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From Hollywood stars to media experts, many people were quick to chime in on President Barack Obama chastising Sony for pulling “The Interview” from theaters in the wake of the recent crippling cyberattack.
Obama sympathized with Sony’s plight during a press conference Friday, but he was firm in his stance that not releasing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy following two journalists charged with assassinating North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was a mistake.
“I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced … having said all that, »
- Alicia Banks
Yesterday we learned that Paramount Pictures is looking to hire one of these five directors to direct Star Trek 3: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of those directors I'd love to see Jones take on the project, but he's probably going to be busy developing Warcraft. Wyatt is the next best choice, and perhaps he's the studio's favorite as he just made The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg for them. Thanks to Badass Digest, we have some information on why the previously attached director, Roberto Orci, is no longer attached. One of those reasons was because the studio wanted Star Trek 3 to be more like Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and Orci wasn't on board with the idea so he walked.
The site reports that Orci »
- Joey Paur
Since Roberto Orci stepped away from the director's chair for Star Trek 3, we've heard a rumor that Edgar Wright was wanted for the job. Then Star Trek: First Contact director Jonathan Frakes threw his name into the hat hoping to get the job. Now we have a list of five directors that are currently in the running to take on the challenge. Those directors include: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of this current list, which comes from Deadline, my favorite choice is Duncan Jones. I think he's the most talented of the bunch, and could really bring something new, fun, and unique to the franchise that none of those other directors could bring. My second choice would be Wyatt, because he did do a great job »
- Joey Paur
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
Digging for Fire / U. »
Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Premieres category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly: Seoul Searching – Directed and Written by Benson Lee; starring Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, and Esteban Ahn, Byul Kang. Ten Thousand Saints – Co-directed and co-written by Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman; starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch. Zipper – Directed and co-written by Mora Stephens; starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Winstone, John Cho, and Dianna Agron Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. Seoul Searching A comedy set in the '80s about a group of foreign-born Korean teenagers who meet at a Seoul summer camp to learn what it means to be Korean. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »
- Eric Lavallee
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.
Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”
By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.
Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Institute effectively filled out its slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with the announcement of the always star-friendly premieres category. It's also where many former Sundance filmmakers bring their second, third and even fourth films back to the fest. This year the category features 16 world premieres and almost all of them are from Sundance alumni, including Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), Joe Swanberg ("VHS"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), Michael Almereyda (2000's "Hamlet"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives"), Benson Lee ("Miss Monday"), Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"). Some of the intriguing titles include Paul Weitz's "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin and Laverne Cox, Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden's "Mississippi Grind" with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert" featuring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, Charles Stone III's "Lila »
- Gregory Ellwood
Yesterday, it was widely reported that Paramount had removed Roberto Orci as director on their upcoming sequel Star Trek 3. Though, he will be staying on as a producer. At the time, no reason was given for his dismissal. Today, Badass Digest claim the axe came down because of the script, which is also being dumped.
New writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay co-wrote the screenplay for Star Trek 3 alongside Roberto Orci, which the former director claimed was completed back in August. In October, stars Karl Urban and John Cho both praised the story, claiming it would 'blow fans away'. Apparently the studio thought otherwise, as this latest report states that the screenplay was one of the problem factors, and resulted in Roberto Orci being removed from the director's chair.
Badass Digest had this to say about the story, which reportedly involves more time travel, Vulcans, and a reason »
Less than seven months after he was tapped to replace J.J. Abrams at the helm of Star Trek 3, Roberto Orci has backed away from the project. If he would have stayed on board, it would have marked his directorial debut, after co-writing the scripts for Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and several other big-budget tentpoles such as Mission: Impossible III, Transformers and this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Deadline also reports that Edgar Wright is being eyed as a possible replacement, but he is just one of several unidentified filmmaker's on Paramount's short list. Roberto Orci is still remaining on board the sequel as a producer.
It isn't known why Roberto Orci is no longer directing, but his commitment to the project forced him to back out of yet another directorial effort in September, Lionsgate's Power Rangers reboot. We reported in August that the director had completed the »
Sleepy Hollow, Season 2, Episode 11, “The Akeda”
Written by Mark Goffman
Directed by Dwight Little
Airs Mondays at 9 pm (Et) on Fox
“The Akeda,” Sleepy Hollow’s midseason finale, is a prime example of how much of an up-and-down affair the show has been in its sophomore season. It’s full of things to love (apocalyptic images like red lightning and bloody hail, a good vs. evil fight rife with triumph and tragedy) and things to hate (the umpteenth short-sighted decision made by Katrina). It gives a character one last moment of glory, albeit one tainted by how it’s the most relevant thing they’ve done in recent memory. And while it builds excitement for the show’s return in 2015, that excitement is largely grounded in the degree to which the finale burns down the structure that’s dictated much of the season to date.
Given how unfocused much of the season has felt, »
- Les Chappell
Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Sleepy Hollow” season two, episode eleven, titled “The Akeda.”
