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Okay this is a little out there but bear with us here. According to Deadline, The CW has purchased the rights to a new script from debut writer Alexis Jolly and NCIS star Michael Weatherly based on the classic novel Little Women, which it is planning on developing into a TV series.
But rather than develop a loyal adaptation of the original book, The CW is apparently looking to create a “hyper stylised, gritty adaptation” which will be set in dystopia Philadelphia instead of rural Massachusetts.
The original novel written by Us author Louisa May Alcott and published in 1868 tells the story of four half-sisters struggling with adolescence and love during the Civil War. A mini-series version was adapted in 1978 and an animated television series was produced during the late 80’s. There have been various movie adaptations of Little Women over the years, the first coming in 1918 an the most »
- Gavin Logan
Herbert Ross’s 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, which stars Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 111-minute film on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Actor Richard Benjamin is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.
From the press release:
Fortieth anniversary screening of The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tuesday, August 4 at 7 Pm at the Royal.
Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin star in the film version of Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy about a pair of feuding vaudeville stars who are pressured to reunite for a TV special. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Burns won the Oscar for his first significant film role since Honolulu in 1939. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Set at Yale University in 1961 during the trial of Adolf Eichmann, it features people who believe they are giving a friendly stranger (Gaffigan) in another room an electric shock because they are told to do so.
Despite his pleas, those involved in the experiment continue to administer the shocks because they are told to.
It raises interesting questions against the trial of Eichmann as to how far a person will go if they are told to do something.
Stanley Milgram (Sarsgaard), the creator behind the experiment, divides the country as some celebrate his work and others question it.
Ryder co-stars as his supportive wife Sasha. »
Over the course of his career, filmmaker Michael Almereyda has garnered a number of fans for his works, many of whom were excited to see him return to theatres earlier this year with his first feature since 2008 with the Shakespeare adaptation Cymbeline. The gap between this and Almereyda’s next movie, however, is poised to be significantly less, as his newest film made its debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Titled Experimenter, the film sees Almereyda recounting the events of the 1961 Stanley Milgram Experiment. The synopsis is below.
Experimenter is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey by using electric shock. We follow Milgram, from meeting his wife Sasha through his controversial experiments that sparked public outcry.
Peter Sarsgaard takes on the role of Milgram in this adaptation, which Almereyda both writes and directs. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
"Why is defiance the anomaly instead of the norm?" Magnolia Picture has debuted the official trailer for Experimenter, directed by Michael Almereyda starring Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram. The film looks at Milgram's controversial studies in the early 1960s at Yale, involving an electric shock administered to "stranger" in the room next door. It would make a nice companion piece with The Stanford Prison Experiment, also at Sundance this year, and also a look at the way humans respond to and take control of authority. In addition to Sarsgaard, the Experimenter cast includes Winona Ryder, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, John Leguizamo, Jim Gaffigan, Dennis Hyasbert & Anton Yelchin. Enjoy. Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Michael Almereyda's Experimenter, in high def on Apple (via YouTube): Famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram (played by Peter Sarsgaard) in 1961 conducts a series of radical behavior experiments at Yale University that test ordinary humans willingness to obey authority. »
- Alex Billington
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room.
Despite his pleads for mercy, the majority of subjects don’t stop the experiment, administering what they think is a near-fatal electric shock, simply because they’ve been told to do so.
With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha (Winona Ryder) stands by him through it all.
Experimenter invites us »
- Michelle McCue
Read More: Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder Stare You Down in Exclusive 'Experimenter' Poster Infamous for supposedly deceiving people, Stanley Milgram proved in his obedience experiments how people willingly follow orders. despite the fact that following them seems to directly inflict serious pain on someone. Now his trials are being given the cinematic treatment in Michael Almereyda's ("Hamlet") "Experimenter." The biopic debuted at Sundance to positive reviews, boasting a cast of Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin and Jim Gaffigan. The official synopsis reads: "Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they're delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Despite his pleads for mercy, the majority of subjects don't stop the »
- Ethan Sapienza
This year at Sundance, there were two films about controversial psychological experiments. There was the unsettling "The Stanford Prison Experiment" which is now playing in limited release, and Michael Almereyda's ("Hamlet," "Cymbeline") pointedly named "Experimenter." And the first trailer for the latter has arrived. Peter Sarsgaard leads a stellar ensemble cast which includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Dennis Haysbert, and more, in the dramatized tale of Stanley Milgram's "obedience research" at Yale in the 1960s. Here's the official synopsis: In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the "obedience experiments" at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed »
- Edward Davis
Magnolia Pictures has released the first poster for Experimenter, writer-director Michael Almereyda’s upcoming biographical drama, whcih stars Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University known for his controversial study into obedience, the Milgram experiment. Check it out here…
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment in which people think they’re delivering electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room.
Subjects are told it’s about memory, but the experiment is really about conformity, conscience, and free will. Milgram is trying to come to terms with the Holocaust and to test people’s tendency to comply with authority.
