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Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.
Last week we talked about the thrilling and necessary anger fueling Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, something not even Ryan Murphy’s at times clumsy direction could quell. From that we turn to what might be the limpest most inessential HBO Lgbt film I have encountered in this entire series (sorry, The Out List, you had a good run): Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s The Case Against 8.
There’s a fascinating, informative, and entertaining doc to be made about the circuitous road to overturning California’s same-sex marriage ban, but Cotner and White’s film isn’t it »
- Manuel Betancourt
It was 2013, and FX and its longtime creative partner, Ryan Murphy, were mulling an American Horror Story spinoff that would focus on true crime. But dramatizing true events can be tricky, and they were having difficulty landing on the right story. Months rolled by, and Murphy’s The Normal Heart came and went on HBO; Murphy entered a “postpartum period,” keen to work on another challenging project. He tabled his idea of a true-crime series and asked his agents to send him any solid script that was not getting picked up. One of them was in the hands of producers Brad Simpson (World War Z) and Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games), who had bought the rights to journalist Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and hired screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, co-writers of The People v. Larry Flynt, to adapt »
- Maria Elena Fernandez
Written and directed by Alex and Andrew Smith, who teamed on Ryan Gosling sports drama The Slaughter Rule (2002) and Winter In The Blood (2010), in Walking Out Wiggins plays a city teen who travels to Montana to go hunting with his estranged father only for the strained trip to become a battle for survival when they encounter a grizzly bear.
Producers are Brunson Green of Harbinger Pictures and Laura Ivey of Co-Op Entertainment, with cooperation from the State of Montana’s Big Sky Film Grant. The Salt Company is handling international sales and will introduce the project at the upcoming Efm.
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It's been a big night for Idris Elba. The actor took home the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries for his role in Luther on Saturday night. The award was presented by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, who adorably remembered his first nomination for this year's Room. "Two wins in one night, that's incredible" said Elba, 43, in his acceptance speech, referencing his earlier win for best actor in Beasts of No Nation. "I want to shout out my beautiful children. When dad goes away, I think about you so much. »
- Michele Corriston and Naja Rayne
Last week we swooned over Dane DeHaan’s pitch perfect portrayal of a self-serious gay NYC teen in In Treatment and this week we’re returning to what continues to be HBO’s most cherished Lgbt theme: the AIDS crisis. We’ve talked about it here, there, and here, here, and yep, here again… Much of this project has been about discovery, but The Normal Heart is still relatively recent and so below find some words I’d dispatched when I first saw it close to two years ago.
“And every gay man who refuses to come forward now and fight to save his own life is truly helping to kill the rest of us.” — Ned Weeks
Anger fuels much of The Normal Heart and the play/film’s ability to showcase such raw and seemingly useless feeling is one of the more extraordinary things to come out of Kramer’s life and work. »
- Manuel Betancourt
FX's newest anthology series "American Crime Story" premieres February 2 with "The People vs. O.J. Simpson," an adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin's best-seller from prolific producer Ryan Murphy. Murphy has won Emmy Awards for directing the Fox musical series "Glee" and producing the HBO telefilm "The Normal Heart," but this real-life tale could yield his biggest Emmy haul yet. (Read excerpts of the rave reviews below.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions The much-anticipated limited series tackles the murder trial of NFL Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. Other notable cast members include John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian and Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran. --Widget:1 »
In the famous words of the Stark clan, "winter is coming", and so is the Blu-ray / DVD of the fifth season of the hit HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. Fans of the show will be stoked to learn that the Blu-ray / DVD will be available for purchase on March 15th.
Press Release: The “worldwide phenomenon” (USA Today) is back, breaking more records along the way. Winner of 12 Emmy® Awards (the most of any series in one year) and a Guinness World Record holder for the largest simultaneous broadcast of a TV drama (in 173 countries and territories worldwide), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever in Season 5, and this spring, fans of the hit show will finally have the chance to add this legendary season to their collections before new episodes debut. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season will be available on Blu-ray ($79.98) and DVD ($59.99) on March 15, 2016. The »
- Tamika Jones
7 items from 2016
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