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DirecTV’s Audience Network has been added to the At&T U-Verse lineup, the telecom announced Wednesday. The network is home to original series including “Kingdom” starring Frank Grillo, Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas and “Rogue” starring Thandie Newton, Sarah Jeffery and Cole Hauser. “We’re always looking for new ways to give our customers the most value for their programming dollar. Adding Audience Network is a perfect way to do that,” said Dan York, At&T’s chief content officer in a statement. “There is no better time to experience Audience Network’s compelling programming. Whether you’re a movie buff, »
- Reid Nakamura
HBO has long been known for pushing the envelope with their TV series, most notably Game of Thrones, which has come under fire several times for its depictions of lurid sex acts and several characters being forcibly raped. The pay cable network will seemingly continue this tradition with Westworld, as Business Insider reveals a document from Central Casting, which details some of the sexual acts that extras are being asked to perform on the upcoming sci-fi series. Here's an excerpt from the document.
"This document serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations. By accepting this Project Assignment, you may be required to do any of the following: appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form »
David Geffen Hall Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
David Geffen is the producer of Neil Jordan's Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles with a screenplay by Anne Rice, starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Stephen Rea, Christian Slater and Thandie Newton, and Frank Oz's Little Shop Of Horrors with Bill Murray, John Candy, Christopher Guest, James Belushi, Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.
David Geffen Hall ceremony Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
The co-founder of DreamWorks Skg (Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen) and the executive producer of Robert Towne's Personal Best, starring Mariel Hemingway, made a gift of 100 million dollars towards the renovation of the building that recently hosted the honoring of Barbra Streisand, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Thomas Sadoski is the kind of guy you expect to see in smart television fare. As a veteran of HBO’s Emmy winner The Newsroom and NBC’s all-star prestige remake of The Slap (co-starring Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, and Peter Sarsgaard), Sadoski is not the type of guy you think would be delivering “Bazinga”! punchlines on a CBS sitcom. But with the debut of Life in Pieces on Monday, that’s exactly where he is.
“I never in my wildest imagination thought I would be doing a 30-minute comedy for CBS,” Sadoski says. “They called my agent and offered me the part. I kind of groused about it, and my agent said: ‘They would like you to read it. »
- Brian Moylan
Westworld is beefing up its cast. The upcoming HBO sci-fi drama has added Selma and Dear White People star Tessa Thompson as a series regular. Thompson will play Charlotte Hale. No details are known yet about the character except that she has a “unique perspective” on Westworld and that she will be a type of “investigator” in the series. In addition her recent starring roles in films, Thompson has appeared on many TV series in the past. Her credits include Heroes, Detroit 1-8-7, 666 Park Avenue, and Copper. She joins Westworld‘s all-star cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Thandie Newton (Rogue), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (30 Rock), Ed Harris (The Rock), Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time), and Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood). Westword is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and will be written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series will focus on a futuristic, »
- Chris King
Really good, but maybe not the greatest. Crash may have won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture in 2006, but even director Paul Haggis doesn’t think his film about racial tensions should’ve won that golden statuette. “Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so. There were great films that year,” Haggis told HitFix in a recent interview of his movie, which starred Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, and Thandie Newton, among others. “But you shouldn’t ask me what the best film of the year [...] »
It’s hard to argue that one of the most shocking Academy Award upsets of all time happened close to a decade ago, when Crash took home Best Picture over Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (and three other nominated films hailed as more deserving) at the 2006 Oscars. Considering that many were even surprised to see the movie nominated in that category in the first place, its win outraged film fans everywhere.
In a new interview with HitFix, writer/director of the film Paul Haggis, who also garnered an Oscar that night for Best Original Screenplay, admits that even he wouldn’t have picked Crash for the coveted award.
Haggis was asked about the criticism directed at the film, to which he replied, “Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night, and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. »
- Justin Cook
A major contender on HBO’s forthcoming TV slate is the sci-fi series Westworld. A revamped small screen adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, it’s packing in the pedigree both in front and behind the camera. So, why then has the network kept the show on such a short marketing leash? It’s likely due to the release date being pushed back from end of 2015 to the noncommittal “sometime in 2016.”
Nevertheless, yesterday saw the first new glimpse at the movie since December – when HBO included a brief shot at the show in its “year ender” promo – as a 30-second teaser clip aired during the True Detective finale. As opposed to a full-length trailer fleshing out the narrative beats, this is a tantalizing tonal appetizer of what’s to come.
It opens as Evan Rachel Wood’s character Dolores undergoes an interrogation, followed by momentary flashes of seemingly unconnected people. »
- Gem Seddon
Sneak Peek new teaser footage from HBO's upcoming "Westworld" TV series, created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, starring Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, based on the 1973 film of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton:
"...the show is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin, set in the futuristic theme park, 'Westworld'..."
