‘American Gods’: Starz Finally Sets Season 2 Premiere Date

Despite some troubles behind the camera, Starz has finally set a Season 2 premiere date for its adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.”

In a tweet on Wednesday, Starz said that “American Gods” will make its long-awaited return on March 10. The season will consist of eight episodes.

Prepare for the second coming of #AmericanGods. Season 2 premieres March 10 on @STARZ. pic.twitter.com/1mOeeYrmPH

— American Gods (@AmericanGodsSTZ) December 5, 2018

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The show, which last aired in June of 2017, has been beset with behind-the-scenes drama that has delayed production.

In September, it was reported that “American Gods” showrunner Jesse Alexander, who took over the Starz drama in February after original showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller exited the series, is no longer working on the show. At the time, both Starz and studio Fremantle had declined to comment specifically on Alexander’s showrunner status, with both saying in separate statements that the show remains on track for the second season.

Creators and ex-showrunners Fuller and Green departed “American Gods” after the first season, with Alexander taking their place. Gaiman also serves as executive producer. Starz hasn’t given a straight answer about why the duo left the series, with network chief Chris Albrecht saying at the Television Critics Association press tour in January, “They were not fired, nor did they quit.”

Also Read: ‘American Gods’: Kristin Chenoweth Will Not Return for Season 2

Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” has seen casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who will play New Media), and the addition of Dean Winters as Mr. Town, who works with Mr. World (Crispin Glover) to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) knows about Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan. Devery Jacobs also joined the cast as Sam Black Crow, a college student who is spiritually cynical for someone who claims to believe in so much. She lives life confidently, selling the chainsaw art she carves by the roadside for extra money.

Kristin Chenoweth also confirmed she will not return for the second season of “American Gods.” The actress, who played Easter in the first season, revealed in an interview with TVLine that she would be departing the series out of solidarity with original showrunner Bryan Fuller.

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Despite some troubles behind the camera, Starz has finally set a Season 2 premiere date for its adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.”

In a tweet on Wednesday, Starz said that “American Gods” will make its long-awaited return on March 10. The season will consist of eight episodes.

The show, which last aired in June of 2017, has been beset with behind-the-scenes drama that has delayed production.

In September, it was reported that “American Gods” showrunner Jesse Alexander, who took over the Starz drama in February after original showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller exited the series, is no longer working on the show. At the time, both Starz and studio Fremantle had declined to comment specifically on Alexander’s showrunner status, with both saying in separate statements that the show remains on track for the second season.

Creators and ex-showrunners Fuller and Green departed “American Gods” after the first season, with Alexander taking their place. Gaiman also serves as executive producer. Starz hasn’t given a straight answer about why the duo left the series, with network chief Chris Albrecht saying at the Television Critics Association press tour in January, “They were not fired, nor did they quit.”

Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” has seen casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who will play New Media), and the addition of Dean Winters as Mr. Town, who works with Mr. World (Crispin Glover) to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) knows about Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan. Devery Jacobs also joined the cast as Sam Black Crow, a college student who is spiritually cynical for someone who claims to believe in so much. She lives life confidently, selling the chainsaw art she carves by the roadside for extra money.

Kristin Chenoweth also confirmed she will not return for the second season of “American Gods.” The actress, who played Easter in the first season, revealed in an interview with TVLine that she would be departing the series out of solidarity with original showrunner Bryan Fuller.

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‘American Gods’: ‘The Storm Is Coming’ in First Teaser for Season 2 of Starz Fantasy Drama (Video)

Despite some reported troubles behind the camera, Starz released the first footage from the second season of its fantasy drama, “American Gods.”

The minute-long video teases the coming war between the new and old gods, with Crispin Glovers’s Mr. World stating that “The storm is coming.” The series is based on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name.

Last month, it was reported that “American Gods” showrunner Jesse Alexander, who took over the Starz drama in February after original showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller exited the series, is no longer working on the show.

Also Read: ‘American Gods’ Creator Neil Gaiman Signs Overall TV Deal at Amazon

Starz declined TheWrap’s request to comment directly on Alexander’s showrunner status with the series, saying in a statement first given to THR, “‘American Gods’ has a deep and complex mythology and a unique visual style that makes this series one of the most ambitious productions on television, and one that we remain committed to delivering for our audience.

