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Imperative Entertainment, the multi-platform media shingle formed in March by Heroes‘ Tim Kring, Zak Kadison and Bradley Thomas, has pacted with Germany-based publishing company Bastei Lubbe Ag on a new joint venture. Both companies will have a 50% stake in Bastei LLC, which will focus on developing new IP for the film, TV and gaming markets. Their slate launches with a quartet of projects: Family drama Capital Gains, set in the high-stakes world of private equity and corporate raiders; Pendulum, a thriller about an unlikely group of people who find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy that could upend Western democracy; Graves, an elevated series tracking a female first-grade teacher who moonlights as a serial killer and the tortured FBI agent on her trail; and The Bay, the San Francisco-set story of a straight-laced cop who teams with his corrupt detective brother to hunt for his daughter’s kidnappers. Imperative’s lineup »
- Jen Yamato
Every summer tells the same story: superheroes reign supreme at the global box office, with studios churning out sequel after reboot after prequel to capitalize on pop culture’s hottest trend. This year’s undisputed champion is Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which has raked in over $300 million domestically to date.
But while Marvel continues to dominate the big screen, rival publisher DC Comics is poised for a small screen coup. This fall, DC and Warner Bros. Television have three hotly anticipated comicbook properties slated to hit the air: the CW’s “Arrow” spinoff “The Flash”; NBC’s darker “Constantine” and Fox’s Batman prequel series “Gotham,” with CW procedural “iZombie” on deck for midseason. Looking ahead to next season, TNT is also nearing a pilot production order for “Titans,” a one-hour drama that will focus on DC’s younger heroes, while Fox just gave a put pilot production »
- Laura Prudom and Whitney Friedlander
The show, co-created by “Homeland” executive producer Gideon Raff and “Heroes” co-creator Tim Kring, had faced production issues because of the conflict in the Middle East. Originally slated to film in Jerusalem in its entirety, the show ultimately moved production to Croatia. Interior shots are being filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A high-concept thriller, “Dig” follows an American FBI agent (played by Jason Isaacs) stationed in Jerusalem, who discovers a conspiracy during the course of a murder investigation. The cast includes Anne Heche, Alison Sudol, Regina Sudol, David Constabile and Omar Metwally.
USA is likely to pick up more episodes beyond the original order of six.
- Debra Birnbaum
Ford Motor is revving its engines over the prospect of hanging out with Catwoman, The Riddler and maybe even The Joker.
The automaker has aligned itself with the first season of Fox’s freshman drama “Gotham,” which depicts the fictional DC Comics metropolis of Gotham City in the days leading up to the debut of Batman. In doing so, the car giant takes part in what looks to be the first major announcement of a larger alliance between an advertiser and a scripted TV program for the new fall season, which is just getting underway.
At an event held in New York Monday evening to screen the drama’s first episode, Ford’s trademark appeared prominently on everything from wall designs to lounge pillows, and the automaker was thanked noticeably by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, co-chairman and co-CEOs of the Fox Television Group. At the entrance to the event, »
- Brian Steinberg
(Cbr) It’s well established by now that J.J. Abrams frequently casts childhood friend Greg Grunberg in television and film projects, ranging from "Felicity" and "Alias" to "Lost" and "Star Trek." So it’s to be expected for fans to wonder whether the "Heroes" veteran might appear in the Abrams movie everyone’s speculating about — "Star Wars: Episode VII." The answer, perhaps, is just as expected. Asked on Twitter, “Hey, is it pretty safe to say that you’re gonna have a minor cameo in 'Episode VII' like all of his other movies #luckycharm?” Grunberg replied, “Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII – If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.” Grunberg joins a cast that includes "Star Wars" veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, and franchise newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Best known for his work in blockbuster films such as The Bourne Ultimatum, Silence of the Lambs and The Hunt for Red October, Scott Glenn will play Stick, the mysterious martial artist and mentor of Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil).
Scott Glenn joins Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), with Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) in the critically-lauded cast of Marvel's Daredevil.
Here's what Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television, had to say about the casting in his statement.
"Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey. There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, »
Best known for his work in blockbuster films such as "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Silence of The Lambs" and "The Hunt For Red October," Scott Glenn will play Stick, the mysterious martial artist and mentor of Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil).
Scott Glenn joins Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), with Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) in the critically-lauded cast of "Marvel's Daredevil."
Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television said:
"Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey. There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in »
- Kellvin Chavez
Another regular Jj Abrams collaborator has snuck a role into the still-shooting Star Wars: Episode VII. Greg Grunberg, who has worked with Abrams across several TV shows, as well as popping up in Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek, revealed on his Twitter account that "it is safe to assume I have a role in Star Wars: Episode VII - if I say more than that, Jj will have me killed".
So there you have it. We're guessing it's more a cameo than anything particularly sizeable, but we're happy to be proved wrong.
Star Wars: Episode VII is released on December 18th 2015.
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With the possibility of a new Incredible Hulk movie and TV series on the horizon (if you ask Lou Ferrigno anyway), Bruce Banner himself Mark Ruffalo may find himself being busy over the next year or so. But that hasn’t stopped the actor from dreaming about other roles. In fact, he’s looking to head to a galaxy far, far away – but not with J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode VII and instead with Rian Johnson and Star Wars: Episode VIII.
In an interview with Collider about his upcoming movie Infinitely Polar Bear, Ruffalo said that he has reached out personally to Rian Johnson saying he’s “desperate” for a role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actor said, “my e-mail to Rian after all these years was ‘Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, »
- Luke Owen
Lens flares and frustrating “mystery boxes” aren’t the only things that constantly pop up in the filmography of J.J. Abrams. Another thing that appears quite often is Heroes and Masters of Sex actor Greg Grunberg, a childhood friend of Abrams’ who has shown up in almost all of the director’s cinematic works to date.
He’s had roles in Felicity and Alias, played Oceanic Flight 815 pilot Seth Norris in the Lost pilot, is in Mission: Impossible III, and even has small cameos in both Super 8 and Star Trek. He was, however, noticeably absent from Star Trek Into Darkness, which wasn’t very well received by fans…. That can’t be a coincidence, can it?!
Now it looks like the working relationship between Abrams and Grunberg will extend beyond our galaxy and into a famous one far, far away, as according to Grunberg himself, he has a role »
- James Garcia
Hey look! It's Star Wars news the doesn't include set photos! J.J. Abrams and Greg Grunberg (Heroes) have a long history together. The two are childhood friends who made home movies together in the late seventies. That grew into a professional relationship and Abrams cast him in Felicity, Alias, and a TV pilot called The Catch. As far as films go, the actor had a small role in MIssion: Impossible III, he provided the voice of Kirk's stepdad in Star Trek, was a TV actor in the background of Super 8, and now he's going to show up in Star Wars: Episode VII. Grunberg confirmed the news himself on Twitter saying:
"Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed."
It's also safe to assume that Grunberg's role won't be a big one. It's »
- Joey Paur
Longtime fans of director J.J. Abrams will likely know that he casts his old childhood friend Greg Grunberg in most of his movies and TV shows. Many have wondered whether or not the actor will appear in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, which is currently in production, but now that speculation can be put to rest.
So my pal #JJAbrams says the good word is Apostrophe
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014
Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014
It looks like J.J. Abrams has cast his childhood pal Greg Gunberg in the eagerly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, with the Heroes and Masters of Sex star taking to Twitter to reveal that he has a role in the film, stating that, “If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.” The two have worked together extensively in the past, with Grunberg featuing in Felicity and Alias, as well as appearing in minor roles in Lost, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Super 8. Presumably, his part in Episode VII will follow suit, and is likely little more than a cameo.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis »
- Gary Collinson
Don't want to be subjected to a venomous haunting? Then you may not want to move into an old Victorian mansion. Then again, we like when you do silly things like that. It makes us smile from ear-to-ear.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that All Cheerleaders Die star Brooke Butler (pictured) has signed on to get all screamy alongside Todd Lowe (“True Blood”) and Ashley Crow (“Heroes”) in the new film The Remains, written and directed by Thomas Della Bella.
Production begins this fall.
