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Tim Robbins Launching Monthly Music Series

31 July 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Tim Robbins will launch a new music series at his longtime studio, the Actors' Gang, in Los Angeles, starting August 1st with a performance by traditional New Orleans jazz outfit, Tuba Skinny.

The group will make their L.A. debut at the Actors' Gang's longtime home, the Ivy Substation. The show begins at 8 p.m. Pt and tickets are currently available for $25. Box office information is available on the Actors' Gang website.

The group's most recent record, Owl Call Blues, was released in 2014, and the band has performed all over the world. »

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Benicio Del Toro Receives Sarajevo Film Fest Honor

24 July 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 21st Sarajevo Film Festival's lifetime achievement equivalent will be awarded to Benicio Del Toro, who will present Fernando León de Aranoa’s "A Perfect Day." In this drama, which bowed at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, the Oscar winner plays a disenchanted aid worker in an armed conflict zone alongside Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko and Melanie Thierry. Accompanying the Honorary Heart prize, Del Toro will hold a master class at the festival for participants in its training program Talents Sarajevo, which offers a networking hub for emerging film professionals in the region. Read More: Sarajevo Film Fest Plucks Cannes Titles, Including Oscar Contender 'Son of Saul' (Trailer) Del Toro, who is in talks for a villain role in "Star Wars: Episode VIII," will be seen this Fall in another Cannes drama, Denis Villeneuve’s "Sicario" opposite Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, which is slated for a September 18th, 2015 release by Lionsgate in the U. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Benicio Del Toro to Receive Heart of Sarajevo Award at Film Festival in Bosnia

24 July 2015 7:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Benicio Del Toro, who looks set to play the baddie in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” will be the good guy at the Sarajevo Film Festival next month, when he will receive the Bosnian festival’s Heart of Sarajevo Award for his contribution to the art of cinema.

Previous recipients for the award, which was designed by French designer, filmmaker and festival patron Agnes B, include Angelina Jolie, Gael Garcia Bernal and Steve Buscemi.

Del Toro will present Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s drama “A Perfect Day,” in which he has a starring role alongside Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko, at the festival’s open-air screening venue, where Del Toro will receive the award in front of a 3,000-strong crowd. The film premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

The actor will also hold a master class for the participants of Talents Sarajevo, a networking and training platform »

- Leo Barraclough

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HBO Renews Comedy Series "The Brink"

22 July 2015 7:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO has ordered a second season of the Jack Black/Tim Robbins dark political comedy series "The Brink" a month after the show made its debut.

The show centers on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: Walter Larson, U.S. Secretary of State (Robbins); Alex Talbot, a lowly Foreign Service officer (Black); and Zeke Tilson, an ace Navy fighter pilot (Pablo Schreiber). These three compromised souls must save the planet from World War III.

The half-hour show premiered alongside the Dwayne Johnson-led "Ballers" in late June. While "Ballers" has been a big success, "The Brink" has had a more muted reaction from both critics and audiences.

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- Garth Franklin

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HBO Renews The Brink For Season 2

22 July 2015 6:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The world will continue to teeter on The Brink for a while longer – HBO has handed out a second season order to the freshman political comedy, which was created by Roberto and Kim Benabib.

Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber topline the show, about how a geopolitical crisis affects three different men – a lowly Foreign Service officer (Black), the U.S. Secretary of State (Robbins) and a loose-cannon fighter pilot (Schreiber). Maribeth Monroe, Carla Gugino, Esai Morales, Geoff Pierson, Aasif Mandvi and Eric Ladin all co-star.

In its first season, The Brink was an imperfect but nonetheless watchable comedy that seemed to fall a little short of its potential, focusing on broad raunchy humor as opposed to legitimately toothy political satire. I wrote in my three-star review:

That the threat of nuclear Armageddon only accelerates the volume of dick jokes in The Brink’s war room is at one »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The Brink: Season Two Renewal for HBO Comedy Series

22 July 2015 12:36 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

HBO has renewed their new TV show The Brink for a second season.

