18 items from 2016
Peter Livolsi’s big screen adaptation of Peter Bognanni’s award-winning novel “The House of Tomorrow” has added a slew of impressive new cast members. The film, which has already started shooting in Minnesota, is set to star Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow and Michaela Watkins.
The film follows “futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller’s incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school.” The book was published in 2011.
The film is Livolsi’s feature debut, and he is set to serve as both writer and director on the project. He previously participated in the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the project was a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Grant.
Of the news, Livolsi commented, “Peter Bognanni »
- Kate Erbland
Time just freaking flies, doesn’t it? We’re now in July and officially in the second half of the year, which means one thing…it’s time for my mid year look at the best of the first half! As of today, July 1st, I’ve seen only a movie or two below the 150 mark, so I’ve hit on almost all of the worthwhile bits of cinema that have come out between now and January 1st. Obviously, there’s probably still something that I missed that you’d have wished were included here, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. I tried to be as exhaustive as possible, but things fall through the cracks. Still, I suspect there’s more than enough here for you all. Below you’ll see my rankings for everything that I’ve seen since the year began. Take special note, »
- Joey Magidson
In “Viral,” a mysterious virus called Worm Flu strikes the human population, infecting large swaths of people and making them aggressive and violent. In a suburban neighborhood, two teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-d’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) struggle in quarantine as the infection spreads around the town. But when the virus enters their home, the sisters must choose between protecting each other or surviving the virus. Watch the film’s trailer below.
“Viral” is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The duo previously directed the acclaimed 2010 documentary “Catfish,” about a young man who builds a romantic relationship with a young woman online only to discover the numerous lies therein; it led to a MTV reality TV show of the same name that’s executive produced by Joost and Schulman. The two also directed “Paranormal Activity 3” and “Paranormal Activity 4. »
- Vikram Murthi
Dwight Yoakam and Harold Perrineau have joined the cast of the Goliath TV show at Amazon. The original drama series comes from David E. Kelley and was previously known as Trial. Yoakam played Lyle Chumley on Under the Dome, which was cancelled last summer after three seasons on CBS. Fans of ABC's Lost probably still hear echoes of Perrineau, as Michael Dawson, yelling, "Waaaaaaalllt!"
Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, and Ever Carradine were previously cast. Goliath is written by Ally McBeal's David E. Kelley and The Practice's Jonathan Shapiro. Kelley, Shapiro, and Ross Fineman are executive prodcuing, with Parenthood's Larry Trilling. Madam Secretary's David Semel is directing.
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Bill Maher will host special live shows around the Republican and Democratic conventions; Nick Zano joins “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “MADtv” returns with a new slate of comics in Wednesday’s TV round-up.
Nick Zano has been cast as a series regular in Season 2 of The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Variety has confirmed. He’ll play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes a hero in his own right and takes the name Citizen Steel, paying homage to his grandfather’s legacy by becoming a member of the Jsa. The news was first reported by Variety’s sister site Deadline.
Courtney B. Vance, Toby Jones, and Bradley Whitford have joined the cast of TNT drama pilot “Civil.” Directed by Allen Coulter and written and executive-produced by Scott Smith, “Civil“ takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James will guest-star in the pilot, which also stars Enrique Murciano in a lead role.
Anna Gunn is joining season 2 of “Shades of Blue” as a dirty cop-turned-Machiavellian politician. The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the ranks of the NYPD to Captain and then launched a political career fueled by her charisma and the fact that she is as comfortable at a blue-collar bar as she is at the Governor’s mansion.”
Amazon has cast multi-platinum recording artist Dwight Yoakam in its original series “Goliath” (formerly known as “Trial”). Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, who heads the giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. “Goliath” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall, and stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello and Molly Parker. The series is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.
“Real Time with Bill Maher” will cover the Republican and Democratic conventions with four live half-hour editions, HBO announced Wednesday. Maher’s special shows will report on the Republican convention on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, and the Democratic convention on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 11 p.m. each night. Maher will be giving a rapid response to that evening’s events, and each show will also feature three in-studio panel guests. The show will also air its regularly scheduled programming on Friday of both weeks at 10 p.m. on HBO.
“MADtv” returns to television with an all-new cast of comedians Tuesday, July 29 from 9-10 p.m. on The CW. New comics will include Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.
