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Brainy actress Brit Marling plays yet another sharp role in 2014 Toronto world premiere "The Keeping Room" (Drafthouse Films, September 25), a Civil War drama that mixes a character study with the home invasion genre. Marling has been charting her own course ever since she broke out at Sundance 2011 as the writer-producer-lead of two indies, Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" and Zal Batmanglij's "Sound of My Own Voice." She went on to play smart daughters in both Robert Redford's "The Company We Keep" and "Arbitrage," opposite Richard Gere; she collaborated again with Batmanglij on eco-terrorist thriller "The East," and with Cahill on twisty science film "I, Origins." Watch: Brit Marling on 'The East' This time, a friend sent Marling a script from an unlikely source, schoolteacher-turned-screenwriter Julia Hart, which was so compelling that the actress read it through a second time without »
- Anne Thompson
The Keeping Room, whose first trailer has now been released, marks the debut of screenwriter Julia Hart, with Harry Brown director Daniel Barber helming the feature. Steinfeld and Marling are joined onscreen by Muna Otaru, Kyle Soller, Ned Dennehy, and Sam Worthington.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.
- Deepayan Sengupta
‘Point of view’ in cinematic storytelling is at the crux of the entire issue of equality and sexism in film. Its influence on popular culture – and, in turn, society as a whole – is routinely underestimated. The fact is that the majority of the narratives we watch on our screens are told from the point of view of white men – making their experience the ‘norm,’ and everything else marginal. This creates a skewed cultural perspective, and leads to a situation that reinforces a pervasive sense of entitlement – if your perspective were the only one regularly represented in the media, you would unconsciously assume it was the most important, too. This is why The Keeping Room is a vital film.
In reality, the perspective of white men is, of course, no more important than any other perspective – particularly considering that that point of view is actually in the minority in global terms. »
- Sarah Myles
Starz has renewed its New York-based drama "Power" for a ten-episode third season in the wake of the second season premiere scoring 1.43 million Live+Sd viewers, the most ever for a Starz Original series season premiere episode.
More than 3.62 million Live+Sd viewers watched the episode over the initial weekend, securing “Power’s” second season Starz premiere weekend as the most watched episode ever for a Starz Original series. [Source: Starz]
The Showtime and BBC co-production has been a regular awards season contender for the cabler, earning LeBlanc three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
The Walking Dead, The Way, Daredevil, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on AMC, Netflix, and Hulu.
The Walking Dead (AMC)
The Alexandria community will gain a key addition in the sixth season as actor Corey Hawkins has just been announced as a new recurring cast member. Hawkins will bring the important supplies forager, Heath to life when new episodes of The Walking Dead resume this Fall.
The Way (Hulu)
Michelle Monaghan (True Detective, Source Code) has been tapped as the female lead in the Hulu original drama series The Way (working title). Mike Cahill (Another Earth) will direct the first episode of the 10-episode series
The Way examines a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, »
- Rollo Tomasi
Burbank, CA (June 4, 2015) – With an average of 9.6 million viewers per week, Gotham has captured and held the attention of audiences since the premiere episode which delivered Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years with Adults 18–49. Before the series returns to Fox for a second season this fall, fans can now enjoy all 22 episodes – plus nearly 2 hours of extras including new featurettes, unaired scenes and a gag reel – when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Gotham: The Complete First Season on September 8, 2015. This season’s #2 broadcast drama among men 18-34 will be available on Blu-rayTM and DVD for $60.10/$59.98 Srp.
Before there was Batman, there was Gotham City. Everyone knows the name of Commissioner Gordon, but what of his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the layers of corruption in Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? Gotham tells »
- Robert Greenberger
Monaghan will play Sarah Cleary, a high level member of a controversial movement navigating the truths — and untruths — colliding in her life.
The 10-episode series — which was created by Jessica Goldberg — examines a family at the center of that movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power.
The project hails from Universal Television and Katims’ True Jack Productions, and will be executive produced by Goldberg, along with Katims and Michelle Lee of True Jack. Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”) will direct the first episode.
