Debuting tonight on ABC, 666 PARK AVENUE hopes to be the network equivalent of cable’s award-winning AMERICAN HORROR STORY and, to a very large extent, succeeds wickedly. Set in the titular Manhattan luxury apartment owned by a couple wedded to each other as well as to their taste for the diabolical, the series is part ROSEMARY’S BABY and part THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE as it mixes horror and humor to delightful effect. Created by DAVID WILCOX and inspired by a series of novels by GABRIELLA PIERCE (also a co-writer on the series), the show’s familiar cast is toplined by TERRY O’QUINN (LOST) and VANESSA WILLIAMS (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES).
Sitting down with O’QUINN and WILLIAMS at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, he talked about his character in the series.
Hot on the heels of its massive performance at last weekend’s Emmy Award show (4 major category wins), HOMELAND returns tonight for its second season on Showtime and continues to be a gripping series about obsession (and fascination) with international terrorism. Based on GIDEON RAFF’S Israeli television series PRISONERS OF WAR, the cast of HOMELAND includes CLAIRE DANES, DAMIAN LEWIS, MANDY PATINKIN, MAURY STERLING and DIEGO KLATTENHOFF. A delightfully ambiguous game of wits and wills, HOMELAND toys with the idea of heroes and villains, leaving the viewer to wonder who the good guys really are. Backstage at last Sunday’s Emmys, Best Actress-winner CLAIRE DANES talked about why she thinks the show has become so popular. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Hotel Transylvania sunk its teeth into its competition and easily took to the #1 box office slot with a $43 million debut. The movie, which features the voices of Selena Gomez and Adam Sandler, easily beat out fellow newcomer Looper, which had a solid $21.2 million showing.
Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jacket) talks about the huge difference between working on television and film. (To hear Tartakovsky, click on the media bar below)
Kudos goes to the police drama End of Watch, a $7 million budgeted picture which made $8 million and took the third spot. To date, the picture has made a pretty profit after grossing over $26.1 million domestically. With good word of mouth and awards season around the corner, End of Watch should retain steady business in the coming weeks.
Clint Eastwood continues to have an audience, as his grumpy old man meets baseball film Trouble with the Curve managed a fourth place finish with $7.3 million. Fifth place went to the Jennifer Lawrence thriller House at the End of the Street with $7.2 million.
Rounding out the top ten, in descending order, are Pitch Perfect (#6 & a miserable $5.2 million debut), the re-release of Finding Nemo (#7, $4.1 million), Resident Evil: Retribution(#8, $3 million), The Master (#9, $2.75 in limited release), and Won’t Back Down (#10, $2.7 million).
A quick reminder that tomorrow (9/29) NICKELODEON will air a special one-hour premiere episode of the new series TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Completely re-imagined and dusted off for this century, the new series features the voice talents of JASON BIGGS, SEAN ASTIN, GREG CIPES, ROB PAULSON and MAE WHITMAN. At the recent Television Critics Association press conference to announce the show, series producer CIRO NIELI talked about how this new incarnation will incorporate elements oF previous versions to become something completely new. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
In theaters today, WON’T BACK DOWN centers on two moms who team up against an archaic bureaucracy to make a change in the inner-city school system that’s failing to deliver for their kids.
Co-written (with BRIN HILL) and directed by DANIEL BARNZ, the all-star cast includes MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, VIOLA DAVIS, HOLLY HUNTER, ROSIE PEREZ and VING RHAMES.
Taken to task by many critics for its perceived union-bashing stance and being financed by Denver billionaire (and notorious rightie) PHIL ANSCHUTZ, the film actually goes out of its way to remain fair and balanced . At the recent press conference to promote the movie, BARNZ and GYLLENHAAL spoke out in defense of the film’s message. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)