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Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) star in the feature, which charts the story of a teenage boy hunting for a supernatural serial killer in his snowbound mid-western town.
Production started on February 28, with Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures (The Summit) producing alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane.
The Irish Film Board, Quickfire Films and The Fyzz Facility provide finance while post-production will be handled by Egg in Ireland and London-based sales outfit Independent handles international sales.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Banshee continues its exhilarating, gripping, and well-plotted third season with this week's violent instalment...
This review contains spoilers.
3.8 All The Wisdom I Got Left
One of the things that sets Banshee apart from other pulp/action shows is the strength of its villains. It would be extremely easy to just spit out a succession of increasingly ridiculous pulp figures; in fact, with characters like the obese billionaire from episode three and the fight manager this week, the show does exactly that. But those characters are never front and centre. They’re just fun window dressing for a crazy world. It’s characters like Kai Proctor and Chayton Littlestone that take Banshee above and beyond. They are empathetic and fascinating figures who the audience actually care about; so when they finally meet their fate, it’s more complex and satisfying than the violent death of a simple moustache twirling bad guy. »
When AMC submits Better Call Saul for Emmy consideration, will it be as a comedy or drama? “Alpine Shepherd Boy” shows off both the zany humor and the dysfunctional family drama that could indicate it is represented in either genre. With that in mind, though, it should be noted that the show’s writing and directing staff need to work on seamlessly shifting between the two.
Regardless of some of the strange tonal shifts, this is another strong episode of the Breaking Bad spinoff, albeit one that could benefit from some tighter pacing. While its precursor took its sweet time building up to big plot moments in its earlier seasons, Better Call Saul has been brisk out of the gate. “Alpine Shepherd Boy” is an outlier, although that likely has to do with the ponderous shifts between the offbeat clients Jimmy is considering serving and the brother he knows he must protect. »
- Jordan Adler
A review of tonight's "Better Call Saul" coming up just as soon as I'm the one with the sex toilet... "I'm on the up-and-up. I will be good." -Jimmy Jimmy spends much of "Alpine Shepherd Boy" trying to find a professional niche, and the episode itself feels like the "Better Call Saul" creative team is still figuring out what exactly the series is, beyond a showcase for Bob Odenkirk and a chance to bring so much of the "Breaking Bad" team together again. Like the series' second episode, the hour is made up of a bunch of interesting individual pieces that don't entirely feel like part of the same whole. After a prologue detailing the immediate, traumatic aftermath of Chuck's sprint to steal his neighbor's newspaper, we spend a long time on Jimmy trying to cash in on the notoriety that came with his billboard "heroics," then get an »
- Alan Sepinwall
They fought till dawn to survive season one, but even though certain characters on El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series were able to keep culebras from chomping their necks, they're still far from being safe in the upcoming 10-episode second season, which began production today and is slated for a late summer debut. It's been revealed that the season two premiere is being directed by Robert Rodriguez, with a list of familiar horror directors announced to helm other second season episodes starring the returning cast members whose characters managed to stay alive.
Press Release - "Austin, TX- March 2, 2015 -- El Rey Network and Miramax announced today the start of production on the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" in Austin, TX (home to Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios). Returning to the supernatural series are all leading cast members including Wilmer Valderrama, D.J. Cotrona, »
- Derek Anderson
Don Draper, Barney Stinson and now, Howard Hamlin.
Better Call Saul has proven to be a juggernaut in the ratings, and now it's providing men everywhere with their newest fashion icon. On the AMC drama, Patrick Fabian plays Howard Hamlin, the rich, well-dressed lawyer with a smile so perfect you can practically hear the "ping" when you look at his photograph. Basically, Howard is everything that Bob Odenkirk's character, Jimmy McGill, aspires to be.
In episode four of the Breaking Bad prequel, fans were delighted to watch Jimmy use his large sum of hush-money to transform his wardroom from desperate and dingy into a dead-on doppelganger of Hamlin, complete with real mother-of-pearl buttons — none of that "fake plastic crap."
