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  • 'The Walking Dead' Gets a New Companion Series
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 16, 2013
    Gene Page/AMC Ready for even more zombies? Oh... no? Well, too bad. AMC, after probably realizing that no one is going to sit through Low Winter Sun no matter how many Breaking Bad sneak peeks you cram inside each episode, has decided to make a new show by doing what has worked best for them over the few years, creating original ideas for engaging television shows forcing more zombies on us. Variety reports that the network is developing a new companion series based off of their monster hit The Walking Dead. The new series will come from Robert Kirkman, original creator of The Walking Dead comics, and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert. The show would take place in the same universe as The Walking Dead, but would feature an all-new cast of characters. In a statement about the new companion series, Kirkman said, "After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn't be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing." AMC seems to be looking towards old successes for its newest properties. Along with this new Walking Dead spin-off, the network is also developing a series based on Breaking Bad. The Breaking Bad spin-off would feature the adventures of sleazy bus bench lawyer Saul Goodman before he meets Walter White. While the Saul Goodman spin-off idea seems to have come from a place of genuine creativity and desire to make something artful, the announcement of this Walking Dead companion piece feels like nothing short of a ratings grab. AMC president Charlie Collier even alludes to that fact in a recent release, saying, "Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer." AMC originally made it's prestigious name in the televison drama market by creating the kinds of programs that have challenged the way we precieve television, and the types of stories that the medium can depict. Shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and even The Walking Dead were daring moves that paid off because they presented viewers with something different and exciting. We hope that this new series can deliver the same crowd-pleasing blood splatter that the original show is known for, but this is certainly television production at its most cold and clinical. More:'Walking Dead': Season 3 Deleted SceneDavid Morrisey Heading to New AMC Drama'The Walking Dead' Deleted scene: Meet Zombie Lori Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Nicole Kidman Saves a Nation by Being Beautiful and Rich in 'Grace of Monaco' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 16, 2013
    The best player in the World for movie trailers, Hollywood interviews and movie clips. Nicole Kidman becomes royalty in the dazzling trailer for Oliver Dahan's newest film Grace of Monaco, which recounts the glamor and turmoil that encompased the real-life reign of Grace Kelly, Hollywood starlet turned Princess of Monaco. Instead of taking form as a biopic about Kelly's entire life, the film will only focus on the few years during which Kelly helped ease tensions between France and Monaco. This is welcome news because biopics that try to throw a person's entire life on screen usually become terribly unweildly in the process. Think of how bad The Social Network would have been if we had to watch Mark Zuckeburg manipulate his third grade classmates out of their juiceboxes. The Weinstein Company The trailer is beautifully shot and exudes a certain elegance. There is a essence of royalty that lingers in every scene as we see Kidman's Grace traipse down long hallways or attend fancy dinners, bathed in rich yellow light. Even though the film boasts an impressive cast, featuring actors like Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Tim Roth, Derek Jacobi, and Milo Ventimiglia, this short teaser only focuses on Kidman with a voiceover promising that the world will never forget who Grace Kelly is and what she has done. We hope Kidman's newest film is good, because we'd all like to forget Austrailia ever happened. More:Nicole Kidman Hit by Bicycle in NYCNicole Kidman and Colin Firth in 'The Railway Man' TrailerNaomi Watts in 'Diana' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Matt McGorry Spills 'Orange Is the New Black' Scoop at 'Don Jon' Premiere
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 13, 2013
