17 items from 2014
Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Sleepy Hollow” season two, episode eleven, titled “The Akeda.”
“Sleepy Hollow” has never been afraid to spill some blood in the name of averting the apocalypse, and Monday’s midseason finale upped the body count in a major way — first sacrificing the heroic Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) in the battle against War, then killing off the show’s main antagonist, the demon Moloch, after Henry (John Noble) had a change of heart about following the big bad’s orders when it came to murdering his mother Katrina (Katia Winter).
Variety caught up with Jones and executive producer Len Wiseman to discuss the fallout from the eventful episode, including where Henry goes from here and whether Irving will ever make a reappearance.
So, you just killed the show’s Big Bad halfway through the second season, which is a pretty bold move. »
- Laura Prudom
The student has become the teacher.
In Mr. Robinson, The Office vet portrays a struggling musician who leads a double life. At night, he and his brother Ben (not yet cast) jam in a rock band called “Nasty Delicious,” and their career has been going nowhere fast for a decade. »
The odds have clearly been in the Hunger Games films' favor, as the series has pulled in oodles of cash throughout its run and landed Jennifer Lawrence a spot on the A-list. However, there have nonetheless been some bumps along the road. Here are five controversies that the franchise has dealt with in the past few years. Rue's casting The casting of a black actress, Amandla Stenberg, in the role of Rue in the first film led to racially charged responses on social media. There were also complaints when black actor Jeffrey Wright was cast as Beetee, a white character.
- Ryan Gajewski
Thanks to Orlando Jones for the heads-up on Twitter (he co-stars with Amandla Stenberg in Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," playing father and daughter). Here's a short film directed, shot and edited (yup, she did all of that) by Stenberg titled, "The Yellow Wallpaper," which is based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, that documents the experiences of a woman who's suffering from a mental illness, when she moves into an old house to help clear her mind. Apparently (or maybe not-so much) Stenberg, who's just 15 years old by the way, might have behind-the-camera aspirations; Or it may just be a passing fancy. The short is classified as "a student film," by the way. Did I mention »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Since being introduced back in 1997, Parkour has become a key part of many fast-paced action sequences. With the aim being to get from A to B as quickly as possible, it’s easy to see why our protagonists would favour this mode of ‘transport’. With the upcoming release of Brick Mansions on May 2nd, starring Paul Walker and Parkour founder, David Belle (pictured below), we’ve taken a look at some of the best Parkour and free-running scenes, as well as a few that we enjoyed for other reasons.
David Belle, widely regarded as a founder of the modern parkour movement, eludes a gun-toting gang in a gut-wrenching chase through a French estate block. Impossible precision and stomach-churning drops are the order of the day although we’re unconvinced that the bit with the ladder is allowed in Parkour rules. Casino Royale (2006) dir. Martin Campbell »
- Phil Wheat
.Rio 2. flies into theaters near you but is the sequel better than the first? All your favorite characters return for the second one including original director, Carlos Saldanha. The film is music-tinged no wonder many musicians flock to join the sequel including Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars. Before you head out to the theaters, take a look at my review.
It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in Rio 2, after they're hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law. All our favorite Rio characters are back, and they're joined by Oscar (R) nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy (R) winner Bruno Mars, Tony (R) winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy (R)/Tony winner Rita Moreno. Rio 2 »
Film: "Rio 2"; Voiceovers: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Amandla Stenberg, Bruno Mars, Andy Garcia, Rachel Crow, Pierce Gagnon, Janelle Monae and Bebel Gilberto; Director: Carlos Saldanha; Rating: **1/2
In the last one year, after "Zambezia" and "Free Birds", we once again have animated talking birds in "Rio 2". But unlike the previous two films, this one is a musical which meanders at its own pace with avian antics and foot-tapping music.
- Anita Agarwal
A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.
