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For fans of The Americans, it’s tough to pick between the Jennings parents. Both Philip and Elizabeth are so essential, so scary, so Russian. Yet we must choose only one to be the show’s best character, because, well, who doesn’t love a good game of spy-vs.-spy? And as great as both are, I’d say Matthew Rhys’ Philip has the edge over Keri Russell’s Elizabeth. Even if just by a (wig) hair.
Like his wife, Philip contains murderous multitudes: He’s a walking, running, snarling one-man show with own dense cast of characters. There’s Clark Westerfeld, »
- Ray Rahman
James Marsden is set to join the cast of HBO’s upcoming sci-fi pilot "Westworld," a TV series reimagining of Michael Crichton's 1973 Western thriller. Marsden will play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town.
The story is set in the near future in a theme park full of robots where guests can live out any fantasy they wish. Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman also star. [Source: Variety]
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a welterweight champ whose career soars as his personal life falls apart. Harris will play a social worker who works with Gyllenhaal’s character. [Source: Deadline]
Untitled Christmas Eve Movie
- Garth Franklin
• Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan will play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s love interest in Sony’s untitled Christmas Eve-set comedy. Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie will star as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City for their annual night-before-Christmas bash. Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) will play Rogen’s wife in the film from writer/director Jonathan Levine, who previously worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt on the cancer comedy 50/50. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
We’ve got casting for two untitled films to report on this afternoon. Briefly: Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan and 22 Jump Street scene-stealer Jillian Bell have joined the cast of the untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Americans star Matthew Rhys will play the antagonist opposite Bradley Cooper in the untitled chef movie. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. THR reports that Lizzy Caplan has joined the cast of director Jonathan Levine’s Untitled Christmas Eve Movie, while Deadline reports that Jillian Bell has also been added to the mix. The film stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City for their annual tradition of going out on Christmas Eve. The pic reunites Rogen and Gordon-Levitt with their 50/50 director Levine, and Caplan plays the female lead opposite Rogen and James Franco »
- Adam Chitwood
One of the biggest Emmy snubs this year was Matthew Rhys from the Best Leading Actor in a Drama Series category. His equally chilling and compelling turn as Kgb agent Philip Jennings on The Americans was the high point of the show’s second season. However, he was passed over due to a packed TV landscape (and the inclusion of two True Detective actors in that category). Regardless, those looking to see Rhys scowl and seduce even more are in luck, as the actor is now attached to an untitled culinary film from director John Wells starring Bradley Cooper.
Matthew Rhys will play a character named – get this – Reece. (It is no wonder he got the part – perhaps it was written with the Brothers and Sisters star in mind.) Reece is a rival chef of Cooper’s Adam Jones. In the film, Jones is a two Michelin star chef in »
- Jordan Adler
Southpaw, The Brian Banks Story, Chef, and other films have all made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. The Siege Of Jadotville Jamie Dornan…got a supporting part [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
The actor will play a rival chef who gets in Cooper's way when he sets out to obtain a Michelin three-star rating, Deadline reports.
The film was recently given its third title - Untitled John Wells Project - until another name can be decided upon.
Cooper and co-star Sienna Miller have been photographed filming in London in recent weeks, including scenes at the Burger King restaurant in Leicester Square.
The Americans star Matthew Rhys has joined the cast of the Weinstein Company's culinary movie (which is untitled, after Jon Favreau's Chef came out and stole its thunder), starring Bradley Cooper as a bad-boy chef trying for his third Michelin star, with Rhys playing his nemesis. As far as we know the film is set in the present day, although we would pay serious money to see these two competing in some sort of '80s hair-off. »
- Anna Silman
Director John Wells and star Bradley Cooper are already hard at work at the chef-focused film that for some time was called Adam Jones – after Cooper’s lead character – but which now appears to be back in untitled territory. This week they’ve found someone to be Adam’s nemesis, and it’s not Anton Ego. Matthew Rhys is on board to cause him bother.Whatever it ends up being named, the film finds Cooper as a famous chef whose wild style and daring way with a menu has led to him becoming a rock star in the kitchen. But his crazy, partying personality starts to undermine him, especially when he has a shot at his own restaurant and an elusive third Michelin star.Rhys will play Reece, the man who stands in the way of Adam’s comeback. The actor has had plenty of practice thwarting the interests of America, »
Principal photography started last month in New Orleans, then shifted to London from July 27 to Sept. 26.
Cooper will play a chef in Paris who only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste and wants to obtain the Michelin three-star rating. Rhys will play a rival chef who stands in the way.
- Dave McNary
Matthew Rhys is cooking up a rivalry with Bradley Cooper. The Americans star is joining the actor in an untitled cooking project from The Weinstein Company, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. John Wells is directing the film, which will see Rhys play a rival to Cooper's chef character. Steven Knight wrote the script, which centers on Adam Jones (Cooper), a chef living in Paris whose bad behavior has ruined his career. He's plotting a comeback, but that chance could be destroyed by his nemesis Reece (Rhys) Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg and Erwin Stoff are producing the project, which is shooting
- Aaron Couch
Exclusive: So good as the embedded Russian spy in the FX Cold War series The Americans, Matthew Rhys has signed on to star alongside Bradley Cooper in the untitled John Wells-directed culinary project at The Weinstein Company. He’ll play Reece, the rival of Cooper’s chef character in the Steven Knight-scripted film. Cooper plays Adam Jones, a two Michelin Star chef in Paris whose ability to create explosions of taste is undermined by his badboy rants and diva behavior that destroy his career. Reece stands in the way of his comeback. Produced by Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg and Erwin Stoff, the […] »
In the midst of much discussion and some controversy over whether True Detective should really be up for a Best Drama Emmy despite being an eight-episode mini-series, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced new category definitions for the Golden Globes today. Under new rules, the acclaimed HBO crime drama can not be nominated as a drama series.
