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• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]
• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction »
- Jake Perlman
Despite relatively brief screen time, Idris Elba certainly made an impact donning armour and wielding a sword in the Thor films. So the idea of him going the chainmail route for Guy Ritchie’s planned new take on King Arthur has plenty of appeal. Good news, then, that he’s in talks for the film.In what is currently being called Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur (what is it with Warner Bros. and chunky titles at the moment?), Elba is wanted to play not Arthur himself, but a version of Bedivere, who is credited in many of the interpretations of Arthurian legend as a noble and loyal member of the King’s knights. In Ritchie’s take – which features a script by Edge Of Tomorrow producer Joby Harold – he’s apparently an older, wiser warrior and a right-hand man to Arthur’s father who makes it his »
After decades of being the laughing stock of the DC Comics universe, Aquaman is finally getting the chance to shine in his own DC animated feature, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. Hardcore comic book fans have known for some time that there’s more to Aquaman than meets the eye, but general audiences still have a poor perception of the King of Atlantis.
The orange and green tights and ability to talk to fish haven’t really helped him much, but hopefully this iteration of his New 52 revamp will get people excited for his appearance in the burgeoning live-action DC cinematic universe (beginning, of course, with a small cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice).
Aquaman was noticeably absent in last year’s DC animated feature Justice League: War, but a post-credits sequence alluded to his future appearance and a strong focus on how his Atlantean roots would »
- James Garcia
So it seems Vikings are in this season. Casting envious glances at the success of Vikings on History and wanting their own Game Of Thrones phenomenon, the Beeb has ordered an eight-part series based on the first novel in Bernard Cornwell’s hugely successful Saxon/Viking saga, The Saxon Stories.
At an unspecified future date, we will be able to watch The Last Kingdom on a viewing device of your choice.
What’s it all about?
Set during between 866 and 879, The Last Kingdom charts the Viking invasion of Britain and the collapse of the Saxon kingdoms of Northumbria, Mercia, and East Anglia, leaving only Wessex, and King Alfred, standing. Set against this is the story of Uhtred of Bebbaburg, a young Saxon nobleman who is captured by the Vikings as a boy, »
PBS was tops among networks with 12 wins, followed by Nickelodeon and syndicated programs with 10 apiece. CBS took eight, Hub Network claimed six and the now-defunct Toln.com soap venture won five.
A complete list of winners follows:
Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series
- Variety Staff
By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.
Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »
Some may say that television hasn’t been too good to senior citizens in terms of their stereotypical depictions. Regardless of the unflattering portrayals there had been some memorable oldsters (in this case over 60) that have given us equal shares of both laughs and cries. In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.
Instead of doing a typical top ten or top twenty listing let’s go in between with a top fifteen selection, shall we? The “For Mature Audiences Only” choices are not necessarily a tasting that everyone will agree on. Perhaps you have your own preferences that were omitted or something that you feel should be added? Anyway, here are the candidates in alphabetical order…
Now for our pop cultural Pepto Bismol personalities:
1.) Doc Galen Adams, »
- Frank Ochieng
Just a week after the release of a feature film directed by a prominent actor, I’m speaking of Fading Gigolo by John Tuturro, comes another one helmed by an actor. But this is his feature film debut, oh, and he’s not in front of the camera (but Tuturro is, the busy guy!). God’S Pocket is helmed by John Slattery who has attained TV immortality as indulgent “bad boy” Roger Sterling on AMC’s “Mad Men”, where he cut his film making teeth calling the shots on five episodes. With this feature he’s back doing a period piece (his TV show is set from 1960-69, while this film appears to be from the late 70′s early 80′s…no cell phones or computers and everybody drives a big ‘gas-guzzler’), but the characters are laborers and petty thieves, not ad execs. Same general East Coast area though. The film »
- Jim Batts
Pocket Full of Sunshine: Slattery’s Debut Weak in the Knees
The devil’s not in all the details he should be of God’s Pocket, the directorial debut of actor John Slattery, most known for his presence on the series Mad Men. An adaptation of a 1983 novel by Pete Dexter, author of the novels that would spawn the unfairly shamed pulp of The Paperboy (2012) and Paris Trout (1991), this blue collar binge, tinged with a smeary myopic hue of sickly greens and faded palettes, plays like a sometimes comical visit to an outer ring of hell. Receiving mixed reviews after its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who portrays the lead protagonist, inevitably renews the rather moribund anticipation of the film. Unfortunate as that may be, it’s an enjoyable performance from the late Mr. Hoffman, even though the film isn’t quite effective as it could be. »
- Nicholas Bell
Well, this should be interesting.
