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The 4-episode second season of “America Divided” will premiere on Epix in 2018. In Season 2, Norman Lear and Jesse Williams return as executive producers and correspondents with another cast of celebrated Americans to continue the series’ mission to explore America’s most urgent challenges. The second season will once again go cross-country to investigate the forces driving people apart and introduce viewers to ordinary people engaged in extraordinary efforts to overcome our country’s racial, class, gender, religious and partisan divides.
“’America Divided’ season one truly distinguished Epix as a destination for provocative, timely and important documentary storytelling,” said Mark Greenberg, president and CEO of Epix. “We are thrilled to be working with this team again to take a probing look at some of the most polarizing matters »
- Joe Otterson
Juliette Lewis is headed to Epix. Deadline reports the Secrets and Lies star has joined season two of the TV series Graves.The dramedy stars Nick Nolte as a former U.S. president who embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy. The cast also includes Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Callie Hernandez, Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Roger Bart, and Angélica Maria.Read More… »
Secrets and Lies alum Juliette Lewis is putting her musical background to work. The Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress is set to recur on Season 2 of the Epix comedy Graves as Bailey Todd, a hard-living, leather-clad, tell-it-like-it-is NYC music manager and producer. As ex-President Graves’ (Nick Nolte) spiritual muse Samantha (Callie Hernandez) finds a new calling as a singer-songwriter, Bailey shows up at her trailer with the idea that she might have what it takes to be… »
Michael Cyril Creighton (Spotlight, High Maintenance) has booked a recurring role on the second season of Epix comedy series Graves. After a year of public protests against his Presidential legacy, Season 2 finds former President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) turning inward in search of the man he used to be before he was President. This journey is compounded by the arrival of his first grandchild, thanks to daughter Olivia (Heléne Yorke) and a new revelation about his son… »
One network enters, two networks exit. The era of Peak TV has added several new outlets to the Emmy race in key scripted categories – and the new entrants this year include Epix, the premium cable service that recently launched an ambitious original series strategy.
Meanwhile, this may be the final year that two other networks compete in those categories, as they appear to be exiting the premium scripted game: Wgn America, which is adjusting its programming strategy away from prestige drama like “Underground,” and A&E, which is returning to its core focus on unscripted fare as “Bates Motel” ends its run.
For nascent cable and streaming networks, an Emmy nomination (or even better, an Emmy win) is a clear sign, particularly to the industry, that you’ve arrived. That prestige is often used as a marketing tool, or as justification in boosting subscriber fees or additional distribution. It also »
- Michael Schneider
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is apparently "speechless" after finally receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Many fans of Star Wars and Hamill had already assumed that he had a star, but in fact he did not and the same goes for the late Carrie Fisher. When Fisher passed away in December fans made up their own star for the actress best know for portraying Princess Leia. In addition to playing Luke Skywalker, Hamill is also known for supplying the voice of the Joker in the DC Animated Universe as well as the wildly popular Arkham series of video games.
After news spread of Hamill receiving the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the actor Tweeted a simple hashtag that read "speechless." Hamill is a pop culture icon and has recently gone back to his Star Wars roots to have a small role in 2015's The »
Graves has some new company. Deadline reports It's Always Sunny star Joanna Sanchez has joined season two of the Epix TV show.The dramedy stars Nick Nolte as a former U.S. president who embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy. The cast also includes Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Callie Hernandez, Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Roger Bart, and Angélica Maria.Read More… »
Author: Cai Ross
The summer movie season of 1992 opened under a cloud; a dark cloud from the still-smouldering buildings that had burned to the ground during the La riots in April. Racial tension after the disastrous acquittal of Rodney King’s uniformed attackers had reached an all-time high and Hollywood appealed for calm.
Thus, in a touchingly bold demonstration of selfless generosity, Walter Hill’s unremarkable urban thriller, The Looters, was hastily withdrawn and held back until Christmas, re-christened Trespass (memorably starring two Bills – Paxton and Sadler – and a pair of Ices – T and Cube). Elsewhere, it was business as usual.
