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Marriott Content Studio is plunging ahead in its goal to produce original travel programming. The production house just announced four new projects underway, including a short film, development deals with YouTube and Snapchat stars, and a new digital publication.
First up is Marriott’s short film called Two Bellmen. The movie stars skater William Spencer (the stunt double for Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man movies) and stunt performer Caine Sinclair (of Grimm fame) as two competitive bellmen who become friends and stop an art heist at a private event at Jw Marriott Los Angeles La Live. Marriott’s Content Studio is creating the film in partnership with Substance Over Hype, a group focused on “movement” (both in the inspirational and literal sense) with videos surrounding topics like extreme sports, dance, music, martial arts, and parkour.
“Of all the prospective projects we’ve been developing, Two Bellmen seemed best-suited so far for short film production, »
- Bree Brouwer
The Marriott hotel chain is getting into the movie business with "Spider-Man" and "Grimm" stuntmen William Spencer and Caine Sinclair cast in the lead roles in the company's first short film "Two Bellmen".
Produced by Marriott Content Studio, the company aims to reach more consumers though branded content. The story deals with two bellmen as they thwart a heist at a private art event. Jade Raybin penned the script.
Daniel 'Malakai' Cabrera will direct the project and co-wrote the script with Jade Raybin. Henry Simmons ("Agents of Shield”), Miles Brown ("Black-ish”), Sophina Brown ("The Good Wife”), Josue Figueroa ("Step Up: Revolution”), Josue Antonio (the "Step Up” franchise), Taryn Southern ("The Single Life”) and Stephen Boss ("So You Think You Can Dance”) also star.
Set primarily around the downtown Los Angeles Jw Marriott, filming is slated to begin on January 5th and will run for a week. A theatrical and VOD release is planned. »
- Garth Franklin
It’s been a strange season of The Voice — and not just because of Gwen Stefani’s penchant for pairing torturous heels with tights.
But despite the almost constant shift in contestant momentum and often head-scratching results (Damien over Toia Jones in the Knockouts? Ryan Sill in the Top 8?), something kind of miraculous occurred during tonight’s performance finale: NBC’s reality singing behemoth finally took on its most obvious shortcoming — that it’s never produced an American Idol-level superstar — and did something that may very well obliterate all those “what’s the point of all this, anyway?” criticisms. »
Four little words made waves in the Whedonverse this weekend: “Widescreen Buffy is nonsense.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon finally came out swinging Saturday against the HD version of his iconic series, now airing on Pivot. Originally shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio, the new 16:9 format is loaded with questionable changes, including awkward cropping, suspect lighting and even occasional appearances by crew members in shots, all of which is carefully detailed in this Facebook post.
A prime example is this shot from the Season 1 episode “Angel,” which — without the original, darker filter — makes it appear as though »
The episode started strong — with one of the better cold opens in recent memory (Taran Killam’s Charlie Rose interviewing the psychologists who helped the CIA with their brutal interrogation methods), a weird but occasionally amusing sketch featuring Freeman and Leslie Jones as a mismatched couple getting married after five days of dating (Kate McKinnon is just amazing), and then one of the best pop-culture mashups the show has produced in several »
The fourth season will bring NBC's Grimm episode count to 88, enough for a decent-sized syndication package. Will this be the end of the Friday night series or will it keep going? Cancelled or renewed for a fifth season? Stay tuned.
On Grimm, Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) continues to fight to keep humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. Others in the cast include Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner, and Claire Coffee.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
12/13 update: You can see »
NBC’s Grimm this Friday drew 5.1 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating, adding a tenth in the demo week-to-week.
Leading out of that, Constantine (3.3 mil/1.0) was up two tenths.
Over on CBS, The Amazing Race (6 mil/1.1) and Blue Bloods (11.1 mil/1.2) each dipped a tenth (with the latter drawing Friday’s largest audience), while Hawaii Five-0 (8.7 mil/1.1) fell 14 and 21 percent.
