Legendary Pictures may not be as big of a name as Sony or Fox, but they've got some neat projects in the works. The studio behind 300 and Inception is continuing their trend of producing nerd-friendly fare with their next batch of projects. We got a first look at upcoming films Seventh Son and Paradise Lost, as well as highly anticipated video-game adaptation Mass Effect and Guillermo del Toro's surreal new giant-robot film, Pacific Rim. Plus, they brought along fan favorites Jeff Bridges, Alex Proyas, Guillermo del Toro, and Idris Elba to answer questions. It may be Legendary's first SDCC panel, but boy do they have their audience down.
Pacific Rim: The big reveal here was the logo for the film which looks like a silver version of Captain America's original shield, but emblazoned with custom logos which include a eagle and a star. Del Toro says everything about the movie is about scale. All of the previously announced cast members were in attendance, including Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Idris Elba. They all seems incredibly excited about getting the opportunity to work with del Toro, and he seems to love his eclectic cast, which will also include Babel's Rinko Kikuchi.
The Seventh Son: Director says it's a film with a really dark tone. Also said that it was tough getting Jeff Bridges to agree to work on it. Bridges says that it is a wonderful story with lots of twists and turns and that, along with being a fan of the filmmaker's previous works, enticed him to take the part. The images shown to us from the film thus far included a monster that is actually a part of the landscape, cloaked human figures who look like the hero in Assassin's Creed who are walking along large pillars and a guy riding a zombie-like horse with bones and organs and muscles exposed. Jeff Bridges also touched upon his interest in the new breed of tech used in big budget productions, which can help a filmmaker tell virtually any story.
Paradise Lost: Director Alex Proyas says the film is obviously set on a BIG canvas. "This film couldn't have been made a few years ago. Not even sure we can make it now," he added, blessing the CG technology that made his last film Knowing possible. Star Bradley Cooper, who will star as Lucifer in the film, says he "begged" Proyas to let him play Lucifer. As a student he loved the Milton original poem and considers Lucifer not only a sympathetic character, but the overall story to be one about the biblical family drama and less about the war. The concept art included fantastic mountainous environments with fire and brimstone bursting all over the place, but also featured some beautiful heavenly images. Proyas also talked about his liking of Cooper for the part: "Meeting Bradley and seeing what he's capable of blew me away. This partnership was meant to happen." Cooper also talked about his relationship with Legendary (which produced The Hangover films): "I love working at Legendary."
Mass Effect: Screenwriter Mark Protosevich and Casey Hudson, the game's creator, were on hand to talk about the forthcoming adaptation. Protosevich noted that video games don't always translate well into movies and that depth of character and story is what makes often kills their potential. But he took this project over other video game adaptation because he believes Mass Effect has great material to work with. Casey Hudson said that by listening to fans of Mass Effect he knows what people want out of the story. "Legendary makes great movies and has abilities to make huge movies," he said of his media partner, adding: "We've talked to many companies about making a movie, but we needed a really great partner. We have the best people we can possibly have. "
Pacific Rim is due to be released July 12, 2013 and The Seventh Son has a release date of February 15, 2013. No release dates have been released yet for Mass Effect and Paradise Lost, but don't expect them before 2014. Legendary Pictures certainly wants us to stew in anticipation.
Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Laurie (House) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law).
The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a closely-fought affair - Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife and Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire are all in the running, while Outstanding Comedy Series nods go to 30 Rock, Glee, Modern Family, The Office, The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation.
The most nominated show was Mildred Pierce - the HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet earned a total of 21 nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and recognition for the Titanic beauty for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries.
30 Rock's Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, and The Office's Steve Carell are also set to compete for top acting awards.
The nominees were announced live from Hollywood on Thursday morning (14Jul11) by Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy, who found herself lost for words after hearing her name announced as a contender for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Mike & Molly.
She exclaimed, "Oh my god, yikes!"
The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on 18 September (11). Glee star Jane Lynch will host.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Saturday Night Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Laura Linney - The Big C
Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton - Raising Hope
Amy Poehler - Parks And Recreation
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Louis C.K. - Louie
Steve Carell - The Office
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Johnny Galecki - The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:
Taraji P. Henson - Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite
Jean Marsh - Upstairs Downstairs
Elizabeth McGovern - Downton Abbey
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:
Idris Elba - Luther
William Hurt - Too Big To Fail
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedys
Barry Pepper - The Kennedys
Edgar Ramirez - Carlos
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program:
Tom Bergeron - Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley - So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan - The Amazing Race
Jeff Probst - Survivor
Ryan Seacrest - American Idol
Outstanding Reality Competition:
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama:
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law
Connie Britton - Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos - The Killing
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Mariska Hargitay - Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama:
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Hugh Laurie - House
Timothy Olyphant - Justified
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:
Pillars of the Earth
Too Big To Fail.
Although NBC was one of the big winners at the Emmys Sept 22 , the ratings for some of their returning series are beginning to show wear and tear this season.
Several of NBC's powerhouses, including The West Wing, ER, Frasier and Providence, have seen a decline in popularity. Nielsen Media Research shows the ratings for the Emmy-winning West Wing are down 23 percent compared to last season's first three episodes. The medical drama ER is down 15 percent, while Providence is off 19 percent. Even with high ratings for its season premiere (Niles and Daphne's nuptials), Frasier has dropped as well.
According to some experts, this could spell trouble for NBC. "A network always needs to be concerned about the health of their returning series, simply because they are the pillars of their schedule," Stacey Lynn Koerner, a television analyst for Initiative Media, told the Associated Press. "It's a lot easier to replace a new show that is not living up to expectations."
ABC is still trying to recover from last season's drops in their favorites such as The Drew Carey Show and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
Other analysts say drawing conclusions after only three weeks of ratings may be a bit premature, especially compared to last year's post-Sept. 11 television rating boom.
"I think you have to wait a few weeks to see what's really happening," Steve Sternberg, an analyst for Magna Global USA told AP
Still, the peacock network is keeping a positive outlook. NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker told AP, "Everyone is trying to write the 'NBC cracks' story, but we're in a different universe. We're happy. There's no question that The West Wing is off to a slow start and Frasier' is down. Beyond that, we're thrilled."
Zucker pointed out how pleased the network was with the performances on Sunday nights of new show American Dreams and on Monday nights with Fear Factor. With ER, Zucker was particularly proud of its showing despite the many cast defections, including Anthony Edwards at the end of last season.
"ER is probably our biggest success story of the season," he told AP.