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Following on from the controversy surrounding the all-white casting of Exodus: Gods and Kings, legendary Star Trek actor and King of the Memes George Takei has spoken out against the proposed casting choices for the American adaptation of popular anime Akira.
It was reported by Deadline that the cast choices included Robert Pattinson (Twilight), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) for Testuo and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Chris Pine (Horrible Bosses 2), Joaquin Phoenix (Her) and Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits) for Kaneda.
“The manga and anime phenomenon is mostly white in this country,” he told The Advocate, speaking out against the casting. “It originated in Japan, and, of course, it has a huge Asian fan following. But it’s the multi-ethnic Americans »
- Luke Owen
Did America just lose its first cyberwar?
Sony announced Wednesday that The Interview will not be released after a hack leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it.
The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and in the comedy, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is assassinated. But the actors need not worry as their famous friends are standing up for them and their right to creative expression.
News: Here is Sony's statement about canceling 'The Interview'
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it »
Someone get Christine an “I’m The Big Sister” T-shirt!
“We are so happy for Emily,” showrunner Stephen Nathan says in an exclusive statement to TVLine. “As before, rather than try to hide this from a sophisticated audience, we are integrating her pregnancy into the show.
“Booth and Brennan, like most couples today, will continue to work, play and catch murderers — maybe they’re unique in this respect — as their family grows,” Nathan continues. “As with most new situations that have arisen in 10 years, »
A few Mindy Project episodes back, Danny snooped in Mindy’s diary and learned that she expected a marriage proposal by Christmas. So… does Diamond Dan stay true to his stripper moniker and show up with something shiny?
The short answer: No. But before you throw your Wreath Witherspoon across the room in protest, let’s review what happens in “Christmas.”
Last Christmas, I Gave You My Heart | This Christmas, Mindy expects far more than the stellar, surprising Aaliyah dance routine Danny gave her last year: She wants an engagement ring, and she goes as far as piecing together shreds »
Fox has announced that their new psychological thriller, Wayward Pines, will debut on Thursday, May 14th. The network has ordered 10 episodes.
Here's the press release:
Fox Broadcasting Company And Fox International Channels Announce Global Premiere Of 10-episode Psychological Thriller “Wayward Pines,” From Executive Producer, Director M. Night Shyamalan, Thursday, May 14, On Fox
Unprecedented Worldwide Debut, Includes Day-and-Date Launch Exclusively on Fox Channels in 125 Countries
Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox) and Fox International Channels announce the global premiere of the 10-episode, intense psychological thriller Wayward Pines. The highly anticipated event series, based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs”) and executive-produced by Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge and Ashwin Rajan, will premiere Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox, while also debuting simultaneously in more »
CBS’ Mike & Molly on Monday night returned to 8.1 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, down 27 percent in the demo from its previous premiere and matching its May finale.
That said, the Season 5 sitcom improved on The Millers‘ most recent numbers (6.3 mil/1.5).
Opening the Eye’s night, 2 Broke Girls (7.7 mil/2.0) rose 12 and 25 percent. On the drama side, Scorpion (10 mil/2.1) gained two tenths and NCIS: La (8.7 mil/1.6) ticked up.
ABC | With NFL preemptions subtracted out, The Great Christmas Light Fight returned to 6.8 mil and a 1.7. Leading out of that, Castle‘s winter finale (7.3 mil/1.4) was down 14 percent and a tenth, »
Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox International Channels have announced plans to premiere the ten-episode psychological thriller event series "Wayward Pines" on May 14th both domestically and in 125 countries.
The story follows a Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic Idaho town of Wayward Pines. Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Toby Jones, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan and Juliette Lewis.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The network and Fox International Channels announced on Tuesday the global rollout of the 10-episode “Wayward Pines,” which will premiere Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. on the network while also debuting simultaneously in more than 125 countries across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and Latin America.
The debut will be the world’s largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series ever.
The series stars Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. In addition to Dillon, the cast includes Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Toby Jones, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan and Juliette Lewis.
- Rick Kissell
Fox has set a premiere date for Wayward Pines — and it's coming out on the same day around the globe. The 10-part miniseries from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan will bow Thursday, May 14, on Fox and Fox channels in 125 countries. It's the last piece of the network's midseason schedule, most of which was announced in November. It will also bow after most of the 2014-15 season is over, much like 24 revival Live Another Day did earlier this year. The 10-episode run is slated to air at 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Read More M.
- Michael O'Connell
First announced in development in January 2013 and then set for a summer 2014 premiere out of "24: Live Another Day" and then pushed to midseason, the event series "Wayward Pines" finally has an official launch. Fox announced on Tuesday (December 9) morning that the 10-episode thriller will premiere on Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. Et. And "Wayward Pines" won't just be rolling out in the United States. The series will be debuting in 125 countries on Fox channels throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and Latin America. The network is calling this the "world's largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series ever" and who are we to disagree? Depending on your perspective, this either has "Wayward Pines" following in the reasonably successful footsteps established by the May launch of the "24" event series last summer, or else the less successful Thursday 9 p.m. footsteps of last summer's "Gang Related" or this fall's event series "Gracepoint. »
- Daniel Fienberg
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
After unveiling Unbroken — her second directorial effort and the last high-profile Oscar hopeful of the season to screen for pundits — on Sunday in Los Angeles, Angelina Jolie headed to New York, where she and her colleagues on the war-set drama have spent the week putting on the full-court press with awards voters and press.
