16 items from 2013
The folks at FEARnet have some treats in store for viewers this May, when they premiere multiple films that haven’t been shown on networks before, including the bloody masterpiece, Battle Royale, completely uncut!! Read on!
FEARnet starts the summer off right, serving up a slew of premieres, stunts and marathons headlined by the World Television Premiere of Battle Royale, the way it was meant to be seen—completely unedited, in all its gory glory—on Saturday, May 18, at 10 p.m. Et/7 p.m. Pt.
Never before seen on television, the international blockbuster centers around the students of class 3-b, on their way to a field trip. After being gassed, they awaken to find themselves on a remote island where they are instructed to kill each other as part of a government law to deal with out of control students. And only one can survive. Banned in several countries for its violent content, »
Watergate Remembered in Discovery Channel Documentary 'Celebrating' the 40th Anniversary of the Watergate Scandal The Washington Post and American journalistic ethics in general may be only a shadow of what they once were -- and most of the U.S. press was never really all that great or even borderline trustworthy to begin with -- but Robert Redford remains the same, glimpsed here with Watergate investigators Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, and former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, shot (not literally) by Annie Leibovitz. Pictured above: Redford with Bernstein, Bradlee, and Woodward in the iconic Washington Post newsroom. The four veterans got together to promote the Discovery Channel doc All the President’s Men Revisited, about the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal that destroyed the Nixon presidency. With Redford as one of its executive producers, the documentary airs this month. Redford played Woodward opposite Dustin Hoffman's Bernstein in »
- Andre Soares
• Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in and co-produce a new drama for Overbrook Entertainment — the production company that she started with Will Smith. Entitled La Escribana de Uraba, the film tells the story of a journalist reporting on the murder of an employee of a multinational corporation and will shoot in Colombia this fall. Smith has not been on screen all that much lately, but is producing both After Earth and Will Smith’s directorial debut, The Legend of Cain. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
What, you're too good for a kiddy movie about baseball? You're killing me, Smalls.
Let's start with the most shocking statistic of all: This is the third baseball movie I've considered for "Best Movie Ever?" status. Unsettling, right? A League of Their Own and The Bad News Bears are worthy candidates, but it's still dubious news. I didn't even pick the baseball movie with Glenn Close in it! Why, Louis, why?! (That movie is terribly boring is why. Even Glenn thinks her role was "orbitally written." Also, Robert Redford does nothing for me. Or You. Unless he's directing Timothy Hutton to break our hearts, of course.)
The Sandlot is a juvenile movie with a buttery nostalgic glow, but its starring team of ragtag 12-year-olds is never saccharine, corny, or phony. These kids chew tobacco, use swear words, and embarrass themselves constantly, and therefore The Sandlot is a very effective, nostalgic »
Bates Motel is an interesting idea for a series (and frankly, so is The Carrie Diaries), but like Carrie Bradshaw I have to wonder: Have we nailed the art of the movie prequel TV series yet? I think it remains to be seen.
Today, in honor of A&E's new show about Norman Bates' bizarre past, I say we examine eight movies that could inspire fabulous prequel series. I snuck in two ideas for other Hitchcock prequels in case that's an easy sell right now. Grab your most hideous bridesmaid gown and suggest your options for prequel-worthy movies below.
Face it: Alex Forrest should be one of the most interesting characters of the '80s, but because Fatal Attraction corners her into being a two-dimensional psychotic loon, she's never quite as humanized as she should be (despite Glenn Close's exceptional performance). A prequel series would rectify this »
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Beautiful Girls Willie Conway (Timothy Hutton) has returned home for his high school reunion at a very confused time in his life. His long time girlfriend (Annabeth Gish) joins him on the trip as he visits with friends, strikes up a purely platonic relationship with a 15-year-old neighbor girl (Natalie Portman) and decides if he’s ready to settle down and get married. The late Ted Demme has a few fine films to his name including The Ref and Blow, but this sweet, honest and funny movie remains his high point. Portman’s perfect encapsulation of the untouchable teen is fantastic in every regard, but to be fair her storyline is only a small part of the whole. Willie’s friends (Matt Dillon, Noah Emmerich, Max Perlich, Michael Rapaport, Rosie »
- Rob Hunter
Today the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced its nominees for the 2013 Saturn Awards, one of the few awards programs in which a lot of us will recognize nearly every production. The awards have been expanded over recent years, so if you are unclear about just what type of productions are honored by the Academy, an explanation is included in the press release below, although it can really be summarized as “we know it when we see it.”
A few head-scratchers, however, just beg to be called out:
Anna Karenina? Les Miserables? Leverage? Elementary? Really? That is some broad definition. No subgenre categories for television. The Academy proofreader should know by now that it’s “Syfy” and not “SyFy” (don’t worry, I fixed it, and sorry, it’s a pet peeve). Adding in historical fiction somewhere somehow without actually mentioning it. The entire category “Best Youth-Oriented »
- Erin Willard
The 85th Academy Awards are at last upon us, and unfortunately we only have a few more days to think about the eternal hotness of some of the men they honor. As a companion piece to our Hottest Best Actor countdown, I present to you an important follow-up: The 10 Hottest Best Supporting Actor performances. Heath Ledger, Javier Bardem, and Christian Bale were too inhumanely grotesque to warrant inclusion, I'm sort of sorry to say. But who wasn't? Check 'em out below.
