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A myriad of guests to attend the 25th edition of the Geneva International Film Festival - Geneva 2019

A prestigious, international line-up will grace the Swiss festival this year. On the dawn of its quarter-century of life, the Geneva Film Festival (Giff) is pushing the boat out and looking to the future with undeniable enthusiasm. From the 1st to the 10th of November, Geneva will sparkle, as it does every year, under the bright lights of the Giff, now an unmissable event for cinephiles, industry professionals or, quite simply, the curious. Digital projects, special screenings and gatherings linked to the seventh art and to television will all bolster the offering of the Giff, which will be welcoming, for its 25th edition, prestigious guests such as Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval, Park Chan-wook, David Cronenberg, Clotilde Courau and Costa-Gavras, not to mention Tom Fontana, Elia Suleiman, Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction screenwriter) and Rebecca Zlotowski, among many others. One hundred and eighty hitherto unknown works and a number of surprises await.
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Tom Fontana, ‘Justified’s Graham Yost & ‘American Gods’ Showrunner Among Sundance’s 2019 Episodic Lab Advisors

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When the 14 newly minted Sundance Institute fellow step into the Episodic Labs on Thursday, they and their nine projects will be receiving guidance from some of the best of the small screen best.

Though Oz creator and City on the Hill executive producer Tom Fontana might freak some of the Fellows out with his enduring habit of writing out scripts in long hand, the multiple Emmy, Peabody Awards and Writers’ Guild Awards winner also offers the expertise of a master of the small screen form.

As a creative advisor to the Fellows (see the full list below) at the October 10 – 15 sixth annual Episodic Lab at Utah’s Sundance Mountain Resort, Fontana will be joined by American Gods showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee and Justified showrunner Graham Yost.

In addition, Sex and the City Ep Jenny Bicks, Daniel Chun, Little America creator Lee Eisenberg, The Wilds co-ep Shalisha Francis,
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Oz: 10 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

HBO has built its reputation on stellar TV dramas like The Wire and Game of Thrones, but both shows owe a debt to Tom Fontana’s gritty prison drama, Oz; it was the one that started it all.

Like The Wire, Oz engaged with social issues around race, masculinity and the fatally flawed justice system; and like Game of Thrones, Oz was unpredictable. Characters came and went with wild abandon, often quickly going from key players in the ensuing drama to just another body on the mortuary slab. Danger lurked at every turn, and viewers learned not to get too attached to any of the complex characters on display. The worst imaginable thing could and quite often did happen.

Related: 10 Things You Never Knew About HBO

Oz was brilliant, but it wasn’t perfect. The show’s cancellation after six seasons and 56 episodes left plenty of questions unanswered.
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 12)

1966: Days of our Lives' Tony prepared to leave town.

1985: General Hospital's Josh Clayton was killed.

1994: One Life to Live's paralyzed Luna took her first steps.

1994: All My Children's Hayley and Alec plotted revenge."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Days of our Lives, Tony Merritt (Richard Colla) told Marie Horton (Maree Cheatham) he was leaving Salem.

1966: On Dark Shadows, news of Bill Malloy's death spread around Collinsport.

1966: On the Season 3 premiere of Peyton Place, Chris Webber (Gary Haynes) was
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David Zayas Joins Mel Gibson & Emile Hirsch In Emmett-Furla-Oasis’ ‘Force Of Nature’

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David Zayas Joins Mel Gibson & Emile Hirsch In Emmett-Furla-Oasis’ ‘Force Of Nature’
Exclusive: The Dexter actor will play John the Baptist in the Michael Polish-directed action pic Force of Nature about a gang of thieves who plot a heist during a hurricane, only to have a cop complicate events.

The pic is currently shooting in Puerto Rico. David Zayas joins Mel Gibson, Emile Hirsch, and Kate Bosworth, all of whom were previously announced.

Zayas’ character John the Baptist is part of the bank heist crew, described as a ruthless, cold guy who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if means sacrificing people on his team.

