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Melissa George has been cast as the lead in NBC’s medical drama pilot “Heart Matters,” Variety has learned.
“Heart Matters” follows a talented female heart transplant surgeon, Alex Panttiere (George), who balances her work with the complications of her romantic and personal life.
Described as charming, yet unconventional, impulsive and socially awkward at the worst possible times, Alex seemingly gets it all together, after being promoted to chief of innovation and becoming the “face” of the hospital, which forces her to forgo her sometimes messy, scrub-wearing self. Though she’s not Ivy League-educated, she holds her own with the competition and fights hard for her patients. While her work life seems to be soaring, she’s not so lucky in the love department, as she can’t seem to commit to the man she’s living with — perhaps because she has feelings for someone else.
The medical soap hails from pilot scribe Jill Gordon. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With "The Slap," a star-studded miniseries intending to provoke thought and incite debate, NBC has thrown their hat into the “prestige limited series” game currently dominated by HBO ("Olive Kitteridge," "True Detective") and SundanceTV ("Top of the Lake," "The Honorable Woman"). It stars, among others, Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto and Thandie Newton; is directed by Oscar nominee Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"); and is adapted from an acclaimed Australian series (of the same name) by playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who also created ABC's soapy family drama "Brothers and Sisters." That mix seems an ideal basis for a well-acted, perceptive family drama, or in other words, exactly what "The Slap" wants to be. Baitz's adaptation shares the same structure, characters and thematic underpinnings as the original Australian production. In his opening episode, family and friends gather for »
- David Canfield
On a mid February evening, Leicester Square was draped in pink and orange, the colours of Rajasthan. Although the heat of Rajasthan was certainly absent, with the London air becoming increasingly biting, one could have been stood in India at a wedding.
The air heavy with Bhangra and Bollywood beats, archways protruding with colourful marigold flowers, it was time to celebrate the world premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!
The evening was one full of fun and celebration.
Karan’s Bollywood Masterclass (Kbm) built up the anticipation and entertained the public waiting with their slick Bollywood moves to beats such as Taal, Nagara Sang Dhol and Malang.
Gracing the orange carpet were the cast and crew of the film including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Tina Desai, Lillete Dubey, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif, director John Madden, writer Ol Parker and producer Graham Broadbent. »
- Aashi Gahlot
Thandie Newton stood out in Chanel at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel premiere in London, where was supporting her husband, screenwriter Oliver Parker. Thandie Newton’s Premiere Look For the premiere at London’s Leicester Square, Newton stepped out in head-to-toe Chanel. Her black strapless gown featured a white band at the top and at the hemline. She […]
- Chelsea Regan
Thandie Newton's not afraid to go bare-faced! "The Slap" star shared a picture via Instagram on Tuesday, to show off her beauty routine before heading to a premiere. In the candid snap, the actress poses with a towel on her head as she smiles for the camera with wax lining her upper lip. "Dealing with the tash in readiness for the Royal Premiere tonight! Go Jolen! Xt," she captioned the revealing pic. The "Crash" star looks gorgeous in the photo even without a stitch of makeup on, and we love that she has no problem showing off all the aspects of her beauty routine. We're also super excited to see more of the 42-year-old's small screen debut on NBC's new mini-series "The Slap," where she stars alongside fellow A-listers like Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto and Uma Thurman. What do you think about the brunette beauty's new photo? Tell toofab »
- tooFab Staff
Thandie Newton is giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at her hairy grooming regimen! While getting ready for a big movie premiere earlier today, the 42-year-old actress took to Instagram to share a pic of herself dealing with some upper lip hair. "Dealing with the tash in readiness for the Royal Premiere tonight! Go Jolen! Xt," she wrote. In the silly snapshot, Newton has some white cream between her pout and her nose. If we had to guess, we'd say the Brit beauty is either lightening her lip hair or getting rid of an unwanted mustache altogether! Later that night, Newton and her hairless lip looked stunning at the London premiere of her husband Ol Parker's new film The Second Best Exotic »
NBC's adaptation of the Australian miniseries premiered last night to strong ratings, with Thandie Newton taking over the role in the American version, that Sophie Okonedo played in the Australian original. Now you can watch the Australian original before, or alongside the American remake, because Hulu purchased the rights to it, and has made it available, in full, even for those without Hulu memberships. I've embedded all 5 original episodes below. Titled "The Slap," the Australian TV mini-series, which co-stars Sophie Okonedo is based on the award-winning novel by Christos Tsiolkas, which traces the shattering repercussions of a single »
- Tambay A. Obenson
NBC is billing The Slap as a mini-series so it doesn't seem like there's any danger of the series being cancelled. However, if the ratings are bad enough, they could certainly pull it before all eight episodes have aired. Conversely, if the ratings are really good, they could figure out a way to bring the characters back for a second season. What will happen? Stay tuned.
