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While Parker has some problems, Jason Statham and director Taylor Hackford manage to capture the gritty violence of Donald E. Westlake's criminal pulp character, and his strict criminal code. Based on Westlake's 19th Parker novel Flashfire (written under the name Richard Stark), the film features a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin (Hitchcock and Black Swan) and stars Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr., Bobby Cannavale, Patti LuPone, Emma Booth, and Nick Nolte. The film opens with a great action sequence where Parker (Statham) and his partners, Melander (Chiklis), Carlson (Pierce), Ross (Collins Jr.) and Hardwicke (Hauptman), rob a state fair. When committing a robbery, Parker has one rule - do what he says or »
- Patrick Luce
Another butt-kicker from The Shield is coming to Charming.
EW has learned exclusively that the Emmy-nominated Cch Pounder will join FX’s Sons of Anarchy for a multi-episode arc. She will play Tyne Patterson, a San Joaquin County District Attorney who runs head first into the area’s violent biker ways.
Pounder will first appear in the second episode of Soa, which will return in the fall.
Pounder, who played Detective Claudette Wyms from 2002 to 2008, is the seventh Shield star to guest star on Soa. The others were Jay Karnes, Walton Goggins, Jay Karnes, Benito Martinez, David Rees Snell, and Kenny Johnson. »
- Lynette Rice
Parker Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This Parker (2013) Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates Parker‘s release on Blu-ray and DVD on May 21, 2013. Taylor Hackford‘s Parker‘s cast includes: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr., Bobby Cannavale, Patti LuPone, Carlos Carrasco, Billy Slaughter, and Carl J. Walker. Parker‘s [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
The hit crime thriller Parker is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on May 21. To celebrate, we have an exclusive featurette that takes a look at novelist Donald E. Westlake and his creation of professional thief Parker (Jason Statham), who follows a strict ethics code when attempting various heists. Watch and learn more about the origins of this fan-favorite character, with interviews from the cast and crew.
Parker was released January 25th, 2013 and stars Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr., Bobby Cannavale, Patti LuPone, Carlos Carrasco. The film is directed by Taylor Hackford. »
On Demand DVD New Releases May 20-26. This week’s features include Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen, The Last Stand, and a film that director Steven Soderbergh claims is his last, Side Effects. Other familiar faces on the list this week include Jeremy Irons in Beautiful Creatures, Camilla Belle and Andy Garcia in Open Road, and Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, and Jason Statham in Parker. Beautiful Creatures This supernatural romance, based on the best-selling young-adult fantasy series, takes place in a Southern town where dark secrets are about to come out, as a young man finds he can’t fight his attraction to a [...]
The post On Demand DVD New Releases May 20-26 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Will Dennis Quaid's first foray into series television bring big ratings? Will Vegas be a success or end up being cancelled like so many other newbie shows? Watch the ratings to find out.
Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Vegas will be cancelled or renewed for season two.
These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:
Final season averages: 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.75 million total viewers.
Episode 01-21: Friday, 05/10/13
0.9 in the demo (0% change) with 7.20 »
CBS has canceled "CSI: NY," Vegas," "Golden Boy" and "Rules of Engagement." "CSI: NY," a spinoff of CBS's popular "CSI," had run for nine seasons. "Vegas," a freshman drama starring Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid, premiered last year to promising numbers, but its numbers fell off. In a discouraging sign for the series' fate, it was shifted to Friday nights earlier this year.Its original Tuesday night timeslot was taken by "Golden Boy," which has now also been canceled. The comedy "Rules of Engagement" was in its seventh season. Earlier Friday, CBS picked up six »
- Tim Kenneally
Case closed. CSI: NY has been canceled by CBS after nine seasons. The cancellation of the long-running procedural leaves the original CSI as the franchise's only series left on the air; the network canceled CSI: Miami last season. Also axed? Freshman dramas Vegas, which starred Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, and Golden Boy. Plus, David Spade's sitcom Rules of Engagement was canceled after seven seasons as well. The season nine finale of CSI: NY, which was led by Gary Sinise, brought in 9.39 million viewers when it aired in February. While Vegas brought in an average of 10 million viewers, its 18-49 demo rating was pretty low (0.9) and Golden Boy, which comes from Arrow's Greg »
"Vegas" has been canceled.
