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TRAILER: Georgia-Shot YA Thriller ‘The 5th Wave’

by Arthur Vandelay on September 1, 2015

5th waveThe Hunger Games proved that Twilight‘s success was more about its young adult audience that vampires and werewolves. Now every YA high-concept series out there has a shot at the silver screen. The next up is The 5th Wave, a new film adapted from the novel of the same name by Rick Yancey.

Shot in Georgia, the film stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe Nick Robinson, Ray Donovan star Liev Schrieber, Maika Monroe and Maria Bello. Here’s the trailer.

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The Originals Returns to The CW on October 8

by Meghan McGee on August 6, 2015

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Fans rejoiced when the third season of The Originals was announced. Set in the historical city of New Orleans but shot mostly in Georgia, The Originals, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, explores the storylines of multiple supernatural creatures and characters. Home to werewolves, witches, vampire clans, vampire rivals and even vampire werewolf hybrids, The Big Easy in The Originals is anything but laid back.

The father of the Original family, Mikael, played by Sebastian Roche, might return in flashbacks this season. Expect a lot of flashbacks. Also appearing on the newest season will be a sultry vampire, Aurora, played by Rebecca Breeds, and Lucien, played by Andrew Lees, a suave vampire who has some unfinished business with Klaus. Lucien apparently has it out for the Mikaelson clan of New Orleans.

Another one of the new faces being introduced this season to the show is Jason Dohring, who will be playing Will Kinney, a good-natured New Orleans detective who tries to keep the voodoo vampires in line. Little does Kinney know that not all bloody crime can come from fangs in the night.

Similar to The Vampire Diaries, the center of The Originals will always be family. Season three primary focuses on threats close to home, with outsider vampires infringing on the original clan in the crescent city.

New viewers and fans who’ve fallen behind can brush up on everything that happened in season one easily. It’s now streaming on Netflix. Sink your fangs into The Originals season three, returning on Thursday, October 8, at 9pm on The CW.

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Screen-Shot-2015-04-13-at-9.13.08-AMThe Georgia-shot Marvel movie Ant-Man finally hits theaters today. Word on the street is that it’s fun as hell, approaching the surprise greatness of last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Judd Apatow’s new movie Trainwreck is also opening, along with Mr. Holmes, Irrational Man and The Stanford Prison Experiment.

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Paul Rudd has the ability to shrink in size and grow in strength. Rudd will play con artist Scott Lang and must become Ant-Man under the tutelage of Dr. Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly, Judy Greer, Corey Stoll and Michael Douglas star in the next Marvel box office giant. 117 min. Rated PG-13.

Trainwreck

The hilarious duo of Bill Hader and Amy Schumer go head to head in this comedy. Written by Schumer, Trainwreck places an anti-commitment woman in the hands Mr. Perfect. 125 min. Rated R.

Mr. Holmes

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. 104 min. Rated PG.

Irrational Man

A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. 96 min. Rated R.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. 122 min. Rated R.

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Kanye West will serve as musical executive producer for the new Baton Rouge-shot TV series Underground. West’s initial involvement with the slavery period piece drama was rumored in February. But as of yesterday, the rumors were put aside as the fish stick loving rapper signed on to bring his genius music to television.

Underground is created by Joe Pokaski and Misha Green. The script was penned by The Da Vinci Code’s Akiva Goldsman. WGN America ordered a ten-episode season following the tales and tribulations of the Underground Railroad. Underground follows Salem as the second series shot in Louisiana for WGN America. Some filming will also take place in Georgia.

The cast of Underground includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights), Christopher Meloni (Special Victims Unit) Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Jesse De Gouw (Arrow). Recently, Underground added two new players to the cast in Devon Gummersall and Mykelti Williamson.

Gummersall has a stint in the final season of Mad Men and will play the role of John Hawkes. Hawkes is a lawyer and a man trying balance the torn world that he now lives in.

