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The CW has long been one of the best supporters of Our Kind of Shows, and at this year’s Upfronts they put even more money where our hearts are. Of the six new shows announced for the fall and winter schedule, four are for us: The Originals, The Tomorrow People, The 100, and Star-Crossed. Now of course more than one has that trademark The CW soap opera-ish spin on it, but hey, not Every show is for every one of us.
Here to assist in our prejudging are synopses for all, via Deadline, and maybe even better, clips and/or TV spots. There’s not really anything new for The Originals, but fans will want to see it all again anyway. The Tomorrow People features the wonderful Mark Pellegrino so it’s my favorite of the four.
The 100 (pronounced “the hundred”, not “the one hundred”) has an encouraging clip, »
- Erin Willard
The CW announced its fall 2013-14 slate earlier today, adding five new dramas including a drama about Mary, Queen of Scots called Reign, as well as the highly anticipated Vampire Diaries spinoff titled The Originals, and The Tomorrow People, starring Robbie Amell, brother of Arrow’s Stephen Amell. The network has also released trailers which you can watch below. Let us know which shows you are interested in watching.
The Originals – Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he »
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fifth and final one announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on The CW.
After targeting teen girls for so long, The CW has widened their demographic focus and in the process have improved their fortunes with three of their five new shows from last year returning. One in particular, "Arrow," has been a big hit for them. As a result this year's line-up sticks heavily with genre fare - sci-fi, supernatural, and even a period piece.
The network's troubled "Nikita" has scored a six episode third season order to wrap up its story lines, no word on when those episodes will air just yet. In fact, specific premiere dates for all their shows have yet to be set.
Several other pilots didn't make the »
- Garth Franklin
The CW presented its 2013-14 broadcast schedule today, and we have all the details of who's paired with whom and on which nights we'll be able to see our favorites as well as some clips and previews.
Excerpts from the Press Release:
“We had a terrific season last year, growing our audience on-air, digitally, and socially. Now we are building on that success by continuing to add more original programming all year long and by adding high-concept, exciting shows to our schedule that will help us continue our mission of broadening out our 18-to-34-year old audience,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. “‘Arrow’ was one of the breakout hits of this season, and we’re using that show and ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ our two highest-rated series, to launch our new dramas ‘The Tomorrow People’ and ‘Reign,’ on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah, the original family of vampires, »
- The Woman In Black
After her incredible rescue from ten years in captivity, Amanda’s family is urging her to move back to her home state where she can have a fresh start surrounded by the love and support of her family.
On April 21, 2003, Amanda Berry disappeared in Cleveland, Ohio soon after she made a call to her sister to let her know someone was giving her a ride home from work. Ten years later, Amanda, along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, was miraculously found alive in the home of Ariel Castro, where she had been held captive for the past decade.
Amanda’s Family: Tennessee ‘Is Her Home’
After her amazing rescue, Amanda’s relatives want her to move to Tennessee so she will be closer to her father and extended family members. ”She has more kin here than anywhere else. This is her home,” Amanda’s uncle, Curtis Berry, says of Elizabethton, »
- Jenny Pickard
Love isn’t always easy, but sometimes the wisdom you need to navigate matters of the heart can be found in the movies. Cinema actually contains the answers to most of life’s questions provided you ask the right ones, know where to look and don’t have terrible taste in films. This is well-established fact. Alice (Alice Taglioni) is a believer in this theory I just made up, but she subscribes to a very specific application of it. Put simply, she loves Woody Allen and his films to the point that she has conversations with the life-size poster of him in her bedroom. She asks for advice, and he replies with dialogue from his movies. The results haven’t exactly been spectacular, but she’s convinced that he knows what he’s talking about. She meets and falls for a young man, but her sister swoops him up and makes him her own. Ten years later »
- Rob Hunter
Director and writer celebrated for his work at Chichester Festival theatre and the BBC
The career of Patrick Garland, who has died aged 78, was as varied as it was productive. An actor, producer, director, writer and anthologist, he was a leading light of the BBC TV arts department for 12 years, twice artistic director of the Chichester Festival theatre and a close friend and associate of Alan Bennett, Rex Harrison, Eileen Atkins and Simon Callow.
