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While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted HBO shows listed: Boardwalk Empire, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Girls, Hello Ladies, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, True Blood, True Detective, and Veep.
Last update: Most recent ratings for Boardwalk Empire added.
There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of HBO's recent/current primetime scripted shows. »
By Anjelica Oswald
Though you might not recognize him by name, J.K. Simmons is a familiar face and a recognized voice, having appeared in everything from commercials to TV series to feature films. Most recently, Simmons has been garnering Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Terence Fletcher, a tough instructor at a music conservatory who constantly terrorizes his students, in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. These praises have followed him since the film first premiered at Sundance, where the film won both the grand jury and audience awards. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said, “For his part, Simmons has the great good fortune for a character actor to have here found a co-lead part he can really run with, which is what he excitingly does with a man who is profane, way out of bounds and, like many a good villain, utterly compelling.” Though Simmons has never been nominated for an Oscar, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Before J.J. Abrams secured the job of kicking off Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, numerous filmmakers were linked with the director’s chair on Star Wars: Episode VII, including David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), who has spoken about meeting with Disney and Lucasfilm during a promotional interview for his latest film Gone Girl.
“I talked to [Kathleen Kennedy] about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like,” Fincher tells Total Film. “It’s tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’ “I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3Po and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, »
- Gary Collinson
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has picked her final six Girls, and the chosen ones jetted off to Nice for her Judges' Houses episode - where the 'Crazy Stupid Love' singer enlisted Tinie Tempah to pick her final three for the live shows. Oh, and they arrived in style:
Hope no-one gets seasick. Anyway, here's a rundown of all the photos you need to see before Judges' Houses this weekend...
We are loving the 'got papped on the beach' sass of Lola's shiny shot. Girl is ready for this.
Go on then, analyse Cheryl and Tinie's faces. How is Lola doing? Or has she just begun? Our favourite fact from her bio, anyway, is that she would like to make Cheryl cry. "I'm not going to lie, that would be great! That would be nice. For a good reason, not a bad reason. That would be a real sense of achievement. »
James plays Us sprinter Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, humiliating Adolf Hitler and his claims of Aryan racial superiority.
Hitler had attempted to ban black and Jewish athletes from the games, but backed down in the face of a threatened boycott.
Sudeikis will play the runner's coach and mentor Larry Snyder, with Irons as head of the Olympic Committee that supported hosting the games in Nazi Germany.
It was recently revealed that a dead character is making a comeback in Game of Thrones season 5. »
Black Mirror, British satirist Charlie Brooker’s groundbreaking dystopian anthology series — which, if you haven't seen it, you should — is getting a very special guest. Deadline reports that Jon Hamm will star in a one-off, 90-minute Christmas special that also features Game of Thrones’s Oona Chaplin. Hamm called himself a “massive fan" of the show, saying, "Its dark humor and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer, and I’m honored that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked me to participate in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.” According to Britain’s Channel 4, it will be “the most mind-bending episode yet," showcasing three interwoven stories of "Yuletide techno-paranoia,” with Hamm appearing in all three. Judging by Don's level of techno-paranoia that one time Sc&P got a new computer, this should be right up his alley. »
- Anna Silman
Will The Master auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice be one of the year’s major awards contenders? Honestly, it’s too early to tell whether the gonzo detective tale will be a tad too strange to strike a chord with Academy voters. Still, the very first trailer for the buzzy pic, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a drug-addled private eye, paints a picture of a movie that will regardless be a must-see.
From the looks of it, Inherent Vice is going to be weird, erratic and a hell of a lot of fun. Fans of the Thomas Pynchon novel on which it’s based will appreciate the little touches in this preview that work almost like little tips of the hat to the source material – even if Anderson takes some liberties, this adaptation will clearly maintain the wacky spirit of Pynchon’s work.
The cast also looks to be fantastic. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It really is quite surprising just how respected the art of television has become. There was once a time when those who plied their trade on the big screen – whether in front of or behind the camera – avoided working on the small screen like the plague. Going from film to TV was seen as a clear step down and a sign that one’s career was on the decline. That’s certainly not the case today, as critically acclaimed dramas like Breaking Bad,True Detective, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, and Hannibal have served to make the TV world as prestigious a place to work as any Hollywood film ...
- Michael Kennedy
With the help of "Frozen" characters coming onboard, the fourth season premiere of ABC's fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time" hit a two year high with 9.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating - up 30% in last year's Live+Same Day results.
The results weren't so pleasant for ABC's other shows - "Resurrection" fell from a 3.8 for its mid-season premiere to a 2.2 for its second season bow. The fourth season of "Revenge" similarly plummeted with a 1.4 rating - down from 2.4 for last season's premiere. [Source: The Live Feed]
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Rafe Spall ("Life of Pi") and Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones") are set to co-star in a 90-minute special of the anthology series "Black Mirror". It will be broadcast on Channel 4 in December.
