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Fox’s “Red Band Society” has already drawn comparisons to “Glee,” “The Breakfast Club” and “My So-Called Life,” but the show’s stars believe this is a story unlike anything viewers have seen before. The series, created by Margaret Nagle and produced by Steven Spielberg, focuses on the young inhabitants of a hospital’s pediatric ward and the staff members who often serve as their teachers, mentors and surrogate parents, in addition to overseeing their medical care.
Variety sat down with “Red Band” stars Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour to learn more about their characters (Spencer plays the no-nonsense Nurse Jackson, and Annable plays Dr. Jack McAndrew, the country’s top pediatric surgeon) as well as their experiences working on the dramedy, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox.
What primarily attracted you to the project?
Octavia Spencer: I know »
- Laura Prudom
In terms of manipulating an audience, few things are more reliable than sick or imperiled kids. With that as a given, Fox’s “Red Band Society” labors to feel uplifting, not depressing, by filtering a “The Breakfast Club”-like erosion of high-school caste systems through the leveling effect of a potentially fatal diagnosis. Narrated by a young boy in a coma (a device somewhere between “Reversal of Fortune” and “The Lovely Bones”), the pilot doesn’t do enough to establish these archetypal characters — adults or children. And there’s cause to doubt whether the show will have the time to effectively bridge that gap.
Developed by Margaret Nagle from a Spanish series, and counting the very busy Steven Spielberg among its producers, the program operates on two tracks: focusing on the children brought together by illness — creating an environment, as one helpfully notes, where “the walls break down” — and on »
- Brian Lowry
Among the main characters of Fox's new drama "Red Band Society" (Wednesday at 9 p.m.), two suffer from cancer, one needs a heart transplant, and one is in a prolonged coma. All of them are 16 years old or younger. Fictional stories about seriously ill people are already fraught with emotion. When the ill people are kids, the inherent emotions are so overwhelming that a storyteller has to either address them head-on or work around them. You can heighten everything else to try to equal the feeling of tragedy and wasted potential, or you can underplay everything to keep the story from drowning in sadness. "Red Band Society," adapted by Margaret Nagle from the Spanish-language series “Polseres Vermelles," tries both approaches at once, with mixed but mostly promising results. If it can pull back on some of its excesses — if it can be the good version of "Glee," rather than the bad version, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Happy anniversary to Iggy Azalea and Nick Young! The Aussie rapper and her Lakers beau celebrated one year of love over the weekend, and it was absolutely adorable. Iggy posted a photo of the duo in front of a Target, and in case you forgot, that was where they had their first date. "It's our anniversary #SeriousTho #LoveYouBoo," she wrote with the snapshot. The 23-year-old star revealed on 105.1's morning show, The Breakfast Club, back in April how the unconventional first meeting came about. "I was like 'Target is my favorite place! I want to go to Target,' so I made him [go]. You can learn so much about someone at Target!" she explained. "You can really get to know »
Summer holidays, barbecues on the beach and weekends decimated by relentless weddings: this is August for some. For other, more discerning types, it is about Frightfest, otherwise known as the chance to spend those rare sunny days ensconced in a darkened room for a horror movie marathon. This year’s Leicester Square event featured the usual mix of gonzo gore, copycat-killings and premiere screenings of future favourites; we managed to catch a few highlights.
The latest film from writer and director Riley Stearns (Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s husband, fact fans), Faults, received a European premiere last month. Massively enjoyable from start to finish, Stearns’ black comedy mostly eschews the genre necessity of scattergun bloody slayings in favour of an intelligent script focusing on the gaping voids left in desperate characters’ lives. »
Red Band Society Fox Premieres: Sept. 17 Airs: Wednesdays at 9pm Et/Pt From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Fox’ unique new dramedy Red Band Society stars Academy Award-winning Octavia Spencer (The Help), Brothers & Sisters’ Dave Annable and a cast of fresh young faces in a funny, touching coming-of-age story that should appeal to all ages. Based on the award-winning Spanish series Polseres Vermelles — and bringing to mind The Breakfast Club — Red Band Society is narrated by comatose 12-year-old Charlie (Griffin Gluck, Private Practice), who observes his fellow patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los … Continue reading →
The post Bonded by the band: Red Band Society on Fox is a family friendly charmer appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Amanda Watter
Zachary Leeman chats with Jack Reher about his new novel Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance…
Jack Reher has graciously taken time to speak with us before about everything from how he became a screenwriter to the public release of his script for the Pin remake.
