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The line-up for the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by new artistic director Mark Adams.
This year’s Eiff (June 17-28) will comprise 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 UK premieres.
Highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the life of singer Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation Inside Out; Arnold Schwarzenegger in zombie drama Maggie; comedy The D-Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden; and a biopic of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy, in which John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of the musician.
Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s Roar, a cult 1981 big cat movie.
This year’s Eiff will present »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
You may have seen what the stars were up to over Memorial Day weekend on social media, but there was another A-list bash you need to check out. Producer Joel Silver threw his annual Monday party in Malibu, CA, bringing out more celebrities than you can count. Gwyneth Paltrow arrived separately from her ex Chris Martin, while Kate Hudson mingled with pals in a white cutout suit. January Jones, Diane Kruger, and Minnie Driver made appearances as did Kate Beckinsale and her husband, Len Wiseman, and Courteney Cox and her fiancé, Johnny McDaid. Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer, were there with their kids, while Gwen Stefani had her little ones along as well. Read through to see all the famous faces, and then check out who showed up last year and what the guest list looked like in 2013. »
Episodes: 33 but six unaired (half-hour)
TV show dates: February 22, 2014 -- February 17, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
A coming-of-age story, this TV show is based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby.
After writing a hit song, Will Freeman (David Walton) didn't have to worry about working ever again. It brought him a life of free time, free love, and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. He's seen how the other half live through his best friend -- Andy (Al Madrigal), a thoroughly whipped stay-at-home dad -- and wants no part of it.
Sometimes, TV shows that are based movies can be big successes. Sometimes not. About a Boy was not and now NBC has cancelled it after two seasons without even airing all of the episodes.
About a Boy revolves around San Francisco songwriter Will Freeman (David Walton) who had a big hit. It set him up for life financially -- and gave him a lot of freedom and free time. His world is turned upside down when a charming boy named Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) and single mom named Fiona (Minnie Driver) move in next door.
The sitcom debuted in February of 2014 with a special preview episode that attracted a healthy 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.26 million viewers. In its regular timeslot a week later, the ratings rose a bit to a 2.47 rating with 8.36 million. The numbers started falling after »
It’s official. Debra Messing’s “Mysteries of Laura” has been renewed at NBC. The freshman dramedy will be returning for Season 2.
The pickup marks the second from NBC’s comedy programming — including “Undateable” — following a slew of cancellations earlier today. The net axed freshman laffers “Marry Me” and “One Big Happy,” along with Minnie Driver’s sophomore sitcom “About A Boy.” Dramas “Constantine” and “State of Affairs” were also knocked off the slate.
“Mysteries of Laura” returning is especially exciting for exec producer Greg Berlanti, as the pickup secures six shows on the air for him next season, and two at NBC. Berlanti is behind new drama “Blindspot” at The Peacock, plus CW’s returning series “The Flash” and “Arrow, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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The network’s decision to pass on a Season 3 comes as no surprise. The series has been in jeopardy since NBC trimmed its episode order from 22 to 20 in January.
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However, the network renewed “Undateable” for a third season — and there’s a twist: all episodes will be live, following this past week’s live episode, which saw a slight ratings spike.
“State of Affairs,” which was meant to be Heigl’s TV comeback vehicle after “Grey’s Anatomy,” never got off the ground and spanned 13 episodes.
Despite a lead-in from “The Voice” for the first half of its run, “State of Affairs” never gained much traction on Monday nights. For the season, it averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 ratings.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With a guest list that included Ed Sheeran, Scrubbers Zach Braff and Donald Faison, Kate Walsh, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Minnie Driver, it was ultimately all about the waxing on the live telecasts of Undateable (1.3/4) last night. The 9 Pm 1-hour episode, which did an East Coast live run and a West Coast live run, had May sweeps gimmick written all over it. While it got some traction on Twitter, Undateable was basically steady with the season low of last week's 30-minute… »
(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s “Undateable” Live) NBC’s “Undateable” made the daring move on Tuesday of airing not one but two live telecasts for both the east and the west coasts. While it sounded risky for the sophomore Chris D’elia sitcom starring fellow standup comics Brent Morin, Rick Glassman and Ron Funches, the show pulled it off in fine form with the help of guest stars Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Christa Miller, Kate Walsh, Victoria Justice, Minnie Driver, Dr. Drew Pinskey and a surprise performance from Ed Sheeran. »
- Debbie Emery
NBC’s Undateable went live Tuesday night with the help of a few friends.
The Bill Lawrence-produced sitcom welcomed cast members from his previous shows Scrubs and Cougar Town — including Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller — as well Nickelodeon starlet Victoria Justice, Scandal‘s Scott Foley, About a Boy‘s Minnie Driver, Loveline hosts Drew Pinksey and Mike Catherwood and, oh yeah, Grammy award nominated song-and-guitarman Ed Sheeran, whom Justin kicked out of his bar.
