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The fate of comedy "The Interview" is looking grim, after Sony has canceled domestic and international theatrical release this week. The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starrer had been in the works for half a decade. In it, a tabloid news show host and his producer are roped into an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un via the urging of the FBI. While the plot sounds somewhat serious, it looped its way through plenty of weiner and butthole jokes, and also grounded its digs in North Korean propaganda, the criminal dehumanization of its people and the un-deifying of its Dear Leader (through dick and butt jokes, of course, plus violence). But cutting down a tyrannical world leader is no new feat, of course. "South Park" and "Looney Tunes" took down Kim Jong-Il and Hitler in cartoons. "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" brought abroad baddies to their knees for the small screen. »
- Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg
Like Jurassic Park would do years later, David Cronenberg’s The Fly showed that if you tamper too much with science, your experiments can destroy you. Viewers who watched the film when it first came out nearly 20 years ago may still be haunted by its visceral visuals, and soon fans can see the movie’s storyline continue, as Idw Publishing has announced a sequel comic book series, The Fly: Outbreak.
Press Release - “San Diego, CA (December 17, 2014) – The story that began in David Cronenberg’s film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte). Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.
Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his »
- Derek Anderson
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently in casting mode, bringing on actor Brenton Thwaites last month for the key role of a British soldier who teams up with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). We also reported yesterday that Disney is eyeing five actresses for the female lead, who will serve as the love interest for Brenton Thwaites' character. While promoting The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Orlando Bloom revealed that he is also in talks to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as Will Turner, although it will be a much different version of the character than previous films. Here's what the actor had to say below, revealing that he's still in talks and that Pirates 5 may be a reboot of the franchise.
"I'm not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet, but there are talks. Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, »
Disney has reportedly lined up young talent to test for the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), Jenna Thiam (The Returned) and Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers) are being considered for the fifth film in the series, according to Variety.
Johnny Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow in the 2017 adventure film.
Brenton Thwaites will play a young British soldier who partners with the buccaneer, although details of the plot remain under wraps.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will begin shooting early next year for release on July 7, 2017. »
Just one month after Brenton Thwaites signed on for a pivotal role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Disney is currently seeking actresses for the female lead. Lucy Boynton, Gabriella Wilde, Jenna Thiam, Kaya Scodelario and Alexandra Dowling are among the actresses set to test for the role over the next week. Details on the character are scarce, but she is said to be the love interest for Brenton Thwaites' character, a young British soldier who joins forces with Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow.
The actresses will all perform in chemistry reads with Brenton Thwaites to see who is best for the role, although it isn't known when a final decision on the part is set to be made. After being eyed for the villain back in October, Variety reports that Javier Bardem is now on board to play the villain, Captain Brand, a »
One of the many revelations from the Sony hack leaks is the studio's own awareness of the downside of being able to spend your way out of problems --without solving them. Look at the arc of the "Spider-Man" franchise, or Disney's history of sky-high budgets on Jerry Bruckheimer flicks like "Prince of Persia." Then there's Universal, which in 2014 bucked the Hollywood studio trend by releasing wide a series 15 movies--all budgeted under $70 million, reports Scott Mendelson in Forbes--that nonetheless made record profits for the studio. It should be noted that while movie studio chiefs Ron Meyer and Donna Langley can claim credit for this strategy and its execution--along with departed co-chairman Adam Fogelson--new Comcast/Universal executive Jeff Shell cannot. It has been conventional studio wisdom for some time that the bigger the budget (and the more established the franchise), the more money the movie will make on a global basis. »
- Anne Thompson
NBC and Jerry Bruckheimer are poised to play the imitation game. The network has handed out a script commitment to Imitation, an adaptation of Heather Hildenbrand's digital novel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Published by Alloy Entertainment as part of its digital-first imprint with Amazon Publishing, the drama takes place in a world where human clones exist and the privileged elite use them to maintain their status. This secret and illegal operation thrives until a 24-year-old clone replaces her imperiled human and threatens to bring down everything her creators have built. Read more 5 Big Takeaways From TV
- Lesley Goldberg
CBS is delivering on its promise to air more original scripted programming throughout the year, announcing on Friday premiere dates for a pair of midseason dramas — “Battle Creek” and “CSI: Cyber” — that will run uninterrupted through spring.
