19 items from 2015
The first trailer for upcoming music-drama Boychoir – the latest film from acclaimed director François Girard (The Red Violin, Thirty Two Films About Glenn Gould) – has been released online by Informant Media, along with a new poster which we have for you here…
In the film, 12-year-old newcomer Garrett Wareing plays Stet, a rebellious preteen with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding vocal teacher (two-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country as they prepare for the National Championship. Kathy Bates (Misery), Kevin McHale (Glee), Eddie Izzard (Hannibal), Debra Winger (In Treatment), River Alexander (The Way Way Back) and Josh Lucas (Poseidon) co-star.
Boychoir opens in selected Us cinemas on April 3rd, with a UK release scheduled for July 10th.
- Scott J. Davis
The second season of HBO's "Looking" came to dramatic end tonight and before we remark on where this episode leaves Patrick, Agustin and Dom, let's take a few minutes and review the entire season, shall we? After a bumpy, but often impressive first season, "Looking" returned in January with a strong season premiere ("Looking for the Promised Land") which found Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Kevin (Russell Tovey) deeply involved in a discreet affair, Dom (Murray Bartlett) wondering if he'd become closer with his new boyfriend Lynn (Scott Bakula) and Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) trying to dig himself out of a his life hole with a slightly more positive demeanor (likely more thanks to viewer complaints than anything else). The big news was that the show runners had 10 1/2 hour episodes to tell their story versus just eight the prior season. In theory, this meant they could spend more time fleshing out »
- Gregory Ellwood
On Friday (March 20) morning, I assembled a one-person appeals board and by a unanimous decision, I've decided that the TV Academy and its genre classification system is/are a Comedy, because darned if those clowns don't make me laugh, which is more than I can say for undisputed comedy "Nurse Jackie." For a few years, the TV Academy has had difficulties with Emmy classification, because nobody on the Emmy rules committee is capable of accepting that sometimes things that are dramatic can also offer comedic elements and sometimes things that are comedic can often have dramatic elements and sometimes things that have a running time of between 44 minutes and an hour can be comedies and, in occasional extremes, it's even been known for half-hour things to be dramatic. It's almost as if life itself is neither wholly dramatic or wholly comedic and sometimes tone is fungible. But don't expect for »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jerusalem – The second and final day of Intv, Keshet Media Group’s annual confab on innovation in the television industry, kicked off on Monday with a nod to the looming Israeli elections — a conversation about whether real-world politics make for good scripted television.
HBO topper Richard Plepler, Wme’s Rick Rosen, bestselling author Ari Shavit and Arab-affairs journalist and television creator Avi Issacharoff sat down with Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan for the day’s first session, which Dayan opened by asking the men how they would write the smallscreen version of Benjamin Netanyahu’s unfolding political battle.
Israelis will go to the polls on Tuesday morning to cast their ballots in a hotly contested election contest which remained, on Monday evening, neck-to-neck between right-wing leader Netanyahu and the more left-leaning upstart Isaac Herzog.
“Would he make great TV? He is great TV,” Plepler said of Netanyahu. Rosen agreed, saying, “I »
- Debra Kamin
This Tuesday on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 9/8c), “transformed” Skye has an appointment with a psychologist — but the patient winds up being the one asking questions when she learns that her shrink is no less than Melinda May’s ex-husband.
VideosS.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals Drea de Matteo, Other Super Villains in New Promo
As seen in the above clip from the episode “One of Us,” Skye is reluctant to have her head looked at, until she learns that Dr. Andrew Garner (played by In Treatment‘s Blair Underwood) shares a history, to say the least, »
The hefty three-year pact calls for Leight to develop new projects exclusively for the studio. But the deal also allows Leight to continue as showrunner on “Svu” for the coming 2015-16 season.
Leight has been at the helm of “Svu” for Dick Wolf and Universal Television for the past four seasons. He’s steered the long-running show through the departure of original co-star Christopher Meloni and kept it vital anchor series for the Peacock. Sony TV execs spent a long time wooing the hyphenate, but for Leight the deal was contingent on allowing him to stick with “Svu” for at least one more season.
In addition to being an in-demand showrunner, the New York native is an accomplished playwright. He won the Tony Award in 1999 for »
- Cynthia Littleton
Madrid –Giant Spanish telco Telefonica’s pay TV operator Movistar TV is making one of Spain’s highest-profile drives into U.S. TV content in the last 20 years, creaming dozens of high-quality TV series for its nre Svod service Movistar Series.
