Horror/Suspense Shows Keep Making Their Way to the Small Screen and at the Movies…

With the success of American Horror Story and other shows of the same ilk, it made sense that networks, cablers, and steaming services would offer more and more shows that feed the desire of viewers to engage in shows that focus on the occult.

Back in the 80s, John Carpenter had a movie called Prince of Darkness and it was a box office failure. However, over time the movie has become more popular and with that cult status John Carpenter may adapt the movie in to a TV show for Shudder.

“We’re talking to them about doing a theme. And maybe doing a show for them. What would you think about Prince of Darkness as a TV show?”  Consequence of Sound

We shall see if this project come to fruition, but Shudder does have a slew of new programming for all those that love shows that make the average viewer anxious. Upcoming projects for Shudder:

  1. Riprore from Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) – The focuses on the heart of gangland Los Angeles, where a gruesome discovery sparks a frenetic homicide investigation, but underneath the surface lurks a darkness that leads to the end of days. Syfy
  2. Creepshow from Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) EW

While we are on the topic of the dark prince, Lucifer has given us a look at the show’s Eve.

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Eve will be portrayed by Inbar Lavi. Remember, Lucifer was picked up by Netflix for its upcoming 4th season.

We also got a trailer from Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House:

Not for the faint of heart…

Regarding suspense/horror movies, casting for the upcoming Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, continues with the movie finding its Dr. John and it is Bruce Greenwood. Deadline

So, I watched the Nun and well…it was not my favorite of the Conjuring movies. But, there was a bright spot to the movie and that was not Frenchie. It was actually Taissa Farmiga, who played Irene. She held her own in the movie and we just learned that she will be in an upcoming suspense flick. EW

The movie, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, is by Shirley Jackson. The book is a gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family’s dark secret.

The movie’s synopsis is as follows:

Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they’ve been hiding.

The movie also stars Alexandra Daddario, Sebastian Stan, and Crispin Glover. It will be released on the 22nd of September.

 

 

 

 

Take That DC…Disney Offers Superhero Programming for Streaming Service

Disney has anted up as it adds a slew of superhero programming to streaming service.

Variety reported that the programming would be limited runs for popular characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who have not been lucky enough to have their own standalone movies. The characters they mentioned were Loki and Scarlet Witch.

If the phase plans for the movies are any indication of how aggressive Disney/Marvel will be with their streaming service, than fans of the Marvel-verse will be set with old, new and original programming for years to come.

Are you team Marvel or Team DC?

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Live Action Last Airbender Series and Bodyguard to Air on Netflix

Netflix continues to make moves that helps it maintain its major player standing amongst all of the networks, cablers, and streaming services.

The latest offerings will be:

  1. Netflix will produce a live action series based on the popular cartoon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The original creators will be the executive producers and the show will be made in partnership with Nickelodeon. Avatar: The Last Airbender was set in a world where some people can manipulate the elements by “bending”. It followed twelve-year-old Aang and his friends, who must bring peace and unity to the world by ending the Fire Lord’s war with three nations.  Production of the show will begin in 2019.
  2. Game of Thrones fans rejoice as Richard Madden’s latest show, Bodyguard, will be airing on Netflix starting October 24th. Here’s the synopsis from the BBC: Set in and around the corridors of power, Bodyguard tells the fictional story of David Budd (played by Richard Madden), a heroic but volatile war veteran now working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. When he is assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), Budd finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs. Responsible for her safety, could he become her biggest threat?

Which show are you looking forward to?

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Emmy Recap and More…

Before we go over the Emmy awards of note, I have to admit  Michael Che and Colin Jost hosted a fun awards show that focused less on politics and more on the funny side of entertainment, which was evident with all the comedians that presented awards. There were some fun moments, such as the proposal, and they honored everyone that passed away over the past year,  All in all, it was a good show and I hope Che and Jost come back for a second turn as hosts.

Back to the awards. Last night, the stars of the small screen were out to pat themselves on their backs for their hard work. Here are some of the awards that made everyone in my circle go nutty.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series went to Thandie Newton for Westworld

Outstanding Drama Series went to Game of Thrones

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series went to The Crown

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series went to Clair Foy for The Crown

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series went to Matthew Rhys for The Americans

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series went to The Americans

Outstanding Writing for Limited Series went to Black Mirror’s USS Callister

As Game of Thrones won the big award of the night, George R.R. Martin gave us a little insight about what he wanted for the show.

