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Syfy Acquires ‘Con Man,’ Adding the Emmy-Nominated Independent Comedy To Its Lineup — Exclusive

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The Emmy-nominated, record-breaking independent online comedy “Con Man” has found a new home, one that producers deem a perfect fit: Syfy. The network announced Friday during the show’s Comic-Con panel that it had acquired both seasons of the “Con Man,” which will premiere on television this September.

The Alan Tudyk series is a somewhat fictionalized version of his experiences as a well-known sci-fi actor who attends a lot of fan conventions. This is big news not just for fans of “Con Man,” but for anyone fascinated by the evolution of the concept of independent television.

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Con Man” was born in 2015 via a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign launched by Tudyk, his fellow “Firefly” star Nathan Fillion and producer P.J. Haarsma. Over two seasons the show has featured a huge cast from the fan convention world, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Game of Thrones’ Couples, Fandom, and Deaths: 7 Things We Learned from This Year’s Comic-Con Panel

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With one episode of Season 7 already out, the “Game of Thrones” Comic-Con panel was bound to be a close-lipped affair. Twelve episodes remain overall, and no one is eager to have any of the few remaining moments spoiled.

But the group in San Diego — including Isaac Hempstead Wright, John Bradley, Natalie Emmanuel, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Jacob Anderson, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen, and Gwendoline Christie — had to say something during their hour in Hall H, and Kristian “Hodor” Naim’s moderation did draw out a few choice secrets. Here’s what we learned about Season 7, the final year, and more:

Read More‘Confederate’: The ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Controversial New HBO Series Is a Massive Risk Tormund’s Flirtations with Brienne Aren’t Entirely One-Sided

It took just one photo for the “Game of Thrones” fandom to find their new favorite couple in Westeros, and the first question of »


- Ben Travers

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‘Spawn’ Reboot: Todd McFarlane Writing and Directing a New Take on His Hellish Antihero for Blumhouse

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20 years after Spawn last appeared onscreen, the hellish antihero is receiving the ever-popular reboot treatment. Todd McFarlane, who created the character as part of his Image Comics banner, is partnering with Blumhouse to bring the sad, violent story of Al Simmons back to the big screen. The news was announced at Comic-Con following a series of tweets from McFarlane, who will make his debut as writer/director with the new R-rated movie.

Read More‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title Is a Frightening Explanation of the 2016 Election

“Having worked with many visionary directors, I think Todd’s unique artistic talents will only add to his role as director of this film,” said Jason Blum, whom the deductive reasoners among you will have already realized is Blumhouse’s namesake. The production house’s recent releases include “Split” and “Get Out,” both of which made beaucoup bucks.

Read More‘Legion’ Season 2: Noah Hawley Reveals a New Villain, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Last Chance U’ Review: Netflix Series Proves That Football and TV Are Still a Perfect Match

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Last Chance U,” like any other show worth a sophomore season, carefully approaches both past and present. The East Mississippi Community College Lions, the football team profiled in the first season of the Netflix documentary series, are back again, but this new round of stories lives in the shadow of those that came before. This sequel keeps the established skeleton of a fall slate of games, brings back some beloved characters and checks in on departed favorites. The subject may be sports, but this is as TV as TV gets.

The show’s second season, tracking Emcc’s 2016 season, has the added layer of self-awareness. As a town shy of 1,000 people, director Greg Whiteley’s Netflix series has now created an identity for Scooba, Mississippi, one that not all its citizens are particularly happy with. Football players are never just football players, especially at any level above Pop Warner. But »


- Steve Greene

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Not Every Film Has to Pass the Bechdel Test (And Some Shouldn’t Even Try)

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Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

There are only three requirements for passing cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s eponymous test to determine how active and present women are in a film: It must feature at least two women in speaking roles, who have names, and who talk to each other about something – anything – other than a man. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” does not meet any of these measures, and while that might make for a splashy talking point or prove a filmmaker’s spotty history with crafting compelling female characters, it’s the only acceptable outcome for a bombastic, fact-based war film.

