Friday Jan 30, 2015

Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off

The former "Breaking Bad" actress has joined the new "Criminal Minds" team, which will be introduced in an upcoming episode of the mothership series on CBS.The spin-off on the hit crime series is rounding out its cast. After announcing Gary Sinise ("CSI: NY") as the leader of the new FBI unit...
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Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off

The former "Breaking Bad" actress has joined the new "Criminal Minds" team, which will be introduced in an upcoming episode of the mothership series on CBS.The spin-off on the hit crime series is rounding out its cast. After announcing Gary Sinise ("CSI: NY") as the leader of the new FBI unit and Tyler James Williams ("The Walking Dead") as its tech analyst, CBS has added Anna Gunn, who is best known to TV viewers for her role as Skyler White in "Breaking Bad." Bryan Cranston's former co-star will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and a brilliant linguist who plays a vital role on the team led by Jack Garrett (Sinise). The agents in this special FBI unit will be tasked with helping US citizens in trouble overseas. Anna Gunn won two Emmy Awards for her role on "Breaking Bad." More recently, she co-starred with David Tennant in "Gracepoint," Fox's US remake of the British detective series "Broadchurch." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Nickelodeon to launch stand-alone streaming service
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Nickelodeon to launch stand-alone streaming service

Nickelodeon, the children's cable channel known for "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Dora the Explorer," will launch an online streaming video channel this year, parent company Viacom said Thursday.The announcement is the latest by a media group to connect directly with consumers without a cable or satellite subscription, and follows announcements by CBS, Time Warner's HBO and others. Viacom chief executive Philippe Dauman told an earnings conference call the new "direct-to-consumer subscription service" would be launched in March. "We believe this innovative service, which will have a distinct brand and will target the fast-growing mobile market, will be very attractive for parents and children," Dauman said, noting that details will be announced next month. The Nickelodeon channel is aimed at children, with offerings such as "SpongeBob" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The move comes amid growing interest in Web-based services to deliver television such as Netflix, allowing viewers to bypass traditional cable or satellite services. "New digital entrants are providing expansion opportunities as well as sparking industry-wide innovation," Dauman said, noting the Viacom expanded an agreement with Hulu and renewed a deal with Amazon. Two Viacom channels, MTV and Comedy Central, are working with the online service Snapchat for its service offering short videos. In the past quarter, Viacom reported a profit of $500 million on revenues of $3.3 billion. The company also operates the Paramount studios, Britain's Channel 5 and a number of other cable television channels. soe-rl/sg VIACOM Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

British series 'Black Mirror' could get a US adaptation
Friday Jan 30, 2015
British series 'Black Mirror' could get a US adaptation

After becoming available in the US via Netflix, the British drama series could give rise to an adaptation specifically tailored to stateside viewers. The heads of the North American division of Endemol Shine announced that an American adaptation is in the works, without providing specifics.Premiered in 2011 on Channel 4 in the UK, "Black Mirror" combines elements of the sci-fi, horror and thriller genres. One of its defining characteristics is that each episode is self-contained, introducing a different set of characters and a different setting. But all of the episodes share the common theme of humans' dependence on modern technology. So far the UK version of "Black Mirror," which won the 2012 International Emmy Award for outstanding miniseries, consists of two seasons of three episodes each, along with a special Christmas episode aired to British viewers last December. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Vast opinion differences between scientists, US public
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Vast opinion differences between scientists, US public

