19 items from 2015
The enormity of the talent involved in History’s exhilarating new historical drama, Texas Rising, was more than evident as Bill Paxton, Olivier Martinez, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Roland Joffé walked into a hotel cottage in Pasadena earlier this year to talk to us about the 10-hour event series. It’s truly the TV event of the year with an emotionally riveting story and a cast list that extends beyond the aforementioned, which includes Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
TV Picks: “Texas Rising” is History’s tent-pole event of 2015 set to premiere on Memorial Day.The network lucked out in securing a two-time Academy Award nominated director and an all-star cast. This was a massive undertaking that was filmed in the blistering desert of Durango, Mexico, in wide format CinemaScope. Quite simply, “Texas Rising” is a high quality, compelling historical drama that you must not miss.Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé directs “Texas Rising” with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max […] »
- April Neale
Title: The Squeeze Arc Entertainment Director: Terry Jastrow Writer: Terry Jastrow Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri, Jason Dohring, Katherine Lanasa Running time: 93 minutes, PG13 Available In Theaters, VOD And iTUNES: April 17, 2015 Augie Baccus (Jeremy Sumpter) is a golf phenom, struggling to provide for his mother and sister in Texas. He’s got a beautiful girlfriend and big plans for their future. After Augie breaks a record in a golf tournament, he catches the eye of a gambler named Shooter McGavin Riverboat (Christopher McDonald) and his golddigging trophy wife “The Bank” (Katherine Lanasa) who want him to use his talent for gambling. Much to the [ Read More ]
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Chicago – Golf and gambling go together like the 19th hole and tall tales. The green grass of the course isn’t the same without a little wagering, and the new film ‘The Squeeze’ – written and directed by Terry Jastrow – follows the game from small town America to the big stage of Las Vegas.
The film boasts an all-star cast, and is co-produced by Oscar nominee Anne Archer. The excellent character actor Michael Nouri, the steady Christopher McDonald and the very funny Katherine Lanasa are joining forces with newcomers Jeremy Sumpter and Jillian Murray. The odyssey of a young hot prospect and two gambling legends – based on a true story – are teed up to create a viable comedy about colorful characters, the essence of the links and who-will-outdo-who on the fairway and in the rough of life.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.
Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.
Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »
- Gary Susman
Match-play golf mixes with evil gamblers and the Christian ethics of Middle America in “The Squeeze,” a heavy-handed morality play supported by beautifully shot footage on the links and well-cast con men. But the narrative by debuting writer-director Terry Jastrow — who also produces along with wife Anne Archer — is so handicapped by prosaic dialogue and the earnest young couple at its core that the ingenious “based on actual events” twist at the end feels more like an impossible lie. Distributor Arc Entertainment has a library targeted to faith-based audiences — an important second shot, since theatrical returns from nonbelievers may be subpar.
Golf prodigy Augie Baccus (“Friday Night Lights’ ” Jeremy Sumpter) has big plans. But after easily winning a local tournament, he’s approached by a high roller named Riverboat (Christopher McDonald) and his moll, Jessie (the ingratiating Katherine Lanasa), who try to convince him to join forces with them in »
- Bill Edelstein
In the latest entry in Escape from New York, Reverse Shot's ongoing series on cinephilia around the world, Giovanni Marchini Camia takes us to Berlin. Also in today's roundup of news and views: a major Carl Theodor Dreyer online resource, Rick Alverson on Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, Tom Dicillo on Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, Glenn Kenny on Woody Allen's reputation, interviews with Ondi Timoner, Ellen Burstyn, Keith David, Christopher McDonald and Mark Margolis—and remembering Helmut Dietl. » - David Hudson »
Chris McDonald (Boardwalk Empire) has joined Fox's multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life. He replaces James Caan, who was originally cast in the role but exited after the table read. Fantasy Life was written by Tim McAuliffe based on the memoir by top fantasy sports expert, Espn's Matthew Berry. When hard-working Mitch (Kevin Connolly) lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he's forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never… »
'Win or lose...You're dead!' That's the ominous threat facing a young golf wiz played by Jeremy Sumpter on our exclusive poster for the upcoming thriller The Squeeze. Former actor Terry Jastrow makes his directorial debut with this intense drama, which arrives from producer Anne Archer this spring. Starring alongside Jeremy is a stellar cast that includes Jason Dohring, Katherine Lanasa, Christopher McDonald, Mekia Cox and Jillian Murray.
The Squeeze is a caper about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the Us Open and start playing in high-stakes matches. They don't lose. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes "life or death."
Adam Sandler's second movie after leaving Saturday Night Live was Happy Gilmore, which has grown a huge cult following over the years and helped launch the comedian as one of today's biggest box office stars. It is probably best remembered for an epic fight on the golf course between Adam Sandler and legendary game show host Bob Barker, which infamously ended with The Price Is Right headmaster declaring, "Now you've had enough...Bitch!" Well, that old grudge match is back on in a new video for the upcoming charity event Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs, which airs on Comedy Central this Sunday, March 8.
