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While the film's synopsis seems simple enough: An epic post-apocalyptic tale about two brothers who struggle to avenge the wrongs done to their family, everything you'll see below leads us to believe the short film is anything but.
Written by Robert Scott Crane and Zoe Taylor and directed by Eric S. Anderson (who's worked as editor on some fairly big TV shows like Six Feet Under and Nip/Tuck) the short film has played some festivals, but is not fully available online. What is available is a grab bag of weirdness and talent that has me intrigued to see the final film.
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One of the more intriguing movies of the upcoming 2015 Sundance Film Festival features Ewan McGregor as Jesus… and Satan. It’s called “Last Days In The Desert,” and it’s directed by eclectic filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia who cut his teeth working in prestige television (“The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “In Treatment”) and then went on to show diversity with the thriller “Passengers,” and dramas like “Mother and Child,” and “Albert Nobbs.” Doubly intriguing, the picture was also shot by Emmanuel Lubezki, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of “Gravity” and the about-to-be-awarded Dp of “Birdman,” so we’ll assume he has another visual treat up his sleeve. Here’s the official synopsis. Ewan McGregor is Jesus — and the Devil — in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, »
- Edward Davis
The latest journey of Marco Polo has brought the 13th century Italian merchant into the world of 21st century digital entertainment with a dose of '70s kung fu and just a hint of premium cable fantasy. "Marco Polo," which premiered on Friday (December 12) on Netflix, has been described as the streaming service's answer to "Game of Thrones," an expensive epic of warring armies, courtly intrigue and not-insignificant quantities of nudity. Of course, I'm not making that comparison and neither is "Marco Polo" Ep Daniel Minahan. "The similarity is that there's court intrigue but I think that's about it," Minahan tells me. "I mean we're set in Mongolia and China; it's the story of a warlord rather than six different kingdoms vying for their throne. There's really big differences in the way 'Marco Polo,' the tone of it and the structure of it. I think the only thing »
- Daniel Fienberg
The third season of HBO’s Girls is very much one of renewal and reinvention. Characters who find themselves at highs or in happy situations at the end of the previous season are quickly brought low, while others are finally free to soar as the season goes on. Coming off of the high of season two’s over-the-top (but nonetheless touching) finale, season three has the thankless job of bringing everyone back to reality. Charlie and Marnie are broken up, Ray and Shoshanna are broken up, and Hannah and Adam are seeing that their reconcilliation may be more short-lived than they imagined. Meanwhile, Jessa has finally reached the bottom of the barrel and is no longer free to live her indulgent and presumptuous lifestyle.
Life has a way of complicating things and so do the people in our lives, and further still, so do we, ourselves. What has always »
Disney-owned network ABC Family has ordered a docu-series about a family whose father, Charlie, is divorcing the mother to transition into life as a woman named Carly. The show, My Transparent Life – whose title not so subtly alludes to the Amazon Instant series Transparent – will also focus on the couple's teenage son, Ben. Ryan Seacrest Productions, which makes the family reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, is handling the series' development, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"At Rsp, we love family stories, and we couldn't be more excited that »
I already know the number one question that will arise from our second installment of Ask Alan, and the answer is: yes, I do own other t-shirts, but completely forgot which one I had worn in the first installment when I got dressed for work the other day. Now I'm torn between trying to shake things up, wardrobe-wise, or turning the Flash tee into a uniform going forward, like that Texas teacher who wore the same outfit to picture day for 40 years. Two questions this week, one dealing with the half-forgotten child of the HBO golden age, "Six Feet Under," the other tying in neatly to yesterday's publication of my top 10 list for the year. As usual, you can send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please put "Ask Alan" in the subject line. Or, to make your life easier, click this email link and it will do all of that for you. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Parks and Recreation fans, we feel your pain. With several weeks still left before the NBC comedy debuts its seventh and final season, we’re ready to swear off waffles for life if it means the time will pass faster.
But executive producer Mike Schur feels differently.
