Monday, January 28, 2013

Review of: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln

Tony Kushner's screenplay, adapted from historian Doris Kearns Goodman's book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, is the granite strong foundation for director Steven Spielberg's, Lincoln. Beautifully photographed, it is at turns poignant, funny, and educational without being dull.

Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, and Sally Field as Mary 'Molly' Todd-Lincoln, head a phenomenal cast who re-create the players of the era of our nation's civil war, and our 16th president without a single false step. The viewer is made privy to the horrors of war, the often ridiculous but necessary nature of legislature, and an intimate view of a commander in chief as a husband and father.

Even if it is in the aftermath of a tragedy, i am a firm believer in the adage 'everything happens for a reason'. Liam Neeson was originally cast to portray Lincoln, but later declined the role, purportedly of the belief he was not the right age. It was speculated by others at the time that the recently widowed Neeson was not ready to return to work. If the latter reasoning is accurate, while i am not for a moment suggesting Natasha Richardson's death was a good thing, i can't say that i am disappointed that Day-Lewis was the ultimate choice for the part. Day-Lewis was born to play this role. Every gesture, stride, and utterance is perfect.

There has been lots of buzz, and rightly so, about Tommy Lee Jones' performance as abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. But there is an abundance of great cameos and character actors throughout. i don't want to give away too much about the specific performers, but i will give a tease: fans of Mad Men's portrayer of Lane Pryce and Justified's Boyd Crowder are in for a nice surprise.

Director Spielberg's pacing is so good the 2 & 1/2 hr running time never drags and did not for a moment feel too long. There are other choices he makes that make for an enriching movie going experience. One scene in particular is beautiful in it's subtlety. The President is meeting with his Secretary of State [played by David Strathairn] They are standing by a bookcase and Day-Lewis' face is reflected in it's glass. It's not a big moment, but the visual deftly conveys the subtext of the conversation---the duality and dilemma of doing what is right even if it must be achieved by doing something that may ethically be wrong.

Spielberg is one of the few directors who can tell a story whose outcome we already know, and still captivate and surprise us. i won't go into more detail as to what prompted that reaction, but when you see his Lincoln you will understand.

Lincoln now playing at your local cinema. Please check your listings for showtimes.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Matt Damon Hijacks Jimmy Kimmel Live special primetime encore, TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 at 10:00 p.m., ET.

Matt Damon Hijacks Jimmy Kimmel Live special primetime encore, TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 at 10:00 p.m., ET.


Last night Jimmy Kimmel's arch nemesis, Oscar winner Matt Damon, exacted his revenge following a decade of torture by hijacking Kimmel's late-night show and renaming it "Jimmy Kimmel Sucks." Damon showed Kimmel how it's done by packing his one-evening-only late-night turn with comedy and a cavalcade of A-list stars. On the heels of the ratings success of the episode, it will have a special primetime encore, TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 at 10:00 p.m., ET. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 1/24/13)

Note: This program replaces "Body of Proof: Mind Games."

Matt Damon Hijacks Jimmy Kimmel

Damon replaced Kimmel's longtime sidekick, Guillermo, with legendary actor Andy Garcia, his best childhood friend and bandleader, Cleto, with multi-Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, and packed his couch with such Hollywood notables as Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon and Demi Moore, plus special guest appearances by comedians Robin Williams and Sarah Silverman. Even Ben Affleck stopped by to participate in the big night, though his allegiance was torn between childhood friend Damon and former paramour Kimmel.

Featuring Matt Damon's takeover of Kimmel's late-night show on Thursday (1/24/13), ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ranked as the No. 1 program in late-night in both Households (2.92 rating) and Adults 18-49 (1.23 rating) in Nielsen's 56 Metered Markets. Thursday's telecast marked "JKL's" best yet since moving to 11:35 p.m. in HH, and its 2nd-strongest in young adults. In the key Adult 18-49 demo, "JKL" beat NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" by 62% and CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" by 120%. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "JKL" ranked No. 1 in 9 of the Top 10 U.S. markets in Adults 18-49, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

"JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE" (weeknights, 11:35 p.m., ET)

