‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’: Sion Sono Creating Original Series for Amazon
Sion Sono has inked a prime deal. The provocative Japanese auteur responsible for such controversial, must-see films as “Love Exposure” and “Tokyo Tribe” is creating the original series “Tokyo Vampire Hotel” for Amazon. The show will consist of nine episodes, all of which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Japan beginning June 16.
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Telling the tried-and-true story of humanity fighting for its very survival against the mythical bloodsuckers, the series stars Kaho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ami Tomite, Yumi Adachi and Megumi Kagurazaka, who happens to be Sono’s wife. Jun Tsugita and Manabu Ikarimoto penned the screenplay; Tomohiro Kubo have Daisuke Matsuo have written and directed two episodes.
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- Michael Nordine
‘Your Honor’ Tops 2017’s Series Mania
Already snapped up for a U.S. remake deal, Israeli series “Your Honor,” created by Shlomo Mashiach and Ron Ninio, took the top Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night in Paris at the 8th Series Mania, whose vibrance
was a telling reminder of the robust good health enjoyed by scripted show production at large.
“This is truly a new golden age of television and it was one of the highlights of my life to celebrate it by being on the jury for Series Mania, said jury president Damon Lindelof, show runner of “The Leftovers” and “Lost.”
Few who attended Series Mania could not have been struck by the bullishness of its industry events. FremantleMedia, eOne, Zdf and Federation Entertainment all announcing new productions or desired expansive moves and Co-Production Forum attendance up about 110% to just over 900 delegates as the market for foreign – and often foreign-language – TV dramas, though usually still niche in the latter case, continues »
- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang
Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56
Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »
‘Feud’: Charles And Diana Season 2 “Begins With Divorce Papers,” Says Ep Ryan Murphy
Fans of Ryan Murphy's latest show Feud: Bette And Joan have much to look forward to. Not only has Feud already been renewed for a second and third season, but Season 2 will focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana, beginning with divorce and ending with Diana’s death, according to Murphy. "The next one is about Charles and Diana," he confirmed at an FX Emmy event in Los Angeles tonight. "We are shooting I think in the late fall and I’m casting Charles and… »
TV News Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist Cast in Event Series ‘Waco’
“Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist and “Grandma” star Julia Garner have been cast as leads opposite Michael Shannon and Tyler Kitsch in Paramount Network’s “Waco.” The six-part television series will be part of Paramount Network’s inaugural lineup to premiere in January 2018. It is based on the true story of the 51-day Texas standoff between the FBI, the Atf, and the Branch Davidian religious sect, and portrays the events leading up to and during the siege from the perspectives of several people involved on both sides of the confrontation. Benoist plays Rachel Koresh, the legal wife of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh (Kitsch), while Garner plays Michelle Jones, Rachel’s younger sister who has a child by Koresh.
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- Erin Nyren
Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Is Most Tweeted About Show of 2017 (Exclusive)
Netflix doesn’t release ratings, but thanks to Twitter, we now have a sense of the popularity of “13 Reasons Why” — the streaming giant’s latest series is officially the most tweeted about show of 2017, thus far.
“13 Reasons Why” has amassed more than 11 million tweets since its launch on Mar. 30, according to Twitter data exclusively obtained by Variety.
The teen series, based on the YA novel of the same name, revolves around the suicide of a high school girl, Hannah, played by newcomer Katherine Langford, who co-stars with Dylan Minnette. The show is executive produced by multi-hyphenate superstar Selena Gomez, who happens to be the most-followed person on Instagram.
The Twitter boom has resulted in drastic growth for the cast members’ personal accounts. Christian Navarro, who plays Tony, had a mere 625 followers when the show premiered on Mar. 30 — now he has more than 85,000, marking a 13,263% jump. Likewise, Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, jumped »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Paulie Giganti, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Contestant, Dies of Drug Overdose at 36
Philadelphia chef Paulie Giganti, who previously competed on Fox’s reality competition “Hell’s Kitchen,” died of a drug overdose, TheWrap has learned. Giganti was 36 and his body was received Thursday by the Philadelphia Media Examiner’s office. The chef’s cause of death has been ruled “accidental death by drug intoxication,” according to James Garrow, spokesman at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office.
