Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

New STAR WARS REBELS Featurette Focuses on Villain Agent Kallus and His Voice Actor David Oyelowo

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Disney has released a new Star Wars Rebels featurette focusing on one of the animated series’ villains, Agent Kallus.  As the featurette explains, he’s a “Rebel Hunter” in the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB), and organization similar to the FBI and military police.  As his voice actor David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) explains, Kallus’ job is to make sure everyone stays loyal.  This featurette provides a reveal of some of Oyelowo’s voice acting, and he sounds really good.  I never saw Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but I think Star Wars Rebels has the potential to be a good show in its right even though I don’t know how it will compare to the beloved Cartoon Network series.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels featurette.  The show premieres this fall with a one-hour telecast on Disney Channel, followed by the full series on Disney XD.

BREAKING BAD Giveaway: Signed Vinyl Copy of Volume One of Composer Dave Porter’s Original Score

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If you thought our giveaway of Breaking Bad: The Complete Series on Blu-ray was the end of our generosity, you thought wrong!  We now have one signed copy of series composer Dave Porter’s original score on vinyl that’s ready and waiting to be delivered to one lucky reader.  The show might be gone, but its stories and its music will live on.  So do yourself a favor and hit the jump to see how you can enter and win the score of Breaking Bad: Volume One on vinyl.

Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM Animated Series; Says It’s Envisioned as a Long Arc That Connects to PACIFIC RIM 2, Not Episodic

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When Legendary Pictures and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro broke the news that Pacific Rim 2 was indeed moving forward with del Toro at the helm, fans were enthused to hear that they’d be returning to the rich, colorful world that del Toro had created in the first film.  However, Legendary and del Toro dropped another surprising nugget of information at the same time, revealing that they’re also moving forward on an animated series adaptation of Pacific Rim.  Details were scarce, but given how full del Toro’s Pacific Rim world seemed to be, an animated series iteration seemed like a perfect fit for the material.

Steve recently spoke with del Toro in anticipation of his upcoming FX series The Strain, and the filmmaker discussed the Pacific Rim animated series at length, revealing that it’s being envisioned as a long arc that bridges the gap between Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim 2 rather than an episodic series where adventures are wrapped up within the span of one episode.  He also talked about the kind of network they’re looking for, the show’s focus on new characters, and more.  Read on after the jump.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

ORPHAN BLACK Renewed for Season 3; BROADCHURCH Season 2 Set for Early 2015 Debut

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Orphan Black season 3 is a “go”, people.  There was little doubt that the wildly entertaining sci-fi series would be back for a third season, but BBC America has now made the pick-up official in addition to a few other announcements regarding the network’s lineup.  The 10-episode third season will debut in 2015, with the incredibly talented Tatiana Maslany reprising her many roles in the clone-filled show.  If you’re not familiar with the series, I highly suggest you make yourself acquainted.  It’s great fun.

Additionally, BBC America announced that Broadchurch season 2 will debut in early 2015.  Many have been curious to find out how the emotionally devastating series would continue in a second season, and while plot details are still tight, we know that David Tennant and Olivia Coleman are reprising their lead roles with Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy, and more playing new characters.  Fox also has its American remake, Gracepoint, debuting this fall with Tennant playing a different iteration of his Broadchurch character.  Hit the jump for information on BBC America’s full lineup.

THE FLASH Adds Robbie Amell in Major Recurring Role

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It looks like The CW and DC are keen to stay in the Amell Family business as Robbie Amell has just landed a major recurring role on the upcoming superhero series, The Flash.  Amell isn’t exactly a new face to the network as he starred in the first (and only) season of The Tomorrow People, and he’ll be reuniting with that show’s executive producer, Greg Berlanti.  Another reunion of sorts will occur with Amell’s older cousin, Stephen Amell, who currently plays the title role in The CW’s superhero series, Arrow and will appear in the pilot for The Flash as the hooded archer makes a cameo in Central City.  As for who the younger Amell will be playing, you’ll just have to hit the jump.

The 2014 Emmys: Who Should Be Nominated?

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Before Thursday, when the real 2014 Emmy nominations will become known (and spark, probably, both outrage and boredom), there’s a chance to suggest who should be nominated in each major category.  This isn’t about winners and losers, but about recognizing some of the best talent on TV this past year (or the Emmy year: from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014).  There are sure to be some omissions and snubs even within my own list, so hit the jump to check out my choices (and occasional Emmy-rules-bending inclusions).

GAME OF THRONES: Season 4 Visual Effects Reel Reminds Us that Westeros Isn’t Real

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The characters fighting for Westeros in Game of Thrones are fighting mostly for CGI backdrops.  Like many others TV series and movies, visual effects is a huge part of the production process as it handles details both great and small.  A great credit to Game of Thrones is that the story is so good that we forget about the effects, and another great credit goes to the VFX team because their work is seamless.  If you want to see the seams, you have to get a visual breakdown of how the shots are put together.

