, including an awful lot of film and TV that you probably haven't heard of, away from the big franchises and tentpole TV shows that made his name. »
- The Playlist Staff
The reboot of Star Trek in 2009 was a risky move for Paramount. However, it paid off, reinvigorating the franchise that had died with the poorly performing film Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002. J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek became one of the biggest hits of that summer and introduced a whole new generation to the classic franchise. Abrams was not a Star Trek fan before working on the film (and arguably even less of one after making the movie), but that didn’t stop him and his production team from making a solid science fiction update. Throughout the commentary with his writers and producers, recorded only a month after Star Trek came out in 2009, it’s clear that the Star Wars films had a greater impact on the production team’s childhood. Maybe the search for a Luke Skywalker in the character of James T. Kirk was what made the film work so well. Star Trek »
- Kevin Carr
This summer, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
The soundtrack is available now on »
- Movie Geeks
Feature Simon Brew 16 May 2013 - 07:02
Does the Hollywood system want spoilers to be protected, or have they become part of the marketing fabric?
Please note: there are no spoilers in this article. Please do not leave any in the comments below!
Early in the production of Star Trek Into Darkness, a series of stills were leaked of a fight involving Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison. Believe the stories, and those behind the scenes - not least Jj Abrams - were extremely unhappy about the leak. Abrams is, after all, someone who works hard to protect surprises. Just look at the sudden trailer reveal for Super 8 a few years back, or the whole Cloverfield build up. He's one of the few directors who usually has the power to reveal what he wants only when he's ready to reveal it.
Most of Star Trek Into Darkness was shot on sound stages, »
While everyone associates Bad Robot with J.J. Abrams, he actually has a producing partner that rarely does press and usually stays out of the limelight: Bryan Burk. If you look over his IMDb profile, you'll see he's tremendously involved in all Bad Robot productions and was a key component in both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. With the movie getting ready to premiere around the world, I recently landed an exclusive interview with the busy producer. During our wide-ranging interview, we talked about making the sequel, the editing process, the secrecy, the title, if we'll get Star Trek 3 in less than four years, whether a new Star Trek TV show could happen in the near future, and more. We also talked about other Bad Robot productions like Star Wars, Mission: Impossible 5, Infinitely Polar Bear, Person of Interest, Revolution, Alfonso Cuaron's pilot Believe, Karl Urban's pilot Almost Human, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Writer/Producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman And Damon Lindelof – Star Trek Into Darkness Director J.J. Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and writers Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman form the creative collective at the heart of the Star Trek project. With Abrams at the helm, the team collaborated on Star Trek, the critically acclaimed origins story that introduced the adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to a new generation and, at the same time, captivated existing fans of a much loved franchise that stretches back almost 50 years to when the original ground-breaking TV series, created by the late Gene Roddenberry, first aired. After the success of the first film they all agreed not to rush out a sequel. Instead, they held countless meetings to develop ideas and hone the script for what would become Star Trek Into Darkness. Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof are the main writers, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Update, 8:15 Am: Fox has added trailers for Chris Morgan’s drama Gang Related and Christopher Meloni-starring comedy Surviving Jack. Previous, Monday Pm: Fox has unveiled most of its teaser trailers for its new series as it kicks off its upfront presentation right now in NY. Still Awol is Gang Related and Surviving Jack, so keep checking back for updates: Related: Fox 2013-14 Schedule Gang Related — Drama Produced by Chris Morgan Productions, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions, Imagine Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television. From writer/executive producer Chris Morgan, director/executive producer Allen Hughes and executive producers Scott Rosenbaum, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo: Surviving Jack — Comedy Produced by Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros Television. From writer/executive producers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumaker and executive producers Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold: Almost Human — Drama Produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Last season, Fox only picked up two new drama series: the hit thriller "The Following" which was launched midseason, and the instant bomb "The Mob Doctor" which was launched in the fall.
Fox has doubled that amount for the 2013-14 season, but once again they'll only launch one show in the fall. That honor (or curse?) goes to imaginative looking reboot "Sleepy Hollow," while J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human" and Greg Kinnear vehicle "Rake" will be held for midseason and "Gang Related" will be slotted in later.
Here's a rundown of the four new dramas Fox presented to advertisers at its 2013 upfront on May 13 at New York City's Beacon Theater.
"Sleepy Hollow" (Mondays at 9 p.m. Et)
A slick and tantalizing re-imagining of the classic Washington Irving tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, from "Fringe" producers and "Star Trek Into Darkness" co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Tom Mison »
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On Monday Fox unveiled their primetime slate for the 2013-2014 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The network announced 5 new comedies, 4 new dramas, a first event series, and an animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane.
Some of today’s most inventive directors working in film have smoothly segued from motion pictures to series TV and their new shows have found a home at Fox. What caught my attention were the sci-fi, fantasy shows bearing the names of Abrams, Shyamalan, Kurtzman and Orci.
Among the network’s lineup is M. Night Shyamalan’s new event series Wayward Pines. Set to premiere in 2014 and based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems. Also on the Fox schedule is the »
- Michelle McCue
Of course I was excited about these new Fox shows as soon as I learned about their Fringe provenance, but Wait Until You See These Trailers. It’s hard to get a real feel for a show just from the synopsis, but I’m including the new upgraded synopses for each so that you have all the information.
But Oh The Trailers.
Trailer: Almost Human
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From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes Almost Human. Starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series »
- Erin Willard
When "Fringe" left the air, fans of the show were sad. Luckily, the team behind it has another new program coming this Fall. "Almost Human," from J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman, stars Karl Urban ("Star Trek Into Darkness") as a cop in Los Angeles, set in the year 2050.
Detective Kennix (Urban) returns to the police force after two years and is assigned a human-like android partner, played by Michael Ealy. Though the show is a mix of action and drama, there's a fair amount of comedy in the trailer as Kennix and his synthetic partner get adjusted to one another.
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