“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons,” George R. R. Martin told Variety at the Prime time Emmys.

“David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go,” the “Game of Thrones” author continued.

“I know all of the actors, as great as they are, all the actors are anxious to get on and play other roles,” Martin said. “They don’t want to spend their entire lives playing one role and that’s fine, that’s great, we had such an amazing cast.”

What was interesting about the interview was that they mentioned the five prequels in development. Apparently, these prequels will range from a show being only a 100 years prior to the current story line and some are far older. Interesting.

One last thing, we have some news about the upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery:

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Well, that’s it for me.

Have a great day!

~M.

What You Missed…

There were a couple of interesting bits of casting news, a first look, and I have a question.

First, we got to see that awkward moment when you meet your replacement:

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop, Ryan Potter, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, Bruno Bichir, Lindsey Gort, and Seamus Dever and starts October 12th. IGN

Did you see the cute promo for the CW’s new Sunday night programming that features the ladies of Charmed and Supergirl?

The CW ‘s Arrowverse annual crossover event has it’s Lois Lane. If you were a fan of Grimm, than you will be excited to know that Elizabeth Tulloch has been cast as the sassy reporter that captures Clark Kent’s heart. The crossover will span over three consecutive nights and Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent/Superman) is slated to be in all three episodes. Deadline

One superhero show that is not part of the Arrowverse has a new cast member. Black Lightning has cast Sofia Vassilieva as the Looker.  THR Here is a little intel on the character. The Looker is Emily Briggs, who was a mousy bank teller who lived a quiet life with her husband. Until she was kidnapped by people from the underground civilization known as Abyssia. A group of heroes named The Outsiders rescue her and during the battle in Abyssia, we learn of Emily’s heritage and eventually she has a meta-human moment and turns into a beauty with powers.

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul has joined HBO’s Westworld, no details of who the character is and what his role is in the upcoming third season. EW

The cast for the upcoming NOS4A2 is rounding itself out with the casting of Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings. This show, based on a book series of the same name by Joe Hill, will air on AMC. Variety

We got our first look of Joaquin Phoenix’ The Joker, thanks to filmmaker Todd Phillips.

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There has been a lot of talk of Jon Hamm becoming Batman. That would be interesting to see. What do you think about that?

Have you watched The First on Hulu? This little show that features Sean Penn who leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history.

I watched all of the episodes and it was a little hard in the beginning, but once you get over the hump of the first two episodes…you will fall in love with the characters of the show. Especially, Anna Jacoby-Heron, who plays Denise Hagerty. She is Tom’s (Sean Penn) daughter and she is still in conflict over the loss of her mother and her father’s desire to return to space. We see her whole life. We see the moment that breaks her. We see the moment where she makes the hardest decision for her father’s sake and then there is a scene towards the end, in a staircase, and it brought me to tears.

I suggest you give this little show a shot.

One last thing. Today is the day! The Emmy Awards will air tonight and if you are a fan of the small screen, you have already started praying for the shows that you love.

The categories that are piquing my interest are:

Best Drama Series…this is a tough one to call and then they tossed in The Handmaid’s TaleThis is Us and The Crown. So, maybe next year for Game of Thrones.

Best Limited Series…oh TV gods, please let The Alienist win!

If you do not have a ballot to follow along, Vanity Fair has a printable ballot. Print it out and make your predictions. I hope your shows win.

 

 

 

 

Cavill Hanging Up His Red Cape and More…

It looks like Henry Cavill has officially moved on from the DC extended universe.

Due to scheduling conflicts that did not allow the British actor to make a cameo in Shazam, a new commitment to The Witcher series, and DC focusing on a much younger version of Clark Kent in The Supergirl movie, THR

It just seems like the time is right for the actor move on. It is also the perfect opportunity for DC to tweak their formula for the movies. I still believe there is something about the Arrowverse and other DC TV shows that allows them to grab the attention of and sustain its fans. The movies just have to figure what that magic ingredient is…writing!

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He definitely has a flair for the dramatic.

Will you miss Henry Cavill as Superman?

I will miss him in glasses.

