The movie tells the development of the improbable friendship between Philippe, a wealthy tetraplegic, and Driss, a young offender of Senegalese descent, who is hired as his live-in carer.
The film begins at night in Paris. Driss is driving Philippe's Maserati Quattroporte at full speed, with Philippe in the front passenger's seat. They are soon chased by the police. "I bet you 100 euros I shake them off," Driss tells his passenger. Yet they are caught. Unfazed, Driss doubles his bet with Philippe, convinced they will get an escort. In order to get away with his speeding, Driss claims the tetraplegic Philippe must be urgently driven to the emergency room; Philippe pretends to have a stroke and the fooled police eventually escort them to the hospital. The two men are jubilant. As the police leave them at the hospital Driss says "Now let me take care of it," and they drive off.
The story of the two men is then told as a flashback, which occupies most of the film.
Philippe, a rich quadriplegic who owns a luxurious Parisian mansion, is interviewing, along with his assistant Magalie, to recruit a live-in carer to help him. Driss, a candidate, has no ambitions to get hired. He is just there to get a signature showing he was interviewed and rejected in order to continue to receive his welfare benefits. He is extremely casual and shamelessly flirts with Magalie. He is told to come back the next morning to get his signed letter. Driss goes back to the tiny flat that he shares with his extended family in a bleak Parisian suburb. His aunt, exasperated from not hearing from him for six months, orders him to leave the flat.
The next day, Driss returns to Philippe's mansion and learns to his surprise he is on a trial period for the live-in carer job. He learns the extent of Philippe's disability and then accompanies Philip in every moment of his life, discovering with astonishment a completely different lifestyle. A friend of Philippe's reveals to Philippe Driss' criminal record which includes six months in jail for robbery. Philippe states he does not care about Driss' past as long as he does his current job properly.
Over time, Driss and Philippe become closer. Driss dutifully takes care of his boss, who frequently suffers from psychosomatic pain. Philippe discloses to Driss he became disabled following a paragliding accident and that his wife died without bearing children.
Gradually, Philippe is led by Driss to put some order in his private life, including being more strict with his adopted daughter Elisa, who behaves like a spoiled child with the staff. Driss discovers modern art and opera and suddenly decides to paint.
For Philippe's birthday, a private concert of classical music is performed in his living room. At first very reluctant, Driss is led by Philippe to listen more carefully to the music and opens up to Philippe's music. Driss then plays the music he likes to Philippe (Earth, Wind and Fire).
Driss discovers that Philippe has a purely epistolary relationship with a woman called Eleonore, who lives in Dunkirk. Driss encourages him to meet her but Philippe fears her reaction when she discovers his disability. Driss eventually convinces Philippe to talk to Eleonore on the phone. Philippe agrees with Driss to send a photo of him in a wheelchair to her, but he hesitates and asks his aide, Yvonne, to send a picture of him as he was before his accident. A date between Eleonore and Philippe is agreed. At the last minute Philippe is too scared to meet Eleonore and leaves with his aide Yvonne before she arrives. Philippe then calls Driss and invites him to travel with him in his private jet for a paragliding week-end. Philippe gives Driss an envelope containing 11 000 euros, the amount he was able to get for Driss's painting, which he shamelessly sold to one of his friends, by saying it was from an up-and-coming artist.
Adama, the younger brother of Driss, who is in trouble with a gang, takes refuge in Philippe's mansion. Driss comes clean about his family and reveals his secret wounds. Philippe eventually advises Driss, who "may not want to push a wheelchair all his life", to seek work elsewhere.
