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“Texas Rising,” the 10-hour History miniseries, couldn’t come close to reaching the high-bar ratings standards set by the networks’ blockbusters like “Hatfields and McCoys” and “The Bible,” but nonetheless opened to a sizable audience on Monday night.
Nielsen estimates that the first two hours of “Texas Rising” averaged 4.1 million viewers overall, making it the calendar year’s second most-watched cable premiere, behind only AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” which bowed behind “The Walking Dead.” It also puts it ahead of other recent limited/event miniseries, including History’s “Houdini” last September (3.7 million), Discovery’s “Klondike” in January 2014 (3.4 million) and USA’s “Dig” in March of this year (1.8 million).
Still, Monday’s tune-in for “Texas Rising” was less than one-third of that for the opening night of History’s record-setting “Hatfields & McCoys” on Memorial Day in 2012 (13.9 million) and “The Bible” in March 2013 (13.1 million). “Texas” also skewed old, with only 1.1 million »
- Rick Kissell
Barely a month has passed since the shooter’s previous Dlc, Ascendance, blasted onto PlayStation platforms and PC, but Activision has already confirmed that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s Supremacy expansion will debut on Xbox Live come June 2.
In keeping with franchise tradition, the add-on will comprise four all-new multiplayer map packs in the form of Parliament, Kremlin, Compound and a revamped version of Skyrise from Modern Warfare 2. You can check out detailed descriptions of each arena via Activision’s breakdown below, which all aim to take the action of Advanced Warfare global.
Multiplayer maps aren’t the only focus of Supremacy, however, with a new Exo-Zombies mode – titled Carrier – bundled in for good measure. Joining the A-list voice cast for the survival mode is fan favorite Bruce Campbell, who will fend off waves of the undead alongside John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Fury star Jon Bernthal. »
- Michael Briers
History’s 10-hour, five-night television event series Texas Rising details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers, in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was a place where cultures would collide in the fight for territory, and it’s where General Sam Houston (Bill Paxton) stood against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez). During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who plays Houston’s right-hand man, Erastus “Deaf” Smith) and Olivier Martinez talked about what attracted them to this project, the men that they portray, working with director Roland Joffé, what a great and impressive experience this project was, and what they most enjoyed about being a part of telling this story. [caption id="attachment_462065" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via The History Channel[/caption] Collider: What was it that attracted you to this project? »
- Christina Radish
Bill Paxton is one of the greatest character actors of his generation. Not only does he have a distinctive drawl and a unique face, but he’s also able to meander into a variety of eclectic roles with minimal fuss and bring them to life like a consummate pro. Along the way he had a helping hand from his pops, who he drew inspiration from for two of his sleaziest roles, in True Lies and Weird Science. But as bad as that sounds, he did so in a loving way. Bill Paxton made this admission while talking to Entertainment Weekly about fifteen of the most important roles of his career. Paxton, who is currently hard at work promoting his work on History Channel’s Texas Rising, explained that for his break-through performance as Chet in 1985’s Weird Science he drew a lot of inspiration from »
The story of the 1836 Texas Revolution is told in a 10-hour event series, Texas Rising on the History Channel starring Bill Paxton as Sam Houston, the leader of the Texas Rangers and Olivier Martinez as his nemesis Mexican General Santa Anna. While Texas Rising portrays Santa Anna as a cruel and harsh leader, Martinez doesn’t at all see the real-life Mexican figure as a villain.
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Near the end of Texas Rising’s fourth hour, General Sam Houston (Bill Paxton) tells his ragtag troops, “follow me a little longer down this twisted, bloody road.” It’s a daunting proposition, not only for them, but for viewers as well. History’s 5-night, 10-hour miniseries (expanded from an original 8) is a hugely ambitious and unwieldy mishmash of tone and genre. It picks up just after the fall of the Alamo in 1836, and weaves together a myriad of tales that revolve around the battles between Houston’s band of soldiers and rangers, and Santa Anna’s (Olivier Martinez) Mexican army. The miniseries’ director, Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) saturates the arid landscape with sepia tones, dust, and death. In fact, many things about Texas Rising’s aesthetics feel wonderfully old school, something akin to Lonesome Dove, although it never matches that epic’s taught pacing and whip-smart dialogue and charm. »
- Allison Keene
With Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks expected to return to the Alien franchise alongside Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming fifth instalment of the sci-fi series, Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to ask Bill Paxton if he’d have any interest in reprising the role of Hicks’ fellow Colonial Marine, Private Hudson.
“That’s the first I’ve heard of [the project],” said Paxton. “Maybe. I mean, if you’re going to bring Hicks back, you’ve got to have Hudson!”
Rumours suggest that Blomkamp’s Alien will serve as a direct sequel to Aliens (that may or may not ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection), which if true would make it highly unlikely that we’ll see more of Hudson given the character’s fate in James Cameron’s 1986 sequel.
- Gary Collinson
The story of the Texas Revolution is certainly worth the scope of a five-night, 10-hour miniseries on the History Channel. However, Texas Rising, which debuts on Memorial Day, is a plodding, bloated chronicling of a potent time in American history. Its star-studded cast, with around two dozen main or featured performers, is impressive; however, the breadth of the ensemble, filled to the brim with great character actors, doesn’t allow for much depth with many of the characters. The result is not just middling, but somewhat problematic, considering the flattened portrayals of the Mexican and Comanche armies, both trying to hold onto native territory.
One surefire sign of the mini-series’ lackluster quality comes in the opening minute, as several paragraphs of text float onto the screen to explain the back-story of how “Texas is in flames.” There is so much history compressed to the few paragraphs that it is a »
- Jordan Adler
"I mean, if you're going to bring Hicks back, you've got to have Hudson," he declared.
