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Indie digital distributor FilmBuff has landed U.S. rights to A Wonderful Cloud, the feature-length improv comedy written, directed and starring Eugene Kotlyarenko. It premiered at SXSW in the spring and was based on the real-life relationship between Kotlyarenko and co-star Kate Lyn Sheil (House Of Cards). FilmBuff plans a theatrical release October 23 beginning at L.A.’s Laemmle's Playhouse 7 and on-demand. The “plot”: When Katelyn travels to Los Angeles in hopes of… »
While it seems to have a leg up on its competitors in terms of the exclusive streaming rights it owns for popular TV shows, Hulu has quite landed a smash hit original series on the level of Netflix’s House of Cards or Amazon’s Transparent. Hulu’s middling results in the originals department, however, are not for lack of effort. The latest big-name series to premiere on the online video platform is Casual, a sexed-up romantic comedy directed by Oscar nominee Jason Reitman.
Casual stars Tommy Dewey (The Mindy Project) and Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) as Alex and Laura, cohabitating siblings who are raising Laura’s daughter together after a divorce. Across ten episodes, Casual will examine the shape of modern relationships. Judging from its trailer, there will also be plenty of sex jokes in there, too.
The notable names Casual have enough clout to make the series a hit. »
- Sam Gutelle
Binge-watching and no ad-breaks aren't just making TV more convenient, they're changing the ways television's stories are told...
If the TV set were to be laid out in its own visual March of Progress, the set which first crawled out of the primordial ooze would be the chunky box in the corner, rabbit ears jutting out from its top. As various knobs and dials fall off, the box continues to gain mass, growing bigger, deeper, and more rectangular. Next come the sleek high-definition TVs proudly bolted to the space place on living room walls once reserved for framed artwork. Taking the place of Homo Sapiens, at the front of the evolutionary queue, emerges the laptop/tablet combo. Today, the internet is ever increasingly becoming the default manner in which TV is consumed, and Reed Hastings, Netflix’s CEO, has boldly proclaimed that all television will be on the internet in ten to twenty years. »
With the rise of streaming services over the past few years has also come a rise in original programming from many of them, with Netflix entering the field with shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, and Hulu picking up The Mindy Project and collaborating with Jason Reitman for Casual. Amazon has been no stranger to this field, garnering acclaim for their series Transparent, while also debuting Bosch and Hand of God earlier this year. The streaming service isn’t done, however, as they’re set to release their newest series before the year ends.
Titled The Man In The High Castle, the series is an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name from 1962. It is developed by The X-Files and Strike Back writer Frank Spotnitz, and stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, and Rufus Sewell. The first season, which will consist of ten episodes, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The final installment of the BAFTA BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series featured the screenwriter and playwright who brought audiences the political drama "The Ides of March" and the popular Netflix series "House of Cards." So, it came to a surprise to everyone that one of Beau Willimon's first admissions of the night was that he doesn't actually like politics. Read More: 'Why Pioneering British TV Writer Jimmy McGovern Thinks American Writers Are The Lucky Ones' Willimon candidly said, "politics was never like a 'thing' for me. I'm not a political junkie, I don't probably know more about politics than most of the people in this room. There's a lot of things I have to research in depth in order to write the show...The reason you guys probably showed up is because of 'House of Cards,' and so the two things that I'm most known for, 'Farragut North' »
- Elle Leonsis
Last week, illustrator Andy Park released some concept art for Marvel’s Ant-Man featuring Janet Van Dyne fully suited up as The Wasp [see here], and now he’s dropped another alternate design via his Twitter…
Ant-Man sees Peyton Reed (Down with Love) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Maggie, Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play) as Paxton, Michael Peña (American Hustle) as Luis, Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness) as Cassie Lang, David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight) as Kurt, »
- Gary Collinson
"Last year I was approached to direct the first episode of the second season of True Detective," he told Indiewire.
"I considered it but I thought that the script was bad, so I didn't do it. In TV, the director is just a traffic cop, but on the other hand it is work and there's a lot of it."
Cary Fukunaga directed the entire first season, but departed for the follow-up, prompting rumours of a rift between him and Pizzolatto.
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October is finally upon us which means horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to be looking forward to, especially when it comes to the films hitting VOD this month as there numerous highly anticipated choices arriving on various platforms throughout the month, including Tales of Halloween, Deathgasm, Gravy, Knock Knock, The Final Girls, A Christmas Horror Story, Bone Tomahawk, and one of my own most anticipated films of 2015, Tokyo Tribe from visionary filmmaker Shion Sono.
Here’s a look at all the genre titles arriving on VOD this October!
A Christmas Horror Story (Rlj Entertainment) - October 2nd
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus - the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children - is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins. »
- Heather Wixson
Cannibals take over a restaurant and put the staff on their own sadistic menu in Gravy. Ahead of the film's October 6th home media and VOD release, we've been provided with an exclusive clip from the film in which Stef sinks his teeth into the twisted new version of the "Manager's Special."
"It’s Halloween night. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and forces the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what’s on the menu…and who will survive ‘til morning! This deliriously demented horror-comedy is a true feast for genre fans. Stuffed with an outstanding ensemble cast and perfectly seasoned with laughs and scares, you’ll be sure to ask for seconds on Gravy.
- Derek Anderson
Rome – Netflix has set exact dates and pricing for its upcoming launches in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
The streaming subscription video service will bow in Spain on October 20; Portugal will segue a day later on October 21; followed by Italy on October 22.
