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Paris– Night Shyamalan, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Donald Sutherland will lead a large delegation of talent and filmmakers set to present their shows at the 30th edition of Mipcom, the international TV market hosted in Cannes.
Shyamalan will present “Wayward Pines,” the Fox International Channels’ thriller series based on Blake Crouch’s novel. The show, which stars Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo and Terrence Howard, turns on a federal agent who searches for two missing federal agents in a small town of Idaho.
Gooding Jr. will be on hand, along with Aunjanue Ellis (“The Help”) and Lou Gossett Jr. (“Boardwalk Empire”), to promote eOne’s “The Book of Negroes” as part of Mipcom’s World Premiere TV screening. Directed by Clement Virgo, the 19th-century-set series is based Canadian writer Lawrence Hill’s novel. Virgo, Hill, exec producers Damon d’Oliviera and Carrie Stein will also be attending the unspooling. The 6-part »
- Elsa Keslassy
By Lee Pfeiffer
Mel Brooks' 1968 comedy classic The Producers was originally deemed unreleasable because of its tasteless content. It sat on a shelf for two years before finally seeing the light of day. When the movie hit theaters, critics praised it, Brooks won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and helped launch a major career for him in feature films. By 1974, tastelessness was not a barrier for Brooks' cinematic projects. Blazing Saddles, his insane send-up of the Western movie genre, came along at exactly the right time. Ten years earlier, the film would have been impossible to make. However, pop culture had matured light years between the mid-1960s and 1970s and so did audience's tolerance of envelope-pushing humor. Indeed, by the time Brooks brought this movie to the screen Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice had already shown the humorous side of swinging and Robert Altman's M*A*S »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Sitting with Robert Englund deep in the bowels of a gilded London hotel, it becomes obvious just what a great storyteller he is. As he reminisces about his early acting career in such films as Five Easy Pieces or Hustle, or goes even further back to his childhood brushes with the horror genre, he talks in a soothing, sonorous voice that is a million miles away from his signature role of Freddy Krueger.
Then again, Englund doesn't look or sound like the character in his latest movie, either. In The Last Showing, a psychological horror thriller written and directed by the UK's Phil Hawkins, Englund plays Stuart, a once proud projectionist who, thanks to the advent of digital cinema, finds himself busted down to the lowly »
In the words of the great poets of Workaholics…”Let’s get weird!”. If there is a film that absolutely lives by that motto, then it would definitely be the Tony Burgess (Pontypool)-written, Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl)-directed Septic Man. It’s a film that takes the “Shit just got surreal” tagline it had during last year’s festival circuit and just runs with it, giving audiences one bat-shit insane film, guaranteed to either make you want to vomit or cheer, and perhaps oddly falling somewhere in the middle of both at times.
Plot is second to visual aesthetics with this one, but the story line it does have involves a town on the brink of being quarantined, due to some gnarly contaminated water. After one disgustingly dirty opening scene (I don’t mean dirty in the kinky-way, I’m talking vomit and feces Everywhere), the film gives »
- Jerry Smith
Chuck Norris and Lou Gossett Jr buddy up as bounty hunters in search of Aztec treasure in a rowdy comedy adventure. Okay, so it's got "Indiana Jones knock-off" running through it like a stick of rock and the flawlessly-coiffed Melody Anderson (her out of Flash Gordon) is just a pretty face, but the leads give it all they've got in the action stakes, as you'd expect from the true pros they are. »
There's a distinct X-Files vibe to this week's Extant. Here's Holly's review of Shelter...
This review contains spoilers.
This week, the Woodses are on the run, Isea is closing in, and Yasumoto is leering - a lot. And me? I am forced to deal with my ambivalence toward those squicky belly circles.
Shelter is a solid fourth episode that in some ways, echoing Gordon’s statement to Sparks, seems be just the beginning of developments we’ve been waiting for since day one. The change of setting - along with the introduction of Molly’s dad, Quinn, (Louis Gossett, Jr.) - is a much-needed catalyst for some much-needed momentum. And, we’re reminded of what we tuned in for in the first place - possible alien impregnation, diabolical corporate plotting, the consequences of experimentation beyond what humans fully grasp, the mystery of what happened during Molly’s time in space, »
Molly, John and Ethan have an island getaway in this week’s Extant, but sadly, it is not the all-inclusive respite they so sorely need. Instead of quaffing daiquiris and listening to Jimmy Buffett tunes, Molly loses one kid and undergoes involuntary surgery that (probably?) removes the other.
