10 items from 2016
They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
So Walter Blunt and his staff should take it as a compliment when, in this exclusive sneak peek at Blunt Talk‘s Season 2 trailer, the adult-film biz deems the Brit’s cable broadcast worthy of immortalization… in porn.
RelatedRatings: Power Season 3 Premiere Sets Record for Starz, Besting Outlander
But given that the 30-second preview of Jonathan Ames’ Starz comedy also features Patrick Stewart’s Walter getting goosed — as well as other characters getting spanked and groped, all in the process of putting together a nightly news analysis show — we »
I promised a second round of Q&A this week so here we go. Seven more reader questions answered...
Mr W: Do you have any thoughts on Anna Magnani? She's one of my Top 10 Actresses of all time, but I don't think I've ever read anything on her from you.
I do not. Embarrassing to admit but I've only seen her in The Rose Tattoo (1955) which she was wonderful in. Any suggestions as to where to start?
/3rtful: Is there one unsung veteran actress you would like to see get an award season career boost through Ryan Murphy?
There's very few veterans I wouldn't want to see good a career boost. But i'll just name a dozen (and anyone reading should know I could list another 5 dozen with ease -- I shoulda been a casting director). Given that Murphy usually pulls from the 80s and 90s actressing packs (which, one assumes, »
- NATHANIEL R
Major theatrical acquisitions are rare at Tribeca, but the festival has supplied a steady stream of product (some 400 films in its history) to a host of buyers, including, most recently, A24, Saban Films, IFC and the Orchard. Here are a dozen target titles.
A doc following hedge fund titan Bill Ackman’s crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.
A doc about an anti-Semitic Hungarian politician who later discovered he was Jewish.
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- Anthony Kaufman
Last weekend, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice illustrated a longstanding truth: More often than not, reviews don't make or break a movie. A given motion picture can receive fawning praise from the top critics in the country and audiences may skip it. The same movie could just as easily get negative reviews and audiences can politely ignore them. Case in point: BvS made more than $166 million domestically during its opening weekend even though it currently has a 28 percent "fresh" rating on the movie review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. This isn't news, of course. More than a few summer blockbusters »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
The innovative Viewpoints section celebrates the distinctively bold visions of underrepresented perspectives, styles and characters. Featuring 25 unique and fascinating viewpoints from 15 countries, films in this category vary from realised, hyperreal worlds such as in High-Rise, Equals, Nerdland and The Loner to real world perspectives including Syrian refugees in After Spring, solitary confinement inmates in Solitary and adult students at Night School.
Here are the films selected in this year’s Viewpoints:
Chris Prynoski (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Nerdland is an R-rated cartoon comedy about celebrity, excess, and two showbiz nobodies, John (Paul Rudd) and Elliott (Patton Oswalt), with a plan to become famous—or even infamous—by the end of the night. Featuring an army of comedy cameos including Hannibal Buress, Laraine Newman, Mike Judge, Kate Micucci, »
- Sacha Hall
To put it bluntly, production has begun on the second season of the Starz Blunt Talk TV series. The half-hour sitcom features British newscaster, Walter Blunt, intent on rising to the top of American cable news. The first season finale of Blunt Talk aired October 24, 2015.
Lesley Ann Warren joins the cast in the second season of Blunt Talk, which stars: Patrick Stewart, Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scarborough, Dolly Wells, Timm Sharp, Mary Holland, and Karan Soni. Romany Malco is recurring. Blunt Talk season two will feature guest appearances by Moby, Jason Schwartzman, Fred, Melamed, Erik Griffin, Brett Gelman, and Brent Spiner.
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General Hospital is about to employ the cardinal rule of soap operas: Just because your character is dead doesn’t mean you’re out of a job.
No word on who Easton will play when he gets back to Port Charles, but Valentini promises in the above video that he’s “got something great” in store for the actor.
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Additionally, Rudolph worked with Warren and Carradine in 1984’s “Choose Me,” which established Rudolph as a major voice in independent film. Warren will also serve as producer along with Steven J. Wolfe (“500 Days of Summer”), who produced “Twin Falls Idaho” with Stroh.
“Ray Meets Helen” is due to begin shooting in late spring. Moonstone will start selling international territories at the Berlin Film Festival.
The characters in “Ray Meets Helen” are stalled in mid-life, beset by profound material challenges and haunted by their failed potential in happier times. Each undergo a reversal of fortune, affording »
- Dave McNary
Barry Bostwick and Lesley Ann Warren guest star as Abby’s parents in a new sneak peek at Tuesday’s episode of “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.” In the episode, titled “No means … No,” Abby’s (Lisa Edelstein) parents George and Dina come to town and make a very unusual request just as Jake (Paul Adelstein) is about to leave for Latvia. Also in the episode, Abby reaches out to Becca (Julianna Guill) to have a meeting at the begging of her daughter, Jo (Alanna Ubach) goes on an online dating binge and Phoebe (Beau Garrett) goes on a date with her professor Graeme. »
- Reid Nakamura
With the holidays in the rearview mirror and winter upon us, we're kicking off 2016 with a new issue of Deadly Magazine that includes special features for the holiday horror film Krampus, the cult classic Clue: The Movie, and more.
The winter issue of Deadly Magazine pays tribute to both the past and present of genre entertainment. Heather Wixson's review of Krampus can be found within its pages, as well as her insightful interview with the film's director, Michael Dougherty.
Wixson also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Clue through informative discussions with director Jonathan Lynn and Miss Scarlet herself, Lesley Ann Warren. Ending the issue on a nostalgic note is Scott Drebit, who takes a loving look back at 1978's The Swarm.
This issue of Deadly Magazine is available to read in its entirety for free. Below, we've included links to read and download our latest issue of Deadly Magazine. »
- Derek Anderson
10 items from 2016
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