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While the clever spy duo on the FX drama "The Americans" can outwit just about anybody, they haven't quite figured out one group yet: Emmy voters. However, that could all change with the recently concluded third season. Below, five reasons why this compelling period piece will reap major bids this year. -Break- Related: Emmy longshots to bet on include 'The Americans,' 'Outlander' 1. Timing and positioning New rules see the Best Drama Series category expanding from six to seven nominees starting this year. Had there been seven slots in its first two seasons, "The Americans" would most likely have made the cut. Only four of last year's six nominees are still in contention "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards," and "Mad Men" (winner "Breaking Bad" and "True Detective" are both gone). Even if "Orange is the New Black&qu..." »
If the idea of a Wes Anderson-designed Italian cafe just isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll be more interested in working in an office building created to look like the Enterprise from Star Trek. Or if you don’t feel like boldly working where no man has worked before, how about getting some drinks on board the […]
- Ethan Anderton
Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and former Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons have joined Tom Cruise in director Doug Liman’s in-production action/drama Mena. The 80s-set film is currently shooting over in Georgia and Cruise has already been spotted plodding around in some fantastic eighties costume, complete with Top Gun style aviator shades (see below).
Mena revolves around the character of Barry Seal (Cruise), ‘a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history — one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.’
The film sees Cruise reunite with director Liman. This is their first collaboration since the rather excellent Edge of Tomorrow, a true highlight of 2014 which really did deserve more at the box-office in terms of dollars taken. If you haven’t seen it, »
- Paul Heath
Though AMC has had some popular scripted series that have run for years, many others have been cancelled after just one season. How are the current crop of shows doing? Which will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Last update: Ratings for the most recent episode of Turn: Washington Spies added.
There's lots of data that AMC execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.
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Chris Pine is nearing a deal to play Gal Gadot‘s love interest in Warner Bros forthcoming “Wonder Woman,” an individual with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap. The studio declined to comment on casting speculation. Reps for Pine have not yet returned TheWrap’s request for comment. “Wonder Woman” will be directed by Patty Jenkins, who stepped in to replace Michelle MacLaren in mid-April. MacLaren, whose credits include “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones,” parted ways with the project over creative differences. Also Read: Kate Upton, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning Eyed for J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' Trilogy (Exclusive »
- Matt Donnelly
Talk about the perfect couple! Aaron Paul's gorgeous wife, Lauren Parsekian, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a sweet, never-before-seen photo from the couple's nuptials. "Two years ago I married the most wonderful man on the planet. Listening to your vows on this carousel felt like a dream. I love you more each day. @glassofwhiskey »
- tooFab Staff
Cruise is portraying Barry Seal, a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history — one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.
“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” said Liman. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy — and always surprising.”
Variety reported last month that Domhnall Gleeson (“Unbroken”) had been cast opposite Cruise and Sarah Wright in “Mena.” E. Roger Mitchell (“Selma”), Lola Kirke and Alejandro Edda have also joined the cast. »
- Dave McNary
AMC has already nailed its first spinoff in Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, but it may have a tougher challenge in upcoming Walking Dead franchise expander Fear the Walking Dead. Lacking any familiar faces, it will have to really kill during its marketing campaign in order to entice viewers. Production is currently under way on the spinoff’s six-episode first season in Vancouver, and Entertainment Weekly has unveiled some shots from filming – you can check them out here, below, along with an official shot of Alycia Debnam-Carey’s character, above (via Variety).
Fear the Walking Dead, which has already been renewed for a second season, will follow a group of people in Los Angeles struggling to survive during a dangerous zombie apocalypse. Unlike The Walking Dead, which plunged viewers pretty directly into the post-apocalyptic landscape, this spinoff will open during the early days of the undead plague and chart »
- Isaac Feldberg
The general consensus amongst Emmy watchers this year seems to be that "Game of Thrones" deserves to win Best Drama Series, but that it can't win because it's full of fantasy elements like dragons, white walkers and shape-shifters. But we all seem to be forgetting what happened 10 years ago, when "Lost" won Best Drama Series for its breakout first season that featured polar bears, hallucinations and a mysterious smoke monster. If "Lost" can win, what's stopping "Game of Thrones"? -Break- Will Season 5 be Emmy winner for 'Game of Thrones' as it was for 'Breaking Bad'? Arguably, "Game of Thrones" has even more support in the TV academy than "Lost" ever did. "GoT" has been nominated for the top Drama Series prize four times in a row, while the latter was unceremoniously snubbed following its triumphant Emmy win. ("Lost" returned to the Dra...' »
Throughout his career, Danny Trejo's played a wide range of intimidating characters that steal scenes with their powerful presences, and his upcoming role as The Regulator in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series looks to be no exception.
Press Release -- "El Rey Network and Miramax released a first-look image of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" featuring Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) in his new role as"The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie." Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.
Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, »
- Derek Anderson
Well, it’s official. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has scored another huge hit with its first foray into the world of streaming content, with the 13-episode Daredevil series now the highest-rated show on Netflix.
Business Insider reports that Netflix currently has a 4.6 out of 5 rating, which puts it 0.1 points ahead of House of Cards, Breaking Bad and Sherlock. The only other piece of programming that matches its rating is Alive Inside, a documentary about Alzheimers.
