16 items from 2013
There's plenty of new programming on tap for this fall on PBS -- including new episodes of American Masters, Great Performances, Genealogy Roadshow, specials commemorating the anniversary of JFK's death, science specials, and more.
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PBS Fall Season Offers An Array Of New Series, Specials And Returning Favorites
Season Highlights Include Commemoration of President Kennedy, Heritage Specials, PBS Arts and Showcase of Independent Film
Arlington, Va; May 9, 2013 - PBS announced today a fall primetime line-up featuring a strong roster of wide-ranging programs. New highlights of the season include a series of specials commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death; programs exploring American heritage from diverse viewpoints; the first PBS Independent Film Showcase; and captivating new dramas. Fall also marks the second PBS Arts Fall Festival, as well as the return (and »
Chicago – Who but Quentin Tarantino could make a nearly-three-hour movie about slavery and turn it into the highest-grossing film of his career? The movie made over $160 million domestically and over $400 million worldwide on its way to two major Oscars — Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. With all of its massive success, one might expect a lavish Blu-ray release. What we get is a bit more cut-rate. It’s got a good transfer but it’s slight on special features and it’s very likely that a special edition is inevitable. Then again, I’ve been waiting for the “Kill Bill” recut, full-movie edition that Qt promised years ago.
One great thing about “Django Unchained” is, like all of Qt’s films, the replay value is High. Tarantino’s gift for dialogue allows for films that people watch over and over again, long after the plot turns and twists have been revealed and memorized. »
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There's something almost puppylike about the way David Tennant bounds into this Beverly Hills restaurant with a face-splitting grin. He's dressed chic-casual, slacks and sport coat over a vintage Brit-rock T-shirt, his face stubbly for "Broadchurch," the British police drama he's due to start filming the week after this meeting. That show will air later this year on BBC America, but he's here right now to talk about "Spies of Warsaw," a two-part miniseries airing on consecutive Wednesdays, April 3 and 10, on the same channel.
Filmed on location in the Polish capital, this adaptation of Alan Furst's well-received historical novel, set during the days leading up to World War II, casts Tennant as Col. Jean-Francois Mercier, a French aristocrat who finds himself drawn into a complex world of intrigue and betrayal as well as an affair with a Parisian lawyer (Janet Montgomery) for the League of Nations.
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The star of screen and stage is visiting the Guardian on Wednesday 3 April 2013 to do a live online Q&A
She's played Gertrude to Ben Whishaw's Hamlet, and a superlative Duchess of Malfi – not to mention more leading theatre roles than almost anyone of her generation. The last time she was on stage, in Tennessee Williams's remarkable Orpheus Descending last October, my colleague Lyn Gardner compared her grippingly tense performance to "a pan of boiling water with the lid tight".
Though she's only a few nights away from opening her latest London show, Dermot Canavan's Third Finger, Left Hand, Imogen Stubbs has gamely volunteered out to break out from final rehearsals and pop into the Guardian to answer your questions – so here's your chance to ask her anything you want.
Perhaps you want to find out what's kept her going through nearly 30 years on stage and screen »
Every year hundreds of movies are released. Most of them, we don’t see. Of the ones we do see, some are pretty good, most are average, and some are pretty terrible.
Of the terrible ones, most are just all-out terrible, with no redeeming factor. But, every now and again, there’ll be one actor who stands out. One fantastic performance amongst a pile of garbage.
This article is in honor of those few. The actors who gave us one silver lining that enabled us to sit through and tolerate even the worst of movies.
One of the favorites at WhatCulture, she is nonetheless one of the most sorely underrated actresses of our time. Rosamund Pike has a history of appearing in mediocre films and outshining everybody in them, but she’s only really had two terrible movies in her filmography. »
- J.D. Westfall
Forget coffee — this Nsfw video of Veep’s prickly, foul-mouthed characters demanding cappuccinos with “crack sprinkles” and hissing about the “most important piss” their boss has ever taken should be the only energy boost you need. The first season of HBO’s caustic political comedy hits DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday; beyond even more deleted scenes, the release features a few shorts starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s hapless vice president, a making-of documentary, and commentary from creator Armando Iannucci and Louis-Dreyfus, among others.
If you still haven’t caught the series that won the Seinfeld alum her latest Emmy — for shame! »
- Hillary Busis
Here’s what we learn from the show’s new Nsfw trailer: the Veep’s team is headed to a pig roast (maybe) where the hosts might be intimately involved with the main course; the Veep considers “daughter-boarding”; and, unrelated to those two incidents, the Veep becomes a meme, or “mean ma’am” — sorry, “meme, ma’am.” Something tells me V.P. really doesn’t stand for Very Precious.
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- Adam Carlson
Members of the Bollywood fraternity that attended yesterday’s screening of Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che, have taken to Twitter to express their praise for the film. Here’s what some of them said:
Roshan Abbas: ‘Kai Poche!! Leaves u speechless ! Do yourself a favour Watch it. @abhishekkapoor does a stellar job as director. One film abt which every tweet is the honest truth. Sensitive, subtle, soulful.’
Maryam Zakaria: ‘#KaiPoChe really nice and emotionally touching movie. Brilliant work by @Abhishekapoor n every single actor in the film. A must watch film!’