Hit the jump to get a Game of Thrones VFX breakdown for season 4, and remember that every time you see a castle on the show, it’s probably made of pixels.  Also, in case you haven’t read it, click here for Steve’s interview with director Alex Graves about the season four finale.

TYRANT Recap: “My Brother’s Keeper”

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Tyrant‘s third episode, “My Brother’s Keeper,” suggested that the series wants to soar to great heights, but it doesn’t quite know how to get there.  The hour was full of political intrigue and interest, yet it also dragged.  The extreme complications in the relationship between Jamal and Bassam were worked out almost instantly thanks to a late night steam bath (not like that … this isn’t Game of Thrones!)  There was a public hanging and actual fireworks, yet things felt hollow.  Hit the jump for why you may be walking away from an excellent college essay experience.

RED OAKS Comedy Pilot Teams Steven Soderbergh With David Gordon Green, Announces Cast

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Red Oaks seems like it could definitely be my type of jam. A comedy set in 1985 at a country club in New Jersey?  This has enough shades of Caddyshack to pique my interest.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that the show will be produced by Steven Soderbergh or that the pilot will be directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down).  Red Oaks is gearing up to shoot as a pilot for Amazon (who are still implementing their voting policy when it comes to determining what gets picked up to series).

And now the cast has been announced.  Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David Myers, a college student who’s an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985.  Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Oliver Cooper (Californication), Gage Golightly (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and Ennis Esmer (CTV’s The Listener).  Guest stars include Josh Meyers, Freddie Roman and Alexandra Socha.

Brandon Routh Joins Season 3 of ARROW

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The CW’s Arrow just picked up Peter Stormare and Devon Aoki, but apparently there’s still room on the season three roster for more because now Brandon Routh is in the mix, too.  Clearly Routh knows a thing or two about donning tights and rocking superhuman powers having starred in Bryan Singer’s 2006 release, Superman Returns, but for those of you who’d rather avoid show spoilers, we’ll save the specifics of his Arrow role for after the jump.  If you’d rather not wait until Arrow returns on Wednesday, October 8th at 8pm ET/PT for the big reveal, continue on to find out who Routh is bringing to Starling City.

Comic-Con 2014: FX Announces Panels for THE STRAIN, ARCHER, SONS OF ANARCHY, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY

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FX has unveiled its schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014, which kicks off in a little over two weeks.  Panels will be held for three returning series, as well as one highly anticipated debut.  Briefly:

  • The Strain – The panel for Guillermo del Toro’s new vampire drama series will be held on Sunday in Hall H, with del Toro, showrunner Carlton Cuse, executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and the entire cast (including Corey Stoll and Sean Astin) in attendance.  The entire third episode will be screened after the Q&A.
  • Archer – A screening and Q&A for the magnificent animated series will be held on Friday in the Indigo Ballroom, with the voice cast and creators in attendance.  An original animated short created specifically for SDCC will be screened.
  • Sons of Anarchy – Creator Kurt Sutter, executive producer Paris Barclay, and cast will take part in a screening at Q&A on Sunday in Hall H.
  • American Horror Story – Creator Ryan Murphy and a number of castmembers will discuss AHS: Coven and the upcoming AHS: Freak Show with a special tease of the new season on Saturday in Ballroom 20.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned panels, and look for our full recaps on Collider during Comic-Con.  2014 Comic-Con runs from Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, July 27th.

THE WALKING DEAD Clip: Check out a Brief Scene from the Upcoming Season

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AMC has released a 30-second The Walking Dead teaser clip from the upcoming fifth season.  I don’t keep up with the show, but from what I know about it, this clip seems spot on: humans are afraid of zombies, and the zombie makeup effects are awesome.  Beyond that, I leave it to the fans to sound off on this brief teaser.

Hit the jump to check out The Walking Dead clip.  The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-GreenThe Walking Dead returns this October.

TRUE BLOOD Recap: “Fire In the Hole”

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In “Fire in the Hole,” True Blood made clear that in addition to seeing old faces and spending nostalgic time with the main characters, it also plans to kill off a bunch of people.  This house cleaning should have been done years ago — the show added villains just to kill them off each season, but meanwhile, also expanded its arsenal of supernaturals to unwieldy proportions.  It’s not that the sprucing is a bad idea, it’s just poorly timed.  Now, it just feels like a way to create some drama in a season that is ping-ponging around too much to create any depth on its own.  Will it turn out that the entire series is just LaFayette’s drug-induced dream?  It would make more sense.  Hit the jump for why “we can’t be biting, fucking and sucking in the moonlight.”

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