The 2002 film In America earned writer-director Jim Sheridan an Oscar nomination for his script, which he co-wrote with his daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan. The film was inspired by Sheridan’s own family. Now Sheridan will now be able to pull even more from his own experiences, as the film will be turned into a series at HBO.
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Don’t worry, TV watchers. We know you probably had a rough night last night. We know you might just want to kick-start your New Year’s resolution from the comfort of your couch, and we’re here to help. Below, a guide to the shows on hand and the resolutions that you could adopt while watching, from a Star Wars threepeat to The Three Stooges, from Mad Men to Murder, She Wrote, and everything in between. READ FULL STORY
Christmas is about traditions, and TBS once again has scheduled 24 hours of A Christmas Story (starting at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24)* from Ralphie and Randy to Scut Farkus and those turkey-gobbling Bumpus mutts. Joining them on the holiday vigil, TLC offers up a four-hour block of Christmas lights spectaculars from 4-8 p.m., and a certain lady network wraps up their annual multiweek affair known as Falalala Lifetime. For everyone else who has had enough of the holiday spirit, there are plenty of alternatives. Read on for a schedule of Christmas Eve marathons. READ FULL STORY
EW’s Entertainer of the Year doesn’t look to be slowing down one bit in the new year.
Daniel Radcliffe is set to make his hosting debut on SNL Jan. 14, the network has announced. Lana Del Rey will be the musical guest.
The show also announced former NBA star Charles Barkley would return as host on Jan. 7, the first new episode of 2012. Barkley last hosted in Jan. 2010, when he also helmed the first episode of the new year. The musical guest this time will be Kelly Clarkson.
Spidey will cast his net across millions of TV screens during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but that’s not where tomorrow’s televisual treats end. Whether you’re a certified dude, a lady with a taste for the finer things, a procedural junkie, a spy fan, or someone who understands “There’s always money in the banana stand,” we present a list of the all that’s worth watching this Turkey Day. READ FULL STORY
Director Mark Romanek on making Kia's infectious dancing hamster ad: 'You don't see a lot of surrealism on television'
Mark Romanek is no stranger to making you dance in your seat when you’re watching MTV — or any other channel, for that matter. The director behind those infectious iPod commercials, including the colorful, rocking U2 “Vertigo” spot, had millions of VMA viewers (12.4 million, to be exact) grooving along with the now-famous trio of hip-hop-happy hamsters (and a group of equally skilled robots who couldn’t resist a catchy beat) in the latest Kia Soul ad which aired during the awards show last night.
Romanek’s other credits including film (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) and, perhaps most notably, music videos (he’s behind such legendary videos as Michael Jackson’s “Scream”, Madonna’s “Bedtime Story”, Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”, Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”), and he tells EW he infused some of his prior work into this latest commercial. In addition suggesting that the look of the commercial be in a “very video game[-like] world,” Romanek, rather than relying solely on CGI, used real dancers to make the moves for the characters.
With the help of choreographers Rich & Tone, a group of “great dancers from the East and West coast” and computer animation, Romanek had the resources to bring the latest chapter of those jamming hamsters to the small screen. “The key was making the dance great,” said Romanek. READ FULL STORY
British actor Chris Vance (Prison Break, Burn Notice) has been cast as the lead in the TV version of the Transporter action movie franchise, EW can report exclusively. Vance will play expert driver and “professional transporter” Frank Martin — the role which was originated on the big screen by his fellow Brit, Jason Statham. The show is being executive produced by Luc Besson, who co-wrote all three of the Transporter movies. The first season will be shot this summer in Canada and Europe and then be broadcast on Cinemax next year. “It’s high octance,” Vance told EW, when asked to give a flavor of what viewers can expect. “Fast-paced. Action-packed. Car chases. Stunts. Fights, Beautiful girls. Villains. Heroes. Guns. It should be a lot of fun.” READ FULL STORY
How a documentary director's deaf, Jewish, mother escaped from the Nazis: Frank Stiefel talks about his remarkable HBO film, 'Ingelore'
It is hard to think of many more luckless or traumatic fates than being a Jewish child in Nazi Germany. But imagine if you were also deaf. In the documentary Ingelore, first time director Frank Stiefel relates the story of his mother, Ingelore Herz Honigstein, who was born without the ability to hear to Jewish parents in Kuppenheim, Germany, in 1924. The film is narrated by Ingelore herself, who heartbreakingly describes how she struggled to overcome her disability, how she was raped by two German soldiers, and how she finally escaped to America — a climactic chapter that would be rejected by any blockbuster producer worth their salt for being too fantastical. After the jump, Frank Stiefel talks about his unflinching but uplifting film, which debuts on HBO 2 at 6:15 p.m. ET this Sunday. READ FULL STORY
'Doctor Who' returns tonight: Exec producer Steven Moffat talks the new season, 'Sherlock,' and 'lending' Martin Freeman to 'The Hobbit'
If Steven Moffat was kidnapped by aliens, then British drama would be in deep trouble, given that the future plot lines for two of the country’s most popular shows — Doctor Who and Sherlock — are housed in the writer-producer’s precious brain. Tonight, however, it is the past that will occupy fans of the returning Doctor Who as the season premiere finds Matt Smith‘s titular time traveler journeying back to 1969 America to battle an extraterrestrial menace with help from Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), River Song (Alex Kingston), an ex-FBI agent (Mark Sheppard from Battestar Galactica) and, uh, President Richard Nixon.
For the globally conscious among us who want to want to see Hotel Rwanda (how long has it been sitting in your Netflix queue?), Earth Made of Glass, exec produced by Channing Tatum, offers an emotionally engaging, informative view of post-genocide Rwanda that spares you from anything too hard to stomach. The idea of the film is not to replay the horror of the Rwandan genocide, but to find a blueprint for peace and ending cycles of violence in conflict areas. Tatum saw producing the movie as an opportunity to educate himself as well as younger viewers. “I knew of the genocide, but I didn’t know anything about it,” he told EW. “I just want to help this story get out there. My audience skews younger, and I think kids can really learn from it.” READ FULL STORY
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