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National Geographic is going to the Red Planet. This week, the network previewed their upcoming event series Mars.From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the hybrid scripted/documentary series "tells the inspiring story from the vantage point of a fictitious crewed mission to Mars in 2033." The cast includes Ben Cotton, Clementine Poidatz, Alberto Ammann, Sammi Rotibi, Jihae, Anamaria Marinca, and Olivier Martinez.Read More… »
In today’s TV news roundup, National Geographic Channel has set a premiere date for Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s miniseries “Mars,” plus the syndicated entrepreneurial show “Hatches” has made casting changes for Season 2.
Entrepreneurial series “Hatched” has set new judges and hosts for its second season, Variety has learned. The nationally syndicated show has cast Courtney and Carter Reum of investment and brand development company M13 to lead the panel. Other names joining Season 2 are Lance Bass, Dara Trujillo of the Home Shopping Network, plus investors Victor Green and Steve Seigel. “Hatched” Season 2 premieres Sept. 17.
National Geographic Channel has set a premiere date for “Mars” — Monday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. The six-part series from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, which is set both in present day and the future, combines scripted drama and visual effects with documentary sequences to drive forward a cohesive story of mankind’s quest to colonize the Red Planet. “Mars »
- Arya Roshanian
The Raven Banner specialty label has acquired Canadian rights to Kevan Funk’s film ahead of its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section next month.
As he struggles with the repercussions he learns more about the brutal world of his locker room compadres.
Toronto-based Northern Banner plans an early 2017 theatrical release.
Haydn Wazelle of Tabula Dada and Daniel Domachowski of Type One produced Hello Destroyer and Christine Haebler and Trish Dolman served as executive producers. Telefilm Canada participated in the development and financing.
“Like the vast majority of my short film work that I have made leading up to this, the film is »
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Of all the original classic movie monsters institutionalized by Universal in the 1930s, the least loved or revived is the Invisible Man — perhaps because his plight is inherently a less-than-ideally-cinematic one, more interesting in psychological than action or suspense terms. The last notable big-screen attempt, Paul Verhoeven’s 2000 Hollywood swansong “Hollow Man,” took a predictably blunt, crass approach to upping the concept’s sex-and-violence potential.
Going in the opposite direction is “The Unseen,” about a loner whose disappearing act is metaphorical as much as it is literal, where the latter is ultimately the least successful in what’s otherwise a nicely crafted if not entirely satisfying drama of a man struggling to retain any connection to human society. But it’s that fantastical element which will give writer-director Geoff Redknap’s Canadian debut feature the moderate commercial viability it wouldn’t have had as a straightforward portrait of individual isolation »
- Dennis Harvey
No Men Beyond This Point is a hilarious mockumentary that takes a unique look at what the world would be like if men were obsolete!
Anne Caughlan, Shuswap Film Society calls No Men Beyond This Point:
“Intelligent, Full Of Humour, And Thought-provoking.”
The festival favorite No Men Beyond This Point debuts on DVD and digital July 12 from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Sawers (Camera Shy) and stars Rekha Sharma (“The 100”), Ben Cotton (Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome), Patrick Gilmore (Cabin in the Woods), Hilary Jardine (“Van Helsing”), Tara Pratt (“Standard Action”) and Bruce Harwood (“The X Files”). No Men Beyond This Point took home awards for Best Feature Audience Award, Best Feature Actor (Patrick Gilmore), Best Script (Mark Sawers) and Best Feature Editing at the 2015 Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival and Best Supporting Actress »
- Tom Stockman
Up-and-coming actor Jared Abrahamson (AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead”) is set to star in Kevan Funk’s first feature-length film “Hello Destroyer,” TheWrap has learned. Abrahamson will play a young hockey player whose life is shattered by an in-game act of violence. As he struggles with the repercussions of the event, his personal journey illuminates troubling systemic issues around violence. The indie film co-stars Joe Buffalo, Sara Canning, Ben Cotton, Max Haynes, Darren Mann, Paul McGillion, Phil Prajoux, Kurt Max Runte, Ian Tracey and newcomer Shane Leydon. Also Read: Jared Abrahamson Joins Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley in Indie Thriller »
- Jeff Sneider
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