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Andy Cohen is packing up and heading to Austin for SXSW, and he’s really taken with the idea of Texas – open spaces, longhorns, cowboys, the birthplace of Morgan Fairchild, dipping with Sissy Spacek… all those manly things that Texas is known for. It’s probably a good thing he’s headed for Austin, because I’m not sure he’d be ready for Abilene.
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- Ed Kennedy
(Brian De Palma, 15, Arrow, 1974)
In 1974, after a decade making low-budget, semi-underground movies, Brian De Palma thought he was about to enter the big time when 20th Century Fox paid $2m for this wild satire on indulgent rock musicians and the corrupt industry that exploited them. Basically it's a transposition of The Phantom of the Opera to the modern pop world, where an evil impresario, Swan (the diminutive, baby-faced composer Paul Williams,, who also wrote the songs), steals a pretentious rock cantata from Winslow Leach, its naive author, and frames him on drugs charge.
After he's been disfigured by a record-pressing machine, Winslow returns to seek revenge by haunting Swan's theatre, the Paradise. The piece also draws on Goethe's Faust, Wilde's Dorian Gray and Edgar Allan Poe, and refers to movies ranging from Psycho (the shower scene is reprised using a plunger) and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
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- Philip French
Hey, Toronto! The Twitch presented Stephen King retrospective Kingdom Of Fear continues at the Tiff Bell Lightbox tomorrow night with a screening of Brian De Palma's Carrie and we want you to be there!The very definition of the teenage outcast, sixteen-year-old Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is mousy, withdrawn, friendless, tormented at home by her fanatically religious mother (Piper Laurie) and at school by her mercilessly nasty peers -- not to mention the fact that she has powerful telekinetic abilities that wreak havoc when she loses control of her emotions. Things suddenly start looking up for the hapless Carrie when the most popular boy in school asks her to the prom -- but when the school bitch and her delinquent boyfriend (Nancy Allen and John Travolta)...
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TV news and notes:
- Sundance will premiere Season 2 of its critically acclaimed drama "Rectify" on June 19. The new season will have freed death-row inmate Daniel (Aden Young) becoming more engaged with the outside world and even allowing himself to think about the future. It will also delve more deeply into the lives of people affected by Daniel's return.
- Comedy Central has renewed "Kroll Show" for a third season. The sketch show starring and created by Nick Kroll has been averaging 1.1 million viewers in overnight ratings for Season 2; there's no word yet on when Season 3 will premiere.
- The cast of "Constantine" continues to grow. The new members of the NBC pilot include former "Lost" star Harold Perrineau, "True Blood" alum Lucy Griffiths and "True Detective's" Charles Halford. Griffiths will play Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine's deceased friends who becomes targeted by demons. Constantine saves »
Norbert Leo Butz has signed on to co-star in an upcoming Netflix drama alongside Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek, Deadline reports. The show, from Damages' Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, focuses on a family of adult siblings (with Spacek as their mother) whose black-sheep brother (Mendelsohn) return and dredges up old secrets. Butz will play the youngest brother, "the extroverted and charming owner of a boat repair yard who considers himself the 'unofficial mayor' of this small coastal town." Butz is great — two Tonys don't lie — but the dream of Kyle Chandler and James Wolk playing brothers endures. »
- Margaret Lyons
Exclusive: The Rayburn siblings are all in place. Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. It centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Chandler, Mendelsohn, Cardellini, Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Butz will play the youngest brother Kevin, the extroverted and charming owner of a boat repair yard who considers himself the “unofficial mayor” of this small coastal town. Butz, repped by CAA and Elin Flack Management, is one of only nine actors ever to have won a lead actor Tony Award twice. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Jacinda Barrett is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Swedish helmer Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, Downloading Nancy) will direct the opening episode of the series written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman. It centers on a close-knit family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Australian-born Barrett, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, will play the strong-willed and devoted wife of the family’s “responsible” brother John (Chandler). She co-stared on ABC’s Zero Hour and has a recurring role on USA’s Suits opposite real-life husband Gabriel Macht. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
We're in the 86th annual Oscar voting window and two weeks from today, we'll know the champions of the 2014 Academy Awards. Winners in the performance categories seem to be all lined up, though we've gotten a surprise in those four arenas the last couple of years. Maybe we'll get a few this year, too, but come what may, a quartet (or maybe more if there's a tie — who knows, given the events of this season) will join the echelon of Oscar winning actors dating back to inaugural victors Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor on March 2. With that in mind, HitFix's awards staff put our heads together to come up with a list of the best of, well, the best. We dug through the 325 actors and actresses to win (competitive) Academy Awards for screen performances over the years and we were left with 25 sterling examples from AMPAS' gallery of titans — well, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley
Vinessa Shaw (Vegas, 3:10 To Yuma) has signed on for a season-long arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. (Spoiler Alert!) Shaw will play Kate, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Boston Globe who is writing a book on Sully (James Woods’ character from last season) and comes to L.A. to investigate his death. She joins recently cast Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn in the upcoming second season. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Shaw is repped by ICM partners, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Gretchen Rush. Jamie McShane (Southland) has joined the cast of Netflix’s psychological thriller series Zkz from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Starring Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today. First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. THR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer. The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring. Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages. Hit the jump for more. Reports »
- Adam Chitwood
Oprah Winfrey has trod the Broadway boards before - only strictly behind the scenes, as a major investor in the not-quite-successful production of the 2005 musical The Color Purple. But now the media mogul, who helped bid a fond farewell to Jay Leno Thursday night, may actually appear in the flesh before New York theater audiences during the 2015-16 season. The vehicle, reports The New York Times, is likely to be a revival of Marsha Norman's somber 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'night, Mother. The two-character drama, about a mother's last-ditch attempt to prevent her daughter from committing suicide, originally starred Kathy Bates as the daughter, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
News and notes from all around the TV landscape:
- "The Good Wife" has booked Michael J. Fox for a return visit, but it isn't just for one episode this time. Fox will reprise the role of Louis Canning for a multi-episode arc at the end of the current season. This comes in the wake of "The Michael J. Fox Show" being canceled by NBC, but the "Good Wife" creators were optimistic at winter press tour that Fox could come back either way, since his self-titled show had already wrapped for the year. [TVLine]
- Former "Happy Endings" star Zachary Knighton has booked a pair of gigs. He's joining NBC's "Parenthood" for a mutli-episode arc as a teacher at the school Kristina (Monica Potter) founded and will also star in a Fox comedy pilot called "Weird Loners," playing one of four social misfits who live in the same Queens townhouse.
