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Plus a Spanish-language Breaking Bad and does Fox’s Gavin & Stacy remake work News
Fox unveiled its fall schedule which doesn’t include any of the big moves that people speculated would happen. Glee will air on Thursday (but will apparently take a hiatus) to make room for the Greg Kinnear series Rake. American Idol and The X-Factor aren’t cutting back. Tuesday nights continue to be comedy night. The one major change is a plan to move Bones and Raising Hope to Friday.
Fox also announced it is returning to the mini-series genre, reviving 24 as a 12-hour story and ordering Wayward Pines, a Twin Peaks-inspired thriller from The Playboy Club creator Chad Hodge. it’s also developing a mini-series about Billy the Kid.
Meanwhile, Fox also released trailers for its new shows. I have a feeling you’ll be most interested in Us & Them, the Americanization of Gavin & Stacey. »
- Lyle Masaki
Just hours after handing out series orders to its first two limited series in a 24 reboot and Wayward Pines, Fox used its upfront presentation to announce development on another entry in its push for high-profile event entries. The network is teaming with Homicide: Life on the Street's Tom Fontana to develop a limited-run drama about Billy the Kid. Story: The 'Bible' Effect and the Resurrection of the TV Miniseries The potential event series would tell the origin story of one of the Old West's most notorious outlaws. The project is set at a time when America was
- Lesley Goldberg
Documentary producer Chiemi Karasawa ("The Betrayal - Nerakhoon") makes his directorial debut with "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," about the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress. The 87-year-old is most known for her performance in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical "Company," as well as her more recent part as Jack Donaghy's mother Colleen on NBC's "30 Rock." Karasawa, who shares the same hairdresser with Stritch, tells the story of the still-working legend through interviews with Nathan Lane, Tina Fey and others. What it's about: "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is an intimate, entertaining and unflinching portrait of the Broadway legend on and off-stage as she approaches her 87th year. About the filmmaker: This is my directorial debut, so take it easy on me. I've been producing documentaries exclusively for the past 7 years, including: "Billy the Kid," "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)", "Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak," "Elevate," "Love Etc." and "Harry Dean. »
A true grindhouse maverick who hates happy endings, Jim VanBebber has made a name for himself in the world of low-budget, independent exploitation cinema as a writer/director and sometimes actor.
Since his first feature, Deadbeat at Dawn (1988), his gritty, outlaw style of filmmaking has generated films that are unapologetic in their realism and singular in their vision.
In 2004 VanBebber took on Charlie Manson. Shot over four years, The Manson Family is a documentary-style (though semi-fictional) look at the Manson cult filled with lurid sex, shocking violence and murderous flower power. For its 10th anniversary The Manson Family is being unleashed nationwide complete with VanBebber's Kickstarter-fueled short Gator Green (get theater listings here). A special edition Blu-ray release will follow on May 7th by Severin Films, which will include the short and a documentary on the making of The Manson Family, entitled The VanBebber Family.
Jim recently took time to »
- Heather Buckley
Four real-life outlaws meet up in the town of Langston, Oklahoma to play a risky game. The winner of their shootout gets to collect their collected bounty: $80,000. The losers? Well, the losers will “die by dawn.” Such is the plot of director Jeymes Samuel‘s new short film, They Die By Dawn, which stars Michael K. Williams as Nat Love and Erykah Badu as Stagecoach Mary. The twist? Every character in the film is a historical figure who actually lived in the Old West. Oh, and all but three characters are African-American.
The film premiered last night in New York at the TriBeCa Film Center in an event co-sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon. We got a chance to talk to Samuel last night about his love of Westerns and his desire to reclaim black history. According to Samuel, it was important that all of the characters were real so that if kids today watch his films, »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Warner Bros. has given the sci-fi project Jupiter Ascending a July 25, 2014 release date. They have also moved Peter Segal's action film Grudge Match to January 10, 2014 from it original November 15, 2013 date.
Directed by the Wachowski Starship (Andy Wachowski; Lana Wachowski) Jupiter Ascending is set in a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder. Mila Kunis stars as a Russian immigrant, who has the same genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe. She is targeted for assassination after the Queen discovers that the immigrant is a threat to her reign.
Grudge Match stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as retired boxers Billy The Kid McGuigan and Henry Razor Sharp. The veteran boxers are persuaded to take part in one last match, fifty years after their last championship fight.
Two appears to be the numerical limit that Ubisoft has put in place for pre-reveal teaser trailers, because (as promised) the publisher released the official debut trailer for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger today, giving us our first (albeit extremely brief) look at the title’s Wild West gameplay.
