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An ordinary U.S. suburb, deep in the Eighties: a bunch of kids and parents hang out at the local bowling alley. The youngsters take turns rolling gutterballs, while Roxy Music's "More Than This" plays on the jukebox. The moms hits the snack counter for popcorn, french fries and sodas, next to a neon sign of a hot dog. A typical American scene – except it's also a battle zone, because this mom and dad are Soviet agents, deep in a high-stakes espionage game at the height of the nuclear arms race. »
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Given the level of uncertainty and ambiguity with which The Americans left off during the last season finale, giving even a cursory update on the whereabouts of the Jennings, Stan, and Oleg feels like a major spoiler. So, before we get into plot specifics and more nuanced thoughts on the fifth season premiere, allow me to say the following for anyone who just dropped by in order to see if the new season is worth their time: In terms of thematic nuance and resonance, plot and sheer formal audacity, The Americans is still the show to beat.
Following the events of last season, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) were standing on the edge of a cliff looking over the edge. Their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) was closer than ever to understanding the full extent of her parents’ mission in America, »
- Brian J. Roan
Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
This week’s episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and chief TV critic Maureen Ryan in conversation with the executive producers of two FX series: Ryan Murphy of “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg of “The Americans.”
Talking of “Feud,” which premieres on Sunday, Murphy says the idea for the series began from his desire to be more proactive and create more jobs for women behind the scenes. He launched the Half Foundation, with the promise that 50% of all the directorial slots in his company would go to women, people of color, and gay people. Since then, he’s met with the heads of all the crews on his sets and told them: “You need to hire people who don’t look like you.”
- Debra Birnbaum
The Oscars celebrating the best of 2005 are probably among the most controversial and divisive on record. For it was Paul Haggis’s race-based ensemble drama Crash that received the Best Picture trophy, beating the favourite to win Brokeback Mountain, and spending every minute since its win being repeatedly listed as among the worst films to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
Now why Brokeback Mountain lost to what some regard as a mediocre film, we don’t fully know, with some accusing the Academy of homophobia in their decision-making or bowing to pressures from conservative groups horrified by the idea that some cowboys might have been gay.
However, I would argue that while Brokeback Mountain was perhaps deserving of the win, I feel that it was not the only contender more »
- Graeme Robertson
There’s a moment early on in “Captain Fantastic” where Viggo Mortensen’s Ben Cash, still reeling from the news of his wife’s suicide, addresses his children on the matter. “Last night mommy killed herself,” he says, “she finally did it.” The bluntness hits like a shock to the system.
It won’t be the last we encounter Ben’s child-rearing directness. Over the course of the film, he sticks firmly to his “no lying” mantra, going as far as to tell his young daughter about sexual intercourse after she asks. But that initial encounter is critical. As played by the extraordinary Mortensen, it’s a moment of deep tragedy. He gives the line a no-nonsense edge that proves euphemisms don’t run in this family, but his swelling eyes hint at how crippling that can be. It’s at this moment that “Captain Fantastic” asks its big question: »
- Zack Sharf
Billy Crudup appeared in two Oscar-nominated films in 2016 — “Jackie” and “20th Century Women” — but he also appeared in the family drama “Youth in Oregon” opposite the Tony Award-winning actor Frank Langella. In the film, Langella stars as the 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond who makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, but his family refuses to accept his decision. When another family emergency arises, Raymond’s daughter’s husband Brian (Billy Crudup) ends up driving Raymond and his wife Estelle (Mary Kay Place) 3,000 miles to Oregon, but soon Brian tries to convince the old man to give life another chance. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is directed by Joel David Moore. He previously directed the films “Killing Winston Jones,” about a sixth grade English teacher who tries to get the newly constructed gym named after his elderly father, »
- Vikram Murthi
"I can't sleep at night." FX has released a new trailer for the upcoming fifth season of The Americans.Set in the 1980s, the spy thriller follows Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) — two Soviet Kgb officers who are posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington, DC. The cast also includes Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Alison Wright, Lev Gorn, Costa Ronin, Richard Thomas, Margo Martindale, and Frank Langella.Read More… »
“The Americans” showrunners, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, have previously stated that Season 5 of the FX series “will be a great season.” As fans prepare for the upcoming episodes, the network has unveiled the first trailer of the Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys-starring drama.
