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The adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is inching forward. Back in April, Sony Pictures resurrected the plans for the franchise, and teamed up with Mrc to co-finance the ambitious project, which will include movies and a complimentary TV series. As we previously reported, Ron Howard, who was long attached to the adaptation, decided to drop out, and now Deadline is reporting that The Dark Tower is looking to hire A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel for the gig. Per Deadline, “taught himself to speak and read English in order to consume Stephen King’s books in the writer’s native tongue. Arcel is a huge fan of The Dark Tower and knows the series well. That impressed the studio, and he showed with the [Swedish version] Dragon Tattoo that he could go dark, which is important in this series, a mix of horror and fantasy.” [caption id="attachment_208858" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Nordisk Film Distribution[/caption] »
- Matt Goldberg
Jack Bauer is passing the torch stopwatch.
Fox is developing a 24 spinoff that would revolve around a new twentysomething male terrorist hunter, , franchise overlord Howard Gordon confirmed to TVLine Sunday at the Critics Choice Television Awards.
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While there are no current plans for Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack to appear, it’s entirely possible his iconic character could pop in and out on a guest-star basis.
The main focus of the show will be Kim Dickins' guidance counsellor Nancy, and Cliff Curtis as divorced teacher Sean Cabrera. The first six-episode season is set to air sometime this Summer with a second expected to follow in 2016. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey will also star, with Adam Davidson (Friday Night Lights, Fringe) directing the pilot. Robert Kirkman has confirmed that the series will start out as a prequel and deal with events leading up to the outbreak, but will eventually catch up to the current timeline of The Walking Dead. »
You may have already seen the story about Michael Bay and the other Transformers producers tasking Akiva Goldsman with assembling a writing team to hash out more films and essentially construct a shared universe for different stories to work in. Deadline reports that Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are joining the group. The pair, who completed an uncredited production re-write on the Marvel movie about the shrinking superhero (based on work that Adam McKay and Paul Rudd did to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original script), joins a team that already includes Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Lost/Fringe man Jeff Pinkner and The Incredible Hulk’s Zak Penn.And according to Deadline’s story, one of the big ideas being batted around is crafting an origin story for the Autobots and Decepticons that would explore their early days on Cybertron, »
The most recent Transformers movie made more than $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office last summer, in spite of harsh reviews.
As much as the whole idea sounds like an oxymoron, it appears Paramount's plans for a 'brain trust' of writers to steer the "Transformers" franchise has come to fruition.
Not long ago came word that Paramount intends to expand their mega-selling "Transformers" series with not just further direct sequels but interconnected spin-offs as well.
To do this, the likes of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura would lend their support to a team of writers who would come up with story ideas for that film series. Said team would be lead by producer/writer Akiva Goldsman.
Today comes word on who will be a part of that team with five names you'll probably be familiar with - "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, "Pacific Rim" and "The Incredible Hulk" scribe Zak Penn," "Fringe" and "Lost" writer/exec producer Jeff Pinker, and "Iron Man" scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway »
- Garth Franklin
It was back in March that we learned Paramount was to look beyond making mere sequels to Transformers movies, in favour of going down a broader cinematic universe route. Thus, whilst a follow-up to Transformers: Age Of Extinction is still very much on the cards, the idea is also to explore spin-off features. You never know, we could end up with at least a Transformers film a year if this all goes to plan. That'll go down well.
Anyway, there's been progress. Paramount has assembled a team of writers to bring its Transformers plan to life. We already knew that Akiva Goldsman had signed up to create writer's room for the Transformers cinematic universe, and now we know the identity of five of the writers to sit in it.
As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
Fox’s Empire — which grew its audience every week during Season 1 — is counting on a bigger encore in at least one sense of the word, by increasing its episode count from 12 to 18 for Season 2.
As is increasingly becoming a common practice, the hit drama’s sophomore run will be split into two halves, with a break in between.
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New for Season 2 is R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, who will join Timbaland in penning original music for the series, plus some “amazing guest stars” to be announced later, »
Nariko, Heavenly Sword’s flame-haired, cult-worshipped heroine, finally gets to slice and dice her way into British homes on June 15th, courtesy of TriCoast UK in association with Movie Partnership and Fusion Media. This is TriCoast’s first UK release and the kick-off release for the tri-distributor partnership, which sees Fusion Media handling the DVD release and The Movie Partnership piloting the digital platforms.
Based on a hugely popular Playstation 3, which has sold well over a million copies worldwide, the movie features the voices of Australian star Anna Torv (Fringe) as Nariko, Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2) as King Bohan and Thomas Jane (Hung, The Mist) as Loki.
A dramatic tale of revenge, Heavenly Sword follows the story of Nariko (Torv), a trained warrior who possesses a sought after blade with incredible powers. As the sword’s guardian, she must face a power-hungry ruler King Bohan (Molina) and his unyielding army, »
- Phil Wheat
NBC has unveiled its full primetime schedule for the upcoming 2015 TV season, and along with it, they’ve also released full-length trailers for a number of their new shows. Below is the schedule along with descriptions and trailers for their new line-up which includes the mysterious drama Blindspot from Greg Berlanti (the producer of Arrow and The Flash); along with Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, which promises to be good thanks to the multi-talented star at the center of the show; as well as the hotly anticipated Heroes Reborn.
