20 items from 2015
There’s certainly no question that Fox‘s Empire is an absolute hit, and the series finale’s massive ratings prove it.
If you happened to miss the show, or just want to watch it over and over again, you now know where to look. Hulu has just announced that it has the exclusive ability to let you binge on the show people can’t stop talking about.
It may eventually be a show, and deal, worth studying as we have to wonder at some point if the law of diminishing returns doesn’t kick in when a show becomes popular enough that everyone who wants to watch it already did.
But, big news for Hulu as the streaming wars rage on.
Hulu Nabs Exclusive Subscription Video On-Demand Rights to Hit Series Empire
- Marc Eastman
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
They’ve just worked together on screenwriter biopic Trumbo and it appears Jay Roach and Bryan Cranston are ready to keep things historical. The director is now attached to make the HBO adaptation of Tony-winning play All The Way, which finds Cranston as 36th Us president, Lyndon Johnson.Cranston picked up a several awards, including a Tony, for his performance in Robert Schenkkan’s play, which follows the tumultuous first year of the president’s time in office, spent in the shadow of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Dealing with the escalating Vietnam War and struggling to launch a landmark civil rights bill, Johnson also had to win election for his first full presidential term.Roach has become something of a political specialist for the cable channel, having directed TV movies Recount (about the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore) and Game Change, which chronicled what happened »
Award-winning director Jay Roach is lined up to direct the upcoming HBO adaptation of the Broadway play All The Way.
Bryan Cranston is also on board to reprise his Tony Award winning portrayal of President Lyndon B Johnson.
All The Way documents President Johnson's first year in office following the assassination of his predecessor John F Kennedy amidst building escalations in the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.
Roach will join executive producer Steven Spielberg on the project, The Wrap reports.
Cranston and the play's author Robert Schenkkan will serve as producers.
Game Change earned Roach his third and fourth Primetime Emmy Award win for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, and for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. »
Jay Roach will direct an HBO biopic adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play “All the Way” centering around President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bryan Cranston, who played Lbj in Broadway’s “All the Way,” will reprise the role for the HBO adaptation. Also Read: John Goodman in Talks to Join Bryan Cranston in Jay Roach’s ‘Trumbo’ (Exclusive) Cranston won the Tony for lead actor for his Lbj role in addition to the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards. Also Read: ‘Game Change’ Director Jay Roach Follows Agent Dan Aloni to Wme “All the Way” chronicles Lbj’s first year in office, »
- Jordan Chariton
I know, I know... it's early in the year and the Oscars just ended and Oh my God what are you doingc Yet, the wheels keep turning and I like to be ahead of the game rather than playing catch up at the end of the year so I'm trying to make sure the database is locked and loaded for Oscar 2016 and I just got done adding a few contenders, contenders such as... Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight just acquired for distribution starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Aurore Clement. The pic centers on a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Schoenaerts and Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, »
- Brad Brevet
Scarlett Johansson is studying up to take "The Psychopath Test," Deadline reports. The actress will lead the Jay Roach ("Game Change," "Meet The Fockers") directed movie, based on Jon Ronson's book about "how the medical community tries to diagnose and classify an elusive group: remorseless, deadly psychopaths." Kristin Gore (David O. Russell's aborted "Nailed" aka "Accidental Love") penned the script for the psychological thriller, which is set up at Universal. Deadline also reports that Jerry Lewis is joining the Nicolas Cage movie "The Trust," playing the latter's father. Whoa. Elijah Wood and Sky Ferreira co-star in the movie about "two corrupt cops who are stuck working the evidence room of the Las Vegas police department. When one discovers there is a vault full of drug money sealed in the back of a convenience store, both cops team up to pull a heist. Lewis will play the father of. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Even though Scarlett Johansson just had her first child not too long ago, she's wasting no time lining up a series of future project. The actress will be back as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, and she's taking the lead in the big screen adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell. Now Deadline reports Universal Pictures has attached the actress to lead The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller from writer Kristin Gore, based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name. Game Change and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach is attached to direct with Brian Grazer producing through his own Everyman Pictures banner. Roach and Gore and just coming off a comedy pilot for HBO called "Women in Space," following a group of women tasked with the mission of colonizing another planet. As for Ronson, you should be familiar with his work since he wrote »
- Ethan Anderton
A lifelong — or, at least, acting-career long — dream of Julianne Moore’s has finally come true.
“I’ve always wanted to play a wicked witch,” Moore says over the phone. “I think all of us always want to do that.”
Of course, the freshly Academy Award-nominated star of Still Alice is not talking about her role in that acclaimed film (more on that in a bit). Rather, she’s referring to Mother Malkin, an evil sorceress and sometimes dragon who’s out to destroy a medieval fantasy world in this month’s Seventh Son.
“It was great to play somebody that was so unambivalent about what she wanted,” Moore, 54, says of her part in the magic-and-monsters epic that co-stars Jeff Bridges as a veteran witch whacker and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia’s Prince Caspian) as his young apprentice, the seventh boy of the title. The film was shot mostly in Vancouver, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
HBO’s making history again.
