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New Photos From Amazon's "The Tick"

1 August 2016 1:57 PM, PDT

Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television have released over a dozen new photos from their upcoming new TV series based on the comedic superhero property "The Tick".

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, the new The Tick series follows an underdog accountant with zero powers (Peter Serafinowicz) who comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead.

As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. Also onboard are Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez and Brendan Hines. Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld serve as executive producers on the project which has a pilot helmed by Wally Pfister.


- Garth Franklin

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Channing Tatum A Merman In "Splash" Remake

1 August 2016 10:05 AM, PDT

Disney Pictures is set to remake Ron Howard's 1984 sleeper fantasy rom-com hit "Splash," but is putting a twist on the concept.

The original film starred Tom Hanks as a young man who falls in love with a mysterious woman (Daryl Hannah) who is secretly a mermaid. The new take swaps around the genders of the roles, making it a young woman who falls for a merman.

The project is being developed for Channing Tatum to take on the merman part and his "22 Jump Street" co-star Jillian Bell to play the human role. Bell came up with the pitch and now has hired Marja-Lewis Ryan ("Liked," "Unsupervised") to pen the script.

Tatum, Howard, Brian Grazer, Reid Carolin and Peter Kieran will produce.

Source: Variety »

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Jason O'Mara Is The New "S.H.I.E.L.D." Chief

1 August 2016 10:04 AM, PDT

Jason O'Mara ("The Good Wife," "Complications") has joined the cast of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." in a key role - as the director of the titular organisation.

Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson revealed in the final minutes of the third season finale that the organization had a new director, O'Mara taking on that part which is said to be a character whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s.

Marvel's Head of Television Jeph Loeb says: "Bringing Jason into the mix as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. forces everyone, particularly Coulson, to reevaluate their role in the agency. Jason has both the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent."

The new season of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on September 20th.

Source: TV Line »

- Garth Franklin

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Frank Grillo, Joe Carnahan Team For A Deal

1 August 2016 10:03 AM, PDT

The exciting pairing of "The Purge" and "Captain America" actor Frank Grillo and filmmaker Joe Carnahan yielded the much acclaimed survival drama "The Grey" several years ago.

The pair have since joined forces to create their own production company, War Party, which aims to produce three to four action-centric films a year. It will also co-develop a slate of other projects including some already in the works.

One of those will be the Netflix original "Wheelman" which quickly sold out a majority of its territories at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Carnahan is currently attached to direct the third "Bad Boys" film and recently signed on to pen a new script for the film adaptation of of Sony's "Uncharted" game series. Grillo's name has already been suggested by fans as a potential candidate to play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the latter.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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50 Cent Plans Superhero Series On Starz

1 August 2016 10:02 AM, PDT

Starz has announced that it has begun development of a superhero-themed series entitled "Tomorrow, Today" which is based on a screenplay by Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson who will also executive produce alongside Anthony Cipriano ("Bates Motel") and Dan Kay (I.T.").

The story follows a veteran from the south side of Chicago who, after being falsely imprisoned, becomes the personal experiment of a mad prison doctor. Set free, but on the run, the veteran must reconcile with the world that has turned against him, and use his newfound abilities for good.

Jackson is behind the series "Power" which has been a hit for the network and was recently renewed for two more seasons. This new project falls under an extended deal with the rapper that will run for at least another two years.

Cipriano, Kay and Kirkland Morris will also write for the series.

Source: Deadline »

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Starz Sets "Ash" Date, Announces "Pussy Valley"

1 August 2016 10:01 AM, PDT

Starz used their Television Critics Association press tour today to announce that both its Bruce Campbell-led horror comedy series "Ash vs. Evil Dead" and its Patrick Stewart-led comedy series "Blunt Talk" will return with their second seasons on October 2nd.

An extended episode of 'Ash' will start at 8pm, followed by the talk-show sendup starring Patrick Stewart at 8:35pm. Both shows have scored a ten episode run for their sophomore seasons.

Meanwhile the network has also put two female-driven series into development - the Mississippi-set strip club drama "Pussy Valley" and comedy series adaptation of the Alisa Valdes novel "Dirty Girls Social Club" about six diverse professional women living in New York City.

Source: THR »

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Writers Talk Next Two "Avengers" Scripts

1 August 2016 9:06 AM, PDT

"Captain America" film series scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely aren't resting on their laurels for this Summer's 'Civil War,' instead they're hard at work on the freshly retitled "Avengers: Infinity War" film which heads into production towards year's end.

Despite the once two-part film being restructured as separate films, Markus and McFeely tell Yahoo Movies they're working on both scripts in tandem. Here's their statements:

"We're many drafts in. We're on the third draft of movie one and the second draft of movie two. [We're writing them in tandem] as much as we can. On any given day, you're only working on one but that doesn't mean that next week, you aren't working on the other one. And certainly, notes are coming in and all sorts of production stuff is coming in, like for instance, 'that thing over there is now a window not a door so adjust that.' Or, 'we're not going to this town now, »

- Garth Franklin

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HBO Chief Talks "Westworld" Rape Criticisms

1 August 2016 9:05 AM, PDT

HBO is in big need of a major critical and commercial drama series hit and the upcoming "Westworld" series is shaping up to be that potential next big breakthrough. Don't expect the series to pull any punches though.

