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Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Are you ready for a "dark, romantic" incarnation of Satanic tyke Damien? Lifetime sure hopes so, because the cable network has ordered a six episode straight-to-series sequel to "The Omen," fittingly titled "Damien." "Damien" comes from "The Shield" and "The Walking Dead" veteran Glen Mazzara and Fox Television Studios. The project will premiere on Lifetime in 2015, with Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield also executive producing. “We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of 'The Omen’s' Damien Thorn back to the screen," blurbs Lifetime Evp Rob Sharenow. "Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original." Adds Fox TV Studios Svp Nancy Cotton, "'The Omen' is a jewel in the crown of the Fox features library; we’re gratified and eager to bring a new iteration of ‘Damien’ and »
- Daniel Fienberg
Back in February it was revealed that Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Locke) would be joining the cast of Peaky Blinders for its second series, and now we have the first images of a bearded Hardy in the BBC Two period gangster series…
Peaky Blinders is created by Steven Knight (Locke) and centres on the real life Peaky Blinders gang, who operated in Birmingham following the First World War. Hardy’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises co-star Cillian Murphy leads the cast as gang boss Tommy Shelby alongside Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Tudors) as Chief Inspector Chester Campbell. Check out the series 2 teaser here…
- Gary Collinson
The BBC show that seemed to slip by unnoticed last September – Peaky Blinders – is returning this autumn with a second season, and another major star in its cast. With the first season featuring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill in leading roles, those two dramatic heavyweights will now be joined by Tom Hardy – star of The Dark Knight Rises and, most recently, the tremendous Locke.
Peaky Blinder is a grand, sweeping tale of the historic gang of the same name that operated in Birmingham, England, at the turn of the century. Legend has it that their name came from their tendency to wear peaked caps with razors sewn into the front for use as a weapon – although that has been questioned in recent times. The show is set shortly after World War I, and centres around the gang’s highly dangerous boss, Tommy Shelby (Murphy), and Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Neill) of the Royal Irish Constabulary, »
- Sarah Myles
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Directed by: Don Taylor
Cast: William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lance Henriksen (Seargent Neff), Meshach Taylor (Dr. Kane)
I know it may be a bit peculiar to review a sequel without doing a retrospective of a whole series of films, but I actually have never seen this one. I watched it and the third movie “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neill back to back. While I haven’t seen the fourth entry, I can say this is probably the last one that has the feel of the original. I can compare this to “Jaws 2”. While not as powerful as the original, it still seems like it exists in the same world. Also like all the “Jaws” sequels after part two, »
The actor has been coming to St John for nearly 20 years. But while he's obsessed with the place his greatest passion is reserved for his New Zealand vineyards
Sam Neill is an oenophile and vigneron: two words that strike cold terror into the Observer's bean-counters in advance of our lunch at St John in Clerkenwell. These fears are not allayed by the 66-year-old actor's rather jolly Twitter feed, which for the week before today's encounter has detailed the adventures of an assiduous bon vivant, matching food and fine wine in some of London's smartest restaurants. "Try to steer him towards the less expensive bottles," suggests my editor.
At the appointed hour, Neill bounds up the stairs to the dining room in the whitewashed one-time smokehouse. His hair is neatly parted at the side and a clipped moustache bristles: the effect is of a second world war officer on leave. As »
- Tim Lewis
The Weinstein Company presents The Giver press conference at Essex House on Central Park South Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Phillip Noyce, who directed Dead Calm with Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane - Rabbit-Proof Fence with Kenneth Branagh and David Gulpilil - The Quiet American with Michael Caine - and Catch A Fire with Tim Robbins, now gives us The Giver.
Following the press conference with Jeff Bridges (who paid tribute to Robin Williams), Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites, et al, I spoke with the director about his James Turrell inspiration for The Giver's abode. MoMA PS1, where Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi was shown in 2013 is the location of Turrell's Meeting.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The acting world has expressed shock and sadness at the death of legendary star Robin Williams.
The actor and comedian was found dead in his Tiburon, CA home on Monday (August 11) following a suspected suicide.
His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: "I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.
"As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
Here are some of the first remembrances from the acting world to hit the web:
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile. pic.twitter.com/UOY »
Director Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park masterpiece is one of the most successful films in worldwide box office history and remains a compelling and spectacular experience. This thrilling adventure features Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough. Featuring incredible special effects and action-packed drama, Jurassic Park takes you to a remote island where an amazing theme park with living dinosaurs is about to turn deadly, as five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators. Actors: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards and Miguel Sandoval. Director: Steven Spielberg * Screenwriters: Michael Crichton & David Koepp »
Colin Trevorrow clearly knows how to use social media. On the eve of Guardians of the Galaxy’s worldwide premiere, the director tweeted a new picture from next year’s Jurassic World featuring Chris Pratt, Hollywood’s new superstar who anchors both franchises.
In the picture, Pratt does his best to look dark, insightful and mysterious, in what appears to be a blatant attempt to embody Harrison Ford in every movie he stars in. Look, he’s even wearing the signature Han Solo vest!
See you next summer, Star-Lord. #Gotg pic.twitter.com/PfMNYPRZbQ
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 1, 2014
A more apt comparison for his character, however, harkens back to Spielberg’s original movie. Speaking to The Independent, Pratt says:
- Harrison Okin
The Irish actor returns as gang leader Tommy in the BBC Two period drama set in 1920s post-war Birmingham.
The forthcoming series will see the Shelby family expand their crime empire, while maintaining control over their Birmingham heartland.
Creator Steven Knight said of the new series: "It's getting bigger, it's getting richer and as a result of that it's getting more dangerous. The gang are entering areas of even greater jeopardy.
