After a long hiatus, Revolution finally returned to NBC on March 25 with the second half of the season. Executive producer Eric Kripke and actress Elizabeth Mitchell in an interview promised a better future of the show.
"When you're off-air for four months, you can only hold your breath and hope that the fans will return - said Kripke during a teleconference. - The break has given to producers and writers the time to understand what works in this show, and what does not and how to make it better. It allowed us to make TV series better and this is my main priority. The series will be better because of the hiatus".
Although the last time “Revolution” came four months ago, the premiere of the second half of the season under the title «The Stand» starts right where the last episode ended. Miles (Billy Burke) and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) finally found Danny (Graham Rogers), and took him and Rachel (Mitchell) from the hands of Monroe (David Lyons). But Monroe used an amp, which gave him Rachel and began a full-scale attack against the refugees.
"The first part of the season and the search for Danny was the prologue and much more exciting story - says Kripke, adding - I like the first half, but the second one is better, no doubt."
Kripke and Mitchell promised us five things to expect from the return of “Revolution”:
- Key issues, including the cause of blackout, will be answered.
"This is my style - says Kripke. - Ask questions, ask more questions and to answer them. In the second half of the season viewers can expect this. I prefer the aggressive, exciting pace of the narrative. In the thirteenth episode, Rachel fully tells the whole story about why there was a blackout. Every time I watch this scene, I think, “Wow, we just take and tell it like it is. " The lack of scenes in which the main secrets are laid in three minutes, is contrary to instinct of director".
- We'll learn more about the history of Miles and Rachel.
"One of my favorite scenes - a future scene with Miles in the moonlight on the water, there are beautiful dialogues and shooting. It was simple and sweet - just the kind of scenes that I like to play and watch, "- says Mitchell.
"You could say that this scene hints at a deeper and more complex story between Rachel and Miles - says Kripke. Basically, the scene is based on looks, but a lot is passed in a little conversation. "
"Well, we'll find out about their relationship - adds Mitchell. -They are deeper and richer than I thought. There is a theory that people are together due to common pain. I think that in the hearts of Rachel and Miles are experiencing the same thing. "
- Mysterious science of Grace (Mary Howell) returns to the key role.
"At the end of the 7th and 8th episode we discovered that Randall (Colm Fiore) brought her to a mysterious place - said Kripke. - On the 11th episode we'll tell you what is this place, why Randall led her of what he called her to and so on. This place is very important to the plot, it became the center of the universe, figuratively speaking. All characters drawn there because of the importance of the place and importance of Grace herself."
- Charlie and Nate (JD Pardo) relationships
"Nate's waiting for radical changes in the relationship with his father (Giancarlo Esposito) and the police - says Kripke. - Charlie "sitting in the front seat" in these dramatic turns. Between them will be attraction. And then we demolish because the main question here is, whether they are together or not, and whether they will pass the obstacles that have to? "
- Let Rachel is no longer a prisoner of Monroe, but her problems are just beginning.
"Events in the first episode ... - Mitchell said warily. - Bet my character can certainly be even higher, but I do not see how. Its primary objective - the protection of the family. Amazingly, it did not break. "
"In the last moments of the 11 episodes you will find a crazy twist - says Kripke of the crucial scene with Rachel. - Everything is so exquisite and so beautiful that I can not believe this is happening. Will be tears and knives. The scene is just gorgeous. "
Reporting on his retirement from the cinema, Steven Soderbergh did not specify that he will stay on TV. Completed the picture "Behind the candelabra" for HBO channel, director will take up the classic novel by John Barth "The Sot-Weed Factor" and make a TV series.
Bart's book, written in 1960, is the debut work of a writer in the genre of post-modernism.
"The Sot-Weed Factor" - a satirical epic of the colonization of Maryland, the effect of which is developed in the late XVII century. The novel is based on the life of poet Ebenezer Cooke, who wrote the poem "The Sot-Weed Factor." Bart Cooke - a poet and a virgin, an innocent young man who moved from London to Maryland, where inherits his father's farm of tobacco. He is trying to write an epic poem, but gradually sinking into a satire.
