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The Hollywood community reacted with shock and sadness late Wednesday over the sudden loss of James Gandolfini, who died at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack.
He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it. You’re like Mozart” There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For Deborah and Michael and Lilliana this is crushing. And it’s bad for the rest of the world. He wasn’t easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can’t explain and never will be able to explain.
Jesus. The world just lost one of its great actors. »
- Justin Kroll
In the world of film there is one name that is synonymous with success. Steven Spielberg. Since 1974, Steven has been showing the world that he has the talent to produce and/or direct motion pictures that leave an imprint in our minds and that have set the bar for what defines a movie as a “blockbuster”. When you browse through his filmography there aren’t many box office or critical failures that tarnish his qualifications as a titan of the movies. Empire of the Sun, Always, and Amistad are the only films that are considered as box office failures even though they still brought in modest yet not typical Spielberg numbers at the box office. His only critical failures were the somewhat of a comedy 1941, starring Dan Akroyd and John Belushi, and the fantasy adventure film Hook, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams. (*note… If you have never seen Hook »
- Alfred Price
Generally, screenwriting is reserved for a thankless group of nerds who spend most of their waking hours making "Star Wars" references and lamenting their low position on the Hollywood totem pole.
But once in a while, the ladies and gentlemen behind the scripts end up becoming household name ... or move on from other successful careers to take a stab at screenwriting. And whether it's to make a buck, help out a buddy or take on a new challenge, these scribes sometimes end up scoring some pretty unexpected gigs.
So, upon the revelation that titan of twist M. Night Shyamalan was allegedly though perhaps wasn't after all involved in writing "She's All That" (1999), a movie about how beautiful women become even more beautiful when they take off their glasses and wear their hair down, we've assembled a list of some other well-known writers whose names are attached to some surprising projects. »
- Adam D'Arpino
Poor Matt Damon. Damon’s tour de force one night “hosting” stint January 24th on Jimmy Kimmel Live was a real triumph, maybe the funniest and finest work by any guest on a variety (as talk shows are classified in the Emmys) series this season. Damon’s rep tells me they had been trying for a very long time to make this appearance possible and finally his schedule freed him up to do it. But as far as Emmys go, it doesn’t exist. Of course the whole show was one big gag based on Kimmel’s long standing show biz mock hatred of Damon. He’s ended virtually every episode of his decade-old talker by saying that unfortunately the show ran out of time for Damon’s appearance. Of course Damon was never really booked and it was all an elaborate running joke but finally it paid off when Damon supposedly kidnapped Kimmel, »
- PETE HAMMOND
"Community" star Joel McHale is the latest in a long line of luminaries to ask, "What would you do for a Klondike bar?" and you'd better have a darn good answer, because you might be asked to prove it over the next few months.
McHale has partnered with Klondike for the What Would You Do for A Klondike Bar? Challenge, a summer-long contest featuring the comedian and several nostalgic celebrities of the '80s and '90s, in which fans can suggest acts that the celebrities will be required to carry out in pursuit of the fabled ice cream bar. The only catch? If your idea is chosen, you have to do the deed too. Luckily, there are prizes, bragging rights and potential viral video fame up for grabs in the process, if such things entice you. The first celebrity participant is Alfonso Ribeiro, star of "The Fresh Prince of »
- Laura Prudom
CBS announced its premiere dates for the 2013-2014 season on Monday, revealing when returning series such as "How I Met Your Mother" and new offerings including the Robin Williams comedy "The Crazy Ones" and the Greg Garcia comedy "The Millers" will hit the air. "The Millers" and "The Crazy Ones," will premiere Sept. 26, completing a new Thursday night comedy block that will include returning offerings "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men." "How I Met Your Mother," meanwhile, will kick off its final season with a one-hour premiere »
- Tim Kenneally
CBS has announced its 2013-14 primetime premiere dates, with an hourlong final-season opener of “How I Met Your Mother” kicking things off Sept. 23, the night after co-star Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Emmys.
Nearly all of CBS’ fall content will premiere that week, with the exceptions being the 90-minute season premiere of “Survivor” Sept. 18 and the debut of ensemble comedy “We Are Men” Sept. 30.
The first two new series on CBS’ 2013-14 schedule will launch after the season premieres of “Himym” and “2 Broke Girls.” The Chuck Lorre-produced “Mom,” starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney, bows at 9:30 p.m., followed by drama thriller “Hostages” with Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott.
