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Fox’s Alcatraz is still on track. Though the network hasn’t released its midseason dates yet, the network has a new promo for J.J. Abrams’ latest that touts a January premiere. That’s not surprising since that’s when the bulk of Fox’s midseason traditionally launches, but given that Alcatraz changed showrunners earlier this month amid some creative differences and reshoots (Lost vet Elizabeth Sarnoff is out; fellow Lost writer Jennifer Johnson and Fracture writer Daniel Pyne are in), at least the show isn’t getting pushed back too. The network’s original plan in May was to »
- James Hibberd
The new J.J. Abrams show is Alcatraz. Like Lost, this one is set on an island and features actor Jorge Garcia, but this time the storyline is a bit different. The show charts the mystery of hundreds of men, guards and prisoners, who disappeared from Alcatraz in 1963, and who are starting to reappear in our timeline now. After some trials and tribulations, the show is set for a January premiere, and you can check out a trailer for it below. Just so that there is no confusion about what's going on, star Sam Neill is heard explaining "the worst criminals this country has ever known are coming back," before actually welcoming us all to the island. For more info I'm going to turn to Devindra's plot recap, because he saw the pilot at Comic Con  this past summer: The series centers around a mysterious event in 1963 that made 302 Alcatraz prisoners »
- Russ Fischer
 We've got a lot of the usual news bits about casting, renewals, and so on in today's TV Bits, but first, don't you want to read about a possible racial slur in a decades-old episode of Fraggle Rock? After the jump: A Texas man reports an offensive slur in a 1984 episode of Fraggle Rock Fox's J.J. Abrams-produced Alcatraz changes showrunners NBC picks up Bryan Fuller's The Munsters pilot Comedy Central renews South Park for like the next million* seasons Becki Newton heads to CBS' How I Met Your Mother Lone Star actor James Wolk lands on ABC's Happy Endings * And by "million," I mean "five." We'll start with biggest Wtf. Texan Keith White was furious to hear what he interpreted as a racial slur in a 1984 episode of the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock while watching the show with his two-year-old daughter. "I heard him say Jigaboo," said White. »
- Angie Han
This is an interesting piece of late-breaking news. Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost), co-creator/executive producer/showrunner of midseason series Alcatraz, is stepping down as showrunner. Not only that, but word is that some of the already-completed first seven episodes will now be re-written and re-shot.
Deadline first reported the news, and says that the change is due to creative differences, which explains the do-overs. Alcatraz will now be co-run by Jennifer Johnson (Cold Case, Lost) and feature writer Daniel Pyne (Fracture). Johnson joined Alcatraz after the pilot as a consulting producer. Two months ago, she was “quietly” elevated to executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Sarnoff. Pyne is coming in as an executive producer and co-showrunner.
They further report:
Sarnoff is expected to receive an executive consultant title on the show going forward. The behind-the-scenes showrunner turnover was a factor in Wbtv and Bad Robot’s decision 2 weeks ago to put filming »
- Erin Willard
Exclusive: There is a change at the helm of Fox’s midseason drama Alcatraz, from Warner Bros. TV and J.J. Abrams’ studio-based Bad Robot. Co-creator/executive producer/showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff is leaving the time-travel series, which will now be co-run by Jennifer Johnson and Daniel Pyne. Chase creator/executive producer and Lost alumna Johnson joined Alcatraz after the pilot as a consulting producer. Two months ago, she was quietly elevated to executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Sarnoff. Sarnoff, who wrote the version of the project that was picked up to pilot and then to series by Fox from an earlier incarnation by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, is now stepping down over creative differences, with feature writer Pyne (Fracture) coming in as an executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Johnson. His TV series credits include Miami Vice. Sarnoff is expected to receive an executive consultant title on the show going forward. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. These are some of ours.
Ryan Gosling will complete his cinematic hat trick this weekend with the political drama "The Ides of March," playing a hungry press secretary on the campaign trail with George Clooney's earnest presidential candidate, Mike Morris. The film, based on the Beau Willimon play "Farragut North," is getting the kind of approval rating a world leader would kill for, but before you slap down your $10 and load up on the Junior Mints, I suggest you check out another of Gosling's intrigues, »
- Amy Wilkinson
It feels strange to say that Johnny English Reborn is something of a revelation. It isn't the film itself – a tepid spy spoof sequel starring Rowan Atkinson and Dominic West, with the occasional blast of amusement and much slapstick. The unexpected element here comes in the form of Rosamund Pike, playing a top MI7 psychologist named Kate Sumner.
