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8 items from 2016


Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War Love Story ‘Shape of Water’ Casts Nick Searcy

26 August 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justified” star Nick Searcy has joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming fantasy film “The Shape of Water” for Fox Searchlight, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer have already been announced as cast members.

The film is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale (“The Vow”). Details of the plot are being kept under wraps other than being described as “a mysterious and magical journey” and “an other-worldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.”

Del Toro has revealed that the plot focuses on a mysterious creature, played by Jones.

Searcy was most recently seen on Hulu’s J.J. Abrams series “11/22/63.” His film credits include “The Fugitive,” “Runaway Jury,” and “The Ugly Truth.”

Searcy is represented by Apa, Haven Entertainment, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Entertainment Law Firm.

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- Dave McNary

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Film Review: ‘Greater’

23 August 2016 8:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it comes to the all-time greatest walk-on (i.e. non-scholarship) college football player, Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth easily bests Notre Dame’s more famous Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. In terms of their biopics, however, “Greater” — an account of Burlsworth’s inspiring rise and tragic demise — pales in comparison to the latter’s beloved “Rudy.” An insistent, clunky sermon about triumph through faith, David Hunt’s film is so determined to turn its subject into a Christ-like saint that it loses any sense of him as an actual flesh-and-blood man, the result being a third-string sports saga only apt to play to its devout target audience.

Burlsworth was a heavyset Arkansas kid who, without any prior commitment from the nationally ranked team, fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an Arkansas Razorbacks member in 1994 — a feat that was then surpassed when he became an all-American offensive lineman during his senior year, »

- Nick Schager

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‘Greater’ Exclusive Clip: The True Story of The Greatest Walk-On In The History of College Football

19 August 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The life of Brandon Burlsworth stands as one of the most inspiring football stories in the history of the sport, a tale of unrelenting determination and powerful character. Directed by Drew Hunt, the new film “Greater” tells the story of Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

Read More: Michael Oher Says ‘The Blind Side’ Has Ruined His Football Career

Known for his distinctive black horn-rimmed glasses, Burlsworth (played by newcomer Christopher Severio) had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I football. Undeterred, Brandon took a risk by walking on to the team in 1994. Despite criticism from teammates and coaches alike, Brandon succeeded in the face of staggering odds. By the end of his college career in 1999, Burlsworth was not only a star player in The SEC, but was also a 1st Team All-American. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Justified: Walton Goggins Wants Boyd Crowder to Return

14 July 2016 5:42 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Walton Goggins is itching to revisit Boyd Crowder and the Justified TV show, which ended after six season on FX on April 14, 2015. The Justified TV series cast also includes: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, Natalie Zea, and Jere Burns.Goggins told EW, "“I’ve never missed him as much as I did last September, when usually we go back to work. He’s never more than a cold beer and an intellectual, Machiavellian comment away.”Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Cannes: Tom Arnold Boards Indie Comedy ‘Landline’ (Exclusive)

11 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Arnold, Nick Searcy (“Justified”), Jim O’Heir (“Parks and Recreation”), Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”), James DuMont (“Trumbo”), Louis Lombardi (“24”), Jay Washington (“Chi-Raq”) and Bruce Fretts are coming aboard writer-director-star Matthew Aaron’s indie comedy “Landline.” The feature follows PR exec Ted Gout (Aaron) who, after becoming stressed out over work, marriage and social media, gives up his cell phone and goes “off the grid” in favor of more manageable ’90s technology. Each day Gout grows a little bit crazier, while his wife tries to hold their marriage together. Arnold and O’Heir play Gout’s dad and uncle, respectively. DuMont and Lombardi’s characters introduce him to two widely divergent technological paths. Brandt plays Gout’s boss, Washington plays his best friend, Fretts plays his cable guy cousin and Searcy plays the detective who investigates him for a crime he may or may not have committed. “It’s about »

- Gregg Goldstein

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J.J. Abrams Wanted James Franco for ‘11.22.63’ After Reading His Article on the Book

12 February 2016 2:59 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The latest adaptation of one of bestselling author Stephen King’s novels, Hulu mini-series “11.22.63,” launched with a premiere at L.A.’s Bruin Theater on Thursday. Executive producer J.J. Abrams told Variety how an article that star James Franco wrote about the book led to the actor’s casting.

“When I read this piece that Franco had written, it was so passionate about this character, about this world, about this story,” Abrams said. “He was also, in the piece, giving me s–t for being involved in too many projects, so I thought at the very least I should reach out and see if he wanted to be involved in this one with me.”

Franco revealed that King’s time-travel novel was one of the first books that he picked up after having to read 150 for his oral exams as a student in the Yale English department. The book caught his eye, »

- Jacob Bryant

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11.22.63 Review

12 February 2016 2:09 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

All episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Hulu’s decision to tease out one episode of its buzzy, Stephen King miniseries 11.22.63 a week – instead of following the all-at-once model made standard for online platforms by streaming contemporaries Netflix and Amazon – is one of those choices that seems misguided from a business standpoint (Yahoo Screen’s similar strategy for Community led to that service’s shuttering) but creatively right on target.

After all, this is an eight-episode adaptation of an 849-page novel, one that unfolds deliberately over the course of three years (or 56, if you want to be precise) with an emphasis on the kind of suspense that gathers gradually, like a distant storm cloud, and the kind of low-key world-building that feels all the more credible for its lack of pretension. However closely it adheres to the plot beats of King’s source material (and there are changes, from an »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Review: James Franco shines in Hulu's uneven time travel miniseries '11.22.63'

12 February 2016 6:15 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Stephen King's always been open about his improvisational writing style, and the way he lets his stories tell him where they need to go. Even if he never said a word about his process, though, longtime King readers could probably tell, not just because his endings tend to feel rougher than his beginnings, but because sometimes his stories will take unusual detours as King becomes fascinated by a plot device he obviously didn't expect to find so interesting when he started. Case in point: 11/22/63, his 2011 thriller about Jake Epping, a Maine schoolteacher who goes back in time to try to prevent the JFK assassination. Because the time travel method (a portal in the back of his favorite local diner) deposits him in the past years ahead of schedule, Jake has to fill his days when he's not shadowing Lee Harvey Oswald to confirm that he was acting alone on that fateful day. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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