The show centers around Sonequa Martin-Green’s First Officer Michael Burnham, who is the first human to attend the Vulcan Science Academy. She also has a notable mentor in Spock’s father, Sarek (James Frain). Those and all remaining episodes will stream weekly on CBS All-Access. But showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. That choice leads her to a different ship, the Discovery [helmed by Captain Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs] and there we begin what Gretchen and I call our ‘second pilot.'”And since Burnham is the first lead character who isn’t a captain, she’ll provide fans with access to different parts of the ship.”The advantage to her not being in charge of the bridge right now is we get to tell stories from a very different point of view,” Berg explained. Berg are finally opening up a bit about the initial storyline that viewers will see when the show debuts on CBS All-Access this fall. “It’s a fresh feeling because we’re not on the bridge all the time.””Star Trek: Discovery” premieres September 24 on CBS with two episodes. Posted June 26, 2017 by Kelly WooTwo ships, two paths, one officer with the fate of the universe in her hands.The plot of “Star Trek: Discovery,” the new series in the space franchise, has been kept under wraps. Her life has “been completely planned until she makes a very difficult choice that sends her life on a very different path,” Harberts told Entertainment Weekly. “When we meet her, she’s the First Officer on the Starship Shenzhou [captained by Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh].And Burnham’s choice that we’re alluding to is most difficult choice you can make — it affects her, affects Starfleet, affects the Federation, it affects the entire universe.
New Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos says he wants to make more movies based on Hasbro toys; besides “Transformers,” Hasbro playthings have also yielded the “G.I. — it’s going to have to make do with these. Few Hollywood movies are — or will be, going forth. But while “Extinction” saw domestic earnings plummet from “Dark of the Moon’s” $352 million to $245 million, it saw foreign earnings vault from $771 million to $859 million. So far, their current franchises are “Transformers,” “Star Trek,” and “Mission: Impossible,” all of which are aging fast. In fact, among the top ten domestic hits of 2017, only two, “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “Get Out,” earned more here than abroad.Still, it’s sort of funny that Paramount added Anthony Hopkins to the “Transformers” ensemble in “Last Knight,” as if the venerable Oscar-winning actor’s presence would bring in older or more highbrow audiences. “Rings,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” and “Baywatch” all looked like flops based on their North American earnings, but they all made a ton of money elsewhere, with somewhere between 58 and 87 percent of their sales coming from abroad. It’s no wonder that China is now the linchpin to the success of virtually every Hollywood blockbuster.At a reported production cost of $217 million (before an aggressive and costly marketing spend), “Last Knight” was an expensive movie to make. The “Transformers” movies may have seen diminishing returns in North America, but they just keep getting bigger abroad. $123.4 million of that, or 63 percent, comes from China — which is insane. 2,” and “Wonder Woman,” have earned the majority of their money overseas. And if you’re an American or Canadian who’s not a fan — well, these movies weren’t made for you. Joe” films for Paramount, as well as the successful “Ouija” horror series at Universal. No wonder there are three more “Transformers” movies in the works, including Bumblebee’s spinoff.Even without Bay, they should make money — not just from foreign sales, but from merchandising. Posted June 26, 2017 by Gary Susman”Transformers: The Last Knight” had the box office all to itself this weekend, and yet, even without any other new wide releases, it still failed to impress.True, most movies would kill for an opening weekend estimated at $45.3 million, or a five-day total (the movie opened Wednesday) estimated at $69.0 million. So the overseas take now accounts for three-quarters of the franchise’s ticket sales.That figure has held with the release of the new movie, which has already earned an estimated $196.2 million abroad. (Meanwhile, let’s all pretend that massive duds “Battleship” and “Jem and the Holograms” never happened.)It’s worth noting that all the other studios are using the same foreign-dependent strategy. Until the studio comes up with some new ones — “Baywatch” sequel, anyone? “Age of Extinction” was the first film in the series to earn more than a billion worldwide. After all, the last installment, 2014’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” premiered with a $100.0 million first weekend. Lots of 2017 movies that underwhelmed domestically, including Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and Universal’s “The Mummy,” have raked it in abroad. “Rings” and “xXx” ultimately earned back several times their cost in worldwide grosses, while “Baywatch” has earned back twice its cost and may well be profitable by the end of the summer.Reviving old franchises — and mining the vault and Viacom partners for new ones — is a priority for Paramount, which lacks many of them. But with $265.3 million earned in its first five days, the movie could find its way to profitability, once all revenue streams are accounted for — even after you account for marketing and distribution costs (more than $100 million) and the theater owners’ share of the grosses (about half).That worldwide success means a lot to Paramount, a studio that’s lost money in recent years. (This is why Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise get to keep starring in movies, despite the meh response to their films in America.)Even this year’s biggest domestic hits, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. That marks the franchise’s largest opening ever in the Middle Kingdom and the fourth-biggest debut in history for a Hollywood film in China. As the scathing reviews (just 15 percent at Rotten Tomatoes), the unenthusiastic word-of-mouth (a tepid B+ from CinemaScore), and the weak domestic box office numbers suggest, “Transformers” isn’t bringing in any new fans, at least not in the U.S.But if you’re one of those core fans, congratulations: your fandom will be rewarded by at least three more installments in the “Transformers” universe. Indeed, that’s just about where pundits expected the franchise’s fifth installment to debut.But the “Transformers” — and director Michael “I demand things to be awesome!” Bay — have higher standards. Critics have never liked these movies, but now, everyone else seems to be getting tired of the giant-robot films, even Bay, who’s all but insisted that “Last Knight” will be his last “Transformers” movie.And yet, there’s reason for Paramount to celebrate (just a little) — and reason for it to go ahead with its Bumblebee spinoff due next year: Overseas box office. In 2016 alone, it claimed a stunning loss of $445 million, about a fourth of which came from writing off “Monster Trucks” as a flop four months before it opened. Yikes.Even so, despite a slate of movies that fizzled at the domestic box office in 2017, overseas grosses are slowly helping put Paramount back into the black. “Last Knight” marks the lowest debut in the series’ ten-year history.This is more bad news for Paramount this year — the studio is in a costly slump due to such expensive flops as “Monster Trucks,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and “Baywatch” — as well as for the franchise and its director.
