AMC Announces Straight-to-Series Order for Badlands

amc-logo-325AMC today announced a straight-to-series order for the martial arts drama Badlands (working title). Badlands joins The Walking Dead and the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul as AMC’s only straight-to-series orders.

Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

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AMC Honored With 26 Emmy Nominations

emmy2014_triptych-rick-walt-don-560-v2The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this morning the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy® Award nominations, recognizing AMC with 26 nominations, making it the only cable network to ever garner two series nominations in the best drama category for three consecutive years. In addition, AMC is the only cable network (tied with HBO) to garner double nominations in the drama series category five times.

Mad Men, which reigns as the only television series in cable history to win the Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series four years in row (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011), continues to be the most Emmy® nominated basic drama series on television with a total of 105 nominations. Mad Men is also the only cable series to ever receive seven consecutive nominations for Outstanding Drama. This year the series garnered eight nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Jon Hamm, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Christina Hendricks and Outstanding Guest Actor for Robert Morse.  The series also received multiple nominations for Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Costumes, Outstanding Hair Styling and Outstanding Makeup. (Click here to read more about Mad Men‘s nominations.)

AMC’s Breaking Bad garnered the most Outstanding Drama Series nominations for Basic Cable and the most nominations in the series’ history with 16, including three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor, two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul for Outstanding Supporting Actor and a second consecutive nomination for Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Vince Gilligan was nominated for Outstanding Directing and Writing for the Season 5, Episode 16, “Felina” and Moira Walley-Beckett was nominated for Outstanding Writing for the Season 5, Episode 14, “Ozymandias.” The series also garnered nominations for Michael Slovis for Outstanding Cinematography as well as nominations for Casting, Single Camera Picture Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Makeup and Prosthetic Makeup. (Click here to read more about Breaking Bad‘s nominations.)

The Walking Dead received two nominations, including Outstanding Special Visual Effects and Outstanding Sound Editing. (Click here to read more about The Walking Dead‘s nominations.)

The tallies for nominations by show are:

  • Breaking Bad = 16 nominations
  • Mad Men = 8 nominations
  • The Walking Dead = 2 nominations

“It’s wonderfully gratifying to see programming about which we, at AMC, are so passionate — Breaking BadMad Men and The Walking Dead – recognized by Academy Members, especially in such an enormously competitive environment,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC. “That Breaking Bad and Mad Men are two of the six nominees in the Outstanding Drama category- Breaking Bad with an opportunity to defend last year’s win, for its historic final eight episodes, and Mad Men nominated for the seventh year in a row having won four times in the past; we’re humbled and appreciative. We are also so appreciative and proud of the individual nominations for the actors, writers, directors and creative professionals who have made these unforgettable shows so unique. We are thankful Academy members have honored these series with these nominations.”

For a complete list of AMC’s Emmy nominations, check out the Television Academy’s press release here.

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, August 25 at 8/7c on NBC.

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Story Notes for Ghostbusters

sn-ghostbusters-284x184Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Ghostbusters.

Anthology Notes

Ghostbusters II came out 5 years later, reuniting all of the main cast. It was also a box office success.

Ivo Shandor, the architect of Dana’s building, was the main villain in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, released in 2009. The whole cast lent their voices to the game. Dan Aykroyd called it “essentially the third movie.”

Automotive Notes

Ecto-1 was going to stay painted black, but they realized that it would not be visible at night. They decided to go for a more comedic approach and paint it white with red trim.

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Story Notes for Ocean’s Eleven

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Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Ocean’s Eleven.

Award Notes
In 1963, the year Brad Pitt was born, Carl Reiner won an Emmy for his writing on The Dick Van Dyke Show. As of 2014, Reiner has won nine Emmy Awards for acting, writing and producing.

