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Sony Pictures Animation just dropped the trailer for the new Hotel Transylvania followup and it just so happens to be a winner. The first film was a blast fit for the family and it looks as though Hotel Transylvania 2 will keep all eyes glued to the tube as well. Check it out below The voice cast includes Adam Sandler (50 First Dates) Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom) Steve Buscemi (Fargo) Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) Andy Samberg (Brooklyn NineNine) David Spade (Joe Dirt) Mel Brooks (Spaceballs) and KeeganMichael Key (Pitch Perfect 2). »
Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****Spoilers Ahead**** For some reason, memory loss played a prominent role in several films around the turn of the century: The Bourne Identity, Mulholland Dr., 50 First Dates, X-men, Vanilla Sky, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and, of... Read More »
- Brian Bitner
Have you ever lain awake at night, wondering whether your favourite celebrities have posed with sea creatures? Well, wonder no more...
Every so often, a team of expensive social media consultants contacts us with some handy hints. Handy hints designed to engage audiences, raise profiles, provide watercooler conversations, and other such trendy phrases.
This week, the consultants - who work in a trendy office with proper air-conditioning and a cheese plant in the reception - told us that pictures of celebrities are big news right now. "You're an entertainment site," they said. "Do a post with celebrity pictures in it. Hollywood stars. TV's brightest. That kind of thing."
"It works for Buzzworthy and Upfeed," they added, as we slammed down the phone and rushed to our workstations.
So we've done a bit of hunting around, and here are the fruits of our labour: a post devoted to some of your favourite actors and TV stars. »
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first TV spot for Max, a family action adventure from writer/director Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans), starring Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham and Thomas Haden Church.
A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.
Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle’s family. But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father’s expectations, »
- Michelle McCue
The director of the Hawaii-set movie took full responsibility for the decision to cast the actress as Air Force pilot Allison Ng, who has a half-Chinese, half-American father.
Writing on his blog The Uncool, Crowe said: "We were extremely proud to present the island, the locals and the film community with many jobs for over four months.
"Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research, and if any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame."
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (Manaa) has also criticised the abundance of Caucasians in the film, despite them only making up around 30% of those who live on the Hawaiian islands.
Guy Aoki from the group said in a press release: "This comes in a long »
“While some have been quick to judge a movie they haven’t seen and a script they haven’t read, the film ‘Aloha’ respectfully showcases the spirit and culture of the Hawaiian people,” the studio said in a statement. “Filmmaker Cameron Crowe spent years researching this project and many months on location in Hawaii, cultivating relationships with leading local voices. He earned the trust of many Hawaiian community leaders, including Dennis ‘Bumpy’ Kanahele, who plays a key role in the film.”
“Aloha” stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin. The Sony statement was issued in the wake of recent accusations by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which asserted that “Aloha” misconstrues actual Hawaiian demographics by presenting a “white-washed” version of the state. »
- Dave McNary
If you’re a single looking for love, NBC and Ellen DeGeneres want to set you up on an incredible first date. Ellen is bringing the UK’s smash hit First Dates to the U.S., and she’s looking for single men and women ages 18-65+ who are looking for love and would be open to setting set up on a fun first date. You know that everything that Ellen does is light-hearted, fun and over-the-top and I imagine that the folks lucky enough to be selected will get to experience a once-in-a-lifetime date. And I’d trust Ellen waaaaay more than the matches … Continue reading →
- Kellie Freeze
The new series of 24 hour-long episodes promises more awkward first encounters between members of the public, as well as some more successful dates.
Madonna Benjamin, Documentary Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, said: "We've been delighted with viewers' growing appreciation of First Dates, with the latest series joining the likes of Gogglebox as one of the channel's most talked and tweeted about shows.
"The series stands out as an example of Channel 4's determination to show the modern lives of Britons from all backgrounds. Just like our daters, we're excited to see who will walk into the First Dates restaurant next."
Tim Carter, CEO at Twenty Twenty Productions, added: "We made a number of subtle but significant improvements to the format last series and they paid off with »
It took them a few days, but Sony finally commented on complaints that writer/director Cameron Crowe's new movie "Aloha" -- starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin -- is jam-packed with white people, like the ones named above, while relegating people of color to the sidelines.
