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It’s not all grumble and moan round here when TV networks decline to pick up pilots. Sometimes, we’re even grateful.
Hindsight teaches that every so often, passing on a particular show is the best thing a channel could have done. Not ordering one pilot to series spurs its creators on to start another, and frees up its cast to join new projects.
Had the failures below all thrived, there’s a chance we could now be living in a world with no Breaking Bad, Hannibal, or even South Park. Had these pilots gone on to enjoy healthy, lengthy lives, then Jack Bauer, Oberyn Martell, Chandler Bing and more might all be unrecognisable today.
Here then, are the TV pilots we’re grateful weren’t taken to series because their »
Earlier this week, we revealed new deleted scenes from Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray and DVD, which was released earlier this week. While fans continue the long wait for Season 5, we have a new gag reel from the hit HBO series, which features stars such as Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and many more screwing up their lines and even losing their balance.
In Season 4, while the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact, new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east threaten to tip the scales. As Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow their respective armies, the arrival of the Lannister-loathing "Red Viper of Dorne" poses a more immediate danger. In the north, the depleted Night's Watch seems overmatched against the advances of Mance Rayder's army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even »
Apparently you can cover a lot in just 10 minutes with Blumhouse Productions head honcho Jason Blum. With his latest flick, "The Lazarus Effect" starring Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass, hitting theaters next week, the producer sat down with toofab's Brian Particelli to talk about pretty much everything his company is working on right now. The Blumhouse production slate is pretty packed, with sequels lined up for "Paranormal Activity," "The Purge" and "Sinister," a film adaptation of the '80s cartoon "Jem and the Holograms" and a TV series based on another book from "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn. Check out the full Q&A below! toofab: "The Lazarus Effect," "Insidious 3," "Paranormal Activity 5," "Sinister 2," there's a lot of horror coming from you guys, but also "Jem and the Holograms." That one seems like a bit of a departure. Blum: With "Jem and the Holograms," we’re seeing if our »
- tooFab Staff
For those who aren't quite caught up with HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray and DVD was released today, giving fans just under two months to get up to speed before Season 5 debuts April 12. If you haven't gotten a chance to pick up your copy quite yet, HBO has released two deleted scenes that weren't featured during the show's Season 4 run last year. The first scene features Bronn (Jerome Flynn) telling a distraught Shae (Sibel Kekilli) that it's time for her to adapt, after Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) dismisses her, while the second scene features Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) warning Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) to never betray her.
In Season 4, while the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact, new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east threaten to tip the scales. As Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow their respective armies, »
Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Alfie Allen, Rory McCann, Charles Dance, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, James Cosmo, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer, Ciarán Hinds, Diana Rigg, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ellie Kendrick, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Pedro Pascal, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Indira Varma, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Running time: 550 minutes
HBO’s most talked about series returns this April, so what better way to get up-to-date and in the Got mood before the new season begins than by watching the Season 4 Blu-ray or DVD. Based on the second half of George R.R. Martin’s novel A Storm of Swords, this one features, as you’d expect, the usual unexpected twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
- Ciham Messouki
The Queen Regent from "Game of Thrones" is adding to her family!
Actress Lena Headey, who stars as Cersei Lannister on the hit HBO series, announced she is expecting her second child.
"I’m happy to confirm that I’m having my second child this summer," the 41-year-old said in a statement to People.
Photos: Celebrity Baby Bumps Of 2015
Adding, "I only hope that this announcement can help me to regain some of the privacy I have recently lost to prying photographers and ask that they please respect my privacy and let me enjoy this time."
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
Cameos, mistakes and in-jokes. We’ve trawled the Game Of Thrones season 4 DVD commentaries for what went on behind the scenes…
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 4.
If you’re a busy Game Of Thrones fan who can’t find the spare ten hours required to re-watch season four with the accompanying disc commentaries, then we have your back. Gleaned from said audio tracks provided by the cast, crew and creators George R.R. Martin, Dan Weiss and David Benioff, is the below list of nerdy facts and anecdotes about the making of season four.
