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Prisoners of War (Hatufim), 2009 to 2012.
Three Israeli soldiers one of whom is in a coffin are part of a prisoner exchange 17 years after being captured in Lebanon.
The opening takes place in a hotel where notes are being exchanged from one room to another. It turns out the negotiation involves the release of prisoners of war which includes Israeli Defence Force reservists Nimrod Klein and Uri Zach as well as a coffin containing Amiel Ben Horin.
Although the captivity and torture may be over, Nimrod and Uri are returning to a homeland that feels like an alien environment. The two soldiers are interviewed by a military psychiatrist who senses that they are not telling the whole story of their ordeal and that one or »
- Trevor Hogg
Poznan, Poland— Michael Price gets around. The British composer leaves Poznan today after being one of the featured speakers at the Transatlantyk Festival, a week-long event dedicated to film, music, and cuisine, to head straight to Los Angeles for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday (16). Price is nominated for the first time for Outstanding music composition for a miniseries, movie or a special (original dramatic score) for “Sherlock,” the BBC series he composes music for with David Arnold. Price apprenticed with a number of composers, but he also worked as a music editor for years, on such films as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Love Actually,” and “Nanny McPhee.” I hopped in a car with Price to interview him on our way to Transatlantyk’s closing gala. You started as an assistant for the late composer Michael Kamen ("Brazil,""Band Of Brothers," "Lethal Weapon," "Mr. Holland's Opus"), who »
- Melinda Newman
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the business’s hottest names…one Michael Fassbender. In a rather short period of time, he’s gone from a character actor to a critical darling to a superstar, with an Academy Award nomination thrown in there for good measure (along with a few Oscar snubs as well). Fassbender is arguably one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, so it’s great to see him continually display it in interesting and unique projects. He’s a definite A-lister, likely to go down as an all time great when all is said and done, so he’s perfect for this column! Fassbender got his start on television, first coming on to my radar with HBO’s landmark miniseries Band of Brothers. There were other small TV projects (both miniseries and movies, as well as full on »
- Joey Magidson
Trevor Hogg chats with Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins about transforming a literary icon into a swashbuckling World War II hero…
“My family is very musical, but I’m the only one who’s ever shown interest in creative writing,” explains Kurtis Wiebe (Green Wake) who won a Shuster Award for Outstanding Comic Book Writer in 2012. “But, we grew up with stories very much being part of our lives.” Comic books were not part of reading childhood itinerary. “Not until my mid-twenties when a friend bought me an issue of Walking Dead. I had no idea comics could be anything other than superhero stories, so it was a huge eye opener. I was never into superheroes; it never really caught my attention. The idea that you could tell any story you wanted with the medium was a huge appeal to me.” The desire to take the comic book beyond the »
- Trevor Hogg
The media is full of awesome, ridiculously badass heroes in warfare, from the fictional cast of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan to John Rambo, everybody’s favourite Vietnam vet and headband model. Even those with the most cursory knowledge of history will be aware of real life war heroes as well, whether it’s Winston Churchill – the British bulldog who lead the country during the Second World War – or Oskar Schindler – who saved hundreds of lives whilst working undercover in the Nazi party.
There are plenty of soldier, spies and good samaritans that don’t appear in the history books, though, people who have never had films made about them even though they’re A. Just as badass and B. Just as important as the entire cast of Band Of Brothers put together. War is an ugly, horrible thing that has plagued us since the dawn of man, »
- Tom Baker
Ron Livingston is going for a midnight ride.
The actor, who played Carrie Bradshaw’s short-term beau Jack Berger on Sex and the City, has been cast as the titular patriot in AMC’s comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere.
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Matt Piedmont (Saturday Night Live) is on board to direct the half-hour pilot, which tells the story of Hugh and Ebenezer Moody, brothers whose contribution to history in colonial Boston has been overshadowed by Revere. Executive producers Ethan Sandler (Crossing Jordan) and Adrian Wenner (My Boys) will also star.
