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14 items from 2014


‘Glad All Over’ Fortifies Dave Clark Five’s Might at Forefront of British Invasion

7 April 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Most people who perceive the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as having led the British Invasion might be surprised to learn that the Dave Clark Five gave both groups a run for their money during their mid-’60s heyday. And that whole Beatles vs. Stones thing? The DC5 vs. the Fab Four constituted its own rivalry, at least according to the documentary “The Dave Clark Five and Beyond” — Glad All Over,” airing Tuesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. and Friday, April 11, at 10 p.m. on PBS (Koce in Los Angeles) as part of the “Great Performances” series.

Judging by the milestones, the Tottenham-based DC5 made it their business to one-up their Liverpool counterparts, beginning with the single “Glad All Over,” which supplanted “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at the top of the U.K. singles chart in 1964 and performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 18 times compared to the Beatles’ trio of appearances. »

- Steve Chagollan

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Peabody Awards honor 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orphan Black,' and more

2 April 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards set a record with 46 recipients, which were announced today on CBS This Morning. The winners, chosen from nearly 1,100 entries, were selected by the Peabody board to be named the “best in electronic media for 2013.”

Recipients range from local news to international coverage, also including entertainment series, documentaries, web-based winners and more. A complete list of the winners is below:

180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School (PBS)

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)

Best Kept Secret (PBS)

Borgen »

- Samantha Highfill

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‘Scandal,’ ‘House of Cards,’ ‘The Bridge,’ ‘Orphan Black’ Among Peabody Winners

2 April 2014 6:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This year’s Peabody Award winners are a typically eclectic list ranging from hits such as ABC’s “Scandal” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad” to Netflix’s groundbreaking drama “House of Cards” to BBC America’s buzzworthy “Orphan Black.”

Among the scripted series selections were FX’s “The Bridge” was recognized for its focus on border and immigration issues in the context of a murder-mystery drama; Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”; the French zombie drama “The Returned” (which aired on SundanceTV with subtitles); the BBC America mini “Broadchurch” (now being remade for Fox); and Comedy Central’s sketch series “Key & Peele.”

The lone unscripted series getting the nod was CNN’s culinary travelogue “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” Feature docs on the list include HBO’s “Six by Sondheim” and TCM’s “The Story of Film” and Alex Gibney’s latest for HBO, “Maximum Mea Culpa: Silence in the House of God. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Ep. 1.01, “Pilot”: Bad Roads

12 March 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

Written by Robert Rodriquez

Directed by Robert Rodriquez

Airs Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on El Rey Network

Robert Rodriquez’s 1996 cult classic From Dusk till Dawn is a flawed but ultimately surprising, fun, and witty gore-fest sendup of vampire movies. Surprisingly the TV adaptation, for Rodriquez’s channel the El Rey Network, is just as much fun as its source material.

From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, much like the movie, knows exactly what it is. This is not highbrow entertainment. This is pulpy cult gore at its best. One of the most enjoyable things about the movie was the surprising genre changeup halfway through the film. The show makes up for this lack of surprise by expanding on what we didn’t see in the movie, such as the Gecko brothers’ botched bank robbery, which we see flashes of here. »

- Tressa

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10 Great Performances That Were Overshadowed By Their Co-Stars

26 February 2014 10:04 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s something akin to an unwritten law that, coming out of the theatre, movie-goers focus all their attention on the “one performance” that stood out. Of course, when a performance manages to mesmerise audiences in their masses – to the point that they can’t think about anything else that happened in the movie – it’s obviously worthy of the acclaim. But it also sometimes means that other great performances get lost in the wake and don’t necessarily get the praise they deserve.

That’s to say, a great acting performance has the potential to overshadow other great acting performances if they happen to be a little louder, outrageous, or are given more screen time. That’s not to suggest that actors purposely dominate movies and overshadow their fellow actors – it’s just that certain movies have come to be so associated with certain performances, that all »

- WhatCulture

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Weekend TV Review: Give These Shows a Medal!

14 February 2014 7:34 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

While the Olympians continue to dominate the TV spotlight in Sochi, another gathering of championship talent takes a bow in the weekend's other gold-medal event: PBS's Great Performances presentation of National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Friday, 9/8c, check tvguide.com listings).

