Archive for October, 2010

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Caprica Canceled

October 27, 2010
“Caprica”, the television series prequel to the hit reboot of “Battlestar Galactica“, has been cancelled, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The show debuted in January of 2010 and was slated for a 13 episode season. With five unaired episodes remaing, Syfy will delay broadcast until an unnannounced date in early 2011.

Despite the series’ cancellation, Syfy will still move forward with the recently announced “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” will is also planned as a prequel to the network’s first series, set during the 10th year of the Cylon war.

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‘Glee’ Cast Gives Fans Advance Halloween Treat

October 26, 2010

source mb.com

The popular cast of the hit TV musical show, “Glee,” recently gave their fans, select media and some VIPs an advance Halloween treat by giving an advance screening of their “Rocky Horror Picture Show” tribute episode at the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles.

Fans, who were encouraged to dress in costumes, packed the midnight screening of “The Rocky Horror Glee Show.”

In the episode, the thrill begins when Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) decides to have the glee club perform “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” for the annual school musical after learning of Emma Pillsbury’s (Jayma Mays) newfound love for the cult classic.

Despite Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) usual scheming, the members of New Directions inject their distinctive style to such timeless tracks as “The Time Warp” and “Damn It, Janet.”

During our recent “Glee” set visit at the Paramount Pictures Studios, we sat with the cast as they talked about their experience in the Halloween-themed episode that will be shown in the US on Tuesday, October 26.

“Glee” creator-writer Ryan Murphy told his cast, “You can say who you play.”

But the “Eat Pray Love” director added, “The only mystery we’re keeping a secret is which of the guys had to wear those gold lame briefs. The reason we did that musical was because Adam Shankman directed it. That musical really captures the spirit of ‘Glee.’ I remember being 13 or 14 years old and going to see it. There were many other people around who didn’t fit in their school and no one loved them or cared about them. It was just a feeling of community and sort of outsiders. I thought, ‘Oh, that works great for the show.’ So we really do pay tribute to it. It’s is our first album that we put out (in this season). It is called ‘The Rocky Horror Glee Show Album.’ (The album is released in Manila by Sony Music Entertainment Philippines.) It came out mid-October for Halloween.”

Cory Monteith, who is Finn Hudson in the series, disclosed he was playing Brad Majors. Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams) revealed he was “the professor of criminology.” Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) said she was Janet and Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones) told us she was Frank N Further.

Matthew disclosed, “I am the director.”

Ryan added, “Matt does a great number with Jayma where she does ‘Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a Touch Me,’ the Susan Sarandon song which was actually Jayma’s audition piece for the show.”

Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel) revealed, “I play Riff Raff. I was very excited. I begged them to let me do Riff Raff and I had to be in the make-up chair two hours every day to get the bald cap on and the wig. I was a little carried away with the character so I have a huge bruise on my elbow but it was so much fun. It is one of the best things we’ve done on the show so far.”

Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang) both play Columbia.

Jenna added, “I also got to play another partygoer so I get to wear lots of wigs. None of us was recognizable. Heather looked just like Columbia.”

Heather quipped, “Yeah, it was weird. I morphed from Brittany to Columbia.”

Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray) said, “I got to play Magenta. I was so excited because I loved the film growing up. My mom also did not understand why I liked ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ so I had to hide watching it because she thinks the movie is inappropriate for me. I walked past Ryan and I was saying, ‘Who’s playing Magenta?’ and then walk away.” She laughed.

“It was so much fun,” she revealed. “I just love dressing up. I think that was a part of me that was instilled as a kid and I never lost it. It was really fun.”

“I play the lips,” Mark Salling (Noah “Puck” Puckerman) said and laughed. “I’d never seen the show before so I watched it when I found out we were going to do it.”

“It’s so great because there’s no point to the movie,” Chris added. “There’s a little bit of a plot but the whole point of the movie is just to have fun. I mean, how great is that just to interact and have a good time. There’s no message or anything. Just have a good time. It did really fit well with us.”

And to the “Glee” fans who were at the advance screening, having a good time and lots of fun was exactly what they did!

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AMC’s DRAMA SERIES “THE WALKING DEAD” STRIKES

October 26, 2010

In anticipation of the premiere of AMC’s new drama series, “The Walking Dead,” on Sunday October 31 at 10 p.m., AMC and FOX international networks plan to stage a worldwide zombie invasion stunt.  “The Walking Dead’s” international broadcaster, Fox International Channels (FIC), will kick-off the stunts with overseas invasions beginning at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 26, and moving across the globe where the stunt culminates at the show’s Los Angeles premiere.

A week prior to the unprecedented global premiere of the show, AMC and FIC have planned to target one day multi-city events that will occur during morning commute peak hours.  Taking direction from “The Walking Dead’s” legendary make-up artist Greg Nicotero, hundreds of zombies will consecutively take over major cities worldwide during a 24-hour period.  The planned global outbreaks will center in and around the world’s major landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and more.  They will begin at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong, followed by Istanbul, Madrid, Munich, London, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, New York City and Los Angeles, among others. Attacking a total of 26 cities, each outbreak will be documented and shared with fans the world over as it happens.

