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Exclusive: Cinemax has given a pilot greenlight to Blanco, a drama project which has cast Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead) as the lead. Feature director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct the pilot, from Fox TV Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment. Blanco, which had been heating up at Cinemax since the summer, with the producers exploring casting and directing options, was written by Mark Rosner (Blue Bloods). It centers on Ruben (Fernandez), an uptown gangster — nicknamed Blanco for being a light-skinned Dominican — who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire. Rosner and Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg are executive producing the pilot with Fresnadillo. Fernandez, repped by Wme, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman, got his break on the cult CBS drama Jericho before segueing to features. He recently wrapped Return To Sender, serves as co-writer, producer, and »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Mine That Bird, the underdog racehorse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby, is the focus of a new Hollywood film 50 To 1 that opens in theaters March 21, 2014.
Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, “Scream,” “As Good As It Gets”), Christian Kane (Leverage), William Devane (24, “The Dark Knight Rises”), Todd Lowe (True Blood, Gilmore Girls) and newcomer Madelyn Deutch star in the film alongside real-life jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the picture. Faith Conroy co-wrote the script with Wilson.
(via Christian Kane’s Facebook page)
The film, which is rooted in New Mexico and shot in over 30 locations throughout the state—from Santa Fe to Las Cruces—will kick off the theatrical release with the world premiere in Albuquerque at the historic KiMo Theatre on March 19th.
50 To 1 is about a misfit group of »
- Melissa Thompson
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01
We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...
Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.
Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.
As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...
25. The Cable Guy
We can't sit here and »
Exclusive: CBS has put in development Alleged, a drama from CBS TV Studios and Jon Turteltaub‘s studio-based Junction Entertainment. Written by playwright/TV writer David Rambo and Pat Gilfillan, the project centers on a defense attorney who takes on the most important case of his life: defending his own brother, a successful surgeon and father of two who is accused of murdering his wife. The story is informed by high-profile spouse murder cases like those of Drew Peterson and Scott Peterson much like another CBS/CBS TV Studios drama, The Good Wife, was inspired by a string of politicians wives who’d stood by their philandering husbands. This marks the first project under an overall deal Wme-repped Junction recently inked with CBS Studios, returning to CBS after a two-year stint at ABC Studios. Turteltaub previously spent five years at CBS TV Studios, directing/executive producing the pilot for cult »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Feature Laura Akers 29 Oct 2013 - 07:00
A couple of years ago, I was wandering around San Diego Comic-Con when I stumbled across a signing going on at the California Browncoats table. There sat Jane Espenson - writer for wonderful treats like Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood, and Once Upon a Time - with two young men. I sidled up to one of the guys and asked what the signing was for. Husbands, he told me, a webseries comedy about marriage equality.
The three of them agreed to an interview (how could I pass up an opportunity to interview Espenson on one of her new projects?) and we talked about their plans for the show they were just about to shoot. Set just after marriage equality becomes law across the entire United States (and thus still, »
Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") and Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class") are being courted to star in "Breathe In" director Drake Doremus' next feature "Equals" which aims to begin filming early next year.
Vince Vaughn plays a struggling Midwestern businessman who takes his team on an eventful cross-country journey in a bid to win a contract. Miller will play a businesswoman. [Source: Deadline]
James will play Joseph "Joe" James, »
- Garth Franklin
Heads up for fantastic British TV fare heading your way from Acorn. Compared to The Wire and The Shield, and critically acclaimed for its taut plotting, remarkable performances, and hard-hitting realism, BBC’s Line of Duty, Series 1 stars Martin Compston as a London police officer forced to transfer to the anti-corruption department, where he quickly discovers that a celebrated officer, Dci Gates (Lennie James, Low Winter Sun, The Walking Dead, Jericho), has much to hide in both his personal and professional lives. BBC documentary Masters of Money explores the lives of influential economists - Keynes, Hayek, and Marx - whose theories continue to influence policy. The program presents an engaging take on the crucially important subject of the global »
- April Neale
Starz pirate drama "Black Sails" will be executive producer Michael Bay's first small screen venture, though the blockbuster king already has more series in the works -- post-apocalypse series "The Last Ship" at TNT and supernatural pilot "Occult" at A&E. The premium network unveiled a new, more impressive trailer for "Black Sails" at New York Comic Con this past weekend, which you can check out below. The series, which is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," was created by Jon Steinberg ("Jericho") and Robert Levine and certainly looks plenty lavish. It so pleased the crowds at San Diego Comic-Con that it's already earned a second season renewal ahead of its premiere in January. Neil Marshall ("The Descent," "Game of Thrones") directed the first episode.