Studio Fremantle, also declining to comment on Alexander, added in its own statement: “We stand by our network partner’s statement and share in their confidence that season two will exceed expectations. Our cast and crew are extremely passionate about the show and have delivered something that remains loyal to the source material and true to the creative vision of Neil Gaiman. We think fans will feel the same when we share a first look at New York Comic-Con in a few weeks.”

Creators and ex-showrunners Fuller and Green departed “American Gods” after the first season, with Alexander taking their place. Gaiman also serves as executive producer. Starz still hasn’t given a straight answer about why the duo left the series, with network chief Chris Albrecht saying at the Television Critics Association press tour in January, “They were not fired nor did they quit.”

Also Read: New ‘American Gods’ Showrunner Jesse Alexander Sidelined (Report)

Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” has seen casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who will play New Media), and the additions of Dean Winters as Mr. Town, who works with Mr. World (Glover) to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) knows about Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow, a college student who is spiritually cynical for someone who claims to believe in so much. She lives life confidently, selling the chainsaw art she carves by the roadside for extra money.

It’s unclear if Kristin Chenoweth will return as Easter, though Starz CEO Chris Albrecht was optimistic of it in January.

The footage, which you can watch above, was screened at New York Comic-Con on Friday.

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Despite some reported troubles behind the camera, Starz released the first footage from the second season of its fantasy drama, “American Gods.”

The minute-long video teases the coming war between the new and old gods, with Crispin Glovers’s Mr. World stating that “The storm is coming.” The series is based on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name.

Last month, it was reported that “American Gods” showrunner Jesse Alexander, who took over the Starz drama in February after original showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller exited the series, is no longer working on the show.

Starz declined TheWrap’s request to comment directly on Alexander’s showrunner status with the series, saying in a statement first given to THR, “‘American Gods’ has a deep and complex mythology and a unique visual style that makes this series one of the most ambitious productions on television, and one that we remain committed to delivering for our audience.

Studio Fremantle, also declining to comment on Alexander, added in its own statement: “We stand by our network partner’s statement and share in their confidence that season two will exceed expectations. Our cast and crew are extremely passionate about the show and have delivered something that remains loyal to the source material and true to the creative vision of Neil Gaiman. We think fans will feel the same when we share a first look at New York Comic-Con in a few weeks.”

Creators and ex-showrunners Fuller and Green departed “American Gods” after the first season, with Alexander taking their place. Gaiman also serves as executive producer. Starz still hasn’t given a straight answer about why the duo left the series, with network chief Chris Albrecht saying at the Television Critics Association press tour in January, “They were not fired nor did they quit.”

Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” has seen casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who will play New Media), and the additions of Dean Winters as Mr. Town, who works with Mr. World (Glover) to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) knows about Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow, a college student who is spiritually cynical for someone who claims to believe in so much. She lives life confidently, selling the chainsaw art she carves by the roadside for extra money.

It’s unclear if Kristin Chenoweth will return as Easter, though Starz CEO Chris Albrecht was optimistic of it in January.

The footage, which you can watch above, was screened at New York Comic-Con on Friday.

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‘American Gods’ Creator Neil Gaiman Signs Overall TV Deal at Amazon

Amazon Studios has signed “American Gods” (pictured above) creator Neil Gaiman to an overall television deal, the company announced Tuesday morning at a press event in London. Gaiman and Amazon have previously teamed on “Good Omens.”

Additionally, the Prime Video partner studio has greenlight a “Wheel of Time” series and 10-episode competition show “Eco-Challenge 2019.” That latter one comes from Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls. The “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” host will host this show, too.

“What decided me was how much I enjoyed working with the Amazon team on ‘Good Omens,’” Gaiman said of his deal. “They are smart, gloriously enthusiastic people, who weren’t afraid of Good Omens being different but who were as determined as I was to make something as unique and exciting as it is. I’m thrilled to know that I’ll have a home at Amazon in the future where I can make television that nobody’s seen before, that’s quite unlike ‘Good Omens,’ but just as unusual and just as much fun.”

