Bates Motel Rihanna

Bates Motel returns for its fifth season on February 20th. The show, which more than a few people were initially skeptical about, went on to become a success for A&E. While the series began to lose some steam around season two or three, it’s now coming to a close with season five, which creators Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) had always envisioned. Actor, singer and artist Rihanna is a part of the final season, and she’s co-starring as Marion Crane, famously played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho.

Below, get your first look at Rihanna in Bates Motel.

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Naomie Harris Joins Dwayne Johnson in ‘Rampage’

Naomie Harris

One of this year’s Academy Award nomineesNaomie Harris (Moonlight), gets to confront a giant wolf, a giant gorilla, and a giant lizard all in one movie, Rampage. Harris has signed on to star in Brad Peyton‘s (San Andreas) video game adaptation, based on 1986 arcade game. Apparently, she responded to the “fun” tone of the script, which has been compared to Ghostbusters and Independence Day.

Below, learn more about the Naomie Harris Rampage casting.

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bates motel season 5 trailer

The producer and co-creator of Bates MotelCarlton Cuse (Lost), never thought Bates Motel was a story that needed eight or nine seasons. Cuse and co-creator Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) saw the show coming to an end after season five, which A&E and all involved are indeed planning to do. The show returns next month for its last season, which features actor/singer Rihanna in a key supporting role.

Below, watch the Bates Motel season five trailer. Spoilers follow.

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The Strain season 4

Try to enjoy The Strain while you can, because the show won’t be around much longer. FX has just announced that it is picking up the vampire thriller series for a fourth season… which will be its last. But that’s not necessarily bad news, even if you’re a fan of the show. Showrunner Carlton Cuse has stressed that the decision allows him and his team to wrap up the drama on their own terms. “It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always comes first,” he said in a statement.  Read More »

Corey Stoll in The Strain Season 3 / The Strain Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse Interview

There were three books in The Strain series by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The FX TV series will be five seasons and it is entering its third now. When season three begins, it has only been 23 days since the CDC quarantined New York City and discovered the vampire species the Strigoi, as the introduction to the season reminds us. Eph (Corey Stoll) is looking for his son while Fet (Kevin Durand) encounters some New Yorkers watching the authorities from the sidelines.

We spoke with Hogan and producer Carlton Cuse after their Television Critics Association panel for The Strain season three. Del Toro was not available this year as he is filming The Shape of Water, but he has supported the show with his attendance at two previous TCAs. The Strain returns Sunday, August 28 at 10PM on FX.  Read More »

Jack Ryan Amazon series

Carlton Cuse was on a Television Critics Association panel for his FX series The Strain and we had an interview with Cuse and The Strain author and executive producer Chuck Hogan. During the interview, we asked Cuse about his Jack Ryan TV series for Amazon, which would star John Krasinski as the CIA analyst of Tom Clancy’s novels. Cuse revealed that the show began as a straight adaptation of Clear and Present Danger.

“We started working on an adaptation on Clear and Present Danger and then decided it just felt dated,” Cuse said. “It really led to this revelation that the thing that defined Tom Clancy was that his thrillers were very much geopolitical thrillers of the moment. They really tapped into something that was going on in the world, so we’re doing an ISIS/ISIL type story. It feels very much connected to what’s happening in the world right now.”  Read More »

San Diego Comic Con

As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.

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John Krasinski Is the New Jack Ryan

13 Hours trailer

Not too long after Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opened in theaters, Chris Pine confirmed that was his first and last time playing Tom Clancy’s hero. Since Kenneth Branagh’s film was the lowest grossing Jack Ryan picture to date, that news didn’t come as a shock to anyone. Shadow Recruit performed well overseas, but the thriller only made around $50 million in the states. The movie itself is a fine thriller, it just wasn’t exciting enough to leave audiences craving more adventures with Jack Ryan.

However, the character will soon return in an Amazon series. Last September, Amazon won the bidding war for the Jack Ryan show, and now they’ve found their star, John Krasinski (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi).

Learn more about the Jack Ryan TV series below.

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dwayne johnson rampage movie

Not liking Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a crime punishable by sneers and glares. The infinitely charismatic movie star is one of the most watchable men in modern cinema. Even when he boards a stinker (and he’s made his fair share of awful movies), he walks away smelling like roses. He’s unsinkable, a buoyant pile of muscle and enthusiasm powered by lots and lots of cod.

So if there’s anyone who can get us interested in a film version of the Rampage video game series, it’s Johnson, who announced the film’s new screenwriters on his Instagram page. As a bonus, he also revealed the schedule for his next year, which seriously, no joke, sounds like it would kill any other human being.

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Bates Motel Season 2

There was a lot of skepticism going into A&E’s Bates Motel. “Who wants to see a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic? Why do we need to see Norman Bates’ origin story? How can this sustain itself for five or more seasons?” The show ultimately proved to be a success with viewers. However, after season one, it’s struggled to prove those skeptics wrong.

Bates Motel returns this March. Watch the Bates Motel season 4 teaser trailer.

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