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Tony Award-winning Broadway star Marian Seldes, who was larger than life in person and on stage, died Monday night following an extended illness. She was 86. “It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died,” her brother Timothy Seldes wrote in a statement. “She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family.” Also read: ‘Homeland’ Actor James Rebhorn Writes Touching Obituary — to Himself Seldes, who was defined by her signature booming stage voice that resonated with articulate. »
- Jeremy Blacklow
What does Homeland look like (mostly) minus Nicholas Brody?
The Showtime drama answered that question with Sunday night’s double-episode Season 4 premiere, which found Carrie serving as Station Chief in Kabul after trading away her cushy Istanbul gig for one that disallows dependents — carrot-topped cuties included.
But more on poor Frannie in a bit.
Related Showtime Boss Weighs In on Homeland Season 3 Backlash
The season opens with a literal bang, as Carrie oversees a strike on a Pakistani farmhouse, inside which is No. 4 baddie Haissam Haqqani. The intel came from a usually reliable source of Station Chief Sandy Bachman’s, »
"Homeland" is back for a fourth season, and while I don't plan to cover the show regularly anymore, I have some thoughts on the two-hour premiere, coming up just as soon as I wage a 1-year war 14 times... "You know what? Fuck you! No, really, Carrie. Fuck you! What the hell is wrong with you?" -Quinn Once upon a time, Showtime was going to air only a single "Homeland" episode tonight, paired with the debut of Dominic West and company in "The Affair." At a certain point — possibly because "The Affair" appears to be behind schedule (critics still haven't seen more than the first episode) — the plan changed to the double feature we got instead. But in terms of shaping the real-world narrative about the state of "Homeland" post-Brody, I think the show would have been much better off with the original scheduling. On its own, "The Drone Queen" does »
- Alan Sepinwall
Meet the new, improved “Homeland.” After two disappointing seasons, the Showtime series’ dramatic culmination of its original story has shifted the focus squarely onto Claire Danes’ complex CIA operative, and simultaneously allowed the producers to shed more irritating elements (see Brody, Dana). What emerges, then, in a two-episode premiere and subsequent hour is a show that lacks the initial kick the program delivered, but plays like a smart, spare thriller — “24,” without the James Bond-style super-heroics. “Homeland” might never be a truly great series again, but if it stays on this path it will be an eminently watchable one.
Admittedly, the show has a lot of recovering to do as it pivots to face a new threat. Not only is it without the character of Nicholas Brody (as played by Damian Lewis), but the death of actor James Rebhorn has deprived the producers of his talents as the father of Danes’ Carrie Mathison. »
- Brian Lowry
Network: USA Networks
Episodes: 81 (hour)
TV show dates: October 23, 2009 -- present
Series status: Ending
TV show description:
Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) -- a conman, forger, and thief -- is visited in jail by his girlfriend, but it doesn't go well. This leads him to make his escape from the maximum security federal prison to search for her. He's recaptured by the same FBI agent, Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), who previously sent him to jail. While out, he gives Burke some information concerning another case. That evolves into a deal that keeps Caffrey out of prison on a work release type of program. In exchange, he must help Burke catch other criminals. »
Of all the shows that have come out of the Us over the past few years, none have been more widely watched or indeed talked about than Homeland. With its unexpected plot turns and political storylines that have had millions gripped to their seats across the globe, the show has become the staple of cable network Showtime, as well as keeping us UK’ers up late on a Sunday evening to see what would transpire next.
With season three about to be unleashed on home release for those still playing catch-up, the weight of expectancy and anticipation on the show on its original airing was huge, and found itself not just trying to stay ahead of the game, but at something of a story crossroads as to where the intricacies, double-crossings and everything in between would be heading.
It certainly left us on »
- Scott Davis
The filmmaker revealed that Hugh Jackman is ready to reprise his role as Charlie Kenton, but they will only make a follow-up if they can find a fresh story.
