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Dem Bones: Swanberg’s Mellow Examination of Married Life
A married couple’s weekend apart turns into the sort of mildly enterprising exploration of what happens when the cat’s away in Digging For Fire as two people fantasize about the possibilities now mostly unavailable after time delivers them into the routine of marriage and the presence of children. At times grasping a sort of quiet wisdom in its representation of identities rebelling against the sanctions of social expectations, Joe Swanberg’s film is also equal parts breezy and ominous (thanks to a central metaphor used to appealing effect) in its suggestions. A cast packed to the gills with notable indie names, comedians, and stars of more enduring celebrity, Swanberg’s managed to move well beyond the roughhewn Mumblecore technical trappings for which he’s been routinely criticized and has lodged himself firmly as a notable name in the American indie scene. »
- Nicholas Bell
Michael Emerson will star in a one-night benefit reading of the Moisés Kaufman play “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” A revival of the drama, which chronicles Wilde’s trial for homosexuality, was blocked in Moscow by the Kremlin earlier this year for its Lgbt content. The reading is being staged to raise awareness of the rights being denied Russia’s Lgbtq community. The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Groff, Sally Field, Michael C. Hall, David Hyde Pierce, Tony Kushner, Judith Light, Darren Criss, Tituss Burges, David Burtka, Andy Mientus, Jose Llana, Will Carlyon and Jake Shears. »
- Reid Nakamura
The headline of the comedy race is, of course, the question of whether “Modern Family” will claim its sixth consecutive crown, breaking its current tie with “Frasier” for the all-time record. Yet two series may play spoiler: Amazon proved it could be a contender in the awards race with its Golden Globe win for “Transparent,” the delicately nuanced story of a family patriarch who comes out as transgender. And HBO’s “Veep” soared to new comic heights in its fourth season, as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ politico continued to fumble in her quixotic quest for political power.
The safe bet may well be with “Modern Family.” Just look at this season’s clever “Connection Lost” episode, filmed entirely on all manner of Apple technology. But all dynasties must eventually come to an end. Keen-eyed prognosticators say momentum has shifted to a pair of formidable women. Louis-Dreyfus has owned the lead »
- Debra Birnbaum
We were wringing our hands before nominations were announced: Would the TV academy embrace Amazon Prime as fully as they did Netflix in recent years? Would they vote for a comedy that skews dramatic? Yes and yes. "Transparent" is the most nominated new series of the year with 11 bids, and the most nominated comedy. Does that mean it's the frontrunner to win? -Break- 'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor is on track to finally win his overdue Emmy Its noms include important citations for writing, directing, casting and editing. In fact, it's the only comedy this year to contend in all four of those fields. And the surprise nomination for Gaby Hoffmann in the Comedy Supporting Actress race (over her better-known co-star Judith Light) further demonstrates that the TV academy really did watch the show and really did love it. What's more, "Transparent" could benefit from the increased awareness of transgender ri. »
"I walked home and said, ‘'That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do as an actor.'" If expectations for "Transparent" Season 2 weren't high enough after its Golden Globe wins earlier this year, as well as its recent boatload of Emmy nominations, Jeffrey Tambor certainly did his part to raise them Monday afternoon. Speaking at Amazon's "Transparent" panel alongside series creator Jill Soloway, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light, Alexandra Billings and Bradley Whitford, Tambor and the rest of his cast heaped praise on not just what's come before, but what people will soon see. Read More: Watch: 'Transparent,' 'Jane the Virgin' and 'The Goldbergs' Creators Reveal Comedy Secrets The second season of Soloway's critical smash will debut December 4 exclusively to Amazon Prime subscribers, and the cast seemed even higher on this season than the last. Part of that excitement was built around the addition of a »
- Ben Travers
“Transparent” season two will debut on Amazon December 4.
The premiere date was announced at Monday’s Television Critics’ Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills, when a first look at the second season was shown to the room of journalists, reporters and critics. The teaser of the upcoming episodes showed a wedding, an ultrasound and Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) yelling, “Yas, Queen!”
At TCA, “Transparent’s” cast and creative team sat together on a panel, discussing the global phenomenon that the dramedy has become.
