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For most of its first season, "Mr. Robot" has been running a half-step ahead of current events, with so many public real-world hacks seeming practically like viral marketing for the USA drama. Last week, though, the intersection of art and life became truly unfortunate, when the on-camera murders of a TV reporter and cameraman in Virginia came uncomfortably close to a scene scheduled to air in that night's "Mr. Robot" season finale. Out of both sensitivity for the real victims, and perhaps a sense that no one would be able to watch that scene on that night without thinking only about Virginia, USA delayed the finale a week, finally airing it tonight. "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail supported that decision. When we spoke the day after it was made, he said he had no plans to edit the scene in any way, though he did talk in a larger sense »
- Alan Sepinwall
Returns October 4th at 9 Pm Et
The Premise: Based on the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name, The Leftovers deals with the aftermath of the mysterious Rapture-like disappearance of 2% of the world’s population, with no apparent connection amongst the Departed.
Where We Are: Season two begins this fall; 10 episodes have already aired.
What You Need To Know: Three years prior to the beginning of the show, an as-yet-unexplained event, called the Departure, took away 2% of the world’s population, leaving chaos in its immediate aftermath that took more lives. Now, everyone is trying to cope in different ways. Among the main characters are Kevin Garvey, Jr., a police chief who, while he didn’t lose anyone close to him that he’s aware of, has seen his family fall apart since the Departure. His father’s in a mental institution, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Being a part of the modern television landscape comes with a number of challenges, with different groups facing different obstacles, both in doing their job and in surviving in the industry at large. Over the past few years, The Hollywood Reporter has taken the Emmy nominations as a way to gather luminaries from different fields in the television industry to talk about their experiences and challenges in their own words.
With prior conversations revolving around Dramatic Actresses, Dramatic Actors, Comedic Actresses, and Comedic Actors, the newest roundtable discussion turns the focus to Showrunners of Dramatic series. Sitting at the roundtable are Damon Lindelof (currently overseeing HBO’s The Leftovers), Sarah Treem (currently overseeing Showtime’s The Affair), Beau Willimon (currently overseeing Netflix’s House of Cards), Lee Daniels (currently overseeing Fox’s Empire), Alex Gansa (currently overseeing Showtime’s Homeland), and Michelle King (currently overseeing CBS’ The Good Wife). The »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Sitting around the table of The Hollywood Reporter's latest Emmy season chat are the writers behind some of the shows that have became breakout hits, critical darlings, and long running successes. Lee Daniels ("Empire"), Damon Lindelof ("The Leftovers"), Alex Gansa ("Homeland"), Michelle King ("The Good Wife"), Sarah Treem ("The Affair"), and Beau Willimon ("House of Cards") all participate in a fascinating discussion that's well worth the seventy minute sit down. Read More: 10 Essential Films About 20th Century Writers A large portion of the opening finds the group diving into how they handle criticism, and what their thoughts are on creating in an era when each episode of show gets reviewed. From there the conversation turns to tackling controversial issues, clashing with the writers room, embracing diversity, and more. It's a great talk, and a real insight into the mechanics of writing for the small screen. Watch it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here's the 4th part of its annual Emmy season roundtable chats that we all love so much, released leading up to the September 20 Primetime Emmys this fall. Today's hour-long conversation features the writers, including Lee Daniels (Fox's "Empire"); Damon Lindelof (HBO's "The Leftovers"); Alex Gansa (Showtime's "Homeland"); Michelle King (CBS' "The Good Wife"); Sarah Treem (Showtime's "The Affair"); and Beau Willimon (Netflix's "House of Cards"). In the "raw, uncensored" conversation, the writers speak candidly about everything (almost) you'd want to know about the business, from »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here's the 4th part of its annual Emmy season roundtable chats that we all love so much, released leading up to the September 20 Primetime Emmys this fall. Today's hour-long conversation features the writers, including Lee Daniels (Fox's "Empire"); Damon Lindelof (HBO's "The Leftovers"); Alex Gansa (Showtime's "Homeland"); Michelle King (CBS' "The Good Wife"); Sarah Treem (Showtime's "The Affair"); and Beau Willimon (Netflix's "House of Cards"). In the "raw, uncensored" conversation, the writers speak candidly about everything (almost) you'd want to know about the business, from a hit-show writer's Pov. For example, a snip of Daniels' contribution: "There was a character that I wrote into the original pilot who was Hakeem's love interest, a mother figure, [played by] Macy Gray... There was a love scene, and [network executives] said, 'This is too...