Peaky Blinders trailer

The first season of British gangster series Peaky Blinders has flown under the radar of many viewers in the US, despite starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill. Expect the show to experience a huge uptick in interest soon, however, as the second season will also feature Tom Hardy. The show was created by Steven Knight, who writes and produces. He also happens to be the guy who directed Hardy in Locke; that connection probably didn’t hurt when it came to bringing Hardy into the fold. Check out a bearded Hardy and some of the season two action in the Peaky Binders trailer below. Read More »

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A LONG WAY DOWN

Nick Hornby‘s books have long been popular with filmmakers. To date, his bibliography has inspired Stephen Frears’ High Fidelity, two Fever Pitch movies, one About a Boy film, one failed About a Boy TV show, and one upcoming About a Boy TV show. Now the latest of his novels to get adapted is A Long Way Down, a heartwarming tale that begins with four attempted suicides.

Adapted by Jack Thorne and directed by Pascal Chaumeil, the dramedy follows four very different people who meet by chance when they each decide to commit suicide by jumping off of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve. As they get to talking, however, they form a bond and ultimately make a pact to live, at least for a little while longer.

The group includes Martin (Pierce Brosnan), a disgraced TV personality; Maureen (Toni Collette), a desperate single mother; Jess (Imogen Poots), a troubled teen; and JJ (Aaron Paul), a failed musician. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Sam Neill Jurassic Park

Jurassic World has been picking up a pretty great cast, but one person we shouldn’t expect to see in it is original Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. Also after the jump:

  • The website for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has launched
  • Zach Gilford slips a few plot details about The Purge 2
  • Uwe Boll and Brendan Fletcher will go on another Rampage
  • Spike Lee and Ray Allen have discussed a He Got Game sequel
  • Sarah Jessica Parker thinks SATC has “one last chapter to tell”
  • Stephen Moyer hints at a True Blood movie sequel, maybe

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Sam Neill Jurassic Park

Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic Park 4, originally scheduled for release Summer 2014, is currently locked in a holding pattern. The studio and director agreed taking more time to craft the film was the best way to ensure it will be the sequel we all want. But what does that mean exactly? Quality is obviously the number one priority, but how will a film almost fifteen years in the making take up the mantle left by directors Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston?

One of the franchise’s stars, Sam Neill, might have a clue. The actor who portrayed Alan Grant in both the first and third installments said in a new interview he doesn’t think he’ll be asked to return because he hears the new film is a “reboot.” Read More »

Though the small screen retains an unfair reputation as a lesser medium — think of all the snobby types who’ll brag about not owning a television, but would never be so dismissive about books or movies — the truth is that the medium varies as much as any other. Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from highbrow (a literary adaptation on HBO) to lowbrow (a modeling industry reality show on The CW), with plenty of stuff in between. After the jump:

  • Noah Baumbach’s Jonathan Franzen adaptation The Corrections is a go at HBO
  • HBO will offer an early look at its highly anticipated Luck next month
  • Fox puts new eps of Alcatraz on hold while it goes back for reshoots
  • Burt Reynolds signs on to guest star on FX’s Archer
  • Summer Glau joins Tricia Helfer on TNT’s Scent of the Missing
  • The CW announces start dates for its midseason shows

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Our first word on The Hunter came late last year when we learned that Daniel Nettheim would direct Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor and more in an adaptation of Julia Leigh‘s novel of the same name. Willem Dafoe plays a character who claims to be on the hunt for one thing, but is in reality working for a larger entity and seeks a more specific game: the last Tasmanian tiger.

Now there is a little bit of extra weight behind the project, as Julia Leigh has emerged as the director of the unusual Cannes entry Sleeping Beauty, featuring Emily Browning as a very specific sort of prostitute. Julia Leigh, as best I know, had nothing to do with this adaption of her novel, but the fact that this novel is from her pen certainly adds a layer of interest to The Hunter for me.

The Hunter has been announced as a Toronto Film Festival entry, and a teaser trailer is now available. Check it out below. Read More »

Welcome to another J.J. Abrams-produced mystery island show. Alcatraz was one of several new TV series premiered at San Diego Comic-Con Wednesday night, and it was by far the standout.

The series centers around a mysterious event in 1963 that made 302 Alcatraz prisoners and guards vanish without any explanation. For some reason we don’t yet know, a prisoner named Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce) appears in present day Alcatraz and makes his way to San Francisco to seek payback from those who’ve done him wrong. It’s up to a spunky young police officer (Sarah Jones), assisted by a geeky Alcatraz expert (Jorge Garcia), to stop Sylvane, all the while dealing with a mysterious federal agent (Sam Neill) who clearly knows more about the Alcatraz disappearances than he lets on. Read More »

Some of you — and you’ll know who you are immediately — just got plans locked in for your 2012 Valentine’s Day. That’s when The Vow will release, allowing us to watch Channing Tatum make one hundred minutes worth of earnest faces as he tries to win back the love of his wife (Rachel McAdams), who doesn’t remember anything of her former life after an accident. And then Scott Speedman enters the picture, and makes things even worse. The trailer below will let you know exactly what The Vow is promising to deliver.

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