7 items from 2014
Hope Davis and Margarita Levieva are set as the female leads opposite Gavin Stenhouse in the NBC drama pilot Coercion. Based on the Israeli format The Gordin Cell, the project hails from Universal Television and Keshet Media Group, which is behind the original series. Written-directed by George Nolfi, the high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their extremely intelligent son, Alex (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, his mother (Davis) and his sister (Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Davis’ Katya is described as your average Brooklyn mother who, under the surface, is sexy, dangerous, tough, smart and ready to do anything to protect her family. Levieva’s Natalie is also described as sexy and tough, often too smart »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Let’s all give a great tip of the hat to Best Actor nominee Matthew McConaughey, a man who not long ago smirked and drawled his way through a string of bland romantic comedies, and was celebrated only for his sweaty dedication to his pectorals. In a swift and elegant turnaround, the 44-year-old spent the past three years disappearing into rich characters dreamed up by some of our best contemporary storytellers. Now his fans, and I count myself among them, love to talk about the artistic courage of such a bold reinvention.
Without taking away from his fine work, I »
- Karen Valby
While it.s obvious that not all depressing films will be inspirational to viewers, a sizable percentage of films deemed "inspirational" inevitably make me want to crawl into the corner of my couch and bury my head between the cushions while I contemplate my life and what it.s worth. (I usually find a quarter or so, which I accept as the answer.) Such is how I feel after watching the first trailer for Anthony Fabian.s upcoming drama Louder Than Words, a film that turns a personal tragedy into an institution that has gone on to prevent untold numbers of subsequent tragedies for others. Is somebody cutting onions in here, or is somebody just blowing dust into my eyes? Louder Than Words tells the true story of John Fareri (David Duchovny), his wife Brenda (Hope Davis), and their four kids. Back in 1995, the husband and wife experienced the unthinkable »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Liberty Global Set To Acquire Dutch Cabler Ziggo John Malone’s Liberty Global plans to expand its European cable holdings with an agreement to pay $9.4B in cash and stock for Dutch cable operator Ziggo. If regulators approve the deal, then Liberty — which already owns 28.5% of Ziggo — will merge it with Upc, another cable company it owns there. “Our combined operations will reach over 90% of all Dutch households, allowing us to compete more effectively with the other national telecommunications and satellite platforms in the Netherlands, and at the same time generate significant revenue and operating efficiencies,” says Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. Epic Pictures Bringing ‘Louder Than Words’ To Efm Epic Pictures Group will be introducing Louder Than Words next month at Efm. The drama from director Anthony Fabian (Skin) is exec produced by Rod Lurie (Straw Dogs) and stars Golden Globe winner David Duchovny and Golden Globe nominee Hope Davis »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
[Editor's note: The last time I published a list of this sort Christian Bale was way up top and then The Fighter happened. Time for a new look at the Oscar Nomination-less. While I'm in Sundance, abstew steps in with his list. My list (and I'm sure yours) might not be exactly the same but... discuss! - Nathaniel]
This past Thursday, when the Oscar nominations were announced, only eight actors were hearing their names called for the first time (the Best Actress category was all previous nominees and 80% winners). Some were for film debuts (Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi), but for the other 6 names (Ejiofor, McConaughey, Fassbender, Leto, Hawkins, and Squibb) it was their first recognition from the Academy after years of hard work and dedication to their craft. But not every great actor ever gets to hear their name called Oscar nomination morning. Despite powerful performances and decades of service to the film industry, sometimes a nomination (let alone a win) evades the greats. For some, the oversite will never be remedied (Marilyn Monore, Edward G. Robinson, Myrna Loy, Peter Lorre, Jean Harlow, and John Barrymore are just some of Hollywood's finest that went without the prefix Academy Award Nominee), but for many great actors still working today there is still time. »
Does the "Wayward Pines" combination of the name "M. Night Shyamalan" with the words "Television Presentation" send a shiver down your spine? It should. The guy hasn't made anything good in ages. He's due for a hit, no? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Beuller?
Matt Dillon, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan, Shannyn Sossamon, Hope Davis, Justin Kirk, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Greta Lee, Juliette Lewis, Lindsey Kraft, and Melissa Leo star. Gotta admit, the cast Is impressive.
Ethan Burke (Dillon) is a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan's investigation only turns up more questions. Each step closer to »
- Uncle Creepy
7 items from 2014
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