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One of the most talked about new drama series of 2014, HBO’s The Leftovers, will be entering its second season to some considerable alterations. Deadline reports that for the shows sophomore year they will be having a change in setting and dwindling down of the cast. In its first season the story centered on the Garvey family and their fictional town of Mapleton, New York and how they dealt with a cataclysmic, Rapture-like event. For the second season the Garvey family will return but in a new, yet to be confirmed location.
The members of the main cast that are returning are Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon and Christopher Eccleston. Everyone else is possible to return, such as Ann Dowd and Liv Tyler, but not in major roles.
The way the first season ended, there were many possible directions to take the series, considering that »
- Jean Pierre Diez
People were generally divided into two schools of thought on HBO’s solemn, mysterious drama The Leftovers. Either you appreciated it as a thoughtful examination of grief and loss, or you dismissed it as an overwrought exercise in misery porn. And though its ratings weren’t anything to write home about, HBO did renew the show for a second season, so showrunners Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta will have another chance to engage viewers. Intriguingly, they’ll be changing things up quite a bit in order to do so.
According to Deadline, The Leftovers will be leaving the town of Mapleton behind to an as-of-yet unknown new setting. Part and parcel with that, multiple characters who played a role in the first season won’t be returning. Out of the 14 stars of the first season, only the leads are set to reprise their roles. That includes Justin Theroux as Mapleton »
- Isaac Feldberg
Following the divisive first season, The Leftovers is facing a soft reboot of sorts. Deadline reports that the second season will see a major shakeup in the cast, and that out of the fourteen regular cast members, only the major players are set to return. The show is also set to relocate from the fictional town of Mapleton, New York to an as yet unknown new setting. Given the mixed response from fans and critics, and the fact that the first season burned through most of Tom Perrotta's source material, it makes perfect sense to alter the formula of the show a bit. I really hope they can hone in on the elements that made the first season so engaging while improving the bits that were a total drag to get through. Hit the jump to find out who's on board to return for season two of The Leftovers. »
- Haleigh Foutch
It appears that more characters will be disappearing from HBO’s The Leftovers but not because of a second Departure. After the events of the show’s first season, which essentially exhausted all the material provided by author Tom Perrotta’s novel, the series will be leaving the fictional town of Marpleton, NY behind and heading to a different location for Season 2, and with that move will come some other changes as well, including who we will and will not see next season. According to Deadline, which first reported the casting news, series regular Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon will all reportedly return for Season 2 of The Leftovers. Additionally, Ann Dowd and Liv Tyler may also return as members of the show’s principal cast, although that still remains to be determined. Meanwhile, other Season 1 regulars, such as Michael Gaston, Annie Q., »
- Chris King
Say bye to Mapleton, New York. Deadline reports that a a large portion of the fourteen regular cast members on HBO's The Leftovers won't be returning for season two as the show undergoes a creative reboot. Those who will be returning are most of the leads: star Justin Theroux, estranged wife Amy Brenneman, lover Carrie Coon, kids Margaret Qualley and Chris Zylka, as well as Christopher Eccleston who plays a former reverend. Everything is still in flux, though, so it's not entirely certain who's in and who's out, or what capacity they'll appear in. At the very least, we know we still have Theroux's bulge, which lifts us up on high. »
- E. Alex Jung
It soon might look like another Sudden Departure has ripped through HBO’s The Leftovers.
The drama, which takes place after a Rapture-like event, is shedding a number of its series regulars in advance of the second season, our sister site Deadline reports.
Leads Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon reportedly will return. Ann Dowd and Liv Tyler also possibly in the mix for the upcoming season.
HBO's new drama "The Leftovers" looks to be undergoing something of a reboot for its second season.
Deadline reports that a large portion of the fourteen regular cast members of this year's first season will not be returning for the second. The site says virtually all in supporting roles will not be back as the series undergoes a "creative reboot" and the action will shift to a new location.
So who is coming back? Justin Theroux and his onscreen family members Amy Brenneman, Margaret Qualley and Chris Zylka. His love interest Carrie Coon and Christopher Eccleston former reverend character are also commit back, whilst Liv Tyler and Ann Dowd's characters may pop in (though likely in smaller roles.
The second season of the show is still being mapped out so these plans could change. As the Tom Perrotta book upon which the show was based used up pretty much »
- Garth Franklin
Franco and Quinto play lovers in director Justin Kelly's debut feature.
The film is based on the true story of gay activist Michael Glatze (Franco), who renounced his sexuality after a health scare.
He leaves San Francisco and builds himself a new life as a pastor.
Franco recently took on a series of bizarre activities after fielding requests from members of the public.
Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the bizarre rumours coming out of Sony for the next film in the Spider-Man franchise, an update on next year’s Fantastic Four reboot and a big treat for Evil Dead fans!
Fmtv will be back on Monday with our Top 5 Kick Ass Ladies in Film and again on Friday for next week’s Movie Newsgasm. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live.
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…features returning stars Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside new additions Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, »
- Oli Davis
Faith Hill, last seen on the big screen in 2004's remake of Stepford Wives, is starring in Dixieland, described by Deadline.com as an indie crime drama.
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Hill will star as the mother of a young man, played by Chris Zylka (The Leftovers), who is newly released from prison and falls for the troubled girl next door, played by Riley Keough, whose previous films include Magic Mike and Runaways. Keough is the daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presley and granddaughter of Elvis Presley. »
"The Other Guys" stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are confirmed to be re-teaming for the comedy "Daddy’s Home" at Paramount, Red Granite Pictures and Gary Sanchez. Sean Anders directs from a script by Brian Burns.