Steven Soderbergh and Julia Roberts won Oscars while filming this movie. He won Best Director for Traffic and she won Best Actress for Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich. Continue reading “Story Notes for Ocean’s Eleven” »

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Peter Gould Talks Flexible Timeline with NY Daily News; Vulture Asks “Is it 2015 Yet?”

better-call-saul-odenkirk-gilligan-first-look-325This week, Peter Gould told the NY Daily News that Better Call Saul has a flexible timeline that could feature Walter White, while Vulture reports that Vince Gilligan is joining the executive team as co-showrunner. Plus, The Sacramento Bee is “more than ready” for more Bob Odenkirk. Read on for more:

Co-Showrunner Peter Gould spoke with the NY Daily News to say that Better Call Saul will have a flexible timeline that could take place before, during and after the events of Breaking Bad and that being able to work with two seasons “gives us a much bigger canvas to play with.” It also means a potential return of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Business Insider, The Celebrity Cafe, Cinema Blend, The Huffington Post and WhoSay also report on the interview.

Vulture lauds Better Call Saul’s second season renewal before it’s premiere date in 2015 and adds that Vince Gilligan is joining Peter Gould to co-run the show. “Is it 2015 yet?” Vulture asks. The Dallas Morning News, Frontiers LA, The Loop, and the Star Tribune also report on the news of Better Call Saul’s second season.

The Sacramento Bee laments that Better Call Saul is being pushed back to 2015, but is “more than ready to watch a show that’s all about [Bob Odenkirk].”

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Catch Jaws On Air and Online During AMC’s Jaws-a-Thon

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Kick off the long holiday weekend by staying out of the water: On Wednesday, July 2 beginning at 10AM/9c, you can catch all four movies in the Jaws franchise during Jaws-a-Thon on AMC. Plus, more Jaws fun online will make you appreciate your time on dry land even more…

ULTIMATE FAN GAME

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How long is the Amity Island beach closed as a precaution against shark attacks? Test your Jaws knowledge. Play now!

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Story Notes for Meet the Fockers

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Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Meet the Fockers.

Automotive Notes
Jack’s RV is a customized Fleetwood Pace Arrow. Three of them were given to the production. One was sawed in half so that there would be room for the cameras to film the interior scenes.

Bernie’s license plate says “TMI,” short for “too much information.” Continue reading “Story Notes for Meet the Fockers” »

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Freakshow

Watch Full Episodes of Freakshow Season 2

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Didn’t get a chance to catch Morgue’s bed of razors stunt or watch Jessa the Bearded Lady break a world record? If want to re-watch all of this season’s freaky moments, or even if you’ve never seen Freakshow before, you’re in luck: Full episodes of Season 2 are now available on amc.com, now through July 22.

Click here for more ways to watch Freakshow.

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4th and Loud

AMC Releases Poster for New Docu-Series 4th and Loud

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AMC has released the official poster for its new docu-series 4th and Loud. The artwork features Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, of KISS fame and three of LA KISS’s key arena football players with the tagline, “From Arena Rock to Arena Football, KISS the rules goodbye”.

Watch a series premiere trailer for 4th and Loud and be sure to like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

4th and Loud premieres Tuesday, August 12 at 9/8c on AMC.

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AMC’s New Docu-Series 4th and Loud Premieres August 12

4AL_LOGO_Color_560AMC today announced that its docu-series 4th and Loud, which follows the inaugural season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team, will premiere on Tuesday, August 12 at 9/8c. The 10-episode (60-minute) series will follow team owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, of KISS fame, along with additional owners, long-time KISS manager, Doc McGhee, managing partner/owner, Brett Bouchy and president/owner, Schuyler Hoversten, as they and the dedicated players and coaches work to turn LA’s first professional football team in years into a winning franchise.

4th and Loud is produced by Thinkfactory Media (Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Hatfields & McCoys), with Adam Freeman, Adam Reed, Chris Gillen, Erin Kelly and Leslie Greif serving as executive producers.

Take a look at the 4th and Loud series premiere trailer.

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