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Review Rob Kemp 27 Sep 2013 - 22:00
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 Variation Under Nature
Last week’s episodes showed that Orphan Black had the potential to be an interesting, contemporary take on cloning. Although very little was given away in terms of where and what these clones were, and more importantly, why they were being killed, the opening two-parter was a skilfully balanced story of a street smart woman fighting to break away from her past set against a background of mystery and intrigue. It was a strong start, and therefore there was a natural fear that once the season had started proper there would be a decline in quality. It was therefore a relief to see that Variation under Nature resolves some small issues, adds some pace into the story and »
Review Rob Kemp 20 Sep 2013 - 23:00
The first season of Orphan Black finally makes it to UK TV. Here's Rob's cautiously optimistic look at the opening double-bill...
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 Natural Selection & 1.2 Instinct
After achieving its first run in the States in the spring, and having already been commissioned for a second series by BBC America, Orphan Black finally gets aired for British audiences courtesy of BBC Three. Deciding to open with the first two episodes is a wise move as its first episode, albeit interesting in concept, at times lacks pace and needs longer to develop its themes so that viewers will want to come back for a second week. However, it’s worth noting that this is not an edge-of-your-seat, action-orientated science fiction show, but for me, that’s just fine and I’ll explain why.
The show’s concept is simple, Sarah Manning, played by a very capable Tatiana Maslany, »
Film Independent has selected 10 fellows for its 14th annual Screenwriting Lab, the non-profit that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Fest announced on Thursday.
This year’s honorees and their projects are Fred Thomas Jr. (“Broad Street Diner”), Iram Parveen Bilal (“Forbidden Steps”), Tarik Karam (“Jamie and Jackie”), Natalija Vekic (“Jane”), Dana Turken (“Love on the Tundra”), Elliott Williams (“The Murch”), Andrew Ahn (“Spa Night”), Thymaya Payne (“Sugar”), Edi Ibok (“Trauma”), and Shripriya Mahesh (“Varenya”).
The Screenwriting Lab, which is sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West, is a five-week intensive workshop designed to help budding scripters move their current projects forward.
Fellows are advised on the craft and business of screenwriting by guest speakers and one-on-one advisers. This year’s mentors are writer-helmer Robin Swicord (“The Jane Austen Book Club,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”) and scribe Jeff Stockwell (” Bridge to Terabithia,” “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys »
- Allegra Tepper
Over two years ago, it was thought that Jonah Hill would make his directorial debut with a genre mash-up called Kitchen Sink. Instead, it will be Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection) at the helm of the story which takes place in Dilford, a town where vampires are at the top of the social order, zombies are at the bottom, and the humans were in the middle. But this order is thrown into upheaval as an alien race begins to invade, and a high school-aged vampire, zombie and human as have to try to save their town. Basically the coming-of-age tale has everything but the kitchen sink, and that's where the title comes from. Now comedians Patton Oswalt and Bob Odenkirk have joined the cast of the interesting film. More below! The script from Oren Uziel appeared on the 2010 Black List and Sony's Matt Tolmach picked up the script as one of »
- Ethan Anderton
Up until now, odds are Robbie Pickering‘s film The Kitchen Sink hasn’t been on your radar. That’s about to change. The genre mashup written by Oren Uziel (who Sony also hired to write Men in Black 4 and 22 Jump Street 2) placed on The Black List, and was almost the directorial debut of Jonah Hill before Pickering (Natural Selection) came [...] »
- Germain Lussier
The movie is a monster mash-up, set to see a group of teenagers forming an alliance with vampires and zombies in order to take on an army of aliens.
If all goes well, Westwick is to play a smooth-talking vampire that wants to make Mackenzie Davis’ character his latest bloody conquest.
