venerdì 15 marzo 2013

L'EDICOLA DI LOU - Stralci, cover e commenti sui telefilm dai giornali italiani e stranieri

I cattivi non sono mai stati così...serial
"Lately on TV, bad guys appear to be having all the fun, with a wave of programs romanticizing — if not quite glorifying — those who do terrible things. Some of TV’s most compelling characters of the current generation have been antiheroes, from Tony Soprano to “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White. Yet the appeal of the dark side looks to be growing, branching beyond the permissive confines of cable to major networks as well. Television often gets an unfair rap regarding violence, with academics and pundits overreaching to make the case for a correlation. That said, there is something unsettling — or just plain icky — about the media and public fascination with figures like real-life cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner, who upstaged President Obama’s State of the Union address on cable news. In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, critic Roger Ebert quoted from his review of “Elephant,” which placed any media blame for inspiring such mass shootings on news, not drama. All that seems true. Yet there is something distasteful, at the very least, about dramatic programming making killers the cool kids, having the hottest sex and driving the nicest cars.
A brief sampling of the coming weeks finds audiences being asked to hang around with a young Norman Bates (A&E’s “Bates Motel”) and Hannibal Lecter (NBC’s upcoming “Hannibal”). They join the suave serial killer at the heart of Fox’s “The Following,” who always seems to be several steps ahead of the bedraggled FBI agent on his trail; and the handsome mob boss who steals scenes, among other things, in ABC’s “Red Widow.” Heck, even the evil side of NBC’s short-lived Jekyll-and-Hyde knockoff “Do No Harm” was far more interesting than his good side. To be fair, pity the poor broadcast networks. Put on procedurals where the good guys where white hats, and they’re accused of boring cookie-cutter development. Try breaking (or at least stretching) the mode, and people wonder if they’re not helping breed sociopaths. It’s simplistic to say that focusing on antiheroes glorifies violence. After all, the willingness to explore moral ambiguity has yielded some of the best and most provocative shows on TV, from “Dexter” to “Homeland,” “Breaking Bad” to DirecTV’s “Hit & Miss,” a pleasant surprise that unearthed unexpected depth from a transgender hitwoman.
Where such portrayals cross into unsavory territory is a matter of context, and highly subjective. Still, if a show is defined by a disreputable protagonist who faces opposing forces more depraved and odious than he or she is, you might be skating on thin ice. For a cinematic example of this, think back to “Hannibal,” Thomas Harris’ sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs.” The novel and subsequent movie’s underlying notion was to take the monstrous title character and essentially promote him to hero, albeit by introducing a hideous adversary. It’s also worth noting that TV operates somewhat differently than movies. On the bigscreen, spending time with a morally flawed character is a one-and-done experience. By contrast, series demand an ongoing relationship, and while that doesn’t require liking the characters, viewers do have to care about what happens to them. That’s one reason why something like FX’s “American Horror Story” — which revels in nastiness for its own sake, offering few redeeming qualities among its assorted characters — is such a grim, nasty exercise. Rebooting the show for a second season only exacerbated this fundamental flaw.
As noted, the preoccupation with criminals — the more outlandish the better — is hardly confined to drama (Investigation Discovery has built a profitable niche around it), and time will determine whether the audience’s appetite is expansive enough to support this latest wave of scripted fare. Nevertheless, casting more evildoers in starring roles does hand ammunition to TV’s cultural critics. Because while it’s easy to say this is nothing new, the sensation is different when TV goes from a couple of empathetic bad guys to one on every channel". (Brian Lowry)
L'EDICOLA DI LOU - Stralci, commenti e cover sui telefilm dai giornali italiani e stranieri

mercoledì 13 marzo 2013

PICCOLO GRANDE SCHERMO - Ashley Benson, la giovane bionda "bugiarda" che incanta la rete (e vola al cinema)
Occhi puntati su Ashley Benson, interprete di Hanna Marin in "Pretty Little Liars" (dal 21 marzo su Mya la terza stagione inedita, in seconda serata). L'unica bionda del telefilm che sta conoscendo una popolarità crescente - "over the top teen mystery" secondo l'influente "Entertainment Weekly" - sta facendo il giro del mondo per promuovere quello che si annuncia come il suo vero debutto al cinema dopo anni di comparsate tv (tra le altre, in "The OC", "Supernatural", "CSI: Miami"). In "Spring Breakers - Una vacanza da sballo", l'attrice californiana con un passato da modella nella prestigiosa Ford Agency recita al fianco di James Franco, Selena Gomez, Heather Morris e Vanessa Hudgens. Il tour promozionale del film ha fatto il botto non solo nelle conferenze stampa e alle prime nei cinema, da Londra a Berlino, dalla Francia al Giappone, ma anche su Twitter: gli auto-scatti delle tre protagoniste ai margini degli incontri stampa o in hotel, hanno spesso raggiunto i TopTweet dopo essere stati postati sui profili delle tre grazie. 
TWITTER-JAM - Oliver Tweet!

