Jane Campion‘s last film was the truly excellent Bright Star, and after a movie like that I’d normally leap at any opportunity to see the director’s next effort. But I missed Campion’s new mini-series Top of the Lake at Sundance, because doing the project justice required a seven-hour commitment, and I couldn’t make that work at the fest.
On television, however, Top of the Lake has room to stretch. This trailer for the procedural suggests that the relatively short time investment is one very much worth making. Top of the Lake stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as an investigator who leads the search for a missing girl in an unusual, challenging township. The impressive supporting cast also includes actors such as Peter Mullan, David Wenham, and Holly Hunter, who could be mistaken as playing Campion.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
AMC’s still playing coy with the return date for Breaking Bad‘s final season, even though star Aaron Paul seemingly let it slip earlier this month. But if they won’t say when Walt and Jesse will be back on the screen, at least they’ve finally revealed when the hard-working men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce will. The cable network has just announced a spring bow for Mad Men, which is entering its sixth (and second-to-last) season. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve already seen a couple of trailers for Walter Salles‘ adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s Beat classic On the Road, but the latest to hit may be the most arresting one yet. Thanks to sharp editing and a relentless pounding drumbeat, it does a fairly good job of capturing the heady exuberance of being young and carefree, hopped up on drugs, and in pursuit of the next awesome thing.
Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart star as the central trio of Dean Moriarty, Sal Paradise, and Marylou as they journey across America, crossing paths with all manner of people along the way. The star-studded supporting cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Alice Braga, and Terrence Howard. Check out the video after the jump.
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Major actors going to TV and major characters returning to TV are just two of the following TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- MTV’s new found footage show, The Experiment, is inspired by Paranormal Activity.
- Mark Strong will star in an AMC pilot called Low Winter Sun.
- Channing Tatum’s wife Jenna Dewan (above) will romance Adam Levine on American Horror Story season 2.
- Matthew Weiner talks seasons 6 and 7 of Mad Men including Elisabeth Moss‘ role.
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Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
For the princely (or make that kingly) sum of $30,000 plus shipping and handling, you can spend the next season of Game of Thrones watching from an Iron Throne of your very own. Also after the jump:
- Bruce Boxleitner says Tron: Uprising is “not a kiddie show”
- Friends With Kids‘ Jennifer Westfeldt goes to HBO
- Rebel Wilson‘s Super Fun Night could be headed to ABC
- Is a Mad Men star leaving the show for good?
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On Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss‘s character Peggy Olson is one of the key ingredients to the show’s recreation of the 1960s. She makes mistakes, as all the characters do, but is a key part of the show’s conscience, and a manifestation of progressiveness. It is a character that could so easily have just been a walking symbol, but Moss gives Peggy real life; a simple shot of her perceptive, weighted gaze is enough to pass judgement on other characters, even as Peggy is sometimes tempted to join in the shenanigans.
Commitment to Mad Men has prevented Moss from taking many big feature film roles, but there is an indie that has been around for a few years (looks like the film was originally shot just as Mad Men was starting, in 2007) in which she plays one of the two leads. The film is A Buddy Story, and it is an oh-so-indie looking road trip story involving a rootless musician (Gavin Bellour) and the neighbor (Moss) who joins him on the road to escape part of her own life.
The film will finally be released next month, and a trailer is out now. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Thanks to those ugly contract negotiations between AMC and showrunner Matt Weiner, it’s been over a year since the last episode of Mad Men aired. But patient fans will be rewarded soon, as the fifth season of the stylish AMC drama is set to premiere just over a month from today. To remind you of that fact, AMC has released a series of teasers featuring key players Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Joan (Christina Hendricks), Roger (John Slattery), Betty (January Jones), Pete (Vincent Kartheiser), and of course, Don (Jon Hamm). Watch them after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
On paper, Lawrence Kasdan‘s Darling Companion sounds promising. Kasdan, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and filmmaker, directed the drama from a script he co-wrote with his wife Meg Kasdan, also an Oscar nominee. The star-studded cast, as the trailer is happy to remind you, includes two Academy Award nominees (Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepard) and three Academy Award winners (Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, and Kevin Kline), as well as promising younger actors like Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. But at the end of the day, no number of collective accolades can guarantee an interesting picture, and unfortunately, the trailer for Darling Companion looks pretty cringeworthy.
The Kasdans’ screenplay revolves around a dissatisfied older woman named Beth (Keaton) who adopts an abandoned dog she finds on the side of the road and finds contentment in her bond with him. But when Beth’s self-absorbed husband (Kline) loses the dog, the couple pull together a search party to find him and everyone finds that they’re affected by the experience in unexpected ways. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
As Garrett Hedlund continues his negotiations over the lead role of Kaneda in Warner Bros.’ Akira remake, the studio and director Jaume Collet-Serra are wasting no time filling in the other roles as well. Buried in one report about Hedlund starring in the film was a tidbit about Keira Knightley being approached for the project. Though her possible role has not been revealed, I’m guessing she’s up for the part of Kaneda’s love interest Kei, member of an underground rebel group.
Knightley’s involvement is far from a done deal at this point, as she’s yet to enter talks. Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman, who were also given offers last month, apparently aren’t any farther along in the process either. Still, the fact that they’ve been approached at all suggests the filmmakers are hoping for a certain caliber of talent for the movie. (Not to mention a certain level of British-ness.) Knightley and Bonham Carter have both been nominated for Oscars in the past, and while Oldman has somehow escaped that honor, it’s not for lack of deserving. [The Hollywood Reporter via The Playlist]
After the jump, another potential project for Gary Oldman, while Jane Campion gets Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, and David Wenham to sign on for her latest.
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