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Legendary Bringing Warcraft, Crimson Peak & Krampus To Comic-Con

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Legendary Entertainment will be at next month’s Comic-Con with Warcraft, Crimson Peak and Krampus.

Chris Hardwick will be moderating the Legendary panel on Saturday, July 11th, at 2:30pm which will offer content from the above named movies.

Legendary will also be on the Comic-Con floor located at booth #3920.

Crimson Peak will be in theaters October 16, 2015, with Krampus having a December 4, 2015 release date; Warcraft hits June 10, 2016.

Crimson Peak synopsis: Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.  In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider.  Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.  Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.

Krampus is directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick r Treat) which is based on the ancient legend about a pagan creature who punishes children on Christmas. 

Warcraft synopsis: Legendary’s WARCRAFT is a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones, the film is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production. The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. WARCRAFT will be released by Universal Pictures. Fighting for The Alliance, Warcraft features Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Travis Fimmel as Anduin Lothar, Ben Foster as Medivh, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, and Ruth Negga as Lady Taria, and on the side of The Horde is also Clancy Brown as Blackhand, Toby Kebbel as Durotan, and Daniel Wu as Gul’Dan, with Paula Patton’s Garona caught in the middle.

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The Walking Dead Coming To 2015 Comic-Con

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AMC has announced both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead will appear at Hall H at Comic-Con next month.

The Walking Dead panel will take place Friday, July 10th from 12-2pm.

The Talking Dead‘s Chris Hardwick is set to moderate with appearances set to include: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer, director and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero and executive producer David Alpert.

From Fear The Walking Dead, set to appear are: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades, Mercedes Mason, executive producer and showrunner David Erickson, and executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and Dave Alpert.

Comic-Con takes place July 8-12 in San Diego.

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Chris Hardwick on Larry King About Batman Vs. Superman Negative Comments (Video)

Unofficial geek ambassador Chris Hardwick recently appeared on the Larry King Show where the host of Talking Dead is asked his thoughts on the negative comments surrounding the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice title.

Hardwick says the louder voices on the internet are always the negative ones because anger and hate are a more powerful motivator than “it sounds nice.”

King and Hardwick also go on to discuss Ben Affleck and how he’ll do as the new Batman with Hardwick comparing it to Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr.

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“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a newly announced May 6, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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The Walking Dead Return of Season 4 Scores 15.8 million viewers; Beats Olympics

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Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead scored 15.8 million viewers which was enough to out perform the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The return of Season 4 of The Walking Dead netted an 8.2 in the ratings compared to the Olympics which got a 6.9.

The mid-season episode of The Walking Dead was also up about 28 percent compared to last year’s mid-season finale.

The live show following The Walking Dead with Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, also saw record ratings with 5.9 million viewers tuning in.

 

 

Press Release

AMC’S The Walking Dead MID-SEASON PREMIERE DELIVERS 15.8 MILLION VIEWERS AND 10.4 MILLION ADULTS 18-49

The Walking Dead CONTINUES TO BE THE #1 SHOW ON TELEVISION AMONG ADULTS 18-49

MID-SEASON PREMIERE OUT-PERFORMS THE SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS ON SUNDAY NIGHT AMONG ADULTS 18-49

TALKING DEAD AFTERSHOW DELIVERS A PREMIERE RECORD 5.9 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS 3.9 MILLION ADULTS 18-49

 

NEW YORK, NY – February 10, 2014 – AMC’s The Walking Dead returned last night with the mid-season premiere of its fourth season, delivering 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49. It was the #1 telecast for the night among adults 18-49, including the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Walking Dead continues to be the #1 show on all of television among the coveted 18-49 demographic. With time-shifted playback, last night’s premiere should exceed 20 million viewers.

“With a number of high-profile choices on television last night, for The Walking Dead to deliver record ratings is remarkable. Thanks to the fans, who have been so supportive of this show in so many ways. We share your passion for this world,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Thanks also to the terrific team of writers, starting with Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman, who with our outstanding executive producers, cast and crew pour their hearts into this series, always with the fans in mind. I speak for everyone at AMC in expressing my sincere appreciation and our shared excitement for the journey ahead. Chocolate pudding for all!”

