CANNES - Another year and another Cannes means The Weinstein Company is once more staging a show and tell for their upcoming slate. After ending 2013 on a somewhat disappointing note at the box office, TWC is hoping a number of new titles can change their fortunes over the rest of this calendar year. The company's annual presentation consisted of familiar trailers for titles releasing in the next few months and selected clips from projects that we haven't seen any footage from up until now. Oh, and Harvey, of course.
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CANNES - I'll say this much (and plenty of people today are saying far more) for Nuri Bilge Ceylan: it takes a brazen kind of confidence to build a 196-minute film from wall-to-wall conversation on such matters as intellectualism, altruism and class politics on the Turkish steppes, and then to go ahead and title it "Winter Sleep." Like "The Milk of Sorrow" or "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker," it's the kind of wilfully austere art-house moniker that dyed-in-the-wool populists might invent in a fit of dismissive satire.
OWN’s Michael Sam reality show is on hold
The Oprah Winfrey Network and reps for the NFL’s first openly gay player’s docuseries plans have been postponed after discussions with the St. Louis Rams. "After today's meeting with the Rams, we felt it is best to postpone the project," said Sam's agent, Cameron Weiss. "This will allow for Michael to have total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates. Everybody involved remains committed to project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message."
“Nashville” agrees to stay in Nashville after getting an $8M incentive package
The ABC drama had flirted with moving to Texas or Georgia, but its $8 million in incentives will be much lower than the $13.25 million it got for Season 2.
Steven Spielberg’s “Halo” TV series to debut in fall 2015
Microsoft announced that the “Halo” scripted series will come out around the same time as new video game “Halo 5: Guardians.”
CANNES -- When I was a kid, the Soviet Union was the source of many long nights worth of nuclear nightmares, the Communist empire that we were warned would be coming for us one day. They were The Enemy, and we were indoctrinated with an infantile form of geopolitics, Us Vs Them. The Cold War was a constant presence, drilled into us from the moment we were old enough to understand the basics of "There are bad guys, and they want to kill you." Even today, when I talk to people my age who never shook that programming off, I am amazed how well they drilled that message into us, and how pervasively ugly it was.
As much as there were financial and political issues in play, the ideological war of Communism Vs Democracy was the biggest thing they tried to teach us. Never mind that they weren't technically communists and we're not technically a democracy. It made for a compelling narrative, and it seemed to motivate any number of advances for both nations. One particular triumph on the Soviet side involved their hockey program, and the film "Red Army" tells the story of how that happened.
Jack White’s “Just One Drink” is a barreling, country-tinged rock and roller.
Showtime developing “Dope,” a drama about the business of doping pro athletes
The fictional series will consult with two journalists who have covered doping in Major League Baseball.
“Glee’s” Lea Michele tells Letterman reports of fighting on set are “completely made up”
“It’s really unbelievable the amount of things that could be completely made up,” she says.
“The Vampire Diaries” boss explains the season finale
Says exec producer Julie Plec: "That whole idea of finding peace, versus getting sucked into oblivion, was deliberately structured this year to be left open to interpretation. We don’t like to say things like ‘heaven' and ‘hell’ on our show, but anybody can define what they saw the way they want to define it.”
Welcome to the end of Upfront Week, boys and girls. Over the past five days, we've gotten new schedules from (in chronological order) NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS and the CW. Many new shows have been ordered. Many other shows have been canceled — a bunch of which were first introduced to us a year ago at this time. Dan and I haven't had time to look at any of the pilots yet, and we'd rather not make too many snap judgments off of trailers, but there are already some lessons we can take from the decisions that were made, the shows that were ordered — and, in some cases, the shows that weren't — and more from upfront week.
FX and FXX set summer premiere dates: “The Bridge” returns July 9
“The Strain” from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro debuts July 13, “Tyrant” kicks off June 24, Judy Greer and Nat Faxon in “Married” and “Worst” premiere on July 17, and “Wilfred” is back for its final season on June 25.
“Bob’s Burgers” is getting a comic book
"Bob’s Burgers: The Comic Book” will be put together by the writers and artists from the Fox series.
“The Vampire Diaries” is bringing back Enzo
Michael Malarkey will be a series regular in Season 6.
Mariah Carey debuted a new song, “You Don’t Know What To Do,” featuring Wale, today on “Today.”
Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse's vampire drama "The Strain" finally has a concrete summer premiere date, as do the dramas "Tyrant" and "The Bridge."
FX also set premieres for the new comedies "Married" and "You're the Worst," while FXX has scheduled the final season for "Wilfred."
It's going to be a busy summer between both networks, though mostly for FX, which will be branching new dramas and comedies across a whopping four nights, including a foray into the high stakes drama terrain of Sunday nights.
It's hard to believe that it's a whole year since James Gray's "The Immigrant" was unveiled at Cannes to response that ranged from the rhapsodic to the sneering. A hot topic for the duration of the festival, it then dropped alarmingly off the radar, as its release was ever further postponed by The Weinstein Company. And as one of those who rhapsodised harder than most last year -- the film placed in my top five of 2013 -- I'm relieved to say that it finally reaches US theaters today.