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“Wheel of Time” is an adaptation of Robert Jordan’s best-selling fantasy novels, which have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. Rafe Judkins is showrunner on the co-production between Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

“The Wheel of Time” is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. Meaning that in this series — women hold the keys to power, per Amazon. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the “Aes Sedai” as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine’s interested in these five because she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.

In addition to Judkins, Rick Selvage, Larry Mondragon, Ted Field, Mike Weber, Darren Lemke are executive producers. Harriet McDougal is a consulting producer.

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“Eco-Challenge 2019” will pit teams of four competitors selected from around the world against each other and nature’s harsh elements in this grueling 24-hours a day, multi-day race. If one teammate quits the entire team is disqualified, which magnifies the pressure. The 2019 location for the international, epic adventure will be unveiled later this year, Amazon said.

In addition to Burnett and Grylls, Lisa Hennessy and Delbert Shoopman are also executive producers.

Here are some more details about this one, straight from Amazon’s media announcement:

Using state of the art cinematography, “Eco-Challenge 2019” tests the limits of human physical and mental endurance in the most rugged natural landscapes on earth. Each team, comprised of both men and women, compete in grueling challenges over a 350+ mile race course. Past Eco-Challenge disciplines have included whitewater rafting, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving and mountain biking – those competing for the Eco-Challenge 2019 event will be revealed to the selected teams later this year. To finish requires teamwork, courage, skill, and commitment; to win demands the extraordinary.

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Amazon Studios has signed “American Gods” (pictured above) creator Neil Gaiman to an overall television deal, the company announced Tuesday morning at a press event in London. Gaiman and Amazon have previously teamed on “Good Omens.”

Additionally, the Prime Video partner studio has greenlight a “Wheel of Time” series and 10-episode competition show “Eco-Challenge 2019.” That latter one comes from Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls. The “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” host will host this show, too.

“What decided me was how much I enjoyed working with the Amazon team on ‘Good Omens,'” Gaiman said of his deal. “They are smart, gloriously enthusiastic people, who weren’t afraid of Good Omens being different but who were as determined as I was to make something as unique and exciting as it is. I’m thrilled to know that I’ll have a home at Amazon in the future where I can make television that nobody’s seen before, that’s quite unlike ‘Good Omens,’ but just as unusual and just as much fun.”

“Wheel of Time” is an adaptation of Robert Jordan’s best-selling fantasy novels, which have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. Rafe Judkins is showrunner on the co-production between Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

“The Wheel of Time” is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. Meaning that in this series — women hold the keys to power, per Amazon. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the “Aes Sedai” as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine’s interested in these five because she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.

In addition to Judkins, Rick Selvage, Larry Mondragon, Ted Field, Mike Weber, Darren Lemke are executive producers. Harriet McDougal is a consulting producer.

“Eco-Challenge 2019” will pit teams of four competitors selected from around the world against each other and nature’s harsh elements in this grueling 24-hours a day, multi-day race. If one teammate quits the entire team is disqualified, which magnifies the pressure. The 2019 location for the international, epic adventure will be unveiled later this year, Amazon said.

In addition to Burnett and Grylls, Lisa Hennessy and Delbert Shoopman are also executive producers.

Here are some more details about this one, straight from Amazon’s media announcement:

Using state of the art cinematography, “Eco-Challenge 2019” tests the limits of human physical and mental endurance in the most rugged natural landscapes on earth. Each team, comprised of both men and women, compete in grueling challenges over a 350+ mile race course. Past Eco-Challenge disciplines have included whitewater rafting, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving and mountain biking - those competing for the Eco-Challenge 2019 event will be revealed to the selected teams later this year. To finish requires teamwork, courage, skill, and commitment; to win demands the extraordinary.

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New ‘American Gods’ Showrunner Jesse Alexander Sidelined (Report)

“American Gods” showrunner Jesse Alexander, who took over the Starz drama in February after original showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller exited the series, is no longer working on the show, which is currently in production on Season 2.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news, citing sources that say Alexander was asked to stop working on “American Gods” about a month ago and is no longer a writer or showrunner on the TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. THR reports he still holds the title of executive producer.

According THR, Alexander “has been asked not to sit in on editing, be involved on set or participate in any other areas of production or postproduction.”

