Boom! Studios will bridge the gap between ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and the new movie with a four-part comic storyline this summer.
The rumors are true — the Call of Duty series is diving back into the world of Axis vs. Allies with Call of Duty: WWII.
Activision revealed today the title of its upcoming game Call of Duty: WWII along with a picture of a soldier wearing a U.S. military helmet. More information about the game will be revealed during a live stream April 26 at 1 p.m. ET on the Call of Duty website.
Call of Duty: WWII is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the team that developed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and co-developed Modern Warfare 3 alongside Infinity Ward.
Sony is set to develop Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time as a television series
A TV series based on the late Robert Jordan‘s The Wheel of Time series of novels is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, according to Variety. The series began with The Eye of the World back in 1990 and ended with A Memory of Light in 2013. The final book was finished by Brandon Sanderson, as Jordan passed away in 2007. The eighth through fourteenth books in The Wheel of Time series each reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list. The story follows a group of characters lead by Rand al’Thor on the search for the Dragon Reborn. There are 14 novels in the series, which was nominated for a Hugo Award after its completion.
Sony will produce with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins, known for working on ABC;s Agents of SHIELD, Netflix’s Hemlock Grove and NBC’s Chuck is on board to write and executive produce. Red Eagle’s Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon and Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber will executive produce with Darren Lemke. Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal will be a consulting producer.
McDougal posted the following on the Google+ page for the series:
“Update: Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio —Harriet”
There have been attempts to make films and series based on “The Wheel of Time” since 2000. There has been a video game, a role-playing game and a soundtrack album based on the series. Are you guys interested in seeing a TV series based on Robert Jordan’s novels? Who would you like to see cast in the main roles? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
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With the rise of NPR’s popular Serial podcast, HBO’s riveting limited series The Jinx, and Netflix’s wildly addictive Making a Murderer over the span of a couple of years, the true crime genre had never been hotter. It’s cooled down a bit since 2015, but it seems like the public will always be intrigued by a murder mystery, and if a story is framed in the right way, it can still become an outright sensation.
That’s clearly what Netflix is hoping for with The Keepers, the streaming service’s new seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the potential cover-up that’s been going on for nearly fifty years.
The Keepers trailer
I know there’s still an audience out there for true crime shows like this, but does anyone else feel that the genre is beginning to fall in a bit of a rut? All of these series are starting to look the same to me, and it’s only in extraordinarily rare cases like The Jinx where there’s actually a satisfying conclusion at the end of the tunnel.
Still, I’ll admit that The Keepers looks fascinating; its allegations of corruption and a cover-up that may have lasted almost half a century help it stand out from its contemporaries. And corruption within the Catholic church is likely something that’s still relatively fresh on the minds of many cinephiles in the wake of Spotlight’s Best Picture win not too long ago.
Netflix seems to be leaning into the true crime genre pretty hard with this, Casting JonBenet, and an impending second season of Making a Murder on the way. Since they don’t release viewer numbers, we won’t know exactly how many people tune in to those shows, but Netflix wouldn’t be continuing to churn them out if the company’s algorithm didn’t indicate a significant portion of its audience would be curious enough to check it out. Are you one of them?
All seven episodes of The Keepers arrive on Netflix on May 19, 2017.
Directed by Ryan White (Serena, The Case Against 8), The Keepers will have everyone asking the question “who killed Sister Cathy?” The series was produced by Film 45 and Tripod Media for Netflix. Along with White and Jessica Hargrave, Josh Braun, Ben Cotner, Jason Spingarn-Koff and Lisa Nishimura are executive producers.
Through interviews with dozens of friends, relatives, journalists, government officials and Baltimore citizens determined to uncover the truth, White pieces together a story that goes beyond the death of a beloved Catholic schoolteacher to encompass clergy abuse, repressed memories and government and religious institutions that he says “at best, dropped the ball over the last 45 years – and, at worst, covered it up.”