At ABC, Last Man Standing (6 mil/1.1) and Cristela (4.5 mil/0.8) each ticked down a tenth. Shark Tank (7 mil/1.5) slipped 16 percent in the demo, yet still topped the night in that measure.
Want scoop on any of the above shows? Email insideline@tvline. »
Warning: The following contains spoilers from Grimm’s fall finale.
Let’s look on the bright side, Grimm fans: Maybe Nick secretly likes a Juliette on the street and a Hexenbiest in the sheets?
Because if the final few moments of the NBC drama’s fall finale are any indication, that might be a combination he’s going to have to get used to.
Then again, “Isn’t everything »
Tonight NBC is airing “Chupacabra,” the mid-season finale of “Grimm,” which features a bloodthirsty legend coming to life. Earlier this week co-star Bree Turner (aka Rosalee) took part in a roundtable interview with a select group of journalists, and to… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
It's Christmas time and there's a need to be afraid... Here's Christine's review of a particularly bonkers festive episode of Grimm...
This review contains spoilers.
4.7 The Grimm Who Stole Christmas
You know that old saying, “nutty as a fruitcake”? Well that could easily be applied to this week’s Grimm (and if you’ve seen the episode, this works on a couple of different levels.)
While last year we had the Wesen version of Bad Santa in Krampus, The Grimm Who Stole Christmas is this year’s nod to the festive season.
The mystery centred on three little goblins who wreaked havoc on the festivities. However, they turn out not to be Wesen but pubescent boys – awful smell and all – which are afflicted by a rare genetic, seasonal disorder that makes them go as bonkers as if they’ve consumed an family-sized tin of Quality Street.
“Are you really telling »
The Performer | Katey Sagal
The Show | Sons of Anarchy
The Episode | “Red Rose”
The Airdate | December 2, 2014
The Performance | It takes a certain kind of performer to make us feel sorry for the bad guy. But to make us feel sorry for Gemma Teller, in particular, it takes a performance that’s unflinchingly emotional, pure and genuine.
Gemma started the episode the way she always does: with her walls up. When she encountered »
Recently, NBC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Grimm" episode 8 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Chupacabra," and it turns out that we're going to see Nick and Hank hit up an awful trail left behind by a deadly chupacabra creature. Viktor and Adalind plan a new trip, and more. In the new, 8th episode press release: Nick and Hank will find themselves investigating the gruesome trail left behind by a blood-sucking creature known as the chupacabra, which was brought to Portland by an unsuspecting traveler. At the same time, Monroe and Rosalee are going to get ready to leave on their long-overdue honeymoon. Viktor and Adalind wil plan a trip of their own, and Wu will prepare to confront Nick about what he has been seeing. Alexis Denisof guest stars as character Viktor. Episode 8 is set to air on Friday night, December 12th at 8pm central time on NBC. »
- Andre Braddox
The last time the super-powered quartet known as the Fantastic Four graced the big screen, filmgoers knew Chris Evans as the borderline reckless Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, a high contrast to his current turn as the responsible Captain America. The Fantastic Four reboot hits theaters from Fox next summer, but fans can get a taste of what’s to come with the recent reveal of the film’s synopsis.
20th Century Fox confirmed via IGN that the following description that appeared on Rotten Tomatoes is indeed the official synopsis of The Fantastic Four reboot:
“The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save »
- Derek Anderson
Grimm's fourth season finally gets motoring with a great, entertaining episode that actually advances the plot. Here's Christine's review...
This review contains spoilers.
4.6 Highway Of Tears
To paraphrase Nick Burkhardt this week, “It’s back!”
Grimm treated us this week to plot development, some delicious dialogue, and the best laugh-out-loud line of the series so far. This was all a relief, particularly as we were all expecting the most awkward sex scene in TV history.
To recap, we discovered last week that Juliette must sleep with Nick in the guise of arch nemesis Adalind in order for Nick to regain his powers.
