It seems to always go this way. A show is successful, and then those pulling the financial strings want to figure out how to make more money out of it. One way is by trimming the budget. And that is evidently what Frank Darabont faces as he preps the second season of The Walking Dead. The show has already seen its share of controversy, thanks to the report that the second season would do without a writing staff, but this might be a far more difficult thing to manage. Boardwalk Empire looks like it might be facing some budget questions, too — that’s a bit ominous, since HBO is the company that shut down Deadwood because it was too expensive — and that is a much more expensive show, with more to lose.

This info comes directly from the producers, who took part in THR‘s roundtable of Emmy-nominated showrunners. Check out some quotes and video after the break.  Read More »

Here’s something for those who have wanted to see Inception nominated or awarded with more significant honors than the film has been given so far in the awards season. Sure, the top prize from the American Society of Cinematographers is essentially a technical award, but it is the technical award, and taking the prize is no small honor. Tonight Wally Pfister won the ASC Award for feature achievement for his work on Inception. Read More »

The Directors Guild of America announced its award winners for achievement in 2010 last night, and the big winner was Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech. That, in conjunction with the film’s victory at the Producers Guild awards, puts the movie as the odds-on favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar, and makes Mr. Hooper a likely win for Best Director as well. Read More »

Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdown

You might be watching Martin Scorsese‘s HBO series Boardwalk Empire every week, but did you realize just how many of the shots require computer generated effects? Brainstorm Digital have released an awesome video which breaks-down the VFX they created for the series. You might be surprised.

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Damon Lindelof’s Top 6 TV Shows of 2010

As the year comes to a close, more Top 10 lists are being published. Last week, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof filed a list of his top five favorite television shows of 2010. Hit the jump to find out which television shows made Damon’s list this year.

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We’ve got a great deal of TV odds and ends to present to you, so let’s kick off with one that is a big deal to those involved: Syfy has decided not to pick up Stargate Universe for a third season, which is a nice way of saying the show is canceled.

A Stargate show has been on the air since 1997, but the numbers for the first season of Universe were low — Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, in their best days, had twice the draw of Universe. The final episodes of the show will air as planned. [Variety]

After the break, news on Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Locke & Key and the proposed 24 spin-off film. Read More »

AFI’s Top 10 Movies and TV Shows of 2010

It’s that time of year again, when all of the critics societies and film organizations name their top 10 movies of the year. The American Film Institute have released their lists of the top 10 films and television shows of 2010. As with most of the lists AFI releases, the films are not numbered in any order, but instead just a compilation of “winners.” Hit the jump to find out which movies and television shows were chosen.

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Stephen King’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2010

I don’t always agree with best-selling author Stephen King‘s opinions, but I still love reading his thoughts about the film and television world. Last month, King has published his annual listing of the top 10 films of the year , and this week he has weighed in on the best tv of 2010 in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Which tv shows did he choose for his best of 2010 list? Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and… SpongeBob SquarePants? Hit the jump to see the full list in brief.

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After only one episode, HBO has seen to it that Prohibition era Atlantic City is going to see a second season. Boardwalk Empire, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Terence Winter and Tim Van Patten premiered Sunday night with 4.8 million viewers (and up to 7.1 million after two repeats). That was the network’s most-watch premiere since Deadwood in 2004, and HBO quickly announced they renewed the show for season two.

Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Shannon among others, Boardwalk Empire dramatizes life in Atlantic City, NJ in 1920 when Prohibition began in the United States. Buscemi plays “Nucky” Thompson, a local politician who takes advantage of the day to become an organized crime leader.

After the jump, read some buzz on the show and more information about the renewal. Read More »

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HBO has released a thirteen and a half minute behind the scenes featurette for the Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese created Prohibition-era gangster television series Boardwalk Empire. The new series focuses on Steve Buscemi, who plays the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City  and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role.” Watch the featurette after the jump, and see why this is quickly becoming my most anticipated television series of the near future.

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