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Why Game of Thrones Almost Didn't Happen

Why Game of Thrones Almost Didn't Happen
Games of Thrones is set to take its final bow when the eighth and final season premieres sometime in 2019, marking the beginning of the end for a show that has transformed what is possible in the world of television. Game of Thrones brought epic fantasy storytelling that was typically reserved for the big screen into the homes of millions, proving that TV shows can be just as sexy, daring, and meticulous about sets, costumes, writing, and acting as feature films, all while continuing to grow its fan base season after season.

Since its debut, Game of Thrones has been a critical and commercial hit, breaking ratings records, making stars of its cast, and snagging 38 Emmys along the way. It's hard to think of a time before Game of Thrones sucked us into the world of Westeros every Sunday, but it's unimaginable to think that HBO's most-watched show in the
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First trailer for Fox’s new vampire drama The Passage

Fox has released the first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy The Passage, from executive producers Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves. The vampire drama series is expected to premiere next year and features a cast that includes Saniyya Sidney, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Caroline Chikezie, Vincent Piazza, Jamie McShane, Brianne Howey, and Emmanuelle Chriqui; watch it here…

Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, The Passage is an epic, character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”). Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott and writer/director Matt Reeves, The Passage focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl, Amy Bellafonte is
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Trailer For Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves' Vampire Series The Passage

Fox has released the first trailer for their upcoming Ridley Scott-produced vampire series The Passage. The show is based on the book trilogy written by Justine Cronin, and it has a talented creative team behind bringing it to life. The series is also being produced by Matt Reeves and it's being written by Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights). The series definitely looks like something worth checking out! I like what I'm seeing in this trailer and it's good to see Saved By The Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar in another big series! Here's the synopsis:

The Passage focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl, Amy Bellafonte is chosen to be a test subject, Federal Agent Brad Wolgast is
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Fox’s Fall Schedule: ‘Last Man Standing’ Is Still a Friday Show, ‘9-1-1’ Shifts to Monday

Fox is ready for the fall. On Monday, the network announced its 2018-19 programming schedule ahead of its upfront presentation, with the former ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” set to anchor a brand-new Friday night comedy block and Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1” shifted to a new night.

The Peacock is adding new comedies Lil Rel’s “Rel” and Charlie Day-run “The Cool Kids” to its fall lineup, with the former following “Family Guy” on Sundays and the latter getting that “Last Man Standing” lead-in on Fridays (the night the revival owned while still on ABC).

The Murphy-produced “9-1-1,” will return this fall, moving from its freshman season’s Tuesday night home to Mondays at 9 p.m. Et, with a lead-in of Season 2 of the medical drama “The Resident.”

Also Read: Why Tim Allen Can Thank 'Roseanne' for Fox's 'Last Man Standing' Revival

Other
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Indie Spotlight: ‘Driver Ed’ Tries To Live Up To His Title

A gent who misleads his internet girlfriend looks to atone for his mistakes in a new web series. The show is called Driver Ed, and it's created by Jacob A. Ware, a veteran of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Driver Ed begins with Ed (portrayed by Ware) facing a dilemma. He's meeting his lady friend for the first time, but she's expecting him to be an ace race car driver. In reality, he doesn't even know how to drive, so he looks to rectify that situation by passing a driving exam before she arrives.

After it initially premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Driver Ed is now available online. You can find the first three episodes of it on Vimeo:

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Paul Feig stills wants to make a Ghostbusters sequel

With a mixed reception from audiences, and a disappointing global box office of $229 million – resulting in a $70 million loss – one would have to assume that a sequel to Paul Feig’s female-led Ghostbusters reboot isn’t exactly top of the list of priorities at Sony.

However, speaking to Yahoo at CinemaCon where he was promoting his new movie A Simple Favor [watch the trailer here], director Paul Feig has revealed that he and the cast are still open to returning for Ghostbusters 2 should the opportunity arise:

“We would love [to make another movie], it’s really up to the studio. We had so much fun making that movie. The movie’s just really built an audience in the two years since it’s been out. I get contacted every day by people who are such fans of it, and so many women who are inspired by seeing women in science. I will go to my grave so proud of that movie,
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Intense Trailer For The War Thriller The Yellow Birds with Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan

The first trailer has been released for the upcoming Iraq war thriller The Yellow Birds. The film has a talented cast of actors that includes Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jason Patric, Toni Collette, and Jennifer Aniston.

I didn't get a chance to see this film at Sundance this year, but I heard good things about it. I like what I'm seeing in this trailer and it looks like a great film worth watching for those of you who are into war dramas.

