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John Sayles’ latest film, Go For Sisters, receives an unceremonious DVD release from Freestyle Digital Media. While it snagged Yolonda Ross a supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards after a muted theatrical release, it seems there will be less ado championing the home viewing release. Denied a Blu-ray option, Edward James Olmos still takes top billing even though the film belongs to actresses Ross and LisaGay Hamilton. Despite the continuation of this maligned marketing, with a little luck, Sayles’ best film in years will hopefully reach the broader audience it deserves.
An independent filmmaker who has been directing films without studio backing since 1979, infamously securing financing through penning genre screenplays (Piranha; Alligator). As such, one can often look forward to the offbeat flavor of his work, a true master of developing the unexpected in relationships between people, often crafted against delirious narratives that are sometimes labyrinthine in scope and »
- Nicholas Bell
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
It is with a heavy heart that we must bring you the news that Edward James Olmos will not make an appearance in the film outing of television show Battlestar: Galactica. That’s right folks, the Admiral that you all know and be love will not be on deck during the film. It wasn’t long ago that Thn brought you the news that a series of films were being worked on.
We were lucky enough to meet the great man over the weekend at London’s very own film and comic convention, and whilst he confirmed that they are indeed working on a film, he would not be taking part. His reasoning for this is that they are going off in their own direction and having him appear, not matter how small, would detract from this direction. He did wish the production well and hoped that they would have »
- Kat Smith
To the devoted comic book fans the world over Stan Lee is a God. Having been responsible for the inception of a host of iconic super-heroes which includes Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America, Lee has helped raise a generation.
For those not in the know, next weekend (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July) sees London’s Earls Court 2 taken-over by all things film and comic related for the annual Showmasters event London Film and Comic Con (Lfcc). Whilst not as big in scale as the famous San Diego convention Lfcc have managed to acquire the legend that is Stan Lee in what will be his last ever European signing session!
Fret not those that weren’t aware of the event as entry tickets will be available on the door from 9am – 6pm on both days. The extra eager might also like to know that there is a special preview »
- Kat Smith
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '64 is just 8 days away. So it's time to get your votes in on the nominees that year. Readers, collectively, are the sixth panelists, so grade the nominees (only the ones you've seen) from 1 to 5 hearts. Your votes count toward the smackdown win!
Agnes Moorhead Hush... Hush Sweet Charlotte
Grayson Hall Night of the Iguana
But before we here at Tfe get to that particular metaphorical musical-horror mishmash of films with one of the most senior lineups the Academy ever offered up in this category, let's meet our panelists for this 50th anniversary retrospective competition.
- NATHANIEL R
With the classic Re-Animator getting its Blu-ray reissue this week, we talk to its director about this and his other genre films...
Re-Animator landed like a firecracker in the middle of 80s horror cinema. A wild, vibrant adaptation of the Hp Lovecraft tale, Herbert West-Reanimator, it was both extremely funny and remarkably close to the writer’s source text. Jeffrey Combs plays the darting-eyed Herbert West, a gifted yet utterly mad young medical student who invents a serum which brings the dead back to kicking, screaming life.
A sprightly Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton play his fellow students, who can only watch in horror as their Miskatonic University campus fills up with angry revenant corpses from the morgue, while David Gale is brilliantly glowering as Dr Hill, West’s nemesis.
Krisko Media has taken all rights for the Middle East, Vietnam and Malaysia while Top Film has acquired the film for Russia , Cis and East Europe.
Rud said Us and Mexican distributors were on board for a first quarter 2015 release and will be announced in due course.
“El Americano will make a positive impact because the story makes us realise that the answers to our struggles are right there in our own hearts, that we are each the hero of our own story, and that’s something we can all relate to,” said Olmos. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The new screenplay is by Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the original 1982 feature.
"We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time, " said Alcon co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
"We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project..."
"I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner'..." said Ford.
"...If it’s a good script I would be »
- Michael Stevens
Warner Bros. based Alcon Entertainment (Prisoners, The Blind Side, The Book of Eli) has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
While the story is being kept under wraps, it takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
"We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project."
Guido Rud’s FilmSharks has inked international sales rights to “El Americano 3D,” billed as the first major U.S.-Mexico animated feature co-production.
FilmSharks is shopping pre-sales in Cannes. Lisa Kudrow heads the voice cast of the family-targeted pic that features Edward James Olmos, Rico Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Kate del Castillo and Erik Estrada.
The fourth feature and first CG movie from Puebla Mexico-based Animex Studios, “Americano” is produced out of Burbank by Olmos Prods.
Story follows Cuco, a young Mexican parrot that embarks on an epic quest to persuade an American crime-fighting TV celeb to defend his family from bullies.
- John Hopewell
If you missed the PBS' exploration of trailblazing moments of TV history, featuring a lineup that included an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which traces the history of people of color on American television (it aired last week Tuesday), you can watch it right now, as PBS has made the entire series available online. It's all part of the 4th season of the Emmy-nominated PBS series, Pioneers Of Television. Breaking Barriers features the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood years he spent in a Japanese American internment camp. Offering inside stories from some of America’s most beloved television stars, the episode includes new interviews with stars of the time, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
When theater director Jon Vickers hopped on the phone with Variety, his single-screen cinema was in the middle of a typically diverse run. The night before, it had screened a brand new restoration of Luchino Visconti’s “Sandra.” That night, the program included a trio of docs about the Rwandan genocide. Later on in the week, he was preparing to welcome actor Edward James Olmos and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami for special programs.
