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Colm Meaney (Hell On Wheels) and Mattias Inwood have booked regular roles on Will, TNT's drama pilot chronicling the 20s of William Shakespeare. Elizabeth helmer Shekhar Kapur is directing the pilot, which comes from Craig Pearce, the longtime writing partner of auteur filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. It tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare's (Laurie Davidson) arrival onto the punk rock theater scene that was 16th century London – the seductive, violent world where… »
After Kaley Cuoco took on pop princess Britney Spear's iconic hit, "Slave 4 U" on Lip Sync Battle, it was time someone tried fellow chart-topping queen Christina Aguilera's equally seductive hit "Lady Marmalade." Hayden Panettiere was up for the challenge as she battled against Eva Longoria. The 26-year-old mom strapped on a red bedazzled top, glittering crown and a massively crimped blond mane to channel the musical diva's performance in the 2001 music video featuring Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim. The award-winning video was visually unforgettable, inspired by Baz Luhrmann's hit film, Moulin Rouge! As the Nashville actress got comfortable in her groove, »
It was the decade of Cbgb and disco, bankruptcy and blackout. Now TV dramas are drawing on the Big Apple’s most creative and dangerous decade
When Vinyl, HBO’s much-hyped new drama about the music industry in 1970s New York, starts next Sunday, it will be the first of a host of shows celebrating that decade in the Big Apple. In the summer, Netflix will air Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, which looks at the birth of hip-hop in the South Bronx during the same period, while David Simon, creator of The Wire, will return to HBO with The Deuce, a drama about the porn industry in New York during the 70s and 80s, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
And it’s not just television that thinks New York in the 70s is where it’s at. One of the most eagerly awaited novels of last year »
- Sarah Hughes
“The Get Down”Who’s excited for Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix music drama? The director needs nonunion actors for background work in the New York City-based show. The shoot, which is a paid gig occurs Feb. 11 with a Feb. 8 fitting, and possible ongoing work throughout filming is available. This could be a huge opportunity for NYC performers. After all, look at the actor who was bumped from extra to main role! “Hamlet”Nuance Theatre Co. is seeking talented thespians to bring life to one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies. The John DeSotelle Studio And Theatres will play host to the kings, queens, ghosts, and vengeful princes of Denmark in June. Speak the speech, I pray you! And trippingly on the tongue! “Bad Moms”Attention, all New Orleans-based kid actors! Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Christina Applegate need young co-stars for their new feature film “Bad Moms,” a Stx Entertainment production. »
A young Azerbaijani nobleman falls for a Georgian princess, crossing religions (he’s Muslim, she’s Eastern Orthodox), cultural backgrounds and even ambitions for their country’s future in “Ali and Nino,” and though we take it on faith that this photogenic couple love each other very deeply, director Asif Kapadia’s handsome yet relatively heartless big-screen adaptation confuses romance for beautiful imagery, leaving us cold. Perhaps Kapadia, having delved so deeply into the real-world dreams of “Senna” and “Amy,” simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to simplify Kurban Said’s pseudonymous 1937 literary classic, stripping the material of all but its most David Lean-ian grandeur. Unfortunately, the Oscar-nominated nonfiction helmer’s return to fable-like narrative filmmaking captivates more with its exotic landscapes than with anything that occurs between its characters.
