‘The Terrific Ten’ Trailer: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, J.J. Abrams Bring Jimmy Kimmel’s Childhood Comic To Life

Every kid has dreamed up their own comic book heroes, or written their tales of grand adventure. However, few of them group up to be celebrities that have A-list friends who can bring it to life. But that’s just what Jimmy Kimmel got for this 50th birthday.

The last night staple has hit the mid-century mark, and as part of the festivities, J.J. Abrams rounded up Kimmel pals and associates Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Cousin Sal, Jon Hamm, Shaq, Ty Burrell, Billy Crudup, Jake Tapper, Wanda Sykes, and Matt Damon to make a trailer for “The Terrific Ten.” Yep, Abrams used Kimmel’s childhood comic as the source material….and it’s pretty dumb. But the celebs have a lot of fun with the goofy material, and Kimmel is pleased as punched to revisit a chapter from his past.

It turns out, “Justice League” isn’t the only superhero movie in town this week.

‘Judd Apatow: The Return’ Trailer: Hitting The Stage Again Isn’t Easy

Before was an acclaimed television producer and hit filmmaker, Judd Apatow was working the stand-up circuit. Once success in other mediums took hold, he abandoned the mic, but now, after 25 years he’s giving it another shot in the appropriately titled “Judd Apatow: The Return.”

“…. I stopped doing stand-up a long time ago, because I created ‘The Ben Stiller Show‘ that we did for Fox back in the day. I got so busy writing for that show that I didn’t have time to write any jokes or work out material at clubs for about a year,” Apatow told Vanyaland about stepping back on stage. “When that ended, I thought that maybe it was the universe telling me I was supposed to write. Then I got busy making all of those movies, and when I was working with Amy Schumer on ‘Trainwreck,’ she was doing a ton of stand-up shows, so I got to talking to her about it, and started to miss it, and one day I thought ‘Ya know what? Let me go up on stage and make you laugh’ — just so she could see what it was like when I used to do it. So, I wrote some jokes and went over to the Comedy Cellar one night, it oddly went well, and after that show was over, I just wanted to do it every night.”

The result is a Netflix special not only documenting Apatow’s material, but also seeing him rub elbows with his comedian pals….who aren’t always supportive….

“Judd Apatow: The Return” arrives on December 12th.

‘Godless’ Trailer: Frank Griffin Is On A Murderous Mission

Next week, Thanksgiving arrives, which will leave you with plenty of time to crash on the couch. And if you don’t feel like going out, Netflix has a must-see limited series that will help you digest all that turkey.

Scott Frank‘s “Godless” will be saddling up, and it’s bringing a terrific cast and premise to the small screen. Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Jack O’Connell, Scoot McNairy, Sam Waterston, and Kim Coates star in the series which isset in a mining town in the Old West made up entirely of women, where an outlaw attempts to hunt down his former protege. Here’s the official synopsis:

Notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) and his gang of outlaws are on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a son-like protégé who betrayed the brotherhood. While on the run, Roy seeks refuge with hardened widower Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), an outcast herself, in a worn-down, isolated mining town of La Belle, NM — governed mainly by women. When word reaches La Belle that Griffin is headed their way, the town bands together to defend against the murderous gang in a lawless western frontier.

“Godless” hits Netflix on November 22nd.

‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Trailer: ‘American Crime Story’ Delivers Deadly Fashion

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” set a new bar for true crime drama on television, and took home some Emmy awards and a Golden Globe in the process. Now, creator Ryan Murphy and his team are back for a whole new season, and a whole new crime.

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” brings together a heckuva lead quartet — Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin (yes, the singer) and Penelope Cruz — for the story of Andrew Phillip Cunanan, an American serial killer who murdered at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, during a three-month period in 1997. It’s all here — garish fashion, big acting, a compelling story — and we’re absolutely ready for every minute.

“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” hits FX on January 17th.

‘Trust’ Teaser: Look Out Ridley Scott, Donald Sutherland Is Chillingly Impressive

Part of the reason why Ridley Scott and Sony have been in such a big rush to get “All The Money In The World” out next month — even if it means replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer for last minute, expensive reshoots — has been to beat FX‘s “Trust.” The series from Danny Boyle tackles the exact same story as Scott’s movie, and if the first teaser is anything to go by, Sony has good reason to sweat.

Slumdog Millionaire” writer Simon Beaufoy has put his pen to “Trust,” which features a pretty intriguing cast — Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson, Brendan Fraser (!), and Michael Esper — but perhaps mostly notably Donald Sutherland as John Paul Getty, the role that Plummer will play in Scott’s film. And damn, the first taste is pretty impressive.

While “Trust” has been built to track the wealthy Getty through the decades, from season to season, the first season will tackle the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the heir to the billion-dollar Getty oil fortune. It’s a story made more fascinating when John Getty’s decision to refuse to pay the ransom, arguing that it would make his other relatives a target, forcing the child’s mother to battle with her estranged father-in-law for his freedom. Here’s the synopsis for “Trust”:

Trust will delve into the trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and most notorious families, the Gettys. Equal parts family history, dynastic saga and examination of the corrosive power of money, Trust is a story that attempts to unlock the mystery at the heart of every family, rich or poor.