Soderbergh promised to leave the cinema and start painting and writing books. But soon the director has staged two musicals in the theater (one based on the movie "Super Mike", the other - the rock musical "Cleopatra"). To these have been added and more long-standing project of director, the film adaptation of "The Sot-Weed Factor."
About the desire to make a film, based on the novel of Bart, Soderbergh told long ago. In 2010, the director said that the movie does not work, most likely, "The Sot-Weed Factor" will be a mini TV series. And so it happened. The project is spread over 12 episodes, but what channel will be taken to assist the director, is not known.
"I think I figured out a way to shoot it cheap - said Stephen in an interview. - I don’t want to shoot a 12-hour comedy for $ 85 million, the effect of which develops in the XVII century. And I started to think about how to change it. "
Rather, Soderbergh has found a way to take action in our time - the only way, which greatly reduce the cost of production.
Cable channel announced this and many other news at the annual presentation in New York.
Here are some plans of the channel for the future:
- Sister channel of FX, FXX, begins broadcasting on September 2 and will be aimed at a younger audience 18-34 (while FX is aimed at the 18-49 audience). To a new channel will move comedy “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (renewed for the tenth Season), “The League” (extended to the 5th and 6th season) and “Legit” (renewed for the second Season).
- The new FX tagline will become «Fearless».
- The premiere of the second season of “The Americans” will be hold in January 2014.
- As always, “American Horror Story” will be released just under Halloween.
- The fourth season of “Louie” will be shown in May 2014.
- The premiere of the new drama “The Bridge” with Damian Bishir and Diane Kruger in the lead roles will be held in July this year.
- FX ordered a mini-series, based on the movie "Fargo." Producers of the show will be Joel and Ethan Coen, the directors of the original movie of 1996. Filming is scheduled for December.
- In addition, there will be a lot of miniseries, which will be the basis for another nursing channel FX, FXM (Fox Movie Channel), aimed at an audience of 25 to 54 years: “Grand Hotel” from Sam Mendes about a fictional terrorist plot in Paris; “Sutton” from Alexander Payne and Michael De Luca of the famous bank robber; “Mad Dogs” by Sean Ryan, based on the British miniseries of the same name; “The Story of Mayflower” from Paul Giamatti and Gil Netter of the first settlers of the New World.
- Shooting of the pilot of “The Strain” by Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse will begin this summer. FX president John Lendgraf said that a possible serial "rethink the vampire genre", while del Toro promises "a unique biological approach" to vampirism. “The Strain” is a screen adaptation of the series of books and talks about a group of people struggling with the vampire plague.
The producers of the upcoming series on CBS “Under the Dome”, based on the novel by Stephen King, gave a brief interview at the festival WonderCon, which will help us to understand what can we expect from the series with Mike Vogel, Dean Norris and Rochelle Lefevre in the lead roles.
In the series, which will premiered on June 24, a small New England town is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world a huge transparent dome. By pressing problems (shrinking supplies, how to get out of the damn thing) soon added personal conflicts. But this is not all. Let’s see what say producers of the show.
The series will differ from the book
Vaughn said the King gave them a blessing to create beyond the book. "He told us that we can use the book as a starting point. To use characters, plots, but were not afraid to add something new. During one of his visits to the writers' room King expressed support for those changes, for which, as I thought he job me"- joked Vaughn.
This is not “Lost”, but we will try to take all the best of the “Lost”
Though in “Under the Dome” will be engaged many graduates as Lost on one side of the camera (Jeff Fahey, who played Frank Lapidus, will play the sheriff in the pilot), and on the other. "The main thing to stay ourselves and create a unique show," - said Bender. But Vaughn added that this does not mean that they would not borrow a couple of ideas. "After Lost there were many series, promised not to repeat its mistakes. So where are those series now? So we will try to take all the best of the Lost. "In particular this applies to characters”, explained Wong. "Our goal - to create characters that will be central to the plot, and thus will complement it. Each week, the characters will get a chance to show you who they are, "- said Lefevre.
