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HBO has long been known for pushing the envelope with their TV series, most notably Game of Thrones, which has come under fire several times for its depictions of lurid sex acts and several characters being forcibly raped. The pay cable network will seemingly continue this tradition with Westworld, as Business Insider reveals a document from Central Casting, which details some of the sexual acts that extras are being asked to perform on the upcoming sci-fi series. Here's an excerpt from the document.
"This document serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations. By accepting this Project Assignment, you may be required to do any of the following: appear fully nude; wear a pubic hair patch; perform genital-to-genital touching; have your genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form »
Toronto – Americans often lament the influence of corporations in politics. And, of course, news organizations have made their political prejudices clear since the printing press was invented centuries ago. What often gets lost is the sometimes symbiotic relationship between all three entities. James Vanderbilt’s “Truth,” which debuted at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, is a striking reminder of how a corporation’s political needs can take precedence over their journalistic endeavors to disastrous effect. In September 2004, veteran CBS news producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) oversaw a piece for the now defunct Wednesday night version of “60 Minutes” about President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. Bush was running for reelection and leading in the polls partially thanks to third party attacks on the Vietnam War record of the Democratic nominee, John Kerry. Mapes was provided memos that questioned Bush’s service and landed an interview with Ben Barnes, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Sitting in the development garage since at least 2011, action project Overdrive has hardly lived up to its name so far, generating a lot of interest without actually gaining any momentum. Producer Pierre Morel and director Antonio Negret are hoping that will change now they have The Longest Ride’s Scott Eastwood on board to star.Assuming everything comes together this time, the film, written by Wanted’s Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, focuses on two American brothers who decide to push their car-thief career into top gear by heading to France. But they end up running afoul of a much more dangerous criminal. In its long road to the screen, the film has attracted several variations of the sibling duo with Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode, Karl Urban and Ben Barnes and Jamie Bell and Garrett Hedlund all loosely attached at one time or another, with the film passing through »
Sneak Peek new teaser footage from HBO's upcoming "Westworld" TV series, created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, starring Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, based on the 1973 film of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton:
"...the show is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin, set in the futuristic theme park, 'Westworld'..."
Cast also includes James Marsden as 'Teddy Flood', a newly arrived gunslinger in pursuit of a local beauty, Jeffrey Wright as 'Bernard Lowe', head of the 'Westworld 'Programming Division' and creator of artificial people, Thandie Newton as 'Maeve Millay', Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Ed Harris, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Simon Quarterman, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins Jr., Lena Georgas, Currie Graham, Ptolemy Slocum, Louis Herthum, Kyle Bornheimer, Demetrius Grosse, Steven Ogg and Timothy Lee DePriest.
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- Michael Stevens
Prior to last night’s season finale of True Detective, HBO aired a first look teaser for its upcoming drama series Westworld, and we have it for you right here…
Inspired by the motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton, the one one-hour drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan.
Westworld will debut in 2016.
- Gary Collinson
The last few weeks have seen a slow trickle release of images and short clips from HBO's upcoming "Westworld" TV show and so far, the project is looking mighty promising.
The clips so far have been so short they haven't shown much to really get excited about but this newly released spot is perfect and the kind of cryptic marketing we don't see too often anymore; at least not for mainstream projects. Not only does it showcase both the sci-fi and western aspects of the show, it suggests the moods and themes of the show. All in 30 seconds.
The show, which comes to us from Jonathan Nolan, stars Ben Barnes, Clifton Collins Jr., Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood among many othe [Continued ...] »
HBO has unveiled the teaser trailer for Westworld, their serialized remake of the 1973 film about a fantasy theme park populated by humanoids that turns against its guests. HBO describes the show's eight-episode first season as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," and that theme is explored in the teaser as an unseen inquisitor asks in the trailer, "Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?"
The 30-second clip offers up glimpses at many of the series' stars after hell has broken loose at Westworld. »
Travel into a world like no other. Once again, Michael Crichton's fantasy vacation destination Westworld has been adapted for the screen, only this time, it is arriving as a thrilling new show for HBO. Set to premiere in 2016, HBO is excited to share a first look at this promising drama series. The sneak peek aired just prior to the Season 2 finale of True Detective.
Westworld is a one-hour drama, a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan. This new show is inspired by the motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton.
The season finale of HBO's True Detective Season 2 tonight presented an extra special treat that has me ready to saddle up and ride off into the old west. That treat is now online and I highly recommend you give the first Westworld teaser trailer a few watches below at minimum.
Westworld is based off Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie that shares the same name. It's a mishmash of the old west and science fiction that the roughly 30 seconds of footage packed into the crazy trailer does a fantastic job of illustrating.
If you're already intrigued then get a load of the Westworld cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan.
Unfortunately, HBO won't be premiering Westworld until 2016 so try to holster any excitement this trailer stimulates. »
"The HBO one-hour drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan. Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton.
Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk; co-executive producer, Kathy Lingg; producer, Athena Wickham; co-producer, Susie Ekins. The series will »
- Derek Anderson
HBO used tonight's "True Detective" finale to air the first trailer for "Westworld," its upcoming one-hour drama series reboot of the classic Michael Crichton film about a theme park of androids that go haywire. The series, from writer/executive producer Jonathan Nolan along with J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk, will explore the darker side of the dawn of artificial consciousness and sin in a new age.
Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Simon Quarterman and Angela Sarafyan star in the series which will premiere next year.