And then … Like us on Facebook. Jon was declared King in the North, after a spontaneous rally led by Lyanna Mormont. It’s not even Jon’s doing that he’s king. Jon never even tries to be in power anywhere, he just gets assigned the top job everywhere he goes. All she wants is the respect of her brother, and she feels like she’s not getting that. But would she go dark against Jon? Hmmm. It stands to reason there might be some friction there, at least on her end, even without Littlefinger whispering in her ear (and you know he’ll be trying to use this for himself).”She definitely feels left out,” Sophie Turner told Express. That sounds more lone wolf than part of the pack. That’s what Melisandre is for.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. Hopefully she changes her mind on that. Even Jon Snow said she should be the lady of Winterfell. She feels like she deserves the title of Queen in the North. on HBO.[via: Watchers on the Wall]Want more stuff like this? (Maybe with help from Arya?)Turner had previously said Sansa might do some power trippin’ in Season 7, and be even more of Dark Sansa. Whether that means going a bit dark… Great promotion for Jon, frustrating pass-over for Sansa.Sophie Turner has been teasing up the Sansa/Jon dynamic as we approach Season 7. Fair enough!She’s very strong and steely this season. Probably not. you’ll have to see.””In it for herself”? Posted June 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneDon’t hate the playa, hate the game.Sansa Stark had the ultimate mic drop moment in “Game of Thrones” Season 6 when she got to end Ramsay Bolton, after her letter to Littlefinger brought the needed reinforcements to win the Battle of the Bastards. #likeaboss And sometimes he gets stabbed to death by his own people, but whatever. She’s in it for herself. “There’s a little bit of jealousy there.
That is pretty traditional. Like us on Facebook. A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long.”This spate of cancellations just shows that even Netflix is not immune to the instant success-or-failure meter that plagues TV. After canceling “The Get Down” after one season, and “Sense8” after two, the streaming service just made it a hat trick with “Girlboss.” Variety confirmed the news, first shared on Instagram by Sophia Amoruso, played by Britt Robertson in the one-and-only season, which was based on Amoruso’s best-selling memoir “#GIRLBOSS” about the founding of her Nasty Gal fashion brand.Here’s what Amoruso had posted (you can see screen grabs at HollywoodLife):”So that Netflix series about my life got canceled. No, I’m not a dick. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. If fans don’t show up right away, in large numbers, you may not get a chance to build an audience or finish the story you intended to tell.Want more stuff like this? Yes, I can be difficult. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”FYI, she did not like that HollywoodLife deemed her statements to be “shade” at Netflix, ’cause she followed up with this:Saddest #TV news of the day : #Girlboss canceled by @netflix after creative differences w/ @SophiaAmoruso.(@Variety) https://t.co/0vJObAZgvMpic.twitter.com/cQk12A40rR
— Christophe GREUET (@ChristophGreuet) June 25, 2017″Girlboss” streamed as a comedy, with all 13 episodes posting April 21.Earlier this month, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos addressed the reasons for cancelling “The Get Down” and “Sense8”:”Relative to what you spent, are people watching it? It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Posted June 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt used to be rare for Netflix to cancel series, now it’s on a savage tear. While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. When I say that, a big expensive show for a huge audience is great.
Back in 2015, Entertainment Tonight asked another Pixar writer, Pete Docter, about the theory that Andy’s mom was Jessie’s previous owner. got married and had his own son, Andy Jr. Many years later, Andy Sr. The interesting thing is that we’re now on ‘Toy Story 4,’ and still stuff that we discussed in [the original] ‘Toy Story,’ twenty-something years ago, those ideas are still being used. his father is dead. #Iwastherehttps://t.co/06j37YKKt2
— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 24, 2017
Sigh. As a child, Andy Sr. They don’t know their original owner is dead; Andy lives on in his son.”It’s a powerful and believable story. Woody, Slinky, and Mr. Another Pixar story debunked. But Andrew Stanton — who co-wrote all three “Toy Story” movies and directed several Pixar films — shot it down:Complete and utter fake news. was diagnosed with polio, and his toys were destroyed — except for Woody, Slinky, and Mr. Posted June 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneThere’s a fascinating (and very sad) story wandering the Internet sharing the supposed backstory of Andy’s dad in “Toy Story.” It comes from a semi-reliable source, but an even more reliable source has nixed it as “complete and utter fake news.” That doesn’t mean it’s not a decent story — and considering we’re talking about imaginary animated characters, you can go ahead and think it’s “true” if you want — it just shouldn’t be accepted as Pixar canon.The story was shared in a video, with toy product designer and reviewer Mike Mozart saying the late Pixar head writer Joe Ranft told him the secret of Andy’s father.According to the story, Andy’s dad was also named Andy and was the original owner of Woody. As Docter told ET:”You know, John Lasseter was the director on that, and we talked for hours about backstory — and we have our own kind of backstory that’s a little different than that. contracted Post-Polio Syndrome. Nothing to see here, folks. Potato Head wake up from their slumber, see Andy Jr., and believe he’s the kid they grew up with all those years ago. Andy forgets about the chest and the key, only to open it after the funeral. Like us on Facebook. Everyone go back to your homes. Potato Head, whom Andy managed to save by hiding them in a box under his bed. Here’s the end of the story, as relayed by io9:”Then, you’ve got their final moment, which rivals the first 10 minutes of ‘Up’ for heartbreaking sadness. And then Andy Sr. Andy’s father calls Andy over to his bedside, giving him a key from his wallet and telling him to go bring down a chest in the attic. Andy heads up there and grabs the chest, but by the time he returns downstairs… Apparently that wasn’t quite right either. So it just seems to be a very evergreen kind of story and a lot of stuff just keeps bubbling up, so it’s very interesting.” “Toy Story 4” is scheduled for release in 2019, and it’s possible it will share some official backstory.Want more stuff like this?
