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Gабриэль возвращается. After recurring on the third season of FX’s Cold War drama The Americans, Frank Langella is set to return for Season 4, reprising his role as Gabriel, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth's (Keri Russell) mysterious Kgb handler. Set in the early 1980s, The Americans, which just concluded its third season, centers on the complex marriage of two Kgb spies (Russell and Rhys) posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. "Frank brings such instant… »
Even if Matthew Rhys hadn't had a standout performance in The Americans' Season 3 finale this week -- and, of course, he did -- I probably still would have bestowed him as the TV Performer of the Week, because he deserves to be named actor of the season. The Americans has always been an acting tour-de-force for Rhys his co-star and on-screen wife Keri Russell, though this season has truly belonged to Rhys' Philip, and to Rhys' dexterity as an actor. For those unfamiliar, The Americans is a show built on the idea and deconstruction of identity. Rhys and Russell play a pair of high-level Kgb spies developed specifically to infiltrate the United States in the 1970s and 80s, living as American citizens ("Philip and Elizabeth Jennings") while carrying out complex Soviet spy orders. [caption id="attachment_316780" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via FX[/caption] Over the course of its three seasons, The Americans has also slowly »
- Allison Keene
Brian Lowry proclaims this season of "The Americans" its best yet following Wednesday's third season finale. Spoilers Ahead. He says the FX drama derived "considerable strength" from the main storyline involving characters played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as they finally told their teen daughter they are really Russian spies. In the final episode, mother and daughter covertly visited Russia, a murder took place in Washington, and FBI agent Beeman (Noah Emmerich) almost lost his job. The season ends with daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) on the phone with her pastor giving up her family secrets. Lowry also praises the "enormous touch of class" brought by guest star Frank Langella as their Russian handler in America. Variety -Break- Ray Romano will host a special devoted to the 33-year late night run of David Letterman. The 90-minute CBS program airs May 4 and will include clips highlighting his best interviews, top 10 lists, »
Spoiler Alert: This interview discusses plot points surrounding both season two and season three of “The Americans.”
“The Americans’” Philip and Elizabeth Jennings have been outed. But it wasn’t poor, suffering Martha (Alison Wright) who fingered Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell’s Soviet spies living among the Washington, D.C., middle class. And Noah Emmerich’s FBI agent Stan Beeman is still seemingly blissfully unaware that he’s conveniently living nearby them. Instead, it was the Jennings’ daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) who aired her family’s dirty laundry. Sobbing on the floor of her bedroom, she calls the overly involved Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) to say that “they’re not who they say they are. They’re not … Americans.”
Variety chatted with Taylor about that scene and what it means for Paige — and her parents’ — future on the FX drama.
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- Whitney Friedlander
Warning: The following interview contains spoilers for the Season 3 finale of “The Americans” titled “March 8, 1983.”
How much longer can Philip and Elizabeth Jennings hide the truth? The carefully crafted lies of the undercover Soviet spies played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are slowly leaking out. In the final four episodes of the season, their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip’s “second wife” Martha (Alison Wright), and now, it appears, Paige’s confidante Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) all learned the couple’s true identities. During the FX drama’s eventful finale, Philip almost even came clean to Sandra Beeman (Susan Misner), the soon-to-be ex-wife of his FBI agent neighbor, Stan (Noah Emmerich).
