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Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki Join Mini-Series The Night Manager

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More good news for fans awaiting the television adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager: AMC, BBC One and The Ink Factory have announced that Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki will join the cast. They will co-star with previously announced stars Hugh Laurie (House) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse, Midnight in Paris), and Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier (In a Better World). The mini-series is set to begin filming this spring.
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AMC Networks Clones BBC America’s Orphan Black Season 3 Premiere on April 18

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AMC fans, here’s your chance to check out the acclaimed BBC America series, Orphan Black: AMC Networks will air the highly-anticipated Season 3 premiere of the hit series on Saturday, April 18 at 9PM/8C across all of its U.S. networks – AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv. This marks the first time the AMC Networks channel group has used its combined portfolio of networks to air a premiere of its programming. BBC America is operated as a joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Worldwide.

Starring SAG and Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles, Orphan Black’s second season brought new enemies to light, culminating in a shocking finale which revealed a new line of male clones, played by Ari Millen. Season 3 plunges the clone sisterhood into unexpected territory with the realization that they’re not alone.
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New Comic Book Men Poster and Midseason Premiere Date Revealed

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Today, AMC released the poster for the second half of Comic Book Men’s fourth season, which premieres Sunday, February 15 at Midnight / 11c. The poster features master fanboy Kevin Smith and the charismatic men of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash being photographed by superhero-clad paparazzi.

In the fourth season of AMC’s unscripted series, Walt, Bryan, Michael and Ming geek out over rare pop culture memorabilia and also welcome new friends to the Red Bank, NJ comic store, including fandom icons Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Adam West (Batman), Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster), and Walt’s personal hero, Gene Simmons of KISS.

For a larger version of the poster, click here.

Comic Book Men will premiere Sunday, February 15 at Midnight/11c.

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AMC Announces Mini-Series The Night Manager Starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston

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The Ink Factory and AMC today announced a co-production partnership for the television adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager. Multiple Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie (House) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse, Midnight in Paris) will star in the mini-series, which is set to begin filming in spring 2015. Susanne Bier, who won an Academy Award for In a Better World, will direct.

A contemporary interpretation of le Carré’s espionage drama – and the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years – The Night Manager mini-series will bring together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality. The eagerly anticipated series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), Pine must himself become a criminal.
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AMC Goes Gangster With New Docu-Drama Making of The Mob: New York

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AMC announced today that the network will premiere the special event mini-series Making of The Mob: New York, which chronicles the historical roots of the original Five Families that led to the formation of the modern American Mafia. The docu-drama is being produced by Emmy Award-winning Stephen David Entertainment (The World Wars, The Men Who Built America).

Utilizing an immersive blend of dramatic scenes, archival footage and groundbreaking VFX, Making of The Mob: New York will begin in 1905 and span over 50 years to trace the rise of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and other notorious gangsters from their beginnings as a neighborhood gang of teenagers to murderous entrepreneurs and bootleggers who organized the criminal underworld and turned it into an American institution. The series will also feature interviews with historians, authors, actors, law enforcement personnel and family members, including: actors Joe Mantegna and Drea de Matteo; mob attorney and former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman; author David Pierusza, who is an expert on Lucky Luciano’s criminal mentor Arnold Rothstein; and Meyer Lansky’s grandson, Meyer Lansky II, among others.

The network will extend the Mafia theme by partnering each episode of Making of The Mob: New York with a lead-in from their extensive library of iconic mobster films. Long the cornerstones of the popular annual “Mob Week” programming event, titles include The GodfatherThe Godfather Part IIGoodfellasAmerican GangsterDonnie BrascoScarfaceCasino and Carlito’s Way.

“Stephen David brought us a show that reminded us what an absolutely spectacular story the truth is with respect to the rise of organized crime in America and the formation of the legendary Five Families,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content. ”Making of The Mob: New York features fantastic, larger-than-life characters and drama that is better than fiction in every way. This is definitely event television.”

Making of The Mob: New York is executive produced by Stephen David, with Eliot Goldberg and Marco Bresaz overseeing for the network. It will consist of eight, one-hour episodes premiering in second quarter 2015.

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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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Director David Dobkin (The Judge, Shanghai Nights) to Helm Martial Arts Drama Badlands

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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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AMC Renews Hell on Wheels for a Fifth and Final Season

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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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New Sci-Fi Series Humans Announces Cast Members, Including William Hurt

amc-logo-325William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s WhoreMr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat) are to star in Humans – the ambitious new co-production from AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos.

Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished Synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.

William Hurt plays George Millican, a widower who has formed a close relationship with his out-of-date Synth, Odi, who he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery.

BAFTA award-winning Katherine Parkinson plays Laura, a woman who seems to have it all – a great career as a lawyer, a loving husband, three children. But inside she’s struggling with her own unresolved demons. In a misguided attempt to help the situation, her husband Joe, played by Olivier Award-winning Tom Goodman Hill, buys a Synth. Played by Gemma Chan, Anita is the pliant, servile automaton that all Synths are supposed to be – but every now and then, she does something inexplicable.  Something… almost human.

Colin Morgan joins the cast as Leo, who’s desperately trying to track down someone from his past; BAFTA Award-winning Rebecca Front plays the NHS-funded overbearing carer synth, Vera; and Neil Maskell takes on the role of police officer D.S. Peter Drummond, who works for the Special Technologies Task Force.

Written by British writing partnership Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), Humans is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans. Humans will start filming in the UK this week.  Further casting to be announced in due course.

The series (8 x 60’) is produced by Kudos (Utopia, Broadchurch, The Hour) in association with Matador Films (Real Humans).  Executive producers are Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Utopia, The Hour) and Derek Wax (The Hour, Occupation, Lip Service) for Kudos with Chris Fry (The Smoke) set to produce for Kudos, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. Commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell, and Kristin Jones and Joel Stillerman for AMC. Distribution will be handled by Shine International.

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