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The most fervent of the detractors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. prefer to obsess over the group’s Golden Globes balloting lapses, while obstinately overlooking the org’s real awards voting history.
For every Pia Zadora, there are dozens of Globes winners that consistently demonstrate a seriousness of purpose that regularly matches or surpasses the Academy’s Oscar champions.
The HFPA’s track record of rewarding edgier, more demanding achievements in the dramatic film category is ironically the benefit of the group’s recognition of comedies and musicals.
Cynics will say having both film drama and comedy/musical Golden Globes categories means more stars on the HFPA’s red carpet and awards TV broadcast and more tables sold to the producers. Those are certainly byproducts, but the more significant impact of the acknowledgement of lighter efforts is the ability to double-down on rewarding the more demanding serious fare.
- Steven Gaydos
It seems that people love a good spy story but it remains to be seen if viewers will love TNT's new Agent X TV series. Will it run as long as the James Bond movie series or will it last about as long as George Lazenby did as Bond? Will the show be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
On Agent X, newly elected Vice President Natalie Maccabee (Sharon Stone) learns that there is a secret section in the Us Constitution. It gives the Vice President authority over highly-trained and secret operative, -- in this instance, John Case (Jeff Hephner) -- who can handle sensitive cases that the FBI and the CIA can't. The rest of the cast includes Gerald McRaney, Jamey Sheridan, John Shea, Mike Colter, and James Earl Jones.
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Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.
Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.
Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »
Are you ready for this? We know they're not ready for this! Do not continue reading if you don't want to know the big twist coming in The Big Bang Theory as Season 9 gets ready to retire for a few months during its winter hiatus. It involves Jim Parsons' Sheldon and Mayim Bialik's Amy. While they may be estranged at the moment, things are really going to start heating up!
Okay, enough pussyfooting around! The germaphobe Sheldon Cooper is about to go where he's never gone before...To the bedroom with a woman! Yes, Amy and Sheldon are finally going to have sex! They are both losing their V cards. The one thing that's not known is...Will it bring them back as a couple? The resulting aftershocks of coitus may be too much for Dr. Cooper to handle.
Just like Simba couldn’t wait to be king, it seems his son is also itching for a shot at greatness.
In Disney Channel’s The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar — a made-for-tv sequel to 1994’s The Lion King, which will become its own series in 2016 — Simba’s son Kion must assemble a squad of animal friends with which to protect the Pride Lands. But first, he must sing about it!
TVLine has an exclusive clip from “It Is Time,” the big musical number during which Kion »
Over 600 Star Wars action figures and collectibles will be auctioned off at the famed house Sotheby's on December 11th, The Guardian reports.
Long known as the premier place to purchase fine wines, art and jewelry, the Sotheby's Star Wars auction is the first of its kind, but fittingly features a number of extremely rare items. Among the lots are a Luke Skywalker figurine with a double-telescoping lightsaber, which was deemed a choking hazard and removed from shelves (estimated to sell between $12,000 to $18,000); a tri-logo action figure of General Madine ($10,000 to »
Governors Awards recipient Spike Lee reminded hundreds of Hollywood heavy-hitters about their failure at diversity, warning that “You better get smart” about making films that represent the population — because by 2043, Caucasians are going to be the minority in the U.S.
Lee’s 15-minute speech was delivered in a calm and genial manner, concluding Saturday’s awards ceremony that also honored Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands. Lee said when he goes through Hollywood offices, there are only white faces, and the only person of color is the man checking the name at the door. “This industry is so behind, is ridiculous.” He said it’s apparently easier for a black person to become president of the U.S. than the head of a studio or TV network.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the evening by urging Hollywood to move ahead on diversity, saying “Words »
- Tim Gray
We just found out how The Big Bang Theory plans to celebrate Star Wars: The Force Awakens! As reported earlier in the year before The Big Bang Theory Season 9 got started this fall, the hit sitcom is going to have an episode devoted to the release of Star Wars 7. And in that same episode, which debuts on Thursday, December 17, the day before The Force Awakens opens in theaters, we'll see the unexpected return of a fan favorite character! Excited yet?
Yes, Professor Proton lives! Sort of. In an as yet untitled episode arriving next month, Sheldon Cooper is going to be faced with making a very important life decision. And it will require the use of the Force. Though Arthur Jeffries passed away on the show two seasons ago, Emmy winner Bob Newhart will reprise his character as a Force Ghost. As we've seen in previous episodes, Professor Proton »
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Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: November 8, 2015 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
After being sworn in as Vice President of the United States, widowed former law professor and Wisconsin Senator, Natalie "Nate" Maccabee (Sharon Stone), receives a gift from sitting President Thomas Eckhart (John Shea), himself a former VP. That gift -- an ornate key bearing a Freemason insignia -- is presented as a ceremonial key to the VP's official Naval Observatory residence.
Using the key, Maccabee uncovers a secret room, behind a fireplace which also bears the insignia. Her Chief Steward, Malcolm Millar (Gerald McRaney) »
Possessing some of the flavor of “National Treasure,” “Agent X” takes the amusing step of investing the Vice President’s office with secret constitutional powers, all for the purpose of concocting a Yankee version of James Bond. And wonder of wonders, it mostly works, at least initially, combining a sense of playfulness with bountiful action and, less successfully, a sweeping conspiracy. Al Gore once joked about the VP being addressed as “Your Adequacy,” but this TNT drama – which feels like a throwback to around the time Gore was sworn in – is actually closer to “Your Pretty Goodness.”
