The Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres section is “A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.”
Mississippi Grind — Image courtesy of The Sundance Institute
From the writing and directing duo that brought us Half Nelson and It’s Kind of a Funny Story comes Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as a pair of desperate gamblers on the road. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have thus far earned a solid indie reputation, so there’s not much reason to doubt that they’ll deliver engaging content even if one’s unsure of the acting team that’s being put to task. Reynolds’ name may suffer from overexposure in big studio flops like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Green Lantern, whereas Mendelsohn’s growing respectability flies well below pop culture’s radar. »
- Lane Scarberry
The last panel of NBC's press tour day (and my last panel of this particular tour, though Fienberg will be here for Fox, FX and PBS) should be a good one: a farewell press conference for "Parks and Recreation," featuring Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Retta and Jim O'Heir, plus co-creator Mike Schur. (It's a shame Nick Offerman and Aubrey Plaza won't be here, but it feels like a miracle that Pratt has time, given how many different movies he's starring in these days.) I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, as often as my fingers and the ballroom wi-fi will allow, so hit reload early and often. (All times Pacific.) 5:30 p.m.: Bob Greenblatt introduces the panel, calls it "one of the best shows that have ever been on television." It's easy to be magnanimous when the show's on the way out the door, I suppose. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Neil Patrick Harris has unveiled his latest Academy Awards promo.
The How I Met Your Mother star shows off his illusion skills in the new commercial, following yesterday's nominations announcement.
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Polishing what appears to be a supersized Oscar statue while standing on a ladder, it is soon revealed that some clever camera trickery has been used.
The clip follows previous promos starring Harris that featured Christmas gifts and New Year's resolutions.
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards, which Neil Patrick Harris will host live on Sunday, February 22 at 7pm on ABC.
Oscars 2015 - nominations in pictures: »
Gotham, The Flash, Arrow... Why do the current crop of geek TV shows have such trouble creating a central romance fans want to root for?
At the moment, a fair amount of geek TV shows seem to be producing particularly poor depictions of love and romance. The problem is only confounded by the fact that, with fandom as vocal as it is nowadays, any negative element of a show is sure to be rigorously reanalysed. As a result, love interests come into a lot of criticism from the online community.
In an attempt to find a fix, we had look through some of our favourite shows to deduce which ones get it right, and which struggle horribly. Hopefully, we can uncover the secret to getting romantic writing right in nerdy TV…
Nowadays, the term ‘love interest’ seems a bit old hat, »
We’re back with another round-up of news, this time focusing on the return of David Lynch’s seminal series, Twin Peaks, the upcoming Game of Thrones IMAX screenings, and when you can expect to see The Babadook haunt home media.
With Twin Peaks returning to television in nine all-new episodes in 2016 (25 years after it last aired), fans have been wondering which actors will come back. Series co-writer/director David Lynch and Showtime answered one big question by revealing that Kyle MacLachlan will once again step into the shoes of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. Lynch even tweeted a new photo of MacLachlan as Agent Cooper holding a “damn fine” cup of coffee. Here’s the official press release (via Collider) and photo (via David Lynch):
Press Release – “Golden Globe winner and Emmy® Award nominee Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper when the critically-acclaimed, »
- Derek Anderson
Period, fantasy, and contemporary films each received their own category for the Art Directors Guild awards! Take a look at the full nomination list below. Winners of the Adg Awards will be revealed on Saturday, January 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Production Designer: David Crank
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen
Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
Production Designer: John Paul Kelly
Production Designer: Jon Hutman
Production Designer: Peter Wenham
Production Designer: James Chinlund
Production Designer: Charles Wood
Production Designer: Nathan Crowley
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner
Production Designer: Kevin Thompson
Production Designer: Jess Gonchor
Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt »
The latest Honest Trailer from the folks at Screen Junkies has arrived online, and this time they’ve turned their attention to David Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl. Check it out here…
Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck (Argo), Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), Emily Ratajkowski (iCarly), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry (Madea Gets A Job), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Patrick Fugit (We Bought a Zoo) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave).
Read our review of Gone Girl here, and listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review in the player below…
- Gary Collinson
Twin Peaks fans, if you weren’t already excited for the show’s return to TV, this news will probably change that. Yesterday, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, it was announced that Kyle MacLachlan will be reprising his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper in Showtime’s upcoming revival of the cult classic series. The news of MacLachlan’s return was revealed as the actor suddenly appeared on stage during Showtime’s presentation at the TCA winter press tour. He told the crowd that he is “very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks,” before jokingly saying, “May the forest be with you.” Since Twin Peaks ended, MacLachlan has appeared on numerous different series, including Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, and The Good Wife. Most recently, he has been recurring in Season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. »
- Chris King
Diane: File this under “awesome.”
The actor appeared on stage during the cable network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, saying, “I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks.”
He then joked, “May the forest be with you.”
Fans have been clamoring for the actor to join the project since news of its 9-episode order broke in October. The present-day continuation of the eerie ’90s series will »
This week's Big Bang Theory episode goes back to the character classics with an episode on Leonard and Sheldon's friendship...
This review contains spoilers.
8.12 The Space Probe Disintegration
In recent years, The Big Bang Theory seems to have been making an effort to mix up the couples in a lot of each season’s filler episodes. It keeps things fresh and, just like how the pairing of Penny and Sheldon produced unexpected magic back in season one, sometimes a random assortment of characters can turn an episode from being mediocre into something entertaining.
This episode, The Space Probe Disintegration, is not an example of the show doing that, and instead slots the characters back into their most common places to take a look at what’s changed.
