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The Best of the First Two Thirds of 2016

29 August 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

As we wrap up August and charge headfirst into September, I wanted to sort of put a bow on everything that’s come before the impending fall festival season. That way, it could focus us clearly on the awards contenders to come, all the while remembering the hopefuls from the parts of 2016 we’ve passed. As such, today I’m putting out my list of the best of the first third of the year so far. Below you’ll see what the first eight months have brought us, including some films seen at festivals as well as early year releases that the precursors will surely forget, sadly. I only have a few titles that I’m embargoed on (one specifically, as you’ll see shortly), so this is an almost exhaustive look at everything that’s hit screens between January 1st and today. Enjoy, and remember, this is simply what »

- Joey Magidson

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Margo Martindale Is Very Happy To Be Your Favorite Esteemed Character Actress

26 August 2016 2:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Margo Martindale still remembers the moment she decided she wanted to be a screen actress.

“When I left University of Michigan, I went to Harvard to act in a play at Threepenny Opera with Christopher Reeve,” the actress recently told IndieWire. “I remember sitting on the campus of Harvard, sitting under a tree and a light hit me in such a way. I was just thinking and I thought, ‘That’s what I’d like to do.'”

Read More: ‘The Hollars’ Trailer: John Krasinski Deals With Dysfunctional Family Drama

It may sound a bit like divine intervention, but Martindale had long been thinking about making the jump from stage acting, something she had done since she was just a kid, to the big screen. The Texas native knows the story sounds a little funny, but she delivers it with such conviction that it’s hard to deny. And she »

- Kate Erbland

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Emmy Contender James Corden on Overzealous Fans Forcing Him Into Car: ‘Am I Being Kidnapped?’ (Video)

15 August 2016 4:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A version of this story on James Corden first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Down to the Wire Emmy Issue. In about a year and a half, the “Late Late Show” host James Corden has gone from relatively unknown Englishman to legitimate superstar. Granted, he’d already beaten Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Lithgow, James Earl Jones and Frank Langella for the 2012 best-actor Tony. But it was late night that made him a major Hollywood player, thanks to his crack comedic timing, top-notch song-and-dance skills, and the uncanny affability that has endeared him to American audiences. Also Read: Britney Spears. »

- Joe Otterson

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8 things we learned about the live-action 'Masters of the Universe' reboot

15 August 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

McG, the director of Charlie's Angels and Terminator: Salvation who is currently slated to helm the long-gestating Masters of the Universe live-action movie at Sony, just gave an interview to IGN that features quite a bit of back and forth on the upcoming "reboot" of the iconic '80s animated franchise. MotU earlier spawned a poorly-received live-action film starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella. Stating that he is "laser-focused" on making MotU his next movie, McG revealed quite a bit about the project's development, from casting to setting to how the film will be informed by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Below are a few highlights from the conversation, which you can read in full over at IGN. 1. Kellan Lutz has not been cast as He-Man. Though Lutz previously revealed via Twitter that he had met with McG on the project, the Legend of Hercules star is so far not attached to play the musclebound protagonist. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Web Series Comedy ‘Guap’ Looks to Tackle New York City Gentrification

11 August 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Guap

Logline: A quirky, character-driven indie comedy that slows down the rapid-fire gentrification in Washington Heights, New York City.

Elevator Pitch:

At the heart of “Guap” is a simple question: “Who has the right to live in a neighborhood?”

When Pedro, an unsuccessful drug dealer, is forced to use his hidden culinary talents to unite his family against the gentrification threatening their humble Washington Heights neighborhood, he has to make a decision about what matters most to him in order galvanize his community. Multi-generational, bi-lingual, and full of surprising laughs, “Guap” (slang for ‘a lot of money’) is a unique comedy about food, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Atlanta’: Donald Glover to Make TV Directorial Debut with Two Episodes

10 August 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Donald Glover is an artist of perpetual motion, not content to let others direct his trajectory. In the case of his new FX series “Atlanta,” this is literal.

The actor will make his television directorial debut with not one, but two episodes of “Atlanta,” which premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 6 on FX, IndieWire has learned. He helms the sixth and seventh episodes of the season, which will air Oct. 4 and 11, respectively. “Atlanta” follows two cousins Earn Marks and Alfred Miles (Glover, Brian Tyree Henry) as they try to make it in Atlanta’s music scene with their friend Darius (Lakeith Stansfield) in tow.

Read More: ‘Atlanta’: Donald Glover Wants You to Feel What It’s Like to Be Black

At the Television Critics Association press tour panel for the show on Tuesday, Glover touched on directing Episode 6, which changes the perspective from the main three male characters to the point »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Americans: Creators Tease Season Five of FX Spy Drama

10 August 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

During their TCA summer 2016 presser, The Americans TV show-runners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields dropped hints about the upcoming fifth and sixth seasons, the final chapters of the FX Cold War Spy drama. The 1980s-set series stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as Kgb operatives living in the Us under the aliases of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings.The Americans TV series cast also includes Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor, Noah Emmerich, Lev Gorn, Costa Ronin, Frank Langella, Margo Martindale, and Brandon J. Dirden. Warning: Spoilers for The Americans seasons five and six, after the jump.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘The Americans’: 10 Things We Learned From the Showrunners at TCA

9 August 2016 5:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Americans” showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields took a well-deserved victory lap at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, on the heels of the FX drama nabbing breakthrough Emmy noms for drama series and acting bids for stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.

