Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

  • TV Teasers: Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick

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    Likely, landing in the medium that is best suited for his current working style, Steven Soderbergh’s TV series set in New York’s Knickerbocker hospital in the early 20th century. This is back when “Surgery wasn’t always science,” as the Godardian titles jump on the screen in the first promo. Tucked under the seat are several more. The series stars Clive Owen, is premiering on Cinemax and, if all these 15 second teasers are accurate, it looks to be rather bloody.

    (Hat tip to Film Junk for this.)

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  • “Penny Dreadful” Trailer

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    Some time in the recent past, I mentioned that I may be forced to go see the inevitable shitstorm that is going to be the sequel to 300, simply for the need of a an Eva Green fix. Turns out I may get a much more pure fix simply by subscribing to Showtime.

    All of the creative stars are aligning for me to absolutely love this horror, mini-series starting up in May. Sam Mendes is executive producing and Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) will be directing the first two episodes. And of course there is the aforementioned Eva Green factor.

    Some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula. become embroiled in Victorian London.

    The show will begin airing on Showtime on May 11th. Have a look at the trailer below and sound off with the creepy, gothic love.

  • Blu-ray Review: The White Queen

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    Directors: Colin Teague, James Kent, Jamie Payne
    Writers: Philippa Gregory, Emma Frost, Malcolm Campbell
    Producer: Gina Cronk
    Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, Eleanor Tomlinson, Juliet Aubrey, Janet McTeer, Max Irons, James Frain, Aneurin Barnard, David Oakes
    MPAA Rating: 18A
    Running time: 580 min.


    Author Philippa Gregory has been writing historical based romance for decades and though adaptations of her novels have come before, none have managed to garner much attention or fanfare. BBC, the go-to for period dramas, took on the task of adapting Gregory’s “The White Queen,” the first in a trilogy of novels set during the War of the Roses. What’s interesting about Gregory’s take is that the story is told from the point of view of the women who toiled behind the scenes to shape not only their lives but history.

    “The White Queen” opens shortly after Max Irons is crowned as King Edward IV. A womanizer, he falls for a beautiful widow who stops him on the road pleading for her husband’s lands and moneys be returned to her so that her sons may have something to inherit. Smitten, Edward spends the night with Elizabeth Woodville (newcomer Rebecca Ferguson) promising to make her queen, a promise he delivers on against everyone’s wishes. As Queen, Elizabeth proves to be a force to be reckoned with, guiding Edward in affairs of the state which pit her against Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick who is known to many as “the Kingmaker” for his ability to make and dethrone kings as it pleases, or more accurately, benefits him.

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  • Game of Thrones Season 4 Teaser

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    So says Mother of Dragons, “They have a choice. They can live in my new world. Or die in their old one.” Quite simply: Shit just got real on Westeros. Or at least more real, as Game of Thrones has always been violent towards its principle characters. In Season 4, The Wildlings make their way south, and the Dragons and Freed Slave Army make their way north with the promise that a lot more principle characters are going to not make it to Season 5, but it also aims to see the good and the bad in each of the three ‘parties’ involved in the fight for the island-country.

    Also, Jaime Lannister shaves his beard, and Tyrion is on his way to growing one. Check out all the ominous pronouncements from many of the key characters below. This is also your chance to see new cast members Roger Ashton-Griffiths and Mark Gatiss.

    The new season starts airing on April 6th.

  • Book Review: The Who’s Who of Doctor Who

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    I‘m always in search of a good coffee table book. History, politics, nature, pop culture, food, beer – you name it, I’ve got a coffee table book for it. The perfect coffee table book is one that can be picked up at any time by any guest to any page and that guest will be entertained… at least for those few minutes while they’re bored when you’ve excused yourself to take a leak.

    My copy of The Who’s Who of Doctor Who fulfills those requirements – and with the added benefit of letting me introduce the long-running show to friends who may only be vaguely familiar (“yeah, I see people tweet about it all the time”). The book, put together by Cameron K. McEwan (editor of the website Blogtor Who), has the added benefit of doing a great job of visualizing the entire Dr. Who mythology, from the first doctor all the way to Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor.

    In the day and age of Wikipedia summaries, one might find a book of summaries redundant, but I assure you, for a Dr. Who fan, this is of the highest quality. In fact, I began my Dr. Who watching with Nine (Christopher Eccleston), so my understanding of the classic show from one through eight was hazy, at best. This books 240 pages helped clarify a lot of the history of the character, his allies, and his enemies over the course of the shows 30 years in a clear, entertaining, and beautifully visual manner. Best of all, I get to show it off to friends.

