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From the "Italian Contemporary Film Festival", screening June 11-19, 2015, Sneak Peek director Barry Levinson's new black comedy feature "The Humbling", starring Al Pacino, Diane Wiest, Greta Gerwig, Charles Grodin and Kyra Sedgwick:
"...'Simon Axler' is a successful actor who takes a tumble from the stage while performing Shakespeare. He suffers from mental illness and has trouble differentiating between reality and fantasy, which ultimately leads him to retire from the stage.
"The daughter of Simon’s old acting friend decides to move into his house and they soon develop a strange and dysfunctional relationship that draws the attention of her parents.
"Meanwhile, Simon’s agent Charles Grodin tries to get him back on his feet and back to work..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Humbling"...
- Michael Stevens
"Inside Out" is, like most Pixar films, a majestic experiment in fantasy and imagination. Unlike most Pixar films, it directly investigates what makes imagination so powerful. The newest Pixar adventure chronicles the life of a girl named Riley, whose emotional life is powered (literally, at a control station) by five brain inhabitants named Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). While all five characters enjoy moments of jubilation and panic, it's Disgust who seems to have the most fun. She smarts off and grumbles in a way that would make Lucy Van Pelt proud. We caught up with Kaling, whose show "The Mindy Project" just moved to Hulu, to discuss the thrill of voicing such a prickly character. We also grilled her about the hottest Disney and Pixar characters. Her answers may surprise you, even though you'll probably find it hard to disagree. »
- Louis Virtel
Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Aired on Fox for 1 season (7 episodes, 4 Unaired) from March 14, 2008 – March 21, 2008
Parker Posey as Sarah Tomkins
Lauren Ambrose as Coco Tomkins
Michael Arden as Buddy
Scott Cohen as Marcus Sonti
Ron McLarty as Ronald Tomkins
The series centers on a well off and buttoned down children’s book editor named Sarah Tomkins who, after a break up with a long-time boyfriend, finds her plans at having a husband, then a baby, flipped when she decides to go ahead and try to make a baby all on her own. The plan hits another bump when her doctor explains she is unable to conceive, and therefore she needs to consider other options.
Sarah turns to Coco, her estranged free spirited sister, as she is the only person »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Now that the trailers for next season’s new TV series have all been watched and discussed at Backstage HQ, here are the five that we can’t wait to see, from “Supergirl” and “Grandfathered” to “Scream Queens”! “Grandfathered” (Fox) No, “Fuller House” is not the biggest, most exciting John Stamos news this month. That would be his return to sitcoms with “Grandfathered.” For the dedicated few who still mourn the loss of his last starring role on TV on “Jake in Progress”—in which Stamos peerlessly dissected the glib, handsome, smooth operator that he could have been in another life—“Grandfathered” looks like a welcome return to form for the actor as a successful, glib, handsome, smooth operator who abruptly finds out that he has a now-adult son and an infant granddaughter. Bets on how long it takes him to use that baby as bait for the ladies? —Mark »
Along with all other networks on Upfronts week, CBS is unveiling the lineup for their 2015-2016 television season, just as the current one winds down. Having already announced the existing shows that will and won’t be returning next season, CBS also revealed the new shows that will be appearing on the channel, along with trailers.
Among the new series on CBS in the fall will be Supergirl.
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew »
- Deepayan Sengupta
CBS is adding three new dramas and two comedies to its upcoming fall schedule. Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden stars in "Code Black," a medical show taking place in a busy emergency room. Bradley Cooper executive produces and will have a recurring role on "Limitless," based on his hit film. Melissa Benoist stars as "Supergirl," with Calista Flockhart as her boss. New comedies are "Angel From Hell," starring Emmy winner Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson plus "Life in Pieces" with two-time Oscar champ Dianne Wiest and James Brolin. Returning programs "2 Broke Girls," "Mike and Molly," "The Odd Couple," and "Person of Interest" will be delayed until mid-season. Deadline -Break- As part of the CBS announcement on Wednesday, longtime hit show "C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation" is being cancelled after 15 years. The network is sending it out in style, however, with a two-hour movie on Se »
CBS today unveiled its 2015-2016 primetime lineup, featuring seven new shows and 22 returning series. CBS will build on a schedule that will finish the current season as America's most-watched network in viewers for the 12th time in 13 years, including the last seven years straight. The new fall dramas are: the heart-pounding medical series Code Black, set in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation; the fast-paced Limitless, based on the feature film with Bradley Cooper, starring Jake McDorman as an average guy who can suddenly access 100% of his brain capacity with a mysterious pill; and Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist in the title role based on the DC Comics superhero.