Blomkamp has previously described his movie as a direct sequel to Aliens, although he has stressed that it will not ignore events in the later films either.
Alien 5 is currently scheduled to premiere in 2016. Watch Blomkamp and Weaver discuss the film with Digital Spy below: »
Bill Paxton’s acting resume includes a host of fearless characters, including his multi-Golden Globe-nominated turn as a polygamous Mormon patriarch in HBO’s “Big Love,” astronaut Fred Haise in “Apollo 13” and Texas hero Sam Houston in the upcoming History Channel miniseries “Texas Rising.” His first time in Variety also involved some daring — a fearless trek to Morocco in 1974 when he was the teenaged star of a very indie film, “Taking Tiger Mountain.”
“Taking Tiger Mountain” doesn’t sound like a movie as much as it does a rite of passage.
I was 19, and the writer-director Kent Smith was 31. We had the idea to make a kind of Albert Camus-inspired film in Tangiers. So we leased a bunch of Arriflex Techniscope equipment. First, it was all lost at de Gaulle Airport. Then we drove to the bottom of Spain, and all the roads were clogged with tourists. We took the ferry across. »
- Steven Gaydos
Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit against the BBC in London this week for trademark infringement in relation to the British broadcaster’s upcoming telemovie "Game Changer".
The film is said to deal with the real-life conflict between Rockstar President Sam Houser (Daniel Radcliffe) and American lawyer Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton). Filming on the project began just over a month ago and is currently scheduled to broadcast later in year.
Rockstar has issued a statement about the lawsuit to IGN, saying:
"Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled 'Game Changer' as it relates to Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto video game series.
While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC's pursuit of »
- Garth Franklin
The enormity of the talent involved in History’s exhilarating new historical drama, Texas Rising, was more than evident as Bill Paxton, Olivier Martinez, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Roland Joffé walked into a hotel cottage in Pasadena earlier this year to talk to us about the 10-hour event series. It’s truly the TV event of the year with an emotionally riveting story and a cast list that extends beyond the aforementioned, which includes Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
Watching the first six hours of “Texas Rising,” a wonderfully cast and otherwise completely wooden miniseries, one has to wonder what inspired the History channel to expand the production from six hours to 10. Chronicling a chapter in the Lone Star state’s bloody ascent to U.S. statehood that begins in the ashes of the Alamo, the Roland Joffe-directed project juggles too many indifferently written, tough-talkin’ characters, as if “Lonesome Dove” had experienced a sharp blow to the head. Fans of Westerns will no doubt be eager to immerse themselves in this once-abundant, now-underutilized genre, but for those who tend to be discriminating about their TV watching, don’t mess with “Texas.”
Granted, History has enjoyed considerable success with oaters in this particular window — witness the breakout ratings for “Hatfields & McCoys” in 2012 — and one suspects “Texas Rising” could capitalize on a similar dynamic, albeit in a less-ostentatious way. But even with its flaws, »
- Brian Lowry
Rockstar is taking legal action against the BBC over its upcoming Grand Theft Auto drama.
Game Changer, which revolves around the court battles between Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar and Miami lawyer Jack Thompson, is in danger of being derailed due to a trademark lawsuit of its own filed against the BBC by Rockstar.
Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two told IGN that the company has tried to resolve the issue with the BBC to no avail.
"While holders of the trademarks are referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project," it said.
"Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC's pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.
"We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution.
"It is our obligation to protect our »
“It’s best not to think of her as a woman. That would be a mistake.”
These words are uttered by Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) to freelance operative Paul (Michael Fassbender) in a scene somewhere toward the end of Steven Soderbergh’s truly excellent but much ignored action movie Haywire. The woman they are referring to is Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) and the reason they are trying to divorce themselves from the notion of her femininity is she is far too dangerous to underestimate. Interestingly, this line also has another meaning; that dwelling at the heart of the film is an argument for gender equality, not only in the world of the film but action movies in general. Critically praised but snubbed by audiences, could the failure of Haywire’s attempt to cement Gina Carano as a bona fide action star be blamed on Hollywood’s oversaturation of familiar tent pole franchises, »
- Liam Dunn
TV Picks: “Texas Rising” is History’s tent-pole event of 2015 set to premiere on Memorial Day.The network lucked out in securing a two-time Academy Award nominated director and an all-star cast. This was a massive undertaking that was filmed in the blistering desert of Durango, Mexico, in wide format CinemaScope. Quite simply, “Texas Rising” is a high quality, compelling historical drama that you must not miss.Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé directs “Texas Rising” with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max […] »
- April Neale
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
A new trailer to the History Channel’s mini-series Texas Rising looks like a bloodbath. The new series covers the violent history between Texas and Mexico when General Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez) vowed to personally take back Texas in 1836 with his army. Texas Rising stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martínez, Thomas Jane, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot and other familiar faces.
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The upcoming TV movie chronicles the 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings, in which lawyer Anita Hill famously testified against Clarence Thomas about reports he had sexually harassed her.
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Read More: History Orders 'Texas Rising' Miniseries, Starring Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Directed by Roland Joffé After its sprawling backwoods miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" snagged five Emmy Awards in 2012, History is back at it three years later with "Texas Rising." The sprawling, 10-hour production reunites "Hatfields" star Bill Paxton with the format that earned him his first Emmys nod, this time playing Sam Houston, known as the "father" of Texas. The miniseries takes place during the Texas Revolution against Mexico and explores the rise of the infamous Texas Rangers, known as the longest-standing law enforcement organization in North America. The event series has been groomed as a follow-up to "Hatfields & McCoys," featuring the same lead actor (Paxton), production company (Thinkfactory Media) and release date (Memorial Day weekend) as its predecessor. But the 2012 limited drama, »
- David Canfield
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