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HBO’s Lgbt History: Mildred Pierce (2011)

16 December 2015 11:09 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.

Last week we talked about polygamy and homosexuality in Big Love, all the while singing Chloe Sevigny’s praises. This week, we focus on the “genius” Todd Haynes, who's obviously on our minds what with our infatuation with Carol. HBO, as we’ve seen, has always celebrated and supported out gay filmmakers, from Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads, The Celluloid Closet) and Cheryl Dunye (Stranger Inside) to Gus Van Sant (Elephant) and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under). It makes sense that Haynes’s adaptation of Mildred Pierce, led by the incomparable Kate Winslet found a home at the cable network.

We could spend all day gabbing about this languid adaptation but I’ll keep it short and sweet today with 5 Reasons Todd Haynes’s Mildred Pierce is deliciously gay...

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- Manuel Betancourt

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'Transparent' creator: Streaming shows are 'inventing a new art form'

14 December 2015 6:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On Friday, Amazon released all 10 episodes of “Transparent” season 2. It’s wonderful, and was an easy choice for my 2015 top 10 list. I'm still working on a piece featuring mini-reviews of each episode (look for that in the next day or two), but in the meantime, here's an interview I did with the show's creator, Jill Soloway, discussing this season's flashback structure, how Soloway's increasing knowledge of trans issues — not only does she have a "Moppa" like Jeffrey Tambor's Maura in real life, but she added a trans writer to the staff this season —has shaped the show's coverage of the problems facing Maura, how she views a streaming season as a different artform from making a drama for cable, and a lot more. (There will, of course, be many spoilers in what we discuss.) I want to start off with the Holocaust ring. When you put that line in the first season, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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How the Transparent Writers Room Works

10 December 2015 9:26 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Jill Soloway is the creator of Amazon’s Transparent, which returns for a second season on Friday, December 11. Our writers room is like children in a preschool, playing around. There’s so much love in there. My sister’s a writer on the show, Bridget Bedard, Our Lady J, and Ali Liebegott — we have a bunch of brilliant minds, and we’re all challenging each other all the time. Someone will say, “I dreamed about the Pfeffermans last night,” or “I was driving and I had this image come to me,” or “I watched this movie and I felt like we can do something like this.” We come from an intuitive, emotional place, as opposed to other TV shows where you might be thinking about joke-writing or odd situations to put the characters into. I learned that from Alan Ball [from Six Feet Under]. He treated the writer’s room like the Fisher »

- Jill Soloway as told to Devon Ivie

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James Bond Director Sam Mendes Stirs Franchise

30 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Here’s a theory: If not for Sam Mendes, Universal never would’ve entrusted an indie greenhorn like Colin Trevorrow to direct “Jurassic World,” nor would George Lucas have dreamed of handing the reins of his “Star Wars” franchise to the likes of Rian Johnson (“Brick”).

While hardly your typical indie director by origin, British-born Mendes, who is receiving the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, was a bold choice to tackle “Skyfall,” the 23rd film in the Eon-produced James Bond franchise — and one of the few to be overseen by a helmer selected on the strength of his dramatic directing chops — resulting in $1.1 billion worldwide box office, the Bond series’ highest-grossing film.

The tendency with such franchise assignments — from Bond to “Star Wars” to the “Jurassic Park” series — has long been to pick journeymen helmers, favoring those lacking an authorial imprimatur who excel at the technical side of things: specifically, »

- Peter Debruge

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The Conversation: Top 10 American Indie Filmmakers Missing in Action

26 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

No film buff wants to see a promising, or prominent filmmaker pull a disappearing act a la Terrence Malick, (though it seems he isn’t keen to repeat another lapse like the one between Days of Heaven to The Thin Red Line), but whether they’re dealing with unforeseeable professional (endless pre-production woes, writer’s block) or personal issues, sometimes there is a considerable time between projects.

With John Cameron Mitchell, Charlie KaufmanRebecca MillerPatty Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and more recently, Barry Jenkins recently moving out of the so called “inactive” period, we decided to compile a list of the top ten American filmmakers who, for the most part, we’ve lost sight of and would like to see get back in the director’s chair again. Most of the filmmakers listed below have gone well over half a decade without a substantial movement in this category. Here is »

- Nicholas Bell

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‘Banshee’ Releases Final Season Trailer, Sets Premiere Date

9 October 2015 8:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cinemax has set a Jan. 29 premiere date for the fourth, and final, season of its small-town crime drama “Banshee,” the HBO-owned premium cabler announced Friday.

