18 items from 2015
The story is based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon that was adapted into a play in 1906 and made into films 10 times — including a lost 1914 release directed by Cecil B. DeMille at the start of his career.
Producers of the new “Brewster’s Millions” are Joseph and Jack Nasser. The adaptation was written by Michael William Schmidt and follows Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion – with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up with nothing more than the clothes on his back.
Apa will handle domestic sales of the film.
Townsend’s first feature was 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle, »
- Dave McNary
The wait is finally over! Vikings Season 3 premieres tonight on History Channel and it promises to take us on a wild ride through the Dark Ages and the time of the Vikings. Leading us into the fray is Ragnar Lothbrok, a wily and daring hero of his time.
Ragnar Lothbrok believes he is descended from the gods, a true son of Odin himself. He is an adventurer, a warrior, a seafarer, an explorer, a farmer, a raider and now he is a king. In a position of real power now because of his daring, Ragnar will once again show his quality as a shrewd leader of men.
The shores of Wessex are filled with the promise of land and the possibility of a new Viking dynasty in a new world across the sea. Despite his efforts and ambition Ragnar can only hope that the gamble he is taking with his »
- email@example.com (Kyra Dawson)
History's "Vikings" returns for its third season on Thursday (February 19) night and through three episodes, I can safely say that Michael Hirst's saga of pillaging and migration remains everything it has been almost from its premiere. Over two seasons, "Vikings" has delivered solidly above-average thrills that exceed the requirements of its basic cable home. The show has a passionate audience already, but I'm reasonably sure there's a far larger audience out there that would get a kick out of "Vikings," because it really is one of those shows that check a wide number of demographic boxes. "Vikings" is reliably badass, if you like that sort of thing. Maybe not every episode, but probably every two or three, the directors and choreographers deliver a visceral Viking action set-piece that has both admirable scale, but also a raw, gory intimacy. Perhaps more than any other action show on television, "Vikings" conveys »
- Daniel Fienberg
New York City native Adrien Brody had a very clear reason for getting involved in Bulgari’s Save the Children campaign, celebrated at a classy Oscar week kickoff cocktail event at Spago Beverly Hills on Tuesday night.
“I’m a product of public schools. My father is a public school teacher… Without his guidance, I wouldn’t be here today,” confessed the star and newly appointed Bulgari ambassador at a press conference preceding the party. “I wouldn’t have the confidence to speak my mind… I would not have the strength to commit to the roles I have, to believe in myself in this business, which is a very competitive business.”
“I grew up in a working class neighborhood,” he continued, captivating the room with his candidness about his modest Queens upbringing. “And I’ve witnessed the effects of poverty and lack of education and lack of guidance, which falls under the same category, »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
This Sunday, over 3,000 dolled-up guests will traverse 500 feet of red carpet on their path into the 87th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre (where it’ll be hosted for the 14th time). But before they reach for that first glass of Piper-Heidsieck brut during the ritzy Oscar cocktail hour, a series of events, benefits, award shows and gifting suites will properly launch the festivities. Here’s where the industry’s brightest will be primping, prepping, donating and gallivanting in the days leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night.
Icon Mann Industry Panels
Where: L.A. SAG-aftra office, 11 a.m.
Why you don’t want to miss it: Industry vets will examine the evolution of black male characters throughout film history and »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
The History Channel’s “Vikings” waste no time getting back to what they do best in Season 3’s premiere: Fighting. In a sneak peek of the episode titled “Mercenary,” Ragnar Lothbork (Travis Fimmel) returns to Wessex and keeps Mercian fighters at bay. He’s joined by son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), Rollo (Clive Standen), ex-wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard). Bjorn’s love interest and shield maiden, Porunn (Gaia Weiss), also gets her first taste of battle. See video: ‘Vikings’ Season 3 Trailer: ‘Power Is Always Dangerous, It Attracts the Worst’ At the “Battle With Mercia,” the warriors surge »
- Alicia Banks
[Brightcove "4048718037001" "" "" "auto"] The rise of Ragnar is nearly upon us. The History Channel's hit is back for a brand new season, and the Vikings now have a new king. In a clip of the season 3 premiere, we see the newly appointed Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and his son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) discussing their next raid on the shores of Wessex. "I feel my blood warming," Bjorn says of claiming the land that King Ecbert (Linus Roache) promised. "I want to fight, I want to raid." The Dark Ages drama promises to be packed with plenty of action and warfare, and one famous »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
Love is in the air on Vikings, intermingling with the smell of the battlefield. In this exclusive sneak peek, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) has just fought alongside slave girl turned shield maiden Porunn (Gaia Weiss) for the first time…and he's got a surprising question for her. "I enjoyed fighting," Porunn tells him. "You fought well today, I watched, but you took too many risks," Bjorn says. "You jumped into battle, you did not stay by my side." Porunn will not be tamed! Could Vikings season three have a wedding and a new baby?! Porunn will not be tamed by any man, can Bjorn handle that? Vikings returns for a 10-episode third season on History on Thursday, Feb. 19, »
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Exclusive: Go With Me stars Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta — and has now added Hal Holbrook. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment is co-financing the thriller with Enderby Entertainment, and Electric is selling world rights here with UTA on domestic. Daniel Alfredson (the Millennium trilogy) directs the adaptation of Castle Freeman Jr’s novel, a modern fable set in the Pacific Northwest logging community. Stiles plays a young woman who returns to her hometown and is harassed by an ex-cop-turned-violent crime lord (Liotta). She enlists an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his sidekick (Alexander Ludwig) to stand up to him. Go With Me is currently in post in Sweden. Check out the first photo above.
