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One question buzzing round the heads of attendees to WonderCon this year is probably: How is the new Fantastic Four movie going to turn out?‘
Whether this question takes the form of a quick ponder or a rambling inner-monologue, it’s a matter worth considering as the cinematic history of the biologically-enhanced quartet is patchy at best. The 1994 movie, made for contractual reasons and showcasing a Thing that at best looked like an angry ape’s lower appendage, has passed into legend for all the wrong reasons.
The characters were given a polish for two high profile outings in the Noughties, but these films were critically-derided and best remembered for having a Welshman as Mr Fantastic, an overly-distracting Sue Storm and a future Captain America as The Human Torch. Even Michael Chiklis, struggling to get his lines out through layers of rubber, couldn’t lend any gravitas to the project. »
- Steve Palace
If, like us, you're stuffed full of Easter chocolate and unable to move, never fear - at least there's lots of telly on the box. Take tonight, when Tommy Cooper gets the ITV biopic treatment in two-hour film Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. With a biopic about Cilla Black on the way as well, DS couldn't help but wonder what other legends we'd like to see get the BAFTA-worthy drama treatment. Read on for our picks, while we polish our shoes ready for the inevitable awards ceremony call...
Gary Numan - Electric Friend (Tom Eames, Entertainment Reporter)
A film about the godfather of electro pop and industrial paranoia is crying out to be made, and maybe a TV film would be the best platform. Electric Friend would chart the story of a shy, socially awkward youth who would often get into trouble at school, turning to the »
In Tim Story's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Johnny Storm, played by Chris Evans ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") has an encounter with the Silver Surfer that allows him to swap superpowers with members of his superhero team. In one memorable scene, Ben Grimm/Thing, played by Michael Chiklis ("The Commish"), is intrigued by Johnny's new ability and when he touches Johnny, Ben swaps his Thing form for Johnny's Human Torch powers. Flame on! Of course, Johnny is not pleased with his new rock-like skin and freaks out. It's a fairly humorous scene, but it could've looked a bit different. The image above, that's a piece of concept art that artist Dark Hoffman rendered for the film. As you can see, it is a much bulkier version of a transformed Johnny Storm as compared to the theaterical version that was ultimately chosen. Images of the final version »
Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but we know that the next season of "American Horror Story" will have a carnival theme and that several recurring cast members will return. One of those actors is "True Blood's" Denis O'Hare, who just spilled some beans about his character.
In an interview with Vulture, O'Hare confirmed that he will be appearing in all ten episodes of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" and doing battle with Jessica Lange's character. "I’m going to be working at cross-purposes with her. We’re going to be like this," he told the site, crossing his fingers.
Without giving too much away, O'Hare hinted that his character will be "a collector of freaks," rather than a freak himself.
- John Squires
With series creator Ryan Murphy revealing that the forthcoming American Horror Story season will be called Freak Show, the internet has become abuzz with anticipation. Each year the show has taken a different horror premise and Freak Show is set to follow in the footsteps of Murder House, Asylum and Coven. What we know exactly about Freak Show is limited, but described here.
In the previous three seasons American Horror Story has covered a wide range of horror staples, from alien abductions to witches, serial killers, voodoo and evil Nazi doctors. But what must Freak Show do to stand out from the seasons that came before it? With a simply astounding ensemble cast lined up, there is high hopes that Freak Show can be the best American Horror Story year yet.
But it will be the last season to feature Jessica Lange, so there is the expectation that she »
- Brian Chapman
Between 1992 and 2003, De La Salle High School had an unheard of winning streak of 151 games and not one single loss. The team was riding high on a wave of victory, with Coach Bob Ladouceur and Assistant Coach Terry Eidson steering the ship through the waters of history. Unfortunately, all good streaks come to an end, and end it did. This loss tore apart a town, and inspired everything from familial abuse to a shooting death of one of the players to Ladouceur suffering a heart attack. At least, this is what the trailer to the film about the events (recently released on Yahoo) would have you believe. Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest) is playing the role of Coach Ladouceur, with Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, Eagle Eye) backing him up as Assistant Coach Eidson, and Thomas Carter (who's covered high school sports at the movies before »
It seems like it's been awhile since I've seen one of those inspirational sports movies that is based on a true story. I've always been a fan of them, and there's a new one coming out called When The Game Stands Tall. It's based on the the longest winning streak in sports history, and what happened when it ended. We have a trailer for the film to share with you today, and it looks like a really good movie!
Northern California's De La Salle High School's football team went 12 years and 151 games without losing a game. The story revolves around on the lives of the football players, coaches, and their families after the streak ended.
The movie was directed by Thomas Carter (Coach Carter), and it has a solid ensemble cast that features Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, and Alexander Ludwig. Sony Pictures will release the movie on August 22nd. »
- Joey Paur
When The Game Stands Tall Trailer. Thomas Carter‘s When The Game Stands Tall (2014) movie trailer stars Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern, and Clancy Brown. When The Game Stands Tall‘s plot synopsis: “Inspired by a true story, When The Game Stands Tall tells the remarkable journey of [...]
Continue reading: When The Game Stands Tall (2014) Movie Trailer: Team w/ 151-Game Win Streak »
- Rollo Tomasi
While America’s favorite annual pastime, baseball, is just beginning the 2014 season, the studios are making sure the game of football is not far from the minds of moviegoers.
The NFL based movie Draft Day opens this weekend in theaters and when the Friday Night Lights of High School football ramps up in the dog days of Summer, Sony Pictures will be releasing the new sports drama When The Game Stands Tall on August 22nd.
