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Hap & Leonard: Season Three Ordered by SundanceTV

Even though the season two finale was called "No Mo' Mojo," The Hap and Leonard TV show has not been cancelled. In fact SundanceTV has just renewed Hap and Leonard for a third season. John Wirth will return as showrunner, and will executive produced with Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jeremy Platt, and Linda Moran. A dark comedy crime drama, Hap and Leonard stars James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams in the title roles. In season two, the Sundance TV series also starred Brian Dennehy, Irma P. Hall, Dohn Norwood, Tiffany Mack, and Cranston Johnson. The third season will be inspired by Joe R. Lansdale's book, The Two-Bear Mambo. Read More…
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Hap And Leonard Renewed for a Third Season by SundanceTV

Joe R. Lansdale fans rejoice: SundanceTV has renewed Hap and Leonard for a six-episode third season that will premiere in 2018.

An adaptation of Lansdale's book series that is essential reading for those looking for top-notch entertainment on the printed page, Hap and Leonard will probably (according to the current pattern) adapt the third novel in the series, The Two-Bear Mambo, following season 1's take on Savage Season and the Mucho Mojo adaptation of season 2. You can read the official press release below, and prepare to likely head to Grovetown in season 3...

Press Release: New York – May 1, 2017 – SundanceTV announced today the renewal of the network’s genre-bending original scripted anthology series “Hap and Leonard.” The darkly comic series set in the late 1980s is based on the celebrated book series of the same name by famed author Joe R. Lansdale, and follows two lifelong best friends, Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an
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‘Hap and Leonard’ Renewed for Season 3 on SundanceTV

‘Hap and Leonard’ Renewed for Season 3 on SundanceTV
Hap and Leonard” has been renewed for Season 3 on SundanceTV, Variety has learned.

The series is based on the celebrated book series of the same name by Joe R. Lansdale, and follows best friends Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white guy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. The show is currently SundanceTV’s highest-rated original series, and will return for six episodes in 2018.

The third season of “Hap and Leonard,” will take inspiration from “The Two-Bear Mambo,” the third installment of Lansdale’s book series. Season one was inspired by the first “Hap and Leonard” novel “Savage Season,” and season two from “Mucho Mojo,” the second book in the series.

“At once darkly funny and socially relevant, there’s no other series like the southern-noir, ‘Hap and Leonard,’ and we couldn’t be prouder that it will continue for another
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Hap and Leonard: SundanceTV Teases Season Two Finale

4/13 Update: Cancellation cancelled. Sundance TV has issued a correction. The Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo TV show is not ending with the season two finale episode, "No Mo' Mojo." The Hap and Leonard TV season two finale airs on SundanceTV on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00pm Et/Pt.In final episode of the season, SundanceTV says Hap (James Purefoy) and Leonard (Michael Kenneth Williams) will find the missing piece "hidden in plain sight." As the investigation comes full circle, the guys will seek revenge for past transgressions. Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo also stars Brian Dennehy, Irma P. Hall, Dohn Norwood, Tiffany Mack, and Cranston Johnson.Read More…
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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Brian Dennehy Tackles an All-Too-Real Issue in New Clip — Watch

‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Brian Dennehy Tackles an All-Too-Real Issue in New Clip — Watch
“For far too long, our community has been divided,” declares Brian Dennehy in this exclusive clip from the upcoming episode of “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo.” Currently in its second season, the SundanceTV original series looks to draw parallels between its storyline and current events.

Evoking far too many memories of recent police shootings, the upcoming episode of the SundanceTV original series aims to tackle the all-too real issue as seen in this exclusive clip from the episode “Ticking Mojo.” The clip features the wealthy and powerful Sheriff Valentine Otis (Brian Dennehy) as he eulogizes a young boy in front of the African community he is supposed to protect, much to the chagrin of a mistrusting Hap (James Purefoy).