- Gary Collinson
Here’s a catchup guide to what the rest of us have viewed over the past 25 years
If there’s a universal truth about people who don’t own a television, it’s that they’ll eventually tell you that they don’t own a television. Even Pope Francis is at it. He’s just told an Argentinian newspaper that he hasn’t watched a single television programme since 1990.
Clearly, making this admission was a huge mistake on his part. It has made him look smug and out of touch – like everyone who doesn’t watch TV. There are certain things that a pope can get away with. Being God’s representative on Earth who lives in a gilded palace within his own independent city-state is one of them. But not knowing how Breaking Bad ends? Unforgivable.
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- Stuart Heritage
The release of Marvel's "Daredevil" series on Netflix has not only been the most watched TV series launch on the service, it has also earned the honor of being its highest rated.
Business Insider reports that "Daredevil" has become the highest rated quality series available on Netflix with a 4.6/5 star rating. To put that in perspective, that puts it just ahead of the previous three shows tied for first place - "Breaking Bad," "House of Cards," and "Sherlock" which each scored a 4.5.
In fact, the only other program to have scored such a rating on the service is "Alive Inside," a documentary about Alzheimer's. »
- Garth Franklin
Over almost 10 years Mad Men has quietly become one of the top TV dramas. The period details, understated acting and high-end writing have helped it carve out a place among HBO behemoths The Sopranos and The Wire, as well as AMC stablemate Breaking Bad as some of the finest television of all time. It may not be able to compete with The Walking Dead for viewing figures but it has consistently earned critical acclaim and its audience is just as loyal.
By the time the finale rolled into view last Sunday there were a number of questions on viewers lips: is that really the end for Betty? What next for Don? Will we see Peggy again? All of these questions were answered and then some in one of the most satisfying conclusions to a TV drama in recent memory.
And yet, it’s not really the end for these characters, »
- Adam Thompson
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Scott Cooper’s upcoming gangster biopic Black Mass which stars Johnny Depp as mobster Whitey Bulger and is based on the New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Untold Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
- Gary Collinson
Kevin Hart set off comedic fireworks when he teamed with Ice Cube on last spring’s Ride Along, but the comic’s next big-screen vehicle has him collaborating with an even more promising cast. Hart is set to lead Central Intelligence with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who last mined the spy genre for laughs with a supporting role in Get Smart. And today, the action-comedy has expanded to add Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul.
The Need for Speed actor will play the CIA partner of Johnson’s rogue spy, who seemingly sacrifices himself to save Johnson’s character (with the implication apparently being that he’s a little more of a snake than the other characters give him credit for). Central Intelligence heats up when an accountant (Hart), stuck in a dead-end job and daydreaming about his massive popularity back in high school, reconnects with a nerd he used to bully (Johnson) over Facebook, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fledgling indie distributor Broad Green Pictures, which has staffed up to around 60, has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes market for "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who used mob ties to make his way into some of the world's largest drug cartels during the 1980s. Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman from Mazur's autobiography and directed by Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), "The Infiltrator" is one of several recent high-profile pickups by the company, including Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes," with Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon, and Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups," starring Christian Bale and natalie Portman, which debuted in Berlin. In addition to Cranston, the cast includes Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, and Amy Ryan. Good Films' Miriam Segal produced. Broad Green will finally open its first »
- Anne Thompson and Matt Brennan
A new collection of essays for the New Mexico Law Review makes an argument for Breaking Bad to be required study material in law schools. Here’s why it makes sense
In the introductory essay to the special edition New Mexico Law Review devoted entirely to Breaking Bad, Max Minzner makes the case for why the show should be required study material in law schools.
His argument is simple: times have changed and the kids like to watch videos. That, and Breaking Bad is a show about “law enforcement in action”. Minzner recommends five specific scenes professors could roll out to demonstrate various parts of the law.
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- Anna Codrea-Rado
"George R.R. Martin meets Chris Martin — what could go wrong?" asks Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) in "Game of Thrones: The Musical," a comedy video in which Coldplay attempt to adapt HBO's epic fantasy-drama for the Broadway stage. The results, as expected, are disastrous.
As the start of the clip, recorded for the fundraising event Red Nose Day, narrator Liam Neeson tells us that Coldplay are "secretly working" on their Thrones musical. The band begins to flesh out 16 ridiculous songs – from the reggae-tinted "Rastafarian Targaryen" to the Coldplay-sounding "Closer »
Sunday night, viewers had a choice: Watch Sansa Stark's horrifying wedding night on HBO's "Game of Thrones," or watch Don Draper and a host of other characters find some measure of tidy fulfillment on the series finale of "Mad Men." Viewers seemed dissatisfied with both, judging by how they proceeded to set the Internet ablaze.
The outrage over Sansa's rape (with new husband Ramsay Bolton forcing himself on her while making her erstwhile stepbrother Theon Greyjoy watch) stems not just from the fact that the show's writers gave Sansa the fate meted out to another character in the books, or even that the violence was especially lurid or graphic. (Indeed, by "Game of Thrones" standards, the scene was fairly brief and discreet.) Rather, it was that Sansa has been a fan favorite, a decent person who's witnessed many ghastly events and lost several family members, but who herself had been »
- Gary Susman
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