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HBO has unveiled the first photo from its all-star TV series remake/reimagining of Michael Crichton's classic 1973 sci-fi feature "Westworld" in the latest issue of EW (via Film Divider). The original is set in an amusement park where visitors can live out their wildest fantasies with the help of androids, but things go awry when the creations malfunction.
Series creator Jonathan Nolan tell the magazine: "It's a place where you can be whoever you want, and there are no consequences - no rules, no limitations. What happens in Westworld, stays in Westworld. What we can tell you is that we intend to make the most ambitious, subversive, f---ed up television series. The things that keep you up at night, any of those things that trouble you, that is exactly what the show is about."
The photo features actress Ingrid Bolso Berdal who stars in the sci-fi western alongside Anthony Hopkins, »
- Garth Franklin
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly (via Dread Central), we’ve got our first look at HBO’s upcoming Westworld TV series, with the latest issue of the magazine offering up an image featuring Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules)…
Based upon the 1977 film of the same name, Westworld is produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, with Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) co-writing and directing the pilot. Also featuring in the cast of the series are James Marsden (X-Men), Eddie Rouse (American Gangster), Demetrius Grosse (Justified), Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette), Currie Graham (Murder in the First), Lena Georgas (Ray Donovan), Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V), Timothy Lee DePriest (With the Angels), Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Game: Mockingjay), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Angela Sarafyan (The Immigrant), and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside).
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- Gary Collinson
After fighting alongside Dwayne Johnson in this year's big-budget action-thriller Hercules, actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal takes aim in the first photo from Westworld. The image comes from Entertainment Weekly's 2015 preview issue that arrived earlier today, although nothing is revealed about the actress' character. However, series creators Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) offered a few new details about the series.
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 is playing Yul Brynner's role from the film, the eccentric park owner, with a supporting cast that includes Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood. Lisa Joy revealed that the series is a mix of the sci-fi and Western genres, while Jonathan Nolan added that Westworld is a place where anything can happen. Take a »
Ask and You Shall Receive: Burnett’s Adaptation Buoyed By Arresting Performances
Landing somewhere on a spectrum of unraveling female adolescent prototypes that plays like one part Evan Rachel Wood in Pretty Persuasion mixed with two parts Thirteen is Katie Kampenfelt, the heroine of director and novelist Allison Burnett’s latest feature, Ask Me Anything. Adapted from his own novel, Undiscovered Gyrl, his vanilla retitling doesn’t quite sit properly atop his intriguing, if sometimes baffling venture into the psyche of a superficially maladjusted teenage girl, instead sounding like a title you’d expect to grace the NeNe Leaks story. An intriguing, if sometimes questionable supporting cast rally splendidly around a noticeable central performance from Britt Robertson, often making up for the film’s tonal missteps to become a surprisingly entertaining indie feature that will have a hard time rising above the tethers of its mediocre packaging.
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- Nicholas Bell
“Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.
Strange Magic is set for release on January 23rd. »
- Gary Collinson
Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. music producer Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge) serves as both the musical director and composer.
- Michelle McCue
Following the initial announcement and the first trailer released last month, Walt Disney Pictures has debuted the first official poster for Strange Magic. This animated adventure comes from the mind of Star Wars creator George Lucas, who conceived the initial story and serves as an executive producer. This new one-sheet showcases just a few of the magical creatures that fans will get to see when Strange Magic hits theaters next month.
Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
The voice cast of Strange Magic, »
There have been far better years for family entertainment, and for animated films, than 2014. Whilst there have been highlights - Paddington, The Wind Rises, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls - the mix of material on offer hasn't particularly sparkled.
A quick glance at the 2015 release schedule suggests, to a degree, the same, with some notably absentees from the year's releases. And yet as we dug deeper for our traditional look ahead at the year's animated films, there might just be some real treats here. Starting with this one...
Rydstrom, a hugely acclaimed sound designer, »
Sneak Peek another new commercial spot by director Frank Miller ("Sin City") for the fragrance "Gucci Guilty", starring Chris Evans ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Evan Rachel Wood ("True Blood"):
Gucci is an Italian fashion brand, part of the Gucci Group, owned by French company Kering formerly known as Ppr.
The company was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, and is now the the biggest-selling Italian brand.
Gucci operates stores worldwide, wholesaling products through franchisees and upscale department stores. In 2013 Gucci was valued at $ 12.1 Billion, with sales of $4.7 billion.
