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2014 has already seen some very good films released, with the likes of Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, X-Men: Days of Future Past and others doing great business and turning heads in the process. The remainder of 2014 will also see a large number of film releases, and some of those are highly intriguing. Let’s take a look at ten of the films that I, personally, am excited for in the second half of 2014.
Director, James Gunn, tasselled my hair playfully when he put a little independent film named “Super” on the table in 2010, an underrated Rainn Wilson fronted comedy drama about a guy who thinks that god is telling him to fight crime. When I heard that Gunn was bringing his sense of humour and action to Guardians of the Galaxy my interest hit a high note. With a cast including the enjoyable everyman Chris Pratt »
- Chris Cummings
Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3," "The Dark Knight Rises") has joined the cast of Tim Story's "Ride Along" sequel at Universal Pictures. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reprise their roles in the follow-up, while details of Powell's role are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]
Jason Sudeikis ("We're the Millers") and Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Stephen Hopkins' Jesse Owens biopic "Race" which Focus Features has just acquired. Filming begins July 24th in Montreal and Berlin.
Stephan James is portraying the black racing legend in the story about his famed run at the 1936 Olympics. Sudeikis will play Larry Snyder, Owens' obsessive coach, while Irons will play American Olympic committee head Avery Brundage. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Over the years, much has been made of "Mad Men's" shocking inability to win an acting Emmy. It may have be named Best Drama Series four times in a row (2008-2011), but to date, it has gone 0-for-31 in acting categories. And if it loses its three bids this year, that shutout will grow to 34. But it's not the only show to be otherwise recognized by Emmy only to see its actors snubbed again and again. -Break- Emmy experts predict drama races: 'Breaking Bad,' Matthew McConaughey ... Consider "The Office." NBC's popular sitcom ran nine seasons and won Best Comedy Series in 2006, but it never claimed an acting prize. Indeed, only three of its cast members were even nominated: Steve Carell (Comedy Actor, 2006-2011), Rainn Wilson (Comedy Supporting Actor, 2007-2009), and Jenna Fischer (Comedy Supporting Actress, 2007). You'd think the series would have fared better with the TV academy's acting branch, »
The 12-episode series, based on the 1995 film of the same name, follows a time traveler (Stanford) who arrives from the post-apocalyptic future to prevent a deadly virus from destroying all human life. If he succeeds, he’ll also be a goner.
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Backstrom has secured a father for Rainn Wilson's title character. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Robert Forster will join the first season of the Fox drama, appearing in two episodes. The straight-to-series order, set for a midseason debut, cast the Jackie Brown and Descendants actor as Sheriff Blue Backstrom — something of a local legend in the town of detective Everett Backstrom (Wilson). Their relationship is muddied by Everett's memories of Blue as an abusive father, but the senior Backstrom has a good reputation for his savvy police work. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows This
- Michael O'Connell
Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the Final Destination series, makes his directorial debut with Good Samaritan, a short film inspired by a feature script he had penned. We have some exclusive stills from the production to share with you via the gallery here. Good Samaritan stars Toby Hemingway (Black Swan) and Rainn Wilson (Cooties, The Office) with a cameo by Jane Badler, who you may remember from the original V mini-series. The short is going to premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 28th before a screening of Into the Storm.
- Ryan Turek
Fox is the fourth of the five major networks to reveal their fall premiere schedule, and it kicks off in early September with a three-part launch plan for Utopia, a new reality series that moves 15 everyday Americans to an undeveloped location and challenges them to create their own civilization. (Utopia will then air two nights a week, on Tuesday and Friday.)
Other highlights of Fox’s roll-out plan include the long-awaited, hour-long Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover episode and October premieres for three series, including the new sitcom Mulaney.
On tap for midseason are the Glee‘s 13-episode farewell run, »
Fox announced its lineup of fall premiere dates Tuesday, and it includes some answers about just when we'll see beloved programs return, as well as the debuts of new series.
