16 items from 2015
Authorities investigating the disappearance of Food Network star Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband say they have recovered two bodies. Following Monday's arrest of Robert Jason Owens, 36, who was formally charged with the murder of Codd, her husband J.T. Codd and their unborn child, authorities say the bodies are believed to be those of the missing Leicester, North Carolina, couple, reports Wspa. But the remains - which were sent today for autopsies at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem - still must be positively identified, Buncombe County medical examiner Dr. Sharon Sweede told the Citizen-Times of Asheville. »
- Jeff Truesdell, @jhtruesdell
Authorities investigating the disappearance of Food Network star Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband say they have recovered two bodies. Following Monday's arrest of Robert Jason Owens, 36, who was formally charged with the murder of Codd, her husband J.T. Codd and their unborn child, authorities say the bodies are believed to be those of the missing Leicester, North Carolina, couple, reports Wspa. But the remains - which were sent today for autopsies at Wake-Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem - still must be positively identified, Buncombe County medical examiner Dr. Sharon Sweede told the Citizen-Times of Asheville. Officials remain mum about motive, »
- Jeff Truesdell, @jhtruesdell
David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek are braving the storm with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in The Asylum and Syfy's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Featured in our latest round-up, the third installment in the tongue-in-cheek franchise has received a summer release date. We also have a casting update for the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary T-shirt from Fright Rags.
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) - New York – March 18, 2015 – Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, »
- Derek Anderson
A man has been charged with three counts of murder in the disappearances of Food Network star Cristie Schoen Codd, her husband, Joseph T. Codd, and their unborn child. Robert Jason Owens, 36, was arrested on Monday in Leicester, North Carolina, and formally charged on Tuesday in the family's disappearances, according to the Citizen-Times. Schoen Codd was best known for her appearance on season 8 of the competition series Food Network Star in 2012. A location chef, she provided catering for several major Hollywood films, like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Ender's Game and Get On Up. The couple were first »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
Columbia Pictures is set to remake the 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder, only this time instead of a tricked-out hi-tech helicopter, the story will revolve around a more advanced piece of surveillance weaponry with a state-of-the-art Drone at the center of the action. Marvel Studios executive and writer Craig Kyle (Thor) is updating the screenplay, with Fifty Shades of Grey's Dana Brunetti set to produce. The movie will reunite Brunetti with Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca, who is now president of production at Columbia, and will oversee the project.
The Sony-based studio Escape Artists were simultaneously developing their own take on the material, but will now join this remake as a producer. The new version of the story is said to be 'timely', as it will explore the exploding use of drone technology in our society, both privately and in government sectors. This is just one of many Drone movies heading our way soon. »
El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Trejo has been cast in the roll of "The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the From Dusk Till Dawn film franchise as "Razor Charlie."
Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, to acting and producing. Trejo has starred in dozens of films including Desperado, Heat, the From Dusk Till Dawn film series, Con Air, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, the Spy Kids movies, Grindhouse, Machete, Machete Kills, Dead in Tombstone and Muppets Most Wanted. He can be heard as The Voice of Skeleton »
Given his relationship with Robert Rodriguez, it may be more surprising that he didn't appear in the first season. However, it has been officially announced that Danny Trejo will be appearing in Season 2 of From Dusk Till Dawn as a new villain known as The Regulator:
"Austin, TX- March 11, 2015 -- El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series." Trejo has been cast in the roll of "The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie."
Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, to acting and producing. »
- Jonathan James
Samuel L Jackson will also have a supporting role as a character known as the Wight.
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
They fought till dawn to survive season one, but even though certain characters on El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series were able to keep culebras from chomping their necks, they're still far from being safe in the upcoming 10-episode second season, which began production today and is slated for a late summer debut. It's been revealed that the season two premiere is being directed by Robert Rodriguez, with a list of familiar horror directors announced to helm other second season episodes starring the returning cast members whose characters managed to stay alive.
