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Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.
HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The final battle between Good and Evil kicked off Friday during the series premiere of The CW’s The Messengers.
RelatedMay Sweeps Scorecard 2015: Weddings, Deaths, Breakups, Sex, Resurrections, Firings and More!
Here’s what went down in a nutshell: a meteor — or something meteor-esque — crashed into Earth, causing five seemingly unrelated strangers to lose consciousness and develop supernatural abilities: visions of the future, super-human strength, etc.
Among those affected by the impact were rocket scientist Vera (One Tree Hill‘s Shantel VanSanten), single mom Erin (Gossip Girl‘s Sofia Black-d’Elia), troubled teen Peter (The Haunting Hour‘s Joel Courtney »
Imagine being a custodial worker in a bunker that’s the last livable place on Earth. The air outside is unbreathable, and a select group of humans are in cryogenic slumber around you. This is life for workers Bauer and Cartwright, but great responsibility and a dark secret could threaten to destroy their sanity and the human race. Produced by Robert Kirkman and starring Norman Reedus, Air now has an official release date for late this summer. Also featured in our latest round-up is a bit of good news for Revolution fans and the cover art and synopsis for another unexpected showdown in Riverdale.
Air: Scheduled for an August 14th theatrical release, Air is the first feature film from Skybound Entertainment. Joining Reedus in the movie is Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond,Fast & Furious 7), who plays Cartwright opposite Reedus’ Bauer. Christian Cantamessa (co-writer of the video game, Red Dead »
- Derek Anderson
Fans of the Warner Bros. Television series Revolution, which ended a two-year run on NBC in May 2014, are going to get a resolution to the show's storylines that were left open-ended in the final broadcast episode. In response to passionate fan efforts to revive the show, the entire creative team behind the series - including executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O'Bannon and Jon Favreau - regrouped to create a special four-chapter digital comic book with DC Comics that will serve to continue and ultimately resolve the adventures last seen in Revolution's second season finale.
Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott handled the writing duties of the digital comic's four chapters, after breaking the story in the writers' room along with the rest of the Revolution creative team, which included Kripke, O'Bannon, Paul Grellong, David Rambo, Trey Callaway, Anne Cofell Saunders, Ben Edlund, Matt Pitts and Jim Barness. »
Revolution fans that have been petitioning for the series to come back, we have some good news for you: closure is on its way. While the cancelled NBC series is not returning to TV screens to finish out its story, it will be telling the final chapters of its tale in a digital comic book from DC Comics. Working alongside DC is Revolution‘s entire creative team, which includes series creator Eric Kripe, along with executive producers J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O’Bannon, and Jon Favreau. The four chapters of the comic were all written by Revolution scribes David Reed and Ryan Parrott but only after the stories had been crafted with the entire creative team. The Revolution digital comic was illustrated by DC Comics’ artist Angel Hernandez. All four of the chapters will have their own specifically designed cover, and a new chapter will be released every two weeks beginning on Monday, »
- Chris King
Good news: Revolution is coming back. Bad news (depending on how you look at it): It's via a comic book. But take heart in knowing you will get an ending, Revolution fans! The entire creative team behind the series—Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O'Bannon and Jon Favreau—teamed to create the four-chapter DC Comics series to resolve the Revolution storyline. Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott wrote the series with art by Angel Hernandez. The digital comic begins on May 4. Each chapter will debut on ComicBook.com for one week before making their way to the official Revolution Facebook page. Chapter 1 hits the Internet on Monday, May 4, Chapter 2 follows on Monday, »
If you were among those steadfastly lobbying to #RelocateRevolution, your wish has been granted.
TVLine has learned that NBC’s postapocalyptic drama, which was powered down almost a year ago, after two seasons, will return to finish its story in the form of a four-chapter digital comic book.
RelatedHot Topic, Two Takes: Should Revolution Be Powered Back Up?
The series’ entire creative team — including executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O’Bannon and Jon Favreau — regrouped to create the digital comic with DC Comics. Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott penned the four chapters, »
Yell “Stop!” at any time if this sounds familiar: A strange object strikes Earth with a blinding flash, triggering near-death episodes — and unleashing extraordinary powers — in five otherwise-unrelated strangers. Suddenly, they are part of something much bigger (what exactly being anybody’s guess), along with a woman who unexpectedly stirs out of her coma after seven years. Filled with religious overtones — including a mysterious figure known only as the Man — CW’s new drama “The Messengers” hints at the Rapture and Apocalypse, but based strictly on the busy, confusing pilot, it had better start getting somewhere soon, if not now.
The fantastic five altered (or perhaps awakened) by the object include a scientist (Shantel VanSanten), a young mother (Sofia Black-d’Elia) with an abusive ex-husband, an undercover federal agent (Jd Pardo) braving field work with the drug cartels, a young televangelist (Jon Fletcher), and a bullied high-school student (Joel Courtney).
- Brian Lowry
Supernatural and Revolution creator Eric Kripke is developing a new comic book series entitled Amped for Vertigo Comics, while simultaneously developing the same property as a TV series for the USA Network. The six-issue monthly comic book series will debut sometime this fall, following a neurotic family man named Josh Jaffe, who tries to get out of a rut by purchasing an online "smart pill" to increase his focus. Much to his surprise, the pill gives him super-human strength, as the show examines the highs and lows of transforming into a superhero. Here's what Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond said in a statement
"Eric has such a clever, irreverent cadence which makes him a natural writer for the Vertigo line. Amped promises to be as addictive as its title substance."
Eric Kripke also offered the following statement.
