Driving.ca — If you’ve never heard of John Bronco, the legendary ’60s ad pitchman whose name Ford borrowed for its iconic off-roader, maybe its because he slipped completely under the radar after 1996 when the SUV was discontinued.
Or maybe it’s because humour website Funny or Die completely invented the fictional character and that back story for its new short film, a mockumentary called John Bronco.
The teaser trailer for the flick explains almost nothing, but that’s kind of a good thing. The producers were hoping to create some mystery around their protagonist, and the best way to do that is to say almost nothing at all.
What we do know is the full version of the film is 36 minutes long and stars Django Unchained actor Walton Goggins as John Bronco, with Tim Meadows, Bo Derek, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar making cameos.
The plot centers around John Bronco, who allegedly disappeared in 1996, and his being hired by Ford, first to race its “prototype SUV” in the 1966 Baja 1000, and then as a pitchman who would become the face of the new truck.
The film was supposed to be unveiled at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival in April, though for obvious reasons that never happened. The distributor, Imagine Documentaries, may still roll it out later this year, though.
The Unicorn season one DVD is available to purchase as of July 21st. You can buy your own copy now via Amazon!
TVWeb.com — The Unicorn is a single-camera comedy about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who help Wade (Walton Goggins) embrace his “new normal” in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago. As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade’s amazement, he’s a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he’s the perfect single guy – a “unicorn”: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment. With his daughters and best friends rooting him on and hoping he’ll find happiness again, Wade and his healing heart are ready to try life… and love… again.
The Unicorn season one DVD set includes Deleted Scenes, Extended Scenes, and a Gag Reel. The gag reel is what we’re taking a look at today, and comedian Rob Corddry steals the show in our brief look at what didn’t make it in. Corddry is featured in multiple scenes as he makes his co-stars break character. Walter Goggins can barely look at him during one scene as the Hot Tub Time Machine star keeps riffing.
The ensemble cast is what has kept viewers coming back for more of The Unicorn. The show seemed to evolve over the course of 18 episodes, but Walton Goggins says that it was written into the show to be that way. With that being said, most of the cast had already known each other before hand and knew how they worked. Goggins had this to say about their different styles.
“And so while I can say that I’m still amazed by watching people like Rob and Michaela, who can turn it on a dime and read it the night before and become familiar with it, because they come from that improv world, I have to read it over and over again. I have to read it 100 times, while [Righteous Gemstones’] Danny [McBride] does it in a second. [The Shield’s Michael] Chiklis does it in a minute, but Glenn Close doesn’t. Anthony Hopkins doesn’t.”
When taking on The Unicorn, Walton Goggins admits that he was unsure of how it would feel working for a network like CBS. He originally thought it was going to be “claustrophobic.” However, he actually found the opposite to be true. He said working on the show has “actually liberating. I absolutely love it.” Goggins is looking forward to expanding the world that they have created with season one for season two. While we wait for that new season, you can check out the gag real from The Unicorn season one above.
Deadline.com — LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have reteamed to release of the feature adaptation of Julia Walton’s YA Novel Words on Bathroom Walls. The teen drama is set to debut nationwide August 7 and marks the first theatrical release for both companies since the coronavirus pandemic.
Directed by Thor Freudenthal (Carnival Row, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and adapted by Nick Naveda, Words on Bathroom Walls follows Adam (Charlie Plummer), a young adult with raging hormones that has dreams of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year, Adam is diagnosed with mental illness that he keeps secret at his new school. Living in constant fear of being exposed, Adam finds a connection with Maya (Taylor Russell), an outspoken and fiercely intelligent girl who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. With the love and support of his newfound romance and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead.
“We are extremely proud to be telling this timely story about finding connectedness in the people who lift us up and accept us for who we are,” said LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon in a join statement. “We love this movie, beautifully adapted from Julia Walton’s YA novel, with magnetic chemistry between Charlie Plummer and Taylor Russell that will be remembered for years to come. We were thrilled to have The Chainsmokers come on board after they connected with the story, and their original score brings a deeply personal and elevated touch. We shared the finished film with our friends at Roadside Attractions to see if it was time to get back to business. We both agreed it was and have committed to the August 7th release date!”