During a recent visit to the Parks set, where production on the series’ final two episodes had begun, Schur told TVLine he was dreading the show’s end.
“The real test will be the next couple of weeks, because that’s when we’re shooting the finale and we’ll start wrapping people out, »
Before The Knick garnered all of its fanfare, there was a little show on Cinemax called Banshee, created by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under). The criminally underrated series chronicles the comings and goings in the small and supposedly sleepy Amish town of Banshee, Pennsylvania. But Banshee is also home to a large number of gangsters, who all start to come out of the woodwork once an unnamed protagonist and former jewel thief (Anthony Starr) arrives and takes over the position and identity of a man would have been the new Sheriff, Lucas Hood. The gorgeously filmed Banshee excised many demons last year, including the end of the Rabbit Saga. According to its Season 3 trailer, though, the bloodshed has only begun. Hit the jump for more. Watch the Banshee Season 3 trailer below, via Cinemax. At the conclusion of its second season, Banshee closed the door on Rabbit (Ben Cross) in spectacular shoot-out fashion. »
- Allison Keene
Actress Carol Ann Susi, probably best known to TV fans as the voice of Howard Wolowitz’s unseen mother on The Big Bang Theory, has died after a fight against a very aggressive cancer. She passed away yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 11. She was 62. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Susi has been a major fixture on television for years. In addition to her recurring role as Mrs. Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom, she has appeared on numerous different television series. Throughout her career, which lasted 40 years, Susi guest starred on well-know dramas, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Six Feet Under, and ER, along with countless comedy series, including King of Queens, Married with Children, Ugly Betty, That ’70s Show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Just Shoot Me and Seinfeld. The following is a statement from Warner Bros. TV, CBS and Big Bang Theory executive producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady regarding »
- Chris King
Goodbye, Mrs. Wolowitz. Carol Ann Susi, the actor who played Howard's overbearing (unseen) mother on "The Big Bang Theory," has died at the age of 62 from an aggressive form of cancer. She made her first "appearance" on the show's seventh episode and became a popular recurring character despite never showing up on screen. "'The Big Bang Theory' family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz," said Warner Bros. Television, CBS and "Big Bang" producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady in a statement. "Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann »
- Chris Eggertsen
Character actress Carol Ann Susi, known as the voice of the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory,” died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with cancer, according to Warner Bros. Television. Susi was 62 and had appeared in numerous TV shows since the 1970s.
“The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz. Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance,” said a statement from Warner Bros. Television, CBS and “Big Bang Theory” exec producers Chuck Lorre, »
- Pat Saperstein
Arts Spotlight: Get Lit, a leading non-profit presenter of literary performance, education, and poetry programs that affect the lives of over 20,000 teens each year, is hosting “The Poetry of Television,” a gala event to honor the poetic brilliance of today’s television writers to support teen literacy in Los Angeles.Get Lit’s annual Ignite award will be presented to Alan Ball (Academy Award-winning writer of American Beauty, Emmy Award-winning director and creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood). The event will occur on Sunday, November 23, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium, […] »
- April Neale
Exclusive: The Conjuring‘s Lili Taylor has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to Fox’s hit September opener The Maze Runner. The dystopian adventure adapted from James Dashner’s Ya series has notched over $305 million worldwide, and the studio is wasting no time expanding the franchise; they’ve already slated Scorch Trials for a September 18, 2015 debut.
Director Wes Ball is returning to helm the sequel from a script by T.S. Nowlin, one of three writers on the first film. Taylor will play Mary Cooper, a doctor helping Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers. Also returning alongside O’Brien are Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Patricia Clarkson.
