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Aziz Ansari, whose next show will be on Netflix.
Hi everyone! I wanted you guys to hear it from me first, that the cast and I received news that Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2. Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart. I couldn’t have asked for better cast mates to work with either. They are the most down to earth, talented and kind souls that I am so happy to have met. Then there’s our show runner @Christiantwit1 who is so awesomely talented and made a show that I am so incredibly proud to be a part of. A very special thank »
- Deepayan Sengupta
This week, Variety reported on a study that was released confirming what many already know about the film industry, or at the very least anecdotally: Women are having an increasingly hard time breaking in.
The study showed that there’s a large gender gap between independently financed and directed projects by women when compared to projects within the studio system. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film looked at movies in competition at Sundance between 2002 and 2014 compared to the top 1300 grossing films between the same time period. Men appeared at Sundance at a ratio of 3 to 1 more often than women, but an even more staggering 23 to 1 when looking at studio films.
Further, half of the industry executives surveyed believed that films directed by women did not appeal as broadly as films directed by men. A quarter of those surveyed added that they shared a “perceived lack of ambition” in women directors, »
- Brian Welk
Last week Paramount released a new Terminator Genisys trailer that gave away one of the film's twists. Not by accident or anything, they very deliberately looked at what they had and decided to give you more. Why? Not sure. It feels like the movie has a perception problem but I have no idea what the actual audience awareness level for it is. I don't know how it;s tracking. But it feels like they needed to throw something else at the audience because... well, they did. These new Japanese clips really lean into that new information. If you choose to watch them you'll be seeing a lot of new footage, almost all of it centering around what was supposed to be an in-viewing reveal. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I haven't read the script so for all I know there will be more surprises coming. And I have hope about something else now. »
- Evan Dickson
Good news for all the Grand Theft Auto fans out there - the BBC has confirmed a title and new details for the forthcoming drama focusing on the acclaimed game franchise.
The BBC has described Grand Theft Auto as "arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park".
Radcliffe will play Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, while Paxton plays Thompson in the 90-minute drama.
The project is part of the Make It Digital initiative, »
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Daniel Radcliffe’s place among the Grand Theft Auto drama – set to be entitled Game Changer – has been confirmed, BBC Films announced today. As we reported last week, the Horns star will join the project as Sam Houser, one half of prestigious developer Rockstar Games and the man who become embroiled in a legal battle with Jack Thompson over the issue of video game violence.
Since its inception in 1997, Rockstar’s GTA has been no stranger to controversy, with may pointing fingers for the alleged glorification of violence. It’s a matter that Thompson took umbrage with in the early years of the 21st century, calling for the game to be removed from shelves indefinitely. Over the course of his campaign, »
- Michael Briers
The BBC has greenlit the 90-minute drama, which focuses on a bunch of British gaming geniuses centered around Sam Houser (Radcliffe).
For those who do not know, “Grand Theft Auto” offers gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they can behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld.
The game has been a massive commercial success. In autumn 2013, its latest iteration — “GTA:v” — earned $1 billion in its first three days, becoming the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.
The TV film tracks how the violent gameplay coupled with its commercial success leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, »
- Leo Barraclough
According to Variety, the 90-minute drama currently has the working title "Game Changer." (Too close to the political book/TV movie "Game Change"?) Bill Paxton will star opposite DanRad as lawyer Jack Thompson, who is determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of "Grand Theft Auto."
So the TV movie will follow both the mega-successful game developers and the moral campaigners who oppose the gameplay, which glamorizes violence and the criminal underworld. It should be pretty fascinating. The script was written by James Wood ("Rev, "Ambassadors"), and directed by Owen Harris ("Misfits"). No word yet on when this might air, but we'll keep an eye on it. »
- Gina Carbone
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Aliens star Bill Paxton could be set to join Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in Grand Theft Auto, BBC Films’ true-life story of the creator of Grand Theft Auto and a Miami lawyer who wanted to get the game banned.
Radcliffe is playing Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the company behind GTA as well as games such as Max Payne and Red Dead Redemption. Paxton would join the cast as activist attorney Jack Thompson, who ended up attacking Houser and his games, and blasted media outlets for pushing rap and sex on radio stations before he went after video gaming.
- Scott J. Davis
The Grand Theft Auto video game franchise has been targeted by BBC Films for adaptation. If that alliance strikes you as odd, then that’s because the proposed movie won’t be a direct lift from the games’ bloody vehicular antics. The film is instead set to take its cues from a real-life legal battle revolving around the moral issue of video game violence.