“Battle Creek,” from executive producers Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”) and David Shore (“House”) and starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters, will bow Sunday, March 1, at 10 p.m. in the timeslot currently occupied by “CSI.” The veteran crime drama will wrap its 18-episode season in February.
“Battle Creek,” which will be airing behind “The Good Wife” on Sundays, also stars Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Aubrey Dollar and Edward Fordham Jr. Joining Shore and Gilligan as executive producers are Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Thomas L. Moran, Bryan Singer and Mark Johnson. The show hails from Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.
- Rick Kissell
I was probably 19 when I first came to Hollywood. Eddie Murphy brought me out to do Beverly Hills Cop II and he had a deal at Paramount, so I remember going through the gates of the Paramount lot. He's in a Rolls-Royce, and he's not just a star, he's the biggest star in the world. Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer's office was in the same building as Eddie's office, and they would come to work every day with matching cars. Some days it would
- Chris Rock
It’s hard to imagine Beverly Hills Cop being a vehicle for anyone but Eddie Murphy, but he was a last minute replacement after Sylvester Stallone dropped out and before him Mickey Rourke bailed, as well (for more trivia see what we learned from the DVD commentary). This week marks the 30th anniversary of the action comedy, which propelled Murphy to certain movie stardom while maintaining the #1 spot at the box office through March of 1985 (it’s still one of the three longest-running box office champs of all time). We all fell in love with Axel Foley, his laugh and his theme song by Harold Faltermeyer (who else taught themselves to play it on a piano despite no other skill with the keys?). Never mind if the two sequels that followed are a mess, the original is still an ’80s movie classic. To celebrate the movie on its birthday (it opened on Wednesday, December »
- Christopher Campbell
The feature film nominations will be announced on Jan. 5. The 2015 Producers Guild Awards has been set for Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The full nominations list:
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
30 For 30 (Espn)
American Masters (PBS)
Producers: Anthony Bourdain, »
- Dave McNary
We’re still months (and months and months) away from Game of Thrones‘ return, but visions of what Season 5 might hold are already starting to trickle in.
Related Game of Thrones Cast Re-Ups for Seventh (and Final?) Season
HBO has released a new Arya-centric teaser video, instructing fans to “follow the three-eyed raven.” It’s all to bring attention to ThreeEyedRaven.com, a site where Thrones fans can sign up to receive regular “sights” (aka updates) from the show’s iconic flapper.
The raven brings #TheSight. Receive the power at: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/LknnRX0f4D »
Michael Stahl-David‘s career is going to pot! (That’s funny ’cause the show’s about weed.)
Stahl-David, who recently guest-starred on New Girl as a love interest for Zooey Deschanel’s Jess, will play Bobby Nickel, a charismatic, brilliant and driven man who came from nothing and quickly learned to make his own rules. Now a husband, father and successful pot runner working for a local Cuban drug lord, »
TNT's drug trade drama has cast its leading man. Cloverfield's Michael Stahl-David has been tapped to star in the drama pilot from executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Inspired by Cocaine Cowboys, the untitled entry is described as a serialized character drama centering on the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Read more TNT Orders Drug Trade Drama Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay Stahl-David will star as Bobby Nickel, a charismatic, brilliant and driven man who came from nothing and quickly learned to make
- Lesley Goldberg
Brenton Thwaites is in final negotiations to play a lead role in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He.ll play Henry, a British soldier, in the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney production that is is set to shoot in Queensland early next year. There.s no word yet on who will play Carina, a young woman who may be Henry.s romantic interest. According to wire reports Thwaites beat other contenders including The Fault in Our Stars. Ansel Elgort, In the Heart of the Sea.s Sam Keeley and Pride.s George Mackay. Javier Bardem, Christoph Waltz, Geoffrey Rush and Jack Devonport reportedly are set to join Johnny Depp in the film scripted by Jeff Nathanson and. directed by Kon Tiki's Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
Australian taxpayers' financial contribution to the production may be as high as $60 million, including a $21.6 million grant from the federal government, the »
- Don Groves
Fox’s new Batman prequel series, Gotham may be generating some mixed critical reactions, but the show is a huge ratings hit, so it was frankly only a matter of time before the studio poured over another pile of DC Comics and ordered an additional television adaptation.
