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National Geographic Channel is looking at the ramifications of war from the ground up.
Courteney Monroe, Ngc’s CEO, announced Wednesday at its Television Critics Association press day that the cabler is working with Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson to develop “Last Men Out.” The limited series will chronicle the lives of the men still around for the final few hours of the U.S.’ involvement in the Vietnam conflict.
Last Men Out from Oz creator Tom Fontana, takes place in the last 36 hours of the Vietnam War. #TCA15 pic.twitter.com/MEjf0FKdXz
— Nat Geo Channel PR (@NGC_PR) July 29, 2015
“Homicide: Life on the Street” alums Fontana and Levinson are also co-exec producing Discovery Channel’s “Killing Fields,” an upcoming series that will scrutinize the history attached to various “killing fields” in America where crimes have gone undetected due to geography and outside elements.
- Whitney Friedlander
Nat Geo’s TV movie event “Saints & Strangers” won’t be the traditional version of the Pilgrims and Native Americans’ first Thanksgiving. Actor Raul Trujillo praised the cable channel for letting himself and other cast members tell the gritty reality behind the not-so-friendly historical event. “I think the beauty of the bravery of Nat Geo is actually that they’re letting us de-sanitize the story of Thanksgiving and that whole part of our history,” he said on Wednesday during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Also Read: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Barry Levinson Projects Land at Nat Geo »
- Tony Maglio
National Geographic Channel has ordered a scripted limited series from executive producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana about the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, the network announced Wednesday. The miniseries, “Last Man Out” will be written by Fontana. The network also announced a scripted-unscripted hybrid miniseries from executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and their Imagine Entertainment foreseeing the future colonization of Mars. Both miniseries are set to premiere on National Geographic in 2016. The two projects were held up by National Geographic Channel CEO Courteney Monroe at the Television Critics Association’s. »
- Daniel Holloway
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.
Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
We debate "Ant-Man," but like "Tangerine" and "10,000 Km," while I report on Comic-Con and break down the Paramount deal in our latest Screen Talk podcast. Bill Murray opened this year's series of panels in massive Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday morning to promote Barry Levinson's October release "Rock the Casbah" (trailer below), dressed in character as aging rock promoter Richie Lanz. Attending The Con for the first time, Murray engaged sweetly with the fans in Hall H. One woman covered with buttons invited Murray to sleep with her under the Petco stadium. "How many people is she asking to sleep with her?" he asked later. "Does everyone give her a button when they leave? I want to feel special." (The rest of our Comic-Con story here.) Read More: Paramount Breaks Theatrical Window with Bold New Plan: Will It Change the Game? »
- Anne Thompson
Bill Murray opened this year's series of panels in massive Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday morning to promote Barry Levinson's October release "Rock the Casbah" (trailer below), dressed in character as aging rock promoter Richie Lanz. Attending The Con for the first time, Murray engaged sweetly with the fans in Hall H. One woman covered with buttons invited Murray to sleep with her under the Petco stadium. "How many people is she asking to sleep with her?" he asked later. "Does everyone give her a button when they leave? I want to feel special." Long-time collaborator Mitch Glazer co-wrote the movie with Murray, who's a WGA member but usually doesn't take credit. "He writes them and I rewrite them," he said. "You get away with more if you don’t want a writing credit, you really do." He did take a credit on his reunion with »
- Anne Thompson
Bill Murray has been in many Comic-Con-ish movies in the past, but he's never actually visited before. That's now changed with his appearance yesterday, promoting Barry Levinson's comedy drama Rock The Kasbah, in part in character as the film's skeezy rock promoter. "Some of the best parties I've ever been to have been with really insane nerds," he cajoled the crowd. "I've done some good [movies] and I've done some maybe I should have been convicted for... but I fit right in here, I think."Producer Mitch Glazer was there too, and said that while Levinson was a major factor, the film's impressive cast (Bruce Willis, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Scot Caan) were there for Murray. "Once Bill was doing it, people sort of gravitated to the movie," he said. "Billy had a party bus with disco lighting..."Elsewhere in the panel interview and the Q&A Murray »
Bill Murray’s Comic-Con debut was one to remember. The legendary actor, who has too many nominations and awards to mention, entered Hall H to the pounding sounds of Deep Purple’s "Smoke on the Water." Predictably the crowd went berserk when they saw the star of the upcoming film "Rock the Kasbah," in which Murray plays a washed-up music manager taking his remaining client on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. Murray has never been one to be low key. And his Comic-Con premiere was no different. Here’s a collection of Murray’s greatest hits from the press conference. On his first appearance at Comic-Con: "We started this morning with bagels and then some tequila.” On his favorite movie role ("Ghostbusters," naturally): "Once upon a time, I did save the city of New York. And I had the coolest damn car to drive around Manhattan." On how he »
- David Eckstein
San Diego — Bill Murray made his first-ever Comic-Con appearance on Thursday, charming the throngs of geeks who camped out for the opening day of the confab.
