6 items from 2015
Several of Glee‘s original cast members will bid adieu to the series at PaleyFest in March.
The Paley Center for Media has unveiled the talent list for its annual celebration of TV, and it features big names such as the Fox musical comedy’s Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, Homeland‘s Claire Danes, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies and the breakout stars of freshman newbies The Flash, Outlander and Jane the Virgin.
The current list of panelists for each night of the event (taking place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood) follows:
Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Julianna Margulies, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Sam Heughan, Sarah Paulson, Gina Rodriguez, Tyler Posey, Grant Gustin and more talent is confirmed for PaleyFest 2015 in L.A., the Paley Center for Media revealed Tuesday, announcing the 32nd annual’s moderators and panelists.
Kimmel will serve as moderator on the “Scandal” panel, which will be rounded out by confirmed cast members Kerry Washington (pictured with Kimmel), Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, Guillermo Diaz, Katie Loews, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield and Joe Morton.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Lobbyists against onscreen smoking could have a friend in comedic actor Andrew Daly (Comedy Central’s Review), or at least his persnickety neighbor character who is trying to clean up the streets in Matt Walsh’s second directorial comedy A Better You. The film follows Dr. Ron (Brian Huskey), a Hollywood quack hypnotherapist. The only thing worse than Dr. Ron’s methods are his disrespectful patients who loiter around the neighborhood as seen in this clip. The film, which was co-written by Huskey and Walsh, makes its world premiere today at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at 4:40pm at the Metro 4, with screenings tomorrow at 8:10am and Monday, Feb. 2, at 10:20pm. The film is produced by Kirk Roos (The Brass Teapot, High Road, Painkillers) and his Badlands Features label. Joe Lo Truglio, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Morgan Walsh, Natasha Leggero, Reid Scott and Mo Gaffney also star. »
- The Deadline Team
The remarkable thing about the renaissance happening on Comedy Central — a channel on as hot a creative streak as anyone in the business at the moment — is that none of the shows that have been part of it have been all that revolutionary in form. You have a handful of sketch comedy shows ("Key & Peele," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Kroll Show"), a couple of reality show parodies ("Nathan For You," "Review"), and a single-camera sitcom in "Broad City," which returns for a second season tonight at 10:30. What distinguishes all of them, then, is in the sharply-defined voice and perspective of each show, and in the execution of it. Key and Peele have a clear and distinct perspective on race, but they're also pop culture omnivores whose show is as much of a chameleon as they are. Amy Schumer has a take on male-female (and female-female) relationships that I haven't seen on TV before, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
- Matt Patches
6 items from 2015
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