12 items from 2015
Now that The CW revealed that their upcoming series The Messengers will debut on Friday, April 10 at 9 Pm Et, the network has released a new extended trailer that clocks in at just under four minutes. When a mysterious object plummets to Earth, the blinding explosion it causes sends out a shock wave that instantly connects five strangers who awaken after the pulse with extraordinary gifts they can barely believe. Most mysterious of all is a figure known only as The Man, who brings death and suffering wherever he appears. The wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and these five newly christened Angels of the Apocalypse may be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture.
The Messengers stars Shantel VanSanten (Gang Related, One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), Sofia Black-d'Elia (Betrayal, Gossip Girl), J.D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), Craig Frank »
The CW announced its midseason schedule today at the winter gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA, including the series premieres of new dramas IZombie and The Messengers, the new unscripted competition series Cedric's Barber Battle and a new cycle of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
From executive producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), IZombie makes its series debut on Tuesday, March 17, (9:00-10:00pm Et), following an all-new episode of The Flash (8:00-9:00pm Et). Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia "Liv" Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out... until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains - she's taken a job in the Seattle coroner's office. »
See Photos: The CW Diversity Scorecard: From ‘Arrow’ to ‘Vampire Diaries’
“iZombie,” starring Rose McIver as a recently turned zombie who eats brains and helps solve crimes, premieres on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m.. Apocalyptic drama “The Messengers” premieres Friday, April 10 at 9 p.m., just after the series premiere of “Cedric’s Barber Battle” at 8 p.m. and the season premiere of improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway? »
- Travis Reilly
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that actor Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, on Thursday, January 15, will announce the nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference.
Wamg will again be there for the announcement and will be reporting from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
“Each of the three years we’ve produced the show, we have attempted to refresh elements of the process and the telecast,” said Zadan and Meron. “This year, we’re honored to start a new tradition that celebrates the contributions of all the nominees by announcing all 24 categories. We’re thrilled that a distinguished actor and two world-class film directors are part of the initial launch.”
At 5:30 a.m. Pt, Cuarón and Abrams will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, »
- Michelle McCue
At one time, Carey Mulligan was set to reteam with her Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for I Walk the Dead. However, a fair amount of time has passed since then, and the project is now known as The Neon Demon with Mulligan no longer in the lead role. But The Wrap now reports that a new star has been found for the project. Super 8 and Maleficent star Elle Fanning will take the role of n aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise. Refn calls the project a horror film, but this likely won't be just an average genre project, especially since Refn also wrote the script himself with Mary Laws. More below! On casting Fanning in the lead role, Refn says, "Elle Fanning is a super cool wonder woman and I look forward to going on a terrifying trip with her into The Neon Demon. »
- Ethan Anderton
Fanning is currently in negotiations to take on the lead role.
Filming will take place in Los Angeles from March.
The Neon Demon is scheduled for a 2016 release. »
A lot of people (read: most people) were left cold by "Drive" director Nicholas Winding Refn's 2013 head-scratcher "Only God Forgives," which is understandable: his second Ryan Gosling collaboration was baffling, queasy, bizarre and occasionally infuriating. But it was also bold and compelling in spots, and so aggressively weird that it felt like a daring next step for a rising director who likely had his pick of mainstream studio projects after the success of "Drive." For his next film - the arrestingly-titled horror movie "The Neon Demon" - Refn will continue marching to the beat of his own drummer alongside new leading lady Elle Fanning, who herself has made some fairly interesting choices recently with films like Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" and the Joe Albany biopic "Low Down" opposite John Hawkes. Here are five reasons I'm intrigued by the Danish auteur's latest project. 1. Refn is made for the horror genre. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Though Elle Fanning had roles in movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Somewhere in the late 2000s, she didn't deliver her first breakout performance until she appeared in J.J. Abrams' 2011 movie Super 8. Since then she's balanced huge movies (last year's Maleficent being the biggest yet) with a nice selection of smaller films, and now she has a chance to meet in the middle for a really interesting project with one of the industry's most fascinating directors.
The Wrap reports that Fanning is in negotiations to lead Nicolas Winding Refn's female-driven horror film The Neon Demon. She'd play "an aspiring model caught in a world of beauty and demise," which sounds very much like the kind of ethereal, moody plot we've come to expect from Refn these days. The director of Drive spoke about the genesis of this project a few months ago:
“One morning »
- Ben Pearson
Written by Refn and newcomer Mary Laws, “Neon Demon” is a female-driven horror film that the director’s longtime producing partner Lene Borglum will produce via their Space Rocket banner.
Fanning will play an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise.
Also Read: ‘Drive’ Filmmaker Gets Auto-Erotic at Wrap Screening
- Jeff Sneider
Elle Fanning ("Maleficent," "Super 8") is in negotiations to star in "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's next film “The Neon Demon" for Gaumont and Wild Bunch. Refn and Mary Laws co-wrote the script.
Fanning will play an aspiring model who is caught up in a world of beauty and demise in this female-driven horror film. [Source: The Wrap]
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ("Arrow," "Spartacus") is set to join Ben Affleck in Gavin O’Connor's thriller "The Accountant" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Robinson will play a Treasury Department analyst who has kept a low-profile.
Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano ("Mongol") is replacing Ken Watanabe in Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel "Silence". Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver also star in the »
- Garth Franklin
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
Nicola Tyson was born in 1960 in London, England. She attended Chelsea School of Art, St. Martins School of Art, and Central/St. Martins School of Art in London. She currently lives and works in New York.
Primarily known as a painter, Tyson also works with photography, film, performance, and the written word. Tyson's photographs document the early days of the Blitz Kids and the beginnings of the New Romantic movement -- late Seventies, post-Punk London. Bowie Nights at Billy's Club was a weekly event in a small Soho venue, the brainchild of a young Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. The event quickly became the beating heart of a brand-new scene -- a refuge for disillusioned punks; suburban art school students; androgynous, subversive, creative kids; and (most importantly) Bowie fans, all competing for conspicuousness. Among them were the future stars of Eighties synth-pop: Boy George, Marilyn, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, »
12 items from 2015
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