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Showtime's new original series, "Ray Donovan," debuts on June 30 following the series finale of "Dexter." But the cabler is giving you the option of watching the first episode right now. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for L.A.'s upper class whose life is thrown into turmoil when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison. "Southland" creator Ann Biderman is behind the new series, with Allen Coulter ("Hollywoodland," "The Sopranos") helming the pilot. Based on the first episode, does "Ray Donovan" look promising? It didn't fare so well on Entertainment Weekly's Bullseye feature in the June 21 issue ("The only thing professional fixer Ray Donovan should be repairing is his new TV show"); yet the Hollywood Reporter has given it a score of 100 on Metacritic.
- Beth Hanna
Showtime's new original series, "Ray Donovan," debuts on June 30 following the series finale of "Dexter." But the cabler is giving you the option of watching the first episode right now. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for L.A.'s upper class whose life is thrown into turmoil when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison. "Southland" creator Ann Biderman is behind the new series, with Allen Coulter ("Hollywoodland," "The Sopranos") helming the pilot. Based on the first episode, does "Ray Donovan" look promising? It didn't fare so well on Entertainment Weekly's Bullseye feature in the June 21 issue ("The only thing professional fixer Ray Donovan should be repairing is his new TV show"); yet the Hollywood Reporter has given it a score of 100 on Metacritic. »
- Beth Hanna
Showtime's new scripted series "Ray Donovan" will debut on Sunday, June 30 at 10pm after the premiere of the final season of "Dexter," but the network's offering the first episode online now -- you can watch it below. Starring Liev Schreiber in his first regular TV role alongside Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson ("Deadwood"), Eddie Marsan ("Happy-Go-Lucky"), Katherine Moennig ("The L Word") and others, the series is centered around a fixer for Los Angeles' rich and powerful whose attempt to establish a life for his family is disrupted by the release of his father from prison. The show comes from "Southland" creator Ann Biderman, with Allen Coulter ("Hollywoodland," "The Sopranos") directing the pilot. »
- Alison Willmore
Showtime's new scripted series "Ray Donovan" will debut on Sunday, June 30 at 10pm after the premiere of the final season of "Dexter," but the network's offering the first episode online now -- you can watch it below. Starring Liev Schreiber in his first regular TV role alongside Jon Voight, Paula Malcomson ("Deadwood"), Eddie Marsan ("Happy-Go-Lucky"), Katherine Moennig ("The L Word") and others, the series is centered around a fixer for Los Angeles' rich and powerful whose attempt to establish a life for his family is disrupted by the release of his father from prison. The show comes from "Southland" creator Ann Biderman, with Allen Coulter ("Hollywoodland," "The Sopranos") directing the pilot.
- Alison Willmore
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the latest collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street, which is based upon the memoirs of Jordan Belfort and centres on the stockbroker's rise and fall in the New York financial world, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life, which included drug and alcohol addiction.
The fifth pairing between Scorsese and DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street has been adapted by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and also stars Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Jonah Hill (This Is the End), Kyle Chandler (Argo), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Jon Favreau (Identity Thief). Check out the first trailer here:
The Wolf of Wall Street is set for a North American release on November 15th and will open in the UK on January 17th 2014. »
- Flickering Myth
Alan Robert, Tours4Fun.com and Bloody-Disgusting.com are offering fans a chance to get inside the head of Goodfellas and The Sopranos actor Frank Vincent, in their new caption contest for Robert’s horror/crime/comedy series, “Killogy”. The contest allows you to put the word right into Frank Vincent’s mouth. The winning wise ass caption will receive two free... Read More »
A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man will be adapted into a comedy film.
The book includes the Sopranos actor's tips on clothing, cigars, wine and talking your way into a club.
"Through Goodfellas and The Sopranos, I have been a huge Frank Vincent fan, and we saw a great opportunity to turn his self-help book into a great comedy in the vein of Horrible Bosses or The Hangover with a little bit of Stephen King's Quitters Inc in there," said Benderspink's Jc Spink.
