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When Pauline Kael wrote “movies are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go,” she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with varying degrees of success, these ten titles make up for in verve, goofiness and style what they lack in depth.
Despite its tepid love story, this tale of a doomed civilization perched on the edge of a CGI volcano was the most unabashedly enjoyable sword-and-sandal movie of the year. Weightier than both Hercules adventures, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” took itself far less seriously than the Biblical epics “Noah” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” And while the 3D eruption of Mount Vesuvius was indeed stunning, it’s Kiefer Sutherland’s wonderfully hammy turn as a villainous Roman Senator that stole the show. »
- Matthew Chernov
Syfy has brought aboard Julian McMahon for the upcoming six-hour “Childhood’s End” miniseries, which is slated to premiere in 2015.
“Childhood’s End,” adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel, follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, who begin decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.
McMahon stars as Rupert Boyce, an American entrepreneur, and Betts will play Ellie, an arts graduate engaged to Ricky Stormgren (Mike Vogel), the most influential person in the world.
“Childhood’s End” will be adapted by Matthew Graham (BBC’s “Life on Mars”). Akiva Goldsman (“I Am Legend,” “Paranormal Activity”), Mike De Luca (“Captain Philips,” “Moneyball,” “The Social Network”) and Alissa Phillips (“Moneyball, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.
Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. »
- Michelle McCue
Here’s the first full trailer for Round 2 of The Divergent Series. Shailene Woodley returns as Tris, and this time she and Four (Theo James) are fugitives hunted by Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). Can they find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect? And why will those Erudites stop at nothing to eliminate them? Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim and Octavia Spencer also star in director Robert Schwentke’s 3D Insurgent. Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman and Mark Bomback wrote the script based on Veronica Roth’s Ya novel. Lionsgate opens Summit’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens March 20. And as an extra added bonus, here’s the new poster:
- The Deadline Team
The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock »
- Kellvin Chavez
"This is the only chance to rescue what little civilization we have left." After a nightmare teased The Divergent Series sequel Insurgent, the full theatrical trailer for the next chapter in the sci-fi tale has arrived. Shailene Woodley and the other rebels are still being chased, but this time it's because the leader of the Erudite (Kate Winslet) is on the hunt for a powerful Divergent to use a powerful device she's obtained. The stakes are higher, and it looks like the budget is too, since this looks bigger and better than the first. We also get a first look at Naomi Watts as a new ally, and Shailene Woodley fighting herself. Watch below! Here's the full trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent from Summit Entertainment: You can still watch the teaser trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent right here. The Divergent Series: Insurgent is directed by Robert Schwentke »
- Ethan Anderton
The DC Universe continues to spread its TV wings as TNT has officially greenlit a pilot for "Titans", a one-hour live-action drama focusing on young superheroes from DC Comics, including 'Nightwing', the former 'Robin':
"...the series will focus on 'Dick Grayson', the former 'Robin', who emerged from the shadow of 'Batman' to become the vigilante 'Nightwing' ...
"...and leader of a fearless band of heroes including 'Starfire' and 'Raven'..."
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- Michael Stevens
The DC television domination continues as yet another property is headed to series with the recent announcement that Teen Titans would get a pilot.
TNT confirmed on Monday that a pilot for DC’s Teen Titans characters in a show called Titans would film at some point in 2015. Titans will revolve around onetime Batman sidekick-turned superhero Dick Grayson, alias Nightwing, as he puts together a band of new superheroes whose ranks will also include classic Titans like Starfire and Raven. Another team member, Cyborg, could be included also but will be finding life on the big screen in Batman v. Superman.
The Titans program is being written by Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (Fringe) and co-produced by Marc Haimes (The Legend of Zorro). It would seem that with the pilot coming soon that casting news could follow with the team assembling at some point in early 2015.
According to CW president Mark Pedowitz in an interview with AdWeek, »
- Zach Dennis
DC fans have had to suffer through a fairly barren couple of years when it comes to seeing their heroes on the big screen, but that hasn’t been the case when it comes to the small screen, and it seems that DC’s TV expansion is showing little sign of slowing down.
In addition to Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Constantine, Supergirl has received a series commitment, and now it looks like TNT’s live-action Teen Titans project Titans has been given the go ahead, with DC’s Geoff Johns revealing on Twitter that a pilot will shoot next year – and given that it’s December, we may not have long to wait until we hear who’s set to portray Nightwing and company.
- Gary Collinson
Back in September, it was announced that Titans, a live action series based on the popular DC Comics title Teen Titans, was being planned for TNT. Now, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has offered an update on the show, confirming that the pilot will shoot next year. He also expresses his excitement that Nightwing, who will reportedly lead the show, will finally be seen in live action.
The show will be penned by I Am Legend and A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman alongside Marc Haimes, an executive turned writer. The show will focus on former Batman sidekick Robin, as Dick Grayson attempts to emerge from the shadow of his boss Bruce Wayne and become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new superheroes. Other characters are set to include Starfire and Raven.
