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The Good Wife doesn't return until Sunday, Oct. 4 (rude!), but we've got the first pictures from the season seven premiere! The episode, currently titled "Grunts," sees the introduction of series regular Cush Jumbo as the new attorney character Lucca Quinn and Margo Martindale as Ruth Eastman. No Jeffrey Dean Morgan—yet! Saturday Night Live veteran Jane Curtin guest stars as Judge Farley and we're already not-so-secretly hoping she becomes a recurring player. You can never have too much Jane Curtin. Meanwhile, Mo Rocca returns as journalist Ted Willoughby. Familiar recurring faces Chris Noth (Peter Florrick on the series), Jerry Adler (Howard Lyman) and Michael J. Fox (Louis Canning) are also set to »
Following reports that NBC is eyeing a limited Law & Order revival series, featuring original cast members of the long-running franchise, creator Dick Wolf on Thursday offered a brief update.
“As you’ve heard, everybody wants to do it,” Wolf told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “It is a question of … most of the people involved are very successful in their careers. To try to get everything in sequence is much more difficult than it looks on the outside. I am always an optimist. »
The Emmy-winning actress will play Willa Eastman, a campaign operative responsible for past successes by underdog presidential candidates in Iowa. Don’t let her folksy charm fool you though — underneath that facade is a cunning intelligence. Naturally, she’ll have run-ins with Alan Cumming’s Eli Gold, who serves as the campaign manager for Chris Noth’s Peter Florrick.
“Every year we look for a character and an actor who can go toe-to-toe with Eli Gold and make him blink,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. ”So we were thrilled when Margo Martindale agreed to play Willa Eastman. Her ability to mix comedy and drama is unparalleled. And we can’t wait to see how Margo and Alan deal with each other.”
Martindale appears in FX’s spy drama “The Americans »
- Whitney Friedlander
Here’s hoping The Good Wife‘s Eli Gold is enjoying his summer vacation.
Martindale (Justified, The Americans) will play Willa Eastman, “a top campaign operative responsible for past successes by underdog presidential candidates in Iowa.” She’s known for “hiding her intelligence and cunning under a fake, folksy charm.”
At the end of Season 6, Eli’s main man, »
The Good Wife is adding another Emmy winner to its ranks: Margo Martindale has joined the cast in a recurring role for season seven. The Justified veteran, who also steals the show in The Americans, will play Willa Eastman, a top campaign operative who in the past has had success helping underdog presidential candidates in Iowa. She's described as smart and cunning with a fake and folksy charm. Look for her character to have quite a bit of interaction with Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Eli Gold (Alan Cumming). "Every year we look for a character and an actor who can go toe to toe with Eli Gold and make him blink," executive producers Robert and Michelle King said in »
An actor well-known to all different types of TV fans is joining one of television’s most critically acclaimed (and, in recent months, scandal-filled) series. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, most famous for his roles as Izzy’s ill-fated love Denny Duquette on Grey’s Anatomy and Sam and Dean’s father John Winchester on Supernatural, has joined CBS’ Emmy-winning legal drama The Good Wife as a series regular for Season 7. Per EW.com, Morgan will play Alex, a “calm, experienced hourly investigator” whom Alicia (Julianna Margulies) hires in the show’s upcoming seventh season. It’s unclear if Alex and Alicia will become romantically involved, but with Will (Josh Charles) having been killed off in Season 5, Matthew Goode’s Finn Polmar not returning in Season 7, and Alicia still estranged from Peter (Chris Noth), there’s at least somewhat of a chance that Morgan’s character could be the one for Ms. »
- Chris King