The Rodney King affair was briefly alluded to in Lethal Weapon 3, the second-biggest hit of the summer and one of only a handful of ‘sure things’ on the menu. Though there were mutterings about the dominance of sequels in the summer movie season, there were weird things afoot in most of the other returnees. Aside from Lethal Weapon 3 – which was essentially a watered down Lethal Weapon 2 with too much added Joe Pesci – the rest of the sequels veered off into strange tangents, with varying results.
Alien 3, for example strayed dangerously far from the template set down by the first two classics. Bravely, it has to be said, David Fincher tried to create a quasi-religious epic, following Scott’s horror movie and Cameron’s war film. Latterly, Fincher’s frustrations and behind-the-scenes interferences became legendary, but audiences didn’t click with his compromised vision and it became the first in a long line of Alien movies to fall a bit flat.
Another major sequel, Honey, I Blew Up The Baby was in fact the complete opposite of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, culminating in the spectacle of a 99 foot toddler stomping through Las Vegas. It was directed without enthusiasm by Grease director Randal Kleiser, reminding audiences once again why no one remembers who directed Grease.
It wasn’t just sequels that dared to be different. One of the strangest mainstream offerings of the year was Robert Zemeckis’s black comedy, Death Becomes Her, which might have been a delicious satire on America’s vain obsession with cosmetic surgery if only Bruce Willis had stopped shouting at everyone like he was trying to prevent a plane crash.
Back in the ‘90s, much more so than today, comedies were a vital part of the summer success story – an inexpensive sop for the grown-ups while their teenage kids watched things explode in Screen 7. There were high hopes for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn’s Housesitter, which was only a medium-sized hit, despite the bit where Steve Martin sings ‘Tura Lura Lura’ to his dad, and the other bit when his falls over his couch.
Boomerang was a bigger hit and restored some credibility to Eddie Murphy’s career after the crippling one-two punches of Harlem Nights and Another 48 Hours. It was also responsible for one of the great ironic ‘First Dance At a Wedding’ songs, Boys II Men’s The End of The Road.
Nicolas Cage embarked on a three year long career as a romantic comedy star with the rather wonderful Honeymoon in Vegas, famed for its skydiving Elvis finale. Tom Hanks and his Big director Penny Marshall reteamed to great success with wartime baseball comedy A League of Their Own, which also saw Geena Davis giving a star performance and Madonna giving a bearable one. “There’s no crying in baseball!!!” was probably the most quoted line of the summer.
As with City Slickers in 1991, comedy provided the biggest sleeper hit of the summer: Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg excelling as a murder witness hiding out in a convent. As with City Slickers, an unwise sequel was hastily made and hastily forgotten. The original though, was the sixth biggest film of the year and is still going strong as a west-end show to this day.
It wasn’t just the many and varied comic tastes of adults that were appeased; semi-literate young people were also provided for by Encino Man (or California Man as we knew it, since we don’t know where Encino is. It’s in California). Noted for Brendan Fraser’s first stab at the big time, this grungy caveman caper will be of interest to young contemporary archeologists keen to investigate who or what Pauly Shore was.
Teenagers were also palmed off with a silly-sounding comedy called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, written by first-time screenwriter Joss Whedon. Starring Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine, but marketed as a vehicle for Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Luke Perry, the producers had hoped for a chunk of the Bill & Ted audience that Encino Man hadn’t swallowed up. Sadly, they had to make do with a long-running spin-off television show regularly cited as one of the greatest ever made. Gnarly.
The stalking killer thriller phenomenon that started with The Silence of The Lambs and Cape Fear echoed into 1992 with solid hits like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Even Patriot Games – a sort-of sequel to The Hunt For Red October with Harrison Ford rebooting Alec Baldwin’s Jack Ryan – for all its CIA espionage and partial understanding of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was basically a slasher movie, with Sean Bean doing to Harrison Ford what Robert De Niro had done to Nick Nolte the year before. (Sean Bean dies, obviously).
