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Albert Hughes-Directed Film ‘The Solutrean’ Under Investigation After Using Five Dead Bison For A Scene – Report

22 June 2016 3:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Solutrean,” a new survival story directed by Albert Hughes and set during the Ice Age, is being investigated to see if they slaughtered five bison for a scene in the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, on April 27, five bison carcasses were arranged on set in Alberta, Canada. The animals had been slaughtered and partially skinned the previous day to be used in a specific scene. The American Humane Association prohibits the use of animals killed for the purpose of film production, and are now looking into the project to see if there was any foul play.

“We were alerted to allegations that, if true, are a clear violation of our standards,” said Aha rep Mark Stubis in a statement. “If, in the course of the ongoing investigation, the American Humane Association discovers that any laws were broken or violated, we will submit the evidence to the proper channels immediately, »

- Liz Calvario

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Ewan McGregor, David Walliams join animation 'The Land Of Sometimes'

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Kaleidoscope to launch sales in Cannes on animation-musical.

Ewan McGregor (Our Kind Of Traitor), David Walliams (Little Britain) and Monty Python member Terry Jones (The Life Of Brian) are among voice cast set for animation-musical The Land Of Sometimes.

UK sales outfit Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) is to launch sales in Cannes on the project, which is based on Francesca Longrigg’s well-received audio book of the same name about a brother and sister who keep wishing for more, until the night before Christmas when the strange and mysterious Wish Collector appears and whisks them off to the Land of Sometimes, where all their wishes can come true.

Production is due to get underway this month on the film from director Leon Joosen (Saving Santa). Producers are Tony Nottage, Longrigg, Eevolver and Giant Wheel Animation.

“We’re very excited to be working with Tony Nottage and Francesca Longrigg,” said Kfd CEO Spencer Pollard. “The Land of Sometimes is a perfect »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Louis Theroux webchat – your questions answered on Jimmy Savile, Islam and Scientology

9 May 2016 5:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV documentarist answered your questions, from his regrets about not exposing Jimmy Savile to vomiting and falling asleep during interviews. Catch up with his answers here

1.35pm BST

Many thanks to Louis for his time and his answers, and to everyone who submitted questions. Until next time!

Thank you for your great questions. On Sunday night at 9 o'clock on BBC2 we have a show called A Different Brain about brain injury - please tune in. And Drinking To Oblivion is still available on iPlayer.

1.34pm BST

n1ckww4 asks:

Who would be your Anne Widdicombe for this age Louis, someone unlikely you would like to follow around where others would fear to tread?

I have to say Trump, but he'd never agree. I think Lisa Marie Presley would be fascinating - I don't know about following her around, but the way she touches on different interests of mine, being married to Michael Jackson, »

- Guardian Staff

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Alan Whicker's world to be revealed in personal archive

4 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Documentary maker’s vast collection has been donated to the nation and will be made available at British Film Institute

With his debonair persona and neat moustache, Alan Whicker took television audiences to far-flung corners of the world long before the days of mass travel, a suave Englishman abroad who brought the famous and the infamous into Britain’s living rooms with his original interviewing style.

Now, almost three years after his death, the documentary maker’s entire personal archive has been donated to the public and will become available through the British Film Institute (BFI).

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- Dalya Alberge

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Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57

15 April 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Chastain tweeted in memory of him.

“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.

The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene

Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016

The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).

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- Carmel Dagan

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Good Omens: Neil Gaiman to adapt as television miniseries

15 April 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Neil Gaiman will work on a television adaptation of Good Omens, the popular apocalyptic novel he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett...

Back in 1990, a novel called Good Omens from a fantasy legend in Terry Pratchett and a then up-and-coming comic book visionary in Neil Gaiman provided a unique take on Biblical global destruction with an influential style of quirky levity that’s taken for granted today. Now, over a year after co-author Pratchett passed away, it appears that Gaiman will carry on the enduring legacy of their collaboration, adapting the novel for television.

According to The Guardian, Gaiman announced Thursday at a memorial event for Pratchett that he will adapt Good Omens for the small screen as a six-part television miniseries. The project will bring to life the novel’s unholy-ish dynamic duo in the demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale, whose shared a penchant for life on Earth »

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Boom Bust Boom Movie Review

1 April 2016 9:02 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Boom Bust Boom Bill and Ben Productions & Brainstorm Media Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director:  Terry Jones, Bill Jones, Ben Timlett Written by: Terry Jones, Theo Kocken Cast:  Theo Kocken, John Cusack, Paul Mason, John Cassidy, Andy Haldane, Daniel Kahneman, Robert Shiller, Paul Krugman, Alan Greenspan, Terry Jones, George Magnus, Laurie Santos, Sweder van Wijnbergen, Philip Bulcock, Andre Jacquemin, Zvi Bodie, Dick Bezemer. Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/29/16 Opens: March 11, 2016 Can you imagine a serious movie about a serious subject that uses a South Park cartoon to great effect?  That results from the genius of Terence Graham Parry Jones,  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Cliff Michelmore obituary

