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The 56-year-old actor set the Internet ablaze with the recreation of his iconic dance scene from Footloose on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The original idea, Bacon admitted, was much simpler than what came to be.
"I actually pitched to Fallon the idea of doing something around Footloose," Bacon told Et. "I thought it would be something much simpler, like I would teach Fallon how to do a small step or something. They took it with their amazing machine over there and spun it into this really complicated thing."
Today, the video has more than 16 million views on YouTube.
While his dance moves remain the same, there have been changes in the Golden Globe winner's life. Currently, he's shooting »
Six years ago, an actor named Christopher Denham made a tight little “found footage” film called Home Movie. I picked it up on a whim at the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear/Toronto Fan Expo since it wasn’t available in America at the time. I really dug it and while Denham hasn’t been quiet on his acting career – working in Argo, The Bay, a couple of episodes of The Following and Sound of My Voice. I was hoping to see his directorial follow-up a lot sooner. We got a trailer for his follow-up to Home Movie, Preservation. Yes, it looks like a little bit of a twist on a familiar plot stemmed from the short story The Most Dangerous Game but who cares. I’m always up for a survival tale. Check out the trailer & poster below.
Preservation follows brothers Sean (Schreiber), a recently returned veteran, and »
- Andy Triefenbach
Last week it was announced that Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) has secured the title role in Marvel’s second Netflix series Jessica Jones, and now the actress has shared a few thoughts on joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe during an interview with Cosmopolitan to promote her latest film Big Eyes.
“I wasn’t [a comic book fan], but I am now reading the Jessica Jones comics and devouring them. And [I’m] hooked. I don’t think I’ve been so hooked on something since Serial. So now I feel that way about the Jessica Jones series. I can’t wait. I mean, as soon as we’re done today, that’s what I am going to be doing. I’m really excited about Jessica Jones. It’s so f**king cool. It’s so cool. I can’t wait to watch it. It’s a dream come true [to work with Melissa Rosenberg]. I’m a big champion for female directors and female showrunners, »
- Gary Collinson
The single-cam project — which didn’t get a series pickup for the 2014-2015 season — centers around Andy (played by Long) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves.
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The seemingly always busy Gbenga Akinnagbe (the guy just works) has booked a role on season 3 of Fox's crime thriller "The Following," joining the previously-cast Michael Ealy, who'll be playing the main antagonist, in what I said (in that post announcement), was quite an intriguing choice for Ealy, given that he's likely known mostly for the pretty boy, nice guy characters he typically plays, and not serial murderers -which is essentially the character he'll play in "The Following." And if you watch that series, as I do, you'll know that it can get quite dark and disturbing. Akinnagbe will apparently be on the other side of the law, playing a character described as »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Coinciding with the news that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange, Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) has reportedly nabbed the role of Jessica Jones in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series of the same name according to Deadline. Ritter was said to be under consideration for the role alongside other actresses including Alexandra Daddario and Teresa Palmer.
Apparently the final choice was between Ritter and Palmer who both did readings with The Following’s Mike Colter, who is a contender for the role of Luke Cage in one of the four series Marvel is producing with Netflix. Jessica Jones is being developed by Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight), and is the second project in the deal between Marvel and Netflix.
“Jessica Jones a superhero suffering from 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.”
- Thomas Roach
Marvel is adding a new member to its team. According to Deadline (although Marvel itself has yet to confirm it), Krysten Ritter from ABC’s short-lived sitcom Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 has been cast in the titular role of Marvel’s upcoming Jessica Jones series. Additionally, Mike Colter (The Following) is believed to have landed the leading male role of Luke Cage. The Netflix series, which is being developed by Melissa Rosenberg, focuses on Jessica Jones, “a superhero suffering from 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.” The show’s first season will consist of 13 episodes. In addition to Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23, Ritter’s other past TV credits include Breaking Bad (where she played Jess’s ill-fated girlfriend Jane in Season 2), Gossip Girl, »
- Chris King
As if Chris Pratt doesn’t have enough giant tentpole films to deal with as he rockets his way to the A-list, the Guardians of the Galaxy star is now in talks to star in an actual Western, as opposed to a Western with dinosaurs or talking raccoons. Pratt is set to join a remake of Magnificent Seven, currently starring Denzel Washington, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). An original draft of the script was originally being handled by True Detective‘s Nic Pizzolato.
Deadline reported Thursday that signing Pratt could be a big step in actually helping the film get made, with the remaining five cast members still to fall into place. Previously, Tom Cruise was rumored to be the lead, with Matt Damon, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman reportedly courted to join him. Although Pratt is no done deal either, »
- Brian Welk
What a week for comic book roles being cast huh?! Earlier this week the official cast (or bulk of it) for David Ayer's Suicide Squad was announced, and today Marvel is on the Prowl. They've officially confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will bring Doctor Strange to life, and it sounds like Krysten Ritter will be Jessica Jones on Netflix. Come inside to learn more!
