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You may recall that I was pretty happy with Amazon's new legal drama Goliath — particularly for Billy Bob Thornton's lead performance and the most restrained writing by David E. Kelley in this century — but that was after seeing six of the season's eight episodes on screeners. Having now finished the other two, I had some additional thoughts — with full spoilers for the whole season — coming up just as soon as I click at you for a while... Part of the deal with David E. Kelley shows, whether the great ones or the terrible ones (which are often the same show, just at different stages), is that you get some soaring courtroom rhetoric out of it. And part of the deal with Goliath, it seemed, was that we were going to see Billy McBride live up to his pre-meltdown reputation as the greatest lawyer any of the other characters had ever seen. »
- Alan Sepinwall
The New York Times’ Mike Hale ripped Amazon’s “Goliath” over its “needlessly complicated structure of the initial episodes” but it turns out that the critic actually watched the episodes in the wrong order. “A television review on Friday about the new Amazon series ‘Goliath’ included an inaccurate discussion of the show’s plot structure. The critic mistakenly watched the first two episodes out of order,” the Times printed in a correction. The current version of the review is much more friendly, but still says the show has an “odd bordering-on-bizarre split personality.” Also Read: Jason Ritter Joins Amazon Drama 'Goliath' Hale wrote, »
- Brian Flood
Roger Corman placed his hands in wet concrete outside the Vista Theater on Wednesday night. Joining the ranks of those with immortalized handprints in the front area of the Los Angeles theater (which some fans may remember as the site of Alabama and Clarence’s “Street Fighter” triple bill in “True Romance”), the 90-year-old legendary director and producer signed his name next to his fresh mark, adding in cursive below: “So great.”
That small inscription was an accurate prediction of the rest of the night’s festivities: a live read of the script for the long-gestating Corman biopic, “The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes.” Corman acolyte Joe Dante has been trying to bring the script to fruition for a decade, making it an ideal dual candidate for the new Cinefamily series “The Greatest Movies Never Made” and for a prominent event at the heart of SpectreFest 2016.
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- Steve Greene
Actor Steve Burton is leaving The Young and the Restless on CBS. Expect his final episode to air in December. Burton has played Dylan McAvoy for the last four years on the soap opera, but is best known for playing Jason Quartermaine aka Jason Morgan on ABC's General Hospital, between 1991 and 2012. The actor announced his departure on Twitter.Returning to Port Charles may not be a done deal. Two years after Burton departed for Genoa City, popular Y&R vet Billy Miller joined Gh, first as amnesiac Jake Doe. The storyline made it clear that Doe -- who had undergone facial reconstruction surgery after being run over -- was Jason. Read More… »
Exclusive: Hot off the Tiff world premiere of her acclaimed Carrie Pilby, director Susan Johnson has signed with Gersh. The pic is about a brilliant young woman who graduates from Harvard at 18 but has no street sense and struggles in areas of morality, relationships, sex and leaving her New York City apartment. It stars Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, Colin O’Donoghue, Jason Ritter, and William Moseley. "We are thrilled and excited that we are now… »
The synopsis for Carrie Pilby can sound atrocious on paper. Most films utilizing an eighteen-year old Harvard graduate do so as periphery color because the trope lends itself to obnoxious pedantry and an unsympathetic notion of “first world problems.” Having your titular lead (played by Bel Powley) be that person is therefore a risky proposition. She’s an introvert bagging on society for willingly lowering their Iq to fit a cesspool of mediocrity despite making no attempt to engage or discover whether that assumption is true. We should despise her and harbor frustration towards director Susan Johnson for wanting the opposite. Well the joke’s on us because her character proves utterly likable in her failings — likable and relatable while traversing the landscape of life and love.
Her identity is in shambles after a year off post-college in her adopted home. With Dad (Gabriel Byrne) refusing to leave London (she »
- Jared Mobarak
The game booths were a blast — who doesn’t like throwing darts at balloons? The caricature station was a big hit. And of course, the food was incredible. But as always, it’s the people-watching that makes the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Evening Before party such a memorable affair. Saturday’s 10th annual gathering, spearheaded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, raised $2.3 million for the MPTF.