Hmm. Filled with surprises. #SpiderManHomecoming
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) June 24, 2017Spider-Man: Homecoming is a blast. Tons of fun. Posted June 26, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt’s not news when critics love a Marvel movie, but they don’t always all-caps love anything like they “LOVED LOVED LOVED” “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Congrats, Underoos!The early “Homecoming” reviews are in, with critics posting general thoughts on social media before the embargo lifts and they can release official reviews.No matter what, this puppy is going to make serious coin, but it sounds like it’s also going to be a major crowd-pleaser, and further boost the career of young Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man). Trust me. — Matt Singer (@mattsinger) June 24, 2017Michael Keaton gives us the best MCU movie villain since Loki. Does an impressive job of balancing superheroics & high school drama. Like us on Facebook. It has an innocence that differentiates it from the other MCU movies but plenty of fun & spectacle too. — Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) June 24, 2017Flawless? Perfectly cast. But not for the reason you’d expect. Tom Holland = ???????? pic.twitter.com/Ei4Yc0ZQoi
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) June 24, 2017#SpiderManHomecoming is fantastic. pic.twitter.com/8cxce4OmHi
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 24, 2017As a huge Spider-Man fan who hated both AMAZING SPIDER-MANs, I am so happy to say SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is really fun. Want more stuff like this? Han (@ajhan) June 24, 2017#SpiderManHomecoming is one of the best Marvel movies and the best Spider-Man movie, period. A Spidey movie for EVERYONE! Going to make insane $ at box office. @MarvelStudios & @SonyPictures got it RIGHT! don’t.Check out some of the early critics’s reactions:Also Spider-Man Homecoming has one of the best after the credits scenes yet. No one would dare leave before the very end of a superhero movie, but in case you were tempted to rush out before the crowds … Funny. Plus, what’s up with the credits? So completely terrific, a true crowd pleaser. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” directed by Jon Watts, also stars Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr., and it opens July 7. — Eric Walkuski (@ericwalkuski) June 24, 2017Spider-Man: Homecoming is endless fun, from the first second to the last. That’s setting a high bar, but we’ll see. — Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) June 24, 2017HOMECOMING is the BEST #SpiderMan movie since Spider-Man 2! Maybe better. Stay till end. — Angie J. Flawless. pic.twitter.com/uTAf5rM7ga
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 24, 2017I would say it’s the best after credit scene EVER #notoversellingit
— The Rogue Juan (@juanmadpelicula) June 24, 2017Absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED Spider-Man Homecoming.
When I failed, the failure wasn’t as important as the next steps I took. The capitalist pursuit of passion is the new horrible form of enlightenment we’re told to chase. What activities or interactions do you value or prioritize on a daily basis? Shouldn’t I be? Or did you always want to work in publishing? As someone who has probably listened to too much Alan Watts, the answer didn’t come as a surprise, maybe because Watts encourages you to peel back every layer you have to find yourself, to help you realize that there’s no “there” there—the Buddhist belief that there is no self to find. (Time stops; you’re in the flow.)
These questions pave the way to a happier or more satisfying life. If you don’t have a passion, you may be closer to the truth of who and what you are than anyone else. Patterns emerged. Circumstances and serendipity dictated a lot of early life. I recognized and built on my strengths. (There’s a reason, and don’t feel guilty about it.)
What activities or interactions do you most look forward to, anticipate, and hope for more of? In Zen, students are given koans—a puzzle or a problem to solve—that’s meant to bring awareness, or literally wake you up to the true nature of life. Photo credit: pirate_renee via Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND
Here’s a word I have eliminated as fully as possible from my information and advice lexicon for writers: passion. Is that properly termed passion? The truth is: I have no idea. I’ve also met many who seemed unable to do anything but write, to the detriment of their health, families, and/or long-term financial stability. You’ve probably heard a koan even if you don’t recognize the word. What if I fail at my passion? Ask:
What are you avoiding? Is that properly termed passion? They seek some external validation that they’re not wasting their time. Endless books and courses advise people on how to turn their passion into a full-time career, and I meet many writers who say they are (finally) returning to their “passion for writing” after long careers in business, finance, real estate, law, and other occupations commonly chosen for financial stability. Is that properly termed passion? And in the current cultural moment, the word has become ever more fraught—it’s tinged with a value judgment, that there’s something wrong if you haven’t discovered your passion and found the way to make it into your career. They made bad decisions for little in return, in the name of becoming a writer or being recognized as one. Looking at myself, I have always felt rather boring when faced with the quintessential questions from an interviewer that look for the origin story, e.g.: When did you know you were a writer? Such people I can’t discourage. There are also people who show up at the desk every day and treat their writing like a profession, who are willing to bend their work to the market, to be entrepreneurial and ensure that they earn a certain dollar amount per hour. You don’t have to be Buddhist to take a page out of its book and set this particular anxiety aside. Forget about passion; go for self-awareness instead. But is this really my passion? Yet, at the same time, such writers ask for an evaluation on whether it’s worthwhile for them to continue pursuing this passion. What activities can you get lost in? This is partly why I avoid the word “passion.” It is an excellent way to stoke someone’s anxiety: What if I’m not pursuing my passion? A popular koan: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”
A koan of my own, that’s been on my mind for the last decade: “What is passion?” And also: “What is my passion?”
I’ve come to the conclusion I don’t have a passion.
