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‘Bloodline’ s1 is an artificial, repetitive twist machine

14 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Netflix’s new original series Bloodline centers around an affluent family in the Florida Keys, well regarded in the community for the inn and charter tour business run by Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek). Their business, and indeed world, is turned upside down with the arrival of family black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), which sends his hometown siblings John (Kyle Chandler), Meg (Linda Cardellini), and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) scrambling to figure out what to do with Danny. It’s the first heavy-hitting Netflix original that seeks to fill the juicy drama void between seasons of House of Cards.

But House of Cards is lush in its characterizations, plumbing the diseased actions of complex characters as well as being a fun, hyperbolically cinematic power fantasy. Bloodline plays more like a prime-time soap that would be at home on CBS airing after an NCIS spin-off. Creators Glenn Kessler, »

- Charlie Sanford

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Bloodline Season 1 Episode 5 Review

22 April 2015 2:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gary McCurry reviews the fifth episode of Bloodline

Five episodes into Bloodline and as soon as you meet a new character you know that their importance won’t be revealed to you straight away, that’s not how they work. Tedious at times, sure. I’ve become accustomed to discovering the backstory to a character through flashbacks, long monologues and memories unfolding in front of their eyes.

You won’t have to dig deep to find spoilers.

Introducing Detective Lenny Potts (Frank Hoyt Taylor). Immediately we get a sense that even though he’s an old Navy friend of Robert, no warm welcome will be received. In town to attend the funeral of the former head of the Rayburn clan, Robert (Sam Shepard). The death of Robert allows the storyline of his last will and testament (the one that excludes son, Danny) and the quiet showdown with Danny to take centre stage. »

- Gary McCurry

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Bloodline Season 1 Episode 4 Review

15 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gary McCurry reviews the fourth episode of Bloodline

Among the kind compliments I received regarding the first Bloodline piece, a couple of people (one being my father so I’m not sure that one counts) text stating that they plan on starting the show based on what they had read. This is one of the most satisfying aspects of writing and although one had said “Does Bloodline get any better after the first episode? I feel so duped.” she later agreed to continue to watch until episode 4. Here we are then. It’s go big or go home for at least one viewer.

Now for the easiest two words of my review – spoilers ahead.

Instead of the spacious and luxurious setting of the Florida Keys resort where most of the show’s action occurs, we start in the people packed lower deck of a boat. One struggle turns into another »

- Gary McCurry

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James Franco Boards Tennessee Drama ‘The Long Home’

6 April 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco has come on board to direct and produce William Gay’s “The Long Home,” a coming-of-age story set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s.

Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce through their Rabbit Bandini Productions.

The story centers on a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years before to a human evil and is forced to make difficult moral choices to face up to that evil. “The Long Home” was Gay’s debut novel and won the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize.

Franco is currently producing, directing and starring in “In Dubious Battle,” based on John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel about labor conflict. The cast includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepard.

Franco has also directed two adaptions of William Faulkner novels set in the rural South through Rabbit Bandini — 2014’s “The Sound and the Fury, »

- Dave McNary

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Ben Mendelsohn

4 April 2015 7:31 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Ben Mendelsohn

The Show | Bloodline

The Episode | Part 2

The Performance | We never thought that anyone could steal the spotlight from the man who gave life to our beloved Coach Eric Taylor, but in the first few episodes of Netflix’s dark drama of family dysfunction Bloodline, a relative unknown (in this country, anyway) has done exactly that. Emmy winner Kyle Chandler may be the star of this engrossing new series, but Mendelsohn is its breakout performer.

In early episodes the Aussie sensation keeps us guessing. It’s tough to »

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Exclusive Interview: Linda Cardellini Talks Bloodline And Female Filmmakers

2 April 2015 3:36 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In the sweltering heat and thick humidity of the Florida Keys, where hard-luck locals dwell not far from well-off property owners and tourists, mistakes have been made. The Rayburn family is at the center of the latest drama by Netflix, and in Bloodline, a mystery (or mysteries) slowly unravels at a pace fit for the setting.

Actress Linda Cardellini plays Meg Rayburn, the only daughter among three sons, all of whom make their way to visit mother and father upon a special occasion. The reunion, however, stirs up the murky past and creates an uncertain future.

“She’s there in the first episode; their dad describes his children and ‘she’s sunshine of the family,’” explains Cardellini during a recent interview that we did with her in Toronto. “But also my first scene in the show, she’s doing something she is not supposed to be doing.”

