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• Pick your top 10 films of 2013
A sequel to execrable Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, a documentary about the life of iconic Us author Jd Salinger and the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's latest teen-orientated tome have been named among the worst movies of the year by Time magazine.
The magazine's annual list of the top 10 most awful films also features a joint venture by M Night Shyamalan and Will Smith, an action movie starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds and a thriller based on the much-hyped but ultimately poorly-reviewed debut original screenplay from acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy.
- Ben Child
By Rachel Bennett
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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”
Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.
Creating TV adaptations of beloved literature is not a new phenomenon, but it’s one TV executives should increasingly consider in the face of a disappointing fall season.
Why? Because of all of the new offerings this season, a »
- Rachel Bennett
By Mark Pinkert
Until recently, the television miniseries seemed to be a dying artform. During the first decade of the 21st century, Band of Brothers (2002) was the only miniseries to receive broad critical and public acclaim. And by 2011, the Television Academy struggled so mightily to fill its outstanding miniseries Emmy category with worthy releases — nominating only four films in 2009 and 2010, respectively — that it eventually decided to combine it with its television movies category in 2011. Since 2011, though, the miniseries has surged back to life. Among others, BBC America’s Luther (2010-2011), HBO’s Mildred Pierce (2011) and History’s Hatfields & McCoys (2012) proved to be giant hits, garnering attention not just from critics but also from massive audiences, and helped to breathe new life into the genre.
The 2013 Primetime Emmys, which air this Sunday, includes among its nominees some of the most widely-seen and/or acclaimed miniseries of all-time: FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, »
- Mark Pinkert
“It’s kind of like a detective movie but it’s set in the Appalachians,” is the way Sam Rockwell encapsulates his latest film, A Single Shot. Rockwell plays John, a true anti-hero who gets in way over his head after a hunting accident and finding a good deal of cash. What follows that opening is a dirty film noir, where you rarely know who to trust, despite having a positive attitude to all the familiar faces Rockwell is surrounded by in the film: Jeffrey Wright, William H. Macy, Joe Anderson, and Jason Isaacs. It’s an impressive ensemble that Rockwell relished working with. This adaptation was another opportunity for the acclaimed actor to transform himself in subtle ways, which, as Rockwell puts it, is always a bonus. Here’s what else Sam Rockwell had to say about A Single Shot, performing adaptations, and having to take risks: Which movies or characters did you watch for preparation »
- Jack Giroux
Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman is only just in post-production at Luc Besson's Europacorp, but it seems that the actor/director is of a mind to stay in Western territory. Warner Bros. have just announced that Jones is now developing a remake of The Cowboys, the 1972 film that starred The Duke himself, John Wayne.The original, directed by Mark Rydell, was one of Wayne's final films, made only four years before his death. It co-starred Bruce Dern and Western stalwart Slim Pickens, but the cowboys of the title are the schoolkids that Wayne reluctantly recruits for a cattle drive. As the journey progresses, the boys learn to become men - as long as your definition of "becoming a man" is "learning to fight". The film spun off into a short-lived TV series in 1974.The Homesman aside, Jones is of course no stranger to the Western, having starred in the classic mini-series Lonesome Dove, »
The original also starred Bruce Dern and followed a rancher who is forced to train a group of boys and get a herd to market on time to avoid financial ruin after his cattle drivers leave to look for gold. It’s unknown if Jones would also star.
- Justin Kroll
It’s Madonna‘s 55th birthday, an occasion that you should make you dance, sing, get up, do your thing, strike a pose, take a bow, push your love over the borderline, give it 2 me, and fly like a zephyr in the sky at night. Madonna is Elvis with brains, Michael Jackson with gravitas, Lady Gaga with legend, and Aphrodite in stagewear. She is bigger than mythology, perhaps the greatest celebrity of all time, and the hardest-working self-expresser we know. Today we celebrate her unbeatable career with another seismic countdown: her 55 greatest videos ever. Have your picks all lined up? Good. Get ready to compare notes.