- Alison Willmore
Starz pirate drama "Black Sails" will be executive producer Michael Bay's first small screen venture, though the blockbuster king already has more series in the works -- post-apocalypse series "The Last Ship" at TNT and supernatural pilot "Occult" at A&E. The premium network unveiled a new, more impressive trailer for "Black Sails" at New York Comic Con this past weekend, which you can check out below. The series, which is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," was created by Jon Steinberg ("Jericho") and Robert Levine and certainly looks plenty lavish. It so pleased the crowds at San Diego Comic-Con that it's already earned a second season renewal ahead of its premiere in January. Neil Marshall ("The Descent," "Game of Thrones") directed the first episode. »
- Alison Willmore
Water Tree Media have released the first clip from the much anticipated (at least by me and fans of the awesome Bill Oberst) teen slasher film Ditch Day Massacre, which stars horror icon Bill Oberst Jr. (Children of Sorrow, Scary or Die, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies) and Lynn Lowry (Cat People, The Crazies).
The film also stars ambitious up and coming talents Katy Foley (Disdain), Zach Silverman (A Broken Code), Tara Gerard (Lake Dead), Mad Brad Potts (Puppet Master X, “Glee”) and martial arts star Morgan Benoit (The Forbidden Kingdom) and is helmed by first time director Joe Hendrick, who has collaborated with horror screenwriter/author Daniel P. Coughlin (Lake Dead, Farmhouse) and sibling actor/writer Ryan Coughlin (Back Slash, “Jericho”); in a film which tells the story of:
Jenny Bilson, a high school senior, [who[ is the perfect student, and a wonderful daughter to a veteran police detective. But a figure from her past has come knocking. And, throwing a high school ‘ditch party,’ will end up being one Hell of a mistake!
Be Warned: Much of the film’s story is revealed in this short reel. The »
- Phil Wheat
A few months back, Michael Bay teamed up with video game maker Ubisoft to help them develop their massively popular Tom Clancy.s Ghost Recon series into a movie that would hopefully prove the first in a franchise. Though he agreed to produce the picture, Bay is reportedly holding onto the option to direct until he gets a look at the still nonexistent script. Well, we.re now one step closer to finding out if Ghost Recon will be a Bay-directed property as Variety reports the project has finally found some screenwriters. Human Target and Jericho writer-producers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been hired to translate the key elements of the game into a rousing action-adventure movie. Ghost Recon games center on a fictional U.S. Army Special Forces unit that basically serves as the president.s private army. Advantages of this special assignment include top of the line »
If you can find it in your heart to step away from GTA V for just a few seconds, I’m here to remind you that there are, in fact, other options available. Having sold over 24 million copies, Michael Bay is stepping up to produce a film version of U.S. Army game, Ghost Recon.
Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia – best known for a few episodes of Jericho and Sony’s upcoming Zorro reboot – will be penning the script for Warner Bros., but we are yet to hear whether Michael Bay will commit as director or pass the baton to someone else. Bad Boys 3 may have been announced, but Bay has yet to officially sign on to direct a film post-Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
It may not boast the Michael Fassbenders or Tom Hardys of other game adaptations Assassin’S Creed and Splinter Cell, but with plenty of »
- Emma Thrower
The game centres around a fictional unit of the Us Army Special Forces. Using highly advanced technology, the soldiers operate as the President's own private army.
Bay will produce the movie but has not committed to directing it following Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The Ghost Recon series debuted in 2001.
