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“Every winning streak will have to end sometime.”
In recognition of the job HBO CEO Michael Fuchs had done growing HBO and diversifying its business, he was invited uptown in 1995 to take over Warner Music while still keeping HBO as part of his new, expanded dominion. Assuming Fuchs’ top exec slot at HBO was Jeff Bewkes.
Not long after Fuchs had been given command of HBO in 1984 after the ouster of Frank Biondi, it had been clear that Fuchs’ strengths were not universal. Programming and long-term strategic vision were his fortes. Some of the more mundane and, for Fuchs, onerous tasks, such as kissing up to officers of the major cable MSOs, was something for which the often high-handed Fuchs didn’t have much of an affinity. The solution had been to divvy the company up, putting those non-Fuchsian — but critically important — responsibilities under a newly-created office of President. »
- Bill Mesce
We're just two weeks away from the start of the American Film Market, which means lots of small, blurry sales art is heading our way; and today we have a look at an early poster for the currently in production Backcountry.
Look for more soon!
Backcountry is a tense thriller about a young couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex is a seasoned camper while Jenn is... not. After much convincing, she finally agrees to let him take her to one of his favorite spots, the secluded Blackfoot Trail. They push deeper and deeper into the forest, Alex insisting that he remembers the way. However, the farther they go, the less certain he becomes. After three days, their path disappears: They are hopelessly lost. »
- Debi Moore
The first casting news has arrived for Adam McDonald's survival thriller Backcountry as Eric Balfour ("Haven"), Nicholas Campbell (Antiviral), Missy Peregrym ("Reaper"), and Jeff Roop ("Heartland") have all signed up for a bloody good time!
The news comes to us from the Canadian website Playback, and cameras are now rolling in the Great White North. Look for more on this one as we get it!
Backcountry is a tense thriller about a young couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex is a seasoned camper while Jenn is... not. After much convincing, she finally agrees to let him take her to one of his favorite spots, the secluded Blackfoot Trail. They push deeper and deeper into the forest, Alex insisting that he remembers the way. However, the farther they go, the less certain he becomes. After three days, their path disappears: They are hopelessly lost. Without food or water, »
- Uncle Creepy
Balfour plays a mysterious outdoorsman who may or may not be who he says he is. Campbell plays a world-weary park ranger. Shooting began this week in Canada.
The film concerns a young couple, Alex, a seasoned camper and Jenn who is not. After much convincing, Jenn agrees to accompany Alex to his favorite campsite along the secluded Blackfoot Trail. Insisting he remembers the way, they push deep into the wilderness. After three days, their path disappears, then their food, and then their water.
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Viewership for Haven came down last season but Syfy still renewed the series. Will the ratings continue to fall this season or will the rise? Will the show be cancelled or brought back for season five? Time will tell.
On Haven, FBI Agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and Officer Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) investigate strange occurrences in the small town of Haven, Maine. Others in the cast include Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell, Richard Donat, John Dunsworth, Colin Feruson, Emma Lahana, Adam Copeland, and Christian Camargo.
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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $29.96, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Vaughn’s Billy McMahon and Wilson’s Nick Campbell are salesmen whose careers are torpedoed by the digital age. In an if-you-can’t-beat-’em, join-’em move, Billy and Nick win spots in a coveted internship with Google. But then they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a chance at employment.
Vaughn came up with the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), with Shawn Levy (Real Steel) directing. The film also stars Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Aasif Mandvi (Premium Rush), Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street).
