11 items from 2016
Before “The Knick” scatters its characters to the four winds, Steven Soderbergh offers one last, literal reminder that he thinks outside the box. When coarse ambulance driver Tom Cleary (Chris Sullivan) seeks counsel from a priest, his feet protrude from the confessional, and though his voice remains as sharp as if he were beside us, Soderbergh replaces the traditional depiction of penance—faint light filtering through the partition, illuminating a face wracked by guilt—with a far more ambiguous one.
Via a series of long, still compositions, venturing into the barren aisles and empty pews, the camera edges toward the opposite end of the cavernous nave, returning to the image of the Irishman’s shoes only when he reaches his reason for being there. In his slightly forlorn brogue, Cleary asks for a prayer that the disgraced Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour) accept his hand in marriage: He wants her to be his wife, »
- Matt Brennan
It’s a busy time for Xzibit (aka Alvin Joiner). The actor-producer-rapper has been promoted to series regular for Season 3 of Fox’s hit Empire following his guest starring role in Season 2. He also has been cast in a lead role opposite Michael Angarano in indie feature Sun Dogs. In Empire, Xzibit plays Leslie "Shyne" Johnson, who is 100% wolf and 100% gangster. He has managed artists, started record imprints and even sold a few units here and there, but his bread and… »
It’s a busy time for Xzibit (aka Alvin Joiner). The actor-producer-rapper has been promoted to series regular for Season 3 of Fox’s hit "Empire" following his guest starring role in Season 2. He also has been cast in a lead role opposite Michael Angarano in indie feature Sun Dogs. In Empire, Xzibit plays Leslie "Shyne" Johnson, who is 100% wolf and 100% gangster. He has managed artists, started record imprints and even sold a few units here and there, but his bread and… »
Jennifer Morrison – star of Once Upon A Time – is gearing up for the next phase of her career by filling out the cast of her feature-length directorial debut with an impressive roster of talent. Having already cast Ed O’Neill and multiple award-winning Allison Janney, Morrison has now added Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) and Michael Angarano (The Knick) to the list of stars set to appear in Sun Dogs.
Written by Anthony Tambakis (Warrior, Jane Got A Gun), the film will see Jennifer Morrison branch out with her own production banner – Apartment 3C Productions. Sun Dogs will be the first of two collaborations between Tambakis and Apartment 3C, and will start Morrison’s directing career off with a comedic look at duty, ambition and homeland security.
Ned (Michael Angarano) is a young man desperate to enlist in the U.S Marines and serve his country. Failing repeatedly, and then once more, »
- Sarah Myles
Exclusive: Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Allison Janney and Ed O'Neill have come aboard to star in Sun Dogs, the feature film directorial debut of Once Upon A Time star Jennifer Morrison that was penned by Anthony Tambakis (Warrior). Fabrica De Cine, which just closed a mega-deal in Cannes to produce and finance Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, will co-finance Sun Dogs along with Caviar (Diary Of A Teenage Girl). The comedy, the first for Morrison’s newly launched Apar… »
[caption id="attachment_49444" align="aligncenter" width="578"] I'm Dying Up Here TV show pilot photo, courtesy of Showtime.[/caption]
Jake Lacy has been cast as a series regular in the I'm Dying Up Here TV show on Showtime. Set in the 1970s L.A. comedy-scene, the series comes from executive producer Jim Carrey and is inspired the non-fiction book of the same name, by William Knoedelseder.
The I'm Dying Up Here TV series cast includes: Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, Andrew Santino, Rj Cyler Al Madrigal, Erik Griffin, and Stephen Guarino. Guest stars include: Alfred Molina, Sebastian Stan, Robert Forster, Jon Daly, Dylan Baker, Brianne Howey, Ginger Gonzaga, and Cathy Moriarty.Read More… »
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Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar, and broke Twitter, for his role as explorer Hugh Glass in "The Revenant," which makes its debut on Digital HD on March 22, with the DVD and Blu-ray to follow on April 19. As you probably know, the movie picked up three Oscars, including Best Actor for Leo, Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and Best Cinematography. It led this year's Academy Award nominations with 12 nods, including one for Tom Hardy as Best Supporting Actor.
- Gina Carbone
There were many conversations surrounding Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, most of them bad, and among the more interesting concerned its star, Ellar Coltrane — one of the “what now?” variety. (This interested me so much, in fact, that I asked him about it during an interview in the summer of 2014.) It didn’t take long to get an answer: in September of last year, he signed for James Ponsoldt’s The Circle, putting him in a co-starring position with Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega. And now there’s an update from Variety: the actor’s joined Barry, an Obama biopic-of-sorts concerning the future President’s time at Columbia University in 1981.
They share no details about who Coltrane’s playing, though it’s at least known that Devon Terrell (of Steve McQueen’s unsuccessful HBO pilot Codes of Conduct) will step into the main role; Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, M. Night Shyamalan »
- Nick Newman
Exclusive: Thandie Newton, Kenneth Choi, Harry Treadaway, Michael Angarano and Yul Vazquez have been added to the cast of Nash Edgerton’s untitled dark comedy that’s now shooting in Chicago. They join David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton and Amanda Seyfried in the indie, which Amazon Studios is financing and will distribute theatrically as that outfit ramps up its original productions. The project was known as American Express when it was first announced ahead of… »
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2.2 You're No Rose
I don’t wanna start anew. I wanna continue on.
When, through eyefuls of tears, Lucy Elkins tells John Thackery that she wants to pick things up where they left them before his rehab, it comes, quite naturally, as a plea for love. However, in seeing their situation as a binary choice, the erstwhile lovers reveal something of the tension that suffuses this episode.
The most obvious example follows the pattern established by the above conversation; whether present events represent a break from the past or a continuation of them. Thackery arrives back at the Knick and with characteristic blunt arrogance, acts as though he can continue as before in a senior position. Worse yet, he intends to »
Showtime has picked up the I'm Dying Up Here TV series. This new one-hour comedy is set in the 1970s Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene. The pilot is based on the book of the same name, by William Knoedelseder.
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11 items from 2016
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