10 items from 2015
When I profiled this project in February, some of you didn't think it was a real, actual film (I really don't know why - maybe because of the title?); but it very much is, and it will be making its world premiere at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival next month - June 10 through June 18. Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez and Luiz Guzmán’ star in the comedy titled "Puerto Ricans in Paris" (I suppose the title may be inspired by the Kanye West/Jay-z 2011 hit "Niggas in Paris"?). Shot last year, the film (a USA/France/Czech Republic co-production) is directed by Ian Edelman (HBO’s "How to Make It in America"), with a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The best thing about Wayward Pines, the new, short-run effort coming to Fox, is watching how it attempts to learn from the mistakes of similar shows that have come before.
From the less-than-stellar “remake” of The Prisoner with Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen, to the largely goofball Persons Unknown (which was, sort of, The Prisoner 2: The Group), and everything else in the “trapped in a town” genre, the story can’t work if the characters are empty plot devices.
Wayward Pines is a rare example of setting out with the tropes and traps of a genre in order to dodge the pitfalls inherent in telling a type of story that can never fully distance itself from the fact that it’s pretty goofy. The problem is that while the show clearly tries to look at what made other efforts fall apart, and do those things differently, it isn’t »
- Marc Eastman
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »
- Derek Anderson
Michael Zegen, who played American gangster Benny “Bugsy” Siegel in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” will recur in a guest role on Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “Happyish,” Variety has learned. He will appear in at least two episodes.
Zegen’s other television credits include “The Walking Dead,” “Rescue Me,” “Girls” and “How to Make It in America.” He has appeared in the films “Frances Ha,” “Taking Woodstock,” “The Girl Next Door” and “Adventureland.”
“Happyish” is created, written and exec produced by Shalom Auslander, and stars Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford. Ken Kwapis directed the pilot and co-exec produces the show with Alexandra Beattie under their In Cahoots banner.
- Seth Kelley
Following the first trailer that debuted last month, Fox has released the second trailer for their highly anticipated event series Wayward Pines. We reported in December that the series will be released on May 14 in more than 125 countries around the world, making it the largest global launch ever for a scripted series. The mystery thriller was developed for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club, Runaway) and executive-produced by Donald De Line (Green Lantern, The Italian Job), Ashwin Rajan (Devil), Hodge and M. Night Shyamalan, who directed the premiere episode.
The series stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (Crash) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he's the man who knew missing agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) better than anyone. They were more than »
Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez and Luiz Guzmán’ star in a comedy set to be released this year (2015) titled "Puerto Ricans in Paris," (I suppose the title may be inspired by the Kanye West/Jay-z 2011 hit "Niggas in Paris"?). Shot last year, I actually only just learned about its existence over the weekend, with very little info available on it online. What I do know is that the film is directed by Ian Edelman (HBO’s "How to Make It in America"), with a story that follows 2 detectives working in NYPD’s Luxury Goods Recovery Unit, who are responsible for taking down bootleggers selling knockoff consumer items. The 2 cops are played not by »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bessie will tell the story of the singer’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues” responsible for the chart-topping hit, “Downhearted Blues.” The film will also touch on Smith’s personal trials, which reportedly included an affair with fellow blues singer, Ma Rainey, and bouts with drinking leading to the singer’s decline during the Great Depression.
Latifah, who earned an Oscar nomination for playing Mama Morton in 2002’s Chicago, will be joined by a star-studded cast, including Mo’Nique in her first major role since winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Precious. The actress will portray Rainey, who was a music icon in her own right.
An Original vamp is sinking his teeth into Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
Eka Darville — who recurred on the CW drama as Marcel’s bloodsucking buddy, Diego — has joined the Netflix original series as Jessica’s neighbor, Malcolm, Marvel has announced.
Malcolm’s own journey will intertwine with Jessica’s quest in a surprising way.
The actress will guest-star on the ABC drama as a woman who “develops an unhealthy obsession with a murder victim,” executive producer Matt Miller tells TVLine.
“It was an Nyu student who was taking a class in unusual psychology, and what happens is we go to talk to her teacher [and] realize the teacher was Hilarie Burton,” the Ep previews. “So Henry is »
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Speaking to NJ.com, Wahlberg said he would be interested in hiring Martin Scorsese to direct.
He said: "My next goal now is to get the movie made and start talking to Martin Scorsese about directing it."
Scorsese directed the pilot episode of the series and acted as executive producer throughout its run.
When questioned about how the movie could be made given the death of main character Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) in the series' finale, Wahlberg answered: "We can always go back."
Listen to Mark Wahlberg's full interview below:
10 items from 2015
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