Read More: ‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Sundance TV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

Adapted from the second book in Joe R. Landsdale’s popular “Hap and Leonard” series,
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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Brian Dennehy Tackles an All-Too-Real Issue in New Clip — Watch

‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Brian Dennehy Tackles an All-Too-Real Issue in New Clip — Watch
“For far too long, our community has been divided,” declares Brian Dennehy in this exclusive clip from the upcoming episode of “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo.” Currently in its second season, the SundanceTV original series looks to draw parallels between its storyline and current events.

Evoking far too many memories of recent police shootings, the upcoming episode of the SundanceTV original series aims to tackle the all-too real issue as seen in this exclusive clip from the episode “Ticking Mojo.” The clip features the wealthy and powerful Sheriff Valentine Otis (Brian Dennehy) as he eulogizes a young boy in front of the African community he is supposed to protect, much to the chagrin of a mistrusting Hap (James Purefoy).

Read More: ‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Sundance TV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

Adapted from the second book in Joe R. Landsdale’s popular “Hap and Leonard” series,
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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: SundanceTV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: SundanceTV Favorite Returns This March — First Look
SundanceTV has announced that the second season for “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo” will premiere on March 15, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Based on the popular ’90s book series by Joe R. Lansdale, the dark comedy noir follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), two lifelong friends who attempt to solve murder mysteries in the Deep South during the 1980s. Like the first, this upcoming season consists of six episodes which will air on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m., followed by the network’s critically acclaimed crime series “Gomorrah.”

Read More: SundanceTV Releases Title Sequence for New Series ‘Hap and Leonard’ + a Clip

Joining the series for the second seaosn are new cast members Brian Dennehy (“First Blood”), Irma P. Hall (“Collateral”, “The Ladykillers”), Cranston Johnson (“Find a Way”, “Atlanta”), Dohn Norwood (“Hells on Wheels”), and Tiffany Mack (“Timeless”).

Hap and Leonard” will continue to be
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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: SundanceTV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: SundanceTV Favorite Returns This March — First Look
SundanceTV has announced that the second season for “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo” will premiere on March 15, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Based on the popular ’90s book series by Joe R. Lansdale, the dark comedy noir follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), two lifelong friends who attempt to solve murder mysteries in the Deep South during the 1980s. Like the first, this upcoming season consists of six episodes which will air on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m., followed by the network’s critically acclaimed crime series “Gomorrah.”

Read More: SundanceTV Releases Title Sequence for New Series ‘Hap and Leonard’ + a Clip

Joining the series for the second seaosn are new cast members Brian Dennehy (“First Blood”), Irma P. Hall (“Collateral”, “The Ladykillers”), Cranston Johnson (“Find a Way”, “Atlanta”), Dohn Norwood (“Hells on Wheels”), and Tiffany Mack (“Timeless”).

Hap and Leonard” will continue to be
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Hap and Leonard's 'Mucho Mojo' Season 2 Gets Premiere Date, Trailer

Hap and Leonard's 'Mucho Mojo' Season 2 Gets Premiere Date, Trailer
The “Boys Are Back” in the first trailer for Season 2 of SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard, which also now has a premiere date — Wednesday, March 15 at 10/9c.

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In the series’ “Mucho Mojo”-themed, six-episode sophomore run (based off the second Joe R. Lansdale novel), Hap Collins (played by James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams) find themselves caught in the middle of a murder mystery, one that begins with a skeleton, Trudy’s missing ashes, a literal pissing match with a neighborhood drug dealer and a piece of MeMaw’s famous pie.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Cast in Amazon Sci-Fi Pilot, Anthony Edwards to Visit ‘Svu’

TV News Roundup: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Cast in Amazon Sci-Fi Pilot, Anthony Edwards to Visit ‘Svu’
Game of Thrones” alum Richard Madden has been cast in a new Amazon pilot, “Law & Order: Svu” is staging an “E.R.” reunion and more in today’s TV news round up.

