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Akira Targets Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi

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Akira Targets Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi
With his highly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok hitting theaters in November, director Taika Waititi has just landed his next high-profile project, Warner Bros.' Akira. The director has entered negotiations to take the helm of this manga adaptation, which has languished in development hell for several years, and has never been able to get off the ground yet. This long-gestating Akira movie last made headlines back in May, when Jordan Peele turned down the project, following the success of his hit movie Get Out.

Deadline broke the news today, also revealing that the studio has always planned to make two Akira movies, each of which would cover three books apiece in the 6-volume Akira graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo. The last we heard about this project was that Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo has final approval over every aspect of the Akira movie, which may explain why it's taken so long to come to fruition.
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Comic-Con: ‘The Expanse’ Taps ‘Lost’ Alum Elizabeth Mitchell For Recurring Role, Unveils New Trailer

The cast and executive producers of The Expanse landed in Comic-Con to present a new trailer for the Syfy series as well as the addition of Elizabeth Mitchell as a guest star in season 3. After a shocking events of season 2, EPs Naren Shankar and Mark Fergus were joined by Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams at the confab to discuss the big twist from the finale season and what to expect from the third season…
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Comic-Con 2017: Syfy’s Panel & Screening Schedule Includes Channel Zero: No-end House, Sharknado 5, Blood Drive

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Syfy will have a huge presence at this year's Comic-Con, with special screenings of Channel Zero: No-End House and Blood Drive, as well as a plethora of panels, including Sharknado 5: Global Swarming:

Press Release: New York, NY – July 5, 2017 – As Syfy celebrates its 25th anniversary and its recent brand reboot, the network is headed to San Diego Comic-Con bigger and better than ever before. In addition to 15 Syfy series panels or screenings, the network is rolling out a host of events, activations and parties designed to leave no fan behind. And Syfy will once again extend the fun to fans nationwide, with a three-night live TV event, Syfy Live From Comic-con, hosted by Zachary Levi.

“San Diego Comic-Con is the pinnacle event of the year for sci-fi enthusiasts, and as the only network dedicated to the genre 24/7, we can’t wait to celebrate in a big way,” said Alexandra Shapiro,
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Why 'The Expanse' Is the Best Sci-fi TV Show You're Not Watching

Why 'The Expanse' Is the Best Sci-fi TV Show You're Not Watching
Quick, name the last great science fiction TV show you've seen. HBO's Westworld might count, though that's almost as much western as it is sci-fi. Orphan Black and Black Mirror have some of sci-fi elements, sure, but they aren't quite representative of the genre. You may have to go all the way back to Battlestar Galactica, which went off the air in 2009, to find a show that's done for sci-fi what Game of Thrones has done for fantasy or The Walking Dead has done for horror.

But here's the thing:
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Syfy Renews The Expanse for a 13-Episode Third Season

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In addition to announcing a fourth and final season of 12 Monkeys, Syfy also renewed The Expanse for a 13-episode third season that will debut in 2018.

Press Release: New York – March 16, 2017 – Syfy today announced a Season 3 pickup of The Expanse, the drama series called the “best sci-fi show on TV” by io9 and recognized for “transforming TV” by Wired. The 13-episode third season will premiere on Syfy in 2018. From Alcon Television Group, The Expanse is currently airing new Season 2 episodes every Wednesday at 10/9c on Syfy.

The Expanse is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We, along with the fans, are looking forward to continuing the journey with our partners at Alcon Television Group and the series’ brilliant cast and crew.”

The Expanse unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future,
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‘The Expanse’ Renewed for Season 3 at Syfy

‘The Expanse’ Renewed for Season 3 at Syfy
Syfy’s “The Expanse” has been renewed for season three, Variety has learned.

The sci-fi series will get another 13-episode season, to premiere in 2018. Season two, currently airing on Wednesdays on the NBCUniversal-owned cable net, has drawn reasonable critical praise, if not necessarily a massive linear audience. Its current season average is a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 600,000 viewers in Nielsen’s Live+Same Day Ratings.

