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Freshly limbered up from the world's most elaborate pre-workout stretching routine, it looks like Jean-Claude Van Damme is ready for some movie making, and his newest flick, Welcome to the Jungle, shows the actor wanting to show of his comedy moves along with his trademark martial arts kicks.
In the comedy, an entire company of office drones, including the likes of Children's Hospital's Rob Huebel, the distinctly voiced Kristen Schaal, and Dennis Haysbert are sent on a mandatory leadership retreat headed by Van Damme. Things go all Lord of the Flies really fast after the group's only pilot dies in the jungle, eliminating their only means of escape. Soon, separate tribes are formed, sticks are sharpened, and easy-fit khakis are turned into jungle-ready leotards.
This has certainly been the year of the survival film, and while films like Gravity and All Is Lost ponder the serious emotional implications of surviving a harrowing near death experience, Welcome to the Jungle settles with jokes about cannibalism and tigers... and maybe that's not such bad thing after watching so many depressing movies about this sort of thing all year long.
It looks like "The Man Without Fear" has nothing to worry about after all. According to The Wrap, Daredevil might land in the very capable hands of Drew Goddard, who is in talks to write and produce Netflix's upcoming series featuring the character.
Goddard already has a plethora of experience with genre television and film. He has written for sci-fi television shows such as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, and Angel, as well as co-writing the zombie flick World War Z, and writing and directing last year's genre-subverting horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods. Hopefully, Goddard has picked up a few things from buddy and frequent collaborator Joss Whedon, who has written his own share of comic books and directed the biggest comic book movie of them all, The Avengers.
Daredevil is a difficult hero to get down tonally, as can clearly seen when Ben Affleck picked up the billy clubs in the 2003's first live-action attempt. The character's version of New York City has air of film noir flowing through its streets, and those sensibilities need to mesh with the undeniable camp that comes with men dressing up in tights to fight crime. Goddard says that he is a Daredevil buff with a good knowledge of the character so hopefully he can do the hero justice (no pun intended). We've been impressed by Goddard's contributions to geek culture so far, so we're looking forward to his take on the Marvel hero.
It looks like The Vampire Diaries will be getting a new zombie neighbor. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and writer Diane Ruggiero are teaming up with The CW to adapt the DC/Vertigo comic iZombie into a drama series. The original comic book tells the story of a med student turned zombie who needs to eat brains in order to retain her humanity, but with each brain she devours, she gains the corpse's memories (a concept similar to the book-turned-movie Warm Bodies). The heroine uses these memories to solve homicide cases. The premise of this oddball zombie series is also reminiscent of Pushing Daisies, a quirky show about a pie maker who could bring the dead back to life with a single touch, and used his powers to solve their mysteries.
But crime-solving med student zombies? You might balk at the very idea, though television execs are champing at the bits to create anything even tangentially related to zombies into a television hit, and how can they not when there's an impossibly large portion of the country tuning into The Walking Dead every week.
This iZombie series seems to be a conflation of two distinctly different markets in the television world. Since that mythical era called the 1990s, the medical drama and the police procedural have ruled the the television airwaves. In the past few years, we've seen an upswing in supernatural shows grabbing for the small screen throne, with programs like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and The Vampire Diaries becoming some of TV's most watched and talked about shows. iZombie seems to be the result of these two genres mashed together with the force of a high speed locomotive. The results are something that represents the changing trends of television in one crime-solving, brain-eating hour of television drama. We have a feeling that this show will either be brilliant or undead on arrival.
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Just like Call the Midwife, Sherlock and all the other hugely entertaining British imports before it, action-comedy series The Wrong Mans will be all the rage. Stay ahead of that inevitable cocktail party conversation when everyone shows off their knowledge of the BBC's latest cultural contribution by catching it when it premieres on Hulu this month.
Co-created by Mathew Baynton (Peep Show), James Corden (Gavin & Stacey), and director/producer Jim Field Smith (Butter), The Wrong Mans stars Baynton and Corden as two aimless government workers who are caught in a web of intrigue and danger when they answer the wrong phone call. A screening of the first two episodes closed the 2013 New York Television Festival. Baynton and Field Smith were in attendance for a post-show Q&A, while recent Tony-winner Corden was stuck filming Rob Marshall's Into the Woods. The audience responded positively to the unique tenor of the show, with pyrotechnics and laughs coming at almost the same frequency. Baynton and Corden started dreaming up the show when they were working together on Gavin & Stacey, before teaming up with their third collaborator to put pen to paper. We asked what their writing process was like. "90% unproductive, talking about stuff that's nothing to do with the show; 5% going for lunch...," Field Smith said. "And 5% working on an actual TV program," Baynton finished. But they agree that even their goofing off had a positive impact on what's on screen. "I think having the two writers also be the stars of the show means there's some sort of in-built chemistry there," Field Smith said.
Check out the trailer for The Wrong Mans below and catch the series on Hulu on Nov. 11.
It’s finally time to see how far the Internet's dollar goes. Veronica Mars was a superb teen mystery comedy drama (if that genre conflation makes any sense) that centered around high school gumshoe Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), the daughter of a private investigator who solved mysteries centered around her hometown of Neptune, California. The series was two parts Nancy Drew, one part Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a dash of Twin Peaks and Raymond Chandler for flavor. Veronica's story ended well before it’s time, but the show was revived by a now infamous Kickstarter campaign that proved that the crowd-funding website could fund a feature film with fan’s dollars. And whether or not that's entirely ethical way to fund a movie is a question we'll be pondering for years to come.