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of Emmy Award-nominated "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the ABC Television Network's late-night talk show. Now in its tenth season, "JKL" is packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. Every night Kimmel delivers his up-to-the minute take on the latest news and pop culture topics from the day's events in his monologue, and has recently welcomed such notables as Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Robert Pattinson, Katy Perry, Will Farrell, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, John Krasinski, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Justin Bieber, Jessica Simpson, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Andy Samberg, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Charlie Sheen, Chris Pine, Jeremy Renner, Jada Pinkett Smith, Josh Brolin, Russell Brand, Woody Harrelson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live," broadcasts from Disney's El Capitan Theater, located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of L.A.'s star-studded Walk of Fame. Kimmel showcases this illustrious location's unique character throughout his show by regularly interacting with the local "Super Heroes" parading along the boulevard and challenging passersby to participate in various comedy bits. He has also created many one-of-a-kind concert experiences, closing down Hollywood streets around his studio to hold musical block party events with artists such as Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Depeche Mode, as well as special outdoor and lobby performances by Adele, Linkin Park, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Tony Bennett, Pitbull, Britney Spears, Lady Antebellum, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Lil Wayne, Phoenix, 50 Cent, No Doubt and Dave Matthews Band.

Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. For more go to;
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dallas Returns For Season 2 on TNT Monday January 28, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT

TNT STATEMENT ON LARRY HAGMAN [via TNTNewsroom November 24, 2012 Kevin Little 12:37 AM ET]

All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.


[press release via TNTNewsroom]

TNT's Dallas Ready to Heat Up Winter with New Round of
Passion, Feuds, Double-Crosses and Shady Alliances

#1 New Drama with Key Demos Returns Monday, Jan. 28 

TNT is going to usher in the New Year with a whole new wave of back-stabbing, plot-scheming, blackmailing fun as the hit drama series Dallas returns for its second season. 

The Warner Horizon Television–produced drama burst onto the scene this past summer, averaging 6.1 million viewers which ranks as basic cable’s #1 new drama with key adult demos for the year-to-date. The 15-episode second season is set to launch Monday, Jan. 28, with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9 p.m. (ET/

TNT's Dallas centers on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even murder are truly legendary. The exciting drama brings back three iconic stars from the original Dallas: Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. 

They are joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Josh Henderson is John Ross, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing, while Jesse Metcalfe is Christopher, Bobby’s adopted son. Jordana Brewster also stars as Elena Ramos, John Ross’ girlfriend and Christopher's former fiancée, while Julie Gonzalo is Rebecca Sutter, Christopher’s wife. Brenda Strong stars as Bobby’s wife, Ann.

This season three new series regulars will join the cast. Mitch Pileggi, who guest-starred in the first season, plays Harris Ryland, Ann’s manipulative and cunning ex-husband. Emma Bell is Emma Brown, a sheltered beauty whose father has taught her to distrust the world around her. And Kuno Becker is Drew Ramos, Elena’s troubled brother who returns to Southfork to continue drilling on his father’s land.

Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with writer Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. TNT’s Dallas is based upon the series created by David Jacobs.

Season 1 Recap (spoiler alert)

During the first season of TNT's Dallas, the decades-long rivalry between J.R. and Bobby flared up again when John Ross began working on a scheme to drill oil on the Ewings' Southfork ranch. Bobby, determined to honor his late mother's wishes, refused to allow for the drilling. But Bobby's health problems, including a form of stomach cancer, forced him to consider selling the family's property to a conservancy. Unfortunately, Bobby was unaware that the entire deal was a ruse by J.R., who recently
emerged after a stint in an assisted-living facility and who is now more determined than ever to take control of Southfork.

Meanwhile, Christopher had recently returned to Dallas with wife-to-be Rebecca Sutter, causing some awkward moments with his former fiancée, Elena Ramos, the daughter of Southfork's housekeeper. Christopher and Rebecca's marriage faced early problems when Christopher discovered Rebecca was partially responsible for his untimely breakup with Elena, and he later uncovered evidence that Rebecca was collaborating with Tommy Sutter (Callard Harris), a man posing to be her brother in order to rip off the Ewing family. Rebecca wound up shooting and killing Tommy when he threatened to harm her unborn twins.

