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The movie, currently in post-production, is based on the 2008 children’s book “Milton’s Secret: An Adventure of Discovery Through Then, When, and the Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman. Ainscough plays an eight-year-old who’s bullied at school with Rodriguez as his teacher trying to lift his spirits while his grandfather (Sutherland) shows him the secret to finding true happiness.
Buck Productions and Hulo Films are the production companies. Producers are Sean Buckley for Buck Productions, Fred Fuchs for Riverside Entertainment, as well as Stephen Huszar and Ryan Lockwood for Hulo Films.
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- Dave McNary
Days after cancelling fantasy drama Dominion, Syfy has cancelled sci-fi series Defiance. Our page of Defiance's season three ratings tells most of the story. Defiance lost viewers from season to season. For season one, Defiance averaged 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic and 2.09 million viewers. Season two averages were 0.46 in the demo and 1.56 million viewers. Compare those to season three: 0.25 in the demo and 1.13 million viewers.
Defiance is set in the year 2046. It’s a new Earth and there are new rules. It’s been more than 30 years since various alien races started arriving on our world. The landscape has been completely altered — terraformed nearly beyond recognition. The Defiance cast includes: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Jaime Murray, Tony Curran, Graham Greene, Mia Kirshner, and Fionnula Flanagan. Read More… »
Episodes: 38 (hour)
TV show dates: April 15, 2013 -- August 28, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This TV series takes place in the year 2046. It's a new Earth and there are new rules. It's been more than 30 years since various alien races started arriving on our world. The landscape has been completely altered -- terraformed nearly beyond recognition.
The mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), come to the town of Defiance (which used to be St. Louis). As they settle into the town, events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for.
Defiance is overseen by Mayor Amanda Rosewater »
Michelle Rodriguez ("Furious 7") will join Donald Sutherland in the film adaptation of Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman's children's novel "Milton's Secret" for Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment and Hulo Films.
Rodriguez will play a school teacher lifting the spirits of a young boy (William Ainscough) who is bullied by fellow students. Sutherland will play the boy's grandfather who helps him discover his obsession with his preteen fears will prevent him from finding true happiness.
David Sutcliffe, Mia Kirshner, Sheila McCarthy and Hays Wellford also star in the film which Barnet Bain directs. Stephen Huszar, Ryan Lockwood, Sean Buckley and Fred Fuchs will produce and shooting is underway in Hamilton, Ontario.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
After spending time on screen this year with Fast cars and hulking heroes, Michelle Rodriguez is switching gears for a new role. She’s joined the adaptation of kid’s book Milton’s Secret.Rodriguez will become part of a cast that already includes Donald Sutherland, David Sutcliffe, Mia Kirshner, Sheila McCarthy and Hays Welford. Barnet Bain is in the director’s chair, working from a script he adapted alongside Donald Martin and Sandra Cooper.The book, published in 2009 by The Power Of Now author Eckhart Tolle and co-writer Robert Friedman, was an attempt to translate his live-in-the-moment philosophy for a younger readership. The Milton of the title is the story's young protagonist (William Ainscough), who learns to overcome his fear of bullies and other childhood nightmares by living in the moment, and ceasing to "project his past fears into the future". Sutherland is his grandfather and instead of packing »
It was the summer of 1995. Bill Clinton was president, Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, and Oj Simpson was on trial. That summer’s youth-oriented movies included Pixar's first movie Toy Story, the Disney musical Pocahontas — and Kids, in which wayward, stoned teens fuck each other senseless and head-stomp random strangers.
It might be hard to remember just how notorious Larry Clark's indie-skater odysey was. The movie grossed a modest $7 million at the box office that summer — a wild success when you account for the fact that it »
Netflix’s new original series Bloodline centers around an affluent family in the Florida Keys, well regarded in the community for the inn and charter tour business run by Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek). Their business, and indeed world, is turned upside down with the arrival of family black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), which sends his hometown siblings John (Kyle Chandler), Meg (Linda Cardellini), and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) scrambling to figure out what to do with Danny. It’s the first heavy-hitting Netflix original that seeks to fill the juicy drama void between seasons of House of Cards.
But House of Cards is lush in its characterizations, plumbing the diseased actions of complex characters as well as being a fun, hyperbolically cinematic power fantasy. Bloodline plays more like a prime-time soap that would be at home on CBS airing after an NCIS spin-off. Creators Glenn Kessler, »
- Charlie Sanford
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Written & Directed by Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan’s serpentine erotic thriller, Exotica, is a flawless exercise in understated urgency. Flashbacks, arresting visuals, and Mychael Danna’s score slowly reveal a web of strangers inextricably linked by one man’s suffering. It’s less a cinematic puzzle than an organic realization. When all of the mysteries are unraveled, you know a little bit more about the Human condition. Though many consider The Sweet Hereafter to be Egoyan’s masterpiece, Exotica is fearless indie filmmaking at its best.
From the very first images of Exotica—a languid tracking shot across an artificial tropical landscape—we have the unsettling feeling that something terrible is lurking in the weeds. “You have to ask yourself what brought the person to this point,” an unseen narrator advises us. Egoyan then spends the next 100 minutes re-constructing the events that irrevocably shattered each of his characters. »
- J.R. Kinnard
A trailer has been released for the new Netflix Original Series Bloodline, which stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
On March 20th, Netflix audiences around the world will meet the Rayburns, a contemporary American family who are hard-working pillars of their Florida community. But when the black sheep and eldest son, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents’ hotel, he threatens to expose the Rayburns dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty.
- Gary Collinson
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