14 items from 2016
THR reports CBS has cast Elliot Knight as a series regular in its new American Gothic TV series, coming this summer. As pictured above, Knight played the Arthurian legend's Merlin, in ABC's Once Upon a Time season 5A, starring Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, Colin O'Donoghue, Robert Carlyle, and Emilie de Ravin.
In American Gothic, Knight will play a police officer named Brady. The cast of American Gothic also includes: Megan Ketch, Justin Chatwin, Antony Starr, Juliet Rylance, Stephanie Leonidas, Gabriel Bateman, and Virginia Madsen.
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Virginia Madsen (Joy, Sideways) and Patrick Warburton (Ted, Family Guy, Seinfeld) have joined the cast of Safe Neighbourhood, currently shooting at Sydney's Fox Studios and starring Olivia DeJonge (M. Night Shyamalan.s The Visit), Levi Miller (Pan, Jasper Jones, Red Dog: True Blue) and Ed Oxenbould (The Visit, Paper Planes).
"Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house - »
- Staff Writer
Exclusive: Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton have been added to the cast of Safe Neighborhood, the thriller being directed by Chris Peckover. Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller and Ed Oxenbould are already aboard. Production is already underway in Sydney. Dacre Montgomery and Aleks Mikic have also joined the cast. Xyz Films is repping North American rights and Versatile is handling international sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. The plot: Set in a quiet… »
American TV networks sure like making movies with the word “American” in the title. With today’s news that Virginia Madsen has been cast in upcoming CBS drama “American Gothic,” it’s become clear that there’s a lot of Uncle Sam in titles for today’s television shows. By our count, there are no less than nine series with the word “American” their name. If last year’s NBC military drama “American Odyssey” hadn’t been canceled, we’d be counting all of these “American fill-in-the-blank” shows amid peak TV on two hands. And if Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer” gets renewed, that’ll be one more on this list. But this doesn’t mean there’s an abundance of flag-waving, sincerely patriotic television on the air right now. Just look at “American Dad!” So while you’re trying to figure out the difference between “American Crime” and “American Crime Story, »
- Emily Rome
Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »
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This week’s installment of Law & Order: Svu took an unflinching look at a “He Said/She Said” case involving a high-school senior and a virginal freshman — with no happy ending to be found.
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Series star Mariska Hargitay directed the installment — her third for the NBC procedural — in which Abby (Charlie Ray) never said “No” to a sexual encounter with Chris (Sean Grandillo) during a high-school dance, but never offered her consent, either.
“A Misunderstanding” explored shy Abby’s feeling of near paralysis during the encounter, »
A maverick gets attacked by bears. They’re beaten down by a cutthroat, capitalist system and threatened by partners who aren’t as trustworthy as they seem. After a series of blows and ostensible defeats, they persevere. Inspired by dreams of family, they ignore their detractors and challenge the machinations of evil commerce. In the end, they prevail, though the reward is bittersweet.
Joy and The Revenant are different films, targeting different audiences, but they contain some remarkable similarities. Both films showcase a blonde, blue-eyed megastar. Both films were released on December 25th, that holy day of box office reckoning. And both tell the same story of individual strength in the face of hardship. Their times, genders and circumstances are as far as blood from chocolate, but Hugh Glass and Joy Mangano’s onscreen lives can be understood as masculine/feminine interpretations of the same, timeless American tale.
The Revenant is a grueling, »
- Erica Peplin
High schools have seen their share of monsters in the movies, be they werewolves (Teen Wolf, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Ginger Snaps), vampires (Twilight, My Best Friend is a Vampire), aliens (The Faculty), or just your average, garden-shear variety slasher (Prom Night, Scream, etc.). You might think that the 1987 horror film Zombie High attempts to bring the undead to the high school hallway. You would be wrong. For proof, check out Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray of Zombie High, which isn’t really a zombie movie and is barely even a horror film.