Jon Stewart will host Night of Too Many Stars, which will raise money with Nyca (New York Collaborates for Autism) to support programs covering everything from the intensive education kids with autism needs at a young age to social training »
The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and Texas Rising details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. General Sam Houston (Paxton), the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to fight for freedom despite insurmountable odds and to »
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at History Channel's upcoming eight-hour mini-series "Texas Rising," which stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, and Kris Kristofferson. Check out the photos below. Plot: The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and "Texas Rising" details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. »
Arc Entertainment has acquired exclusive North American rights to "The Squeeze," a thriller that marries the well-loved hobbies of golf and gambling. Written and directed by Terry Jastrow, "The Squeeze" follows a gambler who stumbles upon a world-class golfer living in a small town. He convinces his new friend to take his high-flying dreams and trade them in for high-stakes matches. Then things start to get ugly. The thriller stars Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Katherine Lanasa, Jillian Murray and Jason Dohring. Read More: Sundance Review: Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelssohn Anchor Uneven 'Mississippi Grind' Golfers and gambling experts alike were quick to sing the film's praises: Pro golfer Phil Mickelson said, "'The Squeeze' is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic," while Steve Wynn (chairman of Wynn Resorts) said, "If you like gambling, golf, and Las Vegas, you'll love this movie." Arc Entertainment Head of Acquisitions. »
- Rosie Narasaki
Kino Lorber has taken all Us rights to the documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, about a legal battle between the French magazine and the Muslim French Council.
The film charts the legal dispute that arose when the Paris-based magazine and target of the January massacre by Islamist terrorists re-printed Danish cartoons first published in 2005 depicting the prophet Muhammad.
Daniel Laconte directed the film, which includes interviews with Charlie Hebdo cartoonists such as Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, who were killed on January 7.
The Squeeze will open in the Us on premium VOD and in select markets on April »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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Keanu Reeves’ current career reboot, kickstarted by a return-to-form turn in John Wick, looks set to continue if this week’s news is any indication. Yesterday he signed up to co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s female-led horror, The Neon Demon, he’s already completed work on Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, and now, he’s hitting the streets of New York for his next effort, Daughter Of God.
As the film is currently in the process of being sold at the European Film Market, a small batch of images from the project have hit the web. Reeves takes center stage in both snaps as a police detective investigating the murder of his partner.
Written and directed by Gee Malik Linton – who will make his directorial debut with the movie – the story hones in on Reeves’ Detective, Scott Galban, as he seeks out the truth during his investigation. »
- Gem Seddon
Alchemy has acquired all North American distribution rights to Mora Stephens' political thriller "Zipper," starring Patrick Wilson opposite Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell. The purchase represents Alchemy's second 2015 Sundance Film Festival buy, following their early pick up of the Nicole Kidman drama "Stangerland." Wilson stars in the film as Sam Ellis, a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future whose one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction that threatens to destroy his life, family and career. "'Zipper' is a sophisticated political thriller anchored by Patrick Wilson's riveting performance as a man battling a burgeoning sexual addition," said Bill Lee, Alchemy's CEO. "We're excited to bring this gripping film to audiences everywhere." Alchemy VP of Acquisitions Jeff »
- Zack Sharf
Indie distributor Alchemy has snapped up North American rights to Mora Stephens' political thriller "Zipper," a 2015 Sundance premiere starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell. Co-written by Stephens and Joel Viertel, "Zipper" will hit theaters and VOD later in 2015. Here's the synopsis: Sam Ellis (Wilson) is a man on the rise — a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction threatening to destroy his life, family, and career. In a relatively strong Sundance for female-directed films, "Zipper" garnered mixed reviews upon its Park City premiere, though CraveOnline calls it "The grown-up thriller of the year," akin to David Fincher's "Gone Girl." The Guardian says there are elements to admire »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Just as sex scandals are pretty much as old as politics themselves, as long as we've had films, we've had cinematic depictions of sex scandals, usually serious and sometimes comedic. Whether filmmakers have had to be coy about the nature of the scandals -- see "The Best Man" or "Advise and Consent" -- or whether filmmakers have been able to directly tear sex scandals from the headlines -- see "Primary Colors" -- the ground has been fertile. Fortunately -- Unfortunately? -- sex scandals just keep coming along and we keep lapping them up, from Eliot Spitzer to John Edwards to Anthony Weiner. Bringing the genre to Sundance this year was "Zipper," a largely straight-faced approach to a plausibly finger-on-the-pulse topic, which falls flat because of a middle act in which the drama spirals into dated addiction craziness. When it's a political thriller, "Zipper" is respectably acted and presented and has some merit. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Cargo will represent international sales at the Efm later this week. Alchemy brokered the deal with CAA and Cinetic on behalf of the film-makers.
The Orchard brokered the deal for Finders Keepers with Wme Global and plans a theatrical and digital release in 2015.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
19 items from 2015
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