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Season two of the Starz high seas drama, Black Sails, is sailing along and series regulars Hannah New, Toby Stephens & more talk about where the trip will take them over the next few weeks. Plus Kevin Bigley and Kevin Daniels show us why the USA Network comedy Sirens is scoring some pretty big laughs.
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- Mike Raub
The sun sets over the San Gabriel Mountains as Kevin Bacon considers his first starring role in television. He leans back on a couch on a patio at a Pasadena hotel, and analyzes how his character, former FBI agent Ryan Hardy of The Following, has evolved. Season 3 of The Following returns season Mondays on Fox beginning with a two-hour premiere on March 2. “One of the biggest things is I am with a woman I actually should be with,” Bacon says. “Ryan does not have a good picker. I fell in love with the wife of a serial killer. … Continue reading →
- Jacqueline Cutler
The Hollywood actor drops into the Brighton home of Chris and Stephen to hand-deliver and set up Ee TV for the starstruck couple.
Bacon makes his dramatic arrival at their house in a helicopter, with Stephen asking Chris: "Is that Kevin Bacon with a huge package?"
It ends with the Following star donning Chris's famous pair of tiny pink shorts.
The reality TV couple enthused: "It's not every day a Hollywood superstar stops by for a cup of tea and to watch some TV! Television is a massive part of our life, but we often find ourselves having to choose between programmes with loads to choose from now.
"Ee TV has some really cool features that mean we can now watch what we want, when we want, whatever room we are in! »
Nick Jonas expressed his love for Kanye West's music with an epic rendition of Yeezy's hit, "Only One." The 22-year-old singer shared his version of the song and even took to Twitter to tell the rapper about how much he loves the new single. "@kanyewest I love this song so much I had to sing it myself...," he wrote on the social media site. Jonas' cover is full of soul, just like his own "Jealous," which has also been topping the music charts. Check it out below! Nick may be a skilled singer, but he's definitely not the best Pictionary partner! The sexy crooner stopped by "The Tonight Show" last week, where he tested his drawing expertise in a game with Jimmy Fallon, Don Cheadle and Kevin Bacon. At one point, Fallon drew the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Jonas cautiously suggested, "The leaning tower?" Fallon literally dropped to the floor, »
- tooFab Staff
IMDb has been at the forefront of online movie fandom for over two decades, and in that time everyone has learned which parts are best avoided. You don’t enter the message boards unless you want to see sane discussions descend into cries of fanboy bias; you don’t start researching an actor without giving up two hours of your life to play a never-ending, one-player game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon; and, most importantly, you accept that the sites oft-quoted star ratings are more than a little inaccurate.
Still, even if you know how skewed and narrow the whole thing is, it’s hard not to be influenced by a movie’s IMDb score; if a film has a rating 7.0 or below, it clearly can’t be worth your time, and if it doesn’t hit an 8.0 it can’t exactly be called a must see.
- Alex Leadbeater
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
Growing up as far as I was concerned, there were two kinds of kids, Nightmare Kids and Friday Kids. It all seemed to hinge on what you happened to see first. For me it was a Friday the 13th marathon on USA’s Up All Night. I would never be the same.
In the summer of 1980 a group of counselors are trying to reopen Camp Crystal Lake. Camp Cook, Annie, is hitchhiking her way to the camp when she has her throat slit. The other counselors, including a studly Kevin Bacon, are being picked off one by one. The killer doesn’t make their presence known until only Alice (Adrienne King) is left.
It’s amazing to think the hockey mask that launched a thousand ships has such humble beginnings. Director Sean Cunningham saw Halloween and wanted to make one just like it. But then again so did everyone else. »
- Jeremy Jones
Stephen King has been having one hell of a time in Hollywood of late. Josh Boone is moving full-steam ahead on an ambitious adaptation of King’s The Stand, Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) will direct a two-part adaptation of his horror classic It, King’s zombie story Cell arrives on the big screen later this year, CBS just renewed Under the Dome for a third season, and adaptations of Gerald’s Game and Lisey’s Story, among others, are in the works. Now, exciting news has arrived with regard to Hulu’s take on King’s JFK assassination thriller 11/22/63, with word that James Franco has signed on for the lead role.
The Oscar nominee will play a high school English teacher named Jake Epping, who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. While in the past, Epping’s mission is threatened by a variety of obstacles, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Even before the Berlin festival is over, and the Oscars remain under wraps, the thoughts of many executives have turned to Cannes.
At this stage, the selectors of Cannes different sections have seen very little, so there is no such thing as a certainty.
Following some of the chatter and looking at which films might have the right credentials comes up with a strongly international selection for Thierry Fremaux and his team to choose from.
Fellow Italian, and previous Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti, has “My Mother” (aka “Mia Madre”) while Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel-starrer “Youth” (aka “La Giovinezza,” aka “In the Future”) is also a strong competition contender.
