15 items from 2015
Having landed on Netflix earlier this month, Marvel has now released a new character featurette for its Daredevil TV series, which focusses on Matt Murdock’s best pal and fellow attorney-at-law, Foggy Nelson (Elden Heson). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Daredevil sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdock/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, Rosario Dawson »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this week we learned Michelle MacLaren decided to walk away from Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman, with the studio citing "creative differences", and now that Patty Jenkins has been hired as MacLaren's replacement any discussion about her vision for the film can really only dabble in what could have been. So... what could it have beenc According to Variety, MacLaren hoped to make Wonder Woman in the vein of Braveheart, an epic origin tale with a large-scale, action-packed production. Warners, on the other hand, apparently wanted a more character-driven piece, which I only assume is for the sake of "world building", something that is all the rage with the studios these days. Per Variety, "After screenwriter Jason Fuchs delivered his script, the studio put as many as five other writers on the project to work up various scripts while executives simultaneously tested story concepts." Five writers feels like a lot to me, »
- Jordan Benesh
Five episodes were provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.
It’s one step forward and two steps back for Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), the determined yet deeply flawed titular heroine of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Last time viewers saw her, in an attempt to flee New York City following a relapse into pills, a near-death incident at work and growing combative work relationships save for one, she ran into an ambulance.
More precisely, she ran into an ambulance after stopping to take care of a woman involved in a highway accident, with many, many prescription pills in her car. Thus, our premiere of season 7 – the final season of the acclaimed dramedy – involves a lot of uncertainty while looking to move towards some semblance of a conclusion. The seemingly familiar cycle that Jackie finds herself in, wherein lies lead to relapses which lead to lies, should in theory come to an end. »
- Anthony Marcusa
The last few years, some network TV executives have tried to do away with the pilot process, ordering shows straight to series based on a script, or even an idea, rather than spending a lot of money filming a pilot episode before deciding whether it's good enough to order to series. This is essentially like deciding to build a house on land that hasn't been surveyed yet and hoping that it'll hold the structure. The results have gone about as expected: "Hieroglyph"(!) was pre-canceled before a second episode was filmed, NBC decided to sell "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to Netflix rather than have to cancel it after three episodes aired, and other straight-to-series orders have been delayed, or similarly pre-canceled, or (as in the case of Fox's "Weird Loners") sent off to die quietly. Netflix has had more success doing away with pilots, but that's in part because no one but »
- Alan Sepinwall
Matthew Weiner has always been more comfortable talking about the past of “Mad Men” rather than letting anyone know anything about the future — even when that future is only seven episodes long, starting Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. Having spent enough time over the years asking Weiner questions that he responded to with a very guarded, “Well, you’ve got to watch,” I knew enough to focus as much on the past as possible when we recently sat down for an hour-long interview to discuss the end of his Emmy-winning baby. We talked about the last days of production, looked back all the way to the show’s origins when Weiner was a staff writer on “Becker” looking for a different kind of career in television, the show’s long acting Emmy drought, and more. And I made it almost to the end without a single “You’ve got to watch. »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Cake” producer Kristin Hahn has launched her own Los Angeles-based production company, Hahnscape Entertainment, which will focus on acquiring rights to and developing literary material she will write and produce.
Hahnscape’s first project to be developed under the banner will be “Tumbledown,” which was written by Desiree Van Til and directed by Sean Mewshaw. It will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.
The film follows a young woman (Rebecca Hall) who is forced to confront the loss of her acclaimed folk-singer husband and the ambiguous circumstances surrounding his death when a brash New York writer (Jason Sudeikis) visits her hometown in rural Maine to investigate the tragedy.
The banner is also developing the film “In the Flesh,” which Hahn is currently writing. She will also produce the pic along with Temple Hill.
“I’m excited to build Hahnscape Entertainment into a home for compelling, character-driven stories with »
- Justin Kroll
Last night saw the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards take place. The elite members of both film and television arrived in their finery to see who had won the coverted statues. Eddie Redmayne did the UK proud as he picked up the award for Best Actor. Meanwhile Julianne Moore added another trophy to her cabinet for her performance in Still Alice and Birdman took home the big award for cast in a motion picture.
Highlights from the television portion include Orange is the New Black scooping two awards and our very own Downton Abbey getting the ensemble cast prize. Read the full winners below, did your favourite win? Are these results an indicator of how the BAFTA’s and Oscar‘s might play out?
