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This is the sixth in a multi-part series, The Year in Television 2011.
Not everyone can be a TV actor Mvp. You have to have charisma, talent, and you need a memorable part that plays to your particular strengths on a well-written show. Also, good lighting helps. This year we surveyed the television landscape to come up with ten people - both male and femaile - who we really thought broke out from the pack and made inordinate contributions to their respective shows. Some are newcomers, others have been acting for years. These are the break out TV actors of 2011 and, speaking of lighting, we'd like to shine a little more on them.
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Question: Got any Grey’s Anatomy spoilers? It has been a while. —Sami
Ausiello: It’s been way too long, Sami. Way. Too. Long. Here’s your long overdue scoopage: Little Sofia threatens to derail Callie’s big Valentine’s Day surprise for Arizona on Feb. 9, but it’s not the tyke’s fault; it’s Mark’s. Callie asks him to look after their daughter but he’s got plans of his own, »
- Michael Ausiello
Shameless: Season 2 Trailer Released
This season on Showtime's Shameless, it looks like the Gallagher family hasn't lost a dysfunctional step, even in the transition from blistering Chicago winters to the humid and uncomfortable stickiness of summer.
In the trailer below, it's been several months since the events season one finale that saw Fiona deciding to stay home instead of run away with Steve, Lip and Karen resolving their issues, and Ian coming out. Now, Fiona has an office and is on the rebound with a tall, dark, and handsome guy (James Wolk, Lone Star) she meets at her bartending job, though Steve isn't too far from her mid. Lip and Karen have drifted apart again, with "beautiful mess" Karen currently in the arms of another guy. Karen's mom Sheila, once shut up in her house for fear of anything and everything, is now out and about, at least comparatively speaking »
- Shilo Adams
In September, we reported that the Sundance Film Festival would be taking its show on the road by offering a handful of festival selections to theaters across the country. Sundance has now announced the nine films that might be coming to your city provided your city is Ann Arbor, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Houston, Nashville, Orlando, San Francisco, or Tuscon. This year's Sundance Film Festival USA slate includes movies featuring Frank Langella, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Olsen, Vera Farmiga, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Isla Fischer, Adam Scott, and many more. Hit the jump for the line-up and theater which each film will be playing. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 19 – 29th. All Sundance Film Festival USA screenings will take place on January 26th. Filmmakers will be available for a Q&As at their respective locations. Tickets for the screenings will be available at the theater. Ann Arbor, Mi – The Michigan Theatre www. »
- Matt Goldberg
Not going to brave the icy roads and chilling winds of Park City, Utah this January for the Sundance Film Festival 2012? No matter. The festival is once again going to bring the films to you if you live in Ann Arbor, Mi; Boston, Ma; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, Il; Houston, TX; Nashville, Tn; Orlando, Fl; San Francisco, CA; or Tucson, Az. Those are the cities that will be getting special screenings of some of Sundance 2012's most promising films in a program called Sundance Film Festival USA. Last year , films like Cedar Rapids, Like Crazy, Win Win and Our Idiot Brother all played as part of this program, months before their regular release dates, and this year's films feature stars like Susan Sarandon, Elijah Wood, Chris Rock, Kirsten Dunst, Tim Roth, David Duchovny and many more. All the screenings take place on January 26. Read more after the jump. Here's the description »
- Germain Lussier
Below are the titles that will be screening as part of the Sundance Institute’s Sundance Film Festival USA screening series.
Designed in 2010 to bring the festival experience to movie-goers nationwide, nine films and their filmmakers will travel from Utah to one of the following cities: Ann Arbor, Mi; Boston, Ma; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, Il; Houston, TX; Nashville, Tn; Orlando, Fl; San Francisco, CA; and Tucson, Az. during the Sundance Film Festival.
The films and cities they’ll be playing in are listed below. Tickets will be available through the theater’s box office.
