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Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.
Everest is set for release in the UK on September 18th and the States on October 2nd, with a cast that also includes Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Clive Standen, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Debicki, Vanessa Kirby, Mia Goth, Naoko Mori, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson and Charlotte Bøving. »
- Gary Collinson
2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad, but now is the time to narrow down our favourites to only the choicest cuts.
These are Digital Spy's best TV shows for 2014 - continuing today with 20-16. Check back tomorrow for 15-11.
Additional material by Tom Eames and Alex Fletcher
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21
20. House of Cards
It may not have quite hit the highs of the first season - perhaps lacking a little of the heart provided by Corey Stoll's tragic Peter Russo last year - but House of Cards was still a captivating watch in 2014. Much has been made of the Netflix 'binge-watch' culture, but not every show could hold the viewer's attention across 13 straight episodes - this is one.
Its chief selling point remains Kevin Spacey's turn as the malevolent, magnificent Francis 'Frank' Underwood - by turns »
Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can »
- Michelle McCue
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations were revealed Wednesday morning, serving as yet another precursor on the long road to the Oscars.
In the film categories, Birdman was the big winner, scoring four nominations, including for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, as well as the collective ensemble cast. Boyhood followed right in its footsteps with three nods for Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and another ensemble nomination.
The big surprises of the morning’s nominations started with Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler, a bubble contender in a crowded Best Actor race, Jennifer Aniston for Cake, a bubble contender in a disappointingly less crowded Best Actress race, Robert Duvall in the poorly reviewed The Judge and Naomi Watts for St. Vincent (Watts was in Birdman as well, but that must’ve slipped SAG’s minds).
- Brian Welk
The Screen Actors Guild has announced the nominations for the 21st SAG Awards, with Alexander Gonzales Inarritu’s Birdman leading the pack with four nods, including the most prestigious, Outstanding Cast, where it will compete with Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.
On the television front, HBO racked up 14 nominations in total, including mentions for True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, Veep and Game of Thrones. Meanwhile Modern Family is gunning for a record fifth consecutive win in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Check out the full list of nominations here…
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Gary Collinson
As some of you may know, I'm a bit of a jack(ass) of all trades. I follow the film industry for Lr, and critique films. But I'm also an actor, I front a rock band, I'm a DJ, film editor, and director as well. Basically, when it comes to entertainment, there's nothing I don't do. For some time now, I've been mulling over bringing some of my other interests to Lr, and I'll be starting with the SAG Awards. How? Well, I've been a member of SAG for 6 years now and I also am part of the voting process. That means every year I am sent screeners of all the films being considered for awards.
Here's where a new running feature comes into play:
As I start receiving these screeners, I will write special reviews for each one and publish them here. Then, as we near the voting deadline, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Here is the full list of nominations for the 21st annual SAG Awards, which were announced this morning at La’s Pacific Design Center.
Fox Searchlight topped the film studios with six nominations, led by Alexander Gonzales Inarritu’s Birdman, which nabbed four total nominations: for Outstanding Cast, which is the closest thing the guild has to a Best Picture category; and for star Michael Keaton and supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone. It was joined in the top cast category by IFC Films’ Boyhood, which also got nods for its co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette; Searchlight’s Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel; the Weinstein Co’s The Imitation Game; and Focus Features’ The Theory Of Everything. The latter two biopics landed lead noms for Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
On The TV side, HBO led all networks with 14 noms, thanks to multiple acting »
- Patrick Hipes
The winners will be announced in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 25.
Here’s the entire nominations list –
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Dave McNary
The Screen Actors Guild announced this year's nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards. The winners will be announced during a live telecast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 25. The nominees are as follows... Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics) Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl" (20th Century Fox) Reese Witherspoon / Cheryl Strayed – "Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in »
- Gregory Ellwood
Elizabeth Norment Dead At 61
Norment’s sister Kate confirmed her death on Tuesday, Oct. 28 to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress had passed away at New York City’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Details on Norment’s exact cause of death have not been revealed.
On House of Cards, Norment’s character worked for the series’ sinister protagonist Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. Nancy had been a loyal member of Underwood’s administration from his inexplicable rise from the House of Representatives to the West Wing. She had even aided Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) give the troubled Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan) a place to stay.
Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur’s next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.
The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.
Universal and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough picture Contraband, which grossed $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. It was based on Kormakur’s Icelandic movie Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
- Michelle McCue
As another autumn approaches, horror hounds look forward to the chill of pumpkin guts on their hands, the crunch of leaves under their shoes, and, for some, pulling their copy of October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween off the bookshelf for another round of seasonal reading. Published in 2000, Cemetery Dance’s collection of Halloween stories, reflections, and essays now has a sequel on the way.
Featuring an abundance of short pieces by a wide range of authors, October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it is expected to come out soon in a hardcover edition from Cemetery Dance. The tome of terror includes stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, and many more. We have the official release details and cover art below. To learn more or pre-order a copy, visit:
- Derek Anderson
If you're a rabid fan of literary horror, this announcement from Cemetery Dance should make your week! October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween, the long-awaited follow-up to one of the most acclaimed Halloween anthologies ever, is on its way.