Casting

Game of Thrones” alum Richard Madden has been cast as the lead in Amazon’s new drama pilot based on the book “Strange New Things,” written by Michael Faber. Madden will play Peter, a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony, but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test, but life as we know it. The pilot is set to be written and executive produced by Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) and produced by Andy Harries and Lila Rawlings, with Kevin MacDonald directing. The one-hour drama pilot is an Amazon Studios and Left Bank Productions co-production.

“Law & Order: Svu” will stage an “E.R.” reunion in Season 18, when Anthony Edwards guest stars in a mystery
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TVLine Items: Hell's Kitchen Renewed, Pll Vet to Hunt Supernatural and More

TVLine Items: Hell's Kitchen Renewed, Pll Vet to Hunt Supernatural and More
Hell’s Kitchen‘s renewal news just came in a double portion.

Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition series for Seasons 17 and 18, it was announced Friday.

Related 2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Season 16, meanwhile, premieres in two weeks — on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Supernatural is keeping its promise to put the focus on hunters in Season 12. Kara Royster (Pretty Little Liars) will guest-star in Episode 6 as Alicia, a monster-killer who was raised by a witch, our sister site Variety reports.
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Irma P. Hall, Dohn Norwood, Tiffany Mack, Cranston Johnson Join SundanceTV’s ‘Hap and Leonard’

SundanceTV announced today the start of production on season two of the network’s critically-acclaimed original scripted series “Hap and Leonard,” on September 19th in Atlanta, Georgia. Joining the cast as recurring guest stars for season two are Irma P. Hall and… Continue Reading →
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Brian Dennehy To Recur On ‘Hap & Leonard’ Season 2

Updated with additional details: Brian Dennehy has joined the Season 2 cast of SundanceTV’s Hap & Leonard in a recurring role. He’ll play Valentine Otis, a sheriff and all-around boss-hog in Marvel Creek. Along with Dennehy, the network announced additional cast as production begins on the second season. Irma P. Hall (A Family Thing) joins as recurring, along with Dohn Norwood (All the Way, Hell on Wheels), and Tiffany Mack (Wicked Love) and Cranston Johnson who board as…
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Clint Eastwood's mint juleps 'n' murder epic is an easygoing pleasure. Kevin Spacey, John Cusack and a host of great performances guarantee interest, but maybe I have to go to the book to really understand what's going on. A solid 'A' for this one, Clint. The Savannah tourism board must bless you in their nightly prayers. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Blu-ray The Warner Archive Collection 1997 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 155 min. / Street Date September 27, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 21.99 Starring John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall, Jude Law, Alison Eastwood, Paul Hipp, The Lady Chablis, Dorothy Loudon, Anne Haney, Kim Hunter, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Herd, Jo Ann Pflug. Cinematography Jack N. Green Original Music Lennie Niehaus Written by John Lee Hancock from the book by John Berendt Produced by Clint Eastwood, Arnold Stiefel Directed by Clint Eastwood

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Clint Eastwood
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How the Coen Brothers Survived Hollywood and Lived to Make ‘Hail, Caesar!’

How the Coen Brothers Survived Hollywood and Lived to Make ‘Hail, Caesar!’
The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”

Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety

In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota,
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HBO’S ‘Getting On’ Creator, Executive Producer and Writer, Will Scheffer on the Show's Final Season

In January 2014, I spoke with Will Scheffer about his HBO series "Getting On" for this publication:

You can read that interview Here

And now we fast forward almost two years later and the show is in its third and final season. In our interview, Scheffer looks back at his experiences with the show and talks about collaborating with his husband, Mark V Olsen – creator, executive producer and writer of "Getting On" and their other shows, including "Big Love."

In addition to the HBO American cable channel, "Getting On" can be seen on HBO Latin America and HBO Europe and Asia, and through Sky (France, UK, Spain, and so on.)

Kouguell: With the increase of the global cable markets and increasing platforms, reaching a broader audience, how has this affected your shows?

