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‘Brothers & Sisters’ Star Dave Annable Cast in Steven Spielberg's ‘Red Band Society’
Fox has cast Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters”) as a series regular in the upcoming Fox drama “Red Band Society.” Annable will play Dr. William McAndrew, a compassionate and dedicated pediatric oncologist and surgeon. McAndrew tries not to get too attached to his young patients, but finds it impossible not to. The Abcs/Amblin Television drama has a pilot order, plus additional scripts. “Red Band Society” surrounds a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital and become unlikely allies and friends. The show is intended to be a combination of a comedy, »
- Tony Maglio
'Mad Men' Season 7 gets trippy new Milton Glaser key art
AMC is getting aggressive with its end-of-week teases for the upcoming seventh season of "Mad Men." On Thursday, AMC debuted the first essentially meaningless teaser for the season -- Don Draper getting off of a plane in a mystery location -- as well as a similar first image. On Friday, AMC released some trippy new key art for the season, which will premiere on Sunday, April 13, kicking off a seven-episode 2014 run. The key art comes courtesy of graphic artist Milton Glaser. AMC notes that "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner grew up with a Glaser poster in his childhood home and recruited him for this colorful work. This, of course, should give clue-seekers plenty to contemplate. Glaser has primarily been associated with New York City, having helped found New York Magazine in 1968 and designing the iconic "I [Heart] NY" logo in 1977. Does that quash speculation stemming from the West Coast vibe of yesterday's tease and picture? »
- Daniel Fienberg
SXSW: Fun and Videogames with Jason Bateman at ‘Bad Words’ Premiere
Austin – If it were up to Rohan Chand, the boy wonder and spelling bee champion who befriends Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) in “Bad Words,” everyone at the film’s SXSW after-party would be sitting in front of their Dell-gifted tablets playing video games.
“They’re my favorite part of the festival,” Chand said, once again mentioning the computer brand. “They gave me an 18-inch tablet. It’s awesome.” The child actor, who also played a role opposite Mark Wahlberg in “Lone Survivor,” cozied up to Bateman, who kept a watchful eye on his young costar.
“I love the way this film played, they laughed at so many different things than the Toronto audience,” Bateman (pictured) told Variety. “Bad Words” first bowed at Toronto last year, an “auspicious debut,” according to Variety‘s chief film critic Justin Chang, for both Bateman as director and Andrew Dodge, the film’s screenwriter.
- Alexandra Cheney
‘Chef’s’ Jon Favreau: ‘I Shoot Food the Way Michael Bay Shoots Women in Bikinis’
Austin – From the moment he stepped onstage at the Paramount Theater, Jon Favreau was looking to entertain. “Chef,” the film he wrote, starred in, co-produced and directed, opened the 2014 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival Friday night, with all but a standing ovation.
“I shoot food the way Michael Bay shoots women in bikinis,” Favreau told Variety at the after-party, held at Mohawk, several blocks from the theater. Prior to the screening, Favreau (pictured) and the cast dined at Franklin’s barbeque, a famous Austin barbeque joint, which makes a cameo in the film, as does musician Gary Clark Jr., who was deep into his second hour of a live performance.
The movie takes place in Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and Austin, follows a chef (Favreau) as he quits his job and travels cross country in a food truck with his son (Emjay Anthony) and his sous chef (John Leguizamo).
After the screening, »
- Alexandra Cheney
Let's Discuss the Crazy Sex Scene in 300: Rise of an Empire
Hollywood could use a new Angelina Jolie — or rather, they could use the old Angelina Jolie, the rebellious, sex-mad Angelina we had before she reinvented herself as a beatifically smiling humanitarian goddess. Where are the avid actresses who can stride on-screen and conquer with a flick of their finger, who can use their carnal craziness to enliven the most unimaginative of B-movies, who can size up their male leads with an "I will fuck you and eat you, and not necessarily in that order" stare? Unto this breach comes this weekend's 300: Rise of an Empire, and while the sorta-sequel might at first seem more than sorta superfluous, by the time its female lead Eva Green is engaging in the movie's centerpiece sex scene, you'll know its purpose: The wild-eyed Green is serving us vintage Jolie on a platter, and the film (and Hollywood) is all the better for »
- Kyle Buchanan
Ramona Singer 'Is Solid' After Split, Says Real Housewives of N.Y.C. Costar Aviva Drescher
Ramona Singer is staying strong post-split. "Ramona is one of those people who, amidst adversity, she triumphs," Real Housewives of New York City costar Aviva Drescher told People at Style for a Cause with Cozy's Cuts for Kids and The Max Cure Foundation. "It's incredible: She is solid." Singer filed for divorce from husband Mario Singer, her husband of 22 years, in January, following reports that she caught him with his girlfriend in the Hamptons. The housewife is moving on just fine, though. "Ramona is surrounded by lots and lots of friends who love her and care for her," says Drescher, »
- Jeff Nelson
Find Out Which One Tree Hill Star Landed a Lead Role in Rob Thomas' iZombie
Robert Buckley is coming back to the CW. The One Tree Hill star has landed the lead role in one of the network's most buzzed-about new projects, Rob Thomas' iZombie, E! News has learned. Two of our favorite TV Robs in one project? Count us in! In the Veronica Mars' creator's new one-hour drama, Buckley will take on the role of Major, a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is the former fiancé of Liv (yet to be cast). While he's still in love with her, Major is attempting to make the transition to the friend zone and is described as perfect in a non-annoying way. (So...basically Robert Buckley?!) Based on the DC Comics' property of the same name, »
Jennifer Lopez's Red Silk Romper: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?
