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David Semel has been brought onboard to direct the pilot episode of the Bryan Fuller-produced upcoming "Star Trek" TV series set for CBS All Access in the U.S., Space in Canada and Netflix around the rest of the world.
Semel's hiring gives the project a very experienced hand behind-the-scenes. Having directed TV episodes of shows like "Buffy," "Angel," "Dawson's Creek" and "The Practice" in the 1990s, Semel has been responsible for the pilot episodes of numerous series - "The Man in the High Castle," "Heroes," "Person of Interest," "Madam Secretary," "Code Black," "Legends," and "Intelligence". He's also worked on shows ranging from "Homeland" to "House" to "CSI" to "The Strain" to the Fuller-produced "Hannibal".
Semel joins a list of directors that also includes "Cube" helmer Vincenzo Natali who also previously worked with Fuller on "Hannibal". More details about the new series are expected to be revealed at tomorrow's »
- Garth Franklin
Buffy Summers fans have seen the Slayer jump from the small screen to the printed page in the official comic book series continuation of Joss Whedon’s beloved show, and Dark Horse has now officially announced Season 11 of their Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book series, with the first installment of the 12-issue season slated for a November release:
Press Release: San Diego, Calif., July 19, 2016 — Dark Horse is excited to announce the next installment in Joss Whedon’s Buffy comics series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11. The talented comics duo of Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Avengers Academy) and Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Angel & Faith) returns with more shenanigans from the Scoobies.
After overcoming the struggles of Season 10, Buffy and the Scoobies give themselves a well-deserved break from fighting evil. Unfortunately, the momentary peace comes to a screeching halt when a supernatural disaster wreaks havoc »
- Derek Anderson
Following up on his guest mix for Diplo and Friends back in May, future bass producer Slushii has dropped an epic two hour mix for Owsla radio this week. The chilled out producer has been making some major waves in the dance community recently, and his appearance on Owsla radio marks a major milestone for his career.
Following an introduction from Skrillex himself, Slushii fills his mix with plenty of trap, dubstep and future bass, making sure to include a handful of unreleased IDs. A lot of big names appear on the tracklist, with tunes from Skrillex, Alison Wonderland, Ookay and more making the cut.
The two hour slot is a major chunk of time to fill, but Slushii manages to expertly curate his mix for Owsla with tons of great music, and the presence of unreleased material is always appreciated. Trust us, this is one mix you won’t want to miss out on. »
- Connor Jones
Perhaps best known for playing Buliwyf in The 13th Warrior, the big budget epic sword and sorcery-type film from director John McTiernan and writer Michael Crichton from 1999, actor Vladimir Kulich towers above his co-stars in most of the projects he’s been in. Imbued with a distinct look and voice, Kulich also co-starred in films such as Decoy with Peter Weller, Red Scorpion 2 with Matt McColm, Crackerjack with Thomas Ian Griffith, and Firestorm with Howie Long. Over the years he’s specialized in playing Nordic heroes or stalwart warriors in projects like Ironclad and the TV series Vikings, but he’s also versatile, appearing in key roles in Smokin’ Aces and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington. His latest projects are the independent horror film Grave Walkers »
“Blood Father” follows John Link (Mel Gibson), an ex-convict and recovering alcoholic who runs a tattoo parlor out of his dusty trailer on the outskirts of Los Angeles. When his estranged daughter (Erin Moriarty) shows up out of the blue on the lam after a drug deal gone bad, Link is forced to protect her when a roving drug cartel comes after her with everything they’ve got. The film also features William H. Macy (“Fargo”), Elisabeth Röhm (“Angel”), Diego Luna (“Y tu mamá también”), Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Dale Dickey (“Winter;s Bone”), and more. Watch the new trailer for the film below and check out a new poster as well.
- Vikram Murthi
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Kiefer Sutherland’s term as Potus, Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
First up on our list….
PhotosEarly Fall TV Preview: Grey’s Baby, New Legends and More
The Show | ABC’s Notorious (Thursdays at 9/8c, premiere date Tba)
If you watched Escape to the Chateau (Channel 4, Sunday) and you’re any kind of UK property owner (and you happen not to be a hedge fund manager, I know some read this column), you’ll have looked at your own poky Victorian terrace house, your 1930s semi, your soulless Barratt new build or – if you’re in London – your one-bed, no-garden former council flat, and you’ll have thought: hang on, I’m being had here. You could be living in a castle on the other side of the Channel.