Pike provides both comic foil and love interest for Atkinson – all wide eyes, earnest expressions and fitted shift dresses. But her presence is never less than amusing; it's there in the tilt of her neck, the set of her shoulders, and, more than anywhere, in her face – the faint creases around the eyes and the corner of the mouth breathe humour into that famously crisp beauty. The »
- Laura Barton
In Relativity Media’s Machine Gun Preacher, when ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region.s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it.s most needed.in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord.s Resistance Army (Lra), a renegade militia that forces children to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.
But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the Lra.s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives.and eventually his own. Wamg is giving away passes to an advanced screening of Machine Gun Preacher on Tuesday, »
- Movie Geeks
This weekend saw the cinematic release of Drive and Crazy Stupid Love, two critically acclaimed blockbusters starring Ryan Gosling. One full-pelt action, and the other romantic comedy, the two films serve as a perfect example of Gosling’s ability to work in different genres with ease. Following our feature on fellow The New Mickey Mouse Club member Justin Timberlake, Thn has turned the spotlight on Ryan Gosling to look at the actor’s career so far.
Gosling made his television debut on variety show The New Mickey Mouse Club alongside now household names Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. While the three would first break onto the scene with pop music, Gosling went straight to acting and landed his first lead role in an episode of cult children’s hit Goosebumps. (For anyone wondering, and if so you’re as sad as me, the episode was ‘Say Cheese and »
- Joe Taylor
No, actor Ryan Gosling isn’t playing a gangster in today’s fabulous set photos, but a notorious historical figure is his prey in Gangster Squad, which reunites him with co-star Emma Stone. The pair of hot young stars smooched on-screen for the dramatic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, starring Steve Carrell. But who would have expected them to be sharing the screen again so soon?
And as lovers once again with, a cute little pooch to boot? I’ve got to say, this casting news makes me happy indeed.
The Ruben Fleischer crime drama Gangster Squad, revolves around a crack team of 1940′s L.A. law men given the task of taking down the mobster Mickey Cohen. If this premise sounds vaguely familiar, you may be recalling the Academy Award winning picture, L.A. Confidential, which examined good cops and bad during the »
- Sasha Nova
Gerard Butler, stars as “Sam Childers,” the impassioned founder of Angels of East Africa rescue organization, brings hope where there is none to hundreds of children in Relativity Media’s release Machine Gun Preacher.
Relativity Media has released these new images and poster from Machine Gun Preacher - the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds his unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in war-torn Sudan. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe®-nominated director Marc Forster.s (Monster.s Ball, The Kite Runner) moving story of violence and redemption.
- Michelle McCue
Ryan Gosling has a gentle openness to screen romance that is unusual in an age when so many male actors settle for being macho
He's only 30, but everyone is talking about Ryan Gosling having reached that moment in an acting career where he goes from being an esteemed cult favourite to someone everyone is talking about. Blue Valentine (2010) was the start of the shift, even if Gosling wasn't nominated for an Oscar while his co-star Michelle Williams was. This intense and improvised study of a young marriage falling apart was team acting in the best sense, and its truthfulness may have made the film depressing or uncomfortable for a large audience. But a few people cherished the movie, and it was clearer than ever that Gosling possessed a gentleness and an openness to screen romance that is unusual in an age when so many young actors settle for being macho and good buddies. »
- David Thomson
Over the last decade Anthony Hopkins hasn't exactly chosen the most memorable of roles, with such films as Fracture, The Wolfman and recently The Rite merely big paycheck roles. But nonetheless he remains an acting legend and every once in a while chooses his roles wisely. We can only hope that the latest film he's signed on for, a serial killer flick called Solace, will be one of his better choice of roles. Known most for playing serial killer cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Solace will see Hopkins play good guy John Clancy, "a former doctor with psychic abilities who works for the FBI and is drawn into a unique serial killer case that pits him against a formidable foe." The film has gone through an »
British actress Rosamund Pike has been cast opposite Tom Cruise in Christopher McQuarrie’s One Shot, according to her spokesperson. (Deadline initially reported the story.) The striking blond, who first gained international attention as a Bond Girl in 2002′s Die Another Day, will play a Midwestern defense attorney tasked with defending a serial sniper who may be wrongfully accused. Cruise’s Jack Reacher, a former military cop-turned-drifter, assists her in her hunt for the truth.
