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Robin Williams’ biggest commitment to series television since the days of “Mork & Mindy” highlights a 20th TV slate that is deep, even if not necessarily brimming with international star appeal.
Williams is teaming with another recognizable face, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in the single-cam, father-daughter workplace comedy “The Crazy Ones,” from the pen of a scribe with no small amount of global cachet himself: David E. Kelley.
Kelley’s star Stateside hasn’t shined quite as brightly of late — “Harry’s Law” (NBC) lasted only two seasons, while “Monday Mornings” (TNT) didn’t make it past one, and half-hour isn’t exactly where the “Picket Fences” and “Ally McBeal” creator made his bones, but a series starring Williams in an accessible setting is filled with worldwide potential.
A slam dunk for interest is the limited-series return of Kiefer Sutherland in “24: Live Another Day.” The condensed format »
- Cynthia Littleton
NBC is bringing the 2002 film "About A Boy" to TV.
The movie, which starred Toni Collette, Hugh Grant, and Nicholas Hoult and was based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name, is getting remade with a new series, starring Minnie Driver, David Walton and Benjamin Stockham.
Collette, who is starring in CBS's new drama "Hostages," said she recently ran into Grant and the two discussed the pilot. "You know, I ran into Hugh Grant and he was like, 'I don't like that they're doing that! Why are they making a show of our fabulous movie?'" she told The Huffington Post at the CBS 2013 upfront. "I suppose it's a story that they could continue. I mean, why not? I mean, I don't like someone else playing my character. [Laughs.]"
- The Huffington Post
Rachel McAdams used to be the cool best friend of women everywhere, and we're hoping that the trailer for "About Time" will remind everyone of her rightful place in our hearts. It's quite appropriate that the movie that will help her achieve this is written and directed by Richard Curtis, the fellow behind of the most beloved modern romcoms, "Love Actually." Domhnall Gleeson plays Tim, a regular, awkward dude who inherits the rare talent of time travel when he turns 21. As his dad explains, it's passed down through the men in their family. (The fabulous Bill Nighy, who was also in "Love Actually," plays his pops.) This gives him the ability to both rectify events from his past and complicate his future. Naturally, he meets an adorable woman named Mary (McAdams!) and things get super wonky because, hello, the butterfly effect! Gleeson's character definitely has the floppy-haired awkward Hugh Grant thing happening, »
- Jenni Miller
Running Time: 2 hrs 52 mins
Due out: May 14, 2013
“Cloud Atlas“ available Now on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital Download
Plot: The actions of individuals impact the entire world over the course of thousands of years. From the past, present and future, different souls have the chance to be villains and heroes.
Who’S It For? Want something that feels original, yet very familiar? Are you a fan of big, grand attempts of cinema? Desperate for six different performances by Tom Hanks? See the film.
Connect the dots. Unless you have little ones at home, it has probably been a long time since you’ve connected the dots to form a full picture. Cloud Atlas allows you the chance, »
- Jeff Bayer
Cloud Atlas The Wachowski sibs' incredibly ambitious race-time-gender-space-crossing sci-fi drama based on David Mitchell's massive novel features an all-star cast in six tales that weave and wander from the 19th century to a distant post-apocalyptic future. Along the way you meet Tom Hanks as, among other things, a Hawaiian tribesman; Hugh Grant as a cannibal warrior; Halle Berry as a whistle-blowing journalist; Jim Broadbent as an aging composer and Hugo Weaving as a villain in all six stories. Though three hours may be a tad long, it's pretty much always entertaining, with eye-popping action sequences, beautiful visuals and a romantic through-line that drives home the movie's theme "everything is connected." Most giggle-worthy: the parade...