Admittedly, the landscapes in question seldom grace American screens, and despite the fact that the average moviegoer couldn’t locate Azerbaijan on a map, »
- Peter Debruge
Spend a summer in Alaska as a luxury brand spokesmodel or join the murderous shenanigans of “Devious Maids” in Georgia with today’s top casting notices. Check them all out below! Luxury Brand SPOKESMODELSSpectrum Casting is seeking submissions from around the globe for male and female luxury spokesmodel positions. Job prospects aside, this gig for a line of fine jewelry and exotic gems in Alaska sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime; hired talents will spend summer 2016 (May 1 through Sept. 29) in Alaska (travel and housing both provided) on top of getting paid $3,000 per month. According to the casting notice, CD Scott Andrews is looking for presentable and professional men and women of all ethnicities aged 21–55. ‘The Get Down’Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated musical Netflix series, “The Get Down,” is looking for high school aged actors of African-American, Native American, Latino, and Middle Eastern descent to play background talents in »
This adult film noir masterpiece showcases the most glamorous pin-up dream girl of the 1940s. Rita Hayworth, a young Glenn Ford and a sinister George Macready form a sophisticated, poisonous love triangle. Criminal intrigues and killer striptease fill out the bill. Gilda Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 795 1946 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 110 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr, Ludwig Donath, Argentina Brunetti, Eduardo Ciannelli, Ruth Roman. Cinematography Rudolph Maté Film Editor Charles Nelson Music underscore Hugo Friedhofer Written by Marion Parsonnet, Jo Eisinger, E.A. Ellington Produced by Virginia Van Upp Directed by Charles Vidor
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Some of the best 'movie' times I remember were seeing classic pictures cold, with no knowledge beforehand. Back at film school they'd show us things we'd never heard of, often in prints of incredible good quality. »
- Glenn Erickson
Over the last few years, Netflix has arguably done more to change the way we watch, talk, and think about television than anyone since HBO in the turn of the century days of "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," and "Six Feet Under." Between their library of titles licensed from more traditional TV operations and their ever-growing stable of original series, Netflix has conditioned viewers to binge-watch shows, has encouraged its creators to design shows made explicitly for that model, and has pushed television in general into a more serialized direction, since the most lucrative afterlife for many shows lies in being sold to a streaming service rather than into traditional rerun syndication. During an appearance at the TCA press tour earlier this month, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the service would be offering over 600 hours of original content this year, and spending over $6 billion to »
- Alan Sepinwall
Baz Luhrmann’s campy, Frankensteinien beast of a film is indistinguishable from the effect of having a crater-sized parcel of glitter dropped on your head
To suggest a classic film must by definition be “good” is to strip certain works and certain directors of their greatest and perhaps only accolades. A case in point: salvaged from cult obscurity in the 1980s, director Ed Wood’s 1959 sci-fi schlock-fest Plan 9 From Outer Space is, by nobody’s definition, a finely made piece of work, but few would deny its status as a kitschy classic.
I suspect in decades or even generations to come, cinephiles will look back on Baz Luhrmann as an Ed Wood-like figure: his work hugely ambitious, insanely hammy and rarely suggesting an understanding of how to go about achieving either style or substance.
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- Luke Buckmaster
Amid the massive uncertainty that permeates the film business, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has been a tower of consistency for the past 16 years.
Gianopulos is receiving the Producers Guild of America’s Milestone Award, the organization’s highest honor, in the wake of overseeing movies like “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “Sideways,” “Life of Pi,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Martian,” which won the 2016 Golden Globe for best motion picture — comedy or musical.
“It’s both humbling and intimidating when you look at the list of Milestone winners,” Gianopulo says. “Succeeding in this business is a combination of great filmmakers, great executives and especially producers — because producers are the ones with incredible vision, passion and relentless drive, who always believe that their project will be a tremendous hit. »
- Dave McNary
Kieran, here. The three films nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars this are an interesting bunch. The Academy had a lot of options to choose from and it almost feels miraculous that they didn’t default nominate things like The Danish Girl or Black Mass, which (questions of merit aside) are practically begging the viewer to notice the makeup work in both cases. Even if they’re not yours, it’s a respectable crop of nominees. An aside: if we’re going to get five original song nominees every year no matter what, why only three nominees in this category? Curious…
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- Kieran Scarlett
Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) has announced its full programme for its upcoming 12th edition, running Feb 17-28.
This year’s festival will host 60 UK premieres, 59 Scottish premieres, four European premieres and three world premieres among its line-up of 174 films. As previously announced, it will be bookended by the UK premieres of Hail, Caesar! and Anomalisa.
Richard Gere will attend Glasgow for the UK premiere of his new film Time Out Of Mind, while other guests include Ben Wheatley for the Scottish premiere of High-Rise, Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer for the UK premiere of The Forest, Joachim Trier for the UK premiere of Louder Than Bombs, veteran director Peter Greenaway and stuntman Vic Armstrong.
“The festival keeps moving forward, with new developments like our Industry Focus conference, whilst also maintaining our roots as an audience-focused festival where everyone can come »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
It might be said that many of us love Netflix at the moment and, yes, I mean love. A sublime selection of programmes, films, originals and more have been gracing the streaming service and we’ve all been winners for some of the best television in years. Let alone the first series of Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil, House of Cards, Master of None… and that’s just some I can think of right now. We’ve all found our favourites.
