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Vulture WatchWhen will the fat lady sing, again? Has the Nashville TV show been cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on Cmt? In May 2016, ABC cancelled Nashville after four years. Luckily, Cmt picked up season five. How long will series continue? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Nashville season six. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the cable channel, Nashville continues to follow the lives and careers of country music superstars Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) and Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton). Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as »
Good performances can’t save Beatriz At Dinner, a heavy-handed and poorly-written look at the war between the haves and have-nots. Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is a holistic healer and masseuse from Mexico who maneuvers L.A. traffic in her run-down Vw as she hurries from her job at a cancer facility to the gated mansion of Cathy (Connie Britton). The wealthy woman considers Beatrix a ‘family friend’ since she helped her daughter through a recent illness. Cathy needs a massage before the important dinner party she’s hosting that night for some of her husband Grant’s (David Warshofsky) business associates. When Beatriz can’t get her car started in the driveway, Cathy impulsively invites her to spend the night and join the dinner. Once the guests arrive, things get uncomfortable. First to show up are Alex (Jay Duplass) and Shannon (Chloe Sevigny), young social-climbers impressed by Cathy and Grant’s upscale lifestyle. But things get truly awkward when Grant’s boss Doug Strutt (John Lithgow), an unscrupulous real-estate developer and his wife Jenna (Amy Landecker) arrive. Strutt and Beatriz, who he initially confuses for the wait staff, couldn’t be less alike. Where she is a bohemian spirit with deep connection to all living beings, he is larger-than-life, cunning and focused on success. While she’s grieving over a pet goat recently murdered by a neighbor, he’s bragging about the endangered birds he wants removed from the land earmarked for his latest development (subtlety’s not a strong point here). As they dine, Beatriz listens in on the conversations of these people whose views on politics and profit are so foreign to her. They in turn either humor or ignore her. The fireworks begin after Beatriz, fortified by a few glasses of wine, begins to speak her mind.
Beatriz At Dinner is especially disappointing as it comes from writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta, the team behind the brilliant 2000 black comedy Chuck & Buck, a squirmy film I often quote (“I didn’t say to act like a retarded kid”). Their new film’s biggest problem is that the script is shallow and lacks subtlety. These characters are caricatures, painted with a broad brush, which might be fine if this was satire but it’s all played so dead serious. Pure-hearted Beatriz may as well have a halo around her head while Strutt is simply a boorish, bigoted jerk lacking any nuance and his behavior just doesn’t ring true. Successful men don’t say “You’re from Mexico? Legally?”, when meeting a Latino woman (they may think it), and just when you think Strutt can’t be anymore exaggerated, the screenplay kicks his douchebaggery up a notch. Strutt is a big game hunter (because of course he is), who whips out his phone and passes it around to show everyone the photo of him standing triumphantly over the enormous dead rhino he’s bagged. By this point Beatriz has already been established as the sensitive Earth-mother type, so to hand her the phone to take a look at Strutt’s kill makes even less sense than an earlier scene where the clueless wives assume she wants to look at a pic of some celebrities’ herpes-infested genitals.
While the characters may be sterotypes and the message ham-handed, the actors are all good. Lithgow is terrific, but I wish they’d thought outside the box in terms of casting Strutt. He just played a variation of this guy in The Accountant and it’s the type of part Lithgow can play in his sleep. Though just 85 minutes, Beatriz At Dinner still seems padded, mostly with long stretches of Beatriz gazing into the camera, make-up free, her brow furrowed in soulful contemplation. At one point Cathy claims Beatriz is like a Saint and that birds probably fly down and land on her shoulders like Snow White. That would have been a better fantasy/dream sequence that the ill-advised one we’re given involving murderous wish-fulfillment that cheapens the actual, tragic finale. Having these two skilled actors go head-to -head does make Beatriz At Dinner easier to digest, but I still can’t recommend it.
2 of 5 Stars
Beatriz At Dinner opens in St. Louis June 23rd at The fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Theater
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- Tom Stockman
Now that Connie Britton is done with “Nashville,” (spoiler alert: she departed the show earlier this year), she can catch up on all the TV shows she’s missed. Britton told TheWrap that she has been “super, super busy” over the past few years with her career and family responsibilities and hasn’t had a lot of time to watch TV. When asked if she prefers binge-watching her favorite shows or taking them on a slower, once-a-week basis, Britton laughed, saying: “I feel like I’m completely out of it when it comes to TV. It has changed so dramatically! »
- Ashley Eady
In an ever-more crowded calendar of summer film festivals, the Maui event stands out for its popularity. It celebrates its 18th anniversary this year and offers both casual fans and ardent cineastes from around the world a compelling mixture of sun, sand and cinema.