This is not a post-apocalyptic TV series
"If there was a dome over Los Angeles, the apocalypse would not come," - explained Bender. “Under the Dome” will talk about chaos going on, and one of the main players on this stage will be the character Big Jim (Dean Norris), a trader of cars, which decides to use the situation and apply the rule over the city. "Dome gives some people (Big Jim is one of them) the opportunity to feel like a dictator and get unlimited power, because they are cut off from the world and nobody can stop them," - said Norris.
Behind it all is a science
"We try not to lose touch with reality," - said Bayer. He described how their team consulted with real scientists about the dome (what can pass through it, its size). When King acquainted with their findings, he gave wise advice: "He paused, and said that it is better just to think out something!" - told Vaughn.
They know what the outcome of series
The first season consists of 13-minute episodes, and in the book there are more than one thousand pages, so producers are hoping for a long life of the series. "But when the end would not come, we are planning a final, which will be different from the book - said Vaughn. - This is a very interesting and unexpected series finale, I think. "
The premiere of trailer of the series is ready, enjoy!
Premiere: The Americans
FX presents! FX channel yesterday presented its response to our attention Homeland - spy series The Americans, which promises to be rich in drama and cranberries.
The Americans - a historical drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies, who under the guise of Americans occupied in a suburb of Washington as soon as was elected the president Reagan. Bogus marriage of Phillip and Elizabeth every day becomes more real and emotional, despite the escalation of the Cold War and the dangerous relationship that they have to maintain a network of spies and informants. Their children, 13-year-old Paige and 10-year-old Henry, do not know anything about their true identity. Phillip and Elizabeth relations are complicated by the fact that Phillip is tied to the American way of life. Tension increases when a new neighbor Stan, an FBI agent. Stan and his colleague Chris are new Counterintelligence Department, which deals with the struggle against foreign agents in the U.S.
Starring: Keri Russell (Elizabeth), Matthew Rees (Phillip), Noah Emmerich (Stan)
Lifetime ordered the drama Witches of East End
Lifetime ordered the first novelty of the season. Cable channel ordered drama Witches of East End with Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Medchen Amick. Orders made 10 episodes, output is scheduled for next year. The Witches Of East End was one of four pilots ordered Lifetime this summer. The other three, the fate of Cinnamon Girl by Renee Zellweger has not been solved, and from The Secret Live of Wives channel decided to give up. HR is currently in the process of casting.
Witches of East End, based on the bestselling Melissa de la Cruz, tells the story of Joanna Beushamp (Ormond) and her two adult daughters, Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Boston), who, without knowing it, are the next generation of family of witches. Amick will play the evil sister Joanna Wendy. "This is one of the best cast we've seen, and the very series is ideal for a Lifetime,» - said the executive vice president of Lifetime Rob Sharenau.
NCIS is renewed for eleventh season
CBS confirmed that has signed a contract with Mark Harmon and NCIS is officially renewed for next season. "Despite the current trends on television, NCIS is a popular, and Mark Harmon is the most important part of the # 1 show on TV - the executive director of CBS Corp. Leslie Munves. - NCIS - the type of franchise, which dreams of any company: a quality story that attracts viewers and revenue on any platform. "
Details of the transaction of Harmon are really unknown. Reportedly, the contract was extended for two years, and the fee was increased to $ 500,000 per episode to $ 700,000.
Episode two weeks ago brought the second-largest audience with the repetition in the series history (22.86 million viewers), and with all the repetitions audience exceeded 25 million (25.36 million). At its tenth season, NCIS is still one of the biggest hits. In this season the show has become the most watched program on television, beating Saturday Night Live (NCIS collects an average 21.48 million viewers). Among viewers 25-54 5.9/15 drama shows, and in the 18-49 category stable 4.2/12.