- Sam Wollaston
A review of last night's Person of Interest coming up just as soon as you get me the really big gun and a hair scrunchie... Well, damn. By opening the season on a flashforward featuring a recording of Root's voice warning us of what was to come — and by never showing us Root making that recording — Person of Interest seemed to be implying she was the safest of all the members of Team Machine as we headed into the home stretch. And because I had that thought in the back of my head, all of her talk throughout "The Day the World Went Away" about how the world itself is a simulation, how the Machine contains perfect copies of each of them, etc., never registered to me as warning signs of her imminent death, even though in hindsight they obviously should have. Earlier today, Vox's Todd VanDerWerff published a story »
- Alan Sepinwall
Jen the Gelfling, Kira, and Fizzgig from The Dark Crystal join the ever-growing list of Pop! vinyl figures from Funko. The whole set will become available this July. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: two character videos for the second season of MTV’s Scream television series and over 15 new photos from Girl in Woods.
Funko’s The Dark Crystal Pop! Vinyl Figures Release Details: From Funko: “Relive the majestic tale of Jen the Gelfling on his quest to reclaim the final crystal shard from Aughra the astronomer!
He’s joined by Kira and her pet Fizzgig, and must face many challenges including The Chamberlain Skeksis and UrSol the Chanter!
Make sure to search for the chase variant closed mouth Fizzgig!
Collect the whole set this summer!
Coming in July!”
To learn more about Funko’s The Dark Crystal Pop! vinyl figures, visit:
- Tamika Jones
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.
We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here
Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man
By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »
- Movie Geeks
At this point in its run, the X-Men franchise must be imbibing a little of Wolverine's healing factor.
These movies have been a fixture since the original "X-Men" exploded onto the scene in 2000. They've weathered every misstep and survived the rise of Marvel Studios and the Avengers. And now "X-Men: Apocalypse" is here to introduce a whole new wave of mutant heroes and the biggest, baddest X-Men villain of them all.
To celebrate this big release, we're looking back at the five core "X-Men" movies released so far and explore some of the interesting trivia and hidden cameos you might not know about.
1. Hugh Jackman wasn't the first choice to play Wolverine. Actor Dougray Scott was originally cast in the role, but he dropped out because of a conflict with the filming of "Mission: Impossible II." We imagine he regretted that decision later.
2. Joss Whedon penned a rewrite of the screenplay. »
- Jesse Schedeen
17 years ago today, long before we knew the Force would have an awakening in 2015, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace brought new tales of a galaxy far, far away to the big screen for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It was the beginning of a much-maligned prequel trilogy that would give us Jar Jar Binks, midi-chlorians, and a love story for Anakin Skywalker. (And some good things! Don’t forget podracing! And Darth Maul!) Ultimate backlash didn’t stop audiences eager for a new Star Wars movie from turning out in droves, though: Phantom Menace was 1999’s highest grossing film, and all three prequel films ended up earning over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Revenge of the Sith was also released on the 19th of May. Today marks 11 years since the prequel conclusion hit theaters worldwide, after premiering at – believe it or not – the Cannes Film Festival. »
- Emily Rome
Hopefully, we all skated through Friday the 13th with ease! In today’s Horror Highlights, we have details on Cavity Colors’ Friday the 13th collectibles, a trailer for C.J. Wallis’ Bb, Girl in the Woods VOD and Digital HD release details, and last but not least, details on the six-picture deal Minds Eye Entertainment made with Bridgegate Pictures and Vmi Worldwide.
Cavity Colors’ Friday the 13th Collectibles: “Shocking Return” Shirts: “It’s Friday and He’s been re-animated! We are all Doomed!!!
Style: Unisex T-shirt ($25)
Style: Girls T-shirt ($25)
Style: Tanktop ($25)
Style: Unisex Baseball Raglan ($35.00)
Limited Edition Of 300 (per style) – Once it sells out, it’s gone forever!
Quantities / sizes are limited, so don’t miss out!
