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Blame “True Detective,” in part, which helped kick off 2014 in rousing fashion, but the blurred line between “limited series” and just plain old series has complicated the definition of a “drama.” But for the purposes of a year-end list, the two can coexist, encompassing any program presented on an episodic basis, even if the story offered closure.
By that measure, both “True Detective” and “Fargo” — the latter categorized as a miniseries for Emmy balloting — as well as Starz’s “The Missing” can join an array of dramas that, frankly, could easily fill a “top 20” list. But who on Earth has time to click through that?
Obviously, reducing the current age of drama to an arbitrary tally is going to overlook several heavy hitters, and the roster underwent considerable tinkering right down till the end. Series like “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” – -which all would have qualified in the past –- didn’t, »
- Brian Lowry
Directed by Michael Berry.
An illegal Mexican immigrant gets accused of murdering the wife of a former sheriff while crossing the border into Arizona.
In an effort to seek a better life in America, two Mexicans take a well-known passageway for illegal immigrants to Arizona where they encounter a woman riding a horse. Pleasantries are exchanged between them and they go their separate ways only to be fatally brought together again. Three high school boys have some fun shooting at the new arrivals in an effort to scare them away only to accidentally kill the lady who turns out to be the wife of a former sheriff. One of the Mexicans gets charged with the murder; however, the husband of the victim begins his own investigation as he has doubts about the guilt of man being held in custody. »
- Trevor Hogg
As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway with North American and World debuts of films that will hit Awards Season and beyond,a good number of seasoned films that have traveled the festival circuit are finally making their way into the Specialty Box Office. Drafthouse Films will open Cannes ’13 title The Congress starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel in a dozen locations this weekend, while SXSW’s Juliette Lewis starrer Kelly & Cal will open exclusively in NYC. Sundance’s Last Days In Vietnam will have a theatrical run before heading to PBS next fall and the Guadalajara Film Festival’s Frontera is taking advantage of a timely topic in the U.S. Venice financed its 2013 premiere Memphis, opening exclusively this weekend in NYC. And China Lion hopes to take a successful template for romantic dramas and apply that to But Always.
Director-writer: Ari Folman
Writer: Stanislaw Lem (novel)
Cast: Robin Wright, »
- Brian Brooks
A sheriff goes out to investigate the death of his own wife, and stumbles across a handful of bullets that he believes can be used as evidence in our exclusive clip from the upcoming modern day Western drama Frontera. But a sudden gun blast reveals that there's more to this story than meets the eye. Ed Harris stars as Sheriff Roy, who discovers that a Mexican immigrant (Michael Peña) in the U.S. illegally may be responsible for his wife's demise. Check out this latest footage, along with the trailer, before seeing Frontera, in theaters and available on iTunes and VOD now.
Frontera follows the events that take place after a former Arizona sheriff's wife (Amy Madigan) is killed while riding on their ranch. It appears a Mexican man (Michael Peña) crossing in to the Us illegally is at fault. As former Sheriff (Ed Harris) and current Sheriff (Aden Young) search for answers, »
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Note: This interview with Aden Young about the season-two finale of Rectify (obviously) contains show spoilers up through the season-two finale, which aired last night.Was Daniel’s confession real? Rectify star Aden Young, who plays the former Death Row inmate, isn’t sure. In last night’s second-season finale, with his freedom hanging in the balance, Daniel pushed back hard on allegations that he raped and murdered his girlfriend 20 years ago before ultimately saying he did it. Vulture talked to Young about whether even Daniel knows what happened, and why he believes Daniel might still be guilty. It seems like Daniel finally remembers what happened the night Hanna died. How long have you known or suspected that he did not, in fact, kill her? Well, who says that he didn’t? [Laughs] That was my hopeful reading.No, Daniel’s in a predicament. His family’s falling apart because of his reemergence into it. »
- Denise Martin
Aden Young didn’t garner an Emmy nomination for “Rectify,” but after Thursday’s second-season finale, is it too late to put knighthood on the table? The SundanceTV series has already been renewed for a third season, and thank the Lord for that, given the untidy nature of how the latest cliffhanger wrapped up. But after its fleeting six-episode introduction, the second has made clear that series creator Ray McKinnon’s tightly constructed drama was no fluke, but rather deserving of a seat alongside TV’s best.
