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“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. It’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it. There was a meeting. The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in.”
While the casting of Bale is hardly surprising, early reports indicated that he was one of the many actors in contention for the role, »
- Michael Briers
Television’s impressive artistic and commercial success is not a solely American phenomenon – it is not even an English language phenomenon. The case of the Danish series Borgen (2010-2013) is exemplary. Borgen brought together on average a 50% share in its home market and was shown all over the world to great acclaim. Much like The West Wing, it worked as a reminder that sincere idealism can still be part of politics, while at the same time giving a pretty nuanced idea of how politics work. Danish TV drama (shows like The Killing/Forbrydelsen of 2007-2012, The Bridge/Bron from 2010-2013, and most recently The Legacy/Arvingerne and soon-to-be-released 1864) began its revival about fifteen years ago – at the same time as its domestic film industry, and with the fiction department of the public channel Dr as its driving force.
By now Denmark, together with its Scandinavian neighbors, is considered Europe’s »
- Christina Kallas
Before we address who exactly Slater’s character is, let’s take a look at the show’s premise. Thanks to Deadline, we’ve got a decent amount of detailed story information that has piqued our interest. Mr. Robot “centers on a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations recruiting him to bring down corporate America.”
It’s a surprise that there’s still such interest in hacking, especially since it’s unlikely any series or movie could ever better 1995’s Hackers. »
- Gem Seddon
“Did you see last night’s ratings for ‘Ray Donovan?’”
It’s the morning after the show’s second-season finale, and Showtime president David Nevins sounds like a proud father, high-fiving a visitor to his Westwood office and firing off stats: The Liev Schreiber drama hit a series-high 2 million viewers. “It’s up 40% from last year,” he says, with a broad grin.
Nevins has good reason to be happy on this late-September day. “Ray Donovan” indeed blossomed into a ratings hit for his network in its sophomore season (even with behind-the-scenes drama forcing a change in showrunner for season three). “Masters of Sex” also wrapped its second season with heightened critical acclaim for the show and the performances of stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
With a week to go before the fourth-season relaunch of “Homeland,” the early reviews are mostly good as the drama reboots itself in an effort »
- Cynthia Littleton and Debra Birnbaum
One of the best shows you're not watching is Wgn America's Manhattan. Created by Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb. Over the first 13 episode season, the show explored the costs of secrecy and isolation as a result of building the "gadget," while also offering a fascinating look at the science involved in the design. I'm a huge fan of this show and was very happy to learn it's getting a second season. With the first season ending Sunday night, I recently sat down with creator Sam Shaw for an extended video interview. During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about how the show came together, his partnership with Tommy Schlamme (who directed the first two episodes), incorporating real figures into a world made up of fictitious characters, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Gossip Girl would surely have a field day over this casting: Penn Badgley will recur on NBC’s miniseries The Slap as the 25-year-old boyfriend of Mary-Louise Parker’s character, our sister site Deadline reports.
The eight-episode mini — based on an acclaimed Australian project and written by Jon Robin Baitz (The West Wing) — is about how one man’s punishment of another couple’s child explodes into a complex family drama.
