Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
‘CRIMINAL MINDS’ FINALE WILL TACKLE BAU’s UNCERTAIN FUTURE
With some key cast members of Criminal Minds still without contracts for next season (i.e., Shemar Moore and the beloved Thomas Gibson), exec producer Erica Messer has penned a cliffhanger for the May 18 finale that will nod to the team’s shaky future — but not with guns and explosions. It will tackle the financial realities of crime fighting — and possible cutbacks in BAU. “It’s a more authentic version of ‘Our team is in jeopardy,’ ” she says. “This instead is, ‘There could be big trouble here, hopefully not,’ but we need to at least acknowledge that it’s on the horizon.”
One thing that’s not uncertain? The team is going to face an extremely unsettling case about a domestic trafficking ring in the finale. “There’s a quote that sort of kicks off the episode, and it’s by a British novelist named Thomas Hardy, and it’s ‘And yet for every bad there’s a worst.’ That quote sort of sums up the episode and the kind of bad guys we deal with all the time,” says Messer. “[The victims] are sort of taken for a multi-purpose thing — when their time is done in this [trafficking] ring, they’re sort of killed in a spectator sport kind of way, which is really disturbing”
Thursday, April 28, 2011
AS THE BAU SEARCHES FOR A SUSPECTED HUMAN TRAFFICKING RING, HOTCHNER HINTS OF CHANGES AT WORK AS A BELOVED TEAM MEMBER RETURNS TO THE FOLD, ON THE SIXTH SEASON FINALE OF "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
A.J. Cook Returns as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") Returns as Garcia's Boyfriend, Kevin Lynch, Amy Price-Francis ("24") Guest Stars as SSA Andi Swan, Head of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force
"Supply & Demand" - The bodies of two missing persons are found in a car trunk, and the BAU suspects that an interstate human trafficking ring is at work. Also, Hotch warns the team of possible changes, and they are surprised when a beloved team member returns, on the sixth season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. A.J. Cook returns as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau. Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") returns as Garcia's boyfriend, Kevin Lynch. Amy Price-Francis ("24") guest stars as SSA Andi Swan, head of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force, who assists the BAU on the case.
David Rossi................................ Joe Mantegna
Aaron Hotchner....................... Thomas Gibson
Derek Morgan.......................... Shemar Moore
Dr. Spencer Reid........... Matthew Gray Gubler
Penelope Garcia.................. Kirsten Vangsness
Ashley Seaver........................... Rachel Nichols
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau.......................... A.J. Cook
Kevin Lynch......................... Nicholas Brendon
Kyle.............................................. Matt Baker
Lamott....................................... Sean Carrigan
Campbell....................................... Forry Smith
Renee............................................ Sarah Foret
Max............................................. Max Decker
Leon............................................ Massi Furlan
SSA Andi Swan.................. Amy Price-Francis
The Cleaner................................. Gary Kasper
Dr. Sherman.................................. Jan Munroe
Billy....................................... Christopher Illing
Lucy....................................... Angela Sarafyan
WRITTEN BY: Executive Producer Erica Messer
DIRECTED BY: Executive Producer Charles S. Carroll
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I thought it would be fun to share these with the CM fans because I have an amazing job because y'all watch the tv when the show I'm on is on and as a result of my amazing job I have more resources to create stuff and for that I am ETERNALLY APPRECIATIVE.
SO. Last year a group of us at Theatre of NOTE did a film noir spoof play called "Kill Me, Deadly" . It was a big hit, I was lucky enough to have very understanding bosses at Criminal Minds as well as a crazy talented understudy at NOTE so I was able to be in it while we were shooting CM and every one of my CM cast mates came to my artistic home to watch it (Shemar came 3 times because he loves me and Theatre of NOTE like that).When the show closed 8 of us including 6 actors from the play, the writer and the producer (in small theatre the producer is not the one with the money, he's just the guy doing a lot of grunt work for free) decided to make a movie of "Kill Me Deadly". Our intention was to make a movie using the same DIY spirit and sense of community that we had while doing the play and so we started our journey with all 8 of us as producers (in the grunt work sense, plus the happy addition of me having a fancy day job)
I am DELIGHTED to report that as of this email typing we have done just that, however, since it's a complicated endeavour to be a group of theatre rapscallions making a film by our own rules we are filming this film in bite sized pieces. Thus far we have exactly one "bite" done. It's a 17 minute bite of our film (some would call it a short film) and I can tell you it is delicious. And yes, it's delish because it's hilarious, and Shemar Moore, dear patron of the arts and honorary NOTE member that he is, has a cameo which he is brilliant in (did you know btw he can make his eyes twinkle on CUE?!?), it's also amazing because the actual FILMING of it was happy, cooperation magic and kept completely in line with what we had dreamed of. We built the dolly for the camera ourselves, one of the actors in the film was the director of photography, the writer was the director, we did the catering ourselves, the make-up ourselves, we filmed at a restaurant a few steps from Theatre of NOTE, the music was written by Theatre of NOTE family and EVERY actor, whether you had no lines or a million got paid (75 bucks, across the board).
