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When the first trailer for The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz was release, it went by the title Hercules: The Legend Begins. But apparently Summit Entertainment liked the new title better. If it feels like this film is being marketed very quickly, you're right. The first trailer just arrived over a couple weeks ago, and now a second full theatrical trailer is here. The film was picked up for distribution and set for a very early release swiftly, so the film is getting pushed fast and hard before arriving in just under a month. It still looks generic, and we doubt Lutz has the power to make this a success, but that's just January for you. Here's the second trailer for Renny Harlin's The Legend of Hercules, originally from Apple: The Legend of Hercules is directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2), who also wrote the film with »
- Ethan Anderton
An Original Voice
“We didn’t get mad, we got smart,” HBO CEO Michael Fuchs said about hitting The Wall, looking back at HBO stalling in 1984 from the vantage of the early 1990s. Actually, a lot of the rank and file didn’t get mad or smart; we’d seen 125 of our friends and colleagues get shown the door when the company had suddenly flatlined after eight years of phenomenal growth, and what we got was scared.
But it’s to the credit of HBO’s execs that whatever anxieties they may have had, they showed no panic or even nervousness in public. Instead, they poured any concerns into energetically and immediately addressing the question of, “What do we do now?” The world we knew had changed and there was no going back to the Gold Rush days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The company required a humongous »
- Bill Mesce
Production has wrapped and post-production started on director Yves Simoneau's Toronto-lensed, World War II era, alien TV pilot "Horizon", starring Cary Elwes and Ruth Bradley, under the supervision of "The Walking Dead" executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.
"...during the height of World War II, when women began entering the workforce, 'Horizon' centers on a Washington secretary (Bradley) at the 'FBI' who starts a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename 'Horizon'.
"She discovers that the clandestine project has something to do with the death of her husband who was apparently killed during a battle with a 'spaceship' in the South Pacific.
"What she doesn't know is that her investigation has aroused the interest of undercover Axis spies working in the Us, »
- Michael Stevens
Free Willy actor August Schellenberg has sadly passed away at age 77. The Canadian actor had been fighting a longtime battle with cancer and died peacefully surrounded by loved ones, his family told reporters. While most may remember him for his role as Jesse's Native American mentor in all three of the whale flicks, Schellenberg actually has had a long and colorful career in Hollywood. In fact, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or movie for his performance as Chief Sitting Bull in the 2007 hit Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Schellenberg also appeared in The New World alongside Christian Bale and Colin Farrell in 2005. He also played Clay Bedonie in the »
Schellenberg passed away in Dallas, Texas on Thursday (August 15) after losing his battle with cancer.
The Canadian actor's agent Jamie Levitt confirmed the news of his passing.
Schellenberg starred in the first three Free Willy movies, playing a Native American mentor.
Levitt described him as a loving family man and an iconic Canadian actor.
Watch Schellenberg in a scene from Free Willy 2 below: »
August Schellenberg has died at the age of 77. The actor, possibly best known for the role of Randolph Johnson in the "Free Willy" films, passed away peacefully after a long fight with cancer (as reported by TMZ).
Often playing Native American characters, Schellenberg's acting career began in the 1970s. He appeared in almost 100 projects over the years and was nominated for a supporting-actor Emmy for his role as Sitting Bull in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" in 2007. Other notable roles include Powhatan in 2005's "The New World" (costarring Colin Farrell and Christian Bale) and guest appearances on shows ranging from "Grey's Anatomy" to "Walker, Texas Ranger."
Born in Montreal in 1936, Schellenberg died in Texas.
Veteran Native American actor August Schellenberg died yesterday at the age of 77 after a long battle with cancer.
Schellenberg, a Canadian Mohawk, was best known for playing Jesse's mentor in "Free Willy," but he boasted a long, storied career that spanned four decades. He was nominated for an Emmy for playing Sitting Bull in the HBO miniseries "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
Born to a Swiss father and Canadian mother, Schellenberg trained at the National Theatre School of Canada before moving on to the stage, television, and film. His first role was in the 1971 movie "Rip-Off," and he acted steadily in various TV shows and movies ever since.
In 1993, Schellenberg took on his most famous role -- as mentor Randolph Johnson in "Free Willy." He went on to appear in both of the hit movie's sequels.