martedì 12 marzo 2013

NEWS - Toh, chi si rivede, Skeet "Jericho" Ulrich...e mica in una serie qualsiasi, nel nuovo telefilm di Howard Gordon ("Homeland")

Notizia tratta da "Hollywood Reporter"
Anatomy of Violence has found its lead in Skeet Ulrich. The former Jericho actor has been tapped to star in the CBS pilot from Homeland's Howard GordonAlex Gansa and Alex Cary,The Hollywood Reporter has learned.The hourlong drama effort, inspired by Adrian Raine’s nonfiction book The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime, is familiar territory for the trio as it centers on Dr. Raines, a criminal psychologist who partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past. Ulrich will play Raines, who is being billed as theunshaven, disheveled maverick FBI criminal psychiatrist who specializes in the reasons people commit acts of extreme violence. He joins previously cast Homeland vet David Harewood, who is set to play Alejo, a celebrated profiler and Raines' boss and friend in the 20th Century Fox TV project. Ulrich, whose credits include Robot Chicken and Law & Order: Los Angeles, is repped by UTA and Brillstein.
NEWS - "Arrow" ha fatto centro! Boom di ascolti e su Twitter, oltre 3.300.00 spettatori (serie più vista del 2013 al momento)
E' già "Arrow"-mania. Sono bastate le prime due attesissime puntate del serial proposto in esclusiva da Italia 1 ieri sera (lunedì 11 marzo) per far emergere segnali di fanatismo oltre le previsioni.
I dati d'ascolto parlano chiaro: 3.251.000 e 3.360.000 spettatori per i due episodi in onda su Italia 1, con una share che ha toccato il 15.50% di share tra il pubblico 15-64 anni; il 19.26% tra i 15-34 anni. Al momento è la serie più vista in Italia nel 2013
Un dato ancora più evidente se si considera il boom di tweet per il live twitting su @QuiMediaset_It (l'hashtag #Arrow è entrato nella Top10 dei Trend Topic alle prime immagini su Italia 1) e il gradimento espresso sul social network, soprattutto femminile, per il protagonista Stephen Amell e il suo personaggio Oliver Queen.
Altra tappa della "Arrow"-mania, in attesa del secondo appuntamento su Italia 1 lunedì prossimo, sarà sabato 16 marzo alla Fiera del Fumetto "Cartoomics", dove verrà proiettata una puntata inedita del telefilm e la prima apparizione del personaggio Freccia Verde nella serie "Smallville". Per maggiori info:
PICCOLO GRANDE SCHERMO - Spazio, ultimo trailer! Il nuovo promo di "Star Trek - Into Darkness" (con Benedict Cumberbatch)

domenica 10 marzo 2013

NEWS - Clamoroso al Cibali! Joss Whedon non ha mai visto "Lost" ("ho sentito che era una figata e poi è diventato confuso")
Articolo tratto dal Huffington Post
Joss Whedon screened his delightful Shakespeare adaptation "Much Ado About Nothing" at the 2013 SXSW Film Festivalon Saturday afternoon, but during a post-screening question and answer session, one intrepid audience member had little interest in the Bard's tale. Austin resident Peyton McLeod wanted to know if Whedon, the geek master of the universe behind "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and "Marvel's The Avengers," had ever watched "Lost." "Settle in, people," Whedon said as the audience at the Vimeo Theater inside the Austin Convention Center laughed. Was Whedon about to throw the polarizing series, produced and co-created by fellow geek icon J.J. Abrams, under the bus? "I've never seen it," Whedon said, to some surprise. "I missed out on a lot of culture: you either make TV or you watch it. So, yeah I've never seen it." That doesn't necessarily mean Whedon didn't have at least some awareness about the popular show. "I hear it's really good and then it gets confusing," Whedon said. Fans of "Lost" who spent more than a few hours unpacking origins of the smoke monster are probably nodding in agreement.

"Il trivial game + divertente dell'anno" (Lucca Comics)

"Il trivial game + divertente dell'anno" (Lucca Comics)
Il GIOCO DEI TELEFILM di Leopoldo Damerini e Fabrizio Margaria, nei migliori negozi di giocattoli: un viaggio lungo 750 domande divise per epoche e difficoltà. Sfida i tuoi amici/parenti/partner/amanti e diventa Telefilm Master. Disegni originali by Silver. Regolamento di Luca Borsa. E' un gioco Ghenos Games.

Lick it or Leave it!

Lick it or Leave it!