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Blu-ray Review – American Gods: Season One

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For many years, Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods was thought to be unfilmable. It was felt the novel was too grandiose for the big screen, with too many characters and too much story to fit into one 2-hour or 2-hour plus film. Almost 20 years later, Michael Green and Bryan Fuller thought to develop it as a television series for Starz starring Ricky Whittle (The 100) as protagonist Shadow Moon and Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday.

The 8-episode first season adapts roughly a third of the novel. Shadow Moon is released early from prison after learning his wife has died in an unfortunate car accident while having an affair with his best friend. Adrift, he meets the mysterious and enigmatic con-man Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. The two begin
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American Gods: Is the Starz TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch: Will the television ratings gods show mercy? Has the American Gods TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Starz? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of American Gods season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? An Americana fantasy drama series on the Starz premium cable channel, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Demore Barnes, Corbin Bernsen, and Mousa Kraish. Finally free after completing his prison sentence, when Shadow Moon (Whittle) first encounters Mr. Wednesday, a storm blows in
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American Gods: Season Two in Trouble? Executive Producers Leave Starz Series

Although it was renewed for season two, back in May, is the American Gods TV show in danger of being cancelled before its second season on Starz? Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have exited, and the series is in need of someone to replace them, but it seems there may also be budget concerns. A Starz TV series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Demore Barnes, Corbin Bernsen, and Mousa Kraish. Read More…
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Bryan Fuller and Michael Green exit American Gods season 2 as showrunners

In a bit of surprising news, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are leaving Starz’s American Gods as the series’ showrunners. They will no longer be part of the show going forward despite its active development for the second season.

American Gods premiered on Starz earlier this Spring and earned a quick renewal after it became a ratings hit. The reason why Fuller and Green have exited the series hasn’t been confirmed yet, though Deadline reports it is because of the series’ budget. According to them, the first season’s budget had grown to Game of Thrones levels and Dante di Lorento, the new chief of American Gods‘ producer FremantleMedia North America, wanted to cut the second season’s budget, leading to Fuller and Green’s departure.

Despite their exit, Fuller and Green have apparently written more than half the episodes for the 10-episode second season, which Starz is aiming for a mid-2018 premiere.
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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup

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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup
FremantleMedia North America has made a massive shift at the helm of its signature scripted series, “American Gods.” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who adapted the series from the Neil Gaiman novel, are departing the show, and it’s unclear how that might impact production on Season 2.

According to multiple insiders, Fremantle had a falling out with Fuller and Green due to a debate over budgets. One noted that Fremantle wasn’t factoring season-to-season cost increases, as well as an bump in the exchange rate with Canada, where the show is filmed. Ultimately, that would have meant a cut in the show’s episodic budget, which is already high because it doesn’t have any standing sets. Budget concerns forced an impasse between both sides, ultimately leading to the decision to part ways.

Both Fuller and Green have busy plates beyond “Gods,” which may have also led to the change.
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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup

‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup
FremantleMedia North America has made a massive shift at the helm of its signature scripted series, “American Gods.” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who adapted the series from the Neil Gaiman novel, are departing the show, and it’s unclear how that might impact production on Season 2.

According to multiple insiders, Fremantle had a falling out with Fuller and Green due to a debate over budgets. One noted that Fremantle wasn’t factoring season-to-season cost increases, as well as an bump in the exchange rate with Canada, where the show is filmed. Ultimately, that would have meant a cut in the show’s episodic budget, which is already high because it doesn’t have any standing sets. Budget concerns forced an impasse between both sides, ultimately leading to the decision to part ways.

Both Fuller and Green have busy plates beyond “Gods,” which may have also led to the change.
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The 20 Best Foreign-Language Horror Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Trouble Every Day’ to ‘Let the Right One In’

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The 20 Best Foreign-Language Horror Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Trouble Every Day’ to ‘Let the Right One In’
Fear doesn’t need subtitles, but some of the best horror films do. J-horror, the New French Extremity, and other foreign-language scary-movie movements have provided much in the way of terrified shrieks and heightened pulses. Although dialogue may get lost in translation, blood-curdling screams never do. Horror is an especially visual genre, and one of the most universal.

The world is dark and full of terrors, especially where the movies on this list are concerned. Here are our favorite foreign language horror flicks made since the year 2000.

