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Hugh Bonneville, Eric Stonestreet, Bonnie Hunt, Cary Elwes, Dean Norris and Ruth Connell have been summoned to Sofia The First‘s court to lend their voices to a special story arc that is set to debut October 12 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Hunt and Stonetreet will reprise their roles as Aunt Tilly and Sofia’s flying horse Minimus, respectively, in the four episodes, which will feature an appearance from the latest Disney princess to guest star on the hit series, Br… »
“Sofia the First” is welcoming special guest star, Princess Merida from Disney Pixar’s “Brave.” She will appear on the Oct. 12 episode of the animated series, Disney Junior announced Tuesday.
In the episode, Sofia’s Aunt Tilly returns to give the little princess a gift that will unlock a secret world and appoint her as the storykeeper of magical books in “Sofia the First: The Secret Library,” the first installment of a four-part story arc, which kicks off on Oct. 12 with Merida.
Bonnie Hunt returns to voice Aunt Tilly, and Eric Stonestreet reprises his role Sofia’s flying horse, Minimus, reuniting with his “Modern Family” costar Ariel Winter who plays the title character, Sofia. “Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris is a guest voice actor on the episode, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The death of horror pioneer Wes Craven has spawned an outpouring of warm remembrances from friends, collaborators and fellow fright-flick luminaries like John Carpenter and Joe Dante. See below for a roundup of reactions (to be updated throughout the week). New Line Cinema: In 1984, Wes Craven brought “A Nightmare on Elm Street” to New Line, and in so doing, altered the course of the studio’s history. We are eternally grateful to our friend and partner, and are proud to be “The House That Freddy Built”. Robert Englund: Rip Wes Craven, my director, my friend. A brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. A sad day on Elm St and everywhere. I'll miss him. — Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015 Hollywood's lost a rare species in Wes Craven. The true Gentleman. — Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015 William Friedkin: Wes Craven will be missed by all who Love and appreciate his work, »
- Chris Eggertsen
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
A new teaser trailer has debuted for Crackle’s upcoming drama series The Art of More which stars Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Christian Cooke and Cary Elwes. You can check it out below after the official synopsis…
The Art Of More is a groundbreaking drama starring Dennis Quaid (“Vegas,” Any Given Sunday) that goes into the underbelly and surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses. We follow a blue collar young man, Graham Connor, played by Christian Cooke (“Magic City”) who leverages his way into this exclusive realm by exploiting connections to antiquities smuggling rings he was exposed to as a soldier in Iraq. Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) plays the role of Roxanna Whitney, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses—and a leading account executive. Although she was born into this exclusive world and thrives in it, she is riddled with insecurities that drive »
- Gary Collinson
Streaming service, Crackle, invites you to peek at the underbelly of the cutthroat world of high-end action houses in its first scripted drama, The Art of More. The 10-epsiode series stars Dennis Quaid (who also serves as an executive producer), Christian Cooke, Kate Bosworth and Cary Elwes. At the center of The Art of More, is Graham Connor (Cooke) — a former soldier who uses his wartime experience as a thief of antiquities to wiggle his way into the big-money, high-stakes and high-class world of art and antiquity auctioning (auctioneering? Not sure). The series debuts November 19 on Crackle, a … Continue reading →
The post TCA: Scratch The Auction World’s Seedy Underbelly In “The Art of More” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
Sony Pictures TV’s broadband network Crackle is hoping to stand out with viewers with a redesign that aims to replicate some of the linear TV experience.
Crackle is putting new emphasis on the scheduling of programs the service with multiple channels offering themed programming targeted for specific dayparts and genres: daytime, primetime and latenight. And with a new “Always On” interface that is rolling out on various platforms this fall, viewers who pull up the channel will find a specific program playing at any given time a la a network schedule.
“It looks and feels more like a cable channel,” said Andy Kaplan, Sony Pictures TV’s president of worldwide networks during Crackle’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the Beverly Hilton. Crackle will serve up more than 100 episodes of original programming in the coming year, ranging from Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sony’s free streaming entertainment service Crackle announced a number of premiere dates at TCA today led off by its first one-hour scripted drama The Art Of More which becomes available on Thursday, November 19. The 10-episode series, which stars Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke, is set in the cutthroat art auction house world. Cooke plays Graham Connor, a blue-collar upstart who breaks into this arena where his eccentric mentor (Elwes)… »
Crackle revealed premiere dates for a number of its new and returning series Wednesday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, including Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Sports Jeopardy!” and Bryan Cranston’s stop-motion “Supermansion.” The Sony streaming company also dropped the trailer for its first one-hour drama series, “The Art of More,” starring Dennis Quaid, Christian Cooke, Kate Bosworth and Cary Elwes. That video can be seen above; the newly unveiled debut date is below. Crackle also shared added features to its new “Always On” design during the Beverly Hilton media event. “Always On” aims »
- Tony Maglio
Tony Award–winning, Wales-born actor Roger Rees died Friday at the age of 71, Entertainment Weekly confirms. He won the Tony for Best Actor in 1982 for his turn in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and subsequently earned an Emmy nomination for the television adaptation. He soon segued into more mainstream roles on the classic show Cheers, playing the snobbish love interest of Kristie Alley, as well as British ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. In his most prominent film role, as the dastardly Sherif of Rottinham in Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Rees had the rare honor of slapping Cary Elwes across the face with a glove, subsequently taking an iron gauntlet to the face himself. »
- Greg Cwik
Saw was one of the films that pioneered what has now come to be known as ‘torture porn’. Arriving in 2004 the film had two strangers awaken in a grotty bathroom, each shackled to a pipe. There only way out was to saw through their ankles with a rusty, and rather flimsy, hacksaw blade. The pair were part of a ‘trap’ devised by a deviant new serial killer who wasn’t really a serial killer. Sounds confusing I know, but Jigsaw aka John Kramer, believed that confronting people with their morality and their indiscretions at the same time made them appreciate life more if they lived. Granted, most of his subjects died horrifically rather than survived.