- Garth Franklin
The Prince Caspian actor has joined HBO’s upcoming sci-fi drama, which takes place at a futuristic theme park where robots go nuts and attack the guests.
Per EW.com, Barnes will replace Once Upon a Time‘s Eion Bailey in the role of Logan, a louche bachelor and veteran Westworld guest whose hedonistic romp through the park is motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William.
Bailey, whose casting was reported just one week ago, »
Updates with Ben Barnes taking over role of Logan: A bit of Once Upon A Time, House of Cards, Pacific Rim and Borgen is coming to the HBO series about theme park robots gone wrong. With Miranda Otto having exited Westworld, the series has a replacement plus a trio of new castings to join Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton. The biggest shift in these castings for the reboot of the 1973 pic is the addition of Sidse… »
Could Jackie & Ryan even be called a movie? And does it really matter? This underdeveloped romance seems to be lacking an act, or two, or maybe even three. But it’s filled with such great music that the emotions are there regardless. Not unlike Once, the movie itself feels like an excuse for the music. And as with Once, that’s not always a bad thing.The film follows Ryan (Ben Barnes), a modern-day hobo riding the rails, guitar in hand, busking along the way as he makes some vague noises about maybe starting a recording career. One day in Ogden, Utah, he finds himself playing on the street for Jackie (Katherine Heigl), a former country star now going through a messy divorce and living with her mom (Sheryl Lee). A minor car accident brings them together, and soon enough, they’re making eyes at each other while he fixes »
- Bilge Ebiri
A romance of a gentle, bittersweet, grownup variety that doesn’t pretend that every connection has to be a grand, sweeping, happily-ever-after thing. I’m “biast” (pro): love Ben Barnes…
I’m “biast” (con): …but haven’t been a fan of Katherine Heigl
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ryan (Ben Barnes: Seventh Son) is a modern-day traveling hobo-slash-musician. (It might sound unlikely, but it works for him… and for the film.) Jackie (Katherine Heigl: New Year’s Eve) is a former country-music star going through a rough divorce. They do not fall in love. Or, well, maybe they do, a little bit, but that isn’t the point of the beautifully sketched friendship-plus that develops between them after a chance meeting throws them together in a way they both almost walk away from. The point is how they help each other find new »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“I’m old, not obsolete,” mutters Arnold Schwarzenegger’s aging android in “Terminator Genisys,” and his words could be a wishful mantra for this nervy, silly, almost admirably misguided attempt to give the 31-year-old franchise a massive cybernetic facelift. More or less rewriting everything we thought we knew about the Connor genealogy, the properties of liquid metal, and the rules of post-1984 time travel, this f/x-encrusted reboot feels at once back-to-basics and confoundingly revisionist, teeming with alternate timelines and rejiggered character histories (the most perplexing of which finds Sarah Connor now continually referring to Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as “Pops”). Consider it the 3D blockbuster equivalent of disruptive technology, and while online fans have already voiced their displeasure, the movie’s willingness to veer crazily off-course feels less objectionable than the monotony and sense of self-parody that kick in long before the whimper of a finish. (Justin Chang »
- Variety Staff
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Venice Film Festival. Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even a “Country Strong”-ish vehicle for Katherine Heigl by being more bland than a mashed potato dinner. It’s a strangely old-fashioned film, yielding a big enough crop of corn to revive the entire Midwestern economy, putting forth a dubiously romanticized view of the philosophical beauty of the train-hopping lifestyle. And while Ben Barnes does the film's decent music great justice with his surprisingly lovely singing voice, that’s really the only authentic feeling thing therein. “Jackie & Ryan" is supposedly all about learning how to git where ya gotta go, but none of »
- Jessica Kiang
Ballad of the Sad Doublet: Mann’s Warm, Simplistic Tale of Lonely Hearts
Recalling an era of simple, but warmly rendered studio features fitted specifically for their romantic lead properties, Ami Canaan Mann’s sophomore film Jackie & Ryan is indeed as plain as its aseptic title would indicate. A portrait of Middle American woes that could have easily been set in the Depression era, Mann’s straight laced storytelling makes for a surprisingly pleasant venture, even as top lined by a pair of dubious leads. But as warmly rendered as the film happens to be, it’s doubtful whether anything will remain very memorable once the credits roll.
Modern day drifter Ryan (Ben Barnes) is an aspiring folk singer, hopping around the country by train, the happy-go-lucky sort who seems to be engaged with life exactly as he wants to be. He stops off in Ogden, Utah, and while performing one day, »
- Nicholas Bell
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Get Hard (comedy; Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie; rated R) The Gunman (action-thriller; a super-ripped Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem; rated R) Jackie & Ryan (romance; Ben Barnes, Katherine Heigl, Clea DuVall; premieres 7/3 on cable Mod and in theater; rated PG-13) Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd) Vudu Offers the same movies as cable...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Katherine Heigl is singing her husband's praises after he helped her with her latest film. The actress and costar Ben Barnes sat down with toofab's Brittany Kyles to chat about their brand new flick together, "Jackie & Ryan." The movie follows the lives of Ryan, a traveling folk singer who's struggling to make a living, and Jackie, a former musician who's trying to maintain custody of her daughter in the midst of a messy divorce. In an interesting turn of events, these two troubled individuals come together and end up changing each other's lives for the better. The film has a very rustic feel, with shooting taking place close to Heigl's Utah ranch (above). "I live up in Utah most of the time," she tells toofab. "It was awesome, I could get up for work and just be like three minutes from my house. I loved it. 90% of the movie was shot outside, »
- tooFab Staff
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