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Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Cloud Atlas (sci-fi drama; Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant; rated R) Texas Chainsaw (horror; Alexandria Daddario, Tremaine Neverson; also available in 3D; rated R) Java Heat (action; Kellan Lutz, Mickey Rourke; also playing in select theaters; rated R) Sightseers (comedy; Alice Lowe, Steve Oram; also playing in select theaters; not rated) Back to 1942 (drama; Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins; not rated) Black Rock (thriller; Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell; available...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Frontline: Raising Adam Lanza 2012′s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Ct is a tragedy that will hang in the public consciousness for years to come, and as is always the case with events like this the media and the public find themselves desperate for answers as to why and how it could have happened. PBS’ continually excellent program, Frontline, takes a look at the shooter and the sole constant in his life, his mother. The public perception of the shooter is limited to simple, catchy headlines, rumors and repeated claims of his interest in guns and videogames, but unlike the attention whores dominating the 24 hour news cycle, Frontline takes time to get to the truth of the matter. They touch upon his interests, but instead of laying blame they make a »
- Rob Hunter
NBC has put out its lineup of primetime shows for the upcoming 2013-14 season, including returning series, and eight new dramas and six new comedies. NBC hopes its schedule this upcoming year will be bolstered by its coverage of the Winter Games in February 2014. New NBC 2013-14 Series About a Boy – Based on the Nick Hornby novel (which was also made into a Hugh Grant film), this midseason comedy stars David Walton as Will Freeman, the ultimate man-child whose life is changed by a needy single mom (Minnie Driver) and her oddly charming 11-year-old son (Benjamin Stockham). The [...]
The post NBC primetime schedule 2013-14 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
It's out with the old and in with the new when it comes to NBC comedy next season. The network renewed only two comedies this year -- "Parks and Recreation," which will be back in the fall with a full season, and "Community," which returns for another 13 episode arc at some point Tbd.
Here's a rundown of the six new comedies NBC presented to advertisers today (May 13) at its 2013 upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York City:
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Et)
One of the most anticipated fall comedies on any network, "The Michael J. Fox Show" brings Emmy-winning TV comedy legend Fox back to television as a stay-at-home dad who »
This week: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play several different characters over many lifetimes in the beyond-ambitious time-traversing think piece "Cloud Atlas," written and directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer.
Also new this week is horror icon Leatherface's return in the sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3D," Charlie Sheen in Roman Coppola's comedy "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" and a new mastered-in-4K Blu-ray of "Ghostbusters" that is optimized for Ultra HD TVs.
Box Office: $27 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh
Storyline: Combining sci-fi, drama, mystery, action and romance, "Cloud Atlas" weaves together six stories that span centuries as characters reunite from one life to the next. Written for the screen and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski, this 172-minute epic stars Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whisaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, »
- Robert DeSalvo
I'm sitting here in front of my laptop trying to distill my opinion on Cloud Atlas into around 500 or so words, and that may well be an impossible task.
Cloud Atlas is not a film that fits neatly into a "good" or "bad" category. It doesn't fit into a particular genre, and it doesn't conform to anything that can be considered a recognizable formula. I don't know how to judge it on its artistic merits; I don't know how to judge it on the levels on which it succeeds or fails.
I find myself only able to judge it based upon the scope of its ambition and the emotions and feelings it intended me to feel, and on that level it is a movie that stands entirely alone.
Good or bad, Cloud Atlas is the most ambitious movie of the 21st century - it may not merit either praise or disdain, »
Cloud Atlas is engrossing, ambitious, and will also have some folks scratching their heads with all the connections in a story that spans millennia. It.s a film that begs repeat viewings (well, unless you didn.t like it the first time) and will add something with each viewing, not that there.s not a problem or two. 1849: Lawyer Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess) has gone to the see Rev. Horrox (Hugh Grant) in the Chatham Islands to secure some contracts. His long sea voyage back to San Francisco is accompanied by Dr. Henry Goose (Tom Hanks) and escaped slave Autua (David Gyasi). Ewing appears to be dying from an infection that Goose is treating him for. 1936: In England, »
- Jeff Swindoll
A hedge fund manager, a science writer and a friend of Robbie Williams gave thousands to the group that is demanding new press laws
One of Britain's wealthiest hedge fund managers, a music producer who is a close friend of Robbie Williams, and a successful author can all be named today as donors to the Hacked Off campaign.
Arpad Busson, whose personal fortune is estimated at £145m, donated £20,000 to the group which is campaigning for new press laws. Other donors include Guy Chambers, a producer for former Take That singer Williams, and the science writer and TV producer Simon Singh, the Observer has discovered.