Virginia Madsen plays Andrea, a young woman who transfers to an elite boarding school against the wishes of her jock boyfriend, Barry (James Wilder). Once there, she begins to realize that things aren’t quite as they seem. Her friends (including Sherilyn Fenn, Scott Coffey and a pre-Freaks & Geeks Paul Feig) are transforming from cool, rebellious »
- Patrick Bromley
What jumps to mind when you hear the phrase "Quentin Tarantino movie"? Hyperviolence? A bunch of different B-movies pastiched into something new? A lot of dialogue with a lot of bad language? That one "F" word in particular? Any of those could be right, but there's another thing many of Tarantino's movies have in common: a big, meaty role for an actor who's maybe in need of a career boost. In the case of the Tarantino movie currently in theaters, The Hateful Eight, the role is that of Daisy Domergue, a wily, foul-mouthed criminal played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. Now Leigh hasn't been without work. »
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David O. Russell.s Joy is a fast-paced, quirky and dysfunctional . in the best way possible . biopic of celebrated inventor Joy Mangano, who came up with the design for the Miracle Mop, then fought tooth-and-nail to bring the resourceful tool into people.s homes. Together with familiar ensemble players Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, Russell captures the familial energies and tensions that have populated his previous films, from The Fighter to Silver Linings Playbook. But something was off as he worked on his final cut, and in interviewing his cast recently, they tipped me off to a major change. The women in Joy.s life are portrayed by a trio of Hollywood heavy hitters. Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Diane Ladd all play important female figures in Mangano.s story, and I was privileged to sit down with them and discuss the film in detail. During said »
The Dunphy clan will soon be visited by one iconic funny girl.
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Watch #ModernFamily Wednesday Jan. 6th at 9pm on ABC! You might hear a familiar voice… Dunphys, can you hear me?
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 4, 2016
Sources confirm for TVLine that Streisand will be heard in the episode — which finds Phil and Claire haggling with another couple over a dinner bill, while Jay and Gloria meet a set of »
Remember back in September, when TVLine reported that "24" vet Xander Berkeley would be joining The Walking Dead in an unspecified role in the second half of Season 6 (which begins Feb. 14)? Now we can exclusively reveal whom he’ll be playing — and, in short, his character is bad news.
The veteran actor will be bringing to weaselly life Gregory, who, according to Robert Kirkman’s comic-book source material, is the leader of the Hilltop Colony, a coward to the core and a total nightmare for Maggie and Rick. Just how awful is the villain? »
Loosely based on the life of inventor Joy Mangano, Joy sees director David O. Russell celebrate female determination and the pursuit of the American Dream with Jennifer Lawrence in fine form as the title character, a divorced mother of two whose life is spent keeping her dysfunctional family, including divorced parents Rudy (Robert De Niro) and Terri (Virginia Madsen), in check, all the while watching her dreams of making her fortune off one of her many inventions fall by the wayside. Fed up with the disappointment her life has become, Joy is inspired to invent the self wringing mop which, thanks to the early days of home shopping channels, becomes an overnight success. Her name is above the title, so there is no doubt that this is Lawrence’s show, and she grabs the role with both hands, putting in a tremendous performance that ends up carrying the movie through to its conclusion. »
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The life story of miracle mop inventor Joy Mangano has plenty of style but doesn’t quite wash
Here’s a story that Hollywood has been waiting for: the rags-to-riches saga of Joy Mangano, the entrepreneur and inventor who gave the world… (fanfare of 80s-style synthesiser trumpets) the self-wringing Miracle Mop. Whether the best director to tell that story is the erratic David O Russell is another matter. His last film, retro-styled crime caper American Hustle, was so exuberantly cynical that you can’t quite believe he’s playing with a straight deck in telling the tale of a hard-working woman realising her destiny on the QVC shopping channel.
Executed with much the same quasi-Scorsese whiz-bang as Hustle, though the material rarely seems to call for it, Joy works most convincingly as a vehicle for the no-nonsense warrior-woman persona of Jennifer Lawrence, who comes across personably if a touch coldly. »
- Jonathan Romney
14 items from 2016
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