Next Games and AMC today announced that the Finnish games company is in production of a mobile game based on AMC’s incredibly successful TV series The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead is, for the second season in a row, the No. 1 show on U.S. television among adults 18-49 and incredibly popular around the world. The mobile game will be the first time players see this iconic and enormously popular TV series come to life through gameplay exclusively developed for smartphones and tablet devices.
AMC and Next Games will join forces on the marketing of the title as the game launch coincides with Season 5 of The Walking Dead TV series. The project will be global at scale with distribution and marketing across continents in collaboration with the best local partners.
“We chose to team up with Next Games because of their outstanding creative and technical talent, as well as a willingness to re-imagine the unique and compelling world of The Walking Dead, which has built a significant and passionate global fan community,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We’re thrilled to be part of this next wave of games innovation and participating in a project that – like the show itself – is in service of the fans.”
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AMC announced today it will premiere its upcoming new drama series Halt and Catch Fire on Sun., Jun. 1 at 10/9c. From AMC Studios, the series captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio – a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy – take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world as they know it. The 10-episode series is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and executive produced by show runner Jonathan Lisco (Southland) and Gran Via Production’s Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Rectify, Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Rectify). Filmed on location in Atlanta, the series stars Lee Pace (Lincoln, Pushing Daisies) as Joe MacMillan, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Gordon Clark, Mackenzie Davis (Smashed) as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishé (Argo, Red State) as Donna Clark and Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens) as John Bosworth.
In addition, Halt and Catch Fire will make its world debut this Sat., Mar. 8 at 11/10c during the Film portion of the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. An early screening of the pilot, held at the AMC Theater at Violet Crown Cinemas, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisco, Cantwell, Rogers and select cast members.
Halt and Catch Fire is set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product – the IBM PC. It is also the same year people realize the IBM PC’s fatal flaw, which quickly makes personal computing anyone’s game. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe McMillan (Lee Pace) plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer, forcing his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. McMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a once-great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna (Kerry Bishé), and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project. While charting the changing culture of Texas’s Silicon Prairie, tensions build within the group as they attempt to navigate the thin line between visionary and fraud, genius and delusion, while their drive to do something that matters runs up against their ability to truly innovate. Halt and Catch Fire thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it’s like to stand at the forefront of something truly great and world-changing and work towards it — no matter the risk.
Travolta and Cage won an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo.
John Travolta has been nominated for two Oscars, for Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Pulp Fiction (1994). Face/Off was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing.
John Woo won a Saturn Award (for sci-fi movies) for Best Director for Face/Off.
Face/Off‘s speedboat chase won an MTV Movie Award for Best Action Sequence.
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Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Invincible.
At this point in his life, the real Vince Papale had already tried and failed to make the Olympics as a pole vaulter.
The real Papale played wide receiver for the World Football League’s Philadelphia Bell (1974-1975). When the WFL folded a year before this, he wrote to the Eagles asking for a tryout and was denied.
Mark Wahlberg wore hair extensions to get the 1970s look.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced the winners of its 61st Golden Reel Awards last night, and Breaking Bad won the honor for Best Sound Editing in Television — Short Form: Sound Effects & Foley. This is the first Golden Reel win for Breaking Bad. It was previously nominated twice in this category. The winning episode was the series finale, “Felina.” The sound crew for that episode was:
Nick Forshager (Supervising Sound Editor)
Gregg Barbanell and Dominique Tabach Decaudain (Foley Artists)
Mark Cookson and Cormac Funge (Sound Effects Editors)
Timothy Boggs and Jeff Cranford (Foley Editors)
Stacey Michaels (Foley Mixer)
Eric Justen (Sound Effects Re-Recording Mixer)
Breaking Bad beat some stiff competition, including The Walking Dead. The seven other contenders were Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Vikings and The Walking Dead. Visit the MPSE website for full details.
Mad Men lovers (with a stress on the lovers): If you’re searching for a Valentine’s Day gift for someone who just happens to be a Mad Men fan — and already has all the Mad Men swag — consider the following…
1. An Engagement Ring
On Mad Men, it’s go big or go home. Pop the question Don Draper-style, accompanied by a ring with sentimental value.
2. A Decorative Brooch
A brooch may be a simple but it still makes a statement. Think Joan’s display of flower power at her Avon talk in Season 6.