"And anyone like Tommy who is so good at what he does will attract dangerous people »
Okay, so this is either weird, coincidental, or just plain funny. A new round of stills has arrived for Michael Petroni's second feature film, Backtrack, and it seems as if Adrien Brody has infected everyone with his singular facial expression. See the startling proof!
Petroni's Backtrack is a supernatural thriller that he wrote and is directing with Adrien Brody and Sam Neill in the lead roles. The cast is rounded out by local actors Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird, and Anna Lise Phillips.
The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.
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- Steve Barton
Following strong notices for their breakout zombie film "Undead" in 2003, Australian genre filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig teamed with Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill for the vampire action flick "Daybreakers" back in 2009. Five years on, they're back for their third feature "Predestination" which also stars Hawke along with Noah Taylor and Sarah Snook.
Dropping horror in favor of complicated sci-fi, this might be their best effort yet. Based on "Starship Troopers" author Robert A. Heinlein’s 1960 short story "All You Zombies," the action follows a Temporal Agent who must pursue a criminal that has eluded him throughout time and at the same time ensure his own survival.
Actress Sarah Snook has scored a strong reputation here in Australia for her work on the TV series "Spirited" and films like "Not Suitable for Children". Here she takes on what appears to be a meaty role where half the time they've adjusted »
- Garth Franklin
The old saying goes is that if you want to win an Academy Award then the best way is to undertake playing a disabled part or portraying a famous personality in a biopic. In some cases, actors have accomplished both themes and reached their Oscar-attaining goals (see Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker or Daniel-Day Lewis in My Left Foot for instance).
In Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters we will look at the top movie characters that became Academy Award-winning figures within their films. Interestingly, there have been a couple of performers that were real-life disabled individuals that convincingly embodied their fictional disabled alter egos (see Harold Russell from The Best Days of Our Lives or Marlee Matlin from Children of a Lesser God).
Anyway, this selection of Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters are (in alphabetical order according to film title): »
- Frank Ochieng
R, 1 Hr., 36 Mins.
A bright cast spackles this uneven Nick Hornby adaptation about a quartet of suicidal strangers (Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots) who meet on a London rooftop one New Year’s Eve and quickly become a fractured family. With an ace troupe like that, there are affecting moments, to be sure. But the movie criminally wastes Sam Neill and Rosamund Pike in barely there supporting roles, and the picture has exactly two tones: grim and gooey. They do not coexist harmoniously. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) C –Jason Clark
- EW staff
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has taken movie audiences on extravagant adventures of a lifetime during his lengthy course behind the camera when impacting the film industry with his captivating on-screen imagination. Spielberg has shown an amazing range of vision and scope when tackling various movie genres that tap in the collective consciousness of moviegoers. Science fiction, social issue dramas, action and adventure, period pieces, family-oriented fantasies, comedies, war movies–you name it and Spielberg has done it on the big screen in his illustrious film career in directing, producing, writing and promoting.
Although Spielberg has done his share of adult-oriented films that cater to the sophisticated masses he is primarily known for his whimsical kid-friendly fare or at least releases that feature children in some of his escapist gems that may not necessarily be considered kiddie-coated. In Kid’s Play: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films we will take a »
- Frank Ochieng
Many secrets have been leaked over the internet in our time, with Facebooks, Twitters, and Instagrams giving us snippets of information regarding the latest blockbusters. The latest of these reported leaks is look at Velociraptor who will allegedly appear in the upcoming Jurassic World. The film, which will be the fourth instalment of the dinsoaur related franchise, will be set in a more futuristic theme park including new species. There were also rumours of trained Velociraptors, which this may be one of. The muzzle certainly seems to suggest a way of controlling said creatures.
Starring current hot property Chris Pratt, the film will be directed by Colin Trevorrow of Safety Not Guaranteed fame. Steven Spielberg, the man behind the first two films in the franchise, stays on as an executive producer, while Bd Wong returns to the cast. He was the scientist who first introduced Sam Neill’s Alan Grant to the Velociraptors, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
A Long Way Down Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C- Director: Pascal Chaumeil Screenplay: Jack Thorne, based on Nick Hornby’s novel Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 6/25/14 Opens: July 11, 2014 Nothing makes much sense. Is “A Long Way Down” a comedy about depression, suicide, and paralytic disease? Does having suicidal impulses in common make for solid friendships? Is there anything in the script that adds up to more than banal chatter among four people with little in common? Who knows? Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel—the volume available [ Read More ]
The post A Long Way Down Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
Steven Spielberg is quite often the first name that springs to mind when somebody mentions the word Hollywood, as the man is responsible for some of the most ground-breaking and truly memorable movie moments since the birth of celluloid. With that in mind, here at We Got This Covered we were very pleased to get wind of the fact that a box set dedicated to the director’s immeasurable impact on cinema is set to be released on Blu-Ray. Quite frankly, we couldn’t be more excited.
Why, you ask? Well, when you think of Spielberg, what films do you think of? E.T? Jaws? Jurassic Park? The list goes on and on for the three time Academy award-winning director – so much, in fact, that you could probably fill plenty more box-sets with the man’s work. But that is not the reason we’ve gotten a little giddy. No, »
- Dale Barham
Eight memorable films from one of the most acclaimed directors in motion-picture history come together for the first time ever in the Steven Spielberg Director's Collecction, available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Since beginning his long and distinguished career on the Universal backlot more than 40 years ago, Spielberg has gone on to direct an unprecedented number of some of the biggest box office hits and critically-acclaimed films in cinematic history. The Steven Spielberg Director's Collecction showcases some of the most unforgettable movies the three-time Academy Award winner made for Universal, including his debut film Duel, which has been digitally remastered and restored and will be presented in widescreen for the very first time in the U.S. and Canada.
From early achievements such as his very first television feature, Duel, and first theatrical release, The Sugarland Express, to blockbusters such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park, »
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