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The 28th AFI European Union Film Showcase will open with "A Perfect Day"—director Fernando Leon de Aranoa's darkly comic portrait of aid workers attempting to provide clean water during the aftermath of the Balkan War, starring Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, and Melanie Thierry—and close with "The Treasure," a deadpan comedy of manners and Cannes Prizewinner from "Police, Adjective" and "12:08 East of Bucharest" director Corneliu Porumboiu. The other 52 films from 28 countries to screen during the event, which runs from Dec. 1- 20 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md., include official Oscar submissions ("A War," "Son of Saul"), possible contenders ("Youth," "The Lady in the Van," "45 Years"), and festival favorites (Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan," "Tale of Tales," "Mia Madre"). Read the full list of films (by »
- Matt Brennan
Past Oscar champ Benicio Del Toro could well pull off a surprise in this year's Best Supporting Actor race. He is a strong contender for his riveting portrayal of a man obsessed with revenge in “Sicario.” The film is big hit with both critics and audiences and there is talk of a sequel featuring his character. And if he lands a nomination, Oscar history gives him an excellent chance of winning this award for a second time. -Break- Are we underestimating 'Sicario' as an Oscar contender? Del Toro has competed in this category twice before. He won for “Traffic" in 2000 and was nominated for “21 Grams” (2003). He lost that race to Tim Robbins who was overdue for Oscar recognition and benefitted from the Best Picture momentum behind “Mystic River.” In "Traffic," the actor played a Mexican cop entangled in the perilous drug war. Fifteen years la..."' »
The story of The Shawshank Redemption, adapted from the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption from his Different Seasons book of novellas, has fast become a modern classic. The 1994 film on which it is based is regarded as being one of the best films ever made, and currently resides at the number one spot on famed website the IMDb as the greatest film ever made, beating The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and 12 Angry Men. It was also voted the biggest ever Oscar snub back in 1995.
The story revolves around the incarceration of Andy Dufresne, »
- Paul Heath
The project, to be directed by Niall Johnson from a script he co-wrote with Matt O’Reilly, was unveiled this week at the American Film Market. Producers are Trademark Films’ Ivan Mactaggart, Infinite Studios Singapore’s Mike Wiluan and Lindsey Martin and Magnet Management’s Jennie Frankel Frisbie.
Producers currently hold North American rights. The film will begin shooting at Infinite Studios Singapore in February.
“Android” centers on a lonely spaceship orbiting Neptune, where an astronaut fulfills his dream to rebuild his dead wife (Kurylenko) and their son as androids. But when the androids begin demanding lives of their own, the astronaut’s life is suddenly in danger.
- Dave McNary
Fox has handed out an order for a further nine episodes of the Rob Lowe and Fred Savage brother comedy which has been scoring good reviews and averaging a 1.7 rating and 4.96 million viewers in Live+7 numbers - up 70% on reality series "Utopia" in the same timeslot last season. The show is paired with "Grandfathered" and, though not official yet, a pick-up for that show is also looking likely.
Then there's CBS which has given a back nine pick-up for "Life in Pieces," bringing that show up to a full twenty-two episode season. The show has been averaging a 2.9 rating and 10.3 million viewers in Live+7 ratings.
Meanwhile, despite getting a second season renewal back in July, HBO has changed its mind and has opted not to continue with »
- Garth Franklin
Episodes: 10 (half-hour)
TV show dates: June 21, 2015 -- August 23, 2015
Series status: Renewed but then cancelled
TV show description:
This dark comedy series focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men.
Us Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) is a womanizer and frequently drinks too much. Alex Talbot (Jack Black) is a lowly Foreign Service officer who's stationed at the Us embassy in Islamabad. And Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) is a drug-dealing ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.
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Looks like The Brink may be past the brink of no return. According to Deadline, HBO has decided not to renew the political comedy series for a second season.
The news is somewhat surprising considering the network announced a season two renewal back in July. The half-hour comedy, which featured Jack Black and Tim Robbins as political operatives bungling their way through a crisis in Pakistan, received mixed reviews and fair-to-low ratings for its first season.
No news on whether the series will continue on another network.
From HBO, in a statement to Deadline:
After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves for a second season. We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best."
What do you think? Did »
HBO has cancelled The Brink, the dark geopolitical satire starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black, after one season. Which isn’t too shocking at first glance, given that the series never garnered much buzz and earned only modest ratings. What makes it weird is that the news comes after HBO already renewed The Brink for Season 2, way back in […]
The post HBO Cancels ‘The Brink’ (After Already Renewing It) appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Well, this is awkward. HBO has announced it is canceling The Brink, despite renewing the political comedy for a second season in July. The series starred Jack Black, Tim Robbins, and Pablo Schreiber. "After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves for a second season," HBO said in a statement. "We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best." Hope you weren't desperately awaiting season two. Image Source: Paramount Pictures »
- Maggie Pehanick
After renewing the comedy in July, the cabler announced today that it would be canceling plans for another season. “After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give ‘The Brink’ the attention it deserves for a second season,” HBO said in a statement. “We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best.”
