venerdì 27 giugno 2014

NEWS - Cogli la Grande Mela! Per la prima volta nella tv Usa, New York batte Los Angeles nel numero di pilot drama girati: 24 (NY) vs. 19 (LA)

Articolo tratto da "Entertainment Weekly"
According to a report released by the nonprofit group Film L.A. Inc., for the first time ever, more TV drama pilots were filmed in New York City over the last year than in Los Angeles. According to the report, during the 2013-2014 development cycle, 24 drama pilots were filmed in New York while only 19 shot in Los Angeles, and only 44 percent of all the pilots from the 2013-2014 development cycle (90 of 203 total) were filmed in L.A. This is the first time that Los Angeles’s share has fallen below 50 percent; last year, the city was responsible for 52 percent, and in the 2006-2007 cycle it accounted for 82 percent. The remaining pilots were shot mainly in New York, Vancouver, Atlanta, and Toronto. The decline in L.A.’s share of pilots, as Film L.A.’s President Paul Audley said in a press release that accompanied the report, is due to the fact that “California’s current incentive program makes it hard to attract and retain new pilots and TV series.” The TV industry’s relative abandonment of California follows on the heels of the film industry’s relative abandonment of California: In 2013, the Louisiana film program overtook that of California to  become the “film-production capital of the world.” Louisiana’s newfound prominence in filmmaking can be largely attributed to its tax-credit program for TV and movie projects.
In 2009, the level of available funds in New York State’s tax credit program was increased to over $400 million, making it one of the highest incentive programs in the country. Since this increase, New York has seen a 600 percent increase in the number of pilots produced in the state. The most remarkable increase has been in the drama pilot production. In the 2009-2010 production cycle, none of the highly lucrative network dramas filmed in New York. In the most recent cycle, however, New York was home to 12 network drama pilots, including FOX’s highly anticipated new drama Gotham. Los Angeles, unfortunately, saw a 50-percent decline this year as it only hosted 7 one-hour network drama pilots.
California’s tax-credit program has caused many television shows picked up by networks to relocate elsewhere after filming pilots in California. The most recent example is the USA drama Gracelandwhich shot its pilot episode in Southern California. However, after it failed to receive the California Film & Television Tax Credit, production on the remaining 11 episodes of the first season relocated to Miami, Florida. Similarly, CBS’s new drama NCIS: New Orleans relocated to Louisiana—Louisiana’s generous tax credit program has been cited as an important factor in the decision.
The loss of productions to other cities also means a loss of jobs. “Losing television pilots—and then series—to other North American competitors leads to the destruction of steady, well-paying California jobs,” said Audley.
According to the report, industry sources have estimated that “the average one-hour drama pilot can directly employ 150-230 people for the entire duration of the project.” One-hour dramas are considered the most economically valuable because their pilots typically cost around $8 million to produce, and should it receive a full-season order, it could provide many steady jobs for several years. The loss of Graceland to Miami, for example, meant a loss to California of more than $19 million.
There is still hope, however, for California as L.A. remains the leader in comedy pilot productions. Although its share of comedy pilot production this year decreased from 83 percent the previous year to 71 percent, California is still way ahead of New York, which only hosted 11 comedy pilots this years. Furthermore, several series—such as Pretty Little LiarsFranklin & Bashand Teen Wolfthat filmed in competing regions recently relocated their productions to California after qualifying for the California Film & TV Credit. And Film L.A. found that once a series received the tax credit, it remained in the state.

giovedì 26 giugno 2014

NEWS - Incompetente a chi? Da ieri su Sky Atlantic "Veep", con sottotitolo da denuncia alla Casa Bianca
(ANSA) - Washington D.C., culla del governo degli Stati Uniti ufficio di Selina Mayer, primo Vice Presidente donna Usa, totalmente inadatta al ruolo, sboccata, divorziata con una figlia, ma anche annoiata e un po' frustrata per essere costantemente e deliberatamente ignorata dal Presidente. Premiata con due Emmy Awards, uno Screen Actors Guild Award, e due nomination consecutive ai Golden Globe, 'Veep Vicepresidente incompetente', l'irriverente serie tv tutta da ridere targata HBO, domani arriva in Italia in esclusiva su Sky Atlantic HD: il primo episodio è andato in onda eccezionalmente alle 22.10 (dopo il finale di stagione di House of cards), e proseguira' in onda tutti i mercoledi' alle 21.10. Votata al cinismo, Veep e' "figlia" di The thick of it, versione britannica di grande successo nata nel 2005 del genio comico italo-scozzese Armando Iannucci.  Nel ruolo della Vice Presidente (dalle cui iniziali il titolo della serie) prima donna degli Stati Uniti, totalmente inadatta al ruolo che ricopre Selina Mayer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus regina della comicita' americana e mattatrice assoluta di questa commedia, l'unica interprete ad aver vinto tre Emmy come migliore attrice/attore per tre serie diverse (Veep, Seinfeld e La complicata vita di Christine), premiata anche con 5 Screen Actors Guild Awards e 1 Golden Globe. E' lei la protagonista della serie, assieme al suo staff di assistenti e addetti stampa, delle vicende e delle numerose gaffe (politiche e non), che rendono la commedia una continua, incalzante rincorsa nel tentativo di riparare i guai compiuti. Creandone ovviamente di ancora peggiori. Con un tocco registico deciso, la serie propone, in modo verosimile e con un irriverente spirito satirico, i retroscena dei giochi politici a stelle e strisce per la conquista e il mantenimento dell'ambita "poltrona". Il cast si avvale di grandi nomi della comicita' made in USA, tra i quali, Tony Hale, storico interprete del ruolo di Buster Bluth nel cult della commedia USA "Arrested development" e vincitore di un Emmy Award (2013) per questa interpretazione. In America Veep ha avuto un ottimo riscontro di pubblico, attestandosi intorno al milione di  spettatori sul canale via cavo Hbo. E' il prodotto perfetto per gli appassionati del politicamente scorretto ed e' stata spesso definita dalla critica americana "House of Cards in versione comica".

