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Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" premiere episode 1 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "The Line," and it sounds like things will very interesting as Diane contemplates joining Alicia's new firm as a partner. Alicia refuses to run for state's attorney, and more. In the new, 1st episode press release: Alicia will be adamant in her refusal to run for state's attorney. Press release number 2: Alicia is going to be adamant in her refusal to run for State’s Attorney despite Eli’s attempts to persuade her to launch a campaign. Meanwhile, as Diane considers joining Florrick/Agos as partner, an internal crisis will threaten to destroy the firm. Guest stars will include: Jess Weixler (Robyn Burdine), Michael Cerveris (James Castro), Kelli Giddish (Sophia Russo), Katie Paxton (Lauren Lytton), Fred Melamed (Judge Alan Karpman), Samantha Mathis (Bonita Yarrow), Nicole Roderick (Nora »
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new music biography “Get on Up” starring Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Draft Day”) as James Brown!
“Get on Up,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on Aug. 1, 2014, also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, Craig Robinson, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Fred Melamed, Jill Scott and Josh Hopkins. The film is directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Winter’s Bone”), written by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger.
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Funny girl Lake Bell makes a winning debut as writer and director with this ensemble comedy set amidst Hollywood's cut-throat – and, more importantly, clear-throat – world of voice-over artists. Bell also stars as Carol, a jobbing vocal coach who gets a shot at voicing the trailers for the biggest movie franchise around. The problem is, she's up against the undisputed voice-over king: her egotistical dad (Fred Melamed). »
In a surprising development for streaming video, Amazon Prime has obtained the rights to HBO shows. Don’t cancel your cable subscription just yet, the deal only covers older HBO shows, plus Girls and Veep episodes that are more than three years old. Still, the news is a pretty big deal. Netflix has long had older episodes of Showtime’s series (and now Hulu has a few shows), but HBO has resisted letting its shows appear anywhere but HBO Go. Game of Thrones and True Detective as well as Sex and the City (which airs in syndication) aren’t included.
Recently, CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for three seasons, which would take it to season ten. Showrunner Steve Molaro tells The Hollywood Reporter that, for now at least, he’s approaching that tenth season as the final one, which would give the show a Friends-sized run.
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- Lyle Masaki
You want to freak out your friends? Take a page from an exclusive clip from "Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends" (premiering Thurs. April 24 at midnight Et/Pt on Adult Swim). While Gelman ("Eagleheart") seems to just be inviting his fancy Hollywood pals over for a night of chit-chat, things take a turn for the weird. The really weird. What better way to introduce the next course than sobbing on the floor? In the 30-minute special, Gelman invites a roster of buddies including Dale Dickey ("Justified"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("The Crazy Ones"), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("American Horror Story," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock"), and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls") to have a formal meal with the good china and chat about who comes from where and what they like about New York before Gelman throws a wrench into all the niceties. »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Adult Swim has made a stir attracting quality guest stars for special event programs of late, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler -- and that's just for Adam Scott's "The Greatest Event in Television History." Now, they'll be broadcasting their first celebrity dinner party with a late night twist. "Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends" premieres Thursday, April 24th at midnight, and Indiewire has exclusive photos as well as the full list of cast members/dinner guests. Joining Gelman for the half-hour special he co-wrote with director Jason Woliner ("Eagleheart") are Dale Dickey ("Justified," "True Blood"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man," "In a World..."), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("The Wire," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock," "Broad City") and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls"). The scripted comedy special invites guests to "a lively night of dining, showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman, a »
- Ben Travers
Adult Swim has made a stir attracting quality guest stars for special event programs of late, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler -- and that's just for Adam Scott's "The Greatest Event in Television History." Now, they'll be broadcasting their first celebrity dinner party with a late night twist. "Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends" premieres Thursday, April 24th at midnight, and Indiewire has exclusive photos as well as the full list of cast members/dinner guests. Joining Gelman for the half-hour special he co-wrote with director Jason Woliner ("Eagleheart") are Dale Dickey ("Justified," "True Blood"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man," "In a World..."), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("The Wire," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock," "Broad City") and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls"). The scripted comedy special invites guests to "a lively night of dining, showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman, a...
- Ben Travers
The playwright Harold Blumenthal is already dead at the start of “Blumenthal,” and so, for the most part, is the movie, a limp facsimile of a Woody Allen ensembler set in a familiar world of New York Jewish intellectuals — minus only the wit, and the intellect. An extended cameo by Brian Cox as the eponymous scribe proves a mildly amusing balm in this otherwise resoundingly unfunny affair designed as a showcase for writer-director-star Seth Fisher, whose comic gifts remain well hidden even after the end credits have rolled. Following an undistinguished fest run in 2013, the pic opens in limited theatrical release this weekend with VOD soon to follow.
