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The deal was announced Sunday on the heels of Blumhouse having delivered the latest in a micro-budget horror hit for Universal with “The Purge: Anarchy.” The sequel to last summer’s break-out hit opened in second place with a solid $28.4 million debut from 2,804 locations in the U.S.
The 10-year term of the first-look deal is a significant departure from most Hollywood pacts, which tend to run for two or three years. It reflects the studio’s elevated expectations that Blum can continue to deliver profitable films.
Blum broke out with the micro-budget “Paranormal Activity” horror franchise five years ago at Paramount, which grossed over $190 million worldwide on a $15,000 budget. »
- Dave McNary
Jason Blum is one seriously busy guy. Over the last few years Blum has established himself as a force in the horror genre, turning out high quality microbudget films and setting up franchises with impressive constancy. So far his major releases of 2014 include Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Oculus - he even had a hand in HBO's The Normal Heart. Next up is The Purge: Anarchy, which hits theaters this Friday. While speaking with Blum about The Purge: Anarchy earlier this week I had a chance to catch up with him about a number of projects he has on the docket. We talked about how Leigh Whannell is faring as a first time director on Insidious: Chapter 3, Scott Derrickson's involvement in Sinister 2, what he saw on the set of Ti West's In a Valley of Violence, bringing a new approach to Amityville, why he wanted to make Jem and the Holograms, »
- Haleigh Foutch
The 2014 Emmy Awards will air on August 25, which means you have just over a month to catch up on the shows that will be honored on TV's biggest night. The nominations were announced last week, informing us on what we need to binge on now so we know what all the fuss is about when the ceremony rolls around. Don't you want to be connected to the winners when they accept their awards? Get in-the-know:
If you haven't watched one of this year's most talked about shows, what are you waiting for? "Orange" is up for the most awards in the comedy categories and its cast is not without recognition. Star Taylor Schilling is in the running for Lead Comedy Actress, Kate Mulgrew for Supporting, and Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Adubo, and Laverne Cox are all Guest Actress contenders. Get thee to Netflix now to watch their fearless performances. »
- Alana Altmann
Related USA Network Orders Mr. Robot Pilot
From executive producers Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland) and premiering this fall, Dig stars Jason Isaacs (Awake) as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem, who, while investigating a mystery surrounding the murder of a young female archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. Anne Heche costars as Lynn Monahan, Peter’s boss/sometime lover.
Appearing at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday, »
Unlike their splits over many of the comedy and drama series races, our Emmy experts are unified as to what will win both Best Miniseries and Best TV Movie. And there are overwhelming frontrunners in three of the four movie/mini acting races, with only supporting actress shaping up to be a contest. -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums are predicting that FX's "Fargo" will win Best Miniseries. And they are agreed that HBO's "The Normal Heart" looks like a lock for Best TV Movie. All but one are predicting that Oscar winner Billy B...' »
When courting a spy, you have to think unconventionally.
That’s just what Covert Affairs‘ new player Ryan McQuaid does when he gives Annie an unusual gift before asking her to accompany him to a black tie affair in our exclusive clip from this Tuesday’s episode (USA Network, 10/9c).
Photo Exclusive Covert Affairs First Look: Annie’s Big Secret Brings Back Eyal
Annie’s not happy about the last minute invite, but McQuaid simply replies, “I couldn’t pass up the chance to see you — and I do want to see you.”
Press Play to watch the preview, then »
The first season of HBO’s True Detective was a big success for the Us cable channel, scoring acclaim for its twisty, complex, thoughtful plotting and dark-skewing performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who both won Emmy nominations for their work. Given the show’s anthology style, neither will return for season 2, and The Wrap reports that Colin Farrell is now in talks to step in.HBO isn’t commenting on casting rumours, so Farrell’s involvement won’t be confirmed until there’s an official announcement. But he’s certainly a solid choice for the cop drama. In addition to the Seven Psychopaths star, Taylor Kitsch is also being floated as a likely co-star. He’s had a rough time of it in cinemas, but Kitsch was praised for his turn on HBO’s TV movie The Normal Heart and of course used to do great work on TV's Friday Night Lights. »
The Wrap says Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the second season of HBO's True Detective, an anthology performance-based mystery series whose first iteration just nabbed it's cast some Emmy nominations.
Series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto has been pretty tight lipped about what the second season would be about and who would be in it. It's going to involve the transportation industry, the occult, take place in the State of California and has about four "lead" roles.
As of now Nic Pizzolatto is half-done scripting Season 2, which means look for a casting announcement as soon as next week.
These reports were squarely denied by HBO. You know, like they are all the time. »
“I got asked a lot about this ad, and they said, ‘Do you find it morally disturbing?’ And I said, ‘Look, honestly, I find every other form of advertising more morally disturbing. Beer commercials, aftershave. This is just a fucking worm in the eye!’”
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf agreed. “We had to terrify some children in order to launch this show, but I think it was worth it. Just saying,” he added. “‘The Strain’ is a modern take on the vampire myth, one in which vampires are brutal parasites aiming to take over the world. Think of them as the new one percent.”
“I’ve been obsessed with vampires since I was a child. I was very, very lonely,” del Toro joked. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Update: TheWrap adds that Taylor Kitsch, coming off strong reviews in HBO’s The Normal Heart, is also primed to snag a coveted lead role in True Detective. He’s apparently in contention with On the Road actor Garrett Hedlun but currently has the edge. TheWrap’s report also states that HBO was intent on landing a movie star, someone “rugged and gritty,” for the part Farrell ultimately received.