As valuable and insightful a metric as the Bechdel Test – off-handedly conceived of in one of Bechdel’s ’80s-era comic strips, and generously inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf – it has its limitations. Plenty of films don’t pass the test, »


- Kate Erbland

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Trailer: Rick and Negan Fight for the Kingdom, With a Hint Toward A Big Change

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The eighth season of “The Walking Dead” looks to be more intense than ever – it’s “all-out war,” AMC promises, as Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his gang take what could be their final stand against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and prepare for their biggest clash yet, with the ultimate villain.

Read More‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Panels Open With Moment of Silence For Dead Stuntman

The Season 8 trailer premiered during the series’ panel at San Diego Comic Con, promising brutal battles and resolutions. “The Walking Dead” cast and creators have successfully amped everyone up for the fall premiere (which also doubles as the show’s 100th episode). The Season 8 trailer promised plenty of action, starting with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) barking, “I hope you got your shittin’ pants on because you’re about to shit your pants!” Watch it below:

“We’ve already won!” Rick proclaims »


- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘Ozark’ Spoilers Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is a Stunner From Start to Finish

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Ozark” Season 1. A spoiler-free review is available here.]

Now that’s how you make a thriller.

Anyone burned by the slow stroll to nowhere of recent Netflix dramas had to be pleased with the pins-and-needles tension — and shocking payoffs — of “Ozark,” Jason Bateman’s new original series for the streaming giant. From the first episode to the ending, Season 1 was filled with shocking twists and intense familial strife.

Below, we’ll break down why the near-constant darkness always felt grounded in reality, using big developments in the plot and key scenes throughout the series to illustrate how a horror story still felt relatable — and all the more terrifying for it.

Read More‘Ozark’ Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is the Most Brutal Business Lesson You’ll Ever Binge

Premiere – “Sugarwood”

The importance of the premiere episode was its power. While that may go without saying, given the first hour’s overall impact, it’s important to remember how many dramas start slow. »


- Ben Travers

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‘iZombie’ Season 4 Pays Tribute to George Romero With New ‘Cemetery to Table’ Restaurant Named Romero’s

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On a day when “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead” stalked into Comic-Con, at least “iZombie” brought friendlier zombie faces to San Diego.

During the panel for the CW series on Friday, creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright answered questions along with cast members Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, and Aly Michalka. The show had just wrapped up its third season in which a new world order was declared in the finale.

Read More‘iZombie’ Co-Creators Weigh the Possible End Games for Zombie TV Shows

When last we left Liv (McIver) and her friends, militant zombie leader Chase Graves (Jason Dehiring) had his Fillmore Graves employees taint all the vaccines in Seattle with zombie blood, which created a mass outbreak of zombie-ism. At the same time, news about Seattle becoming a zombie city broke on TV. So zombies are fully out now, no »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Charlie Sheen’s ‘9/11’ Thriller Looks Like One of the Most Offensive Films Ever Made — Watch

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There are really no words to describe how disgraceful and offensive the trailer is for Charlie Sheen’s “9/11.” We know you shouldn’t necessarily judge an entire movie based on the trailer, but that motto doesn’t apply for a drama that turns the tragedy of September 11, 2001 into a survival thriller and uses the impending collapse of the towers as a ticking-time clock against which your main characters must escape if they want to live.

Sheen’s involvement with such tragedy exploitation is hardly surprising given his career nosedive in recent years, but what exactly co-stars Whoopi Goldberg and Gina Gerhson saw in this material remains to be seen. Movies like “United 93” and “World Trade Center” have used the tragedy of 9/11 to tell real stories of American heroism. Sheen’s “9/11” turns the event into a disaster thriller.

“9/11” is co-written and directed by Martin Guigui, who will hopefully not go »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Panels Open With Moment of Silence For Dead Stuntman

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Hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” usually open their annual Comic-Con panels on a celebratory note. But this year, the shows struck a different tone, in light of the recent death of stuntman John Bernecker.

The Walking Dead” panel kicked off solemnly, as executive producer Scott Gimple read a tribute to Bernecker, sharing some of his credits – including “Looper,” “This Is The End,” “The Hunger Games,” “Get Out” and “Logan.”

“John passed away this week after he was injured doing something he loved,” Gimple said, “John was someone beloved in the stunt community. He was living his dream and he helped other people do the same thing.”

