20 items from 2015
The latter’s sales operation was severely compromised following the departure of Qed International founder Bill Block and sales John Friedberg. Shapiro and Lessine are involved in litigation with Block.
Qed International’s Cannes office will be operational as Shapiro, Lessine and director of legal and business affairs Alex Davis meet partners and distributors and join de Barros in strategic sales meetings.
De Barros and her team of vice-president of international Katie Irwin and new director of international sales and marketing Samantha Peel will premiere new footage of Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang starring Bateman, Nicole Kidman and [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
I saw "Babe" 20 years ago when I was nine, and aside from the fact that it was a movie my grandparents tolerated, here's everything I remembered about it: -The mice were cute. -Christine Cavanaugh, the late voice artist behind Chuckie on "Rugrats" and Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory," voiced "Babe." -It was nominated for Best Picture and Cavanaugh carried a pig-shaped purse to the Oscars. This was, of course, the beginning of my certifiable obsession with the Oscars. -I was so, so embarrassed and sad at the part where the farmer's granddaughter hates the dollhouse she gets for Christmas. I wanted to reach out to Farmer Hoggett and say, "She's being a brat. I hope you know that, and I hope your feelings aren't hurt." Damn, remember when you'd evaluate kids in movies as your peers? -James Cromwell's face was a long, solemn, Easter Island-type granite block. Strangely, »
- Louis Virtel
Disney proper has re-upped their animation game. While cel animation was dying they fell into third place behind the company’s own Pixar and Dreamworks, but films like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and especially Frozen reinvigorated the studio. Their latest hit is Big Hero 6, and it was partly sold as their first animated movie done in collaboration with Marvel, which means it involves superheroes. That may have made it an easy sell, but their winning streak continues with a charming tale of a boy and his robot. Hiro (Ryan Potter) is a troubled young genius who likes to gamble and get in trouble when his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) takes him to his college where Hiro gets inspired to pursue his love of robotics and technology. He crafts microbots, an impressive technology that can create almost anything, and which big businessman Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk) wants for himself. Instead »
- Andre Dellamorte
AMC's tech startup drama Halt and Catch Fire is set to return with its second season on Sunday, May 31st at 10 Pm. Set in the '80s, the series stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishé, and offers an insiders perspective on the personal computer revolution. The second season picks up in early 1985, and centers on Donna (Bishé) and Cameron's (Davis) tech startup, built on the foundation of the internet. Meanwhile, Joe (Pace), Gordon (McNairy) and Bosworth (Toby Huss) deal with the fallout from season one. The second season also stars Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire) as Sara Wheeler. Recurring roles this season include James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) as Jacob Wheeler and Mark O’Brien (The Republic of Doyle) as Tom Rendon. [caption id="attachment_323233" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via AMC[/caption] Executive producer and series showrunner Jonathan Lisco commented on Halt and Catch Fire season 2, To our passionate core audience and »
- Haleigh Foutch
AMC is crossing its fingers for the reboot of of drama “Halt and Catch Fire” on May 31, two weeks after the finale of “Mad Men.”
The show, set in the mid-1980s amid the rise of the PC business in Texas, struggled to find an audience last year in its 10-episode run. But AMC brass had faith in the premise, series creators Chris Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers and showrunner Jonathan Lisco, who acknowledge that changes are in store for season two.
“We’re going to drill down even deeper into these characters we’ve created, to give you all the emotional and psychological depth you’ve come to expect from ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ while at the same time evolving the show to be brasher and even more addictive,” said Lisco.
- Cynthia Littleton
Halt and Catch Fire‘s second season is about to boot up.
AMC announced on Thursday that the series, which stars Lee Pace as a champion of the personal computer revolution, will return on Sunday, May 31 at 10/9c, and pick up the action in early 1985, as the Internet — then just a disruptive idea — begins to take shape.
