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“I would like at this moment to announce that I will be retiring from this program in two weeks’ time because of poor ratings. Since this show is the only thing I had going for me in my life, I’ve decided to kill myself. I’m going to blow my brains out right on this program a week from today. So tune in next Tuesday…“
Director: Sidney Lumet
Run Time: 121 Minutes
Special Features: The Directors: Sidney Lumet a 1999 documentary on the director, containing interviews with Jack Lemmon, Rod Steiger, Christopher Walken and others ,Tune in Next Tuesday a visual essay by Dave Itzkoff, the author of Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies, Theatrical Trailer
When Network was originally released in 1976, the world of the TV wasn »
- Dan Bullock
In the cynical age of the Internet we’ve grown to understand how the news works and how the networks manipulate information into a form that will try to persuade the people watching just what the truth is (in a totally biased way of course). If you’ve not worked it out yet, then maybe you need to take a few notes from Arrow Academy’s latest release, Sidney Lumet’s Network.
When Howard Beale (Peter Finch) the news anchor for the Ubs Television Network finds he is losing his job because he no longer pulls in the ratings he announces live on television he will commit suicide live on television next week. Causing controversy the network give him another chance, only to lead him to yet another rant to the audience. »
- Paul Metcalf
Production started back in January on Universal Pictures' Steve Jobs biopic, but we have yet to see an official image of Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder. Today, Instagram user Sean Nung posted a photo depicting a set poster with Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, promoting his NeXT computer system. The poster uses the actual tagline used in 1988, "Computing advances to the NeXT level," although the real-life poster did not feature Steve Jobs himself.
Cult of Mac reveals that this poster was on display at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, where the production is shooting a "major scene" involving Michael Fassbender's Steve Jobs unveiling the NeXT system in October 1988. The actual event took place at San Francisco's Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, directly across the street from the War Memorial Opera House, which was considered "a huge coming out event" for Steve Jobs, since this »
After Christian Bale exited Danny Boyle’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, many believed the project to have lost its driving element. Bale’s resemblance to the Apple founder is perhaps greater than the man who would actually go on to play him; Michael Fassbender. Regardless, in this first leaked poster it appears as if Fassbender is right at home in the shoes of the technological pioneer.
The poster is a replica of the original promotional ad for Jobs’ NeXT computer. In the snap, Fassbender occupies the same space that Jobs did during that round of marketing and while he doesn’t look remotely like the man, this is a movie. Disbelief has to be suspended just a little.
For those of you who may need a refresher, the movie is scripted by Aaron Sorkin who has repeatedly affirmed that the finished feature won’t resemble a traditional biopic. Instead it »
- Gem Seddon
Earlier this year, we got a look at one of the sets for Steve Jobs, the film about the iconic technology innovator and co-founder of Apple Computers. Director Danny Boyle was using the real garage that Jobs created Apple in along with his right hand man Steve Wozniak, and it was made to look just as it did decades ago. However, with the exception of some spy photos from production on-location in California, we've yet to get a good look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. But now we have one glimpse of the actor in the role in the form of a vintage promotional poster that has him promoting Apple's NeXT line of computers. This poster surfaced online, likely from another on-location set (originally found via The Playlist): #michaelfassbender A photo posted by @seannung on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:29pm Pdt Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Ethan Anderton
There's been a few set photos around of Michael Fassbender as Apple co-creator Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's upcoming biopic. Now, a new shot has gone online showcasing a vintage poster reproduction for Apple's NeXT computers with Fassbender in character as Jobs.
Aaron Sorkin's script centers around three product launches, the middle one being that of the NeXT which didn't catch on, but whose design ultimately had an influence on what we use today. The film itself hits October 9th.
