13 items from 2017
Press Release (via TheFutonCritic): Beverly Hills, Calif. - February 23, 2017 - Starz announced today that the highly-anticipated eight-episode first season of FremantleMedia North America produced Starz Original Series "American Gods," adapted from Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, will make its network premiere on Sunday, April 30th at 9Pm Et/Pt.
Starz also debuted the U.S. key art. Both announcements come ahead of the World Premiere and extended Q&A of the series at SXSW in March. The series will debut publicly at the festival on March 11 at 11 Am Ct at the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center followed by an extended Q&A moderated by Kcrw's Elvis Mitchell. Showrunners and cast in attendance will include Bryan Fuller, »
- Derek Anderson
Prepare yourself, because Gods will be among us this spring.
Based on the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods follows a brewing war between the old and new gods; the old crew feels upstaged by the newbies, who reflect modern society’s obsession with money, drugs, celebrities, etc. The 100‘s Ricky Whittle stars as Shadow Moon, »
Netflix is in final negotiations to buy global streaming rights to the black comedy “Small Crimes,” Variety has learned. The deal is in advance of the film’s premiere next month as SXSW.
“Small Crimes” centers on a disgraced former cop, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Game of Thrones” fame, who comes home after finishing a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder. He tries to find redemption, but winds up ensnared in a mess he left behind, caught in the middle of a crooked sheriff, a district attorney out for revenge, and a mafia baron.
Netflix was very active at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, buying “Mudbound,” an acclaimed historical drama, for $12.5 million in the biggest deal of the fest. It nabbed several other projects, including “Icarus,” a buzzy documentary about Russian doping, and “Chasing Coral,” a look at global warming.
Evan Katz — a former music journalist — directs the »
- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy
Meet suburban zombie Drew Barrymore – she's just like another other sun-kissed California girl, except she's got a nasty habit of feasting on human flesh. When we first see her in Santa Clarita Diet, the excellent new Netflix comedy, her real-estate agent Sheila is selling houses outside L.A., living the low-key minivan life with her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant, of Deadwood and Justified fame) and their sassy teenage daughter. Then one day, something weird happens – she starts puking buckets of toxic waste and suddenly gets an insatiable lust for the taste of dead people, »
In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
After unleashing mayhem on the criminals who killed his dog, retired super assassin John Wick retrieves his beloved 1969 Mustang from the Russian mobsters who stole it, only to be pursued in a spectacular high-speed car chase through crowded New York City streets. Returning home, John’s plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) shows up on his doorstep with a gold “marker” compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston (Ian McShane), kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to »
- Movie Geeks
Don Kaye Feb 1, 2017
It was just a few weeks ago that HBO programming exec Casey Bloys said that Deadwood creator David Milch was still working on the script for a movie based on the beloved Western series. But with the project first announced a year ago Milch certainly seems to be taking his time. Yet the movie is still in the works, and series star Ian McShane says he’s ready to return as well to the role of Al Swearengen.
Den Of Geek Us spoke with McShane at the recent press day for John Wick: Chapter 2 (in which he reprises his role as assassin society chieftain Winston) and naturally Deadwood came up. “I am going to have lunch with David next week,” revealed McShane. “He is writing the script. I think they are doing rewrites. »
I guess that Hollywood has a way of keeping their stars looking 20 years younger than they actually are, and I would go with the urban legend that "black don't crack" here if it wasn't for the fact that Keanu Reeves does not look like he has aged more than Laurence Fishburne has after we saw them together in The Matrix. I wish I had the fame or money they have as I gaze into the mirror and notice my crow's feet and white hair sneaking into my beard. Ahhh well, either way it is cool to see these two back on the screen together in very similar roles that they had in that cult classic.
Take a look-see.
So, I must say I was completely shocked at just how much I liked the first John Wick. The "shoot-em-up" movie was very well done, provided wonderful characters, and the ending was not bad. »
- Drew Carlton
Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “Michael’s Gambit,” the Season One finale of “The Good Place.”
Who knew we were going to get two versions of “Westworld” — one comedic, the other dramatic — in the past five months? Peak TV, you secretive minx, you.