"Caucasians only make up 30 percent of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you'd think they made up 99 percent," said Media Action Network for Asian Americans rep Guy Aoki (via New York Post). "This comes in a long line of films - 'The Descendants,' '50 First Dates,' 'Blue Crush,' 'Pearl Harbor' - that uses Hawaii for its exotic backdrop but goes out of its way to exclude the very people who live there. It's an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii."
Aoki said the »
- Gina Carbone
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (Manaa) has taken particular issue with the film's cultural appropriation of the term 'aloha' for its title, while also accusing it of not accurately representing the region's ethnic diversity.
In a press release issued to the New York Post, Guy Aoki wrote: "Caucasians only make up 30% of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you'd think they made up 99%.
"This comes in a long line of films - The Descendants, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbour - that uses Hawaii for its exotic backdrop but goes out of its way to exclude the very people who live there.
"It's an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii."
The war-themed comedy stars Cooper as defence contractor Brian Gilcrest, who is exiled in Hawaii for blowing a major military mission. »
We're at a weird place in Hollywood history, one where an original idea, executed by some of the industry's most successful writers and directors, and starring an A-list leading man, is considered an almost foolish risk -- especially in a summer season marked by blockbuster sequels that are considered safe by comparison. So it is with "Tomorrowland," Disney's big question mark of a Memorial Day weekend movie.
It was actually easier to predict how the reboot of a 33-year-old horror franchise ("Poltergeist") would open this weekend, or the sequel to a franchise whose last installment came out 30 years ago ("Mad Max: Fury Road") would open last weekend, than to guess how "Tomorrowland" would do. Indeed, predictions for "Fury Road" and "Poltergeist" (which opened this weekend with an estimated $23.0 million) were almost exactly on target. "Tomorrowland," however, opened on the low end of expectations, with an estimated $32.2 million through Sunday and »
- Gary Susman
The forthcoming Cameron Crowe-directed film Aloha is finding itself making headlines for unflattering reasons again. The Media Action Network for Asian-Americans released a press release to the New York Post that accuses the Columbia Pictures dramedy of presenting a "whitewashed" version of Hawaii. "Caucasians only make up 30 percent of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you’d think they made up 99 percent," said Guy Aoki, head and co-founder of Manaa. [readmore:772607] "This comes in a long line of films — The Descendants, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor — that uses Hawaii
- Ryan Gajewski
Upfront season is all about the search for primetime’s Next Big Thing. But for a studio, the win doesn’t come until a series is renewed for season two and beyond.
For all the upheaval in TV, the 2014-15 season generally proved fertile for Big Four broadcast nets. The renewal rate of scripted series introduced during the September-May frame is higher than it has been since at least 2009-10 for all but NBC, according to research by Variety Insight.
ABC renewed seven of its 11 new series for a second round in 2015-16, compared to three of 14 from the 2013-14 season. CBS picked up five of its eight freshman shows, compared to two out of eight from the class of 2013-14. Fox renewed three out of eight, an improvement over two of eight from last year. NBC so far has renewed one out of a total of 10 scripted series introduced during the past season, »
- Cynthia Littleton
As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
Below, you'll find a list of NBC's recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their present status. To see a series' ratings, click the links in the middle column.
Shows include A to Z, A.D., About a Boy, Allegiance, America'.s Got Talent, American Dream Builders, American Ninja Warrior, American Odyssey, Apocalypse, Aquarius, Believe, Bad Judge, The Biggest Loser, The Blacklist, The Carmichael Show, The Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago Pd, Community, Constantine, Crisis, Crossbones, Crossing Lines, Dateline NBC, Dracula, Emerald City, First Dates, Food Fighters, Grimm, Growing Up Fisher, Hannibal, Heroes, Hollywood Game Night, Ironside, The Island, Last Comic Standing, Law & Order: Svu, Marry Me, Mission Control, Mr. Robinson, The Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Revolution, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Takeaway, Shades of Blue, Siberia, The Sing-Off, The Slap, State of Affairs, Taxi Brooklyn, »
The return of Inspector George Gently topped Wednesday's (April 29) ratings, according to overnight figures.
