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Strange Magic review

23 August 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

George Lucas produces the Ilm animated fantasy, Strange Magic. Here's Mark's review of a curious genre mash-up...

Since George Lucas got out of the Star Wars business, he's been lending his Hollywood heft to some long-gestating passion projects that might be difficult to produce independently elsewhere. He started developing Red Tails, a war movie about the Tuskegee airmen, back in 1988 and eventually served as producer and an uncredited co-director on the 2012 movie.

Lucasfilm's latest, Strange Magic, is directed by Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, but it's also been around for much longer than you'd think. 15 years ago, while working on that pesky prequel trilogy, Lucas started thinking about making a film for his daughters. “Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys,” Lucas told Wired upon the film's Us release in January, “Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old girls.”

If that sounds a little reminiscent of when John Travolta »

- simonbrew

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Watch: No One Wants Oscar Isaac's Fliers in New 'Show Me a Hero' Clip

13 August 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'Show Me A Hero': David Simon and Paul Haggis Might Have Made This Year's Most Important Miniseries Paul Haggis and David Simon's star-studded "Show Me a Hero" premieres on HBO this Sunday, a six-hour miniseries that finds its story in the rise of young mayor Nick Wasicsko and his struggle to keep afloat in an environment soaked with racial tension and turmoil. Before he ever gets there, though, Wasicsko has to get through to the grocery shoppers who don't seem to want to give him the time of day, let alone read through the informational pamphlets about his campaign. He puts in a good effort. The adaptation of Lisa Belkin's 1999 non-fiction book of the same name also stars Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder, and is set to explore issues of race and community through the lives of bureaucrats, activists and citizens of Yonkers, »

- Jessica Cariaga

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Review: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon's 'Show Me a Hero'

13 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

David Simon is the resident civics professor of American cable drama, with projects like "The Wire," "The Corner," "Generation Kill," and "Tremé" offering thoughtful takes on the drug war, the Iraq invasion, New Orleans post-Katrina, and the generally rotten state of urban America. He is a TV producer by trade, consciousness-raiser by passion, and journalist at his core, and the showmanship side of the job has always come across as a necessary evil for him. He's glad that "Wire" fans came to love Omar and Bubbles and Wallace, but if they didn't grasp the larger lesson he was trying to teach, then what was the point? But he's also understood that his work needs a spoonful of Stringer to make the medicine go down. "The Wire" may be a powerful commentary on policing, politics, and so much more, but it's also a cracking piece of entertainment, as are all of »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Winona Ryder, Oscar Isaac Praise David Simon’s Honest Storytelling at HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’ Premiere

12 August 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Simon — creator of “The Wire,” “Generation Kill” and “Treme” — was the toast of the evening at Tuesday’s New York premiere of HBO’s miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” which he exec produced and co-wrote with journalist William F. Zorzi. All eyes were on the filmmaker who many credited for revolutionizing TV over the last 20 years.

“David is one of the most important voices out there in the world,” Winona Ryder attested to Variety on the red carpet at the New York Times Building. “His storytelling is unlike anything else, and I really do believe he has changed television. He’s not afraid to tell the brutally honest injustices that are happening in the world. Because of his storytelling, he has changed my life and has opened my eyes to new things. I’m now more informed on issues because of him.”

It took Simon 14 years to bring “Show Me a Hero »

- Paul Chi

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TV Review: ‘Show Me a Hero’

12 August 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A timely, nuanced look at class and race through the prism of events that transpired more than a quarter-century ago, “Show Me a Hero” is a sobering, spare and meticulously crafted HBO miniseries. Although the subject matter — six hours devoted to the battle over public housing in Yonkers, N.Y. — won’t be for everyone, David Simon’s productions seldom are. Nevertheless, the pervasive quality and ambition, including Oscar Isaac’s central performance, rubs off on the pay network in a flattering way, feeling very much of a piece with the third season of “The Wire” in capturing the dysfunction of municipal politics.

