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UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb
Strictly remained ahead of its ITV rival across the overlap. At 7.45pm, the results show was watched by 8.06 million (33.5%) compared to the 6.71 million (27.9%) glued to The X Factor's Six Chair Challenge.
Meanwhile, Downton Abbey continued with 6.91 million (30.7%) in the 9pm hour on ITV, with a further 375k (1.6%) catching it on +1.
This story first appeared in the Oct. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Among the Hollywood executives and celebrities who have taken California's drought to heart are Charlize Theron, who has a yard filled with plants from her native South Africa; director Dean Parisot, who put in a less-thirsty tufted meadow in Hancock Park; and Sally Field, who has gone California native in the Pacific Palisades. Director Jan de Bont (Speed) is letting his yard go brown before replanting with climate-appropriate landscaping; Anne Archer replaced her Brentwood lawn with
- Degen Pener
Magic Mike star Channing Tatum remains on board to star as the daredevil motorcycle rider who once jumped 14 buses at Ohio’s Kings Island theme park and earned a Guinness world record for surviving 433 broken bones during his 20-year jumping career. But Peter Berg, the Hancock and Battleship director, has walked away for unspecified reasons and the project, which was first announced in 2012, now has a fresh script from Scott Silver, who wrote The Fighter and 8 Mile.
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- Ben Child
To celebrate the release of An Actor’s Life For Me, Hugh and I and Get Well Soon on DVD, we are giving 2 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a bundle containing all three!
An Actor’s Life for Me is a British sitcom starring a stand out cast including John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl), Victor Spinetti (A Hard Day’s Night and Gina McKee (Notting Hill). Written by The Vicar of Dibley’s co-writer Paul Mayhew Archer, and based on a hit Radio 4 series, it originally aired in 1991. Robert Neilson (Sinclair) is a struggling actor, desperate to hit the big time, however unrealistic his ambitions are and never quite achieves the dizzy heights he aspires to.
- Laura Holmes
So it looks like Will Smith is back this year (2015), after a brief break from acting (although he had bit parts in films like "Winter's Tale," and the movie his son starred in, "After Earth"). Big Willy returns to leading man roles, with two 2015 features: "Focus" (which was released on February 27), and now, "Concussion," which has been slotted for a Christmas Day 2015 opening, via Sony Pictures. The last time Big Willy starred in 2 feature films in the same year, was in 2008 ("Hancock" and "Seven Pounds") which, in hindsight, signaled the beginning of his hiatus, while he worked primarily behind the camera, producing work »
- Tambay A. Obenson
This November, Disney is gearing up to step back into the world of one of its all-time classics, The Lion King, with a televison sequel titled The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar, which will air on the Disney Channel and serve as an extended pilot for a subsequent television series titled The Lion Guard, which is set to debut in January 2016. Earlier today, the movie/show finalized its voice cast by adding a few new faces as well as bringing back a few old ones. First off, Max Charles (American Sniper) has landed the lead role of Simba & Nala's son Kion. The rest of the main cast includes Diamond White (Transformers: Rescue Bots), Dusan Brown (42), Atticus Shaffer (Hancock), and Joshua Rush (Chuck). As for the characters you know and love, Rob Lowe (Parks & Recreation) has been cast as Simba and Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) has signed on as Nala. »
Smith will play a mild-mannered advertising executive battling with depression, requiring the aid of his friends and colleagues to snap him out of the sickness. Rooney Mara and Jason Segel are also attached, presumably as some of Smith’s saviours.
The project will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (also behind next month’s much hyped Me, Earl & The Dying Girl) and is based on a screenplay by Allan Loeb (Just Go With It). Loeb’s script sold to PalmStar Media for a hefty $2.25 Million, so it should be no surprise development has promptly realigned with another A-lister.
- Daniel Kelly
It took some skilled editors to put Ant-Man, the mighty but micro hero on the big screen. For Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man, which debuts this weekend, the studio brought in veteran Dan Lebental, who edited the studio's Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World. And this time around, he co-edited the film with Colby Parker, Jr., a frequent collaborator with Peter Berg whose credits include Lone Survivor and Hancock. As Ant-Man opens, The Hollywood Reporter talked with Lebental about working in the Marvel universe, the change from Edgar Wright to director Peyton Reed, and a
- Carolyn Giardina
Related: Caitlyn Jenner accepts courage award: 'If you want to call me names, I can take it'
In her first appearance since coming out as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner gave a rousing speech on Wednesday, accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the Espy awards. Shortly after Jenner’s speech aired on ABC’s telecast of the ceremony, director Peter Berg (Hancock, Lone Survivor) – who is also behind NBC’s beloved sports series Friday Night Lights – voiced his opinion of Espy’s choice to award Jenner on Instagram, by sharing a transphobic meme first posted on Facebook by Main Stream Media Sponsor Boycotts on 3 June.
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- Nigel M Smith
Netflix are going to become big players in the film world. Fact. It’s not a question of if, but rather when as today the online streaming service have released the release dates for their first four original movies.
The Idris Elba starrer Beasts Of No Nation will kick off the initial Netflix release slate, and will be released on all of their platforms on October 16th. The film will also play in selected cinemas on the same date. Following that, The Ridiculous Six will be the first of four Adam Sandler films available only on Netflix. The movie will release on December 11th. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be released theatrically in China and on IMAX and on Netflix globally in Q1 2016, and then Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, »
- Paul Heath
—Tweet The Below Video Using #Fmtv To Be Entered Into Our Power Rangers: Dino Charge Swag Bag Giveaway!—
Thanks to our Comic Con chums at Bandai, they’ve kindly given us a Power Rangers: Dino Charge swag bag to give away in our monthly Flickering Myth Movie Show share competition. Which we were totally up for, until we opened it and saw the original Green Ranger action figure. Now we want it for ourselves.
