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10 Weirdest High Concepts On Television

20 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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High concept. It’s a term that gets thrown around a fair bit these days. Everyone uses it – but few seem to understand it. So before we talk about ten of the weirdest high concept shows on television, lets look at what “high concept” actually means.

One of the more common explanations is that high concept is anything you can pitch in a single sentence – in other words, you can explain the premise of the show or movie in a simple statement, and therefore you’ve got a work that can be considered high concept. Anyone can understand the premise of the production from that one sentence, and therefore it should have fairly wide appeal (in contract to a concept that needs a fair amount of explanation, and is more difficult to sell). The problem with this definition, however, is that it is overly simplistic. You can, if you try, »

- Jay Anderson

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Season finale review: 'The Leftovers' - 'The Prodigal Son Returns'

7 September 2014 8:48 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Leftovers" wrapped up its first season earlier this evening. A review of the finale coming up just as soon as we have different physiques... In the end, it was the goddamn dog that wrecked me. Love it or hate it — and 50-odd savage minutes of "The Prodigal Son" absolutely affirmed my love for it — "The Leftovers" isn't really like anything else on television, past or present. Structurally, it has a passing resemblance to a few other series (including Damon Lindelof's previous one). But in terms of tone and substance, as well as its focus on the emotional and spiritual health of its characters far ahead of any questions of plot, it's an original. Even with the book to adapt(*), there was no real template for Lindelof and Tom Perrotta to follow in crafting a finale for this season. (*) And, for what it's worth, the finale pretty much exhausts »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Doctor Who’ Hits the Mark With Robin Hood and the Enjoyably Silly “Robot of Sherwood”

6 September 2014 10:15 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When I first got into Doctor Who (only a few years ago), part of the appeal for me was that it had a kind of Quantum Leap deal as far as the main character’s control of where he’d wind up in many episodes. He would try to go to one place and time, but he and his companion would land in another, as if the Tardis was taking them somewhere and somewhen more important to put right what once went wrong. It’s not as fun when, say, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) gets to pick a destination and they actually get there. But this week’s installment, “Robot of Sherwood,” worked for me anyway because of a new twist on the idea. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) doesn’t expect to land where/when they do because he thinks it isn’t real. Or at least he doesn’t think the real place and time is »

- Christopher Campbell

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Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies at 58

28 August 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Stephen Lee, the character actor who hilariously played an overly loquacious cabinet installer on Seinfeld - among dozens of other roles on TV and in the movies - has died at 58. Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, his actress friend Lisa Pescia told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The Englewood, New Jersey, native began his acting career in the early 1980s on dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He had a recurring role as Tony B. on Nash Bridges and also appeared on shows including Quantum Leap, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies at 58

28 August 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Stephen Lee, the character actor who hilariously played an overly loquacious cabinet installer on Seinfeld - among dozens of other roles on TV and in the movies - has died at 58. Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, his actress friend Lisa Pescia told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The Englewood, New Jersey, native began his acting career in the early 1980s on dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He had a recurring role as Tony B. on Nash Bridges and also appeared on shows including Quantum Leap, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Stephen Lee, Character Actor in ‘Burlesque,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ Dies at 58

27 August 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Lee, a talented character actor who spent more than three decades in the business, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 58.

Some of his more notable credits include the films “Burlesque” (2010), with Cher and Christina Aguilera; “The Negotiator” (1998), with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and, much earlier, 1983’s “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick.

Lee also did a great deal of TV work, with credits dating back to “Hart to Hart” in 1981 and “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Who’s the Boss?” in 1984.

The actor’s more recent TV credits include “NCIS,” “Numbers,” “Bones” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and he worked last in 2010.

On the way he appeared on such TV shows as “thirtysomething,” soap “Santa Barbara,” “Family Ties,” “Night Court,” “Roseanne,” “Quantum Leap,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Babylon 5,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Seinfeld.”

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- Carmel Dagan

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Stephen Lee, Character Actor in ‘Burlesque,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ Dies at 58

27 August 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Lee, a talented character actor who spent more than three decades in the business, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 58.

Some of his more notable credits include the films “Burlesque” (2010), with Cher and Christina Aguilera; “The Negotiator” (1998), with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and, much earlier, 1983’s “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick.

Lee also did a great deal of TV work, with credits dating back to “Hart to Hart” in 1981 and “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Who’s the Boss?” in 1984.

The actor’s more recent TV credits include “NCIS,” “Numbers,” “Bones” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and he worked last in 2010.

On the way he appeared on such TV shows as “thirtysomething,” soap “Santa Barbara,” “Family Ties,” “Night Court,” “Roseanne,” “Quantum Leap,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Babylon 5,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Seinfeld.”

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- Carmel Dagan

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Sneak Peek: Scott Bakula Previews NCIS: New Orleans

26 August 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

If you're seeking a metaphor for acting, you couldn't do much better than the body-jumping premise of Quantum Leap. In the 21 years since that series went off the air, its star, Scott Bakula, has leaped into a striking array of characters, with an initial emphasis on more sci-fi (Star Trek: Enterprise) eventually offset by a turn toward naturalistic dramedy (Men of a Certain Age). But playing a cop on a network procedural? Inexplicably, that seemingly inevitable move had proven a leap too far.

