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Hugh Laurie's Space Comedy Series Avenue 5 Has Been Ordered by HBO

HBO has ordered a new comedy series by creator Armando Iannucci, who also created Veep, that will take place 40 years in the future, when space tourism is all the rage.

The series will star Hugh Laurie (House) as the Space Captain Ryan Clark, of the Avenue 5, as well as the hilarious Josh Gad and Zach Woods. The cast will also include Nikki Amuka-Bird (Gold Digger), Rebecca Front (Inspector Lewis), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human), Suzy Nakamura, and Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager).

Now that Veep is in its last season, it’s kind of perfect that fans will have a new comedy series by the same creator. The cast is solid and has a great record in comedy. I am excited to see this series when it starts. Avenue 5 is currently in pre-production, but we will let you know when we get a trailer and release date.

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Hugh Laurie-Led Sci-Fi Comedy From Veep Creator Snags HBO Series Order

HBO’s Hugh Laurie-captained space satire Avenue 5 is ready for launch.

The cabler has handed a series order to the futuristic sci-fi comedy, which hails from Veep creator Armando Iannucci and also stars Silicon Valley‘s Zach Woods and The ComediansJosh Gad.

Per the series’ logline, Avenue 5 is a “space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong?”

Laurie, who worked with Iannuci on Veep, stars as Ryan Clark, the “suave, outwardly confident, controlled and personable” captain of space
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Podtalk: Action Movie Villain Patrick Kilpatrick Pens New Memoir ‘Dying for a Living’

Chicago – What is it like to usually play the villain? Movie character actor Patrick Kilpatrick will tell you, in his new memoir entitled “Dying for a Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot.” Kilpatrick has over 170 movie credits, and the book is an insider’s view of a generation of action stars and TV/movie sets, including Stephen Spielberg’s “Minority Report” and shows like “Dark Angel,” as well as Bruce Willis (“Last Man Standing”) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Eraser”).

Patrick Kilpatrick of ‘Dying for a Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot’

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Born in Virginia, Patrick Kilpatrick took a circular route to the big screen, graduating from the University of Richmond with an emphasis on English and History. After working in advertising and journalism – appearing in magazines as diverse as Modern Bride, Life and Playboy – he moonlighted as a bodyguard
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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 Easter Eggs & References

Ryan Britt Apr 18, 2019

Did you catch all of these references in Star Trek: Discovery's Season 2 finale?

Spoilers ahead for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 14, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2.”

The emotional and action-packed Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 finale is full of plenty of obvious Easter eggs and references to all versions of the Star Trek canon. Of course, if you’ve seen the episode, you noticed that certain someone shaved their beard, and is wearing a very familiar blue uniform. But, that’s the obvious stuff!

In terms of deep-cuts, there were some more even more subtle nods to classic canon in this episode, too. From a weird shout-out to a Starfleet captain everyone hates, to quotes from Neil deGrasse Tyson, and two huge references to Scotty, this episode had it all.

Here are all of the nods, winks, and Easter eggs we caught in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 14, “Such Sweet Sorrow,
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Listen: Lance Reddick on How a Childhood Love of ‘Star Trek’ and William Shatner Informed His Career

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Listen: Lance Reddick on How a Childhood Love of ‘Star Trek’ and William Shatner Informed His Career
Lance Reddick never planned to be an actor. But the star of series such as “Bosch,” “Corporate,” “Fringe” and “The Wire” always cites his youthful obsession with William Shatner as the catalyst that eventually led to his career on the screen.

“I didn’t really start acting until college and I didn’t even think about being an actor professionally until I was 27,” Reddick told Variety‘s “My Favorite Episode” podcast. “But whenever I’m asked about my early influences, what made me want to be an actor, it was William Shatner.”

As a teenager, when Reddick learned that Shatner had been a Shakespearean actor, he unearthed his father’s copy of “Julius Caesar” and taught himself the speech that Brutus makes to the crowd before Mark Antony takes over.

“I started trying to do it the way I thought Captain Kirk would do it,” he said. “Growing up I
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The Top 5 Virtual/Simulated Characters and How They Foretold the Future

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The Top 5 Virtual/Simulated Characters and How They Foretold the Future
Sunday, March 31 marks the 20th anniversary of landmark film “The Matrix,” a movie about a multitude of ideas all wrapped around the singular notion that the reality humans know is, in fact, an incredibly elaborate simulation run by computers, a sort of video game if you will.