Cardellini laughs at the introduction, »

- Anthony Marcusa

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Netflix's "Bloodline": The Up and Downsides to a Slow Burn

1 April 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn in "Bloodline"Photo: Netflix Note: This will spoil all of season one of "Bloodline". Don't say you haven't been warned. A slow burn approach to building tension can be very effective. By gradually building to the climax, it can make the payoff so much more rewarding if it justifies the time it took to get there. On the other hand, if the gradual build isn't handled correctly, the story can feel like it is spinning its wheels and stalling. It is a tricky balance to strike, and creators Todd A. Kessler, Glen Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, who also created the show "Damages", take this approach with their latest show "Bloodline". The result showcases both the great sides and the frustrating sides to a slow burn. The latest Netflix drama focuses on the Rayburn family, led by Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek, who run a hotel in the Florida Keys. »

- Mike Shutt

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Netflix Orders Season 2 Of 'Bloodline' For 2016

1 April 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Yesterday, our own Nikola Grozdanovic went long on on how "Bloodline" Gives Viewers The Tragic Anti-Hero Television Has Been Waiting For Since Walter White. Indeed, the star-studded Netflix drama takes about four to five episodes to really get rolling, so you have to manage a bit of patience. But once it does, it's a terrific family drama, thriller, soap opera, and procedural all rolled into one. Yes, it can be too knotty for its own good at times, and maybe juggles one too many character arcs, but the Rayburns are one of the most interesting families on TV right now, and there will be much more where that came from. Variety reports that Netflix has ordered a second season of the show, with production to start later this year for a 2016 rollout. Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix Orders Season 2 Of 'Bloodline' For 2016

1 April 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Yesterday, our own Nikola Grozdanovic went long on on how "Bloodline" Gives Viewers The Tragic Anti-Hero Television Has Been Waiting For Since Walter White. Indeed, the star-studded Netflix drama takes about four to five episodes to really get rolling, so you have to manage a bit of patience. But once it does, it's a terrific family drama, thriller, soap opera, and procedural all rolled into one. Yes, it can be too knotty for its own good at times, and maybe juggles one too many character arcs, but the Rayburns are one of the most interesting families on TV right now, and there will be much more where that came from. Variety reports that Netflix has ordered a second season of the show, with production to start later this year for a 2016 rollout. Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix’s Family Drama Bloodline Will Return For Season 2

1 April 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Barely a week has passed since Bloodline made its debut on Netflix and the online giant has renewed the family-centric thriller for a second season.

With series creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler – the creative minds behind Damages – all on board to return, Deadline reports that the cast and crew will go back into production later this year ahead of a return in 2016.

Starring Zero Dark Thirty and The Wolf of Wall Street star Kyle Chandler as peacekeeper John Rayburn, Bloodline orbits around a family in Florida Keys who soon find their relationships put to the test when dark secrets from the Rayburn’s past come to light following the return of an estranged family member. With a cast that also includes the likes of Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek, the Netflix drama has certainly hit the ground running, and it’s »

- Michael Briers

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Bloodline: Season Two Renewal for Netflix Drama Series

31 March 2015 9:21 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Netflix wants to keep the Rayburns around. The streaming service has announced they they've picked up new series Bloodlines for a second season. The new episodes will become available to subscribers in 2016.

Revolving around a hard-working family in a Florida Keys community, Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett and Enrique Murciano.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Bloodline Season 1 Episode 2 Review

31 March 2015 2:27 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gary McCurry reviews the second episode of Bloodline

We’ve all heard the saying “blood is thicker than water.” Here, episode 2 brings with it two events that could disprove the theory. These moments will likely change life within and out-with the family.

Unlike the first episode, spoilers will be in effect here.

Following on from “Part 1” we have Local detective, John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) attending an autopsy of a young Hispanic girl he discovered floating in the waters surrounding his beloved home town. Drowning is the official cause of her death, although burns have ravaged one side of her body. Due to events elsewhere this thread is strangely never picked back up, however expect to see this storyline to be continued in the coming installments.

Taking his attention away from the case is Danny, who most were under the impression had left town. After an altercation with head of the household, »

- Gary McCurry

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Bloodline Season 1 Episode 1 Review

25 March 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gary McCurry reviews the first episode of Bloodline

Changing his mind, Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn) takes the speech in his hand and places it back in the pocket from which it came. “To the Rayburn’s!” he shouts. His audience at the annual gathering held in the picturesque family-owned getaway in Florida breathe a silent sigh of relief before completing the toast with their cheers.

Netflix bring us Bloodline, a new show that will make your dysfunctional family look like the Brady Brunch in comparison.

I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum here, be warned though, some may surface.

For Friday Night Lights alumni, Kyle Chandler, it’s less “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” and more “dark lies, new starts, family blues” as he takes on the role of John Rayburn. Chandler’s voice narrates the story, beginning with a long monologue that could be labelled as generic. »

- Gary McCurry

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Bloodline Interview: Linda Cardellini

24 March 2015 10:24 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

On Netflix’s engrossing and intense new series Bloodline, which is part psychological thriller and part family drama, the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family, Danny (in a compelling performance by Ben Mendelsohn), returns home and begins to expose emotional demons that will threaten to tear the family apart. From creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (known as Kzk), the strong cast of actors also includes Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek. During a roundtable interview to discuss the new show, actress Linda Cardellini (who plays Meg Rayburn) talked about all of the mysterious elements to the show, learning about the skeleton of the story before they start shooting, how excited she is to see the finished product to check out her co-stars’ work, how she views this character, bonding with her cast, that Season 2 is a possibility, »

- Christina Radish

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Talking To The Cast Of Bloodline At The NYC Premiere

23 March 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Call it The Avengers of television – Netflix’s Bloodline surely boasts one of the most formidable casts ever assembled for a series. With Kyle Chandler, Sam Shepard, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendehlson, Chloe Sevigny and more taking central roles in the dark, brooding family drama, there are few shows that can claim to have matched its level of star power.

