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Shot in June in Los Angeles, The Force features Olivia Thirlby and Ben Feldman in the pole position as newly married urbanites with a faint degree of amnesia with a supporting cast familiar indie face offerings of Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Scott Haze, Lesley Ann Warren, Betsy Brandt, John Ross Bowie, Jon Heder, Alison Sudol and filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. Latin American/Los Angeles transplanted AFI alumni visual artist and painter Rafael Palacio Illingworth got his start with another relationship-themed dramedy with the micro budgeted Macho (2009) and in-between features he filmed some commercial spots and put out a pair of shorts with one bringing him to the Venice Film Festival.
Gist: Thirlby and Feldman play a couple confronted by the fear that settling down and getting married means their carefree days as city-dwelling young adults coming to an abrupt and depressing end. Both are tempted by the allure of another life »
- Eric Lavallee
November 17th is looking to be a great day for genre-related home entertainment releases as we’ve got quite an eclectic array of titles coming out this Tuesday. For those who may have missed it earlier this year, The Stanford Prison Experiment is arriving on DVD this week and the good folks at Scream Factory are keeping busy once again with their HD releases of both Troll films as well as the 1987 thriller White of the Eye.
Olive Films is also resurrecting a bevy of cult classics this week on both Blu-ray and DVD and for those of you Amazon shoppers out there, you can pick up the 20th anniversary edition of The City of Lost Children (which is amazing if you’ve never seen it) exclusively on their site.
On a futuristic oil rig, »
- Heather Wixson
Today, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary. It was on October 6, 1996 that Dean Cain’s Clark and Teri Hatcher’s Lois got married in an episode of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Three days later, DC Comics released “Superman: The Wedding Album” (an issue with a cover date of December 1996). It was the first time Lois and Clark got married in the comics for realsies. Only took them 58 years. Previous weddings had ended with “it was all a dream” or the like. Here’s the TV wedding moment that aired 19 years ago. Savor that ’90s cheese. Other notable October 6 happenings in pop culture history: • 1847: “Jane Eyre” was published, at the time bearing the pseudonym Currer Bell. • 1927: The first feature-length film with synchronized dialogue, “The Jazz Singer” held its premiere in New York City, scheduled to coincide with Yom Kippur, the Jewish »
- Emily Rome
Exclusive: Newcomer Devika Bhise, who landed a choice role opposite Dev Patel in Zurich opener The Man Who Knew Infinity, is set to reunite with producers Xeitgeist Entertainment Group on their forthcoming production of Shambhala.
“He takes the audience on a journey with him. You learn about him as he learns about himself,” said Pamela Godfrey, an executive producer at Xeitgeist.
Summer Nicks, an Australian writer/director who is Xeitgeist’s creative director, directs from his own original screenplay.
Bhise was at Zurich Film Festival this week where she walked the ‘green carpet’ for opening night film The Man Who Knew Infinity, in which she plays Janaki, the wife of maths prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan.
The film, which was also produced by New York veteran Ed Pressman, marks »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Sarah Wynter has landed a series regular role opposite Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby and Maria Bello in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice and Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley. The legal drama, which Kelley co-wrote with his Practice and Boston Legal producer Jonathan Shapiro, centers on Billy McBride (Thornton). Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy has become a shell of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid… »
Just because Dredd didn't catch on as hoped, it doesn't mean there aren't many 2000Ad strips that shouldn't be overlooked.
In 1977, a bearded young man made Star Wars, a little film you may have heard of. Said movie went on to imprint itself onto the public's hearts, and spawned a franchise that's (thankfully) never been stronger.
However, popular culture gained another iconic creation in that same year: 2000Ad, the self-titled Galaxy's Greatest Comic. It's fair to say that, while you could likely find a hermit in the world's deepest, darkest cave with some knowledge of Star Wars, 2000Ad has less global recognition.
Over the years, though, 2000Ad has continued to flourish, and has, recently, begun to expand its reach: the comic now has its own podcast (the Thrill-Cast, well worth a listen, featuring interviews with major creators from across the comic's run); an app for digital downloads is available; and »
The Trial follows Billy McBride (played by Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo), whose guilt over losing a murder case has driven him to become an alcoholic, which in turn has cost him his wife — Bello’s Julie, an attorney herself — and his job. Over the course of the series, which is heading toward a 10-episode, straight-to-series order, Billy brings a case against his former law partner ands starts to get his groove back. »
Maria Bello will co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon Studios’ series “Trial,” Variety has learned. The legal drama hails from from David E. Kelley, creator of “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal.”
Bello will play attorney Julie McBride, the ex-wife to Thornton’s character Billy McBride, a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded.
Beautiful, brilliant, accomplished, Julie is successful in her career — she is a co-founding partner at a firm — but her personal life is lacking, as she lost the great love of her life, Billy, and holds him in some contempt for allowing him to derail his life.
Bello also joins William Hurt, who will play Billy McBride’s ex-partner at the firm, plus Olivia Thirlby, who was cast as Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who’s brilliant but not as seasoned as she pretends to be. Julie (Bello) is the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Before it decides which television projects to bring to series, Amazon Studios usually organizes its pilots in competitive seasons, during which viewers can decide which shows they enjoy the most. With its latest pickup, however, Amazon is skipping the public pilot presentation altogether. Variety has reported Amazon’s decision to greenlight Trial, a courtroom drama that will star Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.
In Trial, Thorton will star as a disgraced attorney who must argue against his former colleague (Hurt) in a wrongful death case. Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) will appear as a young, prodigious lawyer. David E. Kelley, known for his work on legal dramas like The Practice, Boston Legal, and Ally McBeal, is the series’ creator.
