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The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
Saddled with a soft lead-in and up against the big premiere of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” HBO’s Dwayne Johnson football comedy “Ballers” wrapped its first season with its smallest same-night tune-in to date, but it still finishes as the network’s most-watched half-hour program in six years.
Sunday’s episode averaged 1.43 million viewers, according to Nielsen “live plus same-day estimates,” below its previous low of 1.57 million set one week earlier. After getting a solid lead-in from “True Detective” for most of its run, “Ballers” has aired behind the lightly watched “Show Me A Hero” for its last two weeks. On Sunday, “Hero” drew just 397,000 for its 9 p.m. airing.
According to the network’s analysis of Nielsen data, “Ballers” averaged a gross weekly multi-platform audience of 8.8 million viewers. That puts it third all-time among HBO comedies, behind “Sex and the City” (10.3 million) and the first season of »
- Rick Kissell
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The Golden Leopard of Locarno Film Festival’s 68th edition went to Right Now, Wrong Then by South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo.Scroll down for full list of winners
The top award comes two years after Sang-soo picked up the Leopard for Best Direction for his previous feature, Our Sunhi.
A previous winner of Locarno’s top award from South Korea was Bae Yong-kyun for Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Dalmaga dongjogeuro gan kkadalgeun) in 1989.
Right Now, Wrong Then – which is handled internaitonally by Fine Cut - also received the Best Actor Leopard for Jung Jae-Young and a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury.
The International Jury – which included German actor Udo Kier, Israeli filmmaker Nadiv Lapid and veteran Us director Jerry Schatzberg awarded its Special Jury Prize to Avishai Sivan for Tikkun, and the Leopard for Best Direction to the veteran Polish director Andrzej Zulawski for Cosmos, his first film »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
USA Network announced a pilot pick-up for the hour-long scripted drama Shooter and has locked in Ryan Phillippe (Secrets & Lies) to star. Shooter is based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Mark Wahlberg (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire, Ballers) of Leverage Entertainment; and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, The Real O'Neals). John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Simon Cellan Jones (Ballers) is set to direct the pilot.
Ryan Phillippe is a producer on the project and will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon »
The group will make their L.A. debut at the Actors' Gang's longtime home, the Ivy Substation. The show begins at 8 p.m. Pt and tickets are currently available for $25. Box office information is available on the Actors' Gang website.
The group's most recent record, Owl Call Blues, was released in 2014, and the band has performed all over the world. »
The 21st Sarajevo Film Festival's lifetime achievement equivalent will be awarded to Benicio Del Toro, who will present Fernando León de Aranoa’s "A Perfect Day." In this drama, which bowed at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, the Oscar winner plays a disenchanted aid worker in an armed conflict zone alongside Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko and Melanie Thierry. Accompanying the Honorary Heart prize, Del Toro will hold a master class at the festival for participants in its training program Talents Sarajevo, which offers a networking hub for emerging film professionals in the region. Read More: Sarajevo Film Fest Plucks Cannes Titles, Including Oscar Contender 'Son of Saul' (Trailer) Del Toro, who is in talks for a villain role in "Star Wars: Episode VIII," will be seen this Fall in another Cannes drama, Denis Villeneuve’s "Sicario" opposite Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, which is slated for a September 18th, 2015 release by Lionsgate in the U. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — Benicio Del Toro, who looks set to play the baddie in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” will be the good guy at the Sarajevo Film Festival next month, when he will receive the Bosnian festival’s Heart of Sarajevo Award for his contribution to the art of cinema.
Del Toro will present Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s drama “A Perfect Day,” in which he has a starring role alongside Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko, at the festival’s open-air screening venue, where Del Toro will receive the award in front of a 3,000-strong crowd. The film premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
The actor will also hold a master class for the participants of Talents Sarajevo, a networking and training platform »
- Leo Barraclough
The show centers on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: Walter Larson, U.S. Secretary of State (Robbins); Alex Talbot, a lowly Foreign Service officer (Black); and Zeke Tilson, an ace Navy fighter pilot (Pablo Schreiber). These three compromised souls must save the planet from World War III.
The half-hour show premiered alongside the Dwayne Johnson-led "Ballers" in late June. While "Ballers" has been a big success, "The Brink" has had a more muted reaction from both critics and audiences.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber topline the show, about how a geopolitical crisis affects three different men – a lowly Foreign Service officer (Black), the U.S. Secretary of State (Robbins) and a loose-cannon fighter pilot (Schreiber). Maribeth Monroe, Carla Gugino, Esai Morales, Geoff Pierson, Aasif Mandvi and Eric Ladin all co-star.
In its first season, The Brink was an imperfect but nonetheless watchable comedy that seemed to fall a little short of its potential, focusing on broad raunchy humor as opposed to legitimately toothy political satire. I wrote in my three-star review:
- Isaac Feldberg
HBO has renewed their new TV show The Brink for a second season.
A dark comedy series, The Brink focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men -- womanizing Us Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black), and Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), a drug-dealing ace Navy fighter pilot. Others in the cast include Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales, Carla Gugino, and Eric Ladin.
