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“The fight isn’t over ’til it’s over,” Colonel Weaver reassured members of the 2nd Mass on more than one occasion. Now it really is over: “Falling Skies” aired the finale of its fifth and final season tonight on TNT. Warning: Spoilers Ahead for “Reborn,” the series finale of “Falling Skies.” Tonight’s finale concluded the tale that began with a ragtag team of alien invasion survivors and ended with that same group of survivors becoming heroes, leading the fight to claim back their home, Planet Earth. Tom Mason and co. have battled all manner of extraterrestrial creatures, gruesome weapons that manipulated once-loyal members of the 2nd Mass to turn on their own, and fellow humans (non-alien-manipulated ones) who were plenty troublesome in their own selfish or fearful agendas, as if a powerful alien threat weren’t trouble enough. After the final push brings the 2nd Mass to Washington, »
- Emily Rome
Patricia Neal ca. 1950. Patricia Neal movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' 'A Face in the Crowd' Back in 1949, few would have predicted that Gary Cooper's leading lady in King Vidor's The Fountainhead would go on to win a Best Actress Academy Award 15 years later. Patricia Neal was one of those performers – e.g., Jean Arthur, Anne Bancroft – whose film career didn't start out all that well, but who, by way of Broadway, managed to both revive and magnify their Hollywood stardom. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, Turner Classic Movies is dedicating Sunday, Aug. 16, '15, to Patricia Neal. This evening, TCM is showing three of her best-known films, in addition to one TCM premiere and an unusual latter-day entry. 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' Robert Wise was hardly a genre director. A former editor (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons »
- Andre Soares
'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like remark upon the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at the North American box office. That's when the dinosaurs of Jurassic World smashed Hulk and his fellow Halloween-costumed Marvel superheroes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And smashed them good: $636.73 million vs. $457.52 million. (See also: 'Jurassic World' beating 'The Avengers' worldwide and domestically?) At least in part for sentimental (or just downright morbid) reasons – Paul Walker's death in a car accident in late 2013 – Furious 7 has become by far the highest-grossing The Fast and the Furious movie in the U.S. and Canada: $351.03 million. (Shades of Heath Ledger's unexpected death »
- Zac Gille
Er, has anyone told Falling Skies that it's only three episodes from its ultimate finale? Because it's still spinning its wheels...
This review contains spoilers.
5.7 Everybody Has Their Reasons
Falling Skies isn't really acknowledging that the show is drawing to an end. This is the fifth season, and this is the final season, and seven episodes in, Falling Skies is behaving with the leisurely pace of a second or third season, instead of a show with three episodes left in which to expel the alien threat from Planet Earth. We're meeting new people and killing them, we're searching for food and ammo, we're doing alien... liver transplants, I think, and we're very slowly making our way to Washington DC, where the Espheni are apparently plotting something nefarious.
A couple of seasons ago, the Second Mass ran into the remnants of the American military, including a general and a colonel and the President. »
Landmark natural history series about the relationship between predators and their prey is being made by the team behind Planet Earth
Sir David Attenborough is to narrate a new landmark natural history series about the relationship between predators and their prey for the BBC.
The Hunt is being made by the team behind Planet Earth and will show rarely seen animal behaviour including killer whales hunting humpback whales in tropical waters.
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- Paul Revoir
The channel was an early driver of cable TV subscriptions, and it was a pioneer in moving beyond U.S. borders with a global expansion strategy that began in the 1990s, long before its major competitors. David Zaslav, president-ceo of Silver Springs, Md.-based Discovery Communications since early 2007, spoke about the cornerstone of the company that has grown to 13 U.S. channels and a market cap of $20 billion.
What is your first memory of Discovery? You were a cable exec at NBC for nearly 20 years before joining the company.
My first hands-on memory of Discovery was going to Bethesda as a young lawyer. I was working for (the law firm) LeBoeuf and Lamb, and we represented Discovery. I remember going into a conference room and having John Hendricks stand up and talk about »
- Cynthia Littleton
TeamTO is founded.
Production of the second season of “Zoé Kézako”, a co-production with TF1.
TeamTO produces the educational and entertainment series “Adiboo in the Human Body” (Adibou dans le corps humain) for Téléimages Kids and Coktel.
TeamTO signs a development agreement with TF1 for “Hareport” (Tarmac MidMac).
“Adiboo in the Human Body” airs on France 5
Production starts on “Adiboo Destination Earth” with Téléimages Kids for France 5.
Season 2 of “Zoé Kézako” airs on TéléTOON+ in France.
TeamTO expands its capacity by opening a dedicated animation studio at La Cartoucherie in France’s Rhône-Alpes region.
Production initiated on “Angelo Rules” (Angelo la d´brouille), a co-production with France Télévisions, Cake Entertainment, and TéléTOON+.
Production commences on “Hareport.”
“Oscar & Co” airs on TF1 as “Ooohhh Asis”
“Plankton Invasion” is presented at the Cartoon Forum in Ludwigsburg (Germany).
