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White Collar star Tim DeKay has signed on for a pivotal guest-starring role in Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., playing Senator Maynard Ward, the abusive older brother of Hydra operative Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).
The character will debut in the sixth Season 2 episode, entitled "A Fractured Rose", who may be the "Senator with deep pockets" that General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) referred to in last night's episode, "Heavy Is the Head". Maynard was also referenced during Season 1, when Grant told Skye (Chloe Bennet) stories about how his older brother would beat him up, including an incident where Maynard pushed Grant into a well.
Their contentious sibling relationship will also help explain how Grant became loyal to Hydra in the first place. Zap2It reports that Grant burned down his parents' home while Maynard was still inside. Maynard survived and pressed charges, which lead to Grant being sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, »
A tweet sent out (and swiftly deleted) by longtime Whedonverse actor Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse) may have just revealed the identity of another Marvel Comics character headed to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Robbie Baldwin, a.k.a. Speedball.
For those unfamiliar, Robbie Baldwin was bombarded with inter-dimensional energy and gained an exterior shell of kinetic energy. As Speedball, he became a member of Marvel’s New Warriors and is part of what leads into Marvel’s Civil War story arc. He later ditches the Speedball moniker, joins the Norman Osborne-led team Thunderbolts, and starts going by Penance.
With many speculating that Marvel may one day adapt the Civil War storyline for film, Speedball’s possible appearance is sure to raise some eyebrows. Franz may have deleted his tweet, but the folks over at Oh No They Didn’t managed to get »
- James Garcia
Actor and frequent Joss Whedon collaborator Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods, Much Ado About Nothing) recently tweeted (and then deleted) and interesting list of names. Luckily, the guys over at OhNoTheyDidnt were able to screencap the tweet. Needless to say, it's Very intriuging. Robbie Baldwin became known as Speedball after his body was bombarded with interdimentional energy during a freak accident. Gifted with an exterior shell of kinetic energy, Speedball eventually becomes a member of the New Warriors, a team of young heroes including Night Thrasher, Namorita, Nova, Marvel Boy and Firestar. The team would later be involved in a reality show gone wrong which results in the destruction of a small neighborhood and leads into Marvel's Civil War. In a fit of guilt for surviving the incident, Baldwin ditches the Speedball moniker and takes up the name Penance as a member of Norman Osborne's Thunderbolts In other speculatory news, »
4 Minute Mile
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Sales: Double Dutch Intl.
Director: Eran Creevy
A young American couple is caught between two ruthless criminals.
Sales: Im Global
Director: Shawn Christensen
Feature based on 2012 Oscar-winning short “Curfew,” about a man forced to look after his precocious 11-year-old niece. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: A. J. Edwards
The story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: Tod “Kip” Williams
Producers: Richard Saperstein, »
- Variety Staff
The 3rd Annual "King of Shorts" has arrived. The New York Short Film Festival runs May 27-29 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City. Over 60 films from 11 countries will be participating in this international competition. showcase shorts featuring "Bingo Night," starring Mindy Sterling ("Austin Powers"), "The Lord of Catan," starring Amy Acker ("Much Ado About Nothing") and Fran Kranz ("The Cabin in the Woods"), "The Parting Glass" produced by NY agency Opperman Weiss, "What Cheer?" starring Richard Kind ("Spin City," "Argo"), and "Joan's Day Out," starring Sally Kellerman ("Mash"), Tara Lynne Barr ("God Bless America"), and Betsy Franco ("Broken Tower," "General Hospital"). For the full lineup, go to www.NYshortsFest.com »
- Taylor Lindsay
Wasting the talents of such reliable veteran performers as Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner and J.K. Simmons, Murder of a Cat is the sort of would-be satirical comedy that substitutes forced quirkiness for humor to relentlessly grating effect. Gillian Greene’s debut feature produced by her husband Sam Raimi and receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival woefully fails in its attempt at being a comic, modern-day noir. It also features one of the most irritating lead characters in recent memory in the form of Clinton (Fran Kranz), a twenty-something man-child who still lives with
- Frank Scheck
“Murder of a Cat” is that rare post-“Little Miss Sunshine” laffer that could actually stand to be quirkier. Somehow, despite all the eccentric bathrobes and vintage sweaters and bad wigs, despite the involvement of “Sunshine” star Greg Kinnear and “Juno” vet J.K. Simmons, this weird little detective story never quite manages to establish its own personality. After years of watching hubby Sam Raimi direct, first-timer Gillian Greene plucked a script off the Black List and made a go of it, and the result feels like someone won a contest where the grand prize meant getting to make a movie.
