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When Edward Norton and Marvel parted ways in 2010 over the role of the Hulk, there was some real rage. Both camps lobbed broadsides at each other, with Marvel dropping a preemptive bomb that implied that Norton had to go because he lacked the "collaborative spirit of [the Avengers'] other talented cast members." Norton's agent angrily responded that Marvel's unilateral decision to end good-faith negotiations with Norton was purely financial. For his part, Norton took the high road with an earnest missive on Facebook where he expressed regret that he wouldn't be joining all the Marvel superheroes in The Avengers. Four years later, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Ryan Murphy—the man behind "Glee" and "American Horror Story"—has already accomplished a lot in his career. His TV shows have brought in boatloads of acclaim and awards, and his HBO film "The Normal Heart" earned no shortage of plaudits this year. But not one to rest on his laurels, the writer/producer/director is doing something no one has thought of before: mixing horror and comedy. This bit of news come in the midst of a press release of Murphy's forthcoming show "Scream Queens," his anthology horror series for Fox. Viewers who tune in might be totally baffled by what they're seeing because for the first time ever, Murphy is blending scares and laughter. Here's an excerpt of what you need to know (via io9): "I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Project is designed to be an anthology series revolving around two female leads each season. The first season will revolve around activity at a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders. Fox has given a 15-episode order to the series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, who exec produce with another key member of the “Glee” team, Dante Di Loreto, for 20th Century Fox TV.
Fox Television Group chairman Gary Newman and Dana Walden said they had made it a priority to get a new series for Fox from Ryan Murphy after taking the reins of the network in July. “Scream Queens” is targeted to debut next fall.
“We loved every element of the pitch for this show – the genre-bending concept, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Fleming: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full program of 10 DC Comics tent poles to be released 2016-2020.
Will Smith and Tom Hardy are in talks to star in Fury director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and 2016 also brings Batman V Superman; 2017 brings Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Justice League; 2018 brings Ezra Miller as The Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman; 2019 brings Shazam and Justice League 2; Ray Fisher stars in Cyborg and a Green Lantern reboot arrives for 2020.
Besides the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
American Horror Story: Freak Show did so well with its premiere that FX has decided renew the horror anthology series for a fifth season! Freak Show set the record for the most watched show in FX history with 10 million total viewers. What's so cool about this series is that every new season does better than the last.
Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will be back to come up with a new setting and story that will be told over the course of 13-episodes. No casting has been announced yet, but I assume that it will include the usual suspects that is led by Jessica Lang.
In a statement, FX CEO John Landgraf said,
"The American Horror Story anthology has had the highest growth trajectory of any show in FX history, not to mention an unprecedented track record of success in awards recognition. With Ryan Murphy and his partners, Brad Falchuk, »
- Joey Paur
Never fear: "American Horror Story" will be returning next fall. After a monster ratings debut for latest installment "Freak Show" - which broke all FX records in its Wednesday night premiere with 10 million Total Viewers, 6.54 million Adults 18-49, and 4.08 million Adults 18-34 - the network has officially renewed the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck-created series for a 13-episode fifth season set to premiere next October. “The 'American Horror Story' anthology has had the highest growth trajectory of any show in FX history, not to mention an unprecedented track record of success in awards recognition,” said FX CEO John Landgraf in a statement. “With Ryan Murphy and his partners, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear at the helm, the show’s success is not surprising. 'Ahs' continues to deliver amazing stories, a brilliant troupe of actors led by Jessica Lange, and a visual style unlike any other on TV. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Producer Ryan Murphy's Emmy and Golden Globe award winning anthology miniseries American Horror Story has paid big dividends as his newest installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show has broken all ratings records for FX with its premiere episode last Wednesday night (10/8/14, 10-11:32Pm). In light of that record-setting performance, FX has rewarded American Horror Story with a 13-episode order for the fifth and next installment of the show, which will debut in October 2015, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions.
With Live+3 time-shifted viewing, the premiere telecast of American Horror Story: Freak Show has become the most-watched single program in FX's 20-year history and that includes all programs with Live+7 deliveries. Ahs: Freak Show's debut delivered 10 million Total Viewers, 6.54 million Adults 18-49, and 4.08 million Adults 18-34, surpassing the network's previous record holder, the recent seventh and final season premiere telecast of »
After American Horror Story: Freak Show‘s premiere broke ratings records for FX, the network has announced that the series will officially be back for a fifth season:
“Los Angeles, October 13, 2014 – Producer Ryan Murphy’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® award winning anthology miniseries American Horror Story has paid big dividends as his newest installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show has broken all ratings records for FX with its premiere episode last Wednesday night (10/8/14, 10-11:32Pm). In light of that record-setting performance, FX has rewarded American Horror Story with a 13-episode order for the fifth and next installment of the show, which will debut in October 2015, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions.
