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2015 is just around the corner, and already it's looking like next year might outdo the past 12 months when it comes to top quality TV comedy and drama.
There's plenty of old favourites returning to the schedules - more on that tomorrow (December 31) - but also a ton of exciting new shows heading your way.
Digital Spy has picked out just a few of the best - here's what you can't afford to miss in the New Year... the 15 most thrilling new shows for 2015.
1. Daredevil - Netflix
Launching Marvel's immensely exciting collaboration with Netflix is Daredevil, which will star Boardwalk Empire actor Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer gifted with extrasensory perception who fights injustice as a costumed vigilante.
If you happened to have stumbled, two Septembers ago, on a troupe of nearly 100 synchronized dancers wearing jesters’ caps in Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons, maybe you wondered, in that split second before rushing on to jury duty, Who’s that stuff even for? You now have your answer. It was for Rick Moody.The arts collective known as Odyssey Works stages multilayered, weekend-long art happenings, each of them designed for an audience of one. In late 2013, that “audience” was the author best known for The Ice Storm. Moody was its most famous subject to date, and the piece, titled When I Left the House It Was Still Dark, was its largest and most complex. For the first time, it wasn’t a weekend but three months of encounters, all meticulously arranged in collusion with Moody’s friends and relatives. Picture a cross between the Macbeth-meets-Myst extravaganza Sleep No More and »
- Boris Kachka
In case you’re desperate for some entertainment tonight, Spike’s annual video game awards show, now known as The Game Awards, is going on right now. Because it’s unwatchable without them, this year’s show promises even more of the exclusive world premieres we’ve come to expect from the show. Among them is a brand new trailer […] »
- Adam Dodd
Stunt doubles are pretty much always used in movies -- unless you're dealing with someone insane like Tom Cruise, who wants to do all his stunts himself -- but they rarely get the attention they deserve.
Michael Douglas' stunt double has been playing him for 26 years, and now he is no longer a behind-the-scenes face.
Douglas, 70, revealed the identity of his stunt-double, and he shares not only a similar body, but the same first name too! Michael Runyard isn't just Douglas' loyal stunt double though -- they're also good friends.
News: After battle with cancer, Michael Douglas thanks his doctors
The Ant-Man actor finished filming the Marvel movie with Runyard this past weekend, and he shared this pic of the duo. And you guessed it, they really do look alike!
Photo: The First Pic of 'Ant Man'
There are other photos that show off their similarities -- and their adorable friendship. In 1997, they »
Filming on Marvel's "Ant-Man" continues in Georgia this week, but one cast member won't be involved - Michael Douglas. Douglas has posted on his Facebook page that he's wrapped his scenes as Hank Pym on the production, completing his final scene this past weekend. Marvel puts aside time for additional filming closer to release, so Douglas may be back as Pym for further filming down the line.
He also posted an image of himself standing alongside longtime stunt double Mike Runyard, whom he has worked with for the past twenty-six years including such films as Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," Danny DeVito's "The War of the Roses," Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct," Joel Schumacher's "Falling Down," Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys," Barry Levinson's "Disclosure," David Fincher's "The Game" and Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra".
Post by Michael Douglas. »
- Garth Franklin
Douglas posted on his Facebook page a photo of himself and his stunt double Mike Runyard, who he has also worked with on Black Rain and The Game. “Finished my last days on Ant-Man this weekend. Had a great time, a new experience with all these blue screens!”, Douglas wrote. Check out the photo below:
Spot the difference?
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th , 2015, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, »
- Luke Owen
Director Peyton Reed remains hard at work on the shoot of Ant-Man, but one of his stars on the film, Michael Douglas, has completed his work. Furthermore, he's both shot his scenes as Hank Pym, and has posted a new picture of himself in costume on his Facebook account.
The picture sees Douglas alongside his long-time stuntman, Mike Runyard. As Douglas writes, the pair have worked together on the likes of Black Rain and The Game across 26 years (they play golf together too, it seems).
Douglas wrote that he had finished "my last days on Ant-Man this weekend. Had a great time, a new experience with all these blue screens!".
Ant-Man is set for release in cinemas in July 2015. And here's that picture of a costumed Douglas...
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Ant-Man is continuing to shoot in Georgia all this week, with the production crew seeking quite a few extras. While it wasn't revealed what is taking place in these latest scenes, they will not feature Hank Pym, as Michael Douglas has announced that his time on set has come to a close.