Buzz is strong for “The Lobster,” the English-language »
- Patrick Frater
"Dancing is forbidden. So if you're going to do it, you do it somewhere safe." Despite what Footloose may have you believe, it's pretty ridiculous to live in a place in the United States where dancing is forbidden. Of course, you may not realize this, but around the world, not everyone has that same kind of freedom. Desert Dancer sets out to tell the true story of a young man who's a gifted dancer, but finds his skills stifled by the oppressive government of his homeland in Iran. And much like Kevin Bacon, he uses his dancing to make a statement, creating a secret group with other brave dancers for a performance out in the desert. Watch! Here's the trailer for Richard Raymond's Desert Dancer from Relativity Media: »
- Ethan Anderton
Rose Byrne was one of several X-Men: First Class cast members to get the axe when the franchise jumped ahead a decade for last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but she’ll be back for more mutant superhero action when the franchise returns in 2016, as she’s officially signed on to reprise her role of CIA agent Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Last time we saw MacTaggert, she had successfully aided our titular mutant team in stopping Kevin Bacon from kickstarting World War III, but soon after had her memory erased by Charles Xavier. That thankfully won’t stop her from popping up again when Apocalypse rolls around, and according to writer/producer Simon Kinberg, she’ll have a big role to play:
“She’s a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. »
- James Garcia
Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea for Kevin Bacon’s corrupt small-town sheriff to leave the keys inside his unlocked patrol car. And maybe he should have thought twice before tossing his gunbelt in the backseat and stuffing a beaten-and-bound criminal in the trunk. But all those bad decisions make for B-movie gold in Jon Watts’ “Cop Car,” a tight, easily marketable genre exercise that pushes its lean premise and all-around disrespect for authority to entertaining extremes, taking wicked delight in imagining what might happen if two 10-year-olds were to stumble upon an abandoned police cruiser and take it for a joyride.
Conceptually speaking, “Cop Car” is the kind of movie that could only be made by filmmakers too young to have children of their own. No parent would put a pair of preadolescent characters through this kind of torture, and precious few audiences with kids will take »
- Peter Debruge
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
It could be the flop of all flops. At the time, “Waterworld” was the most expensive film ever made. Starring Kevin Costner, “Waterworld” is a science-fiction/fantasy film taking place roughly 500 years after the polar ice caps melted in the beginning of the 21st century, effectively covering the entire world with water. Dirt has become a commodity and an unknown traveler named “the Mariner” (Costner) is trying to find anywhere to trade his stash. The catch: he’s a mutant, with gills, allowing him to breathe underwater. He is joined by a woman named Helen (Jeannie Tripplehorn) and child named Enola (Tina Majorino) with an elaborate map tattooed on her back. They sail the world and encounter various groups of survivors. They are pursued by a group of evil forces, led by an eye-patched man called “the Deacon” (Dennis Hopper). The special effects are actually pretty impressive, »
- Joshua Gaul
We’ve been relishing the chance to be in Park City again this year for Sundance, despite the fact that for the first time in the festival’s history no movies are being screened on 35mm. That said, some already incredible movies have received awards and much deserved buzz. Most notable among them is Don Hertzfeld’s animated World of Tomorrow, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film.
But we’ve also been watching the buyers, because for those of us who couldn’t make it out to Utah this year, we have an invested interest in actually seeing these movies some day. Here’s a list of some of the more notable deals that were struck. Indiewire has a full list of films and buyers.
- Brian Welk
Focus Features boutique arm Focus World has acquired Us and UK rights to director Jon Watts' Sundance premiere "Cop Car," starring Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham and Camryn Manheim. Produced by Cody Ryder, Alicia Van Couvering, Sam Bisbee, Andrew Kortschak and Jon Watts, this cat-and-mouse turns on a "a harrowing crash course full of mayhem as a pair of 10-year-old boys attempt to navigate the back roads behind the wheel of a seemingly abandoned police car that they have no clue how to operate," per the official synopsis. Things go from bad to worse when a small-town sheriff sets his sights on getting the car back—at any cost. Reviews have been solid. The Guardian praises Kevin Bacon's performance especially: "Bacon, sporting a creepy moustache, is great, and both boys give strong, naturalistic performances." Focus World is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film Festival as the digital spoiler, ready to spend more than traditional studios to lure the top indie movies away from theatrical distribution – but so far they haven’t spoiled a thing, as the big acquisitions in a healthy market have mainly gone to the usual distribution suspects.
Multiple dealmakers have told TheWrap that Netflix came to Sundance with a specific strategy to outbid the other studios for movies in an attempt to build a track record as a buyer of major festival titles. A longtime supporter of independent film, Netflix has been »
- Jeff Sneider and Sharon Waxman
Focus World has acquired U.S. and U.K. rights to “Cop Car,” following its Sundance premiere in the midnight section.
“Cop Car” centers on a pair of 10-year-old boys attempting to navigate the back roads behind the wheel of a seemingly abandoned police car that they have no clue how to operate. The script is by Watts and Christopher D. Ford.
The deal was negotiated by Beth Lemberger and Anjay Nagpal of Focus with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Dave McNary
Focus Features’ alternative distribution initiative Focus World has acquired U.S. and U.K. rights to Jon Watts’ thriller “Cop Car,” which stars Kevin Bacon as a corrupt sheriff whose vehicle is stolen by two 10-year-old boys.
Focus World is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release of the film but has not yet set a date. In the UK, the film will be distributed via Uphe Content Group.
- Jeff Sneider
John Crowley directed Brooklyn and the highly regarded romance stars Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters in the story of a young Irish immigrant in 1950s New York.
Fox Searchlight negotiated the deal with HanWay Films and CAA and plans a release this year for the potential awards contender.
Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have acquired world rights to the documentary Best Of Enemies, chronicling the intellectual rivalry between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley. Wme Global and Submarine represented the film-makers.Sundance Selects has moved on North American rights to Laura Gabbert’s Us Documentary Competition selection City Of Gold. The film follows »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
THR reports that Focus World, the 'alternative arm' of Focus Features, bought the U.S. rights for John Watts' Sundance midnighter Cop Car. They plan to share Kevin Bacon's mustache in cinemas and on VOD simultaneously.The film has been praised for re-creating the tone of films produced by Amblin Entertainemnt back the 80s. TwitchFilm's Ryland loved this movie when he saw it this week at Sundance. He gushed about it in his review, If Cop Car was released in the VHS era, it would be dubbed and traded amongst friends until the tape was worn completely through.It's a cult classic that doesn't just feel like it is trying to be one. But past all that, Cop Car is just a damn awesome movie....
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