20 items from 2014
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
While Tiff has become film premiere terrain for his last director outings (the horribly timed post 9/11 released The Grey Zone and 2009′s Leaves of Grass), Tim Blake Nelson could be deemed as a return customer in Sundance folklore. His stacked resume at Sundance includes his first three premiered and/or workshopped outings (includes his short Kansas), and he is rooted at the Institute, being a Creative Advisor in the Directors Lab on four separate occasions. Employing the mapped out ensemble narrative strategy for his fifth feature film, the multi-tasker called upon a team of fellow thesps in Gretchen Mol, Corey Stoll, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jessica Hecht, Hannah Marks, Glenn Close, Scott Cohen, Sam Waterston and team captain Kristen Stewart (see pap pic above) for Anesthesia. Production on the New York City set drama began late last year, so despite turning into James Franco’s muse (five straight feature films) he »
- Eric Lavallee
In Gilmore Girls' first season finale, Lorelai explains to her boyfriend Max (Scott Cohen) what a proper proposal should look like: "There should be a thousand yellow daisies, and candles, and a horse, and I don't know what the horse is doing there unless you're riding it, which seems a little over-the-top..." Max takes Lorelai's words to heart—leading to one of the show's most romantic and visually arresting moments. Here's how it came together. First, the show had to bring Lorelai to the moment when she dreams up the daisies in the first place. Amy Sherman-palladino, Creator-director: One »
- Esther Zuckerman
Title: Louder Than Words Director: Anthony Fabian Cast: David Duchovny, Hope Davis, Timothy Hutton, Xander Berkeley, Craig Bierko, Scott Cohen, Gary Wilmes, Morgan Griffin, Adelaide Kane, Ben Rosenfield, Olivia Steele Falconer Running time: 93 min, Rated PG-13 Special Features: Trailer and Behind the Scenes Featurette with the cast, filmmakers and the real Fareri family. Available on DVD 09.09.14 The fictionalized true story of the Fareri Family. Brenda (Hope Davis), her triplets Julie( Morgan Griffin), Michael (Boardwalk Empire’s Ben Rosenfield), and Stephanie (Reign’s Adelaide Kane) from Brenda’s first marriage, the reclusive husband John (David Duchovny) and their 13 year old daughter Maria (Olivia Steele-Falconer) that John and Brenda had together. On a [ Read More ]
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[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Allegiance" (NBC - Midseason) The Pitch: "It's 'The Americans' without that pesky '80s stuff." Quick Response: I think that were it not for the existence of "The Americans," I might be really excited to see more of NBC's midseason espionage drama "Allegiance." Based on an Israeli format, George Nolfi's pilot is basically, "What if we were 15 years past the events of 'The Americans' and Henry became a CIA analyst?" And that's not unjuicy material. Scott Cohen and Hope Davis anchor the story with solid performances -- Davis' on-and-off Russian accent aside -- as former Kgb deep-cover operatives called back into action when their up-and-coming CIA analyst son starts getting too close to some big secrets. They're good. As their son, Gavin Stenhouse is also quite sturdy, playing an interesting variation on TV's obsession with Aspie/Sherlock Holmes-y leading men. As the analyst's sister, Margarita Levieva may »
- Daniel Fienberg
A biopic about the life of mixed martial arts superstar Bruce Lee has been in development for a while, but now it’s moving full steam ahead with a very intriguing director. George Nolfi, who previously helmed the Matt Damon sci-fi romance The Adjustment Bureau, has climbed on board Birth of The Dragon.
This Bruce Lee biopic hails from Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele, who previously penned two other terrific biopics, Nixon and Ali. It’s particularly encouraging that Wilkinson and Rivele wrote Ali, also about a famed athlete and fighter.
Birth of the Dragon is set to start filming next spring, once a cast has been locked into place, and today, an early synopsis emerged:
The film is inspired by the true story of Bruce Lee’s historic 1965 duel with Wong Jack Man, China’s most famous Kung Fu Master at a time when San Francisco’s Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong Triads. »
- Isaac Feldberg
A very strange thing happened to NBC this year: for the first time in a decade — a period during which it has mostly been a laughingstock — it will finish a season in first place among the adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers care about most. Ordinarily, a network that wins a season can play things conservatively for the next year, but NBC's success isn't entirely replicable. Yes, the network's buoyed by regular, season-long programming like "The Voice" and hit freshman drama "The Blacklist," but a lot of credit for that win comes from "Sunday Night Football," which always goes away in January (leaving the network's ratings on that night a shambles), and some from the Winter Olympics, which won't be back for another four years. So the schedule that NBC announced for next season seems on the one hand a fairly stable one. "The Blacklist," for instance, will stay in a »
- Alan Sepinwall
NBC’s two-hour Thursday night comedy block will come to an end this fall. The broadcaster is scaling back its comedy investment on TV’s most lucrative night for advertising. Instead, NBC plans to gives its breakout hit The Blacklist the post-Super Bowl spot next year, then shift it to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in midseason.