    You can purchase the book over at Amazon for $20.86.

    Now, for the Dr. Who discussion: Who is your favorite Doctor? Who is your favorite villain from the show? Are you ready for the newest Doctor played by Capaldi? Is the world ready for a female Doctor in his next incarnation? Chime in!

  • Lynch Shooting Twin Peaks Conclusion/Promo/Something.

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    The casting call for this is hilariously politically incorrect, as is usual for this sort of thing (see below), but are you ready for a tiny taste of Peaks after 25 years?


    “TWIN PEAKS PROMO. Directed by David Lynch. Shoots in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Prob a 6 hour or less day. Rate is 150/8. You must live in LA to submit. I don’t think SAG has jurisdiction on this, so SAG and NON can submit. I have called SAG to double check this and I am awaiting a call back to confirm.
    HOT Caucasian girl – BRUNETTE OR REDHEADS ONLY to play waitress. Age 18-27. MUST have an amazing body. Busty, very period looking face. Please submit two current color photos (one body shot, one face shot), your sizes, union status and contact info to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com.”

    Hat-tip: Bustle.com

  • The Education of Mohammad Hussein Debuts on HBO Tonight

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    The Education of Mohammad Hussein takes the viewer inside a tightly knit Muslim community in the economically depressed Detroit-Hamtramck neighborhood, focusing on the children who attend a traditional Islamic school, Al-Ikhlas. The film captures a year where the kids and their neighborhood have an unwelcome visitor, notorious Quran-burning Florida preacher Terry Jones, who arrives to provoke them with hateful rhetoric and anti-Muslim demonstrations. How the community reacts to this challenge is the heart of the film, which gives a quietly searing view of a post 9-11 America that is struggling to live up to its promise of tolerance and civil justice for all.

    The HBO presentation debuts TODAY, MONDAY, JAN. 6 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT).

    If you’re able to catch this interesting (and heartbreaking yet heartwarming) sounding doc, please drop by tomorrow with reviews/thoughts in the comment section below.

    Other HBO playdates: Jan. 7 (5:45 a.m.), 9 (7:45 a.m., 7:45 p.m.), 12 (1:15 p.m.), 17 (3:15 p.m.), 20 (11:00 a.m.), 23 (4:30 p.m.) and 26 (5:45 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Jan. 8 (8:00 p.m.), 27 (3:15 p.m.), Feb. 1 (5:20 a.m.), 11 (3:45 a.m.) and 19 (1:50 a.m.)

  • Filling the Void: What to Do Now That “Breaking Bad” is Over

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    After five explosive seasons, the final episode of hit series “Breaking Bad” has left fans with withdrawal symptoms. While there are rumors of a spin-off prequel featuring lawyer ‘Better Call’ Saul Goodman, the manic misadventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman have come to a satisfying conclusion. Here are some of the ways you can look to fill the giant void left by one of the most critically acclaimed dramas in recent memory.

    Check out other great TV shows
    “Breaking Bad” may be gone, but there are a load of shows out there to discover and enjoy. If you’re after something as morally dubious as Vince Gilligan’s drama, catch up with the first season of “Banshee.” From the creator of “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood,” it stars Antony Starr as a recently released convict who takes on the identity of a dead sheriff in the quaint town of Banshee.

    Another show that caters to darker tastes is Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal,” which follows the complex relationship between the notorious psychologist-turned-cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen) and his friend and nemesis FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). There’s also deliciously shady drama “The Blacklist,” starring James Spader as a fugitive government agent who suddenly turns himself in to the FBI, promising to help them hunt down terrorists – as long as he only has to speak to young agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).

    Check out the actors’ other work
    Before he was Walter White, Bryan Cranston played hapless family man Hal in comedy series “Malcolm in the Middle.” The two roles couldn’t be more different, although a popular internet joke suggests that “Breaking Bad” fans should view the earlier show as a prequel! You can also admire Cranston in thrilling Oscar winner Argo, which sees him as a sardonic CIA agent during the Iran hostage crisis. Catch actor Aaron Paul as a bad boy racer in the big screen adaptation of computer game Need for Speed, due for release in March of 2014.

    Have fun outside the house
    Though no-one’s suggesting that you drive an RV into the middle of nowhere to partake in dubious chemistry, now that the series is over, why not get a few real-life adrenaline thrills? Littlewoods offers loads of high-octane experience days, from learning to fly to driving an F1 car or even learning how to cook (food).

    Watch it all over again
    After you’ve taken a break with a new series and got yourself a bit of fresh air, it’s time to relive “Breaking Bad” from the beginning. Watch in awe as mild-mannered school teacher Walter White becomes the infamous drug kingpin Heisenberg, dragging his entire family through the unforgettable drama that ensues. After all, nothing fills that hole quite like the show itself.

