8 items from 2016
Last week, we dove into the recent troubles HBO has been having, but let's be clear: when all the cylinders are firing, they still have some of the best programming around. This summer, they're unveiling a limited series that looks like it could be a knockout. Screenwriter and director Steve Zaillian ("Moneyball," "Gangs Of New York," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") has gone behind the camera for "The Night Of" starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, directing seven of the show's eight episodes (James Marsh of "The Theory Of Everything" fame, has helmed one episode). The exact plot details remain under wraps, but the drama will detail the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes. Co-starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Payman Maadi, Glenne Headly, Amara »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Despite the various troubles at the network which have seen HBO struggling in the past year or two, when they put their minds to it they can still produce some of the best television around.
Today they've released the first trailer for "The Night Of," the network's attempts at those dark, gloomy, ultra serious season-long crime mystery drama serials that have been a staple of British and Scandinavian TV in recent years.
Created by "Moneyball" and Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" screenwriter Steve Zaillian, the eight episode project stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed about a police investigation along with the legal proceedings and nasty purgatory that is Rikers Island where accused await trial. Zaillian helms all but one of the episodes, the last being tackled by "The Theory Of Everything" helmer James Marsh.
- Garth Franklin
There’s no such thing as quiet days in Hollywood. There’s always something happening and today is no exception, so let’s jump right into the fray!
• Oscar-winning legend Warren Beatty’s been keeping a fairly low profile since his wildly expensive Town & Country bombed 15 years ago. But apparently the lothario (long-rumored to be the subject of Carly Simon’s enduring hit “You’re So Vain”) is coming out of semi-retirement as news broke that his pet project based on the life of famed millionaire/movie producer/shut-in Howard Hughes will be released this fall. (He’s been working on this since the ’70s as writer, director, producer, and star.) What’s of more interest to me/us is that he also said he’s working on a sequel to his uber-stylish, three-time Oscar-winning comic-book adaptation Dick Tracy. No word on whether bold-name costars like Annette Bening, Al Pacino, »
- Harker Jones
Pitched as an eight-part series, the ensemble drama has been collecting dust on the shelf since the actor’s tragic passing three years ago. There have been some fleeting signs of life, though, particularly when Robert De Niro flirted with the idea of replacing Gandolfini, before backing out of Criminal Justice six months later.
In his steed, John Turturro will take point for HBO’s procedural drama, and the actor is one of the few stars that have remained attached to the project over the years – Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, and Poorna Jagannathan are among that nuclear cast. But during the creative overhaul, the network has beefed up the show’s ensemble quite considerably, enlisting the likes of Michael K. Williams, »
- Michael Briers
Wgn America has ordered a thirteen-episode second season of its Appalachian family drama "Outsiders".
Premiering late January and growing with each episode, to date the show is averaging 2.8 million viewers in Live+7 ratings.
David Morse stars in the series as the patriarch of an off-the-grid family in Kentucky battling outside forces in a stoic bid to maintain their unconventional lifestyle. Its the third original series for the network and helped launch their fourth, "Underground," which premiered this week to 2.5 million viewers across four airings. [Source: Variety]
James Gandolfini's long in the works passion project "Criminal Justice" is finally moving forward at HBO with several new names joining the cast - Michael K. Williams, Glenne Headly, Ben Shenkman, Max Casella, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-d'Elia, Paul Sparks, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo and Ned Eisenberg.
- Garth Franklin
James Gandolfini's long-gestating passion project Criminal Justice is finally ready for primetime at HBO. The project, an adaptation of Peter Moffat's 2008 BBC drama of the same name, has changed titles to The Night Of, and added several notable names to its ensemble ahead of a summer premiere. Among them are The Wire alum Michael K. Williams, ER's Glenne Headly, Angels in America alum Ben Shenkman and The Sopranos grad Max Casella. The cast also includes Amara Karan, Sofia Black-d’Elia. Paul Sparks, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo, Ned Eisenberg, Mohammad Bakri. Nabil Elouahabi. Ashley Thomas, Glenn Fleshler and Chip
- Kate Stanhope
Glenne Headly (Don Jon) and Ed Begley Jr. (Blunt Talk) have been tapped for lead roles opposite Josh Hutcherson in Future Man, Hulu's half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and executive produced by Matt Tolmach, Future Man is a high-concept comedy that centers on Josh Futterman (Josh Hutcherson) a janitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious… »
Anne Hathaway: Oscar Host's Red Dress outshone Oscars' Red Carpet. Anne Hathaway Oscar host: Red dress one of countless outfits Blast from the Past: Pictured above is Oscar host Anne Hathaway sporting a blindingly bright white smile while on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. But wait. In the photo, Hathaway is wearing a blindingly bright red gown. Wasn't her dress of a metallic blue hue? Actually, no. It was beige (with patterns). Wait. Come to think of it, she actually wore a tux, not a dress. Or maybe it was all of the above. And more. How could that be? Well, the color, texture, format, and type of Anne Hathaway's outfits varied according to which 15 minutes of the Oscar telecast you watched on Sunday night, Feb. 27. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married in early »
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