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Will Shonda Rhimes hot streak of hits continue unabated?
We’ll know come November 8 (aka Election Day), seeing how the powerhouse producer’s (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder) latest project — along with fellow Shondaland Ep Betsy Beers — involved producing a short film about presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton that preceded her historic address at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
VideosPresident Barack Obama Pleads ‘Don’t Boo, Vote,’ Makes ‘Birther’ Movement Joke in Democratic Convention Speech
Narrated by God himself Morgan Freeman, the 12-minute video found Clinton in a kitchen setting, discussing her upbringing, along with a »
*Updated with the official press release.* Those who dared to face the Tall Man have played a good game, but that game is not quite finished. Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to the remastered first entry and the anticipated last movie in the Phantasm franchise, and they will release both films in theaters this fall.
Press Release: Dallas, TX (July 28, 2016) – Well Go USA Entertainment announced its acquisition of North American rights for Don Coscarelli’s legendary Phantasm series, including an all-new 4K restoration of the original 1979 cult classic Phantasm: Remastered, never-before-seen HD restorations of 1994’s Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead and 1998’s Phantasm IV: Oblivion, and the long-anticipated debut of the fifth and final film in the series, 2016’s Phantasm: Ravager.
On October 7th, for the first time ever, the Phantasm series will be available in remastered, high-definition versions across all cable and digital platforms. »
- Derek Anderson
Disney and Lucasfilm are getting ready to go full-steam ahead on getting the hype train moving for their next Star Wars movie. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is due out in December, and because it is a Star Wars movie, there will be months of press, details slowly leaking out and mounting anticipation for the follow up to The Force Awakens. But Rogue One is going to be a very different type of Star Wars movie, and Disney has their work cut out for them to help the mainstream audience understand that.
The studio recently got a lot of excitement built up thanks to a massive amount of coverage about the movie from Entertainment Weekly, which got a lot of people on board. Prior to all of the new details that were revealed about Rogue One in that EW spread, we didn't know all that much about the movie. »
Star Trek Beyond, 2016.
Directed by Justin Lin.
Three years into their five year mission, the crew of the USS Enterprise face their biggest test yet upon encountering a hostile alien force in unexplored territory, which sees Captain James T. Kirk truly discover what it means to be a Starfleet Captain…
We were all a bit worried about this, weren’t we? Let’s be honest. Star Trek Beyond could have been quite the disaster. A production which changed gears very late on, with a script by co-star Simon Pegg & writer Doug Jung written late in the day, not to mention riding in over three years later off the back of Star Trek Into Darkness, a movie that’s depreciated significantly in the public consciousness since release as a picture »
- Tony Black
Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek Into Darkness.
It was among the worst-kept movie secrets of 2013: the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. Long before the movie's release, speculation had swirled around the character's anonymous-sounding name: John Harrison. Clearly, fans realised, it was a cover for something far more dramatic.
Wasn't it more likely that Cumberbatch was actually lined up to play a recognisable character from the Star Trek canon? Some suggested Harrison might actually be Charlie Evans, the sinister teenage boy with psychic powers who terrorised the Enterprise in the second ever Original Series episode, Charlie X. Others suggested Cumberbatch might be taking on the role of Khan Noonien Singh, a character first introduced in series one's Space Seed. »
This week’s debate constitutes a kind of sequel to last week’s weighing of the value of a big-budget Hollywood film like Ghostbusters—which is appropriate enough, since we’re of course talking about yet another sequel, the new Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond. The latest entry in the almost 50-year-old franchise is the second since J. J. Abrams introduced a new main cast in 2009’s Star Trek, and for many critics, including Time’s Stephanie Zacharek, Beyond is the best nu-Trek yet:Sometime in the 1980s, before Internet trolls roamed the Earth, television’s original Star Trek got a bad name, or at least a lot of side eye, for spawning legions of nerdy, trivia-spouting loyalists who were boring at parties. Those were the days! Star Trek, as created by Gene Roddenberry, was an unapologetic expression of optimism, a vow of faith in interplanetary civic values. Its gentle »
Back in 2014 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still a very intangible, mysterious thing, we got reports that Harrison Ford was injured on the set. We later found out that it was due to a door on the Millennium Falcon malfunctioning which fell on him and pinned his leg between the door and the floor. He was taken to a hospital, treated and was ultimately able to finish reprising his role as Han Solo. As it turns out, the injury could have been much more severe and according to a recent court hearing, Ford could have been killed.
