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Season finale review: 'Manhattan' - 'Perestroika'

19 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Earlier this week, Wgn America ordered a second season of "Manhattan," which pleased me and a number of you. A few thoughts on tonight's season finale, and season 1 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I run for town council... For a while there, it seemed like "Perestroika" was going to present a great victory for Frank at an even greater cost — not unlike what will happen when the fruits of the Manhattan Project will be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The gun model has been dismissed, and the government is putting all of its mighty resources behind Frank and his team of misfits — but only after the deaths of Sid Liao and Reed Akley, the arrest of Charlie, Fritz ingesting the plutonium, Lancefield being framed for espionage, Glen kicked off the project, etc. The collateral damage is remarkable, yet the victory — both the support of a model that will work, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Manhattan' finale: Deconstructing the atomic bomb drama with creator Sam Shaw

19 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Implosion. Pre-detonation. Radioactivity. Meltdowns. The terms that define Wgn’s atomic bomb drama Manhattan also apply to its characters, a mix of men and women trying to stop a world war by creating a weapon that could destroy the planet completely. There isn't a simple equation among them. Throughout season one, which came to an end Sunday night with its thirteenth episode (“Perestroika”), the show mastered the art of contradiction, presenting heroes you root for even as they betray their own better natures. In the finale, the scientists of Los Alamos are still far from the breakthroughs they will need »

- Anthony Breznican

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Why You Have to See "Kill the Messenger!'

17 October 2014 12:18 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

.Kill the Messenger. arrives in theaters near you but is this film worthy of Jeremy Renner.s performance? Here.s what I can tell you. The movie is scary! Why? Because it happened in real life! Take a look at my review!

Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. »

- Manny

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Not a bomb: Wgn's 'Manhattan' renewed for season 2

14 October 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A new TV show's opening credits sequence is often one of the last things completed, and therefore something critics don't always get to see before a show debuts. I don't know that the title sequence for "Manhattan" — which Wgn America just renewed for a second season — would have significantly upgraded my initial review of the show, but it does a nice job of suggesting the level of ambition and execution the show would be able to achieve over the course of its first season, which concludes Sunday night at 9. That title sequence (you can watch it here) presents an overhead view of a series of sketches and diagrams, as the military base that housed the Manhattan Project is rapidly constructed in the Los Alamos desert. We start with some solitary workmen, then blueprints of houses, then the houses themselves, with plans being mixed with physics equations and desert recipes and propaganda fliers, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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First Pictures of Mark Wahlberg in 'The Gambler'

7 October 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Remember Rupert Wyattc He made Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Okay, now you remember him. Good, because he has a new movie coming out, a remake of 1974's The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters. Paramount is bringing the film to theaters on December 19 and they've finally decided to give us a first look via three new pictures courtesy of USA Today. The film is obviously being groomed as an Oscar contender and the USA Today piece is doing everything in its power to set the stage starting the article off saying: For months before showing up on set, Wahlberg pored over the script, became versed in every literary mention and sat through university lectures for inspiration. He is ready to show his Jim Bennett to the world. The Gambler is slotted for an awards season-friendly limited release Dec. »

- Brad Brevet

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Lindsay Lohan Gets Support From "Fairy Godmother" Oprah Winfrey at Her New Play in London

4 October 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Oprah Winfrey is still a proud Lindsay Lohan supporter! The talk show queen and beloved personality flew to London this weekend to see the one and only Lohan in her new production. "@LindsayLohan backstage at her new play in London. #SpeedthePlow," Oprah wrote on Instagram while sharing a smile with the actress. Lohan added, "So thrilled to have @Oprah and @Lupita_Nyongo in the audience tonight. I'm a lucky girl! XXo #Myfairygodmother." Lohan has been hard at work while starring in David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow alongside Richard Schiff. The popular production is a satirical dissection of the American movie business and features three different acts. Lohan has »

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Lindsay Lohan Forgets Lines in London West End Debut, Draws Mixed Reviews

3 October 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lindsay Lohan made her West End stage debut in London on Thursday night, appearing in Speed-the-Plow with a performance that received mixed reviews from the U.K. press. The 28-year-old plays the secretary Karen in David Mamet’s Hollywood satire — a role made famous by Madonna on Broadway in 1988 and played by Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss in the 2008 revival — and appears alongside West Wing star Richard Schiff and U.K. stage actor Nigel Lindsay. The BBC pointed out that the actress once forgot her lines during the second act, with a prompt on hand

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- Alex Ritman

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Jeremy Renner Talks About "Kill the Messenger!" He's As Smart and Gripping As the Movie!

1 October 2014 11:23 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Jeremy Renner is mesmerizing and totally unforgettable in the upcoming movie .Kill the Messenger.. He plays the true-life character, Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who exposes the CIA.s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and then importing cocaine into the mean streets of California.

