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Elisabeth Bergner, who started in German silents went on to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Escape Me Never (1935)Schweigen a fine collection of 1920s and 1930s postcards of film actors. I loved looking at it despite my Richard Dix aversion. And this postcard left makes me desperate to see Escape Me Never, one of the 30s Best Actress nominations I still haven't seen
Pret-a-Reporter Inside Madonna's 56th birthday bash
THR Cinematography Gordon Willis who died earlier this summer, was memorialized in Hollywood this weekend
Rope of Silicon every death in a Quentin Tarantino movie thus far
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TVLine has learned that the onetime resident of TV’s Eureka and Eastwick has landed the recurring role of Laura Kell, a premiere attorney in the public defender’s office who finds herself assigned to a suspected serial killer fingered by Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch (played by Lost‘s Titus Welliver).
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
Whit Stillman's shot an Amazon Studios pilot for The Cosmopolitans in Paris with Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody. You can watch a behind-the-scenes featurette at Vanity Fair (2'18"). As Katie Rife reports at the Av Club, The Cosmopolitans is one of five potential series Amazon will be introducing on August 28 and, "as in the past, the fate of each series will be heavily influenced by viewers." The other four: Marc Forster's Hand of God with Ron Perlman, Shaun Cassidy and Otto Bathurst's Hysteria with Mena Suvari, David Gordon Green's Red Oaks with Craig Roberts (and produced by Steven Soderbergh) and Jay Chandrasekhar's Really with Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair. Plus news on more projects in the works from Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill—and more. » - David Hudson »
The film takes place during the Berlin Wall era and the release commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9.
“West is a strong and emotional film that accurately portrays the fear and tension that existed between the East and the West during the Berlin Wall era and is an important reminder of Germany’s recent history,” said Main Street Films chairman Craig Chang.
“West is a very personal film for me,” said Schwochow. “My family left in 1989 just after the wall came down, but it was still a time of great uncertainty. All we had was hope that life would be better and that’s a great motivator.
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Six months after its first entries were announced, Amazon's third pilot season is set to debut. On August 28th, the web retailer's digital studio will debut the first episodes of five different series. The five series included in this round of Amazon's pilot season are The Cosmopolitans, a dramedy with Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny; Hand of God, a drama with Ron Perlman; Really, a comedy from director Jay Chandrasekhar; Hysteria, a drama starring Mena Suvari; and Red Oaks, a comedy produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by David Gordon Green. As in Amazon's previous competitions, viewers will be invited to view each pilot and offer their ratings for each. Later, Amazon will use this viewer feedback to help choose which of the competing series to green-light. The launch of the five pilots will kick off a busy period for Amazon Studios. In September, the first new series to emerge »
- Sam Gutelle
Some TV premiere news is at hand. Firstly, Showtime has announced that the Homeland Season 4 premiere date has been set for October 5th at 9pm Et/Pt, when the first two episodes of the season will air back-to-back. Season 4 has been described as a reboot of sorts, as we will follow Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison on assignment in the Middle East. Filmed entirely in South Africa, the new season also stars Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend, with Corey Stoll and Suraj Sharma booked as guest stars. Additionally, Showtime’s new drama series The Affair starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson will debut on October 12th at 10pm Et/Pt, a week earlier than initially planned. The series explores two marriages and the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. Hit the jump for news and images concerning new Amazon pilots from the likes of Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, »
- Adam Chitwood
Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
Veteran Irish actor Jj Murphy, who was set to play Nights Watch member Ser Denys Mallister in Game of Thrones‘ upcoming fifth season, died on Friday. He was 86.
According to The Guardian, Murphy died four days into his Thrones stint. A cause of death was not released.
Murphy was active in the Northern Irish theater scene. He recently shot a small supporting role in the upcoming film Dracula Untold
Related storiesRatings: Teen Choice Awards Steady, Rising Star Drops to New LowUnder the Dome Sneak Peek: Barbie Falls Down the Rabbit HoleAmazon to Preview Pilots Starring Ron Perlman, Chloe Sevigny »
Amazon is gearing up for its third pilot season, in which it will present five new shows for users to watch, rate, and review. Starting on August 28, three half-hour comedies and two hour-long dramas will be made available on Amazon Instant Video in both the U.S. and the UK. Users will be able to watch the pilots, rate them, and even comment on them. By the end of the pilot season, that feedback helps choose which shows become an Amazon Original series.
Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s pilots:
Hand of God: An hour-long drama, »
- Samantha Highfill
Amazon has unveiled the line up for its third pilot season, which will once again utilize viewer feedback to decide what shows will receive more episodes after five pilots premiere on Aug. 28. The diverse offerings include three half-hour comedies and two hour-long thrillers, starring Selma Blair, Adam Brody, Sarah Chalke, Dana Delany, Ron Perlman, Paul Reiser, Chloë Sevigny and Mena Suvari. Also read: Amazon Blocks Pre-Sales of Disney's ‘Maleficent,’ ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ DVDs, Blu-Rays Comedy “The Cosmopolitans,” written, produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman (“The Last Days of Disco”), follows a group of young Americans searching for love in Paris. »
- Greg Gilman
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, »
Amazon announced today that its third season of pilots will premiere August 28, before its second season of shows has debuted. Last year, the streaming service posted three comedies and two dramas and picked up everything except one of the comedies. This year brings us another five shows, three dramas and two comedies: The Cosmopolitans, from Whit Stilman, stars Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody as part of a group of American expats living in Paris; Hand of God, directed by Mark Forster, stars Ron Perlman as a philandering judge who becomes a vigilante; and Hysteria, written by Shaun Cassidy, stars Mena Suvari as a neurologist who returns to her hometown to investigate a "psycho-physiological illness" that's plaguing the local dance team. On the comedy side, Really, created by, directed by, and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, is about four married couples in the Chicago suburbs; and Red Oaks, directed by David Gordon »
- Margaret Lyons
The world of online television (is it really television? Nothing's being broadcast, technically...) is getting more and more interesting with each passing moment: Netflix is obviously killing it, with their stellar line-up of critical and commercial darlings ("House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black") and Yahoo is about to seriously get into the game by taking a page from the Netflix handbook and resurrecting a wonderfully cultish TV series ("Community," in the spirit of "Arrested Development"). Also: Hulu keeps plugging along. And while Amazon certainly has made strides, with several original shows developed in the last few years, it has yet to really breakthrough. That could change later this month, with its new "third wave" of pilots that boast an impressive line-up of exciting, starry projects.
As Variety notes, the site will debut five pilots as part of its third "pilot season" - they will all debut on August »
- Drew Taylor
Everything you need to know about Guillermo del Toro’s new horror television series…
A Boeing 747 lays dead on JFK airport’s runway, its lights off and crew not responding. Frantic control tower officials blame ‘technical faults’ and ‘terrorism,’ though there are no signs of struggle or escape. Whatever caused this is still locked inside.
No, this isn’t the beginning of Paul Greengrass’ latest movie, or a morally ambiguous Derren Brown special. It’s the opening of The Strain, Guillermo del Toro’s bestselling vampire-epidemic trilogy of books, which then became a television series.
This is the story of those books. Of their journey from an eight-year-old Mexican boy’s already-twisted imagination to failed pitches, unlikely bromances and, eventually, a television series that could redefine vampirism for the modern age.
The Strain doesn’t restrain its soul to just vampires. It’s also a global conspiracy, virus outbreak thriller »
- Oliver Davis
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Book of Life, the upcoming animated comedy from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez, which you can watch below after the official synopsis…
“The Book Of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, The Book Of Life encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.”
The Book of Life features the voice talents of Diego Luna (Elysium), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), Danny Trejo (Machete), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Ice Cube (21 Jump Street »
- Gary Collinson
The Book of Life Trailer. Jorge Gutierrez‘s The Book of Life (2014) movie trailer 2 star Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, and Ron Perlman. The Book of Life‘s plot synopsis: “From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy [...]
Continue reading: The Book Of Life (2014) Movie Trailer 2: A Man Torn in Two Directions »
- Rollo Tomasi
We've got a new trailer to share with you for the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life. This is a very different and unique looking movie that I hope audiences will embrace and enjoy. The movie had a panel at Comic-Con and it seemed like it was well received by the the audience in attendance.
The movie was directed by Jorge Gutierrez and it has a wonderful voice cast that includes Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo "El Mandril" Sanchez, and (of course) Danny Trejo.
The Book Of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible »
- Joey Paur
Death is just a minor setback for the heroes of producer Guillermo del Toro's forthcoming animated film Book of Life. The latest trailer for the film shows Manolo (Diego Luna) competing with Joaquin (Channing Tatum) in a slap fight for Maria's (Zoe Saldana) affections. And if Manolo thought that was rough, wait until he journeys through three mystical realms and faces, among other things, a set of crushing boulders with minds of their own. The expansive voice cast includes Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman and Cheech Marin. Jorge Gutierrez directed and co-wrote the script. 20th Century
- Ryan Gajewski
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