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Fox’s fall lineup, Gotham aside, has delivered a whole slew of disappointments, with heavily promoted reality series Utopia landing softly and new series like Gracepoint, Mulaney and Red Band Society proving dead on arrival. However, maybe midseason hip-hop drama Empire will turn things around for the network.
Featuring a star-studded cast led by Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe and Courtney Love, the show is looking increasingly like a potential hit. Like ABC’s Nashville, which is currently in its third season, Empire aims to blend the soapy, scandalous drama of Dynasty (which show creator Lee Daniels, of The Butler and Precious fame, has cited as an inspiration) with toe-tapping music. And judging by the first trailer, which you can check out below, the series has been wholly successful in that endeavor.
Howard toplines as Lucious Lyon, the head of a hip-hop empire who rose up from a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Javier Bardem seems to love playing villains. A couple of his best villainous roles include Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men and Silva in Skyfall. Now according to The Wrap, the actor is in talks to play the villain in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, which might be titled Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Christoph Waltz was previously rumored to be up for the role of Captain Brand, but the latest report claims that Bardem currently holds the offer and is in discussions. If cast, the actor would join Johnny Depp. It was also recently revealed that Orlando Bloom would reprise his role if the studio offered it to him. He did say that there have been some discussions.
- Joey Paur
Cannes– ‘Call My Agent!,” the comedy mini-series marking French helmer Cedric Klapisch’s smallscreen debut, has attracted a top-notched cast of Gallic talent.
Cecile de France (“Hereafter,” pictured above), Nathalie Baye (“Catch Me If You Can”), Audrey Fleurot (“The Intouchables”), have joined the cast of show, which is being shopped by TF1 International at Mipcom. Cast also boasts Joey Starr (“Polisse”), Laura Smet (“Eden”), François Berléand (“Transporter, The Series”) and Julie Gayet (“Profilage”).
The show centers around a tight-knit and dysfunctional team of Parisian talent agents who battle to get contracts for important clients, while juggling their personal lives.
Penned by Klapisch, Lola Doillon and Antoine Garceau, “Call My Agent!” will go into production in November and has been commissioned by pubcaster France Televisions. It’s produced by Mon Voisin Production and Mother Production. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Showcase #4 October 1956
Nicknames and Aliases
The Scarlet Speedster, Fastest Man Alive.
Powers and Abilities
Super-speed, including the ability to run up walls and over water, to create powerful updrafts of air by running in a circle, and to vibrate his molecules at such a speed as to pass through solid matter and the walls separating different realities. And yes, he’s faster than Superman.
Weaknesses and Achilles’ Heels
Gadgets and Accessories
The Cosmic Treadmill allows Flash to travel through time and into other dimensions; his entire costume can be compressed to fit inside his ring for storage.
Friends and Allies
Iris Allen West, his wife; Kid Flash (Wally West), his nephew and sidekick; Bart Allen (Impulse/Kid Flash), his grandson; Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), his best friend; Jay Garrick (the first Flash/Flash of of Earth-2); the Justice League of America; the Justice Society of America. »
- Austin Gorton
With Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are teaming up again for an untitled spy thriller based on the true story of attorney James Donovan, who was tasked by the CIA with negotiating with the Russian government for the release of a captured U-2 pilot during the height of the Cold War. Working from a script by the Coen Brothers (they have my money all ready) and Matt Charman, principal photography on the movie has begun in New York, with the production also taking in Berlin. Joining Hanks in the supporting cast are Alan Alda (who will forever be known for his fantastic turn in M*A*S*H), Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl), and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone). With a release date (in the U.S. at least) set for October 16th 2015, we should start getting more »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Why don't we talk about Steven Spielberg's "Munich" more? Flipping his sentimentalist reputation the bird, the docudramatized look inside Mossad's covert retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization is unmercifully tense and morally complicated to the point of inducing anxiety attacks. "Munich" is weaponized blockbuster filmmaking — and it sounds like Spielberg's antsy to return to the style. Perhaps praise for the 2006 Best Picture-nominee will resurface next October, when Spielberg adds another notch to his thriller belt with a Cold War drama starring "Catch Me If You Can" star Tom Hanks. Dreamworks and Walt Disney Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the currently untitled film, which costars Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda. Shooting around New York and Berlin, the film tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney thrust into Cold War chaos when the CIA recruits him for a "near-impossible mission to negotiate the »
- Matt Patches
DreamWorks and Disney have announced that principal photography has commenced on Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks. As we previously reported, the film tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The film will also star Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda, and will shoot on location in New York and Berlin. Following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, this will mark Spielberg's fourth film collaboration with Hanks, and hopefully it will be a fruitful one, especially since they're working from a script by the Coen Brothers. Hanks and Spielberg's most recent collaboration was as executive producers on HBO's miniseries The Pacific. Hit the jump for the press release. »
- Matt Goldberg
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will begin production in Queensland, Australia in February 2015.
The sequel will be the biggest international film to ever shoot in the country after the government signed a "landmark deal" with Disney.
The fifth instalment in the franchise will once again star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The script is written by Catch Me If You Can's Jeff Nathanson.
Pre-production on Dead Men Tell No Tales will begin this month, with principal photography scheduled for February.
Australia's Attorney General and Minister for the Arts, George Brandis, said: "The Australian government is delighted to have secured the high profile fifth instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to film in Australia with a contribution of A$21.6 million ($18.8m/£11.7m)."