Zayas is a former New York police officer, and he began his acting career with LAByrinth Theater Company in 1992. His film credits include The Expendables, Michael Clayton, 16 Blocks, The Savages and Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead. He can next be seen in Paramount Players’ Body Cam.

He played Angel
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Showtime at TCA: Homeland Delayed, Halo Casts Leads, Gal Godot Series, and More

If you were hoping for a premiere date for Showtime's delayed final season, then we have some good and bad news.

Homeland Season 8 has been delayed once again, but we do have a premiere date. That's a silver lining, right?

The premiere date is set as Sunday, February 9, 2020.

As you are probably well aware, the series was supposed to return in June, but it was delayed to fall, and now it will be sitting out of 2019 entirely.

While it's common for many to think that there are issues with the final season's quality, Showtime president of entertainment said that the delay is a result of the production demands of an international series.

Related: Showtime Sets Premiere Dates for Ray Donovan, Shameless, Kidding

Homeland is an ambitious series — especially in its final season,” he told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“[Showrunner] Alex [Gansa] wants to go out proudly,
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‘City on a Hill’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime

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‘City on a Hill’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime
City on a Hill” has been renewed for a second season at Showtime. The announcement was made Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The news comes ahead of the Season 1 finale, which is set to air on Aug. 18. The series stars Aldis Hodge, Kevin Bacon, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea, and guest star Sarah Shahi.

It was created and is executive produced by Chuck MacLean with Tom Fontana serving as showrunner and executive producer. According to Showtime, the series is averaging 3.5 million viewers per episode in multi-platform viewing.

“’City on a Hill’ is that addictive kind of meaty and messy show we love at Showtime,” said Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment for Showtime Networks. “With the inspired pairing of Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge and the inspired writing of Tom Fontana and Chuck MacLean, we believe
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City on a Hill Renewed for Season 2

City on a Hill Renewed for Season 2
City on the Hill is standing its ground at Showtime.

Despite unspectacular ratings, the Kevin Bacon-Aldis Hodge drama has been renewed for a second season, the cabler announced Friday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour.

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City on a Hill averages nearly a half-million total weekly viewers (in Live+Same Day ratings), although that audience swells to 3.5 million across all platforms.

City on a Hill
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s ‘City on a Hill’ Renewed for Season 2 by Showtime

  • The Wrap
Showtime has renewed its Kevin Bacon-led drama “City on a Hill” for a second season, the network announced Friday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

“‘City on a Hill’ is that addictive kind of meaty and messy show we love at Showtime,” said Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine. “With the inspired pairing of Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge and the inspired writing of Tom Fontana and Chuck MacLean, we believe there is a rich future for this compelling series.”

The drama stars Bacon as a corrupt FBI agent who teams with Aldis Hodge’s assistant district attorney. The first season sees the two take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston. It also stars Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea
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‘City On A Hill’: Showtime Renews Kevin Bacon & Aldis Hodge Drama For Second Season – TCA

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‘City On A Hill’: Showtime Renews Kevin Bacon & Aldis Hodge Drama For Second Season – TCA
City on a Hill, starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, is to return for a second season at Showtime. The premium broadcaster has handed the crime drama another run ahead of its season one finale.

Showtime said that the Sunday night drama was reaching 3.5M viewers per week. The announcement was made by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks, at the TCA summer press tour.

Created, written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Affleck, City on a Hill is set in early 1990s Boston when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it suddenly all changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” Driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from
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Emma Myles Joins Cast of Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
Emma Myles Joins Cast of Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ (Exclusive)
Orange Is the New Black” alum Emma Myles has joined the cast of Showtime’s “City on a Hill” in a recurring role, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

She will appear alongside stars Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge in the role of Kelly Kinicki’s widow, Babsie. Her grief resurfaces when Jackie (Bacon) and Decourcy (Hodge) re-open the investigation on Kelly’s disappearance, Showtime said.