*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by IFC Films. Director/writer: Brandon Cronenberg. Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue, Nicholas Campbell and Malcolm McDowell. Antiviral is the first feature film from Brandon Cronenberg. Brandon takes much of his influence from his father and Canadian director David Cronenberg. Both directors utilize body horror and surreal settings in their horror features. Antiviral is no different. The film is set in a future, celebrity obsessed world, in which citizens will pay to be infected with the virus of their favourite celeb'. Events get even stranger thanks to Karim Hussain's cinematography, which amplifies the film's strong themes of a sick society. Antiviral is a brilliant film from Cronenberg and the story pokes fun at celebrity obsessed culture, in a sly fashion. The story begins with Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones). Syd is a salesman; he sells the infections of celebrities. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
After striking comedic gold eight years ago with Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite for The Internship, a comedy about crashing the system at Google. In theory it sounds like a no brainer, but whilst the duo’s chemistry is still evident, this is a far more forgettable effort than their 2005 hit.
Directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel), the film follows Billy McMahon (Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Wilson), salesmen who find themselves outdated and unemployed in the wake of the digital era. After struggling to find full-time work, the pair eventually talk their way into a coveted internship at Google. With a team of misfits (naturally) and only a few jobs available at the end of the program, they must compete against a group of tech-savvy students who are themselves vying for a career jump-start.
It’s a basic fish-out-of-water setup that nonetheless has »
- Amon Warmann
Director: Shawn Levy.
Running Time: 119 minutes.
Synopsis: Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.
The Internship director Shawn Levy has given us the likes of Night At The Museum and the underrated Date Night, so when heading to this Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson buddy comedy, you have a notion of what to expect. Beyond some initial doubts and a somewhat predictable turn of events, The Internship is surprisingly charming and a little more invigorating than recent comedies.
We start in the lives of Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson), wristwatch salesmen working for John Goodman’s stereotypical boss figure. But just as they’re setting up a big deal, »
- Dan Bullock
Review Ron Hogan 10 Jun 2013 - 06:07
Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) are the last of a dying breed. Wining and dining, schmoozing and pimping, honest-to-goodness salesmen. That's what they do, they push product, specifically wristwatches. If that seems like an industry that's dying, that's because it is. After one last attempted sale, the boys find out that their company has officially gone under and they, like so many other people, are out of work. The watch salesman is going the way of the cooper, the blacksmith, and the Vcr repairman.
Out of a job and with no real prospects, Billy spends his night stumbling along Google via two-fingered typing only to discover a great opportunity to leave behind the world of sales and reach into the future. »
New 'The Internship' movie delivered great comedy,storyline,drama & more. 20th Century Fox released their new comedy flick, "The Internship" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out,and thought it was absolutely excellent. It actually turned out to be better than I thought it would be. It dished up a ton of great comedy,along with a terrific,feel good,storyline. And I know Google was loving it as it was just a 2 hour commercial for them. The movie stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Dylan O'Brien, JoAnna Garcia, Eric Andre, Josh Brener, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael, and Will Ferrell. In the new flick, Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) and Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) ,end going for an internship at Google in hopes of landing permanent jobs there. Supposedly, this was their ultimate goal in life after incurring many failures in other sales ventures. »
In The Internship, director Shawn Levy (Reel Steel) follows former businessmen Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) who find their sales skills suddenly lacking in the wake of the digital age. After their employer shuts down the company, the pair struggle to find full-time work but successfully talk their way into highly coveted internships at Google. Unfortunately, limited positions are available at the Internet services powerhouse, so McMahon and Campbell must compete with teams of tech-savvy college students who are eager to get their careers off the ground.
However, as the aging second-profession interns form unexpected friendships and gain experience in the fast-paced world of Google, they come to realize the only way to standout amidst a crowd of online savants is to find a balance ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Can it really be eight years since Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson teamed up for the comedy smash Wedding Crashers? Yup, when they say time flies sometimes it speeds by like a rocket (or a certain caped Kryptonian). That flick showed that R-rated laugh fests could be profitable once again and paved the way for Judd Apatow and the Hangover trilogy. Since then both actors have kept fairly busy with Owen co-starring in the occasional rom-com and Vaughn honing his fast-talking wiseguy character. Now the boys have partnered up once more. They’re not the hard partyin’ “playas” from the last decade. The territory is PG-13 for this outing, because they’re not trying to score babes. These now forty-somethings are trying to score a job, a gig pursued by folks half their age. Such is the plot of their new comic caper The Internship.
