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  • 20:30 - Mr. Robot - TellTale Game Now Available


    Launch Video / Developer Interview: Join the revolution and take down E Corp through the immersive, story-driven, extended narrative of Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn – Now Available on iOS and Android

    SAN RAFAEL and LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 17, 2016 – Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, in association with NBCUniversal Brand Development, today released Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn for iOS and Android-based mobile devices. The game was developed by the acclaimed independent team at Night School Studio in collaboration with the creative team behind Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and USA Network’s Emmy®-nominated series MR. ROBOT.

    Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn extends the narrative experience of the award-winning TV series, allowing players to become personally intertwined with the characters of the underground hacker group, fsociety. Players will be using the mysterious new E Corp Messaging App over the course of a week, playing in real time, and carefully communicating with its members as they race to recover data that is critical to their goals of hacking the multinational company Evil Corp.

    “We’re some of the biggest fans in the world of what Sam Esmail and the teams at Universal Cable Productions and USA have created with this series,” said Sean Krankel, co-founder of Night School Studio. “Working hand in hand with Sam, series writer Kor Adana and UCP, we’ve created an opportunity for players to meaningfully interact with characters like Elliot (Rami Malek), Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and Cisco (Michael Drayer), truly feeling like they’re joining the hack at a critical moment in the TV series. As fans, it’s nothing short of a dream come true for us.”

    “Ever since MR. ROBOT burst onto the scene, fans have been looking for new ways to immerse themselves more deeply into its story and overall experience,” said Richard Rothstein, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, Universal Cable Productions. “This game does just that, giving players a chance to interact with the series characters on a journey only possible in the world of MR. ROBOT.”

    “Night School Studio is one of the most promising small developers in the industry, and seeing Telltale alumnus and writer Adam Hines writing alongside the team at UCP and USA on an interactive story with our partners at NBCUniversal makes us proud to present this to MR. ROBOT and Telltale fans everywhere,” said Steve Allison, SVP, Publishing at Telltale Games. “There’s a distinct Telltale style to all of the character interactions that our fans will find familiar, and fans of the show will be engrossed all through the night as they race to help fsociety pull off the unthinkable.”

    MR. ROBOT follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s five/nine hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season explores the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.

    Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn is available now for $2.99 USD or equivalent on the iOS App Store and the Google Play store for compatible Android-based devices. Fans can follow @ECorpMessaging on twitter for updates on the game, or visit for more information.

  • 20:20 - Participant Media's Pivot TV Network - Going Off The Air
    Thanks to johnhelvete for the heads up.

    There's about to be another vacancy on the dial.

    Pivot, the three-year-old TV network from Participant Media, is shutting down. The network, which tried to court a millennial audience with shows from the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Meghan McCain, has only been on the air since 2013.

    Participant's decision to pull the plug on the show comes after the media company tapped a new CEO (David Linde) in late 2015. The network was initially quite ambitious with original programming, under president Evan Shapiro, but the 2014 executive shuffle that saw Kent Rees named general manager was followed by an increased reliance on acquisitions.

    The channel will go dark sometime before the end of 2016.

    Pivot initially took over the cable real estate occupied by the Documentary Channel and Halogen TV. The decision to shutter without a buyer in place is not uncommon in the increasingly dire cable landscape. The top of 2016 saw upstart Al Jazeera America, which took the place of Pivot's millennial-focused predecessor CurrentTV, go dark without anything lined up to replace it.

    Cable may not have worked for Participant, but the company has thrived in other television arenas with original series. Its film slate also includes the upcoming Mark Wahlberg feature Deep Water Horizon.

  • 20:20 - American Gothic - Kindred Spirits - Deleted Scene
    Thanks to Bazooka for the heads up.

  • 03:45 - Pokemon - Live-Action Movie in Negotiations to be Written by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch
    Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are in negotiations to write the live-action “Pokemon” pic for Legendary based on the upcoming game “Detective Pikachu.”

    The news comes following the announcement that the company landed the rights to the “Pokemon” franchise after they were shopped around in early July. That deal came two weeks after the Pokemon Go app was released and became a worldwide phenomenon, so much so that it led to a 25% jump in the stock of part-owner Nintendo. The augmented reality game allows players to capture, battle and train the Pokemon virtual creatures.