Granted, skip the commentaries and you won’t experience first-hand Peter Dinklage’s rendition of Let It Go from Frozen, a stream of filthy innuendo from Lena Headey, or the general sense of awe, adoration and good-natured mockery everyone who works on the show has for everyone else (“If only you could act, Peter »
February is the time of year we realise that we still have another two months until Game of Thrones returns. A glimmer of hope though is the fact that Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season is released on DVD and Blu-ray this week to keep us going. Either allowing people who haven’t watched to fully enjoy the season, or for the rest of us to relive it once more, this is the perfect time to take another trip to Westeros…
Season four of Game of Thrones starts with the shadow of the Red Wedding still hanging over what is left of the Stark family, and the Purple wedding yet to come. In an eventful season we see a downfall of sorts for the Lannisters, »
- Phil Wheat
Following the premiere, several studios began aggressively bidding for “Zipper” before Alchemy picked up rights to the pic.
Produced by Darren Aronofsky and set against the backdrop of a political campaign, “Zipper” stars Patrick Wilson, Lena Heady, Ray Winstone and Richard Dreyfuss. Alchemy will release the film this fall.
- Justin Kroll
By the old gods and the new, April is still really far away.
To ease the wait before Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season on April 12, HBO on Sunday aired a behind-the-scenes featurette covering location shoots in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Seville, Spain; and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Video Game of Thrones: Watch the Season 5 Trailer Now
There was a lot to like in the lavishly shot documentary, which captured the action on the three sets. Some highlights:
* The crew carrying all of the gear by hand up Dubrovnik’s twisty, narrow streets — and Lena Headey following them, Cersei’s »
Alchemy has acquired all North American distribution rights to Mora Stephens' political thriller "Zipper," starring Patrick Wilson opposite Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell. The purchase represents Alchemy's second 2015 Sundance Film Festival buy, following their early pick up of the Nicole Kidman drama "Stangerland." Wilson stars in the film as Sam Ellis, a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future whose one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction that threatens to destroy his life, family and career. "'Zipper' is a sophisticated political thriller anchored by Patrick Wilson's riveting performance as a man battling a burgeoning sexual addition," said Bill Lee, Alchemy's CEO. "We're excited to bring this gripping film to audiences everywhere." Alchemy VP of Acquisitions Jeff »
- Zack Sharf
Indie distributor Alchemy has snapped up North American rights to Mora Stephens' political thriller "Zipper," a 2015 Sundance premiere starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell. Co-written by Stephens and Joel Viertel, "Zipper" will hit theaters and VOD later in 2015. Here's the synopsis: Sam Ellis (Wilson) is a man on the rise — a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction threatening to destroy his life, family, and career. In a relatively strong Sundance for female-directed films, "Zipper" garnered mixed reviews upon its Park City premiere, though CraveOnline calls it "The grown-up thriller of the year," akin to David Fincher's "Gone Girl." The Guardian says there are elements to admire »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Just as sex scandals are pretty much as old as politics themselves, as long as we've had films, we've had cinematic depictions of sex scandals, usually serious and sometimes comedic. Whether filmmakers have had to be coy about the nature of the scandals -- see "The Best Man" or "Advise and Consent" -- or whether filmmakers have been able to directly tear sex scandals from the headlines -- see "Primary Colors" -- the ground has been fertile. Fortunately -- Unfortunately? -- sex scandals just keep coming along and we keep lapping them up, from Eliot Spitzer to John Edwards to Anthony Weiner. Bringing the genre to Sundance this year was "Zipper," a largely straight-faced approach to a plausibly finger-on-the-pulse topic, which falls flat because of a middle act in which the drama spirals into dated addiction craziness. When it's a political thriller, "Zipper" is respectably acted and presented and has some merit. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Zipper, the second feature by writer/director Mora Stephens, is a dark political thriller about an attorney whose political ambitions are put at risk due to his “zipper problem” (aka a taste for high-end escorts). When we first meet Sam Ellis (Patrick Wilson), he’s a family man with good intentions, who is able to resist the temptations of the firm’s intern (Dianna Agron). But as his campaign manager (Richard Dreyfuss) and loving wife (Lena Heady) encourage him to run for district attorney, he finds himself in a downward spiral that may threaten everything he’s worked for. By telling the story through Sam’s eyes, Stephens makes no apologies for this charcter’s behavior but tries to give a bit of understanding as to how one might fall down this rabbit hole. At the festival, we sat down with director Mora Stephens, »
- Michelle Nelson
While American Sniper topped the box office charts for a third straight week in a row, this weekend also marked the historic IMAX screenings of two Game of Thrones episodes. Deadline reports that the Warner Bros./IMAX presentation took in a healthy $1.5 million from just 205 screens, bringing in a per-screen average of $7,323. While these figures are not record-breaking numbers by any means, it does show that die-hard fans are willing to pay to see a show like Game of Thrones in large-format IMAX theaters. Here's what Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president Jeff Goldstein had to say in a statement.
