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William H. Macy, star of TV’s Shameless, is continuing to gear his future efforts toward directing. His first major foray arrived in the shape of 2014’s musical drama Rudderless starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Huffman, and scored the actor a wealth of good reviews. Next on his slate is the Jane Fonda-starrer Krystal – of which we know very little – which will then be followed by The Layover.
Described as a road trip sex comedy, because there’s definitely a shortage of those, The Layover has now snared two high profile actors for its leading roles. Glee’s Lea Michele and The Other Woman star Kate Upton will be frolicking about as “a pair of lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation, only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. To make matters worse, the »
- Gem Seddon
Most romantic comedies are pretty formulaic and predictable, but every now and then one comes along to shake things up a bit. I'm hoping that's the case with a new road trip sexy comedy called The Layover being produced by Unified Pictures and Bron Studios. Kate Upton (The Other Woman) and Lea Michele ("Glee") will star in the film about two lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. Things are made even more complicated when they both fall for the same gentleman at the airport they're stuck at in St. Louis. William H. Macy, fresh off directing Rudderless, is set to direct the film with a script from David Hornsby and Lance Krall, both of whom write for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (the former actually executive produces and co-stars occasionally as well. »
- Ethan Anderton
Lea Michele and Kate Upton will star in director William H. Macy's road trip sex comedy entitled The Layover, it was announced today by producers Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios. The Layover is written by David Hornsby and Lance Krall. The two have collaborated in the past on the popular TV series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which Hornsby was the writer, executive producer, and co-star.
Michele and Upton will play a pair of lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. To make matters worse, the two friends find themselves in a hilarious battle for the same guy during an extended layover in St. Louis. Here's what producers Kjarval and Gilbert had to say in a joint statement.
"We're delighted to »
Lea Michele and Kate Upton are teaming up with William H. Macy for his upcoming road trip sex comedy The Layover. Macy is set to direct and appear in the film from a script by David Hornsby and Lance Krall. The writing duo previously collaborated on the hilarious FX comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, on which Hornsby is a writer, producer and co-star. Macy previously directed the rock-n-roll drama Rudderless in 2014. Michele and Upton are set to play a pair of life-long friends whose dream vacation goes off the rails when their plane is rerouted due to a hurricane warning. While stuck in an extended layover in St. Louis, the pals find themselves competing for the same guy. [caption id="attachment_365738" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via FX[/caption] On the casting of his leading ladies, Macy says: The minute I met Lea and Kate, the film began to focus for me. They are singular, ambitious funny women in full. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Exclusive: Lea Michele and Kate Upton will star in The Layover, the William H. Macy-directed road trip sex comedy scripted by David Hornsby and Lance Krall. Production is imminent with Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios producing. Michele and Upton play a pair of lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. To make matters worse… »
On Friday (March 20) morning, I assembled a one-person appeals board and by a unanimous decision, I've decided that the TV Academy and its genre classification system is/are a Comedy, because darned if those clowns don't make me laugh, which is more than I can say for undisputed comedy "Nurse Jackie." For a few years, the TV Academy has had difficulties with Emmy classification, because nobody on the Emmy rules committee is capable of accepting that sometimes things that are dramatic can also offer comedic elements and sometimes things that are comedic can often have dramatic elements and sometimes things that have a running time of between 44 minutes and an hour can be comedies and, in occasional extremes, it's even been known for half-hour things to be dramatic. It's almost as if life itself is neither wholly dramatic or wholly comedic and sometimes tone is fungible. But don't expect for »
- Daniel Fienberg
Three hour-long “dramas” may have the last laugh after all.
Though among the Primetime Emmy Awards’ rule changes for 2015 was the definition of a drama as a program “with an average length of approximately 60 minutes,” the appeals process that came with that shift thus far has allowed for three exceptions: The CW’s Jane the Virgin, Fox’s Glee and Showtime’s Shameless will be able to compete as comedies.
The Academy’s decision reads in part:
The nine-member panel, which includes five industry leaders appointed by »
After new rules issued last month announced that a comedy would be defined as a series with episodes of 30 minutes or less and drama would be episodes an hour long, the TV Academy has released the first decisions by a panel established to evaluate category eligibility.