“Over the course of the past year, as it has become this tsunami in the zeitgeist, the most exciting part is the civil rights movement,” creator Jill Soloway said. “Even though we’re making a television show,” she added, “to feel like it’s all for a larger cause is the most exciting part of all of this.”
She continued to tell the story of how the streaming series, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Do you enjoy seeing tons of stars collide in a quirky trailer accompanied by the tunes of alt-j? You do? Then you're going to love the trailer for Joe Swanberg's Digging For Fire. The Drinking Buddies director again enlisted Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston for a movie about relationships, but this time it's a completely different ball game. Johnson plays a slob of a husband whose wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) leaves him at home to do chores, but instead he has his friends over to dig in the backyard while she strolls on the beach with a guy played by Orlando Bloom. Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, Sam Elliott, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Judith Light, and Jenny Slate all costar in the movie, out on Aug. 21. »
Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) has proven to be massively prolific over the last few years with his brand of low-key, mumblecore comedies about everything and nothing in particular. His latest film, Digging For Fire, assembles an enormous cast in a weekend getaway as a group of friends dig for, treasure maybe isn’t the word, in the woods.
Jake Johnson (who also co-wrote the script with Swanberg) and Rosemarie DeWitt lead a cast that includes Mike Birbiglia, Orlando Bloom, Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Chris Messina, and Jenny Slate. Here’s the full synopsis:
The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.
J.R. Kinnard caught up with the film at Sundance and was disappointed, writing, “It lacks the narrative focus and observational humor to be more than a mild diversion, »
- Brian Welk
True to form, the TV Academy delivered a fair share of shockers with its annual Emmy nominations. Here’s who got shut out — and who got surprised — this morning.
Fox’s smash hit may have registered with fans, but Emmy voters clearly didn’t fall in love with hip-hop. The show scored only three noms, including one for series star Taraji P. Henson.
Proving there’s hope for those who are long-snubbed, Maslany finally won a nod for her work playing multiple characters on BBC America’s acclaimed series.
Snub: The CW
The network just can’t get any respect from the Academy. Despite critical praise and Golden Globe wins, “Jane the Virgin” and its charming series star, Gina Rodriguez, was all but ignored by Emmy voters. The only nod the series earned was for its voiceover artist, Anthony Mendez.
Snub: “The Big Bang Theory »
- Debra Birnbaum and Geoff Berkshire
Give the Emmys credit for at least trying to keep up with the current explosion of quality television.
This year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences expanded the Best Comedy and Drama Series categories to seven slots each, and they made other minor changes (online voting!) meant to bring the awards into the 21st century. Still, there's more good TV now than even the Academy can keep up with, so the outrage and shock over the snubs and surprises in this morning's Emmy nominations is inevitable. Here are some of the most astonishing omissions and inclusions.
Best Drama Series
The biggest shocker here is the snub of "Empire," the season's breakout hit. Was it too soapy or guilty-pleasure-ish for the Academy to take seriously? Fellow newbie/Twitter sensation "How to Get Away With Murder" was also snubbed. Golden Globe fave "The Affair" got no love, here or in other major categories. »
- Gary Susman
I have a bad feeling that Jane the Virgin is about to get royally screwed.
Emmy Nominations will be announced this Thursday at 11:30 am/Est, and my gut is telling me that the sublime freshman comedy — and its sterling ensemble led by Gina Rodriguez —will fall victim to the Academy’s long-held bias against The CW.
I really hope I am wrong.
Only three of last year’s Emmy nominees are missing from the comedy ballots this year (and it’s because all three — “Orange Is the New Black’s” Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew and “Derek’s” Ricky Gervais — are now competing in different categories). Combine that high volume of returning favorites with an influx of buzzy new series, and odds are high there will be a lot of disappointed contenders come Thursday morning. Here’s who we’re predicting will make the very competitive cut. Click to see our picks for those in the running for the drama series categories.