Average Americans hold vastly different opinions than scientists about animal experiments, climate change, genetically modified foods and offshore oil drilling, researchers said Thursday.The largest opinion gap found in the study, published in the US journal Science, was on whether genetically modified foods are safe to eat or not. Eighty-eight percent of scientists surveyed said GMO foods are generally safe to eat, compared to 37 percent of the public. When it came to the use of animals in research, 50 percent of Americans oppose the practice, while 89 percent of scientists favor it. Another divide was seen in offshore drilling -- 52 percent of citizens favored more of it, compared to 32 percent of scientists. Although the scientific community considers that there is a vast consensus among experts that climate change is real and it is human-driven, the public was not so sure. Asked if there was a scientific consensus on climate change, 57 percent of the public said scientists are "generally in agreement that the earth is getting warmer due to human activity," and 37 percent said scientists do not agree. The study was led by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The survey was given by phone to some 2,000 adults nationwide, and online from to some 3,700 scientists who are members of AAAS. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Of the 13 issues examined, the closest agreement was seen on the issue of whether the International Space Station has been a good investment for the United States -- 64 percent of the public and 68 percent of AAAS scientists said yes. "Science is a huge, sprawling cluster of subjects. We knew from the 2009 Pew Research Center study that there could be differences between the public and scientists on at least some issues. But we were surprised by the size of those differences and how often they occur," said Cary Funk, lead author of the report and associate director of science research at Pew Research Center. Both scientists and the public tended to agree that science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) in America's elementary and secondary schools is not performing well. "Only 16 percent of AAAS scientists and 29 percent of the general public rank US K-12 STEM education as above average or the best in the world," said the study. Three quarters of AAAS scientists said too little STEM education was a "major factor in the public's limited knowledge about science." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Mark Walhberg's bear still behaving badly in 'Ted 2'
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Mark Walhberg's bear still behaving badly in 'Ted 2'

Universal Pictures has revealed the first trailer for the sequel about the vulgar teddy bear and his best friend John Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg.Released in 2012, "Ted" exceeded expectations at the box office, raking in $549.2 million. "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator Seth MacFarlane has returned to helm the sequel, which will no doubt be just as off-color as the first movie. Wahlberg returns as John Bennett, a man who wished as a child that his teddy bear would come to life. Thirty years later, the bear is still very much alive, and after marrying the woman of his dreams, he wants to become a father. His buddy John provides a little help with the artificial insemination, but when the bear's right to be a father is called into question by the law, the two decide to go to court to defend it. "Ted 2" opens in the US on June 26. Watch the trailer: youtu.be/S3AVcCggRnU Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Mark Walhberg's bear still behaving badly in 'Ted 2'
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Mark Walhberg's bear still behaving badly in 'Ted 2'

Universal Pictures has revealed the first trailer for the sequel about the vulgar teddy bear and his best friend John Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg.Released in 2012, "Ted" exceeded expectations at the box office, raking in $549.2 million. "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator Seth MacFarlane has returned to helm the sequel, which will no doubt be just as off-color as the first movie. Wahlberg returns as John Bennett, a man who wished as a child that his teddy bear would come to life. Thirty years later, the bear is still very much alive, and after marrying the woman of his dreams, he wants to become a father. His buddy John provides a little help with the artificial insemination, but when the bear's right to be a father is called into question by the law, the two decide to go to court to defend it. "Ted 2" opens in the US on June 26. Watch the trailer: youtu.be/S3AVcCggRnU Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an aging Terminator in new 'Genisys' teaser
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an aging Terminator in new 'Genisys' teaser

Ahead of the Super Bowl, Paramount Pictures has released a new TV ad for "Terminator Genisys."It's that time of year again. As Americans gets ready to gather around the small screen for the Super Bowl, Hollywood studios are busy coming out with short teasers for their upcoming movies. Paramount, for one, chose to share its video for "Terminator: Genisys" ahead of the game. The trailer for the sequel/reboot shows Arnold Schwarzenegger as the famous Terminator T800 cyborg, who has clearly aged since 1984. While the original plot remains in place -- John Connor sends one of his soldiers into the past to save his mother -- the passage of time has been altered, and the protagonists face new enemies. Directed by Alan Taylor, who has helmed several episodes of "Game of Thrones," the new movie also features Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones"), Jai Courtney ("A Good Day to Die Hard"), Jason Clarke ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), Matt Smith ("Dr. Who") and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). "Terminator: Genisys" is due in US theaters on July 1. Watch the teaser: youtu.be/864tLQG4RY0 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Filming begins on Steve Jobs movie starring Fassbender
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Filming begins on Steve Jobs movie starring Fassbender

