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It looks like Christina Hendricks is dealing with her departure from Sterling Cooper & Partners by hitting the road. According to multiple sources, the Mad Men actress has joined the main cast of Roadies, a music-centric comedy created, written and to be directed by Jerry Maguire helmer Cameron Crowe for premium cable network Showtime.
Roadies follows the day-to-day life of individuals involved in a massively successful rock tour, as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who make each show happen. Hendricks will take on the meaty role of Shelli, the band’s production manager, who is ““ingenious, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.”
Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes are also on board the ensemble series in main roles, but Hendricks’ involvement just makes us more excited for what’s sure to be a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Filming has wrapped on the film adaptation of the classic sitcom "Dad's Army" with Universal Pictures announcing a February 5th 2016 release date. Shot entirely on location in Yorkshire for seven weeks, Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon star. [Source: Screen]
Adapted from Peter Craig's novel of the same name, Gibson plays an ex-con who reunites with his estranged sixteen-year-old daughter (Erin Moriarty), and vows to protect her from the drug dealers who are trying to kill her. [Source: Variety]
Untitled Sci-Fi Project
Sony Pictures has beaten out Lionsgate and Stx Entertainment for the rights to an untitled sci-fi project. They are now finalising a deal for filmmaker J.J. Abrams to produce the project »
- Garth Franklin
The DC television domination continues as yet another property is headed to series with the recent announcement that Teen Titans would get a pilot.
TNT confirmed on Monday that a pilot for DC’s Teen Titans characters in a show called Titans would film at some point in 2015. Titans will revolve around onetime Batman sidekick-turned superhero Dick Grayson, alias Nightwing, as he puts together a band of new superheroes whose ranks will also include classic Titans like Starfire and Raven. Another team member, Cyborg, could be included also but will be finding life on the big screen in Batman v. Superman.
The Titans program is being written by Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (Fringe) and co-produced by Marc Haimes (The Legend of Zorro). It would seem that with the pilot coming soon that casting news could follow with the team assembling at some point in early 2015.
According to CW president Mark Pedowitz in an interview with AdWeek, »
- Zach Dennis
Not content with co-writing, producing and directing the most anticipated science-fiction film in years – that would be Star Wars: The Force Awakens if you’ve been living wi-fi free on Dagobah for the last few years – J.J. Abrams remains committed to other projects and, in particular, helping to launch and guide the careers of other filmmakers. He has Chris Alender attached to a mysterious new sci-fi film for Sony.This being Abrams, there is naturally an ironclad veil of secrecy over the whole thing. All we know is that it's a lower-budgeted Cloverfield-level film that has aliens in it. It was cooked up at his production company, Bad Robot and originally found a home at Paramount, with Fringe/Almost Human writer Justin Doble cranking out a few drafts. But when the studio didn’t put it into production quickly enough, Abrams persuaded it to let him shop it elsewhere. »
In light of Sony Pictures’ recent hack attacks, studio production president Michael De Luca is acquiring a stream of new properties to counteract the effects of the leaks. This week alone the studio nabbed Passengers, the latest script from Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and a NYPD documentary titled The Seven Five. The most intriguing addition to their upcoming slate, however, is this recently-announced project from J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner.
As reported by Deadline, the untitled sci-fi film was at the centre of a bidding frenzy between Sony, Lionsgate and Stx, until Sony beat out its competitors. Abrams and his Bad Robot team will produce the pic, with up-and-comer Chris Alender at the helm. The expectation is to introduce Alender – who at this point has crafted a handful of shorts – to bigger audiences as Abrams did with Matt Reeves via his 2008 monster flick. According to Deadline’s reporter, »
- Gem Seddon
While director J.J. Abrams is deep into post-production work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sony Pictures is finalizing a deal for him to produce a secretive, untitled sci-fi project through his Bad Robot Productions company. The project will mark the directorial debut of Chris Allender, who is best known for directing a short film entitled Eye of the Storm. Sony won the project in a competitive bidding situation, with Lionsgate and Stx Entertainment also vying for the rights.
No story details have been confirmed, but Deadline reports that the project is being compared to Bad Robot's Cloverfield, since it has a contained budget and involves aliens. Cloverfield launched the directorial career of Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Bad Robot hopes to do the same for Chris Allender with this project. Bad Robot is based at Paramount, but when the »
John Noble (“Sleepy Hollow”) and Hamish Linklater (“The Crazy Ones”) lead the cast of the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife”), “Posterity,” receiving its world premiere this spring at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company.
