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London — Buccaneer Media, the London-based production company created by TV drama producer Tony Wood, has signed a deal to create a spinoff TV series based on the U.K. independent sci-fi adventure movie “Robot Overlords.”
The pact was signed with Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s Tempo Prods., which produced the movie. The agreement will see Buccaneer create a TV series set in a parallel universe to the movie, which features a group of survivors following the invasion of Earth by alien robots. Jon Wright, the movie’s director, announced the adaptation at a press conference at the McM London Comic Con event on Friday.
“This series will really expand the canvas of the robot occupation, and we are aiming to make an explosive show that the U.K. will be very proud of. Stay in your homes!” said Tempest, producer of the “Robot Overlords” movie.
Wood has overseen both scripted and unscripted TV shows, »
- Leo Barraclough
Buccaneer Media has signed a deal to create a spin-off TV series based on the U.K. independent sci-fi adventure movie "Robot Overlords" at Tempo Productions.
Jon Wright helmed the film which opened in the UK in March and starred Gillian Anderson, Ben Kingsley, Callan McAuliffe, James Tarpey and Ella Hunt. The story features a group of survivors following the invasion of Earth by alien robots.
The new series will be set in a parallel universe to the movie. Jon Wright, the film's director, announced the small screen version at a London Comic Con event on Friday. The title and cast for the spin-off TV series is yet to be announced.
Producer Piers Tempest says: "This series will really expand the canvas of the robot occupation, and we are aiming to make an explosive show that the U.K. will be very proud of. Stay in your homes."
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The making of threequels can be a thorny business, especially when it comes to the most beloved of franchises, but that hasn't held back the creation of some truly phenomenal third films.
With the recent arrival of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Sky Store, we're celebrating some of the best threequels out there:
The Harry Potter series gave us a unique chance to watch a group of young actors growing up over more than a decade from cute little kids to major stars with some serious blockbusters under their belts.
As with Jk Rowling's original novels, The Prisoner of Azkaban revealed the full potential of the series. It is darker and scarier, sure, but also richer and more complex with some great character moments from its young cast.
Director Alfonso Cuarón brings a touch of magic to »
People often talk about over-hyped and under-hyped films, and with good reason, but when a film strikes you as getting exactly the right amount of hype, it’s rare indeed. This is exactly where Exodus: Gods and Kings seems to fall. It’s a film that seems like it should have gotten more attention, especially considering the cast, and the fact that it was directed by Ridley Scott.
It turns out that the film, while actually quite good, delivers to precisely the level of interest the world seems to have dictated is its due.
A thematically unique spin on this, or any other, biblical telling, Exodus starts us off with Moses (Christian Bale) in the prime of his Egyptian Prince-ish-hood. He’s about to take care of some upstart tribe or other with his “brother” Ramses (Joel Edgerton), and a prophecy kicks off Ramses’ dislike of the man he has »
- Marc Eastman
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Spike is entering the world of big time productions with Tut, a three-night, six hour event series starring Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia, and while I’m not sure about the history, it certainly looks like an interesting ride.
The series covers his rise to power, and those who closely surround him during his reign. Apparently, the underhanded, scheming tactics of those surrounding thrones are not limited to any specific set of kingdoms.
As you might imagine, because you’re caught up on GoT, boy kings have a tendency to get pushed around.
Check the trailer above, and mark your calendar.
Spike presents its most ambitious dramatic scripted project in network history, Tut, which stars Academy Award®-winner Sir Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia. This three-night, six hour limited event series premieres Sunday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 21 (9:00 – 11:00 Pm, Et/Pt).
Tut recounts the astounding saga of one of history’s most extraordinary rulers, »
- Marc Eastman
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment tells the remarkable epic adventure of Moses in a spectacular display when Exodus: Gods And Kings releases on Digital HD, plus and Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on now! Critically acclaimed performances from a brilliant ensemble cast, including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley, have helped catapult the film to nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the worldwide box office.