On Thursday evening, at post-screening dinner at Porterhouse in the Time Warner Center, Jolie, who is usually somewhat guarded, mixed and mingled with a crowd that included dozens of members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (aka Golden Globe voters, who had earlier in the day participated in the film’s press junket), Academy members such asJodie Foster and M. Night Shyamalan and other tastemakers including 60 Minutes‘ Steve Kroft — as well as her Unbroken stars Jack O’Connell, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund and Finn Wittrock. (Michael Moore and Barbara Walters, among others, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Mexican writer-director Isaac Ezban comes to Ventana Sur with two films, “The Incident” and Blood Window’s “The Similars.” Making both films in one year was a whirlwind for Ezban, particularly since these are his first feature-length pieces — he cut his teeth as a maker of short films. Ezban’s signature lo-fi sci-fi aesthetic shines through in both outings, channeling the work of H.P. Lovecraft and episodes of “The Twilight Zone” as inspiration. Shoreline Entertainment acquired “The Incident” on Nov. 30 in a deal reported by Variety.
Your impressive short film “Nasty Stuff” gloriously bathed in Lovecraftian horror. Now your debut feature “The Incident” delves into intellectual/metaphysical science fiction. And right now you just finished your second feature film “The Similars,” which, by the look of the first teaser trailer, looks like it could have some horror again. So, are you more of a horror fan, or more of a science fiction fan? »
- Marianne Zumberge
Yep, even after M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth disaster of a film bombed at the box office, the filmmaker went on to develop another movie called The Visit. He was originally developing it under the title Sundowning, but that has obviously changed.
The story focuses on "a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day."
The original title of the film was apparently connected something called Sundowners Syndrome that is described as "a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. Symptoms also include agitation and mood swings."
It definitely sounds like it could be interesting, but I’m not going to hold my breath for anymore good films from Shyamalan. »
- Joey Paur
The Important News Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are possibly playing the Joker and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. And Jai Courtney is possibly playing Deadshot in the movie. In other DC universe news, Michelle MacLaren is possibly directing Wonder Woman. Daniel Bruhl will play the unknown villain in Captain America: Civil War. Christoph Waltz might be the next Bond villain. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is getting some great reviews so far. M. Night Shyamalan has a secret new movie due out next year. Wes Anderson might do another stop-motion movie next. Justin Lin might do a couple more Fast and Furious movies, which will be the last. Quentin Tarantino may retire after his 10th movie. Christopher Nolan will not make a Star...
- Christopher Campbell
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »
- Brad Brevet
It would appear that M. Night Shyamalan's poor reputation as of late has driven to make films underground, as it has just been announced that the Sixth Sense director has already completed work on his next project and has now found a distributor. This news comes to us from Deadline, which says that Universal has picked up the worldwide rights to The Visit, a low budget horror movie that M. Night Shyamalan made in partnership with the folks over at Blumhouse Productions. The report says that the film is more in line with the movies the filmmaker he began his career with (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) and less like the critically-shredded material that killed his career (The Last Airbender, The Happening). He actually self-financed the movie, staying away from the studio system, and shot the entire thing around his home in Pennsylvania. There are no actors mentioned in connection with »
Kathryn Hahn is returning to "Happyish" with a new co-star. The "Crossing Jordan" actor is set to reprise her role as Lee Payne in the Showtime dramedy, the network announced on Thursday. This is Hahn's second outing in the part after shooting the same pilot with Philip Seymour Hoffman last year; Steve Coogan subsequently stepped in to replace the late actor. Lee is described as a wife and mother who is "honest and direct to a considerable fault" and who believes that people are good and that the world can be a better place - an outlook that causes no shortage of frustration when she is consistently faced with its limitations. "But she loves Thom (Coogan), and Thom loves her, even though they both loathe themselves." Hilarity ensues. Slated to film in New York next month with director Ken Kwapis ("The Office," "He's Just Not That Into You"), "Happyish" was »
- Chris Eggertsen
He went from being one of the most celebrated child actors ever to … well, The Country Bears. But Haley Joel Osment is making something of a comeback, thanks to offbeat appearances in Kevin Smith’s cult-comedy/horror True North Trilogy. Back in May 2000, Channel Guide Magazine‘s Jeff Pfeiffer scored an interview with Osment for The Sixth Sense, which made Osment a household name at age 12 (and set M. Night Shyamalan’s bar way too high). Osment was on the cover, and we also featured interviews with child stars Jena Malone (still going strong!) and Frankie Muniz (er, not so much). The … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
Perhaps no modern-day filmmaker has endured as much critical drubbing as M. Night Shyamalan, the once-promising director of The Sixth Sense and Signs who went downhill fast with a brutal series of five flops in a row, each somehow more horrendously executed than the last. Now, however, Shyamalan may finally be on the right track – flying under the radar, he recently shot a low-budget, supernatural thriller more in line with his first directorial efforts, which has just been picked up by Universal Pictures.
Titled The Visit, the project is a marked change from Shyamalan’s big-budget fare like The Last Airbender and After Earth, both of which earned him Razzie nominations for Worst Director (he actually won the dishonor for The Last Airbender). The director partnered with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, which likely helped the film land at Universal, but Shyamalan chose to go outside of the studio route, self-financing »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director M. Night Shyamalan has partnered with Jason Blum of Bloomhouse Productions in order to produce a self-financed, low budget project he had been keeping under wraps. The film, called The Visit, is intended as a return to his earlier work and to productions outside the ‘traditional’ studio system. The Visit concerns a brother and […]
The post M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ Acquired by Universal appeared first on The Flickcast. »
- Kara Grimoire
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