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Hopefully you checked out last Sunday's premiere of HBO's "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," which I gave an A- review and said had the potential to be the year's best new show. Director Andrew Jarecki's second attempt at unraveling the mysteries surrounding Robert Durst, including the three murders he's been linked to over 30 years, began as a slow-burn building to the revelation that, after seeing Jarecki's "All Good Things," Durst agreed to sit down with the filmmaker. This Sunday's episode relies heavily on Durst's recounting of his own biographical details, but also gradually shifts that focus to the "character" of Durst's wife Kathleen McCormack, missing since 1982. Even in her absence, Kathleen McCormack looms almost as large as Durst and, in an important role, Jarecki himself. I got on the phone earlier this week with "Capturing the Friedmans" director Jarecki to talk about the structure and narrative direction of "The Jinx, »
- Daniel Fienberg
I knew you think you’re a fan of the best show on television, but unless you mean Portlandia, you’re just fooling yourself.
Well, I may be caught up in the excitement, and thus prone to overstating things a bit, But!
It is certainly one of the best shows on (and I mean the top three or four), and this is a good time to commit yourself to it, and binge the previous season, because you know it will be around.
The Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein show has always stood out as not only hilarious, but inventive, and frequently uncomfortable. As the seasons have moved on, we’ve gotten a fascinating look at the characters that hail from the soggy northwest, without sacrificing any of the genius behind the show.
Stay tuned, another few weeks, and more seasons may get ordered.
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- Marc Eastman
Following the recent announcement of their full film lineup that includes Trainwreck, Get Hard, and Spy, South by Southwest has revealed their lineup of Midnight movies and short films to screen during the festival. Chief among them is the Sundance 2015 hit Turbo Kid (read our review here) and the Sundance ’15 winner of the Short Film Prize World of Tomorrow. SXSW runs from March 13-21. View the full Midnighters and Shorts lineup below via the SXSW website.
The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus
Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó. (World Premiere)
Deathgasm (New Zealand)
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden »
- Brian Welk
Currently in Season 5, IFC has renewed Portlandia for Season 6 and Season 7, ordering ten half-hour episodes each. Creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with co-creator and director Jonathan Krisel, will remain at the helm for both seasons. Portlandia is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.
Said Fred and Carrie in a joint statement.
"We are so excited to get to do more Portlandia with IFC. Getting to work with Jon and our talented writers and crew, it really is our favorite thing in the world. Also, we get to spend more time in Portland!"
"Portlandia may be a place where young people go to retire, but IFC is not retiring Portlandia. And if you order a book from Toni and Candace at the Feminist Bookstore right now, it might even arrive by the time season seven rolls around. »
When Serial, Sarah Koenig’s NPR podcast about the murder of Hae Min Lee, reached an insurmountable level of popularity and subsequently ended after 12 episodes, fan were left craving more. Koenig’s investigation had reached its conclusion, but fans were demanding a second season and a new mystery.
Luckily, that’s where HBO’s new docu-series, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, premieres at the right time. (The first of six episodes premiered on Sunday night opposite of the Grammy Awards.) Telling the story of Robert Durst, the famed real estate heir and suspected murderer, the documentary explores two unexplained murders and one unsolved disappearance of his wife Kathleen Durst that may leave some Serial addicts with more than what they bargained for.
News: Dream Casting the 'Serial' Movie
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
This adaptation of the beloved children's book got mixed reviews, but it's fine if you're looking for a rather harmless family feature. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner co-star as the equally frazzled parents of young Alex (Ed Oxenbould). Check out this exclusive clip!
They say that how you react in an emergency reveals your true nature and feelings. Are you out for number one, or is your family your first concern? A seemingly perfect Swedish family has to face that exact question when an impending avalanche threatens to ruin their ski trip to the Alps.
If you're already a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as a creepy crawly »
- Jenni Miller
Some unlikely actors have been inspired by the Oscar-winning icon. As the BFI launches a retrospective, we pick our favourites
In a slew of romantic and screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s, Katharine Hepburn defied convention by playing women who were independent, forthright and unruly. She had the audacity to behave that way off-screen, too. Myth and nostalgia would have you believe she was unique, but she has spawned many kindred spirits working today. Less the manic pixie such as Zooey Deschanel or Kirsten Dunst, or feisty beauties such as Penelope Cruz or Jennifer Lawrence, or even scatty navel-gazers such as Greta Gerwig or Lena Dunham. Here are 10 Hollywood actors who have channelled Hepburn’s chutzpah, and whose shtick wouldn’t exist without her.
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- Isabel Stevens
It's tough to stand out among the other Super Bowl commercials, but the 30-second trailer for Disney's Tomorrowland turned a few heads - and probably brought back memories of Space Mountain. Yes, it's a movie inspired by Disneyland's futuristic-themed sector, and it's not the first time Disney transformed a ride into a feature film. Considering that some of the theme park's attractions have been beloved to Disney fans for years, it's surprising it took 60 years for Tomorrowland to spawn a movie. (California's Disneyland turns 60 this year, with plenty of celebrations foot.) To mark the World of Tomorrow's transition to the screen, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Real estate scion and accused murderer Robert Durst has had his story told several times, but not by him. Durst declined all interview requests until shortly before the release of the 2010 fictional movie based on his life, All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. At that point, Durst called the distributor, Magnolia Pictures, and the company put him in touch with All Good Things director Andrew Jarecki. Durst wanted to tell his story to Jarecki, and the six-part HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is the result of those conversations.
