19 items from 2015
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
Our Planet will be an eight-part documentary series that will premiere in 2019 in collaboration with Silverback Films.
The four-year project will focus on never-before-filmed wilderness areas and its animal inhabitants, including ice caps, deep oceans, deserts and remote forests, and will use the latest in 4K camera technology.
It will be led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who created Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet for the BBC, as well as the Disneynature films Earth, Bears, African Cats and Chimpanzee.
Netflix will premiere a new eight-part natural history series “Our Planet” in 2019. The project comes from the creators of acclaimed series “Planet Earth,” Silverback Films, in association with the World Wildlife Fund. The four-year undertaking promises to bring viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean, to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity, according to team behind the project. The series boasts the latest 4K technology. “Netflix is proud to be the global home for perhaps Silverback’s most ambitious project to date, »
- Tony Maglio
The team behind the hugely successful and respected nature documentaries The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet are moving from their previous home of the BBC to Netflix, for their new epic Our Planet.
Alastair Fothergill, whose production company Silverback Films will make the eight-part series, said: “Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks. We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before.”
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Nature rules — again. Netflix today announced Our Planet, an eight-part natural history series from the creators of the Emmy-winning series Planet Earth. The ambitious four-year project will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests. Using 4K camera technology, the series will bring viewers into intimate contact with some of the world's rarest animals and most precious natural habitats. Our Planet… »
One of the more controversial casting choices of recent times has to be that of Rooney Mara in the role of Tiger Lily in Joe Wright's upcoming Peter Pan reinvention "Pan". Previous interpretations of the character always portrayed her as Native American, which made the casting of the very white Mara seem out of place.
Speaking with Collider, Mara revealed that she was as sceptical as anyone when she met with Wright about the part:
"When they told me that he was doing it and that he wanted to meet with me, I was like, 'How is that going to work? I can't play Tiger Lily.' Because I always thought of her as a Native American, because that's always how she has been portrayed. I met with him anyway, because I love him, and I asked how this is going to work.
Then he showed me all these »
- Garth Franklin
Community's sixth season continues to deliver surrealism and absurdity in equal measure, as this robot-themed episode shows...
This review contains spoilers.
6.5 Laws Of Robotics & Party Rights
“What the hell kind of school is this?”
This line, one of the last from this week's episode, is delivered by a prison warden officiating over a wedding-like ceremony to make an iPad on a stick into a Professor Emeritus at Greendale. It just about sums this one up too. For all of its more grounded tendencies this season, few sitcoms have more “Wtf am I watching?” moments than Community.
This week's weirdness kicks off when the Colorado State Department of Corrections makes an offer that Greendale can't refuse- $300,000 to participate in a rehabilitation programme for dangerous prisoners, allowing them to attend community college via telepresence robots. However, Law professor Jeff soon butts heads with Willy, played by Cougar Town's Brian Van Holt, »
Shrouded in shadows, Doom-Head is featured in creepy fashion in the first still from Rob Zombie's 31. Also included in our latest round-up is a casting update for the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and an exclusive excerpt from Doug Lavers’ sci-fi thriller, Rekindling of Hope.
Rob Zombie's 31: Played by Richard Brake, Doom-Head dominates the first official still from Rob Zombie's 31 (see below). Since the news broke earlier this month that Malcolm McDowell had joined the cast of 31 as Father Murder, more actors have joined the film's ranks:
Pancho Moler (2005's Bad News Bears, American Horror Story: Freak Show) plays Sick-Head. Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, Halloween 2) portrays Roscoe, "the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show." Jane Carr (Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother) plays Sister Serpent, "a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose. »
- Derek Anderson
Katherine Nelson has joined Syfy and Chiller as Svp of communications, transferring from her previous role at Esquire Network, another NBCU Cable Entertainment channel.
She will report to Syfy and Chiller President Dave Howe.
In her new position, Nelson will be responsible for overall communications strategy for Syfy and Chiller, including corporate communications, program publicity and talent relations. Nelson will be based in New York and oversee the networks’ communications teams in both Gotham and Los Angeles.
“Katherine is an accomplished communications veteran with a truly unique background and deep experience in promoting high quality, smart, provocative entertainment,” said Howe. “She has proven herself to be strategic, creative and collaborative during her tenure at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and I know she will take Syfy and Chiller’s pioneering press efforts to new heights.”
At Esquire, Nelson developed and executed the communications strategy for the net’s debut in September 2013.
- Debra Birnbaum
Here's our guide to who we think will clean up at this year's Academy Awards, as well as who we think deserves to win...
Go into the Oscars appreciating them for what they are - awards for relatively popular, very good films - and they're a fun circus, whose mere existence ensures some movies get funded in the first place. Take them as an arbiter of what's actually the best of anything, and you're on far shakier ground. But I think most people have long accepted that.
This year alone, something as daring as Nightcrawler - a very uncomfortable, yet brilliant piece of cinema, with plenty to say - barely made it onto the Academy Awards radar. But that's democracy. Ask 5-10,000 people to choose the best thing, and many times, they're not going to choose yours.
This year's Academy Award nominations are no different in that regard, then. But »
Arctic murder mystery in Fortitude, a look inside The Mega Brothel and Charlie Brooker tackles current affairs in his Weekly Wipe. Plus: Attenborough’s Paradise Birds, Henry starts afresh in Cucumber and Odi cricket – England v India
Of all Attenborough’s documentaries, the footage of the bizarre mating dance of the superb bird of paradise from his Planet Earth series is among the most enduring for its breathtaking weirdness. Here he pursues his long-held fascination with the wildly diverse, highly evolved and ludicrously dramatic creatures found in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. They are the preening Victorian dandies of the avian world. This is clearly a labour of love for Attenborough, and all the more joyous for that. Ben Arnold
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- Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi, Gwilym Mumford, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall and Mark Jones
One day’s shoot on flagship BBC nature doc Planet Earth can generate 28 tonnes of carbon.
The film and TV industries are “not doing enough” to combat climate change, according to a panel of industry experts.
“Across the industry, we are absolutely not doing enough. Producers have so much power and the impetus for change has to come from the very top.”
On average, the production of one hour of television generates 9.4 tonnes of carbon.
The industry is “generally the worst culprit when it comes to carbon emissions” according to BBC cinematographer Paul Williams, who revealed that one day’s shoot on flagship BBC nature doc Planet Earth generated 28 tonnes of carbon.
He added: “One tonne of carbon takes up the volume of around one London bus, that’s the weight »
19 items from 2015
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