Monica Dogra: ‘Kai Po Che. Woooowwwww. How beautiful. #KaiPoChe @_Amrita_Puri – see this film. @swanandkirkire and amit trivedi. What a fine job all!’
Shruti Seth: ‘Please watch Kai Po Che. Sensitive & soulful. Impeccable job by director @abhishekkapoor, »
- Stacey Yount
Here's a short but sweet video with Quvenzhané Wallis, done for Time Magazine, in which she talks about her experiences working on Beasts of the Southern Wild. Today, the magazine posted a series of videos called Great Performances, with several of this year's Oscar nominated actors and actresses; so, of course, there was no way they couldn't do one without Ms. Wallis. Take a look: »
Most of the faces that appear in Time Magazine’s annual Great Performances package this year will be familiar to Oscar prognosticators — presumptive Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway is there, as is her greatest competition for the prize (Lincoln’s Sally Field) and her Les Mis costar Hugh Jackman.
But the portfolio also highlights a few of last year’s less celebrated performers, including The Sessions’s John Hawkes and Argo’s John Goodman, who has somehow never been nominated for an Oscar. Youngest-ever Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Django Unchained’s Christoph Waltz, »
- Hillary Busis
With The Oscars approaching, Time Magazine has unveiled their annual Great Performances Portfolio, which includes stunning new portraits and interviews with the actors whose cinematic endeavors defined 2012.
Related - 2012's Most Amazing Movies
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway's work in Les Miserables is lauded alongside Amy Adams for The Master, Sally Field for Lincoln, Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, John Goodman for Argo and more!
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In their paired interview, Hathaway and Jackman talk about how they approached their roles, and what they learned as humans and actors. Plus, they reveal which actors elated them this year! Watch!
For more from Time's Great Performances Portfolio, click here! »
Irons is among the prominent hosts of "Shakespeare Uncovered," an inventive series tracing the origins of eight of the writer's plays through a combination of history, new analysis, selected scenes – and, for Irons, a gallop on horseback across a fabled battlefield.
The series begins 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Est Friday (check local listings) on PBS, which happens to be the home of the hit period soap opera, "Downton Abbey."
"Shakespeare Uncovered," along with PBS' planned fall airing of new films of four of Shakespeare's plays, "open up to this huge American audience this gold dust," Irons told reporters recently, and demonstrates that TV "doesn't end with `Downton Abbey.'"
After then mischievously comparing Shakespeare to an Aston Martin and "Downton" to a Ford Fiesta, Irons admitted he hadn't seen the serial »
On TV this Friday: Merlin begins its magical final season, CSI: NY kills two vics with one weapon, Blue Bloods look for a green murderer and Portlandia gets back to quirk. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
7 pm – 1 am (Saturday) Californication marathon (Showtime) | Relive Hank’s Season 5 return to Los Angeles – in all of its tawdry glory. (Check out what’s in store for Season 6, which gets underway Jan. 13.)
Related | Your January Premieres/Finales Calendar
8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The CEO of Mood Media goes undercover at his company that helps stores “communicate with consumers” via sounds, sights and… »
- Kimberly Roots
Julie Andrews in Austria: hardly an unfamiliar sight, both in movie history and now on New Year's Day.
The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner filmed one of her most famous roles in that country, Maria in the 1965 screen classic "The Sound of Music." Along with her elegant and cultured image, that made her a natural to succeed the late Walter Cronkite as host of PBS' traditional "Great Performances" broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic's holiday concert, and she'll fill that role for the fourth time when "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013" airs Tuesday, Jan. 1 (check local listings).
"I love doing it," the ever-gracious Andrews tells Zap2it. "The PBS people are very nice, they do this with class and style, and we do something different every year. It's always a learning curve for me, going to new places and finding out about them. And of course, the music is lovely. »
If one didn't know the melodies, the connections would not necessarily be made."Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy," airing on PBS' "Great Performances" Tuesday, Jan. 1 (check local listings), shows the very strong link between Jewish music and the sometimes mournful, sometimes joyful tunes that have dominated the Great White Way from the beginning.
"This isn't really a Jewish story," the filmmaker, Michael Kantor -- who also made the Emmy-winning "Broadway: The American Musical" -- tells Zap2it. "It is Jewish in the sense that [it] is exploring this phenomenon of this handful of writers, but they created an American art form. Only a few art forms are considered uniquely American -- jazz, abstract expressionism and the Broadway musical. So anything that deals with how these art forms came about deals with who we are as a nation.
"The Broadway musical is an amalgam of lots of different things," Kantor continues. "It is also incredibly entertaining. »
New Year's Day brings ten hours of AbFab. That's got to be a good beginning for the year.
The Av Club suggests that 2013 will be the year that ends TV as we know it. With DVRs diminishing the importance of time slots, the continued rise of cable and the demise of many era-defining shows like 30 Rock and Breaking Bad, there's a good case to be made that the medium has been putting off a big change for a while.
This feels like a spoiler, Once Upon a Time cast Sonequa Martin-Green — who made her Walking Dead debut in the midseason finale — to play a character named Tarmara. I guess I shouldn't get attached to her The Walking Dead character.
A Downton Abbey parody comic where Bates leads a double-life as a super-spy (and Thomas is obsessed with figuring out why Bates is always locked away polishing silver)? Sign me up. »
16 items from 2013
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