CHRISTINA BLANCH TALKS THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD: A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW ON BLEEDING COOL08/14/14 @ 4:31 pm EST
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THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 5 AND GOTHAM COMING TO NETFLIX09/01/15 @ 3:59 pm EST
Almost a month ago it was announced that the Thrillbent
webcomic The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood
by Christina Blanch
, Chris Carr
and Troy Peteri
was being collected byDynamite
. Now Byron Brewer
caught up with Blanch and asked about the transition from digital to print and how it might change things.BYRON BREWER: Christina, how did Damnation of Charlie Wormwood make the jump from Thrillbent to Dynamite?
It’s all thanks to Nick Barrucci of Dynamite. We were chatting at a con and we started talking about the book and he asked when it was coming out in print. I told him we were printing one issue of it just so I would have something to sign at conventions and he was surprised that I hadn’t taken it somewhere. He and I then talked the next and it all just happened. It was amazing, and Dynamite has been wonderful to work with – we couldn’t ask for anything better.BB: What is it like producing a book for Thrillbent vs. a more mainstream company like Dynamite? Can you explain the process difference to the reader?CB:
The biggiest thing is that now we know that it will be in print so we well keep that in mind when writing and when Chee is drawing. However, we still want to give readers the digital comic experience on the screen so we aren’t really changing too much. The big difference is in the production – taking the pages or the screens as we call them at Thrillbent and turning them into print pages. Our editor Mark Waid has been great in helping to do that and we are learning as we go. I’m sure we will get better at the transformation every issue.BB: You and Chris Carr have written the property for Thrillbent. Will you both be on the miniseries, and if so how do you share those responsibilities of collaboration?CB:
Nothing will change. The whole creative team that we have on Charlie is so integral to the book that we don’t want to change things. Our creative process is pretty simple but has changed over time. The first few issues we wrote together, in the same room, working through all of it. As time went by and schedules got busier and busier, it was harder to be in the same workspace. We have worked out an outline for each issue and one of us will write the book, the other will approve it, and then we send it to our editor Mark, ho then send it to our incredible artist Chee.For the uninitiated, tell us the concept of the book.
Charlie Wormwood is a teacher in the correctional education system aka prison. He isn’t thrilled about it but job in education are not easy to get. He also happens to have a son who has been in and out of the hospital and they really can’t figure out what is wrong with him. With bills piling up, Charlie is offered help from an unexpected source. This is the story of how far someone will go to help their child and how that journey changes that person. I don’t want to give too much away. People have said it has a Breaking Bad vibe which I have to take their word on because I have internationally stayed away from that show so I don’t subconsciously put in a similar storyline. When the book is done and that makes me sad, it will be nice to have Breaking Bad to watch as a treat.BB: The book is very dark, from what I understand. How do you keep the emphasis on what sacrifices Charlie is making for his sick son?CB:
I’ve heard the book is dark. Some of our readers send me notes asking why I hate Charlie. I don’t hate him. He does have some bad luck. But, the book is called the Damnation of Charlie Wormwood.
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JAMES BOND AUTHOR THINKS IDRIS ELBA IS 09/01/15 @ 3:53 pm EST
It’s gonna take a supreme effort to pull us out of the August movie doldrums.Bring on all kinds of Rambo and the zombies from The Walking Dead
to the rescue. Three installments of Sylvester Stallone’s epic Rambo
franchise hit Netflix this September, along with season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead
.First blood will be spilled, brains will be lusted after. And then you might check out a littleMoonrise Kingdom.Available September 1
Heather McDonald: I Don’t Mean To Brag (2014)
Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Volume 1
Mouk: Season 1
Our Man in Tehran (2013)
Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)
Person of Interest: Seasons 1-3 (Season 4 arriving on 9/22)
Rambo: First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005)
The League: Season 6
The Monster Squad (1987)
Up in the Air (2009)Available September 2
Black or White (2014)
Miss Julie (2014)Available September 3
Drumline: A New Beat (2014)Available September 4
Bad Night (2015)
Madame Secretary: Season 1Available September 9
Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)
Longmire: Season 4, Netflix originalAvailable September 11
About Elly (2009)
God Bless the Child (2015)
Madame Bovary (2014)Available September 12
It Happened Here (2015)
Portlandia: Season 5
The Roughnecks (2014)Why Did I Get Married? (2007)Available September 14
The Bank Job (2008)
The Road Within (2015)Available September 15
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Reservation Road (2007)
The Blacklist: Season 2Available September 17
The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1Available September 18
Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015), Netflix originalAvailable September 21
Gotham: Season 1
The Following: Season 3Available September 22
SMOSH: The Movie (2015)Available September 23
The Loft (2015)Available September 24
Iris (2014)Available September 25
Blue Bloods: Season 5
Hawaii Five-0: Season 5
Parenthood: Season 6Available September 26
The Canyons (2013)Available September 27
The Walking Dead: Season 5Available September 29
Bones: Season 10
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)Available September 30
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Series 12
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ATTACK ON TITAN LIVE ACTION MOVIES THEATRICAL TRAILER RELEASED09/01/15 @ 3:34 pm EST
Anthony Horowitz walks, talks and looks like a spy. He has the glide, the posh, clipped voice and the faraway eyes of a man who knows secrets, and he absolutely loves James Bond.