Premiere: House of Cards
Netflix continues to delight us with the full seasons of its TV series. So yesterday in the network have appeared all 13 episodes of the first season House of Cards, producing and directing himself to David Fincher, and starring - film stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Incidentally, the second season of the show is already booked, it will be shown in 2014.
Official description: House of Cards is based on the British miniseries of the same name. This is a political drama about the immoral, dark behind the scenes of modern Washington, where are running the show greed, sex, love, and corruption. Exploring the power, ambition, and the American way of life, the series revolves around Francis Underwood, Secretary of the majority in Congress. Underwood politician - virtuoso manipulator, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire will stop at nothing for the sake of success.
Five directors, allocated by Academy Award, finally made it clear that the "Oscars" and guilds are not going hand by hand this year. Walked Ben Affleck for "Argo", but pushed Austrian Haneke. Kathryn Bigelow with her "Zero thirty one" was also out of work - she was replaced by debutant Ben Zaytlin. "These five are best able to sit in a chair, watching the others work on the film" - summarized MacFarlane.
A sharp tongue did not stop Joaquin Phoenix to be nominated for an "Oscar" for Best Actor ("Master"), but still Paul Thomas Anderson was one of the losers, even though he has three acting nominations. Movie is predicted all possible "Oscars" (from the film and directing to camera work and the work of costume designers), but in the end the tape has not been able to be as triumphant as the previous work of Anderson "There Will Be Blood."
Phoenix and Washington received a nomination for the role of alcoholics.
Emmanuelle Reeve was the oldest actress to be nominated for "Oscar". Reeve, who played the dying music teacher in the drama "Love", was 85 years old. She found herself in the same category as young Kuvenzhani Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild", becoming the youngest nominee in her nine years old.
Why Film Academy ignored the work of Jean-Louis Trintignant, noting his companion to "Love" - is one of the main questions asked after the announcement of the nominees.
Some we have already noted. Let's see, who else "Oscar" bypassed. Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, and Ben Affleck in the director's lost the nomination category, and "Skyfall" failed to become the first Bond film series, nominated for "Best Picture." There is little doubt that the relentless planter Calvin Candy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, win the hearts of cinema academics. But, alas. By the way, Samuel L. Jackson, who played colorful estate manager, was also worthy of nomination.
Most of all, this year "Oscars" disliked superheroes. When "The Dark Knight" is not ranked in the top five nominees got a huge buzz, forcing the Film Academy back to the old rule of "five to ten best films." But this year, "The Legend" has not received a single technical nominations. "Oscar" obviously is serious: it intends to encourage serious and authors paintings. One nomination for "Avengers" (for special effects) and only three technical for "Hobbit" (special effects, makeup and designer).
"Lincoln" - 12
"Life of Pi" - 11
"Silver Linings Playbook" - 8
"Les Miserables" - 8
"Argo" - 7
"Skyfall" - 5
"Django unchained" - 5
"Love" - 5
"Zero Dark Thirty" - 5
"Anna Karenina" - 4
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - 4
"Master" - 3
"The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey" - 3
"Snow White and the Hunter" - 2
"Crew" - 2
Forgetting legitimate categories of "Lincoln" and "Life of Pi", the main winner was Michael Haneke's drama "Love." In the entire history of the "Oscars" there are only two films at the same time received a nomination for Best Picture and for Best Foreign Language Film ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Life is Beautiful"). Many foreign filmmakers were nominated for "Oscar", but if Haneke wins in this category, the first take home the statuette for the film not in the English language.
"Love" has not broken the record for "Crouching Tiger" - a picture of Ang Lee has received 10 nominations for "Oscar" in 2001. Still, the presence of foreign, in this case, European, tapes of American films - a sign of the recognition.
