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17 items from 2015


Premium Drama Takes Center Stage in International Marketplace

20 April 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Now the smoke has cleared following international television program market MipTV in Cannes, which wrapped on Thursday, the outline of some of the major trends can be made out.

One trend that has been evident for a while but was more pronounced than ever last week is that the major players are ramping up production of high-end drama.

“The original programming slate at Starz has been ramping up for last two years and is continuing to do,” Gene George, Starz exec VP, worldwide distribution said. “The number of episodes of original programming in Starz has near doubled in two years from 42 in 2013 to a projected 75-80 in 2015.”

It is the same story everywhere you look — BBC Worldwide, All3Media, ITV Global, FremantleMedia, and so on – the big-budget scripted show is king.

For many of these major players, the aim is to produce cinematic-quality dramas. One example was the A+E »

- Leo Barraclough and John Hopewell

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History Expands ‘Texas Rising’ Miniseries to 10 Hours

14 April 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The History miniseries “Texas Rising,” set to bow on Memorial Day, has been expanded to 10 hours and will air over the course of five weeks, the network announced on Tuesday.

The series, which details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers, will air two-hour installments on both Memorial Day (May 25) and the next night (Tuesday, May 26). Its final six hours will then be played out over the next three Mondays (June 1, 8 and 15).

It had originally been planned as a six-hour series.

Roland Joffe is directing “Texas Rising,” whose all-star cast includes Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It is produced by A+E Studios, ITV Studios America and Thinkfactory Media. Leslie Greif serves as executive producer.  Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production.

History is hoping ratings magic can strike twice with Paxton and another event series set in the South. »

- Rick Kissell

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ITV: Global Entertainment Unit Preps New Dramas for International Market

7 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mip TV will see ITV Studios Global Entertainment hit the Croisette with a number of new dramas from around the world, including Swedish thriller “Jordskott,” which is the company’s first foray into non-English-language drama; British costume drama “Poldark”; U.S. enchantress tale “Good Witch,” which stars Catherine Bell and airs on Hallmark Channel; and U.S. crime drama “Aquarius,” which stars David Duchovny and will broadcast on NBC.

“We want to be known as a global distributor and global production company, not based in one particular place in the world, but able to move rather agilely across the world, and working with the best creators, wherever they may be,” says Maria Kyriacou, managing director of Itvsge, which distributes ITV programs around the world.

The international market is constantly shifting and one of the major forces reshaping the commercial and creative landscape is the rise of the subscription video-on-demand platforms. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Easter TV movie guide: Friday April 3 - Easy A, Fast Five, Valkyrie

3 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hocus Pocus – 1.15pm, Film4

Cast a spell over your Easter celebrations with this black comedy from Disney, staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches resurrected on Halloween by a group of children, only to cause havoc in a quest for immortality.

The Mummy – 6.35pm, ITV2

Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah star as adventurous archaeologists who accidentally awaken the 3,000 year old Imhotep in this rei-magining of the classic Universal monster movie.

Easy A – 9pm, E4

Channel your inner John Hughes with this '80s-at-heart high school comedy starring Emma Stone as isolated teen Olive, who lies about her sexual exploits in a bid to get noticed without considering the consequences.

Fast Five – 9pm, Film4

This fifth outing for the Fast gang goes up a gear as Torretto (Vin Diesel) and co put together a plan to steel $100 million from a Brazilian drug lord that will set them for life. »

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Round-Up: First Still from Rob Zombie’s 31, Jeff Fahey Joins From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Rekindling of Hope Exclusive Excerpt

31 March 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Shrouded in shadows, Doom-Head is featured in creepy fashion in the first still from Rob Zombie's 31. Also included in our latest round-up is a casting update for the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and an exclusive excerpt from Doug Lavers’ sci-fi thriller, Rekindling of Hope.

Rob Zombie's 31: Played by Richard Brake, Doom-Head dominates the first official still from Rob Zombie's 31 (see below). Since the news broke earlier this month that Malcolm McDowell had joined the cast of 31 as Father Murder, more actors have joined the film's ranks:

Pancho Moler (2005's Bad News Bears, American Horror Story: Freak Show) plays Sick-Head. Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, Halloween 2) portrays Roscoe, "the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show." Jane Carr (Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother) plays Sister Serpent, "a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose. »

- Derek Anderson

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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

31 March 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »

- simonbrew

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9 franchise-starting young adult films that struggled

25 March 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...

Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.

