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This Sunday, Once Upon a Time airs its midseason premiere. I got a chance to preview it and … it is truly terrific. Even for people who would never consider themselves “Oncers.” This episode takes a quality leap forward in almost every way.
It’s the best episode since Season 1′s “Hat Trick,” my favorite, and in fact for entirely different reasons it is equally as good. It moves along at quite a clip, with more twists and turns than I’ve ever seen on the show. It’s entertaining, well-written, engaging, jam-packed, and fun. Almost everyone brought their “A” game (I’m looking at you, Snow’s wig maker and costume designer).
This is the one to check out for anyone who’s considered watching Once but never got around to it, and in fact I recommend it to those of you who’ve watched an episode here and there but never really got it. »
- Erin Willard
Then there was Gravity, which was a sort of iPhone moment for cinema. It set a new bar for visual fidelity and graphics, putting virtually every VFX-orientated movie before it to shame.
This was in part thanks to the efforts of London-based visual effects studio Framestore. Still glowing from the movie's awards successes, Digital Spy was lucky enough to catch up with a few of the team behind Gravity and chat to them about the technology used in the movie.
What became immediately clear was that working on Gravity was unlike any visual effects task they had done before.
The majority of Framestore's creations for the movie were made specifically for it, resulting in experimentation with entirely new techniques in order to »
We told you last month about John Simm (the sometimes-bleached-blond Master in the rebooted Doctor Who) in BBC America‘s upcoming original series Intruders, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan of The X-Files. Now comes word that Mira Sorvino and sci-fi familiar face James Frain (most recently of Grimm and Sleepy Hollow) will be joining him, as filming begins on this body-snatcher-type series:
New York – February 24, 2014 – Production is underway in Vancouver British Columbia for BBC America’s new original series Intruders, starring celebrated British actor John Simm and Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino. The series is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), the series is »
- Erin Willard
Via: The Verge
Lotus has unveiled their latest superbike called the C-01, and it was amazingly designed by Daniel Simon, who is the same guy that worked on films such as Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, and Captain America. You can definitely see some resemblance of the designs from those film sin these bikes. They looks insanely cool, and this is what Simon had to say in a statement,
"The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics."
The bike is 400-pounds and it packs a 200hp four-stroke engine. There's no price for it yet, but you can bet your ass it's going to be expensive as hell. This is one of those things I want, »
- Joey Paur
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When Grimm’s makers were looking for their Nick Burkhardt, the job was to cast someone with all the requirements of a leading man, but none of the distracting ‘wasn’t he in that other thing?’ baggage. In David Giuntoli, whose TV appearances had until then largely been confined to one-off roles in comedies and dramas including Grey’s Anatomy and Ghost Whisperer (the latter produced, not at all coincidentally, by Grimm co-creator Jim Kouf), they found their guy.
Unbroken chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Unbroken is expected to be given a worldwide release on December 25.
Jolie previously directed the feature In the Land of Blood and Honey, which was released back in 2011. »
The second of today's hotties lining up a Summer horror project is the stunning Olivia Wilde -below ('Tron: Legacy', 'Cowboys and Aliens'). Wilde has landed the leading role in Reed Morano's new psychological thriller 'Meadowland', a project in which she won't only star but will also be producing alongside Matt Tauber with Jennifer Levine acting as executive producer. Morano helms from a script by Chris Rossi and shooting is set to begin in New York this July. Wilde will be seen in early 2015 starring in David Gelb's 'Flatliners'-esque thriller 'Lazarus'. »
According to Deadline, A Good Day to Die Hard star Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook, star of the upcoming western Jane Got A Gun, are the final actors in the running for the role of Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis.
The part was previously played by Michael Biehn in the 1984 original and Anton Yelchin in Terminator: Salvation, while other actors previously linked to the role for the reboot include Thomas Cocquerel (Anzac Girls), Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy).
Already cast in Terminator: Genesis are Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby) as John Connor and Arnold Schwarzengger as the titular Terminator. The film is being directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) and is set for release on July 1st, 2015.
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- Gary Collinson
Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.
I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.