This oversight has finally been rectified with Bakula's role as the lead in NCIS: New Orleans, premiering on CBS Sept. 23 in the coveted Tuesday time slot immediately following the franchise's flagship series...

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- Chris Willman

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Blockbusters on the fringe: the shows riffing on pop cultural giants

21 August 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

If you want to see Breaking Bad, Star Wars, Fawlty Towers, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey at Edinburgh you can, thanks to condensed parodies. Are they satisfying to perform and do the performers risk a lawsuit?

At the risk of sounding like a musical inspired by the songs of Tom Jones, its not unusual for comedy and theatre shows to riff and parody famous works of popular culture. This year, the Edinburgh fringe boasts musicals based on Fifty Shades of Grey, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who; at least two takes on Downton Abbey; an improvised riff on 90s sci-fi show Quantum Leap; four standup shows inspired to varying degrees by Breaking Bad; and Canadian performer Charles Ross, who is alternating two shows a one-man Star Wars on one night and Lord of the Rings on the next. Then theres Faulty Towers the Dining Experience, where diners are ushered into »

- Alex Needham

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Christina Hendricks Blasts Modern Wage Gap In Acerbic 'Mad Men' Funny Or Die Sketch

7 August 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A lot has changed in office culture since the 1960s. Typewriters are a thing of the past, phones are sleek extensions of our own personalities, the era of the fax machine has come and gone. But one thing remains the same…the wage gap. Christina Hendricks teamed up with Funny Or Die to bring her "Mad Men" character to the modern office. Watching Joan struggle to make sense of the latest technology is adorable. Of course pales in comparison to watching her struggle to make sense of how women are still paid less for the same work in the 21st century. Which is infinitely less adorable, corporate America. Modern Office w/ Christina Hendricks from Funny Or Die Side Note: I'd watch an entire show of a time displaced Joan Harris. Maybe have her accidentally beamed aboard the Enterprise or wander into a strange blue telephone box. You know what? Let's do this. »

- Donna Dickens

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Rapture Blu-ray Review

22 July 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: John Guillermin

Starring:  Melvyn DouglasPatricia GozziDean Stockwell, Peter Sallis, Leslie Sands, Ellen Pollock

Running time: 105 minutes

Certificate: 12

John Guillermin’s 1965 Rapture is a strange and mesmerising beast: part melodrama and part dark gothic fantasy. This French and American production explores a teenage girl’s coming of age and sexual awakening, all against the dramatic backdrop of the Brittany coastline. It’s a visually stunning production, filmed in black and white Cinemascope which does the landscape justice. Combined with Georges Delerue’s haunting score, Rapture immediately weaves a spell over the viewer, drawing you into its strangeness.

And this is definitely an odd film. Agnes (Patricia Gozzi) is a sort of girl-woman, kept isolated by her father in the middle of nowhere, frozen on the cusp of womanhood as she plays with her dolls. She exists in a kind of semi-fantasy world where she invests a scarecrow with sentience, »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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'NCIS' team crossing over to New Orleans this fall

17 July 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

CBS has enlisted Mark Harmon and the rest of his NCIS team to help ensure that the military crime drama’s New Orleans-based spin-off completes its ratings mission. Harmon will make another appearance on NCIS: New Orleans, which launches this fall, and this time he’s bringing more of his crew. Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Michael Weatherly’s Anthony “Tony” Dinozzo, Pauley Perrette’s Abigail “Abby” Sciuto, and David McCallum’s Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard will all visit The Big Easy in an unspecified episode. The crossover will partner Harmon with fellow veteran prime-time star Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap »

- James Hibberd

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Noel Clarke on The Anomaly: 'I'm reaching for the stars'

3 July 2014 2:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Four years after his last directorial outing 4321, Noel Clarke steps back into the director's chair for The Anomaly - a high-concept sci-fi thriller that star Ian Somerhalder has dubbed "The Bourne Identity meets Memento".

As if calling the shots wasn't demanding enough, Clarke also takes on the lead role, playing a soldier who only experiences consciousness for 9 minutes and 47 seconds at a time. It's dizzying for his protagonist, and for the audience along for the ride too. Digital Spy sat down with Clarke to discuss making the film, throwing in Doctor Who cameos and why he's still reaching for the stars.

The Anomaly is the first film you've directed that you haven't written the script for - what was it about Simon Lewis's story that hooked you in?

I just really liked the fact that Simon had written something that could be quite high concept, but at the same »

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Movie Time Travel Debunked by Scientists

16 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

There are a ton of movies that deal with time travel, and most of them are really great. When it comes to time travel in these stories, it doesn't really matter if it's possible or not, it's all about the imagination and wonder of it all. 