- Nancy Tartaglione
The 2015 SXSW Film Festival will be running from March 13th through March 21st in Austin, Texas and the first wave of selections were announced today to get attendees excited for all the amazing films coming our way next month. And while horror fans have to wait until next week for the announcement of the Midnighters slate, here’s a look at some of the genre-related titles already revealed amidst SXSW’s other film categories for this year.
Narrative Feature Competition
Director/Screenwriter: J. Davis
The story of two brothers: one who’s devoted to his family, the other who’s obsessed with the Manson Family. Cast: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts, Tobin Bell, Adam Chernick, Davie-Blue. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Garland
- Heather Wixson
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
The UK premiere date for Vikings season two has been announced.
The historical drama is returning to History for a ten-episode run on Tuesday, March 24 at 10pm.
Vikings has been renewed for a third season, which will air in North America next month. »
History Channel’s first scripted drama following Ragnar Lothbrok’s ambitions returns on Feb. 19
In the video, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his horde are settling into Wessex while plotting another pillage further west in Paris. The season picks up after Ragnar gained power following the deaths of his adversaries in Season 2, Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) and King Horik (Donal Logue).
“Power is always dangerous,” Ragnar says overlooking his frozen village of Kattegat. “It attracts the worst.”
See video : ‘Vikings’ Season »
- Alicia Banks
Ahead of its return next month, The History Channel has released a brief teaser for season three of Vikings, along with a cast photo featuring Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), King Ecbert (Linus Roache), Rollo (Clive Standen), Athelstan (George Blagden), King Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Bjorn Lothbrok (Alexander Ludwig), Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick)…
With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. But ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more … and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together to break down its walls and cement the Vikings legend in history.
Vikings season three gets underway on February 19th. »
- Gary Collinson
History has released a new cast image for the upcoming third season of the hit historical family saga Vikings. The third season picks up with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as king, and follows as he deals with the responsibility of the title and leads his family of warriors to the mythical city of Paris where they will fight to cement the Vikings legacy. Vikings returns to History Thursday, February 19th at 10Pm. Created by Michael Hirst, the show also stars Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Clive Standen, George Blagden, Gustaf Skarsgard, and Alyssa Sutherland. Check out the new cast image after the jump. Image Via History. We've also got character bios for a few new characters joining the saga this season: · Kalf (Ben Robson) – Lagertha’s young, handsome second in command. She is fond of him and trusts him to look after her affairs while she is away, but it is possible »
- Haleigh Foutch
With Vikings‘ Season 3 premiere now just six weeks away, History has released a new cast photo, a piece of key art and a series of teaser videos declaring(/warning?), “The world is ours.”
The logline for the new season reads as follows: “With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex…. Ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more, and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together »
Recently, The History Channel released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Vikings" season 3, and it turns out that we're going to see some intense action go down when Ragnar leads his people into uncharted territory. Loyal friendships will get questioned and strained, and more. With no further ado, the official synopsis press release for season 3 reads like this: "Season three of History's hit scripted drama series Vikings returns on Thursday, February 19 at 10 p.m. Et. The new 10-episode season begins with Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as King and follows the great responsibility that now rests on the shoulders of the former farmer. With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. But ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar »
- Andre Braddox
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