The story unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey), “The Expanse” stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams.

“‘The Expanse’ is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said
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‘The Expanse’: Why Season 2 Got ‘Game of Thrones’-Levels of Intense in ‘Home’

‘The Expanse’: Why Season 2 Got ‘Game of Thrones’-Levels of Intense in ‘Home’
[Editor’s note: Major spoilers for “The Expanse” Season 2, Episode 5, “Home,” below.]

If you’ve never read the books written by James S.A. Corey upon which “The Expanse” is based, then Episode 5 of the second season more than likely came as a massive shock. As a show adapted from a popular book series with serious genre roots, “The Expanse” has elicited comparisons to “Game of Thrones” before. But the series reached Red Wedding-levels of surprise with “Home,” in which Miller (Thomas Jane) bonds with the protomolecule-infected Julie Mao (Florence Faivre) to prevent the Eros station from crashing into Earth.

Read More: ‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

It’s a surprisingly romantic sequence, dense with visual effects to capture the depths to which Julie has become bonded with the protomolecule. But the actual filming featured none of those trappings: Jane and Faivre were acting, according to executive producer Mark Fergus, in “a big empty room with just a chair.
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‘The Expanse’: Why Season 2 Got ‘Game of Thrones’-Levels of Intense in ‘Home’

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‘The Expanse’: Why Season 2 Got ‘Game of Thrones’-Levels of Intense in ‘Home’
[Editor’s note: Major spoilers for “The Expanse” Season 2, Episode 5, “Home,” below.]

If you’ve never read the books written by James S.A. Corey upon which “The Expanse” is based, then Episode 5 of the second season more than likely came as a massive shock. As a show adapted from a popular book series with serious genre roots, “The Expanse” has elicited comparisons to “Game of Thrones” before. But the series reached Red Wedding-levels of surprise with “Home,” in which Miller (Thomas Jane) bonds with the protomolecule-infected Julie Mao (Florence Faivre) to prevent the Eros station from crashing into Earth.

Read More: ‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

It’s a surprisingly romantic sequence, dense with visual effects to capture the depths to which Julie has become bonded with the protomolecule. But the actual filming featured none of those trappings: Jane and Faivre were acting, according to executive producer Mark Fergus, in “a big empty room with just a chair.
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The Expanse’: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)

‘The Expanse’: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)
In the first scene of “The Expanse” Season 2, a tough-as-nails soldier in full battle armor charges across the dry Martian landscape, dodging explosions and raining down hellfire. It’s our first glimpse of Bobbie Draper, a bold new addition to Syfy’s complex sci-fi drama — who was also a make-or-break casting problem that the producers were concerned they wouldn’t be able to solve.

In fact, at the beginning of their search, “we dreaded the task of going out into the world and finding this person,” executive producer Hawk Ostly said.

Read More: ‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

The Expanse,” set 200 years in the future, is a grounded and fascinating take on what might really happen to mankind as it spreads across the solar system, based on the book series written by James S.A. Corey (a pen name for authors Daniel Abraham
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‘The Expanse’: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)

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‘The Expanse’: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)
In the first scene of “The Expanse” Season 2, a tough-as-nails soldier in full battle armor charges across the dry Martian landscape, dodging explosions and raining down hellfire. It’s our first glimpse of Bobbie Draper, a bold new addition to Syfy’s complex sci-fi drama — who was also a make-or-break casting problem that the producers were concerned they wouldn’t be able to solve.

In fact, at the beginning of their search, “we dreaded the task of going out into the world and finding this person,” executive producer Hawk Ostly said.

Read More: ‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

The Expanse,” set 200 years in the future, is a grounded and fascinating take on what might really happen to mankind as it spreads across the solar system, based on the book series written by James S.A. Corey (a pen name for authors Daniel Abraham
See full article at Indiewire »

The Expanse Season 2 Review

Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Adaptations live and die on two things: the quality of the parts of the source material directly adapted to screen, and the cleverness of the changes made in the transition to a new medium. In a second season that’s as thrilling as anything else currently on TV, sci-fi or otherwise, The Expanse creators Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby return with a surefooted, jaw-dropping set of sophomore season stories that are as high-quality as they are deceptively clever.

