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Show Me A Hero Review

17 August 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Politics are all over the small screen these days, from Netflix’s dour, glowering House of Cards to CBS’ potential-packed Madam Secretary. And given how maddening it is to observe the actual state of affairs across the American political landscape these days, with backwards politicians defending prejudiced institutions as they claim to fight for a better future, and civilians taking to the streets to protest police brutality on a national level (to name two of countless aggravations), it makes sense that television is responding in kind – with searing, heartbreaking tales of a broken system that batters and brutalizes those who strive to fix it.

HBO’s Show Me A Hero, a six-part miniseries that will unspool over three consecutive weekends, is one such story (the title comes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s oft-quoted witticism, “Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Adtv Review: Holding Out for a ‘Hero?’

16 August 2015 8:13 PM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Adtv’s Joey Moser takes a look at HBO’s newest mini-series, Show Me a Hero, which stars Ex-Machina’s Oscar Isaac as a New York politician mired in housing politics. »

- Clarence Moye

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Watch: No One Wants Oscar Isaac's Fliers in New 'Show Me a Hero' Clip

13 August 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'Show Me A Hero': David Simon and Paul Haggis Might Have Made This Year's Most Important Miniseries Paul Haggis and David Simon's star-studded "Show Me a Hero" premieres on HBO this Sunday, a six-hour miniseries that finds its story in the rise of young mayor Nick Wasicsko and his struggle to keep afloat in an environment soaked with racial tension and turmoil. Before he ever gets there, though, Wasicsko has to get through to the grocery shoppers who don't seem to want to give him the time of day, let alone read through the informational pamphlets about his campaign. He puts in a good effort. The adaptation of Lisa Belkin's 1999 non-fiction book of the same name also stars Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder, and is set to explore issues of race and community through the lives of bureaucrats, activists and citizens of Yonkers, »

- Jessica Cariaga

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Review: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon's 'Show Me a Hero'

13 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

David Simon is the resident civics professor of American cable drama, with projects like "The Wire," "The Corner," "Generation Kill," and "Tremé" offering thoughtful takes on the drug war, the Iraq invasion, New Orleans post-Katrina, and the generally rotten state of urban America. He is a TV producer by trade, consciousness-raiser by passion, and journalist at his core, and the showmanship side of the job has always come across as a necessary evil for him. He's glad that "Wire" fans came to love Omar and Bubbles and Wallace, but if they didn't grasp the larger lesson he was trying to teach, then what was the point? But he's also understood that his work needs a spoonful of Stringer to make the medicine go down. "The Wire" may be a powerful commentary on policing, politics, and so much more, but it's also a cracking piece of entertainment, as are all of »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Winona Ryder, Oscar Isaac Praise David Simon’s Honest Storytelling at HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’ Premiere

12 August 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Simon — creator of “The Wire,” “Generation Kill” and “Treme” — was the toast of the evening at Tuesday’s New York premiere of HBO’s miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” which he exec produced and co-wrote with journalist William F. Zorzi. All eyes were on the filmmaker who many credited for revolutionizing TV over the last 20 years.

“David is one of the most important voices out there in the world,” Winona Ryder attested to Variety on the red carpet at the New York Times Building. “His storytelling is unlike anything else, and I really do believe he has changed television. He’s not afraid to tell the brutally honest injustices that are happening in the world. Because of his storytelling, he has changed my life and has opened my eyes to new things. I’m now more informed on issues because of him.”

It took Simon 14 years to bring “Show Me a Hero »

- Paul Chi

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TV Review: ‘Show Me a Hero’

12 August 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A timely, nuanced look at class and race through the prism of events that transpired more than a quarter-century ago, “Show Me a Hero” is a sobering, spare and meticulously crafted HBO miniseries. Although the subject matter — six hours devoted to the battle over public housing in Yonkers, N.Y. — won’t be for everyone, David Simon’s productions seldom are. Nevertheless, the pervasive quality and ambition, including Oscar Isaac’s central performance, rubs off on the pay network in a flattering way, feeling very much of a piece with the third season of “The Wire” in capturing the dysfunction of municipal politics.

For those who have lamented HBO’s latest batch of originals (so long, “True Detective”), “Hero” — being shown over three successive Sundays — comes at a propitious time, to the extent it represents the sort of exercise it’s hard to imagine another network bankrolling. Then again, Simon’s work, »

- Brian Lowry

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'Show Me A Hero': David Simon and Paul Haggis Might Have Made This Year's Most Important Miniseries

12 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

So, a six-hour miniseries about a young mayor struggling with the legal and political complexities of low-income housing might sound like a hard sell... until you find out that it's being directed by Paul Haggis and produced by David Simon, the architect of one of modern television's greatest legacies, "The Wire." Read More: Nobody Quits 'The Wire': How TV's Greatest Drama Became a Family   "Show Me A Hero," based on the 1999 non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin, features an all-star cast including Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder, with Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the mayor who grappled with public opinion and private business in 1987 Yonkers, New York. It's a story about a small community in turmoil, but when you talk to the men behind the scenes, it's actually about a whole lot more than just Yonkers or the 1980s. So at this year's TCA summer press tour, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Show Me A Hero': David Simon and Paul Haggis Might Have Made This Year's Most Important Miniseries

