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Citizens of Phoenix can now rest easy: two escaped llamas previously terrorizing (and most likely fertilizing) the streets have been captured. The two elusive animals - one black, one white - initially avoided capture by the Maricopa County sheriff's deputies (and some amateur llama wranglers) in Sun City, Arizona, on Thursday afternoon. Fortunately, most of the chase was streamed live, turning the llama drama into a trending topic on Twitter (with plenty of shout-outs for Lorenzo Lamas) and generating a series of hilarious GIFs. Both llamas are now safely in custody, according to ABC News. No word yet on where »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
Citizens of Phoenix can now rest easy: two escaped llamas previously terrorizing (and most likely fertilizing) the streets have been captured. The two elusive animals - one black, one white - initially avoided capture by the Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies (and some amateur llama-wranglers) in Sun City, Arizona, on Thursday afternoon. Fortunately, most of the chase was streamed live, turning the llama drama into a trending topic on Twitter (with plenty of shout-outs for Lorenzo Lamas) and generating a series of hilarious GIFs. Both llamas are now safely in custody, according to ABC News. No word yet on where the »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
Ever since the death of Josh Charles’ Will Gardner last spring, “you have everybody going in every direction at one time and things are coming unglued,” says Robert King. And there could be even more upheaval as the show returns this Sunday (9/8c on CBS) for the first of the season’s final 10 episodes.
TVLine caught up with the Kings to dish »
The 2015 Writers Guild Awards were held this weekend, and the ceremony proved to be a good one for shows on HBO, FX, and CBS, as True Detective, Louie, and The Good Wife walked away with the WGA trophies for the drama and comedy categories. True Detective won two awards at the event, one for Best Drama Series and other other for Best New Series, while The Good Wife took home the top prize for Best Episodic Drama, which was awarded to the CBS series for “The Last Call,” the hour that featured the shocking death of Josh Charles’ Will Gardner and was written by executive producers Robert and Michelle King. Louie dominated on the comedy side, winning both Best Comedy Series and Best Episodic Comedy for “So Did the Fat Lady,” an episode that was written by creator and star Louie C.K. For the other winners, check out the list below. »
- Chris King
The 2015 Writers Guild Awards in television turned out to be Good and True.
HBO’s True Detective picked up two WGA trophies (for Best Drama Series and Best New Series), while The Good Wife landed a trophy for “Best Episodic Drama” — honoring an individual episode — for “The Last Call,” the hour written by EPs Robert and Michelle King that followed the shocking death of Josh Charles’ Will Gardner.
On the comedy side, FX’s Louie won Best Comedy Series and Best Episodic Comedy (for the widely lauded “So Did »
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A beloved character on “The Walking Dead” gets bitten by a zombie, staggers around for the length of an episode while his friends try to save him, and ultimately succumbs to his wounds.
Spoiler alert, you say? True: I’m talking about the monster hit’s midseason premiere last night, in which Tyreese (Chad Coleman) was the latest character to go to the great zombie asylum in the sky — barely giving the beleaguered troupe time to mourn the death of saintly Beth (Emily Kinney) in the fall finale. I’m a devoted fan, but I’ve grown weary of tracking how many lives have been lost in a show that’s claimed more than its fair share of victims.
In what’s become a rite of passage, the show’s executive producers explained in their postmortem interviews that the relentless churn »
- Debra Birnbaum
Every year, the Sundance Film Festival finds itself packed with several promising features, filled with established performers and breakout stars, and filmmakers screening their first feature alongside veterans of the profession. One of the unfortunate downsides of such a rich array of features, however, is that not every film is able to secure a distributor during the length of the festival, regardless of how intriguing or well-made they are. Here are ten features from the 2015 incarnation of the festival that found themselves without distribution, but which hopefully do become available to the non-festival viewing audience at some point. As with past incarnations of this list, the films are in alphabetical order.
The science fiction genre has often allowed filmmakers to explore current day issues in allegory form, allowing them to dig into what causes societal concerns by viewing it from a different perspective. In that sense, Jennifer Phang »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. The film is slated to open March 4th 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. [Source: Variety]
Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankole and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of "Oppenheimer Strategies" at The Solution Entertainment Group.
Joseph Cedar directs the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after he befriends a young politician who becomes an influential world leader. Filming begins on Sunday in New York and Israel. »
- Garth Franklin
Efm: Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of Oppenheimer Strategies, which The Solution Entertainment Group is selling at the Efm.
Joseph Cedar directs from his screenplay about the famous scientist. Gideon Tadmor and Tadmor Entertainment, Miranda Bailey and Cold Iron Pictures, David Mandil and MoviePlus Productions, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman. Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff serve as executive producers.
Principal photography is set to being on Sunday (February 8) in New York and Israel. ICM Partners handles Us rights.
The Solution has also come on to handle international sales on thriller Tokyo Vice to star Daniel Radcliffe. John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions produces with Adam Kassan and The Solution’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producers alongside Binn Jakupi. Production is set of this summer in Japan »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Solution Entertainment Group is selling international rights at Berlin. ICM Partners is repping the project domestically.
The film is produced by Gideon Tadmor and Tadmor Entertainment, Miranda Bailey and Cold Iron Pictures, David Mandil and MoviePlus Productions, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman; executive producers are Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff.
Gere plays the titular character. His life dramatically changes after the young politician he befriended during a dark period in his life becomes an influential world leader.
Cedar’s 2011 film “Footnote” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, »
- Dave McNary
Sneak Peek footage from writer/director David Wain's upcoming Netflix series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp", set in 1981, starring Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter:
Cast also includes H. Jon Benjamin, Nina Hellman, A.D. Miles, Marisa Ryan, Kevin Sussman and Wain, with Michaela Watkins, Josh Charles, John Slattery, Randall Park, Lake Bell, Jayma Mays, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Richard Schiff.
