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Each year, the Television Academy singles out a handful of programs that have used the power of the medium to “shift cultural acceptance and influence the hearts and minds of the viewers.”
This year, Transparent has been named one of the six Television Academy honorees of 2015. In a statement announcing the honorees, Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum explained the significance of the honors: “These programs have enlightened viewers, prompted discussion, raised social awareness, and are sparking change.”
It’s been a big week for Transparent show creator Jill Soloway, who was also named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list, where she received a tribute from one of her first bosses, Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, who saluted her “singular, audacious voice, which continues to speak loudly for all who yearn for an authentic life.” »
Shannon Tarbet has landed a regular role on Virtuoso, HBO’s classical music drama pilot from True Blood creator Alan Ball. Set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna, it follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence. Tarbet plays Ina, who lives on the streets of Vienna. She is poor and dirty but very pretty and with a huge spirit and tremendous energy for life. She and her… »
Cinemax has announced that production has begun on the fourth season of their Banshee TV show. The eight episodes will start airing some time in 2016.
Here's the press release:
Cinemax Announces Start Of Production For Fourth Season Of Hit Action Series "Banshee"
New York, April 8, 2015 - Production has begun in Pittsburgh on the fourth season of the Emmy(R)-winning Cinemax action series Banshee, it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. The eight-episode season will air in 2016, with Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen executive producing.
The Cinemax drama has been busy ramping up its cast lately, and now comes word that Eliza Dushku is joining Banshee. The drama series from Alan Ball centers on Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa, where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice. Dushku will recur as Agent Veronica Dawson, a tough, sexy and shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal… »
Freya Mavor has landed the female lead role on HBO’s “Virtuoso,” a pilot set in 18th Century Vienna, TheWrap has learned exclusively. The drama comes from “True Blood’s” Alan Ball, Elton John and David Furnish. Peter Macdissi will star as well as act as an executive producer on the project. Ball, John and Furnish will also executive produce along with Steve Hamilton Shaw. “Virtuoso” follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence. Mavor will play Marie, daughter of a prestigious Catholic family in Paris and the only girl chosen for the inaugural class. »
- Linda Ge
Ana Ayora (The Big Wedding, Chop Shop) has booked a season-long arc on Season 4 of Cinemax's Banshee. The drama series from Alan Ball centers on Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa, where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice. Ayora will play Nina Cruz, a smart, tough, streetwise deputy for the Banshee Sheriff’s Department who really is an inside plant working for… »
Few actors make the leap from soaps to smart dramas but Mirallegro has graduated from Hollyoaks to BBC primetime and Bafta nominations. Meet the accidental pin-up who refuses to settle for any old role
For every Guy Pearce or Jenna Coleman, there are a hundred Dean Gaffneys or Letitia Deans: actors who left the soaps that made them, only to become a Ricky Gervais punchline or hobble back after realising ego or expectation outweighed talent. No such danger for Nico Mirallegro. Less than five years after playing schizophrenic emo kid Newt in Hollyoaks, he’s picked up a Bafta nomination for Peter Moffat’s The Village and starred in dramas by Paul Abbott and his idol Jimmy McGovern. More recently, he landed a role in Virtuoso, the latest HBO series from Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood). Of more immediate concern for Mirallegro, however, is how to handle his »
- Gabriel Tate
Emmerich recently completed filming “Stonewall,” a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City and a turning point in the struggle for Lgbt equality. He’s also contributed to several non-profit organizations, including Outfest’s Legacy Project, dedicated to preserving Lgbt film history; the Los Angeles Lgbt Center; Freedom to Marry; and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
“As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film directors, Roland Emmerich has entertained audiences across the globe,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “His generosity has touched the lives of countless Lgbt people, »
- Dave McNary
Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.
After troubled times, Hungarian film is on the mend. That was the message from Hungarian Film Fund CEO Agnes Havas at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).
Local market share for Hungarian films is still low (precise figures for 2014 are not yet available) but the industry is enjoying a mini-production boom.
The enhanced 25% tax rebate is helping draw foreign production to the country. Ridley Scott has been in Budapest shooting his new sci-fi thriller The Martian for Twentieth Century Fox, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig.
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Currently in its third season, the action series, which stars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison and Hoon Lee, will shoot the new episodes in Pittsburgh. Returning cast members are yet to be announced.