The series ran for seven films, the last one featuring the added 3D factor, and had several incarnations of Jigsaw continue the work started by Kramer. The first few films went from strength to strength at the box office, »
- Kat Smith
Saw was one of the infamous films that pioneered what has now come to be known as ‘torture porn’. Arriving in 2004 the film had two strangers awaken in a grotty bathroom, each shackled to a pipe. Their only way out was to saw through their ankles with a rusty, and rather flimsy hacksaw blade. The pair were part of a ‘trap’ devised by a deviant new serial killer who wasn’t really a serial killer. Sounds confusing I know, but Jigsaw, aka John Kramer, believed that confronting people with their morality and their indiscretions at the same time made them appreciate life more if they lived. Granted, despite his vision, most subjects ended up dead rather than alive and appreciative.
The series ran for seven films, »
- Kat Smith
Amazon Studios has just hit a very important milestone. The digital studios has finally broken into the original feature film race by purchasing the film Elvis & Nixon, which stars actor Kevin Spacey from Netflix’s hit original series House of Cards.
Variety, who originally broke the story, reports Amazon is in the final stages to acquire Elvis & Nixon following over a month’s worth of negotiations after the Cannes Film Festival. Variety notes Amazon may have shelled out over $3 million for the film, which will only be distributed in theaters by Bleecker Street Media (who was also seeking to purchase the movie).
Elvis & Nixon tells the story of when the titular and iconic figures met for the first time. Michael Shannon portrays Elvis Presley, and Spacey plays President Richard Nixon (now the second time the actor has portrayed Potus for a digital studios-owned original production). Directed by Liza Johnson, the »
- Bree Brouwer
The film will debut in theaters only, and the theatrical rollout will be handled by Bleecker Street as part of the deal.
“Elvis & Nixon” tells the story of the infamous meeting between Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) and Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) in 1970. Several buyers had expressed interest in the project (based on early footage alone), including Lionsgate and Bleecker Street, but Amazon was able to land it. The deal has been in the works for more than a month, with the pricetag climbing over $3 million, according a source.
It’s a significant victory for the Internet juggernaut that now wants to enter into the crowded field of releasing original movies. Ted Hope, the seasoned indie producer who recently ran Fandor, stepped into Amazon’s film production side earlier this year, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
London — Indian animation house Krayon Pictures and China’s Heshan Media will co-produce animated feature “Beijing Safari”. The film is a sequel to Krayon’s 2012 release “Delhi Safari” that featured a group of animals who march to India’s capital to demand answers of parliament about the destruction of their forest. The sequel will focus on water contamination.
The English-language film is being produced under the India-China co-production agreement and will therefore get domestic status in both countries. Investors are from India and China and the budget is currently $20 million, Krayon co-founder Kishor Patil told Variety.
- Naman Ramachandran
When American anime lovers think of Studio Ghibli, the name Hayao Miyazaki immediately comes to mind. Fans embrace the imaginative writing and direction he’s brought to films like Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. However, Miyazaki isn’t the only director to have helped build the Ghibli name.
Hiroyuki Morita is the director who brought The Cat Returns to life. Just like most Studio Ghibli films, The Cat Returns sneaks in its fair share of parables and commentaries on the human condition, while simultaneously transporting us to a wacky and outlandish world. However, this one-note film is a little on the tame side when it comes to character depth and Ghibli oddities. While there are moments of chaos, this animated film has a more happy-go-lucky feel to it, much like big brother Totoro. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The Cat Returns introduces us to Haru, »
- Bags Hooper
By Alex Simon
There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:
1. The Searchers (1956)
John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Ahead of network upfronts next week, a number of channels put in notices for pickups and cancellations over the week. Fox’s Backstrom, CBS’ Battle Creek, The McCarthys, and Stalker, NBC’s Marry Me, One Big Happy, State of Affairs, and Constantine all became one-season shows. NBC’s About a Boy also got a cancellation notice this week, as did Fox’s The Mindy Project and The Following.
Fox has also given series orders to Minority Report and Lucifer, while CBS has picked up Supergirl. Among returning shows, The Simpsons got a two-season renewal, while IFC renewed Comedy Bang! Bang!, and The Playstation Network gave its original series Powers a second season. NBC also renewed The Mysteries of Laura and The Night Shift, as well as the sitcom Undateable, whose entire third season will consist of live episodes.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Bubba is burning, Mamma is singing, and Dallas is cosplaying. It's this week's 3-Point Plan: Texas. “Mamma Mia” Sing-a-LongThis Mother’s Day, be a "Super Trouper" and bring your mamma to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the “Mamma Mia” Sing-a-Long, where she’ll see “Dancing Queen” Meryl Street strut her stuff onscreen alongside Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. And at $12 a ticket it doesn’t cost a lot of “Money, Money, Money.” Doors open at 4 p.m. Burning Bubba FestThe Burning Bubba Fest, Fort Worth’s answer to Burning Man, is a honky-tonk music fest that kicks off Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. at Billy Bob’s Texas, with headliners Whiskey Myers, Holy Moly, and Blackstone Cherry. Dallas Comic ConGrab your mask and spandex and head to the Dallas Comic Con, where you’ll rub elbows with superheroes Robert Rodriguez, William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, the ever-present Adam West, and everyone’s favorite chrome-dome hunk, »
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