17 items from 2016
No one took the obvious route and yelled “Braaaaainnnns!” during the premiere of BrainDead — not that we could hear, anyway.
Then again, given that the alien baddies in CBS’ new comic thriller from The Good Wife bosses Robert and Michelle King are the size of ants, how can we be so sure that such gleeful calls to feast weren’t simply too quiet to be detected by the political noggins into which they burrowed, leaving pink goo where grey matter once resided?
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The premise resides at the corner of satire and sci-fi. Laurel (Mercy Street »
Here’s something troubling about BrainDead, CBS’ new political dramedy from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King: After watching three hour-long episodes, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be upset in the slightest if any of the central characters fell victim to the alien bugs feasting on the brains of Washington, D.C., power players and turning ’em all into deeply uncompromising, rabidly partisan monsters.
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The at-arms-length feelings BrainDead inspires spring largely from its deeply uneven tone. As a comedy, its punchlines land with the wobbliness of »
The premiere of CBS’ D.C.-set BrainDead — from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King — is peppered with numerous video clips from the current presidential race. And those nods will be updated until the last possible second, even with six primaries being held today, less than a week before the comedic thriller’s Monday, June 13 launch.
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“Here’s the thing: [Democratic hopeful Bernie] Sanders will still be in the episode even if he drops out after Tuesday, because we can’t change it after Tuesday,” Robert King shares with TVLine. “But »
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We can’t say we disagree with his words of wisdom, and neither will you after seeing what’s in store for Winstead’s character on the Good Wife creators’ twisted political dramedy. In this promo alone, she’s mocked, threatened and outnumbered by… well, we’re not quite sure. And something tells us that ambiguity is what’s going to make BrainDead so enjoyable to watch. »
Pack your sunscreen and floppy hats: HBO is taking you back to Miami this summer.
The pay cabler announced Tuesday that its sports comedy Ballers will return for Season 2 on Sunday, July 17, at 10/9c. Back with another 10 episodes, the Florida-set series follows former NFL superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson), who attempts to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players.
CBS’ summertime line-up boasts Houseguests, braindead politicians and more of those attacking animals.
Big Brother will reopen its doors on Wednesday, June 22, when Season 18 premieres. The summertime staple will again have three weekly outings, also airing Thursdays (starting June 23) and Sundays (starting June 26).
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Kicking off CBS’ summer lineup will be BrainDead, the D.C.-based comic-thriller from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. Premiering Monday, June 13 at 10/9c (aka Under the Dome’s onetime home), the series follows a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer (10 Cloverfield Lane‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead »
Yes, it’s that time of year again, the time where bracketology reigns supreme and the cry around the nation is “Win or Go Home!” Last year’s Mix March Madness Webcomics Tournament was incredibly popular, and so we’re doing it all over again– and raising money for the Hero Initiative in the process!
We’re giving you a list of over 300 webcomics, and we want your votes . We’re taking the top 128 and putting them in a single elimination tournament where we whittle down the contestants down to one. The top 128 vote getters make it into the tournament, with the biggest getting top seeds. The voting ends Sunday, March 13 at 11:59 Pm Edt, and brackets go up on Monday, March 14!
Simply check off the strips you want to see in the tournament below. If there are webcomics you don’t see, check “Other” at the end and include »
- Glenn Hauman
Written and directed by Michael Almereyda.
In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority.
Michael Almereyda’s biopic about Stanley Milgram’s controversial psychological experiments is an ambitious work that brings in a cultivated art-house sensibility over and above the dramatic shocks and scares – both real and imagined. The pace is fairly subdued with an academic feel in keeping with the subject. This is further developed through the use of fourth wall breaking – with Milgram at points turning to the camera to tell us exactly why he is taking the approach he is.
Focusing on the period of 1961 when the social psychologist’s work on obedience took off in a series of Yale university experiments designed to »
- Robert W Monk
NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura closed Season 2 on Wednesday night with, yes, a deliciously dramatic, soul-crushing twist, but also 7.4 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, rising 13 percent and two tenths to tie its season high in the demo and thus equal its best rating in a year (since Eric McCormack’s February 2015 visit).
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Leading out of that, Svu (6.8 mil/1.6) ticked up a tenth, while Chicago P.D. (7.1 mil/1.5) dipped a tenth.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
CBS | Survivor (9.2 mil/2.2) rose 10 and 16 percent, Criminal Minds »
James White, 2015
Directed and written by Josh Mond
A hedonistic twenty-something must come to terms with personal responsibility in the face of his mother’s battle with serious illness.