20. “We Are What We Are” (2010)

Horror filmmakers ruthlessly mine for metaphor, often at the expense of credibility. The tricky balance in the Mexican cannibal drama “We Are What We Are” (“Somos lo que hay”) pairs a conventional family unit with the ludicrously grotesque to chilling and absurd effect. Writer-director Jorge Michel Grau’s feature debut has the goriest signifier for underclass strife this
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American Gods Season 1 Comes to Disc in October

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Santa Monica, CA – The critically acclaimed Starz fantasy series American Gods” Season One, produced by FremantleMedia North America, arrives on Digital HD October 6 and Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD October 17 from Lionsgate. From writer-producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes) and based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel, American Gods Season One is a visual feast focusing on an ex-convict named Shadow Moon, and his sudden introduction into a power struggle between the Old and New Gods. American Gods Season One stars Ricky Whittle (The 100), Ian McShane (John Wick: Chapter 2, Deadwood), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events), Pablo Schreiber (13 Hours, Orange Is the New Black), Peter Stormare (John Wick: Chapter 2, Fargo), and pop culture icon Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Hannibal).

When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew.
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American Gods Season 1 Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD This October

Season 1 of the Starz series American Gods hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 17th and Digital HD on October 6th courtesy of Lionsgate, and we have a look at the cover art and list of special features (and if you are looking for even more American Gods content, a current run of the comic series American Gods: Shadows, written by Neil Gaiman, is available now.)

Press Release: Santa Monica, CA (August 17, 2017) – The critically acclaimed Starz fantasy series “American Gods” Season One, produced by FremantleMedia North America, arrives on Digital HD October 6 and Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD October 17 from Lionsgate. From writer-producers Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”) and Michael Green (“Heroes”) and based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel, “American Gods” Season One is a visual feast focusing on an ex-convict named Shadow Moon, and his sudden introduction into a power struggle between the Old and New Gods. “American Gods
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‘American Gods’ Season 1 Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

The addictive Starz drama American Gods Season 1 from producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green is coming to Digital HD on October 6th followed by an October 17th debut on Blu-ray and DVD.

American Gods is based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel of the same name and stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Peter Stormare, and Gillian Anderson. A second season is already confirmed on the way with a probable premiere sometime in the first half of 2018.

Lionsgate is packing in a plethora of bonus features for the American Gods home video premiere. The complete suite of extras is outlined below:

“The Road to ‘American Gods’” Documentary

“Title Gods” Featurette

“‘American Gods’ Origins” Featurette

“Old Gods” Featurette

“New Gods” Featurette

“What Is ‘American Gods?’” Featurette

“Book vs. Show” Featurette

God Squad Video Documentary

Explore the Crocodile Bar in 360 Degrees with Commentary by Cast and Crew

Audio
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Win Acclaimed TV Series ‘American Gods’ On Blu-ray

One of the most striking, controversial and utterly absorbing TV events of the year becomes the home entertainment hit of the summer as American Gods comes to Blu-ray and DVD. The series, which has received huge acclaim, is now available and we have three copies to give away on Blu-ray.

When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the centre of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition
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‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years

‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years
Starz chief Chris Albrecht wasn’t able to confirm exactly when we might see another season of “American Gods.” However, he did tell journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that there’s no end in sight for the supernatural fantasy drama.

Read More‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

“We’re on board as long as the show makes sense for Starz,” he said of the series, which is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. “The vision of Neil Gaiman is the guiding light for all of us, and Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the guiding lights of that.”

“Gods” has already been renewed for a second season, which is good news for fans, given that the first season didn’t even get through half of the story told in Gaiman’s original novel.
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‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years

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‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years
Starz chief Chris Albrecht wasn’t able to confirm exactly when we might see another season of “American Gods.” However, he did tell journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that there’s no end in sight for the supernatural fantasy drama.

Read More‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

“We’re on board as long as the show makes sense for Starz,” he said of the series, which is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. “The vision of Neil Gaiman is the guiding light for all of us, and Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the guiding lights of that.”

“Gods” has already been renewed for a second season, which is good news for fans, given that the first season didn’t even get through half of the story told in Gaiman’s original novel.
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Yetide Badaki on That ‘American Gods’ Finale and What’s Next for Bilquis

From showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and adapted from the best-selling book by Neil Gaiman, the Starz series American Gods weaves a provocative tale of faith and belief, or our lack thereof, unlike anything that’s ever been on TV before. When Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is released from prison following the death of his wife (Emily Browning), he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), with whom he makes a deal that will change the course of his entire life. As he finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to make sense of, …
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‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem

‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem
The term breakout is a tad misleading.

