17 items from 2015
Big business, snapping fingers, and nationalistic freak-outs are just a few of the highlights in the trailer for the new micro-budget film "Slackjaw," which premieres at this year's iteration of the Locarno International Film Festival. Front and center of Zach Weintraub's new film is "The Chris Gethard Show" regular Robert Malone and behind the camera is the director's regular, brilliant collaborator, Nandan Rao ("Green," "Hawaiian Punch"). Take a peek at the synopsis: A mildly absurd bromantic dramedy about the path to personal responsibility amidst the divisive fog of a politicized landscape. For the uninitiated, Zach's been at it for awhile, notching four films on his belt since 2010. His first, "Bummer Summer," chronicles a love triangle and is especially notable for being one of the very few films in a sea of many to get young love, longing, and ennui right. The fourth film, "You Make Me Feel So Young, »
- Christopher Bell
Jurassic World is open for Big business! Moviegoers have obviously been anticipating the return of the dinosaurs, putting Jurassic World on top at the box office this weekend with an estimated $204.6 million! That astonishing figure makes it the second-highest opening ever, nestled between two Avengers movies ($207 million for the first and $191 million for Age Of Ultron). Its Friday haul of $64.1... Read More »
- Dave Davis
Another original hero is being Reborn this fall.
Airing Thursdays this fall, Reborn is a continuation of NBC’s superhero drama, which originally ran for four seasons from 2006 to 2010.
In addition to Grunberg reprising his Heroes role, Jack Coleman will be back as Noah Bennet, Masi Oka will return as Hiro Nakamura and Jimmy Jean-Louis will once again play the mind-erasing Haitian. »
Taye Diggs will return to Broadway this summer in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival. Diggs will play the title role in the acclaimed musical for a limited 12-week engagement starting July 22 at the Belasco Theatre in New York. This will mark Diggs’ first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of “A Soldier’s Play.” The actor is currently in production on the second season of Steven Bochco’s crime drama “Murder in the First,” which will premiere June 8 on TNT. See photos: 11 Hollywood Stars Who Did Big Business on Broadway in 2014 Diggs made his Broadway. »
- Joe Otterson
'The Insider' movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe 'The Insider' movie: 1999 exposé of CBS news show barks, but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: "It's old news. ... We'll be ok," says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the CBS news show 60 Minutes. "These things have a half-life of 15 minutes." "No, that's fame," replies 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). "Fame has a 15-minute half-life. Infamy lasts a little longer." The infamous "things" referred to by Hewitt and Wallace are the series of scandals that erupted in early 1996, when it was revealed that CBS had refused to air an interview with a tobacco company whistleblower because the network feared the (financial) consequences. What Freedom of the Press? Based on Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article about the events that led up to that embarrassing – and disturbing – incident, The Insider tells the story of scientist Jeffrey Wigand »
- Andre Soares
Six episodes were provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.
What’s the perfect place for a comedy centered around a quartet of septuagenarians who, upon discovering the husbands of each couple are in love and plan on getting married, must navigate the murky waters of a dysfunctional family and learn to cope with a completely new life late in their own? I don’t blame you if “Netflix,” wasn’t your first answer. The surprising thing is, though, that the company has backed a sincere and sweet little comedy in Grace and Frankie. While far from edgy or fast-paced, the series journeys to some relatively uncharted territories in regards to sexual, marital, and familial politics that are usually avoided by other, more toothless sitcoms.
- Mitchel Broussard
TV Rewind: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Standardized Testing Big Business. A big bad business at that. Kids and teachers are equally shortchanged in this startling expose Oliver brings to light as testing has been co-opted by corporations like Pearson who create cockamamie tests with flawed data that has no bearing on where a child’s intelligence actually is.In Maine, there is a bill in play with regards to this over-testing has snowballed across the country, with more and more parents choosing to opt their children out of the new Common Core tests. Many school districts are reporting opt-out rates […] »
- April Neale
If you’re of the mind that ballet is all about poufy tutus and curtain calls, Starz’s Flesh and Bone would like you to think again.
Insults are yelled, chairs are thrown — though all of the abuse at the studio seems to pale in comparison to what’s going on for Claire at home. (Might the door-banger be the mysterious, unwelcome visitor from her past?)
The curtain will rise on Flesh and Bone, Starz’s limited series about the competitive world of professional ballet, on Sunday, Nov. 8, the network announced Thursday.
The drama follows young, talented, self-destructive dancer Claire (played by Sarah Hay, Black Swan) as she navigates “the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.” Over the course of the eight-hour series, Claire is pushed to her limits by her ballet company’s artistic director (Ben Daniels, House of Cards) and shaken by the arrival of an unwelcome visitor from her past.