The Brooklyn-born Giganti was executive chef of the Philadelphia restaurant Birra, but left his position in November. “He brought a consistency to our product »
- Linda Ge and Tim Kenneally
‘Doctor Who’: The Next Doctor Rumored to Be ‘Chewing Gum’s’ Black Female Star — Report
Every time the star of “Doctor Who” has announced they’re stepping down, speculation regenerates about his possible replacement. Ah, but what if this time, instead of a white male Doctor, the BBC finally listened to fans who’ve been seeking some diversity for the role?
According to a Nerdist, a source close to production insists that Michaela Coel will replace Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor, which would make her the first female and first black actor to play the role. This source is not an official BBC spokesperson though, and the statement the BBC released to Nerdist didn’t confirm anything: “No casting decisions have been made yet for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 11.”
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Although Coel was not one of the people that IndieWire had suggested for casting, she would make a fantastic Thirteen. The »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed for Season 3 at Freeform
“Shadowhunters” has been renewed for Season 3 ahead of the return of Season 2 on June 5.
The cast of the Freeform series announced the renewal during a Facebook Live Q&A on Friday as part of the network’s upfronts presentation. They will return for a 20-episode third season in 2018.
Inspired by “The Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG, Michael Reisz, Matt Hastings, Mary Viola, Martin Moszkowicz, and Robert Kulzer. It stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.
The second half of Season 2 will pick up with the Shadowhunters and Downworlders reeling from what happened at the New York Institute in the winter finale. As the rift between the two sides grows larger »
- Joe Otterson
Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s Locke & Key is getting a second chance at the small screen. Over five years ago, Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed a Locke & Key pilot for Fox, but they decided not to move forward with the series. Now, Hulu has ordered a Scott Derrickson-directed and Carlton Cuse-produced Locke & Key pilot. Below, learn more about […]
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- Jack Giroux
‘The Leftovers’ Offers Up a ‘Perfect Strangers’ Homage in a Stunning Nora-Centric Episode (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched season three, episode two of “The Leftovers,” titled “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”
Of all the things one might expected of “The Leftovers,” no one could have predicted a tragic homage to “Perfect Strangers,” the 1986-1993 sitcom. It’s so telling of the grace of “The Leftovers” is so aware that it is a television show — and more precisely, that it is aware of the sometimes terribly banal distance between television shows and real life.
“Perfect Strangers” and Mark Linn-Baker have been mentioned in “The Leftovers” before — in the world of “The Leftovers,” star Linn-Baker is the only one of the four regular leads not to have disappeared on October 14. For a while, the world thought all four had disappeared. But in the Season 2 premiere, a news item on a tabloid show is that Linn-Baker faked his own disappearance to start over — kind of — in Chihuahua, Mexico »
- Sonia Saraiya
A Very Solid Supercut of Some of the Best Horror Movie Villains
There have been countless montages and supercuts of all kind of movie characters, villains included. However, whenever something new comes out I’m always interested to see what it looks like. If you want to get a decent glimpse of nearly every solid horror movie villain in the span of only 5 minutes set to some interesting music, this might be a video worth your while. P.S. is there any more sinister a still photo from any movie than this one from Psycho? I think it’s because of this picture of Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates that I tend to make
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- Nat Berman
‘Feud: Bette And Joan’: Ryan Murphy Reveals Why Hiring Women to Write and Direct Mattered So Much
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Feud” Episode 8, “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?”]
“I think people were maybe thinking it was gonna be just a campy, bitchy exploration of these two women,” he told IndieWire from the set of “Versace: American Crime Story,” which has just begun filming. “But I was never interested in that. I was really interested in the sadness and the regret and the pain and also the reward, and just to show how hard they worked. Not only at their careers but on their facades.”
- Liz Shannon Miller
Feud Finale Recap: Trogs and Ends
Regrets, they had a few. Quite a few. And by the time Sunday’s Feud: Bette and Joan finale was over, Davis and Crawford had added a couple more to the mountainous list. Read on, and we’ll review the heartbreaking events that led the infamous foes to the end of the rivalry that always should have been a friendship.
