Jeremy Renner Talks KILL THE MESSENGER, Balancing Fact and Fiction, Why He Wanted to Make the Movie, and Working with Louis C.K. on LOUIE

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Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta’s (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger.  Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.  His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family.  The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega.  For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Jeremy Renner.  He talked about why he wanted to make the movie, balancing fact and fiction, if he’s a fan of extended cuts, what it was like working with Louis C.K. on Louie, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

2014 Emmy Award Winners: BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama; MODERN FAMILY Wins Best Comedy

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The 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced tonight.  The ceremony was effectively dedicated to Breaking Bad, winning Best Drama for its final season.  It was widely presumed Matthew McConaughey would continue his awards run with an Emmy win for True Detective, but Bryan Cranston triumphed once again with his fourth Best Actor award.  Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for their supporting roles and Breaking Bad also took home Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Modern Family won Best Comedy, joining Frasier as the only series to win the award five times.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2014 Emmy Award Winners.

FARGO and LOUIE Renewed by FX; FARGO Season 2 Will Have New Cast, Setting, and Characters

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FX has announced renewals for a couple of its most popular shows, both of which nabbed plenty of Emmy nominations this year.  Louis C.K.’s increasingly bizarre but nonetheless poignant Louie has been given the go-ahead for season 5, while Fargo season 2 is officially a reality.  Louie will return next spring, though the order is only for seven episodes as opposed to this year’s 14.  FX took on a unique airing format with season 4, though, as each week saw the premiere of two Louie episodes back-to-back.  I’m not sure if the abbreviated season 5 means they’ll continue with that format, or just play one episode a week for seven consecutive weeks.  It’s not necessarily a shock that the order has been shortened since Louie’s ratings hit new lows this year, but it’s encouraging to hear that the show will indeed be back.  There’s truly nothing else like it.

Additionally, the buzzy anthology series Fargo is returning for a second season next year.  Though most were rightfully skeptical of a TV series adaptation of the Coen brothers masterpiece, many found writer/showrunner Noah Hawley’s show to be an inspired take on the material.  So how will Fargo move forward given how the first season wrapped up?  Details after the jump.

TCA Awards Winners: BREAKING BAD Named Program of the Year; TRUE DETECTIVE, VEEP, and THE GOOD WIFE Win Top Honors

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Though the Primetime Emmy Awards are the TV honors that everyone’s familiar with, when it comes to clout, the Television Critics Association Awards take the cake.  Voted on by over 200 professional journalists, the TCA Awards honor the very best in television regardless of which networks can afford the most expensive campaigns, and so the list of 2014 winners comes with a considerable degree of weight.  Breaking Bad took the “Program of the Year” title for the second year in a row, while the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award went to CBS’ critical favorite The Good Wife.  The Best Comedy award resulted in a tie between the blissfully explicit Veep and FX’s wholly unique Louie, while True Detective won both Best Miniseries and Individual Achievement in a Drama for Matthew McConaughey.  As for Best New Program, that honor went to Netflix’s swell Orange Is the New Black.

Check out a full list of the TCA Awards winners after the jump, and if you missed the recent Emmy nominations announcement click here.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

THE COLLISION: Episode 91 – MAD MEN, HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More TV

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by our TV Editor Allison Keene to talk about the most recent seasons of Mad Men, The Americans, Hannibal, and Silicon Valley.  We also talk about Fargo and Louie, which are still in the middle of their current seasons.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Ant-Man and X-Men: Days of Future Past“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

LOUIE Season 4 Review: FX’s Exceptional Series Returns Strong

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Over its first three seasons, Louis CK has created a darkly surreal existence in Louie that still manages to find a tinge of light.  It’s one of the most unique series on television, defying genre descriptions.  In some ways it feels familiar (there are aspects of shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, and other reality-based comedies), but what makes Louie always stand apart is its devotion to the emotionally sincere, the raw and honest, and sometimes the very beautiful.  Hit the jump for why you should “abandon your kids.  Then you can sleep better.”

Louis C.K. Confers with Charles Grodin in First Clip from LOUIE Season 4

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We’re less than a month away from new episodes of Louie, and in anticipation of the debut, FX has released the first clip from season four to tide fans over.  It’s a brief teaser of what’s sure to be a fantastic batch of episodes, but what’s particularly exciting about this clip is that it reveals a guest presence by the great Charles Grodin.  He plays Louis C.K.’s doctor in the clip, and the less said about what transpires the better.  We know essentially nothing about what season four of Louie entails, but the writer/director/star/executive producer has excelled in previous episodes with delivering stories that are unexpected, hilarious, dramatic, and at times very dark.  Grodin is surely one of many familiar faces that will pop up throughout the new season, as season three’s excellent guest stars ranged from Jerry Seinfeld to Parker Posey to David Lynch.

Hit the jump to watch the new Louie clip.  Season four of the series debuts on FX May 5th with back-to-back-episodes, and the network will air the entire season in two-episode chunks through June 16th.

LOUIE Season 4 Premieres May 5th on FX; Will Air Two New Episodes a Week for Seven Weeks

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The long, long, long wait is over, folks: new episodes of Louie are on the horizon.  After taking a self-imposed 19-month hiatus, creator/writer/star/executive producer/director/editor Louis C.K.’s FX comedy series will return on Monday, May 5th for its fourth season.  The comedian asked the network for some time off after season three in order to prevent the show from getting stale, but Louie is now back with 14 all-new episodes.  In an atypical move, FX will air two new episodes a week, back-to-back, for seven straight weeks, finishing out the season on June 16th.

