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Country music? Done. Oscar-nominated films? Done. Next, Tim McGraw is taking on the small screen.
The singer/actor is set to star in and executive-produce Robbers, an upcoming drama project at TNT, our sister site Deadline reports.
Based on Christopher Cook’s 2000 novel, Robbers follows two ex-cons on a crime spree across Texas. McGraw will play Ray Bob, one of the drifters, who is described as the “worst of the worst.”
McGraw is a newcomer to TV, but his film credits include The Blind Side, »
The network said Wednesday that the 1960s-set police drama “Public Morals,” from writer, director, executive producer and star Edward Burns and executive producer Steven Spielberg, will now premiere Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m., a timeslot originally designated for the second-season debut of “Legends.” When TNT announced its summer lineup last month, “Public Morals” was set to bow Mondays at 9 p.m. starting Aug. 17.
Undercover drama “Legends” (pictured), starring Sean Bean and exec produced by Howard Gordon, will now air in the fall at a time and date to be announced. It will join a fall slate that includes the return of “The Librarians” and the premiere of action drama “Agent X.”
Updated TNT Summer Premiere Dates
Monday, June 8 — “Major Crimes” (9 p.m. »
- Rick Kissell
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
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This Oscar nominee for Best Picture is set in 1965, but it still feels timely in 2015. "Selma" chronicles the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo), resulting in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. "Selma" had its digital release on April 21, but it's available on DVD/Blu-ray, Netflix (via DVD/Blu-ray), and Redbox on May 5. The Blu-ray includes deleted and extended scenes, behind-the-scenes documentaries, newsreels, and feature commentary from director Ava DuVernay and Oyelowo. Check out this exclusive clip on the making of the movie.
How steamy do you like your "Fifty Shades"? The first movie in the series was available on Digital HD on May »
- Gina Carbone
Sean Bean, when will you start acting in decent films again? You’re too talented to languish in a world where “Any Day” was in any conceivable scenario the best script that came your way. Read More: Will He Survive? Sean Bean Joins The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' Rustam Branaman’s ("Project Solitude") latest feature stars Bean as Vian, a boxer just released from a dozen-year stint in jail for drunkenly beating a man to death with his bare hands. With no prospects for either work or housing, he moves in with his sister (Kate Walsh) and her middle-school-aged son, Jimmy (Nolan Gross). Deeply inhaling the scent of freedom, Vian hits on the first woman he sees. She happens to be Eva Longoria, though, so who can really blame him, and despite the fact that he’s actually fairly creepy in his insistence she let him take her out »
- Zach Hollwedel
Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.
Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.
The Ipcress File (1965)
Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »
It’s Saturday night. BBC 1 is showing Doctor Who. It does this a lot, generally speaking, and has done on and off (sometimes very off) for over fifty years. When the show returned in 2005 it brought with it the realisation that there was a huge family audience un-catered for on Saturday nights, and unfortunately Doctor Who was only on air for a quarter of the year, so it couldn’t do it all by itself.
ITV quickly realised it needed to attract that audience too, and while it had gameshows that dominated the schedules it didn’t have anything like Buck Rogers In The 25th Century or The A Team to put up against the BBC this time. And time was of the essence: new shows had »
Filmmaker Stephen Milburn Anderson, best known for 1992’s Oliver Stone-produced “South Central” and 2010’s “Cash,” starring Sean Bean and Chris Hemsworth, died Friday, May 1, at his home in Denver after a battle with throat cancer. He was 67.
Anderson was a pioneer in the use of digital filmmaking and an early advocate of the New Mexico Film Incentive Program.
Anderson wrote and directed eight movies. His short “Hearts of Stone” was the 1987 runner-up for Academy Award and played at the Sundance Film Festival, where it came to the attention of Oliver Stone, who subsequently produced Anderson’s first feature film, “South Central,” which was released by Warner Bros. The movie received wide critical acclaim, most notably in the New York Times where film critic Janet Maslin named Anderson one of the “Who’s Who Among Hot New Filmmakers in America,” along with Quentin Tarantino and Tim Robbins.
