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J.K. Simmons Receives Big Honor from Palm Springs International Film Festival

18 November 2014 8:39 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

He has been Spidey's boss, a mean prisoner in "Oz," Juno's daddy, and lately, Farmer's Insurance spokesperson, but now, J.K. Simmons is going to be a Palm Springs International Film Festival awardee.

The actor is currently making waves for his brilliant performance in "Whiplash," just in time for the Academy Awards season. Simmons will be joining previously announced winners, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 18, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of »

- Manny

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The Shack Adaptation Lands Director Stuart Hazeldine

7 November 2014 12:13 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Finally, an adaptation of William P. Young’s inspirational Christian bestseller The Shack is picking up steam over at Lionsgate, now that the studio has set Stuart Hazeldine to sit behind the camera on the project.

Hazeldine doesn’t have too much directing experience, but he’s made his mark on the film industry by scripting multiple epics, from Gods and Kings (the Moses pic which Steven Spielberg was developing before Ridley Scott powered ahead with Exodus) to Irish war saga Gods and Men and Bernard Cromwell adaptation Agincourt (which has Michael Mann set to direct). Previously, Hazeldine also helmed the BAFTA-nominated indie Exam, which he also wrote, and the short film Christian, about Jesus Christ disguising himself as a 14-year old boy to visit a tough British high school.

On The Shack, Hazeldine will be working from a script by John Fusco (Hidalgo, Netflix’s Marco Polo, upcoming Crouching Tiger, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Netflix’s Marco Polo Trailer Teases Sex And Swordplay On A Grand Scale

29 October 2014 7:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Netflix’s aggressive advances into original programming have so far included star-studded political dramas (House of Cards), animated sitcoms (BoJack Horseman) and distinctive dramedies (Orange is the New Black), but this winter will see the arrival of what could be the streaming giant’s most ambitious venture yet - Marco Polo.

A big-budgeted historical epic on the scale of Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons or Showtime’s The Tudors, Marco Polo follows the famed explorer’s early years spent in the court of Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan. Lorenzo Richelmy stars as Polo in a cast that also includes Benedict Wong, Joan Chen and Chin Han.

Unquestionably, the $90 million series, created by John Fusco (Hidalgo), is Netflix’s riskiest bid to date. If it takes off with viewers in the same way that House of Cards and Orange is the New Black have, we could be looking at one of »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Worlds collide in teaser trailer for Netflix's Marco Polo series

29 October 2014 2:42 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Netflix has released a slightly Nsfw (there's a small amount of nudity) teaser trailer for Marco Polo, giving us a first look at the upcoming series. Created and written by Hidalgo and The Forbidden Kingdom scribe John Fusco, the series is about the Italian explorer's early years in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China. Kon-tiki's Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the pilot for the $90 million series, and it stars newcomer Lorenzo »

- Jesse Giroux

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel to Premiere on Netflix

30 September 2014 2:05 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

About two year ago, it was announced that a "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel was in the works. And now comes word that the film will not premiere in traditional theaters, but on Netflix. Netflix has just signed a deal with The Weinstein Company to bring the sequel, called "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" exclusively to its service on August 28th, 2015. There's also a plan to show the film in IMAX theaters. "Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty," said Netflix. "We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a brand that represents the highest quality of immersive entertainment, in the distribution of this film." Based on the fifth book »

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Surprise: 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' sequel to premiere exclusively on Netflix

29 September 2014 7:02 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

That "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel you've been waiting for is finally coming - to Netflix. In a landmark deal, the streaming service has just contracted with The Weinstein Company to bring belated followup "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" exclusively to Netflix, thereby bypassing a traditional theatrical release (though the film will simultaneously be available for viewing in IMAX theaters). A quasi-sequel to the 2000 martial-arts blockbuster, the film will be unleashed August 28, 2015 as the first major feature to debut exclusively on the on-demand platform. “Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy and amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Venice Film Review: ‘Far From Men’

30 August 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

which stars Viggo Mortensen as a colonial schoolteacher tasked with transporting an Arab farmer accused of killing his cousin to trial. While the film isn’t as tense as “3:10 to Yuma,” nor energetic enough to overcome its niche status, writer-director David Oelhoffen’s idea of approaching this potent two-hander as an Algeria-set horse opera proves as inspired as it is unexpected. By treating the story’s epic High Plateau vistas the way John Ford did Monument Valley, Oelhoffen amplifies the moral concerns facing characters living just beyond the reach of civilization and law.