Schellenberg often played Native Americans; in 2005, he starred as Chief Powhatan in Terrence Malick's "The New World. »
- Kelly Woo
August Schellenberg -- who played Jesse's Native American mentor in "Free Willy" -- has died Thursday in Texas after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned. Schellenberg's family tells TMZ ... August died peacefully surrounded by loved ones.77-year-old Schellenberg had a long and storied career in Hollywood -- often playing Native American characters. In fact, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as »
- TMZ Staff
NBC is planning to administer a double dose of classic horror, with the news that the network is moving forward with miniseries adaptations of both Roman Polanski’s iconic horror film Rosemary’s Baby and Stephen King’s acclaimed novel The Tommyknockers.
The announcement indicates that NBC has been watching closely as ‘event’ miniseries like CBS’ Under the Dome and FX’s American Horror Story have delivered surprisingly high ratings, and as its own horror series Hannibal has quickly gained a loyal cult following.
NBC president Bob Greenblatt said that the Rosemary’s Baby reboot will in fact be more of a re-imagining of the original Ira Levin novel on which Polanski’s film was based, rather than a direct remake of the film. The miniseries will focus on a young woman and her husband living in Paris and will be an “edge-of-your-seat thriller” comprised of four episodes. Interestingly, the »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a continuation of what is (for TV fans) one of the most wonderful times of the year, we have moved straight from Comic-Con season to TCA season. Twice a year the networks make presentations to the members of the Television Critics Association, and that’s one of the key times when we learn about what might be in our viewing futures.
NBC had their day on Saturday, and out of that came the announcement of the development of a limited-series adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby, and of Stephen King‘s Tommyknockers. Here are the details:
“Rosemary’s Baby” is a four-hour updated retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin that was later adapted as a feature film about devil worship and the complex relationship between a young husband and wife. In the new version, the couple lives in Paris where this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds. Lionsgate is the production company. »
- Erin Willard
With networks getting back in the mini-series game, it’s not too surprising that NBC exec Bob Greenblatt unveiled plans for two new reboots in mini form while talking to the Television Critics Association this weekend. Greenblatt offered that “We need to be in the event business” and went on to back this up by talking the Diane Lane Hillary Clinton biopic and then revealing that the network intends to adapt two horror novels for mini-series, despite both having adaptations already.
The most obviously controversial of the two is Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, adapted as an incomparable horror film by Roman Polanksi back in 1968. Why the understated and creepy tale needs to be a 4-hour “edge of your seat thriller” is unknown, or why for that matter, the setting needs to switch from Manhattan to Paris. It’s going to be hard to gauge what will come of this project, »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
Just when you thought that the movie industry was running out of ideas, NBC announced a handful of projects that are currently in early stages of development…and none of them seem to be an original idea! The network announced that Hillary, Rosemary’S Baby, Tommyknockers and Plymouth will be heading to the channel sometime soon.
Hillary will be a four part mini series about former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It will star Diane Lane, and it will be written and directed by Frozen River’s Courtney Hunt. The mini series will follow Clinton’s life from 1998 to present day, following her as First Lady, mother, and eventually becoming a Presidential candidate. This is the second biopic about Clinton, the other being Rodham (which Carey Mulligan declined back in June).
Rosemary’S Baby is exactly what you think it is. It will be an “updated retelling »
- Lucy Cave
News Louisa Mellor 29 Jul 2013 - 09:45
Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door...
King's 1987 sci-fi novel, The Tommyknockers, about a community drawn under the thrall of a mysterious object they discover in the woods, is about to become a brand-new miniseries for NBC, with Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee's Yves Simoneau attached to direct.
Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby, famously adapted for cinema by Roman Polanski in 1968, is also to be given the miniseries treatment by NBC, with a Paris-set four-hour retelling of Levin's novel on its way. It's too early for casting or air date announcements and the like as yet, »
We recently found out that instead of moving forward with a fifth "Scream" film, Dimension Films has decided to focus on a "Scream" television series. MTV has now learned that Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin ("Revenge," "The Event," "Criminal Minds") have been hired to write the script. Wes Craven is in talks to direct the pilot episode. Meanwhile, NBC has revealed that it's developing a four-hour TV mini-series based on Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby" novel that was later turned into a 1968 film, directed by child rapist Roman Polanski. The network is also developing a new TV series based on Stephen King's 1987 novel "Tommyknockers," about the residents of a small Maine town and how they deal with what they perceive to be an alien spacecraft that has landed nearby. Yves Simoneau (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) will direct. And finally, NBC has ordered a four-hour mini-series based on former first lady Hillary Clinton, »
Beleaguered network NBC has announced that it is developing four new high-profile event series to join its already announced six-hour "Cleopatra" miniseries.
