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Minions, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Jack the Giant SlayerArrow, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Borgias, The Man in the High Castle, and Beverly Hills Cop have all made recent film and TV show news. You will find a table of contents below so that you can quickly navigate to the movie or TV show you want to read about quickly.

* Sandra Bullock joins Minions.
* 60 Minutes interviews Spielberg and Day-Lewis about Lincoln.
* Bin Laden’s killer remarks on Zero Dark Thirty.
* Jack the Giant Slayer gets a third trailer.
* Arrow, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural have been renewed.
* The Borgias: Season 3 gets a promo poster.
* The Man in the High Castle come to SyFy.
* Beverly Hills Cop pilot gets the Men in Black director.

Minions

Playing against her America’s Sweetheart status, Sandra Bullock has been set to provide the lead villain voice in Minions, the Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment spinoff of the Despicable Me franchise. Bullock will voice Scarlet Overkill, a stylish bad-ass super-villain who is (what else?) bent on world domination. The 3D CG animated comedy has been set for release December 19, 2014.

Lincoln

Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln (2012) stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, David Costabile, John Hawkes, Jeremy Strong, Bruce McGill, and Adam Driver.

Zero Dark Thirty

In a new interview, the SEAL Team 6 member who actually shot and killed the terrorist leader offers his two cents regarding Zero Dark Thirty‘s relationship to real-life events. In a nutshell: “They Hollywooded it up some.”

The comments come from Esquire‘s in-depth profile of “The Shooter,” as he’s called throughout the article. “It was fun to watch,” he says of Zero Dark Thirty. “There was just little stuff. The helos turned the wrong way [toward the target], and they talked way, way too much [during the assault itself]. If someone was waiting for you, they could track your movements that way.”

In general, his biggest complaint seems to be that the characters were too chatty. The movie’s SEAL Team 6 converse on the helicopter ride over, where they would’ve remained silent in real life, and the actors yell to each other during the mission when a silent hand signal would’ve sufficed. (“Are you fucking kidding me? Shut up!” says the Shooter in response.) Plus, “When Osama went down, it was chaos, people screaming. No one called his name,” he notes.

Otherwise, his nitpicks are relatively minor, as when he calls the actors’ tattoos “horrible” or points out that it was a Belgian Malinois who went on the mission with them, not a German shepherd. And he’s very much on board with the “awesome” representation of “Maya,” the CIA agent whose drive spurred on the hunt for bin Laden. “They made her a tough woman, which she is,” he says.

The Shooter likely can’t speak to whether some of the film’s earlier scenes are true to life, but based on his comparisons it sounds like the climax was actually fairly accurate, as big Hollywood movies go.

Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty (2012) stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Scott Adkins, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Kinney, Harold Perrineau, Jason Clarke, Édgar Ramírez, Frank Grillo, Mark Duplass, Stephen Dillane, and Lee Asquith-Coe.

Jack The Giant Slayer

We previously published the Jack The Giant Killer (2012) Movie Trailer and Jack The Giant Killer (2012) Movie Trailer 2.

Jack The Giant Slayer stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci, Ewen Bremner, Eddie Marsan, Ralph Brown, Ben Daniels, Daniel Lapaine, Lee Boardman, John Kassir, Lee Boardman, Christopher Villiers, Russell Balogh, Caroline Hayes, and David Frost.

Arrow, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural

February 11, 2013 (Burbank, California) ? The CW Network has given early pickups to three of its hit series for next season, including freshman hit ARROW, its top-rated drama THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and fan favorite SUPERNATURAL, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. All three shows will return in Fall 2013.

“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit ARROW and fan favorite SUPERNATURAL on Wednesday night, and the continued success of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that,” said Pedowitz. “Not only do ARROW, SUPERNATURAL, and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.”

One of the true breakout hits of the season, ARROW posted The CW’s best series premiere since 2009 and currently stands as the network’s most watched show (4.3mil). Heading into its fifth season next fall, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES remains The CW’s highest rated series in target demographics, including adults 18-34 and women 18-34. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also continues to be one of the network’s top performing shows digitally and socially; in fact, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES recently topped Trendrr’s list as network TV’s #1 social program for the week of January 21–27

The Winchester brothers of SUPERNATURAL will continue to fight the forces of evil for a ninth season. Since being paired with ARROW on Wednesday this year, SUPERNATURAL has seen a dramatic uptick in its ratings from last season, rising 15% among total viewers, 10% in adults 18-34 and 18% in adults 18-49.

The Borgias

The Borgias Season 3 TV Show Poster

The Borgias Season 3 TV Show Poster

The Man in the High Castle

Syfy is adapting Philip K. Dick’s book “The Man in the High Castle” into a four-part miniseries, with Ridley Scott attached to exec produce.

Dick’s novel, set in 1962, depicts a world where Nazi Germany and Japan were the victors in WWII and occupy the U.S.

“The X-Files” vet Frank Spotnitz will serve as primary scribe and as exec producer. Scott will exec produce through his shingle Scott Free Prods., alongside Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Prods. and FremantleMedia Intl., which will also distribute the mini globally.

Beverly Hills Cop

Men In Black helmer Barry Sonnenfeld has come on board to direct and executive produce CBS’ Beverly Hills Cop pilot from Shawn Ryan, Eddie Murphy and Sony Pictures TV. The hourlong project, a continuation of the movie franchise, centers on Axel Foley’s police officer son Aaron (Brandon T. Jackson), who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Kevin Pollak and David Denman co-star, with Murphy set to guest star in the pilot.

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Source: Spoilertv, Deadline (1, 2), Slashfilm (1, 2), Awardsdaily, Variety

 

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