CBS decided not to renew the freshman series for a Season 2. The network's decision to cancel "Vegas" comes as no surprise. The series, which stars big name actors Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, has had disappointing ratings by CBS' standards.
In February, Chiklis tried to pacify fans' fears about "Vegas" being canceled:
.@johnleighty1 No! #Vegas is a powerful show with a huge audience that will continue to grow over time. Thanks for watching! #QualityIsKing
— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) February 20, 2013
But the audience hasn't grown. "Vegas" debuted in September with a 2.5 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 14.85 million viewers total, but the numbers have decreased ever since. In March, CBS moved "Vegas" to the deathly Friday timeslot and the ratings have fallen even further.
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- Jaimie Etkin
As expected, CBS decided to make this year the last for CSI: New York, the third spinoff of the CSI mothership that stars Gary Sinise. The drama only averaged a 1.9 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 this season, and 11.27 million viewers.
CBS also shot down a second year of Vegas, the period drama starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis about the mob-infested Sin City, and Golden Boy, a drama about the youngest police commissioner who …. eh, who cares?
After CSI: Miami was booted off the schedule, the clock began ticking for the other spinoff based in the Big Apple, which did »
- Lynette Rice
So a cop walks into an all night diner…No, this isn’t the beginning of a tired joke, this is how the new direct-to-video crime thriller “Pawn” kicks off. Said cop, played by Forest Whitaker, walks smack into the middle of an armed robbery. From this simple set up spools out a twisted web of story threads, layered narrative, and constantly shifting points of view. Though the film starts off strong—not great, but solid—it comes off the rails not far down the line. “Pawn” is one of those movies where you’ve heard of almost everyone in the cast, but never even heard mention of the film. Beyond Whitaker, the credits include Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), Common (“Hell on Wheels”), and actors from “Twilight,” “Gossip Girl,” and many more. Still, despite all the familiar faces, it never adds up to much. One of the »
- Brent McKnight
Perhaps one of the most buzzed-about pilots angling for a fall pick-up this season is Joss Whedon's project at ABC about the agents of Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., which underwent a name change in recent weeks.
Whedon spoke with TVLine about the change of title while at the "Iron Man 3" premiere on Wednesday (April 24), revealing why the show went from the simple "S.H.I.E.L.D." to its current title, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
"I think it had to do with legal things. Ask Michael Chiklis, because I think it's his fault," Whedon joked, referring to the similarly named FX series.
Whedon also touched on the idea of "Avengers"/"S.H.I.E.L.D" crossovers, saying, "What we're trying to do is open the door for that -- but that's not the door to the main room. The big house is that 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' has to work on its own. »
Here is a slew of new release dates for the following films: Dracula - Universal's Dracula origin story directed by Gary Shore and starring Luke Evans (The Raven) will open August 8, 2014. Transcendence - Cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman has been moved up one week to April 18, 2014. Blended - The tentatively-titled new rom-com with Adam Sandler and (possibly) Drew Barrymore will open May 23, 2014. The Purge - The violent speculative-thriller written and directed by James DeMonaco and starring Ethan Hawke (Sinister) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) will open June 7th. State 194 - Dan Setton's documentary on Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will open May 17th. When the Game Stands Tall - Director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) upcoming high school football drama starring James Caviezel (Person of Interest) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield) will open September 19, 2014. Heaven Is for Real - Director »
- Dave Trumbore
