The Chair

We’ve talked a bunch about the return of Project Greenlight to HBO, but we haven’t really featured the new filmmaking series coming soon on Starz. The Chair is a new docuseries created by Chris Moore, the Executive Producer of Project Greenlight and Co-Producer of Good Will Hunting. The Starz “original filmmaking experiment” follows two first-time directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, who are given the opportunity to direct separate films adapted from the same original screenplay (How Soon Is Now written by Dan Schoffer). The series will document the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both films (which yes, will also air on Starz). The thing I find interesting about this series is that it will show how two different filmmakers approach the same exact material from start to finish.
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Hawking Benedict Cumberbatch

Two big awards season films just bowed at TIFF: The Theory of Everything, in which Eddie Redmayne plays a young Stephen Hawking, and The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as British mathematician Alan Turing.

In a not-entirely-strange turn of events however, there’s another film that brings these two buzzy performances together, as Benedict Cumberbatch once played Stephen Hawking in the 2004 UK telefilm Hawking. He was, in fact, the first actor to play Hawking on screen. That film is online, and you can check out a “before he was famous” turn from Cumberbatch below. Read More »

Minority report tv series

20th Century Fox has acquired Steven Spielberg‘s small-screen adaptation of his hit 2002 sci-fi movie which starred Tom Cruise. The Minority Report TV series is being written by screenwriter Max Borenstein, for Amblin television. THR is reporting that Fox has ordered a pilot with a significant penalty attached (which basically means there is more of a chance we’ll see it than not). But the interesting bits come via their plot synopsis:

The Minority Report follow-up takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. when one of the three Precogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life but remains haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.

Thats right, the series will swap the genders of the detective and precog, and will also serve as sequel to the original film. Count me interested.

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Rachel McAdams in Passion

Elisabeth Moss seemed pretty well suited to that True Detective Season 2 gig, not least because she pulled off a similar-sounding role to great acclaim in Top of the Lake. But just because she’s qualified doesn’t mean no one else is, and now it seems she has a little competition.

According to a new report, Rachel McAdams is in the running for the same True Detective Season 2 part that Moss has been circling for the past few weeks. Meanwhile, the other three leads — Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn — seem all but set. Get character details and more after the jump.

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David Fincher noir HBO series

Director David Fincher and author James Ellroy have shared interests as they’ve both chronicles characters with grim, all-encompassing obsessions. In fact, the two men have an association that goes back years, to when Fincher considered filming Ellroy’s novel The Black Dahlia. That didn’t happen (Brian De Palma made the film instead) but Fincher and Ellroy have stayed in touch. Now they’re putting together a plan for a ’50s-set noir that could come to life as an HBO series. Read More »

Bran in Game of Thrones S5

Book readers have a good idea what might happen in the fifth season of Game of Thrones, but those who’ve waited to read until (a) the books are all out or (b) to give the show priority are happily in the dark. And even book readers don’t know it all, as the show has gone deep enough into the texts that things are being moved around, and even invented for the show.

Word came out last week that Kristian Nairn will be taking the year off, as the screen story of his character Hodor has caught up to what author George R.R. Martin has published. We assumed that could mean that Isaac Hempstead-Wright and his character Bran would also be MIA until season 6, but new comments from the actor suggest that’s not the case. Read More »

bryan fuller high moon

A couple of years ago, Syfy gave a pilot order to High Moon, Bryan Fuller‘s adaptation of John Christopher‘s 1969 sci-fi YA novel The Lotus Caves. The bad news for fans of the Hannibal creator is that High Moon never got picked up to series. But the good news today is that we’ll get to see it anyway.

Syfy is repurposing the 90-minute High Moon series premiere as a TV movie, to air later this month. To tease the upcoming event, the network has just released the first five minutes of the pilot-turned-film. Watch it after the jump.

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American Horror Story Freak Show trailer

FX got the American Horror Story: Freak Show marketing campaign going early with a handful of short, creepy teasers, and today they’ve finally revealed the first full American Horror Story: Freak Show trailer. Though we got a look at several of this season’s main players in a colorful poster last month, this new promo offers our first look at them in action. Check out the American Horror Story Freak Show trailer after the jump.

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