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With series creator Ryan Murphy revealing that the forthcoming American Horror Story season will be called Freak Show, the internet has become abuzz with anticipation. Each year the show has taken a different horror premise and Freak Show is set to follow in the footsteps of Murder House, Asylum and Coven. What we know exactly about Freak Show is limited, but described here.
In the previous three seasons American Horror Story has covered a wide range of horror staples, from alien abductions to witches, serial killers, voodoo and evil Nazi doctors. But what must Freak Show do to stand out from the seasons that came before it? With a simply astounding ensemble cast lined up, there is high hopes that Freak Show can be the best American Horror Story year yet.
But it will be the last season to feature Jessica Lange, so there is the expectation that she »
- Brian Chapman
President George H.W. Bush has a new favorite TV show. The cast of AMC's new hit "Turn" took the stage of the TV Academy Friday night in North Hollywood to discuss everything from the show's unlikely fanbase -- including a former Potus -- to the incredibly cold conditions filming on location in Virginia during last year's snow storms. Moderated by Stacey Wilson (The Hollywood Reporter), cast members in attendance included Jamie Bell, Heather Lind, Seth Numrich, Burn Gorman and Jj Feild. Listen to the entire audio podcast below. -Break- As producers Barry Josephson and Craig Silverstein explain, their original pitch to AMC was, "It's 'The Departed' set in the Revolutionary War." Since "The Departed" won Best Picture at the Oscars, could that mean good luck for "Turn" at this year's Emmys? 'Breaking Bad' cast reunites at TV Academy: Hear their spin-off ideas Dealin »
2005 and 2007′s Fantastic Four movies which starred the likes of Jessica Alba and Chris Evans haven’t gone down in history as one of the greatest superhero films around. To most people the first film is barely memorable but that’s isn’t surprising considering it came out the same summer as the mighty Batman Begins. Heck it wasn’t even the most memorable Alba movie released, as Sin City burst onto screens during the same season.
The lack of critical success hasn’t stopped the studios from taking the film down the reboot road with Chronicles Josh Trank at the helm. Most fans were pretty pleased when this director accepted the job as Chronicle is one of the most original films of the last decade or so. It didn’t take long for him to get backs up though with the controversial casting of Michael B Jordan in the role of The Human Torch, »
- Kat Smith
Megan Applegate recaps the first episode of Turn…
In case you were busy watching Wrestlemania 30, the Game of Thrones Season 4 opener, or the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, you might have missed the fact that AMC took a gamble and premiered the Revolutionary War spy drama Turn.
Still, a whopping 2.1 million of us tuned in to watch, so there must have been a good number of us whose borrowed HBO Go login credentials crashed the system—leaving us with no choice but to see what AMC had in store.
Woodhall is a cabbage farmer with a wife and a young son in Setauket, NY—a loyalist and red coat haven in 1767. Most of »
- Gary Collinson
If Fox’s choice of Josh Trank as the director of Fantastic Four didn’t convince you that the studio was taking the franchise in a bold, new direction, then the announcement that Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Kate Mara would play Marvel’s first family surely did. Jordan’s casting was notable as being a decisive switch from the comics where Johnny Storm/Human Torch is white. Likewise, Mara’s casting as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman was also a little surprising for some people as she’s his sister and is white.
The casting, however, is more of a sign that this Fantastic Four is seeking a different caliber of onscreen talent, falling in line with its ...
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- Sarah Moran
(Cbr) For a film that’s expected to begin principal photography in the next few weeks, not much is known about director Josh Trank’s "Fantastic Four" reboot. Heck, Fox hasn’t even officially announced the cast, although actors Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara have spoken about their roles. Not that they know much about the project, either. Speaking with IGN, Mara acknowledged she doesn’t know “very much” about the reboot, “which is weird, but true.” “All I know is it’s going to be a very different take in the film, probably than people expect,” she said. “I’m not really familiar with the comic books very much. I’ve read a few of them since I got the part. I think we’re making a very grounded version of a superhero film. I trust Josh Trank’s vision.” Mara added another interesting »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
While the Ultimate Fantastic Four storyline changes the age and origin story of the iconic Marvel characters, they still suit up in their iconic blue costumes. While The Fantastic Four reboot is rumored to be a take on this updated and alternate superhero universe, Reed Richards and Sue Storm may be ditching their spandex for every day street clothes. According to actress Kate Mara, who plays the Invisible Girl, she hasn't yet been fitted for a costume, even though production starts this month.
"I don't know that there is a suit. People keep saying that to me, but I don't even know there is a suit. I don't know. As of now, I have not tried on a suit."
