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14 items from 2017

From Paris to Netflix: The Long, Strange Journey of Orson Welles’ Last Movie, ‘The Other Side of the Wind’

20 March 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Netflix announced March 14 it would be financing and distributing a finished cut of Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind,” the company opened a new chapter in one of the wildest, most frustrating sagas of film lore.

The legendary director shot his final film between 1970 and 1976, but a series of financial setbacks kept him from realizing his vision before his death in 1985. In the 32 years since, surviving members of the production had attempted to complete the project, but for legal reasons were unable to procure the more than 1,000 reels of negatives from a vault in Paris until the streaming giant stepped in this week.

The negatives are now safely in Los Angeles, in the hands of the team that will edit the film, according to a March 14 note from producer Filip Jan Rymsza. A short video released the next day on Yahoo details the process of shipping the reels. »

- Andrew Lapin

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Netflix Completing Orson Welles Film ‘The Other Side of the Wind’

14 March 2017 3:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired global rights to Orson Welles’ unfinished final film, “The Other Side of the Wind” and will finance the completion of the movie.

The film was shot by Welles beginning in 1970 from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oja Kodar, and stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Kodar, Robert Random, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Mercedes McCambridge, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Paul Stewart and Dennis Hopper.

Welles shot the film-within-a-film between 1970 and 1976 and then worked on it until his death in 1985, leaving behind a 45-minute work print that he had smuggled out of France. Huston starred as a temperamental film director battling with Hollywood executives to finish a movie –much like Welles did throughout his career.

The character portrayed by Huston originated in an encounter between Ernest Hemingway and Welles in 1937 — four years before the release of “Citizen Kane” — in which a whiskey-drinking Hemingway threw a chair at Welles and they scuffled. »

- Dave McNary

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45 Years

7 March 2017 12:17 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Andrew Haigh’s quiet, two-person relationship tale won a lot of friends last year. A revelation from the past changes everything in the marriage of Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. We read the faces, read the gestures — just like we do in our own close relationships.

45 Years


The Criterion Collection 861

2015/ Color / 1:85 widescreen / 95 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date March 7, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, David Sibley.

Cinematography: Lol Crawley

Film Editor: Jonathan Alberts

Production Designer: Sarah Finlay

From the short story by David Constantine

Produced by Tristan Goligher

Written and Directed by Andrew Haigh


Most filmmakers must find a way to chop down 800-page novels and still retain some semblance of the original. Others have the opposite problem, fleshing a short story to fill a feature length movie. The classic example is Ernest Hemingway’s The Killers, which is less than three thousand words in length. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Leslie Moonves Talks ‘Big Bang Theory’ Spinoff, Series Orders for Next Season

7 March 2017 5:27 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Leslie Moonves has given a big vote of confidence to the freshman shows on CBS’ lineup and the spinoff of “The Big Bang Theory” in the works.

The CBS chairman-ceo predicted that the network will return five or six of the new series introduced this season during his Tuesday morning Q&A at the Deutsche Bank Media and Telecom conference in Palm Beach, Fla. He hailed the CBS programming team’s “extraordinary batting average.”

Out of the 17 pilots ordered for next season, Moonves predicted the Eye will pickup four new series — two comedies and two dramas — although he emphasized that could change depending on how the completed pilots come in.

Moonves didn’t cite specific titles other than to give a thumbs-up to the “Big Bang” spinoff he called “Little Sheldon.” The Warner Bros. TV comedy revolves around the childhood of the “Big Bang Theory” character Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Emily S. Whitten: Fan2Sea, the Floating Comic-Con (Part II)

12 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

In my last column I talked about my expectations for the Fan2Sea comic-con cruise, how it fulfilled them, and some of the things I generally loved about being at a con on a cruise ship and about the way in which Fan2Sea pulled off its maiden voyage (haha!).

Today, it’s all about the details. Want to know what your daily experience will be like if (when! I hope!) Fan2Sea happens again and you decide to go? Well, I can’t say, but I can tell you what mine was like! So here goes:

Day 1

Day 1 was pleasantly low-key from the start. Because luggage was still being delivered to staterooms, I spent the first bit of ship time chilling in one of the main areas overlooking the bar, with my lovely roommate, ComicMix assistant editor Adriane Nash, and with PR guru (and former Comic Book Resources writer/editor) Steve Sunu. »

- Emily S. Whitten

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General Hospital Casts Hillary B. Smith — as Oltl's Nora Buchanan

31 January 2017 8:23 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

General Hospital boss Frank Valentini dropped a fun bombshell on Tuesday night, revealing in a video posted to twitter that two-time Daytime Emmy winner Hillary B. Smith will be appearing on ABC’s sole surviving sudser — and as her One Life to Live character, legal eagle Nora Buchanan.

RelatedNBC’s Timeless Casts General Hospital Vet as Ernest Hemingway

The video is capped by a fun little wink from Rebecca Budig, who currently plays Gh‘s Hayden but who “back in the day” used to work down the street from Smith, when she was All My Children‘s Greenlee.

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Timeless Enlists Supernatural Star Misha Collins as Eliot Ness

16 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Timeless is staging a second Supernatural reunion.

Just weeks after news of Jim Beaver’s recurring role, Misha Collins — who plays Castiel on the aforementioned CW series — is set to reunite with his former boss Eric Kripke on the time-hopping NBC drama, it was announced Monday.

