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Paris– France’s leading commercial network TF1 has acquired exclusive first-window rights to “CSI: Cyber” from CBS Studios International.
The show is the latest spinoff of the franchise “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” which has been scoring top ratings on primetime TF1 since 2001.
The CSI franchise has been licensed to more than 200 markets and ranks as one of the most-watched shows in the world.
“TF1 has been a valuable partner to us over the years, making a significant contribution to the global success of the CSI franchise,” said Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS global distribution group. “So it’s only natural that TF1’s schedule is the perfect home for “CSI: Cyber,” giving its audiences more of the drama and excitement they expect from this hit franchise.”
Fabrice Bailly, TF1’s head of programming, concurred: “The CSI franchise is a French audience favorite on TF1 with huge ratings. (…)The »
- Elsa Keslassy
Today, Warner Bros. officially laid down the gauntlet to Marvel as they announced and named a whole bunch of movies which they’re intending to release all of the way up to 2020. The list of films obviously contain quite a few DC titles, and the big news to come out of the announcement, made by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara at the Time Warner Investor Day, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, was that a movie based on The Flash is set for 2018, starring Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), and Jason Momoa will officially play Aquaman in a stand-alone film in the same year.
Before all of that though, the WB will release Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in 2016, a solo Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot in 2017 and Justice League: Part One in the same year, which will be directed by Zack Snyder. »
- Paul Heath
Today at a Time Warner investors meeting, Warner Bros.’ Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara outlined an aggressive content strategy for the Studio aimed at increasing profits while “doubling down on outstanding content, working with the best talent and maintaining the culture that makes Warner Bros. so great.”
As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry’s broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release three Lego-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The Lego Movie” ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The Studio will release three pictures, »
- Michelle McCue
This summer, Warner Bros. set aside release dates for a batch of unknown DC films in an effort to create a shared cinematic universe for its superheroes, similar to Marvel and Disney’s comic book structure. Since that time, fans have wondered which superheroes will get their own films and in what order they will be released and now the wait is over, as Warner Bros. has confirmed the titles to fill those empty release dates.
Here’s the list of 10 confirmed DC films in the order that they will come out:
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016) “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016) “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017) “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017) “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018) “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018) “Shazam” (2019) “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019) “Cyborg, »
- Derek Anderson
Unnerving charisma factory Javier Bardem could be giving Johnny Depp a run for his booty when Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 starts shooting in Australia. The actor is reportedly close to signing up as Jack Sparrow’s latest nemesis, following in the footsteps of Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy and Ian McShane. His character will apparently share the supernatural tendencies of Nighy’s tentacle-faced Davy Jones and Rush’s undead pain in the backside Barbossa. Anyone who’s seen Bardem in No Country For Old Men or Skyfall knows he can do spooky in spades, so Sparrow may have quite a fight on his greasy, no good hands.
Depp and Bardem previously worked together on Before Night Falls, where the former famously appeared in drag. While the casting has yet to be confirmed, I can’t see the Spanish star dragging his heels too long over the prospect of a sun-drenched escapade messing about in boats. »
- Steve Palace
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 - currently going by the nice and short title of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - is finally heading into production earlier next year. The film will shoot mainly in Australia, and Johnny Depp will be reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow again. Furthermore, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are locked in to direct, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
And as the start date for the movie edges just a little closer, a major piece of casting news has dropped. Clearly the Pirates Of The Caribbean team were quite fond of Skyfall, as they're reportedly in early discussions with Javier Bardem to take on the role of the villain in the new film.
Nobody is saying anything official about this thus far, »
Javier Bardem is reportedly in early discussions to play the villain in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film.
According to The Wrap, Bardem has been approached to play Captain Brand, a ghost out for revenge against Sparrow, who he blames for his brother's murder.
Meanwhile, Geoffrey Rush has been tipped to reprise his role as Barbossa, while new characters could reportedly include a British soldier and a young girl Rush is protecting.