The Good Wife is in need of a reinvention. The show is at a crossroads. Season six of the acclaimed legal drama ended with Archie Panjabi's Kalinda Sharma and Julianna Margulies' Alicia Florrick "sharing" one final scene together after not appearing in the same scene in more than 50 episodes. "Sharing" is in quotes because reports have surfaced—and Panjabi has not denied them—that the scene was a CGI creation. The season also ended with Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) annoucing he wants to run for president and Finn Polmar (Matthew Goode) backed out of plans to partner up with Alicia for a new law firm venture. Meanwhile, Michael J. Fox's character, Louis Canning, returned to take on Diane »
Alicia and Kalinda, enemies? According to a new report, the final scene between Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi's characters on The Good Wife — two years in the making! — was shot separately. Although lawyer Alicia Florrick (Margulies) and ace investigator Kalinda Sharma (Panjabi) were BFFs in early seasons of the show, their relationship was never the same once Alicia found out her philandering politician husband (Chris Noth) had an affair with Kalinda. Rumors of a rift between the actresses swirled — especially since the two didn't actually share [...] »
'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human Spirit. A minority, myself included, will prefer the more mundane explanation that the film merely depicts a man following his survival instincts, which propel him – like any other animal, from cockroaches to crocodiles – to fight to remain alive almost against his will. Whichever way one chooses to view the survival of Tom Hanks' Federal Express engineer Chuck Noland (No-land, get it?) after being stranded for years on a deserted island (mostly shot in Monuriki, Fiji), Cast Away is little more than an elaborate, populist star vehicle disguised as an existential The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe-esque drama. A volleyball named Wilson The story of a »
- Andre Soares
Chris Noth and I are inside the China Club, a throwback, members-only restaurant atop a bank in Central Hong Kong. A platter of Peking duck sits between us. The early 1900s-era decor (brass flamingo lamps, rickety wooden fans overhead) has inspired a game: Which period of history would we relive if money and status were no object? Noth goes for biblical, specifically, Galilee during the time of Christ: "I would've liked to meet the guy, maybe sit in with the disciples." I pick ancient Greece, a humble goat-herder, ambling over meadows with my hand-whittled flute, wine flask strapped snugly around my waist. “That’s got to be the most pretentious answer I’ve ever heard,” he scoffs. Noth’s here on vacation, a brief lull between shooting The Good Wife and diving into rehearsals for Doctor Faustus, an Off Broadway production he’ll be starring in at NYC’s Classic »
- Alex Schechter
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
The 50-year-old actress fuelled rumours that yet another spin-off film from the original HBO series is set to be made after posting a cryptic message on her Instagram account.
She wrote alongside an image of herself carrying a paper bag from department store Bloomingdales – which is known for being one of her character Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite shops – as onlookers took pictures: “Well. I guess the cat’s out of the (little brown) bag. As usual, we will keep you posted on every detail as we are able. I’m under strict gag order until then. Xx, Sj”
Both Sarah and Kristin hinted they could be »
- The Hollywood News
In a way, this entire season of “The Good Wife” felt like extended foreplay, building toward various climaxes that didn’t quite happen. The central character engaged in a spirited, extremely entertaining political campaign for an office that she didn’t wind up holding, setting the stage for Sunday’s finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), which hinged on a romance that wasn’t and a potentially juicy partnership in the season to come. The program also dipped a toe into national politics, which does raise some tantalizing art-imitates-life prospects for next season – again, gratification deferred – with a presidential race looming.
