Tonight, we see the backdoor pilot for the Vampire Diaries’ Originals spin-off, a safe bet to make The CW’s fall schedule, which will be announced on May 16. But Daniel Gillies (Elijah), who’s currently filming the second season of CTV’s Saving Hope, has something else to look forward to next month: Last October, he released his feature-length directorial debut, the drama Broken Kingdom, and Kingdom Come, the documentary following the three-year process of getting that independent movie made, online. Unbeknownst to him, reps for one of the documentary’s co-directors, Paiman Kalayeh, then began shopping Kingdom Come — which also features a score of indie filmmakers including Don Cheadle, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Spurlock, and Kevin Smith sharing their own war stories and triumphs — to networks, and got a bite from Showtime. After viewing the documentary, execs asked to see Gillies’ movie as well. And now, both will air on the cable network May 15, back-to-back. Gillies, who wrote and stars in Broken Kingdom as an American writer who forms an unlikely union with a 14-year-old street girl in Colombia, chatted with EW about the films (which you can still stream at Brokenkingdomfilm.com) and the script he’s penning now. READ FULL STORY »
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Late filmmaker Nora Ephron, who died last summer at age 71, will soon have her life and career memorialized on HBO. The cable network is planning to make a documentary about Ephron, EW has confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter first announced the news.
Ephron’s son Jacob Bernstein (also son of famed Washington Post Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, to whom Ephron was married for four years) will direct and co-produce the documentary, which HBO describes as “an intimate portrait” of his mother.” The film will be called Everything is Copy, a lesson taught to Ephron by her mother, who also used her life as inspiration for her writing. READ FULL STORY »
Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas has sent the film’s Kickstarter backers a lengthy status update. Top news: He has just finished a first draft of the movie. “There’s a lot of work left to do, but it’s a movie I can’t wait to make. I think it’s also the movie you’ve been waiting to see,” he writes.
With one week left in the Kickstarter campaign that has raised more than $4.5 million, Thomas took the opportunity to encourage more fans to donate: The only Kickstarter record the project hasn’t yet broken is the total number of backers (Veronica Mars was approaching 70,000 as we typed this; Double Fine Adventure had 87,142). He also detailed where fans’ money is going: READ FULL STORY »
“I don’t find you that interesting,” Hugh Dancy’s disturbed FBI profiler tells Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s new serial-killer thriller, Hannibal.
Maybe, but we certainly do. Since coming to life in Thomas Harris’s 1981 novel, Red Dragon, Lecter has tantalized and terrorized readers and moviegoers alike, most notably in The Silence of the Lambs, the 1991 movie that won Anthony Hopkins his Best Actor Oscar.
Tonight, Lecter is reborn — younger and more stylish than ever — with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen playing the brilliant psychiatrist long before he’s captured or even suspected of his gruesome crimes. Counseling Dancy’s Will Graham, whose ability to envision the most evil of deeds comes at a psychological cost, Mikkelsen’s Lecter is still safe behind a mask of respectability.
Mikkelsen, no stranger himself to playing a memorable villain (Casino Royale), initially hesitated at the opportunity to step into the role, but creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes) sold him on the relationship between Lecter and Graham. “It’s all about Will,” says Mikkelsen. “Everything circles around his character, and he’s a troubled man. I believe I can help him, either to get out of that trouble or to embrace that trouble.”
Logan is back. Rob Thomas has informed his Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter backers that Jason Dohring is officially on board. “We now have three actors officially cast. Veronica. Logan and the waiter who says, ‘Your check, sir,’” he wrote in an email Tuesday night. “Don’t worry. We’re busily working on bringing your favorites into the fold. As a Veronica Mars backer, you’ll be the first to know.” READ FULL STORY »
Who will live and who will die? That was the question on the lips of fans before last night’s episode of the Walking Dead. Of course, given the nature of AMC’s undead saga, that tends to be the question on the lips of fans before every episode. But this week the query had a particular urgency given the (correct) assumption that the season finale would finally feature the showdown between the Rick-lead prison-ites and the Governor-ruled Woodburians.
How to start watching 'Doctor Who': Star Matt Smith and exec producer Steven Moffat suggest some TARDIS entry points
Are you a Doctor Who virgin who wants to start watching the Time Lord’s adventures, but is daunted by the fact that the British science-fiction show’s half-century history now encompasses literally dozens of seasons, not to mention 11 small screen Doctors, two ’60s-era films, one TV movie, and numerous specials?
Good news! You don’t have to watch every episode of Doctor Who to know what’s going on. In fact, that’s impossible “thanks” to the BBC’s habit during the ’60s and ’70s of wiping the show’s tapes. READ FULL STORY »
Peter Jackson says he is still interested in directing an episode of 'Doctor Who' (and names his fee) -- EXCLUSIVE
Peter Jackson has exclusively confirmed that he is still interested in directing an episode of Doctor Who. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker has also named his fee: a Dalek. The offer came in the course of Jackson’s appreciation of the British science fiction show that appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Jackson is a diehard Who fan who has been watching the 50-year-old series almost since it began broadcasting and who first expressed his willingness to direct an episode last year. In the EW article, he reveals that he met current Who executive producer Steven Moffat over Christmas and assured him he wasn’t joking. “They don’t even have to pay me,” Jackson writes. READ FULL STORY »
The producers who oversaw Seth MacFarlane’s highly-rated — but also heavily criticized — stint as this year’s Oscar host said lots of people “missed the joke” when the comedian broke out into the “Boobs Song” at the top of the telecast on ABC.
The tune, which made fun of actresses like Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Winslet for exposing their breasts in movies, was one of the most lambasted parts of the telecast and prompted criticism from the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Geena Davis. “It was not about the women that were mentioned; the song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host,” Craig Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter. READ FULL STORY »
Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard can always be counted upon to supply their comedic two cents on a slew of nerdy pop-culture items, from the panned Green Lantern movie to the worth of an Apple Store Genius. But there’s one piece of huge (HUGE!) geeky entertainment news that the Big Bang Theory guys have yet to weigh in on: Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the promise of more Star Wars movies, starting with Episode VII in an expected 2015 release.
So at The Big Bang Theory‘s PaleyFest panel on Wednesday (read our full report of the event here), EW asked the stars of the show how they imagine their characters would have reacted to the news that had millions of voices not at all silenced but crying out with both glee and skepticism. READ FULL STORY »
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