VideosTimeless Sneak Peek: Flynn Pressures Lucy Into Killing Rittenhouse’s Elite

Collins will play Untouchables leader Eliot Ness in the episode “Public Enemy No. 1.,” which finds Flynn traveling to 1931 Chicago to partner with gangster Al Capone (Tyrant‘s Cameron Gharaee). Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus, meanwhile, team up with the only man who »

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Timeless Boss Talks Lucy and Wyatt's Sexual Tension, Possible Hookup

15 January 2017 1:01 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

After a steamy smooch, it seems only fair to ask: Have Timeless‘ Lucy and Wyatt crossed over into something beyond just friends?

VideosTimeless Sneak Peek: Flynn Pressures Lucy Into Killing Rittenhouse’s Elite

“Short answer: no,” executive producer Eric Kripke tells TVLine. “Long answer is, there’s some kind of sexual tension there. I think that first kiss [in last month’s Bonnie and Clyde episode] kind of awoke something that was subconscious before that in both of them.”

Despite that awakening, Lucy and Wyatt won’t be partaking in more make-outs when the show returns on Monday (NBC, 10/9c). “I don’t think they’re going »

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Timeless Sneak Peek: Flynn Pressures Lucy Into Killing Rittenhouse's Elite

13 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Flynn sets his sights on some high-profile Rittenhouse members when Timeless returns on Monday (NBC, 10/9c)… and if he has his way, Lucy will be bringing them down alongside him.

RelatedTimeless Casts General Hospital‘s Brandon Barash as Ernest Hemingway

In this exclusive video, Flynn informs the historian — whom he’s dragged to 1893 against her will — that an important meeting is set to take place the next day between Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan.

“I’m going to kill them all,” he declares, “and you’re going to help me. They’re all a part of Rittenhouse.”

When Lucy protests, »

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Saturday Night Live: Aziz Ansari to Host

10 January 2017 9:18 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Finally, a TV star will be front-and-center in Studio 8H again!

Master of None‘s Aziz Ansari will host the Jan. 21 Saturday Night Live, NBC announced Tuesday.

RelatedSNL‘s Anti-tv Host Bias: Insiders Try to Explain the Inexplicable

The Parks and Recreation alum will be joined by musical guest Big Sean.

The sketch-comedy series’ choice of Emmy winner Ansari as host is notable in that — as TVLine’s Michael Ausiello recently pointed out — it bucks SNL‘s recent trend of choosing movie or sports stars over TV actors to serve as host. Of the more than 100 people who have hosted since the 2011-12 season, »

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Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Hot Sauce, Hotter Tempers — Who Got Fired?

9 January 2017 6:59 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Monday’s New Celebrity Apprentice tasked the men’s and women’s teams with developing ad campaigns for Welch’s — and (surprise!) there were plenty of sour grapes to go around.

RelatedMissed last week’s Celebrity Apprentice premiere? Read our recap!

Conflict began right away for Team Prima, as several of the women feared that project manager Laila Ali wasn’t allowing for enough “fun,” a concern that was confirmed when celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito told the ladies, straight up, that their presentation needed to be more entertaining. (Ali’s refusal to value her teammate’s frustrations didn’t help the situation. »

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Timeless Casts General Hospital's Brandon Barash as Ernest Hemingway

9 January 2017 5:39 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

General Hospital‘s Brandon Barash has the write stuff.

The actor will guest-star on NBC’s time-hopping drama Timeless as American novelist Ernest Hemingway, TVLine has learned exclusively.

RelatedSupernatural Vet Jim Beaver Gets Timeless

Barash appears in Episode 14, which is set in “Paris during the Jazz age after World War I,” executive producer Eric Kripke tells TVLine. When viewers meet the future novelist, he is a budding newspaper reporter with a sense of adventure, still recovering from the brutality of the war with the help of a strong drink… or two.

In addition to playing Johnny Zacchara on the aforementioned ABC soap, »

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Ratings: Golden Globes Tick Up, Deliver a 3-Year Audience High

9 January 2017 7:06 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Per very preliminary overnight numbers, NBC’s broadcast of the Jimmy Fallon-hosted 74th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night delivered 20 million total viewers and a 5.6 demo rating (per finals).

That’s up 8 percent and a tenth from last year, when Ricky Gervais hosted for a fourth, non-consecutive time.

The gala scored its largest audience since 2014 (when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted and delivered 20.9 million viewers).

RelatedDonald Trump Bashes Meryl Streep as ‘Overrated’ in Post-Globes Tirade

Sunday night’s Globes were almost comically dominated on the film side by La La Land, while all but one of the »

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Jenna Bush Hager Apologizes for Globes Gaffe as Al Roker Rips Backlash

9 January 2017 6:53 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A visibly shaken Jenna Bush Hager publicly apologized on Monday for mistakenly referring to Hidden Figures as “Hidden Fences” during NBC’s Golden Globes pre-show.

While interviewing Pharrell, who scored the period drama, the Today correspondent said, “So, you’re nominated for ‘Hidden Fences,'” which triggered a confused expression from the prolific music producer. The clip instantly went viral and a backlash quickly ensued.

RelatedDonald Trump Bashes Meryl Streep as ‘Overrated’ in Post-Globes Tirade

Fighting back tears, Hager said on Monday’s Today show, “If I offended people, I am deeply sorry. It was a mistake… What I »

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