Myles’ past film and television credits include playing Leanne Taylor on “Orange Is the New Black,” as well as roles in “Odd Mom Out,” “King of Knives,” “Child of Grace,” “Girl Most Likely,” “Happy Yummy Chicken,” “Law and Order: Svu,” “Spinning Into Butter,” “Please Give” and “How to Make it in America.” She is repped by the Katz Company and Don Buchwald and Associates.

Also Read: Third 'Walking Dead' Series Set for 2020 Debut at AMC

City on a Hill” is set in early 1990s Boston, rife
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8 Things to Watch This Weekend: From ‘Paris Is Burning’ to Netflix’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’

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IndieWire does its best to sort the jewels from the junk and keep readers up to speed on the film, TV, and digital media that’s worth their time, but not even the most avid consumers of pop culture can find room for it all on their radars. The sheer volume of stuff has made it almost impossible for people to even keep tabs on the stuff they know they want to watch; at a time when a week can feel like a year, that great new indie you read about on Monday can feel like a distant memory by the time you finally get a chance to go see it on Friday.

With that in mind, we give you the IndieWire Watch List, a new weekly feature that takes everything the site’s critics and editors are currently obsessed with and collects it all together in one place. From
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Made in NY Writers Room: WGA East & NYC Name Fellows For Program’s Second Round

The WGA East today announced the second crop of fellows for its Made in NY Writers Room, a program that provides mentorship, industry access and financial support to underrepresented writers who live in New York City and seek to tell stories that are not often depicted on television. The program is a joint effort with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the city’s Department of Small Business Services.

This year’s 10 fellows, who will each receive a $10,800 stipend, are playwright Harron Atkins, showrunner’s assistant Yasmine Cadet, writer’s production assistant Joseph Capuana, writer and storyboard artist Michael Lee, writer Catherine Loerke, comedy promo writer Vincent Lopez, comedian Jordan Mendoza, playwright and librettist Jerome Parker, children’s television writer Michael Rodrigue, and entertainment journalist Pilot Viruet. More than half of the inaugural group of fellows are actively working in the industry.

“We are very pleased
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‘City on a Hill’ Review: Boston-Set Crime Drama Runs on Wicked-Good Acting

An early episode of Showtime’s new Nineties-set Boston drama City on a Hill opens with two characters discussing the classic children’s book Make Way for Ducklings (set in Boston Public Garden) and the city’s 1980s school-busing controversy. The only way the series — produced, of course, by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, along with creator Chuck MacLean and the Oz duo of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson — could more loudly declare its geographic bona fides would be for one of them to mention the time his buddy Sully
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TV Review: ‘City on a Hill’

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TV Review: ‘City on a Hill’
That admonition credited to Coco Chanel about taking one thing off before leaving the house came to mind in the first minutes of “City on a Hill.” Sure, the line is a cliché, but it’s somehow less well-worn than the Boston-cop aesthetic that pervades Showtime’s new drama. This is a show that resists no opportunity, even a glancing one, to remind viewers precisely where it’s set. At a funeral, Kevin Bacon’s FBI-agent character comforts a widow that her husband was “like Jack Kennedy”; moments later, confronted by mourners he’d promised to pay if they showed up, he notes, “Did you forget what state you’re living in, pal? This is Massachusetts — tax is a bitch.” Elsewhere, a friend monologues that Bacon’s Jackie Rohr is “a classic Boston asshole — from a time in this city when things were so f–ked up that if
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‘Pose’ Casting Director on Importance of Finding ‘Ambassadors in the Ball Scene’

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Alexa Fogel was studying theater directing in college and working on an “off-off-Broadway” production, she recalls, when the casting director left mid-process and she “pieced it together.” Although may she joke that she fell into a career in casting in that moment, she ended up filling her resume with ground-breaking small screen series from “Oz” to “Atlanta” to “Pose.”

How do you choose projects at this point in your career?

