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Taken as a straight-faced, just-the-facts account of one great man’s amazing achievements, Steve Jobs is a bit daft. For as much as the structure of Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin‘s biopic — divided into three sections, each set backstage right before a product’s announcement (those being the Apple Lisa in 1984, the NeXTcube in 1988, and the iMac in 1998) — is receiving attention, that bit of pre-release hype, like all pre-release hype, should be questioned. To my mind, this is all a reductive bit of enthusiasm: what happens when anyone does anything different with the format, thus saving us from having to (gasp!) sit through “yet another biopic.” The reaction is premature, surely, but none too surprising. There’s a vocal and too-large section of viewers for whom the genre indicates that what they’re seeing — no matter the talent of its creators or the fascination that comes with its subject — is unquestionably an inferior product, »
- Nick Newman
Aaron Sorkin, the man behind The Newsroom and the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, was reported to be developing a script for a Lucille Ball biopic. The news was revealed earlier this month and Cate Blanchett of Carol and Truth was linked to the title role. However, it seems as though these reports jumped the gun a bit. Cinema Blend caught up with Sorkin during the press junket for Steve Jobs, and he said that he isn.t officially attached to the project. When asked about the project and which portions of the actress. life appealed to him, he said, The press kinda jumped the gun on the Lucy and Desi story. I.m not sure yet that I'm doing it. I hope I do it. I think there.s a fantastic story there, and if I do it, I'll start doing research and I'll be able to answer your question. »
If you were planning on putting the zombie film Cooties on your holiday wish list, then you're in luck. Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced a December 1st Blu-ray and DVD debut for Cooties, complete with an alternate ending and more.
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA (September 28, 2015) - School lunches will forever be tainted after the disturbing and hilarious Cooties arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD December 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The "funny, gory and brilliant" (dallasmoviescreenings.com) film is currently available On Demand. From the twisted minds of the writer of Insidious and co-creator of "Glee," the film stars a witty ensemble cast including Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Rainn Wilson (TV's "The Office"), Alison Pill (HBO's "The Newsroom"), Jack McBrayer (TV's "30 Rock"), Leigh Whannell (Saw), Nasim Pedrad (TV's "Saturday Night Live"), with Ian Brennan (TV's "Scream Queens") and Jorge Garcia »
- Derek Anderson
A beautiful mind is reduced to simplified dramatic equations in “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” an easily digestible fish-out-of-water biopic of Srinavasa Ramanujan, the India-born mathematical prodigy whose tutelage under the English academic G.H. Hardy gave rise to some of the field’s more remarkable 20th-century discoveries. As tends to be the case when filmmakers turn their attentions to matters of the mind, the prevailing narrative strategies here are geared almost entirely toward the emotions — and so, despite some duly stimulating discourse between lead players Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons against the hallowed backdrop of Cambridge, this sophomore feature from writer-director Matthew Brown (2000’s “Ropewalk”) emerges an overly dutiful account of physical hardship, cultural prejudice and inevitable tragedy that, in form and spirit, never channels the inventiveness and ingenuity of its subject’s work. Middling specialty-release numbers await.
Audiences hoping to learn more about Ramanujan’s contributions to number theory, »
- Justin Chang
Science is going to be cool again, at least for a moment, thanks to "The Martian." While there will surely be super-dorks ready to pick apart the Neil deGrasse Tyson approved movie, the sci-fi flick does base itself around (as much as possible) using real-life solutions to solve the problems Matt Damon's astronaut Mark Watney faces alone on Mars. And a new clip is here to highlight how everyone plans to get him back home. Jeff Daniels, in full "The Newsroom" mode, plays the irritatingly pragmatic head of Nasa, who oversees the various people scrambling to put a plan together to rescue the stranded astronaut. A new promo shows the Earth rallying around Watney (though the movie never really does that), while a Cinemax sit down with Ridley Scott and the cast offers further insight (but warning: it's kinda spoilery right from the start). "The Martian" opens on October 2nd. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amazon has released first looks at its line-up for its next pilot preview season, which includes shows starring Max Martini (The Unit), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tig Notaro and others.
RelatedHand of God: Is Amazon’s Newest Drama Heaven or Hell?
As Amazon does, the pilots will premiere sometime this fall, then get a green light (or not) based on viewer feedback. Synopses/photos follow:
From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.
Cooties stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on »
- Melissa Howland
If there’s a character or storyline in CBS’ Life In Pieces that you don’t love, good news: By the next commercial break, the ensemble comedy will have moved on.
I don’t mean to be flip — the structure of the new series (which debuted Monday night) focuses on the Short siblings and their families, as well as Mom and Dad Short. Each act of the half hour focuses on one of the kids, with everyone coming together at the end.