Continuing with Casting News, Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why and Love, Simon will star in Netflix’ Cursed. If you do not know about the project, here is some info from a March press release:

Cursed is based on an upcoming book of the same name, Cursed is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue (portrayed by Katherine Langford), a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther. There are 10 episodes slated.

Netflix has shifted from its touting of young love to all things that go bump in the night thanks to the new show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Sabrina This is not the Sabrina you grew up with and if you want to get a little background on this character before the premiere, check out the comic series at your local comic book shop.

One of the best things about British TV is that it likes to dip a toe into classic sci-fi and it ends up churning out some of the best shows on TV. So, when we heard that HBO was going to co-produce and distribute His Dark Materials, I was ecstatic.  His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman which consist of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The series revolves around two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry. We follow their adventures as they wander through a series of parallel universes.

The cast includes Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Deadline

There is another Book to Small Screen to make note of and it is because Netflix is continuing to ride the tails of the recent successes of their teen-centric films:

NETFLIX ACQUIRES DUMPLIN’ 

The Film Features New Collaborations and Original Music from Dolly Parton 

Netflix has acquired the film “Dumplin’,” which features collaborations and original music from entertainment industry icon Dolly Parton.

“Dumplin’” is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

Cast: Danielle Macdonald (Bird Box, Skin, Paradise Hills, Patti Cake$), Jennifer Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost), Bex Taylor-Klaus and Ginger Minj

Director:Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses) 

Screenwriter: Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name

Producers: A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), Kristin Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up) 

Executive Producers: Jennifer Aniston, Danny Nozell

Music: Grammy & Emmy Award Winner and Academy, Golden Globe & Tony Award Nominee Dolly Parton with newly recorded collaborations of her classic songs in addition to six new original songs co-written by Parton and Grammy Nominee Linda Perry. Special guest vocalists include Sia, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, Elle King, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Danielle Macdonald, and Jennifer Aniston.

Film Release Date: The film will be released later this year on Netflix in the U.S. and select international territories, and in select theaters in the U.S.

With that said, Deadline stated that the co-owners of The Ripped Bodice Bookstore have signed with Sony Pictures TV to develop TV projects based on their close relationship with romance novel authors and readers.

I do think that the  acquisitions of movies based on YA, chick lit, and a slew of other literary genres is incredibly smart. They acquire the rights to books that have a fandom in place and the numbers to prove that they are certifiable hits. It gives us, as moviegoers, a nice break from all the sequels, superhero, horror, and action heavy movies at the theaters.

Besides the whole debacle with Henry Cavill ties with DC, it seems like another comic book based property is also having a scandalous moment. American Gods, Starz, has lost its second show runner. To be fair, the cast and whomever is left is making it their business to keep everything going in hopes of getting the show on the small screen in 2019. Digital Spy

Before I go off on a laughing camel, I forgot to post the latest trailer for Daredevil’s third season.

Ok. That’s it for me.

Have a great day!

~M!

P.S. – Wait! My favorite news! Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) will be in a Hong Kong drama! Variety

If you have not watched an Asian Drama, you do not know what you are missing.

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What You Missed…

Season 4 of Outlander will start November 4th, but Starz want the show’s fans to start tooting their bag pipes with the release of the official trailer for the new season.

How can you not love Claire and Jamie. They better get a happily ever after.

Gotham is still rounding out its cast for the final season of the show. Shane West will be playing Eduardo Dorrance, an old Army buddy of Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie). Eduardo Dorrance is Bane. Where is Tom Hardy when you need him? Deadline

A site that I follow on Twitter asked what three shows made an impact on me. I listed the original runs of Twin Peaks and the X-Files as my first two because they changed my view of what TV can be. True Blood was my third and that I feel like True Blood changed TV programming and changed what people wanted to watch on the small screen. But, I could not list another show that changed how we think and how we watch TV. Not many shows can make a person question everything and still make them wanting more. Mr. Robot is one of these types of shows.

While I was on vacation, I heard that Mr. Robot was ending its run after the next season. This is one of the few shows that became a part of a bunch of noir-esque shows that did not shy away from delving into topics like mental health, political strife and the impact it has on society as a whole. We will have to wait for a bit to see Elliot’s journey’s end, I hope he gets the resolution he needs to be healthy.

~M.