Driss returns to his suburbs, joining his friends, and manages to help his little brother. Due to his new professional experience, he lands a job in a transport company. In the meantime Philippe has hired carers to replace Driss but he isn't happy with any of them. His morale is very low and he stops taking care of himself. Yvonne is worried and contacts Driss. Driss arrives and decides to drive Philippe in the Maserati and the action comes back to the first scene of the film, the police chase. After they have eluded the police, Driss takes Philippe straight to the seaside. Driss and Philippe arrive at a restaurant with a great view of the ocean. Driss suddenly leaves the table and says good luck to him for his meeting. Philippe does not understand but a few seconds later Eleonore arrives. Philippe looks outside and sees Driss walking along the seawalk, smiling at him.
Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day's leave to attend a job interview in the city centre. After visiting his friend Thomas, he proceeds to his appointment. In the interview, he admits to being a drug addict and storms out. He then wanders the streets of Oslo for the rest of the day and night, meeting, and sometimes confronting, people from his past.
This is a story about a 34 year old recovering drug addict who has screwed up his life due to excessive partying, doing heavy drugs and alienating his loved ones that at his age he finds himself stuck and unable to move forward in his life. As he's about to finish his rehab stint, he's allowed to go into town for a job interview and in the process he decides to use this opportunity to visit old friends and relatives which in a way ends up making matters much worse for him. With all his old friends now married with children and successful careers he feels completely useless and overwhelmed. As he's end up being given the sympathetic pep talks, or being lectured at by unsympathetic characters who are trying to protect themselves throughout the day he finds himself challenging their personal views head on while struggling to convey his frustrations that no one seems to fully understand yet take personally.
In my opinion there's not much to compare Oslo, August 31st to Le Feu Follet. Louis Malle's version (1963) which I am a huge fan of is one of those cinematic gems that story-wise packs a punch. Le Feu Follet also stands next to other classic black and white pictures like Fellini's 8 ½ as one of the best looking black and white movies ever made and I highly recommend everyone to see it.
Oslo, August 31st in itself has an entirely different approach and has a more melancholic feel throughout the film. With almost 50 year gap difference from Le Feu Follet to be told as a modern day tale this story depicts modern day tactlessness that society potentially sees these situations as almost insignificant when dealing with recovering addicts. Sure, maybe some people will try to try and understand but the world is also more likely to let a person deal with his/her own demons for they can't be bothered and even distance themselves for they have their own problems to deal with no matter how much a friend or a loved one really needs their help to get through life.
Oslo, August 31st has been called a "Devastating and Heartbreaking" Film by some, and I agree. If you're expecting to see another Reprise this might probably not be it, but it could be just as great of a film depending on the person. I will even go as far as to say this can be a total "hit and miss" for some viewers. To me this is still a beautiful film that really moved me and made me feel sad watching it. I will definitely be on the lookout for the DVD when it finally comes out for sale. Overall, make sure to watch this movie with an open mind then make your own opinion. 7 out of 10.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down -- which might not be such a bad thing.
This was an evocation of young love in a younger, more innocent America. It was a very charming, beautifully wrought, if somehow depthless film — eccentric but heartfelt, and thought through to the tiniest, quirkiest detail in the classic Anderson style: there were the familiar rectilinear shots, and compositions with letters and drawings suddenly filled the screen like courtroom exhibits.
Anderson's movies often mark out their own weirdly regressive, faintly dysfunctional space, from which the modern world has been politely excluded, and where the occupants communicate in a kind of modified, private language. Now he takes us back to 1965, a little coastal town in New England called New Penzance. Perhaps, in its un-swinging quaintness, it is more truthful to the homely values of a small-town America which often looked the same in the 60s as it did in the 50s and 40s, though this is Anderson-America in the Anderson-60s, a knight's-move away from the actual time and place.
Where David Lynch finds a dark horror beneath the wholesome exterior, Anderson sees something else — something exotic but practical and self-possessed, a world that ticks along like an antique toy, much treasured by a precocious child. The homes and buildings often look like giant dolls' houses.
Teenage newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play Sam and Suzy, two smart, unpopular kids who fall in love. Sam is a member of the local scout troop. An orphan, clever if not precisely wise beyond his years, and affecting a corn-cob pipe, he resembles a young Douglas MacArthur. Suzy likes sci-fi novels and the music of Françoise Hardy, which she plays on a portable Dansette-style record player.