“What sets us apart from other film festivals is location, location, location,” says festival founder and director Barry Rivers. “We have the incredible natural beauty of Maui, ranging from mountains to jungle to beaches, and the spectacular ocean. All that serves as a backdrop to the festival. And most of the venues are outside, including our Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, and our Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema on Wailea Beach at the Four Seasons.”
The latter venue will host this year’s Short Film Showcase. “It’s free,” adds Rivers. “Where else can you sit under the stars on a balmy night on a beautiful beach and watch a great movie for free?”
Rivers says he’s particularly thrilled with this year’s film program. “We’ve got a great collection of indie films, including our opening night dramedy ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton, and directed by Miguel Arteta, which has been getting great reviews.”
The festival will close with a diverse slate, including “Holy [un]Holy River,” about India’s Ganges, and “The Trip to Spain,” the third in the popular road trip series featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, again directed by Michael Winterbottom.
Adds Rivers, “We’ll also show some terrific surf films, which people really love out here, including ‘The Big Wave Project — A Band of Brothers.’”
Screening on the second night, and five years in the making, the film was directed by Tim Boynton and features many of the biggest names in the big-wave surfing world.
Also screening is “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” which profiles the local surfing legend, and “Proximity” which features eight of the world’s best surfers.
“We’ve also got a few films that speak to matters of the spirit, and address how people spend their time on the planet, such as ‘Given’ and ‘Heal,’” he says.
Other highlights include various filmmaker panels, Q&A sessions, honoree events and private VIP soirees, as well as open-to-all themed culinary celebrations. “We have three taste events, starting on opening night with a Taste of Summer, and our launch party, with cocktails, dinner and live music. On Friday we do Taste of Chocolate, and on Saturday we do Taste of Wailea, which will feature about 13 local chefs from all the local resorts and hotels.”
While the festival has come a very long way since the early days, Rivers says, it hasn’t been without challenges. “We’re so far from the mainland, it’s a bit like the early space shots – you need double or triple redundancies built in, just in case.”
Pictured above: “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” which profiles the surfing legend who grew up in Hawaii.
Mauii Film Festival Honorees:
The Scottish actress’ big breakthrough came in 2009 when she landed the role of Amy Pond in “Doctor Who.” She then snagged the role of Nebula in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and stars in Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” out in December. She has also completed production on her feature film directorial debut, “The Party’s Just Beginning,” which she also wrote and in which she stars.
Since arriving on the international scene in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” the Indian actress has successfully fought typecasting. She’s currently playing a radical activist opposite Idris Elba in Showtime’s limited series “Guerrilla,” set in1970s London and directed by John Ridley. Pinto also stars in Warners Bros.’ “Jungle Book,” out in 2018.
The four-time Emmy nominee and star of “Beatriz at Dinner,” which is screening at the Maui fest, is supremely versatile, with credits including “Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville,” “American Horror Story” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Britton recently shot “Land of Steady Habits,” written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, and “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”
The Irish-born star got his big break in the 1980s TV hit “Remington Steele” before moving into films and showcasing his range in both spy thrillers (“The Fourth Protocol”) and comedies (“Mrs. Doubtfire”). But Brosnan also played the iconic James Bond in four films, and his resume is eclectic: “Dante’s Peak,” “The Matador,” “Mamma Mia!” and his current project, AMC’s “The Son.”
Related storiesPierce Brosnan, Freida Pinto, Connie Britton Added to Maui HonoreesMaui Film Festival Announces Karen Gillan as Rising Star Award RecipientPierce Brosnan Writes Tribute to Roger Moore: 'We Fell in Love With a Magnificent Actor' »
- Iain Blair
You would think that, having been interviewed approximately a bazillion times about Netflix’s glorious Gilmore Girls revival, A Year in the Life, Lauren Graham couldn’t possibly have anything left to say on the subject. But au contraire — she’s about as likely to find herself at a loss for words as our beloved motormouth Lorelai.