In order not to end on a note of pathos, we present the best response of all the nominees. Irish operator Seamus McGarvey, who can get the "Oscar" for "Anna Karenina", learning about the nomination, said: "The director of the film, on which I am working on, typed me a text message. To argue with that for 100 bucks, I was not nominated, so now he is a hundred richer! I am happy for him!”
Announcement of "Oscar" nominees has never been so informal. Typically the president read out the names of the lucky ones together with the actress, who recently won or was nominated for this prestigious award. But Seth MacFarlane played by his rules.
Lets see the main nominees, winners and losers.
At half past five in the morning before reporters appeared actor, director and screenwriter (of all trades) Seth MacFarlane. Director of the comedy "Odd" and creator of TV series "Family Guy" and "American Dad" started with a joke: "I leads "Oscar", but if you do not know me, think I'm Donny Osmond (popular in the 1970s, singer)”.
"I congratulate all the nominees and all who were not nominated. You can stop talking in an interview what a great time you had on the set, "- continued the comedian. Then the stage went up Emma Stone, star of the movie "Hunters in the gang."
Sluggish clapping journalists met the first nominee Christoph Waltz. As it turned out of "Django unchained" only he is nominated, that is Leonardo DiCaprio is again in the span. If compared with the nominee of Actors Guild, you get that slot Waltz won Javier Bardem. All applicants in this category already have an "Oscar" that McFarlane commented sarcastically: "A breath of fresh air!"
Then the display shows nominated for best song, in which the leading of "Oscar" was waiting for surprise: the song Everybody Needs a Friend, from the "Odd" words written by the Seth MacFarlane. "Hey, cool, I was nominated, I will go to the" Oscars "" - joked Seth.
The reaction of the journalists in the room at the time of nominations immediately gives surprise. In "Best Actress" was Jackie Weaver of melodrama "Silver lining playbook". She and Amy Adams, who played the wife in the head of the scientology cult drama "The Master" won applauses. Both actresses did not appear among the nominees for SAG. "Congratulations, ladies, you will not have dressed up for Harvey Weinstein," - said McFarlane.
The last few days, when the guild named their nominees, continued another trend: movie studios TWC, owned by the brothers Weinstein, could not boast a large number of nominations. Harvey is famous for his ability to push films for "Oscars", and other smaller prizes. Nearly two decades of Miramax founders ruled the roost at the "Oscars", so when the announcement of the director's Guild Awards (DGA) was not a single film TWC, around Hollywood there was rumor that this time the majors (Warner, Universal, Fox and Columbia) intend to resist overbearing producer.
In reality, the postponement of the announcement of the nominees dramatically reduced the degree of predictability. DGA has announced their candidates for the prize, the vote for "Oscar" was over. Previously, directors, actors, writers and other guilds have time to influence decisions of cinema academics, but not this time.
TWC have a total of 16 nominations. The studio is located on the fourth place, while the top three is:
20th Century Fox (including Fox Searchlight) - 31 nominations
Sony Pictures Entertainment (including Sony Pictures Classics) - 24 nominations
Walt Disney Co (including Pixar, Marvel and DreamWorks) and Universal (including Focus Features and Working Title) - 17 nominations
But back to this year's nominees. Animation category pleasantly surprised inclusion of English cartoon "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!" Director Peter Lord responded to this: "Awesome! We tried to shoot "Pirates" a little bit different - in terms of tone and comedy. It's great that it has responded to the film academy!"
Then one by one as if suddenly the categories "Best Foreign Language Film", where there was quite natural Cannes last year's winner "Love" by Michael Haneke. Hardly anyone expected to find a gray-haired director for further nominations of "Oscar" is very rare in the major categories of foreign films. By the way, journalists especially well received nomination of Norwegian drama "Kon-Tiki".
In the category of "Best Adapted Screenplay" looked up dark horse of "Oscar" - jumped out with a film festival "Sundance" drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild". In total, the film, shot in the genre of mystical realism, turned four nominations, but more significant than: Best Picture, Actress, Adapted Screenplay and direction. Ben Zaytlin received award at the Cannes Film Festival "Golden Camera" for best debut.
