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Twin Peaks was a phenomenon, one whose impact far outlived its two seasons, and one whose resonance can’t be overstated. Well, unless you want to claim (as some have) that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s small-town murder-mystery-supernatural-suspense series was somehow the inspiration for Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Wire. But even if Peaks isn’t responsible for every important show that came after it, a good case can be made that, had it not aired on network TV to (admittedly short-lived) widespread acclaim, other genre-twisting dramas — from The X-Files to Lost — might never have gotten their chance at primetime. Just shy of 25 years after its debut, Peaks’ DNA can be found all over the storytelling choices in The Killing, Hannibal, and, most recently, Fargo and True Detective. This week’s release of the mammoth Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray collection — which presents the 30-episode series »
- Ivan Cohen
Ron Livingston (“Swingers,” “Sex and the City”) has been added to the cast of AMC’s comedy pilot “We Hate Paul Revere.” A comedy veteran, Livingston will star as the famed Revolutionary rider in the pilot, also starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner.
Sandler and Wenner will also be writing and executive producing the half-hour pilot. Matt Piedmont (“Saturday Night Live,” “The Spoils of Babylon”) is on board to direct with Troy Miller as a non-writing executive producer through his Dakota Films.
“We Hate Paul Revere” tells the story of two brothers trying to find their place in colonial Boston.
The pilot is a new genre for the network, which is currently prepping to roll out the highly-anticipated “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul.” In March AMC also revealed a development slate that included unscripted projects and comedies alongside new drama pieces.
“We Hate Paul Revere” is set to begin »
- Shelli Weinstein
With the exception of Marvel's Agents of Shield, and a few 1/2 hr comedies, I don't watch much network TV. I'm no hipster about it, I just find it a little daunting to commit 22 hours a year to a TV show (unless it's Lost, but even then the last three seasons were only 13 episodes each), where as cable usually gets the job done (with much better results) in 10 - 12 episodes. Just look at Breaking Bad, True Detective, Fargo or Sons of Anarchy to see how cable is killing it lately.
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- Philip Sticco
Taking the jokes out of an episode of Friends it like taking the meth out of an episode of Breaking Bad—it’s just wrong. And if you take the jokes out of season six’s “The One with the Apothecary Table” specifically, laughter is quickly replaced with judgment, Pottery Barn hatred, and Joey’s girlfriend Janine Lecroix, who’s just as annoying as when there were jokes involved.
The show still manages to be funny, however, because the writing wasn’t the only thing making viewers laugh. Watching Monica hit Janine with a trash bag will never be anything but immensely satisfying. »
- Samantha Highfill
With “Breaking Bad” over for almost a year and “Mad Men” winding down, “Game of Thrones” has officially clinched the title of “Everyone’s Favorite Show That No One WIll Stop Talking About,” though it could be said the show took the lead in the wake of the infamous “The Rains of Castamere” episode. The fantasy epic's popularity has afforded some members of the large ensemble opportunities to stretch their legs outside of Westeros. The latest to venture outside that brutal land? None other than Sansa Stark, Sophie Turner, courtesy of a new trailer indicating her new project. Following this year’s “Enemy” and “The Double” comes “Elegy” director Isabel Coixet’s “Another Me.” The new film follows Turner as the teenaged Fay, whose perfect life is upended when she’s stalked by a mysterious doppelganger who has her eyes set on assuming Fay’s identity. The trailer involves more »
- Cain Rodriguez
Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito have joined the cast of Disney's live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. Walken will voice the ape King Louie, and Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela the wolf. They join Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha.
Much to the joy of many GeekTyrant readers, director Jon Favreau has cast young unknown actor Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to appear on screen.
It's interesting how advanced CGI has become with movies like the recent Planet of The Apes series, the visual effects are completely immersive. No word yet on how they will animate the animals, I'm just hoping we see Walken in one of those gray motion capture suits doing some soft shoe.