The central moment in the finale (and Spoiler Alert, by all means, if you haven’t watched) involved Aden’s Daniel meeting with authorities, ostensibly to offer a plea agreement that would finally put to rest the murder that placed him on death row for 19 tortured years, before his belated liberation. Yet as “Rectify” has made clear time and again, there are all kinds of prisons, »
- Brian Lowry
Before he was the creator of one of TV's most beautiful and emotionally powerful dramas in Sundance's "Rectify," Ray McKinnon was a character actor. And because I'm so used to watching his long, scarecrow-like frame pop up in films and movies, I never thought of "Rectify" protagonist Daniel Holden — a former Death Row inmate whose conviction is overturned, and who is embodied by an actor (the terrific Aden Young) with no physical resemblance to McKinnon — as an avatar of his creator. Even when I interviewed McKinnon before "Rectify" premiered, I was looking at the man who had played Reverend Smith on "Deadwood," Linc Potter on "Sons of Anarchy," etc. Yesterday — in between the great news that Sundance had ordered a third season of "Rectify" and the airing of tonight's season finale (my review is here) — I got on the phone with McKinnon, who was vacationing in Europe. And without his »
- Alan Sepinwall
"Rectify" just wrapped up its second season, a couple of days after Sundance ordered a third. I spoke briefly with Ray McKinnon about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I hoard food under stress... "It's not complicated. I just want it to be over, Jon. Don't you?" -Daniel I watched "Unhinged" a few days before the renewal announcement, and instantly thought of how angry I would be if Sundance hadn't renewed it, not only because the show is so wonderful (and such a perfect example of what Sundance should be aspiring to make and promote), but because the episode doesn't remotely work as a series finale. Season 1's finale would have worked as an ending — albeit a very bleak one — to Daniel's story if Sundance had never ordered more. "Unhinged," on the other hand, leaves so much up in the »
- Alan Sepinwall
There's no love lost between step brothers Daniel and Teddy, but a surprising olive branch is extended in the season 2 finale of “Rectify.” In this exclusive clip (above) from Thursday's all new episode, Daniel (Aden Young) makes a surprising confession to Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) after their night together. Also read: ‘Rectify’ Picked Up for Season Three by Sundance She's ready to end her marriage to Teddy (Clayne Crawford) after a horrific blowout in last week's episode, but Daniel's revelations about Teddy's internal struggles appears to give his wife pause. “He's been dealing with a lot lately,” Daniel tells her. “Things you don't. »
- Linda Ge
As the first original series from SundanceTV, Rectify was something of a gamble on the part of the network. Premiering on April 22 2013 with six episodes, however, the drama quickly established itself as a critical success, winning loyal fans and avid followers. Season two followed on June 19 2014, and is about to wrap after 10 episodes. Fans need not worry, though, as the show has now been renewed for a third season.
The premise of the series is simple, but with endless possibility for exploration. The story focuses on Daniel Holden who, as a teenager, was convicted and imprisoned for the rape and murder of his 16 year old girlfriend, Hanna. 19 years later, new DNA evidence proves his innocence and he is freed. His attempts to adjust, and the attempts of those around him to do the same, form a character study within a Southern Gothic tale.
- Sarah Myles
Star Wars: Rebels
Disney's "Star Wars Rebels" animated series finally has a premiere date. The show will kick off on Friday October 3rd at 9pm on the Disney Channel with the one-hour telemovie "Spark of Rebellion".
It then moves to its more regular home of Disney Xd from Monday October 13th at 9pm. A sneak preview of 'Spark of Rebellion' will be available to users of the Watch Disney Xd app and on WatchDisneyXD.com starting Monday, September 29th. [Source: The Live Feed]
A new 'Critics' TV spot is out for Fox's Batman prequel series "Gotham" which finally hits the airwaves next month.
- Garth Franklin
SundanceTV has renewed Rectify for a third season, just days before the well-reviewed drama presents its Season 2 finale (this Thursday at 9/8c).
Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres
“Rectify has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans,” SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to see such distinctive and unusual storytelling embraced with such passion. Ray McKinnon is a true television auteur, and we can’t wait to see where he takes us next.”
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Sundance has ordered a third season of "Rectify," one of the very best shows on television – and a series that likely couldn't survive anywhere but on Sundance. "Rectify" tells the story of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), sent to Death Row as a teenager for the rape and murder of his girlfriend, then released decades later after DNA evidence overturned his conviction on appeal. It focuses much less on the sensational aspects of that plot — or on plot in general, for that matter — preferring to look at the emotional and spiritual impact of this man returning to a family, community and life he never expected to be part of again. The acting is marvelous, the characters gorgeously drawn, and while the pace is slow and contemplative, the rewards are enormous for those who have patience for it. The second season finale airs Thursday night at 9 on Sundance. Deadline's renewal story last »
- Alan Sepinwall
SundanceTV has renewed “Rectify” for season three, the cabler announced Tuesday. The third season will debut in 2015. An official episode order has yet to be announced, but season one spanned six episodes, while the currently-airing season two was expanded to ten installments.
“‘Rectify’ has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans. As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to see such distinctive and unusual storytelling embraced with such passion. Ray McKinnon is a true television auteur, and we can’t wait to see where he takes us next,” said Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President.
“Rectify” is created and written by Ray McKinnon, and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The series stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clemens and Jake Austin Walker.
The show tells the story of Daniel Holden (Young) who is released after serving nearly »
- Laura Prudom
SundanceTV has renewed their first original drama Rectify for a third season, reports Deadline. The third season will air some time in 2015 and will likely have six episodes (the same number as season one).
The second season of Rectify wraps this Thursday with the 10th and final episode of the season.
Rectify revolves around Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who was convicted and imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. After nearly 20 years of isolation on death row, DNA evidence helps set him free. He returns as an outsider to his family, community, and the outside world. Co-stars include Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford Adelaide Clemens, and Jake Austin Walker.
Here's the press release:
SundanceTV Renews Critically-Acclaimed Original Scripted Drama "Rectify" For Season Three
SundanceTV has picked up “Rectify” for a third season, according to media reports. The show's second season of 10 episodes will reach its finale this Thursday. Also read: Robert Redford Sues NY State Over $1.6 Million Tax Bill for Sundance Channel Sale While modestly rated, the show — SundanceTV's first wholly-owned original production, created by Ray McKinnon – has nevertheless received widespread critical acclaim. It follows the story of a man, played by Aden Young, who is released from prison after nearly two decades thanks to DNA evidence that clears his name in a murder case. But his return home is anything but welcome. »
- Jason Hughes
Sundance TV is bringing back Rectify for a third season, which is set to premiere in 2015. The drama, which was created by Ray McKinnon, centers on Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a man who was released from prison after spending nearly 20 years on death row. After years of confinement, he must learn how to make his way in the outside world. Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford and Jake Austin Walker also star. “Rectify has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans. As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to
- Aaron Couch
Rectify is coming back for a third season.
Sundance has renewed the quiet and contemplative small town drama series another round. The critically acclaimed series follows a man (Aden Young) released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row. It’s not yet clear how many epiosdes have been ordered — the first season was six episodes; the second season was 10 — though we’re hearing the order may come in on the short side.
Rectify is Sundance’s first wholly owned original series. The show is modestly rated, averaging 287,000 viewers. »
- James Hibberd
Should Daniel Holden give up his newfound freedom? In this exclusive clip from Thursday's “Rectify,” Daniel (Aden Young) admits to his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) that he's tempted to accept a plea deal that will return him to prison but spare him the death penalty. Also read: ‘Rectify’ Review: A Death Row Drama Slows Down Even More Daniel questions whether anyone's life has improved since he returned to his small town after spending nearly two decades on death row in the murder of his girlfriend. We still don't know what actually happened, or why Daniel would to take the blame if he. »
- Tim Molloy
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