For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »

- simonbrew

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Star Wars Actor Ford Injured in Plane Accident in Los Angeles Area

5 March 2015 4:43 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »

- Zac Gille

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History Channel’s ‘Texas Rising’ May Have Little to Do With History

26 February 2015 8:51 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Bill Paxton is featured in a new trailer for the History Channel’s eight-part miniseries “Texas Rising.” The show, however, looks like it has more to do with entertainment and less to do with, you know… actual history. The show is about Texas’s revolt against Mexican rule in the 1800s. Joining Paxton, who plays Texas hero Sam Houston, are Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Brendan Fraser, Trevor Donovan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ray Liotta. [...] »

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First look at The History Channel miniseries Texas Rising

22 February 2015 2:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first image from The History Channel’s upcoming 8-hour miniseries Texas Rising, which you can check it out below, along with the official trailer…

The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and Texas Rising details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. General Sam Houston (Paxton), the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to fight for freedom despite insurmountable odds and to »

- Gary Collinson

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First Look at Texas Rising, with Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser and Many Others

20 February 2015 5:51 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at History Channel's upcoming eight-hour mini-series "Texas Rising," which stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, and Kris Kristofferson. Check out the photos below. Plot: The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and "Texas Rising" details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. »

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First Image From Texas Rising Surfaces Online

20 February 2015 5:06 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The History Channel did so well with Hatfields And McCoys in 2012, that they are re-teaming with star of that series, Bill Paxton, for Texas Rising – and it is Paxton that features in the first image from the production, from Entertainment Weekly. The eight hour miniseries details the rise of the Texas Rangers after the events at the Alamo, and also numbers Brendan Fraser among its all-star cast.

Paxton stars as Sam Houston – namesake of the Texas city, and the American politician and soldier that helped bring Texas into the United States. During his career, in addition to being the first and third President of the Republic of Texas, he was instrumental in the victory that secured the independence of Texas from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. The Texas Rangers – about whom this miniseries is made – were technically founded by Stephen F. Austin in 1823, when he employed ten men »

- Sarah Myles

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‘Texas Rising’ to World Premiere at MipTV in Cannes

19 February 2015 4:24 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — “Texas Rising,” which will air on History in the U.S., is set for TV conference MipTV in Cannes as its World Premiere TV Screening.

The new epic series is produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America, in association with Thinkfactory Media for History, and it is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The first episode will be screened in Cannes’ Palais des Festivals on April 13, and key cast and the creators will walk the red carpet for MipTV’s opening party.

Texas Rising” stars Bill Paxton (“Hatfields & McCoys”), Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), Olivier Martinez (“S.W.A.T.”) and country music star Kris Kristofferson.

Leslie Greif (“Hatfields & McCoys”) is executive producer, and Roland Joffé, who was Oscar-nominated for “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” is directing.

The eight-hour series details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers. It follows the events that unfold »

- Leo Barraclough

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11 stars of classic '90s teen movies: Where are they now?

24 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Charlie Lyne's documentary Beyond Clueless harks back to the classic teen movies that shaped the '90s.

Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.

So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:

1. Devon Sawa - Idle Hands (1999)

Dreamy Devon Sawa starred as lazy stoner Anton Tobias - who turns mass murderer after his hand becomes possessed - in the horror comedy Idle Hands.

He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music »

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Olivier Martinez Signs With Paradigm

13 January 2015 5:20 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: French actor Olivier Martinez has signed on as a client with Paradigm. The Paris-born thesp who has a César Award under his belt (for 1993’s Un, deux, trois, soleil) most recently appeared last season on ABC’s Revenge as French billionaire media mogul Pascal LeMarchal. He’ll next be seen in History Channel’s upcoming May 25 miniseries Texas Rising playing Antonio López de Santa Anna, the 19th century Mexican general known as the Napoleon of the West, in a cast that includes Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Brendan Fraser, and Chad Michael Murray.

Martinez’s big screen credits include Unfaithful with Diane Lane and Richard Gere, Before Night Falls opposite Javier Bardem, S.W.A.T. with Samuel L. Jackson, D.J. Caruso’s Taking Lives, and Dark Tide with Halle Berry.

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- Jen Yamato

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First Look: Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser get wild in the West with 'Texas Rising'

9 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "3980500725001" "" "" "auto"] On Memorial Day, the West is getting wilder than ever! In an exclusive new First Look trailer for History's Texas Rising, cast members Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser get roped into plenty of action, including a steamy bathtub encounter! From the same producers of the network's 2012 hit Hatfields and McCoys, the eight-hour miniseries (premiering May 25) details the Texas revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.Paxton stars as legend Sam Houston, the "father" of Texas, Liotta plays an Alamo survivor and Fraser a Texas Ranger (with incredibly luxurious hair). In case it wasn't clear before, »

- Emily Strohm, @emablonde

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First Look: Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser get wild in the West with 'Texas Rising'

9 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "3980500725001" "" "" "auto"] On Memorial Day, the West is getting wilder than ever! In an exclusive new First Look trailer for History's Texas Rising, cast members Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser get roped into plenty of action, including a steamy bathtub encounter! From the same producers of the network's 2012 hit Hatfields and McCoys, the eight-hour miniseries (premiering May 25) details the Texas revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.Paxton stars as legend Sam Houston, the "father" of Texas, Liotta plays an Alamo survivor and Fraser a Texas Ranger (with incredibly luxurious hair). In case it wasn't clear before, »

- Emily Strohm, @emablonde

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