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Admit it, millennials: When the news broke Tuesday that FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would be returning to the Fox network for a six-episode reboot of "The X-Files," many of you said, "Who are Mulder and Scully?" After all, the show has been off the air for 13 years. Since then, Gillian Anderson (Scully) moved to England and did period dramas, while David Duchovny (Mulder) became that creepy old lech on Showtime's "Californication," and "X-Files" creator Chris Carter went Mia and was apparently abducted by aliens.
Still, even if "The X-Files," its stars, and its creator haven't been pinging the cultural radar much in recent years, the return of the show with its original cast and showrunner on board is a huge deal. Much of what we now take for granted in pop culture -- especially on TV and online -- owes a tremendous debt to the 1993-2002 sci-fi drama series. »
- Gary Susman
After recaps, think pieces, interviews, and quizzes, do you have more patience for talking about Lost on the internet? You should, because former Lost writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has written an exhaustive account of his time on the show, describing the tensions and compromises inherent in every successful series. As Grillo-Marxuach tells it, Lost's early development was marked by a struggle to include just enough mystical elements to keep the story interesting long-term, but never enough to turn off the suits at ABC. This was also why Jack didn't die in the pilot as originally planned: "Murdering the one white male character with a discernible skillset that could serve to generate stories ... would not go over well with the network." Or, as Grillo-Marxuach remembers putting it, "You can't kill the white guy."At the end of his "Lost Will and Testament," Grillo-Marxuach gives what he hopes will be the answer »
- Nate Jones
Javier Grillo-Marxuach has done many things — created the cult TV show "The Middleman," worked on more than a dozen others, including "Medium" and, most recently, "Helix," even written a beguiling collection of essays, "Shoot This One," on his years in the biz — but if he died tomorrow, there's one word you can count on being in the first line of his obituary: "Lost." Grillo-Marxuach was there at the beginning of a show that would help to define both the possibilities and the limitations of a new era of network television, and apart from Damon Lindelof, he hung on longer than any of the writers who fleshed out in surprising detail who Jack, Kate, Locke, Sawyer, Hurley, Sun, Jin and the rest were, and who they had been. Grillo-Marxuach, who eventually departed near the end of "Lost's" second season, has told pieces of his story before. But in a nearly 17,000-word post on his blog, »
- Sam Adams
Following the motion poster that debuted last week, Marvel has released a new poster and photo from their highly-anticipated series Marvel's Daredevil. The poster gives us a good look at the first costume Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) wears, as he takes up the crime-fighting moniker Daredevil. Fans will also get to see that costume eventually evolve into the classic red costume with devil horns, which was briefly teased in last week's motion poster.
Charlie Cox is joined by a cast that includes Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley), Scott Glenn (Stick), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Marianna), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Ben Urich) and Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley) in Marvel's Daredevil. Marvel's Daredevil follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night »
After breaking Amazon records with the biggest debut weekend of all Amazon Original Series, and being the top-watched title on Amazon Prime Instant Video, across movies and TV series in its first four weeks, it’s comes as no surprise that Amazon have renewed Bosch for a second season.
Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, Bosch will return for a new season with stars Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife), Jamie Hector (The Wire), Amy Aquino (Being Human), Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) and Sarah Clarke (24). Season two will be drawn from Connelly’s bestselling Harry Boach novels Trunk Music and The Drop.
We’re delighted to see that Amazon customers have immediately embraced Bosch. Fans will soon be able to enjoy more of this inspired adaptation brought to life by a remarkably gifted cast.