Modern technology has broken up »
- Jim Batts
Ever since Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson charmed us with their buddy comedy antics in Wedding Crashers, people have been wondering if these two stars would ever reunite again to rekindle the hilarious fire that once was. Ok, maybe I don’t speak for everyone, but at least I’ve been wondering when Vaughn and Wilson would team up for another buddy comedy, and my questions were answered when Shawn Levy’s The Internship was announced. Two bumbling ex-salesmen trying to fit in at the world’s largest and most powerful tech company? Sure, my expectations weren’t sky high, but the Vaughn/Wilson connection was enough to drag me to the theater, and you know what – I surprisingly don’t regret my decision in the least. I know, I’ve seen other reviews, you can just go ahead and start hating on me now.
Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and »
- Matt Donato
It’s hard to believe that after 2005’s “Wedding Crashers,” Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn waited eight years to team-up again (especially given that they were offered countless re-up options after that R-rated comedy surprisingly soared to almost $210 million domestically). Anyway, they're back together for “The Internship” of all movies; a watered-down PG-13 version of these same characters -- it really might as well be them only almost a decade later --only this time older, more obsolete and jobless. It’s “Google Crashers” minus the piquant humor (for the most part anyhow) right down to the same rapport and character archetypes the two shared in the original ‘Crashers.’ A tedious set-up reveals antiquated salesmen Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) and Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) who are relics from the past in for a rude awakening. The outdated albeit charming pair are quickly embarrassed during a sales pitch, their outdated-ness typified by the horrible, »
- Rodrigo Perez
The young Cronenberg Offers 'Cold, Clammy' Look at Celebrity Idolatry Gone Amok in the 21st century Antiviral (first released in 2012). Direction and Screenplay by Brandon Cronenberg. Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell, Wendy Crewson, Douglas Smith, Sheila McCarthy, Joe Pingue, and Nicholas Campbell. (Pictured above: Landry Jones holds a celebrity-related specimen in writer-director Cronenberg's film debut. Image via distributor IFC Films / IFC Midnight.) There will come a day, and a blessed day it will be, when we reach the saturation point in our obsession with celebrity. It’s proven a resilient phenomenon, brought on by the Internet’s "24-minute" news cycle, dozens of cable channels needing cheap reality-show talent who’ll do anything for fame and, of course, our tragically misplaced priorities. Oddly enough, one of the very best movies to tackle our fascination with celebrity was released in the pre-Internet era: released in 1983, Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy »
- Mark Keizer
"Community" brought Scott Fish and Kasra Ajir together. Just as their respective clients Danny Pudi and Alison Brie were working together on the NBC comedy, the two talent managers agreed to form what is today Velocity Entertainment Partners. "We wanted something to assert our excitement to have long-term direction for our clients," Ajir told Backstage. "We don't carry the crazy overhead of the big companies. We're able to serve a small list [of actors, writers and directors] and hopefully build a brand for them." The new firm, which also includes managers Joe Riley and Nick Campbell, will weigh in with 75 to 100 clients across its literary and talent side. The Wilshire Boulevard office wants to be a "heavy hitter with a boutique feel." At large firms where managers have long lists, "it gets to a point where it's just throwing it at the wall and seeing what sticks," said Ajir, who noted "Velocity" is meant to »
The progeny of filmmakers can often go through rough rides in terms of how they are treated by film fans. Having an easy leg up in their career’s infancy can often lead to cries of nepotism which can burn some out but also spur some on to really prove themselves. It’s a little early to see where the career of Brandon Cronenberg will go but the pre-release buzz for his debut feature Antiviral would have it that the apple has not fallen far from the tree. With a trailer which basically screams “Cronenbergian (circa 1980′s)” it could be easy to suggest that for his debut, Cronenberg Junior has been rather lazy in his choices. That is until you see the film which proves that while he may »
- Ian Loring
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