Thomas Sadoski is the kind of guy you expect to see in smart television fare. As a veteran of HBO’s Emmy winner The Newsroom and NBC’s all-star prestige remake of The Slap (co-starring Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, and Peter Sarsgaard), Sadoski is not the type of guy you think would be delivering “Bazinga”! punchlines on a CBS sitcom. But with the debut of Life in Pieces on Monday, that’s exactly where he is.
“I never in my wildest imagination thought I would be doing a 30-minute comedy for CBS,” Sadoski says. “They called my agent and offered me the part. I kind of groused about it, and my agent said: ‘They would like you to read it. »
- Brian Moylan
It was a big night for HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones last night at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, with the show enjoying a record-breaking haul of 12 awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama (Peter Dinklage).
In total, HBO pulled in 43 Emmys, winning Outstanding Comedy Series (Veep) and Outstanding Miniseries (Olive Kitteridge), while Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama (How to Get Away with Murder) and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm finally received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama at the eighth time of asking.
Check out a full list of the winners here…
See Also: List of winners from the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Outstanding Drama Series
“Game of Thrones” (Winner)
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Gary Collinson
Today is the television industry's biggest event, with the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airing live today, starting at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Et on Fox. History was made during the telecast, when Viola Davis became the first African-American actress ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, for her role in ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, while Mad Men star Jon Hamm ended his Emmy losing streak by picking up his first ever statuette. The big winner tonight, though, was HBO's Game of Thrones, which took home four Emmy Awards tonight, bringing its total to 12, counting the Creative Arts Emmy Awards that were held earlier this month (visit Emmys.com for the full list of winners).
After being nominated for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons on the air, Game of Thrones finally won the big award tonight, »
Emmys 2015: full list of winnersInside Amy Schumer wins first-ever variety sketch show awardEmmy 2015: red carpet fashion – in picturesTransparent star Jeffrey Tambor dedicates Emmy to transgender community - videoSee all our 2015 Emmys coverage here
Alright, here is a quick rundown of my Top 10 Moments from this Year’s Emmys.
10. Allison Janney’s hot Emmy date.
More on that Viola Davis speech. Here’s a transcript of the first half:
I am going to hang this speech on a wall! That is all. https://t.co/Zrb3FtmEnj
- Morwenna Ferrier in London, Brian Moylan, Lanre Bakare, Ruth Spencer , Ryan Kincaid andAlex Needham in New York
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out Sunday in Los Angeles, and HBO came away from this year’s telecast with 43 total wins, buoyed by Game of Thrones (which amassed 12 Emmys), Olive Kitteridge (eight) and Veep (five).
Rounding out the Top 5 winningest programs were FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show and Amazon’s Transparent, which netted five apiece.
TVLine has denoted the major winners below. Your role, of course, in this annual rigmarole is to rave… or rant!
Better Call Saul
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
HitFix is live-updating all the winners from tonight's 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. Here's the list as it stands now: Allison Janney, “Mom” **Winner** Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” Niecy Nash, “Getting On” Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live” Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent” Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” Supporting Actor, Comedy Tony Hale, “Veep” **Winner** Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Adam Driver, “Girls” Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele” Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Directing For A Comedy Series Jill Soloway for Transparent, “Best New Girl” from Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Studios **Winner** Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The Last Man On Earth, “Alive In Tucson” (Pilot) from Fox and 20th Century Fox Television Louis C.K. for Louie, “Sleepover” from FX Networks, Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions Mike Judge for Silicon Valley, “Sand Hill Shuffle” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The 2015 Emmys are (finally) here.
Andy Samberg hosts, and some of your favorites shows and stars will be going home to make some space on their mantle tonight.
Will "Mad Men" take home Best Drama and Best Actor for Jon Hamm? Will "Orange Is the New Black" take home a statue or two for Netflix? This year's race is crazy competitive, and we'll be updating the winner's list throughout the show. So make sure to check back to see who won, and who lost.
"Better Call Saul"
"Game of Thrones" -- Winner
Outstanding Actor In A Drama
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Outstanding Actress In A Drama
- Phil Pirrello
"From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), and Alison Pill ("The Newsroom") as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film »
- Derek Anderson
"Mad Men" has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the TV Academy. Matthew Weiner's series won Best Drama at the Emmys for its first four seasons, among other numerous trophies. But its leading man has never won. Despite earning a nomination every year "Mad Men" has been eligible (plus guest star nods for "30 Rock" in three seasons and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" this year), Hamm has lost every single year (spurring him to create the "Losers' Party" with fellow snubee Amy Poehler). Will he join the ranks of the unjustly ignored like Jason Alexander and Steve Carell, or will the Academy finally reward him in his final year as Don Draper? Read More: Jeff Daniels on the End of 'The Newsroom': 'It's Really Difficult to Do Well' The answer will be "no" if Kevin Spacey has anything to say about it. Hot off his Golden Globes win »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
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