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Recurring Orange Is The New Black writer Sian Heder is making her feature-length directorial debut after two short films with the Netflix-distributed Tallulah. Following a premiere at Sundance, the first trailer shows the struggle of the titular Tallulah (Ellen Page), a down-on-her-luck young woman who stumbles upon a nannying gig that sends her on unforgettable (or maybe very forgettable) journey. Oh, and she sorta kidnaps the baby and pretends it’s her own in order to get money from her missing boyfriend’s mother — but don’t worry, it’s inspirational when you put sad music over it.
We said in our review: “The light tone works well enough on its own, but suffers against the contrasting police investigation, a constant reminder that our lead’s new-found motherhood (also fodder for much comedy) has come at an awful price. Though this dichotomy is of clear intention by all involved, these »
- Mike Mazzanti
The teaser poster and trailer for the upcoming drama Tallulah, which stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney, which debuted at this year’s main Sundance Film Festival and Sundance London, has just been release ahead of its debut on Netflix next month.
Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page – Whip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively “rescue” a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother. Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods, Moneyball), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Girls »
- Paul Heath
Ellen Page plays an accidental baby snatcher in the first trailer for Netflix’s pricey Sundance acquisition “Tallulah.” The Oscar-nominated actress plays Lu, a vagabond who lives in a van before she rescues a baby from a negligent mother (Tammy Blanchard) who is in over her head. Lu then turns to Margo (Allison Janey), who believes she is the child’s grandmother. The indie drama, written and directed by Sian Heder (“Orange Is the New Black”), also stars Zachary Quinto, John Benjamin Hickey and Uzo Aduba. See Video: 'Tallulah' Boasts a Baby-Stealing Ellen Page and Versatile Allison Janney In January, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
A previous winner for “The West Wing,” Bradley Whitford was awarded his second Emmy last year thanks to his work as Marcy on “Transparent.” Whitford could well repeat [for playing a different character, Magnus Hirschfeld], or he could be stopped by one of multiple funny men playing themselves.
“Saturday Night Live” always takes up spots on this list with its hosts and this year gave us a lot to choose from, including a giggly Ryan Gosling and the emotional return of Tracy Morgan. Still, it will be hard to top the hosting gig of “SNL’s” resident Bernie Sanders impersonator Larry David when he appeared opposite the actual Democratic candidate. David practically joined the “SNL” cast this year, popping in from time to time to play the presidential candidate in sketches.
- Jenelle Riley
Kicking off this year’s Sundance London Film Festival is one of the favourites from the main festival back in January.
Tallulah is written and directed by Sian Heder, a talented filmmaker who is best known for her writing work on Netflix comedy Orange Is The New Black. Netflix are behind this original work, her feature debut that follows a young drifter, the title character played by Ellen Page, who spends her days living out of the back of her van, scavenging for food scraps in waste bins from restaurants and shying away from the conformity of modern society. Following a bust-up with her boyfriend Nico (Evan Jonigkeit), a young man from a relatively comfortable background in Manhattan, Tallulah »
- Paul Heath
After seven nominations for playing Don Draper, the eighth time was the charm for Jon Hamm, who finally took home the prize last year for “Mad Men” in its final season. With Hamm now out of the race, the path is cleared for an actor who has never won for his current role. Some of the category’s frontrunners have won previously, some for lead actor, some in other categories, including Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), who won for “Friday Night Lights”; Bobby Cannavale (“Vinyl”), a “Boardwalk Empire” winner; Aaron Paul (“The Path”), who won for “Breaking Bad”; and “Billions” pair Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, who took home prizes for “Homeland” and “John Adams,” respectively. Actors who have received previous noms for their current characters without a win include Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”). The likely newcomer »
- Variety Staff
When Chris Martin is your ex, how could a Coldplay song not be on your list of favorites? While Gwyneth Paltrow might share two children and an exceptionally friendly relationship with the band's leading man following their conscious uncoupling, she revealed in a SiriusXM interview on Thursday that she actually found comfort in the Coldplay's song "Everything's Not Lost," before ever meeting Martin. "He wrote this song before I met him, and I think another reason it's sad for me is my father had just died when this album came out, and we used to listen to it kind of on repeat, »
- Naja Rayne, @najarayne
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Gwyneth Paltrow is for sure crazy in love with Beyoncé. As the actress and Goop founder continues to support her latest cookbook It's All Easy, fans are learning more about the bond shared between her and the A-list singer. While chatting on SiriusXM's My Favorite Song with John Benjamin Hickey radio show, Gwyneth revealed "Drunk in Love" could just be her favorite song from her close pal. "I never get sick of this song. A song that has this much vibe, I mean I get chills from this song," she explained. "It makes you want to move." Being such close friends, John Benjamin Hickey had to ask if she had any idea »
Although creator Sam Shaw already had a third season planned, Wgn America cancelled the Manhattan TV series, after its second season. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, back in November, Shaw said he crafted season two of Manhattan, with an eye toward some resolution, in case of cancellation.
