The film and TV businesses have melded and merged in a way that would have been unfathomable a decade or two ago. Directors and actors regularly bounce between films and television in a way that implicitly argues that the divisions between the two are technical at best.
Once, the notion that someone would do a TV pilot after winning the Best Director Oscar would have seemed crazy. But Ang Lee has just been announced as the director and executive producer of the pilot for the FX show Tyrant. The project was developed by Homeland exec producer Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff, who created Homeland‘s inspiration, the Israeli show Hatufim (Prisoners of War).
The show will follow the life of “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” More info is below, via the press release. Read More »
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Jon Stewart is taking the summer off from The Daily Show, leaving the comedy newscast in the capable hands of John Oliver for eight of the twelve weeks Stewart will be away. There’s good reason for the host’s break from the show, however: he’s doing to direct his first feature film.
In 2011 Stewart announced on the show that he had optioned Maziar Bahari‘s book Then They Came For Me, which tells of Bahari’s capture and imprisonment in Iran, where he was jailed and interrogated for 118 days in 2009. Stewart wrote a script based on the book, and will direct the film, Rosewater, later this year. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over the past decade, we’ve grown well acquainted with Judd Apatow‘s improv-heavy, raunchy-sweet brand of comedy. But the filmmaker isn’t content to rest on his laurels. Instead, he’s considering branching out with a different type of project altogether.
In a recent profile, Apatow revealed his ambition to write a play about the criminal justice system. To make matters even more surprising, it may actually end up being a drama. More after the jump.
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The film NO made waves at Cannes back in May, and the trailer has just arrived late in the year to become one of my fave trailers of the season. The film features Gael Garcia Bernal as an ad executive who comes up with a televised ad campaign to unseat Chilean leader General Augusto Pinochet in a vote that took place in 1988. Rather than crafting the typical political ads featuring images depicting an abuse of power, he chose to sell democracy as an attractive lifestyle.
The film was shot on video to emulate the look of the time, and the trailer sells a film that could sit alongside Argo as an effectively dramatized social and political snapshot. No has been a film I very much wanted to see all year, and I quite like this trailer from Sony Classics, which will release the film in the US next year. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Just one month after election night, the 2012 presidential campaign already feels like a distant memory. For most of us, that feels like a good thing. It’s a relief to not have to think about debates, polls, stump speeches, email campaigns, political ads, and what have you for another couple of years. But HBO’s eagerly preparing to relive the magic, with a movie about this year’s big race.
The cable network has just optioned the book Double Down: Game Change 2012 from journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who also penned the source material to this year’s HBO film Game Change. The tome is scheduled to hit shelves in fall 2013, while the movie will air in 2016. More details after the jump.
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In America, we’re told that if we work hard, we can accomplish anything. Jessica Chastain‘s character in Zero Dark Thirty, Maya, personifies that patriotic belief, as over the course of a decade she strives to capture the terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Her inspiring true story is the driving force behind the latest film from the Oscar winners behind The Hurt Locker, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.
Other than being incredibly interesting and historic, what makes Maya’s hunt so riveting is how her goal of finding Bin Laden is constantly opposed by everyone surrounding her. At every turn, powerful American officials argue that the architect of September 11 and Al Qaeda leader is a white whale, an impossible-to-find needle in a haystack. Yet Maya perseveres through almost unfathomable tragedy and opposition, until her efforts culminate on that fateful night in May of 2011.
Zero Dark Thirty is a fantastic, detailed procedural in the mold of Zodiac, All the Presidents Men or The Insider, but with more action along the lines of Traffic or Heat. Structurally, it’s much more straightforward than those films, but the fact that it centers on a strong, singular female character gives it a powerful emotional core. Come 2013, Zero Dark Thirty is going to be a major player at the Oscars. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
If you want to check out David Fincher‘s newest project next year, you’ll find yourself heading not to the theater but to your own living room. The filmmaker is making his first foray into television with House of Cards, a Netflix original series starring Kevin Spacey.
A remake of the BBC miniseries of the same title, House of Cards centers around a ruthless politician (Spacey) clawing his way to the top by any means necessary. Robin Wright plays his equally ambitious wife; Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Kristen Connolly, and Corey Stoll also star. A first trailer has just hit the web. Hit the jump to learn more.
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Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:
- Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
- ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011′s political soap The Kennedys
- Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
- Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
- Watch the trailer for the spy drama The Americans, starring Keri Russell
- Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
- The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
- The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around
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