Also Read: ‘American Gods’: Kahyun Kim to Replace Gillian Anderson

Alexander turned in multiple drafts for the Season 2 finale, but they were all rejected by execs at Starz and Fremantle and production is delayed while actors await a script for the final episode of the season, according to THR.

Season 2, which will be eight episodes, is currently expected to debut sometime in 2019.

Representatives for Alexander, Gaiman and lead actor Ian McShane did not respond to multiple requests for comment by TheWrap.

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Starz declined TheWrap’s request to comment directly on Alexander’s showrunner status with the series, saying in a statement first given to THR, “‘American Gods’ has a deep and complex mythology and a unique visual style that makes this series one of the most ambitious productions on television, and one that we remain committed to delivering for our audience. We are confident that when the fans get their first look at season two in just a few weeks at New York Comic-Con, they will agree it was worth the wait.”

Studio Fremantle, also declining to comment on Alexander, added in their own statement: “We stand by our network partner’s statement and share in their confidence that season two will exceed expectations. Our cast and crew are extremely passionate about the show and have delivered something that remains loyal to the source material and true to the creative vision of Neil Gaiman. We think fans will feel the same when we share a first look at New York Comic-Con in a few weeks.”

Creators and ex-showrunners Fuller and Green departed “American Gods” after the first season, with Alexander taking their place. Gaiman also serves as executive producer.

Also Read: Bryan Fuller Exits Apple, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories’ Reboot

Starz still hasn’t given a straight answer about why the duo left the series, with network chief Chris Albrecht saying at the Television Critics Association press tour in January, “They were not fired nor did they quit.”

Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” has seen casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who will play New Media), and the additions of Dean Winters as Mr. Town, who works with Mr. World (Crispin Glover) to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) knows about Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow, a college student who is spiritually cynical for someone who claims to believe in so much. She lives life confidently, selling the chainsaw art she carves by the roadside for extra money.

It’s unclear if Kristin Chenowith will return as Easter, though Starz CEO Chris Albrecht sounded optimistic in January.

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“American Gods” showrunner Jesse Alexander, who took over the Starz drama in February after original showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller exited the series, is no longer working on the show, which is currently in production on Season 2.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news, citing sources that say Alexander was asked to stop working on “American Gods” about a month ago and is no longer a writer or showrunner on the TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. THR reports he still holds the title of executive producer.

According THR, Alexander “has been asked not to sit in on editing, be involved on set or participate in any other areas of production or postproduction.”

Alexander turned in multiple drafts for the Season 2 finale, but they were all rejected by execs at Starz and Fremantle and production is delayed while actors await a script for the final episode of the season, according to THR.

Season 2, which will be eight episodes, is currently expected to debut sometime in 2019.

Representatives for Alexander, Gaiman and lead actor Ian McShane did not respond to multiple requests for comment by TheWrap.

Starz declined TheWrap’s request to comment directly on Alexander’s showrunner status with the series, saying in a statement first given to THR, “‘American Gods’ has a deep and complex mythology and a unique visual style that makes this series one of the most ambitious productions on television, and one that we remain committed to delivering for our audience. We are confident that when the fans get their first look at season two in just a few weeks at New York Comic-Con, they will agree it was worth the wait.”

Studio Fremantle, also declining to comment on Alexander, added in their own statement: “We stand by our network partner’s statement and share in their confidence that season two will exceed expectations. Our cast and crew are extremely passionate about the show and have delivered something that remains loyal to the source material and true to the creative vision of Neil Gaiman. We think fans will feel the same when we share a first look at New York Comic-Con in a few weeks.”

Creators and ex-showrunners Fuller and Green departed “American Gods” after the first season, with Alexander taking their place. Gaiman also serves as executive producer.

Starz still hasn’t given a straight answer about why the duo left the series, with network chief Chris Albrecht saying at the Television Critics Association press tour in January, “They were not fired nor did they quit.”

Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” has seen casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who will play New Media), and the additions of Dean Winters as Mr. Town, who works with Mr. World (Crispin Glover) to find out what Shadow (Ricky Whittle) knows about Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow, a college student who is spiritually cynical for someone who claims to believe in so much. She lives life confidently, selling the chainsaw art she carves by the roadside for extra money.

