Syfy Announces Casting for Dark Matter – Scripted Series From Stargate Alumni!

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Syfy has cast their 13-episode scripted series called Dark Matter, based on the Dark Horse graphic novel by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (executive producers and writers for the Stargate franchises).

Dark Matter is the story of the crew of a derelict spaceship who are awakened from stasis with no memory of they are or how they get there.

The cast includes: Melissa O’Neil (Broadway production of Les Miserables), Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Alex Mallari Jr. (Robocop) and Jodelle Ferland (Twilight) with Roger Cross (The Strain) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl).

The series is produced by Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl. Production begins January 7th with Summer 2015 launch planned. For more, follow the jump.

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Extraterrestrial Trailer: Alien Outpost!

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The invasion of the alien ‘Heavies’ has been beaten back until there’s only one spot on Earth they still hold – but they are fighting ferociously to hold that position.

One army unit is posted to keep them in check, so they have largely been forgotten. What the rest of the world doesn’t know is that the Heavies are planning a second invasion – and that one army unit is all that stands between them and conquering the Earth.

Alien Outpost is the directorial debut of Game of Thrones’ visual effects supervisor, Jabbar Raisani and will be in select theaters on January 30th. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – And Now For The Big Finish!

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After a tonally confused beginning and terrific middle episode filled with all kinds of invention, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings Peter Jackson’s six-movie Tolkien binge to close with a rousing mid-point finale that both wraps up the story and sets the stage for the Lord of the Rings trilogy quite nicely.

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Golden Globe®-Nominated The Missing Renewed By STARZ!

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The critically acclaimed – and Golden Globe®-nominated – anthology series The Missing has been given an order for a second season.

The series, which this season has followed a father (James Nesbitt) who continues to search for his missing son years later, will again be written by Harry and Jack Williams and feature a case which the audience follows over two time frames.

The Missing’s first season concludes on January 10th. Follow the jump for more.

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ABC Family Adds Scripted Series Recovery Road!

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ABC Family has picked up the scripted drama Recovery Road, based on the novel by Blake Nelson.

The series follows Maddie, a teenage girl with a reputation as a party girl. She, however, doesn’t think she has a problem until she given the choice of expulsion from school or going into rehab.

Casting details will follow when they become available. For further details, follow the jump.

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Toronto Film Critics Name Boyhood Best Film!

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Boyhood picked up three awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association last night – Best Film, Best Director – Richard Linklater, and Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette.

Tom Hardy took Best Actor honors for Locke; Marion Cotillar was named Best actress for her work in The Immigrant, and J.K. Simmons got Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash.

Follow the jump for the complete list of winners.

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Spielberg Finds His Katie for Roald Dahl’s BFG!

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Steven Spielberg has cast the key role of Katie for his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s BFG (Dahl’s personal favorite of his own stories).

Ruby Barnhill will play the young girl who becomes friends with the Big Friendly Giant and discovers the beauty and danger of Giant World.

Production on Roald Dahl’s BFG will begin in early 2015 with itsa premiere set for July 1st, 2016. For more, follow the jump.

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Helix Season 2 : Ilaria’s Reach Extends!

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Syfy’s Helix took a cool story – an outbreak scenario – and turned it on its head in its season. For Season 2, Dr. Alan Farragut’s team is going to learn that there’s even more weirdness lying in wait as Ilaria, the company that owned Arctic Biosystems has tentacles that reach further than anyone could have expected.

Helix, Season 2 premieres on SyFy on Friday, January 16 at 10/9c. For more, follow the jump

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Group 1200 Media Opens Theatrica Division!

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Group 1200 Media – owners of FUNimation Entertainment, Giant Ape Media and Group 1200 Consumer Products – has opened a theatrical division to be based in New York City.

Spurred by the success of the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods theatrical event, the company is actively looking at more of such opportunities. Spearheading the new division is David Wengrod, Vice President of Theatrical Events and Distribution – formerly Vice President of Alternative Entertainment Programming at Screenvision (with whom Group 1200 partnered on the Dragon Ball Z event.

For more, follow the jump.

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Cryptic Trailer: Terence Malik’s Knight of Cups!

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The first trailer for Terence Malik’s Knight of Cups is here! And, yes, it’s as bewildering as ever.

Knight of Cups’ world premiere will be at the Berlin Film Festival in February, It will be released in North America later in 2015.

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Ascension Is A Lifeboat For Humanity!

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Syfy’s three-night event series Ascension (9/8C) premieres tonight and continues through Wednesday. It’s the story of a generation ship that was launched in the early 1960s, taking a selection of humanity to a new home on a planet orbiting Proxima – because the ship’s creator/architect was convinced that the Cold War was about become hot and destroy the Earth.

It’s also the story of that man’s son, in the present, trying to preserve his father’s legacy. It’s also a serious mindbender of a concept – with one helluva twist.

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