We started the whole show off with Sheldon and Leonard (how are they doing now that both are in committed relationships?) and Howard »
Mad Men creator Matt Weiner is not one for oversharing when it comes to talking about upcoming seasons of his show. No shocker, then, that — beyond the premiere date — absolutely zero details about the series’ final half-season were revealed Saturday morning during a TV Critics Association press tour panel with Weiner and the original cast. That doesn’t mean we didn’t learn a few things from their session with reporters:—While Weiner didn’t talk about what happens during the homestretch of the show, he did tease their tone. "The last seven episodes, each of them feels like the finale of the show," he said. —In an age where the sign-offs of shows such as The Sopranos and How I Met Your Mother have left some segments of their fandom disappointed and even angry, Weiner made it clear he does care about how Mad Men fans react to the series finale. »
- Josef Adalian
This winter press tour is going to feature goodbye sessions for several beloved, long-running series, and few shows have been as loved by the TCA as "Mad Men," which is bringing creator Matt Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery to the stage to reminisce about their time together. (Earlier today, AMC announced that the final season will resume on April 5.) Though AMC has done a few "Mad Men"-related events since the series premiere, this will be the first formal TCA panel since then, and it should be an interesting time, especially with this mix of strong talent and personality. As I did earlier today for "Better Call Saul," I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, as often as my fingers and the ballroom wi-fi will allow, so check back frequently. (All times are Pacific.) 9:42 a.m.: We open with some "Mad Men" greatest hits, »
- Alan Sepinwall
He was adorable in Doogie Howser, legendary in How I Met Your Mother, hilarious in Harold & Kumar, and creepy in Gone Girl, and that’s just his day job. As a nod to his impact in the industry, Neil Patrick Harris will also host the Oscar’s this year after just finishing his run as the titular character in Hedwig And The Angry Itch on Broadway and going on a book tour for his new autobiography. Quite when he gets time to himself is unclear.
But somehow, between all of his acting and hosting jobs, Neil still finds time to take care of his beautiful family. His twins are already four, so he’s insisted that he’s been trying to take a break from work in order to see them more often; but then what he considers a break from work is more than most people accomplish in a lifetime. »
- Holly Riordan
Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights to Noah Baumbach‘s Sundance-bound comedy “Mistress America,” which stars Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke, it was announced Friday by Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula.
The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled to be released in 2015.
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In “Mistress America,” Tracy (Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, »
- Jeff Sneider
This review contains spoilers.
4.11 Magical Thinking
This hasn't been American Horror Story's strongest season. I'm a defender of the show; even when it's not making a lot of sense, or not the gripping spectacle it was in Asylum, I'm always on the side of its sense of fun and visual panache. Perhaps I'm just a sideshow rube, a mark taken in by the American Horror Story three-card Monte of weird sex, graphic gore, and hammy acting. I miss the flaws, or I ignore the flaws because I'm a sucker for a good con game, and Ryan Murphy is a consummate television con-man.
Everyone on American Horror Story's twisted carnival is a con artist of some sort or another. The whole point of the freak show is deception: take a hairy »
Payroll and software services firm Ease Entertainment Services has announced the appointment of several key executives and team members, including naming Craig Dougherty as chief financial officer. Dougherty will oversee all financial aspects of Ease Entertainment and will report to founder/CEO Mike Rose (pictured left). The company recently debuted its next generation of services, including the industry’s first Digital Start Packets system, Automated Time Cards and its Closed-Loop Security suite of tools, which provides unparalleled control over the distribution of sensitive production information, including budgets, data and scripts. A well-respected executive within the financial and entertainment spaces, Dougherty »
- Jeff Sneider
ABC Family is expanding its comedy slate.
The Disney cabler has ordered two original single-camera comedy pilots, “Kevin From Work” and “Tough Cookie,” Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development, said Tuesday.
“Single-camera comedies represent an evolution of our comedy brand, and we look forward to building a successful single-camera comedy franchise to match the success we’re having with multi-cam comedies,” said Burke.
“Kevin From Work” is described as a workplace comedy about a young man who professes his love to a co-worker before he he accepts another job, only to find out that his offer has been rescinded and he’s stuck with his crush. Barbie Adler, a co-exec producer of “How I Met Your Mother,” wrote the pilot and exec produces with Aaron Kaplan and McG, who is also on board to direct.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
ABC Family has given the production go-ahead to two new comedy pilots, “Kevin From Work” and “Tough Cookie,” with both pilots slated to go into production later in January.
The half-hour workplace comedy “Kevin From Work” follows a young man who’s unluckily in love and who professes his devotion to a co-worker, thinking he’ll never see her again after he accepts a job offer overseas. But then that job offer is rescinded, and now they have to continue to work together.
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The pilot hails from »
- Tim Kenneally
The Adler-penned project, titled Kevin From Work, is a workplace comedy about a young man unlucky in love who professes his love to a co-worker, thinking he’ll never see her again after he accepts a job offer overseas. But then that job offer is rescinded, and now they have to continue to work with each other.
Adler will serve as an executive producer alongside veteran TV producers Aaron Kaplan »
Amazon Studios is ready to show audiences the new TV projects it has been working on. The production house announced it will debut its first pilot season of the year on January 15, 2015.
The Studios will release 13 different pilots covering the comedy, drama, documentary, and children’s genres. Seven of the pilots were announced in November 2014, including an alternate history piece called The Man in the High Castle from executive producer Ridley Scott and the yoga-themed comedy Down Dog starring How I Met Your Mother’s Lyndsy Fonseca. The remaining six pilots are all children’s programming selections.
Amazon Prime members in the U.S., UK, and Germany will be able to watch the pilots on Amazon Instant Video and submit feedback on which shows they’d like to see turned into full seasons. "We are working with great storytellers on some fascinating ideas for the year's first pilot season," said Roy Price, »
- Bree Brouwer
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