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Sunday night’s episode of Masters of Sex, titled “Fight,” was one of the series’ best. It stuck the show’s two main characters, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant/lover Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), in a single hotel room and then let them batter out their anxieties and anger through flirtation, role play, and sex, all while an actual boxing match rages on TV.
In TV parlance, episodes like “Fight,” where characters are restricted to a few sets, are often called “bottle episodes”—they’re cheaper to make (you don’t have to build new sets or »
- Jackson McHenry
Nine years after the box-office smash Sin City, the stories of the notorious city dwellers resume in the hugely anticipated sequel Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Boasting an all-star cast led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Jessica Alba (Sin City, Fantastic Four), Bruce Willis (Looper, Die Hard) and Josh Brolin (Old Boy), this next installment promises to take audiences on a visceral ride into the twisted minds of Frank Miller’s unforgettable characters.
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.
This new ominous quad »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Covert Affairs and Coyote Ugly star Piper Perabo got married to director Stephen Kay on July 26, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Perabo, 37, and Kay tied the knot in New York City, and this is the first marriage for both. They had announced their engagement in September 2013. Photos Power Couples: At Home and at Work With 11 Hollywood Duos Perabo rose to fame as the star of the 2000 film Coyote Ugly. She has appeared in films such as Looper, The Prestige and Cheaper by the Dozen. Kay is an executive producer and director on USA's Covert Affairs. He
- Ryan Gajewski
Another entry into the poster archive for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' has turned up, this time around featuring another peek at the hard-faced Marv. The movie will be landing in Us theatres exactly one month from today and there is no doubt that we'll be enjoying more and more teasers leading up to its release. The upcoming sequel stars Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Eva Green ('Dark Shadows'), Josh Brolin ('Oldboy'), Rosario Dawson ('Trance'), Jamie Chung, Jaime King, Juno Temple ('Magic Magic'), Dennis Haysbert, Alexa Vega, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Joseph Gordon-Levit ('Looper') and Jeremy Piven ('Entourage'). Head below for the new character poster. »
Every few years we get a time travel movie. The last one of any note (that I can remember, at least) was Looper, which starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a man who ends up having to assassinate himself in the future. Now Ethan Hawke is taking a swing at the same subgenre with his role in Predestination.
The film features Hawke as a Temporal Agent – that is, the kind of law enforcement official who prevents crimes before they happen. He’s sent on a series of time-traveling journeys to ensure that his career carries on infinitely into the future. Now on his final assignment, he searches for the criminal that has escaped him throughout time.
The first trailer for Predestination shows us a good bit of time-jumping and tries most manfully to set up the premise of the film without giving the game away. There’s a lot of semi-recognizable time-travel mumbo jumbo, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Watch out, Maceo, you have some serious competition for the title of cutest son in Halle Berry's life! Seriously, Berry's robot son on Extant is the cutest person to hit TV this summer and we have the exclusive video to prove it! Pierce Gagnon, the 8-year-old who plays the Oscar winner's son on CBS' new breakout hit, is just as talented as he is adorable, having stolen scenes in projects such as Looper, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and stolen hearts on One Tree Hill as Logan. And he's set to do it again in Zach Braff's new film, Wish I Was Here, which is set to hit theaters this weekend. And in the exclusive clip above, he dishes on life on the Extant set and reveals »
The first thing I'd tell you about Syfy's "12 Monkeys" is that it isn't Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys." Fortunately, that's one of the first things that the people being the new Syfy time-travel drama would tell you as well. "I think it’s a complete sort of reimagining," co-creator Terry Matalas says at Monday's (July 14) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "12 Monkeys." "We were all very, very big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for that material. So when we came together with Richard and talked about this, we didn’t want to just re do what the movie does. We changed the rules in the movie. Can’t actually change time, and here you can. So everything from the top down changed, from Cole’s character to Dr. Railly’s character to some new characters, Ramse and Aaron. So the story, while it »
- Daniel Fienberg
Today, we’ve received our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt as daredevil Philippe Petit in Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk. And though it’s in no way an official shot from the movie, hailing from Facebook, we’re still excited to see Gordon-Levitt in character for the first time.
Though we personally preferred the title To Reach the Clouds for Zemeckis’ upcoming film about Petit, who in 1974 successfully strung a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center and walked across it, the Flight director could really call his film whatever he wanted and we’d still go see it. After all, he’s recruited a tremendous actor in Gordon-Levitt, and his supporting cast is also stellar. Gordon-Levitt is pictured above with co-star Charlotte Le Bon, but The Walk also stars Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale.
It will probably be a while until we see a trailer for The Walk, »
- Isaac Feldberg
This review contains spoilers.
After months of cinematic trailers, the Spielberg-produced pilot of Extant has made its tropetastic debut. In its wake, the first episode of the much-hyped show leaves equal parts hope for a compelling, distinctive sci-fi hit and potential for a confusing, convoluted flop.
Leading an impressive cast, Halle Berry is Dr Molly Woods, an astronaut who has spent the last thirteen months in a space station. Upon her return, though her mission was supposedly a solo one, she is informed by her doctor/friend (Camryn Manheim) that she is pregnant.
