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After more than five years at 20th Century Fox TV, Homeland executive producer Alex Cary is moving to Universal TV with a two-year overall deal. Cary spent the last four years on the Fox 21 TV Studios-produced Showtime drama Homeland, which he joined after the pilot, rising from co-executive producer to executive producers for Seasons 3 and 4 before he departed the Emmy-winning series. Prior to Homeland, British-native Cary worked on 20th TV’s Fox drama Lie To Me. He… »
I'll be quite honest: Tyrant being renewed for a second season was a huge surprise. Critically, it wasn't a hit (I gave up after about 4 episodes), but most viewers who started it did mostly stick with it, as ratings remained incredibly consistent. It's that consistency that FX is looking to hold onto with the series, which also suffered from early creative conflicts (including Ang Lee leaving the project, followed by the departure of Homeland's Gideon Raff, although Howard Gordon remained) that left it without a clear tone (at least to start). Sometimes it was decidedly lackluster, sometimes it was offensive, sometimes it was soapy, and sometimes its conflicting accents were just confusing. But if FX has faith in it, maybe it's time for the Tyrant lost to find it again. Judging from the Season 2 trailer, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up. The coup orchestrated by Barry Al-Fayeed »
- Allison Keene
The X-Files is one of those rare shows that managed to change the landscape of television – not just with its own groundbreaking achievements, but by being an incubator of talent that later delivered other world-class television drama. It is thanks to The X-Files, for example, that we have multiple award-winning Homeland – created by X-Files writing room alumni Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Likewise, without The X-Files, there would arguably be no Breaking Bad, and therefore no Better Call Saul – because television genius Vince Gilligan cut his teeth on Chris Carter’s hit show.
It was only natural, then, that fans asked the question when the return of The X-Files was announced – would Vince Gilligan be back, too? The writer-producer-director recently confirmed the suspicions of the audience while conducting a Reddit question and answer session.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be writing for the reboot, because my work on Better Call Saul »
- Sarah Myles
"It's got politics in it. It's got religious intolerance and extremists in it, you know, the ends justify the means. It's got mystery and sex. Really what it's got most of all is skillful storytelling. They know how to engage you," reveals actor Jason Isaacs during our recent video chat (watch below) about his new limited series "Dig" on USA Network. -Break- Isaacs stars on the 10-part program as FBI Agent Peter Connelly, a man who uncovers an international conspiracy over 2,000 years old while investigating a murder in Jerusalem. He refers to the original pitch of the show as a mix between "The Da Vinci Code," "Indiana Jones," and "Homeland." Indeed, "Homeland" co-creator Gideon Raff and "Heroes" creator Tim Kring are the showrunners. He adds, "This subject of the end of the world and some of the real-life lunatics all around us here in America and other places, they..." »
In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth, Lebanese actor Danny Boushebel, who is about to make his debut on hit CBS show Elementary alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu this month. Boushebel, who has also appeared in House of Cards, The Blacklist and Homeland, is also about to make his debut at the Cannes Film Festival with Much Loved, the new film from Academy Award nominated director Nabil Ayouch.
Boushebel sat down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis about his acting dreams, moving to America and what he hopes to achieve in Hollywood…
Scott Davis: How did you get start in acting, was it always a dream of yours from a young age?
Danny Boushebel: Since a very young age, acting has been a dream of mine, but growing up in Lebanon, and then mostly Kuwait, it was difficult to do anything about it.
There were theaters »
- Scott J. Davis
The German actress sang at Glastonbury and acted alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final film. It seems America may soon decide Hoss is boss…
Nina Hoss is at that juncture where years of acclaim could tip her over into outright fame. She is two months off 40 and can bank on the admiration of international arthouse audiences, who have seen her in a run of disquieting thrillers by Christian Petzold. These include Yella, for which she won the best actress prize at the Berlin film festival in 2007; Jerichow (2008), a German take on The Postman Always Rings Twice; and Barbara (2012), an enigmatic portrait of life under the Gdr. She also collaborated last year with Manic Street Preachers on the song “Europa Geht Durch Mich”, produced by her partner, Alex Silva. She even went on the road with the band, performing at Glastonbury. “I had my wellies,” she tells me.
She recently »
- Ryan Gilbey
Nyu, USC, UCLA — and now Tau.