- Debra Birnbaum
Michelle Monaghan (True Detective, Source Code) has been tapped as the female lead in the Hulu original drama series The Way (working title). Mike Cahill (Another Earth) will direct the first episode of the 10-episode series, from creator Jessica Goldberg, Jason Katims' True Jack Productions and Universal Television. The Way examines a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an… »
Fox's hit show, Gotham, chronicling the adventures of Detective Jim Gordon Before Batman wrapped up it's first season last month, and now Warner Bros. has announced exactly when fans will be able to relive it on blu-ray, with a host of special features. Come inside to learn more!
If you loved the show and want to see it again before seaons 2 starts up next Fall, or simply want to catch up on anything you missed...you're in luck. Announced this morning, WB is bringing the first season of Gotham to blu-ray on September 8, 2015, with a slew of special features to enjoy as well. Check out the announcement:
With an average of 9.6 million viewers per week, Gotham has captured and held the attention of audiences since the premiere episode which delivered Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years with Adults 18–49. Before the series returns to Fox for a second season this fall, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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Burbank, CA (June 4, 2015) – With an average of 9.6 million viewers per week, Gothamhas captured and held the attention of audiences since the premiere episode which delivered Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years with Adults 18–49. Before the series returns to Fox for a second season this fall, fans can now enjoy all 22 episodes – plus nearly 2 hours of extras including new featurettes, unaired scenes and a gag reel – when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Gotham: The Complete First Seasonon September 8, 2015. This season’s #2 broadcast drama among men 18-34 will be available on Blu-rayTMand DVD for $60.10/$59.98 Srp.
Before there was Batman, »
- The Atari Nation
Syfy has unveiled the first trailer for "The Magicians," its upcoming TV series adaptation of Lev Grossman's novel trilogy of the same name. The story follows an introverted young man who attends a secretive college of magic in New York, but unlike "Harry Potter" it deals with the usual coming-of-age college age tropes including friendships, sex, love, depression and so forth.
Syfy has already picked up the show to series following the production of a pilot directed by "Another Earth" helmer Mike Cahill. The characters appear to have been aged a few years upward as well for the twelve-episode first season which premieres sometime next year. Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Arjun Gupta, Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil and Sosie Bacon star.
- Garth Franklin
Author Lev Grossman’s trilogy of The Magicians books is one of the most compelling, satisfying, and engrossing reads I’ve had in quite some time. Crudely described as “Harry Potter for adults”, the novels revolve around a precocious, introverted young man named Quentin. On the cusp of entering college, he finds himself admitted to a secretive and exclusive college of magic in New York. His time at the school is not unlike that at most normal colleges—new friendships, burgeoning romantic relationships, debauchery—but he still finds himself yearning for adventure and happiness when he stumbles upon a secret that promises something much bigger, darker, and more dangerous. The trilogy touches on subjects like depression, maturity, and relationships with a depth and complexity that one may not expect to find in a book about a secret world of magic, and so I was thrilled to learn that a TV »
- Adam Chitwood
Following the success of some show called Game of Thrones, one of the more talked about fantasy book series that has been bandied about as a possible contender is Lev Grossman's The Magicians series. Grossman's novels center on Quentin Coldwater, a young man who heads into upstate New York to attend a super secret school for magic, where he becomes part of a league of powerful magicians; think Suny Hogwarts. Rumors about an adaptation became all the more louder when the concluding volume of Grossman's series, The Magician's Land, was published last summer to rave reviews and a firm landing at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list. Well, the wait would seemingly be over, as Syfy announced today that they have put in a series order for an adaptation of Grossman's works. The decision was based largely off of the evidence of a produced pilot, »
- Chris Cabin
How times have changed for The Magicians. A planned TV adaptation of Lev Grossman’s urban fantasy novel, the project was originally housed at Fox but fell through after the failure of Terra Nova, prompting a disheartening blog post from Grossman. Now, though, Syfy has taken the series under its wing, green-lighting a 12-episode first season to begin production this July.
Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year) stars in the ambitious series as Quentin Coldwater, a brainy grad student who uncovers the existence of Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret college in the heart of New York City that instructs its students in the field of magic. Along with a group of twentysomething friends, Quentin begins his education, only to discover that the magical world he read about as a child is not only real but poses a grave threat to everything he cares about.
