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I recently attended a QandA session with Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Adjustment Bureau) as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. The actor, who was receiving an honor for his artistic achievements, mentioned how he felt Hollywood was lacking a leading man of color under the age of 40 and that he was hoping to fill that void. I've recognized this void for some time, but it means much more when supported by a statement from someone like Mackie. But why has Hollywood failed so miserably to groom new stars to replace aging headliners like Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Samuel L. Jackson? It's clear to me the void doesn't exist for lack of talented contenders. But is Mackie our best bet to fill that void? He certainly has been on fire lately, landing roles in Real Steel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Gangster Squad, just to name a few. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Directed by Michael Mann.
A mentally fragile FBI profiler is drawn out of retirement to catch a serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy.
“It’s interesting that [Michael] Mann trimmed out some of the more excessive parts of the novel, and made a much more simmering film,” stated Brian Cox (Adaptation) who was chosen over Brian Dennehy (Presumed Innocent), John Lithgow (The Pelican Brief), and Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride) to portray the incarcerated Dr. Hannibal Lecter (respelled Lecktor for the movie) in the cinematic adaptation of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. “I knew it was one of those great roles that demanded, above all, a sense of dexterity, a lightness of touch, and speed because he’s quite an intellectual.” Not all the literary moments made it onto the big screen. »
Denzel Washington is one of our most multi-faceted actors, but if there's a "Denzel Specialty" it would have to be uncovering injustice. The dude is awesome at it.
Now Mr. Washington is uncovering more dirty secrets, specifically in people's eyes.
According to TwitchFilm the two-time Academy Award-winner will be in the English-language remake of the 2010 Best Foreign Laguage Oscar-winner "The Secret in Their Eyes."
The plot of the Argentinian crime thriller is described thusly:
"A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later."
Sounds like business as usual for Washington, who does "still haunted years later" pretty well too. »
- Max Evry
Image by Getty Images via @daylife
The soon-to-be show, The Firm, is continuing to roll out info, and the latest is that Molly Parker will join the show as Abby McDeere, wife of the (I suppose) main attraction, Mitchell McDeere, played by Josh Lucas. While not all that much is known about the show, except that it is somehow the continuing story, ten years later, we know that we're aiming at some pretty cool names - see below - including Juliette Lewis.
With the addition of Molly Parker, the show instantly changes into something I'm going to have to watch. Star of some of the best, and weirdest, indie films around, Parker is a stunning actress, in every possible sense.
I know there are a lot of people excited for the show, but I know there are many others who have already dismissed it. It's time to rethink our positions. »
- Marc Eastman
NBC, Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Television Networks and Global Television announced today that Molly Parker (Deadwood, Swingtown) has signed to star as Abby McDeere in the network's new legal drama series The Firm, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel and executive-produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter.
Ten years ago, Abby helped her husband Mitchell McDeere (Josh Lucas, The Lincoln Lawyer, Sweet Home Alabama) bring down a Memphis law firm that was a front for the Chicago mob. Her life was never the same. Abby's a true partner to Mitch -- a smart, resourceful woman who after a tumultuous decade is excited to start a new life in Washington, D.C., as a school teacher.
Parker joins a previously announced cast including Lucas as attorney Mitchell McDeere (the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film); Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear) as Tammy, Mitch's feisty, sexy receptionist »
With the world engrossed by the turmoil of the News of the World newspaper’s demise amidst a whirlwind of phone-hacking allegations (which I’m sure many of you agree was done in the most despicable of manners to people who were thoroughly undeserving of such treatment), I began thinking about the giant conspiracy amongst News International big wigs surrounding their underhand actions.
Conspiracy theories have long been at the forefront of popular culture: from the mysteries surrounding Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana’s deaths to elements of the politics of virtually every regime to have even an ounce of power, we quite simply love them. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the film world has picked up on this and produced hoards of films with a conspiracy theory narrative. So as we all theorise about The News of the World, sit back and enjoy the ten best conspiracy theory films out there! »
- Stuart Cummins
Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Television Networks, NBC and Global are proud to announce that Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear) and Callum Keith Rennie (The Killing, Californication) are signed on to star in the new legal drama series The Firm, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel and executive-produced by John Grisham and Lukas Reiter. Lewis and Rennie join Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer, Sweet Home Alabama) who was previously announced to star as attorney Mitchell McDeere (the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film). David Straiton (Fringe) is confirmed to direct the pilot episode which will commence production in Toronto this August.
