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When AMC announced they were splitting the final season of Mad Men into two seven-episodes halves, similar to what had been done with Breaking Bad in its last two years, I could only roll my eyes in disdain. The splitting of cable drama seasons is often an annoyance, and while it can work out fine with some series – The Walking Dead and its enormous fanbase seem to have adjusted just fine to the strategy over the years, in part because they’ve being doing it since the second season – it feels especially cumbersome and unnecessary when imposed upon the final years of a long-running drama that has long-since established a workable format.
It’s easy to forget that Breaking Bad seriously struggled with the half-length season format in its 2012 episodes, given how utterly brilliant the final eight hours were in 2013, but where Vince Gilligan and company had so carefully cultivated »
- Jonathan R. Lack
Oscar bait performances by Reese Witherspoon, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Timothy Spall, a Tenacious Eats “Movies for Foodies” event, and a tribute to the St. Louis-born silent film star King Baggot are some of the many highlights of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Cinema St. Louis announced the 2014 line-up today and it’s the usual hi-quality mix of independent films, foreign films, locally-made films, end-of-year studio awards product, and retro programming.
The 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) will be held Nov. 13-23. Sliff will screen 389 films: 89 narrative features, 76 documentary features, and 224 shorts. This year’s festival has 239 screenings/programs, with 69 countries represented. The fest will host more than 125 filmmakers and related guests, including honorees Doug Pray (Contemporary Cinema Award), Katie Mustard (Women in Film Award), and Timothy J. Sexton (Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award).
The festival will open on Thursday, Nov. 13, with the »
- Tom Stockman
As Mad Men's final season (well, half-season) draws nearer, the idea that the show will be over-over — totally over, done forever — is becoming more distressing. AMC spun off Breaking Bad into the upcoming Better Call Saul, and The Walking Dead has a spinoff in the works, too. Could Mad Men get the same treatment? So far, AMC and Matthew Weiner have said no. But that's just because they haven't heard our pitches yet.The Peggy story: Second Wave Peggy's the most obvious character to spin off because she's had the most to do; plus, her character's development is a microcosm for the many aspects of the women's movement. The challenge would be giving Peggy a new world to exist in, otherwise it would just be Mad Men without Don — given what we know about her, she'd continue to work with Ken and maybe Pete, unless something major happened. Like, »
- Margaret Lyons
Mad Men was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame last night, adding yet another accolade to the show's long list of awards. Creator Matthew Weiner and actress Kiernan Shipka (who grew up before our very eyes as Sally Draper) were on hand at the Waldorf-Astoria. Vulture caught up with the pair to ask about Mad Men's final days.Was there anything that you were dying to do in your character that you didn't get to do as Sally? Kiernan Shipka: No. I try not to think about what I want my character to do because I know it's going to be something totally different, and I'm always going to be surprised. But not really, I mean, honestly, the writing is so amazing that I don't even wish for anything more. Matthew Weiner: We're done, and she said that. She's either the best actress ever, or »
- Trupti Rami
Now that Mad Men has wrapped filming the second half of its final season, Vincent Kartheiser has time for pursuits that allow him to keep his natural hairline. Starting this week, he'll swap Pete Campbell's deliciously Waspy accent for an Austrian one: He's playing Billy Wilder in the new Billy & Ray — about the director's time making the noir classic Double Indemnity with Raymond Chandler — Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theater (Garry Marshall directs). Kartheiser spoke to Vulture about his leotard-wearing, theater-kid past and the end of the road for Pete Campbell. (You can listen to a portion of the interview over at The Frame, Southern California Public Radio's new arts and entertainment show.) I was just reading the headlines of past interviews we’ve done with you. They include “You Cannot Make Vincent Kartheiser Buy a Car.”Bought one. Bought two! “Vincent Kartheiser Has Some Unique Methods by Which »
- Rebecca Milzoff
Next summer, the 67-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger will once again return to his signature role of The Terminator in the awkwardly-titled reboot Terminator: Genisys, and franchise creator James Cameron has been speaking about the project during a chat with Deadline, explaining how the aged Arnie can be integrated into the plot of the film:
“I wasn’t interested in producing it or working on it actively, but I did want to put in a good word for Arnold,” stated Cameron, who directed both The Terminator and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. “I pointed out that the outer covering [of the Terminator] was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age. You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he »
- Gary Collinson
Don Draper watched the late Bert perform "The Best Things in Life Are Free," and with the DVD and Blu-Ray for "Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1" released on Tuesday, AccessHollywood.com has a look at one of the special features that goes behind the scenes of that moment.