“The Last Knight” carries an estimated $217 million production budget.This makes “Transformers: The Last Knight” the latest summer blockbuster to bank on overseas ticket sales to have a shot at turning a profit. “This is Focus’ third collaboration with Sofia and she’s created an entertaining, atmospheric thriller featuring strong female representation in front of and behind the camera.”And Kumail Nanjiani’s critically adored romantic comedy “The Big Sick” should earn $435,000 during its opening weekend in five locations — that would give the Lionsgate and Amazon Studios release the highest per screen average of any film that has opened this year so far.”Kumail and Emily’s true story provided audiences of all ages a much-needed alternative to the summer blockbusters,” said Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ distribution chief.Otherwise, “Wonder Woman” continues to post impressive numbers, and holds onto second place during its fourth weekend in theaters. Together, the team works together to save the world. Earlier this week, the film became the highest-grossing live-action movie to be directed by a woman — a major distinction for Patty Jenkins.Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3″ also looks to earn $25.2 million domestically during its second weekend. This weekend, it should earn an additional $25.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $318.4 million. The family film, which won last weekend’s box office, is expected to pass the $100 million mark in North America by Monday.”Transformers: The Last Knight’s” performance is a tough break for the summer box office’s bottom line domestically. Posted June 25, 2017 by ReutersBy Seth KelleyLOS ANGELES, June 25 (Variety.com) — It seems the “Transformers” franchise is rusty.As of Sunday morning “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $69.1 million from 4,069 domestic locations during its five-day opening weekend. Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” remake from Focus Features played at four theaters this weekend, and should gross $240,545 with a strong per screen average before it expands to over 500 locations next weekend.”We’re thrilled by this opening,” said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features’ distribution president. Audiences have earned the film a B+ CinemaScore, while critics have mostly dismissed it — it currently holds a 15% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.”The Last Knight” was uncontested at the box office this weekend, but a few indie releases showed traction. The franchise has historically been massively profitable and seen solid multiples for the studio. Together, the first four earned over $1.3 billion domestically and well over $3.5 billion worldwide.The latest take on the series centers on an alliance between Bumblebee, Cade Yeager — who Mark Wahlberg also played in 2014’s “Age of Extinction” — and roles played by franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock. Some estimates have the film slightly lower, just below $25 million. The projected international cume through Sunday is $196.2 million, powered by $123.4 million in China.”The Last Knight” comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses “Baywatch” and “Ghost in the Shell.” While the latest “Transformers” movie has been advertised as “the final chapter” and Bay’s last go-around, the franchise will continue — Paramount has at least two more movies slated, including a spinoff that could star Hailee Steinfeld. For the past two years, this weekend has seen monster grosses for “Jurassic World” and “Finding Dory.” Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from “Despicable Me 3,” “Baby Driver,” and “The House.” In China, the big-budget action sequel made $41 million in its opening day alone. That’s a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the modern series, which earned $70.5 million in 2007.
Scott and Fancher spent years trying to develop a sequel or prequel to “Blade Runner.” After several abortive attempts, we’re finally getting one this October. Dick novel; nor were they used to seeing Harrison Ford get his ass kicked.Still, “Blade Runner” was a milestone, one that created the template for how movies would visually depict the urban future, introduced Dick’s brain-twisting storytelling to movie audiences (making possible the likes of “Total Recall” and “Minority Report”), and offered early career boosts to such actors as Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, and Edward James Olmos. Nourse’s novel “The Bladerunner.” Neither book had anything to do with Dick’s story, but Ridley Scott liked the name so much he optioned the film rights just to keep the title.3. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” drew Hollywood interest when it was published in 1968. Despite the name, however, Scott has said his involvement in this release was minimal. Scott has chalked this up to his own inexperience as a feature film director (“Blade Runner” was his third movie), dealing with a leading man who was a 15-year Hollywood veteran with several landmark movies on his résumé. It would take 14 years before Dick would see a screenplay that didn’t make him want to punch the screenwriter in the face.2.Hampton Fancher, who wrote a Dick-approved script, got the title from William S. A scene would be shot with the camera guided by a computer; then the film would be rewound and re-exposed as the computer guided the camera along an identical path, but with new lighting or new visual elements introduced. But he got to see about 20 minutes of “Blade Runner” and praised the sets, effects, and Hauer’s appearance as exactly what he’d had in mind.13. Neither critics nor audiences were certain what to make of Ridley Scott’s visionary adaptation of a mind-bending Philip K. Ford got the part on the recommendation of Steven Spielberg, who’d just finished directing him in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”6. For his part, Ford grumbled about having to shoot 50 straight nights in the rain.10. Burroughs’ book “Blade Runner: A Movie,” an adaptation of Alan E. Scott had already turned down the project once; instead, the “Alien” director had been developing a version of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic “Dune.” When that fell through, he returned to “Blade Runner.”4. For antagonist Roy Batty, Scott cast Rutger Hauer without ever having met him; he simply knew he wanted the Dutch actor after having seen him in several Paul Verhoeven movies.8. The release date turned out to be not so lucky after all, since it came at the tail of a month-long sci-fi glut that included “The Road Warrior,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” and “The Thing.”18. In a 2001 online chat with fans, Hauer called “Blade Runner” his favorite among his own films. Scott spent months meeting with Dustin Hoffman, but the actor ultimately declined.5. As he put it, “‘Blade Runner’ needs no explanation. Incredibly, it lost both, the former to “Gandhi,” the latter to “E.T.”19. Ford thought the voiceover dialogue, meant to evoke the classic film noir movies that had been inspirations for “Blade Runner,” dumbed down the film, and he called recording the narration a “f***ing nightmare.”12. To simulate flight, they were hoisted by cranes. To be part of a real MASTERPIECE which changed the world’s thinking. The movie’s striking visuals, which have influenced so many movies made since, drew inspiration in turn from Fritz Lang’s silent classic “Metropolis” (another futuristic nightmare where the wealthy live in towers while the workers live below), French comic-book artist Moebius, and “Nighthawks” painter Edward Hopper.7. The three best known versions start with the initial domestic cut, with the voiceovers and countryside ending. At one time, Martin Scorsese hoped to direct it. There have been at least seven different cuts of “Blade Runner” put forth before the public over the years. “Blade Runner” cost at least $23 million to make; some sources say $28 million. Then there was the 1992 “Director’s Cut,” with the voiceover and countryside footage removed, for a more ambiguous telling of the story. He eventually oversaw a fully restored print of the film cut to his liking, the 2007 “Final Cut,” which includes some violent scenes previously shown only to international audiences, as well as the full-length unicorn dream sequence that suggests Gaff (Olmos) believes Deckard to be a replicant.20. It just IZZ. The Domestic Cut and Director’s Cut left it up to the viewer to decide whether Deckard was himself a replicant or a natural-born human. It’s awesome.”22. Initially, Fancher wrote the part with Hollywood legend and film noir veteran Robert Mitchum in mind. The Academy nominated “Blade Runner” for two Oscars, for art direction and visual effects. If the footage at the very end of the movie, with its helicopter shots of an idyllic countryside, look familiar, that’s because they’re leftover second-unit footage from “The Shining,” which Scott obtained from Stanley Kubrick.15. Harrison Ford wasn’t the first or second choice to play replicant-hunting detective Rick Deckard. Producer Alan Ladd, Jr. Ford himself believed Deckard to be human, but in 2007, Scott said he’d always considered Deckard to be a replicant.21. Posted June 24, 2017 by Gary SusmanGiven how vastly influential “Blade Runner” has been over the 35 years since its release (on June 25, 1982), it’s hard to remember that the movie wasn’t a hit. Directed by “Arrival’s” Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049” will be set 30 years later, with Ryan Gosling in the lead role and an appearance by Ford. The constant rain effects helped hide the cables.14. Dick was just 53 when he died of a stroke in March 1982, three months before the first film based on his work was released. The eerie, atmospheric, layered, neon-lit look of the film was created in-camera, using a technique called multipass exposures. picked June 25 as the release date for “Blade Runner” because the 25th of the month had proved lucky at the box office for two of his previous sci-fi releases, “Star Wars” and “Alien.”16. What really irked Ford, though, was recording the voiceover narration, which was forced on the filmmakers by panicky producers after test-screening audiences found the movie confusing.11. Today, the “spinners,” the flying cars (above), would probably be created digitally, but for “Blade Runner,” Scott’s production crew built life-size spinners that weighed several tons each. Now, with a sequel on the horizon (October’s “Blade Runner 2049”), it’s worth going back to learn how Scott, Ford, and the rest of the “Blade Runner” team overcame personal differences and pre-CGI effects challenges to create a lasting vision of the future.1. There is nothing like it. It made back just $27.6 million in North America.17. Many other stars were on the short list, including Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (who’d eventually play the lead in the Dick-derived “Total Recall”). Some scenes used as many as 16 passes.9. All of the best. Ford and Scott have both acknowledged that they clashed often on set.