With Live+3 time-shifted viewing, the premiere telecast of American Horror Story: Freak Show has become the most-watched single program in FX’s 20-year history and that includes all programs with Live+7 deliveries. »
- Jonathan James
This year marked the first time since the rise of the miniseries in the 1970s that no such program won an Emmy despite a collective 16 nominations. And telefilms performed only slightly better with HBO's "The Normal Heart” winning just two -- Best TV Movie and Best Movie/Mini Makeup -- of its 16 bids while the nine other such programs lost their collective 14 races. The rest of the combined awards for these genres were split between a pair of anthologies (“American Horror Story: Asylum” and “Fargo” ) and two continuing dramas (“Sherlock” and “Treme”) that each had short seasons. To that end, the TV academy should restructure or at least rename these categories. The Golden Globes are going with the "Limited Series" moniker, which the Emmys last employed in 1985. (Be sure to make your predictions in that race at the bottom of this post.) -Break- Of the Best Miniseries nominees, the two trad. »
Set in Florida in 1952, “Freak Show” follows Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) and her troupe of “monsters,” including Sarah Paulson as conjoined twins Bette and Dot, Emma Roberts as a con artist, Kathy Bates as bearded lady Ethel Darling, Angela Bassett as three-breasted Desiree Dupree, and Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling, a man with lobster-like hands.
“I think we had to go straight at it,” Murphy said, noting that it seemed “weird” to put on a show about a circus and carnival without a clown. Answers to what made the character so terrifying will be found in episode four, he teased. “We’ll explain why he’s doing what he’s doing, »
- Shelli Weinstein
It's still unclear which direction American Crime Story—an upcoming anthology series from Ryan Murphy that'll begin by focusing on the O.J. Simpson trial—will take. The subject matter (and Murphy's love of camp) could easily spark a wig-stravanga in the vein of a Lifetime made-for-tv movie. Then again, this project will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson—and Murphy's adapted works (think Eat Pray Love) tend to be a little more subtle than his original work. Maybe, then, this project will find Murphy privileging his serious Normal Heart »
- Teresa Jue
For the second time, Brit comedian Rob Brydon ("The Trip to Italy") will host. BBC America will broadcast the event for the third year on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 9pm Et. BAFTA La Chairman Nigel Daly said of Louis-Dreyfus: “Her ability to create iconic, enduring characters like Selina Meyer, Christine Campbell, Elaine Benes, and her most recent role as Eva in 'Enough Said,' is such that it is impossible to imagine the last 20 years of comedy without her." Louis-Dreyfus is guaranteed to be hugely entertaining. Also on stage this year will be would-be Oscar contenders, per usual, "The Judge" star Robert Downey Jr. (the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film) and "Mr. Turner" writer-director Mike Leigh (the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing). Other honorees are "Noah" star Emma Watson (British Artist of the Year); "Begin Again" and "The Normal Heart" star »
- Anne Thompson
HBO has been one of the premier destinations for original programming for over twenty years ranging from mini-series to films and documentaries. Recently, the mini-series The Normal Heart and Mildred Pierce received critical acclaim and HBO hopes to do it again with the adaptation of Olive Kitteridge. Directed by The Kids Are Alright filmmaker Lisa Chodolenko and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Olive Kitteridge stars a top notch cast that includes Frances McDormand, Richard »
- Alex Maidy
Deeply disturbing, HBO’s “Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia” documents elaborate harassment campaigns conducted by vigilante groups, with one member proudly calling his country “Hell for homosexuals.” Stoked by a mix of ignorance and religion, director Ben Steele’s film goes beyond Russia’s controversial anti-gay “propaganda” law to expose grass-roots violence creating a “climate of fear” toward which authorities appear at best indifferent. Homophobia obviously isn’t confined to Russia, but the extent of that hostility, and these efforts to harm and humiliate gays, are captured with unflinching candor.