We start the countdown with speedy blurbs of the mentioned videos, but once we hit the #25 mark, we enter serious discussion about the legendary clips, choreography, and poses at hand. This is Madonna, the eternal doyenne of music video, and these are her 55 best videos. »
- Louis Virtel
Casting alert! “Kickback,” a thriller/drama written and directed by Raza Mallal, has found its cast! Mischa Barton, Sean Astin, John Hannah, Michael Biehn, Stelio Savante and Noureen DeWulf have joined film’s cast. The Talking Lens Productions thriller will begin filming in Europe this fall. Here’s the synopsis of “Kickback”: “Based on a true story, Kickback follows a renegade Moscow detective investigating the murder of a female war journalist. He becomes embroiled in a web of counter espionage involving chemical warfare, and the assassination of the Russian president.” “Kickback” is being lensed by acclaimed director of photography and Emmy nominee (“Lonesome Dove”) Douglas Milsome. Mallal is co-producing the film with Kevan [ Read More ]
The post Cast Announced for Thriller/Drama Kickback appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Sonar Entertainment has launched "Minis + Movies," a new paid YouTube channel featuring miniseries and TV movies, the company said Monday. "Lonesome Dove," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall, "Tin Man," starring Zooey Deschanel" and "True Women," starring Angelina Jolie, are among the initial titles available to subscribers. Additional titles will become available each month. Subscribers can fork over either $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year for the channel, the latest pay channel on the world's largest video platform. Also read: Will People Pay for YouTube? Some of Its Biggest Stars Are »
- Lucas Shaw
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has decided to put together a list of 101 best scripted television shows of all time. Members of the WGA took part in an online survey in order to rank the many shows and HBO's "The Sopranos" came out on top, earning the title of WGA best scripted TV series in history. "Seinfeld" took second place, topping the list of the best sitcoms, beating "M*A*S*H" (5th), "Cheers" (8th), and "Friends" (24th). "The Twilight Zone" landed in third place. The show has been around since the 50's and is still on the air today. It's been rebooted twice and Bryan Singer is currently in the works on a fourth version. Check out the full list below and let us know if you believe something is missing or is not properly placed. 1. The Sopranos 2. Seinfeld 3. The Twilight Zone 4. All in the Family 5. M*A »
Last night the Writers Guild of America unveiled a list of what they are calling the 101 "Best Written TV Series of All Time."
The choices are mostly excellent, but like with any list - the ordering is highly debatable. "The Sopranos" and "Seinfeld" took the top two spots whilst current acclaimed shows like "Mad Men," "The Wire," "The Simpsons," "Breaking Bad" mixed with old classics like "The Twilight Zone," "Mas*H," "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues".
Of course, everyone has their own take. I think some shows should be higher than they are such as "Deadwood," "The X-Files," "Game of Thrones" and "I Claudius". There's also some glaring omissions - the UK "The Office" makes it, but the far superior writing in the likes of Brit comedies like "Black Adder," "Yes Minister" and "The Thick of It" does not?
Here's the complete list, what do you think?
- Garth Franklin
Let the debate begin!
The Writers Guild of America has come out with its 101 Best-Written TV shows of all-time, putting this HBO drama at the very top of the list.
And while plenty of arguments will likely get underway regarding certain slots (The Shield isn't in the Top 10?!?), it will be difficult for anyone to truly take issue with The Sopranos at number-one.
Sit back now and consider the full list:
1. The Sopranos
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Mad Men
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
11. The Simpsons
12. I Love Lucy
13. Breaking Bad
18. Six Feet Under
21. 30 Rock
22. Friday Night Lights
26. The X-Files
29. The Cosby Show
31. The Honeymooners »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
The Writers Guild of America has released its list of the 101 best-written TV shows of all time. Over half the list is from the last decade, which the WGA says is due to the "sharp growth in original programming on bath basic and pay cable television," where writes are "given more latitude to explore the moral complexities of the worlds they created."