The Jungle Book will inspire man-cubs everywhere October 9, 2015 (USA). »
- Free Reyes
Netflix is once again a powerhouse at the Emmy awards, with original productions "House of Cards" (13 nods), "Orange is the New Black" (12), "The Square" (4), "Derek" (1) and "Brave Miss World" (1) giving the streaming network a record-high 31 bids. But did you know there are nine Emmy-nominated series from other networks currently available on this service as well? Thanks to Netflix, you can easily catch up on many of this year's most-nominated shows... and a few rather obscure gems too. Scroll down to see the complete list exclusively uncovered by Gold Derby. -Break- 5 key Emmy categories that give 'Breaking Bad' the edge for Best Drama 1. "Breaking Bad" (16 nominations) When AMC's "Breaking Bad" won Best Drama Series last year, creator Vince Gilligan thanked Netflix for helping to increase the show's viewership and prestige. It's fitting, t »
Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has been ahead of a competing project set up at Warner Bros. for a very long time, and that’s not changing today. The Disney version, which Jon Favreau is directing, just added Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito and acting legend Christopher Walken to its already impressive voice cast (to compare, Andy Serkis’ WB adaptation doesn’t have a single actor cast yet).
Esposito, whose turn as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad earned him numerous accolades including a Critics’ Choice Award, will be voicing Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. Meanwhile, Walken, a prolific A-lister who won an Oscar for The Deer Hunter and has racked up many awards since, will be lending his iconic vocals to the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes.
The pair join a voice cast including »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Jungle Book is seriously crushing the casting game right now. This morning, Deadline revealed that two new actors have come aboard the all-singing, all-dancing, all-cg wildlife pic directed by Jon Favreau (as opposed to the other one, coming from Andy Serkis). Giancarlo Esposito, best known for portraying a dark-universe Colonel Sanders on Breaking Bad, will play the wolf Akela. And Christopher Walken, best known for a lifetime of skeezing people out by being Christopher Walken, will play the orangutan King Louie. Those two extra-talented thespians join Ben Kingsley as the panther Bagheera (yes, splendid), Lupita Nyong’o as mother wolf Raksha (really, really great), Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa (this is perfect) and Idris Elba as the film’s antagonist, the tiger Shere Khan (good god yes). Also, there’s some newcomer named Neel Sethi playing Mowgli, but he is not a well-loved Hollywood star voicing an extremely appropriate animal character. Temper »
- Adam Bellotto
Aaron Paul has an edgy new 'do! The "Breaking Bad" star showed off his half-shaved head at the 30th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday in Beverly Hills. Paul was joined by costar Bryan Cranston and show runner Vince Gilligan to accept the award for "Breaking Bad" as "Program of the Year." News: 2014 Primetime Emmys Snubs and Surprises! Aaron looked dapper in a navy suit, which he paired with a white button down and a black tie. The 34-year-old also posted a picture of his buzzed-cut via Instagram on Sunday. "Just hanging out with babies on their birthday. Happy one year you beautiful boy you. So happy for you @laurenbeaney and @dorian_beaney for this little guy. #Beaneybaby," he captioned the shot of him and the little guy. The haircut's definitely a big change for the "Need For Speed" star -- do you like the look? »
- tooFab Staff
A Stateside adaptation of ITV’s Broadchurch (which also starred Tennant as the lead investigator), Gracepoint revolves around the tragic death of an 11-year-old boy, and how the repercussions shake a small seaside town to its core. Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) plays veteran Gracepoint Pd detective Ellie Miller, whose plum promotion out-of-towner Carver walked in and snagged.
And while Gracepoint starts off »
It's the role that everyone has been dying to see Christoper Walken take, they just didn't know it. Walt Disney Pictures has just announced the star of a wide variety of films such as Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, Wedding Crashers, Man on Fire and Mousehunt will take an animal role in their new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau. The studio has announced that Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes. In addition, "Breaking Bad" star Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. That's a great cast! The two new actors join an animal cast that includes Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa and Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts the orphaned Mowgli in the jungle and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the black panther. »
- Ethan Anderton
Sunday night’s episode of Masters of Sex, titled “Fight,” was one of the series’ best. It stuck the show’s two main characters, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant/lover Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), in a single hotel room and then let them batter out their anxieties and anger through flirtation, role play, and sex, all while an actual boxing match rages on TV.