The Screen Junkies wondered how far away from time travel technology we are, so they enlisted the expertise of University of Southern California physicist Dr. Clifford Johnson and Jpl Nasa scientist Christina Heinlein. They got them to break down the physics of time travel in films such as Back to the Future, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of the Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, and even some TV shows like Quantum Leap

Even if time travel isn't really possible, it still makes for an entertaining plot point in the movies! 

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- Joey Paur

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5 Terrible Movie Futures That Were Fixed With Time Travel Before 'X-Men: DoFP'

4 June 2014 7:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) In movies, time travel is the quantum equivalent of a Band-Aid, one that cinema often applies to correct futures of the post-apocalyptic variety. From AI-controlled killing machines to disease-ravaged worlds, righting wrongs by breaking the laws of physics is a popular trope that yields some truly memorable sci-fi. Fox’s blockbuster "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is the latest film to pull a "Quantum Leap," as Wolverine travels back in time to save both humans and mutants from the deadly Sentinels. As director Bryan Singer’s sequel passes $500 million at the global box office, Spinoff Online takes a look back at five movies that used time travel to fix terrible futures. »

- Phil Pirrello, Comic Book Resources

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‘Lord of Illusions’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

2 June 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O’Connor, Famke Janssen, Joseph Latimore, Sheila Tousey, Susan Traylor, Ashley Tesoro, Trevor Edmond, Wayne Grace, Daniel von Bargen, Johnny Venocur  | Written and Directed by Clive Barker

Liverpool born Clive Barker is a well-known name in fiction, and especially in horror. His novels have sold millions of copies all over the world and many of his stories have been adapted to the screen over the last three decades, one of those films was Lord of Illusions, based on the short story “The Last Illusion” from Barker’s Books of Blood Vol. 6, a compilation of stories from 1985.

Directed by Clive himself, Lord of Illusions is a fantasy horror starring Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), Kevin J. O’Connor and Famke Janssen (X-Men). This was the last film that Barker directed after previously stepping behind the camera for Nightbreed and Hellraiser. The director’s cut of Lord of Illusions is, »

- Chris Cummings

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Your Top Three: Time-Travel Movies

23 May 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. I dig just about any movie involving time travel, even those starring Jean-Claude Van Damme or Mick Jagger. So, I got very excited about the X-Men movie franchise dipping into that territory for its latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's like an episode of Quantum Leap starring Wolverine. That's a hard premise to ignore.  And it made me wonder what other series could use a blast of the past or the future. Imagine, say, The Fast and the Furious and the Future or a James Bond installment where he goes back to the '60s -- oh yeah, that was an Austin Powers movie. But imagine if Star Wars used time travel in a movie. Star Trek has...

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- Christopher Campbell

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La Screenings’ Pick-Up List

20 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Disney/ABC

ABC Studios is selling a diverse slate of new hours as well as a trio of unique comedies.

On the drama side, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “The Whispers” may hold the most global appeal, but others have potential as well.

“Agent Carter,” the second series from Marvel in the last two years, follows Peggy Carter in 1946 as she balances her administrative work with embarking on secret missions for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve). It should hold more appeal for women than last year’s “Agents of Shield.”

In “Whispers,” aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination — our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in a race to save humanity.

The unconventional and, at times, comedic “Red Band Society,” is based on an acclaimed Spanish series and comes from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. »

- Variety Staff

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All the Signs Don Draper Is Headed For a Comeback

5 May 2014 3:05 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Source: AMC "Are you just going to kill yourself and give them what they want?" Mad Men's Freddy Rumsen asks a hungover Don Draper at the end of episode four in season seven. AA member Freddy knows a thing or two about sobering up, and he gives Don some black coffee and advice straight up: "Do the work, Don." The episode is a humiliating hour for the former creative director and partner of Sterling Cooper & Partners. Don found himself summoned to the office of his former secretary and protégée, Peggy Olsen, to get the mundane assignment of writing 25 tag lines. It's a shocking reversal of power, and Don can't handle it. He throws his typewriter, plays solitaire instead of working, and recklessly gets wasted on a bottle of vodka he steals from Roger Sterling's office. Not drinking on the job is one of his conditions for working and keeping his partnership shares, »

- Annie Gabillet

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Exclusive Look at the New Poster for The Anomaly

16 April 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

So exactly what, the marketing asks, is The Anomaly?

That question is at the heart of Noel Clarke’s new film, a high-concept sci-fi thriller with a fine young cast including Ian Somerhalder, Alexis Knapp and the third of the Hemsworth brothers, Luke. Brian Cox also joins in the fun and he’s always worth watching.

The trailer below gives an idea of what’s in store, with a neat near-future design and some hearty violence amongst the rapid fire Quantum Leap mystery elements. We’ve got an exclusive look at the poster and very nice it looks too.

Here’s the poster, click it make it big. The mystery will be solved on the 4th of July when the film hits UK cinemas.

MSN had the trailer, which you can see below.

The post Exclusive Look at the New Poster for The Anomaly appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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