Watch This: Trailer for Angie Tribeca

I’m thinking Angie Tribeca is going to be something like a deadpanned Leslie Nielsen brought back to life as Rashida Jones to deliver insane material from the mind of Steve and Nancy Carell.

The series is a spoof of police procedurals. The cast plays it entirely straight. But they investigate crimes like the death of a ventriloquist’s dummy.

Everything about this series exemplifies out-of-the-box thinking. Angie Tribeca debuts on January 17 on TBS with a 25-hour, commercial-free marathon of the first season’s 10 episodes. Season 2, which was approved before season 1 even aired, will begin a regular week-to-week schedule on January 25.

Still of Rashida Jones and Hayes MacArthur in Angie Tribeca
Still of Rashida Jones and Hayes MacArthur in Angie Tribeca

In addition to Rashida Jones, the cast also includes Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns, Deon Cole and Andree Vermeulen.

The pilot features guest appearances by Lisa Kudrow, Alfred Molina, Nancy Carell, Gary Cole, and Matthew Glave. Going waaayyyy against type, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton will be in the pilot as Mr. and Mrs. Tribeca who are, oh, I don’t know, who do you think?

Here’s the plot summary on IMBD, which gives you a pretty good idea of how crazed and delirious the series will be:

From the twisted minds of Steve and Nancy Carell, Angie Tribeca is the greatest drama of our generation. Breaking ground and changing the television landscape, this epic series is mind-blowingly raw, gritty and unapologetic.

Yeah. Epic can be seen in the trailer.

 

Watch This: Freeheld Previews and Interviews

Freeheld is an important story that I inadvertently never mentioned yet on the blog. I’m going to make up for that with a big catch-all post.

The film opens October 2, 2015. Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, and Steve Carell star in this true story. It’s based on an Oscar winning documentary about Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). Peter Sollett directs.

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld

It’s a love story, but it’s also a story about the couple’s fight for justice. I think the actual events surrounding Laurel’s fight with cancer and the county officials, Freeholders, took place in 2006 or 2007. Her fight to be treated as equal by the Freeholders is part of a direct line from then until the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

The film description: “A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the Freeholders conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells (Michael Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.”

The story of these two ordinary women who struggled for respect and justice mirrors so many more stories. It brings an important moment in history to a wide audience. I hope the film will be huge. I hope it makes a shit-ton of money and send the message to Hollywood decision-makers that a movie about two women – two gay women – can rock the world. Stacie Andree, the real woman who worked with the director and cast to make sure the movie told the truth, brings honor to her partner Laurel with this work. She deserves her spot in the history of the equality movement.

Here’s the first official trailer.

Another trailer with some of the same material, but shorter, features “Hands Of Love” performed by Miley Cyrus and written by Linda Perry.

Ellen Page describes her feelings about the importance of the story and about working with Julianne Moore.

Julianne Moore talks about the film and about working with Ellen Page.

Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

If I had seen Seeking a Friend for the End of the World before I heard Bo and Lauren talk about being so happy to be together for the end of the world, I would have made a comment about this film in that Lost Girl post. I don’t think it’s really the end of the world on Lost Girl, but in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a 70-mile in diameter asteroid is hurtling toward earth, and it really is the end of the world.

Spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”