2016 is set to be another huge year for the Netflix folk, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones getting a second series; and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. Anyway, enough of me, here’s your info:
- Dan Bullock
2016 is the year of the music-driven TV series. Cameron Crowe will go behind the scenes with "Roadies," Baz Luhrmann hits the clubs with the '70s-set "The Get Down," and also taking place in the same era and scene is Martin Scorsese's "Vinyl." It arrives on HBO next month, and as you might expect, it'll have a lot of music from the period for viewers to dive into. Volume 1 of the soundtrack is stuffed with soul, blues and rock'n roll, with tracks by Otis Redding, The Meters, Edgar Winter, Foghat, Ruth Brown, and more. It also feature original music by the critically acclaimed country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson (who provides the show's theme song "Sugar Daddy") and The Nasty Bits, a group fronted by Mick Jagger's son James Jagger, who also appears on the show. Meanwhile, David Johansen has re-recorded some jams by New York Dolls. Beyond that, HBO »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A first look at Apatow’s new comedy for Netflix starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. Plus news of new seasons for House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Orange is the New Black
“Nobody ever pulls you aside and goes, just so you know, relationships are fucking bullshit …”
With typical sweary frankness, here’s the first look at new Judd Apatow TV programme Love. Gillian Jacobs seems to be playing a slacker not a millions miles away from Britta, the character she perfected on Community, opposite “nice guy” Paul Rust, who’s also a co-writer with Apatow and Lesley Arfin. We’re promised “the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, love and other things they were hoping to avoid” in 10 half-hour episodes which premiere on 19 February in all Netflix territories.
Related: Daredevil cast teases new villains for second season of Netflix series
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- Richard Vine
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for several upcoming comedy series and kids series, the renewal of its acclaimed drama Marvel's Jessica Jones and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Concussion and Doctor Who) and Canada's Mackenzie Davis (The F Word, Halt & Catch Fire and The Martian) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes of the Netflix original series Black Mirror. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) will direct the episode. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series is produced by House of Tomorrow, and Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serve as executive producers.
Netflix also announced that Marvel's Jessica Jones will return for a second season. Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular »
When “Orange is the New Black” returns for its fourth season on June 17, issues like race, politics and prison overcrowding will be front-and-center.
Speaking to reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif., series creator Jenji Kohan revealed few details about the upcoming season, joking that she needed to get advice from her friend “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner on how to talk about the show without giving away spoilers.
“The theme thing was hard this year,” she said. “We start with political agendas, the corporatization of the prison, the stratification of people into their little mosaic groups. We want it to be a surprise, but [you can expect] all the fun stuff like race and hate and some things from current events that we wanted to filter through our lens.”
Blair Brown, who’s joining the cast this season as a series regular (as Judy King), said, “Because it ends with the overcrowding, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos spent a good portion of his presentation Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour refuting information about the viewership of the streaming service’s original series offered last week by NBC.
The ratings estimates that NBC presented Wednesday for select Netflix series “doesn’t reflect any sense of reality of anything that we keep track of,” Sarandos said. He called NBC’s 18-49 ratings for “Jessica Jones,” “Narcos” and “Masters of None” “remarkably inaccurate” and quipped: “I hope no one’s paying for it.”
Sarandos added that he was bemused as to “why NBC would use their lunch slot with you to talk about our ratings. Maybe because it’s more fun than talking about NBC ratings.”
Sarandos repeatedly emphasized during his Q&A that Netflix is increasingly international in its scope and cannot be evaluated in the context of traditional TV networks. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Netflix has announced the premiere date for its music-driven 1970s-set drama series, "The Get Down," from Baz Luhrmann. The series will be released in 2 parts; the first half will debut on Friday, August 12, 2016, and will unfold over 6 episodes. Dates on the second half will be announced later. "The Get Down" will follow a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers in a broken down and beaten up, violent New York City at the brink of bankruptcy, which gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco - a story told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world... forever. Cast members include Justice Smith (playing »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Netflix has announced the premiere date for its music-driven 1970s-set drama series, "The Get Down," from Baz Luhrmann. The series will be released in 2 parts; the first half will debut on Friday, August 12, 2016, and will unfold over 6 episodes. Dates on the second half will be announced later. "The Get Down" will follow a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers in a broken down and beaten up, violent New York City at the brink of bankruptcy, which gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco - a story told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world... forever. Cast members include Justice Smith (playing "Ezekiel"), Shameik Moore (as "Shaolin Fantastic"), Skylan Brooks (as "Ra Ra"), Tremaine Brown, Jr. (as "Boo Boo"), Herizen Guardiola ("Mylene Cruz"), Yahya Abdul-Mateen ("Cadillac"), Mamoudou Athie ("Grandmaster...
- Tambay A. Obenson
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