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A recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs
Idara Victor’s second TV acting gig ever, she found herself having a really hard time figuring out what was what on the Manhattan set of NBC’s Law & Order: Svu.
“You can officially call yourself a New York actor when you’ve done a Law & Order of some kind,” the Turn: Washington’s Spies star says, laughing. It’s funny now, but she remembers being disoriented by how quickly and smoothly the then-seven-seasons-old production moved.
Too smoothly, in fact.
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By any measure, television’s renaissance has been good for women. But the long list of compelling female characters gets shorter when drama series are taken out of the mix.
Across broadcast, cable and digital, traditional half-hour comedies don’t pack the same pop-culture punch as the antics of Olivia Pope, Carrie Mathison, Alicia Florrick or Daenerys Targaryen. It’s harder to generate consistent laughs than it is consistent gasps, based on the ratio of dramas to comedies across the dial these days.
The only thing harder, it seems, than fielding a fresh comedy hit is for an actress to become a breakout star in a new comedy. This is where a little Emmy attention could offer a big boost to a promising show and budding talent. But Emmy voters are inclined to favor incumbents, which leaves little room for fresh faces.
Since 2010, at least three of the nominees in »
- Cynthia Littleton
In this exclusive video, Andrew Rannells (“Girls,” “The Book of Mormon”) counts down his seven favorite TV episodes, films, and documentaries streaming on HBO’s new Internet service, HBO Now, which allows users access to tons of content even if they don’t have cable access. See which HBO projects made Rannells’ list below! “Oz,” Season 5, Episode 6: “Variety”As a theater actor himself, Rannells recounts a very special musical episode of the prison drama “Oz,” in which the inmates put on a variety show. “It’s a really trippy, trippy, trippy episode, but it’s certainly one that made a big impression on me,” he says. “Enlightened,” Season 1, Episode 1The Laura Dern-starring drama also makes Rannells’ list of favorite things streaming on HBO Now. Particularly, it’s the pilot he finds so gripping. “She’s just so raw and fearless, and it’s just so compelling to watch, »
Over the course of his career, filmmaker Todd Haynes has created a filmography that includes critically acclaimed features such as Safe and Far From Heaven, garnering a number of fans along the way. However, despite being active, Haynes has not had a feature film release since the 2007 Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, instead turning his efforts mostly to television, with his work appearing in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce and the now-cancelled series Enlightened. Thus, many were excited to learn that the filmmaker was back to work on a feature film project.
Titled Carol, the movie sees Haynes take a step back from screenwriting duties, instead working from a script by Phyllis Nagy, who adapts it from the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, which has also been published as The Price of Salt. The film’s synopsis is below.
Set in 1950s New York, a »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Todd Haynes' hotly anticipated Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, screens this coming Saturday, May 16, in the evening at the Cannes Film Festival and we are finally getting some clips for the film. amz asin="0486800296" size="small"Based on Patricia Highsmith's book "The Price of Salt", Carol revolves around two women from different backgrounds who strike up a relationship in 1950s New York. One a young woman (Mara) working in a department store and hoping for a better life, the other a wife (Blanchett) trapped in a loveless marriage and desperate to break free, but fearful of losing her daughter in the process. This is Haynes' first theatrical release in eight years, though you'll remember he directed the "Mildred Pierce" mini-series back in 2011 as well as an episode of "Enlightened" in 2013 so he hasn't been completely off the radar. Carol, though, is expected to make some real waves once it's finally seen. »
- Brad Brevet
Get ready for some “Blunt Talk.”
The 10-episode first season tells the tale of Walter Blunt, a cable newsman and U.K. transplant on a mission to teach Americans how to think, act and behave. But his wild off-air antics suggest a highly unorthodox teaching style.
The series also stars Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”) as Blunt’s producer-manager; Adrian Scarborough (“The King’s Speech”) as his manservant; Dolly Wells (“Doll & Em”) as his senior producer; and Timm Sharp (“Enlightened”) as his head writer.
