Not long ago, the announcement of a TV series that adapts or jumps off from a noted film would have elicited nothing but eyerolls. After shows like Fargo and Hannibal, however, even the most skeptical onlooker must realize that it’s better to keep an open mind. And when HBO is involved? The “benefit of the doubt” requirement goes way up.
HBO is making a series adaptation of Westworld, based on the 1973 feature film by Michael Crichton. In the movie, visitors to an advanced theme park for adults found their lives threatened when the androids populating the park break down and change behavior thanks to a virus-like problem. Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings, Rake) has just joined the cast, along with recent signee Thandie Newton (Rogue, E.R.). Read More »
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If you’ve got not stomach for ’90s nostalgia, set your next big vacation for July 2016. The Power Rangers movie comes out then, as Lionsgate moves forward with its big-screen re-do of the long-running TV series. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
David Brent hasn’t made it as a rock star quite yet, but he is about to become a movie star. BBC Films has announced a feature film spin-off of The Office titled Life on the Road, with Ricky Gervais set to reprise his role as the former Wernham Hogg manager.
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If you spent days and weeks of your life watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a kid, that knowledge is about to pay off. In a new interview, the producer of the recently announced new film, Roberto Orci, said the upcoming film is not a reboot. It will, in fact, share continuity with everything that’s been set up before it. Read his full quote and some more details below. Read More »
Most of next summer’s big releases are still filming. One, however, is already done. That’s Entourage, the film version of the hit HBO show executive produced by Mark Wahlberg. Writer, director and creator Doug Ellin finished principal photography a few weeks back and just screened a rough cut for the actor. Seems that Wahlberg loved it. A good surprise is just how much he loved it. Wahlberg said the film is so good, he thinks it might be worth releasing before its planned June 2015 release date, and that Ellin should start thinking about a sequel. Read More »
There’s no one film that launched Denzel Washington as a star. Rather, a collection of late ’80s and early ’90s performances, culminating in the drama/thriller combo of Philadelphia and Crimson Tide, cemented his leading man status. But there is one picture that tends to stand above most of Washington’s work, by virtue of the ferocity he brought to the role. Training Day, released in 2001, saw director Antoine Fuqua guiding Washington to one of his most striking performances, and to his second Oscar win.
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington have teamed up again for The Equalizer. While the film is based on the concept created for an early ’80s TV show starring Edward Woodward, in which a former special ops guy uses his skill set to help the needy, the film is something a bit different. This is, as Fuqua explains, meant to be a bit like a European thriller, and a bit like a Western. It looks a bit more spare than your typical studio action picture. We visited the Boston-area set of the film, and spoke to Fuqua about the project. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not so unusual for movies to get an extended director’s cut on Blu-ray, but Quentin Tarantino hopes to take things one step further with Django Unchained. During a Cannes event, the filmmaker revealed that he wants to turn the 2012 Western into a four-hour miniseries by adding back the extra material he’d cut for the theatrical release. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Jem and the Holograms snapped up its four leads just weeks after the project was announced, and now the rest of the casting is briskly falling into place. The newest addition is Juliette Lewis, who seems uniquely qualified for this music-driven feature — she’s a real-life rock star when she’s not being a Hollywood actress. Hit the jump for the latest dirt on the movie.
[Update: THR reports that ’80s icon Molly Ringwald has also joined the cast. Her role, like Lewis’s, is being kept under wraps.
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