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Half Crown lines up biopic

Half Crown lines up biopic
Colorado-based Half Crown Media has hired UK screenwriter Bart Gavigan to write an untitled biopic about the British missionary Hudson Taylor.

Gavigan [pictured] has a proven record of bringing historical dramas to the big screen, such as 2003’s Luther starring Alfred Molina and Joseph Fiennes and the 2006 film End Of The Spear, which also concerns Christian missionaries.

Taylor was a 19th century Protestant missionary and medical student sent to China.

He was renowned for his sensitivity to the local culture, treatment of thousands of opium victims and for establishing the organisation China Inland Mission that was responsible for 18,000 conversions.

“This film has enormous potential,” said producer and Half Crown Media chairman Ken Haron. “The universal appeal of this extraordinary drama deserves the talents of Bart Gavigan and others who together will create an outstanding production and worldwide release.”

The project is out to cast and investors.
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Last Resort, Ep 1.12: “The Pointy End of the Spear”puts together all the necessities for a thrilling finish to the series

Last Resort, Season 1, Episode 12: “The Pointy End of the Spear

Written by Ron Fitzgerald

Directed by Paris Barclay

Airs Thursdays at 8pm (Et) on ABC

It’s always difficult watching the abrupt final episodes of a show with big ideas, such as Last Resort. Too often, such episodes end up becoming unwitting eulogies for what the show could have been, the storylines it could have explored, and every so often, they end with a cliffhanger crucial to the story that will never get resolved. Show co-creator Shawn Ryan, however, has had some experience in working with superb shows that only last one season, and has been involved in shows such as Terriers and Chicago Code, which managed to have very satisfactory endings that resolved some ideas, yet left the door open for future development. Thus, Last Resort can go in one of two directions in its final two episodes,
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Last Resort Review: The Nature of Mutiny

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All Hell broke loose during the penultimate episode of Last Resort, as almost everyone ended up threatened with "The Pointy End of the Spear."

Overall, this was a thrilling episode with a heart-pounding set up for next week's finale... but I have one request: Can we ditch Kylie's love life? It's boring and unnecessary. I like Kylie so much more in the scenes where she's not with her boyfriend.

Although I suppose I shouldn't complain too vehemently.  She did utter one of the best Last Resort quotes of the night after bedding said boyfriend:

 I've been having sex in a random hotel room all night because the thought of sharing a Wiki page with John Wilkes Booth, that really does it for me. | permalink

As plans for the coup d'etat moved forward in D.C., things on the island were disintegrating fast. Marcus' own crew was blowing up the Chinese
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DVD Review: Laughable ‘2016: Obama’s America’ Assumes You’re an Idiot

Chicago – If the Koch brothers have proven anything over the last several months, it’s that money speaks louder than the truth. Facts may not be for sale, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be buried. At a time when more information is available to the general public than ever before, an alarming number of Americans are content in remaining blissfully uninformed.

The 90-minute propaganda stunt, “2016: Obama’s America,” banks on the assumption that audiences are idiots. How else to explain its crackpot corroboration of unsubstantiated gobbledygook masquerading as an incendiary examination of the 44th U.S. president? The film isn’t really about Barack Obama at all. It’s about author/co-director/narrator/star Dinesh D’Souza and his own warped view of America, which seems to exist entirely within an alternate reality completely detached from our own. Perhaps the man has a future in science fiction.
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How '2016: Obama's America' became a box office hit -- and where it goes from here

How '2016: Obama's America' became a box office hit -- and where it goes from here
Rocky Mountain Pictures’ conservative documentary 2016: Obama's America made its mark at the box office last weekend, earning $6.5 million from 1,091 theaters — substantially more than the three studio-distributed newcomers Premium Rush, Hit and Run, and The Apparition.

The independent anti-Obama polemic, co-produced and co-directed by Dinesh D’Souza, a former Ronald Reagan policy advisor and current president of The King’s College in New York City, has earned $9.4 million since its debut seven weeks ago. Over the weekend, 2016 (passed the 2008 Ben Stein film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed to become the highest grossing conservative documentary of all time. And it’s
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Box office update: Anti-Obama doc '2016: Obama's America' headed for mainstream success

Box office update: Anti-Obama doc '2016: Obama's America' headed for mainstream success
A politically charged documentary called 2016: Obama's America turned heads last weekend when it grossed a whopping $1.24 million out of just 169 theaters.