Daniel J. Harris on making money vs passion projects…
As filmmakers we all start out with grand ideas of making the next big hit at Sundance or becoming the new Tarantino, maybe even getting a studio offer. Some are in it for the art, some for the glory, others for the money. Or so they say.
The reality can be very different. We all need to get paid! I can’t pay my rent with pats on the back I’ve received at the latest round of Chapter Moviemaker in Cardiff, and my mobile phone contract provider doesn’t accept Facebook likes from my latest video posted as currency. It’s a shame really, but a reality.
So… we all need paying jobs in order to work in the industry. Or we work a regular day job and use our spare time for filmmaking. When you’re pulling in a wage from within, »
- Gary Collinson
It’s to be expected that Larry David’s new play is laugh-out-loud funny. The big surprise, though, is just how sturdy and conventional his stage comedy is in an old-fashioned Broadway kind of way. David may have written cutting-edge TV, but “Fish in the Dark,” which opened Thursday at the Cort Theatre, is anything but cutting-edge theater. Maybe “vintage” is a better word than “old fashioned” to describe “Fish,” which sports no fewer than 18 actors, a luxury that recalls the boulevard comedies of the 1930s. See photos: 11 Hollywood Stars Who Did Big Business on Broadway in 2014 (Photos) Actually, “Fish” recalls. »
- Robert Hofler
This is easily my favorite episode of the entire series so far. As soon as I saw Susie Essman’s face, I started smiling, and not just because she’s Big Business long-lost twins with Ilana (even though she’s playing her mom, Bobbie). I fell in love with Susie Essman in the '80s, when I stayed up past my bedtime and saw her on Stand Up Spotlight or Caroline’s; she scrunched up her face and said disparaging things about men that just lit up my burgeoning misandrist heart. I’d let her drag me down a manhole for a good price on knockoff bags any day of the week!Ilana and Bobbie are pretty much the same person, or at least have enough of the same behavioral twitches for you to clearly identify that, oh, they belong to each other, from the way they shake their nail »
- Danielle Henderson
The drama can be described as “Whiplash” meets “The Heiress,” as the writer goes straight for the jugular through the heart
jugularAside from the fact that Halley Feiffer could be writing about herself and her famous father, Jules Feiffer, the new play “I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard,” is funny, scary, and completely over the top in its own right.
“I’m Gonna Pray,” which opened Tuesday at Atlantic Stage 2 in New York, doesn’t need the Feiffer backstory to be enjoyed, although it is a pleasure in the play’s first few minutes to eavesdrop on what »
- Robert Hofler
There’s an old Hollywood truism that good movies are made from second-rate books, not the classics. On Broadway, the new musical “Honeymoon in Vegas,” which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre in New York, uses a second-rate movie from 1992 for its source material. Have its makers been able to turn it into a good musical? Or is this one effort that should have stayed in Vegas?
- Robert Hofler
PaleyFest 2015 heads to Hollywood’s Dolby Theater for its 32nd year, with screenings and panels to be held March 6-15.
See photos: 11 Hollywood Stars Who Did Big Business on Broadway in 2014 (Photos)
The Paley Center for Media has partnered with Yahoo Screen to livestream the star-studded panels, with viewing available on web and mobile, as well the Paley and Yahoo Screen apps.
Also Read: Honey Maid to Sponsor Paley Center’s »
- Matt Donnelly
Broadway show “The Last Ship,” which was composed by rocker Sting, is set to sail away from Broadway later this month.
The musical will batten down its hatches on Jan. 24, despite Sting‘s best efforts to boost ticket sales. In a rare play to grow awareness, the lead singer of The Police actually joined the cast in November as dock foreman. Clearly, the outside-the-box maneuver didn’t move the needle enough to keep the show afloat. Ok, that’s enough boating metaphors for one post — for now.
Also Read: 11 Hollywood Stars Who Did Big Business on Broadway in 2014 (Photos)
- Tony Maglio
Veteran television writer and producer Norman Lear will receive the Evelyn F. Burkey Award at the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards in New York City on Feb. 14.
The award recognizes a person or organization whose contributions have brought honor and dignity to writers.
“Over several decades, the Writers Guild, East has presented the Burkey Award to celebrate the achievements of leaders – in the arts or politics – who have advanced the causes of creativity and freedom of speech,” said Writers Guild of America, East president Michael Winship. “This year, by honoring Norman Lear, we choose a man who spans the worlds »
- Jethro Nededog
17 items from 2015
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