The lowest-profile DC comics series on The CW seems to be iZombie, but that doesn’t exactly mean the show is struggling. It just doesn’t get the attention of The Flash or Arrow.
That said, iZombie had a healthy audience in its first season thanks in part to a combination of good casting and perfectly-pitched scripts. The series really inspired a solid core fanbase as it also garnered critical acclaim, with praise particularly directed at the show’s comic wit. The series returns for a second season in early October, and the new iZombie S2 trailer is here. Read More »
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The cast of The Circle, from The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt, continues to expand in intriguing ways. The lineup already features Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega playing characters based on Dave Eggers‘ satirical novel about an ambitious tech company.
Now Karen Gillan, who we know from Doctor Who and have seen in the last year in Selfie, 7 Days in Hell, and Guardians of the Galaxy, will play a fourth major character in The Circle. Read More »
Many years ago, Mikael Håfström (1408, Escape Plan) made Shanghai, a ’40s-set mystery with a splashy international cast that included his 1408 star John Cusack along with Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Franka Potente, Gong Li, David Morse and Ken Watanabe. The film saw release in many countries, but sat on the shelf in the US after being purchased by — you guessed it — The Weinstein Company.
Now the film is finally poised for what amounts to a too little/too late release in the US, where it will ultimately end up as a Tuesday night Netflix watch for many audiences. But there’s a new domestic Shanghai trailer to show it off, which you can see below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Fred Topel
Showtime Networks President David Nevins spoke to the Television Critics Association today, and the premium network’s plans for a Twin Peaks revival was a significant part of his announcements. When he started taking questions, I asked him specifically what happened with writer/director David Lynch’s tweets in April, when the creator of the show said the Showtime series was moving on without him.
Lynch did return to the show, however and is now directing the entire series, with the official start of production set for September. The number of episodes is yet to be decided, as is the premiere date. Read More »
Tom Hardy is producing the video game adaptation Splinter Cell, with an eye to starring as well. Now he’s also doing the same double-duty on a Vertigo comic book property: Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso‘s 100 Bullets, a sprawling crime saga which begins with one man who gives people who have been wronged the chance to exact violence revenge by giving them an untraceable pistol and one hundred bullets.
The book is at New Line, where most of the Vertigo titles are now housed, and since there’s already a script for the 100 Bullets movie, by Chris Borrelli (The Vatican Tapes) maybe we’ll see things moving forward more quickly than normal. Read More »
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It’s a thrill to see William Friedkin developing new projects. He’s got his hands in a TV show based on his own film To Live and Die in L.A., and now he’s moving forward with a film based on Don Winslow‘s novel The Winter of Frankie Machine, about a retired mob killer with a new life as a low-key seaside entrepreneur who is drawn back into mob violence.
This one has been percolating for a few years, with a number of different directors attached. With new heat on Winslow thanks to his recent novel The Cartel, it’s no wonder this one is moving forward again. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by Fred Topel
During their executive session with the Television Critics Association, Fox showed a clip from The X-Files new event series and talked about how the film will mix mythology and standalone episodes.
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HBO has released the trailer for season two of The Leftovers, the premium cable drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name. We previously posted a very brief Leftovers teaser trailer, which teased the show’s focus on Jarden Texas, a town which had no departures. The Leftovers season 2 trailer gives us a better look at the characters and story which will be featured in this upcoming second season.
The show has been criticized as being too dark and depressing, and this second season seems to promise a more hopeful future. But we are told: “There are no miracles in miracles.” Watch The Leftovers season 2 trailer embedded now after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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I love how modern television is giving us season-long mini-series, which allow for a richer story than allowed in the time restraints of the big screen, but also create full story arcs that don’t suffer from the seasonal strain of normal television. One of the latest in this genre is Wayward Pines, the M. Night Shyamalan-produced series based on the Wayward Pines novels by Blake Crouch.
The ten-episode limited series ran on Fox from May 14th to July 23rd 2015. But while the series has officially come to an end, M. Night Shyamalan and author Blake Crouch have an idea for a possible Wayward Pines season 2. But doesn’t this completely defeat the purpose of the limited television series premise? Will a second season happen?
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