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Explorers for the adventure-and-science organization National Geographic have long traveled to new places. Now the cable network that is aligned with the 127-year old society wants to do more of the same.
The National Geographic Channel, owned in tandem with 21st Century Fox, said it would test a comedic series in 2016 while rebooting its signature “Explorer” program by returning it to the schedule for the first time in five years, all as part of the network’s efforts in the upfront, the annual process through which U.S. TV outlets try to sell the bulk of their ad inventory.
Speaking at a lunch held Wednesday, Nat Geo CEO Courteney Monroe said the network wanted to place more emphasis on its affiliation with the nonprofit educational institution while trying bolder programming concepts that may push the boundaries of the organization’s signature yellow rectangle.
One of the more eyebrow-raising concepts introduced was a comedic miniseries, »
- Brian Steinberg
National Geographic Channel and sister network Wild rolled out their upfront slates on Wednesday — and the big story at Nat Geo is a science-centric anthology that's bringing in a different Hollywood heavyweight to direct each of the first six installments. Breakthrough, set for a fall launch, comes to the network from Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and Asylum Entertainment. Focusing on a different arena of innovation in each of the one-hour installments, Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Brett Ratner and Howard himself are all on board to helm. Read More In the Desert
- Michael O'Connell
With Peter Berg fully committed to directing based-on-reality disaster drama Deepwater Horizon, the cast is beginning to swell. Variety reports that Kurt Russell is now officially on board the film, with Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien in talks. The movie, which also features Mark Wahlberg and rising star Gina Rodriguez, charts the events on the Bp oil rig in the 48 hours leading up to the 2010 disaster and the day itself. The behind-the-scenes tale will highlight stories of real-life heroism around the incident, which were not made public at the time but appeared in the script’s source material, a New York Times article entitled 'Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour'. The paper’s piece chronicled how 11 people were killed and 16 injured when the rig blew, and gushed oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Michael Carnahan has adapted the script for the film, which J.C. Chandor had originally signed to direct. »
When there was an explosion on a Bp oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it spewed oil into the water for 87 days. Peter Berg (Battleship) is turning the real life disaster into a cinematic thriller, Deepwater Horizon, and in the process he.s putting together an impressive cast. There were a couple of stars already in place, and they just added two more high-profile actors to beef up the call sheet. There were eleven crew members killed in the blast, and Berg, who took over the project after J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) left over creative differences, has said that he wants to tell the story about the "real heroes" working on the rig. He hopes to honor the ones aboard who tried to prevent the explosion and subsequent calamity, and it sounds like he.s taking a similar approach as he did with the real »
Dwayne Johnson is living the high life in the first trailer for his new HBO football drama.
Johnson plays a retired football player, who now lives vicariously through the young athletes whose finances he manages. Pool parties, yacht parties and house parties abound.
Johnson is exec producing with his “Pain And Gain” co-star Mark Wahlberg; Wahlberg’s manager, Steve Levinson, who also wrote the pilot; showrunner Even Reilly; and Peter Berg, who directed the first episode.
“Ballers” premieres on June 21 after season two of “True Detective” and before the debut of another freshman series, “The Brink.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
Deadline reports the actor could be set for a part in the film based on the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf Of Mexico in 2010 that left 11 people dead and oil gushing into the sea for nearly three months.
O'Brien would play the youngest crew member Caleb Holloway.
Wahlberg is starring as an electrician based on the oil rig.
Deepwater Horizon is due to open in the Us on September 30, 2016 but no UK date has been confirmed yet. »
HBO just unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Ballers" TV series, starring Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller and Arielle Kebble. It's produced by Mark Wahlberg and directed (the pilot episode by Peter Berg (Hancock). Check it out below. Plot: Set in Miami, "Ballers" centers on a group of current and former professional football players, as well as their families, friends, and handlers. The series goes beyond the game and explores not only the challenges that current players face, but also takes a behind-the-scenes, real look into their lives both on and off the field. Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a retired pro-football player, who is now struggling in his new career as a financial advisor. In his new role, he tries to advise his NFL friends financially and professionally, but identifies with the trials they are going through and tries (in vain) to protect them from making the »
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
HBO has already created a lot of buzz this week with the much-anticipated season premiere of Game of Thrones coming this Sunday and its release of a new trailer for True Detective’s second season. Now the network has unveiled the first trailer for its new Dwayne Johnson-led series Ballers, which appears to be a hybrid of Any Given Sunday, Entourage, and Friday Night Lights. The 30-minute dramedy will begin its 10-episode run in June.
The Miami-set show will center on a former football superstar (Johnson) who reinvents himself after retirement by mentoring current and former players on the art of surviving the business of football. The series also stars Rob Corddry, Rmar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, Arielle Kebble, and John David Washington, who is a former college football player and the son of Denzel Washington. Friday Night Lights alum Peter Berg helmed the pilot »
- A.R. Wilson
HBO has released the first trailer for its upcoming summer series Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson in his first major TV role. Ballers Season 1, which will span 10 episodes, debuts Sunday, June 21 at 10 Pm Et, following the Season 2 premiere of True Detective at 9 Pm Et. Dwayne Johnson stars as a former pro football player, which is fitting since, before his WWE and his acting days, he played college football at the University of Miami.
