4 items from 2017
David Baldwin Jun 22, 2017
In 1997, the Us TV network NBC gave permission for its highest rated show, the global medical drama hit ER, to produce an episode that would be broadcast to audiences completely live.
It’s hard to explain just how completely out of nowhere that decision was at the time. Live broadcasts began as a cornerstone of television, but once videotape came into use in the late 1950s, it was gradually confined to news bulletins and talent contests. By the 1990s, any comedy or drama that produced a live episode was usually perceived as a show suffering from flagging ratings or creative jaundice, one in dire need of an attention grabbing gimmick. »
In The Founder, John Carroll Lynch stars as Mac McDonald – who, partnered with his brother Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) – created the first McDonald’s restaurant in California in the 1940s. Based on a true story, the new film from director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), follows the trail of how traveling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), impressed by the brothers’ innovative assembly-line approach to the kitchen, maneuvered himself into a position where he was ultimately able to take control of the company, transforming himself in the process to the ‘founder’ of an economic empire.
Appearing in over 50 films and television productions, John Carrol Lynch first sprang to prominence in 1996 with the Coen brothers’ critically acclaimed, Fargo. His films include Gothika, Things We Lost in the Fire, Zodiac, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. On television, Lynch has starred in such popular series as The Drew Carey Show »
- Paul Heath
Chicago – Amy Pietz is a Midwesterner made good in her primary role as a working actor. And what better performer to appear at the kick-off of the 2017 Midwest Independent Film Festival, as Pietz’s new film takes place in her native Wisconsin.
“Halfway” tells the story of a hulking African American ex-convict (Quinton Aaron of “The Blind Side”) as he tries to rebuild his life on a dairy farm, managed with difficulty by a widowed mother named Beth (Pietz). The new year of the Midwest Independent Film Festival starts Tuesday, Feb. 7th, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago.
Amy Pietz was born in Wisconsin, from modest circumstances, and was determined at an early age to be a performer. After a background in dance, she graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a Bfa in Acting. She headed to Los Angeles shortly thereafter, and landed roles in TV shows like “Star Trek, »
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A new trailer has debuted for Disney’s upcoming series Tangled: Before Ever After. The animated spin-off sequel sees Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprising the roles of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider and takes place between the events of the 2010 film and the 2012 short Tangled Ever After; watch it below…
Tangled: Before Ever After sees Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) and Paul F. Tompkins (Anchorman) as Big Nose and Shorty, members of the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs; and M.C. Gainey (Lost) as Captain of the Guards returning to their roles alongside newcomers Ashley Judd (Divergent) as Rapunzel’s mother Queen Arianna; Eden Espinosa (Wicked) as Rapunzel’s handmaiden and confidant, Cassandra; Jeff Ross (The Wedding Ringer) as Hook Hand’s brother Hook Foot, Richard Kind (Inside Out) as Uncle Monty, Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) as Pete the Guard, Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal) as Nigel the Advisor, Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption »
- Amie Cranswick
4 items from 2017
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