Bravo peers into the looking glass in the new special “Before They Were Housewives” to explore the inside story of Luann de Lesseps on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. Tracing Lesseps’ long rise from humble beginnings to the “Real Housewives,” the show takes viewers deeper than ever before into the Countess’s past. The special airs after an all-new episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
USA Network will premiere “Mr. Robot Decoded,” a one-hour special that explores the authenticity and societal impact of “Mr. Robot,” on Monday, June 20 at 11:05 p.m. The special features commentary and interviews with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, along with cast members Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, and Carly Chaikin, along with journalists, filmmakers and tech experts.
Rlj Entertainment’s Athena brand has acquired the electronic-sell-through (Est), subscription video on demand (Svod), and home video rights in North America to the new music documentary Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music from Higher Ground LLC.
Produced in association with the late music producer Sir George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the eight-part series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck and RZA.
Executives Ryan Pinette has been elevated to Svp, production and operations, Bravo & Oxygen Media. Pinette will continue to oversee all aspects related to the production of original series and specials for Bravo and expands his role to Oxygen’s growing slate of original programming including the recently announced series “Strut,” “Last Squad Standing,” “The Battle of the Ex Besties,” and “Unprotected.” Sports Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will serve as hosts for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They join Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host for the 11th time, and Ryan Seacrest, who will host NBC’s late night show from Rio. Michaels will serve as a host during NBC’s daytime coverage on weekdays and weekends. Patrick and Lowe will work across both NBC and Nbcsn. McHugh and Manno will handle Nbcsn hosting duties. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, August 5 on NBC. »
- Lamarco McClendon
Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.
Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. »
When you think of short stories like W.W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw” or Richard Matheson’s “Button, Button” (adapted to the small screen for The Twilight Zone and big for Richard Kelly’s underrated The Box), dark images of death are conjured. The consequences of earning personal reward come at great cost to those you may or may not know. They concern selfish acts that will incite chaos and a purveyor of their too-good-to-be-true opportunities who relishes in watching the destructive path cut by fate’s unyielding need to balance the scales explode. But what if this story was flipped? What if instead of supernatural dread at the hands of a grotesque figure seeking moral bankruptcy, the chance to alter destiny came from a sweet elderly couple with God-like omniscience?
- Jared Mobarak
Welcome To Happiness Minutehand Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Oliver Thompson Written by: Oliver Thompson Cast: Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman, Keegan-Michael Key, Brendan Sexton III, Josh Brener, Molly C. Quinn, Paget Brewster, Frances Conroy, Bess Rous, A.J. Trauth, Robert Pike Daniels Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/9/16 Opens: May 20, 2016 I’d like a dollar for everyone in the country who believes that happiness is life’s principal desideratum. While people may have different ideas about what happiness means, Wikipedia says that it is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. The question [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
I would’ve thought a movie featuring a pretty impressive ensemble of actors including Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman, Molly C. Quinn, Brendan Sexton III, Josh Brener, Keegan-Michael Key, Paget Brewster and Frances Conroy might’ve had a little more buzz, and while “Welcome To Happiness” did do an extensive festival circuit run, there hasn’t been much talk about the indie dramedy. But that cast […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
“It’s so raw and honest to the relationships and couples, it almost makes you cringe that you can see yourself in it...It’s those little moments that we’ve all been through.” This isn't a quote describing writer-director Rafael Palacio Illingworth’s drama, but it might as well be. Instead, it’s from a character describing the unseen film-within-a-film of Henry (Ben Feldman), who has been with Dianne (Olivia Thirlby) for the better part of a decade. "Between Us," which details the struggles of long-term relationships that begin to atrophy over time, gets intimate with Henry and Dianne in their best and worst times, as they both grapple with how to define their love in the face of internal and external expectations. Henry’s next project is a science-fiction film about time travel, and the movie flirts with the idea of time, stretching and condensing it to explore their relationship in an interesting, »
- Kimber Myers
Every year when attending the Tribeca Film Festival, I wait for one movie to stand out from the rest of the pack. This year, so far that title, without question, is Between Us, a relationship drama/dramedy that hit me pretty hard. This is the sort of festival entry that might never get much further than the fest it plays at, but deserves way better. I don’t know that this will be seen by enough people even at Tribeca to warrant an awards push later on in 2016, but I think it’s more than good enough to be in serious consideration for some independent awards. The film is a drama with occasional funny moments, though it’s a very serious subject. We follow a long term couple as they find themselves confronted by the fact that they’re not kids anymore and the fear that settling down, getting engaged, »
- Joey Magidson
Some young actors go for the brass ring immediately after getting a hit. Others just care about the material and doing good work. It may not always please their agent, but it creates a staying-true-to-your-sensibilities career path that’s filled with a palpable authenticity. Outside of “Dredd,” talented 29-year-old Olivia Thirlby has hardly ever starred in big-budget studio films. She burst onto the screen with magnetic charisma in David Gordon Green’s “Snow Angels,” and before that, she had a small but memorable role in Paul Greengrass’ “United 93.” She also turned heads with an unforgettable role in Jason Reitman’s “Juno,” as the perfect object of affection in Sundance hit “The Wackness,” as one half of a crumbling relationship in "Red Knot," and with quiet presence and sexual power in Ry Russo-Young’s deeply underrated “Nobody Walks.” Not all of these films are particularly big hits, but they are »
- Rodrigo Perez
Major theatrical acquisitions are rare at Tribeca, but the festival has supplied a steady stream of product (some 400 films in its history) to a host of buyers, including, most recently, A24, Saban Films, IFC and the Orchard. Here are a dozen target titles.