Filming got under way in San Francisco on a new biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with Hollywood's Michael Fassbender playing the role of the mercurial computer pioneer.Sources told AFP on Thursday that the German-Irish Fassbender, 37, took on the title role in the movie "Steve Jobs" after it was turned down by Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale. Bale, Oscar-winning British star of "The Dark Knight" pulled out of the project in November, news reports said, after deciding he wasn't right for the part. The screenplay for "Steve Jobs" is being written by Aaron Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his script for "The Social Network," about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Fassbender, one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors, is best-known for dark and intense dramatic roles in movies by British director Steve McQueen, including "Hunger," "Shame," and "Twelve Years a Slave." He also appears in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The movie is being directed by Danny Boyle, best known for "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting," and is scheduled for release next year. Jobs' sidekick at Apple, Steve Wozniak, is to be played by Seth Rogen, most recently seen on the big screen in the controversial movie "The Interview," about a US plot to enlist a pair of American journalists to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Other actors with major roles in "Steve Jobs" include Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet. The Apple inventor's storied life already has been rendered on the big screen in 2013's "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher, a film that received tepid reviews. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

James Franco tries to move beyond "The Interview"
Friday Jan 30, 2015
James Franco tries to move beyond "The Interview"

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Almost two months after the hack heard 'round the world, James Franco is trying and ready to move past "The Interview." The restless, multi-hyphenate artist has made a noble attempt to refocus his attentions. Franco has three movies playing in Park City this week_two at the Sundance Film Festival and one at Slamdance, the even indie-er festival just up the street_but the dramatic circumstances surrounding "The Interview" remained the only thing that people wanted to talk about even if he insists that "it's kind of over." Sundance might seem worlds away from the Sony hack and Hollywood intrigue, but "The Interview" loomed large throughout the week and Franco's team was keenly aware. On the red carpet for the "True Story" premiere on Saturday, reporters were even told that the actor would be pulled away if questions went "off topic." "There was a lot of attention put on it," Franco said of the hack-addled film following the first showing of "Yosemite" at Slamdance, Thursday. "It was really out of my hands. There was nothing for me to do. I wasn't making any decisions. Sony was making the decisions so I was just kind of sitting around and hoping the movie got out in some way or another," he said, when asked what the experience was like. The FBI in early January revealed further clues tying the devastating cyberattack on Sony to North Korea. Thousands of sensitive emails and employee social security numbers were released in the hack. "The Interview," which depicts an assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was caught in the crossfires when hackers threatened violence against moviegoers on the eve of its Christmas release. Although Franco admits that he was disappointed when the major theater chains decided to drop the film following the threats, ultimately he was at peace with how it was handled. Sony, after canceling the release, managed to still debut the film on various video-on-demand platforms and in over 300 independent theaters on its originally scheduled date. "So many things happened that were new and unexpected and that had never happened before that, you know? For people from Sony to the press to theater chains to the government, it was all new. I think everybody responded as well as they could," he said. There's even a silver lining. "The Interview" debacle only strengthened his friendship with his director, co-star and longtime collaborator Seth Rogen. The two are currently working on an adaptation of the making-of "The Room" book "The Disaster Artist," which will put Franco in the director's seat with Rogen producing. "At one point he texted me and said 'I'm glad it's you I'm going through this with,'" Franco said, with a big smile. But at Sundance, the actor focused on the surroundings and his three projects. It isn't even a record for the prolific Franco, a regular at the fest. At a Q&A Thursday he said that it could have been more_he was in 7 or 8 projects angling for a Sundance slot. The ones that made the cut are as diverse as Franco's career, with two fact-based, but wildly different dramas about slippery identities, "True Story" and "I am Michael," and one, "Yosemite," that's based on his short stories and at least partially informed by his own Palo Alto childhood. All three projects are from first time feature directors, too. In "I Am Michael," which premiered Thursday night at Sundance, Franco portrays former gay activist Michael Glatze who renounced his homosexuality and turned to God. Franco said he likes that the story explores questions of identity and sexuality. "Is it nurture or nature and do we allow someone to make these decisions?" he said. "I think this movie touches on those issues in a really interesting way where it allows people to talk about it and it fosters discussion in a very healthy way." "True Story," meanwhile, finds Franco playing Christian Longo, a convicted murderer and one of the FBI's most-wanted, who develops a strange friendship with disgraced journalist Michael Finkel, played by Franco's "This is the End" co-star Jonah Hill. "In this dark, dark tale where the world has cast off both of these guys and they find themselves in this weird confessional bubble...you need a little bit of energy coming in to overcome some of the barriers of engaging with these characters because of the circumstances...I think Jonah and my relationship helps people engage just because they knew us from funnier movies and there was a little residue of that," he said. Finally, "Yosemitie," the Slamdance film, has Franco's hands all over it_he wrote the stories that inspired the film and produced the final feature (for which he hand selected Gabrielle Demeestere to direct)_while also having the distinction of being his smallest role of all the films playing in Park City. In one of three vignettes, Franco plays a father to two young boys, wandering around the National Park, which his father did for him and his brother years ago. "We went to every spot that my father had taken me," Franco said. "Now I was seeing it through my dad's eyes. It was strange." With premieres almost a week apart, Franco said everyone thought he should just fly home and come back. Instead, he chose to stay. "It became a thing," he said. "I was like, 'no I want to see movies.' Then I realized after a while there was nothing here I wanted to do other than see movies. So we just took on the idea of movie marathon and saw 6 movies a day." In fact, it's almost been impossible not to run into Franco about town or at screening. From "The Witch," to "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," where he was bobbing his head to the Nirvana songs throughout, as of Thursday night, he'd seen a grand total of 32 films, including two of his own. "There's a youthful energy here," said Franco. "I love being here." He even agrees to photos with fans occasionally. "Fast...," he said to one eager young girl, as he continued to walk, leaving her no choice but to chase after him to get that coveted selfie. --- Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lindsey Bahr from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jaden Smith and Maya Rudolph in an HBO comedy pilot
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Jaden Smith and Maya Rudolph in an HBO comedy pilot