Mykelti Williamson, (better known as the co-owner of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.), will play Moses, a passionate preacher who joins the slaves and takes his own family on the run. Williamson has held recent roles on Justified, Hawaii Five-O, Nashville and 24.

Shooting is set to begin on April 13 in Baton Rouge. Cast and crew will travel to Georgia to film as well. Underground will premiere on WGN America next spring. If you’re interested in working on the set of Underground, then visit jobScene for more information.

Source: Deadline

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Reanimated: The Walking Dead

by Arthur Vandelay on October 10, 2014

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The first season of The Walking Dead was a revelation. A drama that took a fairly ridiculous premise – the zombie apocalypse – and made it emotionally real. It treated the undead as an analog for an actual epidemiological threat, a plague that establishes microbes as Earth’s apex predator. And it was, at turns, intelligent, tearful and terrifying. The six episodes that introduced us to Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon and company were both thoroughly satisfying and something more: a ratings juggernaut.

When it returned, The Walking Dead was a different show. The abrupt departure of its creator and showrunner Frank Darabont left the series scrambling to assemble a sophomore season in the towering shadow of the first. Although it held some surprises, and more than one memorable zombie gag, the second season’s thirteen episodes felt bloated and aimless. Previously intelligent characters became imbeciles with no discernable motivations. It was a tremendous fall from greatness.

With proper time to prep for the show’s third season, Glen Mazzara – a talented veteran of FX’s The Shield – assembled the show’s third season. A great villain was introduced in the Governor. The show settled in, focusing on zombies, territory, supplies and survival. And there were some great new characters like Michonne. But other characters were unable to recover from the damage done to them in season two. Their confusing and often contradictory history of actions made them impossible to invest in. Season three of The Walking Dead featured some amazing episodes, great new characters, but ultimately suffered from decisions made in season two.

Begin season four. A change in cadence. A renewed focus on character development over conflict alone. It was the same show and yet radically different, all of the characters resuscitated. The splintering of the Ricktatorship allowed for slower, richer storytelling. The events of season three were paid off in a manner that was more than satisfactory: it was great. And after Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl and the rest of those left alive were reunited in the sixteenth episode in an epic cliffhanger, the conclusion any fan of long-form storytelling would agree with was clear. AMC’s unlikely zombie drama that could was once again one of the best shows on television. The Walking Dead has returned, reanimated.

If, like this writer, you gave up on The Walking Dead in season two, it’s time to play catch-up prior to its season five premiere. When the train leaves the station sometime this fall, you’ll want to be in that boxcar.

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Patrick Wilson and More Exit Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

by Arthur Vandelay

When direct Edgar Wright abruptly left Marvel’s Ant-Man, a film he’s been developing since the mid-2000s, we knew there was a good chance some of the film’s stellar cast might have to jump ship. Mostly because of the inevitable schedule shift that could conflict them out. Well, Ant-Man‘s schedule did shift and the Marvel show has lost some […]

COMIC CON: Marvel Debuts Ant-Man Poster

by Arthur Vandelay

A flurry of materials are emerging from Comic Con, including this post for Marvel’s Ant-Man, which is now in production in Georgia. The graphic poster includes depictions of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and…a giant ant with a man on his back. We’re guessing that’s Ant-Man.

COMIC CON: ‘Salem’, ‘American Horror Story’, ‘The Walking Dead’ Lined Up

by Samantha Roberge

After three fantastic seasons of filming, including one in New Orleans, the cast of American Horror Story will be making its debut at Comic-Con in San Diego this year. The FX show has had to miss the convention the past couple of years because of its production schedule. The cast from American Horror Story: Coven, which received a […]

2014 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

by Arthur Vandelay

UPDATED: The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast is tonight on NBC at 7pm CST. Here are the 2014 Primetime Emmy Nominations. American Horror Story: Coven and True Detective are big. We’ve noted some of the Louisiana and Hollywood South connections below. Outstanding Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory • CBS Louie • FX Modern Family • […]