The National Geographic original scripted drama Killing Lincoln, adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book and narrated by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, chronicles the final days of President Lincoln (Billy Campbell) and the plot devised by one of the most notorious and complex villains of all time, John Wilkes Booth (Jesse Johnson). Booth viewed Lincoln as a tyrant eager to eradicate the Southern way of life, and took matters into his own hands, which resulted in a murder that shocked the nation. Executive produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, the film also stars Geraldine Hughes, Graham Beckel and Shawn Pyfrom.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Billy Campbell talked about how this role came about for him, whether he had any hesitation about taking on such an iconic historical figure, what it was like to put on the wardrobe and hat for the first time, getting to shoot in some of the actual places that Lincoln was in, how grueling it was to reenact the assassination, working with this great cast, showing Lincoln’s human side, and how creatively fulfilling this project was. He also talked about how thrilled he is that The Killing will be back for Season 3 on AMC and how interested he is to see where the story goes, even though he’s not returning. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The Killing is officially back from the dead. After we previously caught wind of the resurrection, it was announced today that the cancelled AMC series The Killing will return for a third season on the network, with Veena Sud back as executive producer/showrunner and stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman on tap to reprise their roles as Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. The new season picks up one year after the events of the season two finale, with a retired Linden pulled back into the job when her ex-partner’s “search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden.” Hit the jump for more details.
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AMC’s The Killing has returned from purgatory and will air its third season on the network. The crime drama was cancelled after two seasons and then had its hopes resurrected by a joint effort from AMC and Netflix, thanks to relentless pursuit from producer Fox TV Studios. Though none of the execs from the above-mentioned organizations would confirm the news, it looks like showrunner Veena Sud and executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin are back in the writers’ room as of this week, in order to churn out another season. Whether the show will regain its first season highs or continue its second season lows remains to be seen. Stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos are contractually obligated to return. Hit the jump for more.
The 20th anniversary of Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer was just last year, which must have alerted executives at Disney that it was time to remake the film. We talked to Billy Campbell, star of the original film, last year and he said he was “too long in the tooth” to reprise his role. While the 1991 film didn’t land a big enough box office draw to push for a sequel, now that parent studio Disney is under new management, The Rocketeer looks like it’s going to be one of the first properties up for a reboot. Perhaps the success of a similarly suited metal man with rocket propulsion made this a no-brainer. Hit the jump for more on this developing story.
After finally revealing “who killed Rosie Larsen” in the second season finale this past May, AMC has cancelled to the hourlong drama series The Killing per TV Line. The show got off to a great, moody start in season one by surrounding a procedural case with genuinely interesting and flawed characters, but too many red herrings, Twin Peaks ripoffs, and extremely iffy plotting tainted the rest of the show. Moreover, many fans were left screaming at their televisions when the central question raised in all the marketing preceding the pilot—“Who killed Rosie Larsen?”—was left unanswered in the season one finale.
I watched all 26 episodes of the series, and what kept my interest were the truly terrific performances from the show’s two leads: Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. The actors have rightly nabbed some high profile roles since the show premiered, with Enos starring alongside Brad Pitt in World War Z and Kinnaman landing the lead in the RoboCop remake. Vulture reports that Fox Television, the studio that produces The Killing, is apparently now shopping the show around to other networks. Good luck with that…
Principal photography has started today on a couple of interesting productions. Here they are at a glance:
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The AMC drama series The Killing, returning for its second season on April 1st, ties together three distinct stories around a single murder – the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects. While Season 1 was all about questions and red herrings, Season 2 promises to start uncovering the answers while delving into and exploring the notion that everyone has past secrets that are now coming back to haunt them. And, the resolution of who killed Rosie Larson (Katie Findlay) will be answered at the conclusion of this season.
At a press day for the show, actor Billy Campbell (who plays Mayoral candidate Darren Richmond) talked about being surprised by the fan outcry after the Season 1 finale, that he finds out what’s going on with the show on a script by script basis, how not knowing informs his performance, that he sees this series as one continuous movie, and how much he enjoys being surrounded by such great actors. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
The action-filled, family adventure film The Rocketeer – starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin and Timothy Dalton – is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Blu-ray release, now available. With state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high-definition sound, the story of a test pilot (Campbell) who discovers a top-secret jetpack that throws him into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense and intrigue, turning the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero, still holds up as one of the best comic book adaptations that’s hit the big screen.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, the film’s star, Billy Campbell, talked about how the spirit and good-hearted nature of the film have really allowed it to hold up over time, why he thinks it didn’t have the box office that people expected, that he doesn’t have any props from the film because he doesn’t collect mementos, what it was like to work with director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), and how he would love to be a part of a sequel someday, in some capacity. He also talked about how he tends to choose projects for the location they’ll be filming in, and how fans of his AMC drama series The Killing can expect that their expectations will be met in Season 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Just last month we got our first look at AMC’s new series The Killing with a batch of photos from the pilot which premieres on Sunday, April 3rd at 9/8c. Now we finally have the first full trailer for the series. Looks like AMC has another great show on their hands with this crime drama, a remake of the successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen.
If you haven’t been following the development of the series, it weaves together three distinct stories around a single murder, including the detectives assigned to the case and their suspects, the victim’s grieving family, and the local politicians connected to the case. As stories unfold, it becomes clear that there are no accidents, everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they have moved on, their past still lingers. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.
Barely a month separates us from the April 3 two-hour premiere of AMC’s next series The Killing. Based on the popular Danish series Forbrydelsen, The Killing “tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation.” Mireille Enos (Big Love), Billy Campbell (The 4400), Joel Kinnaman (Snabba Cash), Michelle Forbes (True Blood), and Brent Sexton (Life) star.
I’ve let The Killing sneak up on me, but AMC has released a couple featurettes that drew me in right quick. Watch both after the jump.
Fitting right in to their usual original programming slot, AMC has announced they will premiere their new original series The Killing on Sunday, April 3rd at 9/8c. Following the premiere, new episodes will air every Sunday at 10/9c on AMC. Since the series is based on the successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen, this is probably the cable network’s least original series endeavor, but it still sounds promising. The series weaves together three distinct stories around a single murder, including the detectives assigned to the case and their suspects, the victim’s grieving family, and the local politicians connected to the case. As stories unfold, it becomes clear that there are no accidents, everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they have moved on, their past still lingers. No official trailer has been released yet, but you can check out the first photos from the pilot and information about the cast below.
We just heard last week that AMC was close to holding up its perfect pilot-to-series ratio for its original programming as the network inched closer to picking up The Killing for a full series order. Well today AMC announced via press release that they have officially picked up The Killing as a new original series slated to premiere sometime in 2011. An adaptation of the Danish TV series Forbrydelsen, the story centers on the murder of a young girl and the subsequent police investigation through the perspective of the detectives, the grieving family, and the suspects. We’ll let the full press release after the jump take care of the rest of the details.
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