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‘Time To Choose’ Clip: Charles Ferguson’s Telluride Docu On Climate Change Spotlights Solar In Kenya

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“Most of Kenya’s 40 million people don’t have access to conventional electricity.” It’s an attention-getting quote from a new documentary on climate change that screens tonight at the Telluride Film Festival. Oscar-winning Inside Job filmmaker Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose outlines the broad range of global climate challenges and focuses on the race against time to implement existing solutions. Spanning five continents, it focuses on the innovators, leaders and… Read

‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Trailer: Idris Elba As Warlord, Recruiter Of Child Soldiers – Venice

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Here’s a new trailer (above) for Netflix’s child soldier drama Beasts Of No Nation which is hitting the trio of fall film festivals. The Cary Fukunaga-helmed pic debuted in competition here in Venice on Thursday and has received very positive reviews. Idris Elba stars with newcomer Abraham Attah in the story that’s based on the book by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. In the film, a boy named Agu is torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an unnamed African… Read

‘Bastard Executioner’ Review: Kurt Sutter’s Strong Series Cuts Sharp & Deep

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You know that overused quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald that there are no second acts in American lives? Well, add Kurt Sutter to the list of those who've proved The Great Gatsby author wrong. With the debut of The Bastard Executioner on FX on September 15 at 10 PM, the Sons Of Anarchy creator has, as my video review above says, crafted a strong show that cuts sharp and deep. Honestly, it is something you don't want to miss. Set in the Wales of the 14th century with English… Read

‘The Mindy Project’ Review: New Hulu Home Sees Comedy In Top Form

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A little more than five months after The Mindy Project ended its third and final season on Fox, the comedy is back on September 15 for a fourth season – now on Hulu. Unlike some cancelled network shows that have made the move online, the Universal Television-produced series, as my video review above says, hasn't lost any of its strengths in translation. On Hulu, as previously on Fox, TMP is funny, witty and hitting its high marks. The fact is, as fans of the series likely… Read

Stephen Colbert Mocks Jeb Bush Plan To Run Campaign Contest Off ‘Late Show’ Debut

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UPDATED with Jeb Bush response: The GOP candidate took to Twitter tonight to make the best of the dressing down Stephen Colbert gave him for not checking with Colbert first before launching a contest to raise money off his first night hosting The Late Show: .@StephenAtHome I'm in. See you September 8th my man — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 3, 2015 PREVIOUSLY: Stephen Colbert is pretty steamed that Jeb Bush’s campaign has launched a raffle to… Read

‘Hand Of God’ Review: Amazon Loses Faith With Weak New Series

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When the Hand Of God pilot went up on Amazon last year, I thought the Ben Watkins written and Marc Foster helmed drama was a work in progress. As my video review above says, the September 4 debut of the whole first season reveals the series to be one of the weakest offerings by the streaming service yet. The 10-episode Hand Of God launches from the premise of a vengeful, vision obsessed and crazed corrupt Judge Pernell Harris played by Ron Perlman, seeking out the man who… Read

Paul Haggis On Sweating Awards Season: “It’s So Childish”


We all hate being judged — or, at least I do — but most of us don’t have that as a months-long requirement. If you’re a filmmaker though, that’s half your year. Double Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash) has some experience with that, and in an exclusive clip from this week’s episode of Colaborator’s ongoing Gatekeepers series, he spills on the awards-season rat race and (politely) poxes the whole thing. Calling the trophy-show crush “childish,” Haggis makes it clear he’s… Read

Dean Jones Dies: Star Of Disney’s ‘The Love Bug’ And Sondheim’s ‘Company’ Was 84

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UPDATE Thursday morning: Larry Kert was Tony-nominated, but didn’t win for Company. Dean Jones, the affable actor best known for leading roles in several family Disney films of the 1960s and ’70s including The Love Bug and That Darn Cat! — as well as creating one of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic leading roles on Broadway in Company — died Tuesday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Born on January 25, 1931, in Decatur, AL, Jones began singing and… Read

Samantha Bee Goes ‘Full Frontal’; TBS Show To Premiere In January

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This morning TBS unveiled the second of what appears to be a series of Samantha Bee-snarks-on-male-body-parts promos for her upcoming topical show. The program has been given a name: Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, and a January premiere, but no launch date or timeslot were announced. Most money is on the post-Conan timeslot formerly occupied by Pete Holmes and George Lopez, on the assumption Full Frontal will be a weeknight latenight show. "Don't watch my new show just… Read

‘Everest’ Review: Big-Screen 3D Adventure Hits A New Peak


Set for its world premiere tonight as the opener of the Venice Film Festival, Everest is the kind of big-screen adventure picture Hollywood used to make regularly but seems to have forgotten about in the rush to comic book movies. This true story based on the ill-fated 1996 expeditions to the peak of the imposing Mount Everest has, as I say in my video review (click the link above), been brought to life with stunning clarity by director Baltasar Kormakur in a movie… Read

Troy Miller Producing NBC Digital’s ‘Hidden America’, Watchup Streaming News Launches Wii U App


Troy Miller (Dakota Pictures) will produce ten episodes of Hidden America, an NBC Digital comedy series starring Jonah Ray. The series will be in essence a comedic version of Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown,' in which Ray will travel to real settings, but talk to fictional people. "This is a real opportunity for me to really talk to fake people in real cities all over this really great country," Ray said about the show. Ten half-hour episodes will be produced, including… Read

Trevor Noah Assures Correspondents “Nothing’s Going To Change” On ‘The Daily Show’


“It's still The Daily Show, nothing's going to change," Trevor Noah assures the three remaining members of Jon Stewart’s Best F#@king News Team Ever – and viewers –  in a new promo video for Noah’s September 28 debut as host. Days earlier, The Daily Show announced it had hired Baratunde Thurston to oversee creation and production of original content for digital and social outlets, calling the hire part of the “evolution of The Daily Show under new host Trevor Noah."… Read