mercoledì 25 giugno 2014

NEWS - Delusi dalla Nazionale? Tifate allora per la formazione-tipo per vincere i Mondiali dei Telefilm questa estate: 11 titoli seriali da prendere a "morsi" puntata dopo puntata...
Articolo di Kathleen French per "Arts.Mic"
"There was a time when summer was dead for television — a creativity wasteland filled with reruns and daytime schlock. Indeed, quality TV during the summer months is a recent phenomenon and now that it's officially summer, it's a phenomenon we are ready to enjoy. Given this golden age, networks are upping the ante year-round. These are the programs your friends will be (or at least should be) talking about this summer. Queue up the DVR, get your streaming schedule ready or just settle in at the actual times when these shows are actually on TV. However you choose to watch, happy viewing.

1. "Almost Royal" (BBC America)
Saturdays at 10 p.m. (ET) 
Fan of British humor? Then you should be watching BBC America's first original comedy-reality show, it's brilliance is in keeping with the mockumentary tradition of The Office. This time 'round, the subjects are two spoiled, aristocratic siblings who are touring the United States and attempting to understand American culture. The show's stars are Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart, both young comedians to keep an eye on. The premiere was this past Saturday, so catch up before next week.

2. "Tyrant" (FX)
Premieres: Tuesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET)
This 10-part drama series, brought to you by Homeland developers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, follows protagonist Bassam Al Fayeed, a renowned pediatrician based in L.A., as he returns with his wife and two teenage children to the fictional Arab country Baladi after a 20-year self-imposed exile. The twist? His father used to be the dictator. Baladi is still embroiled in political turmoil, and Al Fayeed and his family are drawn back into the conflict. Anything from the minds of the Homeland team is sure to make a few waves.

3. "Girl Meets World" (Disney)
Premieres: Friday, June 27, at 9:45 p.m. (ET); moves to 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, July 11
Feeling really nostalgic? Disney is rebooting Boy Meets World, to the tune of Girl Meets World. Cory and Topanga are now married with kids, and the show centers on their 12-year-old daughter Riley as she presumably tries to find her Cory/Topanga equivalent. Though Mr. Feeny will not be reprising his role as a series regular (Cory is Riley's history teacher, after all), a large number of Boy Meets World alums are confirmed to reappear, including William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), Lee Norris ("Minkus"), Betsy Randle (Amy Matthews), William Russ (Alan Matthews) and Rider Strong (Shawn). We don't care how corny it looks, we're watching.

4. "The Leftovers" (HBO)
Premieres: Sunday, June 29, at 10 p.m. (ET)
Two percent of the world's population suddenly vanishes without explanation. Fast-forward three years. So begins The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof (cocreator of Lost) and Tom Perotta (who wrote the novel from which this was adapted). The show explores the apocalyptic, not from by irreparable destruction or zombies, but through the grief of inexplicable loss and collective uncertainty in a small New York suburban town. It stars Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler.

5. "Extant" (CBS)
Premieres: Wednesday, July 9, at 9 p.m. (ET)
There has been a lot of buzz around this series, executive produced by none other than Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry as an astronaut who has returned home after a year in space. Here's where things get weird: in her health exam back on Earth, Berry's character learns that she's pregnant, though this is "impossible," given she was on a solo mission.
Wait, it gets weirder: the son she has with her husband is actually a machine … who appears to know a thing or two about the potential extinction of humanity. Extant has positioned itself as a show with a lot of questions. The question on our end is how well it will answer them.

6. "Welcome To Sweden" (NBC)
Premieres: Thursday, July 10, at 9 p.m. (ET)
Can you ever have too much Amy Poehler? Did you even know there was more Poehler to have? Poehler has a brother, and her brother has a new comedy coming to NBC (which NBC has already renewed for a second season). More Poehlers. Greg Poehler stars in the largely autobiographical show about how, after 12 years of practicing law in New York City, he moves to Sweden to follow his girlfriend. Greg knows nothing about Swedish culture or the language, and hijinks ensue.
Along with appearances by Amy, Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons are all slated to make cameos.