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In the episode, Danny and Justin vied »
Tuesday night is date night for fans of NBC’s live performances. The cast of “Undateable” will be joined by some famous friends — most with a rich history on the broadcast network — on Tuesday for two live performances of the Chris D’elia sitcom. Guest stars include Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Christa Miller, Kate Walsh, Victoria Justice, Minnie Driver and Dr. Drew Pinskey. NBC also teased the involvement of a “super popular Grammy Award-nominated musician and others we can’t name.” Another common factor between the stars is “Undateable” executive producer Bill Lawrence, who was co-creator on “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town, »
- Tony Maglio
Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.
Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson’s Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.
Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity’s impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation. Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope. Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience. »
- Melissa Thompson
The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.
SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.
Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, »
- Dave McNary
We're just a week away from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday April 15th and runs until the 26th. As ever, the lineup is skewed toward U.S. productions, though not exclusively so, ranging from higher-profile projects with starry casts and broad ensembles to smaller, more under the radar titles from first-time directors. While the festival overall can't claim equivalent prestige with the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Tribeca is positioned between either, both in geographic and chronological senses, and has carved out a solid niche for itself as an independent-leaning festival with a laudable agenda to foster new talent in both feature and shorts filmmaking. And this year, in addition to attracting an eclectic top-shelf jury including Dylan McDermott, Cobie Smulders, Steve Buscemi, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Vanessa Williams, Sheila Nevins, Debi Mazar, Minnie Driver, Andre Holland, Hank Azaria, Mamie Gummer, Mark Boal, Burr Steers, David »
- The Playlist Staff
Madrid — Sony Pictures Television has inked an exclusive, free-to-air first-run feature film deal with powerful Spanish media conglom Atresmedia.
Kicking-off in March, the volume deal will last two years, marking the renewal of a previous agreement both companies closed in 2014. The about-30 movie pact means that the DeAPlaneta-controlled company maintains its longstanding and stable appetite for U.S. fare.
Deal encompasses newest Sony theatrical releases, such as 2015’s robot-themed “Chappie,” or, from 2014, Oscar-winning music drama “Whiplash,” Marvel-produced “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” action-thriller “The Equalizer” and war drama “Fury.”
Under the agreement, Sony will also allow Atresmedia’s channel bouquet to air feature films that bowed in 2013, such as futuristic adventure “After Earth,” hybrid movie “The Smurfs 2,” sci-fi actioner “Elysium,” Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” crime actioner “2 Guns” and Tom Hanks vehicle “Captain Phillips,” plus the Minnie Driver-starring mini-series “The Red Tent.”
It continues Atresmedia group’s long-term relationship with Sony, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
And throughout his mild-mannered opening monologue, the British comic repeatedly referenced his surprise at being chosen to succeed Craig Ferguson in CBS’ 12:37/11:37c weeknight slot and his belief that most Americans have no idea who he is.
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If I’m being honest, though, I wish Corden — who’ll always be »
Beyond the Lights“Cupid draw back your bow…And let your arrow go…Straight to my lover’s heart…for me…nobody but me…”Love is easily definable when refracted through the lens of Hollywood cinema or a great pop song like Sam Cooke’s “Cupid.” A couple meet-cute, their attraction grows, heartache eventually rears its ugly head, then epiphany strikes and one person does everything they can to get the other back. It’s a rigged game of sorts; togetherness is almost always guaranteed once things fades to black. The studios are so good at reducing complex emotional experiences into easily digestible packages that one tends to forget the messiness of romance, the time it takes to develop, and the confusion it brings to a person’s life. “Happily ever after” tends to earn more at the box office than “it’s complicated.”Instead of reinforcing this mainstream narrative, »
- Glenn Heath Jr.
For the last two years, The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Karla Mosley has played homeless-woman-turned-aspiring-fashion-mogul Maya Avant. Maya is plucky, beautiful and driven, but she’s hardly a newsmaker.
Then, Wednesday’s episode revealed that Maya used to be a man named Myron. All of a sudden, the CBS soap’s willingness to explore a transgender character — which other daytime dramas have tried (and failed at) in the past — has more than just B&B diehards waiting for today’s episode.
What will the new development mean for Maya and Rick’s relationship? What about that baby Dayzee helped her have adopted? »
Alicia Florrick loses, then wins, then loses again in this week’s episode of The Good Wife — though only one of those outcomes pertains to her run for State’s Attorney.
Then again, the way showrunners Robert and Michelle King keep twisting the narrative in Season 6 — and playing with our protagonist’s drifting desires (i.e. “the thing is, losing is actually a relief”) — the results may, in fact, be too early to call.
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Heck, when Diane Lockhart is gunning down Bambi’s mother and sharing cocktails with call girls — and loving it! »
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TVLine has learned that the Psych alumna has landed the second lead role in the single-camera CBS comedy pilot, as Allison, a multi-tasker and perfectionist who is leery when a woman named Amy (Glee grad Lynch) shows up claiming to be her “guardian angel” and new best friend.
Allison is inclined to believe that Amy is just a nutjob — except that every last one of the stranger’s pronouncements comes true.
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