14 items from 2015
"That would be almost too much to wish for. I don't know what the odds are of doing the same thing, but I can't imagine," admits Allison Janney in our recent video chat (watch below) when asked about the possibility of tying the all-time Emmy record for performer wins this year. She has six Emmys to date, which puts her in a tie for third place for acting wins with Art Carney, Tim Conway, Tyne Daly, and Carl Reiner. Adding to the four she won for "The West Wing," she picked up two more last year -- for her supporting role in the laffer "Mom" and her guest spot on the drama "Masters of Sex." And she is back in both those categories this year. -Break- Related: Watch our video chats with dozens of 2015 Emmy nominees If she prevails in one of those categories (she is favored for "Mom"), she »
Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-aftra’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.
- Michelle McCue
According to the combined predictions of our Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who racked up the best scores among the thousands predicting last year's Emmy nominations) and All Users, "Modern Family," "The Good Wife" and "American Horror Story: Freak Show" will be top nominees in their fields. Click here for our complete predictions by category. -Break- Editors Emmy slugfest: Which bubble shows will get Best Comedy nods? (Video) After winning Best Comedy Series for a record-tying five years in a row, "Modern Family" is poised to earn another six nominations across the seven comedy categories we're predicting, including Best Comedy; repeat supporting bids for Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Bowen; and guest-acting bids for Nathan Lane and Tyne Daly. Of those categories, it's currently forecast to win twice: for Best Comedy (which would set a new record wit...' »
Clint Eastwood revisited Harry Callahan three more times, usually whenever his career was in the dumps. If Dirty Harry was a cultural phenomenon and Magnum Force a respectable follow-up, the rest are uninspired cash-ins. The main law Harry enforces in these sequels is the Law of Diminishing Returns.
Given Dirty Harry‘s San Francisco setting, something like The Enforcer (1976) was inevitable. After all, San Fran hosted Haight-Ashbury, hippie capital of the world; was a favored site for Black Panther and Sds protests; headquarters of the nascent gay rights movement; victim of Weathermen bombings and the racially-charged Zebra murders. Writers Gail Morgan Hickman and S.W. Schurr based their script, originally titled “Moving Target,” on the Symbionese Liberation Army which kidnapped Patty Hearst. Dean Riesner (who cowrote the original Harry) and Stirling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night) polished the film.
Harry battles the People’s Revolutionary Strike Froce, led by »
- Christopher Saunders
Not only did Harvey Weinstein‘s “Finding Neverland” fail to be nominated for best musical, the show’s stars Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer were also ignored by the Tonys. Few pundits expected “Neverland” to be cited, but Morrison being left off the list was a shocker. He joins an illustrious group of TV and movie stars this season who have no chance of bringing a Tony home on June 7. Those snubbed include Michael Cera (“This Is Our Youth”), Glenn Close (“A Delicate Balance”), Tyne Daly (“It Shoulda Been You”), Larry David (“Fish in the Dark”), Vanessa Hudgens (“Gigi”), Hugh Jackman (“The. »
- Robert Hofler
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
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- Jeff Bayer
“She’s the Best Thing in It” is an affectionate portrait of Mary Louise Wilson, the Tony-winning actress who’s spent more than a half-century as a highly versatile staple of the stage and screen. An infrequent directorial exercise for veteran scenarist and producer Ron Nyswaner, the docu focuses primarily on Wilson’s late-in-life first stab at teaching an acting class. The result is pleasant enough without revealing as much as probably intended about the subject’s craft or profession — or about her, period. This lightweight portrait will be best suited to broadcasters of the PBS ilk, for whom its modicum of human interest and showbiz lore will suffice.
Wilson is introduced finally winning her Tony in 2007 for the musical “Grey Gardens” — an honor she herself thinks is long overdue, given a diverse career we glimpse in a montage of stills and clips. But she ruefully reports its effect was »
- Dennis Harvey
Despite some bumpy tonal shifts and inconsistencies of characterization, “Hello, My Name Is Doris” impresses as a humanely amusing and occasionally poignant dramedy about a spinsterish office drone who develops a romantic fixation on a much younger co-worker. The plot could have been played as a flat-out broad comedy or an anxiety-inducing psychological drama, and there are times when it feels like helmer Michael Showalter is striving for a mash-up of both. But Sally Field keeps the movie on an even keel, for the most part, with an adroit and disciplined lead performance that generates both laughter and sympathy, with relatively few yanks on the heartstrings. Audiences of a certain age might respond warmly, provided they are stoked by savvy marketing and favorable word of mouth.
Anyone who has ever toiled in a honeycomb of office cubicles will recognize Doris Miller (Field), the sort of hard-working but good-natured sixtysomething whose »
- Joe Leydon
Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper. Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »
- Andre Soares
The film is set to debut later this month at the SXSW Film Festival, but ETonline has snagged an exclusive sneak peek! In the clip above, John (Greenfield) gets awkward-sexy with the titular Doris (Field).
Flashback! 'Steel Magnolias' Turns 25
Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer, They Came Together) co-wrote and directed the dramedy, which features an impressive ensemble of small screen stars. Among them: Beth Behrs, Natasha Lyonne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Peter Gallagher, Tyne Daly and Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney.
Hello, My Name is Doris follows Field's character as she seeks out a new purpose in life following the death of her mother. She develops a serious crush on her 30-years-younger co-worker John and suddenly finds herself immersed in the New York City hipster scene. Bleachers frontman and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff also makes his acting debut as a rocker »
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours. »
- Mike Shutt
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
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- Brian Welk
Top brass at the 22nd South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have announced the feature line-up for the upcoming festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.
SXSW will showcase 145 features. The line-up includes 60 films from first-time film-makers and comprises 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 Us premieres.
Head of film Janet Pierson and her team of programmers culled selections from a record 2,385 feature-length submissions composed of 1,614 Us and 771 international features. The record of 7,335 total submissions marks a 13% gain on 2014.
For the first time the number of films in the juried Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature selections have risen from eight to ten. The complete Conference line-up and schedule will be released on February 17.
Besides the Narrative Feature Competition and Documentary Feature Competition selections listed below, feature entries include Judd Apatow’s work-in-progress comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer in Special Events, music film 808 (pictured) in 24 Beats Per Second and Alex Garland’s sci-fi »
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The Drama League’s biggest fête, the 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, will take place on Feb. 2 at the Pierre Hotel. New York theater fans can expect to see some of the brightest stars from the Great White Way in a ceremony that will include a musical tribute to the Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning legend James Earl Jones. He joins such eminent previous winners as Neil Patrick Harris, Liza Minnelli, Kristin Chenoweth, and Audra McDonald. Proceeds from the League’s annual black-tie gala contribute to its educational initiatives for promising young theater directors. The star-studded lineup of guests includes Jones’ fellow “You Can’t Take It With You” cast mates, as well as Tyne Daly, Kelsey Grammer, Phylicia Rashad, and Alan Cumming, who will present the first-ever Arts Ally award to CBS’ “The Good Wife” for its support of the Broadway community. For tickets and more info, visit dramaleague. »
14 items from 2015
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