16 items from 2015
Welcome to another horror round-up! Hannibal fans have a big guest star to look forward to seeing in season three, the legendary Famous Monsters magazine is expanding with a comic book division, American Gothic Press, and Cinedigm and Wizard World have cult shows, beloved classics, and plenty of new content for viewers to enjoy with their just-launched CONtv digital network.
Hannibal Season 3: Entertainment Weekly reports that Zachary Quinto will star in a minimum of one episode in the upcoming third season of NBC's Hannibal. Quinto (NBC's The Slap, Spock in Star Trek: Into Darkness, American Horror Story: Asylum, Heroes) will play a "patient of Bedelia’s (Gillian Anderson)."
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, it was revealed in late January that Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) will play Cordell Doemling, a familiar name to fans of Thomas Harris' books and the Hannibal Lecter movies. For those unfamiliar, »
- Derek Anderson
There is only one correct way to prepare for the Oscars: resentfully watching every bad, dubious, or weird movie starring this year's honorees and feeling smug about it. StreamFix is here to help. Here are five weird choices streaming on Netflix to get you caught up on some of the 2014 nominees. "Chalet Girl" with Felicity Jones Felicity Jones would have more of a chance at an Oscar if she just called herself "the other Carey Mulligan" and dealt with it. Anyway, remember "Chalet Girl"? It was about Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick enjoying wonderful times on the slopes. Let us consult The New York Times' review for some insight into this cinematic journey: "'Chalet Girl' may not be particularly creative or genre busting or even a great example of a romantic comedy. But its premise might make you smile." I know I always go to the movies for »
- Louis Virtel
Screenwriters never have it easy, do they? They often complain they are seen as second class citizens to the director. Actors often get credit for improvising a line they wrote and, worse, producers will often play games with the media, insisting they came up with a key storyline or the entire project themselves. Things get even more complicated with the sometimes unfair arbitration rules that often find the wrong writer getting final credit for a project (often because of a contract he or she signed). Frankly, all of this adversity might be one reason why winning an Academy Award means so much to a working Hollywood screenwriter. This year's crop of Original Screenplay nominees are all worthy of taking home Oscar on their previous merits. Without a true "first-timer" in the group*, it goes without saying whoever wins this year might find the spoils that much sweeter. "Boyhood's" Richard Linklater »
- Gregory Ellwood
“We can only try to believe that there’s meaning to this,” murmurs Charlotte Gainsbourg midway through “Every Thing Will Be Fine” — voicing viewers’ thoughts for the first and only time in Wim Wenders’ labored, lumbering melodrama. An inglorious return to narrative filmmaking for the German master, this protracted study in grief and forgiveness does little to suggest his time hasn’t been better spent making documentaries for the past seven years. Imprisoning James Franco in the role of an emotionally constipated writer taking 10 years to process a fatal car accident, “Fine” is unlikely to arouse much empathy from auds, who may instead spend most of the running time wondering why Wenders chose to dramatize these dingy proceedings in advanced 3D. Despite this arthouse novelty and a name cast, the conviction of the title will not be echoed by’s conviction.
Coming from many other veteran auteurs, a film as »
- Guy Lodge
Mediapro, the Spanish producer of Woody Allen, Roman Polanski as well as Berlin opener “Nobody Wants the Night” and competition player “The Pearl Necklace,” is selling one of its most ambitious projects yet: “The Mothers of Elna.”
Budgeted at €15 million-€20 million ($17 million-$23 million), and with financing in place, English-language “Mothers” will star four high-profile international actors, said Mediapro’s Jaume Roures, producer of “Nobody Wants the Night,” although he would not disclose names yet.
In an unusual reverse of most projects coming on to the market, its challenge is not to complete financing but to attach a first-class director, he added.
“Elna” is based on the true-life story of Swiss nurse Elisabeth Eidenbenz, who between 1939 and 1944 helped save the lives of 597 babies, many born to Republican women in squalid southern France internment camps after Spain’s Civil War.
Centering on four characters, a first draft screenplay of “Elna “ has been »
- John Hopewell
Representatives of French production company Capa Drama – Guillaume de Menthon, managing director, Capa Drama – and of two key locations: the Palace of Versailles (Olivier Josse and Jeanne Hollande) and the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte (Alexandre de Vogue) attended a round table chaired by Olivier Rene-Veillon, prexy of the Ile de France Film Commission, during the Paris Images Location Expo (Feb. 3-4) to discuss one of France’s most ambitious TV series in recent years :“Versailles” – a €27 million ($30 million) 10 hour English-language Franco-Canadian co-production, sold internationally by Zodiak Rights.
Capa Drama’s De Menthon explained that the maximum financing level that can be raised in France for a major TV series is €11 million ($12,5 million).
This led Capa to produce the series in English because they calculated that if the series was shot in English the potential international sales would be ten times higher than if it were a shot in »
- Martin Dale
Welcome to another horror news round-up! This time around we have an update on the growing cast of Hannibal Season 3 and details on when you can expect to see Salem Season 2 on the small screen and the buzzed-about It Follows on the big screen.
