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(Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!) After the first Star Trek reboot opened big in 2009, J.J. Abrams mused about having Khan be the villain in a sequel. And then he spent the next four years refuting the idea, swatting down any evidence that suggested it. Right up until today's premiere, he's been maintaining that Benedict Cumberbatch's villain is named John Harrison. (Seriously, This Is Your Last Spoiler Alert. Save Yourself!) Now the movie is open, and critics weighing in have had to decide just how much detail they are going to go into when describing Cumberbatch's bad guy. These reviewers split into three camps: complete avoidance, waffling hints, and flat-out shouting it to the space rafters.Avoids the IssueMany reviews chose to not even acknowledge the existence of a twist. Critics like Slate's Dana Stevens, the New York Times' A.O. Scott, Variety's Scott Foundas, and The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy »
- Jesse David Fox
While it manages to be entertaining, Safe Haven follows the Nicholas Sparks' established blueprint too closely and fails to truly make the characters matter. Thankfully, the film is in the very capable hands of director Lasse Hallström and benefits from the likeable chemistry of its leads Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel. It is not a bad movie, but it could have been better given the amount of talent involved. Based on Sparks. novel, the film features a screenplay from Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky, and stars David Lyons, Irene Ziegler, Mimi Kirkland, Noah Lomax, Red West, and Cobie Smulders. Staying as spoiler free as possible due to the twists in the story, the film opens with a »
- Patrick Luce
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.
The king of the networks easily remains in charge despite "Elementary" being their only fresh hit of last season's new shows. The network's line-up remains fairly stable with only a few key moves such as Thursday being expanded to include two hours of comedy programming, and "Hawaii Five-0" moving to Fridays.
Several other pilots didn't make the cut this week including the series sequel to the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies, a TV version of the comedy "Bad Teacher", the "NCIS" mobile spin-off "NCIS: Red," a procedural based on Leif G.W. Persson's literary homicide detective Everett Backstrom, the Frank Marshall-produced political thriller "The Ordained" about a priest turned lawyer trying to save his sister from assassination, »
- Garth Franklin
As the upfronts continue, the television news keeps coming out. ABC has picked up 3 women created pilots, including Super Fun Night from the hilarious Rebel Wilson and Trophy Wife from Emily Halpern and the very funny Sarah Haskins. CBS has picked up the gloriously soapy sounding Reckless from Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. While we're glad about the pick up of these shows, that still totals only 8 women-created pilots that were picked up thus far between all the networks. And that's a really low number. Below you'll find descriptions of the shows picked up at ABC and CBS. (All descriptions courtesy of Deadline) ABC "Super Fun Night" Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call "Friday Night Fun Night": "Always together! »
- Kerensa Cadenas
CBS has sent two more pilots to series for the 2013-2014 season, picking up the legal drama "Reckless" and the James Van Der Beek comedy "Friends With Better Lives." Cam Gigandet stars in "Reckless" as a fish-out-of-water litigator who goes South to Charleston for a case involving a police sex scandal and becomes involved with the local city attorney, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Reckless" is a "Twilight" reunion of sorts, since Gigandet was directed in the pilot by Catherine Hardwicke, who will also serve as an executive producer on the Dana Stevens-scripted drama. Co-stars include Shawn Hatosy, »
- HitFix Staff
CBS is ready to get "Reckless" next season. The network has picked up the pilot "Reckless," described as a sultry legal show set in Charleston, S.C. that's being written and co-executive produced by Dana Stevens. Also read: Network Upfronts 2013: The Scorecard So Far (Updated) The pilot reunites "Twilight" actor Cam Gigandet, who stars in the series, and Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the inaugural film of the vampire series and directed the "Reckless" pilot and is also executive producing. Anna Wood (of NBC's recently canceled "Deception") also stars. See photos: The New Shows of the 2013-2014 »
- Tim Kenneally
CBS has announced the purchase of its third new drama for the 2013-14 season, giving "Reckless" a series order on Sunday (May 12).
The drama, billed by the network as a "sultry legal show" set in Charleston, South Carolina, centers on a Yankee litigator and a Southern city attorney who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.
Billed as a “sultry legal show,” “Reckless” takes place in Charleston, South Carolina where a Yankee litigator and a southern city attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.
