Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. saw a ratings uptick of 5% from last week’s 1.9, scoring a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and bringing in 5.07 million viewers. Read Evan’s recap here.
- Over on Fox, New Girl returned from a brief hiatus to a series low 1.1 rating and notched 2.2 million viewers. The show has lost quite a bit of steam since its debut, but Fox has already ordered a fourth season.
- On the flipside, NBC’s new series About a Boy saw a rise of 12% from last week’s series low 1.7 rating to a 1.9 rating in the demo and 7.23 million viewers.
Hit the jump to read the rest of the ratings report for Tuesday, April 15th, including Glee, Person of Interest, The Mindy Project, Supernatural, and more.
FX has ordered a 13-episode third season of its excellent drama series The Americans. While I enjoyed but wasn’t over-the-moon about its first season, the current second season of the period spy drama has turned the show into one of the very best on TV—and in this current Golden Age of Television, that’s saying something. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as sleeper KGB agents living in America as a married couple with two kids during the Reagan-fueled early 1980s. While on the surface the show is a thrilling spy series, at its heart The Americans is really a portrait of a marriage as told through the incredibly complicated lives of two individuals, with Russell and Rhys regularly turning in brilliantly nuanced performances. Suffice it to say, I am very much looking forward to The Americans season 3.
Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to catch up on Allison’s recaps. The Americans currently airs on FX Wednesdays at 10pm, with six episodes remaining in the second season.
While some animation studios take a very calculated, conservative approach to its films, DreamWorks Animation is known for churning out as many as three feature films in the span of a year; the studio has become a well-oiled animation machine. Though the Shrek franchise came to a close (maybe) with 2010’s Shrek Forever After, DreamWorks Animation kept the spirit of the series alive with the 2011 spinoff feature Puss in Boots. The pic focused on the adorably feisty titular kitty, voiced by Antonio Banderas, and grossed $554.9 million worldwide. We’ve known that the studio was developing a sequel to the fairy tale film, but extensive information on the follow-up has thus far failed to materialize.
However, when we recently spoke with Banderas in anticipation of the action sequel The Expendables 3, the actor revealed that he actually started work on Puss in Boots 2 a few days ago. Hit the jump to read on.
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly:
- Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
- Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird.
- Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.
A new Walk of Shame red-band trailer has been released online for director Steven Brill’s R-rated comedy. The film stars Elizabeth Banks as a news anchor who finds herself out on the street after a drunken one-night stand with no money, identification, or means of travel. Her shameful trek across Los Angeles is fraught with misadventures as she attempts to make it to a career-changing job interview. This NSFW trailer shows some of the hijinks that ensue during Banks’ trek, and it appears that Brill has taken the opportunity to pack plenty of talented comedians into bit parts that play into the lead character’s misfortune.
Hit the jump to watch the Walk of Shame red-band trailer. The film also stars Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright Olsen, Kevin Nealon, Ethan Suplee, Bill Burr, and Willie Garson. Walk of Shame will be released in theaters and VOD on May 2nd.
Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films. Briefly:
- Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character. The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
- Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon). Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
- Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza. The film opens on June 20th.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include two directorial projects from Ben Stiller (one from 1994 and one from 2013), a recent Best Picture Oscar nominee, a surprise comedy hit, a directorial effort from Sam Rockwell, and more. Briefly:
Fresh off a stellar performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, actor Leonardo DiCaprio has committed to his next project. DiCaprio will lead the gritty thriller The Revenant for director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful), as the two have settled on a September production start-date. Based on the novel of the same name by author Michael Punke, the story revolves around an 1820s fronterisman who is mauled by a bear during a fur trapping expedition, robbed, and left for dead. When he recovers, he sets out to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.
Hit the jump for more on The Revenant and DiCaprio’s current slate of projects.
Paramount Pictures has found its director for the new Friday the 13th reboot. The Wrap reports that genre director David Bruckner is in talks to take the helm of the pic, which Paramount hopes will kick off a new Friday the 13th franchise. The studio previously attempted to breathe new life into Jason Voorhees with a 2009 redo helmed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), but it never moved forward with further films. Bruckner has experience in the horror genre having directed the 2007 pic The Signal and the segment “Amateur Night” for the 2012 anthology film V/H/S, so it’ll be interesting to see what his take on Friday the 13th entails.
Just as with the previous reboot, Michael Bay will produce this new film through his Platinum Dunes banner. The pic already has a March 13, 2015 release date staked out, so if Bruckner’s deal closes the new Friday the 13th reboot would likely move forward rather quickly. For those keeping count, this will be the 13th iteration of Friday the 13th since the series began in 1980.
