Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (DP).
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Happy Thursday, boys and girls! We pushed back this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast by a few days to give Dan a chance to catch up on "The Knick," which we discussed along with the first season of "Manhattan." Before that, we reviewed NBC's "Constantine," and answered mail about the lack of network cancellations, the consequences of a cable cancellation, and the potentially awesome and/or expensive a la carte cable future.
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"Ouija" is professionally made, a classically-styled ghost story/mystery, and perhaps the single strangest piece of product placement ever made. It is also, unfortunately, so by-the-numbers that it feels like it was made by a computer program designed to simulate horror films.
Juliet Snowden and Stiles White have been co-writers on films like "The Possession" and "Knowing," but this time out, White is also directing. He knows what he's doing, and the way the film is made, it looks and feels exactly like it's supposed to feel. It is the very model of what Blumhouse wants to make. It's slick. It's simple and self-contained. It has a very immediate and understandable hook. It should work.
Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!
Due to last week's onslaught of Vancouver set visits, I didn't have any time to catch up on a slew of established shows, which caused me to need to take the early part of this week for mini-binging. That's why we've got a slightly late Thursday installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
The two shows with the mini-binging were "The Knick" and "Manhattan," which both had their finales last weekend, so we cover those in some depth. We also reviewed NBC's "Constantine," which premieres on Friday.
And then we covered some of the big recent topics in TV news, including the early lack of cancellations and HBO and CBS' early pushes into a la carte streaming services.
Next week's another busy one, so it's unclear if we're gonna podcast or not. It'll probably be Monday, or not at all! We'll see.
And now, here's today's breakdown:
"Constantine" (00:01:10 - 00:12:40)
Listener Mail - No Cancelations (00:13:00 - 00:31:35)
Listener Mail - "The Bridge" cancellation (00:31:40 - 00:37:25)
Listener Mail - HBO/CBS a la carte streaming (00:37:30 - 00:49:40)
"The Knick" finale (00:49:50 - 01:07:50)
"Manhattan" (01:07:50 - 01:20:00)
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TORONTO — Let's hope Keira Knightley never changes. Having interviewed the "Pride & Prejudice" star at least five times over the past decade I can attest that she's as blunt, energetic and smart as ever. This is one actress who no doubt rolls her eyes at studio talking points. Take for instance our interview last month about her role in the beloved new Best Picture contender "The Imitation Game" where she was at the top of her, um, game.
Fox is developing an Archie Comics drama series
“Riverdale,” named after the fictional Archie Comics town, will be set in the present with all the Archie Comics regulars, from Archie, Betty and Veronica to Josie and the Pussycats. It will be produced by Greg Berlanti and written by Archie Comics’ chief creative officer and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Courtney Love to guest on Fox’s “Empire”
After guesting on “Sons of Anarchy,” the Hole singer will recur on the Fox hip-hop drama.
Pivot to celebrate Halloween with a “Buffy” marathon
All next week, select “Buffy the Vampire” episodes will be shown, culminating in a “Classic Monsters” theme on Halloween Day.
It's been a while since I caught up with Trent Reznor. Since we last spoke he's won an Oscar for composing (with Atticus Ross) David Fincher's "Social Network" score and gone on to collaborate with the director on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Gone Girl." He's also somehow found time to put out a new Nine Inch Nails album and knock out a few tours, though at a recent Las Vegas show he announced that this recent jaunt with Seattle band Soundgarden would be his last for a long time. Is he refocusing and doubling down on his efforts in the world of film music composition? Maybe.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Film Independent's Spirit Awards, the 2015 edition of the awards show will be broadcast live for the first time in years.
Oscar producers: Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy's only formal offer to host
Responding to a Hollywood Reporter report that Harris was the 4th choice to host the Oscars, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron released a statement saying: “After every Oscar show there is always a discussion as to who will host the next one. Many names are discussed and sometimes even floated without there being any formal offers. At times, these casual discussions take on a life of their own, and some are eager to break a story without knowing the facts. Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy’s formal offer. He is the perfect choice for the Oscars and will be the consummate host.”
Anderson Cooper ticks off a reporter by refusing to take a selfie with him at the Canadian shooting site
“No, I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed! It seems wildly inappropriate!” the CNN star said.
“Hung’s” Rebecca Creskoff joins “Silicon Valley”
She’ll help fill the void left by Christopher Evan Welch’s death by playing an exec at the show’s startup company.
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The Independent Filmmaker Project officially fired the starting gun on the film awards season as always this morning with the announcement of this year's Gotham Awards nominees. Unsurprisingly, the most high-profile indie in the race — "Boyhood" — drew the most nominations with a whopping four mentions, including Best Feature. That's extremely high for the Gotham Awards and it sends IFC's campaign sailing into the season with a huge burst of wind.
James Corden's "Late Late Show” debuts March 9 -- guest hosts may fill in before he takes over
Corden will shoot his show from CBS Television City in Los Angeles, the current home of Ferguson's show. With Ferguson exiting Dec. 19, CBS may use a rotation of guest hosts on “The Late Late Show" until Corden officially takes over on March 9.
TLC is reevaluating 'Honey Boo Boo' in response to Mama June reportedly dating a convicted child molester
TLC is reevaluating “Honey Boo Boo" in response to Mama June reportedly dating a convicted child molester
According to TMZ, Mama June has begun seeing a guy who just served 10 years for molesting one of her relatives. Upon hearing the news, a TLC rep says: “TLC is not currently in production on 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.' We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”
“CSI” trims Season 15 from 22 to 18 episodes
CBS made the move after finding it had too much programming for its Sunday at 10 pm timeslot this season, including "CSI: Cyber" and Vince Gilligan's "Battle Creek."
Jerry Seinfeld reunites with “Seinfeld’s” Michael Richards
Watch Richards play the president of Crackle, the company behind Seinfeld's “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” “We thought: Who would be a good insane, pompous, power-mad president of Crackle?” says Seinfeld. "Who’s good at playing someone who has absolutely no power, but thinks they’re the czar of the universe? And that’s when I thought of Michael.”
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