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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer (image: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' poster) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer — or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer — has been around for a little while. So this is one of those better-late-than-never posts. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who also handled the previous film in the franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 brings back Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Below you can watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer titled “The Mockingjay Lives.” As you can see in the trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 revolves around subversive revolutionary and freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen, who sets out to rescue Peeta, a sort of prisoner whose "uniform" is a funky white costume. Four-time Academy »
- Zac Gille
The post-Barbara Walters version of The View made its premiere Monday on ABC, using Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" to greet the new panel: "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate… I shake it off, shake it off." This seems like a rather defensive posture for a show starting its 18th season. But then again. Other than new host Rosie Perez talking about how she learned kung fu "just in case I had to kick some ass," the hour didn't go too well. It was stiff, polite and airless, like one of those Taiwanese parody cartoons that "dramatize" news scandals. »
- Tom Gliatto
After seven seasons, the battles between vampires and humans in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps came to an end with the series finale of True Blood. For many fans of the show, it’s been difficult to say goodbye, but a return to the vampiric community is possible with HBO’s upcoming release of True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season to Blu-ray and DVD.
HBO will release both True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season to home media on November 11th. The Complete Series Blu-ray box set can be purchased for $299.99, complete with 33 discs and all previously released bonus features from past seasons, including 40 audio commentaries.
The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray will include behind-the-scenes bonus features of the bittersweet last days during the show’s 10-episode final season. We have the official press »
- Derek Anderson
New 'The View' Hosts
Perez and Wallace will make their debuts as The View cohosts when the new season commences Sept. 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I've been asked to join The View," Perez said in a statement, reported People magazine. "Knowing that I'll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable. The opportunity to connect with our nation's audience on a daily basis ... icing on the cake! Very happy."
A year ago this week it was announced that Jonathan Nolan will act as showrunner and writer alongside Lisa Joy on a new HBO series based on Michael Crichton’s book and cult classic film Westworld. Busiest man in the world J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot cohorts Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub will also produce the new series. Variety reported that the HBO rendition of Westworld is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Something must have happened to Crichton at a theme park in his youth because Westworld is his first of two theme park disaster stories, the second being Jurassic Park. Westworld is the story of a Disney World-like park with multiple themed sections inhabited by lifelike androids that allow guests to act out their wildest fantasies. Of course there is a malfunction and the robots go rogue. »
- Max Molinaro
Check out the last five Emmy winners for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and you’ll notice a trend: Voters tend to gravitate toward long-standing movie actresses tackling small-screen roles.
Related Emmys 2014: What Should Win Outstanding TV Movie? Take Our Poll!
Indeed, the success of The Big C: Hereafter‘s Laura Linney, Game Change‘s Julianne Moore, Mildred Pierce‘s Kate Winslet, Temple Grandin‘s Claire Danes and Grey Gardens‘ Jessica Lange since 2009 could be good news for Burton and Taylor‘s Helena Bonham Carter, American Horror Story: Coven‘s Oscar-winning scene-stealer Lange or The Trip to Bountiful‘s Cicely Tyson. »
If history is any indicator, Emmy voters like a little, well, history in their Outstanding TV Movie winners.
The last four champs in the category — 2010’s Temple Grandin, 2009’s Grey Gardens and 2008’s Recount and 2007’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee — all had their roots in real-life characters and situations.
Related Emmy Poll 2014: What Should Win Best Miniseries?
Heck, even in the last three years — when the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences merged Movies and Miniseries into one overarching division — two of the three victors (2012’s Game Change and 2013’s Behind the Candelabra) followed that trend.