“Sleepy Hollow” has never been afraid to spill some blood in the name of averting the apocalypse, and Monday’s midseason finale upped the body count in a major way — first sacrificing the heroic Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) in the battle against War, then killing off the show’s main antagonist, the demon Moloch, after Henry (John Noble) had a change of heart about following the big bad’s orders when it came to murdering his mother Katrina (Katia Winter).
Variety caught up with Jones and executive producer Len Wiseman to discuss the fallout from the eventful episode, including where Henry goes from here and whether Irving will ever make a reappearance.
So, you just killed the show’s Big Bad halfway through the second season, which is a pretty bold move. »
- Laura Prudom
Hulu has become a digital rescue shelter for an abandoned TV series. The streaming video service will run the six unaired episodes of ABC’s recently-canceled Selfie. Selfie stars Karen Gillan and John Cho in a modern interpretation of My Fair Lady (based on the classic play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw). The comedy series was created by writer Emily Kapnek, who’s previously written for shows like Parks & Recreation and Suburgatory. The first of the remaining Selfie episodes debuted on Hulu and Hulu Plus on Tuesday, November 25. The following five episodes will be released one at a time each week for the next five weeks. Hulu doesn’t plan to renew the series, unlike its competitors Netflix and Yahoo tend to do with the series they save. Netflix revived Fox’s hit comedy Arrested Developmentfor a fourth season, and Yahoo is starting production on the online-only sixth season of Community, »
- Bree Brouwer
It’s a mixed bag for ABC shows today. Selfie creator Emily Kapnek announced that the cancelled sitcom has found a new home on Hulu, where it will air out its remaining episodes before disappearing into the great unknown. Meanwhile, fellow freshman show Cristela has been picked up for a full 22-episode season.
Let’s deal with Selfie first. The comedy, which starred Karen Gillan and John Cho, got the ax at the beginning of the month after having aired six episodes. An additional seventh episode aired post-cancellation on November 11th, but now it’s been announced that the remaining six installments will all stream on Hulu, in the same kind of deal that was struck for cancelled Krysten Ritter-led sitcom Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 last year. Each Tuesday, an episode will be released on Hulu, Hulu Plus and ABC.com for the next five weeks. »
- Isaac Feldberg
One of the biggest disappointments of this fall’s TV season for me was ABC’s decision to cancel Selfie right as the series was hitting its stride. The fantastic chemistry between series stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and John Cho (Sleepy Hollow) was only getting better, as was the supporting cast of characters that surrounded them, led by a hilarious performance from David Harew00d (who I never would have known to be funny from his role in Homeland) as Sam Saperstein. Fortunately, for Selfie fans like myself, the show’s creator, Emily Kapnek (who was also behind ABC’s Suburgatory, which lasted three seasons on the network before getting cancelled), announced yesterday on Twitter that while we may have seen the last of Eliza (Gillan) and Henry (Cho) on TV, we can still see where their journey goes online, as the rest of Selfie‘s thirteen episodes (the »
- Chris King
One of this fall's new comedies was yanked from the air, but you'll be able to see the remaining episodes soon thanks to Hulu. Selfie, which starred Karen Gillan and John Cho, was pulled from ABC's schedule after several low-rated—yet stable!—weeks on the air. The remaining six episodes of the initial 13-episode order will hit ABC.com and Hulu platforms starting today. New episodes will follow once a week every Tuesday. "Unofficially? All remaining episodes of #SelfieABC will soon be on Hulu, Hulu Plus & http://ABC.com Hugs to Peter Roth @warnerbrostv," series creator Emily Kapnek tweeted. Selfie originally aired Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC paired with the also »
“Selfie” won’t be squelched. The seven remaining unaired episodes of the ABC sitcom that was yanked earlier this month are said to be headed to Hulu.
Series creator Emily Kapnek spread the word in a Twitter message sent Nov. 19.
Unofficially? All remaining episodes of #SelfieABC will soon be on Hulu, Hulu Plus & http://t.co/gnNYZlYFqw Hugs to Peter Roth @warnerbrostv
— Emily Kapnek (@EmilyKapnek) November 20, 2014
“Selfie” has been part of the high casualty rate of new comedies this fall. ABC’s decision to pull the show from its sked after six airings came as a surprise to industry observers as the show — a contempo spin on “My Fair Lady” revolving around a narcissistic young woman addicted to digital media — was starting to get some traction with critics. Karen Gillan and John Cho starred.
Reps for Warner Bros. TV and Hulu could not immediately be reached for comment late Monday. »
- Cynthia Littleton
ABC's Selfie has found a new home. The comedy's six unaired episodes will stream on Hulu, series creator/showrunner Emily Kapnek announced Monday. ABC canceled the Warner Bros. Television comedy starring Karen Gillan and John Cho in November, with its seventh — and last — episode broadcast on Nov. 11. See more Faces of Fall 2014 Kapnek noted on Twitter that the first of the six unaired episodes will be released Tuesday on Hulu, Hulu Plus and ABC.com, with the remaining episodes released one at a time every week for the next five weeks. (Selfie was part of an hour-long
- Lesley Goldberg
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