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Most of them can be found in new book Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap â. which offers an impressive and exhaustive look inside the real world of the pioneering group that brought gangsta rap to the masses.
Here, author Ben Westhoff discusses five pieces of the band’s history that you didn’t see in the film. »
- George Stark
AMC’s new Paul Giamatti-produced drama Lodge 49 has been slated by a script website. The show is described by AMC as “a modern fable set in Long Beach”, with Sean Dudley as the central character. But in a long rant against the writing of the pilot episode Deconstructthescript.com said: “For 60 pages we follow Dud around, seeing just how bad his life is and how hopeless he is at doing anything right. There just wasn’t enough to really engage me.” The analytical writing and teaching website for aspiring scriptwriters also said the story was overwritten and picked up on several screen-writing “errors”....read more »
- April Neale
Longing for a season in the sun, AMC has given the green light to the Lodge 49 TV show, written and created by Jim Gavin, who is producing with showrunner Peter Ocko, Paul Giamatti, and Dan Carey. Described as a "modern fable," the scripted drama is set in Long Beach, California.The ten one-hour episodes of Lodge 49 feature Dud, "a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer." After the death of his father, Dud joins a fraternal order in an attempt to return to living a simple, happy life. AMC says, "Dud will come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and confront his deepest fears and greatest hopes." For more information, check out AMC's press release. Read More… »
Are you ready to return to Shay Mountain? Below, watch a teaser for the second season of the Outsiders TV show, premiering on Wgn America, Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Wgn America will present Outsiders season two at New York Comic Con, on Sunday, October 9th.A drama featuring the Farrell Clan, Outsiders is created and written by Peter Mattei, who executive produces with Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Paul Giamatti, and Dan Carey. David Morse, Thomas M. Wright, Ryan Hurst, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson, Joe Anderson, Francie Swift, and Rebecca Harris star.Read More… »
Prepare to see more of Honey’s other half on Fresh Off the Boat.
The ABC comedy has promoted Ray Wise — who plays the Huangs’ neighbor and Honey’s hubby Marvin — to series regular for Season 3, our sister site Deadline reports.
Fresh Off the Boat returns Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c on ABC.
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The Paul Giamatti-produced drama “Lodge 49” has just received a straight-to-series order at AMC. The series, from writer and creator Jim Gavin, was picked up for a 10-episode first season at the cable net. Peter Ocko serves as showrunner. Described as a “modern fable set in Long Beach,” “Lodge 49” is centered on Dud, a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy lifestyle he lost when his father died. Through the Lodge and his newfound connection with the other members, Dud will come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and. »
- Reid Nakamura
Set in Long Beach and created and written by Gavin, “Lodge 49” tells the story of a charming deadbeat surfer named Dud who joins a fraternal order following the death of his father as he searches for meaning in his life.The show has been given a 10-episode order for its first season.
The series is produced by AMC Studios. Ocko (“Pushing Daisies,” “The Office”), Gavin (Author, “Middle Men”), and Giamatti (“Billions,” “Sideways,” “Outsiders,” “Hoke”) are executive producing with Dan Carey (“Outsiders,” “Hoke” “John Dies At The End,” “All Is Bright”). Ocko will serve as showrunner.
“’Lodge 49′ is a show that defies easy categorization. It is, at once, a show about a loveable loser, the idea that life can be magical if you look at it from the right angle, what it means to be on the fringe, and »
- Daniel Holloway
Exclusive: AMC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to drama Lodge 49, from creator Jim Gavin, showrunner Peter Ocko and executive producer Paul Giamatti. Lodge 49 — about a young knucklehead from Long Beach who joins a dusty old fraternal lodge — was one of three drama projects AMC identified in spring 2015 for potential straight-to-series orders, along with The Son and Goliath. All opened writers rooms and produced scripts. Of the three, The Son advanced to… »
Is there an actor on earth who hasn’t dreamt of working with the legendary Spike Lee? Well, today’s Backstage casting notices include the opportunity for you to do just that, as talent is sought for the filmmaker’s upcoming project. We also have three other wonderful on-camera opportunities for you to check out below! New Spike Lee JOINTThis isn’t too good to be true! 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks is currently casting for Spike Lee’s newest film. The project, details of which are being kept under wraps, will shoot Oct. 11–Jan. 25, 2017 in New York City. Showtime’S “Billions”“Billions,” the Showtime drama starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, seeks talent for multiple background roles ranging from upscale party-goers to exotic dancers. Depending on the role, shooting will take place on either Oct. 13 or 17 in New York City. “In The Dark”Three supporting roles are sought for “In the Dark, »
Dci John Luther (Idris Elba) speaks in terse, staccato sentences, as if to match the impression his heavy gait and muscular frame leave on his interlocutors: “Aight mate?” the owner of a gangland watering hole asks him in the fourth installment of “Luther.” “Lookin’ a bit militant there.”
