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Now is the time of year for TV fans to be a little nervous for news about their favorite shows - specifically, whether they'll make it to next season. Renewal and cancellation news is flowing in, and we're compiling all the updates here. Find out what's already guaranteed to come back and what's gotten left on the chopping block so far. What's Been Renewed The Big Bang Theory: CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for three more seasons. 2 Broke Girls: The comedy will return for a new season. Mike & Molly: Melissa McCarthy's comedy will be back. Two and a Half Men: Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher's comedy is returning. The Millers: CBS has granted the freshman series another season. Mom: Anna Faris's comedy will return for a second season. NCIS: CBS has renewed the show for another season. NCIS: La: The successful spinoff has been renewed. »
- Shannon Vestal
Written by Leigh Brackett
Directed by Howard Hawks
When El Dorado was first shown in 1966, the Western in its classical form was beginning to disappear from American cinema. John Ford, synonymous with the genre, released his last feature that year, and El Dorado would be the second-to-last film by its own legendary director, Howard Hawks. The Western was evolving and its old masters were giving way to modern innovators. The stylishly self-conscious films of Sergio Leone first signaled the shift (the films of his “Dollars Trilogy” came out in 1964-1966), and it was certified by the critical, ominous, and violent The Wild Bunch, directed by Sam Peckinpah in 1969. Hawks decried the slow-motion bloodletting of Peckinpah. He argued that he could kill four men, get them to the morgue, and bury them before this newcomer could get one on the ground.
With this as the context of its gestation, »
- Jeremy Carr
Exclusive: Nicholas Sparks and Theresa Park have acquired Gale Sayers‘ life rights and his memoirs I Am Third and Sayers: My Life And Times and have partnered with Michael Costigan to produce a feature film that focuses primarily on the friendship between the NFL Hall of Famer and teammate Brian Piccolo when both started out in the backfield of the Chicago Bears. Although Piccolo led the nation in rushing at Wake Forest in 1964, he was considered undersized and didn’t get drafted but made the Bears as a free agent. Sayers came out of the University of Kansas considered the most talented running back in the draft crop and the Bears made him a first-round draft pick. His career took off immediately and he scored 22 touchdowns as a rookie, while Piccolo struggled just to hang on. In an atmosphere where white players and black players didn’t congregate much, the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Exclusive: Famke Janssen has closed her deal to reprise her role in Taken 3, opposite Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace. Another film seemed a natural, since the franchise has done more than $600 million in global box office. Janssen has so far been limited to playing the helpless housewife, and I am not sure if it has occurred to the filmmakers at Europa, but Janssen has a very particular set of skills she has acquired over a very long career, skills that would make her a nightmare for the bad guys who show up in these movies. The Dutch actress first came to prominence as the femme fatale Xenia Onatopp in the James Bond film Goldeneye, as she was cracking guys’ spines like walnuts with her aerobicized thighs. As X-Men’s Phoenix, she nearly destroyed the world with her powers. Neeson’s got to be tired by now, so isn’t »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Josh Duhamel is returning to television with a lead role in Battle Creek, CBS’ high-profile series written by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore and directed by Bryan Singer. The straight-to-series drama centers on Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) and FBI agent Milton Chamberlain (Duhamel), who have different worldviews but are teamed up to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Mi. Duhamel’s Milton is a clean-cut FBI agent; a sincere, humble, even naive guy who heads from Detroit to Battle Creek to set up a satellite FBI office. Gilligan, who created Battle Creek several years ago, and Shore, who will serve as showrunner, will executive produce with Singer and Mark Johnson, with Janet McTeer and Kal Penn co-starring. ICM Partners-repped Duhamel started in daytime, on staple All My Children, before segueing to primetime with Crossing Jordan and Las Vegas, in which he »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
We’ve been big fans of the Royal Albert Hall’s tremendous film events for quite a few years now and they continue their incredible and unique run with the announcement that they’re giving you an offer you can’t refuse as we’re set to see Francis Ford Coppola’s timeless The Godfather alongside a live orchestra, who will bring Nino Rota’s immortal orchestral score live and to life on Monday, 8 December 2014.