Original: At long last, the pieces are falling into place for the second season of HBO’s brilliant, game-changing True Detective, with word that Colin Farrell (In Bruges) is being eyed for one of four lead roles in the Nic Pizzolatto-created and scripted anthology series.
Deadline’s Mike Fleming has the scoop, saying that he can confirm Farrell is “deep in negotiations” to join the cast of the second season, which will begin filming later this year and is due »
- Isaac Feldberg
Wisconsin appeals marriage equality ruling, Consumer Reports rates fast food, Pride gets U.S. release date
Jim Parsons picked up Emmy nominations for both Big Bang Theory and The Normal Heart, and in the latter he fell in love with the character. “I always say, I’m better off trying not making judgmental statements about a character I’m playing while I’m playing it, but now that this one’s finished with, I will say, I loved him. I just loved his look on life, I loved the way he deals with people. He was such a good bridge between warring factions within his own community, he just knew how to diffuse the tension in a room. Just some traits that I really admire and it was such a joy to pretend to walk in those shoes for a while.”
After a lot of public scrutiny, police in Manassas, »
- Ed Kennedy
Chicago – Some old TV favorites and some new online upstarts highlight the nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, which takes place on Monday, August 25th, 2014. The Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” competes with stalwart sitcoms “The Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family” at this year’s ceremony.
The Emmy Awards Will Be Broadcast Live on NBC, August 25th, 2014
Photo credit: Emmys.com
The nominations were revealed by the Television Academy on the morning of July 10th, 2014, and were announced by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly. Late night host Seth Meyers will host the 2014 edition of the Emmy Awards, to air live on NBC-tv. The complete list of nominations are as followed…
Best Series (Drama)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Detective (HBO)
Best Actor (Drama Series)
Jon Hamm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Some things never change, and that’s good news for fans of cult-favorite comedy The Comeback, which returns for Season 2 on HBO this fall.
“The show is the same as it was nine years ago,” co-creator/star Lisa Kudrow said Thursday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
Related Watch Lisa Kudrow’s First Comeback Video
“The DNA that we liked about Valerie is her in front of a camera unedited,” added co-creater Michael Patrick King. However, “this time we found a different way to get her in front of the camera because we wanted to evolve the character. »
Jim Parsons usually advises other potential Emmy nominees to sleep in the morning of the announcement. “It’s the only way to do it,” he told EW. Except he couldn’t follow his own advice this morning—he had a 6:30 a.m. appointment, so he was up anyway.
While Parsons was reading about the Houston Rockets and drinking his coffee, he found out he that he had been nominated not only for his role as Sheldon Cooper in CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory—his sixth time being recognized for that role—but also for his role as Tommy »
- Ariana Bacle
Melissa Maerz: Jeff,
When the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I was sitting at my desk, shouting, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” Game of Thrones dominated with 19 nominations! Hot pie for everyone! I’d quibble with the fact that Noah Hawley’s fantastic update of Fargo didn’t get a best drama nod, especially since it was the runner-up with 18 nominations, and The Good Wife was unjustly ignored in that category, coming off its best season ever—it might be the only network drama that I truly loved—but the rest of the list was pretty solid. Among the smartest choices »
- Melissa Maerz
You can never have too much of a good thing, or so the old saying goes. But in Andre Braugher‘s case, you can have so many Primetime Emmy acting nominations (eight to be exact), that you’ll need a few moments — and perhaps a little help — to remember ‘em all.
Asked during a phone conversation how it feels to have scored nods for four separate series-regular roles (in addition to two nominations in the miniseries/movie genre), Braugher quickly lists Homicide: Life on the Street »
“We’re not concerned about it,” HBO Programming chief Michael Lombardo admitted at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday, in response to worries that the TV series may outpace author George R.R. Martin’s ability to finish the next novel.
“We’re not off on our own,” he noted. “George is an integral part of the creative team [and] every move is being choreographed very closely with him. We’ll have to figure it out with George. »
The haul primarily came through big showings from FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17 noms, and HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” with 16. “Glee” contributed a comedy directing nom for Paris Barclay.
Murphy’s tally helped 20th Century Fox TV and its affils lead the studio pack in Emmy tonnage with 44 bids for its various banners — and that’s not including the 16 for “Normal Heart,” which Murphy produced through HBO.
Sony Pictures TV grabbed 36, thanks to “Breaking Bad” (16) and “Masters of Sex” (5). Universal TV had 33, driven by “Saturday Night Live” (14), “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (4). Warner Bros. TV and its affils took in 30, paced by “The Big Bang Theory” (7) and “Shameless” (3).
FX Prods. plucked 25 bids, »
- Cynthia Littleton
If you were surprised to see Sarah Newlin pop up at a guru retreat on Sunday’s True Blood — as a brunette, no less! — you’re not alone. Even Sarah’s portrayer, Anna Camp, says she was taken aback by the twist.
“It’s not what I expected at all,” Anna tells TVLine of her character’s Season 7 whereabouts. “She’s definitely on the run; she’s got Pam and Eric after her now, and the Yakuza. … This season is about Sarah trying to survive. »
Is Once Upon a Time conjuring an extreme makeover? Just how bad a boy is Supernatural‘s Dean? Will Outlander tilt your kilt? What adversaries await Arrow and his fast friend The Flash? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
I’m loving the Hook/Swan thing on Once Upon a Time, but something is bothering me: How long will Emma put up with his choice of clothing? Come on, they’re not in Ftl anymore and no one else is dressed as such. A shower and some nice clothes just might move Emma in the right direction. »
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