Following in the footsteps of off-screen wife Penélope Cruz, who co-starred in 2011′s On Stranger Tides, Oscar winner Javier Bardem has entered talks to play the villain in the long-in-development Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Though talks are in early stages, Bardem would reportedly take on the part of a ghost captain who blames Captain Jack Sparrow (franchise star Johnny Depp) for the death of his brother and seeks a supernatural object to help him enact his vengeance.
Little else is known about the plot of Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will be directed by Kon-Tiki filmmakers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, though producer Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed that it will be “more of a straight pirates movie” without all of the fearsome sea beasties that complicated the second and third installments. Geoffrey Rush is returning as Captain Barbossa, and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Pirates of the Caribbean 5, sometimes referred to as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has found its villain! Javier Bardem is in early talks to square off with Johnny Depp's iconic Capt. Jack Sparrow in this latest Disney adventure.
Christoph Waltz had previously been rumored to play Brand, but it is now Javier Bardem who is the frontrunner for the part. The actor is no stranger to playing villains. He famously portrayed baddies in both Skyfall and No Country for Old Men. Disney currently has no comment. And no further character details have been released.
It's believed that Javier Bardem may have been sold on the idea of starring in a Pirates movie after his wife Penélope Cruz took the lead female role in 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He is also said to be intrigued by working with the two »
Pre-production on “Pirates” is already under way in Australia, where the big-budget sequel will be shot. The film will bow in July 2017.
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who got their sea legs with “Kon Tiki,” will direct.
Sources tell Variety that Bardem is expected to play some type of ghost pirate who clashes with Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.
Production will begin in January with the studio still looking for a young male to join Depp in what would be the equivalent of the Orlando Bloom role from the first three pics.
Bardem, who is repped by Wme, »
- Justin Kroll
Perhaps the least interesting thing about Megan Ellison, Gigi Pritzker and Molly Smith is that these game-changing film financiers happen to be the scions of three of America’s wealthiest families — a status that’s more Trivial Pursuit factoid than it is relevant to their dramatic impact on the current indie movie scene. Indeed, there is a long history of private-sector capitalists who gambled on the film business, from Howard Hughes in the 1940s to the more recent likes of industrialist Steven Rales and fashion magnate Sidney Kimmel — flirtations of varying lengths and intensity, but ultimately, in almost every case, a passing fancy.
What sets Ellison, Pritzker and Smith apart is that the movie business is their business, as well as their all-consuming passion. Financiers they may be, but they’re also creative, hands-on producers with dirt under their fingernails, many notches in their belts, and a keen understanding of »
- Scott Foundas
Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta Jones has landed a juicy role that could place her firmly in the running for another chance at awards greatness. The Welsh actress has now signed on to play Griselda Blanco in The Godmother. The movie will be based on the real-life story of the notorious baron, who rose to prominence in the Colombian Medellin drug cartel in 1970s Miami.
Set to be directed by Eva Sorhaug (90 Minutes), Zeta Jones will instil fear into the hearts of her lackeys from a script by Frank Baldwin. It’ll mark a change of pace for the actress, who’s most recently been seen in Stephen Sondheim’s latest effort on Broadway.
The infamous kingpin has already been brought to the big screen, in the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Speaking of, raiding the 1970s for criminal drug biographies is becoming somewhat of a trend. Just earlier this month, we »
- Gem Seddon
It was announced Thursday that the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be filmed in Queensland, Australia.
According to a Walt Disney Studios press release, the Australian government secured the film’s location with a $21.6 million contribution, but estimates that the film will bring in $100 million in local revenue to Queensland while creating thousands of jobs. The last two large-scale productions to film in Queensland were San Andreas, the earthquake-disaster movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s Louis Zamperini biopic.
“Queensland leads Australia in attracting international film productions in the past financial »
- Teresa Jue
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will begin production in Queensland, Australia in February 2015.
The sequel will be the biggest international film to ever shoot in the country after the government signed a "landmark deal" with Disney.
The fifth instalment in the franchise will once again star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The script is written by Catch Me If You Can's Jeff Nathanson.
Pre-production on Dead Men Tell No Tales will begin this month, with principal photography scheduled for February.
Australia's Attorney General and Minister for the Arts, George Brandis, said: "The Australian government is delighted to have secured the high profile fifth instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to film in Australia with a contribution of A$21.6 million ($18.8m/£11.7m)."