For an arthouse theater in New York or Los Angeles, this would count as a particularly strong week of programming. Yet the theater in question here is the Indiana University Cinema, located in a Midwestern city of 80,000, and established by a university that doesn’t even have a film school.
Since he joined the Bloomington-based institution in 2011, Vickers’ cinema has become an unlikely destination for renowned auteurs, scholars and actors. Werner Herzog, Glenn Close, Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman, »
- Andrew Barker
The Los Angeles Times 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival lineup has been announced. There will be a mix of classics films screening such as The Terminator, Terminator 2, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Alien, Aliens, and Gremlins as well as a 10th anniversary presentation of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries and an advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Almost all of these screenings will be accompanied by live Q&As with the films' creators and stars including James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and more. While the advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is cool, I'm glad there's a heavy emphasis on classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies. That being said, I'm sure Cameron will get a bunch of questions of the Avatar sequels. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 30th, starring at 10am. Hit the jump »
- Matt Goldberg
The La Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival, launching into its fifth year, has unveiled its genre-happy lineup for the 2014 edition. The screenings and live Q&As run May 30 through June 1 in Hollywood, all hosted by Hc editor Gina McIntyre.Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening:Fri. May 30:·A 10th anniversary big screen presentation of 2003’s "Battlestar Galactica" miniseries and reunion of creator Ronald D. Moore with actors Jamie Bamber, Edward James Olmos, and Mary McDonnellSat. May 31:·Special advance matinee of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and conversation with writer/director Dean DeBlois and stars Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera·The beloved horror-comedy "Gremlins" followed by discussion with director Joe Dante·Oscar winner James Cameron will reflect on the franchise that launched his blockbuster career between screenings of "Terminator" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" Sun. June 1:·A rare theatrical showing of the legendary "Monty Python & the »
- Beth Hanna
Craig Ferguson announced that he is stepping down from The Late Late Show. His last show will come at the end of the year, which means CBS’ late night will get a complete reboot in 2015. Ferguson will walk away with the longest run as Late Late Show host, having been on the show for ten years, beating Tom Snyder‘s four years and Craig Kilborn‘s five (yes, just five, it only felt like it would never end). At least four late night talk shows (both of CBS’ shows, The Colbert Report and Chelsea Lately) will be different next year. So far we only know who will take over one of those shows.
We’re finally getting more episodes of HBO’s lamented one season wonder The Comeback. E! reports that a six episode “event series” is about to start filming. Series co creator Michael Patrick King will return »
- Lyle Masaki
In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood »
- Tambay A. Obenson
In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood years he spent in a Japanese-American internment camp. Offering inside stories from some of America’s most beloved television stars, expect new interviews with legendary stars, such as Jimmie Walker, Leslie Uggams, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart, Robin Williams, Roseanne...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Battlestar Galactica seems to be the boomerang of Sci-Fi television having come back around three times (two full-length shows and a mini-series), it even got its own spin-off show in the guise of the short-lived Caprica. It is now being reported that the next outing will be for the big-screen, with a movie in the works.
Universal are currently eyeing the project, and have assigned Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen in the whole of screenplay writer. Paglen has a full plate at the moment as he is also working on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel.
The shows revolve around humans at war with cybernetic beings known as Cylons, the original series had them look like robots whilst the more recent adaptation had them look human. Despite original creator Glen Larson being attached it is thought that the studio are wanting to completely re-imagine the story.
The 2003 version has amassed a strong »
- Kat Smith
Universal Pictures is developing a film version of its "Battlestar Galactica" sci-fi franchise with the goal of completely re-imagining the story. The studio just hired original series creator Glen Larson to produce and Jack Paglen to write the screenplay. Paglen wrote "Transcendence" as well as the upcoming "Prometheus" sequel. There have been three "Galactica" TV series. The first, starring Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, ran during the 1978-79 season and was centered on humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth. In 2003, a re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" mini-series aired on Sci Fi Channel. The second series, starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, ran for four seasons. Universal has been working on a "Battlestar Galactica" for years. Back in 2009, it was rumored that Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) was attached to direct. No word if that's still the case. »
Sometimes, there’s a movie project that just doesn’t go away. They rumble on in the background for decades, with concepts kept alive only by the sheer willpower of those dedicated individuals involved. Battlestar Galactica is one such project – but now, it seems like it’s one step closer to fruition as Transcendence writer Jack Paglen has been hired to deliver a script.
Created by Glen A. Larson (Knight Rider, Magnum P.I, Quincy M.E) as a science fiction TV series in 1978, Battlestar Galactica ran for one season – ending in April 1979. It featured the premise that would provide the basis for every iteration of the show that followed – that our future humanity has migrated to a distant area of the galaxy, known as the Twelve Colonies, from where they have been defending themselves against a cybernetic race known as The Cylons. During a vicious attack, human survivors flee aboard spaceships, »
- Sarah Myles
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