In the latest TVLine Podcast dedicated to a Who’s Who of our Dream Emmy contenders, the actress — unfathomably never nominated (yet!) — analyzed for TVLine’s »
When you star on a hit TV show like Lennon and Maisy Stella do, it’s not totally uncommon to get really good at doing makeup. The sisters — Lennon is 17, Maisy is 13 — have been in the public eye and, of course, the glam chair for nearly five years now on Nashville, and between that and YouTube bingeing, they have gotten quite handy with a brush and some highlighter. So, we had to put them to the test, sticking People style and beauty director Andrea Lavinthal in the hot seat, where she gave her face over to the mercy of these »
- Alex Abel
Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton on their new indie film Beatriz at DinnerSalma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton on their new indie film Beatriz at DinnerAdriana Floridia6/15/2017 11:17:00 Am
Beatriz at Dinner follows a holistic medicine practitioner who finds herself at a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down. It stars Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny and Jay Duplass, and is written by Mike White, the actor/screenwriter responsible for the scripts behind films like School of Rock, The Good Girl, and the incredible HBO series "Enlightened".
We had a chance to talk about the film with three of its stars, Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton. Discussions of spirituality, politics, class issues and more can be found below, and in the film, which opens at Cineplex theatres on Friday, June 16th. Check it out below and for tickets and showtimes, »
- Adriana Floridia
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- People Staff
Nashville creator Callie Khouri will tell you, they're perfect for a country music drama series, too. On June 15, her prime-time soap — which is set and filmed in Tennessee's capital — will air its 100th episode, a rare and impressive TV milestone. The road to 100 wasn't without speed bumps — among them a surprise cancellation after four seasons on ABC. But the Lionsgate-produced series, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as country music stars, quickly was resurrected by Cmt and Hulu, »
- Kate Stanhope
Cmt is in preliminary talks to revive the Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing” following the show’s cancellation at ABC. If successful, the multi-camera sitcom would return for a seventh season, though an individual close to the matter told TheWrap that a deal would be a longshot. Cmt declined to comment. ABC’s decision to cancel the 20th Century Fox Television-produced series came as one of the biggest surprises of the network’s upfront presentation in May. Should Cmt pick up the series, it would be its second ABC revival, after having revived the Connie Britton-led “Nashville” last year. »
- Reid Nakamura
Bellamy Young is gearing up to say goodbye to Mellie Grant.
“Every moment is just, you know, it’s like death by a thousand goodbyes,” the Scandal star tells Et. The final season of the hit ABC show goes into production this fall.
“It hurts a little bit,” she says, “but I can't wait to see what everybody moves on to, and I'm so grateful we have this last year together.”
“I mean, what a time,” Young gushes. “What a time to be alive, what a time to be here … to throw this event is perfect. It's right.”
The night was all about the power of women in film, and this fall »
“Beatriz at Dinner” threw a lucrative party at the speciality box office this weekend, and earned raves for its leads Salma Hayek and John Lithgow at Sundance in January. But the Miguel Arteta-directed film has a secret weapon in Connie Britton, who plays the hostess of the titular dinner party from hell — where classes, social graces and ideology clash at stunning Malibu mansion. If you’ve spent any time in the Los Angeles social nexus, where Hollywood and its related industries gather to flatter each other, you know how perfectly Britton captures the archetype. The actress is certainly familiar with it. »
- Matt Donnelly
Image Source: Getty / Vince Bucci Hey, you know how you look at Coach and Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights and instantly think to yourself, 'relationship goals'? Well, it turns out that the Fnl writers room was constantly trying to mess that up, and the only reason they didn't is because of the actors themselves, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. At Atx this year, Friday Night Lights writer David Hudgins was speaking at a panel about family dramas on TV, and he expounded on why the Taylors were so solid. Well, it's all thanks to the actors who played them, because the showrunners wanted to throw some drama in the mix. Thankfully, they were given a very firm 'no' from both stars. Hudgins said that over the course of the show, the writers pitched stories "where they got a divorce, or one of them cheated, or whatever, and they very plainly said, »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
John Lithgow is a devilish delight in the black comedy Beatriz at Dinner. Directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) and written by Mike White (Orange County, School of Rock), Beatriz at Dinner is a satire about class differences. Beatriz (Salma Hayak) is a Mexican immigrant that works as a massage therapist at a healing center. She is a Buddhist, extremely spiritual, with a deep respect for all living things. Her car breaks down at the mansion of a wealthy client (Connie Britton) and her husband. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner instead of calling a tow truck.