Walt Disney Studios' Senior VP of Physical Production, Phillip Steuer, said that the "incredibly »
“Musicians try to be close to composers like Mahler, Shostakovich. But in this opportunity, we have the chance to be so close to this one, that is, John Williams,” Dudamel told the audience. “I remember going to the cinema to listen to music,” Dudamel recalled. “To see the movie, of course! But as a musician you try to focus on how the music does the magic to the movie.” Addressing Williams, who was seen cheering and applauding throughout the program, he continued, “We are here tonight to pay homage to your genius and to your heart, because you are one of the best composers in our time. But the most important thing, you are a great human.”
The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets accompanied the »
- Shalini Dore
The folks over at /Film have discovered an interesting new piece of the Indiana Jones 5 puzzle, that points back to cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who’s worked with Steven Spielberg on a handful of films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Schindler’s List, War of the Worlds, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan among others.
Variety first posted an article titled Top Cinematographers Offer Online Course on Filmmaking, that concluded this little nugget of info about Kaminski…
“Since then, Kaminski has made more than a dozen films with Steven Spielberg, earning two Oscars along the way. His credits include Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and The Diving Bell & the Butterfly. His next project is the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie.”
While a paragraph from an article completely unrelated to the news item itself isn’t exactly the most credible of sources, »
- James Garcia
Graceland follows the “merry band of misfits” from the FBI, DEA, and Ice living together in the titular beachside mansion seized by the Government from an incarcerated drug lord. Broadway’s Aaron Tveit, famous on the Great White Way for headlining Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can, stars as Mike Warren, a fresh agent right out of Quantico. With top scores, bested only by his new training officer and de facto King of Graceland, Paul Briggs (Rescue Me’s Daniel Sunjata), Warren scurries to prove himself as an undercover operative worthy of his housemates’ respect.
- Kyle North
The super finale of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa opened with judge Karan welcoming the four finalists on the show. Judge Karan kicked of the show with a performance to ‘Jail House Rock’ from We Are Family. Mouni Roy performed to ‘Radha’ from Student of the Year. Ashish Sharma performed to ‘Iski Uski’ from 2 States, Shakti performed to ‘Drama Queen’ and Karan Tacker performed on ‘Saturday Saturday’. This opening act ended with a surprise entry from Varun Dhawan.
Hosts Ranvir and Manish then welcomed comedian Bharti on stage. Bharti entered with a performance on ‘Pink Lips’ from Hate Story 2. Bharti’s usual antics totally lit up the Jhalak stage once again. She called all the female participants of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on stage and they all had a selfie together!
- Jem Raj
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The movie is expected to be titled “Dead Men Tell No Tales” and Johnny Depp will again return as the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow. However, it sounds as if he may not be the only original cast member we’ll see in the fifth instalment of the franchise as Orlando Bloom has revealed that he too may be back.
“There have certainly been some discussions about it and I’m open to it,” The Hobbit star revealed when asked about a possible return at the Oz Comic Con earlier this week. “That whole experience working with Johnny (Depp) and (director) Gore (Verbinski) was really amazing for me.”
The last time we saw Bloom’s Will Turner in a »
- Josh Wilding
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Australia's federal government has offered A$ 21.6 million (Us$20.2m) to attract Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to shoot in the country.
According to Variety, Australian federal arts minister George Brandis agreed the deal after significant negotiations with Disney.
Funding had previously been agreed for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea but funding will be re-allocated to Pirates due to Leagues being abandoned.
Brandis said of the deal: "The government is pleased to agree to Disney's request to enable earlier funding to be repurposed for the production of Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Any decision to film productions in Australia is a commercial matter for Disney."
Disney could receive further funding from Australian state governments if it chooses to film in the country, with Queensland having already "done all that it can". It is also believed to be considering other locations such as Mexico.
Production would begin in »
Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. To kick things off again, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Spielberg as director.
No director is as well known, nor has had as much success in Hollywood as Steven Spielberg. He invented a style of filmmaking that audiences ate up in the 1980’s, single-handedly invented the modern blockbuster, and was influential in helping George Lucas make Star Wars. From a young age, Spielberg was fascinated by theater and film. In his teens, he used an 8mm camera to film movies with his friends. Later, he became an intern at Universal Studios, and the rest is history.
Spielberg’s career started small. First he directed segments of TV shows, and then later entire episodes. His success convinced the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Toronto International Film Festival is well known for exhibiting a huge variety of material in its lineup. Every genre has been covered many times over throughout the years, from horror to comedy to drama to everything in between.
Every year, there are always some enticing “based on a true story” films that make their way to the city. In past years, 12 Years a Slave, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Philomena have been some of the more critically-acclaimed entries that were based on true stories. This year brings plenty more, with films like Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything being high-profile films that have already generated a considerable amount of Oscar buzz.
In this quiz, we take a look at some of our favourite films that were based on a true story (however loosely). Everything from recent Academy Award winners Argo and Lincoln to literary adaptations »
- Amanda Wood
From playing a live-action Disney princess to a sexy, tough-as-nails con-artist, here are some of Amy Adams' best films.
Today, acclaimed actress Amy Adams turns 40, and in celebration of her incredible and critically praised career, we take this opportunity to look at some of her most beloved films.
Adams has been nominated for five Oscars, and has played everything from a live-action Disney princess to a sexy, tough-as-nails con-artist. Here are her seven best-reviewed films, according to their Rotten Tomatoes score.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
The film follows Madeleine, an art dealer, whose very presence throws the lives of her middle-class, North Carolina in-laws into chaos. Amy Adams plays a childlike and naive pregnant girl who is amazed by her sister-in-law's seemingly glamorous life. This was really Adams' breakthrough performance and the first film to snag her an Oscar nomination.
6. The Fighter
Rt Score: 91%
Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine. Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon. For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Lasse Hallström. He talked about how he got involved in The Hundred-Foot Journey, film versus digital, his shooting style, the first cut, deleted scenes, turning down Catch Me If You Can, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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