Juliette Lewis, a Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actress, will play Tammy, Mitch's feisty, sexy receptionist, whose work life is made all the more tumultuous by her on-again, off-again relationship with Mitch's brother, Ray. With a personality as arresting as her ever-changing hair color, »
The Itch of The Golden Nit, Falling Skies, The Killing and Teen Wolf all turn up in the UK this week. Plus, there are some top films, too...
A healthy start for a week of new programming begins tomorrow, with a 30 minute animated film that could serve as strong inspiration to encourage children's budding creativity and interest in film and animation. A joint project of Tate galleries and Aardman Animations, the film involved thousands of children and a few million pounds to produce.
Entitled The Itch Of The Golden Nit, the story surrounds superheroes and other fantastical characters, drawing on the original ideas, illustrations and sound effects of contributing children, and the vocal talents of comedians and performers, including David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate, Vic Reeves, Rick Mayall, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ralf Little, Miriam Margolyes, Lucy Montgomery, and Alexei Sayle.
It's all part of the Cultural Olympiad, a »
The Cinefamily and Everything Is Terrible aims to melt your mind. For five straight days.
Starting tomorrow, June 30, Los Angeles’ Cinefamily will be besieged by an insurgent force battling for the health and wealth of your mind. It’s the Everything Is Festival. 19 events over 5 days, any of which would be worth your time. As they’ve described it at The Cinefamily:
This 4th of July weekend, The Cinefamily has teamed up with those maestros of found footage comedy at Everything is Terrible! for the second time to present Everything is Festival 2011 — an insane and eclectic five day celebration of everything we both love: discovery, weirdness, and just plain fun. It’s a kind of gonzo convention for the most insane collectors of film and video ephemera (all of our friends basically), mixed in with with all of our favorite people on frontier of the comedy scene — people pushing the »
Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer, Sweet Home Alabama) is set to star in NBC's new legal drama series The Firm, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel and executive-produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter.
Lucas, whose feature-film credits include Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, Jerry Bruckheimer's Glory Road, and Ang Lee's Hulk, will star as attorney Mitchell McDeere (the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film) in the series, which picks up McDeere's story about a decade after the events of the novel and film.
Lucas also stars as famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh in Imagine Entertainment's upcoming 2011 film, J. Edgar, directed by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio as controversial FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Saturday brings Doctor Who fans both great anticipation and a bit of reluctance for its arrival, as it means possible resolutions of some of our most fierce speculations about the show, at the same time as it leaves us for the entirety of the summer, returning in the autumn.
The mid-series finale, A Good Man Goes To War, airs at 6:40pm, Saturday, June 4th on BBC1. We've had video and images hinting at its contents, but nothing concrete has been revealed, leaving possibilities of Tardis interior proportions.
We'll have our review up as fast as fingers can make it happen, and we'll be anxious to read the comments of those, like us, who've followed this sixth series closely and are still mystified at what will happen Saturday. »
Yesterday, NBC announced their full 2011-2012 TV lineup, which included six new drama programs. The network has released trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes interviews from the fall dramas Prime Suspect, Awake, and The Firm. Take a look at all of these new videos below.
Click to watch Prime Suspect Trailer!
Click to watch Jane at Dinner with Matt and His Ex-wife!
Click to watch Jane Get Boy to Talk About Guns and the Murder!
Click to watch Beef Trust!
Click to watch Aidan Quinn Interview!
Click to watch Maria Bello Interview!
Prime Suspect -- Based on the critically acclaimed British television series of the same name, Prime Suspect has been redeveloped for American audiences by writer Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives, NYPD Blue), director Peter Berg (NBC's Friday Night Lights) -- and stars Maria Bello (A History of Violence) as tough-as-nails Detective Jane Timoney. Timoney finds that being a homicide »
NBC has introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hit-makers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and NYPD Blue, among many others.
The season's new dramas are Smash, Prime Suspect, The Playboy Club, Awake, Grimm and The Firm; and the new comedies are Up All Night, Whitney, Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, Free Agents, Best Friends Forever and Bent.
Returning shows include Parenthood, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Harry's Law, Chuck (for its fifth and final season of 13 episodes), Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock and Dateline NBC Among next season's returning alternative series are The Voice, The Sing-Off, Celebrity Apprentice, and The Biggest Loser, each in two-hour formats.
The new lineup combines schedule stability with strategic changes that position the network for future growth. Key facets of »
Here are clips from NBC's 2011-2012 drama lineup. The shows include Prime Suspect, The Playboy Club, Smash, Grimm, Awake, and The Firm. Earlier we shared the comedy clips and the schedule. I have been interested in The Playboy Club since when it was first announced. Smash looks pretty cool as well. Check out the clips below and share your thoughts!
