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Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl, and the rest of the group may have found a moment of peace within the walls of the Alexandria Safe Zone, but fans of AMC's The Walking Dead know that with the season finale just five episodes away, there will likely be plenty of walker and human-fueled mayhem before this season takes its bow (especially with the fiendish folks who destroyed Noah's hometown still on the prowl). No matter what happens in this season's finale, though, it's just been guaranteed that there will be a little more to enjoy, as the final season five episode's runtime has officially been extended to 90 minutes.
TheWalkingDead.com recently made the extended runtime statement via Twitter, confirming EW writer Dalton Ross' initial announcement. Though the title and synopsis for the finale have yet to be revealed, it is known that Greg Nicotero directed the episode, which will air on Sunday, »
- Derek Anderson
The first of these films, an untitled thriller from micro-budget maestro Jason Blum (“The Purge”), will debut on July 31. It stars Bateman and Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3″) as a married couple whose lives are upended when a high school acquaintance reappears in their lives. It will face off against “Mission: Impossible 5,” sci-fi thriller “Self/Less” and boxing drama “Southpaw” with Jake Gyllenhaal.
That will be followed on October 23 by “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name, with Roberts, Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”). The film centers on a team of FBI investigators who must search for the killer of a colleague’s teenage daughter. “The Secret in Their »
- Brent Lang
Add to the growing list of modern media maladies Event Fatigue Syndrome, a viral strain that is simultaneously under-diagnosed and, like so much these days, over-reported.
The entertainment industry obviously has an incentive to transform everything into an event, seeking to break through clutter and make noise over the din. Yet thanks to digital-age pressures, a vast ecosystem of media regularly joins in building up the trivial and engaging in hyperbole that helps conflate minor happenings into major ones.
Nobody can really throw stones here (Variety included), since vigorous competition compels us to pounce on perceived ratings and traffic generators. The result, however, has been a proliferation of contrived showcases so dizzying and time-consuming as to threaten to obscure actual news when it happens.
Television marketers have certainly been clever about mining this trend. A small example: the subtle genius of bifurcating seasons to double the number of “premieres” and “finales” — introducing, »
- Brian Lowry
We’ve already heard that Paul Feig has compared his Ghostbusters reboot to Night at the Museum, and today we’ve got a new comparison piece. And this one seems a bit more fitting of Ghostbusters than the Ben Stiller vehicle.
“I will say, I was very inspired by [The Walking Dead],” Feig said. “What I love is how they play with the danger, they play with the scariness, but also the idea that it’s always about gauntlet run. And that’s something, an element I want to bring to this Ghostbusters reboot is having to get through these various obstacles that are supernatural and all that. I really feed off of The Walking Dead.”
- Luke Owen
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Penned by Californication creator Tom Kapinos and produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, the project follows a down-on-his-luck, semi-alcoholic but roguishly charming cab driver who, after a near-death experience, suddenly has the ability to interact with ghosts, including the late ex-wife he has never gotten over.
Hollywood South might be losing some of its luster. Louisiana lawmakers are considering pulling back on the state’s tax credit incentives that have encouraged television shows like “True Detective,” “The Walking Dead,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” and Oscar-winning movies “Dallas Buyers Club,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Django Unchained” to film everywhere from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. They’re concerned because of the minimal income that is directly generated from the film industry when compared to how much is given to moviemakers in tax breaks. But president of the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association Will French outlined the benefits of the program at the Baton Rouge Press Club Feb. 23, highlighting the potential of economic diversification; the possibility of further growth for the in-state industry, capturing Los Angeles’ runaway production; and increasing the number of people who return or stay in-state, as well as those who visit. »
Coming off a stint on blockbuster AMC drama The Walking Dead, Andrew J. West has landed the lead in another genre project with “dead” in the title: the CW pilot Dead People, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV. Written/executive produced by Californication creator Tom Kapinos, Dead People centers on Floyd (West), down-on-his-luck, semi-alcoholic but roguishly charming cab driver. After a near-death experience when he is pronounced dead following an accident… »
AMC's The Walking Dead is by far one of the most gruesome, bleak, intense, and -- it must be said -- humourless shows currently on TV; and it'll apparently be influencing Paul Feig's upcoming reboot (and he confirms that it will be a 100% reboot) of beloved horror comedy, Ghostbusters. The Bridesmaids director was a guest on The Talking Dead immediately following Sunday's episode, and when quizzed about whether he'd have any brain-eaters in the movie or not, he revealed that the zombie survival series would inspire his take on the '80s classic. "I will say, I was very inspired by this show. What I love is how they play with the danger, they play with the scariness, but also the idea that it’s always about gauntlet run. And that’s something, an element I want to bring to this Ghostbusters reboot is having to get through these »
Tune-in for the Academy Awards may have been down — hitting a six-year low in total viewers — but that didn’t spell doom for the Alphabet. In fact, thanks to increased strength across its schedule, ABC dominated Oscar week by an even bigger margin than usual.
