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13 items from 2015


'Your Family or Mine' star Kat Foster on the Myth of Romantic Chemistry

7 April 2015 12:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kyle Howard has made his "Your Family or Mine" co-star Kat Foster believe in love, or at least believe in on-screen chemistry. "I never totally bought the idea of 'chemistry,' like 'romantic chemistry.'" Foster told me. "I always thought like,'"Oh well if you’re a nice and sweet person with some kind of charm you can probably kind of have chemistry with anyone.' And I thought that for a while and then as we’ve shot the show I’ve started to buy chemistry because I truly feel that Kyle and I really have a genuine kind of simpatico that is actually very, very rare to find with someone you’re playing opposite." All together now: "Awww..." The conceit of "Your Family or Mine" is that Foster's Kelli and Howard's Oliver are married. Each episode alternates between the couple's interactions with her family -- »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: 'Your Family or Mine' star Richard Dreyfuss on TV's draw - 'Money'

3 April 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Richard Dreyfuss doesn't need to play any reindeer games. An Oscar winner and one of the world's biggest movie stars for two decades, Dreyfuss has only periodically popped up on the big or small screens in recent years because he's been concentrating his efforts on overhauling the way American children are taught civics and serving as Senior Associate Member of St. Anthony's College in Oxford. While his recent credits have been sparse, I've talked to Dreyfuss several times in the past few years and the key is always to find what he wants to discuss, even if it isn't necessarily the project he's promoting.  So with the 2012 A&E adaptation of "Coma," it certainly wasn't "Coma," but it could have been the shift in interactions between actors and directors over the years and whether or not TV is more actor-friendly. With this winter's Sundance debut of "Zipper," it was the political backdrop to the thriller. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Elisabeth Shue & Jason Schwartzman to Guest Star on Starz’s ‘Blunt Talk’

5 March 2015 12:33 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Elisabeth Shue and Jason Schwartzman are set to guest star on Starz’s upcoming comedy, “Blunt Talk,” the cabler announced Thursday.

The Patrick Stewart-starrer, centers around Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news with his nightly cable news show, aptly titled “Blunt Talk.” Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, ex-wives and children, Blunt’s only support is the alcoholic manservant (Adrian Scarborough) he transplanted from the UK to join him in Los Angeles.

Shue and Schwartzman will both appear as possible guests on Blunt’s (Patrick Stewart) show.

Other guest stars for Season 1 include musician and actor Moby, Sharon Lawrence (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Trace Lysette (“Transparent”), Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”), Windell D. Middlebrooks (“Body Of Proof,” “Scrubs”) and Steve Valentine (“Anger Management”).

Alongside Stewart, Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”) plays Rosalie, Blunt’s tough and motherly producer-manager; Dolly Wells (“Doll & Em, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Ed Begley Jr., Sharon Lawrence & More Join Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Blunt Talk’

24 February 2015 10:45 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Starz's live-action comedy series Blunt Talk, from Seth MacFarlane and Bored To Death creator Jonathan Ames and Mrc, is building up its cast, adding several recurring and guest roles for the first season. Ed Begley Jr. (Arrested Development, St. Elsewhere), Mary Holland (Silicon Valley, Parks And Recreation), Karan Soni (Safety Not Guaranteed, Betas) and Romany Malco (Think Like A Man, Top Five) have been cast in recurring roles on the series. Additionally musician and… »

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Patrick Stewart Comedy ‘Blunt Talk’ Casts Ed Begley Jr., Sharon Lawrence, Moby

24 February 2015 10:02 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Patrick Stewart‘s upcoming Starz comedy “Blunt Talk” has added a number of guest stars and recurring cast members, including “St. Elsewhere” alum Ed Begley Jr., “Weeds” veteran Romany Malco and musician Moby. Sharon Lawrence (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “NYPD Blue”) will also appear on the series, which is executive produced by “Family Guy” boss Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis. Also Read: Patrick Stewart Suits Up in First Look Still From Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Blunt Talk’ (Photos) The series, which is slated for a summer premiere, stars Stewart as Walter Blunt, a Brit intent on conquering the world of American cable. »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘Dark City’, while a bit uneven, serves as a fine introduction to Charlton Heston through noir

20 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dark City

Written by John Meredyth Lucas and Larry Marcus

Directed by William Dieterle

U.S.A. 1950

Danny Haley (Charlton Heston) calmly walks along the big city sidewalk towards an as of yet unknown destination as the opening credits role. His serious gaze surveys the surrounding area. Moments later the viewer discovers what might have been troubling him as a police convoy raids a nearby building, smashing an illegal betting operation in the process. Danny successfully found refuge across the street, but he and his partners in crime Barney (Ed Begley) and Augie (Jack Webb) are out for the count as far as making quick cash is concerned. Down and out, that is, until they make the acquaintance of army veteran Arthur Winant (Don DeFore) who looks to be loaded and ready to spend big bucks while in town. A fixed card game sees the unsuspecting Arthur hand over a sizable sum via check… »

