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From ‘Gilligan Cuts’ to ‘Goatf*ckers,’ Twitter is Unveiling the Secret Language of TV Writing Rooms

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Just as there’s more TV than ever these days, viewers are also much more savvy to how this Golden Age operates. That’s partly thanks to social media, which helped democratize the TV process. For example, this month veteran TV writer/producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe started a conversation on Twitter that became, as Twitter itself now defines it, a “moment.” In an 11-part thread, he shared a number of writers’ room terms that he and other scribes have used over the years. They range from logical to absurd, depending on your knowledge of the TV landscape.

Take a “Gilligan Cut,” which Wolfe defined as follows:

"Gilligan Cut" Aka "A Gilligan" – A cut that reverses or undermines what's been set up in the previous scene. Example: "Don't worry about Gilligan. He knows that jungle like the back of his hand." Cut To: Gilligan sinking into quicksand. #TVWriting 2/?

— Robert Hewitt Wolfe
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‘Ready Player One’ Screenwriter Zak Penn to Adapt Sci-Fi Movie ‘Rom’ for Paramount

Paramount and Hasbro’s Allspark have hired “Ready Player One” screenwriter Zak Penn to adapt the sci-fi project “Rom.”

The deal was announced Monday ahead of “Ready Player One” premiering at the Tcl Chinese Theater. Warner Bros. is releasing “Ready Player One” on Wednesday ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.

Rom the Spaceknight is a cyborg superhero created by Scott Dankman, Richard C. Levy, and Bryan L. McCoy for Hasbro subsidiary Parker Brothers. Rom appeared in the comic book “Rom: Spaceknight” by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, and published by Marvel Comics between 1979 and 1986.

Penn has credits on “X2,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “The Avengers” and co-created the TV series “Alphas” for the Syfy network. He’s repped by UTA and attorney Jeff Frankel.

Paramount and Hasbro announced in November that they were teaming up under a five-year deal to make live-action and animated films based on the toymaker’s products,
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First Look at Kevin Smith's Horror Anthology, Killroy Was Here

First Look at Kevin Smith's Horror Anthology, Killroy Was Here
Director Kevin Smith has revealed the first photo from the set of his horror anthology Killroy Was Here. The director started shooting the first installment back in June, working from a script he co-wrote with Andrew McElfresh (White Chicks), who also served as visual effects supervisor on Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers. While the filmmaker wouldn't offer any details about what scene is being shot in the photo, the filmmaker did comment on this story when the project was first announced in June. Here's what the director had to say below.

"This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale. No one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways, and the audience cheers. We wanted to make an anthology film in the vein of Creepshow. Killroy is like the Golem,
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TVLine Items: Laura Mennell Joins UFO Drama, Scream Star Slays and More

TVLine Items: Laura Mennell Joins UFO Drama, Scream Star Slays and More
Alphas alum Laura Mennell will help open Blue Book, History’s 10-episode series chronicling the top-secret, U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s.

RelatedGame of ThronesAidan Gillen to Star In Robert ZemeckisUFO Dama

Per our sister site Deadline, Mennell will play Mimi Hynek, the wife of astrophysicist Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Game of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen). She is described as a stay-at-home housewife who “has plans to become much more.”

Mennell currently costars on Audience Network’s Loudermilk; if that freshman comedy is renewed, she would juggle both series.
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Defiance's Anna Hopkins Joins Syfy's The Expanse in Recurring Season 3 Role

Defiance's Anna Hopkins Joins Syfy's The Expanse in Recurring Season 3 Role
Defiance alum Anna Hopkins is once again your Syfy gal, having booked a plum recurring role on The Expanse.

RelatedElizabeth Mitchell Joins The Expanse for Season 3

TVLine has learned exclusively that Hopkins has been cast in the role of Monica, a charming and savvy journalist who has a way of convincing her subjects to let their guard down. She will debut midway through Season 3 when she is assigned to document Holden’s (Steven Strait) administration of the Rocinante.

This casting news comes on the heels of Hopkins being revealed as playing the recurring role of Shadowhunters baddie Lilith in
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Kevin Can Wait Thumbs Its Nose At Viewers And Bets You Don’t Care

Kevin Can Wait wasn’t a particularly interesting show at any point through its first season, though it had some moments that were fairly fun. Already an excuse for Kevin James to simply play Doug Heffernan again (but with kids and less animosity towards his spouse), the show has doubled down by bringing in Leah Remini as a regular and killing off Erinn Hayes. The news of the switch was announced months ago and what was initially a jarring head-scratcher has manifested into something of an ugly twist for a television series.

James has tried to downplay the move in several interviews by saying that the plan for the show was always to shift gears and go in an entirely new direction in the second season, but few backtracking explanations have ever made less sense. If it’s true it’s monumentally stupid and if it isn’t James is
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MGM TV Hires Andrew Mittman as Senior VP of Television Production, Development

MGM Television has hired Andrew Mittman as the new senior vice president of television production and development, the studio announced Wednesday.

