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Emmy episode analysis: Liev Schreiber (‘Ray Donovan’) dreams of death and destruction in ‘Rattus Rattus’

Emmy episode analysis: Liev Schreiber (‘Ray Donovan’) dreams of death and destruction in ‘Rattus Rattus’
Liev Schreiber is back again in the Emmy race as Best Drama Actor for “Ray Donovan.” It’s his third consecutive bid for playing a Hollywood fixer in the Showtime series. He previously contend as Best Movie/Mini Actor for “Rko 281” in 2000, and is also nominated twice this year as Best Narrator for “UConn: The March […]
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Blu-ray Review – Citizen Kane: 75th Anniversary Edition

Citizen Kane, 1941.

Directed by Orson Welles.

Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins, George Coulouris and Agnes Moorehead.

Synopsis:

Warner Bros. is celebrating Citizen Kane‘s 75th anniversary with a Blu-ray that’s the same one included in the previous 70th anniversary set. However, the DVDs with the Battle Over Citizen Kane and Rko 281 supplements aren’t included, nor are the print materials. The bonus features on the Blu-ray are worthwhile, though, making this a great introduction for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie.

My high school offered an elective class that featured one of the English teachers showing great movies and talking about them from an academic point-of-view. He insisted on showing them all on a projector (he explained aspect ratios and why you lost most of the picture on home video back then) and gave his students a chance to see many classics, including works by Kurosawa,
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Emmy episode analysis: Liev Schreiber (‘Ray Donovan’) delivers devastating performance in ‘Exsuscito’

Emmy episode analysis: Liev Schreiber (‘Ray Donovan’) delivers devastating performance in ‘Exsuscito’
Liev Schreiber, a past contender at the Emmy Awards for Best Movie/Mini Actor for “Rko 281” (2000), shocked many last year when he scored his first Best Drama Actor bid for his work as the title character, a Hollywood fixed, on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” He returns to that race this year and is looking for his first victory with […]
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Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor

Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor
Director-producer Ridley Scott will receive the 30th American Cinematheque award.

The presentation will take place on Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.

Scott received Academy Award director nominations for “Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator” and “Thelma and Louise.” Othe directing credits include “Alien,” “Black Rain,” “Blade Runner,” “The Duelists,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “G.I. Jane,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Legend,” “The Martian,” “Matchstick Men,” “Prometheus,” “Robin Hood,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “White Squall.”

The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ridley Scott as the 30th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “To state it simply, Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors in the history of the motion picture.”

“From his first feature, ‘The Duelists,’ to his most recent, ‘The Martian,’ the films of Ridley Scott have combined keenly observed humanity with dazzling state-of-the-art effects and design in
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R.I.P. Edward Herrmann

Long-time character actor Edward Herrmann has lost a battle with brain cancer and has died at the age of 71. Herrmann was known for his strikingly tall physical presence, kind and sympathetic demeanour, and distinct voice. He is best remembered for his countless supporting parts in numerous films and TV shows.

Amongst his big screen works are key roles in films such as "The Lost Boys," "Overboard," "The Aviator," "The Cat's Meow," "Nixon," "Annie," "Reds," "The Great Gatsby," "The Betsy," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Born Yesterday," "The Great Waldo Pepper," "Harry's War," "Rko 281," "The Paper Chase," "Big Business," and "Richie Rich".

On the small screen he is best known for his regular role as Richard Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls," narrating countless History Channel docos, and guest starring roles galore on shows like "The Practice," "Oz," "Grey's Anatomy," "30 Rock," and two "Eleanor and Franklin" TV movies for which he scored Emmy nominations. He
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R.I.P. Edward Herrmann

Long-time character actor Edward Herrmann has lost a battle with brain cancer and has died at the age of 71. Herrmann was known for his strikingly tall physical presence, kind and sympathetic demeanour, and distinct voice. He is best remembered for his countless supporting parts in numerous films and TV shows.

