12 items from 2016
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During a recent viewing of the largely mediocre Lie To Me, I found myself thinking about how my interest in the show is almost entirely based on Tim Roth’s lead performance. So my question is: Who is an actor that you find so compelling, you watch films or television shows you’re not otherwise interested in, simply because of their involvement?
It’s getting to the point »
- Erik Adams, Joshua Alston, Joe Blevins, A.A. Dowd, Marah Eakin, Zack Handlen, Jesse Hassenger, William Hughes, Gwen Ihnat, Becca James, Alex McCown-Levy, Josh Modell, Sean O'Neal, Nathan Rabin, Kelsey J. Waite, Esther Zuckerman
Olive's new branded line reissues the Nicholas Ray classic with a full set of authoritative extras -- plus a never-before-seen widescreen transfer, in all of its Trucolor glory. Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden never looked better -- we can all compare theories about la Crawford's color-coded costumes. Just how masculine is Vienna supposed to be? Johnny Guitar (Olive Signature widescreen edition) Blu-ray Olive Films 1954 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 39.95 but heavily discounted Starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Royal Dano, Frank Ferguson, Paul Fix, Rhys Williams. Cinematography Harry Stradling Film Editor Richard Van Enger Original Music Victor Young Written by Philip Yordan from the novel by Roy Chanslor Produced by Herbert J. Yates Directed by Nicholas Ray
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Wow, it's already been four years since Olive released a »
- Glenn Erickson
Of all of Fall's new shows, Kristen Bell's series looks like a sure bet for one of the best comedies. We're beyond excited that the Veronica Mars alum is returning to her witty ways on network TV. How she has time to film Lie to Me, movies like Bad Moms, and a new TV series is beyond us, but she clearly has superpowers. Here's what you need to know about the show before it premieres on Monday night! Related Stories:Your Ultimate Fall TV Calendar Is Right Here! Who's Starring? Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, and D'Arcy Carden. What It's About A woman (Bell) wakes up and finds herself in "The Good Place," aka Heaven. Everyone is friendly, and there's frozen yogurt, a lovely guide (Danson), and only one problem: she's not supposed to be there. First Impression The comedy looks whimsical and quirky - think Pushing Daisies. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Sean Wilson chats exclusively to multiple Emmy nominee Robert Duncan, veteran composer of shows as diverse as Castle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lie to Me, getting to the heart of the essential question: what makes a truly great soundtrack?
Robert, it’s a privilege to chat to you. To begin with, you were born into an extraordinary lineage of illustrious musicians – as I understand it, your great-grandfather composed music for silent movies, is that correct?
He did, yes, in London. He would take excerpts of classical pieces and pull out the pages of the applicable part and line them up on the music stands. He then had a little foot switch that connected to the lights on the musicians’ music stands. So he would step on the switch, the light would flicker and they would know to turn the page and start playing the chase music; then he would »
- Sean Wilson
A few weeks back, it was confirmed that Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson was cast as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel film...Captain Marvel. The film is still a solid three years away, so the studio has plenty of time between now and then, but the character is likely to show up in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, a good year or so before her own standalone film.
As such, it makes sense that Marvel Studios would be hard at work looking for someone to helm Captain Marvel. Given that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler had a hand in the introduction of the character in Captain America: Civil War so that the character would have consistency between films, it's a no-brainer that Marvel would want to do the same thing with Captain Marvel.
So who's up to direct Marvel's first female-led solo film? »
- Joseph Medina
Based in part on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film, Shooter stars Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president.
Addai-Robinson will play Nadine Memphis, an intuitive and determined FBI agent whose headstrong personality has gotten her in trouble »
Deadline reports Brendan Hines will co-star in The Tick TV series pilot for Amazon. Hines played Eli Loker in the Lie to Me TV series, which was cancelled by Fox in 2011, after three seasons totaling 48 episodes.
In The Tick, Hines is set as a new character, Superian, who is described as a superhero, with "issues." Peter Serafinowicz stars as the title character in this superhero spoof. The cast of The Tick reboot also includes Griffin Newman and Valorie Curry. In the reimagined project, Tick is recovering from a loss of memory. He re-teams with sidekick Arthur (Newman) to fight evil. Curry plays Arthur's sister, Dot.
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Brendan Hines (Lie to Me) is set to co-star opposite Peter Serafinowicz in the Amazon pilot The Tick, a new take on Ben Edlund's comic book character. Edlund is writing and executive producing for Sony Pictures TV. The reboot is bringing back the eponymous muscle-bound, antennae-sporting superhero (Serafinowicz). In the new incarnation, the blue-suited Tick is recovering from a memory loss and ends up reteaming with his sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman) to fight evil. The… »
For every 24, Lost, House or Big Bang Theory, there’s a Human Target, Firefly, Lie To Me, or Community: shows that every fan knows were just as good, if not better, but never became the same kind of massive success. Some didn’t even make it to a second season… or even to the end of their first.
This is not yet another article about those shows. This is not about the Family Guys and the Freaks & Geeks: the ones everyone raves about, bemoaning the stupid, shortsighted networks that let them slip away. There are none of the greatest hits of the armchair TV critic set here.
No, this is for the younger siblings to those prodigal sons, the ones that over-achieved and exceeded the limited prospects afforded them, yet remained overlooked, never receiving the critical attention and popular adoration they deserved.
These are the commercial network shows »
- Ben Cooke
Beals will first be introduced in the Season 3 premiere as Dr. Syd Jennings, a major in the army working alongside Brendan Fehr’s Dr. Drew Alister on a six-month tour in Afghanistan.
A return date for the medical drama — which started out as a summer series, but last year »
The big screen will take over the small screen for one evening only when the 88th Academy Awards air Feb. 28 on ABC.
RelatedWinter TV Preview! Your Scoop-Filled Guide to 20+ Returning Favorites
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 »
Lancaster, who previously served as exec VP of drama programming for NBC Entertainment, will continue the company’s mission to develop original programming for broadcast on network and cable television. She will report to Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-ceo’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, who made the announcement.
“Laura is a true talent; her impressive track record of profitable and creative shows speaks for itself, and we are excited for her to bring her vast expertise at Alcon,” Johnson and Kosove said in a statement.
At NBC Entertainment, Lancaster handled development and current programming for NBC Network and Universal Television Studio. Recent projects included “Revolution,” “Parenthood,” “Hannibal,” “Grimm” and “The Night Shift.”
Her resume also »
- Whitney Friedlander
12 items from 2016
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