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Early last month it was announced that Disney had hired director Jon Favreau to helm a new live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book.“ Well, the funny thing is, the original story by Rudyard Kipling is in the public domain. So no one “owns” it. In the latest of a long history of studios setting up similar, rival productions, Warner Bros has now thrown its hat into the “Jungle Book” ring. With Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves producing, this new project is said to be on the hunt for a director. Who’s the current front-runner? Alejandro González Iñárritu.
To date, the Mexican filmmaker has never directed a tentpole picture. You won’t find a single Hollywood blockbuster on his resumé. He’s known, stateside, for smaller films like Babel and 21 Grams. It is said that Iñárritu is very interested, but that Warner Bros wants to properly vet him to see »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
This past week's Camerimage Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland honored Director of Photography Roberto Schaefer with a special Cinematographer / Director Duo Award celebrating his collaborations with Marc Forster. Their projects together include Loungers (1995), Everything Put Together (2000), Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008) and, most recently, Machine Gun Preacher (2011). ComingSoon.net sat down with Schaefer as part of our ongoing series of interviews from the festival. In the below conversation, he discusses his history with Forster, his work with other directors and explains why he wasn't able to re-team with his longtime »
Maybe you're one of the lucky ducks who doesn't have to work the day after Thanksgiving, so you can stay in your jammies all day and watch the movie marathon of your choice -- Capt. Jack Sparrow, Alfred Hitchcock, "Star Wars." So many choices.
Or if you're like us, you're getting the DVR set. But here are the marathons and specials being offered Friday, Nov. 29. Note: If you want to watch some "Friends" Thanksgiving Day episodes, start the DVR late Turkey Day night into the wee hours of the morning.
All times Eastern.
ABC: College football, noon to 7 p.m. (Iowa at Nebraska, Miami at Pittsburgh)
ABC Family: Harry Potter movie marathon, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. ("Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," "Deathly Hallows Part 1")
Update! Click here for all of today's (Sunday, December 1) deals, updated throughout the day. Amazon got started with their 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals early this year, but the bigger deals are just around the corner, beginning Sunday, November 24 in fact and I've already started collecting some of the best deals that are available now as well as those that will be available throughout the week and when they will be available. That said, keep visiting, because this article will be updated as more and more deals are made available. I will also be posting daily updates all week with that day's deals, but there are some deals available right now that you may be interested in. All Week! The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray ($44.99) 54% Off Homeland: The Complete First Season ($21.49) Homeland: The Complete Second Season ($21.99) Mission: Impossible - The Complete Series ($124.99) Harry Potter »
- Brad Brevet
Principal photography has wrapped on Claudio Fäh’s Northmen – A Viking Saga, and we've got the first official image from the film to share with you. The story centers on a band of Viking marauders who sail down the coast of Britain with dreams of pillaging gold, but a shipwreck forces them to travel on foot to a Viking stronghold, pursued by the King of Scotland's infamous mercenaries, the Wolf Pack. Tom Hopper (Knights of Badassdom), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Irish actress Charlie Murphy (Philomena), Ed Skrein (The Sweeney), Ken Duken (Inglorious Basterds), Anatole Taubman (Quantum of Solace) and James Norton (Rush) star. Hit the jump to see the first image and for more on the film. Here's the press release and first image for Northmen - A Viking Saga, which recently wrapped on principal photography: Northmen – A Viking Saga Completes Principal Photography After 8 weeks of shooting, principal photography »
- Dave Trumbore
Oddly enough, Monks of Mellonwah’s album Afraid to Die calls to mind images of James Bond-ian adventures. The lead track, “Afraid To Die,” has all the orchestral beats that your standard Bond film theme song would have, but is far better than recent title tracks for flicks like Quantum of Solace or Skyfall. I can easily envision Daniel Craig mowing dudes down with Cqc moves and firing a Walther Ppk while Monks of Mellonwah blares over the soundtrack.
- Robert Ottone
CW’s Arrow has shown that DC Comics characters can work on the small screen. This season has gotten positive attention from both fans and critics and continues to build its world and introduce more characters and concepts from the comics. As well as Arrow, DC Entertainment has announced that there are Jim Gordon, John Constantine, and Hourman shows in development at Fox, NBC, and CW respectively. The first two characters are relatively popular, especially Jim Gordon, who was portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight trilogy, but who outside die-hard Justice Society fans knows who Hourman is? In this articles, the Sound on Sight writers will show what DC characters and comics series should have their own series instead of Hourman and whatever his superpowers are.
Deathstroke by Lol Craven I’m not going to lie and say I’m nominating Deathstroke because I’m a long term fan, »
- Logan Dalton
The duo became fast friends in 2009 when they starred in 'A Steady Rain' on Broadway. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
James Bond will return to free-to-air television in the UK this year after ITV snatched the rights to the Ian Fleming franchise back from Sky.
ITV lost the rights to the pay-tv giant last year as part of a landmark deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, but it has taken little more than 18 months for the commercial broadcaster to win them back.
Quantum of Solace will be the first film to air under the new agreement in December.
Sky, which had a fixed-term licence to the Bond rights, will continue to be the first pay-tv window for new films in the franchise.
Angela Jain, ITV director of digital channels and acquisitions, said: “Skyfall is the highest grossing film of all time at the UK box office and proves not only the »
This week sees the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the highly-anticipated sequel to last year’s blockbuster. But in the meantime, this week’s new Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at the upcoming British comedy Cuban Fury.
Premise: A lonely sad-sack named Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) has a crush on his gorgeous new boss Julia (Rashida Jones), and the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance. Good thing he used to be a child prodigy at salsa dancing – now all Bruce needs to do is rediscover his inner passion.
