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I ran into Celia Weston today (I feel like her stalker. Always running into her in the city, I am) and told her that she sure has been causing a lot of trouble on Freakshow. She told me a vague but juicy anecdote about a scene she was prepping for the day before but immediately swore me to secrecy, damnit.
Sorry to dangle that carrot!
Plot threads are getting ever more tangled and destructive as we near the winter break. Lobster Boy springs Bette & Dot from the Mott mansion (our favorite place to be this season - hail Finn Wittrock & Frances Conroy) as all three of them begin to sense danger even if they can't yet put their finger on what exactly is wrong with Dandy. Then Lobster Boy reveals Elsa's lies to the freaks only to be betrayed by the twins he just rescued who are planning to blackmail Elsa instead. »
- NATHANIEL R
Are Paul the Illustrated Seal's days numbered on "American Horror Story: Freak Show"? According to Gold Derby's exclusive racetrack odds, the popular character played by Mat Fraser is predicted to succumb to the knife wound give to him by Elsa (Jessica Lange) in last week's episode. With only one day left to predict Episode 7, titled "Test of Strength," Paul has leading 3/1 odds of being killed off Wednesday night. If Paul manages to survive, the next recurring character you predict will meet the grim reaper is Penny (Grace Gummer) with 7/1 odds, followed by Lillian Hemmings (Celia Weston) with 10/1 odds. -Break- Wow! Will singing scene win Jessica Lange Emmy for 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'? Disagree with the overall odds? Then click here or scroll down to make your own predictions using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Your input will influence the overall standings here at Gold Derby and could save Paul from th. »
Designer Herbert Kasper with "Monsieur Jacques" Jean-Yves Ollivier in Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson's integral Plot For Peace: "There was a similarity between the situation in Algeria and the one I found in South Africa." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Beverly Johnson and Herbert Kasper hosted a special screening of Plot For Peace in New York at Florence Gould Hall with Jean-Yves Ollivier in conversation and an after party at the home of designer Kasper. Among those attending were Ajak Deng, journalist Bill Blakemore, seen in Rodney Ascher's Room 237, Yvonne Durant, Celia Weston, Bill Wright, June Terry and John J. Daniszewski (AP's VP Senior Managing Editor).
In my conversation with Jean-Yves Ollivier at Kasper's, Bertrand Tavernier's Quai d'Orsay (The French Minister) morphed into Volker Schlöndorff's Diplomatie (Diplomacy), while Albert Camus' mother and his Algerian roots were stated as influencing him.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to writer/director Angus MacLachlan’s Goodbye to All That, starring Paul Schneider and Anna Camp, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where Schneider was named best actor. Michael Chernus, Heather Graham, Ashley Hinshaw, Heather Lawless, Melanie Lynskey, Audrey Scott, Amy Sedaris and Celia Weston also appear in the film, which looks at marriage, fatherhood and life in the Internet age. The film was produced by Mindy Goldberg and Anne Carey and executive produced by Mark Clein, Ethan Leder and MacLachlan. Read more IFC Renews Marc Maron Comedy for Third Season IFC is planning
- Gregg Kilday
The film is directed by Angus MacLachlan from his own screenplay and stars Paul Schneider, who won the best actor in a narrative feature award at Tribeca. Anna Camp, Michael Chernus, Heather Graham, Ashley Hinshaw, Heather Lawless, Melanie Lynskey, Audrey Scott, Amy Sedaris and Celia Weston also star.
The film deals with the aftermath of a broken marriage as Schneider’s character deals with re-entering the dating pool. Variety’s Peter Debruge gave the film a positive review.
It’s MacLachlan’s feature directing debut, a decade after he wrote the screenplay for “Junebug.”
The deal was negotiated with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. »
- Dave McNary
MacLachlan write the screenplay about a suburban man and father whose marriage falls apart and is thrust into the world of dating.
Schneider won the best actor in a narrative feature award at Tribeca.