    The hugely popular Pokemon Go app recently saw the pocket monsters surge back into the pop culture consciousnesses. Pokemon was introduced in Japan in 1996 and has sold 279 million video games worldwide with 21.5 billion cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 19 seasons.

    Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside of Japan as it has done with Legendary’s other films for years.

    Perlman cut her teeth in Marvel’s writers’ room, penning such comic-book hits such as “Thor” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Marvel has now tasked her with penning the “Captain Marvel” film with “Inside Out” scribe Meg LeFauve, as well as helping to develop the third “Sherlock Holmes” movie with Team Downey.

  • 03:40 - Issues - Sam Page Joins Freeform Pilot
    Sam Page has been tapped for a series regular role in Freeform pilot Issues, from Universal Television and The District.

    Created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood) Issues was inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. It follows three young career women, who have set out to conquer New York City together. All three work at Scarlet Magazine, and they try to balance their ambition and their drive to find love with the realities of life.

    Page will play Richard, a member of the Board of Directors of Scarlet Magazine, and lawyer for the publishing group, a man with great looks and charm, who is catnip to women and knows it.

  • 19:25 - MOVIES: It - First Look at Pennywise the Clown's Costume

  • 19:20 - MOVIES: The Nutcracker - Keira Knightley Cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney's Live Action Adaptation
    Keira Knightley will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s retelling of “The Nutcracker.”

    Mackenzie Foy is on board to play Clara, with Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman also attached to the movie.

    The live-action film — based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” — is titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” In the pic, one of Clara’s Christmas toys — a Nutcracker doll — comes to life and battles the evil Mouse King with seven heads.

    Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation of the classic story into the “The Nutcracker” ballet in 1892.

    Lasse Hallström will direct the upcoming film from Ashleigh Powell’s script. Mark Gordon is producing, while Lindy Goldstein is executive producing. Sam Dickerman and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing the project for Disney. Sara Smith is working on behalf of the Mark Gordon Company.

  • 19:20 - MOVIES: The Little Mermaid - Disney’s Live Action Adaptation adds Lin-Manuel Miranda & Alan Menken to Write Music
    EXCLUSIVE: Disney is pairing Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda with iconic songwriter Alan Menken for a live action feature adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. Miranda and Menken will write the music together. Marc Platt will produce the film along with Miranda, in a configuration just set by Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. Deadline revealed in May that Disney was figuring out a way to add the classic title to a slate of films based on the studio’s animated films. This one is being orchestrated as a mix of pre-existing songs from the 1989 Disney animated classic movie, for which Menken won two Oscars, sharing Best Song with Howard Ashman, and winning Best Score on his own. Menken has eight Oscars in his storied career.

    While Miranda has become all the rage since his record breaking Broadway show Hamilton became the hottest ticket and won 11 Tony Awards, he has a soft spot for The Little Mermaid, even naming his newborn son Sebastian, after the crab in the musical. They are still working out a lot of details, including the level of Miranda’s involvement. At this point, he isn’t writing the script, but he will supervise the story and the studio will hire a writer shortly. This extends Miranda’s relationship with Disney, where he is starring with Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Ben Whishaw in a live action adaptation of Mary Poppins to be directed by Rob Marshall. That film is being produced by Platt, who is also readying the long awaited adaptation of the hit musical Wicked at Universal. Miranda also worked on the upcoming Disney animated feature Moana, which bows November 23.

  • 00:40 - Famous In Love - Tanjareen Thomas to Recur in Freeform Series
    Tanjareen Thomas (Family Time) has signed on for a recurring role in Freeform’s upcoming drama series Famous In Love. based on Rebecca Serle’s romantic novel, starring Bella Thorne. Written by Serle and I. Marlene King, Famous In Love centers on Paige (Thorne), an ordinary college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while discovering the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town. Thomas will play Brandy, someone from Jordan’s (Keith Powers) past with a secret she holds over him. Thomas returns to her series regular role of Rachel on the fourth season of Bounce TV’s Family Time later this fall. She’s repped by Elev8 Talent Agency of Beverly Hills.

