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The first season of Ray Donovan performed very well for Showtime but will that trend continue? Will the ratings rise in season two or will they fall? Will Ray Donovan be renewed for a third season or could it be cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
Ray Donovan revolves around Los Angeles' best professional fixer (Liev Schreiber), the man who's called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls' most complicated and combustible situations go away. The rest of the cast includes Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Dash Mihok, Eddie Marsan, and Elliott Gould.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available. »
Not wishing to start off on a total downer, let us say that for much of its running time, “Still Life” is just about bearable. Now that’s partly because, catching up with the four-time Venice award-winner [drops to knees, bellows “Why?” at the heavens] at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, we had started off well-disposed toward it. Not only did the Uberto Pasolini film (not to be confused with the 2006 Jia Zhang-ke film of the same name which also won at Venice) trail those laurels, but lead Eddie Marsan had just picked up Best Actor in a British Film in Edinburgh, and anyway, Marsan is one of our very favorite character actors, so the chance to see him take on such an inarguably central role was enticing. But only too soon the film wore our goodwill down to a tiny nub, with maudlin moment piling on mawkish turn, drenched in a minor-key Rachel Portman score »
- Jessica Kiang
Ray Donovan, the Hollywood fixer in the show by the same name, is going to be preoccupied for a time fixing his family – and himself. That was where season one ended and season two picks up, in this Showtime series of intermittent appeal, where Liev Schreiber’s taciturn leading man is frequently eclipsed by the raging id that is his ex-con father, played with unrestrained gusto by Jon Voight. Several cast additions enliven the show, but the dark turn into priestly abuse and revenge has left the series toting excess baggage – and not just a baseball bat – in these opening frames.
For those who missed season one (and Spoiler warnings for those who might begin belatedly), Ray’s emotionally damaged brother, Bunchy (Dash Mihok), turned out to be not the only family member molested by a priest, who the brothers (and it bears repeating: No trio of on-screen siblings have »
- Brian Lowry
Uberto Pasolini’s second feature [pictured] wins at fifth edition of Russian showcase for young European cinema.
Pasolini’s second feature as director won the Grand Prix and the award for best actor went to the film’s male lead Eddie Marsan in an “absolutely wonderful performance”.
Jury president Svetlana Proskurina said that the decision for the Grand Prix had been “absolutely unanimous”, while Voices art director Korinna Danielou recalled that having Still Life at the festival had been “a dream come true” for her.
She accepted the award on behalf of Pasolini who had left Vologda on the midnight train to Moscow last Sunday [July 6] on the way to present his film at the festival in Karlovy Vary.
The jury’s award for best cinematography went to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
I've had several weeks to draft this piece, and several drafts it has taken, but the introduction is always the hardest part – the part where the bittersweet reason for breaking from our daily programming has to be announced. So let's lead with the good news: I'm excited to announce that my three-year relationship with Variety is growing into something more permanent and prominent – starting this month, I will be contributing regularly to the trade paper, both as a film critic and a features writer. The bad news you may have guessed: this means my time at In Contention has come to an affectionate close. Greg Ellwood expressly asked me not to make this a farewell note, and he's right: nobody's disappearing. Readers who wish to follow my writing will still be able to do so at a number of outlets; on the reverse track, I will remain an avid reader at HitFix. »
- Guy Lodge
Coates wrote the film with Daniel Metz, who also stars in the film and produces.
The award for Best Film in the International Competition went to Midi Z’s Ice Poison (Taiwan, Myanmar), which charts the economic despair in the rural and developing »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
London — Joanna Coates’ “Hide and Seek,” which looks at a modern attempt at living a utopian ideal, won the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival on Friday. The pic received its world premiere at the festival.
The film, which stars Josh O’Connor, Hannah Arterton, Rea Mole, Daniel Metz and Joe Banks, is set in an English country house, where four young people from London move in together, seeking to challenge social conventions by engaging in scheduled partner-swapping.
Coates said: “We set out to make a film that uses beauty and playfulness to speak about our deeper feelings and contemporary dilemmas.”
The jury, chaired by director Amos Gitai, said it found the film to be “very innovative in form and in which all those involved, from the director to the cinematographer and the actors, we believe to be very talented.” The jury »
- Leo Barraclough
Hide And Seek won the Michael Powell award Ice Poison, My Name Is Salt, Hide And Seek and actor Eddie Marsan were named as winners at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, held at Filmhouse today, hosted by Moviejuice presenter Grant Lauchlan.
