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Film Review: ‘Equity’ Tells a Story of Women in High Finance

14 August 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The key moment in “Equity” is early in the film. The main character was asked at a seminar why she got into high level finance. She paused for a second, and said “money.” The gals can be just as greedy as the guys, and their stakes in that greed can be just as exploitable.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

But this isn’t about greed as much as the madness of financial pursuit. It is portrayed as an addictive high, hard to let go of no matter how much has been added to the bank account. And there are always rivals, and at that level they’ll stop at nothing to get advantage. This is a human story created by women, and not so much a cautionary tale but a lesson in the status quo. The pacing of this story is deliberate, to a fault, yet the humanity is true. There is no evolution in competition, »

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‘Altered Carbon’: James Purefoy, Martha Higareda & 2 Others Cast In Netflix Series

4 August 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Martha Higareda (Royal Pains) is set as the female lead opposite Joel Kinnaman and Hap and Leonard’s James Purefoy will co-star in Altered Carbon, Netflix’s futuristic drama series conceived, written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis. Also cast in the series, from Skydance Television, are Dichen Lachman (The Last Ship) and Leonardo Nam (Westworld). Based on Richard Morgan's award-winning 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel, Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century when… »

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Equity Movie Review

2 August 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Equity Sony Pictures Classics/Broad Street Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Meera Menon Written by: Amy Fox, story by Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Amy Fox Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/29/16 Opens: July 29, 2016 When a woman congratulates a business associate on the latter’s pregnancy, she may be stabbing her in the back (to avoid hurting the fetus, presumably).  This is the case when Samantha (Alysia Reiner) wants nobody in her firm to know her condition, since people on the fast track could transfer quickly to the mommy track if the boss finds out—which is exactly  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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‘Equity’ Review: Anna Gunn Is a She-Wolf of Wall Street in Overdone Drama

29 July 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Equity,” for the most part, may be a refreshing story about female investment bankers — and coders and investigators — who can behave just as ferociously as men in their respective careers. But whereas Meera Menon’s film portrays the pitfalls that often await women who work in a predominantly male business, it’s also overcharged with so much grrrl power that it could blackout an entire Wall Street block. “Diamonds,” says our heroine, Naomi (Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”), when her longtime boyfriend, hedge-funder Michael (James Purefoy), asks why they never got married. She then relates the anecdote about how they met, »

- Tricia Olszewski

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 29, 2016)

28 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Bad Moms

Director: John Lucas and Scott Moore

Cast: Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Emjay Anthony, Jay Jablonski, Kesha Rose Sebert

Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »

- Steve Greene

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'Equity' Review: The She-Wolf of Wall Street

27 July 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Dudes only" — that might as well be the motto when it comes to big-screen finance dramas such as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short. In Equity, an explosive corporate thriller, a dynamite Anna Gunn fights back. As investment banker Naomi Bishop, the Breaking Bad Emmy winner comes out blazing, and it's not just the dickheads at the top she's gunning for. Even her hedge-funder boyfriend, Michael Connor (James Purefoy, oozing seductive sleaze), will exploit her for selfish reasons. She can't trust the women in her life either: Her protégé, »

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Watch Anna Gunn Wade Through A Web Of Corruption In Latest Equity Trailer

1 July 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Pegged for release at the tail-end of July, Sony Pictures has premiered a brooding new trailer for Equity, the financial drama headed up by former Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn.

Cut from the same cloth as Adam McKay’s Oscar-winning The Big Short, the rather excellent Margin Call and 99 Homes, Equity is set against the ruthless world of high-stakes banking, where Gunn’s head honcho Naomi Bishop navigates a world of double-crossing and corruption.

For a subgenre that has traditionally revolved around male characters thrust into a shady web of politics and deceit, at the very least, Equity looks set to offer up a breath of fresh air for financial dramas, and after nabbing multiple awards for her glowering turn as Walter White’s significant other, Anna Gunn certainly makes for a compelling and cutthroat Wall Street banker. Meera Menon directs the thriller, and here’s an overview of what »

- Michael Briers

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‘Hap and Leonard’ Renewed for Season 2 on Sundance

29 June 2016 8:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

SundanceTV has renewed “Hap and Leonard” — starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams as lifelong best friends mucked in swampy, offbeat misadventures — for a second season. “Hell on Wheels” veteran John Wirth will join as showrunner and executive producer, with Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jeremy Platt, Linda Moran and Nick Shumaker back as executive producers. Purefoy plays Hap Collins, an East Texas white boy fond of Southern ladies, and Williams plays hot-tempered gay, black Vietnam vet Leonard Pine. The show is inspired by the books by Joe R. Lansdale and developed by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici. Also Read: Christina Hendricks Cast in SundanceTV's 'Hap. »

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‘Hap and Leonard’ Renewed for Season 2 at SundanceTV

28 June 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SundanceTV has renewed comedic noir series “Hap and Leonard” for Season 2, the network announced Tuesday.

Starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams, the second season will consist of six episodes scheduled to debut in 2017. John Wirth (“Hell on Wheels,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) will join the project as showrunner and executive producer for Season 2.

The series is based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale and was developed by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici. The second season will take inspiration from “Mucho Mojo,” the second installment of Lansdale’s the book series.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing ‘Hap and Leonard’ back for another season with these completely unique characters,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “James, Michael and the creative and production team did a superb job bringing Joe Lansdale’s characters to life in Season 1, and Sundance viewers responded accordingly. We »

- Laura Prudom

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Hap and Leonard: Season Two Renewal for SundanceTV Series

27 June 2016 3:06 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_51530" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hap and Leonard TV show renewed for a second season on SundanceTV (James Minchin/Sundance Film Holdings LLC).[/caption]

Star James Purefoy has announced his Hap and Leonard TV show has been renewed for a second season. The renewal does not come as a surprise. Last month, we reported it was expected. SundanceTV has not yet issued an official press release. Hap and Leonard season two is expected to consist of six episodes.

Purefoy stars as Hap Collins, in this comic "swamp noir" series. Hap is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women. Michael Kenneth Williams also stars as Leonard Pine, his best friend -- a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. The cast also includes Jimmi Simpson, Bill Sage, Pollyanna McIntosh, Neil Sandilands, and Jeff Pope.



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TVLine Items: Matthew Goode's Sci-Fi Gig, Hap & Leonard Renewal and More

27 June 2016 1:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Aliens, meet Matthew Goode.

The Good Wife alum is set to star in a pilot based on Wgn America’s adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s science fiction novel Roadside Picnic, Deadline reports.

RelatedFall TV Schedule 2016: What’s on When? And Versus What?

Goode will play Red, a man who studies and enters “the Zone,” an area where aliens recently lived, to explore and sell valuable artifacts. Roadside Picnic was one of two pilots orders given by Wgn in March, along with an adaptation of DC Comics’ Scalped.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

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SundanceTV Renews ‘Hap and Leonard’ for Second Season (Did You Watch Season 1?)

27 June 2016 10:19 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

On a brighter note @HapAndLeonard has been officially picked up for Season 2.. — James Purefoy (@JamesPurefoy) June 27, 2016 SundanceTV has apparently renewed its new original series, “Hap and Leonard,” for a second season. Based on the award-winning novel… Continue Reading → »

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"Hap and Leonard" Renewed For Season 2

27 June 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

SundanceTV has renewed its swamp-set, six-episode drama TV series "Hap and Leonard" for a second season following its launch in March.

Based on Joe R. Lansdale's books, James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams star as two mismatched best friends who take part in a get-rich-quick scheme that quickly goes awry.

Jim Mickle and Nick Damici ("Cold in July") penned the series which Mickle directed while Nick Schumaker and Jeremy Platt are executive producing. An episode count, or expected premiere date for season two, has not yet been announced.

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- Garth Franklin

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New image from Churchill starring Brian Cox as filming wraps

27 June 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few weeks back we brought you a first look image of Brian Cox as Winston Churchill in director Jonathan Teplitzky’s upcoming biopic of the legendary British Prime Minister, and now Salon Pictures has debuted another still from Churchill to mark the end of principal photography, which sees Cox joined by Ella Purnell and Miranda Richardson.

May 23rd, 1944: as tensions mount in the 48-hours preceding D-Day, the now-beleaguered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Zodiac, War & Peace, Troy), must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. With the entire War effort ultimately hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. As the Wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his inner-demons in order to navigate the Allies to victory.

Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Testament of Youth) plays beloved wife Clemmie Churchill, »

- Gary Collinson

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Brexit Petition: Rob Delaney, James Corden & More Celebs Urge People to Sign to Overturn EU Departure

26 June 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In a move that came as a shock to many both in Britain and the world at large, U.K. voters on Thursday opted to leave the European Union. Just under half of voters were opposed to the hotly debated referendum, whose full effects and implications will likely take years to fully manifest. In response, a petition has been launched calling for new stipulations to the process — namely, that if either the Leave or Remain vote is less than 60% based on a turnout of less than 75%, there should be another referendum.

