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After the viral success of 2013’s “Sharknado,” Thunder Levin returns to the writing room to pen the sequel, a new disaster adventure set in the streets of New York. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on SyFy.
How did this crazy idea first come about?
Unfortunately, it was not my idea. Anthony Ferrante, the director, was writing a movie called “Leprechaun’s Revenge” and there was a throwaway line of dialogue that mentioned a “sharknado.” It was just a passing line in the movie, and then at some point someone at Syfy decided, “Hey, ‘Sharknado,’ we should make a movie about that.”
What was your first reaction to the movie’s final name?
I said, “What does this movie have to do with the treaty organization?” I thought they said “Shark Nato.” But they said no, a tornado filled with sharks. So they gave me about »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Spoilers to the most recent episode ahead. Fifteen years after its last millennial craze, when the Y2K bug threatened to reboot the country back to its wood-and-whale-oil roots, America remains fascinated by visions of its impending collapse into ashes and dust. The most recent expression of that pulpy fantasy is HBO's The Leftovers, novelist Tom Perrotta and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof's imagining of the nation after a Rapture-like event. Sensitive, inventive, and trauma-choked, the dour drama explores what it's like to be stranded in a suddenly supernatural universe following the disappearance of 2 percent of the human race. The vanished aren't just the Mother Teresas of the world, but seemingly randomly chosen, since innocent babies and »
Damon Lindelof’s latest TV effort, The Leftovers on HBO (co-created by and adapted from the novel by Tom Perrotta) just hit the halfway mark through its first season on Sunday, and it’s easily the best new show to premiere this summer. This comes with two disclosures: 1. Summers are usually treated more like draughts than harvesting season for TV networks so 2. The competition is usually (and specifically this year) lackluster. For example, this year you have AMC’s disappointingly tone-deaf Halt and Catch Fire, while on FX you have Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain struggling to decide if it’s good-bad or just bad-bad. Despite a lightweight competition, The Leftovers still holds its title of best new Summer show, a title that is earned despite the show winning it by default.
After each episode I look to recaps across the internet to further the discussion and interpretation of the show, »
- Dylan Griffin
The Leftovers, Season 1, Episode 5, “Gladys”
Written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrota
Directed by Mimi Leder
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on HBO
Gladys, Gladys, you were so classless, intimidating the leftovers with sass and badass-ness.
This is a song. This is a song I came up with, but do not necessarily feel like singing. I can almost gather the enthusiasm, but it just doesn’t happen. This series inspires this type of near-reaction. If the structure was tighter, if proper introductions were made, if stakes were established and the characters three-dimensional, then one might engage. As it stands, The Leftovers is halfway through its first season, and it feels like it still hasn’t started, despite some intriguing elements. Like Kevin and the dry cleaners, the door feels locked, with someone uncaring inside.
There’s a true blankness with this series, and some of it is intentional, but most not. »
That’s it. I quit. No more.
For weeks, I’ve stuck it out with The Leftovers, which many critics (including me) have described as one of the bleakest, most brutal, most depressing dramas on television. But it wasn’t until Sunday’s episode, “Gladys,” that I decided I’d had enough. I refuse to watch another minute of this show.
It wasn’t just that a woman (the Gladys of the title, played by Marceline Hugot) got stoned to death in the episode. I’ve seen worse on my all-time favorite show, Breaking Bad. What I objected to wasn’t the violence. »
- Melissa Maerz
Would Damon Lindelof be a member of the Guilty Remnant? Based on “Gladys,” the misery-loving latest episode of his series The Leftovers, I’d have to say yes. But what is he trying to tell us? That’s as unclear as the motivations of the show’s actual Gr members. The Leftovers quickly reached a point of diminishing returns after its enigmatic and atmosphere-heavy pilot, and I know I wouldn’t still be watching if I didn’t have to review the show week after week. And after watching “Gladys,” I have to question whether The Leftovers actually has any purpose other than depressing the hell out of its viewers. The show’s big mystery may never be answered, its characters are all frustrating a-holes and its bleakness appears to be the main attraction. And I’m feeling more than a little fed up with it all.
There’s nothing »
- Isaac Feldberg
Who’s in the mood to go baaaaaack?