Upon cancelling the historical drama which starred John Benjamin Hickey and Olivia Williams, Wgn America President Matt Cherniss issued a statement citing the usual culprit -- low ratings. Still feeling the sting of the end of the critically-acclaimed Manhattan, Cherniss has now offered more insight into the decision he tried to avoid.
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A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. When Wgn America revealed Feb. 3 that Manhattan would not air a third season, critics took to Twitter to bemoan the decision. But no one was as broken up as Wgn president Matt Cherniss, for whom the John Benjamin Hickey vehicle about the race to build the atomic bomb was his second series order and a key building block as the one-time superstation transitioned into an 80 million-home cable network committed to original
- Lacey Rose
Network: Wgn America
Episodes: 23 (hour)
TV show dates: July 27, 2014 -- December 15, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Alexia Fast, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Daniel Stern, Katja Herbers, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus, Eddie Shin, Daniel London, and Mark Moses.
TV show description:
A period drama, this show is set in 1943 in the secret town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. Hidden away by the federal government, scientists live there with their families while they work to build the world's first atomic bomb.
If it weren't for his wife, botanist Liza »
Wgn America's highly acclaimed period drama series "Manhattan" has been canceled after two seasons.
John Benjamin Hickey, Ashley Zukerman, Olivia Williams, Rachel Brosnahan, Mamie Gummer, William Petersen and Neve Campbell starred in the series which premiered in July 2014 and scored rave reviews, but struggled to find an audience - averaging just 240,000 viewers in Live+Same Day numbers.
Wgn America's original slate continues to expand and includes new series "Outsiders" and "Underground" alongside "Salem" which recently began production of its third season.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Manhattan, one of Wgn America’s first scripted series, has ended with a slightly smaller bang. The show, which presented a fictionalized history of America’s attempts to build an atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II, has been cancelled after its second season, which came to a close last December. The now-final season ended with the first test of an atomic weapon. We’ve seen the potential in the scientists’ work, but we’ll never see their project come to devastating fruition.The news isn’t exactly a surprise. Manhattan aired on a little-known cable network and was not widely available online (the first season streamed on Hulu; the second is only on iTunes). Its structure was resolutely old-fashioned, slow, and heavy on exposition. The first few episodes introduce a mess of characters, from John Benjamin Hickey’s world-weary genius to Ashley Zukerman’s upstart »
- Jackson McHenry
Wgn America has formally confirmed plans to pull the plug on historical drama Manhattan, ending its run on the airwaves after only two seasons.
Despite debuting to relatively positive reviews, the wartime series struggled to maintain a strong enough audience, and Wgn has elected not to order a third season. Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager at the network, said in a statement that the cancellation was a difficult decision to make.
“After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of Manhattan. We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, an extraordinary original drama, and are deeply disappointed that such a wonderful show could not find a larger audience. We thank the immensely talented Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme, along with the exceptional cast and crew and our great partners at Lionsgate and Skydance, for crafting a masterful series. We »
- Michael Briers
“Manhattan” has been canceled with Wgn America opting not to go forth with a third season of the period drama, Variety has learned.