Dale Soules, Henry Stram (currently in the Bradley Cooper topliner “The Elephant Man”) and Mickey Theis also appear in the show, about the contentious sitting sessions of Henrik Ibsen (Noble) for Norway’s top sculptor (Linklater).
“Fringe” alum Noble appeared Off Broadway in “The Substance of Fire” in the spring. Linklater is a Gotham theater veteran, with recent appearances including “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Comedy of Errors” in Central Park.
“Posterity” begins previews Feb. 25 ahead of a March 15 opening at the Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater.
- Gordon Cox
Following on from last week’s new poster, Syfy has now dropped a featurette for its upcoming TV adaptation of the 1995 in the States next month. Check it out right here…
The post New featurette for the 12 Monkeys TV series appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
- Jazz Tangcay
Just a few days ago, we brought you the first casting news for AMC’s upcoming Walking Dead spinoff, tentatively titled Cobalt. Now, the planned post-apocalyptic drama series has cast its first lead actor, with word that Cliff Curtis, formerly of Fox’s short-lived Gang Related, has come aboard.
The actor will play Sean Cabrera, a local teacher described as “a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” Producers are still looking to cast an actress in the lead role of Nancy Tomkins, a guidance counselor who works at the school with Sean at the time of the outbreak. Fringe‘s Anna Torv was at one point in consideration for the part, but sources report that she’s no longer in the mix.
- Isaac Feldberg
It seems like the rumors are true: Roberto Orci is no longer attached to direct Star Trek 3. This would have been Orci’s directorial debut. He was announced as director earlier this year after Jj Abrams, director of the two most recent Star Trek films, dropped out to direct some other movie set in outer space.
Orci has mainly been known as a writer. Orci and his writing partner, Alex Kurtzman, co-wrote many films together including the first two Tranformers movies and the Jj Abrams Star Trek movies (including Star Trek 3). They also co-wrote and created some TV shows together, Fringe and Sleepy Hollow to name a few. The duo has recently announced that they will no longer work together as writing partners.
Orci was hired because he has worked for this franchise since Abrams came on board. Orci, Kurtzman, and Abrams have collaborated in various projects over the years. »
- Laura Frances
Roberto Orci will not be directing Star Trek 3, according to Deadline. Right now, you're either a normal person asking "Who's Roberto Orci?" or you're a Star Trek superfan jumping for joy. Orci has co-written some megablockbusters—Transformers, the Jj Abrams Star Treks, The Amazing Spider-Man 2—and alongside his longtime collaborator Alex Kurtzman he co-created Fringe, the rebooted Hawaii Five-o, and Sleepy Hollow. But he's been a controversial figure among Trek fandom. After Abrams switched galaxies to tackle the new Star Wars, Orci was on tap to direct the upcoming Star Trek rethreequel. Now it would appear that he's off the project. »
- Darren Franich
The Walking Dead companion series is beginning to hot up. The other day we got our first confirmed casting announcement and now we have another name joining the fray, veteran New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis.
Curtis is best known for his roles in Live Free Die Hard, Sunshine and Training Day but has also down a slew of television series over the years including Gang Related which aired on Fox earlier this year.
THR are reporting that Curtis will portray Sean Cabrera – the Rick Grimes version of the show – who is a divorced teacher and is being described as a “good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” The female lead is currently still up for grabs although Anna Torv (Fringe) was once said to be a front runner for the role but has since dropped out.
The pilot of the as yet untitled companion series has »
- Gavin Logan
After a rich history in network television with "Dawson's Creek" and "Fringe," Joshua Jackson entered the world of premium cable recently by getting into bed with Showtime’s "The Affair." In our recent webcam chat (watch below), he reveals, "the exciting thing about this project is that it takes a really basic story (of infidelity) that everybody’s seen a thousand times... and uses a science-fictiony high concept design inside something so simple." -Break- For Jackson, the unique way the show tackles the subject matter of infidelity is "to essentially challenge the audience with the idea that no matter who your favorite character is, no matter who your hero is, in the show everybody lives inside their own narrative. So there’s no objective truth. You can’t get comfortable with any of the stories you're being told because every time you’re being told the story, you..." »
There's a case of mistake identity in this week's episode of Forever... but then isn't there always?