IFC negotiated the deal with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers and has set a December day-and-date release. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
It may not be the wedding of the century, but it was definitely one viewers have been waiting for. On Wednesday night's episode of ABC's Modern Family, there were a lot of obstacles, but fan favorites Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) finally got hitched in one of the first scripted gay weddings shown on primetime network TV. Here are a few highlights from the show's snafu-filled festivities. The Love BusAfter an encroaching wildfire ruined the original wedding plan in last week's episode, Cam, Mitchell and the rest of the party must evacuate via school bus. With the »
- Janine Rayford Rubenstein
It may not be the wedding of the century but it was definitely one viewers have been waiting for. On Wednesday night's episode of ABC's Modern Family, there were a lot of obstacles, but fan favorites Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) finally got hitched in one of the first scripted gay weddings shown on primetime network TV. Here are a few highlights from the show's snafu-filled festivities. The Love BusAfter an encroaching wildfire ruined the original wedding plan in last week's episode, Cam, Mitchell and the rest of the party must evacuate via school bus. With the »
- Janine Rayford Rubenstein
"Modern Family" co-creator Christopher Lloyd reveals some of the secrets for this week's big two-part wedding episode. Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) will be wed in a "mishap-laden ceremony" forced to move to various locations many times. The first half hour airs this Wednesday with the fifth season finale next week. Guest stars will include Nathan Lane and Elizabeth Banks, plus Barry Corbin and Celia Weston as Cam's parents. He adds that Mitchell's father (Ed O'Neill) "has some difficulty coming to terms with the wedding ceremony, causing friction with his son." The show has won the Emmy as Best Comedy Series the past four straight years. USA Today. -Break- The new ABC fall lineup will be loaded with Shonda Rhimes programs on Thursdays. Both "Grey's Anatomy' and "Scandal" will be airing back-to-back. Also from the same creator on that night will be the fre..." »
Back in 2005, “Junebug” launched more than just Amy Adams’ career, though writer Angus MacLachlan has taken considerably longer to follow through on the charming, human-centric sensibility auds found so appealing about his first feature-length script. Now, nearly a decade later, the North Carolina scribe makes the transition to directing with “Goodbye to All That,” another gently relatable, regionally inclined dramedy, this one concerning a semi-oblivious husband (Paul Schneider) caught completely off-guard when his wife (Melanie Lynskey) files for divorce. While too low-concept to support an easy marketing play, this amiable indie rewards adult auds who’ve outgrown cookie-cutter romantic comedies.
Schneider earned an acting prize at the Tribeca Fim Festival for his irresistible portrayal of Otto Wall, an ordinary guy in his late 30s who spent entire decades of his life uncertain what he wanted, but now, as a husband and father, is pretty sure he’s figured it all »
- Peter Debruge
By the looks of it, the Tribeca Film Festival might finally be growing out of their awkward teenage phase and moving into a new era where the nab more than just Sundance and SXSW festival rejects. Artistic Director Frederic Boyer has managed to nab some noteworthy American indie projects such as Lou Howe’s Gabriel (see pic above), Keith Miller’s Five Star, Adam Rapp’s Loitering with Intent, and Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide.
On the docu front, we’ve got the latest from the likes of notable documentarians Marshall Curry and Jessica Yu. Think Ewan McGregor’s Long Way Round meets child solider movie for Curry’s awesomely titled Point and Shoot — where the Libyan rebel army take hold of Curry’s subject. Yu moves from water shortage in Last Call at the Oasis (read our review) to the biggest pandemic of all; Misconception looks at the consequences »
- Eric Lavallee
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced half its slate for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. “Variously inspired by individual interests and experience and driven by an intense sensibility of style, the array of new filmmaking voices in this year’s competition is especially impressive and I think memorable,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The range of American subcultures and international genres represented here are both eclectic and wide reaching.”
On April 17, Gabriel will open the World Narrative competition, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Tribeca Film Festival top brass have announced (4) the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and Viewpoints titles, comprising 47 of the 89 features that will screen at the festival over April 16-27.
The World Narrative Feature Competition will open with the world premiere of Lou Howe’s Gabriel starring Rory Culkin, while the corresponding documentary category kicks off with the world premiere of Frédéric Tcheng’s Dior And I (pictured).
Viewpoints opens with the world premiere of Onur Tukel’s Summer Of Blood and the section includes the North American premiere of Diao Yinan’s Berlin Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice as well as the Us premiere of David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.
All three sections will commence on April 17. As previously announced, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will open with documentary Time Is Illmatic a day earlier.
Overall the festival will screen features from 32 countries including 55 world premieres, six international premieres, 12 North American »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ah, our favorite magazine tradition. Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood Issue is upon us and the dozen stars selected they've selected are very carefully placed (they've read their own reviews). Instead of an all white lineup with a person of color shoved onto the back fold, this is an extremely careful, as if everything has been weighed on a scale: 12 actors, exactly equally split between both men and women, and skin color.
Of course both of those 50/50 visual situations are grossly unreflective of the actual business of Hollywood movies but we're not here to complain but to praise, it's fun to see the cover shaken up ever so slightly. If we were here to complain we'd probably say something about the lack of Asian actors (they never get their due here in America) but no one has ever asked The Film Experience to guest art-direct a cover.
If they did »
- NATHANIEL R
Check out these sneak peek clips from "Psych" Season 8, episode 2, titled "S.E.I.Z.E. the Day," which sees Harris Trout (guest star Anthony Michael Hall) wreaking his own particular brand of havoc on the Santa Barbara Police Department.
Above, Trout gives us some insight into his childhood by accidentally revealing his imaginary friend -- Raoul the hairless wolf that lived in his pantry. Sure.
Below, Trout's mom (guest star Celia Weston) explains a lot about Trout's childhood -- "All I wanted to do was dance!" -- and he shows off his ability of being a police chief while blindfolded, in a Zap2it first look.
"Psych" airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on USA and let us tell you, this week's episode has a real bombshell.
15 items from 2014
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