Twenty-one-year-old Bartle (Ehrenreich) and 18-year-old Murph (Sheridan) become fast friends in army training before shipping off to fight insurgents in Iraq. Taken under the wing of a hot-headed sergeant (Huston), they wander into the fog of war, but Murph never comes back. Bartle returns home with the secrets of Murph’s disappearance held close to his aching chest,
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Why Game of Thrones Almost Didn't Happen

Games of Thrones is set to take its final bow when the eighth and final season premieres sometime in 2019, marking the beginning of the end for a show that has transformed what is possible in the world of television. Game of Thrones brought epic fantasy storytelling that was typically reserved for the big screen into the homes of millions, proving that TV shows can be just as sexy, daring, and meticulous about sets, costumes, writing, and acting as feature films, all while continuing to grow its fan base season after season.

Since its debut, Game of Thrones has been a critical and commercial hit, breaking ratings records, making stars of its cast, and snagging 38 Emmys along the way. It's hard to think of a time before Game of Thrones sucked us into the world of Westeros every Sunday, but it's unimaginable to think that HBO's most-watched show in the
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Exclusive interview with the VFX studio behind Hulu’s The Looming Tower

Tai Freligh interviews Phosphene FX…

Phosphene FX is the visual effects team behind The Looming Tower, Hulu’s 10-episode adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s 2006 book that tells the controversial story of the rivalry between the CIA and FBI during the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda that inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. They are responsible for the visual storytelling of many films and television series, including The Greatest Showman, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Boardwalk Empire and The Deuce, to name a few. Flickering Myth’s own Tai Freligh caught up with them to talk about The Looming Tower, The Greatest Showman, and more.

Questions:

Ar- Aaron Raff, Visual Effects Supervisor

Sw- Steven Weigle, Visual Effects Producer

Jb- John Bair, Cco and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor

What was your approach to creating the effects for The Looming Tower?

Ar – Early on,
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Ron Livingston & Mark Duplass Interview: Tully

Ron Livingston is an American actor. He is most known for his roles as Rob in Swingers, Peter Gibbons in Office Space, Capt. Lewis Nixon in Band of Brothers and Roy Phillips in Boardwalk Empire. Mark Duplass is a film director, film producer, actor, musician, and screenwriter. He is most known for his comedic works like FX’s The League, HBO’s Togetherness, and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. Both appear in the upcoming film Tully, which releases in theaters on May 4, 2018.
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Paul Sparks on the ‘shocking’ and ‘complicated’ story behind limited series ‘Waco’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Paul Sparks on the ‘shocking’ and ‘complicated’ story behind limited series ‘Waco’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“When I read the script, I was blown away by the humanizing of all of these people that were involved,” declares Paul Sparks in our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above). Sparks plays Steve Schneider in “Waco,” the Paramount Network limited series that dramatizes the tense and ultimately tragic 51-day standoff in 1993 between the FBI, the Atf and David Koresh‘s Branch Davidian religious sect trapped within their Waco, Texas compound. The series explores both sides of the story in a balanced and truthful way, while not shying away from some of the unfortunate decisions made by the main players in the standoff, which ultimately led to the deaths of 76 men, women and children, including Koresh and his lieutenant Schneider.

“It was shocking to me,” the actor reveals when asked about how much he learned about Waco and his preconceived ideas were challenged, admitting that he realized pretty quickly
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Bentonville Film Fest Co-Founder Geena Davis Touts Power of Emerging Female Filmmakers

Bentonville Film Fest Co-Founder Geena Davis Touts Power of Emerging Female Filmmakers
The fourth annual Bentonville Film Festival, running May 1-6, will continue its overarching quest to increase gender equality and cultural diversity in the entertainment biz, both in front of and behind the camera.

The Arkansas-based event, co-founded by Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater and sponsored by such companies as Coca-Cola, Walmart and AMC, has been committed to the ideals of pluralism in Hollywood well before the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements emerged on the scene. Davis herself has been at the forefront of instituting positive systemic change in media content since 2004 when she founded the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the first research-based organization of its kind to, per Davis, “engage, educate and influence content creators, marketers and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconscious bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes and creating role models and scripting a wide variety of strong female characters in entertainment and media.
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Summer TV Preview 2018: ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘Casual,’ ‘Sharp Objects’

With broadcast networks, cable channels, and streaming services programming year-round, there is never a break from quality television. And why would you want one?

In fact, if you wanted to beat the heat this summer, you could probably sit indoors and binge-watch new and returning series day in and day out. But assuming you don’t have that kind of time, Variety has selected the new and returning series that are most worth checking out this summer.

“Dear White People” (Season 2 premiere May 4)

The second season of Justin Simien and Yvette Lee Bowser’s collegiate comedy dives deeper into the
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Kelly Macdonald's 'Puzzle' to Open Edinburgh Film Festival

Kelly Macdonald's 'Puzzle' to Open Edinburgh Film Festival
Puzzle, starring Kelly Macdonald, is set to open the 72nd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The film – which first bowed in Sundance – will have its international premiere on June 20 in Scotland, with Sony set to release the film across the U.K. later in the summer.

