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11 items from 2017


‘True Blood’ Stars Mourn the Sudden Death of Nelsan Ellis: ‘This Is Just Completely Tragic’

8 July 2017 3:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hollywood was shocked on Saturday when news broke that iconic actor Nelsan Ellis had passed away at just 39 years old. While the actor had a prolific résumé, his career was undoubtedly defined by his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood.”

Following his death after complications from heart failure, HBO and “True Blood” creator and executive producer Alan Ball each issued statements regarding Ellis’ sudden passing.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” wrote HBO. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of ‘True Blood.’ Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

Ball echoed the network’s sentiments, adding, “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.”

Once the initial shock of his death wore off, Ellis »

- JD Knapp

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Nelsan Ellis Remembered: True Blood Co-Stars, Author and Ep Pay Tribute

8 July 2017 1:36 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

True Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis, who died at the age of 39, is being remembered by friends and former co-stars.

RelatedTrue Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis Dead at 39

Ellis, who played Lafayette Reynolds on the HBO vampire drama and Shinwell Johnson on CBS’ Elementary, died due to complications from heart failure. Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Joe Manganiello, who respectively played Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton and Alcide Herveaux on True Blood, took to social media to express their grief over the loss of “a phenomenally talented,” “wonderful person.”

It was an utter privilege to work with the phenomenally talented and deeply »

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The Best One-Season Wonder TV Shows That Never Got Renewed — IndieWire Critics Survey

16 May 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best one-and-done show, a.k.a. a One-Season Wonder? (This refers to shows that only got one season and tragically did not get renewed, as opposed to limited series that never intended to continue.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

There are so many! But for me the best will always be “Freaks and Geeks.” It’s a show that I watched at an age before I really understood the whole TV renewal/cancellation process, but even then I knew it was unjustly short. The show was such a great blend of smarts, snark, and genuine emotions, in a way that could actually be painful to watch. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best One-Season Wonder TV Shows That Never Got Renewed — IndieWire Critics Survey

16 May 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best one-and-done show, a.k.a. a One-Season Wonder? (This refers to shows that only got one season and tragically did not get renewed, as opposed to limited series that never intended to continue.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

There are so many! But for me the best will always be “Freaks and Geeks.” It’s a show that I watched at an age before I really understood the whole TV renewal/cancellation process, but even then I knew it was unjustly short. The show was such a great blend of smarts, snark, and genuine emotions, in a way that could actually be painful to watch. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The 7 Best Endings to HBO Murder Mysteries

3 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While all great stories need one helluva ending to put them over the top, murder mysteries are particularly reliant on the final reveal. Those final moments don’t have to be overly twisty or even surprising. The ending doesn’t need to reinvent the genre or go out of the way to be different. The final unveiling just needs to satisfy the story that preceded it — which, usually, is about more than just solving the mystery. Heck, sometimes there doesn’t even need to be a murder — but we’ll get to that.

Read More: ‘Big Little Lies’ Finale Review: Now That’s How You End a Murder Mystery!

Over the past couple of decades, HBO has shown quite the knack for creating unforgettable murder mysteries, including last night’s top-tier “Big Little Lies” finale. So, to put Jean-Marc Vallee and David E. Kelley’s accomplishment in proper context, we »

- Ben Travers

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The 7 Best Endings to HBO Murder Mysteries

3 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While all great stories need one helluva ending to put them over the top, murder mysteries are particularly reliant on the final reveal. Those final moments don’t have to be overly twisty or even surprising. The ending doesn’t need to reinvent the genre or go out of the way to be different. The final unveiling just needs to satisfy the story that preceded it — which, usually, is about more than just solving the mystery. Heck, sometimes there doesn’t even need to be a murder — but we’ll get to that.

Read More: ‘Big Little Lies’ Finale Review: Now That’s How You End a Murder Mystery!

Over the past couple of decades, HBO has shown quite the knack for creating unforgettable murder mysteries, including last night’s top-tier “Big Little Lies” finale. So, to put Jean-Marc Vallee and David E. Kelley’s accomplishment in proper context, we »

- Ben Travers

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What Canceled TV Shows Most Deserve a Better Ending? — IndieWire Critics Survey

28 February 2017 9:25 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: If you could give one canceled show one extra season (if only to wrap things up in a better way), which would it be?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

It wasn’t that we were watching “Hannibal” just to see Bryan Fuller and company get to the events of “Silence of the Lambs,” but that was sure a fun thing looming on the horizon. The “Manhunter”/”Red Dragon” arc was probably the show’s most conventional, but it was all the more intriguing for that odd disconnect, of a frequently told story going through the mind of one of TV’s most original storytellers and »

- Hanh Nguyen

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What Canceled TV Shows Most Deserve a Better Ending? — IndieWire Critics Survey

28 February 2017 9:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: If you could give one canceled show one extra season (if only to wrap things up in a better way), which would it be?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

It wasn’t that we were watching “Hannibal” just to see Bryan Fuller and company get to the events of “Silence of the Lambs,” but that was sure a fun thing looming on the horizon. The “Manhunter”/”Red Dragon” arc was probably the show’s most conventional, but it was all the more intriguing for that odd disconnect, of a frequently told story going through the mind of one of TV’s most original storytellers and »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Octane Entertainment launches Efm sales on 'Carter & June'

7 February 2017 5:14 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jack Campbell and his sales team arrive in Berlin with worldwide rights to the heist caper from Napoleon Dynamite producer Sean Covel.

Michael Raymond-James, Samaire Armstrong and Timothy Omundson star and Nicholas Kalikow directs from his screenplay.

Campbell will show a new trailer to Carter & June for Efm buyers this week. The story combines violent bank robberies, inventive blackmail schemes, flamboyant gangsters, power politics, greed, evangelicals and sex.

Covel serves as producer alongside Diane Richey and Kyle Roper of Sacred Bull Media, whileThe Doors guitarist Robby Krieger composed original songs for the soundtrack.

Campbell’s sales roster include Cops And Robbers, Blood Circus, Delinquent and Punching Henry. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Berlin: Sellers Hit the Festival and Market With Mixed Expectations

3 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sellers are heading to Berlin with realistic expectations about the state of the marketplace and the hurdles facing them.

“Consistently delivering great movies has always been the challenge, but you need the rigor required for that even more so now,” says Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer, who’ll be repping the Wwi-era drama “The Promise,” starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, in Berlin. “The demand for excellence in filmmaking from independent distributors around the world is higher than ever.”

While Meyer is pragmatic about the global economy (“There are always going to be currency fluctuations and markets that are up and down — that’s the rule,” he says), others see a more ominous landscape.

“The fundamental issue right now is that every single territory in the world has problems that are very challenging, not just for the cinema market, but politically and economically,” says FilmNation Entertainment senior VP of international sales Tara Erer, »

- Gregg Goldstein

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Criminal Minds, Code Black, Legends, Once, Timeless, S.H.I.E.L.D. and More

9 January 2017 10:27 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

What exactly sends Arrow‘s Felicity down a dark path? Which Criminal Minds hero is due for a change-of-course? Might Timeless add a time traveler? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

RelatedArrow‘s Oliver and Susan: What Is (and Isn’t) Happening Between Them

Can you give Arrow fans any hint on who “the people a bit tied to Felicity’s past” are? —Jenny

I know many of you were speculating that Felicity’s sketchy father, The Calculator, might be an ally in her own anti-Prometheus agenda, but co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim nixed that notion. »

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