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The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
Idris Elba is in talks to join the cast of Warner Bros' "King Arthur," playing a Merlin-like character who trains and mentors Arthur. An actor has yet to be cast for the title role. Guy Ritchie is attached to direct the movie, from a script penned by Joby Harold, with Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell producing. This King Arthur story follow a long line of King Arthur movies over the years, including one directed by our man Antoine Fuqua, in 2004, which starred Clive Owen as the title character. In Arthurian legend, Merlin, in short, is King Arthur's adviser, a prophet, bard and a magician. Catch the busy Monsieur Elba next, playing a bad guy, in the Will »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Here we have our first bit of casting news for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur movie, which will be officially titled Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. The Wrap report that Cbm fave Idris Elba is in negotiations to play the role of a Knight named Bedivere, "Arthur's father's right-hand man who takes it upon himself to train the young warrior for battle as he learns his true destiny." It was rumored that WB were looking at Ritchie to bring a six-film take on the classic tale to the screen, but if that is the case there's no mention of it here. There have been various movies, comics and tv shows based around Arthurian legend over the years, including the underrated Camelot and the mediocre Disney produced flick with Clive Owen in the title role. The most successful take was arguably John Boorman's Excalibur back in 1981. Akiva Goldsman and »
Sources say that Elba would play a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.
Plot details are under wraps with the film set to bow on July 22, 2016.
Warners had always planned to go out with a straight offer for Elba’s role, but for the part of Arthur, the plan is to begin putting out test offers next week to actors who would test the first week of August.
Ritchie has been meeting with actors over the past few months, and sources say some of the thesps had expected to receive those offers soon, though their identities are still unknown.
- Justin Kroll
Though the second installment of Summit Entertainment’s Divergent series, titled Insurgent, is still shooting in Atlanta and isn’t due to hit theaters until next March, producers are already kicking threequel Allegiant – Part 1 into gear by recruiting Noah Oppenheim to script the entry, which will serve as the franchise’s penultimate installment.
It’s not too surprising that Summit is being aggressive with Allegiant – Part 1, which handles roughly half of Veronica Roth’s trilogy capper, considering that the dystopian action/adventure is due to open in 2016, just one year after Insurgent. What is a little odd is that scribe Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale), who re-wrote Brian Duffield’s original script for the second installment, hasn’t been asked back, at least not yet. Perhaps producers feel that the franchise could use a fresh new voice, or maybe Goldsman just doesn’t have the time. He’s already plenty busy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director Antoine Fuqua is known for delivering on his violent action movies, whether they be with swords in King Arthur, the military elite in Tears of the Sun or the Secret Service in Olympus Has Fallen. The one that earned him the most recognition however is 2001′s Training Day which scored a pair of Oscar nominations for its two leads and a win for Denzel Washington.
This September, we finally get to see the product of Fuqua and Washington working together again in The Equalizer, a “hard R” action movie based on the ’80s TV show of the same name where Robert McCall, an ex-cia operative hidden away in self-retirement is forced back in, using his special ops training to do right by ...
- Rob Keyes
It's a sad day for fans of HBO fantasy favorite "Game of Thrones." The fourth season has come to a close and it feels as though Sunday nights just won't be the same for a while. Sure, the series has been renewed for fifth and sixth seasons (yay!), but if we look at the pattern of its past premieres, we probably won't be seeing more until Spring of 2015 (boo.)
Don't fret. Here are some similar shows to try out while you're eagerly waiting the return of "Thrones":
This CW show chronicles Mary, Queen of Scots and her rise to power. There's royalty, sexual intrigue, and history. Bonus! There are only 22 episodes to catch up on...
Find out where to watch "Reign" now.
2. 'Once Upon a Time'
ABC's fairy tale fantasy extravaganza is filled with the stories of everyone's favorite storybook royalty, heroes, and villains. Watch how they came »
- Alana Altmann
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »
- Drew McWeeny
Where to start with Penny Rose? Pirates of the Caribbean? Evita? King Arthur? Most recently of course 47 Ronin (directed by Carl Rinsch). You do not hire Penny Rose for something small. This is not to say she won’t work on independent and low budget projects, just that her CV is becoming increasingly packed with huge scale period and/or fantasy studio movies – basically the kind of pictures that would make most costume designers weep. Multiples, armour, uniforms, plus Ms. Rose practically always builds from scratch. Not a fan of ‘shopping’ or even slightly interested in fashion, Penny Rose is old-school hands on, no-nonsense and no fear.
Nonetheless, there is a certain sense of irony in Ms. Rose’s position on contemporary fashion, being as she started her sartorial career working for Elio Fiorucci in Italy, although by her own admission this is mainly because she spoke fluent Italian. On »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Antoine Fuqua is one busy guy. After a lull in films after the lackluster Tears Of The Sun and King Arthur, Fuqua came back strong with Olympus Has Fallen and this year's The Equalizer. With The Equalizer already being prepped for a sequel and Fuqua linked to a Magnificent Seven remake, Deadline is also linking the filmmaker to the drug thriller Narco Sub. Previously set as a vehicle for the late Tony Scott, rumors has Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman in talks to helm the movie. With »
- Alex Maidy
The Hollywood film funding arm of Village Roadshow is negotiating a co-funding deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Sony alliance will involve Vrp taking a stake of 25%-50% in an unspecified number of films, according to Variety which broke the story.
