Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jan 31, 2014

Kyle Chandler joining Todd Haynes' "Carol" with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

Well, it sounds like Kyle Chandler will finally get out from behind a desk job, as Deadline reports the “Friday Night Lights” alum has joined Todd Haynes’ 1950s romantic thriller “Carol” opposite Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and there’s no FBI case to investigate in sight.

Instead, Chandler will play jealous husband to Blanchett’s titular Carol. He has good reason to be be jealous, as the film will chronicle the love affair that blooms between the wealthy and sophisticated Carol and Mara’s lonely department store shop girl. Carol wants out of her marriage, but is scared to lose her daughter if she does. It’s based on Patricia Highsmith’s thriller novel “The Price of Salt.” Sarah Paulson was also recently cast to play Carol’s ex-lover, and filming is set to begin in March.

Chandler, who sternly played by the books in a slew of recent films like “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” did show his range brilliantly playing Miles Teller’s negligent, alcoholic father in “The Spectacular Now.” He’s transitioned successfully between film and TV after winning an Emmy for “Friday Night Lights,” and while Showtime pilot “The Vatican” didn’t get picked up, he recently signed on to star in a new Netflix series from the creators of “Damages.”

Jan 29, 2014

Can Bill Cosby, Sharon Stone, and Kyle Chandler Give Networks a Boost in Pilot Season?

It's pilot season (for everybody but Fox) and that means get ready for an onslaught of big-name stars signing on for new small-screen projects. While landing a big name doesn't guarantee a series pickup, it certainly helps and gives fans and critics a renewed sense of hope that the next great TV series could be just around the corner. Over the last week, three "A-list" names signed on the dotted line -- two of those cases were able to bypass the pilot process altogether. Regardless, each could bring a big boost to their newfound networks (and their company stock prices).

Kyle Chandler, Netflix

Coach Taylor is set for a return to TV... again. After Showtime decided to pass on his The Vatican pilot, Netflix has scooped up Kyle Chandler for a new series. The untitled drama revolves around a group of adult siblings whose lives are upended with the return of their black sheep brother (played by Ben Mendelsohn from The Dark Knight Rises). From the producers of Damages, the series has a 13-episode order and could air as early as late 2014.

Impact on network
Not to sound to cliché, but with this casting, Netflix really did score a touchdown. The Emmy-winning Friday Night Lights star was one of the most in-demand actors out there for the past few pilot seasons and when his Showtime pilot The Vatican was excommunicated from the network the other week, it had to have ignited a feeding frenzy for the affable actor.

The untitled series will only strengthen Netflix's roster of original programs headlined by House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, but the difference is this one has more of a shelf life. Cards will eventually collapse without lead Kevin Spacey (who will more than likely look to return to the stage or big screen sooner than later) and realistically Orange is set during a finite period of time.
In addition, should Spacey exit the fold (and I think I speak for most fans when I say I hope he doesn't), the network will need a marquee name and Orange lead Taylor Schilling hasn't fully crossed over yet to the mainstream pop culture world (but she's close). Chandler's name will help add new viewers and continue to make Netflix a huge presence in the original television medium.

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Jan 16, 2014

Kyle Chandler to Star in Netflix Drama From 'Damages' Creators

The 13-episode series focuses on a family of adult siblings.

Kyle Chandler Headshot - P 2013
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Kyle Chandler

A month after Showtime passed on The Vatican, Kyle Chandler has boarded his next project.
The Friday Night Lights Emmy winner has been tapped to star in Netflix's family thriller from the creators of Damages, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The 13-episode run, produced by Sony Pictures Television, hails from Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (aka KZK). The series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars come to light with the return of their black sheep brother.

STORY: Netflix Drama From 'Damages' Creators

Chandler will play John, the married middle brother who takes care of the family who is described as the kind of responsible guy who would work in law enforcement and the opposite of his older, black-sheep brother Danny.

The casting keeps Chandler in Sony Pictures Television fold after the actor starred in the studio's The Vatican. Prior to his Vatican casting, Chandler -- traditionally one of pilot season's most in-demand actors -- had been focusing on film with roles in Wolf of Wall StreetThe Day the Earth Stood Still, Super 8, Broken City, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. He's repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Speaking to reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Showtime topper David Nevins said The Vatican didn't work for the premium cable network after "the world changed."

