What’s happening with Starz’s The Chair and its second season? Starz CEO Chris Albrecht gave a brief update about the filmmaking competition.
There will not be a Project Greenlight season five on HBO, but Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are looking for a new home for it, perhaps Netflix or Amazon.
Shia LaBeouf, the actor who came to fame on Project Greenlight‘s second season, is in an elevator at Oxford for the next 24 hours, live streaming his conversations with two other performance artists and strangers. It’s a live feed that rivals Big Brother‘s, taking place in an enclosed space with not much going on—though the conversations I’ve heard so far… continue reading
It’s been more than a year since the first season of Starz’s The Chair ended, but a second season of the DGA-award-winning and TCA-award winning series is at least further along than it was one year ago. But there is some behind-the-scenes progress on season two.
The return of Project Greenlight to HBO has offered two critical opportunities to observe Hollywood at work. The first, and rightfully the most-attention getting, is Hollywood’s problem with diversity. The second has been the shift in reality television. Resurrected after original star Chris Moore brought back the format with a twist, Project Greenlight is one of the all-time great formats, a guaranteed… continue reading
Project Greenlight’s sixth episode, which aired last night, was titled “Hot Ghetto Mess.” That was not a phrase spoken by any character in the episode, which once again largely focused on producer Effie Brown’s ongoing attempts to manage production of a film directed by a petulant, demanding child who constantly goes behind her back to white men to get… continue reading
Matt Damon has apologized and blamed the editing for comments he made during the first episode of Project Greenlight‘s fourth season, in which he rejected another producer’s concern about diversity. The season premiere include the producers of Project Greenlight deliberating about which director to hire, and during that, Effie Brown—a successful film producer who will… continue reading
In the last moment of the first episode of Project Greenlight 4, executive producer and mentor Peter Farrelly says, “this guy is the best filmmaker in the group, but I think he’s self destructive.” He’s talking about Jason Mann, the first-time director the Farrelly brothers, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and others actually chose as the… continue reading
This Sunday, The Great British Baking Show returns to the US, the second season of the UK competition to air on PBS. A week later, on Sept. 13, a fourth season of Project Greenlight will debut on HBO, 10 years after it went off the air. Both represented the best of reality television. The question… continue reading
The Television Critics Association has given two TCA awards to unscripted series, The Chair and The Jinx. Also in nonfiction, the award for outstanding achievement in news and information went to HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The Chair, Starz’s exceptionally crafted documentary series that followed two filmmakers as they produced films from the… continue reading
Earlier this year, fellow YouTube star and Amazing Race cast member Joey Graceffa came out as gay, and now the winner of Starz’s The Chair and YouTube star Shane Dawson has come out as bisexual via a video. “I always wished that I was gay, just 100 percent gay,” Shane says, “but I’m not, I’m… continue reading
Anthony B. Sacco, the director of Starz’s The Chair, has won the Directors Guild Award for outstanding directorial achievement in reality programs. It’s his second win; he previously won for NBC’s Treasure Hunters in 2006, and in was nominated for an episode of Project Runway‘s fourth season in 2007. Sacco won for the ninth episode, which focuses… continue reading
The Chair was one of my favorite series of 2014, and there seems to be a chance it could return for a second season. The network, Starz, is “totally open” and its creator, Chris Moore, has promised to go back to Pittsburgh for a second season of the outstanding filmmaking competition reality series. First, in… continue reading
Shane Dawson has won The Chair and $250,000, a coda tacked on to the ending of one of the best reality TV series I’ve ever watched. I talked to him about making Not Cool under the scrutiny of reality TV cameras, criticism of his work (including from Zachary Quinto), how fair the competition was considering his millions of followers on social… continue reading
Starz’ The Chair comes to an end tomorrow night, with either Anna Martemucci (“Hollidaysburg”) or Shane Dawson (“Not Cool”) winning $250,000. But despite that large prize, the contest has truly been secondary to the reality series’ extraordinary ability to capture the filmmaking process. I talked with Anna last night, and she offered a lot of candid insight about The Chair, its… continue reading
On the penultimate episode of The Chair, Zachary Quinto delivered a brutal, withering take-down of Shane Dawson’s movie Not Cool. After screening Anna Martemucci’s film Hollidaysburg, the film and TV show producers talk, and Quinto delivers this monologue: “When we watched Shane’s movie yesterday, I was depressed for a couple of hours at least. I… continue reading
Besides being an exceptional documentary reality series (and if you are not watching, fix that immediately), Starz’ The Chair also a contest. The two directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, are competing for $250,000, and voting is open until 12:59 p.m. Sunday. So how do you have a fair competition between a director with 6,515 YouTube fans and one with 6,223,453? Or… continue reading
In the third episode of Starz’s The Chair, one of the two directors using the same script to film a movie says, “If we can’t find locations, if we can’t find actors, if we can’t find crew, then how are we gonna fix this…” He turns to the previously unacknowledged camera filming his rant, looking into the lens… continue reading
The films whose creation is currently being documented on Starz’s The Chair have been released in theatres and digitally, so you can now watch how two different filmmakers did with the same script. The five episodes that Starz has made available on demand have made it clear that Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci are very different people… continue reading
Project Greenlight is returning to HBO soon, and is currently accepting three-minute short films from non-professional filmmakers. The deadline is tomorrow, while others can judge those videos through Aug. 22. The best short videos it has produced so far, though, are ones with executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to promote the show, such as this: The videos,… continue reading