12 items from 2014
J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón are two of the most exciting and respected filmmakers working today, and their names are often seen as an undeniable sign of quality. Abrams is known for being behind some of the most unique and mythology-heavy television shows of the last decade (Alias, Lost, and Fringe, to name a few), while Cuarón is recognized for his incredible filmography and that nice golden Best Director Oscar that now sits on his shelf for Gravity. So, when it was announced that the duo would be teaming up to produce a show on NBC called Believe, fans of the filmmakers were, as expected, incredibly excited.
Granted, Abrams’ name is often attached to projects that the man himself has little to do with. Often, his production company Bad Robot does most of the legwork, while his name is merely used to sell audiences on the prospect of high-concept television shows. »
- James Garcia
There was a period after the instant, explosive success of "Lost" where J.J. Abrams seemed to be creating every new drama on television. I say "seemed to" because in most of those cases, these shows — "Six Degrees," "What About Brian" and "Alcatraz," among others — were shows from Abrams' production company that traded on his name in their marketing, but didn't have him around as any kind of hands-on creative force. Every now and again he might actually co-write or direct one of the pilots with his name on it (for the short-lived "Undercovers," he did both), but Abrams often seems to be most useful simply using his muscle to get shows on the air, and then as a hook to use in marketing. Some of these shows last a while — "Fringe" went five seasons, and "Person of Interest" and "Revolution" are still around — while others have demonstrated the limits of »
- Alan Sepinwall
Syfy launches its new werewolf series "Bitten" tonight, and Steve Lund, who portrays flirtatious and playful werewolf Nick Sorrento, sat down with Dread Central to talk about his character, his co-stars, and what's in store for audiences. We have the details along with a new trailer!
We asked him to briefly describe the show and Nick. "[It] is based on the Canadian novel series Women of the Otherworld, written by Kelley Armstrong, who is a Toronto-based novelist," Lund said. "The story centers around the only non-male werewolf, Elena Michaels, and follows her through her battle between her werewolf life and her desire to have a normal human life."
"My character is Nick Sorrentino, who is one of the resident werewolves at the werewolf headquarters, Stonehaven, and my family has been in the werewolf game for generations. My grandfather was a former pack alpha, and my father is sort of the accountant for the group. »
- Scott Hallam
With its new werewolf series debuting tonight, Syfy recently held a press call with star Laura Vandervoort and Kelley Armstrong, author of the Women of the Otherworld series on which the show is based; and we have the Top 6 Things You Should Know About "Bitten" before watching the premiere.
Star Laura Vandervoort really does know martial arts.
Vandervoort elaborates: I grew up doing martial arts. So Elena feels like the other part of me. I relate to so much about her. Obviously not the werewolf part, but the fact that she can take care of herself physically... the writers [even] wrote in some extra hand-to-hand combat scenes. And especially in the finale -- we have this epic fight that I just had a great time doing. We had great stunt coordinators that help us incorporate the animalistic side to the fighting. It wasn't a part of the audition, but I think »
- Debi Moore
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., All Hail the King, Thor: The Dark World, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Justice League: War, Stan Lee's Mighty 7 and more...
Well, the holidays are well and truly over, 2014 is in full swing, and the superhero news has been coming thick and fast this week. We've got plenty to get through in this edition of The Week in Spandex and we'll start things off in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first superhero offering of the year Captain America: The Winter Soldier; along with seven new stills and new character images of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Maria »
- Gary Collinson
After a particularly slow couple of weeks as far as movie and television news go, things have slowly begun moving forward again. This week may be lacking any big casting announcements or official details for anticipated projects, but we got plenty of smaller-scale news to chew on as well as some speculation that sent fanboys reeling with anger and frustration.
A few upcoming TV projects, like Fox’s Gotham series and NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby miniseries, received directors and stars, while Marvel gave some more juicy details about their upcoming One-Shot. On the DC side of things, speculation about a big change in Wonder Woman’s origin sent comic book fans into a frenzy. And last but certainly not least, we received word about an intriguing casting rumor regarding a little movie franchise that takes place in a galaxy far, far away.