That’s the magic of The Expanse for diehard book fans (myself included): the show is loyal to the bones of Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham’s weird, wonderful, six-book-strong series of the same name, but it’s shuffling up the deck with the wit and aplomb absolutely tantamount to the creation of a great adaptation. As it stands – thanks to the four episodes sent for review,
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly
A few weeks ago, Syfy released the below catch-up video for “The Expanse,” with one of the best conceits imaginable for getting new audiences interested in the sci-fi drama: the events of Season 1, as recreated by cats. (A “recat” video, if you will.)

This video does serve as a relatively basic reminder of the major plot arcs of the first season, but if you think that by watching this you’ll be able to dive into the second season as a new viewer, you probably won’t have much luck understanding what’s going on. “The Expanse” has little interest in easing viewers back into the sprawling and complicated universe it built over the course of Season 1 — because there’s simply too much story to tell.

Set 200 years in the future, when human colonization of Mars and the asteroid belt has opened up vast new resources, but created no shortage of political conflict,
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly
A few weeks ago, Syfy released the below catch-up video for “The Expanse,” with one of the best conceits imaginable for getting new audiences interested in the sci-fi drama: the events of Season 1, as recreated by cats. (A “recat” video, if you will.)

This video does serve as a relatively basic reminder of the major plot arcs of the first season, but if you think that by watching this you’ll be able to dive into the second season as a new viewer, you probably won’t have much luck understanding what’s going on. “The Expanse” has little interest in easing viewers back into the sprawling and complicated universe it built over the course of Season 1 — because there’s simply too much story to tell.

Set 200 years in the future, when human colonization of Mars and the asteroid belt has opened up vast new resources, but created no shortage of political conflict,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Horror Highlights: Creepy & Creative Creature Mugs, Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins, Legion, The Expanse Season 2

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“The best part of waking up” is drinking a beverage in a creepy creature mug! We have six photos plus release information for these beauties from Scravis Mugs at the top of today’s Highlights. Also: Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer, interactive art initiatives for FX’s Legion, and Alamo Drafthouse premiere details for The Expanse Season 2.

Six Creepy & Creative Creature Mugs Photos: From Scravis Mugs: “We make handmade beer mugs that feature all sorts of creepy creatures – zombies, skulls, devils and other assorted creatures. No molds are ever used which makes each one of a kind.

Each is made on a pottery wheel and hand sculpted from stoneware. Once dry enough, they are painted with underglaze paints and fired in a kiln. They’re dishwasher/microwave safe.

A unique gift – and a great conversation piece for any beer lover. Prices range from 75.00 – 150.00 depending on size and detail.
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Trailer: The Sci-fi Conspiracy Series Returns for an All New Mission on Syfy

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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Trailer: The Sci-fi Conspiracy Series Returns for an All New Mission on Syfy
The Syfy original series “The Expanse” wrapped up its first season this past February, and now a second season will soon be upon us. Set in a future where humanity colonized the Solar System, the series follows a United Nations executive (Shohreh Aghdashloo), a police detective (Thomas Jane), a ship officer (Steven Strait) and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that threatens the fate of their system. The series co-stars Cas Anvar (“Argo”), Dominique Tipper (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Wes Chatham (“In the Valley of Elah”), Florence Faivre (“The Following”) and Shawn Doyle (“Fargo”). Watch a trailer for the new season below.

Read More: Review: ‘The Expanse’ Season 1 Has Totally Changed the Game for Sci-Fi on TV

The series is developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, best known for contributing to the screenplays for “Children of Men,” for which they were nominated for an Oscar,
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Trailer: The Sci-fi Conspiracy Series Returns for an All New Mission on Syfy

‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Trailer: The Sci-fi Conspiracy Series Returns for an All New Mission on Syfy
The Syfy original series “The Expanse” wrapped up its first season this past February, and now a second season will soon be upon us. Set in a future where humanity colonized the Solar System, the series follows a United Nations executive (Shohreh Aghdashloo), a police detective (Thomas Jane), a ship officer (Steven Strait) and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that threatens the fate of their system. The series co-stars Cas Anvar (“Argo”), Dominique Tipper (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Wes Chatham (“In the Valley of Elah”), Florence Faivre (“The Following”) and Shawn Doyle (“Fargo”). Watch a trailer for the new season below.

