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Macy Gray and Ernie Hudson have both joined the cast of the Lifetime network's original movie The Grim Sleeper, which is based on the case of Los Angeles’ notorious “Grim Sleeper” serial killer. Dreama Walker will star in the film, which will be directed by Stanley M. Brooks, from a script written by Robert Nathan (Law & Order) and Teena Booth (The Drew Peterson Story). "Grim Sleeper" is the nickname for an alleged serial killer believed to be responsible for at least ten murders, since 1985. The attacker was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because he appears to have taken a 14-year hiatus from his crimes, from 1988 to 2002. On July 7, 2010, a suspect, Lonnie David Franklin »
- Natasha Greeves
Exclusive: The case of Los Angeles’ notorious “Grim Sleeper” serial killer is getting a TV movie treatment with Lifetime‘s The Grim Sleeper starring Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust The B—-) and co-starring actress-singer Macy Gray (Training Day), Ernie Hudson (Call Me Crazy), and Michael O’Neill (Dallas Buyers Club). It will be directed by Stanley M. Brooks in the veteran TV movie producer’s return to the genre. In 2010, Brooks left the TV movie business after 21 years when he filed for bankruptcy as a result of a dispute with AFTRA, WGA and DGA over residuals from the Logo series Sordid Lives. Since then, he quietly took on a new career as a director with horror indie Perfect Sisters, which is awaiting release. It is fitting that Brooks’ return to the TV movie business is via Lifetime where he was a top telefilm supplier until severing ties with the »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
CBS's legal and political saga reached its 100th episode this week with a typically outstanding hour of television. So why isn't it considered one of the greats?
What does quality Us television look like? Typically, any list would include at least one of the following shows: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire. Before these shows become box-set fodder, or become available for streaming on Netflix and iTunes, they are broadcast on premium cable channels. The idea of paying for "quality" television is entrenched (HBO itself means "Home Box Office", after all) and these shows, with their high production values and often slow-moving plots given space and time to breathe, are the best examples of it. But for the last four years – and five seasons – one of the best dramas on television has been on CBS, a basic network channel with an average viewer age of 57. The show is The Good Wife. »
- Bim Adewunmi
Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
When you look at the poster for Compliance you will see the bold letters exclaiming that it is “based on true events”, a notion that becomes harder to believe the longer this film lasts. Yet based on true events it is – true events caught on CCTV in a McDonalds restaurant (I use that term loosely) in Mount Washington,Kentucky back in 2004. Yet the story is still very hard to believe. That said, it has plenty of positive things going for it…
Craig Zobel, the director of this film, is someone who I would be lying if I said I was familiar with. He has worked on documentary films and titles unknown to me, and is currently working on a sci-fi number starring Chris Pine and Amanda Seyfried, but I know nothing else of him. »
- Chris Cummings
I love a good indie project and The Discoverers looks like a clever, quirky work of all kinds of goodness. The film focuses around washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Griffin Dunne) who takes his teenage kids – Zoe (Madeleine Martin) and Jack (Devon Graye) – on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But, when Lewis’s estranged father Stanley (Stuart Margolin) goes Awol on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour.
The Discoverers is the debut feature from writer and director Justin Swartz and from the trailer below, is something I think we should all look out for. It’s also just picked up a few official plaudits at the Genart(ist) Emerging Actor Awards, which celebrates upcoming talent on all sides, where Madeleine Martin (who you might recognise as Becca from the excellent Californication »
- Dan Bullock
Jess is struggling in her new job. She confides to Nick that even though she has been teaching at this new school for a week, she has yet to make any new friends, perfectly setting up this week’s New Girl as a “Jess trying to impress someone” episode. This is comedy gold and has led to some of the show’s most memorable moments – getting drunk in the log cabin, finding a dead body in the park – and is now deployed again, to ease us into Jess’ new circumstances.
It turns out that teaching in high school is exactly the same as going to high school; same drama, same cliques, same nerds. The “cool” group, quickly identified as such by Nick, regularly make fun of the “nerds” (the headteacher Dr. Foster, played to awkward perfection by Curtis Armstrong, being one himself) and Jess finds herself on the receiving end of their barbs. »
- Rob Batchelor
New Girl is back, y’all. No disrespect to last week’s premiere, but tonight felt like the level of hilarity, heartstring-pulling, and sharp storytelling that spoiled us last season. To wit, Jess and Nick once more earned their couplehood, from the minute he spit-smoothed her bangs to his final words to her (“I would have noticed you”); the mean girls — and boy — on the sidelines reaffirmed why we loved the loftmates so much; Schmidt was up to his usual douchebag jar-worthy antics… but almost redemptively guilty about his behavior, and Winston got the chance to play with an adorable kitteh. »
- Lanford Beard
Okay, I’ve struggled to get into Hr, the Lifetime pilot that has Alicia Silverstone as a Human Resources manager whose personality changes after a head injury. They’ve got my attention by adding Maulik Pancholy to the cast as a Middle Eastern employee who works in the I.T. department who might not be who he initially appears to be.
I’m going to need some help from anyone who understands British television on this story. Apparently, Catherine Tate is planning on reviving Nan, her curmudgeonly old lady character for a “TV recording” for the BBC. I’m guessing a “TV recording” is a live stage performance recorded for TV? Either way, it’ll be great to see Tate play one of her iconic characters again.
In Breaking Bad easter egg news, Sunday’s episode showed a real phone number. The number shown for the vacuum »
- Lyle Masaki
New Girl returns with a new season tonight in which — oddly — everything and nothing has changed.