“Yellowbird” (Gus), a 3D stereoscopic feature-film project is introduced at Lyon’s Cartoon »
- Christopher Pickard
When Roland Emmerich first unleashed Independence Day on the world in 1996, major cities were under attack. Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles — each city was leveled when a city-sized spaceship set off a blast over an iconic building. In Independence Day 2, it seems that idea is being expanded globally. A nice licensing poster […]
- Germain Lussier
"Tomorrowland" isn’t just a movie, it contains the possible key to saving the world. Though the film doesn’t outline solutions to global warming, poverty, or wars, it suggests an optimistic change of paths for Planet Earth that we just might be capable of pulling off. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, or those who have stupidly decided to not see it, here is your "Tomorrowland" Cheat Sheet on how to save the world: Faith, no matter what. Imagination. The law of attraction! Get rid of the idea that the world is ending, this is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Invent lifelike children robots to recruit like-minded, strong-spirited, positive-thinking people to help spread the optimism. Make sure George Clooney is in your life at all costs. Do not take no for an answer! "Tomorrowland" has blazed the trail! Now its up to us to follow it. »
- Zara Lisbon
Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, »
- Zac Gille
Legendary’s Asylum Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Ghost Hunters) are teaming to produce an event sports documentary series that explores sports on a global scale. Tentatively titled Planet Sport, and reminiscent of BBC series Planet Earth, the series will examine how sports shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world. Asylum’s Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch, Piligian and David Michaels will… »
Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch of Asylum and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios are bringing on the Emmy-winning David Michaels to produce the project that explores sports on a global scale, examining how they shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world.
Each installment of the event series will utilize archival and modern-day footage, plus testimonials from famed athletes, to cover global events and competitions, while focusing on one sporting theme — glory, fear, rivalry, endurance and teamwork.
“‘Planet Sport’ promises to bring to life sports in a way that audiences around the world have never experienced,” said Michaels, president of Asylum. “Using technology, visual arts and high-level storytelling, we are creating the definitive and all-encompassing sports series.”
Piligian commented, “This series will do for sports what series like ‘Planet Earth’ did for nature — a sweeping, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
One way of telling the history of photographic arts is to describe a linear progression of more and more realistic picture-making, as if painter's brushes and pencils aimed mainly to approximate the human eye until, finally, photography emerged. (This is the premise André Bazin famously explored in “The Ontology of the Photographic Image.”) Given photography's automatic reproduction, painting could move on to express more boldly, more experimentally, more abstractly. Realism was no longer necessary. Incidentally, a lot of the most visible and most discussed uses of CGI and SFX in contemporary cinema have embodied images, actions, and temporalities that are far from realistic. These digital platforms enable visions of worlds that alter our own sufficiently so as to provide something—escape? Improvement? Color? It doesn't ultimately matter. The point is that the pixel has often been directed towards ends that seem to go against photography (and cinematography's) automatic capture of the world. »
- Zach Campbell
AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.
HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »
- Deepayan Sengupta
This week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we saw Maria Hill’s name, atop an old memorandum. But soon, fans will see the former intelligence director in the flesh.
How I Met Your Mother alum Cobie Smulders, who portrays Hill in Marvel’s Avengers film franchise, announced on Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she will appear in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama.
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“There is one coming up,” Smulders said of her character’s next encore. “I pop in every now and again to link »
The geniuses behind Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet are coming back with an eight-part series called Our Planet for Netflix. The production company Silverback Films said it would be shooting the series in ultra-high-def. "Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks," said producer Alastair Fothergill. "We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before." The bad news is that the series won't premiere until 2019. (Nature documentaries take a long time!) For you, the major difference will be that you'll use a vape this time around. »
- E. Alex Jung
I don't sit around watching Animal Planet or any of these DisneyNature documentaries (Monkey Kingdom hits theaters this Friday by the way), but I immensely enjoyed BBC's "Planet Earth" back in 2007 as I pored over the five-disc set over the course of a weekend. While I own the follow-up "Life" on Blu-ray I still haven't watched it, though perhaps news of a new addition to the series over at Netflix may light a fire and get me to finally give that one a spin. EW brings the news that Netflix and BBC are partnering for "Our Planet", a follow-up documentary to "Planet Earth" with plans for a 2019 premiere, created in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and Silverback Films. The series will be presented in eight parts and will use 4K technology and new storytelling techniques taking "viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, »
- Brad Brevet
Netflix continues to round out its slate of original non-fiction programming, this time with one of its biggest documentary projects yet. The streaming video service has ordered the eight-part nature docu-series Our Planet from the creators of BBC’s Planet Earth.
Filmed in Ultra HD 4K, Our Planet will explore remote parts of world and feature rare animals almost never seen by human eyes. The series will be produced by Silverback Films, with Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey leading the project. The filmmaking duo previously developed the documentaries Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet for BBC, which later aired in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel.
Additionally, wildlife conservation organization WWF will assist in the creation of Netflix’s Our Planet series. WWF will provide the Silverback team access to protected habitats for filming purposes. The organization will also work with the production company to develop Our Planet-inspired multimedia content for various platforms. »
- Bree Brouwer
Netflix has ordered "Our Planet," an eight-part nature documentary exploring remote wilderness areas across the globe.
The series will be a four-year collaboration with Silverback Films and conservation group WWF and is to be shot in Ultra HD 4K format. WWF will provide the Silverback team access to its projects in protected areas around the world.
The aim is to present never-before-filmed settings featuring some of the world's rarest animals and most precious natural habitats.
The series is scheduled to premiere across all Netflix territories in 2019.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
When Planet Earth first screened on the BBC back in 2006, audiences were transfixed. Offering unprecedented access to some of the world’s most elusive animals and wildlife, the documentary irrefutably raised the bar for the genre of nature documentaries and its lofty production values still set the precedent years later.
Almost a decade on, though, and it seems Netflix is hoping to emulate on its success with the eight-part natural history series Our Planet, which has been described by producers as the largest project of its kind ever attempted, projecting content from the four corners of the world in 4K resolution. Due to film over the course of four years, the online giant stated that it plans to have the series available to stream by 2019.
- Michael Briers
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