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Eliza Dushku has turned in superb performances in TV and films for over twenty years. On the small screen she headlined two shows, “Tru Calling” and “Dollhouse” after her breakthrough role as “bad girl” Faith on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. Her big screen career began with playing the daughters of Robert De Niro and Arnold Schwarzenegger in This Boy’S Life and True Lies. Later roles ranged from the comedy hits Bring It On and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back to thrillers like Soul Survivors and Wrong Turn. Ms. Dushku returns to cinemas with the family drama/romance Jane Wants A Boyfriend, out on March 25. We Are Movie Geeks spoke with her in a phone interview about the film.
Interview conducted on March 16, 2016
We Are Movie Geeks: After meeting you at Wizard World in St. Louis in 2014, I had heard that you were returning to college, so I was »
- Jim Batts
Olmstead joined Ucp in January 2014 as exec VP of development overseeing scripted activity. She was a key player in shepherding USA Network’s buzzy hit “Mr. Robot,” as well as USA’s “Colony” and Syfy’s “The Magicians.” She reports to Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and president of Ucp and Wilshire Studios.
“Dawn is, quite simply, one of the best in the business,” Wachtel said. “She’s been instrumental in elevating Ucp’s profile and making it a ‘go-to’ studio for prominent industry players as well as up-and-coming talent. She has a keen eye for mining great storytelling and is a passionate advocate for projects she believes in.”
Olmstead’s promotion comes on the heels of a shakeup within NBCUniversal Cable »
- Cynthia Littleton
Zach Galifianakis has co-starred on a couple of TV shows in his career -- Tru Calling (Fox) and Bored to Death (HBO) -- and both lasted fewer than 30 episodes. Now, he's the lead in the Baskets TV show, a dark comedy on FX. How will it perform in the ratings? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
The Baskets TV series revolves around a struggling clown who lives in Bakersfield, California. Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) dreams of being a classically trained French clown but things don’t work out for him when he goes to study in Paris. Chip moves back to his hometown and is forced to confront his past while working as a rodeo clown and dealing with his judgmental family. The rest of the cast includes Martha Kelly, Louie Anderson, Sabina Sciubba, and Ernest Adams.
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Despite a slight uptick in quality, Shadowhunters is still disappointingly far, far from the show it could have been...
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 Dead Man's Party
It’s not saying much, but this was the best episode of Shadowhunters so far. With most of the major characters introduced and most of the basic rules of the universe already established, there was a bit more breathing room for things to happen. And with most of the worst aspects of the show pushed discreetly out of sight, there was even time to have some fun.
So, again, we pick up pretty much exactly where the last episode left off, with Simon being abducted by vampires who think Clary knows where the Mortal Cup is and quite fancy nicking it for themselves. That sense of continuity is quite nice; it can be disconcerting to feel like characters in a TV »
Zach Galifianakis started his career as a cult comedian, until the blockbuster success of “The Hangover” franchise turned him into a mainstream star. Now he’s returning to his roots with the FX original series “Baskets,” an inventive serial comedy sure to be described as “quirky” and “offbeat” more times than anyone will care to count.
Galifianakis created the show with Jonathan Krisel (“Portlandia”) and Louis C.K., and stars as Chip Baskets, a Paris-trained clown who takes a job working at a rodeo in Bakersfield, California. The series co-stars Galifianakis’ longtime friend Martha Kelly, a stand-up comedian making her acting debut as Chip’s sweet-natured foil, and Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets, the mother of Chip and his more successful twin brother Dale. (Of that unconventional casting choice, Galifianakis says, “I wanted to cast Brenda Blethyn; she wasn’t available.”)
Variety spoke with Galifianakis at the recent Television Critics Assn. »
- Geoff Berkshire
5 items from 2016
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