AMC Casts International Film Star Daniel Wu As Lead of Martial Arts Drama Badlands

badlands-daniel-wu--560Good news for martial arts fans: AMC has cast Hong Kong film star Daniel Wu as the lead of the network’s new drama Badlands. Wu also serves as an executive producer on Badlands, a genre-bending martial arts series loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Wu) and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

 “After working together with such a talented team of executive producers, writers and executives at AMC, I am excited for the opportunity to bring this character to life‎,” said Wu.

Wu is a Hong Kong-based Chinese-American actor, director and producer.  Born in Berkeley, California, Wu was raised in Orinda in a family whose parents were Shanghai natives who were both educated in the States. Continue reading “AMC Casts International Film Star Daniel Wu As Lead of Martial Arts Drama Badlands” »

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AMC Orders Pilot for Comic Book Franchise Preacher, Co-Produced by Seth Rogen

preacher-press-seth-rogen-325It’s a go! AMC has ordered a pilot for a series based on the popular comic book franchise Preacher. The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is The End, Superbad, Neighbors). Rogen and Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film. The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen and Goldberg are attached to direct.

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted ‘90s comic book series, Preacher is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.
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Comic Book Men – Q&A With Ernie Hudson

comic-book-men-episode-408-ernie-hudson-325Comic Book Men guest star Ernie Hudson talks about Ghostbusters’ appeal, his experience in Comic-Car 1 and how he would fare in a zombie apocalypse.

Q: What were your first thoughts when Walt said you all were going to dress in a uniform and get into the ice cream truck?

A: I have this habit where people will approach me with something that’s a little weird or a little different and I’ll go with it. They’re passionate about it. People will come up to me on the street and say, “Oh, my mother is a big fan of yours. She’s in the hospital but she always wanted to meet you. Can you come with me?” And I’ll say “Oh, okay.” My curiosity will sort of run that way.

So [for the show], I’m driving the truck and I kind of get that Winston Zeddemore aspect from Ghostbusters. I didn’t realize comics were that popular. I know they’re popular, but I didn’t think they were going to be selling-them-off-an-ice-cream-truck popular.

Q: What was it like delivering comics from an ice cream truck?
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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Jurassic Park


As we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner to share what we’re grateful for, movie lovers everywhere should give a thanks to Jurassic Park and Steven Spielberg for revolutionizing not only computer animated graphics, but the film industry itself. And also for the dinosaurs, because who doesn’t love dinosaurs? If you’re already a long-time fan, you probably know Universal bought the story from Michael Crichton before the author had even finished writing the novel. You’re also probably well aware that the terrifying roar of the T-Rex is actually made up of penguin-mating sounds, as well as dog, tiger, alligator and elephant noises mixed together. But there might be some details about the landmark film you may not have heard. Here are six lesser known facts about Jurassic Park

1. The T-Rex animatron caused screams in real life too

The twelve-ton T-Rex animatronic puppet terrified audiences onscreen, but it also scared crew members during filming. The animatronic occasionally malfunctioned when wet, and the film’s producer, Kathleen Kennedy, recalls that, “The T-Rex went into the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Scared the crap out of us. We’d be, like, eating lunch, and all of a sudden a T-rex would come alive. At first we didn’t know what was happening, and then we realized it was the rain. You’d hear people start screaming.”
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Director David Dobkin (The Judge, Shanghai Nights) to Helm Martial Arts Drama Badlands


It’s official: David Dobkin, who directed The Judge, Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up, and Shanghai Knights, has joined AMC’s upcoming martial arts drama Badlands (working title) as series director and an executive producer. Badlands is set to be a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” in which a great warrior and a young boy embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

The project was created by writers/show runners Al Gough and Miles Millar, of Shanghai Noon and Smallville fame. They’ll serve as exec producers along with Oscar-Nominated producers Stacy Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp FictionContagion) and master martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero) and Stephen Fung.

“I am thrilled to be directing Badlands,” Dobkin said. “Aside from the amazing group of people I get to work with – everyone at AMC, plus Stacy and Michael, and Al and Miles for the second time – it’s a brilliant, visionary project that finally gives the fan-boy in me something to dig my teeth into.”

Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later, The Village), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors, In America) and Oliver Stark (The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, My Hero) have also joined the cast as series regulars.

AMC has ordered six, one-hour episodes. Eager fans can look forward to the premiere in late 2015 or early 2016.

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Seven Ways to Get Ready for the Midseason Finale of Comic Book Men This Sunday


The first half of Comic Book Men Season 4 ends this Sunday at Midnight/11c. So who ya gonna call to go out with a bang? A Ghostbuster, of course! Ernie Hudson will be teaming up with the guys at The Stash this weekend. Can’t wait to see what’s in store? Here are seven ways to get ready for the Midseason Finale:

1. Catch up on any episodes you missed or re-watch your favorite moments with full episodes on

2. Read interviews with the cast to get the inside scoop on the highlights of this season, the cast’s favorite items from the Stash and more.

3. Find out if you’re more like the son of Krypton or the Dark Knight by playing the Superhero Personality Quiz.
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Photos – Jon Hamm, Emily Kinney and Fellow AMC Stars Mingle at Holiday Press Reception


Stars collided at West Hollywood eatery Dominick’s as AMC’s talent gathered for a holiday reception with HFPA members and other local press. Check out this gallery of the evening that features cast members from The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels and Better Call Saul — and a stellar photobomb by Jon Hamm.


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Comic Book Men – Q&A With Bryan Johnson

Bryan Johcomic-book-men-season-4-bryan-johnson-cast-325nson, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about his experience at BronyCon and his favorite thing about spending time at the Stash.

Q: You’re a long-time friend of Kevin and have appeared in several of his films. What still manages to surprise you about him after all these years?

A: I would say his output. I’ll be honest – when he made Clerks, and you see that kind of laze throughout the movie, that’s the way we were: slackers. We hung around doing nothing. In the last couple of years, his creative output is nothing less than astonishing. As he’s gotten older, he’s even more ambitious and prolific.

Q: Does hosting the podcast “Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave!” with Walt help for appearing on the show together?

A: I’ve known Walt since fifth grade and we’ve been really good friends. When people find out I used to work at Quick Stop with Kevin, they write it off as a crappy job, but aside from Comic Book Men, it was the best job I ever had because you got to hang out with your friend all day. At the time, you didn’t realize it, but all those conversations we had were practice. Us sitting around and having conversations was our [version of] college. I think the podcast helps in terms of reacting faster than you might otherwise. My job is to basically make fun of people, so I have to be on point and think about where I’m going to interject. Knowing Walt for so long definitely helps in terms of playing off of each other.

Q: Although you’re not an official employee at the Stash, what is your favorite thing about spending time there?

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AMC Renews Hell on Wheels for a Fifth and Final Season


AMC has announced that Hell on Wheels will be returning for a fifth and final season of 14 episodes. Seven new episodes will air next summer, with the final seven episodes of the series following in the summer of 2016. The Western period drama opened up a new night of original programming for AMC on Saturday, and in its current season, is delivering an average of 3.4 million viewers on the most challenging night of the week for television.

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Comic Book Men – Q&A With Ming Chen

comic-book-men-season-4-ming-chen-cast-325Ming Chen, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about what to expect in Season 4 and which of his Stash coworkers he’d team up with during a zombie apocalypse.

Q: We’re now into Season 4. Has Comic Book Men changed your daily life?

A: I’m definitely getting stopped at the mall. I think out of all four of us, Bryan probably gets the most attention and is the most recognizable because of the beard, but people stop me here and there. One of my favorite instances was at my favorite restaurant a few months ago. I noticed one of the waiters in the back looking at his phone, back up at me and then he came up to me. I love the fact that it was at my favorite restaurant and maybe the service felt even better that day.

Q: Do any of the other guys get jealous when you’re recognized?

A: Walt actually hates attention, but he’s so good on camera. Even if I wasn’t on the show, I would love to just watch him. With Bryan, it depends on what day it is. Sometimes he loves it, but he tends to be a grump. I think Mike loves it as well.

Q: Tell us more about babysitting at The Stash during Season 4, Episode 4, “Super Baby.” Are you naturally good with kids?

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