A month ago when our 17 minute short was done me and my fellow producers had two screenings- one screening was like a party and we all dressed in 1940's outfits and it was at night and there was adult beverages and snacks (that's when Rachel, Matthew, AJ, and Shemar first saw it) one screening we did at lunch hour one day at work (that's when Joe and Thomas saw it:) because we wanted to have the whole cm family be a part of it. Both were spectacular and heart warming and filled with a great many belly laughs.
Now that CM is on hiatus we are continuing to shoot more pages of the film. It's far from done and it may take a bit but that's okay because we are making it exactly how it should be made and sometimes that takes a bit. I want to include you from the very beginning of it and I will continue to reach out and share news. I will start with these pictures, some are stills from the movie and some are from the screening. I hope you enjoy them.
Thank you guys so much for unending support and love. I can always feel it and I send it right back to you. My love smells like cookies and/or wet sidewalk so when you smell that, it's my love.
Do you know if Criminal Minds is planning a cliff-hanger this season? I don't want to lose sleep all summer! — Liza
ADAM: Executive producer Erica Messer says yes, but nothing over which you'll lose sleep. That is to say, no one's getting blown up in an SUV. "It's about our team and the financial cost of crime fighting," Messer says. "The goal was to show how much the world needs our heroes and how important it is that we keep the team together. ... Bad guys seem to have endless funds but, as in real life, there are budget cuts in the government, and the team is in jeopardy of being split up."
Monday, April 25, 2011
'Magic Valley' Stars Talk 'Strange, Wonderful' Film At Tribeca Festival
'If I could do anything, I would do zero-budget movies forever,' Matthew Gray Gubler says of movie set in small-town Idaho.
By Jocelyn Vena (@jocelyn1212)
The Tribeca Film Festival is well under way and that means there are a slew of small films looking to get their shine at the annual celebration. One of those flicks is the eerie "Magic Valley."
MTV News caught up with the film's stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Scott Glenn ("Sucker Punch") and Kyle Gallner at Tribeca to chat about the movie.
"I think [the director] Jaffe [Zinn] pulled off something very unique and special, and I think I speak for all of us when I say I think we're very proud to have been a part of such a strange and wonderful film," Gubler said. "I sort of prefer this format to everything. Also, the guy that directed it is one of my best friends, so that alone was a great pleasure to work with him on something."
Gubler went on to say that going from his work on the hit network series "Criminal Minds" to a small film was a welcome change of pace.
"I find that these movies — while they might not appeal to a giant audience — typically are the ones that touch me the most and mean the most," he explained. "So I would rather, if I could do anything, I would do zero-budget movies forever."
Like his co-star, Gallner said being a part of something that seems so small in the Hollywood world of blockbusters is sort of "exhilarating." "It's one of those things [about] indie films [that] are interesting in a way that they're brave stories that people don't want to tell and, like you said, there's not going to be the appeal to," he said. "It isn't going to be for everybody, but it's more you can get really emotionally connected and a lot of times it's very interesting characters and very interesting stories."
A.J. Cook Talks About Her Return to Criminal Minds
by Craig Tomashoff
On CBS' Criminal Minds, FBI agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau (A.J. Cook) doesn't always see the victims in her cases get happy endings. But in real life, she seems to have found one. After being let go from the show at the end of last season, reportedly as a cost-cutting measure, Cook just signed a deal to return to the series. She talked with TV Guide Magazine about her comeback.
TV Guide Magazine: When did you find out you were coming back?
Cook: We made the deal [April 15], but there have been whisperings for a while. The whole thing was so surreal, from being let go to getting asked to come back for two episodes, and then coming back again to do [co-star Paget Brewster's] last episode. I keep trying to have closure on this, but it keeps sneaking back in my life.
TV Guide Magazine: What was your first reaction when you learned you wouldn't be a regular anymore?
Cook: I had no idea it was coming. None of us did. I'd be lying if I said it didn't hurt my feelings, but I chose to be me through the whole thing. And that's lead me back to where I started, but in a completely different way.
TV Guide Magazine: How long did it take to get over the shock of being let go?
Cook: It felt like a breakup with a guy. It happened out of nowhere. And it was an "It's not you, it's me" sort of thing. You think, "What did I do?" It's been a rollercoaster ride, but I just had to put one foot forward and keep moving.
TV Guide Magazine: Do you think your fans are at least partially responsible for getting you back?
Cook: Their outpouring of support really blew me away. That's definitely the silver lining to being let go. The fans really let me know how they felt, and I guess they really let CBS know too.
TV Guide Magazine: What have you learned from this experience?
Cook: It's opened my eyes to the industry, and that had to happen, really. I'm just this sweet little Canadian girl, and this was a nice wakeup call. In this business, you have to be on your toes, ready for anything. That's a valuable lesson.
TV Guide Magazine: When do you get back to work?
Cook: I'm going back to do a little bit in the season finale. Then I'll be back full-time for Season 7. The finale will set up the new JJ.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the difference between the old JJ and the new one?
Cook: The new JJ is more serious and mature. She'll come back learner and meaner and ready to hit it hard. But don't worry....she still has heart.
TV Guide Magazine: How does it feel to be back?
Cook: I've been getting texts from the cast, and someone just sent me a picture of my name being painted back on my parking spot. It stirred up crazy emotion inside of me, and I thought, "Wow! It's happening, this is a go!"