The six-hour miniseries, based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage, will follow the 19th-century explorers as they go on a President Jefferson-ordered excursion through uncharted territory, searching for an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean.
After messing with politics both dramatically and comedically with Game Change and The Campaign respectively, director Jay Roach is looking to switch things up by venturing into action comedy. THR has word that the director of the Austin Powers trilogy is attached to direct Mad Dogs, an adaptation of the book of the same name by James Grady. The book, which is being used as a jumping off point for the big screen story described as The Hangover meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Wes Jones, who wrote the 2010 Black Listed script College Republicans, will write the script, and this one sounds like a lot of fun. The story will follow three dysfunctional guys working low-level jobs in U.S. Intelligence who have been deemed crazy and sent to a government mental hospital for spies. Convinced someone wants them dead, they hatch an escape plan. It’s obvious they »
- Ethan Anderton
In recent years, Meet The Parents director Jay Roach has turned his attention more towards political subjects as with HBO TV movies Recount and Game Change and the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign. While his latest film, Trumbo is a lot more serious, he’s looking to get back into funnier territory with Mad Dogs.Wes Jones is attached to use Six Days Of The Condor author James Grady’s eponymous book as the launching pad for a conspiracy-tinged script about three dysfunctional people working low-level jobs in Us intelligence. When their bosses become convince that they’re crazy, the trio is packed off to a government psychiatric hospital for espionage types, where they soon begin to fear that the higher-ups want them dead. Clearly they know too much and have to plot an escape plan, but they also need to figure out exactly what it is that »
As younger audiences’ list of TV, desktop, tablet, mobile, and social content options grow by the day, legacy and new media executives are bending backward and forward to earn their eyeballs.
On TV news, the youngest audience is around 58, higher than the 18-49 and 25-54 age demo sweet spot advertisers desire. On the high end, a variety of news networks’ audiences skew even older, hovering close to 70.
With the knowledge that getting younger is now a matter of survival from extinction, some of the biggest news channels, print outlets, and digital news sites have developed their own networks and features »
- Jordan Chariton
All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »
TCA 2015: Network picks up Lee Daniels’ hop hop soap opera after just two episodes
Fox has given “Empire,” its high-rated hip hop soap opera, a second season after just two episodes, Fox Television Group’s co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced during Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Created by Lee Daniels (“The Butler”), the show premiered to big numbers for the network. So far, averaging a 5.3 rating by Nielsen, the series has become the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow »
- Jethro Nededog
The Golden Globes are chosen by a small group of 80-odd full and part-time journalists in Los Angeles — how hard can they be to predict?
Pretty hard, sometimes. Where the tastes of the 6,000-plus Oscar voters tend to even out and make sense, there’s often something confounding about the priorities and agendas of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s motley assortment of voters. But knowing that they like big stars, they like to be on winning teams and they like to spread the wealth to keep everybody happy, TheWrap has taken a look at Sunday’s categories to offer our predictions. »
- Steve Pond and Jethro Nededog
As one music-centric TV show is about to go off the air, Fox is introducing a brand-new one that promises to be more gritty, dramatic and tense than Glee. The two shows are nothing alike, save for the fact that music is involved, but is it still good? That's what matters, after all, no matter what shows we may compare it to.
Empire, on paper, is quite impressive, considering all the big-names both in front of and behind the camera. For the latter, you have Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) and Danny Strong (The Butler, Game Change) who created the series. They're also executive producers, along with Brian Grazer (24, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). And the music is courtesy of Timbaland. »
“I need you to sing like you are going to die tomorrow. Like this is the last song you will ever sing,” music mogul Lucious Lyon instructs a songstress in the recording studio. But he might as well be talking about himself. With the intensity and intrigue of a Shakespearean history play, Fox’s new drama Empire (Wednesdays beginning Jan. 7 at 9pm Et/Pt) depicts a family’s power struggle for the Empire Entertainment throne. From creators Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Danny Strong (Game Change), Empire plays like a chess match with money, fame, love and power the ultimate prize. … Continue reading →
The post Inside the chess match of Fox’s “Empire” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
If you're curious about all the awards season fuss over Richard Linklater's epic project, here's your chance to catch it on Blu-ray. Filmed over the course of 12 years, "Boyhood" charts the life of a young Texas boy as he grows up -- it doesn't sound too exciting, but watching young Ellar Coltrane grow into adulthood is pretty trippy for everyone involved. Lorelei Linklater co-stars as his sister, alongside Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their estranged parents. Maybe next up we could get "Motherhood"? Get a taste of the award-worthy movie with an exclusive clip below.
- Jenni Miller
Every year, TV networks trot out a raft of new offerings to compete for viewers’ eyeballs — an increasingly difficult task, given the ever-growing number of options available to the public. But even in what some have dubbed the new Golden Age of Television, there are bound to be some shows that are less deserving of your time than others.
In 2015, the viewing public will be faced with choices that include, not one, but two new shows from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan; an update on iconic sitcom “The Odd Couple;” and a comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte »
- Wrap TV Team
20 items from 2015
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