Uziel has been set by Sony to rewrite the 21 Jump Street sequel, 22 Jump Street »
- Kenji Lloyd
• Fresh off a memorable turn as Sally Hawkins’ sensitive mechanic boyfriend in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Bobby Cannavale is set to try out the world of big-screen musicals in Annie, in which he’ll star alongside Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne. He’ll play a political strategist who is helping Jamie Foxx’s Benjamin Stacks run for mayor. Easy A director Will Gluck is taking another pass at the script before he begins shooting. The Emmy-winning actor (for Will & Grace) can also be seen in Lovelace; Jon Favreau’s Chef, alongside Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. »
- Lindsey Bahr
In his first major move since "Gossip Girl" ended, Ed Westwick has entered negotiations to star in Sony's genre movie "The Kitchen Sink," two individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Robbie Pickering ("Natural Selection") is directing from a Black List-approved script by Oren Uziel. Matt Tolmach ("The Amazing Spider-Man") is producing via his eponymous banner. A unique monster mash-up movie, "Kitchen Sink" follows a group of teens who form an unlikely alliance with vampires and zombies in order to take on an alien army. Also Read: Vanessa Hudgens in Talks for »
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: Rachael Harris is is set as the female lead opposite Chris Meloni in Fox’s midseason comedy series Surviving Jack. The single-camera project, from Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence‘ Doozer, is based on Justin Halpern’s book I Suck At Girls. It centers on a father, Jack Dunlevy (Meloni), and his teen son Frankie (Connor Buckley). Harris plays the Alpha-Mom, Joanne Dunlevy, who has decided to go back to law school, somewhat reluctantly leaving the care of her kids to her brash husband. The role was recast after being played by Alex Kapp Horner in the pilot. (you can watch the series’ trailer below) Harris recently starred opposite David Spade in the ABC comedy pilot Bad Management, which was in serious contention for a series pickup. She also recurs on USA drama Suits and did an arc on Fox comedy New Girl. On the feature side, Harris is »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Here's the latest casting news: David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland) and David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas) will join Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film, Interstellar. Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers) is in early talks for the horror-comedy The Kitchen Sink, directed by Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection). Denis Leary (The Amazing Spider-Man) is set for the film. Helen Hunt (The Sessions) has landed financing for her new film, Ride, the cast of which also features Luke Wilson (Wedding Crashers), David Zayas (Dexter), Mike White (The School of Rock), Richard Kind (Argo), Leonor Varela (Blade II), Elizabeth Jayne and Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon II: The Awakening). Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up from The Wrap is news that Oyelowo and Gyasi will join Interstellar. No information is given as to their roles as the Nolan film about a group of space explorers venturing through a wormhole remains secretive. Interstellar also stars Matthew McConaughey, »
- Dave Trumbore
• Vanessa Hudgens is on a roll. After scrapping her Disney image this year for Haromy Korine, the Spring Breakers star is reportedly in talks to join the cast of The Kitchen Sink, a blacklist script about an alien invasion, and the small-town teenagers who have to join forces with vampires and zombies to defeat the unwelcome visitors. Rescue Me star Denis Leary recently joined the cast as well, which currently includes Mackenzie Davis (Smashed) and Nicholas Braun (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Robbie Pickering, who wrote and directed the SXSW indie Natural Selection, is set to direct the project. »
- Lindsey Bahr
"Spring Breakers" star Vanessa Hudgens is in early talks to join the cast of Sony's genre movie "The Kitchen Sink," which has also added Denis Leary, who recently starred in the studio's blockbuster "The Amazing Spider-Man," according to an individual familiar with the project. Robbie Pickering ("Natural Selection") is directing from a 2010 Black List script by Oren Uziel, who Sony recently hired to write "Men in Black 4" and rewrite "22 Jump Street." A monster mash-up movie in the vein of "Zombieland," story follows a group of teens who form an »
- Jeff Sneider
[Press Release] New York, NY – July 20, 2013 – Nerdist Industries announced today at San Diego Comic-con that together with Tribeca Film they will co release Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews’s directorial debut Zero Charisma. The “Dungeons & Dragons” culture-inspired indie-dramedy, which world premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival - taking home the audience award in the Narrative Spotlight category, stars Sam Eidson (Natural Selection, My Sucky Teen Romance), Garrett Graham, and Brock England. The film was written by Matthews and produced by Shark Films and Magic Stone. Tribeca Film and Nerdist Industries will co-release the film this fall beginning October 8, 2013 on cable/telco and satellite video-on-demand platforms, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Vudu, Playstation »
- Pietro Filipponi
There’s very little that I love more than the kind of awkward and charming nerdy characters that are so abundant in Zero Charisma. Check out the Nerdist approved trailer for the film coming out in October, followed by the press release.