- Michael Stevens
Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Jason Schwartzman have all scored guest starring/recurring roles in Netflix's upcoming eight-part TV series prequel to the 2001 cult comedy "Wet Hot American Summer".
Hamm will play a secret spy, Wiig is a snobby counselor at a preppy rival camp, Schwartzman is the camp's head counselor, and Pine’s character is described only as mysterious.
The quartet join an already massive cast that includes Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, John Slattery, Josh Charles, Randall Park, Jayma Mays, Lake Bell, Richard Schiff, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Michaela Watkins, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Sussman, A.D. Miles, and Michael Showalter.
While the previous film was set on the last day of a fictional summer camp in 1981, this new series will be set on the first day. "Wet Hot American »
- Garth Franklin
Yesterday, Netflix released the first trailer for their upcoming TV series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which announced a slew of cast members who are starring in the eight-episode series, reprising their roles from the 2001 cult classic comedy Wet Hot American Summer. Today, Deadline has learned that Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm and Jason Schwartzman have been set for "guest starring/recurring roles" in the comedy series.
No details were given for Chris Pine's role, but Jon Hamm is playing "a secret spy," with Kristen Wiig playing a counselor at the "preppy rival" Camp Tigerclaw. Jason Schwartzman is playing the boy's camp head counselor. There are also several other newcomers joining the cast, including Michaela Watkins, John Slattery, Josh Charles, Randall Park, Jayma Mays, Lake Bell, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Richard Schiff, although no details were given for their roles.
Though you might be forgiven for thinking that prequel Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp already had enough talent attached with the return of almost the entire film’s cast, there’s apparently room in the camp’s cabins for more. Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Jason Schwartzman, Michaela Watkins, John Slattery, Josh Charles, Randall Park, Jayma Mays, Lake Bell, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Richard Schiff are all now signed on. It almost leaves you breathless just reading that lot.And they’re just the newcomers – the show already boasts Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, co-writer Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman. With David Wain and Showalter »
Wet Hot American Summer just added a whole bunch of very impressive bunkmates.
Per our sister site Deadline, which first reported the news, Hamm will play a spy, Pine’s role simply will be “mysterious,” and Wiig will play a counselor at the prepster Camp Tigerclaw (Firewood’s rival). All of the roles are either guest star or recurring.
The newbies join most of the 2001 cult film »
Sarah Silverman was her playful, jokey self when she sat down with Indiewire hours before world premiering her new film "I Smile Back" at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In her first starring role, that sparkle is gone. "I Smile Back," stars Silverman as Laney, a suburban wife and mother who struggles with depression, reckless behavior and addiction. Within the first first 20 or so minutes of Adam Salky's harrowing drama, based on the 2008 novel by Amy Koppelman, Laney goes on a drug and alcohol fueled rampage that causes her husband (Josh Charles) to check her into rehab. Silverman is astonishing in the role, fearless in her portrayal of a woman on the verge of self destruction."I Smile Back" is one of the most hotly anticipated films playing this year solely based on the interest in your dramatic performance. What's that like? I feel like it's just set up for. »
- Nigel M Smith
Even though news surfaced that the entire cast of Wet Hot American Summer was set to return for Netflix’s original TV series, it wasn’t officially confirmed by the streaming network until it released a 50-second teaser touting most of the original stars’ names.
The returning cast includes: Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter.
While the teaser didn’t offer much outside of the cast names and an official synopsis, which states it will take place on the first day of Camp Firewood’s most famous summer, it did remind us of the star-studded power that will soon be reuniting for eight episodes.
In the years since, the film has churned out Oscar nominees, SNL alumni »
Park City — The Sundance Film Festival giveth, and the Sundance Film Festival taketh away…85 minutes of your evening. Those are the breaks when it comes to any major festival and, unfortunately, "I Smile Back" falls into the latter category. That may sound a tad harsh, but Adam Salky's latest is a disappointing effort that is the one film that truthfully doesn't belong in the U.S. Dramatic Competition this year. [It's worth noting there are usually two or three films that the Sundance faithful wonder why they've been selected for competition, so just one means it's been quite a good year overall.] In many ways, "Smile Back" feels like a film that would have been at Sundance 10 to 15 years ago. It centers on Laney (Sarah Silverman), a stay-at-home mom living in a gorgeous house in either Connecticut or upstate New York (either works) who has two beautiful kids and, seemingly, a wonderful husband, Bruce (Josh Charles). In reality, however, Laney isn't entirely with it. She forgets her ID to allow her to walk her kids to their classrooms and keeps trying »
- Gregory Ellwood
Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones, whose 13-episode run will at some point follow that of Marvel’s Daredevil (premiering April 10), stars Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23) as the titular detective, whose specialty involves people with extraordinary abilities.
Tennant’s previous TV credits include, of course, Doctor Who, as well as the »
Laney (Sarah Silverman) is the perfect wife to Bruce (Josh Charles) and perfect mom to Eli (Skylar Gaertner) and Janey (Shayne Coleman). She’s a nurturing, loving woman, but she’s also got a raging addiction to anything in sight: sugar, booze, pills, coke, sex, literally anything she can get her hands on. It’s clear that as much love as she has for her kids (and Silverman has great chemistry with them), there are also deep wells of rage within her that send her into flaming-out downward spirals. Silverman plays Laney with a dead-eyed, twitchy ferocity, and her performance is at once horrifying in its reality and morbidly compelling in her rampant self-destructiveness. At first, "I Smile Back" feels a bit like a very well-shot episode of “Intervention,” and the inciting incident that eventually sends her to rehab is rather ridiculous, but boy, does Silverman sell it. The majority »
- Katie Walsh
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