In addition, Max Kisbye has been promoted to executive vice president of television production and development. In Mittman’s new role, he will be responsible for creating and developing new television series for the studio. Mittman will report to Steve Stark, MGM’s president of television production and development.

“Andrew and Max are incredible assets to this team,” said Stark. “With years of experience and stellar industry relationships, they have a keen sense of what will resonate in this ever-evolving television landscape. I couldn’t be happier to have them continue in our department’s dogged quest to deliver premium quality content across multiple platforms.”

Prior to joining MGM, Mittman was president of film and scripted television at Lloyd Braun’s Whalerock Industries. His development projects there included “Victoria Woodhull” for Amazon Studios, “Elvis
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David Strathairn joins Syfy’s 'The Expanse'

David Strathairn joins Syfy’s 'The Expanse'
Season three of The Expanse is currently filming in Toronto and will premiere in 2018.

Academy Award nominee David Strathairn has finalised a deal to play a substantial character with a significant arc in the next season of Syfy’s series The Expanse, Alcon Television Group president Laura Lancaster announced today.

The Expanse, an hour-long sci-fi drama set two hundred years in the future, centres on the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

The series is based on the novel of the same name written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name James S A Corey.

Strathairn’s notable performances include his portrayal of famed American broadcast journalist Edward R Murrow in Good Night, And Good Luck, which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

His film credits
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David Strathairn Joins The Expanse in 'Significant' Season 3 Role

David Strathairn Joins The Expanse in 'Significant' Season 3 Role
Alphas alum David Strathairn has closed a deal to join Season 3 of Syfy’s The Expanse, Alcon Television Group announced on Friday.

RelatedTVLine’s Performer of the Week: Wynonna Earp‘s Melanie Scrofano

The Academy Award-nominated actor will play “a substantial character with a significant arc,” the production house revealed. No further details were disclosed.

Oscar-nominated for his role in 2005’s Good Night, and Good Luck, Strathairn’s previous TV credits include The Blacklist, Billions, Z: The Beginning of Everything and The Sopranos, in addition to his aforementioned run as Alphas‘ Dr Rosen.

RelatedHow Syfy’s Blood Drive Navigated Nip
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TVLine Items: Psych Movie Adds WWE Champ, Alphas Alum to Castle and More

TVLine Items: Psych Movie Adds WWE Champ, Alphas Alum to Castle and More
Psych: The Movie has added a new baddie for Gus and Shawn to (literally?) grapple with.

Four-time WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte “Daughter of Ric” Flair is making her acting debut in the reunion movie as Heather Rockrear, the sidekick to Zachary Levi’s recently cast villain, Thin White Duke, TVGuide.com reports.

RelatedPsych Movie: Chuck’s Zachary Levi Joins Revival Cast as the Big Bad

Flair is among good (wrestling) company as the series has previously cast other professional wrestlers in guest-starring roles, including John Cena, The Bella Twins, The Miz, Stacy Keibler, Big Show and Mickie James.
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‘The Man In The High Castle’: Laura Mennell & Eijiro Ozaki Set To Recur In Season 3

Alphas alumna Laura Mennell and Eijiro Ozaki (Little Boy) have signed on for recurring roles in the third season of Amazon’s flagship drama series The Man In The High Castle. Mennell will play Hedda Parsons, a New York gossip columnist type who is queen of the NY Nazi Reich social scene. Ozaki will portray Admiral Inokuchi, a Japanese admiral who is a cool, calm, rational pragmatist. Based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, The Man In The…
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Production Begins on First Installment of Kevin Smith’s Horror Anthology Film Killroy Was Here

Ringling College of Art and Design just announced a partnership between the school and filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State, Tusk) for Kevin's latest project called Killroy Was Here. And according to Smith, the anthology will be a monster movie with grisly moments.

Press Release: "Sarasota, Fl, June 15, 2017 (Globe Newswire) -- Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that Kevin Smith -- iconic filmmaker, author, actor and director of Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and recent horror films Red State and Tusk; has returned to Sarasota to shoot the first installment of his latest horror anthology film Killroy Was Here. This project is being done in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions, the executive producer.

Like many recent Kevin Smith projects, Killroy stems from a conversation taken from one of his popular weekly podcasts.

“This is a monster movie in
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Kevin Smith begins production on Killroy Was Here

Author: Zehra Phelan

Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob helmer Kevin Smith has started filming with the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida on his new horror project, Killroy Was Here.

The horror, which came to fruition from one of Smith’s weekly podcasts, is said to be the first offering in an anthology which has moral issues as its base. Smith went on to elaborate in the basis of the storyline.

“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale,” Smith said. “No one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways, and the audience cheers. We wanted to make an anthology film in the vein of ‘Creepshow.’ Killroy is like the Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined.”

With a lack
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Kevin Smith Just Started Shooting a New Monster Movie Called Killroy Was Here

Kevin Smith has embarked on a new film project. He's just started shooting a horror anthology film called Killroy Was Here. I wasn't aware that Smith was working on this project, but apparently, he ended up ditching his Krampus movie project after Michael Dougherty released his Krampus movie. This new film took the place of that and the script for it was reworked to fit Killroy. As far as the main monster in the film, its name is Killroy and Smith describes him as ”Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined.”