The first four films covered by the pact are Antoine Fuqua.s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz and Melissa Leo; Will Gluck.s Annie remake featuring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Cameron Diaz; Louis Leterrier.s spy comedy Grimsby starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong; and Goosebumps, Rob Letterman.s adaptation of the R.L. Stine novel, with Jack Black and Amy Ryan.
It is not surprising that Vrp looked. for an additional partner in »
- Don Groves
Guy Ritchie has signed on for a new take on the Arthurian legend, with Variety revealing that the Sherlock Holmes director will link up with Warner Bros. once again for King Arthur, which is set for release on July 22nd, 2016.
King Arthur has been written by Joby Harold (Awake), who will also produce alongside Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell. No plot details have been released, although it has been rumoured previously that WB was looking at the property as a potential franchise, stretching as far a six films.
- Gary Collinson
According to Variety, Warner Bros.’ King Arthur is set to hit theaters on July 22, 2016. Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, Swept Away) will direct, with Joby Harold (Awake, Edge Of Tomorrow) on script duty. It was rumored that WB were looking at Ritchie to bring a six-film take on the classic tale to the screen, but Variety make no mention of that in their report. There have been various movies, comics and tv shows based around Arthurian legend over the years, including the underrated Camelot and the mediocre Disney produced flick with Clive Owen in the title role. The most successful take was arguably John Boorman's Excalibur back in 1981. Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell will produce, no cast is in place yet. »
As reported back in January, Warner Bros. have finally hit on an idea for King Arthur that they like. Word that Guy Ritchie has returned to the project, having left it once before, is this morning thoroughly borne out by the fact that his King Arthur now has a release date. Warners have nabbed the otherwise unoccupied tentpole summer slot of July 22, 2016, proving by divine providence (or at least studio edict) that Guy Ritchie is to carry Excalibur.Back in 2010 when he was working on it before, Ritchie's thrust was thought to be very much based on Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, the 15th Century text that assembled most of the popular tales of Arthur (the Knights of the Round Table, the Holy Grail, Merlin, Gareth, Lancelot and Guinevere, Arthur's battles with Rome, Tristan and Isolde and so on) into a single narrative. The implication was that, in contrast »
There has been recent speculation that WB will move its still-untitled Batman-Superman project back from May 6, 2016, to the July 22 date to avoid going up against Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America 3.” But domestic distribution topper Dan Fellman recently said that there were no plans to move.
Plot details are under wraps and no cast has been set.
- Dave McNary
I’m flying solo again for this installment of Panel Discussion, taking a look at one of my most-anticipated mini-series in years, Revolutionary War, as well as a couple of new Titan Comics releases – Batman: Arkham #2 and Arrow #3; as well as the independent Irish sci-fi comic Leap.
Revolutionary War is split into a number of different one-shot issues, which tell the over-arching story from a number of perspectives, building into one big-picture of the return of the Marvel UK villains Mys-Tech. Yes, I did say Marvel UK. For those that haven’t been following the announcements regarding this series, Revolutionary War brings back the classic UK-created characters from the 80s and 90s (a number of which were in Marvel’s superb mini-series, Captain Britain and Mi-13) and pits them against their long-time foes – all with a little help from Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Fans of »
- Phil Wheat
London, March 20: Jrr Tolkien's translation of Beowulf, alongside a commentary taken from his lecture notes made throughout the 1930s, will be published in May.
'Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary', which is believed to have inspired Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, is set to be published for the first time almost 90 years after its completion, the Independent reported.
The epic poem marks the first new work by Tolkien published since The Fall of Arthur, an unfinished poem about the legend of King Arthur, published last year. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Romeo & Juliet: the pop musical? That's the plan for the Boardwalk Entertainment Group, which is partnering with RCA Records to produce classic stories simultaneously as event TV series and staged musicals. In addition to Romeo & Juliet, which is being developed for Fox, Boardwalk is preparing contemporary musical versions based on Robin Hood, King Arthur and Jack the Ripper. Given the success of such small-screen musicals as Fox's long-running Glee and NBC's one-off The Sound of Music Live!, the CAA-repped company,
- Lacey Rose
As part of its 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera is now casting its production of “Spamalot.” The musical comedy is a parody for the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the film, it’s a parody of King Arthur (Arthurian Legend.) This is a paid gig, and all roles are being cast. Auditions will be held Feb. 16-17 in NYC. The show will run in Pittsburgh from July 29- Aug. 3. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Spamalot” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
Many of us thought that televised singing competitions had had their day, but the homecoming of The X Factor's leader may change all that
The X Factor has its leader back. On Friday, Simon Cowell announced that his American adventure was over and that he would be returning to the UK to save his beloved singing competition from ruin. It's just like the story of King Arthur, if King Arthur had granny teeth and enjoyed being rude to vulnerable people. Truly, this is wonderful news.
Because, as the past three years have ably proved, a Cowell-free X Factor isn't really The X Factor at all. It's been a directionless mess, especially under the claggy rule of Gary Barlow; a man with a wrongly assumed sense of natural authority, presumably because he got to stand in front of Jason Orange in the dinner queue once. But with Simon Cowell back onboard, »
- Stuart Heritage
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