Just before that exclusive clip, check out these amazing look at the before and after sliders with the effects that were involved. Enjoy:
The Exodus: Gods And Kings 3-Disc Collector’s Edition comes with loads of bonus materials that will take you behind the scenes »
- Dan Bullock
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Spike has unveiled the key art for its six-hour, three-night event series Tut starring Oscar winner Ben Kingsley ahead of the July 19 premiere. With the tagline “Boy.Rebel.King”, it focuses on one of the story’s central plot points — the complex relationship between King Tut, played by Avan Jogia, and his closest adviser, Vizer Ay, played by Kingsley. “Using a cross process technique, the key art captures the characters’ dynamic as they are merged together,” according to… »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1982 is the Best Movie Year Ever. How do I know this? Well, it's not just that it contains an absolutely perfect comedy with the name "My Favorite Year." It's that it contains so many different movies that you could consider the best ever of their particular type. In "E.T.," it has the best kids movie ever (and perhaps Steven Spielberg's best movie ever, depending on your preferred flavor of Spielberg). In "Tootsie," it has perhaps the best movie comedy ever (the AFI ranked "Some Like It Hot" one spot higher in its top 100 comedies list, but since this year also has "Victor/Victoria," I say you combine the two gender-benders to outmuscle Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis). In "Diner," it has the »
- Alan Sepinwall
To celebrate the release of Exodus: Gods And Kings on Blu-ray™ and DVD, we’re giving 3 lucky whatculture.com readers the chance to get their hands on a copy of the film on Blu Ray!
From Ridley Scott, the acclaimed director of Gladiator, comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and engrossing 3D immersion, Exodus: Gods And Kings brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey to escape Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. The Exodus: Gods And Kings 3-Disc Collector’s Edition comes with a cavalcade of bonus materials that will take you behind the scenes of the amazing retelling of the historical tale.
- Sam Driver
Aziz Ansari, whose next show will be on Netflix.
Hi everyone! I wanted you guys to hear it from me first, that the cast and I received news that Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2. Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart. I couldn’t have asked for better cast mates to work with either. They are the most down to earth, talented and kind souls that I am so happy to have met. Then there’s our show runner @Christiantwit1 who is so awesomely talented and made a show that I am so incredibly proud to be a part of. A very special thank »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team turn on each other as they assemble their opinions on The Avengers: Age of Ultron; swoon (or snooze) at Carol Morley's drama about fainting schoolgirls, The Falling; go loony for the antics of Ben Kingsley in Stonehearst Asylum; and watch the weird, lonely lives of Roy Andersson's lost souls play out in A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes, Caterina Monzani, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici
In this clip from the Guardian film show Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard review Sir Ben Kingsley in an old fashioned British horror film about a heroic doctor who makes a house call to the patients of the mysterious Stonehearst Asylum. Kate Beckinsale and Michael Caine co-star in a film that's on general release in the UK now Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Caterina Monzani, Dan Susman and Andrea Salvatici
I know you're all itching to watch Ben Kingsley do his thing, and while his Not-mandarin Marvel spin-off film has yet to be announced, maybe this will tie someone over. Spike TV has produced a mini-series on the King who's name people have to double check the spelling for, King Tutankhamun. This limited run seeks to explore the drama of power, political back-stabbing, war and murder as it chronicles King Tut's rise to glory, his efforts to rule a chaotic empire and the »
- Sean Wist
Maori culture has been popping up in movies for quite a while, both in small doses (most recently Ben Kingsley's character in Ender's Game) and large (the terrific Once Were Warriors), but no one has made a movie quite like Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands before, which is a no-punches-pulled action movie about warring Maori tribes fighting to honor the souls of their loved ones. If you imagine The Dead Lands as Apocalypto, but with rich Maori mythology and iconography instead of Mayan, you'll be in the right ballpark. But you don't have to imagine, because we've got a clip from the movie - available now on VOD - that captures the intense warrior spirit that permeates the whole thing. But before we even get to the clip, it's worth pointing out two...
- Peter Hall
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