Roadside Attractions’ Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff added, “It’s an emotional film that appeals to the YA audience. And that audience is the demo that will return first to theatres. So, when LD Entertainment came to us to discuss releasing the film theatrically in less than two months’ time, we were up for the challenge. Under the right conditions, moviegoers have indicated their desire to return to the theatres in July. Exhibition has listened and committed the resources to ensure a safe experience. At this specific point in time, we have hit the Trifecta — a great film, a great partnership and great industry indicators. No one can predict the future, but we are all-in to make it a success in this current environment.”
The film also stars Andy Garcia, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devon Bostick, Lobo Sebastian, with Molly Parker and Walton Goggins. Freudenthal produces with Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon. Executive producers are Jennifer Monroe, Scott Holroyd, Alison Semenza King, Michael Glassman, and Kick the Habit Productions’ Alexander Pall, Andrew Taggart, Adam Alpert, and Dan Marcus. The film marks the first original score by The Chainsmokers who worked with Andrew Hollander.
HeyYouGuys.com — IFC films have launched a rather compelling trailer for Jon Avnet’s real-life story ‘Three Christs featuring Richard Gere.
Based on a remarkable true story, ‘Three Christs’ is a look at one man’s journey into the deepest mysteries of the human mind.
Directed by Avnet from a script he co-wrote alongside Eric Nazarian, the film stars Peter Dinklage, Walter Goggins and Bradley Whitford who all believe they are Jesus Christ.
The film hits US cinemas and On Demand January 10th 2020.
In 1959, psychiatrist Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) arrives at a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan armed with the radical belief that schizophrenic patients should be treated not with confinement and electroshock therapy but with empathy and understanding.
As his first study, he takes on the particularly challenging case of three men—Joseph (Peter Dinklage), Leon (Walton Goggins), and Clyde (Bradley Whitford)—each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. Hoping that by getting them together in the same room to confront their delusions he can break through to them.
Dr. Stone begins a risky, unprecedented experiment that will push the boundaries of psychiatric medicine and leave everyone involved—including Dr. Stone himself— profoundly changed.
PopCulture.com — The Unicorn is not about a fantasy horse with a horn. The new CBS sitcom is really about a middle-aged man who tries to get back in the dating pool a year after the death of his wife. Sons of Anarchy actor Walton Goggins stars as the titular unicorn in this comedy about the modern online dating world. CBS released a behind-the-scenes video and the trailer earlier this week.
Goggins stars as Wade, a widowed father of two daughters whose friends think he should try to re-enter the dating scene. Wade and his friends are surprised to learn that he is popular among women online because he is the perfect single guy. He has a job, is attractive, has daughters and has a track record with commitment. Put it all together and he is a “unicorn” in the dating world.
Ruby Yay and Makenzie Moss play Wade’s daughters Grace and Natalie, respectively. Wade’s friends are played by Rob Corddry, Omar Miller, Michaela Watkins and Maya Lynn Robinson.
The series was created by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, who are both Emmy nominees for their work on 3rd Rock from the Sun. More recently, the two worked on Fam, Living Biblically and Trial & Error.
The Unicorn gives Goggins a chance to play against type, after years of villain roles and serious projects.
“When this came along, I fell deeply in love with him and his struggles and fell in love with his friends and his community,” the Justified star said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in August, reports Deadline. “I’m in a place at 48 years old where kindness, and sincerity and being earnest are very important to me, and this show spoke to all of that. It touched me in a way that’s deep and meaningful.”
Goggins, whose first wife died in 2004, said Wade “is closer to me than anything I’ve ever played,” adding, “Once I got past that fear of it, I said, this is what I’ve always wanted to play… I have this similar relationship with my son and group of friends.”
Martin and Schiff said the show was influenced by producer Grady Cooper, who lost his life and found his way “back into the sunshine. His life got funny. There was still a lot of sadness, but it was funny.”
The Unicorn is also Goggins’ latest comedic work. He got to make people laugh with Danny McBride in HBO’s Vice Principals and has a role in McBride’s new show, The Righteous Gemstones.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Goggins said taking these comedy roles was not an “intentional” transition. “I just go where the best writing is, and it just kind of moved in this direction,” he said.