News: 'Better Call Saul' Star Michael Mando Teases 'Breaking Bad' Crossovers
So what does it take to transform into Albuquerque's most successful and well-dressed lawyer? "All credit goes to Jennifer Bryan," Fabian confessed »
Battle Creek, Michigan has fallen on hard times and and the Police Department is feeling the pinch. But they’re about to be blessed with a savior and not everybody’s happy about that. CBS’ new drama, from Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan and House‘s David Shore, opens on a play — young children in a variety of nature costumes are putting on an adorable show for an auditorium full of parents. A shadowy figure emerges from the back, approaches a man videotaping the play. He flashes a badge and grabs the camera. A small car hurtles around a corner and pulls up … Continue reading →
- Scott Radtke
I published my review of CBS' "Battle Creek" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the pilot — whose script went largely unchanged from the version Vince Gilligan wrote a dozen years ago — feel like the work of the man who created "Breaking Bad," and/or who wrote some of the best "X-Files" episodes ever? Did you enjoy the rivalry between Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel? Did you want more from all the second and third banana Battle Creek cops? And will you watch again? Have at it. For what it's worth, the voice of the show doesn't change radically in the other episodes, even though David Shore is running things while Gilligan is otherwise occupied with "Better Call Saul," and there's also the sort of improvement you like to see in a new show as the creative team »
- Alan Sepinwall
In CBS' "Battle Creek," Dean Winters plays Detective Russ Agnew, a grouchy-but-determined Michigan law enforcement veteran who yearns for more and better resources, but isn't happy when support comes in the form of seemingly perfect FBI agent Milt Chambers (Josh Duhamel). It's an oft-retold story, but things almost went awry immediately between the two "Battle Creek" stars. "The first time I met Josh, I came in last March for rehearsal and I was lost and I was driving to the lot on Manhattan Beach and I was looking at my Gps and I literally came within a foot of running him over," Winters too me when we sat down together two weeks ago. "It’s like I almost killed my co-star without even meeting him. But he and I got along famously like off the bat." Winters was glued to his Gps because he's a New York City guy, born and bred, »
- Daniel Fienberg
In the end, Vince Gilligan’s brilliant Breaking Bad allowed him to finally sell the series idea for Battle Creek that he’d been pitching around town forever. And with Better Call Saul up and running as a spinoff of Breaking Bad, you could probably say that, despite the time lag, everything came up roses for Gilligan. That luck extends to Battle Creek landing at CBS, the absolute best network for developing the kind of broad-appeal cop drama that Battle Creek is and that co-executive producer and show runner David Shore (House) helps polish. Sunday’s premiere sets up the premise
- Tim Goodman
Banshee, Season 3: Episode 8 – “All the Wisdom I Got Left”
Written by Chris Kelley
Directed by Greg Yaitanes
Airs Friday nights at 10 on Cinemax
While “All the Wisdom I Got Left” continues most of the sub-plots Banshee has set up this season, the success of the episode will ultimately come down to how it handles Chayton Littlestone in the eyes of viewers. Only Rabbit and Proctor, of the series’ other antagonists, have had meaningful arcs across multiple seasons of Banshee, and Proctor has moved so far away from pure villainy that it’s hard to put him into the same category as Rabbit and Chayton. With Rabbit, a long arc was ended in a surprisingly satisfying way. All of the normal strengths Banshee displays–action, parallel storytelling (often with past and present), big character moments–were a part of season two’s finale, “Bullets and Tears,” but the actual scene »
- Sean Colletti
“It’s embarrassing to note that I’ve never actually been to Battle Creek, Mich.,” laughed Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) last summer at a press conference introducing his new series Battle Creek. “I am fascinated by the name because it’s such a great name, because it’s got the word ‘battle’ in it.” Despite Gilligan not having been inspired by the city because of a visit, Battle Creek manages to capture the ambience of a hardscrabble small town. The drama follows mismatched law enforcement officers (Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters) with polar-opposite views of the world, who work to clean up the streets … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Obviously, we're big cinema fans here at Digital Spy, so the opportunity to look around Odeon's new flagship cinema and find out more about the tech behind its IMAX and Dolby Atmos screens was impossible to resist.
On arrival, workers are rushing to and fro, quickly adding finishing touches to the glossy new building. The rain outside meant that visitors were asked to don 'flattering' slip-ons over shoes - think Breaking Bad-style overalls and you'll get the idea.
Mike Bradbury, Odeon's head of cinema technology across the UK and Europe, was our tour guide, opting to begin in one of the cinema's medium-sized screens.
It's a curved 3D screen, and before you ask - no, it's not curved because Samsung's curved TVs are all the rage at the moment. A cinema screen requires a slight concave to avoid vignetting at the edges. The subtle curve reflects light from the »
“Battle Creek” is a new take on the buddy-cop genre, starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters. Hailing from “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan and “House M.D.” vet David Shore, the series bows March 1 on CBS.
