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Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
Endings matter. TV viewers are trained to look for — and expect — answers, on both micro and macro levels. Lucky for said viewers, Aaron Sorkin is more than willing to oblige. He’ll answer every goddamn thing. Sorkin often looks at finales as an opportunity to ask and answer one final question with regards to his shows: “What Kind of Day Has It Been?” That title has been used four times in four separate Sorkin series. Each time, the question is answered unequivocally — the day has either been amazing or somewhat shitty, depending on whether it was a season or series finale. Let us look back.Sports Night, “What Kind of Day Has It Been?” Originally aired: May 4, 1999On the first “Day” in question, Casey (Peter Krause) struggles to maintain his relationship with his young son in the aftermath of his divorce, while co-anchor Dan (Josh Charles) pines for »
- Libby Hill
The holidays came a bit early for Josh Charles and his wife, Sophie Flack. E! News can confirm that the former Good Wife star just welcomed his first child, a son, on Tuesday. People magazine first reported the good news, but no other details have been released regarding the little one's arrival. But one thing is certain, Charles is definitely prepared to take on the role of dad for the very first time! In a recent, and adorable, snapshot on Instagram, Flack shared a pic of her hubby jokingly posing with two breast pumps on his face. "Ready for fatherhood," the new mama lovingly wrote. And by the looks of it, Charles has been doting on his leading lady all »
Congrats! Former Good Wife star Josh Charles and his wife Sophie Flack have welcomed their first child together, Us Weekly can confirm. The happy couple introduced a baby boy to the world on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Flack showed off her growing baby bump back in August, when Us Weekly confirmed they were expecting, while attending pre-Emmys events with her love. Leading up to the birth of their first child, the former ballet dancer shared silly pictures of her husband playing with baby toys. On one pic, she wrote, "Ready [...] »
The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
Sundance just announced the lineup for its U.S. Competition category for the upcoming 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and in the process they unveiled first look images from some of the films that will debut in Park City. Briefly: The D Train – Written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel; Starring Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White, and Kyle Bornheimer. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; Starring Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon. I Smile Back – Directed by Adam Salky; Starring Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Thomas Sadoski, Mia Barron, Terry Kinney, and Chris Sarandon. The Overnight – Written and Directed by Patrick Brice; Starring Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godreche. Check out the images and synopses after the jump. The D Train / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel) — With his 20th reunion looming, »
- Adam Chitwood
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
Last year, it was Damien Chazelle’s richly texturized, foot-tapping, finger-snapping sophomore pic Whiplash that instantly became the “it” film to beat in the sixteen competition offerings. In 2015, we have Sundance habituals in James C. Strouse, Craig Zobel and Andrew Bujalski measuring up against Park City feature film first-timers in Marielle Heller, Patrick Brice, Chloé Zhao, Nikole Beckwith and Kris Swanberg. Here are the sixteen offerings in the 2015 U.S. Dramatic Competition:
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.
- Eric Lavallee
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Film Institute announced the U.S. dramatic, world dramatic, U.S. documentary, world documentary and Next selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival today. The premier film festival in the United States, Sundance is coming off a banner 2014 edition that brought films earning year-end kudos such as "Whiplash," "Boyhood," "Dear White People," "Obvious Child" and "The Skeleton Twins" into the world. The 2015 slate just looks just as intriguing and, according to the festival, perhaps more emotional and challenging. In a statement from the Institute, the festival's director, John Cooper, remarked, "The selections for our 2015 Festival will take audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes. With approaches ranging from comedic to dramatic, genre to documentary, experimental to short, independent filmmakers are bravely illuminating new opportunities for understanding and empathy.” Festival founder and cinema icon Robert Redford added, "The work of independent artists inevitably reflects the state of our culture »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Good Wife may be hibernating this December, but that doesn't mean the series' casting scoop is snoozing as well.
A fresh face will be joining the hit CBS drama in 2015, and he's sure to shake things up in Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) quest for State's Attorney.
Legendary actor Ed Asner, known for his roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Up, Lou Grant, and many more pop culture staples, has been tapped to join the smash series in an upcoming episode, ETonline exclusively reports.
Watch: Josh Charles on His Shocking 'Good Wife' Exit
The 85-year-old will play Guy Redmayne, a mega-donor to Democratic causes, who turns out to be, well for lack of a better word… disgusting. (This is quite a character leap considering Asner consistently graces our TV screens in the holiday season as Santa Clause on Elf!)