The film follows Lowe, a recently widowed father, who moves his family into an old Victorian home to start a new life but soon discovers a malevolent spirit awaiting their arrival with the intent of possessing his children.
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- Steve Barton
Paramount have sent out some special artwork for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with artists around the world including Sam Gilbey and Matt Taylor providing their own interpretations of the Heroes in a Half Shell. Check out the images and press release below…
Before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles emerged from their lair to protect New York City from the sinister Shredder and his Foot Clan soldiers, there were four heroic “Kappa” (ancient turtle warriors who vowed to protect a humble village from the demonic Yokai).
Paramount Pictures is taking movie fans back in time, to an age of tradition, mystery and magic. In a collaboration with distinguished artists from around the world, “The Legend of the Yokai” is a new experience that explores the secret origins of the Ninja Turtles. Based on traditional folklore, “The Legend of the Yokai” tells the epic tale of a village over-run by an evil »
- Luke Owen
Warning: contains a minor spoiler for American Gods.
While chatting to Bryan Fuller about plans for Hannibal season three, we couldn’t fail to bring up the forthcoming TV version of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, which Fuller is currently adapting for Starz with Heroes’ Michael Green.
The full interview will be on the site next week, but in the meantime, here are a few excerpts from our chat, taking in why the project failed at HBO, plans for the show to extend beyond the world of the novel and into multiple seasons, how the series will approach some of the novel’s stranger moments, and what would make he and Michael Green “the biggest assholes in television”...
On why American Gods [which HBO originally had the option on adapting] proved so tricky for HBO to get right: »
Rachel Brosnahan has been cast in family drama Louder Than Bombs, director Joachim Trier’s English-language debut. It follows Gene (Gabriel Byrne) and his two sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Makenzie Druid) three years after the death of their wife and mother. Brosnahan plays an ex-girlfriend of Eisenberg’s character. She stars on Wgn America’s Manhattan, and her TV credits also include House Of Cards, The Blacklist and Black Box. She next stars in the feature I’m Obsessed With You (But You’ve Got To Leave Me Alone). Brosnahan is repped by Innovative, Carole Dibo Talent Management and Schreck Rose.
Jesse Carere has joined the cast of The Stanford Prison Experiment, Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s film about the infamous 1971 psychological tests in which college students played the roles of prisoners and guards, with disturbing results. Carere will play Paul, Prisoner 5704, a gangly young man who counts smoking as his only vice. »
- The Deadline Team
Based on the 2011 Australian miniseries of the same, the Americanised version of The Slap has a couple of new additions to its impressive cast. Zachary Quinto (Heroes, American Horror Story) and Brian Cox (Manhunter) have signed on to co-star in this modern morality tale. Set around an altercation at a family barbeque, the story involves the repercussions after one man slaps a badly behaving child. The kid’s not his, hence the heightened social responsibility aspect, that’s no doubt gonna make Christmas well awkward.
Quinto is in line to play the slapper (ahem), Harry. A married man with a teenage boy, he deals in antiquated European cars. And it would seem punishment, as well. Cox will play the family’s gruff old-time grandpa, Manolis. They’ll both co-star opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Hector, a married man with kids who submits to the advances of a much younger woman; and Mary Louise Parker, »
- Gem Seddon
Heroes and Horror Story alum Zachary Quinto will deliver the titular, catalytic strike in The Slap, NBC’s eight-episode miniseries about how one man’s punishment of another couple’s child explodes into a complex family drama.
Related Zachary Quinto to Guest-Star on HBO’s Girls
Specifically, Quinto will play Harry, a married father who’s seemingly pleased with his life yet “perennially angry,” always game to pick a fight — but he »
Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox have been cast in NBC's domestic drama miniseries “The Slap,” about the fallout from a child being slapped at a party. Based on a novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas that was previously adapted as an Australian miniseries, “The Slap” will run for eight episodes. Quinto, who has starred on “Heroes,” “Star Trek” and “American Horror Story,” will play Harry. Married, with a 15-year-old son, he is a mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European automobiles, and lives with his family in a Brooklyn loft. Perennially angry but seemingly pleased with his life, he's something of a Neanderthal, »
- Jethro Nededog
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