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"30 Days of Night" and "Hard Candy" director David Slade has earned small screen cred having directed five episodes (including the pilot) and served as executive producer on the first two seasons of NBC's acclaimed and gruesome "Hannibal."
His dark yet visually stunning style is now about to set the stage for another high-profile small screen project - the TV series adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' acclaimed graphic novel series "Powers".
Slade will direct the first two episodes of the "Powers" series and will serve as executive producer on them alongside their writer Charlie Huston. The series is set to premiere exclusively on Sony's Playstation network in December.
Blending superheroes, crime noir and cop drama, the story is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities. Rather than focusing on them, we follow two homicide detectives assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with said abilities. »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment have announced that they will present a three-hour special at Comic-Con that will include new footage a number of their TV shows, including Constantine, and screenings of their Gotham and The Flash pilot episodes:
“Burbank, Calif. (June 30, 2014) — Get ready for a spectacular Saturday night at Comic-Con 2014, courtesy of Warner Bros. Television (Wbtv) and DC Entertainment (Dce). For the first time ever at Sdcc, Wbtv and Dce will present a three-hour special event on Saturday night, July 26, designed specifically for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics’ greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama series Gotham (the only screening of Gotham at this year’s Comic-Con), followed by a screening of the complete pilot of new action-drama The Flash, and exclusive video presentations from returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. »
- Jonathan James
Get ready for a spectacular Saturday night at Comic-Con 2014, courtesy of Warner Bros. Television (Wbtv) and DC Entertainment (Dce). For the first time ever at Sdcc, Wbtv and Dce will present a three-hour special event on Saturday night, July 26, designed specifically for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics' greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama series Gotham (the only screening of Gotham at this year's Comic-Con), followed by a screening of the complete pilot of new action-drama The Flash, and exclusive video presentations from returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make special appearances throughout the night.
Gotham World Premiere:
They got the mac, the crumpled suit, the blonde hair and the (sort of) Scouse accent, but NBC has forbidden one aspect of John Constantine's Hellblazer character from being translated to the small screen: the exorcist will not be smoking in the forthcoming series.
Producer David S. Goyer was asked about Constantine's many-a-day habit when the series was first announced and said the chain-smoking was under negotiation with NBC. Those negotiations must have been lost by the creative team, because pilot director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game Of Thrones) has confirmed that the newest iteration of John Constantine will not be a smoker.
Marshall described the smoking ban as "very frustrating" in an interview with Collider, explaining, "It's the one thing, a compromise I guess, On network [TV] t's the one thing. »
Well, this isn’t good.
We’ve known for some time that a cigarette-smoking John Constantine might not be featured in the upcoming Constantine TV show, as producer David S. Goyer previously said it was under negotiation with NBC. Now it seems it’s official – the famously cancer-stricken, chain-smoking Constantine will not be allowed to light up so much as a single cigarette during his self-titled series.
During a recent interview with Collider, Constantine pilot director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) confirmed that the occult detective will be missing what many would consider an essential ingredient of the character – a move largely attributed to network standards and practices. That loud ...
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- Michael Kennedy
The 40th Annual Saturn Awards were held this past Thursday, June 26th, and a what great show it was from (as Johnny Carson used to say) "beautiful downtown Burbank"! Here's the full list of winners and more.
Actually, we were high above the city at the famous Castaway restaurant and banquet hall. The Saturn Awards has been held here for the past few years, and it really is a fabulous venue with the best views of the San Fernando Valley anywhere.
Among the winners are Dread Central favorites "The Walking Dead," "Hannibal," The Conjuring, and Vera Farmiga's no holds barred performance as Norma Bates in "Bates Motel." The eye candy and updates from the carpet come from director Neil Marshall; the Curse of Chucky crew - Don Mancini, Brad Dourif, and Fiona Dourif; Insidious 3's Lin Shaye; and more. There's even some Ghostbusters 3 non-news!