Amongst his big screen works are key roles in films such as "The Lost Boys," "Overboard," "The Aviator," "The Cat's Meow," "Nixon," "Annie," "Reds," "The Great Gatsby," "The Betsy," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Born Yesterday," "The Great Waldo Pepper," "Harry's War," "Rko 281," "The Paper Chase," "Big Business," and "Richie Rich".

On the small screen he is best known for his regular role as Richard Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls," narrating countless History Channel docos, and guest starring roles galore on shows like "The Practice," "Oz," "Grey's Anatomy," "30 Rock," and two "Eleanor and Franklin" TV movies for which he scored Emmy nominations. He
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Sean Bean to star in TV’s ‘Frankenstein Chronicles’

BBC News reports that Sean Bean will star in a new six-part event series titled Frankenstein Chronicles, a crime drama that will reimagine the classic tale. The series is created by Benjamin Ross (Rko 281), who will direct the first episode, and will be written by Frank Doelger, who has written episodes of Game of Thrones and Rome.

Variety describes the series as being “set in London in 1827 with Bean playing Inspector John Marlott. It opens with the discovery of the corpse of a child that turns out to be a crude assembly of body parts. Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this crime”.

“Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London,” Ross said. “He discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Alumni Sean Bean to Lead ‘Frankenstein Chronicles’

‘Game of Thrones’ Alumni Sean Bean to Lead ‘Frankenstein Chronicles’
Actor Sean Bean, whose credits include “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings,” will star in “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s monster tale as a six-part period crime drama.

Executive producers are Rainmark FilmsTracey Scoffield and Frank Doelger, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Rome” and “John Adams.”

The series has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross, who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for “Rko 281,” and writer Barry Langford (“Torte Bluma”). Ross will direct the series.

Rainmark is producing for U.K. broadcaster ITV. Endemol Worldwide Distribution will be responsible for international sales outside U.K./Ireland.

The series is set in London in 1827 with Bean playing Inspector John Marlott. It opens with the discovery of the corpse of a child that turns out to be a crude assembly of body parts. Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this crime.
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Sean Bean Leads Dark "Frankenstein" Series

Sean Bean is set to star in the six-part period crime drama series "The Frankenstein Chronicles" for Rainmark Films and British network ITV. The story reimagines Mary Shelley's classic story as a gruesome mystery procedural.

Set in 1827 London, Bean plays police inspector John Marlott who makes a shocking discovery involving a corpse washed up on the banks of the Thames - a corpse assembled from mutilated body parts.

Marlott is tasked by the British Home Secretary with tracking the perpetrator of this heinous crime. His investigations leads him through the darkest corners of Regency London - prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, contract killings, and ultimately something far more horrific than he could have imagined.

Director/writer Benjamin Ross ("Rko 281," "The Young Poisoner’s Handbook") and writer Barry Langford ("Torte Bluma") will serve in those capacities on the project which marks the first original drama of ITV's subscription channel ITV Encore.
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Liev Schreiber And Jaden Smith Will Topline Slavery Pic The Good Lord Bird

The darkest chapter in American history has always been ripe for the Hollywood treatment, but after Steve McQueen’s searing 12 Years A Slave took Best Picture at the Oscars earlier this year, it seems clearer than ever that there’s still a large appetite for movies about slavery. Luckily, the next star-studded movie about the subject won’t be quite as painful to watch as 12 Years A Slave. Deadline is reporting that Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith have signed on to star in an adaptation of James McBride’s satirical slavery novel The Good Lord Bird.

McBride’s novel, which won him the 2013 National Book Award, centers on a cross-dressing slave named Little Onion (Smith), a young boy mistaken for a girl when rescued from his master by famed abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber). Together, they set out on a journey across the country, encountering individuals like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass
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Ray Donovan is the Dirty Side of ABC’s Scandal with Accent Overload

Following up the premiere of the final season of Dexter, Showtime debuted its newest drama, Ray Donovan. It stars Liev Schreiber, who we all remember as Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) arch-nemesis, Sabertooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and to a lesser extent Orson Welles in Rko 281, the film based on the making of Citizen Kane.

