13 items from 2013
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced earlier today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
The network is changing up some of its serialized dramas - removing random repeats in favor of two "uninterrupted runs" of twelve episodes each (one in the fall, one in the spring) for shows like "Once Upon A Time," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal" and "Revenge". The large gaps between the two half-seasons will be bridged by "limited series" designed around only 12-13 episode seasons.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen including the high-profile "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" rip-off "Gothica", McG's rip-off of Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" entitled "Westside", the series based on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain ride, the Annie Potts-led "Murder in Manhattan" about »
- Garth Franklin
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Someday, Someday, Maybe – available April 30th – is Lauren Graham‘s debut novel. The star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood offers up a coming-of-age story about Franny Banks, a twenty-something in New York who only has six months left on her self-imposed, three-year deadline to make it as an actress.
Sticking to the old adage that you should write what you know (at least, one is hard-pressed to imagine there isn’t a good deal of reflection going on here), Someday, Someday, Maybe takes us through Franny’s “pressure days” on the road to, she hopes, success. At times a kind of “everyactress,” Franny is waiting tables while looking for a big break, battling self-doubt, managing a long-distance relationship, and generally unsure what she’s supposed to be doing with herself.
Couple that classic tale of finding yourself with a certain Bridget Jones’s Diary-esque struggle to improve oneself that doesn’t amount to much, »
- Marc Eastman
Will Smith is on a roll right now. With Men In Black 3 being a relative critical and commercial success (when compared to the second one anyway), and the M. Night Shyamalan-directed epic sci-fi adventure After Earth fast approaching, Big Willy is back at the top of the game.
Rumours have been spreading about the level of control he likes to wield over projects he is involved in – he turned down the role of Django in Django Unchained, a role that reignited the career of a somewhat flagging Jamie Foxx, because he didn’t believe Django was the star (even though his Name is in the Title of the Movie) – but this doesn’t seem to worry Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the creative team behind the upcoming Focus.
Will Smith will play the role of an older con artist who takes a younger con artist under his wing. »
- Rob Batchelor
It’s really difficult to understand what the hell is going on in the trailer for the Irish clown-based slasher comedy Stitches, but the fact that there’s an Irish clown-based slasher comedy is pretty awesome. If the movie is able to strike the weird tonal balance seen here, it’ll be a winner. In some moments, it looks like a serious revenge film where a Bad Santa style children’s party clown comes back from the dead to cut up some drunken revelers. In others, Stitches is trying to chase people while riding a tricycle built for someone 1/4th his size. Comedy gets blood all over it, and everyone wins. Check out the trailer for yourself: Stitches hits limited theaters on (of course) April 1st, followed by DVD and Blu-ray the next day. »
- Scott Beggs
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Universal Pictures really, really wants to get their reboot of The Mummy going. Last September the studio tapped Underworld and Total Recall helmer Len Wiseman to direct the redo of the classic monster movie for a possible 2014 release. The film will be set in present day and is described as “epic,” and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) are on board to produce the pic with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) working on the screenplay. However, Universal is now taking out a bit of an insurance policy by commissioning a separate, competing script for the film by The Hunger Games and State of Play scribe Billy Ray. Hit the jump for more details on this atypical approach. The folks over at Vulture have learned that Universal wants to ensure that production on The Mummy gets underway later this year for its planned 2014 release, and to do that they’ve set »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: In their pilot directing debut, feature directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are set to helm and executive produce ABC’s Cullen brothers single-camera comedy pilot. Additionally, joining the cast of the multi-generational family comedy, which locked in James Caan earlier today, is Ben Koldyke (How I Met Your Mother, Big Love). Requa and Ficarra, who wrote and directed I Love You Phillip Morris, wrote Bad Santa and directed Crazy, Stupid, Love, were hotly pursued for pilots this season. The Cullen brothers project, from 20th TV, centers on Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son Tommy’s (Griffin Gluck) underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. Koldyke will play Dick Slingbaugh, the macho, handsome Little League coach who »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," one of the most influential imports of the last 13 years, will get a sequel. According to Deadline.com, The Weinstein Company will produce a second "Crouching Tiger" film starting in May.
Director Ang Lee, who earned a Best Director nomination for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will not be involved in the sequel. The original film, which grossed $213 million worldwide, starred Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoah and Zhang Ziyi.
That TWC and Harvey Weinstein would want to revisit past successes should come as no surprise. Back in 2010, The Los Angeles Times reported that Weinstein and his former home, Miramax, had come to an agreement that allowed for sequels of films like "Shakespeare in Love," "Bad Santa" and "Rounders."
"Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the guys who wrote it, have been talking about a sequel, potentially," "Rounders" star Matt Damon told HuffPost Entertainment last year. "Because it's really interesting »
- Christopher Rosen
Film rights to strange story of technology maven and his flight to Guatemala bought by Warner Brothers
Hollywood is to bring the bizarre story of technology pioneer John McAfee, who fled his luxury home in Belize after his neighbour was found murdered, to the big screen.
Warner Brothers has bought the rights to a Wired magazine article titled John McAfee's Last Stand, which documented the anti-virus expert's extraordinary tale. McAfee, 67, was living in virtual retirement on the island of Ambergris Caye in the tiny Central American country when local police sought to question him after the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull, a Florida builder who was killed by a gunshot wound to the head in November.
McAfee subsequently went on the run, claiming via a series of blogposts that local police were trying to kill him after he refused to pay $2m (£1.25m) in bribes. After a series of »
- Ben Child
Warner Bros. has picked up the feature film rights to Joshua Davis’ recent Wired magazine article ‘John McAfee’s Last Stand’ setting John Requa and Glenn Ficarra to direct, script and produce via Zaftig films.
McAfee made millions as the first developer of a commercial antivirus software and then sold his software company to Intel in 2010 for $7 million and he moved to Belize.
Before he went underground, a Silicon Valley legend led a noisy and increasingly stressful life in Belize. He had been hunted by authorities for questioning about the murder of another American who lived next door to him in Orange Walk Town. He was arrested before for suspicion of unlicensed drug manufacturing (methamphetamine).
The eccentric software millionaire reportedly is back in the United States since December and seems he came to Portland to work on a graphic novel about his life with local artist and friend Chad Essley. »
- Nick Martin
Director: Phil Morrison
Writer(s): Melissa James Gibson
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Remember when Amy Adams was the new “it” girl back in 2005? It was because of Phil Morrison’s own splash onto the indie scene with the small town meets city dweller problems in the kitchen, but non-sink drama Junebug. It might be a cause for concern that Morrison hasn’t directed since, but when he wasn’t directing he was the executive producer on Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy & Meek’s Cutoff — very much meeting our indie film cravings. While Almost Christmas appears to be a brand of dirty scoundrels comedy that works only on paper, we’re hoping Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti offering French »
- Eric Lavallee
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Well hello and welcome back to Briarcliff. I’ll admit I was happy to have a brief holiday respite from the gloom and gore of the asylum, but this episode was so full of mad anarchic glee (and Glee) that it made for a very happy return to my favorite madhouse.
The last episode left us with cliffhangers regarding two of our more sympathetic male leads. Kit was on the verge of death after trusting Dr. Arden to stop his heart, in hopes of tricking the space aliens to rescue him. The Monsignor barely clung to life after trusting Bad Santa to behave himself in a holy Jacuzzi. In short, no two characters have ever done so much to ensure their own demise except Wendy, who had the audacity to be a lesbian on television. Perhaps because of their foolishness, the angel of »
- Elaine Atwell
13 items from 2013
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