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TV news and notes:
- Sundance will premiere Season 2 of its critically acclaimed drama "Rectify" on June 19. The new season will have freed death-row inmate Daniel (Aden Young) becoming more engaged with the outside world and even allowing himself to think about the future. It will also delve more deeply into the lives of people affected by Daniel's return.
- Comedy Central has renewed "Kroll Show" for a third season. The sketch show starring and created by Nick Kroll has been averaging 1.1 million viewers in overnight ratings for Season 2; there's no word yet on when Season 3 will premiere.
- The cast of "Constantine" continues to grow. The new members of the NBC pilot include former "Lost" star Harold Perrineau, "True Blood" alum Lucy Griffiths and "True Detective's" Charles Halford. Griffiths will play Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine's deceased friends who becomes targeted by demons. Constantine saves »
Director: Ridley Scott
U.S. Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Aaron Paul, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Indira Varma, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Emun Elliott, Golshifteh Farahani, Dar Salim, Ghassan Massoud, Hiam Abbass
Sure, people are bound to be bent out of shape about the very non-Egyptian casting of its leads, but since we’re talking about mythology and Scott is a vocal agnostic, it seems rather fitting. Beyond what we assume will be yet another memorably committed performance from Bale, and a big budget role for Aaron Paul, Scott reunites with his Alien star Sigourney Weaver for the third outing, this time as the Egyptian Queen, Tuya (let’s hope it’s a better union than 1492: Conquest of Paradise in which she starred as Queen Isabella »
- Nicholas Bell
Norbert Leo Butz has signed on to co-star in an upcoming Netflix drama alongside Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek, Deadline reports. The show, from Damages' Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, focuses on a family of adult siblings (with Spacek as their mother) whose black-sheep brother (Mendelsohn) return and dredges up old secrets. Butz will play the youngest brother, "the extroverted and charming owner of a boat repair yard who considers himself the 'unofficial mayor' of this small coastal town." Butz is great — two Tonys don't lie — but the dream of Kyle Chandler and James Wolk playing brothers endures. »
- Margaret Lyons
Exclusive: The Rayburn siblings are all in place. Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. It centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Chandler, Mendelsohn, Cardellini, Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Butz will play the youngest brother Kevin, the extroverted and charming owner of a boat repair yard who considers himself the “unofficial mayor” of this small coastal town. Butz, repped by CAA and Elin Flack Management, is one of only nine actors ever to have won a lead actor Tony Award twice. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
By the looks of it, the Tribeca Film Festival might finally be growing out of their awkward teenage phase and moving into a new era where the nab more than just Sundance and SXSW festival rejects. Artistic Director Frederic Boyer has managed to nab some noteworthy American indie projects such as Lou Howe’s Gabriel (see pic above), Keith Miller’s Five Star, Adam Rapp’s Loitering with Intent, and Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide.
On the docu front, we’ve got the latest from the likes of notable documentarians Marshall Curry and Jessica Yu. Think Ewan McGregor’s Long Way Round meets child solider movie for Curry’s awesomely titled Point and Shoot — where the Libyan rebel army take hold of Curry’s subject. Yu moves from water shortage in Last Call at the Oasis (read our review) to the biggest pandemic of all; Misconception looks at the consequences »
- Eric Lavallee
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced half its slate for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. “Variously inspired by individual interests and experience and driven by an intense sensibility of style, the array of new filmmaking voices in this year’s competition is especially impressive and I think memorable,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The range of American subcultures and international genres represented here are both eclectic and wide reaching.”
On April 17, Gabriel will open the World Narrative competition, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Tribeca Film Festival top brass have announced (4) the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and Viewpoints titles, comprising 47 of the 89 features that will screen at the festival over April 16-27.
The World Narrative Feature Competition will open with the world premiere of Lou Howe’s Gabriel starring Rory Culkin, while the corresponding documentary category kicks off with the world premiere of Frédéric Tcheng’s Dior And I (pictured).
Viewpoints opens with the world premiere of Onur Tukel’s Summer Of Blood and the section includes the North American premiere of Diao Yinan’s Berlin Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice as well as the Us premiere of David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.
All three sections will commence on April 17. As previously announced, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will open with documentary Time Is Illmatic a day earlier.
Overall the festival will screen features from 32 countries including 55 world premieres, six international premieres, 12 North American »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
In our books, the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are two for three in their relatively young filmmaking career. The tonally deficient adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) landed like a dud, but this doesn’t take away from the pure, almost direct cinema portraits in Half Nelson (2006) and sophomore film Sugar (2008), both of those films are like riding your bike without holding onto the handles: unfiltered worlds captured with a graceful air of unknown. The key ingredient here with Mississippi Grind is Ben Mendelsohn – we’ve yet to see him in an off performance since Animal Kingdom »
- Eric Lavallee
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
Jack O’Connell has been on the rise for a few years now, initially with This Is England, he then moved onto a prominent role in Channel 4′s ‘Skins‘ and is now in talks for Universal’s next spy thriller Section 6.