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Why Have I Never Seen SpongePulp FictionPants Parts 1 and 2?
Ok someone has to explain to me how I missed these. For the life of me I have no idea how these SpongeBob and Pulp Fiction mashups got past me. For those of you who weren’t aware an incredible well timed video came out in 2012 that pitted the “Bonnie Situation” scene from Pulp Fiction with an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where the dialogue matched up timing wise as perfectly as you could imagine. It’s as if both scenes were literally made for each other. These are those little “from the heavens of cinema” moments that make us all happy.
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- Nat Berman
‘Veep’ Review: A Big List of the Ways Women in Politics Get F***ed, and Not in a Good Way
Oh, Amy. After warning Selina against Andrew’s toxic charms, Buddy Calhoun’s campaign manager and girlfriend became the “Lobotomy Barbie” she cautioned her old boss about, standing by her man as he apologized for making an ass of himself — and a joke of their sex life in the process. Both women got screwed by their chosen men, and not in a way they enjoy.
But the fuck-over-y (ovary?) didn’t end there. Selina was spurned by her fellow ex-presidents (all male) at the opening of President Hughes’ library. She, in turn, dismissed the idea of a female architect, telling Gary, “We’re not redoing a kitchen here,” while Marjorie and Catherine lamented the fact they need a man to have a baby. And of course, Selina ended up getting doubly boned by Andrew, first upon learning of his betrayal and then by the woman he cheated with, »
- Ben Travers
Veep Recap: Sex, Lies and Presidential Libraries
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Veep recap here.
“Selina. Meyer. Belongs. In. An. Institution,” the former president declares in Sunday’s Veep. And so what does she do? She attempts to build herself one, of course.
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Sunday’s installment begins with Selina attending the opening of Stuart Hughes’ presidential library. After having her own presidency belittled by fellow former Potus Stevenson, and later being excluded from a photo featuring all of the living presidents, Selina tells Andrew, Gary and Richard that she too wants “a g—damn, look-at-the-size-of-my-d—k, »
‘Silicon Valley’: Thomas Middleditch Breaks Down Richard’s Big Gamble in the Season 4 Premiere
[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for the “Silicon Valley” Season 4 premiere, Episode 1, “Success Failure.”]
“Silicon Valley” saw big changes in its first episode of Season 4. What started with the Pied Piper team plotting to oust Richard as CEO ended with the tech genius (played by Thomas Middleditch) stepping down voluntarily in order to pursue his true passion: a new internet.
Given how long it took for the team to find a useful application for Richard’s original algorithm — first discovered in the Season 1 premiere — one has to wonder: Is Richard self-sabotaging?
“Oh, yeah. He totally is,” Middleditch said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “[In Season 3] Jack Barker was going to make Richard Chief Technical Officer. And if Richard knew what was good for him, he would’ve done that.”
Middleditch, who earned an Emmy nomination in 2016 for his portrayal of the Pied Piper founder, »
- Ben Travers
Does Silicon Valley's Big Premiere Twist Signal the Beginning of the End?
Did Silicon Valley just boot up its end game?
In Sunday’s Season 4 premiere, Richard announced that he was breaking away from his band(width) mates to pursue a solo career, armed with nothing by the Pied Piper name and his precious compression algorithm. What he didn’t divulge to his now-former cohorts is that he’s going off to create a brand new… Internet.
As leading man Thomas Middleditch speculates, Richard’s surprising move could be both a game-changer and a game-ender. “Regardless of how it plays out, it’s my hunch that the new Internet [gambit] is going to »
Once Upon A Time Review: Zelena is from “Where Bluebirds Fly”
There is a sense of finality to the most recent episodes of Once Upon A Time. They’ve felt lately as though they’re wrapping things up, at least with several plot threads that have been scattered about throughout the last six seasons. As rumors swirl about whether there will be another season, and which characters will be involved in a possible seventh season, this felt very much like a final chapter to Zelena’s story. Of course, there’s always more in Storybrooke. What do I know? This week on Once Upon A Time: The Charmings dive full boar into wedding planning for Emma and Hook, hoping
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- Nick Hogan
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