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Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has boarded PalmStar/Animus Films’ WWII drama The Catcher Was A Spy, joining Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Ben Lewin is directing the film, which is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s Nyt bestselling book. Robert Rodat wrote the screenplay and PalmStar Media fully financing with financial partner Windy Hill Pictures. The film is based on the true story of Moe Berg (Rudd) professional baseball… »
The trailer begins idyllically as the titular spaceship Covenant winds up on a planet that looks perfect for colonization by human. But the crew realizes that something’s amiss when they find wheat growing.
“What are the odds of finding human vegetation this far from Earth?” one asks.
The crew figures out that humans have been to the planet before. That’s followed by several scenes of merciless xenomorphs killing crew members with the film’s tagline, “The path to paradise begins in hell.”
Scott is directing from a script by Jack Paglen, »
- Dave McNary
Ridley Scott‘s first movie in a lengthy-for-him year-and-a-half is Alien: Covenant, which follows up Prometheus with a little more of that useful brand recognition — hopefully marking a more terrifying return to the style of his 1979 original. If this newest trailer portends what’s to come — notably the appearance of a horrifying, familiar “face” — things are going to get quite bloody.
Featuring the return of Michael Fassbender (now as two androids), Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce, as well as franchise newcomers Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz, and, sure, James Franco, check out the preview below:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, »
- Nick Newman
ABC has promoted When We Rise as a mini-series from the very beginning so there seems to be no chance that it will be cancelled or renewed for a second season. But, could strong ratings lead the network to produce similar programming or other mini-series? Stay tuned.From Dustin Lance Black, the When We Rise TV show chronicles the leaders who agitated for Lgbt rights in the Us Civil Rights movement. The mini-series follows Lgbt activist Cleve Jones (Guy Pearce), women's right leader Roma Guy (Mary-Louise Parker), her wife and social justice activist Diane (Rachel Griffiths), African-American community organizer Ken Jones (Michael K. Williams), and transgender activist Cecilia Chung (Ivory Aquino). The cast also includes Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, Jonathan Majors, Fiona Dourif, Henry Czerny, Whoopi Goldberg, Arliss Howard, Sam Jaeger, T.R. Knight, Mary McCormack, Kevin McHale, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare, Pauley Perrette, David Hyde Pierce, Richard »
Network: ABCEpisodes: Eight (hour)Seasons: OneTV show dates: February 27, 2018 — March 3, 2017Series status: Ending Performers include: Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams, Ivory Aquino, Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, Jonathan Majors, Fiona Dourif, Henry Czerny, Whoopi Goldberg, Arliss Howard, Sam Jaeger, T.R. Knight, Mary McCormack, Kevin McHale, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis O'Hare, Pauley Perrette, David Hyde Pierce, Richard Schiff, Phylicia Rashad, Rob Reiner, and William Sadler.TV show description:From Dustin Lance Black, the When We Rise TV show chronicles the leaders who agitated for Lgbt rights in the Us Civil Rights movement. The mini-series follows Lgbt activist Cleve Jones, women's right leader Roma Guy, her wife and social justice activist Diane, African-American community organizer Ken Jones, and transgender »
Tonight is the premiere of When We Rise, ABC’s miniseries charting the lives and experiences of a group of Lbgt men and women who helped to pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The show centers on the modern gay rights movement and begins with the Stonewall riots of 1969. One of the main characters in the series is Cleve Jones, with Austin P. McKenzie playing him as a young man and Guy Pearce playing him in his later years. But who exactly is Jones? Born in West Lafayette, Indiana, in October 1954, Jones is a noted Lgbtq rights campaigner...read more »
- David Inglis
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Feb. 27 to March 5, this is what we’re most excited about:
Why We’re Obsessed With ‘Missing Richard Simmons’
From filmmaker Dan Taberski comes a gripping new podcast that seeks to answer the question: Whatever happened to longtime fitness guru Richard Simmons? After disappearing from public life and seemingly ghosting all his close friends and supporters in 2014, Simmons mostly hasn’t been heard from since. Taberski, a fan and friend of Simmons, makes it his mission to find the answer to that question, while also uncovering what made Simmons the man he is today. The podcast, which is only two episodes in, blends the mystery of Serial with those E! True Hollywood Story specials that became popular in the late ’90s.
More: Richard Simmons Speaks Out: 'No One Should Worry About Me'
New episodes of Missing Richard Simmons premiere every Wednesday »
“From the beginning I said it should be ‘When We Rise,’ the we being the biggest part of it,” says writer/producer/director Dustin Lance Black, of naming the eight-hour, four-part miniseries that premieres on February 27 on ABC.
A few feet away, director Dee Rees (“Bessie”) sets up a scene outside the storefront that once housed activist Harvey Milk’s campaign office for City Supervisor (it’s now fittingly a space occupied by the Human Rights Campaign). In the scene, a young Cleve Jones (Austin P. McKenzie) runs out to Castro Street to talk with soon-to-be disco star Sylvester (Justin Sams), who he has become friends with. The real Cleve Jones, an activist still living in San Francisco and consultant on the project, stands off to the side and watches the moment from his own life as its recreated for the cameras.
If anyone were going to write “When We Rise,” it »
- Jim Halterman
When We Rise. "With how powerful the show is and its message of being united amidst diversity, I felt like it was important to share my story," says the Filipina actress, who makes her TV debut in Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black and director Gus Van Sant's ABC event series as real-life trans activist Cecilia Chung alongside Guy Pearce and Mary-Louise Parker.
Up until now, the theater actress, who came to the U.S. at age 18 and transitioned in her mid-20s, »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Created and executive produced by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, the eight-hour TV event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of Lgbtq activists who helped pioneer equality for their community decades ago in the U.S.