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- Jeff Labrecque
With production gearing up for a fall start, things are moving fast on Tom Cruise‘s next action thriller One Shot. We got word just a few days ago that three actresses were being considered for the female lead, and now Deadline lets us know that Rosamund Pike has landed the part.
She will play Helen Rodin, a defense attorney wrapped up in the case involving a sniper murdering five people. He is then captured and she is the one that needs to defend him, while he pleads for Jack Reacher (Cruise). Based on Lee Child‘s 2005 novel, Cruises’s character investigates this case and things become more twisted the deeper he gets.
While I was looking forward to Captain America‘s Hayley Atwell possibly getting the lead, Pike is a solid choice. She showed off legal drama chops in Fracture, while excelling in Barney’s Version and An Education. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
The moment that Ryan Gosling shows up in Crazy, Stupid, Love, playing a ladykiller so practiced and confident that he presents himself as a pickup artist as a way of disarming any woman who thinks that she’s immune to pickup artists, we know just who he is — and also that we want to keep watching him do what he does, because he’s so damn good at it. Actually, what he does is a great many things at once. It’s being totally charming, caustically funny, and sexy as hell: Gosling, tall and sleepy-eyed, in three-piece suits and frosted hair, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Putting aside for a moment our comment section's belief that we're firmly in the tank for Ryan Gosling (if you'd seen our scowling faces on the way out of "Stay," "Fracture" or "All Good Things," you'd know that wasn't true...), the actor's definitely having a moment. For some time, he's seemed reluctant to become a fully fledged movie star, but next week sees him in what looks to be real crowd-pleaser in "Crazy Stupid Love," his noir flick "Drive" picked up ecstatic reviews at Cannes, and he's got a whole raft of projects lined up: another crime picture with Nicolas… »
Considered by many to be an enigma because of his reclusive nature and the long gaps between his films, American director Terrence Malick returns to the big screen with The Tree of Life (2011). Partly autobiographical, the story revolves around a boy growing up in the 1950s American Midwest whose relationship with his strict father and nurturing mother haunts him into adulthood. Featuring a cast of Brad Pitt (Se7en), Sean Penn (Mystic River), Jessica Chastain (Jolene), Joanna Going (Inventing the Abbotts), Jackson Hurst (The Mist), Fiona Shaw (Fracture), Crystal Mantecon (The Waiter), and Tamara Jolaine (Tough Love), the drama ignited worldwide curiosity when word came out that it included footage involving the formation of the universe. Could this be the resurrection of the mysterious project Q which »
After what seems like years and years, it appears that we're finally on the verge of something that's been in the works for a while: the arrival of Ryan Gosling as a fully fledged, honest-to-god movie star. The actor might have captured teen hearts in "The Notebook" and picked up an Oscar nomination for his astonishing performance in "Half Nelson," but he's spent the past half-decade since firmly avoiding tentpoles, landing mostly in indie fare like "Lars and the Real Girl" and the wonderful "Blue Valentine," with only one studio outing, the immediately forgotten Anthony Hopkins thriller "Fracture," in the… »
Soda Pictures have released the official UK trailer and poster for acclaimed western-drama Meek’s Cutoff.
Directed by Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy), the film stars Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), Brian Greenwood (Star Trek), Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine), Shirley Henderson (Marie Antoinette) and Zoe Kazan (Fracture).
It’s 1845, and Stephen Meek (Greenwood) is a boastful, rough-hewn wilderness guide who has been hired by three families who want to start new lives on the other side of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Meek constantly tells his charges that he knows the Oregon Trail like the back of his hand, but when they veer off for a shortcut he says is foolproof, they soon find themselves in forbidding territory, without water and with Indians on the horizon. While the men of the party travel with Meek, their wives are made to follow them in a separate wagon, and Emily Tetherow (Williams), the »
- Jamie Neish
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