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#001Writer's Guild Nominates Best Writing: 13/12/08
Genre vets Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), Drew Goddard, Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), Marti Noxon, Zack Whedon, and Danny Strong (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) have been nominated by their peers. The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East announced their nominees for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2008 season to be honored at the upcoming 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7, 2009, in Los Angeles and New York.
Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee, Adam E. Fiero, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann; Showtime
Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman; NBC
Lost, Written by Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L.
#002Download the Screenplay for 'The Visitor': 10/12/08
Chicago – “Deadwood” and “The Wire”, two of the best television programs of the last decade, have been given lavish, must-own treatment by HBO with spectacular season sets available just in time for the holidays.
HBO has been criticized for stretching their shows out over too many discs with bloated season sets that take up twice the actual shelf space as most shows with double the actual episodes. The three seasons of Deadwood take up more than a foot of shelf space for only 36 episodes. But when shows have run their course, HBO Home Video does a spectacular job of compressing everything previously available into a well-packaged and space-saving complete series set.
Whether or not simply saving space and providing only a few new special features is worth the upgrade depends on how rabid a fan of “Deadwood” and “The Wire” you are, but if there’s anyone in your circle
#003The Wire: The Complete Series: 08/12/08
Release Date: Dec. 9
Producers: Ed Burns, Joe Chappelle, Robert F. Colesberry, Nina K. Noble, George Pelecanos, David Simon, Karen L. Thorson
Writers: Simon, Burns, Chris Collins, Pelecanos, Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, William F. Zorzi
Starring: Dominic West, Idris Elba, Aidan Gillen, Michael K. Williams, Andre Royo, John Doman, Frankie R. Faison, Jim True-Frost, Sonja Sohn, Lance Reddick, Jamie Hector, Jd Williams, Felicia Pearson, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chris Bauer
Crime series does pay... huge emotional dividends
My only real complaint about HBO’s full-series box set of The Wire—the groundbreaking series about drug dealers, detectives, dock workers, students, reporters and pretty much everyone else in Baltimore—is the timing. This cinder block of a set, including 23 DVDs and an abundance of commentaries and features (many previously released on the series sets), arrives just months after the show’s final heart-rending, mind-blowing episode in March. It’s a handsome,
#004Who's the Most Underrated Teen Star?: 07/12/08
In movies about vigilantism, often we see them treat the idea of their hero’s “justice” as moral ambiguity. Even the Punisher comic series written by Garth Ennis, of which this movie is primarily influenced by, portrays the character as a war veteran suffering a serious case of Ptsd; a good guy at heart, but still a psychopathic killer all the same. Punisher: War Zone has no such hang ups. For the entire movie, it calls its title character a dangerous murderer, showing how destructive his “justice” is, and even giving him a reformed gangbanger as an ally to prove that second chances exist. Yet it still ends with Punisher massacring dozens of gangsters; his doubters realizing that he is indeed a hero and what he does is great. This is a guy who blows an unarmed goombah’s head off with a shotgun while hugging a little girl. The moral is not ambiguous,
#005Punisher 2 War Zone Movie Poster 7: 04/12/08
So there’ve been a lot of rumors surrounding Punisher: War Zone. Everything from day one script problems to rumors of the director being fired and even talk of the finished movie being as horrendous as the heavy metal soundtrack.
This overwhelming flood of rumors has effectively drowned out the usual questions we hear about comic book movies: Is the lead actor/actress doing right by the character? Is the director being faithful to the source material? Is the film more Dark Knight (gritty, real) or more Iron Man (tongue-and-cheek fun)? And of course, in this post-Joker era we must ask how good is the villain going to be?
#006Exclusive Interview - Lance Reddick of Fringe: 11/11/08
M.I.A.'s latest music video, a low-budget collaboration with Blaqstarr, begins with the Genesis-inspired lyrics of Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole." The first shot, all in black and white, is a close-up of Blaqstarr's face. He sings, "When you walk through the garden / you gotta watch your back / ...If you walk with Jesus / he's gonna save your soul / but you gotta keep the devil / way down in the hole." The image monopolizes the screen until a crack of thunder shifts the focus to M.I.A. (her femininity emphasized in repeated, simultaneous close-ups of her lips--pictured above).
#007Random Roles: Lance Reddick: 03/11/08
The actor: Much of Lance Reddick's young life was spent with instruments, not acting; he studied piano as a kid, and majored in classical composition at the Eastman School of Music. He switched to pop upon graduation, then turned to stage acting to further his music career, eventually attending Yale's drama school. Acting has been kind to Reddick, who's been involved with numerous critically acclaimed shows, including Oz, Lost and, most notably, as Lt. Daniels on The Wire. He's currently playing Agent Phillip Broyles in J.J. Abrams' newest shocker-procedural, Fringe. New York Undercover (1996)—"Oscar Griffin" Lance Reddick: It's funny, because in drama school, my greatest strength was my range. So my early career was like that: I played all kinds of different characters. I graduated in '94 from Yale and New York Undercover was my first gig on TV. I played a father of this kid...
#008'Boldly Going Nowhere' Expands Cast: 01/11/08
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox's upcoming sitcom Boldly Going Nowhere has added two new actors to its growing cast. Lennon Parham will play the female lead alongside newcomer Chad L. Coleman. The two join Ben Koldyke, previously cast as the lead character Captain Ron Teague, and Tony Hale of Arrested Development as the ship's robot.
Boldly Going Nowhere is produced by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton. The show focuses on the day-to-day events of an intergalactic spaceship. McElhenny, Day and Howerton do not consider the series as a science fiction, but rather a unique twist on the workplace sitcom. Wayne McClammy (I'm F--king Matt Damon) directs the pilot.
Parham, a newcomer from the Upright Citizens Brigade, plays Joyce, the ship's by-the-book pilot. McElhenney describes her as "a diamond in the rough," found only due to the recommendation of co-star Tony Hale.
#009Supernatural Clip - It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester: 30/10/08
The Strike.TV website has officially launched! And you can find original video content from the talent behind "The Office", "Saturday Night Live", "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", "The Wire", "Child's Play", "Californication", "Medium", "How I Met Your Mother", any many, many more! We told you about director Tom Holland's 5 Or Die horror short. Well not only can you find the pilot episode on Strike.TV, it's been made available on You Tube! (You can watch it below!)
5 Or Die was written & directed by Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play) and produced by Dennis DeFrehn, special effects by Vince Guastini and stars Brandon Fobbs (The Wire), Madeline Zima (Californication), James Snyder (Crybaby on Broadway) and Kevin Daniels (Their Eye were Watching God).
Strike.TV Launches Largest Web Network Of Original Hollywood Shows
Strike.TV and its technology partners, BitGravity and Episodic, invite you to the launch of its much-anticipated online network,
#010Hardly Knew Her: 29/10/08
In his introduction to Laura Lippman's new short-story anthology, fellow thriller writer George Pelecanos contrasts Hardly Knew Her with other authors' "tossed-off collections of odds and ends and never-should-have-been short stories." Clearly Pelecanos is just jealous that Lippman is married to Baltimore local god David Simon of The Wire, while Pelecanos only worked for him, but in his praise is the acknowledgment that the stories within (nearly all reprints) face the challenge of surprising fans of Lippman's regular subject, private investigator Tess Monaghan, and enticing readers new to her work. Still, Lippman proves herself competent in brief by playing to the form's strengths instead of trying to duplicate the narrative pull of a full-length mystery. The postcard-sized stories that comprise the majority of Hardly Knew Her avoid the Two-Minute Mystery trap by driving the action with motives instead of violent acts. The opening story, "The Crack Cocaine Diet," in.