Sandals, it ain’t.
Read on as we review the major developments in “Shelter.”
Family Vacation | Molly, John and Ethan ditch their car in a parking lot and charter a boat over to the island where Molly’s estranged father, Quinn, lives. »
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Extant" episode 5 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "What On Earth Is Wrong?" And it sounds like things will get pretty interesting as the validity of Molly's pregnancy gets brought into question by John, and more. In the new, 5th episode press release: John will question the validity of Molly's pregnancy. When the validity of Molly’s pregnancy comes into question, John will begin to doubt her mental state. In the meantime, Ethan is going to suffer a serious setback, and John and Julie are going to clash over how to care for him. Josh Malina guest stars as Doctor Beck who treats Molly. Academy Award winner ,Louis Gossett Jr., returns as Quinn, Molly’s estranged father. Other guest stars will feature: Tyler Hilton and Sam Golzari. The episode was written by Peter Ocko, and it was directed by Dan Lerner. »
When CBS’ Extant moves to its new 10 pm time slot tonight, Molly will have to confront some serious Daddy issues.
On this week’s installment of the sci-fi drama, Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr. (Roots) guest-stars as Molly’s estranged father Quinn, who it seems isn’t the best choice to watch over Molly’s son Ethan.
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In the wake of Isea Director Sparks attempting to quarantine Molly, she and her family take to a remote island for safety. Which is all well and good, until Molly’s dad snaps at Ethan, »
James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a »
- Andre Soares
Last night, ABC dropped the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Extant" episode 4 of season 1, and it appears to be extremely drama-filled and intense as Molly gets very upset over Ethan's disappearance. Molly frantically searches for Ethan, and more! The episode is titled, "Shelter." In the new,4th episode, After Sparks attempts to quarantine Molly, she and her family will look for refuge on a remote island with her estranged father, Quinn. The agency will discover their location , and Ethan will get exposed to extreme danger. In the meantime, Yasumoto will experiment with a weird and extremely dangerous substance. Guest stars are going to include: Louis Gossett, Jr. (Quinn), Maury Sterling (Gordon Kern), and Kirk B.R. Woller (Sheriff). The episode was written by Greg Walker, and it was directed by Paris Barclay. Episode 4 is scheduled to air on Wednesday night, July 30th at 9pm central time on CBS. »
Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Extant" episode 4 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "Shelter," and it sounds like things will get pretty intriguing and dramatic as Molly makes her big escape. However, she's majorly hunted by Sparks and the Agency, and more. In the new,4th episode press release: Molly will escape to a remote island with her family while being hunted by Sparks and the Agency. Press release number 2: After Sparks attempts to quarantine Molly, she and her family are going to seek refuge on a remote island with her estranged father, Quinn. When the agency closes in on their whereabouts, Ethan is going to get exposed to grave danger. In the meantime, Yasumoto will experiment with a strange and deadly substance. Guest stars will feature: Louis Gossett, Jr. (Quinn), Maury Sterling (Gordon Kern), and Kirk B.R. Woller (Sheriff). The episode was written by Greg Walker, »
Indeed it is sad news to acknowledge the passing of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor James Garner (1928-2014). The Hollywood icon Garner has endured a remarkable show business career during a five-plus decade stretch as he has entertained generations of TV and film audiences throughout the ages. Upon the death of this immensely likable leading man on both the small and big screen many are probably wondering about their mortality at this point. After all, you either grew up with James Garner as a peer or spent your childhood watching him in your living rooms on the boob tube or at the local movie theater.