- Jen Yamato
Backed by a licensing deal with HBO, local broadcaster Bell Media has unveiled its upcoming Canadian video streaming portal to compete against Netflix Canada and local rival Shomi. Code named Project Latte, the Svod will feature in all around 10,000 hours of programming, with around 10 percent coming from a back-catalog deal with HBO. That gives the Canadian streamer marquee shows like The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Six Feet Under. Bell Media's deal with HBO, similar to the multi-year deal the U.S. channel did with Amazon Prime, also includes scripted series like Curb Your
- Etan Vlessing
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email email@example.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. My husband likes darker dramas (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, The Walking Dead), whereas I would be happy to only watch lighter dramas or comedies (Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, Orange Is the New Black). What can we watch together that we'll both like? Previous good matches have been Parenthood, Alias, and Orphan Black. —Claire My girlfriend likes fantasy things like Harry Potter, Supernatural, and Once Upon a Time. I like darker shows: The Wire, Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under. Is there something in between? —Alan What should yo do when you live with someone who has opposite TV »
- Margaret Lyons
While Jill Soloway had built up an impressive resume as a writer/producer of TV series like Six Feet Under and Unites States of Tara, when it came to selling her new series Transparent to Amazon, she used the fact that she’d directed an independent film to clinch the deal. Delivering the Filmmaker Keynote today at Film Independent’s annual Forum, held at the Directors Guild of America, Soloway offered up a very personal account of how she bounced back from a low point in her career, when she was desperate to get a job in TV, by temporarily turning away from
- Gregg Kilday
AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series just locked a director for the pilot episode and he’s an Academy Award winner! Adam Davidson snagged the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film back in 1991 for The Lunch Date and, ever since, he’s been racking up TV credits. He’s worked on a slew of shows including Lost, Deadwood, Dexter, True Blood, Fringe, Big Love, Masters of Sex and so many more. Davidson is expected to start shooting his Walking Dead companion series episode late this year. Hit the jump for more on the show and Davidson. It’s times like this that I wish I had paid closer attention to who’s directing what episode of my favorite TV shows, but sadly, I can’t remember what went down in Davidson’s episodes of Friday Night Lights, Hell on Wheels or Six Feet Under. However, he did just »
- Perri Nemiroff
This video exists in a magical world where imaginary friends are real -- and imaginary slavery is also a thing -- but it's still really cute to watch. Our photog encountered "Six Feet Under" and "24" star Eric Balfour on the streets of Venice Thursday afternoon … when the topic turned to imaginary friends. Balfour copped to having one as a kid -- a 30" tall Mexican named Carlito. After introducing us, Balfour and our photog discussed the »
- TMZ Staff
High school can be hell, and Stephen King’s 1974 novel Carrie is a prime example of teenagers crossing a line with their cruelty… only to find out too late that they messed with the wrong person. The folks at Scream Factory are heading back to school with their recent announcement that next spring they will release on Blu-ray the 2002 TV film Carrie and The Rage: Carrie 2, the sequel to Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation.
From Scream Factory: “Our month-long “Shocktober” celebration continues with two more films to reveal: Carrie – the 2002 TV-movie remake of Stephen King’s timeless tale of telekinetic revenge which stars Angela Bettis – and The Rage: Carrie II – the 1999 theatrical sequel to Brian DePalma’s original 1976 masterpiece and stars Amy Irving – will make their debut on the Blu-ray format next Spring as a double-feature.
There are no details on extras at this time (if any are planned »
- Derek Anderson
I loved Transparent, Amazon's dreamy dramedy starring Jeffrey Tambor. The ten-episode series explores family and gender and sexuality and how hard it is to be who we are, especially if we don't want to think about who we were. The show is confident and smart and terrific, and to my great joy it reminds me a lot of another one of my favorite shows ever: Six Feet Under. Transparent creator Jill Soloway was a writer and eventually a co-executive producer on Six Feet Under, so the parallels aren't coming out of nowhere. (Her feature film, Afternoon Delight, includes a lot of the same themes as well.) Over at Slate, David Haglund calls Transparent Sfu's successor, and I think that's true. While the Fishers and the Pfeffermans aren't clones by any stretch, there's a lot the families have in common. Claire and Ali would definitely be friends, you know?[I wouldn't »
- Margaret Lyons
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