Just Friends' Adam 'Tex' Davis will adapt the A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man script. »
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a stockbroker.” Leonardo DiCaprio might as well be laying out that line in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, where he plays real-life multi-millionaire stockbroker/swindler Jordan Belfort. In the new trailer, gleeful immorality, fat stacks of cash and a self-aware voice-over from a man who wants too much all feel like a sequel to Goodfellas. Or maybe a modern adaptation of “Bonfire of the Vanities” (The Wolfe of Wall Street?). Or maybe the Gatsby For 2013 that’s really for 2013. Comparisons aside, it looks ridiculously cool. Belfort’s trick was artificially inflating a stock price before dumping the lion’s shares and screwing over clients. He made a crazy amount of money that fueled some very profound drug and control problems — and it looks like DiCaprio is having the time of his life here. It’s almost like Django loosened the lid for »
- Scott Beggs
The film sees Scorsese returning behind the camera following the Oscar-winning Hugo, and with Leonardo DiCaprio leading an all-star cast, things have been looking good for the true-story crime-drama for some time now.
Set to hit Us theatres in just under five months, Paramount and Universal have released the first trailer, and it is an excellent first look at what is sure to be a contender later this year.
A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
- Kenji Lloyd
The story revolves around the wife of a Mexican Drug Cartel leader. She escapes his compound in Tijuana with a backpack full of cash with the intent of reuniting with her young daughter in Los Angeles before her husband tracks her down.
Meanwhile, "The Sopranos" actor Frank Vincent's 2006 self-help book "A Guy’s Guide to Being A Man’s Man" is being adapted into a feature-length dark comedy with the same kind of tone as "Horrible Bosses".
Adam 'Tex' Davis ("Just Friends," "Ride Along") will adapt the script and produce. Vincent will also play a part in the film.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Vincent’s book, co-written with Steven Prigge, was published by Berkley Books in 2006, shortly after HBO’s “The Sopranos” ended with Vincent’s Phil Leotardo a dominant character in the final season. The thesp, who portrayed tough guys in “Raging Bull,” “Casino” and “Goodfellas,” dispensed advice on clothing, cigars, wine and talking one’s way into a club, asserting, “If you want to be a big dog, then don’t play like a puppy.”
“Through ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘The Sopranos’ I have been a huge Frank Vincent fan and we saw a great opportunity to turn his self-help book into a great comedy in the vein of ‘Horrible Bosses’ or ‘The Hangover’ with a little bit of Stephen King’s ‘Quitters Inc.’ in there,” said Benderspink principal Jc Spink. »
- Dave McNary
For years now — especially since The Sopranos ushered in a new era of smart, complex, visually sumptuous television programming — Hollywood insiders and consumers alike have been saying that TV is a better avenue for gripping, intelligent entertainment than film. (EW actually declared this to be true way back in 1995, four years before David Chase’s mob series debuted.)
The directors had teamed up for a chat about the state of the film industry at the University of Southern California. (The »
- Hillary Busis
Sneak Peek more new set images from Season 6 of "Sons Of Anarchy" currently filming new episodes for a September 11, 2013 debut.
In the Season 5 finale arc, Clay (Ron Perlman) was kicked out of the gun-running biker gang 'Samcro' and arrested for murder, with a $10 million bounty on his head.
"There's a million ways he could either extricate himself from that situation, or not extricate himself from that situation," said Perlman.
"Does he go inward? Does he go outward? Does he become more manipulative than ever? Is he more dangerous than ever, because he's a cornered big cat ?..."
"The most fucked up person at the beginning of the show is now, in a weird way, the healthiest parent," said series creator Kurt Sutter about Wendy.
"She's the only »
- Michael Stevens
We talked to the legendary funnyman about the stars who’ve wowed him, and whether Adele really deserved that Oscar.
Bruce Vilanch has enjoyed what I’d call the ideal pop cultural existence: He’s written jokes for about two dozen Oscar ceremonies; he’s costarred in glamorous movies and insane Broadway spectacles (Mahogany, Hairspray); he took up Paul Lynde‘s mantle on Hollywood Squares; he’s become an icon himself thanks to his bright blond hair, red glasses, and goofy t-shirts; most fabulously, he’s relished casual and working relationships with everyone from Bette Midler to Lainie Kazan, the latter of whom costarred with him in the cute indie comedy Oy Vey, My Son Is Gay!! Though that movie was released in 2010, director Evgeny Afineevsky has launched an Indiegogo campaign to garner the film some greater distribution. It’s a Bruce Vilanch/Lainie Kazan vehicle, guys. The world »
- Louis Virtel
Six years ago, on June 10, 2007, "The Sopranos" ended its six-season run on HBO. Though it remains the cable network's most-watched show ever to this day, fans are still not happy about that controversial finale.
