Preacher teaser

We’re less than two months away from the premiere of AMC’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and illustrator Steve Dillons‘ Preacher. After a series of failed potential film adaptations, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) finally made this comic book adaptation a reality.

Before we finally get a chance to see Ennis’ characters brought to life, AMC has released another brief look at the series. Check out the latest Preacher teaser trailer below.

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Dominic Cooper Agent Carter

Dominic Cooper was at Wondercon promoting Preacher, the upcoming AMC series based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s comic book, in which he stars as Jesse Custer. Meanwhile, Marvel fans are awaiting word on a third season of the series Agent Carter. Set in the post-WWII era, Agent Carter features Cooper in a recurring role as Howard Stark. Should both shows continue, Cooper suspects he would be able to do both, at least staying on in a guest starring capacity on Agent Carter.

“Yeah, I hope so,” Cooper said. “Yeah, because Howard Stark kind of runs in and runs out. He does some ridiculous thing, creates some madness and then hops off on a plane with a leggy blonde.”  Read More »

Dominic Cooper in Preacher

AMC presented a panel on the upcoming series Preacher at Wondercon. Before the panel, showrunner Sam Catlin and stars Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga spoke with reporters. Catlin said he did not know series creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg before he started working on the project, and had not heard of the Preacher comic book series. Catlin took a meeting with the pair and started explaining the needs of a television series, to which he says they were receptive.

“I would say, ‘You can’t pace it that way for a TV show. We won’t be able to do X, Y and Z then because where would you put your sets?’” Catlin said. “Stuff like that, because they’d never really done TV before. What I like about Preacher [comics] is it has a modular [structure]. You can kind of lift and place stories all over the place sort of like episodes. He goes to Louisiana. There are these chapters to it, which is really liberating. You can tell stories all over the place. As long as you still have that drive of what Jesse wants, who he’s looking for, you can go anywhere you want.”  Read More »

Preacher Image

We won’t get to see the supernatural comic book Preacher hit the air until May, but the word out of the pilot’s premiere at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month is that the series is an outstanding adaptation of the source material from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, perfectly balancing the line between “delightfully visceral and absurdly cartoonish.”

Now one of the more cartoonish aspects of the show has been revealed with the first image of the character named Eugene Root (played by Ian Colletti). However, once you see the image after the jump, you’ll understand why this character is better known by the nickname “Arseface” Read More »

Preacher reviews

One of this year’s most anticipated screenings at the SXSW Film Festival wasn’t for a film at all, but for a show. AMC brought the very first episode of its long-developing Preacher adaptation to the event, much to the anxious anticipation of the source material’s many fans.

Based on the graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve DillonPreacher follows, well, a preacher, who finds himself in possession of a very unusual power. He sets out on a quest to confront God, and along the way joins up with a former flame, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire, Cassyidy (Joseph Gilgun). And by all accounts, the story is even stranger than that description makes it sound.

Show creators Seth RogenEvan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin (the latter of whom will also serve as showrunner) have been very upfront about the fact that their series would not be a letter-for-letter, panel-for-panel adaptation of the source material. And Ennis, for what it’s worth, doesn’t seem to mind one bit. So the real question here is how capably they’ll have captured the spirit of the novel. We’ve rounded up some of the Preacher reviews after the jump.

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AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Sets Premiere Date

2016 sxsw preview

It’s been a long, long journey to the screen for Preacher. First the Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon comic book series was going to be a film (with James Marsden attached to play the lead at one point), and then it was going to be an HBO series, and then it was going to be a movie again (this time with Sam Mendes and then D.J. Caruso linked to the directing gig), and then, finally, about two years ago, AMC got the ball rolling on a TV adaptation with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on board to write and executive produce.

Now that show is finally just about ready for prime time, as AMC has officially announced the Preacher premiere date. Here’s a hint: it’ll (hopefully) get a big boost from Fear the Walking Dead fans. Get all the details on the Preacher premiere date below.  Read More »

The Exorcist TV Series

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • The Exorcist pilot has cast Geena Davis.
  • Breaking Bad‘s composer will work his magic on Preacher.
  • Gary Busey has joined the cast of Sharknado 4, because of course he has.
  • 24: Legacy adds another new cast member.
  • HBO is planning a whole bunch of new shows.
  • Leighton Meester joins the cast of Making History.
  • Houdini & Doyle reveals a new poster.

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2016 SXSW Preview: 10 Things We’re Excited to See

2016 sxsw preview

Year after year, SXSW proves itself to be one of the best film festivals in the world, offering an astonishing variety of programming that appeals to every taste. Emotional arthouse dramas? Yep. An always stellar documentary line-up? You betcha. An insane midnight program that offers a look at bonkers movies from all over the world? Of course. Gigantic premieres and previews for upcoming studio releases and high anticipated TV shows? Take a guess.

So when we decided to limit our 2016 SXSW preview to only ten titles, we knew we were leaving dozens of fascinating movies on the cutting room floor. But that’s the joy of any film festival – you go in with certain expectations, only to stumble over a whole slate of great films you never saw coming. /Film will be in attendance at SXSW, bringing you news and reviews straight from the fest, but here are the screenings we’re looking forward to seeing the most.

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preacher casts jackie earle haley

Preacher was never going to make it to television without undergoing its fair share of changes. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s blasphemous and brutal comic series is very much a product of the ’90s, a story that gives political correctness a big middle finger being stomping its face in with a steel-toed cowboy boot. It’s certainly not unadaptable, but it features characters, storylines, and images that feel specifically built for a comic book, where things like “budget” and “good taste” don’t have to exist. To adapt Preacher is to recognize the spirit of the thing – to bottle its acerbic wit, grotesque slapstick, and surprising humanity – even if it means taking the story in a separate direction.

Now, a piece of casting news has revealed just how far from the source material writer/producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin and planning to stray. Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast as a villainous character whose presence in the show’s first season defies the comic’s original storyline in a huge way.

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first preacher footage

This week AMC presented a panel on Preacher for the Television Critics Association. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and showrunner Sam Catlin were on the panel with cast members to discuss their adaptation of Garth Ennis’s comic. Fans will notice the show diverge from the comics immediately in the pilot, which Ennis himself approved.

“We talked with Garth and Garth very much encouraged us to make a lot of small changes and make it a good show first and foremost,” Goldberg said. “We want fans to get everything they loved of the comic and still get some twists and turns.”  Read More »