With six consecutive nominations and a record-tying four wins under his belt, “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is this category’s undisputed favorite. But he’ll face heavy competition this year from Jeffrey Tambor, whose transcendent performance in Amazon »
- Geoff Berkshire
Voting closed for Emmy nominations on Friday. Ordinarily, I would have already completed my usual If I Had An Emmy Ballot exercise by now, but various other projects got in the way, which means what I'm about to post is even more hypothetical than usual, since it's after the voting deadline. As always, I'm working with the choices listed on the actual Emmy ballots, which means I have to go along with where various shows and actors were categorized and submitted. So I have to consider "Orange Is the New Black" a drama, have to consider Key and Peele supporting actors on their own show, and can't go off the ballot to try nominating an actor like Max Greenfield from "New Girl," who didn't even put his name up for submission. Also, while I've done these as a bunch of separate posts the last few years, this thing's already so »
- Alan Sepinwall
Amazon has renewed their Transparent TV series for a third season. Season two is expected later this year and season three will debut in 2016.
Here's the press release:
Amazon Greenlights Third Season of Golden Globe Award-Winning Original Series "Transparent"--Available Exclusively for Prime Members in 2016
Award-winning show creator Jill Soloway signs overall deal with Amazon Studios where she will exclusively develop television projects; Soloway will continue as Showrunner on Transparent and Andrea Sperling has been elevated to Executive Producer on the series
Read More… »
Amazon has greenlit a third season of Transparent, well in advance of the Golden Globe-winning dramedy’s Season 2 release date.
Related: Christina Ricci to Play Zelda Fitzgerald in Amazon Drama Pilot Z
On board for Season 3 are Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award winner Jeffrey Tambor, Critics Choice Award nominee Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass, while series creator Jill Soloway will continue on as showrunner, as part of her new overall deal with Amazon Studios.
“I am so thrilled that I get to share more of the Pfeffermans’ story with the world,” Soloway said in a statement. »
Laverne Cox gave thousands of spectators an eyeful during Sunday’s Broadway Bares fundraiser in New York City, wearing nothing more than nipple pasties and a black corset. The “Orange Is the New Black” star wowed the audience with a sexy routine designed to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as part of its annual striptease fundraising gala. Cox joined “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, two-time Tony winner Judith Light, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber and more than 100 of »
- Itay Hod
Adam Lambert will perform his new single “Ghost Town” at Logo’s 2015 Trailblazer Honors, an annual event that honors pioneers in the fight for Lgbt equality. The former “American Idol” contestant came out on a “20/20” special in 2009. In 2014, he received the Davidson/Valentini Award from GLAAD for his Lgbt advocacy and his work with the Lgbt youth organization, “The Trevor Project.” Other stars that will be in attendance include Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sir Ian McKellen, Raven Symone and Judith Light. Also Read: Iggy Azalea Cancels Performance at Pittsburgh Pride Over Homophobia Criticism The event will recognize and feature celebrities, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Although fear of production flight is at a fever pitch in Hollywood and shows are clamoring for California filming tax incentives, several new comedies are not only proudly set in L.A., but also embrace everything the city has to offer — stereotypes and all.
Jay Duplass is in a unique position to talk about the topic. One of the stars of L.A.-set “Transparent” (Amazon) he is also, along with his brother Mark and friend Steve Zissis, a co-creator of HBO’s “Togetherness.”
The relationship dramedy, which stars the latter Duplass and Zissis, as well as Melanie Lynskey and Amanda Peet, explores life in the L.A. neighborhood of Eagle Rock and covers charter schools, family trips to the beach and other things those in that community hold dear.
Jay Duplass, who has lived in Eagle Rock for seven years, says the location made for an ideal backdrop for his series because, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Amazon unveiled an audio commentary version of critically acclaimed new series “Transparent” on Wednesday, with participation from creator Jill Soloway and cast members Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. Amazon Prime members can use their Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected and mobile devices to experience the new offering. “People are always coming up and asking me questions about how the show came together,” said Soloway. “With this audio commentary, they can hear it for themselves — whether we’re reminiscing about the technicalities of production or just showcasing some of the chemistry we shared. »
- Tony Maglio
Amazon has now made audio commentary available on Transparent for its Amazon Prime users. Creator Jill Soloway, along with the rest of the cast, including Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann, and Amy Landecker will do the old watch-and-talk for the first season, and talk about the "technicalities of production" and the "chemistry" they shared as they shot their initial season. Soloway talks about some of her favorite moments, including the scene in the first episode when Maura changes after dinner and talks on the phone, to how certain lines like "My whole life I've been dressing like a man" came about. As if you needed another excuse to binge-watch Transparent. »
- E. Alex Jung
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