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Frank Darabont's noir crime drama "Mob City" on TNT opened to modest ratings Wednesday night, a 0.6 rating and 2.29 million viewers over its first two hours. In comparison, this week's episode of TNT's "Major Crimes" scored a 0.7 rating and 4.21 million viewers. [Source: Variety]
Mozart in the Jungle
Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcom McDowell, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Peter Vack, Hannah Dunne and Bernadette Peters are set to star in the TV pilot "Mozart in the Jungle" for Amazon's Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM service.
The pilot showcases what happens behind the curtains at the New York classical music symphony, a den of sex, drugs and vice that can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. The pilot will debut early next year. [Source: Market Watch]
Netflix's first original series, the comedy "Lilyhammer" is closing in on a greenlight for a third season. Norwegian broadcaster Nrk is in the final stages of »
- Garth Franklin
Actor best known for playing the pathologist George Bullard in Midsomer Murders
The actor Barry Jackson, who has died aged 75, was a staple of British television for more than 50 years but it was not until he was in his 60s that he earned a degree of stardom, thanks to his portrayal of the pathologist Dr George Bullard in 76 episodes (1997-2011) of the popular mystery series Midsomer Murders.
Bullard, the friend of local inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), is called in whenever a murder victim is found, which happens in each feature-length episode. "It's always good when I get more to say than 'He died at 11pm'," Jackson remarked. "I try to be as real as possible, though I call the show pantomime crime, not true crime. That's its appeal – everyone gets bludgeoned to death but there's something quite old-fashioned and harmless about it."
From the plots of Midsomer Murders, you »
- Ronald Bergan
News and notes from across the TV universe:
- Peter Pan might not be completely defeated on "Once Upon A Time," but a new Big Bad is already headed to Storybrooke. "Lost" alum Rebecca Mader will have a multi-episode arc as an unnamed fairy-tale villain when the show returns from hiatus in March. Viewers will get their first look at Mader's character during the mid-season finale on Dec. 15, and her identity will be revealed in a promo following the episode. [E! Online]
- Katy Perry and Taylor Swift performances have been added to "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" The ladies will join the broadcast hosted by LL Cool J from Canada and Australia, respectively. Previously announced performers include Robin Thicke, Lorde, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Malcolm McDowell (Franklin & Bash) is set to co-star opposite Gael García Bernal in Amazon’s comedy pilot Mozart In The Jungle, directed by Paul Weitz. Based on the memoir by Blair Tindal, the project, written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, is all about sex, drugs and classical music and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens onstage. McDowell plays Thomas, a seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by the arrival of hotshot new conductor Rodrigo (Bernal). Also cast in the pilot are Lola Kirke (Reaching For The Moon) as the impressionable oboist Hailey, Bernadette Peters (Smash) as Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony, Saffron Burrows (Law And Order: Ci) as Cynthia, a cellist in the middle of an affair with Thomas, Peter Vack (Cbgb) as Joshua, a talented dancer out of Juilliard who becomes Hailey’s love interest, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Malcolm McDowell has joined Gael Garcia Bernal in “Mozart in the Jungle,” a new Amazon pilot written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers and directed by Paul Weitz. McDowell (pictured) will play Thomas, a seasoned conductor of the New York Symphony being forced into retirement by the arrival of Rodrigo (Bernal). Amazon Studios describes the story as “sex, drugs and classical music.” Also read: Chris Carter, Michael Connelly Pilots Get Amazon Greenlight Rounding out the cast are Lola Kirke as impressionable oboist Hailey, Bernadette Peters as Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony, Saffron Burrows as Cynthia, »
- Tim Molloy
Amazon Studios today announced casting for Mozart in the Jungle, a Paul Weitz-directed pilot. Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) stars as Rodrigo, the hotshot new conductor of the New York Symphony. He is joined by Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist) as Thomas, a more seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by Rodrigo. Lola Kirke (Reaching for the Moon) stars as the impressionable oboist Hailey and Bernadette Peters (Smash) plays Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony.
Mozart in the Jungle also stars Saffron Burrows (Law and Order Criminal Intent) as Cynthia, a cellist in the middle of an affair with Thomas, Peter Vack (Cbgb) as Joshua, a talented dancer out of Julliard who becomes Hailey’s love interest, and Hannah Dunne (This is It) as Lizzie, Hailey’s friend and roommate.