"That show was conceived and written while Pope Benedict was still in charge of the Vatican, and it was conceived in a world that I think now would feel very dated," said Nevins, who worked with Chandler as an EP on Friday Night Lights. "So I’m glad we hadn’t made 13 episodes of that."
Chandler's return to TV with The Vatican was considered a casting coup, with multiple networks courting the leading man for pilots last year.

Jan 15, 2014

Our Favorite Single-Ballot 2013 Best Performance Picks

It's been a few weeks since we published the results of our annual year-end critics poll. "12 Years a Slave," "Before Midnight," "Her" and "Gravity" led the way in the Best Film category, but there were ten other areas where respondents could single out their favorite work of the year.

In the spirit of keeping some of the noteworthy cinematic achievements of 2013 alive in the new year (and highlighting some inspired choices by our Criticwire members in the process), here a handful of picks that only appeared on a single ballot. (For each selection, we've included a link to the critic's ballot so you can see what other performances made their cut.)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey in "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Matthew McConaughey and Kyle Chandler in "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Best Supporting Performance on Mark Salisbury's and James Rocchi's ballots

Like Copley, McConaughey was another actor with three divergent roles in 2013. In the voiceover narration and fourth wall breakage, Belfort describes being drawn to greed like any other addictive substance. But it’s McConaughey that represents the first supplier, the confirmation that although the riches they’re trading exist purely in abstract form, the spoils are tangible. Even with the three-hour runtime, there's not much room for Mark Hanna to work his magic on Belfort - we need to see all that necessary enticement come from a single lunch break. All the charm, swagger and charisma McConaughey had to bottle up for most of "Mud" and "Dallas Buyers Club" manifests itself in a handful of drink orders and chest thumps.

In a film that thrives on excess, it only makes sense that Wall Street's antithesis would come in the form of the film's most grounded performance. Through Kyle Chandler, Agent Denham becomes a foil for his financial freewheeler adversaries without veering into allegorical, flag-waving high morality. Chandler’s charge is to be a methodical, workmanlike hunter, handwriting his ambitions while his “enemies” do their work on state-of-the-art computers. When the empire starts to crumble, he’s there with a look of stern disappointment rather than a "gotcha" grin. And his demeanor in that final subway ride home is one of the film's clearest indications that no one in this tale is allowed any sense of finality, triumphant or otherwise.

Jan 6, 2014

Kyle Chandler Central Fan Review: The Spectacular Now

'The Spectacular Now'

by Kylefan atlanticwasborn

Powerful performances in a story that is simultaneously sweet and gut-wrenching. It also provided the most truly shocking moment I've seen in a movie in quite some time. I can only hope that these characters, which the film does make you love, have a far more spectacular future than their now.

Somehow, Kyle actually managed to make himself unattractive for this role, and it was all in his performance. He looked great in the pictures and the trailers, but once you watched the movie, he was actually able to inhabit this character and visibly convey the ugliness inside him. For a short period on screen, Kyle Chandler ceased to exist. Instead, we are left with a real dick of a man, Tommy Keely. Despicable, yet somehow pitiful too.

In Mary Elizabeth Winstead's brief appearance, we're able to see the damage he's done to her. While Sutter's mother wants to protect her son from his father's deadbeat brand of selfishness, his sister knows this is something Sutter has to witness for himself, lest he wants to end up the same way. When he sees him, the naive romanticizing of his father soon melts away when he sticks Sutter and Amy with his bar tab. This leads to more self-awareness from Sutter, which in turn causes something of a breakdown that results into that biggest "GASSSSPPPPP!!" moment I can remember having in a recent film. You'll know the moment if you see the film without reading the book (which is what I did).

After this, you see Miles Teller's character much less as a charming rogue, but a hard-living teenager with experiences no one at the tender age of 18 should have. There's even a shot of him in the shower where he has the visible scars to prove it (the same scars talked about as cute stories earlier in the film).

Shailene Woodley also deserves a lot of credit for bringing depth to this character, showing the dark shadows her own father's addiction cast over her life, and the scary possibility of her walking in that shadow.

It could have left you feeling hopeless, bleak. But instead, it left you feeling that while the now might feel spectacular for some, the real possibilities lie ahead.

('The Spectacular Now' is available at Amazon and iTunes.)