Smith wrote the film with executive producer Andrew McElfresh, and it's the first time Smith has shared a writing credit with anyone on his movies. The phrase “Kilroy Was Here” originated in American culture as graffiti during World War II. It featured a bald-headed man with a big nose peeking over a wall with his hands grabbing onto the wall.
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Kevin Smith Filming Horror Movie ‘Killroy Was Here’ at Florida College

Kevin Smith Filming Horror Movie ‘Killroy Was Here’ at Florida College
Kevin Smith has started shooting horror movie “Killroy Was Here” in Florida in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions.

Smith has focused in recent years on horror and comedy with last year’s “Yoga Hosers,” a spinoff from 2014’s “Tusk,” and 2011’s “Red State.” “Killroy” stems from a conversation taken from one of his weekly podcasts.

The phrase “Killroy Was Here” originated in American culture as graffiti during World War II as a bald-headed man with a big nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of each hand clutching the wall. Smith said the new film will be the first installment of a horror anthology.

“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale,” Smith said. “No one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways,
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Warner Bros. Working on Rebooting The Matrix

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Warner Bros. is about to take the red pill and go down the rabbit hole, once again.  The Matrix could be getting new life, with a brand new lead.  Come inside for more!

If you've been itching to go back in The Matrix, it looks like you're in luck. An exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, has sources saying that Warner Bros. is in the very early stages of developing a reboot to the classic 1990 sci-fi action film.  

As of now, there is no clear indication as to where WB wants to take the franchise.  However, they do have an idea as to who they want to play their lead, and it isn't Keanu Reeves.  Instead, they're eyeing one of Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars Michael B. Jordan.

With a Matrix reboot in the works, it would mean that the Wachowski Bros. would be in the fold.  In actuality, that isn't the case.
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Matrix rebooted: update of dystopian sci-fi franchise in the works

Sources suggest studio is considering Michael B Jordan for lead role in new version of hit franchise, with Alphas creator Zak Penn in talks to write treatment

A new version of popular sci-fi film The Matrix is in development.

Warner Bros, who produced the original film, are developing an updated version, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sources suggest the studio is keen to expand the Matrix’s universe in the manner of Disney and Lucasfilm’s recent updates to the Star Wars franchise. Zak Penn, the screenwriter and creator of sci-fi series Alphas, is said to be in talks to write an initial treatment.

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Nightmarishly Wicked Trailer for the Throwback Practical FX Horror Film The Void

I've been hearing a lot of great things about this upcoming sci-fi horror thriller called The Void. The movie is a throwback to the classic '80s horror films that many of us grew up enjoying, and it comes completely old-school crazy gory and bloody practical FX. The film is being compared to the classic horror films of John Carpenter and Clive Barker

The story centers around a group who are fighting to survive in a hospital where people are turning into insane-looking monsters from hell. It definitely looks like the kind of twisted and demented horror film that I'd enjoy. Here's the full synopsis: 

Encountering a blood-soaked man on a dark deserted road, a police officer rushes the victim to the local hospital. Soon the staff and patients are trapped by a terrifying, otherworldly threat and forced on a hellish voyage into the depths of the building to escape the nightmare.
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‘The Void’ gets a new UK trailer…

Prepare for a fresh slice of terror from the warped imaginations of VFX and design masters Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie. The Void is a highly anticipated new horror following a series of successful and prestigious festival appearances. Encountering a blood-soaked man on a dark deserted road, a police officer rushes the victim to the local hospital. Soon the staff and patients are trapped by a terrifying, otherworldly threat and forced on a hellish voyage into the depths of the building to escape the nightmare.

Shocking, haunting and boasting mind-blowing practical special effects, The Void is a new must-see horror event, starring Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Kathleen Munroe (Alphas), Aaron Poole (Forsaken) Kenneth Welsh (The Aviator) and Daniel Fathers. The film is written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (aka Astron-6).

Signature Entertainment presents The Void at UK cinemas from 31st March, on Digital 7th April,
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Enter ‘The Void’ in First Teaser for John Carpenter-Esque Horror Film

With horror recently enjoying an arthouse renaissance, another film that looks to fit the bill will arrive this year. The first teaser trailer for director Jeremy Gillespie’s (Father’s Day) latest horror film The Void has now arrived. Last year, the film stopped by Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas where it made an blood-splattered impression with comparisons to the work of John Carpenter.

This first teaser, although quite brief, packs a punch with no shortage of effective imagery, including some eye stabbings, body horror, and the threat of the Kkk, while also packing some sci-fi elements. Set for a U.K. debut at the end of next month, we’re still waiting a U.S. release, but in the meantime, check it out below with a hat tip to Birth Movies Death.

Encountering a blood-soaked man on a dark deserted road, a police officer rushes the victim to the local hospital.
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