12 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

So, a six-hour miniseries about a young mayor struggling with the legal and political complexities of low-income housing might sound like a hard sell... until you find out that it's being directed by Paul Haggis and produced by David Simon, the architect of one of modern television's greatest legacies, "The Wire." Read More: Nobody Quits 'The Wire': How TV's Greatest Drama Became a Family   "Show Me A Hero," based on the 1999 non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin, features an all-star cast including Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder, with Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the mayor who grappled with public opinion and private business in 1987 Yonkers, New York. It's a story about a small community in turmoil, but when you talk to the men behind the scenes, it's actually about a whole lot more than just Yonkers or the 1980s. So at this year's TCA summer press tour, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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David Simon Doesn't Back Down

11 August 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

From David Simon, the mind behind "The Wire" and "Treme," and directed by Oscar winner (and outspoken ex-Scientologist) Paul Haggis, the six-part miniseries explores home, race, community and politics in 1960s Yonkers, NY. Lifted from Lisa Belkin's book, "Show Me a Hero" follows Isaac as a young mayor who's court-ordered to build low-income housing in affluent white neighborhoods, a controversial decision that threatens to capsize his political career. Winona Ryder, Jim Belushi, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Latanya Richardson-Jackson and Bob Balaban also star in "Show Me a Hero." Below, HBO shares a Q&A with the showrunner, who talks about the project's origins, the moral gray zones of his heroes and villains and the sociopolitical lines in the sand the series addresses. Read More: The Necessary History of David Simon's New HBO Miniseries 'Show Me a Hero' "I thought 'Show Me a Hero' »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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David Simon Doesn't Back Down

11 August 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

From David Simon, the mind behind "The Wire" and "Treme," and directed by Oscar winner (and outspoken ex-Scientologist) Paul Haggis, the six-part miniseries explores home, race, community and politics in 1960s Yonkers, NY. Lifted from Lisa Belkin's book, "Show Me a Hero" follows Isaac as a young mayor who's court-ordered to build low-income housing in affluent white neighborhoods, a controversial decision that threatens to capsize his political career. Winona Ryder, Jim Belushi, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Latanya Richardson-Jackson and Bob Balaban also star in "Show Me a Hero." Below, HBO shares a Q&A with the showrunner, who talks about the project's origins, the moral gray zones of his heroes and villains and the sociopolitical lines in the sand the series addresses. Read More: The Necessary History of David Simon's New HBO Miniseries 'Show Me a Hero' "I thought 'Show Me a Hero' »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'

11 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "Ez Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto). It was also the first time I got my heart broken in this job. Despite rave reviews from me and my more established colleagues across the country, "Ez Streets" was Doa: CBS pulled it off the air after only two episodes had aired, and though most of the remaining episodes would air the following winter, it was just running out the string. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: August 10 - 16

10 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Hot Pursuit"

Critics torched this crime comedy, but you can judge for yourself. Reese Witherspoon plays a by-the-book cop trying to protect Sofia Vergara's drug lord wife as they race through Texas. The Blu-ray featurettes may actually be better than the movie. There's "The Womance," showing Reese and Sofia's on-set antics; "Say What?" where Reese and Sofia try to speak the other's language; "Action Like a Lady," where they show the making of all the stunts; and an alternate ending. The DVD just has "The Womance."

"Unfriended"

During their usual group video chat, high school friends are terrorized by an unseen figure in this horror thriller. It pretty much polarized critics -- some really liked, some Really disliked -- so be prepared for either reaction. »

- Gina Carbone

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6 Jennifer Aniston movies that are actually good

7 August 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

We don't want to get involved in the whole 'Poor Jen' narrative - painting her like some kind of modern day Ophelia - but it's true that the recently married actress has struggled to replicate her success outside of Friends (not that's she's alone there).

But among the laboured romantic 'comedies' and dramas rank with the stench of pathos, Aniston has actually appeared in a few cinematic gems. We've searched out these tranquil islands in the sea of Metacritic reds and yellows:

Office Space

A cult comedy with a dark edge but soft heart, Mike 'Beavis & Butt-head' Judge's Office Space was a flop on release in 1999 but has rightly become a cult classic in the years since. Peter, Samir and Michael are three programmers stuck in an office job from hell, which only gets more hellish with the arrival of a pair of consultants looking to "downsize".

A mishap at »

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New trailer for HBO’s Show Me A Hero starring Oscar Isaac

4 August 2015 2:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We got a first look at HBO’s new political mini-series Show Me A Hero last month [see here], a new trailer has arrived online, which you can view below…

The show is the newest creation from The Wire‘s David Simon, and features a stellar cast that is headed by Ex_Machina star Oscar Isaac as well as Catherine Keener, Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina and Bob Balaban. Based on a true story, Isaac plays a Mayor of a city who tries to push through a court order to help build homes for a white neighbourhood in the 1960’s.

