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TCA 2015: “It’s not really about the slap,” actor Zachary Quinto says of the NBC series.
The cast of NBC’s “The Slap” answered questions Friday about the upcoming series’ defining moment — for one, “Exactly how many times did Harry (Zachary Quinto) slap misbehaving young child Hugo (Dylan Schombing)?” During the Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California, reporters also wanted to know how showrunners explained the abusive moment to young actors on set.
“When we got on the set, they had read the scenes. They had their parents there, so they were kind of gamed. They pretty much slid right in, »
- Alicia Banks
Turns out that NBC’s eight-episode event drama The Slap really isn’t about “the slap” at all. It’s about something much deeper and darker. At Hector’s (Peter Sarsgaard) 40th birthday party, his hotheaded cousin Harry (Zachary Quinto) slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. The stunning incident sets off a chain of events that divides friends and family, and uncovers long-buried secrets. Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Melissa George, Thomas Sadoski and Brian Cox also star. At the NBC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the panel downplayed the importance of the slap itself, saying that there is a ton of existing tension and … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for the 13th Annual Ves awards "the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life."
The Visual Effects Society (Ves) is a global professional honorary society and the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers. Ves. almost 3,000 members in 33 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment . film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Ves has member Sections in Australia, Bay Area (CA), London, »
With Michael Mann’s Blackhat opening this Friday, last night was an appropriate time to screen an earlier film at New York’s IFC Center. Generally noted as the first Hannibal Lector film (“Lektor” here), 1986’s Manhunter relegates Brian Cox’s (delightful, to be sure) take on the character to a handful of scenes. The bulk of the serial killer action lies with Tom Noonan as Francis Dollarhyde, aka the “Tooth Fairy.” The imposing actor first appears with a stocking tied around his head, which doesn’t disguise his face but only makes him look more sinister. Below, the highlights of Noonan’s Q&A looking back on working with Mann and receiving the director’s […] »
- Vadim Rizov
The Visual Effects society has released this years nominations for the annual Ves Awards. The awards were put in place in order to credit outstanding achievements within the fields of animation, television, film and video games. This years nominees include, amongst others The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Interstellar and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The awards are set to take place on February 4th at the Beverly Hill Hotel.
You can see the entire list of nominees below…
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
- Alfie Nobes
The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for its 13th Annual Ves Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Among the nominees — Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, Maleficent, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and X-Men: Days Of Future Past – for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture. The awards will be held February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. See the complete list below.
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
- The Deadline Team
Presenter offers a fresh take on evolution that’s visually arresting – but with far too much back-slapping for humankind’s ventures into space
There’s something unnecessarily anthropocentric about the title of Brian Cox’s new show, Human Universe. Given there are more bacteria on Earth than people, the show could just as easily be called Salmonella Galaxy but I’m guessing that wasn’t thought to be as catchy.
Patting Homo sapiens over-enthusiastically on the back (of which more in a bit) is the only gripe I had with the show’s otherwise excellent first episode. Naturally it had all the Brian Cox tropes, which you’ll love or hate: the half-man half-silhouette wandering past gorgeous vistas, scattering mind-boggling facts in his wake like a tourism ad directed by Doctor Who.
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- Jazz Twemlow
• Reese Witherspoon will star opposite Matt Damon in Downsizing. Alexander Payne will direct from a script he wrote alongside Jim Taylor. Set in the near future, the film follows a man who realizes he'd be better of if he shrunk himself. Payne, Taylor, and Witherspoon all previously worked on Election. [Variety] • The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort is joining Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in November Criminals. Sacha Gervasi is directing. Steven Knight adapted Sam Munson’s teen-thriller novel for the screen. The story tracks two teenagers in Washington D.C. who investigate a friend’s murder, and fall in love in the process. »
- C. Molly Smith
The most recent film from director Rupert Wyatt was a remake of The Gambler, and now his own first feature is getting the remake treatment. The Escapist is Wyatt’s UK debut, in which Brian Cox played a prison inmate who assembles a group of fellow inmates in order to stage an ambitious break from the […]
- Russ Fischer
With an underrated drama currently in theaters ("The Gambler," a flawed, but worthwhile remake featuring a committed performance from Mark Wahlberg), and having single-handedly rebooted a major franchise with "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," director Rupert Wyatt seemed to arrive out of nowhere. But you don't get a parking spot in Hollywood without something vouching for you, and for Wyatt, it was his 2008 prison drama "The Escapist." Led by Brian Cox as a veteran convict with an escape plan, the movie didn't win raves, but got noticed in the right places, enough to allow for the right meetings to get set up, and for Wyatt to launch his career. And now, the movie is getting a remake. Legendary Pictures announced (via Collider) that Liam Neeson will get grizzled in the lead role in the movie, which is currently searching for a director, but has a script from Sean O'Keefe. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The actor will lead the cast of the Legendary Pictures project, which has yet to secure a director.