As expected, Chandler Massey received his fourth and final nomination for the Outstanding Younger Actor Emmy for Days Of Our Lives. The winner of the Emmy the last two years, this is his last chance after leaving the role of Will Horton last year, under … difficult circumstances.
Sadly, and inexplicably, his castmate Freddie Smith, who was nominated last year, was snubbed of a nomination this time. Also disappointing was the exclusion of Casey Moss, who was the breakout star of the show last year, and Blake Berris, who’s brilliantly made the character of Nick one of the most loathed in recent memory, was also overlooked.
There was some good news for Dool fans. Eileen Davidson (crazy Kristin) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole) are nominated for Lead Actress, while Eric Martsolf got a nod for Supporting Actor. And the show (which won last year) is up for Best Drama again. »
Feature Rob Leane 2 May 2014 - 06:47
Warner Bros has announced nine new comic book movies over the next couple of years, but what could they be?
With the news dropping recently that Warner Brothers have set plans for nine DC comics-inspired movies, it looks like we might finally see some further exploration of DC’s wide-reaching universe.
Since Richard Donner invented a genre with Superman: The Movie in 1978, DC has always played it relatively safe, mainly sticking to Superman and Batman sequels and reboots. On the other hand, Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios have pushed forward with such confidence that they are now making standalone movies for lesser-known heroes like Ant-Man and the Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Despite having their fingers burnt on the dissapointing Green Lantern movie, the lure of cashing in on Avengers Assemble levels of success has clearly forced Warner Brothers into action, with building a »
We all know history is written by the film producers. After all, the past is big bucks for Hollywood, what with all its ready-made stories and epic happenings. And luckily for us Vesuvius erupted in 79 Ad, spewing out lava, pyroclastic flows and poisonous gasses. Some in nearby Herculaneum died instantly, others in Pompeii had a more drawn out affair and even the dog got it (noooo, not the dog!). Whatever – it’s good cinema right?
So to celebrate the release of new historical disaster movie Pompeii, let Thn take you on a magical history tour into the past. Yes, it’s time to pull the annals of antiquity down from the shelf, dust them off and explore ye olden times with five historical renditions from cinema and television.
It’s hard being on the side-lines isn’t it? Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Milos Forman’s biopic of l’enfant terrible of Classical, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Senators grilled Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives on an array of competitive concerns over their proposed merger at a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday, but one of the most frequently asked questions was very simple: Will consumers see higher monthly bills?
“I will make one firm commitment that there is absolutely nothing in this transaction that will result in an increase in prices for Comcast customers,” David L. Cohen, executive vice president for Comcast.
The testiest exchange during the three-hour session — the first major public forum for pols to weigh in on the deal that would unite the nation’s two largest cable operators — came between Cohen and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who has been a vocal critic of the merger. Franken pressed Cohen on specifics about Comcast’s dealings with various competitors and the FCC in the three years since it was granted approval to take over NBCUniversal. »
- Ted Johnson
In 1926 J.R.R. Tolkien completed his translation of Beowulf, read it to a few friends, made one or two corrections, became happy with it, and then never saw the need to publish it! Now finally the Tolkien Estate has signed a deal to publish this translation which is to be edited by his youngest son Christopher Tolkien, who has said this about the book...
‘From his creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel’s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.’