It’s unclear if Kristin Chenowith will return as Easter, though Starz CEO Chris Albrecht sounded optimistic in January.

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Frances McDormand Joins Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ Series as the Voice of God

Amazon’s “Good Omens” adaptation has found God.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Frances McDormand will lend her voice to the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman-Terry Pratchett novel as God, the streamer announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

She joins a cast which includes Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Anna Maxwell Martin and Nick Offerman.

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Set as the end of the world approaches, the series follows a fussy Angel (Sheen) and a loose-living Demon (Tennant) who are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon as the end of the world approaches. When they lose the Antichrist — an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days – they are forced to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the limited series and serves as showrunner. Executive producers also include Caroline Skinner, Chris Sussman for BBC Studios, and Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown for Pratchett’s production company Narrativia.

“Good Omens” is slated to debut on Amazon Prime in 2019, with weekly airings on BBC Two to follow.

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Amazon’s “Good Omens” adaptation has found God.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Frances McDormand will lend her voice to the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman-Terry Pratchett novel as God, the streamer announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

She joins a cast which includes Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Anna Maxwell Martin and Nick Offerman.

Set as the end of the world approaches, the series follows a fussy Angel (Sheen) and a loose-living Demon (Tennant) who are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon as the end of the world approaches. When they lose the Antichrist — an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days – they are forced to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the limited series and serves as showrunner. Executive producers also include Caroline Skinner, Chris Sussman for BBC Studios, and Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown for Pratchett’s production company Narrativia.

“Good Omens” is slated to debut on Amazon Prime in 2019, with weekly airings on BBC Two to follow.

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Good Omens co-author Neil Gaiman is a Comic-Con deity and today at the San Diego confab he revealed that Frances McDormand will perform the self-described "voice of God" in the six-part Amazon adaptation. Coming on the speakers of Ballroom 20 to tell Gaiman he shouldn’t show any footage from the series and that he “can’t argue with God,” the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star made her big presence very clear. However, heard but likely not seen in the Michael Sh…

Hall H Debut Of New ‘Doctor Who’ Unveils New Season Teaser – Comic-Con

“Loud and amazing” said Jodie Whittaker today of her first Comic-Con as Doctor Who.
However, over a year after it was made public that Whittaker had the role of the 13th Doctor, the actor warned fans not to expect any big reveals for the upcoming seaso…

"Loud and amazing" said Jodie Whittaker today of her first Comic-Con as Doctor Who. However, over a year after it was made public that Whittaker had the role of the 13th Doctor, the actor warned fans not to expect any big reveals for the upcoming season, set to debut on BBC America this fall. "You can't say anything about the show ever," Whittaker declared only half joking. "Lucky for you guys, good panel. No spoilers." Well, besides a glimpse of the Doctor's new sonic…

Stephen King, Patton Oswalt and More Mourn Harlan Ellison: ‘My Heart Is Broken’

Following the news of writer Harlan Ellison’s death on Thursday at the age of 84, celebrities took to social media to express their condolences. In the news first tweeted by Christine Valada, who was asked by Ellison’s wife, Susan, to make …

Following the news of writer Harlan Ellison’s death on Thursday at the age of 84, celebrities took to social media to express their condolences. In the news first tweeted by Christine Valada, who was asked by Ellison’s wife, Susan, to make the announcement, Valada shared that the author died in his sleep. Quoting Ellison, she […]

Amazon Goes Large With ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ & ‘Good Omens’ At Comic-Con

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon made it very clear earlier this year with a big Super Bowl ad that Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is a big priority for them and the Jeff Bezos company are aiming to seal that deal at Comic-Con next month.
In fact, with a Jack Ryan participat…

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon made it very clear earlier this year with a big Super Bowl ad that Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is a big priority for them and the Jeff Bezos company are aiming to seal that deal at Comic-Con next month. In fact, with a Jack Ryan participating panel and massive immersive experience just outside the San Diego Convention Center, Amazon is bringing its best and brightest to the confab, I've learned. No word if Jack Ryan star John Krasinski or Good Omens' Michael…

‘American Gods’ Season 2: Neil Gaiman BTS Video & “God Squad” 1st Look Photo

EXCLUSIVE: American Gods have started work on their second season and according to Neil Gaiman, they are ready to rock – literally.