Whereas some actors have yet to master their native tongue, in this touchingly humane performance, Mortensen convincingly adds French to the already impressive list of languages he can speak onscreen — a list that includes English, Elvish (“The Lord of the Rings”), Danish (“Jauja”), Spanish (“Alatriste”) and Lakota (“Hidalgo”), for those keeping track. Coming from anyone else, »

- Peter Debruge

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Comic-Con 2014 - Friday Schedule Announced

11 July 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

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Are you ready for San Diego Comic-Con?! The event is closing in on us really fast, and it's going to be so great to be in San Diego among hundreds of thousands of other like-minded geeky individuals. Every year I attend Comic-Con it's like coming home. It's my most anticipated event of the year. Comic-Con International has released the full event and panel schedule for Friday, July 25th that you can see in its entirety here. But I've provided a few of the most notable panels that will be taking place that day below. It's a big day for TV as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels will both be held in Hall H.

Marvel: Spider-Verse - It's the most epic Spider-Man event of all time as every Spider-Man Ever come together to face a world-ending threat! Senior editor Nick LoweDan Slott (Amazing »

- Joey Paur

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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th

11 July 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Friday, July 25

10:00am - 11:00am - Cartoon Network: Uncle Grandpa & Clarence

Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »

- MovieWeb

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Star Wars Rebels Gets New Posters, Sdcc Information, and Villain Details

11 July 2014 7:12 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

While we have to wait another year before getting a new Star Wars movie, fans still have something to look forward to when Star Wars Rebels lands on televisions this Fall (as in just a few months).  As such, Disney/Lucasfilm are pushing the new animated series hard at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and have released a slew of information over the last couple days.  Come inside to see a new video introducing David Oyelowo as an Imperial villain, the full Sdcc Panel schedule for the show, and a swanky Rebels poster. 

While the wait for Star Wars: Episode VII seems insufferable (at least to some of us), we can take comfort in the knowledge that new Star Wars stories will be coming our way soon in the form of the Rebels TV series.  With the show set to debut in a few months, Disney is pushing their marketing »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Disney Announces Star Wars Plans for Comic-Con 2014

9 July 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced their official Star Wars plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2014! As always, there's a lot of great Star Wars stuff going on. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like anything is happening for Star Wars: Epsiode VII. The only thing that attendees can hope for is that they pull something huge out as a surprise during the Disney panel that will take place in Hall H. Even if they don't, there's still a ton of activities that will keep fans busy and happy. You can check out all of the details below:

Thursday, July 24The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6Bcf

The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall — but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con. »

- Joey Paur

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Star Wars schedule for San Diego Comic-Con announced, Star Wars Rebels poster released

9 July 2014 1:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you were hoping that Disney would showcase Star Wars: Episode VII at the San Diego Comic-Con International later this month then I’m afraid you’re out of luck, as Lucasfilm has revealed that J.J. Abrams’ hotly-anticipated sequel will be absent from Sdcc this year. However, there’s still plenty for Star Wars fans to sink their teeth into, with the official Star Wars website announcing the following schedule, as well as unveiling a brand new poster for the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels

Thursday, July 24

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6Bcf

The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall — but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con.

Lucasfilm’s special panel, The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels, »

- Gary Collinson

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'Star Wars Rebels' Reveals Comic-Con 2014 Plans and New Poster

8 July 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

LucasFilm and Disney has revealed their Star Wars Comic-Con 2014 line-up, and they are bringing their new Disney Xd animated adventure Star Wars Rebels to the annual San Diego convention center. Along with news of a panel for the upcoming TV series, Disney and LucaFilm also revealed a very cool Star Wars Rebels poster. Take a look, and then read on for full details.

Looking to experience the full power of the Force at San Diego Comic-Con? StarWars.com has you covered with a complete guide to Star Wars programming, including panels on Star Wars Rebels, Hasbro's action figures, and much more!

Thursday, July 24

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Room 6Bcf

The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, LucasFilm's highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall - but fans »

- MovieWeb

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Not Included in LucasFilm's Comic-Con 2014 Line-Up

8 July 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Comic-Con 2014 just a few weeks away, many fans thought San Diego would be the first place footage or full-costumed cast photos from Star Wars: Episode VII would debut, even though director J.J. Abrams is currently in the midst production. Sadly, today, Disney and LucasFilm confirmed their Comic-Con plans, which included a brief statement confirming that Star Wars: Episode VII will not be featured in any way at the con.

"With Star Wars: Episode VII creators deep in production in anticipation of the film's December 18, 2015, release, Lucasfilm will not be featuring the movie at Sdcc."

We can always hope for the element of surprise, which hasn't served fans well in the past. No previous Con or event has served to provide a first look at Star Wars: Episode VII just yet.

