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MacLaren, known for her work on television shows such as "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones," and "The Walking Dead," had been in the running for the job for some time, but only recently became the frontrunner after talks over the summer fizzled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade adds that MacLaren was reportedly vying for the post alongside fellow female directors Jennifer Kent (horror flick "The Babadook") and Lesli Linka Glatter ("Homeland").
Studio Warner Bros. specifically sought a woman to helm the film, THR writes, a nod to the female empowerment message of the "Wonder Woman" comics. A woman has never directed a tentpole superhero flick -- Patty Jenkins came the closest after signing on to helm Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," but eventually left the film -- and the team behind "Wonder Woman »
- Katie Roberts
As soon as it was announced that Warner Bros was developing a "Wonder Woman" movie, came word that the studio will be hiring a female director. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone) were obvious choices, but the job has officially went to "Breaking Bad" producer Michelle MacLaren, who is mostly known for directing episodes of such TV shows as "Game of Thrones," "The Walking Dead," and "Breaking Bad." MacLaren beat other female directors, including Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Lesli Linka Glatter ("Homeland"). "Wonder Woman" will star Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and is set to hit theaters on June 23rd, 2017. »
Out of all of Marvel’s upcoming projects, the one with the least amount of “legacy” behind it is the Netflix series Jessica Jones. In fact, Marvel’s never even published a comic called Jessica Jones; the comic was called Alias, but that title was already claimed for TV by another popular action show. Casting rumors for the lead role on Jessica Jones have just started to ramp up, as Marvel builds towards its Defenders miniseries. Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Don’t Trust the B--- in Apartment 23), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson, True Detective), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow) and Marin Ireland (Homeland) are in the running, according to Deadline’s sources. All the candidates seem like reasonable choices -- working...
- John Gholson
Wonder Woman: Update: It's now confirmed that Michelle MacLaren will direct Wonder Woman from a script that she will help develop, though the writers have not been named at this point. Television veteran Michelle MacLaren, who has directed multiple stylish, memorable episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, is in talks to helm Wonder Woman. Also on that list, according to THR, are Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter and The Babadook director Jennifer Kent. Gal Gadot is set to debut as the character in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with a stand-alone Wonder Woman adventure due in theaters in 2017. [Variety] Forty Thieves: The ever-busy Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) will direct a new, comic version of Ali Baba and the...
- Peter Martin
Warner Bros. has finalized a deal with filmmaker Michelle MacLaren to develop and direct Wonder Woman, following a report from two weeks ago that the filmmaker was in early talks to take on the project.
Michelle MacLaren will work closely with the project's writers, who remain unnamed at this point, to craft the screenplay. Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, will first be introduced in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. No story details have been confirmed at this time, but we reported last month that the movie may be a prequel set in the 1920s, with half of the movie focusing on Amazonian factions vying for control of Paradise Island. The story will then shift to America in the 1920s, where a mysterious man takes Wonder Woman after he arrives on Paradise Island.
The studio has been searching for a director since this summer, with Warner Bros. also »
Homeland, Season 4, Episode 9, “There’s Something Else Going On”
Written by Patrick Harbinson
Directed by Seith Mann
Airs Sundays at 9pm on Showtime
Homeland sometimes feels like two (or more) different shows at once. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes it bites down hard on both its best and its worst tendencies within the same episode, and it can make one uneasy. But until the last couple of scenes this week, Homeland is a slow burn master-stroke of tension and emotional power. Let’s talk about that first.