Today in perfect casting: Ed Harris is set to play the "distillation of pure villainy" in HBO's "Westworld." The three-time Academy Award nominee has joined producer J.J. Abrams' upcoming sci-fi series as the ominously-monikered Man in Black, joining previously-cast stars including Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, James Marsden and Kyle Bornheimer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jonathan Nolan ("Person of Interest") is set to executive produce and direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with fellow executive producer Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice"). Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the series was inspired by "Jurassic Park" novelist Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi film of the same name. Crichton wrote and directed the film, which centered on a group of vacationers struggling to survive a deadly robot malfunction at a futuristic Western-themed adult amusement park. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ed Harris is heading to TV in a villainous role.
The “Apollo 13″ and “The Abyss” actor has signed on to join HBO’s “Westworld” in key evil role, Variety has confirmed. He joins an already-announced cast of Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Shannon Woodward.
Harris will star as The Man in Black, described as the “distillation of pure villainy into one man.”
J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk are producing the adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, which followed a robot malfunction that led to terror in a theme park. “Person of Interest’s” Jonathan Nolan will produce and direct the Warner Bros. Television one-hour drama, and co-wrote the pilot with exec producer Lisa Joy. Kathy Lingg serves as co-executive producer, with Athena Wickham as a producer, David Coatsworth as co-executive producer and line producer and Susie Ekins as co-producer.
The role is a return to HBO for Harris. »
- Alex Stedman
The four-time Oscar nominee’s character is called The Man in Black, and is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” He joins previously cast star — and fellow series television newcomer—Anthony Hopkins, along with Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Shannon Woodward.
The Warner Bros.-produced sci-fi pilot produced by J.J Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk updates Michael Crichton’s 1973 classic film about a theme park where androids fulfill dark human desires. »
- James Hibberd
Add one more to the growing population of “Westworld.” Veteran actor Ed Harris has joined the Warner Bros. Television/HBO production, TheWrap has learned. Harris will play the ultimate baddie, The Man in Black, who's described by project's producers as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” This is a return to HBO for Harris. Previously, he garnered a Golden Globe award and Emmy nomination for “Game Change.” The actor's many film credits include “Gravity,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Abyss” and “The Rock.” Harris will soon be seen in the upcoming feature film Run All Night, starring opposite Liam Neeson and Joel. »
- Jethro Nededog
Bloomberg has canceled weekly talk show “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” and laid off an undisclosed amount of employees in its Washington, D.C., bureau on Thursday TheWrap has learned. The changes, which mostly effect the television production and operations staff, are due to “the overall new structure being put into place” as Bloomberg expands its TV presence and political coverage. Also read: The Highest-Rated Canceled Shows of 2013-14 Hunt will continued to write his weekly column for Bloomberg View, while production jobs will move to New York where “Game Change” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will host the company's first daily talk show. »
- Greg Gilman
It was shortly before the series finale of "Breaking Bad" last year that word broke of Bryan Cranston signing on to headline Trumbo, a biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo that Jay Roach (The Campaign, Game Change) will direct. Soon thereafter, Helen Mirren signed on to play gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Now, The Wrap reports that the offer is out to John Goodman to play Hollywood producer Frank King. »
Journalists move from publication to publication all the time, but it's news when an “online guy” moves to a more “traditional” company instead of the other way around. Joshua Topolsky, co-founder of the Vox Media tech site The Verge, joining Bloomberg is one such case. Also read: Bloomberg Hires ‘Game Change’ Team Mark Halperin, John Heilemann to Lead Political Coverage Topolsky, who was at the AOL tech site Engadget before starting The Verge with many of his former colleagues, will be reporting to Bloomberg Businesweek editor Josh Tyrangiel and Justin Smith, chief executive of the company's multimedia group, TheWrap has confirmed. »
- Joel Keller
A few days ago The Wire posed the question of why comics like Amy Schumer, Key and Peele, and "Portlandia"'s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein were submitting themselves to the Emmy nominations process as supporting performers. Surely the star of "Inside Amy Schumer" is a lead performer on the series that bears her own name, isn't she?
Turns out Emmy rules consider a variety show's cast to be all equals, so none of the performers can submit themselves as leads. But it also looked like a good strategic move, since otherwise, these performers would be competing in the lead category alongside such popular hosts as Jon Stewart and David Letterman.