Gimple added that the cast and crew “didn’t know if we should do this panel today. But we wanted to be here for you. And we wanted to show you what weve all been working on.” He »


- Michael Schneider

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Review: Hyper-Violent ‘Lowlife’ Is a Messy But Entertaining Tarantino Homage — Fantasia

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Mix the insane violence and weaving vignettes of “Pulp Fiction” with the seedy underbelly of “Breaking Bad,” and you have Ryan Prows’ directorial debut, “Lowlife,” a messy but ultimately interesting look a a group of downtrodden individuals who get mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme.

Lowlife” is broken into four interweaving vignettes that move back and forth through time, slowly revealing different sides to each character, coloring in the story, and tangling them up even tighter into a web of blackmail, deception, kidnapping, and revenge. And the film’s title can certainly be applied to every character in their own right, as each vignette reveals more about their character and the mess they all have found themselves in.

The film opens with an Ice agent pulling off a sketchy, solo raid of a cheap motel at night. Crystal (Nicki Micheaux), the motel owner, tries to step in and save »


- Jamie Righetti

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‘Marvel’s Inhumans’: 28 Thoughts We Had While Watching ABC’s Nutso New Trailer

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“Marvel’s Inhumans” is ABC’s next foray into the Marvel Universe, but it’s nothing like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” or “Agent Carter” (Rip!).

As the title indicates, the majority of the series features a species of beings that were created when aliens started genetic tinkering with the human race when they were just still a primitive species. These Inhumans procreated and developed their own society separate from homo sapiens over millennia, and in present day, they’re ruled by the Royal family, which is where the series comes in.

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ABC released a brand-new trailer for “Inhumans” at Comic-Con on Thursday, and it’s all kinds of crazy. Take a look:

Here are the 28 thoughts we had while watching the trailer:

1. Marvel seriously let the “Iron Fist” showrunner take on another series?! This ought to be interesting. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Why ‘Master of None’ Leads New Music Supervisor Emmy Race

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The new Music Supervisor category this Emmy season finally honors the supervisor’s creative contribution to narrative storytelling and music aesthetic: Licensing songs that are appropriately iconic and emotionally resonant, while touting some of the hottest new talent.

Here are the nominees: Thomas Golubic (“Better Call Saul” — “Sunk Costs”), Susan Jacobs (“Big Little Lies” — “You Get What You Need”), Manish Raval, Jonathan Leahy, Tom Wolfe (“Girls”— “Goodbye Tour”), Zach Cowie, Kerri Drootin (“Master of None” — “Amarsi Un Po”), and Nora Felder (“Stranger Things” — “Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street”).

The results included three female supervisors (Jacobs, Drootin, and Felder) and demonstrated the brand power of HBO (“Big Little Lies,” “Girls”) and Netflix (“Master of None,” “Stranger Things”). But in the end, it came down to a battle of dueling playlists.

Better Call Saul” — “Sunk Costs”

In the third season of the “Breaking Bad” prequel, Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) gets »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘Psych: The Movie’: Shawn and Gus Get Back Into Fist-Bumping Shape For What Could Be the First Of Many Films — Watch

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Shawn and Gus are coming back to TV, so of course they brought pineapples. And they won’t be alone, as “Psych” creator Steve Franks explained at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday. Not only will the central cast of the original series be returning for December’s “Psych: The Movie,” Jimmi Simpson will also be joining to reprise his character, Mary Lightly.

James RodayDulé Hill, Corbin Bernson, Maggie Lawson and Kirsten Nelson joined Franks on Friday’s panel to discuss other details of the upcoming TV movie, and also preview the first eight minutes of the film for the crowd, which featured Shawn investigating a new case on the streets of San Francisco.

The most exciting thing? The fact that Franks started working on the movie almost immediately after they finished shooting the series finale, because “I knew it had to be good, because I don’t »


- Steve Greene and Liz Shannon Miller

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Teaser: Season 7’s First Look at a Horrifying Clown Hivemind

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American Horror Story” characters have been jailed, shunned, abducted, murdered and attacked with a very specific drill bit apparatus. Looks like Season 7 is out to prove it’s just as scary to get stung.

