UPDATE 6/30/14:Reports say that headbutting between outgoing Fox Entertainment Chair, Kevin Reilly and current Fox COO, Peter Rice may have lent to the current CANCELLATION of Reilly project, “Hieroglyph”. The New Mexico made pilot series is now officially axed with production receiving the following message: “Series cancelled. Office shut down.”
UPDATE 6/12/14: Filming of approx. 11 episodes is scheduled to begin, in New Mexico this August!
The New Mexico Production, Hieroglyph, will air on FOX in 2015.
Where Breaking Bad was instantly dogged with criticism for the so-called glamorization of meth use and drug dealing, a prospective New Mexico television series takes up the reins of controversy, striking even closer at the heart of the average American home.
The New Mexico made series pilot, #Hashtag, will screen its trailer this Sunday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Film Festival, Jean Cocteau Cinema.
The premise is a dark thrill ride about the underbelly of social media and the online world where kids hang out today. It is a show about exploitation, manipulation, bullying, friendship and romance. “The feeling of being sixteen hasn’t changed, even when everything else has”, say filmmakers Hannah Macpherson and Angelique Midthunder.
The selection committee says #Hashtag “is a realistic look at teens and the online apps that shape their daily human experience. It is an exploration of how the new language of social media has impacted today’s youth, and how parents, law enforcers, and teachers can’t possibly keep up.”
With that, the series may well speak to anyone who is, or knows a young person who participates in online activity…could be a pretty sizable audience. And with popularity will likely come controversy.
Here’s a reminder of the swift action ‘Bad’ had to take to distinguish itself as anti-drug.
Following its debut screening, #Hastag is slated for meetings with major studio executives in consideration for pick-up and distribution. A look at the show’s premise short video has already elicited impassioned feedback*, including:
“The series follows a group of alcohol swigging, pot smoking ****** with daddy issues being lured by mother ******** pigs. Because men **** us up and then ***** us. Not necessarily in that order. If you are a parent, don’t get a ******* computer. Or if you have a computer, don’t give them the password to your youporn account. And don’t let them on “chat sites” you dumb ****, because there is some pedophile, in Minnetonka, driving an 18 wheeler to a Motel 8 to ******** your princess.”
With critiques like that, who needs focus groups. This controversial, real-world in your face drama looks ready, set, to air.
OHI checked in with local web savvy business, Drake Intel Group to get their tips and warnings for keeping kids off the wrong tracks on the world wide web. Check yourself against their checklist here.
Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey premieres on FOX on Sunday March 9.
BUT FIRST THERE WILL BE A FREE PREMIERE SCREENING EVENT AND LIVE GLOBAL Q&A FOR FANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TUESDAY, MARCH 4
Live Interactive Global Q&A, Sponsored by Samsung Galaxy® and the Chrysler brand, featuring Host Neil deGrasse Tyson and Executive Producers Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold, Brannon Braga and Co-Executive Producer Jason Clark.
Submit Questions for LIVE Q&A Now via Twitter and Facebook using #CosmosLive
On Tuesday, March 4, fans in 10 cities across the country will have the exclusive opportunity to be the first on the planet to see the highly anticipated series premiere of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, prior to its debut, during the “COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY” PREMIERE SCREENING EVENT AND LIVE GLOBAL Q&A, sponsored by Samsung Galaxy® and the Chrysler brand.
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY premieres Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on multiple U.S. Fox networks, including FOX and National Geographic Channel. Beginning the following week, all-new episodes of COSMOS will air Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX and Mondays (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on National Geographic Channel.
The free screenings and global Q&A event will originate from the COSMOS Pavilion at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and will be uplinked via television satellite to world-renowned locations including New York’s American Museum of Natural History; the Adler Planetarium in Chicago; San Francisco’s Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences; the Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Global Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Detroit’s Cranbrook Institute of Science; Kennedy Space Center in Orlando; The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington; the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis; and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Space is limited, so hopeful attendees should RSVP now by logging on to www.cosmosrsvp.com and submitting their names and contact information.
Upon conclusion of the multi-city free screenings (9:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/6:00 PM PT), COSMOS host Neil deGrasse Tyson, writer/executive producer/director Ann Druyan, executive producer Seth MacFarlane, executive producer Mitchell Cannold, executive producer/director Brannon Braga and co-executive producer Jason Clark will participate in a LIVE, interactive Q&A, which will be available via a live stream on www.cosmosontv.com and www.livestream.com.
Fans watching the LIVE Q&A at the satellite venues will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel. For those fans at home, they can submit questions in advance via the COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Facebook page (www.facebook.com/COSMOSonTV) and via Twitter (@COSMOSonTV). Questions also may be submitted the day of the event via Twitter using #cosmoslive. The interactive LIVE Q&A will appear in satellite venues as well as streamed on www.cosmosontv.com and www.livestream.com, beginning at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT.
The free premiere event will be held as noted below. Fans who would like an opportunity to attend in one of the cities may RSVP now at www.cosmosrsvp.com.
Event begins at 8:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 9:00 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM and all seating is free and first come, first served:
Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 South Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33129
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY 10024
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
National Geographic Global Headquarters, Grosvenor Auditorium
1145 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Event begins at 7:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM and all seating is free and first come, first served:
1300 South Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605
The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington
700 Planetarium Pl., Arlington, TX 76019
James S. McDonnell Planetarium at the Saint Louis Science Center
Located in Forest Park, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
Event begins at 5:00 PM, with the LIVE Q&A starting at 6:00 PM. Doors open at 4:00 PM and all seating is free and first come, first served:
The Greek Theatre, Cosmos Pavilion,
2700 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
The California Academy of Sciences, Morrison Planetarium,
55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Seating at COSMOS Pavilion at The Greek Theatre and at all satellite venues is free. Fans will receive an email notification if they have successfully RSVP’d for the event. Fans who have successfully RSVP’d will be added to the guest list and will receive a confirmation email. Please note that seating at the venues is not guaranteed. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis at each venue, even if you are on the guest list.
COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is produced by Cosmos Studios, the Ithaca, NY-based company Ann Druyan co-founded in 2000, and Fuzzy Door Productions, MacFarlane’s company. Druyan and Steven Soter are the series’ writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios President Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga (the “Star Trek” franchise, “24”) executive-produce the series. Jason Clark (“Ted,” “42”) co-executive produces. “Like” COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/COSMOSonTV. Follow the series on Twitter @COSMOSonTV and join the discussion at #cosmos.
The cast and filmmakers of ‘50 to 1’ will hit the road rock-star style on a cross-country tour beginning March 17 to promote the major motion picture’s release, says the film’s producer, director and co-writer Jim Wilson, Oscar®-winning producer of ‘Dances with Wolves.’
“We’re bringing ‘50 to 1’ to the people of America,” Wilson says. “The group will travel in a tour bus from New Mexico to Kentucky, making stops in cities and towns along the way, mirroring the trip racehorse Mine That Bird took on his way to the 2009 Kentucky Derby.
Cast members joining the tour will be Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, ‘Scream,’ ‘As Good As It Gets’), Christian Kane (Leverage, ‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘Secondhand Lions,’ ‘Just Married’), Todd Lowe (True Blood, ‘The Princess Diaries,’ Gilmore Girls) and Hugo Perez (‘Machete,’ ‘The Longshots,’ ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’). Also on tour will be Wilson and co-producer, co-writer Faith Conroy. The real Mine That Bird will make special appearances along
“When was the last time Hollywood’s leading men hopped on a bus and toured the country from town to town, introducing their film to the people of America?” Wilson says. “It’s unprecedented.”
“I’m extremely excited to hit the road with a film I’m very proud to be a part of,” Ulrich says. “It seems fitting we’d be selling our wares from a gypsy-like caravan, given the underdog nature of our story, and I’m hoping this journey answers three burning questions. One, are audiences tired of the blockbuster and ready to be uplifted by the values of hard work and integrity? Two, can we inspire our audiences to stick to their guns and do what they love at all costs? And three, does Christian snore louder than Todd?”
“Man, this almost feels like we’re carnies or something. Or an old whistle-stop political campaign,” Lowe says. “I’m looking forward to rolling into different towns and shaking hands and kissing babies.”
“Personally, I’ve always wanted to be a rock star,” Conroy says. “And seriously, traveling across the country for weeks on end with a busload of gorgeous cowboys? Sign me up!”
“I’ve done tours before. I’m excited!” Kane says. “It’s old hat for me in the sense that when you love something so much, you will put 18 wheels and lives in motion just to bring it into town and say, ‘I hope you like this. I made this for you.’”
“It’ll be a fun, fun road trip vacation for me, part of the dream-life I want to live,” Perez says. “It’s also an honor and I’m so fortunate to be a part of this adventure.”
Inspiration for the tour came during a brainstorming session by Wilson and Conroy. “I thought, why not meet the audience this movie is intended for, introduce them to the stars and shake their hands,” Wilson says. “It’s the audience that matters the most. It’s why we make these stories, to share them with the world.”
‘50 to 1’ is based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird and the cowboy trainer and owners who became the ultimate underdogs in a showdown with the world’s racing elite at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The film was shot in 40 locations across New Mexico, Kentucky and California, and will open theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country.
The tour mirrors not only the true story, but also the release, and will weave its way from town to town through the initial seven states. “This is just for starters,” Wilson says. “We have every intention of crisscrossing America, but it’s dependent on demand. If you want us to come visit your city, let us know.”
Include in the subject line: 50 to 1 Movie Tour – First and Last name, Town, State and Zip Code.
Wilson won the Academy Award® for Best Picture for ‘Dances with Wolves,’ which he produced. Other producing credits include ‘The Bodyguard,’ ‘Wyatt Earp,’ ‘Swing Vote,’ ‘Mr. Brooks’ and ‘Message in a Bottle.’ Wilson’s previous directing credits include ‘Head Above Water,’ ‘Whirlygirl’ and the critically-acclaimed documentary about Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., ‘Laffit – All About Winning.’
Mine That Bird was born May 10, 2006, and began racing in 2008 in Canada, winning four of his first six starts. His career slumped after he was purchased by Mark Allen in the fall of 2008, going winless until his monumental upset at the 2009 Kentucky Derby at 50-to-1 odds. Mine That Bird continued his run for the Triple Crown that year, finishing second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes. He amassed $2,228,637 in earnings throughout his career but never won another race in nine starts after his win at the Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird was retired from racing in November 2010 and currently lives with his owners at Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico.
New Mexico Film, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on the New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. LONE SURVIVOR will be released by Universal Pictures in platform engagements on Friday, December 27, 2013, and will go wide on Friday, January 10, 2014.
As we’ve been following for you here, the reboot of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is getting the royal Fox and National Geographic treatment for 13 brand new episodes being shot right here in the commercial space travel capitol of the world!
Just north of where the world will soon flock to take flight into the hemisphere, the Seth MacFarlane produced docu-series is being produced in the Santa Fe area.
Neil deGrasse Tyson debuts Cosmos first official trailer at Comic-Con – cNet
Bless Me, Ultima will open in limited theatrical release (about 25 – 30 cities in the USA), on February 22, followed by a much wider roll-out, which will see it expand to over 200 screens across the country. -via indiewire