Band of Brothers

band-of-brothersSteven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are having another crack at a WWII miniseries.

The pair, who worked on Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010), are developing a new HBO series that will explore the aerial battles of the time.

The untitled project will use the non-fiction book ‘Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany’ by Donald L. Miller as source material.

Both Spielberg and Hanks will serve as executive producers with Hanks’ Playtone and Spielberg’s Amblin Television production houses. Continue reading »

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The American Army officer who was the inspiration for the Band of Brothers TV series has passed away aged 92. Dick Winters led “Easy Company” during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, destroying an enemy battery with 13 of his men and obtaining a detailed map of German defences along Utah Beach.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has ruled that TVNZ has breached the standard protecting children’s interests after airing a sex scene in Band of Brothers too soon after the 8:30pm adults-only watershed.

TV One aired the episode of the war drama in March with a start time of 8:30pm and eight minutes later the sex scene between an American soldier and a German woman took place.

One complainant wrote to TVNZ regarding the scene saying it should have been edited out as it was shown too early while children were still “up and about”.

TVNZ’s initial response was to say that the episode was classified as AO and carried a warning prior to screening.

The complainant then referred the matter to the BSA who found that TVNZ were in breach, saying all broadcasters are required to consider the interests of children and explicit or offensive material cannot be shown too early after the 8:30pm watershed.

“In our view, the broadcaster should have exercised greater discretion with respect to the sex scene considering its strong adult content and close proximity to the 8.30pm watershed. For this reason, we find that the broadcaster failed to adequately consider the interests of child viewers,” the BSA decision said.

No further orders were given to TVNZ by the BSA.

Source: Stuff

8:30pm Monday, January 18 on TV One

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg present an epic story of courage, sacrifice, camaraderie and heroism, in Band Of Brothers – their first-ever collaboration for a television audience (starting tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

The series is based on Stephen E Ambrose’s best-selling non-fiction book about a World War II US Army airborne unit known as Easy Company – an elite team of US paratroopers whose WWII exploits are as incredible as they are true.

Starting with their rigorous boot-camp training in Georgia, Band Of Brothers recounts the remarkable achievements of this volunteer rifle company, which parachuted into France early on D-Day morning 1944; spearheaded the Market-Garden and Rhine offensives; engaged the Nazis in Bastogne and the Bulge; and captured Hitler’s ‘impenetrable’ Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden.

Episode one starts June 4, 1944: Uppottery, England. After high winds and poor visibility postpone the Allied invasion of Normandy, Lieutenants Richard Winters and Lewis Nixon reflect on the events that led them to the brink of D-Day. It is two years earlier: in Camp Toccoa, GA, volunteers train for America’s new military experiment, the paratroops. Theirs is one of nine companies in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment: E, also known as Easy Company, commanded by the domineering Lieutenant Herbert Sobel.

Through a regime that involves frequent (and often arbitrary) six-mile climbs up and down Currahee, a local mountain, Sobel succeeds in drilling the men into an elite unit. But his heavy-handed tactics, punishments for petty or imagined infractions, and strategic failures during manoeuvres, alienate Sobel from his men, who prefer his cool-headed second-in-command, Lieutenant Winters. After the 506th is shipped to England to complete training, Sobel harasses Winters by citing him for failing to inspect a latrine on time.

When Winters requests a trial by court-martial, six of his sergeants – Salty Harris, Chuck Grant, Bill Guarnere, Carwood Lipton, Mike Ranney and Floyd Talbert – request to transfer rather than follow Sobel into combat. Although Colonel Robert Sink upbraids them for their treason (exiling Harris), he wisely decides to transfer Sobel out of the Company. On D-Day, as the clouds lift and the men board the planes for France, Easy has a new commander – Lieutenant Thomas Meehan – with Winters right behind.

The Band Of Brothers cast includes, Kirk Acevedo (Oz), David Schwimmer (Friends), Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live), Colin Hanks (Roswell), Damian Lewis (Hearts And Bones), Neal McDonough (Star Trek: First Contact), and Donnie Wahlberg (The Sixth Sense).

Band of Brothers
The History Channel – Monday 26 March, 7.30pm

Steven Spielberg’s Emmy Award winning series tells the story of Easy Company, a unit of 147 combat paratroopers. Drawn from interviews with survivors from Easy Company, as well as soldier’s journals and letters, BAND OF BROTHERS chronicles the experiences of these men who know extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150 percent casualties, and whose lives became legend.

Co-directed by Tom Hanks and contains an all star cast including Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Hanks, David Schwimmer and Jimmy Fallon.