Despite whatever the writers may think, the best relationship on the show by far has always been that of Carrie and Saul. The show has wisely been playing up that connection despite the two being separated. When Carrie made the (botched) decision to bomb Saul and Haqqani, everyone thought she was crazy, but we know Saul would have understood »
- Jake Pitre
It appears that we now have a Wonder Woman director, and the choice gives fans of both the comics and filmmaking in general reason to rejoice. When Warner Bros. first announced it was officially moving forward with a Wonder Woman movie, one of the first directors that immediately came to mind was Michelle MacLaren. She’s been doing incredible work in television for years, helming notable episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead, and her move to feature filmmaking has been long overdue. Some welcome news came a couple of weeks ago when it was reported that MacLaren was actually in talks to take the helm of WB’s Wonder Woman movie, and now word comes that MacLaren will indeed develop and direct the film. More after the jump. The folks over at THR report that MacLaren has now signed on to not only direct Wonder Woman, »
- Adam Chitwood
More good news today from the superhero bureau. On the heels of the X-Men franchise landing Oscar Isaac to play Apocalypse in the next film comes word that director Michelle MacLaren has made a deal to handle the first solo Wonder Woman film for Warner Bros. and DC.MacLaren, who we thought might make a good choice when Warners first announced it was looking for a female director to tackle the film, was in talks just last week and has now won the job ahead of the likes of The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent and Homeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She will work with the writers to figure out a script for the film, which may craft an origin story for Gal Gadot’s Amazonian warrior following her introduction in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.In addition to serving as a producer on Breaking Bad, »
“Wings” star Steven Weber will pay a visit to the “House of Lies” for one episode, Showtime announced Monday. Weber will play Ray Montinola, a corporate turnaround specialist enlisted to assist the company after Marty’s (Don Cheadle) stint in prison.
In other casting news:
Spencer Grammer has been confirmed as a series regular on NBC’s upcoming “Mr. Robinson,” according to TVLine. Grammer will star alongside Craig Robinson in the comedy about a high-school teacher who leads a double life as a musician at night. Lenora Crichlow will also be a regular. William Shatner will visit Syfy’s “Haven” for a four-episode guest stint in 2015, the network has confirmed. Shatner will play “a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate »
- Marianne Zumberge
Earlier this month we told you that Michelle MacLaren was the frontrunner for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Today THR reports that MacLaren has signed to direct the film and will work with a writer (or writers), who are as yet unnamed, to develop the script for the 2017 release! Prior to her signing on, WB also met with other directors including Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Twin Peaks). We are more than happy to see two-time Emmy winner Michelle »
- Graham McMorrow
Fox’s Gotham presents its fall finale tonight at 8/7, capping a run of strong episodes that gave the freshman drama some much-needed creative momentum. In turn, ratings have stabilized, regularly outdrawing its equally buzzy lead-out, the sophomore spooker Sleepy Hollow.
Tvline | Beyond the pilot, was there a particular episode which, for you, really clicked and made you say, “This is the origin series that TV both deserves and needs »
“Homeland’’s” ninth episode, “There’s Something Else Going On,” was a combustible mix of action, nail-biting tension and plot twists and turns. In the middle of all this, the show has made its way back to holding a mirror up to U.S. foreign policy actions to examine them in the harsh glare of a naked fluorescent light.
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen the Nov. 23 episode of “Homeland.”
There was a lot to chew on in this week’s episode surrounding the high drama of the hostage exchange, the Faustian bargain agreed to in the previous seg of swapping five of Haqqani’s most ruthless lieutenants for ex-cia chief Saul Berenson.
Nothing was more chilling than the brief shot from Saul’s point of view inside the burlap hood he wore as the Haqqani’s goons muscled him from place to place. You can’t »
- Cynthia Littleton
When a television series has run past its prime, which some may argue Homeland has, the writers have to work extra hard to convince viewers to stick around for another season. After the Carrie-Brody dynamic brought the intrigue down for most of season three, the quality of the Emmy-winning thriller shot back up when the characters reunited for the final few hours of that season. Without Damian Lewis around, though, Homeland’s supporting cast has had to pick up the weight.
For the most part, the ensemble has fared well. However, as the show continues on the way to its fifth season (and perhaps beyond, this being a Showtime series), one hopes the supporting cast gets more to do. That task may be a bit more difficult considering how Carrie and Saul’s relationship – one that did not get much screen time earlier this fall – finally came to the fore in the past few episodes. »
- Jordan Adler
You’d think the fact that this week’s Homeland is titled “There’s Something Else Going On” — a direct quote from Carrie Mathison that underscored her increasing unease about the impending prisoner swap — would’ve prepared me for the episode-ending humdinger.
