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11 items from 2016


HBO's 'Westworld' Stops Production; 2016 Premiere Still Set

18 January 2016 9:55 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

HBO announced today that production on its highly-anticipated series Westworld has been shut down for two months, but the network is still confident that the show will debut sometime this year. Variety reports that the production was temporarily shut down to give series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan a chance to catch up with writing the scripts for the last four episodes. Filming was originally scheduled to wrap in November of last year, but shooting is now set to resume in March. Take a look at the network's brief statement below.

"As we head into the final phase of production on Westworld, we've made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing."

The show is based on the 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which centers on an amusement park where visitors can live out their wildest fantasies, with the help of androids. Anthony Hopkins »

- MovieWeb

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HBO's 'Westworld' halts production to finish scripts

18 January 2016 2:28 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HBO is halting production on their forthcoming television series "Westworld" to put the finishing touches on the final scripts of season one. Whether or not this will move the 2016 air date remains to be seen.  HBO's production of "Westworld" has been temporarily shut down, according to sources at Variety. This shutdown was prompted by executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Production on "Westworld" stopped in November, and is said to resume in March.  "Westworld" is based on the book and film of the same name, which was written by Michael Crichton. The film, which was released in 1973, featured Yul Brynner in the lead role. The storyline showed the beginning stages of self-awareness in the artificially intelligent staff of a western-themed amusement park. The HBO series will feature similar themes and boasts an all-star cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton. While »

- Lauren Gallaway

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HBO shuts down production on Westworld, still hoping for 2016 premiere

18 January 2016 11:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that HBO has temporarily shut down production on the upcoming small screen adaptation of Westworld to allow executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to complete the final four scripts.

“As we head into the final phase of production on Westworld, we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” reads a statement from HBO.

See Also: First look teaser promo for Westworld

Originally, the plan was to wrap filming in November, but the production is now on a two month hiatus and will resume filming in March. Despite the setback, HBO is still hopeful that the series will premiere this year.

Inspired by the 1973 movie Westworld from Michael Crichton, the series features a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, »

- Gary Collinson

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HBO Temporarily Shuts Down Production On ‘Westworld,’ But Still Hoping For 2016 Debut

18 January 2016 9:23 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is there trouble on the horizon for HBO's star-studded, TV series take on Michael Crichton's "Westworld"? The talent is immense, with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy running the sci-fi show which stars Ed Harris, James MarsdenEvan Rachel WoodThandie NewtonAnthony Hopkins, and Jeffrey Wright, but it seems there needs to be some retooling before this one is ready for air. Variety reports that HBO has shut down the show, explaining that a break is needed in order to get the creative elements back on track. “As we head into the final phase of production on ‘Westworld,’ we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” the network said in a statement, while clarifying to the trade that they still aim for the show to premiere this year. Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 It's another »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO Temporarily Shuts Down Production On ‘Westworld,’ But Still Hoping For 2016 Debut

18 January 2016 9:23 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Is there trouble on the horizon for HBO's star-studded, TV series take on Michael Crichton's "Westworld"? The talent is immense, with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy running the sci-fi show which stars Ed Harris, James MarsdenEvan Rachel WoodThandie NewtonAnthony Hopkins, and Jeffrey Wright, but it seems there needs to be some retooling before this one is ready for air. Variety reports that HBO has shut down the show, explaining that a break is needed in order to get the creative elements back on track. “As we head into the final phase of production on ‘Westworld,’ we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” the network said in a statement, while clarifying to the trade that they still aim for the show to premiere this year. Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 It's another »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO's "Westworld" Production On Hiatus

17 January 2016 9:33 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO's highly anticipated and ambitious sci-fi drama series "Westworld".

Variety reports that the project, a new spin on Michael Crichton's classic 1973 film about androids gone haywire at an amusement park in the near future, shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts.

Filming on the first season was originally scheduled to wrap in November, but things were put on hold and now it is set to resume its last batch of filming in March.

HBO says in a statement: "As we head into the final phase of production on 'Westworld' we've made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing." They add that they still intend to premiere the series sometime this year.

The new take is described as a "dark odyssey about »

- Garth Franklin

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HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Shuts Down Production, Still Targeting 2016 Premiere (Exclusive)

17 January 2016 3:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Production has been temporarily shut down on HBO’s highly anticipated drama “Westworld,” sources tell Variety.

The ambitious project, which doesn’t have an official premiere date, was shuttered for two months so executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy can catch up on the final four scripts. Sources say the California-based production, which was originally scheduled to wrap in November, is now set to resume in March.

“As we head into the final phase of production on ‘Westworld,’ we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing,” said HBO in a statement.

Sources tell Variety the shutdown is temporary and that HBO is confident that the series will make its targeted premiere date. HBO has yet to specify a date beyond saying it will air in 2016.

The one-hour drama, inspired by the 1973 film starring Yul Brynner, is described as “a »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Tim Roth, Tupac Recorded Together at Death Row Records

12 January 2016 6:39 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Tupac took Tim Roth to Death Row Records to lay down a few tracks while the pair were filming their 1997 movie, Gridlock'd, the actor recalled on The Late Late Show With James Corden Monday.

Despite the ridiculousness of the story, Roth hasn't shared it publicly until recently. As the actor told host James Corden, Tupac took him and their co-star Thandie Newton to see his usual workplace, "which was hilarious because a little pasty-faced London boy walking into Death Row Records was … well, people were just laughing at me."

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Thandie Newton Slams Starbucks for Statue of Black Child in Store Display: 'Happy New Year Circa 19th Century'

6 January 2016 8:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thandie Newton is not a fan of one Starbucks' store décor. Newton, 43, called out the chain for a statue featured at the counter of its Soho location in London. The display was of a young black boy holding a wicker basket full of coffee beans. The statue was also dressed in a loincloth with a safari-like hat on his head. Newton quickly took to Twitter to share her disapproval. "Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter - Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child. Happy New Year circa 19th century," she wrote. Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter - Loin cloth »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Thandie Newton Slams Starbucks for Statue of Black Child in Store Display: 'Happy New Year Circa 19th Century'

6 January 2016 8:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thandie Newton is not a fan of one Starbucks' store décor. Newton, 43, called out the chain for a statue featured at the counter of its Soho location in London. The display was of a young black boy holding a wicker basket full of coffee beans. The statue was also dressed in a loincloth with a safari-like hat on his head. Newton quickly took to Twitter to share her disapproval. "Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter - Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child. Happy New Year circa 19th century," she wrote. Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter - Loin cloth »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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The Most Anticipated TV Series of 2016

5 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Just when you thought it was safe to disconnect your DVR, the scripted television landscape again becomes crowded with essential viewing material. With the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour upon us and kicking off Tuesday from the Langham hotel in Pasadena, Calif., Variety’s TV staff chronicles the programs it’s most looking forward to in 2016.

American Crime” (ABC): Jan. 6

Coming off of a slew of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for its freshman season, John Ridley’s dark ABC anthology is back with a new storyline and new characters set among a rattling high school male rape accusation. With strong, fresh cast members (“Falling Skies” alum Connor Jessup playing the victim) and the return of Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton and Regina King in all new roles, the critically acclaimed drama hopes to see bigger ratings than its first run, which garnered rave reviews across the board for »

- Variety Staff

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