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When CW viewers tune into “My Last Days,” a three-part special airing this Wednesday through Friday, they will recognize the host of the program as “Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni. But Baldoni is also the creator of the docuseries, which showcases individuals coping with terminal illness.
Baldoni takes filmmaking seriously. In fact, he never intended to be in front of the camera at all.
“I never saw myself as an actor because as a kid, I was really an ugly duckling,” he says. “Everything grew at the wrong time. I had massive eyebrows and really bad acne. I never got the girl. I was never that guy. (But) I was always very creative. It’s funny that my entry point into the business was reverse, and took me starting as an actor.”
Baldoni landed his first acting gig in 2004 with a guest role on “The Young and the Restless,” which »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
National Geographic Channel announced production of its first virtual reality documentary short film, The Protectors, co-created by Oscar-winning director Kathyrn Bigelow (Last Days, The Hurt Locker) and Vr creator Imraan Esmail (The Displaced, Valen's Reef). The project, according to Nat Geo, will expose the dangerous and grueling reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers. The 12-minute Vr film will be made in partnership with Here Be… »
In terms of global pop culture icons, they don’t come much bigger than Michael Jackson. The ground-breaking master of musical artistry and performance changed the face of pop music throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and continued to make waves in the industry until his sudden death at the age of 50, in 2009. Today (June 21st 2016) sees the release of a new book, by U.S TV host and author Tavis Smiley, which centres on the final days of Jackson’s life – and plans are already underway for J.J Abrams and Smiley to bring it to television in 2017.
The book is titled Before You Judge Me: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, and is a novelisation – a format which lends itself well to narrative adaptation. Prior to its publishing, the book was optioned by Bad Robot, and J.J Abrams is consequently teaming with Tavis Smiley »
- Sarah Myles
Mark and Aaron take a look at Whit Stillman’s Barcelona (1994), and how it compares with his other work. We focus most on his other two films from the 1990s, Metropolitan (1990) and Last Days of Disco (1998), but we also discuss his most recent effort, Love and Friendship.
About the film:
Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough Metropolitan with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins—a salesman and a navy officer—argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film’s title. Set during the eighties, Barcelona explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, and Mira Sorvino. »
- Aaron West
The man in the mirror is making his way to your television set. A new series focused on the final days of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is under development at Warner Bros. TV, thanks to uber-producer J.J. Abrams and author Tavis Smiley. The studio announced on Monday that Abrams' Bad Robot Productions was developing an event series based on Smiley's upcoming book Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days. Due in stores Tuesday, June 21, Before You Judge Me is described as "a taut novelistic rendering of the final months in the life of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture, Michael Jackson. The book examines the soaring highs and deep lows »
Warner Bros TV and Jj Abrams’ Bad Robot have teamed up to develop an adaptation of Tavis Smiley’s upcoming book “Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days.” The novel, which will be published Tuesday, is described as a novelistic rendering of the final months in the life of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture. The book examines the soaring highs and deep lows faced by the late pop star — his constant hunt for privacy in a life that was more public than almost any other, and the pressures he. »
- Linda Ge
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has come on board the event series adaptation of Tavis Smiley’s upcoming book Before You Judge Me: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Michael Jackson’s Last Days for Warner Bros TV, where both Smiley and Abrams’ Bad Robot have TV deals. The announcement comes one day before the book is to published by Little, Brown and Company. Before You Judge Me is described as a taut novelistic rendering of the final months in the life of Michael Jackson, one of the most… »
Abrams, via his Warner Bros.-based Bad Robot Productions, is developing a limited series based on talk show host Tavis Smiley’s new book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, TVLine has learned.
To be published on Tuesday, Before You Judge Me is billed as a “taut rendering of the final months in the life of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture. »
Tavis Smiley and J.J. Abrams wanna be startin’ somethin’. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods. is set to develop a new event TV series based on Smiley’s new book “Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days.”
Warner Bros. TV, where both Smiley and Bad Robot are based for TV projects, is the studio attached; it hasn’t yet been sold to a network. “Before You Judge Me,” which Smiley wrote with David Ritz, is set to be published on June 21. The book looks at the final months of the King of Pop’s life.
Read More: Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off The Wall’ Makes You Want to Dance – And Shout
According to Warner Bros., the book “examines the soaring highs and deep lows faced by the late pop star – his constant hunt for privacy in a life that was
- Michael Schneider
J.J. Abrams is going from Star Trek and Roadies to explore Michael Jackson's last days. The prolific producer is teaming with Tavis Smiley and Warner Bros. Television to adapt the author/broadcaster's upcoming book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days, as TV event series. A network has not yet been set up; the studio is expected to shop it to broadcast, cable, premium cable and streaming services. Smiley's book, which will be released Tuesday by Little Brown and Co., is described as a taut novelistic rendering of the final months in the pop
- Lesley Goldberg
RelatedCurb Your Enthusiasm to Return for Season 9, HBO Officially Confirms
The series, which is loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, is a dystopian western amid the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Thandie Newton (Rogue), James Marsden (30 Rock), Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again) and Ed Harris (The Rock) star.
The 10-episode first season, which »
Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film franchise and on TV played son to Hank Azaria’s Huff, was found dead on Sunday after getting pinned between his car and his home’s security gate. He was 27.
According to TMZ, which first reported the news (since confirmed by the Associated Press), Yelchin’s body was found by friends at 1 am in the morning, after he was a no-show for a rehearsal. His body was pinned between the car, its engine in neutral and still running, and a mailbox attached to his San Fernando Valley home’s security gate, »
The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series has set a 2016 lineup that includes “Author: The Jt Leroy Story,” “Betting on Zero” and “A Perfect Candidate.” The series will also feature co-chairman Alec Baldwin and the festival’s artistic director, David Nugent, leading conversations with filmmakers and guests. Screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Amazon Studios picked up A&E IndieFilm’s literary scandal documentary “Author” out of Sundance earlier this year. “Betting on Zero,” about a crusade against alleged pyramid scheme Herbalife, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, while R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor’s look at Oliver North, “A Perfect Candidate,” was first released in 1996.
