If you haven’t heard, a Florida mom recently went on a successful crusade to get Toys’R’Us to stop selling “Breaking Bad” action figures. According to her, she was incensed that a toy store would dare to sell toys that glorify meth “…alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters.” Ignoring the fact that if her kids know what “Breaking Bad” is, she has a whole 'nother set of issues she should be focused on, have you set foot in a Toys’R’Us in recent memory? Because I sure have. And if “Collectible Action Figures for Adults” having their own aisle is too close to the Barbies, maybe just don't let little Sally go down it? You know, since it also has gory “The Walking Dead” zombie busts and “Aliens” literally in the process of being shot apart. Aaron Paul agrees and he took to Twitter to share his disbelief at the situation. »
- Donna Dickens
We'll admit it – the prospect of Zack Snyder being the first director to bring a live-action Wonder Woman to the big screen does not necessarily fill us with confidence, given his track record with "empowering" female narratives like Sucker Punch. Heavy emphasis on those air quotes.
But this morning came news that Warner Bros and DC are on the hunt for a female director to spearhead Gal Gadot's standalone spinoff in 2017, which would unfortunately be a groundbreaking move in itself for the superhero movie industry.
While it's undeniably early days (we're a fair way off from even having a writer confirmed), speculation is fun, so below Digital Spy rounds up five potential contenders for the Wonder Woman job.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Crow remake producer Ed Pressman (Wallstreet, American Psycho) has stated that all of the legal issues surrounding the remake appear to be settled and that the production is aiming to begin filming next Spring. Pressman was further quoted as stating that "The Crow" is the "anti-Spider-Man" and that, "It still has a big fan base even though it was so long ago. But the generation today doesn’t even know 'The Crow'." Related Content: Luke Evans Unafraid Of Any Superstitions Surrounding The Crow Luke Evans Says The Crow Reboot Is Not About Ripping Off The Brandon Lee Film First proposed in 2008, The Crow reboot looks set to begin filming at some point in 2015. Luke Evans will star as the titular protagonist. It's rumored that Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Kristen Stewart (On The Road) are also up for parts. Francisco Javier Gutiérrez »
Two great channels are about to get a lot closer. AMC, known for dramatic hits from Breaking Bad to Mad Men to The Walking Dead, just shelled out $200M for a 49.9% not-quite-majority stake in BBC America, broadcaster of Sherlock, Doctor Who and Orphan Black in the Us. Why the big move? I’ll let the executives explain: “A combined AMC Networks-BBC America channel group creates a powerful collection of networks that are among the most critically-acclaimed, with distinct dramas and other potent content that creates a deep connection with viewers,” said Josh Sapan, AMC Networks president and CEO, in a statement. “Our content rises to the top on many levels and is particularly well-suited to an era of on-demand viewing and expanding consumer choice.” And then from across the pond: “The U.S. is an important market for the BBC’s commercial activities. This partnership brings together the whole BBC and will… »
Forbes claim to have heard that Warner Bros. already have a list of female directors they're hoping will helm Wonder Woman for them in 2017. This list includes Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), and Julie Taymor, the woman responsible for the disaterous Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. However, she has found acclaim for her work on The Tempest and others. Also being considered are TV directors Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Tricia Brook (The Walking Dead). The site adds that Bigelow, Leder, and Hardwicke, with MacLaren are the main contenders. Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow is of course a fan-favourite choice to helm Wonder Woman, and while the site says that she's in the mix, it appears as if that's based more on speculation than reliable insider information. Regardless, if true, this isn't a bad start and it will be refreshing to »
From the sublime to the ridiculous. Except I did it backwards.
Last week, as you no doubt recall, I wrote about New York Comic-Con, one of the biggest pop culture shows in the country. This week, I’d like to write about one of the smallest.
But first, some background and some sociological theory.
New Yorkers are obsessed with real estate, and New York City has only a limited supply. Living in the right neighborhood, working in the right neighborhood, partying in the right neighborhood – for a certain class of people who live in this city, these are vital pieces of their identity.
Nothing stays the right neighborhood forever.
