14 items from 2016
“Stranger Things” has provided a welcome dose of Steven Spielberg–inflected binge watching for many this weekend, with Netflix’s newest original series gaining favorable reviews for its creepy atmosphere and affectionate ’80s vibe. Courtesy of the show’s Twitter, viewers can now take in one of its most period-appropriate elements: its soundtrack.
The Clash: “Should I Stay or Should I Go” Jefferson Airplane: “She Has Funny Cars” Jefferson Airplane: “White Rabbit” Reagan Youth: “Go Nowhere” Toto: “Africa” The Seeds: “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” Trooper: “Raise a Little Hell” David Bowie: “Heroes” The Bangles: “Hazy Shade of Winter” The Dawn Trophy Orlando: »
- Michael Nordine
During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”
Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »
- Ben Travers
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Blown Away... The Story: A mad Ira bomber (Tommy Lee Jones) escapes prison and travels... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
It’s quite a week for fans of Stephen King’s bestselling “The Dark Tower” series. In the lead up to film adaptation’s Comic-Con appearance, two official images of stars Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba debuted yesterday, and now Entertainment Weekly is back today to provide even more first look photos.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, “The Dark Tower” stars Elba as the heroic, revolver-weilding Roland Deschain and McConaughey as the evil Walter Padick, an ageless sorcerer who wants to find the film’s eponymous tower so that he may rule over the world’s infinite kingdoms. Additional cast members include Fran Kranz as Pimli, Padick’s right hand man, and Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick and Tom Taylor. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer serve as producers.
- Zack Sharf
As Michael B. Jordan and the entire cast of “Ghostbusters” can attest, people tend to react in completely rational ways when preexisting characters are race- or gender-swapped for new film adaptations. Idris Elba addresses this in an Entertainment Weekly review about his role in next year’s Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower,” as his character of Roland Deschain (Aka the Gunslinger) was previously depicted as white.
Elba says that he was “thrilled to get this job. I was thrilled because, you know, it’s an alternative to what you could say, what Roland is described as…a white guy in a sense, but, also just that you could make a version of this film that appealed to a slightly more action-hero type character and I don’t do those films.”
- Michael Nordine
TV’s biggest awards show has never had a reputation for embracing the new, but after today, we might have to revise that. This morning’s announcement of the 2016 Emmy nominations contained (as always) good and bad news — but the folks at USA Network are likely thrilled that “Mr. Robot,” its complex and captivating hacker drama, was included in the Best Drama category.
In addition, the series was nominated for Outstanding Casting, Music Composition, Sound Mixing, Writing and Lead Actor. It’s a set of nominations that cements “Mr. Robot” as that rarest of things — groundbreaking, challenging and popular. The fact that Rami Malek was able to break into the Actor in a Drama category despite a tough field and an unconventional performance is especially something to celebrate. It’s a moment that’s reminiscent of »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Not only was the (former) awards favorite from Netflix bumped out of the Outstanding Drama Series race (in favor of “The Americans,” which is important to remember during this mourning period), but even its back-to-back supporting actress winner — in comedy and drama — Uzo Aduba didn’t make the cut. “Orange” only snagged a nod for Outstanding Casting, which makes the exclusion of the cast members themselves all the more questionable.
One of the more aggressive series in terms of campaigning these last few years, CBS’ beloved drama couldn’t break into the big categories for broadcast in 2016. It had the best shot of any offered by the big four as an overall series, but love was lost for the twice-nominated series. After all, it hasn’t been »
- Ben Travers
The Television Academy unveiled the inaugural nominees for its expanded short form programming categories Thursday morning – and it was dominated by programming from familiar broadcast and cable network sources.
Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” lead the pack with four nominations, while History’s “The Crossroads of History” and AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” each received two. The only independent series to be nominated in the Outstanding Series category is “Her Story,” a drama about the lives and loves of two transgender women living in La, created by Jill Soloway protege Jen Richards.