Milgram meets Sasha (Winona Ryder), a former dancer living in New York. Their courtship includes a visit to the Yale lab, where Milgram’s experiment has yielded disturbing results: 65 per cent of Milgram’s subjects deliver shocks that may be fatal, »
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Magnolia Pictures Acquires Peter Saarsgard-Starring Stanley Milgram Biopic 'Experimenter' Written and directed by Michael Almereyda, the new film "Experimenter" covers the story of famous psychologist Stanley Milgram. To celebrate the upcoming release, a new confrontational poster has been released. Milgram is best known for his obedience experiments in the '60s and '70s, where subjects were surprisingly complicit in shocking unwilling patients after being ordered to do so. "Experimenter" will depict the remarkable trials while also exploring the psychologist's own mind. The film stars Peter Sarsgaard as Milgram, along with Winona Ryder, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo and Taryn Manning. It premiered at Sundance earlier this year to positive reviews. The movie will be released by Magnolia Pictures on October 16. Check out the exclusive poster above. Read More: Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #49: Michael Almereyda Rocks the Biopic »
- Ethan Sapienza
"Trainwreck," the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, examines the plight of one snarly woman as she exits her familiar world of sexual freedom and hangovers for a detour into serious romance. Though several eye-popping cameos and supporting performances buttress the film, Schumer's performance is the acting triumph of "Trainwreck." Without her shaky conscience and burgeoning sense of fulfillment, the movie's conventional story might feel staid. Thankfully, it's anything but. Schumer's performance marks a welcome addition to cinema's long line of strident, hilarious female protagonists. We're celebrating that lineage with a list: the 20 best female-driven comedies ever. Some are old and some are new, but all are marked by a degree of cosmopolitan fun and nerviness -- and the occasional slap from Cher. 20. "How to Marry a Millionaire" We remember Lauren Bacall as a glamor girl with a damning grimace, but let's start revising that narrative to include her chops as a comic force. »
- Louis Virtel
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Show Me a Hero Promo. HBO‘s Show Me a Hero (2015) TV mini-series trailer stars Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, and Latanya Richardson-Jackson. Show Me a Hero‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Lisa Belkin, “this six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and […] »
- Rollo Tomasi
“Show Me a Hero” may be a period drama, but the trailer suggests that the upcoming HBO miniseries draws a lot of parallels to the current civil-rights battle in our country.
The story takes place in the 1980s and ’90s and follows Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, a young Yonkers mayor who finds himself at the crossroads of race and politics when he is instructed to build low-income housing units in his largely Caucasian community. He hopes to be on the right side of history, but at what cost?
Set to be shown in six hourlong installments, the series is an adaptation of Lisa Belkin’s 1999 book and is penned by “The Wire’s” David Simon and William F. Zorzi and directed by Paul Haggis. All three are exec producing, along with Gail Mutrux and Nina Kostroff Noble. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer and avoid You’re the Worst‘s Gretchen at all costs.
RelatedYou’re the Worst‘s Aya Cash Previews Gretchen and Jimmy’s Balancing Act in ‘Deeper’ Season 2
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirk and Summers will play Rob and Lexi, a couple whose lives are thrown into disarray after meeting Gretchen at the local coffee shop.
They join a bevy of Season 2 guest stars, including Andy Buckley »
Well, really, 'live to see the day' isn't a phrase you associate with a team known as the 'Suicide Squad'. This trailer landed at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 over the weekend, and wasn't really intended to be seen by the general public for a while, but Warner Bros relented and gave the fans what they wanted.
Here's how this is going to work. »
As the author of the inspiration for the series Homicide: Life on the Street, as well as the creator of The Wire and Treme, writer David Simon has, over the course of his career, come to be synonymous with quality television for many fans of the medium. With his last series ending in 2013, many were curious about what Simon would do next, a curiosity that was answered with news that Simon would be doing a miniseries about Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasickso, titled Show Me A Hero. The miniseries synopsis can be read below.
Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers’ worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.
- Deepayan Sengupta
“Don’t tell anybody, but I always wanted to be the mayor…”
Oscar Isaac plays Nick Wasicsko, a real-life 1970s mayor in Yonkers, New York, in this new six-part miniseries from David Simon. Directed by Paul Haggis (Crash), it also stars Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Bob Balaban, Peter Riegert, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Carla Quevedo, Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Winona Ryder, James Belushi and Clarke Peters (Lester Freamon on The Wire).
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- Guardian TV
The Wire's David Simon is returning to HBO for a miniseries that frankly looks like it could be a continuation of his former TV show. Oscar Isaac stars in Show Me a Hero as a young mayor who is struggling to integrate low-income housing into white neighborhoods in Yonkers in the 1960s. If you saw Isaac in last year's A Most Violent Year, this will look extremely familiar to you. Except this time, he's on the right side of the law. The series also stars Catherine Keener, Jon Bernthal, Winona Ryder, and James Belushi, and it premieres on Aug. 16. »
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