Laurence Olivier led the National Theatre upon its founding in 1963, and he and other luminaries are seen in vintage clips from past productions, interspersed throughout a dazzling evening of live re-enactments and tantalizing excerpts from landmark plays, including Angels in America, Stuff Happens, The History Boys and War Horse. Fans of Downton Abbey will delight to see the Dowager Countess Maggie Smith in her 1964 prime, vamping in ...

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- Matt Roush

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Jeri Ryan Joins “Helix,” Lifetime Plans the End of “Drop Dead Diva” and Dwayne Johnson Goes to HBO

14 February 2014 5:03 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Once Upon a Time has cast a Glinda for its Wizard of Oz story arc. TVLine reports that Sunny Mabrey has been picked to play the Good Witch.

Lifetime has announced that Drop Dead Diva will end with the upcoming sixth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I just hope another show quickly steps in to fill the upcoming Brooke Elliott shortage on TV.

Dave Holmes sings the praises of Brit soap Coronation Street, though a lot of his praise highlights the ways UK soaps trump their U.S. counterparts.

EW reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to appear on Shameless as Fiona‘s new boss. Judging from Morgan’s roles on Weeds, Supernatural and Watchmen, I’m already starting a deathwatch for his character.

Seth Meyers promises that Stefon will eventually appear on Late Night, saying that Bill Hader wants to bring his Saturday Night Live character to Meyer’s show eventually. »

- Lyle Masaki

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Eisenberg, Irons Cast In "Batman vs. Superman"

31 January 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Snyder stated, "Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."

The director added, "As everyone knows, »

- Press Release (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join the Cast of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Untitled Superman/Batman Film from Director Zack Snyder

31 January 2014 12:06 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Snyder stated, “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

The director added, “As everyone knows, »

- Michelle McCue

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Superman/Batman Movie Loses Its Name, Gains New Cast Members

31 January 2014 11:08 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Great casting news comes from Warner Bros. Pictures today, as they announce that Jeremy Irons (The Borgias, Die Hard With a Vengeance) will be playing the role of Alfred and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) will be Lex Luthor in the upcoming movie formerly known as Batman vs Superman.

That’s right, it’s apparently no longer Batman vs. Superman but is now The Untitled Superman/Batman Movie. Not as catchy, really. Maybe, though, it will be something more in keeping with what looks like a Superman movie with some Batman and Wonder Woman involvement. Note that the release says the script is currently being written. We shall see.

Also please note that there is no mention of Jason Momoa, nor of anyone else playing a villainous role other than Eisenberg as Luthor, but there is confirmation of the return of Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne.

Jesse Eisenberg »

- Erin Willard

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Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join the Cast of Untitled Superman/Batman Film

31 January 2014 10:10 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Snyder stated:

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

Snyder also added:

“As everyone knows, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Jesse Eisenberg Is Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons Is Alfred in Batman Vs. Superman!

31 January 2014 9:01 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Batman Vs. Superman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Zack Snyder stated,

"Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman's rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What's great about Lex is that he exist, beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."

The director added,

"As everyone knows, »

- MovieWeb

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of Sundance 2014

27 January 2014 11:14 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

The instant-response nature of our media has forced a bizarre question on nearly every minute of the Sundance Film Festival — “Is it a Good year?” Journalists and festival goers talk in hushed tones about the first time they saw beloved Sundance films like “Clerks,” “Bottle Rocket,” “Winter’s Bone,” or “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and wonder if there’s anything this year to compare. Personally, I had a spectacular year.

I didn’t reach the peaks of “Before Midnight” or “Upstream Color,” two films that made my top ten for all of 2013, but I saw a dozen films that could play some role in my top 11-30 at the end of this one. After a horrible Saturday, in which I liked only one of five films and was ready to go home, I basically had few valleys from there, never dipping below a C and seeing several films that »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Movie Review - American Hustle (2013)

3 January 2014 10:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

American Hustle, 2013.

Directed by David O. Russell.

Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner.

Synopsis:

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie Dimaso. Dimaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

On the surface, American Hustle is enjoyable enough. Great performances, silly wigs, camp 70s outfits, several laughs, and a killer soundtrack are peppered throughout the film meaning there is always something to enjoy visually or audibly. However, the film is turns out to be nothing more than just fun, and struggles to hold the attention, often weighed down by attempts at being something it clearly is not.

Based partly on actual events, the film tries to tell the story of an FBI sting operation to catch Us officials taking bribes in an operatic style with five central characters, »

- Gary Collinson

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