Scheffer: It was gratifying to have read about "Getting On’s" reception in Paris (where they love the show) before the recent attacks and to know that this show speaks particularly to issues of loss and wounding and grief but in a way that enables laughter to mix with heartbreak. This season has so much more resonance to me as it is a comedy. It’s not escapist. It’s healing comedy. You can laugh and cry in the darkest of hours and to me, that’s the greatest service to provide as an artist. To allow people to experience their common humanity. Without self-importance. Experiencing and accepting the fragility of life, of being human, is a wonderful place to begin from.

Kouguell: Looking back at the three seasons of "Getting On," what were some of the most poignant and/or memorable moments for you working with the actors and writers?

Scheffer: We felt that by choosing "Getting On" to adapt we were entering into “stewarding” function with our British team. We wrote all of the episodes and the first two seasons had a lot of material from the original series to adapt, but the final season was all original story. Still, we went to London and ran our ideas by the original creators and worked with them. That relationship, receiving their input bonded us in a way that was unique to most adaptations. The fact that Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan appear in Episode 4 as their original characters and meet their American counterparts, and vice versa— felt so amazing. It’s something we’d never seen before and it speaks to the way the British show and the American show are so different but like siblings, so connected. We share the same blood. So that’s a long-winded way of saying, going to London for a week to work with “the girls’ was a high point.

It’s hard to single out moments because working with our actors was the greatest experience of my career. Watching Niecy Nash bloom, seeing Mel Rodriguez and Alex Borstein prove how brilliant they are. Experiencing Laurie Metcalf’s genius (I mean she is a national treasure — beyond, beyond) and then all of our guest and co-stars. Just this season alone: Harry Dean Stanton, Mary Kay Place, Francis Conroy, Rhea Perlman, June Sqibb, Kristen Johnson, Jonathan Silverman, Jayma Mays, Daniel Stern, Rita Moreno, Grant Bowler, Janis Ian!!! Meeting Didi’s family -- Marsha, Corey, Gloria and Scott -- they felt like a real family. Anne Guilbert as Birdie. Not to mention the other great women we were able to work with like Betty Buckley, Tsai Chin, Jean Smart, Irma P. Hall, Alia Shawkat, Carrie Preston, Molly Shannon— I can’t even list them all, I know I’m forgetting people and not even mentioning the supporting cast who were brilliant. These diverse, brilliant actors in just 18 episodes.

Kouguell: This is the second show you have created for HBO, "Big Love" ran for 5 seasons and like "Getting On," pushed the envelope in its examination of timely, hot button issues. For Big Love, the show was not just about polygamy and the power of the church, at its core it was about family. In "Getting On," some of the major topics/themes you tackle are ageism and the health care system. While "Getting On" is very funny, it also strikes a major chord of realism. Truth is stranger than fiction.

Scheffer: I think I mentioned already the theme of human frailty. And I just can’t stress enough how I believe it is an “undervalued” value in our society. I mean we all get old and die. It’s not sexy but it’s part of life. And it doesn’t have to be shoved out of our consciousness or romanticized or treated sentimentally or “importantly.” It’s life. And I wish people knew what they were missing by avoiding dealing with their fears about it. It’s like, do you wanna deal with those fears now or do it later when it’s gonna be a real drag?

It was such a privilege for Mark and me to both be with our moms when they were dying. Sure it was hard, but it was incredibly layered and sometimes funny and of course heartbreaking -- but it was like I wanted to tell everyone: “Hey, you really should experience this, because it’s so amazing, even though it hurts, too.”

Kouguell: The main characters (with the exception of the brilliant Patsy) focus mainly on women and their relationships with their patients and with their colleagues. There is so much talk in the industry now about the lack of women’s roles particularly in the ‘over 40’ category. What are your thoughts on this?

Scheffer: Yeah. Well. That’s always been the case. And I think it’s finally changing. The volatility in the business is palpable and I think that finally that really big ugly fact about Hollywood is going to change. It has to. I know we’re going to keep writing great roles for women because, lucky for us, we’re good at it, I think.

Kouguell: What can we expect from this final season?

