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I don’t think anyone would refute the point that even the most established and dramatically formidable of TV shows is highly dependent on the skills of its directors. We’ve seen how talented helmers can elevate even lesser episodes of programs, from Rian Johnson’s work on AMC’s Breaking Bad to Patty Jenkins’ absorbing atmosphere-building on the same channel’s The Killing. And HBO’s Game of Thrones, which has now received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Directing (for Tim Van Patten’s series premiere and Neil Marshall’s epic season 4 episode “The Watchers on the Wall”), with its sweeping scale and battle sequences, is more dependent on exceptional direction than most.
That’s why I’m happy to report that the recently revealed roster of directors that the HBO high fantasy hit has lined up for its upcoming fifth season looks as terrific as ever. There are five directors, »
- Isaac Feldberg
In the third episode of HBO comedy Silicon Valley, titled “Articles of Incorporation,” eccentric tech billionaire and angel investor Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch) demonstrated exactly how brainy and zany he can be. Ignoring the pleas for emergency funds from two executives running a business on the verge of shutdown, he orders up and then studies every item on the Burger King menu with alien-like curiosity. But just when the stressed-out pair reach their flame-broiling point with Gregory and his seemingly disassociated contemplation, he snaps into focus and offers a cropload of comic relief: He coolly delivers a connect-the-dots speech »
- Dan Snierson
The move comes with “The Nut Job” (pictured above) having grossed a solid $42 million in the U.S. in its first two weeks and a sequel already announced for 2016.
The initiative — dubbed The Gulfstream ToonBox Animation Lab and located in Toronto and Los Angeles — is aimed at providing a means to determine the viability of a project before commissioning an entire script by first developing treatments and creating the animated world. The first projects in the program are:
– An aspirational comedy by Alfredo Botello, »
- Dave McNary
3 items from 2014
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