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Speechless Premiere: Does ABC's New Comedy Deserve a Standing Ovation?

Speechless Premiere: Does ABC's New Comedy Deserve a Standing Ovation?
There’s a new family joining ABC’s rock-solid Wednesday night comedy block — and so far, it looks like they’re going to fit in just fine.

Speechless, which debuted Wednesday night, introduces us to the Dimeo family, led by hard-charging mom Maya (Minnie Driver). Along for the ride are husband Jimmy (John Ross Bowie), brainy son Ray (Mason Cook), and track-star daughter Dylan (Kyla Kenedy). But Maya’s main focus is her special-needs son, Jj (Micah Fowler), whom she tirelessly defends with mama-bear ferocity.

Jj’s cerebral palsy confines him to a wheelchair, and he can’t speak, so
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Speechless: ABC Releases Series Premiere Early Online

Minnie Driver's sitcom, About a Boy, was cancelled last year after two seasons on NBC. Now she's back, with her Speechless TV show on ABC. You can watch the new family sitcom on ABC.com and via the ABC app, ahead of its September 21st primetime linear premiere .Speechless stars: Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kenedy, and Cedric Yarbrough. Guest stars in the Speechless TV series premiere include: Marin Kinkle, Paul Bates, Darcy Shean, Daniel Zolghadri, Dina Spybey-Waters, Cyrus Deboo, Skyler James, Jonathan Slavin, Jay Chandrasekhar, Lukita Maxwell, and Daniel Nelson. Read More…
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Ranking the Films of Director Richard Linklater

Self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater was among the most successful talents to emerge from the new wave of independent American filmmakers in the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour time period – and with non-formulaic narratives about seemingly random occurrences – Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum.” In the early 1990s, his debut feature Slacker was hailed as something of a manifesto for Generation X, and ever since, the filmmaker has earned a loyal fan-base world wide with such hits as Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise. As big fans of the filmmaker, the Sound On Sight staff decided to vote on our ten favourite films from the director.

Note: There was two ties.

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10: Suburbia

Originally a play by performance-artist Eric Bogosian (who also wrote the script), Suburbia is a character driven mood piece, which delves into the hearts and minds of a group of young adults.
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The Films Of Richard Linklater: A Retrospective

Given that he's one of the more diverse and prolific filmmakers out there, it's been a disappointingly long four years without a new movie from Richard Linklater ("Me and Orson Welles" premiered at Tiff in 2008). Fortunately, the Austin, Texas-based filmmaker is back with "Bernie," a dark comedy which reunites him with two of his most memorable leads, Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, that has picked up strong reviews and, opening in limited release last Friday, has been performing surprisingly well at the box office.

With "Bernie" expanding wider this weekend (read our review), it seemed like the perfect time to look over Linklater's diverse and eclectic career. He'd already made his mark by founding the Austin Film Society in 1985 (which has gone on to be the center of the industy in the Texas city), but since his debut with an ultra-low-budget student film in 1988, Linklater's tackled everything from romance to
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Film review: 'subUrbia'

Film review: 'subUrbia'
NEW YORK - Eric Bogosian's play depicting the malaise of the younger generation, a hit for Lincoln Center a couple of years back, has been adapted for the screen with felicitous results by director Richard Linklater, who has demonstrated his affinity for these types of characters with such films as "Slacker" and "Dazed and Confused".

Although the downbeat nature of the story and the lack of sympathetic characters may prevent the film from taking off commercially, strong reviews and word-of-mouth should garner it significant attention. Showing at the New York Film Festival, this Castle Rock production is scheduled for a commercial release early next year via Sony Pictures Classics.

The film, which adheres closely to the original play, is concerned with a group of aimless, overgrown adolescents who congregate in the parking lot of a convenience store in the middle of a suburban wasteland. After the canny credit sequence, which shows us a series of barren strip malls while the song "A Town Without Pity" plays on the soundtrack, we are introduced to Tim (Nicky Katt), whose stint in the Air Force has left him directionless and an embittered racist; Buff (Steve Zahn), a spaced-out prankster; Jeff (Giovanni Ribisi), whose intellectual searching and ironic put-downs seem to indicate he is the character closest to the author; Sooze (Amie Carey), Jeff's restless girlfriend, who is desperate to escape to New York and become a performance artist; and Bee-Bee (Dina Spybey), a young, troubled girl who is eager to blend in with the rest of the group.

Watching these young people listen to music, drink beer, litter, and generally make nuisances of themselves are the Pakistani owners of the store, Nazeer (Ajay Naidu) and his wife, Pakeesa (Samia Shoaib). Although they don't want trouble, the pair are not reluctant to whip out a gun when things get out of hand.

The group's lethargy is shaken up with the return visit of hometown boy Pony (Jayce Bartok), who has gone off and become a rock star, complete with MTV videos, a limousine, a sold-out show at the local arena, and a sexy publicist (Parker Posey). His appearance prompts the members of the group into various reactions: Jeff is jealous of his fame and masks it with snide put-downs; Sooze is attracted by Pony's success as an artist; and Buff mainly wants a ride in the limo.

One of the problems with "subUrbia" is that nearly all of the characters onscreen are either silly or unpleasant in varying degrees. Nazeer exclaims at one particularly frustrated point, "You people are so stupid. What's wrong with you?"

Although Bogosian's screenplay makes many cogent points about the deadening effects of suburbia, he provides no answers to that question, and the story wanders on aimlessly for nearly two hours, with a somewhat melodramatic conclusion. Still, there are many laughs, and the characterizations are fully developed and compelling.

Under Linklater's astute direction, the talented young cast play their parts expertly, with Zahn proving that his scene-stealing in "That Thing You Do!" was no fluke. He seems headed for big things. And Katt has sufficient charisma to make his obnoxious character somewhat bearable.

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subUrbia

Sony Pictures Classics

A Castle Rock production

Director Richard Linklater

Producer Anne Walker-McBay

Executive producer John Sloss

Screenplay Eric Bogosian

Photography Lee Daniel

Editor Sandra Adair

Color/stereo

Cast:

Pony Jayce Bartok

Sooze Amie Carey

Tim Nicky Katt

Nazeer Ajay Naidu

Erica Parker Posey

Jeff Giovanni Ribisi

Pakeesa Samia Shoaib

Bee-Bee Dina Spybey

Buff Steve Zahn

Running time - 118 minutes

No MPAA rating

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