8 items from 2016
Many horror fans have been eager to see what filmmaker Sean Byrne has in store for them following his well-received feature film debut, The Loved Ones (2009). Next March, the wait will finally be over, as IFC Midnight has acquired Byrne's The Devil's Candy for North American distribution, with a release slated for March of 2017.
Press Release: New York, NY (October 21, 2016) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Sean Byrne’s The Devil’S Candy. The film, written and directed by Byrne, stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Kiara Glasco. The film was produced by Keith Calder and Jessica Calder for Snoot Entertainment LLC. The film made its world premiere »
- Derek Anderson
There’s already plenty of great television to keep you from leaving the house until next spring, and this weekend, another series lands that is already earning some buzz: Epix‘s “Berlin Station.” And today we have a compelling, exclusive clip from the forthcoming show that offers a window into its spy drama intrigue.
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Created by author Olen Steinhauer, and starring Richard Armitage, Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Forbes, and Leland Orser, the series follows Daniel Miller, who has just arrived at the CIA station in Berlin, Germany.
- Edward Davis
The fact that a drama about espionage is premiering on Epix is more likely to prompt the question: “What is Epix?” than it is to inspire excitement.
The little-known premium cable channel is trying to become less obscure by using an old strategy: It’s cooking up original series it hopes will create the kind of buzz that will prompt viewers to seek out the network. The good news is, even in a marketplace flooded with content, that strategy may work, given the extraordinary caliber of the cast in its first drama, “Berlin Station.”
The show doesn’t reinvent the spy drama for the modern era, nor does it rise to the level of some of the most captivating secret-agent thrillers of recent years (e.g., “London Spy,” “Deutschland 83,” and “The Americans,” the last two of which flash back to the fraught Cold War of the ’80s). But “Berlin Station,” a »
- Maureen Ryan
Though the show's ratings haven't been great, Ray Donovan has been a fairly consistent performer for Showtime. How will it perform in season four? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season? Stay tuned.Ray Donovan revolves around Los Angeles' best professional fixer (Liev Schreiber), the man who's called in to make the biggest problems of the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls go away. The rest of the cast includes Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Dash Mihok, Eddie Marsan, Lisa Bonet, Embeth Davidtz, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Elliott Gould, Hank Azaria, Peter Jacobson, James Woods, Katie Holmes, Ian McShane, and Leland Orser.Read More… »
Showtime drama “Ray Donovan” airs its Season 4 finale on Sunday night, up against the Emmy Awards (where the show is nominated for the performances of stars Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, in addition to a directing nod for showrunner David Hollander). The show has already scooped one award in this year’s Emmy race, nabbing Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Hank Azaria at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys.
The season began with Ray’s burgeoning friendship with professional boxer Hector Campos (Ismael Cruz Cordova), a fellow abuse survivor who had also turned to the church to try and get a fresh start. In a striking turn of events, Hector told Ray about one of his darkest secrets — his incestuous relationship with half-sister Marisol (Lisa Bonet).
After Hector snapped and killed Marisol for publicly revealing their controversial relationship, he asked Ray to solve the mess. However, as Variety’s exclusive sneak peek reveals, Hector »
- Arya Roshanian
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” took Emmy nominations in the Drama Series categories for its massive “Battle of the Bastards” and the heartrending “The Door,” but the competition is fierce. “Downton Abbey” and “The Good Wife” are favorites in their final seasons; “Mr. Robot” and “UnReal” are hot newcomers; and “The Americans,” “Homeland,” The Knick,” and “Ray Donovan” are established stalwarts.
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Death and battles are always certain on “Game of Thrones.”
“I think Dan and David are particularly cognizant of that and always looking for a way to up their game,” Sapochnik says. “A pitched field battle is something they’ve been wanting to do for a long time —I think as far back as season one or two — and so when we first talked about it, a »
- Rob Owen
True Blood alumna Tara Buck has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of Showtime drama series Ray Donovan. Buck will play Maureen Dougherty, a no-nonsense patrol cop. This season, Ray (Liev Schreiber) attempts to return to the fold of his family and the Church in the wake of his confession to Father Romero (Leland Orser). But this second chance at redemption is tested by champion boxer Hector Campos (Ismael Cruz Cordova) and his volatile half-sister Marisol (Lisa… »
Plans are to start shooting for nine days in Los Angeles in June. The cast includes Emily Bett Rickards (“Arrow”), Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”), Amber Nash (“Archer”), Paula Malcomson (“Ray Donovan”), Ted McGinley, Jonathan Sadowski and Jean-Luc Bilodeau.
Emmett Hughes wrote the script about an Irish actor, set on the morning he is set to star in a career-changing blockbuster film. As he tries to live down his rocky past, he confronts a series of devastating events that threaten his sobriety, his loved ones, and ultimately his life.
“Because we have such limited time, the lead actor is learning and rehearsing the entire film like one would a play, and that’s how we’ll shoot it,” Tyler said. “He’s the only actor on screen for »
- Dave McNary
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