For those who have lamented HBO’s latest batch of originals (so long, “True Detective”), “Hero” — being shown over three successive Sundays — comes at a propitious time, to the extent it represents the sort of exercise it’s hard to imagine another network bankrolling. Then again, Simon’s work, »

- Brian Lowry

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'Show Me A Hero': David Simon and Paul Haggis Might Have Made This Year's Most Important Miniseries

12 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

So, a six-hour miniseries about a young mayor struggling with the legal and political complexities of low-income housing might sound like a hard sell... until you find out that it's being directed by Paul Haggis and produced by David Simon, the architect of one of modern television's greatest legacies, "The Wire." Read More: Nobody Quits 'The Wire': How TV's Greatest Drama Became a Family   "Show Me A Hero," based on the 1999 non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin, features an all-star cast including Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder, with Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the mayor who grappled with public opinion and private business in 1987 Yonkers, New York. It's a story about a small community in turmoil, but when you talk to the men behind the scenes, it's actually about a whole lot more than just Yonkers or the 1980s. So at this year's TCA summer press tour, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Show Me A Hero': David Simon and Paul Haggis Might Have Made This Year's Most Important Miniseries

12 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

So, a six-hour miniseries about a young mayor struggling with the legal and political complexities of low-income housing might sound like a hard sell... until you find out that it's being directed by Paul Haggis and produced by David Simon, the architect of one of modern television's greatest legacies, "The Wire." Read More: Nobody Quits 'The Wire': How TV's Greatest Drama Became a Family   "Show Me A Hero," based on the 1999 non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin, features an all-star cast including Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder, with Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the mayor who grappled with public opinion and private business in 1987 Yonkers, New York. It's a story about a small community in turmoil, but when you talk to the men behind the scenes, it's actually about a whole lot more than just Yonkers or the 1980s. So at this year's TCA summer press tour, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Winona Ryder set to return for Beetlejuice 2

12 August 2015 1:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Winona Ryder has confirmed that she will be returning for the sequel to Beetlejuice. The actress, who will next be seen in the TV series Show Me A Hero with Alfred Molina confirmed her part on late-night TV in the Us.

“I think I can confirm it because Tim Burton did this interview”, she said on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

“It was very hush-hush, top secret”, she added, “and then he was doing some press for Big Eyes and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘oh yeah, we’re doing it and Winona’s going to be in it’. So can I say…? I mean if he said it. But I really don’t know much more than anybody else”.

The actress also revealed that she gets asked to say Beetlejuice three times every time she goes through airport security – which is kinda cool, right?

Watch the full interview below. »

- Paul Heath

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David Simon Doesn't Back Down

11 August 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

From David Simon, the mind behind "The Wire" and "Treme," and directed by Oscar winner (and outspoken ex-Scientologist) Paul Haggis, the six-part miniseries explores home, race, community and politics in 1960s Yonkers, NY. Lifted from Lisa Belkin's book, "Show Me a Hero" follows Isaac as a young mayor who's court-ordered to build low-income housing in affluent white neighborhoods, a controversial decision that threatens to capsize his political career. Winona Ryder, Jim Belushi, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Latanya Richardson-Jackson and Bob Balaban also star in "Show Me a Hero." Below, HBO shares a Q&A with the showrunner, who talks about the project's origins, the moral gray zones of his heroes and villains and the sociopolitical lines in the sand the series addresses. Read More: The Necessary History of David Simon's New HBO Miniseries 'Show Me a Hero' "I thought 'Show Me a Hero' »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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David Simon Doesn't Back Down