The new fall comedies are: Angel from Hell, about a loud, colorful, often inappropriate woman who claims to be a guardian angel, starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson; and Life in Pieces, an irreverent »
CBS is clearly saving the first images of Kara Zor-El in motion for the "Supergirl" trailer premiering during the network's upfront presentation on Wednesday (May 13) afternoon, but we finally have our first normal images from the buzz-y pilot. It turns out that glasses are as effective at disguising Kara as they are at obfuscating Clark Kent's identity. And it turns out that Kara's boss, Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant appears to be a very busy woman. CBS announced its full schedule on Wednesday morning and also dropped a handful of pictures from its new shows. You have Justin Hires and Jon Foo getting their respective Chris Tucker and Jackie Chans on in pictures from the midseason police dramedy "Rush Hour." You've got Dianne Wiest and James Brolin leading a superior ensemble in "Life in Pieces." There's Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden in a frenzied ER in "Code Black." And Jake McDorman »
- Daniel Fienberg
Following yesterday's ABC deluge of trailers and fall schedule announcement, CBS has set their line-up for the 2015-2016 Fall primetime season. Unlike ABC, however, who have been simply crushing it in key demographics, CBS is doing some switching around with the introduction of a handful of new programs. One thing that sticks out is the general lack of comedies in CBS's schedule, with only Thursday nights really providing a home for a few chuckles amongst all the grisly murders and death talk that populate a great deal of their dramatic programming, though the introduction of Supergirl and supernatural thriller Limitless into the schedule may offer just the hint of variety that has been escaping CBS for so very long. [caption id="attachment_421559" align="alignright" width="309"] Image via CBS[/caption] Indeed, CBS is going as far to put Supergirl into the post-football Monday-night 8 p.m. slot, meaning it will directly face off with Fox's Gotham, when the »
- Chris Cabin
Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: if you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show, what would it be? There is a scene about midway through "Rabbit Hole" that gets grieving exactly right. It takes place between Becca Corbett (Nicole Kidman) and her mother Nat (Dianne Wiest), both of whom have tragically lost their sons: Nat to the horrors of drug addiction eleven years before and Becca to a car in the street eight months ago. As they are placing boxes of four-year-old Danny's things in the basement of the home Becca shares with her husband Howie (Aaron Eckhart), Nat sums up her feelings on loss with an elegant metaphor. Becca: Does it ever go away? Nat: No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't, and it's going on eleven years. It changes though. Becca: How? Nat: I don't know. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
“CSI” still awaits a decision for its season 16 series ender, but it has not been axed. The long-running procedural, which wrapped up its 15th round earlier this year, could get a short order, followed by a TV movie for its grand finale.
The network also handed renewals to “NCIS” and spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles.” (The latest installment, “NCIS: New Orleans,” was previously picked up.) “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife” — which just wrapped its sixth season to a four-month ratings high — and “Criminal Minds” will also be back.
Last week, CBS ordered a “Criminal Minds” spinoff, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »
- D. Zhea
Ahead of its official upfront presentation next week, CBS has ordered four new dramas: Limitless, Rush Hour, Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as well as two comedies, Life In Pieces and Angel From Hell. It isn't known quite yet if all these shows will debut in the fall, or if some will saved for midseason. Take a look at the official descriptions and cast lists below.
Ep/ Writer: Michael Seitzman
Ep: Marti Noxon
Ep: Linda Goldstein-Knowlton
Ep: Ryan McGarry
Ep/Director: David Semel
Studio: ABC Studios
Logline: Medical drama set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.
Fresh off its Supergirl pickup on Wednesday and ahead of its upfronts presentation next week, CBS announced orders for six new series, some of which have familiar titles.
On the drama front, CBS greenlit TV adaptations of the films Limitless and Rush Hour and picked up the Criminal Minds spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The network also finally added a medical drama to its roster in the form of Code Black.
Based on the 2011 feature film starring Bradley Cooper, Limitless follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and uses his drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. It stars Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Cooper is executive producing along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, Craig Sweeny, and Marc Webb.
- A.R. Wilson
CBS is banking on the built-in appeal of existing properties as it plans out its fall schedule, with pickups todays for four dramas – Limitless, Rush Hour, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Code Black – and two comedies – Life In Pieces and Angel From Hell. Those series orders are in addition to CBS giving an early pickup to Supergirl two days ago.
Limitless, based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper thriller of the same name, will focus on Brian Sinclair (Jack McDornan), who gains super-intelligence after taking the drug Nzt and uses his new gift to solve crimes for the FBI. Jennifer Carpenter of Dexter fame co-stars and Cooper himself may appear in the pilot, passing the torch to McDornan, as the show is expected to serve as a sort of sequel to the feature film. Heavy hitters are involved with this one as well, with the likes of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Todd Phillips all producing. »
- Isaac Feldberg
After taking Thursday off to allow reporters to bask in the excitement of the "Supergirl" pickup and to report on other networks, CBS has jumped back into the pre-upfronts fray with sextet of new series pickups including some very familiar titles. Of CBS' four newly ordered drama pilots, three are based on established formats, with original property "Code Black" joining "Limitless," "Rush Hour" and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders." On the comedy front, CBS ordered "Angel From Hell" and "Life in Pieces" to series. Let's get some details... Starting with the things you know a bit about: *** "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" premiered as a planted spinoff airing on February 8. It focuses on an FBI division tasked with helping American citizens who find themselves in danger abroad. The CBS TV Studios production stars Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney and Tyler James. Emmy winner Anna Gunn, who appeared in the planted spinoff episode, will »
- Daniel Fienberg
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
See below for complete cast/Ep details and official loglines for Angel From Hell »
CBS has handed series orders to four dramas and two comedies, following the “Supergirl” pickup earlier this week.
“Criminal Minds” is officially getting another installment with “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which focuses on a division of the FBI that helps Americans who find themselves in danger abroad. The series starring Gary Sinise (“CSI: NY”), Daniel Henney and Tyler James debuted as a planted spinoff during the flagship show on April 8. Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper and writer Erica Messer are exec producers on the ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios production, with Glenn Kershaw directing.
The network has also greenlit two movie-to-television adaptations with “Limitless,” based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper film, and “Rush Hour,” inspired by the ’90s Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan franchise from New Line Cinema.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
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