9 items from 2016
Simply put, the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive Festival is one of the biggest, most prestigious events in the media calendar. Taking place annually in Austin, Texas, it is beloved by film fans and filmmakers from all over the world, and has reached such heights by building a reputation for showcasing excellent content. This results in a high level of competition, with the Narrative Feature category alone having received 1442 submissions this year, and the documentary feature category having received 1,013.
The 2016 event looks to be particularly exciting, with many world premieres and feature debuts already announced. The Narrative Feature category will include Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens, Debra Eisenstadt’s Before The Sun Explodes, Joey Klein’s The Other Half, and Musa Syeed’s A Stray, among others, while the Headliner category will feature Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some. The Narrative Spotlight category includes 9 Rides by Matthew A. Cherry; The Waiting »
- Sarah Myles
The Tall Man's sphere is aiming its blades at Austin, as Bad Robot's 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm will screen at South by Southwest 2016 as part of the film festival's recently revealed Midnighters lineup:
From SXSW: "Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating
The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar
- Derek Anderson
Things are heating up fast on this week’s episode of the Wgn America series “Outsiders.” The mining company begins moving equipment up Shay Mountain by way of an old road that the Farrell’s previously blocked. Big Foster (David Morse) immediately demands a show of force and rounds up every gun on the mountain, while Asa (Joe Anderson) and G’Win (Gillian Alexy) counsel peace. Also Read: 'Outsiders' Review: Wgn Drama Delivers More Than Just Facial Hair In an exclusive clip of the episode obtained by TheWrap, Asa and G’Win argue about Asa’s motivation for returning home. »
- Joe Otterson
Last year, WGN entered the big leagues by winning its first-ever Emmy Award (Best Main Title Design for "Manhattan"). Will their luck continue this year with the new David Morse drama "Outsiders"? Produced by Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, this rough-and-tumble drama series follows a clan of mountain men -- the Farrells -- who live on the outskirts of civilization and believe they are above the law. Morse plays Big Foster, the next in line to be the Farrells' king and who's in an unknowing war with the town deputy played by Thomas M. Wright. Among the supporting cast, Joe Anderson portrays Foster's cousin who left the clan when he was younger, Ryan Hurst is the son of Foster who's always loyal to his dad, and Kyle Gallner is a young clansman who becomes romantically interested with one of the girls in town. »
“Outsiders” star Ryan Hurst cautions fans that those trying to predict the next move of his onscreen father, Big Foster (David Morse), are going to have a tough time doing so. “When you’re sort of power hungry and have nothing to lose, it’s always going to be unpredictable,” Hurst told TheWrap. “ is kind of an angry gorilla. He’s making a power play to be the next Bren’in and at the same time he’s cleaning up old business with Asa. So nobody is safe.” That goes double for Asa (Joe Anderson), who Big Foster sees as »
- Joe Otterson
Network: Wgn America
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 26, 2016 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This drama series is set in the rugged hills of Appalachia and follows the Farrell clan. They are a tight-knit family of renegades who have lived atop Shay Mountain for over two hundred years.
The Farrells live off the grid and above the law, enforcing their own set of long-held values and beliefs. They are governed by a simple but powerful tribal authority led by a Bren’in, or ruler, and a small council of elders.
Notoriously secretive and unforgiving when crossed, the Farrells »
As the golden age of “too much television,” continues (if you believe in such things), the latest player charging hard out of the gate is relative newcomer Wgn, which attempts to build on its gritty dramatic slate with this week’s addition of “Outsiders.” On the surface, the Appalachian-set story is one part “Macbeth,” one part “Sons of Anarchy” and one part “Mad Max,” rounded out by a cast of notable actors including Ryan Hurst, David Morse and Joe Anderson. Dig a little deeper, and this is a unique tale of a pelt-wearing mountain folk who refuse to desert their posts. »
- Amber Dowling
Wgn America is still seeking to define itself, having garnered acclaim for “Manhattan,” if less for “Salem.” With “Outsiders,” its newest drama, the Tribune programmer zeroes in on FX Lite territory, in an Appalachian-set series peppered with hints of “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified,” and perhaps a pinch of “Mad Max” for good measure. Featuring David Morse and Thomas M. Wright (again terrific after his turn in “The Bridge”), the casting trumps much of the material, but the series quickly establishes a strong sense of place in the wilds of a still-untamed pocket of America.
At the center of it all are the Farrells, a rural clan that lives by its own brutal code and traditions, ensconced on the mountain it has occupied for 200 years. The group exists under what amounts to an uneasy truce with the townsfolk below, with members occasionally venturing down to thieve some necessary supplies, but otherwise minding their own business. »
- Brian Lowry
Wgn America will introduce its two new dramas, Outsiders and Underground, without commercials, during their first episodes. Outsiders premieres Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt. Outsiders stars David Morse, Thomas M. Wright, Ryan Hurst, Joe Anderson, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, and Christina Jackson.
Underground premieres Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Underground stars: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw, Marc Blucas, Adina Porter, Mykelti Williamson, Amirah Vann, Johnny Ray Gill, Chris Chalk, Reed Diamond, Theodus Crane, Renwick Scott, and Jussie Smollett.
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9 items from 2016
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