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Mark and Aaron welcome old friend, Doug McCambridge to talk about Robert Altman’s “Don’t call it a” comeback film. We touch on the opening tracking shot, what Altman is saying about Hollywood, and yes, we even go into the ending — or both of them. On top of that, we give some tidbits on how to be economical with the Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale.
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A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in one of his movie projects, in this biting industry satire from Robert Altman. Mixing elements of film noir with sly insider comedy, The Player, based on a novel by Michael Tolkin, functions as both a nifty stylish murder story and a commentary on its own making, and it is stocked with a heroic supporting cast (Peter Gallagher, »
- Aaron West
The Cruel Intentions TV show pilot is still alive at NBC. Pilot options on the whole cast have been extended. Variety reports the network remains interested, but, "...sources say that Sony Television (the studio behind “Cruel Intentions”), has garnered interest from cable and streaming outlets, including Hulu, Freeform and more."Sarah Michelle Gellar is reprising her 1999 film role, Kathryn Merteuil, in the sequel series. Kate Levering has taken on the Annette Hargrove character (Reese Witherspoon in the movie). The Cruel Intentions TV series pilot cast also includes Peter Gallagher, Taylor John Smith, Nathalie Kelley, Coby Bell, Anne Winters, Duane Henry, and Samantha Logan.Read More… »
The “Cruel Intentions” TV show is still in the works.
As of today, the pilot options on the entire cast have been extended, Variety has learned.
The television remake of the ’90s teen drama was picked up to pilot at NBC earlier this year, though was not ordered to series. The network still has not made a decision on whether to order the series, but remains interested, therefore asking for cast option extensions for everyone, including lead Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is reprising her role in the potential TV series.
With NBC stalling to make a decision, sources say that Sony Television (the studio behind “Cruel Intentions”), has garnered interest from cable and streaming outlets, including Hulu, Freeform and more.
Insiders maintain that NBC is still looking at “Cruel Intentions,” perhaps for a summer 2017 debut, but the network has not settled on a sensible spot for the younger-skewing, sexy show, since »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes, »
- Arik Devens
Confession: I love Center Stage. A lot. Like “I downloaded Jamiroquai’s ‘Canned Heat’ for when I need to get pumped up” a lot. I even watched the sequel Turn It Up when it premiered (exclusively) on Oxygen.
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I know the films aren’t high art. All I ask for is dance sequences. Lots of them. (Sorry, Starz’s Flesh and Bone — you needed 80 percent less drama and 100 percent more dancing.) So the opening minutes of Lifetime’s threequel movie On Pointe on Saturday were a promising start, »
The 2000 film “Center Stage” — the source material for “Center Stage: On Pointe,” which is itself the third film in what we are now forced to call the “Center Stage” universe — is, for what it is, modestly brilliant. Written by Carol Heikkinen, who also wrote cult classic “Empire Records,” and directed by Nicholas Hytner, a theater director of some acclaim, the original “Center Stage” is a slightly too-cerebral melodrama about the pressures of professional dance meeting the pressures of being a teenager. It did not do notably well at the box office, but — like “Empire Records” — “Center Stage” found an audience after its theatrical release, due to some combination of home video sales and TV airings of the relatively family-friendly film.
Because the film is so easy to watch — this is a nice way of saying “mediocre” — it invites repeat viewings, to the point that what happens ceases to matter at all. Instead »
- Sonia Saraiya
Could we be headed back to The Oc? The producers of the cancelled Fox series recently reunited to discuss the show, Deadline reports.
Created by Josh Schwartz, the teen drama starred Adam Brody, Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Peter Gallagher, and Kelly Rowan. The series debuted in 2003 and ran for four seasons until it ended in 2007.
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The creative team of “The O.C.” reunited Sunday at the Atx Television Festival.
Series creator Josh Schwartz sat on a panel with exec producer Stephanie Savage, writer Leila Gerstein and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas at the Austin, Texas TV fest to discuss the hit teen drama, which ran for four seasons on Fox and ended nine years ago.
The panelists revealed behind-the-scenes tidbits from “The O.C.” Here’s what we learned…
1. Peter Gallagher was the first person cast on the show.
“The first person we cast on the show was Peter Gallagher os Sandy Cohen,” Schwartz revealed. “We wanted to send the message that this was a show that could be for adults, as much as for kids.”
2. The famous line “welcome to the O.C., b-tch” was inspired by water polo players at USC where Schwartz went to school — and so was the show’s title.
“When I was at Sc, there were all these waterpolo guys that refer to Orange County as ‘the O.C.’…as if they were referring to ‘the Lbc,'” Schwartz said, laughing that Orange County is not nearly as hard as Long Beach, but the blonde athletes definitely thought it was.
“It was always a bit of an ironic title for us,” Schwartz said.