    WENN There's not much in the way of decent guys in Netflix's hit dramedy series Orange is the New Black. Between Pornstache's general grossness and Healy's rampant sexism, the Y chromosome is pretty darn tainted. The one clear standout, prison guard John Bennet, is definitely the frontrunner for the "dude of the year" award at Litchfield Women's Prison. Matt McGorry plays Bennet, the sweet and naive guard with a major crush on one of the inmates, with the right mix of vulnerablitiy and doe-eyed cuteness. We met up with McGorry (who was just as sweet in real life as he is on the show) at the New York Premiere of Don Jon where he dished about Orange is the New Black's  surprise success and gave some hints about the upcoming season. When asked if he expected the show to become everyone's new binge-watching addiction, Matt said: "I was not prepared. My girlfriend seemed to think she knew that would be the case, she called it that BuzzFeed would write something about me and it really took me by surprise. I didn't want to enter with any kind of expectations, I feel like the odds are never in your favor in that way, so I just feel very fortunate that it ended up turning out that way. I knew the material was great, and the acting was great, and I knew I loved being there every day, but you really have no idea when you're in it. You know, there's no way to predict." It's that brand of humility that makes McGorry such a likable part of the show. McGorry also confirmed that he would definitely be coming back for Season 2. When asked what would be the one thing he would never give up McGorry replied with the only answer that makes any locgical sense: "Um, probably ice cream." See, told you he was sweet. Reporting by Alexa Smail More:The Best of Taystee in 'Orange is the New Black''Orange is the New Black' Exists in the Same World as 'Community''Orange' is the New 'Lost' Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • 'Grudge Match' Trailer: Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone Enter the Ring
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 13, 2013
    The best player in the World for movie trailers, Hollywood interviews and movie clips. Once an actor reaches a certain age, they tend to slow down a bit. After a while, it becomes time to leave the physical roles to the young whippersnappers and ease into more sedentary characters, like say a snarky grandpa, or disgruntled police chief that constantly threatens to take away everyones badge. This might make sense for most actors, but don't tell any of that to Robert De Niro or Sylvester Stallone. Both actors, no doubt with unopened applications for the AARP piling up on their front porches, have decided to keep doing demanding roles. This trend continues with their newest comedy Grudge Match. In the upcoming film, Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone) are retired boxers well past their prime, fitness and popularity wise. The men harbor a deep-seated hatred for one another since their careers ended 30 years ago. When the boxers are asked to participate in a video game, the two get into a hard hitting knock-down drag-out that goes viral and has fans clamoring for the two to step into the ring for a one time rematch. Warner Bros. Stallone has been doing steady work in the action genre with films like Bullet to the Head, Rambo, and The Expendables  series filling up the "achievements after 60” section of his résumé, while Robert De Niro taking on physical roles in films like Killing Season. With this role and his role in the recently released Luc Besson film The Family, De Niro seems to be revisiting his most iconic characters and giving them a comedy twist. In The Family, he played a aging mobster akin to his work in Goodfellas while in this film, he's channeling his Raging Bull character, Jake LaMotta for laughs. De Niro and Stallone have both played the most iconic boxers in cinematic history, so it's fitting that they are coming together for one rinal round in the ring. It's like all your fantasies for the Rocky/Jake LaMotta match up have finally come to fruition. More:Robert De Niro in 'The Family' Trailer'Rambo' TV Series May Land Sylvester Stallone'Killing Season' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'Mr. Nobody' Trailer: Jared Leto Gets Lost in Time
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 12, 2013
    Mr. Nobody tells the story of the curiously named Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto), a child of parents clearly fascinated by alliteration. On a futuristic earth, Nemo is the last living mortal in a society that has discovered the ability to sustain life forever. While being interviewed by a reporter before his death, he tells the story of his life, but can’t seem to get the facts straight. Nemo's story changes based on whether, as a boy, he decided to stay with his mother or his father after their divorce. The progression of his life hinges on that choice, and the differing outcomes of said choice lead to some loopy alternate reality storytelling. Wild Bunch The trailer gives us a lot of great imagery to feed on as it switches between modern day, to the early eighties, and all the way up to 2092 where we see Leto caked with old man makeup. It’s a work of poetic genius that Nemo Nobody is being played by Jared Leto, an actor who himself seems to be stuck shifting between his own divergent realities as a rock superstar and a serious actor. Leto's own career choices synch with Nemo's stuggle to hone in on one reality like a glove, and it's a