For those not inclined to resist »
- Justin Chang
20th Century Fox's "Rio 2" gets ready for it's box office run on April 11th, 2014. Get up to speed with these clips from the animated film voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Jermaine Clement, John Leguizamo, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia, Jake T. Austin, Amandla Stenberg and George Lopez. "Rio 2" finds Jewel (Hathaway), Blu (Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. »
How fast time flies; It seems like it was just yesterday when the series debuted, to the excitement of many. Since then, the series has been led by strong ratings, as well as cast additions, including Jill Marie Jones and Amandla Stenberg, culminating in tonight's 2-hour season finale, which Fox calls "epic," as sacrifices are made, worlds collide, loyalties are tested and the town of Sleepy Hollow will never be the same again! I predict record ratings for the episode, which begins at 8/7c, tonight. From co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the Star Trek and Transformers franchises, as well as Fringe) comes the adventure thriller Sleepy Hollow. In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving's classic, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction, and that he is humanity's last hope, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
How fast time flies; It seems like it was just yesterday when the series debuted, to the excitement of many. Since then, the series has been led by strong ratings, as well as cast additions, including Jill Marie Jones and Amandla Stenberg, culminating in tonight's 2-hour season finale, which Fox calls "epic," as sacrifices are made, worlds collide, loyalties are tested and the town of Sleepy Hollow will never be the same again! I predict record ratings for the episode, which begins at 8/7c, tonight. From co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the Star Trek and Transformers franchises, as well as Fringe) comes the adventure thriller Sleepy Hollow. In »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Sleepy Hollow, Season 1: Episode 11 – “Vessel”
Directed by Romeo Tirone
Airs Mondays at 9 Pm Est on Fox
After a winter hiatus, Sleepy Hollow returns with one of its most complete episodes of its first season. “Vessel” takes all of the elements which make Sleepy Hollow a good show and blends them almost perfectly. From superficial elements like Ichabod’s (Tom Mison) reactions to modern clothes and wacky, alternate takes on early American history to more serious things like fleshing out Frank’s (Orlando Jones) relationship with his family and Moloch’s larger plot. This episode also features some scenes of visceral horror and a plot that kicks into gear ten minutes into the episode and doesn’t hit the brakes until the denouement. Goffman and McMillan weld this episode’s story to Sleepy Hollow‘s overall arc while Melissa Blake »
- Logan Dalton
After a month hiatus, Sleepy Hollow returns Monday night (Fox, 9 p.m. Et) with an episode that star Tom Mison promises will be a scary one. “It’s a constantly tense one,” he says. “I like that the show does simmer, and then there are a few moments that jump out at you.” The hour explores more of Jenny Mills’ (Lyndie Greenwood) past, Mison teases, “and the fact that she was once possessed — who wasn’t.” As the clip below reveals, Sheriff Corbin (Clancy Brown) helped Jenny through the possession, which had an effect on her relationship with her sister, »
- Mandi Bierly
On this week's episode of Sleepy Hollow, a new demon endangers Irving's family. Abbie and Ichabod learn there is a link between this latest threat and Jenny. And another secret is uncovered within Washington's Bible.
After a long vacay, hopefully Abbie and Ichabod -- the dashing male protagonist desperately needs a nickname, and Icky just does not work -- are well rested. Abbie's soul is in danger, and this comes from a very reliable source: Moloch himself. The previous episode also foreshadowed, by a possessed hot chocolate vendor, that something wicked is coming for Irving's daughter, Macy (Amandla Stenberg). This news came in the midst of the police captain's realization that fighting demons is likely to shorten the life spans of all the good guys, including himself. »
After passing over a comedy pilot from Craig Robinson last spring, NBC has changed its mind and given the show a six-episode order.
"Mr. Robinson" stars "The Office" alum Robinson as a musician who gets a job teaching at a middle school, where he chafes under the school's rules. As seen on "The Office" and occasionally in his stand-up comedy, Robinson has some musical chops himself.
The pickup comes with some changes behind the scenes. Robb and Mark Cullen, coming off ABC's canceled "Back in the Game," are joining the series as executive producers and showrunners, while "Office" Ep Greg Daniels has left the project. (Another "Office" veteran, Owen Ellickson, wrote the pilot script.)
Robinson and the Cullens previously worked together on "Lucky," an FX comedy that ran for one season in 2003.
Last May, when NBC released its official 2013/2014 schedule lineup, it looked like Craig Robinson's comedy series, from creators of The Office, was dead, because it wasn't on the list. Skip ahead to July, to news that the series actually could see the light of day, as NBC had reportedly ordered 3 additional scripts for the untitled series, and extended its options on the entire cast, which includes Amandla Stenberg and Larenz Tate. Skip ahead, finally, to today, to news that NBC has taking another leap forward, and ordered 6 episodes of the series, which is now titled Mr. Robinson. First announced as a possibility in the fall of 2012, NBC gave a pilot order to a new comedy series from The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, penned by Owen Ellickson (supervising producer for The Office), and starring funnyman/actor Craig Robinson. The project was to follow a talented musician (played by...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Last May, when NBC released its official 2013/2014 schedule lineup, it looked like Craig Robinson's comedy series, from creators of The Office, was dead, because it wasn't on the list. Skip ahead to July, to news that the series actually could see the light of day, as NBC had reportedly ordered 3 additional scripts for the untitled series, and extended its options on the entire cast, which includes Amandla Stenberg and Larenz Tate. Skip ahead, finally, to today, to news that NBC has taking another leap forward, and ordered 6 episodes of the series, which is now titled Mr. Robinson. First announced as a possibility in the fall of 2012, NBC gave »
- Tambay A. Obenson
17 items from 2014
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