"Pretty much everything I've ever written has been insanely influenced by Vertigo, so »
Television writer and show developer Eric Kripke is headed back to television, this time on USA Network. The channel formally announced that they had picked up the upcoming comic series Amped for a show development. The show will be based on the upcoming DC/Vertigo series, which Kripke will also be penning, Variety has announced.
Amped will mark Kripke’s first return to television following the cancellation of the NBC post-apocalyptic series Revolution in 2014. Kripke is perhaps best known for being the creator of The CW’s Supernatural, shepherding the show through its first five seasons and through the merging of Upn and The WB channels.
USA Network released this synopsis about the television version of Amped.
When a neurotic family man buys an online “smart pill” to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, he gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
USA Network is doubling down on WWE, bringing “SmackDown” over from Syfy next year as part of an effort to hike the volume of live programming on NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler.
The move of “SmackDown,” a slew of development projects, new programs featuring the Chrisley clan and summer scheduling announcements were unveiled Tuesday morning at USA Network’s press upfront gathering held at 30 Rock’s Rainbow Room.
USA Network president Chris McCumber made it clear in his presentation that the cabler is shifting the focus of its original programming to court a millennial audience. He noted that the generational shift of millennials now making up the largest component of the 18-49 audience is well under way. USA’s new shows are built around stories and characters that exhibit “bravery, optimism, self-reliance and hope” — all themes that resonate with millennials, per McCumber.
Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior VP of scripted programming, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Today at WonderCon, the cast and creators of The CW’s new supernatural drama, The Messengers, took the stage to screen the pilot and tease what audiences can expect from the new take on the biblical rapture. Executive producer Trey Callaway (Revolution), co-executive producer/creator Eoghan O'Donnell (Teen Wolf), and cast members Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), J. D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Diogo Morgado (Son of God), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), and Craig Frank (Mixology) offered some insight into the first season and the tough road ahead for the Angels of the Apocalypse. Check out our thoughts on the pilot and the full panel recap below. The Pilot [caption id="attachment_437703" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via CW[/caption] Angels! Angst! Abs! The CW’s latest sexy drama centers on a group of five disparate souls, chosen to stand for humanity in the biblical apocalypse. When an extraterrestrial object impacts with the earth, »
- Haleigh Foutch
On the eve of the premiere of the first Netflix/Marvel tv series, another one has found its showrunner. Cheo Hodari Coker has been formally tapped as the showrunner of Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third in the series of four tv shows by Marvel that will air on Netflix.
Coker joins the show having worked on a number of series, from Southland to Almost Human to Ray Donovan. He also co-wrote the 2009 Biggie biopic Notorious. The Good Wife‘s Mike Colter has been tapped to play the titular character, who will also be appearing in Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones. A premiere date for the series has yet to be set, although it has been confirmed for 2016.
The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this week. The ABC soap opera General Hospital led the charge with 28 nominations, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A former Revolution-ary warrior is on the hunt for laughs this pilot season.
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Tracy Spiridakos, who recently completed an arc on A&E’s Bates Motel, will co-star opposite Adam Brody (The O.C.) in an untitled CBS comedy pilot from Modern Family‘s Dan O’Shannon, our sister site Deadline reports.
The potential series follows a group of friends and family members at three crucial junctures in their lives. Spiridakos is playing Holly, the object of Andrew’s (Brody) affection when they were 12 years old. »
Revolution alumna Tracy Spiridakos is set as the female lead opposite Adam Brody in the ensemble cast of CBS' untitled comedy pilot written by former Modern Family executive producer Dan O'Shannon and writer Peter Warren. Directed by Pam Fryman, the project revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. Spiridakos will play Holly, Andrew's (Brody) crush when they were 12 years old. There's an undeniable spark when they meet again at… »
With Fast & Furious 7 out this week [read our review here], Sony Pictures has capitalised on the excitement for the upcoming sequel with a parody trailer for the somewhat-less anticipated sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which we have for you here…
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opens on April 17th, with a cast that also includes Eduardo Verastegui (Bella), Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry), Gary Valentine (The King of Queens), Daniella Alonso (Revolution), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) and David Henrie (How I Met Your Mother).
- Gary Collinson
Nickelodeon is ready for some headbanging.
* Breanna Yde (The »
Comic-Con International announced the full three-day schedule for WonderCon 2015, which will take place from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can clickHere to check out the entire convention schedule, but we have pulled out all of the movie, TV, Blu-ray and DVD related panel presentations below. Take a look at what WonderCon 2015 has to offer!
Friday, April 3
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Going Back to The Future
Filmmakers Jason Aron, Louis Krubich, and Lee Leshen discuss their film Back in Time, a feature-length documentary that shows the cultural impact of the Back to The Future franchise-just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the initial film. Room 207
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Batman
Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Batman. Now let's take a look into what the future may have to offer for the iconic »
Design legend Jeff Minter's had his latest game, the psychedelic shooter TxK, blocked by Atari...
For many readers, Jeff Minter and his company Llamasoft will need little introduction. The creator of such games as Gridrunner, Hover Bovver, and Attack Of The Mutant Camels in the 8-bit age, his work has continued to thrive: the likes of Tempest 2000 for the ill-fated Atari Jaguar, Space Giraffe and Gridrunner Revolution are all great shooters.
But we've now learned that Minter's latest game has suffered a potentially devastating blow. TxK, a shooter released last year for the Ps Vita, was set to be ported to other systems - including the PS4, PC and Oculus Rift - this year, but has now been blocked by Atari.
According to Minter, Atari has said that TxK is too similar to Tempest 2000. "This has been going on behind the scenes for a while now," Minter writes on his website. »
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