As with other recent series presented by Amazon, Trial is the sort of show that could make some noise come awards season. Both Hurt and Thornton have received nominations at the »
- Sam Gutelle
Heigl will play a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Kobi Libii, Elliott Gould and Dreama Walker also star. [Source: THR]
Matthew Lewis ("Harry Potter"), Shirley Henderson ("Filth"), Kevin Doyle ("Downton Abbey"), Katherine Kelly ("Mr. Selfridge"), Julie Hesmondhalgh ("Coronation Street") and Amelia Bullmore ("Scott & Bailey") have joined the cast of the second season of the BBC's acclaimed drama "Happy Valley" which begins shooting this week.
- Garth Franklin
Amazon is expected to issue its first ever straight-to-series order for Trial – a new legal drama from David E. Kelley. The streaming platform, which previously distinguished itself from its rivals by giving audiences the opportunity to weigh in on which of its pilots should be picked up, appears to be prepared to make an exception for this show, which will be led by Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.
Thornton will play Billy McBride, who was once a high-powered lawyer renowned for having co-founded an influential law firm. Having been unceremoniously ejected from his lofty position, he has become, for the most part, drunk. Amidst this unfortunate situation, McBride’s past and present suddenly collide when a wrongful death case puts him across the courtroom from Donald Cooper, who is head of McBride’s former firm, and will be played by William Hurt. Thornton and Hurt are joined »
- Sarah Myles
“Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton) a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife. His professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer, who has just been fired from his old firm, brings a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm, Attorney Donald Cooper, played by Hurt.
Previously announced, Thirlby is playing Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who’s brilliant, but not as seasoned as she pretends to be.
Kelley co-wrote the pilot with Jonathan Shapiro, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The story follows a foster family of orphans who are trained by the Us government as covert operatives, protecting their country during the day and battling each other at night. [Source: Deadline]
Hulu has ordered a pilot for the half-hour comedy "Future Man" which follows a janitor who must save humanity from extinction after mysterious visitors from the future say he's the key to defeating an imminent super-race invasion.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will direct the pilot and executive produce the series alongside James Weaver, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Schaffir and Matt Tolmach. Schaffir and Hunter will pen the script. [Source: Screen]
Untitled CBS Comedy
CBS has picked up an untitled single-camera comedy series script about a group of twenty-somethings »
- Garth Franklin
“Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton), a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife, but his 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.
Thirlby (“Juno,” “No Strings Attached”) will play Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who knows what she wants, which is money, sex and respect. Though she’s brilliant, she’s not as seasoned as she pretends to be, which gets her into trouble.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Olivia Thirlby (Juno) is set to co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice creator David E. Kelley, which is on track for a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The legal drama, which Kelley co-wrote with his Practice producer, fellow former attorney Jonathan Shapiro, centers on Billy McBride (Thornton). Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy has become a shell of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid… »
Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez.
Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
The only thing separating prisoner from guard was a heads or tails flip of a coin; probably the most alluring detail in regards to how The Stanford Prison Experiment played out. It’s a harrowing study in what temporary power coupled with no repercussions could do to the psyche of average citizens, but most importantly everyday people with good intentions in the real world that seemingly could never harm another fellow human being. By the end of the movie, the most startling aspect is that none of the subjects were diagnosed with long-term psychological effects, »
- Robert Kojder
One of the more intense films to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's gripping "The Stanford Prison Experiment" (read our review) is a dramatization of a notorious 1971 psychology experiment that went very, very wrong. It's a potent piece of work, featuring a terrific ensemble cast (Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup), and which takes the filmmaker into different territory following his first two pictures, "Easier With Practice" and "C.O.G." Like any filmmaker who can easily switch gears, Alvarez's cinematic tastes are wide ranging. In the latest entry in our series Movies That Changed My Life, Alvarez discloses how films as diverse as "Vertigo," "Showgirls" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" left an impression. "The Stanford Prison Experiment" »
- Edward Davis
IFC Films presents a unique drama detailing a true life story that a lot of people probably haven’t heard of. “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” starring Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, highlights the incredible social experiment involving participants posing as prisoners and guards. The film also stars Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Michael Anganaro, Keir Gilchrist, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Chris Sheffield, Jack Kilmer, Ki Hong Lee and James Frechville. Dr. Zimbardo himself acted as a consultant for the film. “The Stanford Prison Experiment” is now available on cable VOD and will be expanding it theatrical release this week. Here’s more about “The Stanford [ Read More ]
The post A Social Study Goes Haywire in The Stanford Prison Experiment appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "The Stanford Prison Experiment," now playing in limited release, took fourteen years to get made, and finally arrived at Sundance 2015 with a stellar ensemble including Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan and Michael Angarano. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the uncompromising nature of the film, the reception was divided (our own rave is here) but even those on the more negative end of the spectrum tended to use words like "compelling," "vivid" and "effective" in their critiques. And those are adjectives that this film (which scooped the Screenwriting award for Tim Talbott) shares with the best in the wide and variegated genre of the prison movie. The microcosmic possibilities of life on the inside have been mined many times for dramas, comedies, spoofs and thrillers that, while set in penal institutions or situations that resemble them, actually comment on human psychology or on the society outside. »
- The Playlist Staff
On August 14, 1971, Stanford University psychologist Philip Zimbardo initiated an experiment that has resonated for the succeeding 44 years. Twenty-four volunteers were rounded up and randomly divided into groups of "prisoners" and "guards," with the intent to study the psychology of individuals in the penal system. What happened is dramatized in the harrowing "Stanford Prison Experiment" and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Read More: Review: Provocative And Unnerving 'Stanford Prison Experiment' with Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, More Logan Miller, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup star in the movie showing the incremental but intense breakdown in the simulated jail, as the "guards" become mad with power and the "prisoners" are degraded. In the scene below, you get a sense of how things went badly. And yet, despite the notorious outcome »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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