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Some professionals can traverse the line between acting and directing with ease. One such individual is Matt Ross, who has excelled acting on TV shows like American Horror Story, Magic City, Silicon Valley and Big Love and sitting behind the camera on shorts (The Language of Love and Human Resources) and feature films (sexy Sundance drama 28 Hotel Rooms). Currently, Ross is taking on his biggest challenge to date, directing the drama Captain Fantastic. And now, we’ve learned that his cast, previously announced to be led by Viggo Mortensen, has added another huge talent, with word that Frank Langella has signed on.
No word yet on which part Langella will play, but Captain Fantastic centers on an idealistic father (Mortensen) who returns to society from living off the grid for a decade in the Pacific Northwest with his children. George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Aussie Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell all co-star. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Despite its name, Captain Fantastic has absolutely nothing to do with comic books or superheroes, but instead follows an idealistic father (Mortensen) who must assimilate his family back into society after living off the grid with his six children in the forests of America’s Pacific Northwest.
That’s all we know about the project, which will begin filming shortly in Albuquerque (which, I must add, is definitely not in the Pacific Northwest…)
- James Garcia
Frank Langella has been set to star opposite Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic, the Matt Ross-directed drama that will start filming shortly in Albuquerque. Langella just completed the independent film The Driftless Area in Vancouver, co-starring with Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel, and he co-stars in the upcoming 5 To 7, which opened at Tribeca and also stars Yelchin and Glenn Close. All three films are planned for release in 2015. Langella is represented by Paradigm. »
HBO has had mixed success with their comedy series. Will Silicon Valley help the pay-for-view channel attract/retain customers. Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season? We shall see.
Co-created by Mike Judge, Silicon Valley follows the lives of a group of developers who live together and chase success in Northern California. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, Tj Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt Ross, Zach Woods, Christopher Evan Welch, and Amanda Crew.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
4/21 update: This series has been renewed for a second season.
Final season averages: 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.72 million total viewers.
Note: If »
Office Space: 2014 Edition — or HBO’s Silicon Valley — concluded its far-too-brief eight-episode debut season Sunday night, incorporating all the elements that make a Mike Judge creation great. Namely, the balance of high-brow wit and middle school humor was in full effect, with an epic debate about just how efficiently Erlich (T.J. Miller) could pleasure the TechCrunch Disrupt audience leading to a technological breakthrough.
When rival Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) manages to replicate Pied Piper’s compression formula for Hooli’s Nucleus software, an Adderall-addled Jared (Zach Woods) encourages the team to “pivot” — which is exactly what Richard (Thomas Middleditch) does, »
- Katie Atkinson
This past year, "American Horror Story" went from being the really, really great show that a small but dedicated (and, of course, deeply perverse) fan base watched to becoming a genuine, zeitgeist-capturing cultural phenomenon. (Fun fact: people love witches!) That means that all eyes are on the forthcoming new installment, "American Horror Story: Freak Show," which, should it stick to the show's broadcast schedule, should debut sometime before Halloween.
It's going to be a long, long few months until creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and their band of merry deviants return to reap more bloody mayhem. (Especially if you've already watched the similarly brilliant, stand-alone "True Detective.") So what to do until then? Well, wildly speculate on what we want from the upcoming season of "American Horror Story," of course.
So here are five things that we really, really, ridiculously want to see from season 4 of "American Horror Story »
- Drew Taylor
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: April 6, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) invented and built the Pied Piper start-up -- a program designed to find music matches. Pied Piper's compression algorithm sparks a bidding war in Silicon Valley, giving Richard a certain level of power. Unfortunately, Richard doesn't deal with stress very well and it becomes clear very quickly that decision-making isn't one of his talents.
The Silicon Valley presented in the terrific new HBO comedy of the same name (it debuts Sunday night at 10) is a kind of Wild West for nerds: a lawless territory where they can be among their own kind rather than struggle to fit into a more structured world that doesn't understand them, and a place where they can seek massive fortune along the way. That vision of the Valley also fits HBO itself in a way, since it's long been a place where creative types with idiosyncratic personalities and specific, uncompromising creative visions could go to find success in a safer, more wide-open environment. It's where David Chase could go when he was on the verge of quitting the TV business altogether and tell the story of a wiseguy in therapy. It's where David Milch could go to be given the absolute freedom to succeed so beautifully with "Deadwood" (and »
- Alan Sepinwall
After a string of half-hours seemingly designed for niche tastes that sporadically merit the label “comedy,” HBO has its most fully realized and potentially commercial player within that genre in some time thanks to “Silicon Valley.” Co-created by Mike Judge (with the dryness of “King of the Hill” and tone of “Office Space”), it’s a savvy look at the birthing pains of a tech startup, filled with unforced humor and a serialized plot, in which the sad-sack characters find themselves caught between feuding billionaires. Similar but superior to Amazon’s “Betas,” it’s inordinately user-friendly compared to many recent pay-cable offerings.
The series won’t actually premiere until April (it’s getting a preview at the SXSW Festival), but piggybacking on the return of “Game of Thrones” should funnel a lot of men in its direction. And after viewing five of the eight episodes, there’s a lot to like, »
- Brian Lowry
HBO released the full trailer for Mike Judge's new comedy series Silicon Valley, which looks pretty freakin' hilarious. Over the years Judge has developed TV shows such as Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill, as well as the classic film Office Space. The series is also based based in part on Judge's own experience as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late '80s.
