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Sundance 2015

Our crew is hard at work covering the Sundance Film Festival. Here is the first batch of review with more to come.

‘The D Train’ promises a fun, twisty ride Sundance 2015: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ will have you running for the exits Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful revisionist western Sundance 2015: ‘Princess’ is one of Sundance’s best Sundance 2015: Maybe the dingos should eat ‘Strangerland’ Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’ Sundance 2015: ‘Me & Earl & the Dying Girl’ an emotional, honest and hilarious experience Sundance 2015: ‘The End of the Tour’ a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace Sundance 2015: ‘Cop Car’ is an instant Americana genre film classic Sundance 2015: ‘Girlhood’ rivals Linklater’s opus Sundance 2015: ‘Knock Knock’ sees Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves offer camp glory Sundance 2015: ‘Eden
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The Televerse #178- Interview with Michael Price

2015’s onslaught of television is fully under way, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at a full week in comedy, including the debut of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the disappointingly brief return of Venture Bros., and the finale of Galavant. Then it’s time to talk genre and drama, including previews of Pivot’s new murder mystery series Fortitude and The Americans s3 and looks at the Backstrom pilot and Justified premiere. And did we mention we caught up with The 100? In a week? ‘Cause we did. Finally, in lieu of the DVD Shelf, Kate speaks with Emmy, Writers Guild, and Annie Award winner, and current writer for The Simpsons, Michael Price about his career as a television writer on series like What About Joan?, The PJs, and that ‘90s classic, Homeboys in Outer Space.

Our Week in Comedy (4:37-
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Joan Cusack out of 'comfort zone' as Sheila on 'Shameless' [Video]

Joan Cusack out of 'comfort zone' as Sheila on 'Shameless' [Video]
Joan Cusack admits to Gold Derby her role as the agoraphobic Sheila on "Shameless" is "outside my comfort zone if I'm going to be honest." However, she decided, "I'm just going to accept everything and no judgments. It's a great feeling, and I highly recommend it." Her character may not have left her house in five years but she has managed to find a new boyfriend -- the irrascible Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) -- and treats him to gourmet meals. Cusack says she loves acting with Macy and that there is "a relaxedness and enjoyment that I guess comes with age. It's great to work with someone who's so competent and generous and is a good person." This is the first regular TV gig for the two-time Oscar nominee since her own show, "What About Joan?" was axed by ABC in 2001. Cusack only got this part after Allison Janney

Joan Cusack: 'Shameless role is a gift'

Joan Cusack: 'Shameless role is a gift'
Joan Cusack has claimed that her role on Showtime's Shameless is "a gift". The actress plays the agoraphobic Sheila Jackson on the series, which stars William H. Macy as alcoholic father Frank Gallagher. "I tried doing a sitcom here [in Chicago] and that was an amazing process to experience," the former What about Joan star told TV Squad. "But at that time, sitcoms were really going through an identity crisis, and just doing anything different was really hard. "Now on cable, it's like you can be totally different and [people] embrace it [and] they want it." Cusack added that she had no reservations about committing to a television project. "You're not doing (more)
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Mad Men's 5 Maddest Moments: Season Finale "Tomorrowland"

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"Tomorrowland" is an extremely appropriate title for the season finale of Mad Men - and not just because Don is taking his kids to Disneyland. It's also an indicator of Don's newfound optimism, as he looks ahead to the future with rose-colored glasses (he even does a cannonball into the pool!). The reason for his sunny disposition? Love. And the decision he makes as a result is jaw-dropping. Don's not the only one thinking good thoughts; things are getting better for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce as well. I can't really divulge much about the episode without giving away spoilers, but allow me to say this: the finale is a nice close to an already fantastic season. For details about the biggest shockers of the evening, just read more. Meet Mrs. Draper No. 3: Is Don a hopeless romantic? He takes the kids on a business trip to California (they can
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Donna Murphy is "Mother Gothel"

If you don't just skip the occasional theater post on The Film Experience you may know of my love of Tony winner Donna Murphy. She has what might be her most significant screen role ever this very year. 'But what they want from her is....her voice.' She is playing Mother Gothel, the villainess of Disney's Tangled. She's the one who grounded Rapunzel, like, forever. [Okay, stop gagging. I know the juvenilia of the Tangled marketing has been entirely off-putting but let's stay positive for two minutes.]

Here's the first image release of Mother Gothel, just released.

Tangled's song score -- eight new songs the soundtrack is out in November the week before the movie -- is by Alan Menken so we hope against hope that the songs will be good and some of his past work is very good indeed. Lately it hasn't been quite so magical but at the very least a Menken score would have to be preferrable to the pop-song laden trailer music which led us
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Joan Cusack joins the cast of Showtime's 'Shameless'

Joan Cusack joins the cast of Showtime's 'Shameless'
Showtime announced today that Academy Award-nominated actress Joan Cusack has joined the cast of the network’s new series Shameless, which is based on the long-running U.K. show about a dysfunctional working class family. In the U.S. version (debuting Jan. 9 at 9 p.m.), William H. Macy plays the father of six kids living in Chicago and Cusack will take on the role of an agoraphobic housewife who sparks up a “special” friendship — as the press release says — with Macy’s character. Emmy Rossum also stars as Macy’s eldest child who takes charge of the raucous household.

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'Mad Men's' Christina Hendricks on her Emmy nomination, Joan and Don

We don't want to get Christina Hendricks fired from "Mad Men," so we didn't press her too hard for details on the show's new season. Prior seasons, however, are another matter.

So when the Emmy-nominated Hendricks came to the Ktla Morning Show Thursday (July 29), Zap2it had to ask her about a scene from last season that a lot of people read as a sign that her character, the smart, sexy Joan Holloway, and ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) had a past as more than just co-workers.

"It's really funny. I've had that response from a lot of people who say, 'What about Joan and Don?' And I'm like, 'Where are you getting this?'" she says, laughing.

The scene is from "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" -- "the lawnmower episode," as Hendricks puts it. Joan and Don are in a hospital waiting room after a
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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Album on Pre-Order: Will Robert Pattinson Sing?

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Eclipse meadow scene The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’s soundtrack compilation is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 8, or about three weeks before the movie opens on North American screens. At this stage, what songs will be included in the soundtrack album is most anybody’s guess. According to earlier reports, Muse’s song for the film is out. Others have it that just about everybody, from Adam Lambert to Justin Bieber (dueting with Robert Pattinson…), will be heard on the album’s soundtrack. Placido Domingo anyone? What about Joan Jett? Band 100 Monkeys‘ Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper Hale in the Twilight Saga movies, has reportedly also offered songs from his band. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse score [...]
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