Matt Walsh and Jeremy Sumpter Talk INTO THE STORM, Driving the Titus, Real Life Tornado Experiences, SHARKNADO and More

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Veteran storm chaser, Pete Moore (Matt Walsh), will do whatever it takes to capture the ultimate tornado on film in the action-packed thriller, Into the Storm, and he’s created the ultimate vehicle for the task.  Jacob (Jeremy Sumpter), the newest member of his team, is determined to help Pete capture the once-in-a-lifetime shot, but he gets more than he bargained for when he comes on board.  With the film opening in theaters this Friday, August 8th, I recently sat down with Walsh and Sumpter for a roundtable interview to discuss their exciting new film.

The actors talked about what appealed to them about their characters and the separate storylines, their real life experience with tornados, what it was like driving a kick-ass storm-chasing vehicle, how they filmed the scenes where their characters go into the tornado, what it felt like going through a fire tornado, the found footage they shot, why they’re hoping for a sequel like Into the Storm Takes on Sharknado 3, and some of their cool upcoming projects including Walsh’s season four of Veep and a small comedy he directed called A Better You, and Sumpter’s The Squeeze, Take Down and The UnBroken.  Hit the jump to read the interview and please be aware that it does contain spoilers for the film.

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 2014 Emmys: Who Should Be Nominated?

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Before Thursday, when the real 2014 Emmy nominations will become known (and spark, probably, both outrage and boredom), there’s a chance to suggest who should be nominated in each major category.  This isn’t about winners and losers, but about recognizing some of the best talent on TV this past year (or the Emmy year: from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014).  There are sure to be some omissions and snubs even within my own list, so hit the jump to check out my choices (and occasional Emmy-rules-bending inclusions).

THE COLLISION: Episode 94 – GAME OF THRONES: Looking Back at Season 4

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by Allison Keene and Charles Judson to talk about the fourth season of Game of Thrones.  During our conversation, we talk about the season’s highs, lows, the benefits of departing from the book, what made “The Children” the best season finale thus far, the future of the series, and much more.  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 (“22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2“), 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.

HBO Renews SILICON VALLEY and VEEP

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Though Twitter on Sunday nights is usually dominated by discussion about the excellent Mad Men and Game of Thrones, HBO is also airing a killer comedy block in the post-Game of Thrones slot with Silicon Valley and Veep.  As such, it comes as great news that HBO has renewed Silicon Valley for a second season and Veep for a fourth season.  The former is the new series from Mike Judge that revolves around a tech startup in the titular Silicon Valley, and though we’re only three episodes in, it’s quickly proving itself to be one of the funniest shows on television.  Moreover, Judge is offering up a weekly dose of brilliant satire that takes aim at our current culture of tech giants.  If you missed them, be sure to catch up on Allison’s recaps.

As for Veep, the ensemble comedy remains as sharp and mean as ever in its current third season, which sees Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ lead character heading down a promising new path.  If you’re not already watching Silicon Valley and Veep, I would highly suggest checking them out at some point in the near future.  Watch trailers for the next episodes of both after the jump.

Sunday TV Ratings: GAME OF THRONES Premiere Scores Highest HBO Ratings Since THE SOPRANOS Finale

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TV ratings for Sunday evening are in, and unsurprisingly HBO has a stellar night.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The season four premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones scored a record 6.6 million viewers, which is up a whopping 2.2 million from last year’s 4.4 million premiere.  Adding in the encore’s 1.6 million viewers, the show totaled 8.2 million viewers on Sunday night.  The opener topped the previous Game of Thrones record of 5.5 million, which it hit in the third episode of season three, and last night’s episode was the most-watched HBO telecast since the series finale of The Sopranos.
  • Additionally, the series premiere of the excellent new comedy series Silicon Valley brought in 2 million viewers, scoring the network’s biggest half-hour launch since 2009’s Hung.  The season three premiere of Veep (also fantastic) averaged 1 million viewers, which is even with its season two finale.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, April 6th, including Once Upon a Time, Believe, Crisis, Family Guy, and more.

New to Blu-ray: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, KEY & PEELE, THE GREAT BEAUTY Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include Martin Scorsese’s latest, the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a long-delayed Dean Koontz adaptation, some very popular TV comedies, a few new additions to the Criterion library, and more.  Briefly:

New Trailers for VEEP Season 3 and Mike Judge’s New HBO Comedy Series SILICON VALLEY

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Before the excellent True Detective finale last night, HBO debuted a number of trailers for its upcoming series and specials. We’ve already shared the new Game of Thrones trailer and the first teaser for the HBO movie The Normal Heart, so now it’s time to get to something a bit lighter: Veep and Silicon Valley.  The comedy series Veep really hit its stride in season two as one of the best comedies on TV, and this brief new trailer for season three promises it hasn’t lost its step.  As for Silicon Valley, we’ve already seen a few short trailers for creator Mike Judge’s new series, but this one delves a bit deeper into the plot, which revolves around a tech start-up company in Silicon Valley.