Crimes against the Emerald Isle weren’t restricted to the gratuitous amounts of Clannad in Patriot Games. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent in Ron Howard’s Far and Away was the benchmark for all bad Irish accents until Brad Pitt graciously took the relay baton in The Devil’s Own. The film, shot in glorious 70mm was the biggest risk of the summer and proved to be the dampest squib, considering the star power of Cruise and (then-wife) Nicole Kidman. Despite looking ravishing, the script had all the depth of a bottle-cap. It desperately wanted to be a timeless classic in the David Lean tradition but held up against Unforgiven, which was released in August, Far & Away was shown up as the glorified Cbbc TV special it was.
Unforgiven came out of nowhere. Clint Eastwood’s previous movie, The Rookie, was somehow even worse than 1989’s Pink Cadillac. However, he’d been sitting on David Webb Peoples’ script for years until he was finally old enough to play William Munny. An extraordinary, mature and masterful critique of Western mythology, Unforgiven was hailed as Eastwood’s best work from the get-go, took the summer’s number five spot and would later win a handful of Oscars, including Pest Picture.
So who was the box office champion of Summer ’92? Well, that question was never in any doubt. Tim Burton’s Batman was the cultural phenomenon of 1989, redefining the parameters of box office limitations and merchandise licensing in a way not seen since Star Wars. Speculation as to who Batman would fight next and who would play him/her began immediately. Dustin Hoffman was touted to play The Penguin and Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman, before pregnancy forced her to drop out.
On the 19th of June, all was revealed when Batman Returns opened to a spectacular $45m weekend, $5m more than the original. Michael Keaton returned as The Caped Crusader (having split up with the creditably tight-lipped Vicki Vale), while not one but three villains put up their dukes. Danny DeVito played the Penguin as a deformed, subterranean leader of a gang of circus act drop-outs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (perhaps her signature role) was transformed from a clumsy secretary into a vengeful whip-wielding dominatrix. Christopher Walken borrowed ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown’s hair to play new villain, Max Shreck.
Despite the enormous opening weekend, things took a downward turn almost immediately. Audiences expecting more of the same were treated to a dark, nose-bitingly violent combination of German Expressionism, kinky S&M and oversized rubber ducks. The box office the following week dropped by 40%, and there was further controversy when McDonalds had to deal with the ire of horrified parents across America, ‘tricked’ by their Batman Returns Happy Meals into taking their kids to watch Burton’s deranged fairy tale, pussy jokes et al.
The backlash (against what is now considered a unique high-water mark in the superhero genre), meant that Batman Returns wound up making $100m less than its predecessor and it placed third for the year, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a film so determined to give its audience a familiar experience that it simply changed the first film’s screen directions from Int. Kevin’S House – Night to Ext. New York – Night and reshot the entire script. (The box office crown for the year was taken eventually by Disney’s Aladdin.)
Warner Bros. took evasive action, hiring Joel Schumacher to sweeten the mix, which would help to restore Batman’s fortunes in 1995, before everything, literally absolutely everything went wrong in 1997 and the world had to wait for Christopher Nolan to finish attending Ucl, become a director and save the Dark Knight from the resultant ignominy.
Hollywood was given a crash course in the perils of straying too far from a winning formula in the summer of ’92. Sadly, for a while at least, it learned its lesson.
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- Cai Ross
Congratulations to the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s Class of 2018!
On Thursday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the A-list roster of actors, musicians and television personalities, and the celebrity recipients took to social media to share the happy news.
“I am beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received the news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Bindi Irwin, 18, wrote on Instagram to celebrate her late father Steve Irwin‘s honor.
“Dad changed the world by reaching out to people through their television screens to bring them »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Bindi Irwin is "beyond excited" for her father's latest honor.
