Friday, February 28, 2014

Seth Rogen Visits Congress to Plead for Alzheimer's Funding, Shames Senators Who Skipped Out

Seth Rogen in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26, 2014 J.M. Eddins Jr./MCT/Getty

Watch Rogen's opening statement below:

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People:  By Nate Jones UPDATED 02/27/2014 at 01:45 PM EST Originally published 02/27/2014 at 11:00 AM EST

The Den


Director: Zachary Donohue
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A young woman studying the habits of webcam chat users from the apparent safety of her apartment witnesses a brutal murder online and is quickly immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Grand Piano


Director: Eugenio Mira
Writer: Damien Chazelle
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Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.
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‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver to Play the Villain (EXCLUSIVE)


Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.

Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.

Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

The big-budget tentpole, directed by J.J. Abrams, is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” will continue the Jedi saga where “Return of the Jedi” left off.

Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy.

Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, but in recent weeks, the Indiana native has become Disney and Lucasfilms’ top choice to play the main villain.

The delay in making a decision was due to scheduling issues with “Star Wars” and his HBO show “Girls.” Sources say it’s not just Season 4 that was the hangup, but also future seasons, since future “Star Wars” installments could also coincide with upcoming seasons of the HBO Lena Dunham comedy.

Sources are now telling Variety that scheduling issues have been resolved and that a deal should be finalized in the coming days.

Abrams recently announced that the script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan was finished and that they would begin zeroing in on casting decisions soon. Michael Arndt wrote the original draft, with Kasdan and Abrams taking over last fall.

Disney was also rumored to be looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for the villain role.

The studio had no comment on the cast.

While Driver has received acclaim for his role on “Girls,” he has become more in demand for high-profile features lately. The actor is currently filming Warner Bros.’ “Midnight Special” and is also attached to Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson. He is repped by Gersh and can currently be seen on the third season of “Girls” airing on HBO as well as the Shawn Levy pic “This is Where I Leave You” which bows this fall.

Disney has been quickly ramping up the “Star Wars” universe since buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion in October, 2012. In addition to the “Star Wars” films, the studio is developing theme park attractions, TV shows and an extensive line of merchandise.

Variety February 26, 2014 | 12:21PM PT Justin Kroll Film Reporter@krolljvar

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Americans 1st episode tonight 26 February, 2014

 





Creator: Joseph Weisberg
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A pair of deep-cover Soviet spies masquerades as a typical DC couple whose children, neighbors, coworkers & friends are completely unaware of their activities. At home, they're the stereotypical parents of stereotypical kids; at work, they pose as travel agents; but at night, they weave a web of confidants, lovers, dupes, and historical figures from the Reagan-era Cold War. The startlingly realistic plot twists force the viewer to consider the real cost of an undeclared war, what it takes to protect one's beliefs, if it's worth it, and if it actually worked for either side. Written by Steve83
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‘The Americans’: 5 Things to Know About the Return of FX’s Spy Drama

 
From more disguises to sexual guilt, Matthew Rhys spills about what fans can expect
“The Americans” — starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as a pair of Reagan-era Soviet spies masquerading as suburban parents in the U.S. — returns for its second season on Wednesday. at 10 p.m.
Rhys — who plays Philip Jennings on the series — recently spoke to reporters about what to expect from the second season of the series. TheWrap presents the Top 5 takeaways below.
1. The second season will be “more muscular.”
While the first season of “The Americans” had no shortage of gasp-inducing moments, the sophomore run will pack even more of a punch, Rhys said, particularly with his and Russell’s characters feeling the enemy closing in on them.
“I think it’s the writers that feel that a lot more in a second season. They feel the pressure to deliver sort of more muscular, punchier scripts that have more bang for their buck and more pizzazz, power, and punch,” Rhys said.
2. The Jennings’ “sleeping with the enemy” strategy will have drastic implications as the Jennings inch closer and closer to becoming a real couple.

Both Philip and Russell’s Elizabeth Jennings spent a large portion of the first season knocking boots with strangers to gain information. But that policy will create a backlash as the two spies continue to develop genuine feelings for each other. Rhys calls it “quite a punchy theme” for the couple this season.
“All of sudden these two people that have fulfilled a very specific mandate all these years about sleeping with people for information suddenly their feelings become real, and the green-eyed monster makes a very rude appearance in their lives, and it’s incredibly difficult for them to deal with,” Rhys said.
3. Philip becomes more of a Material Guy this season.
Already growing accustomed to the creature comforts that America has to offer, Philip becomes an even bigger fan of ther better things in life this time out.
“He becomes a little more unashamed about it, especially in this season, where he’s like we don’t have to live in misery, A, to do our jobs or, B, because we think we should,” Rhys revealed. “It presents itself in this season. Elizabeth’s”still being very much the hardliner in that she was indoctrinated with a very firm belief system that she doesn’t waiver from, and Philip certainly begins — they begin to separate on that specific level, which makes for a great element of conflict.”

4. Yes, the disguises will be back — big-time.
The various get-ups that the the Jennings wore as they went about their espionage were a major topic for fans of the show during Season 1, and those fans will have plenty to talk about in the upcoming season, as the couple continues to pretend they’re other people.
“That feeds into what the more general storyline for the Jennings … that there is this greater feeling of the danger of is a lot more palatable and a lot more present, and I think they take their role of not being recognized and not being caught that much greater now, because the intensity is sort of closer on their doorstep,” Rhys said.
And yes, he has a favorite disguise.
“I’ve named him; he’s called Fernando,” Rhys revealed.
5. Philip’s relationship with Martha will become even more awkward and miserable than it already was.
Never a storybook romance to begin with, Philip’s marriage-of-spy-convenience to FBI secretary Martha will take a dreary, dismal turn in Season 2.
“It’s so beautifully laid out and it’s so problematic in that Philip has a real conscience about things, and as they evolve in the way that they do he becomes very aware of what’s he’s doing in the manipulation of Martha and how it’s spiraling ever downwards,” Rhys noted. “It pricks his conscience definitely. He has a heart and he is sensitive, and he finds it increasingly harder the level of lies and level of betrayal. As she wants to evolve in the marriage he’s trying to stall at every level. And also because of how things are evolving with Elizabeth that presents itself as a difficult riddle for him to overcome, in that it becomes a greater thought inside. So he’s certainly torn in that respect enormously between these two situations.”
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