Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

18 items from 2016


How ‘Now You See Me 2’ pulled off that incredible cardistry heist scene

17 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Magicians as Robin Hoods, using their cardistry and escapology skills to beat The Man. That’s the idea of Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2, now in theaters. The Four Horsemen are back, and the actors behind them had to learn more illusions to play the part, with the help of chief magic and mentalism consultant Keith Barry. The approach to the magic of the franchise changed as Jon M. Chu took the director’s chair for the sequel. While the first movie featured some “illusions of tomorrow” that can’t be done in reality (Isla Fisher in a bubble!), Chu was determined to do the movie’s magic in-camera, in real time, with as little CGI as possible. With the first film, director Louis Leterrier had asked magicians, “What effects have you always wanted to perform but don’t quite have the method for it yet? »

- Emily Rome

Permalink | Report a problem


From Morgan Freeman to Matthew Rhys, Actors Take on TV Directing Reins

15 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Americans” star Matthew Rhys compares the process of directing an episode to childbirth — once it’s over, you forget how difficult it was in the moment (disclaimer: he is well aware that the comparison is totally baseless, but you get the point).

“The first episode back after directing, you’re just so relieved to be standing on a piece of tape, and not being pecked to death by a thousand questions,” he says. “It’s the episode after that where you go, ‘Oh, I’m a bit bored again.’ ”

Since episodic television relies on a revolving door of directors, actors are excited to take on new work behind the camera. Morgan Freeman, for one, directed the season two premiere of “Madam Secretary” (“The Show Must Go On”) in which the president goes missing and Elizabeth McCord [Tea Leoni] must be sworn into office. Freeman makes a cameo as the Supreme Court chief justice, and helps her take the oath.

The episode was his first directorial stint since his debut in 1993, directing the film “Bopha!” And while Freeman says he prefers the limited time in television as compared to a feature film, the episode still had its trials. “I think the biggest challenge in episodic television is time,” he says. “We cut some wonderful scenes. And you don’t like to cut actors out when they’ve done such wonderful work.”

Freeman will return to the “Madam Secretary” set in July to direct the show’s season three premiere. He says directing allows him to draw from his experiences working with legendary filmmakers. “The idea of directing does become appealing as you work [as an actor],” Freeman says. “Particularly when I worked with Clint Eastwood, I got so many great pointers in directing, just watching him work.” For example, “Positive feedback is the biggest thing, and speed.”

“Coming from the inside you kind of go, ‘Look, I know this dialogue, I’ve used it to annoy directors myself.’ ” matthew rhys

Multi-hyphenate Adam Arkin directed the final two episodes of “Fargo’s” season two, and also played a small role as Hamish Broker, a midlevel manager of a crime syndicate. He says his relationship between acting and directing has fluctuated over time, starting with his first gig on an episode of “Northern Exposure.”

“For quite a while after that, it was almost exclusively on shows that I had committed to as an actor already,” he says. “Now it’s done a complete 180, in that quite often the acting jobs I get now are connected with shows that I’ve already been established on as a director.”

The two episodes that Arkin directed on “Fargo” included elaborate coordination. He had to arrange sequences ranging in scope from a large-scale ambush at a hotel that is interrupted by a UFO sighting, to an intimate conversation in a car between Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson). “There were sequences in those episodes that involved the occasional sleepless night,” Arkin laughs.

So much so that the pressure of acting scarcely crossed his mind. “My focus was probably 98% on the directing part of the equation — even on the day that I was acting,” he says. “There are just a hundred more responsibilities in that role.”

Actors tend to direct shows that they already have ties to, but Regina King says when she expressed interest in directing, director-producer Paris Barclay advised her to do the opposite. “He said, ‘If you want people to really take you seriously, they need to see that you are taking the steps to take it seriously beyond your show. There are a lot of actors who direct on their show. You want to show that your ambition goes beyond what’s convenient.’”

So King applied to a number of directing programs, with her sights set specifically on ABC. “I wanted to work with Shonda Rhimes,” she says. Once she was accepted into the program, King began shadowing “Private Practice,” then “Scandal.”