When they run away together, Anderson shows how the ensuing crisis discloses the older generation's unhappiness. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are Suzy's parents; their marriage is in crisis and they are sunk in anxiety and self-pity. Bruce Willis is the police chief – lonely and depressed for reasons of his own – and Edward Norton is the scout troop leader, preposterous yet dignified in his absurd shorts and long socks.
Grownups and kids are united in their fear and loathing of the social services officer, who is keen to put Sam away in an orphanage; she is played by Tilda Swinton in an electric blue outfit, like a hostile insurgent from another planet.
The movie takes its odd but attractive keynote of high-mindedness from the music of Benjamin Britten. Suzy and her siblings listen to Britten's Young Persons' Guide to the Orchestra, and Suzy performs in a church production of Noye's Fludde, the resonance of which work reveals itself in the movie's tempestuous final act. The music is an interesting assertion of the Anglo-Saxon character of this parochial, islanded corner of America – evoked not with conventional nostalgia, but rather with a connoisseurship of how strange and different it seems.
Anderson's movies are vulnerable to the charge of being supercilious oddities, but there is elegance and formal brilliance in Moonrise Kingdom as well as a lot of gentle, winning comedy. His homemade aesthetic is placed at the service of a counter-digital, almost hand-drawn cinema, and he has an extraordinary ability to conjure a complete, distinctive universe, entire of itself. To some, Moonrise Kingdom may be nothing more than a soufflé of strangeness, but it rises superbly.
Set in the 1970s, Mighty Fine is the story of Joe Fine, a charismatic, high-spirited man, who relocates his family-wife Stella, daughters Nathalie and Maddie - from Brooklyn to New Orleans, in search of a better life. Joe's devotion to his family knows no bounds, and he seeks to provide them with the ultimate in the good life, from a palatial home to a steady string of extravagant gifts. Unfortunately, Joe's spending spree is wildly out of touch with reality, as his apparel business is teetering on the brink of collapse, a fact he refuses to accept. Mighty Fine ultimately shows how coming to terms with the past without judgment is the most fruitful way to move toward the future.
Fine is a larger-than-life personality who treats his family like royalty when he’s in a good mood, but there’s also a deep-seated anger just below the surface that erupts with the slightest provocation. It’s a constant, bi-polar roller-coaster for the Fine women: wife Stella (Andie MacDowell); and daughters Natalie (Jodelle Ferdland) and Maddie (played by MacDowell’s real-life daughter, Rainey Qualley, in her first film role).
Writer-director Debbie Goodstein crafts a pastiche of troubled fathers, including her own, in the Joe Fine character. Like many men of his generation (WWII vets), Fine has been told to tough things out—we learn that his own father knocked him out once after Joe complained too much about a toothache.
Men like Joe have only one outlet to deal with their depression and anger—taking everything out on their families. Joe’s abuse is more emotional and verbal, but there are times that the abuse turns physical.
In one scene, he gifts Maddie with a new car for her 18th birthday and she takes the entire family for a spin. When father and daughter get into an argument over her driving, she gets out of the car and starts walking home, calling her father an f-ing asshole in the process. In what is supposed to be one of the more dramatic moments of the film’s second act, Joe tries to run her over. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get past the cheesy film cuts of Qualley’s really bad flop/fall away from the car. It came off as more campy than dramatic.
And that’s one of the major problems with Mighty Fine: Whereas family dramas like Ordinary People, The Squid and the Whale or The Family Stone pack emotional punches minus the constant cacophony of raised voices or fists—think of the opening tennis match in The Squid and the Whale—both the tender and the trying scenes in Mighty Fine feel force-fed. As a result, we’re left with something akin to a Lifetime movie, as there are a number of interesting possibilities, which could have added complexity and depth to the film, that are never fleshed out.