What attracted them to the project is clear – aside from being based at Netflix, a massively exciting new home for prestige programming, Bloodline offers many dramatic showcases for its stars. Though the show itself has some issues, no one would be surprised to hear Mendehlson and Cardellini’s names in contention for the Emmys next year.

Recently, the series had its red carpet premiere in NYC and we were on hand to catch up with Chandler, Mendehlson and more about Netflix’s newest offering. Check out what they had »

- Justine Browning

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: March 23 - March 29

23 March 2015 7:00 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

"Into The Woods"

The Blu-ray release of this star-studded musical extravaganza has some cool extras, like a deleted scene featuring Meryl Streep singing Sondheim's "She'll Be Back," a doc about the production design and costumes, and even the option to watch the individual performances with the lyrics onscreen. Below, get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the special effects (and sneakers) used in the making of Disney's hit musical.

"The Thin Blue Line"

This game-changing documentary by Errol Morris has gotten the Criterion treatment, complete with a high-def digital transfer, an interview with Morris, and more.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

The final movie in the "Hobbit" trilogy has arrived on Blu-ray. There aren't a ton of extras, but hey, »

- Jenni Miller

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Bloodline, Ep. 1.01-06: Compelling mystery driven by exceptional casting

22 March 2015 9:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Bloodline, Season 1, Episodes 1-6

Created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman

Premiered on Friday March 20th on Netflix Instant

This review contains spoilers for the first six episodes of Bloodline 

“Sometimes you know something’s coming, in the air, in your gut. You don’t sleep at night and the voice inside your head is telling you something is going to go wrong and there is nothing you can do to stop it. That’s how I felt when my brother came back.”

Bloodline is all about deception. What’s beneath the surface, what we hide from the world and the lies we tell to protect ourselves and our families. The problem is, and the one that is explored in Bloodline, that it’s usually our families who know our deepest secrets anyways. And if you have a family like the Rayburns’ they are likely to use »

- Tressa

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Bloodline review – Netflix family drama turns shady when the sun goes down

21 March 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This tale of blood and revenge in Florida, with Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek, opens so strongly it makes resistance to the Netflix juggernaut seem futile

Everything would appear to be grand for the Rayburn family in Bloodline (Netflix). Patriarch Robert (Sam Shepard) and his wife, Sally (Sissy Spacek, serious cast this), run a little hotel in an idyllic spot on the Florida Keys. Three of their four grown-up kids live nearby with their own relationships and families, and they take part in an extended clan life: get-togethers, volleyball, tug-of-war on the beach, good stuff like that. There are issues, sure – a bit too much drinking at lunchtime; the odd rocky patch in a marriage. But the Rayburns are respected pillars of the local community, to the extent that a new pier in the area is named after them.

Then prodigal son Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) comes back and casts a shadow over everything. »

- Sam Wollaston

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What You Need to Know Before Binge-Watching Netflix's 'Bloodline'

20 March 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Dramatic thriller Bloodline is now available for streaming on Netflix and Et talked to the stars, including Sissy Spacek and Kyle Chandler, to find out what fans have to look forward to.

The series focuses on the Rayburn family, headed by Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally (Spacek), who run an inn in the Florida Keys. When the family's oldest son Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), the black sheep of the family, returns home, all hell breaks loose as his siblings John (Chandler), Meg (Linda Cardellini) and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) are suspicious about his motives.

News: Glee at Paleyfest: 18 Cast Secrets to Know Before the Series Finale!

Spacek described the series as a "family drama" and a "psychological thriller," while Mendelsohn hinted that things "come to a head pretty quickly."

"Every family has dark secrets," Chandler told Et. "That's why people are going to tune in."

The series starts with a steady pace but quickly steps on the gas »

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Interview: 'Bloodline' star Ben Mendelsohn on black sheep and American accents

20 March 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For many viewers, Ben Mendelsohn will probably be the surprise breakout star of Netflix's "Bloodline," as the Australian actor regularly steals scenes the likes of Emmy winner Kyle Chander, multiple Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, and Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard. But then there will be another subset of viewers who have followed Mendelsohn's career since "The Year My Voice Broke" or the recent career explosion prompted by "Animal Kingdom," which has included roles in "The Dark Knight Rises," "Killing Them Softly" or "The Place Beyond the Pines." For those fans, Mendelsohn is an award-winning character actor with a resumé that can stack up against anybody in the "Bloodline" cast. It's all a matter of perspective. Mendelsohn's credits are filled with ne'er-do-wells, black sheep and shady characters of ill-repute and Danny Rayburn, his character on "Bloodline," is no exception. In Mendelsohn's hands, Danny is also charming, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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