The nine-member panel, which includes five industry leaders appointed by the academy chairman and four appointees by the board of governors, ruled that Showtime’s “Shameless,” CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and Fox’s “Glee” can be considered comedies, despite their length. A two-thirds vote of the panel was required to reach each decision.
Each of the series will compete in the comedy category for all other awards, including performer, writer, director, etc.
- Debra Birnbaum
Even if you've never heard of Rudderless, you're likely familiar with its narrative arc; man undergoes tragedy, drops out of life, finds redemption in creative pursuit. It's a central tenet of independent films that most wounds can be healed simply by quitting your corporate job and picking up an acoustic guitar, and in many cases, that may be the case. Rudderless, though (William H. Macy's directorial debut), takes on a level of grief that would appear insurmountable, and applies to it a level of gravity more appropriate to a nasty breakup than a family-leveling tragedy.
- Anders Nelson
Television history is littered with the bodies of ill-advised spin-offs. Their corpses, copies of reviews and overnights crumpled in their clawed little hands, defile the memories of the successful shows that spawned them and serve as cautionary tales for every writer tempted to go to the same well twice.
However, every once in a while, a spin-off is successful enough to Febreeze the funk out of the graveyard. After all, Star Trek: The Next Generation was better than the original and few people even remember that The Simpsons began as a segment on The Tracey Ullman Show. Now there is Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel that debuted to gorilla-sized expectations and has, thus far, managed to meet them. By both embracing its association with Breaking Bad and establishing its own slower pace around the sad-sack charm of Bob Odenkirk, the show has slithered out of a seemingly no-win »
- A.R. Wilson
Whether there is a heaven above, a hell below, or aliens in different galaxies, no one can seriously dispute that human beings are complicated. The self-proclaimed son of God comes to understand that the hard way in the upcoming comedy/drama "Walter," and today we have an exclusive clip form the film. Directed by Anna Mastro and starring Andrew J. West, Justin Kirk, Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, Milo Ventimiglia, Brian White, Peter Facinelli, Virginia Madsen, Jim Gaffigan and William H. Macy, the story follows a mild-mannered ticket taker burdened with the responsibility of determining the eternal fate of every living human. But a ghost stuck in limbo forces him reconsider his earthly mission and perhaps even seek professional help, and this scene with the young man's mother makes clear the strain is beginning to take its toll. "Walter" opens in limited release on March 13th as well as on all major VOD providers, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jim Parsons has won this four of the last five years, but will love of "Transparent" finally get Jeffrey Tambor an Emmy after multiple losses for both "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Arrested Development"? Both will surely be nominated, though beyond that it's much slimmer pickin's than the comedy actress category (which is kind of a great thing). Read More: Watch: Billy Crystal and Josh Gad Get Meta In New FX Series 'The Comedians' Louis Ck ("Louie"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") and/or Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes") could return. Billy Crystal ("The Comedians"), Anthony Anderson ("Blackish") and/or Will Forte ("Last Man on Earth") could make it in for their series' first seasons... And maybe "Shameless" will successfully petition to remain eligible here, bringing William H. Macy back. We'll see. Below are predictions for best comedy actor from both Indiewire Awards »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
Jim Parsons has won this four of the last five years, but will love of "Transparent" finally get Jeffrey Tambor an Emmy after multiple losses for both "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Arrested Development"? Both will surely be nominated, though beyond that it's much slimmer pickin's than the comedy actress category (which is kind of a great thing). Read More: Watch: Billy Crystal and Josh Gad Get Meta In New FX Series 'The Comedians' Louis Ck ("Louie"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") and/or Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes") could return. Billy Crystal ("The Comedians"), Anthony Anderson ("Blackish") and/or Will Forte ("Last Man on Earth") could make it in for their series' first seasons... And maybe "Shameless" will successfully petition to remain eligible here, bringing William H. Macy back. We'll see. Below are predictions for best comedy actor from both Indiewire Awards...
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
Director Jean-Francois Richet (Mesrine) has taken to Facebook to reveal the first image from Blood Father, an upcoming thriller which sees Mel Gibson as an ex-con who reunites with his estranged teenage daughter in order to protect her from a gang of drug dealers. Here’s Gibson, or rather his back…
Gibson is joined in the cast of Blood Father by William H. Macy, Elizabeth Rohm, Erin Moriarty and Diego Luna. The film was picked up for U.S. distribution last year, but so far we’re yet to hear about a potential release date.