“Part of the shadowing is you get to observe how the machine works,” she says. “You’re not coming in trying to change anything. You’re coming in, embracing the tone that’s already been set, and trying to put your own signature on it. It’s like you go into a person’s kitchen, and you say ‘Oh, I eat that too. I love chicken parmesan, but I sprinkle parsley on mine.’”

King has since directed “Scandal,” including the season five episode “Pencils Down” in which Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) tries to help presidential hopeful Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) recover from a campaign PR stunt gone wrong.

As an Emmy-winning actress, King says some of the same tools used in acting translate. “I’ve always had good communication with actors as an actor, so that was not much of shift,” she says. “That was a feather that I could already put in my director’s cap.”

You Betcha: Adam Arkin has directed episodes of numerous FX series including the “Fargo” season two finale.

Recently she also directed an episode of “The Catch,” and moved outside ShondaLand for episodes of “Animal Kingdom” and “Greenleaf,” all while starring in “American Crime” and “The Leftovers.” As her credits would suggest, King says her aspirations are neck and neck. “I don’t want to do one or the other, I want to do both,” she says. “And not particularly both at the same time.”

But unlike many actor-directors who might have a very small part in the episodes they direct, Rhys, who directed season four, episode eight of “The Americans” (“The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears”), is the lead actor. “I was lucky enough to trust an amazing crew,” he says. “I blindly, maybe ignorantly or arrogantly, trusted that [the acting] was there after four seasons, and just thought about the directing.”

Rhys says he was originally supposed to direct a different, less-involved episode, but co-star Keri Russell’s pregnancy led to a condensed production schedule.“I got [episode] eight, which was this beast of an episode that had airplanes and deaths and fights. Everything was thrown at the wall,” he says, “I was given a box of fireworks.”

Before “The Americans,” Rhys got his start directing a few episodes of “Brothers & Sisters” while he was on the show. He says he “was very keen to direct” when “The Americans” started, and even raised the idea with the creators. “Obviously they were very wary to give me an episode in season one,” he says. “They had kind of skirted the issue.” Which turned out to be a relief for Rhys once he realized how labor-intensive the show’s production schedule would be. “This is an absolute sprint.”

But on a broad level, directing and acting do inform one another, and manifest in literal ways. “When I first directed, years ago, it kind of changed a number of things about the way I conduct myself. I’m far more punctual. I don’t come with any ideas anymore. I just say to the director ‘Where do you want me to stand, and how do you want me to say it?’ It kind of makes me act quicker,” he says.

And Rhys sees one more big advantage: He speaks the actor’s language, which means he can see straight through their nonsense. “Coming from the inside you kind of go, ‘Look, I know this dialogue, I’ve used it to annoy directors myself, so don’t use it on me. There’s no magic here. I just need you to stand by the window.’”

»

- Seth Kelley

Permalink | Report a problem


Film Review: Waste of Talent, Sequel Energy in ‘Now You See Me 2’

12 June 2016 5:39 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Separately, you love all these movie star icons and funny people – Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Lizzy Caplan and Dave Franco. Together, they add up to a terrible sequel, “Now You See Me 2.”

Rating: 1.5/5.0

There was no need to make the sequel “Now You See Me 2,” and the filmmakers and lead actors went out and proved it. As a boilerplate, the plot is exactly the same from the first film – a band of rogue magicians (yes, magicians) called The Four Horseman are not only David Copperfield-like entertainers, they are superheroes saving the earth (for some reason). In this outing, they are set up as some kind of anti-heroes, but they are so “above it all” that the outcome for them is exactly predictable. If a screenplays sets out to make its characters all god-like, then what chance does even Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe and the great Michael Caine (portraying villains) have? My wish was for them to have a large sock with manure in it, to at least embarrass the arrogant Horseman. But they were content to be defeated (spoiler alert) with no manure in sight, except the film itself.

The Four Horsemen have fled underground after the events in the first film (as well they should have). They are both the magicians and their facilitators, including Danny (Jesse Eisenberg), Dylan (Mark Ruffalo), Jack (Dave Franco), Merritt (Woody Harrelson) and Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman). Female magic doer Henley has flown the coop, so daffy Lula (Lizzy Caplan) joins the gang.

