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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
Title: Casting By Director: Tom Donahue Featuring: Marion Dougherty, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, Jon Voight, Woody Allen Running time: 89 Minutes, Unrated, Available on DVD 09.16.14 Special Features: None This acclaimed documentary shines a light on one of the most under-appreciated professions in the film and television industry: The Casting Director. The pioneers of the profession were Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, whom launched the careers of stars still working today. The Good:Any Cinemaphile or Hollywood history buff will love this documentary. There are so many celebrities [ Read More ]
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‘No Good Deed’ movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in ‘No Good Deed’) Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film’s plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics’ derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist is about as »
- Zac Gille
Things are getting messy on "The Tonight Show!"Glenn Close showed off her big appetite as she and Jimmy Fallon competed in a face-stuffing contest on Friday night. The 67-year-old actress covered up in a white apron to take down the late night host in three different rounds.The pair chowed down on spaghetti, nachos and a blueberry pie, and the plates were weighed to see who scarfed down the most grub. The pie round proved to be the most entertaining, as Fallon and Close went head first into the dessert without using utensils. To top off the competition, the winner got a sloppy kiss.Check out the video above to see the two in action! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
After becoming Marvel’s biggest-franchise starter at the global box-office by overtaking the haul of 2008’s Iron Man earlier in the week, James Gunn’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy has now become the first release of 2014 to hit $300 million domestically and has also crossed the $600 million mark worldwide. Having opened in Japan yesterday, and with a Chinese release still to come, Guardians certainly has a good chance of becoming the highest-grossing comic book movie of the year, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on $708 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on $714 million and X-Men: Days of Future Past on $745 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, »
- Gary Collinson
Did you ever wonder how Glenn Close would do in an eat-off? Last night on The Tonight Show, Glenn Close faced off against Jimmy Fallon in a three-round eating competition where they chowed down on spaghetti, nachos, and blueberry pie with the utensils provided (or withheld). Glenn Close does not hold back; she is All In. Get this woman an Oscar already!Also, we would also be remiss if we didn't show you her various baby impressions. »
- E. Alex Jung
If you ever needed proof that Jimmy Fallon‘s affable likability allows him to convince celebrities to do things they might otherwise never do, one only needs to look at Glenn Close on Friday's episode of NBC's “The Tonight Show.” The Emmy and Tony Award winner proved willing to get disgusting with Fallon in a face-stuffing contest, and it did not disappoint. They faced off in three rounds of competitive eating, devouring spaghetti, fully-loaded nachos and blueberry pie. Also read: Glenn Close to Star in Marital Drama ‘The Wife’ Based on Meg Wolitzer Novel To make things interesting, announcer Higgins said that they were. »
- Jason Hughes
Judging by Michael Douglas’ presence as producer and star, “The Reach” must have been some sort of passion project for the aging Hollywood icon. Well, as Pascal observed, the heart has its reasons — which, in Douglas’ case, remain impenetrable at the end of “The Reach,” for upwards of 90 minutes, while the audience looks on in quiet disbelief. A hopelessly misguided mashup of Cornel Wilde’s 1955 cult favorite “The Naked Prey” and “The Most Dangerous Game,” with Douglas playing a mutant hybrid of Gordon Gekko and the Glenn Close character from “Fatal Attraction,” this inauspicious English-language debut for promising French helmer Jean-Baptiste Leonetti doesn’t look to reach far from its Toronto premiere (where Lionsgate paid a surprising $2 million for the U.S. rights).
If there were a festival prize for most Chekovoian use of a handgun, it would surely go to “The Reach” for the early scene in which small-town »
- Scott Foundas
The New York première of Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady, starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith, was hosted by Meryl Streep, David O. Russell and Glenn Close at MoMA. Among those attending were producers Rachael Horovitz and Gary Foster, Charles Cohen, Paul Haggis, Gina Gershon, Joanna Coles, the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, Phil Jackson, Alex Gibney, Ophelia Lovibond, Colin Callender, Mark Feuerstein, Erin Richards, Billy Magnussen and Julia Jones.
Israel Horovitz with co-host Meryl Streep: "It's probably rare for you to be talked to by a first time feature director who begins by saying, let me tell you about my grandchildren." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
"If you do not love me I shall not be loved," a line from Samuel Beckett's Cascando, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Kevin Kline was on double duty Tuesday night in New York City. Before jetting off to an Academy screening of his latest film, “My Old Lady,” the star swung by the MoMA for pic’s premiere. After a Q&A with Oscar voters, Kline was back on 53rd Street to celebrate with pic’s director-screenwriter, Israel Horovitz and an eclectic group of friends including Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and the director’s son Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.
Adapted by Horovitz from his own 2002 play, pic stars Kline as New Yorker Mathias Gold, a depressed recovering alcoholic with no money and three ex-wives. Upon the death of his father, Mathias learns he’s been cut out of the will save for a few old books and a multimillion-euro apartment in Paris, which he hopes to sell to finance a new lease on life.
“This part is what actors call juicy, »
- Addie Morfoot
When FX — stylized as fX to suggest effects — was first launched in 1994 it was definitely a risk. The channel was built around live programming meant to create an interactive viewing experience tapping into the early days of the Internet. It was certainly bold. It was definitely original. But it didn’t last long.