"This is the first time that HBO has taken one of their series episodes and released it in IMAX. We see this as a future, and not just with HBO. There is a business here and an interest from a rabid fan base."
Cargo will represent international sales at the Efm later this week. Alchemy brokered the deal with CAA and Cinetic on behalf of the film-makers.
The Orchard brokered the deal for Finders Keepers with Wme Global and plans a theatrical and digital release in 2015.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
“Zipper,” a ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, has sold North American rights to Alchemy.
The film will be released in theaters and on-demand later this year. As the title suggests, the film is about an Eliot Spitzer-esque politician who can’t keep it zipped, leading to all sorts of headaches. In Variety, critic Geoff Berkshire offered a mixed appraisal, calling it, “tawdry but cripplingly self-serious.”
Alchemy is the new moniker for Millennium Entertainment, which rebranded after CEO Bill Lee and Virgo Investment Group partnered to acquire the company’s catalog and distribution operations from a group of investors.
Alchemy vice president of acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with CAA and Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers. Cargo Entertainment will be handling international »
- Brent Lang
Following an IMAX screening of two season four episodes a couple of days ago, HBO played a trailer for the next batch of episodes, due to hit in April. Naturally, it arrived online in slightly echoing, out-of-focus leaked fashion, but is now officially up for you to start hunting for clues as to where the next season will take the various characters.As already announced, at least one plot line – Bran Stark and co. – won’t be in this season as the focus shifts to more of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who along with Varys (Conleth Hill) has arrived in Pentos and start thinking about who they might support to take the Iron Throne: Varys is pointing Tyrion in the direction of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), who is busy trying to consolidate her rule. Elsewhere, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are mourning their father, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is continuing to »
Although fans finally got to see the first full trailer from Season 5 of Game of Thrones earlier today, the "Three-Eyed Raven" brings yet another "vision" from the viral website ThreeEyedRaven.com. Unlike many of the previous "visions," which featured bits of old and new footage, this teaser gives us all new scenes, featuring Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and one of her dragons, Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) examining Reek and Melisandre (Carice van Houten) lost in deep though. It should also be noted that the last shot showcases a crate on a dock, which very well may be the same container that Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) was forced into.
In addition to this brief video, TV Line has released new photos from Season 5, featuring Daenerys, Dorian Martell (Alexander Siddig), Melisandre, Tyrion and Varis (Conleth Hill), Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Cersei »
Zipper is a dark political thriller that examines the tendency of men in power to succumb to their more base desires. The film is a return of sorts for writer/director Mora Stephens whose last film Conventioneers was back in 2005.
Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Zipper has Patrick Wilson as a rising-star attorney who finds himself tempted to stray from his marriage to his wife (Lena Headey) by a seductive intern (Dianna Agron). To quell this overt office affair, he instead looks to internet escort services to make a more “transactional” relationship with these women. He soon finds himself addicted to the service and forced to come to terms not only with the legality of his behaviour but its affect on his burgeoning political career.
Cineplex spoke with Wilson and Agron while they were in Sundance to promote the film, along with other members of the strong cast including Richard Dreyfuss, »
- Jason Gorber
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