The actor has wrapped production on his portion of the shoot, revealing that he completed his last scene on the Marvel Phase Two adventure this past weekend. He let everyone know on Facebook with a message for his fans. He also included an image of himself standing alongside longtime stunt double Mike Runyard, whom he has worked with for the past 26 years.
"Finished my last days on Ant-Man this weekend. Had a great time, a new experience with all these blue screens! These are some photos of myself and Mike Runyard, my stuntman and golfing buddy for the for the last 26 years, »
Recent casting notices for Marvel's Ant-Man adaptation indicate there are additional extras-heavy scenes to be filmed in Georgia all this week, but it's now safe to say those scenes may not involve Hank Pym as Michael Douglas has wrapped. "Finished my last days on Ant-Man this weekend," noted the veteran actor on Facebook yesterday. "Had a great time, a new experience with all these blue screens!" The post also features a photo of Douglas on set alongside Mike Runyard, his "stuntman and golfing buddy for the for the last 26 years, including films like Black Rain and The Game." Thanks especially to a heads up via Vixen Varsity, check out the photo(s) below! Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a »
There's no doubt that Gone Girl is a hit, and it's undoubtedly of the most successful films David Fincher has ever directed, and it's likely reached audiences that otherwise might not seek out the filmmaker's work. And if you're like me, then you're hungry to hear Fincher, writer Gillian Flynn and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike talk about the film itself. They all showed up for a chat on "Charlie Rose" and the result is a solid 36-minute discussion about the making of the film, whether the characters were likable, and of course, the film's commentary on marriage and the insane world of media. It's definitely worth a watch. Here's the chat with the cast and filmmakers of Gone Girl on "Charlie Rose" from Hulu (via Film Stage): Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Ethan Anderton
Tomorrow will mark the fifteen years since "Fight Club" landed in theaters, stirring up controversy while confirming that David Fincher —coming off "Se7en" and "The Game"— was one of the most risk-taking filmmakers in American cinema. The film was not a huge success at the time, but has since become a cult favorite and one of Fincher's most beloved films. Today, Screen Junkies take on the movie via their Honest Trailer outlet, and they make few nitpicks to the movie. They remind us the 1999 film was coming at the tail end of a decade where guys mired in dull jobs and soul-crushing domestic lives was becoming a common theme. So it wasn't necessarily anything new. And the trailer also reminds us that the allegedly anti-corporate film was financed by a major studio, and launched a spin-off video game and graphic novel sequel among other things. Check it out below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you haven't headed to theaters to catch David Fincher's latest masterful thriller Gone Girl, then you should rectify that immediately. Fincher is one of the most gifted, meticulous and precise filmmakers working today, and you can see just how impressive his work is in this recent visual essay looking back at his work on films like Se7en, Zodiac, The Game, Panic Room and more. And it's the latter film giving us an even more in-depth look at Fincher's process, from pre-visualization to a carefully constructed set crafted to allow Fincher to move the camera freely on the set. Plus, it's cool to see interviews from the set with Jodie Foster, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker and a young Kristen Stewart from 12 years ago. Watch below! Here's the one-hour documentary on the making of Panic Room (via The Film Stage): And for those who have seen Gone Girl, »
- Ethan Anderton
Jeff Cronenweth grew up with cinematography in his bones. His father, Jordan Cronenweth, shot such unique achievements as "Altered States" and "Blade Runner" and it was never much of a question that Jeff would follow in his footsteps. Of late, he's forged a solid, on-going partnership with director David Fincher. Their latest collaboration, "Gone Girl," is another bold step for the icy aesthetic they've been cultivating for decades now. Over the weekend I hopped on the phone with Cronenweth — who was Oscar-nominated for his work on Fincher's last two films, "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" — to discuss that continued partnership, to chew on the old film vs. digital debate and to discuss some of the specifics of how "Gone Girl" was presented visually. Check out the lengthy back and forth below. "Gone Girl" is now playing in theaters. *** HitFix: I imagine at this point »
- Kristopher Tapley
David Fincher is underrated. I understand that.s silly to say, given how technically proficient and stylistically brilliant Fincher is. He.s a critics' darling, and now . with Gone Girl -- he.s proving he can deliver commercial hits, as well. But when it comes to working with actors, few offer praise to Fincher, despite the number of career-defining performances he coaxes out of actor after actor, in film after film. Ben Affleck.s impossibly comfortable turn as the self-centered Nick Dunne struck me as yet another combination of a perfect Fincher choice, followed by a seamless performance under the director.s watchful eye. And I realized it was the latest of many. Here, then, are the 10 A-list actors who gave career-defining performances in a Fincher film, starting with the most prestigious of them all: 10. Michael Douglas, The Game Nicholas Van Orton is Michael Douglas, right? Wealthy, indifferent, consumed by »
