9 items from 2015
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If there’s a place more dysfunctional than The O.C., Mischa Barton is about to pay it a visit.
By Alex Simon
Stress kills, goes the old saying, and can cause a host of maladies before it does. Hypertension, heart disease and even Bruxism, otherwise known as grinding of the teeth, can be its unfortunate products. In that spirit, here are ten examples of stress in on-screen, and its most masterful portraits.
Jack Lemmon took home a Best Actor Academy Award for his incendiary turn as Harry Stoner, a once-prosperous businessman who finds his carefully-tailored life crashing down around him. His garment business in downtown La is going bust, his marriage is dead in the water, and the crazy hippies who hitchhike on the Sunset Strip just don’t match his Ww II era sensibilities. When Harry decides to have his business “torched” for the insurance money, he goes on a self-destructive odyssey through early ‘70s La. His word association game with a cute »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan, Gotham) has been cast in a recurring role on the third season of CBS' summer drama series Under The Dome, from Amblin TV and CBS TV Studios. He will play Dr. Marston, a brilliant doctor and scientist with questionable motives. He will be seen next in feature The Outskirts opposite Victoria Justice and Paramount’s live action/ CG hybrid Monster Trucks. Whaley also wrote and directed indie feature Like Sunday, which was released in March. He is… »
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
Unsurprising given its laughably affected title, Like Sunday, Like Rain boasts what may be the most insufferably precocious protagonist in cinema history. Reggie (Julian Shatkin), a twelve-year-old boy genius, proclaims that art is dead, casually questions adult "mores," and composes classical music that he then practices on his cello in his Upper West Side mansion's empty indoor swimming pool. Actor-turned-writer/director Frank Whaley employs studied tracking shots and a mind-numbing piano theme to chart Reggie's quasi-romantic relationship with twentysomething Eleanor (Leighton Meester), who's hired by Reggie's cold, wealthy mom (Debra Messing) to be the kid's nanny. That job involves listening to Reggie prattle on about museum paintings and his vegan diet, al »
Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2: Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for their upcoming Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2 Blu-ray, which hits shelves on April 21st (and is available two weeks prior by ordering from Shout! Factory):
Audio Commentary With Director/Co-writer Luca Bercovici New Interviews With Executive Producer Charles Band, Composer Richard Band, Actor Michael Des Barres and Special Effects Makeup Artist John Vulich Original Theatrical Trailer
- Derek Anderson
Josh Stewart and Christopher Lloyd are starring in the supernatural revenge drama “Cold Moon” with shooting starting later this month in Louisiana, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Cold Moon” takes place in tiny Babylon, Fla., where the granddaughter of Clark’s character is murdered by a mysterious assailant, her body sunk into the black waters of the Styx River — the river where her parents disappeared from their boat a decade earlier. Suspicion falls on a duplicitous banker and his wealthy father, played by Stewart and Lloyd.
Stewart recently provided the voice of »
- Dave McNary
Well-known actor Frank Whaley has taken another step behind the camera: "Like Sunday, Like Rain" stars Leighton Meester as a young, seemingly lost woman who is hired by a busy, rich mother (Debra Messing) to care for her son. The son is played by newcomer Julian Shatkin, who is earning accolades for his breakout performance. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong also co-stars as a troubled boyfriend. The film's synopsis, courtesy of Monterey Media, reads: "Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy and all around genius Reggie, lives a solitary, bookish life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job. Fate winds her lovely fingers around these two lives to unexpectedly place the inexperienced Eleanor as the new au pair for a skeptical. »
- Casey Cipriani
9 items from 2015
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