It was a star-studded event, »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Last Thursday, Collider attended the red carpet festivities for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, held at at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, Calif. Always one of the best events for geeks with eclectic tastes, this is the only award show where you can find cinematographers from obscure exploitation movies walking the red carpet right alongside A-list directors, with both getting equal attention. While working the carpet we got a chance to chat with director Neil Marshall about a slew of his past, present and future projects. During the conversation, we discussed how The Descent is arguably scarier than a gun pointed at your head, the upcoming book of essays on the film’s themes, the origins of Doomsday and his thoughts on the new Mad Max: Fury Road stills, how network censors cured Constantine of lung cancer, what the NBC series’ monsters may look like and more. Here's the video interview with Marshall. »
- Hunter Daniels
Welcome back to S7AR Wars, my weekly engagement with Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors and speculation and - slowly but surely - where I confront my overall problems with being a fan that would love to know everything and feel like he knows nothing.
On that latter half, because if I don’t put it at the top, I’m afraid I won’t come back around to it, I must admit I was puzzled that we were so starved for real dispatches from the Star Wars set this week. We spent the first half reporting that more Star Wars movies would be filmed at Pinewood (something we’ve known ever since the time was booked at the studio) and yesterday talking about a Harrison Ford ankle injury. That’s literally all we know about that ankle situation, outside of a rumbling that the injury was sustained on the Millennium Falcon. »
you'll find a new minute-long promo for Constantine, NBC's upcoming supernatural offering based on the DC/Vertigo comic book character. The TV spot has some previously unseen footage from the pilot directed by Neil Marshall (who helmed The Descent and last Sunday's excellent Game of Thrones episode). In Constantine seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) specializes in giving hell…hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he's decided to leave his do-gooder life behind.
The post Constantine Presents a New Promo With More Footage appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
NBC has released a new cut of its Constantine trailer, featuring a familiar DC face (well, helmet)...
"My name is John Constantine, I'll drive your demons away..."
Coming to NBC the week before Halloween on the 24th of October is Constantine, one of a slate of new comic book adaptations on their way to Us TV. (Between this, The Flash, Gotham, Daredevil and more arriving soon, geek TV fans are going to need to clear some serious space on their DVRs.)
Matt Ryan stars as the raincoated exorcist in this outing for the Hellblazer character, the pilot of which comes directed by Neil Marshall (he of The Watchers On The Wall, Blackwater and of course, The Descent fame) and co-written by David S. Goyer and The Mentalist's Daniel Cerone.
This slightly reedited trailer features a snippet or two of new footage from the forthcoming show, including one DC »
Writers: David Benioff, D. B Wiess.
Director: Neil Marshall.
Synopsis: Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch face an epic problem.
And breathe. After a year away, Game Of Thrones is finally back on our TV screens. After last years Red Wedding debacle we at Thn decided that this show should not be watched without a support network, so this year we will be here to hold your hand through the fourth series of the show with our very own Blog of Thrones.
We’ve made it to the fateful episode nine of the series. This time last year the internet exploded after we all bore witness to the legendary Red Wedding episode. Once again we look set to spend the rest of the year discussing the latest events with the topic this »
- Kat Smith
Clatter! Clash! Sword fighting noises!! Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis take a deep dive into the episode-long Battle of Castle Black, an epic hour long on action but curiously short on just about everything else (whither Mance Rayder?). Check out Jame’s Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A »
- EW staff
This week on Trailers from Hell, "The Descent" director Neil Marshall--who directed Sunday night's much-debated action-packed "Game of Thrones" episode-- professes his love for Matthew Robbins' 1981 "Dragonslayer" from Paramount. Director Matthew Robbins' gothic fairytale is the missing link between the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen and the super-real imagery of contemporary CGI. Thanks to special effects master Phil Tippett's "go motion" techniques, "Dragonslayer"'s dragon, a lithesome bat-like creature that terrorizes the medieval kingdom of Urland, is uncannily natural. The movie's overall design is the cinematic equivalent of an elegant storybook illustrated by N.C. Wyeth but the film itself, though produced in tandem by Paramount and Disney, is anything but child-like, with virgin sacrifices, gruesome bloodletting and the unexpected death of of a beloved character that lend the tale unexpected gravity. Starring the great Ralph Richardson as the resolute wizard »