John Ross, meanwhile, found his own world crashing down when his girlfriend, Elena, discovered his attempts to take Southfork from Bobby and Christopher. John Ross was later framed for murdering a
woman claiming to be Marta Del Sol (Leonor Varela), with whom he'd been in collusion. Sue Ellen and Ann each made deals with Ann's scheming ex-husband, Harris Ryland, in order to make the family's legal problems go away. The timing was particularly bad for Sue Ellen, who is running for governor of Texas, and especially troubling for Ann, who holds a painful memory about a daughter she and Ryland may have had together.

In the end, Ann managed to get Ryland on tape trying to blackmail her. Bobby's medical problems began to escalate. Elena went running into Christopher's arms after realizing John Ross is just as deceptive, scheming and power-hungry as his father. And Rebecca, dumped by Christopher when he learned she was lying about being related to Tommy, went to meet her father – longtime Ewing enemy and Bobby's one-time father-in-law, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval).

Season 2 Preview

In the second season of Dallas, Sue Ellen's run for governor will be threatened by the secret that she bribed a medical examiner to help get John Ross off the hook for murder. Ryland will come to Ann claiming to have news about her daughter. Christopher will head to Des Moines to find the real Becky Sutter, while the woman he married will start to show her true colors as Cliff Barnes' daughter. J.R. will team up with John Ross to take over Sue Ellen's loan to Elena, giving her total control over Christopher
and John Ross' new startup company, Ewing Energies. And that's in just the first episode…

[End Spoiler Alert]

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The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like the upcoming Boston's Finest, 72 Hours and The Hero.

In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Castle, The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Smallville and Law & Order; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT)

[press release via TNTNewsroom January 18, 2013 Wendy Levison 9:38 AM ET]


LOS ANGELES (January 17, 2013) — Ben Affleck, Robert De Niro, Taye Diggs, Liev Schreiber, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.

They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianna Margulies, Busy Philipps, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Justin Timberlake and Sigourney Weaver.

Golden Globe recipient Ben Affleck is a three-time SAG Award nominee and was an Actor® recipient in 1999 as a member of the “Shakespeare in Love” cast. He is nominated again this year, as a cast member in “Argo,” a film that he also directed and produced. He will next be seen in Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” with Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem; and the crime drama “Runner, Runner” opposite Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton.

Oscar nominee Robert De Niro earned his first SAG Awards nomination in 1997 as a cast member in “Marvin’s Room.” He is nominated twice this year, for his supporting role as Pat, Sr. in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and as a member of the film’s cast. He will soon be seen in a quartet of films: the comedy “The Big Wedding” with Amanda Seyfried; the thriller “Killing Season” opposite John Travolta; Luc Besson’s “Malavita” co-starring Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer; and Jon Turteltaub’s “Last Vegas” opposite Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas.

Taye Diggs shared the 2003 SAG Award for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast for his work in director Rob Marshall’s “Chicago.” He recently completed his role of Dr. Sam Bennett on “Private Practice,” a character he played for five years and originated on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” He will next be seen in the independent feature film “The Trials of Cate McCall” opposite Kate Beckinsale, James Cromwell and Nick Nolte.

Liev Schreiber counts more than 40 feature films to his credit. This year, he has a number of upcoming projects including Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”; the Mira Nair thriller “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”; John Turturro’s comedy “Fading Gigolo” with Woody Allen and Sharon Stone; the sci-fi thriller “Last Days on Mars”; and Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” portraying Lyndon B. Johnson.

Kerry Washington was nominated for a motion picture cast SAG Award in 2005 for her role in “Ray,” opposite Jamie Foxx. She can currently be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” alongside Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. In May, Washington will star in the comedy “We the Peeples” opposite Craig Robinson. On the small screen, Washington stars in the critically acclaimed “Scandal” on ABC, now in its second season.

Oscar nominee Naomi Watts earned her first SAG Awards nomination in 2004 for her role in “21 Grams.” She is a nominee again this year for her portrayal of Maria in “The Impossible.” Upcoming films include the comedy “Movie 43” with Hugh Jackman and Emma Stone; the drama “Two Mothers” with Robin Wright; and “Diana,” in which she portrays Princess Diana.

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). The ceremony will also be telecast internationally, as well as to U.S. military installations overseas through the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.

