2015 ABC’s alien drama The Whispers is canceled after one season. The series is based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury short story Zero Hour from The Illustrated Man. It is produced by Amblin Television, with Steven Spielberg serving as one of the executive producers.
Its main cast includes Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, Kristen Connolly, and Derek Webster. The Whispers is initially described as a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using children. However, ABC pulls back on the alien reveal from the pilot and turns the series into more of a mystery thriller.
The series opens to respectable returns – 1.5 million among adults 18-49 in its Monday at 10 p.m. slot. With three days of delayed viewing, the ranking jumps 53 percent to a 2.3 – becoming the highest-rated three-day gainer among summer debuts on any network since CBS’ Under the Dome in 2013.
The show runs into trouble when the stars are brought back for a limited run only, and the show is shifted from Los Angeles, where the pilot was filmed, to take advantage of tax incentives in Vancouver, Canada.
Amblin Television has seen its roster of original tv shows slide of late after CBS canceled Under the Dome(2013-15) and Extant (2014-15), TNT wrapped Falling Skies (2011-15) and Fox trimmed Minority Report (2015-) from 13 to 10 episodes. The fate of TNT’s Public Morals (2015) remains unclear, while The Americans (2013-present) still remains a staple on FX.
Meanwhile, CBS gives a straight-to-series order for the Amblin Television production American Gothic – a one-hour murder mystery revolving around the patriarch of a prominent Boston family – planning a summer 2016 premiere.
2015 Oct 21, better known as “Back to the Future Day”: the day Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) time-traveled from 1985 to 2015 in Back to the Future Part II (1989).
As rumors for another sequel to Spielberg’s film classicJaws (1975) are making headlines, Universal Pictures releases a film trailer for Jaws 19. Tagline: “This time it’s really really personal”.
Jaws 19 (“directed by Max Spielberg”) is playing in HOLOMAX theaters when Marty McFly arrives in Hill Valley of the future. Read this hilarious Jaws 19 review.
Universal’s campaign to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’ classic time-travel adventureBack to the Future(1985) is a smash hit: The Jaws 19 trailer draws a crowd of more than 1,5 million viewers in just 2 weeks after its release on YouTube.
The Foundation was established with profits from Schindler’s List (1993). In more recent years, Spielberg has added funds from his films Munich (2005) and Lincoln (2012) to the Foundation.
The Cinematheque in Jerusalem uses the grant to subtitle films in Arabic aiming to offer Arabic speakers better access to films and to bring Jews and Arabs together around film at least four or five times each month.
According to Snowden, he is still waiting for Department of Justice officials to respond to his offer. Snowden faces multiple felony charges for theft of government property and espionage in the United States that may result in three decades imprisonment.
Steven Spielberg’s spy thriller Bridge of Spies recounts events from the 1960s Cold War era – but offers chilling similarities to the present…
2015 Due to foreign military involvement, the Syrian Civil War has turned into a proxy war. The death toll rises above 300,000. International organizations accuse the Syrian government, ISIL and other opposition forces of severe human rights violations, with many massacres occurring. Tens of thousands of protesters and activists have been imprisoned by the Syrian government.
In response, more than 5 million Syrians have left the country settling in nearby regions, while a few hundred thousand Syrian refugees flee to more distant countries in Europe.
2015 Spielberg predicts the death of superhero movies – or not.
While promoting Bridge of Spies, he is asked about his famous prediction of an “implosion” of the movie industry, with studios pouring so much of their resources into giant blockbusters, especially superhero films. He replies:
2015 Spielberg’s youngest child, Destry Allyn Spielberg (18), publishes “drama”, her first experimental short film on Vimeo. She comments: “It’s dark so be prepared.”
The film shows Destry waking up and moving into the bathroom, looking distressed. This is followed by close-ups of Destry crying, sobbing and raging. In the final image, we see Destry back in bed, ready to start yet another day.