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“Action!” the word is said quietly but emphatically, and the cast and crew on the set of “Masters of Sex” jump into motion. The man behind the video monitor is longtime actor Adam Arkin, and it’s clear he commands respect from the director’s chair. Sitting behind him are two of the show’s executive producers, Michelle Ashford and Sarah Timberman — and they’re taking a literal backseat to Arkin’s subtle direction of the show’s second-season finale, skedded to air Sept. 28.
“For a show like ‘Masters’ that is so performance-based, where there’s so much subtext and nuance involved, Adam makes for an ideal director,” explained Timberman. “As an actor himself, he thinks about material from the inside out, so I think the cast felt enormously comfortable in his hands.”
While still expanding his already lengthy resume with the occasional acting gig, Arkin’s been steadily building »
- Debra Birnbaum
Rainn Wilson’s coming back to TV, except this time it’s through his YouTube channel SoulPancake. Participant Media’s Pivot television channel, which launched on August 1, 2013, will air segments of Wilson’s SoulPancake starting August 25, 2014. Separated into six 15-minute clips, “Mixtape by SoulPancake” will package together several of Wilson’s sketches, including “Metaphysical Milkshake,” “Science of Happiness,” “Art Attack,” and “Stories From the Street.” With over 1.3 million subscribers, Wilson’s SoulPancake channel is one of the most popular on YouTube, probably because it’s odder than most. Combining Wilson’s sense of humor with normally taboo topics (like religion and poverty), the channel’s not afraid to ask some of life’s harder questions. In the series “Metaphysical Milkshake,” for example, Wilson essentially “kidnaps” interviewees (like colleague Mindy Kaling from The Officeor Tesla founder Elon Musk) into the back of his 1970s van to discuss philosophical topics with them »
- Bree Brouwer
Weirdness has a new home on TV: Participant Media’s Pivot will air segments from Rainn Wilson’s “SoulPancake” webseries exclusively starting Monday, Aug. 25.
Pivot will air “Mixtape by SoulPancake” at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Mondays, starting next week. The TV program will repackage the YouTube show, produced by and starring Wilson (NBC’s “The Office”), into six 15-minute clips. Sketches are to include “Metaphysical Milkshake,” “Science of Happiness,” “Stories From the Street” and “Art Attack.”
In each episode of “Mixtape by SoulPancake,” Wilson forces people into the back of his 1970s van to converse about philosophical topics. Interviewees have included Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project,” “The Office”); Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Inception,” Pivot’s “HitRecord on TV”); Serj Tankian from the band System of a Down; comedian Russell Brand; and Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Space X.
Pivot, which launched nationally Aug. 1, 2013, is aimed at a millennial audience with a mix of original series, »
- Todd Spangler
Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick's new short film, which he both wrote and directed, Good Samaritan, will be playing as part of this year's Screamfest L.A. film festival; and right now we have a couple of new stills for you! Dig 'em!
The film stars Toby Hemingway (pictured; Black Swan, The Covenant) and Rainn Wilson ("The Office," Super, House of 1000 Corpses). Based on the Hit List winning feature, Good Samaritan tells of Nathan Rome (Hemingway), an agoraphobic who videotaped a man get fatally beaten while numerous bystanders watched and didn't intervene.
The short opens with Nathan being interviewed by George Reed (Wilson), a conservative talk show host who blasts Nathan for his inaction. George points out that two of the other witnesses have died mysteriously and cryptically ponders if Nathan might be next. Nathan is convinced the other deaths were accidents. But after George shreds his morality on national TV, »
- Steve Barton
Attention! Enlisted's Angelique Cabral is set guest star on Rainn Wilson's new Fox show Backstrom, E! News has exclusively learned. Cabral, whose made appearances on The Mentalist and Happy Endings, will take on the role of Samantha Orland in Hart Hanson's comedic crime procedural, a Fire Bureau investigator who calls Backstrom (Wilson) and his team to help her stop a serial arsonist who is preying on high-end homes in Portland. Also set to appear in Cabral's episode of Backstrom is Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock as Lieutenant Sam D'Agostino, a neighborhood bully Backstrom grew up with, who is now a firefighter. Scrubs star Sarah Chalke »
Darling of outsider cinema turned blockbuster-building genius James Gunn is sure to have made millions of new fans in the last week alone. With August box office records broken by Guardians Of The Galaxy (Marvel’s off-world gamble and a wildly entertaining space-romp with heaps of heart written and directed by James Gunn - as if you didn’t know), he’s about to get a lot more phone calls than he did before. And he may have already been getting a fair few.
