11 items from 2015
Air New Zealand likes to have a lot of fun with their passenger safety videos. They're most famous for their Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in-flight tutorials. But now they're back with a decidedly different franchise helping out. We don't exactly get to see Agents J and K, but Men In Black have returned. Hopefully your experience on Air New Zealand is nice enough that they don't have to Neuralize you.
Attempting to promote the fact that visiting New Zealand isn't all about disappearing into Middle Earth, the country's leading airline also wants you to know that they dig Rugby and one of the greatest sci-fi comedy franchises of all-time. And they've called upon some very special guests to help out in this latest inflight safety video. That includes an appearance from Mib head agent Zed, with Rip Torn once again reprising his iconic role.
The video was created in partnership with Sony Pictures. »
DC and Warner Bros are accumulating a diverse lineup of talent for Wonder Woman. In front of the camera, Gal Gadot is reprising her role as the Amazonian princess, while Chris Pine is reportedly playing love interest Steve Trevor. Behind the camera, Patty Jenkins succeeded Michelle MacLaren as director in April, and Jason Fuchs is writing the script. Now the 2017 film has found itself an award-winning filmmaker for the visual effects team as well. Buried deep within its report on cinematographers that have been hired for productions, Variety lists Bill Westenhofer as a VFX supervisor on Wonder Woman. Westenhofer kicked off his visual effects career as a digital artist on 1995.s Waterworld, and his notable films since then include Stuart Little, Men in Black II, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. He is also the visual effects supervisor on next year.s Warcraft. Needless to say, this is a major »
A classic rags-to-riches story, Rosario Dawson began her career penniless, with no hopes of ever being an actor. Basically homeless, she was discovered on the streets and cast in her first film at the age of 15. She enjoyed the experience so much that she used her pay to take acting classes, and that’s how she ended up playing Night Nurse in Daredevil.
Her accomplishments sound a little less impressive when you put it like that, but Dawson’s performance as Claire Temple in Netflix’s first Marvel series was one of the highlights of that show. It was just the latest in a long line of great, complex and diverse roles she’s played over the years, starring in everything from Oliver Stone’s ill-fated Alexander to Rent.
Over the course of her career Dawson has played a death-defying make-up artist in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the »
- Tom Baker
Not sure what to stream this weekend? The folks over at Netflix have a new series for you, starring comedy legends (and former "Nine to Five" costars) Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Yep, the highly-anticipated "Grace and Frankie" hits the service Friday May 8, plus, there's more streaming entertainment out there to enjoy. Not only can you start binging Netflix's latest original, you can catch "Men in Black II" on Amazon and "The Birdcage" on Hulu. Allow Stream On to fill you in. »
- Alana Altmann
Britain's Got Talent continued to top Saturday primetime television with more than 9.6 million viewers, according to overnight figures.
The reality competition show entertained 9.62m (45%) from 8pm, with a further 505k (2.5%) watching on +1.
Ninja Warrior UK grabbed 4.69m (24.6%) earlier in the night, with Play to the Whistle managing 2.47m (12.4%) from 9.20pm.
Casualty treated 4.16m (20.9%) from 9.20pm.
Channel 5's latest CSI episode was seen by 923k (5.8%).
The multichannels were topped by ITV2's Britain's Got More Talent, which had an audience of 1.32m (6.6%) from 9.20pm. Sky Atlantic's The Following, which featured a major death, »
Over 30 new movies are new on Amazon Instant Video (Aiv) and Prime Instant Video (Piv) in May 2015, along with top spring TV finales. Films like Men in Black II and The Aviator will be available for free instant streaming exclusively for Prime members, and all Amazon customers will find new titles for purchase, including Kingsman: The Secret Service and Mortdecai. (If you’ve been waiting to watch Fifty Shades of Grey, pictured, in the privacy of your home, that’s another title that will be available for purchase on Aiv.) Amazon will also have a number of TV season finales available for purchase, in case you miss the endings of … Continue reading →
The post What’s new on Amazon: May 2015 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jennifer Lopez plays a sexy high school teacher whose fling with a teenager turns into a dark obsession in this so-bad-it's-good thriller. The Blu-ray and DVD combo pack includes the bonus features "The Making of The Boy Next Door," feature commentary from director Rob Cohen, and deleted scenes. Here's an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray release, with Lopez talking about how much she loves psychological thrillers:
Jimmy (Kevin Hart) is paid to be the best man at weddings for awkward loners. One of those loners, Doug (Josh Gad), hires Jimmy for his wedding, and so begins an elaborate charade and a hilarious bromantic comedy. The Blu-ray includes outtakes, deleted scenes, music video, improvised lines, and some scene commentary. »
- Gina Carbone
From Crystal Lake Publishing, Jasper Bark's Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts is now available worldwide in bookstores and online and we've been provided with one of the collection's short stories, "Taking the Piss" (a truly haunting revenge tale), to share with Daily Dead readers. Also included in our latest round-up are Blu-ray release details and cover art for Troma's The Toxic Avenger: Part II and Class Of Nuke ’Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, as well as details on an upcoming auction of film props from make-up effects mastermind Rick Baker.
Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts: "A word of caution gentle reader, these tales will take you places you’ve never been before and may never dare revisit. They’ll whisper truths so twisted you can only face them in the darkest hours of the night. They’ll unlock desires so decadent you’ll never wash their taint from your flesh. »
- Derek Anderson
Films fans, prick up those ears as this week sees the release of sci-fi, CG epic Jupiter Ascending. The film is the Wachowski siblings’ first original production since The Matrix trilogy and considering their contentious output since then Thn is intrigued by their latest offering. Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Jupiter Ascending is the story of a lowly caretaker (Kunis) who is the unknowing heir to planet Earth owing to an interplanetary life seeding programme, and thusly requires the protection of Tatum, a genetically engineered interplanetary warrior. Basically it’s Men In Black 2 meets John Carter, via The Bodyguard…oh, and also the main characters have the names of porn stars (Caine Wise and Jupiter Jones).
Enough with the details of this trite story line and stereotypical characters! All Thn has been able to think about whenever it has seen any promo material for this film is Tatum »
- Joe Upton
With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. And so we've dug into the archives and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year (it's possible that, half-a-decade on, we'd put them in a different order and even change some of the movies, but we wanted to preserve the original pieces untouched as far as possible). Check out 2000 and 2001 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2002. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. In 2002, the name of the game was bigger is better. Cinemagoers got a year full of sequels including "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, »
- The Playlist Staff
Certainly one of the odder tidbits from the Sony Hack last month was that there were talks and plans of using the next instalment of the 21 Jump Street franchise (tentatively titled 23 Jump Street) as a launching pad for a Men in Black reboot, by crossing the two series over. In fact, of all the stories, it was the one that seemed the least likely.
“Nothing’s changed,” Lord told MTV on the Golden Globes red carpet. “It’s still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they’re going to be terrible. We’re really focusing on what’s a great story for Schmidt and Jenko and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time! »
- Luke Owen
11 items from 2015
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