- Hilary Lewis
The cast of Fargo Season 2 just gets better and better. The newest member of the family is Michael Hogan, whom TV geeks will recognize as Colonel Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica. He joins a sprawling cast that also includes Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Jesse Plemons, and Kirsten Dunst. Get character details and more after […]
- Angie Han
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Hogan will play Otto Gerhardt, a first generation immigrant from Germany who took over his father’s small trucking business and, through a mix of brutality and sheer will, turned it into a criminal empire that spans the upper Midwest. But he recently had a stroke and is now confined to a wheelchair, »
- Tim Kenneally and Jeff Sneider
Brr it's cold in here, there must be some Clovers in the atmosphere! It's been almost 15 years since cult-hit "Bring It On" was released, but that doesn't mean we've forgotten about the classic 2000's teen-comedy. And apparently neither has infamous Clovers cheerleader, Gabrielle Union. In a recent interview with Yahoo Style, the "Being Mary Jane" star dished on who she thought could fill the shoes of the original cast members. The movie follows a champion high school cheerleading squad that discovers their former captain stole all their winning routines from an inner-city school. The 42-year-old actress was on point when she recast the movie with several of today's hottest young stars. First, she picked Keke Palmer as her character, Clover captain, Isis. Next, she chose Dakota Fanning as head Toros chearleader Torrance, played by Kirsten Dunst in the movie. Last, and probably the most surprising recasting was Selena Gomez as bad-girl Missy, »
- tooFab Staff
This October will mark 15 years since Bring It On hit theaters, and in a new interview with Yahoo! Style, Gabrielle Union is revealing who she would cast in a remake of the beloved cheerleading film that made her a star.
And we gotta say, we completely agree with her choices.
Gabrielle, now 42, reveals she would pick Masters of Sex star Keke Palmer to play her own role (Isis, the captain of the East Compton Clovers squad) and Dakota Fanning to play Kirsten Dunst's Torrance, the captain of the Toro cheerleading squad. Rounding out the lead parts in her mind is Selena Gomez as Eliza Dushku's "bad-girl" Missy.
Photos: Favorite Cast Reunions!
While Gabrielle has clearly made a name for herself beyond her breakout role more than a decade ago, in the candid new interview, the outspoken actress opens up about everything from her thoughts on current race relations, and why she »
What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.
And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.
You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »
- Sharon Knolle
There have been a lot of questions regarding the second season of FX's beloved, Golden Globe-winning "Fargo," which capped off whirlwind first season in pretty definitive fashion. Initially series creator Noah Hawley (working from the equally revered Coen Brothers movie of the same name) said that the second season would go into the past, to a story recounted in the first season by Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine, to be played by Patrick Wilson in this new season), about some criminal activity he investigated following his return from Vietnam. After the TCA winter press tour, FX CEO John Langraf shared some additional details with Entertainment Weekly.
"It covers something that was referenced in the first installment by Lou Solverson, Molly Solverson's [Allison Tolman] father," Langraf told EW. "It's a big sprawling, in some ways, more comedic [season], though at times, a very serious show. It's set in the late '70s against the backdrop »
- Drew Taylor
The art of creating a successful mystery seems to be lost on many of today’s filmmakers and their films. Instead of allowing a solid story to play out in front of you and keep you guessing, a lot of films falling into the mystery/thriller genre tend to utilize the same ol’ twists and turns we’ve all seen time and time again. When a film comes along and offers a story full of suspense and surprise, it’s a surprise and a very refreshing one at that. Luckily, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s feature directorial debut, The Two Faces Of January, is just that type of film, one that keeps you guessing until the very end.
- Jerry Smith
FX’s “Fargo” has added Keir O’Donnell.
O’Donnell will play Ben Schmidt in the second installment of the series. Described as “ambitious and driven,” he was “that kid who narced on other kids.”
O’Donnell was most recently seen in “American Sniper,” which just earned an Oscar nomination for best picture. He can be seen next in the Jason Blum pic “Incarnate.” He is repped by UTA and Visionary Entertainment.
- Justin Kroll
Leslye Headland was last at Sundance for the premiere of her 2012 film "Bachelorette," with Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Rebel Wilson. Since then she has developed some projects for television and wrote the script for the Kevin Hart film, "About Last Night." Headlan's latest film, "Sleeping with Other People," revisits similar themes of modern relationships. Years after impulsively losing their virginity to each other in college, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet at a support group in New York ("What's a nice girl like you doing at a sex addicts meeting?"). A spark resurfaces, but they've walked this road before. Abject failures in romance who lead lives of serial infidelity and self-sabotage, they agree to a platonic friendship to mutually support their recovery—and what's more supportive than teaching your friend proper self-stimulation? Can love bloom while you're sleeping with other people? What it's about: characters »
- Casey Cipriani
Kirsten Hedlund -- it has a nice ring to it! Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund are one step closer to getting married, a source reveals exclusively to Us Weekly. The couple first met while filming On the Road in 2012 and currently live in L.A. together. "The engagement is coming soon," a source tells Us, adding that Hedlund moving in "strengthened their relationship." The Midnight Special actress, 32, recently supported Hedlund, 30, at the Hollywood premiere of his World War II drama Unbroken on Dec. 15. Back in [...] »
Jeff Nichols has been a steadily rising director since his excellent 2007 debut, Shotgun Stories, which first united him with star Michael Shannon, who has gone on to appear in all his features since. 2011’s Take Shelter, starring Shannon and Jessica Chastain, premiered at Sundance before hitting Cannes, while 2012’s Mud played in the main competition at Cannes before heading to Sundance. Each film has seen a significant increase in production value, so we’re not surprised to find Nichols finally working on a studio financed production with Midnight Special, starring Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, and returning cast members Shannon and Sam Shepard. A sci-fi film concerning a father and son that go on the run after discovering his child has special powers, this recalls a heyday of adult studio genre films from the 1980s, perhaps Stephen King’s Firestarter (1984)? We »
- Nicholas Bell
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