My take: Several times in the history of this column, I’ve featured a movie that I hadn’t even heard of before seeing the trailer in question. Such is the case with this week’s subject, the upcoming British romantic comedy Cuban Fury, which stars Nick Frost, best known from »
- Timothy Monforton
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"MGM and Danjaq have acquired all of the rights and interests in James Bond held by the estate of Kevin McClory, ending more than 50 years of litigation between the producers of the franchise and an author who penned Bond scripts with Ian Fleming. MGM, Danjaq and the estate of McClory issued a statement on Friday saying that they have brought to an “amicable conclusion the legal and business disputes that have arisen periodically for over 50 years.” Details of the settlement were not disclosed.""
Read the full article here.
McClory’s control over the Thunderball rights since 1968 has been a thorn in the side of the franchise ever since. In terms of characters and plot-points, Thunderball is integral to the James Bond series. »
- Gary Collinson
After a five decade long legal battle, MGM and Danjaq have finally acquired all of the rights to the 007 franchise.
In essence, McClory has owned the film rights to the novel "Thunderball" and various other elements of the franchise. He attempted to use them to start his own Bond franchise in 1983 with the remake "Never Say Never Again".
McClory passed away in 2006, and now his estate seems to have finally come to a settlement with MGM, though terms have not been disclosed. The biggest impact going forward is what it could mean for the villains in future Daniel Craig outings.
McClory's estate essentially had the screen rights to both Ernst Stavro Blofeld character and the global terrorist organisation Spectre which served as »
- Garth Franklin
With the holidays approaching, Amazon constantly rotates their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are today's highlights. Keep in mind, many of these end today. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $28.99 (47% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $74.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) Smallville: The Complete Series - $146.99 (57% off) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection - $79.99 (69% off) Friends: The Complete Series DVD - $89.99 (56% off) Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $149.99 (46% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $201.99 (33% off) Dexter: The Complete Series Collection [Blu-ray] - $219.99 (52% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $27.53 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
According to the ever-reliable Latino-Review, specifically their writer El Mayimbe, a frontrunner has emerged for a highly coveted female role in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman. Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress and model, is supposedly up for a pivotal but mysterious role in the hotly-anticipated blockbuster.
Gadot recently appeared as Gisele Yashar, a professional thief and love interest of Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), in this past summer’s Fast & Furious 6. She previously played the same role in 2009′s Fast & Furious and 2011′s Fast Five. Though Gadot’s role was a highly physical one, she also showcased some considerable acting chops throughout her time in the franchise.
Landing a part in Batman vs. Superman is far from a done deal, however. Gadot still faces tough competition for the role, as Quantum of Solace star Olga Kurylenko and G.I. Joe: Retaliation actress Elodie Yung also recently auditioned. Thor‘s Jaime »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the holidays approaching, Amazon constantly rotates their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are the new highlights. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $28.99 (47% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $74.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) Smallville: The Complete Series - $146.99 (57% off) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection - $79.99 (69% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $27.53 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, The Misfits The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel) - $34.80 (65% off) Ice Age »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The Walking Dead season 1-3, Man of Steel and Akira will be released on November 12. The Walking Dead volume 19 and the Daniel Craig 007 collection are available now. Man of Steel (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack) $19.99 [44%off, save $16.00] Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) $24.99 [29% off, save $9.99] 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] $19.99 [64% off, save $35.00] Walking Dead Seasons 1-3 Bundle [Blu-ray] $139.49 [30% off, save $60.50] The Walking Dead Volume 19 Tp: March to War $9.37 [37% off, save $5.62] Click Here For More Amazon Deals In The Walking Dead volume 19, "Rick. Ezekiel. Gregory. Negan. Each man holds the fate of their community in their hands... and War is on the horizon!" In The Walking Dead season 1-3, "police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and a small group of others struggle to stay alive as 'the dead' stalk them at »
Every Sunday Amazon rotates many of their DVD/Blu-ray deals. Here are the new highlights. Some great stuff this week. Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $179.99 (70% off) includes 52 discs! 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (64% off) Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond with Skyfall [Blu-ray] $139.99 (53% off) Taxi: The Complete Series - $47.99 (63% off) Full House: Complete Series Collection - $54.99 (68% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $75.99 (75% off) The X-Files: The Complete Series + Movies - $89.99 (73% off) The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection - $28.49 (72% off) includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, The Misfits The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel) - $34.80 (65% off) Ice Age 1-4 Collection + Ice Age Christmas »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It was no news for Batman and Superman casting announcements during the Man of Steel Q&A for the Blu-ray and DVD release Saturday morning.
Many were speculating that Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. would make a few casting announcements at the live promotion for home release of Man of Steel. Rumors included having found their NightHawk with Girls co-star Adam Driver as Batman's caped crusader sidekick. Other news circulating was the casting for a leading lady rumored to be Wonder Woman. The ladies in question are Gal Gadot of Fast and Furious 6, Elodi Yung (GI Joe: Retaliation), Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum of Solace) and Jaimie Alexander of Thor. Other Justice League characters such as Flash have been mentioned as also being part of the DC Comics gathering of Batman vs. Superman.
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The channel's highest rated primetime show outside of soaps was Have I Got News For You. Hosted by Alexander Armstrong with guest panelists Godfrey Bloom and Victoria Coren, the 9pm broadcast brought in 4.63m viewers (21.1%). Citizen Khan attracted 2.31m straight afterwards (10.8%).
ITV's highest-rated show outside of soaps was The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song at 9pm (4.39m, 20.7%). A further 217k (1.29%) watched the show on +1.
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