Beowulf was translated by the late Seamus Heaney »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier tonight, "True Detective" concluded its first season — and, with it, the stories of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. I reviewed the finale here, and as a bookend to a conversation we had before the season started, I spoke with the show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, about the finale and the season as a whole (along with a vague but intriguing hint about season 2, which hasn't been officially ordered yet, but only because I suspect HBO is waiting until they've signed the actors they want before announcing). That's coming up just as soon as I strike you as more of a talker than a doer... The structure of the series means you could have done anything with the ending, up to and including killing the two leads, because you get a clean slate with the next season. Why did you choose this particular way to end the story? Nic Pizzolatto: »
- Alan Sepinwall
Since its premiere, The Good Wife has done what is nearly impossible for most shows- it is stunningly smart, perfectly paced, and beautifully written, and it has only gotten better in its game-changing fifth season. Guest stars are nothing new to the show, which has the most creative and entertaining guest casting on television, and it uses these performers incredibly well, folding them into stories the audience is already invested in alongside characters we care about. With each new guest star, The Good Wife manages to accomplish yet another often unachievable feat: making us care about the guests we’ll likely only see for a few episodes as much as the regular characters. The series has already peopled its world with a fantastic group of actors (check out Kate Arthur’s ranking of 76 of them from last year to get an idea), but it can always add a few more. »
Feature Louisa Mellor 28 Feb 2014 - 06:15
How films like The Lego Movie are replacing destiny narratives with messages of scepticism and adaptability…
2013 saw the release of a film that sold a message antithetical to the upbeat ‘you can do it if you really try!’ cheerleading prevalent in kids’ movies. ‘Sometimes you can’t do it’, said this film, ‘even if you really, really, really try’.
It’s not as bleak a caution as it might seem. An imaginative scenario in which the hero fails but adapts teaches a useful lesson about flexibility (a skill parents might agree can be a tricky one for kids to take on). Wishing upon a star, working your socks off, thinking you can… in real life none of that guarantees a result. Isn’t it about time kids’ movies became comfortable with that idea? »
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has added an exciting roster of screen legends and beloved titles to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including appearances by Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien, plus a two-film tribute to Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
O’Hara will present the world premiere restoration of John Ford’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941), while Brooks will appear at a screening of his western comedy Blazing Saddles (1974). O’Brien will be on-hand for Vincente Minnelli’s perennial musical favorite Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. The tribute to Dreyfuss will consist of a double feature of two of his most popular roles: his Oscar®-winning performance »
- Melissa Thompson
R.I.P. Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) was found dead in his home in Manhattan yesterday morning of an alleged drug overdose. He was 46. Deadline reports that Hoffman was discovered in the bathroom of his apartment by an unidentified friend and that a hypodermic needle and what appeared to be heroin were found at the scene. Hoffman leaves behind his three children with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell: Cooper (11), Tallulah (7) and Willa (6).
Some of Hoffman's ongoing projects have been shelved, while others continue on. Only yesterday, we reported that Hoffman's planned second feature as a director, Ezekial Moss, was moving forward with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in starring roles. With his passing, Exclusive Media has dropped the movie that Hoffman spent over a year working on with writer Keith Bunin. The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1 will still be released as scheduled, though Lionsgate has not explained how they »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Warner Bros.’ attempts to turn King Arthur into a big cinematic character (and kick off a franchise in the process) are enough to fill their own book of myths and legends. Now one of the questing directors who previously tried, Guy Ritchie, appears ready to give it another shot, looking at a an even more ambitious plan.According to Deadline, Ritchie is considering an idea spawned by writer Joby Harold that would spin the story across no less than six fantasy films, and has written the first script.It’s certainly a bold idea, though we’ll refrain from holding our collective breath for it to reach screens, since the last time Ritchie tangled with Arthurian subject matter he developed a project with Trance writer John Hodge, only to see Warners pivot away in favour of David Dobkin’s idea.Wedding Crashers man Dobkin focused instead on Arthur & Lancelot, a »
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