the three body problem series

When David Benioff and D.B. Weiss brought their award-winning run on Game of Thrones to a somewhat polarizing end, everyone wondered what they would do next. After an ill-fated project with HBO, the duo signed an overall deal with Netflix last year, and we hadn’t heard a peep from them since. But Benioff and Weiss have revealed their next trick: to solve The Three-Body Problem.

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Animated Empire Strikes Back

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures has delivered a stylized, animated version of The Empire Strikes Back in just five minutes. Plus, watch The Simpsons famous steamed hams scene recreate in LEGO form, and The Hollywood Reporter brings in some of the TV drama showrunners, such as Damon Lindelof (Watchmen) and Liz Tigelaar (Little Fires Everywhere), who might be in contention for Emmys when the time comes later this year. Read More »

the terror season 2

AMC has given the go-ahead to The Terror season 2. Season 1 was adapted from Dan Simmons‘ novel of the same name, but AMC will now turn the series into an anthology show. Each season will focus on a new terrifying (and apparently historic) scenario. The Terror season 2 will be set in America during World War II.

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When a popular book or property is announced for a movie, the first reaction of many fans is “They should make it a TV series instead.” Television gives complex stories time to develop, where movies sometimes rush though popular stories to meet a specific run time. The novel to miniseries transition, without a movie adaptation, can be incredibly successful (Game of Thrones) or incredibly polarizing (Under the Dome) and isn’t as frequently done as the novel-to-movie shift.

Now, something even rarer and more exciting is happening. The Norwegian film Headhunters, which had been slated for an English language remake with Mark Wahlberg circling, is now being developed into an HBO series. Originally the property was a popular Norwegian novel by Jo Nesbø, which was then adapted into that excellent 2011 film by Morten Tyldum. The English remake rights to that film were purchased by Summit. Lionsgate then purchased Summit, along with the rights, and they’ve now decided HBO is a better place for the story than the big screen.  Read More »

The other day we told you about Vaughn Meader, a film that is being developed as a star vehicle for Bill Hader. It isn’t a big broad studio comedy, however. The actor would play real-life comedian and impersonator Vaughn Meader, who built a career out of a JFK impression that was enjoyed by huge audiences — the President even loved it — and then saw that career disappear virtually overnight when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Rob Siegel was said to be involved, and the script sounds as if it has some of the key elements of sweetness and darkness that characterized his last two big scripts, The Wrestler and Big Fan. Now we know that he will also direct Vaughn Meader, which makes the movie even more promising. Read More »