20 items from 2013
On TV this Wednesday: The League closes its season with a double play; Revolution and Svu take a break; The Middle celebrates Turkey Day; and you can check out of CSI, but you can never leave. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Arrow (The CW) | The Count (Fringe‘s Seth Gabel) returns to infect hundreds of people – including Diggle and Ada Donner — with a mysterious illness. Meanwhile, Moira’s trial begins and Felicity walks into a trap.
8 pm The Middle »
- Kimberly Roots
DVD Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
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Jeff Garlin becomes exasperated while Dealin’ with Idiots.
Writer-director Jeff Garlin (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) assembles a lineup of comedy all-stars for Dealin’ with Idiots, a 2013 comedy film about the tumultuous world of youth baseball (or, as I affectionately remember it, Little League).
While attending his son’s little league game, comedian Max Morris (Garlin) thinks he has found the inspiration for his next film: the absurd competitiveness of organized youth sports. He sets out to interview the team’s odd, colorful and very offbeat parents and coaches in order to gather material. While in the midst of the endless fundraising and post-game snack protocols, Max reflects back on his own experiences as a kid and why he loves the game despite all the lunacy surrounding it.
Rodriguez will play the girlfriend of a podcaster (Long) who finds himself the victim of a deranged serial killer (Parks) and his twisted games. Filming begins next month. [Source: Flickering Myth]
Jennifer Lopez plays a Milf divorcee who begins an affair with a 17-year-old neighbor that gets into "Fatal Attraction"-style creepy territory fast. [Source: Deadline]
The sitcom follows a career woman and single mother (Jaime Pressly) who must move back in with her own charming, narcissistic psychotherapist mom (Walter) after being let go from her high-profile job. »
- Garth Franklin
Somehow the news that spoof-teurs Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg are churning out yet another piece of their trademark low-hanging fruit with a Fast and Furious send-up called Superfast had so far eluded me, at least until THR posted a casting notice about the film’s newly-minted leads. Friedberg and Seltzer’s brand of parody doesn’t work for me (and never has), simply because their kind of amalgamation has never struck me as particularly smart or inspired. It’s dartboard filmmaking, scripts seemingly put together by way of a flying stick that determines when, where, and how various recent films get crammed into one “script.” Parodies can work, and work well – see Hot Shots, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, or MacGruber for proof positive of that – but only if their enjoyment is not determined by how familiar you are with the films they are spoofing. Take a look at the features parodied in Seltzer and »
- Kate Erbland
A nutty-crunchy cult, a human-gorgon Pi, a family fit for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, hot god guys (not a metaphor), Federal spooks, zombie minions, and a dreamy Italian detective… welcome to San Francisco and Lucienne Diver’s second installment of her Latter-Day Olympians series, Crazy in the Blood, which delivers all that and a gaggle of ghouls (Samhain, $15 trade, July 2013). The story picks up at its usual breakneck pace soon after the events of the first installment and Hell (literally) hath no fury like a pissed-off mom—putting the whole earth and human race in danger in this family feud between god parental units with Dionysus, maenads, and health food in the mix for good measure. Shredded dead bodies are showing up and Uncle Christos has disappeared and his fav niece, part-gorgon Pi Tori Karacis, is determined to find him and discover the links, if any, even addicted to ambrosia and… »
- Alexandra Honigsberg
• Rooney Mara (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) just signed on to work with another modern auteur, Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), for Carol, and adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt. She’ll star alongside the venerable Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) in the film about two women in 1950s New York. Mara will play the part of Therese, a young shopgirl with dreams of the future, and Blanchett, an elegant thirtysomething woman in an unhappy marriage. Their relationship escalates when the two decide to take a road trip west. Mia Wasikowska was previously attached to the role. »
- Lindsey Bahr
"Quality roles in studio films are just not available in great numbers for women, period," Joe Reid succinctly wrote for the Tribeca Film Festival's blog in May.
