19 items from 2013
In merely a coincidental set of circumstances, Andrea Segre’s Shun Li and the Poet arrives in UK cinemas on the very same day as Like Someone in Love – as two completely separate films that both focus in on the tale of an oriental woman, building the unlikeliest of platonic relationships with a man twice her age. However unlike the Abbas Kiarostami production, Shun Li and the Poet is a somewhat blander, more conventional depiction of such a story – though matches the aforementioned title in sincerity and sentiment.
Set on a small island in the Veneto lagoon, we follow Shun Li (Tao Zhao), a thirty something immigrant from China who takes a job at a local bar to raise enough funds to ensure her 8-year-old son can soon join her. Feeling isolated in this foreign land, she befriends the ageing fisherman Bepi (Rade Serbedzija), who, although having lived in Italy for 30 years, »
- Stefan Pape
The days when director Renny Harlin was the go-to-guy for big-screen action and thrills are sadly long gone. The man who gave us enjoyable madness of Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight has saw his stock plummet following the expensive disaster Cutthroat Island, which in all honesty wasn’t all that bad despite notoriously bankrupting Carolco Pictures. Lately, Harlin’s stepped into the world of TV. Directing episodes of Burn Notice, White Collar and the upcoming Graceland but he’ll be hoping to kick-start his cinematic career with one of two Hercules projects on the horizon.
Hoping to beat Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnston’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars to the punch, Harlin’s Hercules 3D will star Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz as the mythic and heroic Greek god. The film is currently shooting with a supporting cast that includes Scott Adkins, Johnathon Schaech, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, »
- Craig Hunter
Episodes: Eight (hour)
TV show dates: March 3, 2013 -- May 5, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Radha Mitchell, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Sterling Beaumon, Suleka Mathew, Erin Moriarty, Jaime Ray Newman, Jakob Salvati, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Rade Serbedzija, and Goran Visnjic.
TV show description:
Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) is a stay-at-home mom just north of San Francisco and seems to have an idyllic life. She's devoted to her husband Evan and their three children; Natalie (Erin Moriarty), Gabriel (Sterling Beaumon), and Boris (Jakob Salvati). Behind this perfect façade however, is a more complicated story. Evan supports the family by exporting marijuana.
Red Widow follows a San Francisco housewife and mother who finds herself forced to continue her late husband's work in organized crime for the sake of her family. The series' cast includes Radha Mitchell, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Sterling Beaumon, Suleka Mathew, Erin Moriarty, Jaime Ray Newman, Jakob Salvati, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Rade Serbedzija, and Goran Visnjic.
The show's ratings were unfortunately very low right from the start -- debuting to a 1.5 demo rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.13 million total viewers.
The numbers got worse for later episodes and Red Widow fell as low as a 0.7 rating and 3.47 million viewers -- much too low »
Tonight marks the season finale of Red Widow since ABC ordered just eight episodes of the series. Is this the end? Will the drama be back for a second season or will it be cancelled instead?
For those unfamiliar with the show, Red Widow revolves around a San Francisco housewife and mother who finds herself forced to continue her husband's work in organized crime after his death. The large cast includes Radha Mitchell, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Sterling Beaumon, Suleka Mathew, Erin Moriarty, Jaime Ray Newman, Jakob Salvati, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Rade Serbedzija, and Goran Visnjic.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing a second season renewal for Red Widow. The show's ratings were poor at the start -- debuting to a 1.5 demo rating with 7.13 million viewers -- and have gotten a lot worse as the weeks have worn on. »
"Red Widow" Season 1 came to an end on ABC tonight and given the show's low ratings it could be the end of the series for good.
Season to date, "Red Widow" has been averaging 5.15 million viewers and a 1.1 in the key 18-49 demo. But the numbers have been plummeting week-to-week, last week reaching a series low of 3.47 million viewers and 0.7 in the demo.
In the climactic installment, Marta (Radha Mitchell) discovered that her own father (Rade Serbedzija) was involved in the murder of her husband and bodyguard Luther (Luke Goss) lost his life. And in the cliffhanger ending Marta's daughter Natalie (Erin Moriarty) pulled a gun on Nicholae Schiller (Goran Visnjic) to finish the business of avenging her father's death (without knowing she has the wrong man).