The ceremony took place ahead of Sunday’s Closing Night, which concludes the 12-day Festival with the International Premiere of We'll Never Have Paris, and which will see the announcement of the Eiff Audience Award.
The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film was awarded to Joanna Coates’s Hide And Seek, which received its world premiere at the Festival. Her drama about a group of youngsters who experiment with non-monogamy wins one of the longest-running film awards in the UK, honouring imagination and creativity in British filmmaking. The award carries a cash prize of £20,000.
The winner was chosen by the Michael Powell Jury, chaired by director »
- Amber Wilkinson
I’ve been keeping an eye on John Slattery’s directorial debut God’S Pocket since I first heard that the Mad Men actor was moving behind the camera. This first trailer doesn’t disappoint if you like a little dark comedy drama, with a tremendous cast attached.
When Mickey’s (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) crazy step-son Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is killed in a construction ‘accident’, nobody in the working class neighbourhood of God’s Pocket is sorry he’s gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy’s mother Jeanie (Christina Hendricks) demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay.
God’S Pocket looks like a solid debut for Slattery, who appears to have his eye on a good story. »
- Dan Bullock
James Tarpey leads the young cast in a new Sky1 sitcom series After Hours which has just started filming in Manchester.
He stars as Willow Hannigan, an 18 year-old jobless music lover who's just had his heart broken for the first time.
James (represented by United Agents) is a graduate of the Brit School, he played a young Eddie Marsan in Brit sci-fi comedy feature film World's End, and will next be seen in sci-fi action feature Our Robot Overlords.
Georgina Campbell (represented by Bloomfields Welch Management) plays Willow's ex-girlfriend Jasmine. Georgina, appeared in ITV's The Ice Cream Girls, and can currently be seen starring in the harrowing BBC Three docudrama Murdered By My Boyfriend.
Newcomer Fergus Van Gelder plays Willow's best friend Chris.
There are no jobs in the small Northern town Willow lives in, his beautiful ex-girlfriend has moved on to someone new and most of his mates have »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
The debut feature by everyone’s favourite Mad Man John Slattery, God’s Pocket is named after the Philadelphia neighbourhood in which it’s set. It’s a blackly comic character piece that stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in a part similar to the rumpled, feet-of-clay roles that made him great, and it has a new UK trailer to watch here. brightcove.createExperiences();God’s Pocket is based on a novel by Peter Dexter, writer of The Paperboy, and follows Mickey Scarpato (Hoffman), a blue-collar Philly con whose stepson has died in a construction accident. And when they say accident, they actually mean “accident”. Something fishy is afoot here and his wife (Christina Hendricks) is determined that he gets to the bottom of it.Richard Jenkins, John Turturro and Eddie Marsan are the fellow players in the gnarly crime caper that unfolds. The reviews from the Us have been mixed, but »
The Showtime drama series Ray Donovan returns for Season 2 on July 13th (Season 1 is currently available on Blu-ray/DVD). Set in the land of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is L.A.’s best professional fixer for any combustible situation. When his father, Mickey (Jon Voight), was unexpectedly released from prison, it set off a chain of events that shook every Donovan family member to its core. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Eddie Marsan (who plays former boxer Terry Donovan) talked about playing a broken tough guy, how much he knew about the Donovan family’s checkered past when he signed on, why this story weighed on him more than he thought it would, what he’s most proud of with Season 1, what it’s been like to work with this talented group of people, and how things will further develop in Season »
- Christina Radish
Ray Donovan returns to Showtime in the Us this July, and here's a taste of what to expect from season 2...
"Do you have it all under control, Raymond?"
Er, not really judging by this promising trailer for Ray Donovan's second season. Things, from Raymond's errant father, to his marriage, kids, lovelife and professional career, seem very much outside of his control in season two.
Liev Schriber returns in the titular role for another twelve-episode season about the trials of an La 'fixer'. The second run is due to begin in the Us on the 13th of July at 9pm on Showtime, with a UK premiere on Sky Atlantic later this year. Also returning are Jon Voight, Eddie Marsan, Elliot Gould, with guest star Hank Azaria.
Take a look at the new trailer below:
Read our spoiler-filled reviews of Ray Donovan season one, here.