Meanwhile, Stan saw his own covert plan to reunite with exiled lover Nina (Annet Mahendru) go up in flames when he finally revealed the details to horrified boss Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas). But even as Stan lost a friend in Gaad, »
- Geoff Berkshire
"The Americans" just concluded its third season. I have an interview with producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, and my review of the finale is coming up just as soon as I put your toys back where I found them... "They're Russians!" -Paige "March 8, 1983" demonstrated all the ways in which "The Americans" has grown into an emotional powerhouse that's the best drama on television at the moment. And we will get to all of those shortly, because every single thing in the episode was extraordinary, to the point where I had to remind myself to breathe a time or three. But the things that weren't in it — one thing in particular — illustrated some of the misgivings I had about this year. That the show can be as great as it is in spite of that speaks to what an extraordinary job Fields, Weisberg and everyone else have done with the »
- Alan Sepinwall
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Americans' season three finale, "March 8, 1983."] The Americans bid adieu to its third season Wednesday night — and Philip and Elizabeth’s big secret. After an emotional trip with her mom, Paige (Holly Taylor) made her parents' greatest concerns a reality when she called up Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin) and told him that her parents were Russians. It’s the breaking point that the FX spy drama has been building up to ever since Philip and Elizabeth (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) opened up with their daughter about who they really are. "They’re liars and they’re
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
The FX series The Americans is a complex, complicated and intelligent period drama about two Kgb spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan was elected President. The marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) started out as one of arrangement, but has since developed into something much more personally meaningful, which makes it that much more difficult to let their children, Paige (Holly Taylor) and Henry (Keidrich Sellati), know who they really are. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Keri Russell talked about the biggest surprises in the journey she’s been on with this show, why she loves getting to do so much action and physical work, how she views the relationship between Elizabeth and Philip, Elizabeth’s unexpected and growing jealousy, why this character is just so fun for her, and what it was like to work with Frank Langella, »
- Christina Radish
Preview: The Americans Season 3 finale: “March 8, 1983″ Season 3 of the FX hit spy thriller The Americans comes to a close Wednesday, April 22, at 10pm Et/Pt in this episode titled “March 8, 1983.” While it doesn’t give much hint at what awaits Kgb operatives Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell), the titular date was when President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire” in a speech in Orlando, Fla. In the season finale, Elizabeth and Paige (Holly Taylor) take a trip that lands them in treacherous territory. And after an emotionally charged mission, Philip turns … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
PBS’s Masterpiece producing public broadcasting channel Wgbh announced this morning it had “optioned” the novel The Signature Of All Things, written by Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and “inspired by the true-life adventures of real 19th century female botanical explorers.” UK film and TV production company Origin Pictures, helmed by David Thompson, is developing the project; Origin's recent titles include Death Comes To Pemberley starring Matthew Rhys, and Woman I… »
Keri Russell got away to Miami for Spring Break! She hit the ocean with her kids, River and Willa, in South Beach last week, flaunting her toned figure in a red floral bikini and was back under the sun a couple days later in blue. It's no secret that Keri is a fashion force to be reckoned with, but it was one of the first times we've spotted the Americans actress showing off her frame in a two-piece; she's just the latest in a slew of stars who have logged bikini time this year and escaped snowy NYC for sunnier weather. Keri's hit FX spy drama is currently in its third season and was recently renewed for a fourth. It's good news for the former Felicity star and her boyfriend, Matthew Rhys, who also plays her husband on the show. Keep reading for more photos of Keri's day at the beach, »
Do you want to do better in your Emmy predictions this year and win Gold Derby's $1,000 grand prize? Then I urge you to reconsider three potential Best Drama Actor contenders as you go about making or updating your predictions: Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy"), Matthew Rhys ("The Americans") and Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"). -Break- Emmys cliffhanger: Will voters finally salute 'The Americans'? These three leading men currently all have lowly 100/1 combined odds at Gold Derby, which means you'll earn more points if you predict them and end up being correct. Don't forget, if there's a tie amongst users for the highest prediction accuracy, the tie-breaker will be determined by the person with the most points. That's when it becomes advantageous to place your special 500 and 200 point bets on categories where you're predicting longshots to be nominated. Average Gold Derby users just like You often »
Damn, Felicity! Keri Russell showed off her hot bikini body in Miami this week. Sporting a black, white and red floral, retro-style swim suit made up of a halter top and high-waist bottoms, the 39-year-old actress turned heads as she waded out into the ocean, smiling radiantly. She spent the day on the beach with her son, River, 7, and daughter, Willa, 3, who are from a previous marriage. Russell, best known for her title role in the '90s and '00s drama Felicity, currently plays a sexy Kgb agent on the FX series The Americans, whose third season is set to end this month. The actress stars alongside Matthew Rhys, who plays her husband, a fellow spy. The Americans has »
The Americans, Season 3, Episode 10: “Stingers”
Directed by Larysa Kondracki
Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX
In film music, a stinger is a jarring dissonance which accompanies a shocking moment, and this week’s episode of The Americans, “Stingers,” contains what might be the show’s biggest surprise so far. However, unlike a musical stinger, the scene is delivered entirely without music, relying on the strength of the actors and the quick cuts between their faces to maximize their emotional gut punch.
