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5 items from 2015


Con Air: the 90s action film that remains unmatched

7 April 2015 9:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Here's our tribute to one of the best action movies ever made: a story of Nicolas Cage, a plane and a toy bunny...

"Break out the fine china, chill the lemonade, tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree. Cos this boy's coming home to his ladies. Coming home forever."

Action cinema changed in 1999. The release of The Matrix unleashed a torrent of imitators, but also altered fundamentally the editing of movies in the genre. This came with a price. Action sequences became harder to follow. Character was relegated. The old style idea of pitting a movie star against some peril in extraordinary circumstances was seemingly less tempting. The Matrix had started something.

Well, that, or everyone just watched Con Air, and figured they couldn't top it. Because in truth, how could they? One of the most quotable, enjoyable and wildly entertaining blockbusters of the 1990s, I can't think »

- simonbrew

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Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group Receives Chinese Investment

1 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transformers” director Michael Bay is partnering with Chinese toy and entertainment company Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Co. Ltd. through his newly launched 451 Media Group intellectual property concern.

451 Media announced Wednesday it has received a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount from the Chinese company, which already distributes in China for Hasbro and Mattel. The deal will give Alpha Animation distribution rights and merchandising rights to 451 Media properties for China, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

“It’s a great opportunity to shape and develop entertainment properties that lend themselves to numerous platforms, an ability to cultivate franchises,” said Bay in a statement.

Bay co-founded 451 Media with John and Anthony Gentile, the creators of brands such as Micronauts, Visionaries, Sky Dancers and Power Glove; and Douglas Nunes, who serves as the company’s chief operating officer.

Bay directed all four “Transformers” films. Chinese companies China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises co-produced last »

- Dave McNary

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History, Jeremy Renner Developing Knights Templar Scripted Series

23 March 2015 2:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Continuing its move into more high-profile historical projects, History announced Monday that is developing “Knightfall,” a scripted series about the events surrounding the Friday the 13, 1307, Knights Templar burning at the stake.

Dirk Hoogstra, exec VP and g.m. of History and H2, made the announcement.

The series will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Midnight Radio and the Combine, Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s production company.

The series will be created and exec produced by Handfield, Renner and Richard Rayner of the Combine, and Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg representing Midnight Radio. Hoogstra, Russ McCarroll and Julian P. Hobbs will serve as executives in charge of production for History.

History struck gold with scripted series in 2012 when it released “Hatfields & McCoys,” which garnered huge ratings and 16 Emmy nominations — including wins for lead actor in a miniseries Kevin Costner and supporting actor in a miniseries Tom Berenger. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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History Plans "Knightfall" Templar Series

23 March 2015 9:37 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The History Channel has announced "Knightfall," a currently in-development scripted series chronicling the events leading up to and following the persecution, downfall and burning at the stake of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th, 1307.

Friday the 13th is known as a cursed day over 700 years later because of this event. Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield's production company The Combine and Midnight Radio will executive produce the series alongside Richard Rayner, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg.

The project will join their current scripted drama series "Vikings" along with miniseries and event programming like "The Bible," "Houdini," "Sons of Liberty" and so forth.

Source: History »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Under the Dome’ Moving to Thursday as Part of CBS Summer Schedule

26 February 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS is spreading its original summer fare across the week’s schedule, on Thursday announcing premiere dates for its warm-weather programming slate highlighted by three original scripted dramas and the return of reality veteran “Big Brother.”

Under the Dome,” which was a breakout hit for CBS when it premiered in the summer of 2013, is moving from Monday to Thursday as it kicks off its season June 25. The net said on Thursday that Marg Helgenberger will guest star in this season’s “Dome” in an extended story arc this season that begins with the first episode.

The small-town drama based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel will launch its third season with a two-hour episode (9-11 p.m.), airing behind the second part of the two-night “Big Brother” season premiere.

“Big Brother,” which bows with an hourlong episode on June 24, will once again air Wednesday and Sunday at 8 and Thursday at 9. On Thursday, »

- Rick Kissell

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