Archive for September, 2014
Domenic Cooper joins Marvel’s Agent Carter
by Doc on Sep.30, 2014, under Television
Domenic Cooper will return as Howard Stark, Tony Stark/Iron Man’s father, for the ABC series, Marvel’s Agent Carter. Cooper played the role previously in Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, which helped prompt the creation of the series.
The series stars Haley Atwell as Peggy Carter, the role she also played in Captain America: The First Avenger, and is set back in 1946, after Steve Rogers disappears and Carter joins the secret Strategic Scientific Reserve, a forerunner to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Haven preview: “Much Ado About Mara”
by Doc on Sep.30, 2014, under Television
On Thursday’s Haven, Dwight and Nathan argue about what to do with Mara as she continues her rampage through the town. Check out the sneak peek below along with the latest “Inside Haven“, and watch “Much Ado About Mara” Thursday at 8/7c.
Is Star Wars: The Clone Wars still not finished?
by Doc on Sep.26, 2014, under Television, Video/DVD
It seems like the great people at Lucasfilm behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars, despite getting ready for the debut of Star Wars: Rebels, aren’t quite ready to let go of their previous saga just yet. With six seasons, a novel, a comic and more, and the “lost episodes” released on Netflix, it seems they still have some stuff left over.
StarWars.com has now release 3 unfinished stories plus another short story reel that have “proxy” animation (one of the intermediate steps before the full animation is rendered) but the voices and story are in place. Check them out here, along with the “Clone Wars Legacy”, about how they story, and the untold stories, fit into the Star Wars Saga.
Syfy renews Defiance and Dominion
by Doc on Sep.25, 2014, under Television
Syfy has announced that they have given a 13 episode third season order for Defiance, as well as a 13 episode second season for Dominion. Both series are produced by Universal Cable Productions and are slated to return with all-new episodes in 2015.
Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) will resume his role as executive producer and showrunner of Defiance while Vaun Wilmott (Sons of Anarchy) will continue to fill the same posts for Dominion.
Season to date, Dominion and Defiance are the top two cable programs in the Thursday 8-10pm time period among P25-54s. With most current Live+7 data, both series are averaging 2.7 million total viewers, 1.2 million viewers 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers 25-54. Drawing an especially engaged social audience, Dominion was the most social drama on Thursdays across all of TV in tweets (15.4K) and tweets per unique (8.0).
Set in the near future, Defiance features an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Redefining the transmedia experience, Defiance has distinguished itself with an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, by creating the first-ever true convergence of television and online gaming.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in a transformed post–apocalyptic future, 25 years after an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, chose to side with humanity. Rising out of the ashes, are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control over the people and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war escalates between the human race and the angels that are hell-bent on destroying humanity. Dominion is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films.
Spike TV developing Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy for TV series
by Doc on Sep.24, 2014, under Books, Television
It’s been nearly six years since we reported that AMC was working on a TV series based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy of novels, with then-Sci Fi Channel passing on it before that. Alas, instead of reporting that it is finally coming to the screen, it’s back at square one…Spike TV is now working on the adaptation, focusing on [asin=B000QCS914]Red Mars[/asin] to start, with Vince Gerardis (Game of Thrones) producing.
It may remain in Development Hell still, but at least it hasn’t disappeared…
Syfy gives Hunters from Gale Anne Hurd 13-episode straight-to-series order
by Doc on Sep.23, 2014, under Television
Syfy has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of Hunters from producer Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Productions and Universal Cable Productions. The series will be based on the [asin=076536848X]Alien Hunter[/asin] series of novels from Whitley Streiber.
No casting has been announced yet. Natalie Chaidez (V, Heroes) will pen the first script.
The books follow the story of Flynn Carroll, a police detective who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his wife. In the process he attracts the attention of a secret organization, one run by shadowy figures who may not be of this world…
Haven preview: “Spotlight”
by Doc on Sep.23, 2014, under Television
On the next Haven, Dwight and Duke deal with a new danger that threatens to burn the town to the ground. Meanwhile, Nathan helps Mara hide from a mob of angry Haven citizens. Check out the sneak peek, plus the latest “Inside Haven“, and tune in Thursday at 8/7c on Syfy!
Syfy breathes lava life into Lavalantula
by Doc on Sep.22, 2014, under Television
What happens when you take three of Police Academy‘s most memorable stars, and pit them against giant lava-breathing spiders? We don’t know yet, but we’re going to find out.
Giant lava breathing tarantulas – Lavalantulas – erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction upon Los Angeles, in the new Syfy Original Movie Lavalantula, premiering in Summer 2015.
With the City of Angels on the verge of incineration, only a washed up ‘90s action hero actor, played by Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Diner) – joined by Police Academy alumni Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy) and Michael Winslow (Police Academy: The Series) — stand in the way of this monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty creatures who burn their victims alive.
Currently in production in Los Angeles, Lavalantula also co-stars Nia Peeples (The Young and the Restless) and Ralph Garman (KROQ/LA DJ).
Lavalantula will be directed by Mike Mendez, who won a Saturn Award for helming Big Ass Spiders.
Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Apocalypse
by Doc on Sep.22, 2014, under Movies
It may have been expected, but now it is a fact: Bryan Singer will return to the franchise for a fourth time, directing X-Men: Apocalypse.
Singer helped launch the franchise by directing both X-Men and X-Men: X2, and then returned to merge the original movies with the retro X-Men: First Class in the form of X-Men: Days of Future Past this year.
Plot details are still a mystery, but the script is being written by Simon Kinberg, who wrote X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, from a story by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. It is expected to be released May 27, 2016.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition Blu-ray out November 4th, available for pre-order
by Doc on Sep.21, 2014, under Movies, Video/DVD
The extended edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is available for pre-order now…it is available in [sfs=1440]Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/Digital[/sfs] and [sfs=1438]Blu-ray/Digital[/sfs] versions – no U.S. DVD release has been announced yet. Amazon also has an exclusive gift pack featuring a special Weta figurine depicting the river barrel run…that is available in both the [sfs=1439]Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/Digital[/sfs] and [sfs=1441]Blu-ray/Digital[/sfs] editions as well!
The extended edition adds 25 minutes of additional footage to the original feature, plus another 9 hours of bonus features!
Check out the extended edition trailer below, plus as an added extra, watch how they created the river scene…