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ABC has officially ordered the Avengers spinoff Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its fall schedule. The show won’t actually feature too many characters from Avengers — with one rather notable exception. As Marvel godfather Joss Whedon announced many months ago, the show will feature the return of Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson. Of course, as we all know, Coulson appeared to die in The Avengers. And by “appeared to die” I mean “Yes, of course, they could have faked his death, but we saw blood running out of his mouth, and his death formed the emotional core of the film’s third act. »
- Darren Franich
by Shannon Hilson, MoreHorror.com
By now, I’ve really come to trust Showtime as a source for positively excellent shows because of how original they are and how wonderful the writing always is. This is even more the case when it comes to the shows they run that have been around a while and Dexter is without a doubt one of the best of those.
Sometimes I can’t believe that we’ve been faithful Dexter followers for seven years running… and not because of the way seven years can have a way of going by without a person even noticing. It’s because of the way this is still such a riveting, strong show after so long. Where so many shows start falling apart and missing the mark after this many seasons, Dexter has (so far) has consistently managed to deliver each and every time.
Season 7 opens where »
While we suspect that we’re not the only people who have always found that eating with our hands, getting drunk off cheap beer in goblets, and screaming bloody murder at total strangers to be the real draw of visiting a Medieval Times “tournament,” it seems like production companies Benderspink and Broken Road are counting on movie audiences to be far less rowdy and drunk when it comes to their newest endeavor. Deadline Hollywood reports that the two companies have paired up for a rights deal to craft a feature film around the glorified dinner show, one that they’re readying to shop around to various studies. Details on the planned film are hilariously scarce – we don’t know exactly what it will be about (is this thing going to be more Game of Thrones or A Kid in King Arthur’s Court?), who we are going to be cheering for (will there even be six knights »
- Kate Erbland
Throughout the year, Thn will look at 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the second Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD.
This week it’s a double hitter, starting with The Sword In The Stone.
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
1963/ 79 minutes
Budget: $12 million
Based on the novel by T.H. White, itself based loosely upon Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, The Sword In The Stone is not a strictly faithful adaptation of either version of Arthurian legend. However, it keeps to the basic outline of King Arthur’s formative years, and White’s conviction that people are for the most part basically good, »
- Rob Burch
Deanna Durbin: Highest-paid actress in the world [See previous post: "Deanna Durbin in the '40s: From Wholesome Musicals to Film Noir Sex Worker."] Despite several missteps in the handling of her career, David Shipman states that Deanna Durbin was Hollywood’s (and the world’s) highest-paid actress in both 1945 and 1947. In 1946, Durbin’s earnings of $323,477 trailed only Bette Davis’ $328,000 at Warner Bros. Those are impressive rankings (and wages), but ironically Durbin’s high earnings ultimately harmed her career. By the mid-’40s, her domestic box-office allure was beginning to fade, a situation surely worsened by World War II closing off most of Hollywood’s top international markets. As a result, Universal, since 1947 a new entity known as Universal-International, was unwilling to spend extra money in their star’s already costly vehicles. That’s a similar predicament to the one faced by silent-era superstar John Gilbert at MGM in the early ’30s: the studio had to pay Gilbert an exorbitant salary that made his movies much »
- Andre Soares
What had Et readers buzzing this week?
1. Michael Jordan marries Yvette Prieto
Michael Jordan married Yvette Prieto last weekend in Jupiter, Fl and Et has a look at the location said to have housed a thousand or so guests for the NBA star's wedding celebration!
In an aerial photo, courtesy of JeffRealty.com, we see Jordan's 40,000 sq. ft. wedding tent (5,000 sq. ft. larger than the former basketball player's 35,000 sq. ft. home) set on golfer Jack Nicklaus' driving range. It is reportedly the "largest wedding tent in history."
Jordan, 50, proposed to model Prieto over the Christmas holiday this past year. The wedding ceremony took place at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida -- the same church that provided the setting for Donald and Melania Trump's 2005 wedding.
This will be the athlete's second time at the altar, having previously wed Juanita Vanoy in 1989. The couple called it quits in 2006 after 18 years of marriage »
"There's an interview where he talks about meat and how the flavour is limited; blood is what actually makes it tasty. Once you chew the blood away, it's just tissue, it doesn't keep giving."
As soon as showrunner Bryan Fuller found out he was going to be bringing Hannibal Lecter to TV, he knew exactly who he wanted to talk to. Not author Thomas Harris or Anthony Hopkins, but José Andrés, a Spanish chef who trained with El Bulli's Ferran Adrià and popularised a similar strand of show-stopping molecular gastronomy on Us TV cooking shows. They met at a party, Fuller explained what he was working on, and Andrés immediately decided to jump on board.