Recipients of the honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles announced at 6:15 p.m. (ET)/3:15 p.m. (PT) during the red carpet pre-show webcast on, and which begins at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT)

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit, “like” us at, follow us at @SAGawards, follow us SAG Awards on Google+, on Instagram, and on Tumblr.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Kevin Bacon Makes His Television Series Debut in THE FOLLOWING Monday, January 21, on FOX

January 17, 2013 HOT FROM FOX…



Fans in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Phoenix, San Diego and Miami Can Share Photos Directly From Photo Booth Locations

Kevin Bacon Makes His Television Series Debut in THE FOLLOWING

Monday, January 21, on FOX

FOX is offering a thrilling and chilling interactive photo experience by inviting fans to join THE FOLLOWING at 10 photo booth locations across the country in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Phoenix, San Diego and Miami.

Before the riveting new drama premieres on Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), fans can get in on the action by stepping into THE FOLLOWING photo booths to snap a photo and then choose either “The Cast” (to team up with former FBI agent RYAN HARDY (Kevin Bacon) or go on the trail of JOE CARROLL (James Purefoy)) or “POEtic Writing” of the words from “The Raven.” Photos can be instantly uploaded from the photo booths, allowing fans to share their photo(s) on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Visitors to the booths also will receive a limited edition THE FOLLOWING bookmark.

For those who are unable to visit the photo booths, this photo-altering app is available on Facebook for fans at

From today - Monday, Jan. 21, fans can participate in this photo experience in-person at the following locations and times:

New York: Jan. 17-18:

News Corp. Building – 48th St. Courtyard

1211 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10036

(corner of 6th & 48th)

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Jan. 19-21:

South Street Seaport – Food Court Area

19 Fulton St., New York, NY 10038

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Los Angeles: Hollywood and Highland – Grand Staircase

6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Boston: Faneuil Hall – near Cheers

1 South Market St., Boston, MA 02109

Hours: Noon – 8:00 PM

Dallas: West End Village – South Alley

3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204

Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM



Atlanta: Atlantic Station – West District Ave. (across from Central Park)

391 17th St. Northwest #1012 Atlanta, GA 30363

Hours: Noon – 8:00 PM

Houston: The Houston Galleria – Ice Rink level

5085 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056

Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Seattle: Pioneer Square – at 1st Ave. & S. Washington St.

201 1st Ave. South Seattle, WA 98104

Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Phoenix: Mill Ave. – at South Mill Ave. & 4th St.

401 South Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281

Hours: 4:00 PM – Midnight

San Diego: The Gaslamp Quarter – at 4th St. & J. St.

45 4th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: Noon – 8:00 PM (Jan. 17, 20 and 21)

Hours: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Jan. 18 and 19)

Miami: Lincoln Road Mall – near Hofbrau Beerhall

943 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Hours: 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Jan. 17, 18, 19 and 21)

Hours: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Jan. 20)

In THE FOLLOWING, former FBI agent RYAN HARDY (Bacon) is called out of retirement to track down JOE CARROLL (Purefoy) after he escapes from prison. Hardy works closely with an FBI team, which includes young, razor-sharp MIKE WESTON (Shawn Ashmore). The investigation also leads Hardy back to CLAIRE MATTHEWS (Natalie Zea), Carroll’s ex-wife and the mother of the criminal’s young son, JOEY (newcomer Kyle Catlett). Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has an ever-growing cult of followers and it’s a race against time to track them down.

THE FOLLOWING is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Kevin Williamson. Marcos Siega (“Dexter,” “The Vampire Diaries”) also serves as an executive producer and directed the pilot. “Like” THE FOLLOWING on Facebook at The Following on facebook. Follow the series on Twitter @TheFollowingFOX and join the discussion at #thefollowing.

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Contact: Joanna Wolff 212-556-2519

FOX' The Following, Series Premiere Monday January 21, 2013 9pmET/PT

via FOXFlash press release



Mondays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT



A fast-paced psychological thriller that follows a

former FBI agent who is called out of retirement to

track down a devious and diabolical serial killer, the

mastermind behind an ever-growing web of


SERIES PREMIERE: January 21, 2013


Kevin Bacon (Ryan Hardy)

James Purefoy (Joe Carroll)

Natalie Zea (Claire Matthews)

Annie Parisse (FBI Specialist Debra Parker)

Shawn Ashmore (Agent Mike Weston)

Valorie Curry (Denise)

Adan Canto (Billy Thomas)

Nico Tortorella (Will Wilson)

Kyle Catlett (Joey Matthews)

PRODUCED BY Warner Bros. Television Outerbanks Entertainment Bonanza Productions Inc.