And that Super Bowl episode! They kept changing the name of the show. But it’s clear they had no idea “Grey’s” would still be around now, going strong into Season 14 this fall.Walsh had more to say on her role as Addison, saying her character’s big entrance at the end of Season 1 changed her life.”I got more calls and attention from that 60-second scene than anything in my career before. Isn’t that funny? Instead, Kate Walsh (Dr. It’s a great lesson in how to have compassion for people that you initially hate.”Addison ended up leading the first “Grey’s” spinoff, “Private Practice,” with the second spinoff coming soon, following Seattle firefighters.FYI, Walsh also said she hasn’t kept up with “Grey’s,” but when she learned they were killing off Addison’s ex Derek (Patrick Dempsey), she was so surprised that she tuned in just for that episode.”Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14 premieres this fall on ABC.Want more stuff like this? Or the wicked bitch. Everyone hated me, but at that time there was no Twitter. I kind of liked being the Wicked Witch from the East. That was what put us into the stratosphere.”It’s hard to imagine the show with any other title — or to think of the morale being so low. It was ‘Doctors’ and then ‘Surgeons’ and then ‘Complications’ and I was like, ‘What a bullsh*t show title!’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is the perfect title. Shonda’s really gifted at flipping every character that’s seemingly awful. Shonda [Rhimes] is a genius. To keep our morale up they started showing us episodes at Friday lunches that were already edited. Like us on Facebook. Here’s her answer to that:”With ‘Grey’s,’ I remember because I came in at Episode 8, at that time the morale was really low. (Short answer: No.) The site also asked if it was similar at all to when “Grey’s Anatomy” really took off. It was stunning right? Posted June 23, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Grey’s Anatomy” is such a perfect, obvious title, you’d almost think they started with that, and then figured out the rest of the show from there. There were chat rooms, but I never really went on them. It was really phenomenal. Addison Montgomery) told Buzzfeed the show cycled through three previous titles, including one that she really thought was “bullsh*t.” (She’s not wrong.)The topic came up when Buzzfeed asked Walsh about her role in “13 Reasons Why,” wondering if she expected the Netflix series to take off the way it did. I was supposed to do a pilot for another sitcom on ABC, and it didn’t end up getting picked up and then they called me to be a series regular on ‘Grey’s’ and the world changed. And I was like, ‘This is a really good show’ and I was so excited to be a part of it.
Of course, fans shared impassioned comments under the video, wishing this scene had been included, or that Steroline got better treatment, or not caring about Steroline because they’re more into Klaroline — which could still happen — or still upset about a lack of a Delena proposal scene. The clip also features Damon (Ian Somerhalder) getting impatient with Stefan, and he’s so good at that:The series finale aired in March, but “The Vampire Diaries: The Eighth and Final Season” just came out on DVD last week, including deleted scenes, so that’s probably why this scene is only coming out now. I know who I married.”THE FEELS. But they did — they being The CW, which just posted the 1-minute, 44-second deleted scene on YouTube, including this beautiful exchange from the newlyweds:Stefan (Paul Wesley): “I bet this isn’t how you were expecting to spend our wedding night.”Caroline (Candice King): “In case things get chaotic later, I love you Mr. Tonight (June 23) also marks the finale of TVD spinoff “The Originals” Season 4. Forbes-hyphen-Salvatore.”Caroline: “We didn’t even talk about that!”Stefan: “Come on. Like us on Facebook. Salvatore.”Stefan: “And I love you, Mrs. Oh, how we missed this fandom!Want more stuff like this? Posted June 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt’s hard to believe they dared to delete a Stefan/Caroline scene from “The Vampire Diaries” series finale. Etc.
