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The story of the Texas Revolution is certainly worth the scope of a five-night, 10-hour miniseries on the History Channel. However, Texas Rising, which debuts on Memorial Day, is a plodding, bloated chronicling of a potent time in American history. Its star-studded cast, with around two dozen main or featured performers, is impressive; however, the breadth of the ensemble, filled to the brim with great character actors, doesn’t allow for much depth with many of the characters. The result is not just middling, but somewhat problematic, considering the flattened portrayals of the Mexican and Comanche armies, both trying to hold onto native territory.
One surefire sign of the mini-series’ lackluster quality comes in the opening minute, as several paragraphs of text float onto the screen to explain the back-story of how “Texas is in flames.” There is so much history compressed to the few paragraphs that it is a »
- Jordan Adler
School may be almost out, but that doesn’t mean Jeffrey Dean Morgan isn’t ready to offer some history lessons. The actor will soon appear in two period dramas about very different aspects of U.S. culture: History’s “Texas Rising” miniseries, about the formation of the Texas Rangers, and Lifetime’s “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” where he plays baseball great Joe Dimaggio. (Later this summer, he’ll head to the future and star opposite Halle Berry in the second season of CBS’ “Extant”).
Morgan was candid with Variety about his attraction to both projects during an interview at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. Here, he explains that Westerns make for good entertainment because there’s less dialogue (“That’s the sign of bad television, they’re over-explaining. In a Western, you’re never over-explaining.”) and speaks of the tumultuous love story that was Marilyn Monroe’s relationship with Dimaggio. »
- Whitney Friedlander
The enormity of the talent involved in History’s exhilarating new historical drama, Texas Rising, was more than evident as Bill Paxton, Olivier Martinez, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Roland Joffé walked into a hotel cottage in Pasadena earlier this year to talk to us about the 10-hour event series. It’s truly the TV event of the year with an emotionally riveting story and a cast list that extends beyond the aforementioned, which includes Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Last night was David Letterman’s last time ever hosting a late night program. Other late night hosts gave thanks, and Dave looked back at some favorite memories, with music by the Foo Fighters. If you can gauge which other hosts/networks like Dave the most based on who begged the audience to switch over to CBS, it’s Kimmel and Conan. Kimmel didn’t even air a live show last night, and Conan got Patton Oswalt to make enough references to Halloween 3 and The Andromeda Strain that everyone was forced to tune out.
Dave’s final entrance. Dave wishes Stephen Colbert all the best. The show will be in excellent hands. »
- Max Wood
Watching the first six hours of “Texas Rising,” a wonderfully cast and otherwise completely wooden miniseries, one has to wonder what inspired the History channel to expand the production from six hours to 10. Chronicling a chapter in the Lone Star state’s bloody ascent to U.S. statehood that begins in the ashes of the Alamo, the Roland Joffe-directed project juggles too many indifferently written, tough-talkin’ characters, as if “Lonesome Dove” had experienced a sharp blow to the head. Fans of Westerns will no doubt be eager to immerse themselves in this once-abundant, now-underutilized genre, but for those who tend to be discriminating about their TV watching, don’t mess with “Texas.”
Granted, History has enjoyed considerable success with oaters in this particular window — witness the breakout ratings for “Hatfields & McCoys” in 2012 — and one suspects “Texas Rising” could capitalize on a similar dynamic, albeit in a less-ostentatious way. But even with its flaws, »
- Brian Lowry
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
This is it. The end of an era. Wednesday, May 20 was all about David Letterman's retirement from late night TV after 33 years, and his final night as host of "The Late Show." Stephen Colbert will take over "Late Show" on September 8. You should head to TheLateShow on YouTube to catch up on all the videos posted from the past few weeks, but here are the main segments from last night -- if nothing else, you should watch the epic star-studded Top 10 list.
Here's Dave's final show entrance, with the crowd standing to cheer: Dave's final monologue started after he forced the audience to calm down and stop chanting for him. »
- Gina Carbone
TV Picks: “Texas Rising” is History’s tent-pole event of 2015 set to premiere on Memorial Day.The network lucked out in securing a two-time Academy Award nominated director and an all-star cast. This was a massive undertaking that was filmed in the blistering desert of Durango, Mexico, in wide format CinemaScope. Quite simply, “Texas Rising” is a high quality, compelling historical drama that you must not miss.Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé directs “Texas Rising” with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max […] »
- April Neale
A new trailer to the History Channel’s mini-series Texas Rising looks like a bloodbath. The new series covers the violent history between Texas and Mexico when General Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez) vowed to personally take back Texas in 1836 with his army. Texas Rising stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martínez, Thomas Jane, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot and other familiar faces.
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The upcoming TV movie chronicles the 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings, in which lawyer Anita Hill famously testified against Clarence Thomas about reports he had sexually harassed her.
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Warning: if you're a fan of the series, and you don't like spoilers, you probably should skip this post. CBS' sci-fi summer series "Extant," starring Halle Berry, returns for a second season this July, with Berry back in the lead, as astronaut Molly Woods, as she discovers that she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival. Discussing what fans can expect in season 2, producers of the series spoke to Yahoo TV, sharing a handful of details on what's to come. Here are a few of note: - "I think Season 2 is a little sexier, a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Warning: if you're a fan of the series, and you don't like spoilers, you probably should skip this post. CBS' sci-fi summer series "Extant," starring Halle Berry, returns for a second season this July, with Berry back in the lead, as astronaut Molly Woods, as she discovers that she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival. Discussing what fans can expect in season 2, producers of the series spoke to Yahoo TV, sharing a handful of details on what's to come. Here are a few of note: - "I think Season 2 is a little sexier, a little soapier,” said Kruger, adding, “It’s a substantial reboot, in that we’re going to come in, in this time and place, several months [after the Season 1 finale], and that puts Molly in a completely different head space. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Hannibal Classics has come on to sell the star-studded action-thriller “Bus 657” at Cannes. The heist movie, which stars Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Morris Chestnut and “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Dave Bautista, will be screened for the first time to world buyers. Described as a mix of “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Speed,” with the added twists and turns of such heist movies as “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Inside Man,” the movie stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Luke Vaughn, a broke father desperate to save his daughter’s life as her medical bills pile up. Vaughn soon turns to. »
- Jeff Sneider
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.
