March 2015 - Posts

Review: 'Justified' Season 6, Episode 11, 'Fugitive Number One': I Didn't Know You Liked Classical

PREVIOUSLY: 'Justified' Season 6, Episode 10, 'Trust' Has Been Sorely Misplaced Well, you can't say that the last two episodes of "Justified" haven't been exciting! The previous nine episodes took their time setting up a dozen combustible elements, and the last two episodes have taken a lot of pleasure in just watching them pinball off one another to see what explosions result. Last episode's series of betrayals culminated in Ava's big play, and this episode has several moments of shocking violence. It's damn fine television. Even though last episode Boyd outed Katherine as the one who originated the idea of stealing Markham's millions, Markham still manages to find it in his heart to forgive her. Of course he's skeptical at first, but Katherine pulls the "while I was conning you I fell in love with you for real" card, and while that seems like a dinosaur con on the surface, Katherine's just old school enough for the audience to buy it as...
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Big Surprise: Netflix Orders 'Bloodline' Season 2

"Bloodline" Season 2 is coming, and that shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. Unlike the twist-heavy drama, everyone saw today's announcement from Netflix coming a mile away. "Bloodline" opened to mostly positive reviews, features an all-star cast of talent and is already generating Oscar buzz for a first season less than two weeks old. Starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Sissy Spacek, "Bloodline" comes from KZK Productions and specifically the minds of Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, who also created "Damages." In an interview with Indiewire, the creators discussed how glad they were to have a show on a platform where its executives didn't care about ratings.  "["Bloodline"] launches on March 20 and it goes to 50-some million people, 54 million people, or something," Kessler said. "So hopefully 53 million of them will be watching." It may not have been 53 million, but there have...
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Watch: Jerry Ferrera Hustles Hard in New 'Club Life' Trailer

READ MORE: Watch: 'Entourage' Movie Reveals First Trailer, Fake Trailer & Mark Wahlberg Summer is looking pretty good for actor Jerry Ferrera, who has got not one, but two films hitting theaters. The actor, who is perhaps best known for playing Turtle in HBO's "Entourage," will not only be seen reprising the role in the much anticipated "Entourage" film, which hits theaters this June, but also a film called "Club Life," where Ferrera plays the main character. The official synopsis of the film is as follows: "When Johnny D. (Ferrara) is forced to take on his family's financial troubles, he turns to the Manhattan club scene to make some fast cash. As he falls under the wing of a veteran nightlife promoter (Danny A. Abeckaser), Johnny quickly rises through the ranks - but soon finds that not everything behind the red rope is full of glitz and glamour." "Club Life" is being distributed by The Orchard and will be released on...
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Watch: 'Don Draper' Pitches Original Film Reboots in 'Millennial Mad Men' Parody

READ MORE: 7 Clips That Define 'Mad Men,' And What the Cast Has to Say About Them If there's one thing we know about millennials, it's that they love their '80s and '90s nostalgia. Movies like "The Goonies," "The Princess Bride," "Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day" regularly show up in the canon of beloved "must-watch" films. So it's not surprising that so many of the most successful films lately have been reboots of famous franchises meant to capitalize on millennial nostalgia. ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," anyone?) "Millennial Mad Men," the new video written and directed by Steven Parkhurst, seeks to make a point about the fragility of depending on nostalgia for box office boost, with a pitch by none other than Don Draper. The video parodies the iconic "Carousel" pitch scene from the hit AMC show's first season by having Don pitch Hollywood clients the concept of rebooting original film...
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What's the Worst Thing About Trevor Noah's Pre-'Daily Show' Tweeting: The Laziness or the Lack of Compassion?

