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Alan Alda is an Emmy favorite from such shows as "M*A*S*H" and "The West Wing," but will his guest role on "The Blacklist" win him another trophy? His episode submission for this year's Best Drama Guest Actor race is "The Decembrist," a game-changing hour for the series that saw the demise of his recurring character, Alan Fitch. -Break- Join 'The Blacklist' discussion in our lively message boards Synopsis: Red (James Spader) discovers Alan Fitch's true motives as the Decembrist, but since they have a history together, Red decides not to kill him. Unfortunately, Berlin (Peter Stormare) has other plans. Berlin's men kidnap Alan and put a bomb around his neck. The FBI have trouble defusing the bomb, so they take Alan to the command center and lock him in the same glass box where Red was once held. A forlorn Alan tells a young agent »
It’s been a long road back to Camp Firewood.
It seems that ever since the release of the original Wet Hot American Summer movie back in 2001, writers David Wain and Michael Showalter have been teasing the idea of a reunion. However, given that the film featured a cast which included Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd - each only a fraction as famous at the time as they are now - the idea fast became a dangled carrot which seemed to get further and further from anyone’s grasp. It was going to take a Goliath to make it happen.
Enter Netflix, who in January announced (following a long period of speculation) that it would be stumping up the cash to get the band back together. »
Each year, a lot of filmmakers make a lot of movies. Some of them are noteworthy, some become celebrated award-winners, while a rare one or two enter into the annals of history – taking place alongside great works by artists such as Alan J. Pakula. Part of the fun is predicting which film – if any – will fall into the latter category, and this year, all eyes are on Spotlight.
It’s not an outlandish idea to compare the upcoming drama to Pakula’s legendary All The President’s Men, since the subject matter shares the theme of presenting a fictionalized account of some of the most important and remarkable journalism of the 20th century. Where Pakula’s Oscar winner focused on The Washington Post’s work on the Watergate scandal, Spotlight depicts the work of The Boston Globe in uncovering the Massachusetts Catholic sex abuse scandal of 2001.
In a further connection, »
- Sarah Myles
After a critically acclaimed start with films like “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor,” actor/director Thomas McCarthy, has hit a few bumps in the road while diversifying his career. The fact is, McCarthy has taken risks. He’s written at Pixar (“Up”) and taken on some challenges (“Win/Win” features some terrific performances, but is a uneven effort), but few would argue that his would-be whimsical fairy tale comedy “The Cobbler” starring Adam Sandler wasn’t a huge misguided folly (and actually, don’t put the blame on Sandler, either). Read More: Interview: Thomas McCarthy Grapples With 'Win Win' But if there are those looking for a McCarthy comeback in a big way, his upcoming picture “Spotlight” looks like the real deal. Co-written by Josh Singer (“The West Wing”) and McCarthy, “Spotlight” stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton in a true story about a team »
- Edward Davis
"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
These days, Kristin Chenoweth is everywhere — on film and TV, in concert and on the Broadway stage for eight shows a week as the Tony-nominated romantic lead Lily Garland/Mildred Plotka in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of “On the Twentieth Century.”
“This is a commitment, what I’m doing and (what) all of my fellow Broadway artists (are doing),” says the petite Oklahoman (she’s all of 4 feet, 11 inches tall) of her role as the ugly duckling piano accompanist who transforms into a swan movie star. “It’s a marathon, like being an Olympic athlete. It’s also a gift.”
And Chenoweth’s fans know it. The second she appears onstage, the audience thunderously applauds. And then comes that unmistakable voice: bigger than she is — perfect in pitch, tone and breath — from ballad to belt.
