6 items from 2015
Hunt wrote, directed and stars in Ride as a mother who travels from New York to California to convince her son not to drop out of school.
Jackie (Hunt) tries to conquer surfing when her son reveals his ambition to become a professional surfer, and soon finds romance with a charming instructor (The Skeleton Twins star Luke Wilson).
Ride opens later in the year in the Us. »
Socha, who’s had recurring arcs on “Royal Pains,” “The Big C” and “Damages” and replaced Lea Michele in “Spring Awakening’s” original Broadway production in 2008, was a guest star in the pilot for Amazon Studios, which premiered last year on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The full series is set to bow later this year.
The coming-of-age series, set in suburban New Jersey in the mid-’80s, follows college student David Myers (Craig Roberts), working the summer as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club, during the last hurrah before his adult life begins. Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”) and Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing”) also star.
Socha will continue her role as Skye in the series.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As the divide between film and TV becomes increasingly difficult to discern, it’s far less uncommon to see well-known TV actors playing juicy roles on the big screen. And now that TV is no longer the death knell it once was for performers hoping for a film career, some of the industry’s best talent is emanating from TV. It’s also the medium actors are most frequently recognized for. As frontrunner supporting actor nominee J.K. Simmons told Variety last year before “Whiplash,” with his breakthrough role, opened, “It’s rather sobering to realize more people have seen my Farmers Insurance commercials than everything put together.”
Among the year’s acting Oscar nominees, several are known for their series work, including Steve Carell (NBC’s “The Office”), Benedict Cumberbatch (PBS’ “Sherlock”), J.K. Simmons (TNT’s “The Closer,” NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher”), and Laura Dern (HBO’s “Enlightened”). Patricia Arquette »
- Christy Grosz
French stereotypes in American cinema, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Writer/director Victor Levin’s feature directorial debut, “5 to 7,” is an unorthodox romance about an aspiring novelist, Brian (Anton Yelchin), who engages in an affair with Arielle (Berenice Marlohe), a gorgeous, free-spirited French woman (is there any other kind in American movies?) who also happens to be happily married. This open affair becomes complicated when Brian and Arielle fall in love, which doesn’t sit well with Arielle’s diplomat husband, Valery (Lambert Wilson a.k.a. Merovingian from the two shitty “Matrix” sequels), who’s also seeing someone on the side (Olivia Thirlby). Is it too much to hope for a foursome in the third act to perhaps bring something genuinely interesting and “thought-provoking” to such a maudlin-looking romance? Levin primarily hails from the world of the small screen, having written many episodes of "Mad Men, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Sunday’s episode, in which Homer becomes Bart’s new best friend after being hypnotized into thinking he’s a 10-year-old boy, was written as a spec script by Apatow in 1990 during the show’s first season.
TVLine spoke with Apatow and Simpsons executive producer Al Jean about Sunday’s throwback episode (Sunday, 8/7c), its two-decade journey to the screen and whether it could mark the beginning of a beautiful writing partnership.
Tvline | Maybe I’m clueless, »
Showtime really, really wants you to kick off 2015 with a good laugh. The premium cable network isn't just hosting a free preview of its stations this weekend to coincide with the debuts of three comedy series, it's also releasing them all online for free. "Episodes," "House of Lies" and "Shameless" all start new seasons this Sunday, but you don't have to wait to see them. Watch the premiere episodes of each season below right now. "Episodes," starring Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc, is entering its fourth season in 2015. The former "Friends" star plays a selfish version of himself in the very meta British adaptation which co-stars John Pankow ("Mad About You") and Kathleen Rose Perkins. "House of Lies" has also gotten some Globes love, earning Cheadle a win in its debut season for playing the consultant everyone wants to hire but no one wants to emulate. He's an antihero for the ages, »
- Ben Travers
6 items from 2015
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