When I moved to New York in the late 1970s, rich people lived on the Upper East Side. Today, you can rent or buy an apartment in some of those buildings for less than it costs to buy the same space in certain parts of Brooklyn. »
- Martha Thomases
Do we really need to see another doofus who moonlights as a crimestopper? Two writers argue the toss
Barry Allen, Aka the Flash, is the fastest man alive, zig-zagging across Starling City at inconceivable speeds. But despite his impressive nippiness, Bazza feels a little late to the party. TV has finally cracked the comic-book code, or at least jemmied the floodgates open: The Flash joins existing adaptations such as Arrow, Agents of Shield, The Walking Dead, Gotham and Constantine. In a few months, well also have Agent Carter, featuring plucky Hayley Atwell in tales of Shield-related derring-do during the second world war. Thats not to mention Preacher, Daredevil, Powers, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Scalped and even the slightly rubbish Hourman all comics properties at various stages of TV development. Weve reached peak Spandex, or whatever futuristic material superheroes wear in 2014 to look cool. And it feels really good, like some colossal »
- Graeme Virtue & Andrew Mueller
ABC has given extra episode orders for its various series. Comedies "The Goldbergs," "Black-ish," "Modern Family" and "The Middle" are all set to get two additional episodes each, bringing their counts up to 24 episodes.
On the drama side "Grey’s Anatomy" gets two additional episodes which brings its total to 24. "Castle" and "Once Upon a Time" both get one additional episode to bring their totals to 23, while "Resurrection" gets an additional episode for a total of 14. [Source: Variety]
Netflix has announced a March 2015 premiere date for its original drama series "Bloodline". All thirteen episodes will be made available simultaneously in all the streaming service's territories at that time, whilst a vague teaser trailer is now available on Netflix's Youtube Channel.
Much of the team behind "Damages" are behind this Florida Keys-set drama about a family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. »
- Garth Franklin
The 100 returns for a second season and is stronger than ever. Here's Caroline's impressed review of The 48...
This review contains spoilers.
2.1 The 48
Nobody expected The 100 to be a success. It was a mid-season show, for one, and it was also another of The CW's stabs at adapting a young adult book series into a TV hit – a goal that's only seen intermittent success on the network. But a hit it was, and there are a lot more eyes on the season two premiere than there were back then.
It's good that this premiere more than lives up to expectations, then, with a fast-paced, action-packed hour that introduces a bevy of new things for our protagonists to face up against. It's also proving itself again and again to be on the same level as Lost in terms of deliciously-enticing Wtf moments, following off from how we left in season one and »
Comic books are the hot shit of television right now, let’s face it.From the walker infested wasteland of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to The CW’s les enfants terrible duo of “Arrow” and “The Flash” starring DC’s “Justice League” buddies, television is taking on a world held in such high regard to fans of the medium usually reserved for film.Though these shows may take a creative split from their source material, people are on board for the comics-to-tv ride. Fans may look to the CW shows as a play towards mainstream comic fans, and “The Walking Dead” audience for the most […] »
- Kieran MacIntyre
Doctor Who has fought Daleks, Silurians and Cybermen. Now he’s going to be teaming up with flesh-eating zombies in hopes of conquering Madison Avenue and merging cable behemoths.
AMC Networks, which has found much success with its apocalyptic zombie-invasion drama “The Walking Dead,” said it would invest $200 million to buy a 49.9% stake in BBC America, the U.S. cable network that is part of BBC Worldwide, and home to series such as “Orphan Black” and the aforementioned sci-fi franchise. As part of the deal, AMC Networks will have operational control of the network, including affiliate and advertising sales, and will consolidate the results of the joint venture in its financial statements. The companies said BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1% stake in the joint venture, and that AMC would run BBC America ” consistent with BBC’s editorial standards and policies.”
The investment, which has been expected for some time, gives »
- Brian Steinberg
I love The Walking Dead, but it’s a show not usually known for its writing. Awesome zombie make-up and thrilling action scenes? Sure, but writing has only just started to be one of the show’s strong suits recently. The show is getting better and better as time goes on, but over the years it has produced a few memorable funny quotes that are worth remembering. Almost all of them by Daryl. No, they’re not Anchorman-level catch-phrases or anything (other than Rick’s Corraal!!), but they’re good all the same. I hunted through all 5.2 seasons of the show to date to find the most funny quotes in the series so far from none other than Daryl Dixon. Here are some that I really liked, though feel free to suggest your own if you think I missed any. Daryl Dixon: Hey kid, what’d you do before all this? »
Research firm Way to Blue has gathered numbers from the first two weeks of October to illustrate the social buzz behind fall’s new shows.
Not surprisingly, topping the list in both overall buzz and intent-to-view is CW’s “The Flash,” starring Grant Gustin. The superhero spin-off of “Arrow” topped all three of NBC’s new comedies combined in generating the most hype via social media ahead of its premiere.
Showtime’s newest drama “The Affair” also finds itself ranked among new series, in between ABC’s family laffer “Cristela,” and CBS’s thriller “Stalker.”
