8 items from 2016
On one of the final episodes of the podcast, a listener asked if there would ever be a surprise TV show release, in the spirit of Wilco or Beyoncé dropping albums without any advance warning. Fienberg and I mused on how difficult this would be to pull off, given the number of collaborators involved in making a TV show, and speculated that even if such a thing could be produced in secret, all involved would want to make sure the world knew of its existence long before it was released. Well, leave it to Louis C.K. — who yesterday morning released the first episode of a new series called Horace and Pete on his website — to make fools of us both. But then, I'm amazed in hindsight that neither of us thought to mention C.K. as the kind of person who might be able to pull this off, given how »
- Alan Sepinwall
It's like John Laurens said: We'll never be truly free until there's a Hamilton documentary on public TV. To that end, then, PBS announced on Monday that it would premiere a Hamilton episode of its Great Performances series next fall. (You're just going to have to wait for it.) The documentary has been filming in all the rooms where Hamilton has happened since 2013, and will chart the evolution of the smash musical. Despite the flood of Hamilton content already out there, Dave Sirulnick, an executive producer with the doc's production company RadicalMedia, promises "the storytelling is going to be very fresh." Sure, sir! »
- Nate Jones
“We’re very happy today,” PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif., basking in early ratings for the debut of the new drama “Mercy Street,” which had bowed to a 2.2, exceeding expectations. An additional 200,000 streamed the show, giving a boost to the multi-platform effort behind the launch. “I think we’ve begun an important conversation.”
Still, she resisted repeated efforts to commit to an early renewal for the show. “I haven’t seen scripts for a second season,” she said, “but we have very much left the door open.”
Given that “Downton Abbey” is now in its final season, the network can breathe a sigh of relief that its drama slate seems secure with the Civil War-set series. She defended the use of her limited marketing budget to support that transition, telling reporters, “We’re constantly evaluating how »
- Debra Birnbaum
Announced during the Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCA) today, PBS will air "Hamilton's America," a feature film documentary taking audiences behind-the-scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda's critically-acclaimed, award-winning stage production, "Hamilton." The documentary will follow Miranda, his crew and cast during the two years leading up to the musical's Broadway opening, and will air as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series in the fall of this year. Produced by RadicalMedia, per the press release, "Hamilton's America" combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Announced during the Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCA) today, PBS will air "Hamilton's America," a feature film documentary taking audiences behind-the-scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda's critically-acclaimed, award-winning stage production, "Hamilton." The documentary will follow Miranda, his crew and cast during the two years leading up to the musical's Broadway opening, and will air as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series in the fall of this year. Produced by RadicalMedia, per the press release, "Hamilton's America" combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia and New York. Audiences will sit with Miranda as he composes songs in Aaron Burr’s Manhattan bedroom. They’ll take a trip to Virginia with Chris Jackson – the African American actor who portrays George Washington –...
- Tambay A. Obenson
“Hamilton’s America” will showcase the making of the hit Broadway musical, following creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with his team. The project will feature interviews with key thinkers and artists, plus scenes from “Hamilton,” including never-before-seen footage.
“PBS is thrilled to give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this sensational — and sold out — Broadway musical,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming at PBS. “With this level of access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team, PBS continues to live up to our mission of giving »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Leonardo DiCaprio goes all in with his latest effort, a two-and-a-half-hour plus epic of a film featuring a mostly all-male cast, little dialogue, grizzly bears and tons of blood, guts and dirt.
Alejandro González Iñárritu goes for the Oscar one-two following on from his 2014 effort Birdman, the Michael Keaton-led drama that won Iñárritu the Best Director award at last year’s Academy Awards. The Revenant, a motion-picture monster that took a whopping nine-months to shoot in the icey conditions in the wilds of Alberta, Canada, follows Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur-trapper from the early 1820s, who, along with a team of fellow pelt-hunters, are ambushed in the mountains by Native American tribe, the Arikara. With the team cut down by two-thirds, the »
- Paul Heath
Previously on Pt 1: The Hateful Eight and Comedy Performances of 2015
Pt 2 is here now. Joe, Katey and Nick --soldiering on awesomely without Nathaniel at this week's recording session -- are talking Anomalisa, and streaming recommendations to complete your film year. I hope you enjoy their conversation as much as I did!
14:40 Reader Question: Great performances in not so great films? When actors do all the work themselves.
20:10 Catching up with 2015 films we missed. Streaming recommendations!
34:30 Goodbyes & Plugs & Happy New Year
Films discussed include but are not limited to: Phoenix, The Man From Uncle, Blackhat, and Goodnight Mommy
Joe's Decider column on future cult classics
Nick's new giant Actress project
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. »
- NATHANIEL R
8 items from 2016
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