In fact, Juliette treats the whole situation with surprising good humour, and even a little sass. I mean, Nick has to find Adalind’s physical presence sexy enough to enable him to perform, but without enjoying it too much, presumably. That’s one a tightrope that our hero’s walking. »
Recently, NBC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Grimm" episode 7 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "The Grimm Who Stole Christmas," and it turns out that we'll see strange Wesen phenomena go down. Trubel has a life changing moment that effects everyone, and more. In the new, 7th episode press release: Nick and Hank will get called to investigate a bizarre string of home invasions that lead to an even stranger Wesen phenomena. Monroe is going to have a very special Christmas surprise in store for Rosalee. Meanwhile, Trubel will come to a life changing realization that is going to affect everyone. Actress, Jacqueline Toboni guest stars as Trubel. Episode 7 is set to air on Friday night, December 5th at 8pm central time on NBC. »
The Rotten Tomatoes page for 20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four reboot has revealed the first official synopsis. An extended and unofficial synopsis released earlier this month revealed that the title characters access another dimension, a plot point which has been confirmed by this synopsis. Take a look at this plot rundown below, then read on for more information.
"The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. (C) Fox"
The "former friend turned enemy" is most likely Toby Kebbell's Doctor Doom, who we reported last week will be named Victor Doomashev, instead of the character's original comic book name Victor Von Doom. »
There will be plenty of new faces when Orphan Black returns for its third season (and I’m not just talking about all the new male clones played by Ari Millen). The BBC America series is adding five new characters to its ranks for Season 3, and pretty much all of them are genre show alums, meaning that they will fit into the world of this sci-fi show perfectly. Today it was announced that James Frain (Grimm, Intruders) will guest star as Ferdinand, “a well-educated, ‘cleaner’ who is both charming and intimidating.” Ferdinand is also “a powerful player in a secretive, multi-national political faction that operates with questionable ethics and a ruthless approach.” Additionally, Lost Girl‘s Ksenia Solo has been cast as Shay, “a soulful and compassionate holistic healer with a great sense of humor destined to become a new friend to Cosima.” Meanwhile, Kyra Harper (Warehouse 13) will play Dr. »
- Chris King
Look for some new guests the next time the Orphan Black clones throw a dance party.
BBC America announced on Tuesday the addition of five incoming cast members when the sci-fi favorite returns for Season 3 next year.
James Frain (Grimm, Intruders) will guest star as Ferdinand, “a well-educated, ‘cleaner’ who is both charming and intimidating” — and who happens to be “a powerful player in a secretive, multi-national political faction that operates with questionable ethics and a ruthless approach.” In other words, he and Sarah ought to get along swimmingly.
Other additions include:
Grimm regains some humour and momentum in this week's episode, Cry Luison. Here's Christine's review...
This review contains spoilers.
4.5 Cry Luison
Last week Bree Turner (who plays Rosalee) tweeted that this week’s episode, Cry Luison, “begins the bullet train of momentum to our mid season finale.”
While that bullet train has yet to reach high-speed, we did see a return of a little of the humour that’s been missing from the series so far this season, and yes, even some plot development.
We pick up where last week’s episode left off, with Monroe and Rosalee arriving at Nick and Juliette’s with Elizabeth, who has figured out how Nick “can get his Grimm back.” There’s only one problem: In order to completely reverse the spell, Juliette must take the potion and then sleep with Nick... as Adalind!
That’s a pretty big ask of any girlfriend, »
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.
Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to take you behind the incredible performance capture visual effects of the film and introduce you to the unseen stars of the blockbuster sequel. Read on to meet the actors behind Koba, Blue Eyes, Maurice and more.
Andy Serkis as Caesar
The face of performance capture technology, Andy Serkis has brought to life digital characters as wide-ranging as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin and King Kong.
In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes he plays Caesar for a second time, leading the primate uprising against mankind. Dawn is without question Serkis's finest performance capture turn to-date.
Toby Kebbell as Koba
Second in command to Caesar is ferocious ape Koba, who favours an aggressive and violent revolution as »
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