For example, Joe’s not as successful as he wants everyone to believe. His apparel business is going down the tubes, so he gets a loan from the mob to fund his lavish lifestyle. Yet we never see the consequences of his failure to pay back his loan shark.
Another avenue that’s never explored is the assimilation of a Yankee Jewish family in 1970s New Orleans. Maddie says that she’s trying to fit in and find friends, yet she finds a Christian suitor (who wears a very large crucifix necklace, lest the viewer forget he’s a gentile) by the end of the first day of school. And when her father goes crazy over an unscheduled pool party, we can’t feel that sorry for her because she has more friends than we did in high school.
Men in Black 3 is an American 3D science fiction comedy film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. It will be released as the sequel to the 2002 film Men in Black II on May 25, 2012, ten years after the release of its predecessor and fifteen years after the release of the original Men in Black. It will also star Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Alice Eve and Jemaine Clement, with Barry Sonnenfeld returning as director, and Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer. The film is the third installment in the Men in Black film series which is based on the Malibu / Marvel comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham.
Veteran MIB field agent Agent J learns that Agent K's life and the fate of Earth are at stake. He must time-travel to 1969 to stop an alien criminal named Boris from assassinating a young Agent K (Josh Brolin) and changing history, while also facing a 24-hour time limit before he is trapped in the past.
An alien criminal, Boris, also known as the Animal, breaks free from the LunarMax prison facility on the moon and arrives on Earth, bent on taking revenge on Agent K who took away his left arm and placed him behind bars for over 40 years.
Back on Earth, he acquires a time-travelling device that will allow him to go back in time to kill the young Agent K. With Agent K erased from history, no one from the Agency understands the Agent J's obsession over him until Agent O, the new Chief after Agent Z's passing, deduces that there has been a fracture in the space-time continuum based on Agent J's insatiable craving for chocolate milk to ameliorate his headaches.
With Agent K out of the picture and without the defensive ArcNet shield put up by him to defend present-Earth against the invasion by Boris' alien species, Agent J has to perform a time-jump from the top of the Chrysler building to charge up the device that will enable him to go back in time to 1969.
Back in 1969, he travels to Coney Island knowing that Boris will be committing a murder based on the database records that he accessed beforehand. However, Agent K arrests him and prepares to wipe out his memory. At the very last second, he changes his mind and decides to pursue the lead provided by Agent J.
Eventually, they track down a prescient alien being who is in possession of the defensive shield. Being able to look into multiple future outcomes and scenarios, he warns Agent J and K of Boris' impending arrival and hurriedly leaves the venue.
Based on the clue left for them, the Agents track down the prescient alien who gives them the shield that has to be placed onto the lunar rocket launch occurring in a couple of hours. Based on the calculations by the aliens who could foretell the future, in order to avoid the scenarios that will result in unfavorable outcomes, the Agents had to explain their plans to the military commander who was in-charge of guarding the launch site. He allowed them to proceed after he was shown that the Agents will turn out to be great men.
Using the time-shift device, Agent J avoids getting pierced by the modern-day Boris' spikes and knocks him down where the latter is engulfed in the fiery exhaust gases of the rocket. Agent K blasts a super-chilled fluid pipe that freezes the 1969-Boris' arm which breaks off. Having successfully placed the protective shield around Earth, the military commander congratulates Agent K, who in turn invites him to join the Agency. However, the commander is killed by the 1969-Boris before Agent K vaporizes the latter.
A young boy, who turns out to be a pre-pubescent Agent J, arrives at his launch site looking for his Dad, is slowly coaxed away from gruesome truth by Agent K who will later recruit him into the Men In Black Agency.