Now the writer finds himself filling some different shoes as a novelist. The work is titled Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance and Reher had some interesting things to say about the throwback story to 80s genre films by everyone from Steven Spielberg to Joe Dante.
Zachary Leeman: Tell me how Rex’d came together.
Jack Reher: Rex’d was originally a script I wrote. You know, it was at the tail end of last »
- Gary Collinson
When people talk about Blue Is The Warmest Color, they inevitably talk about its instantly infamous long-take sex scenes, pointing to the film’s literal physical rawness and body-centric honesty as being the essential hallmark of last year’s Film Most Likely to Make You Blush Awkwardly. Although Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or-winning feature certainly packed a big, sexy punch, underneath all that actual nakedness lurked emotional truths that extended far beyond its ill-fated love story. The film’s first act, a high school-set tale of tangled emotions and major metamorphoses, is chief among its greatest strengths, even if its relatively low-key charms were overlooked in favor of more full-bodied elements Melanie Laurent’s gorgeous, twisted and confident Breathe is a natural second act to the early moments of Kechiche’s time-spanning new classic, applying the same level of care and consideration to the hormonally driven closeness of yet another pair of wild teen girls. Laurent »
- Kate Erbland
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Back-to-school: that well-worn term that means fresh school supplies, new classes, old friends and falling leaves. Students stock their lockers again in August and September after a refreshing summer (remember summer break? Do you?). But for those who have graduated high school... well, high school was a trial by fire. If you "Can't Hardly Wait" to head to "Animal House," you've gotta take a load of "Brick." You can't go "Old School" until you've learned "The Perks of Being a Wall Flower." You haven't achieved "Higher Learning" without having started out "Clueless." To get to "22 Jump Street," you have to have attended "21 Jump Street," you know? HitFix staffers traveled back in time to explain how flicks like "Mean Girls," "Easy A," "Carrie," "Three O'Clock High," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Faculty" are secretly the most traumatizing and mortifying films, because of those high school life lessons. »
- Katie Hasty
Even though scripts play an incredibly important part of the movie making process, sometimes a little improvisation is just what a movie scene needs to take it from good to great. CineFix has put together a fantastic video that highlights the 10 greatest improvised scenes in film history. I think they did a great job putting this together, and I can't think of anything that I would add to it. Check it out! I've included the list of films mentioned in the video below.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not learning their lines, we can’t fault what came of it in this instance… »
- Joey Paur
Last week, I put some miles on my DeLorean Gif, traveling through the last 30 years checking out the soundtracks to hit No. 1 since the reign of Purple Rain. It got you guys talking! It got me Spotifying! So, for this week’s installment of Somewhere in Time, I’m following it up with a look at 25 other significant, hit-spawning soundtracks from the past 30 years that, for one reason or another, failed to make it to the top of the charts, even though it seemed like you and everyone you know listened to them all the time. (I’m also including, way at the end, two soundtracks that did hit number one but that I failed to include last time because I’m only human, guys.) We begin on a chilly Chicagoland Saturday morning in 1985 …The Breakfast Club (1985) Synopsis: Troubled kids smoke pot in detention, somehow avoid panic attacks. Monster hit: »
- Dave Holmes
Arizona-based production company Infinite Spectrum Productions has announced that Eric Fox of Syfy's "Face Off" Season 4 fame is joining the creative team of Evil Breakfast Dead Club as the Special Makeup Effects Supervisor.
"When I read the script, I knew it was going to be some good old fashioned fun," said Fox when interviewed. "I'm looking forward to bringing my A-game."
Fox is a great addition to the team that will bring to life a script that, this week, Craig Cheney, author of Blood Spatter: A Guide to Cinematic, Zombie, Violence, Gore and Special Effects, summed up this way: “There are many things that go together, peanut butter and jelly, gin and tonic, Captain and Tennille, The Breakfast Club and The Evil Dead.”
Look for more on this one soon!
