December 12, 2012 |
Cable dramas and network comedies were in the spotlight Wednesday morning as the nominees for the 19 th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced. In the drama category, cable favorites like “Homeland,” “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “Boardwalk Empire” picked up multiple nominations, while network series were all but overlooked. The same was true in the TV movie or miniseries category, where HBO's “Hemingway & Gellhorn” and “Game Change” and History's “Hatfields & McCoys” were honored.
January 14, 2012
Lions Gate Highest-grossing movies (worldwide ticket sales) 1. "The Expendables" -- $274. 5 million 2. "Fahrenheit 9/11" -- $222.4 million 3. "Saw III" -- $164.8 million 4. " Saw II" -- $147.7 million 5. "Saw IV"-- $139.3 million TV shows include: "Mad Men" "Weeds" "Nurse Jackie" "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" Management: CEO Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns ...
May 17, 2010 |
When "House" debuted on Fox in the fall of 2004, coverage quickly evolved into two basic story lines: Sherlock Holmes and Hugh Laurie. That the character of medical detective/misanthrope Gregory House was based on the world's most famous detective was an instant source of rousing geek-joy among those who write about television because, among other things, it allowed us to establish some smarty-pants literary credibility. The same was true with Laurie, who, at the time, was known in the States mostly for playing Bertie Wooster to Stephen Fry's Jeeves in the British series "Jeeves and Wooster."
December 4, 2012 |
Netflix Inc. has acquired exclusive U.S. rights to movies from Walt Disney Studios in a deal that catapults the Internet video-on-demand service into direct competition with pay TV giants such as HBO and Showtime. The three-year agreement takes effect in 2016 and is a blow to the pay channel Starz, which currently has the rights to broadcast Disney movies, including its Pixar animated films and Marvel superhero pictures, about eight months after they are released in theaters. Starz's sole remaining movie provider is now Sony Pictures.
September 24, 2012 |
Showtime has come a long way since the days of "Red Shoe Diaries. " Once best known for rock concerts and semi-soft-core movies and television shows, Showtime now has a trophy-filled case it can boast about. With "Homeland" taking home Emmy Awards for lead actor, lead actress and drama, the premium cable channel has shaken once and for all the perception that it is an also-ran to its bigger rival HBO as well as to other more broadly distributed cable networks such as AMC and FX. If that's not enough, President Obama has said "Homeland" is one of his favorite shows.
March 28, 2011
SERIES The Secret Life of the American Teenager: As a new season opens, Amy (Shailene Woodley) wants to go to the next level with Ricky (Daren Kagasoff) (8 and 10 p.m. ABC Family). Harry's Law: Harry (Kathy Bates) defends a former colleague who killed his business partner during an armed standoff in this new episode (10 p.m. NBC). Nurse Jackie: A new season opens with Jackie's (Edie Falco) indiscretions continuing to put a strain on her personal relationships (10 p.m. Showtime)
September 23, 2012 |
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series for her role as frazzled Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO's "Veep. " Louis-Dreyfus had won the category in 2006 for "The New Adventures of Old Christine. " Louis-Dreyfus, 51, won an Emmy for supporting actress in a comedy in 1996 as Elaine Benes in "Seinfeld. " She has received 13 Emmy nominations for her comedy series work. VIDEO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus talks comedy Louis-Dreyfus topped a field that included Lena Dunham in "Girls," Melissa McCarthy in "Mike & Molly," Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl," Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation," Tina Fey in "30 Rock" and Edie Falco in "Nurse Jackie.
September 10, 2013 |
Lionsgate has promoted Kevin Beggs to chairman of its Television Group as part of his new long-term contract, the company said Tuesday. Beggs, who has been with the company for 15 years, will continue to oversee development and production of programming at Lionsgate and will report to Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate's chief executive. “He is an integral part of a management team notable for its breadth, depth and continuity, and we are confident that...
November 27, 2011 |
A panic-stricken middle-aged man, wearing little more than a gas mask and tighty-whities, is driving a dilapidated RV across the desert. Two unconscious bodies and a dead one slide around in the back — near his portable methamphetamine lab. He wants to make money before he dies of cancer. A slightly younger man, dressed in snug leather pants and a glittery top with a plunging neckline, is gyrating his hips for an arcade dance contest. He's doing the robot to a mix of "Sometimes When We Touch.
December 12, 2013 |
Emmys, Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes -- every nomination morning has its share of "what were they thinking?" moments. As in "How could the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. totally snub 'Game of Thrones' and 'Masters of Sex's' Lizzy Caplan this year?" And there it normally ends, the frustration confined to those crazy folks who cast their ballots and invariably prove with their capricious taste the arbitrary nature of awards. Until this year when the alarmingly good "Orange Is the New Black" was excluded from the list of Golden Globe nominees for best comedy not because HFPA members wouldn't know a game-changing comedy if it hit them in the face with a slipper made from maxipads, but because Netflix submitted it as a drama.