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Fresh off the much buzzed about “Saved by the Bell” movie on Lifetime, Taylor Russell has landed a recurring role on TNT's upcoming fifth and final season of “Falling Skies.” Russell will play Evelyn, who's taken in by the group led by Noah Wyle‘s Tom Mason when she's found roaming, TheWrap has learned. Also read: ‘Saved by the Bell’ Casting Director on Returning for the Movie, Why Finding a New ‘Dustin Diamond’ Was Tough In addition, Russell has landed a role on upcoming Canadian series “Strange Empire.” The CBC series, described as a dark 1860s Western, takes place in a Canadian frontier town. »
- Jethro Nededog
A Teamsters security guard working on TNT’s “Falling Skies” in Vancouver was killed by an unattended truck Monday night on the set, Variety has confirmed.
The accident, which happened in Vancouver suburb Burnaby, took place while production was preparing for the next day’s shoot. According to reports, Scott McCloy, a spokesperson for British Columbia’s Workers’ Compensation Board WorkSafeBC, said the security guard was standing near a 5-ton truck, which was left unattended. The truck slide down a slope and fatally pinned the security guard to a tree.
“Last night, a security guard working on the set of TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’ was fatally injured while the production was preparing for the next day’s shoot,” TNT said in a statement. “The accident is currently being investigated. We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and on behalf of the producers and TNT, we wish to express our »
- Alex Stedman
As “The Simpsons’ ” gruff barkeep Moe Szyslak — and several other Springfieldians — Hank Azaria has been a part of the longest-running American TV show almost since its inception. He’s now wrapping a run in quite a different role, as the overly ambitious head of the L.A. division of the FBI on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” In fact, it was a part as an FBI agent in the 1988 TV film “Nitti: The Story of Frank Nitti, the Enforcer” that landed him his first Variety credit.
What do you recall of the movie?
I remember being tremendously excited that I was going to be on television. I think it was actually the second job I ever got, but it was the first thing to actually air.
Do you remember the first time you did see your name in Variety?
I definitely remember the first time I was like a story. The »
- Whitney Friedlander
For Wyle, the experience of playing Tom Mason – an American History professor-turned-military specialist in the war against the aliens, hasn’t altered his opinion on the existence of extra terrestrial life. Whether or not he believed in aliens prior to filming the hit show, however, is a question that remains unanswered.
“My opinion is not changed one bit,” Wyle told uInterview. “I’m just going to let that hang.”
As for Jones, who himself plays an alien named Cochise on TNT’s Falling Skies, likes the idea of extra-terrestrial life. Although, since the actor has never encountered any aliens in his life, he’s hesitant to fully put his faith in their existence.
“I still have not been abducted myself," Jones told uInterview. »
Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV is the little engine that could, a tiny operation that has almost as many shows on the air as it has full-time employees.
See Also: Michael Wright Named CEO of DreamWorks
Wright is an unconventional choice, given his lack of film experience, but Spielberg’s bet on the TV vet is a sign of how much Wright impressed the DreamWorks mogul in working with him over the years on various DreamWorks TV/Amblin TV projects. Wright’s championing of DreamWorks TV’s 2005 epic Western miniseries “Into the West” was a bonding moment for the exec with Spielberg and his TV team.
Despite his background, however, Wright’s focus at DreamWorks will »
- Cynthia Littleton
This review contains spoilers.
4.11 Space Oddity & 4.12 Shoot The Moon
Increasingly, there's been a trend among television shows to turn season finales from a single episode into a big event. In some cases, they actually film a two-hour episode and make it a legitimate special event. More commonly, the big finale event is just two episodes shown back to back, perhaps with a little editing to make them flow together a bit better (or to cut out the recap). In the case of Falling Skies, you get two back-to-back episodes to finish off the fourth season and pave the way for the show's final season next summer. The episodes covered a lot of ground, and I debated with myself for entirely too long how to best handle the review. In the end, »
Falling Skies wrapped up its fourth season Sunday with what may be the show’s most hopeful yet most enigmatic season closer.
