11 items from 2014
With Oscars on their mantlepieces for The Descendants, and summer hit The Way Way Back under their belts, writer-director duo Nat Faxon and Jim Rash have established themselves as two of Hollywood’s most exciting new filmmakers. In The Descendants, they struck an extraordinary balance between humor and heartbreak, and The Way Way Back confirmed that Faxon and Rash were as capable behind the camera as they were with pen and paper. Now, it appears that for their next project, action-comedy The Heart, the duo are aiming for a mini-Way Way Back reunion, with news that Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney have both joined the cast.
In the film, written and directed by Faxon and Rash, Kristen Wiig stars as a cash-strapped woman who agrees to begin trafficking black market organs with a mysterious stranger. Rockwell will play said stranger, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Given its consistently low ratings, it's somewhat astounding that "Raising Hope" managed to get four often terrific seasons on Fox. It's still sad to report that "Raising Hope" will have its series finale on Friday, April 4 with an hour-long send-off. "On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and 'Raising Hope's' amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," blurbs executive producer Mike Mariano, who took over as showrunner for Garcia this season. "We planned our Season Four finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication." Often aired in erratic patterns with lengthy hiatuses, doubled-up episodes and early finales, "Raising Hope" will still hit 88 episodes by its finale. During its run, »
- Daniel Fienberg
It's time to say goodbye to the Chance family. Raising Hope has been canceled by Fox after four seasons, the network announced on Monday. The sitcom, which stars Martha Plimpton, Lucas Neff, Cloris Leachman and Garret Dillahunt, will say goodbye in a special one-hour series finale, which will air Friday, April 4. "Thanks for watching! Thanks to the writers, directors, cast mates + fans who made it possible. Goodbye, Jimmy," Neff tweeted on Monday. "On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and Raising Hope's amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," executive producer Mike Mariano said in a statement. "We »
Raising Hope is saying goodbye. Fox announced Monday that it will air two back-to-back new episodes to end the comedy’s four-season run on April 4.
The series finale will begin with “How I Met Your Mullet” which will guest star Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), followed by “The Father Daughter Dance” featuring Jeffrey Tambor. It will also include a musical performance by Kenny Loggins.
Raising Hope has averaged 2.7 million viewers this season and a 1.0 rating in 18-49.
- Lynette Rice
Exclusive: It’s the end of the road for Fox‘s quirky family comedy Raising Hope, with the upcoming fourth-season finale serving as series finale. The blue-collar sitcom will bow out with an hourlong farewell on Friday, April 4, featuring back-to-back episodes from 9-10 Pm. Created by Greg Garcia, Raising Hope was the first comedy series in a while to stick at Fox. It proved a good utility player, doing well behind New Girl but also as a 8 Pm anchor of the Tuesday comedy block last season. “Getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly and COO Joe Earley. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast — along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew — for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons.” Raising Hope had the odds stacked against it going into Season 4. Creator Greg Garcia left the »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fox announced on Monday that the network had decided to cancel comedy sitcom Raising Hope, which is currently in its fourth season.
'Raising Hope' Canceled
“On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and Raising Hope‘s amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons,” said executive producer Mike Mariano in a statement. “We planned our Season 4 finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication.”
“Getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride,” Fox chief Kevin Reilly added. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast – along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew – for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons. »
Zap2it spoke with "Psych" actress Kirsten Nelson in preparation for her directorial debut on Wednesday's (Feb. 26) episode of the USA comedy. An interview about that process and the end of "Psych" is coming later in the week, but one of the other topics we touched on was her memorable guest-starring role on "The West Wing."
In the Season 2 finale of NBC's political drama, titled "Two Cathedrals," Nelson played the younger version of Mrs. Landingham, secretary to President Bartlet who in present-day had just been killed in a car accident.
Nelson tells Zap2it that it was actually due to Kathryn Joosten, the actress who played present-day Mrs. Landingham and who passed away herself in 2012, that she auditioned for the role.
"That is still one of the roles that's closest to my heart. I knew Kathy Joosten, we worked together on a very short-lived series called 'Thanks' for CBS, »
Fans already anticipating "True Detective" Season 2 have taken over Twitter. With stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson signed for only one season, "True Detective" will need a new pairing in its next outing.
Thanks to a Twitter hashtag, #TrueDetectiveSeason2 and photo meme, there are hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of suggestions. Here are some of the funniest.
So @joelmchale and @RashisTVUgly just won #TrueDetectiveSeason2 pic.twitter.com/NK30SPqvWh
-- Rob Moynihan (@robmoynihan) February 20, 2014
#TrueDetectiveSeason2 Clear winners pic.twitter.com/bxd9tlAO5d
-- Giana Mucci (@RatedGiana) February 20, 2014
#TrueDetectiveSeason2 I am also serious about this one @JayKarnes #TheShield http://t.co/vtXW5OhL0N
-- Mo Ryan (@moryan) February 20, 2014
#TrueDetectiveSeason2 : My vote. pic.twitter.com/hnBwXxPqPF
-- Michael Schneider (@franklinavenue) February 20, 2014
Never one to rest on his laurels, acclaimed director and producer Jason Reitman has added The Possibilities to his large slate of projects, snapping up the new novel before it has even been published.
The Possibilities is the second novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings – whose 2007 debut The Descendants was adapted into an Academy Award winning screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for Payne’s 2011 movie of the same name. Indian Paintbrush Productions, along with Reitman’s Right Of Way production company, have optioned Hemmings’ follow-up and attached Reitman to direct – though it will not arrive in bookstores until May 2014.
Set in a Colorado ski-resort, the story centres on a small-town talk show host who is grieving for her adult son, recently lost in an avalanche. In her loss, she is supported by her son’s estranged father, her own, live-in father, and her best friend – although this »
- Sarah Myles
Sam Rockwell’s inability to secure an Oscar nomination for a career filled with hilarious and dazzling turns in films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Moon and The Way, Way Back has not stopped the actor from attracting a large fanbase and much love from the independent film community. In Park City to promote Lynn Shelton’s new comedy-drama Laggies, Rockwell is now starting to drum up support for The Eel, which he will star in for writer/director Roberto Bentivegna, whose script appeared on the 2012 Black List.
The Eel should be a darker turn for Rockwell, who will play an escaped convict drawn back into a life of crime when a corrupt sheriff kidnaps the heiress to an oil fortune. As Kevin Walsh, one of The Eel‘s producers, told Deadline, Rockwell’s role “of a criminal on the run… reminded us of Drive and Cool Hand Luke. »
- Jordan Adler
I’ll preface this by saying that compiling a list of the top 25 Community episodes so far has been the most difficult task I have ever encountered as an entertainment journalist. The cult NBC comedy, which premieres its fifth season tonight, has maintained a rabid fan following for a reason; its unique blend of character-driven humor and meta commentary puts it in a totally different class from any other half-hour comedy series currently airing on television.
Community arrived in 2010 to little fanfare, but since then, showrunner Dan Harmon and his talented writing staff have taken risks with their show that have transformed it from a standard sitcom into a heartwarming, hilarious, complex and frequently brilliant comedy that stands tall among the greats of television history. Why? Because Community embraces the opportunity to take tremendous risks in terms of storytelling and character development. What other show has the audacity to construct »
- Isaac Feldberg
11 items from 2014
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