A long time ago in a galaxy of Cinema lived George Lucas. In a short time this quiet and slowness man managed to turn a low-budget science fiction film in the vast empire LucasFilm, not inferior in its power of Palpatine's Empire, which determined the development of not just the individual genres, but entire entertainment industry.
So what did buy the Walt Disney Company for 4.05 billion dollars?
LucasFilm company itself and all of its assets, such as the studio LucasArts, the special effects industry leader Industrial Light & Magic and recording studios Skywalker Sound. All rights to the franchise, "Star Wars", and the associated production of multi-platform content and products. All other film projects of the studio, including "Indiana Jones." And much more.
What has George Lucas acquired from the sale of his assets?
About two billion dollars in cash and approximately 40 million shares of Walt Disney, specially produced for the occasion. Given the fact that even before the signing of Lucas, his wealth was estimated at $ 3.3 billion, he will be one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the history that will allow him to calmly deal with various projects, including charities. Not participating in the creation of future films in the series "Star Wars" directly, Lucas still retain influence the franchise through new chapter LucasFilm Kathleen Kennedy.
What is the outlook in terms of Walt Disney?
At first glance, the most optimistic. Virtually unlimited resources and waste even after the purchase of Pixar and Marvel business scheme will tap the enormous potential of "Star Wars" for the development of the theme parks, film, cartoon, cross-project, the mass production of souvenirs. All this should help to promote the brand "Star Wars" for further.
What is the outlook in terms of the audience?
But it is not all that obvious. Despite the successful adaptation of the comic book library Marvel, Walt Disney have no experience in the creation of a science fiction movie on the space theme, which is, for example, FOX. Attempting to remove their own "Star Wars" by the studio Pixar turned a nightmare "John Carter" and failed miserably, resulting in a loss of a couple hundred million dollars. No better things to attempts of popular fantastic projects in the past, like the same "Throne." Now everything will depend on the producer Kathleen Kennedy and her ability to build really strong team, which will continue the story of the far-distant galaxy.
The truth is yet to resolve a number of technical issues, the most important of them - the right to hire already shot movies, which until 2020 owned film company 20th Century Fox. It is obvious that Walt Disney, representing their films on their own, is unlikely to want to share such a bold piece of competitors.
While it is clear just what will never happen. Unique empire of LucasFilm, subject to a unique truly independent filmmakers of our time.
AMC continues to expand its lineup of original series and ordered the pilots of two historical dramas: “Turn” from creators and executive producers of “Nikita” Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson and Halt & Catch Fire from executive producer Mark Johnson Breaking Bad. Earlier this year, AMC has already ordered two pilots (detective Low Winter Sun and fourth thriller by Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn), bringing the total number of pilots in development to four, which is almost equal to the total number of pilots for the five years of the original programming cable channel.
“Turn” and “Halt & Catch Fire” are scheduled for next year, while the Low Winter Sun and unnamed project LaGravenese / Goldwyn have completed their production. Reportedly, the decision on the first two pilots will be accepted regardless of Halt & Catch Fire and Turn. "Ordering the pilot, AMC demonstrates interest in its original programming - Senior Vice President, AMC. - Both projects will show viewers unique worlds with interesting characters. "
Events of “Turn”, which are based on the book by Alexander Rose Washington's Spies, deployed in summer 1778 of the year and tell the story of a farmer from New York, Abe Woodhull, who, along with his childhood friends formed espionage organization "Network Kalpera", which played a key role in U.S. struggle for independence.
“Halt & Catch Fire”, which is set in the early 1980s, will speak about the computer boom in terms of the three figures of the era: the dreamer, an engineer and a genius whose innovations are directly in conflict with corporate heavyweights of his time. Their personal and professional partnership will be tested by greed and selfishness, and all this happens against the background of the changing culture of Silicon Valley of Texas.