Weisberg and Fields addressed the process of mapping out the show’s final two seasons during the Q&A at the Beverly Hilton. The spoiler-conscious showrunners didn’t give up much in terms of plot points for season five and six. But a few things could be deduced from the pair’s cautious comments.

Here are 10 things we learned from “The Americans” panel:

Martha lives! Alison Wright’s Martha Hanson character was shipped off to the Soviet Union at the end of last season after she learned the truth of her sham marriage to Rhys’ Clark alter ego. Weisberg and Fields wouldn’t confirm whether she will be seen again in »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Americans’ Season 5: Margo Martindale, Frank Langella to Return for ‘Final Acts’

9 August 2016 5:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Don’t worry: The showrunners of “The Americans” have a plan. And that plan includes bringing back Frank Langella and Margo Martindale for Season 5 of the Emmy-nominated series.

Similar details were revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. Executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg explained how they have an actual document, originally called the “Master Plan,” which began as five pages and is now 50.

The document is now called the “Final Plan,” as it contains notes on stories for Seasons 5 and 6, which will bring the story of Soviet spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) to a close.

Read More: ‘The Americans’: The Emmys Finally Nominated the Best Drama on Cable

“We figured out roughly what was going to happen in both seasons,” Fields said, “Then wrote out Season 5 in great detail. It’ll stand alone as a season, but does set things up for the end. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Americans’ Season 5: Margo Martindale, Frank Langella to Return for ‘Final Acts’

9 August 2016 5:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Don’t worry: The showrunners of “The Americans” have a plan. And that plan includes bringing back Frank Langella and Margo Martindale for Season 5 of the Emmy-nominated series.

Similar details were revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. Executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg explained how they have an actual document, originally called the “Master Plan,” which began as five pages and is now 50.

The document is now called the “Final Plan,” as it contains notes on stories for Seasons 5 and 6, which will bring the story of Soviet spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) to a close.

Read More: ‘The Americans’: The Emmys Finally Nominated the Best Drama on Cable

“We figured out roughly what was going to happen in both seasons,” Fields said, “Then wrote out Season 5 in great detail. It’ll stand alone as a season, but does set things up for the end. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Americans’ EPs Drop Heavy Hints About Season 5: TCA

9 August 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Slight spoiler alert about Season 5 of FX’s The Americans. The TCA press corps needled The Americans EPs Joseph Weisberg and Joel Fields about what the series’ final two seasons might be like. Here’s what they divulged about the Cold War drama starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as Americanized Soviet spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings: — Of Philip’s second wife, a former FBI secretary: “Martha is not dead, and there’s good reports from Gabriel (Frank Langella) about… »

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‘You’re the Worst’ Season 3: Edgar’s Ptsd & ‘Loaded’ Love Language Take Center Stage

9 August 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“A word like ‘love’ is very, very loaded,” Aya Cash said Tuesday morning.

Speaking from the Television Critics Association press tour stage, Cash was responding to a general, “What happens next?” query regarding Gretchen and Jimmy’s future on Fxx’s “You’re the Worst.”

Season 3 is right around the corner, and fans are wondering how Jimmy’s fateful words (“I love you”) from the end of Season 2 will affect the commitment-phobic couple going forward.

“They would never do anything by the book,” Chris Geere (who plays Jimmy) added. “They take the hard route the whole time, and I think that’s why people can relate to them. It’s never as easy as romantic comedies have brain-washed us into believing they are.”

Creator Stephen Falk said it was important for him to introduce the couple in a fun, positive light right from the start of Season 3, noting how they »

- Ben Travers

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‘Atlanta’: Donald Glover Wants You To Feel What It’s Like to Be Black

9 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Donald Glover knows exactly how he wants to make people feel with his upcoming FX comedy “Atlanta.”

“The thesis with this show was to show people what it’s like to be black, and you can’t write that down. You have to feel it,” he told critics Tuesday at FX’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.

Read More: ‘Atlanta’ Teasers: Donald Glover Had a Weird Dream in His New FX Series, and You May Too

“The tonal aspect was really important to me,” he added. The unique series, which follows Earn (Glover) as he attempts to make it in the Atlanta music scene, has a surreal quality as well as a strong undercurrent of darkness.

To the point of the show’s surrealism, Glover said, “There really isn’t a limit to how abstract you can get, as long as you believe it. There has to »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Atlanta’: Donald Glover Wants You To Feel What It’s Like to Be Black

9 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Donald Glover knows exactly how he wants to make people feel with his upcoming FX comedy “Atlanta.”

“The thesis with this show was to show people what it’s like to be black, and you can’t write that down. You have to feel it,” he told critics Tuesday at FX’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour.

Read More: ‘Atlanta’ Teasers: Donald Glover Had a Weird Dream in His New FX Series, and You May Too

“The tonal aspect was really important to me,” he added. The unique series, which follows Earn (Glover) as he attempts to make it in the Atlanta music scene, has a surreal quality as well as a strong undercurrent of darkness.

