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The Magicians Cast Expands and Production Kicks Off

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oliviadudleyWe’ve been talking about Syfy’s “The Magicians” for a while now, and today the network and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) announced that production of Season 1 has kicked off in Vancouver, Canada. The 13-episode season will air in early 2016 on Syfy.

The series centers on Quentin, a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity.

Olivia Taylor Dudley (pictured right) has joined the cast as a series regular, it was also announced today. Dudley plays Alice, an intensely shy and delicately lovely young woman. Born of a magical but neglectful family, Alice is an outcast among her fellow students at Brakebills but nonetheless emerges as the most brilliant magical practitioner in her class.

Dudley appears in the Lakeshore/Lionsgate film The Vatican Tapes opposite Michael Pena, just wrapped production on Paranormal Activity 5 for Paramount, and can be seen in the feature Dude Bro Party Massacre III. She was a lead in Oren Peli’s ensemble horror film The Chernobyl Diaries from Alcon/Warner Bros. and has also appeared in The Dictator, Moneyball, and Just Go With It.

Starring Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia), Hale Appleman (Eliot), Arjun Gupta (Penny), and Summer Bishil (Margo), “The Magicians” is based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling novels.

Additionally, “The Magicians” announces the following recurring guest stars for Season 1:

– Rick Worthy as Dean Fogg, the formidable Dean of Brakebills — an exacting leader and a keeper of secrets, balancing a great sense of authority with dry wit. Worthy is best known for his roles in “Battlestar Galactica” as Simon and “Supernatural” as the Alpha Vampire.

– Anne Dudek as Professor Sunderland, a smart, charmingly scatterbrained woman dedicated to teaching Brakebills students how to hone their magical skills. Dudek is best known for her series regular role on “Covert Affairs” as well as recurring roles on “House,” “Mad Men,” “Bones,” “Less Than Perfect,” “Those Who Kill,” and “Big Love.”

– Jade Tailor as Kady, a tough, rebellious, and sexy Brakebills student who attracts Penny’s attention in and out of the classroom. Jade previously worked with “The Magicians’s” John McNamara and Sera Gamble on their NBC series “Aquarius.” Jade also recurs on TNT’s “Murder in the First.” Other television credits include “True Blood” and “Vegas.”

– Esmé Bianco as Eliza, a paramedic who has a hand in initiating Quentin’s journey into real magic. Bianco is best known for her three season-long role of Ros in “Game of Thrones.”

Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams (Milk) will executive produce “The Magicians.” John McNamara (“Aquarius”) and Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”), writers of the pilot, will serve as executive producers. Mike Cahill (I Origins) directed the pilot. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio.

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy is an international sensation, published and widely praised in more than twenty countries. The epic conclusion to the series, The Magician’s Land, opened at #1 last summer on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller’s list and was widely acclaimed as one of the best books of the year.

Cast photos can be found below; look for more soon!

THE MAGICIANS -- Pictured: "The Magicians" logo -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

THE MAGICIANS — Pictured: “The Magicians” logo — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

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VENOM Trailer is Pure Action Horror

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Surprise news for those of you still up late as Sony has dropped the first trailer for Venom, their standalone film based on the character of the same name. For those of you who were wondering how this film might stand up in today’s age of “some are good and some are bad” comic book-to-film adaptations, I’m going to lean towards the former. While I’ll try to remain skeptical, something about the way this movie is looking is grabbing my attention and has me quite excited. Apart from the requisite action that all superhero movies have these days, there’s a wonderful amount of horror throughout the trailer.

Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments!

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. It infects theaters on October 5, 2018.

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POLL: Who Should Direct Wan and King’s TOMMYKNOCKERS?

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It was just last month that we learned James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) is going to be producing a new big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers.

While I’m sad that it seems Wan will not be directing the film, I think it’s a great time to bring up the question: Well, then who the hell SHOULD?

You can find my top 3 choices below and then make sure to let us know who you think should direct James Wan’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

ABC mini-series’ executive producer Larry Sanitsky: “It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption.”

Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers will be produced by James Wan (The Conjuring), Roy Lee (Stephen King’s IT) and the ABC mini-series’ executive producer Larry Sanitsky.

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A town in Maine that falls under the influence of a dangerous gas from an unearthed spacecraft. The gas begins to transform the people, giving them enhanced abilities, but also making them violent and subject to an alien hive mentality. One man, thanks to a steel plate in his head, is immune to the effects and tries to stop the townspeople.

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Guess Who Just Snagged Wan and King’s New TOMMYKNOCKERS

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Earlier this month we passed along the exciting news that that none other than James Wan plans to bring Stephen King’s novel The Tommyknockers back to the screen.

Wan will be producing (but not at this time, directing) the film along with Roy Lee (IT) and the original ABC mini-series’ executive producer Larry Sanitsky.

And today Deadline reports Universal won the bidding war over the new adaptation, barely beating out fellow heavyweights Sony and Netflix. And thus Universal, home of the classic movie monsters, will be bringing us Wan and King’s first (and hopefully not last) collaboration.

Are you excited by this news? Do you think Universal is the right fit for this new film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

A town in Maine that falls under the influence of a dangerous gas from an unearthed spacecraft. The gas begins to transform the people, giving them enhanced abilities, but also making them violent and subject to an alien hive mentality. One man, thanks to a steel plate in his head, is immune to the effects and tries to stop the townspeople.

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