Filming begins this week on three interweaved stories of "Yuletide techno-paranoia". Hamm's character appears in all three stories. [Source: Screen]
Naomi Campbell has jumped onboard Fox's hip-hop drama »
- Garth Franklin
New York — Secrets are big business in Hollywood. Letting spoilers get out about your upcoming movie or a TV series can impact whether people actually watch and/or diminish interest in buying tickets. So it's no surprise that even with movies based on popular novels like "Gone Girl," where all the secrets can easily be found in print, everyone involved is trying to keep things quiet. Even if the film's plot might not be that different than the book. Both Ben Affleck and Carrie Coon, who play twins Nick and Margo Dunne in "Gone Girl," are no strangers to keeping secrets. Coon earned raves on the HBO series "The Leftovers," a show that hinges on an unexplained phenomenon, and Affleck just happens to be in this little blockbuster "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" that won't even hit theaters for another year and a half. For those of us who »
- Gregory Ellwood
The actor announced last week that the production is aiming for a Fall 2015 release date. Today he is a bit more specific, stating that an Octoebr 2015 release is being planned. Here's what he had to say about The Last Witch Hunter, and his character Kaulder in a brief statement:
"Last Witch Hunter. The more we film, the more I think you will really enjoy this movie. Kaulder is a very unique and interesting character, who has lived for centuries with one foot in reality and the other, in the realm of magic. October 2015."
Awards Daily takes on the unfortunate phrase "but is it an Oscar movie?" in relation (partially at least) to Gone Girl.
i09 Be careful what you wish for. We've always wanted Christopher Walken in another movie musical. But this picture of him as Captain Hook is Terrifying
/bent 10 great queer films by straight directors. This was not prompted by Pride -- which you should totally see in theaters now -- but that also applies
My New Plaid Pants Frankenstein is so hot right now
- NATHANIEL R
When they're not scowling, wearing old-timey garb, and covered in oil and/or dirt, the cast members of Game of Thrones look like normal, shiny, happy actors. We've shown you many of the show's biggest stars out of their costumes before, but Game of Thrones is an expansive universe, and people were missed. Enjoy 19 more Got actors out of costume. And be quick about it. Fall is here, so winter is coming. »
- Jesse David Fox
A computer in the Sterling Cooper & Partners office created some surreal situations on Mad Men this past season, but Jon Hamm’s not done with “techno-phobia.” Hamm will star alongside Game of Thrones’s Oona Chaplin and actor Rafe Spall in the upcoming Christmas special of the British anthology series Black Mirror, Channel 4 announced.
EW television critic Melissa Maerz called Black Mirror “the Twilight Zone of our time,” and according to Channel 4, the 90-minute special will concern “three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia.” Hamm’s character will be a figure within all three. “I am beyond thrilled to »
- Esther Zuckerman
With production on Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror Christmas Special set to get underway this week, Channel 4 has announced that Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rafe Spall (What If) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) have all been cast in the feature-length episode.
“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special,” states Hamm. “I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception. Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked me to participate in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.”
The special episode of the anthology series will feature three interweaving stories of “Yuletide techno-paranoia”, and is set to air this Christmas on Channel 4.
Source: Screen Daily
- Gary Collinson
How you recognize the British character actor David Bradley might depend on your age and interests. You might know him as Argus Filch from the Harry Potter movies. Or you might remember him as volatile Walder Frey on Game of Thrones. Currently, he can be seen playing Holocaust survivor turned vampire hunter Abe Setrakian on The Strain. And he’s done Doctor Who, Broadchurch, The World’s End, and countless other shows and movies. While Bradley himself is not, as he put it in a recent interview with Vulture, “an unpleasant geezer,” he has found a niche portraying older folks who are despicable and/or capable of doing despicable things — although Setrakian's characters, the actor pointed out, is actually “on the side of angels, but has to do some pretty brutal work for the right reasons.” In between family weddings, Bradley chatted with us about learning to decapitate heads, dealing »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rafe Spall (What If) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) are to co-star in a feature-length special of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, set for broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4 in December.
The 90-minute seasonal special will interweave three stories of “Yuletide techno-paranoia”. It will start filming in the UK this week.
Hamm’s character appears in all three stories contained within the as yet unnamed episode.
“Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Mad Men star joins One Days Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin in a one-off 90-minute Christmas special, which promises to be the most mind-bending episode yet, showcasing three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia, according to Channel 4.
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- Guardian TV
London — “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, “Game of Thrones” thesp Oona Chaplin and Rafe Spall will co-star in the “Black Mirror” feature-length special due to air on U.K. free-to-air channel Channel 4 this Christmas.
The special, which has three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia, will start filming in the U.K. this week. Hamm’s character appears in all three stories.
“Black Mirror” is an anthology series that taps into an unease with the modern world. Its stand-alone dramas are satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent. The series is produced by Barney Reisz, and executive produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones through their production shingle House of Tomorrow, which is owned by Endemol.
Endemol Worldwide Distribution holds global television distribution rights to the series, which it has sold to broadcasters in more than 80 countries, »
- Leo Barraclough
The episode will include three interwoven stories of "Yuletide techno-paranoia" and Hamm's characters will appear in all three stories. Filming starts in the UK this week.
"I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special," said Hamm. "I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception.
"Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I'm honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked »
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