Latest announced deals take in CBS, HBO, Sony Pictures TV and ABC. More will follow. Launching Dec. 10, Ms currently offers 45 series. It aims to raise that number to 70 at least.
Telefonica launched a pay TV operator, Iptv service Imagenio, in Madrid and Barcelona in 2004. But it traditionally played second fiddle to the dominant pricey premium pay TV service Canal Plus Spain.
That has now changed. From 2013, Telefonica begun to load up on premium contents: the Roland Garros tennis tourney, Formula One, the Road Racing World Championship and then bought Canal Plus Spain outright in a $1.0 billion May 2014 deal which still has to be cleared by Spain’s anti-trust authorities. »
- John Hopewell
“Homeland” season five will spring forward two and a half years from season four’s ending, executive producer Alex Gansa revealed Friday. Also Read: Beyond ‘Homeland’ and ‘In Treatment': Israeli Topics Ripe for American Adaptations (Guest Blog) “We’re shooting in Germany,” executive producer Gansa said at PaleyFest Friday, according to TVLine. Last season’s show plot was set in Pakistan, but filmed in South Africa. At the end of the season, Carrie and her CIA team pulled out of Pakistan after a series of catastrophic events. Also Read: Golden Globe Awards: Claire Danes Gets Mixed Reviews on Busy »
- Jordan Chariton
Adam Rapp is perhaps best known as a playwright, having earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his 2006 work Red Light Winter. But he's one of these creative polymaths who seems to excel at everything he does--whether its film directing (Winter Passing, with Zooey Deschanel) or screenwriting (he's written for the L Word and In Treatment, among other shows). Now, he's trying his hand at a still relatively new form. Though Rapp has written a handful of Ya books, Know Your Beholder, which tells the story of a shattered rock musician trying to rebuild his life, is his second attempt at a novel in the classic sense. Here is the first chapter, with annotations from Rapp. Part One: Small-Town Snow I haven’t left my house in almost a month. It’s either Tuesday or Wednesday — most likely Wednesday — and three days ago a foot of snow fell on Pollard, »
- Adam Rapp
It’s age versus beauty as the queens throw shade in nude body stockings, with ‘glamour toad’ Ginger Minj and the icepick-tongued Katya early favourites
Can it be a year already since all those vicious bitches fought for the spotlight to decide which queen will reign supreme? But enough about Cpac. RuPaul’s Drag Race entered its seventh season on Monday night. If you haven’t seen it, imagine Survivor, Project Runway and The Voice crossed with In Treatment, smothered in lip gloss and rolled in glitter. Or better yet read Brian Moylan’s primer here.
Following the ins and outs (should that be tucks and untucks) each week will be Megan Carpentier and Dominic Rushe. Spoilers abound.
Related: RuPaul’s Drag Race: New season of America's best reality show kicks off
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- Megan Carpentier and Dominic Rushe
The untitled project from the “Maria Full of Grace” director was unveiled in November at the American Film Market with Protagonist handling international sales.
Weisz will portray a guest introduced at a dinner party hosted by Shannon’s character — who increasingly believes he knows the guest by a different name and different biography.
Marston’s “Maria Full of Grace” won the Alfred Bauer Award at Berlin, and his “The Forgiveness of Blood” won the Silver Berlin Bear for best screenplay. He has also directed TV episodes of “The Newsroom,” “The Good Wife” and “In Treatment.”
Bates won an Emmy last year for “American Horror Show: Coven. »
- Dave McNary
NBC.s remake of Matchbox Pictures. The Slap premiered in the Us last week, drawing positive reviews but a relatively modest audience in a fiercely competitive timeslot. Launched at 8pm Thursday, the drama starring Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Cox, Melissa George and Zachary Quinto pulled in 5.1 million viewers, equivalent to a 3.9 rating/6 share. Scripted by playwright Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (whose Olive Kitteridge screened here on showcase), the show finished fourth behind a repeat of CBS.s The Big Bang Theory, Fox.s sitcom Mom and ABC.s Grey.s Anatomy. However Us commentators were sure The Slap.s audience would swell thanks to DVR and binge-viewing and they noted the show rated 11% higher than the program it replaced, the finale of The Biggest Loser. Matchbox Pictures executives are hoping the remake.s performance in the »
- Don Groves
The Slap, an 8-episode recreation of an Australian miniseries, which is based on a popular novel, is NBC‘s latest attempt at “Event Television,” but it is a tricky, sloppy effort that purports to be an examination of, to varying degrees, “reality,” but in the sense that demands the quotation marks.