Among the highlights is the premiere of the highly-anticipated crossover episode between "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" -- dubbed "The Simpsons Guy" -- which will drop in a special one-hour block on September 28. Sundays are seeing a bit of a shakeup this year, with sophomore sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" moving over to the night from Tuesdays; new sitcom "Mulaney" will also find its home on Sundays, when it makes its series debut on October 5.
Experimental reality show "Utopia" will have a three-part premiere, set to air on September 7, 9, and 12 before switching to its normal timeslot on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Another notable facet of the schedule is one glaring omission: "Glee," which just had its episode order slashed from 22 to 13 episodes. It's now being saved for midseason, »
- Katie Roberts
London -- If we're being perfectly honest, I feel guilty interviewing any director on any set. Directors may not be doing manual labor like breaking rocks or carrying pianos all day, but especially on giant mega-budget studio movies, they are pretty much on call 24 hours a day for three years, and I feel bad about taking any of the limited energy they have to spend during their day. I remember going to the editing room near the end of production on "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End," and Gore Verbinski looked at me like he had just gotten back from three tours in 'Nam. Disney wasn't even letting him drive anymore. He was that tired. Maybe that's why James Gunn's intense level of energy on the set of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" felt sort of shocking. I've met Gunn several times over the years, and that's him. He's »
- Drew McWeeny
This week on Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, The Override Device (aka the biggest MacGuffin since The Letters of Transit) traded hands not once but twice, both Kate and Chloe learned shocking truths and an infamous figure from Jack Bauer’s past resurfaced.
Related Fox Pulls the Plug on Ancient Egypt Drama Hieroglyph
I see what you did there, 24. Toward the close of another roller-coaster, edge-of-our-seats hour — the 10th of this season’s 12, welp — and on the heels of a seemingly random and misplaced convo between Audrey and Mark about her and Jack’s past, a key player in »
Hieroglyph is history.
Fox has canceled the ancient Egypt-set, action-adventure drama — without having aired a single episode — EW.com reports.
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Despite getting a straight-to-series, 13-episode order, the show wasn’t coming together creatively in the way that executives had hoped, sources tell EW.
Hieroglyph, which was slated to debut in 2015, centered on a notorious thief (Beauty and the Beast’s Max Brown), who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh while navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers.
The cast also included John Rhys-Davies »
On Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, Margot Al-Harazi may have been neutralized, but The Override Device remains quite the hot potato – as seen in this exclusive clip.
Related 24 Boss: Time Jump Is Coming — Plus, Might Kate Replace Jack?
Going into the 10th of the series’ 12 episodes (airing Monday at 9/8c), CIA station chief Navarro has gotten his traitorous mitts on the device that can breach any defense system, which he plans to trade to his mysterious puppetmaster — aka Open Cell honcho/Chloe’s beau (!) Adrian Cross — for forged IDs and a fast trip outta town.
Related Michelle Fairley Compares 24, Thrones Twists, »
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The Scrubs vet will play Amy Gazanian, the ex-fiancée of Wilson’s titular detective. A former social worker and journalist, Amy left Backstrom 10 years ago, largely due to the many flaws in his trauma-riddled character. Now back in town, she has been appointed the Chair of the Civilian Oversight Committee — and in spite of her lingering affection for Backstrom, she intends to do her job and »
New Us medical drama Complications, crime procedural Backstrom and hip-hop empire-set drama Empire are headed to Network Ten while Foxtel will get sitcoms Cristela and Fresh Off The Boat and another medical show, Rush.
All these new series are produced by 21st Century Fox for Us networks. In Australia Ten and Foxtel have an arrangement where Ten gets the first two picks of each new crop of shows and thereafter the choices alternate between the two broadcasters.
Still up for grabs are some new projects from CBS, apart from NCIS: New Orleans, which automatically goes to Tem, and NBC. The Seven Network has a deal for some shows from Sony while other series from that studio are on the open market.
Warner Bros.. long-standing output deal with the Nine Network expires at the end of this year. Nine has flagged it wants to reduce the terms of the expensive deal, »
- Don Groves
Exclusive: After a long chase, Resolution has signed Cary Murnion & Jonathan Milott, the duo whose horror comedy Cooties debuted at Sundance last January. The film got good notices at Park City for its darkly comic horror premise of zombie-like kids terrorizing their school. The film was produced by Elijah Woods company SpectraVision, and stars Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, and Jorge Garcia. Lionsgate bought it after its premiere at the Egyptian Theater. Murnion & Milott are also commercial directors at their company Honest, which is New York based. The pair continue to be managed by Principato/Young Entertainment. »
Films are selling left and right at Cannes, and Double Dutch's feature "The Stream" is the latest to be acquired by Cinedigm. Taking place over one afternoon, "The Stream" is a coming-of-age story about a bunch of Star Wars-obsessed kids in the early 1980s. After having his faux-lightsaber (Wiffle ball bat) snapped in half by bully, a young kid by the name of Ernest and his friends embark on a quest to replace the bat and make it home without arousing suspicion. Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), Christopher Gorham ("Once Upon a Time"), Kelly Rutherford ("Gossip Girl") and Mario Lopez ("Saved by the Bell") star in the film directed by first timer Estlin Feigley. »
- Eric Eidelstein
Cinedigm bought the distribution rights to Double Dutch's family film “The Stream” with plans to release it across DVD, digital and VOD platforms on Aug 26th, the two companies announced Tuesday. “The Stream,” directed by Estlin Feigley, stars: Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Christopher Gorham (“Covert Affair”), Kelly Rutherford (“Gossip Girl”), and Mario Lopez (“Saved by the Bell”). Also read: Robert Pattinson's Cannes Makeover Gets Darker and Bloodier With ‘The Rover’ The film takes place in the summer of 1981. Ernest Terry, like most boys his age, is obsessing over George Lucas's Star Wars saga. In the woods outside Ernest's neighborhood, »
- Cynthia Parker
ABC Studios is selling a diverse slate of new hours as well as a trio of unique comedies.
On the drama side, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “The Whispers” may hold the most global appeal, but others have potential as well.
“Agent Carter,” the second series from Marvel in the last two years, follows Peggy Carter in 1946 as she balances her administrative work with embarking on secret missions for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve). It should hold more appeal for women than last year’s “Agents of Shield.”
In “Whispers,” aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination — our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in a race to save humanity.
- Variety Staff
This week, the major networks presented their fall TV lineups to advertisers and press, revealing their upcoming nightly schedules and new show trailers. This was the first taste of the fresh programming we should expect to see in the fall, thus allowing us to start figuring out what we might want to dip our toes (eyes?) in when it premieres. Yes.
Here's a quick guide to help give you a head start on planning your viewing habits:
There Will Be Superheroes
NBC will be bringing us "Constantine" (based on DC's "Hellblazer" comic), Fox has Batman origin story "Gotham," and The CW spins off their hit "Arrow" with "The Flash."
You'll See Many Familiar Faces...
A lot of former TV stars are making their way back to the small screen. Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") is CIA on "State of Affairs," "Private Practice" star Kate Walsh will be a "Bad Judge," Rainn Wilson »
- Alana Altmann
Check out the trailers for all of Fox’s newly-announced series, from the comic-book inspired Gotham to the new reality series Utopia.
Gotham. This very high-profile series stars Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jim’s partner. The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Poison Ivy (Clare Foley) and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) are all part of this origin story.
Gracepoint. A remake of the British series Broadchurch, and again starring David Tennant, this event series tracks two detectives trying to solve the murder of a small boy, and the repercussions that reverberate through the town. Anna Gunn, Nick Nolte, Jacki Weaver, Michael Peña, Jessica Lucas and Sarah-Jane Potts.
Empire. Empire is a powerful new drama about the head of a music empire (Terrence Howard) whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. Set to an »
- Claire Hellar
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