“Blunt Talk” will be followed by the premiere of the 10-episode second season of “Survivor’s Remorse, »
- Debra Birnbaum
HBO has opted not to go to series on Mamma Dallas, its comedy pilot by Enlightened creator Mike White, which followed a conservative Texan family who unwittingly hire a hard-living drag queen as their live-in nanny. With its concept, the project was considered a big swing and, while it is not going forward, HBO remains committed to its creator, as reiterated by the network’s programming chief Michael Lombardo. “Mike White is one of the most talented filmmakers working… »
“Happy Endings” star Adam Pally and “Enlightened” star Sarah Burns are headlining the new comedy “Slow Learners.” The film, also starring comedy talents like Bobby Moynihan, Kate Flannery, Cecily Strong, Kevin Dunn, Reid Scott and Catherine Reitman, will make its word debut at the Tribeca Film Festival Apr. 20. “Slow Learners” follows two friends and co-workers who are horribly unlucky at love. Thinking the problem lies with them, they set out to transform themselves over the summer, which also involves tons of sex and tons of alcohol. The film is directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. The screenplay is by Matt Serword from a story by Serword and [ Read More ]
The post Clip and Poster of Tribeca-bound Comedy Slow Learners Released appeared first on Shockya.com. »
The Starz Original series Blunt Talk released a first look teaser of the 10-episode first season of the half-hour scripted comedy series from Mrc and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames (creator and showrunner), Stephanie Davis and Tristram Shapeero. The teaser will premiere on-air during the Black Sails finale on Saturday, March 28 at 9 Pm Et/Pt. Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air. The series will premiere on Starz in the summer of 2015.
Through the platform of his nightly cable news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt's only support »
In the teaser, Stewart plays Walter Blunt, a cable newsman and U.K. transplant on a mission to teach Americans how to think, act and behave. But his wild off-air antics suggest a highly unorthodox teaching style.
Rounding out the cast are Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Adrian Scarborough (“The King’s Speech”), Dolly Wells (“Doll & Em”) and Timm Sharp (“Enlightened”). Shapeero will direct the show in addition to his role as executive producer.
Starzr has committed to two seasons of 10 episodes each. “Blunt Talk” will premiere on Starz in this summer.
- Seth Kelley
Starz is about to hit what could be the next comedy to skyrocket, and they’ve finally released a teaser. Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart, goes behind the scenes of Walter Blunt’s (Stewart) news show. He’s on a mission to tell Americans how they should live and think, but he isn’t exactly the role model he hopes to present.
The teaser looks great, and if anyone can make this a hit, you have to think that it’s Patrick Stewart.
Take a look below, and keep your eyes out for this one.
The Starz Original series “Blunt Talk” released a first look teaser of the 10-episode first season of the half-hour scripted comedy series from Mrc and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames (creator and showrunner), Stephanie Davis and Tristram Shapeero. »
- Marc Eastman
Dudes, dudes everywhere but nary a dad in sight.
That could very well be an unofficial synopsis of Tuesday’s Mindy Project season finale (Fox, 9:30/8:30c), which finds the pregnant Dr. L grappling with visits from a collection of her exes and wondering why Danny bails on a very important relationship milestone.
Still, series creator/star Mindy Kaling tells TVLine, those who want Baby Castellano’s folks to hurry up and figure it all out might not be disappointed — after all, didn’t You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and pretty much every »
Read More: 10 Cool and Crazy Must-See Films at SXSW 2015 With both ex-husband Bruce Dern and daughter Laura Dern fresh off of their first Oscar nominations in decades, might Diane Ladd keep the family comeback alive? In the upcoming "I Dream Too Much," set to premiere at SXSW, Ladd plays Vera, an irritable retiree whose niece, Dora (Eden Brolin), comes to care for her after a bad accident. From first-time director Katie Cokinos, the film was executive produced by Richard Linklater, and features "Orange Is the New Black" standout Danielle Brooks in a supporting role. It's one of the more anticipated directorial debuts to hit SXSW this year, but all eyes are on Ladd, who has been on a roll lately with an acclaimed performance in the HBO series "Enlightened" and a key role in the upcoming David O. Russell film "Joy." In a newly-released and exclusive clip, we get a »
- David Canfield
The Patrick Stewart-starrer, centers around Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news with his nightly cable news show, aptly titled “Blunt Talk.” Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, ex-wives and children, Blunt’s only support is the alcoholic manservant (Adrian Scarborough) he transplanted from the UK to join him in Los Angeles.