Following the 9 pm premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC presented Talking Dead at 10 pm, which became the highest premiere in series history with 5.9 million viewers, including 3.9 million adults aged 18-49. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, Talking Dead features Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts, discussing and dissecting that night’s Dead premiere. The mid-season premiere featured guests Greg Nicotero and Dania Gurira.

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2013 Emmy Awards: The Walking Dead Cast Images

Below you can check out 18 images of The Walking Dead cast from the 2013 Emmy Awards.

The Walking Dead didn’t win any awards, but you can check out the complete winners list here.

We see pics of Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, creator Robert Kirkman, director Greg Nicotero and producer Gale Anne Hurd with host of The Talking Dead Chris Hardwick.

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(images via Emmys.com)

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The Walking Dead Cast Will Be At New York Comic-Con 2013; Features New Footage

The cast of The Walking Dead is confirmed for this October’s New York Comic-Con, which will feature new footage from Season 4.

In attendance as part of the Saturday, October 12th panel are: Andrew Lincoln, Chad Coleman, Chris Hardwick, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun.

The panel will be moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead) with the cast on hand to discuss the upcoming fourth season of the series as well as introduce an official, never before seen, sneak preview.

The Walking Dead NYCC panel runs from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

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Dean Norris On Talking Dead Talks “Ozymandias” Breaking Bad Spoilers (Video)

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Following last night’s episode of Breaking Bad, “Ozymandias,” Dean Norris appeared on the live talk show, Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick.

Spoilers follow.

Dean Norris talks about the events leading to and what occurred in the episode with the death of Hank Shrader.

Norris goes on to mention how Breaking Bad series writer Vince Gilligan took the character from a jock to one of the more popular, complex and interesting characters on the show.

Comedian Bill Hader thinks that Hank Shrader was the mirror image to Bryan Cranston’s Walter White as Hank was a good person and a better father. It’s joked that Walter White showed more attention to his newborn while kidnapping her than any other time during the show.

There are only two more episodes of Breaking Bad left, and you can check out previews for next week’s episode “Granite State.”

AMC also announced plans for a Saul Goodman spinoff, and Norris also stars in the CBS series Under The Dome.

Check out Dean Norris talking Breaking Bad and whether or not he felt it was a good send off and more:

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Bryan Cranston Says Fans Will Be Satisfied With Breaking Bad Ending (Talking Bad Video)

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Breaking Bad is down to its last three episodes as the series that started in January of 2008 comes to a close at the end of September after five seasons.

Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a 50-year-old high school chemistry teacher who comes down with cancer and turns to drug dealing to support his family after his death.

Walter White, also known as the infamous Heisenberg, befriends an old student of his, Jess Pinkman, a low-level drug dealer and junkie, played by Aaron Paul. Together the duo “cook” crystal meth, the purest anyone has ever seen making the drug highly lucrative and dangerous as well.

The series also stars Anna Gunn as Skylar White, Walter’s wife, and Dean Norris as Hank Shader, the White’s brother-in-law who happens to be a DEA Agent. Rounding out the cast is Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader, RJ Mitte as Walter White, Jr., and Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman the up-to-no-good-lawyer who may be getting his own spinoff series. Past seasons of Breaking Bad can be caught up through Netflix.

No spoilers here, but Breaking Bad isn’t just about drugs and easy money as it’s more of a chess match between White and just about everybody else with the added drama of his work, friends, family and enemies thrown in.

After last night’s episode, series star Bryan Cranston was featured on Talking Bad, the live talk show hosted by Chris Hardwick, where the actor discusses the show stating fans will be satisfied with the end to Breaking Bad. You can watch the full 7-minute segment with Cranston below.

AMC also announced details on the Breaking Bad Complete Series Blu-Ray that comes packaged in a special barrel similar to the laundered money stored by Walter White.

Two previews for the next episode of Breaking Bad with “Ozymandias,” have also been released.

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Watch Karen Gillan Go Bald On The Guardians Of The Comic-Con Panel & Rest Of Cast Introduction (Video)

Marvel Studios has provided video footage of the Guardians of the Galaxy panel from last night’s Comic-Con.

Kevin Feige introduces the cast who flew in from London and flew out that same night.