Research backs up his claim: while half of all moviegoers are female, 33 percent of all characters and only 11 percent of protagonists in the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2011 were women. A 2012 study commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media also found that, "females are not only missing from popular media, [but] when they are on screen, they seem to be there merely for decoration -- not to engage in meaningful or prestigious employment.”
This is bad news for all women who go to see and enjoy watching movies. But it's especially frustrating for actresses looking to play interesting and challenging roles. Because so few roles are available, competition for good parts is fierce. And prospects are even bleaker for actresses who are not thin, »
- The Huffington Post
On TV this Friday: Cult goes down in a blaze of story, Continuum hopes foresight is 20/20, Jessie makes a mother of a mistake and Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s second season starts with a Lonely Islander. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Cult (The CW) | Double-episode series finale: First, Jeff and Skye remain in hiding from the True Believers, now that Stuart knows that they know his true identity. Then at 9, the “Cult” production team prepares to film a live scene that will air online after its season finale — but only the actors know how it will end. »
- Kimberly Roots
I'll answer the question first. I might, though I probably shouldn't say that I might. For each year I make an internal plan to read all of the books on which upcoming films are based. Guess how many I usually get through? But given that I'd never trade F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" for any film version that might ever exist, I should probably try and read source material quicker once I know it's going to be a movie. I weep proactively, for example, for anyone who sees August: Osage County first as a movie (if it's not good) without having previously known the brilliance of the play. With this year's "Adapted" crowd, I have actually had read/experienced at least five of them... plus all the superhero stuff, 'natch.
intimate knowledge *before* seeing the movies, 2013 edition
This topic is on the mind since I've posted my predictions »
- NATHANIEL R
Nia Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" dropped out of acting to focus on adopting a baby from the American foster system. At first she hid her experience like the growth on her cousin Nick's neck in the movie. But then she decided to write a book about it. "Instant Mom" has rocketed its way onto the New York Times bestseller list, and Vardalos got grilled by Wrap editor Sharon Waxman. The book has a confessional tone to it. How does it feel to let it out, your struggles with »
- Sharon Waxman
★★☆☆☆ Despite the best intentions, Marcus Markou's family affair Papadopoulos & Sons (2012) - made in conjunction with brother, Andrew, through Double M Films - was never likely to emulate the success here in the UK of Joel Zwick's hammy yet humorous Us comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). A far more restrained, London-based riches-to-rags parable, Markou's film strains to be both comic and touching, often missing its marks by some margin. Game of Thrones' Stephen Dillane heads up a relatively little-known cast as Harry Papadopoulos, a successful entrepreneur on the verge of losing everything.
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- CineVue UK
With Michael Berryman, Sully Erna and Nick Principe already in the cast of their upcoming film, you'd think producer Chad Verdi and Woodhaven Productions would rest on their laurels. But that's far from the case as the team has enlisted Tony Todd for their Army of the Damned.
"Tony Todd is a great actor and a horror legend," Verdi said. "He was the last piece of the puzzle that I felt this film needed to be the blockbuster I know it will be."
Todd will join Berryman, Erna and Principe along with entertainer Joey Fatone and former professional wrestlers Tommy Dreamer and Thea Trinidad as well as David Chokachi, Jackie Moore and Tom Paolino in the Army of the Damned cast. The film will be directed by Tom DeNucci and photographed by cinematographer Sam Eilertsen. You can keep updated on the project by 'liking' Army of the Damned on Facebook. »
- Scott Hallam
Trevor Hogg chats with Susan Beth Lehman about the creative relationship between theatre and cinema as well as her book Directors: From Stage to Screen and Back Again...
“I was born in New York City, but raised in Texas and moved to L.A. when I was a teenager,” states Susan Beth Lehman who experienced some cultural confusion. “I started acting at the Alley Theater in Houston when I was 12. I have a BA in Theatre and an Mfa in Acting, both from UCLA. But La is a company town, so crossing over to film is very natural. After moving to the Philadelphia area some years ago, I started teaching in academia.” A cinematic adaptation of a Steven King story has left a lasting impression on the Assistant Professor of TV and Film at DeSales University. “The end of The Shawshank Redemption  is one of the most emotionally and visually »
Corbett’s NCIS: Red character is analyst Roy Quaid. A former NCIS special agent, Quaid was forced into retirement and now he works as an analyst. Though his active agent days are behind him, he’s the most experienced investigator working for Red Team and it looks like his is the potential new series’ leading role.
