DAREDEVIL: Rosario Dawson Joins Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio in Marvel’s Netflix Series

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Rosario Dawson marks the latest addition to Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, Daredevil.  The show’s first female cast member will join Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), who plays blind lawyer Matt Murdock and his title character alter ego, and Vincent D’Onofrio, who was recently cast to play the villainous Kingpin.  While we don’t know exactly who Dawson will be playing (or if it’s a character pulled from the mythology or an original creation), but it’s expected to be an “absolutely critical” role played out over multiple episodes.  Hit the jump for more.

4 Marvel Characters Who Should Get Their Own Netflix Series Including Moon Knight, Sleepwalker, and Cloak and Dagger

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With the recent casting of Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin in Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil, it’s clear that Marvel Studios is putting some serious thought into the casting and preparation of their impending Netflix shows.  Alongside other creations Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, Daredevil will crash onto the scene representing the “street level” characters of the Marvel movie-verse.  “Street level” characters are essentially those heroes who operate in New York City, leaving the giant alien hordes and universe ending calamities to superheroes like the Avengers.  The heroes that will be featured in Marvel’s Netflix endeavor tend to focus their fights on ninjas, gangs, drug dealers, and kingpins, fighting hand to hand rather than firing off repulsor rays or Asgardian hammers.

Should this first round be successful, Marvel will most likely be looking for additional properties to add to the roster.  I’ve come up with some ideas for other Marvel characters that would fall nicely into this stable of heroes in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.

Vincent D’Onofrio to Play Kingpin in Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series

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Though it lost the most promising piece of the puzzle when Drew Goddard departed as showrunner, Marvel continues to put together its first Netflix series Daredevil.  Actor Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) was recently tapped to lead the Marvel comic adaptation as the blind lawyer Matt Murdock, and now the series has found its primary antagonist.  Yes, The Kingpin will plague Daredevil in the 13-episode run, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor Vincent D’Onofrio will be the one to bring the character to life.  Hit the jump for more.

Composer Gwendolyn Sanford Talks ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 2; Calls it ‘Darker’ and ‘Pretty Heavy’

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The end of the first season of Netflix’s critically lauded Orange Is the New Black left its lead character in a fairly dark place – Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) seemingly transformed from a straight-laced innocent into an impulsive miscreant.  It was hard not to wonder if Piper was headed down the same path as former Jenji Kohan lead Nancy Botwin (played by Mary-Louise Parker on Weeds), who began that series as the ‘everywoman’ protagonist only to later become the destructive antagonist by series end.

With less than 48 hours until the premiere of the second season, Orange Is the New Black Composer Gwendolyn Sanford, at a panel hosted by Netflix, briefly discussed the darker tone of the impending season and how that reflects upon her work.  “Season Two is much darker in terms of music and story” she confided “It gets pretty heavy. It’s definitely harder to take watching a scene where somebody you really love is getting beat up and then having to underscore that moment again and again and again.”  For more on the making of the show and how the composer got involved in the first place, hit the jump for our interview with Gwendolyn Sanford for Orange Is the New Black season 2 interview.

First BOJACK HORSEMAN Trailer: An Animated Netflix Comedy Series Featuring the Voices of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul

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There has been an interesting crop of animated comedy series popping up on digital platforms lately.  Hulu got off to an early start with their series The Awesomes, Fugget About It, and Mother Up!, but now Netflix is talking up their new offering, BoJack Horseman.  Will Arnett voices the title character, a horse who starred in a popular 90s sitcom but is now slogging through a career slump on his way to a comeback.  Also featuring the voices of Amy SedarisAlison BrieAaron PaulPaul F. Tompkins, and more, BoJack Horseman premieres on Netflix August 22nd at 12:01 AM.

Hit the jump to watch the BoJack Horseman trailer and for more on the first season of the series.

“This Week on Netflix” Recommends LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, Chris Columbus’ ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, and HEAVY METAL

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After recovering from the Memorial Day festivities, you might want to settle in and relax with a movie and make it a Netflix night.  In a continuing series with our partners over at Complex Media, “This Week on Netflix” recommends three films you may have missed in theaters but can now enjoy in the comfort of your living room.  First up is the 2012 Japanese drama Like Someone in Love from writer-director Abbas Kiarostami, which centers on a prostitute in Tokyo.  80s action-comedies more your speed?  Then check out Chris Columbus’ Adventures in Babysitting, which spans the suburbs to downtown Chicago and beyond.  Finish it up with the 1981 animated adventure fantasy Heavy Metal, featuring the voice of John Candy.  Hit the jump for more on each movie.

Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Series Taps Charlie Cox as Lead [Updated with Confirmation of Cox's Casting and Modern-Day Setting]

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Fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire should recognize Marvel/Netflix’s recently tapped Daredevil lead, Charlie Cox.  This news comes just a few days after it was reported that Drew Goddard has exited the project (though he’ll stay on as a consultant), with Spartacus’ Steven S. DeKnight  taking over showrunner duties.  While the drama behind the scenes continues to unfold over at Marvel, Cox is set to step in front of the camera as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer/crimefighter in “modern day Hell’s Kitchen.”  The series, one of four, is set to run for 13 episodes next year.  Hit the jump for more [including our updated confirmation from Marvel].

Drew Goddard Exits Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Series; SPARTACUS Showrunner Steven DeKnight to Serve as Replacement

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More bad news for Marvel.  After Edgar Wright left the studio’s Ant-Man adaptation yesterday, reportedly due to script rewrites from Marvel, The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard has stepped down from Marvel’s Daredevil TV show adaptation.  This is another significant blow to the studio, which has seemingly become more homogenized since its popularity has skyrocketed.  Goddard—a lifelong Daredevil fan—was poised to write, direct, and run a 13-episode adaptation of the comic to debut on Netflix next year, but he’s now off the project and a new showrunner has already been enlisted.  Hit the jump for more.

Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada Talks Netflix’s DAREDEVIL Series; Compares It to a Graphic Novel

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Marvel is determined to turn our viewing habits upside down.  There are those who argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe should be viewed like a gigantic TV series and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is the showrunner.  The studio’s first foray into television was the disappointing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which adhered to an episodic structure.  As we previously reported, S.H.I.E.L.D. will return for a second season and be joined by the new (and more promising) series Agent Carter.  But Marvel is also working with Netflix, and they’re developing series based on Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, all of which will culminate in the miniseries The Defenders.  It’s the kind of ambition we’ve come to expect from Marvel, and while they’re turning movies into TV series, they’re planning to turn network series into movies.

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Renewed for Season 3

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We’re still about a month away from the second season premiere of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, but the show has already been renewed for a third season.  The announcement isn’t that much of a surprise considering how quickly the streaming show has been folded into the zeitgeist; even President Barack Obama referenced it during his stand-up routine at the White House Correspondents dinner.  No, what’s more surprising is the way that the show decided to deliver the news to its growing legions of fans.  Hit the jump to find out how they did it and for more on the season three renewal.

Orange Is the New Black, starring Taylor SchillingJason BiggsLaura PreponKate MugrewDanielle BrooksUzo AdubaNatasha LyonneTaryn ManningLaverne CoxMichael HarneySamira WileyYael Stone, and Lorraine Toussaint, arrives on Netflix with all 13 episodes of season two being made available on June 6th.

Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series Takes Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Will Tell “Street-Level” Superhero Stories

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Though Marvel Studios’ first foray into the television world, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has been struggling to find its footing, their next television effort has a considerable amount of promise.  Instead of another network series, Marvel is moving ahead with four separate Netflix series, all of which will culminate in a limited The Defenders run.  Though we’ll be getting to Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist Netflix shows in the coming years, the first one out of the gate is Daredevil.  Moreover, it has The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director and self-identifying Daredevil superfan Drew Goddard at the helm as showrunner, writer, and director.

With production on Daredevil looking to get underway in New York City this summer, Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada recently spoke a bit about the Daredevil Netflix show, confirming it will take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and discussing how it will differ from Marvel’s feature efforts.  Read on after the jump.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Creator Mitch Hurwitz Signs Multi-Year Deal with Netflix to Create New Original Series

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Even though the fourth season of Arrested Development ended in a cliffhanger and the promise of a movie, creator Mitch Hurwitz is now moving to develop a new comedy series for Netflix.  Additionally, Hurwitz “will develop projects with other creators as a non-writing executive producer and will consult for Netflix on comedy series,” according to Deadline.  While Netflix remains in a licensing rights arms race with other streaming services (Amazon Prime just netted HBO content), the popular streaming service is making progress when it comes to original series.  They’re doing well in dramas with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, so now it looks like they’re trying to bulk up their comedy roster.

It’s worth noting that while Hurwitz found critical acclaim with Arrested Development, his other series Sit Down, Shut Up and Running Wilde both flopped.  However, Netflix also provides more creative freedom than network television.  It remains to be seen how Hurwitz’ new deal with Netflix will factor into his plans for the Arrested Development movie and his intent to direct the comedy Guinea Pigging.

Netflix Sets HEMLOCK GROVE Season 2 Premiere Date on July 11th at Midnight Pacific Time

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Netflix has set July 11th as the premiere date for the second season of Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove.  All ten new episodes will be available on that Friday at 12:01 AM PT, which is sure to kick off a fine summer weekend of binge watching.  The series stars Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, and Dougray Scott, with Madeline Brewer, Madeleine Martin, Joel de la Fuente, and Tiio Horn also starring.  If you liked the first season, Roth promises a “scarier, darker, and sexier” second run, which is quite the boast considering how well the initial episodes hit all those marks.

Hit the jump to watch a teaser video announcing the date, plus more details on season two of Hemlock Grove.

Wagner Moura & Jose Padilha Reteaming for Pablo Escobar Netflix Series NARCOS; NBC Orders David Duchovny Manson Murders Drama AQUARIUS

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Though filming is well underway on the Entourage movie, an actual Medellin is coming to the small screen.  Netflix has announced the original drama series Narcos, which will tell the story of the Medellin Cartel with Wagner Moura (Elysium) set to play trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar.  The project reunites Moura with his Elite Squad director Jose Padilha, who will serve as an executive producer on the series.  Padilha most recently helmed the big-screen RoboCop remake, though it’s unclear if he’ll also be directing episodes of Narcos.  His stated goal with the show is to “tell the true story of how cocaine became such a huge problem in the U.S. and Europe—and how it all started in Medellin.”

Netflix has ordered an initial 10-episode season of Narcos, which will shoot in Colombia and debut on the streaming service in early 2015.  Hit the jump for news concerning a straight-to-series order for a Charles Manson-focused drama starring David Duchovny.

This Week in Netflix Recommends Biopics Wong Kar Wai’s THE GRANDMASTER, CARLOS THE JACKAL Miniseries, and Martin Scorsese’s RAGING BULL

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Are you in the mood to watch something new, or something classic?  How about something from the international market, or an American icon?  Whatever your pleasure, Netflix has you covered, and our partners over at Complex Media have some suggestions to help guide you.  This week, they’re recommending Wong Kar Wai’s 2013 film The Grandmaster, the Edgar Ramirez-starring 2010 miniseries Carlos the Jackal, and Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning 1980 classic, Raging Bull.  You can’t really argue with any of these selections since not only are they are strong recommendations, but they’re diverse enough to offer something for everyone.  Hit the jump for more.

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