3. A Charm Bracelet
After a trip to Rome, Don surprises Betty with a gold Colosseum charm for her bracelet (which Mrs. Francis still wears). Gifts like that keep precious memories close at hand.
4. A Pen Necklace
Certainly one of the most iconic accessories from the series, Joan’s pen necklace combines fashion and function. How can you lose?
Betty’s drop dual-studs are dazzling while dancing with Don; Jane Sterling dons dramatic earrings by Roger’s side; and Rebecca Pryce prefers a double-strand necklace when dining with Lane. You’ve got options here.
AMC and Sony Pictures Television today announced an agreement to develop Preacher as a dramatic series on AMC. Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted ’90s comic book series, the project will be executive produced and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End). Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.
“This is a great piece of material for AMC, and we’re thrilled to begin working with the creative team behind it to make another iconic AMC series,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg said, “This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”
Garth Ennis said, “Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see Preacher being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a 2-hour movie. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and it’s exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that Preacher needs. Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation. All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.”
AMC Orders Unscripted Series Focused on the Inaugural Season of the LA KISS Arena Football League Team
AMC today announced that it had greenlit a docuseries focused on the inaugural season of the LA KISS arena football league team. The show, which will follow dedicated players and coaches trying to turn LA’s first professional football team in years into a winning franchise, will also feature owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, of KISS fame, along with long-time manager, Doc McGhee.
Produced by Thinkfactory Media (Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Hatfields & McCoys), the 10-episode (60-minute) series will premiere on AMC this summer. “We look forward to capturing all the trials and tribulations of launching a sports franchise in a great sports city like Los Angeles,” said Eliot Goldberg, AMC’s senior vice president of unscripted programming. “These are incredibly dedicated athletes, coaches and management who want to win, and the fact that the team has rock and roll royalty in the owners box just adds another great dimension to the series.”
“We are thrilled to partner with AMC in bringing our show to the viewing public,” Paul Stanley said. “Anyone who knows Gene and I knows we have never played by the rules. This opportunity to see the making of our team of rebels, the LA KISS, from behind the scenes will once again show everyone that we play to win.”
Executive producers of the as-yet-untitled show are Adam Freeman, Adam Reed and Leslie Greif. Goldberg, Marco Bresaz and Andrea Beckerman will oversee the series for AMC.
Later this month (Feb. 25), AMC will premiere a new unscripted series, Game of Arms. A look inside the raw and highly competitive world of American arm wrestling, the series follows the members of five regional arm wrestling clubs as they hit the road and wager their reputation, relationships and money for the sport. The series hails from Matt Renner and Ethan Prochnik, the Emmy Award-winning producers of Deadliest Catch, and executive producer Dan Ilani, their partner in Undertow Films.
During Season 1 of Comic Book Men, fans of the series were asked which superpower they’d most like to have. The top 3 answers: Healing Power (19%), Telekinesis (16%) and Teleportation (13%). Credit Comic Book Men fans for being wise enough to pass over flashier abilities like Super Strength (8%) and X-Ray Vision (1%). That said, with the return of Comic Book Men imminent, now’s a good time to reconsider your selection should you feel so inclined.Cast your vote now!
Comic Book Men returns Sun., Feb. 9 at Midnight/11c on AMC.
Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols and Superman Dean Cain to Appear in Upcoming Episodes of Comic Book Men
Kevin, Walt, Bryan, Michael and Ming are back behind the counter and in front of the microphone as Comic Book Men returns for the second half of Season 3 on Sunday, February 9 at Midnight/11c on AMC. The show follows the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s Red Bank, New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, as customers geek-out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and iconic celebrities and personalities, including Dean Cains star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Nichelle Nichols, Uhura from the original Star Trek series. Whether it’s about buying and selling memorabilia or embarking on wild adventures away from the store, the men of The Stash share all the juicy details with Kevin through their hilarious podcast, which is woven throughout the series.
On the premiere episode, “Superman’s 75th,” The Man of Steel is turning 75 and the boys from The Stash plan to celebrate in style! The guys transform The Stash into the ultimate Superman party — complete with a giant Superman “S” ice sculpture as the center piece. Walt and the boys get dressed as characters from Superman lore. Meanwhile, Walt teases that he’s invited a special mystery guest — the party flips when Dean Cain shows up!
Comic Book Men returns Sun., Feb. 9 at Midnight/11c on AMC.