Amazon Studios today announced casting for "Mozart in the Jungle," a Paul Weitz-directed pilot that will debut on Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM early next year. Written by Academy Award-nominee Roman Coppola ( The Darjeeling Limited ), Jason Schwartzman ( Moonrise Kingdom , Rushmore ) and Alex Timbers ( Peter and the Starcatcher ), "Mozart in the Jungle" is about sex, drugs.and classical music.and shows what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. Gael Garcia Bernal ( The Motorcycle Diaries ) stars as Rodrigo, the hotshot new conductor of the New York Symphony. He is joined by Malcolm McDowell ("Franklin & Bash") as Thomas, a more seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by Rodrigo, »
Sanitarium is an upcoming anthology horror film with a cast that includes Malcolm McDowell, Lacey Chabert, and Robert Englund. After playing a number of festivals earlier this year, the movie will receive a DVD and digital release at the end of December:
“Los Angeles, Nov. 13, 2013 – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, proudly announces the release of the horror/thriller Sanitarium. Directed by Bryan Ortiz, Bryan Ramirez, and Kerry Valderrama, the film stars Malcolm McDowell (Halloween, “Franklin & Bash”) as the sinister Dr. Stenson. Sanitarium will be available on DVD and digital download on Dec. 31, 2013 for an Srp of $27.97.
Abandon everything you’ve ever believed about that brittle concept we call “reality” and prepare to enter a macabre netherworld of shadows, fiends and phantoms – a twisted realm of waking nightmares and warped minds, locked away in unrelenting torment. Welcome to the Sanitarium. Behind the walls of the Sanitarium, Dr. Stenson »
- Jonathan James
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Documentary filmmaker Sophie Fiennes crafted a rare beast in 2006’s “The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema," in that it took a man explaining philosophical concepts straight to camera over its duration and not only succeeded but actually spawned a sequel of sorts. Though when the man in question is the prominent pop philosopher Slavoj Žižek, you start to understand why: whether you agree with him or not, his arguments about films and their real-life impact generate a unique discussion, and now for his new effort, “The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology," he’s cast his eye in part on Stanley Kubrick. Breathe easy; Žižek hasn’t entered “Room 237” territory with his views on Kubrick’s disturbing 1971 film “A Clockwork Orange." Rather, in a new clip from 'Ideology' (via Open Culture), he’s examined its iconic use of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in relation to the philosophy of head Droog »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Major Spoilers: After more than five seasons, we finally came face to face with Patrick Jane’s phantom menace…
The serial killer who slaughtered Jane’s wife and child…
The villainous mastermind with outwitted and frustrated the brilliant Jane for years …
The powerful leader of a massive conspiracy who has put countless minions under his hypnotic spell; convincing groupies and law enforcement officers alike to kill and die at his whim.
Red John is …
That bumbling sheriff from the show’s second episode … who upon being unmasked this evening, casually chatted with Jane, made one of the dumbest moves in TV villain history, »
- James Hibberd
It was Rebecca that made me pay attention to The Mentalist. I had never seen the CBS crime drama starring Simon Baker until the eighth episode of season 2. “His Red Right Hand” was the one where a secretary in the Sacramento offices of the California Bureau of Investigation shot Sam Bosco (Terry Kinney) and two other agents on behalf of a serial killer — Red John, a brilliant phantom with a blood-drawn smiley face insignia, powerful influence and connections, and a scores of similarly brain-sick and unnervingly gleeful devotees.
In the last act, an assassin — presumably Red John himself; we never »
- Jeff Jensen
Mischief Night, or Goosey Night as the hip kids call it these days, is one night a year where children run amok and terrorize neighborhoods with toilet paper, eggs, chalk, and any other mark-leaving materials they can get their hands on, and no one bats an eye. Well, that’s what I used to believe – until I grew up and now have to clean up the mess those insufferable little shits create, making a full transition into my “Get Off My Lawn You Damn Kids” phase. What! You try cleaning toilet paper up after it’s rained! I absolutely wanted to get my hands on the punk kids that writer/director Travis Baker starts his movie off with, but was quick to realize some vandalizing adolescents smashing pumpkins wouldn’t be the focus here, and that’s when things got, well, spooky?
- Matt Donato
This Sunday (Nov. 24), "The Mentalist" will reveal once and for all the identity of Red John, the serial killer who murdered Patrick Jane's (Simon Baker) family. Although Jane asserted in a press conference during "The Great Red Dragon" that Red John is actually Cbi director Gale Bertram, the killer's actual identity is still very much up in the air.
