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On Monday, it was announced that the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo. would not be indicting police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which occurred on Aug. 19.
Reaction to the grand jury's decision was immediate and divisive, with strongly worded opinions being posted across the Internet by those slamming the decision and those supporting it.
News: Jon Hamm on His Hometown of Ferguson: 'It's Rough to Watch'
Michael Brown's parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., released a statement expressing their disappointment toward the decision, but asked that people not resort to violence in their protests.
"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions," the statement reads. "While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed »
Sometimes you fancy the finest caviar known to humanity. Other times you fancy some greasy fish and chips. No Good Deed belongs in the latter category. It's an American thriller wrapped up in a day old newspaper, unashamedly devoid of artistic pretensions and providing a very palatable, unchallenging experience that rises above mediocrity thanks to a killer performance by Idris Elba.
The Luther star exudes a mesmerising sense of menace as Colin, described by a judge as a "charming, malignant narcissist", who escapes from incarceration, crashes his car and seeks refuge at a nearby house. He plays all innocent and nice to fool middle-aged mother Terry (Taraji P Henson) while her husband is away, but the arrival of her seductive (and thoroughly one dimensional) friend Meg (Leslie Bibb) threatens to trigger Colin's malevolence. »
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A close-up look at a family torn apart by the start of the Civil War. An adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history of the United States post-World War II. A satire of new age yoga culture in west Los Angeles. And a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine.
Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, when seven new series will debut their first episodes in January on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. and U.K.. As with previous pilot seasons, you’ll be invited to watch each of them and provide feedback on the ones you’d like to see become full series.
The seven new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and an impressive roster of talented actors have signed on to bring each pilot to life. Here’s a brief summary of each:
Cocked — A big city corporate lapdog »
Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).
The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details
- Gary Collinson
In its first three pilot seasons, Amazon has mainly focused on half-hour comedies, hour-long dramas, and dramedies that fall somewhere in between. Now, the online-retailer-turned-video-platform has announced its latest wave of original pilots, and they are quite a diverse bunch. Included among the seven pilots are two historical dramas, two dark comedies, two sitcoms, and a docu-series. By offering seven pilots, Amazon is increasing its output; previous pilot seasons contained five entries each. As per usual, some of the pilots come from recognizable names. One of those names is Ridley Scott, who is one of the executive producers of The Man In The High Castle, a series based off a Philip K. Dick work. The pilot explores an alternate history where the Axis Powers won World War II, and it could be Amazon's answer to 11/22/63, the alternate history book adaptation Hulu plans to distribute. Of course, given Scott's recent history with online video, »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon is entering pilot season strong with seven pilots for shows with big names attached. The pilots will include hour-long shows Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, and Point of Honor, half-hour shows Down Dog and Salem Rogers, and the half-hour docu-series The New Yorker Presents. Cocked is the hour-long dark comedy from Lie to Me's Sam Baum and Manhattan's Sam Shaw. It stars Sam Trammell as Richard Paxson, a man who returns to his rural Virginia family after leaving acrimoniously 20 years ago. Now, Paxson returns with his liberal family to the dysfunctional family he left behind, »
- Teresa Jue
Amazon has announced the lineup for its first pilot season of 2015 which is scheduled to debut early in the new year exclusively on Amazon Instant Video in the Us, UK and Germany. That lineup of seven potential series comes from the pages of Philip K. Dick to The New Yorker, and includes stars like Jason Lee, Leslie Bibb, Rachel Dratch, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Dennehy, Michael Imperioli, Rufus Sewell and Sam Trammell. »
Kim (pictured) reports directly to company founder Tannaz Anisi and most recently served as international business manager at South Korean sales outfit 9ers Entertainment, where she acquired the Point Break remake and Johnny Depp adventure comedy Mortdecai.
Comedy Loitering With Intent stars Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell and receives its world market premiere following the world premiere in Tribeca. Adam Rapp directed the story of a beautiful woman whose unexpected arrival disrupts a writers getaway »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
[Since Halloween is this week, Adam, Matt, and I decided to write a bit about the films we watch annually to celebrate the holiday. Click here for Adam's pick, and click here for Matt's pick.] I watch a lot of horror movies, whether it’s Halloween or not. It’s my genre of choice so I’m extremely guilty of watching and re-watching favorites like Scream, The Mist, Poltergeist, The Descent, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, just to name a select few. Any movie with bumps in the night, creatures and/or serial killers can be branded a Halloween-appropriate film, but because my days are filled with blood and guts year-round, on the holiday, I like to go with one of the best Halloween-themed films out there, Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat. Find out more after the jump. Trick ‘r Treat is a horror anthology with five core stories. There’s the situation with Emma (Leslie Bibb) and her Halloween-loving husband, what goes down after the school principal (Dylan Baker) gets a visit from a candy stealer, Laurie’s »
- Perri Nemiroff
“Parenthood” actress Lauren Graham has been cast as a guest star in CBS's upcoming reboot of the Neil Simon classic “The Odd Couple.” Graham, whose NBC series is preparing to wrap up with a sixth and final season, has been cast as Gaby, the ex-wife of Perry's sloppy sportswriter Oscar. Also read: ‘Community’ Alum Yvette Nicole Brown Promoted to Series Regular on CBS's ‘Odd Couple’ Reboot The former “Gilmore Girls” actress also appeared on Perry's short-lived NBC series “Go On.” Also read: Matthew Perry's ‘Odd Couple’ Reboot Casts Leslie Bibb in Recurring Role The upcoming “Odd Couple” will also »
- Tim Kenneally
Los Angeles’ popular horror festival Shriekfest has announced today a new Grand Jury Prize that will award this year's winner a full distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures (“Hell Baby”). Shriekfest runs from Oct. 2-5 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Citing a reach of over 100 million homes, Gravitas Ventures will release the winning film with a VOD distribution deal formed through a collaboration with the filmmakers. The distributor has never shied away from independent genre films, as its library includes “Hell Baby” starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb, “Apartment 1303” with Mischa Barton, and this year's Sundance entry “Jamie Marks »
- Jeff Sneider
Nathan Parsons is going from warring werewolf clans to warring friends.