In perhaps the most satisfying thread, the finale did provide an element of closure for the departure of Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), the intrepid investigator who had crossed the wrong drug dealer. As a resourceful, sexually omnivorous international woman of mystery, there was something very appropriate about »
- Brian Lowry
After six seasons, the British actor is stepping down as tough investigator Kalinda Sharma on the show. Before the Bafta TV awards, she reflects on her unique role
As Kalinda Sharma, the enigmatic, no-nonsense investigator for Stern, Lockhart & Gardner (and more lately, Florrick-Agos), Archie Panjabi has been one of the stand-out members of The Good Wife’s classy cast, alongside Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Christine Baranski, Chris Noth and Alan Cumming, winning an Emmy for her performance. It’s not hard to find praise for her performance: in the past, the Guardian has described the role as a “dazzling portrayal”, called Panjabi’s character “a sort of 1940s noir heroine transposed to modern-day Chicago” and argued that “nobody else on TV has smouldered quite like her, or rocked knee-length boots with such panache”. In London to present the Bafta for best supporting actor at Sunday’s TV awards, Panjabi (who »
- Richard Vine
It's been over 50 episodes—about two and a half seasons—since The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) have (truly) shared a scene together. The characters, which at some point many called the heart of the series, haven't had a scene together since season four. Of course that's somewhat understandable given the history: Alicia found out Kalinda slept with her husband, Peter (Chris Noth), before they were friends during his scandalous first time in the State's Attorney office. That happened in season two. They started to make amends here and there, but it all kind of came to a halt. Fast-forward through dozens of phone calls and Kalinda skipped »
Director: Michael Radford
Running Time: 93 mins
The elderly have been getting a pretty raw deal from the media in recent years. Seemingly every film, TV show or advert will tolerate them, as long as they’re taking off their cardigans, putting down their cups of tea and doing everything they can to act like “the youth”. Growing old disgracefully has never been so popular, so it was with trepidation that I approached Elsa & Fred, a remake of a European film about an elderly pair stoking the embers of love against the recurring visual backdrop of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
- Steve Palace
Earnestly reigniting a heartfelt relationship between an estranged parent and child can be an emotionally daunting endeavor, especially when you don’t know how to best overcome the differences that have formed after undergoing a painful experience together. That intimidating process of initially reconnecting, and subsequently overcoming your contrasting opinions on how to best approach life again as you contend with that harrowing occurrence, is relatably explored in director Sean Garrity’s new comedy, ‘After the Ball.’ The family film, which opened this weekend in theaters and on VOD, mixes compelling sentiments and natural humor between its father and daughter, played Chris Noth and Portia Doubleday, to emphasize that no matter what [ Read More ]
The post Interview: Chris Noth Talks After the Ball (Exclusive) appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
As frothy, lightweight and insubstantial as a soap bubble, Sean Garrity’s teen comedy “After the Ball” stitches together stray elements of “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Cinderella” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” with a certain what-the-hell haphazardness that might have been endearing if it weren’t so exhausting. Starring Portia Doubleday as a fashion kingpin’s daughter who goes undercover as a male designer to thwart her evil stepmother and stepsisters, this basic-cable-quality farce is as unobjectionable as it is unmemorable, and ought to provide youngsters a perfectly acceptable way to pass the time on VOD.
Introduced at her design-school graduation, Kate Kassell (Doubleday) is the only daughter of powerful Montreal fashion magnate Lee Kassell (Chris Noth), whose eponymous company has recently fallen on hard times, knocking off popular designs rather than creating their own. Unable to land a position on her own merit thanks to her family’s bad reputation, Kate »
- Andrew Barker
Border Crossing is a cat-and-mouse tale about a psychologist who reopens old wounds and an old case after he rescues a drowning person whom he helped convict 12 years earlier.
The Film Community’s Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L Blanc produce alongside Radium Cheung.
Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska brought the project to the company and will lead sales efforts on the Croisette.
Vice-president of acquisitions Jernej Razen and vice-president of business and legal affairs worldwide distribution Craig Gates negotiated the deal for Electric.
“We are very excited to be collaborating with Electric,” said O’Brien »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
To mark the late Frank Sinatra’s centennial birthday this year, HBO presents a detailed look at the music legend’s prolific life in “Sinatra: All or Nothing at All,” a two-part, four-hour documentary featuring never-before-seen footage, home movies and candid details of Sinatra’s private life provided by the man himself. Friends, family and admirers of Ol’ Blue Eyes stepped out Tuesday night at the Time Warner Center in New York for the buzzy film’s premiere.
“My dad would have been very proud of this film,” Tina Sinatra, Sinatra’s 66-year-old youngest child, told Variety prior to the screening. “It’s the real and honest look at his life. It shows him as a real person. He never made excuses. He didn’t do things perfectly well every time. He was his own man, and he was, most of the time, always generous. He did things his way. »
- Paul Chi
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