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10 Upcoming Shows to Watch if You’re Mourning ‘Game of Thrones’

  • Variety
10 Upcoming Shows to Watch if You’re Mourning ‘Game of Thrones’
Millions of people’s Sunday night routines are ruined now that “Game of Thrones” is over, and there are holes in their hearts as big as the hole in The Wall that are aching for a new fantasy series to fill them. Several prequel series are on their way, but as there’s no word on just how long it will be until they hit the small screen, here are a few TV shows filled with magic, monsters and mighty heroes in the works that might have a shot at filling the “Game of Thrones” void.

His Dark Materials” – HBO/BBC One

The HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book series full of daemons and parallel universes will premiere in late 2019, and a second season has already been ordered. “Logan” breakout star Dafne Keen plays Lyra Belacqua, who travels the multiverse with Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and Pantalaimon, her personal daemon,
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‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Gets Summer Release Date and More Images

We were thinking Netflix's premiere date for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance would fall into the fourth quarter of this year. It's with great glee that we were completely wrong.

Netflix will release all 10 one-hour episodes of director Louis Leterrier's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance prequel series to the 1982 Jim Henson fantasy film on Friday, August 30th. That's only a little over three months from now.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance stars Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel, as Gelflings Rian, Brea and Deet, respectively.

Other cast members portraying Gelflings include Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, and Alicia Vikander.

Voicing a combination of Skesis and Mystics are Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, and Andy Samberg.

Donna Kimball will lend her voice to Aughra,
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TV News Roundup: ‘Dark Crystal’ Series at Netflix Sets Summer Premiere Date

  • Variety
In today’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.”

Dates

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” the prequel series to the original fantasy film, will premiere on Netflix on Aug. 30. Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel will voice the three Gelfling heroes, once again portrayed as animated puppets, named Rian, Brea and Deet. The star-studded voice cast of heroes and villains also includes Mark Hamill, Eddie Izzard, Natalie Dormer, Andy Samberg, Simon Pegg, Keegan-Michael Key, Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Strong and Alicia Vikander. The 10-episode series will follow the three heroes as they set out on a journey to discover the secrets behind the evil Skeksis’ power and save their world.

The second season of the Starz drama “Sweetbitter” will premiere on July 14 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. Based on the Stephanie Danler novel of the same name, the new episodes will
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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance images released, August premiere date set

Netflix has announced that The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the hotly-anticipated prequel to The Jim Henson Company’s cult 80s fantasy The Dark Crystal;, is set to premiere on the streaming service on August 30th. Check out a batch of new images from the series here…

The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance features a star-studded voice cast that includes Taron Egerton (Robin Hood), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones),Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Helena Bonham-Carter (The King’s
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Cool Photos From Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Series; Premiere Date Announced!

Thanks to Netflix we have a bunch of cool new photos to share with you for their upcoming series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The series is based on Jim Henson’s classic 1982 feature film The Dark Crystal, and the epic new story is set several years before the events of the original movie.

The streaming service also announced that the series will premiere this summer on Friday, August 30th! As a longtime fan of the original movie, I am overwhelmed with excitement for this series! I love what I’m seeing in these photos, and I can’t wait to see some actual footage from it. But so far everything looks awesome!

In the series, “we find that the world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis,
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‘The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance’ Gets Netflix Premiere Date & First Images

Netflix has set Friday, August 30 for the launch of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a prequel series to the Jim Henson Company’s groundbreaking 1982 feature. The internet network also released several first-look images (see above and below)

Feature helmer Louis Leterrier executive produces and directs the series, set many years before the events of the movie. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel lead the voice cast, as Rian, Brea and Deet, three Gelfling heroes.

Other Gelfling characters are voiced by Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif,
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The Dark Crystal: Netflix's Prequel Series Gets August Premiere Date

Netflix has booked a summer trip to the world of Thra: The streamer’s prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will drop on Friday, Aug. 30.

Based on Jim Henson’s 1982 film The Dark Crystal, Netflix’s 10-episode series will take place many years before the events of the movie. In Age of Resistance, the world of Thra is dying, and The Crystal of Truth — a source of untold power — is at the heart of it.

Per the official logline, the Crystal of Truth “is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When
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Sequel Series Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels Has Cast Three More Actors to Star

Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner, and Lin Shaye have been cast in the upcoming sequel series to Penny Dreadful entitled Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Deadline reports the following synopsis for the series:

A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter will employ a new vision, new characters and storylines. It opens in 1938 Los Angeles; a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.