This review contains spoilers.
1.10 The Man in the Killer Suit
The latest Forever story suits up to prove the pen is mightier than the sword.
It’s always a curious thing when crime shows cover identity fraud, because by definition everyone involved in the performing side of a TV show is doing exactly that. That’s the subject this week, when Henry is called to unravel the untimely death of an English noble, only to discover he’s neither of those things.
There’s a repeating narrative thread from the outset about how a man’s suit can present him in a specific way, selling an idea, and it’s woven right through the story. There is also an early parallel drawn between the fraudster and Henry, who is hiding his true identity »
Game Of Thrones actor Nonso Anozie has moved from his portrayal of Xaro Ahoan Daxos on the hit show, to a recurring role in the CBS adaptation of James Patterson’s novel, Zoo. The stand-alone book, co-written with Michael Ledwidge, was published in 2012 to positive reviews – many of which cited the perceived plausibility of the plot.
The earth-bound science fiction story centres on scientist Jackson Oz, who is systematically dismissed by his colleagues in the fields of ecology and biology after focusing years of research on animals attacking humans. Believing there to be an increasing pattern, Oz travels to Botswana, where he manages to survive a large-scale lion attack. Teaming with fellow survivor, and former diplomat, Chloe Tousignant, he works to uncover why the animal world has begun what is seemingly a united effort to remove humans from the ecosystem completely.
- Sarah Myles
Mono No Aware continues its hardcore commitment to keeping the practice of expanded cinema alive with their 8th annual edition that will run on December 5-6 in Brooklyn, NY at LightSpace Studios.
This is two nights of creative, live cinematic performances utilizing only analog equipment and materials that will never be repeated again in the universe.
Some of the performances include returning champion Joel Schlemowitz, who will be creating a 3-D experience using overhead projectors; and the wonderful Winnipeg underground film scene is represented by Scott Fitzpatrick, who will be turning the book Victorian Frames, Borders and Cuts into a 16mm triple projection.
For all of Mono No Aware’s amazing performances, they are so unique that we are listing them copied and pasted directly from the festival’s website below. But, for even more information, such as screening venues, please visit their official website.
Starts 9:00 p.m. »
- Mike Everleth
Blair Brown — who played multiple versions of Nina Sharp on the defunct Fox series — will appear in a February episode of the CBS drama as Emma, an elegant and warm former public school teacher, IGN reports.
Related Enrico Colantoni on Elias-the-Poi, His Flash-y Twin and Making Dick Moves
Emma was forced into early retirement, but a jury summons brings the promise of some excitement (at least in the form of Reese and Finch) back into her life.
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Written by Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson and Jaime Browne, the crime drama The Mule, set in 1983, tells the story of what happens when a naive man (Sampson) with lethal narcotics in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. While locked in a hotel room and watched by cops, criminals, lawyers and his own mother, he's determined to withhold the evidence for as long as he can. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Georgina Haig (who plays legal aid lawyer Jasmine Griffiths) talked about what attracted her to The Mule, how she connected to this character, making the role three-dimensional, Jasmine’s secret ambitions, and why making this movie available to so many different people at the same time could really help give it a fair shot. She also talked about being the physical embodiment of Elsa from Frozen on Once Upon A Time, feeling very protective of her, »
- Christina Radish
Sony Pictures has hired Brad Anderson to direct a new action thriller called Shadow Run. I’m a big fan of Anderson’s past work, which includes The Machinist, Session 9, and Transsiberian. The guy is a talented filmmaker who is good with the characters and stories he tells. He has also worked on TV series such as The Wire, Fringe, Boardwalk Empire, and The Killing.
Shadow Run comes from a spec script by Joe Gazzam. The story begins when "a viral attack puts lives in danger, forcing a CIA agent to enact a secret prisoner exchange: Russia’s most notorious spy for the American scientist who can create a cure.”
Anderson recently helmed The Call, which starred Halle Berry, as well as last month’s Stonehearst Asylum, starring Kate Beckinsale. I’m looking forward to seeing how this new project of his pans out. I think Marvel needs to »
- Joey Paur
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