Joanna Wolff


WEBSITE: The Following

@TheFollowingFOX / #thefollowing


Friday, January 18, 2013

Sundance Film Festival The Day One Press Conference 2013 FULL VIDEO

The 2013 Festival takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Sundance Institute Artist Services Program Expands Self-Distribution Opportunities to Filmmakers Supported by Six Additional Organizations.

Artist Services Announces Collaboration with REELHOUSE, VHX, VIMEO and TUGG, Offering Filmmakers Additional Platforms and Tools

Los Angeles, CA — Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, today announced that the Institute’s Artist Services program – which provides Institute artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work – has expanded to include selected films supported by one foundation and five nonprofit organizations. Additionally, these organizations will join with Sundance Institute in continuing to shape the program and the services it offers.

The Bertha Foundation, BRITDOC, Cinereach, Film Independent, the Independent Filmmaker Project and the San Francisco Film Society will each select films that they have supported to receive access to best-in-class digital distribution arrangements that have been negotiated by Sundance Institute Artist Services. These services are targeted for filmmakers who intend to pursue an independent release plan. In support of these filmmakers, the Institute will curate submitted films and work closely each organization, the filmmakers, and exclusive aggregation partner Cinedigm – New Video to develop independent distribution strategies. Furthermore, each organization will work with the Institute to expand educational opportunities to their alumni building on the model of the Artist Services Workshop that takes place each year during the Sundance Film Festival.

Title: 30% - women and politics in Sierra Leone. Year: 2013. Program: Sundance Film Festival. Category: Short Programs. Director: Anna Cady. Credits: Em Cooper Animation.

The Day One Press Conference of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

L-R: Salt Lake Tribune columnist Sean Means, Robert Redford, Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, and Director of the Sundance Film Festival John Cooper

“Now more than ever filmmakers need to be creative and entrepreneurial in order to get their stories to audiences. Sundance Institute embraces cross-organizational collaboration in an effort to increase the collective impact on the field; it is in this spirit that we welcome the input of our colleagues to further help us shape the Artist Services program,” said Putnam. “Our hope is that it contributes to the long-term sustainability of independent film careers and a greater diversity of films reaching audiences each year.”

With the addition of new partners Tugg, Reelhouse, VHX, and Vimeo, Sundance Institute is expanding its suite of digital platforms and tools offered by Artist Services. Current partners include ten digital retailers as well as Kickstarter , GoWatchIt, and Topspin Media. Tugg is a web-platform that allows filmmakers and fans to create screening events at their local theater. Direct-to-fan platforms Reelhouse, VHX and Vimeo, like longtime Artist Services collaborator Topspin Media, will work with Sundance Institute and its interested supported filmmakers to develop opportunities to sell their films and merchandise directly to end users. All four new partners will participate in the annual Artist Services Workshop on Monday, January 21, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Since the Artist Services program launched in January 2011, more than $3.2 million has been raised for nearly 100 Institute artists’ projects via Kickstarter and more than 40 films are now accessible by the public on a variety of platforms and storefronts.

The exclusive aggregation partner for distribution participating in the Artist Services program is Cinedigm – New Video. The Artist Services initiative is made possible by The Bertha Foundation. These deals were brokered via pro bono legal services generously provided by law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP, which has built the legal framework for the Artist Services program and participating filmmakers since its inception.

Sundance Institute

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theatre, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform, and inspire, regardless of geopolitical, social, religious, or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights, and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born Into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza, and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. # # #

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FX Justified S4EP2 "Where's Waldo?"

Air Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on FX  Episode Title: (#402) "Where's Waldo

FX Press Release: Justified

Season Four - Show Descriptions

Episode 2 - "Where's Waldo?" (Airs January 15, 10:00 pm e/p) - As Raylan tangles with a dangerous family keeping a dark secret, Boyd takes on a snake-handling preacher. Written by Dave Andron; directed by Bill Johnson.

