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Made entirely with CG, Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn will premiere at Walker Stalker Fan Fest in July. Also in this round-up: release details for Wave 7 of Funko's Comic-Con 2015 exclusive figures and The Sender and Student Bodies Blu-rays.
Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn: "Night Of The Living Dead: Darkest Dawn is a new fully CG take on the 1968 classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” This is the story of a group of survivors fighting to stay alive when a mysterious plague unleashes the undead on New York City. Barricaded in an abandoned apartment building, the characters from the original film face new terror and question each other’s compassion and sense of humanity as they fight to stay alive against the army of the walking dead...It was directed by Krisztian Majdik, Zebediah Y. Desoto, and written by David Schwartz, Zebediah Y. De Soto, Jib Polhemus, »
- Tamika Jones
With credits as diverse as “American Horror Story” “Major Crimes,” “The Closer,” “Glee,” “Damages,” and “Rizzoli & Isles” to his credit, it’s difficult to imagine how composer James S. Levine can come up with so much fresh material every day. “I always approach what I do from a story place,” he says in our exclusive audio podcast (listen below). “I try to put myself in the world of the characters, and they feel very distinct for me, so knock wood, every day is a new day in our real world, so if I’m pretending to be a character in my show then every day is a new day. So I don’t get hung up on ‘what am I gonna come up with today?’ In essence, I think it’s just important to start fresh every day and let the material drive the new ideas. -Break- Watch dozens of »
In the era of superstar showrunners like Matthew Weiner and Shonda Rhimes, TV fans regularly credit the brilliance of a beloved series to the voice of a single auteur. Buffy was Joss Whedon’s inner demon slayer. Only Aaron Sorkin knows the secret percussion underlying that hallway banter. But in some cases, the individual creative vision is shared.
Variety spoke with two showrunning trios and one duo behind three of this year’s Emmy contenders to discuss mindmeld, throwing down in the writers room and achieving that magic alchemy.
“The biggest thing I’d done was ‘Tiny Furniture,’ which was a movie with a crew of five. HBO was wise in bringing on supervisors,” Dunham says of the decision to pair her »
- Geoff Berkshire
Cavity Colors and Van Orton Design have released limited T-shirts and tank tops inspired by the aliens from John Carpenter's film, They Live. Also in this round-up: trailers for AMC's Humans and the Mad Max video game.
"The left side of the image represents the first time Rowdy Roddy Piper puts on the infamous sunglases, and he sees the subliminal imagery and aliens in grayscale. The color side represents when you finally see “Them” in full color and fully exposed to the world!"
Priced at $24, this limited maroon shirt is printed on 100% cotton fabric and is prone to sell out quickly. To learn more about the Cavity Colors' They Live T-shirt, visit:
"Exposure" Tank Top:
Also priced at »
- Tamika Jones
We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
People, did Battlestar Galactica teach us nothing?!
Apparently not, because the just-released trailer for AMC’s upcoming sci-fi series Humans gives us a glimpse at a parallel universe where “Synths” — highly developed, artificially intelligent servants — are every family’s go-to accessory.
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The eight-part drama bows Sunday, June 28, at 9/8c, and stars William Hurt (Damages) as George Millican, a widower who becomes like a father to his obsolete synth Odi, and Katherine Parkinson (The Honourable Woman) as a working wife and mother whose “pliant” Synth acts »
Masters of Sex is filling out its Season 3 cast. The Showtime series has added Tate Donovan (Damages) and Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul) as guest stars for its upcoming third season, which will premiere this summer. Donovan will play Graham, a confident scientist whose relationship with Margaret Scully (Allison Janney) brings them to Masters and Johnson’s clinic. In addition to Damages, Donovan’s past TV credits include 24: Live Another Day, Hostages, and, of course, The O.C. (who could forget about Jimmy Cooper?). Furthermore, the appearance of his character means that (hopefully) Janney, who won an Emmy for her guest work as Margaret in Masters‘ first season, will have a larger role in Season 3 after having only appeared in the show’s Season 2 premiere. Meanwhile, Emery will play Jo, a woman who seeks help dealing with a unique relationship in Masters of Sex Season 3. The actress most recently played Betsy… »
- Chris King
The Damages actor will guest-star on Masters of Sex‘s third season, appearing in two episodes as a love interest for Janney’s returning Margaret Scully. Donovan’s Graham is a confident scientist whose relationship with Margaret brings them to Masters and Johnson’s clinic.
Season 3 of Sex — bowing Sunday, July 12 at 10/9c — jumps ahead to 1966, when Masters and Johnson deal with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled.
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- New York, NY – May 14, 2015 – "AMC today announced its new eight-part drama series “Humans” will premiere Sunday, June 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in suburban London, “Humans” takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” Spooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans,” the series explores the emotional impact that comes as the lines between humans and machines become increasingly blurred. This bold new series is produced in conjunction with the »
- Derek Anderson
Pack your bags, Thaao Penghlis: You’re headed back to Salem.
The Days of Our Lives fan favorite, who has appeared on the soap since 1981, is set to reprise his role as Andre Dimera, TVLine has confirmed.
Further details about Penghlis’ return — including when his episodes will air — are not yet available.
Netflix’s new original series Bloodline centers around an affluent family in the Florida Keys, well regarded in the community for the inn and charter tour business run by Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek). Their business, and indeed world, is turned upside down with the arrival of family black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), which sends his hometown siblings John (Kyle Chandler), Meg (Linda Cardellini), and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) scrambling to figure out what to do with Danny. It’s the first heavy-hitting Netflix original that seeks to fill the juicy drama void between seasons of House of Cards.
