A last look at The Leftovers

Showrunner Damon Lindelof joined me for episode 206 to talk through the process of writing The Leftovers. Here’s how he described breaking an episode:

For the “blue-sky phase,” once we land on something that we like, you just write a sentence. Like, “Baby doll made in Tijuana.” And the last one is “Kevin throws baby out window.” It’s literally just those sentences.

After two days, you look and you have about 20 of those sentences up on the board. Then you’re ready to go into the next phase, which I think is what I would call the story-breaking phase, where you just go scene-by-scene and you start to pitch specific dialogue, character dynamics, etc.

Writing for Vulture, Boris Kachka takes an in-depth look at how the final episode was written, shot and edited. It’s a great look at the process from blank whiteboard to final cut. Highly recommended for anyone interested in making television.


Recreating the Bold Look of Classic Film Noir

This video shows you several cinematic techniques that will help create the iconic look of film noir.

How slick is film noir? Not only did it dominate the big screen from the early 40s to the late 50s, but the look was so stylish it made fedoras cool and slatted blinds ominous. The look is so iconic, with the chiaroscuro lighting, cigarette smoke, and urban settings, that it has become a favorite among filmmakers to replicate. If you’re interested in making your own work more gritty and stylized like that of a film noir, check out this video from Film Riot, which not only explains many of its stylistic elements, but gives you some history behind the film movement, as well as some simple techniques you can use to get that classic look.

There are many elements that made film noir what it was, from snappy dialog to femme fatale characters, but host Ryan Connolly highlights and breaks down a few basic visual elements that are definitely quintessential film noir.

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Winchester Movie: A First Look at Helen Mirren in the Supernatural Thriller

Winchester is headed to the big screen and it stars Helen Mirren.

Take a first look at Helen Mirren from the upcoming Winchester movie

CBS Films has today revealed a first look at Dame Helen Mirren from the upcoming Winchester movie. The supernatural thriller is now in production with Michael and Peter Spierig (Predestination) directing from a screenplay they wrote with Tom Vaughan. The Academy Award-winning star joins Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson in the film, which is set for a 2018 release. You can check out the full image in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page and, in the player below, watch a brief video version that compares Mirren to the real Sarah Winchester.

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The Winchester movie follows the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren), who was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hour a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all. Winchester will take audiences inside the labyrinth like house that is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world.

Winchester is being financed by Bullitt Entertainment, Diamond Pictures and Blacklab Entertainment, with Diamond Pictures handling international sales. Bullitt’s Benedict Carver, Diamond’s Daniel Diamond and Tobin Armbrust are executive producing. Andy Trapani, Toni Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper and Simon Oakes also will serve as executive producers. Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin and Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan are producing.

Are you planning to check out the Winchester movie on the big screen? Let us know in the comments below!

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Post-Infinity War MCU Will Be “Very, Very Different,” Plus A Look At The Future Of Marvel Movies

Avengers Infinity War Set Photo - Thanos

With the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket happening this week in Los Angeles, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been participating in numerous interviews talking about the future of the company’s films. We’ve collected a few choice quotes below, including Feige talking about how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be “very, very different” after Avengers: Infinity War, his plans to hire more top caliber Hollywood veterans, and an update on the studio’s filming slate.

Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Post-Infinity War MCU Will Be Very Different

Feige tells Collider that the post-Infinity War Marvel Cinematic Universe is “gonna be very, very different.” In the same interview, Feige teased some uncertainty in MCU’s future:

“We’ve been lucky that [contract expirations] haven’t factored in too much. We’ve had people under contract for certain films, then we’ve had new ideas and new directions like Civil War like we wanted to do, and we’ve been lucky enough to make new contracts. … Certainly, as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

This is something we’ve expected for some time. We’ve heard that Infinity War would change the MCU in huge ways, and I’m excited to find out what that actually means. I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of old favorites exiting the spotlight, leaving the center stage open for a new set of heroes.

Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldiuer

Expect More High Caliber Hollywood Veterans in Future Marvel Movies

Marvel movies are beginning to attract some huge Hollywood veteran actors. Past Marvel movies have featured the likes of Robert Redford, Michael Douglas and Anthony Hopkins, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduces both Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Speaking with Fandango at the junket, Feige admitted that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino met with Marvel at one point, and while they are not currently in the studio’s plans, Feige says that we’ll be seeing more Hollywood veterans in the very near future:

“There are a few that are coming up, actually. I’ll keep this spoiler-free, but be assured that there are more surprises of that caliber heading into our universe in the next few films.”

So the question is, who might Feige be thinking about? Black Panther is done shooting and Infinity War is already cast, but there is still room to add a big player to Ant-Man and Wasp, the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4, and Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel Easter Egg in Doctor Strange

Marvel’s Filming Schedule

We know that Black Panther is in its last few weeks of shooting, while Spider-man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok are currently in post production. As for the upcoming filming schedule, Feige told Collider that, assuming everything stays on schedule, this is what we can expect:

  • Avengers: Infinity War is currently filming, and the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4 will film immediately afterwards, not simultaneously as first announced.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp will begin shooting in June 2017.
  • Captain Marvel should begin filming in February 2018

When the next two Avengers movies were first announced, they were presented as Avengers: Infinity War Part I & II. Marvel has since walked back on that two-parter idea, claiming that the fourth Avengers movie would not be the second part of Infinity War. The big news here is that Marvel is now shooting the films separately back-to-back instead of simultaneously.

