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Tom Hanks Will Build a Robot for His Dog in Sci-Fi Thriller Bios

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Tom Hanks Will Build a Robot for His Dog in Sci-Fi Thriller Bios
Tom Hanks is attached to star in a hot new sci-fi project called Bios, which is currently being shopped to studios, with several potential bidders eyeing the project. Among them are Legendary, Warner Bros. and Studio 8, but whichever studio lands this project, they're expected to get to work rather quickly, with production being eyed to start in the first quarter of 2018, after the busy schedule of Tom Hanks starts to clear up.

The script was written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell, which is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The story centers on a robot built by its ailing creator (Tom Hanks) to take care of his beloved dog, as he starts to fade away. Along the way, this robot learns about love, friendship and the meaning of human life. No further details were given about the story, or how many other characters still need to be cast. Still, given
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Writer Comes On Board the Fear Street Film

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We're one step closer to seeing Shadyside on the big screen, as 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have hired a writer to pen their film based on Fear Street, the popular book series that R.L. Stine created before Goosebumps.

The Tracking Board reports that Kyle Killen has been hired to write the screenplay for the Fear Street film. The movie is expected to be an adaptation of the book series, although Stine himself recently revealed on Twitter that "the Fear Street movie will be an original story" and to "watch for it next year." He also mentioned that "there may be more than one Fear Street movie."

Killen has worked steadily as a writer since the early 2010s, working on the TV series Lone Star, Awake, and Mind Games, as well as writing the screenplays for the Jodie Foster-directed The Beaver, the thriller Scenic Route, and the upcoming Sinbad.
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Finalists Announced for Atx-Black List Second Annual TV Writing Program

Finalists Announced for Atx-Black List Second Annual TV Writing Program
Finalists have been announced for the second annual television writing program from the Atx Television Festival and The Black List, Variety has learned.

The scribes will now move on to the second round of Atx’s Pitch Competition and will have the chance to pitch their ideas live at this year’s festival on June 8-11 in Austin, Texas.

The script competition program, which is designed to find TV writers for staffing consideration across networks, studios and production companies, was launched last year.

“We know that writers and showrunners are at the heart of smart, impactful, and entertaining television, which is why we support their work not only through the festival and year-round programming, but also with strategic partners like The Black List,” said Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, co-founders and executive directors, Atx Television Festival. “Our goal is for writers to continue to benefit from our partnership with The Black List, along
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ABC's Tuesday 'Death Slot': A Brief History of Its Put-Upon Occupants

ABC's Tuesday 'Death Slot': A Brief History of Its Put-Upon Occupants
No amount of Inhuman powers could have helped Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. evade its Season 4 ratings erosion, seeing as it now calls ABC’s most problematic time slot home.

RelatedRatings: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Drops to New Lows

For while CBS’ Sundays-at-10 (or 10:30-ish!) time slot is no picnic, and any number of dramas have capped NBC’s Thursday line-up over the years, ABC’s Tuesdays-at-10 “death slot” has earned a notorious nickname that even the casual viewer likely knows.

All told, S.H.I.E.L.D. is the ninth drama to claim that spot since September 2011, when
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Megalyn Echikunwoke’s ‘Step Sisters’ Comedy Scheduled for March Release

Megalyn Echikunwoke’s ‘Step Sisters’ Comedy Scheduled for March Release
Broad Green Pictures is giving a spring break release of March 31 to “Step Sisters,” the Megalyn Echikunwoke college dance comedy.

Step Sisters” also stars Eden Sher and Lyndon Smith with Matt McGorry, Naturi Naughton, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier, Alessandra Torresani and Marque Richardson.

The story centers on an ambitious college senior (Echikunwoke) who wants to go to law school. She teaches stepping to a group white sorority girls who risk losing their charter.

Charles Stone III directed from a script by Chuck Hayward. Producers are Matt Alvarez, Lena Waithe and Benjamin Cory Jones.

Step Sisters,” formerly called “Ain’t No Half Stepping,” will open against Fox’s animated “Boss Baby,” Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell” and Focus’ Jessica Chastain drama “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

Echikunwoke’s credits include”90210,” “House of Lies,” “Mind Games” and the Vixen character on “Arrow.”

Broad Green has struggled this year with its mainstream releases,
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Sinbad To Set Sail In Live-Action With Game Of Thrones Director Steering The Ship!

  • LRM Online
It seems like only days ago I mentioned how HBO's Game of Thrones seems to have become a launchpad for directors. Oh wait. It was.

Read On: "Sony's Mulan Movie Nabs Game Of Thrones Director"

Well, it's happened again. A major studio is working on an ambitious project, and they've turned to Game of Thrones to find someone to helm it. This time the property is Sinbad, and the director is Miguel Sapochnik.

Sinbad is one of the most enduring fantasy heroes in all of literature, and Studio 8 is hoping to put together a new film based on him with the hope of striking gold.