Painting a painful and believable account of modern city life, this impressive release from Josh Mond (Martha Marcy May Marlene) sensitively brings about a fire-brand of emotional intensity from page to screen.
The eponymous White (Christopher Abbott) is a directionless young man living from day-to-day in New York city. His sense of reality is troubled by the news of his estranged father’s death. Supported by his ever-loyal best friend Nick (Scott Mescudi), James also has to deal with his mother’s ongoing battle with serious illness. Cynthia Nixon (best known for Sex in the City) is compelling as James’s mother Gail, offering an honest and »
- Robert W Monk
Lisa Bonet is headed to a different dangerous world.
The Cosby Show alumna is joining Ray Donovan‘s upcoming fourth season in a major recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.
This marks the Showtime drama’s fourth new Season 4 hire, following the casting of Gabriel Mann »
You never know what's going to happen with an audition," actor Ted Levine remembers of the first time he portrayed Jame Gumb, The Silence of the Lambs villain also known as "Buffalo Bill." "I just pulled something out. It was scary. It felt kind of magical."
"I read with the three final guys who were going to be Buffalo Bill," says Brooke Smith, who played Catherine Martin, the U.S. senator's daughter whom Gumb abducts in the movie. "When Ted walked in, it was so crazily obvious. I asked him, »
Production begins Monday in the U.K. on the film, which focuses on the end of Swiss painter-sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s life. Tucci is directing from his own script, based on James Lord’s book “A Giacometti Portrait” in which Lord — a young American writer — studied Giacometti as he painted Lord’s picture in 1964.
Rush stars as Giacometti, who died in 1966 in Switzerland and is best remembered for his stark and surrealistic sculptures, while Hammer stars as Lord. Shalhoub plays Giacometti’s brother while Testud will play his long-suffering wife and Poesy, who appeared in the later “Harry Potter” movies, portrays his muse and lover.
- Dave McNary
Tony Shalhoub will really need to use his gray matter — even if it’s just as an alien’s breakfast — for his latest role.
Shalhoub will play Red Wheatus, described by the network as “a hard-drinking, fun-loving Republican senator who has spent decades in Washington making deals, until a radical transformation turns him into a health-conscious extremist who would »
(This post has no significant spoilers for "Mad Dogs," even though it's informed by a viewing of the entire first season. The comments section is a place where it's okay to discuss the full plot if you've finished it, but I'll be doing a separate post on Monday touching on a few developments from later in the season.) Late in the first episode of Amazon's newest original series "Mad Dogs," the show's four main characters — played by Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, Steve Zahn, and Ben Chaplin — witness an act of violence. By the standards of modern TV drama, what they see isn't particularly extreme. But they're not watching it on TV, nor are they the sorts of jaded tough guys who populate the shows where this kind of thing might happen. They're just ordinary middle-aged guys on a vacation gone tragically awry, and as they consider the blood in front of them, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Over 40 years after bringing Dr. Frank-n-Furter to legendary onscreen life, Tim Curry has joined the cast of Fox's two-hour reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. With Laverne Cox stepping into the high heels of the doctor this time around, Curry will play a different role: the Criminologist Narrator.
Press Release: Tim Curry, the Emmy Award-winning actor, Tony Award nominee and creator of the original “Dr. Frank-n-Furter,” will return to the iconic, pop culture phenomenon as the Criminologist Narrator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the two-hour television event airing this fall on Fox. Curry, an accomplished stage, television and film actor, originated the breakout “Dr. Frank-n-Furter” role in the 1973 London stage production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” returning to play the character in the Lou Adler-executive-produced film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which premiered September 26, 1975, and has been in theatrical distribution longer than any other film in history. »
- Derek Anderson
This concludes my look back at 2015 with the newer new albums -- the ones with new, or at least contemporary, compositions, most by living composers.
1. Soloists/Warsaw Boys' Choir/Warsaw Philharmonic Male Choir/Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra/Antoni Wit Penderecki: Magnificat; Kadisz (Naxos) Naxos' invaluable Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933) project continues to bring us conductor Antoni Wit's impeccable renderings of the Polish composer's complex and challenging music, especially excelling in the choral works, as here. One of the longer settings of this text (here nearly 45 minutes), Penderecki's Magnificat (1973-74) is also epic in sound, written in a high-avant style similar to his iconic St. Luke Passion, with extended singing effects (especially long glissandi, but also speaking and whispering), highly disjunctive melodies, extremely dense dissonance, and colorful cluster interjections by the orchestra, especially the winds.
It has a prominent if intermittent role for solo bassist (here Wojtek Gerlach), surprising »
17 items from 2016
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