Archive for October, 2014
WWE’s Christian to reunite with pal Edge on Haven
by Doc on Oct.24, 2014, under Television
Jay Reso, also known as WWE Superstar Christian, will reunite with his lifelong friend and former tag team partner Adam Copeland, aka WWE Hall of Famer Edge, for a recurring guest arc on Syfy’s fan-favorite series, Haven, which airs Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Reso will appear in an all-new episode airing November 28, and will reprise the role for two additional episodes airing later in 2015.
Life imitates art with Reso portraying McHugh, one of Dwight’s (Copeland) oldest and closest friends. McHugh is smart, with ice water for blood, hammers for fists and a dogged sense of loyalty. McHugh and Dwight served as Army Rangers together, as well as members of The Guard. But McHugh left this life for a simpler one, determined to remain out of the line of fire. Dwight knows he could use the help of his fierce friend, but respects McHugh’s desire to live under the radar.
When Dwight finds himself in a romantic conundrum in the episode “Chemistry,” McHugh is the first one Dwight turns to. McHugh counsels Dwight through the challenge, while also considering joining forces with his old friend to once again defend the town of Haven, Maine.
Haven preview: “Nowhere Man”
by Doc on Oct.22, 2014, under Television
In the next episode of Haven,Audrey & Nathan are reunited, but trouble – and Troubles – aren’t far behind. Check out this sneak peek for “Nowhere Man” as well as the latest “Inside Haven“, and tune in Friday at 7/6c!!! And you NEED to tune in, and let Syfy know you are watching! Tweet about the episode with the hashtag #Haven5! The show is in danger!
Z Nation renewed for second season; sneak peek at “Welcome to the FU-Bar”
by Doc on Oct.22, 2014, under Television
As we reported on Twitter Monday, Z Nation‘s second season has already been given a green light, which will debut sometime in 2015. Z Nation has been doing amazing in its Friday 10PM slot, becoming the most watched cable show in that slot.
Meanwhile, in the next episode, the the hurt of REDACTED’s loss (even I haven’t seen it just yet – how many times do you have the opportunity to yell at the creator of a show for spoiling it for you? 🙂 ) is still fresh on the survivors’ minds when they stumble upon a gun show that makes the apocalypse look serene. Check out this sneak peek for “Welcome to the FU-Bar”, and tune in Friday at 10/9c!
Face Off will return in January for 8th season, with a different format
by Doc on Oct.22, 2014, under Television
As we broke on Twitter on Monday afternoon, Syfy’s hit make-up effects competition Face Off, with the prosthetics not even dry yet on the 7th season (the finale airs next Tuesday), will return for Season 8 on Tuesday, January 13th at 9/8c, but with a slightly new format, and the theme of “Return of the Champions”.
In a twist on the show’s traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.
Season 8 will also feature the full-time return of fan-favorite and Academy Award-winning judge, Ve Neill, who recently wrapped work on The Hunger Games franchise.
After an exciting and high-stakes season of competition highlighted by themes of life and death, three artists remain in the fight for the title of Season 7 Face Off champion – Cig Neutron of Los Angeles, CA by way of New Castle, IN; Drew Talbot of Pittsburgh, PA by way of Wood River, IL; and Dina Cimarusti of Chicago, IL. For their final challenge, they will each create a pair of knights, one representing life and one representing death that will have to withstand the trials of battle. The Season 7 finale of Face Off airs Tuesday, October 28 at 9PM ET/PT on Syfy.
Warwick Davis will appear in Star Wars Episode 7
by Doc on Oct.17, 2014, under Movies
Warwick Davis, the actor who got his start as the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and returned for several roles in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, will return once more to the franchise and will appear in an unknown role in Star Wars Episode 7.
Let’s let him tell you how it happened…kinda…
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 “Return to District 12” preview; premiere in London, world press tour
by Doc on Oct.16, 2014, under Movies
Lionsgate today unveiled plans to debut the year’s most anticipated film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in the UK, Asia and North America. The film, the third in the global blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise, opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014 and will hold its world premiere in London, England on November 10th. Beginning in Beijing, the cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, will embark on a World Press Tour with stops in Seoul, London, New York and Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland will join the delegation in London for the film’s UK world premiere in Leicester Square. Fans in the U.S. who purchase tickets on Fandango October 29th during the first 24 hours of advance sales will be entered for a chance to win a trip to the London Premiere. All purchases on AMCTheaters.com, Cinemark.com, Fandango.com, and MovieTickets.com in the first 24 hours will receive a free download of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on VUDU.
All of the cast will reconvene for the Los Angeles premiere, which will take place on November 17th at the Nokia Live Theater.