One man who took umbrage with Rockstar Games – the folks behind GTA – was Miami lawyer Jack Thompson, who THR reports will be played in the film by Bill Paxton. The Miami activist took offense to the games produced by Rockstar and in particular to its founders Ben and Sam Houser. The siblings stumbled upon immense success in the industry through their hyper-stylized series of games, including Max Payne and Red Dead. Shortly thereafter, their GTA franchise came under fire from Thompson who decried the titles for their glamorization of violence. »
- Gem Seddon
Grand Theft Auto III is one of the most important video games in the medium and its relationship to popular culture. Mortal Kombat had already pushed the envelope in terms of violence content, but GTA 3 went much further by basically inventing the sandbox genre as we know it today, but filling that sandbox with depictions of criminal actions (e.g. after soliciting a hooker, you can kill her to get your money back). Last week, we reported that Daniel Radcliffe had been cast to play GTA 3 creator Sam Houser in the BBC drama Grand Theft Auto. Today, THR reports that Bill Paxton will co-star as Jack Thompson, an attorney who campaigned against rap and movies before setting his sights on video games. He particularly zeroed in on Grand Theft Auto, and attempted to ban the video game from store shelves, which led gamers to rally against him. Thompson was eventually disbarred in 2008 for professional misconduct. »
- Matt Goldberg
For a movie that involves a controversial video game, the upcoming Grand Theft Auto isn.t going to be what you expect. There.s probably not going to be a single car chase. Bill Paxton is now in talks to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the onscreen depiction of the legal battle over the popular game. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paxton is in line to play Jack Thompson. A Miami lawyer, Thompson came into the public eye by frequently blasting Grand Theft Auto, creator Rockstar Games, and video game violence in general. Before that, he was known for attacking media companies who promoted both hip hop and sex. In 2008, allegations of professional misconduct, including harassment, defamation, intimidation, and false statements led to Thompson being disbarred. In Grand Theft Auto, former Harry Potter star Radcliffe will play Sam Houser, the president and co-founder of Rockstar Games. With explicit titles like »
A scant few days ago, a report arrived that Daniel Radcliffe was considering playing Grand Theft Auto creator Sam Houser in a drama about the battle between the Rockstar Games president and a lawyer who fought to have the title banned as part of a drive to clean up the media. With Radcliffe now signed, Bill Paxton is in talks to play the legal eagle.BBC Films is producing this one, with director Owen Harris working from a script by James Wood that chronicles Houser’s stand-off with Miami lawyer Jack Thompson, who went on a crusade against rap and sex, then turned his attention to video games. His unorthodox actions eventually led to him being disbarred in 2008. Grand Theft Auto, meanwhile, has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the biggest franchises in the gaming world. Currently titled Grand Theft Auto, the film represents the closest we’re »
The History miniseries “Texas Rising,” set to bow on Memorial Day, has been expanded to 10 hours and will air over the course of five weeks, the network announced on Tuesday.
The series, which details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers, will air two-hour installments on both Memorial Day (May 25) and the next night (Tuesday, May 26). Its final six hours will then be played out over the next three Mondays (June 1, 8 and 15).
It had originally been planned as a six-hour series.
Roland Joffe is directing “Texas Rising,” whose all-star cast includes Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It is produced by A+E Studios, ITV Studios America and Thinkfactory Media. Leslie Greif serves as executive producer. Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production.
History is hoping ratings magic can strike twice with Paxton and another event series set in the South. »
- Rick Kissell
Game over, man! The Grand Theft Auto movie just got weirder, and perhaps more awesome. The BBC production features Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, aka one half of the sibling duo that has guided Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto series to video game domination. The film’s story revolves around a specific period in […]
- Russ Fischer
Bill Paxton is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in BBC Films' "Grand Theft Auto," the true-life account of the fight between the creator of the popular "Grand Theft Auto" video game series and a Miami lawyer who wanted to ban video game violence.
Radcliffe plays Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games which created that game along with other franchises like "Max Payne" and "Red Dead Redemption".
Paxton will play activist attorney Jack Thompson who made his name blasting media companies for pushing rap and sex onto the airwaves before turning his attention to video games. He frequently targeted Houser and was ultimately disbarred in 2008 for inappropriate behavior.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Bill Paxton, who was just here in Cannes for Mip-tv, is headed down to Capetown next week to begin work on a drama for BBC Two that traces the story behind the rise of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Daniel Radcliffe is playing Sam Houser, the co-founder of video game developer Rockstar Games, and Paxton is lined up as his nemesis, the former attorney Jack Thompson who tried to destroy the company. The BBC Films drama is based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outl… »
Bill Paxton is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Grand Theft Auto, BBC Films’ true-life account of the fight between the creator of Grand Theft Auto and a Miami lawyer who wanted to ban video game violence. Radcliffe plays Sam Houser, the British co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, the company behind GTA as well as games such as Max Payne and Red Dead. He is credited with popularizing GTA as one of the gaming world’s biggest franchises but also amping up the violence quotient. Paxton will play activist attorney Jack Thompson, who frequently attacked GTA, Houser and
- Borys Kit
It’s a long way from the Alamo, but the Lone Star will be shining on the French Riviera, as History channel’s miniseries “Texas Rising” makes its world premiere April 13 at the Mip TV Media Market in Cannes.
Presented by ITV Studios (which co-produced with A+E Studios and Thinkfactory Media) at the Grand Auditorium in Palais 1, the event begins with a Q&A panel featuring cast members Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Olivier Martinez, along with director Roland Joffe and executive producer Leslie Greif, followed by a screening of the first installment of the eight-hour epic.
It might seem odd to premiere the story of the founding of the Republic of Texas in an international setting, but not to Dan Gopal, exec VP of distribution and global partners, Emea, for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
“Its root is very much this sort of Western drama based on real-life events, »
- Kate O'Hare
Mip TV will see ITV Studios Global Entertainment hit the Croisette with a number of new dramas from around the world, including Swedish thriller “Jordskott,” which is the company’s first foray into non-English-language drama; British costume drama “Poldark”; U.S. enchantress tale “Good Witch,” which stars Catherine Bell and airs on Hallmark Channel; and U.S. crime drama “Aquarius,” which stars David Duchovny and will broadcast on NBC.
“We want to be known as a global distributor and global production company, not based in one particular place in the world, but able to move rather agilely across the world, and working with the best creators, wherever they may be,” says Maria Kyriacou, managing director of Itvsge, which distributes ITV programs around the world.
The international market is constantly shifting and one of the major forces reshaping the commercial and creative landscape is the rise of the subscription video-on-demand platforms. »
- Leo Barraclough
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