The dinner is a victory lap for a billionaire real estate developer, Doug Strutt (John Lithgow). Strutt is an obnoxious tycoon with a lot of media publicity. He at first mistakes Beatriz for a maid, then proceeds to ask if she is in the country illegally. Beatriz starts drinking and gets »
“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women”
Another story about Diana, Princess of Themyscira is coming our way. Deadline reports that Annapurna’s “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” will be released October 27. The film is based on the real-life story of “Wonder Woman” creator Dr. William Moulton Marston and the women who inspired the iconic superheroine: his wife, Elizabeth, and lover, Olive Byrne.
Written and directed by Angela Robinson (“The L Word,” “True Blood”), “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” focuses on the original publication of the “Wonder Woman” comics — which psychologist Marston (Luke Evans, “Beauty and the Beast”) published under the pseudonym Charles Moulton — and the polyamorous relationship between himself, his wife (Rebecca Hall, “Christine”), and Byrne (Bella Heathcote, “Man in the High Castle”). Connie Britton (“Nashville”) also stars.
The announcement of “Professor Marston’s” release date follows the overwhelming success of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” at the box office and among critics. The Gal Gadot-starrer has grossed $263,676,720 worldwide to date. Also, because of the film, Jenkins now holds the record for highest domestic opening for a female director.
Release Date Set for Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Connie Britton has learned so much from her son already.
While dishing to People about her newest project — the comedy Beatriz at Dinner, in which she stars alongside Salma Hayek and John Lithgow — the Nashville actress, 50, took some time to share details about how her 6-year-old little boy Yoby has inspired her.
“My son is adopted from Ethiopia so I always say I can take very little credit, but he, from the beginning, just inherently has had such an open and curious heart and love of life,” says Britton of her only child, whom she adopted in 2011 when he was an infant. »
- Jen Juneau
9 June 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Beatriz at Dinner began with an impassioned conversation between Salma Hayek, director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White. A Minnesota dentist had just hunted and killed Cecil the Lion, which triggered worldwide outrage and, among said three, curiosity about what it’d be like to share a meal with such a person.
Hayek stars as a pure-hearted holistic healer who, during a lavish meal at her Newport Beach client’s home, goes toe-to-toe with a Trumpian capitalist, played by John Lithgow. In the film — which also seats Connie Britton, Chloe Sevingy, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker — one particular moment, »
- Ashley Lee
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Thursday's episode of Nashville, "'Til I Can Make It on My Own."]
Another one bites the dust?
After the emotional exit of series regular Connie Britton earlier this season, Nashville appeared to part ways with another fan-favorite, Rayna's longtime manager Bucky (David Alford), in Thursday's episode.
In the wake of Rayna's death, Bucky had been struggling to figure out his next move, as well as the next move for Rayna's record company, Highway 65. The addition of Silicon Valley transplant and millionaire Zach Welles (Cameron Scoggins) didn't help matters and when the two disagreed on how »
- Kate Stanhope
Maui Film Festival announced Pierce Brosnan, Freida Pinto, and Connie Britton join Karen Gillan among the festival’s 2017 award honorees. The 18th annual event will be held from June 21-25 at the Wailea Resort in Maui.
Brosnan, a two-time Golden Globe Award nominee, producer, environmentalist, philanthropist, and artist, will receive the Pathfinder Award for his eclectic choices and charismatic performances. The award will be presented on Friday, June 23, the same night as a screening of “Poisoning Paradise,” of which Brosnan is an executive producer.
This is the second time Brosnan is being honored by the Maui Film Festival, making him the only person the festival has honored twice. In 2008, he got the Maverick Award for his activism in protecting the Earth.
On June 22, Pinto will receive the Shining Star Award, presented to a film artist who dares to dream big and delivers charismatic performances.
“After scanning the constellation of cinema »
- Rebecca Rubin
Despite her iconic role as country superstar Rayna Jaymes in the ABC–turned–Cmt series Nashville, the 50-year-old actress says she’s not the biggest country music fan.
“I’ve actually never been a country girl at heart,” Britton told People Now’s Jeremy Parsons. “I’m more a country girl now than I was because I’ve learned so much about the music and really learned to appreciate it.”
What genre does fill out her playlist? “There might be some rock ‘n’ roll in there too, »
- Benjamin VanHoose
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