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In many ways, the "Night At The Museum" movies represent a near-perfect distillation of what Hollywood wants from its franchises. That is not a compliment. The three films in the series are interchangeable because none of the films seem to advance the characters or the premise beyond "Magical tablets bring things alive in a museum at night," and for the audience that keeps turning out to see these films, that seems like all they want or need from them. This one opens in Egypt, decades ago, as the magical tablet is discovered for the first time and a dire warning of a curse is ignored completely. We then flash forward to find that Larry (Ben Stiller) is still a security guard, but he is also somehow in charge of all the "special effects" for a major fundraiser that is being held. I'm not sure many major metropolitan museums put their »
- Drew McWeeny
Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) and the rest of the Museum of Natural History exhibits are back for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, but the magical tablet that brings them to life at night is losing its powers. Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) doesn’t know how to restore it, but he thinks his father might. The problem is, his father is on display at London's British Museum so Larry’s (Ben Stiller) got no choice, but to cross the Atlantic to save his friends. With the new installment hitting theaters this weekend, I got the opportunity to meet my favorite actor from the Night at the Museum films, Crystal the Monkey who plays Dexter. After that, I decided it’d be cool to make some time to talk to director Shawn Levy, Wilson, Stiller and »
- Perri Nemiroff
While Hollywood continues to implement damage control measures, after one of its biggest studios succumbed to a massive, ongoing cyber attack, USA Network has seen opportunity amidst the crisis. Coincidentally having a pilot on its slate called Mr. Robot, the network has now picked it up for series – realizing the potential interest in a show set in the murky world of computer hacking. The network recently announced its intention to focus on drama, and Mr. Robot is one of five drama pilots it ordered in 2014.
The show is built around Elliot – a young computer programmer whose anti-social disorder leads him to conclude that his only option for connecting with others is to ‘hack’ them. Quickly finding himself sought after by underworld oorganizations thanks to his position as an employee of a cybersecurity firm, he becomes embroiled in plans to decimate corporate America.
- Sarah Myles
Here are the details:
Universal City, CA – December 19, 2014 – USA Network announced its first series pick-up from its existing pilot slate for the 2015-2016 season with a 10-episode order for Mr. Robot (Working Title). The intense hacker drama from Universal Cable Productions is from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (“Comet”) and executive producers Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”). The series stars Rami »
Christian Slater has had a hell of a time trying to get a TV series off the ground, and the worst part of that is that he’s been in some over the last few years that should have been hits. Now USA is on board with his latest shot, Mr. Robot, a show about hackers with Slater in the title role (assuming that remains the title).
Also starring 24‘s Rami Malek, the show centers on a socially-inept hacker who works for a security firm, and the superhacker who recruits him to an underground group.
It’s almost to the point that it becomes depressing trying to sell people on Slater’s shows, but I have a feeling I’m going to like this one as well. I’m hoping the network tie-in will help on that score too, because USA fans seem to believe in the network, and are »
- Marc Eastman
File this one under fastest response time ever. USA Network has just ordered a hacker drama to series, E! Online has confirmed. On the heels of the FBI announcing that the cyber attack on Sony was indeed orchestrated by North Korea, the network announced its first series pick-up for the 2015-2016 TV season with a 10-episode order for Mr. Robot (though that title is subject to change). The "intense" hacker drama is set in New York City and will star Christian Slater and 24's Rami Malek. "Mr. Robot could not be more timely and relevant," USA Network President Chris McCumber said in a statement. "The creative team behind this series has done a brilliant job, taking viewers on a »
Here’s one title you’re almost certain to find on C-3Po’s DVR in 2015: USA Network has given a 10-episode series order to Mr. Robot, a drama set in the world of cybersecurity starring Christian Slater (True Romance, Mind Games) and Rami Malek (24).
The logline for the series is as follows: “Mr. Robot is a contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot (Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. »
Here’s your timely TV announcement for the day: USA Network has ordered hacker drama “Mr. Robot” to series. The pickup is the cable channel’s first from its existing pilot slate for the 2015-2016 season.
The USA announcement came shortly after the FBI officially named North Korea as the culprit behind the Sony hack attack.
Also Read: Sony Hack Attack Timeline: From First Cyberbreach and Leaks to ‘The Interview’ Dropped (Photos)
The series, »
- Tony Maglio
Talk about timeliness. On the same day the FBI confirmed it believes North Korea was behind the massive Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber-attack, USA Network announced the first series pickup from its 2015-2016 pilot slate with a 10-episode order for a drama about computer hackers, “Mr. Robot.”
Starring Christian Slater as the title character and Rami Malek (“24″), the series follows a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer (Malek) who suffers from an anti-social disorder and connects to people by hacking them. Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallstrom (“Simple Simon”) round out the cast.
“’Mr. Robot’ could not be more timely and relevant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “The creative team behind this series has done a brilliant job, taking viewers on a wild ride that leaves them wanting more.”
The drama is among a slew of new and retiring original series on deck for 2015 at NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With the Sony hacking dominating the news, USA Network's Mr. Robot couldn't be more timely. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a 10-episode series order to the hacker drama for Universal Cable Productions, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. It marks USA's first pilot pickup from its 2015-16 slate. Fellow drama pilots Stanistan, Colony, Queen of the South and Evil Men all remain in contention. Mr. Robot centers on a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek, 24), who suffers from an antisocial disorder and can only connect to people by hacking them. See more Faces of Fall 2014
- Lesley Goldberg
The ten-episode drama stars Christian Slater and Rami Malek, and follows a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer (Malek) who suffers from an anti-social disorder and connects to people by hacking them.
Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallstrom also star. The program joins several new dramas on the network including "Dig" starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, and the medical drama "Complications" with Jason O’Mara and Jessica Szohr.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Directed by Shawn Levy
Getting the band back together for one final gig is almost never a good idea. In the case of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, however, there’s enough ingenuity and fun to justify the encore. Director Shawn Levy adds a few clever wrinkles and plenty of familiar callbacks as he sends his family franchise out with pomp and poignancy. The untimely death of Robin Williams also adds resonance to the film’s melancholy message that letting go is a necessary, painful fact of life.
It’s easy for critics to dismiss films like Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Sott). When you’re three films into a franchise that’s fueled by a wafer-thin premise, you can feel bored and dissatisfied before the movie even begins. »
- J.R. Kinnard
In opposition to TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock” classic tune, for movies three is not always the magic number. It’s true for most film franchises especially comedies (with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation being the exceptional exception). Many moviegoers still get queasy thinking about last year’s The Hangover Part III. Well, how about a more family friendly comedy series? In 2006 Ben Stiller decided to expand his fan base by starring in the surprise box-office smash, Night At The Museum, an all ages PG slapstick farce. Naturally he followed it up three years later with Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, which did enough business to warrant another entry….five years later?! Really, it took that long for all the stars to align? Now these flicks are special effects heavy and during the post production two of its stars, well, made sure they weren’t available for a fourth installment. »
- Jim Batts
Near the end of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Robin Williams talks to Ben Stiller about accepting when it’s time to bid farewell to a loved one. The film is filled with flaccid attempts to pull at our heartstrings, but within the context of Williams’ untimely passing this moment is painfully bittersweet. Unfortunately, the rest of the film’s emotional and comedic moments fall flat as we watch Stiller lazily trudge through another series of museum misadventures. This go round Larry (Stiller) is sent to the British Museum in London to repair the Egyptian tablet that makes all the exhibits come to life at night. The films’ prologue provides some backstory about the discovery of the tablet during an archeological excavation and later on we learn about its creation through a fun Ben Kingsley narrated flashback. These recollections about the tablet are some of the most entertaining moments in the film, »
- Patrick Cooper
In Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb all is well until Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) notices that the magical tablet that brings the exhibits to life at night is withering away. Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) doesn’t know how to restore it, but he thinks his father might. Trouble is, he’s on display in London, and that’s where franchise newcomers Rebel Wilson and Dan Stevens step in. Wilson’s Tilly is the night guard on duty who’s got no clue what’s about to go down when Larry brings that tablet inside, like Sir Lancelot coming to life. Stevens’ Lancelot is eager to help the Museum of Natural History gang save the day, but he also gets a bit distracted by his determination to find his Guinevere. With Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb due in theaters on December 19th, I got the opportunity »
- Perri Nemiroff
Here is first trailer for Spike Lee’s new film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which he made after he raised $1.5 million on Kickstarter. Lee is a director that is hit or miss with me. He’s made some great films and some crappy ones. This new one definitely looks intriguing as it follows the story of a man who is addicted to blood.
Spike Lee’s new stylized thriller Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is a new kind of love story. Dr. Hess Green (Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient Afrian artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, »
- Joey Paur
It was to be expected that a "vampire" movie from Spike Lee would not look or feel like your average vampire movie offering and low and behold, the first trailer for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus suggests just as much.
I'm not really sure what's going on with the music here which seems completely off kilter with the rest of the trailer but Lee's new movie, which was financed in part through Kickstarter and with some cash from Steven Soderbergh, stars Stephen Tyrone Williams as Dr. Hess Green, a man who becomes cursed by an African artefact and finds himself with a new found thirst for blood. Along with Williams, the movie also stars Zaraah Abrahams and Rami Malek.
Lee hasn't exactly been burning up the screens over the last few years and he's certainly in need of a hit but I'm not s [Continued ...] »
A trailer has dropped for Spike Lee’s latest, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus – aka “the newest, hottest Spike Lee joint,” a no-star, semi-experimental affair made possible with the help of $1.4 million in Kickstarted donations. Gravitas Ventures picked up the re-envisioning of Bill Gunn’s 1973 cult horror film Ganja & Hess, about a doctor who develops a thirst for blood after an art curator introduces him to an ancient African artifact. The thirst consumes his soul as he embarks on a dangerous romance with the curator’s widow that Lee describes as “funny, sexy and bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula).”
Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus closed its successful Kickstarter campaign in August and debuted at the American Black Film Festival. Gravitas will open it February 13 in theaters and on VOD. Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Elvis Nolasco, and Rami Malek star in the »
- Jen Yamato
Over the years, the popularity of the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has grown, leading to well-known artists such as Zach Braff and well-known projects such as a film continuation of Veronica Mars, finding their way on to the site in search of public backing. One such artist was acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, who decided to put his next project up for public funding as well. Aided by a $10,000 contribution from fellow filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, the movie surpassed its $1.25 million target, finishing with a total of nearly $1.5 million.
Titled Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, the film is a remake of the 1973 feature Ganja and Hess, the movie focuses on people who are addicted to blood, and stars Stephen Tyrone Williams and Zaraah Abrahams in the main roles, with a supporting cast that includes Rami Malek and Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson. Ahead of the film’s Us theatrical and VOD release on February 13, the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The film, which is a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 cult horror classic “Ganja & Hess,” previously made its debut earlier this year at the American Black Film Festival after a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the production.
Gravitas will release the film theatrically and on video on demand on February 13, 2015.
“Making Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus is one of my most gratifying experiences in my body of work,” said Spike Lee. “The support and love we got raising the money through Kickstarter is a true blessing. I thank everyone who brought this New Spike Lee Joint to life.”
- Michelle McCue
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