Ferrell plays a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children. Complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. [Source: Deadline]
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ella Purnell ("Maleficent") and Asa Butterfield ("Ender's Game") are in negotiations to join Eva Green in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox. Filming aims to begin early next year.
Based on the Ransom Riggs novel, the story follows a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Ahead of her stop at the 48th Annual Country Music Awards tonight in Nashville, country music superstar Faith Hill has completed filming on indie crime drama Dixieland. This marks the “Breathe” singer’s second film after 2004’s Stepford Wives, in which she made her big screen debut opposite Nicole Kidman.
The Leftovers‘ Chris Zylka stars in the Mississippi-set Dixieland as a young man, newly released from prison, who falls for the troubled girl next door and takes a big risk to give them a shot at a better life. Hill plays the mother he moves back home with, starring alongside Riley Keough, the Magic Mike and Runaways actress whose grandfather was the legendary Elvis Presley. Breaking Bad‘s Rj Mitte, Spencer Lofranco (Jamesy Boy), Brad Carter (True Detective), Steve Earle (Treme), and WWE wrestling icon Mick Foley round out the cast.
Hollywood’s been trying to turn the multi-Grammy »
- Jen Yamato
The feature debut from director Justin Kelly, Michael, has unveiled its first image today. A relatively unknown filmmaker, Kelly’s tutelage under Gus Van Sant has impressed his mentor considerably – as Van Sant boarded the pic as a producer. With only three short films to his name at this point, it looks like Kelly is aiming to grab the industry’s attention with his full-length debut.
Leading the true life tale is James Franco as gay activist Michael Glatze, who denounces his sexuality after a health scare. After leaving San Francisco, he turns to the church to become an anti-gay pastor. Fulfilling the difficult role of his former partner is American Horror Story‘s Zachary Quinto. Over in the supporting docket, Chris Zylka is set to play one of Michael’s ex-lovers, with Emma Roberts cast as his newly-found girlfriend.
Franco and Quinto are centre stage in the first image »
- Gem Seddon
Michael has released a first picture.
The film is based on the true story of gay activist Michael Glatze (Franco) who renounced his sexuality after a health scare.
He leaves San Francisco and builds himself a new life as a pastor.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is one of those on offer at the American Film Market, alongside Jc Chandor's Deepwater Horizon, Stephen Frears's Florence and Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.
Michael is currently filming. »
The American Film Market kicks off tomorrow and there are a number of high profile projects foreign film distributors could go after like Michael Winterbottom’s latest, The Emperor’s New Clothes, J.C. Chandor’s Deepwater Horizon and The Hateful Eight from Quentin Tarantino. However, right in the middle of all those big names is a first timer, Justin Kelly. He’s Gus Van Sant’s protégé and has completed three short films, but Michael starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto will mark his feature directorial debut. With Afm due to kick off tomorrow, the very first Michael image has surfaced. Hit the jump to check it out and to get some additional information on the project. The film tells the true story of Michael Glatze (Franco), a gay activist who denounces his homosexuality and becomes an anti-gay pastor. Quinto plays his ex-boyfriend. Emma Roberts and Chris Zylka are also involved. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Spoiler alert: In the Oct. 14 episode of Sons of Anarchy, "Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em," Leland (Brad Carter) and the Aryan Brotherhood made a return appearance to have a fistfight with Samcro, view the corpses of the ambushed East Dub crew, and taste-test the Mayan heroin that Tully (Marilyn Manson) is going to now distribute in Stockton under Jax's (Charlie Hunnam) new plan. Viewers may recognize the Texas-born, Georgia-raised Carter, who'd auditioned to play an Irish biker on Sons years ago, from HBO's True Detective—he played Ab inmate Charlie Lange. "Fortunately and unfortunately, these kind of characters seem to be in my wheelhouse. »
- Mandi Bierly
Not much is known about Alex Kurtzman’s Venom film for Sony, apart from the fact that it will feature the famous Spider-Man villain in an anti-hero role. Kurtzman recently talked about how the character provides a darker entry point into the Spidey franchise, as “there are certain lines that Spider-Man won’t cross… Venom, in a weird way, is the representation of every line that will get crossed.” While some characters provide straight-forward adaptation possibilities, Venom is a bit of a different story, because there have been a handful of different versions over the years.
The Venom symbiote has been worn by several characters in Spider-Man lore throughout the years and in various forms of media, the most notable of which are Peter Parker, Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan a.k.a. The Scorpion, Flash Thompson, and Harry Osborn.
Making Eddie Brock the Venom of choice is perhaps the safest bet, »
- James Garcia
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014.
Directed by Marc Webb.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, Chris Zylka and Denis Leary.
When atrocities threaten New York, Spider-Man must protect the citizens of New York and his loved ones before New York’s heart befalls into tragedy.
Despite helping to change the face of the superhero movie in 21st century Hollywood, the Spider-Man franchise died before our very eyes, delighting and enthralling before crashing and burning. The best intentions of director Sam Raimi notwithstanding, Spider-Man 3 failed, even if it was the franchises’ highest grosser. While many blamed the excess of villains and characters, which led to a horribly disjointed script, it was the studio’s insistence on things (namely Venom) that ultimately derailed our friendly neighbourhood Spidey. Now, 10 years since Spider-Man 2 »
- Scott Davis
Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-e), Aldis Hodge (Mc Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith »
- C. Molly Smith
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