9 items from 2015
Matthew McConaughey‘s next drama, “Gold,” will begin production in June, and producers hope to sell foreign rights to the film directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan at the European Film Market in February.
“Imitation Game” producer Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures announced on Wednesday that Sierra/Affinity will be representing the project at Efm, which runs concurrent to the Berlin International Film Festival.
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“Gold” is based on the real-life experience of a modern day prospector, played by McConaughey, who teams up with »
- Greg Gilman
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as we decide whether we're going to flapjack or short bus the bad guys... "You see, Raylan, I've learned to think without arguing with myself." -Boyd Like the Elmore Leonard stories that inspired the series, "Justified" has a tendency to have very complicated plots, with each season featuring multiple groups of villains pursuing different agendas that frequently intersect and cause headaches for each other and Raylan Givens. The trick is to make the villains entertaining enough that we don't mind doing the mental calculations about who's after what, or waiting through the cryptic early episodes until we find out everyone's angle. When the bad guys are, for instance, Quarles and Limehouse, then it's no big deal trying to untangle that season's Gordian plot; when it's Daryl Crowe, then you start to notice how contorted things are getting. Last week's season »
- Alan Sepinwall
This week Neil Calloway looks why American Sniper is breaking box office records…
I’ve read a lot about American Sniper since it was released; about the fake plastic babies it uses instead of real children, about how Michael Moore said snipers were cowards (and then backtracked and said he liked the film), about how it might actually influence a real life murder trial, and lots about how much money it has made. I haven’t read anything suggesting why it has made so much money.
First, the facts – American Sniper had the biggest January opening of a film ever in the Us, the biggest for a drama, the biggest Thursday night R rated opening (more than double that of the previous record holder, last year’s Lone Survivor, which we’ll get back to), the biggest for a Clint Eastwood film; the list goes on. In short, it made »
- Neil Calloway
Project revolves around rising attorney whose perfectly crafted life when his long lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret
NBC and “CSI” executive producer Carol Mendelsohn are going into business with each other for the drama pilot “Game of Silence.”
The pilot, which Mendelsohn (pictured) is executive producing, is about a rising attorney on the brink of success who risks losing his perfectly crafted life when his long lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret from their violent past.
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- Tim Kenneally
NBC has picked up its fourth drama pilot for the 2015-16 cycle, “Game Of Silence.”
The hour-long thriller from Sony Pictures TV and Carol Mendelsohn Productions follows a successful rising attorney who could lose it all when his long-lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark, violent secret from their past.
Carol Mendelsohn, former showrunner of “CSI,” will serve as exec producer on the legal drama, along with Julie Weitz and David Hudgins (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”). Hudgins will pen the pilot.
“Game Of Silence” is based on the Turkish series of the same name.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In 2014 an actor previously best known for being seven down the cast list in a cult TV sitcom rose to become the star of two of the year’s biggest blockbusters. This time last year Chris Pratt was about as far from a household name as Guardians Of The Galaxy or The Lego Movie were from being sure things at the box office. One year later and the two films have made over a billion dollars between them and Pratt looks like a leading man with genuine star quality. His lead role in this year’s Jurassic World looks set to cement his newfound status as a bona fide Hollywood star.
It sounds like a simple process, but in reality a lot of actors have been poised on the brink of stardom with multiple big movies due for release only to find the movies flop and their careers worse off than before. »
- Jack Gann
The writing of the late, great Elmore Leonard that inspired "Justified" — which begins its sixth and final season tonight at 10 on FX — could be incredibly self-aware at times. Characters in Leonard stories tend to be big fans of popular culture, and they know exactly which archetypes to compare themselves to, which roles they are playing (or think they're playing) in their particular story, and even like to predict how the story is will conclude. That level of meta commentary has waxed and waned over the previous five seasons of "Justified," but it's at top volume early in the new year (I've seen the first three episodes). Raylan (Timothy Olyphant), Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Ava (Joelle Carter) all know the story they've been tangled up in these last few years is about to finish up, and the only question is how. There's much talk of the way Harlan County itself has begun its death rattle, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Netflix’s “Bloodline” is a family thriller from brothers Todd and Glenn Kessler, as well as their decades-long close friend and collaborator, Daniel Zelman (collectively known as Kzk) — so it’s no surprise that this offering from the people behind “Damages” will be highly personal.
But it is not “Damages,” the Kessler crew wanted reporters to know at Wednesday’s Winter Television Critics Association panel for the new series — except maybe a little bit in its tonality.
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“‘Damages’ for us was very much about the professional world, »
- Tony Maglio
As one music-centric TV show is about to go off the air, Fox is introducing a brand-new one that promises to be more gritty, dramatic and tense than Glee. The two shows are nothing alike, save for the fact that music is involved, but is it still good? That's what matters, after all, no matter what shows we may compare it to.
Empire, on paper, is quite impressive, considering all the big-names both in front of and behind the camera. For the latter, you have Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) and Danny Strong (The Butler, Game Change) who created the series. They're also executive producers, along with Brian Grazer (24, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). And the music is courtesy of Timbaland. »
9 items from 2015
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