Spoiler Alert: Details of tonight’s season 4 finale lie ahead!
The last couple minutes of the two-hour finale ended on a very hopeful note back on Earth. As Hal says, “The Espheni are sitting ducks for a change,” thanks to Lexi’s sacrificial destruction of the aliens’ power core. But above Earth’s atmosphere, things got really weird — the kind of weird that should have fans theorizing and debating throughout the long wait to the fifth and final season. »
- Emily Rome
As alien-filled as it is, Falling Skies has kept its characters Earth-bound throughout the show’s four years on TNT. But it appears that’s about to change. The 2nd Mass’ latest strategy for winning back their planet is rocketing themselves beyond Earth’s atmosphere — to the Espheni power converter on the moon.
The mission-to-the-moon storyline came from the show’s executive producer, a guy you may have heard of: “That was Mr. Spielberg’s idea,” Noah Wyle told EW.
- Emily Rome
TNT’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi program Falling Skies is currently in its fourth and penultimate season, and as it’s been renewed for a fifth and final season (a 10-episode run), cast members Noah Wyle, Will Patton, Moon Bloodgood, Maxim Knight, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Doug Jones, and executive producer David Eick discuss some of the central themes of the show here as well as addressing the show’s impending conclusion.
david j. moore: The post-apocalyptic genre is very much in vogue right now for shows on T.V. What is it like for you to be involved in a show like Falling Skies that has apocalyptic themes, and to portray characters in this simulated apocalyptic world?
- Gary Collinson
Millennium Entertainment announced today that they have acquired all domestic rights for the coming-of-age thriller The World Made Straight, and will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in February 2015.
Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens and Haley Joel Osment star in the film. Directed by David Burris, the film is based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash, and scripted by Shane Danielsen. Myriad Pictures is handling world sales on the film.
Based on the acclaimed novel by the same name, The World Made Straight is set in a rural community heavy with a dark past and dangerous present. The film follows a rebellious young man, Travis, (Jeremy Irvine) as he struggles to decide between the dark path he is on and the chance at a new life.
Lionsgate has announced plans for a re-release of the original 2004 franchise launching horror film "Saw" in a limited nationwide run this Halloween.
"Saw" will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31st with Thursday midnights in select locations. The micro budget serial killer film spawned a seven film franchise that has grossed $874 million worldwide. [Source: Lionsgate]
Open Road Films has announced a September 11th 2015 release for John Hillcoat's heist thriller "Triple Nine". Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Godot and Norman Reedus star.
The story centers on a crew of crooked cops executing a heist during which they must manufacture a 999 call, police code for "officer down". The plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Millenium will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in February.
It’s the first deal for the company since its Aug. 19 announcement that its catalog and distribution platform has been sold to management team and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group.
Myriad Pictures is handling world sales on the film.
Set in a rural community heavy with a dark past and dangerous present, the movie follows a rebellious young man as he struggles to decide between the troubled path he is on and the chance at a new life.
- Dave McNary
Millennium Entertainment announced the acquisition of Jeremy Irvine and Minka Kelly‘s coming of age thriller “The World Made Straight” on Wednesday. The film, directed by Emmy-nominee David Burris and based on a novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash and adapted by Shane Danielsen, also stars Noah Wyle, Haley Joel Osment and Adelaide Clemens. The plot centers around Irvine (“War Horse,” “Great Expectations”), who stars as Travis, a heavily conflicted rebellious young man in a dangerous rural setting. Also read: ‘War Horse’ Star Jeremy Irvine to Lead Roland Emmerich's Gay Rights Drama “The World Made Straight” was produced by Todd Labarowski. »
- Travis Reilly
On the heels the sale of Millennium Entertainment's distribution arm to the company's current management team and Virgo Investment Group comes the news that the company has acquired all domestic rights to the movie adaptation of The World Made Straight. The film, based on the novel by Ron Rash and scripted by Shane Danielsen, stars Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens and Haley Joel Osment. The thriller, which will hit theaters in February 2015, is set in a dangerous world where one rebellious young man (Irving) struggles to decide between the dark path he is on and the
- Rebecca Ford
Before he saved lives as John Carter in “ER,” and saved the world as Tom Mason in “Falling Skies,” Noah Wyle was a struggling actor in L.A. But when times were toughest, he was sustained by “Blind Faith” — the 1990 NBC TV movie, that is. The one that earned him his first mention in Variety.
