17 items from 2016
David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:
Zatoichi and the Fugitives, the 18th installment in the series, is pretty solid overall, a well-made and swiftly paced action-adventure that adheres pretty closely to the standard Zatoichi formula. Once again, the ever-wandering blind swordsman gets drawn into a cruelly unbalanced conflict between merciless criminals and honest village folk who are just trying to trudge a path through life that keeps their suffering to a minimum. If allowed to pursue their brutal agenda without interference, the bosses will grind their subordinates into the dust and inflict a lot of personal anguish upon them through various acts of robbery and exploitation. Zatoichi recognizes the bestial nature of the men in charge and reluctantly takes it upon himself to defend the weak and vulnerable. I like these stories because of their relatively pure and straightforward approach to the heroic formula. That’s »
- David Blakeslee
Erykah Badu is joining the campaign to process abandoned rape kits and find the criminals connected to them. Badu is partnering with the Right Productions to donate money from her Aug. 12 concert at Detroit’s Chene Park Amphitheater to the African American 490 Challenge. The 490 is a partner of Enough Said, the Michigan Women’s Foundation campaign raising money […]
The post Erykah Badu To Aid Detroit Rape Kit Project With Donations From Concert Funds appeared first on uInterview. »
- Khoreen Eccleston
Emmy Awards voting has never been more complicated, with more series than ever vying for those coveted few slots in 2016. And while the usual suspects will naturally get attention, it’s those hidden gems that tend to get buried in the stacks of “For Your Consideration” mailers. To cut through the clutter, Variety’s TV team has selected a few favorites that we think deserve your vote.
Starring Zach Galifianakis as “non-identical” twins Chip and Dale, Louie Anderson as their Costco obsessed mother, Christine, and 47-year-old acting novice Martha Kelly as the romantic lead, Martha, FX’s “Baskets” is not like any other comedy, or show, on television. The funny-sad serialized storytelling of showrunner Jonathan Krisel takes all of these characters on unexpected journeys full of emotional discoveries, pratfalls, bittersweet self-reflection and fart jokes. It’s completely silly, completely serious and completely wonderful. — Geoff Berkshire
“Blunt Talk,” Starz »
- Variety Staff
After Natasha Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint in New York City in 1993, her first instinct was to try to wash the experience off her. "It was an ordeal that changed my life forever," she says. "And your first instinct after you've been assaulted - at least mine - was to take a hot shower." But she was living in New York as a college student and her older roommates told her to resist the urge: Contact the police, they told her, and get a rape kit. Getting the rape kit taken, however, isn't a painless process. Alexenko describes »
- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_
"There can be only one!" He's back! Studiocanal UK is planning freshly restored, high def 4K re-release of the action classic Highlander, to celebrate its 30th anniversary since it was originally released in 1986. Christopher Lambert stars as Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman who must confront the last of his immortal opponents to claim the "Prize". This is an action classic that many regard as one of their favorite action films, and it was already re-released as a Director's Cut a few years ago. But there's nothing like seeing your favorite film from the 80's restored and looking better than ever. It's also good to take your mind off the reboot/remake/sequels and just enjoy the original again. Plus - Sean Connery. Enough said. Here's the new 4K restoration trailer for Russell Mulcahy's Highlander, from Studiocanal UK's YouTube: 1985 New York City - the Battle to end all battles. »
- Alex Billington
Had things gone differently, Nicole Holofcener, who has criminally not made a feature since 2013’s “Enough Said,” would have underway or have possibly even completed “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” starring Julianne Moore and Chris O’Dowd. Unfortunately, Moore wound up leaving over creative differences, and not much was heard about the project since last year. […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ok, you can admit it now -- you loved "Downton Abbey" just like the rest of us. The show captured almost everyone's attention for as long as it was on the air and introduced TV devotees to the glory that is British period television. Once viewers found out that the updated versions of these (mostly) historical events were packed with salacious details, torrid affairs, sassy grandmas, and so much more, they were in for the duration.
Now that you're obsessed with British period shows, whether they're loosely based on true events, like "The Tudors," or are works of fiction set in historical times, similar to "Outlander" (sometimes referred to as a British-American show hybrid), get to know the handful of usual suspects that we can't help but notice make their mark in nigh every show.
1. Privileged White Male Who Is Struggling With ... Something
This one is a no-brainer. It's basically »
- Chelsea Perrotty
If Betty White has taught us anything, it's that being old doesn't mean you're not hilarious. It also doesn't mean you're not really, really vulgar when the battlefield of comedy needs you to drop some serious F-bombs.
By entertainment standards, the roast -- a concept originated by the Friar's Club fraternity way back in 1907 -- is an absolute dinosaur. But it's like a T. rex that assaults you with politically incorrect character assassination and ridiculous celebrity humiliation instead of killer jaws and tiny arms -- old as it is, the roast walks the razor's edge of "too funny" and "too far." Here are five times the comics got that balance exactly right.