The biggest change is that the HFPA is getting rid of the mini-series categories and replacing them with “limited series” categories. A limited series does not necessarily mean that the series has a short run, but it must have a story and characters that are confined to only one season or series. Under those rules, True Detective would run as a limited series, while a show like BBC’s Sherlock (that airs three 90-minute episodes each year) could be up for Best Drama.
Some of these changes likely arrived due to industry pressure. »
- Jordan Adler
The Americans hearkens back to an era of political thrillers that have long since died out in favor of more action and less paranoia-laced cloak and dagger antics. That it works as a period piece set during the height of the Cold War only makes each episode of its first season that much sweeter as it has to jump through fewer technological hoops and can instead just focus on the skill of the Russian sleeper agents (played here by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) at fooling everyone around them, including their neighbor (Noah Emmerich), an FBI Agent slowly growing wise to the presence of spies living among the average Americans. The Americans takes great pains to create high dramatic stakes even as it never goes after anything as lofty as presidential assassinations or a major terrorism plot. It’s all about infiltration and data gathering, an agenda that sounds boring »
- Lex Walker
Matthew McConaughey just doesn't lose! The actor brought his good looks and winning spirit to the Television Critics Association Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday. He faced steep competition in the individual achievement in drama category - Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) were all nominated - but Matthew took home the award for his gripping portrayal of Rust in HBO's True Detective. Bryan showed his support for Matthew, posing with the actor and his gorgeous wife, Camila Alves. The Orange Is the New Black ladies brought a high dose of glamour to the show, with Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, and Danielle Brooks all trading their prison jumpsuits for stunning ensembles. The women took center stage to accept the award for outstanding new program. In other big moments, Julia Louis-Dreyfus walked »
- Nick Maslow
This should take some of the sting out of that Emmy snub.
Related Emmys 2014: The Complete Nominations List
Breaking Bad, however, did not go home empty-handed; the TCA honored the show’s final eight-episode run with the Program of the Year prize (the second consecutive year it won the top award).
Hulk recently smashed Twitter, or at least his punier human half Mark Ruffalo did. The Avengers actor confirmed that he was in the early stages of developing a big-screen reboot of TV's most beloved detective, although the #RuffaloColumbo kerfuffle may yet turn out to be one of those superheated social media storms that flares up and is then immediately forgotten.
At the very least, #RuffaloColumbo has reminded the wider world how much it used to love Columbo. After the late Peter Falk's magnificent, sublimely modulated performances in 69 feature-length episodes, from the gritty 1970s through to the garish 1990s, it feels almost disrespectful to imagine anyone else in the rumpled raincoat. But the last ever Falk episode co-starring a fresh-faced Matthew Rhys from The Americans, »
- Graeme Virtue
For the second consecutive year, Margo Martindale is up for Best Drama Guest Actress for her role as Kgb handler Claudia on "The Americans." Last year, she lost to Carrie Preston ("The Good Wife"), but Preston's snub this year means the race is wide open. If she wins, it'll be Emmy #2 for Martindale, who claimed Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2011 for her role on "Justified." Her episode submission this year is "Behind the Red Door." -Break- Watch: Margo Martindale to her award rivals: 'Eat the fish, bitch!' Synopsis: Claudia has a discussion with Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) about the possibility of Captain Larrick (Lee Tergesen) being Emmett and Leanne's killer. When the couple meets with him, they determine that he most likely wasn't the killer, but Claudia is adamant and says that he's a dangerous man. Later, Elizabeth tries to ge...' »
Girls, “Two Plane Rides”
Written by Lena Dunham
Directed by Lena Dunham
Aired March 23rd, 2014
Do you remember how last season’s Girls run ended? Well this season things culminated in an entirely different tone. This time, there were no grand gestures or fireworks. Season three isn’t quite as dark as season two, but man is the finale rough. If the season two finale frustrated fans because it suggested that Hannah might be too dependent on the man in her life, the season three finale seems intent on underlining that Hannah’s ready to move on, with or without Adam. And she isn’t the only one moving on, but she seems to be the only one moving in the right direction: Hannah gets into the country’s best grad school, Adam gives a truly “bad” performance in his Broadway debut, Marnie finds herself in another destructive relationship, Shosh »
- Kate Kulzick
“I got asked a lot about this ad, and they said, ‘Do you find it morally disturbing?’ And I said, ‘Look, honestly, I find every other form of advertising more morally disturbing. Beer commercials, aftershave. This is just a fucking worm in the eye!’”
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf agreed. “We had to terrify some children in order to launch this show, but I think it was worth it. Just saying,” he added. “‘The Strain’ is a modern take on the vampire myth, one in which vampires are brutal parasites aiming to take over the world. Think of them as the new one percent.”
“I’ve been obsessed with vampires since I was a child. I was very, very lonely,” del Toro joked. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
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