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King Kong TV Series in Development, Unrelated to Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island
MarVista Entertainment has announced today a partnership with IM Global Television to develop, co-produce, and co-finance a King Kong television series, which is completely unrelated to the recent Kong: Skull Island.
Based on DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island property and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong, King Kong Skull Island is a comprehensive King Kong Universe exclusively endorsed by Kong’s creator. The series is a serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multi-cultural ensemble that delves fully into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins. Academy Award nominees Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title are attached as writers/executive producers. Dannie Festa (Trolls) of World Builder Entertainment will executive produce.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Joe DeVito and his truly unique, never-before-seen Kong universe,” said Festa. “We feel confident that it will be hugely appealing to fans all over the world.”
“Jonathan and Stacy have taken a world that has enraptured audiences in all its many forms over the years and given it a contemporary, female-focused spin,” said MarVista CEO Fernando Szew. “It is with great anticipation that we partner with IM Global Television to bring this exciting new vision directly into viewers’ homes.”
“There’s clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story. We love Stacy and Jonathan’s approach to this adaptation and look forward to partnering with MarVista as we bring this gripping tale of survival and adventure to life for a new generation of Kong fans,” said IM Global Television President Mark Stern.
It is worth noting the the legal history of King Kong is an incredibly-complicated thing. In a world of fairly cut and dry “movie rights” like DC Comics or Marvel, King Kong has gone through an extensive battle in the court system with the character’s ownership divided across multiple parties: Time Warner own the rights to RKO’s original 1933 film and its sequel; StudioCanal own the international rights to the 1976 remake and its sequel, however Paramount Pictures owns domestic rights to the 1976 remake; Merian C. Cooper’s estate owns the book and publishing rights to the character; and Universal Studios own the majority of the rights to Kong, except (perhaps most importantly) the trademark to the character. In addition, the novelization of the screenplay to the 1933 film sits in the public domain, and is open to adaptation by anyone. It’s a veritable jungle.
Furthermore, it is also worth pointing out that writer/artist Joe DeVito, of the aforementioned DeVito ArtWorks, previously sued Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., and the producers of Kong: Skull Island for allegedly stealing his ideas in a defunct pitch for a Kong TV series. In 2004, with the permission of the Cooper estate, DeVito created and illustrated Kong: King Of Skull Island, a book that functioned as prequel/sequel to the original movie, which will be the basis for the in-development television series.
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Digital Sputnik ups the lighting game again with the new, affordable Voyager series lights to be released at NAB.
Building on its success with its RGB LED lights (famously used in Star Wars: Rogue One), Digital Sputnik will reveal the Voyager series at NAB this year. The new lights aim to provide an even more flexible, portable and affordable lighting toolset for the masses than the revolutionary DS series. The Voyagers complement the DS series by being tubular soft lights, with removable diffusers.
Digital Sputnik CEO Kaur Kallas told No Film School, «Our approach to lighting remains the same with the Voyager line. It is designed to be our most affordable fixture, and we have added all the features that we would want from a softlight—that we would like to use ourselves—into the Voyager.»
Spike has released the first The Mist series trailer
The Mist series trailer has just rolled in! In the player below, you can take a first look at Spike‘s new original scripted The Mist, based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name. From TWC-Dimension Television, The Mist series stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isiah Washington, Jr. and Frances Conroy.
A poster for The Mist series has debuted, meanwhile, at EW. Check it out in full in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page.
The Mist was previously adapted as a 2007 feature film, directed by Frank Darabont. The story centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world and, in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.
Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser are Executive Producers for TWC-Dimension Television with Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer and Keith Levine as Producers. Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Programming will oversee the project for Spike with Vlad Wolynetz as Co-Executive Producer.
What do you think of The Mist series trailer? Will you be tuning in for the series when it premiere in June 22? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
I’m a huge fan of just about everything Lana and Lilly Wachowski have touched (yes, even the Matrix sequels), but I never got around to watching Sense8, the science fiction series they co-created with J. Michael Straczynski for Netflix. However, the arrival of the trailer for the second season may be the kick in the butt I need to get around to this one. This show looks goofy and thoughtful and action-packed and honest and silly and visually dynamic…well, it looks in line with past work by both the Wachowskis and Straczynski.