As previously noted, the protagonist in Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a “ruthless bounty hunter” named Silas Greaves. Silas has spent his entire life hunting down the West’s most notorious outlaws, including; Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Pat Garett, and Butch Cassidy. Gunslinger’s plot is said to weave’s Greaves’ fictional story in with the real historical facts of the Wild West era, and let players “live the greatest legends of the Old West”.
Ubisoft has also revealed that several of the franchises’ classic gameplay mechanics will return for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, with some additional all-new features. For example, »
- Justin Alderman
Ubisoft released a new teaser trailer for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger today, along with the promise that they will fully reveal Techland’s downloadable Wild West title on March 14th. While none of us are exactly thrilled about our second look at the game being yet another teaser, at least this one is made up of more than just a bit of semi-relevant live-action video.
At any rate, Ubisoft also revealed that the protagonist in Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a “ruthless bounty hunter” named Silas Greaves. He has spent his entire life hunting down the West’s most notorious outlaws, which include such infamous characters as; Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Pat Garett, and Butch Cassidy. Gunslinger’s plot is said to weave’s Greaves’ ficitional story in with the real historical facts of the Wild West era, and let players “live the greatest legends of the Old West »
- Justin Alderman
Today's batch of MPAA ratings brings word of the inevitable PG-13 rating for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which apparently has some brief sensuality to get you all excited. I wonder if they're referring to the scene between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes... can't be can it? Additionally we have ratings for Lionsgate's The Big Wedding, the Weinstein's Foreign Language Oscar nominee Kon Tiki and James Marsh's Shadow Dancer. Below is the complete batch of latest MPAA ratings from Bulletin #2262. The Big Wedding Rated R For language, sexual content and brief nudity. Release Date: April 26, 2013 Billy The Kid Rated PG-13 For violence. Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie Rated R For crude and sexual content, drug use throughout, and language. G.I. Joe: Retaliation Rated PG-13 For intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language. Release Date: March 29, 2013 A Gang Story Rated R For strong violence, »
- Brad Brevet
Holy cow, this looks interesting! We finally have the first look at Raging Bull and Rocky, or if you prefer – Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone who star as aging boxers in the upcoming Grudge Match movie! Say what you want, but one thing is for sure – they’re both in a pretty good shape! First, let me remind you that the movie comes from director Peter Segal, and is written by Doug Ellin, Tim Kelleher and Bill Gerber. It centers on retired boxers Billy The Kid McGuigan and Henry Razor Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the »
- Jeanne Standal
New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. No. 16
A group of bio-terrorists intent on changing the world launch a dirty bomb on Central City. These freaks, powered up by mutagens found in Victor Frankenstein's castle, don't stand a chance against Frank and his fellow S.H.A.D.E. agents in this thrilling story. The narrative is framed through the eyes of an intelligence agent for the government who's been tracking the terrorists. We get a fun perspective on the events of the issue as all this agent's hard work gets wiped away by a band of monsters. »
- Giaco Furino
BBC radio producer who created the serial Journey into Space
The BBC radio producer and writer Charles Chilton, who has died aged 95, created a classic radio serial, Journey into Space, various series exploring the America of the past, and the one-off programme that eventually took to stage and screen as Oh! What a Lovely War. At the start of his career, radio could still attract audiences greater than those for television, and as well as producing popular comedy series such as The Goon Show and Take It from Here, Chilton devised some of its most distinctive material.
The first series of Journey into Space, broadcast in 1953, was described as "groundbreaking". "Well, it has to be," Chilton laughed in response. It took Captain Jet Morgan, played by the future MP Andrew Faulds, and his crew to the moon. They went on to Mars in the remaining two parts of the trilogy, »
- David Rayvern Allen
Uh-oh. Who's that riding into town, with an expression of gleeful menace on his face, and all the little boys running after him in hero worship? It's Quentin Tarantino, the troublemaker, the connoisseur of badassery, the Billy the Kid of modern film-making. The former enfant terrible will turn 50 this March, but he refuses to toe the line, account for his attitudes, or justify his movie excesses. As Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the Channel 4 news presenter, found out on Thursday evening. »
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Written by Rudy Wurlitzer
Sam Peckinpah was not an easy man to get along with at the best of times and the battles he faced in making Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, now widely considered as amongst the top dozen Westerns ever made, are legendary even by his standards. Peckinpah wanted his name taken off the film after a distraught MGM instructed the half-dozen editors (probably a world record by the films release in 1973) allocated to the film to hack the footage into something more straightforward and to their minds more marketable, reducing the run time to under two hours and most crucially shaving off the pathos riven, 1908 set bookends of the film, these bridging buttresses detailing the final fate of one of the titular characters in light of the main narrative tragedy. Peckinpah had faced relentless obstructions on »
14 items from 2013
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