The survival kit includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy Edition figures. Each figure includes one battle gear item to help combat against the Evil Space Aliens and is beautifully presented in replica of the original packaging. In addition, you will receive a t-shirt that has been exclusively designed by Saban Brands.
For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very »
- Oli Davis
Did you know that June 12 every year is Superman Day? We're not sure how this particular day came to be dedicated to the Man of Steel, especially since he seems omnipresent in our lives every day. A pop cultural mainstay since 1938, the Krypton-born hero never seems far away, especially in the movies.
Yet while it seems every boy has dreamed of putting on the red cape and flying, the character has been remarkably hard to cast in movies. For every Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill who said yes, many more have said no. Here are 15 potential Kal-El's that never came to be.
"Yo, Lois!" After the success of "Rocky," it's no wonder that "Superman: The Movie" producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind considered Stallone to play the Last Son of Krypton. Reportedly, he was deemed too ethnic for the part, though other sources have said that Marlon Brando »
- Gary Susman
“And I want some ‘ha ha ha’s here…”
For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very) obsessed with Willa Holland (Thea Queen from Arrow).
Not only did we get a chance to talk to her…we also chased down Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Iain de Caestecker (Leo Fitz) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), the director and producer duo of The Death of Superman Lives! What Happened? Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne and super YouTuber Tomska.
But Wait – There’S More!
Like, ‘Faust from ItsSuperEffective’ more, talking comic books, Captain America: Civil War and hipster Joker from Suicide Squad; ‘James Tarpey from Robot Overlords‘ more, picking his movies of the month (there’s lots of Jurassic World chat) and working with Gillian Anderson; and, finally, ‘MusicalBethan’ more, doing that cup thing from Pitch Perfect. »
- Oli Davis
Diamond Select Toys has announced four new pairs of Aliens Minimates which can be purchased as a full set or an assortment of two-packs. Also in this round-up: a William Froste casting update and a look at Crypt TV's The Horrors of AutoCorrect.
Aliens Minimates Series 2: "Aliens Minimates 2-Packs Series 2 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The game is not over, man! Dst returns to the world of the classic 1986 action movie Aliens with an all-new assortment of 2-packs! Four new sets include Pvt. Vasquez with Pvt. Hudson, Jumpsuit Ripley with Newt, Pvt. Frost with Burning Alien and a rare, one-per-case set that has Pvt. Crowe with Attacking Alien and Eggs! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN152094, Srp: $9.99/ea.)."
These Minimates are priced at $9.99 for each two-pack and $119.88 for the entire set. »
- Tamika Jones
Movies that make money don’t always do so because they’re good. Here’s our list of underwhelming movies that happened to overwhelm the box office.
While the box office is a good, general representation of the popularity of a film, it is not necessarily an indicator of quality. Yes, it is true that most of the highest grossing movies have also received favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, that’s often what makes them a hit, but there are some exceptions. This is a list of those exceptions. This is a list of those movies that did spectacularly well at the box office, but ended up being an inferior product.
So why would so many people want to see a terrible film? Why would they waste their hard-earned money and fleeting free time? The answer is actually pretty simple. Many of these films share a lot of common traits. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Lionsgate has announced that filming of "Deepwater Horizon" has started in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to the announcement, the studio unveiled the first photo from the movie, giving us a look at Mark Wahlberg as real-life hero Mike Williams. Check it out below. "Deepwater Horizon" is based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20th, 2010. The story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history. The new movie is directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Hancock) and co-stars Kurt Russell, Johnson Malkovich, Dylan O'Brien and Kate Hudson. It's set to hit theaters on September 30th, 2016. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Gilligan has developed the concept for a reinvention of the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk for Disney, and could be in line to direct the project.
The studio is working on new adaptations of The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, »
Gilligan penned the treatment for Beanstalk, described as a "revisionist take" on the familiar story of the young man, magic beans and a greedy giant. Gilligan will continue to serve as a producer on the film, while Thomas Schnauz — a co-executive producer on both Breaking Bad and its new spinoff Better Call Saul — will write the script.
While Gilligan and »
There must be something fashionable to the idea right now of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Hollywood now has four Robin Hood movies in production, more than anyone really needs, perhaps even the poor. Tuesday Deadline reported that Warner Bros. had “quietly” put a new Robin Hood movie into production, this one being developed by the script writer for the upcoming Aquaman movie Will Beall. Deadline counts three others for it to storm the castle with: a family friendly swashbuckler from Disney called Nottingham & Hood, a Batman Begins style origin story aptly titled Robin Hood: Origins, and one from Sony that’s described as “Fast & Furious meets Mission: Impossible style reinvention of the tale.” With those four incredibly original ideas, anyone think this is the rich stealing from the poor?
Robin Hood isn’t the only Hollywood property currently with competing projects. A few weeks back, »
- Brian Welk
Vince Gilligan has come a long way since writing Hancock back in 2008. He created one of the best TV shows of all time, Breaking Bad (in addition to writing and directing many of its episodes), and its so-far-so-good followup, Better Call Saul. But now he's ready to dive back into the feature world. Or at least dip a toe in the shallow end of the pool. Per Deadline, Disney has bought Beanstalk from Gilligan based on a "detailed outline" that he drafted. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul writer Tom Schnauz will pen the actual script from this outline, but there's a chance Gilligan could attach himself to direct the project. Gran Via's Mark Johnson (who is behind both of Gilligan's Albuquerque hour-longs) will produce. There's no doubting Gilligan's (or Schauz's) talent at this point in the execution department. I'm not sure if a Beanstalk movie is ultimately meant for me, »
- Evan Dickson
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