Was that good enough to make you curious to see what happens next, or should ABC simply cut their losses on the low-rated drama? »
ABC hasn't had much luck Sundays at 10pm. Gcb was cancelled last year and 666 Park Avenue was dropped this season. Has the network found a winner in Red Widow or will it be rubbed out as well?
Red Widow revolves around a suburban mom whose husband is killed after he steals from the Russian mob. She finds herself caught between the interests of the mobsters and the FBI. The cast includes Radha Mitchell, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Sterling Beaumon, Suleka Mathew, Erin Moriarty, Jaime Ray Newman, Jakob Salvati, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Rade Serbedzija, and Goran Visnjic.
The two-hour series premiere on March 3rd drew a 1.5 rating with 7.13 million total viewers. It was a disappointing start to be sure and Red Widow was in fourth place in its 9pm timeslot.
Compared to the debut of Gcb one »
From Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter of the Twilight Saga films), the ABC drama series Red Widow illustrates just what lengths a single mother will go to, to protect her children when she feels as though their lives are threatened. When Marta Walraven’s (Radha Mitchell) husband Evan (Anson Mount) was brutally murdered in their driveway, it changed her idyllic life, in an instant. As a result, she now finds herself navigating the criminal underworld, in order to repay his debt to the formidable international crime boss, Nicholae Schiller (Goran Visnjic), and keep herself and her family alive. The show also stars Rade Serbedzija, Luke Goss, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Jaime Ray Newman, Clifton Collins Jr., Suleka Mathew, Sterling Beaumon, Erin Moriarty and Jakob Salvati. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer/writer Melissa Rosenberg talked about what immediately stood out for her when she watched the original Dutch »
- Christina Radish
This TV series follows a widowed mom who finds herself indebted to the Russian mob and under scrutiny from the FBI. The cast includes Radha Mitchell, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Sterling Beaumon, Suleka Mathew, Erin Moriarty, Jaime Ray Newman, Jakob Salvati, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Rade Serbedzija, and Goran Visnjic. The show typically airs Sunday nights on ABC. The network has ordered eight episodes.
Here are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Red Widow is going to be cancelled or renewed for a second season.
These figures will be updated as the weeks progress »
Did Red Widow cause you to shed tears of joy… or something else?
ABC’s newest drama debuted Sunday night at 9/8c and introduced us to Marta (Silent Hill‘s Radha Mitchell), who starts the series as a upperclass wife and mother who has worked hard to distance herself from her father’s Russian mob life. But when her husband Evan — who’s a little shady but nowhere near as shady as the characters we meet later on — is murdered in their driveway, Marta learns that his business partners were mixed up in the theft a whole lot of expensive »
- Kimberly Roots
Red Widow revolves around a suburban housewife and mom whose husband is killed after he steals from the Russian mob. The mobsters don't consider the debt paid however and the widow must now do their bidding -- while she tries to protect her children and dodge the FBI.
The show's cast includes Radha Mitchell, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Sterling Beaumon, Suleka Mathew, Erin Moriarty, Jaime Ray Newman, Jakob Salvati, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Rade Serbedzija, and Goran Visnjic.
Sound interesting? Sound kinda like Fox's (cancelled) Mob Doctor? Here's what some of the television critics think:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "It's hard to understand why anyone, in March 2013, would opt »
ABC's new drama "Red Widow" attempts to blend cable style storytelling with the network's brand of female-driven serials: Think "Breaking Bad" meets "Desperate Housewives," except with just one housewife.
It's an ambitious goal, based -- inevitably -- on a preexisting idea. In this case, that's the Dutch series "Penoza," which serves as inspiration for executive producer Melissa Rosenberg ("Dexter," "The Twilight Saga") as she explores the story of Marin County mom Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) who is drawn into the world of the Russian mafia after the death of her husband (guest star Anson Mount of AMC's "Hell on Wheels").
The intriguing concept gets an awfully prolonged set-up in the first of two hours premiering on ABC Sunday night. The opening stretch intends to establish Marta's marriage, the couple's three children, various family relationships and her husband's life of crime. He makes his living exporting marijuana, but a recent bad »
The Gospel of Matthew quotes Jesus as saying, in part, "All those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword."
But sometimes it's not so much a matter of taking up the sword as being taken up by it, in the form of circumstances beyond your control.