“Kristin is enormously bright and kind,” says Matthew Broderick, who starred opposite Chenoweth in »
- Thelma Adams
A former witch is on a killing spree and a “West Wing” alum is elected vice president in Thursday’s casting roundup …
Lily Rabe is returning to “American Horror Story” and will play a crazed serial killer in the upcoming “Hotel” installment. Rabe has appeared in all the previous seasons of the FX miniseries. She joins fellow returning cast members like Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Evan Peters in “Hotel,” which premieres in October. Rabe was a fan favorite as the Stevie Nicks-obsessed Misty Day in “American Horror Story: Coven.” [EW]
“The West Wing” alum Bradley Whitford — who last week received an Emmy nomination for guest starring on Amazon’s “Transparent” — will play Vice President Hubert Humphrey in HBO’s “All the Way.” Bryan Cranston stars in the adaptation of the stage play about Lyndon Johnson’s first years as Commander in Chief and his attempts to enact the Civil »
- Whitney Friedlander
The actors formerly known as Josh Lyman and Walter White are teaming up to take the White House.
The Steven Spielberg-produced film is based on the Tony-winning play of the same name and stars Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, revisiting the role he had in the Broadway production, as President Johnson.
All the Way takes place in 1964 — during »
Mysteries abound whether "The Good Wife's" upcoming seventh season will be its last, but one thing's for sure: its creators will be busy developing another show. CBS has ordered to series Robert and Michelle King's next project, the 13-episode horror comedy "BrainDead," set to debut next summer. Centering on a female congressional greenhorn, the show finds DC overtaken by brain-eating aliens. "We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and high-brow politics -- 'The Strain' crossed with 'The West Wing,'" the Kings said in a statement. "It seemed like the best way to address the news today -- not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie." "BrainDead" will also have Judy Smith, the inspiration for ABC's "Scandal," as an adviser and co-executive producer on the show. "Robert and Michelle have developed an intriguingly original concept with layers of humor, »
- Inkoo Kang
Aliens will begin taking over Capitol Hill in BrainDead, an upcoming horror comedy series that's received a 13-episode straight-to-series order from CBS and is slated to premiere next summer.
Press Release: "Studio City, Calif. – CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of “BrainDead,” a one-hour comic-thriller from Robert and Michelle King, acclaimed creators and executive producers of “The Good Wife.” The series will be broadcast in summer 2016.
“BrainDead” is the first project from Robert and Michelle King as part of their new three-year producing deal with CBS Television Studios. “BrainDead” will be executive produced and written by the Kings. Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Liz Glotzer will serve as executive producers for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions, all of whom previously collaborated on “The Good Wife.” Judy Smith will serve as co-executive producer.
“BrainDead” follows a young fresh-faced Hill staffer getting her first job in Washington, »
- Derek Anderson
BrainDead has officially come alive at CBS.
The network has given a straight-to-series, 13-episode order to Good Wife creators’ Robert and Michelle King’s one-hour comic-thriller, which is being billed as a cross between The Strain and The West Wing.
BrainDead, which is slated to premiere in Summer 2016, follows a young fresh-faced Hill staffer getting her first job in Washington, D.C. and discovering two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers. »
The one-hour comic thriller, set in Washington, D.C., will air in summer 2016 with 13 episodes.
“BrainDead” is the first project from the Kings as part of their new three-year producing deal with CBS Television Studios. They will executive produce and write the series.
“BrainDead” follows a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who gets her first job in Washington, D.C., and discovers two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.
“We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and highbrow politics – ‘The Strain’ crossed with ‘The West Wing,’” the Kings said in a statement. “It seemed like the best way to address the news today – not straight, »
- Debra Birnbaum
The network of Under the Dome will spend next summer looking under another dome — the one on Capitol Hill. CBS has given The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King a 13-episode order for the D.C.-set comic thriller Brain Dead, a project the duo describe as "a mix of genre-pulp and high-brow politics – The Strain crossed with The West Wing," according to a joint statement from the Kings. Brain Dead will follow a young female congressional staffer working her first D.C. job. In addition to realizing what we all already know — that the government is pretty much broken — she’ll stumble upon the cause of the dysfunction: "Alien spawn have come to earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers," according to a show description provided by CBS. "It seemed like the best way to address the news today — not straight, »
- Joe Adalian
One of the most intriguing upcoming new shows has to be Fox's small screen adaptation of Minority Report, so we were very interested to see what the cast and crew had to say about it at Comic-Con in San Diego earlier this month.