  • 00:35 - Masters of Sex - Season 4 - Rondi Reed to Recur
    Mike & Molly alumna Rondi Reed has booked a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of Showtime’s drama series Masters of Sex. Reed will play Helen’s (Sarah Silverman) mother, a woman caught completely off guard by her daughter’s sexual orientation when she and her husband come by for a family visit. Season 4 of Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, kicks off in 1968 and will chronicle the “swinging ‘70s.” Reed won a Tony for her performance as Mattie Fae Aikin in August: Osage County. In addition to her starring role as Mike’s mother Peggy on Mike & Molly, Reed’s other credits include HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack, and feature The Astronaut’s Wife. She’s repped by Stewart Talent.

  • 00:35 - Power - Season 4 - Matt Cedeño Promoted to a Series Regular
    Devious Maids‘ alum Matt Cedeño, who recurred in three episodes on the third season of Starz’s Power has been promoted to series regular for Season 4. Cedeno plays Cristobal in the hit drama series.

    The New York-based series starring Omari Hardwick was recently renewed through Season 5 after its record-setting Season 3 premiere in July. Creator, executive producer and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp will return alongside executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Gary Lennon.

  • 00:30 - Transparent - Season 3 - Molly Bernard Cast as Younger Shelly
    Younger star Molly Bernard has signed on to Transparent, Amazon’s Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series.

    Bernard will play the younger version of Judith Light’s character Shelly Pfefferman in an upcoming flashback episode. Bernard also co-stars in Clint Eastwood-directed Sully, alongside Tom Hanks and recently made her off-Broadway debut in the Soho Rep’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. She’s repped by D2 Management and Innovative Artists.

  • 22:00 - Arrow - Season 5 - Chad L. Coleman Discusses His Character
    Thanks to Iamgreenarrow for the heads up.
    The obvious question: What can you tell us about Tobias Church, your new recurring character on Arrow?

    Coleman: Tobias Church is a badass who likes to throw his intelligence and sarcasm around. Depending on your IQ and ability to negotiate on that playground will decide your fate, which involves brass knuckles! (laughs)

    This seems to be an original creation for the TV series, so what types of characters (comic-based or otherwise) are you looking to for inspiration?

    Coleman: He wants to be King of the Underworld and take out Arrow. He's on a mission. I told producers he's like Jay Z, Dr. Dre, and Suge Knight all rolled into one!

    Your character has been described as an imposing gangster looking to consolidate power, so how do you think he'll fit into the dynamic on Arrow?

    Coleman: He’s a great addition to the show because he brings that street edge that we all know and love.

  • 21:55 - Transparent Creator Developing Half-Hour Musical Comedy for Amazon
    Amazon is furthering the relationship with one of their most proven hit-makers, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway.

    Soloway, along with former “Transparent” scribe Ethan Kuperberg, is developing a half-hour musical comedy series with Amazon, Variety has confirmed.

    Kuperberg sold the project as a pitch, and will serve as writer on the series. Soloway is on board as executive director, along with another producer from the “Transparent” family, Andrea Sperling.

    Though details on the untitled project are scarce, the show will be set in Los Angeles and will follow a woman’s search for love and self-discovery in Los Angeles.

    For Soloway, the musical comedy marks her third project with the streaming service. Aside from the award-winning — and recently Emmy nominated — “Transparent,” Amazon has ordered a pilot for her sex comedy “I Love Dick,” which is set to star Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn. Insiders speak highly of “I Love Dick” and say the pilot is generating much buzz.

  • 03:35 - MOVIES: Hidden Figures - Trailer feat Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe

  • 20:50 - The Originals - Season 4 - Daniel Gillies Directing Episode 4.10
    Thanks to Bazooka for the heads up. (Daniel mentions he's directing around 16:20)

  • 20:30 - The Originals - Season 4 - Joseph Morgan Directing an Episode
    Thanks to Bazooka for the heads up.

  • 10:20 - Supergirl - Season 2 - Kevin Smith Reveals the Title of the Episode He's Directing
    Thanks to A for the heads up.

    On Thursday, at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, The CW announced that filmmaker and geek icon Kevin Smith will direct an episode of Supergirl this season. Later in the same day, Smith posted a new "Fat Man on Batman" video (recorded before the TCA) in which he proclaimed his love for Supergirl and all things DC, CW and Berlantiverse DCW, as well as revealed the title of his Supergirl episode.

    "Andrew Kreisberg told me that the name of the episode is 'Supergirl Lives,'" Smith shared. "I'm gonna cry talking about this. The name of the script I wrote back in 1996 was called 'Superman Lives.'"