In honor of the movie’s anniversary, Variety asked video game designer and author of the upcoming book “The Simulation Hypothesis” Rizwan Virk to walk us through what he views as the five most important virtual characters in science fiction and computer science over the last 30 years.

In his book, Virk explores the history of video game development and brings together arguments from computer sceience, artificial intelligence, video games, quantum physics and eastern and western religious texts to examine the nature of reality and answer the question of whether we’re living inside a Matrix-like simulated reality.

“When ‘The Matrix’ came out
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Rage Against the Machine Guitarist Tom Morello Dm's Epic Dungeons and Dragons Game for Neighborhood Kids

Photo by David Shankbone

In super cool news, Tom Morello, one of the greatest guitar players of all time, of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame, sent out a tweet that made him even just a little bit cooler.

We already knew he was a bit of a fellow geek, as he has professed his love of Star Trek, and has made appearances on Star Trek: Voyager, as well as Star Trek: Insurrection. Now we know he is also a major D&D fan.

And to top it all off, he has made himself available to the neighborhood kids to play as their Dungeon Master and guide them through their formative D&D years. I think this is a lot of fun. He must be the cool dad who all the kids love to hang out with.

I’ve never played D&D, but I’d totally play if
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The Orville Season 2 Episode 11 Review: Lasting Impressions

If you thought that The Orville Season 2 Episode 11 felt kind of deja-vu-ish, you'd be right. All this has happened before... and that's okay.

At its heart, The Orville is an homage to sci-fi shows and, in the overwhelming majority of cases lately, it does it well so I'm willing to cut it a lot of slack when it chooses to tighten its focus to one or two crew members for an episode.

And Malloy has been stepping up considerably this season, with Scott Grimes really demonstrating some chops in dramatic situations while still wielding his trademark comedic sabre.

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With Tim Russ (of Star Trek: Voyager fame) appearing in the very first scene as Dr. Spencer and a script borrowing heavily in vibe from Star Trek: The Next Generation season 3 Episode 6, we
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‘Mr. Mercedes’: Kate Mulgrew, Brett Gelman & Natalie Paul To Recur In Season 3

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‘Mr. Mercedes’: Kate Mulgrew, Brett Gelman & Natalie Paul To Recur In Season 3
Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Brett Gelman and Natalie Paul are set to recur on the upcoming third season of At&T Audience Network’s critically praised drama series Mr. Mercedes, from Sonar Entertainment. Production on the Stephen King adaptation is underway in Charleston, South Carolina.

Season 2 took place a year after Brady Hartsfield’s (Harry Treadaway) thwarted attempt to perpetrate a second mass murder in the community of Bridgton, Ohio. Since the incident, Hartsfield had been hospitalized in a vegetative state. Retired Detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) did his best to move on from his Brady obsession, teaming up with Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe) to open Finders Keepers, a private investigative agency. But when unexplainable occurrences began to affect hospital staff members attending to Brady, Hodges was haunted by the feeling that Brady was somehow responsible.

Mulgrew will play Alma Lane, another life-long resident of Bridgton,
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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 9 Easter Eggs & References

Ryan Britt Mar 15, 2019

Did you catch all of the Star Trek references in "Project Daedalus"?

This Star Trek: Discovery article contains spoilers for Season 2 Episode 9.

The latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 is not only the most shocking of the season, it’s also the one that references... board games the most? Not only do Burnham and Spock play chess, there’s also a huge callback to a board game played on Star Trek: Voyager!

But the Easter eggs and references don’t end there. From gravity boots to holographic biases and conversations about mines, this episode’s spanned nearly every version of Star Trek in existence. And that’s not even getting to the cryptic reference to a real-life space study.

Here are all the easter eggs and references we spotted in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 9, “Project Daedalus”...

