15 items from 2014
Relative newcomer Michael Lannan and acclaimed director Andrew Haigh ("Weekend") have created a remarkable new series with "Looking" that just wrapped up its first season Sunday night. Already picked up by HBO for another season, the show centers on Patrick (Jonathan Groff), a somewhat naive video game developer in San Francisco on the cusp of turning 30 and finally coming into his own. He's surrounded by two friends who have some issues of their own; Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez). The series premiered to strong critical reviews in January, but received some surprising criticism from gay journalists for it's focus on one specific part of the community. Groff says in a separate interview with HitFix that they were all prepared for this because of the hype surrounding the show that it was going to be the gay "Sex and the City" or the gay "Girls." And this was before it even began filming. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Writer: Dennis Lehane
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Michael R. Roskam’s English language debut is a no-brainer entry on this list – after all, his feature debut, the unshakable Bullhead was a hardcore revenge film that even found the difficult palates from the Academy could appreciate for some Best Foreign language category nomination love. The newly minted The Drop which will likely feature a pissed off Tom Hardy (look for comparisons to be made between him and Matthias Schoenaerts) might actually become the best of Dennis Lehane’s overrated book to film adaptations.
Gist: This centers on a Boston bartender (Hardy) who rescues a dog from a garbage can. This act of good will gets him into more trouble than he can imagine, »
- Eric Lavallee
Greg Kinnear has found critical and box office success in movies but that's no guarantee that his Rake TV series will be a ratings hit for Fox. Will it be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
Rake follows a lawyer (Greg Kinnear) who tries to do good but just can't seem to get beyond his numerous addictions that cause him so much trouble. The cast also includes John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan, Bojana Novakovic, David Harbour, Tara Summers, Miranda Otto, and Ian Colletti.
The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
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Nobody could mess with a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance. Reactions to his untimely death at age 46 sound the same shocked notes for that exact reason: Hoffman was so incredibly on the mark each time out that it seemed as though he was invincible. In 2009, I saw Hoffman onstage as Iago in Peter Sellar's atrocious post-modern off-Broadway update to "Othello," in which the actor starred alongside John Ortiz. Characters spoke on cell phones and acted around a giant, amorphous blob of computer monitors for no apparent reason other than to add thinly conceived present-day signifiers. But Hoffman, as the scheming Iago, managed to provide a constant center of distraction with a mixture of gruff mannerisms and a focused, calculated tone: He was simultaneously menacing and pathetic, a fascinating duality often crucial to the effectiveness of Hoffman's roles no matter what surrounded them. This is a rare power in American movies. Like Sellar's poorly conceived "Othello, »
- Eric Kohn
In the clip, the stars break down the case of the week, which involves three Amish young men who are accused of assaulting one of their Amish elders -- they weren't trying to hurt him, they only wanted to shave him.
Meanwhile, Scarlet (Necar Zadegan) and Ben (John Ortiz) are having their wedding ceremony and Rake is there in fine form with a date (guest star Alexandra Breckenridge). As Zadegan teases, "lots of hilarity will ensure."
"Rake" airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on Fox. »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 23, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
A legal drama, based on an Australian series of the same name, this show follows the comedic and chaotic life of a criminal defense lawyer. Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) is often described as many things but none of them are very flattering.
Brilliant and frustratingly charming, Keegan is one of life's great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else will touch. Behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond »
Greg Kinnear has charmed millions of movie-goers throughout his career with a steady stream of roles in some of the decade's most popular films. Since his big screen debut in 1994 as a talk show host in Damon Wayan's Blinkman (1994), Kinnear has created memorable characters in films such as As Good As It Gets (1997), for which he received an Oscar nomination, Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Sabrina (1995), and You've Got Mail (1998). In addition to a successful career in film, the 50-year-old actor has added a number of TV movies and series guest appearances to his credits over the past decade and a half. In his latest role as Keegan Deane on Fox's Rake (TV), Kinnear portrays a criminal defense lawyer who engages in an ongoing display of self-destructive behavior (we're talking prostitutes, gambling, IRS issues, etc.) outside the courtroom but wins the legal-eagle challenge within. It's a prime property for Kinnear, who is »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jennifer Maurer)
With a pilot directed by Sam Raimi, the new Fox series Rake is a bold new legal drama, based on the Australian series of the same name. The story follows the comedic and chaotic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear), whose lack of discretion, self-destructive tendencies and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else will touch. The show also stars Miranda Otto, John Ortiz, Tara Summers, Ian Colletti, Bojana Novakovic and Necar Zadegan. During this recent interview to promote the show’s debut, actor Greg Kinnear talked about how he was able to relate to this character, his approach to playing such an edgy role, how his view of the court system has changed, how similar this version will be to the original Australian series, and how Sam Raimi came to be directing episodes of the show. Check out what he had to say after the jump. »
- Christina Radish
The new Fox comedy, Rake, is the next entry in the category of television shows remade from overseas efforts, and while it doesn’t come with all the same hurdles as most similar efforts, it has a tricky road ahead of it. The normal course would be to talk about the differences in comedic styles inherent in moving something across the pond, a problem Fox will soon face when it tries to “Americanize” the beloved, and wonderful, Gavin & Stacey with the upcoming Us & Them. This time, the show is from Australia, originally starred Richard Roxburgh, and aimed for a dark and tragic brand of comedy that was almost completely unique.