The big changes: Nick and Jess will be a couple this season, a move that’s met with mixed reactions from others in the loft. The big non-changes? We’re in for fun adventures, great guest stars and general hilarity. For the details, courtesy of star Zooey Deschanel and exec producer Liz Meriwether, read on…
+ Jess and Nick’s challenges as a couple will take center stage, at least in the beginning of the season.
“It’s just added a lot of great things »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Alicia’s free-spirited mama is headed back to The Good Wife.
Stockard Channing has been tapped to reprise her memorable maternal role in an upcoming episode of the CBS procedural’s fifth season, the network announced Thursday.
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The Good Wife‘s fifth season bows Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c.
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- Megan Masters
Will New Girl‘s Nick and Jess remain a couple in Season 3 (that is, if they even are one now)?
That’s the question at hand in this exclusive, behind-the-scenes featurette from the Fox comedy. Cast members Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson kick in their two cents — as do executive producer/creator Liz Meriwether and EPs Dave Finkel and Brett Baer — on whether the pair will ever do more than have smokin’ hot make-out sessions… not that we’re complaining.
- Kimberly Roots
Release of the week Compliance
Based on real events, Compliance follows a shift at a fast food restaurant that falls victim to a manipulative and cruel prank caller. On the face of it, that shouldn’t lead to such visceral and extreme reactions, and yet the movie is so accomplished that it stands alongside We Need to Talk About Kevin in terms of uncomfortable viewing.
Performances are solid, with particularly impressive turns from Ann Dowd and Dreama Walker, but where the film really triumphs is the script. Every line, action and moment emphasises the movie’s core theme of control. It builds tension between the key players in the restaurant as successfully as it builds trust between the caller and Dowd’s manager, and it does so in a genuinely believable manner.
One of the best decisions writer/director Craig Zobel makes is to force his audience to reflect »
- Adam Lowes
Written and Directed by Craig Zobel.
When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unharmed.
First off, it has to be said that anyone looking for a nice, relaxing film should look elsewhere as relaxing this is not. More tense then most thrillers and by far more disturbing than most horrors, Compliance is a film that will stick in your mind and make you question your own subservience to authority figures.
The film begins with Sandra, a fast food manager, receiving a call from a police officer stating that one of the restaurants employees has stolen from a customer. Sandra then questions the employee Becky and begins to follow every instruction the officer gives, leading to events that leave no character unaffected. »
- Flickering Myth
★★★★☆ The stretched credulity of cinematic narratives can often leave audiences agog as bizarrely motivated characters behave in inexplicable ways. In his provocative second feature, Compliance (2012), director Craig Zobel creates a highly uncomfortable atmosphere precisely because his film's plot is nigh on impossible to believe, despite the fact that it's based on actual events. Compliance courted controversy and induced accusations of misogyny throughout its festival and cinematic run, and the taut psychological drama now arrives on DVD and Blu-ray shelves this week for further discussion and debate.
Zobel's horrifying study explores humanity's banal dark side and the willing acquiescence of those given direction by higher authorities. Playing out like a sadistic sibling to the (in)famous Milgram experiment, the film begins with a phone call to a ChickWich fast food restaurant. The morning has already been calamitous for middle-aged manager Sandra (Ann Dodd), after an accident results in thousands of dollars of spoiled bacon. »
- CineVue UK
Compliance doesn't exactly make things easy for the audience. Drawn broadly from real-life events, it's a divisive, brazenly uncomfortable account of how people can be scarily (you guessed it) compliant, and puts the viewer in the middle of all the squirming and self-loathing. During a regular Friday at a small Ohio fast-food joint, the manager receives a phone call from a cop, one Officer Daniels, who requests she performs a search on one of her cashiers, who he claims has stolen money from a customer. He stays on the line and his orders become more invasive. Before long, a full strip search is performed, and Daniels claims that the whole degrading scenario is part of a larger investigation. But soon questions are being raised about whether Officer Daniels is a real cop at all. It's a situation »
- Phelim O'Neill
New Girl’s third season will be getting itself a new bitch from Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23. It’s not the bitch from Apartment 23 – in fact she didn’t even play anyone remotely bitchy when she was on the now cancelled ABC comedy – but that doesn’t mean she can’t take on the characteristics in her new role. Plus, she’ll get to be mean to Zooey Deschanel’s Jess. Doesn’t everyone have some bizarre fantasy about treating Jess in just the most vindictive fashion? Anyone? Just me? Okay, let’s quickly move away from that subject and get back to the original announcement regarding Dreama Walker.
When Walker makes her New Girl debut, she’ll be playing Molly, a beautiful, mean girl-esque teacher at the same school where Jess works as a temp. TVLine says Molly is one of the school’s »
- Brody Gibson
Walker will play Molly, a "mean girl" teacher at Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) new school (according to a report from TVLine). Because she thinks Jess is trying to suck up to the principal, Molly -- one of the cool teachers -- isn't going to be such a fan of the peppy new girl at the school.
This will mark a bit of a role reversal for Walker, who previously had the "nice girl" part on "Don't Trust the B---." She played June opposite Krysten Ritter's evil roommate, Chloe.
It sounds like Jess' new job will be full of nasty co-workers, considering the casting news that has already appeared. Angela Kinsey ("The Office") will play another of the troublesome teachers in that same episode. »
Lifetime has ordered a second season of Devious Maids, which started slow but picked up viewers as it went along. I’m feeling mixed about this news. I’ve been enjoying Maids‘ first season (mostly) but I dont’ trust Marc Cherry to keep a serial going past a promising first season.
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- Lyle Masaki
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In a bit of a role reversal, Walker’s the b—- this time around. According to an insider, she’ll play Molly, a beautiful, mean »
- Michael Ausiello
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