“’Banshee’ is a unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming for Cinemax,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. “The show’s exceptional blend of action and drama earned a vocal and passionate fan base that will not be disappointed in ‘Banshee’s’ final season.”

The channel also released the first trailer for the season, which gives glimpses of new cast member Eliza Dushku. She’s signed on to play Veronica Dawson, a sexy but shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal demons. Other new cast members include Ana Ayora (“The Big Wedding”) as Nina Cruz, a Banshee deputy working as an inside plant, and Casey Labow (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2”) as Maggie. The »

- Whitney Friedlander

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‘Banshee’s Fourth & Final Season Gets Premiere Date On Cinemax

9 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The fourth and final eight-episode season of Cinemax’s Emmy-winning drama series Banshee will premiere on January 29, the premium pay cabler announced today. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen will executive produce. Robert F. Phillips is producer. Debuting in January 2013, Banshee, created by Tropper and David Schickler, stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of… »

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Review: Blunt Force Trauma

9 October 2015 12:22 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

When HBO aired its vampire series True Blood, its arrival came at just the right time. The Twilight series was everywhere and horror was hitting the mainstream at every shopping mall in America. True Blood had creator Alan Ball at its side, therefore, already providing a sense of authenticity due to his resume consisting of the Oscar winning American Beauty and HBO’s earlier series, Six Feet Under. It’s through True Blood that America was introduced to Australian actor Ryan Kwanten who played the air headed yet lovable Jason Stackhouse. Kwanten has created a name for himself in the genre with Knights Of Badassdom, Dead Silence, and the underrated Griff The Invisible. His career is subtle overall, but he has the charisma to become a leading man and hope he gets a role that will get a more mainstream appeal. He seems to want to feel out other genres and avoid typecasting and, »

- Jovy Skol

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Vampire Diaries, Arrow, S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and More

25 September 2015 7:39 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

How bad is it for Bones‘ Booth? Will Once Upon a Time explain two vanishings? How will Arrow‘s Felicity react to a shocking return? Is Gotham expecting? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

I’m desperate for some Bones scoop! Plz, give us something! —Claudia

Booth’s disappearance takes a very bloody turn in Episode 2. Elsewhere, a handsome new man enters the Jeffersonian to assist Angela (which immediately puts Hodgins on high alert), while Cam and Arastoo make a big decision about their relationship.

VideosBones: Booth’s Remains Found (But Brennan’s Having »

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The 5 Tiff Audience Award Winners That Went On to Win Best Picture

18 September 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Winning the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival is a major feather in the cap for any film — and, for many, the launching pad for even loftier goals. Indeed, five went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards.

Chariots of Fire (1981): This true story about two Olympic athletes, one a devout Christian running for God, the other an English Jew  running to overcome prejudice, in the 1924 Games won best picture at the 54th Academy Awards. A few months before receiving that statue it premiered at Tiff and took home the audience award. The film’s legacy, and particularly its theme song (which earned composer Vangelis an Oscar), endures to this day.

American Beauty (1999): Screenwriter Alan Ball‘s family drama about a depressed suburban father (Kevin Spacey) who suffers a mid-life crisis after developing an infatuation on his teenage daughter’s best friend, »

- Patrick Shanley

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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

26 August 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

26 August 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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Catch-up TV guide: From True Blood to Modern Toss

24 August 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Alan Ball’s vampire drama is very good before it goes very bad, and Guide stalwarts Modern Toss reinvent the BBC Proms

Robert Rodriguez’s small-screen spinoff (pictured, right) from the Tarantino-penned fantasy horror flick of the same name returns for a second season. Prepare for more mysterious visions, blood cults, shady oil money and gruesome, stylish violence. Expect the fearsome Gecko twins to continue their rampage through a twisted, supernatural America.

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- Phil Harrison

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‘Breathe Me’: The Oral History of the Six Feet Under Finale’s Death Montage

21 August 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This post originally ran in December 2013. We are rerunning it today in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Six Feet Under finale. On August 21, 2005, the HBO drama Six Feet Under concluded with a seven-minute montage of flash-forwards revealing how each of the remaining main characters die. The episode, “Everyone’s Waiting,” was immediately hailed as the most satisfying TV ending ever, something the show’s creator, Alan Ball, still hears all the time. “People say they love it, that it was incredibly moving, that they watched it over and over,” he tells Vulture. “All those things.” As part of our micro oral history week, Ball and the scene’s other key players look back at the finale and discuss the Sia song, the process of aging the actors, and grappling with the meaning of life and death.Alan Ball (series creator and writer-director of “Everyone’s Waiting”): The »