pretty cool coincidence. But besides the random or not so random casting coincidences, Leto looks to be the perfect person to capture Nemo's mythic life journey through time and changing realities. Just like the film's main character, Mr Nobody's release schedule has a jumbled relationship with time. The film premiered at the 2009 Venice film festival after being denied release at Cannes. From there it was shown at several film festivals around the world, and saw theatrical releases around Europe, but is only just now being released in American theaters. Even though it took a while to see an American release, Mr. Nobody looks like a interesting and heady piece of sci-fi drama. More:The Many Guises of Jared Leto'August: Osage County' Tailer'Dallas Buyers Club' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Up in Smoke? 'The Mortal Instruments' Sequel is put on hold
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 11, 2013
    Screen Gems The next big thing that wasn’t, The Mortal Instruments, was supposed to ride the train to box office glory fueled by the sheer determination of its book-reading fans. There was hope that this series would spark a Hunger Games-esque explosion at theaters but, unfortunately, long lines at Barnes and Noble don't always translate to long lines at the multiplex. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones  face-planted at the box office, only securing 9.3 million dollars in its opening weekend. Now, its proposed sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has almost certainly gone up in smoke. The upcoming film was put on hold indefinitely after City of Bones failed to come anywhere close to its 60 million dollar budget. Constantin Film, the studio behind the series, stated that "it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current marketplace." The studio would need to greatly scale back the production budget for the sequel to make viable economic sense but it's more likely that the film will never see the light of day. Bringing a YA book series to film is a tricky maneuver. You never know what series will light up the box office and which ones will fizzle their way out of theaters and people's memories. For every Hunger Games or Twilight, there is an I am Number Four, or Beautiful Creatures, a new series that underperforms and sends film studios back into the YA section of the bookstore to scrounge for their next big franchise. If you count yourself as one of the few that enjoyed the first cinematic adventure in The Mortal Intstruments series and you want to know what happens next, you might want to do some bookstore scrounging yourself. It's doubtful the series will see any sequels in the near future. More:A First Look at 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones''The Mortal Instruments' Trailer'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Review Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'Jurassic World': Jurassic Park Sequel Gets Global New Title
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 11, 2013
    Universal Pictures Nature always finds a way, or maybe movie studios do. Jurassic Park 4, a movie that has probably been in development since the crustaceous period, is finally showing signs of progress. Universal studios has announced that the long-awaited sequel in the Jurassic Park series will be titled Jurassic World, and will be released in 3D on June 12, 2015, a summer already jam-packed with seemingly every other blockbuster film series. Colin Trevorrow, director of the Indie sci-fi dramedy Safety not Guaranteed, is set to direct his own script. Steven Speilberg is producing the film. The new title, Jurassic World,  suggests that the prehistoric terror will not be confined to one park or island, but will be more of a global threat. Will velociraptors be threatening a celluloid London, New York, and Seattle? There hasn’t been a Jurassic Park film in over ten years, so fans are surely hungry for more dinosaur action, but what will the dinosaurs in the new film look like?  Over the past decade, the rumor mill has been spinning with all manner of crazy ideas including humanoid dinosaurs with pants and mercernary dinosaurs with guns. Hopefully the studios have settled on a design that's a little less insane and a little more classic Spielberg. It is worrying, however, that the summer of 2015 is already crammed with big blockbuster releases from several studios. Jurassic World will be competing with Assassin’s Creed, Terminator, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman/Superman, Ant-man, and the possible release of  Star Wars: Episode 7. Will Jurassic Park stand out from the crowd, or does it stand the chance of being cannibalized? More:Ant-Man Coming to Theaters July 2015'Jurassic Park 4' Will Attack Theaters in 201514 Pieces of Crazy 'Jurassic Park' Merchandise Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'American Psycho' Series Is In Development at FX: It's Hip To Be Square