Not surprisingly, two of the five series nominations went to online content from major networks that offer inside looks into their popular shows. “Broad City“–the smash Comedy Central sketch show from Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer–was snubbed in other »
- Jude Dry
It may seem hard to believe that one of Stephen King’s best-known works has never been adapted for film until now, but next year’s highly anticipated “The Dark Tower” stands as the first film version of the endlessly prolific author’s eight-novel series. Matthew McConaughey is playing the iconic Man in Black in Nikolaj Arcel’s film, with Idris Elba as the Gunslinger; Entertainment Weekly has early looks at both characters.
“They wanted to go very human and grounded with this,” McConaughey says of his character, whose actual name is Walter. “Obviously there are mythical proportions of good and evil in Walter. But we didn’t want to go overly fantastic. That would drop the humanity. So Walter, for me, is a man who exposes hypocrisies.” Then he quotes Black Sabbath lyrics, »
- Michael Nordine
Few knew what to expect Thursday as Beau Willimon kicked off his Atx Television Festival panel, mysteriously titled “Truth & Dare & Fear.”
But as Willimon’s disembodied voice welcomed them, one thing was certain: No one in the 200-seat ballroom knew where he was.
After a deliberate pause and a few more introductory words, none of which elicited a physical reaction from the crowd, Willimon finally gave up the ghost.
“I’m behind you!”
Then, like a movie scene where all attention immediately shifts to a singular point, everyone turned in their chairs to see the day’s speaker standing in what was indisputably the back of the room. There was the former “House of Cards” showrunner, as far as possible from the stage set up for him with microphones, couches and a nameplate reading “Beau Willimon.” All the seats were pointed one way and Willimon was demanding we look toward the other. »
- Ben Travers
Uh, did everyone living at the New Girl loft miss the memo?
We could have sworn Tuesday’s episode was the Fox comedy’s 100th outing, but Nick, Reagan & Co. were hardly in a celebratory mood.
In fact, even though the milestone half-hour featured Jess’ return from jury duty, we’d venture to say that Tuesday’s installment was one of New Girl‘s most bittersweet outings. Before you give us your thoughts on No. 100, let’s briefly recap “Goosebumps Walkaway.”
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First, the good »
As the founding father of the illustrious Metal Gear series, Hideo Kojima is arguably one of the most prominent and respected developers in the business. It was a reputation honored during last night’s Dice awards, where the ex-Konami employee was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Part of the show also included a storytelling discussion that featured Kojima and cinematic maestro Guillermo del Toro. Hosted by Geoff Keighley, the pair – who were once attached to reboot Silent Hills for Konami – talked through their own inspirations, and hopes for the future.
For Hideo Kojima, that future starts on PlayStation 4, after the Game Director inked a partnership with Sony to ensure that the maiden title released by Kojima Productions would be a PS4 exclusive. And while it’s still a ways away, Keighley had high praise at this early stage.
Blown away by the scale and ambition of what Hideo is planning. »
- Michael Briers
Carrie Underwood only has one Grammy nomination this year – Best Country Solo Performance ("Little Toy Guns") – but that doesn't necessarily make her an underdog. She's a powerhouse in performance categories. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions This year marks Underwood's fourth nomination in this category, which was created in 2011 by merging the separate awards for male and female vocalists. She lost that first race to Taylor Swift ("Mean"), but she won in 2012 for "Blown Away" and 2014 for "Something in the Water." Before the categories merged, Underwood was dominant, claiming Female Country Performance three years in a row, for "Jesus Take the Wheel" (2006), "Before He Cheats" (2007), and "Last Name" (2008). She also won Best Country Collaboration in 2009 with Randy Travis f...' »
It’s shaping up to be a big year for Broadway sensation Chantel Riley. The Canadian, currently winning raves for her long-standing turn as Nala in The Lion King, makes her major film debut in a month with a pivotal role in Jesse Owens pic Race.
I knew a little bit about him. I knew that he was an Olympic champion during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin during Hitlers reign and that he pretty much embarrassed Hitler by winning all those medals…lol
And was it your long-standing role on Broadway’s The Lion King that helped snare you the role?
I can’t really speak for the casting directors on that one, but I like to believe that they saw something in me that they wanted to work with. I mean it wasn’t like they asked »
- Phil Wheat
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