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Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. »
“Pharaoh” revolves around ancient Egypt and the influence of alien beings as an alternative explanation for the rise of empires in the region. Schulner co-created the project with Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi. Scott will exec produce, along with Schulner, Facio and Abedi, and helm “Pharaoh” should it move forward at HBO.
Schulner is also developing projects at Syfy and USA Network.
Schulner was creator and showrunner of NBC’s short-lived drama “Do No Harm” this past season. He’s also worked as consulting producer on NBC’s “Dracula” and “Ironside.” He began his career as a playwright before joining the staff of the ABC drama “Once and Again.”
Schulner is repped by UTA and Myman Abel Fineman Fox Greenspan Light.
- Cynthia Littleton
Do No Harm creator David Schulner is staying at Universal Television. The writer-producer has inked a new two-year deal with the studio, extending the relationship with Uni TV that dates back to his first overall pact in 2010. Under the new deal, Schulner will create and develop new projects for the studio, with projects in the works for USA Network, Syfy and HBO. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Schulner recently sold ancient Egyptian drama Pharaoh to HBO with Ridley Scott attached to direct and exec produce. The drama explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and
- Lesley Goldberg
Within an interview with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller at Huffington Post, Shock reader "J Jett" discovered the first photo of actor Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Funny Games) as Mason Verger in the NBC series. The pic was taken by director David Slade. Verger was previously played by Gary Oldman in the Ridley Scott film Hannibal. The character first appeared in the Thomas Harris novel of the same name as a pedophile who was out to exact revenge on Hannibal.
- Ryan Turek
Review Paul Brian McCoy 22 Apr 2014 - 09:29
A bit of a palate cleanser this week - though it's one that signals the arrival of far bigger things to come...
This review contains spoilers.
Each episode of Hannibal this season has been named after a dish in the Japanese banquet dinner Kaiseki. The meal overall is a tour of Japanese haute cuisines balancing taste, appearance, and colors to emphasize seasonal themes. Each dish is beautifully arranged and decorated with flowers and edible garnishes designed to resemble animals or plants.
Su-zakana is a traditional palate cleanser before moving into a second round of larger dishes, and episode eight, Su-zakana, serves that purpose exquisitely. With the cleansing of the palate comes a return to familiarity as well, with Will back consulting with Jack and in therapy with Hannibal. Structurally, Hannibal returns to the procedural format, providing the semblance of normalcy despite everyone involved knowing full well, »
Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke (Hardy) receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul even as he fights to salvage all that is important to him. Opening April 25th, the film also features Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott. In an exclusive interview, Knight spoke about wanting to direct a film where all the action takes place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, what Hardy brought to the unusual role, what inspires their continued collaboration, how the entire film was shot at night within a short two-week window, how he sustained the pace »
- Sheila Roberts
Paul Walker's brothers, Cody and Caleb, will act as body doubles for the recently deceased actor to help complete Fast & Furious 7. Director James Wan says Walker had completed all of police detective-turned-bandit Brian O'Connor's scenes, and the brothers will be only used to fill the "small gaps" that remain, using CGI where needed to transform them into Paul. It's actually not the first time that body doubles and special effects have been used - it's not even the first time a brother has been used. Here are five movies that should make you feel confident that FF7 's adjustments will be seamless and look good.
1. Oliver Reed, Gladiator. Director Ridley Scott was in a pinch when Reed died from a heart attack before his scenes were completed. Scott used a body doubles and CGI to complete the additional two minutes of Reed's face time, but he had another »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
A limited edition, NFL-themed, silver Xbox One has been created but won't be available in stores. Only 50 of the limited series will be produced, the first will serve as the prize in a raffle being held next week by the Brees Dream Foundation. [Source: Cinema Blend]
Despite only being on the scene for seven years with six major titles so far, the "Assassin's Creed" franchise is more popular than you might expect. Ubisoft's financial investor page (via Behind Games) has listed how many total physical and digital copies have been sold of their respective franchises. They are:
Assassin's Creed: 73 million
Just Dance: 48 million
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: 26 million
Petz: 24 million
Rayman: 25 million
Imagine: 21 million
Prince of Persia: 20 million
Driver: 19 million
Far Cry: 18 million
Rayman Raving Rabbids: 14 million
The Settlers: 10 million
The Experience: 9 million
Anno: 5 million. »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Fassbender, in his relatively short career, has played many roles -- he's been a robot in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," an ancient soldier in "300," a cruel plantation owner in "12 Years a Slave," a film critic spy in "Inglourious Basterds," Carl Jung in "Dangerous Method," and an evil super-powered mutant in "X-Men: First Class" (and next month's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"). But he's about to get positively Shakespearean in next year's "Macbeth," playing the title character for Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel. And The Daily Mail has the very first photos.
According to Fassbender, who costars alongside Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, Sean Harris as Macduff and Paddy Considine as Banquo, he's got his character all figured out. "He's suffering from post traumatic stress disorder," Fassbender told The Daily Mail. "It makes total sense, when you think about it. Justin set the seed of the idea in my head. 'This »
- Drew Taylor
Steven Spielberg is one of those directors who piles different projects onto his schedule, sometimes taking decades to come together and finally become a movie. Ridley Scott probably has this problem the worst, but Spielberg does it to. The newest project that sounds cool but is no-where on a realistic schedule is a story called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara with a script being written by Munich and Lincoln‘s Tony Kushner.
Here’s how Variety describes it:
The script is based on David Kertzer’s nonfiction book about the true-life story of an Italian Jew who became the center of an international controversy in 1858 when he was removed from his parents at the age of 7 by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.
