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They say write…what you know, and perhaps in this case, writing what is unknown. It’s the sort of the artistic philosophy that filmmaker Sian Heder might have applied in developing a project that landed at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (walked away with the 3rd Prize Cinéfondation Ex-aequo prize) with the first iteration of the eventual feature being a short film called Mother. Fast forward almost a decade later and production was lined up this June with Ellen Page and Allison Janney toplining a true exploration of what it might mean to be a mother figure. Coming off the heals of her writing and producer gig with television’s “Orange Is the New Black”, Tallulah has got a strong producer Sundance alumni team supporting the Heder’s directorial debut. With such a long gestation period, we’re thinking that this might illicit a strong emotional response from future auds. »
- Eric Lavallee
Two Minions compete in a series of escalating games in which both are doomed to lose. Bring home Kevin, Stuart and Bob in the World's #1 Comedy of the Year! And Get 3 all-new Mini-Movies when you buy Minions on Digital HD Nov 24th. 2015 or on Blu-ray Dec 8th, 2015. We have your first look at these exciting aimed shorts with the full-length The Competition: A Minions Mini-Movie. This marks the first time a mini-movie from the Despicable Me franchise has been made available in its entirety prior to the home entertainment release.
The breakout stars the world fell in love with in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me global film franchise headline their own movie for the first time in Minions, available on Digital HD November 24, 2015, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A much anticipated prequel to the »
40 years ago today, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” made its big screen debut. Based on a 1962 novel of the same name, the mental hospital-set movie marked Jack Nicholson’s first Oscar win, and it also became the first film in four decades to win all five of the major Academy Award categories: Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher, who played Nurse Ratched), Best Director (Miloš Forman), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. The next film to win the Big Five (and the last one to date) was “The Silence of the Lambs” (including an Oscar win for Jodie Foster — whose birthday is today!). 40 years later, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” remains hailed as one of the best cinematic achievements. On AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time list, it’s placed at No. 33. You can purchase One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest on iTunes here. »
- Emily Rome
The end of an era is upon us. Shortly after shuttering its Master Control operations department in Los Angeles, E! has now canceled their longest running program. The Soup, a comedy series that skewers pop culture, is going to air its series finale on December 18th. This will bring the show to a close after spending 22 years on the air.
Current host Joel McHale will help celebrate the legacy he is leaving behind when the finale episode airs the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters. The long-standing cable staple was first launched on E! in 1991, but it was originally called Talk Soup. This early iteration of the program focused solely on clips from the various talk shows airing at that time. When it was revamped as The Soup in 2004, the show expanded its reach to all pop culture programing and also focused on viral »
After 22 seasons, E! is ending “The Soup,” the cable network announced Wednesday. The final episode will air on Dec. 18, serving as the series finale.
Hosted by Joel McHale for 12 years, the pop culture comedy series has been a staple on E! for more than two decades.
“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of ‘The Soup,” said Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E! “‘The Soup’ has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week. Joel took the show to new heights for more than a decade, and his irreverent humor and unique brand of comedy as captured so perfectly on ‘The Soup’ will be missed.”
“I loved doing ‘The Soup’ for all of these years — 86 to be exact — but am excited to solely focus on my acting career now, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The search for Prince Charming doesn't always involve kissing frogs. As Anna Faris revealed Monday on the first episode of her podcast, "Anna Faris Is Unqualified," she had to date a lot "incredibly handsome men that treated me like s--t" before she finally learned the essential thing that led her to marrying Chris Pratt... Chatting with Mom co-star Allison Janney and her podcast co-host Sim Sarna, Anna drew from personal experience as she tried to give relationship advice to a 24-year-old Iowan named Emma. "Relationships in your 20s are kind of the worst," said the 38-year-old actress. "My whole 20s were about relationship learning, and I had so many bad relationships, but I feel like »
Common continues to add to his busy slate, joining the cast of "A Happening of Monumental Proportions," a comedic drama in which he'll co-star alongside and Allison Janney. The project, the feature directorial debut of actress Judy Greer, tells a sex and violence-filled tale that occurs over the course of a single day, set in a Los Angeles school, that serves as the backdrop. Greer will direct from a script penned by Gary Lundy, which was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, and was a Sundance Writer’s Lab finalist. No word yet on what roles Common and Janney are attached to play. Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After over 15 years in front of the camera, Judy Greer is ready to step behind it. She’s gearing up to make her directorial debut with A Happening of Monumental Proportions, an indie dramedy to be produced by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. The film already has two high-profile leads on board, Allison Janney and Common. More details on the Judy […]
- Angie Han
Gary Lundy's Sundance Writer's Lab finalist script is set in a small school in Los Angeles that serves as the backdrop for an all-in-one-day story of sex, lies and dead bodies.
Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, David Gardner and Andrew Miano are producing. Shooting kicks off in Los Angeles in January once Common wraps his work on the currently filming "John Wick" sequel, Janney finishes Tate Taylor's "The Girl on the Train" and Greer wraps "War for the Planet of the Apes".