The quirky drama is set in Battle Creek, Mich., population 50,000, where a jaded detective, Russ Agnew (Winters), reluctantly partners with charming FBI Agent Milt Chamberlain (Duhamel) to solve crimes. Shore, who serves as showrunner and exec producer, says the setting is one of the ways the show differentiates itself from others of its kind.
“In the writers room, if we came up with an idea that would be a great ‘Law & Order’ episode, we just didn’t do it,” Shore, who worked on the famed procedural show for two years, said on a recent conference call with Variety.
Shore explained that while the writers are looking for ideas more specific to a small community, that »
- Seth Kelley
With an Oscar season that felt longer than it took to make "Boyhood" now in the rearview mirror, we can focus all of our attention on an awards season that seems to fly by each year: the Emmy Awards. This year the TV academy decided to add some drama to their highest honor by shaking up the rules in the top Comedy and Drama races. Not only will there now be seven nominees in each category -- up from six -- but their placement in each category will now be determined by their runtime (60 minutes you're Drama; 30 minutes you're Comedy). Last year, I went five for six at predicting the Drama Series nominees (I will never doubt you again, "Downton Abbey"). That additional seventh seat means there will be a whopping three open slots as last year's champ "Breaking Bad" has wrapped up and nominee "True Detective" is being pushed to the Limited Series categories, »
Imagine what Breaking Bad would have looked like if Walter White was dealing some, prime Grade A, 99 % pure…maple syrup. That's more or less what episode two of CBS' new small-town cop drama Battle Creek nods at, as stars Josh Duhamel (Milt) and Dean Winters (Russ) try to crack a case involving a thuglike gang of maple syrup distributers. "I have to be honest," Winters tells me, "When I first saw that, I was like, is this the direction the show's gonna go in? Are we gonna do an illegal Golden Retriever ring next? But that episode was really David [Shore]'s way of kind of acknowledging Breaking Bad in the CBS way. It turned out it was humorous and something different and I hope »
The PlayStation Original series—adapted from the gritty graphic novel universe created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, and produced by the studio that brought you Breaking Bad—is based on a compelling premise: what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals? Powers, an edgy dramatic series, follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as “Powers.” Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was »
- Pietro Filipponi
I don't envy any showrunner who has to write a series finale, especially after observing the very different reactions over the past few days to the final episodes of "Two and a Half Men" and "Parks and Recreation."
Consensus on the former seems to be outrage mixed with bafflement, while response to the latter seems to have been copious tears mixed with warm fuzzies.
Looking at both finales, however, it appears each long-running sitcom ended with an episode that was true to what the series was about. The literally cartoonish "Two and a Half Men" finale, which (spoiler alert) wrapped with pianos being dropped on both the characters and on creator Chuck Lorre, was a fittingly nihilistic send-off for a show that seemed to find all its characters loathsome and had little regard for the humanity of any of them, except insofar as Lorre could use them for punching bags and punchlines. »
- Gary Susman
Kal Penn is walking a different beat in the CBS police dramedy "Battle Creek," but this is in many ways a return for him. You might not necessarily remember, but Penn has been working in the CBS family steadily since he ended his sabbatical working for the White House. He followed a recurring arc on "How I Met Your Mother" with a regular role on the short-lived "We Are Men" before landing on "Battle Creek," which was created by Vince Gilligan, but is run by David Shore. Shore, of course, worked with Penn during his multi-season run as the ill-fated Dr. Lawrence Kutner on Fox's "House," a series that appears on the resume of many of the "Battle Creek" scribes. And when one of the first things we learn about Penn's Detective Fontanelle is that he's a user of medicinal marijuana, which ties Font in with Penn's long and beloved »
- Daniel Fienberg
This review was based off the first episode of season one, which was provided to us prior to broadcast.
When looking at CBS’s current drama lineup, it’s easy to see how Battle Creek will make a nice fit by virtue of standing out. In the network’s primetime-programming block, you’ll find no shortage of vics and perps, but a distinct scarcity of comedy. Five of its seven weekly 10PMs are already filled by crime-focused spinoffs, literary adaptations, or paranoia thrillers, so for CBS to round out the numbers with yet another cop show makes sense. The network is nonpareil when it comes to dredging up dead bodies, but with Battle Creek, it tries to run down a few Sunday night laughs, with inconclusive results.
- Sam Woolf
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