With The Fantastic Four reboot about to start production later in Louisiana later this month, the main cast is already in place, with Kate Mara joining Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Miles Teller (Mr. »
Sneak Peek more Nsfw footage from the dramatic feature "Nymphomaniac", a two-part film, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurman, Mia Goth, Shia Labeouf, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater and Connie Nielsen:
"...'Joe' (Gainsbourg), who is a self-diagnosed 'nymphomaniac' sex addict, is found by 'Seligman' (Skarsgård) beaten in an alley. Seligman takes her home to care for her, and Joe recounts the story of her life, from birth to the age of 50..."
"We are making two films", said the film's producer.
"It is a big operation...We will shoot both and edit both – and we want to finish both at the same time."
Jensen also confirmed there will be two versions of each film: an 'explicit' cut and a 'softer' cut.
"The movie is what you think it is," said former "Transformers" star Labeouf.
"For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically »
- Michael Stevens
AMC's new drama “Turn” — which premiered Sunday night — explores the seeds of espionage in America, as a handful of colonists known as the Culper Ring struggle to free the nation-to-be from British tyranny through subterfuge, under the direction of founding father George Washington. In a behind-the-scenes look exclusive to TheWrap, executive producer Craig Silverstein, star Jamie Bell and others discuss the methods that the Culper Ring used to accomplish their mission of espionage — methods that, while primitive, provided the roots of modern-day espionage. See video: AMC's ‘Turn’ Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek “Spying is in our very DNA as a country,” Silverstein. »
- Tim Kenneally
Social experiment format Utopia is getting a German version. The ProSiebenSat.1 Group has acquired rights with the local version to be a co-production between Talpa Media and its German partner, Schwartzkopff TV. In the States, Talpa Media U.S. is working with Fox on the American version for launch later this year. The reality series features a group of everyday people whisked to an isolated, undeveloped location for an entire year and challenged to create their own civilization. Entertainment One has sealed multiple international deals on new dramas that form part of its multi-year output deal with AMC Networks. Among the sellers are AMC’s Turn and Halt And Catch Fire, as well as SundanceTV’s The Red Road. Turn went to Ocs in France, while all three drama series were licensed by C More in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland for exclusive pay rights; HBO Nordic in Scandinavia (Svod »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
[This is a review of the Turn series premiere. There will be Spoilers.]
Just one week after The Walking Dead season 4 finale, AMC shows off its latest wares with a period drama, entitled Turn. Accomplished film actor Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four) does his best to elevate this rather ordinary Revolutionary War tale about “America’s first spy ring.”
With the highly-acclaimed Breaking Bad series at an end, and Mad Men entering Part 1 of its final season, AMC is in desperate need of new original programming. Turn looks to fill that gap, but airing the premiere on the same night as HBO’s Game of Thrones may have a negative impact in terms of viewership for this new venture. It is perhaps unfair ...
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- David Griffin
My review of Nymphomaniac: Vol. I can be found here. Both volumes are now playing locally at the Violet Crown Cinema and are also available to rent through cable & digital VOD providers, including iTunes.
While the first installment of Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac focused on Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) graphically retelling the stories of her sexual history as a young woman to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), Nymphomaniac: Vol. II shifts to her adulthood. She's on an endless quest to recreate the enormity of feeling from a spontaneous orgasm she once experienced as a pre-teen, but as the story picks back up, we're at a stage where she basically has lost all sexual desire and, even worse, any pleasure from having sex. Joe has gone numb and can no longer have an orgasm, a loss that nearly destroys her ability to function. She goes on a quest to "rehabilitate her sexuality" and »
- Matt Shiverdecker
A popular and comforting misconception of the American Revolution is that aggrieved American patriots united to take up arms against British redcoats, and that a new nation rejoiced as one after finally throwing off the yoke of tyranny in 1783. In fact, our war for independence was a civil war that divided families and neighbors — Ben Franklin’s son was a devoted loyalist, for example, and thousands would flee the colonies after America’s victory. Another substantial segment of the population tried to straddle the fence — switching sides depending on whose troops were closest that day.
That’s the background for »
- Jeff Labrecque
Two of the biggest genre guarantees in television history are spy stories – everything from the loopy comic brilliance of Get Smart to the intrigue of FX’s terrific The Americans – and historical dramas, including celebrated miniseries like Roots and, recently, Hatfields & McCoys. However, bridge the two genres together and the results do not bustle with as much promise.
