9 items from 2014
Without ever making us dial 411, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead doled out a lot of valuable information: In its opening moments, it revealed where Beth has been all this time, and in its closing moments, it revealed where…
On second thought, keep reading. We’ll get to the end of “Slabtown” — and who’s in it! — when we get to it.
Back In The Atl | As the hour began, Beth awoke at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with stitches on her cheek and her hand in a cast. Shortly thereafter, police officer Dawn Lerner and Dr. Steven Edwards »
An hour of TV built around the lyrics of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and the sexual fetishization of baby lotion isn’t supposed to end with the tugging of the heartstrings/the dabbing of one’s eyes with Kleenex.
But this isn’t just TV, it’s The Good Wife. And the beauty of CBS’ legal drama is that no single act happens in a vacuum.
Showrunners Robert and Michelle King possess an institutional knowledge of plot lines and characters that ensures the death of a beloved hero (Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, in this instance) still resonates »
We first reported on this project back in October 2013, when Pierce Brosnan signed on to play a successful book publisher whose friendship with a young I.T. consultant goes awry. The publisher soon finds his life being turned upside down, as his former friend begins threatening everything and everyone close to him.
William Wisher Jr. (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Live Free or Die Hard) has signed on to rewrite the original script by Daniel Kay, and he will also serve as co-executive producer. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing through their Voltage Pictures company, alongside Friendly Films' David T. Friendly and Pierce Brosnan's producing partner Beau St. Clair. No production schedule was given, but Voltage will be selling the project »
Pierce Brosnan returns to the thriller genre this weekend with The November Man, and now another action-oriented picture of his has landed a director. Deadline reports that A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore has been tapped to direct I.T., which will star Brosnan as a publisher who is tormented via technology when his relationship with a young I.T. consultant goes south. Moreover, William Wisher Jr. (Terminator 2, The 13th Warrior) has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for the Voltage Films picture, which was originally penned by Dan Kay. In addition to the atrocious A Good Day to Die Hard, Moore’s directing credits also include Max Payne and Behind Enemy Lines. Producers are currently looking to cast the antagonist role—that of the dreaded I.T. consultant—in anticipation of beginning production on the thriller this fall. Brosnan is also attached to star in a November Man sequel »
- Adam Chitwood
Much like that it portrays, with the war movie there is always a thin line between success and failure. When dealing with such a hefty and complex subject matter, is one best suited to going on the offensive or holding back and forming a defensive line of conservatism? When dealing with real conflict involving real people, either by historical inspiration or factual invocation, are you making a drama or an action flick?
Regardless of which route one takes, this is a genre as susceptible to mediocrity and false hope as any other. Whether it be a great battle from history rendered obsolete by caricature or a teasing of genuine, shellshock events betrayed by insensitive thriller tropes, there will always be those that fail to hit the target when victory was so surely within reach. Intention is always undermined by incompetence.
Rather than look at the worst of the crop, Cinematic »
- Scott Patterson
Paramount’s “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” gave it a good try, but the sequel to the 2004 comedy about a full-of-himself San Diego newscaster couldn’t topple Walt Disney’s “Frozen” from the top of the national home video sales charts for the week ended April 6.
The animated feature remained at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Nielsen data shows that even in its third week of release, “Frozen” sold twice as many copies as “Anchorman 2,” which just came out on disc after earning $127.4 million in U.S. theaters – nearly 50% more than the original. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Never imagined Seal Team 8 would see any action in Africa, but it does.
Here’s the synopsis:
Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down) stars in the most explosive and action-packed Behind Enemy Lines yet! On an unsanctioned mission in Africa, a covert team of U.S. Navy SEALs is sent to locate a secret mining operation and prevent the sale of weapons-grade uranium to international terrorists. The stakes are higher than ever—and so is the body count—as Seal Team 8 must fight their way through the treacherous Congo in order to secure the uranium, expose the unknown buyer, and defuse one of the greatest threats the world has ever known!
Directed by Roel Reine (12 Rounds 2: Reloaded), the Seal Team 8:
- Gig Patta
While becoming a successful company is hard, remaining a successful company is even harder. It’s time to take a broad look at what WWE could do to maintain their high share price and continue to profitably grow revenues.
Note, I’m trying to avoid ideas that are strictly based around shaping creative. The one thing that WWE has proven they are capable of doing well is writing and producing live events and televised wrestling shows. Instead of offering generalized mantras like “Push Daniel Bryan” or “Make New Stars”, the purpose of this article is to focus on things that would mean more to a non-wwe fan who was also a potential investor.
10. Drop WWE Studios
The WWE Studios/WWE Films has been a bust. At every conference call there are discussion of reforms and promises that better times lie ahead. Honestly, financial burden and poor performance from »
- Chris Harrington
Today's MPAA ratings bulletin includes a new PG-13 rating for the Kevin Costner starrer Draft Day as the studio appealed the original R-rating for brief strong language, which has now been changed to PG-13 for what's described as "brief strong language and sexual references". Riveting, rightc Also included is the rating for yet another Tyler Perry movie, this one Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club, which stars Perry alongside Nia Long and an R-rating for the festival favorite Blue Ruin, which Radius-twc is expected to release this year. And finally, a family-friendly rating for the animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman as well as a rating for a new Rocky & Bullwinkle short film, which will play in front of Peabody & Sherman. The short was directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast) and features the voice work of June Foray (the original voice of Rocket J. Squirrel) and Tom Kenny ("SpongeBob SquarePants") as Bullwinkle Moose. »
- Brad Brevet
9 items from 2014
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