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Sky Targets Younger Viewers With Kids’ Spin-Off Of ‘Rollerball’-Style Entertainment Format ‘Revolution’

Exclusive: Sky’s entertainment format Revolution may be reminiscent of Rollerball but the British pay-tv broadcaster is set to soften the edges with a pair of kids’ spin-offs. I hear that the network is currently casting for two youth-skewing takes on the Znak & Co.-produced show.

Sky is currently searching for kids aged five to 12 with a passion for action sports to appear in Revolution: Skills and has also ordered Revolution Cuts, based on the big-budget skateboarding and BMX format. It is looking for skateboarders, BMXers, rollerbladers and scooter kids. Revolution Skills will see the pros teach kids tricks, while Revolution Cuts is a compilation of the original series aimed at youngsters. Both are fifteen episodes of ten minutes.

Motion Content Group, the rebranded GroupM Entertainment run by Richard Foster, is co-producing alongside Natalka Znak’s transatlantic indie.

The show is one of Sky One’s latest high-end entertainment
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Natalka Znak Reveals How She Skated Off With Fox Pilot For Big-Budget Entertainment Format ‘Revolution’

Natalka Znak has revealed how Fox boarded a pilot for Rollerball-style British entertainment format Revolution.

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here producer, who runs U.S./UK production company Znak & Co., scored a U.S. pilot for the big-budget skateboarding and BMX format after securing a series from British pay-tv broadcaster Sky.

The show, which launched in the UK earlier this year, is a, large-scale competition format in which contestants will compete across a series of urban sports-style challenges including skateboarding, rollerblading and BMX.

“I sold it to Fox in quite possibly the worst pitch of all time because I couldn’t get any of my materials or the tape to play but then I just told them about the show and they absolutely loved. They said it’s like Ninja Warrior, in the sense that it’s exciting, it’s sport, it’s got very strong characters,
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Amazon schedule: Here’s what is coming in February 2018, including ‘The Tick’ and ‘Mozart in the Jungle’

Amazon schedule: Here’s what is coming in February 2018, including ‘The Tick’ and ‘Mozart in the Jungle’
The Golden Globe-winning comedy series “Mozart in the Jungle” returns to Amazon for season 4 beginning on Feb. 16. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Rodrigo, the roguish conductor of the New York Symphony. In season 3, he and his troupe travelled to Venice, Italy to stage a new opera, “La Fiamma.” He clashed with Malena (Monica Bellucci), the diva at the head of the cast. Expect more fireworks this season as he back behind the podium in Gotham.

And the second half of season 1 of the rebooted live-action version of “The Tick” is set to stream on Feb. 23. Peter Serafinowicz plays the sassy superhero who says, “murder is just not cool.” The show is created by Ben Edlund, who introduced the character in comic book form in 1986. His comic was adapted into an Emmy nominated animated series that ran from 1994-1997 and a short-lived live-action version in 2001 that starred Patrick Warburton.

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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018

Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018
Emmy winners Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) head up the new Hulu original series “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama Bin-Laden. Also featured in this docudrama about the inter-agency rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the first part of this century are Golden Globe nominees Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. The first of the 10 episodes starts streaming on Hulu on Feb. 28.

Before then, Hulu viewers will get a chance to see another acclaimed docudrama, the film “Detroit” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). She reteamed with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” for this acclaimed film. “Detroit” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967 after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died
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Moon Nazis and sex in space: what can we learn from movies set in 2018?

Looking back through Hollywood’s sci-fi vaults, films from Rollerball to Terminator: Salvation offer a bleak view of the year ahead

While the specific reasons remain a topic of heated debate, everyone seems to be in agreement that things are, in the most general sense, quite bad. Whether you’re concerned about encroaching fascist powers or a restriction of free speech, the planet’s eventual heat-death or vanishing industries and the jobs that go with them, everyone can find something to lose a little sleep over in 2018. Credit the movies, then, with giving us fair warning. Cinematic visions of the future have always favored the dystopian over the utopian, preferring to nail-chew over our shared anxieties rather than build upon hopeful fantasy.

Related: Future shock: unearthing the most cutting-edge sci-fi movies of 2018
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Feature: The Essential Must-See U.S. Tough Guy Cinema

American cinema in the Seventies through to the early Nighties was populated with the kind of leading characters you don’t see enough of any more – no nonsense, amoral tough guys, often on the wrong side of the law, rugged complexions lines with life, who start off mean and don’t get any nicer by the closing credits.