On The Slap TV show, a birthday celebration comes to an abrupt halt when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. It's a small action that ends up deeply affecting all involved. The cast for the mini-series includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.
Episodes: Eight (hour)
TV show dates: February 12, 2015 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not ended
Performers include: Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.
TV show description:
This series is based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and the Australian television series of the same name. It's an unflinching look at how one little slap can have a huge impact.
Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) is a public servant, husband, father and valued friend who's on the cusp of his 40th birthday and not comfortable with it. His beautiful and intelligent wife is Aisha (Thandie Newton). She's planning his party filled with his very boisterous Greek family and friends like television writer »
But the show’s premiere episode, which debuted Thursday, paints a much different picture.
RelatedThe Slap Team on Morally Ambiguous NBC Drama: You’ll See ‘a Lot of Gray’
"Everyone gets slapped in some way." Boasting a stellar cast, which includes Zachary Quinto, Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Brian Cox, and Melissa George, NBC's new miniseries The Slap delivers one of the most jarring and chilling moments of the season: a grown man slaps a child, who is not his own, across the face. Hard. In front of an entire party. But the slap is just the spark that ignites the rest of the series. The slapper? Quinto's alpha male with anger issues, Harry, and the actor tells E! News he had no qualms about taking on the controversial role. "There was no hesitation because I feel like good storytelling should be controversial and provocative," »
The Slap, an 8-episode recreation of an Australian miniseries, which is based on a popular novel, is NBC‘s latest attempt at “Event Television,” but it is a tricky, sloppy effort that purports to be an examination of, to varying degrees, “reality,” but in the sense that demands the quotation marks.
As the promos, and name, give away, the show revolves around what happens to a family when one moment, a slap, throws everything into turmoil. This leads us to, as we get toward the end of the show, a great many secrets being revealed.
There could hardly be more of a misrepresentation of what this show is about.
After watching the show’s trailer, and perhaps hearing a very basic outline, you might get the idea that the show is about trying to get past a horrible mistake. A child is shown to be rather unruly, and his parents »
- Marc Eastman
Who says prestige series with top-drawer casts are solely the stuff of cable TV? NBC is chasing HBO-level glory with tonight's premiere of "The Slap," an eight-episode telenovela directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Cholodenko hasn't directed a feature since 2010's edgy lesbian couple comedy "The Kids Are All Right." Why? Like "Transparent" Golden Globe winner Jill Soloway, she is yet another example of a female indie director who has found better opportunities on the small screen. Last weekend, Cholodenko won a DGA Award for her devastatingly good four-part HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge"--which premiered at the Venice Film Festival-- starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins. Women Directors Reap Directors Guild Documentary and Television Nominations Bounty Her latest TV outing "The Slap" stars Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox. It is based on the 2008 Australian novel by Christos »
- Ryan Lattanzio
TV Spotlight: Tonight at 8/7c, the spottily reviewed series premiere of “The Slap,” starring Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman and Melissa George.THR’s Tim Goodman boiled it all down: ‘A kid gets slapped by someone other than his parents. All hell breaks loose” and “Annoying kid, annoying people, forced situations that annoy you — you’ll want to slap everybody involved in this miniseries. Was that the point?”USA Today’s Robert Bianco made us laugh: “No wonder this leads to legal action — and an ever-expanding conflict designed to encompass every modern problem from indulgent parents to class warfare. You’re […] »
- April Neale
NBC miniseries “The Slap” is impressive on the performance side and provocative in story. The premiere plants enough seeds to get viewers to return. Veering from its long-standing tradition of Thursday night comedies, NBC premieres the new drama written by playwright Jon Robin Baitz (creator of ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”) and starring an ensemble cast comprised of actors from theatre, film and television: Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Brian Cox, Thomas Sadowski, Melissa George (the only holdover from the original Australian cast) and Uma Thurman. The impressive auspices of the drama are what attracted me to it in the first. »
- Diane Gordon
This weekend, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan get hot and heavy in the big screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Colin Firth recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid in "Kingsman: The Secret Service," and "Saturday Night Live" celebrates its 40th anniversary with A-list alumni and special guests Saturday night at 11:30p Et on NBC.