In the clip, series creator Matthew Weiner explains what the beautiful moment was all about.
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- email@example.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Disney have been hard at work rebooting and remaking some of their classic movies recently and next on the list is Pete’s Dragon. According to THR Robert Redford is in early talks to join the fray as a local who ‘tells tall tales involving dragons that no-one believes’. The remake of the 1977 classic will be directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) with Oakes Fegley (This Is Where I Leave You) playing Pete.
The original movie told the story of Pete, a young boy who flees his abusive adoptive parents with his best friend Elliot the dragon. Apparently the remake will stay true to the original but change some small plot details to make it a modern tale. The location will change from a fishing village to a threatened forest where the dragon resides. Redford in his narrator’s role will likely play a logger who also lives in the forest. »
- Gavin Logan
The ensemble cast for the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar! just got a little bit bigger. THR is reporting David Krumholtz (Serenity, Numbers), Patrick Fischler (2 Guns, Mad Men), Fisher Stevens (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lost) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers) have joined the upcoming film, and they'll star alongside George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. Hail, Caesar! will follow Clooney's »
- Jesse Giroux
The New York Times just named Elisabeth Moss "one of the most exciting actresses in American movies," and you can see the Mad Men star's cinematic talents on display in this exclusive clip from Alex Ross Perry's new movie Listen Up Philip, out today. Moss stars in the film alongside Jason Schwartzman, and he's playing the film's putative protagonist, a dyspeptic novelist who spends most of his time upbraiding the people in his life who can't possibly measure up to his high standards. But once Schwartzman retires to the country to pursue his muse, leaving his girlfriend (Moss) behind in Brooklyn, the film takes on her perspective as she blossoms on her own. Eventually, Schwartzman returns, still expecting to rule the roost. As you'll see in this clip — featuring Moss, Schwartzman, and one cantankerous cat — things do not go as planned. »
- Kyle Buchanan
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If it’s Friday, you know Big Morning Buzz Live has your dose of celebrity fashion flubs. Hosts Nick Lachey and Michelle Buteau, along with style expert Jackie Miranne, ran down the low points from this week’s red carpets.
Hop into the gallery above for what Miranne said about the week’s worst dressed stars, and watch the video below to see who actually nailed their style choices.
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- Rahsheeda Ali
The mid-2000s were some pretty damn good years for Dane Cook. In '06, the Comedy Central alum's Retaliation became the bestselling comedy album in 28 years, going platinum; Rolling Stone named him Hot Comic of the Year. Cook was the comic messiah of frat boys. Then in late '07—the same year Cook became the second comedian ever to sell out at Madison Square Garden—the tides began to turn against him, as they often do. Of course, Cook always had detractors—but at some point, the loathing reached critical mass, tipping the scales of public consensus. Dane Cook-fatigue set in. »
- Carolyn Todd
Perched at the top of this week’s flock of specialty film debuts is Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), a possible Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Though it’s a limited release, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s complex film about a fading action-hero trying to reclaim his mojo on Broadway nevertheless combines elements of a superhero franchise that could tap fans well beyond the art house.
It’s part of yet another big flock of specialty film debuts coming this weekend, including the controversy-minded Sundance award-winner Dear White People, William H. Macy‘s directorial debut Rudderless, Kristen Stewart‘s Camp X-Ray, Jason Schwartzman‘s Listen Up Philip, The Golden Era, Summer Of Blood, and one great revival, Alain Resnais’ 1959 landmark Hiroshima Mon Amour.