Read More: Ricky Gervais, Hugh Laurie & More of Hollywood’s British Community Shocked About Brexit Vote

A number of celebrities — who, based on public calls to action, appear to have largely been in favor of remaining in the EU — have both signed and drawn attention to the do-over request. “Sign, if you’d like to,” tweeted James Corden. “I have. »

- Michael Nordine

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Nicole Kidman Joins Top of the Lake Season 2 Opposite Elisabeth Moss

13 June 2016 6:33 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Nicole Kidman is diving back into the TV waters via Top of the Lake.

The Oscar winner — who just wrapped production on the HBO limited series Big Little Lies opposite Reese Witherspoon — will star in the SundanceTV thriller’s upcoming second season in an unspecified role, Deadline reports. Titled Top Of The Lake: China Girl, the story — which picks up four years after the events of Season 1 — finds Elisabeth Moss’ Detective Robin Griffin investigating the case of an unidentified body which washes up on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

RelatedHBO Orders Drama Pilots From EPs Adam McKay, Kathryn Bigelow

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

1 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After seven nominations for playing Don Draper, the eighth time was the charm for Jon Hamm, who finally took home the prize last year for “Mad Men” in its final season. With Hamm now out of the race, the path is cleared for an actor who has never won for his current role. Some of the category’s frontrunners have won previously, some for lead actor, some in other categories, including Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), who won for “Friday Night Lights”; Bobby Cannavale (“Vinyl”), a “Boardwalk Empire” winner; Aaron Paul (“The Path”), who won for “Breaking Bad”; and “Billions” pair Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, who took home prizes for “Homeland” and “John Adams,” respectively. Actors who have received previous noms for their current characters without a win include Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”). The likely newcomer »

- Variety Staff

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 30-June 5

30 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only

"London Has Fallen"

It's Memorial Day in the U.S., so instead of watching our landmarks get blown up on screen, why not head across the pond and see how the U.K. likes it. "London Has Fallen" has its Digital HD release on May 31, then on disc/demand June 14. Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and company return for this sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen," following the aftermath of the British Prime Minster's death. Bonus features include "The Making of London Has Fallen," featuring interviews with cast and crew; and "Guns, Knives & Explosives," delving deeper into Butler's character, Mike Banning, and the extensive training he needed to play a Secret Service agent.

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- Gina Carbone

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Remaking 'Roots' should have been an awful idea. But the new one's great.

26 May 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"This is how I heard about the boy, Kunta Kinte," Alex Haley (Laurence Fishburne) tells us in the opening moments of History's new miniseries Roots. "And this is how I'll tell you the story." The importance of stories, and the way that we tell them, form the heart of the new Roots, which debuts Monday night at 9 (the eight-hour project will air over four straight nights, simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime). From the time we meet Kunta (Malachi Kirby) as a young man abducted from his home in Juffure, Gambia by slavers, until we leave his descendants over 100 years later in the post-Civil War American South, Roots prizes the power of stories and tradition, from how Kunta's Uncle Silla (Derek Luke) teaches him the ways of the Mandinka warrior, to how Kunta's grandson Chicken George (Rege-Jean Page) will tell his own offspring stories about the grandfather he never met, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Jonathan Teplitzky begins shooting Churchill bio-drama with Brian Cox

25 May 2016 5:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Brian Cox as Churchill.

Shooting has begun in Scotland on Jonathan Teplitzky's next film, Churchill, starring Brian Cox as the man himself.

The film was written by Alex von Tunzelmann, best known for her Guardian column Reel History,.on the historical accuracy - or not - of certain movies.

Churchill takes place in the forty-eight hours leading up to D-Day in May 1944, and, given it marks von Tunzelmann's feature debut, is presumably unimpeachable on historical grounds.

Joining Cox in the cast are Miranda Richardson as Churchill's wife Clemmie, John Slattery as Eisenhower, James Purefoy as George VI and Ella Purnell as Churchill's secretary.

Teplitzky (The Railway Man, Better Than Sex) said that "to work with Brian Cox and see him play such an icon will be an incredible experience..

Producers are Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of Salon Pictures with Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford.s Tempo Productions, »

- Staff Writer

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