Director Sam Peckinpah’s brilliantly brutal and bloody Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) features a prime example of this. Bennie, played by Warren Oates (pictured above), is a down on his luck bartender whose ears prick up when $1 million dollars is offered for the titular, potentially suicidal deed – but as Bennie says, ‘nobody loses all the time’. It’s possibly Oates’s finest performance as the tequila-soaked bounty hunter who, the more outgunned he is, the more savage his becomes. It’s also one of Peckinpah’s greatest films, and nicely encapsulates the violent,
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Cato has ambushed Inspector Clouseau for the final time

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Cato has ambushed Inspector Clouseau for the final time
Whenever I went to Memphis with my parents, my time was divided between staying with my two grandmothers. How I thought about that time with them was defined, not surprisingly, by what sort of movie experiences I had with each. My dad’s mom was the one who had cable, and she liked to go to bed early, meaning I learned all sorts of things at night. My mom’s mom was the one who took me to the theater more often, and she’d take me to see pretty much anything as long as the rating was okay. One afternoon, she told me to get in the car because there was something special playing. I was ten years old, and I only knew The Pink Panther as a cartoon character. That afternoon, though, I saw The Return Of The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and Revenge Of The Pink Panther
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R.I.P. Burt Kwouk - Pink Panther's Cato

Burt Kwouk, the actor who played martial arts expert Cato in the original Peter Sellers "Pink Panther" films, has died at the age of 85. He "passed peacefully" according to his agent Jean Diamond, with no specific cause of death mentioned.

Born in northwest England in 1930 and raised in Shanghai, Kwouk had his first major role in 1958's "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness". He also appeared in two James Bond classics - "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice" - along with the original "Rollerball" and Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun". He also had guest spots on popular 1960s shows like "The Avengers," "Secret Agent" and "The Saint" and a regular role on 1980s British sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine'.

But it's his work in a half dozen "Pink Panther" films as Cato Fong that he'll always be remembered for. The character, a manservant to Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau,
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Hof Film Days founder Heinz Badewitz dies at 74

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Hof Film Days founder Heinz Badewitz dies at 74
World’s second longest-serving film festival director died last week while attending Graz film festival.

Filmmakers in Germany and beyond are mourning the passing of Heinz Badewitz, the founder of the Hof Film Days, who died unexpectedly last week at the age of 74 whilst attending last week’s Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film in Graz.

Badewitz was the world’s second longest-serving film festival director after Chicago’s Michael Kutza (who launched his festival in 1964) and was planning Hof’s 50th anniversary in October.

Hailing from Hof in Northern Franconia, Badewitz had moved to Munich in the early 1960s to train as a cameraman and soon became part of the Munich film scene, later working as location manager on such films as Wim WendersKings Of The Road and The American Friend, and assistant director for Bob Fosse’s Cabaret and Norman Jewison’s Rollerball.

In addition, he was involved in the selection of German films for
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Echoes of Stir: Four Hours in Joliet

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Photo by Donnacha Kenny"Congratulations, Tom; you're one of the lucky eight per cent!" —Stir of Echoes (1999)Joliet, Illinois is probably the American city which more people have dreamed more fervently of escaping than any other. But after spending four hours in 'Prison Town'—long synonymous far and wide with incarceration—I was sad to leave; I'll be glad one day to return. Fortunately, such matters are questions of personal choice. Many of the area's residents, including those not serving custodial sentences, have little realistic option but to remain—trapped by personal, social and/or economic circumstances that can feel as confining as any 6-by-8 cell. "Joliet, or "J-Town", is racially diverse and is known as a crime-ridden city, although the area has shown much improvement since the 1990's... The east side is generally known as the ghetto side and the west side is known as middle class, even though
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Douglas Slocombe, Acclaimed Cinematographer, Dead At Age 103

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Slocombe with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg filming "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1981. (Photo: LucasFilm).

Douglas Slocombe, the acclaimed cinematographer and director of photography, has passed away at age 103. Slocombe was revered by directors over a career that extended from 1940 to 1989, when he lensed his final film, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". He had also filmed the first two entries in the Indiana Jones series, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". Slocombe never won an Oscar but was nominated for "Travels with My Aunt", "Julia" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark". He had been nominated for eleven BAFTA awards, winning three times. Slocombe's other major films include the Ealing Studios British comedy classics starring Alec Guinness, the classic chiller "Dead of Night", "The Blue Max", "The Lion in Winter", the original version of "The Italian Job", "The Fearless Vampire Killers", "The Great Gatsby
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Douglas Slocombe Dies: Indiana Jones Cinematographer Was 103

Douglas Slocombe Dies: Indiana Jones Cinematographer Was 103
Douglas Slocombe, the cinematographer on Steven Spielberg’s first three Indiana Jones films, has died. He was 103. His family told Agence France-Presse he died this morning in London. A three-time Oscar nominee, he won three BAFTA Awards among 11 nominations — including as Dp on 1974’s The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. His credits also include such iconic pics as Rollerball, Julia with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave and The Lion In Winter with…
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Douglas Slocombe, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Cinematographer, Dies at 103

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Douglas Slocombe, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Cinematographer, Dies at 103
Douglas Slocombe, the cinematographer for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” has died. He was 103. According to Afp, his daughter Georgina confirmed his death. Slocombe received Oscar nominations for “Travels With My Aunt” in 1973, “Julia” in 1978 and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1982. He also shot “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Maids” and “Rollerball,” as well as Ealing comedies including “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” “The Lavender Hill Mob” and “The Man in The White Suit.” Also Read: Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author, Dies at 89 “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) as the last film he worked on.
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Julie Harris, Beatles Costume Designer, Dead at 94

Julie Harris, Beatles Costume Designer, Dead at 94
Julie Harris, a Academy Award-winning costume designer who outfitted the Beatles for both A Hard Day's Night and Help!, passed away Saturday at a London hospital after a brief illness from a chest infection. Harris was 94. In addition to the Fab Four features, Harris also worked on the James Bond film Live and Let Die (as well as 1967's 007 spoof Casino Royale), Goodbye Mr. Chips and 1975's futuristic Rollerball, The Independent reports.