As you can see from the behind the scenes video above and the photo here, Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Yetide Bada…

EXCLUSIVE: American Gods have started work on their second season and according to Neil Gaiman, they are ready to rock – literally. As you can see from the behind the scenes video above and the photo here, Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Yetide Badaki, Orlando Jones and more of the self described God Squad have began production this month on the sophomore run of the Starz series at Wisconsin's famed House on the Rock. Featured in Gaiman's 2001 award winning mythological…

Elle Fanning Is a Punk Rock Alien in New ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ Trailer (Video)

Elle Fanning plays an alien exploring the punk scene in London in the new trailer for “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”

Zan (Fanning) has broken off from her group while touring the galaxy to head to earth, where she meets two young inhabitants. In the trailer, Zan and Enn (played by Alex Sharp) engage in a romantic relationship while Zan experiences a lot of things for the first time.

Soon, however, Enn and his friends realize that Zan is different from other girls. And the best part about the trailer? Nicole Kidman is dressed in punk, seemingly leading the punk scene.

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The film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, also stars Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas. Neil Gaiman wrote a short story in 2006 on which this film is now based.

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” will next play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Friday. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017.

Watch the trailer above.

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Elle Fanning plays an alien exploring the punk scene in London in the new trailer for “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”

Zan (Fanning) has broken off from her group while touring the galaxy to head to earth, where she meets two young inhabitants. In the trailer, Zan and Enn (played by Alex Sharp) engage in a romantic relationship while Zan experiences a lot of things for the first time.

Soon, however, Enn and his friends realize that Zan is different from other girls. And the best part about the trailer? Nicole Kidman is dressed in punk, seemingly leading the punk scene.

The film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, also stars Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas. Neil Gaiman wrote a short story in 2006 on which this film is now based.

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” will next play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Friday. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017.

Watch the trailer above.

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Neil Gaiman & ‘A Beautiful Mind’s Akiva Goldsman To Adapt Fantasy Novels ‘Gormenghast’ For FremantleMedia

EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia North America is doubling down on the fantastical after securing the rights to sprawling novel series Gormenghast with Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) lined up to adapt for television.
I understand the company won a hotly contested battle to option the five books in the series, written by British author Mervyn Peake from literary agent Jonathan Sissons at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop.
It marks the first television adaptation of the…

EXCLUSIVE: FremantleMedia North America is doubling down on the fantastical after securing the rights to sprawling novel series Gormenghast with Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) lined up to adapt for television. I understand the company won a hotly contested battle to option the five books in the series, written by British author Mervyn Peake from literary agent Jonathan Sissons at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop. It marks the first television adaptation of the…

‘Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana’ Film Review: Neil Gaiman, George Romero and Others Reflect on Free Speech

“Hardcore, psychopathic material.” “Filled with sadism, masochism, and perversion.” “The most offensive zine ever made.” As we learn right up front in Frank Henenlotter’s compelling documentary, “Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana,” there are a lot of ways to describe Mike Diana’s underground comics. Most people who don’t share his taste — which, to be clear, will be most people — tend to land on something similar to the above. (Actually, the last quote is from Diana himself.)

But the most famous description of his hand-drawn stories? “Obscene.” Is that accurate? Subjectively, sure. But in 1994, the great state of Florida turned opinion into fact, making a shy and unknown 24-year-old the only American artist ever convicted of obscenity.

Given that Diana’s work tends toward subjects like incest, cannibalism, and child torture, the movie opens with the following warning: “If graphic depictions of sex and violence disturb you, STOP watching this film NOW.” Adding to the cult feel, Henenlotter is an exploitation director most famous for a soft-core horror comedy called “Frankenhooker.” Appropriately enough, Diana’s story is narrated by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, while the punk soundtrack comes courtesy of bands like Screeching Weasel and Misery Date. Plus, it’s a festival film, premiering this weekend at New York’s What the Fest!?, that was funded through Kickstarter.