- Trailers From Hell
Neil Marshall specializes in long odds. From his 2005 modern horror classic The Descent to his 2010 Romans-vs.-barbarians action flick Centurion (starring a post-300, pre-stardom Michael Fassbender), the British filmmaker's work usually centers on outnumbered folks stranded in an inhospitable environment and fighting to survive against savage foes, human or otherwise. Perhaps that helped prepare him to helm "Blackwater," the now-legendary second-season Game of Thrones episode chronicling the battle for King's Landing; brought in as a replacement when the original director had to pull out, he only had seven days to »
In a recent essay on the Marvel series of superhero films, Grantland's Mark Harris zeroes in on the frustrating way the billion-dollar blockbusters have borrowed the worst traits of their predecessors. "Comic books exist in a permanent state of implication," Harris writes. "Something really big is always about to happen, apocalypse is just around the corner, staggering ramifications are always impending, never quite here ... In the Marvel movies, anticipation is the orgasm." I couldn't help thinking of Harris's words towards the end of "The Watchers on the Wall," and not just because of the Avengers-style tracking shot that formed the »
- Nate Jones
When Game of Thrones goes to battle, the producers call Neil Marshall. The director of season two’s Blackwater episode returned Sunday night to helm the most ambitious war sequence in the show’s history: The Battle of Castle Black. Below the director (The Descent, Centurion) takes our questions (spoilers) about episode nine, “The Watchers on the Wall”:
Entertainment Weekly: That was amazing. You had so many epic moments, plus the action remained remarkably coherent despite all that was going on.
Neil Marhsall: Yeah, that’s always the trickiest part, to keep your handle on the geography.
What was »
- James Hibberd
We haven't heard much about NBC's Constantine since the network released the first trailer last month, but it is shaping up to be one of this fall's most anticipated new shows. Matt Ryan plays the title character, John Constantine, a demon hunter and occult master, who joins forces with Liv (Lucy Griffiths), who has the ability to see into other worlds and predict supernatural occurrences. Matt Ryan and Lucy Griffiths recently shared new details about the series in a recent interview, with the actors revealing that the series is trying to stay as close as possible to the DC/Vertigo comic book, how Liv really feels about John, working with pilot director Neil Marshall and more.
The Hellblazer comic book series depicted John Constantine as a blonde British man, which wasn't exactly what the fans got in the 2005 theatrical adaptation Constantine. Matt Ryan spoke about the breadth of material the »
DC’s supernatural detective John Constantine is heading back to the screen this October, with a new TV series from Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel), and leading man Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) has spoken to IGN about the upcoming NBC show and its tone:
“I think as with the source material, there’s so much to draw from in terms of the character and the balance of humor and wit and dark and gritty. It’s great, because John has this kind of real sarcastic, ironic British wit. It’s funny, but at the same time it’s serious and dark and gritty. It’s got it all, I think… We’re trying to stay as close to the source material as possible and really do the comics justice. So, hopefully, we can do that.”
Ryan also commented about working with Neil Marshall »
- Gary Collinson
Summer is officially right around the corner, which means horror DVD and Blu-rays are starting to heat up as well. This week, we’ve got several cult classics hitting high definition for the first time, another special edition set of the first three seasons of The Walking Dead,and the recent RoboCop reboot directed by Jose Padilha and starring Joel Kinnaman.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a special Doctor Who David Tennant-themed collection being released, several indie creature features and we’re finally seeing the official arrival of the Video Nasties documentaries stateside on Tuesday. Check out all the horror and sci-fi fun you can add to your home collections this week below!
Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (Cult Epics, Blu-ray)
Prepare yourselves… The strangest bedtime story ever told! Cult Epics brings you Death Bed, George Barry’s uniquely weird journey through a world of wind demons, »
- Heather Wixson
"Love is the death of duty"
We don't need to tell you that episode nines in Game Of Thrones are in the habit of being very special indeed (Baelor, Blackwater, The Rains Of Castamere). Season four's entry, The Watchers On The Wall, promises to be exactly that, not least thanks to the presence of director Neil Marshall (The Descent).
Marshall proved with season two's battle episode, Blackwater that he could provide spectacular incident and action on a wide stage, and he promises to repeat that coup in season four's The Watchers On The Wall. The episode sees the Crows at Castle Black finally face the attack they've been planning for all season...
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