Hacked Off, which sat in on late-night talks at Ed Miliband's Commons office when the royal charter on newspaper regulation was agreed by the three political parties, refuses to reveal its donors.
On its website, the only funding it discloses is a £50,000 grant during 2012- »
- Daniel Boffey
With the five major American TV network upfront presentations set to take place next week, each of them has been locking down their schedules for the new season.
That means the axe has fallen on numerous shows over the past 48 hours, while others have scored renewal orders. Decisions have also been made as to which pilots will be ordered to series. Here's the breakdown by network:
New Shows: Marvel's highly anticipated "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the 'Once' spin-off "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," the Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend-led murder thriller "Betrayal," the remake of »
- Garth Franklin
There are still many NBC shows to be cancelled and renewed but the peacock network has already picked up five new series for next season. One is called About a Boy and it's based on the Nick Hornby novel -- which was already made as a Hugh Grant movie back in 2002.
The TV show version will star Will Freeman, Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham, Al Madrigal, and Anjelah N. Johnson-Reyes. Stockham (below, left) was a regular on NBC's 1600 Penn which has yet to be cancelled but surely will be.
Here's the network's description and a photo from the pilot:
About A Boy - Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "An Education") novel, written/produced by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood") and directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Revolution") comes a different kind of coming-of-age story. Will Freeman »
NBC has ordered a TV remake of "About A Boy," Deadline reports.
In NBC's "About A Boy" series, Minnie Driver will play Fiona, the role originated by Toni Collette in the film and "New Girl's" David Walton will play Will, the immature bachelor (originally played by Hugh Grant) who befriends a boy (Benjamin Stockham) who moves in next door with his slightly crazy mom (Driver).
Driver reacted to NBC's decision to pick up "About A Boy" via Twitter:
Oh good lord it would seem my lovely TV show About A Boy got picked up by #NBC. Hmmm, will now have to stop tarting about and actually work.
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) May 9, 2013
And Favreau tweeted a photo of the cast after »
- Jaimie Etkin
In advance of its Upfront presentation next week, NBC has announced the pick-ups of siz new shows, a pair of dramas and four comedies.
Check out their rundowns below and then also take a look at the programs Fox has greelighted for 2013-2014...
Synopsis: Follows an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Synopsis: Examines what happens when an unlikely puppeteer pulls Washington’s elite — including the President of the United States — into an international conspiracy.
About a Boy (Comedy)
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
NBC has started giving series orders to its pilots for the 2013-14 season, and two dramas and two comedies are the first to get good news.
The dramas are "Believe," a J.J. Abrams- and Alfonso Cuaron-produced show about a young girl with a special gift and the ex-con tasked with protecting her; and "Crisis," about a Secret Service agent who becomes involved in an international incident in his first day on the job. It comes from creator Rand Ravich, who was behind NBC's "Life" a few years ago.
Pickups galore! NBC has picked up About a Boy, a comedy based on the movie and book, with David Walton in the Hugh Grant role. Friday Night Lights and Parenthood Ep Jason Katims is behind the show, so expect it to tickle ye olde heartstrings. The other comedies that are moving forward are the Sean Hayes–led Sean Saves the World, in which Hayes plays a dad who is a single parent to a 14-year-old girl, and The Family Guide, about a teen boy who idolizes his blind father (and feels jealous of the dad's guide dog). On the drama front, NBC has so far picked up Believe, from executive producers J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón. It's about a little girl with supernatural powers and the ex-con who is supposed to protect her. In a different vein, the network has also picked up Crisis (one of our most promising pilots »
- Margaret Lyons
Also getting a green light are the Sean Hayes sitcom Sean Saves the World, DJ Nash’s Family Guide and Jason Katims’ comedy About a Boy. They join the previously-ordered Michael J. Fox Show and Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Dracula.
Related | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New
Among the noteworthy pilots not getting the go-ahead from NBC: Hatfields & McCoys, The Gates and The Sixth Gun. (NBC’s complete development slate can be found here. »
- Michael Ausiello
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