  • Medieval. Land. Fun. Time.

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    We simply cannot wait until next Monday (to suck less) so we offer up this bit of fan-editing goofery and childishness. If you ever want to see the piss taken out of HBO’s Game of Thrones, it is here, where the show is re-envisioned into a ‘save the themepark’ type gross out teen comedy. Adventureland eat your heart out. Thrones. Thrones. Thrones. Games. Games. Games.

    Enjoy.

  • Simpsons “Couch Gag” Feat. Guillermo del Toro

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    Apparently “The Simpsons” are still around and still doing their annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode – which is traditionally some of the better stuff to come out of the Groenig camp. At any rate, as you are I’m sure aware each episode of The Simpsons opens with a different “couch gag” in the opening credits sequence. For this year’s sequence, Guillermo del Toro lent his magic hand and incorporates all sorts of horror/sci-fi/action movie moments from cinema history. He includes Hitchcock stuff, early classic monster movie (i.e. Boris Karloff) stuff, some Cronenberg and of course each of his film’s are referenced as well. Take a look and see how many you can spot!

  • Emmy Nominations (2013)

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    We’re all about movies around here but quite often there are things in the TV world that strike our fancy for conversation; particularly in the Cinecast. Yes we have a separate Television section on the site devoted to all things small screen, but I thought this might interest a larger audience: the 2013 Emmy Nominations.

    In recent months the Cinecast has covered streaming television shows such as “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development.” We’ve talked about terrific made for TV movies such as “Behind the Candelabra.” And of course there is our weekly “Game of Thrones” talk. Since a lot of these shows that we mention on a regular basis are in the running for some of these awards, I thought here is a good place to post all of the nominations for this year’s awards and a good time to reiterate our love for some of these shows/films.

    Here are all of the nominations for the major categories (THE REST CAN BE FOUND here). Have at it!

    Outstanding drama series
    “Breaking Bad”
    “Downton Abbey”
    “Game of Thrones”
    “Homeland”
    “House of Cards”
    “Mad Men”

    Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
    Connie Britton, “Nashville”
    Claire Danes, “Homeland”
    Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
    Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
    Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
    Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
    Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

    Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
    Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
    Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
    Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
    Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
    Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
    Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

    Oustanding supporting actor in a drama series
    Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
    Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
    Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
    Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
    Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
    Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

    Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
    Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
    Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
    Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
    Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
    Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
    Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

    Outstanding comedy series
    “The Big Bang Theory”
    “Girls”
    “Louie”
    “Modern Family”
    “Veep”
    “30 Rock”

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  • 5 Fascinating TV Moments that Changed the World

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    Since its introduction in the 1950s, television has quickly become a ubiquitous part of our lives and popular culture. Through the medium of television, major events can be witnessed, often in real time, by millions of people at once. Whether you adore or despise it, TV is probably a part of your life in some way. Now, with the Internet as such a pervasive force in our world, millions of viewers watch tv online and stream live news and events on a daily basis.

    When world-changing events occur, they become powerful cultural moments that enter history through the medium of television. Such events can have a lasting impact on the collective mind and culture. The most significant events in TV history enter our minds and hearts and can change the way we see the world. Here are five moments that are deeply embedded in our cultural psyche thanks to the power of television.

    1. The Moon Landing
    As a televised event, the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 not only amazed audiences but also forged a new era for mankind. True to Neil Armstrong’s famous quote that the moon landing was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” the moon landing proved that humanity had truly entered the space age. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world were transfixed by the images of the moon and the event was touted as “the greatest show in the history of television.” The wonder and amazement of one of humanity’s greatest achievements was amplified, in this case, by the magic of television.

    2. The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
    In 1964, the Beatles were already one of Britain’s most popular bands, but it was time to branch out into the United States. Their goal was lofty: to be among the first big stars to cross over from the U.K. to the U.S. and not the other way around, which was far more common. Once they crossed the Atlantic by plane, their plan was to perform live on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and give several concerts throughout the U.S. Thanks to the monumental power of television, their plan was more successful than they could possibly have imagined. Their timing was a factor: Americans had just suffered the assassination of President Kennedy, leaving people hungry for positivity and diversion. The evening the Beatles performed, over 73 million Americans tuned in to “The Ed Sullivan Show,” establishing the event as among the highest-rated shows of all time. No one could have predicted the impact of the Beatles’ show that night. With the help of TV, the Beatles almost instantly made their way into American popular culture, influencing everything from clothing styles to hairstyles and establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands on the planet.
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