They were five students with nothing in common. »
- Steve Barton
On the silver screen, the transition from child to adult has traditionally come via a single maturing experience, but this is far from the truth and things are changing
Inbetweeners 2: Eight things British people can't help doing abroad
The truism about coming-of-age movies is that they always parrot the same line: that things were never the same again after that summer. Whether it's Stand By Me (four boys on a quest to find a corpse in the woods), The Breakfast Club (five strangers turn bonding, emoting and over-sharing into an art form during one school detention), This Is England (impressionable tyke falls in with older skinheads) or Y Tu Mamá También (two libidinous lads grow up quickly on a Mexican road trip with an older woman), the governing philosophy remains more or less steadfast: that the grown-up world is compromised after the freedoms of youth. That we emerge transformed »
- Ryan Gilbey
If you’re a child of the 80s, like myself, then your know all about what makes a good movie about friends. No, forget that Friends TV show and its unrealistic sitcom stereotypes. I’m talking about films like the 1985 classics The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’S Fire, or Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) or even Revenge Of The Nerds (1984). We knew what friends on film were all about in the 80s, but whatever happened to that great emotionally-driven, sentimental sub-genre of dramatic comedies?
I have the answer… thank god for filmmaking dynasties. In the tradition of great directors passing the torch to their children, award-winning director Edward Zwick has clearly fostered promising talent in his son Jesse Zwick, whose feature film debut About Alex manages to instill a renewed sense of sentimentality into the friendship dramedy genre. With a youthful voice, writer and director Jesse Zwick recycles what »
- Travis Keune
Over at The Telegraph, Robbie Collin has chosen to take on the impossible, he's set out to create a list of films that tells the story of Hollywood "in terms of how one picture or director led to the next." It's a daunting task that creates an interesting narrative and he prefaces his ten selections saying: ...none of the individual works is "great" or "important" enough to drown out the others. I've avoided films such as Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Singin' in the Rain, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, not just because we already know they're great, but because their greatness might throw the story off-balance - although I wouldn't hesitate to describe any of the films that are on this list as a masterpiece. So how does his list shape outc Have a look: One Week (1920) - dir. Buster Keaton It Happened One Night (1934) - dir. »
- Brad Brevet
Everybody knows that Marvel's at the top of the film world right now, and fans are hungry to learn what's next, even if it means piecing together the tiniest details. There's another Avengers coming next summer, introductory movies for Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, a third Captain America and a second Guardians Of The Galaxy. Beyond that, who knows? Could Black Panther be next at bat? And is Chadwick Boseman involved? Boseman was doing promotion for Get On Up recently on The Breakfast Club (via Flickering Myth) when he was asked about the famous Marvel hero. His response was coy, but maybe telling? "Ahhh, I don.t know anything about that.Until the contract is signed, I don.t know." This just in . Chadwick Boseman has just confirmed that he is indeed Black Panther. All kidding aside, by "contract" he could just be speaking of a hypothetical contract. As in, "I »
Currently doing promotional work for his latest movie Get On Up – the James Brown biopic – American actor Chadwick Boseman may have let slip that he is in talks with Marvel about portraying the Black Panther. While being interviewed on radio show The Breakfast Club, Boseman was asked about the rumours linking him with the role and he didn’t deny his involvement:
“Ahhh, I don’t know anything about that…Until the contract is signed, I don’t know.”
Not only does he not deny the rumours, he actually hints that contract negotiations have taken place. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean he’s telling the truth. He could just be having a bit of fun with us all. Boseman has been rumoured for the role for some time now along with a slew of other talented actors including John Boyega (Star Wars:Episode VII) and Morris Chestnut (The Best Man Holiday »
- Gavin Logan
42 and Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman’s name has been brought up several times now when mentioning Marvel’s Black Panther, a film that is all-but-confirmed to be coming down the studio’s extensive and ever-growing pipeline. The rumors began back in May of 2013, resurfaced in April and then came up again just before San Diego Comic-Con last weekend. Boseman himself has remained coy about the possibility of taking the coveted role, but the actor may have let something slip in a new interview.
While doing press for Get On Up (which just hit theaters on Friday), he visited “The Breakfast Club” morning show in New York City, and was caught off guard when host Charlamagne Tha God (yep) asked about the validity of the rumors that he would play T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther for Marvel. His response? A nervous denial, a wide grin, and one little Freudian slip:
- James Garcia
Fans of Anson Mount know him as Bohannon on the AMC Western Hell on Wheels. But they may have also heard that he’s a huge fan of The Breakfast Club. EW had, which is why we asked him to perform a classic Bender-Claire scene with us when he popped by Entertainment Weekly Radio. It’s the best Nsfw thing you’ll hear all day.
Mount also talked about the joys of working with a baby and bringing his dog, Mac, to set. (Read our Hell on Wheels season 4 scoop here and here.)
Bonus: He played our “You Said It! »
- Mandi Bierly
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