"We have been quietly developing a sequel to Real Steel for three and a half years. We've come up with some great scripts but Hugh and I would only make it if the plot feels fresh, but also the character journeys feel fresh, and we've found both but never at the same time. It's ongoing. I know the clock is ticking. That movie, weirdly, for a movie that did very well globally--it did okay domestically--but the love for Real Steel remains kind of unique »
Fleming: I had the dubious honor this week of writing our Robin Williams obit. Well actually it was more of a news story than, say, the obit of Lauren Bacall that came a day later. I found it a soul-sucking experience, leaving me the same empty feeling as when we published similar pieces on Tony Scott, Paul Walker, Whitney Houston, James Gandolfini, Corey Monteith and Michael Jackson. Juggling hard news with empathy in reporting a tragic loss of one so brilliant is the recipe for an awful day.
Bart: The suicide of a figure like Robin Williams always forces an editor to make a painful distinction: There’s a difference between a celebrity and a mythic figure. A celebrity gets a respectful obit. »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Which NCIS vet is getting an overdue origin story? Is Arrow‘s newcomer keeping secrets? Which Dexter alum is heading to Criminal Minds? Will a Castle quasi-couple finally get their due? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Any new info on Arrow’s Ray Palmer would be appreciated! –Rida
Hmm, I do like to be appreciated. Playing the Arrow newcomer, onetime Superman Brandon Routh is (like onetime Lois Lane Teri Hatcher) “spectacular,” Ep Marc Guggenheim tells TVLine. “He has exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. And what’s fun about the way Brandon interacts with »
"The criticism hurt, the lack of an Emmy nomination hurt, but we're going to come back strong and try to get back to the mountaintop." This was "Homeland" co-creator Alex Gansa, appearing with his fellow writers Alexander Cary and Meredith Stiehm at a press tour panel designed to preview the Showtime drama's fourth season (which debuts October 5), but that spent a lot of time revisiting a lot of the complaints about season 3. Gansa tried to steer into that particular skid by opening the panel with a joke about how the series will have to move on without a character whom viewers loved to hate, or hated to love — only he was referring not to Nicholas Brody, but Dana Brody. (He later said that it wasn't likely the Brody family would appear this season.) But he, Cary and Stiehm spent much of the panel politely but firmly disagreeing with various season 3 criticisms. »
- Alan Sepinwall
When Homeland returns to television this fall, fans of the Showtime political thriller will have to come to terms with a dramatically transformed show. Brody (Damian Lewis) is dead and gone, his wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and children Dana (Morgan Saylor) and Chris (Jackson Pace) are no longer part of the show, and protagonist Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), heavily pregnant with Brody’s child, has become the CIA’s station chief in Istanbul. Even Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is facing changes, now that he’s been fired from the CIA.
Luckily, there will be a host of newcomers to help Homeland get its momentum going again. Following the additions of Laila Robins (as a series regular), Corey Stoll (as a recurring guest star) and Suraj Sharma (in a heavily recurring role), Homeland has landed Raza Jaffrey and Michael O’Keefe for its fourth season.
Jaffrey, known for his roles in Eastern Promises, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Homeland” star Damian Lewis has signed on to play Henry VIII opposite Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in PBS's much-anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel's “Wolf Hall.” The six-part miniseries is a Company Pictures and Playground co-production for BBC Two and Masterpiece in association with BBC Worldwide. Also read: ‘Homeland’ Actor James Rebhorn Writes Touching Obituary — to Himself Lewis (pictured in “Homeland”) won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as Sgt. Nicholas Brody during his three seasons on Showtime's terrorism drama. BAFTA-winning director Peter Kosminsky (“White Oleander”) will direct “Wolf Hall,” which follows the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor. »
- Tim Molloy
Even though the third season finale of Homeland aired nearly five months ago, fans of the show still can’t seem to come to terms with Brody’s shocking death by hanging. The show’s star Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison) and showrunner/executive producer Alex Gansa were peppered with questions about the drama’s decision to kill off such a major character during a TV Academy panel for the show Friday night in Los Angeles. Gansa wouldn’t comment on a potential flashback/dream cameo by Damien Lewis as Brody, but hinted at a few details about the fourth season, »
- Stephanie Robbins
Comedian John Pinette was found dead at age 52 in his hotel room in Pittsburg on Saturday, April 5.