3. Josh Schwartz never celebrated Chrismukkah.
“It’s not a holiday that we celebrated,” the show creator said about his childhood. So how did the famous TV holiday come about?
“It felt like it really spoke to what we were trying to do with the show,” Schwartz said. “We had a lot of Judaism on the show,” he said, bringing up the Passover sedar scene from Season 1.
Schwartz said that Chrismakkah really emphasized “the idea is that Sandy had married the ultimate shiksa goddess.”
He cracked, “It was a way to get even more presents!”
4. The Cohens were originally named the Newmans.
Stephanie Savage joked that the core family got a little bit more Jewish as the show was developed. Asked how Fox felt about the “whiny Jews” at the center of the show, Savage laughed that the network was “medium okay” with it.
Not getting Arcade Fire on the show is still a sore subject for Schwartz.
“The O.C.’s” music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas was on the panel and spoke about all the great artists that the show did get. The panel agreed that Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” is one of their favorite moments from the entire series.
6. Kailtin Cooper was originally played by Shailene Woodley (in case you forgot).
“Where is Shailene?” Schwartz joked of the actress who’s gone onto star in the “Divergent” series, among other big blockbusters. “I think Shailene’s doing just fine,” he added.
Savage shared that a young Woodley sent the writers a hand-written note and a drawing of Seth’s toy horse when she was no longer on the show.
7. The writers still think about killing off Mischa Barton.
“It’s complicated. There were a lot of factors involve and it was something we really wrestled with,” Schwartz said. “There were reasons both creative and just in terms for the show itself and where we were with the network.”
“It’s something we still wrestle with,” he admitted, adding that he got lots of “anger and fan art.”
8. The writers loved Taylor Townsend.
“The writers loved writing for Taylor Townsend,” said Leila Gerstein, writer on “The O.C.” who went on to create the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” with Rachel Bilson. “She was so annoying and so delicious,” Gerstein continued, speaking about Taylor Townsend. “We as a group fell in love with her and we were like, we have to keep her around.”
9. Doing more than four seasons was never a strong possibility.
Schwartz said he knew that Season 4 was going to be it.
“Going into it, we had a pretty good sense that was going to be a final season, so it was very freeing creatively,” Schwartz said. “We took some chances that we probably would have felt uncomfortable doing before that.”
While the team didn’t ever strongly consider a fifth season, Savage explained that the fourth season was a more adult version of “The O.C.,” so the writers and producers began to understand what a more mature version of the series going forward could have been. Savage noted that transitioning teen dramas is not easy, after they graduate high school. “Once we were in Season 4, we realized we couldn’t do this forever,” she said.
10. “The Valley” was never going to be a real spinoff.
“We got really into ‘The Valley,'” Schwartz said of the show-within-a-show parody. Asked if he ever considered doing a real spinoff series, Schwartz joked that he planned 14 seasons of “The Valley.”
While “The Valley” isn’t coming to TV any time soon, Schwartz predicted where the next big teen drama may land.
“I don’t know that the next great teen drama is going to be on network [television],” he said. “I think you’re going to find it somewhere else — something else that starts with ‘N’ that’s not ‘network.'”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Variety reports that Roger Kumble, creator of the Cruel Intentions TV show adaptation says NBC and Sony are still in talks to bring the show to the air, possibly next summer. NBC ordered the Cruel Intentions pilot, back in February. When the show was not among the series announced during the recent Upfront, word broke that the pilot was still alive at the Peacock Network.
Cruel Intentions is a sequel to 1999 Cruel Intentions feature film, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon. Gellar is reprising the role of Kathryn Merteuil in the sequel series. Kate Levering has been cast as Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon's role). The pilot cast also includes Peter Gallagher, Taylor John Smith, Nathalie Kelley, Coby Bell, Anne Winters, Duane Henry, and Samantha Logan.
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The appeal of a guest role is obvious as an actor can often make the maximum impact in minimum screen time. That’s why previous winners love to drop in on other shows, such as Hank Azaria showing up on “Ray Donovan,” Michael J. Fox popping over to “The Good Wife” and Brad Garrett showing his dramatic range on “Law & Order: Svu.”
Last year, Reg E. Cathey took home the prize for his work on “House of Cards” after two nominations. He’s likely to receive another nomination for the role of Freddy, though his co-star Colm Feore could also figure into the mix.