  • 23:10 - MOVIES: Passengers - First Look Photos of Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Movie

  • 23:10 - MOVIES: Allied Teaser Trailer feat Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard

  • 23:00 - Roadside Picnic - Osi Okerafor Joins WGN America's Alien Saga Pilot
    Osi Okerafor (Fury) has been cast as a series regular in WGN America’s alien saga pilot Roadside Picnic, based on the famous novel by top Soviet/Russian science fiction writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Written by Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen, with Alan Taylor attached to direct and Neal Moritz producing, Roadside Picnic explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone, leaving humankind to explore the wondrous and dangerous mysteries left behind.

    Okerafor will play Captain Noonan, an Institute security officer with a nefarious agenda whose known Red since childhood, and is a purchaser who obtains alien artifacts on the black market. Okerafor’s credits include features Fury, and Our Kind of Traitor, Danny Boyle miniseries, Babylon; the BBC’s Law & Order UK, and a multi-episode arc on the BBC’s Prisoner’s Wives. He’s repped by APA, Identity Agency Group in UK, NB Management and Nelson Davis.

  • 22:30 - Rocko’s Modern Life - Nickelodeon Brings Back Nicktoon for TV Movie
    As 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Nicktoons, Nickelodeon is keeping the nostalgia flowing.

    The network announced today it will air an original one-hour TV special based on its classic ‘90s show, “Rocko’s Modern Life.”

    With “Rocko’s” original creator Joe Murray on board as executive producer, the animated special will bring back all the show’s classic characters and offer some surprising new takes on life in O-Town.

    “What I have found by bringing these characters back is that it’s not so much about nostalgia, but a sense that they still feel relevant and fresh to me, and after twenty years, they can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century,” said Murray. They still have a lot to say.”

  • 22:00 - MOVIES: Bad Boys 3 - Now Titled Bad Boys For Life, Expected to Release January 2018
    Detectives Burnett and Lowery’s new case has an official name.

    Sony has titled Bad Boys 3 as Bad Boys For Life, EW confirmed. The name change comes with the project moving closer to reality with a Jan. 12, 2018 release in mind, a source tells EW.

    The new title is a fitting throwback to 2003’s Bad Boys II where star Will Smith tells his cop partner Martin Lawrence, “We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life.” (See the clip, below.) The two will reprise the roles they debuted in 1995’s Bad Boys — Michael Bay directed that movie and the sequel. The Grey’s Joe Carnahan is in the director’s chair for Bad Boys For Life, not Bay.

    Bad Boys For Life has had three different release dates in the last year, originally set for Feb. 17, 2017 before shifting to June 2, 2017. Now, it’s back to a winter window.

  • 03:45 - Mr. Robot - Rumor - Something In Development With Telltale Games
    While I’ve yet to catch up with Season 2 yet, Mr. Robot is a great show, and if you’ve not jumped in yet, there is a reason it’s being talked about everywhere.

    Something strange is happening regarding the series though. Telltale Games have started to share this teaser across Twitter and Facebook. It’s for an app set in the show’s universe revolving around fictional company ECorp, that will be available August 17th.

    Now, the question is, why are Telltale sharing all this? One possible explination is that they are the creators of the app (although that would be a pretty new direction for the developer). The other posibillity is that we could be getting a Telltale Mr. Robot game and this is Telltale’s first steps with the show. The latter option is quite exciting.

  • 23:40 - MOVIES: World War Z Sequel - David Fincher in Talks to Direct Movie
    The sequel to zombie apocalypse thriller World War Z may yet come back to life.

    The project recently lost director J.A. Bayona and for all intents and purposes looked like it was going to die on the vine.

    But producer Brad Pitt is looking to his Seven and Fight Club director David Fincher to potentially come in and rescue it.

    Pitt, Paramount and Skydance have had meetings with Fincher to direct the sequel, according to several sources.

    It is unclear if a deal with take but Fincher is surprisingly open to the idea. The picky auteur tends to eschew the tentpole and sequel game, preferring to focus on original material or adaptation of elevated material, mostly of the gritty and grounded variety.

    But Fincher also has plenty of room on his schedule. The filmmaker has been spending time in TV land (he was a key player in House of Cards) but he had two HBO series fall apart: Living on Video, about the early 1980s music video scene, and Utopia, which was to have starred Rooney Mara.

