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The Slap: Should NBC Drop the Thursday Night Series?

14 hours ago | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC recently unveiled a new mini-series on Thursday nights -- The Slap. How's the show been performing? Is it a big enough success that the network will want to make a second season somehow or, is it a bomb that should be pulled off the schedule?

On The Slap TV show, a birthday celebration comes to an abrupt halt when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. It's a small action that ends up deeply affecting all involved. The cast for the mini-series includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.

The eight-episode series debuted on February 12th to a very disappointing 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just 5.13 million viewers. Things got even worse in week two with the numbers falling more »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Stewart Joins Another Prestige Low-Budget Effort

3 March 2015 9:09 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »

- Zac Gille

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Comics on Film: How to Relaunch 'Green Lantern' Through 'Rebirth'

26 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Over the past several years, fans of DC Comics characters other than Superman and Batman have had it kind of rough in relation to live-action adaptations. Warner Bros. seemed either unable or unwilling to make a film out of Wonder Woman, the Flash had yet to be adapted in the 2000’s into anything but a few episodes of Smallville, and the idea of a big budget Justice League movie actually happening seemed about as remote as Darkseid asking Jimmy Olsen to the Apokoliptian Prom. In 2011, though, DC fans were given an opportunity to get excited about the possibilities for characters beyond the World’s Finest when Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, and Peter Sarsgaard, was about to be released. Over the previous 7 years, comic...

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- Chris Clow

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Melissa George to Star in NBC’s Medical Soap ‘Heart Matters’ (Exclusive)

24 February 2015 3:13 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Melissa George has been cast as the lead in NBC’s medical drama pilot “Heart Matters,” Variety has learned.

“Heart Matters” follows a talented female heart transplant surgeon, Alex Panttiere (George), who balances her work with the complications of her romantic and personal life.

Described as charming, yet unconventional, impulsive and socially awkward at the worst possible times, Alex seemingly gets it all together, after being promoted to chief of innovation and becoming the “face” of the hospital, which forces her to forgo her sometimes messy, scrub-wearing self. Though she’s not Ivy League-educated, she holds her own with the competition and fights hard for her patients. While her work life seems to be soaring, she’s not so lucky in the love department, as she can’t seem to commit to the man she’s living with — perhaps because she has feelings for someone else.

The medical soap hails from pilot scribe Jill Gordon. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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How 'The Slap' Represents Broadcast's Failure to Copy Cable

20 February 2015 11:23 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With "The Slap," a star-studded miniseries intending to provoke thought and incite debate, NBC has thrown their hat into the “prestige limited series” game currently dominated by HBO ("Olive Kitteridge," "True Detective") and SundanceTV ("Top of the Lake," "The Honorable Woman"). It stars, among others, Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto and Thandie Newton; is directed by Oscar nominee Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right"); and is adapted from an acclaimed Australian series (of the same name) by playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who also created ABC's soapy family drama "Brothers and Sisters." That mix seems an ideal basis for a well-acted, perceptive family drama, or in other words, exactly what "The Slap" wants to be. Baitz's adaptation shares the same structure, characters and thematic underpinnings as the original Australian production. In his opening episode, family and friends gather for »

- David Canfield

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'The Settlers of Catan' Game Heads to the Big Screen

19 February 2015 2:41 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Producer Gail Katz has obtained the film and TV rights to the hit multiplayer strategy game The Settlers of Catan. The game revolves around players trying to create the most dominant community on the remote island of Catan. Each person must outwit the other as they all compete for the island's scarce resources. Here's what Gail Katz had to say in a statement:

"I've been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it. The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative."

Guido Teuber, Managing Director of Catan, Inc., also offered his own statement:

"We are thrilled to be working with Gail on The Settlers of Catan. »

- MovieWeb

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Michelle Williams to reteam with director Kelly Reichardt

18 February 2015 11:06 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that Michelle Williams is to re-team with director Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves) for a new drama.

The film would mark the third time to two have worked together, after Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff, both of which had great success on the festival circuits and with critics. In fact, Williams won Best Actress at the Toronto Film Festival for Meek’s.

Reichardt is once again writing and directing, though no details on the film’s plot or supporting cast are yet to be announced.

