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“When television is good, nothing – not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers – nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland. You will see a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And endlessly commercials – many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you’ll see »
- Mindy Newell
Paddles!!! Saving Hope is being brought back to life Stateside.
TVLine has learned that Ion Television has reached an agreement with Entertainment One Television to host the upcoming 18-episode third season of the Canadian-produced, Erica Durance-fronted medical drama, as well as get dibs on repeats of the first two cycles.
Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres
Saving Hope Season 3 debuts Sept. 22 on Canada’s CTV; no timetable has yet been announced for Ion’s broadcasts.
Greg Berlanti is expanding his relationship with NBC. As the prolific producer prepares to launch Debra Messing procedural The Mysteries of Laura, NBC has handed out a script plus penalty commitment to FBI thriller Blindspot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama centers on an FBI agent who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac is found in Times Square covered in fresh tattoos … including his name on her back. Martin Gero (Stargate Sg-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Bored to Death) will pen the script and executive produce the drama, which hails from Warner Bros. Television and
- Lesley Goldberg
Unearthed Films and Plotdigger Films are proud to announce the DVD release of Ryan Nicholson’s (Gutterballs, Hanger, Live Feed) extreme horror Collar; which sees a rookie cop starts her shift like any other but soon it will all change for the worse. A derelict with a reputation of satanic violence, attacks the officer and collars her with a dog leash which is just the start of his abusive ritual.
Collar stars Nick Principe, who played Chromeskull in Laid to Rest 1 and 2, as a satanic derelict with a taste for human flesh who terrorizes skid row’s prostitutes, junkies and homeless, escalating his level of violence after he abducts a rookie cop played by Aidan Dee (Caprica, A Dangerous Man), on a routine patrol. The film also stars Mackenzie Murdock (Father’s Day, Manborg), Ronald Thompson (Hanger) and Mihola Terzik (Gutterballs).
Shot on location in Vancouver, BC, “Collar” also features »
- Phil Wheat
Thanks to its space theme, Babylon 5 is often lumped together with nerdy science fiction efforts like Stargate Sg-1, Farscape, Buck Rogers and Star Trek. Given the fanbase, some of that is obviously fair, but most of the genre.s biggest advocates would agree Babylon 5 was always at a different level. In many ways, it pioneered the obsession with linear storytelling to come, and now, in honor of all its glorious achievements, it might get its own movie. Don.t get too excited though, Babylon fans or Babylonians or whatever you call yourselves. Creator and writer J. Michael Straczynski is looking to reboot the brand, not provide a two hour update outlining where all of your favorite characters have gone since the show left the air back in .98. Besides, even if he wanted to, a lot of the cast members have been lost in the years since, and it »
Welcome back to Mystery DVD Club. The idea behind this is simple: we went and bought a whole host of films that we hadn't heard of before, none of which cost us more than a few pounds. Then, we sent them to a bunch of our writers, without telling them what 'film' they were going to receive. Could we unearth a hidden gem? Aliya is hopeful...
When you start looking into the career of Isaac Hayes, you find out he was good at a lot of things. He co-wrote great hits such as Soul Man and When Something Is Wrong With My Baby. He produced a lot of brilliant records for Stax. He was a hugely successful singer, and reinterpreted a lot of Burt Bacharach classics into long soulful epics. He was the voice of Chef in South Park. »
We’ve all had that moment watching a movie, tv show, playing a game, or reading a book when there is a cool fictional object we wish were real. To keep this list focused I’ve come up with a few rules.
Nothing unique or specific to only one person — Wonder Woman's Magic Lasso won't qualify.
No fully enclosed vehicles, so no Back to the Future DeLorean or Tardis.
No robots, artificial intelligences, or androids.
Nothing that is part of a building or vehicle, which disqualifies Star Trek’s transporters.
No suits, costumes, or mechs. Sorry Iron Man, you're out.
Can't already be real (obviously).
Rule #1 is a very limiting rule. My thinking was that if it was real but unique, why would you be able to own it? Now for the wishlist.
Why it's cool
Used by Force wielders, both Jedi and Sith, the »
- Free Reyes
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details from Kadence and soon-to-be feature length film, Headless, a new Phantasmagoria poster, a teaser video for Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, a review of The Well, and more:
First Details on Kadence: “Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin’s  grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa , who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice.
Kadence, a short film blending psychological horror with a chilling character drama that could »
- Tamika Jones
Why would the duo reboot their own movie, rather than make sequels? Especially since the film spawned a number of popular television series ("Stargate Sg-1," "Stargate Atlantis," and "Stargate Universe")? And also in light of the fact that they are making actual sequels to their other mega-hit movie, "Independence Day"?
Now, we have the answer. As Devlin told the Portland Business Journal, he and Emmerich just wanted to start over. And they didn't want to have to deal with events from the TV series.
"We did the original 'Stargate' as an independent movie. It was a surprise success," he said.
"When the film came out, it was a hit and spawned TV shows. Of all the projects I've ever done, 'Stargate »
- Kelly Woo
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
(Cbr) AMC’s "The Walking Dead" heads into its fifth season with 28 million weekly viewers in tow, making it likely Rick Grimes and the other survivors will be fighting off threats both walker and human for some time to come. But for how long? In the minds of producers, the hit drama hasn’t even reached the halfway point yet. Indiewire reports that at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By conference on Sunday, "The Walking Dead" Executive Producer David Alpert was asked about working from existing material — in this case, obviously, the Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. “I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what Season 10 is gonna be,” Alpert replied. “We know where season 11 and 12 … we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Well, at least when people ask you for the definition of "creative bankruptcy," you'll have this example handy: MGM and Warner Bros jointly announced that they are planning a reboot/trilogy around "Stargate," the 1994 sci-fi movie that starred Kurt Russell and James Spader and somehow involved both aliens and ancient Egypt. While that's a pretty lazy thing to do, it gets even better: the original producer/director team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the first film, will be back to remake their own movie.