A recent report from The Guardian gave some details on a recent court hearing that took place in Milton Keynes, England. The company that was responsible for the incident, Foodles Production, pleaded guilty to two separate counts that breached various health and safety codes they were expected to adhere to. According to the prosecutor Andrew Marshall, »
The company that created the hydraulic Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago has pleaded guilty to failing to protect actors and workers on set. Foodles Productions, which The New York Times reported was a Disney subsidiary that was named ridiculously in an effort to fool and repel Star Wars fans from filming sites, said it was responsible on two counts: failing to ensure safety and failing to keep Ford and other actors away from hazardous situations.
Over the weekend, Marvel Studios once again absolutely dominated Hall H at at San Diego Comic-Con, which came as no surprise, but that doesn't mean the panel was without surprises. Kevin Feige and the rest of the Marvel family came to play, bringing Spider-Man: Homecoming footage, Baby Groot and the whole Black Panther cast. But there is no doubt that the studio heavily focused on the upcoming Doctor Strange. One of the major reveals about the movie was that it will introduce the multiverse into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
For those who may be more of a casual fan and may not understand exactly what that means, the multiverse is a collection of various timelines and universes, which can allow for alternate versions of characters and storylines to co-exist. Doctor Strange is the perfect character to introduce this concept, but that means potentially big things for the future. Director Scott Derrickson »
Last weekend, Star Trek Beyond proved there is still life in the iconic Star Trek franchise after 50 years, taking the top spot at the box office with $59.2 million. While, admittedly, it was the lowest debut since filmmaker J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise in 2009, it received glowing reviews and it may have more longevity in theaters than its predecessors. This weekend, it will go up against three newcomers, Universal's long-awaited Jason Bourne, Stx Entertainment's comedy Bad Moms and Lionsgate's Nerve, which actually opens in theaters tomorrow. We're predicting that Jason Bourne should have no trouble coming out on top in its opening weekend with $60.3 million.
The original Bourne movie trilogy is one of the few to have a bigger box office performance each time out, with many franchises increasing with the second movie and dropping with the third. 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum earned $69.2 million in its opening weekend, en route to »
When news broke in 2014 that Harrison Ford had been injured on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, his leg pinned beneath the door of the Millennium Falcon, it seemed a minor—if symbolic—setback. Sure, filming was delayed while Ford recuperated, but J.J. Abrams later said the time off actually ended up helping him refocus the script and rallied the crew. And as for Ford—while there was a certain, your-Dad-thought-he-could-still-skateboard embarrassment to being hurt by the thing he once piloted with such cocky bravado—he didn’t seem to let it affect his mood, remaining as cheerily, unflappably hostile as ever. So we all laughed it off, made our quippy Star Wars references, and moved on with our lives. But hey, as it turns out, Harrison Ford could have been killed! That’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it?
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- Sean O'Neal
Chicago – After he reigned as the father in the classic 1979 film “Breaking Away,” actor Paul Dooley suddenly became everyone’s Dad – and by everyone that meant Molly Ringwald (“Sixteen Candles”), Julia Roberts (“Runaway Bride”) and Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”). He tells all in Part Two of a comprehensive interview.
The former “Paul Brown’ was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City. He got his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
London – A British production company owned by Disney pleaded guilty Tuesday to two health and safety violations on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in connection with an incident during filming that resulted in a broken leg for Harrison Ford.