In addition to Sex and the City, »
Gone Baby Gone Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan will co-star as the wife of Hanks’ character, James Donovan, who won the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his work trying to free U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was shot down over Russian territory in 1960.
Also in negotiations to join the cast is another Academy Award nominee, Alan Alda, for an unspecified role, according to DreamWorks Pictures, which is co-financing »
- Anthony Breznican
Can't make it to New York to catch "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston as Lbj in "All the Way"? Not to worry, as it will soon be playing on a big screen near you. HBO Films has picked up the rights to the film version of the Tony-winning play, according to Deadline. Written by Robert Schenkkan, "All The Way" centers on President Lyndon Johnson’s first year in office following the assassination of JFK. During that turbulent time, Johnsonn dealt with the escalation of the war in Vietnam while dealing with civil rights issues at home -- all while campaigning against Barry Goldwater in the 1964 election. Cranston -- who picked up a Tony for best leading actor and is currently nominated for an Emmy for "Breaking Bad" -- will reprise his role as the president. Schenkkan will write the adaptation, while Spielberg's Amblin Television will produce along with Tale Told Prods. »
- Dave Lewis
Things are only going to get more tense on USA’s Suits as Mike continues to battle Harvey (and uses Louis in the process—see a sneak peek of this week’s episode below). But Harvey has another opponent on the horizon. Justified’s Neal McDonough makes his debut on the show in the July 9 episode as SEC bulldog Sean Cahill. He’ll face-off with Jessica and Jeff Malone first, but as McDonough tells EW, it’ll be high noon with Harvey sooner or later.
- Mandi Bierly
Hollywood adheres strictly to that old adage “you have to spend money in order to make money”. We all know that film studios are never ones to shy away from exorbitant movie budgets if there is a profit to be made. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t. Plenty of examples out there of movies with overblown budgets that bankrupted entire studios.
The TV industry works in very much the same way but on a smaller scale. When you have to produce up to 25 episodes per year for a show you do not have the luxury of a “one and done” type scenario. Instead, you need to plan ahead if you want your show to be popular, but profitable at the same time.
This can definitely be done. Game of Thrones has showed us that a TV show can have a budget that would make a Lannister blush »
- Radu Alexander
The show is a spin-off to "Arrow", existing in the same live action comic book universe.
Developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, to air on The CW, the show is based on the DC Comics character 'Flash', a costumed crime-fighter created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino:
"...after a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, 'CSI Investigator Barry Allen' is struck by lightning and falls into a coma.
"Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through 'Central City' like an unseen guardian angel.
"Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only 'meta-human' who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion — and not everyone »
- Michael Stevens
Weaving together the story of the Maxim gun with that of a community ripped apart by the first world war brings brings home the weapon's devastating impact
I've always thought being shot wouldn't be such a bad way to go. Better than being run through with a sword, or beheaded, or something slower, like drowning or dying of old age. Having now seen The Machine Gun and Skye's Band of Brothers (BBC2), I'm not so sure.
Neil Oliver (again!) has a block of ballistic gel, a sinister yellow material designed to mimic the properties of human tissue. Weapons instructor Sgt Matthew Vernon fires a single round at it from a distance. At first it doesn't look so bad: small entry hole, small exit hole boom, straight through, not a bad way to go. But then we see what happens in super slow motion. As soon as the bullet enters the gel block/human body, »
- Sam Wollaston
There's something a little odd about the concept of a celebrity visiting the Deal Or No Deal studio to battle The Banker for charity. Watching a famous face unwittingly offer membership of the "1p Club" to Help The Aged? Bit awkward, that. Let's hope then that this fate doesn't befall James Corden as he sits atop the stool at the desk of destiny on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust and Save The Children. Mark Jones
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- Mark Jones, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Andrew Mueller, Hannah J Davies, Ali Catterall and Hannah Verdier
A little over a week ago, we provided you with the very first trailer for the upcoming World War II movie, Fury. And if that whet your appetite for all things tank warfare, then rest assured we have just the thing – a set of behind the scenes stills. The pictures, which can be seen below, depict End of Watch and Fury helmer David Ayer alongside leading man Brad Pitt, as well as production images of several members of the cast, including up-and-comer Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Shia Labeouf.