Directed by Brian De Palma
Written by John Farris
In this action-suspense picture packed with paranormal activity, Kirk Douglas plays government agent Peter Sandza, whose telepathic son (Andrew Stevens) has been kidnapped by his colleague Ben Childress (John Cassavetes), working for a CIA-like secret government agency that plans to exploit the boy’s psychic abilities for warfare. Sandza’s desperate search for his son brings him into contact with a teenage girl named Gillian (Amy Irving), who also has strong Esp powers. He gains her trust, and together, they join forces in the hope of saving his son Robin before it’s too late.
Brian De Palma’s immediate successor to Carrie was The Fury, a supernatural horror/espionage/occult/mindfuck of a movie, which, like Carrie, manages a similar variation on the theme of teenagers using telekinetic powers to exercise repressed feelings. And The Fury, not unlike Carrie, »
- Ricky da Conceição
Isabelle Fuhrman ("The Hunger Games," "Orphan") has landed the female lead role of Alice opposite Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack in Tod Williams' film adaptation of the Stephen King thriller "Cell".
The story deals with an apocalyptic event that amounts to a pitch heard by anyone on a cell phone at a certain point in time, which turns them into zombies with a herd mentality. [Source: Deadline]
Emma Watson ("Harry Potter," "Perks of Being a Wallflower") will join Ethan Hawke in Alejandro Amenabar's upcoming thriller "Regression" for TWC-Dimension. Amenabar scripted the film which Fernando Bovaira will produce. »
- Garth Franklin
Emma Watson will play Ethan Hawke's grad student - Vulture Who would heckle Jared Leto? This lady - HuffPost Entertainment Everyone who's been cast in the Fantastic Four reboot - Moviefone 29 movie adaptations that left out the best part - Cracked Before-and-after photos of The Biggest Loser contestants - BuddyTV A guide to the promising, star-filled 2014 comedy pilots - Splitsider Get the first look at Lucy Hale guest-starring on Baby Daddy - Gossip Girl A major Oscar contender is out on DVD this week - Rotten Tomatoes Sissy Spacek joins Kyle Chandler in his new Netflix series - The Hollywood Reporter Meet Marvel's groundbreaking new heroine - Popsugar Tech »
- Maggie Pehanick
“Carrie” star Sissy Spacek is returning to the small screen. The “Big Love” actress has signed on for Netflix’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled drama series from “Damages” creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. Also read: Is Netflix Luring Away HBO and Showtime Customers? The one-hour drama revolves around a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black-sheep brother returns home. “Friday Night Lights” alum Kyle Chandler has also signed back on for the series, which has received a 13-episode order. Also read: Linda Cardellini Joins Netflix Drama Sony Pictures Television is producing. »
- Tim Kenneally
Yesterday we learned that Linda Cardellini had joined the cast of the upcoming Netflix psychological thriller from the creators of Damages, and now comes news that Sissy Spacek is joining the show as well. Deadline reports that Spacek will play the mother on the show, which stars Cardellini, Kyle Chandler, and a yet-to-be-cast other person as close-knit siblings whose secrets come to light when the black sheep eldest child (Ben Mendelsohn) returns to the fold. Bring it on, Netflix. We are ready. »
- Margaret Lyons
Sissy Spacek is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman, the untitled series centers on a close-knit family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Spacek will play the siblings’ mother. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Netflix's untitled family drama has found its matriarch. Sissy Spacek has been tapped to star in Netflix's untitled family thriller from the creators of Damages, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 13-episode series -- produced by Sony Pictures Television -- hails from Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (aka Kzk). The series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars come to light with the return of their black-sheep brother (The Dark Knight Rises' Ben Mendelsohn). Photos: Midseason TV Preview Spacek will play Sally, the mother to Mendelsohn and stars Kyle Chandler,who plays the middle son, John, and Linda
- Lesley Goldberg
Some celebrities were awkward growing up ... others, well, they got voted homecoming queen. Perez Hilton rounds up 17 of the latter. A sampling: Rosie O'Donnell: Was homecoming queen and prom queen at her New York high school. Halle Berry: Was the first black homecoming queen at her Cleveland high school. Jessica Simpson: Was homecoming princess twice, but dropped out of school before she could be voted queen. Meg Ryan: Was homecoming queen in 1979 at her Connecticut high school. Meryl Streep: Went from an "awkward" stage to her high school's homecoming queen in 1967. Sissy Spacek: Was homecoming queen at »
- Evann Gastaldo
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