It seems that an evil tech billionaire named Walter (Daniel Radcliffe) is trying to lure the Horsemen back to the surface, and actually kidnaps them with the help of Merritt’s twin brother Chase (Harrelson, again). Behind all this nefarious activity is Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), the antagonist from the first film. From China to London the Horsemen ride, until what’s up their sleeve is revealed.


Now You See Me 2” opens everywhere on June 10th. Featuring Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman and Lizzy Caplan. Screenplay by Ed Solomon. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Rated “PG-13”

Continue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “Now You See Me 2

House of Cards: Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Lizzy Caplan in ‘Now You See Me 2

Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

Continue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “Now You See Me 2

»

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

Permalink | Report a problem


Now You See Me 2 – Review

10 June 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Now You See Me 2 brings back the Four Horsemen, not the Biblical figures of Armageddon but the four magician/illusionists from the first film, who used magic to reveal corporate misbehaviorand redistribute a little wealth.

The magicians from the first film, who call themselves the Four Horseman, return, again played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, but joined by a new magician played by Lizzy Caplan. Last time the magicians used their skill as illusionists in a Robin Hood-type heists to expose corporate bad guys, which put them on the run from the FBI. A year later, the Horsemen must re-emerge to thwart an evil tech wizard, Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who seeks to control the world through a chip to control the world’s computers. That mission takes them to Macau, China, and the oldest magic shop in the world. To accomplish their goal, the Horseman have »

- Cate Marquis

Permalink | Report a problem


50 brilliant independent bookshops in the UK

10 June 2016 6:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

facebook

twitter

google+

We're celebrating 50 brilliant UK independent bookshops. If your favourite is missing, please add it to the list below...

In Neil Gaiman’s preface to Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores, he describes four bookshops from his childhood. One was a travelling school shop, one a local store staffed by a helpful hippy where he’d pick up 25p Tom Disch novels, another was a bus ride away and owned by a Grinch who’d glower at schoolchildren customers, and the last was a now-defunct Soho sci-fi and fantasy treasure trove. Four individual shops run by booksellers with distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tastes. All of which made Gaiman what he is.

That’s the joy of independent bookshops. Their personalities shape those of the people who visit them. They’re not homogenous. Their stock tends to reflect their passions rather than the year's best-performing unit-shifters. And their »

Permalink | Report a problem


‘The Americans’ Season 4 Finale: EPs on Who Died, Who Hooked Up, and What’s in Store for Season 4

8 June 2016 8:14 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

[Spoiler alert: The following interview discusses plot details of “The Americans” Season 4, episode 13, finale, titled “Persona Non Grata.”]

The Americans” fourth season wrapped with a hint of romance — though just what Paige’s flirtation with Matthew Beaman, the FBI agent’s son living across the street, means for her Kgb spy parents is up in the air for now. Philip certainly isn’t happy, but Elizabeth may see it as another sign Paige is picking up on the spy game. Meanwhile, the FBI caught up with William Crandall, who immediately infected himself with the deadly virus he was carrying and wasted away in FBI custody (Dylan Baker, we hardly knew ye!). And there are big changes afoot at the Rezidentura, with Arkady Ivanovich Zotov being forced to step down.

Variety spoke with showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg about the intriguing developments.

What is Philip’s biggest fear about Paige and Matthew?

Fields: The number of potential ways that could go bad are hard to enumerate. That she »

- Geoff Berkshire

Permalink | Report a problem


Performer of the Week: Keri Russell

7 May 2016 6:27 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Performer | Keri Russell

The Show | The Americans

The Episode | “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears” (May 4)

The Performance | Good lord, we never want to get on Elizabeth Jennings’ bad side. Because in the heated moments when the pragmatic spy loses control and says what she’s actually thinking, portrayer Russell is a scary force of nature. In Wednesday’s episode, the Jennings’ halfhearted argument about Est quickly escalated into a stinging discussion of past lovers, with Russell pointedly staring down Matthew Rhys’ Philip as Elizabeth reminded him she’d endured loss, too.

VideosKeri Russell »

Permalink | Report a problem


‘The Americans,’ ‘David Copperfield’ and the Trick the Drama Pulled Off

5 May 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears,” the eighth episode of the the fourth season of FX’s “The Americans.”

