7 items from 2014
Why Watch? Almost a decade ago, Rian Johnson turned eyebrows with Brick by passionately sticking to noir conventions while subverting them just enough to breathe fresh life into a musty genre. To be fair to that genre, it’s one that will eternally and repeatedly enjoy new resurgences, potentially along the same tidal lines as the western, and Brick hit just at the right moment with all the right ingredients. This short film from Zach Wechter follows that same formula, and through doing so, reminds us that its the familiarity of the story beats that keeps entries in this seedy world so satisfying. Like Johnson’s film, Straight Down Low (announcing its genre right there in the title) asks a cast of high school students to get to the bottom of a gangland murder, and in not attempting to reinvent the wheel, he instead conducts a master class in cool. Beyond »
- Scott Beggs
Maybe getting lost in all the TV upfront presentations, FX has set a Monday, August 4 premiere date for its new comedy series Braddock & Jackson - the Odd Couple-like project, first announced about a year ago, that Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are starring in as Chicago lawyers from different backgrounds who form a partnership after they accidentally meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Brought together by fate and greed, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives. Daniele Watts co-stars, playing Martin »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The series follows Grammer and Lawrence as two Chicago lawyers from very different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court as they each face a personal crisis.
As part of the 10/90 model FX initially utilized for “Anger Management,” the network has ordered 10 episodes of “Partners” and if the series meets designated ratings thresholds over its opening 10-episode run, the network will order an additional 90 episodes.
FX will air two back-to-back »
- Nikara Johns
The story follows two men who live far apart and learn they shared the same father and inherit the family home in Capri. Giancarlo Giannini, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Nicolas Vaporidis also star. [Source: Screen]
Nick Jonas and Kiele Sanchez have scored co-starring roles in DirecTV's gritty yet family-oriented mixed martial arts drama "Navy St." Frank Grillo plays a former Mma fighter whose drug addiction prevented him from making it big and now operates an Mma gym on Venice Beach.
Jonas plays his youngest son Nate, a shy kid who receives a Ufc contract but is impacted by the addiction to drugs of his older brother Jay (Jonathan Tucker). Sanchez will play Lisa Prince, the Grillo character's long-time girlfriend. »
- Garth Franklin
• Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is reportedly interested in portraying Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés in Montezuma, a nearly 50-year old Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus) script that Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) is updating. Steven Spielberg may have his sights on directing the project for DreamWorks, who currently owns the rights. Trumbo had apparently written the original script (one draft was 205 pages long!) for Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Daniele Watts continues to quietly book work, building her resume, so take note, especially as when the inevitable question about who the upcoming young black actors and actresses are that we should be paying attention to. In addition to being recently cast in FX's new comedy series Braddock & Jackson, as a series regular, Watts has landed a starring role, opposite Max Burkholder in an untitled coming-of-age indie comedy from writter/director Morgan Krantz. The film's story, which is said to be similar in tone to Noah Baumbach's 2005 dramedy The Squid And The Whale, comes from Watts (so she's doing more than just starring in it), who developed it with Krantz. it centers »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The film is written and directed by Morgan Krantz, whose credits include viral comedy series “Neurotica” and “The Cyclist,” a short film starring Shannyn Sossamon. Internet rapper Kitty Pryde will co-star.
Watts has been working with Krantz over the past year to develop the story, which follows a romance between a disgruntled teenage boy (Burkholder) and his babysitter, played by Watts. Krantz describes the project as similar to “The Ice Storm” or “The Squid in the Whale” in tone.
- Dave McNary
7 items from 2014
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