The list of seven is still in play, so let's go through a couple of the conspiracy theories claiming that each of the men are Red John.
When Cho went to the morgue to look at his arm for confirmation of the tattoo, he didn't look at his face. And it looked like the tattoo was there, right? Something's fishy.
Kirkland has a twin brother -- could he be the one who died? Listen, evil twin twists aren't just for soap operas.
He's been around since the beginning. »
Chicago – What to Watch is back! Miss us? Every week, we roll out 5-10 of the latest films and TV shows to be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and various streaming services. This week’s highlights include a few classics, a cult hit, a couple of recent comedies, and a family flick. In the order we’d advise buying or renting them…
The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection
Photo credit: Cohen Media Group
“The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection”
Another Wtw, another Cohen Media Group release. Seriously, the good folks at Cohen have been doing an amazing job of finding relatively obscure classics and recent foreign films and polishing them like they’re beloved worldwide. They’re rivaling Criterion and Scream Factory as studios for which every release truly matters. Their latest is a collection of four early films from the legendary Vivien Leigh, an actress best-known for “Gone with the Wind” and a true Hollywood icon. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
★☆☆☆☆It's good to be reminded every once in a while that critics aren't always correct. On the other hand, however, you have efforts as abysmal as Silent Night (2012), a remake of director Charles E. Sellier Jr.'s cult schlocker Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) so loose that it's practically falling apart. This new interpretation by Steven C. Miller, starring Malcolm McDowell and Jamie King, is so gratuitous you could be forgiven for asking who (even amongst hardcore gore fans) would find it entertaining. It's Christmas Eve and someone dressed as Saint Nick is murdering the nice (or rather naughty) townsfolk of Cryer, Wisconsin.
- CineVue UK
It’s Tuesday, so it must mean it’s time for Fright At Home! Scream and Shout! Factory pretty much own the week with a whopping four releases, including ’80s cult fave Night Of The Comet, John Carpenter’s action classic Assault On Precinct 13, killer robot-run-amok Eve Of Destruction, and ’90s comic book adaptation Tank Girl.
Read on below to see what else qualifies as this week’s must-own discs!
Fright At Home: November 19th’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases!
Blu-ray + DVD / Scream Factory
It’ s the first comet to buzz the planet in 65 million years, and everyone seems to be celebrating its imminent arrival. Everyone, that is, except Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart, »
- Justin Edwards
Warning: This post contains Major spoilers about Sunday’s The Mentalist.
Cbi Director Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston)!
The case against Bertram seems pretty conclusive. He was on Jane’s list, he’s one of the law enforcement officers with the three-dots tattoo, survived last week’s explosion and even tried to kill Jane in the hospital.
So Bertram is Red John … right?
Once again, tonight’s action-packed hour »
- James Hibberd
We recently reported that Silent Night, Deadly Night was coming back to theaters just in time for Christmas, but Silent Night is making a return to theaters as well. Directed by Steven C. Miller, Silent Night is a loose remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night and was originally released around this time last year:
“A loose remake of the horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, the film’s stellar cast includes Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Easy A), Jaime King (Sin City, My Bloody Valentine 3D), Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D, Blade), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination, X-Men First Class), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World).
McDowell and King star as a small-town sheriff and deputy on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight. »
- Jonathan James
A fake psychic investigates nasty crimes in Santa Barbara: not a grim police procedural, but a cartoonish comedy with endless in-jokes and relentless repartee
In sunny Santa Barbara, psychic Shawn Spencer uses his uncanny powers to help police solve baffling crimes. Except Shawn is a fraud. His flashes of psychic inspiration are simply Sherlock-style deductive leaps, the result of being raised by a strict cop father who drilled his observational skills. If the intention was to mould a methodical, serious-minded young man, it backfired spectacularly – since Shawn is a prattling, self-dramatising dilettante. When he turns up at a funeral in casual clothes, his best friend and reluctant partner Gus (played by The West Wing's Dulé Hill) wonders aloud what kind of man doesn't own a suit. "The Joker," answers Shawn immediately. "Colonel Sanders. Matthew McConaughey." They could all be touchstones for this man-child.
Once you acclimatise to James Roday's manic performance as Shawn, »
- Graeme Virtue
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