Get this: Syriana is the one movie on this list I haven't seen. Should I feel bad about that? George's win always struck me as compensation for the fact that he wasn't going to win the directing Oscar for Good Night and Good Luck (which he noted in his awful speech), but maybe it's a great performance. Also: I am not attracted to him in any way, »
This Sunday is Oscar day, but for genre fans it's The Saturn Awards that really matter, and we have the full list of this year's nominees. Although we have to say the horror pickings are rather slim indeed!
From the Press Release:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey received more Saturn Award nominations than any other film released last year, with Life of Pi and Skyfall close behind as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today revealed the nominations for the 39th Annual Saturn Awards.
Marvel’s The Avengers, The Dark Knight Returns, Looper, Cloud Atlas, Argo and Les Miserables are among the films that have received multiple Saturn Award nominations, underscoring the ways in which genre filmmaking has expanded beyond its roots as niche entertainment.
The only major awards dedicated to honoring the finest in genre entertainment in film, television and home entertainment, The Saturn Awards will be presented in June, »
- The Woman In Black
The 39th Annual Saturn Award Nominations have been officially announced and we have the full list of nominees. The Saturn Awards recognizing outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror releases in the last 12 months, and will announce the winners in June. Included on the list are multiple nominations for American Horror Story and The Walking Dead.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the leading film with nominations for the prestigious Saturn Awards presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Peter Jackson’s return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth received 9 nominations. Other films receiving major nominations include Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (8 nominations), and the 23nd entry in the James Bond franchise, Skyfall (7 nominations).
Comic book icons-turned-cinematic spectacles, Marvel’s The Avengers and Christopher Nolan’s triumphant conclusion to his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, followed closely behind with 6 nominations each, along with the epic »
- Jonathan James
I’m not a huge fan of Armie Hammer (nothing personal, Armie) but I feel bad for the guy because he’s found himself in an interesting situation that most actors probably don’t have to deal with it. After all, he’s the title character in The Lone Ranger but he’s sharing screen time with Johnny Depp, making much of the publicity appear to be promoting a movie called Tonto and the Masked Guy.
Fortunately, the trailer that aired during the Super Bowl finally put the main character in the spotlight, and the film still manages to look good. Congrats, Armie.
Of course, Depp can’t be ignored because… well, he’s Johnny Depp, so Tonto is still there »
- Marty Shaw
Pick up your remote and start setting reminders - or grab a pencil and a calendar if you're a bit behind the times - because there's some fan-bloomin'-tastic TV coming up in the next week.
We at Tube Talk have once again picked out the best programmes that are about to hit your box, which we've previewed below. Oh, and we'll also be putting on our finest tuxedos and diamond-encrusted ballgowns to catch the 66th British Academy Film Awards, which air Sunday (February 10) at 9pm on BBC One.
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Dancing on the Edge: Monday (February 4) at 9pm on BBC Two
TV’s coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are back! The explosive fifth and final season of Leverage comes exclusively to Fox on Tuesday 5th February at 10Pm for its UK premiere. Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton returns in the brand new season which promises more of everything: more heists, more bad guys and more drama…
After months on the run, Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) reunites his legendary team in a new headquarters in a new city. To take down the corrupt and powerful, Nate and his team wreak havoc with their biggest cons yet. Whether it’s stealing the world’s biggest airplane or faking alien contact, stopping a terrorist attack or getting inside a target’s dreams, the Leverage crew has never been better. But little do they realize that someone is manipulating them toward a mysterious end – and that someone is one of their own. »
The new comedy "Movie 43" weaves a bunch of different stories together from 12 different directors, including Peter Farrelly ("Dumb and Dumber") and Steve Carr ("Next Friday"). The vague trailer makes it difficult to figure out what the heck the movie is really about, but it all seems to be part of the master plan. And, the Nsfw website — whatismovie43.com — includes some raunchy clips that prove the ensemble cast isn't trying to make it the next "Valentine's Day."
Boasting one of the largest round-ups of famous peeps in one film, the cast features everyone from Halle Berry, Seth MacFarlane and Hugh Jackman, to Kate Winslet, Anna Faris and Emma Stone. While none of them were actually at the premiere, we were there to talk to some of the other cast members — and other folks on the red carpet — about what's the most inappropriate thing they've ever seen online.
Jeremy Allen White: "2 Girls 1 Cup. »
- Joanna Varikos
TNT has cancelled Leverage but the show might not be dead after all says Dean Devlin. “We’re going to try to shop it around now and see if there is any other interest elsewhere,” the executive producer told Deadline today. That elsewhere could include a feature film version of the drama. “That would be fun to do. That’s definitely a possibility,” said Devlin, who is scheduled to make his own feature directorial debut with a global disaster film written by himself and Paul Guyot. “Look, it’s a long shot but we have a lot of love for the show and the fans have been tremendously supportive. If we can find a way for it to continue we’ll pursue,” he added of Leverage’s future. Produced by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, the Timothy Hutton-led ensemble was formally cancelled by TNT after five seasons on December 21. The »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Fans of the TNT series Leverage were given some bad news just before Christmas last month, when TNT canceled the series right before its Season 5/series finale, "The Second David Job". Given the abrupt ending of the show, series creator/executive producer Dean Devlin recently revealed that they may make a Leverage movie.
"That would be fun to do. That's definitely a possibility."
He also said the producers are looking for another network home, even though the odds of the series coming back are slim.
"We're going to try to shop it around now and see if there is any other interest elsewhere. Look, it's a long shot but we have a lot of love for the show and the fans have been tremendously supportive. If we can find a way for it to continue we'll pursue."
16 items from 2013
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