AMC today announced a straight-to-series order for the martial arts drama Badlands (working title). Badlands joins The Walking Dead and the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul as AMC’s only straight-to-series orders.
Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
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In this exclusive interview with amc.com, Mad Men stars John Slattery and Christina Hendricks discuss their latest collaboration, God’s Pocket — what drew them to the material, how it compared to working on Mad Men and their fond memories of the film’s star, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Q: John, you adapted the movie from the book. What drew you to the material as a writer and director?
John Slattery: I just thought it was laid out like a film, with the book-ended narration by Richard Jenkins’s character, Shelburn. I was taken with the specificity of each character, which kind of collectively created this world that was so vividly described. So I closed the book and literally thought, “This is a film.” At the time, I tried to make it happen, really without knowing how to do that yet. Luckily, someone said, “No.” Then, five years later someone reminded me about it — and it’s probably a good thing it’s taken me this long to get it made because in the interim I directed a bunch of episodes of Mad Men. I’d also written another screenplay, which didn’t turn out very well. But at least I knew what that was like, so I had experience to realistically give this a try.
Q: And, Christina, what attracted you to God’s Pocket, as an actress?
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Comic Book Men star Bryan Johnson talks about his craziest interaction with a fan and his favorite guest star so far.
Q: You were once the manager of the shop when it first opened. How does a guy who’s not into comics get that gig?
A: It’s quite simple. You befriend a guy who buys a comic book store.
Q: So were you a good people person?
A: Not exactly… pretty terrible actually. Yeah, my shrink once said “Why do you keep getting jobs in retail?” And I said “Because Kevin opens retail stores!”
Q: You seem fairly unfazed by most of the items that come through The Stash. Is there one item that’s come through that you’ve considered pretty cool?
AMC has unveiled the official poster for the final season of Mad Men, designed by renowned artist Milton Glaser. As Glaser explains in an exclusive interview with amc.com, the imagery plays on recurring themes from the series,”notably the head of a woman and the wine being poured.” Another familiar element that Glaser incorporates is “the figure that has become symbolic of the program” — the iconic silhouette of Don Draper from the show’s opener. Juxtaposing Don’s original Season 1 image with psychedelic art indicative of the new season was a challenge that Glaser happily accepted, and the result is, as he puts it, “harmonious and convincing as a single experience.”
Mad Men‘s final season begins Sun., Apr. 13 10/9c on AMC.
Brian O’Halloran, star of the Clerks movies, talks about his appearances on Comic Book Men, the craziest interaction he’s had with a fan and what people can expect from Clerks III.
Q: How did you and Kevin Smith first meet?
A: Unlike most of the cast of Clerks, who had been friends with Kevin before, I met him during my audition for the part. I had been acting with a group in a neighboring town and heard about the audition. I just thought, “Oh, cool. I’ll go check that out.” I could tell immediately he was someone I wanted to work with and get to know better.
Q: Did you ever think that Clerks would become the huge phenom that it did?
A: Not at all. We got deferred pay and were promised a VHS copy of the film, which I still have… I thought it would just be something that I would show the VHS copy to all my acting friends, from time to time, and we would watch and think it was hysterical. I remember at the first screening, there were like 12 of us in the audience — 10 of which were those who made the movie. But, luckily, Bob Hawk from Sundance was there. It wasn’t until Sundance when we saw it go gangbusters. The four screenings were sold out. And we thought, “OK, great! People are getting this. Wow, that’s cool.”
Q: What do you think was the secret to the movie’s success?
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Got a case of cabin fever? One cure may be to test out three new drink recipes in the Mad Men Cocktail Guide. Additions include a Champagne Cocktail, the Pink Lady, and Blood and Sand. Any are worthy of accompanying your Mad Men binge-watching — which you can do right now since amc.com is currently hosting the entirety of Season 6 online. Early risers can also tune in this Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6AM/5c with four episodes that are all about parties: Season 3, Episode 6: “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency“; Season 4, Episode 2: “Christmas Comes But Once a Year“; Season 4, Episode 6: “Waldorf Stories“; and Season 5, Episode 1: “A Little Kiss“… Cheers!
In The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10, survivors from the prison battle continue to surface, among them Baby Judith and Glenn. Even Carol emerges from exile to rejoin some of her former companions. All now face a constant struggle to survive outside the prison walls, but for now, who are you happiest to see still alive?Cast your vote now!
Lane Pryce may be gone but he’s hardly forgotten. Who doesn’t remember his brief but fateful visit to the Playboy Club with Don? Click here to reacquaint yourself with Lane and his “Chocolate Bunny” in a photo gallery of scenes from the club. If these photos leave you wanting more of Lane, tune in this Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6AM/5c, as AMC memorializes SCDP’s former Finance Man with “Lane Pryce Remembered.” The quartet of Mad Men encores includes episodes featuring Lane and Don painting the town red (Season 4, Episode 3: “The Good News“); Lane obsessing over a woman’s photo found in a lost wallet (Season 5, Episode 2: “A Little Kiss, Part II“); Lane slugging Pete (Season 5, Episode 5: “Signal 30“); and Lane’s last act of desperation (Season 5, Episode 12: “Commission and Fees“). Just want to see the Playboy Club?
Dean Cain, star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, talks about his appearance on Comic Book Men as the guest of honor at Superman’s 75th birthday party and his favorite version of Superman.
Q: Were you a Superman fan prior to Lois & Clark?
A: Well, I watched Super Friends as a kid and he was my favorite. He and Aquaman. I don’t know why Aquaman. But those were my two favorite superheroes.
Q: Were you into comic books growing up?
A: I didn’t really read comic books. It became much more so once I was cast as Superman. Actually, one of the first things I did with my son, when he was learning how to read was read him comic books. He loved looking at the art. He had seen the Superman stuff, so then we were looking at art work for something else and he liked it and took an interest and started reading the panels. So I just started getting him comic book after comic book. And now I can appreciate — as an adult, as a filmmaker, as an actor, and as a writer — seeing the way that these guys can craft these stories and create this art and give it a certain look and feel. It’s amazing!
Q: Who plays the best Superman aside from yourself?
A: Without a doubt, my favorite was always Christopher Reeve. He was my Superman, growing up. He was the one I identified with the character and was the first one I saw as a live Superman. I based my Superman on the way that Christopher Reeve played Superman. But, I’d say the Clark Kent side was much more George Reeves. He was much more of a manly man, he was a cool Clark Kent. I played that side more like that… having that ’50s style male-female banter with Teri Hatcher. And I have to say, I think Teri was the best Lois Lane ever!
Q: Kevin Smith credits you with revitalizing Superman, do you think the recent movies draw inspiration from your version of Superman?
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In The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere, Rick, Carl and Michonne cope with life in the aftermath of the prison battle: Rick is physically broken, Carl is forced to face the possibility of life without his father and Michonne is haunted by ghosts from her past. Without the prison walls to protect them, only the strong can survive. Who’s got what it takes? You decide…Cast your vote now!