Although the majority of folks associate Garner with television from his first western series Maverick in the 1950′s to his landmark role as ex-con Pi Jim Rockford in the 1970′s The Rockford Files (some teens and young adults may recall his brief stint as grandfather Jim »
- Frank Ochieng
Principal photography for Clement Virgo's much-anticipated film adaptation of author Lawrence Hill’s award-winning bestseller, "The Book of Negroes," is complete, as the project now moves into the next phase of the production process, with a Mipcom premiere in Cannes set for Monday, October 13 as the opening night gala. The filmmaker and a few of the film's stars will be present (Mipcom is the international TV and entertainment market held in Cannes once every year; where content is introduced for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing). Aunjanue Ellis, Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Lyriq Bent are all »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Principal photography for Clement Virgo's much-anticipated film adaptation of author Lawrence Hill’s award-winning bestseller, "The Book of Negroes," is complete, as the project now moves into the next phase of the production process, with a Mipcom premiere in Cannes set for Monday, October 13 as the opening night gala. The filmmaker and a few of the film's stars will be present (Mipcom is the international TV and entertainment market held in Cannes once every year; where content is introduced for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing). Aunjanue Ellis, Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Lyriq Bent are all members of the starring cast of the project from Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One (eOne) Television. Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawko and Jane Alexander also feature, amongst many others. Boasting one of the...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Paris – Cuba Gooding Jr.'s new Bet show, The Book of Negroes, will premiere at October's Mipcom television confab in Cannes. Photos Gone Too Soon: 8 Oscar Winners and Nominees Who Took Their Own Lives Along with Oscar-winner Gooding Jr., the miniseries co-stars fellow Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr., Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Ben Chaplin (Dorian Gray), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue) and Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules). Gooding Jr. and Gossett Jr. will appear at the red carpet premiere at the Grand Palais alongside director and co-writer Clement Virgo (The Wire) and executive producer Damon
- Rhonda Richford
From levelFILM, Sneak Peek writer/director Damien Lee's boxing drama "A Fighting Man", available on Blu-ray and DVD, June 24, 2014, starring Dominic Purcell ("Prison Break"), Famke Janssen ("X-Men"), James Caan ("Rollerball"), Kim Coates ("Sons Of Anarchy"), Oscar winner Louis Gosset Jr. and Izaak Smith:
"...'A Fighting Man' is a brutal, disquieting look at two men who meet head to head in the ring for a fight that will change their lives. As one man (Purcell) fights for redemption and forgiveness, the other (Smith) fights for change and hope. Intense, fierce and highly dramatic, it's as much of a character story as it is a boxing movie, and by the end, they realize, whether win or lose, they'll need each other to make it through..."
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- Michael Stevens
The Space Shuttle Endeavor served as the perfect backdrop for the Monday premiere of the CBS sci-fi drama “Extant” as guests including series star Halle Berry flocked to the California Science Center for a screening of the pilot episode.
“Extant,” created by Mickey Fisher and co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, marks Berry’s first major TV role since the 2005 telefilm “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Berry plays Molly, an astronaut who returns home from a 13-month solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband (Goran Visnjic) and young son (Pierce Gagnon).
Though she is no stranger to shooting action scenes after playing the titular superhero in “Catwoman” and, most recently, reprising her role as Storm in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the Oscar winner admitted that her return to TV did pose a few new challenges.
While walking the red carpet with husband Olivier Martinez, »
- Andrea Seikaly
An aging fighter who has never been knocked down in his career begs for one final round in our exclusive clip for A Fighting Man, debuting on DVD June 17. Dominic Purcell plays Sailor O'Connor, a pugilist way past his prime who agrees to fight an up and coming young boxer (Izaak Smith), as they both battle their own demons on their way to the ring. James Caan, Michael Ironside and boxing legend Freddie Roach are also featured in this scene from director Damian Lee's boxing drama. You can clickHere to read our exclusive interview with Dominic Purcell.
Haunted by a tragic past, undefeated washed up boxer Sailor O'Connor (Dominic Purcell) is a broken man. When a fluke opportunity arises to step back in the ring, he takes it. His opponent is younger and faster, but with the support of his old fight team (Michael Ironside and James Caan), Sailor »
Boxing stories have been told since cinema was first invented, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a boxing movie told like A Fighting Man, which debuts on DVD June 17. Writer-director Damian Lee takes viewers through an unorthodox narrative, going back and forth between a big fight where aging pugilist Sailor O'Connor (Dominic Purcell) battles with young up and comer King (Izaak Smith), and the dramatic events that unfolded, leading both of these boxers to step in the ring with one another. I recently had the chance to speak with Dominic Purcell over the phone, where he spoke about his boxing training, how parts of the story were taken from his actual life, bringing this amazing cast together which includes James Caan, Louis Gossett Jr., Famke Janssen, Michael Ironside, Adam Beach, Kim Coates and an appearance by boxing legend Freddie Roach, and much more. Here's what he had to say in our exclusive interview. »
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