17 March 2016 11:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Anchor of the innovative programme Tonight in the 1950s and 60s

The broadcaster Cliff Michelmore, who has died aged 96, was the trailblazing anchorman of Tonight, the first nightly television programme to blend current affairs with light entertainment, which ran on the BBC for eight years from 1957. For 45 minutes at 6pm on weekdays – filling the space that came from abandoning the teatime “toddlers’ truce” break – Michelmore worked with idiosyncratic reporters, among them Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott, Alan Whicker, Macdonald Hastings, Polly Elwes, Chris Brasher, Julian Pettifer, Magnus Magnusson and Derek Hart, bringing in stories from all over Britain.

A virtue was made of the live studio setting, with TV cameras in sight, and Michelmore sometimes perched informally on the edge of his desk, directing the flow of items till signing off with: “And the next Tonight will be tomorrow night. Goodnight.” Technical breakdowns were negotiated unflappably, and in the early years »

- Dennis Barker

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Albert Hughes’ Next Film 'The Solutrean' Sounds Like An Ice Age 'The Revenant'

19 February 2016 12:58 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When Hollywood sees something different work, they don't wait long to try and duplicate its success. While the production was tough, the critical and box office success that greeted "The Revenant" has seemed to make suits bullish on survival narratives. Christian Bale just signed up for the survival tale "Hostiles," about the journey of an Army captain a Native war chief. And now comes a wintry epic about with some notes that feel very familiar. Read More: Directors Francis Lawrence, Albert Hughes, And Terry Jones Line Up New Projects Deadline reports that Albert Hughes, in his first solo jam outside of his partnership with Allen Hughes ("Menace II Society," "The Book Of Eli"), will direct "The Solutrean." Inspired by the idea tossed around by some folks that Europeans settled in North America over 20,000 years ago, the movie stars Jóhannes Haukur Johannesson, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jens Hultén, Natasha Wilson, Marcin »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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About that Labyrinth reboot – the screenwriter speaks…

26 January 2016 12:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We posted an article at the weekend that alluded to the fact that Tristar were planning a reboot of Labyrinth. Well, the film’s screenwriter, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman has spoken out and said the film won’t be a remake at all. She spoke via Twitter.

“Not ‘rebooting’ anything, guys. No one is remaking Labyrinth. That movie is perfect as it is… Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect.”

Previously

This seems like terrible timing, but it seems that Tristar are planning a remake/ sequel of the classic 1980s Jim Henson movie Labyrinth, which starred Jennifer Connelly and the late David Bowie.

The studio haven’t said whether the new movie will be a remake or a sequel, but it is definitely happening with Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman penning the screenplay. »

- Paul Heath

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'Labyrinth' Movie Is a Continuation, Not a Remake Says Writer

25 January 2016 5:12 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, we reported that Tri-Star and The Jim Henson Company are moving forward with a reboot of the 1986 cult classic Labyrinth. The studios brought on Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman to write the script, although no story details were given at that time. Over the weekend, the screenwriter took to her Twitter page to clear the air on this new version of Labyrinth, which she says is not a reboot, but rather a "continuation." Take a look at her statement below.

"Not 'rebooting' anything, guys. Henson Co & I started talking in late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I would never seek to profit from Bowie's death. Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect."

The news of this new project came just days after the death of original Labyrinth star David Bowie. »

- MovieWeb

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Sequel to Cult Classic 'Labyrinth' in the Works

23 January 2016 7:33 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A sequel to the 1986 cult classic Labyrinth, the Jim Henson-directed fantasy film that starred David Bowie as the Goblin King, is in the works. TriStar has inked a deal with the Jim Henson Company to produce a new version of the film, with Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman charged with penning the new Labyrinth script, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

Entertainment Weekly adds that the upcoming Labyrinth film will be a sequel of sorts to the original and not a direct remake. Talk of a new Labyrinth film »

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A Labyrinth sequel/ remake is in the works

23 January 2016 4:26 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

This seems like terrible timing, but it seems that Tristar are planning a remake/ sequel of the classic 1980s Jim Henson movie Labyrinth, which starred Jennifer Connelly and the late David Bowie.

The studio haven’t said whether the new movie will be a remake or a sequel, but it is definitely happening with Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman penning the screenplay.

