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Just days after Warner Bros. Television began shopping a TV series based on the Rush Hour movies, the project has landed a pilot production commitment at CBS. This is the second Wbtv project CBS has picked up in the past few weeks, after the network issued a series commitment to Supergirl.
Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence is co-writing the pilot script with Blake McCormick, who serves as executive producer and showrunner on Cougar Town. The series will stick closely to the Rush Hour movie format, following a brash and outspoken Lapd cop who prefers to work alone being forced to team up with a straight-laced Hong Kong police officer. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan starred in Rush Hour and its subsequent sequels Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007). Warner Bros. is reportedly still interested in making the movie sequel Rush Hour 4, although there are no concrete plans in the works at this time. »
Bill Lawrence and Cougar Town executive producer/showrunner Blake McCormick are writing the pilot episode for this one-hour action-comedy series, which is expected to stick close to the original 1998 movie that starred Chris Tucker as an outspoken L.A.P.D. cop who partners with a Hong Kong inspector (Jackie Chan) to solve a kidnapping.
Brett Ratner will serve as an executive producer of the TV series alongside Arthur M. Sarkissian. It isn't clear if the producers and Warner Bros. Television are aiming for a network or cable TV home for this project, once the script is complete.
Rush Hour was one of the biggest surprise hits at the box office in 1998, pulling in $141 million domestically and over $244 million worldwide, spawning the 2001 sequel Rush Hour 2 ($226 million domestic, »
Downton Abbey returned to more than 8 million viewers on ITV last night (September 21), according to overnight figures.
The series five premiere of the period drama earned 8.11m (36.6%) from 9pm, with a further 320k (2.1%) tuning in on +1.
Elsewhere, Sunday Night at the Palladium drew 3.39m (17.1%) from 7pm, and The X Factor continued with 8.33m (35.2%) with 363k (1.6%) on +1.
On BBC Two, This World was watched by 964k (4.2%) from 9pm.
On the multichannels, The Xtra Factor won 625k (2.7%) from 9pm on ITV2. »
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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It looks like the Michael Bay produced reboot certainly had Turtle Power as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles knocked Guardians of the Galaxy off the number one spot at the box office, despite lacklustre reviews (read our ★★ review here).
As reported yesterday, the movie has taken in an impressive $65 million domestically, making it the fourth largest August opening behind The Bourne Ultimatum, Rush Hour 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy. Along with the extra $28.7 million around the globe, the movie is just sitting under $100 million total in just a few days. A sequel has already been announced for 2016, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles won’t hit UK shores until October.
Earlier in the week, experts theorised that the Internet’s beloved Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn’t take the usual drop off hit as most Marvel movies do in their second week due to the positive word-of-mouth, but the James Gunn »
- Luke Owen
We reported on Wednesday the opening night for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles could mean that its success will de-throne Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, the weekend numbers are in (we’ll have the full report up tomorrow) and the Michael Bay produced live-action reboot has pulled in a huge $65 million domestic, not only knocking James Gunn’s space opera from the number one spot, but also leading to Paramount announcing a sequel.
Read our ★★ review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles here.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is set for release on June 3rd 2016 and will again be produced by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes. No word yet on whether Jonathan Liebsman will return to direct. It will open the same weekend as Paramount’s own Sausage Party and a week before X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.
- Luke Owen
North America loved the Turtles this weekend, as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo blasted to the top of the box office, with a hefty $65 million opening. That is the fourth largest August opening ever (behind Guardians of the Galaxy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Rush Hour 2) and even had a bigger audience than the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie did when that film broke records in March 1990. After a July filled with disappointing returns, it is a relief to see that this August is bringing in the crowds.
The Michael Bay-produced film looked like it had a steep hill to climb this weekend, with stiff competition from Guardians of the Galaxy, poor reviews, and a lack of riveting trailers or commercials. However, nostalgia and a lack of major options for families this summer helped the film swing to the top. The Turtles blasted off on Friday, raking in »
- Jordan Adler
Domestically, the film kicked up a sterling $65 million from 3,845 locations.
So cowabunga and cue the follow-up. Part two will land in theaters on June 3, 2016, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes returning again as a producer and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”) coming back as screenwriters.
The sequel announcement comes after the film managed to hold off “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Analysts expected the Marvel film to take a bigger chunk out of “Ninja Turtles'” profits given that both films were expected to appeal to younger males. The comicbook film still managed to bring in $41.5 million in its sophomore weekend, a 56% drop from its debut that pushed its Stateside haul to $175.9 million. That »
- Brent Lang
After months of buzz, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is finally making its theatrical debut this weekend, and box office prognosticators are predicting a big haul for the Marvel flick.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that "Guardians" is currently on pace to score a $65 million opening weekend total, though some industry analysts say that number could reach as high as $70 million. That would make it the highest-grossing August debut of all time, surpassing reigning champ "The Bourne Ultimatum," which bowed to $69.2 million back in 2007. Number two on the August debuts list is "Rush Hour 2," clocking in at $67.4 million in 2001.
The superhero flick is certainly gunning for the top spot, opening in 4,080 theaters -- the widest August release ever. It's also set to open in a number of international markets this weekend, positioning itself for a big take worldwide over the next few days.
Director James Gunn told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that "Guardians, »
- Katie Roberts
ITV drama Vera returned for its fourth series with high ratings on Sunday, according to overnight data.
The Brenda Blethyn series attracted 5.8 million (23.6%) at 8pm, with an added 455,000 (2.3%) on +1. This is up over a million from last year's opening ratings of 4.5m.
Earlier, Catchphrase puzzled 3.5m (18.5%) at 6.45pm (242k/1.1%), followed by Off Their Rockers with 3.5m (16.4%) at 7.30pm (298k/1.3%).
On BBC One, Countryfile was once again the most watched show with 6.7m (32.6%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 5.3m (22.8%) at 8pm.
The Crimson Field continued with 4.9m (20.7%) at 9pm, while Match of the Day 2 scored 2.8m (24.5%) at 10.35pm.
BBC Two's Natural World interested 1.1m (4.9%) at 8pm. Oscar-winning film The Artist appealed to 994k (4.6%) at 9pm.
On Channel 4, For the Love of Cars brought in 1.2m (5.0%) at 8pm (260k/1.1%), followed by the latest Fargo with 1.5m (6.3%) at 9pm (277k/1.8%).
Channel 5's broadcast of Rush Hour 2 gathered 1.1m »
Back in 2008, director Michel Gondry made the small-budget comedy Be Kind Rewind. In it, Mos Def and Jack Black have to team up to recreate a whole bunch of different movies by themselves after an accident causes all of the VHS tapes in the rental place where Mos Def works to get erased. They wind up remaking a large variety of movies, from Ghostbusters to Driving Ms. Daisy to Rush Hour 2, but perhaps the most memorable of the group was their take on Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop. Now we have a case of life imitating art, because various groups of filmmakers have come together to recreate their own micro-budget remake of RoboCop. Brought to our attention by Giant Freakin Robot, the crowd-sourced film was created by a mix of 50 amateur and professional filmmakers from Los Angeles and New York who agreed to split the 1987 action classic into parts to be remade. »
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