At the end of the Season 4, viewers last saw William (Dylan Baker) infecting himself with the Lassa virus, surrendering after he was trapped by the Feds. Arkady (Lev Gorn) was given 48 hours to leave the country, and Elizabeth (Russell) and Philip (Rhys) were wondering if they should take their kids to Moscow. Picking up right where it left off, the spy thriller will keep audiences glued to their seats.
As the penultimate season, Weisberg and Fields previously told EW that they will be telling the story as it unfolds, “not hyped up, »
- Liz Calvario
Ahoy folks! With the Academy Awards still a couple of weeks away, we can momentarily take a breather and look at something else for the day. What is that, you might ask? Well, today is a look at what else theaters will have playing throughout this month, besides the obvious Oscar hopefuls and leftover prestige movies. I do this every single month, as you all must know by now, so of course I won’t exclude February. Much like with January, this month gets a bad reputation as one of the worst for new releases, and while that’s often been well founded, if you look closely enough this month you can find some very solid cinematic options. Consider this list another public service for those of you who have seen all of the Oscar contenders and nominees already. You might even find a gem or two amongst the junk… »
- Joey Magidson
Do not be fooled — Youth in Oregon is a drama through and through. While some of its marketing may suggest a more comedic tone, Joel David Moore’s directorial choices, combined with the film’s poignant — if often scattered — thematic musings are centered on heavy drama. Unfortunately, the first two-thirds of Youth feel like a war between Moore’s aesthetic sensibilities and the thematic tonal balancing act attempted by the script penned by first-time writer Andrew Eisen. I would argue that the ideal presentation of a “dramedy” is combining genuine humor with emotional weight in the same beat. If a storyteller can blend them organically — accentuating the impact of both by contrast — they have succeeded. By this definition, Youth in Oregon is not a successful dramedy. Instead, its first two-thirds feel like a drama and an occasional comedy, separately, each existing on their own plane and rarely passing each other by with a wave. »
- Mike Mazzanti
In Christina Applegate's latest film, Youth in Oregon, she plays the adult daughter of a man who plans a road trip to Oregon to make use of the state's Death with Dignity Act, a decision that causes his family's past and future to unravel as everyone's own secrets begin to spill out. In real life, though, the 45-year-old actress' day-to-day sounds increasingly normal.
"Not much to report over here. Making kid breakfast, working out, now going to go pick her up and take her to ballet," Applegate rattled off on a recent Monday during a phone call with Et. "You know, the uzh. My uzh." In addition to her new movie (in select theaters and available On Demand on Feb. 3), the wide-ranging conversation also covered Bad Moms, the recent Women's March and the fact that it has been 30 years since she first donned one of Kelly Bundy's mini-dresses on Married... with Children.
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Charlie Kessler is directing the adaptation of the bestselling 2009 novel by esteemed columnist and commentator Roger Rosenblatt, who also penned the script. Bcdf Pictures and the Kerry Orent Company are producing. The Hamptons shoot begins in early spring.
Lapham Rising centers on Harry March, a retired writer who lives peacefully with his talking dog, Hector, a born-again Evangelical and unapologetic capitalist. Their neighbor Lapham, an ostentatious multimillionaire who made his fortune on asparagus tongs, begins building a gargantuan mansion. Though Hector sees the undertaking as a symbol »
- Ashley Lee
Exclusive: Frank Langella has signed on to star in the film adaptation of Roger Rosenblatt's bestselling novel Lapham Rising, with shooting scheduled to begin in the Hamptons in early spring. Charlie Kessler is directing a script by Rosenblatt, and Bcdf Pictures (Bachelorette) and the Kerry Orent Company (Money Monster) are producing. Lapham Rising tells the story of Harry March, a retired writer whose life starts to unravel when a multimillionaire begins building a… »
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, this is what we’re most excited about:
Five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams was shamefully snubbed for what many consider to be her best performance yet as translator Louise Banks in this film about an alien invasion that pushes humanity to its brink. “It was one of my favorite scripts that I've ever read. It got me right away and it became one of those that I had to do," Adams explained ahead of Arrival’s theatrical release. Of course, the film’s standout performances are not limited to Adams, who shares the screen with Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, both of whom added gravitas to this sci-fi drama.