The drama is an Aaron Berg spec script that looks back at the origins of MI6, our very own British intelligence agency, that began during World War I. These are obviously early days for the production, so he’s the only name in the bag right now.
O’Connell has also just finished filming on Unbroken, the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie. In that he plays the lead role of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. The young Brit is having one hell of a moment in his career as he also – yes, more! – has Starred Up »
- Dan Bullock
Director: Ryan Gosling
Writer: Ryan Gosling
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
I’d bet that a little creative process seasoning by the likes of two-time partnerships with Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance might have ultimately pushed Ryan Gosling to move in front of the camera with what sounds like an ambitious, genre-bending project. The picky Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers, Enter the Void) lenses.
Gist: Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive. »
- Eric Lavallee
Exclusive: Jacinda Barrett is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Swedish helmer Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, Downloading Nancy) will direct the opening episode of the series written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman. It centers on a close-knit family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Australian-born Barrett, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, will play the strong-willed and devoted wife of the family’s “responsible” brother John (Chandler). She co-stared on ABC’s Zero Hour and has a recurring role on USA’s Suits opposite real-life husband Gabriel Macht. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
March 7, 2014
300: Rise of an Empire
Director: Noam Munro
Running time: 102 mins
Director: Wes Anderson
Running time: 99 mins
Director: Robert Luketic
Running time: 106 mins
Director: John Butler
Running time: 94 mins
March 14, 2014
Director: Scott Waugh
Running time: 130 mins
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Running time: 108 mins
Director: Rob Thomas
Running time: 110 mins
Director: Terry Gilliam
Running time: 107 mins
March 21, 2014
Director: Steve Pink
Starring: Kevin Hart, »
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- Total Film
Vinessa Shaw (Vegas, 3:10 To Yuma) has signed on for a season-long arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. (Spoiler Alert!) Shaw will play Kate, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Boston Globe who is writing a book on Sully (James Woods’ character from last season) and comes to L.A. to investigate his death. She joins recently cast Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn in the upcoming second season. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Shaw is repped by ICM partners, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Gretchen Rush. Jamie McShane (Southland) has joined the cast of Netflix’s psychological thriller series Zkz from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Starring Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
There’s a good amount of room for Linda Cardellini to fill on any series. I say any series because I could care less what project Cardellini gets involved with so long as she gets more screen time than she’s been getting. The Mad Men actress is a talent that is not used nearly enough and is long overdo for a series of her own (and one that will last more than one season). So it is because Cardellini has thrown in with Netflix that I am much more interested in an as-of-yet untitled family thriller. And good for Cardellini – Netflix is likely to give the thriller more than one season without much fuss over viewership.
Cardellini joins the 13-episode series, according to THR, as Meg, the youngest of four adult sibblings. She’s a complex individual with secrets and is a skilled attorney. She’s described as a »
- Brody Gibson
A violent and troubled teenager makes the difficult transition from a young offenders’ institute to adult prison.
In Starred Up, Jack O’Connell is 19 year-old Eric Love, a violent and troubled teenager making the difficult transition from a young offenders’ institute to adult prison. He seems to be destined for a life behind bars, but the prison’s unconventional therapist (Rupert Friend) is determined to help Eric find a way through, assisted by of one of the prison’s longest serving inmates – Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) – who just happens to be Eric’s father. »
New York – February 7, 2014 – Producers and writing partners Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer have signed on to Syfy’s new supernatural drama Dominion as Executive Producers and to be co-Showrunners along with Executive Producer Vaun Wilmott, the channel announced today. The series is from Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, and is slated to premiere on Syfy in June of this year.
In joining Dominion, Slavkin & Swimmer extend a long-running creative working relationship with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions. They are Executive Producers and writers on the upcoming second season of Defiance, having been consulting producers for groundbreaking show’s first season in 2013. They were also consulting producers »
- Erin Willard
We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today. First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. THR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer. The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring. Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages. Hit the jump for more. Reports »
- Adam Chitwood
News and notes from all around the TV landscape:
- "The Good Wife" has booked Michael J. Fox for a return visit, but it isn't just for one episode this time. Fox will reprise the role of Louis Canning for a multi-episode arc at the end of the current season. This comes in the wake of "The Michael J. Fox Show" being canceled by NBC, but the "Good Wife" creators were optimistic at winter press tour that Fox could come back either way, since his self-titled show had already wrapped for the year. [TVLine]
- Former "Happy Endings" star Zachary Knighton has booked a pair of gigs. He's joining NBC's "Parenthood" for a mutli-episode arc as a teacher at the school Kristina (Monica Potter) founded and will also star in a Fox comedy pilot called "Weird Loners," playing one of four social misfits who live in the same Queens townhouse.
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