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Christina Wayne has hung out her own production shingle in a pod deal with Endemol Studios.
Pact is the first of its kind for Endemol’s Los Angeles-based scripted development arm.
Wayne brings her Assembly Entertainment banner to Endemol after spending the past three years as prexy of Cineflix Studios. She first made her mark as a development exec during her earlier tenure at AMC, where she shepherded “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” to great acclaim. She also worked with Endemol in the early development of the AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” which is now heading into its fourth season.
“Endemol has built an impressive scripted business in a short period of time,” Wayne said.
Wayne’s departure from Cineflix was hastened by the Canadian company’s decision to scale back its scripted development biz and channeling most projects through its Buccaneer Media joint venture with British producer Tony Wood. »
- Cynthia Littleton
A couple of really great screen actors are featured in this latest Tinker Bell movie The Pirate Fairy. With young ones in my house, this will no doubt find its way into rotation, but with the voices of Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) for Zarina and Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) as James, I’m much more likely to be paying attention. Check out the details for the Blu-ray release followed by the trailer.
Disney’S The Pirate Fairy on Blu-ray April 1, 2014
From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell »
- Jess Orso
Digital Release Date: Dec. 31, 2013, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.99, Blu-ray Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay
Inspired by a true story, the movie follows Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker, Platoon), who rises up from being a slave boy to a career as a butler serving seven Presidents in the White House. Over the years, he witnesses some of the most tumultuous and defining moments for race relations in the U.S. in the 20th century.
The all-star cast also includes Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple) as Cecil’s wife, plus John Cusack (The Raven), Jane Fonda (All Together), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Machete Kills), Terrence Howard (Prisoners), Lenny Kravitz (The Hunger Games), James Marsden (Robot & Frank), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part »
Netflix's critical hit "Orange Is the New Black" picked up four nominations for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards -- where it's entered as a comedy series.
The show (and its cast) is entered in the drama field for some other upcoming awards shows, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It's a bit of a tweener show, mixing both comedy and drama, but as there are no "dramedy" awards anywhere, it's a comedy for writing purposes.
The full list of series nominees is below. You can go here to see all the WGA TV and radio nominees, including those for news and children's programming. The awards are scheduled for Feb. 1.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo are among the marquee names set to star in films at next year's Sundance film festival, the annual celebration of indie film-making founded by Robert Redford.
Organisers, who announced a large portion of its lineup on 4 December, hinted the 2014 event will have a slightly more mature air, one perhaps befitting a festival that will celebrate its 30th year when it opens in January. "This year's lineup is reflective of film-makers wanting to tell new stories, and we're seeing a broader range of characters and ages," Trevor Groth, the director of programming, told the Hollywood Reporter. "A lot of times, the typical Sundance film-maker has a younger perspective and tells stories of what they know. »
- Ben Child
The nominees are:
The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Jacqueline Hoyt, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, J.C. Nolan, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julie Wolfe; CBS
- Lynette Rice
Scroll down for the nominations list…
- Michael Ausiello
Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2013 season. The winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Television Nominees Drama Series Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Jacqueline Hoyt, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, J.C. Nolan, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julie Wolfe; CBS Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, William E. Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Barbara Hall, Patrick Harbinson, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Charlotte Stoudt, James Yoshimura; Showtime House Of Cards, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
With yesterday's announcement of the Sundance 2014 competition lineup, a slew of new images have arrived. Check out a first look of Kristen Stewart in Us Dramatic competition title "Camp X-Ray," and Christina Hendricks in her "Mad Men" co-star John Slattery's directorial debut "God's Pocket," also a Us competition title. Here are the synopses for the films:Camp X-Ray / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Peter Sattler) — A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch.God's Pocket / U.S.A. (Director: John Slattery, Screenwriters: John Slattery, Alex Metcalf) — When Mickey's stepson Leon is killed in a construction "accident," Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when the boy's mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck between a body he can’t bury, »
- Beth Hanna
A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories: Sky Arts 1, 9pm
Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe star in Sky's hidden gem - the blackest of black comedies. In series two, episode three, Radcliffe's younger Doctor grows increasingly fixated with Natasha (Margaret Clunie).
Louie: Fox, 10pm
Louis Ck's superb sitcom reaches its third season finale, but fear not, a fourth is on the way! For now, it's time to celebrate the festive period - Louie-style - with Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler cast as our lead's sister.
Him & Her: The Wedding: BBC Three, 10pm
Tonight, we continue saying a long and bittersweet goodbye to loveable slobs Steve (Russell Tovey) and Becky (Sarah Solemani). In the third of five episodes, nightmare bride Laura (Kerry Howard) receives some shocking news...