According to the medical examiner, Pinette died of natural causes related to “a medical history he was being treated for." According to the New York Daily News, Pinette was being treated for liver and heart disease.
Pinette earned a place in history in 1998 when he appeared as Howie, the victim of a carjacking in the Seinfeld series finale, but he was also a successful and beloved stand-up comedian and was still touring at the time of his death.
Friends and comedians took to Twitter to express their grief over the loss.
The world has lost a truly funny person. Rest in peace John Pinette.
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) April 7, 2014
Never worked with John Pinette; never heard a bad word about him. And he Loved being a comedian. He got dealt a good life. #Rip »
“Homeland” is going on a road trip. The acclaimed Showtime drama will shoot in Cape Town, South Africa, for its upcoming fourth season, with production beginning in mid-June and continuing through November. Also read: ‘Homeland’ Actor James Rebhorn Writes Touching Obituary — to Himself The series had been shooting in Charlotte, N.C. The fourth season of the series will find find CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror. See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 “We've. »
- Tim Kenneally
Lucy Hood, president and COO of the Television Academy, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 56. Hood, who earned an Mba from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, was the founder of Fox Mobile Entertainment and the Executive Director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management, and also had a hand in launching News Corporation technology businesses such as Fox.com, FX Cable an News Corp Content Group. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) She was appointed executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology at the University of Southern California in 2009. Also read: ‘Homeland’ Actor James Rebhorn Writes. »
- Tim Kenneally
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Brian Salisbury of One of Us and Film School Rejects to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic was a discussion on character actors in honor of the passing of James Rebhorn this past week. The guys briefly scratch the surface of their favorite character actors and talk over how some of them have transitioned to leading parts. They also go through a few older leading role actors who have now slipped into obscurity and are now taking more interesting and eccentric roles. Enjoy. Download #191 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP191.mp3" title="Those Guys! Character Actors (Guest: Brian Salisbury)"]The Golden Briefcase #191[/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: Checking In to Cinema's Hotels (Guest: Ed Travis) Our Guest: Brian Salisbury: @Briguysalisbury Picks of the Week: Jeremy: Alan Partridge Brian: Sudden Impact Tim: »
- Tim Buel
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! I know that some of you have been feeling a little Firewall & Iceberg Podcast withdrawal. Apologies. Alan was traveling. And I was traveling. And there was only a limited amount of new TV to talk about. And y'all got *two* in-person video shows! So Firewall & Iceberg still loved you these past two weeks. Just not in podcast form. But we're back. And it's a fairly busy podcast today. We answer some mail about various things including Emmy category manipulation, we paid brief tribute to the late James Rebhorn and we talked about the finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls." And next week should be even busier! And I sound like poo in this week's podcast. No clue why. Apologies. Here's today's breakdown: Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00:20:25) Listener Mail - The future of "Enlisted" (00:20:32 - 00:28:10) James Rebhorn »
- Daniel Fienberg
Hey, remember the Firewall & Iceberg podcast? Due to recent travels by both me and Dan, not to mention a bit of a slow period in between the end of the Olympics and the flood of April premieres, we haven't done a podcast in a few weeks. That changed today, however, as Dan and I got on the line — with the usual iffiness from Skype — to discuss the recent Emmy categorization news, the fate of "Enlisted" (a segment recorded before Fox announced that the show was being pulled from the schedule after this week's episode), the death of James Rebhorn and the recent finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls." And there is so much stuff debuting next week that even with the video show and the podcast, we may not be able to contain it all. The rundown: Here's today's breakdown: Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00: »
- Alan Sepinwall
Cinema Blend super depressing think piece about Chris Evans planned retirement after Captain America and why our franchise culture kills an actor's passion
Empire Madonna is not done directing. Next up: Ade: A Love Story based on the novel by Alice Walker's daughter
Guardian wonders when we'll start seeing gay parents in family films from Disney
Variety True Detective will compete in drama rather than in miniseries at the Emmys. Interesting move, right? I still think the Emmys need to start making rulings on this sort of thing just so there's consistency, rather than letting the shows decide.
The Wire Fwiw this is the article that seems to make the most sense as to why HBO is doing that
- NATHANIEL R
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