11 items from 2016
In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. In lieu of a summer rewind this year, I wanted to offer up primers of shows you can stream, whether an older series available in full(*) or something current you can catch up on before its next season begins. So far, I've done a pair of current shows in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Halt and Catch Fire, and wanted to shift gears this week to do a completed series. (*) Note: with these picks, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The thriller, which marks Kasra Farahani’s feature directorial debut, is selling international rights at Cannes. Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment will handle negotiations and screen the movie for buyers.
“The Waiting” centers on two teenage boys who try to convince an elderly neighbor that he’s being haunted. It premiered at SXSW. Vertical Entertainment plans to release the picture theatrically, but when it will debut has yet to be determined.
The film was produced by Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball & Chain Prods. and Anonymous Content. Producers include Trevor White, Tim White, Giri Tharan, Allan Mandelbaum, Rosalie Swedlin and Elana Barry. The screenplay was written by »
- Brent Lang
During the 2016 Academy Awards Brie Larson was catapulted into the limelight, winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her stunning performance in Room. At twenty-six years sold, Larson is one of the youngest females to win the prestigious accolade, and it’s surely a sign of great things to come for her future roles.
But despite this victory, Brie has already had an extensive and extremely varied career, from her fantastic appearance in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World to starring in the TV series United States Of Tara all the way to her many child performances. Yet there’s so much more to Brie than merely acting. From a very young age, Larson was experimenting with all kinds of distinct artistic endeavours, excelling in everything from music to animation, nurturing her passion for expression through creation.
Alongside her previous career as a pop star and her penchant for studying mushrooms and designing fonts, »
- Brian Wilson
The comedy centers around Jane (Greer), who is stuck between managing her human resources department as well as the new CEO, who harbors big ambitions for the small-town New Jersey plastics plant. Oswalt will play the CEO, Sam, who lives life at a higher octave than everyone else and has grand ideas that are hardly suitable for the plant.
Steinel penned the pilot and will serve as a co-exec producer. Jeff Schaffer (“The League”) will direct the pilot, and serve as an executive producer with Sue Naegle (“Outcast”) for 20th Century Fox TV.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
While meeting new roommates on Craigslist may not be the ideal apartment-hunting tactic, for Jessica Day, it was the best decision she ever made. Since moving into her L.A. loft five years ago, the quirky, sweet lead of Fox’s “New Girl,” played by Zooey Deschanel, has led the show to a landmark 100 episodes.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” says Deschanel, who dropped everything, including developing her own project, to take on the role of Jess. “I loved the script,” she says, “I loved the character and I was like ‘I don’t want anyone else to play her.’ ”
Fresh off success with the 2011 film “No Strings Attached,” “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether never considered that the show could continue for five years. “I always sort of thought (it) was this small, weird show about a bunch of people who aren’t doing a very good job at life, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Long before she was a Best Actress Oscar winner, Brie Larson had a different title: wannabe pop starlet. Joining the ranks of early 2000s teen queens Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff, Larson nabbed a record deal, releasing tracks like "She Said" in 2005 at only 16. In the music video for "She Said," her highest-charting single from first album Finally Out Of P.E., Larson rocked out on a green guitar while donning the fashions of the day: a zebra-print shirt and frayed miniskirt. Larson even hit the road, joining Teen People's 2005 Rock in Shop mall tour with the likes of Jesse McCartney. »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
Brie Larson’s “Room” journey began in Colorado at the 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival and culminated Sunday night with an Oscar for best actress. Indeed, Larson even took a moment to thank the fest, along with the Toronto Film Festival (where “Room” won the audience award), for kick-starting the film’s course.
“The thing that I love about movie-making is how many people it takes to make it,” Larson said moments after Eddie Redmayne opened the envelope and announced her name to the Dolby Theatre audience. “Thank you to the moviegoers.”
Larson has been a dominant force ever since the first baubles were handed out, starting with a National Board of Review prize to kick things off in December. She picked up awards from critics groups across the country, including those from Chicago, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Santa Barbara, Calif. — The Santa Barbara International Film Festival displayed the proper foresight in late November last year when selecting “Room” star Brie Larson and “Brooklyn’s” Saoirse Ronan as first-time tandem recipients of the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award: Both have remained out in front of the best actress Oscar race in a year marked by a number of female-centric narratives, and they continue to lock horns heading into the Feb. 28 Academy Awards ceremony.
Of course, nothing approaching competitive awareness was on display Monday night as the two ingenues — who have been previously recognized by Sbiff in the Virtuosos sidebar — enjoyed their dual tributes. In fact, they’ve become quite close on the circuit.
Alas, circumstances kept them apart this time — the production of “Kong: Skull Island,” to be specific. The blockbuster sequel has filled Larson’s schedule all season as she has bounced from locations in Vietnam, »
- Kristopher Tapley
I have a trio of casting news for you today, and first up is Toni Collette, who, according to THR, has been cast in XXX 3: The Return Of Xander Cage, joining Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Orange Is the New Black's Ruby Rose, The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev and Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. The United States of Tara and Little Miss Sunshine actress will play "a... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The big screen will take over the small screen for one evening only when the 88th Academy Awards air Feb. 28 on ABC.
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And based on Thursday’s announcement of Oscar nominees, it’s clear that a handful of TV’s MVPs will infiltrate cinema’s biggest night, hosted by Chris Rock.
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Brie Larson (The United States of Tara), Rachel McAdams (True Detective), Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), Tom Hardy (Peaky Blinders, the upcoming Taboo), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Revenge, Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival) and Eddie Redmayne »
Rising indie distributor A24 harbors high awards hopes for Lenny Abrahamson's intense prison escape drama "Room," and so they took the film to world premiere at Telluride, where it popped with audiences and critics, and then to Toronto, where it took home the coveted audience award, which often presages a strong Oscar contender. It's holding its own at the box office, with $5 million in the till so far, before an expected post-Oscar nominations expansion. The film's rising star, Brie Larson, landed Indie Spirit and SAG nominations, and won the prize for Best Actress (Drama) at Sunday night's Golden Globes. Read More: 'Room' Wins Toronto's Audience Award, Oscar Bellwether Finally, with "Room," Larson, who was so fine as a conflicted social worker in "Short Term 12," after supporting roles in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "The United States of Tara," "The Spectacular Now," "21 Jump Street," and "Don »
- Anne Thompson
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