"Sinbad was a rare comprehensive and engaging pitch which lends itself to an international audience and big visual set pieces but also distinct and unique actor roles for a diverse cast of characters," Studio 8 said yesterday. "This project is part of Studio 8’s ongoing commitment
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Former Death Note Screenwriter Calls The Film Heat With Teenagers

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Death Note is one of those films that's been in development for a long time. Sure, it's no Alita: The Battle Angel or Akira (both of which have already likely been in development for nearly a decade or more), but all things considered, it's gone through a lot of different hands. Adapting material is hard enough, but adapting material from a foreign country comes with all kinds of other issues such as cultural differences and tonal expectations.

It's had a winding road of development, but has now landed under the direction of The Blair Witch and The Guest director Adam Wingard, and Mind Games series creator Kyle Killen for the script. Before the script landed on Killen's desk, however, it went through several others, including that of Fantastic Four writer and The Exorcist series creator Jeremy Slater.

However, while Slater isn't currently working on the project anymore, that's not to
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Jaime Ray Newman Checks In To ‘Bates Motel’

Jaime Ray Newman is keeping busy. After wrapping Bravo's True Fiction pilot, Newman will segue to A&E's Bates Motel in a major recurring role. She will play Rebecca Hamilton, an old flame of Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell) with whom she's still very much in love, in the upcoming fourth season. The Psycho prequel centers on Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son, Norman (Freddie Highmore). Newman’s previous TV credits include series regular roles on Wicked City, Mind Games
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Atx Announces New Advisory Board Members & Ambassadors

Atx Announces New Advisory Board Members & Ambassadors
Atx Television Festival has announced the new Advisory Board members and Ambassadors.

Joining the Atx Advisory Board are “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley, “House of Cards” boss Beau Willimon, Graham Yost (“Justified,” “The Americans”) and Kevin Falls (“Minority Report,” “Franklin and Bash”). Abigail Spencer (“Rectify,” “True Detective”) joins the festival as an Ambassador.

The new additions join current Advisory Board members — who help to curate the festival’s programming and provide guidance with their range of expertise and knowledge in the television industry — Peter Billingsley, Ben Blacker, Dina Hillier, David Hudgins, Arielle Kebbel, Kyle Killen, Laura Kincaid, Jordan Levin, Richard Linklater, Julie Plec, Michael Rauch, Bryan Seabury, Betty Thomas and Liz Tigelaar, and Ambassadors Wilson Cruz, Matt Lauria, Scott Porter, Nick Wechsler and Mae Whitman, who serve as the festival’s spokespeople.

“We are thrilled to add Graham, Noah, Beau and Kevin to our Advisory Board,” said Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland,
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Interview: Michael Nehs is Building Up Chicago’s Periscope Post & Audio

Chicago – TV production is entrenched in Chicago, and currently one of the hottest shows produced here is Fox Network’s “Empire.” The intricate sound details of the show, including the music, are handled by a Chicago-based post production company called Periscope Post & Audio. One of the founders and principle owners is Michael Nehs.

Periscope is part of the 50 acre campus which also encompasses Cinespace Studios. The Chicago-based film and television complex. once a steel plant, is now home to the hottest network and cable television series, including “Empire.” Periscope Post & Audio has been instrumental in providing services for these shows, complete production elements like the “dailies” overview (looking at footage that was filmed that day), expert color correction and editing, in addition to sound services like design, audio mixing. voiceover and Adr (Additional Dialogue recording).

Periscope Post & Audio

Photo credit: Periscope Post & Audio

Michael Nehs is the man on the scene,
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Mr. Robot: Can the USA Network Computer Drama Hack It?

Mr. Robot: Can the USA Network Computer Drama Hack It?
“I know what it’s like to be different. I’m very different, too.”

That confession, uttered by protagonist Elliot on Mr. Robot‘s series premiere, might just be the understatement of the year.

As we quickly learn in the USA Network hacker drama, which premiered Wednesday, Elliot (Rami Malek, The War at Home) is exceedingly unique. A cybersecurity engineer by day, Elliot spends his nights as a vigilante hacker, prying into the computer files of pedophiles and cheaters who don’t want anyone to know they’re pedophiles and cheaters. (Case in point: Elliot kicks off the pilot episode
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Christian Slater on 'Mr. Robot' and Why He's Returning to TV

Christian Slater on 'Mr. Robot' and Why He's Returning to TV
On the first day of shooting the new USA Network techno-thriller Mr. Robot (premiering on Weds, June 24th), Christian Slater faced one of those scenes that can make or break a television series. The show revolves a dangerously alienated super-hacker named Elliot (24's Rami Malek) who's recruited by Slater's mysterious "Mr. Robot" to join a band of cyber-saboteurs. In a nod to the 1949 movie classic The Third Man, the two men talk on Coney Island's Wonder Wheel, as Slater's character lays out his ideology and his plans to change the world — in other words,
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USA Network Announces Its Own Hacking Drama, Mr. Robot

While Hollywood continues to implement damage control measures, after one of its biggest studios succumbed to a massive, ongoing cyber attack, USA Network has seen opportunity amidst the crisis. Coincidentally having a pilot on its slate called Mr. Robot, the network has now picked it up for series – realizing the potential interest in a show set in the murky world of computer hacking. The network recently announced its intention to focus on drama, and Mr. Robot is one of five drama pilots it ordered in 2014.