Read More: Review: ‘The Expanse’ Season 1 Has Totally Changed the Game for Sci-Fi on TV

The series is developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, best known for contributing to the screenplays for “Children of Men,” for which they were nominated for an Oscar,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Walton Goggins Is the Villain in Tomb Raider Reboot

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Walton Goggins Is the Villain in Tomb Raider Reboot
Now that Alicia Vikander has signed on to play Lara Croft in MGM's Tomb Raider reboot, the studio has found the project's main villain. Walton Goggins is in final negotiations to join the cast as the primary bad guy, although no details about the character have been revealed. It was recently confirmed that this reboot will be based on Square Enix's 2013 video game reboot, that followed a younger Lara Croft at the age of 21, as she goes on her very first adventure.

Variety broke the news on this casting, which comes just weeks after producer Graham King revealed the first plot details. The story will follow Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft as she goes searching for her long-missing father. Director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) revealed in March that this will be an origin story, and that he wants to portray Lara Croft as a "real human being" in this reboot.
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The Expanse Season 2 Trailer Teases the Start of Galactic War

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"Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt are on the verge of war" in the official trailer for Expanse Season 2, premiering February 8th on Syfy.

Previous Press Release:new York – Dec. 31, 2015 – Syfy announced today that it has renewed its critically-acclaimed series The Expanse for a second season. The 13-episode second season from Alcon Television Group is expected to air in early 2017.

"The Expanse is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment. We can’t wait to see where the story takes us in season two,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller.

Currently airing on Syfy Tuesdays at 10Pm Et/Pt, The Expanse has garnered strong multiplatform viewership since its December 14 debut, with 4.5 million viewers sampling the first episode on Syfy.com, On Demand and digital outlets prior to the series’ linear premiere,
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer: Thomas Jane Dives Further Into The Space Colony Conspiracies

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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer: Thomas Jane Dives Further Into The Space Colony Conspiracies
The first teaser for Season 2 of Syfy’s hit series “The Expanse” was revealed during Saturday’s Comic-Con panel. The trailer was shown exclusively to fans of the series in attendance, and now here is your chance to see it for yourself.

The panel was moderated by Adam Savage and included cast members Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Cas Anvar, newcomer Frankie Adams and executive producers Naren Shankar and Mark Fergus.

Read More: ‘Orphan Black’ Prepares For The End With Two New Videos Shared At Comic-Con

The first look is filled with intense scenes as Miller (Jane) and the crew of the Rocinante continue to unravel the mystery of the alien protomolecule unleashed on Eros station.

Season 2 will pick up right after the protomolecule started its consumption on the station. Showrunner Shankur has previously told Entertainment Weekly that Miller would have a larger part in the upcoming season,
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer: Thomas Jane Dives Further Into the Space Colony Conspiracies

‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer: Thomas Jane Dives Further Into the Space Colony Conspiracies
The first teaser for Season 2 of Syfy’s hit series “The Expanse” was revealed during Saturday’s Comic-Con panel. The trailer was shown exclusively to fans of the series in attendance, and now here is your chance to see it for yourself.

The panel was moderated by Adam Savage and included cast members Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Cas Anvar, newcomer Frankie Adams and executive producers Naren Shankar and Mark Fergus.

Read More: ‘Orphan Black’ Prepares For The End With Two New Videos Shared At Comic-Con

The first look is filled with intense scenes as Miller (Jane) and the crew of the Rocinante continue to unravel the mystery of the alien protomolecule unleashed on Eros station.

Season 2 will pick up right after the protomolecule starts its consumption on the station. Showrunner Shankur has previously told Entertainment Weekly that Miller will have a larger part in
See full article at Indiewire Television »
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