Taking place in the final weeks of World War II, Fury follows Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) as he leads his small platoon of soldiers into a particularly dangerous mission behind enemy lines. And from these first few glimpses, I can’t help but get a similar feeling to that which fuels my affection for the war-drama classic, Saving Private Ryan.
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- Dale Barham
Sarah Jessica Parker could be making her first full-time return to the small screen since Sex and the City went off the air 10 years ago in a new crime drama from the producers of True Detective called Busted.
Sarah Jessica Parker Returning To TV In 'Busted'
Busted will be based on the non-fiction crime thriller Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, written by reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker about their mission to uncover a police corruption scandal in Philadelphia. The two ultimatly won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. It’s unknown which reporter Parker has signed on to play, according to Deadline.
David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Band of Brothers) will serve as an executive producer and will direct Busted’s pilot. Screenwriter Don Roos (Marley and Me, Web Therapy) will pen the pilot episode.
“Wendy and Barbara »
The film, based on the classic 1943 William Saroyan novel The Human Comedy, follows the story of a 14-year-old boy who finds himself entrusted with the task of looking after his remaining family while his brother is off fighting in World War II. The novel is a wonderful tale about the effects war has, not only on those directly fighting, but the millions of people left grasping for normality back home.
The adaptation would mark the first time Hanks has worked with his Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail co-star Meg Ryan since those two staples of the romantic genre – and would also sees them working behind the camera as director (Ryan) and executive producer (Hanks). It’s rumored »
- Dale Barham
The rumors are true! A source confirms to E! News that Tom Hanks is indeed in talks to make a cameo appearance in the movie Ithaca, which would re-team him with three-time co-star Meg Ryan. The actors previously shared screen time in 1990's Joe Versus the Volcano, 1993's Sleepless in Seattle and 1998's You've got Mail. Ithaca is a film adaptation of William Saroyan's classic 1943 novel The Human Comedy. Ryan, 52, begins shooting her directorial debut next month in Virginia. Erik Jendresen adapted the movie's screenplay; he previously worked with 57-year-old Hanks on HBO's award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers in 2001. The film centers on a teenage bike messenger living at »
After appearing together in Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan look set to reunite in the big screen adaptation of William Saroyan’s classic 1943 novel The Human Comedy. It marks the directorial debut of Ryan and she will start shooting in Virginia next month.
Hanks is closely involved in the project as an executive producer, so the fact that he’s willing to make a cameo in the World War II set coming of age drama perhaps shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
The novel was adapted by Band of Brothers scribe Erik Jendresen, and he obviously worked with Hanks on that critically acclaimed HBO series. Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid have so far also been confirmed as starring in the movie. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing.
Set in a small town »
- Josh Wilding
We already knew that Tom Hanks was set to work as a producer on Meg Ryan’s debut directorial effort Ithaca, but it looks like he’ll be briefly starring in the film too according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The place is Ithaca, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The time is World War II. The family is the Macauley’s—a mother, sister, and three brothers whose struggles and dreams reflect those of America’s second-generation immigrants…In particular, fourteen-year-old Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime death, love, and money brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw.
According to the report, Hanks will play the father of the family »
- Luke Owen
From Sleepless In Seattle, to You’Ve Got Mail and Joe Versus The Volcano, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have made a perfect movie duo for many years but it has, of course, been a while since they’ve hit the big screen together.
This one is a little different though as Ithaca will be Meg Ryan’s directorial debut with Hanks production company Playtone backing her. That’s not to say there won’t be a cameo for Hanks though and although this isn’t something he always does, it seems that some form of reunion is definitely on and for the fourth time.
The film is based on the 1943 novel by William Saroyan called The Human Comedy. It’s a World War II saga that’s sold as a ‘coming of age’ drama about life on the front line, something that Hanks definitely has connects to and would slot into comfortably. »
- Dan Bullock
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