The exact date of Asner's Good Wife debut is to be determined, but we know »
The shortlist for France’s Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country’s highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year’s Cannes crop. Saint Laurent – which is France’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar – by Bertrand Bonello; Olivier Assayas’ Juliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart-starrer Clouds Of Sils Maria; veteran Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language; Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu; Pascale Ferran’s Bird People, starring Josh Charles; and Claus Drexel’s Au Bord Du Monde will vie alongside Venice pics Trois Coeurs, by Benoît Jacquot, and Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys. Godard, Ferran and Jacquot are all former Delluc laureates. The Debut Feature shortlist is made up of Thomas Cailley’s well-received Fortnight film Love At First Fight; Camera d’Or winner Party Girl; Virgil Vernier »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 10: “The Trial”
Directed by Frederick E. O. Toye
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et
Simon Howell: Of course this was going to happen. The Good Wife’s latest seasonal pivot point, in which a major character apparently heads to the slammer, happens to be surrounded with a whole lot of its most broadly silly material. “The Trial” is up to a lot of things – shifting perspectives, light social commentary, romantic workplace comedy, Law & Order episode – but for the most part it manages to hold together reasonably well as an episode. If nothing else, it makes clear that the Kings have no interest in signposting just where this season is meant to be heading, except that it will continue to be defined by Alicia’s campaign and her increasingly unreliable ethical compass. To ponder the episode’s developments and assess the season so far, »
- Simon Howell
The Good Wife can be described as so much better than good. The CBS drama, which is currently airing its 6th season, got a resurgence last season when Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) started their own law firm, much to the anger of their bosses Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Will Gardner (Josh Charles). The just a few short months later we saw the demise of Will in courtroom shootout. This season Alicia has decided to run for State’s Attorney while Cary is on the verge of heading to prison for a crime he did not commit. It was announced last month that fan favorite Archie Panjabi, who plays the very awesome private investigator Kalinda Sharma, will be parting ways with the series this May. The actress had just inked a new deal with 20th Century Fox TV, so we will hopefully get to see her… »
- Tim Gerstenberger
While the doors of Sports Night shuttered after only two seasons, the show helped launch the television careers of several actors and became an early indicator of what Aaron Sorkin could do on TV. When the cast came back together for EW's reunion issue, they discussed some of the show's most memorable moments. The cast name-drops a number of the show's biggest episodes during the EW photo shoot. Josh Charles describes a "The Weight" musical cue from season one's "The Quality of Mercy at 29K." Joshua Malina recalls one the of the show's last episodes, "April Is the Cruelest Month, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Didn’t see that coming. CBS’ The Good Wife stunned everyone with Will Gardner (Josh Charles) getting gunned down by his client in the courtroom. The scene won a big upset in the 2014 Viewers Voice Awards category for TV’s Most Devastating Moment. TV’s Most Devastating Moment The Good Wife — Will Gardner taking a bullet to the neck 29.1% Supernatural — Dean’s demon-eyes reveal 25.0% The Walking Dead — Carol telling Lizzie to look at the flowers before putting her down 20.0% American Horror Story: Coven — Delphine Lalaurie’s (Kathy Bates) beheading 9.1% Game of Thrones — When Daenerys locks up … Continue reading →
The post “The Good Wife” shocker wins TV’s Most Devastating Moment appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
During Amy Schumer's set at Carnegie Hall Friday night as part of the New York Comedy Festival, she joked about being labeled a sex comic. Her show is, after all, called Inside Amy Schumer. While sex is a large part of Schumer's comedic persona, however, her work is wide ranging—and her Comedy Central show has been labeled the "most feminist show on TV." So before she and her writers took the stage for a panel at the Paley Center for Media Saturday, EW asked Schumer what she would call the show if she were really describing it. "It »
- Esther Zuckerman
Back in 1998, when TV viewers turned to Friends and Frasier for punchlines and ER and NYPD Blue for drama, one series boldly attempted to be a one-stop shop: ABC's Sports Night. Set in the high-stakes world of a live sports news program, the Aaron Sorkin-scribed dramedy followed the behind-the-scenes exploits of fictional "Sports Night" coanchors Casey (Peter Krause) and Dan (Josh Charles), their brilliant producer Dana (Felicity Huffman), harried associate producer Natalie (Sabrina Lloyd), gruff executive Isaac (Robert Guillaume), and whip-smart researcher Jeremy (Josh Malina). Sports Night was adored by the media—including EW, which called it "the most consistently funny, »
- Katie Atkinson
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