16 items from 2015
Bruce Lefkowitz, a veteran of the battles to make big cable networks as desirable as broadcast outlets to Madison Avenue, will vie to get Madison Avenue to buy more commercials across the many TV holdings of 21st Century Fox.
Lefkowitz has been named exec VP of advertising sales at Fox Networks Group, and will serve as the No. 2 to Toby Byrne, the onetime head of ad sales at Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports who was tapped in October to lead a new effort to induce advertisers to consider the company’s broader video portfolio. Together, Byrne (above, pictured), who is president of ad sales for Fox Networks Group, and Lefkowitz will supervise the sale of ad inventory for everything ranging from Fox to FX to Fox Sports 1 (Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are not under their purview).
“A few months ago, we were siloed,” said Byrne, in an interview. »
- Brian Steinberg
The Damages vet has landed a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming miniseries, TVLine has exclusively learned.
Nouri will appear in five of the show’s eight episodes as Thanasis Korkoulis, a super-sleazy attorney who will do anything to win.
Although Thanasis agrees to help Zachary Quinto’s Harry — who finds himself in hot water after slapping another couple’s misbehaving child — he makes it clear that everyone must play by his rules.
With so many superhero movies on the horizon, there’s a growing concern in some quarters that the current comic book movie boom is leading to the death of cinema, but one person who definitely isn’t concerned is Paul Thomas Anderson, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the likes of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.
“Ah, that’s such a fucking crock of shit,” Anderson told Rolling Stone when asked for his thoughts on complaints about contemporary American filmmaking being nothing but superhero movies. “I can’t remember a year in recent memory where there were less complaints about the quality of movies. And what’s wrong with superhero movies, you know? I don’t know. You’re talking to someone that enjoys watching those films. People need to get a life if they’re having that discussion [laughs]. Those movies get a bad rap.”
- Gary Collinson
If there is a show that still scares the living hell out of me, even as an adult, that show is Unsolved Mysteries. It just gets under my skin every single time I watch it. One episode of that show in particular, is the one titled, “Black Hope“, an episode that revolved around a series of houses that were seemingly haunted by the ghosts of people buried under the land many years ago, with the new housing developments build on top of the land. It’s a scary as all hell episode, and though I get creeped out every time I think about it, I’ve always thought it would make for a great film.
Fast forward to today, when the folks at Virgil films sent us the press release for their upcoming DVD release of Richard Ledes’ Foreclosure, a film that sound eerily close to that Unsolved Mysteries episode, »
- Jerry Smith
Despite appearances to the contrary, it’s not always easy being Ryan Phillippe.
Phillippe stars in ABC’s upcoming drama “Secrets and Lies” as Ben Garner, who goes from Good Samaritan to murder suspect in a young boy’s death. Juliette Lewis plays the detective digging for the truth surrounding the murder. It all represents a tall order if you’re Phillippe, especially when you appear in every scene of the series.
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Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Wednesday, »
- Tim Kenneally
Can a drama about a dead child ever possibly thrive on TV?
In the wake of Fox’s Gracepoint putting up low numbers throughout its one-and-done run, ABC will test audiences’ appetite for a kid-centric murder mystery with Secrets and Lies, which itself is a U.S. adaptation of a foreign (Australian) series.
Premiering Sunday, March 1 at 9/8c, the midseason drama stars Ryan Phillipe (Damages) as Ben Crawford, a suburban family man who immediately emerges as a suspect in the murder of a neighborhood boy whose body he discovers while out for a jog. KaDee Strickland (Private Practice) plays Ben’s wife Christy, »
During a Doug Loves Movies podcast, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was asked about performing the motion capture for Groot’s ‘I Want You Back’ dance at the conclusion of the blockbuster Marvel space opera, during which he decided to give an impromptu performance. Of course, cameras were there to capture it, so take a look at Gunn busting out his moves here…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, Lapd Detectives, »
- Gary Collinson
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
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos once again defended the company’s decision not to release viewing numbers during his opening address at Wednesday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
“It has no reflection on our business in any way,” Sarandos told reporters. “I know it frustrates you, but we’re going to stay away from it for as long as we can.”
He further explained that Netflix doesn’t need to furnish those numbers, because it doesn’t have to answer to advertisers or explain carriage fees like other TV providers do.
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- Jethro Nededog
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced a new ten episode chapter in the adventures of Marco Polo and upcoming premiere dates for some of its highly anticipated new original series. Marco Polo, the sweeping adventure that follows the famed explorer's exploits in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China, will return to delight the global Netflix audience. Creator John Fusco's tale of Marco's journey will continue for 10 all-new episodes as Marco navigates Kublai Khan's world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry. Fusco serves as executive producer along with Dan Minahan. Academy-Award nominated directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg also serve as executive producers. Season 1 was shot in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Italy. Produced by The Weinstein Company, the series stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco and features Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, »
Netflix today announced a slew of premiere dates for upcoming original series. While we already covered when you’ll get to see Marvel’s Daredevil, here’s the rest of the streaming service’s spring lineup: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – The comedy series from creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (showrunners of 30 Rock) will premiere on Friday, March 6th. The half-hour series stars Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes a doomsday cult and starts her life over again in New York City. Bloodline – The one-hour drama series from the creators of Damages is set to debut on Friday, March 20th. The ensemble stars Kyle Chandler as the black sheep eldest brother who returns home and exposes emotional demons at the core of the family. Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini also star. Grace and Frankie – The irreverent two-hander starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as frenemies whose husbands leave them for »
- Adam Chitwood
The epic historical-based exploration adventure will get 10 new episodes taking place in Kublai Khan’s 13th century China.
“Daredevil” will begin on Friday, April 10.
Here’s the full press release, more to come:
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, today announced a new ten episode chapter in the adventures of Marco Polo and upcoming premiere dates for some of its highly anticipated new original series.
- Tony Maglio
Winter press tour just started, and already there's news, with Netflix announcing premiere dates for many of its new 2015 shows — including a much earlier debut than we expected for "Daredevil." In addition to ordering a second season of "Marco Polo," Netflix boss Ted Sarandos announced the following premiere dates (note: Netflix tends to debut its shows right after midnight Pacific on the dates in question): * "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which Netflix acquired from NBC late last year, will debut on Friday, March 6; created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, it stars Ellie Kemper from "The Office" as a woman who has just been rescued from a doomsday cult and tries to start her life over in New York City. It's funny. * "Bloodline," a drama from the "Damages" creative team about a Florida family — which includes Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard — will debut on Friday, »
- Alan Sepinwall
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt""Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" became headline news back in November after the series, originally greenlit by NBC, shifted to Netflix (becoming the service's second-ever live action comedy). What Netflix got second-hand, though, could be the best thrift shop find ever. With a more-than-unconventional premise, that "30 Rock" pedigree, the charming Ellie Kemper as a lead -- and most importantly of all, D'Fwan! -- "Kimmy" will be one of the first shows to present at the TCAs this year, but could also be one of the most memorable. "Bloodline"We've already gone over in some detail why you should be excited for "Bloodline," as well as the rest of Netflix's 2015 lineup, but in case you've forgotten: Kyle Chandler is returning to television. That, and so are the creators of "Damages," the dark soapy FX drama that made Glenn Close a TV star and continued Ted Danson's small screen hot. »
- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers
Following on from the character posters for Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon [see here] and Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson [see here], we’ve now got two more Inherent Vice one-sheets, this time focussing on Martin Short and Hong Chau…
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, »
- Gary Collinson
16 items from 2015
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