“The Brink” focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its impact on three men: Black as Alex Talbot; Robbins as Walter Larson; and Pablo Schreiber as Zeke Tilson. The series was created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach.
“The Brink” averaged 1.1 million viewers for its regular-timeslot telecast each Sunday during the summer. And according to HBO, »
- Debra Birnbaum
HBO is changing its course on The Brink. The premium-cable network has opted to cancel the Jack Black and Tim Robbins comedy after one season — despite renewing it in July. "After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves for a second season," said HBO in a statement. "We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best." The half-hour series, which bowed in late June alongside Dwayne Johnson's Ballers, was part of HBO's efforts to broaden its comedy brand.
- Lesley Goldberg
HBO has had second thoughts about going back to The Brink.
RelatedCable Renewal Scorecard 2015: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Here’s the official HBO statement: “After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves for a second season. We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best. »
HBO has reversed its July decision to renew freshman comedy The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. The series will not be going to Season 2. “After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves for a second season,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best. On the comedy front, HBO has best series Emmy… »
Chicago – As the 2015 edition of the 51st Chicago International Film Festival winds down into its second week, it continues wtih international and U.S. film offerings, plus additional festival favorites. All screenings are taking place at the AMC River North 21, 322 Illinois Street, Chicago, and the festival runs through October 29th.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Brendan Hodges and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the fest, and provides this preview to cover the second week of the event. Over 50 countries are represented, and many of the films from the U.S. and elsewhere will be Oscar contenders. Each capsule is designated with Bh (Brendan) or Pm (Patrick) to indicate the author.
“Feel the Illinoise – City and State Short Films”
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
The Chicago International Film Festival also features short film programs in over eight categories. The City and State short films is the festival’s biggest celebrations, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
‘Laughter is the best policy when faced with adversity’ is the mantra behind Mondays in the Sun filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa’s new pitch-perfect dark comedy, A Perfect Day, starring Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins. The title is being ironic, but equally, fitting, as events play out in this unique post-war tale set in
The post Lff 2015: A Perfect Day Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
65 years ago today, readers were transported to Narnia with the Pevensie children for the first time as C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” hit the shelves of bookstores in England. The classic children’s fantasy novel was published on October 16, 1950. It was the first of Lewis’ seven Narnia books to be released and to be written, though it became volume 2 in recent editions of the series, sequenced chronologically according to Narnia history, putting “The Magician’s Nephew” first. Lewis wrote “Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe” over the course of 10 years, at the same time his dear friend J.R.R. Tolkien was working on “The Lord of the Rings.” The two Brits frequently met on Monday mornings to talk about writing. Ultimately, though, Tolkien was critical of the Narnia books. There’s much speculation as to why the “Hobbit” scribe had a negative reaction to his friend’s fantasy series. »
- Emily Rome
Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.
Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...
But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?
Er, not many as it happens...
Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont »
Dreams and hallucinations can be the broadest of horror staples. Throw in some weird imagery, maybe a few jarring cuts, and you have an instant scare. But an effective dream sequence is more than technique, it’s a filmmaker capturing a specific type of fear: losing control, having your life shattered, or meeting a manifestation of your guilt. The dream or the hallucination is the character’s psyche putting the pieces together or falling apart completely. Of course, dreams don’t always require messages. Sometimes, they’re just damn scary.
Aliens (1986)- Ripley’s nightmare
Aliens is the perfect sequel for many reasons. It follows in the footsteps of the original 1979 classic while existing as its own entity and delivering new characters that are just as memorable as the first’s. What’s more, it favors high-tension action scenes over more traditional horror-centric scenes, demonstrating the malleability of the series. »
Cannes — Global sales and financing house WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to Woody Allen’s “Match Point” and “Scoop,” which further strengthens the company’s collection of Woody Allen films.
WestEnd already holds the rights to 10 Allen movies, including “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Sweet and Lowdown,” “Deconstructing Harry” and “Small Time Crooks.” The films topline such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Hugh Grant.
2005 movie “Match Point,” which stars Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Penelope Wilton, was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for original screenplay. 2006 film “Scoop” stars Allen, Hugh Jackman, Johansson and Ian McShane.
WestEnd was co-founded by Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen, the founder of Capitol Films. Its line-up includes “Shepherds and Butchers” by Oliver Schmitz, starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, »
- Leo Barraclough
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring picture, in which he plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is Zemeckis’ first film since 2012’s Flight which earned two Oscar nominations, but none for Zemeckis himself.
Premiering on opening night in New York has led to Oscar success for films in past years, and with a season that has so far not seen a frontrunner, The Walk is hoping to capitalize.
Here’s a look at films that have premiered on New York Film Festival’s opening night and gone on to receive recognition from the Academy:
Chariots of Fire (1981): The drama about two runners competing in the 1924 Olympic Games opened the 19th Nyff on its way to winning four Academy Awards, »
- Patrick Shanley
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