The world premiere of The Godfather Live will be a celebration of a crime classic regularly cited as one of the greatest films ever made. Justin Freer, conductor of The Godfather Live, had this to say:
“It is with great excitement that we are able to bring this masterful score and film to the Royal Albert Hall. That we are able to preserve and present some of the most cherished music in the history of »
- Dan Bullock
In case you haven’t heard the news, Craig Fairbrass is a cinematic badass. When it comes to delivering tough-as-nails action, nobody does it quite like Fairbrass. “The Outsider,” which co-stars Jason Patric and James Caan, recently arrived on home video in the United States. However, that’s not the only motion picture the guy has available at the moment. A quick search on IMDb turns up a number of recent and upcoming projects, which makes he decision to talk to us a little surprising. Although he plays a tough guy on-screen, Fairbrass is actually very kind and incredibly personable. If you’re at all curious about “The Outsider” or his work as an action star, then take a moment to peruse our interview. Tell me a little bit about your new film ‘The Outsider’? How did the project come about? I worked with Brian J Miller on “House of the Rising Sun. »
- Todd Rigney
To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month. "Blood Ties" (March 21) French heartthrob Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") is back in the director's chair with "Blood Ties." The film, written by Canet and James Gray, takes place in 1974 and follows a fifty-year-old ex-convict (Clive Owen) who's drawn back into crime following his release from prison, putting him in conflict with his brother (Billy Crudup), a rising New York City cop. "Blood Ties" screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, appearing alongside Gray's Competition film "The Immigrant." The film also stars Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis as a pair of love interests, Marion Cotillard as Owen's ex-wife, and James Caan as the brothers' father. "Mistaken for Strangers" (March 28) The National are one of the most respected indie rock groups on the planet, »
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
Hey, Toronto! Kathy Bates is going to make audience members at the Tiff Bell Lightbox squirm tomorrow as the Twitch presented Stephen King retrospective Kingdom Of Fear continues with a big screen showing of Rob Reiner's classic take on Misery.When famed potboiler novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is badly injured in a car accident during a snowstorm, he is rescued by local nurse -- and Sheldon's self-professed "number-one fan" -- Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who is thrilled to discover that she is tending to her literary idol in her remote Colorado cottage. But when Annie discovers that Paul has killed off his much-loved main character Misery Chastain in his new novel, this seeming angel of mercy turns into a she-devil incarnate, as Annie uses all...
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London's Royal Albert Hall has announced details of The Godfather Live.
Nino Rota's iconic score for the classic 1972 movie will be performed live alongside a screening of the film on Monday, December 8, 2014.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said of the project: "We are making movie fans an offer they can't refuse - The Godfather as it has never been seen, or heard, before.
"The Royal Albert Hall has become the place to see great films with great scores played live, and the chance to watch The Godfather with Nino Rota's legendary music performed on stage and in full will be a unique experience for fans.
"We are delighted to welcome the Corleone family to this iconic venue. »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Criterion has released a dual format Blu-ray/DVD edition of director Michael Mann's 1981 crime thriller Thief starring James Caan. It's a highly impressive film on many levels, especially when one considers this was Mann's big screen feature debut. He had previously directed the acclaimed 1979 TV movie The Jericho Mile, which was set in Folsom Prison. Mann was inspired by his interaction with the world of convicts and wrote the screenplay for Thief, which is credited as being based on author Frank Hohimer's novel The Home Invaders, but he maintains virtually none of the source material ended up on screen. The story centers on Frank (James Caan), a bitter man with a troubled past. As a child he was raised in state-run homes before being sent to jail for a petty crime. Inside prison, he committed violent acts in order to defend himself but this only resulted in lengthier jail terms. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
To his fans, Wes Anderson's idiosyncratic films are things of wonder. Detractors, however, consider the Texan director's style fussy and mannered. Will his latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, help settle the argument?
If his life unspools in the arch, neat fashion of one of his movies then the director Wes Anderson, who'll turn 45 this spring, is halfway through. "You had these film-makers, John Huston, Luis Buñuel, who more or less died on their sets. And they seemed happy. Now I wouldn't want to die young on one of my sets. But if I was a 90-year-old director…?" Snugly suited in olive corduroy, speaking in London before the release of his new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson nods at the thought.