After screening 20 flashy minutes of the pilot - which sees precog Dash helping a detective solve crimes before they happen - stars Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Wilmer Valderrama and Laura Regan joined executive producers Kevin Falls, Darryl Frank and Max Borenstein to give us some hints about what's coming up, so read on for 8 things to expect from the show:
1. The series is all about humanising precogs.
"We've seen shows that have copied Minority Report since the movie which is all about stopping crime, stopping murders before they happen, and in the movie we follow the police department which has an infrastructure in place to do that, »
George Coe, one of the O.G. "Saturday Night Live" stars, died in Santa Monica over the weekend. Coe was part of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" comedy troupe that launched 'SNL' in 1975 -- and went on to have a very successful career in movies and TV. He had roles in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The West Wing," and "L.A. Law." Most recently, Coe voiced a main character on "Archer." He played Woodhouse, »
- TMZ Staff
Following SNL’s freshman run, Coe appeared in TV series such as (but not limited to) the CBS sitcom Goodnight, Beantown, Hill Street Blues, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Max Headroom, L.A. Law, the ABC sitcom Working and The West Wing.
Coe returned to his SNL stomping grounds as recently as 1986, playing a judge in the infamous “Get a Life! »
George Coe, an actor whose long and eclectic career earned him legions of fans spanning several different generations, has died. He was 86.
Coe spent more than 50 years acting both in front of the camera as well as through voiceover work, turning in defining performances in multiple media and genres. He began his career on Broadway in 1957 opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of "Mame," and went on to star in "On the Twentieth Century" and "Company," among other shows.
In television, Coe made history as one of the original cast members of "Saturday Night Live," debuting with the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the show's first episode in 1975. He appeared in numerous other television series over the years, with roles on shows including "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Murder, She Wrote," "Celebrity Deathmatch," "Bones," "Grey's Anatomy," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Gilmore Girls," "The Golden Girls," and "The West Wing. »
- Katie Roberts
George Coe, an actor with extensive credits and a longtime activist in the Screen Actors Guild, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling a long illness. He was 86.
Coe acted for more than 50 years of film, television, commercial and stage work. He had a lengthy career as a commercial performer both on camera and voiceover, including six years as the voice of Toyota.
He served more than a dozen years on the SAG national board of directors, having the vice president title for two years and creating the template for what became SAG’s first low-budget production contract.
Coe was born in Jamaica, Queens. His Broadway theater career began in 1957 and included performing as M. Lindsey Woolsey opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of Jerry Herman’s “Mame” and as Owen O’Malley in “On The Twentieth Century.”
Coe was also an original member of “Not Ready For Prime Time Players, »
- Dave McNary
The nominations for the 67th annual Primetime Emmys were announced recently, and like all nominations in recent memory, it’s just as notable for what was snubbed as for what did end up nominated. With this becoming an increasing trend, many have taken to questioning the importance of the Emmys, and whether they’re relevant in this day and age, especially as shows that can be categorised as hour-long comedies or half-hour dramas are just the latest in a long line of things that have left the Academy scrambling. The Emmys are still relevant, however, but not in the way that it’s usually presented. Rather, the Emmys work best in the current television landscape as a way to point budding television fans in the right direction of where to begin exploring.
Consider, for example, the case of the modern-day individual who discovers they have a deeper appreciation for television than any of their peers. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Once again, Downton Abbey received the most nominations of any British drama, continuing the series’ long-running awards success in the Us. The fourth series saw nominations for Jim Carter for best supporting actor and Joanne Froggatt for best supporting actress.
The ITV show, which has earned the most Emmy nominations of any non-us show in history, will again compete against glossy American dramas such as House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Mad Men for the accolade of outstanding drama series.
The biggest surprise at the announcement of the 2015 Emmy »
- Lanre Bakare and Brian Moylan in New York
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