The film follows a convict serving a life sentence, who plots a prison break when he learns that his daughter is terminally ill.
Neeson can next be seen in Taken 3, which he has previously suggested will be the final instalment of the series.
Taken 3 is released in the UK tomorrow (January 8) and in the Us on Friday (January 9). Watch a trailer below: »
With it being Neeson Season and all, I guess it's only appropriate a new project is in the works starring the actor. It's being reported that Liam Neeson will star in Legendary Pictures' remake of the 2008 prisoner thriller The Escapist. The original U.K. film was Rupert Wyatt's (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Gambler) directorial debut, and it starred Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper. No director has been announced, but Wyatt is attached to »
- Jesse Giroux
Legendary Pictures announced a deal for impressive Cold in July director Jim Mickle to be at the helm of a new project called Esperanza, based on the book of the same name by John N. Maclean. And in that news, they also revealed another developing project elsewhere. First of all, Sean O'Keefe, a writer who has had several scripts picked up but not produced into feature films yet, will be scripting Esperanza, the story of a Spartan culture of firefighters battling the ‘perfect storm’ of wildfires. Sounds like 300 meets Planes: Fire & Rescue to me. And it's O'Keefe who is also behind that aforementioned project we learned was in the works. In the same press release, it's mentioned that O'Keefe is working on a remake of The Escapist. The original UK thriller was directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler), who will produce the remake now. »
- Ethan Anderton
Liam Neeson’s shift from solid drama actor to all-out action badass came rather late in his acting career. As this Friday sees the release of trilogy-closer, Taken 3, does this mean he might be heading for new waters? By the looks of his next project, the answer to that question is a resounding no. Just because Bryan Mills is retiring (we’ll see) doesn’t mean that Neeson has to relinquish his ass-kicking credentials, as he’ll be carrying on his action-packed antics in The Escapist.
A remake of Rupert Wyatt’s British thriller, Studio Canal are taking the reins on this Americanized take on The Escapist. It’s assumed that Neeson will tackle the role Brian Cox commandeered in the first movie, and it’ll be a change to see him dishing out orders while his lackeys do the heavy lifting.
In the 2009 original, Cox starred as a »
- Gem Seddon
Liam Neeson is attached to star in a remake of The Escapist, the 2009 film that served as the directorial debut of Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler). Sean O'Keefe is writing the screenplay, but no director is attached at this time. It isn't known when production may begin on the StudioCanal action thriller.
The original film The Escapist starred Brian Cox as a convict serving a life sentence, who recruits his fellow inmates to stage a prison break, so he can visit his ailing daughter. Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Dominic Cooper and Steven Mackintosh rounded out the supporting cast in The Escapist, which helped pave the way for Rupert Wyatt to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Actor Brian Cox revealed to us in a 2011 interview that he was so impressed with Rupert Wyatt's work in The Escapist, that he »
Liam Neeson is set to reprise his wizened badass character yet again by starring in a remake of Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist. Wyatt's U.K. prison thriller starred Brian Cox as an inmate with a life sentence who stages a prison break by recruiting fellow inmates so that he can see his sick daughter. Considering the solid premise and strong cast—which also includes Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge, Liam Cunningham, and Dominic Cooper—I felt that the movie should have been much better than it was, but instead it feels very rote. Perhaps the American remake can get it right, and putting Neeson in the lead is a good start. A press release from Legendary Pictures also notes that Wyatt will produce, and Sean O'Keefe will pen the script. While some of O'Keefe's scripts have been picked up, they've been stuck in development hell for years (although »
- Matt Goldberg
Liam Neeson is reportedly attached to star in a remake of the 2008 British prison thriller "The Escapist" for StudioCanal. Sean O'Keefe is writing the screenplay, but no director is attached at present.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" helmer Rupert Wyatt made his directorial debut on the original which starred Brian Cox as a convict serving a life sentence. He recruits his fellow inmates to stage a prison break so he can visit his ailing daughter.
Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper and Liam Cunningham also starred in the original which led to Wyatt's gig rebooting the 'Apes' franchise. Neeson can be seen in cinemas this week with "Taken 3".
Source: Collider »
- Garth Franklin
17 items from 2015
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