Then on Sept. 26, CBS officially expands its Thursday comedy block to two hours, with the season premieres of »
- Jon Weisman
Greetings from the apocalypse! You want destruction? This weekend's got Massive destruction. You want egos? This weekend's got Massive egos. Whether it’s the bickering Apatow Mafia or Zack Snyder pounding Superman's face into the pavement over and over it just might be the end of the world as we know it. Feeling fine optional.
Friday, June 14
Pow! In Theaters
Nap before Zod! Sorry, boys and girls, but I must be the bearer of sour tidings: "Man of Steel" isn't that great. Is it better than the coat hanger abortion that was "Superman Returns"? Yeah, but not by leaps and bounds. On the plus side the cast is terrific, anchored by the measured charisma of Henry Cavill as the superest man there is and Lois Lane at her spunky best courtesy of Amy Adams. Unfortunately, the retro sci-fi trappings are "Green Lantern"-level ponderous and a climactic Metropolis battle that's 9/11 times-a-hundred ("Yes, »
- Max Evry
In the upcoming summer film, "The Butler," singer Mariah Carey plays a field slave named Hattie Pearl. Obviously, Carey couldn't look her normal, glamorous self if she wanted to be believable in the role, but it's impressive how nice the 43-year-old Mariah Carey actually looks.
Maybe she doesn't need her normal makeup?
From director Lee Daniels, "The Butler" tells the story of Cecil Gaines (a character based on the real-life Eugene Allen), a man who served as the White House butler for 8 Presidents between the years of 1952 and 1986. While the size of Carey's role is not known, she is appearing with a lot of big names. Forest Whitaker plays the central role of Gaines, while Robin Williams (Eisenhower), James Marsden (Kennedy), John Cusack (Nixon), Liev Schrieber (Johnson) and Alan Rickman (Reagan) are among those playing Presidents.
2013 is halfway over and we already have a fair amount of duds. Sure, there have been some worthwhile and genuinely great movies released (sequels at that!) but each year brings about a plentiful helping of forgettable trash and this year feels like one of the worst. And we are only in June!
Some of them looked promising and some of them looked like failures from the start. What’s worse is that a few of these movies were financially successful, meaning we might see additional sequels that regurgitate the same blandness we were pummelled with before.
So in case your significant other or family member suggests watching one of these movies on a casual Friday night, politely suggest a different film instead. Life is too short to waste on terrible movies, especially when there are hundreds of other great films dying to be seen.
10. The Big Wedding
It would be »
- Ryan Estabrooks
This week the former star of "Harry Potter" gets hotter as the squeaky-clean Emma Watson shows off her inner bad girl in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," where her character Nicki commits a series of robberies against celebs like Paris Hilton. For the 23-year-old Watson, who shot to fame as goodie-two-shoes wizard Hermione Granger in the "Potter" movies, this role marks a distinct departure from both her on-screen and real-life images. The only thing more shocking would be if Lindsay Lohan maintained sobriety for six months.
While we're all hoping young Ivy Leaguer Watson doesn't follow in the Lohan mold and quit Brown University for the School of Hard Knocks, let's take a look at some other actors who shed their media-sanctioned image to take on roles nobody saw coming. From Tom Cruise going bad to Jennifer Aniston going perv, these actors played against type for keeps.
9. Tom Cruise, »
- Max Evry
This year, the fall television schedule is a decidedly crazy beast. I know, that doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that separates any year from any other, but television is in the midst of dizzying spins of theory, and comparisons to previous years show some serious changes.
Most striking is probably the extent to which the big networks are content to leave each other alone. Also noticeable is the unspoken admission that perhaps DVRs exist, and the schedule doesn’t really need to worry quite as much about who is watching what at the exact moment it airs. We’re still pretending to a degree, but there are hints.
At the moment, you’ve only got a quick look, but we will be constantly updating this page as any changes occur, and as the new shows are available for review (sure, we’ve seen them, but we aren’t supposed to “review” them… »
- Marc Eastman
ABC is heading to the internet in search of breakthrough talent with the launch of Make Me A Star.
Initiative marks the first time a major TV net has offered a digital talent competition that exclusively targets aspiring actors and comedians. Instead of relying on already represented thesps in major metropolitan areas for the cast of scripted programs, Alphabet is broadening its talent pool by offering a platform for unknowns in any city to virtually showcase their skills.
