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One would never imagine Santa Claus as…..a private eye.
From the mind of television/video game writer Jeremy Bernstein, he wrote a comic book series about a supernatural Santa Claus moonlighting as a detective in this film noir-inspired series.
Here’s the synopsis:
A modern day noir, in which a down-and-out Saint Nick spends the Other 364 days of the year holding his own in the lonely city, just another average jake trying to make ends meet. He’s traded the red and white suit for a trenchcoat and fedora, traded the North Pole for back alleys and rain-slicked streets. Instead of days filled with jolly elves and hand-made toys, it’s long, dark nights filled with gangster, guns, and femme fatales… and the nicer they look, the naughtier they are.
When the wealthy, widowed Julia Barton hires Nick to find out who murdered her husband, it could be the »
- Gig Patta
Mipcom: First two episodes of series based on the Noah Wyle-starring movie franchise screened in Cannes.
Electric Entertainment has secured deals with multiple territories for Electric-produced TV series The Librarians, including the remainder of English-language markets such as Australia, Canada and South Africa.
In addition to the NBC Universal Pay TV sale for more than 100 territories, the series has sold to Bell Media for Canada, Fox for Sweden and Norway, TV Plus for Poland, TV 2 for Hungary, Icon Film Distribution for Australia/Nz, Daro for South Africa and Gravity for the Cis.
Electric Entertainment held a special screening at Mipcom in Cannes this week for buyers of the first two episodes of the show, with Romijn in attendance.
The Librarians is scheduled to make its Us debut on TNT on Dec »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Shaun of the Dead's Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) return in an animated form with the first clip from Phineas and Ferb's Halloween special, entitled "Night of the Living Pharmacists", airing Saturday, October 4 at 8 Pm Et during Disney Channel's Monstober block of programming.
We repoted in August that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will voice their characters from the 2004 zombie comedy, but little was known about the story at that time. This episode centers on a new device created by Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire), which accidentally turn everyone in Danville into "Doof-zombies" who run rampant all over town. While traditional zombies have to bite their victims, Doofenshmirtz's machine allows the transformation to be much easier.
Should I be watching Phineas and Ferb? I assumed it was a kids-only thing due to the rather goofy animation and the fact that it airs on the Disney Channel, but if Shaun and Ed from Shaun of the Dead are on it, it’s got to have a more mature appeal too, right? (Plus I’m mildly amused by the fact that the show features a pet platypus named Perry.) I’ve never seen a single episode of the show so I don’t really know, but the Halloween season special, “Night of the Living Pharmacists,” actually sounds like a lot of fun and it’s got Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in it as well. Hit the jump to check out their cameo in a Phineas and Ferb clip from the Halloween episode. According to IGN the episode is inspired by Night of the Living Dead and involves »
- Perri Nemiroff
The episode is called "Night of the Living Pharmacists," and it is obviously inspired by the classic zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead. In the episode, "Doofenshmirtz's latest "-inator" accidentally turns the citizens of Danville into contagious Doof-zombies who run rampant all over town."
The episode also includes the voices of George Romero, Noah Wyle, Bella Thorne, Ariel Winter, and Cloris Leachman. The one-hour episode airs Saturday, October 4th at 8pm on Disney Channel. It looks like it going to be a really fun episode.
Via: IGN »
- Joey Paur
Millennium Entertainment is continuing to make moves following its deal to become a stand-alone distribution and catalog company. Today CEO Bill Lee unveiled that the soon-to-be-renamed outfit has closed a senior revolving credit facility and term loan facility worth $40 million.
The facilities helped finance Millennium and Virgo Investment Group’s August buyout of previous owners including Avi Lerner’s Nu Image, and will help Millennium going forward to acquire films for the studio’s upcoming slate. (The credit facilities provides for a $20 million term loan as well as a $20 million revolving line of credit with an additional accordion feature for future opportunities.)
Among those projects in Millennium’s pipeline is Madam Bovary, the Sophie Barthes-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller. The company scooped up U.S. rights in a seven-figure deal sealed just before the period pic’s Toronto premiere earlier this month. Another »
- The Deadline Team
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
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