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Showtime is serving up some summertime heat with two of its top series. The network announced Wednesday that “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex” would both return for new seasons July 12. “Ray Donovan” bows at 9 p.m., followed by “Masters of Sex” at 10.
Each series will air 12 hourlong episodes.
Season three of “Ray Donovan” will welcome guest stars Ian McShane, Katie Holmes and Elliott Gould. Liev Schreiber returns as Los Angeles’ favorite fixer, with Donovan drifting further from his family in the upcoming season.
- Marianne Zumberge
Showtime has announced the summer premiere dates for the upcoming third seasons of two of the network’s top dramas, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. Both series will return on Sunday, July 12, with Ray Donovan kicking off Season 3 at 9 p.m. and Masters following it at 10 p.m. The third seasons of both shows will consist of 12 episodes. Per Showtime, Season 3 of Ray Donovan opens with the show’s titular character (played by Liev Schreiber) adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight, in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning role), who had narrowly escaped last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire. Joining the show this season are guest stars Ian McShane, Katie Holmes and Elliott Gould. Ray Donovan‘s cast also includes Paula Malcomson, »
- Chris King
Showtime has set a Sunday, July 12 premiere date for the third seasons of both Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.
Ray will open the night at 9/8c, followed by Sex. Each season will run 12 episodes.
Season 3 of Ray Donovan finds the titular fixer adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.
Joining the show this season are guest stars Ian McShane, »
We chat to legendary producer Mario Kassar about the return of Carolco, its forthcoming sci-fi film Bot, Hollywood studios, and more...
First Blood. Total Recall. Terminator 2. For a generation versed in the major action films of the 80s and 90s, the Carolco brand holds a special place in the memory. Its distinctive logo became a byword for bold, often brash movies starring some of the biggest names of the day - not least Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Founded by producers Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar in the 1970s, Carolco went from indie outsider to a company with the size and clout of a Hollywood major; the studio became famous - and infamous in some quarters - for its headline-grabbing deals. (Legend has it that, when Arnie signed up to make Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he was given a $17m private jet.)
At the height of its powers, Carolco was making smaller-scale, »
On ABC’s Secrets and Lies (Sunday, 9/8c), Private Practice alum KaDee Strickland plays Christy Crawford, a successful real estate agent whose marriage is on an ever-shaky foun- dation, especially since husband Ben (Ryan Phillippe) emerged as the prime suspect in the murder of a neighbor boy who turned out to be his son.
As Ben’s intrepid mission to clear his name only digs him in deeper and deeper, Christy’s stance as supportive spouse if increasingly tested. But maybe she has sordid secrets and lies of her own?
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Strickland spoke with »
Ray Donovan‘s Elliott Gould has booked a regular role on CBS hourlong pilot Doubt. From longtime Grey's Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, Timberman/Beverly and CBS TV Studios, Doubt centers on Sadie, a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets involved romantically with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Apa-repped Gould will play Isaiah, the head of the boutique go-to criminal… »
Robert Altman was a very quirky director, sometimes missing the mark, but oftentimes brilliant. His 1973 take on Raymond Chandler’s 1953 novel The Long Goodbye is a case in point. It might take a second viewing to appreciate what’s really going on in the film. Updating what is essentially a 1940s film noir character to the swinging 70s was a risky and challenging prospect—and Altman and his star, Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe (!), pull it off.
It’s one of those pictures that critics hated when it was first released; and yet, by the end of the year, it was being named on several Top Ten lists. I admit that when I first saw it in 1973, I didn’t much care for it. I still wasn’t totally in tune with the kinds of movies Altman made—even after M*A*S*H, »
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Following his directorial debut, the 1967 Sonny and Cher vignette flick Good Times, director William Friedkin struggled through a couple of projects before landing his first really provocative title with 1970’s The Boys in the Band. Of course, following that would be The French Connection and so on and so forth. But prior to that, Friedkin helmed a period piece penned and produced by Norman Lear, The Night They Raided Minsky’s, which more or less depicts the accidental invention of stripping during the golden period of burlesque. Plagued by various production issues, including the death of Bert Lahr (you know him as the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz) during filming, the initial cut of the film was famously termed ‘disastrous,’ and the title would be retooled for nine months by editor Ralph Rosenblum and finally see release a year after production ended. While not quite charming or as »
- Nicholas Bell
★★★☆☆ With 39 features to his name, each as unique and innovative as the next, there are few American directors who come close to matching the prolific career of Robert Altman. Ron Mann would go one step further, describing Altman's films as distinctively "Altmanesque", a term he spends 95 minutes attempting to define in his latest documentary, Altman (2014). An affectionate exploration of Altman's life, Mann invites a wealth of this maverick filmmaker's best known collaborators and contemporaries to discuss his legacy, including the late Robin Williams, The Long Goodbye star Elliot Gould and Inherent Vice (2014) director Paul Thomas Anderson - who simply describes Altman with one word: "inspiration".
- CineVue UK
In one hundred years of film, the basic formula has never wavered: if you want to leave them smiling, end with a kiss. But while all screen kisses may be heart-warming, they've looked very different since the dawn of cinema. Here's a look at the history of screen romance, by the decades: Decade: 1920’s Romantic Ideals: Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo Their Day Jobs: Sheik and coat-check girl How They Meet: Trapped in a desert oasis while traveling under a secret identity Obstacle in their Path: Her drunken husband, his nattering wives, Hammurabi’s code condemning to death all who gaze upon a member of the tribe. Big Cool Friend’s Advice: “Sail to the ends of the earth, where a man may forget.” Final Kiss Location: Under a full moon atop Mount Kilimanjaro. Watch Party Streaming Pick: “The Sheik” Decade: 1930’s Romantic Ideals: Jean Arthur and Cary Grant Their Day Jobs: Con-woman and paleontologist. »
- Richard Rushfield, Adam Leff
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »
- Alan Sepinwall
She is described as “a shrewd and chic businesswoman” and should be a challenge for movie stalwart Holmes, who made her name on the small screen in Dawson’s Creek. She returned properly to TV in 2011 for The Kennedys mini series (a sequel to which is coming next year) but this recurring role is an interesting change of pace. The actress was most recently seen in The Giver.
Entering production for its third season, Ray Donovan concerns a “fixer” for the great and good in Los Angeles who has to juggle the personal and the professional whilst keeping one step ahead of an ever-inquisitive FBI. In the past it’s boasted an array of meaty acting names, such as James Woods, Elliott Gould and Rosanna Arquette. »
- Steve Palace
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