Steele’s crew spent time with members of different anti-gay groups, gaining enough of their confidence to be allowed to film their activities. Some perform what amount to sting operations, seeking to lure gays online to what victims think are sexual encounters, only to physically and emotionally abuse them, then post the videos to out and humiliate them. »
- Brian Lowry
The behind-the-scenes expose of Dan Rather’s scandalous George W. Bush story has landed another two additions to its expanding cast. Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter each bagged the news that Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) and John Benjamin Hickey (HBO’s The Normal Heart) have signed on for Truth.
The true life story of CBS newscaster Dan Rather’s ruinous report has already attracted a strong cast. It’s not a surprise, either, with a scandal as juicy as the one in which Rather found himself. Based on the memoir by the anchor’s producer, Mary Mapes, the movie investigates what happened as Rather alleged that former President George W. Bush had been granted special preferential treatment during the Vietnam draft.
Grace will play one of the key figures behind Rather’s downfall, Mike Smith. He’s been described as “a researcher who helped figure out the truth behind the »
- Gem Seddon
The Savannah Film Festival will offer premiere screenings of “5 to 7,” “Big Hero 6,” “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” “Foxcatcher” (pictured), “The Homesman,” “The Humbling,” “The Imitation Game,” “Two Days, One Night” and “Whiplash” at this year’s edition
Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the annual event, running Oct. 25-Nov. 1 in Savannah, Ga., has added After Dark, five films from the horror, thriller and supernatural genres, this year to its regular premiere and competition screenings.
Signature series selections, which will conclude with a discussion with representatives from the films, include “A Small Section of the World,” “Cathedrals of Culture 3D,” “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn,” “Field of Lost Shoes,” “Hunted,” “The Last Patrol” and “The Normal Heart.”
The new After Dark series will show “The Babadook,” “Creep,” “Good Samaritan,” “Horns” and “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.”
In all 55 films will also compete to win more than $80,000 in cash and prizes. »
- Shelli Weinstein
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. picked up Shane Black's next film The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and set it for release on June 17th, 2016. Now the cast is starting to fill out with Deadline reporting that Matt Bomer (Magic Mike, The Normal Heart) has landed a role in the film, though specifics on his character haven't been revealed at this time. The story follows Jackson Healy (Crowe), a recovering alcoholic and muscle-for-hire, who ends up working with Holland March (Gosling), a private eye and practicing alcoholic, following the suicide of a fading porn star. But it's bigger than that. The victim's aunt is fully convinced that she saw her niece alive after the incident became news, and so begins March's case, which turns into a murder conspiracy tied into the American auto industry, the span of which can't be fathomed. Apparently Bomer's character is somehow involved in the conspiracy, »
- Ethan Anderton
Co-written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, the film harkens to the noirs of times past. Bomer will join Ryan Gosling, who plays Holland March, a troubled private detective in 1970s Los Angeles. When March hooks up with tough guy Jackson Healy – played by Russell Crowe – the pair unite to track down a missing girl and solve the seemingly-unrelated death of a porn star. Somewhere in the mix, Bomer’s character makes an appearance. As yet, we’re not sure who he’s slated to play.
We do know that as well as Gosling and Crowe, he’ll be joining The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley who’s set to take the female lead. Currently back on set for Magic Mike Xxl, Bomer will start shooting after principal »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Matt Bomer has been set to star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, the action drama that Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black wrote and is directing with Joel Silver producing at Warner Bros. I would say that Bomer plays the heavy, but he’ll be carrying little if any body fat as he comes right from Savannah after he wraps the sequel Magic Mike Xxl. I can still remember when Bomer, a complete unknown, was verging on being The Guy when Brett Ratner tapped him to be Superman in the trilogy of films that got grounded. It has taken some time, but Bomer is getting his movie chance now. As his USA show White Collar ends this fall after its six-season run, Bomer now is focused on big-screen opportunities. That effort was helped by the chops he displayed in a heartbreaking turn as Felix »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Principal photography on Spotlight, the next movie from writer/director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor), began today in Boston. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup, and Jamey Sheridan star in the drama. The script by McCarthy and Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate) centers on the Boston Globe investigative team who in 2001 fought "to expose the Boston Archdiocese’s systemic cover up of sexual abuse of children by ordained priests." Hit the jump for the press release with all the details. Participant Media’S “Spotlight” Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber And Stanley Tucci Goes To Camera In Boston Before Lensing In Toronto John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup And Jamey Sheridan Join Cast (September 25 – Boston, Ma) Principal photography begins today on Academy Award®-nominee Thomas McCarthy’s riveting drama Spotlight, starring Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart, »
- Brendan Bettinger
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