- Isaac Feldberg
The advent of nimble digital cameras and cutting edge visual effects has meant that filmmakers have been able to mount increasingly ambitious sci-fi stories on relatively small budgets.
This week sees the release of Monsters: Dark Continent, a follow-up to Gareth Edwards' brilliant 2010 debut Monsters. Not only did Monsters shoot Edwards to the big time, putting him in the director's chair for Godzilla and next year's Star Wars: Rogue One, but it also only cost less than $500,000 to make.
Below, we look at 11 incredible science fiction movies that prove you can make a great movie for just a fraction of what Avengers: Age of Ultron cost ($280 million, apparently!).
Dark Star (1974)
Production budget: $60,000
How many could you make for the price of Avengers: 4666
Taking genre setups and elements and injected his own brand of sci-fi into them is what director Dan Bush is best at. Always giving fans very character-based stories, filled with humanity and smart characters in films like The Signal, Dan has a knack for allowing us as viewers into the head-space of his characters, making them feel like people we’ve known before and adding a level of authenticity to each project of his. Bush’s latest film, the sci-fi cloning mystery The Reconstruction Of William Zero, is a film that asks its viewers if they would choose to escape their lives and start over, if a tragic accident happened, the film is a home run for the director and one of the most original and heartfelt sci-fi films in quite some time, and features standout performances by Conal Byrne and Amy Siemetz as a husband and wife split up by the unthinkable. »
- Jerry Smith
There seems to be some kind of movement out there where low-key indie dramas of personal tragedy cloak themselves in the veneer of heady science fiction concepts: films like Mike Cahill's Another Earth, James Byrkit Ward's Coherence, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, and what is perhaps the sub-genres most recent peak, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color. Spaceships, laser guns and time portals are replaced with hand-wringing, self-doubt and self-destruction. There is metaphor aplenty. William Blake and his wife Jules are a seemingly normal, over-worked, slightly distracted parents. As the opening moments of The Reconstruction of William Zero unfold, he is distractedly scrambling to get to work, she is busy in the kitchen preparing a breakfast that nobody seems to want, and their son Kevin is itching to...
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If you're a regular reader of the site, you'll know that we've long sung the praises of Fall On Your Sword. The always busy music collective have notched "Another Earth," "Nobody Walks," "28 Hotel Rooms," and "Lola Versus" on their belts, and, more recently, the drama "X/Y." And today we have an exclusive cut from their work on the latter picture. Written and directed by Ryan Piers Williams, the film stars America Ferrera, Melonie Diaz, Amber Tamblyn, Common, Dree Hemingway, and more to tell the story of four friends living in New York and their interactions as they search for a sense of balance. This "End Titles" cut, featured in the trailer for the movie as well as during the end credits, provides a nice pulsating finish to the drama. "X/Y" is now playing in limited release. Listen below. »
- Edward Davis
With the massive success of House of Cards, Netflix has proven it knows how to make quality dramas. Now the streaming service has picked up a new title from the genre to add to its programming lineup. Netflix has ordered eight episodes of the series The Oa from creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij.
Netflix isn’t sharing any details about The Oa’s plot, however The Hollywood Reporter, who originally reported the news, knows Marling will star in the series which she’ll co-write with Batmanglij. The latter will also direct all eight hour-long episodes. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment (who worked on 12 Years a Slave and the second season of Hulu’s Deadbeat) will executive produce The Oa along with Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content (True Detective).
While this is Marling and Batmanglij’s first TV series, the duo previously teamed »
- Bree Brouwer
Netflix has ordered drama series “The Oa” from Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content to premiere in 2016. The eight-episode series stars indie actress Brit Marling (“Arbitrage,” “Another Earth”), who also serves as writer and executive producer along with Zal Batmanglij (“Sound of My Voice,” “The East”). Also Read: Leonardo DiCaprio Partners With Netflix for Documentary Projects Marling and Batmanglij previously collaborated on “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice,” both of which screened at Sundance in 2011. This is the first television project for the pair. Details about the story of “The Oa” have yet to be revealed. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. »
- L.A. Ross
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