And what an incredible job they do. This is in regards to, of course, Paige’s discovery of the truth about her parents, which finally gets set in motion by Phillip’s stern nod. She decides she’s had enough of her parents’ duplicity, and she insists upon them telling her what’s going on. Elizabeth and Phillip realize that they »
- Max Joseph
Think you know what'll be nominated as Best Drama Series at the Emmys? Think again. Gold Derby's forum posters are convinced that we're all underestimating FX's "The Americans" this year. Scroll down to read their passionate pleas. -Break- For first two seasons, "The Americans" only nabbed a trio of Emmy nominations: two for guest star Margo Martindale and one for the show's main title theme music. The show has yet to break into the Best Drama Series line-up, while the show's heralded stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys have also come up empty-handed so far. Could all of that change this year, especially as the category has expanded to at least seven nominees and FX just renewed the series for a fourth season? Join the discussion of 'The Americans' in our feisty forums! unsunganthem: This show was my second favorite from 2014 (second only to "Transparent"). Based on the first three episodes, »
Though Disney undoubtedly has Warner Bros. licked in the studios’ race to get competing Jungle Book projects into theaters, the latter’s take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel certainly seems more interesting. Supposedly grittier than the more traditional Disney take, Jungle Book: Origins boasts Andy Serkis in the director’s chair and a starry voice cast. Now, the buzzy pic has taken another step forward, with word that The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is in talks to star.
The voice cast includes Serkis (as Baloo the bear), Christian Bale (as panther Bagheera), Benedict Cumberbatch (as villainous tiger Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (as python Kaa), Naomie Harris (as she-wolf Nisha), Tom Hollander (as jackal Tabaqui, a jackal and crony »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Magnificent Seven Luke Grimes ("American Sniper," "Fifty Shades of Grey") is in negotiations to join the cast of Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven" at MGM and Sony Pictures. The story centers on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett and Vincent D’Onofrio star. John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto penned the script and production is expected to start within the next month. [Source: Variety]
Story of Your Life
Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to join Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi drama "Story of Your Life" at Paramount Pictures, FilmNation and Lava Bear Films. Eric Heisserer is penning the script.
In the story, alien craft land around the world and an expert linguist (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. »
- Garth Franklin
Kids, they grow up so fast… and become junior spies?
RelatedThe Americans Renewed for Season 4
Offscreen, her portrayer Holly Taylor was as desperate as her alter ego for the truth to come out. “I just wanted her to find out already so she can be a spy!” she tells TVLine. “That’s like my main goal. So I was so excited when I saw this script.”
“I just think it would be so much fun, »
Exclusive: The Americans star Matthew Rhys is in talks to star in Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros. We hear he is set to play the human character of John Lockwood as opposed to voicing an animal. In addition to directing, Serkis also will produce with Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis' partner at his Imaginarium production company. Callie Kloves wrote the adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling novel about an orphaned boy… »
FX’s announcement that the slow-burn spy thriller, The Americans has been picked up for a fourth season means that fans can look forward to more powerhouse performances from its stars. The series, which follows a pair of married Kgb agents, features harrowing turns from Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as well as supporting players Noah Emmerich and Annet Mahendru.
As Nina Sergeevna, Mahendru has become the show’s breakout cast member. The role, which was initially part of a four episode arc, has been crucial to the show’s gripping three-season run. An American-based Kgb agent, Nina is blackmailed into working for the FBI and eventually becomes a double agent. But playing both sides comes at a cost and by season three, she finds herself in a Moscow prison.
Born in Afghanistan to a Russian mother and Indian father, the multilingual Mahendru has cited her “nomadic” upbringing as being »
- Justine Browning
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