You don’t have to wait years for the already-announced sequel for your next dose of his unique brand of cinema though; he’s got a hefty CV that blends horror, hilarity and heroes in equal measure. Here’s our low-down on some of the highlights… »
The project — airing in 2015 — counts several other ABC Family names among its credits: Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters) will executive-produce alongside writers Michael Vickerman, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (The Fosters).
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Love him or hate him, David Brent is one of the most popular characters to hit British TV in the last 15 years. The Office became a 3 series smash in the UK and spawned a Us remake which ran for nine seasons and starred Steve Carrell, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer. The show, originally created by Gervais and Stephen Merchant made household names of Mackenzie Crook and Martin Freeman who have both starred in major blockbuster movies not least The Hobbit of which Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins.
The press release states:
He’s a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really given up »
- David Sztypuljak
Elijah Wood is set to take on his first major role in a live-action studio film in nearly a decade. The "Hobbit" star, who enjoyed a brief role in 2012's "An Unexpected Journey," has signed on to star opposite Vin Diesel in "The Last Witch Hunter" for Lionsgate Films' Summit Entertainment arm, the studio announced today. Also starring Rose Leslie and Michael Caine and directed by Breck Eisner ("The Crazies," "Sahara"), the film centers on an "immortal witch hunter" (Diesel) who must team up with a female witch to stop a group of New York City covens from unleashing an unholy plague on humanity. Wood's role is not being specified at this time. Wood has hewed mostly to independent movies since his "Lord of the Rings" breakout, with roles in such little-seen films as "Everything Is Illuminated," "Day Zero," "Celeste and Jesse Forever" and the gruesome 2012 horror remake "Maniac." Upcoming »
- Chris Eggertsen
McClintock will appear as Lieutenant Sam D’Agostino, a neighborhood bully who grew up with Wilson’s Backstrom. Per the character description, McClintock’s Sam was a “rotten, thieving punk,” responsible for stealing from Backstrom. Now grown, Sam and his brother are firefighters who everyone believes are heroic, though Backstrom is convinced that they are the same “worthless bits of slime” that they always were.
McClintock tweeted the news Sunday evening.
Incredibly stoked 2 B heading up 2 Vancouver, 2 work with @rainnwilson & @HartHanson, on their new show @BackstromFOX. #Goodcompany—
Eddie McClintock (@EddieMcClintock) August 04, 2014
“Backstrom” is currently slated to premiere midseason on Fox.
- Shelli Weinstein
It was the traditional tale of one man’s renaissance via the magic of schoolchildren, given a sharp twist by director Richard Linklater and star/mugger-par-excellence Jack Black. Now Linklater hopes the story will party on over thirteen episodes as School Of Rock becomes the latest big screen property to transfer to TV. The new version is to be co-produced by kid-friendly Nickelodeon and Paramount and will feature a new cast and creative team.
Central character Dewey Finn was one of Black’s standout roles and it’s hard to think of who might inherit his shorts. The replacement is soon to be announced, but Rainn Wilson would surely be a shoo-in. However the presence of writers Jim and Steve Armogida (who laboured on one of the UK’s most insipid long-running sitcoms My Family) indicate that spontaneity and invention may not be high on the list of priorities.
- Steve Palace
Directed by: James Gunn
Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Plot: A group of dysfunctional ruffians fight over the same orb, and then end up trying to save a planet.
Who’S It For? People who go see comic book movies, which is all of us now, I guess.