“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway sprinted into the party area at the Lawn in Century City to throw her arms around Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. “Key & Peele’s” Keegan-Michael Key gushed over “Making a Murderer” filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. “Better Call Saul’s” Bob Odenkirk was palling around with “Veep’s” Tony Hale. “Another Period’s” Jason Ritter and Comedy Central’s Kent Alterman got all giggly at one point. “Homeland’s” Mandy Patinkin took a corner couch and was seemed deeply engaged in conversation with a steady stream of people »
- Lawrence Yee
The Friday night agency party crawl has become a staple of Emmy weekend.
The fortunate few who were invited to all of them had the high-class problem of mapping a route that wound through the home of UTA managing partner Jay Sures in Brentwood, the Little Holmby digs of Gersh’s Leslie Siebert, Bouchon (CAA) in Beverly Hills and Catch La (Wme) in West Hollywood.
Among the Emmy weekend warriors on the circuit were Fox Television Group’s Dana Walden and NBCUniversal Cable’s Bonnie Hammer. Both of them also managed to make time to stop in at the Variety/Women in Film bash at Gracias Madre, just down the street from Wme’s gathering.
Bouchon was packed with A-listers who wound their way through every nook-and-cranny of the famed Thomas Keller eatery. Showrunners “Better Call Saul’s” Peter Gould talked up production for season three of his AMC hit and “Mr. Robot’s” Sam Esmail tried »
- Cynthia Littleton and Debra Birnbaum
Caren Lissner’s novel “Carrie Pilby” was first published in 2003 by a Harlequin subsidiary cashing in on the “chick lit” craze, then reprinted a few years later as a Ya title — marketing decisions that reflect its formulaic single-gal-in-the-big-city content, as well as the fact that its 19-year-old heroine’s emotions seem more apt for early adolescence. Moderately successful, the rather insipid book is somewhat improved upon by its film adaptation, a first directorial feature for producer Susan Johnson. Certainly Bel Powley of last year’s Sundance breakout “Diary of a Teenage Girl” brings improving edginess and comic timing to the titular figure.
Even so, this is awfully soft stuff, its naval-gazing protag not nearly as unusual or delightful as we’re meant to think despite the high I.Q. she can’t stop referencing. Limply cute, with underdeveloped subplots and secondary characters, this sitcomish dramedy shares the source material’s »
- Dennis Harvey
Exclusive: MarVista Entertainment and SpectreVision have set indie genre-blending drama Bitch, starring Hart Of Dixie‘s Jaime King and Jason Ritter (Parenthood), as the first film under their four-picture financing and co-production deal. Written, directed, and co-starring Marianna Palka (Good Dick), Bitch, which recently wrapped production, is a provocative tale of a woman (Palka) who snaps under crushing life pressures and assumes the psyche of a vicious dog. Her… »
Jason Ritter is headed to Amazon. Deadline reports the actor has been cast in the streaming platform's upcoming series Goliath.From David E. Kelley, the legal drama stars Billy Bob Thornton as a “down-and-out lawyer” looking for redemption in the corrupt world of the American justice system. The cast also includes Maria Bello, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, and Diana Hopper.Read More… »
The Grammy-winning singer — who played the Wicked Witch of the West in NBC’s The Wiz Live! — will guest-star during Season 3 of the Shondaland series, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Amazon’s star-studded David E. Kelley legal drama “Goliath” is adding Jason Ritter to the cast, The Wrap has learned. Ritter will play FBI Special Agent Joe Farley, a wry but savvy kind of guy. He joins Billy Bob Thornton, Wiliam Hurt, Maria Bello, Olivia Thrilby and Molly Parker. Ritter is currently recurring on Comedy Central’s “Another Period” and HBO’s “Girls.” Thornton, who most recently was nominated for an Emmy for his chilling role in the first season of FX’s “Fargo,” plays Billy McBride, a former goliath of the law. Now he’s a borderline alcoholic lawyer who’s seen better days, »
- Oriana Schwindt
Parenthood alum Jason Ritter has been cast in a recurring role on Amazon's upcoming original drama series Goliath, from executive producer David E. Kelley. Ritter will play wry, but savvy FBI Special Agent Joe Farley. Goliath stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby and Maria Bello in the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. The series follows a down-and-out lawyer (Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot… »
Ritter will play Joe Farley, a wry but savvy FBI special agent. “Goliath” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on October 14, and stars Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt, along with Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, Nina Arianda and Tania Raymonde. The series is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro; executive produced by Kelley, Shapiro, Ross Fineman, Larry Trilling, and David Semel.