 

“The Walking Dead” Global Zombie Invasion Attacks
New York City, USA
Washington DC, USA

Boston, USA

Chicago, USA

San Francisco, USA

Los Angeles, USA

Taipei, Taiwan
Hong Kong

Istanbul, Turkey

Athens, Greece
Sofia, Bulgaria

Estonia, Tallinn
Belgrade, Serbia

Munich, Germany
Madrid, Spain

Rome, Italy
Johannesburg, S. Africa
London, UK – Westminster
Lisbon, Portugal
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Santiago, Chile
Caracas, Venezuela
Bogota, Colombia
Mexico City, Mexico
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Satellite Coordinates:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

15:00-15:15 ET (AMC3-C T3 Downlink Frequency 3760H)

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
04:00-04:15 ET (AMC3-C T3 Downlink Frequency 3760H)

 

“The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC on Halloween, Sunday, October 31 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m.  For the first time ever, the series will begin to premiere globally a few hours after AMC’s U.S. launch.  Similar to a theatrical film release, all FIC markets will launch the first episode during the same week, before the release of the second episode in the US. “The Walking Dead” will debut in 120 countries, air in 33 languages and be viewed in 250 million households when it premieres.

Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serves as Executive Producer. Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) serves as Executive Producer.

Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serves as Executive Producer. Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) serves as Executive Producer.

“The Walking Dead”, AMC’s original series, is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serves as Executive Producer. Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) serves as Executive Producer.

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Tom Bosley Is Dead

October 19, 2010

source TMZ

Tom Bosley — who famously played Mr. Cunningham on “Happy Days” — has died at his home in Palm Springs … TMZ has learned.

Tom Bosley dead.

Family members tell us Bosley had been battling a staph infection.

He was 83 years old.

UPDATE: A rep for the Bosleys tells TMZ Tom “died of natural causes or specifically, from a brief battle with lung cancer.”

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ABC Planning Live Action Incredible Hulk Series

October 15, 2010

source superherohype

ABC is currently developing a live-action television series based on The Incredible Hulk, reports Deadline.

The character of the Hulk and his alter-ego, Bruce Banner, first appeared in 1962’s The Incredible Hulk #1. A scientist, Banner’s accidental exposure to Gamma rays causes him to becoming an uncontrollable, rampaging beast whenever he is enraged.

Outside of comics, The Incredible Hulk is perhaps best known as a CBS series that ran from 1978 to 1982, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. More recently, the character has spawned two films, 2003’s Hulk (starring Eric Bana) and 2008’s The Incredible Hulk (starring Edward Norton). Mark Ruffalo is attached to take over the role for 2012’s The Avengers.

Although there is some planned continuity between the latter two films, it is unknown whether or not that plan will carry over for the ABC series, which is currently seeking writers.

UPDATE: Heat Vision is reporting that Marvel is also looking at developing the characters of Cloak and Dagger for the small screen.

Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen are, respectively, the superhero duo, who first appeared in 1982’s The Spectacular Spider-Man #64. Both runaway teens, Cloak and Dagger become the victims of a criminal heroin dealer whose experimentations awaken latent mutant abilities. Cloak’s powers allow him to engulf criminals in a world of darkness within himself while Dagger has the ability to create and manipulate daggers of light.

The article notes that Cloak and Dagger could be a candidate for ABC Family. While there is, again, not necessarily a continuity planned between film and television, the characters of Cloak and Dagger made a popular appearance in the original arc of Runaways, which is heading into production as a feature adaptation soon.

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Morgan Freeman nabs AFI career award

October 12, 2010

source: hollywoodreporter

hr/photos/stylus/34899-freeman_morgan_341x182.jpg Morgan Freeman has been named the 39th recipient of the American Film Institute’s AFI Life Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Freeman at a gala tribute on on June 9 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on TV Land PRIME later that month.

A five-time Academy Award nominee, Freeman won the Oscar for best supporting actor in 2005 for his performance in “Million Dollar Baby.”

“Morgan Freeman is an American treasure,” Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of Trustees, said in announcing the honor. “Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form. His gifts to the cultural record are also underscored by his unmistakable voice that echoes through the hearts and minds of movie lovers around the world.”

Freeman is only the second black actor to receive the honor, which was also awarded to Sidney Poitier in 1992.

The actor’s credits include “Street Smart,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Batman Begins” and its sequel “The Dark Knight.”

He next appears in the action movie “RED,” which Summit is releasing Friday.

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Andy Richter to Reteam with Conan

October 12, 2010

Source: TBS

One of the longest running teams in late-night television will again take the stage together as Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter join forces on “Conan,” which premieres Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS. A collaboration that began Sept. 13, 1993, O’Brien and Richter have developed a comedic chemistry that few performers have achieved. Through two late-night franchises and the recently concluded “The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour,” Richter has been a consistent asset to O’Brien. Andy Richter stated, “I’m thrilled to be going back to work with Conan, and very excited to start a whole new venture on TBS. However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again. “Conan O’Brien added, “This decision was made without my authority. I will get to the bottom of this. “Conan will originate from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios and will be produced by Conaco LLC. Jeff Ross is the executive producer.