This January, Raylan will start to pick at the thread of a cold case over 30 years in the making, unraveling a riddle that echoes all the way back to his boyhood and his criminal father's bad dealings.

Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) finds his grip on Harlan loosening due to a Pentecostal preacher with a penchant for theatrics and a knack for manipulation to rival his own.

Developed by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, Justified is based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, including Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole."

Yost is an Executive Producer, along with Leonard, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Fred Golan. Justified is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.

"Live with Kelly and Michael" Is TV's #1 Syndie Talker for 3 Straight Weeks

[01/15/13 - 09:33 AM]"Live with Kelly and Michael" Is TV's #1 Syndie Talker for 3 Straight Weeks

Disney-ABC Domestic Television spins the numbers for the week of December 31-January 4.

[via press release from Disney-ABC Domestic Television]
Ratings Report, Week of December 31, 2012 (National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

"LIVE with Kelly and Michael" is the Top Syndie Talker in Homes 3 Weeks in A Row, and in Total Viewers and Women 25-54 for the 2nd Consecutive Week

"LIVE's Viewer's Choice 2012" on Monday Hits a Season High in Women 25-54

Season to Date, "LIVE" Equals its Best Numbers in 5 Years Across All Key Women

"LIVE with Kelly and Michael" National Ratings

Based on National ratings for the week of December 31, 2012, "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" ranked as the No. 1 syndicated talk show in Households (2.7 rating) for the 3rd straight week, and for the 2nd week in a row in both Total Viewers (3.543 million) and Women 25-54 (1.6 rating).

· On Monday (12/31/12), "LIVE" hit a season high for any broadcast in Women 25-54 (2.0 rating) with its "Viewer's Choice 2012" telecast, which showcased the best "LIVE" moments of 2012 as voted on by the viewers. In addition, it was the show's 2nd-highest-rated airing this season in Homes, behind only the debut telecast with Michael as a co-host on 9/4/12.

· For the 2nd consecutive week, "LIVE" grew over the same week last year (w/o 12/26/11) in Women 25-54 (+7%).

· On average for the 2012-13 season to date, "LIVE" is up through the same weeks last season by 14% in Women 18-34, and retains 100% of its year-ago delivery in Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 to match its strongest performance through this point in a season in 5 years - since the 2007-08 season. The year-to-year growth for "LIVE" is even more impressive considering its year-ago averages include the highly promoted and high rated weeks leading up to the departure of Regis in November.

Emmy Award-winning talk show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive-produced by Michael Gelman, "LIVE" airs in more than 200 markets across the U.S. Visit "LIVE" on the web at, on Facebook, or follow "LIVE" on Twitter, @KellyandMichael.

Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live + Same Day Program Ratings (w/o 12/31/12). Most Current for 2012-13 Season (9/10/12 - 01/06/13).

Monday, January 14, 2013

FX' Archer Returns For 4th Season at 10pm ET/PT Thursday January 17, 2013

FX' Archer Returns For 4th Season at 10pm ET/PT 
Thursday January 17, 2013
Fugue and Riffs: Archer has amnesia and decides the only cure is a spa weekend.

[FX's press release, November 2012] FX's acclaimed animated series Archer returns for its fourth season starting January 17 and will air Thursdays at 10 PM ET/PT. Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its employees.

Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually just another excuse for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain.

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the highly skilled and incredibly vain master spy "Sterling Archer;" Aisha Tyler as Archer's fellow agent and ex-girlfriend "Lana Kane;" Jessica Walter as Archer's domineering mother and the director of ISIS, "Malory Archer;" Chris Parnell as the easily intimidated comptroller-turned ISIS agent "Cyril Figgis;" Judy Greer as Malory's loquacious secretary, "Cheryl;" Amber Nash as the discordant director of human resources for ISIS, "Pam Poovey;" Adam Reed as the gay voice of reason at ISIS, "Ray Gillette;" Lucky Yates as ISIS's possibly mad scientist, "Krieger;" and George Coe as Archer's elderly and always exploited butler, "Woodhouse."

