18 items from 2016
Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, Hail, Caesar!, finally opened this week, propelled by many of the hallmarks of their filmography: Comically dim characters engaging in a variety of conspiracies and double-crosses against the background of a meticulously re-created and reimagined world (in this case, Hollywood in the 1950s). Funny thing about the Coens: They are two of the most original filmmakers American cinema has given us, and yet they consistently stress the same motifs and themes throughout their works. Every Coen Brothers movie is distinctive in its own right — you’d never mistake one for another — and yet they constantly traffic in the same story elements, characters, and situations. So much so that, way back in 2008, we actually published this handy chart/guide to creating your own Coen Brothers movie. In other words, there’s a through-line that connects Nicolas Cage’s ex-con in Raising Arizona and William H. Macy »
- Bilge Ebiri
When asked about their inclination for kidnapping comedies, Joel Coen recently told Variety, “I’m not sure why. They are all very different. We should probably give that a rest.” He and Ethan Coen are responsible for three of the finest kidnapping comedies ever made, and are perhaps adding a fourth to their résumé this weekend.
The addition of comedy into a crime story is hardly a new prospect, but the kidnapping comedy is a wonderfully specific little nook in this often darkly funny cinematic world. The Coens practically own this genre — if you can call it a genre –having covered and re-covered it in such uniquely different ways.
Their fourth kidnapping comedy (although I doubt they would refer to any of these films as such), Hail, Caesar!, follows a Hollywood studio fixer (Josh Brolin) whose work life begins to unravel after the kidnapping of one of his biggest stars, »
- Tony Hinds
As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »
- HitFix Staff
The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”
Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety
In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Screen Actors Guild announced the winners of the 2016 SAG Awards last night, with Spotlight taking home the top movie honour, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Downton Abbey (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series ) and Orange Is the New Black (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series) enjoying success in the TV categories.
In the individual film categories, there were awards for Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Brie Larson (Room), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), with Elba also picking up a second award on the TV side for his work in Luther. Other television winners included Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) and Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black). Check out a full list of winners here, highlighted in red…
Outstanding Performance by »
- Gary Collinson
It's time for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, where film and TV actors celebrate other film and TV actors, and the big screen winners cross their fingers that this means they'll be getting Oscars, too. Lookin' at you, Leo!
Here is the full list of SAG Awards winners from the Saturday, January 30 show (8 to 10 p.m. on TNT and TBS), along with the nominees they beat for the trophies:
• Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
• Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Here's a vine of Leo running to Kate Winslet after he won. »
- Gina Carbone
Jeffrey Tambor took home the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series on Saturday night. Sarah Silverman and Jason Bateman presented the award to the actor for his role in Transparent.In his acceptance speech, Tambor said of his colleagues in the Screen Actors Guild: "This is the group of my brothers and sisters." Tambor added, "I play Maura Pfefferman, she's very entitled and she has a lot of money, and I would just like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfeffermans who don't have a lot of cash for their operations, »
- Lanford Beard
Winners for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Saturday night at the Shine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, in a ceremony that was simulcast on TNT/TBS.
How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis marked broadcast TV’s lone winner, while streamers Netflix and Amazon combined for four total wins. Orange Is the New Black grabbed two prizes, for comedy ensemble and actress Uzo Aduba.
Fun (?) fact: Excluding the TV-movie categories, William H. Macy was the »
Once again, there's no danger of Showtime cancelling Shameless any time soon. The cable channel has already renewed the dramedy for a seventh season. Did they renew it too soon, without waiting for the new ratings? Stay tuned.
Shameless continues to tell the story of alcoholic father Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) and his six smart and independent kids who are working to survive without him. The rest of the cast includes Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, and Cameron Monaghan.
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Last year William H. Macy ("Shameless") pulled off a jawdropper at the SAG Awards by winning Best TV Comedy Actor. But now that awards magnet Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent") is in the mix -- he was strangely snubbed by SAG last year -- our odds-makers expect this reigning Emmy and Critics' Choice champ to win by a landslide. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our Top 24 Users, those two dozen folks who had the highest scores predicting last year's SAG winners, overwhelmingly favor Tambor to take home his very first career SAG trophy. A whopping 22 of them expect him to win, giving him leading 1/10 odds: Harley Diamond, TonyThomas, Draz, eastwest, Chels725, Bird, dosmax, FreemanGriffin, Eng Keat, SenanL, MovieMania, bondzzz, JonathanMasongsong, GermnArturoCortsMatus, SupaDupa Fly, Nika Litt, Noe, OberynShmartell, steo, Awardzilla, AayaanUpadhyaya and wienrdo »
Winners of the Casting Society of America’s top honors were announced Jan. 21 in both New York City and Los Angeles. The 31st annual Artios Awards recognized the best casting directors in the biz, spanning film, television, Web series, and theater. On hand to present the awards were America Ferrera, Finn Wittrock, William H. Macy, Jay Duplass, Neil Brown Jr., and host Greg Grunberg on the west coast, and Jeff Daniels, Christian Slater, Annaleigh Ashford, Jake Lacy, David Hyde Pierce, Kal Penn, Rachel Dratch, and host Tituss Burgess on the east coast. “Straight Outta Compton” took home the Feature Film Big Budget Drama award for CDs Cindy Tolan and Victoria Thomas, location CDs Meagan Lewis, Beth Sepko, Carolyn Pickman, Lucinda Syson, Pat Moran, and associate Judith Sunga. It was a good night for Tolan, who also won New York Broadway Theatre award for the drama “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. »
It's funny how a number of this year's Oscar favourites have namesakes in very dissimilar from previous years. Inside Out is also a British thriller in which Telly Savalas and Robert Culp try to recover Nazi gold, The Revenant is also a dark comedy about a zombie-vampire hybrid, and one must hope that somewhere, Tommy Wiseau is dusting off his tux and his football, confused but vindicated by how his legendary cult classic The Room is finally getting some buzz.
