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By Søren Hough
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Television has apexed once again. If the Emmys have proven anything over the past few years, it is that we live in what celebrated filmmaker Steven Soderbergh refers to as “a second golden age of television.” The networks — cable and streaming, more than broadcast — are investing more than ever in smart, original and ambitious shows, and are consequently producing more high-quality material than ever before. So successful have these networks become that major figures in the film industry have begun to make the once-unthinkable jump from the big screen to the small screen. Indeed, everyone from Steven Spielberg to Kevin Spacey seems to be hopping on the bandwagon.
But at what cost? Has this shift in production value brought with it narrative strength? Maybe not.
Along with this resurgence in television has come a recurring and potentially sinister theme: the abrupt excision of the protagonist. Consider the Emmy-winning fantasy series, »
- Søren Hough
Netflix has announced a February 14th premiere date for the second season of its acclaimed original drama "House of Cards". Like the first season, the Kevin Spacey-led political drama will drop on the service all at once. The Svod service has dropped both a silent teaser trailer and a fresh synopsis for the new season which you can see below:
In the second season, Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes.
President Walker’s (Michel Gill) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence.
The Underwood »
- Garth Franklin
The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
Fans of the Netflix original series, House of Cards, can rejoice. The date that the second season of the hit show will arrive on the net has just been announced. Starting on February 14 (that’s right, Valentine’s Day), you can continue watching the exploits of Francis Underwood as he attempts to climb the political ranks in Washington D.C., using every devious method on his way to the top.
In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
This Valentine’s Day, you may find yourself bingeing on something besides candy out of a heart-shaped box.
Netflix has announced that all 13 episodes of House of Cards Season 2 will bow on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
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The rather spoiler-free logline for the acclaimed drama’s sophomore run:
Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
It is nearly 20 years since Lovejoy, the adventures of the roguish (but loveable) antiques dealer played by Ian McShane last graced our screens, but could it be ripe for a comeback? "Sky talked about it last year," said McShane, now better known for the rather more post-watershed western, Deadwood. "I said, 'If you're serious about it, why not make it about Lovejoy's daughter this time?'" McShane told the new issue of Radio Times. "And maybe I could do guest appearances on an antique Zimmer frame. That'd be terrific." And like any antique, a hit show (which in this case aired on BBC1 between 1986 and 1994) can only get more valuable with age. McShane said he'd kept in touch with his co-star Phyllis Logan, who played Lady Jane Felsham and now stars in Downton Abbey. Except, don't ask him what he thinks of it. Oh, go on then. "It's not my kind of show, »
On TV this Friday: Nikita‘s back in action, Blue Bloods deals with a wayward brother, a comedy legend heads to Hawaii, The Legend of Korra wraps up and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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8 pm The Carrie Diaries (The CW) | Samantha takes matters into her own hands when she’s unhappy with an art student’s painting of her in the class for which she’s modeling… nude.
8 pm Doctor Who: Explained »
- Misha Solomon
This week sees the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the highly-anticipated sequel to last year’s blockbuster. But in the meantime, this week’s new Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at the upcoming British comedy Cuban Fury.
Premise: A lonely sad-sack named Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) has a crush on his gorgeous new boss Julia (Rashida Jones), and the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance. Good thing he used to be a child prodigy at salsa dancing – now all Bruce needs to do is rediscover his inner passion.
My take: Several times in the history of this column, I’ve featured a movie that I hadn’t even heard of before seeing the trailer in question. Such is the case with this week’s subject, the upcoming British romantic comedy Cuban Fury, which stars Nick Frost, best known from »
- Timothy Monforton
Sneak Peek a Nsfw trailer supporting the French-language dramatic series "Maison Close"( "Whorehouse"), set in an 1879 Parisian brothel, that Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson have acquired for a Us adaptation with broadcast partner HBO.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek a Nsfw trailer from "Maison Close"...
- Michael Stevens
If the thought of Shaun Of The Dead star Nick Frost as a former champion salsa dancer trying to regain past glory to win the girl puts a smile on your face then you, friend, are the target audience for James Griffiths' Cuban Fury. And Chris O'Dowd as Frost's salsa dancing rival and Deadwood's Ian McShane as his hard man instructor are just icing on the cake. It's all very silly, of course, and pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be. Take a look at the first trailer below....
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A.C. Lyles, a beloved employee of Paramount Pictures for more than 80 years who passed away at the age of 95 on Sept. 27, was remembered by friends and family at a memorial service on the Paramount lot on Monday afternoon.
Among those who packed the Paramount Theatre -- the lobby of which was decorated with photos of Lyles with everyone from Prince Charles to Elvis Presley to Shirley Temple -- were legends of Hollywood's Golden Age, such as Mickey Rooney, Jane Withers, Terry Moore, Ruta Lee and Anne Jeffreys, as well as a spattering of more recent stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and more than a few people from other walks of life whom Lyles had befriended over the years.
Lyles, it was noted throughout the ceremony, »
- Scott Feinberg
Just yesterday, it was rumored that Batman's longtime sidekick Robin would be showing up in Batman Vs. Superman. The story finds Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson having a falling out many years ago, and as Robin becomes Nightwing, the two vigilantes haven't seen each other in years. Producers were reportedly looking for a young 'John Hawkes' type. He's the actor that starred on Deadwood and Eastbound & Down, and garnered an Oscar nomination for his performance in the 2010 drama Winter's Bone opposite Jennifer Lawrence.
Well, it seems they've found their man. 29 year-old Girls star Adam Driver is said to be the frontrunner and the favorite for Nightwing. This comes from two very different sources entrenched within the production.
