The creep-tastic FX series American Horror Story pushed almost every boundary it could reach, and followed some of the weirdest stories to some of the coolest tangents, but there were still a few threads left on the cutting room floor.
Anglemaker is about the clockwork of fates and destinies that interconnect us all, asking the question “Is our collective internal bearings true? And if not, what were to happen if someone went about ‘fixing’ that…?” More chillingly, it dares, “…And what would happen if that someone got it horribly, terribly wrong in the attempt?”
Ages, like gears, mesh together behind the backdrop of a dreary, very mundane contemporary London where the unfortunately named Joe Spork is living in the twin shadows of his father and grandfather. Grand-dad Daniel was a master-class clockwork artisan and daddy-dearest Mathew was a master-class gangster in the 50s. Overwhelmed by their legacies, Joe has grown into a disappointed and disappointing shade of a man, drifting without many options, stuck between gears. When the ancient Edie Banister tests Joe’s ability to fix ever-stranger bits of clock-driven machinery, it brings both of them to the attention of vast forces seeking to find and control the “Angelmaker,” a nearly mythical device which could either push mankind into a hopeful nirvana or destroy the whole human race.
We’ve been talking for weeks about the eventual fates of Fox’s Fringe and Terra Nova, and the promise (or lack thereof) of the new drama Alcatraz. The network itself hasn’t ruled on any of the shows just yet, but if you believe certain TV experts, all three could be doomed.
Robert Seidman, over at TV by the Numbers, predicted today that both Fringe—which continues to battle low numbers in the midst of its fourth season—and Alcatraz—which is losing viewers weekly after just five episodes—will get the boot sometime soon. Continue reading
Up front: Don’t get too excited because it’s only The Phantom Menace… though, on the other hand, this could be a sign of the way things are going to work across the whole series.
Last year, Panasonic gave away copies of the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray for folks who picked up their home theater kit. This year, they’re going to be expanding this into the third dimension by bundling the new, dimensionalised Phantom Menace. Continue reading
Enjoying a resurgence with The Woman In Black, venerable British horror studio Hammer has chosen the Cinema And Television History (CATH) Research Centre at the UK’s Leicester De Montfort University to house its script archive. The CATH center will catalogue and curate a collection that includes screenplays from most of the studio’s film and TV productions from 1947-1990 along with extensive corporate paperwork, correspondence and other ephemera. This is the first time the archive will be opened to public research and study. Last month, Hammer announced a global restoration project for its library of films in partnership with Studiocanal, Pinewood and other international players and with the participation of 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Paramount. Continue reading