“Trust” arrives in 2018.

Rumor: Kevin Spacey Can’t Be Easily Removed From ‘House Of Cards’

As allegations of sexual harassment and assault, came out against Kevin Spacey, Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital moved quickly to separate the actor from their hit series “House Of Cards.” The sixth season was put on hold, the actor was removed from the series, and now the writers are racing against a Thanksgiving deadline to reconfigure the new episodes so they don’t include Frank Underwood. However, is all of this legally sound?

According to a report from Blast (grain of salt, etc.), Spacey’s contract does not have a morality clause. Thus, he can only technically be fired from “House Of Cards” if he’s “unavailable” or “incapacitated.” Technically, he’s neither — Spacey has voluntarily stepped away to receive some kind of undisclosed “treatment.” Even more — and again, this is all rumor — Spacey’s team is alleging that Netflix and MRC sent a letter to cast and crew asking people to come forward if they were victimized by the actor (reportedly, Spacey made the set “toxic” for years), which they feel was an attempt to find a reason to fire him.

You can probably see where this is going: money. At the end of the day, if he was let go without legal cause, Spacey will likely be owed a handsome sum. If that’s the case, one can imagine that Netflix and MRC are probably already trying to figure out the dollar amount that will make the actor go away without causing a fuss. Or they might decide that canceling the show altogether is the easiest (and most economical) way forward. For now, MRC has issued the following statement regarding Spacey’s current situation — though the actor’s team apparently dispute that he’s under contract with them:

While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of HOUSE OF CARDS, he has been suspended. As the producer of the show, creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our cast and crew has always been our top priority.

As for the fate of “House Of Cards” season six, it’s likely that we’ll know next week. [via Screen Crush]

‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer: Things Get Complicated For Margaret

While Claire Foy got the lion’s share of attention for her breakout performance in season one of Netflix‘s “The Crown,” her on screen sister Vanessa Kirby didn’t escape notice. The actress was terrific as the dangerously idle and ignored Princess Margaret, who had a knack for making tabloid headlines. The success of the show has led to Kirby being cast in “Mission: Impossible 6,” but before that film arrives, she’ll return, and be causing more trouble at Buckingham Palace.

The second season of “The Crown” will see Margaret embark on a romance with photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, played by Matthew Goode. However, both have personalities which are too big for one relationship, and eventually, their union crumbles.

“He had excessive charisma,” the show’s creator Peter Morgan told Vanity Fair about Armstrong-Jones, adding that he could be place “excessive random cruelty on those close to him, and be very libidinous. He is an interesting character because he had polio as a child. When you’ve had polio as a child and when you’ve been slightly rejected by your mother for being the defective child . . . it’s very conspicuous, the compensation that he made by marrying the second-most-high-ranking social woman in the country. It’s like, ‘Notice me, mummy.’”

Well, he certainly gets noticed and it looks like there will be some real fireworks.

“The Crown” season two arrives on December 8th.

Netflix’s ‘Godless’ Is The Best Western Of 2017 [Bingeworthy™ Breakdown]

After “The Punisher,” and “Stranger Things” “Alias Grace,” and “Mindhunter,” Netflix is on a serious roll of quality programming and therefore the Bingeworthy™ Breakdown is back and busier than ever.

This week, we’re looking at Scott Frank’swestern “Godless.” Scott Frank is known for writing “Minority Report,” “Logan,” ‘Get Shorty” and for directing “The Lookout” and “A Walk Among The Tombstones.” The self-contained, seven episode mini-series stars Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell (“Starred Up”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) and Scoot McNairy (“Halt And Catch Fire”). Set in the American West of the 1880s, “Godless,” centers on the storm of revenge that’s about to rain down on a small town. Let’s jump into it.

Look, I’m not a huge fan of Westerns.

Your loss. You could just leave right now, but you’d be missing out on one of the best Netflix series of the year, and one of the best narratives on TV, period.

Why are you saying “narratives” like that? Call it a TV show.

But that would be a misnomer. “Godless” is a mini-series, and I hate to even call it that cause series suggests something that continues. It’s a one shot deal.

So, it’s like a seven hour movie?

Yes, and shut up for a second. I have a monologue. There’s this haughty disdain that comes out of TV critics for some reason anytime when a filmmaker says, “Actually, it’s an X hour long movie.” I’m not really sure why that is to be honest. It’s some insular, Twitter TV writer’s joke, but I’ll admit it irks me to no end. Mostly because I think the mini-series or the expanded movie is far greater than most TV series. The very nature of TV is to continue telling a story on and on and on again and to quote, “The Girlfriend Experience” director Lodge Kerrigan, “Ultimately if [a] shows continue to continue, they die a slow death.” I couldn’t agree more. So, for me, leveraging the long-form nature of television to tell in an expanded movie is a great way tell a story that demands more than two and a half hours, but doesn’t need to go forever. I like a beginning, middle and end; ellipsis storytelling annoys me, though of course there’s lots of great exceptions.


