10 items from 2015
The upfronts have ceased! They are no more! This morning, The CW finished up the annual ballyhoo and announced their three premiering series for the 2015-2016 fall season, including the highly anticipated Legends of Tomorrow, continuing the channel's newfound reputation as the home for DC Comics characters; you can find the trailer for Legends of Tomorrow and Allison's write-up here. As much as a certain contingency of the television-viewing public would wish it so, however, television cannot only be about costumed white dudes saving the world. So, in addition to Legends of Tomorrow, The CW has also dropped the trailers for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a new comedy series, and Containment, a new thriller-drama centered on the international outbreak of an unknown contagion. It's probably too much to ask that it's exactly like Steven Soderbergh's Contagion though, right? Gadnabbit. It's interesting to note that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has a similarly ambitious, bold tone to its comedy, »
- Chris Cabin
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
London — AMC Global has acquired the exclusive first-window international television rights to the AMC original series “Into the Badlands.”
The series is a genre-bending martial arts show inspired by the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, a warrior and a young boy embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
- Leo Barraclough
The series, which comprises six, one-hour episodes, will air on AMC Global within 24 hours of its fall premiere on AMC in the U.S.
“Into the Badlands” toplines Daniel Wu, a Hong Kong-based Chinese-American actor, director and producer, who has appeared in more than 60 films. The cast is completed by Emily Beecham (“28 Weeks Later,” “The Village”), Sarah Bolger (“The Tudors,” “In America”) and Oliver Stark (“The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box,” “My Hero”).
The show, which is inspired by the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” tells the story of a warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
- Elsa Keslassy
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact email@example.com. It’s Colin Firth’s Elizabeth! Jennifer Ehle has signed with UTA. She was previously at ICM. The British-American actress broke out with her BAFTA TV-winning performance as heroine Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC’s beloved 1995 miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, opposite Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Ehle most recently appeared as Anastasia’s mother in Fifty Shades of Grey. Her other film credits include Zero Dark Thirty, Contagion and The King’s
- Rebecca Sun
FX has closed a first-look production deal with film and TV producer Stacey Sher and her production company Shiny Penny, the network announced Thursday.
“Stacey is a fearless storyteller whose remarkable run of feature films show a willingness to approach challenging topics with unflinching honesty and considerable artistry,” said Grad. “We look forward to working with Stacey and her team to build on this success and develop exceptional television for the FX Networks.”
A frequent collaborator of Quentin Tarantino’s, Sher was a producer on his films “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and the upcoming “The Hateful Eight.” For TV, she is producing AMC’s martial arts drama “Badlands” and exec produced Comedy Central’s “Reno 911.” Her credits also include the Steven Soderbergh films “Contagion, »
- Whitney Friedlander
The December release of the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee's so-called "torture report" shocked the nation with the gruesome accounts of extreme interrogation tactics employed by the CIA in the war on terror. HBO Films is examining the origins of the brutal tactics with Rorschach And Awe, a movie in development, which will be written and directed by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). Based on the 2007 Vanity Fair article of the same name by… »
Marion Cotillard doesn't do blockbusters very often. She's done a couple with Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Inception") and Steven Soderbergh ("Contagion"), and had a bit of fun popping up briefly in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," but for the most part she doesn't step into big expensive pieces of entertainment, unless she has a good reason. And she seems to have found them for "Assassin's Creed." The actress will re-team with her "Macbeth" co-star Michael Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel for the video game adaptation — one of many that are on the way — that follows Desmond Miles, a bartender kidnapped by a corporation and forced to use a machine called the Animus, which allows him to relive the memories of his ancestor Altair, who was an Assassin in the Middle East during the Crusades. No word yet on Cotillard's role, but of course, if the movie is a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Magic Mike Xxl is not directed by Steven Soderbergh, who has retired from feature filmmaking. But what’s in a name? Magic Mike Xxl is directed by Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh’s regular 1st Ad since 1993’s King of the Hill, is crewed by Soderbergh regulars (production designer Howard Cummings and set director Eric R. Johnson have been onhand since Contagion), and was shot and edited by the man himself. The trailer’s color palette — muted and dark, with strong golds and shadows — is accordingly exactly what you’d get from a Soderbergh film, and it even opens with the same ’70s WB Saul Bass-designed logo that […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
Directed by: Ang Lee
Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »
- Joshua Gaul
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