The actor stands at 6'3", and should be able to hold his own against Ben Affleck's 6'4" Batman frame. »
Thor: The Dark World may be director Alan Taylor‘s first feature film, but this isn’t his first rodeo behind the camera. Far from it, actually. Taylor has directed episodes for some of your favorite television shows: Mad Men, Deadwood, Rome, Bored to Death, and The Sopranos. Taylor brought those series to real highs. For The Sopranos, he helmed the episode where Tony killed his nephew Christopher — one of the most dramatic moments of that series. But it was Taylor’s time on Game of Thrones that landed him Thor: The Dark World. The first Thor often felt like more of a cartoon than a movie, and Marvel wanted to ground those rainbow bridges for the sequel. That doesn’t mean Thor: The Dark World is a gritty, humorless experience, but has a “dirt” to it, which is how Alan Taylor describes the style of the film. Speaking with Taylor from the London junket, he »
- Jack Giroux
A prolific television director with a trio of features under his belt, Taylor is one of HBO's go-to guys, having helmed episodes of "Oz," "Sex and the City," "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "Carnivale," "Deadwood," "Rome," "Big Love," and "Boardwalk Empire." But none of those gigs would leave him particularly suited for "Thor: The Dark World." What would, however, get him prepared for taking on a world of frost giants, dark elves, and weird glowing red goo, was his stint on HBO's dark fantasy series "Game of Thrones."
For "Game of Thrones," Taylor was responsible for "Baelor," the traumatizing episode in which Sean Bean's Ned Stark gets beheaded, as well as a handful of other episodes from Season 2. His work on "Game of Thrones" is what got Marvel's attention, who placed him on »
- Drew Taylor
(From contributing writer Bo Bory)
Alan Taylor is no stranger when it comes to directing. His credits include many episodes of highly successful network TV shows, such as Lost and The West Wing, as well as several episodes of your favorite HBO shows. It's a long, extensive, and truly impressive list, to be certain. Alan Taylor has helmed everything from Oz , Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and Deadwood...To Rome, Big Love, Mad Men (which he won a Director's Guild Award for), Boardwalk Empire, and most recently, Game of Thrones. In fact, it was the Emmy award-winning director's work on Game of Thrones that landed him his latest, and most ambitious, project to date... Marvel Studios' big-budgeted, epic, sci-fi, fantasy sequel, Thor: The Dark World.
Of course, with a resume that stellar and varied, »
On TV this Tuesday: Supernatural‘s Winchesters are doggedly determined, Brooklyn Nine-Nine races the clock, S.H.I.E.L.D. features an Avengers-adjacent agent and Face Off finishes up. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked here), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Ralph Waite (The Waltons) returns as Jackson Gibbs, who needs his son’s help to reconnect with a former war pilot. Meanwhile, Tony and McGee argue over who should lead the team’s investigation of a Marine’s murder. »
- Kimberly Roots
The Anthony Pellicano legal psychodrama continues to run its course. Keith Carradine has become the latest to wrap up a civil lawsuit. The actor, who won an Oscar for songwriting in Robert Altman's Nashville and most recently had star turns in Deadwood and Dexter, claimed that notorious P.I.-to-the-stars Pellicano had spied on him in the midst of contentious divorce proceedings about 15 years ago. Carradine sued his ex-wife Sandra Will Carradine, Pellicano, Pacific Bell, former Lapd sergeant Mark Arneson and the City of Los Angeles over an alleged conspiracy that invaded his privacy. Story: Michael
- Eriq Gardner
Review Billy Grifter 26 Oct 2013 - 20:45
Despite its recent improvement, this week's Revolution takes a nosedive in quality. Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers.
2.5 One Riot, One Ranger
After making some decent headway in the past few weeks, Revolution fell down a few holes of plausibility this week, and seemed incapable of scrambling out.
The major problem, and it had been festering away for some weeks in the background, was how to introduce back Bass into the mix without a long list of people just killing him immediately. It was always going to be a stretch, but the direction that they took ultimately seemed the least credible of all possible routes.
Part of the issue was that Charlie only needed to be saved once to join the Bass supporters club, entirely forgetting that he was responsible for the deaths of her father and brother, and a ton of other people. »
There may be more Arrested Development episodes on the way.
There may also be an Arrested Development movie.
But now the folks at Film Music Reporter have confirmed: There will definitely be an Arrested Development soundtrack! It will be released on November 19.
According to a press release, “Arrested Development’s composer David Schwartz selected his songs and score from all four seasons of the show, with a heavy dose of the original madcap songs and its signature ukulele tunes."
Schwartz - who has also scored Deadwood, Beverly Hills, 90210 - added on his website that “the playlist is based on all of the requests from we received during the Ama on reddit.com. Greatest fans ever!”
Look for the soundtrack to be comprised of 42 singles. They will be:
1. Arrested Development (Main Title) (0:18)
2. She’s Cute (1:25)
3. Get Away (Extended Version) (2:53)
4. Practice Kisses (1:51)
5. Sound of Silence / The Cockroach (Medley »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
The critically-loved comedy from Mitch Hurwitz may be a long way from getting another season or a movie, but it will get its own soundtrack with 42 songs, including the songs "Big Yellow Joint," "Get Away," and "Boomerang" performed by Lucy Schwartz, which was featured in the season finale of the fourth season. The soundtrack will be released on November 19, 2013 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Film Music Reporter reports.
"'Arrested Development's composer David Schwartz selected his songs and score from all four seasons of the show, with a heavy dose of the original madcap songs and its signature ukulele tunes," a press release about the upcoming soundtrack stated.
This isn't the first TV series soundtrack for Schwartz. He also composed soundtracks for "Deadwood" and "Beverly Hills, »
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