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First Look at Simon Rumley’s Once Upon a Time in London

Once Upon a Time in London

British director’s ultra-violent gangster saga Once Upon a Time in London is currently in production

We recently talked with maverick genre director Simon Rumley (The Living and the Dead) about one of several films he has in current release (read that interview about Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word here) and massaged into that chat was mention of a new movie he was mounting, a bloody crime opera/period piece about the malevolent criminals who paved the way for the notorious Kray brothers, themselves subject of films like Peter (The Changeling) Medak’s The Krays and the Tom Hardy showcase Legend.

Currently shooting on locations around London Once Upon a Time in London dramatizes the violent reign of  Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack ‘Spot’ Comer (Terry Stone) and charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for those vile Kray Twins and The Richardsons.

Described as ‘Peaky Blinders meets Legend, the film also stars, Holly Earl, Dominic Keating, Geoff Bell, Jamie Foreman, Doug Allen, Andy Beckwith, Roland Manookian, Justin Salinger, Kate Braithwaite and Laura Carter. Joining the eclectic ensemble are comedian Simon Munnery, boxers Frank Buglioni, Steve Collins and Joe Egan, footballer Jamie O’Hara, singer / TV star Nadia Forde, Union J’s JJ Hamblett and magician Ali Cook.

Once Upon a Time in London is a Gateway Films & Ratio Film Presentation, directed by Simon Rumley, written by Will Gilbey, Simon Rumley & Terry Stone and produced by Terry Stone & Richard Turner. Co-Producer: Tiernan Hanby, DOP: Milton Kam, Costume Designer: Michelle May, Makeup Designer: Emma Slater, Production Designer: Anna Mould.

We have some new photos straight from the set to share. Have a look below and stay tuned for more on the film as we get it.



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Detroit Trailer Offers a First Look at Kathryn Bigelow’s Latest

Detroit Trailer Offers a First Look at Kathryn Bigelow's Latest

The Detroit trailer has arrived, offering a first look at the August 4 release

Annapurna Pictures has just released the first Detroit trailer and poster, offering a first look at the new film from Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. Check out the Detroit trailer in the player below, the poster and photos in the gallery, and catch the film itself on the big screen on August 4.

Detroit offers a crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s 1967 riots, a gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit during that summer. The release date will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots.

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The film stars an ensemble cast comprised of John Boyega, Chris Chalk, Nathan Davis Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Austin Hébert, Joseph David-Jones, Malcolm David Kelley, John Krasinski, Jacob Latimore, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Ben O’Toole, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Algee Smith, Peyton Alex Smith, Jeremy Strong, Ephraim Sykes, and Leon Thomas III.

Detroit is the second feature collaboration between Annapurna and Kathryn Bigelow, who previously worked together, alongside Boal, on the Oscar-winning film, Zero Dark Thirty. Bigelow is producing the film with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman. Mark Boal, who penned the script, and Colin Wilson are also producers with Greg Shapiro executive producing.

What do you think of the Detroit trailer? Will you be checking this one out on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Game of Thrones Costumes: HBO Promo May Offer First Look at Season 7

Game of Thrones: HBO Promo May Offer First Look at Season 7 Costumes

A new HBO promo may offer first look at the season 7 Game of Thrones costumes

HBO has released a series of new promos featuring the cast members of their various original programs and they seemingly shows off some of the new Game of Thrones costumes the characters will be wearing in the upcoming seventh season. Check it out below, but be prepared to hit the pause button! Game of Thrones returns for a shorter seventh season on July 16, 2017.

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At the end of last season, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) dragons and her immense army were finally on the way to Westeros, where Cersei (Lena Headey) has now become Queen after the death of her children. The Night King’s (Vladimir Furdik in season 6) army is heading south, and a battle appears to be imminent.

Though we don’t know exactly what’s coming, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, tweeted this last year: “Just finished reading season 7, s**t gets REAL. I’d start preparing yourselves now… scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this… Holy BALLS.”

The show is based on the novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. Last season, however, the TV series moved past the point where the books have stalled.

RELATED: Game of Thrones Season Seven Premiere Date Revealed

The executive producers of Game of Thrones Season 7 are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; and producers are Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

What do you think of these new Game of Thrones costumes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Cakes that look like succulents are the best way to eat your greens


Is eating cupcakes that look like plants the same as eating plants? Nope. Do we care? Not necessarily.

Enter Ivenoven, a baker in Jakarta, Indonesia who makes desserts inspired by plant life — bouquets, terrariums, and even the ever-trendy succulent. 

All the cakes’ exquisite details are piped by hand, and Ivenoven carefully mixes powdered sugar, butter, and food coloring to achieve the perfect hue for each petal and leaf. No two plants — and no two cupcakes — turn out exactly alike. Read more…

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Watch the Fargo Installment 3 First Look From FX

Watch the Fargo Installment 3 first look from FX with commentary from the cast. Are you looking forward to Fargo installment three?

Watch the Fargo Installment 3 first look from FX with commentary from the cast

Fargo Installment 3 (that’s what they’re now calling season three) is just two weeks away. Today FX has posted a first look video with the cast talking about their roles and what’s going on this time around. We’ve got it for you below.

Set in 2010, Fargo Installment 3 follows Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota (Ewan McGregor), who sees himself as an American success story. Ray (also played by McGregor), meanwhile, is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge.

Carrie Coon stars as “Gloria Burgle,” the steady chief of the local police department. A newly divorced mother, Gloria is trying to understand the new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than with the people around them.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray’s girlfriend, “Nikki Swango,” a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge.

David Thewlis rounds out the cast, starring as “V.M. Vargas”” a mysterious loner and true capitalist whose bosses plan to partner with Emmit, whether “The Parking Lot King” likes it or not.

Fargo Installment 3 hails from Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Noah Hawley (creator / showrunner / writer / director), Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio. Are you guys excited for Fargo Installment 3‘s premiere on April 19? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.


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