Among some of the highlights found below includes moderator Chris Hardwick stating that he thought Nebula was bald, and with that we see Karen Gillan take off a wig revealing that she has gone bald for the part.

Marvel also released a batch of video interviews with the cast found here and here.

See  more below.

The Guardians of the Galaxy movie has an August 1, 2014.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.

Synopsis:

Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.

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AMC Renews Comic Book Men, Talking Dead & Freakshow

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We get word today that AMC has renewed three of its shows with Talking Dead, Comic Book Men, and new to this year, Freakshow.

Talking Dead is the one hour live show following The Walking Dead that is hosted by Chris Hardwick and features various guests discussing TWD and more. It’s risen in popularity as it is benefitted by following The Walking Dead, and has recently been upgraded from being a half-hour show to a full hour.

Comic Book Men follows Kevin Smith’s comic book shop, Jay and Bob’s Secret Stash, and the workers who go about their daily routines at the shop with various skits mixed in. The gang from Comic Book Men are also working on their own comic, The Cryptozoic Man.

Freakshow is the newest show amongst the three that follows a Circus-like family of entertainers.

Here’s the official info on the renewals from AMC:

 

SERIES RENEWALS

·  “Talking Dead” renewed for a third season

Produced by: Embassy Row; Executive Producers: Michael Davies and Jen Kelly

AMC’s live after show, hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist; G4), serves as a platform for discussion of the network’s hit series “The Walking Dead.”

·  “Comic Book Men” renewed for a third season

Produced by Original Media (“LA Ink,” “Storm Chasers,” “Swamp People”); Executive Producers: Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin, Elyse Seiden (Red State) and Brian Nashel

The series follows the crew of fan boys from Kevin Smith’s iconic comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, as they geek-out over rare memorabilia and discover treasures of the comic collecting world.

·  “Freakshow” renewed for a second season

Produced by Endemol USA; Executive Producers:R. Greg Johnston and Todd Ray 

“Freakshow” follows Todd Ray’s quirky family business — the Venice Beach Freakshow. Leaving behind a successful career in the music industry, Todd realized his true passion: bringing together all things bizarre and unique, including two-headed animals, strange artifacts, eccentric performers and human wonders.

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Check Out Doctor Who Karen Gillan As A Walking Dead Zombie (Video)

It looks like Doctor Who was unable to save Karen Gillan from the zombie apocalypse as the actress has been turned into a Walker straight out of The Walking Dead.

Chris Hardwick teamed up with former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan for the following video featuring a spoof on cosmetics and zombies.

Hardwick hosts a live talk show following the popular AMC show with The Talking Dead as well as The Nerdist following Doctor Who.

Karen Gillan will also be a featured member of the Adult Swim NTSF:SD:SUV cast this season when it returns this July.

Here’s the video with Karen Gillan as a zombie showing off her comedy skills.

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Kevin Smith Joins Talking Dead For Walking Dead Season 3 Part 2 Premiere

Not only does The Walking Dead return this Sunday with Season 3 Part 2, but The Talking Dead debuts in its new time slot at 10pm ET and is now an hour long.

AMC revealed that Kevin Smith will be the guest-star joining host Chris Hardwick as they answer questions and talk all things The Walking Dead.

Smith, among other things, is also behind the AMC comic book store series, Comic Book Men, that movies to Thursday nights at 9pm ET beginning February 14th.

The Walking Dead airs Sunday February 10th at 9pm ET on AMC.

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Legendary Entertainment Acquires Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries

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LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES NERDIST INDUSTRIES

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2189:]]Los Angeles, CA, July 10, 2012 — Legendary Entertainment has finalized an agreement to purchase Nerdist Industries, the leading multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture founded by comedian and new media personality, Chris Hardwick, and operated by CEO, Peter Levin. Nerdist comprises a popular website, YouTube channel, a podcast network, targeted e-newsletters, a television footprint and a live events business. Across the Nerdist network of assets they are able to reach in aggregate 15 million viewers, readers and listeners per month. Legendary Entertainment, led by Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull, was an early investor in Nerdist. The announcement was made today by Legendary Entertainment COO, Tim Connors, to whom both Hardwick and Levin will report.