Magic City was originally introduced by Qed International at Afm and takes place in 1962 Miami as a powerful Miami Beach hotel owner fights the mob, CIA and Cuban mercenaries.
Production is scheduled to begin in August.
Lotus Entertainment’s slate includes: Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort; Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion; Shekhar Kapur’s adventure Tiger’s Curse; and Tanya Wexler’s Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.
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.Fast & Furious 7 cinematographer Stephen Windon will make his directorial debut on DragonSlate.s motorcycle action-thriller Full Throttle, produced by Andrew Mason and set to shoot in the first quarter of 2016. Mason, executive producer of The Matrix trilogy and producer on Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner, will lead the Full Throttle production team.
DragonSlate Media CEO LeonTan will also serve as a producer, while Sukee Chew, Andrew Ooi, Harriet Spalding and Robert Lundberg will executive produce. Full Throttle follows a motorcycle racer who, after a career-ending crash during a race in Singapore, plies his skills as a courier in Kuala Lumpur. After his girlfriend is abducted, he is forced to crisscross the city against the clock, avoiding capture by relentless authorities while being blackmailed to perform escalating acts of crime by a twisted criminal mastermind. Windon is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer whose 35 years of working behind the movie camera include numerous international accolades and awards. »
- Staff writer
Halle Berry is back for more extra-terrestrial encounters this summer as Amazon confirms the second season of mystery thriller Extant will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video from Thursday 2nd July, just hours after Us broadcast. In season two, astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger Jd Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be Earth’s only hope for survival.
A new episode of Extant will be released each week for unlimited streaming, with season one already available exclusively on Amazon Prime for binge streaming right now. Says Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Prime Instant Video EU:
We’re continuing to add major premium TV shows and movies to our service. Last Summer Extant broke records on Amazon Prime Instant Video, quickly becoming the most watched premiere in our history. We’re »
- Phil Wheat
We all know there are plenty of celebrity kids that bear striking resemblance to their parents and actual sets of twins in Hollywood, but some of the best star "twins" aren't related at all. If you've ever done a double take while looking at Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Javier Bardem, or Amy Adams and Isla Fisher, we've got the ultimate treat for you. Keep reading to see 22 of the most mind-boggling look-alike stars who could totally pass as siblings. »
Thanks to Madman, we have 3 copies of The Salvation on DVD to giveaway to our Australian readers. Directed by Kristian Levring and starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the film is described as a "terrific piece, a gobsmackingly enjoyable time at the cinema that also happens to be one of the best films this year" by our own Jason Gorber. Synopsis: 1870, America. Danish immigrant Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) has been waiting for years to bring his wife and son to the United States. When he finally succeeds, moments after their arrival they fall victim to a horrific crime. Out of grief and despair Jon kills the perpetrator, triggering a chain of violence and revenge. The victim's brother is the ruthless Colonel...
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Set in the 1870’s in North America, The Salvation tells the story of a Danish immigrant Jon (played by Mads Mikkelsen) who has toiled for seven long years with his brother to finally have the means to send for his wife and son to join him. Taking the long journey home by stagecoach they run into trouble with two other drunken passengers, a recently released prisoner and his companion. When they try to molest his wife Marie, Jon retaliates and is thrown from the moving carriage leaving his wife and son unprotected. By the time he catches up with them, they have been murdered and grief-stricken Jon shoots both men dead, not knowing that one of them is the brother of the local gang leader Colonel Delarue (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). When Delarue hears of his brother’s demise he demands the local Mayor (Jonathan Pryce) and Sherriff (Douglas Henshall »
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The History miniseries “Texas Rising,” set to bow on Memorial Day, has been expanded to 10 hours and will air over the course of five weeks, the network announced on Tuesday.
The series, which details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers, will air two-hour installments on both Memorial Day (May 25) and the next night (Tuesday, May 26). Its final six hours will then be played out over the next three Mondays (June 1, 8 and 15).
It had originally been planned as a six-hour series.
Roland Joffe is directing “Texas Rising,” whose all-star cast includes Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It is produced by A+E Studios, ITV Studios America and Thinkfactory Media. Leslie Greif serves as executive producer. Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production.
History is hoping ratings magic can strike twice with Paxton and another event series set in the South. »
- Rick Kissell
Director: Kristian Levring; Screenwriter: Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas, Jensen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: 15
Every now and then a western will come along that threatens to revive the genre, but The Salvation - although stunningly photographed with cutting-edge technology - isn't one of those. In many ways it's resolutely old-fashioned and although putting a Dane (Mads Mikkelsen) at the heart of the story is an unconventional move, it's also an act of defiance, or indifference - a refusal to pander to a modern, mainstream audience. In short, this is a western strictly for people who love westerns.
Revenge is the spark for a traditionally simple plot that uses archetypes and clichés like a sort of cinematic comfort blanket, except that shocking bursts of violence keep it from being too warmly nostalgic. The worst of it comes at the beginning »
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