Cowgirls N' Angels is a heartwarming movie that tells the story of Ida, a feisty and rebellious young girl, who has dreams of finding her father, a rodeo rider. While searching for her dad, she connects with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a team of young female rodeo riders run by former rodeo star Terence Parker. Recognizing Ida's innate talent for trick riding, Terence recruits her for their ranks. Accepted wholeheartedly by her new "family," Ida finds a new passion that redefines her life, and may also help her find the father she's been searching for.
Cowgirls N' Angels has a very intriguing storyline! From the very beginning of the film, the viewer learns of Ida's predicament. Though she is aware that she once had a father, she can't remember anything about him, other than that his name is Walker. Her Mom is always either at work or out with a new boyfriend, which deeply upsets Ida. Her rebellious and spunky attitude causes her to steal aspirin from the local pharmacy on one occasion or sneak out to the local horse stable at night. Bailee Madison was perfect for this role, which was, at times, very humorous, yet riveting. Bailee's spunky and fun personality drives this film home and keeps the audience's interest.
This film is very heart-warming. I thought the film ended very pleasantly, and, without giving anything away, I will say that it also ended satisfactorily. They picked wonderful actors for the climax of the film, as their acting was moving and did a good job helping the viewer to feel for Ida.
There are a few parts about Cowgirls N' Angels that were a bit strange. There are no bad parts, but I did find it a bit disturbing when Ida and her mom would find themselves yelling at each other. Since Ida's mom is single, they don't get along too well, especially since Ida is searching for her father while her mother wants to move on from the past. Also, there are some romantic scenes between one of the riders of the Sweethearts rodeo team and a boy she meets on the road. I thought these were prolonged and caused me to lose my interest. I will say, however, that certain viewers will be very excited to see Jackson Rathbone from Twilight as the boyfriend!
COWGIRLS ‘N ANGELS also stars Kathleen Rose Perkins Frankie Faison, Leslie Ann Huff, Dora Madison Burge and a host of others. The film was directed by Timothy Armstrong from a script by Armstrong and Stephen Blinn. Ben Feingold of Sense and Sensibility Ventures LLC is the producer.
According to Meyer Gottlieb, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films: “COWGIRLS ‘N ANGELS is a wonderful film for the entire family. We are thrilled to bring this film to audiences everywhere!”
“Samuel Goldwyn Films is the perfect theatrical distributor for this film given their track record in the family and faith arena and we couldn’t be happier that they are releasing COWGIRLS ‘N ANGELS this Memorial Day,” echoed Feingold.
A group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an "extreme" tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago.
"Ever heard of Chernobyl?" an American tourist (Jonathan Sadowski) asks his friends in the new trailer for the upcoming horror movie "Chernobyl Diaries." "It's where the nook-yoo-ler disaster happened," answers a fellow traveler (Olivia Dudley).
Audiences will get a history lesson of sorts from "Chernobyl Diaries," a movie due in theaters May 25 that follows a group of young Americans in Europe on a jaunt to the abandoned Ukrainian site of the 1986 nuclear meltdown.
Co-written and produced by "Paranormal Activity" creator Oren Peli and directed by visual effects supervisor and first-time feature filmmaker Brad Parker, "Chernobyl Diaries" was inspired by the real phenomenon of "extreme tourism," according to Alcon Entertainment co-Chief Executive Andrew Kosove, whose company purchased the North American rights to the film based on the script in January.
In 2002, Ukraine opened the city of Prypiat, where about 50,000 workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant lived, to tour groups. Travelers on a day pass can visit the abandoned, rotting buildings -- the whole city was evacuated in just 40 minutes -- and see an eerie time capsule of 1980s Soviet life.
"It's not like going to Club Med in Barbados," Kosove said. "It's frozen in time, and it's visually arresting. The idea of a film set there sounded intriguing to me."
Early marketing for the film, which was shot in Serbia and Hungary, seems designed to stoke curiosity about the disaster. The trailer includes newsreel footage about the accident, and the film's Facebook page features a photo album with bleak pictures from Prypiat and invites audiences to "experience the fallout."