After Thursday night’s unconventional dramatic reveal that the theme of this year’s season of the FX anthology series would be “Cult,” FX unveiled the first official teaser for the season. This is the frightening, clown-heavy look that folks in San Diego saw projected over the water outside Hilton Bayfront Park.

Read More ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title Is a Frightening Explanation of the 2016 Election

Production is currently underway on “Cult,” which probably explains Thursday’s mysterious water-based activation in lieu of a full Comic-Con panel. Even from afar, “Ahs” creator Ryan Murphy has still been busy breaking news on social media, posting cryptic “Cult” teasers and casting announcements.

Series regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters »


- Steve Greene

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Christopher Nolan Is A Huge ‘Baby Driver’ Fan and Picks Edgar Wright’s Brain — Listen

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Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright have two of the best movies of the summer in theaters right now, and the only thing better than “Baby Driver” and “Dunkirk” is the bromance shared by the two filmmakers.

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Last month, Edgar Wright tweeted out his affection for Nolan’s WWII epic after an advanced screening. “‘Dunkirk’ is a powerful, immersive, intense masterpiece that demands to be seen on the big screen,” he wrote. Now Christopher Nolan is returning the love by sitting down with Wright for the Director’s Guild of America podcast “The Director’s Cut.”

Over the half hour discussion, Nolan makes it very clear how much he adores Wright’s car chase heist movie. Nolan picks Wright’s brain on everything from incorporating the music into the car chases to what it »


- Zack Sharf

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John Boyega Slams ‘Game of Thrones’ For Lack of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People’

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John Boyega, who shot to fame with his role as defector Storm Trooper Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” minces no words when discussing Hollywood’s race problem.

“There are no black people on ‘Game of Thrones.’ You don’t see one black person in ‘Lord of the Rings,'” Boyega said in a recent interview with GQ. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”

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Much has been made of the racial politics of “Game of Thrones” following controversy around this week’s announcement of “Confederate,” the next project from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. »


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‘Arrested Development’ Season Five Will Be a Very Bluth Murder Mystery

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Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman has revealed the fifth season’s plot will revolve around solving the murder of Liza Minelli’s character Lucille Austero, also known as Lucille Two.

“The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character, and a bit of whodunit,” Bateman told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “That’s sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do.”

Read More‘Arrested Development’ Will Officially Return To Netflix For Season 5

Fans will recall that the fourth season ended with Lucille’s death, which appeared to be a murder. The show’s first season on Netflix after a long hiatus, the fourth season took a turn by telling each episode from a different character’s perspective, which received mixed reviews. Bateman opened up about the fourth season’s structural issues: »


- Jude Dry

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‘Death Note’: Controversial Netflix Adaptation Gets Mixed Reaction at Comic-Con

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As soon as the “Death Note” movie was announced, controversy came with it.

The Netflix original film drew early ire for relocating the Japan-set story to the United States and casting a largely white group of actors in the main roles. Whitewashing claims have dogged the picture ever since, so it’s no surprise that director Adam Wingard was eager to show the film to fans.

“This has been a long time coming,” Wingard said, speaking before a secret screening of “Death Note” at Comic-Con Thursday night. “I’ve been on this film for a better part of two years. This is a film that’s had a lot of assumptions and expectations built on it, and the best thing we can do at this point is just show you the goddamn movie. I think we’re very proud of the film.”

Read More‘Legion’ Season 2: Noah Hawley Reveals a New Villain, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators on Slavery Backlash in New Series: ‘We Might F*ck It Up, But We Haven’t Yet’

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HBO and “Game Of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss quickly came under fire on Wednesday, July 19 after the announcement of their new television drama series, “Confederate.” The series will imagine an alternate American timeline in which a third Civil War has changed the fabric and landscape of the United States. Per the official announcement, the alternate timeline will include southern states that have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.

Read More: ‘Confederate’: Why The ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Next HBO Series Is Already Causing Controversy

The idea that Benioff and Weiss, two white men, would be tackling a series in which “slavery remains legal” caused instant backlash across the internet. High profile writers such as journalist Pilot Viruet and author Roxane Gay sounded off, criticizing HBO for  letting “two white men envision modern day slavery. »


- Zack Sharf

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