EXCLUSIVE: Continuum , Star Trek and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra actress Rachel Nichols is set to lead drama-thriller Dark Night Of The Soul . Writer-director SJ Creazzo’s feature will follow a brilliant scientist who gets trapped in her car after a terrible crash. Isolated and struggling to survive, her survival is essential because she holds the key to cure a pandemic ravaging the world. Production company Dreamality Entertainment is behind the project, which is due to shoot in the fall in upstate New York. Glass House will be handling sales. Funding is largely coming from private sources. Nichols will next be seen alongside Peyton List in Netflix horror film The Last Will and Testament of Charles Abernathy . Dreamality’s most recent feature is thriller Skipping Stones , starring Top Gun and Total Recall actor Michael Ironside. Nichols is repped by Buchwald, Principals Talent and Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher. … [Read more...] about ‘Continuum’ & ‘Star Trek’ Actress Rachel Nichols To Lead Thriller ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’
“And I got a heart that beats too fast,” Sophie Allison informs us on her third album as Soccer Mommy . “And a shake in my hands and a pain in my back.” The song is called “Feel It All the Time,” a perfect example of her ability at channeling her complicated, contradictory feelings into perfectly crafted pop songs. As on her previous albums, Allison’s métier is tense, dreamily lush Nineties indie rock, with echoes of Liz Phair, Helium, and other artists who specialized in making secret sharing seem like community building. On Sometimes, Forever , every languid lyric and opaque melody feels strategically placed with care and concern. With its hefty bass and foreboding feel, “ Shotgun ” maps out an unhealthy relationship (“I like dessert and alcohol/And watching as you get drunk,” she sings), but when the chorus opens up, it’s like a sunrise after a long, hard night. “Bones” meanders beautifully through its admission of self-doubt, the guitars buzzing, sparkling, and burning … [Read more...] about Soccer Mommy Deepens Her Indie-Rock Brilliance on ‘Sometimes, Forever’
In the competitive world of feature animation, it takes more than an entertaining yarn and a bit of slapstick comedy to cut through the noise. To make an impact at the box office in 2018—and at the Oscars, heading now into its 91st go-round—filmmakers are called upon to pursue a new standard of excellence, going back to the drawing board with each new effort, and finding exciting ways to break the mold. Leading the charge as regular contenders for Best Animated Feature since the category was created in 2001, Walt Disney Studios , and its Bay area subsidiary Pixar , once again enter the field of 25 films, with two projects that embody the category’s ideals. First, there’s Incredibles 2 , Brad Bird’s return to the groundbreaking superhero world he established in 2004. Sending the Parr family off on new adventures (with Elastigirl out chasing runaway trains, and Mr. Incredible taking a backseat), the film easily achieved hard-to-get hit sequel status, setting a record … [Read more...] about Oscars: Can Anyone Break Disney & Pixar’s Animated Feature Streak In 2019?
It’s hard to think that any superhero film could qualify as a Hollywood rarity these days but Spider-Man : Into the Spider-Verse is just that. As an animated big-screen adaptation of a comic book superhero the Sony film is on a surprisingly short list. On Thursday the film’s three directors — Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman –were celebrating their shared nomination in the best animated feature film category for the 76th Golden Globe Awards. The competition in the category includes Brad Bird and his Incredibles 2 from the Pixar superhero franchise that took its inspiration from comic books but not any of its characters. The vast majority of superheroes adventures on the big-screen have been live-action films with signature successes imported from comic books, among them Superman (1978), Batman (1989), X-Men (2000), Spider-Man (2002), Iron-Man (2008), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Avengers (2012). It’s not nearly as easy to … [Read more...] about ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ And ‘Incredibles 2’ Offer Animated Argument For Super-Heroes
The Olympic Channel , which NBCUniversal launched five years ago as a destination for its Olympic programming, is going dark on September 30. “In order to best reach our target audiences, we are reevaluating our programming distribution strategy regarding the content that currently airs on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA with our partners at the IOC and USOPC,” an NBC Sports spokesperson said in a statement. “We will be announcing our exciting new plans for Olympic content in the fall.” When it launched in 2017, the Olympic Channel rebranded NBCU’s Universal HD channel. It was a partnership between the media company and the international and U.S. Olympic committees. While it dipped a toe into live Olympic coverage with the Tokyo Games in 2021, mostly the network aired older contests or shows about Olympic athletes. NBCU controls the U.S. media rights of the Olympics through 2032 and the Games have been a key strategic pillar for the company over the past three … [Read more...] about NBCUniversal Will Unplug The Olympic Channel After Five-Year Linear TV Run
EXCLUSIVE : Parisa Fakhri ( SEAL Team ) is the latest recurring cast member announced for What We Do in the Shadows Season 4. The actress will be on the acclaimed comedy series based on Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s 2014 mockumentary feature for a total of seven episodes. What We Do in the Shadows documents the nightly exploits of vampire roommates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) as they navigate the modern world of Staten Island with the help of their human familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén). In the shocking Season 3 finale, airing last October, Nandor, Guillermo and Nadja left Staten Island to go their separate ways while Laszlo stayed home to care for the creature that clawed its way out of the chest cavity of the deceased Colin Robinson — aka Baby Colin. This season, the vampires return to Staten Island to find their mansion on the verge of total structural collapse — and with … [Read more...] about ‘What We Do In The Shadows’: Parisa Fakhri To Recur In Season 4
Say what you will about Imagine Dragons , but they don’t do things halfway. Since breaking through in the early 2010s with singles like the monster stomp “Radioactive” and the neo-power-ballad “Demons,” the Las Vegas band has been big in every sense — its success, its sound, its ambition. So it makes sense that their latest album, the 18-track opus Mercury — Act 2 , is actually the second half of a double album, finishing off what last year’s sprawling Mercury — Act 1 started. Thematically, Mercury — Act 2 deals with the existential fallout of the loss that was described on Mercury — Act 1 , with tracks riddled with self-loathing and regret, as well as the occasional upbeat offering. “Life is just perspective/Laughing when you’ve wrecked it,” frontman Dan Reynolds muses on the ornate “Symphony,” and that seems to be the guiding ethos of Act 2 , which leavens Imagine Dragons’ sometimes-crushing sound with darkly witty lyrics and, occasionally, … [Read more...] about Imagine Dragons Still Know How to Efficiently Stomp Stadiums Into Rubble
Joe Turkel , a prolific character actor whose indelible performances included roles as the sinister bartender Lloyd in The Shining and the maker of artificial humans in Blade Runner , died Monday, June 27, at St. John’s Hospital. He was 94. His death was announced by his family, who said he died peacefully with his sons Craig and Robert by his side. Turkel was born July 15, 1927 in Brooklyn, and at age 17 enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then joined the United States Army and saw active wartime service in Europe. He moved to California in 1947 to pursue an acting career, and the following year landed his first credited film work in City Across the River (1948). Perhaps best remembered for his work in two major 1980s films – Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) in which he played the ghostly barkeep serving drinks to a deranged Jack Nicholson, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), in which he played Dr. Eldon Tyrell, maker of artificial humans – … [Read more...] about Joe Turkel Dies: Actor Who Played Lloyd The Bartender In ‘The Shining’ Was 94