Here is a rundown of each
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‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’: Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner & Lin Shaye To Recur In Showtime Sequel Series

‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’: Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner & Lin Shaye To Recur In Showtime Sequel Series
Exclusive: Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Lin Shaye (There’s Something About Mary) are set to recur in Showtime’s upcoming series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, a follow-up to Penny Dreadful from the original series’ creator, writer and executive producer John Logan.

A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter will employ a new vision, new characters and storylines. It opens in 1938 Los Angeles; a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and
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‘The Professor and the Madman’ Film Review: Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Lack Definition in Oed Biopic

  • The Wrap
‘The Professor and the Madman’ Film Review: Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Lack Definition in Oed Biopic
I don’t have a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary in front of me but the OxfordDictionaries.com website defines “boredom” as “the state of feeling bored.” Which is about as insightful as anything one can find in “The Professor and the Madman.”

The film, credited to “Pb Shemran” — a pseudonym for Farhad Safinia, who co-wrote Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” — stars Gibson as James Murray, the man responsible for compiling and completing most of the Oed before his death. The astoundingly thorough compendium of every word in the English language was a mammoth undertaking and required significant assistance from a wide variety of sources. One of those sources happened to be confined to a mental institution after committing murder.

Sean Penn co-stars as Dr. William Chester Minor, a Civil War solider and doctor with paranoid delusions that led him to chase a stranger through the streets and gun him down.
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Mel Gibson Will Play Santa Claus in an Upcoming Film: 'He's the Perfect Choice,' Says Producer

Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll be played by Mel Gibson.

The actor, 63, will take on the role of the man in red in the forthcoming comedy Fatman, which tells the story of a 12-year-old who hires a hitman to kill Santa after the child gets a lump of coal in his stocking. Meanwhile, this rowdy Santa is already down on his luck due to his business decline.

“Mel is the perfect choice as Kris Kringle like we’ve never seen him before,” producer Nadine de Barros said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I
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Film Review: Mel Gibson in ‘The Professor and the Madman’

  • Variety
Back in 1998 when Simon Winchester’s book “The Professor and the Madman” was published, a film version was already imagined by quite a few reviewers, spurred on not only by the subject’s eminently dramatic trajectory but also by Mel Gibson’s much publicized interest. It seemed implausible: Gibson wasn’t the obvious choice for a Victorian-era biopic about James Murray, the man commissioned to bring the Oxford English Dictionary (Oed) to life, but his involvement made it more likely that a dictionary compiler’s story could be packaged as something marketable to a general public. The star decided not to direct, novice filmmaker Farhad Safinia was brought in, and shooting wrapped in 2016. That’s when grumblings began to be heard publicly.

Officially, Safinia and Gibson wanted to add a few weeks of shooting at Oxford University to boost the authenticity. Voltage Picture’s CEO Nicolas Chartier balked, complaining they
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"I feel like we are becoming an auteur TV label," says Christian Vesper of Fremantle

Vesper talks about collaborating with the Larrain brothers, Michael Haneke, Paolo Sorrentino and Luca Guadagino.

Christian Vesper joined TV producer and distributor Fremantle as executive vice president and creative director, global drama, in 2016 as part of the Rtl-owned company’s ambitious strategy to become more greatly involved with the boom in high-end drama.

Vesper had spent the previous 14 years at Sundance TV where he oversaw prestige international productions including Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Based in London and New York and reporting to Sarah Doole, head of global drama,
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"I feel like we are becoming an autuer TV label," says Christian Vesper of Fremantle

Vesper talks about collaborating with the Larrain brothers, Michael Haneke, Paolo Sorrentino and Luca Guadagino.

Christian Vesper joined TV producer and distributor Fremantle as executive vice president and creative director, global drama, in 2016 as part of the Rtl-owned company’s ambitious strategy to become more greatly involved with the boom in high-end drama.

Vesper had spent the previous 14 years at Sundance TV where he oversaw prestige international productions including Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Based in London and New York and reporting to Sarah Doole, head of global drama,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

"I feel like we are becoming an autuer TV label," says Christian Vesper of FremantleMedia

Vesper talks about collaborating with the Larrain brothers, Michael Haneke, Paolo Sorrentino and Luca Guadagino.