All told, seven new dramas and comedies will join NBC’s lineup next season, along with two event miniseries. Stand-out dramas include the return of former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl to prime-time in the thriller State of Affairs (which will receive »
- James Hibberd
Fox is reportedly extending the length of the second season of its supernatural-historical drama "Sleepy Hollow". The show's first season ran for thirteen episodes and initially the second was renewed for the same.
Producers now say that at least fifteen episodes will be produced for the second season, and plans are underway for a potential total of eighteen episodes. [Source: EW]
Lifetime is slated to produce a four-hour Biblical mini-series adaptation of Anita Diamant's 1997 novel "The Red Tent". Rebecca Ferguson, Minnie Driver, Iain Glen, Will Tudor, Morena Baccarin and Debra Winger lead the cast with filming to begin this month in Morocco.
Ferguson plays Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who goes on to marry a prince and fall out with her murderous brother Joseph (Tudor). [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
The peacock network has ordered a new dramatic series called Allegiance. In the series, a CIA analyst discovers that his parents used to be Russian spies.
Here's NBC's description:
Allegiance - Allegiance centers on Alex O'Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, who learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Scott Cohen) and Katya (Hope Davis) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. The cast also includes Margarita Levieva, Gavin Stenhouse, Morgan Spector, Annie Ilonzeh, Alexandra Peters »
NBC has picked up three new dramas and one new comedy: State of Affairs - Katherine Heigl stars as a CIA analyst who has a closer relationship with the president (Alfre Woodard). Allegiance - Scott Cohen and Hope Davis play covert Russian spies re-enlisted by the Kremlin into service to plan a terrorist operation in the United States. Odyssey - Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, and Jake Robinson star as three strangers' whose lives unexpectedly collide in the Traffic-like action-drama. Marry Me - Casey Wilson and Ken Marino play a couple who, after six years, decide to wait for the perfect proposal moment before they get engaged. Hit the jump for synopses for each series. State of Affairs Each day the president is faced with hundreds of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst - Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl, "Grey's Anatomy »
- Brendan Bettinger
Happy upfronts season, everybody! NBC announced today that it has green-lit four new series, including three political intrigue-themed dramas and a comedy from Happy Endings creator David Caspe. The single-camera comedy, entitled Marry Me, is about a longtime couple, played by Happy Endings' Casey Wilson and Eastbound & Down's Ken Marino, who decide to hold off on getting engaged until they can do it right.In terms of dramas, NBC seems to have taken a page out of Showtime's playbook: State of Affairs stars Katherine Heigl as a boundary-pushing female CIA analyst — sound familiar? — who counsels the president (Desperate Housewives' Alfre Woodard) on global security issues while seeking to avenge her lover's death in a terrorist attack. There's also Allegiance, an Americans-y sounding spy drama about a present-day CIA agent (Gavin Stenhouse) who realizes his parents (Scott Cohen and The Newsroom's Hope Davis) are deactivated Russian spies that the Kremlin is seeking to re-enlist. »
- Anna Silman
In the wake of its success with The Blacklist this season, NBC has given series orders to a trio of intrigue-heavy political-tinged dramas that bring Katherine Heigl, Anna Friel, and Hope Davis into prime-time.
First up is Allegiance, a show that will remind some of FX’s The Americans, except it’s set in present day. The show stars Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness) and Davis (The Newsroom) as deactivated covert Russian spies living in America (full descriptions below).