It was 10 years ago this weekend that the first episode of Lost world-premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con. And to commemorate the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the show’s broadcast premiere (on Sept. 22, 2004), ABC’s Comic-Con booth hosted this special video featuring series bosses Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, whose messages bookend a cavalcade of highlights from the show’s run.
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Press play above to hear what “Cuselof” have to say, then kick back and enjoy the trip down one very wacky, »
This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The 28-year-old Canadian actress had been building a career up north, doing TV and the occasional movie, when Orphan Black crossed her path. Her performance — which has Maslany playing a series of clones, all trying to figure out who created them and why — has gotten her two Critics' Choice Awards, a Golden Globe nom and the adoration of such showrunners as Damon Lindelof and Shawn Ryan. When did you go to your first convention? It was in San Francisco about six years
- Marc Bernardin
The Leftovers, Season 1, Episode 4, “B.J. and the A.C.”
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on HBO
Starting off positively—and it’s a big one—no new mysteries were introduced this episode! At least, nothing of the paranormal, never-going-to-be-answered-adequately nature. What we get instead is a couple of contained stories with our lead characters, some swallowed reveals that are appreciated nonetheless, and a whole lot of metaphor. It was still an extreme hodgepodge and smacking of the strained efforts of a show trying to figure out what it is and how to simply tell its story, but at least it’s not like last week’s complete non-sequitur. We are building (some) relationships. We are attempting to focus and head somewhere.
Where that place is is still a mystery and seems so out of reach, but »
Ending an acclaimed television series is no easy task. Showrunners can be vilified (Damon Lindelof), deified (Vince Gilligan), or somewhere in between (Joss Whedon). A series finale can generate controversy for years -- like that ending of "The Sopranos."
So, Kurt Sutter has his work cut out for him as "Sons of Anarchy" winds down after seven seasons on FX. And he isn't totally sure what he plans to do. At the Television Critics Association press tour, he admitted that the end "could all change."
"I've always had a sense of where I wanted it to go, and I come in each season with a blueprint with the big arcs and mile markers. And I've learned over seven seasons the looser I grip that idea the better the seasons are," he told reporters.
"This season isn't any different. I came in with how I wanted the season to end ... but things change. »
- Kelly Woo
As soon as the snow arrived in Mapleton a few episodes back, I had a sneaking suspicion that The Leftovers was heading for a Damon Lindelof Christmas Special, and just the concept of that made me laugh a little. This week’s installment, titled “B.J. And The A.C.” (presumably just because “Baby Jesus And The Antichrist” wouldn’t have flown, even on HBO), is that episode, but not how you might think. Sure, it’s set around the holidays, but this episode of The Leftovers is ruthlessly cutting in its treatment of the holiday spirit and of religion as a whole.
Like last week’s “Two Boats and a Helicopter,” it deals with the nature of faith and the postulates people draw up in an attempt to make meaning out of the meaningless, order out of chaos. Unlike last week, however, “B.J. And The A.C.” is a more well-rounded episode, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Recently, HBO released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Leftovers" episode 5 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "Gladys," and it sounds like things will get pretty dramatic and interesting as Laurie's resolve gets heavily tested over a hate crime, Kevin turns down an outside offer to get rid of the town's issues, and more. In the new, 5th episode press release: Laurie’s resolve will get put to the test in the wake of a brutal hate crime. After his latest initiatives to maintain the peace in Mapleton fall short, Kevin will turn down an outside offer to rid the town of its problems. Matt is going to bring his pulpit to the street. Meg will take on a new role. The episode was written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta, and it was directed by Mimi Leder. Episode 5 is set to air on Sunday night, July 27th at 10pm on HBO. »
The Leftovers, Season 1, Episode 3, “Two Planes and a Helicopter”
Directed by Keith Gordon
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on HBO
What is The Leftovers? A mystery wrapped in an enigma, sure, but what else is on the show’s mind, and most importantly, what does it have to offer as a new series? Now that we have three episodes, we should begin to suss out the themes and make a guess of whether we as an audience want to stick with it, if it’s a show that speaks to us, or is making a worthy statement. What’s odd, though, is that there are too many different shows to work through here to figure out if that’s coming. Further, usually if this happens in a show, it happens with different story lines and characters, but in Mapleton that’s not even the case. »
Unless you are a Dr. Who fan — in which you'd immediately recognize him as the ninth version of the time-traveling doctor — Christopher Eccleston is one of those character actors who usually prompts a "where have I seen him before?" reaction. It might have been as the flatmate whose greed drives him insane in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave (1994) or as the powermad military man fighting off the infected in 28 Days Later... (2002). He may be familiar to you as a metaphorically ghostly presence in The Others (2001) or a literal invisible man from the NBC show Heroes. »
The Leftovers opened this week with Mapleton’s Reverend Matt (Christoper Eccleston) delivering a sermon to a congregation of roughly 10 people. He tells the story of a little boy who was diagnosed with cancer – presumably him – who went on to beat it. He then mentions a young girl now in a coma from a swinging accident, and asks that they pray for her to get well like the little boy. As he’s wrapping up, a man in a bandana charges up the center aisle, delivers him a beating and stuffs a flier of Amber Johnson emblazoned with “She Sold Drugs” into his mouth.
