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You know you’ve made it when they make a onesie in your honour. Rocky’s is iconically straightforward: it is black with a red hood, it shows a pair of red gloves hanging around the neck, and across the shoulders the word ‘Rocky’ is displayed in typically solid white capitals. There is something so simple and straightforward about the whole Rocky franchise that makes it irresistible – but there is more to the story than just the commercialisation.
In truth, Sylvester Stallone’s eponymous hero was a merchandising man’s dream – or to put it another way, Stallone captured something of the American dream in his humble, heart-as-big-as-a-lion hero: American dreams have always been in fashion.
- Kyle Reese
Horrible Bosses 2, 2014.
Directed by Sean Anders.
Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
I will say up front that Horrible Bosses 2 is a strong contender for the best straight up comedy of 2014 (not counting movies like Birdman that also contain dramatic overtones) for one simple reason that many sequels can never get right; the ability to create something fresh while also remembering what brought them to the dance in the first place. In this case, Horrible Bosses 2 decides to shake-up the formula by having our three lovable morons attempt to go into business for themselves and become their own bosses. Not so surprisingly, »
- Robert Kojder
Tom Verica signed on to play Viola Davis’s soon-to-be-late husband on How to Get Away With Murder knowing that his character was, quite literally, a dead man walking. This is not a spoiler: Since the show’s pilot, viewers have also known, thanks to a series of flash-forwards, that Verica’s Sam Keating would end up dead a few months in the future. Now that the Pete Nowalk–created and Shonda Rhimes–produced Murder has exploded in the ratings — it’s currently broadcast TV’s No. 1 drama among viewers under 50 — one might expect Verica to be bummed about Sam’s expiration date. But the actor, perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s early-2000s drama American Dreams, is actually quite sanguine about the situation. That’s because Murder is a secondary gig for him. His full-time job: in-house director and producer on ShondaLand stablemate Scandal, where he »
- Josef Adalian
While age is nothing but a numerical label, one has to admire Tommy Lee Jones for actively seeking out passion projects this far into his career. After a storied legacy that includes an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and even an Emmy, Jones could simply sit back and let the offers roll in, but that’s not how this hard-working Hollywood maverick rolls. The Homesman is only Jones’ second directorial feature, adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s novelization, yet it’s a confident period piece harnessed through years of experience both on and behind the all-seeing camera lens. It’s a simple story about how cruel Western territories could be back in the gun-slinging-cowboy days, playing directly into Jones’ gruff and straight-shooting nature, but The Homesman also reveals a societal culture that’s incredibly foreign to today’s equal-opportunity world. Heavy on drama and light on shoot-outs, Jones certainly has an intriguing second effort on his hands, »
- Matt Donato
James Benning has long been a favorite in at the Viennale and in Vienna, programmed both by the festival itself and by the Austrian Film Museum, which has worked to restore some of Benning's great works of American structural avant-garde (American Dreams [lost and found], Landscape Suicide), as well as released those and others on DVD and published an excellent anthology on the filmmaker. Preceding the Viennale this year but later playing at the festival at a conventional theatrical screening was the premiere of a new film by Benning commissioned by, about, and installed in a gallery at the Museum of Natural History Vienna (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien), natural history.
Having only seen Benning's stately, contemplative films in the mostly reverent silence of screenings at festivals, avant-garde programs, and cinematheque showings, watching this superficially unusual film from the American minimalist in an active, lit, and public environment was quite a different experience. Posited by »
- Daniel Kasman
“Futurama” star John Dimaggio is starring in a brand new film coming to theaters in 2015. The film, “The Shoot,” gives a humorous and dark take on the music and fashion industries. Take a look at the synopsis: “Written and directed by John Adams and Toby Poser, the film is a dark, sometimes funny comment on American dreams and nightmares in the rock and roll and fashion industries. In the pic, a fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two hard up rockers try their luck at robbing it.” The film seems to be a promising thriller/horror with dark comedy elements, so if you’re into off-kilter films, take [ Read More ]
Rebecca Mader is going back to the island.
