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Meet the Survivors in AMC's The Walking Dead Spinoff

6:00 PM, Monday, September 29th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

After hearing rumors for some time, earlier this month, we learned that AMC did order a pilot for a spinoff series of AMC's The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman's comic book of the same name (sans the "AMC's" of course). Now, TVLine is reporting that details of the cast are now surfacing.

According to TVLine, there are six main characters that the spinoff series will be centered around. Two families essentially, coming together to try to figure out what's going on. Furthermore, the series will be somewhat of a prequel in that it will take place during the early days of the outbreak. The series will explore an unseen area that we haven't yet explored. As viewers of the show know, the survivors in the main series have remained in the south to present.

The descriptions of the characters for the spinoff are as follows, again, according to TVLine:

SEAN CABRERA - A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.

CODY CABRERA - Sean's whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.

NANCY TOMPKINS - A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there's an edge to her.

NICK TOMPKINS - Nancy's screwed up teenage son. He's too old to stay home, too scared to flee.

ASHLEY TOMPKINS - Nancy's mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother's failures. She loves her mom, but it's time to get out of Dodge.

ANDREA CHAPMAN - A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.

An AMC rep declined to comment to TVLine or confirm anything beyond ordering the pilot.

Let us know what you think of this direction and character lineup below.

Source: TVLine


A Clip from the Season 2 Premiere of Marvel's Avengers Assemble!

8:30 AM, Sunday, September 28th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

The season premiere of Marvel's Avengers Assemble is happening right now on Disney XD! The new episode, airing now, 8:30am/7:30c is titled "The Arsenal" as we see The Avengers in the greatest fighting form of their careers! They then encounter the foulest villain in the galaxy: THANOS!

Check out this clip of the episode below!

Avengers Assemble s201 Clip

BIG HEROES! BIG VILLAINS! AND BIGGER ADVENTURES this week, Share Your Universe with a brand new episode of Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. this Sunday at 8:30am/7:30c inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD.

Marvel's Avengers Assemble - "The Arsenal"

When Red Skull comes crashing to Earth with a fleet of alien ships chasing him, the Avengers learn there's a villain in their midst a thousand times more dangerous than the Cabal ever was: THANOS! Earth's Mightiest Heroes are forced to face the fact they're big fish in a small pond - and this new villain wants to conquer the entire ocean! Will the mightiest superheroes on Earth be able to stop the super-villain of the galaxy...before he succeeds in becoming all-powerful?


JJ Abrams to Win the VES Visionary Award

3:00 PM, Saturday, September 27th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

J.J. Abrams will receive the Visual Effects Society's Visionary Award in recognition of his contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 13th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The VES Visionary Award, bestowed by the VES Board of Directors, recognizes an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work. VES will honor Abrams, a fiercely inventive storyteller, for his distinctive ability to harness craft and technology in creating mysterious new worlds that transport and transfix audiences.

A two-time Emmy Award winner, Abrams is the founder and president of Bad Robot Productions. In partnership with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios, Bad Robot has produced iconic films and television series including Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness, Alias, Lost, Fringe and Person of Interest. He is currently working on the much-anticipated next installment in the Star Wars saga - Star Wars: Episode VII - serving as director, writer and producer.

Previous winners of the VES Visionary Award have been Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee and Alfonso Cuarón.

Source: Animation Magazine


The Y The Last Man Film has Died Again

2:00 PM, Friday, September 26th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Now that the movie version of Y: The Last Man is officially dead -- again -- its most recent director has opened up about the project.

Yes, that's right: The long-in-development big-screen adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's hugely successful and outstanding comic-book series is no longer happening. The latest man hired to direct the film. Dan Trachtenberg, confirmed as much on Twitter, adding that the rights to the book had reverted back to its creators (Trachtenberg himself is now prepping a film for Bad Robot called Valencia).

Slashfilm got in touch with Trachtenberg, who admitted that the rights had reverted several months ago and that he was "truly sad" that the film was no longer happening. He also took a little time to elaborate on his thoughts about the project. For starters, he stated something that probably many people felt:

Like everyone else who's a fan of the series I had always wished it either remain in its comic book form. Or, if it must be made, a TV series would be the only thing that would suffice.

But surprisingly, Trachtenberg then turned that statement around, saying:

However, the "big screen" and the "small screen" has changed drastically since Y came out and I think so much of the great TV in our current "golden age" has been directly or indirectly inspired by Y the Last Man. I started getting excited about bringing to the BIG screen what we've been getting in TV so readily now -- great characters, RELATIONSHIPS, world building and genre re-combination.

In other words, he was intrigued by the idea of making something with the quality of what we see now on TV but within the confines of a feature film. Explaining that the movie would have been based on the first two trade collected editions of the book, he said:

I was excited to make an ADVENTURE movie, with swashbuckle, that was fun and funny but had something to say. Which is something that is distinctly BKV. Having real, true, honest ,people stuff amidst the big, fun, action stuff. We were in many ways quite faithful to the comic, though some characters were combined and some events re-arranged and some brief moments of action we dug into to create bigger action/adventure sequences.

