Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón just won the Oscar for Best Director, but you don’t have to wait long to see the talented director’s next project. In the midst of the very lengthy post-production process on Gravity, Cuarón made his first foray into television by writing and directing the pilot for NBC’s new drama series Believe. The network has now released the first two minutes of the show online ahead of its Monday premiere, and it’s fittingly one of the director’s signature long, unbroken shots. The story centers on a wrongfully-imprisoned death row inmate who is broken out of jail in order to protect a young girl with powerful abilities. Cuarón also serves as an executive producer on the show alongside J.J. Abrams, and this is definitely a promising opening for the show.
Hit the jump to watch the first two minutes of the series. The show stars Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo, and Kyle MacLachlan. Believe premieres on NBC Monday, March 10th at 10pm ET.
We’ve seen five new releases in three last three days, but not one of them are playing for first place this weekend. In fact, only one of them made it into Friday’s top five (The Wolf of Wall Street), and two of them missed the top ten altogether. The real action this weekend is between blockbuster holdovers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen. Estimates put Disney in front on Friday, though it looks like Bilbo may still be able to pull off a third weekend on top of the domestic box office. Here’s a look at the top ten, as of Friday’s estimates.
|| The Hobbit 2
|| Anchorman 2
|| American Hustle
|| The Wolf of Wall Street
|| Saving Mr. Banks
|| Secret Life of Walter Mitty
|| Catching Fire
|| 47 Ronin
|| Walking With Dinosaurs
Details after the jump.
Whether it’s the G.I. Joe films, the Step Up franchise, Justin Bieber documentaries or the web series The LXD, director Jon M. Chu brings a stunning visual style to all of his work. In the latest Justin Bieber documentary Believe, the 19-year-old is both unfiltered and brutally honest. Including brand new interviews with the pop star, the movie reveals long-awaited answers to questions about his passion to make music, relationships and coming of age in the spotlight, as well as never-before-seen concert footage and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Jon M. Chu talked about what he wanted to achieve with this new Bieber documentary, how his motivation was to show the pop star as a human being, whether he thinks Bieber will ultimately take the right path, how being the creative director of a concert tour compares to directing films, where his creative inspiration came from, growing up, and how many more Bieber documentaries there could be. He also talked about what made him want to direct G.I. Joe 3, how they’re in the middle of designing and creating the world right now and writing the script, with a goal to start shooting in 2014, how he loves getting feedback and input from fans, what ultimately made him drop out of directing Masters of the Universe, and how he’d like to be able to direct two movies a year. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The first trailer for director Jon M. Chu’s documentary Justin Bieber’s Believe has been released online. The film, which was shot quickly and quietly, marks the documentary follow-up to Chu’s previous Bieber documentary Never Say Never and is his next feature film after helming the blockbuster sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Surprisingly, this trailer teases a film that appears to be more than simply glorifying a teen idol, as Chu is seen asking Bieber candid questions that address the singer’s more salty behavior. At the end of the day, though, this documentary is for the fans, and there’s also plenty of singing, dancing, and shirtless Bieber to keep them happy.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Justin Bieber’s Believe opens on Christmas Day.
Last week we saw a number of trailers and images for all of the networks’ new series that will debut this fall, but one was curiously left out: NBC’s Believe. The series’ trailer has now landed online, and the story centers on a wrongfully-imprisoned death row inmate who is broken out of jail in order to protect a young girl with powerful abilities. The pilot was written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, who also executive produces the series alongside J.J. Abrams. Unsurprisingly this trailer makes Believe look very promising, and I’m really looking forward to seeing more from the show in the near future.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The series stars Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo, and Kyle MacLachlan. Believe will premiere on NBC midseason, so don’t expect it on the airwaves until sometime after the new year.
While everyone associates Bad Robot with J.J. Abrams, he actually has a producing partner that rarely does press and usually stays out of the limelight: Bryan Burk. If you look over his IMDb profile, you’ll see he’s tremendously involved in all Bad Robot productions and was a key component in both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.
With the movie getting ready to premiere around the world, I recently landed an exclusive interview with the busy producer. During our wide-ranging interview, we talked about making the sequel, the editing process, the secrecy, the title, if we’ll get Star Trek 3 in less than four years, whether a new Star Trek TV show could happen in the near future, and more. We also talked about other Bad Robot productions like Star Wars, Mission: Impossible 5, Infinitely Polar Bear, Person of Interest, Revolution, Alfonso Cuaron‘s pilot Believe, Karl Urban‘s pilot Almost Human, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The networks are gearing up to announce their fall schedules next week at the upfronts, but this week we’re starting to learn which pilots have been picked up to series. We saw Fox’s orders last night, and here’s a look at some of the series moving ahead at NBC:
- Believe – Kyle MacLachlan, Johnny Sequoyah, and Delroy Lindo star in this supernatural drama series that follows the unlikely friendship between a gifted young girl and a man recently released from prison. Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Mark Friedman will executive produce, and Cuaron directed the pilot.
- Crisis – Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, and Rachel Taylor star in this drama series about Washington’s government being pulled into an international conspiracy. Rand Ravich and Far Shariat (Life) will executive produce. Phillip Noyce directed the pilot.
- About a Boy – David Walton, Minnie Driver, and Al Madrigal star in this comedy series adaptation of the Nick Hornby book and subsequent 2002 film. Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) will executive produce, and Jon Favreau directed the pilot.
- Sean Saves the World – Sean Hayes, Linda Lavin, and Thomas Lennon star in this multi-camera sitcom about a man trying to parent his teenage daughter and appease his boss. Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted) and Todd Milliner (Hot in Cleveland) will executive produce.
Hit the jump for news regarding the other two comedy pilots order to series, as well as full synopses for all six shows.
Before he landed the job of directing the next Star Wars movie, J.J. Abrams was responsible for producing a television show or two. Now he’ll get a chance to bring two more into your living room as Abrams has landed pilot orders for a pair of sci-fi series. The first, titled Believe and co-written by Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman, centers on young girl with powers who is protected from those who hunt her by an ex-con. The second untitled show involves law enforcement officers of the LAPD, some of whom happen to be androids. Abrams will re-team with Fringe writer/director J.H. Wyman on this one. Hit the jump for more.