Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Briefly: The Crawleys will survive to fight another day. Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fifth season, as announced by PBS, several weeks before Season 4 even premieres in the U.S. “As American audiences ready themselves for the January 5th premiere of Season 4, our devoted Downton fans will rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way,” said Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton.
In the U.K., the fourth season (sorry, that’s “series” for you Brits) concluded this past weekend. It was the highest-rated TV drama of the year, drawing nearly 12 million viewers on average. There aren’t many upsides to the fact that our friends across the pond get the episodes months before we do, but the fact that we don’t have to worry about whether the show will get renewed is one.
Downton Abbey‘s 2013 Christmas Special will air in the U.K. next month. Season 4 kicks off January 5 in the U.S.
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Briefly: Three numbers made Thursday a big day in the world of Star Wars: 12/18/15. That’s the day J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII will finally hit theaters in what’s sure to be one of the most hyped openings of all-time. In a new interview, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke about choosing that date and also confirmed there are lots of Star Wars-centric plans not only for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but international theme parks too. Watch a video of him discussing it all, below. Read More »
These days, it’s not a real superhero movie release without a limited edition poster by Mondo. Both Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel got them and now Thor joins the club. Mondo has recruited the incomparable Ken Taylor to posterize Thor: The Dark World, and Mike Mitchell to give Loki fans something to put on their walls. You can see the full images below. Read More »
San Diego’s most famous news anchor, Ron Burgundy, is Team Television. He doesn’t care much about the cinema and believes TV is the truest form of entertainment. Which is why, in a brand new public service announcement, he gets a little confused when telling people about piracy. Hookers are mentioned, pirates are mentioned and Burgundy is confused, and displeased. Check out the new video below. Read More »
Briefly: Colin Trevorrow has been very busy prepping Jurassic World for release June 12, 2015. He’s assembled a solid young cast (Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins) with a few recognizable names (Josh Brolin, Bryce Dallas Howard) and now he might be adding another.
Hypable is reporting Jason Schwartzman, star of Rushmore and next month’s Saving Mr. Banks, is in talks to join the film in an yet-to-be-revealed role. His representation had no comment, which is generally a good thing (Idris Elba’s reps said he was not in the film when he was rumored). When there’s more to report, we’ll let you know, but for now lets just imagine how Schwartzman could fit into this sequel.
Bryce Dallas Howard, meanwhile, just said to USA Today, “they’re relaunching the Jurassic Park franchise, so I’ll be chasing dinosaurs. That’s going to happen next year.” [Hypable]
Briefly: Warner Bros. has just given release dates to two upcoming Oscar hopefuls. Clint Eastwood‘s musical adaptation of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will be released next summer, on June 20, 2014.
Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, will be released December 25, 2015. That means he’ll shoot it after playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman, which has a release date set for five months prior to the new Live By Night date. You can read more about the projects at those links.
Improv Anywhere has been taking to the streets of New York City to recreate famous movies in public places. Last week we posted their Back To The Future video. This week they ventured to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to recreate Jurassic Park, The video isnt as much fun as last weeks but still worth watching. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
As someone who flies several times a year, I’ve long since stopped paying attention to those pre-flight safety videos. There are only so many different ways the FAA can explain how to buckle a seatbelt or find the nearest exit, and those subjects weren’t even interesting the first time around.
But leave it to Step Up 2 director Jon M. Chu and Virgin America to get jaded travelers to sit up and take notice. Not only did I watch this entire video, I watched it voluntarily — at home, on a computer, when I had no reason to be watching a pre-flight safety video at all. It turns out that a little song and dance go a long way when it comes to jazzing up some really boring instructions. Check it out after the jump.
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