“When there’s a strong sense of direction and a filmmaker behind it like Danny that really have a purpose for doing what they’re doing, that’s when I’m most comfortable and where I think I can contribute the most,” Goggins explained. “And so the fact that I wake up today and find myself in this new arena, somehow it all makes sense, even though it’s a big diversion from the way people normally see me — and that’s a good thing. I can’t believe it, to be quite honest with you. There is great joy in laughing 90 percent of the day as opposed to needing a shrink after work.”
The Unicorn debuts on CBS Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Righteous Gemstones airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.
When Walton Goggins signed on to play Them That Follow’s Lemuel, the snake-handling pastor of a devout Pentecostal sect deep in Appalachia, you would think he’d have been okay with handling a snake or two. That was not the case. Ahead of the film’s release, we sat down with Goggins to discuss why he took the role anyway, what happened when his greatest fear came true, and why every role he takes feels like a profound privilege.
The Orchard has released the official trailer for their upcoming thriller drama titled Them That Follow starring Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) as Hope and Mara.
Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter, a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father’s church.
The film also stars Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Jim Gaffigan (Drunk Parents), Thomas Mann (Lady and the Tramp), Walton Goggins (Justified) and Lewis Pullman (Bad Times at the El Royale).
Them That Follow is written and directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. It produced by actor Gerard Butler, Bradley Gallo, Michael A. Helfant, Daniellle Robinson and Alan Siegel.
The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January. It is scheduled to have its theatrical release on August 2nd.
Deadline.com — Deep State is back and this time it’s even more political. The drama, which was Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa’s first original drama, returns this spring with Justified and Vice Principals star Walton Goggins and you can see the first clip from the show above.
The series, which is produced by Endor Productions, will air on Epix in the U.S. on April 28 and will air on Fox in the UK and across 50 countries in Europe and Africa in early May.
The second season of the show, which was commissioned by FNG and acquired by Epix, will delve deeper into the murky and political world of the deep state.
Having failed in the Middle East, those powers are now turning their attention to sub-Saharan Africa and the scramble to plunder its natural resources. This is the first dirty war over clean energy. The series will also explore the origin stories of some of our favorite characters from season one alongside witnessing the fall of a hero and orchestrating the making of a terrorist in the eyes of the West.
Goggins plays Nathan Miller an ex-CIA operative, to ensure that a deal between the U.S. government and Mali, one that would be enormously rewarding for the deep state is completed. However, the deal is suddenly plunged into jeopardy when three US special forces operatives and a Malian translator are ambushed and supposedly killed. His actions are thwarted when the Malian translator, Aïcha Konaté, played by Lily Banda, contacts Leyla, played by Karima McAdams, and informs her of the actual events surrounding her supposed death. Complicating matters for Miller are Meaghan Sullivan (Victoria Hamilton), a Republican Senator from Ohio, with an insatiable appetite for the uncovering the truth about the deep state and Aminata Sissoko (Zainab Jah), a senior advisor to the Malian President who is the deep state’s main obstacle in gaining a foothold in her country. Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie, The Night Manager’s Alistair Petrie and Damages’ Anastasia Griffith also return.
Deep State co-creator, writer, showrunner and director Matthew Parkhill said, “My ambition for Deep State was to create an intelligent, cinematic and political thriller; a modern-day story that reflects the turbulent times we are all living in. This year, we build on the established worlds of London and Washington from season one, and take our audience further behind the curtain of the deep state, introducing new characters and new territories – notably Mali and the epic landscape of the Sahara Desert, the land of the Tuareg people.”
Sara Johnson, VP, Scripted, FNG Europe & Africa and Executive Producer said: “Season One was a brilliant introduction to Deep State, and we could not have been more thrilled with the response. We are excited to return to this contemporary drama brand, which blends action and political intrigue with a strong moral core, to tell a complex story in a compelling way”.
Hilary Bevan Jones, Executive Producer with Endor Productions, added, “It’s great to build on the ambitions and success of Deep State. Ranging from action packed desert sequences to emotionally charged stories we get to build on season one and grow an even bigger audience with season two. I have massive admiration for Matthew Parkhill and his team of writers, Producer Paul Frift and FNG Europe & Africa and the quality of their content.”
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