READ MORE: Who is Trevor Noah, and Why Did Comedy Central Hire Him as the New Host of 'The Daily Show'? Last November, a friend invited me to come see a comedy showcase she'd heard about via a South African friend of hers. Expecting a full lineup of stand-ups, I was instead surprised with an hour of original material from Trevor Noah. And it was pretty damn funny.  The show was what's informally known as an industry showcase. The middle section of the 50-seat theater was entirely reserved seating, in theory giving agents and executives the opportunity to discover a fresh new voice. And Noah definitely gave off that vibe — topical, young, cool and charming, especially during an inspired run about police violence, race and last fall's ebola outbreak... Which went on to be the kick-off for Noah's first appearance on "The Daily Show," a month later.  Noah's comedy, in general, tends to focus on race, especially on what it means to be black and American,...
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'Midnight Rider' Filmmakers Try to Dodge Fines for Safety Violations

READ MORE: Department of Labor Slams "Midnight Rider" Production for Violations In August 2014, The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the production company behind "Midnight Rider" for safety violations. Proposed penalties totaled $74,900, a meager amount considering the loss of life involved. Now the filmmakers are trying to avoid paying up. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed and eight other workers were injured while trying to escape an oncoming freight train during the filming of a scene on the tracks of a train trestle near Jesup, Georgia. The incident occurred on February 20, 2014 during the shoot for the biopic based on the life of musician Gregg Allman.  Earlier today, attorneys for the "Midnight Rider" filmmakers appeared at a hearing in Savannah, Georgia to challenge the fines. The issue at hand is to what extent director Randall...
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Rejoice, Wig Fans! 'The Americans' Renewed for Season 4 at FX

The Jennings' mission will go on for at least one more year. FX announced today it has renewed its critical darling "The Americans" for Season 4, ending any speculation that the ratings and lack of awards traction could spell doom for the undeniably excellent series. Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields' period spy thriller will return in 2016 with 13 new hour-long episodes. Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich and a lengthy list of standout supporting players — including Frank Langella and Annet Mahendru — make up the cast of this under-rated (literally) drama. Despite dipping slightly in the key demo (where it's down 4 percent against Season 2 in Live+7 ratings) and overall viewership (down 6 percent), "The Americans" is a respected staple of a network looking to compete with the very best originals departments out there. It's also seen long-term growth in DVR viewing, where the Season 3 viewership continues to grow compared to past seasons, presumably from...
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Watch: Helen Mirren Sucks Helium with Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show'

READ MORE: Watch: Oscar Nominees Steve Carell & Reese Witherspoon Play Password on 'Jimmy Fallon' Just in case we forgot that celebrities can act just like us sometimes, here comes Dame Helen Mirren with a reminder. The actress, who has Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards to her name, accepted a faux-award from "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon last night. The catch? Both sucked helium out of balloons before their impromptu presentation, making an otherwise mundane acceptance speech hilarious. Mirren is currently starring in "The Audience" on Broadway and will headline the April release "The Woman in Gold," but her celebrity status doesn't preclude her from doing normal people things like commuting on the subway. Watch below as she tells Jimmy Fallon about her subway adventures.  READ MORE: Watch: Jimmy Fallon Smashes Matthew McConaughey's Beautiful Face On 'The Tonight Show'
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Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Show Online Conversations on Film

We all communicate online every day, yet most films try to avoid this. After all, it's hard to find interesting visual ways to show people communicating via digital screens. So when I was preparing to shoot my new film "Windscreenwiperman" about a man who makes friends with a teenage boy online, I knew this would be my biggest challenge.  READ MORE: Forget About Siri. Meet Ava, Your New Personal Assistant The film explores the stigma around online friendships, and presents an alternative perspective on human connection in the digital age, so it was crucial to prioritize naturalistic performances and unbroken takes. But because it features lots of scenes with characters chatting online, I couldn't shoot it like a normal movie. I needed a radical new approach.  As I started researching, I found that there have been several key styles attempted in the past few years… Embracing unusual angles It's hard to imagine many directors getting away with this, but...
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Watch: New Full-Length 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer is the Most Insane Thing You'll Watch All Day

READ MORE: Tom Hardy and Steven Knight Explain How They Pulled 'Locke' Off Last week the 2015 Cannes Film Festival revealed its first official selection: George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" in an out of competition slot. Today Warner Bros. unveiled a glorious new full-trailer for the action extravaganza. It's a totally bonkers delight, sure to amp up anticipation even higher for Miller's long-awaited return to the franchise. Starring Tom Hardy in a role originated by Mel Gibson, "Mad Max: Fury Road" is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which gas and water have become scarce resources. Usually a loner, Max Rockatansky (Hardy) joins Empress Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she and her all-female band try to escape a savage warlord. Watch above. The film opens nationwide May 15 following its Cannes bow. READ MORE: Non-Stop Action in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Comic-Con Trailer
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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Look Flawless in 'Grace and Frankie' First-Look Photos

