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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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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 »
The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th June. In total, 156 features from 47 countries will be screened, with 11 world premieres, 7 European premieres and 95 UK premieres.
The festival opens with the world premiere of British drug trafficking thriller Hyena from writer-director Gerard Johnson, starring Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, and MyAnna Buring. The closing night gala is the international premiere of romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, directed by husband and wife team Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (best known for The Big Bang Theory). Written by and also starring Helberg, it features Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, and Alfred Molina in its cast.
We’ll Never Have Paris
- Josh Slater-Williams
London — Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival line-up, which was unveiled by artistic director Chris Fujiwara Wednesday, includes 156 feature films from 47 countries. The festival, which runs from June 18 to 29, will include 11 world premieres, eight international premieres, seven European premieres and 95 U.K. premieres.
Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman; Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts; and Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” inspired by the case of former Imf managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, starring Gerard Depardieu.
Eiff will also host the world premiere of “Castles in the Sky” from Gillies MacKinnon, the story of the Scottish engineer and developer of radar Robert Watson-Watt (played by Eddie Izzard). The film is one of the contenders for the Michael Powell Award for British films, whose line-up was announced previously. Competitors also include “Set Fire to the Stars,” the debut feature from Andy Goddard, »
- Leo Barraclough
London – The Edinburgh International Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled a star-studded lineup for its 68th edition, including Anton Corbijn’s thriller A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles, and the U.K. premiere of Abel Ferrara’s controversial Welcome to New York, starring Gerard Depardieu as former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strass-Kahn. The festival's Directors’ Showcase will include the U.K. premiere of Bong Joon-ho’s futuristic thriller Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton. This year's American Dreams section of the fest has been expanded after last
- Georg Szalai
It's been more than a decade since Sam Page first hit the Hollywood scene, but the handsome actor stirred up extra buzz this year thanks to appearances on House of Cards and, most recently, The Mindy Project. Back in the early 2000s, he won over fans on American Dreams, and he left Gossip Girl viewers swooning as Colin, one of Serena's love interests. Since then, he's continued to steal the spotlight with his good looks on Mad Men, Scandal, and more, but in case you thought he was just a beautiful face, think again: the Wisconsin-born actor attended Princeton, earning a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. For your daily dose of eye candy, take a trip down memory lane with a look at some very good-looking reasons why you should be crushing on Sam Page. Source: The CW »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Patton Oswalt got to experience something cinephiles may well kill for: He was invited into the Motion Picture Academy Archive to pick out a classic film and then watch it. It's clear as he peruses the shelves in “Let's Go to the Movies With Patton Oswalt” that Oswalt is truly passionate about the film medium, and knowledgeable as well. Also read: Good Morning Cannes, Day 5: Steve Carell Has Critics Buzzing Oscar and American Dreams Go Stale At one point, after stumbling up on the reels for “Cleopatra,” Oswalt shouted at them, “You destroyed a studio, ‘Cleopatra!'” That studio was 20th Century. »
- Jason Hughes
It’s ABC’s turn to get in on the renewal/pilot order fun, as the network has renewed three dramas and ordered a few others to series. Briefly: ABC has renewed the drama series Scandal (duh), Modern Family (more duh), Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Revenge, The Goldbergs, The Middle, and freshman show Resurrection to return next season. The network has also ordered three new dramas to series: the Viola Davis-fronted legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder from creator Shonda Rhimes, the racially charged American Crime from 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, and the alien-invasion show The Whispers from executive producer Steven Spielberg. On the comedy side, the pilots for Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, the Karen Gillan-fronted Selfie, the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and creator Dan Fogelman’s (The Neighbors) musical fairy tale Galavant have been ordered to series. Hit »
- Adam Chitwood
Attention women and gay men everywhere: Your American Dreams are about to come true.
Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that the hotly anticipated sequel Magic Mike Xxl will be released July 3, 2015, just in time for Independence Day. The original 2012 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and starred Channing Tatum, and was loosely based on the actor’s own experiences as a young male dancer. Tatum is currently writing the sequel, which will be directed by Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh’s assistant on the first film and many of his other work.
Hopefully Channing was able to get some inspiration Sunday night at »
- Jake Perlman
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
The jurors for »
- Jeff Labrecque
Hong Kong – Director Peter Chan Ho-sun will reteam with Tong Dawei and Zhang Ji, his star and screenwriter from hit “American Dreams In China,” for a new dramatic film about parents who have been separated from their children.
