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Jason Reitman's got a new drama and it's called "Men, Women & Children." It's got a terrific ensemble cast in Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Kaitlyn Dever (“Short Term 12,”) Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort (“The Fault In Our Stars”) Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), J.K. Simmons, Dennis Haysbert and Elena Kampouris (“Labor Day”). But reviews out of Toronto, where the film premiered, were decidedly mixed. One crowd found it to be a thoughtful and powerful look at the way the digital age brings us together while also dividing us. Another crowd described it as akin to "Crash" for the Internet (we mean the Paul Haggis version, not the Cronenberg version, which could be pretty awesome). Our reviewer in Toronto was decidedly in the latter camp. "Jason Reitman's film becomes the very thing it initially mocks, a 'Dateline'-esque ensemble piece about the dark consequences of logging on, that »
- Edward Davis
Aaron Sorkin didn’t know how “The Newsroom” would end when he began writing the final season "For most of the time, I didn’t know how the show was going to end,” he says. "I would have small images of what I wanted to see. But the closer I got to the end of the season in terms of writing, the more I was able to see the end of the season finale. Once we got there, it happened more easily than I thought it was going to.” “Godzilla” movie has a “Breaking Bad” easter egg For a split second in the opening credits, you can see Walter White’s name. Plus: Retired 84-year-olds take a “Breaking Bad” tour. “Glee” bringing back NeNe Leakes for the final season Coach Roz Washington will return to McKinley High. Click Read Full Post For More Nat Faxon goes from "Married" to “Marry Me »
- Norman Weiss
Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children trailer for director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) excellent new drama. The film follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age. I caught the film at Tiff and found it to be a dark, complex, and emotional snapshot of humanity that also marks another bold step in Reitman’s diverse career. You can’t say the Juno filmmaker isn’t making ambitious choices, and while some critics found the technology angle in Men, Women & Children to be contrived, I’d argue that the film really isn’t about the dangers of the internet at all—it’s about us. Adam Sandler is fantastic in the most subdued performance of his career, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12 »
- Adam Chitwood
Forget kryptonite. The real killer for the superhero TV genre might be oversaturation.
Geoff Johns, Cco of DC Entertainment, is aware of this risk and is battling it through a diversification plan. This fall, the Warner Bros.-backed company will have four shows on three networks. It also has a fifth, the quirky, femme-skewing “iZombie,” in the warmer for the midseason on the CW.
“We’re creating this DC Universe world and introducing these DC heroes that we haven’t even gotten to talk about yet,” Johns says. “If you look at the shows we’re developing this season with Warner Brothers and all the networks, you can see they are all very different… Diversity in the properties and the tones and the shows is really important because there’s a huge audience out there and we want to have stuff for everybody. That goes from film to comics to games to TV shows. »
- Whitney Friedlander
What would be Bryan Cranston's greatest acting challenge? A one-man show dramatizing baseball's postseason, of course. The Breaking Bad actor fronts a short for the 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs, which will air on TBS. The video, released on Tuesday, shows Cranston as he tackles a fake stage show, set on a makeshift baseball diamond. "I sunk a lot of money into this, but you never know when inspiration will hit you," he says while watching a clip of Bugs Bunny throwing a pitch and hitting a homerun. "Any actor that tells you he's not inspired by Bugs
- Ashley Lee
Waiting to catch Tuesday night’s “Sons of Anarchy?” Better water those nicotine-laced azaleas and clean up those airstreams because spoilers abound in this review. “Toil and Till” was less poetic than last week’s extended season opener (in large part thanks to its lack of melodramatic musical montages and its faster pace), but it continued down the dark, fiery path that Jax and co. have established that they are in fact on in Season 7. The episode kicked off with Jax, alone in bed and then at his kitchen table, staring at the spot where he found his dead wife. The cameras then panned to Juice, also alone at his table, before flipping to Gemma in juxtaposition to show how the actual person who caused all of this suffering is also the one who continues to win because she has a man who loves her by her side. Sure, we »
- Amber Dowling
And you thought Bryan Cranston's Tony Award-winning performance as Lyndon Johnson in All the Way on Broadway was impressive! But it turns out that what the actor has really always wanted to do was a one-man show about...baseball? "Then it hit me: Why not dramatize the entire Mlb postseason," the Breaking Bad star muses in the long-form teaser he shot for TBS' upcoming coverage of the Mlb postseason, in which Cranston dons the uniform of nearly every team expected to make the playoffs (and some that won't, sorry Red Sox). Sure, he hit a few creative roadblocks along the way, Cranston recalls in the hilarious-yet-touching video, but then inspiration struck in the form of »
Candice Bergen is heading to Battle Creek. Murphy Brown herself will play Constance a con artist, E! News has learned. Bergen's character is described as charming, quick-witted and clever and she comes in to help Milt (Josh Duhamel) and Russ (Dean Winters) on a case. Oh, and to make matters more interesting, she's also Russ' mother! Bergen will appear in the seventh episode of the new CBS series. Battle Creek hails from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore and follows two mismatched law enforcement officers—Milt Chamberlain of the FBI and Russ Agnew of the Battle Creek Police Department—who couldn't be more different. The midseason drama also stars Damages »
Though AMC has had some popular scripted series that have run for years, many others have been cancelled after just one season. How are the current crop of shows doing? Which will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Last update: Ratings for the most recent episode of Hell on Wheels added.
There's lots of data that AMC execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.