When critics use the word gripping, they were probably thinking of .Kill the Messenger..

Take a look at my interview with the actor who also moonlighted as producer in the film. What inspired him to do the movie, and wait .til you see his answer if we are still having war on drugs.

Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men »

- Manny

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Lindsay Lohan Forgets Lines During 'Speed-The-Plow' Preview

25 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Lindsay Lohan, eager to rehabilitate her image with a stint on the London stage, flubbed some lines during a preview performance of the revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow.

Lindsay Lohan Forgets Lines

Lohan, 28, is courting intense scrutiny as she tries to regain credibility in the acting world. News outlets, which usually wait to weigh-in on plays until closer to its actual premiere, have offered reviews of Lohan’s first performance on the stage, where her nerves apparently took over.

“Lohan managed to hang on through her small but critical role as Hollywood secretary Karen — but only with the aid of some crew members offstage who shouted lines at her when she blanked on what she was supposed to say,” according to the New York Daily News. “She also seemed to rely on a book she clutched as a prop that had some lines from the script scribbled in it. »

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Lindsay Lohan grasps for lines in first night of stage debut

25 September 2014 7:31 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Lindsay Lohan’s first night on stage in the West End production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow was a little rough, to say the least—though some are saying her performance can still be salvaged.

Lohan, who plays temporary secretary Karen in Mamet’s tale of Hollywood executives, reportedly missed lines during the opening performance Wednesday—prompting laughter from the audience and one cry of, “Oh my God, it’s so embarrassing,” according to The Daily Beast. An on the scene report from New York magazine notes that things really went downhill for Lohan in the second act. “Lohan forgot a line, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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On the Scene at the Flub-Filled First Night of Lindsay Lohan’s Stage Debut

25 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Lindsay Lohan forgot her lines in her first-ever theater performance last night. That’s the headline gleefully reported all over the web today, and it’s accurate. But what hasn’t been so widely reported is that Lohan wasn’t the first to make a mistake during the opening night of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow at London’s Playhouse Theater. Richard Schiff, who has far more experience, called out, “Give me the line, please,” within minutes of starting the play. British actor Nigel Lindsay was the only person in the three-actor play to get through the entire performance without an audible prompt, and even he seemed to struggle at times to remember what came next.Director Lindsay Posner spoke to the Independent yesterday about the process of rehearsing Mamet’s fast-paced play. He described how he asked the actors to drill the lines until they internalized them, and told the newspaper, »

- Hattie Crisell

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Lindsay Lohan Forgets Her Lines During Speed-the-Plow Debut, But the Internet Still Has Faith in Her Performance

24 September 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It was a big night for Lindsay Lohan. The actress finally made her long-awaited West End debut tonight as she took the stage for David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow alongside Richard Schiff, and it seems as though LiLo may have had a rough start. According to a review from The Daily Beast, the star seemed a bit forgetful during a few acts. "On the first night of previews, a work-in-progress feel is to be expected. But halfway through the second act of Speed-the-Plow, the audience was openly laughing at Lohan's struggle to grasp Mamet's sharp, trademark dialogue," Nico Hines writes, but also added later that "Lohan remained charming throughout." Even the Internet acknowledges »

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Morgan Freeman Joins Ted 2

10 September 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Seth MacFarlane always likes to pepper his projects with pop cultural references and respectable actors doing outrageous things for a laugh, and 2012’s Ted was no exception. The sequel to the talking teddy comedy is going the same route, with Morgan Freeman set to take a role.MacFarlane is already shooting the sequel in Boston, with Mark Wahlberg and a swathe of the supporting cast back for more, Amanda Seyfried joining as a potential love interest for Wahlberg’s John Bennett and another new addition in the shape of Richard Schiff.While the story for the new movie is still largely a secret, Variety reports that Freeman will be a famous civil rights lawyer who helps out our furry hero (voiced once again by MacFarlane) when he needs help with some legal issues. Sounds like Ted, the bear brought to life by a Christmas wish, will have some issues proving his status. »

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Does Scoot McNairy Have a Link to Cyborg in 'Batman v Superman'?

24 August 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, new photos from the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice showcased actor Scoot McNairy wearing green socks that teased the bottom half of his legs will be replaced with CGI elements, leading many fans to believe that he is actually playing Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. The actor joined the cast back in June, but his exact role remains shrouded in mystery. Screen Rant has a new theory about who Scoot McNairy may be playing, which could tie in to Ray Fisher's character, Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg.