The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of »
- Chris Holt
Are you aged between 11 and 13, comfortable in tights and fearless in the face of very long queues? Unafraid to smile at a crocodile or cross swords with a scurrilous buccaneer? Well, Joe Wright wants you for his Pan casting call. The director will be searching for his Peter at Wembley Arena on February 23.The event is open to boys of all ethnicities, as long as they’re accompanied by parent, guardian or benevolent fairy over the age of 18, and no taller than 5' 4" (the boy, that is; not the fairy). It all kicks off at 10am.According to the official synopsis, “The role of Peter is described as a courageous and adventurous orphaned boy living in a world of fantasy and dreams, which sometimes leads him into trouble”. Villainy in the movie will be provided by Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, with Tron: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund heading to a fantasia »
“Deadwood” star Ian McShane is set to join Patrick Wilson in Atlas Independent’s thriller “The Man on Carrion Road,” the company announced Friday. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (“Apollo 18″) will direct from a script by Nils Lyew. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce the film, which is slated to start production in April in Utah. Mica Entertainment is financing “Carrion Road,” with Relativity International selling the picture overseas. Also Read: ‘Tron: Legacy’ Star Garrett Hedlund to Join Oscar Isaac in William Monahan’s ‘Mojave’ Movie “The Man on Carrion Road” is the visceral story of »
- Jeff Sneider
With their Grammy sweep, the mysterious French musicians known as Daft Punk have been thrust back into the pop culture collective for a whole new generation to discover. Sure they've been percolating on the edge of a comeback ever since 'Tron: Legacy' but the success of Random Access Memories and the ensuing memes herald they have truly arrived. For example, Tumblr user Izac Less discovered Daft Punk definitely needs to look into adding googly eyes to their repertoire. Being the rulers of the dance scene is at one thousand times better with Googly Eyes. Gif By: Izac Less They are great »
- Donna Dickens
Arc Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to writer/director Andrew Levitas's drama Lullaby , starring Garrett Hedlund ( Tron: Legacy , Inside Llewyn Davis ), Academy Award Nominee Richard Jenkins ( The Visitor , Eat, Pray, Love ), Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams ( American Hustle , Man of Steel ), Jessica Brown Findlay ( Winter's Tale , "Downton Abbey"), Academy Award Nominee Anne Archer ( Clear and Present Danger , Fatal Attraction ), Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard ( Hustle & Flow , Iron Man ), Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson ( Dreamgirls , Winnie Mandela ) and Jessica Barden ( Hanna ). "We are proud to release this highly-anticipated thought provoking masterpiece," said Arc Entertainment's CEO Trevor Drinkwater. »
Visual effects and digital production company Digital Domain 3.0 has inked with Wme.
The agency will advise on the company’s continued growth and expansion, including visual effects, virtual performance productions and opportunities, film financing, commercials and other projects in the advertising space.
- Justin Kroll
Director Edgar Wright is hard at work developing Marvel's big screen adaptation of Ant-Man, and he's been using his blog to tease certain elements of it. The latest thing he showed off is a photo of a model teasing Hank Pym's classic 1960's Ant-Man suit. The photo itself kind of looks vintage.
This makes me wonder if we will get to see a younger version of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in the film. They would obviously have to use CG to make that possible, but it's been done before, like with Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy. It would just be cool to see a little origin background on Pym.
- Joey Paur
Park City, Utah - Joseph Trapanese barely had time to sigh relief once he was done with the score to "The Raid 2," one of the toasts of the Sundance Film Festival this year. The composer -- along with the filmmakers including director Gareth Evans -- was still editing the action flick only 48 hours before its premiere at the Park City fest. And compared to the first film, this sequel was even more of a marathon, considering it was an hour longer than the original "The Raid." And, actually, "the first cut was 3.5 hours long," Trapanese admitted during our chat at Sundance last week. It seems like Joe Trapanese hasn't had many breathers at all in the last five years, as he's composed, conducted and arranged for big budget, edit-sensitive projects including "Oblivion" with M83, "Tron: Legacy" with recent Grammy winners Daft Punk and "The Raid's" American cut from 2012 with »
We’re back! After a week off in Park City, What to Watch is back with 8 movies for you to check out at your local Blu-ray shop or download on your favorite streaming service. Some great variety this week, including a fantastic On Demand debut starring Elijah Wood & John Cusack, a few classics, and a couple of current Oscar nominees.
Photo credit: Magnet
We’re going to try and lead each What to Watch with the most interesting new film available exclusively On Demand and this week’s is a gem for all of you who wish Brian De Palma made more movies like he did in the ’70s and ’80s. Elijah Wood plays a famous pianist doing a tribute show to his deceased mentor. He sees a note on his sheet music that if he misses a key, he’ll be shot by a sniper »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Warner Bros - the studio behind the picture - announced today (January 24) that the Australian actor has been cast in the role of Blackbeard.
"We know he will create a Blackbeard who will be a powerful presence in this original Peter Pan adventure."
Jackman was first linked to the origin story last year, after Javier Bardem pulled out of the project's pirate captain role.
Pan is scheduled »
Hugh Jackman’s next film will be rated arrrrr.
Warner Bros. announced today that the X-Man will star in director Joe Wright’s upcoming, yet-untitled live-action Peter Pan film. Jackman is set to play Blackbeard, the villain of this version of the story. (Jason Fuchs’ script casts Pan and Captain Hook as allies, at least initially.)
“There is a reason that Hugh is known and loved the world over,” Warner Bros. Pictures Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution president Sue Kroll said in a statement. “He is uncompromising in his dedication to every role, and we are all thrilled to be working with him again. »
- Hillary Busis
Wonder Woman Even though many comic book movie fans are still skeptical about the recent casting of Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's as-yet-untitled sequel to Man of Steel, commonly referred to as Batman vs. Superman, Warner Bros. apparently feels confident in their selection. So confident, in fact, that they want her to portray the Amazon princess in at least two more movies. According to Variety, Gadot's three-picture deal includes the planned Justice League movie and a Wonder Woman solo movie
Ant-man In related news, Disney has announced that Marvel's Ant-Man movie starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas will be moved up two weeks to July 17, 2015, the date formerly occupied by Warner's Batman vs. Superman. Ant-Man will now open against Pan.
- BJSprecher Sprecher
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