To get a sense of Fox Searchlight’s ambitions for Birdman, the film closed the New York Film Festival last weekend to strong reviews, but then »
- David Bloom
As if dealing with the mercurial Don Draper in “Mad Men” wasn’t bad enough, in “Listen Up Philip,” Elisabeth Moss tangles with the arrogant and self-centered author of the title, played to asshole perfection by Jason Schwartzman. But just like on the hit AMC show, Moss' character is more than up to the challenge of dealing with Philip, who has a chip on his shoulder as big as his ego, and who believes the world needs to recognize his self-described genius. It’s another terrific turn by Moss, who is quickly establishing herself as one of the most fascinating actresses of the moment, not only in her choices, but in performances that defy easy expectation. And “Listen Up, Philip” is another in which Moss turns what could so easily be side character sketch into a full fleshed out person, equally as interesting as the lead the movie revolves around. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Racism is over in America,” declares the snooty president of the elite (and fictional) Winchester University halfway through Dear White People. Would you believe that said president is a white character? Clearly, this is a man unqualified to run an institution that would not likely accept the above declarative sentence as an essay thesis statement. The character certainly fits the college experience as it is often depicted in film – one completely isolated from what any generic student character actually goes through on campus.
Thankfully, writer/director Justin Simien (making a bold debut here) does all he can to flip a film about post-secondary life on its head. Here, the characters are mostly a range of contradictions and complexities who speak their minds with the same sharp wit and intelligence that fits the profile of any student at an elite university. Dear White People may often be more of an investigation »
- Jordan Adler
Elisabeth Moss starred in the first New Zealand-set series as a detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl.
The Mad Men star won a Golden Globe for her role, and the drama was nominated for eight Emmys.
It has yet to be confirmed whether Moss or any of her co-stars will return for a second series.
Watch a trailer for the first series below: »
Sundance Channel’s critically acclaimed miniseries Top of the Lake is returning for a second season. According to Indiewire, the UK and Australian production company See-Saw is developing the new season with creator, director, and writer Jane Campion and co-writer Gerard Lee.
The first season revolved around Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) playing an Australian detective visiting her rural New Zealand town and investigating the case of a 12 year old pregnant girl. There was also a territorial dispute between the girl’s criminally-enterprising family and a group of outgoing feminists led by Holly Hunter. The tone, the suspense, the moody visuals, and the feminist take on a murder mystery helped the first season garner Moss a Golden Globe win and an Emmy nomination, as well as winning a technical Emmy for best cinematography.
The post ‘Top of the Lake’ is back for Season 2 appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Michelle Leibowitz
Sundance hit "Dear White People" has earned raves for its funny, frank, in-your-face approach to race relations from an African-American perspective, and this clip, premiering today exclusively on Moviefone, gives viewers a glimpse at its signature biting humor.
The scene is a video blog being recorded by Coco Conners ("Mad Men" star Teyonah Parris), a college student and wannabe reality star who has plenty to say about how people perceive her. Coco begins the clip by announcing that's going to "get real black," then launches into a tirade about ignorant questions with which she's faced about her appearance.
Coco slams a (presumably white) girl for daring to ask if her hair is "weaved," a grammatical error that sends Coco into a blind rage. "It's weave. Noun. Present tense," she seethes. Also targets of Coco's ire are clueless questions about the authenticity of her lips and skin, the latter of which »
- Katie Roberts
Filmed and set in New Zealand, the drama followed a detective (Elisabeth Moss) investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl.
It ran for six episodes in 2013, co-produced for BBC2 in the UK, BBC UKTV in Australia and New Zealand, and Sundance Channel in the Us.
Mad Men star Moss won a Golden Globe for her performance in the drama, which also won an Emmy for best cinematography.
See-Saw is also in pre-production on the Steve McQueen-directed TV project Codes of Conduct co-written »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s untitled Christmas Eve comedy will premiere around Thanksgiving 2015, bumped up from December 11. [THR] Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have a public conversation about having a baby. [The Wrap] Amy Poehler opens up about her experience with hard drug use in her new book Yes Please. [E!] Emma Stone and Mindy Kaling address rumors of being tied to the new Ghostbusters. [Vulture] Mad Men‘s secretary Teyonah Parris lands a role in Dear White People. [NY Post] Uma Thurman‘s ex-boyfriend Arpad Busson is suing for custody their two-year-old daughter Luna. [Gossip Cop] The Kardashian sisters, including a very pregnant Kourtney, glam up for a new photo spread. [Us Magazine] Teresa Giudice is still attempting to escape her prison sentence. [Thg] Nick Lachey gives »
- Taylor Ferber
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