Admiral Cornwell’s first job

When Admiral Cornwell secretly sneaks onto Discovery,
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Who shot JFK? Geek TV's Increasingly Crowded Grassy Knoll

Juliette Harrisson Mar 12, 2019

From The X-Files to The Umbrella Academy, geek TV keeps returning to the assassination of Us President John F. Kennedy...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Those of you who have been watching The Umbrella Academy know that a key scene takes place at the grassy knoll overlooking Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, November 22nd, 1963. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a watershed moment in American politics and a major news story around the world, so it’s perhaps no surprise that it’s even more irresistible to time travellers and conspiracy theorists than attempts to kill Hitler or aliens at Roswell.

We won’t spoil the events of The Umbrella Academy for those of you yet to watch it (though we urge you to do so – it’s quirkily brilliant). However, we do want to point out that, with all the secret
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Psyche 59

Psyche 59

Blu ray – All Region

Powerhouse

1964 / 1:85:1 / 94 Min. / Street Date – February 25, 2019

Starring Patricia Neal, Samantha Eggar, Curd Jürgens

Cinematography by Walter Lassally

Directed by Alexander Singer

The story of a troubled marriage and a tenacious home wrecker, Psyche 59 is a Brigitte Bardot movie without Bardot – despite its overheated narrative Alexander Singer’s psychosexual potboiler is stuck at room temperature.

Patricia Neal plays Alison Crawford, the unlucky sibling to Samantha Eggar’s hot to trot sister Robin and Curd Jürgens is Eric, the reluctant Romeo in the little flirt’s crosshairs. Jürgens knew the pitfalls of a wandering eye having tangled with Bardot herself in 1956’s And God Created Woman – judging by his reaction to Eggar he hasn’t learned his lesson.

Alison suffers from hysterical blindness and has suppressed the traumatic event that triggered it – her sister’s return unlocks a Pandora’s Box of bad memories but
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The Orville Season 2 Episode 6 Review: A Happy Refrain

Robot love dominates the latest episode of The Orville. The result sits somewhere between Westworld and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This The Orville review contains spoilers.

The Orville Season 2 Episode 6 Review

Hey, Orville loyalists. I’m going to have to do it again: it’s impossible to watch the latest episode of The Orville and not talk about how it references...Star Trek Battlestar Galactica! Just kidding, this is the episode of The Orville that went full-on Westworld. I’m sorry, I said Westworld, but I actually meant Ex Machina. This is The Orville’s response to Ex Machina.

The point is: Do you love robots? Do you love it when robots try to date, but their cold, cold robot circuits just mess up the dating process because their robot brains just can’t understand love? Great. Then this episode is for you. Everyone else, who has seen this storyline before,
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The Orville Season 2 Episode 3 Review: Home

A beloved crewmember leaves show as The Orville clumsily tackles anti-vaxxers.

This The Orville review contains spoilers.

The Orville Season 2 Episode 3

Hardcore fans of The Orville will often cite the fact that the show holds true to the spirit of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the reality is that most episodes feel more like a late-season Voyager episode or standalone episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. And before Orville fans take offense to that statement, this isn’t intended as an insult. I love Enterprise, specifically the 2004 episode titled “Home,” which shares its title— and themes — with this episode of The Orville. When Alara’s (Halston Sage) physical condition begins to weaken, she has to return to her homeplanet resulting in a weird storyline about anti-vaxxers in space and a heartbreaking departure.

As far as the set-up goes, hardcore Trekkie, the new Orville episode “Home” will feel like a mash-up of the Enterprise episode “Home,
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‘Turn Of The Screw’ Supernatural Thriller Series In Works At Freeform From Sony Pictures TV

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Exclusive: Freeform has put into development Turn of the Screw, a fresh modern spin on Henry James’ supernatural thriller, from Alexandra McNally (Under the Dome), Josh Berman and Sony Pictures Television, where McNally and Berman’s Osprey Productions are under overall deals.

A twisty Gothic soap reimagined for modern times, the series will follow Elena, a Mexican-American nanny who is hired to care for the two children of a widowed-father at their summer home on idyllic Bainbridge Island. It seems like the perfect job with potential for a ‘happily ever after’ ending, but things take a sinister turn when Elena begins seeing ghosts and her grip on what is real and what is not blurs.

McNally will pen the pilot script and executive produce with Berman and Osprey’s Head of Development & Production Chris King. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.