Attendees of screenings at Sundance Film Festival USA this year will also have the opportunity to participate in one of the Festival’s New Frontier interactive installations. Question Bridge: Black Males, by Hank Willis Thomas & Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayete Ross Smith & Kamal Sinclair, is a visionary transmedia project that uses new media technology to »
- Jason Guerrasio
Following last week's announcements of the Competition and Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier lineups, the Sundance Film Festival, running January 19 through 29, has just announced the lineups for its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Straight from today's release:
A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Each is a world premiere.
2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. Image above.
Arbitrage / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nicholas Jarecki) — A »
Just about every film at Sundance is a world premiere. So why is there a "Premieres" section, and how is it different than the Competition or the Spotlight or the New Frontiers or the Next or...okay, I think that's all of them. Sundance describes Premieres as "a showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors" and Documentary Premieres as "about big subjects or by master filmmakers that showcase the power of the form."
Basically, what it really means is here's where you find the attention-grabbers at Sundance. These are the big honking movies, the movies featuring Hollywood directors and talent coming down from their Valhalla of craft services and video village to get their hands dirty with the independents. These are the movies that have the biggest red carpets and the majority of the press coverage (see this post).
True to form, »
- Matt Singer
James Marsh is a staple at the Sundance Film Festival. He won the directing award last year for his documentary Project Nim and his Man on Wire picked up the audience awards and grand jury prize. He will return to the fest this year, but not in the same genre. He is heading back to narrative form, for his drama Shadow Dancer. Today we have the first look at star Andrea Riseborough above, where she is also joined by Clive Owen, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson and Gillian Anderson, in the film where “a widowed mother is arrested in an aborted bomb plot and she must make hard choices to protect her son.”
We also have the first look at Ari Graynor (Youth in Revolt, Nick & Nora) in the indie drama For A Good Time, Call…, the debut from Jamie Travis. Graynor stars with Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, Mark Webber and James Wolk. »
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The Sundance Film Festival (apart from Venice) remains the only major film festival that we have not yet had a chance to fully cover. Hopefully 2012 will change that situation. It is one of our goals for next year and so you should be seeing a lot of Sundance posts for the next two or so months.
Sundance has just announced their Feature and Documentary Premieres for next months line-up and it of course includes notable stand-outs including Spike Lee‘s latest Red Hook Summer, Stephen Frears‘ Lay the Favourite, Josh Radnor‘s sophomore effort, Liberal Arts with Elizabeth Olson and Joe Berlinger‘s latest documentary on Paul Simon. In other words, if you are lucky enough to attend the festival, now is the time to get even more excited.
Here’s the full list of feature and documentary premieres at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival:
A showcase of some of »
West Of Memphis/Credit: Olivia Hamel
Special Event with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord on Jan. 26
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will be held January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The fact that most of the Premieres have been produced completely independently further underscores the resourcefulness and tenacity of filmmakers in this climate. That drive and entrepreneurial spirit has pushed narrative and documentary filmmakers alike to create rich stories which will entertain and inspire audiences at the festival and in the year to come.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Featuring one of the most influential directors of all time »
- Michelle McCue
As potentially exciting as the in competition  and out of competition  films that will play the 2012 Sundance Film Festival are, the fact is most people haven't heard of them yet. The Premiere category, though, that's where the big movies are. Or, at least, the movies with the big names. This year's line up with is no exception with stand-outs including Spike Lee's latest Red Hook Summer, Stephen Frears' gambling film Lay the Favorite with Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rebecca Hall, Josh Radnor's sophomore effort, Liberal Arts with Elizabeth Olson and Joe Berlinger's latest documentary focusing on Paul Simon. Plus there are films with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Parker Posey, Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Read about them all below. Here's the full list of feature and documentary premieres »
- Germain Lussier
Sundance will have some heavyweight auteurs in the shape of Spike Lee, Rodrigo Cortés, James Marsh and Stephen Frears for the Premieres Section. Among the 15 selected titles, worth highlighting are Leslye Headland’s debut, "Bachelorette" which stars Kirsten Dunst, we’ve got Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York and a Blacklist favorite in Celeste and Jesse Forever. Count on Lee’s Red Hook Summer, Cortés’ Red Lights, Marsh’s Shadow Dancer and Frears’ Lay the Favorite to garner the most buzz. "2 Days in New York," France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. "Arbitrage," U. »
Following the two initial line-up announcements for Sundance Film Festival 2012, we have the slate for their premiere section. These are usually the top-class of recognizable names in the indie world, whereas the rest of the line-up is gear more for discovery. Some of the big titles include Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer, Julie Delpy‘s 2 Days in New York, Kirsten Dunst‘s drama/comedy Bachelorette, as well as Josh Radnor‘s Happythankyoumoreplease follow-up Liberal Arts and the next film from the director of Buried; two films from directors who made initial splashes at Sundance. I’m also greatly looking forward to the next film from Man on Wire and Project Nim director James Marsh, which stars Clive Owen, as well as a new film from Stephen Frears. Check out the full list below.
