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★★★★☆ Tales of impossible love and the trappings of fame and fortune have long been staples of Hollywood cinema. However, to accuse Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights (2014), a romantic melodrama about the human price of stardom, of being derivative would be to ignore the significance of its message. A rebuke to the misogyny of the music industry, Prince-Bythewood's latest is a quietly radical appropriation of mainstream narratives that aims to challenge the status quo. A brief Brixton-set prologue establishes the strained relationship between Noni (played in her youth by India Jean-Jacques) and her competitive mother, Macy Jane (Minnie Driver).
- CineVue UK
The cinema release calendar is more crammed than it has ever been, yet good films still slip through the cracks on an alarmingly regular basis. Not even an Oscar nomination and a recent Edinburgh film festival premiere could save Gina Prince-Bythewood’s throbbing, neon-hot musical soap opera Beyond the Lights (Universal, 12) from direct-to-dvd ignominy here, echoing the fate of far too much vital African American fare on our shores. It deserves more generous exhibition, not least as a star-sealing showcase for British ingenue Gugu Mbatha-Raw, whose livewire turn as a Rihanna-esque pop star on the brink of self-destruction marks a more emphatic arrival than last year’s Belle.
There’s nothing here you haven’t seen in countless backstage dramas dating back to the pre-sound era: she’s the supernova for »
- Guy Lodge
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on Netflix
"DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge"
"Game of Thrones" may be done for the year, but there's no need to bid farewell to dragons! "How to Train Your Dragon" heroes Hiccup and Toothless are back in this new Netflix original series premiering June 26. Their mission: to explore strange new worlds, seek out never-before-seen dragons, and end the war between Vikings and dragons for good. Watch all 13 episodes starting this Friday.
Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) has been groomed for stardom all her life by her overbearing mother (Minnie Driver), and the pressures of fame push her close to the edge. A hot cop named Kaz (Nate Parer) helps her break free, but the people in their lives want them to put their career goals ahead of romance. »
- Gina Carbone
★★★☆☆ Denied a theatrical release, Gina Price-Blythewood's Beyond the Lights (2014) instead receives its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival before landing on DVD. While it's certainly no masterpiece, this entertaining drama has more than its fair share of surprises; its sweetly familiar narrative awarded emotional heft by its two leading performance and some unexpected revelations. Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the world's latest pop princess. Groomed for superstardom by her overbearing mother (Minnie Driver) without so much as a say in the matter, her quick success quickly takes a hold, leading to a failed suicide attempt where she's saved by police offer Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker).
- CineVue UK
Disney Pixar’s Inside Out is gearing up to hit theaters, and in celebration, stars Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bobby Moynihan hit the purple carpet for the films premiere. The carpet was also joined by Minnie Driver, David Alan Grier, Tony Hawk and more! Check out my pictures from the red carpet below!
Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.
Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley »
- Melissa Howland
The La premiere of Inside Out on Monday was one big colorful family affair. The movie's stars, including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Rashida Jones, Phyllis Smith, and Bill Hader, all walked the bright purple carpet on June 7, but one duo who quickly stole the show was Pink and her look-alike daughter, Willow. The pair posed for photos outside the El Capitan Theatre, and Willow even stopped to chat with the Pixar movie's main characters. Other stars who attended the adorable event included Busy Philipps, Minnie Driver, Mario Lopez, Flea, and Bobby Moynihan. Keep reading to see more of the star-studded premiere, then check out 32 fascinating facts about how Inside Out was made. »
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Practice doesn't always make perfect! The pressure is always on when it comes time to sing the National Anthem in front of a massive crowd—say, at a Los Angeles Dodgers game—and it looks like Minnie Driver let it get to her. While singing "The Star Spangled Banner" Saturday night, the Return to Me actress flubbed the lyrics twice in the minute-long rendition. She started out strong, but as the song went on she botched the line, "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming." If you listen closely, Driver chose a different word than "watched." Shortly thereafter, she turned "Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave," into "Oh, say can that »
The Dodgers got off to a rough start Saturday night ... when the team's celebrity singer botched the "Star Spangled Banner." Minnie Driver -- who happens to be from England -- did the honors before the game at Dodgers Stadium ... but screwed up the lyrics Twice, despite the fact the correct words appeared on a giant stadium screen in center field. Of course, Minnie's not the first person to screw up the lyrics ... just ask Christina Aguilera, »
- TMZ Staff
The line-up for the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by new artistic director Mark Adams.
This year’s Eiff (June 17-28) will comprise 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 UK premieres.
Highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the life of singer Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation Inside Out; Arnold Schwarzenegger in zombie drama Maggie; comedy The D-Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden; and a biopic of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy, in which John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of the musician.
Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s Roar, a cult 1981 big cat movie.