The Turn of the Screw
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Star Trek: 20 Characters Voyager Wants Us To Forget

Each Star Trek series brings forth multitudes of characters, both human and alien. Some roles are main ones, appearing in each episode or at least most of them, while other roles are recurring, often participating in a story arc or in episodes that have similar storylines. And of course, there are those who become the central focus of a single episode. Star Trek: Voyager’s main storyline involved traversing the Delta Quadrant to get back home to Earth. That quadrant was largely unexplored in the Star Trek universe, so that gave the creators and writers opportunities and free rein to conceive new alien species.

This was a blessing and a curse at the same time. A blessing because the chance to really be creative could provide fans and viewers with some of the best content. And why was it a curse? Because there was also the likelihood that whatever character was presented,
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Star Trek: 20 Mistakes Fans Completely Missed in Voyager

The Star Trek franchise contains vast amounts of lore. With over 50 years of television shows, movies, books, comics, video games and more, there is a lot for writers to draw from. Screen versions of Star Trek tend to maintain a level of consistency, for the most part. Sometimes a writer misses an important detail in a previous episode or the special effects department doesn’t research a fact from the script or technical manuals. Even in post-production, it’s possible that a mistake is caught, but it’s too late to fix it. It’s left in, and eagle-eye viewers find the error.

Some mistakes get “fansplained,” which means there’s an explanation on why the issue isn’t really an issue. Those types of errors typically revolve around people or single-episode plots. The best mistakes are usually the ones that neglect facts established in previous episodes or other series or movies.
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Mr. Mercedes Season 3 Cast, Details and More

Joseph Baxter Apr 25, 2019

Audience Network gave the green light to Mr. Mercedes Season 3, continuing the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s Bill Hodges books.

Mr. Mercedes Season 3 is officially set for Audience Network.

The latest renewal of Mr. Mercedes arrived shortly after the late-summer-launched Season 2 wrapped its run on October 24, 2018. Season 3 will reportedly go into production in Charleston, South Carolina in early-2019, setting up a late-2019 premiere.

The series will continue its process of adapting Stephen King’s novel trilogy – 2014’s Mr. Mercedes, 2015’s Finders Keepers and 2016’s End of Watch. As originally intended, 2017’s Season 1 followed the first novel, and the recently-aired Season 2 covered the second. While one might deduce that Season 3 would mark the end of the series, creator/showrunner David E. Kelley teased a “master plan” with THR – ahead of the Season 1 launch – that, "Going into this, the idea is that we have three books and in
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Star Trek: 9 New Character Additions That Hurt Voyager (11 That Saved It)

Throwing the starship Voyager into a part of the universe hardly explored by Starfleet pretty much gave the writers and showrunners free reign to create whatever they wanted. Like new aliens, unique encounters, and cosmic phenomena that may have never existed in any other Star Trek series. Star Trek: Voyager did use some ideas, stories, and characters from other series - some of whom are included in this list - but for the most part, the show did an excellent job introducing new people and ideas for fans to enjoy and debate over.

Like many long-running television shows, it’s hard to maintain the popularity of a series by focusing on the main cast all the time. New characters are added to keep things fresh. Some become guests, participating in a few episodes, and others become recurring stars, getting backstories and multi-episode story arcs. Voyager was unique in that the
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‘Star Trek’: Michael Chabon “Thrilled” To Be On-Board With Patrick Stewart & ‘Calypso’ Short

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‘Star Trek’: Michael Chabon “Thrilled” To Be On-Board With Patrick Stewart & ‘Calypso’ Short
Exclusive The career of Pultizer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has many frontiers but no storytelling enterprise has been more exciting than his latest mission. That’s because the lifelong Star Trek fan has been recruited by Starfleet. “I’m really so delighted and I can’t believe I get a chance to be part of this,” Chabon said Thursday about his recent addition to the writers room for the upcoming Star Trek revival in bringing Trek icon Patrick Stewart back into Federation space. “I’m thrilled.”

The storied Star Trek brand celebrated its 53rd anniversary in September and has loomed large in Chabon’s imagination since his childhood. How large? “Everything in my life has been leading up to this,” the author of The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and Wonder Boys said Thursday. “And I say that in all semi-seriousness.”

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