In an emotional People exclusive featurette, Guy Pearce (Cleve Jones), Rachel Griffiths (Diane) and Ivory Aquino (Cecilia Chung) join O’Donnell, Goldberg and more in portraying the fight for Lgbtq rights.
“None of these »
- Patrick Gomez and Natalie Stone
Giancarlo Giannini and The Lost City of Z‘s Sienna Miller are the latest stars to climb aboard The Catcher Was a Spy, Ben Lewin’s WWII drama poised to take the incredible true story of former Mlb player Moe Berg and pitch it for the big screen.
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Giannini and Miller now join an ensemble comprised of Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Dawidoff’s biography, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, has been labeled as the primary source of inspiration, creatively speaking, as it tells the story of Berg’s double life as a multilingual pro baseball player, who spent his time away from the field operating as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services – the U.S. intelligence agency that went on to become the CIA we know today – during »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Sienna Miller and Giancarlo Giannini have joined The Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed drama that stars Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Robert Rodat adapted the script from Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book that tells the true story of Moe Berg, a major league ballplayer who was an important spy against the Nazis in WWII. While they call catcher’s equipment “the tools of ignorance,” Berg was the extreme exception, an Ivy… »
The Ivy League graduate became a spy during the Second World War and helped the Americans beat the Germans in the race to make the atomic bomb.
Miller will play Berg’s love interest Estella Huni, while Giannini will portray Italian physicist Professor Eduardo Amaldi.
PalmStar Media and Animus Films are co-producing The Catcher Was A Spy. PalmStar Media is financing the film with Windy Hill Pictures.
UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and jointly represents the film with PalmStar. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Author: Jon Lyus
A few months before Prometheus Ridely Scott paved the way for our return to the world of Alien with a future set Ted talk starring Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland. Directed by Luke Scott, it was an intriguing introduction to elements and themes which would become important in the subsequent film. The Scotts have repeated their pre-Alien film tradition with a prologue to Alien Covenant called Last Supper, which you can see below.
Late last year we broke the news that James Franco would be joining the cast of Ridley Scott’s new Alien film, and he makes an appearance early on in this new piece of the puzzle. He is in poor health however, and speculation abounds that his character won’t make it too far into the film. There’s nothing to say that he won’t take a pulse rifle to the new Alien »
- Jon Lyus
Ridley Scott’s latest addition to the franchise he created more than forty years ago, “Alien: Covenant” doesn’t hit theaters until May 18th, but 20th Century Fox has released a new photo of the star-studded crew in the meantime. The studio will also air a sneak peek of the sci-fi thriller during FX’s broadcast of Noah Hawley’s critically acclaimed “Legion.”
The original “Alien” has a long list of sequels and prequels, most recently 2012’s “Prometheus,” which drew mixed reactions from fans and critics alike. “Covenant” picks up where “Prometheus” left off, with Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce returning to their roles. Rounding out the cast of “Covenant” are James Franco, Amy Seimetz, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, and, Jussie Smollett.
The trailer, »
- Jude Dry
The struggle for gay rights in America is absolutely a piece of history we should all learn. It’s too bad, then, that ABC’s bloated, self-serious miniseries When We Rise (debuting Monday, Feb. 27 at 9/8c) is such a slog to get through.
Spanning more than four decades of the gay-rights movement in four two-hour installments, When We Rise fictionalizes the stories of three real-life activists — free-spirited rebel Cleve, brainy feminist Roma and former Navy sailor Ken — as they fight for acceptance, from San Francisco’s Castro district in the ’70s to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage »
The mere existence of “When We Rise” is almost virtue enough. But in terms of tone and execution, the four-part event series from ABC is wildly uneven, crossing from moving stories of romance under oppression to retellings of history that are so broadly pitched — and with such bad wigs! — that they’re too after-school special to be truly affecting. Still, the fact that an eight-hour educational reconstruction of the gay rights movement is taking up primetime real estate on a broadcast network is evidence of a revolution — a still-unfolding one, to be sure, but one that has transformed the social fabric of this nation. In just 50 years, America has gone from a land where homosexuality was an illness treated by psychologists with lobotomies and electroshock treatment to one where gay marriage is the law of the land.
“When We Rise” is an attempt to explain how that happened, from 1972 to 2013. Eight hours is not much time to »
- Sonia Saraiya
They’ll buddy up with Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd and Guy Pearce, who climbed on board to play military specialist Furman just last week. Daniels is attached to the role of O.S.S. Chief “Wild Bill” Donovan – commonly referred to as the “Father of Central Intelligence” long before the CIA was born – while Giamatti will portray a physicist known as Goudsmit. Leading the charge for this one is Rudd, who signed on to play Moe Berg early on in development. A multilingual pro baseball player, in his time away from the field, Berg secretly moonlighted as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services – hence the title – during the throes of World War II, accepting assignments all across the Caribbean, South America and even mainland Europe.
Adapted from Dawidoff’s biography, »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels are joining Paul Rudd and Guy Pearce in Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed and Robert Rodat-scripted drama that begins filming Monday in Prague, with shooting also in Boston. The film is fully financed and produced by PalmStar Media with PalmStar’s financial partner Windy Hill Pictures. It’s a PalmStar and Animus Films production, with Palmstar’s Kevin Frakes producing with Windy Hill’s Buddy Patrick, Jim Young, Tatiana… »
Ryan Lambie Feb 26, 2017
First came the five-star reviews, then came the criticisms. Using La La Land as a case study, we look at the anatomy of a backlash...
Reader, you should have seen the queue: it stretched all the way out of the cinema, down the street, round the corner and on for another half a kilometre or so. This was the line for La La Land at the London Film Festival late last year, and there was a definite hum of enthusiasm in the air.
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