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Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, held a reception in honour of Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard as they were presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University was also honoured.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius: "I am delighted to welcome you tonight to celebrate three men, … who will receive the highest distinction of French government, the Légion d'honneur."
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Candice Bergen is heading to Battle Creek. Murphy Brown herself will play Constance a con artist, E! News has learned. Bergen's character is described as charming, quick-witted and clever and she comes in to help Milt (Josh Duhamel) and Russ (Dean Winters) on a case. Oh, and to make matters more interesting, she's also Russ' mother! Bergen will appear in the seventh episode of the new CBS series. Battle Creek hails from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore and follows two mismatched law enforcement officers—Milt Chamberlain of the FBI and Russ Agnew of the Battle Creek Police Department—who couldn't be more different. The midseason drama also stars Damages »
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."
Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."
Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?
Actually, you could argue that television has »
- Gary Susman
Venice — Yesterday's Al Pacino vehicle here at Venice, "The Humbling," was a disappointment: this is not the Pacino you are looking for. Thank goodness, then, for "Manglehorn", where the sure directorial hands of David Gordon Green know exactly how to unlock latter day Pacino's strengths while reining in his worst excesses. Shot November 2013 in Austin over just 25 days, "Manglehorn" is an often impressionistic character study of a grumpy locksmith, A. J. Manglehorn, but before you run away screaming that you can only take so many impressionistic character studies in one year (off the top of my head, other recent examples include "The Goob," "Locke," "Boyhood," "Winter Sleep," Green's own "Joe"), I'll note that it is among the decent examples of the form. It's difficult to write characters studies about happy people with few obstacles (Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" is an unusual exception) so the usual form is to either put »
- Catherine Bray
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
With her fourth victory Monday night as Best Comedy Actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is another step closer to Emmy immortality. She is now tied with Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") in this category and just one behind the all-time record holders Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Mary Tyler Moore ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"). -Break- Louis-Dreyfus has now won three straight times for her role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO series "Veep. She previously won as the lead on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" in 2006. Her first Emmy was as Best Comedy Supporting Actress for "Seinfeld" in 1996. She has been setting Emmy records over her three-decade television career. Last year, she surpassed legend Lucille Ball by receiving her 14th comedic acting nomination (this year's nod brought the total to 15). Following Tyne Daly, she is only the seco..."' »
To many in the entertainment industry, Richard Attenborough will always be synonymous with “Gandhi,” which is understandable. The filmmaker, who died Sunday at 90, directed only a dozen films, and none of them matched his 1982 bio-epic.
But Attenborough was also an actor of great range, from his lower-class hoodlum in the 1947 “Brighton Rock” (from Graham Greene’s novel) to the Pow in “The Great Escape” (third-billed under Steve McQueen and James Garner) to a high-kicking circus owner in the 1967 “Dr. Doolittle,” adding energy and pep to a film that needed both.
Attenborough’s best-known work as an actor was in the 1993 “Jurassic Park,” but his career had been going for 50 years at that point. Some of his best performances came in the mid-1960s. He starred with Kim Stanley in “Seance on a Wet Afternoon” as two scam artists whose scheme goes very wrong, and it was followed in the next »
- Tim Gray
Today we’ve got the first clip from A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, the last movie that the great Robin Williams filmed before his saddening death, and it echoes a similar vibe to the more indie projects he’d been taking on more recently including a distinct touch of World’S Greatest Dad.
Directed by Community’s Tristram Shapeero, it’s written by Phil Johnston, who’s work includes Wreck-it Ralph and Cedar Rapids. This short clip shows us Mitch (Williams), giving advice to his grandson on alternative treats for Santa after they’ve eaten all the milk and cookies! Here’s your official synopsis:
Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
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- Dan Bullock
Everyone’s favorite onscreen dad, Robin Williams, played a father and grandfather in “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” the last movie he filmed before his death.
A new clip from the holiday comedy shows his character Mitch giving his grandson unconventional advice about what to leave for Santa Claus in lieu of milk and cookies.
“I know something that Santa loves a lot more than milk and cookies,” he says before revealing a bottle of bourbon and a plate of asparagus. This scene may be difficult to watch considering the fact that the actor struggled with alcoholism early on in his career.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact,” his wife Susan Schneider said in a statement on Thursday. “He was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.”
In the film, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Robin Williams had completed shooting four yet-to-be-released movies before he passed away. Those movies include Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, coming December 19th, the drama Boulevard, Absolutely Anything in which he voices Simon Pegg's dog, and a comedy called Merry Friggin' Christmas.
