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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 »
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Megan Vick
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 »
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.)
Creator: Terence Winter. Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jack Huston, Gretchen Mol. »
- Sarah Sommer
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
Cinemax has canceled “Banshee,” and the upcoming fourth season of the drama will be its last, TheWrap has learned. The network also announced the show will return in January 2016. Produced by “True Blood” co-creator Alan Ball, the drama series was renewed for a fourth season earlier this year and will return with eight episodes in 2016. “‘Banshee’ is a unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming for Cinemax,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “The show’s exceptional blend of action and drama earned a vocal and passionate fan base that will not. »
- Linda Ge
It is now officially time for the gloves to come off. Scream: The TV Series rolls into episode two with mild invention and solid character development. Lifting dialogue from the film canon as a tagline and name dropping Manhunter references, this series is being coy in its self-awareness. Rather than being 90210 or The Oc with added carnage, a unisex triumvirate of actors are moving front and centre giving audiences someone to invest in.
Willa Fitzgerald’s central protagonist Emma works hard with minimal material, whilst being ably supported by Bex-Taylor Klaus as Audrey Jensen. Beyond these two is movie trivia guru geek and orator of slasher convention Noah Foster. Fulfilling Scream conventions, by being both nerdy and vaguely suspect, John Karna adds elitism to that persona. Which has the potential to make him annoying, yet Karna walks the line »
- Gary Collinson
Charlaine Harris penned the Sookie Stackhouse book series, which was adapted for TV in the form of True Blood by Alan Ball, who injected some of his personal politics into the series. Charlaine Harris On ‘True Blood’s Politics Throughout True Blood‘s 7-season run, there was a thread of liberal politics sewn into the show by creator Ball. In […]
- Chelsea Regan
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
Six Feet Under, Season 5, Episode 12, “Everyone’s Waiting”
Written and directed by Alan Ball
Aired August 21st, 2005 on HBO
During its five seasons of television, Six Feet Under managed to craft a narrative that was evocative, emotional, heart-rending, and humorous. Alan Ball’s funeral home drama was a show that had a very unique voice, one that spoke to the splintered facets of the heart and mind with equal weight and power. So when the time came for Six Feet Under to take its rightful place in the dirt and dust for good, it was with a finality that echoed into eternity.
Much like the hefty themes that Six Feet Under spent much of its 63 hours wrestling with, the final episode was not content in just going for a simple, streamlined conclusion. Instead, Ball and co. created an entire final season that led up to this particular endgame. It began »
- Mike Worby
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.” »
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