1. Charlie Sheen (2011)
- Dan Ketchum
Chicago – Raza Siddiqui is a “can do” director, who not only continues his own proficiency in filmmaking, but supports all Chicago films by presenting and participating in local film showcases. He has completed his first feature film – “We Could Happen” – and it will have its premiere on May 17th, 2016, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago. For details, click here.
“We Could Happen” is a romantic “misunderstanding” film, about Martin and Beth (Mike Schminke and Anne Acker) who are in the nether zone of break-up “closure.” When Beth seeks to get the couple-ending done, she stumbles upon Martin trying to start his career as a real estate broker. Will he close on the house? Will they close on the relationship? “We Could Happen” closes in on the answers to both questions.
Photo credit: We Could Happen »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This article originally appeared on EW.com.There's no denying that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a confident performer - her all-in commitment to comedy has created iconic television characters such as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld and Selina Meyer on Veep. However, one time she felt her confidence waver was just last year, when Louis-Dreyfus was filming a sketch for Inside Amy Schumer. Called "Last F---able Day," the segment features Louis-Dreyfus alongside Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette, as the trio satirize the way Hollywood treats actresses as they get older. (The premise of the sketch is that every actress has a celebration »
- Dylan Kickham
The duo will take over responsibilities formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis, who announced on Feb. 16 that she was departing from the post. Greenfield and Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films as well as all aspects of production for the company, including development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production.
Fox Searchlight chiefs Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula said: “David and Matthew are the best production executives currently working in independent film. Their ability to identify excellence, foster creativity and nurture filmmaker relationships — skills honed as they came up the ranks under former production head Claudia Lewis — will ensure the continued growth and scope of our slate.”
Greenfield has worked as a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for nine years, shepherding “The Descendants” and “Enough Said.” He’s »
- Dave McNary
Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum (black and white portrait) have been named co-heads of production, effective immediately, and take over the role formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis.
As co-heads of production and executive vice-presidents, Greenfield and Greenbaum will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films as well as development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production.
All production executives will report to Greenfield and Greenbaum, who themselves report to the studio presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. Lewis announced last month that she was stepping down after 21 years at the studio.
Greenfield has been a senior executive at Searchlight for nine years, shepherding such titles as The Descendants and Enough Said.
He is overseeing Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.
Greenbaum has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
It seems Twitter is Passionate for Fox's The Passion!Sunday night's two-hour live show was a hit for many around the country and in the Twittersphere. The show stars Jencarlos Canela as Jesus, country star Trisha Yearwood as Mary, Chris Daughtry as Judas and Prince Royce as Peter. The Passion's story was shot throughout New Orleans and host Tyler Perry led hundreds in songs and prayers in the city's downtown. Although only a few hundred people were able to witness the show in New Orleans, millions online felt the power. Watching people worship on live TV in New Orleans right now is really cool. »
- Harriet Sokmensuer, @HGSokmensuer
Saved By The Bell wasn't just Zack and Slater having a dance off. Yes it was. However, the show also tried its hand at a number of 'very special episodes'. These typically featured problems encountered by all teens at some point, like drinking half a can of beer, dead ducks, and getting off your tits on Pro Plus.
I grew up watching Saved By The Bell, and thanks to its teachings I am a well adjusted individual. Not like those weirdos who only ever make one joke about how they're a bit odd, and everything they ever write is a rubbish variation of that joke mixed in with jokes about Bungle.
Let's have a look at how Zack, Josh, Twinkie and Billy »
★★★☆☆ In what was his penultimate big screen appearance before an untimely passing, James Gandolfini starred alongside Julia-Louis Dreyfus in Enough Said. The awkward, bittersweet dramedy about getting back in the dating game after a spell on the sidelines is a worthy companion piece, precursor even, to Brett Haley's I'll See You In My Dreams. In a splendid turn, Blythe Danner features as Carol, a 70-something widow who loses a loyal canine companion and finds herself alone and a little bereft. Card games with the girls, golf and bountiful wine all prove unfulfilling and the menace of an unwelcome rodent house-guest doesn't help her fragile sense of well-being. The love, laughter and tears that follow make for a reassuring, poignant watch.
- CineVue UK
Sure, you might think you're having a great Saturday night - maybe you're even at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, rubbing elbows with the stars of your favorite movies and TV shows - but there's no way that you're having a better night than Idris Elba. Don't believe us? Well, we've kept a carefully tallied list: He Won Not One, But Two SAG Awards … For most people, taking home a single Actor would be more than enough to make their night one to remember. Of course, Elba is not most people, and so the actor topped everyone else's night when »
- Julia Emmanuele, @julesemm
Attention, all Last Week Tonight haters: John Oliver wants you for his latest marketing campaign.
HBO on Friday unveiled a promo and poster for the late-night series’ third season, in which the host embraces some of his most harsh criticism from Seasons 1 and 2.
RelatedLast Week Tonight: John Oliver Reveals 2016 Return Date in New Year’s Video
Last Week Tonight kicks off its 35-episode Season 3 on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11/10c on HBO, but »
17 items from 2016
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