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Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” directed and produced by Francis Whately. The film spotlights two critically acclaimed albums and the stage musical “Lazarus,” offering new insights into Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the final five years of his life.
Featuring a wealth of rarely seen Bowie interviews, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators, the film is a tribute to one of the greatest rock icons of all time.
– The Weinstein Company will »
- Graham Winfrey
Angus Houvouras on whether the Academy Awards are really biased against blockbusters…
You’ve gotta love James Cameron. If ever a director has earned our collective respect, it’s the guy that brought us Terminator, Aliens, T2, The Abyss, and True Lies. Then again he also brought us Dark Angel, Avatar, Titanic, and a ringing endorsement of Terminator: Genisys. That last one is crazy enough to put a nice coat of tarnish on his platinum finish among film fans.
Cameron talked recently about how blockbusters are generally ignored by all the major awards. This generally accepted concept was challenged by Cameron who believes this line of thought to be blatantly unfair against the big budget movies that rarely get mentioned during award season when studios are promoting smaller stories and more dramatic fare.
Blockbusters have never really been considered Oscar bait in the creative categories. Sure, you’ll find »
- Anghus Houvouras
It’s not difficult to look at and listen to Jessica Alba and assume she has everything parenting-related down pat. But in reality, the star is just like most moms in the sense that she is always trying to improve.
“I think maybe being open and curious and trying to better myself,” the actress and businesswoman, 35, tells People of her best quality as a parent.
“I don’t try to pretend like I have all the answers and I certainly don’t think I’m perfect,” adds Alba, who shares daughters Haven Garner, 5, and Honor Marie, 8½, with husband Cash Warren. »
- Jen Juneau
Jessica Alba hasn't aged a day since her Dark Angel days. How does she do it? With the help of celeb makeup artists like Daniel Martin, who got her glam for the Marie Claire Image Maker Awards last night. While we had the Honest Beauty founder and mom of two in the makeup chair at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, we caught up with her about a few things. Like how does the actress and lifestyle mogul combat puffy eyes? "[Daniel] has these cold balls and eye patches too," she told E! News. The makeup artist rolls the cold compress (you can use a spoon straight out of the refrigerator if you're trying this at home), until the under-eyes depuff. "He just balled my eyes »
Kimberly, a black widow type, meets her match in Jamielyn Lippman's Killer Weekend. Filming has begun on the Blanc/Biehn Productions project, and we have some photos from the set to share with Daily Dead readers.
Press Release: (Los Angeles, CA / January 12, 2016) -- Blanc/Biehn Productions (Bbp), the powerhouse indie film studio founded by actors/filmmakers Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, announces that principal shooting for Killer Weekend has begun in Los Angeles.
Jamielyn Lippman (When the Bough Breaks) will direct the thriller, with an original screenplay by Travis Romero, who wrote the story with Lony Ruhmann; Romero and Ruhmann have also collaborated on behalf of Bbp in the 2013 release Treachery and the upcoming Altered Perception.
Killer Weekend follows Kimberly (Vanessa Zima), a sexy young coed who’s enjoyed a lavish lifestyle thanks to rich Sugar Daddies, but quickly realizes she could access their money far more easily… by killing them. »
- Tamika Jones
TV returns from the holiday break in earnest this week, with CBS’ Bull among the dozens of broadcast shows resuming their runs.
The Michael Weatherly-fronted freshman (airing Tuesdays at 9/8c) earned a full-season pick-up after just three outings, and to date stands as CBS’ No. 2 drama (in both the demo and in total audience, trailing only lead-in NCIS). Among all of the fall’s new dramas, it is far and away the most watched (averaging 12.7 million weekly viewers), while placing third in the demo.
TVLine invited Weatherly to hand down his ruling on Bull‘s performance thus far, share »
6 items from 2017
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