A doc following hedge fund titan Bill Ackman’s crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.
A doc about an anti-Semitic Hungarian politician who later discovered he was Jewish.
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- Anthony Kaufman
The film also stars Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Keegan-Michael Key, Molly C. Quinn (“Castle”), Olivia Thirlby, Josh Brener, Brendan Sexton III, Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”) and Frances Conroy (“American Horror Story”).
Gallner plays a children’s author, who rents a strange apartment where there’s a magical door in the closet that allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. While he was once happy to facilitate the passage of the random strangers summoned to his apartment, he soon begins to question why he himself is not allowed to go through.
Offerman plays the landlord and father figure to Gallner’s character.
The film won the outstanding achievement in filmmaking award at the Newport Beach Film Festival; the excellence in producing and producers choice awards at the »
- Dave McNary
Ever Carradine has joined David E. Kelley’s upcoming Amazon series “Trial” in a recurring role, TheWrap has learned exclusively. The series stars Billy Bob Thornton as Billy McBride, a washed-up lawyer whose professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer who has just been fired from his old firm brings him a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm. Carradine will portray Rachel Kennedy, a somewhat damaged client of McBride’s who is resolved to solve the mystery surrounding her deceased brother. The series also stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, Olivia Thirlby, »
- Joe Otterson
Tony Award-winning actress Nina Arianda has been cast in Amazon’s upcoming original drama series “Trial,” TheWrap has learned. The series, from executive producer David E. Kelley, stars Billy Bob Thornton as Billy McBride, a washed-up lawyer whose professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer who has just been fired from his old firm brings him a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm. Arianda will play fast-talking go-getter attorney Patty Solis-Papagian. The series also stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, Olivia Thirlby and Molly Parker. Also Read: Maria Bello Joins David »
- Joe Otterson
The innovative Viewpoints section celebrates the distinctively bold visions of underrepresented perspectives, styles and characters. Featuring 25 unique and fascinating viewpoints from 15 countries, films in this category vary from realised, hyperreal worlds such as in High-Rise, Equals, Nerdland and The Loner to real world perspectives including Syrian refugees in After Spring, solitary confinement inmates in Solitary and adult students at Night School.
Here are the films selected in this year’s Viewpoints:
Chris Prynoski (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Nerdland is an R-rated cartoon comedy about celebrity, excess, and two showbiz nobodies, John (Paul Rudd) and Elliott (Patton Oswalt), with a plan to become famous—or even infamous—by the end of the night. Featuring an army of comedy cameos including Hannibal Buress, Laraine Newman, Mike Judge, Kate Micucci, »
- Sacha Hall
For the past few years, fans have been campaigning for a sequel to Dredd, the 2012 big screen reboot of the iconic 2000Ad character Judge Dredd, which has earned the support of close to 140,000 signatures, not to mention the film’s stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby.
Well, with a movie sequel looking no closer to a reality, the organisers of the petition Bring Back Dredd have now shifted their focus towards a small screen follow-up, and are calling on the likes of Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime to step in.
“The clamour of the growing fanbase for more from the incredible world of the 2012 Dredd movie cannot be ignored,” the statement reads. “We call on TV and movie producers to step up to the plate and give us more, either through a pay-to-view TV series or a new movie!”
- Gary Collinson
18 items from 2016
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