In a prepared statement (via Deadline), MGM's Gary Barber called the duo "world class creators of the original" and noted that they would, "bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly popular property to audiences of multiple generations."
- Drew Taylor
The plan is to kick off a proposed trilogy that reboots the 1994 film about an ancient artifact in Egypt which turns out to have the ability to create a wormhole between worlds.
Kurt Russell and James Spader starred in the original which went on to gross over $200 million worldwide. Emmerich and Devlin weren't a part of the three subsequent TV spin-off series including the ten season-long "Stargate: Sg-1", the five season-long "Stargate: Atlantis" and the two season-long "Stargate: Universe".
MGM chairman-ceo Gary Barber said in a statement: "We couldn't be more excited to once again partner with Roland and Dean, the world-class creators of the original 'Stargate,' to bring their reinvigorated vision of this wildly »
- Garth Franklin
We're all used to remakes and reboots at this this stage, but its very rare for a director to give his own movie the treatment. But that is exactly what is happening with MGM and Warner Bros. announcing that Roland Emmerich is on board to reimagine his 1994 sci-fi adventure Stargate as a new trilogy. The original movie, about a group of soldiers who discover a portal to an alien world modelled on ancient Egypt, was considered a hit back in the day, and went on to spawn a series of t.v spin offs (the first of which, Stargate Sg-1, lasted for 10 years), an animated series, and two direct-to-dvd movies. There are no real details available on the new film and trilogy, though considering the rich history of the franchise, and the devoted fans it has created, I wouldn't be surprised if it took ideas from the t.v. shows, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
First "Cliffhanger," now "Stargate." Only a short time after a reinvigorated remake of the former '90s actioner was revealed, MGM and Warner Bros. have announced that they'll be mounting an all-new "Stargate" movie trilogy with original director Roland Emmerich and co-writer Dean Devlin. "The Stargate universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy," said Emmerich and Devlin in a statement. "This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home.” Starring James Spader, Kurt Russell and Jaye Davidson, "Stargate" grossed nearly $200 million worldwide and later spawned the small-screen continuation "Stargate Sg-1," which ran for ten seasons on Showtime (Seasons 1-5) and Syfy (Seasons 6-10) and was itself followed by a direct-to-dvd film »
- Chris Eggertsen
While “there can be only one Ra,” there can now be more than one Stargate film to hit the big screen. Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the same people who brought 1994′s Stargate to the big screen, are returning to the universe of their sci-fi teleportation epic with a planned rebooted trilogy.
It’s too early to say when the first new Stargate film will be released, but MGM has confirmed that Roland Emmerich will direct the project, with Dean Devlin set to produce. Both are currently working on other film projects, with Emmerich in particular working with a full schedule that includes two Independence Day sequels. The original Stargate, which starred Kurt Russell and James Spader, spawned a number of television series, including: Stargate Sg-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and Sgu Stargate Universe.
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: Syfy has acquired U.S. basic cable rights to all 39 episodes of Starz‘s Spartacus. That includes the three seasons of the swords-and-sandals drama as well as the six-part prequel Gods Of The Arena. Spartacus will make its Syfy debut June 26 and will air at 10 Pm, following original series Defiance and Dominion. The Spartacus deal comes 16 years after then-5-year-old Sci Fi Channel made its biggest acquisition pact to date, spending $150 million for the exclusive basic cable rights to three other Showtime series, Stargate Sg-1, The Outer Limits and Poltergeist: The Legacy. Stargate and Poltergeist went on to become original series on Sci Fi, which ordered additional seasons — five for Stargate and one for Poltergeist. Stargate became a signature series for Sci Fi, spawning a franchise. Spartacus, which was bought from Starz Worldwide Distribution, joins Syfy’s other acquired series including Lost Girl, Bitten, Continuum and the upcoming The Almighty Johnsons »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.
An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series.
The network — home to Suits and White Collar — also announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up of hour-long original drama Stanistan. Set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, the show follows the staff »
- Sandra Gonzalez
The biggest and most surprising science fiction news of the week is that Farscape is returning – and not only that, it’s coming back as a full length feature film with a plot that could potentially launch a new series. It had been rumoured some weeks ago, but the show’s creator Rockne S. O’Bannon confirmed the film was in the very early stages at a panel last weekend at WonderCon.
This must be sweet news for Farscape fans, who previously showed their resolve by successfully petitioning to bring back their cancelled show in 2004 for a brief miniseries called The Peacekeeper Wars. A key quote from one fan back then is that they hoped that one day that the 1999 to 2003 series would be known as “Farscape: The Original Series”, a reference to the longevity of the Star Trek franchise.
Much like Firefly, Farscape is another series that »
- Brian Chapman
Star Wars Rebels composer Kevin Kiner gives an interview on the influence that composer John Williams has had on him and the score of the animated TV Series. Kiner talks about his huge guitar collection and how having been in a rock band allows him to add something different to the score of Rebels. We even get to hear some temp tracks in development and how Kiner mixes in Williams touches from the score of Star Wars: A New Hope.
Rebels acts as a bridge between the time periods of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and it's really interesting to hear some of those familiar melodies come back, in some part, into the show.
I couldn't help checking out Kiner's IMDb page and over the years he has done the score for a lot of TV and a few video games. Some notable projects other than the aforementioned are Stargate Sg-1, »
- Free Reyes
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