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We’re back with another news round-up. This time around we have a casting update on the Matt Smith-starring Patient Zero, special features details for Shout! Factory’s 4-disc Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD box set, and news on The Jetsons in-development animated feature film.
Deadline reveals that Stanley Tucci is lined up to play the head villain in Patient Zero, the upcoming horror-thriller from Screen Gems. Tucci will play “a deliciously evil role: a professor who becomes infected, and highly violent. He becomes determined to crash the lab that’s working on a cure and thwart the search for Patient Zero.” Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) star and Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) directs off a script by Mike Le (Dark Summer).
“In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. »
- Derek Anderson
Welcome to "This Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the most pertinent fright-genre news to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series casts a pint-sized Mariah Carey, a beloved '90s series may be coming back and, yes, another unnecessary remake is in the works. 1. Lea Michele and Ariana Grande may be forced to share a soundstage, God help us The "Glee" star and the diminutive pop idol have joined Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts in Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series, which has also signed on "True Blood" bear magnet Joe Mangianello, permanently scowly former child actor Abigail Breslin and fictional spelling bee champion Keke Palmer. Season 1 of the 15 episode horror-comedy will be set on a college campus that's been rocked by a series of murders. It's slated to premiere this fall on Fox. #2 The "Blob »
- Chris Eggertsen
In Digital Spy's exclusive video, the stars discuss their roles as scientists who work at the Arctic Research Centre.
The pair play Natalie Yelburton and Vincent Rattrey in the drama, which will premiere on Thursday, January 29 through Sky Europe.
Guillroy described her character as "a sexually licentious scientist who doesn't trust anyone".
"She has this insatiable need to find things out," the 39-year-old added. "She is an immense explorer of people and things and she's quite mercurial. She's fun."
Treadaway added of Vincent: "He's arrived at Fortitude to study at the Arctic Research Centre, so it is a way of seeing this place to a new arrival. It's a very strange place.
"It's an amazing adventure for anyone. They're really at the cutting edge of where they could be in the world of study in the Arctic but it all goes horribly wrong. »
Stanley Tucci is easily one of Hollywood's most reliable character actors. Even when he's not given much to work with in terms of character, he always puts in a memorable performance that you're thinking about as you're leaving the theater. That really shouldn't be a problem at all with his latest project, Patient Zero, as he'll be playing a psychotic, rabies-infected doctor. This news has come to us from Deadline,which notes that Stanley Tucci is joining a rather geek-friendly cast. Natalie Dormer, with whom he co-starred in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, is playing the movie's female lead, while the former Doctor Matt Smith is also attached. The project is based on a script by up-and-coming screenwriter Mike Le, and is set in a world where the world has been affected by a pandemic of a "super strain of rabies." More than just getting people sick, it »
Zac Efron has signed on to Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, a film about two brothers who create an online ad to find dates for a wedding only for the ad to go viral. Chernin Entertainment and Fox are looking to fill the role of Efron's brother for the film, which they hope will be similar to the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy team-up, The Heat. [Variety] Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) will be joining Robert De Niro and Zac Efron for Dirty Grandpa. The comedy, set to come out in summer 2016, is about an uptight guy in his 20s »
- Jennifer Maas
Lionsgate's global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, March 6, the Company announced today. Mockingjay - Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay - Part 1, which opens in China on February 8, has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide, bringing global box office for the franchise to over $2.2 billion. Here's »
The third instalment in The Hunger Games franchise has just overtaken Marvel’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy to become the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 having now pulled in $333.2 million since its release in November. This marks the first time ever that two entries from the same franchise has topped the U.S. box office in two consecutive years, and the first time the same studio has achieved that feat since records began in 1982.
See Also: Read our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 here
Worldwide, Mockingjay – Part 1 remains the sixth biggest film of 2014 behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714.1 million), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($748.1 million), Maleficent ($757.8 million), Guardians ($772.8 million) and Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1.087 billion).
- Gary Collinson
For the second year in a row, Katniss Everdeen stands alone atop the box office heap. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which opened in November and is still playing in over 1,200 theaters, has earned $333.18 million as of yesterday, surpassing the Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Despite already being released on Blu-ray and DVD, Guardians of the Galaxy is still playing, though it was only screening in 65 theaters nationwide last weekend, meaning its domestic take of $333.17 million won't increase too much over the next few weeks.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still has some work to do if it wants to surpass its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was 2013's top movie at the box office with $424.7 million. While That movie's take was bolstered by 3D and IMAX screenings, Deadline's sources claim that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was screened in, »
In Digital Spy's exclusive video from the set of the Sky drama, the trio discuss the show's complex relationships.
Frank Sutter (Pinnock) and Jules Sutter (Raine) come to Fortitude in a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, but it quickly becomes clear that Frank is having an affair with Elena Ledesma, played by Echegu.
Speaking about her character's marriage, Raine said: "Previously to living there she has been an army wife and you get the feeling that this is a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, as things haven't been going very well."