I want to talk a little about my favorite scene in last night’s episode of “The Americans,” and then delve into the masterful bait and switch the episode pulled off.

There were a number of incredibly well acted and brilliantly written scenes in last night’s episode, so it’s hard to pick just one that worked well. There’s the moment in which Philip and Elizabeth tore into each other after she tried one of the Est sessions he’s so keen on. As spies, Philip and Elizabeth are used to keeping truths well hidden, even from each other, but they were both too raw and spent after the whole Martha crisis to keep a lid on their deepest, »

- Maureen Ryan

Permalink | Report a problem


Review: 'The Americans' just aired its best episode ever

4 May 2016 8:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's The Americans coming up just as soon as I take my antibiotic and a nap... "It's never been this bad. It's worse every day." -Gabriel When Alias revealed that Sydney Bristow had been missing in action for two years, or when Battlestar Galactica leaped forward a year in mid-scene, the idea of a huge time jump was still shocking. Over a decade later — after shows as diverse as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Hannibal, Parks and Recreation, Masters of Sex, and Catastrophe have skipped ahead either between seasons or during them — the idea is just another commonly-accepted tool in any showrunner's tool kit, so that fans often predict their favorite series will use it as the only way out of a current story arc. The device has become so familiar, in fact, that where once it dropped jaws, it now risks eliciting shrugs. What makes the seven-month time »

- Alan Sepinwall

Permalink | Report a problem


Security threat empties Lionsgate session

14 April 2016 10:42 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A CinemaCon screening of Now You See Me 2 was abandoned when a suspicious item that later turned out to be harmless forced the evacuation of the Colosseum on Thursday afternoon.

By the time the item was determined to be safe it was too late to restart the screening, the National Association Of Theatre Owners said.

Prior to the attempted screening of Lionsgate’s June 10 sequel, co-chairmen of the motion picture group Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman introduced footage from Damien Chazelle’s musical La-La Land.

Tyler Perry talked up Boo! A Madea Halloween and Keanu Reeves took to the stage in support of 2017 release John Wick: Chapter Two.

The executives also presented footage from Mark Wahlberg starrer Deepwater Horizon and Emma Roberts thriller Nerve.

The presentation began with a brief show by illusionist David Copperfield in what was intended to foreshadow the screening. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

Permalink | Report a problem


Now You See Me 2 Screening at CinemaCon Halted for Security Reasons

14 April 2016 3:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A screening of Now You See Me 2 at CinemaCon has been halted for security reasons, People confirms. Audience members at the screening for the Lionsgate's movie were evacuated at the Colosseum in Las Vegas on Thursday. About 15 minutes into the screening, the film was stopped and the 4,000 seat arena was evacuated due to a "technical issues." A CinemaCon rep said an unattended bag was found in the Colosseum during the screening. As of now, throngs of people are gathered outside the doors as security officers block the doors. Las Vegas police told Deadline.com that a "suspicious item" was found in the Colosseum. »

- Mark Gray

Permalink | Report a problem


Now You See Me 2 Screening at CinemaCon Halted for Security Reasons

14 April 2016 3:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A screening of Now You See Me 2 at CinemaCon has been halted for security reasons, People confirms. Audience members at the screening for the Lionsgate's movie were evacuated at the Colosseum in Las Vegas on Thursday. About 15 minutes into the screening, the film was stopped and the 4,000 seat arena was evacuated due to a "technical issues." A CinemaCon rep said an unattended bag was found in the Colosseum during the screening. As of now, throngs of people are gathered outside the doors as security officers block the doors. Las Vegas police told Deadline.com that a "suspicious item" was found in the Colosseum. »

- Mark Gray

Permalink | Report a problem


Kevin Spacey Won't Be Running Relativity After All

14 March 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

I don't know all the ins and outs of Relativity's continuing struggles, but it always seems like the studio is on the verge of collapsing. How studio head Ryan Kavanagh manages to keep the company alive is almost like the greatest illusion David Copperfield has never performed. At any rate, at the beginning of the year, Relativity and Kavanagh surprised Hollywood by announcing they had acquired Kevin Spacey and his producing partner Dana Brunetti's Trigger Street Productions, and hired them to run the studio. But it wasn't to be. Read More: Beleaguered Relativity Will Try And Make 'The Crow" Next Spring THR reports that Spacey has exited his role as Chairman of Relativity. "It is with much thought and consideration and after many discussions with those I trust most that I have decided not to go through with accepting the role of chairman at Relativity Studios," Spacey said in a statement. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

Permalink | Report a problem


TV News Roundup: ‘Riverdale’ Casts Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones

9 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CW’s “Riverdale” pilot, based on Archie Comics, casts Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones — and one is a Disney Channel alum — plus, more in today’s television news roundup . . .

