10 items from 2017
One of the unexpected joys of Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon,” which debuted in July, is actress Jennifer Beals’ turn as Margo Taft, an ambitious screen siren who is caught between feuding studio heads Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer) and Louis B. Mayer (Saul Rubinek, playing the real-life mogul behind MGM). Margo’s storyline is the liveliest of “The Last Tycoon,” largely due to the vim of Beals herself — after finagling her way into a Brady picture, she demands that the director come to her dressing room and drop his pants, so that she can take the measure of the man who might try to order her around. (Margo doesn’t make the poor sucker go through with it — but the point, as she explains with a sultry air, is that he was willing to.)
But ultimately Margo is nearly undone by a long-buried secret that comes to light mid-season. When her beloved maid Lucille (L. Scott Caldwell) dies »
- Sonia Saraiya
It's been seven years since the series finale of Lost, but people are still not over the puzzling sci-fi drama. The substantial passage of time since the show's conclusion, however, is really evident in the latest episode of HBO's Insecure, where a mini reunion took place and viewers didn't even realize it. In the second season's fifth episode, titled "Hella Shook," Molly (Yvonne Orji) attends a vow-renewal ceremony for her parents. Molly's mother is played by L. Scott Caldwell, and in case you didn't recognize her while watching, she's the same actress who played Rose Nadler on Lost (aka the wife of Bernard Nadler). While her appearance alone would have been cool, another Lost star also makes a cameo. Remember Walt Lloyd, the show's only child character who mostly appears in the first two seasons? Well, Walt is not a little kid anymore. The same actor who once played the 10-year-old castaway, »
- Kelsey Garcia
Christian Cinema in Cannes
Industry vet Ron Gell is working Cannes with Pure Flix, the faith-based international sales agent and U.S. distributor. He has done very well with “The Case for Christ” screening at the Marche. Among its buyers are U.K.-Kaleidoscope, Australia/ New Zealand-Crossroads, Germany-Great Movies, Latin America-California Filmes, Poland-Rafael Films, Philippines-Rafaella Films, So. Korea-cbs, Africa-cmd. “The Case For Christ” has grossed more than $14m in North America since it opened last month. Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, L. Scott Caldwell, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster star in the adaptation of Lee Strobel’s bestseller about an atheist reporter who sets out to debunk Christianity as a cult.
Pure Flix is also showing early footage from “Samson”. Billy Zane. Taylor James, Billy Zane, Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner and Caitlin Leahy star in the Biblical story of a child born with supernatural strength who grows up to »
- Sydney Levine
Exclusive: Company is screening footage of new film Samson at Cannes.
Faith-based Pure Flix has closed a raft of sales on current box office hit The Case For Christ and screens the film along with early footage from Samson.
The Case For Christ has grossed more than $14m in North America since it opened last month and screens tomorrow (May 19) and again on Sunday (May 21).
Ron Gell, vice-president of international sales for Pure Flix/Quality Flix, has closed deals in the UK (Kaleidescope), Australia (Crossroads), Germany (Great Movies), Latin America (California Filmes), Poland (Rafael Films), Philippines (Rafaella Films), South Korea (CBS), and Africa (Cmd). Output partner Mongrel will distribute in Canada.
Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, L. Scott Caldwell, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster star in the adaptation of Lee Strobel’s bestseller about an atheist reporter who sets out to debunk Christianity as a cult.
Gell will also show footage on Saturday and Monday from Samson [pictured »
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L. Scott Caldwell, who played Rose Nadler on Lost, will guest star in season 4B of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine TV show on Fox. She has been cast as Laverne, the mother of Andre Braugher's character, Captain Ray Holt, despite being only about a dozen years older than her on screen son.Caldwell's character is a federal judge. She'll enter the story though, as a crime victim. A crime comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine also stars Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller. Although season 4B returned to Fox last night, Caldwell's episode will air in May.Read More… »
“You’re cheating on me—with Jesus!” exclaims Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) when wife Leslie (Erika Christensen) shares her newfound faith with him. The Case For Christ adapts Strobel’s book of the same name for Pure Flix’s first real leap into period production (their Columbine film, I’m Not Ashamed, didn’t exactly sweat the set dressing). It’s the early ’80s, and hard-boiled Chicago Tribune reporter Strobel is a firm atheist. His daughter, Alison (Haley Rosenwasser), is saved from choking to death on a gumball by provident stranger/devout nurse Alfie (L. Scott Caldwell), who credits her not going to another restaurant that night to a feeling God gave her that she’d need to be on site. Lee isn’t convinced, but Leslie’s intrigued, and—a few church services later—she’s a full-on Christian convert. That’s too much for Lee, who sets out »
- Vadim Rizov
Although it sporadically errs on the side of sentimentality and simplification, “The Case for Christ” sustains interest, and even generates mild suspense, while offering a faith-based spin on the template of an investigative-journalism drama. Director Jon Gunn and screenwriter Brian Bird have shrewdly reconstituted Lee Strobel’s best-selling book about his road-to-Damascus transition from outspoken atheist to devout Christian as a kind of theological detective story. Of course, there’s never any real doubt as to how the story will be resolved. (After all, the title is “The Case for Christ,” not “The Case Against Christianity.”) But the movie likely will impress even dedicated nonbelievers with its willingness to place as much emphasis on empirical evidence as on blind faith.
The year is 1980, a fact repeatedly underscored by conspicuous period details as Chicago Tribune reporter Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) uses pagers and typewriters instead of smartphone and computers, drinks massive quantities of Schlitz Beer, »
- Joe Leydon
Network: PBSEpisodes: 12 (hour)Seasons: TwoTV show dates: January 17, 2016 — March 5, 2017.Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Radnor, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety, Donna Murphy, Norbert Leo Butz, McKinley Belcher III, Shalita Grant, L. Scott Caldwell, Hannah James, Wade Williams, AnnaSophia Robb, Tara Summers, Brad Koed, Luke Macfarlane, Cameron Monaghan, Suzanne Bertish, and Cherry Jones.TV show description:This Civil War era historical drama focuses on the doctors, nurses, contraband laborers, and Confederate loyalists at the Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. It is set prior to the Emancipation Proclamation.A New Englander, abolitionist, and feminist, widowed nurse Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) trained under Dorothea Dix, and is new to Mansion House Hospital. Struggling with guilt over her inability to save the life of her late husband, »
L. Scott Caldwell (Mercy Street) has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who… »
While the quality of mercy is not strained, television productions (and their budgets) often are. We are sad to report the Mercy Street TV show on PBS has been cancelled. There will be no season three on PBS. Ridley Scott, David Zucker, and David Zabel, executive produced the series.A Civil War-era medical drama, Mercy Street follows the doctors, nurses, contraband laborers, and Confederate loyalists at the Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. It is set prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. The PBS TV series stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Radnor, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety, Donna Murphy, Norbert Leo Butz, McKinley Belcher III, Shalita Grant, L. Scott Caldwell, Hannah James, Wade Williams, AnnaSophia Robb, Tara Summers, Brad Koed, Luke Macfarlane, Cameron Monaghan, Suzanne Bertish, and Cherry Jones.Read More… »
10 items from 2017
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