But, not so fast if you think the show is going to automatically plunge into Rosemary’s Baby...in Space! Much world-building ensues, and what a world it is. In an advanced but not-terribly-distant future, there are TV projections in bathroom mirrors, »
If there's one aspect of these new Star Wars movies that have hard-core fans most excited, it's the selection of visionary directors Disney's hired to bring these stories to life. After J.J. Abrams gets the ball rolling with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, we have Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) tackling solo spin-off movies that may or may not be origin stories following characters like Han Solo, Yoda and/or Boba Fett. Then, circling back to the trilogy of sequels, Rian Johnson (Looper) will helm the follow-up to Abrams' movie, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Know what that list is missing? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. If it isn't already obvious, Disney is paying close attention to those...
- Erik Davis
Chalk this one down firmly as a rumour, but Star Wars fan site Jedi News is reporting that Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat could be heading to a galaxy far, far away for a potential Star Wars project.
This isn’t the first time that Moffat has been linked to Star Wars, with himself and former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies declining the opportunity to work on the now disbanded TV series Star Wars: Underworld.
- Gary Collinson
J.J. Abrams may be currently working on bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to the big screen, but lately our sights have been set on the films that will come after its December 2015 release. Over the last few months, Disney and Lucasfilm have been signing multiple directors for the various forthcoming Star Wars sequels and spinoff films. They’ve nabbed some pretty great talent too, from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to Chronicle director Josh Trank. Then there’s Looper helmer Rian Johnson, who will write and direct Episode VIII, and handle scripting duties on Episode IX as well.
According to JediNews, we may have another name to throw into the mix today, as they’re reporting that Doctor Who and Sherlock writer/showrunner Stephen Moffat may have been offered a Star Wars film, presumably Episode IX.
JediNews isn’t sure whether he’ll write, direct, or produce the film, but it »
- James Garcia
ex·tant [ˈekstənt,ekˈstant/ ]
1. (especially of a document) still in existence; surviving.
There, now you’ll be the talk of the office at the water cooler tomorrow.
Much of this summer’s TV buzz has circulated around Extant, the Halle Berry sci-fi vehicle premiering July 9 on CBS. With the heft of Steven Spielberg on board as producer and the summer’s eeriest premise, the thriller promised to be a gleaming light of television narrative and originality during what can be typically the trashiest weeks of TV. So, now that we’ve blasted off into space with Berry—how did it do? »
- Marc Snetiker
I can't quite recommend CBS's science-fiction miniseries Extant, which debuts tonight. I have misgivings about it — the lead performances are a tad opaque, and the script feels as though it's telling two separate stories that don't immediately seem as though they'll connect in a graceful way — but because CBS only sent the pilot to critics, who knows how well-founded they are? Future episodes might put my worries to rest and make the opening chapter seem like brilliant seed-planting in retrospect, or Extant could lose air slowly, like a ruptured spacecraft's hull.At least tonight's premiere gives you a sense of what mode Extant is working in — creepy-atmospheric, early Polanski horror — and verifies that CBS has indeed thrown a ton of money at the production, hiring Oscar-winner Halle Berry to play the astronaut heroine and Goran Višnjić, Camryn Manheim and Looper's Pierce Gagnon to back her up, and »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Star Wars Episode VII will be filmed using IMAX cameras.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
It was announced in March that Disney had agreed a new deal with IMAX to see a number of its film series released in IMAX screens, including Star Wars.
The seventh instalment of the Star Wars series will be released on December 18, 2015.
Star Wars Episode VII - confirmed cast: »
Bitch be crazy! Jessica Alba appears in a new clip from upcoming comic book crime thriller sequel 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' and she's gone a little scissor happy! Alba (below) returns to reprise her role as sexy stripper Nancy in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's co-directed follow-up which sees us return once more to Basin City for more interlocking tales of noir styled lust, love and vengeance. Returning players Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis also make an appearance in the clip. Eva Green ('Dark Shadows'), Josh Brolin ('Oldboy'), Rosario Dawson ('Trance'), Jamie Chung, Jaime King, Juno Temple ('Magic Magic'), Dennis Haysbert, Alexa Vega, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Joseph Gordon-Levit ('Looper') and Jeremy Piven ('Entourage') are amongst the stars and faces we can expect to see in glorious black and white. Check out the clip below. »
Did we break it?
All it took was one week of Star Wars: Episode VII news for me to completely turn around on how I view this production. If you try to form a narrative out of the production so far, all the rumors of infighting and tribulations really make this look like the end, not the pinnacle of Jj Abrams dependability as a blockbuster storyteller.
Somewhere around Alias, he wasn’t the Regarding Henry guy anymore and somewhere around Mi:3 everyone was eating up his storytelling philosophy like the “mystery box.” Then, Super 8 happened and the collective fandom was a bit disappointed in how that movie aped old Amblin movies without successfully planting the heart that made old Amblin films so successful.
After securing an audience with a stark high school noir film named Brick, writer/director Rian Johnson professed his loving perspective of his viewers by framing himself in his next movie as a con man. In The Brothers Bloom, Mark Ruffalo played Stephen, a fabulist who concocts his cons like fantastical narratives, while treating marks as members of an audience whose happiness is integral to a trick’s ultimate success. This marvelous film is devoted to a classic quality within Johnson’s storytelling, which Stephen calls “the perfect con”: when everyone involved gets just the thing they wanted.
Having written and directed three films (and doing some work on “Breaking Bad”) Johnson has now been chosen to create Star Wars: Episode VIII, allotting him a galaxy’s congregation of viewers, who will answer a question he asked himself while touring for his 2012 sci-fi film Looper: “Can we do what we do, »
- Nick Allen
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
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