12 items from 2014
Walt Martin, who collaborated with director Clint Eastwood on 14 films, including the upcoming American Sniper and Jersey Boys died at 69 on July 24. Martin died from vasculitis at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA. Martin received a 2007 Oscar nomination for his work on Eastwood’s World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers. Martin worked on such Eastwood titles as True Crime, Space Cowboys, Blood Work, Mystic River and Oscar best picture winner Million Dollar Baby. In addition to working on such films as And The Band Played On, Charlie’s Angels, and John Huston’s The Dead, Martin also sound mixed on such TV series […] »
Stars of both fashion and film gathered at the historic Plaza Hotel on June 10 for amfAR’s 5th Inspiration Gala, to raise awareness for AIDS research and awareness.
“We’re here tonight because we all care deeply about ending the AIDS crisis. This is a pivotal time. So much has changed, and significant progress continues to be made,” said chairman Kenneth Cole, who has been involved in amfAR since 1987.
Accepting the Award of Inspiration on behalf of HBO was President of Programming Michael Lombardo. “Sex and the City” star (and longtime amfAR supporter) Sarah Jessica Parker took to the stage to introduce her friend, recalling memories from their early days at HBO and calling Lombardo fair, smart, diligent and kind. “He proved to be a great example to me of how one could and can conduct business, no matter how complex,” the actress said. She also brought attention to the »
- Andrea Towers
The Normal Heart (which airs May 25 on HBO) is the story of a great love. Not just the one between Ned (Mark Ruffalo) and his boyfriend Felix (Matt Bomer), who’s dying of AIDS, or the one that finds both men fighting to keep their friends alive during the early 1980s, before anyone really knew what this so-called “gay cancer” was. It’s the one that starts with the HBO project’s creator, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), and his infatuation with something he read back in college.
- Melissa Maerz
What makes Ryan Murphy such a frustrating storyteller is that he has very obvious and impressive strengths, which he then seems to go out of his way to obscure with his very obvious weaknesses. He has great passion for socially relevant drama, for instance, but his point tends to get lost in the Adhd style that eventually plagued "Glee," "Nip/Tuck" and everything else he's done in television. ("American Horror Story," his biggest current hit, at least started out with Adhd, so there was no letdown later when things unraveled.) He works well with actors as both a writer and director, giving them meaty material and pulling excellent performances out of them, but then makes various other choices that distract from those performances. That "The Normal Heart" — an adaptation of Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early days of the AIDS crisis — has finally been turned into a film that »
- Alan Sepinwall
TNT has ordered a new supernatural drama called Proof. It will debut some time next year with 10 episodes.
Here are some additional details:
TNT has greenlit the supernatural drama Proof, starring Jennifer Beals (The L Word, Flashdance), Matthew Modine (And the Band Played On, Weeds) and Joe Morton (Scandal, Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Also starring in the series are Callum Blue (Dead Like Me, Royal Pains), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, Justified), Annie Thurman (The Hunger Games), Sean Gleeson (Doctors, Cold Mountain) and newcomer Caroline Rose Kaplan. »
TNT has greenlit the supernatural drama Proof, starring Jennifer Beals ("The L Word," Flashdance), Matthew Modine (And the Band Played On, "Weeds") and Joe Morton ("Scandal," Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Also starring in the series are Callum Blue ("Dead Like Me," "Royal Pains"), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, "Justified"), Annie Thurman (The Hunger Games), Sean Gleeson ("Doctors," Cold Mountain) and newcomer Caroline Rose Kaplan. "Proof" is being executive-produced by Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"); Rob Bragin ("Greek," "Murphy Brown"), who wrote the pilot; Tom Jacobson; Jill Littman; and Emmy winner Alex Graves ("The West Wing," "Game of Thrones"), who directed the pilot.
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- Ryan Turek
TNT has greenlit the supernatural drama "Proof," starring Jennifer Beals ("The L Word," Flashdance), Matthew Modine (And the Band Played On, "Weeds") and Joe Morton ("Scandal," Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Also starring in the series are Callum Blue ("Dead Like Me," "Royal Pains"), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, "Justified"), Annie Thurman (The Hunger Games), Sean Gleeson ("Doctors," Cold Mountain) and newcomer Caroline Rose Kaplan. »
At the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival there was a rescreening of the film And the Band Played On, a film based on a novel of the same name. The film (and book) goes into detail about the mysterious deaths of gay men during the time right before HIV and AIDS research had started. Starring Alan Alda and Mathew Modine as the film’s main characters, it was made during a time when the two viruses were still new to the public and difficult to understand.
In attendance at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month for the event were Tom Kalin, David France, and Doron Weber. The trio would join the film’s actor Mathew Modine as well as Ron Nyswaner (known for writing Philidelphia) after the film’s rescreening for a question and answer session discussing the role of science in discovering new cures for certain diseases, at most focus being HIV and AIDS. »
- Catherina Gioino
Name: Dallas Buyers Club
Release date: Nov. 1, 2013
DVD release date: Feb. 4, 2014
Run time: 1 hour, 57 mins
Box office: Limited opening weekend: $260,865; Wide opening weekend: $2.7 million; Total domestic box office: $24.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $30.4 million
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent
Tweetable description: If Ron Woodruff only had 30 days left to live, you know what he’d do? Start an HIV treatment drug ring and live for seven years. #Nbd
What Chris Nashawaty said: Thanks to McConaughey’s and Leto’s »
- Samantha Highfill
It sounds too good to be true. By watching a movie for free, you can raise money for a charity of your choice. But that's the case with "Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness," a documentary that features victims of conflicts around the world -- including the aftermath of the 1994 genocide of Rwandans in East Africa -- as they balance their desire for forgiveness with their need for justice. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode ("Tomorrow Never Dies," "And The Band Played On") and photographer Lekha Singh, the film screened at The Hamptons International Film Festival in 2012 and was presented at a special screening of the General Assembly at the United Nations. But along with its message of forgiveness, the film is now testing out a new innovative distribution platform, FilmRaise, that could serve as a model for other social impact documentary efforts.The idea of FilmRaise is to raise »
- Paula Bernstein
Matt Bomer told us last week how he shed 40 pounds to show the devastation of the AIDS epidemic on his character, Felix Turner, in the upcoming film adaptation of The Normal Heart. And with a cast including out actors Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello and Jonathan Groff as well as marquee names like Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch and Mark Ruffalo, there was much to talk regarding the filming of Larry Kramer’s play at last week’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
Fans of Kramer’s play will undoubtedly want to know how faithful was director Ryan Murphy to the original work? “I think it’s similar to the play and very different,” Murphy offered. “I worked with Larry on the script for, I think, three years, so I believe that we sort of broke it out. »
- Jim Halterman
The Television Critics Assn. press tour can be a long slog. But for TV geeks it has something of a noble purpose — to promote the best and brightest coming from the major networks. These days the nets rely as much as the buzz that shows create among the assembled journos as they do on the coverage of the panels.
Here are a dozen cable programs that intrigued during the first three days of gabfest at Pasadena’s Langham Huntington hotel:
1. Own’s docudrama series on Lindsay Lohan looks compelling and ridiculous, which is addiction in a nutshell. Oprah tries, once again, to save this little red-headed bird with a broken wing and a criminal record. Lindsay is selfish, self-absorbed and suffering from a devastating disease. Will she finally find the strength to turn her life around and embrace the road to sobriety? Maybe we’ll find out in “Lohan,” premiering »
- Malina Saval
12 items from 2014
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