Related: Bindi Irwin Pays Tribute to Late Father Steve on His 55th Birthday
"Beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, »
Joanna Sanchez (The League, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is set for a recurring role opposite Nick Nolte in Season 2 of Epix comedy series Graves, from Lionsgate TV. After a year of public protests against his presidential legacy, Season 2 finds former Potus Richard Graves (Nolte) turning inward in search of the man he used to be before he was president. Sanchez will play Julia Martinez, the Graves’ new housekeeper, with a dry sense of humor and “been there, done… »
When Paul Newman passed away in 2008, Robert Redford had been working on “A Walk In The Woods” (which he’d later make with Nick Nolte) as a potential project to make with his longtime friend. Another vehicle the duo had kicked the tires on was crime pic, “Highwaymen,” and it’s been percolating in development for years. Back in 2013, Woody Harrelson and Liam Neeson were eyed as the new leads, but, while Neeson has exited, another name is coming aboard.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Comedy showrunners Sarah Gubbins, Jonathan Krisel, Joshua Michael Stern, Prentice Penny, Mike Royce, and Justin Spitzer sat down together for Variety’s Night in the Writers Room event Tuesday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“The idea that what she was doing was just so bombastically, kind of letting her sexuality and her desire run out, I thought that would be something that we might want to see,” she said. “It really was an emotional both admiration and repulsion that brought me to want to think about how to possibly maybe some day make this into a television show.”
- Rebecca Rubin
Matt Long (Mad Men, Private Practice) and Lauren Weedman (Hung, Looking) have booked recurring roles opposite Nick Nolte of season 2 of Epix comedy series Graves, from Lionsgate TV. After a year of public protests against his Presidential legacy, Season 2 finds former President Richard Graves (Nolte) turning inward in search of the man he used to be before he was President. This journey is compounded by the arrival of his first grandchild, thanks to daughter Olivia… »
Graves has some new company. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wallace Shawn has joined season two of the Epix TV show.The dramedy stars Nick Nolte as a former U.S. president who embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy. The cast also includes Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Callie Hernandez, Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Roger Bart, and Angélica Maria.Read More… »
It remains to be seen if anyone can break Jeffrey Tambor’s two-year winning streak for “Transparent,” but there’s a formidable group that will make a strong effort. In fact, this category could be an exact repeat of last year’s lineup, with Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Will Forte (“The Last Man On Earth”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) all eligible. But it’s likely at least one will be displaced by Donald Glover’s star turn on the FX comedy “Atlanta,” which won dual Golden Globe Awards for best comedy series and comedy actor this year. Glover has been busy at work on the high-profile Han Solo prequel, which certainly puts him front and center in voters’ minds. But never count out Jim Parsons, who could return for his work on “The Big Bang Theory,” which has already landed him four Emmys. And »
- Variety Staff
Epix's Graves is adding a familiar face for season two.
Wallace Shawn has signed on for a recurring role on the political comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Shawn will play Jerry North, the incumbent Democratic senator of New Mexico and Margaret's (Sela Ward) opponent in her race for the Senate. A rumpled suit-wearing klutz and self-righteous liberal, Jerry was one of Graves' (Nick Nolte) most vehement adversaries during his presidency and now turns his taste for political combat on Margaret.
Season two of the Lionsgate series will see Graves looking inward in search of the man he was before »
- Kate Stanhope
A killer book (Dog Soldiers) must hide behind a Credence Clearwater tune. Karel Reisz’s killer movie about the moral residue of Vietnam scores as both drama and action, as disillusioned counterculture smugglers versus corrupt narcotics cops. Just don’t expect it to really have much to say about the Vietnam experience. But hey, the cast is tops — Nick Nolte, Richard Masur, Anthony Zerbe — and the marvelous Tuesday Weld is even better as a pill-soaked involuntary initiate into the pre- War On Drugs smuggling scene.
Who’ll Stop the Rain
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Cinematography: Richard H. Kiline
Supervising Film Editor: John Bloom
Original Music: Laurence Rosenthal
- Glenn Erickson
Graves has some new company. Recently, Epix announced Adam Goldberg and Spencer Grammer have joined season two of the TV series.The dramedy stars Nick Nolte as a former U.S. president who embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy. The cast also includes Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Callie Hernandez, Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Roger Bart, and Angélica Maria.Read More… »
Sometimes the heart wants what it wants – even when the brain knows the heart is a lust-drunk idiot. Jil Soloway's brilliant new Amazon series I Love Dick is a darkly comic parable about the crossroads of art and sex, based on Chris Krauss' beloved 1997 cerebral cult novel. Kathryn Hahn is Chris, a struggling indie filmmaker who finds herself at an artists' retreat in Marfa, Texas, where she falls under the spell of local artist Dick, played by Kevin Bacon. Chris was just planning on passing through town to drop off »
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