We think we might be totally in love with Jennifer Lopez in this deep red romper but we need some convincing. On the one hand, the "I Luh Ya Papi" singer looks like she's wearing a set of too tight PJs. The shiny fabric feels a tad tacky for out-of-the-bedroom wear. But the old school shape hugs this curvy beauty in all the best places, making her feel like a showgirl from the '40s. Can't you see her popping out of a giant cake to sing a quick little ditty like in "Singin' In the Rain?" Would a modern belt help take this vintage look into 2.0 territory? Or maybe it's the dark shade that needs a reboot? We are used to seeing the queen of The Bronx in something a bit bolder and »
'One Tree Hill's' Robert Buckley to Co-Star in CW's 'iZombie'
One Tree Hill's Robert Buckley is returning to The CW. The actor has boarded the network's Rob Thomas adaptation of iZombie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The supernatural crime procedural, based on the DC Comics title of the same name, centers on Liv, a medical student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the Coroner's Office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat so that she can maintain her humanity. However, with every brain she eats, she inherits the corpse's memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss
- Lesley Goldberg
‘One Tree Hill's’ Robert Buckley Joins CW Pilot ‘iZombie’ From ‘Veronica Mars’ Creator
Robert Buckley has been cast on The CW pilot “iZombie” from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas’ production company and Warner Bros. Television. The project follows Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner's office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse's memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head. See photo: CW's ‘The Flash': First Look Buckley will play Major, the former fiancé of Liv, »
- Jethro Nededog
Fox Renews ‘New Girl,’ ‘Mindy Project,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘The Following’
Fox has picked up “New Girl,” “Mindy Project,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Following” for the 2014-2015 season. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in its inaugural season. Star Andy Samberg also took home the Globe for lead actor. “These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” Kevin Reilly, chairman of Entertainment, and Joe Earley, chief operating officer, Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement. “All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, »
- Tony Maglio
'New Girl, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'Mindy Project' get early renewals
Wow. Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly wasn't kidding when he said he was "bullish" on low-rated Tuesday comedy "The Mindy Project." On Friday (March 7) afternoon, Fox made a quartet of early renewals for the 2014-2015 season, with "The Mindy Project" joining relative no-brainers "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Following." This will be a third season for "The Mindy Project" and "The Following," a fourth season for "New Girl" and a second season for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." "These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera," blurb Reilly and Fox COO Joe Earley. "All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our Fox fans for another season." The renewal announcement didn't include episode counts, though presumably "The Following" will continue with its limited-batch order strategy. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Mexico To Launch Two New TV Channels
Nixing the duopoly of Televisa and TV Azteca over Mexico’s broadcast TV market, Mexico’s new trust-busting TV-telco watchdog, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Ift), announced Friday it had authorized the launch of two new free-to-air broadcast networks in Mexico.
Exacerbated by yet more anti-trust rulings, the historic act of deregulation though largely factored in by the market, is a significant blow for Televisa. If they follow the pattern of most channel launches, in at least first-phase growth, the new channels will depend on acquisitions to fill grids and fire up ratings. Big content suppliers – Hollywood’s studios – and companies that have assiduously built up portfolios of original Mexican content – such as Alex Garcia’s Ag Studio, which has produced a swathe of Mexican movies – may now have two new avid clients.
Setting out a roadmap for the bidding process, basic rules and requirements for licenses will be published next week, »
- John Hopewell
Review: Jon Favreau serves up laughs and tears with his new film 'Chef'
Austin - The Jon Favreau who wrote and directed "Chef" is the same Jon Favreau who helped create "Swingers" and "Made," the same guy who brought a distinctly independent voice to "Iron Man," the same guy who gave "Elf" such an unexpectedly big heart, and the same guy who seemed almost completely submerged in the giant studio product of "Cowboys and Aliens." I have no doubt you'll see plenty of people attempting to turn "Chef" into Favreau's autobiographical reaction to his own career, and while I think there are some valid and interesting parallels, I also think it would be both cheap and easy to assume that this is simply some knee-jerk cry of "But I'm really an Arrrrrrrtist!" "Chef" is a deceptively simple film. Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a chef who works for an upscale Los Angeles restaurant. Anointed a decade earlier as a promising young chef by »
- Drew McWeeny
SXSW Film Review: ‘Chef’
Foodies who feasted on “Big Night,” “Babette’s Feast” and “Eat Drink Man Woman” may flock to “Chef,” a lightweight but high-calorie confection in which the actors often run the risk of being upstaged by all manner of scrumptious-looking cuisine. Written and directed by Jon Favreau, who also stars as a professionally frustrated chef who earns a second helping of happiness while operating a food truck, this amiably rambling dramedy will play best with audiences primed to go with the flow of its leisurely pacing while enjoying the cross-country ride. And, of course, savoring the views of that tempting grub.