Just like those well-regarded U.S. film schools, the Tel Aviv U. School of Film and Television has developed its own brand of excellence, with successful alumni such as Gideon Raff (“Homeland”), Hagai Levi (“The Affair”), Ari Folman (“Waltz With Bashir”) and Avi Nir (CEO of top shingle Keshet), all heavyweights of the Israeli film and television industry, and known for their crossover success into the American market.
And now Tel Aviv U. has something else that’s similar to its well-funded brethren — an endowment from a Holly-wood benefactor.
Last month, producer Steve Tisch (“Forrest Gump,” “The Equalizer”) donated $10 million to the school — funding that will completely transform the campus and, Tisch hopes, further position Israeli film and television projects in the international arena.
The gift wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. Last year, Tisch traveled to Tel Aviv, having been invited to serve as »
- Debra Kamin
A&E continues to become a small screen horror hub. Not long after the network announced they are moving forward on a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In, A&E has now revealed that they will air The Omen sequel series, Damien. The follow-up show to the 1976 horror film was originally going to air on Lifetime, but the series has moved to its sister network and has also seen an increase from six to ten episodes on its first season order:
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) -- "New York, NY— April 29, 2015 — A&E Network will premiere the new original scripted drama series, “Damien.” The hour-long drama from Fox 21 Television Studios and executive producer Glen Mazzara is a follow-up to the classic horror film, The Omen. Currently in production in Toronto, “Damien” will premiere a 10-episode season on A&E, »
- Derek Anderson
A&E had better cross its t’s (and bless ’em with holy water): Damien is headed to the cabler later this year.
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The hour-long drama — described as a follow-up to the classic horror film The Omen — was ordered last summer for a six-episode first season at sister channel Lifetime. In its move to A&E, Damien is getting pumped up to 10 episodes.
In a Gold Derby exclusive, Showtime has revealed the category placements of its key Emmy Awards contenders this year. -Break- Last year, the premium network earned major nominations for its drama programming "Homeland" (Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin), "Masters of Sex" (Lizzy Caplan, winner Allison Janney, Beau Bridges), and "Ray Donovan" (Jon Voight). On the comedy side, it saw bids for "Episodes" (Matt LeBlanc), "House of Lies" (Don Cheadle), "Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco), and "Shameless" (William H. Macy, Joan Cusack). How will Showtime fare at this year's Emmy Awards? Hurry -- make your predictions now. You could win our $1,000 prize, earn a place of honor on our leaderboard, and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys). Below, the complete list of Showtime submissions across the drama and come...' »
From NYC to New South Wales, these stellar schools earn accolades for their showbiz programs.
U.S. Showbiz Programs
American Film Institute
AFI’s Conservatory is training 260 Fellows that are all, per the school, “worthy to watch.” The school’s participants create between four and 10 movies during the two-year program, and 37 alumni have received Oscar nominations in the past decade alone. An additional 118 have participated in award-winning projects ranging from “Boyhood” to “Mad Men.”
Art Center College of Design
The venerable private college’s film and graduate broadcast program continues to establish itself as an influential entity through its immersive curriculum and close working relationships between students and faculty. Its list of celebrated alumni includes director Zack Snyder and conceptual designers Ralph McQuarrie (“Star Wars”) and Syd Mead (“Blade Runner”).
Boston U. Department Film & Television, College of Communication
2015 saw the establishment of a one-year Mfa program, »
- Variety Staff
Fifth season of Emmy-winning show starring Claire Danes will be shot entirely in Germany, Showtime confirms – a first for a Us television series
Carrie Mathison and Homeland will be swapping the sunny climes of Cape Town for Berlin as the fifth season of the TV series sets up camp in the German capital.
Showtime announced on Monday that the hit drama will be shot entirely in Germany – a first for a Us television series – with Carrie, played by Claire Danes, now working for a private Berlin security firm after becoming estranged from the CIA.
