What sort of show will Joss Whedon‘s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series be? If you’ve assumed that it will be a lot like Whedon’s other shows, you’re probably correct.

So here’s what we’ve got on the show, which will help expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it also expands the reach of those characters to current live-action television. Ming-Na was cast as a top pilot and weapons expert Agent Melinda May, while Clark Gregg‘s late Agent Phil Coulson will appear in some fashion.

Now the show has added Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons, and the CW pilot Shelter) and Iain De Caestecker, of UK series The Fades and Young James Herriot, and the upcoming Irvine Welsh film Filth.

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Is it time to look ahead to 2013 already? After the jump:

  • The Hangover 3 will shoot in Orange County, CA
  • Paul Walker is recovering from a Fast Six injury
  • Monsters Inc.‘s Mike is Billy Crystal‘s favorite role
  • Liam Neeson collected $10 million for Taken 2
  • Matt Damon probably won’t play Bourne again
  • Roberto Orci defends the one-second Star Trek clip
  • Over-the-hill movie stars team up in Red 2 set photos
  • See a new photo from Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines

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The classic Marge Gunderson quote “I just think I’m gonna barf” might comes to mind when you hear that FX has begun adapting the classic Coen Brothers film Fargo for television. But don’t go tossing your cookies just yet. While the idea was already attempted ten years ago without the Coen’s blessing both Joel and Ethan Coen will be executive producing this version of the show, an hour long project “loosely based” on the film written by Noah Hawley (My Generation, The Unusuals). Read more after the break. Read More »

It’s been nearly a year since we heard anything new about MTV’s “reality show” based on the documentary Catfish. (Some might question the “documentary” tag for the feature, as the veracity of its story has been in question since its Sundance premiere.) Now we’ve got some details that let us know just what we’re in for. I assume that most people that want to see the original doc have done so, and that spoilers for it are therefore not too big a deal, but we’ll put all the info on the show after the break, just to be safe. Read More »

The Next New CW Series May Be ‘Battle Royale’

What is this foolishness? Some of you might not be laughing, because, as The Hunger Games has helped some audiences finally get around to seeing the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, the property is gaining in popularity. As that happens, companies and execs who couldn’t give a toss about it for the past decade are now turning a hungry, glassy eye on the story of a Japanese school class that is kidnapped en masse and forced to participate in deadly combat. Read More »

Watch out for the giant censor bar! The trailer is here for the Adult Swim animated series based on Black Dynamite, and it captures all the blaxpoitation excess of the 2009 film. It looks like the show characters in The Boondocks might watch, which is appropriate given that Carl Jones of The Boondocks is the exec producer.

Black Dynamite is a 30-minute animated series that tells all-new tales of Black Dynamite (voiced by Michael Jai White) as he fights street thugs, ninjas, the Man and the attentions of adoring sexy women. Helping out are Tommy Davidson (Cream Corn), Arsenio Hall (Tasty Freeze), Kym Whitley (Honeybee), and Byron Minns (Bullhorn).

This isn’t quite safe for work, so if Black Dynamite’s particular brand of action isn’t something you think will fly in the office, wait ’til you get home. Read More »

Hannibal, the upcoming TV show from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller that traces the early days of FBI Agent Will Graham and the serial cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter, has seemed like a dodgy proposition. The show explodes in detail the events that we’ve seen recounted in other forms (the novel and film Red Dragon, and possibly a bit of the film Hannibal Rising), and for the most part has sounded so far like an easy exploitation of Lecter’s iconic status.

But things just got a lot more interesting. Some time ago Hugh Dancy was cast as Graham, and now his advisor and eventual adversary has been cast as well. Mads Mikkelsen, who just won Best Actor at Cannes for his work in The Hunt, and who will be the villain in Thor 2, has just been cast as Hannibal. Read More »

‘Scream’ TV Series in Development at MTV

As TV series take over some of the former territory of movies — strong dramatic storytelling, high-caliber casts, increasingly high production value — the television landscape is proving to be a possible home for projects that could otherwise have been films. And we’ve seen an increasing number of movie-based shows in development.

In theory, then, TV is a great home for Scream. While Wes Craven once theorized that a fifth film could materialize in the next couple years, the relative under-performance of the fourth movie could have doomed that prospect. Enter MTV, which is potentially coming to the rescue of Scream by developing a TV show based on the film. Read More »

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