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The Brink is no longer on the… well, you know.
HBO has renewed its dark freshman comedy for a second season, according to our sister site Deadline.
TVLine’s hand-crafted Cable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard has thusly been updated.
RelatedCable Renewal Scorecard 2015: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
The Brink — which premiered June 21 — focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: Secretary of State Walter Hollander (played by Tim Robbins), State Department bureaucrat Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber).
The series airs Sundays at 10:30 pm, »
“The Brink” has earned a second season from HBO.
“The Brink” focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Walter Larson (Robbins), U.S. secretary of state; Alex Talbot, a lowly foreign service officer (Black); and Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.
Its timeslot partner, “Ballers,” was also recently picked up for a second season.
- Variety Staff
HBO has renewed political comedy “The Brink” for a second season. Jack Black and Tim Robbins star on the series created by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib. “The Brink,” executive produced by Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra”), is described as a dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men — Walter Larson, Us Secretary of State, Alex Talbot, a lowly Foreign Service officer and Zeke Tilson, an ace Navy fighter pilot. Also Read: 94 Summer TV Shows: TheWrap's Ultimate Viewing Guide (Photos) These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save. »
- Linda Ge
HBO has given a second-season order to freshman comedy The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. The renewal comes a day before the options on the cast were set to expire after the pay cable network had secured a weeklong extension last week. It follows a small ratings uptick for the Sunday episode, which drew 1.06 million viewers in Live+Same Day viewing. The pickup also comes two weeks after the death of the series’ executive producer Jerry Weintraub at age 77. The… »
In first announced dealings on Locarno Fest titles, international sales agents have swooped on Elisabeth Scharang’s “Jack” (pictured) multi-hander “Heimatland,” and “Olmo & the Seagull,” directed by Petra Costa and Lea Glob, the Locarno Festival announced Monday.
Picture Tree Intl. has acquired international sales rights to “Jack,” a Locarno Fest world premiere which will play its Piazza Grande, an enormous square sitting up to 8,000 spectators used by sales agents and potential distributors alike to gauge audience reactions to often more accessible titles playing at Locarno.
The second fiction feature film from Austrian docu pic director Scharang, after 2011’s Holocaust death march drama “In Another Lifetime,” thriller “Jack” turns on the real-life Jack Unterweger, a convicted murderer of a prostitute whose road to redemption, while imprisoned, was to write stories and poems. Released after 15 years, following a campaign by writers such as Gunter Grass, he saw his biography taught in schools, »
- John Hopewell
True Story, 2015.
Directed by Rupert Goold.
New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) has lost his job. Fired for playing fast and loose with the facts, he spots a chance at redemption and financial reward in Christian Longo (James Franco). Having stolen Finkel’s identity Longo is now facing trial for murder. Intrigued enough to meet, these two unlikely men find more than a few things to talk about.
Made under the auspices of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production arm, True Story is a slow burn thriller which will draw inevitable comparisons. Whether that be with the alpha male stand-off of Frost/Nixon, Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, or it’s under rated cousin Manhunter. There are arguments which could also be made for The King’s Speech, Tim Robbins directed Dead Man Walking or »
- Gary Collinson
Continuing our weekly look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 3, two episodes at a time, I have a review of episodes 9 & 10 coming up just as soon as we're panty twinsies... "Sometimes, the kindest thing is to let people go." -Leanne Last week, I suggested that "Oitnb" needed to be careful about giving characters multiple flashback episodes, given how flat and repetitive Alex's story in "Fear, and Other Smells" was. "A Tittin' and a Hairin'" provides a good counter-argument (as well as one half of a fantastic pair of titles along with "Where My Dreidel At"), as it revisits Pennsatucky's early life in a way that doesn't feel like a rehash, and effectively shines a light on the terrible things happening to her at Litchfield. We've already seen that Doggett is the way she is largely through bad influences in her past, and that when she's instead around a friend »
- Alan Sepinwall
Jerry Weintraub made his last Hollywood industry-related public appearance at HBO’s premiere of the Jack Black and Tim Robbins comedy “The Brink” on the Paramount Studios lot on June 8, 2015. Weintraub died in Santa Barbara of heart failure on Monday, July 6. He was 77. At that premiere, the super-producer behind classics like “The Karate Kid,” “Vegas Vacation,” and “The Oceans Eleven,” who also worked with musicians like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and John Denver, cracked a joke about his own mortality and long career. “I only have one favor to ask HBO,” Weintraub said before HBO’s familiar static logo credit rolled at the premiere that. »
- Mikey Glazer
IFC is “Always On, Slightly Off,” per its tagline. Lately the network is always landing on the radar of today’s top comedy star–as evidenced by the Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig-Maya Rudolph-Michael K. Williams-Haley Joel Osment-Emily Ratajkowski-Tim Robbins-Michael Sheen miniseries “The Spoils Before Dying,” which premieres Wednesday night. President Jen Caserta led IFC’s rebrand from the Independent Film Channel in 2010, transitioning to a TV comedy-focused network. It took a little time, but the stars soon flocked to her with their pet projects that they couldn’t place anywhere else. »
- Tony Maglio
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