“The SummerDocs series has become one of the most anticipated and respected film events in the New York and Hamptons summer calendar,” said Baldwin. “We are proud to once again screen some of the best in documentary filmmaking to our audiences and provide an insightful look into the process in conversations with leading filmmakers.”
The festival’s Student Summer Filmmaking workshops are also open for enrollment and will also be held at Guild Hall July 18-22 and July 25-29. The festival is also partnering with Southampton Arts Center and offering free movie screenings through the summer, which include “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Surf’s Up,” Rocky,” “The Candidate,” “The Shining,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Tootsie” and “Jaws.”
The Hamptons International Film Festival runs from Oct 6-10.
- Maria Cavassuto
Chicago – The term “throwback” is bantered about with such regularity these days that it loses its meaning. An authentic throwback, however, is the eclectic pop culture store “Shake, Rattle & Read,” which closes its doors at the end of business Saturday, May 21st, 2016. The outlet, an Uptown neighborhood mainstay, has been owned by the same family for 50 years. Current owner Ric Addy is ready to say goodbye to all that.
Ric Addy is a throwback retail hustler, riding the shock wave of the changes to the Uptown neighborhood since taking over the store from his sister in 1986. He began in the record store business, when the wax platter was the music delivery system of choice. After gaining experience from Rose Records downtown, and the Record Exchange in Evanston (Illinois, north of Chicago), he decided to take over the “Book Box” location his sister had run since 1966. For the last 30 years, through »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – Say the name Whit Stillman in certain cinema circles, and a rush of admiration soon follows. The director made a name for himself with his debut film “Metropolitan’ (1990), and followed with the same emotional pallette in “Barcelona” (1994). He is back with an adaptation of a Jane Austin novel, entitled “Love & Friendship.”
The title is taken from one of Jane Austin’s short stories, but the narrative is from her novel “Lady Susan,” published 60 years after her death. It involves the title character (portrayed in the film by Kate Beckinsale), a widow without fortune, who is looking to marry again to wealth, and wishes the same for her daughter. She visits the estate of her sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Charles and Catherine Vernon – in the hopes of making a match for her lovely child Frederica, or at least herself.
Photo credit: Roadside Attractions »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
After any huge opening weekend, especially within the summer months, it's fairly common that any movie drops roughly 50% in its second weekend. After opening with a massive $179.1 million last weekend, Captain America: Civil War still won its second weekend with a landslide victory at the box office over new releases Money Monster and The Darkness with $72.5 million. This superhero adventure did drop 59.5% from its opening weekend, but even with this sizeable decrease, the first Marvel Phase 3 adventure is in good shape to cross $1 billion worldwide sometime this week.
Box Office Mojo reports that Captain America: Civil War has earned $295.8 million domestically and $645 million internationally for a worldwide total of $940.8 million, from a $250 million budget. After just two weeks in theaters, this superhero adventure has already become the seventh-highest domestic release within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and fourth highest worldwide release. The movie still has quite a ways to go if »
Ahead of its release on Wednesday, Marvel has debuted a preview of Deadpool: Last Days of Magic #1, which we have for you here…
From the pages of Doctor Strange…the Empirikul are waging a war on magic with the goal of wiping the fantastical from the pages of existence. This concerns Deadpool, because some of his best friends are magic. As the Empirikul forces batter the defenses of the Monster Metropolis ruled by his demonic wife, Deadpool wades into battle alongside his most spell-casting-est friends. And you know the old saying “Nothing ever goes wrong in a war.” That’s a saying, right?
Deadpool: Last Days of Magic #1 is out on May 18th, priced $4.99.
- Amie Cranswick
Love & Friendship is definitely the funniest Jane Austen adaptation you’ll ever see. There’s still plenty of 18th-century sense and sensibility here – and great period costumes – but this new film from writer/director Whit Stillman will have you laughing out loud on many occasions.
Based on a little-known novella called Lady Susan that Austen wrote when she was just 15, the story revolves around one Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who clearly knows what she wants out of life and uses all of her wit, charm – and sharp tongue – to achieve just that. As a widow, Lady Susan must rely on the kindness of her in-laws to take her in, while striving to find a match for her daughter (Morfydd Clark) and herself, of course.
- Kit Bowen
According to the New Testament, Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan for 40 days. During that time of fasting and prayer, Jesus sought the presence of God and sparred with the Prince of Darkness as preparation for ministry and an eventual sacrificial mission. Details related to this story, though significant — Jesus rebukes the Devil and makes it through, unscathed — are also fairly sparse. It’s that empty, speculative space that entices writer-director Rodrigo Garcia (“Nine Lives,” “Albert Nobbs’) to invent a new obstacle for Jesus (Ewan McGregor, called “Yeshua” here) in “Last Days in »
- Dave White
As many expected, the first Marvel Phase 3 adventure Captain America: Civil War kicked off the summer movie season last weekend in a huge way, raking in $179.1 million. This was down slightly from the Sunday estimate of $181.7 million, but was still a landslide victory at the box office. The opening weekend was the third best in McU history, behind Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2 million) and The Avengers ($207.4 million). The superhero adventure looks to continue its dominance this weekend, and, most likely, throughout May, at least until X-Men: Apocalypse arrives on May 27. This weekend, Cap squares off against two newcomers, Sony's financial thriller Money Monster and High Top Releasing's horror-thriller The Darkness, but neither should come close to catching Cap and the rest of the Avengers.
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