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Let your voice be heard - take our BBC survey here
The future of the BBC is in the balance following the publication of the government's green paper on the future of the corporation.
The BBC has responded and called for the public to have their say.
On the Beeb's side are the the likes of Graham Norton, who claimed that "people would s**t themselves" if the BBC was switched off.
But not all celebrities are backing Auntie. Mark Millar has put his head above the parapet - not knocking the output of the broadcaster but taking issue with it being »
My initial response to 2011's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was to marvel at the stunt work and spectacle, but I felt a bit letdown by the villain and what seemed like a script overly reliant on silliness. Since then, however, I've come to enjoy Ghost Protocol more and more, but as an unabashed fan of not only the Mission franchise (yes, including Mission: Impossible II), but its star, Tom Cruise, perhaps that clouds my vision. I don't know. Either way, I have no such initial qualms when it comes to the franchise's fifth installment, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Kicking off with one of three massive stunt pieces, Rogue Nation includes a villain with shades of Bond's Blofeld (though consider that only a mild comparison, not an outright apples-to-apples), just the right touch of comedy and the impressively awesome addition of Rebecca Ferguson. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing »
- Brad Brevet
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, "Why Venezia 72"? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
Trevor Rabin had no idea that, on Nov. 4, 2008, he was about to be immortalized.
Barack Obama had just been elected president of the United States, and as he finished his acceptance speech, the music that began to play was Rabin’s inspirational theme from the football movie “Remember the Titans.”
For a white South African whose family fought against apartheid when it was not just unfashionable but downright dangerous, this prominent showcase of his music — written for a movie about black and white high-school players learning to get along and win the season — was especially meaningful.
“I was happy I was on the winning ticket,” Rabin says with a laugh.
Yet that’s just one moment in a long, strange trip that began in Johannesburg and ended in Hollywood, where Rabin is now an in-demand film composer with no fewer than 13 Jerry Bruckheimer movies under his belt (including “Titans,” “Armageddon »
- Jon Burlingame
“He can do just about anything,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer says of composer Trevor Rabin. “That’s what you want: a composer who’s creative, who understands the musical rhythm and language of scenes, how to bring out the emotion that the director and actors were striving for.”
It was Bruckheimer who discovered Rabin’s facility with sports movies. “He can write those great anthems, those triumphant melodies that every athlete would love to hear as he’s making the last basket or the last goal or the last touchdown. It’s something that’s innate in his talent.”
Bruckheimer is not the only filmmaker to sing Rabin’s praises. Jon Turteltaub, who directed the “National Treasure” films, laughs about their initial musical encounter: “He played us a bunch of music with scenes. I so despised the instrumentation he used, I looked at him and said, ‘This sounds like European porn! »
- Jon Burlingame
If Shadowhunters and Stitchers aren’t exactly your cup of tea, perhaps ABC Family’s newest pilot will make you Stay with the network.
The cabler has greenlit Stay, a one-hour drama about a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who, after getting stranded at a foreboding hotel, must unravel the building’s mysteries to escape.
RelatedDawson’s Creek, Buffy Reruns Coming to ABC Family This Summer
ABC Family previously announced pilot orders for Gorgeous Morons (about two handsome, »
ABC Family has greenlit a pilot for original drama series “Stay,” the cabler announced Thursday.
The thriller revolves around a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel and must unravel its mysteries to escape.
“‘Stay’ is an emotionally-powerful story about a fractured family who comes back together under the most unexpected of circumstances,” said Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development of ABC Family. “‘Stay’ is a haunting and surprising ride that we are excited to bring to life.”
The one-hour project is written and exec produced by Spenser Cohen, who is new to the scripted arena, and created E!’s unscripted docu-special “Macklemore’s Big Surprise.” Jon Turteltaub (“National Treasure,” “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) will direct the pilot and also serve as an exec producer, along with Anna Halberg (“Macklemore’s Big Surprise”).
“Stay” joins ABC Family’s original slate of »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
ABC Family has picked up Stay, a thriller drama pilot directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure). It is the third pilot ordered in the past two months by ABC Family as the network is looking to double its original programming over the next four years, joining comedy Gorgeous Morons and supernatural drama Beyond. Described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, Stay centers on a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel… »
Now this is why we call her Diane do-no-wrong. Every time Diane Kruger makes an appearance, two things are guaranteed: Her outfit will be flawless, and the sartorial crowd will be left in awe of her superhuman style. And as per usual, the 38-year-old actress stepped out in New York City yesterday in a polished ensemble good enough to make even Anna Wintour go weak in the knees. But this time, her haute couture style didn't exactly have a high end price tag. On the arm of longtime love Joshua Jackson, Diane styled a breezy blouse and culottes set with a refined checkered print from Forever 21. But wait, it gets better: The set rings in at $45 total. Feel free to squeal! The National Treasure star »
A British mercenary’s rocky road to redemption (and romance) leads him into the very heart of the American Revolution in director Chad Burns’ “Beyond the Mask,” a mostly stiff, infrequently stirring attempt to furnish a swashbuckling historical yarn for Christian audiences. The mixed result feels like a half-glass affair all around: Production values are well above the faith-based-indie average, if still somewhat deficient in texture and atmosphere; and the script is preachy in ways that will be wholly acceptable to its target audience (and perhaps even a few non-believers who stumble in by accident), yet still so simplistically and creakily plotted that dramatic excitement and character complexity remain firmly at bay. Rolling out in more than 100 theaters after profitable four-wall and VOD exposure, this Kickstarter-funded, $4 million-budget effort should benefit from its unusually ambitious action-adventure approach, but seems unlikely to match the grassroots success of Freestyle’s 2014 hit “God’s Not Dead. »
- Justin Chang
Back in October 2014 it was revealed that Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs) was developing a TV reboot of the popular Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy Rush Hour. It was then announced in January that CBS had picked up pilot and now we’ve finally got our first look at the new double act in action.
