12 items from 2016
Louis C.K.'s promotional tour continued with a stop in Marc Maron's garage, where the two comics recorded the 700th edition of Maron's WTF podcast. In the 90-minute-plus interview, C.K. revealed both the run-up to and the details of the casting and creative process on his self-financed Horace and Pete web series. Among them: the A-list actors initially approached for key roles on the dark comedy, including Joe Pesci and Jack Nicholson. Here are five highlights from the conversation: Lorne Michaels gave C.K. advice — but he didn't take it C.K.
- Maya Anderman
The AMC Networks outlet unveiled that project and seven other development prospects at its luncheon upfront presentation in New York on Thursday. The cabler is also investing more in digital series, some of which will get an on-air showcase in latenight under the “Comedy Crib” brand.
“Todd Barth” revolves around a conservative insurance adjuster who decides to change his life and become a self-help guru. Cranston created the series with Weber and Clay Graham. Graham is writing and exec producing with Cranston, Weber and James Degus of Cranston’s Moonshot Entertainment banner.
“This Land is Ours” follows a group of anarchist squatters who take over an abandoned row house in Harlem. The project was created by Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan (HBO’s “Getting On”) and hails from Merman, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Louis Ck says his web series, “Horace and Pete,” may not be over after all — and that “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones could help continue the story. Ck spoke on Marc Maron‘s “Wtf” podcast Thursday about how he had always intended the show as a ten-act play — and Maron said reports of its cancellation were misleading. (You should listen to the entire podcast, because Maron and Ck covered a lot — including how Ck sought Jack Nicholson for the role that went to Alan Alda — and which Ck also offered to Joe Pesci.) News outlets including. »
- Tim Molloy
The Big Bang Theory Season 9 has already brought some big surprises. And we've been introduced to some often heard about, but never seen characters such as Sheldon Cooper's great Meemaw, played by June Squibb. Now, we're going to get to meet a member of Leonard's family that has long been absent. His dad!
Yes, apparently Leonard Hofstadter comes from great stock. The character, played by Johnny Galecki, already has a mother played by Emmy-winning actress Christine Baranski. And now he's getting two-time Emmy winner Judd Hirsch as his dad! So who was Dr. Beverly Hofstadter formerly married to?
Judd Hirsch will be playing a scientist in an upcoming episode of the show before The Big Bang Theory brings its latest run to a close. Johnny Galecki recently revealed at the PaleyFest panel that he met Judd Hirsch during the Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows special that aired last month. »
The Big Bang Theory‘s Leonard Hofstadter comes from good stock.
In addition to having Emmy-winning actress Christine Baranski for a mom (as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter), it was announced on Wednesday that two-time Emmy winner Judd Hirsch has been cast as the scientist’s father.
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Among what has been revealed to date about Leonard’s dad, »
There is no hashtag called #FriedkinIsAGod, but really, there should be. The director of “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” “Sorcerer,” “Cruising,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Bug,” and “Killer Joe,” to name just a few, William Friedkin is one of the greats to emerge from the 1970s brat pack director’s scene that included Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, and more. Now 80-years-old, the mythic filmmaker recently sat down with podcaster Marc Maron for an epic two-and-a-half-hour chat on his "Wtf" podcast. Maron describes the director as a “consummate storyteller” and he’s not wrong. The far and wide-reaching conversation spans Friedkin’s career with many, many highlights, not to mention wise words to live by. Read More: William Friedkin Talks Diversity, Says Cinema Is "An Open Playing Field," And "Women Have To Put Themselves Forward" There are great stories about “The French Connection” — “I found by treating. »
- Edward Davis
He’s created one of the scariest films of all-time (The Exorcist), did the impossible by proving a remake can work (Sorcerer), put one of the greatest car chases on film (The French Connection), and much more, yet William Friedkin still seems to be under-appreciated in most circles. Although it’s been half-a-decade since his last feature, one can find him highly engaged on Twitter or around the festival circuit giving talks. Today we have perhaps his most extensive conversation yet as he’s sat down with Marc Maron for a 2.5-hour talk.
The two discuss his legendary career, who inspired him, from Orson Welles to the French New Wave, the themes of faith and fate in his features, the making of both his classics and the films that weren’t initially received well. In one of the most interesting sections, they also talk about how he got Gene Hackman »
- Jordan Raup
The 2016 Writers Guild Awards were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles and New York City, and the final salvo of AMC’s Mad Men claimed the top drama prize, while HBO’s Veep beat out the comedy competition.
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High-budget Hollywood features aren’t the only films predicting what the future might look like. Benjamin Dickinson‘s Creative Control, which picked up a Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence prize at SXSW last year, takes place in the realistic near-future and follows an advertising executive (Dickinson, who also co-wrote the script) who gets technologically involved with the life of his best friend. Also starring Reggie Watts, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen and Nora Zehetner, we now have the first trailer for the film arriving next month.
We said in our review, “Much of the humor is dry and it truly does help to be able to laugh at people that live and work in high rises that struggle with the mundanity of life at times. Yet Creative Control plays it cool and never gets caught trying to have unrelatable high-minded ideas. Instead, it likes to let themes linger. There’s »
- Jordan Raup
For much of his career, Charlie Kaufman has been an enigma of introspective storytelling, crafting characters and situations that feel all too real to his audience. With his latest feature, the highly recommended stop-motion animation Anomalisa, it’s afforded an unexpected opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into his career. After many other talks, perhaps the most extensive and fruitful has arrived with Marc Maron.
In the one-hour chat, Kaufman discusses not getting his first gig in entertainment until the age of 32 and failing to get writing work on Simpsons, Seinfeld, Mr. Show. He then jumps into his early collaborations with Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry with Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as not taking to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
“I didn’t like it. That was a movie in which I was not consulted. I mean, George Clooney changed the script, »
- Leonard Pearce
The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.
The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.
- Paul Heath
The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.
Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »
- Jeff Beck
12 items from 2016
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