"Chernobyl Diaries" isn't the first pop culture property inspired by the world's worst nuclear accident. Last year's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" began with an alien robot mission to the disaster site, and in the "S.T.A.L.K.E.R." series of video games released starting in 2007, players attempt to survive Chernobyl's post-meltdown conditions and an eruption of mutant creatures.
The movie is the first to be fully financed by the independent production and international sales company FilmNation Entertainment, and will be released in the U.S. under Alcon's deal with Warner Bros.
A spokeswoman for FilmNation said the company has sold rights to the film in the Commonwealth of Independent States -- the former Soviet Republics that were most directly affected by the accident -- but the distributor there has not yet set a release date.
Kosove, whose company also purchased the Japanese, Spanish and German rights to "Chernobyl Diaries," said he was not worried about the movie offending Chernobyl survivors, or those affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan last March.
"It's a popcorn film," Kosove said. "I don't think the movie takes itself so seriously as to tread on those real disasters."
The hosts buy each other what they think is the worst car in the country and set themselves a challenge--whoever can make the car they've been given coolest and sell for most money at an auction at the end of the journey wins. Tanner travels to England to find out just how fast a brand new supercar -- with no official top speed -- can go.
Featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, Top Gear is the home for anyone with a love of cars. The U.S. version will be chock-full of high-adrenaline action entertainment as it tracks the colorful history of the automobile as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with Top Gear's customary wit and humor.
Top Gear is an American motoring television series, based on the BBC series of the same name. The show's presenters are professional racing driver Tanner Foust, actor and comedian Adam Ferrara, and automotive and racing analyst Rutledge Wood. As with the original British version, the show has its own version of The Stig, an anonymous racing driver, and a celebrity guest is featured each week. The show premiered on November 21, 2010, on History. On February 10, 2011, History renewed Top Gear for a second season.
The show follows a similar format of the BBC version: three main hosts present, The Stig (a secret race driver) tests vehicles, and celebrities are invited for interviews and to drive vehicles around a test track. In addition, challenges similar in nature to the ones presented in the original show are replicated in Top Gear. The "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" (retitled "Big Star, Small Car") segment uses a Suzuki SX4 Sportback. Filming of this segment, along with in-studio segments take place at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, now known as the Orange County Great Park, in Irvine, California. Producers of the History version have noted a greater interest in car customization by American car enthusiasts than in Britain, an element that will be incorporated into the new show.
On August 6, 2010, the first Top Gear trailer was published on the web, giving fans a preview on what to expect on the upcoming episodes to be broadcast on the History Channel. In this trailer, new hosts Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood were seen participating in a Moonshine Challenge and Tanner Foust also takes a Dodge Viper for a test drive. The first season premiered on November 21, 2010, and the series has been renewed for a second season. Commenting on the recently announced second season renewal, UK host Jeremy Clarkson noted, "Top Gear is our baby so you can understand why Hammond, May and I were anxious about passing it on to the presenters of the US show. We needn’t have worried because Top Gear is clearly in safe hands, even if they do insist on speaking in those stupid accents. Watching an episode from series 1 with Richard and James, we found ourselves in a genuinely heated debate about which of the presenters’ cars was best. We were just three ordinary chaps watching a car show and loving it, which is exactly what TopGear should be. Bring on series 2."
America will vote for one contestant from each team to be safe. Then the coaches have to decide from which member of their team they will be parting.
The Voice is a competition show where the best of the best singers compete against each other in a competition to be able to be coached by the finest coaches in the music industry. Host Carson Daly along with Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green, and Adam Levine will look at the talent first in a Blind Audition where the coaches are going to have to pick 4 singers who are going to be good for them to coach. Each week an elimation resulting in one person on their team to compete for the title as “The Voice” in a live finale.
The show will have three stages of competition: The blind auditions, Battle phase, and the live performance. Viewers have the opportunity to cast their votes as to who stay and who goes to determine the finalists. With a recording contract in the crasps, the talent will stop at nothing to win the title.