Casting News:

The CW’s pilot “Riverdale,” based on the Archie Comics, has cast characters Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper. Former Disney Channel star Cole Sprouse will play Jughead Jones, and Lili Reinhart will play Betty.

“Riverdale” is set in the present day and follows Archie and his friends attempt to survive small-town life. Reinhart’s Betty Cooper is the ideal daughter with a crush on Archie, her best friend, who gets sick of being picture perfect and turns to her new friend Veronica for advice. Sprouse’s Jughead Jones is the former best friend of Archie’s who is still prickly about what has come between them.

The casting was first reported by Deadline, though Sprouse — who rose to fame early, »

- Jacob Bryant

Permalink | Report a problem


7 Street Magic Spoof Videos That I Still Laugh At

6 February 2016 6:00 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

I love a good magic trick just like the next guy.  There are times when it’s fun to see something that simply amazes you and you just can’t figure it.  In fact, even though we know all of this stuff is illusion, it’s still pretty fun to watch.  That’s why while it’s commonplace to poke fun at magicians as seen in cinema and television, you rarely see the elite guys getting tossed around.  How about guys like David Copperfield, Chris Angel, or David Blaine?   You gotta respect what these guys are capable of.  Real or not, you have to

7 Street Magic Spoof Videos That I Still Laugh At »

- Nat Berman

Permalink | Report a problem


Americans Team Talks Jennings' New Crisis in Season 4, Possible End Date

16 January 2016 3:46 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Jennings’ very existence on The Americans is in danger in Season 4 (premiering March 16).

While last season found Philip and Elizabeth disagreeing about whether or not to tell their daughter the truth, “the question of how to parent Paige is now secondary to the question of how to fight for this family’s survival,” executive producer Joel Fields said Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.

In light of that peril, star Matthew Rhys believes the idealistic Philip from the early seasons who wanted to »

Permalink | Report a problem


‘The Americans’: Producers, Stars Talk Season 4 and Possible End Date

16 January 2016 3:40 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Time moves slowly on the “The Americans.”

Exec producer Joel Fields said Saturday during the Television Critics Association press tour that the writing staff has been surprised at how long it’s taken to move through the early 1980s. The FX period drama revolves around covert Soviet spies played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.

Fields was pressed as to whether he and exec producer/creator Joe Weisberg have an end date for the series in mind — in terms of the number of season on FX and the chronological year in the storyline. In the past the pair have hinted that the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 would be a logical end point for the story rooted in the last gasp of the Cold War.

The upcoming fourth season, which bows March 16, returns with the storyline picking up in 1983. Using the three-act drama metaphor, Fields said he feels like »

- Cynthia Littleton

Permalink | Report a problem


Tracey Ullman’s Show review – it’s not brave or funny enough

11 January 2016 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Our Trace is back on British telly after 30 years. If you’re already a fan, you’ll love her new show; if not, you might wonder what all the fuss is about

She’s back. Tracey Ullman, in Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC1). To distinguish it from The Tracey Ullman Show, presumably.

“The Who Show? Whose Show? Who?” you ask, if you’re under 45. Tracey Ullman, big here in the 1980s, at comedy on TV (Three of a Kind with Lenny Henry and David Copperfield, Girls on Top with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders) and at singing (with a hairbrush, and once with Neil Kinnock). Then she went to the Us to become even bigger – winning a ton of awards, kind of spawning a famous yellow family called The Simpsons, getting into movies, becoming fabulously wealthy. But she has never forgotten where she is from (Slough), and now she returns – if not to Slough, »

- Sam Wollaston

Permalink | Report a problem


2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

18 items from 2016


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners