10 items from 2015
Maybe if "Wild" hadn't done such a solid and visually rich job of portraying one woman's determination to restart her life by hiking 2000 miles, the banal platitudes and strange visual monotony of two older guys' determination to restart their lives by hiking 2000 miles in "A Walk in the Woods" wouldn't seem so subpar. Maybe if Robert Redford hadn't done such harrowing, committed and honest work as a man battling nature in "All Is Lost," Robert Redford's lax, barely engaged work as a man meandering through nature in "A Walk in the Woods" wouldn't seem so subpar. Maybe if "A Walk in the Woods" weren't having its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a venue that doesn't always demand artistic or narrative experimentation but certainly rewards the work of risk-taking, it's bland and peculiar artistic and narrative flatness wouldn't seem so subpar. But here we are in Park City, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte go for “A Walk in the Woods” in Ken Kwapis’ broad, bland adaptation of Bill Bryson’s 1998 tome. Like that mildly amusing travel-memoir-cum-elongated-humor-column, there’s light diversion but little substance in this tale of two grumpy old men making a predictable hash of their effort to hike the Appalachian Trail. The appeal of the cast names and the equally venerable scenic vistas should lure older audiences, though whether they’ll get out to theaters or wait for home-format delivery is an open question.
With his grandkids coming of age and peers dying off, Bill (Redford) here worries he’s losing his mojo with little time to spare; ergo his very random decision to hike the 2,200-mile trail, a determined whim that his English wife, Cathy (Emma Thompson), considers foolish and dangerous at his age. She insists that at least he not travel alone. No one »
- Dennis Harvey
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Appearing at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the Saturday Night Live alum announced that Mary Steenburgen (30 Rock) will pop up on Fox’s post-apocalyptic comedy, which bows March 1.
Steenburgen thus joins January Jones (Mad Men), Kristen Schaal (30 Rock), Cleopatra Coleman (Neighbours) and Mel Rodriguez (Getting On) on the guest-starring cast — though this doesn’t mean that Forte’s character, Phil Miller, is not [see show title]. Instead, some or all will appear in flashbacks or via other narrative devices. (Alluding to another castaway-themed program, executive producer Phil Lord promised with a laugh, »
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Jones will play “strong independent spirit” Melissa, »
- Tony Maglio
Even with big screen smash successes in 2014 with "The Lego Movie" and "22 Jump Street," Phil Lord and Chris Miller aren't leaving the creative opportunities of television untapped. This spring they're giving Will Forte a showcase role in "The Last Man On Earth," and the first teaser trailer is here. And yes, the concept is as simple as the title: one man is left as the sole person on Earth. And in Forte's hands, that means doing every crazy idea you've ever wanted to try with no fear of reprisal. It's an amusing teaser for sure, but don't think this one will be just a solo Forte show. January Jones and Kristen Schaal are part of the cast too, and that trio should prove to have an interesting dynamic. "The Last Man On Earth" arrives on March 1st, and Lord and Miller have directed a couple of episodes as well. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fox has renewed “Bob’s Burgers” for Season 6. The animated comedy will have a full 22 episodes.
“We can’t help but love the Belcher family,” said Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “This gem of a series is a rare feel-good blend of sharp wit and genuine heart that fans and critics alike have continued to love throughout its five seasons on Fox,” said Walden and Newman. “We are proud of Loren and Jim and the extremely talented voice cast who bring these unique characters to life with both humor and charm each week. We »
- Tony Maglio
If hanging a tear-off flyer is good enough for selling used couches and finding lost pets, it’s good enough for finding a fellow survivor of the apocalypse, right?
That’s the premise put forth in this exclusive key art for Fox’s upcoming single-camera comedy, The Last Man on Earth.
Will Forte (Saturday Night Live) plays the title character, Phil Miller, who mysteriously makes it through an event that wipes out the rest of humanity in the year 2022. Now, he travels North America in an Rv, hoping to find other survivors.
The show that was perhaps Hulu's strongest original series of 2014 will return for another run. The Hotwives of Orlando, which makes fun of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, will come back for a second season that will take place in Las Vegas.
Hotwives is one of three reality TV parodies produced by Paramount Digital Entertainment, which also brought Burning Love to Yahoo and Beef to on-demand platforms. As with the second season of Burning Love, round two of Hotwives will feature a mostly new cast of characters to fill the new setting. “Las Vegas was an obvious choice for the second season of the Hotwives franchise because it’s a city built on broken dreams, fake boobs and real magic,” said executive producer Paul Scheer, who also has a supporting role in the series. “Season 2 will focus on a new crop of wannabe socialites with some new faces as well as »
- Sam Gutelle
Last year, Fox gave Bob's Burgers an early renewal because it takes longer to produce episodes of an animated show. The ratings fell more than 20% last year so will the show be as lucky this time around? Cancelled or renewed for a sixth season? Stay tuned.
Bob's Burgers, follows the Belcher family as they try to make their hamburger diner a success -- despite frequent catastrophes and crazy customers. The voice cast includes H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Larry Murphy.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…) »
10 items from 2015
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