Djimon Hounsou in TARZAN; Daniel Dae Kim in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT; Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie, Justin Bartha & More in STICKY NOTES

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Djimon Hounsou will join David Yates’ Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz.  The picture is due to open July 1, 2016.
  • Daniel Dae Kim is set to star in Robert Schwentke’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent (and, yes, this is the new official title), starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.  The sequel will open March 20, 2015.
  • Ray Liotta, Justin Bartha, Gina Rodriguez, and Rose Leslie will star in Amanda Harlib’s directorial debut, Sticky Notes.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

HAWAII FIVE-0 Viewers to Choose Upcoming Episode’s Ending Live Online

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CBS is taking a “Choose Your Own Adventure” approach to an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-0.  The series has filmed three endings for the episode airing on January 14th, and are allowing viewers to vote for who they think is the most likely candidate for murder.  The most popular choice will air live while the other two endings will be available on CBS.com.

Is this the ultimate in mob justice?  And isn’t the purpose of a Whodunit the whole thing about not knowing who did it and trying to guess?  Or is there something satisfying in sending the most unlikeable to their doom?  For more on what the the show’s producer has to say about the special episode, hit the jump.

HAWAII FIVE-0: Season One Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 3 years, 12 days ago

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It’s been more than thirty years since Jack Lord last uttered the famous words, “Book ‘em, Danno.” Fans of Detective Steve McGarrett and the original Hawaii Five-0 should be pleased that the new iteration pays homage to series creator Leonard Freeman and provides plenty of nostalgia along the way. What writers Alex Kurtzman, Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orci bring in addition to the police procedural format is robust character development for each member of the team and a willingness to explore moral ambiguity in their characters’ actions.

Starring Alex O’Loughlin (The Shield), Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), the first season of Hawaii Five-O is simultaneously a nostalgic reboot, an engaging mystery and a high-octane action series that’s one of the most entertaining on television today. Hit the jump for my review.

Terry O’Quinn Headed Back to Island Life on HAWAII FIVE-0

by     Posted 3 years, 132 days ago

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It looks like Lost veteran Terry O’Quinn is going back to the island. Well, it may not be the island, but the actor will be spending time on Hawaii Five-0 in a pivotal recurring role on the series remake. What makes this even more exciting for Lost fans is the new gig will reunite O’Quinn with Daniel Dae Kim who played Jin on the sci-fi castaway series. As for O’Quinn’s role on the show, TV Line says he will play Navy Seal Lt. Commander who trained McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) in Coronado, and served with his father in Vietnam. He’s described as strong, stubborn and a man you want in your corner when things go south. Apparently he also will bring about some answers to long-standing mysteries concerning the murder of McGarrett’s mother and father. I’m glad to have Terry O’Quinn back on TV, but I wish Odd Jobs with him and Michael Emerson would’ve gotten picked up instead of being pushed back to the 2012 development season.

Images and Voice Cast for THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE LEGEND OF KORRA

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Oh, The Last Airbender, you stupid movie.  You are the first thing most people think of when they hear “The Last Airbender,” and I hate you for that.  There’s such a fantastic mythology at the heart of the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender, all of which was referenced but never explored in the lifeless film adaptation.

Avatar creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are on a mission to reclaim the phrase “The Last Airbender” with The Legend of Korra, a new series set 70 years later when rebellious teenage girl Korra becomes the new avatar.  The voice cast has been announced: Janet Varney will play Kara — Kiernan Shipka, Daniel Dae Kim, David Faustino, Seychelle Gabriel , Lance Henriksen, P.J. Byrne, and JK Simmons will supply additional voices.

The Legend of Korra is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2012.  Check out two new images after the break.

Alex O’Loughlin Interview HAWAII FIVE-0

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On the new re-imagining of Hawaii Five-0, Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin is playing Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and decides to stay after Hawaii’s Governor persuades him to head up a new team to rid the Island of its worst criminals.

First brought to the attention of audiences when he starred as Mick St. John on the vampire series Moonlight, and then again as an organ transplant doctor on the medical drama Three Rivers, this highly-anticipated series marks the actor’s third try with CBS and he certainly has his fingers crossed that this one makes it past 13 episodes. But, with a stellar cast that includes Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, and executive producers Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci behind the camera, it seems as though it’s as close to a sure thing as you can get in Hollywood.

During a recent interview, Alex O’Loughlin talked about paying homage to the original while still making a modern version, the pressure that comes with taking on such an iconic role and what it’s been like adapting to life in Hawaii. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

HAWAII FIVE-0 Series Premiere Review

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I’ve never seen an episode of the original Hawaii Five-0, which is actually kind of impressive given that there are twelve seasons in existence.  The tropical police procedural aired from 1968-1980 on CBS, and the network hopes to capitalize on the brand name as a vehicle for their beloved Alex O’Loughlin with a remake this fall.

