The Playlist

Watch: 2 Deleted Scenes From 'The Great Gatsby'; F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Last Tycoon' Headed To HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 20, 2013 11:39 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
The Great Gatsby
It might seem like it was ages ago, but it's only been a few months since Baz Luhrmann's 3D, glitter encrusted "The Great Gatsby" did the Charleston in theaters across the country. And while reviews may have been mixed and the final result certainly spotty (we discussed The 5 Most Ridiculous Things About 'The Great Gatsby'), audiences seemed to love it, with the final tally north of $340 million worldwide. Not bad at all. And if you needed a little more Fitzgerald in your life, some good news is on the horizon.

Review: 'Hello Ladies' Season 1, Starring Stephen Merchant

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 18, 2013 12:07 PM
  • |
  • 18 Comments
While the fate of Stephen Merchant's "Hello Ladies" remains in the hands of HBO who have yet to renew the show, it's easy to see why they got in business the with comedian/actor/writer/director in the first place. He's a longtime collaborator with Ricky Gervais, and the pair already have had two underrated shows hit the network — "Life's Too Short" and the animated "Ricky Gervais Show" — and given their track records ("The Office," "Extras") it doesn't seem to be too much of a risk to see what Merchant can cook up on his own. And on the face of it, a comedy about a single Englishman living in Los Angeles trying to find love is ripe with possibility. But as I wrote in my preview of the series in September after watching the first two episodes sent to press, the result was "cartoonish and empty" and little has changed with the season one wrapping up last night. (Obviously, spoilers ahead).

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire,' Season 4, Episode 11, ‘Havre De Grace’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • November 17, 2013 10:00 PM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
Boardwalk Empire, Season 4
Out of the gloomy, dark fog, voices and the faint outlines of faces appear. Chalky White (Michael K. Williams) and Daughter Maitland (Margot Robbie) are once again in the backseat of a car. But this time, instead of driving to their would-be demise (as they almost did at the climax of last week’s episode, a harrowing conclusion that saw the injured Chalky escape death by a hair’s breadth), they’re being taken to safety. Though you might not know it from the icy demeanor of their chauffeurs.

Angela Lansbury Says 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot A "Mistake," 'Downton Abbey' Gets 5th Season & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 11, 2013 4:59 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
Murder She Wrote Octavia Spencer
While we didn't think the idea of a "Murder, She Wrote" reboot was entirely egregious, it looks like Jessica Fletcher herself is less convinced the idea will work. Angela Lansbury recently spoke with Associated Press (via Herald Sun) and revealed she wishes CBS wouldn't jump off the show she made famous.

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire,' Season 4, Episode 10, ‘White Horse Pike’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • November 10, 2013 10:41 PM
  • |
  • 9 Comments
White Horse Pike, Boardwalk Empire
Entertainment Weekly added “Boardwalk Empire” to the lesser half of its “Fall TV Winners & Losers” section in the magazine this week, The Hollywood Reporter griped about the show at the beginning of the season, and, to be totally transparent, this writer did the same. But what’s become incredibly apparent with the 4th season of HBO’s engrossing Atlantic City-based mobsters and bootleggers drama is that, sure, while the show is typically slow to get moving, once the momentum begins to build, the carefully crafted narrative begins to tighten and all the pieces fall into place. Once this occurs, you can get as hooked as Gillian Darmody was to smack. Those without the patience to absorb the full breadth of what has revealed itself to be a terrifically played-out season are poorer for it. So full mea culpas all around.

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 9 ‘Marriage and Hunting’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • November 3, 2013 9:45 PM
  • |
  • 9 Comments
Boardwalk Empire, Hunting and Marriage, Season 4
In the blink of an eye, fortunes change. One week you’re up, the next week you’re down. It’s strange to see a seemingly unassailable man like Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) down on his luck, but that’s exactly where we find the Manhattan gangster in this episode. It’s perhaps a shock just to hear through dialogue that Rothstein’s empire is crumbling, but the writing has been on the wall for a few months now, especially as revealed in “All In,” the episode where the gambler lost his shirt in one of Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi’s) Atlantic City clubs.

'12 Years A Slave' Director Steve McQueen & 'World War Z' Scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan Developing HBO Drama

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • October 29, 2013 1:11 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Steve McQueen is one of those directors who we would pretty much follow anywhere and as his new drama "12 Years A Slave" continues to amass critical raves with an eye towards Oscar gold it seems like he can do pretty much anything. One of those things, according to Deadline, is a new series for HBO from "World War Z" writer Matthew Michael Carnahan and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. The untitled drama, according to the site, is being described as "'Sex Degrees of Separation' meets 'Shame.'" Aaaaaaaand we're in!

Get Your Fedoras Ready, Bros, The 'Entourage' Movie Is "A Go"

  • By Drew Taylor
  • |
  • October 29, 2013 10:45 AM
  • |
  • 7 Comments
For those of you who were desperate for a cinematic, widescreen translation of the ugly misogyny, easy jabs at Hollywood and unnecessary star cameos of HBO's bafflingly popular series "Entourage," well, you're in luck. After years of crawling towards cinemas, the "Entourage" movie that nobody is asking for is finally happening, at least according to the series' creator (and film's writer/director) Doug Ellin. Ellison tweeted "It's a go." Then slammed a Red Bull and vodka and yelled at his assistant.

Watch: Trailer & Poster For James Toback & Alec Baldwin's 'Seduced & Abandoned'

  • By Edward Davis
  • |
  • October 28, 2013 2:29 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Seduced And Abandoned
You’re known as one of the most provocative filmmakers in the world (James Toback). Your lead actor is one of the most celebrated thespians working in America (Alex Baldwin). So who wants to finance “Last Tango In Tikrit” (the working title), your would-be erotic political drama set in the Middle East where two journalists from opposing viewpoints have a torrid sex affair during the middle of the Iraq War? Turns out not too many people. And this is all hilariously documented in “Seduced & Abandoned,” Toback’s documentary made with Baldwin about their travels to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival trying to drum up money for this movie (read our review of the film here).

NYFF Review: Agnieszka Holland's 3-Part HBO Mini-Series 'Burning Bush'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • October 14, 2013 1:01 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
Burning Bush
Political thriller, procedural, emotional drama and rousing cry for basic human rights and values, “Burning Bush” is a deep investigative look at gross abuses of power in late ‘60s communist Czechoslovakia and those that fought against it. A three-part miniseries for HBO Europe (no word yet on a U.S. airdate), the drama chronicles real-life events that took place when Russian forces began to occupy the country

Email Updates

Recent Comments