‘Paddington': Potential Game-Changer For Studiocanal; Euro Major Bares Ambition
Darkest Peru may seem an unlikely place to find the inspiration to become a global player. For Studiocanal, however, the jungles of the Latin American country may just have led them to a game-changer in the guise of a lovable bear called Paddington.
Based on Brit author Michael Bond's much-loved series of books, Paddington the film is, by some margin, Studiocanal's most ambitious project ever. (See trailer below.) In addition to cementing its position as Europe's leading… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Brings The Dark Side, And The Light: Hot Teaser
Stormtroopers, droids, X-wing fighters, light sabers, John Williams' iconic theme and the Millennium Falcon (!) all make an appearance in the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 88-second sneak (above) just dropped this morning after beginning to unspool in 30 North American theaters bright and early. Secrecy has shrouded JJ Abrams' hugely anticipated Episode VII and this brief look doesn't give much away in terms of plot. But every element is already being… Read
Talking Turkey: Endemol Feasts On New Series In Bountiful Market (Video)
Following a spate of recent format deals, today seems like the perfect day to talk Turkey — the country, not this afternoon's traditional table centerpiece. Last April, I wrote about the Balkan republic's potential as a fresh source of adaptable formats. That was spurred on by deals with the U.S. that at the time included drama Runner (formerly The End, and in Turkish, Son) being acquired by Fox, and CBS giving a pilot order to competition show In The Spotlight (Keep Your… Read
‘Jurassic World': The Park Is Open In Hot Teaser To Trailer
The official trailer for Jurassic World drops next Thursday at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, but Universal is teasing the Thanksgiving treat with a 15-second preview.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow from a screenplay he penned with Derek Connolly, there's been much kept under wraps about the new film's plot. But we do know that it involves a theme park, and, natch, dinosaurs (some of them genetically modified).
The last new Jurassic Park movie was in 2001, although Universal in 2013… Read
Christopher Walken On Playing Captain Hook In ‘Peter Pan Live!': “It’s Intimidating”
NBC has a making-of featurette for its upcoming December 4 musical Peter Pan Live! and for any Christopher Walken fan out there who gets giddy whenever the serious actor hams it up and breaks out in song, this one's for you. Talking about his role as Captain Hook, Walken says in his signature cadence, “I dance a little, I sing a little -- ya know, that's what I do,” adding that the notion of performing a musical on live network TV is “frankly, intimidating.” While… Read
Al Pacino Channels Inner Piano Man In ‘Danny Collins’ – Hot Trailer
At 74, Al Pacino isn't just getting warmed up, he's on a streak. He had two dramas this fall: Manglehorn, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival, in which he plays a small-town Texan locksmith, and Barry Levinson's The Humbling, in which he portrays an aged actor who has a quirky romance (which is playing at the AwardsLine screening series next Tuesday at the Landmark on Pico).
Next up is Danny Collins this spring which marks the directorial debut of comedy scribe Dan… Read
China’s ‘Gone With The Bullets’ Fires Up $20M In Advance Ticket Sales: Report
Jiang Wen's upcoming Gone With The Bullets is on its way to blockbuster status in China — a month before its release. At a press conference this week in Beijing, China.org reports it was announced that the film has already pre-sold 120M yuan ($19.6M) worth of tickets. IMAX pre-sales have also broken the midnight premiere record of 4M yuan ($653K) set by Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It's been speculated that this film, a sequel to 2010's Let The Bullets Fl… Read
‘Woman In Black 2 Angel Of Death’ Haunts Eel Marsh House: Hot Trailer
The original Woman In Black starred Daniel Radcliffe and made $130M worldwide in 2012; becoming the highest-grossing British horror film on record. The sequel to the Hammer film, The Woman In Black 2 Angel Of Death, picks up 40 years after the first pic left off. It's set during World War II after the government has seized the eerie Eel Marsh House and a group of evacuated children arrives to awaken its scary tenant. Tom Harper directs with Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory… Read
‘Broadchurch’ Returning To ITV For Season 2 In January: Video
While Gracepoint, the U.S. version of Broadchurch, is in the home stretch of its 10 episodes on Fox, the UK's ITV has just teased the return of the original series with Season 2 to air in January. The first season of the Kudos-produced, BAFTA-winning drama starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman as detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller investigating the murder of young Danny Latimer in the eponymous Dorset town. In the Fox version, Tennant reprises his role, only with an… Read
‘Backstrom’ Teaser — Rainn Wilson Is Lazy, Offensive, Drunk, Brilliant And After Bad Guys In New Fox Series
Rainn Wilson is out of The Office and into police work in Backstrom, Fox's midseason crime procedural created by Hart Hanson (Bones). Portland Detective Everett Backstrom had spent the past five years exiled to the Traffic Division, but now's he back heading the Special Crimes Unit, which investigates the city's most serious and sensitive cases — all while trying, and failing, to change his self-destructive behavior. The series is set to bow next… Read
Netflix Sets Debut For Season 2 Of Gillian Anderson Crime Drama ‘The Fall’ (Video)
While the second season of Gillian Anderson's UK crime drama The Fall debuts tonight at 9PM on BBC Two in the UK, Stateside and Latin American viewers will have to wait two more months to see the psychological thriller's return. Netflix, which is currently streaming the first season of The Fall, will premiere the next six-episode installment beginning at 12.:01 AM PT on January 16. Co-starring Fifty Shades Of Grey's Jamie Dornan, the series' first go-round was BBC Two's… Read
Adam Driver’s Venice Best Actor Turn In ‘Hungry Hearts': Hot International Trailer
Powerful psychological drama Hungry Hearts debuted in Venice this year, scooping a slew of prizes in the process. Director Saverio Costanzo won the Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award with Girls' Adam Driver taking the Best Actor Volpi Cup and Italian thesp Alba Rohrwacher the Best Actress Volpi Cup. The English-language film (see trailer above) follows a couple in New York who struggle over their child's upbringing when the wife's maternal neuroses put the boy's life in… Read