It's an exciting time for nerds, as the last couple of weeks have brought us our first looks at Jurassic World, The Force Awakens, and casting confirmations on some of our most anticipated comic book properties. Let's get the big one out of the way first. Once Joaquin Phoenix passed on Doctor Strange, the rumor world then turned to Benedict Cumberbatch (a very excellent choice). Well today, Marvel has made it offical and cast the fan-favorite actor as the Sorcerer Supreme! From the press release:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Marvel has found its next superhero, and it happens to be another television alum a la Chris Pratt. A couple of weeks ago, a shortlist was unveiled of actresses that were in the mix to lead Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Jessica Jones. Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Krysten Ritter, and Jessica De Gouw were reported as being invited to test for the part, and now word comes that Breaking Bad alum Ritter has come away with the role. This is the second in a series of four standalone Netflix shows that will lead to the Avengers-style team-up miniseries The Defenders, and in addition to the Jessica Jones casting, it appears that Marvel has zeroed in on its Luke Cage as well. More after the jump. Per Deadline, Ritter has been set to play Jessica Jones in Marvel’s appropriately titled Netflix series, Jessica Jones, which has Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg onboard as showrunner. »
- Adam Chitwood
Sorry, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, and Jessica De Gouw. While all three ladies that were in the running for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix show "Jessica Jones," the studio has found their woman, and it's someone else. Deadline reports that “Breaking Bad” and “Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” actress Krysten Ritter got the gig. Shepherded by Melissa Rosenberg (an Emmy-winning TV writer best known for writing "Twilight” series films ‘New Moon,’ ‘Eclipse,’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’), "Jessica Jones" will be the second in a four-series, Netflix-Marvel deal, with the 13-episode run of “Daredevil” arriving next spring. Meanwhile, the trade notes that “The Following” star Mike Colter is said to the actor being eyed to play Luke Cage (aka Powerman), the third character in the Marvel/Netflix deal, but he is also expected to have a major role in "Jessica Jones." Much less known than most Marvel heroes (and the least known of these four. »
- Edward Davis
Deadline reports that Krysten Ritter has been cast as Jessica Jones in the Netflix series which will follow Daredevil, but whether that's this year or next remains to be seen. She's best known for a memorable role in Breaking Bad, and gained quite the following after starring in the short lived - but well-loved - Don't Trust The B- comedy series on ABC. According to the site, her series focuses on Jessica Jones (obviosly), a superhero suffering from 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. The site also reveals that the five actresses being eyed for Jessica Jones all tested with The Following's Mike Colter, who it now appears will play Luke Cage. »
From Sex and the City creator Darren Star and premiering March 31, Younger follows 40-year-old Liza (played by two-time Tony winner Foster), a newly single mom who struggles to get back into the working world at such a “ripe” age. When a tattoo artist (The Following‘s Nico Tortorella) convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass for 26 — with the help of a makeover from her Bff »
Bacon will team up with director Greg McLean for the film based on a true story, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will follows the story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who in 1981 was lost in the Amazon rainforest for three weeks.
Bacon has previously worked with McLean on the supernatural thriller 6 Miranda Drive, due for release next year (2015).
The third season of Bacon's The Following will air on Fox next March. »
Seemingly tired of pulling the “buffer face” for Ee, Footloose star Kevin Bacon has signed on to topline Greg McLean’s Jungle — an upcoming survival tale set in the unforgiving Amazon rainforest circa 1981.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, who state that the 56-year old star will indeed reunite with the director, following the pair’s work on the soon-to-be-released horror thriller, 6 Miranda Drive.
Taking inspiration from the real-life account of adventure-seeker Yossi Ghinsberg, Jungle will follow Bacon’s protagonist who finds himself lost in more tropical regions of Bolivia. With only himself for company, the film will chart his extraordinary story as he fights for survival in the Amazon rainforest for a full three weeks.
Given that Jungle is, by the sounds of things, a concentrated and contained picture, it’ll be interesting to see how Bacon performs on his lonesome. There’s no doubting the actor’s »
- Michael Briers
Bacon’s weary FBI man locks horns with James Purefoy’s charismatic, serial-killing cult leader in this gruesome thriller
One minute in and five people have died. And that’s mild compared to what then unfolds in the course of two series. This isn’t too surprising really, given that The Following was created by Kevin Williamson, writer of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. The result is a refreshingly unsubtle stab-a-thon, with twists aplenty and heaps of gratuitous violence.
Ex-fbi agent Ryan Hardy, played with enjoyable weariness by Kevin Bacon, is desperately trying to capture the escaped serial killer, Joe Carroll, and return him to prison. But it quickly becomes clear that Carroll is not your ordinary killer. While incarcerated, he uses his Hannibal Lecter-like charisma to assemble like-minded maniacs into a cult, whose purpose is to create mayhem on the outside by slicing up as many innocent people as possible. »
- Edward Tew
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
ABC has decided to deny admission to Members Only.
The drama, which was to star John Stamos, will not join the Alphabet Net’s midseason line-up as originally planned, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Stamos was to play the billionaire husband of a character played by Natalie Zea (The Following). The cast also included Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers), Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People) and Michael Landes (Save Me).
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
Before Arrow's Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) joined a superhero team to save the day with her computer skills, the CW had another blonde It wiz on another superhero team—Smallville's future Watchtower, Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack). But Chloe is about to trade in her super friends and tech genius for a much more serious case. E! News can reveal that Mack has just been cast on Fox's serial killer thriller The Following. So will she be a friend or foe to Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon)? Mack will play Hillary, a naive, small town police officer caught up in Ryan Hardy's hunt for a serial killer. She will appear in at least one episode of the Fox drama this season. Mack tweeted »
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