The Voice is a multinational singing competition television franchise. The series started in the Netherlands as The Voice of Holland in 2010, followed by an American debut series called The Voice in April to June 2011. Many other countries have adapted the format and began airing their national versions in 2011 and 2012. It has become a rival to Simon Fuller's Idol and Simon Cowell's The X Factor.
Contestants are aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. The show's format features three stages of competition. The first is the blind audition, in which four coaches listen to contenders without seeing them, and turn their chairs to signify that they are interested in working with that artist. If more than one coach turns the chair, the artist chooses the coach he or she would like to work with. The blind audition ends when each coach has twelve (U.S. version) or sixteen (Dutch version) artists to work with. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success.
The competition then enters into a battle phase, when the coaches pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which singers will advance.
At the end of the battle episodes, the strongest members of each coach's roster proceed to the live stage shows. In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team compete against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience vote to save one contestant on each team, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on. In the next round, the public chooses between the two artists left on each team, and the coach also has a vote that weighs equally with the public vote.
Finally, each coach will have his/her best contestant left standing to compete in the finals, singing an original song. From these four, one will be named "The Voice" - and will receive the grand cash prize of a recording contract. Starting with the U.S. version, the coaches usually perform together in the first episode.
Still posing as Siobhan, Bridget admits to Agent Machado that someone tried to kill her months earlier and she thought it was Andrew. Bridget goes to Henry's apartment, where Siobhan overhears Bridget accuse Henry of Tyler's murder. Meanwhile, Catherine goes to desperate extremes to bring Andrew closer to her.
Ringer is an American television series created by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder for The CW Television Network. The series premiered on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Bridget Kelly, a recovering drug addict and ex-stripper living in Wyoming, on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder. She takes refuge with her estranged twin sister Siobhan Martin (also Gellar), a wealthy socialite living in New York, who seems keen to re-connect with her sibling. But when Siobhan mysteriously disappears on a boat outing, Bridget sees a way out of her desperate situation by assuming her sister's identity, which includes a strained marriage with her husband Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) and his daughter Juliet (Zoey Deutch), as well as renovating a new loft with her best friend Gemma Butler (Tara Summers), and a secret affair/love child with Gemma's husband Henry (Kristoffer Polaha). While her FBI ex-handler Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell) attempts to track her down, Bridget's only confidant to her problems is Malcolm (Mike Colter), her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor. Bridget thinks her old troubles are behind her, but she discovers that her seemingly perfect sister has some dark and dangerous secrets of her own.
As of November 29, 2011, ten episodes of Ringer have aired in the United States.
Twin sisters Bridget and Siobhan (both played by Gellar) have been estranged for the last six years and find that their lives are both unraveling at the same time. Bridget, a recovering addict and ex-stripper, is on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder. She flees to her twin sister Siobhan's home. The sisters seem to be repairing their broken relationship until Siobhan mysteriously disappears overboard during a boat trip the sisters take together. Bridget soon discovers her sister's seemingly perfect life is full of secrets after she is attacked in Siobhan's future apartment.
It was announced in early 2011 that Sarah Michelle Gellar would be starring in a pilot for CBS entitled Ringer. Filming for the pilot began in March 2011 in New York City. The pilot was directed by Richard Shepard and written by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder. Although the pilot was filmed in New York, the series will predominantly be filmed in Los Angeles. Gellar serves as executive producer alongside Peter Traugott and Pam Veasey.
The pilot was picked up to series on May 13, 2011, by CBS's sister network, The CW. On May 17, 2011, it was announced that Warner Bros would now be the co-producers. With the reveal of The CW's 2011-12 schedule it was announced the series would be paired with 90210 and air Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central. The network initally ordered thirteen episodes.
The series premiered on September 13, 2011. On October 12, 2011, the series was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes.