Eric Dane Last Ship

Television upfronts start next week, which means we’ll get the final news of what shows are returning, which are being cancelled, and which new shows will be premiering over the coming months. TNT has jumped the gun, giving a 10-episode order to The Last Ship, a Michael Bay produced action drama starring Eric Dane. The show picks up in the wake of an apocalyptic event that wipes out most of the world, but leaves a cluster of survivors on a single Naval ship that was at sea.

Read more about the show, which is expected to premiere in Summer 2014, and watch a trailer below. Read More »

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Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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Jennifer Lawrence is really covering all the bases. She’s got a resume with acclaimed indies (Winter’s Bone, Like Crazy), the reboot (X-Men: First Class) and the giant blockbuster hit (The Hunger Games). But she has also shot a role in a somewhat old-fashioned looking horror thriller called House at the End of the Street.

Lawrence plays the daughter of Elisabeth Shue, and the two women move into a new home right near a place where a murder once took place. (The house of horrors helps keep rent down in the neighborhood.) The action looks like what someone influenced by Wes Craven’s early efforts might have cooked up. Think of Last House on the Left, perhaps without all the rape — this is a PG-13 thriller. The trailer isn’t quite as old-fashioned, however, as it summarizes the action of the film in reverse order, so we see Lawrence in scream queen mode right off the bat.

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Matthew Vaughn

Last week it was reported that 20th Century Fox was in talks with Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn to direct the X-Men series prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class. Deadlinequickly responded claiming that “Vaughn’s negotiations have been touch and go, and sources close to the director said he’s passing. ” Cinematical posted a list of eight directors Fox was in talks to take the helm: Louis Leterrier, Jonathan Mostow, Daniel Espinosa, Rupert Sanders, Timur Bekmambetov, David Slade, and Carl Erick Rinsch.

Well it appears Vaughn has returned to the table, and according to Flemming, the “studio is working with his WME reps to close the deal.”

I love Vaughn, and was a big fan of Kick-Ass, but I really would have loved to see what commercial directors turned first time feature directors Carl Erick Rinsch or Rupert Sanders could have done with the comic book property.

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Old masters never die; they’re just endlessly recycled. There haven’t been many notable script sales yet this year, but two that went down recently are both being positioned as reflective of the Master of Suspense. Since it’s highly unlikely that a film coming out of any Hollywood studio at this point would have the pace and patience of a film by Alfred Hitchcock, what can we expect from a couple of new thrillers that seek to trade on his influence? Read More »

Surrogates Extended Preview

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Disney has also premiered an extended preview of Jonathan Mostow‘s sci-fi comic book adaptation Surrogates. I haven’t been impressed with any of the footage I’ve seen so far, and some people who have read the graphic novel have complained the the film looks too glossy, totally negating the grittiness, Blade Runner-like style of the comic. You can actually hear our friends at the Totally Rad Show praise the hell out of the original graphic novel over here (at timecode 43:20).

Bruce Willis stars as an FBI Agent who is sent to investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves—fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles—enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The murder spawns a quest for answers: in a world of masks, who’s real and who can you trust?

Check out the footage after the jump, remember to hit the HQ button to see the footage in high quality, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Surrogates Teaser Poster, Viral Website Launched

This weekend at the New York Comic Con, Disney will be unveiling the first footage of Jonathan Mostow‘s sci-fi comic book adaptation Surrogates. Bruce Willis stars as an FBI Agent who is sent to investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves—fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles—enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The murder spawns a quest for answers: in a world of masks, who’s real and who can you trust?

IO9 showed up eatly at the convention hall and was able to snap this photo of this teaser banner/poster promoting a viral site for the film – chooseyoursurrogate.com. I have cleaned up the image. Head on over to the website as it’s completely functional and gives you a look at the company that provides the avatars – Virtual Self Industries.

Surrogates hits theaters on September 25th 2009.

First Look: Bruce Willis in Surrogates

Walt Disney Pictures has released the first official photo for U571/Terminator 3 helmer Jonathan Mostow‘s big screen adaptation the Robert Vanditti graphic novel Surrogates (the graphic novel is available on Amazon for around $14). The sci-fi thriller has an interesting concept, but I found myself unimpressed by an early sizzle reel that was shown at the Walt Disney Showcase in September. Click on the photo above to enlarge.

The official plot synopsis follows: FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell ) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves—fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles—enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The murder spawns a quest for answers: in a world of masks, who’s real and who can you trust?

The film also stars Rosamund Pike, James Francis Ginty, Boris Kodjoe and VingRhames. Surrogates hits theaters on September 25th 2009.

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