The show centers on a character named Richard (Thomas Middleditch), an introverted computer programmer who manages to entice a bidding war over his search algorithm. The show is described as being "rather merciless in its focus on Silicon Valley and all it entails, both in reality and in stereotype."
The series is a half-hour show that will have eight-episodes in its first season, and it also stars Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Amanda Crew, Zack Woods, Matt Ross, T.J Miller, and Christopher Evan Welch. »
- Joey Paur
This, we have been told, is the age of the geek. So much of our lives revolves around the internet and other technology which didn't exist a few decades ago. The upcoming HBO series from Mike Judge, "Silicon Valley," takes a look at one group of relatively young folks who are trying to come up with the next big tech idea while living in a dotcom millionaire's house. And now, we have the first trailer. What can we tell you about the trailer? Well, it certainly offers up some funny lines, including this memorable quip about the former head of Apple, "Jobs was a poser, he didn't even write code." We dare you say that in Cupertino. While you ruminate on that line for a little while, let us tell you a little bit more about the series. "Silicon Valley" premieres on HBO on April 6 at 10pm and is based, »
- Josh Lasser
HBO has released the trailer for "Silicon Valley," premiering on April 6 at 10 p.m. Et. Mike Judge ("Office Space," "Beavis & Butthead," "King of the Hill") brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in the new comedy series, which is partially inspired by Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late '80s. The cast of "Silicon Valley" includes Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Christopher Evan Welch and Amanda Crew. Matt Ross guest stars. In the series, Richard (Middleditch) is an introverted computer programmer living in the Hacker Hostel start-up incubator along with his best friend, Big Head (Brener), pompous Gilfoyle (Starr) and dry-witted »
HBO on Sunday debuted the first full trailer for its upcoming Mike Judge comedy Silicon Valley. The comedy is set in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people who are the most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. The series, partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late '80s, stars an ensemble that includes Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Christopher Evan Welch and Amanda Crew. Matt Ross guest stars. Story: HBO Struggles to Find a Broad Comedy
- Kimberly Nordyke
Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in a film called Captain Fantastic. The title of the film can be deceiving, but just know that it's not a superhero movie. It's actually a drama that will be written and directed by Matt Ross.
Mortensen will play "an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society."
We all know Mortensen is very picky with the projects he chooses, so this must be a good one. Here's what the young director had to say about landing such a talented actor,
”Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he’s »
- Joey Paur
We have not heard a great deal from Viggo Mortensen recently. The Lord of the Rings star is very particular in the roles he plays, and the result is that he does not appear in films that often. His last performance in a major film was as a minor character in On The Road, and he has no credits at all for 2013. But that’s all about to change. In addition to his upcoming part in The Two Faces of January, Mortensen is taking on the lead role in Captain Fantastic from Electric City Entertainment.
Captain Fantastic tells the story of a father who has spent a decade living off the grid in the Pacific Northwest and now must return to society. With six children in tow, he must handle all the issues that re-assimilation brings with it. It’s an intriguing plot synopsis, made all the more so when »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The actor will portray a father, who has lived off the grid in the Pacific Northwest forest with his six young children for the past decade. He must now return to acclimate his children to modern society.
"Viggo Mortensen's dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he's telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he's in is a film I want to see. He's one of the greats. Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that's happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her. »
Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson are set to join the Sarah Gavron's "Suffragette". Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West and Meryl Streep also star in the film which begins shooting this coming Monday in the UK.
Carey Mulligan plays a foot soldier of the early feminist movement who becomes radicalized and turns to violence as a route to change. [Source: Screen]
Mortensen plays an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Though it appears the long string of casting rumours for Fantastic Four may finally be behind us, Viggo Mortensen will not be popping up in that film (we reserve the right to alter this line if he does, for some reason show). Instead, he’s signed on to an altogether different sort of story in Captain Fantastic.Actor-turned-writer/director Matt Ross is behind the indie film, which boasts a leading role that would appear well suited to Mortensen’s ease in the wilderness. Captain Fantastic follows an idealistic father who has to end a decade living off the grid with his six kids in the forests of America’s Pacific Northwest and assimilate the family back into society. It sounds a little like an updated version of 1986 Harrison Ford drama The Mosquito Coast, though with fewer actual mosquitos.Ross appears delighted with his leading man score: ”Viggo Mortensen’s dedication »
No, Viggo Mortensen isn't starring in some new Marvel movie, despite the name of the developing drama "Captain Fantastic." Instead, the actor will be joining "28 Hotel Rooms" director Matt Ross' film about "an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society." Man, just wait until he discovers "Breaking Bad" and "True Detective." No spoilers. Production begins this summer. [Deadline] Tina Fey is getting ready to do "The Taliban Shuffle" (attn producers: please change title—it's not cutesy, it's kinda dumb). Anyway, Robert Carlock ("30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live") has penned the adaptation of Kim Barker's memoir about a journalist who is "a fish-out-of-water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war correspondent culture. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Check out today's latest casting news: Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in Captain Fantastic, a drama written and to be directed by Matt Ross. Jennifer Aniston is in early talks to star in New Line's competitive suburbanites picture, Mean Moms, directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller. Hit the jump for more on each picture. Deadline reports that Mortensen is in talks for Captain Fantastic, in which he'll play not a superhero, but "an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society." Here's what Ross had to say about the casting: “Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film »
- Dave Trumbore
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