Roman Polanski Will Not Be Extradited To The U.S. From Poland
Polish prosecutors announced on Friday that they will not challenge a judge’s decision issued last month rejecting a U.S. request to extradite director Roman Polanski. The prosecutors in Krakow affirmed Judge Dariusz Mazur’s ruling, which blocked the request by U.S. authorities. At the time, Mazur stated, “I find no rational answer to the question: What is the real point of the U.S. extradition request?" Polanski is now free to reside and work in Poland, his birth… Read
‘Luther’ Trailer: Idris Elba Returns To Track A New Serial Killer
Idris Elba is back as tormented genius DCI John Luther in the trailer above. The London detective, whose brilliant mind is often in conflict with the dangerous violence of his passions, returns in two new one-hour episodes next month which have been given confirmed air dates. On BBC One in the UK, the special kicks off December 15, and on BBC America in the States, it will air on December 17.
When we last saw Luther it was on Southwark Bridge in the Season 3 finale back… Read
‘Empire’ Ratings Unsurprisingly Down On Thanksgiving Eve, ‘Code Black’ Rises
There was some Alicia Keys, some more Vivica A. Fox, some Rosie O'Donnell and even some Lee Daniels himself in the penultimate Empire (3.1/ 10) episode of 2015 on a relatively quiet Big 4 night on Wednesday. As great swaths of America were on the road, in the air or in the kitchen prepping for Thanksgiving Thursday, the Danny Strong and Daniels co-created blockbuster was one of the few new offerings on TV Wednesday.
But even with the lack of broadcasting competition, the… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Facebook Clip: Snoke Signals, Han Shoots First
A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip was posted to Facebook this morning, just in time to give fans an extra something to be thankful for on Turkey Day. The one-minute trailer (above) is titled “All The Way” and will also serve as an upcoming TV spot. In the clip, we hear Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke tell Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, “Even you have never faced such a test.” There’s more X-Wing Fighter and Millennium Falcon action here, too.
While the clip says the film… Read
NBC’s Thanksgiving Parade Coverage Launches With Gloria Estefan Musical ‘On Your Feet!’
Already looking like a hit with Broadway theatergoers, newcomer On Your Feet! — the biotuner about the courtship and rise to superstardom of the Miami Sound Machine’s Gloria and Emilio Estefan — got a priceless plug Thursday morning, leading off NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Led by star-in-the-making Ana Villafane as Gloria singing “Conga” and “Turn The Beat Around,” the show got the kind of exposure no 30-second spot could bring. The Today show’s… Read
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Cemetery Of Splendour’ Wins At Asia Pacific Awards
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery Of Splendour has won the Best Film award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia. The awards, which took place Thursday in Brisbane, featured a special tribute to Paris, home to partner organization UNESCO. Cemetery of Splendour, which world premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar, is a typically lyrical look at the bond which establishes between a hospital worker and a soldier with an unknown… Read
History UK To Premiere Exclusive Documentary On Paris Attacks
Beginning Friday on History in the UK, A+E Networks will broadcast a one-hour special event documentary about the Paris attacks that claimed at least 130 lives. Terror: Seven Days In Paris looks at the tragedy in the context of a world faced with the threat of international terrorism. Throughout the rest of the EMEA markets where A+E is present, the doc will roll out from November 29-December 3.
During the seven days immediately following the deadly events of November 13… Read
Paul Walker’s Father Sues Porsche For ‘Fast And Furious’ Actor’s Death
Almost two years after his son’s death in a fiery car crash, the father of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker has followed his granddaughter’s lead and today filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche.
Seeking unspecific damages, Paul William Walker III’s lawsuit filed in L.A Superior Court (read it here) claims that the Porsche Carrera GT in which his son was riding when he died in November, 2013 was lacking in essential safety features. Like the similar lawsuit filed… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gets PG-13 Rating
Brace yourselves: the MPAA has divined the will of the force, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received a PG-13 rating. This is the second time, after Revenge of the Sith, that a Star Wars film has received the rating.
Despite the opaque process under which the MPAA works, we know there are a few reasons why a film might be PG-13 instead of PG. Violence maybe, or Gore, or somewhat suggestive content, or my personal favorite, just enough profanity to make it mature… Read
How ‘Room’ Mates Larson, Abrahamson & Tremblay Architected Book-To-Film Alchemy – Awardsline
"You can imagine the crass studio executive reaction to the pitch for Room: 'Forget it,' " says director Lenny Abrahamson of his film that has commanded so much Oscar buzz since its September unveiling at the Telluride Film Festival.
Yes, Room is a hard sell when boiled down: A young woman is trapped in a garden shed for seven years by a sexual predator—along with the five year old son she bore from him in captivity. It's the epitome of bleak and claustrophobic fare.
‘Second Chance’ Trailer: Basically The Six Million Dollar Scrooge
A teaser trailer for Fox’s upcoming thriller series Second Chance dropped a couple of weeks back, and it utterly failed to give you the most important information about the basic premise. Fox has wisely given itself another opportunity, with a brand new trailer that makes it much more clear. In short, this thing is going to be The Six Million Dollar Man meets A Christmas Carol but with The Shield as its backstory. Sold, Fox. Sold.
Second Chance follows Jimmy Pritchard… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor
A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.
20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies, reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally beautiful snowy western, The Revenant (Dec 25) this week , with press and Academy members getting a first look at it the past three days. Initial reaction , predictably , has run from “masterpiece” to “I can’t handle it”, but reviews… Read