Actually, the real winners here are co-writers Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow, whose well-loved spec script made the rounds in Hollywood and helped land them staff writing gigs on “New Girl.” At a moment when douchebag comedy is king, these guys serve up unapologetically dorky counterprogramming, where the main character »
- Peter Debruge
Any story that centers around a murder of a cat and is a comedy is going to be a little offbeat.
But that kind of tone was exactly what attracted Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods) to Murder of a Cat, which is screening this weekend as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. When someone murders his beloved cat, Clinton (Kranz) demands justice. Taking it upon himself to solve the case, he teams up with an unlikely ally, Greta (Reed), and the two set out to find the culprit lurking in their small suburban town.
- Erin Strecker
Fortress Features (The Collector, The Collection, The Hunted ) is in pre-production on the indie flick Bloodsucking Bastards, directed by Brian James O’Connell, and the first casting news has arrived.
According to the Tracking Board, the horror comedy was pitched as “The Office” meets Shaun of the Dead.
A down-on-his-luck cubicle worker must deal with the horrible reality that everyone in his office is turning into vampires.
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- Steve Barton
For the distribution of his latest film, In Your Eyes, Joss Whedon has taken a page from Beyonce's "surprise digital release" playbook. After the film made its world premiere Sunday night at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon and the film's crew have made In Your Eyes available for a $5, 72-hour rental at Vimeo On Demand.
"It's exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another new form of distribution »
Gillian Greene's TV star father had an adage about career arcs that was applicable to any actor: "Who's Lorne Greene?" "Get me Lorne Greene!" "Get me the next Lorne Greene!" "Who's the next Lorne Greene?" At the moment, the next Gillian Greene is Gillian Greene, whose first feature, "Murder of a Cat" premieres next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The off-beat comedy stars Fran Kranz (Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Cabin in the Woods") as a manchild with a proto-Bieber haircut, various delusions, and who lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner). Just coincidentally, all of Greene's children, ages 7 to 20, live with their mother. "Yeah, people are surprised I have so many kids, but I started kind of young," said the fledgling director, whose father was a star of the longtime NBC western "Bonanza" and, later, the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series. She met her husband, »
- John Anderson
He furnished a major new piece in "Like Father, Like Son," Monday's (March 31) tellingly titled episode of TNT's "Dallas." The hour opened with him confronting Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) about her collusion with Bobby (Patrick Duffy) to deny him the permit to drill on Southfork Ranch.
He claimed he wasn't emotionally involved with Emma (Emma Bell) and only using her to get the ships the company needs. but Sue Ellen countered about his wife (Julie Gonzalo): "You think it's going to hurt any less when Pamela finds out?" Accused by his mother of being "drunk with power," he retorted, "I may be ... but you? You're just drunk."
Advising John Ross to go easy on Sue Ellen, who wanted to keep him off "the J.R. road," Bobby »
The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché
Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his award winning triumph to feature length with Before I Disappear. Something gets a little lost in the translation, however, in this tale about a vagabond hipster loser who actually inspires less empathy the more time we experience his dilemma on screen. It takes the right blend of melancholy personality to strike the correct balance of the loveable, love-struck loser (i.e., Joaquin Phoenix in Her) and Christensen, who casts himself in the lead, doesn’t feel quite right, though character and narrative development are partially to blame for the ambivalence as well. It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending. »
- Nicholas Bell
Anyone who sets out to make a documentary film about the history of zombie cinema is in a no-win situation: if you stick with the obvious stuff, then the hardcore horror fans will get bored, impatient, and very annoyed. But if you focus mainly on the oddest and most obscure information regarding cinematic zombiedom, then you're leaving out all the newbies -- or the geeks who only pretend to know White Zombie from Rob Zombie.