Motion Picture Nominees
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – Winner!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Kat Smith
Jennifer Aniston may not have been nominated for an Oscar this morning, but that's not about to slow her down. She told me at last night's Cake premiere that she has big plans to direct a feature film. "We're going to make it happen, but I have a lot of time," Aniston said. "We're just beginning." Aniston's directing experience includes short film Room 10 starring Robin Wright and Kris Kristofferson and a segment in Five, an anthology on Lifetime about breast cancer with Patricia Clarkson, Josh Holloway and Ginnifer Goodwin. She told me she was set to direct her first feature film about two years ago with Clarkson in the starring role. "It fell »
Straight off the bat the happy shockers are Marion Cotillard for Two Days One Night (edging out Jennifer Aniston), Laura Dern for Wild (where many assumed Jessica Chastain would be), the weird surprise is Bennett Miller in Director for Foxcatcher, our first "lone director" nod since the Academy expanded the Best Picture field. In terrible news there were only two nominations (Best Picture & Song) for the grand Selma... which places it in the unfortunate company of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Blind Side. Yikes! In less horrific but still weird disappointing news: Nightcrawler pulled an Into the Wild by doing really well at the guilds but not so much with Oscar.
Oscar had a boner for Birdman with many nominations
Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman led the nominations with 9 honors each (though I correctly predicted Birdman being shut out of film editing so people will say it will have trouble winning now, »
- NATHANIEL R
Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") announced the first 11 categories while Chris Pine ("Star Trek") and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs revealed the remaining 13 categories including Best Picture.
This was the first time the Academy announced all the categories live!
Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" and Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" got 9 nominations each. Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" was close with 8 nods while Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" each received 6 nominations.
Where's David Oyelowo who gave one »
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The 30th edition of the Santa Barbara Film Festival will offer 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres, as well as an extensive slate of tributes and panels as well as the first annual Variety Artisans Awards.
The festival, running Jan. 27 to Feb. 7, opens with the U.S. premiere of “Desert Dancer,” starring Freida Pinto. The closing-night film is Disney’s inspirational sports drama “McFarland, USA,” starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello.
The Variety Artisans Awards will take place on Feb. 3 at the Arlington Theater, with awards editor Tim Gray moderating a tribute to honorees including “Gone Girl” composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; “Into the Woods” cinematographer Dion Beebe; “Boyhood” editor Sandra Adair; “Foxcatcher” hair and makeup artists Bill Corso and Kathrine Gordon; “Mr. Turner” production designer Suzie Davies; “Lego Movie” songwriters Shawn Patterson and Tegan & Sara; “Interstellar” sound mixers and editors Richard King and Mark Weingarten; “The Theory of Everything »
- Variety Staff
Whenever I hear myself complaining loudly about the December glut I know I will have a comeuppance when I see the box office chart and notice once again that everything makes a ton of money during the Christmas and New Years.
Everything that opens wide that is. It's still an awfully tough time to open an indie on a few screens or a foreign film (though distributors always try) as evidence by A Most Violent Year, Two Days One Night and Leviathan which need far more publicity than they can reasonably manage when everyone is talking about the behemoths like all-star musical and Angelina Jolie's epic and so on. Those films are at $300,000, $109,000 and $79,000 respectively.
01 Hobbit 3 $21.9 New (cum. $220.7) Five Beautiful Armies
02 Into The Woods $19 (cum. $91.2) Interview, Review
03 Unbroken $18.3 (cum. $87.8) Interview
04 Woman In Black 2 New $15.1
05 Night At The Museum 3 $14.4 (cum. $89.7)
06 Annie $11.4 (cum. $72.6)
07 Imitation Game $8.1 (cum. $30.8) Review, second take
08 Hunger Games 3 $7.7 (cum. »
- NATHANIEL R
Continuing her awards season heat, Jennifer Aniston has just been named recipient of this year’s Montecito Award, to be presented on Friday, January 30th at the historic Arlington Theatre, during the 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Aniston has already been nominated for a SAG Award, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for her acclaimed performance as a woman suffering from chronic pain in Cake. The film, directed by Daniel Barnz, premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and is currently in the midst of a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles. It opens formally on January 23rd.
Aniston follows a long list of actors who have received the Montecito Award including Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and last year’s recipient Oprah Winfrey. The festival says it was created in “recognition of a performer »
- Pete Hammond
The tribute will take place on Friday, Jan. 30 at the historic Arlington Theatre during the festival’s 30th edition.
See photos: Golden Globes 2015: The Nominees (Photos)
The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her career and whose style has made a major contribution to film. Previous recipients of the Montecito Award include Oprah Winfrey, »
- Jeff Sneider
15 items from 2015
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