Inspired by a true story, When The Game Stands Tall tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
- Michelle McCue
The latest trailer for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s When The Game Stands Tall sets out to prove the film isn’t just another sports movie. Based on a true story, it chronicles the events after the De La Salle High School football team from Concord, Calif., loses its 12-year winning streak — the longest in football history — and is faced with the task of finding its way back to the top. Watch the new trailer below:
- Pamela Gocobachi
Inspired by a true story, When the Game Stands Tall tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (James Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. Check out the first trailer before this sports drama makes its debut in theaters August 22, also starring Laura Dern, Alexander Ludwig and Michael Chiklis.
When the Game Stands Tall comes to theaters August 22nd, 2014 and stars James Caviezel, Laura Dern, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Starlette Miariaunii, Stephanie Grote, Sandra Taylor, Teri Wyble. The film is directed by Thomas Carter. »
Apparently it’s the night for inspirational movie trailers, as Sony Pictures has now released the first trailer for director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) sports drama When the Game Stands Tall. The film tells the true story of the longest winning streak for any American sport, held by the football team of De La Salle High School. However, instead of focusing on their rise to glory, When the Game Stands Tall revolves around what happened when that 151-game streak was broken and how the fallout affected the team, coaches, and town. It looks to be quite similar in tone and focus to Friday Night Lights, with an emphasis on the lives of the players and not just the game itself. Hit the jump to watch the debut When the Game Stands Tall trailer. The film stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, and Laura Dern. When the Game Stands Tall »
- Adam Chitwood
The trailer for director Thomas Carter's sports drama When the Game Stands Tall has arrived. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies . Starring Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig, When the Game Stands Tall is inspired by a true story, detailing the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. When the Game Stands Tall hits theaters August 22. »
Variety reports unknown Toby Kebbell has been offered the role of Doctor Doom in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Doom is a super genius, sorcerer, and the Four's archenemy. In the 2005 incarnation of the adaptation, he was played by Julian McMahon. Kebbell would be joining a cast that already includes Michael B. Jordan (the Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic Reed Richards), and Jamie Bell (The Thing). That's a pretty cool group to hang out with, even if they're no Michael Chiklis. »
- Jesse David Fox
After American Horror Story: Coven made itself a female powerhouse of a cast, I was hoping the newer season would counteract the gender inequality. With American Horror Story: Freak Show, there’s no reason not to add a few more gentlemen to the cast. We were already expecting frequent collaborator Evan Peters to be sticking around for the season and Denis O’Hare has been in talks to return, but that’s still the same amount of men who appeared last season. Thankfully, it looks like Michael Chiklis is joining the cast in a meaningful way. I just hope he doesn’t die.
Chiklis’ casting was announced, according to Variety, at American Horror Story’s Paleyfest panel. It was reported he’ll be playing the former husband of Kathy Bates’ character, also making him the father of Evan Peters’ character. While it was stated that Chiklis is playing a key role in the season, »
- Brody Gibson
Idw Entertainment, the recently launched division of comic book publisher Idw, has entered a partnership with Entertainment One Television to co-develop, co-fund and co-produce television series based on Idw’s library of more than 300 original properties. eOne and Idw will fully fund development of each project with the intent of securing direct-to-series commitments from broadcast and cable networks. Related: Idw, Michael Chiklis Developing ‘Pantheon’ TV Series Based On Actor’s Comic Books Idw Publishing CEO Ted Adams and Ozer will serve as executive producers on the projects, as will eOne CEO John Morayniss and Benedict Carver, eOne’s Svp Filmed Entertainment, who will oversee the deal on behalf of eOne. Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead), which oversees packaging and creative development for Idw Entertainment, will lead the creative development and production under the deal with eOne, with the company’s Rick Jacobs and David Alpert serving as executive producers. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It seems Chris Evans still has some fondness for the Human Torch role! The Captain America: The Winter Soldier actor played Johnny Storm in both Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and was arguably the best thing (along with Michael Chiklis' Thing) about both movies. He has stated in the past that he wasn't particularly happy with how the movies turned out, but while talking to NY Daily News, Evans admits to feeling "precious" about the character -- while giving Michael B. Jordan his blessing to take over the role in the upcoming reboot. “It’s so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it. But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting like you almost can’t wait. I couldn’t even give that guy any advice if I wanted, »
It’s been 12 years since FX became a destination for daring TV, emerging from the primordial ooze with The Shield, Nip/Tuck, and Rescue Me over the course of three years between 2002-2005. Last week, at the Paley Center two men at the center of that early network success – Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy and Shield star Michael Chiklis – announced that they were teaming up to power the 4th season of FX Network’s horror anthology, American Horror Story, as it goes to the “freak show” this time around.
Joining American Horror Story alums Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Gadbourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, and Denis O’Hare this season, Chiklis will ...
- Jason Tabrys
It was recently announced that Shield star Michael Chiklis has joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story: Freak Show. The news comes from THR who says that the fourth season of the FX horror anthology will be set in "Jupiter, Fla., in 1950 and will again star Jessica Lange. This time, the Emmy winner will portray a German ex-Pat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country."
Returning members of the series cast include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Kathy Bates. Denis O'Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return. They will play performers that Lange's character has rescued.
It was also revealed that Chiklis will be playing the father to Peters' character and the ex-husband of Bates' character. »
- Joey Paur
'Fantastic Four' star Michael Chiklis (below) is the latest to sign up for FX's 'American Horror Story: Freak Show', at least according to show creator Ryan Murphy. Chiklis is set to take the role of Evan Peters' on-screen father in the fourth season which will move the action to a Floridian based freak show which will be set in 1950. Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Jamie Brewer, Denis O'Hare and Frances Conroy will all be returning once more but this will mark the final season on Ahs for veteran star Jessica Lange. »
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