Shue and Schwartzman will both appear as possible guests on Blunt’s (Patrick Stewart) show.
Other guest stars for Season 1 include musician and actor Moby, Sharon Lawrence (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Trace Lysette (“Transparent”), Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”), Windell D. Middlebrooks (“Body Of Proof,” “Scrubs”) and Steve Valentine (“Anger Management”).
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The actress is shifting to recurring status for Season 2 of the FX comedy as she’s being eyed to star in her own pilot for the cable net, our sister site Deadline reports.
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The Mindy Project just landed an Oscar nominee. E! News can exclusively reveal Laura Dern, she of Wild, Jurassic Park and Enlightened (Rip, we still love you Amy Jellicoe!) fame, will guest star before the third season wraps up. Dern will play an Ob-gyn. The actress was nominated for an Oscar for her turn in Wild where she played mom to one of Mindy's obsession's, Reese Witherspoon. Perhaps Dern will be blessed with her own Wreath Witherspoon after the guest gig. No other details about Dern's guest gig can be revealed just yet. The Mindy Project season three has been stacked with famous faces. Vanessa Williams recently popped up as one of Dr. Mindy Lahiri's (Mindy Kaling) former teachers. »
“We’re not monsters! We don’t tie people up and hold them captive against their will!”
Ohhhhhhh, oooooookay Annalise Keating — that’s how you want to play it in the How to Get Away With Murder Season 1 finale?
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But didn’t you just get a pious Catholic church secretary to perjure herself on behalf of a homicidal priest? Didn’t you frame your innocent lover for your husband’s murder — then have him beaten down to try to secure his bail? And weren’t you the one »
As the divide between film and TV becomes increasingly difficult to discern, it’s far less uncommon to see well-known TV actors playing juicy roles on the big screen. And now that TV is no longer the death knell it once was for performers hoping for a film career, some of the industry’s best talent is emanating from TV. It’s also the medium actors are most frequently recognized for. As frontrunner supporting actor nominee J.K. Simmons told Variety last year before “Whiplash,” with his breakthrough role, opened, “It’s rather sobering to realize more people have seen my Farmers Insurance commercials than everything put together.”
Among the year’s acting Oscar nominees, several are known for their series work, including Steve Carell (NBC’s “The Office”), Benedict Cumberbatch (PBS’ “Sherlock”), J.K. Simmons (TNT’s “The Closer,” NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher”), and Laura Dern (HBO’s “Enlightened”). Patricia Arquette »
- Christy Grosz
It's a paradox. Independent films -- the kind that are often dramas or comedies about everyday people, rather than superheroes -- have all but vanished from theaters, which now show mostly popcorn action blockbusters. And yet, many of the filmmakers who used to make those indie movies have found a home on TV, where that same character-driven sensibility makes their work a critical and commercial success.
Exhibit A is surely Lena Dunham. Her 2010 movie "Tiny Furniture" never played in more than 21 theaters or sold as much as $400,000 in tickets, but her HBO series "Girls," which has a similar directorial and thematic approach, has made her a star.
In recent years, a number of her fellow indie directors and writers have made the same transition, from the art-house to your living room, mostly via premium cable or streaming outlets Netflix and Amazon. Alongside Dunham at HBO, there's Cary Joji Fukunaga ("True Detective »
- Gary Susman
Looking dapper as always, Patrick Stewart.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” alum Stewart began production on the Starz series “Blunt Talk” — which counts “Family Guy” honcho among its executive producers — this week, and the network has released a pair of photos as a first look at what’s to come.
See video: The Internet Loves Patrick Stewart Wearing a Singing, Dancing Elf Hat
“Blunt Talk,” which has been ordered for two 10-episode seasons, stars Stewart as Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news, despite the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, »
- Tim Kenneally
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