The drama centers around the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. The series follows a down-and-out lawyer (Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighed toward the rich and powerful.
Ritter can currently be seen as a recurring guest star on Comedy Central »
- Laura Prudom
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Labor Day weekend is a time for last-minute relaxation, and what better way to do so than with an irresistible ensemble comedy? That’s why Clea DuVall’s directorial debut “The Intervention” is the perfect indie to watch on VOD this holiday weekend. Featuring one of the year’s strongest indie ensembles — including Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Ritter, Vincent Piazza and Ben Schwartz — “The Intervention” is a clever riff on “The Big Chill,” centering on a weekend gateway among four couples that takes a sharp turn when it’s revealed the trip is really an intervention on one of their marriages.
Intelligently written to uplift cliches left and right, and featuring a standout Lynskey who won a special Jury Prize for acting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, »
- Zack Sharf
The Intervention, 2016.
Written and Directed by by Clea DuVall.
Concerned that her friends’ marriage is toxic, Annie (Melanie Lynskey) devises a plan to get the rest of their circle together to orchestrate an intervention.
Peter (Vincent Piazza) and Ruby (Cobie Smulders) are the wedded couple in question. Their circle of unmarried [but qualified] chums include Annie’s fiancée, Matt (Jason Ritter), Ruby’s sister, Jessie (Clea DuVall), and Peter’s best friend, Jack (Ben Schwartz).
That it takes so long for Annie and her recruits to find the right words to say what they’re attempting may be because of what they’re asking. Conventional interventions usually seek an outcome of healing and recovery. This one wants to skip over the “working on it” stage and head straight to divorce. A nod to »
- Rachel Bellwoar
Everyone knows a couple whose behavior prompts the question, “How are they still together?” Clea DuVall’s debut feature film “The Intervention” takes that question to the next level by actually staging a couple intervention. The film follows Annie (Melanie Lynskey) and her fiancé Matt (Jason Ritter) who plan a getaway weekend as an excuse to confront Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and Peter (Vincent Piazza) about their toxic relationship. They invite along two other couples — Jessie (DuVall) and Sarah (Natasha Lyonne) and Jack (Ben Schwartz) and his 22-year-old girlfriend Lola (Alia Shawkat) — in order to ease the tension, but everyone’s presence inevitably ratchets up the awkwardness. Soon, problems arise, secrets are revealed, and relationships are tested as they all start to examine their own lives and connections with others. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
- Vikram Murthi
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present and future.
Melanie Lynskey was just 16 when she first broke into Hollywood, thanks to a bold and bright turn opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s fact-based “Heavenly Creatures.” Since then, she’s carved out a career that’s wholly her own, one that includes roles in tiny indies like “Hello I Must Be Going” and big studio films like “Sweet Home Alabama,” exceedingly popular television series like “Two and a Half Men” (when asked about the roles she’s recognized most for, Lynskey laughed and said, “At the airport, it’s ‘Two and Half Men'”) and critical darlings like “Togetherness” — and just about everything in between.
- Kate Erbland
Two movies about women at crossroads in their lives explore the sort of personal crisis — lost mojo! — typically reserved for men onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Women at crossroads in their lives. Women who feel their worlds falling apart and don’t know what to do about it. Women who’ve lost their mojo… or never even found it in the first place. These are not the sorts of personal crises that we typically see women experiencing onscreen (though men have countless cinematic examples to follow when they find themselves in a rut). So I was delighted to discover two films that fall into the sparsely populated subgenre of Women Who Go in Search of a Kick in the Butt (Though They Might Not Realize That’s What They »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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