The script was essentially the first two trades. Taking inspiration from the original Star Wars (Episode 4) -- we wanted to tell a complete story...but not the whole story. Hoping that, in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure.

He also spoke about the movies that were an influence on the project and script:

Raiders of the Lost Ark was referenced a lot. Midnight Run and Big Trouble in Little China were referenced a lot. Willow and Ladyhawke I may have referenced a little too often...

Trachtenberg finished up by saying how much he enjoyed working with the producers and writers and especially Vaughan, who he called "such an inspiration to me over the years ... as great a person as he is a writer."

With the rights now back in Vaughan's hands, Trachtenberg added, "I'm not sure Brian will ever want to do anything more with it, and I'm not sure that he needs to."

The director did not specify why this iteration of the movie ultimately fell apart -- joining several other attempts -- but as he alluded above, it doesn't seem as if Vaughan is likely to give someone else the option to try again in the immediate future. Of course, that could change at any time.

Source: Blastr


Lucy Lawless Talks about her Character on Agents of SHIELD

2:00 PM, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Lucy Lawless has previewed the upcoming second season of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.

The former Xena: Warrior Princess star joins the Marvel series as Agent Coulson's (Clark Gregg) new ally Isabelle Hartley.

Isabelle Hartley and her crew of mercenaries join up with Coulson to help rebuild SHIELD following its infiltration by the terrorist group Hydra.

Speaking to TV Line, Lawless discussed Isabelle Hartley's relationship with Coulson.

"Well, SHIELD has been smashed by the treachery of Ward (Brett Dalton), who's revealed himself to be a double agent and now Coulson has to pick up the pieces," Lawless said.

"You get to see globally how many agents they've got and the one person he feels he can trust to spearhead this move is an old friend, Isabelle Hartley."

Lawless also spoke about how Isabelle Hartley's team members Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) and Idaho (Wilmer Calderon) will work with the established SHIELD crew.

"Lance Hunter is like her favorite nephew," Lawless revealed. "He's played by Nick Blood, who's just incredible, a terrific actor."

She continued: "Hunter is in it just for the money, so he's a bit confused by Isabelle's adherence to Coulson's wishes, but she and Coulson go back a long way.

"I think they've really been in the trenches together and whatever side he's on, she's on. Idaho is a valued member of her team, someone she has mentored. He's got skills. Mad skills."

Adrianne Palicki will also be signing up with Coulson's forces as the Marvel superhero Mockingbird.

ABC airs the second season's opener on Tuesday (September 23) at 9pm ET in the US. Channel 4 airs the show in the UK.

Source: Digital Spy


David Ayer's Eyeing Suicide Squad

9:00 AM, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

David Ayer, the gritty filmmaker whose World War II tank drama Fury hits theaters next month, is circling Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment project Suicide Squad.

The project had been in development with Justin Marks attached to write for a couple of years, but sources say it was put on the back burner when focus turned to Warner Bros.' other DC Entertainment property Justice League.

The Suicide Squad team, also known as Task Force X, was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, and first appeared in Brave and the Bold No. 25. It centers on the characters Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn.

The DC property about convicted supervillains who have a chance to redeem themselves through dangerous missions has been in the works for some time at Warner Bros. Marks wrote a script in 2011. Sources say Warner Bros. started looking for a director earlier in 2014.

Chuck Roven is producing.

Warner Bros. had no comment, but the studio recently announced a slew of dates for unnamed DC projects, so it's likely that Suicide Squad would take one of those slots. Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

Ayer wrote and directed Fury, which stars Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. It hits theaters on Oct. 17. His previous films include Sabotage and End of Watch. He's repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


Book of Eli Writer to Bring Mark Millar's Starlight to the Big Screen

5:00 PM, Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Gary Whitta has already nabbed one of the hottest writing gigs out there, penning one of the Star Wars stand-alone films, and now he's signed on to work on another hot space hero project.

Whitta will write the script for Fox's Starlight, based on the comic from Wanted and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. The comic, drawn by Goran Parlov, centers on a space hero, Duke McQueen, who saved the universe four decades ago but came back to Earth, where no one believed his fantastic stories. But years later, after he's settled down and grown up, he's recruited for one last adventure.

The first issue from Image Comics came out in March and launched the much-anticipated Millarworld Universe. Starlight #5 hit shelves on Aug. 13. Fox picked up the project for adaptation in late 2013.

Simon Kinberg, who worked on X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, will produce, reuniting him with Millar as he's also producing an adaptation of Millar's Kindergarten Heroes. Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox.