Ballers examines the lives of former and current football players. The show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football, although he is now struggling in his new career as a financial advisor. In his new role, he tries to advise his NFL friends financially and professionally, but identifies with the trials they are »
Dylan O’ Brien and Kurt Russell are in talks to join Mark Wahlberg and Gina Rodriguez in Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Lionsgate and Participant Media are teaming with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on “Deepwater Horizon,” which chronicles the Bp oil spill that killed 11 people and injured 17 others back in 2010. Oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, harming numerous sea creatures. O’Brien will play Caleb Holloway, the youngest surviving crew member. Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the script, which is based on the New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s »
- Jeff Sneider
Peter Berg's true-life account of the tragic 2010 Bp oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, has gained two new cast members - action legend Kurt Russell, who recently appeared in the box-office mega hit Furious 7, and Teen Wolf and The Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien. Summit Pictures' “big, dramatic blockbuster” is named after the doomed oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven people stationed on the rig, injuring 17 more, and sending more than 160 million gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf. The film also stars Mark Wahlberg and Jane the Virgin breakout Gina Rodriguez. Berg has described his approach to the subject as a story about the "real heroes" aboard the rig who tried to prevent the catastrophe, including the eleven crew members killed in the explosion. Per Deadline, O’Brien will play Caleb Holloway, Deepwater Horizon's youngest crew member, who survived the disaster, but is »
- Haleigh Foutch
Lionsgate, Participant Media and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are producing “Deepwater Horizon,” which details the 2010 explosion on the Bp rig that resulted in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. The film will be released on Sept. 30, 2016.
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The 2010 explosion of Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men working on the platform and injured 17 others. The subsequent gusher wasn’t capped for three months.
Matthew Michael Carnahan is writing the script.
Besides “Furious 7,” Russell is currently »
- Justin Kroll
Original: Summit’s Deepwater Horizon, about the 2010 Bp oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that took the lives of 11 people and spilled oil into the ocean for a horrific 87 days, got a whole lot less interesting when A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor exited and was replaced by Battleship helmer Peter Berg, but the talent that’s being assembled in front of the camera for the pic is undeniably exciting. Mark Wahlberg and Jane the Virgin breakout Gina Rodriguez are already attached, and now The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien is in talks for a major role.
O’Brien, who first hit it big with the teen crowd back in 2011 with the hit MTV series Teen Wolf (now gearing up for its fifth season), has been a star »
- Isaac Feldberg
Kurt Russell ("Furious 7," "Tango and Cash") and Dylan O'Brien ("Teen Wolf," "The Maze Runner") are in talks to join Mark Wahlberg and Gina Rodriguez in Peter Berg's "Deepwater Horizon" at Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment.
The story deals with the 2010 Bp oil-rig explosion in the Gulf Of Mexico that killed eleven people and gushed oil into the water for almost three months.
No word on Russell's role, but O'Brien will play the rig's youngest crewman Caleb Holloway who survives but is devastated to have lost a majority of his crew.
Berg helms from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan. The film is currently slated for a September 2016 release.
Sources: Variety, Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Dylan O’Brien is in talks to join Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg. That’s the Summit Entertainment pic based on the infamous 2010 Bp oil-rig explosion in the Gulf Of Mexico that killed 11 people and gushed oil into the water for 87 days. O'Brien will play Caleb Holloway, the youngest crew member, who survives but is devastated to have lost a majority of his crew. O’Brien has developed a fervent fan base from his turn as Stiles on MTV’s Teen… »
Man, it has been trailer heaven for HBO and Netflix lately and yet another one has just arrived, this one for HBO's "Ballers" starring Dwayne Johnson as former football superstar Spencer Strasmore as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football. Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon and Arielle Kebble co-star and you'll even see Peter Berg in this brief trailer. The series was created and executive produced by Steve Levinson with the aforementioned Berg joining a fleet of executive producers that also includes Mark Wahlberg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss. The half-hour series kicks off its ten-episode season on Sunday, June 21 at 10 Pm. Watch the trailer below. sb id="1510565" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
After releasing the first trailer for new comedy The Brink this morning, HBO has now unveiled the first Ballers trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming series. Created and executive produced by Steve Levinson (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire), the show stars Johnson as a former football superstar who gets his life on track in retirement by mentoring other current players. The show very much looks to have a strong Entourage vibe, making swell use of its Miami location and ensemble cast. The main draw here is that Dwayne Johnson has his own TV series, so that’s reason enough to tune in. Though it’s a half-hour series, it looks like Ballers will also delve into a bit of drama—that’s not uncommon at HBO, though, where only 50% of its “comedies” are straight-up comedies. The series also boasts Friday Night Lights alum and feature film director Peter Berg as an executive producer alongside Mark Wahlberg, »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Franchise viagra’ man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is taking a time out from global gallivanting and taking out bad guys with a swift flex of the bicep. Ahead of any potential involvement in another Fast & Furious instalment, he can next be seen onscreen in HBO’s upcoming comedy Ballers. The ten-episode season kicks off this summer with Johnson in the lead role as former football superstar Spencer Strasmore, whose post-career job finds him training upcoming athletes.
And to get you game-ready, Johnson himself has dropped the first trailer online. At first glance it seems to bear the hallmarks of its executive producer Mark Wahlberg’s handiwork (i.e. it’s a bit Entourage-esque), but that’s in no way a disparaging comparison. For the most part, the series looks to be finally making the most of Johnson’s comedic skills, which are usually only grazed upon in his big screen outings. »
- Gem Seddon
HBO has unveiled the first look at its new series “Ballers” starring Dwayne Johnson as a retired football player. The series’ executive producers include Johnson, his “Pain & Gain” costar Mark Wahlberg, Steve Levinson and Berg, who directed the pilot. Levinson came up with the original idea and wrote the pilot, which follows a group of former and current football players. Omar Benson Miller co-stars on the show, which also features Rob Corddry, Peter Berg and Richard Schiff. Johnson’s character may be retired, but the show will feature flashbacks with him in uniform and unleashing pain on unsuspecting quarterbacks. Also Read: Dwayne. »
- Jeff Sneider
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