‘I remember seeing Dr No in the cinema at the age of eight. It was one of the most significant moments of my life.’
The excited young boy went on to become one of the greatest adventure writers of our age, with a licence to thrill as the creator of the teenage secret agent Alex Rider, whose books have sold a staggering 19 million copies.
Horowitz almost certainly grew up among spies, as his father was a secret fixer for the Prime Minister of the day, and he has an extraordinary real-life tale to tell about how this man of mystery lost all the family money.
He won’t say if he’s a spook (he’d have to kill me) but he knows them, has visited their HQs and counts them as fans.
‘They like what I do.’
Given all of this, he was the obvious man to hire when Ian Fleming’s estate wanted a writer to create a new 007 adventure as close as possible to the style of the originals.
‘This is something I have wanted to do all my life.’
But incredibly, Horowitz nearly turned Bond down. ‘I was getting a bit frustrated, shall we say?’
Was it the money? Surely they give you enough to fill a 007-style suitcase if you write a Bond story?
‘No. Well, yes they do but actually, I’m taking a pay cut to write Bond.’
And he is just as unimpressed with the trailer for the new film, Spectre.
‘I’m looking at the trailer and I am seeing a photograph of Bond’s family. The mum and the dad are in there and their faces are missing because the picture has been burned in a fire. 'This is going to be to do with his family background, and I know the fans are all terribly excited to know more, but I’m saying, “Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.”
'I don’t want to know about his doubts, his insecurities or weaknesses. I just want to see him act, kill, win.’
Neither is Horowitz impressed with the favourite to take over from Daniel Craig.
‘Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better.’
He names Adrian Lester, star of Hustle.
‘For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too “street” for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.’
Horowitz can be this frank because the films are owned by Eon Productions and are nothing to do with his employers at the Fleming estate, which controls the rights to the books. The trustees asked three other writers to have a go at reinventing Bond before him, which brings us finally to the reason he nearly turned them down.
‘They asked Sebastian Faulks to write a Bond book, they asked Jeffery Deaver and they asked William Boyd, but they didn’t ask me.’
It still rankles.
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BOURNE IDENTITY’: VINCENT CASSEL TO PLAY VILLAIN WITH MATT DAMON IN LATEST CHAPTE09/01/15 @ 3:28 pm EST
FUNimation has released a new trailer for the North American theatrical release ofAttack on Titan: Part 1 & Part 2
Check it out here: https://youtu.be/dZ84ko0ISTY
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MARVEL SHAKE-UP: FILM CHIEF KEVIN FEIGE BREAKS FREE OF CEO IKE PERLMUTTER 08/31/15 @ 9:59 pm EST
Vincent Cassel is set to play the villain in the next installment of “The Bourne Identity” starring Matt Damon.
Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones are also on board for the project, and Julia Stiles is set to return as well.
Paul Greengrass is back to direct and co-pen the script with Christopher Rouse. Frank Marshall again produces the action-thriller alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Rouse and Henry Morrison serve as executiveproducers.
Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. Cassel joins the ranks of Clive Owen, Karl Urban and Edgar Ramirez, who played the villains in previous “Bourne” chapters.
Production is expected to begin later this summer. The film will bow on July 29, 2016.
