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Fichtner, who was recently promoted to a series regular on the CBS comedy Mom, will play a former marine that Phillippe’s character seeks out as a mentor in his journey to stop an assassination attempt on the President of the United States.
Shooter is set to premiere Tuesday, »
True Blood alumna Tara Buck has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of Showtime drama series Ray Donovan. Buck will play Maureen Dougherty, a no-nonsense patrol cop. This season, Ray (Liev Schreiber) attempts to return to the fold of his family and the Church in the wake of his confession to Father Romero (Leland Orser). But this second chance at redemption is tested by champion boxer Hector Campos (Ismael Cruz Cordova) and his volatile half-sister Marisol (Lisa… »
The Legend of Tarzan Review
The story of the rich Victorian Lord lost in the jungle as a child has been told in various forms for decades. A long line of actors have donned the famous loincloth to tell the tale of Tarzan, the latest being True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård.
Rather than tell yet another origin story The Legend of Tarzan is set ten years after Tarzan, now living as John Clayton, has left the jungle. Cohabiting with him is Jane (Margot Robbie) and whilst on the surface the duo have the perfect life, it seems that all isn’t well in paradise. Enter Samuel L Jackson‘s »
- Kat Hughes
A lackluster summer at the box office could get even worse if there aren’t some fireworks over July 4th.
Don’t look for newcomers “The BFG” and “The Legend of Tarzan,” however, to add to the pyrotechnics. They carry hefty budgets and big name directors in Steven Spielberg and David Yates, but aren’t expected to connect with U.S. audiences. Both could rank among the year’s biggest flops, unless foreign moviegoers suddenly get passionate about a friendly giant and a jungle king.
Look for “The Bfg” to eke out $30 million from 3,357 theaters over the four-day holiday; an anemic result given its $140 million price tag and a sign that Spielberg, despite a resume that includes “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic Park,” may not be the draw he once was among younger crowds. He’s spent the better part of the past decade serving as cinema’s preeminent history teacher, »
- Brent Lang
Margot Robbie stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote her new film, The Legend of Tarzan, which also stars True Blood alum Alexander Skarsgård and hits theaters this Friday. And while Robbie spent some of her time on Kimmel discussing that other big movie she has coming out this summer, DC’s Suicide Squad, which debuts on August 5, she and Kimmel used the majority of the interview to talk about her plans for her 26th birthday on Saturday and what she’s done to celebrate her birthdays in the past. Although Robbie shared a few stories about her past couple of birthdays, the one that stood out to Kimmel and
- Chris King
A talky and mostly turgid attempt by British director David Yates to build on the epic vision he brought to the final four Harry Potter movies via another beloved literary hero, “The Legend of Tarzan” is sequel, origin story and racially sensitive revisionist history lesson all in one. What it isn’t is much fun for anyone who’s seen Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “ape man” in any of his previous incarnations. While name recognition alone should snare a fair number of those who prefer their pulp heroes endowed with superpowers, between this and last year’s “Pan,” evidence suggests Warner Brothers ought to leave the live-action reboots to Disney.
As it turns out, Disney scored a double victory earlier this year with “The Jungle Book,” not only getting out in front of Warners’ Andy Serkis-directed version of the same, but also stealing the thunder from the rival studio’s other jungle child tentpole. »
- Peter Debruge
Sex and the City veteran, Jason Lewis, has been promoted to a series regular role on the Midnight Texas TV show, expected to premiere mid-season on NBC. The Midnight Texas TV series cast also includes: François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez, and Sean Bridgers.Midnight Texas is based the Charlaine Harris supernatural book series of the same name. This is not the first time the author's work has been adapted for the small screen. She also wrote the fangtastic books that inspired the True Blood TV show which ran for seven seasons on HBO.Read More… »
While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted HBO shows listed: Animals, Ballers, Boardwalk Empire, The Brink, The Comeback, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, and Vinyl.
There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an »
Aliens, meet Matthew Goode.
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Goode will play Red, a man who studies and enters “the Zone,” an area where aliens recently lived, to explore and sell valuable artifacts. Roadside Picnic was one of two pilots orders given by Wgn in March, along with an adaptation of DC Comics’ Scalped.