Though few can rival Matthew McConaughey in the realm of “career renaissance” at the moment, Channing Tatum has undergone a fascinating transformation over the past few years. He first broke out as a model-slash-actor in the first Step Up, but he began branching out with Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Haywire. He subsequently collaborated with Soderbergh on two more films to excellent results—Magic Mike and Side Effects—and proved himself a very skilled comedic actor with turns in 21 Jump Street and This Is the End. His upcoming films range from dark drama (Foxcatchter) to hard sci-fi/fantasy (Jupiter Ascending), and there are also a few more exciting prospects on the horizon.
During a recent interview with MTV, Tatum revealed that he has indeed met about playing Gambit in a potential X-Men spinoff film, expressing his love for the character and willingness to tackle the role. He also provided an update on Magic Mike 2, saying the sequel won’t be as darkly dramatic as Soderbergh’s first film and that he expects the entire cast to return. Hit the jump for much more. Magic Mike 2 opens July 3, 2015.
Comics writer Mark Millar is no stranger to having his material adapted for the big screen, and yet another one of his creations has now been pegged for the feature film treatment. 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to Millar’s 2010 limited series Superior, which revolves around a young boy stricken with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey: to become a Superman-like superhero named Superior. Problems arise when the boy learns that the monkey is no alien at all, but is instead a demon who demands the boy’s soul in return for his transformation, lest his wish be undone and he return to his original form.
Hit the jump for more on the potential Superior movie, which has a familiar face onboard as producer.
TV ratings for Monday, April 14th are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- In its first Monday without How I Met Your Mother, CBS didn’t suffer too big a drop. 2 Broke Girls dipped 4% to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 7.21 million viewers, Friends with Better Lives was down 31% to a 1.8 rating and 5.72 million viewers, Mike & Molly rose 5% to a 2.1 rating and scored 7.43 million viewers, and the season finale of Mom dropped 14% to a 1.9 rating and 6.73 million viewers.
- Over on Fox, Bones was down 13% to a 1.4 rating and 5.69 million viewers, while The Following was even with last week’s series low 1.4 rating and garnered 4.39 million viewers.
- The CW’s Star-Crossed matched last week’s 0.3 rating and 790,000 viewers, and The Tomorrow People dipped 20% to a 0.4 rating and 1.05 million viewers.
Though director Zack Snyder’s Superman redo Man of Steel proved to be a slightly divisive film, one of the highlights that most can agree on is composer Hans Zimmer’s score. Following in the footsteps of John Williams’ iconic Superman theme was no easy task, but Zimmer succeeded in crafting something wholly separate from the 1978 classic that helped reinvent Superman for our modern age. It also marked a shift for Snyder, who had collaborated with composer Tyler Bates on all of his previous features save for Legend of the Guardians.
As Snyder is knee-deep in pre-production on his Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), many have been wondering whether Zimmer would return. As Zimmer already reinvented the Batman character less than a decade ago with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, we were curious to see if he’d be up for the challenge of doing it all over again with Ben Affleck’s iteration of the Caped Crusader. Apparently the answer is “yes”. Hit the jump to read on.
20th Century Fox has released the first Gone Girl trailer. Directed by David Fincher, the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. This trailer continues Fincher’s streak of brilliantly repurposing songs to introduce his films to audiences (“Creep” for The Social Network and “Immigrant Song” for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as a rendition of Elvis Costello‘s “She” plays over a series of scenes from the dark drama that tell viewers everything may not be exactly as clear-cut as it seems. I enjoyed Flynn’s novel and I’m incredibly eager to see how Fincher chronicles the twisted relationship between Affleck’s Nick and Pike’s Amy, and this debut trailer is an excellent mood-setter for the pic. October cannot come fast enough.
Hit the jump to watch the Gone Girl trailer. Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star. Gone Girl opens October 3rd.
NBC has released the first full Rosemary’s Baby trailer for its upcoming miniseries adaptation of the 1967 Ira Levin novel of the same name. The television event stars Zoe Saldana and Patrick J. Levin (Suits) as a young couple who move into a Paris apartment with a dark past. Saldana’s character becomes pregnant, but as the days wear on, she becomes suspicious that her husband and mysterious neighbors may have ulterior motives about the future of her child. Director Roman Polanski previously adapted the material in 1968 to stellar results, and while I was keeping an open mind about NBC’s miniseries adaptation, this debut trailer is not particularly encouraging. Despite roping in talented actors like Saldana and Jason Isaacs, this looks more like a cheap, straight-to-DVD horror remake than a television miniseries event (Hannibal, by comparison, looks like a $100 million prestige film).
Hit the jump to watch the Rosemary’s Baby trailer for yourself. The four-hour, two-part miniseries begins on NBC Sunday, May 11th.