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), by contrast, speaks in stem-winding, breathless paragraphs, holding his reedy figure still as if to conserve energy for his acumen: “You’re clearly acclimatized to never getting to the end of a sentence,” he tells Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) in “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.” “We’ll get along splendidly.”
This battle of British detectives, in which we might include “The Night Manager”‘s Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), recruited by British intelligence to infiltrate the inner circle of an international arms dealer (Hugh Laurie), points to a few of the complicating factors in the race for Outstanding »
- Matt Brennan
Madrid — CBS Studios International has inked a long-term exclusive licensing deal in Spain for Showtime shows and brand usage with Telefonica’s pay-tv operator Movistar Plus.
The Showtime pact, which is for linear and VOD rights for Spain, follows deals with Canada’s Bell Media in early 2015 and pan-European pay-tv operator Sky last January (Britain, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy), as CBS capitalizes on the renewed strength of the Showtime brand.
Movistar Plus had acquired individual Showtime series in the past, such as “Masters of Sex,” now bowing season 4 in Spain. The new CBS-Movistar Plus deal is a far larger accord, taking in all future first-run series, as well as dramas on air and a selection of library titles, a press statement said Tuesday.
- John Hopewell
In Backstage’s current casting notices, you have the opportunity to travel back in time a few decades for Amazon’s 1950s-set pilot, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which is now seeking background talent. We also have three more on-camera opportunities you don’t want to miss! “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Background talent is sought for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” an upcoming pilot which takes place in 1950s New York. Accordingly, actors are needed to depict “general 1950s types [who] must be comfortable working around smoke and must not have any wool allergies.” Shooting will take place Sept. 27–Oct. 14 in New York City. “Billions”The hit Showtime series “Billions” seeks background talent for an upcoming shoot. The Wall Street drama, which stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, is casting male and female actors to depict “juror types.” Shooting is slated for Sept. 12 in New York City. “Mess”The band Real »
Directed by Luke Scott
A corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.
Luke Scott’s (yes, the son of Ridley Scott) directorial debut Morgan is essentially Ex Machina for dummies. There’s really no nicer way to put it than that. Essentially, all sense of subtlety and stimulating subtext on the always profound and captivating theme of man playing God is lost and disowned for the sake of going for gory deaths and nonstop action.
It’s all unfortunate considering that the first 30 minutes or so of the movie seem to be going somewhere interesting, even if it is nothing refreshing at all. Basically, a bunch of scientists have created a living organism that is the titular Morgan, a »
- Robert Kojder
There are a lot of forgivable sins for thrillers. They can have thin characters, they can be completely implausible from premise to execution, and they can even be internally inconsistent if the result is a good amount of tension, but they cannot be boring. Morgan is a boring movie. Not all the way through but overwhelmingly and even in a third act tripping over itself to twist the audience every which way, I never quite got over the fact that the movie had never made me care.
When I first saw the trailer to Morgan, I thought it looked like they were trying to remake Alien but with a much lower budget. There were all these tight corridor shots and a seldom seen monster but instead of a spaceship it was in a house and instead of an elaborate monster it was a pale girl. It’s very possible I »
- Arthur Tebbel
Eschewing the compelling Sf questions it raises, Morgan resorts to violence and would-be cleverness, and makes concrete what it should have left ambiguous. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about women; big Sf geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Tips for young filmmakers hoping to break out from under the shadow of their famous filmmaker daddies with their directorial debuts: Don’t make a movie that invites comparison to one of Daddy’s best known, best loved, and just plain best movies. And if you must do that, consider ensuring that your movie compares favorably to Daddy’s movie.
