Television Exclusive – New Image and Character Portraits for AMC’s “Low Winter Sun”

The AMC Network has a very big summer coming up with the series finale of the hit show Breaking Bad and the series premiere of Low Winter Sun approaching.

Low Winter Sun is a new cop drama series that stars Mark Strong, Lennie James, David Costabile, Athena Karkanis, James Ransone, Sprague Grayden, Billy Lush, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The story follows two police detectives working in Detroit that are involved in the murder of a fellow cop. From there, things begin to unravel and detective Frank Agnew (Strong) must battle with his inner morals.

What so you think of this new still and the character portraits? Will you be watching Low Winter Sun when it premieres August 11, 2013 after the Breaking Bad season premiere? What do you think of the actors involved in this show? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Sources: The Wrap (Photo Gallery), The Wrap (Article)

Television Exclusive – AMC Sets Premiere Date for Final Season of “Breaking Bad”

AMC has recently announced the premiere date for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad. The first of the final eight episodes will premiere Sunday, August 11, 2013.  Fans may note this the premiere date has been changed from the original announcement made almost a year ago.

The premiere of Breaking Bad‘s final season will lead into the debut a new drama called Low Winter Sun, which stars actors Mark Strong and Lennie James as police detectives working in Detroit that are involved in the murder of a fellow cop. Watch an exclusive trailer for the show here.

Breaking Bad will also be getting a half-hour talk show called Talking Bad that recaps what happened in the night’s episode. There is a similar show on the air now called Talking Dead, which recaps the episodes of The Walking Dead.

Will you be watching the final episodes of Breaking Bad? Would you be interested in watching Low Winter Sun? Do you think there needs to be a talk show to recap the episodes of Breaking Bad? Why do you think AMC is cancelling such a successful show?

Poster of Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad.

Source: IMDb

“Entertainment Weekly” – Holiday Movie Preview

Entertainment Weekly released the Fall Movie Preview edition back in August and now they are going to be releasing a Holiday Movie Preview. This edition of the magazine will be giving movie lovers a sneak peek at films coming out this holiday season. Of course, the list includes the highly anticipated films such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This edition of the magazine will also examine all of the recent Oscar buzz surrounding these and many other films as awards season is picking up.  

Here is a sneak peek of what  Entertainment Weekly has to say about Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, and Zero Dark Thirty:

Les Misérables: Les Mis comes to the screen 25 years after its Tony-winning Broadway debut, 150 years after the publication of Victor Hugo’s novel, and 180 years after the Paris Uprising depicted in the story, in which a mob of students and the impoverished lashed out at a ruling class they felt had neglected them. Despite being rooted in those distant eras, the film’s themes of greed and indifference that could be ripped from the rhetoric of the presidential election about the growing divide between haves and have-nots. “We’re not making some Masterpiece Theater show. This is not just some period movie. This is something that’s relevant. Classic literature, classic stories like Les Misérables stick around for a reason,” says star Hugh Jackman.

Silver Linings Playbook: With director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook – one of the films already generating serious Oscar heat — Cooper tells us he’s looking to shed his image as the cocky alpha male with this role as an emotionally raw, mentally unbalanced man, who’s looking for love in all the wrong places – until he meets another wildcard, played by Jennifer Lawrence. Critics are already heaping praise on his work in the movie. “I’ve become aware that there was a little bit of ‘He’s not really an actor—he’s just the guy from The Hangover,’ ” Cooper says. “I guess people were surprised that that’s the same guy.”

Zero Dark Thirty: Jessica Chastain doesn’t have as much to prove, after a remarkable breakthrough last year with The Tree of LifeThe Debt, and an Oscar nomination for The Help, but she still has an immense burden to carry as the central figure in Zero Dark Thirty, about the decade-long hunt to track down the most wanted terrorist in the world. “You really see the drive and the journey that this woman takes, and you see her unravel,” she says.

Lincoln: Kushner was the man who held it all together on Lincoln, even though at first “the subject and the man just seemed too big to me.” The Angels in America playwright focused the epic Steven Spielberg historical drama on one key part of the 16th president’s life – his drive to have slavery forever outlawed by the Constitution. In a Q&A in the issue, he describes some of star Daniel Day-Lewis’ intense acting process. “Daniel said to me before we started filming, ‘I hope it’s not going to upset you when we stop speaking when this starts.’ I asked why. And he said, ‘I’m really only going to be able to have a conversation at that point with Steven,’ because he gets so deep into the part.”

Be sure to check your local newsstands starting Friday for Entertainment Weekly’s Holiday Movie Preview.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

First Look at “Zero Dark Thirty”

Exclusive new photos and a teaser trailer have been released for Kathryn Bigelow (director) and Mark Boal’s (screenwriter) film titled Zero Dark Thirty. This film has an absolutely huge cast that includes Mark Strong, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton, Scott Adkins, Chris Pratt, Taylor Kinney, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Édgar Ramírez, and Mark Duplass.

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Zero Dark Thirty is about the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. It is one of the year’s most controversial films despite the fact that Bigelow, Boal, and the cast of the film have kept quiet about details and the story of  the film. Entertainment Weekly had the chance to do an extensive interview with Bigelow and Boal about their upcoming film. Here is the first page of the interview:

“Zero Dark Thirty will be an unusual film in that the climax of the story is already widely known and it’s the set-up that remains mysterious. Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 by the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, but what remains largely unknown is the true backstory behind the raid, and how intelligence agencies and the military connected the dots that eventually brought them to that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

“I’m fascinated by people who dedicate themselves to really difficult and dangerous things for the greater good,” Boal said in a phone interview. “I think they’re heroic and I’m intrigued by them. I’m fascinated by the world they inhabit. I personally want to know how they caught bin Laden. All I can do is hope that it interests other people.”

The trailer is highly stylized, emphasizing the secrecy of the story with its use of the kind of bars used to black out information on redacted classified documents. In an email interview, Bigelow explains the significance of the title: “It’s a military term for 30 minutes after midnight, and it refers also to the darkness and secrecy that cloaked the entire decade long mission.”

The teaser also suggests a grittier, more deadly, boots-on-the-ground pursuit of information, rather than a drama about decisions made at the top in Washington.

This has been the primary source of controversy: Opponents of President Barack Obama have been eager for the public to avoid any reminders this election year that the Commander-in-Chief gave that order authorizing the raid that finally took down the terrorist mastermind.

The makers of Zero Dark Thirty insist their film is a study of the unsung heroes who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to take down bin Laden, not a celebration of Obama’s decision. When they made the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker in 2008, which won them Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture, Bigelow and Boal were praised (and sometimes slammed)for leaving politics out of the film. They say they’re doing the same thing this time.

“There’s no political agenda in the film. Full stop. Period,” says Boal, a veteran journalist and war correspondent. “A lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the film. For example, the president is not depicted in the movie. He’s just not in the movie.””

Be sure to read the other pages of the interview here.  Zero Dark Thirty is set to hit theaters December 19, 2012.

What do you think of these new photos? What do you think of the new teaser trailer? Do you think this film will gain some Oscar attention?

Source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/08/06/zero-dark-thirty-first-look/