Includes printed size tag / logo
Art By: Coki Greenway & Aaron Cavitycolors
Shipping: Pre-order – Ships in 5 – 7 days”
“Lake Boy” Patch: “He’s always down there…
Limited Edition Of 200 Patches – Once it sells out, it’s gone forever! »
- Tamika Jones
ABC started cleaning house today, cancelling a number of shows on its current lineup, while picking up and passing on a number of pilots. Unfortunately for Marvel fans, the network canceled Agent Carter after its second season, while they also passed on the proposed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Marvel's Most Wanted. We reported that ABC picked up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a fourth season back in March, but the fates of Agent Carter and Marvel's Most Wanted was up in the air at that time.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Agent Carter ended its second season averaging a 1.4 rating amongst the adults 18-49 demographic, with 4.3 million total viewers in live+7 ratings. The show debuted in midsesaon for both of its seasons, filling the Tuesday 9 Pm timeslot vacated by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during its midseason hiatus. The show's Season 2 finale dropped a whopping 46% with 2.35 million viewers, when compared to the Season »
The network on Thursday gave a series order to the drama Notorious, inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers. Promising a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media, the series stars Perabo as Julia George and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) as Jake Gregorian. »
From the Wicked Witch of the West to the sheer terror of "The Witch," our love affair -- or fearful fascination -- with witches endures. And where there are witches, you'll often find their supernatural colleagues, whether viciously murderous werewolves or sexy, glittering vampires. Whatever your poison, TV -- starting with "The Twilight Zone" and trucking on through "Hemlock Grove" -- is always ready to indulge your thirst for the witchy, the spooky, and the macabre.
'Salem' (2014 - )
Let's start with the witchiest of all witch shows -- the Wgn's "Salem" is ready to stock you up on warty noses, frog-based potions, and hexes aplenty. And that's what makes this somewhat campy, horror-tinged drama so shamelessly watchable: It eagerly embraces the world of witches -- including the quasi-historic Salem trials -- and isn't afraid to get downright soap operatic.
Ridiculous? Yes. Gory? Yes. Bloody good fun? You know the answer. »
- Dan Ketchum
Epstein has spent the past four years with Arclight Films. Prior to that he held sales positions at The Little Film Company and First Look Media.
His new Beverly Hills-based outfit will span production and international sales and take executive producer positions in order to help producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure. Epstein says that the company will handle 10-15 movies per year.
- Patrick Frater
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
Directed by Bryan Singer.
Starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn, Lana Condor and Evan Peters.
Apocalypse, the world’s first mutant, awakes from a centuries-long slumber. The X-Men must reunite to stop him from destroying the world.
X-Men: Apocalypse is a strangely metaphysical film. In the story, the titular villain wants to destroy the world so a better one can be rebuilt from its ashes (a thematic precursor to the eventual Dark Phoenix movie). In the real world, actors’ contracts are expiring and fresh meat must take their place.
Apocalypse marks the end of the First Class trilogy, with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) passing the baton to new recruits Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp »
- Oli Davis
After three initial X-Men films (2 Bryan Singer/1 Brett Ratner), some Wolverine origin stories, a rebooted X-Men: First Class, and a continuity-obliterating X-Men: Days Of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse represents a “fresh” restarting point for Fox’s iconic franchise. The mistakes of old have been erased (*cough* Brett Ratner *cough*) and Charles Xavier’s team has been redefined (Mystique is good? Angel is bad?), yet, while necessary, all the re-reveals and re-introductions have lost their initial allure. Once again we’re shown an X-Men story where Magneto embraces darkness and it’s up to his mutant friends to talk him off the proverbial ledge (sounds awful familiar). Singer is undoubtably working towards a better cinematic X-Men universe (one decade at a time) here, but you’ll end up feeling like we’ve seen this all before – because, to a certain degree, we have.
Picking up after Days Of Future Past, Professor »
- Matt Donato
Exclusive: The industry veteran heads to Cannes with his new worldwide sales and production venture and a fresh slate of titles to woo buyers.
Epstein, a former Screen International Future Leader who most recently served at svp of sales and acquisitions at Arclight Films, will aim at commercially driven films of all genres and budget sizes and will board at any stage of the process, often as executive producer.
The Croisette sales slate is led by Angel Makers in partnership with Arclight Films. Jon Amiel will direct Christina Hendricks and Emily Watson in the rom-com about a group of English women who fall for Wwi German Pow’s.
Beverly Hills-based Film Mode aims to present 10-15 theatrical titles a year and plans to build out the business to London, New York and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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