Scheffer: Well. It’s the final season. So expect big stories, some big reveals and I’d say that I think the finale is one I will always be very proud of.

Learn more about "Getting On": http://www.hbo.com/getting-on

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College Suny, and presents international seminars on screenwriting and film. Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide. www.su-city-pictures.com, http://su-city-pictures.com/wpblog
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O Brothers, Where Art Thou? The Wilderness Years of The Coens

Outside of Martin Scorsese, there are very few clean slates in Hollywood – and even He has Bringing Out The Dead blotting his copybook (discuss…). The Coen brothers though, have created an unbroken conga-line of stunningly original movies, mixing and mastering genres, and even creating new ones.

If there was a bump in the road in 1994 time, it seems, has since been kind to The Hudsucker Proxy. A bigger budget (courtesy of ’80s alpha-producer Joel Silver) and an initially unresponsive family audience had it labelled as the Coen’s first flop, but watched now its pleasures are myriad and unmistakably Coenesque (including a great, late-vintage performance from Paul Newman).

The Coens announced themselves to the world in 1984 with the instant neo-noir classic, Blood Simple. Now, just mull the following subsequent film titles over in your mind like a mouthful of Chateau Petrus. Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy,
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Interview: Harry Lennix on Digital Release of ‘Mr. Sophistication’

Chicago – One of the more unique independent films that worked the festival circuit in 2012 and ’13 was the drama “Mr. Sophistication.” The main character was Ron Waters, a comedian described as “Richard Pryor’s protegé.” Actor Harry Lennix took on the character, breathing in both the drama of the show business story and the particular style of stand-up.

The film was recently released in downloadable and DVD formats. While on that festival circuit, Harry Lennix and the production crew – writer/director Danny Green and producers Jon E. Edwards and Albena Dodeva – stopped by Chicago, and HollywoodChicago.com spoke to them about the film.

Actor Harry Lennix, Portrays Ron Waters in “Mr. Sophistication

Harry Lennix and Robert Patrick in ‘Mr. Sophistication

Photo credit: Mr. Smoothie Company

HollywoodChicago.com: You were born in Chicago and have the Chicago influence in the story of Ron Waters. How important was it to give Ron a
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'Getting On': Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein tackle an extended-care dramedy

To many people, nursing homes are no laughing matter, but a new Americanization of a British show is aiming to mine humor from that environment.

Premiering Sunday, Nov. 24, HBO's "Getting On" casts three-time "Roseanne" Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf as the supervisor of an extended-care facility in Long Beach, Calif. She thinks the assignment is only temporary, but she finds out differently ... meaning she'll have to find ways to deal with the often challenging bureaucracy, encompassing a by-the-book nurse (Alex Borstein, the voice of Lois Griffin on Fox's "Family Guy").

"We're all going to deal with this at some point," Metcalf reasons to Zap2it of the subject matter "Getting On" tackles. "It's a dramedy, I guess you'd call it, so there is humor ... but this is a tough subject. I was so impressed with the BBC version, within the first five minutes, I knew this was something I wanted to do.
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Jayne Mansfield’s Car | Review

Brains of a Blonde: Thornton’s Unnecessary Return to the Director’s Chair

After his astonishingly strong 1996 directorial debut, Sling Blade, you’d be hard pressed to find another new director more highly anticipated than Billy Bob Thornton during that time period. After two viciously unsuccessful followups (a failed Cormac McCarthy adaptation, All the Pretty Horses, 2000, and a jarringly delayed family drama, Daddy and Them, made in 1999 and released on DVD in 2001), Thornton finally debuts a fourth feature, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, which continues his fascination with sprawling Southern family sagas where familial relations are strange and in-laws interminably spout second-tier Tennessee Williams tropes, and where an attempt at depicting culture clash really only plays out like misguided narrative clash. Sadly, this southern fried period piece is as headless as the corpse in the car it references, the tacky Mansfield car a garish metaphor for Thornton’s cinematic offering, touring
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