As the promos, and name, give away, the show revolves around what happens to a family when one moment, a slap, throws everything into turmoil. This leads us to, as we get toward the end of the show, a great many secrets being revealed.
There could hardly be more of a misrepresentation of what this show is about.
After watching the show’s trailer, and perhaps hearing a very basic outline, you might get the idea that the show is about trying to get past a horrible mistake. A child is shown to be rather unruly, and his parents »
- Marc Eastman
If your show runs an hour - or approximately 45 minutes with ad breaks - it's a drama. If it runs approximately half of that, you're looking at a sitcom.
Right? Those are 'the rules' – aren't they?
Perhaps not. Particularly in the last few years, television on both sides of the Atlantic has begun experimenting with format more readily than ever – so why does the half-hour drama remain an uncelebrated form?
It's a proposition I put to actor Frankie J Alvarez – one of the stars of HBO series Looking – in December. There's no hard and fast rule that means a single episode of drama can't last a half hour, is there?
"You're completely right – there is no rule," Alvarez agrees. "Although the powers-that-be have a hard time changing... and so it feels like it is a rule."
Alvarez has plenty to say on this topic, given that Looking – though originally developed »
Pulitzer Prize finalist and well known playwright Adam Rapp has just directed a film he didn’t write. While many people do this all the time, Rapp has always directed his own work, from Red Light Winter which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist to even Winter Passing and In Treatment.
Loitering With Intent, although directed by Rapp, is written by Ivan Martin (who previously worked with Rapp on Winter Passing) and Michael Godere, with both acting within the film as lead characters Raphael and Dominic respectively. In addition to the writing/acting duo, Marissa Tomei stars as Gigi, Dominic’s sister, with Sam Rockwell playing Wayne, Gigi’s boyfriend, and Gigi’s friend Ava is played by Isabelle McNally.
The plot centers on aspiring screenwriters Dominic and Raphael who have been given the chance of a lifetime to work with a film producer willing to give them a shot. They »
- Catherina Gioino
Viola Davis became just the second African American to win Best TV Drama Actress at the SAG Awards, claiming the prize Sunday for her starring role in "How to Get Away with Murder." The first to break through the color barrier was Chandra Wilson, a featured player on "Grey's Anatomy," who won this award in 2006. (SAG does not differentiate between lead and supporting on the TV side). -Break- However, Wilson was unable to parlay this victory into an Emmy, despite four consecutive bids in the Supporting Actress category. She lost in 2005 and 2006 to Blythe Danner ("Huff"), in 2007 to co-star Katherine Heigl and in 2008 to Dianne Wiest ("In Treatment"). While four African American women have won that Emmy race -- Gail Fisher ("Mannix," 1970); Alfre Woodard ("Hill Street Blues," 1983), Madge Sinclair ("Gabriel's Fire," 1991) and Mary Alice ("I'll Fly Away,&quo..."' »
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
When he’s not sharing the screen with giant robots and talking teddy bears Mark Wahlberg has been working hard behind the scenes as an active producer of such HBO shows like Boardwalk Empire, In Treatment and Entourage. Not content with Entourage getting the big screen makeover, Wahlberg has been claiming recently that a Boardwalk Empire movie is one of his future projects.
Speaking to Ralphie Aversa on his radio talk show Wahlberg said: “My next goal is to get the [Boardwalk Empire] movie made and start talking to Martin Scorsese about directing it.”
Scorsese directed the pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire which aired in 2010 and also continued to work in an executive producer role during the course of the five seasons. Terence Winter – lead writer on Boardwalk Empire – also worked with Scorsese on The Wolf of Wall Street so it’s likely that if a movie ever did make it into »
- Gavin Logan
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Speaking to NJ.com, Wahlberg said he would be interested in hiring Martin Scorsese to direct.
He said: "My next goal now is to get the movie made and start talking to Martin Scorsese about directing it."
Scorsese directed the pilot episode of the series and acted as executive producer throughout its run.
When questioned about how the movie could be made given the death of main character Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) in the series' finale, Wahlberg answered: "We can always go back."
Listen to Mark Wahlberg's full interview below:
19 items from 2015
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