Last night brought the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards to FOX, and well, we’re just glad that the awards and acceptance speeches were remarkable, because the broadcast of television’s biggest night wasn’t super enjoyable. Without a host, the show felt nearly lifeless, and the few moments of entertainment came from a handful of presenters and the wonderful, consistent, and silly presence of Thomas Lennon. But we’ll get to that later.
Despite the disappointing broadcast of the 2019 Emmys last night, there were still some highlights to be found from the show, especially from the speeches, not to mention a few surprises among the award recipients, and several television records broken and set. So let’s get down to the finer points of the 2019 Emmys broadcast from last night. Read More »
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, watch a roundtable discussion with potential dramatic actress Emmy contenders like Emilia Clarke, Danai Gurira, Patricia Arquette and more. Plus, listen as Forrest Gump production designer Rick Carter breaks down the work that went into Gary Sinise’s introduction as Lieutenant Dan, and watch as Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin get spicy. Read More »
After her chameleonic performance in Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora, Oscar winner Patricia Arquette is heading back to television. This time, Arquette joins young actress Joey King (The Kissing Booth, Fargo) in the first season of Hulu’s The Act, an anthology series that tells true crime stories, and it looks like she delivers another standout performance here, too. Check out the trailer for The Act below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018 by Fred Topel
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 »
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 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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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 Allen. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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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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 »
Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
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 »