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25 underrated political dramas

22 December 2016 1:48 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rebecca Clough Jan 20, 2017

As America gets its new President, we look at some excellent political drama films that may have slipped under your radar...

Political dramas can be entertaining, informative and even educational, opening up debates and offering new points of view. (When experiencing a year of tumultuous change like the one we’ve just had, they can also be a comforting reminder that, no matter what your situation, it could always be worse...) With the full whack of corruption, war, and conspiracy, here are 25 political dramas which deserve to be better known.

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When teenager Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) is shot by police, his friends want revenge, »

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Review: Jason Bourne

8 December 2016 9:45 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

There is a weight and heaviness to being Jason Bourne, nee David Webb, given that your life is constantly being manipulated and/or endangered. Trust doesn’t come easily and those around him tend to get hurt. Through three films, we’ve thrilled to Matt Damon’s interpretation of Robert Ludlum’s espionage hero in part thanks to the excellent filmmaking from directors Paul Greengrass and Doug Liman.

After skipping an installment that shifted the focus to a new agent played by Jeremy Renner, Greengrass and Damon returned this summer with Jason Bourne. Things have changed since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum as skullduggery has increasingly gone digital so the lengths required to keep secrets buried have to go further. The film, out now from Universal Home Entertainment, explores what all that means.

Bourne has been in hiding these last few years, travelling the world as a bare-knuckled boxer, using physical »

- Robert Greenberger

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Andrew McCarthy Signs With ICM Partners

10 November 2016 12:10 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Andrew McCarthy, who starred opposite Joan Allen on last season’s ABC drama series The Family and has been racking up TV director credits, has signed with ICM Partners in all areas. He continues to be managed by Brian Liebman. McCarthy has directed more than 50 hours of TV, including multiple episodes of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and NBC’s The Blacklist. His credits also include helming AMC’s Turn and Halt And Catch Fire, and Amazon’s comedy Alpha… »

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Andrew McCarthy Signs With ICM Partners

10 November 2016 12:10 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Andrew McCarthy, who starred opposite Joan Allen on last season’s ABC drama series The Family and has been racking up TV director credits, has signed with ICM Partners in all areas. He continues to be managed by Brian Liebman. McCarthy has directed more than 50 hours of TV, including multiple episodes of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and NBC’s The Blacklist. His credits also include helming AMC’s Turn and Halt And Catch Fire, and Amazon’s comedy Alpha… »

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‘Death Race 2050’ Trailer: Roger Corman’s Sequel Revisits the Brutal Race Across The Country

7 October 2016 7:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 1975, Roger Corman released Paul Bartel’s “Death Race 2000,” a dystopian sci-fi satire starring David Carradine (“Kung Fu”) and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”) about a murderous Transcontinental Road Race and the group of drivers trying to survive and claim victory. The film has become a cult sensation in the past forty years, but now, Corman is back with a sequel entitled “Death Race 2050,” directed by G.J. Echternkamp. Watch the trailer below.

Read More: 9 Cult Films That Deserve a Television Prequel Series

The trailer begins with Malcolm McDowell announcing the beginning of the Death Race to the “United Corporations of America,” with such areas as One Percentia and Pharmatopia. Soon, it transitions into utter mayhem, with drivers running over innocent citizens for bonus points and other riding over cliffs into fiery explosions. In other words, it’s a Death Race.

Death Race 2050” is not the only other film in the “Death Race” franchise. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Death Race 2050 Poster Goes Retro for New York Comic Con

3 October 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A few weeks ago, it was confirmed that producer Roger Corman and star Manu Bennett will be bringing their highly-anticipated adventure Death Race 2050 to New York Comic Con. The producer and actor will be present for a Q&A panel session and an autograph session on Thursday, October 6. Today, we have our first look at the exclusive poster that will be showcased at Nycc. This one-sheet will be made exclusively available at Nycc on Thursday, October 6 during the autograph signing, which is set to take place from 5:15 Pm to 6:15 Pm at Autograph Table 20.

In the not-too-distant future, America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government that keeps the masses placated with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, where a motley assortment of drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for running down pedestrians and killing each other. The reigning »

- MovieWeb

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Top 10 dogs on film

26 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Top 10 dogs on filmTop 10 dogs on filmAmanda Wood8/26/2016 10:00:00 Am

We humans have been sharing the silver screen with all manner of beasts for as long as movies have existed. But no animal quite manages to capture our hearts and our cameras as much as the good old-fashioned pet dog. Dogs have played major and minor characters in practically every genre, their loyalty and selflessness making them ideal sidekicks and heroes.

Today is National Dog Day, so here at Cineplex we're in full celebration mode. As you might have guessed, we're big on dogs here, so this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting days of the year for us. There are no shortage of amazing, adorable, and impressive dogs in movies, so we obviously had to mention some of our favourites to commemorate the day.

