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The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the first announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on NBC.
The Peacock did not have a good year. Only one of its new shows, "Revolution," was a true hit. Another, "Chicago Fire," got renewed by the skin of its teeth whilst the fate of a third, "Hannibal," remains uncertain.
None of last year's new comedies survived, neither did two mid-season dramas, which leaves the network with some big holes to fill. Three dramas and three comedies will debut in the Fall ahead of three more dramas and two comedies mid-season. Two further dramas and a comedy are presently unscheduled.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't become series including the high-profile Charlize Theron-produced drama about the Hatfields and McCoys, the Bruckheimer-produced »
- Garth Franklin
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
The series order flood has begun at NBC.
“About A Boy” will make its silver screen to small screen transition, with Jon Favreau at the helm. Single-cam laffer based on Nick Hornby’s novel and 2002 pic “About A Boy” stars Minnie Driver and David Walton. Jason Katims penned the pilot and is exec producing. Also getting the nod is the multi-cam laffer toplined by Sean Hayes, “Sean Saves the World” and comedy “The Family Guide,” from scribe D.J. Nash.
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NBC is also investing in J.J. Abrams-produced pilot “Believe.” Warner Bros. TV series will center on a girl with emerging powers (Johnny Sequoyah) and a man sprung from prison to protect her (Jake McLaughlin).
Rand Ravich’s drama “Crisis” has also received a series order this morning. The D.C.-based thriller from 20th Century Fox TV centers on a »
- AJ Marechal
Feature Simon Brew 3 May 2013 - 07:03
It's a risky business, filmmaking. Simon looks back at some bold, expensive 1990s movies where the gambles didn't quite pay off...
This summer's blockbuster season has got off to a startling start, with Iron Man 3 being widely praised for its willingness to rip up the rule book a little, as it continues the story of Tony Stark.
In fact, there's a subset of modern blockbusters - Nolan films, some X-Men features for instance - that are garnering increasing praise for taking bold choices with the material. That they're wagering a lot of movie studio money on projects and stories that once upon a time would have struggled to get through the system.
However, we'd argue that the 1990s was rich with such gambles too, it's just most of them never really made quite the levels of cash we're seeing now. So, here's a »
Odd List Np Horton 3 Apr 2013 - 05:30
With the arrival of Spring Breakers imminent, Nick looks at seven former child stars who've gone on to enjoy film careers as grown-ups...
Making a name for yourself while young is definitely an appealing way to get into the acting business, for pushy parents and wannabe stars alike. The pros are obvious – fame and fortune at a young age, established links with the industry, and an early chance to make your mark. But for many, being a child star is the only thing they know, and once adulthood comes around, there goes the career.
Options can become limited once you’ve gone past your cute sell by date (just ask Macaulay Culkin), so is it any wonder that Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson have decided to explode their child star image by starring in boundary pushing and very adult Spring Breakers? »
Last night I was trying to come up with some ideas on something I could do in conjunction with the release of Olympus Has Fallen and one idea was to come up with a list of the best political action thrillers. The problem is that word "action" really limits the number of films... at least when it came to the titles my fiancee could come up with last night. The word "action", in this case, almost seems to remove all meaning from the word "political". Sure, Olympus Has Fallen is based on a terrorist takeover at the White House, but just how political will it really be? White House Down and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are working with similar themes as trailers have already shown us, are they too political films? Certainly there is a nugget of politics in there, it's something that gives the narrative added weight over simply being about guns, »
- Brad Brevet
Wesley Snipes has been out of the straight-to-video action circuit for a few years now, what with his incarceration for tax evasion and all, but the former Blade star will celebrate his freedom this year by getting back down to business with a long-overdue North American release for the supernatural western Gallowwalkers, which has just received a first official trailer courtesy of distributors Vmi Entertainment.
Directed by Andrew Goth (Cold and Dark), Gallowwalkers sees Snipes as a cursed gunman whose victims come back to life. Hunted by a posse of his undead foes, he must enlist a young warrior (Riley Smith; 90210) to fight by his side. Also featuring in the cast are Kevin Howarth (The Last Horror Movie), Simona Brhlíková (Casino Royale), Tanit Phoenix (Safe House), Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games) and Diamond Dallas Page (The Devil's Rejects).