Have “The Walking Dead” fans become numb to all the atrocities? "'The Walking Dead' has always lived in uncharted television territory, and you can’t say that viewers weren’t warned that this season was determined to go even further beyond Thunderdome,” says Jeff Labrecque, adding: "But is it too far? And is 'The Walking Dead' getting a free pass because its explicit depictions of violence are framed within a zombiefied landscape?” “The Real World" Season 30 is going with a "Skeletons” format The Chicago-set "Real World: Skeletons" will feature "skeletons" from the housemates’ past, who move in to "drum up secrets and dark memories.” “Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley will romance Mary-Louise Parker on NBC’s “The Slap” He’ll play her much-younger boyfriend on the NBC miniseries about a slap gone wrong. Click Read Full Post For More Ryan Murphy was wrong to claim he's »
- Norman Weiss
The West Wing meets The Wire? It’s not as ridiculous as it may sound, and it almost happened, if David Simon had his way. In about the middle of The Wire’s five season run, there were plans to have a political spin-off starring none other than Petyr Baelish himself, Aiden Gillen. Whoops, I mean Tommy Carcetti. Simon explains to Buzzfeed exactly what that might have looked like: “We were actually trying to spin off the city hall show and do a political show,” Simon revealed to BuzzFeed News, explaining it would’ve focused on Aiden Gillen’s politician Tommy Carcetti. “We wrote a bunch of scripts that would spin off after Season 3 of ‘The Wire.’ But HBO said, ‘No, we only want one show that nobody is watching in Baltimore, not two!’ ” For as much acclaim as The Wire has, this does actually make sense. It was hardly one of HBO’s… »
Implosion. Pre-detonation. Radioactivity. Meltdowns. The terms that define Wgn’s atomic bomb drama Manhattan also apply to its characters, a mix of men and women trying to stop a world war by creating a weapon that could destroy the planet completely. There isn't a simple equation among them. Throughout season one, which came to an end Sunday night with its thirteenth episode (“Perestroika”), the show mastered the art of contradiction, presenting heroes you root for even as they betray their own better natures. In the finale, the scientists of Los Alamos are still far from the breakthroughs they will need »
- Anthony Breznican
Wgn America has picked up the drama series Manhattan for a second season. Created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and directed by Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), the story takes place in 1940s Los Alamos, New Mexico and revolves around the men working secretly on the Manhattan Project as well as the toll it takes on their lives and family. I haven’t seen the show myself but I’ve heard good things, and the Manhattan Project is certainly creatively rich material. The first season finale of the show airs this coming Sunday, October 19th, on Wgn America. Read the full press release regarding the season two renewal after the jump. Here’s the press release: Los Angeles, Oct. 14, 2014 – Wgn America has ordered a second season of its critically acclaimed original drama "Manhattan," it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, Wgn America and Tribune Studios. »
- Adam Chitwood
Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a star-studded fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee Thursday night in Los Angeles, with President Barack Obama serving as guest of honor. Among the famous faces seen arriving at Paltrow's Brentwood home were Julia Roberts and “The West Wing” star Bradley Whitford. Mr. Obama arrived at the Oscar-winning star's house in the upscale Mandeville Canyon neighborhood at 5:24 p.m. He greeted and interacted with Paltrow before she introduced him to her guests, who sat on folding chairs, while eating summer rolls and sipping from flutes of champagne. “I am your — one of your biggest fans – if »
- Linda Ge and Anita Bennett
This brings the episode totals to 22 for “Black-ish” and 15 for “Murder.”
“Murder,” which stars Viola Davis as a mastermind criminal lawyer and professor and has seen heavy promotion from the network’s “Tgit” marketing campaign, is the fall’s highest-rated new series in adults 18-49, averaging a 3.6 “live plus same-day” rating through two airings. The premiere also set DVR playback records, gaining about 6 million viewers within the first three days of its airing. It is created and executive produced by Pete Nowalk (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Bill D’Elia (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing”) also serve as executive producers. “How to Get Away with Murder” is produced by ABC Studios. »
- Whitney Friedlander
ABC Family has turned to a network TV vet to fill the vacancy at the top of its programming and development department.
Karey Burke, the longtime NBC exec who has more recently worked as a producer, has been tapped exec vp of programming and development for the Mouse House cabler. She’ll oversee all development activity including casting, and she will be responsible for developing multi platform distribution strategies. She reports to ABC Family prexy Tom Ascheim.
“Karey is a proven hit maker, has worked across all genres of television and successfully held different roles as a buyer, seller and producer,” Ascheim said. “She is a dynamic leader with a vision for our programming that will result in more stand-out, must-commit, must-share content. In collaboration with the programming team she will continue to grow the slate of successful series and build an environment for creativity to flourish.”
Burke moves into »
- Cynthia Littleton
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Up to 70% Off The Simpsons Seasons 1-20 The Die Hard 1-5 Collection [Blu-ray] - $31.99 (68% off) Up to 58% Off 007 Titles 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $21.99 (60% off) Pierce Brosnan Ultimate 007 Edition (Goldeneye / The World Is Not Enough / Die Another Day) - $10.99 (56% off) The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection - $44.99 (53% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $81.99 (73% off) Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $120.99 (57% off) [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Excuse My French, 2014
Written and directed by Amir Salama
A Christian kid suddenly is forced to go to a public school after his father dies and because of a misunderstanding everyone thinks that he’s a Muslim.
There is a lot to be said for comedy getting “lost in translation”. Those who are au fait with Egyptian religious politics and the prejudices between Christians and Muslims may find a lot of humour in Amir Salama’s Excuse My French, but anyone else will just see it as a brightly coloured and overlong film with a couple of titters. It’s like watching The West Wing with no understanding of the American government system and just enjoying watching the characters walk around the halls spouting witty dialogue. It’s enjoyable from a certain angle, but it doesn’t give you any real satisfaction. »
- Luke Owen
The end is in sight for HBO’s The Newsroom. The show’s third and final season is nearly upon us, after which we’ll bid goodbye to the Atlantic Cable News crew.
The Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama looks set to continue on its mission of melding real-life events with the show’s idealistic crew of reporters, producers and newscasters. In its first two seasons, the series received applause for tackling the media’s angle on global events such as the Occupy Wall Street movement. It’s of course Jeff Daniels’ leading man, anchor Will McAvoy, who’s largely responsible for the show’s success and is at centre stage barking to his lackeys once more in the trailer for season three.
Approaching another devastating tragedy, the Boston Marathon Bombings, with great care are the show’s core trio. Back for another run are Emily Mortimer as producer MacKenzie McHale »
- Gem Seddon
NBC is getting a little slap-happy. The network has added Thandie Newton and Melissa George to its upcoming miniseries, The Slap, which is based on the 2011 Australian project of the same name. Written by Jon Robin Baitz (The West Wing), The Slap is described as "a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child." From there, secrets are exposed, a lawsuit is filed, and all kinds of drama ensues in the miniseries, which has an eight-episode order. Newton and George join a cast already featuring Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto, »
- Samantha Highfill
Leonardo DiCaprio will not be tackling the role of Steve Jobs in a film biopic after all. He was set to play the late Apple Computer co-founder for Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle but will now make the film "The Revenant" instead. The hot script is by Emmy and Oscar champ Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing," "The Social Network") and is one of the "most anticipated" in recent years. Sony is reportedly now looking to several other big names as possibilties for the lead role, including Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, or Bradley Cooper. The Scott Rudin-produced movie has had other bumps along the road. "Gone Girl" director David Fincher had circled the project but left over compensation and control issues. Hollywood Reporter -Break- Warner Bros. releases the first trailer for the upcoming Clint Eastwood film "American Sniper." It stars Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the "undisputed most lethal snipe. »
This week on ABC’s Scandal, Olivia and Jake battled over booty calls, Mellie’s private torment went public and Cyrus revealed to us that he apparently never saw Season 1 of The West Wing.
You Are So Booty-ful… To Meeeee
Now that they have been deposited back in D.C., Jake gets himself a room at a hotel a stone’s throw from Liv’s place, so that he is available for “booty calls.” (As he explains it, it can’t always be her “summoning” him.) They argue the issue some — when Jake isn’t looking over the reports on »
The first thing to say about The Newsroom is that it is unashamedly idealistic. Created by Aaron Sorkin, who gave us The West Wing, the show is populated by passionate journalists who value truth and facts over such trifles as ratings and advertising concerns. As is often the case with Sorkin, the action unfolds in a high-pressure environment where a team of smart workaholics frequently burst into impassioned speeches.
At the centre of the show is Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a grumpy news anchor who is popular due to his unwavering impartiality. Will once believed in the informative value of journalism, but he has spent the last few years in a career coma. This changes during a televised debate, however, when he is pushed »
- Stephen Carty
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