Archive for May, 2014

 
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New Nerdist series opens the curtains on the cult comedy phenomenon
The star-studded live show and podcast Thrilling Adventure Hour has a treat for their devoted fans – Nerdist premieres an in-depth behind the scenes series today onNerdist.com.
 
The Thrilling Adventure Hour, the staged production in the style of old-time radio, has brought together some of the biggest names in comedy since launching their monthly sold-out show at Los Angeles’ Largo at the Coronet in 2005. In the new series, viewers will go behind the scenes of the production and hear from creators and writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, as well as regulars Paul F Tompkins, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), and Busy Phillips (Cougar Town).  Guest stars Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn, Clark Gregg and Joshua Malina are also featured in the series, which will run over five episodes.
 
Co-creator Ben Acker says, “For the first time ever, we welcome you behind the curtain at The Thrilling Adventure Hour where the real show kind of is!” 
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The new web series is funded by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $200,000 from fans and also spawned an acclaimed graphic novel now in its 3rd printing.
 
With its special blend of adventure and comedy, The Thrilling Adventure Hour follows the serial adventures of outer space lawman Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, the hard-drinking private eyes Frank & Sadie Doyle of Beyond Belief and more. Formatted like the ‘old-timey’ radio shows of the ’40’s and ’50’s, each production combines musical numbers, fictional ads and a wide cast of recurring characters. Due to popular demand the live show has gone on the road, playing to packed houses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco.
 
Tickets to all upcoming shows can be found at http://thrillingadventurehour.com
 
Check out the first episode of Behind the Scenes at The Thrilling Adventure Hour right here: http://www.nerdist.com/vepisode/the-thrilling-adventure-hour-behind-the-scenes-web-series-premiere-is-here

The 2014 Phoenix Comic Con invites you to “embrace your inner geek” during annual convention.

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The 2014 Phoenix Comic Con is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center June 5-8th and the annual event brings a slew of guests from the worlds of Television, Film and Books.  Guest of the 4-day event can attend panels on all topics from “Doctor Who” to a Zombie Obstacle Course.

John Barrowman

John Barrowman

Celebrities attending this years con include John Barrowman (Torchwood), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Eliza Dushku (Buffy), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), Stephen Amell (Arrow), Adam West (Batman), Danny Glover (Leathal Weapon) and many more.

Stephen Amell of "Arrow"

Stephen Amell of “Arrow”

Nathan Fillion of "Castle"

Nathan Fillion of “Castle”

Attendees can purchase a professional photo op with their fave celebrities to have an 8×10 rememberance of meeting their idols.  Photo ops go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, May 22nd through the con’s website at www.phoenixcomiccon.com.

If you still need to get your tickets for the event, go to www.phoenixcomiccon.com and get yours today!

Check back with CFM for event reports during the con!

 

Photo courtesy Starz network

Photo courtesy Starz network

Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht today announced a third season for the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons” has been greenlit. The historical fantasy, created and executive produced by David S. Goyer and produced by Adjacent Productions, follows the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence.

 

John Shiban joins “Da Vinci’s Demons” season three as executive producer and showrunner. Shiban began his career as a staff writer on FOX’s “The X-Files.” During his stint on the celebrated FOX series, Shiban wrote or co-wrote over twenty episodes and served as executive producer by the end of the series’ nine-year run. His writing on “The X-Files” garnered him an Emmy® nomination. As a producer, Shiban has also been honored with a Golden Globe® Award and an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Series for “The X-Files.” Shiban joined AMC’s “Breaking Bad” as a consulting producer in its second season, penning several episodes of the acclaimed series. He received a WGA Award nomination for Episodic Drama for the episode “Phoenix” and wrote and directed Season Three’s penultimate episode “Sunset.” On AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” Shiban served as executive producer and showrunner, writing and directing numerous episodes.

 

Series creator David S. Goyer will continue to serve as executive producer.

 

“We’re excited to continue Leonardo da Vinci’s adventures with a third season of ’Da Vinci’s Demons’ with John Shiban joining the ranks as executive producer and showrunner,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz. “David S. Goyer’s vision of da Vinci’s journey continues to entertain fans, taking them deeper into the world of ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ where there is still much more story to tell.”

 

“I’m very proud of this modern take on the endlessly fascinating Leonardo da Vinci — everyone from the writers, directors, cast and all the crew have been invaluable and will continue to be for what we have ahead,” says Goyer. “I’ve been a fan of John’s work for some time and I’m excited to add his voice to the mix.”

 

“I’m thrilled to be joining the amazing creative team behind ‘Da Vinci’s Demons,’” said Shiban. “Starz and Adjacent have given us an amazing playground to play in – I can’t wait to dig further into the untold history of Leonardo da Vinci.”

 

Brilliant and passionate, the 25-year- old Leonardo da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time.

 

“Da Vinci’s Demons” stars Tom Riley (“Monroe,” “Doctor Who”), as the title character; Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners MovieGuardians of the Galaxy) who plays Lucrezia Donati; Elliot Cowan (“Luther”) who plays the de factor ruler of Florence, Lorenzo Medici; Lara Pulver (Edge of Tomorrow, “Fleming,” “Sherlock”), who plays his wife Clarice Orsini; and Blake Ritson (Serena, “Upstairs Downstairs) who plays the ruthless and unwavering Count Girolamo Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV.

 

Jane Tranter serves as Executive Producer. The series is produced by Adjacent Productions, a label launched and run by Tranter to sit alongside BBC Worldwide Productions in order to identify new and original programming created and produced under the company’s umbrella.

 

Outside of the United States and English-speaking Canada, “Da Vinci’s Demons” is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide, in partnership with FOX International Channels (FIC) who broadcasts the series to audiences in 125 countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa following Starz’s exclusive premiere in the U.S.