The original movie was written by Terry Jones and revolved around the character of Sarah (Connelly), who travels to mystical land after accidentally offering up her brother to the Goblin King Jareth (Bowie). The good news is that Henson’s dughter Lisa is producing the planned redo/ sequel for Tristar.

How are we all feeling about this news? We can probably guess.

The post A Labyrinth sequel/ remake is in the works appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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"Guardians" Scribe Pens "Labyrinth" Reboot

22 January 2016 10:20 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

TriStar Pictures have closed a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to produce a remake of the 1986 fantasy feature "Labyrinth".

Jennifer Connelly starred in the original as a teenager who has to navigate a fantastical maze in order to save her young brother, kidnapped by a goblin king (David Bowie).

George Lucas produced, Jim Henson directed and Monty Python member Terry Jones penned the film which was a box-office dud at the time but has since become a cult classic.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" co-writer Nicole Perlman has been hired to pen the script for the new take which Lisa Henson will produce.

Source: Heat Vision »

- Garth Franklin

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Sony Rebooting Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’

22 January 2016 5:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony is developing a reboot of “Labyrinth,” the final movie directed by Jim Henson, and has closed a deal with the Jim Henson Co. to produce the film with Sony’s TriStar division.

Lisa Henson of the Henson Co. will produce the project. “Guardians of the Galaxy” co-writer Nicole Perlman will write the script.

The original musical fantasy movie, released in 1986, starred a 15-year-old Jennifer Connelly as the protagonist who has to navigate a maze to save her infant brother, who had been kidnapped by a goblin king — played by David Bowie, who recorded five songs for the film.

Most of the characters in the film were played by puppets produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. George Lucas executive produced and Monty Python member Terry Jones wrote the screenplay.

“The Labyrinth” carried a $25 million budget and underperformed at the box office, grossing less than $13 million for TriStar, but became »

- Dave McNary

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David Bowie's 'Labyrinth' Gets Reboot; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Writer Attached

22 January 2016 4:45 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just days after the tragic passing of film and music icon David Bowie, one of the actor's most beloved movies is getting the remake treatment. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Tri-Star has closed a deal with The Jim Henson Company for a remake of Labyrinth. Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman has signed on to write the screenplay, although no director is attached at this time.

The original Labyrinth centered on a young teenager (Jennifer Connelly) who is given just 13 hours to navigate a complicated maze in order to save her little brother, after her wish to take him away is granted by the Goblin King (David Bowie). The supporting cast was rounded out by Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, Christopher Malcolm, Natalie Finland, Shari Weiser and Brian Henson. The original film only made $12 million at the box office and was plagued by negative reviews at the time, but it »

- MovieWeb

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‘Labyrinth’ Remake in the Works With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Writer

22 January 2016 4:13 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Labyrinth,” the 1986 film starring the late David Bowie,” is heading for a remake at Sony’s Tri-Star division with “Guardians of the Galaxy” co-writer Nicole Perlman to write the script. The fantasy film followed the story of a teenager (Jennifer Connelly) who finds herself in a fantastical maze to save her young brother who was kidnapped by a goblin king (Bowie). Jim Henson directed the original film, with a script by Terry Jones. It was executive produced by George Lucas. Also Read: David Bowie's Spot-On Impressions of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits Unearthed in 1985 Recording (Audio) The movie was considered a cult classic. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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David Bowie's 'Labyrinth' to Get Reboot With 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Co-Writer (Exclusive)

22 January 2016 3:58 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy film starring David Bowie, is getting rebooted for the 21st century. TriStar has closed a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to produce a new iteration and has hired Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman to pen the script. Labyrinth told of a teenager, played by Jennifer Connelly in one of her first roles, who has to navigate a fantastical maze in order to save her young brother, kidnapped by a goblin king (Bowie). It was the last film directed by Henson, had a script by Monty Python member Terry Jones and was exec

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Laugh Along with the Magical, Nostalgia-Fueled Puppetry of 'The Truthful Phone'

11 January 2016 12:21 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editors Note: Project of the Day is presented in partnership with Blackmagic Design, one of the world's leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology.] Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Truthful Phone Logline: Imagine a Welsh Gremlins with shades of Guillermo del Toro. Based on a short story by Monty Python's Terry Jones, "The Truthful Phone" is an homage to eighties films like "Labyrinth," "The Goonies" and "Et." Elevator Pitch:  The magic of "Labyrinth" meets the sumptuous fantasy of Guillermo Del Toro in this dark comedy about nasty old Mae Morris, who unleashes a gypsy curse that exposes her secrets to the very townsfolk she lives to torment. Children of the eighties, fantasy and »

- Indiewire

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