Arrival debuts on digital HD Tuesday, Jan. 31.[p »
The Screen Actors Guild held the 23izd SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Here is a complete list of all the winners and nominees.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jeff Bridges / Marcus »
- Gregory Ellwood
Maggie Greenwald’s romantic drama “Sophie and the Rising Sun” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and just over one year later, it will be released in select theaters nationwide. Based on the Augusta Trobaugh novel by the same name, the film follows the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the fervor of World War II that has hit Salty Creek, South Carolina. Salty Creek native Sophie Willis (Julianne Nicholson) falls for the mysterious stranger Mr. Grover Ohta (Takashi Yamaguchi), but as their secret relationship evolves, the war escalates and bigotry threatens Ohta’s life. The film co-stars Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), Lorraine Toussaint (“Selma”), Diane Ladd (“Chinatown”), Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip below.
Read More: ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Interracial Lovers Combat Prejudice In Rural South Carolina During WWII
The film is written and directed by Maggie Greenwald. »
- Vikram Murthi
The Americans are back in action. Today, FX released a new teaser for season five of the TV show.Though much has not been revealed about the new season of the spy drama, executive producer Joel Fields has mentioned Elizabeth and Philip’s will be as strong as ever in season five. The show stars Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Alison Wright, Lev Gorn, Costa Ronin, Richard Thomas, Margo Martindale, and Frank Langella.Read More… »
Captain Fantastic, 2016.
Directed by Matt Ross.
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
“Our names are unique, there’s only one of us in the world,” George McKay’s Bodevan Cash declares in Matt Ross’ sophomore feature Captain Fantastic, thus causing all alarms to blare. There’s a very fine line between quirky and kooky and in burying that line in mud, grime and spittle, Ross succeeds in finding an equilibrium, all be it one that often falters awkwardly. Viggo Mortensen’s Ben Cash and his ragged offspring; through their faux-philosophical existentialism, »
- Amie Cranswick
"This is so much more pleasant than traveling with a stranger..." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for the film Youth in Oregon, an indie drama about a son-in-law who takes on the task of driving his nearly-80-year-old father-in-law across the country to Oregon to be euthanized at his request. Frank Langella stars as the old timer curmudgeon who just wants to wrap up his life, and Billy Crudup co-stars as his son-in-law who drives him across the country and attempts to change his mind. The full cast includes Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, Mary Kay Place, Nicola Peltz & Rebecca Blumhagen. I'm always impressed by Frank Langella, he's an excellent actor, and it's nice to see him in interesting roles like this. If fellow critic David Ehrlich says it's a highlight of Langella's career, maybe this is worth seeing. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Joel David Moore's Youth in Oregon, »
- Alex Billington
Lloyd Kaufman is among one of the most prolific pioneers of indie films, co-founding Troma Entertainment with Michael Herz in 1974. Giving audiences a variety of low-budget teenage sex comedies and arthouse horror films over the past decades, his latest movie, “Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High aka Volume 2,” is a continuation of his 2013 explosive feature “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1.”
Troma Entertainment has released the new Nsfw uncensored trailer for the upcoming “splatstick” horror comedy, check it out below.
The film tells the story of Lauren and Chrissy, two lesbian lovers who must face and defeat the most corrupt and evil forces ever to descend upon Tromaville…and the world! Per the film’s description, “When a perverse conspiracy is launched by the demented CEO of a multi-national ‘organic food’ company, our heroines become embroiled in a death defying fight to restore their own humanity, while at the »
- Liz Calvario
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