Christian Vesper joined TV producer and distributor FremantleMedia as executive vice president and creative director, global drama, in 2016 as part of the Rtl-owned company’s ambitious strategy to become more greatly involved with the boom in high-end drama.

Vesper had spent the previous 14 years at Sundance TV where he oversaw prestige international productions including Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Based in London and New York and reporting to Sarah Doole, head of global drama,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

‘The Operative’ Starring Diane Kruger And Martin Freeman Lands At Vertical Entertainment

  • Deadline
Exclusive: The Operative is heading for U.S. movie screens after Vertical Entertainment acquired North American rights to the spy thriller toplined by Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman and Cas Anvar. A third-quarter 2019 release is being eyed for the pic, which world premiered in February out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

Written and directed by Yuval Adler based on the novel The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir, the plot centers on Rachel (Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel’s Mossad, who vanishes without a trace. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler, Thomas (Freeman). Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats her knowledge of Iran’s nuclear program may pose to their operation, while also working to protect her.

Endeavor Content, which is handling international distribution rights, negotiated the deal for the filmmakers with Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector at Vertical.
See full article at Deadline »

‘Penny Dreadful’ Spinoff Adds ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Alum Kerry Bishé

  • The Wrap
‘Penny Dreadful’ Spinoff Adds ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Alum Kerry Bishé
Showtime has added “Halt and Catch Fire” alum Kerry Bishé to the growing cast for its “Penny Dreadful” sequel “City of Angels,” a Showtime spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday.

Bishé joins a cast that includes Daniel Zovatto, Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Adriana Barraza, Jessica Garza, Rory Kinnear and Johnathan Nieves.

Bishé will play Sister Molly, a charismatic radio evangelist. A beautiful singer and gifted orator, Molly captivates her many faithful followers even as she grapples with the complex demands of her life.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Alum Natalie Dormer Joins Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels'

City of Angels” is described by Showtime as a “spiritual descendant” of the original series. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles — from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore,
See full article at The Wrap »

Kerry Bishé Joins ‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’ Showtime Sequel Series

  • Deadline
Kerry Bishé Joins ‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’ Showtime Sequel Series
Exclusive: Former Halt and Catch Fire star Kerry Bishé is set for a lead role opposite Daniel Zovatto and Natalie Dormer in Showtime’s upcoming series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, a follow-up to Penny Dreadful from the original series’ creator, writer and executive producer John Logan.

A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter will employ a new vision, new characters and storylines. It opens in 1938 Los Angeles; a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with
See full article at Deadline »

Dormer: I push myself to be out of my comfort zone

"Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer believes in challenging herself with whatever she does. "I've said it before, but I truly believe if you don't scare yourself a little bit, you'll never grow," said Dormer. "Whether it's the roles I've played or marathons I've run, I challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone," added the actress, a global ambassador for innovative casual footwear brand Crocs, Inc. She is a part of the brand's "Come As You Are" marketing campaign, along with award-winning actress, singer-songwriter and director Zooey Deschanel.

They are joined by Chinese actress, dancer and model Gina Jin, South Korean actress and gugudan girl-band member Kim Se-Jeong, and Japanese actress and model Suzu Hirose for the year-long campaign.

"The message that the brand is sharing is so important to me," Dormer said.

They feature in a video to encouraging consumers to declare that being yourself, being comfortable
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Inside the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 World Premiere: Kit Harington Leaves Early, Free Popcorn and One Killer Spoiler Warning

  • The Wrap
Inside the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 World Premiere: Kit Harington Leaves Early, Free Popcorn and One Killer Spoiler Warning
Just when New Yorkers thought spring had finally sprung, winter came back to town Wednesday night, along with the world premiere of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones.”

TheWrap was in attendance at Radio City Music Hall when HBO welcomed its “GoT” stars, other celebrities, fans, TV execs and members of the media “to the beginning of the end” — as a voiceover reminded us before the screening — of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ epic fantasy series.

And though we can’t tell you what happened on screen (at least not until the Season 8 premiere airs on April 14), we can offer up some details about what we saw and heard before returning to Westeros.

Also Read: Leslie Jones Forces 'SNL' Host Kit Harington to Act Out Her Shameful 'Game of Thrones' Fantasies (Video)

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1. HBO laid claim to Rockefeller Center with a giant Iron Throne

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