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Which singer-turned-actress got the boot from Fox's ratings juggernaut Empire? "There was a character that I wrote into the original pilot who was Hakeem's love interest, a mother figure, [played by] Macy Gray," says series co-creator Lee Daniels. "There was a love scene, and [network executives] said, 'This is too much.'" That's just one revelation to come out of THR's candid — and at times heated — roundtable featuring six top drama writer-producers, including Daniels, 55; Damon Lindelof, 42 (HBO's The Leftovers), Alex Gansa, 54 (Showtime's Homeland, up for a best drama series Emmy this
- THR Staff
We’re in the final days of August, which means that the summer movie season has basically come to an end. As is the case when things wrap up, I like to rank them, and this is no exception. September is right around the corner, so it’s a perfect time too. Below you will see what I feel were the ten best releases during the summer, which I’ve extended to potentially include April and May releases as well, since that’s part of the now expanded season, cinematically speaking. Take a gander, remember that it’s just my opinion here, and as always…I hope you enjoy my list! Here now are what I feel were the best that the summer of 2015 had to offer us: 10. Avengers: Age of Ultron – Perhaps a disappointment to some, this mega sequel still delivered what it promised and was rather satisfying, so »
- Joey Magidson
Ridley Scott is busier than ever, and there has been some speculation as to whether or not he would revisit the world of Blade Runner or Alien first. As suspected, the prolific filmmaker has confirmed that Prometheus 2, a sequel to his 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus, will be his next movie as a director. He has The Martian coming out this October, but as soon as it was wrapped, he didn't hesitate to jump into preproduction on this upcoming sci-fi thriller.
Prometheus originated as a prologue to the action seen in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror classic Alien. But the movie morphed into something much greater than a mere prequel, becoming its own thing and igniting a new franchise for 20th Century Fox. It took some pretty complicated ideas head-on and in turn tore audiences in two. Some longtime fans loved it, others hated it, but there is no denying it is interesting. »
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced the official details for the release of the sci-fi blockbuster Tomorrowland. The film, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hayn and Hugh Laurie, and grossed over $208 million worldwide.
See Also: Read our review of Tomorrowland here
From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland – A World Beyond,” starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Special Features for the release include:
- Scott J. Davis
Though HBO's big-budget fantasy series "Game of Thrones" has only increased in viewership with time, critical praise for the recent fifth season was a big muted when compared to some of the year's past - mostly for some uneven pacing early on.
One person who isn't happy about the criticism is "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof who has gone on a long online rant against the 'haters' with EW. He also touched upon the fact that author George R.R. Martin, who created the 'Thrones' books, was not a fan of the "Lost" finale:
"I don't watch television to find things to gripe about, and I think we live in a clickbait-y media culture that exists to pick things apart. I love-watch Game of Thrones, so I'm immensely forgiving of things that perhaps are not the strongest attributes of the show.
- Garth Franklin
In terms of viewership, Season 5 was Game of Thrones‘ best yet. In terms of narrative quality, however, the jury’s still out. Even as the season was showered with praise for highs like “Hardhome,” it caught a lot of flack for its uneven pacing and nasty twists. What Game of Thrones could really use right now is […]
- Angie Han
Writer Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost) has been the target for plenty of criticism in the past, and unlike most folks in the business who either brush it off or ignore it, Lindelof has a knack for taking these issues head-on in social media. While the man has already deleted his Twitter account, he still manages to drop a few (hundred) words on passionate topics and this time around, it's one that... Read More »
- Sean Wist
In a recent interview about season 2 of his excellent show The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof kind of went off about Game of Thones and why he thinks hate watchers and clickbait-y media culture is kind of a bad thing.
I don't disagree with him.
Take it away, Damon!