E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" Scores Biggest Golden Globes Pre-Show Telecast in Nine Years with Nearly Two Million Total Viewers

[via press release from E!] 1~14~2013

· E!'s Live From the Red Carpet 2013 Golden Globes show on Sunday, January 13 from 6:00pm-8:00pmET hit a nine year high, reaching nearly two million total viewers, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic. The telecast was up +12% in total viewers and an even more impressive +22% with Women 18-34.

· Coming off a record-setting 2012, Eonline shattered all of its previous Golden Globe performances and was up +12% with page views (18 million) and +16% with uniques (1 million).

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Fast Nationals, Live + Same Day, COV AA% & Impressions, Sunday 01/13/13, LRC (6pm-8pm EST), Countdown (5pm-6pm), and E! After Party (11pm-12am EST) vs Year Ago Performance on Sunday 01/15/12. Digital Source: Omniture Site Catalyst and Flurry (LRC app) 1/13/13

Special 90-Minute Edition Of "E! News" Anchored by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic Airs Monday, January 14 From 7:00-8:30pm ET/PT

“Fashion Police: The 2013 Golden Globe Awards” Premieres Monday, January 14 at 9:00pm ET/PT

January 14th: Special E! News And Fashion Police

On Monday, January 14th, E! continues its Golden Globes coverage with a special 90-minute edition of “E! News” anchored by Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic that will cover all the news, celebrity interviews and inside scoop from the previous night’s events. Plus, a complete analysis of all the fashion do's and don'ts from this year's ceremony will be featured in the one-hour special, “Fashion Police: The 2013 Golden Globes.” Comedy icon Joan Rivers presents her notorious critiques and no-holds-barred commentary alongside her outspoken “Fashion Police” panel consisting of Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos. “Fashion Police: The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards” premieres Monday, January 14 at 9pm ET/PT on E!

Ryan Seacrest, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and Eddie Delbridge serve as Executive Producers. E!'s Red Carpet coverage is a Ryan Seacrest Production.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

85th Academy Awards® Nominations Announced

85th Academy Awards® Nominations Announced. Beverly Hills, CA (January 10, 2013) – Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® were announced today (Thursday, January 10) by this year's Oscar host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone.

MacFarlane and Stone announced the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Academy Awards website,

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members on Saturday, January 19, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings will also be held at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all categories.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Cougar Town All New Season Premiering on TBS Tuesday January 8, 2013 10PM ET

Cougar Town Makes New Home on TBS in January
Same Cul De Sac, New Network

All-New Season of Hit Series Starring Courteney Cox to Launch Jan. 8

The hit sitcom, Cougar Town is coming to TBS this January as the top-ranked network's newest original series. Cougar Town stars Courteney Cox (Friends, Dirt), Brian Van Holt (John from Cincinnati), Christa Miller (The Drew Carey Show), Ian Gomez (Rita Rocks), Josh Hopkins (Ally McBeal), Busy Philipps (Dawson’s Creek, White Chicks) and Dan Byrd (Easy A). The all-new season is set to premiere Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT),exclusively on TBS.

In Cougar Town, a family of friends keeps things funny as they support each other through the challenges and pitfalls of life – with a little dysfunction and a whole lot of wine. Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently remarried mom who is never far from her wine and her group of friends known as the "cul de sac crew." They include her under-achieving ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt); next-door neighbor and confidante Ellie (Christa Miller); Ellie's loveably average husband, Andy (Ian Gomez); Jules', neighbor-turned-husband Grayson (Josh Hopkins); and Jules' feisty protégé, Laurie (Busy Philipps). Meanwhile, Jules' 21-year-old son, Travis (Dan Byrd), often proves himself more adult than anyone in the group.

In the new season of TBS's Cougar Town, Jules and Grayson are adjusting to married life just as Jules' son, Travis, tries his hand at being a "playah." Meanwhile, Ellie will head back to work, Bobby jumps back into the dating scene and nosey neighbor Tom (Bob Clendenin – Scrubs, TBS's 10 Items or Less) will try his best to become a part of the crew. Along the way, Jules and her group of friends will wrestle with big life issues, like whether it's considered adultery if a married man hooks up with a sex robot or what kind of courage it takes to stick an arm into a muddy hole in order to catch a catfish barehanded.