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 10, 2013
    Lionsgate Yuppie mass-murderer, Patrick Bateman, is leaving the world of cinema and heading for the small screen. Patrick Bateman, no doubt clad in an immaculate bespoke suit, will be heading to the FX network in a new drama series based on American Psycho. The new film will fling the serial killer into the present day, where an aged Bateman still finds time for murder, but now has a sadistic protégé to help up the body count. Lionsgate TV is producing the series with producer Allison Shearmur and writer Stefan Jaworsk. The film, released in 2000, was based on a novel written by Bret Easton Ellis and tells the story of a vain investment banker who moonlights as a monstrous serial killer. The original American Psycho is a harsh black comedy with very little restraint. This begs the question of how this  sequel TV series will continue the story of the gory and sexually charged original. The film thrives on its own outlandish excess so adapting it for television might give the FCC a bit of a panic attack. Also, it’s hard to imagine this new show without Christian Bale. Bale completely personified the murdering psychopath in the film, and seeing another actor murder people to "It’s Hip to be Square" might not feel quite as dementedly fun as it should. So what new actor will step into Bateman’s designer shoes? More:Tracy Morgan Cast in New FX ComedyNew 'American Horror Story: Coven' PosterChristian Bale in 'Out of the Furnace' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Release Some Demons in 'The Railway Man' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 10, 2013
    The best player in the World for movie trailers, Hollywood interviews and movie clips. War lives in you. It gets into your skin and burrows its way down, deep. It festers and lives on long after graves are dug and treaties are inked. In the new trailer for The Railway Man, Colin Firth brings war home, and when the chance for revenge becomes apparent, he takes it back to the pacific. In the film, Eric (Firth) and his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) are by all accounts, a happy couple, but under the veneer of marriage, Eric hides a dark and secret pain that begins to fester within him. Eric is revealed to be a former POW imprisoned by the Japanese after allied forces surrender their troops in Singapore. As a prisoner, he is tortured and tormented, but only survives for the promise that he might one day get his chance for vengeance. When that day comes, he goes to pay his tormentor back for all the wrongs he suffered. But will killing the man bring him solace. The Railway Man premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and looks to be a sprawling war story spanning different continents and time periods, from damp England, to the sweltering Asian jungle. Beyond all of that, it looks like a film about releasing your demons and finally letting the stain of vengeance wash away. More:Samuel L. Jackson in Colin Firth's New Movie'Parkland' TrailerNew 'Diana' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Tina Fey and Miley Cyrus to Host 'Saturday Night Live' This Season
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 09, 2013
    Alberto Reyes/WENN  NBC has just announced a slew of hosts and musical guests for the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, the first of whom being a very familiar face. SNL vet Tina Fey will be hosting the Season 39 premiere on Sept. 28. Fey was a writer and cast member for the show for 9 years, and played a massive role in defining the show's style for a decade, hosting the Weekend Update segment and working her way up to becoming the show's head writer. After leaving SNL in 2006, she went on to create and star in her own series, 30 Rock, which just wrapped up its final season in January. The rock band Arcade Fire will be joining Fey as the musical guest. The only quibble about her hosting gig is that she probably won’t get to use her fantastic Sarah Palin impersonation since the former Alaskan governor hasn't popped up much in the news as of late... but maybe they'll find a way to fit it in somewhere. Pop star Miley Cyrus will be both hosting and performing for the Oct. 5 show, surely giving America the lesson on twerking that it never asked for and never wanted. Since Cyrus has been the target of a lot of media parody lately, and since she has taken to making fun of herself on SNL before, we can assume that another segment of "It's Pretty Cool" will highlight the music artist's recent VMA debacle. Additionally, actor Bruce Willis will host the October 12 show, accompanied by the 2013 VMAs' non-embarrassment Katy Perry. More:Globes 2013: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Deliver Best Monologue EverMiley Cyrus Pioneers the Movement to Sexualize Teddy BearsAmy Poehler's and Tina Fey's Super Awesome Friendship Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our PartnersA Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)