Be sure to catch the adorable Audrey Wise-Alvarez in the Hallmark Christmas movie “A Christmas Duet“, tonight on Women’s Channel In Canada!!!
Playing tonight and tomorrow,
and Dec. 9 & 10!!
Comcast Brings ‘E.T.’ Back to Earth!!
ZEBASTIN BORJEAU PLAYS THE SON OF HENRY THOMAS!!!! – (THE ORIGINAL ELLIOTT)
E.T., that beloved movie alien, has returned to Earth – to do a commercial.
Comcast, the owner of the Universal movie studio that distributed the creature’s blockbuster 1982 film, has placed him in a new longform commercial for the company and its broadband, cable and satellite products. In the ad, which debuted during the Thursday broadcast of the annual “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” on Comcast’s NBC, E.T. returns to see his friend Elliott. The character is once again played by Henry Thomas, the same actor who portrayed him decades ago.
The ad – more than four minutes long in some versions – marks a bold bet by the Philadelphia entertainment giant that it can use its revered intellectual property for commercial purposes without upsetting some fans who might blanch at the notion.
To be sure, a new generation of consumers does not have the same connection to the Steven Spielberg movie as some people who saw it in the early 1980s. Hearing the famous phrase “E.T. phone home” may prompt a current audience to ask why the alien won’t text. And E.T. has never been immune from marketing. After all, the placement of Reese’s Pieces in the original movie helped boost that then-new product to untold heights. But he’s never been explicitly used in this fashion in prior appearances.
The new ad, crafted by Omnicom Group’s Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, shows E.T. back on Earth once more, in a grown Elliott’s front yard. He hangs out with the man’s family, who show him how to surf the web with Comcast’s Xfinity and use an Xfinity remote to call up holiday movies on a big-screen TV. He helps Elliott’s kids fly on their bicycles, a nod to one of the most memorable scenes in the original. A graphic on-screen urges viewers to “Reconnect for the holidays.”
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“Our goal is to show how Xfinity and Sky technology connects family, friends and loved ones, which is so important during the holidays,” said Peter Intermaggio, senior vice president for marketing communications at Comcast Cable, in a prepared statement. “The classic friendship between E.T. and Elliott resonates around the world, and their story became a very meaningful way to bring our company’s consumer technology to life.”
Comcast approached Spielberg with the concept, according to a person familiar with the matter, and secured his permission for the effort. The director, this person said, appreciated the theme of connection at holiday time. Spielberg was consulted throughout the process.
The spot will get prominent airing around the globe. Comcast said the ad will run through January 5th in nine different versions for the United States and in different versions that tout the company’s Sky satellite service rather than Xfinity in Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy.
In the U.S., a two-minute commercial will also appear Thanksgiving Day on Fox during its 12:30 p.m. eastern NFL game, on CBS during its 4:30 p.m. eastern NFL game, and again NBC during the 8:20 p.m. NFL game. Comcast’s Syfy cable network will run the entire four-minute short between airings of “E.T.” on Thanksgiving night. Comcast also plans to run it across broadcast network and national cable networks, online, in social media and in cinemas. It can also be seen by Xfinity customers who utter “E.T. Phone Home” into their voice remote.
Watch Commercial – 4 minute version:
In the UK – Best Christmas Advert! – 2 min Version:
Madeleine Arthur in Color Out of Space – Western Canadian Premiere!
Saturday, November 23.
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm
Written and directed by Richard Stanley (Hardware) and based on the short story “The Colour Out of Space” by H. P. Lovecraft, COLOR OUT OF SPACE premiered to rave reviews at TIFF 2019 – and is headed to the Rio Theatre‘s screen as part of the Rio Grind Film Festival.
Nicolas Cage offers up another “gonzo” performance in this story of cosmic terror following the Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. While they are busy adapting to their new life, a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardners discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches…including them.
The film which also stars Joely Richardson as Nathan’s wife, along with Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, Q’Orianka Kilcher, and Tommy Chong invades theaters on January 24, 2020.
“A welcome return for director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space mixes tart B-movie pulp with visually alluring Lovecraftian horror and a dash of gonzo Nicolas Cage.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
“Full-bore, glorious B-movie Cage: Cranked up to 11, spattered with gore and bellowing about alpacas.” (New York Post)
“Hopefully, this movie heralds a return of Richard Stanley, a man given short shrift and who has a great eye for throwback horror and truly creepy cinema.” (Film Inquiry)
“A satisfying shot at bringing a classic of the sci-fi/horror genre to modern audiences.” (Hollywood Reporter)
“What Stanley’s version adds to this heady brew are the wildcards of milking alpacas, off-the-grid eccentricity and Cage ever so gradually bringing the crazy, all played to expose the cracks in an all-American family structure.” (Sight and Sound)
WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:
Anthony Ames has been busy filming a recurring role on Firefly Lane, which is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated series coming to Netflix in 2020.