Ford, reprising his role as Han Solo, was walking through the spaceship Millennium Falcon when a hydraulically operated door knocked him over and pinned him to the floor. Although he suffered only a broken left leg in the June 2014 accident, the force of the blow could have killed him, prosecutors said.
London-based Foodles Production acknowledged that it broke the law on the Pinewood Studios set. It pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to ensure workplace safety. Two other charges were dropped. Sentencing is expected to take place next month.
Ford, then 71, was airlifted to a hospital in Oxfordshire for treatment. He eventually completed filming on the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster. »
- Henry Chu
I can clearly remember the moment that guaranteed that I would never be a Star Trek in the same way I am a fan of so many other science fiction properties. I got a very bad cold in summer camp when I was nine years-old and was put in the infirmary, the only place in the camp that had television. I don’t remember if I choose the programming or if someone else did but I watched an entire evening of Deep Space Nine a feverish miserable mess (so feverish that it could have only been one episode as far as I know) and I’ve never quite gotten over that association enough to enjoy the show as an adult. Unlike Star Wars, DC, Marvel, Firefly, Buffy, et al I have no connection to the Star Trek franchise past enjoying a few of their cinematic efforts and enjoying others less. »
- Arthur Tebbel
Did the Democratic National Convention peak on Night 1?
Michelle Obama will certainly be a tough headliner to follow, thanks to a profoundly personal speech that talked plainly about her own experiences as First Lady, laid our her rationale for why Hillary Clinton deserves to be president, and threw more shade than an oversized beach umbrella on Republican nominee Donald Trump — without ever mentioning him by name.
Below are five of the more provocative passages from Obama’s speech — which seemed to unite even the most divided Democrats into fits of thunderous applause. »
Prior to taking the stage at Night 1 of the Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama was honored by J.J. Abrams with a video package commemorating her work for the betterment of others.
VideosSNL Vet (and U.S. Senator) Al Franken Gives Joke-Filled DNC Speech: Grade It!
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director/Alias creator produced the two-minute retrospective not only to pay tribute to the exiting Flotus, but to show the lasting impact she’s had on an entire generation of children who look up to her for her admirable public service efforts.
“The First Lady has »
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an unusually personal speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, expressing her enthusiastic support for former First Lady Hillary Clinton while deriding Republican candidate Donald Trump without ever uttering his name. "Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great," she said in a pointed reference to Trump's campaign slogan. "This, right now, is the greatest country on earth." Obama also got personal during the speech, speaking candidly about daughters Malia and Sasha, and how she and the president have coached them to remain above the fray while facing criticism. "We don't stoop to their level. »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd and Ale Russian
With a speech that brought the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia repeatedly to its feet and united the fighting factions of the party, Michelle Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight after a retrospective video produced by J.J. Abrams (watch it below). Greeted with a standing ovation and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” the First Lady said, “It’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk to you about… »
As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary, Paramount Pictures has unleashed the third instalment of its rebooted series – and the thirteenth movie overall – with the Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond enjoying a worldwide opening haul of $89.3 million.
Domestically, Beyond topped the chart with $59.3 million, which is down on the previous two instalments, with 2009’s Star Trek debuting to $75.2 million and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness opening with $70.2 million.
Beyond cost $185 million, so should go on to turn a small profit for the studio, which will surely be a relief for Paramount given they have already announced a fourth movie, which will see Chris Hemsworth reprising the role of George Kirk.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm »
- Gary Collinson
San Diego — Screening Room, the home streaming movie service backed by Napster co-founder Sean Parker and former SFX Entertainment executive Prem Akkaraju, made waves earlier this year with big names like Peter Jackson and J.J. Abrams supporting the platform. With his producer Jon Landau, James Cameron was one of the first filmmakers to speak out against it, arguing for the sanctity of the theatrical experience.
But what is the future of exhibition, really? While promoting the 30th anniversary of “Aliens” at Comic-Con last week, Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd spoke to Variety about what that future could be, the pitfalls of virtual reality and the importance of exhibitors to protect the experience and infrastructure they already have in place.
- Kristopher Tapley
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