Whitta is writing the script for the first Star Wars spin-off film, which Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards will direct. The Lucasfilm and Disney project has a release date set for Dec. 16, 2016, but is highly secretive, so there's still no official word on what character the story will center on.

Whitta wrote the script for 2010's Book of Eli and 2013's Will Smith-starrer After Earth. He's repped by UTA, Circle of Confusion and Behr Abramson Levy.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


CBS has Arranged a Series Commitment for Supergirl

9:00 AM, Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Supergirl, Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler's drama based on the DC female superhero, has landed at CBS with a series commitment. The deal closed last night, a day after the project was taken out to the broadcast networks on Wednesday. I hear the size of commitment eclipses the series commitment DC Batman drama Gotham got at Fox last fall. Warner Bros. TV is producing with studio-based Berlanti Prods.

The Supergirl character was created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959. Of the several women who have assumed the caped girl persona in the comics, the Berlanti-Adler series will feature the most popular one: Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. Unlike WBTV's long-running Superman series Smallville, which focused on the superhero's journey up to acquiring the powers and becoming Superman, Supergirl starts with Kara beginning to use her abilities.

Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she's been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Berlanti and Adler will write the script and executive produce with Berlanti Prods.' Sarah Schechter. Also closely involved in the development of the project has been DC Entertainment's chief creative officer Geoff Johns.

While CBS may look as a surprising home for a younger-skewing superhero drama, it was the only broadcast network without a comic book series. Additionally, CBS has been making a push in female-lead dramas with Extant, Madam Secretary and CSI: Cyber joining staple The Good Wife.

There will be five DC/WBTV series on the air this coming season: Gotham on Fox, the CW's Arrow, The Flash and iZombie on the CW, and Constantine on NBC. With the Supergirl deal, WBTV has successfully targeted every available broadcast network as ABC is considered off-limits because of its corporate ties with Marvel, producer of its series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.

Supergirl expands Berlanti's superhero series footprint. He also is behind popular CW drama Arrow and its upcoming offshoot The Flash. Additionally, Berlanti has new NBC crime dramedy The Mysteries Of Laura, which opened well on Wednesday.

This marks Berlanti's second high-profile sale to CBS this year, along with supernatural procedural The Things They Left Behind, which has a put pilot commitment. His company also has conspiracy thriller Blindspot set at NBC.

Adler, who previously worked with Berlanti on his superhero-themed ABC drama No Ordinary Family, co-created the NBC comedy The New Normal. She and Berlanti are repped by WME.

There has been a push to get more female superhero characters in comic books and on the big and small screens. Marvel has a Jessica Jones series in pre-production at Netflix.

Source: Deadline


'The Next Iron Spider' on Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors

5:00 PM, Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Marvel has provided CR with another clip from Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. This time it's from episode 5, airing at 9am/8c on Disney XD, titled "The Next Iron Spider."

"When Peter Parker debuts an ultimate spider suit, it draws the attention of both friend and foe alike! Can Spidey make sure the powerful Iron Spider suit does not fall into the wrong hands?"

Check out the video by clicking below, and tune in on Sunday, September 21st to watch the episode!

Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors: The Next Iron Spider Clip

BIG HEROES! BIG VILLAINS! AND BIGGER ADVENTURES this week, Share Your Universe with a brand new episode of Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors this Sunday at 9am/8c inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD.

Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors - "The Next Iron Spider"

Spider-Man's patience is tested when his old academic rival, Amadeus Cho, is recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. This will be the ultimate face off of two Spidey's as Amadeus Cho dons the Iron Spider suit. The suit has drawn the attention of more than just Spidey and Amadeus though, as Taskmaster plans to attain the any means necessary!


The TNT Channel has Acquired TV Rights to the Next Several Marvel Films

12:00 PM, Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Move over FX. TNT is clearly stepping up its game in the area of blockbuster movie acquisition deals. The network has inked a licensing agreement with Marvel for the next five theatrical releases from Marvel Studios. This comes on the heels of its recent deal with Lionsgate to acquire network TV rights to the Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises. TNT's most recent pact includes the network television premiere windows for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, due in theaters next summer, and the third installment in the Captain America franchise, slated for release in 2016. Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release.

"Marvel's brand of entertainment is a thrill ride for audiences, and we're excited to be adding their next five blockbusters to TNT's arsenal of high-quality genre fare," said Deborah K. Bradley, senior vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "These movies will play a key role in TNT's long-term success, especially among key adult demos."

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the anticipated follow-up to Marvel's The Avengers, reuniting the team of Marvel Comics characters including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and more. Based on the Marvel comic book series first published in 1941, the third chapter in the Captain America series will follow the alter ego of Steve Rogers as he continues his heroic adventures in a world of constant change.

TNT is clearly making a foray into the area of blockbuster movie acquisition deals that has been dominated in recent years by FX, which has grabbed virtually all No.1 openers, including Man Of Steel, Iron Man 3, Fast & The Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Source: Deadline



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