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Even though Matt Damon and Ben Affleck aren't usually associated with science fiction—Damon has a small role in The Zero Theorem and Affleck has Paycheck—the duo will be developing the sci-fi espionage thriller Incorporated for Syfy. Per the press release, the show is "set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. This will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system." A world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power? That's preposterous! I don't know if anyone can buy a series that's set in a world that sounds exactly like our world. David and Alex Pastor (The Last Days) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer. Hit the jump for the press release. Syfy Gets »
- Matt Goldberg
It goes without saying that Ben Affleck has had an incredible career. After winning a screenwriting Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" Affleck focused on his acting and tried the Hollywood leading man routine in hits such as "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor," "Changing Lanes" and "The Sum of All Fears." After three films in 2003 his career began to crash. "Gigli" become a pop culture touchstone because it was such a bomb and so disliked, but besides a minor success with "Paycheck" Affleck started on a major string of bombs that no one thought he'd recover from. By 2006 he was on the comeback trail with a critically acclaimed performance in the indie "Hollywoodland" and followed that up with his directorial debut, the well received "Gone Baby Gone." The past seven years have completed the comeback with Affleck directing and starring in the hit thriller "The Town" and capping it off with a miraculous Oscar run for "Argo. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ever since 2003’s awful “Paycheck,” John Woo has stayed away from Hollywood, returning to China to helm the two-part historical epic “Red Cliff” and co-directing the 2010 wuxia film “Reign of Assassins.” Later this year, he’s set to drop the first half of his latest sweeping period film “The Crossing,” and the film’s first featurette/trailer has arrived online. Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo among many others, the two-part film was written by “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling and centers on three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai and will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping and warfare. So, John Woo's "Titanic"? Lasting under three-and-a-half minutes, the trailer features a lot of impressive footage —war scenes, sinking boats, swooning scenes between lovers— from the two-part film cut alongside an Epk-style interview with Woo »
- Cain Rodriguez
Some more Marvel related news for you here: Peter Shinkoda (I, Robot, Godzilla, Paycheck) has joined the cast of Netflix's Daredevil series in "a major recurring role" as Hachiro. Whochiro? Well it seems to be a character created just for the show, unless any of you guys know differently? Anyway, he joins previously announced cast members Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Vincent D'Onofrio and Rosario Dawson in the 13-episode series, which is set to air in 2015. »
The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
- Jonathan James
The nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced today, with the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones leading the pack with 19 nods in total, including Best Drama Series, where it will compete against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective. The small screen adaptation of Fargo pulled in 18 nominations, followed by American Horror Story with 17 and Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart with 16.
In terms of the broadcasters, HBO pulled in a whopping 99 nominations in total, while Netflix managed 31 nominations, thanks to strong showings for House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Check out the full list of contenders here…
Lead Actor in a Drama
- Gary Collinson
Confused suspense drama starts out gripping and descends into a moral muddle that a very good performance by Michael C. Hall cannot quite overcome. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Richard Dane once shot a man in his living room, just for having B&E’d into his home where his wife and their young child were sleeping in the middle of the night. But Richard (Michael C. Hall: Gamer, Paycheck) is a decent man, and though the police assure him that he was well within his rights to protect himself and his family, and he is certainly not going to be charged with any crime, he is shaken to the core.
This isn’t a thing that The Movies usually deal with, not on the scale »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Al Pacino is an acting legend who has starred in some truly great movies... but he's also been in some less-than-spectacular flicks. So how can you know ahead of time whether an Al Pacino movie will be Classic Cinema or just a Pacino Paycheck? We’re working on a formula that will allow us to plug in some numbers and arrive at a conclusion, and here’s what we have so far.
Looking at the variables in this equation, it seems like Heat could have been a miss. It might not have been a sure thing, but it's definitely one of the best cat-and-mouse cop movies to hit theaters. It's Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes and is a classic '90s crime drama.
- Mandy McAdoo
Last month ABC gave a pilot order to "Clementine," a "supernatural drama" from The Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, and now word has come on who the lead actress will be. It's someone who'll soon also be seen in a few new horror projects...
Jessabelle and Predestination star Sarah Snook, who hails from Australia, has been cast in the title role of ABC‘s pilot "Clementine," written by Dean Georgaris (Tristan + Isolde, Paycheck) and directed by Michael Dinner ("Justified," "The Wonder Years").
The storyline revolves around a troubled young psychic who sees her life changing in unexpected ways once she decides to stop running from her past and face her fears.
David Strathairn, who last lit up the small screen in "Alphas" and will soon be seen in Godzilla, was recently cast as Clementine's father. Edwin Hodge (The Purge, The Purge 2) will play Dr. Anthony Little, her best friend and confidant. »
- Debi Moore
ABC looks to be dipping its toes in the "supernatural drama" pool again as word has come that the network has ordered a pilot for “Clementine,” which Mark Gordon ("Criminal Minds," "Grey's Anatomy") is executive producing. Details are sparse, but here's what we know so far...
Per The Wrap, the storyline, written by Dean Georgaris (Tristan + Isolde, Paycheck), revolves around a habitual criminal who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil.
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- Debi Moore
ABC has given the green light to Clementine, a high-concept drama pilot from feature scribe Dean Georgaris (Paycheck) and ABC Studios. It centers on a habitual criminal who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil. Ilene Staple is executive producing with the Mark Gordon Co.’s Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper. This brings the number of ABC drama pilots to 4, plus series Secrets & Lies. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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