Anderson’s second »
- Variety Staff
Filmmaker Stephen Milburn Anderson, best known for South Central (produced by Oliver Stone) and for Ca$h (starring Sean Bean and Chris Hemsworth), died May 1 at his home in Denver after a six-month battle with throat cancer. He was 67. A graduate of UCLA film school with 25 years of film-related work, Anderson was a pioneer in the use of digital film making and an early advocate of the New Mexico Film Incentive Program. In his career he wrote and directed eight films and… »
Sean Bean is refusing to give up hope on reforming himself as he faces one of the greatest challenge of his life in Shockya’s exclusive clip from his new thriller, ‘Any Day.’ The video supports the independent film’s release, which was unveiled in theaters today by its distribution company, Gravitas Ventures. The drama, which is also available on VOD, was written and directed by ‘Project Solitude’ scribe and helmer, Rustam Branaman. Besides Bean, the movie also stars Eva Longoria, Kate Walsh and Tom Arnold. The following synopsis for ‘Any Day’ has been released by Gravitas Ventures: Vian McLean (Bean) is an ex fighter who is filled with resentment. He killed [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Helen Hunt returns as both filmmaker and star in her latest project, Ride, co-starring Brenton Thwaites and Luke Wilson. The Screen Media Films surf comedy will open in L.A. and New York, both locales where the film shot, before going to well over a dozen theaters. The late Albert Maysles’ second-to-last film, Iris, begins its theatrical run via Magnolia Pictures. It follows flamboyant fashion guru Iris Apfel. Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, Eva Longoria, Shane Black and Tom… »
“Legends,” the action-drama series starring “Game of Thrones” star Sean Bean, will add Winter Ave Zoli, Kelly Overton, Aisling Fanciosi and Steve Kazee to its upcoming season. Zoli, known for her role in “Sons of Anarchy,” will play Detective Gabriella Laska. Overton, who played Rikki Taylor in “True Blood,” is cast as Nina Brenner, an ambitious CIA Intelligence Officer. Franciosi, known for BBC Two show “The Fall,” will play Kate Crawford, a second-generation British Chechen who is searching for her identity. Kazee, who plays Gus Pfender in “Shameless,” will star as Curtis Ballard, a clean-living FBI agent. Also Read: TNT's »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
TNT is adding to the cast of drama series Legends. Winter Ave Zoli (Sons Of Anarchy), Kelly Overton (True Blood), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall) and Steve Kazee (Shameless) have signed on as new series regulars, joining star Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones) for the upcoming second season. Ave Zoli, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, Smgsb and Inspire Entertainment, will play Detective Gabriella Laska, whose fierce drive hides behind a free-spirited Bohemian laissez-faire… »
Martin Odum will get by with a little help from some new friends when TNT’s Legends returns for Season 2.
The spy thriller has cast Sons of Anarchy vet Winter Ave Zoli as Detective Gabriella Laska, a highly-driven career woman who manages to conceal her Type-a nature behind a free-spirited persona. True Blood‘s Kelly Overton will join her as Nina Brenner, a tough-as-nails CIA officer with no trouble holding her own in the male-dominated spy game.
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The Sean Bean starrer also has tapped »
Whilst films like "Gravity" and "Interstellar" have seen a welcome return of proper science fiction to the cinema, both have also had a strong dose of emotional sentimentality to try and get people not normally into this often cold genre onboard.
From George Clooney's home-spun tales and Sandra Bullock's life affirmation, to Matthew McConaughey's corn-fed pining for his daughter and the infamous 'library in space' third act, both films struggled to be as authentic as possible until it didn't suit the story. This has understandably led to criticisms from both reviewers and the scientific community who believe the New Age pseudo-science convention undermined the films in order to appeal to the 'cheap seats'.