Dressed as his “Rock the Kasbah” character Richie Lantz, Murray spoke coolly, but passionately about everything from Barry Levinson’s new movie, which opens this October, to some of his famous co-stars.
“He’s a movie star,” Murray said, saying that he and Willis shared a trailer while filming “Rock the Kasbah” in the harsh conditions of Morocco, where temperatures reached up to 116 degrees.
“When you’re a movie star you sometimes have to take matters into your own hands,” he said. “In the name of entertainment and just respecting the crew … there are people who try »
- Stuart Oldham
Bill Murray joined 6,500 of his closest friends for his first-ever Comic-Con appearance today. The surprise came during the Open Road panel, which featured the upcoming musical comedy Rock the Kasbah. Murray stars in the Barry Levinson-directed picture that’s due out this October 23rd. All that and more from the Open Road panel follows below.
The post Bill Murray Rocks Hall H in First Comic-Con Appearance for Rock The Kasbah appeared first on Collider. »
- Dave Trumbore
San Diego - Bill Murray made his first appearance at San Diego Comic Con Thursday morning and to say he charmed the Hall H crowd was something of an understatement. The legendary comedy star was on hand to promote his upcoming film "Rock the Kasbah" and entered the venue to blaring guitar riffs as he pretended to be his character from the movie, Richie Lanz. The Barry Levinson directed flick centers on Lanz, a once great music manager, who gets stuck in Afghanistan when a Uso tour with his one remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) goes wrong. Screenwriter Mitch Glazer was also in attendance, but it was a sunglasses wearing Murray who dominated the hour (and, no, he never took them off). With Lucasfilm recently announcing that a young "Han Solo" movie was in the works moderator Josh Horowitz asked Murray if he could clarify the rumors he was up for »
- Gregory Ellwood
A superhero of his own design kicked off the first day of Comic-Con 2015; an apparently hungover and unslept Bill Murray took the stage to delight the Hall H crowd and to promote Rock the Kasbah, director Barry Levinson’s comedy about a veteran music manager who discovers a teenager with an extraordinary voice while on tour in Afghanistan.
Here are the top Murray moments and quotes of the presentation:
He walked through the crowd to the tune of “Smoke on the Water” and soon said: “We started the morning with bagels and tequila.”
After Glazer remarked, “We were driving around during Ramadan…”, Murray said: “It was great – there’s no traffic.”
“I go to work with a knife strapped to my leg; it means people will »
Modern take on classic film in the pipeline from Ambi Group.
Di Lorenzo will produce the film through his Ldm Productions banner. Ambi, in addition to financing and producing through Ambi Pictures, will oversee global distribution of the film through its international sales division, Ambi Distribution.
Francesca Fellini, niece of Federico Fellini, said: “We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
No one really knew what Open Road Films was bringing to the first big Hall H panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Would it be Max Steel? The new Fifty Shades movie? (Not likely, but still.) Snowden? No, it was nicer surprise: Bill Murray. The legendary comedian brought his irreverent personality to Hall H to help promote Rock The Kasbah, Barry Levinson's new comedy about a rock n roll manager who finds... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
Bill Murray is coming to Comic-Con! We die! I can exclusively reveal that the funny man will make his first appearance at Comic-Con to promote his new film, Rock The Kasbah. Details are being kept under wraps but the big surprise will go down tomorrow morning at 10:30 during Open Road Film's presentation in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center. In the movie, Murray stars as a music manager who takes a teenage singer he discovers in Afhanistan to Kabul to compete on an American Idol-like competition TV show called Afghan Star. Directed by Barry Levinson, the cast also includes Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Taylor Kinney and Scott Caan. Rock The Kasbah is in »
There are only a handful of movie producers that have ever come to be known by name in the general public, perhaps Jerry Bruckheimer, Avi Arad, Albert Broccoli or Saul Zaentz. One of those iconic producers is Jerry Weintraub, who produced a number of Hollywood features including the original The Karate Kid trilogy, the new Ocean's Eleven trilogy with an amazing ensemble cast, the comedy Oh, God!, the comedy Vegas Vacation, Soldier, the new Nancy Drew, Barry Levinson's Diner. Mr. Weintraub passed away from a heart attack on Monday, July 6th at the age of 77 at his home in Palm Springs, reported via Deadline. He was producing David Yates' Tarzan and was also an executive producer on HBO's new comedy The Brink. Early on in his entertainment management career in The Bronx, a young Jerry Weintraub decided to start his own company and worked with the likes of musicians Joey Bishop, »
- Alex Billington
Weintraub passed away in California earlier today (July 6) after a lengthy period of ill health, according to widespread reports.
Weintraub's most recent accolade was an Emmy Award for the HBO television movie Behind the Candelabra.
He produced the first season of the premium channel's political comedy The Brink. »
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