11 August 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

From David Simon, the mind behind "The Wire" and "Treme," and directed by Oscar winner (and outspoken ex-Scientologist) Paul Haggis, the six-part miniseries explores home, race, community and politics in 1960s Yonkers, NY. Lifted from Lisa Belkin's book, "Show Me a Hero" follows Isaac as a young mayor who's court-ordered to build low-income housing in affluent white neighborhoods, a controversial decision that threatens to capsize his political career. Winona Ryder, Jim Belushi, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Latanya Richardson-Jackson and Bob Balaban also star in "Show Me a Hero." Below, HBO shares a Q&A with the showrunner, who talks about the project's origins, the moral gray zones of his heroes and villains and the sociopolitical lines in the sand the series addresses. Read More: The Necessary History of David Simon's New HBO Miniseries 'Show Me a Hero' "I thought 'Show Me a Hero' »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'

11 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "Ez Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto). It was also the first time I got my heart broken in this job. Despite rave reviews from me and my more established colleagues across the country, "Ez Streets" was Doa: CBS pulled it off the air after only two episodes had aired, and though most of the remaining episodes would air the following winter, it was just running out the string. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: August 10 - 16

10 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Hot Pursuit"

Critics torched this crime comedy, but you can judge for yourself. Reese Witherspoon plays a by-the-book cop trying to protect Sofia Vergara's drug lord wife as they race through Texas. The Blu-ray featurettes may actually be better than the movie. There's "The Womance," showing Reese and Sofia's on-set antics; "Say What?" where Reese and Sofia try to speak the other's language; "Action Like a Lady," where they show the making of all the stunts; and an alternate ending. The DVD just has "The Womance."

"Unfriended"

During their usual group video chat, high school friends are terrorized by an unseen figure in this horror thriller. It pretty much polarized critics -- some really liked, some Really disliked -- so be prepared for either reaction. »

- Gina Carbone

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Aimee Garcia Joins Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina in Indie Drama ‘Sister Cities’ (Exclusive)

4 August 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Aimee Garcia, the lead in CBS’ upcoming adaptation of “Rush Hour,” is joining Jacki Weaver and Alfred Molina in the indie drama, “Sister Cities,” TheWrap has learned. The film, which is based on the play by Colette Freedman, follows four estranged sisters who reunite after their mother’s alleged suicide. Garcia will play Sarah, the lesbian girlfriend of one of the sisters, named Austin (Jess Wexler). Weaver stars as the mother. Co-stars include Amy Smart, Troian Belissario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. Sean Hanish is directing and producing for Cannonball Productions. Paul Jaconi-Biery and Eleonore Dailly are producing, while Molina and CBS. »

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New trailer for HBO’s Show Me A Hero starring Oscar Isaac

4 August 2015 2:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We got a first look at HBO’s new political mini-series Show Me A Hero last month [see here], a new trailer has arrived online, which you can view below…

The show is the newest creation from The Wire‘s David Simon, and features a stellar cast that is headed by Ex_Machina star Oscar Isaac as well as Catherine Keener, Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina and Bob Balaban. Based on a true story, Isaac plays a Mayor of a city who tries to push through a court order to help build homes for a white neighbourhood in the 1960’s.

From creator David Simon (HBO’s “Treme” and “The Wire”) and director Paul Haggis (“Crash”), and based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, this six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Oscar Isaac Takes A Stand In Stylish Trailer For HBO Miniseries Show Me A Hero

3 August 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After turning heads with his eye-catching performance in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Oscar Isaac is returning to the genre of period dramas for David Simon’s anticipated six-part miniseries, Show Me a Hero.

Lifted from the pages of Lisa Belkin’s acclaimed 1999 novel of the same name, Isaac assumes the role of real-life mayor Nick Wasicsko, who has to shoulder the burden of implementing legally mandated low income housing against a fierce backlash from the more affluent members of society. Offering up a rich tapestry of characters, the miniseries will showcase the city’s palpable class disparity from both sides of the equation, giving Isaac ample room to flex his acting muscles as he continues to establish a reputation as one of the industry’s bankable character actors.

