‘The Simpsons’ Kills Off Character
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of Sunday night's The Simpsons episode.
After a year of a ton of speculation and a few clues, The Simpsons finally revealed in its season premiere last night which character was dying. Fans reactions to the episode, titled “Clown In The Dumps,” have been mixed, probably because of the big buildup. "This is going to be a bigger deal than King Joffrey on Game Of Thrones - the Yellow Wedding!" executive producer Al Jean had quipped e… Read
Amazon Sets Season 2 Premiere For ‘Alpha House’
Amazon Studios will be dropping all 10 episodes of the second season of Garry Trudeau's political comedy Alpha House on Friday, Oct. 24 on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the U.S., UK and Germany. The series which follows a group of Republican senators who live under one roof, and stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy, finds its protaganists at the precipice of a midterm election this season with one of them, Senator Guzman (Consuelos) prepping… Read
Jon Hamm, Oona Chaplin, Rafe Spall Board C4’s Mind-Bending ‘Black Mirror’ Christmas Special
Extending his relationship with British television, Jon Hamm will co-star in a feature-length special of International Emmy-winning satirical drama Black Mirror. Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin are also joining Hamm in the special to air at Christmas on the UK's Channel 4. The anthology series, which taps into contemporary unease about the modern world in audacious 'What if?' scenarios, has aired two runs of three episodes each since 2011. The holiday episode, which begins… Read
Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl To Star In Period Thriller ‘Colonia’
German helmer Florian Gallenberger won an Oscar for his 2000 short film Quiero Ser (I Want To Be…) and followed that up with such features as Honolulu and City Of War: The Story Of John Rabe. Both those films starred Daniel Bruhl with whom the director is reteaming on Colonia. Principal photography is about to begin on the thriller that has Emma Watson opposite Bruhl in a tale inspired by true events. They play a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military… Read
Sky Atlantic, Canal Plus To Track ‘The Last Panthers’ In Jewel Heist Drama Series
EXCLUSIVE: After their collaboration on cross-Channel, bilingual series The Tunnel, the UK's Sky Atlantic and France's Canal Plus are reteaming for another international crime drama, The Last Panthers. The six-part hourlong thriller will star Samantha Morton, John Hurt and Tahar Rahim. It's based on the notorious Pink Panthers, a group of Balkan jewel thieves that has pulled off spectacular heists worldwide and has been suspected of the July 2013 theft of $136M worth of… Read
Rose Byrne Makes Broadway Debut In Breathless ‘You Can’t Take It With You’
What becomes a legendary comedy most? Laughs, of course. Oscar Madison saying “F.U. Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!” — why, I'll bet you laughed just remembering the first time you heard that line from The Odd Couple.
Did any writers understand more perfectly how to extract laughs from an audience than George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart? None put preposterous people in ordinary situations, and ordinary people in preposterous situations, more knowingly… Read
Harvey Weinstein Promises No `Premium’ Tix For ‘Neverland’
The iceman cameth Sunday, to Cambridge, Mass., dumping a bucketful on New York Post Broadway columnist Michael Riedel. It was a positive outcome for all as Harvey Weinstein, tending his Times Square-bound musical Finding Neverland, exacted revenge for Riedel's reports on the show's bumpy ride to opening night. Weinstein also agreed to forgo the legal scalping known as Premium tickets, and to Read
‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘New Girl’ Lead Tuesday Live+3 Ratings Gains
How competitive is Monday night this fall? There were a whopping six telecasts on the season's opening night to add more than a rating point among adults 18-49 in Live+3, with four of them gaining a 1.5 or more points. In comparison, only one program on Tuesday, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., added more than a rating point in 18-49, and the gain was a 1.1. That represented a 52 percent lift vs. Live+same day (2.2) for the comic book drama.
Like Fox's Sleepy Hollow, S.H.I… Read
Update: Sophie Turner Laing To Run Shine/Endemol/Core Mega-Indie TV Production Company
UPDATE, MONDAY 1:55 AM PT: Following yesterday's news that Sophie Turner Laing is primed to be CEO of the proposed Shine, Endemol and Core mega-indie, Shine Group CEO Alex Mahon has confirmed she will leave the company. The move was expected, and the exec has announced her departure to staff internally. Mahon will remain through the transition period with insiders suggesting she will be aboard for a few months before moving on. She joined Shine in 2006, originally as… Read
Gerard Butler Eyes Babak Najafi As ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel Helmer
EXCLUSIVE: Looks like Gerard Butler won't be alone for London Has Fallen, the Millennium Films sequel to the action hit Olympus Has Fallen. Babak Najafi, best known for helming Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (better known as the sequel to Snabba Cash) is now in discussions to helm the action film that is being transplanted to the Blighty.
This has been a hot open assignment since Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond bristled at the scale of the movie and exited. He got the… Read
Bart & Fleming: On 70s Films, UA Resurrection, Goat Horns And Glory
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
FLEMING: I found it interesting that audiences turned up their noses at A Walk Among The Tombstones, a thriller that had what should have been all you need for a hit -- Liam Neeson on a one-sheet, holding a gun. The filmmaker Scott Frank made a throwback to the '70s films he grew up… Read
‘Skeleton Twins’ Robust In Specialty Box-Office Expansion; ‘Pride’ Solid In Debut
Even with another flood of specialty film debuts, The Skeleton Twins, the dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, had another impressive box office showing in its third weekend. Meanwhile, another dozen films tried to elbow past last week's 14 newcomers and numerous others already in the market, to middling success among those reporting.
Other than Twins, the holdovers that look like they're gaining some autumnal momentum include IFC Films' The Trip To Italy with Ste… Read