Cougar Town was co-created by executive producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City) and consulting producer Kevin Biegel (Scrubs). This season, Ric Swartzlander (Gary Unmarried) joins the show as executive producer and showrunner. Courteney Cox and David Arquette also serve as executive producers. Cougar Town is produced by ABC Studios.

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TBS is basic cable's #1 network among young adults in primetime for the year-to-date. Available in 100 million households, TBS features the Emmy-nominated late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O’Brien; and original primetime comedy series like Cougar Town, Men at Work, Sullivan & Son, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse, Wedding Band, King of the Nerds, Deon Cole's Black Box and Who Gets the Last Laugh? TBS also features an outstanding slate of contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, along with blockbuster movies and championship sports. In addition, TBS produces special live comedy events, like the star-studded comedy festival held each year in Chicago.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Downton Abbey Season 3 Episode 1 Premiere on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Quadruples Average PBS Primetime Rating With 7.9 Million Viewers

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Premiere Episode of “Downton Abbey, Season 3” on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Quadruples Average PBS Primetime Rating – 7.9 Million Viewers Tuned In For Premiere –

ARLINGTON, VA; January 7, 2013 – PBS and WGBH announced today that the premiere of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Downton Abbey Season 3 captivated viewers nationwide, building on the love affair with the series that started two years ago. An average audience of 7.9 million viewers tuned in for Sunday’s premiere. (Nielsen Fast National data, 5.1 household rating.) 

The third season premiere of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning series, a Carnival/MASTERPIECE co-production, quadrupled the average PBS primetime rating, and exceeded the average rating of the second season premiere of “Downton Abbey” by 96 percent (based on metered market averages).

Between 9:00-11:00 p.m., PBS was the second-most watched broadcast network on Sunday. Highest local market ratings were at member stations KCTS-Seattle (9.6 rating, 17 share), WGBH-Boston (8.8/14),KLRU-Austin (8.1/13) and WNET-New York (8.0/12).

“Downton Abbey’ continues to enthrall audiences nationwide, and this season is especially riveting with the addition of Shirley MacLaine to the cast and the lively interaction between her and Maggie Smith,” said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. “I’m so pleased that audiences have returned to ‘Downton Abbey’ on their local stations to continue to enjoy some of the best drama on television.”

“The well-loved characters that made Season 2 the most-watched series in MASTERPIECE history continue to delight us,” said MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “I’m thrilled to see so many viewers return to the Crawley family’s delicious drama and intrigue.”

The new season, which rejoins the story as the Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, will be available on the PBS Video Portal after each national broadcast for a limited time (watch the season premiere here). All three seasons can be purchased on, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox, Google Play, and Vudu.

Beginning Wednesday, December 26, “Downton” fans were given the opportunity to watch a sneak preview of the opening minutes of Season 3 on the PBS and MASTERPIECE Facebook pages. Available for only two weeks, the preview apps earned more than 150,000 fan views. The frenzy on Facebook grew on January 6, with more than 42,500 user “likes” and 5,000 shares on a single post asking if they were excited about the premiere.

Fans continue to engage with the show and each other on Twitter, as PBS and MASTERPIECE insiders — as well as moderators from Austenprose (@austenprose), The Daily Beast (@televisionary), Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) and Vulture (@vulture) — host live discussions during each broadcast.

According to SocialGuide Intelligence, the conversation for Downton Abbey garnered nearly 100,000 tweets during the premiere evening. In addition, since January 1, there have been more than 20,500 individual check-ins to “Downton Abbey” using the GetGlue entertainment social network, with a social media reach of more than 8.5 million people.

To engage viewers in the series’ premiere, more than 110 local PBS stations hosted premiere screenings in December and January, collectively drawing more than 30,000 fans. Stations from New Hampshire to Hawaii created events ranging from high teas to history lectures to costume contests.

Since the premiere of “Downton Abbey, Season 1” on January 9, 2011, the critically acclaimed series has gained popularity across a diverse audience and has been honored with nine Primetime Emmy®Awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Dame Maggie Smith). It has also garnered a Golden Globe® Award for Best Miniseries, a PGA (Producers’ Guild of America) Award and a TCA (Television Critics Association) Award.

“Downton Abbey” is a Carnival/Masterpiece Co-Production.

MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.

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