The parallels between “The Good Place” and the HBO show were strong even before the arrival of the episode that ended the season. The train that serviced Eleanor and Chidi’s town was an old-timey engine that could have had a walk-on (rail-on?) role in “Westworld,” and in Thursday’s other episode, “Mindy St. Claire,” the train chugged through a dusty desert only to pull up at a station framed by wide open spaces. Whenever Eleanor was sitting on those wooden benches inside the train, I half-expected Teddy to amble up to her and say “Howdy, ma’am.” (And speaking of HBO Westerns, true TV nerds will remember that Kristen Bell had »
- Maureen Ryan
Back in August 2014 it was reported that HBO was in early discussions with regards to a revival of the beloved Western drama Deadwood, with the cable network subsequently confirming in January of last year that creator David Milch had been given the green light to resurrect the show as a film.
Since then, there’s been no further word on the project, and it seems HBO is as much in the dark as fans at present, with programming president Casey Bloys providing the following update during the Television Critics Association winter press tour:
“I haven’t read [series creator David Milch]’s script yet. I know he’s working on it. But I have not seen anything yet. I couldn’t even put odds on [whether it will happen]. I don’t want to get your hopes up or disappoint you in any way, so I’ll just say I don’t have any news. Which I truly don’t. »
- Gary Collinson
If you cast your mind back many years ago, before Game of Thrones, Westworld and True Blood, you’ll remember that HBO first made an impact on the television landscape with shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire and, of course, Deadwood. It only lasted three seasons, but the Western was one of the most critically acclaimed series of its time and amassed a small but incredibly loyal fanbase. Unfortunately though, the ratings just couldn’t justify the cost to produce the show and it was ultimately given the axe.
However, creator David Milch has always promised us that there’d be more. It’s been well over a decade now since Deadwood left television, but every so often a small update pops up on the proposed movie, which has been in development for a very long time. Said to wrap up the stories of the various characters in a satisfying manner, »
- Michael Briers
Michael Ahr Jan 16, 2017
Sometimes no news is still news, and in the case of HBO’s proposed Deadwood reunion movie, the fact that a script is being written is enough to keep the possibility of a revival alive. At a recent Television Critics Association press conference, programming executive Casey Bloys confirmed that series creator David Milch is working on the story.
“I haven’t read his script yet,” Bloys admitted. “I know he’s working on it, but I have not seen anything yet.” With the original announcement of the movie follow-up coming in January of 2016, the wait has been a long one for fans of Deadwood, the beloved series which ran from 2004 to 2006.
The onus is on Milch, though, as Bloys wouldn’t commit to a timeframe for the production »
HBO has a host of marquee projects coming down the pike, from the Reese Witherspoon-Nicole Kidman starrer “Big Little Lies” to the Amy Adams murder mystery “Sharp Objects” to comedies starring Pete Holmes and Bill Hader to the long-awaited Bernie Madoff movie “The Wizard of Lies.”
But HBO also has a handful of hot prospects that have yet to completely land. During the cabler’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, original programming president Casey Bloys gamely fielded questions seeking updates on where things stand for a handful of buzzed-about projects.
“Game of Thrones” spinoff
There’s no certainty yet that a series related to the juggernaut fantasy drama will come to fruition, but Bloys notes that author George R.R. Martin, creator of the “Thrones” universe, has plenty of source material at the ready in terms of prequels and other story threads explored in the book series.
- Cynthia Littleton
Joseph Baxter Rob Leane Jan 18, 2017
As Netflix’s already-enviable lineup of original programming continues to grow exponentially, an impending series residing in the comedic horror category has very much got our attention.
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Drew Barrymore and former Justified and Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant are set to star in Santa Clarita Diet, which follows a family that "slays together" after Barrymore's character develops a zombie-esque taste for human flesh.
Here's the latest trailer, followed by the previous teasers, which offer plenty to sink your teeth into (geddit?) before Santa Clarita Diet lands on Netflix on Friday the 3rd of February. »
13 items from 2017
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