Keli Lee, exec veep of casting at ABC, told Variety that Make Me A Star was conceived after one particular video went ultra-viral online.
“My team and I are constantly in pursuit of talent,” Lee said. “When Psy blew up, my executive heard about it on Kcrw and sent me a clip of this guy — at the time, it was at around 33,000 views. I sent it to hundreds of my friends, and »
- AJ Marechal
Almost as old as Hollywood itself, nepotism has had the movie industry stitched up for decades and Will Smith's family are keeping up the tradition
Seriousfacing its way into cinemas this weekend, After Earth is the $130m father-son action movie that fans of slightly icky familial relationships have been waiting for. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth 1,000 years after its abandonment by humankind, the film stars Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden Smith, has a story by Will Smith, and is produced by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett. And people say Hollywood is too incestuous.
The Smiths have been cultivating their showbiz dynasty for more than a decade now, ever since a four-year-old Jaden was cast in All Of Us, an autobiographical sitcom produced by his parents. (Layabout sibling Willow was a doddering six-year-old by the time her own acting career began). Still, »
- Charlie Lyne
John Travolta awesomely crashed a wedding last week, showing up (clad in a T-shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap) in the couple's wedding photos after meeting them at a bar the night before. He's not the first celebrity to do so ... in fact, it's not even the first time he did it himself. Time , the Huffington Post , and E! round up 14 more famous wedding crashers: Travolta and Robin Williams crashed a reception that was going on next door to a bar they were at, back in 1977, and started dancing. Recalls Williams, "Some guy yelled out, 'Hey, they really »
- Evann Gastaldo
The film stars Forrest Whitaker as 'Cecil Gaines', a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986.
Cast also includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams:
"...'The Butler', based on the screenplay by Danny Strong & Lee Daniels, is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years.
"From this unique vantage point, the film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. »
- Michael Stevens
Back in 2011, between shooting and editing The Avengers, Joss Whedon was supposed to take his wife, producer Kai Cole, on a dream Italian vacation to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Sensing an oncoming crisis of faith in filmmaking — perhaps one reason they’ve been able to achieve 20 years of marriage in an industry that seemingly grinds up and spits out unions just for kicks — she had another idea.
She suggested he finally shoot his dream project, a new black-and-white contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing using the original text with his friends/constant collaborators like Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof »
- Carrie Bell
Here's a look at the new posters available for the following films: Man of Steel -Starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel opens June 14th. Killing Season - Director Mark Steven Johnson's thriller starring Robert De Niro, John Travolta and Milo Ventimiglia opens July 12th. The Butler - Lee Daniels' biopic of Cecil Gaines starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman and Cuba Gooding Jr. opens August 16th. The Heat - Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock opens June 28th. Carrie - Kimberley Peirce's horror remake starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Judy Greer opens October 18th. World War Z - Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks' novel starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse and Matthew Fox opens June 21st. »
- Dave Trumbore
You'll never guess who Sarah Michelle Gellar wants to have guest star on her new CBS comedy.
The first episode of "The Crazy Ones," which stars Gellar and Robin Williams as ad executives, features singer and "American Idol" veteran Kelly Clarkson as herself. The David E. Kelley comedy lends itself to lots of possible cameos and Gellar already has the next one planned: Flo, from Progressive commercials. Stephanie Courtney portrays the perky car insurance pitch woman. Aside from her commercials, Courtney's other TV credits include "Mad Men," "Fred" and "United States of Tara."
Gellar said she already told Kelley about her dream guest star and he's promised to make it happen. "I want Flo," Gellar said during a recent appearance on HuffPost Live.
"I'm going to have a scene with her because I am obsessed with Flo," Gellar said. "She's hysterical."
"The Crazy Ones" airs Thursdays, 9:00 p.m. Et on CBS this fall. »
- Chris Harnick
The Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels returns to the big screen this year to bring us The Butler, the biographical drama that sees Forest Whitaker take the lead as Cecil Gaines, based on the real life of Eugene Allen, who served in the White House for more than thirty years.
The first trailer was released last month, and gave us a very impressive look at the Oscar-buzzed film. That was followed this week by the first poster, giving us a look at Whitaker from behind. And now The Weinstein Company have released another new poster, this time showing Whitaker from the front standing tall.
The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. »
- Kenji Lloyd
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