6 items from 2015
Despite its title, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast” cares little for the iconic fairy who was introduced in J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan,” and who has since spawned her own Disney movie-and-merchandising franchise, of which this is the sixth full-length feature. Relegating Tinker Bell to peripheral supporting status, Steve Loter’s animated saga instead focuses its attention on one of her many fairy friends, Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), a plucky sprite who learns, through her adventure with a mystical creature known as the Neverbeast, that it’s equally important to follow your heart as well as your head. A colorful and cheery fantasy that duplicates its series predecessors’ cutesy humor and feel-good message making, it’s apt to garner moderate interest from very young fans both during its limited-engagement theatrical run and subsequent homevideo release, though anyone over the age of 7 will likely find it too immature by half. »
- Nick Schager
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).
Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.
CAA is representing domestic rights.
An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »
- Michelle McCue
Hip-hop drama Empire is Fox's latest breakout hit, featuring an award-winning cast and crew. Created by Oscar winners Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the King Lear-inspired family drama has been a ratings boon for Fox, with viewership growing each week since its Jan. 7 premiere.
The show's popularity is due in no small part to an incredible cast. Former Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson electrify as Empire Entertainment mogul Lucious Lyon and his ex-wife Cookie, recently released from jail for the drug hustling charges that gave the couple the capital to start their Empire. Newcomers Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, and Bryshere Gray stand out as the three Lyon sons and guest stars like Cuba Gooding Jr., Naomi Campbell, and Gabourey Sidibe add to the awesome drama.
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1. Cookie. Is. Queen »
Earlier today, The CW announced that Arrow and The Flash have been renewed, along with six other shows, during the network's TCA Winter Tour presentation. Network president Mark Pedowitz also revealed that The CW is engaged in "very early talks" with Arrow producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim for yet another spin-off, based on the Ray Palmer/Atom character played by Brandon Routh. While he hasn't transformed into Atom yet on Arrow, a new trailer released last week showed Palmer constructing his Atom suit, so it seems we'll be seeing him spring into action very soon. Here's what Greg Berlanti had to say about the Atom spin-off.
"We're in very early talks in a very general idea that we haven't gone deeper on yet."
Mark Pedowitz added his own brief statement teasing the possible spin-off.
"You'd have to be judicious. Could there be another hour in that universe? »
Still missing 30 Rock? Quit your blerging—Tina Fey and Rock showrunner Robert Carlock have teamed up again for a new series, debuting this March on Netflix, about a naive thirtysomething (Ellie Kemper) who moves to the Big Apple after escaping the doomsday cult she belonged to for 15 years. Once there, Kimmy moves in with an aspiring singer (Tituss Burgess, whom 30 Rock fans may recognize as Queen of Jordan sidekick D'Fwan) and starts working as a nanny for a girl named Xanthippe (Dylan Gelula)—whose mother is played by another Rock alum (Jane Krakowski). EW chatted with Fey and Carlock about their latest project. »
- Hillary Busis
Starks, Lannisters, Dorne, The Iron Islands... here's everything we know so far about Game Of Thrones season 5...
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 4 and A Song Of Ice And Fire.
Another New Year has come with 2015 - a calendar question mark that sparkles with new possibilities, hopes dreams, and endless optimism for a future not yet written.
But all we can say is: yeah, yeah, yeah. Is it time for Game Of Thrones to come back yet?
Yes, it’s only been about seven months since Game Of Thrones’ fourth season wrapped up with Arya sailing off into the deep blue sea towards Braavos. But the fact that season five is barely less than half a year away does not mean we cannot start getting hyped and excited now. With the new season already well into its shooting schedule, and cast members seemingly doing interviews around the clock, »
6 items from 2015
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