Roxburgh was not only brilliant, but brilliantly cast, relaying enough charm and delivering the proper form of wit to keep the character engaging and likable, no matter what he did. A modern version of a frequent side character in Elizabethan »
- Marc Eastman
Although TV has no shortage of roguish ne’er-do-wells, they are seldom as entertaining — at least initially — as the protagonist in “Rake,” a lawyer/womanizer/compulsive gambler whose life is a runaway train wreck occasionally interrupted by high-profile, slightly bizarre cases. Alas, the quirky legal shenanigans that give the series, presumably, its procedural foundation are also the least interesting aspect of the show, which features Greg Kinnear’s comic abilities with a tone that perhaps most closely resembles CBS’ “The Good Wife.” Those qualities also make the program’s prospects difficult to read, which of course wouldn’t stop our fumbling hero from betting on it.
The show is adapted from an Australian series, with Kinnear’s Keegan Deane shuffling from one crisis to the next, taking on cases mostly to service his vices. As presented in the Sam Raimi-directed premiere (which replaces, but closely resembles, the pilot), those »
- Brian Lowry
The new trailer is now online for the upcoming biopic about civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, titled Cesar Chavez. The film stars Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Jacob Vargas, Michael Cudlitz, John Ortiz, Wes Bentley, Julian Sands, Gabriel Mann, Kevin Dunn, Yancey Arias, and Mark Moses.
Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world. »
- Kellvin Chavez
It's rare when a film adaptation lives up the book it was based on so with that in mind I have compiled a list of 40 books that have been adapted for the big screen that we can expect to see in theaters this year. This includes two books from Gillian Flynn, young adult adaptations of work by Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, a short story from Dennis Lehane, a Nick Hornby adaptation, and an adaptation written by Nick Hornby, a new John le Carre adaptation and a prequel to the stories written by Tom Clancy as well as a couple comics and graphic novel adaptations from the likes of Frank Miller and Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Alexander O. Smith. I've added everything I could think of and while I'm sure I missed a few, please forgive me and hopefully you'll find something that appeals to your taste on the list. »
- Brad Brevet
While the "Rake" session at the TCA 2014 winter press tour was filled with information about the upcoming Fox dramedy, the best moment during the event wasn't serious or informational at all.
Executive producer Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me"), who has been a consistently entertaining presence at past TCA events, had a hilarious prepared bit to poke fun at what he was and wasn't supposed to discuss during the panel.
He said Fox's publicity department contacted him a month ago with a list of what the network didn't want him to bring up. Tolan didn't take too well to that mandate, and his response was priceless.
It was scathing and tongue-in-cheek and fantastic, and if it's any indication of what viewers can expect from "Rake," then they are in for a treat. Here is the transcription of Tolan reading from his "journal" about the events that happened on set in its entirety. »
Peter Tolan came to the TCA Winter TV Press Tour to talk about Fox’s new Rake, based on the successful Australian series about a charming, self-destructive lawyer with no self-edit button, on which Tolan’s joining series creator Peter Duncan as executive producer. One critic reminded Tolan he’s best known at press tour for his profanity-laced screeds against broadcast TV, and wondered what he was doing at one now. “I’m glad you asked me that question “ he said, explaining he’s so annoyed by a note he got from the Fox publicity department about coming to the tour today as to what he could, and could not, talk about in the presence of TV critics. “I was so upset I wrote about it in my journal.” Out came the journal: Sept 16: First Day of Shooting, Greg showed up drunk and with hooker named Tammy on his arm, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Tomorrow will bring us my top ten most anticipated movies of 2014, but we must first look at the ten films that fell just out of reach, though I must say this is a rather impressive grouping and it's rather obvious how much more excited I am about each one of these lists the closer we get to the top. Today's list includes a couple of comedies, my highest ranking studio franchise feature, a directorial debut we've all been looking forward to, an On Demand release and more than a few directors whose names alone get us into the theater. Check it out and if you missed either of my two previous installments there is a navigation directly below and on the final page of this post. Most Anticipated 2014 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 #20 Knights of Badassdom January 21 Peter Dinklage and Ryan Kwanten in Knights of BadassdomPhoto: eOne Films Knights of Badassdom »
- Brad Brevet
15 items from 2014
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