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Meet Mickey - he's in trouble. Another good first look at another interesting film premiering at Sundance 2014. This one is the feature directing debut of "Mad Men's" Roger Sterling, actor John Slattery. The film is titled God's Pocket, based on the Peter Dexter novel, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey, a guy who gets in over his head when he tries to cover-up the accidental death of his stepson, Leon. The cast includes a couple of other fun actors, including: Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks (in lingerie of course), John Turturro, Caleb Landry Jones and Eddie Marsan. I'm intrigued, I'll see this at the fest. Here's the full set of six photos from Sundance for John Slattery's God's Pocket, premiering this January: Synopsis from Sundance: When Mickey's stepson Leon is killed in a construction "accident," Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when the boy's mother demands the truth, »
- Alex Billington
It’s tough to believe that Sundance 2014 is just around the corner, but the today the fest announced the films that will be screening in the U.S. Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, and Next categories. Notable entires include the Bill Hader/Kristen Wiig drama The Skeleton Twins, Mad Men star John Slattery’s feature directorial debut God’s Pocket, the Kristen Stewart film Camp X-Ray, writer/director Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, the Joe Albany biopic Low Down, the Anne Hathaway-starrer Song One, and many more. Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup and look for our full coverage from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 16 – 26th. Here’s the full lineup for the competition categories: U.S. Dramatic Competition Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first »
- Adam Chitwood
The U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival were announced today and just below I have featured pictures from the 16 films that will be competing in the U.S. Dramatic competition and they feature a lot of names you're going to recognize. The titles begin with Camp X-Ray, which stars Kristen Stewart as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Jim Mickle made an impact earlier this year with We Are What We Are and he returns with Michael C. Hall with Cold in July. Fishing Without Nets looks to tell a story similar to that of Captain Phillips, only this time from the Somali side of things; God's Pocket is "Mad Men" star John Slattery's writing and directorial debut and he's lined up an impressive cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, »
- Brad Brevet
Festival top brass announced on December 4 the Us and world cinema dramatic and documentary competition entries as well as 11 Next titles for the upcoming 30th edition of the Sundance Film Festival, set to run in Utah from January 16-26 2014.
The Us dramatic strand features work from independent auteurs Joe Swanberg and Jim Mickle as well as the feature directorial debut of Mad Men star John Slattery, Anne Hathaway in Song One and Rinko Kikuchi in Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.
Festival director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth said genre was no longer the sole preserve of the Park City At Midnight section and had percolated into the broader selection. Cooper added that genre was often a good device for film-makers to hook audiences on a story.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
We weren’t so sure about this crop of five new fall series — but to our surprise, they’ve ripened quite nicely.
When they debuted, we thought we might hate them. The ditzy blondes. The malevolent horsemen. The cranked-up-to-11 scenes of Robin Williams’ improv. But as these fall TV series we doubted developed beyond their pilot episodes, they began to grow on us: We laughed at uterus jokes and rooted for telekinetically gifted teens. Here’s what changed our minds.
Thursdays, 9P.M., CBS
Why We Doubted It
Watching Williams wind all the way up and riff his way through a Scotsman-impersonating, »
- EW staff
In some respects, the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival offers a snapshot of the ways in which the independent film scene has dramatically shifted over the past three decades, said fest director John Cooper, from an ever-widening talent pool to an increasingly sophisticated range of technologies available to filmmakers and distributors. In particular, the slate of 117 features (96 of them world premieres) set to unspool Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, culled from a healthy 12,218 submissions, showcase the form at a new level of maturity — more diverse and welcoming to new filmmakers than ever, but also more exacting in terms of quality.
“Independent film in general has been absorbed and embraced as a vital part of the cultural landscape,” Cooper said. “It’s no longer an outsider sport. It really is part of an American art form.”
“I think the completeness of vision is different now from when I first started 20 years ago, »
- Justin Chang
The Witches of East End actress, who played Shelly Johnson in Lynch's Twin Peaks and its prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, told Digital Spy that it would take a "special" studio to put the filmmaker's ideas on screen.
Twin Peaks: Tube Talk Gold
"He's an ever-changing artist, he just has a true voice," Amick said when asked if Lynch would return to TV or cinema.
"If studios and networks understand what he's doing and they want to take the 'risk' to get him on television, then they do."
She continued: "But he doesn't change his vision to fit into those boxes, so he ends up doing other stuff, like writing music, or painting or doing sketch art.
"Recently he's been really into internet films and episodes. I »
The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
Fans of the Netflix original series, House of Cards, can rejoice. The date that the second season of the hit show will arrive on the net has just been announced. Starting on February 14 (that’s right, Valentine’s Day), you can continue watching the exploits of Francis Underwood as he attempts to climb the political ranks in Washington D.C., using every devious method on his way to the top.
In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
This Valentine’s Day, you may find yourself bingeing on something besides candy out of a heart-shaped box.
Netflix has announced that all 13 episodes of House of Cards Season 2 will bow on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
Related | Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black Submitting as Drama, Not Comedy, in Golden Globes and Emmy Races
The rather spoiler-free logline for the acclaimed drama’s sophomore run:
Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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