Adds author Michael Connelly:
- Phil Wheat
Ok, I’m sorry. You probably didn’t come here expecting a Kanye West reference — @KimKierkegaardashian’s genius Twitter feed is more my style — in an Idol recap. But my brain just went from the frying pan into the active volcano after Season 14’s Top 10 performance telecast (a confusing label, given that there were 11 singers on stage all night, with one awaiting the bad news that he or she was the »
Tonight's live elimination/performances show, kicked off with the usual judges introductions, along with revealing that it was "movie" theme songs this week. Adanna Duru kicked things off by performing “Love You I Do.” Daniel Seavey sang “Lost Stars.” Rayvon Owen sang “Stayin’ Alive.” Nick Fradiani Jr. sang “Danger Zone.” After a break, Joey Cook sang “Mad World.” Tyanna Jones sang “Circle of Life.” Quentin Alexander sang “You’re the One That I Want.” Maddie Walker performed “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” Clark Beckham sang “Sunday Morning,” and Jax wrapped up the performances by singing “Grow Old With You.” By this time, it was revealed that everyone was safe, except for poor Qaasim Middleton who had to sing “Come Together” for the judges one and only "save" of the season. He did a real good job, and shockingly, the judges were moved enough to go ahead and use »
- Andre Braddox
Welcome to the March 19, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: you're all just jealous of Zayn Malik. The One Direction heartthrob, who just pulled out of the boy band's tour of Asia due to "stress," has slammed rumors that he cheated on fiancee Perrie Edwards with a "mystery blonde," writing on Twitter: I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there's a lot of jealous fucks in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x — zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) March 18, 2015 Sounds guilty to me. [Daily Mail] Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles. Outraged: Black scholar Dr. Boyce D. Watkins Target: Fox's "Empire" Why: After slamming the blockbuster Fox series set at a hip-hop entertainment company as "ghettofied hood drama" and "coonery" in a January column, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Against all odds, there will be no Phil Collins ballad — or any soundtrack cuts from The Bodyguard, Frozen, Titanic and Armageddon — when the American Idol Top 10 (plus one contestant on the brink of elimination) tackle “Songs from the Movies tonight (8/7c on Fox).
RelatedReality Check: ‘All Bets Are Off’ on American Idol! Plus: Is Crazy Failure Worse Than a Total Lack of Risk?
That’s good news for Idoloonies who’ve vowed to crawl into their dryers and turn to lint at the sound of one more hopeful belting the umpteenth rendition of “I Have Nothing.”
More important than what the Top 10 won’t tackle, »
The marketing strategy for Netflix and Marvel’s Daredevil has thus far revolved around its main man. Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock has taken center stage in all of the regular posters, motion posters and trailers. However, the canvas of the show is beginning to broaden, as this newest motion poster offers up some interesting reveals as well as incorporating the rest of the cast surrounding Cox.
Aside from the generally cool visuals – which all of the moving posters contain – this sneakiest peek packs in a few tidbits pointing toward the larger Marvel world. While it’s been stated that Marvel’s small screen efforts won’t interconnect with its gigantic Cinematic Universe, that hasn’t quashed the appearance of one recognizable landmark. In addition, Murdock’s final costume as the titular Daredevil can be spotted reflecting up from the puddle at his feet.
Check it out above and let »
- Gem Seddon
A month after its record breaking debut, Amazon has announced that it has given the greenlight to a second season of its original drama series Bosch, which is based upon Michael Connelly’s bestselling book series and sees Titus Welliver (Lost) leading the cast as Harry Bosch.
“We’re delighted to see that Amazon customers have immediately embraced Bosch,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “Fans will soon be able to enjoy more of this inspired adaptation brought to life by a remarkably gifted cast.”
“I am very excited about continuing the Bosch story with season two,” said Michael Connelly. “I love what we started with and I think our plans for the second season will make the show even better and more exploratory of the character of Harry Bosch. We have a great cast and crew and we are all going to be one year better at this. »
- Gary Collinson
Here's the press release:
Amazon Greenlights Second Season of Its Hour-Long Original Drama Series "Bosch"
Series breaks records with the biggest debut weekend of all Amazon Original Series and is the top-watched title on Prime Instant Video, across movies and TV series in its first four weeks
Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling books with nearly 50 million copies sold, Bosch will return with stars Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife), Jamie Hector (The Wire), Amy Aquino (Being Human), Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) and Sarah Clarke (24), and will be Executive Produced by Connelly, Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Treme), Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing, Odyssey), a Red Arrow Entertainment Group company, and Pieter Jan Brugge »
After mentioning Star Wars yesterday when talking about the box office prospects for 2015 releases, I kind of had the franchise on the brain for the rest of the day. Go figure then that one of today’s bigger rumors out there is that the co-writer/director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams could be directing more than just that installment, which is Episode VII in the saga. We already know that Rian Johnson is writing and directing Episode VIII while also doing a treatment for Episode IX, so I suppose Abrams could be privy to what is going on and is interested in returning. Another time I’ll offer up some potential alternative filmmakers, especially if Abrams winds up not taking the gig, but for now I wanted to talk about if he does wind up doing it. Essentially, Abrams could be going from the godfather of »
- Joey Magidson
Not only has Bosch, Amazon‘s original drama series, performed well for the service, it’s managed high praise from viewers and critics. Amazon has now announced a second season, and even a bit of a plot synopsis for that season.
