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Sep 17, 2020 at 12:00. 20 comments

Which actors will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys?

Which actors will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys?

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 20, but instead of gathering at the Microsoft Theater or a similar venue, nominees will have to pick a Zoom background and film their reaction shots from the comfort of their own homes. Which, when you think about it, means they’ll be watching the ceremony in the same fashion we are (albeit with a much higher probability of...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 12:00. 22 comments

What shows will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys

What shows will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will still take place on Sunday, September 20, and we can once again count on Jimmy Kimmel to host. The rest feels more up in the air than usual, as the ceremony will be attended virtually by nominees and presenters. Here are A.V. Club TV editor Danette Chavez’s predictions of the winners of the major series awards, as well as some last-minute stumping for ...

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Sep 05, 2020.

That's No Photo, That's a Gorgeous Painting by Ashton Gallagher

That's No Photo, That's a Gorgeous Painting by Ashton Gallagher
Toys and Collectibles Action figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.

Sometimes an artist is so talented, the line between art and reality can become blurred.

Ashton Gallagher is one of those artists, and his latest exhibit just opened up.

Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles just (virtually) opened...
Aug 29, 2020. 14 comments

Watchmen screenwriter Cord Jefferson on Hooded Justice and the privilege of nostalgia

Watchmen screenwriter Cord Jefferson on Hooded Justice and the privilege of nostalgia

Of the many ways in which HBO’s Watchmen remixed the comic book source material by Alan Moore, perhaps no divergence was more powerful than the reveal that Hooded Justice, the first masked hero, was a Black man. That man, Will Reeves, had already been through hell before he joined the New York City police force—he was one of the few survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, which saw the...

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Aug 28, 2020. 14 comments

Watchmen director Stephen Williams on uncovering the series’ real American hero story

Watchmen director Stephen Williams on uncovering the series’ real American hero story

Given the track record for comic book adaptations, Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen series, an adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel, stood an equal chance of telling a ripping action-adventure story as it did ending up like so much space squid on a windshield. But with the help of producers like Stephen Williams and writers like Cord Jefferson, Lindelof was able to craft one of the boldest and...

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Aug 27, 2020.

How Sharen Davis helped build the world of Watchmen, one mask at a time

How Sharen Davis helped build the world of Watchmen, one mask at a time

Oscar-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis comes from a world of period dramas, having shaped the look of musical icons both real and fictional, including

Ray Charles and the Dreamgirls . But Davis has made her mark on prestige TV dramas as well, starting with Westworld season two before moving into limited series territory for Watchmen. When Davis signed on to HBO’s adaptation/sequel to...
Apr 08, 2020. 16 comments

Watchmen, Avengers: Endgame, Wicked + Divine, and More Highlight the 2020 Hugo Finalists

Watchmen, Avengers: Endgame, Wicked + Divine, and More Highlight the 2020 Hugo Finalists

It may be a weird time for

big events , but sci-fi and fantasy’s prestigious Hugo Awards —which honor many avenues of creativity, including novels, comics, fanzines, and screenplays, as well as artists, editors, podcasts , and more—are moving full steam ahead...online. And the 2020 nominees are here!

You can check out the full list of nominees—which includes the Lodestar and Astounding Awards...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Jul 13, 2019.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to compose the score for HBO's Watchmen

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/trent-reznor-and-atticus-ross-to-compose-the-score-for-1829255814" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to compose the score for HBO&#39;s <i>Watchmen<em></em></i></a>

Zack Snyder’s Watchmen movie had a memorable soundtrack, with some direct lifts from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original comic combined with My Chemical Romance covering “Desolation Row,” but HBO’s Watchmen sequel thing is going to go in a direction with a lot more droning industrial music. According to /Film, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been tapped to compose the score, which should...

Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Mar 31, 2019.

DC Rebirth’s controversial conclusion undermines its strengths

<a href="https://aux.avclub.com/dc-rebirth-s-controversial-conclusion-undermines-its-st-1798248423" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>DC Rebirth</i>’s controversial conclusion undermines its strengths</a>

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s DC Rebirth. Written by Geoff Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver, Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, and Phil Jimenez, inks by Matt Santorelli and Joe Prado, and colors by Brad Anderson, Jason Wright, Hi-Fi, and Gabe Eltaeb, this one-shot kicks off DC’s new Rebirth publishing initiative as Johns departs his...

Joe Blevins Joe Blevins Mar 01, 2019.

Mouth-breathing bystanders in superhero movies love staring upwards

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/mouth-breathing-bystanders-in-superhero-movies-love-sta-1798254257" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Mouth-breathing bystanders in superhero movies love staring upwards</a>

“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!” Those iconic words, heard in each episode of The Adventures Of Superman, established a clear precedent for the superhero genre. Civilians exist in these stories mainly to be rescued from danger and to gaze in slack-jawed bewilderment at the costumed crime fighters before them. Artist LJ Frezza examines this trope in a new video essay for...

Rob Dean Rob Dean Dec 13, 2018.

Read This: Why R-rated superhero movies are inherently revisionist

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/read-this-why-r-rated-superhero-movies-are-inherently-1798244636" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Read This: Why R-rated superhero movies are inherently revisionist</a>

Once Deadpool made (and continues to make) boatloads of money, people were curious what that would mean for other comic book properties. If an R-rated, hyperviolent, profanity-laced film can do so well, then perhaps other films featuring caped crusaders would bring in great box office numbers as well. Guardians Of The Galaxy writer/director James Gunn worried that people would misconstrue...

Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Dec 05, 2018.

Trent Reznor has considered ending Nine Inch Nails

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/trent-reznor-has-considered-ending-nine-inch-nails-1830396374" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Trent Reznor has considered ending Nine Inch Nails<em></em></a>

These days, Trent Reznor seems to do way more work for film and TV soundtracks than he does making industrial rock music with Nine Inch Nails, and while he does always return to his first love, Reznor told Variety in a recent interview that he has thought about putting Nine Inch Nails to rest. He was talking about the way that composing scores is “one of the most creatively rewarding...

Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Nov 16, 2018.

Jeremy Irons to play mysterious British lord on HBO's "remixed" Watchmen 

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/jeremy-irons-to-play-mysterious-british-lord-on-hbos-r-1827151731" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Jeremy Irons to play mysterious British lord on HBO&#39;s &quot;remixed&quot; <i>Watchmen <em></em></i></a>

Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.

We usually like to drop in some kind of reference to the hottest news of the day in this intro paragraph, but we’d rather not spend any additional time today thinking...

William Hughes William Hughes Aug 09, 2018. 9 comments

Epix announces a Slaughterhouse-Five TV adaptation

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/epix-announces-a-slaughterhouse-five-tv-adaptation-1828179076" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Epix announces a <i>Slaughterhouse-Five </i>TV adaptation</a>

Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.

Listen: Development Hell has come unstuck in time. Or, hey, maybe not; now that we think about it, we might just be hitting that part of the evening where everything...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Jun 29, 2018. 8 comments

Rebecca Ferguson joins Ewan McGregor in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/rebecca-ferguson-joins-ewan-mcgregor-in-the-shining-seq-1827221953" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Rebecca Ferguson joins Ewan McGregor in <i>The Shining</i> sequel<i> Doctor Sleep</i></a>

Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.

As we sigh deeply and flip our “Days Without A Mass Shooting” sign to “0,” let’s shift our focus, just for a few minutes, from the horrors of reality to the pop culture we...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Jun 14, 2018. 13 comments

Watchmen set photos include some surprising reveals for HBO's TV version  

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/watchmen-set-photos-include-some-surprising-reveals-for-1826745197" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Watchmen </i>set photos include some surprising reveals for HBO&#39;s TV version  <em></em></a>

HBO has been very secretive about its Watchmen TV adaptation/sequel thing, with Damon Lindelof noting in a very lengthy Instagram post that it will be more of a “remixed” take than anything else, but some set photos obtained by /Film seem to have revealed a whole lot about the project. Like, so much so that it might be considered a spoiler to know what they contain. We won’t post them here,...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti May 28, 2018. 22 comments

The cast of HBO's Watchmen is looking quite interesting

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/the-cast-of-hbos-watchmen-is-looking-quite-interesting-1826271551" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The cast of HBO&#39;s <i>Watchmen </i>is looking quite interesting<em></em></a>

According to Variety, HBO has chosen some surprising names for its Watchmen pilot, specifically Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. We don’t know who any of them will be playing, both because HBO is keeping details like that under wraps and because Damon Lindelof—who is developing the show—noted in his lengthy and passionate...

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William Hughes William Hughes May 24, 2018. 24 comments

Dear Watchmen fans: Damon Lindelof is sorry (but also please watch his show)

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/dear-watchmen-fans-damon-lindelof-is-sorry-but-also-p-1826241067" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Dear <i>Watchmen </i>fans: Damon Lindelof is sorry (but also please watch his show)<em></em></a>

It’s been almost a year since HBO cheerfully waded into the world of comic book sacrilege, announcing that it was working with The Leftovers’ Damon Lindelof on a TV adaptation of Alan Moore and David Gibbons’ Watchmen, still the sacred text for a certain breed of “comic books are art” fanatic. That’s enough time for any number of tantrums, aneurysms, and general “They’re going to fuck it up”...

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Baraka Kaseko Baraka Kaseko Mar 16, 2018. 8 comments

Jackie Earle Haley discusses The Tick, Watchmen, and fighting injustice

Jackie Earle Haley discusses The Tick, Watchmen, and fighting injustice

Jackie Earle Haley has had a long, diverse career: his early voice work, his pivotal role as The Bad News Bears’ star player Kelly Leak, his turn as Rorschach in Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen, and most recently starring as The Terror in Amazon’s The Tick. More than his IMDB credits, he’s also a joy to be around. In our full interview with him, Haley talked with us about The Tick, how...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Feb 02, 2018. 12 comments

The Leftovers’ Nicole Kassell to direct HBO’s Watchmen pilot

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/the-leftovers-nicole-kassell-to-direct-hbo-s-watchmen-1822590472" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>The Leftovers</i>’ Nicole Kassell to direct HBO’s <i>Watchmen</i> pilot<em></em></a>

There will be a mini-Leftovers reunion on the set of HBO’s Watchmen series—according to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicole Kassell will direct the pilot episode of Damon Lindelof’s adaptation. She will also executive produce the series, which has no start or release date yet, along with Lindelof’s WBTV-based White Rabbit company.

Kassell’s expansive body of work includes episodes of The...

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