A dark comedy series, The Brink focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men -- womanizing Us Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black), and Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), a drug-dealing ace Navy fighter pilot. Others in the cast include Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales, Carla Gugino, and Eric Ladin.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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HBO's The Brink Renewed for Season 2

21 July 2015 5:57 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Brink is no longer on the… well, you know.

HBO has renewed its dark freshman comedy for a second season, according to our sister site Deadline.

TVLine’s hand-crafted Cable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard has thusly been updated.

RelatedCable Renewal Scorecard 2015: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

The Brink — which premiered June 21 — focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: Secretary of State Walter Hollander (played by Tim Robbins),  State Department bureaucrat Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber).

The series airs Sundays at 10:30 pm, »

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‘The Brink’ Renewed for Season 2 by HBO

21 July 2015 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Brink” has earned a second season from HBO.

The dark comedy, starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, was renewed, just a month after its June premiere.

The Brink” focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Walter Larson (Robbins), U.S. secretary of state; Alex Talbot, a lowly foreign service officer (Black); and Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.

The series, which was created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib and exec produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach, drew just over a million viewers in its last airing.

Its timeslot partner, “Ballers,” was also recently picked up for a second season.

 

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- Variety Staff

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HBO Renews ‘The Brink’ for Season 2

21 July 2015 5:36 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

HBO has renewed political comedy “The Brink” for a second season. Jack Black and Tim Robbins star on the series created by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib. “The Brink,” executive produced by Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra”), is described as a dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men — Walter Larson, Us Secretary of State, Alex Talbot, a lowly Foreign Service officer and Zeke Tilson, an ace Navy fighter pilot. Also Read: 94 Summer TV Shows: TheWrap's Ultimate Viewing Guide (Photos) These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save. »

- Linda Ge

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‘The Brink’ Renewed For Season 2 By HBO

21 July 2015 5:25 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO has given a second-season order to freshman comedy The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. The renewal comes a day before the options on the cast were set to expire after the pay cable network had secured a weeklong extension last week. It follows a small ratings uptick for the Sunday episode, which drew 1.06 million viewers in Live+Same Day viewing. The pickup also comes two weeks after the death of the series’ executive producer Jerry Weintraub at age 77. The… »

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Locarno: ‘Jack,’ ‘Heimatland,’ ‘Olmo’ in Fest Run-up Sales News

20 July 2015 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In first announced dealings on Locarno Fest titles, international sales agents have swooped on Elisabeth Scharang’s “Jack” (pictured) multi-hander “Heimatland,” and “Olmo & the Seagull,” directed by Petra Costa and Lea Glob, the Locarno Festival announced Monday.

Picture Tree Intl. has acquired international sales rights to “Jack,” a Locarno Fest world premiere which will play its Piazza Grande, an enormous square sitting up to 8,000 spectators used by sales agents and potential distributors alike to gauge audience reactions to often more accessible titles playing at Locarno.

The second fiction feature film from Austrian docu pic director Scharang, after 2011’s Holocaust death march drama “In Another Lifetime,” thriller “Jack” turns on the real-life Jack Unterweger, a convicted murderer of a prostitute whose road to redemption, while imprisoned, was to write stories and poems. Released after 15 years, following a campaign by writers such as Gunter Grass, he saw his biography taught in schools, »

- John Hopewell

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Movie Review – True Story

17 July 2015 3:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

True Story, 2015.

Directed by Rupert Goold.

Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and Ethan Suplee.

Synopsis:

New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) has lost his job. Fired for playing fast and loose with the facts, he spots a chance at redemption and financial reward in Christian Longo (James Franco). Having stolen Finkel’s identity Longo is now facing trial for murder. Intrigued enough to meet, these two unlikely men find more than a few things to talk about.