It’s still being written, with Spielberg’s next movie probably being »
We've been monitoring the progress of Alien: Isolation carefully and trying to keep our heads after the debacle of Aliens: Colonial Marines, but it's getting really hard to not get excited. Next up for you guys is a new developer diary. Dig it!
“This isn’t a world of holograms and touchscreens; there’s no sense here that technology is going to save you.” – Alistair Hope, Creative Lead.
To stay faithful to the original source, Alien: Isolation takes a retro look to the future with a design aesthetic which developer Creative Assembly describes as "lo-fi sci-fi." It’s clunky, it’s chunky, it’s push-button and analog. There are no phasers or lasers, and the smartest weapons you find may be tied together with duct tape and string. A world very much of Crt not LCD, Alien: Isolation may be set in the future, but it’s »
- Steve Barton
Our friends at Blurpy have alerted us to Brian Taylor‘s awesome Ridley Scott movie poster print series. Taylor, who also goes by the nickname Candykiller, is a Scotland-based graphic designer and illustrator who has worked mainly at design and advertising agencies. Candykiller has released the first two prints for the movies Blade Runner and Alien, […]
The post Cool Stuff: Candykiller’s Ridley Scott Poster Art Prints appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
We are obsessed with technology. This much is true. Between our cell phones and tablets and home computers and whatever else we have in our home that whirs, beeps, or produces faint electromagnetic waves, it sometimes feels like we have a more intimate relationship with our things than the people in our lives. And this has long been the realm of speculative science fiction, which wonders what would happen if that love affair with technology turned really, really dark.
The latest example of this is Warner Bros' new sci-fi epic "Transcendence," which is about the nature of humanity and all of the cumbersome fleshiness that goes with it, and concerns a mad scientist (Johnny Depp) who, after getting poisoned by a radioactive bullet (don't ask) has his consciousness uploaded to a computer which results, of course, in some unintended consequences.
- Drew Taylor
Harrison Ford is usually thought of as delightfully grumpy based on his TV appearances, but his Reddit Ama over the weekend was full of fun and funny nuggets. (Ford was promoting a Showtime series about climate change that aired over the weekend.) Here are a few of the highlights! And as an extra treat, check out Ford playing "Uncharted 3" in Japan a few years ago. You're welcome in advance.
1. Harrison Ford doesn't have ophidiophobia, thank you very much.
Ford's famously fedora'd alter ego Indiana Jones is notoriously scared of snakes. Ford himself? Not so much. "I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I'm quite familiar with snakes and think they'r[e] fantastic creatures."
2. Han Solo is pretty handy around the house.
Ford was sort of working as »
- Jenni Miller
Oh, Harrison. While Harrison Ford is one of the few guys working right now who I could indisputably call "iconic," I find myself ambivalent about his persona when he's giving interviews. I've had some good chats with him, and some that were more difficult, and it completely seems to be up to his mood at the moment we sit down. The same can be said about his appearances on talk shows. He's done it well at times, and there are other interviews where it looks like he wants to crawl out of his skin, and for an actor, he seems to have no interest in disguising his feelings at all. He seems perfectly happy to snarl at someone if he thinks they ask him something stupid or obvious, which makes it extra-surprising that he was willing to do a Reddit Ama to help promote the new documentary series "Years Of Living Dangerously. »
- Drew McWeeny
When Ridley Scott first revealed that he's working on "Alien" prequel, called "Prometheus," he also said that he's working on a sequel to his "Blade Runner" sci-fi film, which starred Harrison Ford. Now, while participating in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, Ford commented on how he feels about potentially returning for "Blade Runner 2." He said: "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for 'Blade Runner.' If it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character." Coincidentally, Ford also said that "Blade Runner" was the most difficult film he ever worked on, stating that the cast and crew worked fifty nights in a row and "it was always raining." »
Washington, Apr.15: Harrison Ford recently talked about his memories and behind the scene stories of 'Indiana Jones' and 'Blade Runner' on Reddit's Ama session.
Whilst speaking on the sequel of 'Blade Runner', the 71-year-old actor said that he was curious and thrilled to see a new script for the movie and thought that if it turned out to be a good script, then he would be very apprehensive to work with Ridley Scott again, CNet reported.
The American actor also revealed behind the scene stories of 'Indiana Jones' and added that in the first part of the movie, he tore an Acl in one of his knees during a fight scene with a giant German mechanic on an airplane. (Ani) »
- Abhijeet Sen
Before donning the cape and cowl for Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck will soon be seen in David Fincher’s highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, Gone Girl, which is promising to be easily one of the best dramatic thrillers of the year.
The studio closed out last year with a tease of the movie, giving us our first look at Affleck in the lead. And with its autumn/fall release date on the horizon, they’ve launched a brilliant first teaser trailer to whet our appetites.
Here’s the synopsis for the original novel:
Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps »
- Kenji Lloyd
Harrison Ford took part in a Reddit Q&A yesterday, in which he broached the issue of a potential sequel to Blade Runner. "I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another," said Ford, when asked whether he'd be keen to reprise the role of Deckard. "If it’s a good script, I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again," he continued. "He’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker, and I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character." ...
- George Wales
Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases.
Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this year. It’s only fitting that the senior production exec for “Heaven Is for Real,” DeVon Franklin, is an ordained minister and one of the film’s producers, T.D. Jakes, is a bishop. Jakes has teamed up with “Alice in Wonderland” producer Joe Roth for the project.
“My hope is that it’s going to appeal to the same demographic of the book, which was in the mainstream,” said Franklin, the author of spiritual success book “Produced by Faith.”
“But at the same time,” he adds, “(the story) really had a strong faith-based following. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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