The "SNL" alum and the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett will take on supporting roles in "Brothers in Atlanta," a comedy series project that HBO has just ordered to pilot.Former "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin will write and star in the potential series as Langston and Moose, two friends trying to break through on the Atlanta music scene. Langston is a DJ whose career is at a standstill, while Moose, who is new to the city, is a perennial backup singer who dreams of making it into the spotlight. Sixteen-year-old Jaden Smith will play Langston's neighbor, a troubled teen. Maya Rudolph ("Bridesmaids") will become Moose's boss Shirle, an R&B diva whose career peaked in the 90s. If HBO greenlights the first season of "Brothers in Atlanta," the two actors will recur in their respective supporting roles.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Tommy Hilfiger to pen memoirs to mark the brand's 30th anniversary
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Tommy Hilfiger to pen memoirs to mark the brand's 30th anniversary

In his upcoming memoir with Ballantine Books of the Random House publishing group, Hilfiger will revisit his childhood and his origins in the fashion industry, as well as the setbacks, triumphs, and sheer determination that drove him to build a multi-billion dollar global lifestyle brand.The book is due to be released in the fall, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Tommy Hilfiger brand. Tommy Hilfiger is a name synonymous with classic, all-American style that melds pop culture and the preppy, East Coast lifestyle. Raised in Elmira, NY, the second of nine children, he opened a small chain of clothing stores in 1969 while still in high school. The designer launched his eponymous fashion label in 1985, and the brand quickly expanded to include womenswear, Hilfiger Denim, kidswear, accessories, fragrance, and home, among other categories. In the 1990s, he was one of the first designers to blend fashion and celebrity, sponsoring tours for rock legends like The Rolling Stones and featuring musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie and Beyoncé in his iconic advertising campaigns. In 2012, the Council of Fashion Designers of America honored him with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. "Reflecting on my experiences in the fashion industry over the last 30-plus years has been a wild ride, filled with milestone moments that have defined both my career and personal life," said Mr. Hilfiger. The Tommy Hilfiger brand encompasses high-quality men's tailored clothing and sportswear, women's collection apparel and sportswear, kidswear, denim collections, underwear (including robes, sleepwear and loungewear), footwear and accessories. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off

The former "Breaking Bad" actress has joined the new "Criminal Minds" team, which will be introduced in an upcoming episode of the mothership series on CBS.The spin-off on the hit crime series is rounding out its cast. After announcing Gary Sinise ("CSI: NY") as the leader of the new FBI unit and Tyler James Williams ("The Walking Dead") as its tech analyst, CBS has added Anna Gunn, who is best known to TV viewers for her role as Skyler White in "Breaking Bad." Bryan Cranston's former co-star will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and a brilliant linguist who plays a vital role on the team led by Jack Garrett (Sinise). The agents in this special FBI unit will be tasked with helping US citizens in trouble overseas. Anna Gunn won two Emmy Awards for her role on "Breaking Bad." More recently, she co-starred with David Tennant in "Gracepoint," Fox's US remake of the British detective series "Broadchurch." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Ida' takes an unlikely road to the Academy Awards
Friday Jan 30, 2015