Fans — including ABC star Karen David (“Once Upon a Time,” “Galavant”) — are now reacting on Twitter, hoping to somehow keep the show alive:
.@downwarddog_abc Cue fans for a #MoreDownwardDog campaign! Statement from @m_killen and I. Like us on Facebook. There’s also hope that if a big crowd tunes in to watch the final two episodes this Tuesday, ABC will either change its mind, or another network/streaming service will swoop in to save the day.Allison Tolman stars in the quirky comedy series, which is told from the point of view of her dog Martin. look at how sad you’ve made them, ABC!”Downward Dog” fans are now trying to use social media to save the freshman series, which was just canceled after one eight-episode season. Posted June 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneBut … Xo https://t.co/frsBbc7eCf
— KarenDavid (@KarenDavid) June 23, 2017In keeping with the “dumpster fire” vibe of 2017, #downwarddog is canceled at ABC 😢
— Liz Raftery (@LizRaftery_TVG) June 23, 2017#DownwardDog fans if ur mad, watch the final 2 eps Tue after Bachelorette. […] But in the end, the show proved too expensive to produce (the single-camera comedy films in Pittsburgh) for a summer run, and scheduling it in-season was virtually impossible because ABC’s comedy deck is stacked with seven returning series that have full-season orders. #DownwardDog deserves a spot in the great shows cancelled too soon hall of fame. — Barry Rothbart (@barryrothbart) June 23, 2017I am so sad to hear this. According to Deadline:”ABC was faced with making a renewal decision on Downward Dog, from Legendary TV and ABC TV Studios, as the options on the cast were to expire next week. Super Bowl ratings=everything changes. Love and hope and not giving up #DownwardDogpic.twitter.com/VUn8NrgdLu
— Samm Hodges (@sammhodges) June 23, 2017
So far, six episodes have aired, so episodes seven and eight will be airing on Tuesday, June 27. Samm Hodges co-created the show with Michael Killen (Hodges also voices Martin) and he shared the cancellation news in a letter on Twitter, expressing his surprise, but also hope:Hey. https://t.co/j1t6gnw5JI
— Rebecca Eisenberg (@ryeisenberg) June 23, 2017What exactly went wrong on ABC? Downward Dog, which became the first broadcast comedy series to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, had been relatively steady in the ratings though it slipped to series lows of 3.1 million viewers and a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating (Live+same day) this week, which didn’t help its cause. The network has yet to officially announce anything, but we’ll stay tuned for details on the future of “Downward Dog.”Want more stuff like this? There is only one new half-hour series slated to debut in the fall, The Mayor, with two more, Alex, Inc., and Splitting Up Together, on tap for midseason.”ABC just moved “Still Star-Crossed” to Saturdays in what was viewed as a pre-cancellation move. They’re really the best 2.
They’re also big Guns N’ Roses fans, and it looks like they bonded with the band and friends at a recent London concert.Here’s how Momoa captioned the first photo below:”LEGEND. love you Braddahs Coolest guy in the world SLASH your a legend Aloha j. “Aquaman” is scheduled for release December 21, 2018. Like us on Facebook. Safe travels Jason.. HBO, get steppin’.Here’s that photo, and more from the wild lads:A post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on Jun 17, 2017 at 4:16pm PDTA post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on Jun 17, 2017 at 5:01pm PDTA post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on Jun 17, 2017 at 5:03pm PDTLove ya LONDON mahalo @keelerpatrick @madeworn for making my childhood dream come true. Want more stuff like this? @slash @dannyminnick the adventures of me and Pete #gnrforlife #f*ckingslash aloha j”OK, now we demand a GoT spinoff following “the adventures of Jason and Pete,” traveling to concerts around the world. filmed by @robynwardart #art #music and #whisky #DANNYMINNICK #whiskybar #shoreditchrestaurants #shoreditch #gnrforlife #ONELOVE🇬🇧 #maddoxgallery #bankrobberlondon #bankrobber #jasonmomoa #I❤️LONDONA post shared by Artist Not An Egoist (@dannyminnick) on Jun 22, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT “Justice League” opens November 17. so much talent in one room #KristaMathis @elovetales @deels001 @zoeisabellakravitz #DaveBedford @caitlinburles @saritasdancelab And many more….. Happy papas dayA post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies) on Jun 18, 2017 at 12:49am PDT
FYI, according to Screen Rant, it looks like Jason Momoa is done with his “Justice League” reshoots, and may be heading back for more on “Aquaman.” That’s based on this Instagram from Danny Minnick:
Thank you @cristian.bullinachinashop for letting me paint the wall @bullchinashope1 during @prideofgypsies wrap party get together before his next great adventure .. But their GoT characters are both Team Dany, and the stars are clearly buds in real life. Posted June 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneTyrion Lannister and Khal Drogo probably would’ve had this much fun together, if they had ever met on “Game of Thrones.” Instead, actor Jason Momoa left after Season 1, and he’s now part of the DCEU as Aquaman, while Peter Dinklage prepares for his seventh season of Tyrion one-liners. “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 on HBO. You should also check out the first photo from Dinklage’s upcoming movie with Jamie Dornan. SLASH. @bigkemdizel @tadao310.
Unlike the drinks photo, this one was clearly taken in the Atlanta studio — complete with blue screen for later visual effects work:#nationalselfie day. Hemsworth’s hilarious recent Instagram video — where he topples various Avengers action figures and mocks Captain America as an idiot — spares The Hulk because “we’re now mates.”But Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are the OG science bros (and the actors both starred together in David Fincher’s “Zodiac” before becoming Avengers.) It looks like the characters will be spending even more time together in “Infinity War,” which opens May 4, 2018 and stars everyone — seriously, everyone — in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Want more stuff like this? With the inimitable @robertdowneyjrA post shared by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Jun 21, 2017 at 3:44pm PDTRuffalo will next be seen in “Thor: Ragnarok,” and the trailer showed that Chris Hemsworth’s god is at least initially glad to see Hulk, his “friend from work” as a fellow Avenger. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) shared a bonding photo with fellow “Avengers: Infinity War” #sciencebros Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong, from “Doctor Strange”), and Ruffalo (The Hulk/Bruce Banner).Ruffalo reposted that photo, writing, “Doing normal things with my not so normal Avengers brothers! Like us on Facebook. Science Bros Style. Posted June 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneThor better watch his back, ’cause his “friend from work” The Hulk has been spending a lot of time with Iron Man.The other day, Robert Downey Jr. This is not a La Croix ad.” He followed up by sharing a new “Science Bros” photo with RDJ for National Selfie Day.
