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      Preacher From Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Ordered to Pilot by AMC

      It was announced earlier this year that the graphic novel Preacher was being developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as well as Breaking Bad alum Sam Catlin. Now AMC has officially ordered the project to pilot. According to THR, Catlin is writing the pilot and Rogen and Goldberg will be directing. Wow! THR also reports that Catlin will be showrunning and Rogen and Goldberg will be executive producers if the pilot goes to series.

      Said network president Charlie Callier of the books’ explicit content, “If you read Preacher, it has some obviously graphic violence and language and other things that we will not bring to the commercial television series. But I love that the fans will know that we’ll treat it with respect and that will elevate it and not dumb it down. And that matters. It’s an amazing piece of writing and character. Where do you see a character like that on television?”



        Neill Blomkamp’s ALIEN 5 Concept Art Has Stolen Our Hearts

        Did you know that 20th Century Fox was working on a fifth installment of the Alien franchise? Nope, I don’t mean a sequel to Prometheus or another Aliens Vs. Predator, a mean a proper Alien 5, with Sigourney Weaver returning as Ellen Ripley, presumably fighting off xenomorphs again. Well, it seems that neither did they, but as recently as March of last year, director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) was working on a new Alien film, possibly to pitch to the studio, as he just posted a ton of concept art for the movie via his Instagram account.

        There are interesting ideas in these images, like Ripley wearing some kind of xenomorph style helmet, the derelict ship from Ridley Scott’s original film being dissected in some kind of hangar bay, and Hicks, Michael Biehn’s character from Aliens, alive and well. Does this mean Blomkamp’s proposed movie was looking to just ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection? Considering both of those films’ reputations with fans, I doubt if many folks would mind if both of those films end up just being nightmares Ripley had while in cryo-sleep.

        So what makes anyone think this Alien film will turn out any better than the last two? Well, for a few years Fox had a bad reputation of being a micro-managing studio, one that simply didn’t know how to handle their biggest franchises properly. It was during this era that we got the last two lackluster Alien films, Tim Burton’s lame attempt at a Planet of the Apes reboot, and X-Men: The Last Stand/X-Men:Origins Wolverine.

        However, due to regime changes at the studio over the last few years, Fox has made a pretty big turnaround. X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes were terrific films that gave those two franchise a creative shot in the arm, which resulted in last year’s equally excellent X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Can Fox do the same creative turnaround with the Alien series? Outside of the X-Men and Apes movies, the Alien films are among Fox’ most well known and profitable sci-fi franchises. It’s not an IP they’re going to let lay dormant forever, and there are worse choices to give it a proper revival than Neill Blomkamp.

        On his Instagram, Blomkamp said, “Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though.” This unfortunately suggests he’s moved on from the project. If I were Fox though, I’d reconsider whatever pitch he had right about now. Those concept pics look pretty cool.


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              • Dominic Cooper Officially Cast as AMC?s PREACHER

                Though it?s been rumored for a while now, executive producer Seth Rogen just announced via Twitter that actor Dominic Cooper, best known to fans as the younger version of Iron Man?s dad Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger and TV?s Agent Carter, is making the jump from a Marvel adaptation to a DC Comics one. Yes, Cooper has officially landed the lead role of Reverend Jesse Custer in AMC?s adaptation of Preacher. The series will be based on the much loved 1990?s Vertigo Comics series of the same name from creators Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

                According to Deadline, Cooper landed the role after lengthy negotiations with AMC, which is why an official casting announcement took so long. Cooper joins an already fleshed out ensemble cast, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?s Ruth Negga as Jesse?s ex-girlfriend Tulip, Joseph Gilgun as Jesse?s vampire friend Cassidy, Ian Colletti as Arseface, and Lucy Griffiths as Emily, an all-new character created just for the TV show.

                With Mad Men ending and Breaking Bad already over, the only really high profile, fan-driven series that AMC has is The Walking Dead. A faithful and proper adaptation of Preacher could be just what the network is looking for, as long as it?s done right. A show like this has all the ingredients to appeal to The Walking Dead fan base and be another water cooler pop culture hit. The script for the pilot episode is being written by Breaking Bad writer Sam Catlin, which also bodes well for the quality of the show.

                Preacher doesn?t have a premiere date yet, but with the last major hurdle accomplished, expect to hear about the pilot filming very soon.



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                    • Actress ‪#‎BetsyPalmer‬, best known for playing Mrs. Voorhees in ‘Friday the 13th,’ dies at 88.


                      Betsy Palmer, who is best known for playing Jason Voorhees’ mother in “Friday the 13th” and appeared in dozens of other films, plays and TV shows, died Friday in Connecticut of natural causes. She was 88.