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'UNDER THE DOME' CANCELED AT CBS AFTER 3 SEASONS08/31/15 @ 6:41 pm EST
After what one source describes as "several years of frustration," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige
has pulled off a reorganization of the vaunted film company that has him reporting to Disney studio chief Alan Horn
as opposed to the infamously micromanaging Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter
Feige, the architect of Marvel's transition from a flailing comic book company into a film powerhouse that was sold to Disney for $4 billion in 2009, is said to have vented his unhappiness to Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger
earlier this summer. The reorganization was put into effect last week, according to sources.
Marvel Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm in centralizing many of its film-related functions in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito
continuing to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn," a Disney spokesperson tells THR
in a statement.
The revamp is a blow to New York-based Perlmutter, a low-profile billionaire who has contributed to Marvel's reputation in Hollywood for frugality and secrecy (as THR
reported in a 2014 feature, he attended the premiere of Iron Man
in a disguise to go undetected and once complained that journalists at a press junket were allowed two sodas instead of one). Jeph Loeb
, head of Marvel Television, continues to report to Perlmutter, who will maintain oversight of Marvel's TV group, publishing, animation and other New York-based operations.
Perlmutter, 72, is said to have accepted Feige's insistence on the film group breaking free. But the move illustrates the power that Feige has amassed within the Disney empire, having overseen a slate of films since 2009 that has grossed more than $7 billion while rival Warner Bros. has struggled to turn its DC superheroes into a comparable cinematic universe. Disney has plotted out Marvel films until at least 2019.
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AMC’S ‘FEAR THE WALKING DEAD’ DECLINES IN WEEK 2, STILL STRONG VS. VMA AWARDS08/31/15 @ 6:37 pm EST
CBS will not be spending another summer Under the Dome
. The serial adaptation of Stephen King
's novel of the same name has been canceled after three seasons.
The network announced the series would conclude with its Sept. 10 finale, promising closure to the storyline about the mysterious dome that's kept the occupants of a small Maine town separated from the rest of the world.Under the Dome
premiered to lofty live and DVR ratings records in 2013. Its inaugural 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 and and 13.5 million viewers proved to all of the broadcast networks that summer could be a launch pad for big scripted drama. And the financials — Under the Dome
is funded largely by CBS' streaming pact with Amazon Prime — paved the way for similar roll-outs. CBS summer dramas Extant
are among those that have followed, with respective deals at Amazon and Netflix.
But the traditional measure of success has been harder on Dome
. Even with a season-to-date 80 percent lift from DVR, it's only averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. It still ranked as broadcast's No. 2 scripted series of the summer, behind Fox's Wayward Pines
, but it's a far cry from its previous audience.
"Two years ago, Under the Dome
broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world," said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler
. "Dome’s event storytelling and multi-platform business model paved the way for more original summer programming with the successful rollouts of Extant
. We’re excited to present the final chapter in Chester’s Mill as the story comes full circle, with the Dome
coming down as dramatically as it went up."
Produced by Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, Under the Dome
prompted a summer sea change
at CBS. The network has followed each off-season since its premiere with a new scripted drama where it previously aired only repeats or reality TV. In 2016, it will add Washington, D.C.-set horror comedyBrainDead
from The Good Wife
and Michelle King
Executive producer Neal Baer
had been optimistic about the series' prospects earlier in the summer whenspeaking with The Hollywood Reporter
, also shrugging the criticism that had been levied against the show. "I'd like to keep it going," said Baer. "Our intentions are to tell a great story every summer for as long as the audience wants to watch the citizens of Chester's Mill."
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BREAKING: ‘THE FLASH’ CASTS TONY TODD AS DC VILLAIN ZOOM IN SEASON 2 08/31/15 @ 3:52 pm EST
Ratings for AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” held up pretty well in its second week Sunday, despite tough competition from MTV’s Video Music Awards.
According to Nielsen estimates, Sunday’s episode averaged a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall — down 16% in the demo and 19% in total viewers vs. last week’s premiere, which set all-time ratings records for a cable launch in both adults 18-49 (4.9 rating) and total viewers (10.31 million). The premiere telecast, which aired simultaneously around the world, also set global ratings records for the newly launched AMC Global Networks.