The directorial debut of Little Miss Sunshine producer Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle sees Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire star Macdonald play Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. But this all...
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Stephen Graham: ‘My worst job? I worked in Tgi Fridays at 19. I got fired’

The actor on being knocked over by a taxi, not putting the toilet seat down and falling seven storeys off a car park

Born in Lancashire, Stephen Graham, 44, attended Liverpool’s Everyman Youth Theatre. His films include Gangs Of New York, This Is England and the Pirates Of The Caribbean series. On television, he has appeared in Boardwalk Empire and Band Of Brothers. He is married with two children and lives in Leicestershire.

What is your earliest memory?

Pedalling a little police car with a helmet on, when I was about three, up and down my nana’s garden in Kirkby.

Related: John Malkovich: ‘I am a constant source of embarrassment to myself’

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Jack Huston Joins Alicia Vikander & Riley Keough In Netflix’s ‘The Earthquake Bird’

Exclusive: Netflix and writer-director Wash Westmoreland have set Jack Huston for their adaptation of the Susanna Jones novel The Earthquake Bird. The Boardwalk Empire alum co-stars alongside previously set Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough as an aspiring British musician who dreams of making it big in Tokyo. The Earthquake Bird is a Tokyo-set female-driven noir thriller that tells the story of young female expat who is suspected of murder after her friend goes missing…
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‘Ray Donovan’ Season 6 Casts Domenick Lombardozzi, Lola Glaudini (Exclusive)

‘Ray Donovan’ Season 6 Casts Domenick Lombardozzi, Lola Glaudini (Exclusive)
Ray Donovan” Season 6 has cast Domenick Lombardozzi and Lola Glaudini in season-long guest roles, Variety has learned exclusively.

Lombardozzi will play Sean “Mac” McGrath, a Staten Island cop who develops a strong friendship with Ray (Liev Schreiber). The actor is perhaps best known for his role on the critically-acclaimed HBO seres “The Wire.” He has also appeared in shows like “Rosewood,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breakout Kings,” and “Entourage.”

Glaudini plays Anita Novak, an attorney who is running for mayor of New York City with the backing of Sam Winslow (Susan Sarandon). Ray aids her campaign by getting her out of a difficult situation.
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New Jersey Makes Its Move To Steal Production Away From New York

New Jersey Makes Its Move To Steal Production Away From New York
It is impossible to underestimate the roll tax rebates play in Hollywood decision-making. It’s the reason Wakanda was created in Atlanta, “The Americans” faked ’80s Washington in Brooklyn, and why there are suddenly a lot of television shows with a “Breaking Bad”-like vibe: Georgia, New York and New Mexico are three states that have a fully funded a tax incentive program that refunds 30% of production costs. Georgia also extends the rebate for above-the-line.

The latest hopeful is in New York’s backyard.

Yesterday, New Jersey took a big step toward becoming the newest production hub when the State Assembly passed a $85 million a year tax-credit incentive for New Jersey-based film, television and digital productions ($75 million a year earmarked specifically for movie and TV), which Governor Phil Murphy has given every indication he will sign and put into effect in July, 2018. The program will run through 2023.

Under the Governor Christie,
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Aaron Raff, Steven Weigle (‘The Looming Tower’ VFX) on achieving ‘visual fidelity’ with visual effects in 9/11 docudrama [Exclusive Video Interview]

Visual effects supervisor Aaron Raff‘s top priorities for “The Looming Tower” were “accuracy and visual fidelity.” Based on Lawrence Wright‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book, this Hulu limited series starring Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg and Bill Camp recounts the events leading up to the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Authenticity was especially important given the show’s editing style, which would often “cut from one of our visual effects shots into archival footage or news footage from the actual events.” Additionally, “the nature of these events are sensitive, and the goal was not to sensationalize or make anything look extra fantastic past the point of historical accuracy.”

See Jeff Daniels (‘The Looming Tower’) wonders, did we learn anything from 9/11, ‘or are we more divided than ever?’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Raff and visual effects producer Steven Weigle point to a particularly difficult sequence — the bombing of U.S. embassies in East
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Season 2 of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast TV Series to Premiere in the Us on July 20th on Cinemax

Robert Kirkman's TV series Outcast (based on his comic book series of the same name) left an indelible, demonic mark with its first season in 2016, and this July, the show will return for another round of demonic possessions when its second season premieres in the Us on Cinemax beginning Friday, July 20th:

Press Release: Plagued by demons since childhood, Kyle is on a journey to find answers – but what he uncovers could mean the end of life as we know it.

The suspense-horror series Outcast returns for its ten-episode second season Friday, July 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on Cinemax. Continuing to probe the mystery of what lies behind the town of Rome’s supernatural manifestations, and why they are drawn to Kyle, the show explores how people cope with extreme circumstances while protecting the ones they love. Outcast is created and executive produced by Robert
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