Press Release - "Austin, TX- March 2, 2015 -- El Rey Network and Miramax announced today the start of production on the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" in Austin, TX (home to Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios). Returning to the supernatural series are all leading cast members including Wilmer Valderrama, D.J. Cotrona, »
- Derek Anderson
Most people who have subscribed to Presto TV since its January 18 launch have opted to bundle the streaming service with Presto Movies.
At the same time some existing Presto Movies subscribers have upgraded to take both, which costs $14.99 per month versus $9.99 individually.
.We have seen good growth since Presto TV.s launch,. Shaun James, Director of Presto and On Demand, tells If. .The majority of new customers are taking both services..
Svod rival Stan, co-owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, has created a lot of media noise by screening all seven episodes of Gallipoli and trumpeting exclusive streaming rights to Better Call Saul (which is also available on ExyFlix.tv, iTunes and Google Play) and Transparent.
Conversely Presto TV has relied primarily on content sourced from Foxtel and joint-venture partner Seven West Media, plus HBO shows The Sopranos, Entourage, The Wire, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Girls and Veep, and »
- Don Groves
Last night's big news regarding Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios collaborating on ways to revive the flagging "Spider-Man" franchise has led to inevitable questions and speculation regarding the future of the web slinger's screen outings.
The biggest of these questions, and the one which has had the most discussion since, has been in regards to who will be cast in the role. The press release by Marvel didn't discuss recasting the role, so fans of current Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield have been holding out hope the actor might return.
Whilst numerous names have been suggested in the wake of the announcement, the same handful of names seem to be popping up regularly social media. Both my own and »
- Garth Franklin
<< Continued from "Weekend Report: 'Jupiter Ascending' Crushed by Super 'SpongeBob'"Playing at 3,181 locations, Jupiter Ascending opened in third place with a very disappointing $18.4 million this weekend. That's a fraction below the Wachowskis' Speed Racer ($18.6 million); with seven years of ticket price inflation and the addition of 3D premiums, it's likely that attendance for Jupiter was substantially lower.Jupiter Ascending's opening was also around $10 million less than recent big-budget sci-fi movies like Elysium ($29.8 million), Edge of Tomorrow ($28.8 million), After Earth ($27.5 million) and Ender's Game ($27 million), all of which were considered misses on opening weekend.The marketing for Jupiter Ascending never quite found a way to sell the convoluted story, and also struggled to hide the movie's sillier elements. It also doesn't help that the Wachowski brand is essentially worthless now: the massive amount of goodwill generated by The Matrix has faded thanks to two lukewarm sequels followed by »
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After dominated the box office for three straight weeks, American Sniper will cede first place this weekend to a talking sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea.The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water seems poised to open north of $35 million, which would be more than enough to take the top spot over the first weekend of February.Among the other new releases, the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending will compete with American Sniper for second place, while Seventh Son could struggle to reach $10 million.Playing at 3,641 locations, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water arrives in theaters over a decade after the first SpongeBob movie, which was a feature length version of the immensely popular Nickelodeon animated show. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie opened to $32 million on its way to $85.4 million, or around $114 million adjusted for ticket price inflation.While SpongeBob and company are still fairly popular, it's likely that »
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Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield has signed on to star in the sci-fi adventure Out of This World for Relativity Media. Relativity Studios is behind the project, which has Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) set to direct. The story begins with a billionaire entrepreneur's mission to colonize Mars, which results in a female astronaut becoming pregnant on the planet.
The astronaut died during childbirth, but her infant son was raised in secrecy on Mars. 16 years later, after returning to Earth, the teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) enlists the help of a mission specialist and connects with a young woman he has been communicating with. They both set off on a road trip across America to find the father he never knew.
Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma) wrote the original screenplay, with Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay (Hector and the Search for Happiness) providing the most recent revisions. »
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-Hur starring Jack Huston (American Hustle) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the film is based on Lew Wallace's epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise), Mark Burnett (Son of God), Joni Levin (The Way Back) and Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World).
Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (The Bible), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. Ben-Hur also »
16 items from 2015
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