Sharon Stone plays Vice President Natalie Maccabee, who shortly after being ushered to her new residence discovers a hidden passage. “You just beat Lyndon Johnson’s record,” she’s told by her steward, Malcolm Millar (Gerald McRaney), who actually presides over the “Agent X” program, which authorizes the VP to tackle threats foreign and domestic, »
- Brian Lowry
You may be asking the same question of the Oscar-nominated actress — as well as your own couch-bound self — if you endure the back-to-back installments that TNT will air Sunday at 9/8c.
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Here’s the series’ setup: On her first day in office, Natalie learns (via secret key that opens a hidden passageway in her study) — that a big »
"...Us Vice President 'Natalie Maccabee' (Stone) discovers there is a special agent who helps protect the country in times of crisis.
Cast also includes John Shea as 'President Thomas Eckhart', Gerald McRaney as 'Malcolm Millar', Chief Steward of the VP's mansion and James Earl Jones as the 'Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Agent X"...
- Michael Stevens
It has not been a good fall for elders onstage. A few weeks ago, the meddlesome 70ish character played by Marlo Thomas in Clever Little Lies nearly torpedoed her marriage while trying to save her son’s. Then came the 80-somethings James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson as residents of a home for the aged, savaging one another in a blobby revival of The Gin Game. Both plays portray the Golden Years as a time when the forgotten or rationalized sins of earlier life — unfaithful spousing, neglectful parenting — return with a vengeance, making everyone behave badly if cutely. Though Ripcord, now at the Manhattan Theatre Club, treads similar terrain, you expect more from the playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, and you get it. The author of comedy-dramas (like Fuddy Meers and Good People) that toy with sitcom expectations but then veer elsewhere, he is obviously riffing, in Ripcord, on television templates »
- Jesse Green
With tickets now available for pre-order, a poster released yesterday [see here], and a trailer arriving later tonight [watch four teasers here], excitement for Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens is reaching fever pitch ahead of its arrival this December.
To commemorate the occasion Royal Mail is set to release a set of 18 special stamps tomorrow, which celebrate the Star Wars series of films with illustrations from British artist Malcolm Tween that depict nine iconic characters from the first six films, along with Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) from The Force Awakens.
You can check out hi-res images of each of the individual stamps here.
Along with the character stamps is a a Miniature Sheet of six stamps featuring intricately detailed illustrations of six iconic Star Wars vehicles, brought together against a backdrop of the dreaded Death Star.
Darth Vader (played by David Prowse, voiced »
- Gary Collinson
Cicely Tyson doesn’t let her approaching 91st birthday get in the way of being downright girlish on stage. She achieves this marvel twice in the new Broadway revival of “The Gin Game,” which opened Wednesday at the Golden Theatre. She evokes youthful giddiness at beating the pants of James Earl Jones‘s card-playing veteran in the first act. Later, when she may be falling in love with him, their hands accidentally touch and then they dance. Tyson suddenly has the glow and all of the stability of an adolescent. Jones is one of the busiest octogenarian actors in Broadway history, »
- Robert Hofler
That “everyday party” feeling is about to end, when Disney Channel’s Jessie wraps its four-season run this Friday — and TVLine has a sneak peek at how the Ross kids may have trouble adjusting to their nanny’s departure.
In the series finale, titled “Jessie Goes to Hollywood” and airing Friday at 8/7c, when family matriarch Christina Ross returns home, forever-struggling starlet Jessie (played by Debby Ryan) makes tracks for L.A. to shoot a movie. But when Zuri, Luke et al »
TNT's Agent X kicks off with a two hour premiere, Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 9:00pm Et/Pt.
Agent X stars Sharon Stone, Jeff Hephner, Gerald McRaney, Jamey Sheridan, John Shea, and Mike Colter, with Guest Star James Earl Jones. Read a show description in our prior coverage, here. TNT released a 12 minute sneak peak at the series. Watch it below.Read More… »
The 2015 Voice Arts Awards celebrate the year’s best work in professional voice acting and its related fields. On Oct. 8, the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences announced this year’s nominees for voice acting, creative direction and communications for advertising, audiobook narration, movie trailers, video gaming, animation, television, radio, and casting realms. The Society’s list boasts industry heavyweights like Beyoncé, Tim Gunn, Julia Whelan, and Ron Perlman. William Shatner will receive the jury’s highest honor, the Voice Arts Icon Award, at the Nov. 15 ceremony in Los Angeles. “In voiceover work, the fewer the words, the better the message. I am honored by this award,” Shatner said in a statement. For the awards’ inaugural ceremony last year, the honor went to James Earl Jones. “The voice arts are an essential part of global communication on every level,” said Sovas CEO Rudy Gaskins, in a statement. “This international awards »
Invisible Sister (8/7c) finds Blanchard playing Cleo, a budding young scientist who accidentally turns her sister (Mighty Med‘s Paris Berelc) completely invisible. After spending so much time as Riley, Blanchard tells TVLine that she’s excited for fans to see her in a different light.
“Cleo is much more introverted, »
Time to head back to the galaxy far, far away. Or at least the animated version.
The first, full trailer for the second season of Disney Xd’s Star Wars Rebels was released on Thursday with old faces and new enemies popping up to take on the squad.
The trailer teases the return of Darth Vader (with James Earl Jones also returning to voice the character) as well as Captain Rex from The Clone Wars series. The gang is also set to take on a host of new enemies after the events of the first season and a clash with Vader is clearly an end game following the special, The Siege of Lothal, that premiered over the summer.
The series is part of the new Star Wars canon and it’ll be interesting to see if there are any links with The Force Awakens when that premieres later this year. »
- Zach Dennis
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