Cox, who gave one of his most memorable screen performances as the real-life screenwriting guru Robert McKee in Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation,” doesn’t strike one as particularly Semitic, but otherwise makes a good fit for the role of the Neil Simon »
- Scott Foundas
These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created a weekend film guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings. Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. today, Friday, March 28th. Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Blumenthal Director: Seth Fisher Cast: Seth Fisher, Laila Robins, Mark Blum, Fred Melamed, Brian Cox, Mei Melancon, Nicole Ansari-Cox Synopsis: "Celebrated playwright, Harold Blumenthal, has passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest while laughing at his own joke. Now, Harold’s estranged and jealous brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups in order to deliver himself from an epic bout of constipation. Meanwhile, Saul’s wife and son must each grapple with their own personal obstacles through a set of. »
- Steve Greene
The theatre breeds no shortage of large personalities, and in the upcoming comedy "Blumenthal," none loomed larger than Harold Blumenthal. And with his recent passing, his legacy hangs over everyone around him in writer/director Seth Fisher's feature debut. Starring Brian Cox, Fred Melamed, Laila Robins, Mark Blum and Mei Melancon, the film tracks Harold Blumenthal's eccentric family from his nephew Ethan, who's trying to navigate relationship issues, Harold's brother Saul who is plagued with constipation, and Saul's second wife Cheryl who wants more out of life. And of course, between them, there is various tension and disagreements, highlighted in this exclusive clip where a visit to the theatre turns into a comic confrontation. "Blumenthal" opens on Friday, March 28th in New York City. And if you catch the 8 Pm screening at Village East, it will be followed by a Q&A with Seth Fisher. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
HairBrained is a dumb movie about a smart character named Eli Pettifog, a 13-year-old prodigy that does not have a discernible area of expertise for his talents, except for an encyclopedic mind. In Billy Kent’s prodigy-heads-to-college comedy, we rarely see him reading, studying or behaving like a regular person with an invaluable intelligence. He feels more like a quirky tool ripped off from Max Fischer’s precociousness and other hyperintelligent characters from books and the movies than a fully realized creation. Eli’s wacky, Einsteinian hairdo is his most unique quality.
Alex Wolff, already a multi-talented musician, plays Eli with a sarcastic tone and rarely offers more than a sullen look. In HairBrained, the young prodigy begins classes at Whitman, which he tells the audience is “the 37th best liberal arts college on the East coast.” He is 13 years old on his first day, while dorm neighbour Leo Searly (played by Brendan Fraser, »
- Jordan Adler
Actress Lake Bell, best known for her work on the small screen in Childrens' Hospital and How to Make It in America, made her feature writing and directing debut last year with the critically-acclaimed indie comedy In a World.... The filmmaker also stars as Carol, a young voice over artist trying to escape the shadow of her legendary father (Fred Melamed). As her career begins to blossom, she finds herself competing directly with her old man. With the Blu-ray and DVD debuting earlier this week, we have an exclusive gag reel featuring Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin and Michaela Watkins trying to keep a straight face for the camera.
In this hilarious and idiosyncratic comedy, Carol (Lake Bell) is an underachieving voice coach living in the shadow of her egotistical father Sam (Fred Melamed), the undisputed king of the voice-over industry. When Sam kicks her out, Carol »
Lake Bell, the lead actress, writer and director of In A World… has done her due diligence in Hollywood, with supporting roles in awful romantic comedies like What Happens in Vegas, It’s Complicated and No Strings Attached. Like many other lesser-known comedic actresses, she’s been confined to the corner of the screen in many of her projects, playing second fiddle to bigger stars. And so, it’s refreshing to see Bell finally striking out with a film that’s both astute and audacious, as well as entirely her own.
For Bell, it must have been a terrifying and exhilarating challenge, crafting a starring vehicle for herself that could play to all her strengths while also standing on its own two feet as a feature film. That In A World… succeeds both as a vibrant introduction to Bell’s comedic voice and as one of the best independent comedies »
- Isaac Feldberg
Lake Bell writes, directs and stars in the Sundance Award-winning comedy In a World (2013), which follows struggling vocal coach Carol (Bell) as she gets her first big break in the cutthroat world of movie trailer voiceovers, in direct competition with her father (Fred Melamed) - the industry's king - as well as his arrogant protégé (Ken Marino). To celebrate the DVD release of Bell's feature debut this coming Monday (20 January), we have Three copies of In a World to give away to our fantastically loyal readership. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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In A World…
Written and directed by Lake Bell
In A World… tells the story of Carol Solomon (Lake Bell), a struggling young voice coach who lives in the shadows of her acknowledged “king of voiceovers” father, Sam Soto (Fred Melamed). Sam kicks Carol out of his house so he can live alone with his new girlfriend, the 30-year-old Jamie (Alexandra Holden). Meanwhile, a new film series, The Amazon Games, plans to revive the classic “In a world where…” style of film trailers (made famous by the late Don Lafontaine). Soto bows out to give his heir a shot, but after Carol provides a temp track, the executive producer of the film is intrigued, and suddenly Carol finds herself in a world where daughter is pitted against father.
Unfortunately, the film surveys the idea of being a witty and empowering chant for young women trying to make it in »
- Christopher Clemente
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine, a fancy New Yorker whose late husband was one of those finance scumbags who swindled people. Left high and dry, she heads to Sf to impose upon her sweet sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who's got her own problems to deal with.
Why We're In: This Woody Allen flick is getting rave reviews, nominations, and awards out the wazoo, so if you haven't seen it yet, get cracking.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
Why We're In: Because it's winter and you need a laugh, and because this Criterion edition is restored, extended, and spiffed up in all the right ways. »
- Jenni Miller
Director: Lake Bell,
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Extras: Commentary With Lake Bell, Alternate Opening Sequence, Deleted Scenes, In A World… Promo Trailers, Gag Reel,
In A World… may be more famous these days as the start to a mock trailer, but as is often the case, before there was parody it was used in earnest. The directorial debut of Lake Bell looks at the underappreciated world of voice over work and boils it down to a hilarious little microcosm all of its own. Bell takes the lead role herself as the daughter of one of the best in the industry, and although currently working as a vocal coach she is soon climbing the ladder to the big time of movie trailer voice-over work.
Bell’s script is sharp, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
17 items from 2014
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