Williams will next be seen in Suite Francaise alongside Margot Robbie and Ruth Wilson, which is released this year, while Reichardt’s latest film, Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning, is now available to buy now.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Thandie Newton Goes Makeup-Free, Posts Picture While Waxing Upper Lip

17 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Thandie Newton's not afraid to go bare-faced! "The Slap" star shared a picture via Instagram on Tuesday, to show off her beauty routine before heading to a premiere. In the candid snap, the actress poses with a towel on her head as she smiles for the camera with wax lining her upper lip. "Dealing with the tash in readiness for the Royal Premiere tonight! Go Jolen! Xt," she captioned the revealing pic. The "Crash" star looks gorgeous in the photo even without a stitch of makeup on, and we love that she has no problem showing off all the aspects of her beauty routine. We're also super excited to see more of the 42-year-old's small screen debut on NBC's new mini-series "The Slap," where she stars alongside fellow A-listers like Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto and Uma Thurman. What do you think about the brunette beauty's new photo? Tell toofab »

- tooFab Staff

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The Slap Sneak Peek: It's Judgment Day for Harry — Will He Be Punished?

17 February 2015 10:44 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In last week’s miniseries premiere of The Slap, Harry (Zachary Quinto) made it pretty clear that he’s not someone you want to anger.

And on this Thursday’s episode (NBC, 8/7c), he really drives that point home.

TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek at the show’s second installment — told from Harry’s perspective — in which he faces a judge for slapping another couple’s tantrum-throwing child.

Related How Did NBC’s Slap Strike You?

Though Harry essentially walks out of the courthouse with a slap on the wrist — no pun intended! — he makes it clear to his cousin, »

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The Slap Us debuts in tough timeslot

15 February 2015 1:19 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Thomas Sadoski and Peter Sarsgaard in NBC's The Slap.

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NBC.s remake of Matchbox Pictures. The Slap premiered in the Us last week, drawing positive reviews but a relatively modest audience in a fiercely competitive timeslot. Launched at 8pm Thursday, the drama starring Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Cox, Melissa George and Zachary Quinto pulled in 5.1 million viewers, equivalent to a 3.9 rating/6 share. Scripted by playwright Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (whose Olive Kitteridge screened here on showcase), the show finished fourth behind a repeat of CBS.s The Big Bang Theory, Fox.s sitcom Mom and ABC.s Grey.s Anatomy. However Us commentators were sure The Slap.s audience would swell thanks to DVR and binge-viewing and they noted the show rated 11% higher than the program it replaced, the finale of The Biggest Loser. Matchbox Pictures executives are hoping the remake.s performance in the »

- Don Groves

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Experimenter Movie Review

15 February 2015 7:16 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Experimenter Director: Michael Almereyda Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, John Leguizamo The 1960s were an extraordinarily eye-opening time that saw many scientific achievements and discoveries. Many experiments were conducted to probe into aspects of human behavior that had not previously been explored or questioned, and which produced surprising and disquieting results. One study was that conducted by social psychologist Stanley Milgram, which tested ordinary people to see how much pain they were willing to inflict on a stranger simply because the parameters of the experiment told them that is what they must do. Experimenter highlights unquestionably fascinating research, and it succeeds occasionally but  [ Read More ]

The post Experimenter Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- abe

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The Slap: Season One Ratings

13 February 2015 12:05 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC is billing The Slap as a mini-series so it doesn't seem like there's any danger of the series being cancelled. However, if the ratings are bad enough, they could certainly pull it before all eight episodes have aired. Conversely, if the ratings are really good, they could figure out a way to bring the characters back for a second season. What will happen? Stay tuned.

On The Slap TV show, a birthday celebration comes to an abrupt halt when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. It's a small action that ends up deeply affecting all involved. The cast for the mini-series includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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In The Slap, Kids Are Just Satellites, Orbiting Adults Behaving Badly

13 February 2015 7:10 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

There's a moment in The Slap, NBC's eight-episode exploration of what happens when you hit another person's child (spoiler: nothing good!), after the post-attack hysteria has finally faded. A kindly young tween walks up to his father to apologize for what just happened. He's not the victim nor the assailant. He's just the 12-year-old unlucky enough to have been put in charge while the adults were drinking and fighting and holding hands with college kids who aren't their wives.The kid is Adam (Khalid Alzouma). His dad, Hector (Peter Sarsgaard), also not directly involved in the preceding violence, absolves him immediately. Everyone moves on. If you check your phone at the wrong time, you'll miss it. But for all there is to say about the slap itself, it's that apology that sticks with me. It's one of the few times the show — or the argumentative adults that populate it — »

- Brian Barrett

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The Slap (Us)

12 February 2015 10:04 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: NBC

Episodes: Eight (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: February 12, 2015 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not ended

Performers include: Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.

TV show description:

This series is based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and the Australian television series of the same name. It's an unflinching look at how one little slap can have a huge impact.

Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) is a public servant, husband, father and valued friend who's on the cusp of his 40th birthday and not comfortable with it. His beautiful and intelligent wife is Aisha (Thandie Newton). She's planning his party filled with his very boisterous Greek family and friends like television writer »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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How Did NBC's Slap Strike You?

12 February 2015 6:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you’ve seen any of NBC’s recent promos for its new miniseries The Slap, you may have been tricked into thinking that Zachary Quinto’s Harry is the lone bad guy in a group of do-gooders.

But the show’s premiere episode, which debuted Thursday, paints a much different picture.

Early into the hour, it becomes clear that every character in the ensemble is massively flawed, particularly Hector (The Killing‘s Peter Sarsgaard), from whose perspective the episode is told.

RelatedThe Slap Team on Morally Ambiguous NBC Drama: You’ll See ‘a Lot of Gray’

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The Slap: Zachary Quinto Dishes on What Comes After That Jarring Moment

12 February 2015 5:30 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

"Everyone gets slapped in some way." Boasting a stellar cast, which includes Zachary Quinto, Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Brian Cox, and Melissa George, NBC's new miniseries The Slap delivers one of the most jarring and chilling moments of the season: a grown man slaps a child, who is not his own, across the face. Hard. In front of an entire party. But the slap is just the spark that ignites the rest of the series. The slapper? Quinto's alpha male with anger issues, Harry, and the actor tells E! News he had no qualms about taking on the controversial role.  "There was no hesitation because I feel like good storytelling should be controversial and provocative," »

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The Slap Review – TV NBC – High Drama Meets Flaccid Characterizations

12 February 2015 12:49 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The Slap, an 8-episode recreation of an Australian miniseries, which is based on a popular novel, is NBC‘s latest attempt at “Event Television,” but it is a tricky, sloppy effort that purports to be an examination of, to varying degrees, “reality,” but in the sense that demands the quotation marks.

As the promos, and name, give away, the show revolves around what happens to a family when one moment, a slap, throws everything into turmoil. This leads us to, as we get toward the end of the show, a great many secrets being revealed.

There could hardly be more of a misrepresentation of what this show is about.

After watching the show’s trailer, and perhaps hearing a very basic outline, you might get the idea that the show is about trying to get past a horrible mistake. A child is shown to be rather unruly, and his parents »

- Marc Eastman

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For 'The Slap' Director Lisa Cholodenko, TV Is the Land of Golden Opportunity

12 February 2015 12:32 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Who says prestige series with top-drawer casts are solely the stuff of cable TV? NBC is chasing HBO-level glory with tonight's premiere of "The Slap," an eight-episode telenovela directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Cholodenko hasn't directed a feature since 2010's edgy lesbian couple comedy "The Kids Are All Right." Why? Like "Transparent" Golden Globe winner Jill Soloway, she is yet another example of a female indie director who has found better opportunities on the small screen. Last weekend, Cholodenko won a DGA Award for her devastatingly good four-part HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge"--which premiered at the Venice Film Festival-- starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins. Women Directors Reap Directors Guild Documentary and Television Nominations Bounty Her latest TV outing "The Slap" stars Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox. It is based on the 2008 Australian novel by Christos »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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NBC’s ‘The Slap’ Premieres Feb. 12, Poses Many Questions Videos

12 February 2015 10:32 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Spotlight: Tonight at 8/7c, the spottily reviewed series premiere of “The Slap,” starring Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman and Melissa George.THR’s Tim Goodman boiled it all down: ‘A  kid gets slapped by someone other than his parents. All hell breaks loose” and “Annoying kid, annoying people, forced situations that annoy you — you’ll want to slap everybody involved in this miniseries. Was that the point?”USA Today’s Robert Bianco made us laugh: “No wonder this leads to legal action — and an ever-expanding conflict designed to encompass every modern problem from indulgent parents to class warfare. You’re […] »

- April Neale

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‘The Slap’ Review: NBC Miniseries Drama Hits Hard and Fast

12 February 2015 7:59 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC miniseries “The Slap” is impressive on the performance side and provocative in story. The premiere plants enough seeds to get viewers to return. Veering from its long-standing tradition of Thursday night comedies, NBC premieres the new drama written by playwright Jon Robin Baitz (creator of ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters”) and starring an ensemble cast comprised of actors from theatre, film and television: Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Brian Cox, Thomas Sadowski, Melissa George (the only holdover from the original Australian cast) and Uma Thurman. The impressive auspices of the drama are what attracted me to it in the first. »

- Diane Gordon

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