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"Once in a blue moon, you get to play somebody you really wish you could be. Sam Houston was a man for all seasons, and a real man's man," reveals Bill Paxton about his character in the new limited series "Texas Rising." During our recent webcam chat (watch below), he discussed playing this dream role of the legendary general who led the Texas volunteers in the 1836 battle for independence against the mighty Mexican army. "Great ethics, great integrity, great sense of humor, a great character." As Paxton explains, "He realizes he's up against a very capable foe in General Santa Anna." And, he adds, "He knows if he has any chance he's got one shot, and he's going to have to pick the battle." -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders The series begins just after the fall of the Alamo and traces the rise of the Texas Rangers. »
It's Father's Day, meaning it's time to celebrate the man who gave you everything. Or maybe he didn't! Maybe he took off before you were even born. Maybe he was always away on business. Or maybe he just didn't love you enough. Hopefully none of those were true for you, but if they were: I am so sorry. Let's be real: Father's Day isn't fun and games for everybody. But even if your dad fell short, look at the bright side: at least he didn't try to kill you (I hope!). To afford some perspective, below I've listed five murderous movie dads who will make you immediately run out and buy a card saying "Thanks for always being there, Dad" or "You're the greatest, Dad" or "Thanks for not trying to cut me up into little pieces with an ax, Dad." That last one you're probably going to have to make yourself, »
- Chris Eggertsen
This story first appeared in the Movies and Limited Series issue of TheWrap Emmy magazine. If it weren’t for a miniseries Bill Paxton starred in for History in 2012, the channel probably wouldn’t have made the miniseries he starred in in 2015. The earlier series, “Hatfields & McCoys,” was such a sensation that it boosted the channel’s interest in original scripted programming, setting History records for ratings and Emmy nominations. (It scored 16.) In doing so, it led directly to this year’s “Texas Rising,” a 10-hour chronicle of the Texas Revolution starring Paxton as Sam Houston. “It literally legitimized the network overnight, »
- Steve Pond
You don’t hear this everyday.Bill Paxton sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series Larry King Now for an in-depth interview that looks back on his career with stories from Apollo 13, Titanic, Big Love and his new miniseries, Texas Rising. Titanic’ actor Paxton tells the story behind the incident that occurred on set of the Oscar-winning film Titanic which left some cast and crew members high on the drug Pcp.He begins the story by having dinner from the catering truck with Director Jim Cameron. “We ladled up the clam chowder not knowing it was laced with Pcp.” […] »
- April Neale
The Exo Zombies story continues in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Supremacy Dlc. Titled Carrier, the latest Exo Zombies chapter sees Bruce Campbell join Rose McGowan, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, and Jon Bernthal in the living dead action.
Included in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Supremacy Dlc, Exo Zombies Carrier is now available for Xbox Live:
"Our heroes are left desperate for answers after Sentinel pilot Captain Lennox executes one of their own. Before they can unravel the truth however, they must band together with their captor to survive the horrors aboard an Atlas research vessel.
Bruce Campbell joins the fight as Captain Lennox in Exo Zombies Carrier, which stars Rose McGowan, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, and Jon Bernthal. Get Exo Zombies Carrier with the Supremacy Dlc pack on June 2nd for Xbox Live, with other platforms to follow.
- Derek Anderson
Texas’ incentive program is in jeopardy; “Texas Rising”’s ratings fall; and San Antonio hosts the latest installment of ABC's “What Would you Do?” It’s this week's Texas News Roundup. Texas Sees Its Incentive Plan Go SouthState incentive programs have come under intense scrutiny lately, which may be why a whopping $63 million has been cut from the Texas Moving Image Industry Program. Critics also took issue with the fact that the program included equal part incentives for film, TV, and gaming, even though all don't bring the same amount of revenue. The cuts, said film lobbyist Lawrence Collins, mean that “film and television in Texas will disappear.” Texas Rising Sees Ratings FallHistory’s 10-hour miniseries “Texas Rising,” which chronicles the Texas Revolution, debuted to 4.1 million viewers in its first hour, but saw those numbers fall 17 percent by the second hour. Directed by Roland Joffé (“The Killing Fields”), “Texas Rising »
The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Get ready for some summer premieres, because they are (almost) all here; and check out the list for the week beginning Monday, June 1st: Monday 6/1 The Whispers Series Premiere, “X Marks the Spot” (ABC, 10 p.m.) — The series, from producer Steven Spielberg and Under the Dome writer Soo Hugh, is based on a Ray Bradbury short story where children hear a mysterious voice that compels them to act violently against their parents as part of a game (and invasion conspiracy). Lily Rabe and Milo Ventimiglia star. Review. UnReal Series Premiere, “Return” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) — Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer star in this drama that takes place behind the scenes of a dating competition show. [caption id="attachment_462083" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via The History Channel[/caption] Texas Rising, »
- Allison Keene
The Critics’ Choice Television Awards are only a few days away, and while the winners of the awards might be something people are looking for, I know that what people are really interested in right now is what’s coming next.
Today, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (that’s me) announced their picks for the Most Exciting New Series, and also revealed the presenters for the show. I can tell you, three of these were my picks, and they are all shows that you want to make sure you catch.
Check all the info on the show, and the series, below.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Announces Critics’ Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Honorees And Presenters American Crime Story, Aquarius, Blindspot, Minority Report, The Muppets, Scream Queens, Supergirl And Unreal Earn Early Critical Praise
- Marc Eastman
“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
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