While some theorize that Scoot McNairy may be playing Barry Allen, whose legs are replaced with some sort of mechanical implants, which would alter the character's origin story from the DC comic books, Screen Rant believes the actor is playing either the S.T.A.R. Labs "top mind," The Chief, or Dr. »

- MovieWeb

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ To Close London Film Festival; Zurich Fest Unveils First Gala Premieres; More

14 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Last year, the London Film Festival was bookended by a pair of Tom Hanks movies. This year, the fest is going in a different direction with opening- and closing-night films set during World War II. The event will open with The Imitation Game on October 8 and now has set David Ayer’s Fury as the capper on October 19. The pic stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal. Pitt and Ayer are confirmed to attend the closing-night festivities in Leicester Square with screenings to be simulcast to cinemas across the UK. The film is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final push in the European Theater. A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a five-man Sherman tank crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines where they face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Written and directed by Ayer, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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IFC acquires Before I Disappear

5 August 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Shawn Christensen’s drama ahead of its international premiere in Venice. Separately, The Orchard has picked up Marshall Curry’s Tribeca-winning doc Point And Shoot.

Christensen wrote Before I Disappear and stars alongside Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Richard Schiff and Ron Perlman.

Damon Russell, Lucan Toh, Christensen, Wesley and Terry Leonard produced and the executive producers are Christopher Eoyang, Nick Harbinson, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo.

IFC plans a November roll-out for the story of a down-at-heel man whose sister asks him to babysit his 11-year-old niece for the night. The film won the SXSW narrative feature audience award.

Curfew [Christensen’s short film on which the feature is based] was only a glimpse at Shawn’s incredible talent, and we cannot wait to bring his fully realised vision to audiences nationwide,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. “Before I Disappear marks an amazing feature directorial debut.”

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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SXSW Audience Winner ‘Before I Disappear’ Picked Up for North American Distribution

5 August 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to “Before I Disappear,” five months after the drama won the audience award for best narrative feature at South by Southwest.

Shawn Christensen directed from his own screenplay and stars with Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Richard Schiff and Ron Perlman.

The film was produced by Damon Russell, Lucan Toh, Christensen, Wesley and Terry Leonard, and executive produced by Christopher Eoyang, Nick Harbinson, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo.

Before I Disappear” will screen at the Venice International Film Festival in the Venice Days sidebar and will be released in the U.S. in November.

The film is based on Christensen’s “Curfew,” which won the 2012 Academy Award for live-action short film. It follows a man at the lowest point in his life who receives a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece for the evening. »

- Dave McNary

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IFC Films Bringing ‘Before I Disappear’ To North America

5 August 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Shawn Christensen wrote, directed and stars in the pic, which had its world premiere at SXSW and won the Audience Award for narrative feature. IFC Films has snagged North American rights to Before I Disappear, in which a guy at a low point in his life gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to take his 11-year-old niece (Fatima Ptacek) for the night. Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Richard Schiff and Ron Perlman co-star in the film based on the 2013 short Curfew. Before I Disappear will have its international premiere in the Venice Days sidebar at the Venice […] »

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Find Out When Your Favorite Comedy Central Shows Premiere This Fall

4 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Comedy Central has unveiled its slate of fall premiere dates, including several series that are set to return before the season officially arrives.

Daniel Tosh's viral video show "Tosh.0" gets the ball rolling later this month, while we won't see new episodes of favorites like "South Park" and sketch series "Key & Peele" -- which will air back-to-back -- until late September. The network's full premiere lineup includes:

"Tosh.0" - Tuesday, August 26 at 10 p.m.

"Adam DeVine's House Party" - Tuesday, September 9 at 10:30 p.m. Moves to its regular Thursday timeslot on September 11 at 12:30 a.m.

"Brickleberry" - Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30 p.m.

"South Park" - Wednesday, September 24 at 10 p.m.

"Key & Peele" - Wednesday, September 24 at 10:30 p.m.

"Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution" - Friday, October 3 at 12 a.m.

According to the network, animated series "Brickleberry" and "South Park" have only gotten 10-episode orders. "Adam DeVine's House Party, »

- Katie Roberts

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Review: Wgn takes a big step forward with its 'Manhattan' project

23 July 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Salem," Wgn's first original scripted drama, is an unapologetic piece of trash, perhaps best summed up by the scene in the pilot where a naked Janet Montgomery — playing an actual Salem witch in a way that weirdly justifies all of the religion-fueled paranoia of the period — lets a toad suckle at a nipple on her thigh. While a channel's first scripted show isn't always representative of what follows, they tend to create expectations for what's to come, and it would have been easy to assume that Wgn's plan was to lean heavily on campy genre fare. But "Manhattan," Wgn's second original drama (it debuts Sunday night at 9), is as far in tone and ambition and quality from "Salem" as the New Mexico desert of 1943 is from 17th century Massachusetts. At a minimum, it suggests you shouldn't assume anything about whatever the channel's going to do next. Created Sam Shaw and »

- Alan Sepinwall

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