By 1997, all but one of the live programs (Personal fX) remained, and all the talent — Jeff Probst, Suzanne Whang, Phil Keoghan, and Orlando Jones, who all got their start as fX personalities — were gone. With nothing original, the channel quickly became a forgettable network filled with reruns and fading movies.
It was a far cry from what the channel started out as and the network bolstered by captivating original programming that fans know today. It wasn’t until the ‘00s that the channel found its footing, winning over critics and audiences with its bold shows, such as Nip/Tuck, »
- Stacy Lambe
We’ve all been there: that awkward moment when you know you’ve got to break it off with someone. They don’t want to give up, you’re already planning a two-week holiday to Ibiza with your mates – it happens to us all. What doesn’t happen to most is that the dumpee turns into an overly-dramatic stalker. That seems to happen mostly to Jennifer Lopez. The schmokin’ hot singer-dancer-actress is once again the victim of a creepy ex-shag buddy in the trailer for The Boy Next Door.
The story unravels as you’d expect. Lopez plays a teacher whose husband – Aidan from Sex And The City – is a cheat who likes to leave his family whenever the fancy takes him. At her lowest ebb, she’s immediately drawn to her neighbour’s nephew, Noah (Step Up‘s Ryan Guzman). It’s no wonder. A chiselled physique and deep, »
- Gem Seddon
Having retained top spot at the Us box office this past weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy has now pushed its worldwide box office haul to $586 million, overtaking the total of 2008’s Iron Man to become Marvel Studios’ highest-grossing franchise starter. Reacting to the news, James Gunn posted the following message on Facebook:
If I had a penny for every time someone said making a Marvel movie with a talking raccoon was dumb and that Guardians was going to bomb, I’d probably have just about the amount of money Guardians has made so far. So I’m glad I spent that time making a film instead of counting people and their opinions, because we’re still going strong. Also, making the »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel Studios has gotten some pretty awesome legendary talent to appear in their awesome superhero movie. There was Jeff Bridges in Iron Man, Anthony Hopkins in Thor, Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3, Glenn Close in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Michael Douglas in Ant-Man. They don't seem to have any issues getting talent like this to be in their films, but in case they want to throw Al Pacino into the mix, he recently revealed in an interview with Deadline that he'd be open to doing it! I have no idea who he would play, but if they ever have a role that would fit Pacino they should definitely attempt to get him on board.
The conversation about Marvel started when he admitted to loving James Gunn's Guardains of the Galaxy, saying,
"I recognized the ingenious stuff they were doing; the invention, »
- Joey Paur
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
During an appearance at Dragon Con this past weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed the original plan for Stan Lee’s customary cameo in superhero space opera, whereby the Marvel legend would have been part of The Collector’s museum, giving the bird to Groot from within a glass case. Following reports that Disney blocked the idea, Gunn has now detailed the scene, and explained why the decision was made to scrap the cameo in favour of what we eventually saw on screen:
At a panel on Sunday at Dragoncon, I talked about a deleted @realstanlee cameo in Guardians, and promised the folks there I’d post a photo on Instagram – so here it is! As you can see, this is not Stan, but a double. In the original cut of the film, when the Guardians enter the Collector’s museum, Rocket looks over and sees Cosmo »
- Gary Collinson
With five Oscar losses and no wins, Amy Adams is one away from tying an ignoble record with Thelma Ritter and Glenn Close, who suffered the worst shutouts among actresses, with six unsuccessful bids. But our Top 24 Users think Adams will finally prevail this year according to their latest predictions, and we should strongly consider their picks; they were the highest scorers picking last year's nominations. -Break- Reese Witherspoon takes 'Wild' ride at Telluride into Oscars race Almost half of them – 10 out of 24 – think she's the early favorite for Best Actress for her role as real-life painter Margaret Keane in director Tim Burton's latest, "Big Eyes," which opens in December. Her closest competition is a previous champ: Reese Witherspoon, who won Best Actress in 2005 for "Walk the Line" the same year Adams earned her very first nomination. Six of our top users think Witherspoon will ...' »
Director James Gunn attended Dragon Con over the weekend, where he continued to promote his Marvel sci-fi adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, now the biggest movie of 2014. The subject of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 arose, specifically whether or not the character of Captain Marvel will be showing up. She won't, Gunn says, but the sequel will be used to introduce a number of new female characters.
Guardians of the Galaxy isn't without it's own strong female leads, with dueling sisters Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), as well as Glenn Close as Nova Prime. But there are a number of other female characters that have been introduced in the Marvel comics that could be making their way to the big screen in 2016.
Before Dave Bautista took on the role of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, former Game of Thrones star – and potential future Aquaman – Jason Momoa was in talks for the part, although negotiations ultimately broke down. Still, thanks to concept artist Andy Park, we now have an idea of how Momoa could have looked as the Destroyer…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
Having crossed the $500 million mark earlier in the week, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has now overtaken Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest-grossing release of 2014 in North America. Guardians is projected to finish the Labor Day weekend with around $277 million in total, and is expected to fend off competition from The November Man and As Above, So Below to retain top spot over the four-day weekend.
It is also pretty much assured that the space opera will become the first movie to hit $300 million domestically, providing a shot in the arm to the North American box office, which has suffered its worst summer since 2006, with ticket sales down 15% from last year.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, »
- Gary Collinson
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