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Dax Shepard and Michael Peña have been working for years to bring ’70s cop series CHiPS to the big screen, and during a press interview for Ant-Man, Peña confirmed that the project was greenlit by Warner Bros. two or three weeks back, which means he’s already working out and learning to ride in order to prep for the role of California Highway Patrol motorcycle cop Frank “Ponch” Poncherello.
The actor said:
I had to start learning how to ride a motorcycle, rehearsing, and then working out. I’ve been throwing up like every day after workouts. I like food, you know? And I also like reading, being on my iPad, no walks in the park; just chilling with my son. We just lounge and this [gestures to stomach] gets bigger.
According to Peña, Shepard originally pitched CHiPS to WB with the idea being that he’d write and/or direct, but execs »
- Isaac Feldberg
I've been a big fan of actor Michael Pena for the past decade or so, after he started popping up in memorable supporting roles in Best Picture winners Million Dollar Baby, Crash and my favorite TV series ever, The Shield. Over the past few years, he's put in some of the best work of his career in two fantastic David Ayer movies, End of Watch and Fury, and his career will hopefully be taken to the next level with his scene-stealing performance in Marvel's Ant-Man, in theaters July 17. I recently had the chance to sit down with the actor to discuss Ant-Man. Given his strong working relationship with David Ayer, I had to ask if he was ever in contention for a role in the filmmaker's Suicide Squad adaptation, which is currently shooting in Toronto. The actor revealed that, despite getting calls from the director for his past three movies, »
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 TV & Film Panels, Hosts, Events, and Fandom Nominations. ABC, NBC, CBS, Showtime, The CW, A&E, Fox, Starz, HBO, and Cartoon Network will all be represented at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. A number of movie studios like Legendary Pictures will be at the Comic-Con. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will not be present. All of the events will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. The 2015 has announced the line-up for its Preview Night, which will take place on July 8, 2015
TV Preview Night Schedule
A&E, CBS, Fox, Cartoon Network, The CW, NBC, Wgn Amercia, Fox, and FX.
Wednesday, July 8 (Preview Night)
6-10 p.m. — Wbtv Preview Screenings
The first time is always the best time. Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue our annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of four of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015-16 television season — “Supergirl, »
- Rollo Tomasi
The age of the TV anti-hero may be drawing to a close, but the TV anti-heroine is just getting started.
This week, as we welcome back Piper Chapman and her fellow prison inmates (with binge-viewers catching up with the third-season launch of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" last Friday), and as we're introduced to Ani Bezzerides -- Rachel McAdams new morally ambiguous cop on Season 2 of HBO's "True Detective," debuting this Sunday -- TV viewers are becoming fully invested in dramas whose female leads are every bit as complicated, fascinating, charismatic, dangerous, and messily human as the Don Drapers and Tony Sopranos of the recent past.
The end of "Mad Men" last month seemed to mark the end of an era, and not just the 1960s as
experienced by the ad gurus at Sterling Cooper. With the departures from our screens in recent years of Don Draper, Jax Teller »
- Gary Susman
You can practically smell the blood, the sweat and the fierce actorly commitment rising from Jake Gyllenhaal’s bruised and tattooed body in “Southpaw,” a bluntly conventional melodrama about a champion boxer forced to undergo a grim crucible of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering. Yet the undeniable intensity of Gyllenhaal’s bulked-up, Method-mumbling performance may leave you feeling more pummeled than convinced in this heavy-handed tale of redemption, in which director Antoine Fuqua once more demonstrates his fascination with codes of masculine aggression, extreme violence and not much else. Creakily plotted over the course of its rise-and-fall-and-rise-again trajectory, this partly Chinese-funded production may land enough visceral blows to catch on with audiences on its July 24 release through the Weinstein Co., but seems less likely to attain the prestige-hit status of superior efforts like “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Fighter.”
