14 items from 2015
Ahead of network upfronts next week, a number of channels put in notices for pickups and cancellations over the week. Fox’s Backstrom, CBS’ Battle Creek, The McCarthys, and Stalker, NBC’s Marry Me, One Big Happy, State of Affairs, and Constantine all became one-season shows. NBC’s About a Boy also got a cancellation notice this week, as did Fox’s The Mindy Project and The Following.
Fox has also given series orders to Minority Report and Lucifer, while CBS has picked up Supergirl. Among returning shows, The Simpsons got a two-season renewal, while IFC renewed Comedy Bang! Bang!, and The Playstation Network gave its original series Powers a second season. NBC also renewed The Mysteries of Laura and The Night Shift, as well as the sitcom Undateable, whose entire third season will consist of live episodes.
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Equalizer star Marton Csokas has joined the cast of AMC’s straight-to-series martial arts drama Into The Badlands as a series regular. Set to premiere in the fall, the six-episode series is loosely based on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Into The Badlands tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy, M.K. (Aramis Knight), who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find… »
Sony Pictures has been busy at CinemaCon this week unveiling its slate of upcoming films, and we now know a sequel for The Equalizer is among them.
The studio company didn't elaborate on the project, but a follow-up comes as no surprise after the first earned $192 million worldwide at the box office last year.
The Equalizer is based on a TV series, which originally aired on CBS between 1985 and 1989.
Also among Sony's big announcements was news of a new animated Spider-Man movie, due out in 2018.
Watch the trailer for the first Equalizer movie below: »
Rumors of an “Equalizer” follow-up began months before the R-rated auctioneer opened in September, but it was the film’s strong box office results and home entertainment sales that ultimately pulled the trigger on the second installment.
Based on the 1980s TV series, “The Equalizer” earned over $192 million at the global box office last year. It was co-financed by Village Roadshow and debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.
Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) directed the first “Equalizer.” It’s unknown whether he’ll return for the sequel. He and Washington are next re-teaming on MGM’s remake of “Magnificent Seven,” which reunites the duo with “Training Day” actor Ethan Hawke.
Sony also announced a new “Spider-Man »
- Variety Staff
13 Films has today unveiled the first photo from their upcoming horror-thriller-mystery Voice from the Stone, which stars Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys, Game of Thrones), and you can view the image right here…
The film is currently being shopped around the Berlin Film Festival and as it looks for distributions deals, and with Clarke’s involvement it should find a home very soon. Adapted from the book “La Voce Della Pietra” by Silvio Raffo by screenwriter Andrew Shaw, the film is directed by Eric D. Howell and co-stars Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale).
Voice From The Stone is the haunting story of Verena (Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father (Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, »
- Scott J. Davis
Today we have the first look at Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys, "Game of Thrones") in the upcoming "Voice From the Stone" supernatural thriller. Check out the photo below. Plot: Tells the haunting story of Verena (Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father (Marton Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, he seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the stone walls. As Verena's relationship with the father and son grow, she becomes ensnared and consumed by Malvina's severe force. If she is to save the boy, and free herself, she must face the phantom hidden inside the stone. The new movie is directed by Eric D. Howell and is currently being shopped around at the Berlin Film Festival. »
13 Films has released the first look photo of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke in the upcoming supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone. The project is based on the novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo, and is currently being shopped to foreign buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. The film started shooting in Italy back in November, with the project currently in post-production, although a release date has not been issued quite yet.
Voice from the Stone is the haunting story of Verena (Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father (Marton Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, he seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the stone walls. As »
Eric D. Howell’s supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone is currently doing the rounds at the ongoing Berlin Film Festival in the hope of attracting international buyers, but that hasn’t prevented studio 13 Films from offering up our first look at the project, which features Game of Thrones and Terminator: Genisys star Emilia Clarke.
In D. Howell’s ghostly adaptation, Clarke is on board to play Verena, a nurse who becomes drawn to a young, ailing boy called Jakob. Following the tragic death of his mother, Jakob becomes withdrawn to the point of total reticence, leading Verena to believe there’s a force at work beyond our understanding. The Equalizer‘s Marton Csokas will star opposite Clarke as the boy’s father, and we expect that the production will round out the cast in the coming months.
Drawing inspiration from gothic Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra, Voice from the Stone represents D. »
- Michael Briers
Here is your first look at Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke looking quite beguiling in Eric D. Howell's supernatural thriller, a period piece set in 1950s Italy, Voice From The Stone. The films also stars Marton Csokas (The Equilizer) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale). Andrew Shaw adapted the screenplay from the 1996 Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio RaffoVOICE From The Stone is the haunting story of Verena (Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father (Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, he seems to be under the spell of a malevolent...
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Director: Michael Wenning
Producers: Rashidi Hendrix, Daniel Ziskind
Cast: Amr Waked
Five international thieves meet in Berlin to steal the most valuable stamp in the world.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Cast: Dakota Fanning
Based on Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir.
Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment (international); Wme (U.S.)
Director: Steven C. Miller
Cast: Bruce Willis
Thriller involving super-weapons and conspiracies.
Sales: Highland Film Group
Elvis & Nixon
Director: Liza Johnson
The morning when President Nixon met Elvis Presley in 1970.
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey
The story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corp. mining scandal.
Sales: Sierra/Affinity (international); CAA (domestic)
- Variety Staff
It’s available now to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, so what better time than now to share this exclusive behind-the-scenes The Equalizer featurette!
Reuniting Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) with Denzel Washington, this one is a gritty, action-packed thriller that’s available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD this week from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
After retiring from the world of government intelligence, Robert McCall (Washington) believes he has put his past behind him and is determined to dedicate himself to a new, quiet life. Instead, he forms a friendship with Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young and desperate girl under the control of Russian gangsters, and decides to use his expert and resourceful combat skills to help shake her loose from their powerful grasp.
- Dan Bullock
The founding fathers receive the “Vikings” treatment in “Sons of Liberty,” a six-hour miniseries that History channel will air over successive nights. Produced by Stephen David Entertainment – best known for heavily re-enacted docu-hybrids, like “The World Wars” – this scripted production is clearly intended to bring history to life, but sometimes at the cost (with apologies to Sam Adams) of feeling a bit too much like a beer commercial. Although generally interesting and handsomely done, the program isn’t without its excesses, and some of the liberties taken here, creatively and historically, have little to do with the price of tea.
Billed as a “dramatic interpretation of events,” “Sons of Liberty” opens in 1765, with Sam Adams (Ben Barnes of “The Chronicles of Narnia”) being sought by British soldiers. Drunk and unshaven, he has run afoul of Massachusetts’ governor for refusing to collect all the taxes the Crown considers its due from his fellow colonists. »
- Brian Lowry
To celebrate the release of ‘The Equalizer’ on Blu Ray and DVD, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the gritty, action packed thriller on Blu-Ray!
Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by, he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalise the helpless, McCall comes out of his self imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
- Sam Driver
Expect to see ‘Spider-Man’ on the Oscars death roll call.
It’s been a strange 2014, one full of computer hacks (revealing what both celebrities and Sony look like underneath their clothes) and annoyingly-titled franchise reboots (looking at you, Genisys).
As a New Year’s treat, here are the Worst 5 stories as reported on the Movie Newsgasm from 2014. Enjoy…or, more appropiately, watch through your fingers whilst angirly shouting Stop Ruining Spider-man.
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- Oli Davis
14 items from 2015
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