He meets an architecture lover (Haley Lu Richardson) who helps him explore the town’s unique and stunning structures (which are real!). Posted June 23, 2017 by Kelly WooThat #StarringJohnCho meme from last year highlighted what a great leading man John Cho can make. And he has the opportunity to prove it on screen in “Columbus.” The Sundance darling has its first trailer, which sends Cho’s Jin to the titular Indiana town when his father, an architect, falls ill. The end up bonding over their difficult relationships with his dad and her addict mom.He’s stuck in limbo, waiting for his dad to either die or recover, and she’s drifting, avoiding talk of college and the future.It’s a beautiful movie, judging by the trailer, from a first-time Korean director known as Kogonada, a former Criterion video essayist, and cinematographer Elisha Christian.”Columbus” also stars Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes and opens in theaters August 4.
But EW says the role is a small one and that there is no plan to cast the singer. The mutant pop star can convert sound into light and energy beams, and her existence was teased by Sophie Turner while promoting “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Turner, who plays Jean Grey (who will turn into the Dark Phoenix in the upcoming film), posted an image from a deleted scene that depicts Dazzler’s latest album:#FBF that time Cyclops and I went shopping at the mall and found our favorite singer’s album (pre 1989, of course) pic.twitter.com/BherKQbE4Z
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) April 29, 2016Note the reference to Swift’s album “1989.” Around the same time, “Apocalypse” writer (and “Dark Phoenix director) Simon Kinberg posted an image of himself, Turner, and James McAvoy with Swift at one of her concerts. So, naturally, speculation arose that Swift might make a cameo as Dazzler. Posted June 23, 2017 by Kelly WooWill Taylor Swift dazzle us all in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”?The character of Dazzler will appear in the next “X-Men” movie, according to Entertainment Weekly. Guess we’ll just have to shake it off.
Or — our favorite — she’s sentenced to life in the Colonies, where she meets Offred’s mom (who is a major figure in the book but has yet to appear in the show).Bledel’s return does seem to indicate that there won’t be another “Gilmore Girls” revival, at least in the near future. Her character, Ofglen, was mutilated as punishment for engaging in a same-sex romance.The last time she appeared was in episode 5, when she steals a guard’s car and kills him by running over him. Posted June 23, 2017 by Kelly WooOfglen lives! Or the Mayday resistance found a way to free her and she heads to Canada. Alexis Bledel will return to “The Handmaid’s Tale” in season 2 as a series regular.The actress starred in half of the first season of the acclaimed Hulu drama based on Margaret Atwood’s book. She was hauled off by other guards, and her fate remained unknown to Offred (Elisabeth Moss).Perhaps she and Offred, who was taken away by security in the season 1 finale, meet in some kind of prison.
24 on CBS, then will move to the CBS.The show stars Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca, Captain of the Discovery; Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou; Sonequa Martin-Greenas her First Officer, Michael Burnham; James Frain as Vulcan Sarek (father to Spock); and Rainn Wilson as charismatic con-man Harry Mudd. Berg. “The thing we’re taking from Roddenberry is how we solve those conflicts,” Harberts said. “But while we’re human or alien in various ways, none of us are perfect.”But they’re not completely throwing out Roddenberry’s utopian vision of the future. Posted June 23, 2017 by Sharon KnolleAs all “Star Trek” fans know, franchise creator Gene Roddenberry had a strict — if often frustrating — rule that Starfleet crew members could never be in any significant conflict with each other. In other words: Battle stations! “People have to make mistakes — mistakes are still going to be made in the future. The only way around it: To have someone possessed by an alien force or to catch some strain of “space madness.”Now EW reports that the new series “Star Trek: Discovery” will break that long-held rule. Look for some intriguing new conflicts on the series, which debuts September 24.”We’re trying to do stories that are complicated, with characters with strong points of view and strong passions,” co-showrunner Aaron Harbert told EW. “So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it’s about how they find a solution and work through their problems.”Another big change from previous series: It will be “more heavily serialized,” meaning less stand-alone, self-contained eps and more big story arcs.The first episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” will debut Sunday, Sept. We’re still going to argue in the future.””The rules of Starfleet remain the same,” says the show’s other showrunner, Gretchen J.
Yeah, a lot of the fun is finding that right song. So tell me a little bit about that aspect of it.Yeah, that’s the work of us and our music supervisors. There’ll be times like, “Oh, that doesn’t make sense.” But in terms of the overall vision of the show, there’s never been any arguments, really.How often do you check in with Garth, either with a question or just to talk through ideas?When was the last time I talked to him? We’re getting much more in terms of, we’re starting to pull more and more of these characters into the world, which is exciting.Tone is the trick on any television show. There’ll be new characters – there just have to be. It really could have been a disaster. So it could have been fraught, and it just hasn’t been.I feel like, really from the beginning, we’ve wanted to make the same show. How did the Grail start? Working with the network to know how far you can go, deciding amongst yourselves creatively how far is too far, and going over the edge when it can be fun. We’re going to learn a little bit more about Tulip back in the day, and when she and Jesse were sort of outlaws together, and what sort of drove them apart, and where she ended up as a result of their breakup.And we’re going to learn more about Cassidy in terms of, we’re going to start to understand some of the wreckage that he left behind, and bridges that he burnt, and how will he try to make amends to people that he betrayed in the past, and how will that end up making things much, much worse as a result.So, yeah, we get to sort of expand the world in a lot of different ways. American culture is so bereft and decayed at this point, that I think network executives have rightly just thrown up their hands and given up!I love the show’s use of music, often to a great comedic effect but still always with an awesome song. He’s looking for God, not in himself, and not in the stars, but he’s down the road somewhere and I’m going to find him. For this season, I won’t say, but we were going to have like this season be two halves, and we were going to end up with one arc, and then move on to a whole other world for the second half. Whatever people are picturing in terms of handwringing, and you can’t do that, I think everyone signed up for Garth’s “Preacher,” and that’s what they’re getting. There’s so much great TV out there, interesting TV, but there are certain things that we realized that only our show could get away with. It didn’t wear well over time. How did Herr Starr become Herr Starr? We talked about the same show. For “Come on Eileen,” that was going to be something else. That’s got to be a very tricky thing, too, to find those great pieces of music that are also commenting on the scene or enhancing a scene. You guys are