These title accidental heroes may be “a-holes” or “losers,” but their story’s sense of their outsider quality is delusional; the same way that to be a geek before the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s character crusade seven years ago has a completely different definition now, not to mention a lack of stigma. The story of these galaxy guardians is not packaged to be one that is different from those of which they are meant to be underdogs from; the most »
- Nick Allen
My first interactions with James Gunn were, to put it lightly, awkward thanks to the particularly strident way in which Harry Knowles took him to task over his work on "Scooby-Doo." I respect the way Gunn has built a career out of a a start in the Troma factory, not a given by any means, and he's been true to his voice as he's worked on larger and larger films, something else that isn't easy. Making the jump from "Super" to "Guardians Of The Galaxy" has got to be one of the biggest examples of upward mobility in the history of mainstream franchise filmmaking. I liked "Super" a lot when I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival, and I thought it was smart, grown-up filmmaking. I moderated a panel with him and Rainn Wilson at SXSW that also revealed just how far Gunn will go for a cheap dick joke. »
- Drew McWeeny
At the start of Guardians of the Galaxy, “A Film By James Gunn” flashes on the screen, and that’s exactly what we get. For a big Marvel movie under the Disney banner, this isn’t the kind of story we expect to see from them, so when the end credits roll, Gunn’s name seems to shine brighter than the audience-magnet brand and the internationally beloved corporate entity above them both. His style survived the blockbuster process. Of course, once you know the director behind Super and Slither made Marvel’s latest, it’s not much of a surprise. The drama is unexpectedly sincere, while the jokes are wonderfully dirty — a tonal blend he can’t get enough of — while staying strangely innocent in the face of serving a story about lovable misfits finding a higher purpose. There’s no mean-spirited marrow in the movie’s funny bone. Gunn has managed to top the comedy done »
- Jack Giroux
2014 has already seen some very good films released, with the likes of Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, X-Men: Days of Future Past and others doing great business and turning heads in the process. The remainder of 2014 will also see a large number of film releases, and some of those are highly intriguing. Let’s take a look at ten of the films that I, personally, am excited for in the second half of 2014.
Director, James Gunn, tasselled my hair playfully when he put a little independent film named “Super” on the table in 2010, an underrated Rainn Wilson fronted comedy drama about a guy who thinks that god is telling him to fight crime. When I heard that Gunn was bringing his sense of humour and action to Guardians of the Galaxy my interest hit a high note. With a cast including the enjoyable everyman Chris Pratt »
- Chris Cummings
Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3," "The Dark Knight Rises") has joined the cast of Tim Story's "Ride Along" sequel at Universal Pictures. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reprise their roles in the follow-up, while details of Powell's role are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]
Jason Sudeikis ("We're the Millers") and Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Stephen Hopkins' Jesse Owens biopic "Race" which Focus Features has just acquired. Filming begins July 24th in Montreal and Berlin.
Stephan James is portraying the black racing legend in the story about his famed run at the 1936 Olympics. Sudeikis will play Larry Snyder, Owens' obsessive coach, while Irons will play American Olympic committee head Avery Brundage. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Over the years, much has been made of "Mad Men's" shocking inability to win an acting Emmy. It may have be named Best Drama Series four times in a row (2008-2011), but to date, it has gone 0-for-31 in acting categories. And if it loses its three bids this year, that shutout will grow to 34. But it's not the only show to be otherwise recognized by Emmy only to see its actors snubbed again and again. -Break- Emmy experts predict drama races: 'Breaking Bad,' Matthew McConaughey ... Consider "The Office." NBC's popular sitcom ran nine seasons and won Best Comedy Series in 2006, but it never claimed an acting prize. Indeed, only three of its cast members were even nominated: Steve Carell (Comedy Actor, 2006-2011), Rainn Wilson (Comedy Supporting Actor, 2007-2009), and Jenna Fischer (Comedy Supporting Actress, 2007). You'd think the series would have fared better with the TV academy's acting branch, »
The 12-episode series, based on the 1995 film of the same name, follows a time traveler (Stanford) who arrives from the post-apocalyptic future to prevent a deadly virus from destroying all human life. If he succeeds, he’ll also be a goner.
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Backstrom has secured a father for Rainn Wilson's title character. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Robert Forster will join the first season of the Fox drama, appearing in two episodes. The straight-to-series order, set for a midseason debut, cast the Jackie Brown and Descendants actor as Sheriff Blue Backstrom — something of a local legend in the town of detective Everett Backstrom (Wilson). Their relationship is muddied by Everett's memories of Blue as an abusive father, but the senior Backstrom has a good reputation for his savvy police work. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows This
- Michael O'Connell
Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the Final Destination series, makes his directorial debut with Good Samaritan, a short film inspired by a feature script he had penned. We have some exclusive stills from the production to share with you via the gallery here. Good Samaritan stars Toby Hemingway (Black Swan) and Rainn Wilson (Cooties, The Office) with a cameo by Jane Badler, who you may remember from the original V mini-series. The short is going to premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 28th before a screening of Into the Storm.
- Ryan Turek
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