The slightly longish setup establishes Carl Casper (Favreau) as a stressed-for-success master chef in a trendy Los Angeles restaurant where he is absolute master of his kitchen — as long as he pleases the establishment’s demanding owner (Dustin Hoffman). When an even more demanding restaurant blogger (Oliver Platt) pans Casper »
- Joe Leydon
10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Fifty Shades' producer not yet in sequel mode
In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: "Fifty Shades of Grey" producers aren't yet sure what to do with the sequel. Also: Steven Spielberg reportedly eyeing "West Side Story" remake at Fox, EW reveals a closer look at Angelina Jolie in her "Maleficent" get-up, Timbaland lending music to HBO's "Empire," Mila Kunis joining fiancee Ashton Kutcher on "Two and a Half Men," "Game of Thrones" goes hip hop, President Obama parties with Aretha Franklin and Ariana Grande, and more. Catch up here: »
- HitFix Staff
Chef: SXSW Review
Austin — A small-scale personal-growth comedy from a filmmaker recently known for SFX blockbusters, Jon Favreau's Chef enlists a top-shelf cast for a film as earnestly emotional as Swingers and his family-centric adventure Zathura. The story, revolving around food but really concerned with any sort of personal creative drive, may lack the ingredients of a mainstream comic hit; but audiences drawn in by its franchise-worthy cast will likely respond warmly. It wouldn't take much effort to parse this film's back-to-your-roots storyline as a response to the critical and commercial failure of Favreau's
- John DeFore
Interview: 'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum discusses Fiona's downward spiral
[This interview contains spoilers for the current fourth season of "Shameless." Don't read if you're not caught up!] Were there any justice or standards in awards voting, Emmy Rossum would already have a trio of Emmy nominations for her raw and fierce performance as Fiona Gallagher on Showtime's "Shameless." She does not. Fortunately, Emmy and Golden Globe voters should know that it's not too late and that Rossum has been doing some of her best work to date in the fourth season of "Shameless." Although occasionally prone to questionable decisions, Fiona was always the glue that held the Gallaghers together, the responsible parental figure making sure lunches were made and utilities were paid. Sure she had questionable taste in men and she liked to get a little wild, but as the fourth season began, Fiona had her family on the verge of leaving the poverty line behind. She had upward mobility at a white collar job, a responsible boyfriend and a positive outlook. Ooops. Since that positive beginning, »
- Daniel Fienberg
SXSW 2014: Veronica Mars
When Rob Thomas announced the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a Veronica Mars movie, I was excited. Not only as a Veronica Mars fan—yes, you can call me a Marshmallow—but also because I knew about the director’s long struggle to get the project to the screen. Although this is the film that started the debate “Should Hollywood Movies use Kickstarter to raise funds?” I have seen filmmakers at all levels struggle for film financing, and quite frankly, I wanted to see the film. And so I became one of the 91,585 backers of the crowd-funding campaign.
Over the past year, Thomas has become an informal pen pal, as he’s sent out over 84 updates to all of the film’s backers, covering everything from securing the funds, casting notices and the production, and they continue as we approach the worldwide release on March 14th, a year to. »
- Michelle Bryant
SXSW Film Review: ‘Kelly & Cal’
The inspired match-up of underserved veteran Juliette Lewis and breakout newcomer Jonny Weston powers “Kelly & Cal,” a warmly observed tale of two outcasts bonding in stifling suburbia. With the sort of relaxed charm that marked the early work of Nicole Holofcener, this disarming pic navigates tricky emotional territory to emerge as an impressive feature debut for helmer Jen McGowan and scribe Amy Lowe Starbin. It deserves a little TLC from a thoughtful distrib able to spotlight the worthy work both in front of and behind the camera.
We meet Kelly (Lewis) just six weeks after she’s given birth to her first child, Jackson. Suffering from a mild case of postpartum depression, she feels disconnected from her newborn, her emotionally distant husband, Josh (Josh Hopkins), and the cozy but utterly foreign suburban neighborhood they’ve recently moved to. It’s not until mischievous teen Cal (Weston) tries to bum a »
- Geoff Berkshire
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