The series was first announced in February 2019 with Netflix ordering 10 episodes.
It’s an adaptation of the novel from the prolific author Kristin Hannah.
The book was first released in 2013 and has since been rereleased. It’s a New York Times Best Seller and winner of countless awards.
Former “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Suits” star Katherine Heigl has been cast as one of the leads in the upcoming series.
Heigl will play the role of Tully Hart, who is described as a magnetic, ambitious and fiercely loyal woman. The show revolves around Tully and Kate, who meet as young girls and become inseparable best friends through 30 years of ups and downs, successes and failures, depression and disappointments. However, when an unthinkable betrayal breaks them apart, the pair goes their separate ways and it’s unclear whether they will ever be able to reconcile.
The actress is also coming on board as an executive producer, alongside Stephanie Germain and Lee Rose. Maggie Friedman will write, showrun and executive produce the 10-episode series. Original author Hannah serves as a co-executive producer. Friedman was previously a writer-producer on “Dawson’s Creek”, “Witches of East End”, and, more recently, the CW’s “No Tomorrow”.
Peter O’Fallon will direct and executive produce the first episode.
“Firefly Lane” will represent the third adaptation of Hannah’s novels currently in production, with “The Nightingale” and “The Great Alone” both on the slate at TriStar Pictures. The latter is being directed by Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” producer Michelle MacLaren.
|Here’s how Netflix describes the project:
Based on the New York Times Bestselling book, Firefly Lane is the sweeping story of two inseparable best friends and their enduring, complicated bond, spanning four tumultuous decades.
Netflix has yet to confirm the release date for Firefly Lane.
Deborah Finkel has booked a recurring role on SyFy’s upcoming series ‘Resident Alien‘.
Syfy has handed a series order to drama Resident Alien based on the Dark Horse comics series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, from Universal Content Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin TV.
There are certain questions that keep much of humanity eternally wondering. One of these is whether or not humanity is alone in the universe, or if other intelligent life exists somewhere out there. That’s a question movies and TV show have loved to explore for decades now.
Resident Alien stars Tudyk as an alien who crash-lands on Earth, then assumes the human identity of Harry, a small-town Colorado doctor. “Harry” isn’t on Earth by accident though, as it seems he has a secret mission that causes him to debate his own big question, that being whether or not humankind is worth saving.
In adapting the comic, Chris Sheridan (show writer) admitted that he had to take “a lot of liberties,” the biggest of which involves how humans see Harry. In the source material, the reader always sees him as an alien, but in the show we only see his alien form in special instances like mirrored reflections and the like. Constant prosthetics were a bit impractical for television, but it was also about getting the viewers to care about the central character.
As the season progresses, the audience will learn more about Harry’s past as he learns more about the town of Patience, Colorado. Again, we can’t divulge a ton, but the darkly comedic pilot does end on a cliffhanger that will sustain the rest of Season 1’s overarching story. Moreover, it’s actually a mystery arc translated directly from the comics.
The series is produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television division. Sara Tomko (Sneaky Pete), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley), and Levi Fiehler (Mars) all co-star.
HARRY is just a normal, slightly awkward physician who lives alone in a small mountain town, and just happens to be an alien in disguise. How he got to the town of Patience, Colorado is a long story – he’s just trying to stay out of the way and carry out his mission. But Patience is full of people who, despite being boring humans, manage to be just as weird as Harry – and he has to learn how to interact with them sooner or later. That’s because the only other doctor in town is dead, and now everyone needs his help…
Francisco Cano has booked a role on Episode #310 of Freeform’s, ‘Siren‘.
Something big is happening in Bristol Cove. Siren returns with season 3, spring 2020!
Freeform has ordered a third season of its hit mermaid thriller.
The renewal came amid strong ratings for the series, which ranked as the network’s No. 1 show in the first half of its second season among adults 18-49 and women 18-49.
The mermaid thriller is based on a story by co-writers Eric Wald and Dean White, and is set in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known in legend an ancient home of mermaids. The legend part changed though, when reality set in with the arrival of the mysterious Ryn (Eline Powell), who wreaks havoc on the small fishing town.