The Australian actor has a pair of failed CBS efforts to his name in the vampire-centric Moonlight and last season’s Three Rivers, but the third time may very well be a charm.  This type of police drama is what CBS does best, and with a colorful setting and a strong supporting cast, O’Loughlin has never entered the fall season with better odds of success.  My review after the jump.

Director Len Wiseman and Executive Producer Peter Lenkov Interview HAWAII FIVE-0

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The new CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission it is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Led by Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, the team, which includes Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), ex-Police Detective Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and recent Police Academy graduate Kono (Grace Park), work together to eliminate the seedy elements from the beautiful and serene state.

In a recent interview, executive producer Peter Lenkov and pilot director Len Wiseman talked about how they’re setting this version of Hawaii Five-0 apart from the original, what they went through in determining the perfect cast, developing the shooting style and look for the show, and what viewers can expect in episodes to come. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

LOST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Blu-ray Review

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We’ve heard a lot about dirty shenanigans in the financial sector over the last few years, but if you really want to know about a high-risk investment that hardly ever pays off, forget about the Ponzi scheme — look no further than the serialized television drama.

Much as we all love to snigger at the stereotype of the housewife or credulous college student weeping over her soap opera, there are good reasons that shows like General Hospital have lasted for decades, and chief among them is the unique pleasure of following characters and storylines over an extended period of time. The networks dress it up in different outfits each fall, but it’s that same enduring promise that lures viewers into new serialized series every year, and if you’re any kind of television fan, you’re well acquainted with the pain of giving yourself over to a show’s arc, only to watch it land with a thud — or worse, find that the show’s been canceled before it can reach a satisfying conclusion. (This writer is still smarting over the way NBC pulled the plug on Journeyman under cover of the writer’s strike.) Read more about Lost: The Complete Collection after the jump:

VAMPIRE DIARIES Star Nina Dobrev to Play DEATHGAMES with Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson

by     Posted 4 years, 159 days ago

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The Vampire Diaries cashed in on the undead teen craze in a big way with its debut season, and that kind of success is (at least in theory) a fantastic launching pad for young actors.  Star Nina Dobrev has selected one of her first post-Diaries roles in the rather cool-sounding Deathgames.  According to Heat Vision, the indie action flick centers on “a young man who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses.”

The “young man” in question is Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz; Dobrev will play his wife. Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar (Dexter), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th), and Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) also star.  Jonah Loop will make his directorial debut on Deathgames after serving as visual effects supervisor on the likes of Collateral.

HAWAII FIVE-O 2010 Opening Credit Sequence

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CBS has released the opening credit sequence to the remake of Hawaii Five-O.  Starring Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and produced by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, it’s no surprise the remake got picked-up.  Hit the jump to watch the new credit sequence and I’ve also posted the original so you can compare the two.  Hawaii Five-O will be airing Monday’s at 10pm.

Pilot Season News: LOST’s Daniel Dae Kim Cast as Lead in HAWAII FIVE-O, Michael Chiklis Cast in ABC’s NO ORDINARY FAMILY, Jason Ritter in NBC’s THE EVENT, Zach Gilford in ABC’s MATADORS

by     Posted 4 years, 265 days ago

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Around this time every year, all the networks start to cast their pilots.  While you may think every show that gets developed ends up on the air, you’d be mistaken.  The odds of creating a show that actually makes it is very small, and to become a hit show, it’s like winning the lottery.  To try and raise the odds of a successful crop of new shows, the networks develop many pilots.  In fact, the number is often two or three times what they actually need.  That way they can pick the best of the bunch, and the rest are usually never seen or heard from again.  Again, even if you hear about a pilot, it doesn’t mean you’ll ever see it.

Saying that, a number of actors (Daniel Dae Kim Cast, Michael Chiklis, Jason Ritter, Zach Gilford, Aisha Hinds, Todd Williams) have recently been cast in pilots that are about to shoot.  Hit the jump for details on what shows they landed on:

LOST Season 5 Blu-ray Review

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Most everyone except Emile De Ravin’s Claire Littleton returns for Season Five of Lost. Even some of the dead ones. To that point, when Season Five opens Locke (Terry O’Quinn) is introduced in a coffin and yet spends most of the rest of the season walking around alive (?). Some members of lost flight have returned to the real world, including Dr. Jack Shepherd (Mathew Fox), Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and Kate (Evangeline Lily), while others still stuck on the island are lost in time, with Sawyer (Josh Holloway) settling into the Dharma institute as one of its head security agents. Everything is in chaos, and it looks like those who left the island must return to salve the time-jumping. My review of Season Five of Lost on Blu-ray after the jump.

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