Pinnock added: "Frank and Elena have a very strange relationship - maybe not one a married man should be having. That is a really interesting turning point in Frank's story and it kind of has a ripple effect through the town. »
Imitation is the sincerest form of television, and the biggest hits will be imitated over and over and over again — sometime well after they've gone off the air. "House" was one of the defining hits of the last decade on Fox, and it inspired clones in various traditional TV fields, with lawyers (James Woods in "Shark"), and even other doctors (Stanley Tucci in "3 Lbs") playing the part of the misanthropic, sarcastic rule-breaker who's too good at the job to fire. Fox's "Bones" has never exactly been a "House" clone — Temperance insults people not because she's a jerk, but because (it's implied) she has Asperger's — but it debuted in the wake of "House" and was tagged early on as "House, FBI." Now, though, longtime "Bones" showrunner Hart Hanson has a new series — "Backstrom," which debuts tonight at 9 on Fox — that's impossible to view as anything but "House, P.D.," even though »
- Alan Sepinwall
In Digital Spy's exclusive clip from the Sky1 drama, Harris explains how Ronnie Morgan is "old school" in the way he lives his life.
"You don't tell anyone your problems, you keep yourself to yourself," he says. "If someone hits you, you hit them back twice as hard, all of that kind of nonsense.
"There's an old saying, you're as sick as your secrets, and he's got this big secret and things start to go wrong."
Meanwhile, Michael Gambon - who plays photographer Henry Tyson - says his character finds himself in a troublesome situation.
"He seems to be quite a content person, until this happens, and he gets into trouble. As the show progresses, it seems to get worse and worse, the difficulties, problems and horrors grow."
Speaking in a video exclusive to Digital Spy, the pair discuss the "extraordinary array of varied characters" in the series.
Eccleston describes his character Professor Charlie Stoddart as a "gentle, enthusiastic scientist".
"He's basically an unremarkable but very well-liked member of the community," the actor explained.
Gråbøl appears in the series as Governor Hildur Odegard, who butts heads with Stoddart over plans to develop a glacier hotel to boost tourism in the town.
"It's not easy for her to distinguish between personal ambitions and ambitions for the town," Gråbøl said.
"She has a mother role in the sense that she looks after the town - but you know the mother role is a two-sided coin. So there's the caring mother and also the mother who wants it her way."
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London Critics’ Circle reveal top 10 films of 2014. Scroll down for full list of winners
The evening’s other big winner was Under the Skin, for which Jonathan Glazer was on hand to collect the Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year, and composer Mica Levi accepted the Technical Achievement Award for her score.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Arctic crime thriller Fortitude has premiered a new preview clip exclusively through Digital Spy.
The video sees cast members Stanley Tucci and Richard Dormer discussing their detective and sheriff characters respectively, and the way in which they conduct a murder investigation in the peaceful town of Fortitude.
"I think everybody has a secret in Fortitude," Dormer explains. "And some darker than others."
Fortitude will premiere simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy on Thursday, January 29 through Sky Europe.
Sky Atlantic will broadcast the series in the UK, while it will also air on the same day in the Us via co-producer Pivot TV. »
Check out the the full list of Golden Raspberry Awards nominations below, 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' leads the 2015 Razzie Award nominations. The science fiction action movie which stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci has racked up seven nominations for the Golden Raspberry Awards, which celebrate the worst films from the past 12 months. The movie - directed by Michael Bay - is up for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director, as well as Worst Sequel, Worst Screen Combo and Worst Supporting Actress and Actor for stars Nicola Peltz and Kelsey Grammer. Cameron Diaz has also been slammed in the nominations, being shortlisted for Worst Actress for 'The Other Woman' and 'Sex Tape', Worst Supporting Actress for 'Annie', and Worst Screen Combo along with Jason Segel. The star of 'A Million Ways to Die in the West', Seth MacFarlane, was the most criticised male, »
To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.
“Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »
- Scott Foundas
The 12-part drama will premiere simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy on Thursday, January 29 through Sky Europe.
Fortitude is also airing in the Us on the same day via co-producer Pivot TV, which is part of Participant Media.
In addition, it is planned for primetime TV slots on networks in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Israel, Poland and Greece.
Sky Europe, flexing its multi-territory muscle since forming late last year, is to launch Sky Atlantic’s original drama, Fortitude, simultaneously to 20M customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The release plan beginning January 29 is a first for a Sky original program. It will debut the same day in the U.S. via co-producer Pivot TV, part of Participant Media. The 12-episode drama stars Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Sofie… »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Arctic crime thriller is "as different as possible" from standard crime procedurals, Low Winter Sun writer Donald promises.
The 12-parter charts a murder investigation in the peaceful, close-knit community of Fortitude.
"Nobody is safe because they're a famous actor!" he says. "There's a lot of freedom in who you start to kill."
London — European pay TV giant Sky is to launch “Fortitude,” its highly anticipated new drama, on Jan. 29 to 20 million customers in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The series is the first Sky original program to premiere simultaneously across all five markets since Sky created Europe’s leading entertainment company late last year.
In addition to its launch on Sky, “Fortitude” will premiere on the same day to 47 million U.S. households through co-production partner Pivot TV, part of Participant Media.
Over the coming weeks, “Fortitude” will also air in primetime slots across more major networks around the world, including Superchannel in Canada, ABC in Australia, Canal Plus in France, Svt in Sweden, TV2 in Denmark, Nrk in Norway, Yle in Finland, Ruv in Iceland, Vrt in Belgium, Ale Kino+ in Poland, Sky in New Zealand, Yes in Israel and Ote in Greece. With advance sales to 13 international broadcasters, »
- Leo Barraclough
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