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The first trailer for season two of Showtime's crime drama Ray Donovan is now online. Liev Schreiber returns as the La fixer for the rich and famous, and now must deal with the fallout of the first season's final moments. Along for the ride in season two are Ray's father (Jon Voight) and the FBI's La Bureau Chief (guest star Hank Azaria). Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby also star, with Elliot Gould among an impressive cast of season two guest stars. Ray Donovan returns Sunday, July 13th at 9pm Et/Pt on Showtime. Hit the jump to watch the Ray Donovan season two trailer. Watch the Ray Donovan trailer below and check out the following press release for more details on season two: New York, NY (June 13, 2014) – In advance of the second season premiere on Sunday, July 13th at 9 p. »
- Dave Trumbore
They both just happen to have landed shows at Showtime, but as it turns out, Ann Biderman, the executive producer of “Ray Donovan,” and Michelle Ashford, the executive producer of “Masters of Sex,” are friends as well — having heard of each other for years from a mutual friend “who we both adored,” and then finally meeting at a screening. “I started to think that Ann was a phantom, a holograph that had been conjured in people’s imaginations,” jokes Ashford. Settling in the casting room on the Sony lot, where both shows film, the two friends shared with Variety what they’ve learned about what it takes to create compelling drama on TV.
Variety: Congratulations on such successful freshman seasons. How has the experience been for you?
Michelle Ashford: Cable television is the happiest place on earth in terms of the best writers, the best actors — everyone is flooding to it. »
- Debra Birnbaum
My first thought on how to describe Filth, which opens Friday for a nightly late-night run at Violet Crown, was that it felt something like Trainspotting meets Fight Club. Then I saw the credits and learned indeed it was based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, who also wrote Trainspotting. (I watched the movie before seeing any publicity materials that clearly indicate this fact.) That it stars James McAvoy (who bears some resemblance to Ewan McGregor) following a self-destructive path of crime and debauchery plays into this comparison.
Filth begins with a murder, which Bruce (McAvoy) is assigned to investigate. Success will lead to a promotion, which Bruce is hell-bent on achieving in hope of winning back the love of his estranged wife and eliciting the return of her and their child. Possessed of a mean streak, however, he spends more time pranking his fellow police in hope of ruining »
- Mike Saulters
Liev Schreiber leads a starry cast in the crime drama series, Ray Donavon. Here's Caroline's review of the series one DVD...
Some TV series are made to be experienced on DVD, with shiny box sets coupled with the promise of insightful extras and commentaries that you just can’t get via streaming or other means. It’s even more of a shame, then, when DVDs are released without this in mind, with barely-there special features that do nothing to support the fading notion that a physical set is worth the extra cash. Ray Donovan’s first season is one such release, detracting from the series it contains by not offering anything more for fans or newcomers to enjoy alongside the 13 episodes.
But it’s those episodes that really matter, of course, and Showtime’s latest stab at The Sopranos-esque family crime thriller is one that will certainly please a certain demographic. »
Disney is pushing out Angelina Jolie and "Maleficent" this weekend, the fifth straight weekend with a major studio tentpole release (though the first to both star and be primarily aimed at women). And while it's unlikely a quintet of indie films also opening will stand in the way of Jolie's box office magic, they do interestingly feature a lot of A-list stars, from Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Taylor Kitsch, Toni Collette and Professor X himself, James McAvoy. Whether their recognizable faces and names help their films remains to be seen, though in general it looks like it might be another underwhelming weekend at the indie box office... Filth (Magnolia) Director: Jon S. Baird Cast: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie, Shirley Henderson Criticwire Average: 6 critics gave it a C+ average Where Is It Screening: The Varsity in Seattle, »
- Peter Knegt
This week sees the premiere of Jon S. Baird's Filth, an adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh, him of Trainspotting fame. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt and addicted police detective, who screws everything and everyone to get his shot at a promotion. But as one of the supporting actors, we see the great Eddie Marsan pop up, and he will be the subject of this quiz! Eddie Marsan is one of those actors who you've seen plenty of times, often without being able to put a name to the face. Which is a bit surprising, as he has a very remarkable and recognizable face, leprechaun-ish even. And he's not exactly a bland actor either. When necessary, he melts into his role,...
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To mark the release of Ray Donovan Season 1 on 9th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Set in the glamorous, sprawling capital of excess that is Los Angeles, Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber, Defiance) is the best in his business. A fixer with no equal, Ray can make even the most complicated and sensational problems disappear for the right fee. The only problem he can’t fix is his own…
When Ray’s father Mickey (Jon Voight, 24) is unexpectedly released from prison on parole, a chain of events is set off that shakes the Donovan clan, including brothers Terry (Eddie Marsan, Southcliffe) and Bunchy (Dash Mihok, Silver Linings Playbook), to its very core.
Ray Donovan Season 1 available to own on DVD & Blu- Ray from 2nd June.
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