Season four is set to premiere in 2016.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Cinemax has renewed “Banshee” for a fourth season. It will return next year with eight new episodes. Produced by “True Blood” co-creator Alan Ball, the drama series is currently airing its third season. Although Cinemax said it will confirm returning cast members and producers at a later date, Season 3 stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison and Hoon Lee. See video: ‘Banshee’ Season 3 Trailer Promises a War on Three Fronts (Video) “Banshee” follows Antony Starr as as a mysterious ex-convict who assumed the identity of Lucas Hood, a small Amish country town sheriff who’s murdered. Quickly, he discovers that this. »
- Jethro Nededog
[Press Release] New York, Feb. 12, 2015 – The hit action series Banshee will return to Cinemax in 2016 for a fourth season of eight episodes, which will shoot in Pittsburgh, Pa., it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. The Emmy®-winning show is currently in its third season, with episodes debuting Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt). Banshee’s fourth season will be executive produced by Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen. Returning cast and crew will be announced when they are confirmed. Banshee’s third season launched last month to rave reviews. Yahoo! called the show “wildly witty,” and the Huffington Post described Banshee as “one of TV’s most reliable pleasures,” »
- Pietro Filipponi
Yesterday, "Page Six" ran a wonderful item about a tree in front of Sean Lennon's West Village townhouse that's encroaching on the property of Marisa Tomei's parents, who are suing Lennon for $10 million to repair the damage the roots have done to their basement and stoop. The courts haven't handed down a verdict yet, but if all of this is true, we find the son of John and Yoko guilty of being a crappy neighbor. At least he’s in good company. Below, 29 more stars you probably don't want to live next to. Alan Ball: Some macaws owned by the creator of True Blood and Six Feet Under were responsible for disrupting Quentin Tarantino with their "obnoxious pterodactyl-like screams." In 2011, Tarantino sued Ball because he “robbed [him] of the ability to find peace in his home.” They ended up resolving the suit out of court. Mario Batali: »
- Adam K. Raymond
Australian actor Lindsay Farris has landed a lead role in Alan Ball.s HBO pilot Virtuoso. Set in the 18th century, Virtuoso follows a group of young musical prodigies from all over Europe who are enrolled at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence. It is Executive produced by Alan Ball, Elton John, Peter Macdissi, David Furnish, and Steve Hamilton Shaw. Hailing from Sydney, Farris is a classical pianist as well as an actor, and will play Heinrich, an Austrian piano prodigy. His previous credits include The Code and Parer.s War as well as appearing on stage in Noises Off and Mojo, both for the Sydney Theatre Company. He is also set to appear in Joseph Sims. soon-to-be-released feature Observance, which he also co-produced.
Production on the hour-long pilot will take place this spring in Budapest.
Lindsay is represented by Lital Spitzer (3 Arts Entertainment) in La and Nicky Gluyas »
- Emily Blatchford
True Blood's Alan Ball and Elton John are teaming up with HBO to make a pilot for "an hourlong period drama set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna," writes The Hollywood Reporter. To be called Virtuoso, it centers around musical prodigies at the Academy of Musical Excellence — like Fame for genius-types. You know there will be wigs! We're in. »
- Lindsey Weber
HBO has given the go-ahead to the pilot for "Virtuoso," a musical series from Elton John, his husband David Furnish and "True Blood" creator Alan Ball. The hour-long period drama follows a class of young, 18th-century European musicians attending a prestigious music academy in Vienna. Production is set to begin in Budapest this Spring. Ball's partner Peter Macdissi, who appeared in both "True Blood" and "Six Feet Under," Ball's first cable series after his "American Beauty" Oscar win for Best Screenplay, will star and executive-produce. Ball and Macdissi have written the teleplay, with a pilot story to be penned by Macdissi, Ball and co-executive producer Steve Hamilton Shaw. This isn't the only musical period series on HBO's docket. Martin Scorsese has a full series order on his plate for a yet-to-be-titled '70s rock drama co-executive produced by Terence Winter and Mick Jagger. (More on that here.) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A creepy comic-book villain is making the leap from The CW to Fox.
The baddie — who was also portrayed by Michael Eklund (Bates Motel) on Arrow last season — has a zealotry bordering on madness, genius-level intellect and vast medical expertise. He pursues his demented research even as the bloody cost of his actions grows ever greater.
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Set in 18th century Vienna, the series follows a class of musicians from all across Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.
Peter Macdissi (who worked with Ball on “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood”) will star in the pilot. Macdissi will also serve as exec producer, alongside Ball, John, Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw. The pilot teleplay is written by Ball, and Macdissi, Shaw and Ball will pen the pilot story.
The cast of musical students includes “The Imitation Game’s” Alex Lawther as Battista; French actor Francois Civil (“Rosemary’s Baby”) as Isidoro; British actor Nico Mirallegro (BBC’s “Upstairs Downstairs”) as Franz; Australian actor Lindsay Farris as Heinrich; and actress Iva Babic as Leonid.
Production on the “Virtuoso” pilot begins this spring in Budapest. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Banshee, Season 3: Episode 3 – “A Fixer of Sorts”
Written by Justin Britt-Gibson
Directed by Magnus Martens
Airs Friday nights at 10 on Cinemax
“A Fixer of Sorts” is, to be clear, one of the best episodes of Banshee and a firm testament to the show’s deserved place among the best current TV has to offer as a medium of entertainment. There’s a laundry list of evidence to back that up here, and it’s all thoroughly convincing in my mind. Most people will surely point towards the surprisingly early fight scene between Burton and Nola, which…well, how would you put it? It’s certainly the best fight scene in any Banshee episode to date. It’s certainly the best fight scene in any episode of television to air this year. It’s maybe the best fight scene to air in an episode of television period (at the very least, »
- Sean Colletti
“American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.
The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.
“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”
The entire nominations list:
- Dave McNary
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