Related Leftovers Star Visits Hawaii
TVLine has confirmed that Lost’s erstwhile Charlotte will guest-star in an upcoming episode of the CBS procedural as Nicole, the dynamic, smart and edgy recovery specialist for a big insurance company. As she works closely with McGarrett on a case, Steve constantly second-guesses her motives, yet is genuinely impressed and amused by her various ploys.
(Rest assured, though, Mader will also share screen time with Lost »
Bon Temps is going to seem like a paradise compared to Adina Porter‘s next battleground.
Related The 100 Season 2 Photos: Clarke Meets the Big, Bad Boss and More
Porter (True Blood) will recur on The CW’s The 100 in Season 2, TVLine has learned, playing a “regal and experienced” Grounder warrior named Indra.
The question is: Will she prove to be a friend (like Lincoln) or a foe (like… pretty much every other Grounder)?
When the motley crew of zombie-fighters from “The Walking Dead” gear up for battle in a new season that commences October 12, they will do so without an important piece of their arsenal.
For several runs of the AMC drama, Rick Grimes and his desperate band of apocalypse survivors have relied on a kiwi-green Hyundai Tuscon to help them forage for supplies or wheel past wandering packs of undead. Now, with a turn in the plot that has the cast moving about on foot, producers’ ability to make use of the vehicle has been reduced to naught.
“While we had a great run with ‘The Walking Dead,’ the plot of the show changed and moved in such a way that the car ceased to have a role,” said David Matathia, director of marketing communications at Hyundai. The automaker will continue to run traditional commercials during the show, and a person familiar »
- Brian Steinberg
Related Hulu Acquires Entire South Park Library
Comedy Central over the weekend released the first video from the long-running animated series’ premiere, which finds notorious nogoodnik Eric Cartman mincing words with Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins.
It seems South Park‘s resident hell raiser is taking advantage of the NFL team not being able to trademark its own name by launching a little company of his own.
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Rather, Murder is the brainchild of Shondaland vet Pete Nowalk, a non-angry white man who has penned scripts and produced for both Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. As such, the freshman drama — premiering Thursday at 10/9c, after the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal season openers — marks the shingle’s first non-Shonda creation to score a time slot since Jenna Bans’ Off the Map.
Photos Fall TV’s Breakout »
“South Park” aired a Washington Redskins-skewering commercial during the Redskins game “When I named my company Washington Redskins, it was out of deep appreciation for your team and your people,” Cartman says in the one-minute ad for the new “South Park” season that will likely include a parody of the team’s name. “The Daily Show” created a showdown between Native Americans and Redskins fans Four diehard fans of the Washington Redskins agreed to be mocked by correspondent Jason Jones for a Sept. 13 taping. But they were surprised to be confronted by a larger group of Native American activists. “This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that’s not what happened,” said one of the fans who agreed to “The Daily Show” appearance. “The Daily Show” has yet to air the segment. Eric the Actor, a diehard “American Idol” fan who parlayed phoning the Howard Stern show into TV guest roles, »
- Norman Weiss
Johnny Fratto, his manager and longtime friend, broke the news Sunday on Twitter. SiriusXM’s official Twitter also released a message regarding his death.
I am so sorry and so sad to inform everyone that my friend Eric "The Actor" Lynch passed away yesterday afternoon!!! pic.twitter.com/6aH9LdFEWW
— Johnny Fratto (@Johnnyfratto) September 21, 2014
Rest in peace, Eric the Actor. We love you.
— SiriusXM (@Siriusxm) September 21, 2014
According to TMZ, Fratto said Lynch was rushed to a Sacramento hospital on Saturday after he began to have heart problems. He died in the hospital, surrounded by family and friends.
No official cause of death has been announced yet.