"I don’t watch television to find things to gripe about, and I think we live in a clickbait-y media culture that exists to pick things apart. I love-watch Game of Thrones, so I’m immensely forgiving of things that perhaps are not the strongest attributes of the show. And despite the fact that George R. R. Martin has flamed the Lost finale, there is a schadenfreude aspect of me saying, “Well, I kind of hope Game o [Continued ...] »
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Leftovers showrunner and Twitter absconder Damon Lindelof candidly discussed how he became a huge Game of Thrones fan. So much so, he was able to move past George R. R. Martin's infamously harsh words about Lost's finale. "[T]here is a schadenfreude aspect of me saying, 'Well, I kind of hope Game of Thrones sucks at the end, too, so they’ll know it feels to have somebody say that to you,'" he said, referring to the tremendous pressure to stick the landing. "But I don’t think the Lost finale sucks. I want Game of Thrones to end awesome," he continued, "because I’m a huge fan, and I have every reason to believe that it is going to end awesomely."Then Lindelof, who can definitely relate, aired his grievances towards the supposed fans who were quick to abandon the »
- Devon Ivie
Summit Entertainment, Universal & Miramax
Though 2015 has seen the arrival of one of cinema’s all-time best female characters in Mad Max: Fury Road’s Furiosa (Charlize Theron), it’s apparent that Hollywood still has something of a woman problem.
Even when a movie presents a strong or interesting female, there’s a good chance she’s going to end up ridiculously sexualised compared to any male counterpart (just look at Black Widow in the Avengers and Iron Man movies), and a film passing the Bechdel test (in which two women have a conversation which isn’t about a man) is never guaranteed.
From movies that deliberately poked at society’s gender hang-ups to misguided sex scenes, awful messages for young girls and everything in between, these 12 scenes only further the belief by many feminists that Hollywood hates women and won’t just treat them like what they really are: human beings. »
- Jack Pooley
I’m not caught up on The Leftovers and will have to get back to it, but I think I have to be in a pretty specific mindset. To put it in McFly terms, The Leftovers is really heavy, and I was looking forward to the next/new Damon Lindelof television project.
Might have to get my The Leftovers season 1 binge on soon and catch up.
For people just like me, HBO added a synopsis:
The Leftovers: More than three years ago, 2% of the world’s population inexplicably vanished. 140 million people, gone in an instant. No country, no state, no city was spared, except for one small town in eastern Texas. Population: 9261. Departures: Zero. This is the setting for a tale of »
- Jay Tomio
Back in April, HBO announced a new cast for Season 2 of The Leftovers, with the setting shifting from Mapleton, New York to a small town Texas known as Miracle. Just one month after the first trailer debuted, which showed rapture survivors from allover the country flocking to this small town, the cable network has released a second trailer that gives us more insight into this miraculous town, while introducing us to a few of its residents, primarily, the Parker family, played by Kevin Carroll, Regina King, Jovan Adepo and Darius McCrary
More than three years ago, 2% of the world's population inexplicably vanished. 140 million people, gone in an instant. No country, no state, no city was spared, except for one small town in Eastern Texas. Population: 9261. Departures: Zero. Season 1 stars Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley and Christopher Eccleston are returning for The Leftovers Season 2, along with new cast members Kevin Carroll, »
HBO has, over the years, garnered a reputation for critically acclaimed programming, with shows such as The Sopranos, Veep, Six Feet Under, and Game of Thrones all airing on the channel at some point. Thus, new series on the channel often pique the interest of television fans, and the 2013-2014 television season was no different in this regard, as one of the channel’s new offerings was a television adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers, from Lost co-showrunner Damon Lindelof.
Titled The Leftovers, Perrotta himself is involved in the show as well, which was soon renewed for a second season. The new season, however, will see the setting change from Mapleton, New York to Jarden, Texas. Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, and Amy Brenneman will be returning to the show, joined by Regina King. The new season is poised to make its debut on October 4th at 9 pm Et, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A new season means a new location and new characters for HBO’s “The Leftovers.”
In the first full-length trailer for its sophomore season, fans see the Garveys leaving their New York town for a place to make a “fresh start.”
That place is Miracle National Park in Jarden, Texas — where no departures occurred. The name shouldn’t be an indication of less mystery in this dark drama series.
“There are no miracles in Miracle,” according to an unknown voice at the end of the trailer.
During a TCA panel last week, Lindelof teased how the upcoming episodes will relate to the show’s first breakout season.
“I think that this season is really interested in exploring that idea of, »
- Seth Kelley
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