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Common and Allison Janney will star in A Happening of Monumental Proportions, a comedic drama that will mark the feature directorial debut of actress Judy Greer. Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano are producing via their Depth of Field banner as is David Gardner of Principato-Young. The film is fully financed by Great Point Media and will shoot in Los Angeles in January 2016. CAA arranged financing and will represent the domestic distribution rights. The story is set in a small school in Los Angeles that serves as the backdrop for an all-in-one-day tale of
- Borys Kit
One of the big topic of conversations among TV-watchers this fall: Why do the major networks keep refusing to cancel their crummy, unwatched new shows? Either there's nothing in the pipeline to replace these duds, or we're reached a stage where studios and producers are thinking more about Netflix, Hulu et al. than winning a Nielsen night. Since nobody knows what might eventually become prime binge-watching fodder, why scrap a series after only three weeks? So as long as the sets are already built and the actors are under contract, »
The Performer | Jean Smart
The Show | Fargo
The Episode | “Fear and Trembling” (Nov. 2, 2015)
The Performance | On a TV landscape littered with Black Canaries, Mockingbirds and other badass women, it’s 61-year-old Floyd Gerhardt who has us shaking in our shoes, courtesy of three-time Emmy winner Smart.
In the opening weeks of the FX series’ second season, we saw hints of Floyd’s formidability as the Gerhardt crime family matriarch, newly thrust as she was into a position of leadership after husband Otto’s stroke. But it was when she sat down to present a “respectable” counteroffer to Kansas City, the »
Last season, Mom was one of the few shows on CBS to see its ratings grow rather than fall. Will they continue to climb in season three? Is the Chuck Lorre sitcom all but guaranteed to be renewed for a fourth season because potential syndication profits or, could it be cancelled? Stay tuned.
On Mom, a single mom in recovery (Anna Faris) returns to live with her single mother, who's also in recovery (Allison Janney). The cast of the show includes Sadie Calvano, Garrett Rosenthal, Matt L. Jones, French Stewart, Nate Corddry, Spencer Daniels, Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, and Beth Hall.
The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. New ratings data will be added as it becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
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“On the bright side, she’s dying!”
If you’re worried that CBS‘ Mom might dial back on the gallows humor in Season 3, Christy’s chipper take on the appearance of her long-lost biological grandmother should reassure you.
Of course, as fans of CBS’ increasingly nuanced comedy have come to expect, there’s a gut punch before the punchline: In this case, Shirley’s (guest star Ellen Burstyn) confession to Allison Janney’s Bonnie that she’d abandoned her to the foster-care system after falling in love with a man »
In the Mom Season 3 premiere “Terrorists and Gingerbread” Thursday, Oct. 5, at 9pm Et/Pt on CBS, Bonnie (Allison Janney) and Christy (Anna Faris) disagree on how to handle Bonnie’s biological mother (guest star Ellen Burstyn) coming into their lives. Also See: Six reasons to watch Mom on CBS In the Nov. 12 new episode “Thigh Gap and a Rack of Lamb,” Bonnie and Christy try to help a teenage addict (guest star Emily Osment) they met at their meeting. Sara Rue also returns in her guest role as Candace. Also this season, Christy gets a new boss and Regina (Octavia … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
With Jared Leto facing a scheduling conflict, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Luke Evans (The Hobbit) has taken on his role in the upcoming adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestseller The Girl on the Train. The news echoes that of the casting of Justin Theroux, who was cast after Chris Evans faced a similar conflict.
The Girl on the Train “follows a woman (played by Emily Blunt) devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect married couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Along the way, she becomes entangled in a mystery revolving around the couple.”
The Girl on the Train is to be directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and features a cast that includes Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) , Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), Allison Janney (The Help »
- Gary Collinson
One unexpected side effect of Peak TV in America has been the way lines between categories of TV shows have blurred to the point of being non-existent. Is "Orange Is the New Black" a comedy or a drama? What should we call "Transparent"? Is "Fargo" a series of miniseries, or not, because some characters recur in each season? The only place this confusion really matters at all is come awards time, where the Emmys keep scrambling to make sense of things. But the trend reflects a desire to make shows that reflect a distinct creative vision, categories be damned. If Louis C.K. wants to tell fart jokes on "Louie" one week, he can, and if he thinks the story needs to be darker and more introspective the next, great. The one type of show that has stayed largely immune from that confusion is the traditional multi-camera sitcom. A "Big Bang »
- Alan Sepinwall
This fall, we didn't have a sizzling thriller like David Fincher's "Gone Girl" to sink our teeth into at the multiplex, but DreamWorks will have us covered next year when they drop the adaptation of this year's buzz book, Paula Hawkins' "The Girl On The Train." And while casting has been moving along at a fast past, there has been a couple of key switcheroos. Jared Leto and Chris Evans have exited the picture, with Luke Evans and Justin Theroux now stepping in to join the lead trio of Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, and Haley Bennett. Tate Taylor ("The Help," "Get On Up") will direct the story about a young woman whose observations of a married couple on her daily commute take a sudden, deadly turn when she sees something not quite right. Evans will play Bennett's husbands, with Theroux as Blunt's ex. Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney have »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When it came time to prepare for the episode that would serve as Mom's third season premiere, the cast came to a semi-shocking realization. "We looked around at the table read, and it was eight women over 30," series star Anna Faris (Christy) recalls to The Hollywood Reporter. The women at that table read -- series regulars Faris, Allison Janney, Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly and Beth Hall, as well as guest stars Ellen Burstyn, June Squibb and Lauri Johnson -- were very cognizant that what they were experiencing was a rarity. "We were like, 'Holy shit! Has this ever happened?' "
- Marisa Roffman
The story follows a woman (Blunt) devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect married couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Along the way, she becomes entangled in a mystery revolving around the couple.
Evans will play the husband of a neighbor (Bennett) who goes missing.
The pic bows on Oct. 7, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
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