- Michael Stevens
Following the success of last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée returns with another high profile title and a big Hollywood star that should easily be this week’s Specialty Box Office go-getter, Wild. Starring Reese Witherspoon, who also produces with Bruna Papandrea under their Pacific Standard label, the Fox Searchlight title will open in a comparatively wider release by this weekend (it opened in NY and La Wednesday) than some of its more recent high-profile brethren including last week’s The Imitation Game or last month’s Foxcatcher. Liv Ullmann returns to the director’s chair after a long absence with her take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie with Jessica Chastain, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton via Wrekin Hill Entertainment. IFC Films and Magnolia Pictures will each open features Comet and Life Partners respectively which have at their center two people in an intense relationship. And two »
- Brian Brooks
HBO has renewed their comedy series Doll & Em for a second season. The new six episodes are currently being filmed in New York.
Here are some more details:
Los Angeles, Dec. 3, 2014 - Doll & Em, the comedy series starring Emily Mortimer (HBO's "The Newsroom") and Dolly Wells ("Bridget Jones's Diary"), will return for a second season on HBO. Guest stars on the six-episode season, currently in production in New York, include Ewan McGregor, Olivia Wilde, Evan Rachel Wood and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
An adaptation of Lev Grossman’s best-selling book series, The Magicians follows a group of 20-somethings studying magic in New York.
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* Disney Xd has ordered a second season of The 7D, its modern take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Evan Rachel Wood described Mortimer and Wells as "some of the loveliest and most hilarious people I have ever worked with. Being on the show has been an absolute joy."
Wood and Wilde will be seen playing stage versions of Doll and Em, as the pair write an off-Broadway play about themselves in the new series.
However, the production and the girls' friendship are both jeopardised when Em is cast opposite McGregor in a big-budget Hollywood action movie.
The six-part second series »
The BSkyB production revolves around a Hollywood actress who hires her best friend as a personal assistant. In the second season, the two decide to write an Off Broadway play about themselves, luring Evan Rachel Wood and Olivia Wilde for the lead roles. Ewan McGregor and Mikhail Baryshnikov are also set as guest stars.
The six-episode order for season two is in production in New York. “Doll & Em” will bow on BSkyB’s Sky Living channel and air on HBO sometime next year.
Mortimer and Wells are again writing the episodes, with Azazel Jacobs directing. Alessandro Nivola with Kevin Comer produce for Nivola and Mortimer’s King Bee label. Andrew Eaton and Sky’s Lucy Lumsden are exec producers.
- Cynthia Littleton
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
A madcap fairytale inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Strange Magic is a musical misadventure where elves, fairies, goblins and imps battle it out to possess a powerful love potion.
A number of cinematic and theatrical actors lend their voices to this quietly slated film including Alan Cumming (Broadway’s Cabaret, CBS’ The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (Charlie Countryman), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6, Bridesmaids), and Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s Wicked, Rio 2).
Check out the first trailer below!
Strange Magic is set for release in UK theatres on 11 February 2015. »
- Sacha Hall
Sneak Peek the first footage from director Gary Rydstrom's upcoming animated feature, "Strange Magic". based on a story by George Lucas, starring Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredeth Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare, opening January 23, 2015:
"...'Strange Magic' is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'.
"Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Strange Magic"...
- Michael Stevens
A couple of weeks ago, the world at large learned of the existence of Strange Magic, an animated adventure based on an idea by George Lucas that had quietly been developing at his Lucasfilm company under the aegis of director Gary Rydstrom. With the movie arriving in the Us in a couple of months, the trailer has now appeared. Strange Magic is set in a world where the kingdoms of the magical and the mysterious are linked but never meet. Then an interloper crosses the border and all manner of chaos breaks out, mostly to do with a powerful potion that both sides wish control over. Loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the film is powered along by pop songs that apparently help tell the story, even if it all seems a little basic in terms of plot. The cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, »
A full trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm's Strange Magic has been released.
The clip was published by Yahoo Movies and offers the first real look at the long-anticipated animation.
The "madcap fairy tale musical" sees magical creatures including goblins, elves and fairies embarking on an epic battle over a powerful enchanted potion against a soundtrack of popular songs from the last 60 years.
Strange Magic is released on January 23, 2015 in the Us and on February 11 in the UK. »
Disney and LucasFilms released the first trailer for the animated feature, Strange Magic, which was written by Lucas. The film is inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Tale and features the voice work of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter Stormare.
While taking a little from Shakespeare, the film follows goblins, elves, fairies and imps embark on a musical adventure in hopes of getting a powerful potion.
Strange Magic is opening in theaters on January 23, 2015.
- Zach Dennis
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