There are far too many movie dogs to include in this list, so »

- Amanda Wood

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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

11 August 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review »

- Tony Hinds

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An ode to the women of the ‘Bourne’ movies

1 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Glance at promotional photos from the Bourne films, and you'll see something like this: Photo credit: Universal Studios And this: Photo credit: Universal Studios Those production stills may lead you to believe this espionage series largely features a dominant dude pushing around a helpless woman. That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Jason Bourne is unmatched in the field — as a fighter, as a quick thinker — but the women who are along for the ride, who support Bourne, and/or who butt heads with him bring their essential skills and qualities to the table, and, played by talented actresses, make this series a captivating thrill to watch more than Matt Damon ever could on his own. Spoilers Ahead for all five Bourne movies, including the conclusion of new film Jason Bourne. For a series that had next to no women onscreen in its first 14 minutes (not until Bourne gets »

- Emily Rome

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Revisiting the Jason Bourne Franchise

27 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Jason Bourne is returning to action in the appropriately titled Jason Bourne. This will be the fourth time Matt Damon plays the highly trained assassin with a memory problem, but it’s the first time since 2007 he’s headlined a Bourne flick.

If you have amnesia when it comes to the Bourne series, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are mission briefs (with some spoilers) on the previous installments of the Jason Bourne franchise to get you ready for Friday’s release of Jason Bourne.

  The Bourne Identity

Year of Mission: 2002

Mission Cost: $60 million

Recouped Budget (Box office): $214 million worldwide

Mission Recap: In Jason Bourne’s first big screen adventure, Bourne is found in middle of the Mediterranean Sea with no memory of who is. After learning about a safe deposit box in Germany, he finds numerous passports, a large amount of money, and a gun. »

- Scott Davis

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Movie Review – Jason Bourne (2016)

26 July 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jason Bourne, 2016.

Directed by Paul Greengrass.

Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones, Ato Essandoh, Riz Ahmed and Scott Shepherd.


Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.

And like that, we find ourselves being beaten to a bloody pulp once more by chiseled anti-hero Jason Bourne. Nine years after his last punchy outing, sentient beef cake Matt Damon returns, literally punching his way across Europe. Now remembering his true identity, Bourne finds himself back in and amidst the sinister government programmes he so desperately tried to escape. All this as CIA Director Robert Dewey (played with a level of growl only Tommy Lee Jones can achieve) and Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) attempt to track him down.

Unlike many a blockbuster director, Paul Greengrass, an adept documentarian – seems to encourage physicality; fight sequences look convincingly bruising, »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘The Family’ Creator Jenna Bans Sets Deal With Universal TV

20 July 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scribe Jenna Bans, who most recently created the ABC drama “The Family,” has set an overall deal with Universal Television.

Jenna Bans was one of the most sought-after writer-producers this development season because of her proven talent,” said Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe. “We are thrilled that she chose to set up shop at Universal TV and look forward to a fruitful collaboration with Jenna.”

Bans moves to Universal after more than a decade at ABC Studios. She worked on such Alphabet dramas as “Desperate Housewives,” “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Last season, Bans fielded the moody thriller starring Joan Allen as the matriarch of a family that is unsettled when the son they thought was dead resurfaces after 10 years.

Bans will surely find at least one familiar face when she relocates to Universal City. Her husband, Justin Spitzer, is the creator and showrunner of the NBC comedy “Superstore” and also has an overall deal with the »

- Variety Staff

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Links: Banderas, Cho, Parsons, Jones, Holtzmann, and More

19 July 2016 9:42 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »


Vulture provides an A-z glossary of all of Stranger Things mad sci-fi referencing  from Alien (1979) toVideodrome (1983)

Comics Alliance American Gods, Bryan Fuller's adaptation of the Neil Gaiman book, gets its first logo and a promotional image 

EW Impromptu Smash reunion. Katharine McPhee invited Megan Hilty on stage with her Sunday night at a La jazz club - and yes they sang Smash songs.


Playbill Fences sets its release date for December 16th

Antagony & Ecstasy looks back at His Girl Friday - the Rosalind Russell role was a male role in the source material.

The Root Leslie Jones of SNL & Ghostbusters fame was hounded by racists on twitter - they're feeling so bold these days thanks to the Gop -- fans rallied behind her

Salon "Free Jillian Holtzmann" on why Sony isn't saying that the most popular new Ghostbuster character is a lesbian

Av Club talks to John Cho about Star Trek, »


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Jake Gyllenhaal Back To Broadway For ‘Burn This’ Revival

19 July 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Jake Gyllenhaal will return to the Broadway stage to star in the revival of Landford Wilson’s play Burn This, a production set to begin performances in February 2017 that will mark the reopening of the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson Theatre after five decades. The play officially opens March 6. Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer will direct the drama, which originally bowed on Broadway in 1987 with John Malkovich and Joan Allen starring, earning Allen the Tony for… »

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Damon Has "Around 25 Lines" In "Jason Bourne"

19 July 2016 4:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Though "The Bourne Identity" had him talking fairly normally, Matt Damon's Jason Bourne was quite enigmatic in both the Paul Greengrass-helmed 'Bourne' films following the death of his love interest character.