Check out the images and official synopsis below:
Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick Lapd detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together.
Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s »
- Gavin Logan
Nicolas Cage has a formidable reputation, which is unsurprising given that he has been performing onscreen since 1981, but that was long before the internet got hold of him and his work. Now, in the fourth decade of a distinguished career, the Academy Award winner and his back catalogue are the inspiration for a range of ‘memes’ based on everything from his hair, to his tendency to deliver performances that seem to be somewhat off-the-wall.
He may not have enjoyed much box office success in recent years, but Nicolas Cage has a very devoted fan base that have a particular appreciation for projects and scenes in which he has a chance to go ‘Full Cage.’ This usually involves making some scary faces – often with wide eyes and a ghoulish grin – shouting very loudly, and gesticulating wildly. There may be screaming involved, and another person is very often the focus of his menace. »
- Sarah Myles
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jennifer Lopez plays a sexy high school teacher whose fling with a teenager turns into a dark obsession in this so-bad-it's-good thriller. The Blu-ray and DVD combo pack includes the bonus features "The Making of The Boy Next Door," feature commentary from director Rob Cohen, and deleted scenes. Here's an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray release, with Lopez talking about how much she loves psychological thrillers:
Jimmy (Kevin Hart) is paid to be the best man at weddings for awkward loners. One of those loners, Doug (Josh Gad), hires Jimmy for his wedding, and so begins an elaborate charade and a hilarious bromantic comedy. The Blu-ray includes outtakes, deleted scenes, music video, improvised lines, and some scene commentary. »
- Gina Carbone
Former Disney chairman Dick Cook is launching Dick Cook Studios with a $150 million investment from Citic Guoan Group Co. Ltd., a division of the state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic Group.
Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Citic is China’s largest conglomerate. It had assets under management of Us$967 billion (Hk$5,948 billion) at the end of 2014, and equity attributable to ordinary shareholders of Us$68 billion (Hk$418 billion).
“I am thrilled to formally announce the launch of Dick Cook Studios,” Cook said. “Our mission will always be to provide the very best in family entertainment inclusive of all generations, which inspires, engages, excites and always contributes positively not only to our communities but to the world at large. We will have many more announcements in the coming weeks and months as our long standing plans come together.”
Cook was chairman of the Walt Disney Studios from 2002 to 2009. The announcement noted that during his tenure, »
- Dave McNary and Patrick Frater
In the late 1890s, Frederick Hill Meserve, the son of a Union solider, started collecting photographs from the Civil War. Collecting images — particularly those of President Lincoln — became something of an obsession, and he eventually acquired the largest single collection of Lincoln images. Meserve’s collection was used as the basis for the penny, the portrait on the $5 bill, the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Rushmore. The collection is vast — over 70,000 items — and became a family project for five generations. As if this didn’t sound more amazing than the plot of National Treasure, it gets better: Dorothy Meserve […] »
- Michael Murie
By Doug Oswald
Nicolas Cage is a workhorse and may be one of the busiest actors today. In an era where big name actors might release a single movie per year, Cage typically comes out with three, four or even five. At any given time he may have over a half dozen movies in various stages of production. Cage is a good actor, often a very good actor, and has made some very entertaining movies that stand up to repeat viewings. I enjoy much of what he does from the over-the-top supernatural action-horror movies “Ghost Rider” and “Drive Angry,” to the adventure-mystery “National Treasure” franchise and his voice work for about a half-dozen animated movies. His list of credits and genres is vast and, if his movie output is any indication, he’s a very busy guy. This can be a good thing for Cage fans, but may result in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
From Beautician and the Beast to National Treasure and everything in between, Netflix has a little something for everyone lined up for their subscribers in April. That includes the arrival Marvel's anticipated small screen take on Daredevil, the final season of Sons of Anarchy and Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Here's what Netflix has set to join their streaming lineup in April. (Dates and titles are subject to change.) Week of April 1 The Beautician and the Beast - April 1 Life Partners - April 2 All Hail King Julien (Season 1, 5 new eps) - April 3 Derek (Special) - April 3 Starry Eyes - April 3 The Quiet Ones - April 3 Delta Farce - April 4 Week of April 5 Wilfred (Season 4) - April 7 Crank - April 9 Halt and Catch Fire (Season 1) - April 8 Pioneer - April 9 Marvel's Daredevil - April 10 October 1 - April 10 Finding Mercy - April 10 Confusion Na Wa - April 10 Onye Ozi - April 10 Week of »
What’s joining Netflix in the month of April? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a full list of original programming -- finally, Daredevil is premiering! -- movies, and your favorite TV shows streaming starting April 1.
All Hail King Julien, Season 1 (4/3/15)
Derek, Special (4/3/15)
Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 1 (4/10/15)
Chris De’Elia: Incorrigible (4/17/15)
And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen...
What's new on Netflix in April 2015? The eagerly anticipated original "Marvel's Daredevil," with Charlie Cox as the blind superhero, which debuts April 10, for one. Also new: Acclaimed horror films, including the Iranian vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" and the Aussie chiller "The Babadook;" a quartet of Nigerian films; and new seasons of "Wilfred," "Halt and Catch Fire," and "Sons of Anarchy."
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in April 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in April 2015, in case you were wondering.
Available April 1
"And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen..." (2002)
"The Beautician and the Beast" (1997)
"Buffalo Soldiers" (2001)
"Down to Earth" (2001)
"Leprechaun 3 "(1995)
"Leprechaun 4: In Space" (1997)
"Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood" (2003)
"Suicide Kings" (1997)
"Sunset Strip" (2000)
- Sharon Knolle
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