‘Prime Suspect’ -- Based on the critically acclaimed British television series of the same name, "Prime Suspect" has been redeveloped for American audiences by writer Alexandra Cunningham ("Desperate Housewives," "NYPD Blue"), director Peter Berg (NBC's "Friday Night Lights") -- and stars Maria Bello ("A History of Violence") as tough-as-nails Detective Jane Timoney. Timoney finds that being a homicide detective in New York City is tough enough and having to contend with a male-dominated police department to get respect makes it that much tougher. She's an outsider who »
It's that time again, and NBC has revealed it's 2011-2012 schedule. A couple of things have been kicked to the curb, and a host of new shows are coming to fill things in. I have a preview of the new fall shows, and the full schedule for you. There are a few surprises on the cut and not cut side of things, and the new shows have a bit of something for everyone. As usual, some of the ones that look the best to me are reserved for mid-season. And, NBC has apparently given up on Saturday altogether.
It's a whole lot of info, so let's just jump in.
NBC has introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hit-makers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.
The season’s new dramas are “Smash, »
- Marc Eastman
NBC announced their Prime Time slate for 2011-2012 today. Chuck has been moved to Friday night for it's final season. I am really looking forward to seeing how The Playboy Club turns out. It will also be interesting to see how Free Agents and Up All Night do on Thursdays. For a full overview of NBC's method to it's madness click Here.
NBC Fall 2011-12 Schedule (New programs in Upper Case)
8-10 p.m. – The Sing-Off
10-11 p.m. – The Playboy Club
8-10 p.m. – The Biggest Loser
10-11 p.m. – Parenthood
8-8:30 p.m. – Up All Night
8:30-9 p.m. – Free Agents
9-10 p.m. -- Harry’s Law
10-11 p.m. -- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8-8:30 p.m. – Community
8:30-9 p.m. -- Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 p.m. – The Office
9:30-10 p.m. – Whitney
10-11 p. »
This weekend brings us what is likely to be the most eagerly anticipated episode of Doctor Who since the series relaunched or the then unknown property of Matt Smith's Time Lord talents were yet to be tested.
Saturday, May 14th delivers the fourth episode in the sixth series, and its intriguing title, The Doctor's Wife, is only a faint indicator of the real draw, and that's that the episode's been written by Neil Gaiman.
We have a spoiler-free review that may hold clues to just how excited we are about the episode, and even better, an interview with its author, Neil Gaiman, here.
We're as eager to hear what everyone thinks of it as to rewatch it again tomorrow night, and we'll »
Only two upcoming shows caught our attention this week. The first, we've covered extensively and know about as much as you can know of a show before its premiere. The second is one we're less familiar with, but looks like we should have caught sight of sooner.
On Monday, April 18th Game Of Thrones premieres at 9:00pm on Sky Atlantic. We've covered the series in depth, with interiews with its stars and a spoiler-free review, and anticipation has been building steadily since we first learned of the HBO fantasy drama starring Sean Bean. You can read lots about Game Of Thrones here, and we'll have a full review of the first episode, Winter Is Coming, as soon as we can after it airs. »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.
“It’s true that some films will involve me more than others,” admitted American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. “It’s also true that I might have never made Taxi Driver  were it not for the success of Alice [Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974]. The question of commercialism is a source of worry. Must one make a choice, must it be a matter of either setting your sights on winning an Academy Award and becoming a millionaire, or making only the movies you want to make and starving to death?” The $1.3 million production about a lonely New York City taxi driver (Robert De Niro), who has an unrequited romantic attachment with political campaign volunteer (Cybill Shepherd) and becomes a vengeful angel for a child prostitute (Jodie Foster), potently harnessed the sense of public disillusionment fueled »
The arrival of handsome-super-lawyer flick The Lincoln Lawyer reminds me of an old bugbear: we need to crack down on courtroom movies and legal thrillers, and especially courtroom-showdown climaxes in otherwise non-legal movies. Getting the law involved just kills a movie stone dead every time.
In that last category alone there are dozens of movies that simply throw in the storytelling towel in the last act and allow their narratives to become enmeshed in the courtroom Sargasso of legal back-and-forth, declamatory utterances by the attorneys and whatever character-acting old geezer is today manning the bench. Films as diverse as Eureka, They Drive By Night and White Squall were all roaring along nicely until they screeched to a halt in courtrooms 20 minutes before their actual running-times expired.
Now, there »
- John Patterson
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