Thursday, June 9, 2016

SPLASHY BEACH PARTY LAUNCHES NEW CRIME DRAMA ANIMAL KINGDOM

 Picking which of the new TV shows will still be around at the end of the year is always a hit and miss affair. But judging by the rapturous reception at the premiere screening and the splashy beach party that followed, TNT's Animal Kingdom looks like a good bet.
  Hundreds of people crammed into the open air launch party, held in a security-guarded area adjoining the Venice Boardwalk at the foot of Rose Avenue. The street was blocked off to allow the army of valet parkers to do their work while a live band, photo booths, stunt cyclists and skateboarders soaring up and down a giant curved ramp and a busy bar all added to the freewheeling fun.
Animal Kingdom is a gritty crime drama about a working class family who run a criminal empire in the sleepy California beach town of Oceanside. Ellen Barkin stars as Janine "Smurf" Cody, the head of the family and the mastermind behind its illegal activities. Her sons do her bidding while indulging in booze, drugs and women. 
  "I just love being one of those rare women who get to play a part where she doesn't have to apologise for being a bad person," says Barkin.

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