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The Weekend Read: Our Saturday essay on the great topics in entertainment and culture today. Last weekend, as Toshi was cruising the Blu-ray shelves for new movies to start asking about, he pulled "Rain Man" on a shelf and considered the cover for a moment before he turned to me, excited. "You didn't tell me Tom Cruise made a superhero movie!" I can only assume his eventual disappointment might be tempered by the fact that "Rain Man" is a pretty good movie. It had been a while since I'd seen it, though, and after they went back to their mom's house, I put it in to watch it. I remember when it came out being right in the midst of my first time watching a lot of classic filmographies, and more than anything, I enjoyed the film as a match-up between Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Looking at the film, »
- Drew McWeeny
Jimmy Fallon has welcomed a ton of guests to the "Ew!" couch over the years, and the latest is Ariana Grande. She made a surprisingly funny appearance as Alexa Armstrong, one of Sara's best friends. They practice singing and have an impromptu visit from Gary, Sara's stepdad, and Alexa shocks Sara by claiming that Richard Dreyfuss isn't "ew!" They definitely crack up, and it's reminiscent of Fallon's days on Saturday Night Live. Check it out, and if you think this is funny, watch her Celine Dion impression and wait until we get a better look at Grande's acting chops when Scream Queens hits the small screen this Fall! »
Grande played Alexa in the sketch, "bestie" to Fallon’s character Sara (with no "h," because "h’s are ew"). The two performed their secret handshake and snapped a "bffelfie," a.k.a. a "best friends forever selfie," before competing in a new segment: The "Ew!" Sing-off!
It's time to take a Bff-elfie! #FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/Ei13IY6fqv
— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) March 21, 2015
Grande busted out one of her signature vocal riffs on the sketch's titlular exclamation, but Fallon's character was less than impressed.
"That was okay, I guess," he shrugged.
For the "Ew!" speed round, Grande’s character declared Richard Dreyfuss "cute," but turned »
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
It’s hard to believe, but The Sound of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary today. The Julie Andrews musical is one of the most memorable movies of all time. It’s also one of the most famous -- a bonafide classic that won five Oscars and an avalanche of critical acclaim. It’s perhaps no surprise then that the film is still enchanting audiences half a century on from its original release.
So to celebrate its big day – and because trivia really is one of our favourite things – here are ten things you probably didn’t know about The Sound of Music.
1. Christopher Plummer didn’t like the film
The film is beloved by generations of film fans, but one major Sound of Music naysayer? Christopher Plummer, one of the classic's biggest stars. The man who became famous for playing Mr. Von Trapp referred to the film as "The Sound of Mucus" whilst on set. »
- Daniel Bettridge
Travel Notes: Florida bound? TCM Classic Cruise Returns To The High Seas November 1-6, 2015The Disney Magic Will take movie lovers away on a luxury cruise! Now in its fifth year, the TCM Classic Cruise has hosted special guests including Ernest Borgnine, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney and Richard Dreyfuss. A highlight reel of past TCM Classic Cruise’s can be viewed hereTurner Classic Movies (TCM) will set sail on the high seas for a fifth time with the 2015 TCM Classic Cruise returning on November 1-6 aboard the Disney Magic, the Disney Cruise Line ship that […] »
- April Neale
It’ll soon be Father’s Day — in court — on How to Get Away With Murder.
Tom Everett Scott (Southland, Beauty and the Beast) will appear in the first half of the ABC thriller’s two-hour finale (Feb. 26, 9/8c) as a priest accused of killing a fellow man of the cloth, TVLine has learned exclusively.
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Viola Davis’ dynamic defense attorney Annalise Keating will take the pastor’s case despite her attitude toward religion — We all remember her recent zinger “Prayers are for the weak; I’ll stick to beating your ass in court,” yes? »
Ever think that Taylor Swift looks at Nashville‘s Maddie Conrad and thinks, “You lucky twerp?”
After all, while a pre-teen Tay-Tay had to hoof it all over Music City, begging label execs to listen to her demo, Rayna’s older daughter spends most of this week’s episode being pursued by an aggressive studio head with a penchant for expensive welcome gifts.
Don’t worry, Taylor: By the end of the episode, Rayna puts the kibosh on her kid’s career (for now) and inadvertently brings about the downfall of her biggest enemy — and, might I add, she does »
ABC has landed their Bernie Madoff for an upcoming miniseries about the man. Madoff will be based upon the book called The Madoff Chronicles, which follow Bernie’s rise and fall as a rock star (not really…) stockbroker. The series will likely air this fall or sometime in 2016 as they just announced the project as officially happening. So far Richard has also been the only confirmed name so far.
Wow, it looks like ABC is wanting to join in big case fun that FX has created with Oj Simpson. I think we all will be interesting to learn more about this project since it will be slightly different. It won’t be as controversial or emotional, while sticking to a high amount of drama. We can smell a sweeps airing for this one down the road, if ABC is wise with their scheduling for it.
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- Sarah Peel
ABC’s latest casting news is so good, it’s criminal.
Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss has been tapped to star as Bernie Madoff in ABC’s newly greenlit miniseries about the jailed financier, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Inspired by The Madoff Chronicles, a book from ABC News correspondent Brian Ross, Madoff reportedly will chronicle the rise and fall of the disgraced stockbroker, who in 2009 was sentenced to 150 years in prison for operating a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
Though Dreyfuss is best known for his work »
Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is headed to TV. The “Jaws” actor is set to star on “Madoff,” a multi-episode ABC drama centered around the rise and fall of the now-jailed financier Bernie Madoff, a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap. See Photos: 18 Real-Life Scandals That TV Ripped From the Headlines The actor will portray the infamous former stockbroker, who was convicted of fraud for his part in what became one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history and sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009. Lincoln Square Productions has teamed with ABC on the drama, which doesn’t yet have a premiere date, »
- Travis Reilly
ABC has greenlighted Madoff, a miniseries about Bernie Madoff. Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss is set to play the disgraced financier in the project, from ABC News’ Lincoln Square Prods, which was also behind last year’s ABC limited series The Assets. Inspired by ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross’ reports and his book The Madoff Chronicles, the mini chronicles the rise and spectacular fall of the imprisoned swindler and the $65 billion Ponzi scheme he… »
ABC is poised to explore the Bernie Madoff scandal. The network is teaming with Lincoln Square Productions (The Assets) for a multiple-episode drama inspired by chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross' book The Madoff Chronicles: Inside the Secret World of Bernie and Ruth, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss will star as Madoff, the former stockbroker and fiancier convicted of fraud in the Ponzi scheme that is considered to be the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. See more Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2015-16 Ben Robbins (The First 48) will pen the script for the
- Lesley Goldberg
It has not been an easy week. At the start of the week, we had our editorial meeting here at HitFix, as we do every Monday, to talk about both the week ahead and longer-term projects as well. For fairly obvious reasons, there was a fair amount of talk about Valentine's Day content, and I mentioned a few different ideas that I might write about, including one that I'll end up publishing at some point about Steve Martin. But even as I pitched a few ideas, I found myself uncomfortable with the entire idea of writing about romantic films right now. Honestly, I was hoping to spend this week with my head down and then just sail right through this weekend without writing about love at all, because for the first time in my adult life, I am no longer sure what I think about it. After all, I was with my wife for 14 years. »
- Drew McWeeny
Founded in 2003, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival continues to lead the way in the presentation of outstanding Irish and International film. Over the past thirteen years the Festival has hosted over 500 major guests along the way ranging from Irish mega stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Daniel Day Lewis, U2 to Hollywood A-listers Al Pacino, Mark Wahlberg, Glenn Close, Joss Whedon, Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss. The Festival has screened world cinema from 52 different countries, a total of almost 1,500 films, of which 300 were Irish features including world premieres of Once, Ondine, In Bruges, Calvary, The Stag, and The Secret of Kells. In addition there has been a vibrant, ongoing programming of International out of Festival events with huge talents Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Bryan Cranston and Ennio Morricone. Academy award winning actor Russell Crowe will attend the festival next month to »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Following the premiere, several studios began aggressively bidding for “Zipper” before Alchemy picked up rights to the pic.
Produced by Darren Aronofsky and set against the backdrop of a political campaign, “Zipper” stars Patrick Wilson, Lena Heady, Ray Winstone and Richard Dreyfuss. Alchemy will release the film this fall.
- Justin Kroll
Alchemy has acquired all North American distribution rights to Mora Stephens' political thriller "Zipper," starring Patrick Wilson opposite Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell. The purchase represents Alchemy's second 2015 Sundance Film Festival buy, following their early pick up of the Nicole Kidman drama "Stangerland." Wilson stars in the film as Sam Ellis, a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future whose one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction that threatens to destroy his life, family and career. "'Zipper' is a sophisticated political thriller anchored by Patrick Wilson's riveting performance as a man battling a burgeoning sexual addition," said Bill Lee, Alchemy's CEO. "We're excited to bring this gripping film to audiences everywhere." Alchemy VP of Acquisitions Jeff »
- Zack Sharf
Indie distributor Alchemy has snapped up North American rights to Mora Stephens' political thriller "Zipper," a 2015 Sundance premiere starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Christopher McDonald, Alexandra Breckenridge and Penelope Mitchell. Co-written by Stephens and Joel Viertel, "Zipper" will hit theaters and VOD later in 2015. Here's the synopsis: Sam Ellis (Wilson) is a man on the rise — a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction threatening to destroy his life, family, and career. In a relatively strong Sundance for female-directed films, "Zipper" garnered mixed reviews upon its Park City premiere, though CraveOnline calls it "The grown-up thriller of the year," akin to David Fincher's "Gone Girl." The Guardian says there are elements to admire »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Just as sex scandals are pretty much as old as politics themselves, as long as we've had films, we've had cinematic depictions of sex scandals, usually serious and sometimes comedic. Whether filmmakers have had to be coy about the nature of the scandals -- see "The Best Man" or "Advise and Consent" -- or whether filmmakers have been able to directly tear sex scandals from the headlines -- see "Primary Colors" -- the ground has been fertile. Fortunately -- Unfortunately? -- sex scandals just keep coming along and we keep lapping them up, from Eliot Spitzer to John Edwards to Anthony Weiner. Bringing the genre to Sundance this year was "Zipper," a largely straight-faced approach to a plausibly finger-on-the-pulse topic, which falls flat because of a middle act in which the drama spirals into dated addiction craziness. When it's a political thriller, "Zipper" is respectably acted and presented and has some merit. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Zipper, the second feature by writer/director Mora Stephens, is a dark political thriller about an attorney whose political ambitions are put at risk due to his “zipper problem” (aka a taste for high-end escorts). When we first meet Sam Ellis (Patrick Wilson), he’s a family man with good intentions, who is able to resist the temptations of the firm’s intern (Dianna Agron). But as his campaign manager (Richard Dreyfuss) and loving wife (Lena Heady) encourage him to run for district attorney, he finds himself in a downward spiral that may threaten everything he’s worked for. By telling the story through Sam’s eyes, Stephens makes no apologies for this charcter’s behavior but tries to give a bit of understanding as to how one might fall down this rabbit hole. At the festival, we sat down with director Mora Stephens, »
- Michelle Nelson
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