AMC’s newest drama, Turn, brims with intrigue but is subpar with its execution for the first hour. It tells the true story of America’s first spy ring in Revolution-era America. Rebel farmers in the Northeastern U.S. organized the Culper Ring to monitor the occupying British, later relaying this intel to Gen. George Washington’s army. (As the brief opening text explains, Washington’s rebels retreated into the wilderness, with much of New York and Brooklyn Harbor under British control.) The Culper Ring is already in action as the episode begins, »
- Jordan Adler
Breaking Bad and Mad Men characterised by darker leads
Critics welcome return to 'the square-jawed heroes of yore'
With Walter White gone and Don Draper preparing to bow out, the TV network that has specialised in dark, morally ambivalent leading characters is trying something new: a wholesome hero.
Jamie Bell, best known for playing Billy Elliot, will debut on Sunday night as Abe Woodhull, a cabbage farmer-turned American patriot in AMC's series Turn, which depicts a real-life hero from the Revolutionary war.
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- Rory Carroll in Los Angeles
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Chronicle 2, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Son of Batman, Batman: Strange Days, The Incredibles 2, Lucy and more...
We'll jump straight this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in the States yesterday and is currently tracking a domestic opening in the region of $93 million, which would put it above Marvel Studios' last release, Thor: The Dark World and overtake the $86.2 million debut of Fast Five to set a new April record. This comes after a solid $75 million international opening weekend (including a £6 million, first-placed opening here in the UK), meaning that Marvel has yet another smash hit on its hands with its third Phase Two offering. »
- Gary Collinson
‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’: More interesting, more provocative, and more philosophical than its predecessor (photo: Papou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kookie Ryan in ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. II’) (See ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’ Review: Lars von Trier an ‘Actual Genius.) Previously on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I… Adult Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), beaten and unconscious, is found in a snow-covered alley by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), an unassuming fellow with a gentle demeanor who takes her to his apartment. In his austere dwelling she recounts her adventures as a young nymphomaniac in a series of stories, each preceded by director Lars von Trier’s requisite thematic chapter headings and cinematic asides. Young Joe’s (Stacy Martin) exploits, from her debut sexual experience with Jerome (Shia Labeouf), through her adventures on a train, to her very dramatic experience with a married man, his kids, and his wife (played by Uma Thurman in what might be the best 10 minutes of »
- Tim Cogshell
Sneak Peek footage and images from AMC's upcoming American Revolution action drama series "Turn", premiering April 6, 2014, based on the non-fiction book "Washington’s Spies" by author Alexander Rose, set in the summer of 1776:
"...New York farmer 'Abe Woodhull' bands together with a group of childhood friends to form 'The Culper Ring'...
"...an unlikely group of spies, working for George Washington, who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence..."
Cast includes Jamie Bell as 'Abraham Woodhull', Kevin McNally as 'Judge Richard Woodhull', Burn Gorman as 'Major Hewlett', Angus MacFadyen as 'Robert Rogers', Jj Feild as 'Major John Andre', Seth Numrich as 'Ben Talmadge', Daniel Henshall as 'Caleb' and Heather Lind as 'Anna Strong'.
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- Michael Stevens
Chicago – The exploration of sexuality is a stark breakthrough in the “Nymphomaniac” film series by writer/director Lars von Trier. In the story of a woman interacting with her nature, there are shades of all physically active individuals. “Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1” covered the younger days of the main character of Joe. Vol. 2 takes her to the next, and more brutal phase – challenging her life and her disposition.
This chapter is much darker, and contains von Trier’s characteristic pessimism on the human condition. The heroine Joe goes through numerous examinations of her strong carnal intuition and there are negative consequences in every unlit corner. The two films work separately. Vol. 1 is relatively more matter of fact – Joe does create chaos through her early sex life, but seems to find some semblance of connection. In Vol. 2, the reason she is found bloodied in an alley is revealed. Taken together – as originally »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Last month, in trying to identify the greatest TV opening credit sequences of all time, I noted that a great credit sequence can make me more kindly disposed to a mediocre show than I'd be without it. Take away the Aloe Blacc song and those great New York City photographs, and "How To Make It In America" is among the more forgettable comedies HBO's ever given us, and yet those credits kept me watching well into the second season just because I enjoyed them and they hinted at a better version of the show. Another way of looking at that, though, is that a great opening credits sequence can make you think less of a show that doesn't live up to it. Case in point: "Turn," AMC's new Revolutionary War spy drama, which debuts Sunday night at 9. In a vacuum, it's about on par with early episodes of another AMC »
- Alan Sepinwall
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