I’m really devoted to material. That’s what it’s all about to me: character and storytelling, and that’s what motivates me. And as I’ve gotten older the other really important factor is who I’m working with. In the beginning you can’t make choices; you’re just trying to keep your head above water, but I was really fortunate. “Oz” was my first big job on my own, and I was working with Tom Fontana
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‘City on a Hill’ Boss on Why Whitey Bulger Won’t Be A Part of His Boston Crime Drama

  • Variety
Showtime’s upcoming drama “City on a Hill” explores the corruption in Boston in the early ‘90s, as the criminal activity rose in the wake of law enforcement corruption, but one infamous name won’t really be explored: Whitey Bulger.

The real-life crime boss was a vital fixture in Massachusetts during the era, but creator Chuck MacLean, who grew up in the city at the time, is opting to pay a quick homage to Bulger’s existence and then move on with telling their original story.

“I didn’t want to approach it at all,” he admitted during the Atx Television Festival panel Saturday. “I figured if we got [the reference] out of the way [in the premiere], people wouldn’t think we were building to his [entry into the series. … I grew up with that story — it was on the news every night — I’m tired of it.”

Instead, “City on a Hill” focuses on the fictional FBI agent Jackie Rohr (played by Kevin Bacon) and Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge), who enter into
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‘City On A Hill’ Portrays Corrupt And Racist Era Of Boston “Warts And All” – Atx

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‘City On A Hill’ Portrays Corrupt And Racist Era Of Boston “Warts And All” – Atx
The ATX Television Festival closed with a screening of City on a Hill ahead of its June 16 premiere on Showtime (you can also watch it here). Series creator Chuck MacLean, showrunner Tom Fontana, executive producer Jennifer Todd as well as stars Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge and Jill Hennessy were on hand to talk about the new series.

“To me, it was a way of talking about my childhood — warts and all,” MacLean said. “It’s all about my family.” MacLean lived in Boston during the ’90s in which the show takes place.

Executive produced by Ben Affleck, the 10-episode series focuses on this era when Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. It centers on Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who arrives from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran Jackie Rohr (Bacon). Together,
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‘City on a Hill’ Review: Kevin Bacon’s Showtime Drama Is a Good Ol’ Boston Cop Story

‘City on a Hill’ Review: Kevin Bacon’s Showtime Drama Is a Good Ol’ Boston Cop Story
Boston is spilling out of “City on a Hill” like a hot cup of clam chowder in an undercooked bread bowl. Characters don’t just wear Red Sox caps or Celtics T-shirts; they’re sleeping in Charlestown high school crew cuts, 10 years after they (maybe) graduated. Irish Catholicism pervades not only the corrupt cops’ guilty consciences, but the city’s morbid sense of humor. Living rooms are as dark as 5 a.m. mass, the cold bristles through the floorboards of every triple-decker, and the accents, Mary mother of God, the accents. Far from a unified rendition of dropped Rs and hard As, the hodgepodge of messy vowel sounds forms a cacophony of swearing and sarcasm, you’d swear you’d been transported to the Garden during the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Finals match.

These details are extraordinary and come from native Bostonians like executive producers Mark Wahlberg, creator Chuck MacLean, and a handful of other townies.
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Kyra Sedgwick Directs Husband Kevin Bacon in Showtime's 'City on a Hill'

Kyra Sedgwick Directs Husband Kevin Bacon in Showtime's 'City on a Hill'
Showtime's series City on a Hill is a family affair, according to its cast and producers.

"This show is nothing but wall-to-wall nepotism," star Kevin Bacon joked at the show's premiere screening (sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter) Saturday at the Atx Television Festival.

Creator Chuck MacLean cast relatives in small parts, and Bacon's wife, actress and director Kyra Sedgwick, directed an episode. Showrunner Tom Fontana, however, says Sedgwick's involvement in the show had more to do with her relationship with him than her husband's presence in the cast.

"I worked with Kyra before ...
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