The $2.5 million independent film, which is being distributed by Utah-based Rocky Mountain Pictures, premiered in Houston six weeks ago and has recently enjoyed some extremely uncharacteristic box office behavior.

You see, normally, when a film’s theater count increases, the amount of money it’s earning in each theater decreases. This is the standard performance pattern for a limited release and follows common supply/demand logic.

Here’s how things have gone for 2016: Obama’s America,
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'Atlas Shrugged' Derails?

'Atlas Shrugged' Derails?
Atlas Shrugged: Part I was the top-grossing limited release of the weekend, generating an estimated $1.7 million at 300 single-screen locations. For a pure independent release, Atlas Shrugged: Part I's opening was fine. But for the first-ever adaptation of Ayn Rand's influential mega-selling 1957 novel that had far more media hype than any other independent movie could dream of, it was disappointing. There aren't many direct comparisons, because it's rare that an adaptation of such a famous book gets such a modest release. Atlas Shrugged: Part I opened higher than recent limited Christian movies The Grace Card and To Save a Life, and it was distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures' third highest-grossing launch, behind End of the Spear and Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. But none of those movies are significant in the grand scheme of things. They're all still blips, even if Atlas was a slightly bigger blip than many. What's more,
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Weekend Preview: 'Date Night,' 'Letters to God'

After conquering the Easter opening weekend record with $61.3 million, Clash of the Titans aims to repeat as box office king this weekend. It will face stiff competition, though, from comedy Date Night, starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Also opening in nationwide release is Letters to God, which hopes to replicate the minor success of comparable Christian movies. Overall business will likely be way down from last weekend, when Clash, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? and The Last Song debuted. Clash of the Titans adds 25 theaters this weekend for a total of 3,802, though this will do little to prevent a big second weekend decline. Recent similar movies 300 and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor fell 54 and 59 percent from their openings, respectively. With mixed word of mouth (Box Office Mojo readers gave the movie a decent "B" grade, but the tacked-on 3D effects have been greeted
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Live interview with 'Twilight' star Gil Birmingham today

With his work as Billy Black in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Gil Birmingham ... has appeared in more than 40 film and television productions. Most recently, Birmingham generated public acclaim for his portrayal as Billy Black in Twilight, based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer. His TV and screen credits include appearances in End of the Spear, Dreamkeeper, Skins, Gentle Ben, The Doe Boy, Love's Long Journey, Nip/Tuck, 10 Items or Less, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars and Body & Soul. In 2005, his powerful portrayal of Dogstar in Steven Spielberg's six-part TV miniseries, Into the West, captured the attention of audiences worldwide. Birmingham recently finished filming The Love Ranch, starring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, directed by Taylor Hackford, and he will return as Billy Black in the Twilight sequel, New Moon, scheduled for release in November 2009. He also just completed Rango, an
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Happy Birthday to 'Twilight' and 'New Moon' star Gil Birmingham!

Today, The Twilight Saga: New Moon star Gil Birmingham has turned 43. Born on July 13, 1966, Birmingham began his career in acting when he was about twenty years old - where he starred as police officer in an episode of Riptide. Ever since, Birmingham has appeared in more than a dozen television series (including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Wild Thornberrys, V.I.P., Oz, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Veronica Mars, 10 Items Or Less, and Nip/Tuck). Before appearing as Billy Black in 2008's Twilight, Birmingham also did quite a few films as well. Birmingham's earliest film was House II: The Second Story, and he has sinced appeared in films such as Gentle Ben, Gentle Ben 2: Danger On The Mountain, DreamKeeper, Love's Long Journey, Le Jaguar, The Doe Boy, Skins, End Of The Spear, Night At The Museum, Cosmic Radio, Turok: Son Of Stone, and California Indian. Since Twilight, Birmingham
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