In TV parlance, episodes like “Fight,” where characters are restricted to a few sets, are often called “bottle episodes”—they’re cheaper to make (you don’t have to build new sets or »
- Jackson McHenry
The live-action/animation production of Disney’s The Jungle Book has two new cast members- oscar-winner Christopher Walken, who will play lovable King Louie, and Giancarlo Esposito, who will voice wolf pack leader Akela.
Esposito is best known from his role in ‘Breaking Bad’, which earned him an Emmy nomination. Esposito and Walken will be joining Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Rasksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa.
The star of The Jungle Book will be played by Neel Sethi. Mowgli will actually be the only character who will appear physically on the screen.
Source: ComingSoon »
- Ellen Daniels
Walken will voice King Louie, the ruler of a group of apes and monkeys, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of a wolf pack, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
10-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi will be the only actor to appear on screen throughout the movie, which mixes live-action and animation.
The movie is based on the classic Rudyard Kipling novel about a boy raised in the Indian jungle by animals.
The Jungle Book is scheduled to be released in 3D on October 9, 2015. »
Rian Johnson (who was responsible for directing some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad) is set to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII, while he is also attached to write a treatment for - and possibly helm - Episode IX as well. The filmmaker recently made an appearance on the 500th Filmspotting podcast and was asked what most excited him about working on the movies. "I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you. The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy. I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see." As for how he landed the job, he would only provide a jokey answer ("I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a ‘Brian Johnson’ out there who is really mad! »
For those who think their Disney films could use a little more Christopher Walken, your wish has been granted. The "Sentinel" actor has been added to Jon Favreau's live-action version of Disney's "The Jungle Book" as King Louie. Lest ye forget, this isn't Walken's first tango with the mouse: he played Reed Thimple in 2002's "The Country Bears. On top of that, if you can't get enough of Gus from "Breaking Bad": Giancarlo Esposito is another add to the flick, as wolf pack leader Akela. As previously reported, other leading cast for "The Jungle Book" includes Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli (the latter of whom will be the only actor to physically appear on screen). "The Jungle Book" arrives in theaters in 2015, on Oct. 9. »
- Katie Hasty
Disney continues to expand the cast of it’s The Jungle Book adaptation, even if only one actor will ever be seen on screen. Director Jon Favreau’s iteration recently cast young newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and he will be the only live-action actor to appear in the film. The rest of the cast is filled out with CG-animated creatures, and today Disney announced that Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast. Walken will fill the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. Other voice actors in the film include Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Sir Ben Kingsley. The Jungle Book is scheduled for release on October 9, 2015. Hit the jump for news concerning a Dark Shadows actress leading the next film from director Tim Burton. »
- Adam Chitwood
Firstly, Academy Award winner and dancer supreme Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) has joined to take on the role of King Louie, made famous by musician Louis Prima in the original, who resides as leader of a group of apes and monkeys. Secondly, Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Community) will breath life and vocals to Akela, legendary leader of the wolf pack.
The distingused pair join an already eclectic cast of actors, including Scarlett Johansson (Under The Skin) as Kaa, Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) as Bagheera and Lupita Nyongo’o (12 Years A Slave) as Raksha, Idris Elba (Luther) as Shere Khan and newcomer Neel Sethi who makes his screen debut as Mowgli, the »
- Scott Davis
Oscar winner Christopher Walken and “Breaking Bad” villain Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast of Jon Favreau‘s “The Jungle Book,” Disney announced on Monday. Favreau is directing from a script by Justin Marks. The new 3D film, which is a combination of live-action and animation, will follow the adventures of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a little boy who's raised by wolves and friends with all sorts of jungle creatures. Also read: Christopher Walken to Play Tap-Dancing Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan Live’ Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, »
- Jeff Sneider
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