That didn’t stop exec producer Harvey Weinstein from loudly speculating »
- Justin Chang
He's recently been linked (though not officially) with the role of DC superhero Static Shock for a new Warner Bros. TV series. But while those deals are no doubt being wrangled, Jaden Smith has lined up a turn for Baz Luhrmann. He's joining Luhrmann's musical Netflix extravaganza The Get Down.Shawn Ryan, best known for shows like The Shield and The Unit, is teaming up with the Australian director to work on the series, which they first starting kicking around as an idea in 2013. The show is set in grungy, gritty, 1970s New York, a much tougher place to live than the law-abiding city it is today... In the South Bronx, a crew of teenagers who have no-one else to turn to find shelter and solace in each other, as they express their own musical abilities at a time when hip-hop, punk and disco are kicking off and pulsing through the culture. »
If you feel like you’re watching too much violence on television and in movies, try being Jordan Goldman.
He was tasked with editing “13 Hours in Islamabad.” The 10th episode in the fourth season of Showtime’s Emmy-winning “Homeland,” it’s perhaps better known as “the one where stuff went down.”
The tension-fueled episode saw a security breach result in a hostage takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan. Casualties amass for both sides and there is a serious amount of gunfire.
“I had this really bizarre experience when I was cutting the episode,” Goldman says. “At work it felt so real. You go home at night and it’s all fiction.” He says he’d leave the editing bay wondering, “Why isn’t anyone talking about what just happened?”
Despite the Ptsd by proxy, Goldman, who began his career on FX’s “The Shield” and won an Emmy »
- Whitney Friedlander
"I give you my everything." The Weinstein Company has debuted another new trailer for Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer who has to fight his way to the top to save his family, and his entire life. We've seen one stellar trailer and a solid TV spot for this summer release already, but why not another trailer, because this looks damn good. Some strong emotional storytelling in the middle of all the superheroes and dinosaurs this summer? Sign me up! No seriously, this does look good. The cast includes Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, 50 Cent, Beau Knapp + many others. Enjoy! Here's the second trailer for Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw, direct from The Weinstein Co: You can still watch the first trailer for Southpaw right here. Follow @WeinsteinFilms for updates. Southpaw is directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter, Training Day) and written »
- Alex Billington
With San Diego Comic-Con coming up (July 9th–12th), 20th Century Fox Television recently ensured that horror hounds will have a lot to look forward to, including an American Horror Story: Hotel panel and the world premiere of Scream Queens:
Press Release (via IGN) -- "American Horror Story & Scream Queens Get ready to scream! It’s a Comic-Con horror fest when members of the all-star cast of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan’s Fox comedy “Scream Queens” (Jamie Lee Curtis—the original “scream queen”—Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer) come face to face with the stars of Murphy and Falchuk’s FX dramas “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and upcoming “American Horror Story: Hotel” (Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer). This lively gathering of headliners promises laughs, scares and secrets from the sets.
- Derek Anderson
Fox favorites Sleepy Hollow, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons and more will return to the event, taking place July 8-12, while newcomers Damien (to air on A&E), Minority Report and The Last Man on Earth (both on Fox) and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX) will make their first trip to San Diego. »
Rapace stars as a single mother who’s abducted by a mysterious organization and tied up in their laboratory. Chiklis will play the organization’s point man who directs the crime.
Tango Pictures, a partnership between Christina Weiss Lurie, Shainberg and Lazar, is teaming with Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group to make the film. Lazar came on to the project in April.
- Dave McNary
T.I., Dermot Mulroney, Scoot McNairy and David Harbour are set to join Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union and Michelle Monaghan in Baran bo Odar's action thriller "Sleepless Night". Andrea Berloff penned the script and filming begins June 15th in Atlanta and Las Vegas
Foxx plays a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop whose son is kidnaped by gangsters (Mulroney, McNairy) who want a shipment of cocaine he stole as payment. He races to save his child's life without getting caught by Internal Affairs and before the mobsters discover that he's actually lost the goods. [Source: Heat Vision]
Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright and Alison Wright have joined the cast of "Confirmation," the TV movie about Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings. The join Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce and Eric Stonestreet in the project.