We’ve heard this rant before. Get on with telling us what the show is about.

On the surface it’s a story of betrayal, revenge, and redemption. And it sounds so cliché, but you know when a story uses all those fundamental ideas of the dark side of human nature, but serves it up in a totally classic and dramatically compelling way? “Godless” does that. It’s a Western set in the 1880s and the show is structured like the hellish black storm to end all storms that’s going to roll into down and rain down with a bloody retribution. It’s also told like a tributary of streams, the brook of which pools together in the town of La Belle which is nearly exclusively inhabited by women, after all the men died in a mining accident.

Linearly, the show is about Frank Griffin (a fantastic Jeff Daniels), an outlaw terrorizing the American West who is out for revenge against his adopted son Roy Goode (rising star Jack O’Connell). There are several points of view and co-starring lead characters, but the show is ultimately told from the perspective of Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), a mysterious woman who owns a nearby farm and is the sole female that refuses to live inside La Belle. She’s an outsider and a widow, and lives with her timid, half-Indian son Truckee (Samuel Marty) and his crusty, mistrustful grandmother.

A wounded Roy Goode takes shelter in Fletcher’s barn and after some suspicion, is taken in by Alice and her family, but they soon understand they are harboring… not a fugitive, but a wanted man. Roy essentially abandoned his father for reasons that are much more emotionally complicated that you can sum up in a sentence other than to say fathers and sons often have irrevocable conflicts with one another. So, Frank and his men are terrorizing everyone and asking if they know about the whereabouts of Roy Goode. Frank and his gang basically put out a death warrant on any town hiding Roy and when they find out he’s in La Belle — which he’s not really, no one wants to safeguard him other than Alice — they take their slow trek across New Mexico to kill him and wipe out the whole town.

So, it’s Alice and Roy against a vicious gang?

Absolutely not, and I’ll flesh that out in a minute. Also part of the mix is Scoot McNairy as Bill McNue, the aging sheriff of La Belle. He’s sweet on Alice, but hasn’t really gotten anywhere with her. He’s also known as a coward in La Belle, a sheriff who carries no respect, but he’s actually going blind and McNue would rather keep that to himself, so it informs his approach to lawmaking.

Is that it? Just a gang of black riders coming for revenge?

That’s the plot of this long-form movie. The story is the tale of all these characters, who they are and how they came to be, and how their lives collide in the middle of the slow train of death a comin’ to town. There’s a lot of the Roy Goode/Frank Griffith story told in flashback and while I normally hate character history relayed in this format — it’s often used to stretch out story, simply because you can — Frank, who wrote and directed “Godless,” is very economical in its use and the technique is actually leveraged to great effect.

  • Knight Rider

    What other westerns were there in 2017?

    • timmy t

      Damnation and The Son? Not a high bar to clear…

    • Hostiles for example.

  • Interesting… we’ve been using Bingeworthy for some time now. https://sludgefeed.com/recommended/

    Including our last website, which was actually called BingeWorthy.

‘Transparent’ Writers Considering Season 5 Without Jeffrey Tambor Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

Netflix and Media Rights Capital are currently trying to figure out a way forward with “House Of Cards,” without including Kevin Spacey, who is facing serious allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Meanwhile, Louis C.K. has seen the entire industry take a strong step back after he admitted to sexually harassing women in light of allegations published in the New York Times. Now, another television figure out also been facing serious repercussions for his behavior.

Last week, “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor‘s former assistant Van Barnes accused him of making lewd comments, groping her and threatening to sue her if she spoke up. The actor strongly denied those claims, releasing the following statement to Deadline:

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I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her. I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.

Nevertheless, the accusation has prompted an investigation at Amazon. There’s no word when there might be an outcome, but according to the trade, the writers of “Transparent” are already considering a fifth season without Tambor’s celebrated character, Maura Pfefferman. It would require a major narrative shift — she’s the lead character on the show — but with Hollywood now awake to the serious issue that has plagued this industry for decades, all options are being looked when talent involved with programming are facing career altering accusations.

It doesn’t appear any hard decisions have been made, but it’s another high profile show facing an uncertain future.

‘The Chi’ Trailer: Showtime Takes You To Chicago’s South Side

In Netflix‘s “Easy,” Joe Swanberg presented his comedic look at Chicago, but Showtime goes for something more authentic with “The Chi.” The show comes from Lena Waithe, who y0u likely know from her role as Denise on “Master of None” (and for co-writing the episode “Thanksgiving,” which earned her an Emmy award). But “The Chi” promises something far different.

Starring Steven Williams, Sonja Sohn, Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Armando Riesco and Tiffany Boone, the series takes audiences to Chicago’s south side, dropping them into the lives of neighborhood residents, ranging from kids going to school, to the elderly watching the world go by. Here’s the official synopsis:

On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. The Chi is a powerful coming-of-age drama series about an interconnected group of working-class African-Americans who remind us that no matter what, the human spirit is strong and hope never dies.

“The Chi” debuts on Showtime on January 7, 2018.