12 items from 2016
The 2016 presidential race may have some real-life characters of its own, but some of our favorite politicians have been created by actors. Before you gear up to elect the 45th president of the United States (and celebrate Presidents Day on Feb. 15), remember these 14 great— and not-so-great—film and TV presidents. President Josiah Edward Bartlet (Martin Sheen, “The West Wing”)Leave it to Aaron Sorkin to create one of television’s greatest presidents. A main focus of long-running series “The West Wing,” Josiah “Jed” Bartlet was portrayed by Sheen with a stately blend of honesty, humor, intelligence, and strength. This Democratic president served two terms (with a brief break due to the kidnapping of a relative), and faced many political, personal, and physical battles with the help of his staff. President James Marshall (Harrison Ford, “Air Force One”)Shortly after working with Russian Special Forces to capture and detain a high-powered terrorist, »
Agustin's crime drama Badge of Honor came out on DVD last week and we have three DVDs to giveaway. On her first day of the job, brand new Internal Affairs detective, Jessica Dawson (Mena Suvari), gets caught up in the aftermath of a violent drug bust that includes an officer shooting of an innocent young teenager. The facts, as reported by the two narcotic detectives, just don't seem to add up. As she struggles to find the truth, the ramifications of a single lie reverberate throughout the whole precinct. Soon she finds she can't trust anyone, including the precinct captain (Martin Sheen). In this gritty crime thriller that could be ripped from today's headlines, it's cop vs. cop in a deadly fight for honor.As with our...
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As Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson" series premieres this week on the FX network (and to strong debut ratings), veteran actor Martin Sheen has announced that he's shopping around a true-crime series to TV networks that will unfold in a similar manner to Netflix's hit "Making a Murderer," which will focus on alleged evidence that “exonerates” Simpson in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Sheen is teaming up with Dallas-based investigator William Dear, who says he has spent 21 years collecting what he calls "hard evidence" that he believes exonerates Simpson of the double murders. “People are fascinated with true crime. I know the time is right for people to look at this O.J. thing,” Dear told the New York Daily News today, adding that the project is being sold as an 8 to 10-part miniseries which, like Netflix's "Making a Murderer, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
As Ryan Murphy's "American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson" series premieres this week on the FX network (and to strong debut ratings), veteran actor Martin Sheen has announced that he's shopping around a true-crime series to TV networks that will unfold in a similar manner to Netflix's hit "Making a Murderer," which will focus on alleged evidence that “exonerates” Simpson in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Sheen is teaming up with Dallas-based investigator William Dear, who says he has spent 21 years collecting what he calls "hard evidence" that he believes exonerates Simpson of the double murders. “People are »
- Tambay A. Obenson
This story first appeared in the Feb. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. If you thought the O.J. Simpson saga would be put to bed after new projects on FX and Espn, think again. An undertaking backed by Martin Sheen is making the rounds, with TV execs eager to find the next true-crime hit. William Dear, a Dallas-based private investigator, says he has spent 21 years gathering "hard evidence" he believes exonerates the football Hall of Famer, who was acquitted of killing ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her
- Scott Johnson
It might be said that many of us love Netflix at the moment and, yes, I mean love. A sublime selection of programmes, films, originals and more have been gracing the streaming service and we’ve all been winners for some of the best television in years. Let alone the first series of Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil, House of Cards, Master of None… and that’s just some I can think of right now. We’ve all found our favourites.
2016 is set to be another huge year for the Netflix folk, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones getting a second series; and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. Anyway, enough of me, here’s your info:
- Dan Bullock
“We were in the jungle. We had too much money. We had too much equipment. And little by little, we went insane” - Francis Ford Coppola
You wouldn’t necessarily have wanted to be a member of the cast or crew on the set of Apocalypse Now, but you can’t argue with the results. Director Francis Ford Coppola intended to spend five months in the Philippines shooting his Vietnam war epic; instead, he was stuck there for a year, caught in a quagmire of illnesses (lead actor Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack), typhoons and a rapidly-expanding budget.
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for several upcoming comedy series and kids series, the renewal of its acclaimed drama Marvel's Jessica Jones and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Concussion and Doctor Who) and Canada's Mackenzie Davis (The F Word, Halt & Catch Fire and The Martian) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes of the Netflix original series Black Mirror. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) will direct the episode. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series is produced by House of Tomorrow, and Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serve as executive producers.
Netflix also announced that Marvel's Jessica Jones will return for a second season. Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular »
During the Adam Driver-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy series paid tribute to David Bowie by having former cast member Fred Armisen return to reminisce about a memorable 1979 episode of SNL where Bowie served as musical guest.
"When I was in high school and living in Long Island, I stayed up to see David Bowie play on Saturday Night Live. Watching him, for me, was a life-changing experience," Armisen told the audience. "David Bowie transformed whatever space he was in, whatever medium he was using, »
As for new shows, Ashton Kutcher’s “The Ranch,” Winona Ryder’s supernatural series and Will Arnett’s comedy are all on the slate, plus Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated music drama “The Get Down,” which will premiere this summer with the first half of its first season.
Premiere dates for a group of children’s shows were also announced on Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 2 — Friday, April 15, 2016
The Emmy-nominated comedy starring “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper returns to Netflix for its second season, as the streaming service picked “Kimmy” up for two rounds when it bought the sitcom from NBC (the network that passed on the show »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The duo will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
“From ‘Dream On’ to ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘Episodes,’ they have individually and in partnership raised the bar for smart, funny writing. And then there’s ‘Friends,’ whose cleverness of storytelling, clarity of character development, consistent wisdom and wit made it one of the most memorable television series in history – it inhabited our living rooms for a decade, and will inhabit the culture forever. We salute them for what they have done, and for raising the bar for the rest of us. »
- Dave McNary
★★★☆☆ Tom Hooper has made several films about men playing roles. 2009's The Damned United concerned the managerial exploits of Brian Clough (Martin Sheen), a legend of football who alpha-ed his way to the top of a fiercely competitive business. The King's Speech (2010) was, at its core, a film about a man learning to play a role he felt unfit for: unlike Brian Clough, George VI was skeptical about power and status. The film portrays him as a begrudging king, uncomfortable with a crown that will make him into the sovereign.
- CineVue UK
12 items from 2016
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