A photo posted by @seannung on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:29pm Pdt
- Garth Franklin
While there have plenty of set photos flying around of Michael Fassbender playing Apple icon "Steve Jobs" in Danny Boyle's upcoming biopic, there hasn't been much in the way of official photography just yet. And while this is sort of somewhere in the middle, it'll have to suffice. A reproduction of a vintage poster for Apple's NeXT line of computers featuring Fassy as the computer company's honcho has surfaced online. For those of you who have been following the film thus far, you'll know that Aaron Sorkin's script is centered around the product launches of the Mac, NeXT, and iPod in 1984, 1997, and 2001 respectively. The thing to keep in mind is that NeXT was actually the company that Steve Jobs started after he was ousted from Apple in the '80s. It wasn't a big hit, but elements such as its interface were influential on the industry. "Steve Jobs" opens on October 9th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Neil Burger, “Divergent” director, is attached to helm the project, which Olen Steinhauer (author of “The Tourist” and “An American Spy”) adapted from his novel of the same name. Nick Wechsler will produce with Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz along with Chockstone’s Roger Schwartz, who will serve as a co-producer.
Shooting is expected to commence by the end of the year.
“All the Old Knives” takes place in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where two ex-lovers — one CIA spy and one ex-cia spy — meet for dinner and to relive their memories of a disastrous hijacking, possibly in an effort to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.
Gordon and eOne announced the partnership in January. EOne will handle »
- Dave McNary
SXSW kicks off on Friday, with thousands arriving in Austin, Texas, to attend the film festival component. While there won’t be as many distribution deals as at Sundance or Toronto, SXSW can offer a strong launching pad for upcoming releases — last year, both “Neighbors” and “Chef” attracted lots of attention in Texas to before they went on to becomes box office hits. And, of course, the festival is also as a showcase for smaller films seeking buyers, such as the Katie Holmes drama “Mania Days.” Here are the 13 buzziest titles playing at SXSW this year.
The hottest ticket at SXSW will be for Judd Apatow’s new comedy starring Amy Schumer as a thirtysomething journalist who, after a series of one-night stands, sparks a connection with a subject she’s profiling (Bill Hader). Over the years, Apatow has helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang and Dennis Harvey
Have you enjoyed the Empire guest stars this season? Do you agree that there’s one special performer who can arguably take the already successful show to the next level? Beyoncé Oprah might be closer to linking up with Cookie than you think.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (yes, Doyle from Gilmore Girls) revealed some of what they’re cooking up for the second season — and yes, it involves the billionaire media queen.
Here’s what to expect on Empire’s second season:
1. The show will be back sooner rather than later.
Fox has clearly benefited from Empire‘s ratings explosion over the past 10 weeks. Rather than risk losing some of the momentum with a midseason return (like it did after long hiatuses for season two of The Following and Sleepy Hollow), the network expects »
- Emily Exton
HBO has this week announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the third and final season of their hit drama The Newsroom. Created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing), the show stars Emmy Award-winner Jeff Daniels alongside Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterson, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn and Jane Fonda.
Pre-order The Newsroom Season 3 On Blu-ray Here
The Newsroom follows a popular cable news anchor, Will McAvoy (Daniels), and his staff in their fervent attempt to report the news honestly and fairly amidst corporate mandates and complicated personal relationships. The third season finds Will, Mac (Mortimer) and the staff of “News Night” facing two explosive situations: the possibility of a hostile takeover of the network, and leaked classified government documents that unleash a legal fire storm threatening to topple more than one professional career.
The Blu-ray will be released on June 16th and is presented »
- Scott J. Davis
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
Brian Grazer is about to release a book called “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life” featuring highlights of his weekly “curiosity conversations” with people from all walks of life on all manner of topics.
As “Empire,” the Fox drama that hails from Grazer’s Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV, notched its eighth straight week of ratings gains — a feat unprecedented in the modern era — Variety asked Grazer to turn his curious mind to two key questions: Why the hip-hop soap is connecting so strongly with audiences and what a hit of this magnitude does for a creative enterprise.
What explains the “Empire” phenomenon?
We’re all just shocked by it. “24” was pretty phenomenal but it didn’t have this explosive quality about it. It started to really work in year three and then just built. This is just a gift. It just seems as though »
- Cynthia Littleton
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Michael Papajohn, Marco Rodríguez, James Huang, Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey, Sharon Tay, Rick Garcia, Leah Fredkin, Jonny Coyne | Written and Directed by Dan Gilroy
First time director Dan Gilroy has started strong with his debut film Nightcrawler.This sadistic character study is darkly twisted in the best ways. It is a manifestation of the alluring but devastating car crash our minds simply cannot turn away from. Nightcrawler tantalizes that part of humanity that is fascinated with carnage and bloodshed. It will allure you with its thrills and fascinate you with its eccentric behavior.