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In other words, this is the sort of project that’s likely to have a strongly passionate fan base, while everyone else moves swiftly on. But if you’re among the latter, hold up: this is no mere midnight movie, nor was it made solely for those who see “sadism, masochism, and perversion” as intriguing selling points.

Henenlotter may work at the edges of his industry, but even in his most enthusiastically deranged efforts (1982’s “Basket Case” being a WTF touchstone), he’s proven himself a sophisticated filmmaker. This unexpectedly poignant doc unfolds on multiple tracks, each of which proves consistently captivating.

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On one level, we get a well-told history of underground comix, in which filmmaker George Romero and cartoonist Jay Lynch (both of whom have since passed away) recall earlier eras in a burst of anti-establishment nostalgia. “It was like a minor version of, ‘Where do you get your dope?’” Romero happily reminisces about trying to track down censored EC Comics in the 1950s.

At the same time, Henenlotter has something much bigger on his mind. Diana was just starting his own underground comic career in 1990, when five students at the University of Florida were gruesomely murdered. The state was gripped by a frenzied search for the killer, and Diana — whose family had fatefully moved from New York to Florida — was living in the wrong place at the wrong time. A patrolman happened to stumble on a rare copy of his hand-printed ‘zine, “Boiled Angel,” and was horrified by the graphic images inside.

Soon the authorities were at his mother’s doorstep, and though Diana was quickly cleared of murder, authorities seemed to need a high-profile distraction. A well-chosen series of talking heads, including author Neil Gaiman and graphic novelist Peter Kuper, take us through the ensuing trial, with additional commentary from Diana himself.

He wasn’t technically a serial killer, the prosecution admitted, while showing Diana’s macabre drawings to the jury. But his work was deeply disturbing, so couldn’t he become one someday? And sure, art would be protected under the First Amendment. But could you even call his unpleasant subjects art? The jurors — one of whom defined artwork as “needlepoint” — took only 90 minutes to make their conclusions.

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All of this would be more than enough for a gripping film. But there’s another line running through this story, too: a third rail that the movie tentatively approaches but mostly avoids.

It’s a grave jolt to see Diana’s drawings of gruesomely tortured children and religious desecration, and then hear briefly of his own, appalling early trauma. The references to his abuse and anger are fleeting, and his family members, who make for otherwise engaged observers throughout the film, never grapple with the extensive circumstances of his pain.

It’s easy to understand why a director might shy away from further exploring the distressing facts that seem to inform deliberately extreme fiction. The soft-spoken, immensely likable Diana has been through so much unfairness that no one’s instinct would be to invade his privacy or to hurt him further. And Henenlotter is right to suggest that the nature of his art should be irrelevant to his case.

But “Boiled Angels” winds up expanding well beyond its initial emphasis. Yes, this is a thoughtful and enlightening documentary about artistic censorship and free speech. At its heart, though, is the portrait of an unusually complex artist and his unusually complex career. The biggest shadows in Diana’s life — and in his art — are never fully addressed, but they loom terribly large nonetheless.

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“Hardcore, psychopathic material.” “Filled with sadism, masochism, and perversion.” “The most offensive zine ever made.” As we learn right up front in Frank Henenlotter’s compelling documentary, “Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana,” there are a lot of ways to describe Mike Diana’s underground comics. Most people who don’t share his taste — which, to be clear, will be most people — tend to land on something similar to the above. (Actually, the last quote is from Diana himself.)

But the most famous description of his hand-drawn stories? “Obscene.” Is that accurate? Subjectively, sure. But in 1994, the great state of Florida turned opinion into fact, making a shy and unknown 24-year-old the only American artist ever convicted of obscenity.

Given that Diana’s work tends toward subjects like incest, cannibalism, and child torture, the movie opens with the following warning: “If graphic depictions of sex and violence disturb you, STOP watching this film NOW.” Adding to the cult feel, Henenlotter is an exploitation director most famous for a soft-core horror comedy called “Frankenhooker.” Appropriately enough, Diana’s story is narrated by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, while the punk soundtrack comes courtesy of bands like Screeching Weasel and Misery Date. Plus, it’s a festival film, premiering this weekend at New York’s What the Fest!?, that was funded through Kickstarter.