From executive producer Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “The Mysteries of Laura”) comes “Blindspot”: A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there’s one tattoo that is impossible »
AMC's Fear The Walking Dead has added some more potential zombie fodder in the form of Chuck actress Mercedes Mason. Though her exact role is unknown at this time, she's down as a series regular along with last week's new addition, Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black.) The main focus of the show will be Kim Dickins' guidance counsellor Nancy, and Cliff Curtis as divorced teacher Sean Cabrera. The first six-episode season is set to air sometime this Summer with a second expected to follow in 2016. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey will also star, with Adam Davidson (Friday Night Lights, Fringe) directing the pilot. Robert Kirkman has confirmed that the series will start out as a prequel and deal with events leading up to the outbreak, but will eventually catch up to the current timeline of The Walking Dead. »
If Quantum Leap has always been on your 'to-watch' list but you've never had the time, here are a few suggestions to get you started...
Maps to TV shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you »
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are proud to reveal the voice talent behind some of the most notable characters in Batman: Arkham Knight. Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) joins the cast as James Gordon. Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga) plays Barbara Gordon. John Noble (Sleepy Hollow, Fringe) brings his talents as Scarecrow. Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, Hart of Dixie) provides the voice behind Nightwing. Banks, Greene, Noble and Porter join an ensemble cast that includes fan-favorites Kevin Conroy, who returns as Batman; TTara Strong as Harley Quinn; Troy Baker as Two-Face and Nolan North as Penguin.
In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces the »
Machinima's debut at the Digital Content Newfronts was nothing short of "heroic" as they unveiled a programming slate designed to elevate and celebrate a global community of gamer, comic and hero fans. Partnerships with Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Clive Barker, Roberto Orci and Bunim/Murray Productions, along with some of Machinima's leading creator talent, showcase Machinima's commitment to developing content across all genres, formats and platforms. Here's what Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein had to say in a statement.
"Fandom and gaming engenders so much passion and engagement; it's a cultural shift uniquely connecting with the most valuable millennials. It's this deep connection to our audience that has made Machinima the ninth largest video entertainment platform in the United States, and the second most watched programmer on YouTube. With our new slate, we are reminding our fans and our clients of one very important fact: Machinima is back! »
Notable TV names put up a strong showing when the 2015 Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning in New York.
Among the tube stars snagging nods: Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss (Lead Actress in a Play for The Heidi Chronicles), The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson (Lead Actress in a Play for Constellations), Masters of Sex‘s Annaleigh Ashford (Featured Actress in a Play for You Can’t Take It with You), Fringe‘s Michael Cerveris (Lead Actor in a Musical for Fun Home), Smash‘s Brian d’Arcy James and Christian Borle (Lead Actor in a Musical and Featured Actor »
Cinemax’s military drama Strike Back will launch its fourth and final season on Friday, July 31, at 10/9c, the network announced Monday.
Although Season 4 initially was slated to air last summer, production was delayed after star Sullivan Stapleton sustained a serious injury off set.
As previously reported, the show’s final run will follow Sgt. Damien Scott (Stapleton) and Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) as they try to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok, unveiling a massive terrorist plot in the process.
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Read More: Watch: Gillian Robespierre & Jenny Slate on Making 'The Best Friend' the Lead in 'Obvious Child' Fans of the witty, hilarious, and heartwarming "Obvious Child" now have something to look forward to on TV. FX announced a new road trip comedy project today from "Obvious Child" director and co-writer Gillian Robespierre, co-writer and producer Elizabeth Holm and star Jenny Slate in their first project together since the film, which won the Red Crown Producer's award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Co-written by Robespierre and Holm and directed by Robespierre, the pilot will star Slate and Ari Graynor ("The Sopranos," "Fringe," "Bad Teacher") as two New Yorkers who decide to go on a cross-country road trip. As the trip continues, the show will follow the ups and downs of Slate and Graynor's friendship, exploring the unique dynamics of the adult female relationship. FX Productions will produce the pilot, and...
- Becca Nadler
Read More: Watch: Gillian Robespierre & Jenny Slate on Making 'The Best Friend' the Lead in 'Obvious Child' Fans of the witty, hilarious, and heartwarming "Obvious Child" now have something to look forward to on TV. FX announced a new road trip comedy project today from "Obvious Child" director and co-writer Gillian Robespierre, co-writer and producer Elizabeth Holm and star Jenny Slate in their first project together since the film, which won the Red Crown Producer's award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Co-written by Robespierre and Holm and directed by Robespierre, the pilot will star Slate and Ari Graynor ("The Sopranos," "Fringe," "Bad Teacher") as two New Yorkers who decide to go on a cross-country road trip. As the trip continues, the show will follow the ups and downs of Slate and Graynor's friendship, exploring the unique dynamics of the adult female relationship. FX Productions will produce the pilot, and »
- Becca Nadler
Sam Raimi and Gil Kenan discuss the Poltergeist remake in a new video from 20th Century Fox. Also included in our latest video round-up are two clips from the next episode of Salem, as well as the Penny Dreadful Season 2 mashup, "Everything You've Heard."
Poltergeist: "Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
In Theaters - May 22, 2015, in 3D"
- Derek Anderson
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