The sequel features works by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, John Skipp, Robert Bloch, Stewart O’Nan, Glen Hirshberg, Joe R. Lansdale, Al Sarrantonio, Whitley Strieber, Lisa Morton, Matthew Costello, Elizabeth Massie, and dozens of others.
It's once again edited by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish, the masterminds behind 2002's October Dreams. Chizmar is the founder and publisher/editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint. Morrish is the former editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and co-editor of The Scream Factory magazine.
This oversized volume will contain spooky Halloween short fiction, dozens of authors and artists recalling their own personal memories of Halloween, and essays detailing the "history" of Halloween. »
- Debi Moore
In the midst of insane fight sequences and impossible violence, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill gave me a moment of pause. In the second part of the movie, The Bride (Uma Thurman) finally confronts Bill (David Carradine), and ultimately dispatches him with a secret technique from their old master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) known as the five-point-palm exploding heart technique. This closely-held secret move uses pressure points on a man’s chest that will stress the heart to a point that the victim can only travel five steps before his heart explodes and he falls dead. That’s a pretty cool technique, and would be quite handy in a pinch, so it got me thinking: Which martial art will teach it to me? The Answer: A special subset of Aikido known as “bullshit.” The so-called “death touch” move, or “dim mak,” has shown up in many movies prior to either of the Kill Bill volumes. In »
- Kevin Carr
Beau Willimon’s “House of Cards” inexorably changed the television landscape when it premiered on Netflix in 2013 — establishing the streaming service as a major player in the scripted arena and forcing the entertainment industry to reexamine the very definition of a TV series.
Boasting an A-list crop of talent both in front of and behind the camera — including Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and David Fincher — “House of Cards” quickly established itself as a cultural phenomenon, kicking off a binge-watching revolution and winning three Emmys at last year’s ceremony, including a Best Director gong for Fincher.
Variety sat down with Willimon at Austin’s recent Atx Television Festival to discuss the show’s meteoric rise, the Netflix business model and the collaborative process the playwright and screenwriter shares with the show’s cast and crew, which recently commenced production on season three.
When you were first writing and pitching “House of Cards, »
- Laura Prudom
This week, Sony is releasing the second season of Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards on Blu-Ray and DVD, and We Got This Covered is celebrating the event with a contest! Five lucky readers will win a Blu-Ray copy of House of Cards: The Compete Second Season. And for one extremely lucky reader, we’ll throw in a Blu-Ray copy of House of Cards: The Complete First Season signed by Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Michael Gill, Sebastian Arcelus, Constance Zimmer and more. Sound good? That’s what I thought.
House of Cards is one of Netflix’s strongest originals yet, thanks to atmospheric direction and the utterly compelling performances of Spacey and Wright as D.C. power player Frank Underwood and his scheming wife Claire. We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Sony to bring you guys such an awesome giveaway for the series, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix drama "House of Cards" made history at last year's Emmys by becoming the first online only provider to win awards. We will discuss those historic victories with the show's creator Beau Willimon in a live chat this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Pt/ 2:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. The complete second season of hhis political drama was released on Netflix this year on Valentine's Day. Spoilers Ahead. -Break- Over the course of the 13 episodes, Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) maneuvered his way into the Vice President's office and was sworn in as President in the finale. First Lady Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) helped him scheme his way into that role, proving to be just as devious. Reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) was killed while Chief of Staff Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) was left for dead. Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes ...' »
We haven't heard much lately in the way of progress on the historical drama Reykjavik, but apparently Baltasar Kormakur is now in early talks to direct. The 2 Guns director would replace Mike Newell, who was sitting at the helm when last we checked. The film takes its name from the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, an historic meeting that marks the end of the Cold War. Michael Douglas is set to play Reagan, with Christoph Waltz starring as Gorbachev; Frank Langella also stars as Paul Nitze, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Reagan’s senior adviser. As THR reports, Kormakur is only in the earliest of talks and no deals are in place, but there's now word of why Newell left the project. Kormakur is currently in Iceland in post-production on Everest, the hiking expedition tale starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, »
- Dave Trumbore
With the Cannes Film Festival set to get underway later this month, there's plenty of wheeling and dealing going on, which means there's plenty of casting news. First up, Keira Knightley has signed on as a late addition to the Everest. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain. Filming has been underway for well over a month, and the Daily Mail reports that Knightley has signed on to play "Jan Arnold, widow of climber Rob Hall, who conquered the mountain five times." Knightley "shot most of her scenes at Pinewood and around the Home Counties," so don't expect to see her character scaling the mountain. The outstanding cast also includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Thomas M. Wright, Sam Worthington, and Robin Wright. Everest opens »
- Matt Goldberg
Keira Knightley is the latest addition to Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, portraying Jan Arnold, wife of climber Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), who conquered the mountain five times. She joins fellow cast members Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright. The 3D pic hits theaters later this year on September 18, 2015. Daily Mail The cast of Monster Trucks filled out while I wasn't looking, adding Rob Lowe, Barry Pepper, Thomas Lennon, Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan and Lucas Till in the live-action/animated hybrid. No plot details at this point, but it is set for a May 29, 2015 release from Paramount. Deadline Lastly, David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Begins) was been brought on to write a treatment for a Fantastic Voyage remake for producer James Cameron. The original 1966 sci-fi adventure film centered on a group of scientists, shrunk down to microscopic »
- Brad Brevet
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