'Ida' takes an unlikely road to the Academy Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Pawel Pawlikowski tried to make his film a flop. He shot it in black-and-white, in Polish and without any well-known actors. Commercial prospects were about as grim as the movie's own exhumation of German-occupied Poland. "We did everything to make it inaccessible," says Pawlikowski. "Not for any stupid reasons, but, like, 'Let's make a really uncompromising film: a Polish-speaking film in black-and-white with nothing to lose.'" And yet "Ida" has become arguably the foreign-film hit of the year. It won best picture and three other awards at the European Film Awards; it swept its native Polish Film Awards; it was honored as best foreign film by both New York and Los Angeles film critics groups; and now it's a two-time Oscar nominee, up for best foreign film and best cinematography. "It backfired," Pawlikowski says with a delighted grin. "It confirms all my theories that I never believed in." Despite his best efforts to make, he chuckles, "an impregnable art-house movie with unknowns," ''Ida" has mesmerized moviegoers around the world with its beautifully spare images, its deliberate pacing and its uncommon economy of storytelling. (It's just 82 minutes, or roughly half of a "Hobbit" movie.) Set in 1961 Stalinist Poland, "Ida," written by English-born playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz, is about an orphan novice, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), who is sent to meet her judge aunt (Agata Kulesza) before taking her orders. It's a journey from innocent to experience: Anna learns her real name is Ida and that she's Jewish. For many, "Ida" represents the power of a classical, stripped-down cinema, distilled back to its raw elements with electric compositions and resonate silences. David Denby of The New Yorker called the film "by far the best movie of the year" (a ranking admittedly shared by this critic). "It strikes some bigger chord," says Pawlikowski. "People are hungry for something that doesn't do this kind of look-at-me noise-making. A film that's also a bit of a meditation." In a recent interview, Pawlikowski, though hobbled by a cold, was both ebullient and bemused by the movie's unexpected success. "Ida" first premiered inauspiciously at 2013 Telluride Film Festival (one of the first trade reviews turned out to be one of the few negative ones) and the rollout wasn't aided by the usual funnels of international cinema. After the Venice Film Festival turned it down, "I thought to hell with festivals," says Pawlikowksi. Instead, "Ida" slowly gathered force with moviegoers; the Oscars are just the final stop. "I've overshot the mark so far," he laughs. "Now it's just abstract. Why not?" Pawlikowski, 57, isn't a dyed-in-the-wool art-house filmmaker, and the witty, chatty director conveys little of the heavy austerity of his movie. His last film, "The Woman in the Fifth," set in Paris, starred Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas. His acclaimed 2004 British drama, "My Summer Love," starred a then unknown Emily Blunt. He's recently returned to Warsaw, which he left as a teenager. But Pawlikowski, who has two 20-something children, has mostly lived in London and Paris. He teaches directing and screenwriting in between sporadically making films. He calls himself "culturally incoherent." "I'm not a full-time filmmaker," he says. "I live a life, a quite complicated life since I left Poland at 14 not speaking any other languages. Films are kind of a reflection of where I am at the time. I have to live for a bit and then make a film." At a time when many filmmakers mistake running time for ambition, none of Pawlikowski's films have exceeded 90 minutes. He has, he says, "a natural tendency to synthesize." On "Ida" he was contracted to turn in a film at least 1½ hours long, but there were no quibbles when he came in shorter. "I wanted to make a film where you suggest as much as possible by showing as little as possible," he says. It's a homecoming. Pawlikowski has moved just down the block from where he grew up. The black-and-white, 4-by-3 academy ratio look of "Ida" was also inspired by old family photographs and what he calls their "slightly incompetent framing." During production, he began tilting the camera up to the sky, filling the frame with gray skies and adding to the movie's vertical spiritual perspective. The original cinematographer, Ryszard Lenczewski, didn't like the idea, and left the film. The camera operator, Lukasz Zal, took over. (The two share in the Oscar nomination.) The off-center images are part of why "Ida" is a very classical-looking film, but distinctly its own. It's nostalgic but fresh. "Every year there are these films that make you step back and go, 'It's still alive,'" he says of a personal, handmade cinema. "But somebody has to keep it alive." ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