Watch a trailer for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier below: »
Creeping stealthily towards a jump-off date is Warner Bros. and Michael Bay's adaptation of the Tom Clancy-inspired game Ghost Recon. Variety reports that two screenwriters are now signed on to transform the first-person shooter into something screen-ready. Smearing themselves in camo makeup and dusting off their Get Some Guide To Special Forces Jargon are Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. The pair are probably best known for their work on TV shows Jericho and Human Target, but they've recently added some major Hollywood assignments to their collective résumé. Tricky ones, too, like 20th Century Fox's Zorro, currently in a holding pattern, and Y: The Last Man, now reportedly back in business with Dan Trachtenberg at the helm.For those unfamiliar with the fictional Recon team, they’re a unit of the Army Special Forces that basically acts as the President’s personal strike team, taking out threats with all the latest weapons and gadgets. »
As if Grand Theft Auto V's $800 million debut didn't illustrate the point sufficiently, video games are a huge market that have yet to adequately adapted into the cinematic world. One such project that hopes to change that perception is Michael Bay's production of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. While we still don't know whether Bay will direct the film set up at Warner Bros., screenwriters Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been tapped to pen the Ubisoft adaptation. Federman and Scaia previously made headlines when they were tasked with scripting the feature treatment for Brian K. Vaughan's graphic novel, Y: The Last Man and turned in an early draft for the Zorro reboot. The pair has worked predominantly in television on such series as Jericho, Warehouse 13 and Human Target. Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Federman and Scaia will write Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon adaptation. »
- Dave Trumbore
Genre: Sci-Fi | Action | Drama
Air Date/Time: Friday, August 30th at 10/9c
Created by: Simon Berry
Written by: Simon Berry
Directed by: Pat Williams
In the Season 2 finale, “Second Time,” Kiera races to rescue Alec from himself and preserve her own chance of getting home, while Alec must make a difficult decision between solving Kiera’s dilemma or his own.
In Continuum, Nichols (Criminal Minds, Alias) stars as a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in the present day. When a group of fanatical terrorists escapes their planned execution in 2077 by vaulting back in time to 2012, they inadvertently sweep along Kiera, a dedicated City Protective Services officer.
With unexpected assistance from teen tech genius Alec Sadler, played by Erik Knudsen (Jericho, Scream 4), Kiera infiltrates the local police department and forms an uneasy alliance with her new partner, detective Carlos Fonnegra, portrayed by Victor Webster (Castle, »
- Jess Orso
Music Composed by: Jeff Danna
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Format: Digital Download
Number of Discs: n/a (19 tracks, approx. 43 minutes)
Label: Lakeshore Records
Lakeshore Records will release the Continuum – Original Television Soundtrack Season One digitally on August 6, 2013. The album features the original music, composed by Jeff Danna (Silent Hill: Revelation, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), for the first season of the beloved science fiction show.
“I encouraged a partially-orchestral approach to the series,” said Danna. “The world that Simon has created for Continuum is not a small or safe place and calls for music that is as cinematic as Simon’s vision of his characters and stories. The orchestra is the musical-partner for a story like this, and it is a large part of the soundscape of Continuum.”
Born in Canada to a musical family, Jeff Danna has created scores for a long and varied list of films. His »
- Jess Orso
CBS is back in business with the producers behind Jericho. Junction Entertainment has inked a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the pact, the production company will exclusively develop projects for broadcast television, with a first-look option for cable and digital media efforts. The agreement reunites Junction with the company that produced drama Harper's Island. Story: 'Jericho' Producer on Revival Talks: 'We'd Be Ecstatic' The company, which includes TV head Karim Zreik, director-producer Jon Turteltaub and director of development Dan Shotz, most recently produced USA Network's Common Law and comes
- Lesley Goldberg
In 2006, Britain's Channel 4 aired a dark two-part TV movie called "Low Winter Sun" starring Mark Strong ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") as one of two police officers in Edinburgh, Scotland, who conspire to murder a fellow officer and then discover that nothing is as it seems.
Starting Sunday, Aug. 11, AMC airs a 10-episode American adaptation of "Low Winter Sun" set in in the former industrial titan of Detroit.
Strong reprises his role as Detective Frank Agnew; Lennie James ("Jericho," "The Walking Dead") plays his partner in crime, Detective Joe Geddes. Also starring are James Ransone, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sprague Grayden, Athena Karkanis, Billy Lush and David Costabile; Erika Alexander has a recurring role.
Ironically, along with Strong playing an American, the British-born James continues his run of American TV roles. Playing a police detective and former Jesuit seminarian who turns to the dark side intrigued him.
"I like his history, »
AMC has released the first five minutes of their intense-looking new drama called Low Winter Sun, which stars Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Zero Dark Thirty) and Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Jericho, Snatch). With Breaking Bad coming to an end, the network is looking for another great show to take its place, and this might be it!
The series is a "contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Low Winter Sun begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld."
The series is based on the award-winning 2006 British miniseries of the same name. Season one consists of ten one-hour episodes, and it will air »
- Joey Paur
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