Fortunately the movie-obsessed documentarian Alex Philippe -- his film The People vs. George Lucas is recommended to any hardcore Star Wars nut -- knows how to cover a lot of bases in a short amount of time, and the result is a light and amusing film about some of the grossest movies you'll ever see. Without rattling off all the statistics, let's just say that Mr. Philippe and his team manage to touch on all »
- Scott Weinberg
Feature Stefan Mohamed 10 Mar 2014 - 06:00
Joss Whedon, it’s fair to say, is not short of fans. Between Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Cabin in the Woods, Dr Horrible, and latterly his work with Marvel (not to mention his adaptation of a play by that little-known writer Will Shakesman), he has an enviable back catalogue, and Whedonites (as I promise not to refer to them again after this sentence) rank among the most devoted, rabid and occasionally frightening fans in geekdom. If you want an idea of just how passionate people are about the man’s work, write the phrase “I am a leaf on the wind” in any comment thread below a Whedon-related article, and hang on to something. Said thread may experience some slight turbulence and then explode. »
Spencer Grammer (Ironside) has been cast in Saint Francis, Chris Moynihan’s multi-camera comedy pilot for ABC, from ABC Studios and Tagline. It centers on Francis Quinlan (Michael Imperioli), a no-nonsense, blue-collar Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister Heather (Grammer) gets pregnant out of wedlock. Heather is a bit of a born rebel who feels dominated by her older brother and is determined to forge her own path in life. Gremmer is with UTA and Untitled. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Fran Kranz has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Tbd Entertainment, and Uni TV. It centers on Anna, an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth including making questionable alliances. Kranz, repped by UTA, Berwick & Kovacik and attorney Harris Hartman, plays Jeremy, Anna’s hipster younger brother, a tech »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Chud James Franco to direct a film based on the making of bad movie everyone obsesses over which I haven't seen The Room. You guys, I can't even with Franco's lack of focus. I mean I don't dislike him. I think he's interesting but he is way too scattered.
In Contention on Santa Barbara's Robert Redford tribute
Guardian Valentino makes a gauche error, pimping the fact that Amy Adams carried a Valentino bag to Psh's funeral stating they didn't know it was a funeral photo. Um, everyone is in black and they look abso-depressed
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- NATHANIEL R
Whedonverse fans are sure to flock to writer/director/producer Anton King’s new rom-com Lust for Love, which reunites quite a few Dollhouse alumni, including actors Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman. Kranz leads the cast as Astor, a lovable yet hopeless guy who ruins his chance at a happily ever after with his childhood crush, Mila (Tron Legacy’s Beau Garrett). Convinced that the reason he’s so unlucky in love is because of his lack of experience with women, Astor enlists the help of Mila’s ex-best friend, Cali (Lachman), to teach him a thing or two about wooing the opposite sex. »
- Pamela Gocobachi
We're happy to host the exclusive premiere of a new poster for debut feature writer-director Anton King's romantic comedy, Lust for Love. In order to win over his lifelong crush, a man enlists her ex-best friend in order to train him in the ways of wooing women and pointing out his awkward failings. When he discovers the true cause behind the women's ruined friendship, all three of them are forced to reexamine their conceptions of love. Lust for Love stars Dollhouse alumni Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie, and Felicia Day. The film also stars Beau Garrett (Tron: Legacy) and will be available across a wide variety of digital platforms starting February 7th. Hit the jump to check out the full poster, along with the recently released trailer. Here's our exclusive premiere of the new poster for Lust for Love along with its synopsis. You can find »
- Dave Trumbore
The world is no stranger to individuals of the “Whedonverse” — a.k.a., those who have starred in movies or television shows helmed by the legendary Joss Whedon and his team (Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon). And if you’ve been missing a few of your favorite familiar faces, despair no more! Lust for Love, a new romantic comedy directed, written, and produced by Anton King, reunites a number of Whedonverse actors with a cast that includes Dollhouse favorites Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman, as well as Beau Garrett (Tron Legacy), Caitlin Stasey (Reign, I, Frankenstein), and Felicia Day (Supernatural, »
- Andrea Towers
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