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It’s just a few months now until Jack Bauer will return to television screens after a four year absence in 24: Live Another Day, a miniseries continuation of the show that aired for eight seasons across a nine year period on the Fox network. Here, the former CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) agent will be joined in a London-set story by the ever-dependent Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), his former love Audrey Raines (Kim Raver), her father, Secretary of Defence turned President James Heller (William Devane) and a collection of new characters played by the likes of Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski, Game of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley, Colin Salmon and even Stephen Fry as the Prime Minister.
Whilst this new iteration will drop the series’ most notable quirk – events being shown in real time over a twenty four hour period – it will presumably be as manic and unpredictable as its predecessor, »
- Alex Antliff
When it first hit the small screen in October 2011, American Horror Story may have seemed like a risky prospect. Conceived as an anthology horror series featuring a repertory cast, the subject matter was necessarily dark and challenging. Against all odds, however, it quickly became a critical success, enjoying impressive ratings and much excitement surrounding the premise of each new subsequent season.
Season one was set in the present day in a haunted house, season two in 1964 in an asylum for the criminally insane, and season three took place in the present day, the 1970s and the 1830s, as it followed the descendants of survivors of the Salem witch trials. Now, writer Douglas Petrie has confirmed the rumoured premise of the upcoming fourth season, while addressing the Nerdist Writers Panel Podcast. When asked by panelists Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Syfy’s 12 Monkeys), and Moira Kirland (Arrow, Castle, Medium) if the »
- Sarah Myles
With the dust fully settled on the Academy Awards, we point our attention northward with tonight’s 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Many of the television winners have already been announced in glitzy fashion during this Canadian Screen Week, but with baited breath, we’re more keen on seeing how the film award honors will pan out. Last year’s Tiff saw Denis Villeneuve bring not one (Prisoners), but a pair of feature films and it is the offbeat, doppelgänger delight Enemy that should reap in the top awards of the evening. Here are my predictions of who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in each of the most anticipated film categories.
Best Motion Picture:
Screenie voters tend to favor Canada’s yearly submission for the »
- Leora Heilbronn
“Man, this is so cool!”
That was Jeff Bridges’ reaction Saturday night to receiving the King Vidor award for excellence in filmmaking at the 20th San Luis International Film Festival. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for my work like this,” he added.
James Cromwell presented the award before an enthusiastic capacity crowd at the Fremont Theater, followed by the actors swapping stories for 30 minutes, a Q-and-a and a screening of Bridges’ signature film, 1998′s “The Big Lebowski” — starring as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.
Bridges appeared to genuinely enjoy the event, offering a variety of unaffected and unrehearsed answers.
“When ‘The Big Lebowski’ comes on TV, it’s like ‘The Godfather’ – I’m hooked,” he told the audience. “I always think that I’ll stop after John Turturro licks the bowling ball…. The movie is like candy; it’s so well made. The Coen brothers are so cool.”
Cromwell recalled »
- Dave McNary
Maximilian Schell dead at 83: Best Actor Oscar winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ (photo: Maximilian Schell ca. 1960) Actor and filmmaker Maximilian Schell, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as the defense attorney in Stanley Kramer’s 1961 political drama Judgment at Nuremberg died at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, on February 1, 2014. According to his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, Schell died overnight following a "sudden and serious illness." Maximilian Schell was 83. Born on December 8, 1930, in Vienna, Maximilian Schell was the younger brother of future actor Carl Schell and Maria Schell, who would become an international film star in the 1950s (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, The Hanging Tree). Immy Schell, who would be featured in several television and film productions from the mid-’50s to the early ’90s, was born in 1935. Following Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938, Schell’s parents, Swiss playwright Hermann Ferdinand Schell and Austrian stage actress Margarete Schell Noé, »
- Andre Soares
Stunning British actress Kate Beckinsale leaves the latex and lycra of Underworld’s Selene at home to take a more serious role in writer/director Karen Moncrieff’s tense courtroom thriller, The Trials Of Cate McCall. She plays a former hotshot lawyer who is attempting to overcome personal troubles having been in recovery and currently on probation. In order to be reinstated to the bar and recover custody of her daughter, she must take on the appeal of a young woman wrongfully convicted of murder.
The solid cast includes James Cromwell, Clancy Brown, Isaiah Washington, Dale Dickey, Mark Pellegrino, David Lyons, Anna Anissimova, Brendan Sexton III, Dave Vescio, Taye Diggs and Nick Nolte. There are no UK or Us release dates as yet but we have the first international trailer and posters.
- Craig Hunter
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