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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 22 – Bob Roberts

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes,
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Pilot Spotlight: 'Down Dog'

Blessed with good looks, a winning smile, hippie parents, and a sunny California upbringing, life has been relatively easy for Logan Wood so far. After nearly four decades of coasting along through countless women and random jobs, he now teaches yoga to the hot moms, trophy wives and aspiring celebrities of Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

But when Logan breaks up with his successful older girlfriend Amanda (Paget Brewster), who happens to be the owner of the yoga studio, things start to get complicated for the first time.

Down Dog is a satirical comedy pilot written by Robin Schiff (Are You There Chelsea?) that stars Josh Casaubon (I Just Want My Pants Back), Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother), Will Greenberg (Halt and Catch Fire), Andrea Savage (The Life and Times of Tim), Amir Talai (American Dad), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) – with Kris Kristofferson (Lone Star
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Directors & Their Troops: Ava DuVernay on Her ‘Selma’ Collaborators

Directors & Their Troops: Ava DuVernay on Her ‘Selma’ Collaborators
Ava DuVernay is full of admiration and gratitude for her artisan team, enthusing over their contributions ranging from shirt collars to a lectern. Everybody on the team, she says, went the extra mile for the ambitious $20 million film about Martin Luther King Jr.’s march in Alabama in 1965.

Cinematography, Bradford Young

“In our first conversation, I told him I’d seen these old Kodachrome photos by photographer Paul Fusco, who’d shot Rfk’s funeral procession. It was an open train that went from one state to another, and Americans lined up along the tracks in multiple places to pay tribute. These photos showed the country in the 1960s. Kodachrome did something beautiful: It had sharp contrast, yet the edges fell off into something gentle and beautiful — it’s hazy on the edges but with a sharp center. Bradford really responded to those photos, which started our conversation in a lot of directions.
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Amazon Announces 7 Pilots For 2015

As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.

Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor,
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Amazon Studios announces it pilot season line-up for 2015

Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).

The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details

Cocked

Cocked stars Sam Trammell (True Blood) as Richard Paxson,
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15 Outlandish New-But-Familiar-Sounding TV Pilots

Who says TV programmers have run out of ideas?

Why, just in the last week, the trade papers have announced deals and casting for as many as 15 new reboots spinoff series and specials. Some sound like familiar shows, others like mutant Frankenstein hybrids of familiar shows. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these programs sound like must-see-tv and which sound like much-skip-tv.

"Care Bears and Cousins." Fuzzy is the new black at Netflix, which is reviving the candy-colored kiddie cartoon series but adding some new characters. No, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are not going to have a threesome with one of them.

"Cheerleader Death Squad." The CW has ordered this series, from the showrunners behind "Desperate Housewives" and "Under the Dome" (that'd be Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, respectively) about an elite prep school where the pep squad is made up of spies-in-training. Dan Truly ("Blue
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Top 10 Movie Presidents

He’s the Chief Executive, the Chief Legislator, the Commander-In-Chief, the Chief Diplomat, and just about the Chief Everything. The President of the USA is one of the most symbolic and fictionalised figures in the world.

Barack Obama is inaugurated this week. Will he be able to sort out Iraq? Fix the economy? Restore faith and pride into a divided America? No one knows, but what we can do is look back at some of Hollywood’s offers of President of the United States, and see how they sized up to mighty challenges.

These are the Top Ten Movie Presidents to ever grace our screens.

10. President “Unknown Name” - Henry Fonda (Fail Safe)

In a movie that is practically the serious drama version of Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove; Henry Fonda plays a president on the brink of nuclear destruction. After an accidental breach of Russian security, a missile is launched and is heading for Moscow,
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Miller elected to play ex-wife in USA's 'Rudy!'

Miller elected to play ex-wife in USA's 'Rudy!'
Penelope Ann Miller has been tapped to play Rudolph Giuliani's ex-wife, Donna Hanover, in Rudy! USA Network's upcoming biopic of the former New York mayor. She will star opposite James Woods, who will portray Giuliani in the project, which Robert Dornhelm (FX's RFK) has come aboard to direct. Based on Wayne Barrett's book of the same name, Rudy! looks at Giuliani's public and personal life. The script is by Stanley Weiser, who penned the first draft, and Lionel Chetwynd, who contributed significantly in the final stages.

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