Although he harboured ambitions in feature films, and directed a 1971 television adaptation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose (starring Richard Harris and an Emmy award-winning Jenny Agutter), as well as a creditable 1973 movie of Ibsen's A Doll's House (with Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins), his life developed in the theatre. Much of his work was informed by his love of literature, and the poetry of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin and John Clare. In »
- Michael Coveney
Lionsgate has been around for over 15 years and has been progressively climbing the ranks as one of the most profitable movie studios in the world. Just take a look at these market share charts at Box Office Mojo: at the end of the year 2000 the studio was number 17 in America with only $33.1 million in gross. Ten years later it was in the number-eight spot with $516 million. A mere two years after that it overtook 20th Century Fox for the number-five spot with an impressive $1.2 billion in gross. As you can see by the numbers, it's kind of a stretch to still call Lionsgate an independent studio. It sure was back when it started in 1997, but now, thanks to megahits like The Hunger Games and a merger with Summit Entertainment, it is...
- Peter Hall
Chicago film critic with a worldwide appeal
For 46 years Roger Ebert, who has died aged 70 after suffering from cancer, wrote on films for the Chicago Sun-Times, and did not want to stop. The one thing he welcomed when announcing a "leave of presence" earlier this week was the realisation of a fantasy: "reviewing only the movies I want to review".
His following in the English-speaking world was unrivalled. He and Gene Siskel, his co-host on At the Movies on television, had a street named after them – Siskel and Ebert Way – near the CBS Studios in Chicago where they worked together. In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer prize for criticism.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received honorary degrees from various institutions of learning. In 2007, Forbes magazine named Ebert "the most powerful pundit in America".
Why all the accolades? As a race, »
- Ronald Bergan
The Mad Men star is tired of all the attention his 'privates' are getting. Or is this all just a publicity stunt?
If you can count more than 20 penis-based puns in the paragraphs that follow, I'm donating my fee for this piece to charity. Admittedly, that's not going to make much of a dent in any cause but, as they say, size doesn't matter. Why exactly they say that, however, is something of a mystery, particularly considering the impressive number of column inches Jon Hamm's crotch has been racking up recently.
Ever since the "Mad Men" star was snapped with an enormous bulge in his pants, large swathes of the internet have traded lolling at cats in favour of rampant speculation about the size of Hamm's package. And where media interest goes, advertising dollars follow. Two underwear companies are now fighting it out to brand Hamm's bits. Both Jockey »
- Arwa Mahdawi
The 'So Macho' singer, a close friend of X Factor boss Simon Cowell and frequent guest mentor, seemed to hint that reports of Sharon Osbourne joining the panel and Tulisa Contostavlos leaving were off the mark.
Speaking at a Claridge's event in aid of the Health Lottery, Sinitta - who admitted that she was hungover after a champagne-fuelled night out with Cowell - revealed: "Nothing's been solidly decided yet...but I kind of do know what is happening and it's exciting.
"I think you guys are going to be shocked. I think it's going to be like, 'Oh really?' But it's not going to be me on the panel."
Asked by DS if she is still holding out hope of finally joining the panel full time, the star replied: "Ten years later, »
Editor’s Note: Allison’s review originally ran during the film’s premiere at last year’s AFI Film Fest, but we’re re-running it as the movie opens in limited release this week. The music industry is a brutal landscape scattered with broken dreams and unrecognized talent, but when you take this landscape and add to it racism and war, the stakes are set even higher. Based on a true story (and adapted from the stage play of the same name), The Sapphires is not simply another tale about a girl group trying to make it, it is about a family fighting for a better life for themselves while at the same time coming to terms with their painful past. In 1950s, the Aboriginal population of Australia was considered “not human” and ignored by society until the government began raiding these small communities and stealing their fair-skinned children to pass them off as white. Known »
- Allison Loring
The latest episode of Glee made me realize something about myself: I can’t let go of certain things. And by things, I mean my hatred of everything ‘N Sync-related.
As a child of the ’90′s (literally, I was born in 1990), I felt forced, at a very young age, to pick a side: Backstreet Boys or ‘N Sync. I immediately gravitated toward the pitch-perfect harmonies of Bsb as opposed to the Justin Timberlake-jc Chasez duets that featured three other dancing guys. It might seem harsh, but any child of the ’90′s knows that this rivalry was real and cutthroat. »
- Samantha Highfill
Chicago – Definitely one of the strangest films so far in 2013 is “Upside Down,” featuring a dream pairing of Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. The problem is they exist as disparate lovers on opposing planets, with opposite gravitational pulls. Thus what is up for Kirsten is down for Jim, or vice-versa?