The BBC One drama's seventh series kicked off with 5.85m (27.9%) at 8pm, while Peter Kay's Car Share followed with 5.68m (27.1%) at 9.30pm.
On BBC Two, Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial continued with 1.13m (5.5%) at 8pm, while Nick and Margaret: The Trouble With Our Trains interested 1.02m (4.7%) at 9pm. Inside No. 9 averaged 680k (4.7%) at 10pm.
ITV's Give a Pet a Home fell to 2.33m (11.3%) at 8pm (184k/0.9% on +1), while Newzoids dropped to 1.77m (8.0%) at 9pm (167k/1.0%). The Delivery Man gathered 1.10m (5.2%) at 9.30pm (98k/0.7%).
Channel 5's The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door shocked 1.15m (5.7%) at 8pm (87k/0.4%), before Autopsy brought in 672k (3.1%) at 9pm (125k/0.8%), and CSI: Miami was seen by 467k (3.0%) at 10pm (44k »
The youth TV presenter on her love of First Dates and why she would bring back Smtv Live
I still think there’s quite a lot of TV snobbery around things like First Dates, but I find it really amazing. And any crime drama that’s on. Have you seen The Following? It makes no sense! I like all sorts of really, really tacky TV, maybe for the wrong reasons.
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- Gwilym Mumford
MasterChef continued to dominate the ratings outside of soaps on Wednesday (April 22), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One cooking show entertained 5.1m (26.2%) at 8pm, while Secret Britain continued with 4.02m (19.9%) at 9pm. Earlier in the evening, Nigel Farage's interview with Evan Davis brought in 2.54m (14.0%), double the figures achieved by Ed Miliband and David Cameron's interviews.
On BBC Two, Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial averaged 820k (4.2%) at 8pm, before World's Richest Terror Army brought in 1.11m (5.5%), and Qi interested 950k (5.6%) at 10pm. Newsnight was seen by 730k (6.2%) at 10.30pm.
ITV's Give a Pet a Home dipped slightly to 2.45m (12.5%) at 8pm, while Newzoids lost over a million viewers for its second episode with 2.27m (11.2%) at 9pm. The Delivery Man gathered 1.39m (6.9%) at 9.30pm.
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MasterChef was the most watched programme outside of soaps on Wednesday (April 15), according to overnight data.
The first episode of ITV's Give a Pet a Home was seen by 2.53m (13.0%) at 8pm (251k/1.2% on +1), while Newzoids debuted to 3.34m (16.3%) at 9pm (313k/1.9%). The Delivery Man entertained 2.45m (12.2%) at 9.30pm (125k/0.9%).
On BBC Two, Collectaholics continued with 1.17m (6.8%) at 7pm, before The Ladykillers: Pest Detectives attracted 940k (4.9%) at 8pm, and Kill The Christians averaged 930k (4.6%) at 9pm. Qi followed with 850k (5.2%) at 10pm, while Newsnight aired to 640k (5.3%).
Channel 5's Nightmare »
The Island with Bear Grylls returned to strong ratings on Channel 4, according to overnight figures for Wednesday (April 8).
However, it was BBC One's MasterChef that topped the ratings once again, bringing in 4.80m (24.0%) at 8pm, while Secret Britain interested 3.90m (18.6%) at 9pm. Match of the Day scored 1.82m (15.7%) at 10.45pm.
On BBC Two, Collectaholics continued with 1.07m (5.8%) at 7pm, while The Ladykillers: Pest Detectives gathered 1.20m (6.0%) at 8pm. This World appealed to 980k (4.7%) at 9pm, and Qi interested 780k (4.5%) at 10pm.
ITV's Big Star's Little Star entertained 3.16m (15.7%) at 8pm (180k/0.9% on +1), followed by the latest Dci Banks with 3.71m (17.7%) at 9pm (181k/1.2%).
Channel 5's Nightmare Neighbour Next Door was seen by 1.07m (5.4%) at 8pm (145k/0.7%), followed by OAPs Behaving Badly »
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