Cast also includes James Marsden as 'Teddy Flood', a newly arrived gunslinger in pursuit of a local beauty, Jeffrey Wright as 'Bernard Lowe', head of the 'Westworld 'Programming Division' and creator of artificial people, Thandie Newton as 'Maeve Millay', Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Ed Harris, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins Jr., Lena Georgas, Currie Graham, Ptolemy Slocum, Louis Herthum, Kyle Bornheimer, Demetrius Grosse, Steven Ogg and Timothy Lee DePriest.
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- Michael Stevens
This new vision of Michael Crichton’s film comes from J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, Person Of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV. Nolan directed the pilot for the series, which is described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." Westworld stars stars James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, James Marsden, Kyle Bornheime and Thandie Newton. »
Prior to last night’s season finale of True Detective, HBO aired a first look teaser for its upcoming drama series Westworld, and we have it for you right here…
Inspired by the motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton, the one one-hour drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan.
Westworld will debut in 2016.
- Gary Collinson
The last few weeks have seen a slow trickle release of images and short clips from HBO's upcoming "Westworld" TV show and so far, the project is looking mighty promising.
The clips so far have been so short they haven't shown much to really get excited about but this newly released spot is perfect and the kind of cryptic marketing we don't see too often anymore; at least not for mainstream projects. Not only does it showcase both the sci-fi and western aspects of the show, it suggests the moods and themes of the show. All in 30 seconds.
The show, which comes to us from Jonathan Nolan, stars Ben Barnes, Clifton Collins Jr., Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood among many othe [Continued ...] »
Before last night’s True Detective Season 2 finale (for more thoughts on that episode, check out our review), HBO debuted the first-ever trailer for the network’s upcoming sci-fi series, Westworld. The show, which was ordered to series back in November, is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film and will be written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. It stars Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Thandie Newton (Rogue), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (30 Rock), Ed Harris (The Rock), Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time), and, as shown in the photo above, Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood). For those who don’t know, Westworld will primarily focus on a futuristic, Western-themed amusement park, owned by Dr. Robert Ford (played by Hopkins in his first-ever series-regular television role) that features robots. However, things don’t go as planned when the robots begin to “malfunction” and attack the guests. And »
- Chris King
HBO has unveiled the teaser trailer for Westworld, their serialized remake of the 1973 film about a fantasy theme park populated by humanoids that turns against its guests. HBO describes the show's eight-episode first season as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," and that theme is explored in the teaser as an unseen inquisitor asks in the trailer, "Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?"
The 30-second clip offers up glimpses at many of the series' stars after hell has broken loose at Westworld. »
Travel into a world like no other. Once again, Michael Crichton's fantasy vacation destination Westworld has been adapted for the screen, only this time, it is arriving as a thrilling new show for HBO. Set to premiere in 2016, HBO is excited to share a first look at this promising drama series. The sneak peek aired just prior to the Season 2 finale of True Detective.
Westworld is a one-hour drama, a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan. This new show is inspired by the motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton.
HBO is already priming you for your next obsession: "Westworld," a sci-fi series co-created and written by Jonathan Nolan, produced through J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot Productions, based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie, and starring Anthony Hopkins in his first series-regular role. Boom! What more do you need? How about Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Ed Harris as co-stars?
In the series, which premieres in 2016, Anthony Hopkins plays the brilliant creative director of Westworld, a futuristic Wild West theme park populated by artificial people. HBO aired a tease for "Westworld" before the "True Detective" Season 2 finale.
Here it is:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's lifelike robots can be killed off and return with completely different personas, allowing actors to play many characters. THR also noted that an extended trailer of "Westworld" aired at the TCAs, with HBO programming president Michael Lombardo sharing more teases:
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- Gina Carbone
"Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?" asks the first trailer for HBO's Westworld TV series...
The Westworld TV series is one that's had our attention for a while. Of all the sci-fi films to rejig for TV, Westworld always seemed like a decent fit, to this writer at least. With modern effects and tense long-form storytelling, there could be a great telly show within the Western-themed artificial-reality idea.
Today, the first trailer for the show has landed online, and offers a nice big spoonful of creepiness alongside a portion of lovely visuals. You can have a look here...
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Way back when, Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to star in an remake of Michael Crichton's 1973 feature Westworld. Schwarzenegger became governor, the remake was shelved, but then Tarsem Singh was brought in to direct... nothing came of that film, but now it has arrived at HBO with Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) writing and directing (at least the first episode) and today HBO debuted the first trailer. The series takes place at a technologically advanced amusement park designed for rich vacationers with the goal of satisfying your every dream. Robots staff the park and when a group of vacationers choose a wild west adventure things go haywire and a rogue gunslinging robot begins stalking the guests. The stacked cast includes Ed Harris, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright. No word yet on when exactly the show will arrive, "Coming in 2016" is all the trailer gives us, »
- Brad Brevet
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