With less than three weeks to go until ABC unveils its 2013-14 TV line-up at its May 14 Upfront presentation, questions still surround Joss Whedon‘s pilot about the agents of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. — which internally at the network is currently dubbed Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Question No. 1: Why the ongoing name change? “I think it had to do with legal things,” Whedon told TVLine at Wednesday night’s Iron Man 3 premiere event in Los Angeles. Alluding to a similarly named series that put FX on the map, he quipped: “Ask Michael Chiklis, because »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Suits Gears up Max Beesley for Recurring Role Hotel Babylon's Max Beesley has joined the upcoming third season of USA Network's Suits which starts on July 16th. Sources report that he'll play Stephen Huntley who is Edward Darby's (Conleth Hill) right-hand man and counterpart Gabriel Macht's character. He arrives in the New York office after the merger. Beesley co-stars in Pawn with Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Forest Whitaker, Marton Csokas, Sean Faris, Michael Chiklis and Jessica Szohr. The Anchor Bay release is opened in 1 theater on the 19th of April, and is now available on DVD. Beesley's very experienced in TV, with credits including Mad Dogs, The Reckoning, Survivors, London Ink »
Sean Faris, the actor best known for his roles in Never Back Down and Yours, Mine and Ours, is part of the all-star cast of Pawn, a story about a robbery gone wrong in a small-town diner. Faris plays Nick, a young man just released from prison who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as the robbery unfolds.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Faris about the film. We talked about what drew him to the role, the experience of working with such a phenomenal cast, and much more.
Check out the full interview below.
We Got This Covered: For readers who aren’t familiar with Pawn, can you tell us a little about the film?
- Alexander Lowe
These days, budgets can be pared down thanks to digital photography, letting producers focus more on cast and story, which often means we get some interesting takes on the standard genres. For example, a bungled robbery has been done time and again. But in the newly released Pawn, out today from Anchor Bay, we get an interesting set of characters.
A small group of would-be thieves hit a diner and are frustrated by discovering a dummy safe and decide to wait. Bit by bit, we learn more about the characters as the hours tick down to midnight when the time-locked safe, containing the diner’s cash, will open. We’re given some interesting narrative structure added by superb performances by a familiar cast led by Michael Chiklis. Chiklis is “The Brit”, who leads the gang and largely interacts with the diner’s owner
(Stephen Lang). They banter, the tension rises »
- Robert Greenberger
When the robbery of a quaint diner goes sour, viewers are taken on an intense and twisty thrill ride in the indie Pawn, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD, which features an all-star cast including Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Szohr, Stephen Lang, and Nikki Reed. At the heart of this story is Nick, portrayed convincingly by Sean Faris, a young man just released from prison, who is in the wrong place at the wrong time as the robbery unfolds. I recently had the chance to speak with this talented actor over the phone, to discuss his role in director David A. Armstrong's thriller. Here's what he had to say.
I'm a big Pawn Stars fan, and, for whatever reason, when I first heard of this project years ago, something involving a pawn shop popped into my head. Did you »
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Impossible (drama based on real-life tsunami survivors; Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts; rated PG-13) Gangster Squad (period action drama; Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone; rated R) A Haunted House (spoof comedy; Marlon Wayans, Nick Swarsdon; rated R) Promised Land (drama; Matt Damon, Joseph Krasinski; rated R) Any Day Now (drama; Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt; rated R) Pawn (action; Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis; rated R) Shadow Dancer (thriller; Clive...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Pawn -- starring Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta and Sean Faris -- opens with a seemingly innocent scenario: a cop makes his standard, mid-shift diner stop to grab some grub. But that's when anything resembling normalcy, both on-screen and in the script, evaporates as a series of double crosses and hidden agendas come to light, making the new-to-dvd thriller a nifty little surprise.
ETonline caught up with Faris to talk about his role as reformed (?) convict Nick in the movie, and how he's been adjusting to the mystery surrounding his new Pretty Little Liars character, Detective Holbrook!
ETonline: This script is full of twists and turns. What was your reaction to first reading it?
Sean Faris: It took me about 15 minutes to realize that what I was reading wasn't exactly how things were playing out. The writer did a great job of taking you down a path and making you think this is where the story »
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