The show is built around Elliot – a young computer programmer whose anti-social disorder leads him to conclude that his only option for connecting with others is to ‘hack’ them. Quickly finding himself sought after by underworld oorganizations thanks to his position as an employee of a cybersecurity firm, he becomes embroiled in plans to decimate corporate America.

Elliot is played by Rami Malek (Short Term 12
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Christian Slater's Mr. Robot Gets Series Order at USA Network

Christian Slater's Mr. Robot Gets Series Order at USA Network
Here’s one title you’re almost certain to find on C-3Po’s DVR in 2015: USA Network has given a 10-episode series order to Mr. Robot, a drama set in the world of cybersecurity starring Christian Slater (True Romance, Mind Games) and Rami Malek (24).

The logline for the series is as follows: “Mr. Robot is a contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot (Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about.
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"The Wizard" Turns 25 -- See The Child Stars Now!

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25 years ago today, one of the best films about video games hit theaters -- and made Everyone want a Power Glove.Yep, we're talking about "The Wizard."The film is about a mute kid (Luke Edwards) who travels with his brother (Fred Savage) and a runaway (Jenny Lewis) across the country to compete in a video game competition. While the 1989 movie wasn't exactly a smash hit, it became a cult classic -- and popularized both "Super Mario Bros. 3" and the aforementioned glove.In the flick, video game pro Lucas Barton (Jackey Vinson) wields the special controller while saying the movie's most infamous line: "I love the Power Glove, it's so bad."You really just have to watch him do it:But what happened to the film's stars in the last 25 years?Savage would continue starring on "The Wonder Years" until it went off the air in 1993. While he continued to act,
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Kyle Killen Inks First-Look Pact with Paramount Television

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have set a first-look deal with “Lone Star” scribe Kyle Killen.

Under the two-year agreement, the studio and Anonymous Content will have first-look rights to produce and distribute scripted programming developed by Killen’s Chapter Eleven banner, which he has launched with former AMC exec Scott Pennington.

Killen already is managed by Anonymous Content, the management-production firm that set its own first-look deal with Paramount TV earlier this year.

Killen had been under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, where he produced the Fox drama “Lone Star,” NBC’s drama “Awake” and ABC’s “Mind Games.” All three shows were famously short-lived — even though “Lone Star” received glowing reviews — which may have inspired his production company moniker.

Killen is also repped by Wme.
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Kyle Killen Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV

Kyle Killen Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV
Kyle Killen has found a new home. After years at 20th Century Fox Television, the showrunner behind Awake, Mind Games and Lone Star has inked an overall deal with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the two-year, first-look deal, Killen will develop scripted fare for broadcast, cable, premium cable and streaming services. Additionally, Killen has launched a production shingle, ironically called Chapter Eleven, and tapped former AMC scripted vp Scott Pennington to oversee the company. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content will have first-look rights to produce and distribute Chapter Eleven fare. Read

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Christian Slater Signs Onto USA’s Hacker Series Mr. Robot

Christian Slater has signed on to USA Network’s upcoming hacker thriller serial, Mr. Robot. Nabbing the titular role, Slater will topline his first show after his star turn in ABC’s Mind Games.

Before we address who exactly Slater’s character is, let’s take a look at the show’s premise. Thanks to Deadline, we’ve got a decent amount of detailed story information that has piqued our interest. Mr. Robot “centers on a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations recruiting him to bring down corporate America.”

It’s a surprise that there’s still such interest in hacking, especially since it’s unlikely any series or movie could ever better 1995’s Hackers.
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Christian Slater to star in USA drama 'Mr. Robot'

Christian Slater to star in USA drama 'Mr. Robot'
Fifth time's the charm? USA has cast Christian Slater in the title role of its drama pilot Mr. Robot. Nope, he doesn't play an android. The show is about a programmer who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. He then finds himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America. Slater's TV projects have had rough sledding over the past several years,
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Christian Slater to Star in USA's Hacker Pilot ‘Mr. Robot’

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Christian Slater to Star in USA's Hacker Pilot ‘Mr. Robot’
Christian Slater has been cast to star in the pilot for USA network's hacker drama “Mr. Robot,” a spokesman for the network's parent company NBC Universal told TheWrap on Tuesday. The show centers around Elliot (Rami Malek), an anti-social young hacker who meets a mysterious anarchist named Mr. Robot (Slater) who attempts to recruit him into an underground hacking ring hellbent on bringing down destroying corporate America. “Mr. Robot‘s” co-stars include Martin Wallstrom (“Remake”), Portia Doubleday (“Carrie”) and Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”). Also read: Christian Slater's ‘Mind Games’ Pulled From ABC Schedule, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ to Return The
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