Much of the heavy lifting of the dialogue was put in the hands of the CIA characters from Joan Allen's Pamela Landy and Julia Stiles' Nicky to the villains of the piece like Brian Cox and David Strathairn's characters. Damon himself had few lines, most of his words conveyed through action or body language.

That trend continues with the upcoming "Jason Bourne". A new piece in The Guardian reveals that Damon has only around 25 lines of dialogue in the upcoming film, that's less than the much talked about 43 lines of dialogue that Henry Cavill's Superman had in the recent "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". Damon tells the paper it fits with the character:

"Well, »

- Garth Franklin

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Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Kristin Scott Thomas to Star in Sally Potter’s ‘The Party’

15 June 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Cherry Jones are to star in Sally Potter’s film “The Party,” which has just started its 14-day shoot in London.

Set in a house in contemporary London, the film is “a comedy wrapped around a tragedy,” according to Potter’s production company Adventure Pictures. “It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.”

The film is produced by Christopher Sheppard for Adventure Pictures and Kurban Kassam (“20,000 Days on Earth,” “Ginger & Rosa”), and is financed by Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve’s Great Point Media.

The production reunites many of Potter’s long-standing collaborators, including cinematographer Alexey Rodionov (“Yes,” “Orlando”), production designer Carlos Conti (“The Motorcycle Diaries,” “The Kite Runner”), sound guru Jean-Paul Mugel (“Hidden,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), and editor Anders Refn (“Anti-Christ,” “Breaking the Waves,” “Ginger & Rosa”).

It is the eighth feature film to be directed by Potter, who is best known for “Orlando,” the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel. The film, which starred Tilda Swinton, received two Academy Award nominations. Her other films include the BAFTA-nominated “The Tango Lesson” (1996); “Yes” (2004), with Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, and Sam Neill; “The Man Who Cried” (2000), starring Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro; “Rage” (2009), with Jude Law, Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi; and “Ginger & Rosa” (2012), starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert.


- Leo Barraclough

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New "Bourne" TV Spot Drops Major Spoiler?

7 June 2016 9:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures has played it pretty cool with the promotional efforts for "Jason Bourne" so far. Despite being one of Summer's most anticipated films, there's been little in the way of pre-release promotional material. What trailers we have seen have kept things fairly restrained - offering little insight into this new chapter's story.

That changes a bit today with a freshly released TV spot which seems to confirm some new details about the film which begins with Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) looking for Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and inadvertently revealing his whereabouts to the intelligence agencies searching for him.

Why is she looking for him? It turns out that the Treadstone and Blackbriar programs have a new successor - 'Iron Hand' which she claims is not only in full operation, but is "even worse than before". Keen to see the spot right? Well be careful, there appears to be a »

- Garth Franklin

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

2 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year, Viola Davis made history as the first African-American woman to win the lead actress prize, and she could well repeat this year for her searing work on “How to Get Away With Murder.” With the exception of Elisabeth Moss, whose “Mad Men” ended its on-air run last year, Davis’ competition is likely to be the same: Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”).

Or, voters could choose to recognize Julianna Margulies, who has already won twice for “The Good Wife” — most recently in 2014 ­­— yet wasn’t even nominated last year. With the series finale still fresh in voter’s minds, they would be wise to reward Margulies for her seven seasons of remarkable work. Along those lines, Michelle Dockery, nominated in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for “Downton Abbey,” could slip back in now that the show has ended.

Or perhaps voters »

- Variety Staff

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Complicated Female Characters Played By Robin Wright, Viola Davis, Rule TV

2 June 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If anyone is looking for strong, complicated women in entertainment, they need go no further than their own home — remarkable women are showing up time and again on television. While things may have improved in recent years at the cinema, the very medium of TV lends itself to telling longer stories that allow leading ladies to play out complex arcs that defy the idea a character has to always make the right (or “likable”) choice.

Last year, Viola Davis won lead actress in a drama for playing Annalise Keating, a brilliant, bisexual law professor who is also deeply deceptive and unfaithful to her husband in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.” While such characters might be found elsewhere on television, are any of them the leads of a network show, let alone a woman? Would such a character even exist in the space of a two-hour movie without simply being a go-to villain? »

- Jenelle Riley

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Emmy Contender Joan Allen on Abduction Drama ‘The Family': It’s a ‘Bigger Story’ Than ‘Room’

29 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A version of this story first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s The Race Begins Emmy Issue. Can an actress with an arty reputation – a Tony Award, three Critics’ Choice awards, three noms each for Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys, plus the starring role in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Heidi Chronicles” — fit in on an emotional rollercoaster of a show created by “Scandal’s” Jenna Bans? Also Read: Emmy Contender Jerrod Carmichael Bashes Cosby, Praises Old-Fashioned Sitcoms At first, Joan Allen thought it a bad idea to take the lead on Bans’ “The Family,” in which she. »

- Tim Appelo

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