But now we're getting an extended preview at what at all those donations look like on film, and it seems like we're in for a familiar stroll though Neptune, but one that shows the characters a little older, but not necessarily a little wiser. It's been 10 years since the last episode of the series and Veronica is living in New York with her good guy boyfriend Piz (Chris Lowell). But, as Veronica finds, one never leaves a place like Neptune behind for good. Veronica is swiftly called back to town when her old boyfriend, and the show's resident bad boy Logan (Jason Dohring) is charged with murder. The teaser hints at the love triangle brewing between the three friends, and has the cast place their votes on who should win Veronica's heart: Piz or Logan?
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The cast still feels like the same people we loved from the show, albeit older, but they still haven't quite moved on from their complicated relationships from high school. Even Veronica is seen falling into her old teenaged traps, especially when Logan, as slick and dangerous as ever, comes to her door fully draped in the promise of adventure. It's fun to see the cast come together to relive the show that they clearly had a blast filming, but it's really special to see creator Rob Thomas revisit his beloved characters for one last romp through Neptune's many mysteries.
The Modern Family just got a bit bigger, but not in the way you would expect. Accoding to Deadline, ABC is in early talks to spin-off its hit comedy and perennial Emmys victor. While there aren't any firm details as to what the new show will be about just yet, reports indicate that it might focus on Rob Riggle's character Gil Thorpe. The last thing Modern Family needs is more main characters to manuever its sitcom plots around. The show already balances the madcap madness of three families, each of whom could easily star in their own self-contained sitcom, and combines them into a medley of family comedy, so the fact that this spin-off would exist somewhat outside the realm of everyone else is a great idea. So what will this Modern Family spin-off be about exactly? Here are our two ideas.
Lily PrimeIn the first two seasons of Modern Family, Lily was a delightfully mute adopted baby that always had the best one expression for every situation. In Season three, this little acting master was cruelly replaced by an overly sarcastic imposter who spouts quippy lines like a cynical 40-year-old. The new Lily has none of the deft subtly that the old Lily possessed. The new spinoff should be a sci-fi drama about the old Lily trying to prove to Mitchell and Cam that new Lily is some Invasion of the Bodysnatchers-style imposter, all the while not saying a single word.
In The Moonlight: The SeriesDylan and Haley 4Evah! Dylan was Haley's first and only true love, and a spin-off chronicling his adventures would be amazing. We've seen Dylan working in Wyoming on a dude ranch, working as a mascot in Disney Land, and even working as a limo driver throughout his appearances in the show, and somehow always managing to bump into the Dunphys. Clearly, he is a Renaissance man of many talents. We would like to see a series about Dylan moving from career to career, hoping to bump into his first love once again... after he forgets how to get to her house. It already has a theme song.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman is joining the cast of the movie adaptation of Child 44, Deadline reports. Based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith, the thriller is set in the Soviet Union under Stalin's regime. The film centers on a military police officer who looks into the crimes of a serial killer after the government chooses to ignore a number of child murders. Production started on the movie in Prague this month.
Hoffman is just the latest addition to an already notable cast, which includes Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman. There's no word on what character Hoffman will play, but knowing his acting talents, he'd probably be great in any role. Hoffman can be seen next in another book-to-movie adaptation, the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.
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Soul sensation Adele stepped back into the spotlight on Friday (21Jun13) to salute her record label boss at a New York City gala. The British singer has made only a handful of public appearances since giving birth to her son Angelo James last year (Oct12), but she made an exception to fete Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer.
Adele appeared at the star-studded UJA-Federation of New York event at The Pierre hotel in Manhattan to hand Stringer the Music Visionary Award.
Accepting his prize, Stringer recalled meeting the Rolling in the Deep hitmaker in 2007 before she found fame: "Your career is defined by the people you work with. Six years ago, that young lady walked into our office with her manager and said, 'Yeah, this'll do,' with a cigarette in her mouth. It's fantastic to have her here... She doesn't get out much."
Neil Diamond, Jay-Z and John Legend were among those in the audience, while Haim and John Mayer performed songs to honour their label boss.
Celine Dion, Daft Punk, Patti Smith, Simon Cowell, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Steven Tyler also appeared in a video compilation thanking and congratulating Stringer.
The National Geographic Channel has been releasing a series of photos from their November TV movie Killing Kennedy, each worthy of Zapruder-like scrutiny. First, they gave us Rob Lowe as JFK. And now they've given us our first glimpse of Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie. With her hair styled into that iconic coif, she's pretty much the spitting image of the former First Lady. Of course, she's following in the footsteps of many, many actresses before her, like Jaclyn Smith in the 1981 TV movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Katie Holmes in 2011's controversial mini-series The Kennedys, and Minka Kelly in this coming August's The Butler. Check out the photo of Goodwin as Jackie O. (in her pre-O. days) below and see how she compares to others who've played her.
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Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs has cleared up confusion surrounding his claims he was set to star in Downton Abbey by debuting an online spoof featuring him parodying the hit U.K. period drama. The hip-hop star announced on his Twitter.com page on Wednesday (15May13) that he was to become a series regular on Julian Fellowes' British show, only for TV bosses to deny the claim.
Combs has now revealed his prank was to promote a new FunnyOrDie.com skit, which he unveiled to fans early on Thursday (16May13).
He declares, "Last week it was reported that they have cast the first black cast member... (Gary Carr) - the only problem with this is I already broke down that barrier. I'm the first black cast member... and I got the scenes to prove it."
The rapper then introduces a series of clips from 'Downtown Abbey' which he appears in thanks to computer trickery - and his character, Lord Wolcott, causes a stir in the online show.
In one scene, Combs, dressed in smart period costume, turns down the advances of Rob James-Collier's character Thomas Barrow, while in another he appears to host "the first ever white party" for the cast.
He later recommends Hugh Bonneville's Earl of Grantham invests in upcoming company International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and then offers Dame Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton's characters a sip of his own-brand Ciroc vodka - before asking them to kiss.