Today we bring you the first footage that has been released for Merry Friggin' Christmas. The story follows "Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd's father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son's gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise."
- Joey Paur
Joel McHale stars as Boyd Mitchler, a man who takes his family to spend the holidays with his eccentric father Mitch (Williams). Once there, they realize they've left all the presents for the kids back at home so Boyd and Mitch jump into the car to attempt an eight-hour round trip before sunrise. Lauren Graham, Candice Bergen, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Oliver Platt and Jeffrey Tambor also star.
- Garth Franklin
A first look at the comedy - one of the late actor's final projects - was revealed by Entertainment Tonight.
When Boyd forgets to bring his son's presents, he embarks on a trip with his father and brother to collect the gifts before sunrise.
10 inspiring and funny Robin Williams quotes
Mitch (Robin Williams) convinces his grandson to lay out bourbon and asparagus for Santa Clause in the first clip from Merry Friggin' Christmas, one of four movies Robin Williams completed before his untimely death this past week. In the holiday comedy, Joel McHale stars as Boyd Mitchler, who takes his family, including wife Luann (Lauren Graham), to spend the holidays with his eccentric father Mitch. Once at Mitch's house, they realize they've left all the presents back at home. Boyd and Mitch climb back in the car to attempt the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
Take a look at Robin Williams in one of his of his final performances.
Merry Friggin' Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd's father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son's gifts at home, »
Although we tragically lost Robin Williams earlier this week, he did finish four movies prior to his death that will be coming to cinemas soon. He’ll be featured in the threequl Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb, drama Boulevard and as the voice of Simon Pegg’s dog in Absolutely Anything which is set for release next year. But before that, there’s festive comedy Merry Friggin’ Christmas, and we have the first clip below.
Merry Friggin’ Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler and his wife Luann as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
Check out the clip below:
Merry Friggin’ Christmas is »
- Luke Owen
Robin Williams impressive filmography includes the comedies Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage, the dramas Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting and the animated features Aladdin and Happy Feet. At the time of his death Monday, the beloved comic had four films slated for release in 2014 and 2015. The actor, who died of an apparent suicide at age 63, stars in the indie comedy Merry Friggin' Christmas. It co-stars Candice Bergen, Clark Duke, Pierce Gagnon, Lauren Graham, Tim Heidecker, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Oliver Platt and Jeffrey Tambor. Phase 4 Films will release the movie in theaters and video on demand (VOD) Nov. 7. Universal Pictures International will distribute it overseas. Williams reprised »
Robin Williams had been attached to star in the “Mrs. Doubtfire 2,” the long-gestating sequel to the late comedian’s 1993 hit. Sources say that though no decision has been made on the future of the project, written by David Berenbaum, it most likely won’t go ahead after the actor was found dead Monday.
Chris Columbus was set to return as director for Fox 2000. “His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of “genius”,” Columbus said in a statement. “We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever.”
Berenbaum had reportedly »
- Pat Saperstein
Why are so many female characters depicted as successful in their professional lives but “broken” in every other way? “Madam Secretary” is Hall’s effort to bust out of what has become a TV cliche.
Tea Leoni stars as a former CIA analyst who is reluctantly recruited as Secretary of State after her predecessor dies mysteriously. The conflict for Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord comes as she grapples with her high-pressure, 24/7 job where national security is in fact on the line every day. But she has a solid marriage with her religion professor husband, played by Tim Daly, and healthy relationships with her two kids.
“The challenge of trying to create a woman in a strong position of leadership is to not show her life being broken everywhere else, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Anjelica Huston, Martin Sheen, Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Stacy Keach, and Diana Rigg will comprise rotating casts of the first Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. The production, which is directed by two-time Tony winner Gregory Mosher, is set to begin performances on September 13 for an official opening on September 18 at the Nederlander Theatre. Photos Hollywood Onstage: Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close, Matthew Broderick Headline NYC's 2014-15 Season “Gurney’s romantic, heart-breaking and somewhat autobiographical play has long been a favorite of mine,” producer Nelle Nugent said in a
- Suzy Evans
Update with casting, schedule info below: Playwright A.R. Gurney’s romantic two-hander will return to Broadway for a star-fueled revival beginning September 13 at the Nederlander Theatre. Among the pairings for the run are Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, launching the show, followed by Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen. Rigg is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The director is two-time Tony winner Gregory Mosher. Producers are Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli, Fredrick Zollo, Olympus Theatricals, Kenneth Teaton and Colleen Camp. Show was earlier reported as a possible tenant for the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. “The Nederlander had more weeks […] »
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