New THE AMERICANS Trailer Unveils First Footage from Season 3

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A week after getting the first trailer for The Americans season 3 and just two days after The American Film Institute dubbed the FX drama series one of the best TV programs of the year, we’ve got a brand new trailer to share.  Whereas the promo titled “Polygraph” was more of a head trip-style teaser, this new piece is a full-blown trailer featuring loads of footage from the new season perfectly paired with The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.”

Hit the jump to check out the new The Americans season 3 trailer for yourself.  The show returns to FX on Wednesday, January 28th at 10pm.

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys Take a Polygraph in First THE AMERICANS Season 3 Trailer

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The FX drama series The Americans is one that started off strong in its first season and then continued to improve in Season 2, eventually becoming one of the best dramas on television.  The 1980s-set show is technically a “spy series”, in which Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play Soviet operatives who have been living deep undercover in American for years.  In actuality, though, The Americans is a portrait of a marriage, and it uses the spy thriller genre as a conduit through which to explore what it means to be married and what it means to have a family.  That’s not to say the spy aspect isn’t compelling (it very much is), and the very first The Americans Season 3 trailer is a wonderful blend of the show’s character-centric focus and spy thriller machinations.  It also promises to follow-up on that shocker of an ending that concluded Season 2.

Check out the first The Americans Season 3 trailer after the jump.  The series returns to FX on January 28th.

AFM 2014: Promo Posters for EVERYTHING CARRIES ME TO YOU, IRON SKY 2, TOMORROW, and LAVALANTULA Starring Steve Guttenberg

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The American Film Market is officially underway, which means production companies and filmmakers are seeking financing for projects or trying to sell international rights for finished films.  Promotion artwork can help them do that.  Briefly, here are some new AFM posters:

  • Everything Carries Me to You with Matthew Rhys, Jessica Brown Findlay, Freddie Fox, and Kate Walsh.
  • Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the sequel to 2012′s underwhelming moon Nazi movie (we also have the teaser trailer for the sequel, which may or may not contain zombie Hitler riding a dinosaur).
  • Tomorrow starring Stephen Fry and Joss Stone, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
  • Lavalantula starring Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbook, Nia Peebles, and lava-breathing tarantulas.

Hit the jump for more. Click here for more AFM 2014 promo posters.

Lizzy Caplan and Jillian Bell Join Seth Rogen Christmas Comedy; Matthew Rhys Set Opposite Bradley Cooper in Chef Film

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We’ve got casting for two untitled films to report on this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan and 22 Jump Street scene-stealer Jillian Bell have joined the cast of the untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • The Americans star Matthew Rhys will play the antagonist opposite Bradley Cooper in the untitled chef movie.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Matthew Rhys Talks THE AMERICANS and the Season 2 Finale, Approaching His Complex and Complicated Character, and Possibly Directing an Episode

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The FX drama series The Americans follows the complex marriage of two KGB spies, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell), posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.  On the Season 2 finale, entitled “Echo” and airing on May 21st, no one is safe, as Philip and Elizabeth evacuate their children while trying to complete their mission.

During this recent interview to discuss how the events in the finale will affect things, going forward, actor Matthew Rhys talked about how what happens at the end of the finale is going to bring division between Philip and Elizabeth, what it’s been like to play the changing family dynamic, why Philip is a more lenient and forgiving parent, how he approaches such a complex and complicated character, the most challenging aspect of doing this show, and whether he might ever direct an episode.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

FX Renews THE AMERICANS for Season Three

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FX has ordered a 13-episode third season of its excellent drama series The Americans.  While I enjoyed but wasn’t over-the-moon about its first season, the current second season of the period spy drama has turned the show into one of the very best on TV—and in this current Golden Age of Television, that’s saying something.  Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as sleeper KGB agents living in America as a married couple with two kids during the Reagan-fueled early 1980s.  While on the surface the show is a thrilling spy series, at its heart The Americans is really a portrait of a marriage as told through the incredibly complicated lives of two individuals, with Russell and Rhys regularly turning in brilliantly nuanced performances.  Suffice it to say, I am very much looking forward to The Americans season 3.

Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to catch up on Allison’s recaps.  The Americans currently airs on FX Wednesdays at 10pm, with six episodes remaining in the second season.

THE AMERICANS Recap: “The Deal”

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The season, The Americans has been setting up mirrors for Philip and Elizabeth in their personal and professional lives (often both at the same time, since they overlap).  They aren’t always liking what they see.  This complicated confrontation manifested in “The Deal” as a series of conversations Philip had with an Israeli Mossad agent, and some revelations Elizabeth learned about Philip through Martha about “Clarke.”  Often subtle regarding its themes of identity, “The Deal” went whole-hog in expressing the struggle to define it.  Hit the jump for why “we are better at vodka, they are better at tobacco.”

THE AMERICANS Episode Recap: “Safe House”

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The Americans took a break last week — something FX never does with its dramas — because of filming delays, but “Safe House” was well worth the wait.  Things got messy thanks to one personal mistake that lead to a Cold War crisis, and it was handled with controlled chaos.  What was great about the confusion and fallout that happened throughout “Safe House” was that it wasn’t arbitrary.  On some series, miscommunication and mistakes happen because people don’t speak or are unwilling to ask basic questions or confirm anything (Lost comes to mind, a show where almost no one asked anyone anything obvious).  The Americans pulled off an amazing feat of plotting this week by allowing things to happen realistically in turn, and following a situation until its natural, though most extreme, end.  Hit the jump for more on why “we should have fried chicken every day!”

