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First ‘Rosewater’ trailer is about hope, survival, Oscar bait

Jon Stewart’s chops as a political satirist, stand-up comedian, TV host, writer and even actor can be hardly called into question after nearly two decades of The Daily Show, although in recent years his fake news program has started to feel like a poor man’s Colbert Report. Still, the 20-time (!!!) Emmy winner has little more »

Telluride Film Festival nabs ‘Wild’, ‘Imitation Game’, ‘Rosewater’ world premieres

Things are about to get feverishly heated in the 2015 Oscar race, as the Telluride Film Festival just announced a whopper of a lineup in a traditional low-key manner. Not that they’ll ever going to gloat about it like Toronto, New York or Venice do, but the 41st Southern Rocky shindig managed to secure three more »

FX green-lights Galifianakis/C.K. co-created ‘Baskets’ to the surprise of no one

Finally, FX is getting serious about its original comedy programming. The most improved cable network of the past few years has seen its star shine brighter and brighter in the drama and miniseries departments, where it’s started to rival and even defeat the likes of HBO or Showtime for the prestigious trophies. Case in point, more »

Trailer for Amazon’s ‘Transparent': a different kind of ‘Modern Family’

Let’s face it, as much as we wanted to love Amazon’s debut pack of original content and as much as we appreciated the bold initiative to deliver richer competition for Netflix’s compact slate of already acclaimed series, the first pilot season was really underwhelming. Zombieland, perhaps the most high-profile project, didn’t even move past the more »

‘The Affair’ teaser: Everybody has a secret, everybody has a motive

Between Ray Donovan’s brutal messiness, Masters of Sex’s freshness and spunk, Penny Dreadful’s… dreadfulness and the ageless coarse charm of Shameless, Showtime’s current drama slate is, probably for the first time ever, more robust and compact than HBO’s. Oh, if only they’d put Homeland out of its misery already. And replace it with The Affair more »

‘Gone Girl’ TV spot further builds the suspense without actually revealing much

The moment of truth is nearing. Does “Gone Girl” have what it takes to bring its acclaimed director one step closer to living legend status with his long overdue first Oscar, or is the mystery drama just a big, cheap tease that will never resonate with the New York Film Festival audience, let alone the more »

Toronto Fest lineup is complete, Murray and Franco added at the last minute

Just because the Toronto International Film Festival organizers announced a packed selection of Oscar contenders, world, international and North American premiering flicks and high-profile indie titles last month, it doesn’t mean they didn’t keep an ace or two concealed up their sleeves for right before the shindig’s start. Well, maybe not right before, as we’re more »

Patton Oswalt will be back on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ in October

Brooklyn Nine-Nine surprised a lot of pundits with a very unique, cabley sense of humor, strong ensemble cast and simple but clean and well-executed premise. Funny cops and Andy Samberg playing charming and quirky sounded like the perfect recipe for failure, yet Brooklyn won over the critics in no time, snatching an unexpected two Golden more »

Fox turns down Tina Fey-produced ‘Cabot College’, next stop NBC?

It seems not every major stateside TV network can get and appreciate Tina Fey’s very particular, very original sense of humor, and so the 30 Rock star, writer and producer will merely continue her mutually beneficial NBC collaboration. The Peacock, which pulled 30 Rock out of the air in 2013 after seven hilarious, cult-followed, critically more »

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Keanu Reeves searches for glory past in ‘Rain’ TV series

The small screen may no longer be routinely identified as the second-rate refuge of A-list movie actors going through a rough patch, but even with so many current stars voluntarily turning to TV for new challenges and extra creativity leeway, some still only ditch the big screen as a last resort. Keanu Reeves, for instance, more »

‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ emerge as Emmy favorites after Creative Arts wins

Not nearly as high-profile as the big, glitzy, live broadcasted Emmy ceremony, the preceding Creative Arts gala often works as a pacesetter and ballot filler for awards prognosticators. But you have to know how to read and interpret the “Creative” trophies. For instance, even though the all-around nomination count leader, HBO’s oft-snubbed Game of Thrones, more »

‘Equalizer’ preview used to tease Eminem/Sia single, not the other way around

You know how movie trailers these days tend to feed off the popularity and catchiness of music hit singles to boost awareness and hype? Heck, most films don’t even end up using the songs on their actual soundtracks, and oftentimes, there’s but a loose connection between the picture being advertised and the melody in the more »