Made under the auspices of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production arm, True Story is a slow burn thriller which will draw inevitable comparisons. Whether that be with the alpha male stand-off of Frost/Nixon, Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, or it’s under rated cousin Manhunter. There are arguments which could also be made for The King’s Speech, Tim Robbins directed Dead Man Walking or »

- Gary Collinson

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Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Where My Dreidel At/A Tittin' and a Hairin'

10 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Continuing our weekly look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 3, two episodes at a time, I have a review of episodes 9 & 10 coming up just as soon as we're panty twinsies... "Sometimes, the kindest thing is to let people go." -Leanne Last week, I suggested that "Oitnb" needed to be careful about giving characters multiple flashback episodes, given how flat and repetitive Alex's story in "Fear, and Other Smells" was. "A Tittin' and a Hairin'" provides a good counter-argument (as well as one half of a fantastic pair of titles along with "Where My Dreidel At"), as it revisits Pennsatucky's early life in a way that doesn't feel like a rehash, and effectively shines a light on the terrible things happening to her at Litchfield. We've already seen that Doggett is the way she is largely through bad influences in her past, and that when she's instead around a friend »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Listen to Jerry Weintraub’s Final Public Speech at HBO Premiere of ‘The Brink’ (Audio)

9 July 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jerry Weintraub made his last Hollywood industry-related public appearance at HBO’s premiere of the Jack Black and Tim Robbins comedy “The Brink” on the Paramount Studios lot on June 8, 2015. Weintraub died in Santa Barbara of heart failure on Monday, July 6. He was 77. At that premiere, the super-producer behind classics like “The Karate Kid,” “Vegas Vacation,” and “The Oceans Eleven,” who also worked with musicians like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and John Denver, cracked a joke about his own mortality and long career. “I only have one favor to ask HBO,” Weintraub said before HBO’s familiar static logo credit rolled at the premiere that. »

- Mikey Glazer

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IFC President Jen Caserta Talks Owning ‘Weird’ Comedy, Potential Animation Future and Why ‘Spoils Before Dying’ Works

8 July 2015 9:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

IFC is “Always On, Slightly Off,” per its tagline. Lately the network is always landing on the radar of today’s top comedy star–as evidenced by the Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig-Maya Rudolph-Michael K. Williams-Haley Joel Osment-Emily Ratajkowski-Tim Robbins-Michael Sheen miniseries “The Spoils Before Dying,” which premieres Wednesday night. President Jen Caserta led IFC’s rebrand from the Independent Film Channel in 2010, transitioning to a TV comedy-focused network. It took a little time, but the stars soon flocked to her with their pet projects that they couldn’t place anywhere else. »

- Tony Maglio

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Jerry Weintraub, Dead At 77

6 July 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Mega producer, manager and schmoozer par excellence, Jerry Weintraub has died according to TMZ. He was 77 years old.Most recently Weintraub appeared on panel for the winter Television Critics’ Awards, enormously proud of his new project “The Brink,” an HBO dramedy that starred Jack Black and Tim Robbins.  Weintraub was asked on panel about how the series plays with perceptions of American Foreign policy. Weintraub said, “The whole world is funny from our eyes, everything that’s going on in the world and with everybody. I just want to say a couple of things, and then I’ll shut up. First of all, […] »

- April Neale

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

6 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

6 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Meera Syal webchat – as it happened

30 June 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and author of new novel The House of Hidden Mothers answered your questions in a live webchat – from why she changed her name to her advice on writing without stereotypes, via her distaste for mince, catch up with her answers now

2.11pm BST

Thanks all for your comments, questions, and making me laugh. Have a lovely summer.

Thanks everyone for your questions, and thanks to Meera. Until next time!

2.10pm BST

Youoffmyplanet asks:

Hi Meera, you were wonderful in Behind the Beautiful Forevers – were you surprised to find that it had taken so long to get an all-Asian cast on the Olivier Stage?

Ta for that. Loved doing that production. We all did as a company - we were aware we were making a little bit of history. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about how long things take any more, I'm just glad it's done, and hopefully »

- Guardian Staff

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There's surely a funny way to depict waterboarding: The Brink didn’t find it

29 June 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Polished Us foreign policy drama The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black, lacked the most important element of satire – humour

The Brink (Sky Atlantic) actually started last week, but with a new comedy it’s sometimes worth waiting to see if it hits its stride in episode two.

A satirical take on Us government diplomacy – specifically geopolitical crisis, The Brink occupies territory normally squatted by straight drama: The West Wing, Homeland, House of Cards. Tim Robbins is secretary of state Walter Larson; Jack Black plays a scheming but ineffectual State Department functionary stationed in Pakistan, where a coup has taken place, interrupting Larson’s standing appointment with a prostitute.

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- Tim Dowling

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