Walt Disney Studios' Senior VP of Physical Production, Phillip Steuer, said that the "incredibly »
Disney is finally setting sail with the long-awaited Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with production confirmed to begin in February 2015 on location in Queensland, Australia.
Australian Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts George Brandis confirmed that the government has issued a $21.6 million tax incentive to the project, which will be the largest international feature ever to shoot in Australia.
Here's what George Brandis had to say about the deal in a statement.
"The Australian government (is) delighted to have secured the high profile fifth installment in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise to film in Australia with a contribution of $21.6 million. This is a landmark deal with Walt Disney Studios. This film will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world's attention on Australia as a leading film destination."
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set to shoot in Queensland in early 2015 in a major economic boost for the State.
Confirming the Walt Disney Studios. decision, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the production would bring in about $100 million and create thousands of local jobs. Pre-production will start this month with principal photography due to begin in February, shooting in part at the Village Roadshow Studios. As If had reported, Australia.s chances of landing the project, which has a reported budget of more than $200 million, soared. when the federal government agreed to give Disney the $21.6 million incentive offered by the previous government as an inducement to shoot the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake in Oz. Arts Minister George Brandis described this as Australia.s largest ever contribution to the financing of a major film. .The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will »
- Don Groves
The fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise will set sail from Queensland, Australia, with production casting off in February.
The confirmation came Thursday from Australia’s Attorney General and Minister for the Arts George Brandis, who said it would be the largest international film ever to shoot in the country.
Pre-production will start early this month with principal photography anticipated to begin in February. The film will shoot on location and at the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.
“The Australian government is delighted to have secured the high profile fifth installment in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise to film in Australia with a contribution of A$21.6 million ($18.8 million). This is a landmark deal with Walt Disney Studios,” Brandis said. »
- Patrick Frater
How did Jennifer Love Hewitt end up on “Criminal Minds”? Hewitt says she had a minor freakout when she was offered the role as the newest member of the team, Kate Callahan, on CBS' hit series. Turns out, though, that's she’s worked with the showrunner before, on “Party of Five.” Plus: Inside Penelope’s desk. TV Land orders “Impastor” starring Michael Rosenbaum, plus "Teachers" Michael Rosenbaum, Sara Rue and Aimee Garcia star in “Impastor” about a loan shark who posing as a gay pastor in a small town. “Teachers” is an elementary school-set sitcom based on the webseries from the comedy group the Katydids. Shonda Rhimes: We’ll never have real-life politicos on “Scandal" Rhimes tweeted Wednesday: Becuz peeps keep asking: no real political figures should ever be on #ScandaI. All of the politicians on #Scandal are murderers/thieves.” Click Read Full Post For More In defense of »
- Norman Weiss
A two-time Academy Award-winner (with a further four nominations under his belt), Washington has achieved just about all there is to achieve in his glittering Hollywood career. Picking out his five best movies is a tricky job, but we've attempted to do it anyway. Read on to find out which Denzel movies we think are the absolute essentials...
Edward Zwick's American Civil War drama starred Washington as Private Silas Trip, a soldier in the first Union Army unit to be made up entirely of African-American men. Washington stole the movie from its leading man Matthew Broderick, and bagged a Supporting Actor Oscar win for his troubles. He was nominated two years prior for playing activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom, but this was the movie that »
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales looks set to shoot in Australia in early 2015.
While the Walt Disney Studios has not announced the location, Australian talent agents say a casting call has gone out for two key roles and a mid-February shoot is planned.
Australia.s chances of landing the production, which has a reported budget of more than $200 million, were enhanced when the federal government agreed to give Disney the $21.6 million incentive which had been offered by the previous government as an inducement to shoot the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake in Oz.
That project was shelved after director David Fincher departed, later blaming "Disney's corporate culture" and differences over casting.
Disney asked the government to reassign the funds to Pirates 5 and to boost the total incentive to 30% of the budget.. If understands the studio wanted an extra $7 million, either from the feds or one of the state agencies. »
- Don Groves
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