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Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).
Shows covered include: Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City, Marco Polo, Outlander, Power, Spartacus, The White Queen, The Big C, The Borgias, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Next Stop for Charlie, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Web Therapy, Ballers, The Brink, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Family Tree, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Life's Too Short, Looking, The Newsroom, Treme, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Banshee, The Knick, Strike Back, Transporter »
A Hindu girl, living in London with her loopy dysfunctional family, brings her new fiance home to meet the parents in “Total Siyapaa” (“Total Chaos”), a lethargic Off Bollywood farce. The key to the ostensible fun is that the girl, Asha (Yami Gautam), has neglected to inform the future in-laws that her swain, Aman (Ali Zafar), is Pakistani; ethnically barbed hijinks ought to ensue, but jinks of any sort are in short supply, due to drowsy pacing and a string of distracting staging mistakes that suffocate just about every gag. At under two hours, the pic is drastically shorter than most Hindi movies, although it feels longer. (For non-Hindi speakers, it doesn’t help that the white-on-pale English subtitles are often illegible.)
The film has opened poorly in India and seems unlikely to fare better over here, unless it gets a boost from the popularity of handsome leading man Zafar, »
- David Chute
The pact calls for the Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm alum to develop and supervise projects for the pay cable network. Berg serves as executive producer/showrunner, along with Mike Judge, on Judge’s upcoming HBO comedy series Silicon Valley. Additionally, he has directed a couple of episodes of the series. Berg was previously an executive producer/writer/director on Larry David’s HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm for four seasons. He first worked with David on NBC’s Seinfeld, where Berg rose through the ranks from staff writer to executive producer. He shared in two best comedy series Emmy nominations for Seinfeld and three for Curb. Berg is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The writer-director at present is working as an exec producer and showrunner on HBO’s Mike Judge comedy “Silicon Valley.” The new deal calls for Berg to develop new projects for the pay cabler and supervise other prospects. “Silicon Valley” is set to bow April 6.
Berg spent four seasons on HBO’s Larry David laffer “Curb,” and before that he worked with David on NBC’s “Seinfeld.” In the feature realm he wrote and produced the 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen vehicle “The Dictator,” and he wrote the 2004 comedy “Eurotrip.”
Berg is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman of Hansen Jacobson.
- Cynthia Littleton
HBO is locking up Silicon Valley executive producer Alec Berg. The writer-producer, who serves as co-showrunner alongside Mike Judge on the upcoming It comedy series, has inked a two-year overall deal with the premium cable network. Story: 'Silicon Valley's' Mike Judge and Alec Berg on Nerds, 'Entourage' Comparisons and Luring Kara Swisher Under the pact, Berg -- who also directs episodes of Silicon Valley -- will develop and supervise new projects for the cable network. The deal continues Berg's relationship with HBO, where he previously was a writer/director/executive producer on Curb Your Enthusiasm for four seasons. More recently, he
- Lesley Goldberg
The Film Society of Lincoln Center have unveiled their incredible lineup for the forthcoming "Art of the Real" series, which includes work from Corneliu Porumboiu, Robert Greene, Thom Andersen, James Benning, and more:
"The thin and often blurry line between fact and fiction will be prodded in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s revamped Art of the Real, a two-week series (April 11-26) dedicated to an expansive definition of nonfiction filmmaking."
"Mr. Resnais had a full head of white hair that the French newspaper Le Monde said he had sported for so long that one could forget he was ever young. He exhibited a youthful energy well into his 80s and was working on drafts of his next project from his hospital bed when he died, the producer Jean-Louis Livi said.
Despite the serious nature of his films, »
- Adam Cook
What should we make of the $1,000 tip that Ellen DeGeneres and various movie stars gave to the man who brought them pizzas at the Oscars? A cynic might say that when a famous person does this, the story is bound to get around – especially if, like DeGeneres, you interview the grateful tippee the next day on your show. Even $100 left on the bar after buying a beer gets you the most cost-effective PR available, and a beer.
But what is a famous person supposed to do? Leave a standard tip and you appear mean, because everybody knows you're very wealthy. Leave a huge one and the cynics will say that you are trying to buy our love. Even being moderately generous puts »
- Leo Benedictus
On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero, »
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
On one hand, I’m not sure Girls needs fixing — which seems like an appropriately ambivalent way to start an essay about fixing Girls, since Girls is a thing about which few opinions are uncomplicated. When it debuted in 2012, the HBO twentysomething drama was variously hailed as “revolutionary” and “not as good as you think,” the standard point-counterpoint reaction to Important TV Shows.
The best things you could say about it were very »
- Darren Franich
"I think it's substantially better than Season 1," he says during a conference call with reporters promoting the Season 2 premiere.
After defining the characters of Jim, Billy (DJ Qualls) and Steve (Dan Bakkedahl) in the first season, "Legit" is free to get into the nitty gritty of their personalities in Season 2. That's not always for the best of the characters, though, as both Jim and Steve find themselves on a decline this season.
"The character of Steve is very well-defined now," Jefferies says. "This season he becomes a full blown alcoholic, and it progressively gets worse throughout the season."