You wonder what Anderson's films might look like, sound like, should he still be going at 90. The action rendered upside down? Dialogue in an invented language? Since his third feature, »
- Tom Lamont
Hardboiled! continues over at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Michael Mann's brilliant 1981 heist film "Thief," starring James Caan. The film recently got the Criterion Blu-ray treatment.In Thief, Caan is an expert jewel thief who disdains using nitroglycerin to crack his safes but the director Mann brings his own brand of pyrotechnics along for the ride; his 1981 heist movie, fueled by a percolating synth score by Tangerine Dream, is a stylistic knockout, a dazzlingly modernistic update to the traditional noir thriller. With an iconoclastic supporting cast including Tuesday Weld and Willie Nelson. »
- Trailers From Hell
To celebrate the release of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray and DVD today, here’s a feature breaking down our Top 10 worst movie tie-in foods. Enjoy!
You may have heard of a film called Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. It is a very good film. You may have also heard that a sequel suffixed with the number ’2′ is coming to UK cinemas very soon. Perhaps you have even heard that, to market said sequel, Sony Pictures Animation toured the Us with ‘foodimobile’ trucks selling meals based on the monstrous ‘foodimal’ characters from the film (we wrote about it here). Partnered with food companies including Subway, the trucks offered fun and healthy meals alongside the recipes for children to make them at home.
Considering Cloudy’s food focus, I would say that advertising the film with real food that audiences can tuck into is a rather ingenious ploy. »
- Tom Durbin
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Extras: Filmmaker Commentary, Anatomy Of A Foodimal, Production Design: Back In The Kitchen, Awesome End Credits, Cloudy Cafe: Who’s On The Menu?, Building The Foodimals, The Mysterious Sasquash, Delicious Production Design, Cody Simpson “La Da Dee” Music Video & Making Of, 4 Deleted Scenes, 4 Fun Mini-Movies,
We return to Swallow Falls in this sequel to the hit animated film of 2009. With Christopher Miller and Phil Lord flying the coup to focus on the 21 Jump Street franchise and The Lego Movie, it’s up to Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn to handle proceedings. With this being PEarn’s directorial debut and Cameron only feature being Open Season 3 you’d be right to be suspicious of this unnecessary yet still enjoyable sequel. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal, Bruce Campbell | Written by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Erica Rivinoja | Directed by Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Review by Glen Chapman
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up immediately after the end of the first and we get to see the aftermath of the havoc caused by, Flint Lockwood’s turing water into food invention, the Fldsmdfr. The invention spiralling out of control has rendered Swallow Falls uninhabitable and the residents are temporarily relocated to San Franjose by famed super-inventor Chester V, whose Live Corp is responsible for the clean up of Swallow Falls. This is great for Flint as he idolises Chester V and jumps at the chance to work as an inventor for Live Corp as he looks to join the elite group of talented »
It’s a shame that some still feel like animated films are primarily made for children. The advent of Pixar and films like Shrek and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have more than proved otherwise, and in 2009 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller delivered a wonderfully goofy animated take on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that appeals to adults and kids alike. That film reveled in its offbeat sense of humor, and while Lord and Miller stepped back into executive producer roles for the sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a worthy follow-up that delivers a hefty dose of adorable buoyed by colorfully inspired designs and a heartfelt theme of friendship. Read my review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray after the jump. The Film Picking up immediately where the first film left off, directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn’s sequel finds »
- Adam Chitwood
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"RoboCop was a smash hit 27 years ago … And it has become an iconic touchstone of pulpy, provocative, giddily violent mainstream cinema, so much so that news of a remake – which reaches our screens this week – prompted widespread howls of dismay in the fan community, as if sacred ground was being trampled on."
Read the full article here.
Prompting these howls may be a sense of loss. The inevitable loss of credibility a film has when optioned for remake status. Watching The Godfather last night, I realised the film could never be remade. Of course, in the warped mind of a film studio perhaps we will see a foolhardy statement claiming the remake is under consideration, but it’ll never happen. Considering the purpose of remakes, I don’t believe The Godfather fits the bill. »
- Gary Collinson
Action movies typically fall within a finite number of formulas. For this reason, the success of an action movie generally relies a great deal on how well the filmmaker adapts to creating an original story within that formula. Acting is rarely a significant factor in an action film because, well, most viewers are not expecting an action film to win any major awards of a thespian nature.
To put it simply, action films rely greatly on the filmmaker accomplishing two very specific criteria. The first are riveting, exciting action sequences that are masterfully choreographed and meet the bare minimal qualifications for us to willingly suspend our disbelief. The second would be a storyline that is engaging and as unpredictable as possible. This second criteria is so very often the most difficult to achieve and this film just sort of glides along, content to earn that low-to-mid C grade, not ambitious »
- Travis Keune
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