Movie Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY movie poster | ©2013 The Weinstein Company

Rating: R Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham Writer: Tracy Letts, based on his play Director: John Wells Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release Date: December 27, 2013 AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY won the 2008 Best Play Tony for its debut Broadway performance, and it’s easy to see why – Tracy Letts’ script is well-constructed and cumulatively devastating. The film version, with a screenplay adapted by Letts and directed by John Wells, opens the play up somewhat by giving us some of the […]Read On »

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Interview: John Wells travels deep into SOUTHLAND – Part 2

Ben McKenzie and Michael Cudlitz in SOUTHLAND - Season 3| ©2011 TNT/Doug Hyun

SOUTHLAND concludes its third season on TNT tonight and executive producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING, THIRD WATCH and CHINA BEACH) chats about the gritty police drama that was unceremoniously dumped by NBC before its second season aired, only to find a home with TNT. Here’s what Wells had to say, in part 2 of our interview. ASSIGNMENT X: You’re also one of the executive producers on SOUTHLAND, which ran six episodes on NBC, then got renewed, then got canceled after you’d shot six episodes of Season Two without any of those episodes airing – and then you got […]Read On »

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Interview: John Wells gets SHAMELESS when it comes to projects – Part 1

SHAMELESS poster - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime

Showtime’s new series SHAMELESS, adapted from the long-running British comedy of the same name by the original series creator Paul Abbott, presents us with the dysfunctional Gallagher family. Frank, the patriarch of the large brood played by William H. Macy, is openly alcoholic and not very parental, leaving it to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) to tend to the younger siblings, who include manipulative Lip (Jeremy Allen White), gay Ian (Cameron Monaghan), budding thief Debbie (Emmy Kenney), antisocial Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) and toddler Liam (Blake Alexander Johnson and Brennan Kane Johnson). Meanwhile, over on TNT, the gritty L.A. police drama […]Read On »

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