Lynch, also known as “Eric the Midget,” began calling Stern’s show in 2002, and quickly built up a reputation among those on the show »
- Alex Stedman
Campy Histrionics at Their Most Mediocre
Canadian director Jeffrey St. Jules has demonstrated an aptitude for experimenting with the cinematic form and creating hyper-realized, wildly stylized environments in his short film work. With his feature film debut, Bang Bang Baby, he’s created a similarly idiosyncratic, insulated world that ultimately succumbs to an inability to account for the demands of a longer, more involved and complex narrative.
The story, which blends the faux-aspirational insincerity of the American Dreams/American Idol ethos and the fever-dream sensibilities of Mulholland Drive, is an amalgam of all things pertaining to the 1960s. Stepphy (Jane Levy), a whimsical, idealistic high school student with a penchant for crooning, looks to an American televised singing competition as her mode of escape from small town Canadian life. This standard-issue, coming-of-age template reaches its obvious state of conflict early when teen heartthrob Bobby Shore (Justin Chatwin) randomly shows up in town, »
- Robert Bell
NBC is jumping on the pub quiz bandwagon. The network has handed out a script commitment to an untitled comedy from Chris Moynihan set against a weekly pub quiz, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. American Dreams alum Jonathan Prince is on board to executive produce the multicamera comedy about a group of millennials who team up once a week to compete in their local pub quiz. Moynihan (Veep, Man Up) will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television comedy. The sale comes as pub quiz nights are popping up at bars across the country where groups from two and up compete to answer pop
- Lesley Goldberg
Allison Williams Cast In 'Peter Pan'
“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” Greenblatt said. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls — where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent — and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”
"Allison Williams is a major find," added executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also produced NBC’s Sound of Music Live musical event starring Carrie Underwood. "She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, »
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder (Thursdays at 10/9c, premiere date Tba)
The Competition | CBS’ Thursday Night Football/Elementary and NBC’s Parenthood
"Outside of her songs, Del Rey neither offers explanations as to what is real in them, nor explains how her real life birthed the doomed bombshell in her music," wrote Billboard this week about Lana Del Rey and her new album, Ultraviolence. But if you're sticking just to the music, there's actually a lot of overlap between the many songs Del Rey has voluntarily (and involuntarily!) released over the past few years. Tropes repeat themselves, making it fairly easy to become a Del Rey scholar if you're willing to put the time in. Here's a cheat sheet, organized alphabetically, of all the important things in the Lanaverse.A: America "I fall asleep in an American flag," Lana sings in "Cola." She's a True Patriot, but without all that boring political stuff. In "Radio," she's embracing the American Dream by achieving those coveted radio spins: "American dreams came true somehow / I »
- Lindsey Weber
Actors dream of landing that one role that ignites a career.
Even if it’s not quite the “42nd Street” fantasy of instantaneous stardom for the understudy, a supporting role on a TV series can be an important stepping stone, especially if the show is a critical and/or commercial success. And in rare instances, the magic of being in the right supporting role on the right show at the right time can propel a player who’s the second (or third) banana into full-fledged stardom, the kind that inspires Internet parodies, Halloween costumes and social-media shrines.
Such was the case for three actors who rocketed from virtual obscurity, through scene-stealing supporting roles, to become likely contenders in this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards derby. Christina Hendricks made Joan a force to be reckoned with during the pilot shoot for “Mad Men.” Aaron Paul saved the life of Jesse Pinkman »
- Jenelle Riley
William Wyler's heartbreaking postwar ballad seems even more radical today than it did in its Oscar-thick heyday. It's as non-propagandistic as an unemployment line.
This definitive life-after-wartime masterpiece is filthy with resonant quantities Hollywood wasn't supposed to know from: real-life ambivalence, disappointment, social humiliation, threadbare hopes, very American dreams crushed by time, adulthood, and happenstance.
Three weary soldiers come home to the same Midwestern town after years away — one a small-time banker too old to have gone (Fredric March), one a grown soda jerk now sourly matured out of his life (Dana Andrews), and one a high school jock returning, with crippling self-consciousness, minus his hands (Harold Russell). Tapping our empathy w »
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