7. "The Strain" (FX)
Premieres: Sunday, July 13, at 10 p.m. (ET)
Looking for a new show to watch while cowering behind your couch? Then your hunt can stop with Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) and Carlton Cuse's (Lost) new vampire series. An outbreak of vampirism (à la zombie-ism in World War Z) has struck New York City, and one CDC doctor is at the helm of trying to find a cure. Don't roll your eyes: This is not a show about nice or sparkly vampires. These are not vampires that will carry you on their back and call you a "spider monkey." They are terrifying monsters who kill anyone in sight.

8. "Manhattan" (WGN)
Premieres: Sunday, July 27, at 10 p.m. (ET)
There is a lot of potential for WGN’s Manhattan, executive produced by Sam Shaw, a former writer for Showtime's Masters of Sex. The series is set in 1943, in a secluded New Mexico town harboring the scientists working on the most top-secret project of all: the first atomic bomb. Charting the relationships between the scientists and their families as they wrestle with the implications of their work, Manhattan is definitely worth checking out.

9. "The Quest" (ABC)
Premieres: Thursday, July 31, at 8 p.m. (ET)
Someone at ABC let an executive producer from The Lord of the Rings create a reality television show, and it is absolutely everything that you would want from someone with those credentials. Premise? LARPing: coming to a TV near you. "Normal" adults dressed like they're at a Renaissance Faire battle an army of orcs (played by actors) to defend their ice kingdom and tiny castles on television. This could be one of the most entertaining reality shows in a long while. Who doesn't want to watch a bunch of actual adults fight elaborately styled orc-actors in the service of an imaginary monarchy?

10. "Knick" (Cinemax)
Premieres: Friday, Aug. 8, at 10 p.m. (ET)
The Knick is hands-down one of the most talked-about debuts of the summer, reason No. 1 being that it briefly brought Steven Soderbergh out of retirement to direct the 10-episode season. The show takes place in turn-of-the-century New York, and stars Clive Owen as a surgeon who is determined to push every boundary to save lives. In the recently released trailer, it appears that means the surgeon's methodology isn't always precisely legal or ethical. Earlier teasers flashed the tagline "Surgery wasn't always science." There's a distinctly creepy vibe to the show (a little American Horror Story), so it will be interesting to see where the series goes, particularly given that its creators, Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, have been behind far more family-friendly films like Big Miracle and Raising Helen.

11. "Legends" (TNT)
Premieres: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 9 p.m. (ET)
Legends follows FBI agent Martin Odum (Sean Bean), who operates deep undercover but can and does consistently change identities. The problem becomes (in a Bourne-esque twist) that Odum begins to doubt who he actually is. The show is based off the novel by Robert Littell and has executive producers from Homeland and 24, with a premiere directed by David Semel (Homeland, Hannibal, American Horror Story). If Legends proves to be as good as the concept is intriguing, then TNT may find itself contending for awards with networks like HBO, Showtime, AMC and FX next year.  Are there any new shows you're excited about that aren't included in this list? Make sure to post them in the comment section below.

martedì 24 giugno 2014

L'EDICOLA DI LOU - Stralci, cover e commenti sui telefilm dai media nazionali e internazionali

La fine trama a incastri di "Game of Thrones"
"Anche in Italia, pochi giorni dopo rispetto agli Stati Uniti, è arrivata alla sua conclusione la quarta stagione della saga fantasy «Trono di spade», trasmessa da Sky Atlantic (venerdì, ore 21.10). Com'è noto, il telefilm è una produzione ad alto budget che il canale americano HBO (quello di «Sex and the City» e «I Soprano», solo per citare alcune delle sue serie più celebri) ha realizzato adattando per la televisione i romanzi di George R. R. Martin. La serie si regge su un vastissimo cast corale che dà vita a un racconto «a incastro» in cui è difficile trovare un protagonista assoluto: il finale di questa stagione sembra aver stretto l'attenzione su quattro personaggi, curiosamente tutti «eccentrici», su cui all'inizio non avremmo scommesso molto. C'è la ragazzina ribelle Arya, che al ricamo preferisce le lezioni di spada, c'è il suo fratello Bran, che non può più camminare ma è dotato di poteri sovrannaturali. C'è Jon Snow, il figlio bastardo del defunto Ned Stark e infine c'è Tyrion, il figlio nano del potente clan Lannister che viene fortunosamente aiutato a fuggire dopo esser stato condannato a morte dalla sua stessa famiglia. Il rapporto con suo padre, vero spettro che agita la coscienza di Tyrion e vero nodo narrativo da sciogliere, arriva nel finale di stagione a un punto di non ritorno. La cosa più interessante di «Trono di spade» è proprio questo suo racconto a incastro: con così tanti personaggi da gestire, spesso posizionati in ambienti lontanissimi uno dall'altro, i suoi autori hanno scelto di costruire ogni episodio attraverso una serie di «quadri» distinti e separati che seguono ciascuno la sua storia, senza incrociarsi per molto tempo. Una scelta, in fondo, antitelevisiva, che rende la serie un raffinato esercizio di stile ma che la espone a rischio di qualche sbavatura narrativa". (Aldo Grasso, 23.06.2014)

"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!