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“Tyrant’s” bid to win TV’s equivalent of “Most Improved Player” honors ultimately fell short, as the second season’s finishing kick slipped back into some of the quicksand that made the first disappointing. Interesting and provocative in its willingness to tackle the unsettled nature of the Middle East through the prism of a fictional country, the series completely transformed its protagonist but couldn’t effectively deal with why, after all he’s endured, he and his family wouldn’t just head home as fast as humanly possible. Nor did a cliffhanger ending do much to stoke enthusiasm for a return engagement.
The stilted dynamics of the central family were clearly the weakest part of season one, in which U.S. pediatrician Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) returned to his homeland of Abbudin to attend the wedding of his nephew. Once there, all hell broke loose, as Barry’s strongman father died suddenly, »
- Brian Lowry
The Performer | Missy Peregrym
The Show | Rookie Blue
The Episode | “Perfect Family” (July 2)
The Performance | This Thursday, officer Andy McNally faced a frightening future with her boyfriend Sam: he’s about to start a family, and it’s not with her. As the cop contemplated how to handle the fact that her beau’s ex, Marlo, is pregnant with his baby, Peregrym deftly and vividly brought alive the pathos and conflicting emotions within her character. How does she help raise a child that isn’t hers? Can she even do that? Should she leave Sam so he can be with Marlo? »
Last year, Tyrant didn't bring in very good ratings but the FX execs decided to give it more time and renewed the show for a second season. Will the numbers get better in season two? How long will the cable channel remain patient if they don't? Will the drama be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.
Tyrant revolves around the youngest son of a dictator who returns to his war-torn country in the Middle-East with his American family. This season, the drama's cast includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Alice Krige, Alexander Karim, Cameron Gharaee, and Sybilla Deen.
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The quagmire of the Middle East appeared to engulf the first season of “Tyrant,” an FX drama that dropped an expatriate and his absurdly dense American family into the turmoil of his fictional native country. The new episodes, however, reflect a fairly impressive turnaround, significantly diminishing, if not wholly expunging, much of the stupidity, while echoing real-life events in provocative ways. Still not a great show, this project from Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon suddenly exhibits the potential to become a fairly entertaining one, with the disclaimer that the terrain still contains an abundance of storytelling sand traps.
Lest anyone forget the events of season one, pediatrician Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) returned to his birthplace of Abbudin for a family wedding, bringing along his wife (Jennifer Finnegan) and two clueless children (Noah Silver, Anne Winters), who were apparently raised without the benefit of books or cable news. When Barry’s father, »
- Brian Lowry
Three episodes were provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.
If there was anything you could say about Tyrant‘s freshman season, it’s that as a show on a basic cable network, is was pretty unique. Set in the fictional foreign country of Abbudin, the show followed Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and his quest back home after twenty years absent – in which he turned into a crunchy granola suburban dad with a wife and two kids – and his subsequent attempts to keep his hotheaded brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) from descending Abbudin into chaos.
It was topical and interesting and a slight slow-burn, all the ingredients for good grown-up entertainment, but iffy writing and poor pacing made it ring constantly hollow. Its best, most interesting storylines either going nowhere – Barry’s son Sammy (Noah Silver) and his fling with family bodyguard Abdul – or dragging out far too long for even a 10-episode season. »
- Mitchel Broussard
I’ve been a little tough on Tyrant, especially in my surprise at it being renewed for a second season. But sometimes it takes series a little time to really come into its own, and to make adjustments that propel a just-ok show into something really good. And while Tyrant struggled to make that happen in its first season, there are still many elements to it that could be shaped into something great in Season 2. (And FX, it seems, is willing to give it the margins to do so. And FX should usually be trusted). In a new short featurette for Season 2, several of Tyrant’s cast members discuss the high stakes and family drama that is to come, including Jamal (Ashram Barhom) feeling compelled to sentence his brother Barry (Adam Rayner) to death after Barry’s failed coup. Molly (Jennifer Finnigan), meanwhile, is trapped in Abudeen, with an uncertain future given Barry’s status. »
- Allison Keene
Director: Paul Haggis
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Originally released in the Us last year, Third Person finally arrives on DVD in the UK to the unsuspecting public and I must admit, I never heard of this until now but with Liam Neeson is in it – what’s not to like? There’s also Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis and Adrien Brody so what could possibly go wrong? The film tries to tell three stories about love, passion and betrayal consecutively. They’re set in New York, Paris and Rome, you could say these places are usually associated with romance but this is not the case in Paul Haggis’ film. »
- Louise Tooth
This film features myriad characters whom we learn are all connected in a way. As a writer/director, what message were you trying to convey using this narrative structure?
I like to write about things I don’t understand and relationships are at the top of that. And I really admire the filmmakers whom I saw growing up: the French New Wave, the Italians, people like [Luis] Buñuel and [Michelangelo] Antonioni and [François] Truffaut and [Jean-Luc] Godard, who made films that really challenged the audience and didn’t give you all the answers and made you think. So I wanted to make a film that you had an emotional reaction to but you had to walk out on the sidewalk with your friends afterwards and figure out what the hell happened. [Laughs] And some people get it, some people don’t, some people get it at different moments. »
- Gary Collinson
Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) seeks the help of Ziad (Amir Boutrous) in finding the traitors trying to overthrow him in our exclusive clip from Tyrant: The Complete First Season, which is currently available on DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. We reported in September that FX has renewed Tyrant for Season 2, with the 13-episode season slated to debut sometime this summer. If you haven't caught up with this riveting drama from the producers of Homeland quite yet, you have plenty of time to watch Season 1 on DVD before the new episodes debut.
The series centers on Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), whose western views are pitted against his brother Jamal's wife, Leila (Moran Atias), who wants her husband to rule with an iron fist. As a national political crisis threatens to explode, Barry finds himself torn between the seductive lure of absolute power and sympathy for his country's courageous freedom fighters. Jennifer Finnigan, »
Italian Film of the Year goes to Marco Martone’s Leopardi.
The event, which incorporates a slightly bewildering array of prizes, was presented under the auspices of the Capri in the World Institute which is chaired by Italian director Lina Wertmuller and Indian director Shekhar Kapur. The festival is produced by Pascal Vicedomini.
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“The Imitation Game” has been named the best film at the 2014 Capri International Film Festival, which concluded on Friday on the island of Capri, Italy. The film’s director, Morten Tyldum, was named best director.
Timothy Spall was honored as best actor for his performance in “Mr. Turner,” just as he was at the Cannes Film Festival last May, while the best actress award was shared by Amy Adams for “Big Eyes” and Jennifer Aniston for “Cake.”
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- Steve Pond
The 19th annual Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival wrapped today off the Italian coast with an awards ceremony that saw the Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game win Best Picture and its Morten Tyldum scooping Best Director. Other honors were scattered among numerous awards-season contenders including Best Actor Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) and a tie between Jennifer Aniston (Cake) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes) for Best Actress. Birdman and Boyhood also picked up trophies — for the Visionary Award and Family Awards, respectfully — and Disney’s Big Hero 6 drew the Animated Movie of the Year prize.
“This year, Capri, Hollywood was able to present the best of this cinematic season, many of which are contenders for year-end honors including the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. thanks to a number of the world’s ‘majors’ that trust our work and are willing to premiere their movies at our festival, »
- The Deadline Team
12 items from 2015
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