11 items from 2013
We first told you back in July about Syfy giving the green light to the pilot Dominion, based on characters in the 2010 film Legion. Back then we had little to go on besides a sketchy paragraph about it being set 25 years in the future after an epic war between an army of angels and humankind.
Now we have more, including not only the casting of three major characters (at least two of whom are likely familiar to you) but a lot more in the way of plot and character detail.
Although I’m completely enthusiastic and encouraging about this pilot, the fact that one of the actors, Christopher Egan, was also cast in the pilot Gothica as Dorian Gray proves that casting a pilot by no means guarantees its pickup to series.
You have been warned; get excited about this, but don’t fall in love just yet:
Syfy Casts Christopher Egan, »
- Erin Willard
DVD Release Date: Sept. 24, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
Studio: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company
In the film, Arthur (Stamp), a curmudgeonly old soul, is perfectly content with his reliable daily routine until his beloved wife (Redgrave) introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time). Despite his initial resistance, this unexpected friendship leads to Arthur’s discovery of music that revitalizes his passion for new adventures and reconnects him with the people who matter most.
When last we reported on writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz's boxing biopic Hands of Stone, Gael Garcia Bernal (Letters to Juliet) and Al Pacino (Scarface) were in talks to play the leads. Now, it looks like Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty) are set as trainer Ray Arcel and the focus of the biopic, Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. Winning 103 of 119 contests against such top-tier talent as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho and Vinny Pazienza, Duran might be most remembered for the infamous fight against Leonard in which Duran called out, "No mas!" in order to quit the fight prematurely. Hit the jump for more. De Niro recently wrapped on another fighting pic - Peter Segal's Grudge Match with Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone - but will head to Panama in September to start production on Hands of Stone. Per Deadline, here's »
- Dave Trumbore
Justin Gray has an amazing resume in writing songs for the biggest stars of the day and their TV and film projects. How does someone get this kind of job? Former resident of Toronto.s Yonge and St. Clair area now a resident of Los Angeles, Gray has slaved over hot lyrics and harmonies for the best of the best including best John Legend, Joss Stone, Spice Girls, Emma Bunton, 98 Degrees and Amy Winehouse. He.s written songs for the films Letters to Juliet and Bounce, TV.s Modern Family, Beverly Hills 90210, Hannah Montana and Degrassi: The Next Generation. He.s done iconic songs for commercials for Mercedes Benz, LG and Budweiser. Gray.s currently recovering from the thrill of »
- Anne Brodie
With Hannibal, The Munsters, Sleepy Hollow, Penny Dreadful, The Following, and another season of American Horror Story coming to TV, it’s a wonderful time to be a horror TV fan. Add ABC’s Gothica to the mix.
Not to be messed up with the crappy Halle Berry movie Gothika, Gothica features a stable of our favorite literary horror characters, from Dorian Gray to Victor Frankenstein, Dracula, and others. It’s moving faster than Penny Dreadful, a similar sounding project at Showtime, and has found its Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and “Grace” Van Helsing.
- Andy Greene
The rumors that British actor Tom Ellis may be joining "Downton Abbey" as a love interest for newly widowed Lady Mary can officially be put to rest now that Ellis has landed a role in the ABC horror pilot "Gothica."
Ellis -- whose credits include "The Fades" and "Merlin" -- will play Victor Frankenstein in the contemporary series that weaves together the legends of horror icons Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray.
"Gothica" sounds a bit like the horror answer to ABC's fairy tale hit "Once Upon a Time," but also may be uncomfortably similar to Showtime's upcoming period series "Penny Dreadful." Only time will tell »
Nicholas Sparks has a well-deserved reputation as the master of the romantic drama, thanks to films like "The Notebook" and new release "Safe Haven." Last year's movie "The Vow" has everything you would expect from a Nicholas Sparks film: hot actors (Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams), a wife in a coma, lingering amnesia and the joy of love rediscovered. Just one thing -- somehow, amazingly, Sparks didn't actually write it.
Amanda Seyfried stars as a gal who is somehow lonely despite the fact that the hunky Gael García Bernal is her fiancé. She finds purpose -- and true love -- when she helps an older woman (Vanessa Redgrave) track down her own long-lost love through clever detective work random chance. »
- Scott Harris
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 22, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Nominated for eight Academy Awards, director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) 2012 Les Miserables is the latest adaptation of the timeless stage musical, which is based on Victor Hugo‘s classic novel.
Hooper loaded up the movie with a bunch of big stars. Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) as Jean Valjean, the 19th century man who’s being hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe, The Next Three Days). Valjean’s decision to care for Cosette (Amanda Seyfried, Letters to Juliet), daughter of factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs), changes their lives.
Both Jackman and Hathaway were nominated for Oscars for their performances, Jackman as a leading role and Hathaway as supporting. »
DVD Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
A happily engaged couple (Bernal and Israel-based actress Hani Furstenberg) arrive in the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet republic of Georgia for a backpacking trip. They engage a villager (Bidzina Gujabidze) to act as guide and the three venture into the stunning wilderness. The trio’s peaceful adventure takes a dark turn when they encounter an armed man and his two sons, prompting a momentary misstep by Alex which creates a subtle rift between himself and Nica. The rift quickly widens until it threatens to destroy everything the couple believed about each other and themselves.
Written and directed by Russian-American filmmaker Julia Loktev, »
Amanda Seyfried has the face of an extra terrestrial. An extremely pretty extra-terrestrial, mind, with huge eyes and small features framed by a head of expensively coloured and rolled blonde hair. To complete the look, she sits ensconced in an enormous white towel, to combat the aggressive air conditioning of the hotel we're in. "I've done eight junket days already," she says, "but I would lay on a street naked for this movie."
This movie is Les Misérables, and its relentless publicity trail has taken her to Toyko, New York, La and now London, before it's back to New York then La and countless other cities, as the awards season hots up and the leading films' actors try to jazz-hand their film into acclaim.
If this is Seyfried's »
- Francesca Babb
I was first introduced to the comedic likes of Seyfried in Mark Waters’ Mean Girls (2004) as the lovable Karen, the simple-minded teenager with an “innate” sense that it’s raining. In a film that featured the talents of Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, and what was left of Lindsay Lohan, Seyfried is a memorable cause. Seyfried followed her role with a small part in Rodrigo Garcia’s Nine Lives and a few other notable TV appearances and small films. Her first starring role would come in the critically pulverized Mamma Mia! (2008) opposite Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep. She would follow-up with roles in Chloe (2009), Dear John (2010), Letters to Juliet (2010), and Red Riding Hood (2011). All her films received either mixed-to-negative reviews or were ultimately forgettable. In the role of Cosette in Hooper’s film, Seyfried exemplifies a beautiful singing voice once again in a role that some feel may have been either underdeveloped or misguided. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Clayton Davis)
11 items from 2013
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