If you’ve seen ABC’s Scandal, the character of Ray Donovan bears a striking resemblance to Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Both Ray and Olivia fix the problems of high profile people. Accused of murder, rape, homosexuality or bribery? Turn to Olivia if you’re in Washington DC or Ray if you’re in Hollywood. If coasts don’t matter, go with Olivia if you want someone tied to politics and has had an affair with a married man — that being the president. Ray’s the guy you go to if you’re an athlete
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Will James Cromwell finally win first Emmy for 'American Horror Story: Asylum'?

Will James Cromwell finally win first Emmy for 'American Horror Story: Asylum'?
If Gold Derby's editors, experts and users are correct, veteran actor James Cromwell will finally win an Emmy award thanks to his sadistic role on "American Horror Story: Asylum." Cromwell is already a three-time Emmy also-ran, having failed to secure wins for "Rko 281" (Movie/Mini Supporting Actor in 2000), "ER" (Drama Guest Actor in 2001) and "Six Feet Under" (Drama Guest Actor in 2003). Thanks to the movie "Babe," Cromwell also has a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination under his belt; he lost that 1995 race to Kevin Spacey ("The Usual Suspects").  Hey voters, isn't it time for James Cromwell to actually win something? According to Gold Derby's exclusive polling, that time is now. Cromwell currently comes in first place in the race for Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. That puts him above category competitors Jeffrey Tambor ("Phil Spector"), Peter Mullan ("To...
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Michael Mann's 'Agincourt' Still Alive, Gets A New Writer

Though he’s set to shoot his first film in three years this month, the untitled cyber theft thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Mann is still keeping an eye on what comes next. Originally floated as his next potential film in 2010, Mann started developing “Agincourt” with a script by “Elizabeth” and “The Tudors” writer Michael Hirst before bringing on “Rko 281” director Benjamin Ross for a rewrite. Now Deadline reports that a new writer has been brought on in the form of Stuart Hazeldine (the writer behind Alex Proyas' scuttled take on “Paradise Lost” and co-writer of Moses movie “Gods and Kings”). Adapted from the Bernard Cornwell novel, the film retells the famous battle between Henry V’s English Army and the French Army, and focuses on “a young man with a death sentence who is saved when his skills with the bow catch the attention of the king.
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Scoop: John Malkovich to Star as Blackbeard in NBC's Crossbones Summer Series

Scoop: John Malkovich to Star as Blackbeard in NBC's Crossbones Summer Series
Call it “Being Blackbeard.”

Two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich has landed the lead role of Blackbeard in NBC’s summer series Crossbones, TVLine has learned.

The 10-episode action-adventure series, greenlit by NBC last May and written and co-executive produced by Luther‘s Neil Cross, takes place in 1715 and promises to deliver “the true legend” of “the most notorious pirate to ever sail the earth.”

Malkovich will play Edward Teach, Aka the pirate Blackbeard, who rules over the various thieves and ne’er-do-wells that populate the Bahamian island of New Providence — part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise and a mounting threat to international commerce.
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‘Hitchcock’ Poster & Release Date: Hannibal Lecter Plays the Master of Suspense

There are two impending films that purport to shed some light on what is myth – and what is fact – when it comes to “The Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock. One is HBO’s The Girl, a television movie that explores the filmmaker’s notorious relationship with actress Tippi Hedren. The other is Hitchcock, a theatrical release that previously went under the working title Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (three guesses as to what it’s about).

Hitchcock sounds like perfect Awards Season fodder; it’s a biographical work about a Hollywood historical figure, as well as testament to a landmark achievement in American filmmaking (like My Week with Marilyn meets Rko 281… sort of). Sure enough, Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that Hitchcock will begin a limited release in the heat of the 2013 Oscar race.