The Leftovers Recap
At the hospital, Kevin (Justin Theroux) visits the Matt and tries to encourage him to stop posting fliers of people who were taken whose past deeds would ostensibly make them ineligible to be brought to heaven in a rapture. The minister insists people need to know the truth, »
Somebody's calling Reverend Matt Jamison. It's a woman, asking for some kind of supply he promises to pick up on his way home. It's our first indication that he has a life beyond his quixotic quest to reveal that the victims of the Sudden Departure weren't the secular saints they've been painted to be. Eventually we learn he has a wife, name of Mary. Hmm…he must be neglecting his marriage. That explains why he's so reluctant to tell people how's she's doing, right?
But when Matt finally arrives home, »
With just two episodes so far, Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” has already laid out a strong handful of mysteries, the central one being what exactly happened on October 14th that caused 2% of the world’s population to vanish. But as Lindelof has been stressing since even before the show first aired, that instigating event is not the hook of the series. “If that’s why you’re watching the show, don’t watch the show,” Lindelof recently said. And as I’ve emphasized over the past two recaps, “The Leftovers” is about the characters and consequences, and no better is this exemplified than in this week’s “Two Boats And A Helicopter,” which rewardingly breaks the format. In their early review assessment, Av Club called this episode “stunning” adding that it “works almost as a very short feature film” and while I wouldn't go quite so far with the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I think I know what happened to your face... "Why do you persist?" -Mary What a bizarre, marvelous, freaky, abrupt left turn is "Two Boats and a Helicopter."(*) After two big, sprawling ensemble pieces to open the series and give us a sense of the Departure's impact on the larger world, this one essentially turns into a solo piece about Reverend Matt — or, rather, into a duet between Matt and the cruel, capricious cosmic force that's brought so much uncertainty into the world, and misery into Matt's life. Kevin and Laurie appear briefly (Laurie, interestingly, watching her husband and daughter's house while they sleep), and we also discover that Matt and Nora Durst are siblings, but the great bulk of this is just Christopher Eccleston running around, chasing signs and wonders sent from a deity whose behavior suggests »
- Alan Sepinwall
In the first five minutes of The Leftovers, Justin Theroux’s character jogs along the road when he spots a dog in the middle of the street and stops running to kneel down and pet the friendly pup. Aw, we say, what a sweet moment. Then, within seconds, boom: Someone shoots the dog dead. Thanks, HBO.
TV shows love killing dogs: There’s that Leftovers dog-murder that turns into a dog mass murder at the pilot’s end, there’s Frank Underwood strangling a hurt dog to its death in the House of Cards pilot, there’s Family Guy’s Brian. »
- Ariana Bacle
Jack Shephard was originally supposed to be played by Michael Keaton, and he was going to die in Lost’s pilot episode. After his death, the first to be killed by the smoke monster (that honor ended up going to the plane’s pilot, played by Greg Grunberg), Kate would take over as the leader and primary protagonist. This would have been surprising because it would buck conventions, killing off the heroic white male leader so that the female could take over.
J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof quickly changed their minds about Jack’s death, Keaton backed off so that Matthew Fox could become the character we all know, and the rest is history. Kate became just another supporting character in the show’s massive ensemble. The first thing we see in the actual pilot episode is Jack’s eye, and from that point on we stay mostly with him. »
- Jake Pitre
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