In other words, this is the sort of project that’s likely to have a strongly passionate fan base, while everyone else moves swiftly on. But if you’re among the latter, hold up: this is no mere midnight movie, nor was it made solely for those who see “sadism, masochism, and perversion” as intriguing selling points.

Henenlotter may work at the edges of his industry, but even in his most enthusiastically deranged efforts (1982’s “Basket Case” being a WTF touchstone), he’s proven himself a sophisticated filmmaker. This unexpectedly poignant doc unfolds on multiple tracks, each of which proves consistently captivating.

On one level, we get a well-told history of underground comix, in which filmmaker George Romero and cartoonist Jay Lynch (both of whom have since passed away) recall earlier eras in a burst of anti-establishment nostalgia. “It was like a minor version of, ‘Where do you get your dope?'” Romero happily reminisces about trying to track down censored EC Comics in the 1950s.

At the same time, Henenlotter has something much bigger on his mind. Diana was just starting his own underground comic career in 1990, when five students at the University of Florida were gruesomely murdered. The state was gripped by a frenzied search for the killer, and Diana — whose family had fatefully moved from New York to Florida — was living in the wrong place at the wrong time. A patrolman happened to stumble on a rare copy of his hand-printed ‘zine, “Boiled Angel,” and was horrified by the graphic images inside.

Soon the authorities were at his mother’s doorstep, and though Diana was quickly cleared of murder, authorities seemed to need a high-profile distraction. A well-chosen series of talking heads, including author Neil Gaiman and graphic novelist Peter Kuper, take us through the ensuing trial, with additional commentary from Diana himself.

He wasn’t technically a serial killer, the prosecution admitted, while showing Diana’s macabre drawings to the jury. But his work was deeply disturbing, so couldn’t he become one someday? And sure, art would be protected under the First Amendment. But could you even call his unpleasant subjects art? The jurors — one of whom defined artwork as “needlepoint” — took only 90 minutes to make their conclusions.

All of this would be more than enough for a gripping film. But there’s another line running through this story, too: a third rail that the movie tentatively approaches but mostly avoids.

It’s a grave jolt to see Diana’s drawings of gruesomely tortured children and religious desecration, and then hear briefly of his own, appalling early trauma. The references to his abuse and anger are fleeting, and his family members, who make for otherwise engaged observers throughout the film, never grapple with the extensive circumstances of his pain.

It’s easy to understand why a director might shy away from further exploring the distressing facts that seem to inform deliberately extreme fiction. The soft-spoken, immensely likable Diana has been through so much unfairness that no one’s instinct would be to invade his privacy or to hurt him further. And Henenlotter is right to suggest that the nature of his art should be irrelevant to his case.

But “Boiled Angels” winds up expanding well beyond its initial emphasis. Yes, this is a thoughtful and enlightening documentary about artistic censorship and free speech. At its heart, though, is the portrait of an unusually complex artist and his unusually complex career. The biggest shadows in Diana’s life — and in his art — are never fully addressed, but they loom terribly large nonetheless.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Star Nick Offerman Joins Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’

Nick Offerman is the latest star to join “Good Omens,” the Amazon Prime Video adaptation of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman book. He will play the U.S. Ambassador and father of the child Warlock in the series, who is mistakenly believed to be the Antichrist. “There may not be anyone alive who can deadpan […]

Nick Offerman is the latest star to join “Good Omens,” the Amazon Prime Video adaptation of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman book. He will play the U.S. Ambassador and father of the child Warlock in the series, who is mistakenly believed to be the Antichrist. “There may not be anyone alive who can deadpan […]

Neil Gaiman wrote a lovely tribute to The Breeders for their new album

Even at the height of their mainstream success, The Breeders were always a little bit weirder than was properly recognized. Sure, they wrote “Divine Hammer,” but that record also had “Roi” and “Mad Lucas” on it. So it’s fitting that the group’s new album gets some liner notes from a slightly odd writer.

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Even at the height of their mainstream success, The Breeders were always a little bit weirder than was properly recognized. Sure, they wrote “Divine Hammer,” but that record also had “Roi” and “Mad Lucas” on it. So it’s fitting that the group’s new album gets some liner notes from a slightly odd writer.

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