- Gary Collinson
Las Vegas…the hotbed haven where dreams of high rollers are realized among the glitzy bright lights, the element of chance and luck and the adrenaline for instant fortune. But there is a deception to Sin City that is overlooked–the isolation of a gambler’s anxiety and desperation, the false sense of confidence at the craps table and the swinging doors of the psychological lows more so than the rewarding highs.
Still, Las Vegas has its excitable aura–both innocence and guilt–where one arrives to skillfully manufacture their financial profile or go bust. In some instances, the hedonistic expectations are defined in other fun, precarious ways. It is no wonder that Hollywood has come calling to put its distinctive spin on the capital city of adult entertainment. For decades, the movies have made Las Vegas its backdrop for wonderment, degradation, intrigue, comical curiosity and soul-searching revelations.
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- Frank Ochieng
Last week we saw Ian get committed, Frank land himself in the hospital, Fiona still struggling with the Gus and Jimmy situation and lots of other craziness. Here’s what happened this week with a William H. Macy-directed episode of Shameless Recap, Season 5, Episode 7 “Tell me you f**king need me” Frank and Sammi: While Sammi is playing house and thinking she is in charge, Frank comes strolling in after getting sprung from the hospital. He promptly proclaims what an adult he is now and how he doesn’t need help from anyone. Sammi is upset after her attempts at getting him … Continue reading →
The post Shameless Recap, Season 5, Episode 7 “Tell me you f**king need me” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Karen Ruud
William H. Macy recently won a Screen Actors Guild award for his role in Showtime’s Shameless, but after making his big-screen directorial debut on last year’s indie Rudderless, what he really wants to do is direct. The 64-year-old directed Shameless’s March 1 episode and spoke with Vulture about doing nude scenes, Sports Night, and whether he’s watched FX’s Fargo.How did it feel to win a SAG award for Shameless?Of all the awards, that one means the most to me because those are my peeps. I feel like we crossed some kind of a threshold. Shameless is a rough show, and it’s not for everyone, but it’s also beautiful. I’m hoping winning this SAG means some of my co-stars will start to get recognition, like Emmy Rossum. She’s been spectacular for five seasons, and it’s about time somebody gives her something made of metal. »
- Bruce Fretts
Once you’re in with David O. Russell, you’re really in. The Oscar-nominated director’s next film, buzzy biopic Joy, will reunite him with American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, ensuring another round of Oscar nominations for them all. Luckily, though, it won’t be all familiar faces for Russell: Sideways actress Virginia Madsen has just joined the cast, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
The film, set for a prime awards season release on Christmas Day this year, will focus on Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano (Lawrence), who began inventing at a young age and eventually hit it big with the Mop and Huggable Hampers, in addition to more than 100 other patents. As her empire grew, Mangano also juggled the responsibilities of playing single mom to three children.
Edgar Ramirez also stars, though the specifics of his, Cooper’s, De Niro »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Grift of Love: Ficarra & Requa’s Perfunctory Take on the Art of the Con
Those hoping for a scintillating update on the con-artist sub-genre will most likely be sorely disappointed with the latest film from directing team Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Focus (not to be confused with the Arthur Miller novel that was made into a chilling film version with Laura Dern and William H. Macy, 2001), with displays artistry that feels more akin to watching a children’s magic show with all those standardly familiar tricks. There may not be a rabbit pulled out of a hat, but its romantic inclination seems uprooted from a similar realm. There is a certain degree of pizzazz, however, thanks mostly to rare glimpses of playful, organically achieved chemistry courtesy of its charming leading lady, but as much as the film can be lauded for nimbly avoiding mention of its interracial romance (still rare in studio fare, »
- Nicholas Bell
There was a time when Felicity Huffman was so petrified of marriage that almost anything seemed preferable. Luckily for her husband, William H. Macy, she eventually became more scared of not getting married. "I was so scared of marriage that I thought I would've preferred to step in front of a bus," the actress, 52, tells the Tribune News Service. "I thought I'd disappear. Men's stock when they get married goes up. Women's stock goes down. Another thing, 60 percent of first marriages fail, 80 percent of second marriages fail." Huffman, who plays the ex-wife of Timothy Hutton on ABC's new drama American Crime, »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
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