However, LucasFilm and Disney did reveal several other Comic-Con events for Star Wars fans to partake in during the annual San Diego convention, »

- MovieWeb

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Viggo Mortensen brings gravitas to The Two Faces of January trailer

18 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Viggo Mortensen inherits a role like a few actors do. Sometimes he'll go a little method (a la Daniel Day Lewis) but I have no complaints. Even the most run-of-the-mill flicks (Hidalgo) command some attention due to his acting prowess. The latest of his films, The Two Faces Of January, looks to feature a love triangle and some crime to link them all together. Check it out: This trailer also showcases the work of Oscar Isaac, who will now be forever known as one of the new cast »

- Sean Wist

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Cannes: Egyptian Star Amr Waked Joins ‘Marco Polo’ Cast (Exclusive)

20 May 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Lucy”) has joined the cast of “Marco Polo,” the TWC/Netflix TV series about the famed 13th Century explorer, currently shooting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Waked, who is Egypt’s biggest international star, will play a loyal advisor to Mongol King Kublai Khan, and therefore a highly influential figure.

Marco Polo” is set in China, amid a world “replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles,” according to the producers. Executive producer and creator of the nine-episode series is John Fusco (“Young Guns,” “Hidalgo”). The directors and executive producers are Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki,” “Max Manus: Man of War”). Young Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy plays the title role.

Netflix has said it will make the entire series available to subscribers, in all territories worldwide, sometime late in 2014.

Waked will be soon be seen by international »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Film Review: Near-Perfect ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Defies Common Sequel Disappointment

6 April 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If the original is anything to applaud, the sequel usually isn’t. And even more rarely is the sequel actually better.

While it’s aggressive to market “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as one of the “best superhero movies of all time” and more realistic to pitch it as “better than ‘The Avengers,’” it most certainly is 2014’s best action flick yet and it definitely defies common sequel disappointment.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

When I think back on “Captain America: The First Avenger” three years ago, I recall it being just fine. I snoozed through a bit of it, I was somewhat underwhelmed by a lot of it and I remember leaving thinking I just got more of the same Hollywood blockbuster formula.

I wasn’t surprised, blown away or boldly thrown off guard by twists and turns I couldn’t have expected. A scrawny nobody gets a high-tech government serum and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Forest Whitaker in Talks to Direct and Star in The Shack Adaptation for Summit

30 January 2014 1:37 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though Forest Whitaker may soon be incurring the wrath of Liam Neeson in Taken 3, the Oscar-winning actor is also lining up another directorial project for the near future.  Deadline reports that Whitaker is in talks to direct and co-star in an adaptation of the bestselling William Paul Young novel The Shack.  The self-published, faith-based book tells the story of a man who whose daughter was abducted and brutally murdered in an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness.  Years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him to return to the shack where he finds something that will change his life forever.  Summit Entertainment acquired the feature rights to the book last April and John Fusco (Hidalgo) is penning the script. Assuming this project moves forward sooner rather than later, this will be Whitaker’s first directorial effort since 2004’s First Daughter.  He also previously helmed 1998’s »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Weinstein Company to Produce a New Netflix Original Series Based on the Adventures of Marco Polo

15 January 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 -- The epic adventures of Marco Polo, a kinetic tale of high politics, masterful manipulation and deadly warfare among clashing empires, will premiere exclusively for Netflix members to watch instantly in all Netflix territories in late 2014. The famed explorer's journey takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China, a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles and comes from directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki, Max Manus: Man of War), executive producer and director Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) and executive producer and creator John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo). Produced by The Weinstein Company (TWC), the nine chapter »

- Pietro Filipponi

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TV News: Justified, Taxi-22, Marco, Bates

14 January 2014 5:19 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Justified

FX CEO John Landgraf has confirmed the drama series will close out next season. He says: "It was really Graham [Yost, executive producer] and Tim Olyphant’s decision. We talked about it a year ago and they felt that the arc of the show and what they had to say [fit better with six rather than seven seasons]. Regretfully, that’s their decision." [Source: Deadline]

Taxi-22

CBS has ordered to pilot the Tad Quill half-hour single-camera comedy "Taxi-22," based on the French Canadian hit of the same name.

The story centers on a misanthropic and politically incorrect NYC cab driver. The late James Gandolfini was previously attached as an executive producer. [Source: THR]

Fargo

FX Networks has announced that its limited series "Fargo" will premiere at 10pm on Tuesday, April 15th. [Source: FX]

Marco Polo

Netflix have announced a late 2014 premiere for the ten episode "Marco Polo" series they picked up last Summer after Starz let it go. The Weinstein Company and produced series will begin filming shortly at Pinewood Studios, »

- Garth Franklin

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