With Crash director Paul Haggis behind the lens and The Wire‘s David Simon overseeing the adaptation, »

- Michael Briers

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Trailer Watch: David Simon’s “Show Me a Hero”

3 August 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The Wire creator David Simon moves up the East Coast for his latest drama, Show Me a Hero, that’s set in Yonkers in the 1960s. Based on a true story, the six-part miniseries portrays a young mayor, played by Oscar Isaac, who, amidst the civil rights movements, fights local powers to build low-income housing in his borough. The cast is impressive and includes Alfred Molina, Bob Balaban and Winona Ryder. The series debuts August 16 on HBO. »

- Scott Macaulay

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Salma Hayek Shares About Daughter Valentina’s Poem About ‘The Prophet’

30 July 2015 12:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was quite a turnout for a screening of Participant Media and GKids’ “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wednesday, as Hollywood glitterati turned out on a muggy evening for Salma Hayek‘s animated passion project. Dustin Hoffman, Colin Farrell, director Jim Sheridan, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and will.i.am were among the guests mingling with producer-star Hayek, co-stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Alfred Molina, director Roger Allers, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and GKidsEric Beckman.

Hayek hopes the film resonates with audiences of all ages and encourages parents to bring their children, even if they think the subject matter may be too advanced for them. “I tell everyone to bring their children, because they will surprise you. Sometimes we underestimate their intellect and they are not exposed to things that challenge them.”

When her own daughter, Valentina Pinault, 7, saw the film, »

- Terry Flores

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Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle Starring in New York Dramedy From Ira Sachs

24 July 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle and Paulina Garcia are starring in an untitled dramedy from filmmaker Ira Sachs, to be shot in New York and Brooklyn.

The film (previously known as “The Silent Treatment”) follows “Keep the Lights On” and “Love Is Strange” as the third in a trilogy of films by Sachs that focus on New York City, family life and real estate. The script is by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, who teamed on the previous two films.

Alfred Molina, Talia Balsam, David Krumholtz, Andy Karl, Yolonda Ross and Stella Schnabel also star along with new actors Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri, who play new best friends whose bond is tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease. Kinnear and Ehle play a married couple, and Garcia portrays the single mother who runs the shop.

Love Is Strange,” which starred Molina and John Lithgow, received Gotham and Spirit nominations, »

- Dave McNary

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Amy Smart to Co-Star With Jacki Weaver in Indie Drama ‘Sister Cities’

21 July 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy Smart is joining Jacki Weaver and Alfred Molina in the indie drama “Sister Cities.”

Troian Bellisario, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler and Michelle Trachtenberg are also on board.

The story revolves around four estranged sisters who reunite to mourn what they believe is the suicide of their mother.

Sean Hanish is directing and producing for Cannonball Prods. Lensing began last week in Los Angeles.

Paul Jaconi­-Biery and Eleonore Dailly are producing “Sister Cities” with Hanish. Molina and CBS exec Kelly Kahl are exec producers.

Smart will next be seen in the independent comedy “Break Point,” opening in theaters on September 4. Recent credits include appearances on “Shameless” and “Justified.”

She is represented by Gersh and More-Medavoy.

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- Justin Kroll

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Actress Troian Bellisario, Stana Katic to Star in Indie ‘Sister Cities’

20 July 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Troian Bellisario, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler and Michelle Trachtenberg have been tapped to star in the indie drama “Sister Cities,” based on the play by Colette Freedman.

The story revolves around four estranged sisters who reunite to mourn what they believe is the suicide of their mother.

Alfred Molina, Jacki Weaver, Amy Smart and Tom Everett Scott are also on board the project from Cannonball Prods. Sean Hanish is directing and producing for Cannonball Prods. Lensing began last week in Los Angeles.

Sister Cities” marks a reunion for the team behind the Emmy-nominated “Return to Zero,” toplined by Minnie Driver. Like “Sister Cities,” “Return to Zero” was independently produced and financed by Cannonball. After making the festival rounds, it was acquired by Lifetime and aired last year.

Paul Jaconi­-Biery and Eleonore Dailly are producing “Sister Cities” with Hanish. Molina and CBS exec Kelly Kahl are exec producers.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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