Do you recall seeing your name in the publication?
I do, because my mother framed it. It was pretty huge. Variety looms large in my house.
What do you remember about the role?
To quote my grandfather, who sat through three hours of that movie, “I had to watch a lot of ‘Blind Faith’ to watch a little bit of Noah.” It was not a big coup, but it was my SAG card. Somebody told me you had to say seven words to get into SAG. My line was, “What’s going on down there? »
- Whitney Friedlander
It’s hard to condense four seasons of alien invasions, drone warfare, and dystopic bloodshed into 30 seconds, especially when the aliens in said show go by the decidedly cutesy name of “Skitters.”
But at Comic-Con, EW recruited Falling Skies cast members Noah Wyle and Maxim Knight to summarize the last four seasons of the sci-fi show with the best of their capabilities in the time allotted, which might shed more light on whether things can ever look up in this dark, extraterrestrial world (probably not).
Maxim Knight: »
- Teresa Jue
This review contains spoilers.
If a show actively has characters lampshading decisions, does it still count? Falling Skies, which typically opts for the happiest of all choices in the end, even when it comes to betrayal, had a character from Matt's past return in a big way this week. While Tom, Cochise, Anne, Weaver, and Matt—you know, the most important people in Charleston and the leadership of the Second Mass—are off looking for a cache of Volm weapons, Mira runs into them on the road. She spins an implausible story about how she graduated from the camp but just happened to run into them on the road and that she's thrown her Espheni dog whistle away, but Tom and Weaver see through it pretty instantly. »
Without a doubt, Doug Jones is one of our favorite actors. The personable, prolific performer always has some interesting projects to talk about, and he recently sat down with Dread Central to discuss some current and future endeavors.
Jones began by describing an intriguing new movie series. Space Command: Redemption is the first installment in a proposed franchise.
"It's an original piece by writer/director Mark Zicree, who has such a pedigree in writing for film and television in the science fiction genre," Jones said, "a hugely decorated writer who has written for everything from "Star Trek: Incarnation" to "Babylon 5" and beyond. So there's elements of all that. It's got all the trappings of a science fiction show that takes place in space, but it also has a warm, heartfelt soul that's unlike anything I've read and I think that's what attracted me to it. And to be surrounded »
- Scott Hallam
Ray Willmott reviews the first episode of Falling Skies Season four…
It’s rare for a Sci-Fi show to see life past its first season these days, but Falling Skies has definitely earned its stripes, continuing to improve year on year. Aliens, known as Skitters, have unexpectedly attacked Earth, leaving it in tatters and ruins, forcing humanity to fend for themselves in the aftermath. The show follows Tom Mason (played by Noah Wyle), his children, the 2nd Massachusetts regiment with Captain Weaver and a group of unlikely allies headed by Pope, as they fight for survival against Earth’s most fearsome enemy. In their fight against the Skitters, allegiances are made, betrayals are rife and friends and enemies are lost and won on the battlefield.
In ‘Ghost in the Machine’, the group think they’ve finally reached some sort of safety. After travelling through one battlefield after another, they are »
- Gary Collinson
You have seen Doug Jones in the past few decades playing various sort of creatures and monsters from your favorite fantasy, sci-fi or horror movie.
In a lengthy exclusive phone interview, Jones talked with us about his San Diego Comic-Con International plans for “Space Command.” He went into depth on the new sci-fi movie series with his android character.
In addition, he also discussed his other work including the TV shows of “The Strain,” “Falling Skies” and the movie “Marble Hornets.” He also discussed his involvement or soon to be with Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” and “The Haunted House.” And finally, he gave us some juicy details about “Hellboy 3” and “Frankenstein” that doesn’t appear to be on the radar at this time.
Doug Jones will be at »
- Gig Patta
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