Since the March season finale of Fox’s “Empire” did a whopping 6.9 rating on March 18, the only other ad-supported entertainment series to draw a higher 18-49 same-night rating than last night’s “Fear the Walking Dead” was “The Walking Dead” itself (7.0 and 8.2 for its final two episodes of season five).
In “live plus-3” estimates, “Fear the Walking Dead” rose by 37% in 18-49 rating (6.7 vs. 4.9) and by 32% in total viewers (13.3 million vs. 10.1 million) from its “live plus same-day” ratings, according to Nielsen. There’s a good chance, AMC will be reporting higher DVR playback gains for “Fear” this week due in part to stronger live competition from the VMA Awards.
Ratings for MTV’s telecast of the VMA Awards will be released Tuesday by Nielsen. It drew roughly 9.8 million viewers for its simulcast on ten Viacom networks, according to preliminary reports.
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"GARGOYLES" CO-CREATOR & "ARCHER" ARTIST LAUNCH MARVEL'S "STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK"08/31/15 @ 3:46 pm EST
“The Flash” has tapped “Candyman” star Tony Todd as the voice of DC Comics villain Zoom in season two, Variety has learned exclusively.
Zoom will menace titular hero Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) beginning in episode two, titled “Flash of Two Worlds.”
“Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells Variety. “Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”
Kreisberg compares Zoom’s appearance to Venom in Marvel’s Spider-Man, revealing, “The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it’s hard to tell if it is a suit or alive… There’s no skin showing, for all you know there’s a robot underneath, or dark energy.”
Unlike last season, which revealed that Cavanagh’s Harrison Wells (or, more accurately, Eobard Thawne) was the Reverse-Flash fairly early on, Kreisberg says the producers intend to draw out the mystery of Zoom “like a horror movie — ‘who’s the killer? Who’s under the mask?'”
As for what’s driving Zoom, Kreisberg teases, “For us, the best villains are the ones who don’t have megalomaniacal ‘I want to rule the world’ motivations. Last year, the Reverse-Flash had a very simple goal which was, ‘I just want to go home, and if people need to die or cities need to get wasted for me to get that, so be it.’ And Zoom has a very similar, personal goal this season… simple and easy to understand, and very primal. And just as with Wells last year, Zoom doesn’t care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal.”
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‘SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS’ MUSICAL TARGETS BROADWAY WITH SUPERGROUP SONGLIST08/31/15 @ 3:37 pm EST
In "Avengers," Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver introduced readers to the Marvel Universe incarnations of characters from the 1980s "New Universe" line -- Starbrand and Nightmask. During their tenure as some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the cosmic-powered youths traversed the universe and helped save it from a multitude of intergalactic empires and entities.
But while they have experience defending their world, they don't have much knowledge of it. That will change in December when writer Greg Weisman (a comics and animation veteran known for his work on "Gargoyles," "Spectacular Spider-Man" and "Young Justice") and artist Dominike "Domo" Stanton (also known for both comics and animation, whose credits include FX hit "Archer" and "The Big Con Job" for BOOM! Studios) kick off a new "Starbrand & Nightmask" series, where the titular duo will try to balance their responsibilities as cosmic defenders and college students.
Who will they be fighting? Weisman told CBR: "You'll be seeing some familiar -- and downright old school -- faces in a new light, as antagonists on a cosmic scale actually team up with more standard Earth-bound super-villains to take on our two powerful heroes. We'll also have new opponents. One in particular will be introduced by the end of the first arc, and she will eventually emerge as one of Starbrand and Nightmask's most dangerous foes."
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He’s ready: SpongeBob SquarePants, the massive Nickelodeon property with a fanbase that reaches well beyond its target kiddie demographic, will go from Bikini Bottom to Broadway in “The SpongeBob Musical,” premiering in Chicago in the summer of 2016 prior to a New York opening during the 2016-17 Broadway season.
Produced by Nickelodeon, the project has attracted a who’s who of contemporary music names to contribute original songs to the show, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (of Aerosmith), the Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper (already a Tony winner for “Kinky Boots”) and David Bowie.
The musical is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, the writer-director (and member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater) whose Broadway work has included “Superior Donuts” and “Bells Are Ringing.” The book is by Kyle Jarrow, who co-created “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant” and has worked with Duncan Sheik on “Whisper House” and “Noir” (getting a showcase this fall as part of the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s 2015 festival).