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Bryan Cranston goes from “Breaking Bad” to bad baseball in a silly commercial for the Mlb on TBS. “I've been doing a lot of TV and movie work, but I felt it was time to get back to the basics by diving right into my great passion — baseball,” the Emmy-winning actor says in the video released Tuesday. Thus, his creative brainchild: dramatizing the greatest moments of the major league postseason in a (fake) one-man show. “It would be my greatest acting challenge,” he says. See video: Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston Make Out After Her Historic Emmy Win (Video) Cranston then watches cartoons. »
- Travis Reilly
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts expressed a desire for NBCUniversal’s cable networks division to deliver a buzz-worthy, breakout hit on the order of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” and cited growing competition across the TV landscape as slowing revenue growth at the unit.
Cablers like USA, Bravo and E! have had successful shows in their respective “niches,” the Comcast topper said, speaking Tuesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference. But “we haven’t had a breakout hit.”
“We’d always like to get a ‘Breaking Bad,'” Roberts said, referring to the Emmy-winning drama that along with “Mad Men” helped boost demand and viewership for AMC. More television series have been launched in the last 12 months than ever before, so “the chance to get a breakout hit becomes harder and harder,” he added.
See Also: How Much Television Can the TV Biz — and Viewers — Handle? »
- Todd Spangler
Gary Oldman’s exec producer credits are getting a boost courtesy of a deal struck between the Spike TV network, Flame Ventures and Flying Studio Pictures (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), which the actor runs alongside Douglas Urbanski. Deep Web is about a Silicon Valley computer expert who becomes the mastermind behind a globe-spanning illegal web portal, landing him on the Most Wanted list from the comfort of his own office. Sounding like a variation on Breaking Bad with megabytes instead of meth, the project is written by Scott Gold from Under The Dome. Drew Comins and Tony Krantz of Flame were instrumental in optioning Deep Web (inspired by a Time magazine cover story about the Silk Road cyber enterprise) and bringing Flying Studio to the table. Krantz is producing.
It’s Oldman’s first TV production job and whether he steps in front of the camera or not this is »
- Steve Palace
Courtesy of USA Today, we now have our first look at Sony Television’s adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers comic book series. The image features our first glimpse at Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) as Detective Christian Walker, and Susan Heyward (The Following) as his partner Deena Pilgrim…
Created by Bendis in 2000, Powers tells the story of Walker and Pilgrim, two detectives living in a world full of superhumans. The series will arrive on the Playstation Network in December. Joining Copley and Heyward are Max Fowler (The Killing) as Krispin Stockley, Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) as Captain Cross, Eddie Izzard (Hannibal, The Riches) as Wolfe, Oleysa Rulin (High School Musical) as Calista, Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) as Johnny Royalle, and Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica, The Killing) as Retro Girl.
- James Garcia
As a new television season begins this month, even the most devoted couch potatoes may be overwhelmed by the deluge of new and returning series premieres that will unspool over the next year. And they’re not the only ones.
Industry executives are quietly starting to use the B-word — “bubble” — in surveying the landscape of scripted skeins across the dozens of broadcast, cable and digital outlets that are serving up original programming. That growth has been fueled by the windfall of licensing revenue from expanding international sales and digital platforms that barely existed a decade ago.
But after a more than 1,000% spike since 1999 in the number of scripted series produced for just pay and basic cable, there are growing concerns, even among those in the production world, about the unwelcome consequences of so much capital chasing talent, viewers and, most important, off-network profits.
At a time when every aspect of »
- Cynthia Littleton
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Marilyn Monroe: Classic 9 Film Collection [Blu-Ray] - $34.99 (83% off) - The eight film collection includes Bus Stop, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits. Up to 70% Off Ken Burns Documentaries like Prohibition, The War, Jazz, The Central Park Five, Baseball, and many more Up to 60% Off HBO Gift Sets like Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and more Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set - $49.99 (60% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $70.99 (56% off) Seinfeld: The Complete Series – $59.49 (60% off) Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set) [Blu-ray] – $119.99 (45% off) The Godfather Collection »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Schwartzman plays an up-and-coming author with an attitude problem.
Moss is his put upon girlfriend, with Jonathan Pryce taking on the role of his jaded literary mentor.
The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Listen Up Philip will show at the London Film Festival on October 9, and receives a limited release in the Us on October 17. »
He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family's financial future before he dies...
...teaming with his former student, 'Jesse Pinkman' (Aaron Paul).
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- Michael Stevens
Sons of Anarchy is now doing Breaking Bad–finale numbers: The biker drama’s seventh and final season premiere brought in 9.25 million total viewers and 6.1 million in the 18–49 demographic, enough to make it the most-watched episode in FX history. Encore airings pushed those already staggering tallies to 10.62 viewers overall and just under 7 million 18–49, which puts Soa in the same vicinity as the season-four premiere of Game of Thrones. As with most things, all credit for this should go to White Walkers Marilyn Manson. »
- Nate Jones
Let’s talk about cooking for a second. Say you’re going to slow-roast a big hunk of meat. What’s the first thing you do? You pick out all the necessary seasonings and throw them in the pot. Then, you add the meat and let it sit for hours. You make sure to give the meat enough time to soak up all the ingredients, never forgetting that it’s there, until it’s time to eat. Then, you put the meat on a platter, cut it open to make sure it’s done, dress it up as necessary, and serve it. »
- Samantha Highfill
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