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- Lanre Bakare
Homeland is one of the few shows on current television that consistently earns the word "unpredictable" as its chief descriptor. Following the shaky narrative and wonky, volatile emotions of Season 3, which saw the final exit of Damian Lewis's Nicholas Brody, the show refocused in last year's blistering fourth season, mainly by jettisoning not only Brody but all the bloated drama that surrounded his family. There is something to be said, however, about the way the show's creators and writers stuck it out to give a full, measured picture of what life for the families of violent political radicals is like in the longterm. Still, the fourth season survived by focusing on Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and her dangerous, mercurial profession in Islamabad and Washington D.C. Season 5 looks to be focusing on a new profession and, as it was announced today, a totally new locale, namely Berlin, Germany, which »
- Chris Cabin
Get ready for another big move, Homeland fans. Showtime’s Emmy-winning spy series will be taking place in yet another different country when it begins its fifth season this fall. It was officially announced today by the network that Homeland will shoot on location in Germany for Season 5, and that the series will begin production in early June at the famed Studio Babelsberg in Berlin. By doing this, Homeland will become the first American television series to shoot a full season entirely in Germany. Showtime’s announcement confirms what Homeland executive producer Alex Gansa said back in March at PaleyFest. “We’re shooting in Germany,” Gansa said to the crowd, before also telling them that “Carrie will no longer be an intelligence officer.” And that part is also true: Carrie won’t be with the CIA when the show picks back up in Season 5 and will instead be doing her own work, »
- Chris King
Homeland Ep Alex Gansa said at PaleyFest last month that the Showtime drama was heading to Europe and would “probably” shoot in Germany, and now the pay cabler and Fox 21 TV Studios have made it official. Season 5 will begin production in early June at Studio Babelsberg in Berlin, becoming the first American TV series to shoot a full season entirely in Germany, according to Showtime. Homeland's 12-episode season will premiere this fall. Season five will pick-up two years… »
For "Homeland" Season 5, Carrie Mathison is taking the war on terror to Germany!
Showtime announced production on the upcoming season of the hit series will take place on location in Berlin, Germany, beginning in early June.
In doing so, it will "become the first American television series to shoot a full season entirely in Germany," Showtime announced on Monday.
As for the plot, as has been previously announced, Season 5 will pick up two years after Carrie (Claire Danes) wrapped up her ill-fated tenure ...
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Claire Danes' passport is getting awfully crowded. Showtime announced Monday morning that its flagship series Homeland will shift locations yet again for its upcoming fifth season, which is shooting in Berlin. It's an expected departure from Cape Town, South Africa, where the espionage drama set up shop in 2014 for its Pakistan-set season. The fall 2015 return of Homeland and Danes' Carrie Mathison will include another bit of a reboot. It'll pick up two years after the events of the last episode, with Carrie estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm in Berlin. The 12-episode season,
- Michael O'Connell
“Homeland” will shoot its fifth season in Berlin, Showtime confirmed Monday.
Showrunner Alex Gansa teased a few weeks ago that Germany would be a central part of the storyline in the fifth season. Showtime said the series will begin lensing its 12 episodes in June at Studio Babelsberg in Berlin.
As previously disclosed, season five will pick up two years after the time frame at the end of season four, with Claire Danes’ Carrie Matheson “in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Washington — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was a featured speaker at the MPAA’s Creativity Conference on Friday, and very diplomatically spoke about issues important to Hollywood (anti-piracy) and Silicon Valley (net neutrality).
But given the political environment, the event delved into the way that Hollywood is increasingly portraying women in positions of power, even as president, making it less of a novelty and more as a matter of fact.
“Women are great collaborators,” she declared, citing examples in which “it’s not [about] ego for women, it’s just how they get the job done….Let someone else take the lead. It’s easier for women to do.”
Pelosi suggested that the image of a woman as president should highlight that role as “a collaborator [who] is respectful of many other opinions, and has many other women in a collaboration. That doesn’t mean women’s thinking is any better than men. »
- Ted Johnson
Hillary Clinton will visit Los Angeles on May 7 to attend three fundraisers for her 2016 presidential campaign, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The first event will be a $2,700-per-person women's breakfast reception at Catherine Unger's Westwood home. Unger is a member of the Women's Political Committee. The breakfast will follow with a $2,700-per-person luncheon reception at the home of L.A. Law producer Steven and Dayna Bochco in Pacific Palisades. Sim and Debbie Farar and Howard and Cami Gordon will also host the event. Homeland writer-producer Howard Gordon previously hosted a Ready for Hillary fundraiser in
- Tina Daunt
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