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Sex and the City alum Jason Lewis has joined the cast of NBC’s midseason supernatural drama series Midnight, Texas as a series regular. He will reprise his role from the pilot, which originally had been written as a regular but eventually was cast as a guest starring/recurring. Based on the book series by True Blood author Charlaine Harris, Midnight, Texas is set in a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hitmen… »
When The Legend of Tarzan stars Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie swung by Saturday for a live Twitter Q&A that was broadcast on Periscope, the results were as revealing as Skarsgard's shirtless wardrobe. Not only did the costars, who put a fresh spin on the legendary Lord of Jungle and his equally capable mate Jane, demonstrate their fun-loving chemistry together, their unfiltered answers to the Twitter questions posed by People's followers revealed plenty of fun facts about the heroic duo. Here are the 10 wildest things we learned about them on the film, which hits theaters July 1: Live on »
- Scott Huver
Considering David Yates' impressive track record with the Harry Potter film franchise, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic for his big summer release The Legend of Tarzan, which hits theaters this Friday. Could it be the big sleeper hit of the summer? In one week's time, we'll know. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) as the titular hero, Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) as his lady love Jane, Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Christoph Waltz (Spectre), Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy), John Hurt (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 & 2), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter 6 & 8), and Casper Crump (Legends of Tomorrow). Check out the six clips below: Plus, here's over six minutes of B-roll footage: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, »
To say that Alexander Skarsgard looks sexy as f*ck in the upcoming Legend of Tarzan movie would be a serious understatement. And furthermore, getting high doses of sex appeal from the actor is nothing new. Alexander has sizzled on screen as Eric Northman on True Blood, and he's given us heart eyes in real life with his various strapping outings, hot shirtless vacation photos, and even pantless award show appearances. And that's just the tip of the (rapidly melting) Alexander Skarsgard iceberg, if you catch our drift. »
- Ryan Roschke
You may recall last year that a very odd robbery took place which saw £14 million (though estimated at £200 million) worth of jewels stolen from London’s Hatton Garden Vault, where the collective ages of the four ringleaders came to 278 years. Well, now Signature Entertainment have secured the UK distribution rights for a movie adaptation of the robbery, with filming now underway in and around London.
The Hatton Garden Job picks up with a mysterious thief, who is presented with an opportunity to take down the exclusive Hatton Garden Vault just days after leaving prison. It’s an old school job, requiring old school skills. With real life twists and turns as though written for a movie, The Hatton Garden Job follows our convict recruiting a team of veteran British criminals all eager for one final chance at glory. Together they must stay ahead of the law, dodge hired mercenaries and »
The Deuce TV show on HBO has cast two veterans from the premium cable channel's list of greatest hits. The Wire's Gbenga Akinnagbe (pictured above) and True Blood's Chris Bauer (pictured below) have been added as series regulars in the porn industry drama starring executive producer James Franco and producer and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Deuce TV series is created by writers and EPs David Simon and George Pelecanos.
Per Deadline, Akinnagbe has been cast as Larry Brown. He is described as, "...an intense and demanding pimp who physically intimidates his stable of women but also has moments that betray a conflicted, underlying humanity." Bauer has booked the role of Bobby Dwyer, "a construction foreman and family man whose eyes are opened" by brothers-in-law Vincent and »
As we pointed out this morning, it’s been 15 years since The Fast and the Furious opened in theaters. Now the director of that first film in the franchise is capitalizing on that anniversary and announcing the casting for his new movie by invoking the street racing movie that launched what’s now a behemoth of a heist action franchise. “Coinciding with the 15 Year Anniversary of Rob Cohen’s 2001 blockbuster hit…” this press release begins. Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) are joining Cohen’s Category 5. Here’s what the upcoming action-thriller is about: Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist (Toby Kebbel), a treasury agent (Grace), and the »
- Emily Rome
HBO has had some rocky times of late, but at least in cancelling “Vinyl,” it made a Sansa decision, not a Jon Snow decision.
In the most recent episode of “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s flagship drama, Sansa did something that was deeply unpalatable to her in order to serve a larger purpose. But her brother, Jon Snow, made some calls that simply weren’t pragmatic given the reality he faced.
Cancelling the flawed “Vinyl” was the right move, and one that might indicate that the network is finally ready to fight a realistic battle with the army it has and the tactics it needs.
For years, once it had established itself as House Prestige with “Sex and the City” and “The Sopranos,” HBO resided in the kind of lofty tower that allowed it to gaze upon the TV fray from afar. Like the Lannisters, the HBO clan only moved with the most connected movers and shakers »
- Maureen Ryan
Maggie Grace, who starred opposite Liam Neeson in the Taken trilogy, Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) have been set to star alongside Toby Kebbell (Ben-Hur) in Rob Cohen’ new action/thriller Category 5. Scripted by Cohen, Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis, Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a… »
Cohen is directing from a script he co-wrote with Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis. The movie follows a team of tech hackers embarking on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. Mint facility the same time a disastrous Category 5 storm is set to strike.
Kebbel plays a meteorologist left in the deserted beach town along with a treasury agent (Grace) and his brother, an ex-Marine played by Kwanten. Ineson heads the team of thieves trying to accomplish the heist of the century.
Producers are Damiano Tucci, Danny Roth, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin, Michael Tadross Jr. and Rob Cohen. Bill Immerman, Mark Damon, Tamara Birkemoe, Christopher Conover and Allie Greenleaf Maldonado are executive producing.
- Dave McNary
Hatton Garden Robbery film gets its cast and a distributor. Shooting kicked off this week. The Hatton Garden Robbery film will be titled The Hatton Garden Job, and will release in late 2016. Larry Lamb, Joely Richardson and Matthew Goode have landed parts in the Hatton Garden Robbery film, which has started shooting int London. The Hatton Garden Robbery film is the first to be made of the $14 million heist in 2015. Hatton Garden Robbery film gets its shoot underway in the capital
Also starring is The Imitation Game and Downton Abbey star Matthew Goode and Joely Richardson (The Patriot, TV’s Nip Tuck), whilst the ringleaders of the robbery will be played by TV favourite Lamb (TV’s Gavin & Stacey, Eastenders) as Brian Reader, »
- Paul Heath
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