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“Did you see last night’s ratings for ‘Ray Donovan?’”
It’s the morning after the show’s second-season finale, and Showtime president David Nevins sounds like a proud father, high-fiving a visitor to his Westwood office and firing off stats: The Liev Schreiber drama hit a series-high 2 million viewers. “It’s up 40% from last year,” he says, with a broad grin.
Nevins has good reason to be happy on this late-September day. “Ray Donovan” indeed blossomed into a ratings hit for his network in its sophomore season (even with behind-the-scenes drama forcing a change in showrunner for season three). “Masters of Sex” also wrapped its second season with heightened critical acclaim for the show and the performances of stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
With a week to go before the fourth-season relaunch of “Homeland,” the early reviews are mostly good as the drama reboots itself in an effort »
- Cynthia Littleton and Debra Birnbaum
Director: Shawn Levy; Screenwriter: Jonathan Tropper; Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Rose Byrne, Dax Shepard; Running time: 103 mins; Certificate: 15
A five-star cast elevates Shawn Levy's latest, This Is Where I Leave You, a comedy-drama about a family who reunite after the death of their patriarch. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver play the four estranged siblings who are brought back together by Jane Fonda's Hillary to sit shiva, a seven-day mourning period where the family must stay together.
The Altmans are a dysfunctional lot (what movie family isn't?), thanks in part to Hillary authoring Cradle and All, a warts and all book that shared a little too much about her kids' raging teenage hormones. It's Bateman's Judd who's the film's de facto lead, and he's as much in crisis as any of his siblings. »
Back in 2011, Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots starred in the remake of Fright Night, and now they're getting back together for another thriller. THR reports Yelchin and Poots (which sounds like a good name for a musical duo) will both star in Green Room, the next thriller from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier. We first reported on the film in May, and it's said to follow a punk rock band (led by Yelchin) who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a murder outside, forcing them to fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads. And the supporting cast has filled out too. Read on! Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development"), Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Joe Cole ("Peaky Blinders"), Callum Turner (Queen and Country) and Saulnier's incredible Blue Ruin lead Macon Blair will also star in the film. The trade doesn't say who »
- Ethan Anderton
Portia de Rossi had a dream come true when she joined the cast of ABC's “Scandal.” The “Arrested Development” star admitted on ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday that it took a bit of hounding creator Shonda Rhimes to make it happen. “Hounding in Hollywood terms really means my agents called her agents more than was appropriate,” she said. But it worked, as she got a meeting followed by an akward phone call. When her agent told her he had “Scandal” news, she didn't think of the show and instead thought she was embroiled in a scandal. See photos: Penelope Cruz »
- Jason Hughes
Yelchin portrays the frontman of a punk band playing at a remote venue.
After witnessing a murder at the gig, they find themselves trapped in the green room by a racist gang.
Poots plays a member of the gang whose friend's death sets the events in motion. She joins forces with the band in a bid for survival.
Green Room will begin shooting later in October in Portland. »
Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots, who starred opposite each other in the 2011 remake of Fright Night, are reteaming to star in Green Room, an indie thriller from Blue Ruin filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier. Also joining the production are Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Callum Turner (Queen and Country), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Macon Blair (Blue Ruin) and Mark Webber (Laggies). See more Highly Paid Film Stars The story centers on a punk band, headlined by Yelchin’s character, who witnesses a murder at one of their shows in a middle-of-nowhere venue. They find themselves locked in the green room and targeted
- Borys Kit
Portia de Rossi might be the newest, fiercest woman on Scandal this season (and already bonding with her co-stars), but she and wife Ellen DeGeneres are once again addressing the reports that they are expecting head-on.
The actress showed up on her wife's daytime talk show on Tuesday to clear up all those pesky baby rumors. Ellen says, "The main thing that everybody is asking me about, and asking you about, and I thought I’d let you clear it up, is if we’re having a baby or not? I thought maybe you should answer that question."
Pics: Nph's Twins Turn Four and More Adorable Shots
At first, the 41-year-old Arrested Development star doesn't answer the question outright, saying, "So fun for everybody if we were." Ellen adds, "Yeah, they want us to have a baby."
Calling out a magazine »
After creating some of TV's most memorable supporting characters (including Arrested Development's double-trouble twins George and Oscar Bluth), 70-year-old Jeffrey Tambor digs his heels (literally) into the role of his career: a transgender head of household who transitions from Mort to Maura on Amazon's groundbreaking, critically lauded series Transparent. Tambor chatted with EW about the makings of "Moppa." EW: Congrats on the show. I burned through it in a single afternoon. Jeffrey Tambor: You're all done? Wow. Someone tweeted that they were on their second time around. When I was a kid, we got up, we walked a »
- Jason Clark
With five TV series, four movies and countless comics, odds are that anyone under the age of thirty has grown up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now it’s time to revisit the gang with a new take courtesy of director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles) and producer Michael Bay (Transformers), with previews from October 11th and opening across the UK on October 17th.
The new film sees all the things you loved from the earlier versions of the heroes – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael of course return under the mentorship of Splinter to take on the Foot Clan and its leader Shredder – but in a new reimagining. Probing into their origins, the film looks set to be the start of an epic new chapter for the Turtles, but never loses sight of what makes the series work in the first place – the humour. Expect laughs galore as well as thrilling action. »
- Peter Willis
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is vastly superior to any of its producer Michael Bay's Transformers movies. But that's like saying having the latest U2 album automatically downloaded onto your iTunes without consent is preferable to Bono kicking down your front door, strapping you into a straight jacket and forcing you to listen to his band's latest offering while slapping you around the face with The Edge's beanie hat every time you nod off.