“We’ve been impressed with how Chris and Peter have harnessed the Nerdist platform to create and deliver high-quality, relevant content, and then develop one-on-one relationships with the fans we see as Legendary’s core psychographic,” said Tull.

Connors continued: “With the acquisition, we’ll be empowered to more aggressively help Nerdist broaden their reach as an autonomous editorial brand, as well as pursue some exciting new ideas together.”

Hardwick and Levin will continue in their current roles within Nerdist, and will also take on the roles of Co-Presidents of Legendary’s digital business with Hardwick serving as Co-President Digital Content and Levin functioning as Co-President Digital Strategy. They will work closely with Legendary’s executive management team on event management and comics-related operations.

“This amazing deal allows Nerdist to not only scale our existing business beyond what we could have imagined, but also to extend into film and television while symbiotically supporting Legendary’s digital strategies,” said Hardwick. “Legendary’s ‘let’s just make stuff that we really want to see exist in the world,’ philosophy is exactly aligned with ours.”

The deal calls for Nerdist to maintain complete editorial autonomy and operations, while benefitting from Legendary Entertainment’s resources and platform as the company continues to offer up quality, “fanboy” content to audiences around the world.

“Legendary’s vision and trajectory as a top-down leader in providing genre-themed content to a very discriminating audience is the ideal environment for Nerdist to thrive. The fact that we can retain the independent nature of the brand while working closely with the team at Legendary is an exciting next step in the evolution of the Nerdist Industries brand,” said Levin.

This month Nerdist, alongside partners Lucasfilm Ltd. and Octagon, produced Course of the Force, a five-day lightsaber relay race from July 7 through July 11. The race began at the Santa Monica Pier and ends at the San Diego Comic Con International, and benefits Make-A-Wish.

Nerdist was founded in 2008 by comedian, author, podcaster, new media personality and AMC’s The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. In 2011, Nerdist and GeekChicDaily merged to form Nerdist Industries with Hardwick serving as Founder and Chief Creative Officer and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin, serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the new company. Levin had previously co-founded GeekChicDaily with Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment Group. Guber was a significant shareholder in Nerdist and served as a key advisor to the group through the formation and launch.

ABOUT NERDIST INDUSTRIES

Nerdist Industries is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture content. Nerdist Industries now consists of a popular website at Nerdist.com; a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist), a top comedy/popular culture podcast network on iTunes that is also produced as a TV show on BBC America; the Nerdist News daily e-newsletters, a following of over 1.6 million Twitter fans, a book, The Nerdist Way, by The Penguin Group; a plethora of live events and much more. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA.

ABOUT LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic.  Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property.  Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are the upcoming Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov; the Jackie Robinson biopic 42; an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe WarcraftGodzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. Upcoming Legendary releases with partner Warner Bros. include the highly anticipated Pacific Rimas well as Hangover 3, Man of Steel, Jack the Giant Killer,300: Battle of Artemisium, and this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises.  Previous successful Legendary and Warner Bros. releases include the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters The HangoverParts I and II (over $1 billion worldwide total), Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), and 300($456 million worldwide).

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AMC Renews Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men For Season Two

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1665:]]The show we here at Cosmic Book News loved to hate, AMC and Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men, has been renewed for a second season.

I should reword that and state, “the show we loved to hate for the first half of the season,” because in all honestly Comic Book Men did improve with the remaining few episodes.

AMC announced the renewal of the second season of Comic Book Men today, which centers around Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.

“Pinch my fat ass, ’cause I must be dreaming! A thousand thank you’s wouldn’t cover the gratitude I’m feeling right now. And as you might imagine, everyone at SModcast Pictures is in love with everyone at AMC today! Rest assured, Walt, Bry, Mike, Ming and I are suited up and ready to hit the ice for our second season with Team AMC,” Smith said at AMC.com.

In related news, Chris Hardwick’s Talking Dead has been renewed for a second season as well. The live call-in talk show focuses on AMC and Robert Kirkman’s hit show, The Walking Dead.

AMC stated both Comic Book Men and Talking Dead will consist of 16 half-hour episodes. More than likely they will be on the same schedule as last year, Sundays with The Walking Dead and feature split seasons as well.

Cosmic Book News will keep you updated when more becomes available.

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