Check out the trailer here:
Gallowwalkers is due for release later this year. »
- Flickering Myth
Way back in 2008, before his incarceration for tax evasion, action star Wesley Snipes was busy filming the no-doubt direct-to-video Gallowwalkers, only for his subsequent spell in the slammer to leave the partially-completed film stuck in limbo. However, with Snipes now due for release soon, the Blade star is gearing up for a comeback attempt and will be finishing up his work on the supernatural western, and Vmi Entertainment has released a first poster which is to be used to shop the feature to international buyers at the Berlin European Film Market 2013. Check it out here:
"A mysterious gunman, Aman (Snipes), is the son of a nun who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. This act brings a curse upon Aman - all those that die by his gun will return. Soon, he is hunted by a gang of his undead former victims, led by the vicious Kansa »
It’s been quite a while – eleven years to be precise – since we visited the world surrounding Tom Clancy’s character. In fact, if Jack Ryan was being considered for a job, he would have built an impressive résumé with the list of actors portraying his character.
The year 1990 offered Alec Baldwin’s portrayal in The Hunt for Red. 1992 and 1994 gave us Harrison Ford’s, with Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger respectively. In 2002, we saw Ben Affleck’s rendition in The Sum of All Fears. And now, 2013 is presenting Chris Pine as the popular, fictional financial analyst with Branagh’s version.
Jack Ryan will be an original prequel to the adventures experienced by the primary character in the previous movies. It will focus on the days before the financial »
- Efe Dada
As Tom Clancy’s legendary Jack Ryan, Chris Pine is boldly going where no man has gone before — except Alec Baldwin…and Harrison Ford…and Ben Affleck. (But who remembers The Sum of All Fears anyways?) Thus far, we haven’t seen much from Pine’s Jack Ryan, which is still filming. But in case you’re feeling desperate for your next Ryan fix (he did look good on that motorcycle), here are two new images (courtesy of USA Today) of Pine in character, including one featuring Kevin Costner as Ryan’s mentor. (Irony alert: Costner was initially offered the »
- Tara Fowler
The new Jack Ryan reboot doesn't hit theaters this Christmas, but that hasn't stopped Paramount from teasing us with new pics from the movie starring Chris Pine in the title role.
Pics: 13 Must-See Movies of 2013
The pic, courtesy of USA Today, features Pine and co-star Kevin Costner, who plays a CIA vet who recruits Ryan, an injured Marine, to work as a high-level analyst, teaching him that his intellect is his most potent weapon.
"It's always a bit overwhelming," Pine tells the newspaper of taking on yet another franchise character after Star Trek's Captain Kirk. "What I do know is my job is to do my best to bring whatever new colors I have to these franchises."
The Jack Ryan storyline finds the Moscow-based Ryan discovering a terrorist plot to collapse America's economy, putting his love (played by Keira Knightley) in jeopardy. Kenneth Branagh plays the film's villain and also directs. The origin »
Vengeance is a dish best served cold, is the old trope. Just as heavily said, so is the criminal with the heart of gold. Combing the two will be the independent feature “For the Dogs,” now starring a popular actor.
Sam Worthington will now star in the aforementioned action-thriller. The movie is based on Kevin Wignall’s novel of an assassin who becomes sympathetic to a college girl’s quest for revenge. One in which she will repay the murders of her parents and younger brother. Worthington last appeared in “Wrath of the Titans,” and is most famously known for participating in the blockbuster “Avatar,” as well as possibly acting in its sequel.
The creative process will be backed by writers Oren Moverman and Paul Leyden. Leyden having created the adaptation, has written the screenplay for “The Factory,” and recently, completed his directorial debut, “Come Back to Me.” Moverman has »
- Ruben Gonzalez
New images have been released from the appropriately titled Jack Ryan reboot, Jack Ryan. Pine stars as the famous Tom Clancy character that was previously portrayed onscreen by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). This time around, Ryan is a Moscow-based financial analyst who faces off against his employer when he discovers a plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy. Kenneth Branagh directs and plays the film's villain, Keira Knightley is on board as Ryan's fiancée, and Kevin Costner plays a CIA liaison. Even though Branagh's character is Russian oligarch and a bit of a throwback to the protagonist's Cold War origins, the film takes place in the present day. Hit the jump to check out the images. Jack Ryan opens December 25th. Via USA Today. »
- Matt Goldberg
"I know who you are."
The 1990s were a good decade for Harrison Ford, even without playing a character named "han" or "Indiana." After taking over as Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan for 1992's Patriot Games, Ford followed with 1993's The Fugitive, which became one of the biggest hits of Ford's career. Not even 1997's Air Force One could eclipse The Fugitive's box office receipts, though it came close.