The Teen Titans celebrated their 50th Anniversary this year. They first appeared in The Brave »
The logline is under wraps.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Syfy's Childhood's End has found its lead: EW can exclusively report the miniseries has cast Mike Vogel (Under the Dome, Bates Motel) as Ricky Stormgren, a midwestern farmer whose life is turned upside down when he is chosen to be the sole representative on Earth for an alien species apparently seeking to aide humanity. "Ricky struggles with his new-found fame as a blue collar prophet, facing the weight of the entire world looking to him for answers." Vogel joins Emmy nominee Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), who will portray the alien Overlord Karellen, along with Ashley Zukerman (Manhattan) and Osy Ikhile (Clap! »
- James Hibberd
Hounsou's role is described as a "Merlin-esque figure"who trains and mentors Arthur in the film. Hounsou takes over from Ritchie's "RocknRolla" collaborator Idris Elba who was also reportedly up for the role but couldn't do it due to scheduling issues.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Variety are reporting that Djimon Hounsou is in talks to play the "Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur" in Guy Ritchie's upcoming take on the classic tale, which is being envisioned as a six-part saga at Warner Bros. Apparently this is the role Thor: The Dark World's Idris Elba was up for, but scheduling conflicts arose and he was forced to drop out. Hounsou would join Charlie Hunnam in the title role of Arthur Pendragon, Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere, and Jude Law is still in talks to play the villain. There have been various movies, comics and tv shows based around Arthurian legend over the years, including the underrated Camelot and the mediocre Disney produced flick with Clive Owen in the title role. The most successful take was arguably John Boorman's Excalibur back in 1981. Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell will produce, Joby Harold (Awake, Edge Of Tomorrow »
A few months ago it appeared as though Idris Elba was going to play a "Merlin-esque figure" in director Guy Ritchie's upcoming epic Knights of the Round Table (formerly known as King Arthur). That's obviously no longer the case since Djimon Hounsou is now said to be close to taking the role. He would join Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and probably Jude Law in the long gestating project. Maybe if they get this right they can make it the six film spectacle that Ritchie, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow seem keen on giving us, even though one has to question the public's appetite for these medieval epics. Perhaps the upcoming Seventh Son (in which Hounsou also appears), will give us an indicator of that appetite (though if that flops it may just be because, by all appearances so far, it looks like »
- Evan Dickson
Idris Elba was also up for the role, but when dates could not be figured out, the studio turned to Hounsou for the role described as a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.
Joby Harold wrote the the script and is producing with Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell. Plot details are being kept under wraps, and the pic will open on July 22, 2016. Niija Kuykendall and Cate Adams are overseeing for the studio.
The studio hopes the film can kickstart another franchise for Warner Bros., with the story to be told over six installments.
Hounsou has »
- Justin Kroll
With the success of AMC's western drama "Hell On Wheels", executive producer Akiva Goldsman continues to develop an 'Old West' TV drama pilot for HBO focusing on real-life gunslinger, gambler, killer, 'Doc Holliday'.
Script is by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage ("Accepted"), adapting author Mary Doria Russell's novel "Doc", that takes a closer look at the 'love triangle' between Holliday, his prostitute wife, 'Big Nose Kate Elder' and best friend, lawman 'Wyatt Earp'.
'John Henry Holliday' was born in 1851 in Griffin Georgia. In 1872, after earning his 'Doctor of Dental Surgery', he opened an office in Atlanta with a fellow graduate, but was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
Hoping to gain some more years of life, he moved to Dallas, Texas, but his illness forced him to find other ways to live and he became an avid gambler, while learning how to handle a 'six-shooter' gun.
In 1875, Holliday killed a well known citizen, »
- Michael Stevens
Exclusive: Oscar winner Christine Lahti is joining James Brolin and Jason Ritter in The Steps, an indie drama from director-producer Andrew Currie (Fido). The pic follows down-on-his-luck Jeff (Ritter), who accepts his father’s invitation to spend the weekend at his lake house to meet his new wife (Lahti) and family. Robyn Harding scripted. Mary Waterhouse is also producing with Currie. Lahti recently shot indie Safelight with Juno Temple and Evan Peters and Mania Days with Katie Holmes. She recurs on Netflix’s Grace And Frankie opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham (Boardwalk Empire), Zulay Henao (Fighting), Rob Riley, Jason Dohring, Mo McRae, Hill Harper (CSI NY), and Lala Anthony (Think Like A Man Too) have joined the cast of Destined for director Qasim “Q” Basir and producer Tommy Oliver’s Confluential Films. Oliver (The Perfect Guy) is producing with Whitewater Films’ Rick Rosenthal »
- Jen Yamato
Jude Law is in talks to join Guy Ritchie's King Arthur movie as the villain. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow project will be a reunion for Law and Ritchie, who worked together on Sherlock Holmes and sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is starring in the film as King Arthur while Astrid Berges-Frisbey will play Guinevere. Ritchie is directing from a script by Joby Harold, and the film is the first of a planned series. It has a release date of July 22, 2016. Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell, Harold
- Rebecca Ford
Director Guy Ritchie and his King Arthur reboot Knights of the Round Table have found their main villain in Jude Law, who joins a cast that also includes Charlie Hunnam as Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere.
Joby Harold (Awake; Army of the Dead) wrote the script, and will produce alongside Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell. No official plot details have been released at this time.
Knights of the Round Table is being used to set up a massive medieval franchise that will carry the legend of King Arthur thorough six movies. It is not known if Jude Law is appearing as the villain only in this first installment, or if his character will carry over into the other sequels.
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