TVLine reports that Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) will play Cordell Doemling, yet another familiar name to fans of Thomas Harris’ books and the Hannibal Lecter movies. For those unfamiliar, Cordell Doemling is the verbally abused medical aid to the wealthy, wicked, and mutilated Mason Verger, who will now be played on the TV series by Joe Anderson in place of Michael Pitt. In the 2001 film, Hannibal, Doemling was played by Željko Ivanek.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, it was recently revealed that Rutina Wesley, whom True Blood fans know as Tara Mae Thornton, will play the recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind »
- Derek Anderson
Fifty-seven-year old Frederique Bredin has been president of French cinema agency the Cnc since 2013. Her previous posts include director general of Lagardere Active, editor of newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, minister for youth and sports from 1991-93, and national secretary for the Socialist Party, responsible for culture and communication between 1995 and 2000. The Cnc is responsible for overseeing French film support policy, including the design of the Trip tax rebate program for international productions, which was upwardly revised in December 2014. In this interview she discusses with Variety her key objectives for the near future.
By strengthening the Trip international tax rebate program, which is now a strong and competitive tax incentive, especially vis-à-vis the U.K., France intends to attract high-budget U.S. blockbusters. How do you view the functioning of Trip in 2014, and the outlook for 2015, in terms of major international productions?
Since its creation in 2009, the Trip international tax »
- Martin Dale
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
With HBO’s True Blood coming to an end last summer, Rutina Wesley, longtime cast member of the Southern supernatural series, is lined up for another horror show. This time around, though, Wesley will encounter human monsters rather than creatures of the night, as she’s set to join the cast of Hannibal for the third season, playing a character from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon and its two film adaptations.
TVLine reports that Rutina Wesley, whom True Blood fans know as Tara Mae Thornton, is set to co-star in Hannibal Season 3 in the recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who becomes the romantic interest of Francis Dolarhyde, aka The Tooth Fairy serial killer, who in turn will be played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films). Reba McClane is a key character in Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel, Red Dragon, and was previously played by Joan Allen in »
- Derek Anderson
“Our minds can concoct all sorts of scenarios when we don’t want to believe something. We construct fairy tales… and we accept them.” A teaser trailer for Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal has been released, giving us our first look at Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), and more in the drastically different third season of Bryan Fuller’s serial killer series.
Season 3 of Hannibal will debut this summer. It was recently revealed that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role in the third season. Arianda portrays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films) will play The Tooth Fairy serial killer (aka Francis Dolarhyde) from Thomas Harris »
- Derek Anderson
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
Woody Allen used to joke that television was the result of how Los Angeles disposes of its trash, but now he's in the business himself. There's a lot that's fascinating, surprising, confusing, even shocking about the news that he'll be creating a TV series for Amazon. For one thing, he's maintaining the same secrecy about plot and title that he does for his movies. Still, Moviefone can try to answer your burning questions about the Allen project.
Does Allen know how to write for TV? Yes, he does. Surprisingly, no one seems to remember that one of his first jobs in showbiz was as a TV comedy writer for the great 1950s sketch comic Sid Caesar, whose legendary writer's room launched not just Allen's career but also those of Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks. He wrote for some other golden-age comedy series as well. Concurrent with his movie career over the last 45 years, »
- Gary Susman
Untitled Woody Allen Project, a half-hour series, has received a full season order and episodes will be written and directed by Allen. The series will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the UK, Us and Germany.
Additional details, including casting information have yet to be announced.
Allen is represented by ICM Partners.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
TV on the internet is now an arms race, and in signing Woody Allen, Amazon Prime has delivered a nuclear blast to the competition
Woody Allen to make first TV series for Amazon Prime
Before today, the idea of Woody Allen making a show for television seemed akin to David Letterman hosting an open mic night in Greenwich Village. But today is a new day, and Amazon has announced in a press release that the famed auteur and director of Annie Hall, Manhattan and Scoop will be making an original program for the Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service. This just goes to show how far both Allen and television (or whatever it is we’re calling serialised programs on the internet) have come.
It’s not as surprising a move for Allen as it might first appear. He’s had a strange career trajectory over the past few years. »
- Brian Moylan
Take another look @ revealing Nsfw images from "Blue Is The Warmest Color" actress Léa Seydoux, soon to star in the next 'James Bond' movie "Spectre", as she appears in recent issues of "Elle", "Marie Claire" and "Lui" (France) magazines:
The French model and actress began her acting career in French cinema, nominated for the 'César Award' for Most Promising Actress for her performance in "The Beautiful Person" (2008).
Seydoux was again nominated for the César Award for Best Actress for her role in "Farewell, My Queen" (2012) and in 2013 she shared the Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the film "Blue Is the Warmest Color".
- Michael Stevens
16 items from 2015
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