Speaking about working on A Hard Day's Night at the peak of Beatlemania, Harris once said, "I must
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The Naked Gun's timeless buffoonery

We take a look back at 1988's The Naked Gun, its timeless brand of comedy, and Leslie Nielsen's superb performance...

Detective Frank Drebin's outside his Los Angeles police precinct, squeezing off shots into the receding backside of his own car.

How this came to happen almost defies description. Having driven his Ford Crown Victoria into a couple of bins outside the building, Drebin stumbles out, seemingly oblivious to the airbags going off inside. One airbag knocks the car into drive and off the vehicle goes, almost running Drebin over as it rumbles downhill.

As an orchestrated bit of comedy cinema, it's the knockabout equivalent of the famous scene in The Untouchables, where Brian De Palma expertly wrings every drop of suspense from a pram thudding down a flight of stairs at a train station.

On the spur of the moment, Drebin comes to the conclusion that there's a criminal
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Blu-ray Review: 'Rollerball'

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★★★★☆ Dystopias are usually set in a tweaked present rather than a distant future. 1984 is simply 1948, the year of its composition, writ backwards. And so it is with Norman Jewison's Rollerball (1975), a gloriously entertaining dystopian thriller, set in the futuristic seventies. Nation states have been abolished and the world is run by massive corporations, which have segregated society into ruling Execs and everybody else. Discontent is allowed cathartic outlet with the spectacle of a violent gladiatorial sport Rollerball, in which teams of skaters and motorcyclists fight their way around a rink for possession of a heavy metal ball with which they then score.
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Rollerball (1975) Blu-ray Review

Director: Norman Jewison

Starring: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Ralph Richardson

Cert: 15

Running Time: 125 mins

Special Features: Return To The Arena: The Making Of Rollerball, Bloodsports with James Caan, The Fourth City locations featurette, The Bike Work: Craig R.Baxley, From Rome To Rollerball Epk, Commentary: Norman Jewison, Commentary: William Harrison, Isolated Music & Effects, Trailer, TV Spots and more…

Sport is often described as the opium of the masses. If one movie took that idea to its logical extent it was Rollerball, bringing audiences an unusual blend of rough-housing and corporate satire in the turbulent mid-Seventies. European viewers lapped up the social commentary while Americans craved the thrills of the invented sport itself. Now this sinister tale of the future arrives on Blu-ray – where every studded fist and bloodied face is presented with crystal clarity – and people can judge the result all over again.
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Blu-ray Review – Rollerball (1975)

Rollerball, 1975.

Directed by Norman Jewison.

Starring James Caan, Maud Adams, John Houseman, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Burt Kwouk, Pamela Hensley and Ralph Richardson.

Synopsis:

In the not-too-distant future the corporations control everything, and when they tell top sportsman James Caan he can’t play the game of rollerball anymore he decides to challenge the controlling bodies.

Do you remember the old Bitmap Brothers computer games Speedball and Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe? For those that don’t they were a pair of games where the idea was to get the ball in the opponent’s goal using a variety of throws, rolls and casual violence as you kick, punch and barge as many other players as you can. Great games and they would have made a great film, if only one hadn’t been made over a decade earlier in the shape of Rollerball, a dark sci-fi thriller that has loftier
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The Week in Blu-Ray: UK Edition – Paddington, The Drop, The Homesman, Network, Rollerball

Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at all things Blu-ray…

Paddington

Talk about your Christmas blockbusters. One of the UK’s biggest films of last year, Paddington charmed the crowds to the tune of £37 million, and became Studio Canal’s biggest film ever beating out last year’s Non Stop with a worldwide gross of $236 million. A wonderful family adventure, Paddington is set to be one of the year’s best sellers on Blu-ray and DVD.

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The Drop

A relatively small release in the UK for this indie crime drama, but certainly worth a watch. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, The Drop is a hugely compelling film which stars Tom Hardy as a Brooklyn barman who gets embroiled in some mob dealings with the late James Gandolfini. Noomi Rapace also stars.

You can read our thoughts on the film here.

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‘Rollerball’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Pamela Hensley, Barbara Trentham, John Normington, Shane Rimmer, Burt Kwouk | Written by William Harrison | Directed by Norman Jewison

We live in an age where remakes take movies from the past and look to modernise them, sometimes changing them completely. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it ends up in a complete shambles, dumbing down what the original stood for and losing the whole point of what they were trying to replicate. This is the case with Rollerball, a cult classic which suffered the bad remake treatment. Thankfully in this review though I’m looking at the original film which is being released by Arrow Video on Blu-ray, so from this point on we can forget the remake even existed.

In a future controlled by corporations war is a thing of the past and the only conflict is Rollerball. Jonathan E.
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