  • 23:40 - Law and Order: SVU - Season 18 - Vince Curatola Returning
    We’ll be seeing more of Vince Curatola in the new season of Law & Order: SVU. The Sopranos alum is returning for the upcoming 18th season of CBS’ veteran drama series in his recurring role of Judge Al Bertuccio. Curatola recently wrapped feature Patriot’s Day, in which he plays the mayor of Boston. He played Johnny Saks on The Sopranos and also appeared recently on The Good Wife. Curatola is repped by Stone Manners Salners and Bob McGowan.

  • 04:30 - Training Day - Christina Vidal Joins Cast as a Series Regular
    Christina Vidal has booked a series regular role opposite Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell on the upcoming CBS drama Training Day. Based on the 2001 feature film from Warner Bros Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, Training Day is a crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the movie. It centers on an idealistic young police officer (Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Paxton).

    Vidal will play Detective III Valeria Chavez, the best investigator in Robbery Homicide Division, which puts her in the running for the best investigator in the world. Minus the LAPD raid jacket and handcuffs, you might take her for a soccer mom, but you’d do so at your extreme peril. Vidal most recently had recurring arcs on CBS series Code Black and Limitless. She’s repped by BRS/Gage Talent Agency, Meyer/Downs and McKeon/Myones Entertainment.

  • 04:30 - Roadside Picnic - Martin Donovan to Co-Star in WGN America's Alien Pilot
    Martin Donovan is set to co-star opposite Matthew Goode in WGN America’s alien saga pilot Roadside Picnic, based on the famous novel by top Soviet/Russian science fiction writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

    Written by Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen, with Alan Taylor attached to direct and Neal Moritz producing, Roadside Picnic explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone, leaving humankind to explore the wondrous and dangerous mysteries left behind. The story also explores the social ramifications of their visit, as seen through the eyes of Red (Goode), a veteran “stalker” who has made it his mission to illegally venture into the once inhabited zone and scavenge the abandoned remains of the alien culture.

    Donovan will play Dr. Vanlentine Pillman, head of a government institute that studies and attempts to maintain control over six zones where the aliens made earthly contact.

    Donovan recurs on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Freeform’s upcoming series Beyond.

  • 04:30 - MOVIES: Curious George - Andrew Adamson in Talks to Direct & Co-Write Live-Action Adaption
    EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Adamson in negotiations to direct and co-write Curious George, a live-action adaptation for Universal Pictures based on the children’s book series written by Margret & H.A. Rey. Adamson, who showed a flair for family fare in directing, producing and scripting the first two installments of The Chronicles of Narnia series, will executive produce. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce for Imagine Entertainment, alongside David Kirschner and Jon Shapiro. Imagine’s Erica Huggins also will produce. Universal first turned Curious George, with the adorable primate and the man in the yellow hat, into an animated feature.

    Adamson also directed Shrek and Shrek 2, and scripted the second film. He exec produced the third one. Curious George was hatched by Houghton Mifflin in 1941 and has been a globally branded book series for 75 years, selling more than 75 million copies. In addition to the animated film, it was also turned into the Emmy-winning kids animated series on PBS. Senior production veep Kristin Lowe will oversee for Universal and Adamson is repped by UTA and Nelson Davis, LLP.

  • 04:30 - MOVIES: Friday the 13th - Breck Eisner In Talks To Direct Reboot
    Breck Eisner is in talks to direct the feature reboot of the beloved horror franchise Friday the 13th which is being brought back to life at Paramount Pictures, a studio that has had some great success re-imagining franchises such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As with Turtles, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes will be producing the project. The film is expected to be released sometime next year.

    What’s interesting about this is that Eisner’s father Michael ran Paramount during the days when the Friday the 13th rights were acquired. Since then, it has become probably one of the most well-known horror franchises in film history and very lucrative. The rights were originally acquired for producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. who also launched a television series back in the 1980s.

    Over the past 36 years, the Friday the 13th IP would go on to spawn a number of films and television programs. Writer/director David Bruckner had been previously attached to helm the film at Paramount. The last writer was Nick Antosca (Hannibal [writer on the TV series], Channel Zero). That incarnation, however, fell apart after Adam Goodman exited his executive post at the studio.

    Eisner’s other credits include The Crazies, Sahara and The Last Witch Hunter. The new Friday the 13th project is being produced by Platinum Dunes’ Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.


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