The story explores the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings which brought the country to a standstill »
- Garth Franklin
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
In the Madison Square Garden dressing room, BIlly prepares for his fight against Darius Jones. various: Mark Shrader (Doc Field), Jg, Beau Flynn (Jon Jon), Dominic Colon (Mikey), Malcolm Mays (Gabe), Cj
Shady Records/Interscope Records will release Southpaw (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture), soundtrack to The Weinstein Company motion picture Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The album – which will feature new songs created for and inspired by the film and more – will be released this July. Shady Records founder Eminem also serves as the album’s executive producer.
The DJ Khalil produced first single from the soundtrack, Eminem’s “Phenomenal,” appears in the trailer of the new movie.
The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield), is the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world (played by Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Kurt Sutter and FX are officially back together. The cable network has ordered a 10-episode first season of the Sons of Anarchy creator’s newest project, The Bastard Executioner. The Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge, who has retired from fighting due to psychological trauma. However, when violence returns to his life, he must pick up the bloodiest sword of all and swing his blade at the necks of the damned. “From his important contributions to The Shield to his epic run on Sons of Anarchy, Kurt has been one of FX’s most visionary artists, and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of Sons,” FX Network president John Landgraf said in a statement. “The Bastard Executioner, written by Kurt and directed by the talented Paris Barclay, is dangerous, brilliant, emotional and undeniable, »
- Chris King
Hot off the conclusion of his long-running FX series Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter is reteaming with the network on medieval epic The Bastard Executioner, which has just been green-lit for a 10-episode first season to air this fall.
Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter and Sam Spruell all star in the period drama, which, according to FX’s official press release, tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all. Expect a bloodstained, gritty series comparable to Game of Thrones and Camelot.
- Isaac Feldberg
FX has given a 10-episode order to the drama created by the “Sons of Anarchy” creator about a Late Middle Ages warrior knight who gets pulled back into fighting just when he thought he was out. Lee Jones plays titular executioner Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge.
There will be blood. #Tbx
— kurt sutter (@sutterink) May 22, 2015
Sutter wrote the pilot. He is exec producing along with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay. Barclay directed the pilot. Sutter also appears in the series, along with his wife, Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer, Flora Spencer-Longhurst and Sam Spruell. The cast also includes Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and Matthew Rhys.
“I love history. I love theology. I love blood. It’s been very satisfying weaving »
- Whitney Friedlander
Having been shifted from Lifetime to A&E a few weeks ago, the first trailer is now out for "Damien". This new TV series spin on "The Omen" essentially ignores the sequels, and acts as a direct follow-up to the 1976 classic horror tale. Filming on the ten episode first season is currently underway in Toronto ahead of an early 2016 debut on the network.
Damien Thorn (Bradley James) is now an adult who must come to grips with the haunting events of his past and must comes to terms with his true destiny - that he is the Antichrist. Barbara Hershey, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Omid Abtahi also star in the series which is written and executive produced by Glen Mazzara ("The Walking Dead," "The Shield").
- Garth Franklin
Just a few weeks after the upcoming TV series Damien went from Lifetime to A&E, the show's new network home has released the first trailer, giving us our first dark look at Damien Thorn, played by Bradley James (Merlin, Homeland). The series is based on the 1976 classic horror film The Omen, following his life as an adult as he must come to grips with the haunting events of his past. Production is currently under way in Toronto on the 10-episode first season, debuting sometime next year on A&E.
Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist. Barbara Hershey stars as Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has »
"An 18th century explorer sets out on an epic journey to map the forbidden uncharted lands of Transylvania only to discover its dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical forest."
"A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Doomsdays follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes in the Catskills. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their peculiar tribe. »
- Derek Anderson
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