8 items from 2016
The first time Sarah Paulson sat in Marcia Clark’s office chair on the set of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX’s upcoming 10-episode anthology series about the infamous murder trial, she wasn’t happy: The chair was too small.
She’d done her research — extensive research. Ever since landing the role, she’d immersed herself in O.J. arcana: read Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “The Run of His Life,” on which the series is based, as well as Clark’s book, and prosecutor Chris Darden’s … studied the footage of the trial … watched all the news coverage. And she’d learned that Clark’s office chair was oversized; the petite prosecutor had been swallowed up in it. “I would have loved to have been able to have my body the way Darden described her,” she says wistfully over afternoon tea at L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Read More: The 11 Must-See Movies Completely Rejected By the Oscars 41. "Trumbo" (Nomination: Best Actor) "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" mastermind Jay Roach showed he could handle true-story drama in HBO films like "Game Change" and "Recount," but all the relative subtlety he was able to mine in those projects was lost completely in "Trumbo." Taking the larger-than-life screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and exaggerating him even further, the film struggles to surmount to anything more than a mere caricature, and Bryan Cranston goes overboard with scene chewing so over the top that he nullifies any sort of complexities in the title character. Heightened and fluffy, it would be an insult to even say the film is better suited for television. This one is better left unseen. 40. "Racing Extinction" (Nomination: Best Original Song) The last time Louie Psihoyos used the documentary genre to shine a spotlight on »
- Zack Sharf
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
Showtime and Bloomberg Politics have combined to attempt a near-real-time dive into the 2016 presidential campaign, “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.” But the half-hour that premiered on Jan. 17 looks mostly like a title in search of a series, offering insider access, true, but little that goes beyond the endless election analysis that one can find strewn across cable news, including the program that “Game Change” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann host for Bloomberg and MSNBC. So chalk this up as a respectable but ultimately rather tired attempt to lure rubes inside the tent.
Halperin and Heilemann team up with political strategist Mark McKinnon, and they certainly enjoy up-close-and-personal encounters with the candidates, following Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders as they barnstorm across Iowa in advance of its caucuses. “Evangelicals can smell real evangelicals,” McKinnon muses about Cruz’s ability to peddle himself to that important constituency. »
- Brian Lowry
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. The 2016 presidential campaigns have been a boon for the news business. Now Showtime is attempting to put a premium cable spin on the race with The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. It's the next chapter for Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, co-authors of Game Change and Double Down about the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, respectively, and hosts of Bloomberg's With All Due Respect. P.T. Barnum-esque title aside, the
- Marisa Guthrie
For those journalists wondering why they never received screeners to Showtime’s The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth, it’s because the series is still in the can. Keep in mind, The Circus debuts this Sunday, January 17. When it comes to its production schedule, the show lenses until Friday, before making a quick edit turnaround to air on Sunday. Tonight, The Circus documentary team of political adviser Mark McKinnon and Game Change authors Mark Halperin… »
A “Deadwood” movie is moving ahead at HBO, so hitch up your wagons and get ready to head back to the Dakota Territory. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo revealed the news at a Television Critics Association event on Thursday. According to Lombardo, series creator David Milch is already working on the script. “David has our commitment that we are going to do it,” Lombardo told TVLine. “He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen.” Also Read: 'Game Change' Sequel Not Coming Anytime Soon, Says Jay Roach According to Lombardo, »
- Joe Otterson
HBO’s sequel to “Game Change,” about the 2008 election, is not happening anytime soon, according to director Jay Roach. While they hold the rights to the book “Game Change: Double Down” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the authors, Roach and writer Danny Strong never found a self-contained story withing the sprawling chronicle of the 2012 presidential election to make into a two-hour movie. “What I loved about doing ‘Game Change’ is I only made it about two chapters of that whole book that I thought was contained enough to be a two-hour movie,” Roach told TheWrap during the Television Critics. »
- Linda Ge
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