Trailer: Zero Charisma
Nerdist Industries And Tribeca Film Co-release Fanboy Charmer Zero Charisma *** “It is, almost certainly, the best film ever made about nerds…it’s hilarious, it’s sweet, and in the end it’s just a little bit heartbreaking.” – Devin Faraci, Badass Digest “Zero Charisma is geek heaven” – Ain’t It Cool News
New York, NY – July 20, 2013 – Nerdist Industries announced today at San Diego Comic-con that together with Tribeca Film they will co release Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews’s directorial debut Zero Charisma. The “Dungeons & Dragons” culture-inspired indie-dramedy, which world premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival – taking home the audience award in the Narrative Spotlight category, »
- Jess Orso
The phrase “adapt or die” calls to mind the idea of progression and change – often for the better, or, at the very least, for mere survival. And while Magic City has chosen that phrase as the title for the third episode this season, it’s worth mentioning that the idea of progression and change are also staples of good television storytelling – facets that have been, at times, underwhelming or absent in the series.
But after two episodes that served primarily as a refresher for the events of season 1, and then as an introduction to some of the new key players of season 2 – i.e., Sy Berman (James Caan), ...
- Kevin Yeoman
Rachael Harris has signed with ICM Partners. She was with UTA. Harris most recently starred opposite David Spade in the ABC comedy pilot Bad Management, which remains in serious contention for a series pickup. She also recurs on USA drama Suits and did an arc on Fox comedy New Girl. On the feature side, Harris is probably best known for role as Ed Helms’ girlfriend in The Hangover. She also starred in the indie Natural Selection, earning an Independent Spirit Award nomination, as well as the Diary of A Wimpy Kid trilogy. She next will be seen in the Yahoo! comedy series We Need Help opposite Cheryl Hines. Harris is managed by Principato Young Entertainment. Related: David Spade & Rachael Harris To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Bad Management’ »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
After a very successful run at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, Kevin and Michael Goetz's Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, has landed itself some distribution. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers 1, 2, and 3) and Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury and Kung Fu Panda) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film marks Kevin and Michael Goetz's directorial debut from a screenplay by Kyle Killen (The Beaver). Scenic Route first premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival to strong reviews and will be released theatrically in August 2013. Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg announced the deal today.
- Uncle Creepy
Vertical Entertainment has purchased the U.S. rights to Scenic Route, a thriller that stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) and Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda, Hannibal). The film is directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz from a screenplay by The Beaver writer Kyle Killen. It all went down at Cannes. Check the press release for the details and a synopsis for the thriller.
Los Angeles (May 17, 2012) – Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers 1,2, and 3) and Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury and Kung Fu Panda) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film marks Kevin and Michael Goetz directorial debut from a screenplay by Kyle Killen (The Beaver). Scenic Route first premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival to strong reviews and will be released theatrically in August 2013. Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg announced the deal today.
“Josh Duhamel »
- Andy Greene
Orphan Black Natural Selection Review. Orphan Black: Season 1, Episode 1: Natural Selection was a premiere episode that had moments of highly interesting drama and action, along side moments that built characters and past relationships. Though some were colorful, those secondary moments didn’t advance the plot of the episode in a way that made [...]
Continue reading: TV Review: Orphan Black: Season 1, Episode 1: Natural Selection »
- Rollo Tomasi
Garden Snakes: Griffiths’ Latest a Harrowing Tale with Compelling Lead
Director Megan Griffith’s follows up her well acted yet downtroddingly paced sophomore effort The Off Hours with an unnerving reenactment of sex trafficking from the mid 90s in Eden. While avoiding being exploitative in its depiction of cruelty and victimization, Griffith’s film is nonetheless a powerful tale of survival under degrading and harrowing circumstances. Certainly proving Griffiths’ growing talents as a director interested in compelling and often off-putting material, this latest work, which won the Audience Award at SXSW 2012, should definitely lead not only its director to wider acclaim, but also its lead actress, whose performance is the heart and soul of this somber tale.
In 1994 New Mexico, Korean-American teenager Hyuan Jae (Jamie Chung) lives an unromantic existence with her parents, who immigrated to the Us and now own a small convenience store. After sneaking into a bar »
- Nicholas Bell
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