Awards nomination season continues with the Critics' Choice Awards. Best Picture nominees inlude the crime-related dramas Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, and The Imitation Game. Many of the same movies that were recently given SAG and Golden Globe nods made an appearance, but Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper slipped into the game with two nominations. Benedict Cumberbatch (Imitation Game) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) continued their strong showing among the various awards, with nominations in the Best Actor categories. One actor who was snubbed by the Golden Globes but has gotten many rave reviews, Josh Brolin, was included in the Best Supporing Actor list for his role in Inherent Vice. For the complete (and long) list of all the nominees, check out The Wrap's rundown.
Drafthouse Films acquired North American distribution rights to Julia Hart’s western thriller, The Keeping Room, after its acclaimed world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Described as “a feminist western with bite," the film follows three Southern women forced to defend their land and fight for their lives at the end of the Civil War.
As Deadline reported, "the chilling effect of the Sony Pictures hack and terrorist threats against The Interview are reverberating." New Regency canceled another project that was set in North Korea. The untitled thriller was being developed by director Gore Verbinski as a star vehicle for Foxcatcher star Steve Carell.
A24 acquired U.S. rights to director Adam Smith’s anticipated feature debut Trespass Against Us, starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson as a father and son outlaw duo, with Fassbender’s character torn between adhering to his rowdy father’s ways or doing what he believes is best for his children.
Deadline posted the latest trailer for American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper in what's being hailed as "a career standout turn."
The Starz/BBC mystery drama The Missing will be coming back for Season 2. In the same vein as True Detective, there will be a completely different missing person case at its center, and an all new cast will be rounded up to play the new characters.
ABC bought the FBI drama High Life, which follows the survivor of a high-profile crime as a child, who is now a tough but tormented FBI agent heading up a nationwide unit dedicated to investigating “crimes of the century.”
NBC's timely hacker drama Mr. Robot has been ordered to series. The project follows a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from an antisocial disorder and can only connect to people by hacking them. Christian Slater also stars, as the mysterious anarchist Mr. Robot.
Deadline reported that another Swedish book trilogy has become a hot Hollywood commodity following a competitive bidding war. The "hot property" is the bestselling book trilogy The Crow Girl written by Erik Axl Sund (a/k/a authors Jerker Eriksson and Haringkan Sundquist), which won't be published in the U.S. until 2016. The books center on three women, a detective investigating the murders of abused children, a psychotherapist specializing in child abuse cases, and a patient who has suffered childhood trauma. Top actresses are already expressing their interest in the project.
Hannibal has recast one of the major roles for the upcoming third season. Michael Pitt has left the series, and the producers have hired Joe Anderson (Hercules) to play the psychopath Mason Verger.
Cicely Tyson will guest star in an upcoming episode of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder playing opposite series regular Viola Davis, although her specific role hasn't been announced.
David Schwimmer has been tapped to star in FX's anthology offering American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, based on Jeffrey Toobin's best-selling book. He'll play Simpson's friend and attorney Robert Kardashian.
British actor Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow) is joining the cast of TNT drama pilot, Lumen, about a famous author of fantasy books suddenly disappears, and a family of four who find themselves transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. Jackson is set to play Prince Dai of Lumen, who’s also the long lost husband and father of the family.
ABC Family has ordered Recovery Road to series. The show will be based on the young adult novel by Blake Nelson, which focuses on Maddie, a teenager dealing with addiction.
The new reality series from Dick Wolf (Law & Order) is set for a premiere on January 22. The unscripted program follows multiple sets of partners in the New Orleans Emergency Medical Services unit who cover the intense and unpredictable overnight shift as they battle time and circumstance to save lives.
BBC America released a trailer for the upcoming third season of Orphan Black, which will see relationships put to the test with the introduction of a highly trained, identical male-soldier clone Rudy, played by Ari Millen.
Public Radio International had a story on Blacksad, a "sort of comic book take on the classic film noir detective movies."
As I noted last week, a new play based on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story Hound of the Baskervilles is coming to D.C.'s Arena Stage in 2015. This week brings news that a Sherlock Holmes play will also return to Broadway in 2017, according to producers Antonio R. Marion and Kimberly Much. Titled Sherlock Holmes, and written by British writing team Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, the play will explore Holmes' personal history as he solves a new mystery.
CSI executive producer Anthony E. Zuiker, in partnership with two entertainment companies, announced the new game Mysteryopolis, an animated video series combining traditional videos with interactive games in a new genre focused on “gamified narratives.” In Mysteryopolis, players follow along with the story of Jordy, a typical 13-year old turned secret agent, who must save his hometown of Mysteryopolis from a major threat.