Escape at Dannemora Writer Michael Tolkin Interview

In 2015, Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of Clinton Correctional prison in the town of Dannemora, with the help of Tilly Mitchell. Matt was having an affair with workplace supervisor Mitchell and convinced her to help them escape. They probably never imagined how the breakout would bring them down, let alone become a Showtime miniseries starring Benicio del Toro as Matt, Paul Dano as Sweat and Patricia Arquette as Mitchell.

Ben Stiller directed the eight hour series Escape at Dannemora, written by Michael Tolkin and Brett Johnson (Jerry Stahl is also credited on two episodes). Johnson came from reality TV and worked on Castle, Mad Men and Ray Donovan. Meanwhile, Tolkin was a Hollywood screenwriter in demand in the ‘90s, and penned the definitive Hollywood fiction The Player, which became a landmark Robert Altman movie.

Tolkin spoke with /Film before Showtime’s Television Critics Association panel for Escape at Dannemora. In addition to the Showtime series, we discussed his transition from film to television, and some of his early industry work like the Christian Slater skateboard vehicle Gleaming the Cube and the short-lived Animal House TV series Delta House.

Escape at Dannemora premieres Sunday, November 18 at 10pm on Showtime. Read More »

Escape at Dannemora trailer

In 2015, two men broke out of a prison in upstate New York. They were helped by an employee who was having affairs with both of them, and a 20-day manhunt captured the nation’s imagination. Now, the incredible true story is getting the limited series treatment at Showtime with some heavy hitters on board to star. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) plays the prison employee at the center of the controversy, Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) plays one of the convicts, and Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) plays the mastermind of the prison break. And Ben Stiller (yes, that Ben Stiller) is directing.

Check out the Escape at Dannemora trailer below.
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Ben Stiller showtime series

Ben Stiller is set to direct a new Showtime miniseries, Escape at Dannemora, this fall. The prison escape drama will star Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Paul Dano (Swiss Army Man), and Academy Award-winner Patricia Arquette (Boyhood). The miniseries is based on a true story involving a 20-day manhunt.

Below, learn more about the new Ben Stiller Showtime series.

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‘Toy Story 4’ Adds Patricia Arquette to Voice Cast

Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

Patricia Arquette got the Academy’s stamp of approval earlier this year, picking up an Oscar for her phenomenal, decade-spanning work in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Now she’s caught the attention of an (arguably) even more highly respected Hollywood institution: Pixar. Arquette is in talks to join the voice cast of Toy Story 4, alongside returning stars Tom Hanks and Tim AllenRead More »

the wannabe trailer

All modern Mafia movies live in the shadow of Goodfellas, so being able to pull Martin Scorsese‘s name out of your back pocket is very useful when you’re trying to see your new mob drama. The masterful director was only an executive producer on The Wannabe, but seeing his name pop up on screen can’t help but lend this trailer a pinch of two of legitimacy. Okay, movie: you have our attention. Now what?

The Wannabe is a fictionalized take on the story of Thomas and Rosemarie Uva, starring Vincent Piazza and Patricia Arquette as the doomed couple who got way in over their heads with the New York City criminal underworld during the 1992 trial of John Gotti. Slick back your hair, put on your best suit and check out the the Wannabe trailer below.

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best worst 2015 oscar moments

The instant the 87th Annual Academy Awards ended, the dissection began. What was good? What was bad? Was anything offensive? How about inspirational? This year’s event, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, had all of that and more. Let’s not delay, below you can see the best and worst 2015 Oscar moments. Read More »

The Best Performances of 2014

Selma trailer

The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.

There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: 9 Kisses, Video Series That Encompass Acting in 2014

9 Kisses

As the end of the year approaches, critics and awards voters everywhere are scrambling to put together their lists of 2014’s best performances. But the New York Times has outdone them all by actually getting the brightest talents of the year in a room together — and then asking them lock lips with one another.

The 9 Kisses video series pairs off 18 of the year’s best actors, ranging from established A-listers (Reese Witherspoon) to recent breakthroughs (Jenny Slate). Each couple plays out an intimate moment in a public setting at night, though the details within those parameters vary wildly. Some of the kisses are passionate and warm, others are awkward or funny. Watch the 9 Kisses videos after the jump.  Read More »

boyhood making-of

2014 has been the year of Boyhood, Richard Linklater‘s 12-years in the making chronicle of a Texas family. The film debuted to great praise at Sundance back in January, and twelve months later it is causing a stir as critics groups in Boston and Los Angeles hand it several awards. (Including a well-deserved Best Actress win for Patricia Arquette from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.) The film hits digital HD today, and will be on DVD and Blu in January. To help promote that digital release, IFC has offered up a great ten-minute video that looks at the twelve-year process of creating the movie. Read More »

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First Boyhood Footage

There isn’t a film quite like Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, which follows an American family over the course of more than a decade. Linklater shot the film, with cast Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and newcomers Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater, over twelve years. Each year he brought the cast together for a scene or two. With an effortless air, Richard Linklater “documents” the growth of two siblings, played by Coltrane and the younger Linklater, and the evolution of their family. See the first Boyhood footage below.

Update: Sorry, looks like Access Hollywood didn’t have the license to put this footage online, and IFC has pulled it. We’ll get back to you when there’s a legit trailer embed.

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