British series 'Black Mirror' could get a US adaptation
Friday Jan 30, 2015
British series 'Black Mirror' could get a US adaptation

After becoming available in the US via Netflix, the British drama series could give rise to an adaptation specifically tailored to stateside viewers. The heads of the North American division of Endemol Shine announced that an American adaptation is in the works, without providing specifics.Premiered in 2011 on Channel 4 in the UK, "Black Mirror" combines elements of the sci-fi, horror and thriller genres. One of its defining characteristics is that each episode is self-contained, introducing a different set of characters and a different setting. But all of the episodes share the common theme of humans' dependence on modern technology. So far the UK version of "Black Mirror," which won the 2012 International Emmy Award for outstanding miniseries, consists of two seasons of three episodes each, along with a special Christmas episode aired to British viewers last December. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Filming begins on Steve Jobs movie starring Fassbender
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Filming begins on Steve Jobs movie starring Fassbender

Filming got under way in San Francisco on a new biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with Hollywood's Michael Fassbender playing the role of the mercurial computer pioneer.Sources told AFP on Thursday that the German-Irish Fassbender, 37, took on the title role in the movie "Steve Jobs" after it was turned down by Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale. Bale, Oscar-winning British star of "The Dark Knight" pulled out of the project in November, news reports said, after deciding he wasn't right for the part. The screenplay for "Steve Jobs" is being written by Aaron Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his script for "The Social Network," about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Fassbender, one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors, is best-known for dark and intense dramatic roles in movies by British director Steve McQueen, including "Hunger," "Shame," and "Twelve Years a Slave." He also appears in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The movie is being directed by Danny Boyle, best known for "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting," and is scheduled for release next year. Jobs' sidekick at Apple, Steve Wozniak, is to be played by Seth Rogen, most recently seen on the big screen in the controversial movie "The Interview," about a US plot to enlist a pair of American journalists to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Other actors with major roles in "Steve Jobs" include Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet. The Apple inventor's storied life already has been rendered on the big screen in 2013's "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher, a film that received tepid reviews. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.