"I asked him what can you eat on a human being," says Fuller, "and he said, 'Everything is edible. »
- Richard Vine
And the whole family lived happily ever after. It was a storybook 5th anniversary - and happy 2nd birthday treat for their twins - as Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon renewed their vows at the Happiest Place on Earth, California's Disneyland, on Tuesday night, Entertainment Tonight reports. "On our way to renew our vows," Carey Tweeted early in the evening. "I love you @Nick Cannon." All dressed up in matching prince and princess costumes, Carey and daughter Monroe were picked up in a horse-drawn Crystal Carriage from a Dream Suite inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, then taken to »
- Stephen M. Silverman
One of the strongest Us drama imports to hit these shores in a long while, Hannibal makes its UK debut courtesy of Sky Living early next week.
Digital Spy spoke to Hugh Dancy - who plays Lecter's friend, confidante and future nemesis Will Graham - about what to expect from the new horror series, the spectre of Anthony Hopkins and the path to Red Dragon...
How did you feel when you were first approached for Hannibal? Were you aware of the Lecter movies?
Global superstar Mariah Carey and her husband, actor/comedian Nick Cannon, exclusively invited Et's Nancy O'Dell to celebrate the renewal of their vows Tuesday on their 5th wedding anniversary at a lavish private ceremony at Disneyland. Mariah and Nick also celebrated the 2nd birthday of their twins, son Moroccan Scott and daughter Monroe, at a prince and princess-themed party, which took place in the park before their ceremony.
The couple shared details of their elaborate ceremony exclusively with Et. Carey slipped into a princess-inspired bridal gown for the event at the well-appointed Dream Suite, tucked away above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. From the suite, Mariah and Monroe were picked up in a horse-drawn Crystal Carriage that took them to Main Street, where they were greeted by Nick and Moroccan. They walked down the aisle as a family to Sleeping Beauty Castle, which served as the backdrop for the outdoor ceremony.
The twins sat »
George A. Romero’s lost action classic “Knightriders” has finally been restored and is available now on Blu-ray & DVD from Arrow Video. To celebrate, we’ve got 5 copies to give away on Blu-ray / DVD (Dual format).
Starring Ed Harris in his first-ever leading role, “Knightriders” depicts a troupe of travelling entertainers, trying to live their lives according to the ideals of King Arthur. Their medieval values prove increasingly difficult to uphold in Reagan’s America, where the outside world and its financial realities constantly encroach on their dreams.
Made immediately after his zombie classic “Dawn of the Dead”, Romero’s “Knightriders” is both clearly the work of the same director, as well as a marked change of tone. There’s still plenty of action, but rather than flesh eating maniacs, it’s medieval jousters riding modern-day motorcycles who get to have all the fun!
Click next for your chance to win. »
New Delhi, April 25: Ethnic wear doesn't have to be heavily embellished all the time. Beat the heat by wearing ethnic wear collections made of breathable fabrics.
The comfortable ensembles have hit the shelves thanks to Biba. The brand's Spring-Summer 2013 collection, made of cotton, is inspired by world heritage as well as nature.
You can go for a royal look by donning suit inspired by King Arthur. It has geometric motifs with regal carving. The prints are floral.
The silhouettes are varied. Depending on your taste, you cane either wear Anarkalis or crisp basic cuts.
If you like to combine various fabrics, you can. »
- Shiva Prakash
With UK cult and genre champions Arrow Video dropping their brand new and restored edition of George Romero's offbeat classic Knightriders on DVD and Blu-ray today, we've got a quick look at what fans can expect from this feature-laden package. Joust your way in here, squire!
From the Press Release:
Starring up-and-coming actor Ed Harris in his first ever leading role (Harris would go on to become a major Hollywood star, nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globes for his roles in Apollo 13 and The Truman Show), Knightriders depicts a troupe of traveling medieval entertainers, led by Harris, trying to live their lives according to the ideals of King Arthur – No easy feat in Reagan’s America, where the outside world and its financial realities constantly encroach on their dreams.
Instead of flesh and bone, the trusty steeds on which these Knights ride are made of steel and engine! »
Written and Directed by George A. Romero.
A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusional from their leader.
George A. Romero is a horror legend. Most well-known for popularising combie horrors, Romero also dealt with vampires, schitzophrenia and a crazy monkey. Amongst all his iconic horror films, he also branched out into a more action orientated piece with this oft forgotten entry into Romero’s CV.