Alex Roe, Eline Powell, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, Rena Owen.
SEASON 3 PROMO:
Watch Bracken Hanke in season 1 of Gabby Duran, in the episode “Battle Of The Babysitters“.
Gabby (Kylie Cantrall) gets jealous when her mom hires a babysitter (Bracken Hanke) for her sister (Coco Christo) who is determined to be the best babysitter around town!
Gabby Duran & the Unsittables is an American sci-fi comedy television series created by Mike Alber and Gabe Snyder that premiered on Disney Channel on October 11, 2019. Based on the novel Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners, the series stars Kylie Cantrall as Gabby Duran, Bracken Hanke plays Susie.
Watch Bracken in Season 1, Battle of the Babysitters:
Other cast include Maxwell Acee Donovan, Callan Farris, Coco Christo, Valery Ortiz, and Nathan Lovejoy.
Gabby Duran constantly feels like she’s living in the shadows of her polished, successful mother and whip-smart younger sister. She finally finds her moment to shine when she inadvertently lands an out-of-this-world job to babysit an unruly group of very important extraterrestrial children who are hiding out on Earth with their families, disguised as everyday kids. Fearless and bold, Gabby steps up to the challenge to protect these youngsters and their secret identities, and prove she’s the best babysitter in the galaxy.
Zebastin Borjeau has booked a role on Episode #211 of CW’s ‘Charmed‘.
Charmed is an American fantasy drama television series developed by Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O’Toole, and Amy Rardin. It is a reboot of The WB series of the same name, created by Constance M. Burge, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006.
Charmed premiered in the United States on October 14, 2018 on The CW. It follows the lives of three sisters—Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) — who, after the death of their mother, discover they are The Charmed Ones, the most powerful trio of good witches, who are destined to protect humankind from demons and other dark forces in their fictional college town of Hilltowne, Michigan. Each sister has an individual magical power, which is noticeably stronger when all three sisters work together as the “Power of Three” to defeat their enemies. The sisters are aided by a Whitelighter, Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans), an advisor who protects and guides witches.
On March 25, 2018, it was reported that Charmed would change showrunners and creative direction starting with season two. The executive producer, Carter Covington, would be replaced with the husband-wife duo, Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro as the new showrunners. The show would also change direction to focus more on the supernatural genre as opposed to family dynamics.
In January 2019, The CW renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on October 11, 2019. Airing on Fridays at 8pm, the season will consist of 22 episodes and will conclude at some point in Spring of 2020.
Charmed Season 2 Trailer:
|AUDREY WISE ALVAREZ||NOMINEE||Best Guest Star in a TV Drama||WHEN CALLS THE HEART – CHRISTMAS|
|BRACKEN HANKE||WINNER||Best Advocate & Influencer||–|
|” “||NOMINEE||Best Leading Actress in a TV Movie||CBC DRAG KIDS|
|CHANCE HURSTFIELD||WINNER||Feature Film Ensemble||GOOD BOYS|
|” “||WINNER||Best Voiceover||BRAVEST KNIGHT|
|” “||NOMINEE||Supporting Actor in a Feature||GOOD BOYS|
|” “||NOMINEE||Best Guest Star in a TV Drama||PUP ACADEMY|
|” “||NOMINEE||Best Actor in a Recurring Role in a TV Drama||A MILLION LITTLE THINGS|
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|ALORA KILLAM||NOMINEE||Best Actress in a Musical Theatre Production||ALADDIN|
|SAM MELLEMSTRAND||NOMINEE||Best Actor in a Musical Theatre Production||ALADDIN
Kia Vance has booked a role on Episode #309 of Freeform’s ‘Siren‘.
Siren (formerly known as The Deep is an American television drama series that premiered on Freeform on March 29, 2018. The first season included 10 episodes. In May 2018, the series was renewed for a 16-episode second season which premiered on January 24, 2019.
On May 14, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season.
Freeform is telling Siren to just keep swimming with a Season 3 renewal! This renewal came one month ahead of Siren‘s mid season premiere.
Siren stars Eline Powell (Game of Thrones), Alex Roe (The 5th Wave), Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun and Rena Owen (The Orville).
Eric Wald and Emily Whitesell, serve as showrunners.
The mermaid thriller is based on a story by co-writers Eric Wald and Dean White. The coastal town of Bristol Cove, Washington which is known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious young woman (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc upon the small fishing town to look for her captured sister (Sibongile Mlambo) who was abducted at the hands of the local military. Marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land.