Nightcrawler works best when it is solely focused on the character of Lou Bloom played ever so brilliantly by Jake Gyllenhaal. Bloom is an oddity of a man. Unemployed he makes a living by finding random jobs like selling stolen metal to Los Angles scrapyards. Our first encounter with Lou »
- Dan Clark
Exclusive: Visual effects firm behind The Theory of Everything and the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony appointed sole vendor.
The London-based visual effects facility previously worked with Boyle on features 127 Hours and Trance; TV drama Babylon; and the video sections of 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, Isles of Wonder.
The Jobs biopic represents Union’s most high-profile title to date.
Adam Gascoyne, visual effects supervisor and creative director at Union, said: “It’s going to be a very significant year for Union, with the calibre of stories, talent and creativity we’re involved with surpassing any other.
“Again, of course, it’s a great »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Spoilers for the "Parks and Recreation" finale, obviously. "Parks and Recreation" has come a long way, starting as a clone of "The Office" and turning into the warmest, funniest political show on television. "Parks" has always been about people with deeply-rooted political and personal differences finding ways to come together; sometimes they won, sometimes they lost, but they were always able to regroup and find new ways to be happy. It's an idealistic show that never fell into the smug sermonizing of Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" or "The Newsroom." It was able to balance optimism with a hint of dissatisfaction (like when Leslie Knope was recalled from her city council position), and it made all of the wins feel hard-won. More than anything, it never forgot to stay funny while staying heartfelt. That careful balance tipped way over into the wish-fulfillment side in last night's finale, "One Last Ride, »
- Max O'Connell
If Steven Spielberg wants Chris Pratt to play a version of "Indiana Jones" who can talk someone's ear off in the rumored new movie ... then one legendary writer says he'd love to help. Aaron Sorkin was heading out of the Montage Saturday night in Bev Hills when he told our photog he's always wanted to write an action flick ... so if Spielberg and co. came knocking, he'd be down. There's a fear though. Check out »
- TMZ Staff
HBO’s sleeper startup hit “Silicon Valley” sent up its namesake brilliantly in its first season and, with the release of its Season 2 promo on Friday, it appears due for another round of programmer stereotypes, venture capitalist clowning and tech sector in-jokes. In the teaser, the group of developers comprising tech startup Pied Piper, led by skittish coding prodigy Richard Hendriks (Thomas Middleditch), plugs in and pounds down energy drinks, snack foods and bowls of Froot Loops in an effort to maintain consciousness during programming tedium. See photos: Aaron Sorkin Hints at More HBO Projects at ‘The Newsroom’ Final Season Premiere (Photos) Applying. »
- Jordan Burchette
From the moment a series of racially insensitive jokes about President Barack Obama and her controversial back-and-forth leaked emails about A-list actors and talent became public, Amy Pascal was widely perceived as a dead executive walking.
Fairly or not, the Sony Pictures studio chief has become a corporate cautionary tale for the digital age. On Thursday, it was announced that Pascal was exiting her perch of more than a decade as gracefully as could be expected, landing a production deal at Sony with the promise of a four-year commitment to back a mixture of critically and commercially oriented projects.
But in her new role, Pascal still has some fence mending ahead of her.
“Her relationships and her effectiveness in dealing with talent had been compromised,” said Hal Vogel, a media analyst. “It’s a healthy move for her and the studio. It’s the kind of thing that requires a »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
'Steve Jobs' will be released in October. The movie - which is based on the biography of the late Apple Inc. CEO, co-founder and chairman - is expected to open in cinemas on October 9th, Universal Pictures have announced. Production has only just begun on the biopic, with the film being directed by 'Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle. Aaron Sorkin has produced the script with guidance from Walter Isaacson, the man who penned the entrepreneur's official biography. Michael Fassbender will star as the lead character and will be joined by a supporting cast that includes Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg. The project suffered a few knock backs during initial production after Sony Pictures previously pulled out of the deal. Other actors lined up for the lead role - including Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale - had refused the part, leaving the »
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