The first Hunger Games film generated nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. The second film in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was the #1 domestic film of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing North American release of all time, grossing over $860 million around the world and bringing the combined global box office of the first two films to over $1.5 billion.
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, from an adaptation by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
Haven preview: “The Old Switcheroo, Part 2”
by Doc on Oct.16, 2014, under Television
On the next Haven, as Mara continues to wreak havoc in Haven, Duke and Nathan devise a plan to bring Audrey back. Check out this sneak peek for “The Old Switcheroo, Part 2”, plus the latest “Inside Haven“, and tune in tomorrow evening at 7/6c on Syfy!
Warner Bros’ very busy release slate: LEGOs, Harry Potter, and a whole lotta superheros
by Doc on Oct.15, 2014, under Movies
Warner Bros is very busy the next several years, announcing today it’s release slate. And it features both dipping back in the well that works as well as trying to out-superhero Marvel.
Warner Bros.’ Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara spoke at the Time Warner shareholder’s meeting and laid out a lot of their studio plans for 2016-2020.
First up is the expected Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is currently being set at three separate films, set to release in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
Next, after the HUGE success of The LEGO Movie, the already-announced sequel has been set for 2018, but it will be preceded by two others: Ninjago (2016), based on the Cartoon Network series, and The LEGO Movie: Batman (2017), a spin-off that follows the rather stuck-up (and not to mention, blocky) take on the character from the first movie.
And then there is the world of DC Comics…we’re already waiting for Batman vs. Superman (2016) and Justice League (2017), but Wonder Woman will indeed get her own standalone movie before Justice League (starring Gal Gadot, who will be introduced in BvS), 2018 will see The Flash (starring Ezra Miller, and apparently not connected at all to the just-started TV series) and Aquaman (with Stargate Atlantis and Game of Thrones Jason Momoa finally confirmed).
2019 will give us Shazam and a second Justice League movie, and in 2020 Warner Bros will try and get Green Lantern off to Oa again with a reboot after the disappointing Ryan Reynolds effort.
Shuffled in are two other titles, Suicide Squad in 2016 and Cyborg in 2020. And apparently this isn’t even ALL of the planned DC movies. Yikes!
Syfy acquires new series Dark Matter
by Doc on Oct.15, 2014, under Television
Syfy today announced it has acquired the new original series Dark Matter, which will be produced by Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl, XIII) and created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (Stargate franchise).
The 13 one-hour episodes will be based on the graphic novel [asin=B00A7H2CHK]Dark Matter[/asin] by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics, and will air on Syfy in 2015.
Executive producers are Jay Firestone, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie and Vanessa Piazza. The series will be distributed internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
In Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.
In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy, said: “Dark Matter is a refreshing and entertaining space opera that blends an intriguing premise with fast-paced suspense. It will be a terrific addition to our prime time schedule next year.”
Said Jay Firestone, Prodigy Pictures: “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe and Paul, who have created a series that revolves around compelling characters that will keep its viewers guessing what’s coming up next.”
Said Cathy Payne, Chief Executive, Endemol Worldwide Distribution: “We are excited to be involved with Dark Matter and look forward to launching this internationally in 2015, concurrently with Syfy.”
Dark Matter joins Syfy’s international co-productions Z Nation and Olympus (which premieres in 2015) along with popular acquired series such as Lost Girl, Spartacus and Bitten.
About Prodigy Pictures
Founded in 2006 by Jay Firestone and later joined by executive producer Vanessa Piazza, Prodigy Pictures leads the way in the production of quality television, film, and cross-platform media. Prodigy is responsible for the critically-acclaimed television series Lost Girl, which has electrified viewers around the world and amassed a cult-like following. Lost Girl just wrapped production on its final season. Prodigy’s other credits include indie horror The Dark Stranger and the original television miniseries XIII as well as XIII: The Series.
The Flash flies for CW, while Gotham gets a full order
by Doc on Oct.13, 2014, under Television
The CW’s newest superhero, The Flash, became the network’s most watched debut in the Live+3 ratings with 6.42 million total viewers, rising 33% over the same day ratings it started with. This boosts it over previous record holder The Vampire Diaries, which still had stronger Same Day numbers from it’s debut in 2009, but did not rise as well in even the Live+7 numbers, which were lower than The Flash‘ L+3.
Meanwhile, across the dial, Fox’ Batman-origin Gotham series, set its own records, with the highest L+7 boost in the 18-49 demographic of 2.7 points to 6.0, or an 82% increase. This has convinced Fox to increase the show’s episode order from 16 to 22.