Such are the strange hoops your favorite stars will have to jump through in order to compete for Emmys when the networks submit ballots to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on June 20, and when the Academy, in turn, »
- Gary Susman
A president is assassinated. Unspeakable evil unfolds in the wintry Midwest. An elderly woman makes a reflective trip to her hometown. Society is ravaged by a plague and the government doesn’t act. Two Depression-era criminals hunker down for a last, brutal stand against the law.
What do these five stories have in common? “Killing Kennedy,” “Fargo” (pictured above, in production), “The Trip to Bountiful,” “The Normal Heart,” “Bonnie and Clyde” — all stand excellent chances of landing Emmy nominations in the newly separated Outstanding Movies and Outstanding Miniseries categories.
And in an important programming trend, all of these shows (along with the sadly ineligible PBS adaptation of “Barrymore”) are archetypal American tales with American characters and themes at their heart.
- Randee Dawn
Let’s be honest: While it’s great to win an Emmy — any Emmy — almost every actor would prefer a leading role to a supporting one.
That said, some of today’s top movie stars got their start in a supporting TV role. Woody Harrelson first came to fame playing the dim but sweet Woody on “Cheers,” a role for which he was nominated for six Emmys and won once (Harrelson also was nominated in 2012 for playing Steve Schmidt in HBO’s “Game Change”). Two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was once Sydney Bristow’s (Jennifer Garner) best friend on J.J. Abrams’ “Alias.” And even Leonardo DiCaprio got his start playing foster child Luke Brower on “Growing Pains.”
So it’s not all bad playing second fiddle. After all, Lupita Nyong’o made quite a splash as the stylish newcomer and ultimately Oscar’s supporting actress.
Still, it can be hard »
- Paige Albiniak
Ahead of its North American release later this month, The Weinstein Company has debuted a new poster for Snowpiercer, the post-apocalyptic thriller from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother)…
“Snowpiercer is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.“
Snowpiercer opens in June 27th, with a cast that includes Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), John Hurt (Immortals), Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), Ed Harris (Game Change), Ewen Bremner (Jack the Giant Slayer), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Go Ah-sung (The Host), Song Kang-ho (The Good, the Bad, the Weird), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim »
- Gary Collinson
The Television Academy, by splitting miniseries and movies for the 2014 contest, has made it easier this year for the made-for-tv movie to compete. Outside of the occasional HBO film, the genre is usually at a disadvantage at the Emmys. Forced to face off directly with the more lavish miniseries form, these two-hour one-offs have had a difficult time holding their own. (Acting, directing and writing categories are still combined for minis/movies). Occasionally a movie comes along that is so irresistible to TV Academy voters that it can’t be ignored. That was the case last year with HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, which swept both Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies. In 2011, another HBO telefilm, Game Change, had similar success against the longform monsters, but it has not always been easy to beat the odds. Frontrunner Status With those two wins, TV movies are enjoying a bit of a renaissance—at least at HBO, »
- PETE HAMMOND
The conclusion to “The Voice” was the primary reason NBC captured last week’s ratings race in key demos, but the Peacock also got good support from stand-up comics, hockey and a good old-fashioned variety show special.
NBC claimed the week of May 19-25, which included the final three nights of the television season, in adults 18-49 — rising vs. its average of last year and ending ABC’s five-week winning streak, according to Nielsen estimates. The Peacock also won in adults 25-54, while ABC rode the “Dancing With the Stars” finale to victory in total viewers.
Key for NBC was its continued dominance of Monday, even without “The Blacklist,” which wrapped a couple of weeks ago. The performance finale of “The Voice” (3.2/10 in 18-49, 11.70 million viewers overall) controlled its timeslot, and variety special “The Maya Rudolph Show” kept the net on top in the 10 o’clock hour (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.84 million »
- Rick Kissell
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