Ps: Luke Scott, son of Ridley, is not that young. (He’s 48.) And his directorial debut, Morgan, does not compare favorably to Blade Runner. And the comparisons are inevitable. Morgan thinks it’s riffing on an intriguing ambiguity of Blade Runner, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Chicago – There is nothing like the feeling of watching a completely immersive sci-fi film that delivers the complexity of technology in a modest package, and uses elements of nature to create a beautiful contrast. Unfortunately, “Morgan” doesn’t deliver on the enlightenment it promises.
Trying to fill the role created by last year’s masterpiece “Ex Machina”, “Morgan” explodes with superficial artificiality. It poses the question of what constitutes “personhood” and explores it through shallow platitudes and out of character, obsessive behavior. The high concept story development seems to have been an overwhelming task for first-time feature film writer Seth W. Owen. While trying to introduce the same ideas of “humanity” that we’ve seen not only in last year’s films, but from films stemming all the way back to Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis”, Owen manages to create a story that feels less like an echo and more like a lazy mimicry. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The summer movie season is now officially over, bringing an end to big popcorn blockbusters. Last weekend, Don't Breathe surprised everyone as it brought Suicide Squad's three-week reign to a close. While Don't Breathe's opening gross of $26.4 million might not sound like much, it far surpassed its budget of $9.9 million. This weekend it faced off against two newcomers, the 20th Century Fox A.I. thriller Morgan, which has only been gettin so-so reviews. And DreamWorks and Touchstone's drama The Light Between the Oceans. The Obama date movie Southside With You also expanded. Despite having some new competition, Don't Breathe was able to score its second weekend atop the box office with $15.7 million.
Don't Breathe played in 3,051 theaters this weekend, pulling in a decent $5,146 per-screen average. Box Office Mojo reports that Morgan debuted in 2,020 theaters, but the movie failed to crack the top 10 in 17th place with $1.9 million, pulling »
Directed by Luke Scott.
A corporate risk management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.
Questions over whether humans should mess with AI, genetics and so on, has littered our screens for decades. In his feature film debut Luke Scott (son of Ridley) delivers a solid but by the numbers thriller. After violently attacking one of her “friends” human/AI hybrid Morgan (Taylor-Joy) is considered a threat to the corporation that owns her (headed up by a typically shady Brian Cox). Enter risk management consultant Lee Weathers (Mara) who sets about examining the scientists that surround Morgan. The isolated scientists and their behaviour towards Morgan makes for an interesting microcosm of humanity. Their love for their creation Morgan is understandable and the family dynamics »
- Helen Murdoch
The second weekend of horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe” is showing plenty of life at an otherwise quiet Labor Day box office with an estimated $19.4 million at 3,051 North American locations for the four days.
Warner Bros. fifth weekend of “Suicide Squad” showed impressive staying power in second place with about $13 million for the weekend — enough for the supervillain tentpole to top the $300 million mark on Monday.
But the holiday proved tough for two new entries into the market. Disney’s “The Light Between Oceans” was heading for a modest sixth-place finish with $6.1 million at 1,500 sites and Fox’s sci-fi thriller “Morgan” was nearly invisible with $2.4 million at 2,020, leaving it in 18th place.
Monday will also mark the final day for summer box office with the last year’s $4.48 billion, according to comScore. That would be about even with last summer’s total but 5.5% behind the 2013 record of $4.75 billion.
The Labor Day »
- Dave McNary
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Labor Day weekend is notoriously slow for the movie industry, and this holiday weekend is no exception.
With two hardly talked about movies being released this weekend, the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans and the supernatural thriller Morgan, it should be a quiet weekend at the cinema. They might not be blockbusters, but let’s see if either film could be a hidden gem.
What we are excited about:
Real-life couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander headline this adaptation of the bestselling novel, which is pretty much the only thing we are excited about. Fassbender is an Oscar-nominated actor (surprising he has not won one yet), while Vikander is fresh off her win for Best Supporting Actress in The Danish Girl. These are two of the finest actors »
- Scott Davis
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