5 items from 2015
Back to Part 1 of the Best TV Episodes of 2015 (So Far)
Man Seeking Woman, “Teacup”
Written by Sofia Alvarez
Directed by Tim Kirkby
Aired March 11th, 2015 on Fxx
You won’t find Fxx’s Man Seeking Woman in many year-end discussions, but over the course of its admittedly spotty, watched-by-no-one first season, it staked a claim on some truly unique stylistic real estate in a landscape previously thought to be worked to death: the search for love. Over the last year, there has been a tremendous influx in the number of series trying to combine a “modern” and “edgy” take on modern courtship with ages-old sitcom tropes, but most of these have ranged from lackluster to outright lame. (See almost the entire new network comedy lineup, Fall/Winter 2014-15.) Creator Simon Rich’s vision of the dating world as a literal fantasy hellscape—complete with demonic destination weddings, time travel, »
- Kate Kulzick
As Universal's Jurassic World continues to break records all over the planet, competing studios are working quickly to capitalize on the film’s success. The giant shark movie Meg just came out of development hell with Eli Roth in talks to direct, and now 20th Century Fox has paid big bucks for a monster movie pitch. Per THR, the studio has acquired a live-action/CG project called Shadows from writer Jason Micallef (Butter) for $750,000 against $1.5 million. The film takes place in the world of cryptozoology, a pseudoscience that involves the study of animals whose existence has not been proven. Brazillian filmmaker Carlos Saldanha is set to direct Shadows, which will be his first splash into live-action territory after helming Rio and Rio 2 as well as Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Saldanha got his start as co-director of animated films like Ice Age and »
- Adam Chitwood
When studios start shuffling release dates, it can be a portent of doom. Such moves are often accompanied with whispers about production problems, or executive disappointment with the finished product itself. Paramount’s sudden adjustment to the roll-out of its live action-computer animation hybrid Monster Trucks suggests the opposite, however. Of all the months to shift it to, the studio has opted to push it back to March 2016 – a month that many would give a wide berth, given that the cinematic juggernaut Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be pulling into theatres at that time. Not so for Monster Trucks, which will now arrive a week before that superhero smack-down.
On its previous release date – December 25th 2015 – Monster Trucks would have faced off with Concussion (starring Will Smith), Joy (starring Jennifer Lawrence), the Point Break remake, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Revenant (starring Leonardo DiCaprio »
- Sarah Myles
Monster Trucks, the live-action/computer-animated film with a $125M price tag from Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies production, has been pushed out of 2015 — the second time the film has been postponed. That’s a heavy amount of interest to shoulder, but it will give them more time to work on marketing materials for the film. The film, directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots and Epic), is said to be an original idea based on the monster truck phenomena. Mary Pare… »
Isn't it time the Doctor and Clara welcomed another companion on board the Tardis in Doctor Who series 9? Mark has a few ideas as to who...
Following Jenna Coleman's much-publicised wobble over whether or not to leave Doctor Who in 2014, we've had confirmation that Clara Oswald will be around for this year's series after all. This will make Clara the Doctor's longest-serving companion since the new series began and, indeed, since Janet Fielding's similarly on-off Tegan, back when Peter Davison was the Doctor.
Like Tegan, Clara's had a couple of near-miss exits during her travels already - first, the bittersweet ending of Death In Heaven and the fake-out at the end of Last Christmas. In both cases, she and the Doctor got a reprieve from Nick Frost's Santa, in such a way that when she does eventually leave, we'll all be looking for him to pop out »
5 items from 2015
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