11 items from 2015
For the first time ever, Nickelodeon is taking one of its digital properties and moving it to television. The popular children’s network will produce a new version of Welcome to the Wayne, Nickelodeon’s first web series, for release on linear television.
Welcome to the Wayne debuted on August 4, 2014, as Nickelodeon’s first web-only series. Created by Billy Lopez (of Phineas and Ferb fame), the animated series tells the story of ten-year-old boys Olly Timbers and Ansi Molina as they explored their wacky, unpredictable apartment building called The Wayne. Welcome to the Wayne was distributed through the network’s Nick App, as well as through the re-launched, side-scrolling Nick.com.
The TV version of Welcome to the Wayne will boast 20 episodes, created and written by Lopez. In addition to the traditional TV series, Nickelodeon will debut a companion app called The Wayne. The series’ app will provide an interactive »
- Bree Brouwer
Michael Douglas may never let this one go. The 70-year-old actor has revealed that the one movie he ever passed on was...Disney's 2013 hit Frozen. Which made more than $1.2 billion worldwide. "When you talk about the pictures that you turn down...I have nothing I turned down except there was one animation picture, just a voiceover, that would have been more profitable for me than any picture I've ever done," Douglas, sitting beside a grinning Simon Cowell, said on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Thursday, before whispering "Frozen." Douglas, who has in the past done voiceover work on animated shows such as Phineas and Ferb, said he didn't remember »
John O’Hurley, who briefly recurred on the soap opera in 2011 as movie producer Kit Sterling, has joined the cable dramedy’s Season 3 cast.
Hello from the set of Devious Maids. What do you think of my leading ladies @Susan_Lucci and @RebeccaWisocky? pic.twitter.com/NGFj2mBILL
— John O'Hurley (@ImJohnOHurley) April 7, 2015
The British actor, best known for his trilogy of films with co-star Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and "The World's End"), has appeared as a comic-strip character in "The Adventures of Tin Tin," one of the seven dwarves in "Snow White and the Huntsman," and as a strung-out doper in cult sci-fi comedy "Attack the Block." But, in "Unfinished Business," the new comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, and Dave Franco, Frost plays a buttoned-up businessman who has a rather outrageous personal life.
This means that, for most of the movie, he's outfitted in a snug leather ensemble and, at one point... well, I'm not going to spoil it for you. But, like I said, even for fans of the comedian, this is a whole new side of Nick Frost. »
- Drew Taylor
Popular animated Disney channel series Phineas and Ferb, has released another episode collection centered on a high-concept episode. In this case it is a parody of Star Wars: A New Hope, with Phineas and Ferb as background characters from Tattooine influenced by what happens in the main plotline of the original film. Perry the Platypus is a “Rebelpus” Jedi trying to thwart the villainous Darthenshmirtz (aka Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz), and their paths loosely cross with the leads. Elsewhere, Candace and friends are inferior Storm Troopers tasked with finding socks for Darth Vader. It’s a goofy concept for a goofy show, and they pull it off swimmingly.
- John Keith
Between Marvel, sitcoms, and returning favourites, Netflix is producing more and more original content, here's what we can expect in 2015...
Not happy with being the undisputable king of subscription streaming TV and films, Netflix has spent the last few years finding its footing in creating original content. It's enjoyed some big hits with the likes of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, but has also produced some less well-received properties such as Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development’s resurrection.
Marco Polo, the service's big budget drama following Mongolian leader Kublai Khan, was a sizeable risk for the network and one that didn't exactly lit the critical world alight (though a second season may well help with the teething problems).
Looking ahead, it seems that we’ll be seeing a new face of Netflix before the year is out. Netflix has more upcoming projects than ever before and »
On this site, we normally like to explain where you might have seen an actor before when we deliver casting news.
However, we’d be surprised if you recognised Ross Marquand – he has appeared as Paul Newman in one episode of Mad Men, and voiced Han Solo in an episode of Phineas and Ferb, and we don’t have much more to go on.
We will be getting to know him soon, though, as he has signed-up as a series regular on AMC’s The Walking Dead for, at the very least, the second half of season five. Season six seems likely, too.
Although his role is being kept under wraps, Robert Kirkman has said publically before that a ‘prominent gay character’ from the comics would be appearing on our TV sets soon.
This has »
After the gut-wrenching events of The Walking Dead mid-season 5 finale, it looks like Rick Grimes and company will be on the move once again when the series returns in February. Hitting the road means the group will run across waves of walkers and scattered survivors, opening the door for new people to enter the show, such as actor Ross Marquand, who has joined the cast of The Walking Dead as a Season 5 regular.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross Marquand (Amira & Sam, I <3 Vampires, Woodshop, voice of Han Solo in the “Star Wars” episode of Phineas and Ferb) will play an unknown character who will be introduced sometime in the upcoming second half of Season 5. Though his character’s name hasn’t yet been revealed, the fact that Marquand has been slated as a regular means the role should be a fairly prominent one. Some are even speculating that Marquand will play Aaron, »
- Derek Anderson
Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln told us his show was going to “introduce a lot of new characters” in the second half of season 5 (which returns Feb. 8 on AMC). Well, we now know who will be paying one of those characters. Not only that, but the man joining the cast is the same man who played Han Solo! Which is, to say, the same man who voiced Han Solo in an episode of Phineas and Ferb. (What, you were expecting someone else?) »
- Dalton Ross
With less than one month remaining until The Walking Dead returns with the midseason premiere on Sunday, February 8, Entertainment Weekly reports that actor Ross Marquand has joined the cast in an unspecified role. Series star Andrew Lincoln has already teased that the second half of Season 5 will introduce a number of new characters, but this is the first new casting addition we've heard of. While it hasn't been confirmed who exactly Ross Marquand is playing, EW speculated that the actor could be playing Aaron, a character from Robert Kirkman's comic books.
Aaron was introduced in issue #67 of the comic, where he meets up with Rick and his group on their way to Washington D.C., and convinces them to join the "walled-off community" known as the Alexandria Safe-Zone. In the midseason finale of The Walking Dead's after-show, Talking Dead, Robert Kirkman did tease that "a very prominent gay »
The show version of the 2004 film has already premiered, but the movie's creators have now approved a full country-wide tour with official licensing.
Shaun of the Dead Live is made up of musical numbers inspired by the film's soundtrack and includes audience participation.
Attendees are also encouraged to dress up as zombies.
A full list of Shaun of the Dead Live tour dates is below:
April 10 Stroud Cotswold Playhouse
April 17 Gloucester Guildhall
April 18 Gloucester Guildhall
May 1 Cirencester Sundial Theatre
May 2 Cirencester Sundial Theatre
May 8 Monmouth Savoy Theatre
May 9 Monmouth Savoy Theatre
May 21 Worcester Swan Theatre
May 22 Worcester Swan Theatre
June 5 Hereford Courtyard Theatre
June 18 Swindon Wyvern Theatre
July 9 Bristol Redgrave Theatre
July 10 Bristol Redgrave Theatre
July 11 Bristol Redgrave Theatre
July 23 Manchester Dancehouse
Simon Pegg and »
11 items from 2015
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