Hit the jump to watch the trailers.  Silicon Valley premieres on HBO April 6th at 10pm ET while Veep season three premieres April 6th at 10:30pm.

Awards Roundup: HER and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Take WGA Awards, GRAVITY Wins Cinematography Honors, and FROZEN Lands Annie Trophy

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A trio of award organizations handed out prizes last night: the Writers Guild of America, the American Society of Cinematographers, and the International Animated Film Association’s Annie Awards.  In a bit of an upset at the WGA Awards, Spike Jones took home Best Original Screenplay for Her over American Hustle, and Billy Ray nabbed Best Adapted Screenplay honors for Captain Philips over The Wolf of Wall Street and Before Midnight.  It should be noted, though, that due to eligibility rules, Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominee 12 Years a Slave was ineligible for the WGA trophy.

Hit the jump for more, including the full list of winners from the organizations and some Oscar analysis from yours truly.

GAME OF THRONES Season 4 to Premiere April 6th; BOARDWALK EMPIRE to Conclude after Season 5

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The Television Critics Association panels are currently underway, and today was HBO’s turn to drop some news nuggets.  Chief among the cable network’s announcements is an official premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones, which will kick off on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm.  The insanely popular fantasy series will be joined on Sunday nights by the third season of Veep and the debut of Mike Judge’s (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill) new live-action comedy series Silicon Valley, both of which will also premiere on April 6th.  Additionally, Ryan Murphy‘s feature film The Normal Heart will premiere in May, and Damon Lindelof‘s new series The Leftovers will debut this summer.

The fourth season of Game of Thrones will largely cover the second half of George R.R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords.  We’ll see our first trailer for season four this Sunday, in front of the premiere of True Detective.  Good luck watching the opening credits without this song stuck in your head.  Hit the jump for news on the final season of Boardwalk Empire.

2014 PaleyFest Lineup Includes LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Farewell, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, VEEP, and More

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The Paley Center has announced the initial lineup for the 31st Annual Paley Television Festival, which honors the best in television with enlightening and entertaining panels for various TV shows.  The headliner this year seems to be a 10th anniversary reunion panel for Lost, which is sure to be a fascinating watch.  Also part of the lineup is a farewell panel for How I Met Your Mother, a reunion for the cast of Veronica Mars, and panels for current series Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Masters of Sex, Community, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for PaleyFest 2014, which will be held in Los Angeles March 13-28th.  For ticketing information, click here.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Returning TV Series of 2013

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In addition to a bevy of new and fantastic shows debuting in 2013, there were also plenty of trusted favorites to keep up with as well.  While BBC America and Sundance provided most of the best new content of the year, stalwart HBO dominates the list of returning programming.  Unlike the list of new series, the returning shows category features a few comedies, an acknowledgement that often it takes comedy series a little longer to get off the ground.  Bottom line, a good show is a good show regardless of format or genre.  Hit the jump for, in no particular order, the list of Top 10 Returning Series of 2013.

HBO’s 2014 Promo Contains First Footage from GAME OF THRONES: Season 4, THE LEFTOVERS, and More

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HBO has released a self-congratulatory promo for its 2013 programming a look ahead for what viewers can expect in 2014.  Once we reach 2014, we’ll get more in-depth promos for the network’s spring programming, but for now we’ll have to settle for stuff like a few brief seconds of the fourth season of Game of Thrones.  This footage confirms that there are at least eight seconds of season four where no one dies.  There are also glimpses at other returning shows such as Girls and Veep and newcomers The Leftovers, Looking, True Detective, and Silicon Valley not to mention original movies, miniseries, and documentaries.

Hit the jump to check out the promo.

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Leads with 4 Nominations

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The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and unsurprisingly, 12 Years a Slave led the pack with four nods including Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o).  The surprises came with the snubs.  The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, and Inside Llewyn Davis missed the cut, and it’s clear that The Weinstein Company was a heavy hitter by getting multiple nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler and August: Osage County.  Arguably, the biggest snub was Robert Redford for All Is Lost.  Not only is it an acclaimed performance, but also part of his momentum is supposed to be based on the respect he’s accumulated for his long career.  Keep an eye for Oscar Beat as Adam breaks down what the nominations and snubs mean in the long run. [Correction: Adam tells me Wolf of Wall Street was ineligible because it missed the SAG voting deadline, so it's not really a snub]

Hit the jump for the full list of nominations including the ones for television shows.  The winners will be announced on January 18th.

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