With the network winning on Monday, Thursday and Friday as well as Oscar Sunday, it was able to draw twice as many young adults as runners-up CBS and Fox during the course of the week. That made it the largest in-season margin of victory in 18-49 for ABC (100%) since January 2000, one of the network’s final turns airing the Super Bowl.
For the February sweep, ABC won all four Thursdays in 18-49 for the first time in eight years; took all four Fridays for the first time in 20 years; and won three of four Mondays, winning the night on average for the first time in six years. »
- Rick Kissell
The movie studio has invested in the developer of the Walking Dead games to develop a new crossover concept featuring both TV and game elements
There have been myriad attempts to marry television and games into “holistic transmedia experiences” – and the results have often been as bad as the phrase itself.
All that could be about to change following a decision by film and television studio Lionsgate to make a “significant” investment in Telltale Games, the developer of episodic adventure games based on The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
Related: Minecraft: Story Mode spin-off game announced by Mojang
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- Keith Stuart
Speaking on an episode of the Us show’s recap companion series Talking Dead, Feig said he wanted to bring some of the “scariness” and “gauntlet run elements” of The Walking Dead to the new film. His comments have not been interpreted as signalling that the new movie will switch from ghosts to zombies, or adopt the highly popular show’s fondness for blood and guts.
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- Ben Child
Hunger Games and Twilight studio Lionsgate is partnering with Telltale, creator of the Walking Dead games...
Separately, each company has created franchises worth millions. Hollywood studio Lionsgate is behind the massively successful Hunger Games and Twilight movies, as well as the hit show Orange Is The New Black. Telltale is the company behind The Walking Dead series of episodic games, which have sold a reported 8.5m copies, while the studio also has similar titles based on Game Of Thrones and Minecraft in the offing.
Lionsgate has now announced that it's to join forces with Telltale, having bought up a "significant" share of the game studio's business. The aim, according to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, is to "accelerate our momentum in the game space":
"The convergence between premium filmed entertainment brands and original game properties is a natural direction in which to continue diversifying our content business," Feltheimer told Variety, »
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 Better Call Saul 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.
Alison Hoffman has been upped to exec VP of marketing at Starz.
In her new position, Hoffman will lead all facets of marketing strategy and planning for original productions, including show positioning, creative and media strategy and digital marketing.
“Alison has been instrumental in the success of the company’s original programming expansion and building the Starz brand,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “Alison is a talented marketing executive who brings a wealth of expertise to the position.”
- Seth Kelley
It’s not all grumble and moan round here when TV networks decline to pick up pilots. Sometimes, we’re even grateful.
Hindsight teaches that every so often, passing on a particular show is the best thing a channel could have done. Not ordering one pilot to series spurs its creators on to start another, and frees up its cast to join new projects.
Had the failures below all thrived, there’s a chance we could now be living in a world with no Breaking Bad, Hannibal, or even South Park. Had these pilots gone on to enjoy healthy, lengthy lives, then Jack Bauer, Oberyn Martell, Chandler Bing and more might all be unrecognisable today.
Here then, are the TV pilots we’re grateful weren’t taken to series because their »
With the one-two punch of Prisoners and Enemy, Denis Villeneuve (pictured above) delivered two of the most tense, visually engrossing thrillers in years, and there’s no reason to suspect that the director’s next project, drug runner drama Sicario, will break his winning streak. Lionsgate has set a September 18th limited release for the pic, with plans to expand into more theaters a week later.
Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent who gets in over her head when she is introduced to the shadowy world of international drug trafficking by two members of a government task force (Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro). Enlisted in a daring plot to take down a Mexican cartel boss, the agent must rely on her wits and training to stay alive, even as the specifics of the mission lead her to question what ethical and moral lines she’s willing to »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot is poised to completely redefine the spooky franchise. Drafting in an all-female cast and a new story, it will include several subtle nods to the original series, but for the most part it’s expected to emerge as a standalone movie. Now, in addition to those cheeky winks, it seems Feig’s enjoyment of a certain undead serial may also play an influential role.
During his appearance on the cleverly titled The Talking Dead (via Screen Crush) – a companion show to AMC’s popular zombie drama, The Walking Dead – Feig brought up the affect that the series has had on his creative process:
“I will say, I was very inspired by this show. What I love is how they play with the danger, they play with the scariness, but also the idea that it’s always about gauntlet run. And that’s something; an element »
- Gem Seddon
She recently voiced the character 'Juliana Calderon' for 4 episodes of the animated spy series "Archer".
Cohan also recently worked on the series "Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories", in the episode titled "The Bathroom Boys" as the character 'Stephanie'.
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- Michael Stevens
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