With an opening prologue that tries to explain it all, it’s best to go with the easy of flow of lovers who are “upside down” from each other. Yes, this is shown on screen in vertigo inducing special effects. The planet that the Dunst character resides on is rich and powerful, which makes handsome Sturgess left with the dregs of the “other” planet. With elements of “Brave New World” and “1984,” there is also a corporation who wants to control this set-up, and only allows downers from Jim’s world to come “up” if they can profit from an invention. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"...'Adam' lives on a planet that has dual gravity, living in an orphanage 'Down Below' after losing his parents in an oil refinery explosion. As a child, Adam secretly climbs a mountain that gets very close to the 'Up' world, where he meets 'Eden'.
"Years later, they are friends as teenagers and into a romantic relationship, meeting on their mountains, with Adam using a rope to pull Eden towards Down.
"But they are found out and while Adam is trying to pass Eden back to her planet, he gets shot and returns home heartbroken.
"Ten years later, Adam is working on creating 'anti-gravity' using a formula inherited from his great-aunt, allowing matter to field both gravitational fields at once. While developing »
- Michael Stevens
This coming Monday (March 18th) sees the release of the fast-paced, gritty action film Brawler (a.k.a. The Philly Kid) starring Wes Chatham (The Help) and Devon Sawa (Final Destination), and to celebrate we have two copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of Koch Media.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
On the night that he is crowned the Ncaa wrestling champion, Dillon (Wes Chatham) is wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to prison. Ten years later, he is paroled back onto the streets, but before he can pick up the pieces of his life, his best friend gets in trouble with a vicious loan shark. To get the money to free him, Dillon must return to fighting, but he soon discovers that his real opponent is a corrupt system that requires him to do the impossible: lose. »
- Flickering Myth
The Tribeca Film Institute’s first-ever artist program – Tribeca All Access -- is celebrating its 10th Annual program with 11 new projects (highlighted below) and a Taa Celebration on April 26, during the Tribeca Film Festival. A total of $150,000 in grants will be awarded to filmmakers. Taa will support each project with an initial $15,000 grant as well as offer year-round support, guidance, and resources for emerging and established filmmakers from statistically underrepresented communities to help advance their projects toward completion. Selections were programmed by Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming, and Tamir Muhammad, Director of Feature Programming. “When we founded Taa it was with a mission of amplifying the voices of artists who were not being heard,” said Beth Janson, Executive Director of Tfi. “Ten years later, we are proud to have remained true to that mission and developed a tight-knit community of talented filmmakers.” Ten filmmakers with »
- Anne Thompson
"Put machines, dreams, Neo, dystopia, and more machines into a blender and chug it really fast - that's the taste of this condensed version of the 1999 hit movie."
That's how 1A4 Studio describes their own 60-second animated take on "The Matrix," a "Speedrun" that turns the Wachowskis' sci-fi action classic into an early Nintendo-era hand-drawn side-scroller complete with old video game sound effects. It hits every major plot point in the film — and has the guts to not include the "bullet-time" scene. (!)
We know these take a long time to make and are a ton of work, but is there any chance we can get one for both "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" as well? Ten years later, we still have a hard time keeping track of just what in the hell is going on in those things.
Thanks to Badass Digest for the find. »
- NextMovie Staff
There are two ways to read a bedtime story to a child. The first is to be animated, and to draw the child into the world. You move around, you do the voices of the characters, you pause for dramatic affect, and you help the child craft a dream. The other way is to lethargically read the words on the page, and hope the damn kid goes to bed already. Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer plays like bored parent who begrudgingly recites the same familiar tale. Most of the cast seems to have no idea what to do with their one-dimensional characters, and they're stuck in a bland world that offers few challenges. Furthermore, the film looks astoundingly cheap from the CGI effects right down to the costumes. There's no imagination to Jack the Giant Slayer, and it fails to make a case for why it even needs to exist. »
- Matt Goldberg
There are two kinds of people who watch Law & Order: Svu — those who are legitimately captivated by its lurid storylines and hyper-competent characters, and those who enjoy the show as an example of ridiculata at its finest.
Unfortunately, members of the second camp may find themselves disappointed by last night’s episode, “Funny Valentine” — a tale of love and hip-hop that’s all too familiar to anybody who’s ever gaped at an upsetting Instagram photo. Sure, moments of absurdity crept in here and there; for example, here’s the exchange that led to the show’s version of Brown »
- Hillary Busis
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