However, the WGA also points out that shows from TV's previous great eras are all the more impressive because of the constraints under which these previous generations of TV writers had to work.
Here is the complete list, though check out the WGA post for more details about why each show was included. What do you think got left off that should've been included? Do you take issue with any of the ordering?
1. The Sopranos
6. The »
The Writers Guild of America unveiled its picks for the 101 best-written TV series of all time over the weekend, and The Sopranos whacked the competition.
HBO’s seminal mob drama snagged the top spot on the highly subjective and sure-to-be-picked-apart list (Sex and the City ahead of Game of Thrones? Dexter ahead of The Shield? Bupkis for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?)
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Review the selections below and then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.
1. The Sopranos
5. M*A »
- Michael Ausiello
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
AMC is opening up a third night of original programming on Saturdays, hoping to make inroads on a night the broadcast networks have long since abandoned.
The cable channel is moving its series "Hell on Wheels" to Saturdays for Season 3, which will premiere Aug. 3. The show will be the capper for a day of western-themed programming on the network, including movies, classic TV series like "The Rifleman" and "Rawhide" and miniseries including "Lonesome Dove" and its sequel, "Return to Lonesome Dove."
"A new episode of 'Hell on Wheels' on Saturday night after a full day of western fan favorites is going to be like the saddle on top of the horse," AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier says. "This is a programmer's dream -- to have a genre-specific, 14-hour lead-in to one of your highest rated originals. We are so excited about this opportunity to entertain AMC »
The cabler has typically shown off its movie roots on Saturdays, with a particular focus on Westerns, but is evolving to include in its programming that night original series “Hell,” which will air along with such newly incorporated Paramount Picture films such as “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “The Shootist.”
In addition, AMC has acquired TV series “Rawhide,” starring Clint Eastwood, which joins “The Rifleman” on Saturdays beginning April 20, and will also air miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and for the first time “Return to Lonesome Dove.”
- Jon Weisman
Julie White was having a terrific week: Her character, Anne on NBC's "Go On," had an important storyline; her indie film, "Language of a Broken Heart," opened; and her voice was the only other one heard in Holland Taylor's one-woman Broadway show, "Ann."
White, who has been an actor for decades, is happy.
"I love that my character is such an unusual character on television," White tells Zap2it of Anne, a lesbian whose partner died. "She is really a woman not about the male gaze at all, and with no apology at all. She is not part of the landscape.
"After you have acted as long as I have, your criteria for a part is, 'Please let it not be embarrassing in any way!' " White says.
White grew up »
The Ricky Schroder family write, produce, star and even arrange craft food services for original film “Our Wild Hearts.” Ricky Schroder is a rarity in Hollywood. From the minute audiences set eyes on him in 1979’s The Champ to his continued successes in TV series like Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove and NYPD Blue, his charming childhood grin and endearing personality have made him easy to love. I cornered him at a Hallmark Channel party earlier this year, where Schroder beamed with pride over his current passion project — Our Wild Hearts — a movie he wrote, produced and stars in [...] »
- Barb Oates
Want to feel really old?Little Ricky Schroder, who starred in "The Champ" and "Silver Spoons," was honored at NYC's Friars Club's "So You Think You Can Roast!?" series on Friday night.Rick, as he goes by now, is 42 years old and has four children ... one of whom is 21 years old! He was one of the most prolific child actors and resurrected his career in the '90s by appearing in the "Lonesome Dove" TV movie and "NYPD Blue."Rick was joined by his "Silver Spoons" parents -- Joel Higgins and Erin Gray -- at the roast. Before the night wrapped, Schroder left the crowd laughing with one final reminder: "For those of you still wondering who I am, I'm not the kid from 'A Christmas Story'!"His fellow child actors -- Alfonso Ribeiro and Jason Bateman -- also found huge success. Find out what happened to the »
- tooFab Staff
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