There's little to keep one awake during this latest effort to transform those pizza-loving turtles into big screen icons, as this uninspired production is clearly led by marketing imperatives rather than storytelling ones. It should have been renamed Tmnt: The Secret of the Snooze.
At least moments of outrage form some kind of engagement, »
Amazon's new Transparent series has been seeing record downloads so they've ordered a second season of the dark comedy that stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass.
Here are the details:
Prime Members and Critics Agree, Transparent is this Fall's Best New Show - Earns 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer
Seattle -- Oct. 9, 2014 -- (Nasdaq:amzn) - Amazon Original Series Transparent is already breaking records. In just over a week since its debut, the critically acclaimed dark comedy, created by Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under) and starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), is the no. 1 ranked series on Prime Instant Video since the show's »
Transparent, Season 1
Created by Jill Soloway
Released on September 26, 2014 by Amazon Studios
I imagine my feelings after finishing Transparent’s incredible first season were much like many people’s feelings after Orange is the New Black premiered. It is wholly original and seems to exist as a result of the ways online streaming has opened up the medium of television to previously unrepresented characters. I was enamored both with the show’s characters and the way it approached issues of gender identity and sexuality. I needed to keep binge watching.
Transparent follows the Pfefferman clan, a tightly knit Jewish family living in Los Angeles, as their lives are changed by one member’s brave announcement. Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) comes out to her family as a woman, despite being their father and going by the name Mort for all of their lives. Pfefferman matriarch Shelly (Judith Light) confronts this new knowledge »
- George Morvis
Amazon Original Series "Transparent" is already breaking records. In just over a week since its debut, the critically-acclaimed dark comedy, created by Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, "Six Feet Under") and starring Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Judith Light ("Dallas"), Gaby Hoffmann ("Girls"), Amy Landecker ("Louie") and Jay Duplass ("Togetherness"), is the no. 1 ranked series on Prime Instant Video since the show's launch. Due to the overwhelming success of the show, and the incredibly positive viewer response, Amazon Studios has greenlit a second season of "Transparent," to air in 2015. »
Amazon has renewed original series “Transparent” for a second season. The dark comedy — created by Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under”) and starring Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), Judith Light (“Dallas”), Gaby Hoffman (“Girls”), Amy Landecker (“Louie”) and Jay Duplass (“Togetherness”) — is currently the top-ranked series on the website's Prime Instant Video, which has been the case since the show launched just over a week ago. It's also been the most binge-watched show in Prime Instant Video history. “Transparent” has been an instant critical hit as well, sitting at 98 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, along with a 91 metascore on »
- Tony Maglio
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Katie Dippold will share scripting duties on the Ghostbusters reboot with director Paul Feig. The duo previously teamed-up on 2013’s buddy cop comedy, The Heat, which stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
It was recently revealed that the long-awaited third Ghostbusters movie will be a departure from the storylines and cast of the first two films, starring instead a team of all-female paranormal investigators. Originally in line to helm the third Ghostbusters film (back when it was set to star the original characters of the first two films) before leaving the director’s chair in March (soon after series star and co-writer Harold Ramis passed away), Ivan Reitman (director »
- Derek Anderson
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Kristen Stewart was on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night, and she talked about rescuing a new dog while she was filming "Camp X-Ray." The story goes on and on, thanks to Jimmy visualizing everything. Kristen was at work and a friend of hers that she usually works with was playing Frisbee golf. He found two dogs and told his brother, who was driving Kristen at the time, that he needed to have a serious conversation with the two of them. He brought the dogs to Kristen's house, and she fell in love with them. Someone had abandoned the dogs at the park and just left. One of the guys »
- Gina Carbone
Let's see you write your way out of this one, David Cross. Following a three-year hiatus, Cross's scripted comedy “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” is returning to IFC for Season 3. It will pick up where the second season left off: as Cross's character detonates a battery of nuclear bombs that incinerate the planet. “Todd Margaret” is slated to return in 2015 with six new half-hour episodes. Cross plays the fish-out-of-water titular character, an American based in London who completely lacks any sense of good judgment. See video: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Gets the ‘Arrested Development’ Treatment in New Promo The writing portion of. »
- Tony Maglio
He blew up the world and now apparently it's time to rebuild it: IFC has picked up a six-episode third season of David Cross' The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, EW has learned exclusively. Created, co-written by, and starring the Arrested Development veteran, the London-set comedy will pick up in season three where season two left off back in early 2012—which should be quite interesting, as in-over-his-head American sales exec Todd was last seen setting off nuclear bombs that destroy the planet. The cast—which has included Will Arnett, Blake Harrison, and Spike Jonze—is still being finalized, »
- Dan Snierson
Appearing on "The Colbert Report" this past week, actor Jeffrey Tambor says: "There is actually talk of a 'Hellboy 3,' but they better hurry or I'm going to be in a walker." The "Arrested Development" star played B.P.R.D. director Tom Manning in the previous films. [Source: Cbm]
Speaking with ABC News, actor Michael B. Jordan has said the superhero outfits he and his fellow cast mates don in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot aren't the same old navy spandex of previous incarnations, rather they're something more utilitarian albeit similarly skin-tight:
"It's a new look. We are all in containment suits. The costume process definitely took some time to get in and out of that thing, especially since I was bulking up. It was a little more snug during filming. We got through it man. It was a process, but we did it. It was hard work. »
- Garth Franklin
While promoting his latest show Transparent via The Colbert Report, Jeffrey Tambor (notable for roles in Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show), gave Hellboy fans some much needed hope for a third follow-up to Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy. “There is actually talk of a ‘Hellboy 3,’ but they better hurry or I’m going to be in a walker.” While the actor's statement doesn't essentially offer up much to go on, at least there are talks. It would be a pleasant surprise if they could finally get a third installment off the ground. What do you guys think? »
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