As such, those people are seeking something more objective, serious and credible. It sounds like Ridley Scott, a filmmaker famous for not dealing in sentimentality, may have delivered that with his upcoming sci-fi flick »
- Garth Franklin
Las Vegas - 20th Century Fox found themselves mostly on the Oscar sidelines last year thanks to "Gone Girl" director David Fincher's unwillingness to partake in such matters, but 2015 looks like it's going to be a completely different story. On Thursday the studio highlighted much of its upcoming slate including footage from expected hits such as "Spy," "The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" and "Victor Frankenstein." What really popped, however, are four titles that could make big waves during the upcoming awards season. The footage from Ridley Scott's "The Martian" depicts a faithful adaptation of Andrew Weir's novel. A crew of Nasa astronauts finds themselves racing to evacuate their base on Mars as a gigantic storm approaches. The problem is one member of the crew, Mark Whatley (Matt Damon), doesn't make the escape vehicle in time. The preview actually begins with Jeff Daniels' character telling a press conference Whatley is presumed dead. »
- Gregory Ellwood
It’s nearly impossible to quantify the ways in which HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has reinvented the fantasy genre on television. Now in its fifth season, the HBO juggernaut has garnered massive ratings and millions of fans worldwide. There’s truly something for everyone, with death, romance, sex, family feuds, epic battles, and a trio of fire-breathing dragons.
But back in 2005, screenwriters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were a pair of untested showrunners who’d fallen in love with George R.R. Martin’s epic series. They pitched themselves to the novelist over a lengthy lunch at Hollywood’s Palm that stretched out into dinner. When they passed his pop quiz — correctly answering “Who is Jon Snow’s mother?”— they won the right to convert the novels into a TV series.
Yet their road from fans to filmmakers wasn’t always a smooth one. Here, they recount their crash course »
- Debra Birnbaum
Warner Bros Pictures have announced the full specificantions and details for the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Wachowskis’ sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending, which will be getting 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D and 2D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD), and DVD releases this May.
See Also: Pre-order Jupiter Ascending via Amazon Us and Amazon UK
–Jupiter Jones: Destiny Is Within Us
–Jupiter Ascending: Genetically Spliced Caine Wise: Interplanetary Warrior
–The Wachowskis: Minds Over Matter
–Worlds Within Worlds Within Worlds
–Bullet Time Evolved
–From Earth to Jupiter (And Everywhere in Between)
The DVD will releaseinclude:
–Jupiter Jones: Destiny Is Within Us
–Jupiter Ascending: Genetically Spliced
Synopsis: Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. »
- Scott J. Davis
Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 1: “The Wars to Come”
Directed by Michael Slovis
Written by David Benioff and Db Weiss
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO
After four extraordinary seasons, we’ve come to expect great things from HBO’s flagship series – shocking betrayals, strategic realignments, reversals of fortune, impressive world-building, damsels in distress, femme fatales, epic battles, well choreographed action, blood, death, sex, black magic, dragons and lots of nudity in between the dirty politics. “The Wars to Come” (a line heard several times throughout the episode) was a solid, modest season opener, but as with every season premiere, there seems to be something lacking. The cast of Game of Thrones is comprised of some of the most talented actors on the small screen, and over the years we’ve been blessed with the likes of Charles Dance, Peter Dinklage, Diana Rigg and Sean Bean, to name »
Exclusive: eOne nabs North American rights to 3D animation.
The sequel to Russian animation The Snow Queen (2012) includes a voice cast of Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Sharlto Copley (Maleficent), Bella Thorne (Blended) and Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games).
The film tells the story of the troll Orm who has become a hero after the victory over the evil Snow Queen. However, after grossly exaggerating his exploits in the Snow Queen’s downfall, Orm learns that friendship and happiness can’t be won through deceit.
eOne will release in winter 2015.
“We are thrilled to be handling the release of Snow Queen 2 in North America, building on the success of the first installment. We look forward to sharing this classic tale with family audiences »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
“Game of Thrones” took a major detour from George R. R. Martin’s books in the season five premiere, killing Wildling leader Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds), despite the fact that he’s still alive (in disguise) in Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. Elsewhere in the busy hour, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) safely arrived in Essos with Varys (Conleth Hill), and is now on his way to meet Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), who is still dealing with political complications in Meereen, with a murderous force known as the Sons of the Harpy brutally attacking her Unsullied warriors.
- Laura Prudom
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