A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. »
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Though Sundance tends to be stereotyped as the place for heavy, dour stories of shattered lives, it’s actually a great place for comedies. Think Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine, The Kids Are All Right, and last year ‘s Our Idiot Brother and Cedar Rapids.
- Anthony Breznican
Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival.
The films will open in the fest’s out of competition Premieres section and feature A-list heavy casts that include the likes of Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Chris Rock. Such films are perfect for Sundance’s out-of-competition screenings, which help draw attention to the festival »
- Michelle Kung
Move over, Glee! There's some more same-sex kissing coming to Happy Endings... As you may have heard, Max (Adam Pally) rekindles a romance with a former boyfriend, played by former Lone Star actor James Wolk. "He's funny and he's a good-looking guy," Pally told me at the GQ Men of the Year party. "I'm just shocked that it's a guy that Max could get, so we'll see what happens." Asked if he'll be locking lips like he has on the show with New Girl hottie Max Greenfield, Pally said, "We are going to make out. Most people make out in their relationships, so I would assume so. I would hope that we would be making out." So do »
 We've got a lot of the usual news bits about casting, renewals, and so on in today's TV Bits, but first, don't you want to read about a possible racial slur in a decades-old episode of Fraggle Rock? After the jump: A Texas man reports an offensive slur in a 1984 episode of Fraggle Rock Fox's J.J. Abrams-produced Alcatraz changes showrunners NBC picks up Bryan Fuller's The Munsters pilot Comedy Central renews South Park for like the next million* seasons Becki Newton heads to CBS' How I Met Your Mother Lone Star actor James Wolk lands on ABC's Happy Endings * And by "million," I mean "five." We'll start with biggest Wtf. Texan Keith White was furious to hear what he interpreted as a racial slur in a 1984 episode of the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock while watching the show with his two-year-old daughter. "I heard him say Jigaboo," said White. »
- Angie Han
- Max is getting a new/old boyfriend on "Happy Endings" in the form of James Wolk ("Lone Star"). Wolk will appear in several episodes of the ABC comedy an ex of Max's (Adam Pally) who is now back in the picture. You'll also see Wolk on Showtime's "Shameless" this season. [@happywrites/TVLine]
- One-time TV Superman Dean Cain will play a decidedly less heoric role on "Criminal Minds" later this season. He's been cast as a down-on-his-luck gambler who gets on a hot streak ... after he starts killing people. Cain's episode will air in early 2012. [Hollywood Reporter]
- Fox's midseason drama "Alcatraz" is shaking things up behind the camera. Co-creator and showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff ("Lost") has left the show, and Jennifer Johnson ("Lost," "Chase") and Daniel Pyne ("The Manchurian Candidate") have taken her »
Lone Star may have been the first casualty of last year's fall season and Georgetown may not have been picked up for this season, but that hasn't stopped James Wolk from remaining rather busy lately. Following news that he'll be appearing on the second season of Showtime's Shameless, it appears that Wolk is ready for a Happy Ending or two.
TV Line is reporting that Wolk will be playing Max's (former high school) boyfriend that gets close to him again on multiple episodes of Happy Endings. No word on when his first episode will air, but this is a good sign for the show, as none of the single members of the cast (Max, Penny, Dave, Alex) have had a recurring significant other, so this is a welcome bit of world building.
Aside from his previously mentioned credits (and future »
- Shilo Adams
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