The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, The Hollywood Reporter hosted a roundtable discussion with the buzzed about dramatic actors of television. Plus, director Brad Bird talks about directing, The Iron Giant and The Simpsons, and Conan revealed a reel of auditions from Jodie Foster, Tig Notaro and more for the upcoming DC Comics movie Batgirl. Read More »
Sometimes director Steven Spielberg can toil away for years trying to find the perfect combination of elements to tell a story, and other times he’s able to fast-track the entire process from idea to finished product in less than a year. He’s doing the latter with a new film called The Papers (formerly known as The Post): he signed on in March and the movie comes out this December. It tells the true story of the controversial publication of classified documents known as the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s.
Spielberg had already managed to snag Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to star, but now he’s assembled a spectacular supporting cast to join his heavy hitters, including actors from Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Fargo, and more. Ain’t no party like a Spielberg party. Read who else has come on board the filmmaker’s Pentagon Papers movie below.
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FX’s The Americans will soon wrap up season four. The Cold War-era drama, which first aired in 2013, saw a drop in viewerships with season two and three. The Americans has never been a juggernaut in the ratings, which has often made fans worry the show wouldn’t end on its own terms. FX has remained a major supporter of the show, ratings be damned, and the network will allow the series’ co-runners Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg to complete the drama with two final seasons.
Below, learn more about The Americans final seasons.
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Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
For the past three years, The Americans has quietly become one of the best shows on television. Joseph Weisberg‘s unflinching tale of spies and family and 1980s America was good from its pilot, but it became great in its second season and magnificent in its third. There are no shortage of espionage stories being told on TV these days, but The Americans, gray and pessimistic and brutal and loaded with all of the necessary dread for a Cold War story, is unafraid to explore what the actual life of a spy would be like. It’s all waiting, punctuated by moments of horrible violence and tough decisions.
The first snippet of marketing for the new season has arrived and while it’s not much, it’s a reminder that this really is one of the most compelling things on television and that FX is doing good work by brining it back. In a perfect universe, this show would be as popular and talked-about as Fargo.
Watch the The Americans season 4 teaser after the jump.
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Bradley Cooper has already been nominated for an Oscar four times, and The Weinstein Company is probably hoping that he can get another nomination as a struggling chef desperately trying to make a comeback in a big way.
Burnt sees Cooper play Adam Jones, a former star chef who landed two coveted Michelin stars, and as one of the characters in the new Burnt trailer says, you have to be like Luke Skywalker in order to get just one of them. But what if he’s more like the Darth Vader of chefs? Either way, Jones now wants his third Michelin star, and he’s pulling out all the stops to make it happen. Read More »
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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Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
This special edition of TV Bits looks to the future, with several bits of info about new projects in development. After the jump:
- Kelsey Grammer produces a Freakonomics-inspired drama for NBC
- Warren Ellis‘ crime novel Gun Machine is being adapted for TV by Fox
- Fox is developing a television adaptation of Danny Boyle‘s The Beach
- The CW is prepping its own contemporary take on Sleepy Hollow
- FX picks up The Americans, a Cold War drama starring Keri Russell
- Luther creator Neil Cross and the BBC consider an Alice-centric spinoff
- Terry Crews‘ Camacho could feature in a web-based Idiocracy spinoff
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