To the point of the show’s surrealism, Glover said, “There really isn’t a limit to how abstract you can get, as long as you believe it. There has to »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Why ‘American Horror Story’s’ Season 6 Theme Will Remain a Mystery

9 August 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Ready to find out the theme for the sixth season of “American Horror Story”? Keep waiting.

At the Television Critics Association press tour executive session for FX on Tuesday, CEO John Landgraf declined to reveal what Season 6 of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s anthology horror series is about. “We decided, Ryan and I and [marketing president] Stephanie Gibbons, that it would be really fun this year… to keep it a mystery,” he said. “There is a theme and a setting and a place and time, but we’re not going to reveal it.”

Read More: ‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Unveils a Curious New Look

Instead, FX decided to be cheeky in the way it would promote the upcoming season, which premieres in September. It turns out the marketing team made multiple teasers for the “hypothetical themes” this season. The catch? “One is accurate; all the rest are misdirect,” said Landgraf.

That »

- Hanh Nguyen

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FX’s John Landgraf: Peak TV Won’t Start to Decline Until 2018 or 2019

9 August 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

John Landgraf admits he expected a decline in “Peak TV” by now.

Instead, the FX Networks CEO now believes that TV production is still expanding to a point that more than 500 original scripted series will have run on American television this year – another record, and up big time from last year’s tally of 417 shows.

Landgraf gave his state of Peak TV report on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour, where he also subtly threw some shade toward Silicon Valley (read: streaming services).

The headline coming out of Landgraf’s address to reporters: He’s now revising his prediction that the peak will be in calendar year 2017 – with the possibility of growth continuing into 2018. In other words, despite the sheer amount of TV now being produced (and don’t forget, that doesn’t even include the multitudes of unscripted, news, sports, kids and documentary fare), we haven’t »

- Michael Schneider

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Here’s Why ‘Man in The High Castle’ Season 2 Doesn’t Have a Showrunner (And Is Okay With It)

9 August 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In an era of “auteur television,” where nearly every show can point to a head of state running the show, Season 2 of Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” is “a republic.”

That’s in the words of executive producer David Zucker, when asked at the Television Critics Association press tour about the complicated alternate reality show’s recent behind-the-scenes drama. Originally developed by former “X-Files” producer Frank Spotnitz from Philip K. Dick’s 1963 novel, Spotnitz exited the job of showrunner midway through the production of this season.

Read More: How They Filmed ‘The Man in the High Castle’ With a ‘Retro-Futurist’ Vibe

Showrunner departures aren’t necessarily unusual, but they don’t tend to happen publicly while a show is still in production, and usually another producer or producers are designated to inherit the title. “House of Cards” Season 5, for example, will be run by Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Captain Fantastic – Review

22 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Credit: Erik Simkins / Bleecker Street

Captain Fantastic may sound like the title of comic book movie but this warm, thoughtful film centers on a different kind of hero, a father who has devoted his life to his children. He is indeed a fantastic father, even if his ideas about how to raise his kids is far out of the mainstream, something which comes to the fore when his family faces a life-altering crisis. Captain Fantastic is an emotionally moving film that mixes drama and a bit of humor in a touching story of an unconventional family who have to work through their grief to find a new way to interact with conventional society.

Viggo Mortensen turns in a wonderful performance as that father, Ben Cash. Ben and his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) chose to leave prosperous conventional lives behind to raise their six children in a counter-culture utopia off the grid – way off the grid. »

- Cate Marquis

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39 years ago today: Comic-Con welcomed stormtroopers to the nerd Mecca for the first time

20 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Today, thousands upon thousands of fanboys and fangirls will flock toward Southern California as San Diego Comic-Con kicks off. 39 years ago today, the then-much smaller convention opened for a significant year: The first after the release of Star Wars. Though the con was still focused on comic books at the time and was contained within Sd’s El Cortez Hotel, the 1977 event did feature a “Making of Star Wars” panel. A year prior, Lucasfilm had drummed up a bit of anticipation for the movie at Comic-Con with Mark Hamill in attendance. Other notable July 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: The Men, Marlon Brando’s first film, premiered in New York. • 1965: Bob Dylan’s single “Like a Rolling Stone” was released. • 1969: Broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, proclaiming the event “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. »

- Emily Rome

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Interview: Director Matt Ross Promotes ‘Captain Fantastic’

18 July 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In this year of morally unique relationship films (“Swiss Army Man”), add the recently released “Captain Fantastic” to the mix. The film, written and directed by Matt Ross, is like a fable of unintended consequences, where a father raises his children to live off the ‘grid,’ away from typical 2016 civilization.

The father in the film is Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises”), and the situation complicates itself when the mother of the six children dies, leaving the father no choice but to bring them back into “civilization” to attend the funeral. Writer/director Matt Ross – who as an actor also portrays Gavin Belson on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” – combines anarchist political philosophy with the extreme survival skills of the family to illustrate a point about our modern society, mostly in the sense that despite all our current abilities to technically communicate with one another, we still remain separated.

Matt Ross Directs »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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