The ambitious drama is set in an ultra-realistic amusement park where visitors come to live out their most outrageous and darkest desires, it has also been the subject of swirling rumors about a troubled production.

The first two episodes of the series were screened on the weekend as part of the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, and just to show how dark the series is - the opening scene of the premiere reportedly features a lifelike female android (played by Evan Rachel Wood) being dragged by her hair to be raped offscreen by the villain played by Ed Harris.

THR indicates that while speaking about the series afterwards, HBO programming chief »

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Stunning "Batman v Superman" Concept Art

1 August 2016 9:04 AM, PDT

Concept artist Christian Lorenz Scheurer has been busy recently working on the various DC Comics adaptations in the works at Warner Bros. Pictures.

With his efforts on "Suicide Squad" set to hit this week and "Justice League" currently in production, he has taken some time out to show off his earlier gig in this building cinematic universe - "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

From his official site (via Film Sketchr), a whole gallery of art from the production recently went online and it's frankly quite stunning and shows off a more classic look than what we got in the eventual film. Click the photo below to check out the full gallery:


- Garth Franklin

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Smith Seeks Wright, Tarantino For "Buckaroo"

1 August 2016 9:03 AM, PDT

One of the more exciting small screen announcements in the last month or so has been the news that filmmaker Kevin Smith is working on a TV series adaptation of MGM's 1984 cult classic sci-fi adventure "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension".

Smith scored the gig after his job directing an episode of The CW's "The Flash" series last year. Now he plans to continue the trend of getting high profile filmmakers guest directing random episodes of a TV series they're otherwise not involved in. Speaking with ComingSoon.net at Fantasia Fest, Smith revealed the names of a handful of directors that he hopes to recruit to helm episodes he's not involved in:

"I wanna get the people who loved it as much as me, so people like Richard Kelly, Edgar Wright, I'm gonna reach out to Quentin Tarantino, see if they'll direct an episode. 'Here's a chunk of change, »

- Garth Franklin

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"Girlfriend" Renewed, "Homeland" Goes To Hulu

1 August 2016 9:02 AM, PDT

Starz used their panel at today's Television Critics Association to announce that Steven Soderbergh's critically-acclaimed limited drama series "The Girlfriend Experience" has been greenlit for a second season. The new season will focus on an entirely new characters and plotlines.

Soderbergh returns as executive producer, along with Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, and Jeff Cuban. Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz will serve as showrunners, writers and directors for the fourteen-episode scripted anthology series.

That isn't the only premium cable series news today as Showtime and Hulu have announced that they've come to a deal in which Showtime's flagship drama series "Homeland" will be made available to Hulu subscribers with the first four seasons available for streaming starting today.

Hulu has nabbed the exclusive off-network Svod rights to "Homeland," though the series continues to be available through Showtime's platforms including last year's fifth season run.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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"Wonder Woman" Extended TV Spot

1 August 2016 9:01 AM, PDT

Though just a cut down version of the Comic Con trailer from last weekend, the first extended TV spot for Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" has arrived and features mostly just action scenes with some brief remarks about Diana's origins. With the film not due out until next March, it's unlikely that anything further from the film will be seen until near year's end so this will likely be the last thing for some time.


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Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire" To Close Lff

1 August 2016 7:45 AM, PDT

Following the release of "High-Rise" earlier this year, British filmmaker Ben Wheatley is back with the crime action-thriller "Free Fire". Today it has been announced that it's the closing-night film of the 60th BFI London Film Festival on October 16th.

The story is set in the late 1970s in Boston. Brie Larson plays a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns.

Martin Scorsese serves as executive producer on the project which boasts a script by Amy Jump and Wheatley. Check out a new photo from the film which has also just become available. Check it out below.

Source: BFI »

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TNT Renews "Last Ship," Orders "Monster"

1 August 2016 7:43 AM, PDT

As part of its presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, TNT has made several key series announcements with the big one being its naval action drama "The Last Ship" being renewed for a fourth season.

The Turner-owned network has also greenlit the limited-run discussion series "The Race Card" which famed athlete Charles Barkley will produce. Barkley plans to take on today's hot-button topics by seeking out the sharpest and most varied viewpoints from cultural leaders and tastemakers. Six hour-long episodes are planned for an early 2017 launch.

Finally, they're also doing "Monsters of God," the Rod Lurie-produced post-Civil War drama which explores the savagery and violence of Colonel "Terrible" Bill Lancaster's holy war against the Comanche as he sets out on a quest to kill off every single member of the tribe. Lurie wrote the script and serves as executive producer and director on the pilot. »

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"Transformers: The Last Knight" First Poster

1 August 2016 6:55 AM, PDT

Following its debut in New York's Times Square as a billboard, the first poster for Paramount Pictures' "Transformers: The Last Knight" has now been officially released. Check it out below.

This fifth film in the series, the first crafted from a new writing initiative with the future of the franchise mapped out, sees the return of Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, Josh Duhamel as Lieutenant Colonel Lennox, and Tyrese Gibson as Robert Epps along with first timers to the franchise - Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Also appearing robot form are Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Drift, Megatron, Barricade, Sqweeks and Onslaught. Michael Bay directs from a script written by "Iron Man" scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway along with "Black Hawk Down" scribe Ken Nolan. Ian Bryce, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto will produce.

"Transformers: The Last Knight" will debut in »

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