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Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun
Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Rumor: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Might Be Writing An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Story
Only yesterday, it felt like there were “Star Wars” movies and spin-offs scheduled up the wazoo, but it’s not going to be long before we actually run out of them. If the current release plans hold, we’ll get three films in the mega-franchise in the next twenty-four months — with “The Last Jedi” hitting this Christmas, the Han Solo spin-off landing in May 2018, and Colin Trevorrow’s “Episode IX” following a year later — but there’s nothing solid that’s been publicly announced after that.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
Continue reading Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’ at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree It Doesn’t Outdo Original
The first reviews for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are in and the consensus is mostly positive, although many critics deemed the outing a “sophomore slump.” While there’s a lot about “Vol. 2” that stands on its own merits, many noted that it still feels like a disappointment when comparing it to the first film released in 2014. Alonso Duralde said over on TheWrap that the film does a better job at answering questions posed from the first than presenting a unique narrative to separate it from the first. “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'” is more interested in filling. »
- Carli Velocci
How a 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Wrote, Directed and Starred In Her Feature Directorial Debut — Tribeca 2017
Filmmaker Quinn Shephard didn’t go to film school — instead, she made her own. The New Jersey native was just 15 when she came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set take on Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.” Seven years later, Shephard is at the Tribeca Film Festival with the film, one that she not only stars in, but also wrote, directed, edited and produced. At 21, she’s reached a benchmark that usually filmmakers a few more years of work.
The film follows Shephard as high school outcast Abigail Grey, who returns to high school after a mysterious incident the year before, only to form a taboo bond with her new drama teacher (Chris Messina). As their relationship blossoms in very unexpected ways, Abigail’s nemesis Melissa (Nadia Alexander) observes from afar, continually threatening to bust the entire situation wide open (a witch hunt? »
- Kate Erbland
Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’
If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu DV-selfie version of the swirling-camera POV dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Carrie.” The shots are emblematic for a couple of reasons. Ledger, as we learn, was always filming and photographing things, including himself and his friends; it was part of his compulsion to make art, to filter his experience through a vast array of lenses. The bounty of images he left behind is a testament to that creative hunger. Yet the fact that he got off on filming himself so much makes its own statement. “I Am Heath Ledger” is a portrait of the artist as an angelic young narcissist, a self-conjured celebrity image-maker. He was always pushing himself to the next level, which is why, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars
Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.
The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.
“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”
The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.
While the mix-up »
- JD Knapp
Trevor Noah Rips Trump’s First 100 Days: ‘You Don’t Get to Disregard the Number’ (Video)
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah mocked President Trump’s upcoming 100th day in office on Monday night by examining a variety of broken promises, saying, “You don’t get to disregard the number because you don’t like the current results.” “This Saturday will be President Trump’s 100th day in office. I mean, it’s 100 days in Trump time. For us, it is 15 years,” Noah said. “As history will tell you, it’s an early milestone of presidential success.” Noah then played a montage of Trump making promises on the campaign trail, including everything from cutting taxes to rebuilding in the military. »
- Brian Flood
‘The Detour’ Renewed for Season 3 at TBS
Created, written and executive-produced by Jones and Samantha Bee, the series also stars Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, Liam Carroll and Daniella Pineda. Season 2 will end tonight with two back-to-back episodes.
“I hear from so many people who love ‘The Detour,’ even my hardcore comedy friends,” said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. “Season Two has been so smart, hilarious and wrong. And from the early nuggets I’ve gotten from Jason and Sam, Season Three is going to be even more effed up.”
The series centers on a family of four led by Nate (Jones) and his wife, Robin (Zea). At the opening of the second season, Nate pursues a job opportunity and moves the family to New York City for a fresh start. Everyone is excited except for Robin, whose »
- Joe Otterson
For Fox News, Road to Trust and Respect Seems Long
The Murdoch family’s firing of Bill O’Reilly follows sexual harassment allegations that — depending on how you count — lasted either three weeks or 13 years. By either reckoning, the top executives at 21st Century Fox and Fox News took far too long to act.
It’s a testament to how much attitudes have changed over the past decade that the far more graphic allegations from accuser Andrea Mackris in 2004 — which included difficult-to-refute taped conversations — didn’t stick at first. It wasn’t until The New York Times uncovered evidence of a long-running pattern of settlements for harassment claims that O’Reilly began to feel the heat.
Can Fox News’ culture really change? The family at the top of 21st Century Fox wants it to — enough so that they’ve done the fraught and expensive work of firing O’Reilly and former Fox News boss Roger Ailes. But their intentions were mitigated by the announcement that Tucker Carlson — who »
- Sonia Saraiya
Netflix Series to Enter China, After All
Chinese viewers have rarely been able to watch Netflix shows — that shan’t be the case anymore. Thanks to a licensing deal with local video portal company iQiyi, several Netflix original series are set to enter China, the U.S.-based streaming giant confirmed for TheWrap. “It’s great that people in China will be able to enjoy some of our original series,” a Netflix spokesperson told us. Also Read: Netflix to Raise 1 Billion Euro, in Part, for New Programming For a brief time, Netflix’s “House of Cards” was available — and popular — in China. It was removed from a local streamer for regulatory. »
- Tony Maglio
Janice Dean Says Return to Fox News Was ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ After Cosmetic Surgery Mishap
Fox News Channel’s Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean says she “was nervous” for her return to television on Monday after undergoing a new type of cosmetic surgery that left her with horrible side effects. “I think it went very well,” Dean told TheWrap of her return to Fox News’ morning show. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive after sharing my story. Even social media – which can be a very negative space sometimes, has been flooded with well wishes and thank yous from both men and women for being open and honest.” Dean had been off the air since early March after. »
- Brian Flood
Colbert: ‘Donald Trump Has Done a Lot for Me in the First 100 Days’ (Video)
Stephen Colbert is finally admitting that President Trump is good for business — if your business is a politics-heavy late-night comedy show that relies on selling advertising time to media buyers at a price based solely on TV tune-in. The “Late Show” host wondered aloud Monday if a recent Potus tweet citing his positive impact on “S.C.” might stand for “Stephen Colbert.” It definitely did not — but it could, considering the “Daily Show” alum has leapfrogged Jimmy Fallon in average nightly total viewers. “I gotta say: Donald Trump has done a lot for me in the first hundred days,” the. »
- Tony Maglio
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Declares April 25 "La La Land Day"
La La Land may have lost the best picture Oscar to Moonlight, but Damien Chazelle's love letter to Los Angeles isn't done dancing away with notable honors. This morning, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared April 25 as La La Land Day.
