Posted: 07/09/2011

 

NEWS - DALLAS, [REC] 2, LEGEND QUEST, COPPOLA, HARRY POTTER….AND MORE……

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen




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TNT Greenlights New Series DALLAS - TNT to Unveil Special Sneak Preview of DALLAS Monday, July 11, during season premieres of THE CLOSER and RIZZOLI & ISLES

New DALLAS Stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong, Along with the Return of TV Icons Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray

TNT has given the greenlight to DALLAS, an all-new series based upon one of the most popular television dramas of all time, about the bitter rivalries and family power struggles within a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty. Famous for its ratings-grabbing cliffhangers, the original series was known for its wealth, seduction, scandal and intrigues. Set in the big state of Texas, TNT’s new DALLAS — from Warner Horizon Television — also lives life large and in the fast lane and brings a new generation of stars together with cast members from the original drama series. The new DALLAS stars Josh Henderson (90210), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), and they will be joined by iconic stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of DALLAS, which is slated to premiere in summer 2012.

TNT will give viewers their first look at DALLAS on July 11 with a special sneak peek during the season premieres of the network’s blockbuster hits THE CLOSER, which starts at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), and RIZZOLI & ISLES, which airs at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). TNT is unveiling today a website dedicated to the new DALLAS series, where fans can view an online photo gallery that features a first look into the show’s new and returning cast. Fans can visit the new site, http://www.dallastnt.com, to watch sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes videos. The website will be periodically updated with new materials.

“TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of DALLAS for several years, but it wasn’t until we read Cynthia Cidre’s outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast under the guidance of the enormously talented Cidre and Mike Robin. We couldn’t be more pleased with how DALLAS has come together.”

The original DALLAS aired from 1978 to 1991 and centered on the Ewing family, a cattle and oil dynasty occupying the expansive Southfork Ranch in Texas. A long and bitter rivalry between brothers J.R. Ewing (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) eventually led to J.R. losing control of most of the Ewing industries. In the new DALLAS, this explosive rivalry now lives on through another generation, with the future of the family fortune in the hands of the Ewing offspring: cousins John Ross Ewing (Henderson), the son of J.R. and ex-wife Sue Ellen (Gray), and Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby. Brewster stars as Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross. Gonzalo stars as Christopher’s fiancée, Rebecca. And Strong stars as Ann, Bobby’s wife.

Executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who wrote the acclaimed film The Mambo Kings and produced the TV series Cane, wrote the pilot for the new DALLAS. TNT’s series is based on the original series created by David Jacobs. The new Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television. Michael M. Robin (The Closer) is the director and executive-producer of the pilot.

[REC] 2

Prepare to be terrified all over again on DVD July 12- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release [REC] 2, the horrifying sequel to the international smash hit that inspired the film Quarantine, on DVD July 12. After terrifying audiences with their nerve-shredding cult hit [REC], acclaimed filmmaker Jaume Balagueró (Darkness; Fragile) and writer/filmmaker Paco Plaza (Quarantine, Quarantine 2: Terminal, Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt) return to crank the fear factor to unprecedented levels in [REC] 2, a rare sequel that actually improves on its predecessor and exceeds all expectations. Available for $26.99, the [REC] 2 DVD will include deleted and extended scenes, behind the scenes featurettes, a walkthrough of the set, as well as REC 2 on Tour and Sitges Film Festival featurettes.

The highly anticipated sequel to one of the scariest films of all time, [REC] 2 picks up 15 minutes from where we left off, taking us back into the quarantined apartment building where a terrifying virus runs rampant. What they find inside lies beyond the scope of medical science – a demonic nightmare more terrifying than they could possibly imagine.

Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com

LEGEND QUEST - Premiering Wednesday, July 13, at 10 PM ET/PT, Legend Quest is a fast-paced action-adventure series that follows Ashley Cowie, an archaeological explorer and expert in ancient symbols, as he travels the world in search of history’s greatest and most mysterious artifacts. From King Arthur’s famous sword to the Holy Grail, all of the elusive items are believed to hold hidden powers and mystical significance for ancient and modern cultures. Tune in July 13 on the Scfy channel.


AMC THEATRES® BRINGS THE IMAX EXPERIENCE® TO AMC SHOWPLACE NEW LENOX 14
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience Opens July 15

AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announced today that guests visiting AMC Showplace New Lennox 14 can now enjoy The IMAX Experience from IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX), when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience opens July 15.

The IMAX Experience combines crystal-clear images, powerful digital sound and customized theatre geometry to create a uniquely immersive movie experience. The IMAX® theatre at this location has been custom-designed for use in a multiplex theatre. To maximize the field of view in the modified auditorium, the screen was replaced with a larger, slightly curved and specially treated IMAX screen positioned closer to the audience.