"The Sopranos" was never afraid to kill off main characters -- for a show about the inner-workings of the mob in New Jersey, they couldn't really avoid it -- but in the end, instead of sealing the fates of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and their kids Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and Aj (Robert Iler), the show just cut to black.
Were any of the shifty-eyed patrons in the diner gonna whack the entire family? Did Meadow manage to make it through the door after that epically bad parallel parking job? And what song was up next on the jukebox after Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" was so rudely cut short?
The cut to »
- The Huffington Post
The Starks and the Lannisters are right behind The Sopranos. With the Season 3 finale last night of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the show based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novels has become the second most watched series in HBO history behind Season 5 of David Chase’s Jersey mob show. With 5.4 million watching Sunday’s Game Of Thrones, the Season 3 finale was up 28% over the 4.2 million who watched the series’ Season 2 finale. Last night’s episode was the second most watched Game Of Thrones of the season after the 5.5 million HBO subscribers who tuned in for the May 5, 2013 airing. Over two plays last night, Game Of Thrones pulled in 6.3 million viewers in total. Overall Season 3 of Game Of Thrones averaged a gross audience of 13.6 million watching on linear plays, HBO On Demand, HBO Go and DVR. That’s up 2 million over Season 2. The 2004 season of The Sopranos holds the »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Mad Men is not a violent show. Or at least, it’s not physically violent. Most of the great modern TV dramas favor protagonists engaged in violent behavior, with major characters frequently killed off: Think of Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy or Homeland, or incredibly popular bloodfests Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. Mad Men is different. Nobody holds a gun. Nobody breaks the law. The show’s transgressions are mostly mental or emotional: Cuckoldry, thwarted ambition, the encroaching sensation that one is all alone in the universe.
Nevertheless, the show has a history of killing off characters. »
- Darren Franich
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Terrence Winter
Original air date: September 19, 2010
“You can’t be half a gangster, Nucky. Not anymore.“ – Jimmy Darmody
The pilot to Boardwalk Empire had to live up to a wealth of expectations, from creator Terrence Winter’s success with HBO’s previous hit The Sopranos to the involvement and direction of Martin Scorsese. The 70 minute, beautifully shot episode brought Prohibition to life in rich detail with a stellar cast of characters. The episode captures the fraught tensions between those running “The World’s Playground” of Atlantic City and the onslaught of Prohibition.
Scorsese’s direction treats viewers to intricate and spectacular sets, fantastic costumes, and trademark Scorsese style, including long tracking shots, jump cuts, and brilliant parallel editing. So much intensity is captured in the simple intercut sequence of Jimmy’s son playing with his toy soldiers and the military training of the Prohibition agents. »
- Katherine Springer
So Game of Thrones sent the internet into a bit of a tizzy this past week - the reaction to latest episode 'The Rains of Castamere' was pretty extreme, with fantasy fans the world over going into meltdown over the brutal events of the Red Wedding...
To 'celebrate' George R R Martin's wanton cruelty, this week's Friday Fiver counts off a quintet of television's darkest, most shocking moments - those scenes that, in true Joey from Friends fashion, left us with a strong desire to place our DVD box-sets in the freezer...
Friday Fiver - Lost, The Sopranos: TV's Most Controversial Series Finales
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Spooks - Helen gets deep-fat-fried
Last time we spoke to David Chase, he told us that he only watches two TV shows: Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men. When we saw him last night at the WGA's celebration of the 101 Best Written TV Series last night, we asked him if that's still the case. It is. "There are all these shows that I want to watch, but you've got to start at episode one," he said. "Like Breaking Bad, I tried to watch that in season four, but you really got to start from the beginning. And that's a huge investment of time." When we point out that this would probably surprise people, given that he's the creator of The Sopranos, he explained his disinterest in the medium thusly: "I was not a super TV watcher since I discovered drinking. No, seriously! Really, at about fifteen, I started to go out to parties and stuff, »
- Jennifer Vineyard
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