After a free one-month trial, pricing across all three Southern European markets will be the same, Euros 7.99 ($8.90) per month for standard definition, basic single connection. Two simultaneous connections in HD format will cost Euros 9.99, and a premium plan of four simultaneous connections in Ultra HD will cost Euros 11.99.
Netflix will be available on Smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, computers, and various video game consoles and set-top boxes connected to the Internet, in addition to Apple TV and Google Chromecast. In Spain, Netflix will also be streaming via telecom-service operated Vodafone TV. In Italy it will be available through both Telecom Italia and Vodafone.
As for what content Netflix will be offering, »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Ranch was created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, and is set on a Colorado spread, with Colt Bennett (Kutcher) returning home after a brief semi-pro football career to run the family business with his brother Jimmy (Danny Masterson). Cuthbert (who is next going to be seen opposite Seann William Scott in Goon: Last Of The Enforcers) will apparently play Cold’s old flame, a former cheerleader. Debra Winger and Sam Elliott have already been cast to play Colt and Jimmy’s parents in the series.
That’s an impressive cast, and it’s been a pretty busy week for Netflix as well, as they also recently cast Christopher Mintz-Plasse in another comedy series they’re working on titled Flaked. »
- Josh Wilding
This weekend at the 2015 World Maker Faire, Netflix unveiled its prototype and instructions for a big button that it calls "The Switch." When you hit it, The Switch sets the mood and preps you for the perfect streaming experience. Using "The Switch," you can dim the lights, activate your phone's Do Not Disturb feature and get ready to binge-watch. Read More: Netflix Ratings Report: How Many People Are Watching 'House of Cards,' 'Daredevil' and More? "You'll see that we built a switch that does everything you need to get ready for a Netflix marathon with just one press," explains the company in a blog post, which details how to make your own switch at home (also watch the above video for detailed instructions). Keep in mind that unless you're a natural Maker and/or an electrical engineer, you'll probably need to put your thinking cap on for this »
- Paula Bernstein
After the massive success of Universal Pictures' Jurassic World at the box office, fans are hungry for more dinosaur action. If you have ever wanted to see what would happen if a swarm of angry pterodactyls attacked a major U.S. city, then you're in luck, because today we have four exclusive photos from 3rd Films' upcoming thriller Terrordactyl, which is set for release sometime in 2016. These images show the chaos these creatures cause in the heart of Hollywood, with one image showing the Capitol Records building on fire, the same building aliens destroyed in the 1996 classic Independence Day.
When a meteor shower rains down outside Los Angeles, Lars (Christopher John Jennings) and Jonas (Jason Tobias), two friends stuck in tired, boring lives, head out to find one and strike it rich. After recovering one, they start being stalked by Terrordactyls, ancient flying reptiles, that launch a full-on assault on the city. »
With access to all sorts of viewing statistics, Netflix has confirmed a long held belief - that pilot episodes of a TV series will rarely make viewers into fans.
Talking about the study with Deadline, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says the findings give the service confidence that its 'all episodes at once' simultaneous release approach is the right way to do things.
The company tried to pinpoint which episode in a show's first season was the one during which most viewers would decide to either give up or complete the entire season.
That figure varies from series to series, but the average point seemed to be around the fourth episode - a figure that applied to shows like "Bloodline," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Better Call Saul".
Some took longer like "Daredevil" and "BoJack Horseman" at five, "Mad Men" and "The Blacklist" which were six and "Arrow" which was eight. »
- Garth Franklin
The presenter and documentary maker on binge watching House Of Cards, his expert knowledge of The Wire season four and how he wants more from reality television
I remember staying up late and watching Spitting Image, but I used to turn the contrast down on the telly, so the light wouldn’t come through the door, and turn the volume right down, because I was living at my gran’s house. I used to watch tons of Alexei Sayle as well – loads of alternative late 80s, early 90s comedy. I grew up watching stuff I was too young to watch. I used to watch The Word and I Loved I’d Do Anything To Get On TV [The Hopefuls – Ed]. That was the thing that really blew my mind.
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- Luke Holland
Netflix is back with more top class anime in Tokyo Ghoul while Dr Buckles is going it alone with his new internet broadcast
Away from the headline-grabbing likes of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, Netflix does a decent line in anime imports. This 2014 Japanese series imagines a world in which humans are replaced at the top of the food chain by ghouls, creatures that resemble humans but also crave their flesh, and offers up the same mix of well-observed adolescent angst and liberal amounts of claret-spilling that marked out its excellent predecessor Attack On Titan (which you can also, and should, watch on Netflix). There’s a wonderfully over-the-top guitar-shreddy theme tune to boot.
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- Rachel Aroesti & Gwilym Mumford
After a very impressive turn in The Gift, Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman is set to return to the small screen as the director, star and executive producer of Ozark, a new hourlong series created by Bill Dubuque (The Judge). Unfortunately, plot details are being kept under wraps for the time being, but Deadline reveals that it takes place, “in the dark and dangerous world of drug-money laundering.” The series is named after the location it’s actually set in, the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
Ozark is obviously going to be a big test for Bateman, especially as he’s taking on multiple roles behind the camera as well as obviously starring in front of it. There’s no word on who will be joining him in the series, but the actor is currently working with Dubuque to establish the creative vision for the show. It is of »
- Josh Wilding
Netflix viewers get hooked after two episodes of Breaking Bad, but it takes four doses of the show’s spin-off Better Call Saul before an audience is roped in.
The streaming service Netflix has analysed viewer data from 16 countries to find out at what point in several hit programmes someone is 70% likely to finish at least the first series of a show.
Related: Better than the original? An abridged guide to recent TV drama spinoffs
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- George Arnett
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