- AJ Marechal
CBS has picked up a third new drama series for next season. The order went to soapy legal drama Reckless. Written by Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Reckless is a sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet, Anna Wood) struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. CBS TV Studios is producing, with Kim Moses, Ian Sander and Hardwicke executive producing and Stevens co-executive producing. Reckless joins procedural Intelligence from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios and serialized thriller Hostages from Warner Bros TV. Nice going for the soapy Reckless, which was the last drama to get a pilot order at CBS and now has snagged a last-minute series order. Word is CBS is not necessarily done. Reckless had been one of five pilots left in contention, along with dramas »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
CBS has added its third drama series order for 2013-14. The first-place network has added legal drama Reckless to its schedule, which already will feature hourlongs Intelligence and Hostages. Reckless is described as a sultry legal show set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator (Cam Gigandet) and a Southern city attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2013-14 Safe Haven's Dana Stevens penned the pilot and will co-executive produce the CBS Television Studios drama that counts Ian Sander, Kim Moses and
- Lesley Goldberg , Lacey Rose
Editor’s note: Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire Network discuss new releases with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn. In this edition, Grantland's Wesley Morris and Slate's Dana Stevens grapple with "Iron Man 3" and its relevance in film culture. Part of me wants to ignore this movie and focus on the smaller releases that deserve the attention. On the other hand, the "Iron Man" series is too big to ignore -- and by many accounts a lot better than the standard blockbuster. Wesley, I want to start with you because you strike me as a bigger fan of the series as whole. You singled out both "Iron Man" and its sequel because you felt the dialogue scenes were actually stronger than the action. Do you feel that's still the case »
- Eric Kohn, Wesley Morris and Dana Stevens
It’s really amazing how fast time flies. It has already been two weeks since Roger Ebert left us, leaving a void in the film world that may never be filled. For many, his name was synonymous with the term “movie critic” with the Siskel & Ebert brand becoming a household name shortly after entering national syndication over thirty years ago. And though his contributions to his “At the Movies” show were limited starting in 2006, he still regularly updated his website with at least three to four reviews every weekend. Plus, once a month, he’d enter a new addition to his “Great Movies” list, giving us keen insight on all the great films in cinema, classic or modern. With news of his recent passing, everyone from filmmakers to the President have made public tributes to the man. Recently, critics A.O. Scott and Dana Stevens joined legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog on »
- Ken Guidry
Director Werner Herzog has had a sad last couple of weeks, with the loss of his friends film critic Roger Ebert and documentarian Les Blank. Below, Herzog's thoughts on Ebert on Charlie Rose (he joins critics A.O. Scott and Dana Stevens), with quote highlights. Here is a recent remembrance of Blank in the New Yorker (Toh! contributor Joe Leydon's interview with Blank in 1982 on "Burden of Dreams," his documentary on Herzog's chaotic Fitzcarraldo shoot, is here). Herzog, now 70, is one of those rare directors who possesses a brilliant talent for narrative and documentary filmmaking alike, and remains both prolific and an adventurous world-traveler in his older age. His most recent big-screen entry, "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga," which he co-directed with Dmitry Vasyukov, is an absorbing, season-by-season chronicle of hunters and trappers in the Siberian Taiga; alas, it had a run so brief, most cinephiles probably blinked and missed it. »
- Beth Hanna
The dedications to Roger Ebert continue online, as people share their personal stories of the man as he clearly touched the lives of so many. Of the lot I found the following 20-minute segment from the recent episode of Charlie Rose's show one of the more interesting. Rose's guests included film critics A.O. Scott from the New York Times and Dana Stevens from Slate along with Werner Herzog as they share their memories and stories on how he influenced their careers. The clip of Ebert speaking on the Rose show from 2002 is a portion I found particularly interesting as Ebert brings up a favorite quote of his from Robert Warshow: "A man goes to the movies and the critic must be honest enough to admit he is that man." I'd read this quote from Ebert in the past and it actually changed the way I review movies in that »
- Brad Brevet
Catherine Hardwicke is set to direct The Age of Miracles, a film based on Karen Thompson Walker's best-selling debut novel. Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has adapted the screenplay. River Road Entertainment's founder Bill Pohlad will produce.
