10 items from 2014
Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi today urged the screen industry guilds to take the lead to devise a comprehensive plan to .sell. to the federal government before the 2016 election. In her welcome address to the Screen Forever conference Tosi listed a number of challenges facing the industry including funding cuts to the ABC, Sbs and Screen Australia, piracy, the uncompetitive location offset and the producer offset which she says requires a few tweaks in the digital era. She also criticised the Meaa for insisting on what she described as .outdated cast importation requirements. and workplace penalty rates including those for overtime rates and travelling allowances.
Relatively low license fees from broadcasters, static commissions and proportionately more imported content than is desirable were also cited.
.We need a strategic, concerted and united effort,. she said. The public has not voiced concerns about keeping the high level of. Australian content on screen »
- Don Groves
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Question: Is Grey’s Anatomy planning a big cliffhanger for the winter finale, similar to last December’s Jackson/April wedding brouhaha? —Jared
Ausiello: I hear the Nov. 20 episode will end with a cliffhanger, but whether or not it’s on par with the climax in the 2013 fall finale is probably subjective. (For example, Mer/Der fans will likely deem this year’s cliffhanger a bigger deal than last year’s.) Bonus Scoop: It was incorrect of me »
ABC’s big Marvel-mercial this Tuesday night included an extended look at the midseason series Marvel’s Agent Carter.
Set in 1946, the drama finds the titular Peggy (played by Hayley Atwell) dealt a serious blow, marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve), she must balance administrative work with secret missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, reprising his Captain America role), all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, having lost her great love, Steve Rogers.
The residents of Once Upon a Time‘s Storybrooke may want to hide their dogs.
The details of the role, which will first be teased in the winter finale, are being kept under wraps, but we’ve uncovered some early (possible) clues.
Given the boastful description and Smurfit’s striking looks — not to mention a fan report that Emilie de Ravin was filming a scene with a dalmatian on Monday — we’re placing our bets on the actress playing villainess Cruella de Vil. »
Look for Murder to top Marcia Gay Harden‘s list of New Year’s resolutions for 2015.
While the network declined to give details about Harden’s character, it noted that her stint on the Viola Davis drama will begin after the show’s mid-winter break.
Htgawm will air three more new episodes in 2014 — on Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and a Nov. 20 “winter finale” that promises to return to “the »
The USA Network drama will once again reunite Harvey with his “dad” when star Gabriel Macht’s real-life father, Stephen Macht, returns to the series as Harvard Law professor Gerard, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The actor will appear in two of Season 4’s back six episodes.
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Recording new narration for re-edit of @ArrestedDevelopment 4. New footage, new jokes – Feels like a whole new season pic.twitter. »
Did you miss Brad Paisley's "rogue" publicity stunt on Twitter this weekend - where he posted a clip previewing his upcoming album Moonshine In the Trunk, due Aug. 25, purportedly without his label's permission? Well, have no fear - People Country has the exclusive first (err, second?) listen of "Crushin' It," his possible next single, right here. So has the singer, not particularly known for causing trouble, been drinking some of that moonshine in his trunk? Sony Music Nashville might think so. "I'm going rogue. The label doesn't know I'm doing this. Seriously. But I made a Moonshine preview teaser. »
- Danielle Anderson
Anghus Houvouras on the rules of the reboot....
So many comic books are being brought to the big screen that it feels almost critical that they evolve beyond origin stories and break free from the tyranny of their genre. The danger of all these comic book films has always been a vicious cycle of release, relapse, and reboot. Allow me to explain.
The cycle starts with the release of a comic book film. In the past, fans had waited 10, 20, 30 years or more for their favorite characters to get the big screen treatment. There was a ridiculous amount of goodwill stored up and fans were extremely forgiving. Just seeing the comic book icons of their youth on the big screen was a thrill they never thought they would achieve.
The comic book movie is a hit. Now the studio rolls a sequel into production. More often than not, the »
- Gary Collinson
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 16, “The Enchanting Mr. Knight”
Written by Julia Brownell
Directed by Allison Liddi-Brown
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Julia accepts some blame, Crosby eavesdrops, and Sarah makes a choice
Parenthood knocked it out of the park last week by focusing in on the difficult transitions happening for Julia, Sydney and Victor, and Amy. It was somewhat of a respite, with the various Bravermans coming to each other’s aid and generally being the best versions of themselves. This week that break is extended somewhat, with each of the main storylines in a holding pattern. While the episode is entertaining, it’s far from essential and indicative of the growing pains present this season, with the series that so excellently adapted to a shorter episode order last year straining to expand back to its full 22 episode order.
The most successful scenes this »
- Kate Kulzick
Morning news is about to become more dramatic than you ever imagined - and you'll get to watch it all unfold in a new made-for-tv movie. Lifetime is adapting former New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter’s book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, into a television movie. The book chronicles the fierce rivalry between two flagship morning news programs: ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today. The story focuses on the intrigue surrounding the 2012 ouster of former Today anchor Ann Curry, who left the show when the NBC stalwart began to lose the ratings race to Gma. »
- Melissa Locker
10 items from 2014
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