This year’s Eiff will present »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
You may have seen what the stars were up to over Memorial Day weekend on social media, but there was another A-list bash you need to check out. Producer Joel Silver threw his annual Monday party in Malibu, CA, bringing out more celebrities than you can count. Gwyneth Paltrow arrived separately from her ex Chris Martin, while Kate Hudson mingled with pals in a white cutout suit. January Jones, Diane Kruger, and Minnie Driver made appearances as did Kate Beckinsale and her husband, Len Wiseman, and Courteney Cox and her fiancé, Johnny McDaid. Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer, were there with their kids, while Gwen Stefani had her little ones along as well. Read through to see all the famous faces, and then check out who showed up last year and what the guest list looked like in 2013. »
Episodes: 33 but six unaired (half-hour)
TV show dates: February 22, 2014 -- February 17, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
A coming-of-age story, this TV show is based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby.
After writing a hit song, Will Freeman (David Walton) didn't have to worry about working ever again. It brought him a life of free time, free love, and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. He's seen how the other half live through his best friend -- Andy (Al Madrigal), a thoroughly whipped stay-at-home dad -- and wants no part of it.
Sometimes, TV shows that are based movies can be big successes. Sometimes not. About a Boy was not and now NBC has cancelled it after two seasons without even airing all of the episodes.
About a Boy revolves around San Francisco songwriter Will Freeman (David Walton) who had a big hit. It set him up for life financially -- and gave him a lot of freedom and free time. His world is turned upside down when a charming boy named Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) and single mom named Fiona (Minnie Driver) move in next door.
The sitcom debuted in February of 2014 with a special preview episode that attracted a healthy 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.26 million viewers. In its regular timeslot a week later, the ratings rose a bit to a 2.47 rating with 8.36 million. The numbers started falling after »
It’s official. Debra Messing’s “Mysteries of Laura” has been renewed at NBC. The freshman dramedy will be returning for Season 2.
The pickup marks the second from NBC’s comedy programming — including “Undateable” — following a slew of cancellations earlier today. The net axed freshman laffers “Marry Me” and “One Big Happy,” along with Minnie Driver’s sophomore sitcom “About A Boy.” Dramas “Constantine” and “State of Affairs” were also knocked off the slate.
“Mysteries of Laura” returning is especially exciting for exec producer Greg Berlanti, as the pickup secures six shows on the air for him next season, and two at NBC. Berlanti is behind new drama “Blindspot” at The Peacock, plus CW’s returning series “The Flash” and “Arrow, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Related2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
The network’s decision to pass on a Season 3 comes as no surprise. The series has been in jeopardy since NBC trimmed its episode order from 22 to 20 in January.
Related storiesPilots: About a Boy's Minnie Driver Lands Female Lead on CBS' Happy LifeAbout a Boy Sneak Peek: Will Introduces Fiona to 'Sad Cupid'TVLine Items: NBC Trims About a Boy, Netflix Renews Marco Polo and More »
However, the network renewed “Undateable” for a third season — and there’s a twist: all episodes will be live, following this past week’s live episode, which saw a slight ratings spike.
“State of Affairs,” which was meant to be Heigl’s TV comeback vehicle after “Grey’s Anatomy,” never got off the ground and spanned 13 episodes.
Despite a lead-in from “The Voice” for the first half of its run, “State of Affairs” never gained much traction on Monday nights. For the season, it averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 ratings.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With a guest list that included Ed Sheeran, Scrubbers Zach Braff and Donald Faison, Kate Walsh, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Minnie Driver, it was ultimately all about the waxing on the live telecasts of Undateable (1.3/4) last night. The 9 Pm 1-hour episode, which did an East Coast live run and a West Coast live run, had May sweeps gimmick written all over it. While it got some traction on Twitter, Undateable was basically steady with the season low of last week's 30-minute… »
(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s “Undateable” Live) NBC’s “Undateable” made the daring move on Tuesday of airing not one but two live telecasts for both the east and the west coasts. While it sounded risky for the sophomore Chris D’elia sitcom starring fellow standup comics Brent Morin, Rick Glassman and Ron Funches, the show pulled it off in fine form with the help of guest stars Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Christa Miller, Kate Walsh, Victoria Justice, Minnie Driver, Dr. Drew Pinskey and a surprise performance from Ed Sheeran. »
- Debbie Emery
NBC’s Undateable went live Tuesday night with the help of a few friends.
The Bill Lawrence-produced sitcom welcomed cast members from his previous shows Scrubs and Cougar Town — including Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller — as well Nickelodeon starlet Victoria Justice, Scandal‘s Scott Foley, About a Boy‘s Minnie Driver, Loveline hosts Drew Pinksey and Mike Catherwood and, oh yeah, Grammy award nominated song-and-guitarman Ed Sheeran, whom Justin kicked out of his bar.
RelatedMay Sweeps/Finale Preview! Get 100+ Spoilers, Exclusive Photos From Your Fave Shows’ Season-Ending Episodes
In the episode, Danny and Justin vied »
Tuesday night is date night for fans of NBC’s live performances. The cast of “Undateable” will be joined by some famous friends — most with a rich history on the broadcast network — on Tuesday for two live performances of the Chris D’elia sitcom. Guest stars include Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Christa Miller, Kate Walsh, Victoria Justice, Minnie Driver and Dr. Drew Pinskey. NBC also teased the involvement of a “super popular Grammy Award-nominated musician and others we can’t name.” Another common factor between the stars is “Undateable” executive producer Bill Lawrence, who was co-creator on “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town, »
- Tony Maglio
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