The news was announced at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour on Saturday. The first is a limited series entitled "Plymouth" which is being made by "The Bible" producer Mark Burnett. That series deals with the Pilgrims' journey across the Atlantic and the hardships of settling in the New World.
The most surprising of the four is what's being labelled as an "updated remake" of "Rosemary's Baby" which will be set in Paris. The project is being described as a new adaptation of the Ira Levin novel rather than a remake of Roman Polanski's classic film adaptation.
- Garth Franklin
During the Television Critics Association press tour earlier today, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced a number of new projects, including a Rosemary’s Baby miniseries and a project based on Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers.
Rosemary’s Baby will be released as a four-hour miniseries and is said to be an updated retelling, where the married couple at the center of the story live in Paris. There were less details provided about The Tommyknockers adaptation, but it was said that the success of Under the Dome was one of the big reasons for this project moving forward. We’re not sure if it’s going to be a miniseries or a limited series with the possibility of additional seasons, but will let readers know when more details become available. Here are the official details provided by NBC [via Deadline]:
“Rosemary’s Baby is a four-hour updated retelling of the bestselling »
- Jonathan James
Like all the other broadcast networks, NBC is getting (back) into the miniseries business, greenlighting four new projects in addition to the follow-up to "The Bible" it picked up recently.
The four new projects are a biopic about Hillary Clinton that will star Diane Lane; an updated version of "Rosemary's Baby"; a remake of Stephen King's "The Tommyknockers"; and "Plymouth," about the Pilgrims settling in America.
"We need to be in the event business," network chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters Saturday (July 27) at the TCA summer press tour. That includes lots of live programming (like a live "Sound of Music" set to air in December) but also programming like what it announced Saturday.
"Hillary," written by Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"), will follow the former first lady, senator and secretary of state's life from 1998 -- around the time her husband, President Bill Clinton, was impeached -- to the present.
The Television Critics Association's Summer 2013 Press Tour is in full swing, and today it's NBC's turn to share some news. With the recent success of "Hannibal" and "Bates Motel," is it any wonder they're talking more short-form series based on popular horror titles?
The network is in early development on a handful of new projects, including a “Rosemary’s Baby” miniseries along with “Stephen King’s Tommyknockers.” (They also announced a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Rodham Clinton and “Plymouth,” based on the epic story of the Mayflower’s landing in America.)
Excerpts from the Press Release:
“Rosemary’s Baby” is a four-hour updated retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin that was later adapted as a feature film about devil worship and the complex relationship between a young husband and wife. In the new version the couple lives in Paris, where this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds. Lionsgate is the production company. »
- The Woman In Black
Besides developing the next evolution of Mark Burnett’s Bible series, NBC has several more limited series in development for the new season (and beyond).
Today, NBC Entertainment Topper Bob Greenblatt announced that he will reboot the classic Mia Farrow movie Rosemary’s Baby for primetime. Described as a retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin, the new version will focus on a young husband and wife living in Paris where “this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds.” No casting announced yet, unfortunately.
- Lynette Rice
NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt opened his Television Critics Assn. exec session by talking up the Peacock’s “year of improvement” and unveiling four high-profile longform projects in the works.
Greenblatt said the Peacock is working on a miniseries about Hillary Clinton to star Diane Lane; a reboot of “Rosemary’s Baby”; a new version of Stephen King’s “Tommyknockers”; and a historical project with Mark Burnett about the pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth Rock.
Greenblatt emphasized that networks “need to be in the event business…. All of (the new projects) have their own event nature.”
The role of Bill Clinton has not yet been cast, nor is there a completed script yet, Greenblatt said. He said the mini would likely air before Hillary Clinton formally declares herself to be a presidential candidate in 2016.
- Cynthia Littleton
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