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“To our passionate core audience and the critics who loved the show through Season 1 — we thank you sincerely for your support. Season 2 won’t disappoint,” showrunner Jonathan Lisco said in a statement. »
Another American Horror Story alum has checked in to the Hotel. Chloe Sevigny, who had a recurring role in American Horror Story: Asylum, has signed on to the anthology series’ upcoming fifth season as a series regular. The news was announced by Ryan Murphy himself on Twitter earlier today. Sevigny joins an already impressive cast that includes Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson, and fellow Horror Story vets Matt Bomer and Wes Bentley (who both appeared in last year’s Freak Show). There are no details yet on Sevigny’s character, but back in Season 2 of American Horror Story, she played Shelley, a nymphomaniac who was a patient at Briarcliff and was tortured by and experimented on by James Cromwell’s Dr. Arden. Sevigny’s other TV credits include Big Love, The Mindy Project, Hit & Miss, and, most recently, Netflix’s new drama series, Bloodline. As we get closer and closer to »
- Chris King
Today, Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award-winning Big Hero 6 became the #1 animated title of 2014 with more than $620 million globally. The film, which has earned $221 million domestically, also surpasses $400 million at the international box office this weekend.
Big Hero 6 continues to perform strongly in China, where it opened Feb. 28 and has brought in over $51 million, surpassing Frozen to become the highest grossing animated release ever from Disney or Pixar. In Japan, it has earned more than $75 million and is the second highest grossing Disney animated release ever. It's the second biggest Disney or Pixar animated movie ever released in Korea and Russia, and it's the biggest animated release of all time in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Last weekend, Big Hero 6 surpassed Tangled to become the third biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release ever globally, behind only Frozen and The Lion King. It is also Walt Disney Animation Studios' third »
After taking in more than $600 million at the box office, and winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature last month, many fans are hoping that Disney will pull the trigger on a sequel to Big Hero 6, but the studio has not made an official announcement at this time. Of course, since the movie is based on a Marvel comic book, there are surely more stories to be told in this universe, although directors Don Hall and Chris Williams recently revealed that they have no current plans to make a follow-up. While doing press for her action-thriller Run All Night, Genesis Rodriguez, who voiced Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6, says that she has heard "rumblings" of a sequel in the works at Disney.
"There's rumblings of something else happening. I mean yesterday I just saw that it's the third most grossing Disney animated feature, so this is huge for them. »
Dwayne Johnson, James Cromwell, Tim Robbins, Vince Vaughn, Tyler Perry and Liam Neeson all share one thing in common; they are all over 6ft 4’’. So surely when you’re head and shoulders above the rest, literally, you should have every right to access the same glittering Hollywood career as these giants. Yet the only time you find yourself in front of a camera is when someone is asking if you could ‘just duck down a little bit more.’
It started from the first growth spurt but like many others it never really stopped until you begin to notice the familiar faces of friends has now become very familiar heads of hair from above. Frustrations from your parents because you were outgrowing all the clothes they had bought you at record speed and even in the playground you became more the protector than the potential boyfriend. What they promised you was »
- Elliot S Bleuth
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is really Raising the stakes with its latest casting.
He will play one of the NYPD’s best detectives — and a potential love interest for Amy — whom the precinct tries to impress.
Dillahunt currently recurs on the final season of Justified.
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Exclusive: There's about to be a new major player on the 1980s set series about the early days of the computer industry. Having played Presidents, fictional and real, a Nazi war criminal, royalty and a pig farmer, James Cromwell is now joining Season 2 of Halt And Catch Fire I've learned. In a major recurring role, the Oscar nominee and Emmy winner will play Jacob Wheeler on the Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers created AMC series. A self made Texas… »
- Dominic Patten
Big Hero 6, 2015.