- Edgar Chaput

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Matt Groening Blasts Fred Armisen's Bootleg 'Simpsons' Shirt on 'Portlandia'

12 February 2015 1:42 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Spyke, the cantankerous bike messenger played by Fred Armisen on Portlandia is forced to eat the shorts of justice when Simpsons creator, and Portland native, Matt Groening takes him to court over bootleg Bart Simpson T-shirts in a new clip taken from an episode of the IFC show airing Thursday night at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.

The knock-off dud in question boasts the wonderfully awful ska pun "Bart Ska-mpson" along with a crude drawing of Bart skanking and proclaiming, "I'm a rudeboy!" After some confusion over the pronunciation of "Ska-mpson »

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Portlandia Renewed For Two More Seasons

10 February 2015 12:46 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

I knew you think you’re a fan of the best show on television, but unless you mean Portlandia, you’re just fooling yourself.

Well, I may be caught up in the excitement, and thus prone to overstating things a bit, But!

It is certainly one of the best shows on (and I mean the top three or four), and this is a good time to commit yourself to it, and binge the previous season, because you know it will be around.

The Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein show has always stood out as not only hilarious, but inventive, and frequently uncomfortable. As the seasons have moved on, we’ve gotten a fascinating look at the characters that hail from the soggy northwest, without sacrificing any of the genius behind the show.

Stay tuned, another few weeks, and more seasons may get ordered.

courtesy IFC

 

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- Marc Eastman

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'Portlandia' Renewed for 2 More Seasons on IFC

10 February 2015 6:52 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Currently in Season 5, IFC has renewed Portlandia for Season 6 and Season 7, ordering ten half-hour episodes each. Creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with co-creator and director Jonathan Krisel, will remain at the helm for both seasons. Portlandia is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.

Said Fred and Carrie in a joint statement.

"We are so excited to get to do more Portlandia with IFC. Getting to work with Jon and our talented writers and crew, it really is our favorite thing in the world. Also, we get to spend more time in Portland!"

Said Jennifer Caserta, IFC's president:

"Portlandia may be a place where young people go to retire, but IFC is not retiring Portlandia. And if you order a book from Toni and Candace at the Feminist Bookstore right now, it might even arrive by the time season seven rolls around. »

- MovieWeb

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Remembering Actress Simon Part 2 - Deadly Sex Kitten Romanced Real-Life James Bond 'Inspiration'

5 February 2015 7:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939).[11] This thematic and »

- Andre Soares

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Oscar Nominees Luncheon Brings Out The Contenders Just As Ballots Are About To Go To Voters

2 February 2015 6:40 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

One of the best events of the year, the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon ran nearly three hours today at the Beverly Hilton. But it looked to me that no one wanted to leave when it ended. The mingling factor here, both during cocktail hour and when it was done, was epidemic. Next to the AFI Awards Luncheon, this is the one event surrounding the awards-season circus that actually is civilized and where everyone is a winner. More than 150 nominees from sound editors to superstars were democratically spread throughout the Hilton’s large ballroom as the Oscar show’s marketing slogan — “Imagine What’s Possible” — for the February 22 ABC broadcast was flashed on large screens over the stage. You have to think that that these contenders believe anything is possible, and just in case, they’d better start working on those 45-second acceptance speeches. And the importance of an appearance here can’t be underestimated, »

- Pete Hammond

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'It means nothing, and it means everything' at annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon

2 February 2015 5:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills — This year's Oscar-nominated actors and filmmakers convened at the Beverly Hills Hotel Monday afternoon for the Academy's annual Nominees Luncheon. It's a unique event that often finds a number of talented circuit staples in the same room for the first time as relationships are rekindled, new ones are forged and the reality of Oscar dreams really begins to crystallize. Take "Whiplash" writer/director Damien Chazelle, for instance, nominated for his screenplay. Here is a young man who was an Oscar geek for years, following the race annually, reading sites like In Contention (he was a big fan of the Oscar Talk podcast and skewered me over the weekend for folding it). Now he's standing on a set of risers next to Oprah Winfrey as…an Oscar nominee. His mind must have been blown. "Song of the Sea" director Tomm Moore, nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, was grinning »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

28 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »

- Steve Montgomery

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