Also in theaters this weekend: Based on the musical, "The Last Five Years" follows a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and her novelist lover (Jeremy Jordan) detailing the deconstruction of their relationship. "What We Do in the Shadows" is a mockumentary starring Jemaine Clement that follows modern-day vampires struggling with mundane life. "The Rewrite" stars Hugh Grant as a struggling screenwriter who leaves Hollywood to teach a class at an East Coast college where he falls for a single mom and student (Marisa Tomei).
Also on TV this weekend: "The Slap" is an 8-hour »
- Jonny Black
When NBC announced plans for "The Slap," it sounded like a joke, or possibly a James Franco art installation. A miniseries revolving around a man who slaps someone else's child at a backyard barbecue? That's the whole thing? Even upon learning that it was based on an Australian miniseries, which was in turn adapted from a book, it was hard to imagine that this was an actual thing the NBC television network was trying in the year 2015. On-air promos for the miniseries (which debuts tomorrow night at 8) play more like "SNL" parodies than ads for a real show. Well, I am here to tell you that "The Slap" is not a joke. It is humorless, pretentious, a waste of a number of good performances, and about as subtle as its title action, but it is also very real. Adapted from the Aussie miniseries by playwright and "Brothers & Sisters" creator Jon Robin Baitz, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The stars of The Slap chatted with Et on Monday about how the controversial NBC show is starting an important conversation among TV viewers.
Photo: Does Uma Thurman Look Unrecognizable?
The miniseries, based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and the Australian TV series of the same name, is a family drama that centers on a man who slaps another couple's child for misbehaving. When the couple's parents threaten legal action, the chain of events that follows uncovers long-buried secrets within the group of friends and family, and challenges the core values of everyone involved. The show features an all-star cast, which includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman, Brian Cox and Melissa George.
"I'm extremely non-violent," Thurman told Et at the New York premiere. "I don't see why anyone would think violence would be an effective way to treat a human being with a complex brain."
It's Quinto's character that delivers the slap that »
This review is based on the first two episodes of season one, which were provided to us for review purposes prior to broadcast.
One of the most brilliant aspects of The Slap‘s crackerjack opening hour – one, among many – is its structure. Built in a similar manner to its Australian counterpart (and, for that matter, the book all of this is based off), NBC’s The Slap presents eight hours of TV, told from separate character perspectives of a singular event: the titular slap. Of the two hours seen, the pilot excites the most. Its most lofty claim to thrill is perhaps a middle-aged man’s thoughts – only thoughts, mind you – of an affair with a younger woman. And yet, as you painstakingly wait for the inevitable shoe to drop – studying the intricate dynamics of a woefully dysfunctional New York family – it’s one of the most visceral, thrilling and »
- Mitchel Broussard
The cast, which includes Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Melissa George, Thomas Sadoski and Brian Cox, all gathered at the New Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the premiere of their eight-episode limited series. There, the stars proudly spoke about their critically lauded new show and offered their views on whether it’s ethically right or wrong to hit a child as a form of punishment.
“When I heard that ‘The Slap’ was being made into an American series, I was gagging to do it,” Newton told Variety, about the show which is based on Christos Tsiolkas’ 2008 novel of the same name, and was first adapted into an Australian series in 2011.
“It’s such a provocative story, and as a mother, »
- Paul Chi
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