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
With Pixars’ John Lasseter and Edwin Catmull involved, you know they’ve probably done well, and in Big Hero 6, there is very little disappointment. This is the next film to surface after the “redemption quadtrilogy” of The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Wreck It Ralph (a personal favourite), and the musically unending smash hit Frozen. Since bringing these guys in, Disney have totally turned it around, with some saying that Pixar has actually taken a little hit in creativity since Catmull and Lasseter assumed control of both studios. »
- Irwan Lowe
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Abraham Benrubi | Written by Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird | Directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cursory Wikipedia research suggests that Disney’s latest animated feature bears little resemblance to the Marvel property on which it is based. Which is fine; feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there’s exactly a horde of Big Hero 6 fans to outrage. Disney’s film is certainly a lot more cutesy than the source material. At no point does Baymax, the movie’s inflatable, medical robot, transform into a ‘battle dragon’. Rather, he is the creation of Tadashi Hamada, a university student who tragically dies in a fire shortly before successfully inspiring his younger brother, Hiro, to make more of his outrageous »
- Jack Kirby
The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.
With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »
- Frank Ochieng
The penultimate episode of Freak Show, ‘Show Stoppers’, I feel represents my view on the whole series; it has some great moments but altogether loses out on a lack of fluidity and consistency. No doubt that it has some of the truly gory and horrifying scenes of the show so far but it’s not enough to salvage what has unfortunately turned out to be a bit of a disappointing series.
After last week saw Elsa learn the truth from Maggie the pre-credit sequence focuses solely on Stanley. Masking as a going away part for Elsa the freaks lure him in before revealing they know all about his plans, and, well, they’re pretty damn mad about it. Captured and with no way out we do not see what becomes of him until the very end of the episode. »
- Gary Collinson
The movie will be screened at the private theater at the massive hilltop estate — the inspiration for Xanadu in “Citizen Kane” — for about 50 people. Tickets will cost $1,000 each and proceeds will benefit the festival and The Friends of Hearst Castle preservation group.
The Hearst family became a part of the festival in 2012 when William Randolph Hearst’s grandson Steven Hearst agreed to a first-ever screening of “Citizen Kane” at the Hearst Castle visitor center, two miles away from Hearst Castle — even though his grandfather had tried unsuccessfully to suppress the 1941 film. Steven Hearst had said then that enough time has passed for the family to acknowledge the artistic achievement of the film, while attempting to set the record straight about Hearst.
The evening »
- Dave McNary
Someone got stabbed in the crotch last night on American Horror Story: Freak Show, and that wasn’t even the most gruesome thing that happened. Ryan Murphy is making sure Freak Show goes out with a bang — and by bang, we mean Emma Roberts getting cut in half.
Last night’s episode was by far the most shocking yet. From unexpected deaths to surprising deals, calling the hour “Show Stoppers” is a bit of an understatement. “Heart Stoppers” would be more appropriate, but we’re not calling the shots over at FX (yet).
To process what went down last night, we’ve broken down the episode into its craziest moments. (And that includes someone actually going crazy — *cough* Neil Patrick Harris *cough.*)
Stanley gets stabbed in the penis.
We open up the episode with the freaks having a farewell party for Elsa, who is leaving for Hollywood. Stanley is there, »
- Christopher Rosa
Murder in the First hits the UK on Friday, and thank goodness, because we've been dying for a whodunit to sink our teeth into in this miserable weather! The show stars Harry Potter's Tom Felton as Erich Blunt, a Silicon Valley wunderkind who gets himself in hot water when detectives link him to two murders. Bit awkward.
But did he or didn't he? We caught up with Tom to get some clues, including why he thought Erich was an alien and why he's not as much of a baddie as you might think...
Murder in the First is your first regular TV show – what was it about this show that made you want to sign up?
"It was tough, to be honest with you. I'm so not used to this idea of signing up to a ten-part series, and essentially we were signing up on the basis of a single episode, »
From Walt Disney Animation Studios (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), Disney's Big Hero 6 introduces you to a lovable robot who will change your world. Join Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) in a comic adventure that will make your heart soar as they learn about teamwork and becoming more than you thought you could be. Disney will release Big Hero 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) formats starting February 3, with the Blu-ray and DVD arriving a few weeks later on February 24.
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, »
20 items from 2015
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