Radha Mitchell stars as Marta Walraven, a stay-at-home mom in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. She loves her three children, her husband, Evan (Anson Mount, "Hell on Wheels"), and the life he has built for them. But there's a rub -- this domestic bliss comes from what Marta believes is Evan's illegal trade in marijuana.
Chicago – While the broadcast networks midseason continues to set records for overall incompetence and ABC’s “Zero Hour” appears to be the latest casualty (as it was pulled from this week schedule in advance of a likely cancellation), the newest attempt to revive flatlining numbers comes in the form of ABC’s “Red Widow.” This new thriller has a great cast and strong production values but no reason to expect that it will turn this season around.
Television Rating: 2.5/5.0
Marta Walraven (an effective Radha Mitchell) has a nice house, three kids, and a happy life that is shattered when her husband Evan is murdered in their driveway. It turns out that Evan made his fortune in somewhat unscrupulous ways that had just gotten significantly more deadly with the theft of a shipment of drugs from notorious crime lord Christian Schiller (Goran Visjnic). Evan and his partners — Marta’s brother Irwin »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
'That Guy' actors. Pretty much the back bone of the acting community. The actor you see time and time again, providing solid support for the more well known stars. In honour of this fine tradition, we've compiled a list of the best 'That Guy' (and girl) actors working at the moment. David Strathairn Where You've Seen Him: The Bourne Identity, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Lincoln, Fracture, L.A. Confidential Michael Sthulbarg Where You've Seen Him: Lincoln, Men In Black 3, Seven Psychopaths, Hitchcock, Hugo M.C. Gainey Where You've Seen Him: Django Unchained, Con Air, The Mighty Ducks, All About Steve Titus Welliver Where You've Seen Him: The Town, Argo, Man On A Ledge, Gone Baby Gone, Edi Gathegi Where You've Seen Him: Twilight, X-Men: First Class, Gone Baby Gone, My Bloody Valentine, Crank Rade Serbedzija Where You've Seen Him: Mission Impossible 2, Snatch, Taken 2, Batman Begins, Shooter Elias Koteas Where You've. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Related | ABC Sets Body of Proof Return Date, Gives Red Widow Sunday Slot, Plots Suburgatory Move
Launching with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, March 3 at 9/8c (before settling into its Sundays-at-10 home), Red Widow stars Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill) as Marta Walraven, “a housewife who has been sort of avoiding her criminal upbringing by living the life of a soccer mom,” the actress explains. “She then is suddenly dragged into that world… when her husband »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The first Taken was released ahead of the Us in the UK and opened to pretty bad reviews and subsequently disappeared from cinemas pretty quickly.
Then about four months later it opened in the Us in a cut form and was a massive box office success. This release coincided with the UK DVD release so people kind of re-appraised the film and it became a minor success on DVD over here. The sequel released last autumn was an equally massive success but the critical disappointment baffles me. People seemed to be genuinely disappointed that the sequel was not as ‘good’ as the first film like the first was some kind of masterpiece.
- Chris Holt
Review by LondonFilmFan
Editor’S Note: This is a re-posting of our review of the UK cinematic release of Taken 2 as DVD’s were not available for review. Note the references to cuts made may not apply to the DVD and Blu-ray release as those are an “extended” cut.
For the sequel to 2008’s hit action-thriller Taken, writer/producer Luc Besson has doubled down the dumb of the original film’s rather daft, but enjoyable nonetheless, premise. Had this been the worst of Taken 2’s problems, the result may have still been a passable Mills family holiday in Istanbul full of fisticuffs, shootouts and all around Liam Neeson bad-assery. Unfortunately, Besson and co-scripter Robert Mark Kamen have, along with Twentieth Century Fox’s unabashed greed, »
Director: Richard Ayoade
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Submarine was the equivalent to hitting a homer in your very first major league at bat. Sharp, witty and layered, Richard Ayoade fired up round two quickly after and employed the services of Avi Korine (co-writer) thesps Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska and cinematographer Erik Wilson (Tyrannosaur, The Imposter).
Gist: The Double is billed as a funny and frightening story about an insignificant man driven to near breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. This modern retelling of Dostoyevsky’s novella sees Eisenberg playing a clerk who encounters a literal facsimile of himself working at his office. The doppelganger tries to take over his life and the film will »
- Eric Lavallee
19 items from 2013
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