9 items from 2017
Tony Sokol Feb 16, 2017
Jared Leto will direct his first feature for Paramount’s upcoming crime thriller 77, about the Patty Hearst kidnapping. The screenplay for 77 was written by David Matthews (Narcos, Boardwalk Empire) from an original screenplay by author James Ellroy, who of course wrote the book L.A. Confidential.
This isn’t Leto’s first time in the director’s chair. He directed the documentary Artifact, which won an award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, the documentary series Great Wide Open, Into The Wild and Beyond the Horizon. He also directed music videos and commercials under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Leto won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his turn in Dallas Buyers Club. He will next be seen in Blade Runner 2049, which will star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
Set in 1974 Los Angeles, 77 centres around »
Casting FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, titled “Mayans Mc,” has cast its first star, Variety has confirmed. Edward James Olmos has joined the pilot as a series regular. The “Battlestar Gallactica” alum will play Felipe Reyes, the once-strong Mexican patriarch, crushed by bullets and hard labor, who struggles to keep his past buried and lead his sons down a lawful, righteous path. The pilot, which is slated to shoot next month, focuses on the Mayans motorcycle club and will follow Ez Reyes (yet to be cast), a potential member for the club’s charter on the California-Mexico border. “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer.
- Dani Levy, Will Thorne and Sarah Ahern
As I do with every single celebrity I can who’s made an appearance on the show, I first enjoyed Mariska Hargitay when she appeared on Seinfeld in 1993. Like many people have appeared on that show, Hargitay went on to achieve great success as an actress. While her career began well before 1993, the 90s were really the decade that put her into the spotlight. Once she landed the role as Cynthia Hooper on ER she would forever be entrenched in television. Then in 2000, yes 2000 she began her Law and Order career which she’s dominated for 17 years
- Nat Berman
One episode was provided prior to broadcast.
There’s a significant flaw all throughout the pilot episode of Doubt, CBS’s next mainstream procedural from Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (the producers of Grey’s Anatomy), and it distracts from many of the genuinely appealing aspects of what would otherwise be a series on the same enthralling level as the Seattle hospital drama. Rather than show us the inner workings of its premise, Doubt forces us to sit through explanations of more interesting scenes we don’t get to see.
How did Sadie Ellis (played by series replacement Katherine Heigl) fall into this court case with Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale), a gold-hearted paediatric surgeon accused of murdering his girlfriend decades ago? We don’t see how they meet or build-up to the eventual romantic tension the show insists is important, let alone authentic, by the time we’re introduced to these characters, »
- Jon Negroni
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
What would happen if Elon Musk’s billionaire cousin was to take over a police bureau, transform it into a high-tech playground and act out his Tony Stark fantasies against the criminals of Chicago? That’s the question Apb posits, the new Fox show kicking off next Monday.
Enter Gideon Reed, Aka Elon Musk-Stark, a wise-cracking billionaire who flies rockets to space and turns drones into human wrecking machines in hours. Reed has made a lot of money selling his toys to Saudi oil magnates but when his best friend is murdered he decides to pursue law enforcement instead.
The billionaire strong-arms the local mayor into giving him full reign of the precinct that failed to find his friend’s killer – Chicago’s 13th district – and it’s not long before Reed is standing before his new toys: a group of Chicago Pd’s most disgruntled. »
- Edward Love
“Hawaii Five-o” which debuted in 1968, was unique in its departure from the gritty, gray settings of inner city cop shows. It featured exotic beaches, swank hotels, and hip shaking hula dancers. The catchphrase “Book ’em Dano” refers to Steve McGarrett’s direction to Danny Williams each episode once the crook was captured. The original series ended in 1980 after an impressive crime drama run that has only been outdone by “Law and Order”. Instead of ending up as just a quaint rerun on TV land, in 2010, a remake was born, and a plethora of fanfiction stories quickly followed. In
Hawaii Five-o Fanfiction that’s Certain to Entertain »
- Virginia Repka-Franco
IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.
You know Macon Blair’s face. The Virginia native frequently pops up in childhood pal Jeremy Saulnier’s films — including recent offerings like “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room” — and he even has the requisite “Law and Order” credit under his belt (he appeared on “Svu” back in 2008), but these days, Blair is eager for film fans to check out something different: His directorial debut. The new feature, “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” will open this year’s Sundance Film Festival as one of its slew of “Day One” offerings, before popping up on Netflix just a few weeks later.
For fans of Blair’s acting in Saulnier’s films and those familiar with his writing work on offerings like Brett Simmons’ horror feature “The Monkey’s Paw,” the new feature should »
- Kate Erbland
Comic Books 101: DC Rebirth Review 2017!
DC Comics had an overall week ending to their New 52 run. Many of the series just petered out, with only a few having any significant sendoff (Batman, Jla, Superman. Marvel was killing them in sales, and only the core titles ever broke the top 10. Then it all changed, DC made a bold announcement to once again “rework” their line up and in continuity world. They announced is DC Rebirth (You can see the lead up to DC Rebirth in my article here DC Comics Then And Now) an attempt to “get back to basics” for many of their characters. New creative teams, no visions for their books, and less crossovers! Phase 1 of the relaunch so far has been a huge success, the months of June-August were predominantly DC books in the top sales, and many fans have enjoyed the new stories regarding their favorite characters. »
- Jeremy Scully
If you were to ask me if I had a favorite character among all the heroic fantasy teevee shows and movies over the past five years, and damnit I wish you would, I would immediately respond “River Song.”
For those who came in late, here’s the mandatory Journalism 101 background:
River Song is an ongoing but breathtakingly occasional character in Doctor Who. A remarkably capable, strong and intelligent archaeologist/con artist/warrior-protector with a great sense of humor and about 92% of all the sexuality ever expressed in the 54-year history of the program, she has been, is, and/or will be married to the Doctor – it’s time travel, Mr. Gittes – and that poses all sorts of thrilling opportunities. It also begs the issue of “until regeneration do us part.” She’s kind of a partial Time Lord, having absorbed some of the Doctor’s DNA while being conceived in the Tardis. »
- Mike Gold
9 items from 2017
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