                      The character actress had a six decade career, but her most indelible role was as Mrs. Voorhees, the murderous camp cook whose deformed son Jason drowned in the waters of Crystal Lake. Palmer carved her way into horror film history in the 1980 classic, and appeared in flashbacks throughout the next few entries in the slasher series.

                      Born Pamela Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Ind., she started out in classic TV shows of the 1950s such as “Playhouse 90″ and “Studio One.” She went on to appear in numerous TV shows including “As the World Turns,” “The Love Boat,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Newhart,” “Columbo” and “CHiPs.”

                      On the bigscreen, she had character roles in Joan Crawford starrer “Queen Bee,” “The Tin Star” with Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, “The Long Gray Line” and “Mr. Roberts,” also with Fonda.

                      She often appeared on gameshows such as “I’ve Got a Secret” and “To Tell the Truth.” While she originally said she took the Mrs. Voorhees role just to pay for a car, she came to embrace her fame and was seen in numerous documentaries about “Friday the 13th” and appeared at horror conventions.

                      On Broadway, she appeared in plays including “Cactus Flower” and “Same Time, Next Year.”

                      She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Merendino.


                      • NBC's 'Hannibal' Canceled After Three Seasons


                        The current third season of the Bryan Fuller drama will be its last.

                        NBC is closing the book on Hannibal.

                        The network has canceled Bryan Fuller's Silence of the Lambs prequel series after three seasons. The full 13-episode third season will run its course on Thursdays at 10 p.m., concluding Aug. 27.

                        Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that there may have been a rights issue at the center of the decision to end the series as Fuller had wanted to introduce Clarice Starling in season four, with the rights to the character previously portrayed by Jodie Foster said to be unavailable. Producers Gaumont TV are currently exploring options to find another home for the series, with EP Martha DeLaurentiis confirming as much via Twitter.

                        “NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancelation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers," Fuller said in a statement. "[NBC Entertainment exec] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”

                        Added NBC in a statement: “We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. Bryan and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable. We thank [producers] Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made Hannibal an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”

                        The drama starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen returned June 4 with 2.57 million total viewers before slipping to a series low the following week when only 1.66 million tuned in against competition from the NBA Finals. The series has been a hit with critics, who praised Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls) for pushing the boundaries of broadcast television with the show's graphic and visually creative deaths.

                        Hannibal had been one of NBC's fall-to-summer bridge series as more broadcasters continued to program originals year-round. NBC thus far has focused on imports and co-productions to fill its summer roster, while other networks like CBS focus on pricey sci-fi fare a la Under the Dome and the upcoming Zoo.

                        Fuller, meanwhile, has already lined up his next gig. Starz recently greenlit Neil Gaiman adaptation American Gods to series with Fuller serving as a co-showrunner on the urban fantasy novel that was previously in development at HBO. The move to cancel Hannibal ends Fuller's relationship with NBC, where he previously produced a reboot of The Munsters, whose pricey series pilot ultimately aired as a Halloween movie after the project was scrapped.


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                            • Naomi Campbell to Square Off Against Lady Gaga on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL


                              The cast of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel has just added another cast member, and it’s none other than Naomi Campbell, former supermodel and actress who was most recently seen on Fox’ hit series Empire. Campbell starts shooting her role on American Horor Story next week. She will play a fashion editor who will face off against Lady Gaga’s character, and whose critiques will be “punished severely,” in what show creator Ryan Murphy is calling a “bloodier” and “grislier” chapter of the series.

                              A fashion editor who has to fight Lady Gaga already sounds deliciously campy and amazing, and perfect for a series that gave us the fashion-obsessed witch Myrtle Snow (played by Francis Conroy) screaming the name of legendary designer Balenciaga while being burned at the stake at the end of American Horror Story: Coven.

                              Cast members from previous seasons who are returning will include Angela Bassett, Lily Rabe, Kathy Bates, ChloŽ Sevigny, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Wes Bentley, and Matt Bomer, and rumor has it that many will be playing their characters from previous seasons who are checking into the titular Hotel. Sadly, Jessica Lange, who essentially carried the show on her powerful shoulders for four seasons, will not be coming back, although she has dropped hints that she might return for a guest-starring role in an episode or two. Also joining Campbell and Gaga as new additions to the ensemble are actors Cheyenne Jackson and Max Greenfield.

                              It’s believed that Campbell will also be squaring off against Angela Bassett’s character, and if we get anything as campy and awesome between those two as the scene below with Vivica Fox from the ’90s soap opera Generations, then I’m totally on board. American Horror Story is basically just a campy daytime soap opera with A-list actors and more blood anyway, so why not?

                              American Horror Story: Hotel is set to premiere on FX this October.


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