The drama, which premiered in July 2014, marked network’s second original series, following “Salem.”
Created by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”), the Skydance Television and Lionsgate Television co-production starred John Benjamin Hickey and Ashley Zukerman as physicists working on America’s atomic bomb project during World War II. Olivia Williams and Rachel Brosnahan starred as their respective wives with Mamie Gummer, William Petersen and Neve Campbell having joined the cast of the sophomore season.
“After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of ‘Manhattan,'” said Matt Cherniss, president and Gm of Wgn America and Tribune Studios. “We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
From the start, Tallulah, written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), boldly attempts to juggle its tone between comedy and tragedy. When we meet our titular lead (Ellen Page), she’s living in a van with her boyfriend Nico (Evan Jonigkeit), digging through empty potato chip bags for food and using stolen credit cards to pay for gas. When Nico runs off in the middle of the night with all of their cash, Tallulah – Lu for short – heads to New York City to confront him and his mother Margot (Allison Janney), half out of anger, half out of desperation.
Following a contentious introduction to Margot, sans Nico, Lu invades a midtown hotel in search of leftover room service and potential cash. A case of mistaken identity ensues, in which drunk socialite Carolyn (Tammy Blanchard) assumes Tallulah is housekeeping, paying her to watch her young baby while »
- Dan Mecca
Ellen Page lands her best starring vehicle since “Juno” in “Tallulah,” a very different story of a young woman coming to terms with the idea of being a mother. The feature-length scripting-directing debut of “Orange Is the New Black” staff writer Sian Heder offers juicy roles not only to Page but also to Allison Janney and Tammy Blanchard, in a strong showcase of female talent both behind and in front of the camera. Netflix acquired Svod rights prior to the pic’s premiere in competition at Sundance, but Heder’s compassionate, audience-friendly dramedy deserves a shot in theaters, too.
Vagabond Tallulah (Page) lives out of her van and drifts from city to city with no ties to anyone or anything, except her boyfriend, Nico (Evan Jonigkeit), and that’s just the way she likes it. When Nico surprises her one night by suggesting they go back to his hometown in »
- Geoff Berkshire
The Sundance Film Festival is still a week away, but Netflix isn’t waiting for the throngs to descend on Park City before making a big move.
The streaming giant has snapped up worldwide streaming video on-demand rights to “Tallulah,” Variety has learned. The story of a young drifter (Ellen Page) who takes a baby from a negligent mother was expected to be one of the hot titles at this year’s festival. It reunites Page with her “Juno” co-star Allison Janney.
Janney plays a woman who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother in what is being billed as a dramatic comedy.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for writer and director Sian Heder. She has a preexisting relationship with Netflix having worked as a writer and producer on “Orange is the New Black.” Her first short film, “Mother,” was honored at Cannes Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Florida Film Festival. »
- Brent Lang
When Liam Neeson stopped by Radio Andy on Thursday to discuss the new movie he's working on with Bono, he ended up revealing one very sweet story about his late wife, Natasha Richardson, to host John Benjamin Hickey. The actor explained that during their 1994 wedding in Northern Ireland, they had picked out Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" for their wedding song, but Natasha wasn't thrilled with the idea of having a traditional first dance. "Behind my back Natasha had been taking singing lessons to sing it to me," the Silence star revealed. "After the ceremony we were all going out to start the night's festivities and she grabbed the microphone and she sang me this. She had learned it, and I was like, 'Wow!'" Liam and Natasha were married from 1994 up until her tragic death following a head injury from a skiing accident in 2009. Since then, he has been »
- Quinn Keaney
Bradley Cooper, Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm are among 113 stars thanking President Barack Obama for introducing new executive orders on gun control this week. "Like you, and like most Americans, we have had Enough. We have had enough of seeing unthinkable tragedies happen and nothing being done," reads a letter signed by the stars and organized by the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. "This level of depravity should rattle anyone with a conscience. We have seen how it has visibly." The letter names recent mass shootings - from Sandy Hook to San Bernardino - as evidence that action needs to be taken. »
- Aaron Couch, @AaronCouch
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