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The project — written Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Heaven Is for Real, We Were Soldiers) — focuses on two best friends and brothers-in-law (Parsons and Ravenswood‘s Luke Benward) who find themselves on opposite sides of the war.
Parsons recurs as werewolf Jackson on The CW’s The Originals.
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To begin with, let me say that I applaud the goals of No Good Deed. Our screens are filled with fictional psychos, and more often than not their victims are women who, by demand of the screenplay, are too passive, weak or frightened to fight back against their attacker. This is meant to empower the bad guy, and make us in the audience hate him all the more as we await the hero, usually male, to arrive with gun drawn to save the day. On the surface, No Good Deed wants to lampshade the damsel in distress motif and say that damsels can save themselves. Sadly though, even the most wily and proactive of damsels can’t escape atrocious scripting and pacing.
Now, Idris Elba is a man of such towering gravitas that when he says we’re cancelling the apocalypse, you believe it. He’s also no stranger to playing morally dubious characters, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
'No Good Deed' movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in 'No Good Deed') Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film's plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics' derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist »
- Zac Gille
Screen Gems (Sony) released their new thriller flick, "No Good Deed" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was terrific, serving up major suspense, thrills, drama and more. It was way better than I thought it would be. It stars: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, and Henry Simmons. In the new flick, psycho character, Collin (Idris Elba), gets out of prison and kills his hot girlfriend (Kate del Castillo) for cheating on him while he was locked up. From there, Collin eventually makes his way to a stranger's house, posing as a guy who just got in an accident and just needs to use the phone to call a tow truck. The stranger's house just happens to belong to a woman named Terri (Taraji P. Henson), and we soon learn that Terri's husband is the guy that Collin's girlfriend cheated with. »
Screen Gems (Sony) released their new thriller film, "No Good Deed," into theaters this past Thursday, September 11th, and all the reviews are in from the top,major movie critics. It turns out that this film came far from resonating with them as most of them damn near hated it with an overall 27 score out of a possible 100 over at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo and Henry Simmons. We posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Lindsey Bahr from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 score, saying: "There's an intriguing premise buried in there that could have resulted in a smart look inside the mind of a malignant narcissist (which, the movie reminds us over and over again, was Jeffrey Dahmer's diagnosis too)." Dennis Harvey from Variety, gave it a 40 score, stating: "Ensuing action is tamely PG-13 in terms of graphic violence. »
The new thriller No Good Deed starring Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson and Leslie Bibb easily topped the Friday box office results and will go on to win the weekend in its debut. Dolphin Tale 2 will swim into second place though come up short of the original's bow. The Drop played strong in limited release, while Marvel's Guardians the Galaxy is poised to cross another milestone.
No Good Deed is exceeding expectations in raking in $8.8 million on Friday from only 2,175 locations. It should power to between $20 and $25 million through Sunday, well beyond the $13.2 million estimated production budget, and simultaneously bring an end to the four-week streak Guardians the Galaxy enjoyed at the top of the weekend box office results.
The Guardians will make their own noise this weekend and officially cross $300 million at the domestic box office on Saturday after adding $2.09 million on Friday. To put that achievement into perspective, »
Opened in the U.S. and Canada by Sony without press previews, and reportedly shot more than two years ago, this uninspired effort has nonetheless performed above expectations, and is expected to gross as high as $25 million by the end of its Sept. 12 opening weekend.
Colin Evans (Elba) was strongly suspected of guilt in the disappearance and presumed deaths of five young women, but evidence could only be found to convict him on one barroom-brawl manslaughter charge. Five years later he’s up for parole, but when the board reviewing his case denies his release, he violently escapes from the van taking him back to prison. After paying a visit to a former g.f. (Kate del Castillo) who’s understandably not at all pleased to see him, he crashes his stolen car and lands on the suburban Georgia doorstep of Henson’s Terri.
She’s a former state prosecutor »
- Dennis Harvey
Amazon has just announced a new member of one of their main pre-production, as it has added Leslie Bibb as a cast member. She will play the title role in Salem Rogers: Model Of The Year 1998 as the former model who finds herself with issues. Salem is kicked out of rehab and now finds herself working back with her former assistant who went the very opposite role in life. Right now the project is in its very early pre-production.
We are excited to hear more about the show. It seems like it will be an interesting one that shows us the not so glam celebrity life. Plus it will just be based on a unique concept that we do not see much of as of late. That could change if this show does go further. But at least Amazon is looking at making a different kind of network for original shows at last. »
- Sarah Peel
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