The trailer for the 10-epsode second season comes with a release date – the new batch of episodes will be available to stream on May 5, 2017. However, the first episodes of the season will premiere at the Series Mania festival in Paris later this month before screening at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre a few days later. So we’ll be hearing some early buzz soon enough.
I remember the first season of Sense8 dividing people all over the internet, with passionate fans sticking up for it in the face of critics who couldn’t stop rolling their eyes in its general direction. With the new season arriving in under a month, I suppose it’s time for me to get around to having an opinion on this one.
Here’s the official synopsis:
From renowned creative geniuses Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, World War Z), Sense8 is centered around eight characters, from different parts of the world, who experience a violent vision, and soon find themselves mentally connected by the experience. They become connected, able to see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, with access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must the eight adapt to this new ability and to each other, they must figure out why their lives are now in jeopardy. In Season 2, dark forces continue to track the cluster of eight connected characters. The sensates will learn more about BPO, the secret organization searching for their cluster and others like them, and will work to protect themselves from this organization that is out to hunt and kill them.
The Sense8 cast includes Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Terrence Mann, Naveen Andrews, and Daryl Hannah. If you’re like me and have been planning to catch up with the the first season at some point, this may be the best window to do so.
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There used to be a time when summer was a dead zone when it came to finding good television. But nowadays there’s an overabundance of programming to be found at every turn. Netflix always has something cooking, which means broadcast and cable networks are trying to keep up with great fresh content of their own, and Showtime looks to have something great on their hands.
I’m Dying Up Here is a new one-hour drama series at Showtime that follows an ensemble cast of up and coming comedians in 1970s Los Angeles, when the art of stand-up comedy was seeing a surge in popularity from the stages of comedy clubs to being in front of the curtain on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. A new I’m Dying Up Here trailer showcases even more of the drama and laughs that come from trying to deliver a set that kills, and you can watch it below (but beware of some NSFW language).
I love everything I’ve seen from this show so far. It has the style of Vinyl, but it feels much more engaging and authentic in its portrayal of this particular scene at this specific time. Cast members like Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Jake and RJ Cyler feel like they could really be young stand-up comics, and they’re surrounding by the real deal with comedians like Erik Griffin and Al Madrigal making appearances as well.
However, the element that could elevate this show to greatness is Melissa Leo as the comedy club owner Goldie, whose club can give comedians the time that brings about a huge break in their career. But she’s not running a charity, and Goldie isn’t about to let these comics on her stage if they’re not going to put in the hard work.
Like I’ve said before, I might have to get Showtime just to watch this show. If you want to see more, you can watch the previous trailer right here.
The new one-hour Showtime drama series I’m Dying Up Here explores L.A.’s famed ‘70s stand-up comedy scene where the careers of legends such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Richard Pryor were launched. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson.
I’m Dying Up Here stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (Wayward Pines, Treme), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child) as part of a large ensemble cast.
This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.
I’m Dying Up Here premieres on Sunday, June 4th at 10PM ET/PT.
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I’m Dying Up Here series from Showtime gets a new trailer
Showtime has released a new trailer for the I’m Dying Up Here series about the stand-up scene in the 1970s. The series is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. The pilot was directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and written by Dave Flebotte and is produced by Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne.
The I’m Dying Up Here series explores L.A.’s famed ’70s stand-up comedy scene and stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Treme), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), RJ Cyler (Power Rangers), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show) and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child) as part of a large ensemble cast.
The I’m Dying Up Here series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh. Recurring guest stars include Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brianne Howey (Horrible Bosses 2), Jon Daly (Kroll Show) and Ginger Gonzaga (Togetherness). Guest stars include Emmy(R) nominee Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Oscar nominee Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), With Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Martian) and Emmy nominee Alfred Molina (Chocolat).
You can check out the trailer for the I’m Dying Up Here series below. Let us know what you think in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
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