What is the Red Team? This mobile force is comprised of agents who live and work together as they navigate the country solving crimes. Have you noticed how many pilots are making characters life together this year? The Following put three of a serial killer’s acolytes in one house with their kidnappé, for instance. Cohabitation »
- Sasha Nova
On TV this Wednesday: The Americans arrive from Russia with love, Supernatural goes on a relative-ly dangerous hunt, CBS tackles the best Super Bowl ads and Chicago Fire asks: Does father know best? As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2013 (CBS) | Review noteworthy Super Bowl spots from the past (Budweiser frogs, anyone?) in this »
- Kimberly Roots
Last year, My Big Fat Greek Wedding celebrated its tenth anniversary. The surprise indie hit, based on a one-woman stage show of the same name, was born out of necessity. Nia Vardalos created a project for herself when her industry supposedly didn't have a place for a Greek comedian/actress. 10 years later after the success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me was born out of a similar necessity. Birbiglia was certainly not struggling to find work with two Comedy Central specials under his belt, but there wasn't a clear place for him in the comedy world. As much a storyteller as a comedian, he was silly and endearing and so very relate-able. While his stand-up specials and albums were all excellent, I don't believe he showed his full potential until his one-man show/stand-up hybrid Sleepwalk with Me and then adapted the show into »
- Rachel Kolb
Chicago – One of the most unique happenings in Chicago every year is “The Hollywood Show.” This annual event presents celebrities from TV and film, both from the nostalgic past and the current scene. In September of 2012, the show included Loni Anderson (“Wkrp in Cincinnati”), Oscar Winner Martin Landau and the reunited cast of “Lost in Space,” all meeting fans and signing autographs.
HollywoodChicago.com covered the event, and photographer Joe Arce put the show’s participants in front of the lens. “The Hollywood Show” will be back in Chicago in September, 2013. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
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Come on down, Nia Vardalos! You are the next guest star on Law & Order: Svu. And you aren’t alone! Don’t get Lost before we fill you in on all the latest NBC casting news. You’ll have a Gay Harden old time if you stick around.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos will soon be rubbing elbows with TV’s Olivia. Her upcoming episode also includes The Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell and Fred Norris of The Howard Stern Show. Also this season, TV Guide reports, former Lost, Romeo + Juliet and The Matrix Reloaded actor Harold Perrineau will guest star. You can even expect the buzzworthy return of Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden! Cool news all around!
The usually very funny gal, Vardalos, will play Counselor Minonna Efron on January 30th. Her client is being tried for assault and murder. Svu‘s D.A. »
- Sasha Nova
Hawaii Five-0 is making television history with a Choose Your Own Adventure-esque episode.
The special hour, airing Monday, Jan. 14 at 10/9c, will allow viewers on both coasts to vote in real-time for an ending to the installment.
Centering on the death of a professor, the episode will present three suspects: his boss, his teaching assistant and a student caught cheating. After the motives of each are presented, viewers can head to CBS.com or Twitter to choose the culprit (#theBoss, #theTA, #theStudent). The most popular pick will make it to air.
“I’ve always felt the most fun aspect of »
- Megan Masters
According to NBC, Vardalos will play Counselor Minonna Efron, whose client is on trial for assault and murder. Vardalos' character is described as "disorganized," which makes D.A. Barba (recurring guest star Raul Esparza) think he's got an easy win, but the character winds up thrwarting him at every turn.
Marcia Gay Harden will return as FBI Agent Dana Lewis in "Secrets Exhumed," the February 6 episodes of "Svu." Agent Lewis partners with the Svu when she suspects a rape-murder case is connected to several cases across the country. "Lost" actor Harold Perrineau will also guest star in »
- Chris Harnick
20 items from 2013
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