It comes as no surprise then that Fox has done just that, though the new show of choice is a bit unexpected. According to Deadline, Fox has ordered a pilot for the Warren Ellis-penned comic series Global Frequency, which ran for twelve issues between 2002 and 2004. Unlike more serialized comic book stories, Global Frequency centered on single-issue, standalone tales. The story focused on an independent, covert intelligence organization, led by a woman using the alias Miranda Zero. Deadline describes the show’s approach to the story as follows:
“The show will chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a privately funded crime-fighting operation »
- James Garcia
Warner Bros. and producer, Jerry Bruckheimer (best known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and the U.S. version of The Amazing Race), are taking on the DC Entertainment property titled Global Frequency, a comic book series written by Warren Ellis. The high-profile television project which has landed a pilot production commitment at Fox will be written by respected sci-fi writer Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape and Defiance creator)
Deadline reports the news on the project, saying “The show will chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot.”
Bruckheimer is joining fellow Wbtv A-list producer Greg Berlanti, who is behind a number of DC-themed projects including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl as well as the upcoming Riverdale, based on the Archie Comics characters.
Global Frequency is a science fiction series set in the present day, »
Fox is looking to branch out beyond Gotham, with Deadline revealing that Warner Bros. Television has been given a pilot production commitment from the network for an adaptation of Warren Ellis’ sci-fi series Global Frequency, which was published through DC’s Wildstorm imprint. The pilot will be written by Rockne S. O’Bannon, creator of Farscape and Defiance, who will produce alongside Ellis and Jerry Bruckheimer.
The twelve-issue miniseries was published between 2002 and 2004, and the show will “chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot.”
This isn’t the first time that Warner Bros. Television has attempted a small screen adaptation of Global Frequency, with The WB producing an unaired pilot in 2005 which starred Michelle Forbes, Josh Hopkins, Aimee Garcia and Jenni Baird.
- Gary Collinson
Casting on the billion dollar swashbuckling series is getting well underway, with Maleficent‘s Brenton Thwaites now in Disney’s crosshairs for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Courtesy of The Wrap, who revealed the scoop exclusively, it seems the studio are looking to secure his fresh young presence to steer the flailing franchise into more lucrative waters.
Previous reports indicated that Thwaites was on a shortlist of up-and-coming actors in contention for the sought-after role. Alongside the young Aussie, Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Mitchell Hope, George Mackay, and Sam Keeley were all thought to be competing for the role of British soldier Henry.
After an appearance this year as the Prince in Sleeping Beauty reboot, Maleficent, and stellar turns in Oculus and The Giver, there’s no reason to doubt the rising star can’t tackle the grit of such a colossal franchise. And now that »
- Gem Seddon
With production scheduled to begin this February, the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is starting to come together, with Brenton Thwaites in talks to star alongside Johnny Depp.
Brenton Thwaites is playing a British soldier named Henry. Although no further details were given for the character, Henry is said to be a key role and important to the storyline. We reported last month that the actor was in contention for this important character along with Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), George MacKay (Pride), Mitchell Hope (The Descendants), Ansel Elgort ( The Fault in Our Stars) and Sam Keeley (In the Heart of the Sea).
We also reported last month that Javier Bardem is in talks to play the villainous Captain Brand, a ghost seeking revenge against Captain Jack Sparrow, who he holds responsible for his brother's murder. Geoffrey Rush is expected to return as Barbosa, »
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