Louie is truly unlike anything else on television, mixing sharp comedy and often times very dark drama, all told through the singular voice of Louis C.K.  As a big fan of what came before, I can’t wait to see what he’s put together for this new batch of episodes.  Read the full press release after the jump. 

Allison Predicts the 2013 Emmy Awards Winners

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The 2013 Emmy Awards have arrived and will air this Sunday, during which most of us will be watching / going into emotional duress from Breaking Bad.  But for those watching the awards and keeping up with the winners, losers, snubs and surprises (and potentially putting money on it), after the jump are my predictions for this year.  The exact alchemy, casting of runes, meditation and throwing of darts that make up my patented formula cannot be revealed, but I will share the results — without taking any responsibility for what actually happens.  Hit the jump for who everyone thinks will win, who should win, and a few upset picks to keep things interesting

The 2013 Emmy Nominations Anaylsis: Surprises, Snubs, and Snoozes

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The Emmy nominations have always produced a mixture of boredom and anger among TV fans, but save for a few surprises (like Netflix’s 14 nominations), the 2013 Emmy nominations are so lazy they are almost identical to 2012.  Yes, we are in the Second Golden Age of TV, yes there are tons of great shows that, without expanded categories, are not going to get nominated in the current system.  But what about taking a deeper look into the casts of the shows that are always nominated?  Might there be some diamonds in the rough behind the marquee names that might deserve recognition?  Hit the jump for a rundown of the major categories and a comment at the reality of the nominations, and then a list of snubs and a call for you to add your own to the list (because everyone will have a favorite who is forgotten). 

GAME OF THRONES, THE AMERICANS, and NEW GIRL Score Critics Choice TV Awards Nominations; MAD MEN and MODERN FAMILY Shunned

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Nominations for the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards have been announced, and along with plenty of welcome surprises there are a couple of snubs that are likely to have people talking.  Here’s a brief rundown of some of the highlights:

  • Best Drama Series nominees include Game of Thrones, Homeland, Breaking Bad, and FX’s excellent new series The Americans.  Conspicuously absent is Mad Men, which only scored one nomination overall for Elisabeth Moss as Lead Actress.
  • Best Comedy Series nominees include Louie, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and Veep, with Emmy favorite Modern Family failing to land a nomination along with last year’s winner Community.  Instead, ABC sitcom The Middle made the cut.
  • Netflix’s House of Cards scored two nominations for Best Actor (Kevin Spacey) and a very deserved Best Supporting Actor nod for Corey Stoll.
  • David Lynch landed a Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series nom for his excellent work in Louie, and Happy Endings alums Casey Wilson and Adam Pally were recognized in the supporting categories.
  • The love it/loathe it HBO comedy Girls didn’t get a Best Comedy Series nod, but received acting nominations for Lena Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, and Patrick Wilson.
  • FX’s American Horror Story and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory scored the most nominations with six each, topping all other programs.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the lineup.  The awards will be handed out on June 10th.

ARGO, ZERO DARK THIRTY, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, BREAKING BAD, LOUIE, and More Win WGA Awards

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The Writers Guild of America Awards were held tonight, and Ben Affleck‘s Argo continued its sweep through awards season by netting Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Chris TerrioMark Boal won Best Original Screenplay for the film that will actually continue to resonate for years to come, Zero Dark Thirty.  Meanwhile, Malik Bendejelloul‘s won Best Documentary Screenplay for the wonderful Searching for Sugar Man.  Over on the TV side, Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series, Louie won Best Comedy Series, and Girls won Best New Series.  Hatfields & McCoys and Game Change continued their awards winning streaks by picking up Best Long Form (Original) and Long Form (Adapted), respectively.  Finally, Portlandia beat out some stiff competition (such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) to pick up Best Comedy/Variety.

2013 Producers Guild Awards Nominees Include LINCOLN, DJANGO UNCHAINED, LES MISERABLES, and SKYFALL

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The nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Awards have been announced.  The PGA’s are a fairly reliable predictor of the Academy Awards, as last year all but two eventual Best Picture nominees (The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) were PGA nominees.  This year’s contenders include expected fare like Argo, Les Miserables, and Lincoln, indies such as Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom, and critical favorite Zero Dark Thirty.  The PGA’s are also fond of singling out one “popular” choice, and in this year’s case that film looks to be the excellent Skyfall

In addition to the feature films, the PGAs also announced the nominees in television.  Drama series nominees include the usual suspects like Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones, while the comedy category is filled out by 30 Rock, Louie, Modern Family, and for some reason The Big Bang Theory.  Notably absent is HBO’s Girls and NBC’s brilliant Parks and Recreation.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of film and television nominees.  The 24th Annual PGA Awards will be held on January 26th.

AFI Announces Top 10 in Film and TV for 2012 Including THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and MOONRISE KINGDOM

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The American Film Institute has announced its annual Top 10 lists.  In the film category, this awards season’s usual suspects popped up as Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook made the cut alongside Django Unchained and Moonrise Kingdom.  AFI is notable for also including a few popular titles on their lists (last year Bridesmaids and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo landed in the Top 10), and this year is no exception as fan-favorite The Dark Knight Rises nabbed a spot.  Notably absent, though, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s polarizing drama The Master.

On the TV side of things, Emmy-winner Homeland made the cut as well as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Louie, The Walking Dead, and FX’s American Horror Story.  AMC’s Mad Men landed on the list for a fifth time, making it the most recognized AFI Awards TV honoree in history.  Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10’s for both TV and Film.

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