Meanwhile, on a far more serious note, Room has scooped a number of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson and Best Actress for Brie Larson. It's definitely not to be confused with anything that has gone before and it's hard to think »
In his directorial debut, Kevin Pollak signs on an impressive roster of actors, comedians, stand-ups, writers, and more, all to come together and answer one of the most dumbfounding questions known comedy lovers everywhere: do you truly have to be miserable in order to be funny?
Actors from Sam Rockwell, Bobby Cannavale, Matthew Perry, Nick Swardson, William H. Macy, Tom Hanks, Maria Bamford, Lisa Kudrow, and more were on film talking about comedy and how they came to it, as were writer/directors Jon Favreau, Kevin Smith, Judd Apatow, Larry David, Marc Maron, Lewis Black, and more. And of course, a large score of comedians were in attendance, such as Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, Christopher Guest, Greg Proops, Jimmy Pardo, Penn Jillete, Jim Gaffigan, David Koechner, Kevin Nealon, Rob Delaney, James L. Brooks, Andy Richter. And of course a whole lot more people that offer some »
- Catherina Gioino
Showtime’s Shameless is currently airing its sixth season, and the Gallagher clan is as messed up as ever. At the end of Season 5, Emmy Rossum’s character, Fiona, was a newlywed — and newly dumped — who had confessed her unrequited love to her boss. In addition to those issues, she has to contend with the exploits of her deadbeat dad, Frank (played by William H. Macy). Rossum revealed that she stores up a lot of emotion before her character unleashes one of her signature tirades against Frank, saying, “I feel like I save up everything that happens in my … Continue reading →
- Kellie Freeze
After a strong season 6 opener, which managed to both please critics and act as the series’ bigger premiere ever, Showtime has gone ahead and renewed Shameless for a 12-episode seventh season.
Given how well the series has been doing for Showtime over the years, news of a seventh season shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise to fans. Most people can probably agree that there’s still a lot of story to tell in regards to the Gallagher family and the prospect of spending more time with these beloved characters is certainly something that excites us.
In fact, in her review earlier this week, our very own Samantha White concluded the following about the show:
With the premiere of its sixth season, »
- Mark Cassidy
“Shameless” has been renewed for a seventh season.
The renewal, announced Tuesday by Showtime CEO David Nevins at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., comes just two days after the dramedy’s Season 6 premiere.
All key cast members are expected to return for Season 7, according to Nevins.
The order, like previous seasons of “Shameless,” consists of 12 episodes. Season 7 will head into production sometime this year.
“Shameless” kicked off its sixth season this past Sunday with nearly 1.5 million viewers up against the Golden Globes on NBC. Last season, the dramedy averaged about 1.6 million viewers in “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, making it the network’s second most popular show behind “Homeland.”
Also at TCA, it was announced that the fifth »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It’s time to tackle another theatrical remake of a classic film. This week, Cinelinx looks at the 1998 revamp of Psycho; One of the most pointless and disappointing remakes of a great film ever attempted.
The original Psycho (1960) was the masterpiece of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest film directors of all time. No one in the history of the industry could build suspense better than Hitchcock. The list of classic films he directed goes on and on, but Psycho is considered his ultimate achievement. The film not only foreshadowed and inspired the Slasher genre, it also gave us one of the most famous maniacs ever depicted in film—Norman Bates, owner of the Bates Motel—as well as the most famous and iconic murder scene ever filmed. The shower scene murder in this film has achieved a legendary status. Even Stephen King has praised the famed scene, saying, “No »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
As we reported last week, Showtime has released the season six premiere of its Shameless TV series, early. You can watch it right here and now, ahead of the January 10th Showtime television premiere.
Shameless stars William H. Macy as Chicagoan, Frank Gallagher, a single father of six. The cast of Shameless also includes: Emmy Rossum, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Jeremy Allen White, Emma Kenny, and Cameron Monaghan.
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18 items from 2016
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