All of this and more in »
- James Garcia
Last month, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow said that his upcoming sequel will be set 22 years after the events of 1993's Jurassic Park. We also know that the sequel will return to the original Jurassic Park setting of Isla Nublar, where an actual working theme park has been built that attracts millions of visitors a year. With all of these tie-ins to the original film, does that mean we may see some of the original cast members coming back as well?
Sam Neill, who played Dr. Grant in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster, revealed in a recent interview that he doesn't have any plans to reprise his role, although he will not turn down the opportunity if one arises.
"Look, you never say no. I think there's a whole new cast and a whole new look at things, and I think that's great. As I said, I'd never say no, but I wish them. »
Curious about Syfy's new werewolf series, "Bitten," which premieres on Monday? Then check out the opening three minutes of Episode 1.01, "Summons," which bring the sexy and also give us a taste of the type of transformation we can expect.
"Bitten" kicks off on Monday, January 13th, at 10Pm following the season premieres of "Lost Girl" (Season 4; 8Pm) and "Being Human" (Season 4; 9Pm) on Syfy. If you're in Canada, it begins Saturday, January 11th, at 9Pm on Space.
A new breed of werewolves is coming to Syfy with the acquisition of the first season of the new Canadian scripted series "Bitten" from leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne). Season 1 of "Bitten" consists of 13 one-hour episodes.
Based on the New York Times best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, "Bitten" is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort ("Smallville," Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. »
- Debi Moore
Just in case you haven’t checked out the SciFi Mafia calendar (there’s a tab for it above) lately, our Mondays are about to get a lot more crowded. This week marked the return of Almost Human, but next week is when things get crowded, as it is joined by the return of its Fox neighbor Sleepy Hollow, and Syfy unleashes an entire block of programming, with the return of Lost Girl and Being Human and the premiere of Bitten.
We’ll have advance spoiler-free reviews of the Syfy premieres posted here on SciFi Mafia soon, but until then, here’s a TV spot and all the pertinent info:
TV Spot: Syfy’s All New Mondays
New York – January 3, 2014 – Get ready »
- Erin Willard
Deadline reports that Judge Dredd and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer director Danny Cannon has signed on to both direct and executive produce Warner Bros. TV and Fox’s Gotham pilot. The project comes from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller and already has a series commitment from the network. They’re prioritising it after an intense bidding war last year.
While Cannon may initially seem like an unlikely choice, he launched CSI: Miami, Alcatraz, Nikita, and The Tomorrow People’s pilots in the same roles he will serve in for Gotham. The Tomorrow People debuted on The CW last year to strong ratings and launched on E4 in the UK earlier this month.
- Josh Wilding
According to Deadline, British filmmaker Danny Cannon has been tapped to direct and executive produce Fox's Gotham pilot, which will centre on the early years of Detective Jim Gordon and the city's villains prior to the emergence of the Batman.
Cannon has previously directed the pilots for the likes of CSI, Nikita, Alcatraz and The Tomorrow People, while his feature film credits include Judge Dredd, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and Goal! The Dream Begins.
- Gary Collinson
Following a fraught bidding war, Fox TV ended up with the opportunity to bring Batman TV spin-off Gotham to the small screen. The Mentalist's Bruno Heller is developing and overseeing the series, and we're now approaching the point where the the pilot episode is heading into production. Danny Cannon is now set to be the man rolling the cameras.Cannon is no stranger to comic book properties, having been the man behind the Stallone version of Judge Dredd in 1995. He's rather reinvented himself since, however, dusting himself off from that disappointment, and from the ignominy of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer four years later, and emerging as a force in television.Most significantly, he's maintained a long association with the various CSI series, acting as executive producer across CSI, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami, and as director of several episodes, including the original pilot back in »
12 items from 2014
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