8 items from 2015
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
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:
8 items from 2015
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