12 items from 2015
“All Will Be Revealed” the on-air tease promised at the end of last week’s two-hour “Under the Dome” premiere, offering an incentive to brave another visit to the hermetically sealed-off town of Chester’s Mill. And while certain facts did come spilling out in rather ungainly fashion, either that ad was misleading (hardly a shock in the world of network promotion) or the words “all” and “revealed” must mean something different in TV circles.
It’s worth remembering only a few weeks have passed, in actual time, during the two-plus summers the show has been airing on CBS, seeking to wrangle Stephen King’s book into a manageable series. As with many past King productions, the mystery-shrouded premise reeled in viewers initially, only to watch those big numbers erode as the program became increasingly frustrating in its absurdity.
Until now, the producers have done a pretty fair impersonation of Lucy with the football, »
- Brian Lowry
Wayward Pines, Fox's new ten-episode miniseries starring Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino and Melissa Leo introduces a character still recovering from significant emotional trauma following a high profile catastrophe whose fatalities number in the range of 600, and for which he feels devastatingly responsible. Now in search of two missing secret service agents, Ethan Burke finds himself in an inescapable "Mayberry-like" town where the inhabitants live false lives and fear punishment for breaking the town's seemingly urbane directives.
A psychological thriller reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and anything written by Stephen King, Wayward Pines' menacing tone is expressed through a blue and shadow lens layered with an anxiety-inspiring score with slasher screechy undertones. Though the mood is dark, the questions are provocative enough that you'll be desperate for the next episode when the curtain falls on the first. »
According to CarterMatt.com, The CW will not be moving forward with their Tales From the Darkside reboot, with the show's anthology format and lack of a showrunner reportedly two of the reasons why the network passed on the series.
Joe Hill (Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key) wrote and executive produced the project and Kris Lemche (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Final Destination 3, Ginger Snaps, eXistenZ, Haven) was playing the lead role, a character named Newman who had knowledge of The Darkside and was going to appear in all (or most) episodes.
- Derek Anderson
Actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her scene-stealing turn as rapping grandma Rosie in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” has died at age 101. Los Angeles’ Pierce College Theatre Department confirmed news of Dow’s death via Facebook on Monday evening. Dow’s late husband, Eugene, founded the Lapc Theatre Department.
Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which »
- Variety Staff
Veteran actress Ellen Albertini Dow has died at the age of 101.
Her longtime agent Juliet Green confirmed Dow's passing on Monday (May 4) to Deadline.
Dow did not begin her movie career until she was in her 70s, having previously studied acting in New York and working with mimes Marcel Marceau and Jacques LeCog in Paris.
She later went on to teach drama at Los Angeles City College, before moving to Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley and teaching theatre with her husband Eugene.
Her first role was in the 1986 version of The Twilight Zone, and soon landed parts in various films and TV shows, including My Blue Heaven, Sister Act, Moonlighting, The Golden Girls, The Wonder Years and Seinfeld.
Her most memorable role »
Ellen Albertini Dow, the actress best known for her role as the rapping granny in 1998's The Wedding Singer, passed away on Monday at the age of 101, her agent confirmed to Deadline. Ellen's hilarious rendition of "Rapper's Delight" was featured on the movie's soundtrack, made the Billboard Top 5, and went double platinum. But while she seemed like a seasoned pro, Ellen actually didn't start acting until the 1980s, when she was in her 70s. Despite her late start, she experienced an expansive career that included roles in The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Wonder Girls, The Golden Girls, Wedding Crashers, and Sister Act. Ellen most recently voiced a character on Family Guy and was last seen on screen in 2013 in New Girl. Watch a clip from her memorable performance of the Sugarhill Gang song below. »
Ellen Albertini Dow, whose take on "Rapper's Delight" made The Wedding Singer an instant classic, died Monday per Deadline. She was 101. Prior to making it big in Hollywood, Dow studied acting in New York City, worked with mimes and even had a role in a comedy act before moving to the West Coast to teach in the drama department at Los Angeles City College. The Pennsylvania native later transferred to Pierce College where she would go on to meet her husband Eugene Dow. She landed a role in The Twilight Zone during the 1980s and her acting career launched from there. She also appeared in big screen films such as Sister Act and My Blue Heaven and also worked on the small screen. Her TV credits include The »
From Stephen King's chilling 1985 short story, Gramma, and its respective onscreen adaptations—Blumhouse's 2014 film, Mercy, and the 1986 episode of The New Twilight Zone—to R.L. Stine's Don't Ever Get Sick at Granny's and beyond, grandmothers have been the source of unsuspecting scares, and in September, we'll see M. Night Shyamalan’s take on what can go wrong at grandma's house with The Visit. The upcoming film from the director of Signs and The Sixth Sense is teased in a new, homemade horror poster.
A Blumhouse Productions film from Universal Pictures, M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit is slated for a September 11th release. A somewhat secretive movie that Shyamalan self-financed, wrote and directed, The Visit was filmed on and near his Pennsylvania property without any big studio involvement.
- Derek Anderson
Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin is developing a new TV series for HBO entitled Captain Cosmos. The author has an overall development deal with the network, but, for those fans worried that this will take time away from his sixth Game of Thrones book, the series isn't expected to be a big time commitment for the writer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. We reported last month that the author is skipping a number of conventions this year, including Comic-Con, to focus on his long-awaited Game of Thrones book entitled The Winds of Winter.
Michael Cassutt, a writer and executive producer on Syfy's Z Nation, is writing the pilot script. The story centers on a young sci-fi writer in 1949, in the dawn of the TV age, who spends his time creating stories that no one else would dare to tell. No further details were given regarding the plot at this time. »
"...there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a darkside." This underworld can now expect its first visitor, as the reboot of George A. Romero's 1980s anthology series Tales From the Darkside, a project that was recently given a pilot order from The CW, has now cast its lead.
Deadline reports that Kris Lemche (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Final Destination 3, Ginger Snaps, eXistenZ, Haven) has signed on for the central role in The CW's pilot for the Tales From the Darkside reboot. The original series was episodic and featured a new set of characters in each installment, but in the reboot, we can expect to see one character appear in every episode, one who has ties to The Darkside. This character, named Newman, will be played by Lemche. Newman is "a weathered and tortured young man... the guide »
- Derek Anderson
In development since November 2013, The CW Network has officially ordered a pilot for their Tales from the Darkside reboot. Joe Hill, the author of Horns, Locke & Key and the son of celebrated novelist Stephen King, is writing the pilot script and executive producing alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
The original horror anthology series, which was created by George A. Romero, ran for four seasons on CBS between 1984 and 1988. It was later adapted for the big screen in 1990's Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. Each episode of the show told an individual short story with a twist, in the same vein as other programs such as Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Tales from the Crypt. The show typically stayed within the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres, but certain episodes featured more dark comedy or lighthearted themes.
“…there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit… a darkside.” Brought to life by living dead legend George A. Romero, anthology series Tales From the Darkside was The Twilight Zone of the 1980’s, delivering stories brimming with horror, science fiction, and dark humor into living rooms from ’84–’88, and continuing to bring the chills and thrills decades later as reruns. Since 2013, a reboot of Tales From the Darkside has been in the works, but now The CW has made it official by ordering the pilot episode.
Deadline reports that an hour-long Tales From the Darkside pilot has been ordered by The CW for their 2015–’16 schedule. The reimagining of Tales From the Darkside was penned by Joe Hill (Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key), who will executive produce the project along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin, and Jerry Golod. »
- Derek Anderson
12 items from 2015
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