While implying that someone has broken free from the pack — a standout among standouts; that they’ve “made it” — there’s no guarantee of permanence. Many so-called breakouts have an expiration date on their spotlight, and plenty of these actors who’ve proven themselves in one way or another still fade away over time. Then they’re asked to do it all over again, sometimes for their entire career.

Read More: ‘Glow’ Producers Didn’t Want to Cast Alison Brie — Here’s How She Fought to Change Their Minds

Betty Gilpin, the electrifying spark of both “American Gods” and “Glow” in their debut seasons, is absolutely a summer breakout. She might even be a 2017 breakout, if buzz holds and fans continue to discover both shows (now available in full on Starz and Netflix, respectively). Her talent is undeniable and is being vouched for
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‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem

‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem
The term breakout is a tad misleading.

While implying that someone has broken free from the pack — a standout among standouts; that they’ve “made it” — there’s no guarantee of permanence. Many so-called breakouts have an expiration date on their spotlight, and plenty of these actors who’ve proven themselves in one way or another still fade away over time. Then they’re asked to do it all over again, sometimes for their entire career.

Read More: ‘Glow’ Producers Didn’t Want to Cast Alison Brie — Here’s How She Fought to Change Their Minds

Betty Gilpin, the electrifying spark of both “American Gods” and “Glow” in their debut seasons, is absolutely a summer breakout. She might even be a 2017 breakout, if buzz holds and fans continue to discover both shows (now available in full on Starz and Netflix, respectively). Her talent is undeniable and is being vouched for
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‘American Gods 1×08: Come to Jesus’ Review

Stars: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Orlando Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Peter Stormare, Kristin Chenoweth, Gillian Anderson, Cloris Leachman | Created by Neil Gaiman | Developed for TV by Bryan Fuller

While there may be a lot of focus on Twin Peaks, there is of course one more show that refuses to be ignored. The American Gods finale is here, and we finally get to meet Easter (Kristin Chenoweth). More importantly the Gods have a face-off that may set the scene for a war in Season two.

Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) arrive at a party to try to recruit Ostara, also known as Easter. With Laura (Emily Browning) and Mad Sweeney (Pablo Shreiber) also arriving looking for help with resurrection, it doesn’t take long for a few newer Gods to join the party.

Finally seeing Kristin Chenoweth debut in American Gods,
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American Gods "Come To Jesus" Recap

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Well, here it is: the eighth episode. The season finale of Neil Gaiman’s novel turned television series. So, without further ado, here’s what happened on the American Gods season finale.

As Shadow and Wednesday sit back in silk robes, waiting for the completion of Mr. Nancy’s specially tailored suits, he tells them the story of a specific queen: Bilquis. He tells them of her reign in her land, how she moved throughout the ages, adapting to the changing eras and taking her followers through her sexual exploits. His story culminates on how weakened she is after Isis destroys her altar and is given her power back due to an arrangement with Technical Boy.

Upon completion of their suits, Shadow and Wednesday arrive in Kentucky at their next stop; the next God who’s allegiance they need. Walking into a colorful and vibrant party, the two of them meet Ostara,
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'American Gods' Finale: What That Final Moment Means For Season Two

[Warning: this story contains spoilers through the season finale of Starz's American Gods, "Come to Jesus."]

The final episode of the inaugural season of American Gods, spearheaded by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for Starz, ended just short of a major milestone from the Neil Gaiman novel on which it's based.

All season long, viewers followed the journey of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a recently released ex-con who fell into an otherworldly pursuit following the death of his wife Laura (Emily Browning). Shortly after the funeral, Shadow embarked on a road trip across middle America alongside...
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How Editors of ‘The Crown,’ ‘American Gods,’ and ‘This Is Us’ Achieved Emotional Power

How Editors of ‘The Crown,’ ‘American Gods,’ and ‘This Is Us’ Achieved Emotional Power
There was more than enough narrative complexity for editors to tackle in Emmy contenders “The Crown,” “American Gods,” “This Is Us,” “Fargo,” and “Five Came Back.” But through skill and finesse, they helped make these shows compelling and relevant by cutting through the multiple strands of history, mythology, melodrama, and black comedy.

The Crown” focused on the public and private personas of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) in post-war England; “American Gods” explored how Old and New Gods fight for attention in modern society; “This Is Us” chose a non-linear structure to show the influence of the past on millennial siblings; “Fargo” dealt with twin brothers (Ewan McGregor) in a third season of absurd crime shenanigans; and “Five Came Back” revealed how the World War II propaganda campaign changed the lives of directors Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens, and William Wyler.

The Crown

In “Hyde Park Corner,
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