- Patti Greco

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Can You Imagine a Six Feet Under With Christopher Meloni? The Show’s Creator Did

21 August 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Six Feet Under's series finale, Rolling Stone has published a new comprehensive oral history about the legendary HBO show. To be expected, the piece is full of fun-fact ephemera: Six Feet's cast and creator Alan Ball talk about everything from creating the family ("I never thought of [the dad] as a ghost") and HBO critiquing the pilot ("It feels kind of safe. Could you make it more fucked up?") to internalizing the episodes ("I remember it like a life I lived") and nailing the end ("Somebody in the room said, 'We should just kill everybody.' And I was like, yeah, that's funny"). There's also talk of interesting (but definitely game-changing) alternate casting, which, according to Ball, involved Law & Order: Svu's Chris Meloni, as well as anecdotes about how key characters nabbed their parts: Ball: I don't really write characters with specific actors in mind. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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'Six Feet Under' 10 Years Later: Creator, Stars on Finale "Bomb," Lasting Legacy

21 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

HBO's critically acclaimed series Six Feet Under began with the unexpected death of Nathaniel Fisher (Richard Jenkins) and ended with the death of the rest of his family. Aug. 21 marks 10 years since the quirky Alan Ball story about family and their owned-and-operated funeral home closed up shop, but the show's final montage depicting how every remaining member of the Fishers and their loved ones would pass on still ranks among TV's best series finales. The idea of flashing forward to depict how each member of the Fishers and their loved ones would pass on seemed revolutionary in

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- Megan Vick

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'Six Feet Under': The Oral History of HBO's Beloved Landmark Series

20 August 2015 7:54 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's easy to imagine that, 15 years from now, television audiences will take for granted the existence of groundbreaking series like Orange Is the New Black and Transparent. But it's impossible to look at the currently lush television landscape without acknowledging the debt that most popular shows owe to HBO at the turn of the new millennium.

While network television continued raking in the advertising dollars with surefire bets and lowest-common denominators, the premium cable channel was kickstarting its own quiet revolution, finding success in a variety of genres from pop-cultural »

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5 HBO Shows You Must Watch if You Haven’t Yet

4 August 2015 4:52 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

HBO has been known the last decade or so for their incredible original programming. Lately, they seem to have some of the best television series congregated on one channel during any given year. Out of five new shows they put out, three will likely be amazing. Whether they have a good eye for ordering new shows, or they have had insanely good luck, I am happy and hope whatever they are doing continues.

If you are a poor soul, who hasn’t had a chance to watch the shows below, take a day to marathon them. Binge watch them. Whatever you want to call it. Do it. These are the best shows HBO has given us.

(These are not in any particular order.)

Boardwalk Empire

Creator: Terence Winter. Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael ShannonShea WhighamMichael StuhlbargStephen GrahamVincent PiazzaMichael Kenneth WilliamsJack HustonGretchen Mol. »

- Sarah Sommer

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Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’ to come to an end after its fourth season

29 July 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cable channel Cinemax has seen its stature grow over the past few years with a number of shows that have garnered acclaim among critical television fans. One such show has been Banshee. Co-created by television newcomers Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, the show is executive produced by Alan Ball, and focuses on a small town in Pennsylvania where a recently released criminal posing as the sheriff tries to navigate his own past, the local criminal element, the Amish community, and the Native American community.

Many fans of the series were excited to learn that Cinemax had renewed the show for a fourth season earlier this year. The excitement, however, turned out to be bittersweet, as news has now emerged that the fourth season, which is currently in production, will be the show’s last. Reports suggest that the creators and writers of the series were aware of the impending cancellation when the fourth season began, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘Banshee’ to End With Fourth Season in 2016

29 July 2015 8:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cinemax’s “Banshee” will conclude its run with a fourth and final season, Variety has confirmed. The news was first reported by TVLine.

Producers have been working with execs at the cable network toward an end date for the action-drama, and mutually agreed on this solution, according to a source inside the  production.

“It’s equal parts of feeling the story has been told, wanting to go out while the show is a major success for Cinemax, and lead actor Antony Starr’s growing demands and vocal desire to leave the show,” said the source.

The season premiere of “Banshee” in January drew 540,000 same-night viewers and its finale in March drew 692,000.

Showrunner Greg Yaitanes is also at work on Cinemax’s “Quarry,” now filming in New Orleans and Memphis.

The eight-episode final season of “Banshee” is set for an early 2016 premiere. In addition to Starr, the cast includes Ivana Milicevic, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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