Don't expect things to get much better for Steve, either. Jefferies likes the fact that Steve's struggles with alcohol don't feel corny or contrived. »
HBO has shared the first official trailer for the upcoming, Mike Judge-created comedy Silicon Valley, which focuses on six computer programmers trying to build an empire in the titular California tech-mecca. This minute-and-a-half clip breaks down the series' basic plot and offers up plenty of excellent one-liners from its core cast.
'Girls' Season Two's Biggest Wtf Moments
Lead actor Thomas Middleditch (who plays nerdy programmer Richard) is featured heavily in the clip, but the funniest moments come from the supporting cast, which includes Josh Brener (Richard's best friend, »
As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.
40. Spirited Away (2001)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
- Joshua Gaul
Appearing on Wednesday's (Feb. 19) episode of the Kirstie Alley comeback sitcom as Maddie's (Alley) sleazy agent, Alexander and former co-star Michael Richards share the screen for the first time since HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" mounted its "Seinfeld" reunion in 2009.
Although, as the above preview makes clear, the relationship between Maddie's agent and Frank, her chauffeur (Richards), isn't nearly as friendly as the one between George Costanza and Kramer.
Check out the preview above and be sure to tune in for the special reunion on "Kristie," airing Wednesday (Feb. 19) at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt on TV Land. »
Doll & Em are coming to Sky Living. The new comedy - starring The Newsroom lead Emily Mortimer and her real-life best pal Dolly Wells - makes its UK debut tonight, having already earned acclaim across the Atlantic, with critics branding it a female Curb Your Enthusiasm.
"We have been friends for years and years…" says Mortimer, revealing that she and Wells first met at just four-years-old. "…and we have been writing together for an embarrassingly long time without anything coming of it."
Doll & Em casts Wells as the down-on-her luck assistant to Mortimer's star actress, and observes the pair's "very, very close and also very, very complicated" relationship.
"Emily's intentions are really good," Wells says of her friend's screen counterpart. "Everything is going terribly for me and she means to give me a break…
"You know that she means well but the very fact of giving your best friend the »
Some long-established film festivals, such as Cannes and Venice, can legitimately claim to be timeless. Berlin, however, seems to be stuck in the past, and not only because the event somewhat coasts on its bygone reputation as a festival of discovery. It's also because, amid the corporate monumentalist architecture of Potsdamer Platz, the atmosphere seems frozen in the mid-1990s. The Berlinale's synth-heavy trip-hop anthem plays before every film, accompanying the CGI fireworks of the festival trailer, and as you emerge from the Palast, the first thing you see is the billboard for the long-running show by hoary postmodernist novelty act Blue Man Group.
The Berlinale's 64th edition was the most lukewarm in years. You don't usually expect swoons and scandals here, but you do hope »
- Jonathan Romney
Created by "The Newsroom" star Emily Mortimer, "Doll & Em" is a British comedy that was acquired by HBO for a Wednesday, March 19th premiere. The series finds Mortimer and her real life best friend Dolly Wells ("The Mighty Boosh") playing fictionalized versions of themselves -- a star and the newly single childhood friend she hires to work as her personal assistant while shooting a film in L.A. Azazel Jacobs ("Terri," "Momma's Man") co-wrote the series with Mortimer and Wells and directed all six episodes in the season. HBO's released a first teaser for the series, which is reminiscent of a less aggressive "Curb Your Enthusiasm," below -- check it out: »
- Alison Willmore
Created by "The Newsroom" star Emily Mortimer, "Doll & Em" is a British comedy that was acquired by HBO for a Wednesday, March 19th premiere. The series finds Mortimer and her real life best friend Dolly Wells ("The Mighty Boosh") playing fictionalized versions of themselves -- a star and the newly single childhood friend she hires to work as her personal assistant while shooting a film in L.A. Azazel Jacobs ("Terri," "Momma's Man") co-wrote the series with Mortimer and Wells and directed all six episodes in the season. HBO's released a first teaser for the series, which is reminiscent of a less aggressive "Curb Your Enthusiasm," below -- check it out:
- Alison Willmore
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.
There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.
Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but »
- Dave Roper
**Nothing about the personal life of Woody Allen will be discussed herein. This is a feature about his work and only that.**
Blue Jasmine has not only put Woody Allen back on the map, it’s given Cate Blanchett a career defining role. But you know that because you’ve seen it… Oh you haven’t seen it? Then you may not know it also stars Louis Ck, one of the world’s greatest stand-up comedians. In fact, over the last decade, the diminutive director has released a film a year, from the terrific (Midnight In Paris) to the downright forgettable (Cassandra’S Dream… No, me either). In that time he’s worked with some people you might not expect. For instance…
- John Sharp
Lacey Chabert plays runt of The Plastics litter and Toaster Strudel princess Gretchen Wieners.
The 31-year-old star, who famously played Claudia Salinger in cult series Party of Five from 1994 to 2000, has also appeared in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey and provided the voice of Family Guy's Meg Griffin before Mila Kunis took over.
Tim Meadows stars as democratic principal Mr Duvall, who attempts to restore calm when pages of the infamous Burn book rear their ugly heads.
Following the film's release, 53-year-old comedy writer and actor Meadows has starred in »
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