But noooooo. I foolishly let my guard down after the child-bomber threat passed and Saul was safely back in U.S. hands, and I regretted doing so the second those missiles rained down on the CIA’s caravan. (What do you call it when you gasp and scream at the same time? ‘Cause that’s what I did. »
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Hero 6, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Suicide Squad, Lego Batman, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine, Bananaman and more….
Ahead of its home-entertainment release this coming Monday, Marvel has given us a taste of the special features set to accompany Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray and DVD, releasing a ‘Dance-Off’ outtake which sees Ronan (Lee Pace) showing off his moves to Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) [see here], two deleted scenes with Gamora and Nebula (Karen Gillen) [see here] and Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) and Denarian Saal (Peter Serafinowicz) [see here], and a featurette of Groot (Vin Diesel) saying “I am Groot!” in fifteen different languages [see here]. Meanwhile, we’re counting down to »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday a potential shortlist of actors emerged for the roles of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, with both Lance Gross (Crisis) and Mike Colter (The Following) said to be under consideration for Power Man.
Well, we can now add another name to the list, with Deadline revealing that up-and-coming actor Cleo Anthony (Divergent) is also in the running for Luke Cage. It’s the second update to their original story, after adding Marin Ireland (Homeland) to the Jessica Jones shortlist alongside Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow).
Who would you like to see taking on the roles of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones?
The post Cleo Anthony in the running for Marvel’s Luke Cage appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
One thing you’ve got to hand to the SAG TV voters, they’re loyal to a fault. When it comes to the categories for individual acting, once they find someone they like, they stick with them.
Each year a host of veterans, not to mention a steady stream of series newcomers, is forced into the cold by familiar, entrenched names in comedy and drama alike.
So amidst the universal mourning for the “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” finales, there must have been a certain amount of secret glee among thesps. After all, the spot Bryan Cranston occupied in male actor, drama, for five consecutive years is now open for business, as are Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey’s in the comedy division, where they competed, and usually triumphed, a total of 15 times.
Opening up Cranston’s slot is particularly tantalizing, since the drama field is crowded indeed. Steve Buscemi of »
- Bob Verini
On Wednesday we were given a shortlist of actresses up for the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming Jessica Jones Netflix series, and now we have one more name to add to the list of contenders. Deadline has updated their original post, and now cites The Divide, I Am Legend, and Homeland actress Marin Ireland as being in the mix for the coveted role.
Based on Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias comic book series, Jessica Jones is being spearheaded by former Dexter showrunner and Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and will deal with a former superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who hung up her costume and opened her own detective agency, where she lends a helping hand to people and assists other superheroes.
There’s no release date yet for the series, »
- James Garcia
In an update to their previous report, Deadline have added Marin Ireland's name to the impressive list of actresses that are said to be testing for the lead role in Marvel's 13-part Jessica Jones TV series. Apparently she only became available after her We legal drama series The Divide was cancelled. Ireland has also appeared in the likes of Law And Order, The Following, and Homeland, and well as movies such as Revolutionary Road, I Am Legend and The Manchurian Candidate. The show will be based on Brian Michael Bendis' Alias comic series, and will deal with "a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes." Out of these 5 actresses, who do you think best suits the role? »
According to a new report from Comicbookmovie.com and their sources, the upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse" folks are looking to feature some action that features a young Scott Summers aka Cyclops and Jean Grey. Some of the actors they're currently eying for the roles are: Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), and Elle Fanning (Super 8). TheWrap reports that Chloe Moretz and Elle Fanning have met with director ,Bryan Singer, recently, though no official offers have been made and a number of other names are still in the running. Some of them, include: Academy Award nominated actress ,Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Ben Hardy (Eastenders), Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society) ,and as mentioned earlier, Timothee Chalamet of Homeland fame. The movie is currently set to hit theaters on May 18th, 2016. »
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