If you aren’t already on board with the stylish, intense series based on Michael Connelly’s books, you now have even more incentive, as you know there’s more on the way.
This is actually a bigger announcement than it might seem, because new seasons are still a guessing game for streaming services, which don’t have a history for viewers to fall back on when it comes to being able to figure out if a favorite is worth investing in. I know a lot of people weren’t sure about jumping into Alpha House at first, for just that reason.
At any rate, you have more to look forward to, »
- Marc Eastman
In just one month since its record-breaking debut, Amazon today announced it has greenlit a second season of its first original hour-long drama series Bosch. Based on Michael Connelly’s internationally best-selling Harry Bosch book series, which have sold nearly 50 million copies to date, Bosch has become the most-watched title on Prime Instant Video, across movies and TV series, in its first four weeks.
Season two will be drawn from Connelly’s best-selling novels Trunk Music and The Drop. Returning to the series are stars Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy) as Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector (The Wire) as his partner Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. Grace Billets, Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, and Sarah Clarke (24) as Eleanor Wish. The series was developed for television by Eric Overmyer (Treme, The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets) and is Executive Produced by Overmyer, »
Undoubtedly one of the major players in the movie and TV industry, Marvel isn’t a studio to comfortably assume that its future properties will simply sell themselves. The marketing strategies set in motion for its big screen efforts as well as its small screen outings are always of the “go-big-or-go-home” variety.
In the case of its forthcoming TV series Daredevil, produced in conjunction with Netflix, the comic book giant continues to impress thanks to its continued teasers, stills and motion posters.
Released via the show’s official Twitter, a brand new motion poster now allows us a look at the titular chappie’s transformation. If you thought the last one was inspired, wait until you set your eyes on this latest version.
- Gem Seddon
A&E checked back into Bates Motel last Monday for a season three premiere that featured familiar faces, a new arrival, and a difficult first day back at school for the troubled Norman. The next episode, "The Arcanum Club", airs tonight at 9:00pm Est and we recently had the chance to take part in an interview call with actor Freddie Highmore (Norman) and writer/executive producer Kerry Ehrin. The Bates Motel duo discussed the disturbing direction Norman is going in the third season, the new cast members and their intriguing characters, the show's sprinkled-in connections to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, and much more.
On the approach taken with the character of Norman Bates in season three:
Freddie Highmore: "This season was more changing him and making him a bit more mature with the self-awareness that he gained at the end of the second season and so it was perhaps »
- Derek Anderson
We have added some stills from Walt Disney Pictures’ forthcoming movie Tomorrowland. The film follows the adventures of the former child genius (George Clooney) and an optimistic teenager Casey (Britt Robertson), who is interested in all things scientific. Together they embark on a dangerous mission to discover secrets in a place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland is being directed by Brad Bird from a screenplay he wrote with Damon Lindelof. Bird worked on the likes of Ratatouille and Lindelof was a creator and writer on Lost. The movie stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, […] »
- James Wray
Agnes Bruckner plays a role in two major mysteries this spring — on A&E’s The Returned, which revolves around inexplicably resurrected dead folk, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time, where she soon will recur as… well, we’ll get to that in a bit.
Bruckner makes her debut on The Returned tonight at 10/9c as Nikki Banks, chief deputy to Caldwell, Wash. Sheriff Tommy Solano (played by True Blood’s Kevin Alejandro). Coming off of the premiere’s dark coda, in »
Madrid – Brit actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s “Dracula,” “World Without End”) will star in “The Healer,” a feel-good drama marking Spanish director Paco Arango’s follow-up to his standout 2011 debut “Maktub” that will be produced by Enrique Posner (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” ”Justin and the Knights of Valor”).
Based on what Posner describes as a “highly personal original script,” “The Healer” is in itself a highly singular and inspiring project, yoking Arango’s love of filmmaking and his continuing life battle to help children fight cancer: A large portion of the proceeds from “The Healer” will be destined to help Paul Newman’s camps for seriously ill children (https://www.seriousfunnetwork.org/), where Arango is a board member.
Written by Arango, and set to roll June 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, “The Healer” is produced by Arango and Posner, using Arango’s Calcon shingle, and by »
- John Hopewell
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