Set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth's rotation mysteriously slows, The Age of Miracles is a suspenseful and romantic snapshot of one young girl's adolescence, a poignant family drama, and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that define what it is to be human in a world that might just be ending.
Hardwicke recently completed production on Plush, a thriller she co-wrote with Arty Nelson. The film will star Emily Browning, Cam Gigandet, and Xavier Samuel. She is currently in production directing CBS' drama pilot, Reckless, from a script by Dana Stevens.
River Road Entertainment’s adaptation of Karen Thompson Walker’s best-selling debut novel The Age of Miracles has reached a deal with Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke to helm the project. The film revolves around a girl’s coming of age during a time when the world is about to come to an end. Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has written the screenplay for the film being produced by River Road Entertainment’s founder Bill Pohland. Harwicke is fresh off production from her latest project, Plush, a thriller starring Emily Browning and Cam Gigandet. Hit the jump to read the synopsis and full press release for The Age of Miracles. Here’s the press release and synopsis for The Age of Miracles: Catherine Hardwicke Signs On To Directriver Road’S The Age Of Miracles Los Angeles, CA (April 3, 2013) – Catherine Hardwicke is set to direct The Age Of Miracles, a film based on Karen Thompson Walker »
- Elena Butler
Exclusive: River Road Entertainment‘s Bill Pohlad has set Catherine Hardwicke to helm The Age Of Miracles, an adaptation of the Karen Thompson Walker bestselling debut novel. Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has adapted the screenplay and Pohlad will produce. Set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth’s rotation mysteriously slows, The Age Of Miracles is a suspenseful and romantic snapshot of one young girl’s adolescence, a poignant family drama, and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that define what it is to be human in a world that might just be ending. Hardwicke, who helmed the first Twilight pic, just wrapped Plush, a thriller she co-wrote with Arty Nelson. The film will star Emily Browning, Cam Gigandet, and Xavier Samuels. She is directing CBS’ drama pilot Reckless, from a script by Dana Stevens. River Road’s Christa Zofcin negotiated the deal with Hardwicke’s reps at Manage-ment and CAA. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Check out this video chat, live-streamed on March 12, between Slate film critic Dana Stevens and Tribeca Film Festival chief creative officer Geoffrey Gilmore, and head fest programmers Genna Terranova, Sharon Badal and Frederic Boyer as they discuss their programming process and selections for the 2013 fest, which runs April 17-28 in New York City. Tribeca will open with documentary on band The National "Mistaken for Strangers." The fest's Spotlight, Midnight, Storyscape and Special Screening lineups are here, and an exclusive Toh! interview with Gilmore and the programmers, along with the Narrative and Documentary Competition slates, is here. »
- Beth Hanna
Former Cold Case star Kathryn Morris is returning to CBS with a lead role opposite Jason Issacs in the network’s drama pilot Surgeon General. Written by Samuel Baum and produced by CBS TV Studios, the project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. Morris, repped by Gersh and Mosaic, plays Lydia, the Surgeon General’s Chief of Staff. Anna Wood has landed the female lead in CBS‘ drama pilot Reckless, directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a script by Dana Stevens. The sultry legal show set in Charleston, Sc, centers on Jamie (Wood), a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy (Cam Gigandet), a Southern City Attorney, who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Wood is repped by SMS, Leading Artists and Liberman Zerman. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Tribeca is all about access. On Tuesday, March 12, Geoff Gilmore (Chief Creative Officer), Genna Terranova (VP of Programming), Frederic Boyer (Artistic Director) and Sharon Badal (Shorts Programmer) will take to Livestream studio to talk the Festival slate for 2013. Moderated by Slate's Dana Stevens, the discussion will shed light on the programming process, and the group will highlight several films that they believe are must-sees at this year's Festival. Movie lovers and aspiring filmmakers should take advantage of this unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look into the decision-making process behind the programming of a major Film Festival. The Tff team also will go provide interesting details about the particular dynamics of each Festival section (World Competition Narrative, World Competition Documentary, Viewpoints, Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings, and Shorts). Join us tomorrow from 2pm-3pm on Livestream to get the inside scoop on all of this year's Festival films straight from the »
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