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Tony Scott (1944-2012) Made a Mark Not Only in Film, But Also in Television

By Rachel Bennett

Television Editor & Columnist

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As fans and colleagues still recover from the shock of Tony Scott’s apparent suicide on Aug. 19, many have not hesitated from praising the director’s long and illustrious career.

Beginning in 1969, Scott left his mark on the industry with a number of impressive films, including 1986’s Top Gun, 1993’s True Romance and 2010’s Unstoppable, which would be his last time in the director’s chair.

Not as many people know about Scott’s influence on television through Scott Free Productions, a production company he co-founded with his brother Ridley Scott. Along with films, the company has produced such TV series as CBS’s Numb3rs and The Good Wife as well as such miniseries as Starz’s The Pillars of the Earth and its sequel, ReelzChannel’s upcoming World Without End.

Several of the people he worked with remembered Scott as they heard the
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Tony Scott – Love ‘im or hate ‘im, it’ll be a long time before anyone forgets him

In the late 1970s and 1980s, composer Giorgio Moroder was often accused of trying to replace the orchestral movie soundtrack with high-energy, synthesizer-heavy disco pop laid on with a trowel in movies like Thank God It’s Friday (1978), Flashdance (1983), Scarface (1983), and Top Gun (1986). I remember a magazine story on Moroder which quoted one of his many critics as saying, “The day the music died, Giorgio Moroder was brought in for questioning.”

I think some people had the same opinion about movies and Tony Scott. Full disclosure: I’m one of them. But it would be greatly unfair to Scott, who apparently committed suicide Sunday after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, not to admit that, for good or for ill, his 1980s feature work had an enormous impact on commercial filmmaking.

The younger brother of Ridley Scott by seven years, he was gifted – like his brother – with an outrageously
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Film News: ‘Top Gun,’ ‘True Romance’ Director Tony Scott Dies at 68

Los Angeles – Director Tony Scott, the high octane helmsman of “Top Gun” (1986), “True Romance” (1993), “Enemy of the State” (1998) and the recent “Unstoppable” (2010), died on Sunday of an apparent suicide. Los Angeles officials say that Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California. He was 68.

Tony Scott directed many of best action movies of the 1980s and ‘90s, putting memorable spins on genres such as military, car racing, thrillers, spy and disaster movies. Admirers constantly reference dialogue from his unforgettable “True Romance,” and the pulse of his most notable films was rapid and elemental. He worked with actors as diverse as Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy, James Gandofini, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon, John Travolta and Dennis Hopper.

Director Tony Scott on the Set in 2009 with “The Taking of Pelham 123
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'Top Gun' director Tony Scott jumps to his death in Los Angeles

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Movie director and producer Tony Scott, who helmed films including "Top Gun" and "Unstoppable," committed suicide Sunday afternoon (Aug. 19) by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles.

Scott, 68, climbed a fence at the apex of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in L.A.'s San Pedro section and jumped "without hesitation," the county coroner's office tells the Daily Breeze newspaper.

A Coast Guard spokesperson tells the paper that a suicide note was found in Scott's car, which was parked on the bridge.

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Scott, the younger brother of Ridley Scott, directed 16 feature films in his career, with his second film, "Top Gun," easily the best know. His credits also include "Beverly Hills Cop II," "True Romance," "Crimson Tide" and "Enemy of the State."

Scott had a long working relationship with Denzel Washington. He first directed the actor in  "Crimson Tide" and also worked with him on "Man on Fire,
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R.I.P. Tony Scott

68-year-old filmmaker Tony Scott has died in an apparent suicide on Sunday reports The Wrap. He was 68.

A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach, California.

Scott climbed a fence on the south side of the suspension bridge's apex and "leapt off without hesitation". His body was recovered after the jump according to the L.A. County Coroner.

The younger brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott whom he also produced many shows and films with, Tony forged his own trademark style in the blockbuster action genre thanks to a successful teaming with producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Scott was one of the first to extensively use flash-cut editing, slow motion in action sequences, extreme close-ups, and super-saturation and/or high contrast grainy visuals - techniques that would come to be
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