THE AMERICANS Episode Recap: “Mutually Assured Destruction”

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The title for The Americans really said it all this week, didn’t it?  There is a secret war going on that no one wants to become full-fledged combat, regarding both the U.S. and the Jennings’ marriage.  Parallels!  That being said, the Jennings’ marriage (one of the strangest yet most honestly portrayed ones on TV) went to some dark, sad places this week whereas the rest of us got a history lesson.  I said early on in The Americans that the show presumed probably a little too much from the audience in terms of a deep knowledge / understanding of that time period and the political motivations within it.  This week, the show did a good job of having the characters ask some pretty straight-forward questions about why the U.S., if it knows but doesn’t “know” that the Russians are targeting the country, retaliate?  “We do not want to start a war,” was the straight-forward reply.  Hit the jump for why we just have to “act like nothing happened.”

THE AMERICANS Episode Recap: “Duty and Honor”

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The subject and nuances of marriage were again at the forefront of this week’s The Americans, and this time it seemed to focus mostly on loyalty (and also, you know, “Duty and Honor”).  The Jennings’ uneasy marriage can sometimes be a reflection of their own complicated feelings about their lifelong mission for their country, of which their marriage is an integral part.  After several weeks of seeing Elizabeth’s side of things, from her affair with Gregory to hints from her childhood and her initial hesitations at being with Philip in the first place, we finally got to see some of Philip’s background, including a former love, Irina, with whom he is now reuniting.  The two were coming together to enact a scheme that would help to discredit a Polish resistance leader who was being sheltered in the United States during his Polish exile.  And that was just the beginning — hit the jump for more on why “I’m sorry I didn’t kill you.”

THE AMERICANS Episode Recap: “Trust Me”

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Dobry den, my comrades – The Americans got real tonight, da?  Philip and Elizabeth’s story took a surprising turn (quite a few turns, though not quite how I expected), but even they were overshadowed by the tricks Stan pulled to keep Nina from harm, not to mention that haunting interlude where Paige and Henry decided to hitchhike.  This was a pretty flawless episode from top to bottom, building off of what we have experienced in the last five weeks (Elizabeth and Philip’s relationship, Stan’s protectiveness towards Nina) and rewarded us for staying true to the cause.  Things are coming together as much as they were split asunder this week, and per usual I’m not sure what to expect going forward (one of the series’ greatest traits).  But for now, hit the jump for why “I believe in God, not coincidence.”

THE AMERICANS Episode Recap: “Comint”

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Another nuanced episode of The Americans this week, focusing on the tit-for-tat back and forth of intelligence and counterintelligence.  Just as the FBI found a way to not only encrypt but make portable its communication, the Russians (via Elizabeth and Philip) found a way to hear them anyway.  Within a day the FBI had adjusted the code to block out the Russians, and so forth.  The bigger revelation was not this cat and mouse game, though, but that the Russians discovered that there was a mole.  And, despite their Herculean efforts to keep their agent in the Department of Defense, Adam Dorma (who we meet briefly at the start of the episode), in the end he became as much of a liability to them as an asset because his loyalty was briefly questioned in his moment of distress.  In the spy world, the slightest hesitation could mean everything.  Hit the jump for why you shouldn’t ask questions, even for all of our 35 years and 8 months together!

FX Renews Spy Drama THE AMERICANS for a Second Season

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Just four episodes into its inaugural season, FX has already granted its spy drama series The Americans a 13-episode order for a second season.  The show has garnered a lot of critical acclaim and is backed by strong performances from its leads, Keri RussellMatthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich.  According to the network, the series premiere was the most-watched debut in FX’s history, with 5.11 million viewers tuning in.  The network is also reporting ratings gains every week, making The Americans a bona fide hit.

The show, created by Joe Weisberg (a former CIA agent), takes place in 1981 just after Ronald Reagan’s election, and follows two embedded KGB spies, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, (Russell and Rhys) who spent years preparing to become “typical” Americans so they could help out their government from U.S. soil.  Though Elizabeth struggles with the emotional aspects of assimilation, Philip seems to be developing some positive feelings for the land they were bred to hate.  In addition to the spy elements, the show also focuses on the newly budding relationship between the two leads, who were forced into a marriage for appearances sake, but have only now begun to see each other as more than business partners.  Hit the jump for more on the series, and click here to catch up on my recaps.

THE AMERICANS Episode Recap: “In Control”

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I solicited a lot of feedback about The Americans this week because I was confused about how I could still be left so cold by a show that seems so beloved and full of things I should like (spies! Russians! Keri Russell‘s hair!).  It seemed I wasn’t really alone though, and there were plenty of people who felt like I did, that while the show was objectively good, it lacked a spark.  However, last week’s episode, “Gregory,” went a long way in repairing my feelings about the show, which is tough and can be difficult to follow.  It’s not a casual experience, but a deeply involved one that asks us to be completely engaged in it, with a fair amount of background knowledge.  It’s a show that, I know, will grow richer with repeated viewings.  Finally though, this week, I saw the light.  “In Control” was a very solidly entertaining hour of TV.  Hit the jump for more on why “one mistake is all it takes.”

Matthew Rhys Talks THE AMERICANS, Embracing the 80s, and His Character’s Journey in the First Season

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The Americans is FX’s new period drama about the complex and complicated marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan was elected President.  Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) have a network of spies and informants under their control, while their two children – 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati) – know nothing about their parents’ true identity.  Even though Philip’s growing affinity for America’s values and way of life leads to tension with Elizabeth, the two must work together to keep their new FBI agent neighbor (Noah Emmerich) from discovering who they really are.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Matthew Rhys talked about how he came to be a part of this show, his reaction to the material, the research he did to get into the mind-set of a guy like this, embracing the ‘80s, the journey his character will be taking this season, and working with co-star Keri Russell.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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