From creator David Simon (HBO’s “Treme” and “The Wire”) and director Paul Haggis (“Crash”), and based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, this six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Oscar Isaac Takes A Stand In Stylish Trailer For HBO Miniseries Show Me A Hero

3 August 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After turning heads with his eye-catching performance in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Oscar Isaac is returning to the genre of period dramas for David Simon’s anticipated six-part miniseries, Show Me a Hero.

Lifted from the pages of Lisa Belkin’s acclaimed 1999 novel of the same name, Isaac assumes the role of real-life mayor Nick Wasicsko, who has to shoulder the burden of implementing legally mandated low income housing against a fierce backlash from the more affluent members of society. Offering up a rich tapestry of characters, the miniseries will showcase the city’s palpable class disparity from both sides of the equation, giving Isaac ample room to flex his acting muscles as he continues to establish a reputation as one of the industry’s bankable character actors.

With Crash director Paul Haggis behind the lens and The Wire‘s David Simon overseeing the adaptation, »

- Michael Briers

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Telefilm Canada pledges C$8.1m for 14 films

28 July 2015 4:32 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The funding body’s Canada Feature Film Fund allocation applies to the 2014-15 cycle and includes films from Kim Nguyen and features actors such as Dane DeHaan and Catherine Keener.

The projects selected for funding are:

Away From Everywhere (Justin S Simms);

Chokeslam (Robert Cuffley);

Coconut Hero (Florian Cossen);

Destroyer (Kevan Funk);

The Education Of William Bowman (Ken Finkleman);

Grand Unified Theory (David Ray);

The Sabbatical (Brian Stockton);

The Saver (Wiebke von Carolsfeld);

The Second Time Around (Leon Marr);

Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End (Craig David Wallace);

Two Lovers And A Bear (Kim Nguyen);

Unless (Alan Gilsenan);

The Unseen (Geoff Redknap); and

Your Money Or Your Wife (Iain Macleod).

“I’m delighted to see the variety of genres and stories represented by these new productions, which truly reflect the diversity, scope and originality of Canadian filmmaking,” said Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant.

“This selection includes dramas, comedies and thrillers »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Show Me A Hero (2015) TV Mini-Series Trailer: Oscar Isaac Battles Segregation [HBO]

15 July 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Show Me a Hero Promo. HBO‘s Show Me a Hero (2015) TV mini-series trailer stars Oscar Isaac, Catherine KeenerAlfred MolinaWinona Ryder, and Latanya Richardson-Jackson. Show Me a Hero‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Lisa Belkin, “this six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and […] »

- Rollo Tomasi

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Watch: Oscar Isaac Stands Strong in David Simon’s HBO Miniseries ‘Show Me a Hero’

14 July 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Show Me a Hero” may be a period drama, but the trailer suggests that the upcoming HBO miniseries draws a lot of parallels to the current civil-rights battle in our country.

The story takes place in the 1980s and ’90s and follows Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, a young Yonkers mayor who finds himself at the crossroads of race and politics when he is instructed to build low-income housing units in his largely Caucasian community. He hopes to be on the right side of history, but at what cost?

Catherine Keener, Jim Belushi, Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina and Jon Bernthal also appear.

Set to be shown in six hourlong installments, the series is an adaptation of Lisa Belkin’s 1999 book and is penned by “The Wire’s” David Simon and William F. Zorzi and directed by Paul Haggis. All three are exec producing, along with Gail Mutrux and Nina Kostroff Noble. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Movie Review – Elephant Song (2015)

13 July 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Elephant Song, 2015.

Directed by Charles Binamé.

Starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolana and Catherine Keener.

Synopsis:

A psychiatrist, a patient and a nurse become embroiled in a day of mind games over the disappearance of a doctor.

Open. Over-exposure. Sandy colour palette. Somewhere hot. A woman sings opera, shot with a floating, dreamlike camera. The sound subtly reverberates. A boy runs up to her.

Right. So it’s going to be one of those movies. That was the flashback. The present is clearer, nowhere near as blurry and impressionistic, colder with blues and whites and greys. Now we’re in a psychiatry hospital.

Why we are, exactly, takes 15 minutes to transpire. It’s an awkward opening quarter-hour. There’s not much in the way of obvious plot. The characters are initially chilly. There’s that cliché-ridden opening flashback. One scene has Michael (Xavier Dolan), the young boy in the opening segment now grown up, »

- Oli Davis

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Watch the first trailer for David Simon’s miniseries ‘Show Me a Hero’

13 July 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As the author of the inspiration for the series Homicide: Life on the Street, as well as the creator of The Wire and Treme, writer David Simon has, over the course of his career, come to be synonymous with quality television for many fans of the medium. With his last series ending in 2013, many were curious about what Simon would do next, a curiosity that was answered with news that Simon would be doing a miniseries about Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasickso, titled Show Me A Hero. The miniseries synopsis can be read below.

Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers’ worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.

Oscar Isaac takes on the role of Wasicsko for the six-part miniseries, with a supporting cast that includes Winona Ryder, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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