Among returning series topping the social media ladder are ratings juggernauts “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story,” followed swiftly by three CW series, likely banking on their younger audience for social chatter.
- Shelli Weinstein
Cohan's major movie acting debut was the 2005 film "Casanova" as 'Sister Beatrice'.
Her next role was in the 2007 film "Float".
February 2010 she was cast in "Death Race 2".
Cohan was then cast in Season Three of "Supernatural" as 'Bela Talbot', a thief, appearing in six episodes.
Cohan is also noted for playing the recurring character 'Rose', a 500 year old vampire in "The Vampire Diaries".
Cohan was then cast in the second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" in the recurring role of 'Maggie Greene'.
She was promoted to the main cast in Season 3 and is a major part of the new season. »
- Michael Stevens
All Hallows’ Eve is little over a week away, dear readers, and it seems Sony wants to welcome the holiday in style, after the company discounted a hoard of games across the PlayStation Store in both North America and Europe. The promotion will last until November 5th.
Before we get in to the nitty gritty of the sale itself, it’s worth keeping in mind that North America users will have access to a variety of films and TV shows that have also had their prices slashed, including the likes of True Blood.
For the full, comprehensive list of discounts, you can head on over to PlayStation Blog. Here, we’ll filter through the noise to pick out some of the heavy hitters that we wholly recommend you check out over the Halloween holiday.
The Walking Dead: Season Two – Season pass, Was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season, »
- Michael Briers
It’s up in the air whether New Girl will live to see another season, but considering it’s the best comedy on Fox by a mile, I would hope they’d recognize that fact and give it another pick-up. The star of the show, Zooey Deschanel, has moved from film to TV for the part, and it’s done wonders for her career. Deschanel is famous for her bangs and her eyes, in addition to her acting talent, and that got me thinking about a ridiculous photoshop opportunity, as I’m always on the hunt for new experiments. Today’s experiment? An eye transplant, taking Deschanel’s iconic peepers and seeing how well they’d fit on a number of other famous TV actresses currently starring on the most popular shows on television. Ever wonder why Deschanel’s eyes would look like if they showed up in Castle, The Walking Dead »
No wonder Hunahpu has won every single Survivor immunity challenge they have tried to win this season (Drew intentionally lost one because he is a moron) — it's because they were eating twice as much rice as the other tribe. As a result, the folks stuck on Hunahpu will have to strike some sort of bargain with Jeff Probst next week to replenish their practically non-existent food supply. What will it cost them? We'll find out next Wednesday. But whose fault is it? Who kept insisting on cooking all of that rice? We asked the latest person voted out (and a former Hunahpuian), Kelley Wentworth, »
- Dalton Ross
American viewers will have already seen one promo for the next episode of The Walking Dead [watch it here], but now we’ve got an international TV spot for the upcoming third episode of season 5, ‘Four Walls and a Roof’, which you can view here (although the quality is pretty poor)…
The Walking Dead airs on AMC on Sunday evenings in the States and on Fox on Monday evenings in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Written by: Earl E. Smith
Directed by: Charles B. Pierce
Cast: Ben Johnson (Capt. J.D. Morales), Andrew Prine (Deputy Norman Ramsey), Dawn Wells (Helen Reed), Charles B. Pierce (Patrolman A.C. Benson), Robert Aquino (Sherriff Otis Barker), Jimmy Clem (Sgt. Mal Griffin), Jim Citty (Police Chief R.J. Sullivan), Cindy Butler (Peggy Loomis)
If I had seen this film, it’s been a fleeting memory, and my recollections of it were sketchy to non-existent. I had to watch it when I saw it on Netflix. This happens to be one of the granddaddy’s of the slasher film genre when there was no genre at all. At this particular point in 1976, there was only one other, and that was “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. No “Halloween” yet, and “Friday the 13th” was even further down the line. My expectations »
(Cbr) In case you haven’t noticed, people like watching television shows and movies based on comic books. This fall has been particularly exceptional television adaptations: "The Walking Dead" season premiere pulled in more than 17 million viewers, while more than 8 million watched the first episode "Gotham," making it Fox’s best fall drama debut in 14 years. More than 6 million raced to see "The Flash" pilot, giving The CW its highest ratings ever. About 5 million are regularly tuning in for "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," and nearly 3 million for the third season of "Arrow." It’s not limited to live-action series, either: 2 million people watch "Teen Titans Go!," and more than 1 million tune in to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on Nickelodeon. On the big screen, all four feature films starring Marvel characters — "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
- Corey Blake, Comic Book Resources
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