Those in attendance included Garcetti, Chazelle, Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz, Oscar-winning production designers David and Sandy Wasco and choreographer Mandy Moore. As part of the celebration outside Los Angeles City Hall in downtown L.A., Bandaloop aerial dancers performed a medley of dances inspired by the film on the facade of the building. According to the city, the events fall in line with L.A.'s support »
- Chris Gardner
By Firing Bill O’Reilly, Fox Also Cuts Chances of Legal Action
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times: In the past, if a network engaged in a messy divorce with one of its top earners, investors might have grown skittish, but Wall Street is endorsing Fox News’ decision to jettison Bill O’Reilly over a series of sexual harassment allegations.
Shares of 21st Century Fox, the news channel’s parent company, climbed in the 24 hours after the sharp-elbowed talk-show host hit the curb, even though his ouster could lead to viewer defections and deprives the network of one of its biggest stars.
Throughout the scandal, “The O’Reilly Factor” continued to be a ratings juggernaut. Before dozens of advertisers pulled commercials en masse, the show was contributing an estimated $100 million in ad revenue. Despite the windfall, analysts say O’Reilly represented too great a legal threat to keep on the payroll. His exit comes nine months after Fox News founder Roger Ailes was forced out amid charges »
- Brent Lang
'Girls'' Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham Plot Tour Behind Feminist Newsletter
Days after the series finale of their acclaimed HBO series Girls, co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner announced a tour behind their weekly feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter. The six-date trek kicks off May 31st in St. Louis and wraps June 6th in Milwaukee.
Tickets go on sale at an unspecified date this week, and Lenny subscribers can access a special code for a presale launching Wednesday, April 26th.
Tucker Carlson Kicks Off New Time Slot With Message to Bill O’Reilly Fans (Video)
Tucker Carlson officially took over Bill O’Reilly‘s 8 p.m. Et Fox News’ time slot on Monday night, and began his program with a message to viewers who made “The O’Reilly Factor” the most-watched show in cable news for nearly two decades. “For those of you tuning in expecting to see someone different in this anchor chair, I know the feeling well. I watched Bill O’Reilly at this hour for years and I always marveled at how well prepared he was, how tough he was and how crisply and directly he expressed his views,” Carlson said. “What »
- Brian Flood
'The Sensitives': Film Review | Tribeca 2017
Anyone who’s been watching Michael McKean’s character on Better Call Saul will recognize the affliction Drew Xanthopoulos investigates in The Sensitives, a documentary so affecting and effective it will make viewers feel grateful they are healthy enough to see it in a theater. The film profiles several sufferers of a medical condition that induces a hypersensitivity to one’s environment. Its victims endure adverse effects to electricity, cellular signals, fragrances, chemicals, you name it, and the exposure often leaves them debilitated. The Sensitives, which recently received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, gives much-needed attention to a rare illness, »
- Frank Scheck
Keith Olbermann Details Feud With Bill O’Reilly, Warns of ‘Billo’ Comeback
Don’t assume this is Bill O’Reilly’s Last Loofah.
Obviously, nothing would please me more than to be wrong about that. But everything from industry gossip to his own angry farewell statement to the tectonic changes in video news consumption implies that I’m not.
If he wants one, he’ll get another show.
About 15 months ago there was a rumor going around the news business that the younger Murdochs had reached the tipping point with Billo and would let him go, and that just as quickly one of the other cable news operations would pick him up. After the most successful sponsor boycott since the stampede away from Don Imus in 2007, that scenario seems less likely but hardly impossible. Imus himself was back on the fringes of cable within eight months, and two years after that he was doing his same old show on Fox Business Channel. That »
- Keith Olbermann
Murdoch Family Rushes to Put Out Fires at Fox News
Six years ago, as the Murdoch empire was battling the outcry in the U.K. over the phone-hacking scandal involving the company’s newspapers, a former senior Fox executive wondered aloud in a private conversation: “When will it all come out?”
The executive was referring to Fox News; he was certain there were things going on behind the scenes at the network’s midtown Manhattan headquarters that would spark a comparable level of public outrage once exposed.
It took about five years, a generational transition among the Murdochs and a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a fed-up female Fox News anchor to open the floodgates.
During the past 10 months, Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox have been dragged across the Rubicon by a parade of scandals, settlements and legal actions that laid bare the ugly side of the hard-charging culture fostered by Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The April 19 firing of longtime Fox News star »
- Cynthia Littleton
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