It has no official English title yet, though its Chinese title (親愛的小孩) translates as “Dear Children.” Production starts from this week (April 4).
Chan’s “American Dreams” was an aspirational story about language teaching, self- improvement and the limits of friendship that was typical of a wave of low-budget, audience-friendly Chinese features that became break-out hits last year.
After a couple of bigger budget misfires and the $95 million Chinese gross of “American Dreams,” Chan (pictured) promised to return to making simpler, more relevant films for Chinese audiences. »
- Patrick Frater
Back in the day, it was alllll about The Lawrence Brothers.Joey was the hot one, Matthew was the cute one and Andy was the adorable baby of the group, costarring together on the short-lived TV show "Brotherly Love."While Joey never really left the public eye, going on to star on everything from "American Dreams" and a ton of TV movies to "Dancing with the Stars," the other two have kept lower profiles.But now, 26-year-old Andrew is popping back into the limelight with a guest-starring role on his big brother's current series, "Melissa and Joey."He'll appear in an episode airing next Wednesday, playing a teacher who gets aggravated when Melissa's nephew interrupts his class to try and woo one of his students.Check out the sneak peek clip above to see what Andrew looks like now. And click the gallery below to see how Joey, Matthew and »
- tooFab Staff
Tom Verica (American Dreams) has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor, Annalise Dewitt (Davis), who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Paradigm-repped Verica will play Annalise’s husband Tom, a psychology professor who comes from a long line of academic royalty. Morgan Spector (The Last Airbender) is set as a series regular in the NBC drama pilot Coercion, based on an Israeli format. The high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Pitch Perfect 2 will launch in 2015.
Watch the trailer for Pitch Perfect below: »
Sought-after pilot director David Semel is spoken for this season, as he has been tapped to helm CBS’ drama pilot Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni. The project, from creator/exec producer Barbara Hall and exec producer Morgan Freeman, explores the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State (Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Wme-repped Semel has directed the pilots for such series as American Dreams, Heroes, No Ordinary Family, Person Of Interest and most recently TNT’s Legends and CBS’ Intelligence. Related: Tea Leoni To Star In CBS Drama Pilot ‘Madam Secretary’ Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) is set to direct NBC’s drama pilot Salvation, from Liz Heldens, Universal TV and David Janollari Entertainment. The family saga is set against the backdrop of a Texas mega church where faith, family and corruption are explored in equal measure. »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
Ally Lattman has joined We tv as a scripted programming consultant. She will work for Cheryl Bloch, who came on board in October as Svp Scripted Programming, We tv’s first scripted executive, as the network is entering the genre. Lattman will be heavily involved in the day-to-day oversight of We tv’s first scripted series, drama The Divide and will bring in new development projects and work on existing ones. Lattman is coming off a brief stint as VP Development for Cartel Entertainment. She previously worked at Universal TV, where she was involved in American Dreams and The District; as VP Television at Lionsgate, where she helped develop Weeds, Mad Men and the Crash series; and as VP TV Development at Piller-Segan-Shepherd. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
By Mark Pinkert
There was an interesting phenomenon in film this year that deserves a second look: many of the most recognizably “American” films of 2013 were directed by foreigners and, of those films, two feature almost entirely foreign casts.
First, to be clear, when I say “American” films, I’m not referring to stories that simply take place here; rather, I’m looking at films that are germane to the American narrative, to our history and cultural zeitgeist–really, Americana as opposed to just American. Films like The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips–which bring to life classic American literature, histories, and recent events–are the best examples. (Gravity is a tough sell for this list, but does fit insofar as it deals with the space program, a prominent feature of 20th century, Cold War America.) The second criterion, then, is to have a foreign director, »
- Mark Pinkert
Naughty Dog’s story-based Dlc for 2013’s critically-adorned PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last of Us: Left Behind, may be slated to release on February 14th, according to a photo posted on NeoGaf. The image, which was taken from the Us Psn store, seems to reveal that the add-on will also include a dynamic theme and comic in the vein of the American Dreams miniseries.
Though the studio have remained mum on the release date for The Last of Us: Left Behind hitherto, it’s understood that the additional content was originally intended sometime within the December-January timeframe. With that said, given that Friday is an unorthodox release date for digital content on the PlayStation Store, it’s best taking this news with a grain of salt.
Priced at $14.99, The Last of Us: Left Behind is very much a prequel to Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic tale, and one that is reportedly lighter »
- Michael Briers
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