The dream pairing has finally come to life: Netflix has unveiled the first batch of photos for its upcoming sitcom "Grace and Frankie," which stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Tomlin and Fonda play bitter rivals who are forced to come together when their husbands (played by Emmy winners Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) reveal that they are gay and in love with each other. The sitcom comes from TV veteran Marta Kauffman, best known for her work on "Friends." Included below are a dozen first-look photos of "Grace and Frankie." The first season will debut in its 13-episode entirety on the streaming platform on March 8. READ MORE: Netflix Gives Series Order to 'Grace and Frankie,' Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin READ MORE: Lily Tomlin on Reuniting With Jane Fonda for Netlix
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Watch: Ride 'The D Train' With Jack Black in Trailer for the Sundance Comedy

READ MORE: IFC Films Boards Jack Black's 'The D Train' At Sundance Are you ready to take "The D Train?" The official trailer for the hit Sundance comedy is here, and it asks you to reunite with Jack Black and James Marsden. "The D Train" focuses on Dan Landsman, played by Black, who is in charge of planning his high school reunion. The only problem is that Landsman was never exactly popular, making the planning stages somewhat difficult. In comes Oliver Lawless, played by Marsden, who was the most popular kid in high school and is now a hotshot commercial actor. Landsman is convinced that if he can get the unpredictable Lawless to the reunion, then it will be a success. But what starts as an innocent turn to be popular turns into a web of lies and a disturbing obsession.  "The D Train" comes to theaters May 8. READ MORE: Sundance: Jack Black and James Marsden Saved Their 'D Train' Sex Scene for Last
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Watch: Would You Let Your Kids Watch Funny or Die's Version of Netflix Kids?

READ MORE: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in April 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) Ever wonder what your favorite Netflix programs would be like if kids ran the show? You don't have to wonder anymore. Funny Or Die has unleashed a new video showing exactly what it would be like, and the results are just as you'd expect, and then some.  It's hard to imagine what Frank Underwood would be like as a toddler president, but "House of Kids" would probably be just as ruthless, if not more so, than its original counterpart. And "Orange is a Color" teaches our children a very valuable lesson...that violence solves everything? It's not exactly foolproof, but something tells us that if these shows existed, there would definitely be plenty of binging to do. Though something tells us that "The Killing Kids" wouldn't exactly go over well... Are you ready to subscribe to Netflix Kids? READ MORE: What Does Netflix's Investment in Documentaries...
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Kyle Chandler Reveals the Secret of 'Friday Night Lights' Brilliance

READ MORE: 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' Creator Jason Katims on When It’s Time to Say Goodbye Despite ratings low enough to keep season renewals in suspense every year, "Friday Night Lights" became a star-maker for an impressive number of actors over the years. Taylor Kitsch landed roles in high profile blockbusters like "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Lone Survivor." Adrianne Palicki has co-starred in everything from "John Wick" to "Agents of SHIELD." Michael B. Jordan snagged roles in breakout hits like "Chronicle," "Fruitvale Station," plus the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Rocky" spinoff. Yet Kyle Chandler may have benefitted the most from his time in Dillon, TX. The show's star was the only actor to win an Emmy for his work on the show, and he capitalized on that accolade — as well as a newfound and well-defined fandom — in a big way. After "Friday...
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Watch: Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis are Comedy Gold in First 'Masterminds' Trailer

READ MORE: All the Sundance 2015 Acquisitions as They Come In If you're a fan of comedy, you'll probably want to give "Masterminds" a look. The film comes from Jared Hess, director of the indie sensation "Napoleon Dynamite," and centers on a group of double-crossers who pull off an impressive heist. Owen Wilson leads a gang of rag-tag criminals who actually manage to steal $17 million in cash. But the film is focused on Dave, played by Zach Galifianakis, the team member who's been set-up to take the fall. Co-starring in the film are Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis, among others. In the newly-released debut trailer, Hess appears to have taken full advantage of the bounty of on-screen talent assembled for "Masterminds." From Wiig's committed performance as the flirty work crush to Wilson's hilarious embodiment of the ring leader, this one might be too good -- or, at least, too funny -- to pass up on. Watch the full trailer above. "Masterminds"...
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