Knightriders doesn’t star David Hasselhoff. Let’s get that clear right now! Now wipe those tears away and read on: A medieval re-enactment troupe which performs on motorbikes instead of horses gradually find their close knit group falling apart as their leader, »
- Flickering Myth
Following the commercial success of DC’s New 52 line-wide reboot of their titles, Marvel also relaunched their comics with Marvel Now! This is the first volume of the newly rebooted Iron Man series, Believe, written by Kieran Gillen and drawn by Greg Land and, like the New 52, Marvel Now! isn’t really a reboot. It’s also a pretty weak first volume considering Iron Man is one of their biggest characters.
The first issue opens with Maya Hansen on the run who sends off a message to Tony before dying – Extremis is on the loose. Extremis is a virus that “hacks” the human body, “reprograms” it and, depending on the code, the infected person can wind up with all sorts of superpowers, eg. superspeed, firebreathing, etc. Maya Hansen is the creator of the virus along with Aldrich Killian. Tony puts a stop to Extremis being sold on the black market »
- Noel Thorne
Blood On Satan's Claw
Aldous Huxley and Arthur Miller both realised that a witch hunt is a cracking way to explore metaphor, and while it's not to suggest that this modest 1971 horror is as classy and resonant as The Devils or The Crucible, at times it gets pretty close. Plus it also has an actual supernatural element, so everyone wins. In terms of mood, it's closer to that other grimly impressive curio (with a similarly marketable title) Witchfinder General than the usual, run-of-the-mill Brit-horror of the time.
Taking place in rural 17th century England, the story centres on a small village where a strange deformed skull is dug up in a field, casting a strange spell over the local children, some growing mysterious patches of fur on their bodies. A judge »
- Phelim O'Neill
The White House is destroyed, the President is captured, and only one man can save him. That man is John Patterson. Hang on, that's not right …
I was on an Antoine Fuqua set once, The Replacement Killers, to meet Chow Yun-Fat, a delightful man. Even then, in the late 90s, back when it looked as if Hong Kong cinema might yet save the American action movie, I knew in my bones that Antoine Fuqua (whom I didn't meet) surely wasn't the man to import Chow Yun-Fat or the Hong Kong action aesthetic to Hollywood. Well, a lot I know. John Woo has been to Hollywood and done his thing and long since gone home, and Fuqua continues, against logic or reason or merit, to thrive. The man who gave us Bait, Shooter and King Arthur – mongrel dogs one and all – is often associated with the Oscar that Denzel Washington won for Training Day but, »
- John Patterson
Guess who is up to his old, wicked, cannibalistic ways? Dr. Hannibal Lecter, that’s who. The renowned psychiatrist and connoisseur of flesh is back in Hannibal, a TV series that serves as an introduction to the character before he is exposed as a cold-blooded killer. Casino Royale’s Mads Mikkelsen stars as the charmingly lethal Lecter while King Arthur’s Hugh Dancy plays Will Graham, a troubled FBI profiler who has a working relationship with him. Executive producers Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls), Martha De Laurentiis (Hannibal, Red Dragon) and David Slade (Hard Candy), who also directed the pilot, were on hand at a recent Toronto press screening to discuss the Hannibal legacy and getting the project off the ground.
There seems to be a trend in the movie business of tackling material that has a built-in audience. Was that something that was taken into consideration when creating Hannibal? »
- Bryan Cairns
Filming has just started in Chicago (the greatest city in the world) on the sci-fi action adventure film Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley of The Descendants and Kate Winslet of A Kid in King Arthur’s Court.
We have the news release below:
Santa Monica, CA – April 8, 2013 – Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf) company, announced today that principal photography has commenced in Chicago on the highly anticipated feature film adaptation of Divergent, starring Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The studio also announced that Ray Stevenson and Mekhi Phifer will join a stellar young cast including Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. The futuristic action adventure, »
- Nick Allen
The show's authenticity is hotly debated – I used to dress up as a Viking so I've got an idea, but I also know it's not cut and dried
Between 1994 and 1998, my dad and I dressed up as Vikings on the weekends.
The interest was mostly driven by my dad, who worked days as a geologist but spent almost all his free time feeding his fascinating but time-consuming hobby in an effort to "get closer to history". He bent his own bows, brewed his own mead and sewed his own Viking shoes (you can see pictures here). As members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (Sca for short), we'd camp out with 2,000 other people in a Pennsylvania field, living out of a Viking-style tent that folded up as easily as a camp bed. Later, my dad joined the Longship Trading Company, an amateur group dedicated to sailing and maintaining modern-built Viking longships. »
- Erica Stratton
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