There are certain shows that tend to do well time and again in the guest category. One is “The Good Wife,” which has a plethora of potential nominees, from the aforementioned Fox to Denis O’Hare and Blair Underwood, both involved in a powerful gun control episode. »
- Jenelle Riley
Sally Field bounces back in this story of mismatched love - or a romantic delusion... that is 3/4 charm and 1/4 wishful thinking. The May-October romance isn't an outright farce like Harold and Maude, so a few of the comic situations are somewhat wince-inducing. Or am I just feeling my own 'October' discomfort? Field fans should love it anyway. Hello, My Name Is Doris Blu-ray Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date June 14, 2016 / 26.99 Starring Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Beth Behrs, Elisabeth Reaser, Peter Gallagher, Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey. Cinematography Brian Burgoyne Film Editor Robert Nassau Original Music Brian H. Kim Written by Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter, from her short film Doris & the Intern Produced by Daniel Crown, Kevin Mann, Riva Marker, Jordana Mollick, Daniela Taplin Lundberg Directed by Michael Showalter
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I've always liked Sally Field. Her personality made a dumb 'sixties TV show »
- Glenn Erickson
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place »
- The Film Stage
Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail, »
- Glenn Erickson
[caption id="attachment_43922" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Cruel Intentions TV show adaptation pilot for NBC.[/caption]
Although not yet ordered to series, the Cruel Intentions TV show pilot is still alive at NBC. According to Variety, Cruel Intentions may still go forward at NBC, in time for the 2016-17 television season.
The pilot is a sequel to 1999 Cruel Intentions feature film, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil, Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont, and Reese Witherspoon as Annette Hargrove. Gellar is reprising her role in the TV sequel. Kate Levering has been cast as Hargrove. The TV pilot cast also includes Peter Gallagher, Taylor John Smith, Nathalie Kelley, Coby Bell, Anne Winters, Duane Henry, and Samantha Logan.
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It's a wedding at least one New Girl fan never would have predicted. "When I got the first script where Cece and Schmidt hooked up, my jaw hit the floor," actress Hannah Simone tells People of her character getting romantically involved with Max Greenfield's on their Fox comedy during the show's first season, which debuted in 2011. But now, during the two-part season 5 finale, Cece and Schmidt are getting married - and People has some exclusive shots from the big event."Schmidt was this big player, but when the audience saw how much he loved Cece, they immediately started rooting for them as a couple, »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
Attention, lovers of early '00s cinematic classic Center Stage: This is not a drill! Lifetime has made another sequel to the seminal dance movie and E! News has your first look at the new production, Center Stage: On Pointe. Before you start to worry, take a breath: Yes, Peter Gallagher is back as American Ballet Academy boss Jonathan Reeves, Sascha Radetsky is back as dancer (and now choreographer) Charlie, and Ethan Stiefel is back as cocky dancer-turned-choreographer Cooper Nielson (you know—great choreographer, sucky boyfriend). Kenny Wormald and Nicole Munoz are also returning as their Center Stage: Turn It Up characters Tommy Anderson and Bella Parker, who were introduced in the 2008 made-for-tv »
We swear we’re not tearing up while looking at these exclusive photos of Cece and Schmidt’s New Girl nuptials. We just have some dust in our eyes, Ok?
But you couldn’t blame us for getting a little sentimental at the below pics from the Fox comedy’s May 10 season finale, aka Cece and Schmidt’s big day.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar recently returned to the role of Kathryn Meurteuil for the pilot of NBC's Cruel Intentions sequel series, and Taylor Smith Johnson, the show's lead, had a front row seat to her performance. "It's hard to take your eyes off her," Smith, 20, tells People. "Even in a scene, its hard to stay focus just because she's magnetic to watch."Seventeen years have passed since the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum stepped into the shoes of the scheming society girl, and Gellar, 39, even dyed her blonde hair brunette to get back into character. "She really took care of me, »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
No one wants to believe the end's not near, it's here, but as Mark Duplass stated in a lovely message to fans Sunday afternoon, "Togetherness" will not be coming back for a third season. HBO cancelled the critically-beloved comedy with three episodes still to air in Season 2, making Sunday night's finale the last we'll see of Brett (Mark Duplass), Michelle (Melanie Lynskey), Tina (Amanda Peet) and Alex (Steve Zissis) — not to mention Larry (Peter Gallagher) and his adorable pet (his mustache). The news didn't come as much of a surprise to fans or its stars — including Amanda Peet, who told THR, "We saw it coming, so we weren’t blindsided or anything. But it's still devastating." — but the timing of it was telling. When it comes to the Emmys, anyone who lives and dies by who's recognized and who's not needs to have more lives than a newborn kitten. Hoping »
- Ben Travers
Sandy Cohen speaks! The O.C. fans have been impatiently waiting for one of the iconic teen drama's stars to appear on Dancing With the Stars to support Mischa Barton this season, and they're finally getting their wish as Peter Gallagher (aka Sandy Cohen aka one of the best TV dads in the history of TV dads) is making a special appearance and E! News has your exclusive first look. For tonight's show, Mischa and partner Artem Chigvintsev are performing a Samba to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" as part of the ABC hit's "Most Memorable Year" theme. Mischa's pick? 2008, as she says it was "a year of change and putting myself in a better »
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