standing right on that barbed wire fence with your mix of violence and comedy, and how you’re able to portray it. I don’t know why. So tell me about knowing that you’ve got this road map that you can follow, but you’re making the show your own, you’re making different creative choices and doing what you’re able do for TV.I think — and Garth [Ennis] will tell you this — you couldn’t shoot the comic books as a TV show. And sort of giving him a real external drive was really exciting and liberating for us as writers.From the start, Season 2 is going to skew a little closer to what the comic book is, but you guys are still going to color outside the lines. So we tried to do more of that, in terms of the violence, and the comedy, and the perversity, and stuff like that.I think we’re excited by the fact that Jesse’s sort of drive is an external one, and not sort of an internal one, a philosophical one. Maybe a month or so ago. In terms of the network, we definitely had more fretful calls from the network this year, but really, fewer. No, Evan is Cassidy! Then we kept pushing it off. Tell me about getting from there to here and realizing, “Oh, this is richer than I initially might have thought.”Oh, for sure. He’s also been a great collaborator. It has all the elements of a failure to it, in a sense that you’re bringing Seth and Evan, movie stars with a passion project of this thing that they’ve been loving for so long, and then bring it to me. Stuff like that. Then we were sort of running out of time because the actors had to learn the song.It’s a sort of nostalgic song. It’s like, “Well, maybe we can get to that world for the last four episodes.” Then maybe just the last two.Then we realized, there’s so much story with this world that we’re just with these characters that we’re just bringing in, and we don’t want to shortchange this other world that we’re really excited about getting to. It’s a money grab for him, that greedy Irish immigrant! And it’s not even just a question of how much money it would cost you to be in the south of France and ancient Ireland from episode to episode. Is the question, who’s who? The Saint of Killers is one, I expect …The Saint of Killers — having him in our world with Jesse and Tulip and Cassidy is very exciting. Evan is Tulip. What is this place, the Grail? He’s just trusted us. So yeah, it’s exactly what you say: sometimes it’s just a couple of issues in a comic book of places that Jesse winds up, but they’re whole worlds for us on a TV show that we can really delve into.Seth and Evan have known each other forever, worked together forever, and now you guys are a trinity.Wait, no one’s asked this! I’m just some TV hack that they brought in. It’s not just that — it’s just that we would actually run out of story pretty quickly.So what we want to do is we always want to make “Preacher” feel like “Preacher,” and we delve a little deeper into some of these, what look like little pit stops on the road in the comic book become whole episodes, or several episodes, or stuff like that.We meet Herr Starr. We’re not going to leave any of the great set pieces, or the great characters, on the shelf for very long.Give me some characters that you were excited making a little bit bigger. He’s Tulip.To have found your creative vibe together — and you guys have your fingerprints on this in a lot of different ways, like getting behind the camera to direct — how is that creative partnership experience now this deep into it all?Oh God, it could have been a disaster. Maybe it’s just the cash, the simple money. How do you work through those things?The tone of the show — it’s a tricky tone. I think we’ll probably spend some time and learn a little bit, we’ll introduce the Grail, and some of its components — very excited about that!We’re going to tease a little bit more about what happened to Jesse after his father was killed, and where he ended up after that, and how that sort of informs his search for God. I guess that means Seth is Tulip. And he’s been so gracious and generous with his magnum opus with us. So yeah, keep watching it so we can enrich Garth Ennis. So, hopefully, it feels like the show, in the sense of, it’s a road show about a guy looking for God, and anything can happen, and has all these different genres, and we know all these characters. I’m probably Jesse because I’m the sort of the grim, distraught one. Whatever you say, we’re going to do that.”But I love Garth. So yeah, finding that right song is a lot of fun.As you said, I’m sure at the beginning you thought, “How long can we sustain this with the material that we have to draw from?”I get the sense that you feel like you’re pretty confident there’s a lot of stories for you to tell, digging into the different corners of this world. They don’t know me. That’s definitely part of the trick.But I feel like the show can sustain more than I thought it could, in terms of its absurdity and all of that, in Season 1 for sure. There’s another thing that could have gone horrendously wrong, which is, my character, that’s not the story. But they’re great. Evan is Cassidy. It’s a song that you shouldn’t really enjoy, but you do, but you secretly do. He’ll just send an email saying, “The Saint wouldn’t have that type of ammo.” It’s weird, because I know he really likes the show and is behind the show, but the details that he insists on when he insists on them, it’s like, “Absolutely! Posted June 22, 2017 by Scott Huver”Preacher’s” Jesse Cutler, Tulip, and Cassidy have finally hit the road together in the horror-comedy’s second season, just as they were when they were first introduced in the Vertigo comic book. It’s a sort of peppy song. But executive producer Sam Catlin reminds you: even when things feel familiar to die-hard fans, the series promises a fresh twist around every corner.A veteran of the “Breaking Bad” writers room who teamed with actor Seth Rogen and his longtime screenwriting partner Evan Goldberg (“Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” “This Is the End”) to develop the comics series first launched by writer Garth Ennis and the late artist Steve Dillon, Catlin tells Moviefone that — after a first season that played much like a prequel to established mythology — while the show’s leaning closer to its roots — fan-favorite the Saint of Killers has arrived, and Herr Star is close behind — there are plenty of unexpected surprises on the road ahead as the characters start to feel more and more like the TV incarnation’s own.Moviefone: What were the creative lessons from the first season that you wanted to carry over into Season 2?Sam Catlin: I just felt like there were certain things that we kind of discovered that only our show could sort of pull of, and we wanted to just do more of that. The Saint of Killers — what’s in it for him? What’s his reward if he gets him? Why is he going after Jesse? I think we see the show in the same way. We’re just borrowing and stealing from all these movies, and things that we like, that all work independently, but we’re trying to put them all in the Monty Python, and Sam Peckinpah and Quentin Tarantino, and trying to put them all into one world where they don’t sort of capsize each other.
Posted June 22, 2017 by Moviefone StaffWhat’s better than two comedic giants answering your questions — and making up a few of their own? Doing it live!”The House” stars Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell hit the stage in Moviefone’s first ever Unscripted Live, where no topic is off the table, including illegal bird sales, fan lunches for one, and Harry Potter sorting hat results. #TeamRavenclaw”The House,” starring Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, and Jessie Ennis, hits theaters June 30th.