Then there is State of Affairs, which returns former Grey’s Anatomy star Heigl to series TV. This one is about a »
- James Hibberd
Not content to let Fox hog the pre-upfronts series order merry-go-round, NBC started its 2013-2014 series pickups on Tuesday (May 6) afternoon. Thus far, NBC has given series orders to the comedy "Marry Me" and the dramas "Odyssey," "Allegiance" and "State of Affairs," starring Katherine Heigl. "Marry Me" comes from "Happy Endings" veteran David Caspe and was directed by Seth Gordon ("The Goldbergs"). It comes from Sony Pictures Television. Casey Wilson and Ken Marino topline "Marry Me" as a couple who have been together for six years. After a botched attempt at a wedding proposal, they decide to hold off until they can get it right. Hilarity may ensue. "Marry Me" also stars Sarah Wright, John Gemberling, Tymberlee Hill and Tim Meadows. "Allegiance" was created and directed by George Nolfi ("The Adjustment Bureau"), who will executive produce along with Avi Nir (“Homeland”), Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yona Wisenthal and Giyora Yahalom. »
- Daniel Fienberg
NBC has given a series order to “Allegiance,” a drama about a young, idealistic CIA analyst (Gavin Stenhouse) specializing in Russian affairs who learns that his parents are former covert Russian spies that the Kremlin has re-enlisted to plan a terrorist operation inside the United States.
Scott Cohen (“Necessary Roughness,” “Gilmore Girls”) and Hope Davis (“The Newsroom,” “In Treatment”) play the parents. The cast also includes Margarita Levieva, Morgan Spector, Annie Ilonzeh, Alexandra Peters and Kenneth Choi.
Writer-director George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) serves as executive producer with Avi Nir (“Homeland”), Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yona Wiesenthal and Giyora Yahalom. “Allegiance” is a production of Universal Television, Keshet Media and Yes!
- Whitney Friedlander
NBC has given a series order to the drama “Allegiance,” starring Scott Cohen (“Necessary Roughness”) and Hope Davis (“The Newsroom”). Also read: NBC Orders Casey Wilson-Ken Marino Sitcom ‘Marry Me’ The series follows Alex O'Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs who learns a shocking secret. His close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Cohen) and Katya ( Davis) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America. »
- Tim Kenneally
‘The Other Woman’ 2014 box office: Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann comedy to top North American box office chart despite mostly bad reviews (photo: Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, and Leslie Mann in ‘The Other Woman’) Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other Woman will easily top the North American box office this weekend, April 25-27, 2014. The story of three women who gang up to take revenge on their cheating husband/lover, The Other Woman — which would have been more accurately titled "The Other Women" — opened with a solid $9.3 million at 3,205 U.S. and Canadian locations on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. As the old saying goes, "If you give them trash, they’ll gobble it up (and ask for seconds)" — or something along those lines. Anyhow, 20th Century Fox’s $40 million-budgeted The Other Woman, which has »
- Zac Gille
Scott Cohen will star opposite Hope Davis in the NBC drama pilot Coercion. Based on an Israeli format, the project hails from Universal TV and Keshet Media Group. Written-directed by George Nolfi, the high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their extremely intelligent son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and newly minted CIA analyst who is a true patriot and loves his country and family. Unbeknownst to him, his father (Cohen), his mother (Davis) and his sister (Margarita Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Cohen, repped by Gersh, One Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman, is coming off a starring turn on USA’s Necessary Roughness and has been recurring on the CW’s Carrie Diaries. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
New Elementary season 2,episode 15 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CBS. Recently,CBS finally released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 15 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Corpse de Ballet," and it sounds like things will get quite interesting as Holmes's new case will have him hitting up the dance scene, and more. In the new,15th episode press release: Holmes will investigate an up-and-coming ballerina's murder ,and Watson is going to be drawn into locating a homeless veteran. Press release number 2: Holmes’ latest investigation will take him inside a professional dance company when an up-and-coming ballerina is murdered. In the meantime, Watson is going to embark on a solo enquiry to find a homeless veteran when his friend alleges he was abducted. Guest stars will feature: Aleksa Palladino (Iris Lanzer), Scott Cohen (Nolan Sharp), Jennifer Laura Thompson (Rachel Brown). Dan Cooney (Cliff Brown), Bill Sage »
New Carrie Diaries season 2,episode 13 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CW. Recently,CW dropped the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Carrie Diaries" episode 13 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Run To You," and it sounds like things will get pretty interesting as Larissa hits Carrie with a major shocker,and more. In the new,13th episode press release: Things will grow increasingly tense between Carrie and Tom. When Larissa drops an unexpected bomb on Carrie, Sebastian is going to decide he, too, needs to come clean about something. Maggie is going to turn to Walt when she thinks Pete (guest star Claybourne Elder) is cheating on her, but will get the surprise of her life. Mouse and West (guest star Rj Brown) will find themselves in a sticky situation. Elsewhere, Samantha is going to consider leaving the city, and Larissa's wedding to Harlan (guest star Scott Cohen »
20 items from 2014
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