David Fincher is underrated. I understand that.s silly to say, given how technically proficient and stylistically brilliant Fincher is. He.s a critical darling, and now . with Gone Girl -- he.s proving he can deliver commercial hits, as well. But when it comes to working with actors, few offer praise to Fincher, despite the number of career-defining performances he coaxes out of actor after actor, in film after film. Ben Affleck.s impossibly comfortable turn as the self-centered Nick Dunne struck me as yet another combination of a perfect Fincher choice, followed by a seamless performance under the director.s watchful eye. And I realized it was the latest of many. Here, then, are the 10 A-list actors who gave career-defining performances in a Fincher film, starting with the most prestigious of them all: 10. Michael Douglas, The Game Nicholas Van Orton is Michael Douglas, right? Wealthy, indifferent, consumed by »
The great Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting has returned with a new video which breaks down David Fincher‘s techniques, specifically the things the director doesn’t do. How do self-imposed limitations strengthen shots? How can people talking become cinematic? How many insides of refrigerators can Fincher show us? It’s an excellent, brief examination (7 minutes) that’s probably fascinating to watch just before seeing or re-seeing Gone Girl, particularly the segments on using empty space to share information. You can imagine how zooming in on a broken coffee table offers a nice emotional kick with only a few seconds of screen time, or how staging a young detective far away from the distraught husband might tell you how he feels about him. There are two notes I’d add to this video essay. One, Fincher achieves a great deal of his impressive visuals thanks to a longstanding partnership with Dp Jeff Cronenweth (son of »
- Scott Beggs
On the evening of October 6, 2014, new Rope of Silicon writers Mike Shutt (that's me!) and Jordan Benesh (that's the other guy...) had a discussion, as a lot of people are right now (even on this site), about Gone Girl, the latest from David Fincher. We talk about how substantive its thematic material is, how fun it is, and where it fits in Fincher's filmography. You can read the transcript of our conversation below. I thought we had some mildly intelligent things to say. It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway. This conversation contains spoilers. Don't say you have not been warned. Mike: So, Jordan, how should we start this thingc I guess some of your general thoughts on it would be a good jumping off point. Jordan: Best. Movie. Ever... All kidding aside, I think Gone Girl is another very strong film from David Fincher. »
- Mike Shutt
Director David Fincher has directed truly great feature films, mesmerizing music videos and even intriguing commercials. As his latest film Gone Girl heads into theaters with select evening shows tonight before hitting theaters everywhere tomorrow, why not take a deeper look at the filmmaking style and and craft of a gifted director like Fincher. The man behind films like Se7en and The Social Network describes his process as "not what I do, but what I don’t do," and Every Frame a Painting has decided to dive into what makes Fincher's films tick with a fascinating and fantastic seven-minute video essay. Watch now! Here's the video essay David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong (via The Playlist): Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo »
- Ethan Anderton
Daniel Kasman: I'm glad to be discussing this film, which opened the New York Film Festival on Friday, with you Doug. Several friends and acquaintances of mine in the film world are either unduly fascinated by director David Fincher (along with Steven Soderbergh, brothers in cinema, I'd say) while an equal part seemingly has no interest in him whatsoever. I don't believe we've ever talked about him before, so I'd be curious to know what you thought of his work, and especially his work over the last decade or so, after Fight Club.
- Daniel Kasman
Sexually unapologetic women are all over TV these days: From “Outlander” to “Orphan Black" The Starz series, with its “revolutionary” wedding episode, joins a several recent shows "that treat the sexual activities of their leading ladies with refreshing matter-of-factness and genuine interest,” says Maureen Ryan. She adds: "But almost lost amid this welcome expansion of protagonists is a really important fact: In these narratives, sexual women are not shamed by the shows themselves for their desires. The women own their sexuality and the narratives are interested in exploring their desires -- and in judging their mistakes, carnal and otherwise, without stealthily blaming them for being sexual in the first place." Study: Tweeting while watching TV can leave you with fewer brain cells University of Sussex researchers found that "people who used a higher number of media devices concurrently also had smaller grey matter density in the part of the brain »
- Norman Weiss
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