Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores the experiences of a young man rescued after years in captivity. The darker emotions are here, but that's not the focus of this film, which instead playfully keeps the audience laughing as it cleverly weaves a tale that will resonate in unexpected ways. And the fanboy-style premise makes it wonderfully timely.
This is the story of 25-year-old James (played by cowriter Kyle Mooney), who was kidnapped as an infant and raised in a bunker by Ted and April (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams), who claimed to be his parents and told him the air outside was unbreathable. Over the years, he gets his education from weekly videotape episodes of the children's show Brigsby Bear, made by Ted specifically for him. Then when he's rescued and reunited with his real parents (Matt Walsh and Michaela Watkins), they're strangers to him. As is his spiky little sister Aubrey (Ryan Simpkins). To make sense of this big new world, he gets help from a cop (Greg Kinnear) and a therapist (Claire Danes). But he longs to revisit Brigsby's world. So when Aubrey's friend Spencer (Jorge Lendeborg) shows interest in the furry character, James launches an epic plan to make a movie to bring the TV series to a conclusion.
Obviously, all of this is working as a kind of rehabilitation for James, and the film is smartly assembled to bring the audience into his quirky perspective. We've seen an episode of Brigsby, so we understand how it has charmed him with its nutty sci-fi superhero action. And it's hilarious to see James thrown into our world when his only cultural references relate to Brigsby. Meanwhile, Mooney underscores James' obsession with a bright sense of curiosity that's infectious both for the other characters in the story and for us watching it.
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When James Pope was just a baby, he was kidnapped from the hospital in which he was born. His new parents took him to live in the middle of an isolated expanse of wilderness, and refused to teach him anything about the world outside of their home and only let him watch a children's TV show called 'Brigsby Bear'. The only problem is, it has never been a real show and is merely a creation by his parents. One day, as an adult in his early 30s, he is rescued from his captors and taken out into the real world for the first time. Naturally, he is overwhelmed and confused about the nature of his new life, but nothing compares to finding out that 'Brigsby Bear' has never been a real show. However, it's the only thing he knows, so he sets out to bring the character out into the open and embarks on a filming project to create a movie of the character that shaped his entire life.
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'Homeland' is heading to Germany for season 5.
The Homeland cast and crew are heading to Germany, to shoot the entirety of season 5. The Emmy-award winning Showtime show will shoot on location in the country, which picks up two years on from the events of season 4, with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) having quit the CIA, now working for a private security firm in Berlin.
Claire Danes will reprise her role as Carrie Mathison in Homeland season 5, which shoots entirely in Germany
Following her ill-fated stint as the CIA's Islamabad station chief, Carrie is feeling estranged from the agency and "struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the 'war on terror,'" according to an announcement from Showtime.
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Okay, let’s try to do this without plot spoilers, for those of you not caught up.
Having recovered its reputation with last year’s series, ‘Homeland’ is set to carry on in the same vein by shaking things up once more in its upcoming fifth season. The show’s co-creator Alex Gansa was speaking to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of a panel at 2015’s PaleyFest when he dropped some teasers.
The headline news is that not only will there be a new location and a new job for central character Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, but that there will also be a time jump of a couple of years.
Claire Danes, who plays Carrie in 'Homeland', at the Screen Actors Guild
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Claire Danes - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 25th January 2015
Claire Danes - A variety of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they attended the Producers Guild of America's 26th Awards ceremony which was held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 24th January 2015
Looking forward to the new season of 'Homeland'? Just a lot!
The fourth series of the Showtime CIA thriller 'Homeland' is due to hit British screens on Sunday evening, having premiered on October 5th in the States.
The fourth season of 'Homeland' hits UK TV screens on Sunday (12th October)
The big question on the lips of most onlookers is how the show is going to struggle on without Damian Lewis’s Brody, the centrifugal centre of all the action in ‘Homeland’ up until this point. Now, according to Entertainment Weekly among others, the new series will focus on Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in her new post in the Middle East heading up an intelligence station.
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Breaking Bad has won five of the nine categories in the Primetime Emmy Drama Awards. The series, which finished its run last year, dominated this section of the awards and won the award for Outstanding Drama Series amongst others. Here is a quick analysis of each drama category.
The Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Monday evening (25th August) in Los Angeles and there was stiff competition in every category although the results were ultimately highly predictable.
Breaking Bad dominated the drama awards at the Primetime Emmys.
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Season 4 will kick off with two back-to-back episodes in early October
Showtime have released a teaser trailer ahead of the fourth season of ‘Homeland’, due to begin airing in just over a month’s time. Warning: if you’ve not seen any of the previous seasons of ‘Homeland’, there are plot spoilers below.
'Homeland' will return to screens in the US and UK in early October
The 100-second trailer indicates the exploration of a lot of dark material and political intrigue to come. "It's a tyranny of secrets", says Mandy Patinkin's character Saul in his trademark cryptic manner. Business as usual then.
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Three actors have been added to next season's 'Homeland,' but who are they and what will they bring to the series?
The fourth season of 'Homeland' is ready to begin operations. The Showtime CIA thriller ended its third season back in December, and while details for the next one were kept under wraps, some plot info has been revealed. According to Entertainment Weekly, season number four will center on Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) job located in the Middle East as chief of station. The summary is interesting enough considering nobody quite knew where Mathison & Co. could be headed following last season’s finale, but things are looking optimistic as a number of actors have been confirmed to return such as Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, and Nazanin Boniadi.
Homeland will be back for series fourth
Sadly, the series will be missing one actor: James Rebhorn, who played the role of Carrie’s father, passed away from melanoma this past March. How the series will handle his character remains to be seen, but what is known this week is the addition of three new actors and roles that will appear in the upcoming season. Suraj Sharma will join as the “heavily recurring” Aayan Ibrahim, who is a Pakistani medical student that crosses paths with Carrie. Corey Stoll will guest star as Sandy Bachman for an undisclosed amount of episodes, who is “the CIA chief of station in Pakistan who is a rising star within the agency.” Finally, Laila Robins comes on board as series regular Martha Boyd, a U.S. ambassador to Pakistan who is described as “professional and put together, with a ship-to-ship voice and the personality to match.”
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The event, honoring the charity work of poweful women, found a new home in New York this year.
Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon made its New York debut this weekend with a star-packed guestlist. The event has been held in LA every fall since 2009, when it was started by publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns.
The very first New York luncheon opened with a speech by Sarah Jessica Parker, who has certainly earned the title of “successful woman”. On Friday afternoon, she took the stage and started with an appropriate quote by the late choreographer George Balanchine.
Sarah Jessica Parker (l) and Iman (r) were just two of the honorees at the New York event.
James Rebhorn was a talented character actor.
James Rebhorn, the character actor who was first diagnosed with melanoma in 1992 though fought it for over two decades, has died aged 65. The actor who played the father of Claire Danes' CIA officer Carrie Mathison on Homeland, passed away on Friday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
James Rebhorn has sadly passed away
"He died from melanoma, which had been diagnosed in 1992," his agent Dianne Busch stated. "He fought it all this time. He died Friday afternoon at his home in New Jersey, where he had been receiving hospice care for a week and a half."
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