Ford finished out the decade with 1999's Random Hearts, which saw Ford play Washington, D.C. police officer William "Dutch" Van Den Broeck, who learns that his wife was unfaithful only after losing her in an airplane crash. The incident forces Dutch to cross paths with Congresswoman Kay Chandler, whose husband was having the affair with his wife and was on the same plane. Based on the novel of the same name by William ADler (War of the Roses, Random Hearts »
- Ryan Gowland
Former stuntman and director of Snakes on a Plane
The brazenly trashy, cheap-and-cheerful B-movie is more or less defunct in modern cinema. One of its few authentic latter-day practitioners was the film-maker David R Ellis, who has been found dead at the age of 60 in a hotel in South Africa, where he was preparing to make a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.
Ellis came to widespread attention in 2006 when he directed Snakes on a Plane, the exploitation action thriller with a title that doubled as its own synopsis. Samuel L Jackson played an FBI agent on board a flight packed with venomous snakes planted to kill the witness who is in his care. There have been dumber and more precarious murder plots in the movies, but not many.
Ellis was brought in as a replacement for the original director, Ronny Yu. When word circulated online of a proposed »
- Ryan Gilbey
The journey of anticipation continues today with ten more upcoming movies for 2013. Today's batch includes a franchise starter, race cars, furious cars, online gambling, criminal body builders, sex, spies, a ravaged Earth and more. Stars include Tom Cruise, Viola Davis, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gemma Arterton, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine, Adepero Oduye, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Mackie... twice. And that's just a sampling of what is offered. I have included a navigation to browse all five lists directly below as well as at the end of this post for easy navigation. Most Anticipated 2013 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 | #41-50 As for now, let's have a look at this ten and see what kind of art-house-meets-popcorn-films these titles have to offer... #30 Twelve Years a Slave Tba Steve McQueen has proven to be an immense talent with his first two films -- Hunger and Shame. »
- Brad Brevet
Former stunt co-oridinator-turned-director David R. Ellis has been found dead in South Africa while prepping production on his latest project Kite – an action thriller based on the same-titled Japanese anime and set to star Samuel L. Jackson. There is no word yet on his cause of death but it was said to be ‘sudden’ and unexpected.
Ellis began his film career in the 1970s, working on the likes of Smokey & The Bandit, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Sharky’S Machine and William Friedkin’s classic, modern noir, To Live & Die In L.A. Countless others include Scarface, Lethal Weapon, Roadhouse and Patriot Games, before making his directorial debut with 1996s Homeward Bound 2 and then moving on to fun horror sequel Final Destination 2, seven years later.
- Craig Hunter
In some unexpected and sad news, film director David R. Ellis has died. He was 60 years old.
Ellis' body was found in his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, and cause of death is unknown at this time. Ellis was in pre-production on a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime "Kite" that Samuel L. Jackson is attached to.
Ellis began his career doing stunts in the likes of "Smokey and the Bandit," "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon," and "Fatal Attraction." He moved onto second unit directing on the likes of "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "The Perfect Storm," "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and "The Matrix Reloaded" before trying his hand at full-time directing.
- Garth Franklin
David R. Ellis, the stuntman turned filmmaker who brought us killer sharks, killer snakes and even the wrath of the Grim Reaper himself, died today in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to Deadline. He was 60.
Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 1952, Ellis got his start in Hollywood as a stuntman, performing feats of derring-do in dozens of films, including "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon" and "Road House." He also served as second unit director on such big Hollywood productions as "Patriot Games," "The Negotiator," "The Matrix Reloaded," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
Ellis will probably be best remembered for his work as a gleefully subversive exploitation director. After making his directorial debut on "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco" (1996), Ellis seemed to feel the most at home in the action-horror genre, conjuring gruesome and often astonishingly creative death scenes in "Final Destination 2 »
- NextMovie Staff
David R. Ellis only directed a handful of films himself, but he was involved with considerably more throughout his long, busy career. He's best known in later years for directing Final Destination 2 and Snakes on a Plane, but the bulk of his years in the industry were spent working as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on some truly memorable films. He did stunts for Road House, Warlock, Days of Thunder, Patriot Games and many, many more. And as a second unit director he shot much of the action in movies like Waterworld, Clear and Present Danger, Sphere, The Negotiator and The Matrix sequels. The man dedicated his entire career to making movies that entertained. He was a popcorn filmmaker, and as far as this writer is concerned, he was a damn good one. As a director he...
- Peter Hall
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