IMAX’s digital projection system combines two digital projectors with IMAX’s proprietary image enhancer and custom lenses to create an image with greater clarity, brightness and contrast. The images on screen are complemented by IMAX’s latest sound system, which features its proprietary loudspeaker technology and uncompressed digital sound. This sound system has ten times more dynamic range, cuts down on distortion and provides a sound quality that feels more immersive, especially with the added acoustic paneling that absorbs sound and removes echo.

The addition of IMAX at AMC Showplace New Lenox 14 builds upon decades of AMC offering the best and broadest menu of entertainment choices for guests seeking an unparalleled experience. Guests at AMC Showplace New Lenox 14 will take in the world’s most immersive cinematic experience when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience opens on July 15. The movie has been digitally re-mastered into IMAX’s format exclusively for presentation in the IMAX auditorium. In addition to IMAX-formatted movies, AMC delivers other types of entertainment to guests, including live and pre-recorded alternative content events.

The IMAX theatre at AMC Showplace New Lenox 14 will feature Hollywood’s biggest movies that have been digitally re-mastered into IMAX’s format, including upcoming Hollywood movies to be released in IMAX format: REEL STEEL (Oct. 07), PUSS and BOOTS (Nov. 04), HAPPY FEET 2 (Nov. 18), MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (Dec. 16) and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (Dec. 28).

About AMC Entertainment Inc. - AMC Entertainment Inc. delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences in 360 theatres with 5,128 screens across the United States and Canada. The company operates 24 of the 50 highest
grossing theatres in the country, including the top three. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content. www.AMCTheatres.com.

NEW FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA FILM CONFIRMED FOR PANEL PRESENTATION AT 2011 COMIC-CON

Iconic filmmaker will make his first trip back to San Diego since 1991

Francis Ford Coppola will be presenting portions of his upcoming film TWIXT at a panel discussion on Saturday, July 23, at Hall H. TWIXT stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, and Ben Chaplin. Coppola describes the film as, “one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career.

Coppola has a unique new approach to the presentation of the film that will incorporate live music by acclaimed independent performance artist Dan Deacon. Deacon will attend Comic-Con with Coppola to help demonstrate the interactive experience of the film. The film incorporates both 2-D and 3-D elements.

Like his most recent films, TWIXT follows three self-imposed mandates that Coppola requires in all of his new work: be his own original story and screenplay, have some personal element, and be self-financed. This particular story came to Coppola during a vivid dream he had while on a trip to Istanbul and is inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The film also brings Coppola back to his horror roots that began during his apprenticeship with Roger Corman.

On attending Comic-Con Coppola says, “I fondly recall meeting the Comic-Con audience years ago when I brought them my DRACULA film. That experience made me not want to miss this chance to return with TWIXT.”

ABOUT TWIX - A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.

HALL PASS

From the directors of “There’s Something About Mary,” “Hall Pass”arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on June 14. Find out what happens when two men are granted one week of freedom to indulgein their wildest fantasies in this heartfelt and raucously funny film.

Viral Activities: Please visit our official site: hallpassmovie.warnerbros.com to “Make yourself a 10” and “Create You Own Hall Pass.” Here are some examples: “Make Yourself a 10”- users upload a photo and make themselves look like a ‘10’ by surrounding their image with a group of ugly and odd-looking characters. Users start by uploading a picture of themselves and then add unattractive elements such as acne, wrinkles, etc. to create an “ugly” version of their picture. Next, they choose from two available templates of ugly and odd-looking people to position around their image. Just like in the film, two giant hands come into frame and cover up the odd-looking people, then uncover them – the user goes from ‘ugly’ to a ‘10.’

Visit www.wbshop.com for more information.

KINGS OF LEON DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE ON SHOWTIME®

Network Acquires TALIHINA SKY, Detailing The Grammy® Winners’ Rise To Fame From Bible Belt Beginnings - Premieres Sunday, August 21, at 10 PM ET/PT On SHOWTIME

When three teenaged brothers and their cousin rebelled against their strict, religious Southern upbringing to form a rock band named Kings of Leon, their humble back story garnered almost as much attention as their music. Many questioned if they were really related and if rumors of their father being a Pentecostal preacher were true. Since then, the band has achieved worldwide, Grammy®Award-winning success and now, the mystery and myths behind these budding rock legends will be laid to rest in the documentaryTALIHINA SKY: THE STORY OF KINGS OF LEON, premiering on SHOWTIME on Sunday, August 21 at 10 PM ET/PT.

The documentary kicks off at the annual Followill family reunion in the back woods of Talihina , Oklahoma , where the boys return to their roots and unwind with their family. First-time director and Followill friend Stephen C. Mitchell weaves personal home videos, unedited interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s journey from their small-town beginnings — spent in poverty and touring the Bible Belt with their father, a Pentecostal evangelist minister, and their devout mother — to living the rock star dream.

TALIHINA SKY: THE STORY OF KINGS OF LEON is produced by Casey McGrath and executive produced by Nathan, Caleb, Jared and Matthew Followill. The film premiered this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. Learn more at:
http://www.sho.com/site/movies/movie.do?seriesid=0&seasonid=0&episodeid=139255.


Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.



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