But House of Cards is lush in its characterizations, plumbing the diseased actions of complex characters as well as being a fun, hyperbolically cinematic power fantasy. Bloodline plays more like a prime-time soap that would be at home on CBS airing after an NCIS spin-off. Creators Glenn Kessler, »
- Charlie Sanford
In all 20 are in contention for the prize which includes two round-trip flights to L.A., a two-year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy, $5,000 worth of visa and immigration services and $10,000 cash.
Presented by Australians in Film, the winner will be announced in Los Angeles on June 1. Two runners up will each receive a round-trip ticket to La and a scholarship to attend masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.
Previous recipients were Cody Fern (The Last Time I Saw Richard), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, The Tomorrow People), Anna McGahan (Anzac Girls, House Husbands), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Wolf Creek 2), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) and Oliver Ackland (Party Tricks, Blinder).
The finalists were selected »
- Don Groves
Recently on a day when I was not feeling particularly well I watched the entire first season of Bloodline, the Netflix drama created by Daniel Zelman and Todd and Glenn Kessler. The show feels quite different from their previous collaboration, Damages. I love the slower pace and, additionally, Bloodline appeals to my fascination with families — the relationships between siblings and parents, and the impossibility of breaking from one’s familial role. Opening with family members convening for a celebration, Bloodline is set in the Florida Keys, and it has an impressive cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shephard […] »
- Alix Lambert
In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth, Lebanese actor Danny Boushebel, who is about to make his debut on hit CBS show Elementary alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu this month. Boushebel, who has also appeared in House of Cards, The Blacklist and Homeland, is also about to make his debut at the Cannes Film Festival with Much Loved, the new film from Academy Award nominated director Nabil Ayouch.
Boushebel sat down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis about his acting dreams, moving to America and what he hopes to achieve in Hollywood…
Scott Davis: How did you get start in acting, was it always a dream of yours from a young age?
Danny Boushebel: Since a very young age, acting has been a dream of mine, but growing up in Lebanon, and then mostly Kuwait, it was difficult to do anything about it.
There were theaters »
- Scott J. Davis
A recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs
The good thing about acting on a show about a guy who can’t die, Judd Hirsch says, is that you’ll never run out of story.
And if ABC’s Foreveris renewed after its first season finale airs Tuesday (ABC, 10/9c), Hirsch tells TVLine, “We can go on for an enormously long time, simply telling the background of everything about us.”
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That “us” refers to Hirsch’s character, »
Brooding heartthrob Ryan Phillippe has been ploughing a quiet furrow in recent years. Perhaps best-known for his movie roles in Cruel Intentions and Gosford Park, it’s been a while since he made a splash on the big screen. However, small screen-wise he’s appeared in Damages and now Secrets & Lies, and if Marvel have their way he could be heading for Netflix.
He is reportedly in the frame to play comic book legend Danny Rand/Iron Fist, the missing piece of the Defenders story arc that’s being built towards via Daredevil, Aka Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter are all shooting in these roles, and it’s thought Phillippe could make them a quartet in time for the forthcoming team-up miniseries.
While he has just taken to Twitter to deny the rumours…
I have no real marvel news other than an upcoming meeting. »
- Steve Palace
Actor Ryan Phillippe (Damages, The Lincoln Lawyer) appeared on the Howard Stern show this morning,and announced that he’s currently in talks with Marvel Studios for a role in one of their Netflix series. While Phillippe didn’t open up about what role that could be, all it takes is one look at the streaming service’s upcoming lineup of Marvel shows to jump start the speculation engine and get the rumor mill turning.
We’ve already seen our Daredevil in Charlie Cox, and we know that Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter will be taking on the roles of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, respectively. So, the one major role left to cast for the upcoming Defenders shows is that of Daniel Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist. Could Phillippe be taking on the role of the master martial artist-turned super hero? It definitely seems like it.
Phillippe is »
- James Garcia
Read More: Rose Byrne on Doing More Comedies, Her Run on 'Damages,' and Why She Has Yet to See 'The Conjuring' After earning a pair of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work in the acclaimed legal thriller "Damages," it'd be more than reasonable to assume that Rose Byrne's future was in drama. But in the years since she wrapped production on the series in 2011, Byrne has emerged as one of the most ubiquitous and impactful presences in American comedy film. From scene-stealing turns in "Bridesmaids" and "Get Him to the Greek" to leading roles in "Neighbors" and the upcoming "Spy," the Australian-born actress has drawn the attention of viewers and critics alike for her wicked comic edge. She's the kind of artist who's always seeking out a new challenge — her shift from drama to comedy hardly covers the new ground she's been exploring. Last fall, »
- David Canfield
Exclusive: She’s had a fine run co-starring in films like Bridesmaids, Neighbors and the series Damages. Now, Rose Byrne wants to take the next step, producing films from a female perspective. She has formed The Dollhouse Collective, joining forces with fellow Aussies Gracie Otto, Krew Boylan, Shannon Murphy and Jessica Carrera. Their Sydney-based shingle has begun to hatch film, TV and theater projects and their mission statement is to be “focus on being champions of… »
Three features in advanced development at new all female company.
“The core aim is to develop theatre, film and television together and tell stories with a strong female presence,” Otto told ScreenDaily. “This formalizes what we are already doing. Sitting around the dinner table we have always been sounding boards for each other.”
Also on board are publicist and emerging producer Jessica Carrera and actress Krew Boylan, who recently received development support from Screen Australia for the feature Seriously Red, produced by Matt Reeder and featuring a protagonist obsessed with Dolly Parton.
“It’s a mystery, a puzzle film, that unravels through time zones and hotels,” said Otto of »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
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